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My point here is to neither take the side of nor denounce essential oils, but to point out something of a bigger nature that needs to be addressed.
An opinion on essential oils at this link
https://ca.thegospelcoalition.org/article/thinking-biblically-about-essential-oils/ makes some good points, especially along the lines of the use of a church building to promote your essential oils business. Yet...
There's another matter along that line which is a greater and more disturbing trend - that numerous churches now seem to be "partnering" with the pharmaceutical cartel to market flu shots (!!!) right in their churches. What next? Your guess is as good as mine.
Talk about a need to drive out the money changers! But who talks about that? Consider all the heavy metals, and other toxic substances in just about any vaccine - not the least of which are "products" that come from aborted fetuses. Your church is pro life, but you give this a pass? Time to rethink that one.
We don't want any marketing of essential oils because we have "voodoophobia," but it's OK to give a pass with partnering to the aforementioned, which has the big bucks to cover its flat out chicanery with fast tracking of untested vaccines? Many of which are pitched to the public as "safe and effective", neither of which is true!
Natural products and herbs were available long before Big Pharma ever began its campaigns to dominate the healthcare "industry", where at best symptom relief is offered with overpriced drugs. Essential oils have nothing to do with the plan of salvation. But neither does Big Pharma. We have the elite Rockefeller family to thank, who due to domination of the chemical petroleum industries, decided that forms and modalities of natural medicine are quackery - anything that is not made from the products which bring in the cash which lines their coffers - the modern paradigm of one size fits all "medicine".
So why is the natural God given one demonized in the churches, but not the other artificial mass produced cash cow that has most of the public fooled? Because the super rich can patent the chemical petrol products formulas but not the natural products, and they are going into the churches to hawk their wares. How brazen is that? What's surprising is that pastors and church boards give the stamp of approval! As if the flu shot sign out in front of Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and even the local grocery store are not enough?
I cannot actually say if essential oils also are as effective as pitched. They certainly do not save your soul. Peppermint oil for example works great for keeping spiders and rodents away from the windows and entering the house. But where's the real power in the churches to keep the spiritual snakes and scorpions out of the house of God?
No, instead we strain at gnats and swallow camels. Yes, it's a jungle out there.
How about we get back to the good old fashioned gospel and stop buying into business paradigms and "partnering" with what's become diabolical itself as an industry that has become a religion not to be questioned?
A big deal is made of the Greek word (Strongs G5331) - "pharmakeia (far-mak-i'-ah) φαρμακεία medication (pharmacy) that is (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): - sorcery witchcraft" - using it to demonize a natural product, while not understanding that it's as applicable to everything produced by the pharmaceutical industry. That specific word is used only 3 times in the Bible, per Strong's Online Concordance - Galatians 5:20; Revelation 9:21, and Revelation 18:23. How has it gained so much press with this focus on the demonization of essential oils?
This is ridiculous! Why demonize one and welcome in the other? Oh, I see - it's about funds, right? Maybe we should keep all of it out of the Church - the essential oils and the pharmaceuticals, and get back to being God's house of prayer.
The bad news is the slippery doctrinal slope of some of the modern pop mega church preachers.
Please read linked blog first.
Remarks bouncing off the link...
Deeds without creeds? Rick Warren popularized this meme. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, he says, "Deeds NOT Creeds." Throwing out the need for any foundational understanding at all!
This leads to nothing more than self righteousness, works righteousness for salvation, and the eventual synchretistic view that "all faiths are the same." It's implication in the final analysis means no need for a Savior! Opening the door to a one world religion. See how subtle the adversary is!
"Deeds without creeds" is spiritual quicksand, not the rock solid foundation of Christ, the Cross, and the understanding of what the Gospel is all about. Must be why some famous preachers like to hob nob with Oprah, the Pope, Eckhart Tolle, and other promoters of a New Age one world religion. That's where it goes. St. John warns early believers, "They are of the world. That is why they speak from the world’s perspective, and the world listens to them." 1 John 4:5.
Creeds EXPANDED have implications, which every Christian does well to ponder and pray about, whether one's church confesses a creed on Sunday morning or not. You cannot have deeds in keeping with the Gospel, without understanding the ancient foundational Truth of the church. Just as there should be no issues with reciting the Lord's Prayer, there should be no issue with confessing one's faith through the creeds.
This above link is written from a Lutheran perspective, and it's a good understanding that is brought to the table of Christendom.
Quote: "To say 'Deeds before Creeds' is a gross delusion of the Law, and an improper understanding of the Gospel. What we believe effects how we act, and it is not the other way around. Without constantly preaching the Gospel to ourselves, we are all too eager to forget it, and we lick our lips at the prospect of taking the crown of Christ and placing it upon our self-reliance, and work righteousness..."
Could it be a matter of supply and demand that drives business model Christianity?!
I did a little experiment last evening, and picked a random You Tube video - some preacher I'd never heard of before, and listened. He used all sorts of descriptors, like "difficulties" and "things people are challenged by", but never once used the word "sin," nor "self," (let alone that really old fashioned idea - Satan!) as the culprits they really are, with the application of denying oneself and taking up one's own cross to follow Jesus as the "remedy." It was very interesting to hear how he danced around the good old fashioned Bible terminology, and instead substituted psycho-babble.
It's important to HEAR what we listen to, and pray for discernment.
Ear tickling charlatans (suppliers of religious falsehood) must have ears that want to be tickled (demand), who want a feel good message. The latter ("customers") must not be offended by the word "sin", as that message doesn't generate the fiscal means to support the extravagant lifestyles of the suppliers, or those who want to be like them. Demand and supply, supply and demand.
Whatever happened to presenting the "Law" first to bring conviction of sin, followed by the Good News of what Jesus Christ has brought into our reality to deliver us from that? As one old pastor I knew used to say, "The Gospel means both afflicting the comfortable, and then comforting the afflicted."
Contemplating the collapse through burning of the Notre Dame steeple has me wondering if it’s the Lord’s signal that the end has come to the “Christo-Babylonian” hegemony over the true saints of God. This heralds the time of the defeat of all falsehood and wickedness, and there will be no turning back.
God has made it clear even from of old that He does hot dwell in temples made by men’s hands. This emphasis on real estate and structure is no longer being given a pass. Much is about to change inwardly and externally in the church(es) and in the world - after a time of turmoil and tribulation and testing. The false will be replaced by the true, although many lies will be spread to make it seem as if the exact opposite is happening.
The false is being revealed and supplanted by the true in Christ Jesus alone! Nothing will stop this process. Men may try to rebuild these structures and even try to shore up the false constructs religious hierarchies have spun into the minds and hearts of men, but it will be to no avail and an exercise in futility. They will continue to attempt to put out fires with a water pick, but to no avail, and attempt to get the buy in of devotees to support the work as well.
What will now be seen is the toppling in domino like effect of every physical structure and construct of mind that has tried to supplant the simple truth of Christ and the Lord’s plan for Humankind since the beginning.
Simultaneously, all that is IN Him is being now revealed, revived, resurrected, and restored.
2 Peter 3:7-13. “But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.”
The following hymn is one that deeply expresses these truths and has been a favorite since childhood for this writer:
"Built on the Rock the Church Doth Stand"
by Nicolai F.S. Grundtvig, 1783-1872
Translated by Carl Doving, 1867-1937
1. Built on the Rock the Church doth stand, Even when steeples are falling; Crumbled have spires in every land, Bells still are chiming and calling, Calling the young and old to rest, But above all the soul distrest, Longing for rest everlasting.
2. Surely in temples made with hands, God, the Most High, is not dwelling; High above earth His temple stands, All earthly temples excelling. Yet He whom heavens cannot contain Chose to abide on earth with men, Built in our bodies His temple.
3. We are God's house of living stones, Builded for His habitation; He through baptismal grace us owns, Heirs of His wondrous salvation. Were we but two His name to tell, Yet He would deign with us to dwell, With all His grace and His favor.
4. Now we may gather with our King, E'en in the lowliest dwelling; Praises to Him we there may bring, His wondrous mercy forthtelling. Jesus His grace to us accords; Spirit and life are all His words; His truth doth hallow the temple.
5. Still we our earthly temples rear, That we may herald His praises; They are the homes where He draws near And little children embraces. Beautiful things in them are said; God there with us His covenant made, Making us heirs of His kingdom.
6. Here stands the font before our eyes Telling how God did receive us; The altar recalls Christ's sacrifice And what His table doth give us; Here sounds the Word that doth proclaim Christ yesterday, today, the same, Yea, and for aye our Redeemer.
7. Grant then, O God, where'er men roam, That, when the church-bells are ringing, Many in saving faith may come Where Christ His message is bringing: I know Mine own, Mine own know Me; Ye, not the world, My face shall see. My peace I leave with you. Amen.
(Beginning verse 5, it seems to lapse back into the idea of "brick and mortars" - and that may not be problematic if we see them as the place where the living tabernacles converge together. Yet it seems that throughout history, man’s tendency toward idolatry always lends itself to the shift in emphasis from the spiritual to a temporal reality.)
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