Please make note of the link that asserts that the KKK had black members in West Virginia because of their labor union activities.
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Posted by Job on December 31, 2007
Posted by Job on December 30, 2007
Posted by Job on December 30, 2007
Nephi’s vision: “And I beheld the city of Nazareth; and in the city of Nazareth I beheld a virgin, and she was exceedingly fair and white. “And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou? “And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins.” And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh. “And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit… “And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.”And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!” (1 Nephi 11:13-15,18-21)
Somehow, I am certain that if Mary was white while every other Jew in Israel was ancient near eastern that it would have been mentioned in the Bible. Now some well known racist groups claim that the entire Jewish race was white. I know that my preferred King James Version speaks of certain people, particularly Sarah and David, as being “fair of countenance.” But there is a difference between being “fair” (using black people as an example see Colin Powell) and WHITE. Further, Mormon racism holds Mary to be “fair” AND “white.” Incidentally, according to other translations, the word that King James Version translated as “fair” actually generally means “attractive” and has no bearing on color or complexion (“ruddy countenance” merely means “healthy complexion” in some translation and “reddish looking” in others).
Oh and by the way, the actual BIBLE does not refer to the appearance of Miriam (HER ACTUAL JEWISH NAME AND NOT HER EUROPEAN TRANSLITERATION MARY!) being fair. As a matter of fact, I recall no reference of where it speaks of the appearance of Mary AT ALL. Now of course, those of us that practice Christianity in the west generally regard Jesus Christ and other Bible figures as being Caucasian because that is how we have generally seen them represented in western religious art over the centuries, and in more recent times in movies and television shows. But it has long been known that these images were of the people making them and the culture that produced them, not of what all available evidence points to. And yes, actual evidence does exist in the form of a great number of ancient extrabiblical sources that spoke of the Jews: Greek, Roman, Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, etc. Not one of these extrabiblical sources spoke of THE GREAT CURIOSITY OF THIS WHITE RACE THAT EXISTS AMONG ALL THE BROWN PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST.
But alas, Joseph Smith, who taught that blacks were slaves because of our being the cursed seed of Canaan, was a man of his time and place, a very ethnocentric white American culture, so it was quite natural for him to believe that the representations of Mary that he had seen all his life were accurate. But that proves still more that he did not receive any revelation. It is rather easy to correlate the descendants of Canaan with any Bible atlas (see link to some maps here and a map here) and see that Canaan’s cursed descendants did not settle in Africa. It was false doctrine used to justify slavery. Genesis 10:19 says “And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.” So according to the BIBLE, the cursed people that would serve the descendants of Shem (Shem = SEMITES by the way, and ONCE AGAIN THE SEMITES WERE NOT EUROPEAN SO EVEN IF THE CANAANITES WERE BLACK THEY WERE ONLY CURSED TO SERVE SEMITES, NOT EUROPEANS OR ANYONE ELSE!) lived in the very land that became ISRAEL, NOT AFRICA.
So rather than being a prophet, the fellow just absorbed and regurgitated the false racial religious ideas that were dominant in his day. Now Mormons defend Joseph Smith’s racial views by correctly saying that Christians had the same views. And that is true. The problem, however, is that Christians of that time and place never claimed to receive new revelations from God, and certainly none that replaced the original revelation. Joseph Smith was the one who placed the utterly false racial ideas of early 1800s American Christianity into the Book of Mormon, and claimed that those false racial ideas came directly from God!
That is why all Christians have to do in order to reject these racist lies is go back to the Bible which does not contain them. Mormons, meanwhile, are stuck with the racist lies that are in the Book of Mormon, and cannot do anything about them other than dissemble and attack the character of those that mention it. And yes, the primary charge that is levied against those that dare speak of what is actually in the Book of Mormon (written by a European American when the BIBLE was written by Jews plus Luke the Gentile convert … please read John 4:22 as it is there for a reason)? BIGOTRY. How ironic, and how sad.
Posted in bigotry, false doctrine, false prophet, false religion, false teachers, false teaching, freemasonry, Mormon, mormonism, racism | Tagged: 1 Nephi 11:13-15, 18-21, Joseph Smith | 73 Comments »
Posted by Job on December 30, 2007
It should be no secret that renowned disco superstar Sylvester James, known for recording some of disco’s biggest hits including “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Dance Disco Heat”, willingly donated charities to the Love Center Church of Oakland, Ca.; pastored by gospel legend Walter Hawkins. Using only his first name as his official stage name, Sylvester stormed audiences and critics with his bold courage to dress as a drag queen and was one of the latter recording pop artists to confess to their homosexual lifestyle. Yet Hawkins and Love Center decided to love the faithful church member and even embraced one of his musical projects, “Call Me”, in 1984. Sylvester constantly confessed his love for “church music” – especially since his religious roots were in the Pentecostal/Holiness church (Palm Lane Church of God In Christ). He explicitly thanks God in almost every album’s liner notes, even quoting scripture (Psalms 117) on his last record. Sadly, Sylvester died at the age of forty-one of AIDS complications; while a memorial service took place at Love Center Church in memory of the music legend.
Interesting that Yvette Flunder, one of the leading voices among those that claim that the church should accept homosexuality, claiming that the doctrine is not based on the Bible but rather out of the desire of men to oppress women (?), was an associate pastor, administrator, and lead singer at Walter Hawkins’ church. She calls gay rights activists “prophets.” Instead of asking her “don’t you people know that you are sinning against God and will burn in the lake of fire for eternity?” GospelCity asked “What difficulties do the members of the gay and lesbian community have being acknowledged by the faith community?”
One more thing: any more Madea/Tyler Perry fans out there? Even with the recent Tyler Perry phenomenon, the character of Ms. Mabel “Madea” Simmons, played by Perry himself, is under investigation under several critical sources. A man dressed as a woman…it’s something we see alot of in comedic environments. Rickey Smiley has done it. Flip Wilson has done it. Martin Lawrence did it. But gay circles claim the character of “Madea” was heavily ripped-off from Ms. Sophia McIntosh, a popular drag queen from Atlanta and that Perry drew strong inspiration from her many nights while performing regularly in gay clubs.
Oh yes, the article from the link above originally appeared in Prayze Hymn Online, a gospel music venture that obviously rejects the Biblical truth that homosexuality is a sin.
Posted in christian worldliness, Christianity, church scandal, church worldliness, homosexuality | Tagged: gospel music, gospel music industry, Madea, Sophia McIntosh, Sylvester, Tyler Perry, Walter Hawkins | 27 Comments »
Posted by Job on December 30, 2007
This is the link Yolanda Adams fans (click here)! Seriously, how do gospel artists and Christian preachers get away with this stuff? This is not about a Christian going into a secular arena and performing a secular song (which incidentally I do not oppose … despite the “legalist fundamentalist” reputation I am actually quite liberal about certain things)! But let us consider the lyrics to “Imagine.”
Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
Remember when Jews went ballistic over hateful racist false Christian Anne Coulter claiming that it was her dream for all Jews to convert to Christianity? Jews in their estimation took that as Coulter wanting to wipe them as a religion and people off the map, claiming that she wanted to finish the job that Hitler started. Well, that is what John Lennon’s “Imagine” was all about; trying to finish the job of Roman emperor Diocletian in killing all Christians in 303 AD. Oh yes, and the song also blames Christianity for hunger, greed, wars, oppression, division, etc.
Please recall Yolanda Adams Promotes Humanist Anti – Christ On Nickelodeon and understand my point: virtually no one is out there demanding that Christians stop buying their records, listening to them on the radio (Ms. Adams has a national gospel radio show), allowing them to sing in our churches, etc. No one claims that there should be any correlation between what these people sing or claim to believe (let alone what the Bible says) and how they actually live. Seriously, what would it take for something like that to happen, for gospel music fans and the Christian community to stop supporting these people? I would like to know what it is, because so far it appears that there really is nothing that gospel music fans – or supporters of these preachers – will not accept.
Posted by Job on December 30, 2007
Posted by Job on December 30, 2007
Excerpted from Theology Today:
I’ve previously made the remark that these so called “mand and women of Gawd” are nothing more then Kings and Queens that rule over vast kingdoms. In medieval times, Kings and Queens employed gay psalmists, jesters, sycophants, concubines and ladies in waiting for their amusement and to satisfy their every whim. These Kings would go “On Tour” with their entourages to various places under their control to be worshipped, adored and to collect the heavy taxes they levied, which they called “tributes”. Let’s see just how close these current “kings” resemble the medieval kings and queens from the past.
Gay Psalmists: I’m not gonna go there with this but I’m certain we all can identify at least one or two of them. Let’s just keep that one on the “down low” if you know what I meanJ!
Court Jesters: These are the guys and girls that say “yes” or “preach it” or “no you didn’t” every time they hear their king or queen spewing heresy or telling them their breakthrough is right around the corner. We all know folks like that.
Sycophants: Nowadays, we call them “armor bearers”. Butler would be a better word for it. These folks surround their king or queen and see to it that their every need is met including carrying pastor’s bible and even wiping sweat from pastor’s brow. Nearly every big dawg has a team of “armor bearers” in place. Boards of directors are also usually filled with sycophants who enable the kings and queens to rule over their kingdoms with little or no accountability.
Concubines: All of the kings and even some queens enjoyed their concubines. How many stories have we heard in the last year about pastors having mistresses and children born out of wedlock? 10, 20? I’m sure there are dozens more. Perfectly acceptable in medieval times and apparently just as accepted in the modern day kings kingdoms. I’m not going to name any names but I bet you can. Just provide a credible link to your claim.
Ladies in waiting: Ever see all the ladies hovering around pastor every Sunday, hoping to be the next “first lady”. Before they make concubine status they must catch the eye of the king. Enough said there.
On Tour: Kings in medieval times were celebrities. They traveled in separate fancy carriages, while the rest of their entourages traveled either on foot or via animal to all the villages and were adored, fawned over and collected big bucks in the form of taxes and tributes. Today’s kings and queens do the same. They travel in multi-million dollar private jets while the rest of the crew travel in large trucks bringing all the worthless merchandise to be sold to fill the kings coffers. The kings and queens stay during these tours in fancy hotel suites and their every need is met by fawning pastors and congregants. They collect HUGE amounts of tributes (love offerings and honorariums) from lesser known or smaller kingdoms, as well as taxes that they prefer to call tithes and just like the kings of old they don’t pay taxes either.
The kings all ruled over their vast kingdoms sitting on huge thrones. Ever seen the Roman Catholic Popes throne? How about those huge thrones that adorn the various sets of Trinity Broadcasting Network? Ah, don’t get me startedJ!
Kings usually pass down their kingdoms to their first born male son. How many of these kings do the very same thing? I’m sure there are SEVERAL that come to mind. Care to name a few?
Kings and queens of old always dressed in the finest attire available and adorned themselves with the most expensive jewelry. It distinguished them from the commoners. Today’s kings dress and adorn themselves in the same way. Care to name a few of today’s kings who do the same?
Oh, lets not forget the soldiers that protected the royal families back in the day. Messing with a king got you killed. Today’s kings have their own security and personal armed bodyguards as well as security cameras monitoring the congregants every move. These kings apparently don’t like the commoners to get too close. Anyone know a church with armed security?
The resemblance is shocking, eh? If I’ve left anything out, please feel free to enlighten us all. Maybe we should call these folks “Pulpit Kings” or how about “Modern day Monarchs”? Nah, I like Melvin’s “Pulpit Pimps” terminology far better!
Posted by Job on December 29, 2007
From the brother at Gay Christian Movement Watch:
- A lesbian’s recollection of James Cleveland’s homosexual choir and church.
- A singer’s recollection of his first GMWA and what he saw.
This is what Bobby Jones said in this newspaper article:
Bobby Jones of the popular TV show “Bobby Jones Gospel,” is one of the few in the industry to say he does not believe that homosexuality is entirely behavioral.
“I’m too intelligent for that. I do listen to what experts in the fields of human sexuality have to say about people and what happens to them when they reach puberty, the changes that happen in adolescence. You know, the talk shows have done a lot to educate me, too,” he said. So the leading gospel music industry figure today rejects what the Bible teaches in favor of Oprah Winfrey. Typical BET/The Word Network Christianity that helps make stars out of people like TD Jakes, Paula White, etc. Speaking of “The Word Network”, they gave a three week special on heretic and gay rights leader Carlton Pearson. The host, an independent gospel artist named Lexi (who from time to time mocks the Holy Spirit of God by pretending to be shouting and slain in the spirit for comic relief) agreed with everything that Pearson said, at one point even helping him by volunteering “You were hurt in the church because church people are so mean.”
Now the gospel artists that participate in all of these Bobby Jones and James Cleveland retreats and know all about this subculture but refuse to talk about it … what say you about them, Christians? Oh, but they certainly make great music, don’t they? One of the worst things about Youtube banning brother Ephesians511 is that he had a ton of videos exposing the gospel music industry.
Now these same sorts of spiritually corrupting things may be the case with the Christian (white) music scene, even if it is not homosexuality the a huge problem is that an increasing number of contemporary Christian and Christian rock bands come from megachurch culture Christianity and sing the same message as those churches preach (see if you can spot any difference between Israel Houghton’s music and Joel Osteen’s preaching; I dare say that if Houghton sang about the true message of the cross of Jesus Christ he would NOT be Osteen’s praise and worship leader).
Posted in abomination, apostasy, Christianity, gay rights, heresy, homosexuality | Tagged: BET, black entertainment television, Bobby Jones, Carlton Pearson, Dirty Laundry, gospel music industry, Gospel Music Workshop of America, International Gospel Industry Retreat, James Cleveland, Keith Boykin, religion | 6 Comments »
Posted by Job on December 29, 2007
“O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord; what destruction He hath brought upon the earth!” Psalm 46:8
Of all the judgments which the righteous God inflicts on sinners here, the most dreadful and destructive is an earthquake. This he has lately brought on our part of the earth, and thereby alarmed our fears, and bid us “prepare to meet our God!” The shocks which have been felt in divers places, since that which made this city tremble, may convince us that the danger is not over, and ought to keep us still in awe; seeing “his anger is not turned away, but his band is stretched out still.” (Isa. 10:4.)
That I may fall in with the design of Providence at this awful crisis, I shall take occasion from the words of my text,
I. To show that earthquakes are the works of the Lord, and He only bringeth this destruction upon the earth:
II. Call you to behold the works of the Lord, in two or three terrible instances: And,
III. Give you some directions suitable to the occasion.
I. I am to show you that earthquakes are the works of the Lord, and He only bringeth this destruction upon the earth.
Now, that God is himself the Author, and sin the moral cause, of earthquakes, (whatever the natural cause may be,) cannot be denied by any who believe the Scriptures; for these are they which testify of Him, that it is God” which removeth the mountains, and overturneth them in his anger; which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.” (Job 9:5, 6.) “He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.” (Ps. 104:32.) “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.” (Ps. 97:5.) “The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt. Who can stand before his indignation, and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.” (Nahum 1:5, 6.)
IN 1692 JAMAICA earthquake dogs ate the heads of some people buried in the ground up to their necksIN 1692 JAMAICA earthquake dogs ate the heads of some people buried in the ground up to their necks
Earthquakes are set forth by the inspired writers as God’s proper judicial act, or the punishment of sin: Sin is the cause, earthquakes the effect, of his anger. So the Psalmist: “The earth trembled and quaked; the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth” (Ps. 18:7.) So the Prophet Isaiah: “I will punish the world for their evil, — and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible: — Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shalt remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of host, and in the day of his fierce anger.” (Isa. 13:11, 13.) And again. “Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty; and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down,” (in the original, perverteth the face thereof,) “and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. For the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall and not rise again.” (Isa. 24:1, 18-20.) “Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the God of Jacob.” (Ps. 114:7.) “thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise.” (Isa. 29:6.)
Nothing can be more express than these scripture testimonies, which determine both the cause and author of this terrible calamity. But reason, as well as faith, doth sufficiently assure us it must be the punishment of sin, and the effect of that curse which was brought upon the earth by the original transgression. Steadfastness must be no longer looked for in the world, since innocency is banished thence: But we cannot conceive that the universe would have been disturbed by these furious accidents during the state of original righteousness. Wherefore should God’s anger have armed the elements against his faithful subjects? Wherefore should he have overthrown all his works to destroy innocent men? or why overwhelmed the inhabitants of the earth with the ruins thereof, if they had not been sinful? why buried those in the bowels of the earth who were not to die? Let us then conclude, both from Scripture and reason, that earthquakes are God’s strange works of judgment — the proper effect and punishment of sin. I proceed,
II. To set before you these works of the Lord in two or three terrible instances.
In the year 1692 there happened in Sicily one of the most dreadful earthquakes in all history. It shook the whole island and not only that, but Naples and Malta shared in the shock. It was impossible for any one to keep on their legs on the dancing earth: Nay, those who lay on the ground were tossed from side to side, as on a rolling billow. High walls leaped from their foundations several paces.
The mischief it did is amazing: Fifty-four cities and towns, besides an incredible number of villages, were almost entirely destroyed. Catania, one of the most famous, ancient, and flourishing cities in the kingdom, the residence of several monarchs, and an university, had the greatest share in the judgment. Father Anth. Serrvoita, being on his way thither, a few miles from the city observed a black cloud like night hovering over it; and there arose from the mouth of Etna great spires of flame, which spread all around. The sea, all on a sudden, began to roar, and rise in billows; the birds flew about astonished; the cattle ran crying in the fields; and there was a blow as if all the artillery in the world had been discharged at once!
His and his companions’ horses stopped short, trembling; so that they were forced to alight. They were no sooner off; but they were lifted from the ground above two palms; when, casting his eyes towards Catania, he was astonished to see nothing but a thick cloud of dust in the air. This was the scene of their calamity; for of the magnificent Catania there is not the least footstep to be seen. Of eighteen thousand nine hundred and fourteen inhabitants, eighteen thousand perished therein: In the several cities and towns sixty thousand were destroyed out of two hundred and fifty-four thousand nine hundred!
In the same year, 1692, on June 7, was the earthquake in Jamaica. It threw down most of the houses, churches, sugar-works, mills, and bridges throughout the island; tore the rocks and mountains, reducing some of them to plains ; destroyed whole plantations, and threw them into the sea; and, in two minutes time, shook down and destroyed nine-tenths of the town of Port Royal; the houses sunk outright thirty or forty fathom deep!
The earth, opening, swallowed up people; and they rose in other streets; some in the midst of the harbour, (being driven up again by the sea which rose in those breaches,) and so wonderfully escaped.
Of all wells, from one fathom to six or seven, the water flew out of the top with a vehement motion. While the houses on one side of the street were swallowed up, on the other they were thrown into heaps. The sand in the street rose like waves of the sea, lifting up every body that stood on it, and immediately dropping down into pits; and at the same instant, a flood of water, breaking in, rolled them over and over, while catching hold of beams and rafters to save themselves.
Ships and sloops in the harbour were overset and lost. A vessel, by the motion if the sea and sinking of the wharf, was driven over the tops of many houses, and sunk there.
The earthquake was attended with a hollow rumbling sound, like that of thunder. In less than a minute, three quarters of the houses, and the ground they stood on, with the inhabitants, were quite sunk under water, and the little part left behind was no better than a heap of rubbish!
The shock was so violent that it threw people down on their knees or their faces, as they were running about for shelter; the ground heaved and swelled like a rolling sea; and several houses, still standing were shuffled and moved some yards out of their places; a whole street is said to be twice as broad now as before.
In many places the earth would crack, and open and shut quick and fast, of which openings, two or three hundred might be seen at a time; in some whereof the people were swallowed up; others the closing earth caught by the middle, and squeezed to death; and in that manner they were left buried with only their heads above ground; some heads the dogs ate!
The Minister of the place, in his account, saith, that such was the desperate wickedness of the people, that he was afraid to continue among them; that on the day of the earthquake some sailors and others fell to breaking open and rifling warehouses, and houses deserted, while the earth trembled under them, and the houses fell upon them in the act; that he met many swearing and blaspheming; and that the common harlots, who remained still upon the place, were as drunken and impudent as ever.
While he was running towards the Fort, a wide open place, to save himself, he saw the earth open and swallow up a multitude of people; and the sea mounting in upon them over the fortifications, it likewise destroyed their large burying-place, and washed away the carcases out of their graves, dashing their tombs to pieces. The whole harbour was covered with dead bodies, floating up and down without burial!
As soon as the violent shock was over, he desired all people to join with him in prayer. Among them were several Jews, who kneeled and answered as they did, and were heard even to call upon Jesus Christ. After he had spent an hour and an half with them in prayer, and exhortations to repentance, he was desired to retire to some ship in the harbour, and, passing over the tops of some houses which lay level with) the water, got first into a canoe, and then into a long-boat, which put him on board a ship.
The larger openings swallowed up houses; and out of some would issue whole rivers of water, spouted up a great height into the air, and threatening a deluge to that part which the earthquake spared. The whole was attended with offensive smells, and the noise of falling mountains. The sky in a minutes time was turned dull and red, like a glowing oven. Scarce a planting-house or sugar-work was left standing in all Jamaica. A great part of them was swallowed up, houses, trees, people, and all at one gape; in the place of which afterwards appeared great pools of water, which, when dried up, left nothing but sand, without any mark that ever tree or plant had been thereon.
About twelve miles from the sea, the earth gaped, and spouted out, with a prodigious force, vast quantities of water into the air. But the greatest violence was among the mountains and rocks. Most of the rivers were stopped for twenty-four hours, by the falling of the mountains; till, swelling up, they made themselves new channels, tearing up trees, and all they met with, in their passage.
A great mountain split, and fell into the level ground, and covered several settlements, and destroyed the people there. Another mountain, having made several leaps or moves, overwhelmed [a] great part of a plantation lying a mile off. Another large high mountain, near a day’s journey over, was quite swallowed up, and where it stood is now a great lake some leagues over.
After the great shake, those who escaped got on board ships in the harbour, where many continued above two months; the shakes all that time being so violent, and coming so thick, sometimes two or three in an hour, accompanied with frightful noises, like a ruffling wind, or a hollow rumbling thunder, with brimstone blasts, that they durst not come ashore. The consequence of the earthquake was, a general sickness from the noisome vapours, which swept away above three thousand persons.
On the 28th of October, 1746, half an hour past ten at night, Lima, the capital city of Peru, was destroyed by an earthquake, which extended an hundred leagues northward and as many more to the south, all along the sea-coast. The destruction did not so much as give time for fright; for, at one and the same instant, the noise, the shock, and the ruin were perceived. In the space of four minutes, during which the greatest force of the earthquake lasted, some found themselves buried under the ruins of the falling houses; and others crushed to death in the streets by the tumbling of the walls, which fell upon them as they ran here and there.
Nevertheless, the greater part of the inhabitants (who were computed near sixty thousand) were providentially preserved, either in the hollow places which the ruins left, or on the top of the very ruins themselves, without knowing how they got up thither. For no person, at such a season, had time for deliberation; and supposing he had, there was no place of retreat: For the parts which seemed most firm sometimes proved the weakest; on the contrary the weakest, at intervals, made the greatest resistance; and the consternation was such, that no one thought himself secure, till he had made his escape out of the city.
The earth struck against the buildings with such violence, that every shock beat down the greatest part of them; and these, tearing along with them vast weights in their fall, (especially the churches and high houses,) completed the destruction of everything they encountered with, even of what the earth-quake had spared. The shocks, although instantaneous, were yet successive; and at intervals men were transported from one place to another, which was the means of safety to some, while the utter impossibility of moving preserved others.
There were seventy-four churches, besides chapels, and fourteen monasteries, with as many more hospitals and infirmaries, which were in all instant reduced to a ruinous heap, and their immense riches buried in the earth! But though scarce twenty houses were left standing, yet it does not appear that the number of the dead amounted to much more than one thousand one hundred and forty-one persons; seventy of whom were patients in an hospital, who were buried by the roof falling upon them as they lay in their beds, no person being able to give them any assistance.
Callao, a sea-port town, two leagues distant from Lima, was swallowed up by, the sea in the same earthquake. It vanished out of sight in a moment; so that not the least sight of it now appears.
Some few towers, indeed, and the strength of its walls, for a time, endured the whole force of the earthquake: But scarcely had its poor inhabitants begun to recover their first fright which the dreadful ruin had occasioned, when, suddenly, the sea began to swell, and, rising to a prodigious height, rushed furiously forward, and overflowed, with so vast a deluge of water, its ancient bounds, that, foundering most of the ships which were at anchor in the port, and lifting the rest above the height of the walls and towers, it drove them on and left them on dry ground far beyond the town. At the same time, it tore up from the foundations everything therein of houses and buildings, excepting the two gates, and here and there some small fragments of the walls themselves, which, as registers of the calamity, are still to be seen among the ruins and the waters, — a dreadful monument of what they were!
In this raging flood were drowned all the inhabitants of the place, about five thousand persons. Such as could lay hold on any pieces of timber, floated about for a considerable time; but those fragments, for want of room, were continually striking against each other, and so beat off those who had clung to them.
About two hundred, mostly fishermen and sailors, saved themselves. They declared that the waves in their retreat surrounded the whole town, without leaving any means for preservation; ad that, in the intervals, when the violence of the inundation was a little abated, they heard the most mournful cries and shrieks of those who perished. Those, likewise, who were on board the ships, which, by the elevation of the sea, were carried quite over the town, had the opportunity of escaping. Of twenty-three ships in the port at the time of the earthquake, four were stranded, and all the rest foundered. The few persons who saved themselves upon planks were several times driven about as far as the island of St. Lawrence, more than two leagues from the fort. At last some of them were cast upon the sea-shore, others upon the island, and so were preserved.
In these instances we may behold and see the works of the Lord, and how “terrible he is in his doings toward the children of me.” (Ps. 66:5.) Indeed, nothing can be so affecting as this judgment of earthquakes when it comes unexpectedly as a thief in the night; — “when hell enlarges herself, and open her mouth without measure; and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, descent into it;” (Isa. 5:14;) — when there is no time to flee, or method to escape, or possibility to resist; — when no sanctuary or refuge remains; no shelter is to be found in the highest towers or lowest caverns; — when the earth opens on a sudden, and becomes the grave of whole families, streets, and cities; and effects this in less time than you are able to tell the story of it; either sending out a flood of waters to drown, or vomiting out flames of fire to consume them, or closing again upon them, that they die by suffocation or famine, if not by the ruins of their own dwelling; — when parents and children, husbands and wives, masters and servants, magistrates, Ministers, and people, without distinction, in the midst of health, and peace, and business, are buried in a common ruin, and pass all together into the eternal world: and there is only the difference of a few hours or minutes between a famous city and none at all!
Now, if war be a terrible evil, how much more an earthquake, which, in the midst of peace, brings a worse evil than the extremity of war! If a raging pestilence be dreadful, which sweeps away thousands in a day, and ten thousands in a night; if a consuming fire be an amazing judgment; how much more astonishing is this, whereby houses, and inhabitants, towns, and cities, and countries, are all destroyed at one stroke in a few minutes! Death is the only presage of such a judgment, without giving leisure to prepare for another world, or opportunity to look for any shelter in this.
For a man to feel the earth, which hangeth upon nothing, (but as some vast ball in the midst of a thin yielding air,) totter under him, must fill him with secret fright and confusion. History informs us of the fearful effects of earthquakes in all ages; where you may see rocks torn in pieces; mountains not cast down only, but removed; hills raised, not out of valleys only, but out of seas; fires breaking out of waters; stones and cinders belched up; rivers changed; seas dislodged; earth opening; towns swallowed up; and many such-like hideous events!
Of all divine animadversions, there is none more horrid, more inevitable, than this. For where can we think to escape danger, if the most solid thing in all the world shakes? If that which sustains all other things threaten us with sinking under our feet, what sanctuary shall we find from an evil that encompasses us about? And whither can we withdraw, if the gulfs which open themselves shut up our passages on every side?
With what horror are men struck when they hear the earth groan; when her trembling succeeds her complaints; when houses are loosened from their foundations; when the roofs fall upon their heads, and the pavement sinks under their feet! What hope, when fear cannot he fenced by flight! In other evils there is some way to escape; but an earthquake incloses what it overthrows, and wages war with whole provinces; and sometimes leaves nothing behind it to inform posterity of its outrages. More insolent than fire, which spares rocks; more cruel than the conqueror, who leaves walls; more greedy than the sea, which vomits up shipwrecks; it swallows and devours whatsoever it overturns. The sea itself is subject to its empire, and the most dangerous storms are those occasioned by earthquakes.
I come, in the Third and last place, to give you some directions suitable to the occasion.
And this is the more needful, because ye know not how soon the late earthquake, wherewith God hath visited us, may return, or whether He may not enlarge as well as repeat its commission. Once, yea, twice, hath the Lord warned us, that he is arisen to shake terribly the earth. Wherefore, 1. Fear God, even that God can in a moment cast both body and soul into hell! “Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.” (Isa. 1:10.) Ought we not all to cry out, “Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty! Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thy judgments are made manifest!” (Rev. 15:3, 4.)
God speaks to your hearts, as in subterranean thunder, “The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, — Hear the rod, and who hath appointed it.” (Mic. 6:9.) He commands you to take notice of his power and justice. “Come and see!” (Rev. 6:5,) while a fresh seal is opening; yea, “come and see the works of God; his is terrible in his doings towards the children of men.” (Ps. 66:5.)
When he makes the mountains tremble, and the earth shake, shall not our hearts be moved? “Fear ye not me? saith the Lord; and will ye not tremble at my presence?” (Jer. 5:22.) Will ye not fear me, who can open the windows of heaven above, or break up the fountains of the deep below, and pour forth whole floods of vengeance when I please? — who can “rain upon the wicked snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest;” (Ps. 11:6;) or kindle those streams and exhalations in the bowels and caverns of the earth, and make them force their way to the destruction of towns, cities, and countries? who can thus suddenly turn a fruitful land into a barren wilderness; an amazing spectacle of desolation and ruin?
“Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it.” “The lion hath roared; who will not fear? With God is terrible majesty; men do therefore fear him.” Some do; and all ought. O that his fear might this moment fall upon all you who hear these words; constraining every one of you to cry out, “My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments!” (Ps. 109:10.) O that all might see, now His hand is lifted up, as in act to strike; is stretched out still; and shakes his rod over a guilty land, a people fitted for destruction! For is not this the nation to be visited? And “shall not I wait for these things? saith the Lord; and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?” (Jer. 5:9.) What but national repentance can prevent national destruction?
“O consider this, ye that forget God, lest he pluck you away, and there be none to deliver you!” (Ps. 50:22.) That iniquity may not be your ruin, repent! This is the Second advice I would offer you; or, rather, the First enforced upon you farther, and explained. Fear God, and depart from evil; repent, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance; break off our sins this moment. ” Wash ye, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well,” saith the Lord. (Isa. :16, 17.)
“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3.) “Therefore now, saith the Lord,” who is not willing any should perish, “turn ye unto me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him?” (Joel 2:12-14.)
“Who knoweth?” A question which should make you tremble. God is weighing you in the balance, and, as it were, considering whether to save or to destroy! “Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiff-necked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee; therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.” (Exod. 33:5.)
LISBON, PORTUGAL earthquake in 1755LISBON, PORTUGAL earthquake in 1755
God waits to see what effect his warnings will have upon you. He pauses on the point of executing judgment, and cries, “How shall I give thee up?” (Hos. 11:8) Or, “Why should ye be stricken any more?” (Isa. 1:5.) He hath no pleasure in the death of him that dieth. He would not bring to pass his strange act, unless your obstinate impenitence compel him.
“Why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezek. 18:31.) God warns you of the approaching judgment, that ye may take warning, and escape it by timely repentance. He lifts up his hand, and shakes it over you, that ye may see it, and prevent the stroke. He tells you, “Now is the axe laid unto the root of the trees:” (Matt. 3:10:) Therefore repent; bring forth good fruit; and ye shall not be hewn down, and cast into the fire. O do not despise the riches of his mercy, but let it lead you to repentance! “Account that the longsuffering of the Lord is salvation.” (2 Pet. 3:15.) Harden not your hearts, but turn to Him that smites you; or, rather, threatens to smite, that ye may turn and be spared!
How slow is the Lord to anger! how unwilling to punish! By what leisurely steps does he come to take vengeance! How many lighter afflictions before the final blow!
Should he beckon the man on the red horse to return, and say, “Sword, go through this land;” can we complain he gave us no warning? Did not the sword first bereave abroad; and did we not then see it within our borders? Yet the merciful God said, “Hitherto shalt thou come, and no further;” he stopped the invaders in the midst of our land, and turned them back again, and destroyed them.
Should he send the man on the pale horse, whose name is Death, and the pestilence destroy thousands and ten thousands of us; can we deny that first he warned us by the raging mortality among our cattle?
So, if we provoke him to lay waste our earth, and turn it upside down, and overthrow us, as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah; shall we not have procured this unto ourselves? Had we no reason to expect any such calamity; no previous notice; no trembling of the earth before it clave; no shock before it opened its mouth? Did he set no examples of so terrible a judgment before our eyes? Had we never heard of the destruction of Jamaica, or Catania, or that of Lima, which happened but yesterday? If we perish at last, we perish without excuse; for what could have been done more to save us?
Yes; thou hast now another call to repentance, another offer of mercy, whosoever thou art that hearest these words. In the name of the Lord Jesus, I warn thee once more, as a watchman over the house of Israel, to flee from the wrath to come! I put thee in remembrance (if thou hast so soon forgotten it) of the late awful judgment, whereby God shook thee over the mouth of hell! Thy body he probably awoke by it; but did he awake thy soul? The Lord was in the earthquake, and put a solemn question to thy conscience: “Art thou ready to die?” “Is thy peace made with God?” Was the earth just now to open its mouth, and swallow thee up, what would become of thee? Where wouldest thou be? in Abraham’s bosom, or lifting up thine eyes in torment? Hadst thou perished by the late earthquake, wouldest thou not have died in thy sins, or rather gone down quick into hell? Who prevented thy damnation? it was the Son of God! O fall down, and worship him! Give Him the glory of thy deliverance; and devote the residue of thy days to his service!
This is the Third advice I would give you: Repent and believe the gospel. Believe on the Lord Jesus, and ye shall yet be saved. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish. Repentance alone will profit you nothing; neither do ye repent, unless ye confess with broken hearts the most damnable of all your sins, your unbelief; your having rejected, or not accepted, Jesus Christ as your only Saviour. Neither can ye repent unless he himself gives the power; unless his Spirit convince you of sin, because ye believe not in Him.
Till ye repent of your unbelief, all your good desires and promises are vain, and will pass away as a morning cloud. The vows which ye make in a time of trouble, ye will forget and break as soon as the trouble is over and the danger past.
SAN FRANCISCO 1906 earthquake- City Hall before and afterSAN FRANCISCO 1906 earthquake- City Hall before and after
But shall ye escape for your wickedness, suppose the earthquake should not return? God will never want ways and means to punish impenitent sinners. He hath a thousand other judgments in reserve; and if the earth should not open its mouth, yet ye shall surely at last be swallowed up in the bottomless pit of hell!
Wouldest thou yet escape that eternal death? Then receive the sentence of death in thyself, thou miserable self-destroyed sinner! Know thy want of living, saving, divine faith! Groan under thy burden of unbelief, and refuse to be comforted till thou hear Him of his own mouth say, “Be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee.”
I cannot take it for granted, that all men have faith; or speak to the sinners of this land as to believers in Jesus Christ. For where are the fruits of faith? Faith worketh by love; faith overcometh the world; faith purifieth the heart; faith, in the smallest measure, removeth mountains. If thou canst believe, all things are possible to thee. If thou art justified by faith, thou hast peace with God, and rejoicest in hope of his glorious appearing.
He that believeth hath the witness in himself; hath the earnest of heaven in his heart; hath love stronger than death. Death to a believer has lost its sting; “therefore will he not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” (Ps. 46:2.) For he knows in whom he has believed; and that “neither life nor death shall be able to separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus his Lord.”
Dost thou so believe? Prove thy own self by the infallible word of God. If thou hast not the fruits, effects, or inseparable properties of faith, thou hast not faith. Come, then, to the Author and Finisher of faith, confessing thy sins, and the root of all — thy unbelief, till he forgive thee thy sins, and cleanse thee from all unrighteousness. Come to the Friend of sinners, weary and heavy laden, and he will give thee pardon! Cast thy poor desperate soul on his dying love! Enter into the rock, the ark, the city of refuge! Ask, and thou shalt receive faith and forgiveness together. He waited to be gracious. He hath spared thee for this very thing; that thine eyes might see his salvation. Whatever judgments come in these latter days, yet whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord Jesus hall be delivered.
Call upon Him now, O sinner! and continue instant in prayer, till he answer thee in peace and power! Wrestle for the blessing! Thy life, thy soul, is at stake! Cry mightily unto Him, — “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me “God he merciful unto me a sinner!” Lord, help me! Help my unbelief! Save, or I perish! Sprinkle my troubled heart! Wash me throughly in the fountain of thy blood; guide me by thy Spirit; sanctify me throughout, and receive me up into glory!
“Now to God the Father,” c.
Edited by George Lyons with corrections by Ryan Danker for the Wesley Center for Applied Theology of Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID).
Posted by Job on December 29, 2007
In my old religious right GOP days, I would have hailed this as a victory for conservatism. But now, I am forced to reckon with the fact that Bill Kristol is not a Christian, but a very aggressive big business neoconservative Zionist who is extremely hard – hearted towards the poor and the dispossessed. As a matter of fact, Kristol is the son of Irving Kristol, who is called the father of neoconservatism. Now is not the time to be worried about being labeled “anti – Semite” or be distracted with ideological or partisan political games. As much as I oppose Mike Huckabee, it is interesting to note, for instance, that the neocons are trashing the fellow because he represents people that actually takes their Christianity seriously rather than worshiping a false god of state, tradition, heritage, values, etc. These same people actually went ballistic over Mike Huckabee’s saying “the purpose of Christmas is to honor Christ”, hounded him until he stopped calling himself “a Christian leader” in his ads (despite the fact that it was a literally true statement from a former megachurch pastor and head of the Arkansas Southern Baptist Convention), and actually dedicated several days to analyzing whether Huckabee used special lighting effects to make the light reflecting off a bookshelf behind him take the form of a crucifix! They have spent the last month emulating the New York Times, NPR, and what have you in calling Huckabee’s supporters ignorant bigots out to start a holy war. The best part is how they trash Huckabee for having the same record and positions on issues that Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney have.
If that is what people think of those that follow the false Christianity that tolerates people like John Hagee and Kenneth Copeland (whose support Huckabee has aggressively courted) and if they went apoplectic over hateful Anne Coulter’s dual covenant theology, then what do they think of real Christianity and actual Christians? The New York Times’ hiring this fellow really does show that when it comes down to it, the mainstream left and the right are on the same side when it comes to the globalist agenda. Kristol is going to use the influence of the New York Times to win over as many liberals to that agenda as possible just as a generation ago William F. Buckley used the National Review to transform the conservative movement into its current neoconservative manifestation.
Proof positive: Bill Kristol agrees with George W. Bush, the Wall Street Journal, John McCain, Ted Kennedy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, etc. on amnesty for illegal immigrants and not enforcing our borders in general. Kristol, when it comes down to it, is just another Council on Foreign Relations/Rockefeller guy, and he is going to use his position at the New York Times to lead a lot of liberals, conservatives, independents, etc. down that path.
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Posted by Job on December 29, 2007
Eric Dyson claims divine inspiration in his decision to create a line of Jesus action figures. See Fox News link below. Each figure sells for between $20 and $30 and is marketed through Christian retail stores. Dyson’s Jesus figurines, meanwhile, have created a bit of controversy, especially the one called “I Am Peace,” which shows Jesus with a combat rifle slung over his shoulder while holding a dove. Still, the company has high hopes this holiday season.And for those looking for a touch of divine spirit when they hit the highway: Jesus air fresheners. In addition to Fox News link below, Cclick here to read the Denver Post story.
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