We must be careful to sanctify God's name at all times and not take it in vain.

Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.


I heard one person say something like this, "If you use God's name and you are not talking to God or about God, you are taking his name in vain." I will add to that--if you are not focusing on what you are saying you are also taking his name in vain--like when a person quickly mutters a so-called "prayer" before eating. I can look back and see a time when I did this as a matter of course--and my unsanctified eating gave rise to disorder.

People in the highways and byways seem to be saying certain phrases lately, like, "Be blessed" or "Have a blessed day" (I do not even like to write these things). I did not know what to make of this and I do not know where they got this from. Then, the other morning, the day after a Mennonite-type of young person said something of this sort to me, while it was yet dark, I awoke and thought of this phrase and said, "Where is God in that blessing?" How can a person be blessed without God who gives the blessing? I thought on it further, "It is just as well that they don't say God if they don't mean it," and "How do they know that I deserve to be blessed?" and "It is used only as a token of good will and good feeling and it is 'safe' to say to others" (but in reality, it is not really safe). I went forward to pray and it occurred to me that witches (maybe primarily Wiccans) say, "Blessed be" which is very much like "Be blessed," just turned around--something that devil worshippers do, just turn things around backwards.


The haters of God are so impoverished and lacking and driven by the devil that they keep seeking to our things and twisting them and perverting them (like witches talking about being blessed). As a royal priesthood (ref. 1 Peter 2:9), we must be very careful to reject anything that deviates from the word of God whether those deviations are found within ourselves, in our homes, or in the highways and byways (their words, phrases, and fads). Deviations displease God (witness Nadab and Abihu, Leviticus 10:1-3) and endanger the integrity of the priesthood. Deviations can be perpetuated. It seems that the visible church has long suffered and accepted a series of deviations resulting in a visible church filled with heresies and blasphemies and where anyone who wants to be a pastor can be one and where the people despise holiness and cleave to the world.

***** A DEVIATION *****

The new "Bible" versions are just that--new. They are deviations from what we have known--the Authorised Version. They are also deviations from the majority of manuscripts that have been found. The makers of these productions essentially jerk away the scriptures and impudently make changes and proclamations--and the people go with that.

I have been studying about English. It is the language that God chose for the Authorised Version. My studies led me to look through some books. In opening "New Age Bible Versions" by Gail Riplinger I came to a section where she shows the twisting of the Lord's prayer in new Bible versions that take out words like "which art in heaven,"--because the God in heaven is not the God that they are praying to. She shows how this is something that devil worshippers have long done. It seems that church sinners are becoming more in touch with who it is that they really worship-- even though they may call him "the Lord." As we march on to the end, we know from the scriptures that the people will actually worship the beast and the dragon that gave power to the beast. They will make an open choice for the great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.

***** FOR OUR PART *****

We are a royal priesthood and an holy nation. As we faithfully continue in our vocation as found in the Authorised Version, any deviations that appear will be quickly noted because they are strange and outside of the word of God. May the eyes within and without be ever watchful and may we sanctify the Lord our God in our hearts and minds for ever and may we never take his holy name in vain.


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