Guy Fawkes & The KJV
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?”
This past Thursday, November 5, 2009 a fellow by the name of Malik Nidal Hasan shot up the army base at Fort Hood killing 13 and wounding 31. (I believe the Obama administration calls it “Workplace Violence.”) But something you may not know is that the British celebrate November 5 (Guy Fawkes Day) kind of the way we celebrate 9/11.
November 5, 1605 was the day a group of Catholics had plotted to blow up the King of England along with the entire parliament. Most Catholics of that day like most Muslims of our day wouldn’t have participated but wouldn’t have felt too bad about it either.
In 1605 the economy was on the rise and thriving kind of like it was in 2001 when terrorists flew planes into the twin towers. The King knew he had opposition but never imagined it would escalate to the level it did.
The name of the King was James and he was a student of the Bible. He wrote a paraphrase of the Book of the Revelation and even translated some of the Psalms.
But being king of England wasn’t James’ first crowning achievement. In fact, James was only 13 months old when he was crowned James VI of Scotland on July 29, 1567. Five months earlier his father had died in a bomb blast at his home. Then 20 years later his mother was beheaded at the age of 44. Finally, in 1603 when Elizabeth died, James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England.
I don’t know if James was a saved man but when you study the history behind Nov 5, 1605, you can’t help but see the hand of God at work. Historians speculate that they would have carried out the plot sooner but for some strange reason the meeting of parliament had been delayed.
If you’ve ever noticed in football, sometimes when one team goes to kick a field goal the other team will call a timeout. They don’t call a timeout because they need it. They call a timeout because they want the kicker to get shook up thinking about his next kick. And when God delayed the meeting of parliament those men got nervous.
Some of them even took the time to try and warn several members of Parliament to stay away from the court that day (all of which were Catholics too). One of those was Lord Chamberlain Monteagle. When he received an anonymous letter telling him to avoid parliament that day, he immediately brought it to the attention of the King
The king and his people had little to go on. On November 4, 1605 they were still investigating and looking for clues, when, at the stroke of midnight they discovered Guy Fawkes standing outside the cellar door of Westminster Palace. The men had searched the cellar before and found nothing. But after finding a tinderbox and some matches in the pocket of Guy Fawkes, they decided to search it again.
This time, under a pile of firewood and coal they found 36 barrels of gunpowder sitting right under the spot where King James would be standing in just a few short hours.
So at 1 AM they woke up the King and drug Fawkes in to stand before him. Historians say that he stood emotionless, regretting only that he had failed in his attempt to kill the King. If I’m not mistaken they used “enhanced interrogation techniques,” otherwise known as “torture” to make him give up the names of his buddies. None of them ever stood trial but died in a shootout when authorities tried to apprehend them. Not long afterward, Guy Fawkes was tried and hung all by himself in St. Paul’s churchyard.
400 years later the British celebrate Guy Fawkes Day as a day they killed the Catholics who tried to kill their King.
Now, why would Satan have wanted to destroy the King and his parliament? Perhaps because only a year before that day the new King had given permission to a large group of scholars to begin work on a new translation of the Bible. This translation would never have been completed had Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators been successful. But they weren’t and in 1611 the new translation was completed, presented, and dedicated to King James.
Most King James Bibles still have this dedication in the front of the Book.
TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE
BY THE GRACE OF GOD
KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH,
The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy and Peace, through JESUS CHRIST, our Lord.
GREAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesty’s Royal Person to rule and reign over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overshadowed this Land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk; and that it should hardly be known, who was to direct the unsettled State; the appearance of your Majesty, as the Sun in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquillity at home and abroad.
But among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven.
Then not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state, wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it: nay, to go forward with the confidence and resolution of a Man in maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts of all Your Majesty’s loyal and religious people unto You, that Your very name is precious among them: their eye doth behold You with comfort, and they bless You in their hearts, as that sanctified Person who, under God, is the immediate Author of their true happiness. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every day increaseth and taketh strength, when they observe, that the zeal of Your Majesty toward the house of God doth not slack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting itself abroad in the farthest parts of Christendom, by writing in defence of the Truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be healed,) and every day at home, by religious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nursing Father.
There are infinite arguments of this right christian and religious affection in Your Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the vehement and perpetuated desire of accomplishing and publishing of this work, which now with all humility we present unto Your Majesty. For when Your Highness had once out of deep judgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our own, and other foreign Languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact Translation of the holy Scriptures into the English Tongue; Your Majesty did never desist to urge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the work might be hastened, and that the business might be expedited in so decent a manner, as a matter of such importance might justly require.
And now at last, by the mercy of God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hopes that the Church of England shall reap good fruit thereby; we hold it our duty to offer it to Your Majesty, not only as to our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the work: humbly craving of Your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this quality have ever been subject to the censures of illmeaning and discontented persons, it may receive approbation and patronage from so learned and judicious a Prince as Your Highness is, whose allowance and acceptance of our labours shall more honour and encourage us, than all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men shall dismay us. So that if, on the one side, we shall be traduced by Popish Persons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor instruments to make God’s holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness; or if, on the other side, we shall be maligned by self-conceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil; we may rest secure, supported within by truth and innocency of a good conscience, having walked the ways of simplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and sustained without by the powerful protection of Your Majesty’s grace and favour, which will ever give countenance to honest and christian endeavours against bitter censures and uncharitable imputations.
The Lord of heaven and earth bless Your Majesty with many and happy days, that, as his heavenly hand hath enriched Your Highness with many singular and extraordinary graces, so You may be the wonder of the world in this latter age for happiness and true felicity, to the honour of that great GOD, and the good of his Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour.
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Please Answer “Yes” or “No” In The Spaces Provided.
1. ____Are you a Christian?
2. ____ 1Corinthians 7:1 says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” Do you believe the Lord really expects you to keep your hands off a woman until you get married?
3. ____How often do you attend services?
a. Once a week
b. Twice a week
c. Three times a week
4. ____Do you smoke tobacco?
5. How fast can you run
a. 40 yards ______sec.
b. Two miles ____min.
6. ____Do you chew tobacco?
7. What is your blood type:_______
8. ____Other than a speeding ticket have you ever been convicted of a crime? (If yes, please explain and give dates.)
9. ____To your knowledge do you have any STDs?
10. ____Do you have any tattoos? (If yes tell how many, where, and what kind they are.)
11. ____Do you have any piercings? (If yes tell how many, where, and what kind they are.)
12. ____Have you sinned since you got saved?
13. ____Do you have a valid driver’s license?
14. In 50 words or less, describe what “Don’t ever, ever, touch this girl” means to you.
15. ____Do you own a vehicle? (If so give the make and model and list at least four of the preset stations your radio is tuned to.)
16. ____If the need arose could you take your Bible and lead a person to Christ right now? (If so list some of the Bible verses you might use.)
17. ____Have you consume any alcoholic beverages in the last six months? (If so tell when, where, and how much.)
18. ____Have you taken any medication in the last six months that was not prescribed to you? (If so tell when where and how much.)
19. ____Did Jesus make alcoholic wine?
20. ____Have you smoked marijuana in the past six months?
21. ____Have you, other than by accident, ever hit a woman?
22. ____Would you hit a larger woman if she attacked your girlfriend and you were unable to restrain her otherwise?
23. ____Have you ever been in a physical altercation (a fight) with another man? (If so how many times)
24. ____Do you know CPR?
25. ____Have you ever led anyone to the Lord?
26. ____Do you have any gospel tracts on you right now?
27. ____Do you have any children?
28. ____ Are you a member of any secret society such as the Masons, Shriners, skull and bones, etc?
29. ____Have you ever been married?
30. ____Have you ever been engaged?
31. ____Have you been scripturally baptized?
32. ____Have you ever been accused of rape?
33. ____Are your biological parents still alive?
34. ____Are they married?
35. ____Do you work or go to school? (If yes tell where, for how long, and briefly describe your schedule)
36. How much cash do you have on you right now? _________________
37. What is the longest you’ve ever held a job and where was that?
38. Other than John 3:16 write out a verse of Scripture from memory.
39. Write out another verse from memory.
40. When did you get saved? __________________________
41. Complete the following sentences:
a. If I were to be shot, the last place I would want to be shot is in the _________
b. If I were to be beaten, the last bone I would want to be broken is ___________
c. The one thing I hope this application does not ask is ______________________
d. In the unfortunate event of my untimely death, I would like my ashes scattered
e. My greatest fear is _____________________________________
42. What do you want to be if you grow up? _________________________________
43. Where did you get saved? __________________________
44. Have you ever been fingerprinted? Yes ____ No _____
45. What church do you attend? __________________________
46. Are you a member of that church (if not, please give the name of the church you are a member of) Yes ____ No _____
47. What is the longest relationship you’ve ever been in? _____________________
48. How many times have you been baptized? __________________________
49. Did you get baptized before or after you got saved? __________________________
50. What is your pastor’s name? ___________________
51. (Other than playing Call of Duty) List some of your hobbies:
52. Do you have any identifying marks? (Birthmarks, scars, tattoos etc.) Yes ____ No _____ (if yes please explain and give locations)
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Yes, the Trayvon Martin thing is a tragedy.
This is just a response to media like
This is just wrong.
Consequently, where do “they” get that Jesus wore a hood anyway?
Maybe He did, maybe He didn’t.
But I’m pretty sure He never got suspended for Marijuana.
Dog Shoots Owner During Hunting Trip
CNN released this article:
Utah hunter shot by his dog.
The incident happened over the weekend during a duck-hunting in the Great Salt Lake near a bird refuge outside Brigham City, (Utah?) One of the men, a 46-year-old from Brigham City, got out of his boat and laid his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of the vessel.
“The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the (man) in the buttocks,” Box Elder County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Potter told the Salt Lake City Tribune.
The man was apparently setting up decoys when the gun went off, said Potter. The man is expected to recover.
Aint it good to be born again?
A woman one day tried many physicians
But daily grew worse in the Bible we’re told
But when she had heard, she came to Jesus
And she found what she needed for her body and soul
Blind Bartimaeus sat by the wayside begging
Nobody to help him down life’s weary way
Then Jesus passed by and He heard His sad crying
He reached down His hand and He healed Him that day
One day I sat by the wayside begging
Nobody to help me down life’s weary way
Then Jesus came by and He heard my sad crying
He reached down His hand and He saved me that day
If I could just touch, the hem of His garment,
If I could just touch, some part of His clothes,
I know I’d be healed, my sins all forgiven,
If I could just touch Him, I know I’d be whole
Praying For A New Tongue?
Most Folks Can’t Handle The One They’ve Got!
When a prophet named Balaam was headed somewhere the Lord didn’t want him to go God sent an angel to block his way. The beast on which Balaam rode was apparently more sensitive to spiritual things than he was. Because the animal kept turning out of the way to avoid the angel, Balaam became frustrated and started beating her.
“And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?” (Num 22:28)
Notice first of all (1) something is speaking that shouldn’t be. 2Peter 2:16 says this “dumb (mute) ass” was speaking “with a man’s voice.” This is not the 1st time you find an animal speaking in the Bible (the serpent spoke to Eve in the Garden) but this is interesting. Notice also, Balaam’s ass was a ‘she’. In the average charismatic church, I’d say, women do 90% of the tongues speaking. Paul was dealing expressly with the gift of tongues when the Holy Ghost moved him to write:
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” (1Co 14:34-35)
Paul knew it was the will of God for the “women to keep silence in the churches” when it came to the matter of tongues. But Paul was also a realist. He knew that people do not like being told what they can and can’t do. Paul knew that later on liberal scholars would rise up out of the crevices of Hell and downplay what he had just written. Accordingly, some argue that the prohibition against women speaking in tongues here in 1Corinthians 14 and the qualifications of a pastor in 1Timothy 3 are all just Paul’s “opinion.” Paul anticipated all of this and wrote verse 37 for everyone who tries to justify their charismatic grandma or one of their friends who happens to be a woman preacher. In an almost sarcastic manner, he says:
Paul knew many folks don’t care what the Bible says. So he writes in verse 38: “But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” (1Co 14:38)
Secondly, (2) this unnatural behaviour didn’t appear strange to Balaam. Any sane person would have found this event beyond bizarre. But remember, Balaam is not right with God. People who are out of fellowship with the Lord are frequently and strangely comfortable in unusual circumstances. For instance, when Jonah was running from God, the Lord sent a storm that nearly destroyed the ship he was in. The heathen sailors were calling on every god they could think of! (It’s just natural to pray when you’re going thru a storm.) “…But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.” (Jon 1:5) In his backslid condition Jonah seemed immune to his problematic surroundings. If you have the slightest knowledge of the Bible you should know the Holy Ghost won’t make you act like a complete fool. If you see nothing wrong with men and women foaming at the mouth and babbling on like idiots, then there’s something wrong with you (you’re spiritually retarded).
The Mosaic Law demanded that God’s people (the Jews) abstain from unclean meats. Many of the Jews continued to observe these dietary laws even after they were converted. They did this more out of habit than necessity. But, in their defense, there was no verse in the Old Testament that said, “After you become a Christian you can eat whatever you want.” So in their minds, certain things like pork were still taboo. When Gentiles started getting saved, because of their eating habits, many of the believing Jews were uncertain whether or not they should fellowship with them. (It was hard for them to believe God would bless someone who ate bacon.) On one occasion, because of this mindset, God revealed to the Jewish companions of Peter that He did indeed pour out His spirit upon Jew and Gentile alike.
“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,” (Ac 10:44-46)
Again the Bible says they spoke with “tongues” (plural) and not with an “unknown tongue” (singular). Tongues were necessary since, as 1Cor 1:22 says, “The Jews require a sign.” Until the New Testament scriptures were complete, the sign gifts were necessary for unbelieving Jews. Mark 16:20 indicates the Apostles had been commissioned to confirm (authenticate, backup, or validate) the Gospel with signs. The purpose of tongues was to confirm that God had indeed stretched out His saving arm to the Gentiles.
The word ‘tongue’ in Scripture refers to either: a language or an actual part of the body known as the tongue. As far as the Bible is concerned, the gift of tongues was the supernatural ability to speak in a language not previously learned. For instance if I was suddenly endowed by God with the ability to speak and understand Japanese, that would be similar to the gift on Pentecost. 1Corinthians 14 gives instruction concerning the utilization of this gift. Many of these rules are violated and completely disregarded in charismatic circles. However, the utter confusion, which “they” refer to as ‘speaking in tongues,’ is NOT that gift described in the Bible. Tongues, such as in Acts 2 and 10, were known languages and not ecstatic, unintelligible, gibberish.
Some say that “speaking in tongues” is evidence of being filled with the Holy Ghost. Some go even further, saying that you’re not even saved if you don’t speak in tongues. I strongly disagree. Take Jesus for example. Can you think of anyone more sanctified and Holy than the Lord Jesus Christ? None would ever accuse Him of not being Spirit filled. Yet in my Bible, I never find a single instance where Jesus ever spoke in tongues. If “tongues” is the evidence of having the “baptism of the Holy Ghost“, why did the Lord not leave us that example in His life as He did with water baptism and communion? Moving on…
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1Cor 4:2)
The word “spirit“ in this verse is lowercase. It refers to our spirit and not God’s Holy Spirit. Notice, the word “unknown’ here is italicized, and the word ‘tongue’ is singular. ‘Unknown tongue’ refers to any language not understood by others. We are told not to forbid people to speak with ‘tongues’ (plural) in 1Cor 14:39. However, the Bible does NOT say “Forbid not to speak in the unknown tongue” (singular) this is Bible Doctrine, not merely my opinion.
And as Forest Gump once said, “That’s all I got to say about that.”