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2012Rejecting the Crucifix as offensive: Preparation for the Reign of Antichrist
La Salette Journey ^ | March 15, 2012 | Paul Melanson

Posted on 03/15/2012 8:31:02 AM PDT by cleghornboy

When one of the world's leading exorcists, Father Gabriele Amorth, was asked how one can tell if someone is possessed, he replied, "By their aversion to the sacrament and all things sacred." One of the clearest signs of demonic possession is a hatred for the Eucharist or the crucifix. Back in December of 2009, little Jalen Cromwell of Taunton, Massachusetts, was forced to undergo psychological evaluations for drawing a stick figure of the crucified Jesus. See here. And electrician Colin Atkinson's palm cross was deemed "insensitive." See here. As noted here, "..David Cameron's government will insist at the European Court of Human Rights that Christians can be sacked by their employers for wearing crosses or crucifixes." And remember when the White House asked Georgetown University to cover the IHS monogram (a symbol of Jesus' holy name) at Gaston Hall where Obama was scheduled to deliver a speech? See here.

There are numerous other examples of this growing hostility toward the cross or the crucifix. In his treatise on ascetical and mystical theology, The Very Reverend Adolphe Tanquerey, S.S., D.D., explains that, "The Sacramentals and blessed objects are also efficacious remedies [for possession and diabolical temptation] because of the prayers said by the Church when blessing them...The Crucifix, the Sign of the Cross, and especially genuine relics of the True Cross are terrifying to the devil who was vanquished by the Cross: 'That the one who conquered by a tree should himself be likewise conquered by the Tree.' For the same reason the Evil Spirit dreads the invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus, which, on the Master's Own promise, possesses a wondrous power for putting the devil to flight." (The Spiritual Life: A Treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology, p. 724, citing the Preface for the Feast of the Holy Cross, Tan Books).

Antichrist will reveal himself within the context of an atheistic, materialistic society which has lost its faith in God and which is prepared to fall down and worship man. The Antichrist will not tolerate the Cross or Christian symbols. In his Life of Christ (Image Books, 1977, p. 10), Archbishop Fulton John Sheen wrote, "We do know that at the end of time, when the great conflict between the forces of good and evil takes place, Satan will appear without the Cross, as the Great Philanthropist and Social Reformer to become the final temptation of mankind." Indeed, Paul Henri-Spaak, who served as Belgian Prime Minister and gained international prominence in 1945 when he was elected chairman of the first session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, had called for such a "Great Philanthropist and Social Reformer": "We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass in which we are sinking. Send us such a man and be he God or the Devil, we will receive him."

Saint Paul assures us that this man of iniquity will seek to displace God and to be worshipped himself. Robert Hugh Benson, in his classic The Lord of the World (a most prophetic work) describes the humanitarian religion of Antichrist as one which will replace Christian symbols such as the Crucifix with its own symbols: "Humanitarianism is a religion devoid of the supernatural. It is developing a ritual under freemasonry; it has a creed, 'God is man'; and the rest. It has, therefore, a real food of a sort to offer religious cravings: it idealizes, and yet makes no demands upon the spiritual faculties. Then, they have the use of all the churches except ours, and of all the Cathedrals; and they are beginning at last to encourage sentiment. Then they may display their symbols and we may not..."

Symbols are powerful they convey meaning. Which is why we are experiencing a push to strip Christian symbols from the public square. While Colin Atkinson came under fire for his palm cross and Jalen Cromwell was forced to undergo psychological evaluations because of his hand-drawn Crucifix, Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ," which depicts a Crucifix submerged in a glass of Serrano's own urine mixed with cow's blood, is considered by some to be a "work of art" and received $15,000 from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts. Serrano's supporters have argued that the "Piss Christ" represents an issue of artistic freedom and freedom of speech.

And while the Obama White House asked for the IHS monogram to be covered up at Georgetown (a request which was honored), the same Obama White House had no such problem with a Masonic symbol - see photograph.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: 666; antichrist; crucifix; preparation; reign

1 posted on 03/15/2012 8:31:06 AM PDT by cleghornboy
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To: cleghornboy

Deception is what the Evil one does best....


2 posted on 03/15/2012 8:36:34 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: cleghornboy

Kinda sounds like Islam doesn’t it?


3 posted on 03/15/2012 8:42:04 AM PDT by RC2
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To: cleghornboy

Obama had to have the name of Christ covered and had to hide from the American flag. He’s working on the flag thing by having the stars replaced by his mug.

America can survive Obama but may not survive the people who put him in office.

I’ll have to remind my Obama voting Catholic friends about the Georgetown incident. I’m guessing they probably never even heard about it.

Good article


4 posted on 03/15/2012 9:00:53 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: cleghornboy

I don’t wear a Crucifux or a Cross but if they bring that law in downunda I will buy one and wear it and so should every Christian.

Mel


5 posted on 03/15/2012 9:01:42 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: melsec

My KOC Council will make 1,400 Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday. Come and get us! I suspect the growing “Vampire” population spawned by the Twilight series is behind this.


6 posted on 03/15/2012 9:26:23 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Cold Heart

When we prepared to enter the moslem holy sanctuary atop of the Temple Mount in1999, I understood why the crucifix might be considered an insult to the moslem waqf which were allowed by treaty to administer the holy sight. We left our Bibles and jewelry behind. However, now it appears that any sign of Christian affinity is considered hateful, or racist wherever it’s displayed. Our allegedly christian president would not speak beneath the abbreviation of Jesus’ name at Georgetown. I find this particularly telling behavior, because at almost every opportunity Hussein has played the oppressed moslem card.
Throughout a world, which has regular, routine contact between the different faiths, the children automatically assume the ‘faith of our fathers’. Our Christian friends in Central Europe, Poland, or the Balkans curse American as a nation of fools for accepting the sworn word of a man who will not reveal any details, even routine details about his education, nationality, or most importantly a traumatic past where he and his mother where never welcome, but always outsiders treated as trash. How would you feel about growing up in the company of a mother who went from girlfriend to pin-up to wife of convenience, pin-up and pornographic actress?
Of course, we only know this, because to our eternal shame that’s all the record that remains of a man every American citizen must go to bed each night trusting that he has our protection first in mind. I don’t know how you feel about Sheriff Joe Aprio’s Cold Case Report, which confirms that the man in the Oval Office has only fraudulent identification, but I’m worried that with his awful past as a cast-off halfbreed, he’s not stable mentally to be the POTUS. God help us all should he break down and crack-up..


7 posted on 03/15/2012 9:40:46 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] the people in the communityÂ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureles)
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To: massgopguy

“I suspect the growing “Vampire” population spawned by the Twilight series is behind this.”

Well they better get out of your town by Saturday Sundown or it is gunna get ugly!

Blessings

Mel


8 posted on 03/15/2012 10:01:55 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: cleghornboy

No one would dare say anything to you as long as you display your crucifix upside down.


9 posted on 03/15/2012 10:07:48 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: melsec

already have several and try to wear one every day. Have one in every room of my house! Have a bible in my car and on my phone and will be happy to explain to anyone why Jesus is their only Hope.

Grew up Catholic, and I remember the nuns always telling us “to choose now who you will serve and die for! Be like the martyrs who chose Jesus and eternal life. Be bold and be proud of Him who came to give His life for YOU!”

So, I choose Jesus. ‘nuf said...


10 posted on 03/15/2012 10:25:45 AM PDT by sassy steel magnolia (USAF life and Navy wife...God Bless the USA!)
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To: cleghornboy; Nifster; RC2; Kartographer; sassy steel magnolia; STD; massgopguy

I’ve been seeing these ‘anti-crucifixion” articles recently and wondering exactly where does Jesus command that I must worship any symbols? I have no symbols in my home nor as bumper stickers on my car and I don’t feel any less faithful to G-d. I’m pretty keen on Jesus’ words as well as intertestamental history and nowhere am I commanded to worship symbols. In fact, the last time I checked it was the “worshipping & keeping” of symbols that initiates evil.
But then again perhaps I’m less of a faithful follower because I don’t walk around boasting to everyone through the jewelry I should be wearing or boastful symbols I should be plastering all over my house.


11 posted on 03/15/2012 11:32:29 AM PDT by brent13a (Freerepublic is a great site for conservative news, if you can stomach the cop hating.)
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To: cleghornboy; Nifster; RC2; Kartographer; sassy steel magnolia; STD; massgopguy

What I meant to say is:
Where does Jesus or G-d command that I must keep & “venerate” any symbols to prove my faith to G-d?

For me this whole issue isn’t an issue because is doesn’t need to be. It shouldn’t matter what trinkets and idols are taken from someone, if their faith is true then it’s an internal thing that can never be taken from them. Otherwise it’s just a weakness to be exploited by evil.


12 posted on 03/15/2012 11:46:41 AM PDT by brent13a (Freerepublic is a great site for conservative news, if you can stomach the cop hating.)
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To: brent13a

What I get from your post is you meant to say is you are clearly more pious than the rest of us sinners.


13 posted on 03/15/2012 11:59:32 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: brent13a
perhaps I’m less of a faithful follower because I don’t walk around boasting to everyone through the jewelry I should be wearing

I don't wear a crucifix to boast - here's why I wear it:

"Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 10:32-33

14 posted on 03/15/2012 12:09:44 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: sassy steel magnolia

Amen sister!


15 posted on 03/15/2012 12:14:52 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: brent13a

“Where does Jesus or G-d command that I must keep & “venerate” any symbols to prove my faith to G-d?”

That’s not really the point though is it Brent. The point is that the Governement cannot, should not and better not dictate to believers what they do or don’t do in regards to their faith.

As I said in a previous post I do not wear anything in the way of religious symbols but I would in solidarity with those who choose to if the Government chose to ban the wearing of them. Faith can be true or not in each person but the wearing of or the not wearing of a religious symbol does not determine that.

Mel


16 posted on 03/15/2012 12:21:21 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: Cold Heart
America can survive Obama but may not survive the people who put him in office.

Perfectly stated.

Blaming Obama for the state of the nation is like blaming your broken arm for the skiing accident.

Getting rid of him in-and-of-itself isn't going to solve much. Our problems are fundamental.

17 posted on 03/15/2012 12:31:05 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: brent13a

I do not wear a crucifix....I personally do not like them for I worship a risen Saviour. However, I do think that the notion that The Evil one is out to deceive us is valid and that anything that minimizes a society’s overt expressions of faithfulness tends to allow evil to dominate.

I would never judge another’s faithfulness based on the wering of a symbol or icon.


18 posted on 03/15/2012 12:33:52 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Cold Heart
America can survive Obama but may not survive the people who put him in office.

Perfectly stated.

Blaming Obama for the state of the nation is like blaming your broken arm for the skiing accident.

19 posted on 03/15/2012 12:38:57 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: brent13a

To me the articles have a more general sense to them. That what used to be perfectly acceptable in a God fearing society is now anthema. What if they were to come and take your Bible from you would that put it in a more dangerous mode? How about if they outlaw communion or gathering to worship or saying God bless you?


20 posted on 03/15/2012 12:42:02 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: melsec

I never have worn a cross or crucifix. Wife does, but not me. I am on my way to buy one today. Gold seems a good investment anyway and I cannot think of a better use of it.


21 posted on 03/15/2012 3:59:33 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: brent13a

That is not the point.


22 posted on 03/15/2012 4:25:47 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Hey, Bible-quoter.

Can you tell me where in the Bible Jesus condones the recreational use of drugs? Can you tell me where he says to be drunk (or drugged) in the spirit?

I’m having trouble finding your Biblical support for the legalization of drugs.


23 posted on 03/15/2012 6:10:44 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Ron Paul is the Lyndon Larouche of the 21st century.))
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To: Chuckster

Nice one! :)


24 posted on 03/16/2012 6:23:07 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I’m having trouble finding your Biblical support for the legalization of drugs.

I’m having trouble finding your Biblical support for the criminalization of drugs.

http://www.freerepublic.com/help.htm#guidelines: "Don't jump threads - If you get involved in an argument in one thread, it's considered poor manners to restart the previous argument in the middle of an unrelated thread."

25 posted on 03/16/2012 2:20:13 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: RC2

No, it doesn’t. You don’t get it.


26 posted on 03/16/2012 2:27:07 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Nifster
I personally do not like them for I worship a risen Saviour.

Yep, the rest of us worship a dead Savior. lol

27 posted on 03/16/2012 3:14:29 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Jesus was pretty clear about not allowing yourself to become intoxicated.

I’m sure you pick and choose His teachings to serve your own self-interest. Typical of liberals.


28 posted on 03/16/2012 5:26:31 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Ron Paul is the Lyndon Larouche of the 21st century.))
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

Aw, did it hurt your little feelings that I embarrassed you...that I pointed out once again that you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing, that as you quote the Bible on one thread you are promoting the wholesale destruction of lives and families and societies by pushing demonically for the legalization of drugs, with no restrictions on those drugs, as you said you desire?

Too bad.

Go back to DU, troll.


29 posted on 03/16/2012 6:50:43 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Ron Paul is the Lyndon Larouche of the 21st century.))
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I’m having trouble finding your Biblical support for the criminalization of drugs.

Jesus was pretty clear about not allowing yourself to become intoxicated.

No support there for the criminalization of alcohol or any other intoxicating drug.

30 posted on 03/16/2012 9:05:46 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
http://www.freerepublic.com/help.htm#guidelines: "Don't jump threads - If you get involved in an argument in one thread, it's considered poor manners to restart the previous argument in the middle of an unrelated thread."

Aw, did it hurt your little feelings

Not at all - but it may perturb JimRob that you're blatantly violating FR posting guidelines. Maybe you should stop that before you run crying to him about my posts again.

that I embarrassed you...that I pointed out once again that you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing, that as you quote the Bible on one thread you are promoting the wholesale destruction of lives and families and societies by pushing demonically for the legalization of drugs, with no restrictions on those drugs, as you said you desire?

Legal alcohol hasn't destroyed society, and other legal drugs won't either.

31 posted on 03/16/2012 9:11:45 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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