Dear Family and Friends,
I usually leave the social commentary on media to the critics and para-church ministries. However, this one is quite personal and so I have decided I cannot be quiet. Personally, my wife and I made the decision to give up watching secular movies altogether, earlier this year. I do not advocate this decision for anyone else, however I thought it only fair to let you know where I am coming from.
Yohan Sebastian Bach famously said, "All music is for the glory of God and the enrichment of man's soul, anything else is Satanic hub-bub." I personally believe this quote to be accurate and that it should apply to every form of media communication.
Why is this letter so personal? Because, in June 2006 I was divorced against my will by my ex-wife who wanted to live her life in pursuit of torahlessness, sloppy agape, greasy grace Christianity with the full blessing, for sure of the local "Christian" pastorship and "Christian" churches.
I will not bore you with all the many messy and painful details except to say that you name the fruit of torahlessness / paganized "Christianity" and she has surely borne it, ripe and to the full.
My oldest children are now 14 (male) and 16 (female) years old. They along with their mother have read the "Twilight" series of books and go to see each of the film productions, of the same, whenever they are released. Later, they put it in their DVD library so they can watch it again and again. Unfortunately, I know for a fact that theirs is one of many "Christian" homes that have been plagued by this disease and death. This plague is probably infecting / killing someone you love and care for even right this moment.
I cannot say it loud enough and clear enough. Twighlight = Torahlessness! Below are some prime examples. You cannot say you are following the living Torah Y'shua and following His written Torah "The Scriptures" and continue to tolerate this torahlessness even for one more moment. The most shocking thing to me about "Twilight" is that not a single "Christian", that I know personally, can discern the grave danger of this media phenomenon, articulate this danger according to "The Scriptures" and warn the masses that are under grave delusion.
2Thessalonians 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: v.12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Ya 'acob 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Real World: An 80 yr old man shows up claiming to be in love with your teen daughter & asks to marry her. Everyone is disgusted & outraged and wants to throw up at this revolting picture, calling it pedophilia and leaving you wanting to kill the pervert dead.
Twilight World: 800+ year old male(s) romances, marries and impregnates a teen girl(s) & your wife & teen daughter think it is absolutely the most wonderful thing on Earth!
Real World: You find out your teen daughter is involved in a romantic, intimate relationship with the family pet. Everyone is disgusted at this revolting picture (bestiality) & in sheer outrage you kill the family pet and punish your daughter.
Twilight World: Animals morph into humans & make wonderful love interests and bestiality is what you wife & daughter crave more and more of whether they realize it or not. (One of the worst dangers of Twilight is the glamorization of the forbidden. Sounds like the garden of Eden all over again, doesn't it?)
Real World: Your teen daughter tells you she has been practicing communication with the dead and having sex with corpses. (Necromancy and Necrophilia) You are horrified beyond words and go into complete shock. You immediately start praying and fasting, call for others to pray and experience spiritual warfare like you never have before.
Twilight World: Vampires and werewolves are highly sexualized and attractive young people so you complete forget the fact that they are the living dead and that their lustful relationships are completely forbidden by "The Scriptures".
Real World: A man and his teen sons bond over the latest Miley Cyrus video while the man makes all kinds of lustful remarks about Miley's outfit (or the lack of one), moves or whatever and everyone thinks he is a pervert.
Twilight World: Mom's and daughters everywhere oogle over the topless hunky young men and make all kinds of lustful, lust filled remarks and no one condemns this blatant hypocrisy and societal double standard.
Real World: 150,000 people will die today. Most of them will enter into eternity without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 2 Billion people have never heard the gospel preached and more than a billion do not have any kind of Bible available to them in any language they can understand it in.
Twilight World: Who cares about the unreached, lost & dying world. I am saved, I am going to Heaven and since I am under grace I am going to waste my money on more Twilight crap & who cares if it is absolute perversion, wicked in the eyes of Heaven and not one bit glorifying to the King of the Universe who shed His precious blood for me.
If you are interested here is a "Christian" movie reviews site and their review of the latest "Twilight" movie in the series.
Shalom, Shalom to all,
Sincerely and In Truth,
Robert McDuffie ~ Mismore / Psalm 119
The place to improve the world is first in ones heart and head and hands - Robert
This is an excerpt from First Fruits of Zion's weekly newsletter. (www.ffoz.org)
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Blessed are You, YHVH our Elohim and Elohim of our fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the great, powerful and awesome God, God above all, Who performs kind acts of devotion, and is the Owner of all things, Who remembers the fathers' acts of devotion, and brings a Redeemer to their children's children, for the sake of His Name, with love. (First blessing of the Daily Prayer)
The Greatness of the Fathers
They were not perfect men. Abraham twice called Sarah his sister rather than rely on God for protection. He married Hagar rather than wait for YHVH's promise through Sarah. Isaac proved his fallibility by turning a blind eye to the wickedness of Esau. Jacob is remembered for his cunning and trickery. The consistent story of Scripture is not one of exceptional men, but an exceptional Elohim. The Torah tells us their stories so honestly that we are convinced. We feel we know these men personally. We learn that even the greatest men of faith were human. We may take comfort in that, but we must not forget the unique, spiritual greatness of the Fathers.
Consider the greatness of the Fathers. When is the last time YHVH appeared to you? Yet he appeared to the Fathers again and again. They were prophets, great prophets. He spoke to them. They heard his voice. YHVH said to Abraham "Go ye forth," and Abraham went forth. He said, "Sacrifice for me," and he sacrificed. He said to Isaac "Stay," and Isaac stayed. He said to Jacob, "Go back," and he went back. Whatever He told them to do, they did. For example, when YHVH told Abraham to sacrifice his son, not only did Abraham consent, but Isaac too consented to be sacrificed. Why? Because YHVH willed it.
So precious are the fathers, that YHVH named Himself after them. He is called the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. He is never called the God of Joseph. He is never called the God of Moses. He is not referred to as the God of David. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of our Fathers.
How beloved are our Fathers! When Israel sinned by making the Golden Calf, YHVH was angry enough with them to destroy them, but Moses stayed His hand by invoking the memory of YHVH's covenant with the Fathers. Moses prayed, "Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel." YHVH relented on their behalf.
Paul explained it to us in Romans. He was explaining to the increasingly Gentile, Roman congregations how it was that the Jewish people remained YHVH's chosen people even though they had not accepted the gospel. He said, "From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of YHVH's choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers for the gifts and the calling of YHVH are irrevocable" (Romans 11:28-29).
The Jewish people are loved on account of the fathers. How great are your Fathers, O Yisrael!