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Is Islam A Religion of Peace? America Wake Up!

Monday, January 30th, 2017

© 2017 Stan Hallett

I’m sorry, but I’m just a little fired up this morning after reading and listening to a lot of what is going on in this country right now!

Anyone who says that Islam is a religion of peace either has never read the Quran, does not understand what they have read, or is a liar.

Islam is an enemy of Christianity, of Judaism, and of God.

See my post “Is Christianity and Judaism at War with Islam?

This is not to say that most that claim to be Muslim are peace loving people, I believe that most are. However the books that they base their faith on, the Quran and the Hadith are not, nor was Muhammed.

The peace loving Muslims are not true Muslims. In fact, aside from the cultural aspect most Muslims would be much happier as Christians.  The New Testament of the Bible teaches doctrines more inline with what peace loving Muslims want and desire.

I believe in freedom of religion until a specific religion teaches to hate and murder others. You have the right to believe and worship who or what you want. But no one should have the right to do harm to others in the name of their religion or faith.

Muslim Ban?  If it isn’t it should be! I believe that the 1st and 14th amendment of our constitution should be amended again.  I believe in freedom of religion unless a specific religion advocates the physical harm and murder of those of other faiths as Islam does.

No one that believes or advocates such things should be allowed to become a citizen of the U.S. or ever allowed entrance so that they can carry out these acts against the Christian or Jewish citizens of this country.

The Bible was written in a period of over 1500 years by 40 authors as they we instructed or inspired by God.  Yet there is no contradiction between authors, and God has not changed. However His relationship to man has changed through what is known as covenants.

Muhammad, the sole author of the Quran, the primary book of Muslims and the religion of Islam, was born almost 500 years after the last book of the Bible was written.  Muhammad, an illiterate man, then took over 23 years to dictate the book, either from memory, or a demonic possessed state.

Muhammad was a narcissist, a pedophile, a mass murderer, a terrorist, a misogynist, a lecher, a cult leader, a madman, a rapist, a torturer, an assassin and a looter.

The Quran borrows from the Bible in an apparent attempt to give it credibility by including inaccurate stories of Abraham, Jesus, and others. One of the most extreme conflicts is that the Quran sees Jesus as a prophet rather than the “Son of God” (Mark 1:1) as the Bible clearly proclaims.

There are only two possibilities; either Muhammad was a liar and dictated the book for his own purposes, or what I consider most likely is that Satan appeared to him as the angel Gabriel.

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14,15

Any intelligent person that does an in depth comparison between the Bible and the Koran would easily come to the conclusion that the God of the Bible could not be the Allah of the Quran.

Over the entire 23 years in which the Quran was written we were in the covenant of God’s grace and mercy extended to all of mankind. Not just to Muslims, not just to Jews, but to all the world. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – John 3:16. Where the Bible says to love your enemies, the Quran says to slay them.

I believe that it is entirely possible for someone to be raised in, or be converted to Islam without a complete understanding of the what the Quran teaches. Even many that claim to be Christian do not have full comprehension of many of the teachings of the Bible.

For this cause I not only teach Biblical truths on this website to give understanding, but I also feel indebted to also expose the false teachings of the Quran and expose the false God that Muslims call Allah.

There are a lot of Muslims that proclaim that they are peaceful people and that there are are many sects of Islam, most of which are peaceful.  While I believe that indeed there are those that proclaim to be Muslim yet are peace loving people.  However their religion, Muhammad, and the Quran bears out that it is indeed not a religion of peace. Muhammad was a violent, murdering, rapist and a child molester. Any Muslim that believes contrary to this is not a true Muslim and is not obedient to the Quran and Muhammad.

Conversely there are indeed those that proclaim to be Christians and do not obey God’s Word or the words of Jesus. Some that immediately come to mind is some that stand on street corners holding up signs that say “God Hates Fags”. This is not true Christianity.

In  a nutshell those that proclaim to be Muslims that say Islam is a peace loving religion and do not believe in harming anyone for any reason are not true Muslims.  Those Christians that would do harm to anyone or say something that is contrary to the Bible is not a true Christian. This is the great difference to our loving and true God and the false religion of Islam.

Those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  Islam is not just the enemy of Christianity or Judaism, it is the enemy of God and humanity.

Here is the 1400 year history of Islam in just a few minutes. . .

More to come . . .

Who Created God?

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

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© 2016 Stan Hallett

In our natural world it is very difficult to imagine anything that did not have a beginning or an end. Everything we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch had a beginning, a point of creation, and will have an ending.

With this in mind it would appear to be a natural question to ask; “When was God’s beginning?” Or perhaps “Who created God?” There is no natural way to answer this question.  If God created the universe and everything in it, and man still cannot accept this true origin of matter, which he can see, how will man find the answer to the origin of the Creator, whom he cannot see?

We cannot use science to find the answer. If an idea is not testable, repeatable, observable, and falsifiable, it is not considered scientific. God or His supposed creation cannot be tested, and it is not repeatable. We cannot observe it and  therefore it is not falsifiable, meaning that we cannot use science to prove that God, or anything pertaining to Him as being false.

To answer any questions pertaining to God there is only one reliable source that we have, which is the Bible. Apart from the Bible one would be left with only speculation, theory or philosophy.  But why is the Bible a reliable source of the origin of God? How can we believe the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of historical writings and accounts, and is reliable because it was written by several eyewitnesses in full view of hundreds of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecy. No other historical document or books can make that claim, nor have that same verifiable credibility.

The Bible which is not one book, but rather a collection of 66 books which was written by 40 authors, most of whom never met each other, because these 66 books were written over a period of over 1500 years.  These books were written in three continents, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and they were written in three languages, Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.

The Bible in every accepted translation of the New Testament have been preserved in more manuscripts than any other ancient work, having over 5,800 complete or fragmented Greek manuscripts, 10,000 Latin manuscripts and 9,300 manuscripts in various other ancient languages including Syriac, Slavic, Gothic, Ethiopic, Coptic and Armenian.

In addition there are over 25,000 archeological digs related directly to the Bible that prove its authenticity. Yet there is no discrepancy in it anywhere. No other book or collection of books can make that claim, or even come close.

If we were to look to the scriptures as a source of the origin of God, where would we start?  How about right at the beginning which is the book of “Genesis”, which means the beginning or origin. In fact the very first four words declare, “In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1).

This is not God’s beginning but man’s beginning.  The Bible contains God’s words to man. God is letting us know that He was the beginning of all things. The following words of that opening sentence tell us that He (God) created the heaven and the earth. As such, His origin would predate the beginning of all matter that we see.

The difficult concept for us as mere mortals to wrap our heads around is that God always was and always will be.  He is eternal and had no beginning and has no ending.

One of the questions that comes to my mind is; What was God doing with all that time before He created the heaven and the earth and created man? As though it’s all about us. God does not answer that question in His Word.  We may not be able to comprehend it if He told us.

We do know from the Bible that the angels were in existence before He ever created the heaven and the earth as well as man. We also know that God is not a man, but is Spirit.  The angels are also spirit beings that live and exist on a completely different plane or dimension than we do as mere mortals.

However the Bible says that the fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalms 14:1).

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:19-22).

The evidence of God and His creation is all around us. It is a work of complex perfection in all areas that we can observe.  Take just the human body alone.  All of God’s complex creation is perfect balance and symmetry. Yet an in his limited knowledge cannot create even the simplest of life forms.  He can only manipulate that which God has already created.

If God is the creator, who created all things as the Bible declares. Then for arguments sake we then assume someone or something created God, then they would have only created God and stopped. This is because the Bible declares that God created everything. Then you would have to take it to the next level and ask, “Who then created the supreme being that created God?” and so on. We should soon begin to realize how foolish the question is.

No, the Bible declares that God alone is the Creator of all things. Further God declares, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Revelation 22:13). If He is first then no one is before Him, and if He is last, then there is no one after Him.

God declares in the book of Isaiah,“…before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me” (Isaiah 43:10).

If someone created God then they would be a greater God.  Yet God declares,“Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any” (Isaiah 44:5-9).

Romans 1:24 doesn’t say that God is a creator, it says that He is the creator. There is only one. So the question really is,”Who created the sole creator who created all things?” The answer is obviously, no one.

Stan Hallett

Is Christianity and Judaism at War with Islam?

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

© 2016 Stan Hallett

Most Christians and most Americans have no idea what the Qur’an actually teaches. Christians and most others have never taken the time to read it. Can it also be possible that many Muslims do not comprehend what it is that they have been made to read and memorize?

If they do comprehend it then they either leave the faith, or they are in agreement with it and therefore are at war with Christians and Jews.

Friends we are in a war with all devout Muslims that know what it says, accepts it as truth, and are willing to obey its instruction.

This is not “hate speech”!  This is a fact.  The hate speech comes from the Qur’an and any Muslim that would do it’s bidding. Read for yourself!

2:65 Allah transforms disobedient Jews into apes

“And well you know there were those among you [Jews] that transgressed the Sabbath, and We said to them, ‘Be you apes, miserably slinking!’

2:89 Unbelievers, particularly Jews, are accursed

“When there came to them [Jews] a Book from Allah, confirming what was with them — and they aforetimes prayed for victory over the unbelievers — when there came to them that they recognized, they disbelieved in it; and the curse of Allah is on the unbelievers.

2:191-193 Fight and kill unbelievers until “religion is Allah’s,” i.e. Islamic law rules all societies

“And slay them wherever you come upon them, and expel them from where they expelled you; persecution is more grievous than slaying. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, slay them — such is the recompense of unbelievers, but if they give over, surely Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s; then if they give over, there shall be no enmity save for evildoers.”

3:28 Don’t take unbelievers as friends and allies, unless it is for “fear of them,” i.e. deceptively for protection of oneself or of Islam

“Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends, rather than the believers — for whoso does that belongs not to Allah in anything — unless you have a fear of them. Allah warns you that You beware of Him, and unto Allah is the homecoming.”

3:110-112 Muslims are the best of people, Jews have earned Allah’s anger

“You are the best nation ever brought forth to men, bidding to honour, and forbidding dishonour, and believing in Allah. Had the People of the Book believed, it were better for them; some of them are believers, but the most of them are ungodly. They will not harm you, except a little hurt; and if they fight with you, they will turn on you their backs; then they will not be helped. Abasement shall be pitched on them, wherever they are come upon, except they be in a bond of Allah, and a bond of the people; they will be laden with the burden of Allah’s anger, and poverty shall be pitched on them; that, because they disbelieved in Allah’s signs, and slew the Prophets without right; that, for that they acted rebelliously and were transgressors.”

3:151 Allah will cast terror into the unbelievers’ hearts

“We will cast into the hearts of the unbelievers terror, for that they have associated with Allah that for which He sent down never authority; their lodging shall be the Fire; evil is the lodging of the evildoers.”

3:181 Jews are bound for hell

“Allah has heard the saying of those who said, ‘Surely Allah is poor, and we are rich.’ We shall write down what they have said, and their slaying the Prophets without right, and We shall say, ‘Taste the chastisement of the burning.’”

4:34 Beat disobedient women

“Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that Allah has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for Allah’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them. If they then obey you, look not for any way against them; Allah is All-high, All-great.”

4:160 Jews do evil, turn people away from Allah

“And for the evildoing of those of Jewry, We have forbidden them certain good things that were permitted to them, and for their barring from Allah’s way many…”

5:33 Crucify or amputate the hands and feet of those who make war against Allah and Muhammad

“This is the recompense of those who fight against Allah and His Messenger, and hasten about the earth, to do corruption there: they shall be slaughtered, or crucified, or their hands and feet shall alternately be struck off; or they shall be banished from the land. That is a degradation for them in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”

5:41 Jews listen to falsehood and pervert the meaning of their Scriptures

“O Messenger, let them not grieve thee that vie with one another in unbelief, such men as say with their mouths ‘We believe’ but their hearts believe not; and the Jews who listen to falsehood, listen to other folk, who have not come to thee, perverting words from their meanings, saying, ‘If you are given this, then take it; if you are not given it, beware!’ Whomsoever Allah desires to try, thou canst not avail him anything with Allah. Those are they whose hearts Allah desired not to purify; for them is degradation in this world; and in the world to come awaits them a mighty chastisement.”

5:51 Don’t take Jews and Christians as friends and allies

“O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Whoso of you makes them his friends is one of them. Allah guides not the people of the evildoers.”

5:59-60 Jews cursed, made into apes and swine

“Say: ‘People of the Book, do you blame us for any other cause than that we believe in Allah, and what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down before, and that most of you are ungodly?’ Say: ‘Shall I tell you of a recompense with Allah, worse than that? Whomsoever Allah has cursed, and with whom He is wroth, and made some of them apes and swine, and worshippers of idols — they are worse situated, and have gone further astray from the right way.’”

5:64 Jews accursed

“The Jews have said, ‘Allah’s hand is fettered.’ Fettered are their hands, and they are cursed for what they have said. Nay, but His hands are outspread; He expends how He will. And what has been sent down to thee from thy Lord will surely increase many of them in insolence and unbelief; and We have cast between them enmity and hatred, till the Day of Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, Allah will extinguish it. They hasten about the earth, to do corruption there; and Allah loves not the workers of corruption.”

5:72 Christians are unbelievers

“They are unbelievers who say, ‘Allah is the Messiah, Mary’s son.’ For the Messiah said, ‘Children of Israel, serve God, my Lord and your Lord. Verily whoso associates with Allah anything, Allah shall prohibit him entrance to Paradise, and his refuge shall be the Fire; and wrongdoers shall have no helpers.’”

5:82 Jews most hostile to the Muslims

“Thou wilt surely find the most hostile of men to the believers are the Jews and the idolaters; and thou wilt surely find the nearest of them in love to the believers are those who say ‘We are Christians’; that, because some of them are priests and monks, and they wax not proud.”

6:91 Jews deny, conceal divine revelations

“They measured not Allah with His true measure when they said, ‘Allah has not sent down aught on any mortal.’ Say: ‘Who sent down the Book that Moses brought as a light and a guidance to men? You put it into parchments, revealing them, and hiding much; and you were taught that you knew not, you and your fathers.’ Say: ‘Allah.’ Then leave them alone, playing their game of plunging.”

6:146 Jews insolent

“And to those of Jewry We have forbidden every beast with claws; and of oxen and sheep We have forbidden them the fat of them, save what their backs carry, or their entrails, or what is mingled with bone; that We recompensed them for their insolence; surely We speak truly.”

7:166 Jews are apes

“And when they [Jews] turned in disdain from that forbidding We said to them, ‘Be you apes, miserably slinking!’”

8:12 Allah will terrorize unbelievers; Muslims should behead them and cut off their hands

“When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!’”

8:39 Fight unbelievers until Islam reigns supreme

“Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.”

8:60 Make war against enemies of Allah

“Make ready for them whatever force and strings of horses you can, to terrify thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides them that you know not; Allah knows them. And whatsoever you expend in the way of Allah shall be repaid you in full; you will not be wronged.”

9:5 Slay the idolaters

“Then, when the sacred months are drawn away, slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent, and perform the prayer, and pay the alms, then let them go their way; Allah is All-forgiving, All-compassionate.”

9:28 Idolaters unclean

“O believers, the idolaters are indeed unclean; so let them not come near the Holy Mosque after this year of theirs. If you fear poverty, Allah shall surely enrich you of His bounty, if He will; Allah is All-knowing; All-wise.”

9:29 Fight and subjugate the Jews and Christians

“Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and His Messenger have forbidden — such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book — until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.”

9:30 Jews and Christians assailed by Allah

“The Jews say, ‘Ezra is the Son of Allah’; the Christians say, ‘The Messiah is the Son of Allah.’ That is the utterance of their mouths, conforming with the unbelievers before them. Allah assail them! How they are perverted!”

9:31 Jews and Christians have taken their clergy and holy men as lords

“They have taken their rabbis and their monks as lords apart from Allah, and the Messiah, Mary’s son — and they were commanded to serve but One Allah; there is no god but He; glory be to Him, above that they associate.”

9:73 Be harsh with unbelievers

“O Prophet, struggle with the unbelievers and hypocrites, and be thou harsh with them; their refuge is Gehenna — an evil homecoming!”

9:111 Paradise guaranteed to those who kill and are killed for Allah

“Allah has bought from the believers their selves and their possessions against the gift of Paradise; they fight in the way of Allah; they kill, and are killed; that is a promise binding upon Allah in the Torah, and the Gospel, and the Koran; and who fulfills his covenant truer than Allah? So rejoice in the bargain you have made with Him; that is the mighty triumph.”

9:123 Fight the unbelievers, be harsh with them

“O believers, fight the unbelievers who are near to you; and let them find in you a harshness; and know that Allah is with the godfearing.”

47:4 Behead and slaughter the unbelievers; take others captive

“When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads. So it shall be; and if Allah had willed, He would have avenged Himself upon them; but that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will not send their works astray.”

48:29 Be merciful to believers, not unbelievers

“Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are hard against the unbelievers, merciful one to another.”

62:6 Jews should long for death

“Say: ‘You of Jewry, if you assert that you are the friends of Allah, apart from other men, then do you long for death, if you speak truly.’”

98:6 Unbelievers are the worst of creatures

“The unbelievers of the People of the Book and the idolaters shall be in the Fire of Gehenna, therein dwelling forever; those are the worst of creatures.”

Both the Qu’ran and the Bible agree that there is only one God.  However, anyone that has read and is able to comprehend both of them know that these do not describe the same God.  The God of the Bible is nothing like or even similar to the god of the Qu’ran.  Therefore one has to conclude that only one is the true God and one is a fraud.

Is Believing in God Enough?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

©2016 Stan Hallett

is_faith_enoughOrthodox Christianity says that all you need to do is believe in God to be saved. Many people believe that they are saved because they “accepted Jesus as their personal savior”, or they “accepted Jesus into their heart” or said a “sinner’s prayer”. This is Satan influenced, man-made philosophy. It is a lie, and a trick of Satan, and cannot be found in the Bible, anywhere.

Modern Orthodox (what is commonly accepted) Christianity says that; “you do not need to do anything in order to be saved”.  They reason that Jesus paid the full price on the cross, and thus did all the work for us.

They use Bible verses such as Ephesians 1:8,9 which says; “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

We are indeed saved by the Grace of our Lord and Savior. Through faith in Him and His Word we are indeed saved. But, James 2:17 says that “Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead, being alone”.

True faith requires action. People say lots of things, but until they put some action behind it, you never know for sure. A person can say they love you, and that is nice to hear. But if they really love you, they will show it by their actions.

James 2:18-24 says; “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

James says that simply believing is not enough, for “the devils also believe, and tremble.” Not only that, but the book of James says that if you don’t back up your faith with action, that your faith is dead.

James 2:20-24 – “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

So if we get a little deeper into the Word of God, we see besides having faith, that there are some things that we must do, and that we must obey to be saved.  Call them works if you will, but never-the-less they are necessary.

Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:5; “…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Already we see that it takes more than simply believing or accepting.

Then in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 we read; “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”

The Gospel must be obeyed, whether you call it a work, or simple obedience. You see Jesus is Lord and Savior.  People seem to like the savior part, but they don’t want anyone to be Lord over them.  They are in essence saying; “Save me from the bad stuff, but don’t tell me that I have to do anything.  I just want to continue to do as I please.” I dare say that many “christians” live their life just that way.

So how do we obey the Gospel?  The Apostle Peter gave it on the day of Pentecost which was the beginning of the church in Acts 2:38,39; “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Sounds like a work, doesn’t it? You see God requires that we repent of our ways and turn to His ways,  It is a decision we must make, and do in our heart and mind, an about-face if you will.

Acts 3:19 – Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

Acts 17:30 – “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”

Acts 26:20 – “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

Then we must, as Jesus stated in John 3:5, be born of the water.  That is to say that we must be baptized in His name, the name of Jesus, just as the Apostles preached and baptized.

Not by repeating Matthew 28:19, but by obeying it and being baptized in the NAME (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  That NAME is Jesus!

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved  (Acts 4:12).

The Bible says in Romans 6:4,5 – “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”

This must be done in the name of Jesus just as the Apostles did in Acts 8:16, and Acts 10:48, and Acts 19:5. For Colossians 3:17 says; “…whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”.

We then have the promise that He will fill us with His Spirit just as they were filled on the Day of Pentecost at the beginning of the church, even so it is happening yet today in the last days of the church.

Acts 2:39 – “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Don’t believe the lie of the masses that call themselves christians, preachers, and ministers of the gospel. You cannot be saved by simply believing, “accepting Jesus” or saying a “sinners prayer”.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Do not be fooled by the great multitude that follows after them. Matthew 7:13,14 (NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

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Should Christians Use Force to Defend Themselves?

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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©2016 Stan Hallett

This topic has come up in my household of late, probably mostly due to what’s going on in the world with ISIS and the terrorists attacks here in the USA.

My wife thinks that she would be more comfortable if one or more of our deacons carried a gun.  Last night my youngest adult daughter asked me what I would do if I were attacked, or her or her mother were attacked.  Would I use force to protect them?

I began by sharing with them that at now, age 64, I have never had to use physical force, or a weapon to protect myself, or a single family member. I believe that if we are truly His, and that we truly walk with Him, that He keeps us in the palm of His hand and under His protection.  If one day it happens, that it is His will for me to die for the faith as so many others have before me, so be it.

Jesus said if a man shall strike you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also (Matthew 5:39).

He said to love your enemies (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27, Luke 6:35).

Jesus said fear not them that which kill the body, but fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell  (Matthew 10:28).

Is God not our Shield, our Fortress, and our High Tower?  Did He not say avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written; “Vengeance is mine: I will repay” (Romans 12:19)?

So my daughter asked me that is she were being attacked in my presence, would I take action to protect her.  Well yes, I would.  But that is where the grace of God comes in.  You see, all the time that I have been walking with the Lord, it has never happened.  Because He is my protector.  He has put a hedge about me and mine, and my faith is in Him.

I personally do not believe that God would allow my family to be attacked in such a manner, at least not while I live. Did not the Lord say that he would not allow us to be tempted beyond that which we could bear?

However I can foresee one day that it may be possible that I would be attacked or even killed for my faith.  If the Lord allows that to happen, I am okay with it.

Were not every single one of the Apostles murdered for their faith except one? John was the only one that lived to an old age. All the rest were either stoned, beheaded, speared, or crucified to death.

So no, I do not believe that we need to be running out to purchase a handgun and stand guard at he door. I have a much greater defense.

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The Bible vs. the Quran

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

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Written by 39 authors over 1,500 years. Written by 1 author over 23 years.
God created man from from the dust of the earth (Gen. 2:7). Allah created man from water (25:54).
Jesus is God in flesh (Col. 2:9). Jesus is not God (5:17, 75).
Jesus was crucified (1 Pet. 2:24). Jesus was not crucified, (4:157).
Jesus rose from the dead (John 2:19-20). Jesus did not rise from the dead.
Jesus was the Son of God (Mark 1:1). Jesus was not the Son of God (9:30).
Holy Spirit (Spirit of God as manifested to man) will bear witness of Jesus (John 14:26, 15:26). The Holy Spirit is the angel Gabriel (2:97, 16:102).
Salvation by grace through faith and obedience to the Gospel (Eph. 2:8-9, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). Salvation by sincerity and works (3:135, 7:8-9, 21:47, 49:14, 66:8-9).
The Devil is a fallen angel (Isaiah 14:12-15). The Devil, Satan, is not a fallen angel but a fallen Jinn (2:34, 7:12, 15:27, 55:15).
Man is fallen, a sinner (Rom. 3:23). Man is basically good.
Disciples were Christians (Acts 11:26). Disciples declare themselves Muslims (5:111).
Worship on Sabbath (Exodus 20) then later on Sunday (Rom. 14:5-6, Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:1-2). Worship on Friday (62:9).
Miracles, numerous are recorded (1 Cor. 15:3-5, etc.). No miracles recorded except they claim the Qur’an is a miracle.
Makes numerous prophecies. Makes no prophecies.

Islamic Spiritual Jihad

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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©2016 Stan Hallett

The Muslims call it Cultural Jihad, but its really a Spiritual Jihad and it is very real.  The plan is to not only kill all they they consider to be infidels, (which includes anyone that does not believe as they do) but to also recruit young men and women, converting anyone they can to Islam. They are being trained how to do this and they are doing it.

One of their biggest advantages that they are using to its maximum potential is the fact that most people, and yes, most that consider themselves to be Christians, do not know the Bible as they should.  They don’t know what is, or is not in the Word of God. Muslims are using this fact to trick Christians into converting to Islam, to the Muslim faith, to worship a false god called Allah, and the obey the Quran (Islamic sacred book), the Hadith (quotes of Muhammad) and the Sharia (Islamic law).

They are claiming such things like “Jesus was a Muslim”. They say that “Jesus was a prophet” and not the Son of God, and certainly not God.  This would make Him greater than Mohammed. One way in which they attempt to prove this to people that do not know their Bible, is to say that Jesus never said “I am the Son of God”. They are correct only in the fact that Jesus never said those exact words as written in our Bible.

There are many scriptural proofs that not only prove the Jesus was indeed the Son of God, but that He also was God, that Muslims also deny.

Jesus Said:

(Matthew 16:13-19)  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

(John 14:6-9)  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

(John 8:56-59)  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

This verse says it all because in Exodus 3:14 it was God that called Himself the “I AM

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

God Said:

(John 3:17)  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The Archangel Gabriel Said:

(Luke 1:26-35)  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

John the Baptist Said:

(John 1:32-34)  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

The Apostles Said:

(John 20:26-28)   And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Not only did He recognize Him as the Son of God, but he recognized Him as God in the flesh.  Please notice that Jesus did not correct him.

(John 20:31)   But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

They that Crucified Him Said:

(Matthew 27:35-43)  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36 And sitting down they watched him there; 37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

(Matthew 27:54)  Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

A Muslim may also try to tell you that Jesus was a Muslim.  This is foolishness since Islam was started by Muhammed who lived from about 570 AD to 635 AD. Jesus walked on this earth several hundred years before. He obviously was not a Muslim.

Is a man that tells a lie, and believing the lie is true, still a liar?  He has to be.  What He is conveying is still a lie, whether he knows it or not.  In reference to Mohammed, either 1.) Mohammed made it all up, borrowing from the Bible which was already written in its entirety centuries before.  2.) He was possessed by satan. 3.) satan or a demon appeared to him as an angel.  Any one of these were possible (I believe that it was most likely the latter) but it still all adds up to a lie).

The Bible was written over 1,500 of years with 39 men of God doing the writing as they were moved upon, or inspired by God.  Yet there is no error or disagreement between all that is written. This is a great witness that the Bible is true in itself.

However the Quran was produced by one man (Mohammed) which was claimed to recited it over 23 years of his life to others, going person to person, and was eventually written down. Where is any other witness?  There is none. It turns out that there are many characters and stories borrowed, or plagiarized from the Bible. Was this done to add credibility?  To add more confusion to conceal the truth?  I think both.

Why would there be another book needed?  Was not the Bible enough? The Bible as a whole is for all of mankind, not just Israel.  In fact Christianity was never intended by God to be a new religion, but a new covenant between God and all man, Jews and Gentiles alike. Not a new faith, different from the Jewish faith, but a continuation of the Jewish faith under a new covenant.

If the Quran was truly of God, other than a few Bible stories woven in, why would this Allah be so foreign and different than the God of the Bible, a Bible that says that God changes not (Malachi 3:6), and that He is he same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)?

Mohammed was a man that lived and died, and is still buried in his grave waiting for the great judgement.  He never healed anyone, never rose anyone from the dead, nor did any miracles. He also did not die for our sins, nor as a sinful man would such a sacrifice have been acceptable.

Jesus was perfect in all His ways and He knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). He healed many, cast out demons, rose people from the dead, and many other witnessed miracles.  Then He paid the price for our sins by shedding His own blood on the cross, and dying in our place. Then He rose again on the third day having overcome sin and the grave, and He lives forevermore.

Anytime a Muslim tries to tell you that Jesus never said “I am the Son of God”, ask them why they don’t apply the same test to their own Quran about Mohammed.  Mohammed never said in the Quran the words “I am a prophet”.

Without Jesus, there is no provision of salvation. Allah offers no such promise. Muslims believe Allah will be merciful to them based on his evaluation of their performance. But salvation is never sure, and is never a promise.

The Bible is God’s Word and it mentions salvation 166 times.  It says that there is salvation in no other name but Jesus (Acts 4:12). The Quran only mentions the word salvation twice but in different context and never as a promise.  Did God Change?  No He didn’t (Malachi 3:6 –  Hebrews 13:8)!

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49 More Posts In the Works

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

I write blog posts as I have time, or am inspired.  I thought that it would be interesting to post a list of the working titles of the blog posts that are in the works:

1.)  A Journey of the Heart & Mind

2.)  Missing the Narrow Road

3.)  Funerals

4.)  Coming Into Maturity

5.)  How to Obey the Gospel

6.)  Why Are You A….?

7.)  Life Lessons

8.)  The Commandments of God vs. the Traditions of Men

9.)  What’s Up With the Blood?

10.)  Catholicism: A Myriad of Lies

11.)  The Fear of the Lord

12.)  Faith

13.)  No Dogs In Heaven

14.)  Salvation

15.)  What Moves God?

16.)  You Have the Power

17.)  The Secret of A Victorious Walk with God

18.)  End of the Age

19.)  Who is this Jesus?

20.)  Beware of False Prophets

21.)  Lying Ministers & Fake Christians

22.)  False Religion, False Christianity

23.)  God

24.)  Christian Dictionary

25.)  No Unity = No Blessing

26.)  Keeping Your Lamp Burning Brightly

27.)  Overcoming Sin

28.)  No Sinners in Heaven

29.)  Character vs. Reputation

30.)  The Power of the Spoken Word

31.)  We Don’t Need More Brooms, We Need Men to Push Them

32.)  To Hell & Back

33.)  God – The Great Mystery Revealed

34.)  Are Tongues the Only Unique Sign of Receiving the Holy Ghost?

35.)  My Challenge to You

36.)  This Job Is Not For Cowards

37.)  If You Only Knew

38.)  Identity Theft

39.)  Why We Don’t Keep the Sabbath

40.)  A Spiritual Hospital

41.)  Love vs. Legalism

42.)  Sending Children Out As Salt & Light

43.)  What Are YOU Tuned Into?

44.)  Repentance

45.)  Courtship

46.)  No Facebook

47.)  False Doctrines & Unbiblical Traditions

48.)  The Sons of God

49.)  Backpacks & Boulders

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The Church is a Building

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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©2015 Stan Hallett

A habit I’ve worked at trying to break as well as help others with is calling the building that we meet in, the Church.  We who are saved, who have obeyed the Gospel, and continue to walk with Him are the Church.  The building that we meet in or assemble in on Sunday morning is just a building.

However the Church is a like a building and is a building of sorts. Jesus said: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

Everyone that is in the Church has a part and a function. Despite the doctrine of Catholics and most Protestant denominations, there is no laity/clergy division in the Church, or in God’s Word.  All of the Church is in the ministry.

In Acts 8:4 we read that those that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the Word.  The whole Church, or those that some would call just the laity, went everywhere preaching the word without the Apostles.  We know this because back in Acts 8:1 we read that the Church was scattered, except the apostles. We are all in the ministry!

As part of the building that God is building we all have a function and an active part.  God never intended His Church to be a bunch of spectators that just show up on Sunday morning to hear some professional Christian that we refer to as pastor, preach a message.

We that are part of the Church need to be knit into the body. We need to find a place of service, “as lively stones, are built up into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5).

Think of the each of us as components of a physical building just like lumber, roofing, sheetrock, carpet, windows, paint, etc.  Lets suppose we have all of those things that make up the building delivered to the site where we want the building. If we did not assemble them and construct them into a complete structure, we would have stacks of lumber and sheetrock, rolls of carpet, boxes of roofing, boxes of nails and screws, cans of paint, and all the rest just piled up in a field.

The carpet would get wet and moldy and begin to deteriorate.  The sheetrock would get wet and turn to mush.  The nails and screws would rust. Probably many of the building supplies would be stolen and carted off.

However, with the building fully constructed, with everything in it’s place, the carpet and walls would be protected from the elements.  It would be very difficult for a thief to steal the materials because the doors and windows would be firmly affixed and locked.  If a thief did break in, it would be very difficult to steal anything that was firmly fitted, nailed, screwed, or glued on place. The completed building would be able to serve its intended purpose in giving shelter and comfort to those that entered in.

Some Christians are like those materials just stacked up in the field. They never get knit in and actually commit to service. They get weathered and are often gone all too soon. Perhaps the thief is able to steal them away because they are offended, or just lured away.  They never found a place of service in the building, never became part of it. Perhaps they just visited once in a while, never fully committing.

The thing that binds us, that screws, nails, or glues, or that firmly attaches us to the Church, and the Church to us, is love.

We are no longer under the law.  We are not even under the ten commandments. Those of us that have obeyed the Gospel are under a new covenant that really only contains three laws.

1.) Jesus said “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30).

2.) Jesus said: “And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these” (Matthew 12:31).

3.) The before Jesus ascended into heaven He said: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34,35).

Everything is contained in these three commandments. It is the foundation of the Church. The Church is built up, grows, and becomes strong, when love is the mortar, and the adhesive that binds us together as one ministering body.

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A Covenant Relationship

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

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© 2015 Stan Hallett

I wanted to write this in an attempt to give some Christians a better understanding of our covenant relationship with the Lord. It is my hope and desire that this will help to fend off some false teaching and poor understanding of our relationship with God.

From the beginning God has had covenant relationship with man.  These are covenants that man has continuously broken, not God.

A covenant must have a benefit, typically a token or sign of the covenant, and a penalty for breaking the covenant. For example the marriage between and man and a woman is the perfect example of a covenant relationship.  The benefits are love, intimacy, offspring, etc.. The token or sign of the covent would be the vows, and also the wedding ring. The penalty for breaking the convent would be divorce. The covenant of marriage and the relationship between a man and his bride are given to us as an example and a type of our covenant relationship with the Lord.

The first covenant with God was in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve broke that covenant and God made a new covenant with Adam and Eve and their offspring. We no longer have any part of that covenant in the garden, nor is it available, it is past. This has been true of every covenant.

The second covenant (Adam’s offspring), the third covenant (Noah), the fourth covenant (Abraham), etc. The fifth covenant was entered into via Moses and the law.  But man could not keep the law either. Now we no longer have any part of the covenant of the law, nor is it available. It also is past and a dead covenant.

So God entered into yet another (6th) covenant with man. He has paid for our sins once and for all, and has redeemed us to Himself. To enter into this covenant we need obey the Gospel. Then the promise of this covenant is that He fills us with His Spirit, and dwells within us. If we remain in this covenant relationship with God, He promises that we will rise up to meet Him and then be with Him for eternity. We are no longer under the covenant of law or any part of it, just as we are no longer in any other covenant. We are dead to sin and the law (Romans 7:6).

It is wonderful to have the written law and the old testament to read of the history, and the types and shadows, as well as the wisdom, and the poetry, but we are not under the covenant of the law. So for those that take select portions that they like and often misunderstand the intent . . . quit it!

If we make a person conform to our ideals, rules, standards, or convictions by legalism or cajoling, but it is not within their heart to do the thing, have we accomplished anything?

What this tends to do is to create three groups of people:

1.) Run off those that will not conform to your standards , laws, or rules, that may have otherwise been saved.

2.) Create a group that put on a “Church face” when they are at Church, and live like to world when they are not.

3.) Create a minority that will conform because they love the Lord and have accepted, at least for a season that this is what they should do.  Even some in this latter group eventually learn that it was legalism, and a yolk of bondage that was forced on them.

1st Covenant – Adam & Eve, Garden of Eden
2nd Covenant – Adam’s Offspring
3rd Covenant – Noah, The Ark, The Flood & A New Beginning
4th Covenant – Abraham’s Promise
5th Covenant – Moses & The Law
6th Covenant – Jesus, The  New Testament & Covenant
7th Covenant – The Millennial Reign

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