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"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain." ---Exod 20:7
MISUSE OF POWER: "Consider a familiar violation of this commandment in English, the expletive, 'God damn you.' It is used thoughtlessly, usually in anger. Biblically speaking, the phrase is an imperative: the invocation of the ultimate biblical curse, a calling upon God to execute His judgment to destroy eternally a personal opponent. It should not be understood as simply a breach of good manners, a violation of biblical etiquette. It is a verbal expression of personal outrage or disgust which is prohibited precisely because it invokes the ultimate power of God for distinctly personal ends. In other words, IT IS AN ATTEMPTED MISUSE OF POWER [harnessing God's power like a pagan uses magical demonic names--PM]. Even Michael the archangel avoided such language when he confronted Satan himself, for he dared not 'bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke you' (Jude 9)." --Gary North, The Sinai Strategy, pg 54, Institute for Christian Economics, Tyler, TX.
GARY NORTH: "When Jesus warned people not to invoke God's name, or the name of some 'near-divine' object, He was warning them against creating a false sense of trust on the part of other people. ...If he [an oath-taker-PM] is a deceiver, he might very well use such a phrase. The Bible becomes a tool in his tool kit of deceptive techniques. He enlists God's name, by implication, in this deception. ...Such language involves fraud." --Gary North, The Sinai Strategy, pg 63-64, Institute for Christian Economics, Tyler, TX
"LEVITATION (Latin levis, light of weight): 1. A spiritual phenomenon attributed to certain saints and ecstatics by which the body rises and hangs suspended in air. Many cases of the phenomenon have been recorded but the best known are the experiences attributed to St. Joseph Cupertino. 2. A spiritualistic term by which a medium causes objects to rise and float through the air. It has been demonstrated that the condition results from the use of hidden gadgets but it is possible for diabolical powers to intercede. Catholics are strictly forbidden to participate in seances." (The Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary, 1965 Edition, Grosset & Dunlap, NY, NY)(Oh, so the Catholics can do it as religion, but the spiritualists can't under the occult. . .??!!)
"A Dutch church ordinance passed as late as 1581 prohibited bankers, along with the practitioners of other unsavory professions, from receiving Holy Communion. The law remained in effect until 1658." (Jack Weatherford, "The History of Money," Crown Publ, NY, NY, p79)
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120-205 AD Irenaeus "Christ will not die again on behalf of those who now commit sin because death shall no more have dominion over Him.... Therefore we should not be puffed up.... But we should beware lest somehow, after [we have come to] the knowledge of Christ, if we do things displeasing to God, we obtain no further forgiveness of sins but rather be shut out from His kingdom" (Heb. 6:46). (Irenaeus, pupil of Polycarp, Against Heresies bk. 4, chap. 27, sec. 2)
140-230 AD Tertullian "Some people act as though God were under an obligation to bestow even on the unworthy His intended gift. They turn His liberality into slavery.... For do not many afterwards fall out of grace? Is not this gift taken away from many?" (Tertullian On Repentance chap. 6.)
200-258 AD Cyprian "It is written, 'He who endures to the end, the same shall be saved' [Matt. 10:22]. So whatever precedes the end is only a step by which we ascend to the summit of salvation. It is not the final point wherein we have already gained the full result of the ascent." (Cyprian Unity of the Church sec. 21)
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