When A Good Man Becomes A “God-Man”

Written by Doug Krieger

When A Good Man

Becomes A “God-Man”

By Doug Krieger

“And I saw another beast coming up out ofrepparttar earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises allrepparttar 146630 authority ofrepparttar 146631 first beast in his presence. And he makesrepparttar 146632 earth and those who dwell in it to worshiprepparttar 146633 first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. And he performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven torepparttar 146634 earth inrepparttar 146635 presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell onrepparttar 146636 earth because ofrepparttar 146637 signs which it was given him to perform inrepparttar 146638 presence ofrepparttar 146639 beast, telling those who dwell onrepparttar 146640 earth to make an image torepparttar 146641 beast who hadrepparttar 146642 wound ofrepparttar 146643 sword and has come to life. And there was given to him to give breath torepparttar 146644 image ofrepparttar 146645 beast, thatrepparttar 146646 image ofrepparttar 146647 beast might even speak and cause as many as do not worshiprepparttar 146648 image ofrepparttar 146649 beast to be killed. And he causes all,repparttar 146650 small andrepparttar 146651 great, andrepparttar 146652 rich andrepparttar 146653 poor, andrepparttar 146654 free men andrepparttar 146655 slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, and he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, exceptrepparttar 146656 one who hasrepparttar 146657 mark, eitherrepparttar 146658 name ofrepparttar 146659 beast orrepparttar 146660 number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding, calculaterepparttar 146661 number ofrepparttar 146662 beast, forrepparttar 146663 number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Revelation 13:11-18).

The Funeral And Legacy Of Pope John Paul II

The past several weeks have witnessedrepparttar 146664 adulation, adoration, and funeral extravaganza orchestrated byrepparttar 146665 hierarchy, viz.,repparttar 146666 College of Cardinals ofrepparttar 146667 Roman Catholic Church, on behalf of Pope John Paul II. Indeed, it representsrepparttar 146668 world’s ecumenical capstone torepparttar 146669 life and legacy of this one entitledrepparttar 146670 “Supreme Pontiff.”

The funeral was attended by 5 kings, 6 queens, 28 prime ministers, 53 presidents, countless dignitaries and religious leaders.

“The late Pope had made 'Christian Unity', healingrepparttar 146671 sometimes-bitter ties withrepparttar 146672 non-Catholic Christian world, a central tenet of his Papacy. The results of those efforts were clearly displayed inrepparttar 146673 very sincere and heart-felt sorrow that coloredrepparttar 146674 faces ofrepparttar 146675 array of Orthodox, Coptic, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist and sundry other church leaders and delegates in attendance.” (Anthony Smith, 8 April 05, Tiscali.europe)

Numerous editorialists and historians are callingrepparttar 146676 funeralrepparttar 146677 largest in history; whilerepparttar 146678 press speculatesrepparttar 146679 impact ofrepparttar 146680 man andrepparttar 146681 Church he represents, to wit:

“Withrepparttar 146682 experience of two millennia,repparttar 146683 Catholic Church is a past master at ceremony. But no-one could have predictedrepparttar 146684 extraordinary way in whichrepparttar 146685 funeral of Pope John Paul II dominatedrepparttar 146686 attention ofrepparttar 146687 whole world. It is not justrepparttar 146688 millions of Catholic faithful who have poured through St Peter’s Square. Or evenrepparttar 146689 global billions watching on television. Over 200 ofrepparttar 146690 world’s leading statesmen, including George W. Bush and two former American presidents, dropped everything to attendrepparttar 146691 Pope’s internment. What does this extraordinary event signify?

“Inrepparttar 146692 last generation,repparttar 146693 historic divisions inside Christianity have suddenly weakened, in self-defense againstrepparttar 146694 increasing secularization of western culture. Evenrepparttar 146695 fundamentalist evangelical sects inrepparttar 146696 United States find themselves making common cause withrepparttar 146697 Catholic Church - America’s biggest denomination - against abortion rights. As a result of this melting ofrepparttar 146698 sectarian divisions, Rome is again recovering its status as de facto leader ofrepparttar 146699 Christian world.” (April 9, 2005, Scottsman.com - Pope's funeral a reminder that institutions can be revived)

Pope John Paul II is most noteworthy in championingrepparttar 146700 cause of human rights, tearing downrepparttar 146701 iron curtain of communism in Europe, traveling to some 129 nations, and in spite of former President Clinton’s “mixed legacy” left by Pope John Paul II, has been, and will be considered, one ofrepparttar 146702 greatest popes of all time. No wonder thatrepparttar 146703 millions gathered at St. Peter’s squares and adjoining promenades and porticos chanted in unison SANTO SUBITO – “Immediate Sainthood” for Pope John Paul II, THE GREAT!

In contrast to Clinton’s remarks, President Bush heraldedrepparttar 146704 praises of Pope John Paul II, to wit:

“I think John Paul II will have a clear legacy of peace, compassion and a strong legacy of setting a clear moral tone," Bush said, later asking reporters to amend his remarks to insert "excellent" to describerepparttar 146705 legacy.” (April 10, 2005, Seattle Times)

The world and US media committed excessive coverage ofrepparttar 146706 Pope’s death and funeral proceedings juxtaposed to that ofrepparttar 146707 Presidential race (ten times more coverage); likewise, this coverage was atrepparttar 146708 expense of a great deal of significant issues and news throughoutrepparttar 146709 planet of 6 billion souls.

The veneration and nearly four hour funeral of this mortal man, whose claim asrepparttar 146710 Vicar of Christ (i.e., “holdingrepparttar 146711 delegated authority of Christ on earth”), was perhapsrepparttar 146712 most ostentatious display of grandiose religiosity ever portrayed, and certainly, ever-conveyed torepparttar 146713 world as a result of Twenty-first Century technological advancements.

“That They All May Be One”

The Catholic world, yea,repparttar 146714 world in general, was transfixed upon this man, his legacy, andrepparttar 146715 Roman Church’s pomp and circumstance for days on end—let alonerepparttar 146716 spectacled of choosing a new Pope. Indeed, leading American evangelicals as a result of this Pope’s 1995 encyclical, “Ut Unum Sint” (That All May Be One) becamerepparttar 146717 hallmark of his papacy for Protestants who yearn for “unity” and moral clarity againstrepparttar 146718 encroachments of secularism and relativism sweepingrepparttar 146719 West, especiallyrepparttar 146720 European West.


Written by Doug Krieger


“No Prophecy ofrepparttar Scripture is of Any Private Interpretation”

(An Eschatological Treatise)

by Doug Krieger


What George Davis and Michael Clark are saying in their piece, HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN (the tribnet highlightsrepparttar 146629 article) strikes atrepparttar 146630 core of today’s COMMERCIAL APOSTASY afflictingrepparttar 146631 Church. Moreover, drunk withrepparttar 146632 wine of wealth—they (the false prophets and teachers overwhelmingrepparttar 146633 Church) now seek political power which replacesrepparttar 146634 empowering ofrepparttar 146635 Holy Spirit.

Beneathrepparttar 146636 crust of today’s “religious commercialism” lies a religious arrogance and pride, coupled with spiritual superiority, that has becomerepparttar 146637 bane ofrepparttar 146638 Church. This is NOT news—forrepparttar 146639 “Scribes and Pharisees” in Jesus’ time were plagued by this pathology.

They specialized in straining at gnats and swallowing camels (Matthew 23:24), while allrepparttar 146640 time heaping religious contempt uponrepparttar 146641 suffering masses. Their specialty, amidst their horrific hypocrisies and superlative distortions ofrepparttar 146642 very Word of God to which they boasted they so rigorously adhered, belied their true condition: “Inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence . . . . Inside you are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness . . . . Inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:25b, 27b, 28b).

The depiction given by Jesus ofrepparttar 146643 religious leaders of his day is perhaps one ofrepparttar 146644 most intense diatribes ever recorded in Holy Writ (Matthew 23). Jesus spares utterly no contempt, no derisive expression, in deploring their blindness—usingrepparttar 146645 word “blind” in His description of these insightful “fools” – another word descriptive of their condition (which Jesus uses in connection withrepparttar 146646 word “blind” – as in “Ye fools and blind!” – Matthew 23:17, 19).

The “Scribes and Pharisees” who sat in Moses’ seat (Matthew 23:2b) had evolved into an elitist cabal of self-righteous religious bigots whose external cups were clean—but whose insides were full of religious filth; whose whitewashed tombs radiated outward beauty, but inside were full of dead men’s bones and corruption; whose outward righteousness simply concealedrepparttar 146647 travesty of their hypocrisy and rebellious condition.

They wore broad phylacteries—while bashing people overrepparttar 146648 head withrepparttar 146649 Law of Moses itself! Theirs was a world of OUTWARD religiosity and hyper-spirituality, full of superficial pomp and complicated circumstance which few, if any—especially themselves—could attain. Alas! They had become “Serpents, offspring of vipers!” incapable of escapingrepparttar 146650 condemnation of hell itself (Matthew 23:33).

Well did Jesus declare of them:

“Whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers” (Matthew 23:3-4).

Indeed, like a blindfolded dolt who graspsrepparttar 146651 tail of a rat and declares: “I have within my handrepparttar 146652 immensity of an ELEPHANT!” Even so, these “blind leaders ofrepparttar 146653 blind” had extrapolatedrepparttar 146654 Law to include all manner of extraneous duties and responsibilities, while they “neglectedrepparttar 146655 weightier matters ofrepparttar 146656 law; justice and mercy and faith” (Matthew 23:23).

Again—straining atrepparttar 146657 GNAT, they swallowedrepparttar 146658 CAMEL! In sum—and to this I refocus uponrepparttar 146659 title of this article—these short-sighted, pharisaical enforcers of their own religious standards, had TWISTED THE SCRIPTURES to such an extent that their original intent had becomerepparttar 146660 furthest thing fromrepparttar 146661 Almighty’s plan and purpose for His people. They had become, as Paul later explained to Timothy: “Desiring to be teachers ofrepparttar 146662 law, understanding neither what they say norrepparttar 146663 things which they affirm” (I Tim. 1:7). What they were so adamant about is precisely of what they knewrepparttar 146664 least.


Most assuredly, at issue here is NOTrepparttar 146665 “spiritual meat” of God’s Word that will “nourish” His people—butrepparttar 146666 ABUSE and HANDLING of His Word which leads to “disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith . . . (for)repparttar 146667 purpose ofrepparttar 146668 commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (I Tim. 1:4b-5).

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