Archive for the ‘shrine’ Category

     Recently, I was using an online Bible for daily study (the New International Version, NIV) presented at an Internet site.  Banner ads appeared above and below as well as to the right and left of the Scripture texts.  In addition, I saw selected words throughout the text were underlined as links to permit researchers and students access to various other commercial advertisers (this in addition to the site’s own “religious” ads display that included books, Christian online dating services, and online applications for religious schools).  It was devastating to see that all their careful scholarship and work to present accurate, authentic presentations of the Holy Bible has been undone.  Because their field of wheat has been sown with tares, their Website can now be seen as another shrine to Mammon, where what was offered to the public for spiritual enlightenment and uplift is being quietly defiled, profaned and tainted through deceit.  When I realized the same intrusive advertising displays are now being imposed upon my daily sacred writings blog also, I became paralyzed with fear for America, for the church, and for the multitude of at-risk non-believers.

     The out-of-control covetousness and prostitution of the Internet has forced me to introduce a disclaimer for THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD (see below).  Internet hosts are now free to make presentations through my material having no awareness of its content, its sacred purpose, or that the work exposes their own spiritual confusion.  Their ad material is being mechanically included without permission or respect to the aims of any author.  The result is a clear example of the cosmic conflict.  Where our cry has been, “The battle is for the mind!” readers must now know, THE BATTLE IS FOR THE SPIRIT!

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.  Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.  (Ephesians 3:  8-21, King James Version)

DISCLAIMER:  The Internet initially was developed as a weapon for military use, and is now a major instrument for advertising, buying, commerce, currency exchange, entrepreneurship, selling, trade, and usury.  As a result, the ministry of Jesus Christ through this blog will be thought of and presented by many as intellectual property, merchandise, and worldly goods; and the correct balance, dignity, respect and reverence due the Gospel message will not be maintained by commercial blog hosts, Websites, or others having no affiliation with the Kingdom of GOD.  Readers, here, are cautioned that the enemies of the cross are to be clearly recognized as such.  While the process of Christ was face to face, word of mouth, and the hearing of the ear, for men and women of faith to have no access to the Internet will be a collective loss that no commonwealth can bear. The Internet as social media is becoming a device whereby a price is being put upon private feelings, intimacy, and personal expression.  Once we decide “the free gift” (i.e., the word from GOD) must be bought and paid for, and is no longer to be freely shared on the Internet, we also state that GOD may have no living church, or spirit presence among us.  The church manifest through those using the means at hand for fulfillment of spiritual goals and eternal purposes will become invisible.  I trust GOD will repay all who have assisted, encouraged, or otherwise shared in the work of this sacred writings blog. 

Michael Andrew Williams
Washington, DC