Matthew 6:24 ” No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mammon in Scripture represented the god (or idols) of riches. Anything that represented an idol to someone that was representing wealth was considered Mammon. If you are using your Bible to try to make yourself rich than that could be represented as mammon. If you stood before a flag that represented wealth, that could be your idol of mammon. What does the flag represent to some? Freedom or the god mammon?)
Let me first ask you this if you are a Christian or call yourself a Christian because you have inherited the American dream by birth. Would Jesus recognize or stand and honor the pledge of allegiance to any flag? Would Jesus stand about face with His hand over His heart as recognize America’s national anthem? Do you think Jesus when seeing a eagle of Rome standard stopped in His steps and honored it? Do you think Jesus did this? Think about it when reading this. With that said…
Here we go again. Everyone is in an uproar because these overpaid atheist bisexual wife beating athletes (and no, not all NFL players do these things) that don’t want to stand for the national anthem. Trust me, they aren’t even doing it for the right reasons. The solution for those who are angered by this is to not watch these guys run around on Sundays right? Maybe go to Church instead? But I am willing to bet they still watch the game with their jerseys on and their beers in hand. And how many of these “angry birds” that are in a uproar about all this, actually stand during the anthem in their own homes? I’m willing to assume most of these people have pledged there allegiance to a flag and stood for the national anthem more than they have actually prayed in Jesus name. Or prayed at all for that matter. Who wants to challenge me on that?
With me feeling the way I do doesn’t make me someone who doesn’t appreciate where I’m from and where I live. It doesn’t make me a communist or socialist. I love America just like the next guy, but not in a patriotic nationalistic brown shirt type of way. Just like you, I like to drive my car that I have to have permission from the government to drive. I can freely drive anywhere I please as long as I have my state issued mandatory ID that works well with my state approved car insurance that I get once my state smog is approved along with my state approved tags that keep me rollin’. So yeah, just like you I like to drive freely around this country. With all the right documents of course and a little bit of payment to the “man”.
The guys doing this “not standing for the anthem” aren’t even doing it for the right reason. They are trying to making a political statement with Black Lives Matter or injustice or whatever…blah blah blah. If I soldout and made 8 million a season to run around for Satanists, I would do what my handelers told me to do. Who knows, maybe they are just being good taking parrots. Ironically, the proper etiquette for those who are to address a king Would be to kneel not stand. There is double irony in this one.
Let me explain something to you. According to the official flag code, the flag is a living entity. I will not or do not pledge my allegiance to any living thing, especially a red and blue flag. And I don’t care who’s flag it is. I pledge my allegiance to Jesus Christ the Son of GOD. This is where my allegiance goes to. Not to a country that thinks I’m just a number on the stock exchange. So don’t call me this or that and don’t say I dishonor those who died for this country because I won’t pledge my allegiance to a flag. I care more about those who have died for this country than most of the elected officials. I bet most of you can name more NFL players than you can of those who died at war? You wanna go there?
If you feel like you need to pledge your allegiance to a flag then you go right ahead. You have every right to. That’s called free will and your choice as a human being to choose. But remember this, you cannot serve two masters and their are repercussions for these choices. And as a Christian, if this is what you choose to do, you are pledging allegiance to a flag (idol) according to this flag code. The same flag code they wrote.
The question will always stand. What side are you on? What master do you serve? I serve the Lord God of Israel and my saviour Jesus Christ. If you need to delete me then more power to you. Go right ahead. I’m not losing any sleep over it. I don’t need to be your “buddy pal”. So if you made it this far and aren’t pissed off and offended yet, then please read all of this. This comes from a paper I wrote on the Hidden Hand of Freemasonry. Its long but worth it and it explains why they do what they do.
“And this brings me to the modernized American symbolism of the hidden hand. It is a fact that America was founded on Masonic principles. I’m not going to get into what god they dedicated this land to but I believe the ones who prevailed were Masons. This isn’t saying that their weren’t some Christians back then who believed and accepted Jesus as the Messiah, but those who didn’t had the stronger will of the two. That is how this country was formed. They were theists and those who believed in a deity. We just didn’t know what deity and what god they served. My assumption is Baal is who they made a covenant with. We can see Baal worship from pop culture to movies to groups like Planned Parenthood. To deny this is just plain ignorance.
With all that said, according to the flag code, the American flag is a living entity. (para. 8(j)): “(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the collar.
This excerpt comes from Yashua Emanuel. Make note that I could careless about Kaepernick. His “reason” is not the real reason why we as Christians should not acknowledge pledging your allegiance to a flag. Bottom line…This is idolatry. This was posted on September 18yh, 2016. Post starts here:
“THE MESSIAH WOULD NOT STAND AND FACE & GIVE HONOR TO NO FLAG!! PERIOD!!
“#Kaepernick is currently one of the most hated people in America, but for what? Wouldn’t the Messiah do the same exact thing and not stand giving honor to a flag? Even though Kaepernick is doing it for a particular reason, the fact that people are upset because he won’t stand up says alot about peoples character.
Did you know that according to U.S Law Code the Flag is considered a “living thing “? So the real reason its such a big deal to not stand and give this thing Honor with your “heart” is because the Government believes it to be ALIVE. To them its not just some inanimate object made of cloth, but a “living thing” representing a “living country”. Now I know its more to the phase “The American spirit “then just a slogan. Read it for yourself…..
U.S. CODE › TITLE 36 › SUBTITLE I › PART A › CHAPTER 3 › § 301 – NATIONAL ANTHEM
Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
(1) when the flag is displayed—
(A&B) Are military orders (C) is for civilians (C) ALL other persons present should FACE THE FLAG and STAND at ATTENTION with their RIGHT HAND OVER THE HEART, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should REMOVE their HEADRESSES with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the HAND being OVER the HEART; and (2) when the FLAG is not displayed, all present should FACE TOWARD THE MUSIC and ACT in the SAME MANNER they would if THE FLAG WERE DISPLAYED.
*THE FLAG CODE *
(Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1)
(J)”THE FLAG represents a living country and is itself CONSIDERED LIVING THING . Therefore, the LAPEL FLAG PIN being a REPLICA, should be WORN on the LEFT LAPEL NEAR THE HEART.”
All this sounds very similar to when The King of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar set up his Image of worship and when the MUSIC PLAYED “All present ” had to FACE THE IMAGE Bow down and Worship. (Daniel 3:5)
Difference being people don’t bow down, they ONLY>>> face the flag, remove their hat, place hand over heart to the living entity called the U.S FLAG standing at attention??What!?<<<<You have to have NO sense of reality if you think that’s ok and that our MESSIAH would do that….. PERIOD.
What about the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE to this Flag?? Would Yahshua The Messiah Pledge his Allegiance to a Flag??? We ALL know the Answer to that. NO!!!
4 U.S. Code § 4 – Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”, should be rendered by standing at attention FACING the FLAG with the right hand over the HEART .When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the HAND being over the HEART.
So People Idolize it, remove their hats for it, face it, with hands over heart.?? Yeah its a IDOL!
Here is an article from the 1st Amendment Center. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/the-new-golden-calf
Here is an article from zero hedge.com. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-10/american-golden-calf
I suggest you read all of these links.
The Smithsonian wrote an interesting article in 2016 entitled “The Rules About How to Address the U.S. Flag Came About Because No One Wanted to Look Like a Nazi”. I’m going to qoute this article so you can get an idea about the history of how to saluting the flag came about.
“But where did the idea to regulate the way Americans choose to respect the flag come from, anyway? As it turns out, the U.S. Flag Code dates back to the not-too-distant year of 1942. The decision to enact began with the Pledge of Allegiance—a ritual that used to involve a salute that required you to raise your right hand, flip your palm down, point it toward the flag in a salute and recite the words. These instructions might seem unthinkable today for obvious reasons—they’re reminiscent of rows of Nazis saluting their Fuhrer. But believe it or not, they date from the beginning of the Pledge itself.
As Bob Greene writes for CNN, the right-handed salute is part of the Pledge’s strange history. Originally known as the Bellamy Salute, the gesture came to be in the 1890s, when the Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis J. Bellamy. The Christian socialist minister was recruited to write a patriotic pledge to the American flag as part of magazine mogul Daniel Sharp Ford’s quest to get the flag into public schools.
““At a signal from the Principal,” Bellamy wrote, “the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute—right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, ‘I pledge allegiance to my Flag…’” (The words of the Pledge itself have a long and contentious history of their own, as Amy Crawford wrote for Smithsonian magazine last year. (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pledge-allegiance-pr-gimmick-patriotic-vow-180956332/)).”
“Now that the one-armed salute smacked more of totalitarianism than of American patriotism, Americans abandoned the gesture that had been a symbol of national unity for 50 years. The 1942 U.S. Flag Code attempted to distance the Pledge of Allegiance from the country’s avowed enemies, instructing saluters to put their right hand over their heart while reciting the Pledge, and also included instructions for people to salute the flag with their right hand over their heart while listening to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (Though the song was written back in 1814, it had only been the United States’ official anthem since 1931.)”
Let me also add that the pledge of your allegiance didn’t always say “under god” in it. “The original version of the Pledge of Allegiance did not include the words “under God.” The patriotic oath – attributed to a Baptist minister named Francis Bellamy and published in a children’s magazine in September 1892 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to America – read: “I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Congress added “Under God” to the Pledge in 1954 – during the Cold War. Many members of Congress reportedly wanted to emphasize the distinctions between the United States and the officially atheistic Soviet Union.” (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/09/04/5-facts-about-the-pledge-of-allegiance/)
So I think the question that should be asked is #1) who do you pledge your allegiance to when pledging to specifically an American flag? #2) And what god and/or flag (which is a living entity according to the flag code) are you pledging to? And #3) when placing your right hand over your heart, are you symbolically doing what Freemasonry does in the Royal Arch Degree signifying who your are pledging your allegiance to? I would speculate yes you are. And to who? I’d say you are making a covenant with Baal ie Hubal ie Belial ie SIN. You know him as Satan.” (https://hiddeninthecrag.com/2017/06/27/tuesdays-the-hidden-hand-and-the-arch/)
I will say this first, the writer of this article does not believe that the American tradition of putting the hand over the heart is not Masonic in nature. I would disagree but you need to decide that for yourself. This country was started on Masonic ideas not Godly Biblical standards that come from Jesus. To hide your hidden hand and honor The Ba’al in the form of jaHBuLon or even HuBaL is one thing. That is for those initiates that outwardly and inwardly know what they are doing. But to show your hand is a sign of obedience. Its like kneeling to the king compared to standing.
Hand On Heart —Sign of Devotion to the Chiefs
Masonry’ s homage to the heart by the Sign of Hand on Heart can best be understood by the fact that the leaders of the Masonic Lodge themselves boast that the rituals of Freemasonry hearken back to ancient Egyptian religion. The Egyptian Book of the Dead addressed prayers to “My heart of my mother…My heart of transformations,” meaning the source of rebirths.
The Mother Goddess of Egypt was worshipped by various names — Isis, Hathor, Rhea, etc. She was the one to whom the people “gave their hearts,” meaning their heart-felt devotion and allegiance. As the Goddess of sacrifices, it was deemed necessary by her admirers that men should sacrifice their “energies” on her behalf. The Goddess was said to take possession of men’s hearts.
Back to Egypt
Freemasonry today freely admits its connection to the religion and rituals of ancient Egypt and proudly displays Egyptian idols (the Sphinx, etc.) in and around its lodge facilities and at its international headquarters, the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C.
Moreover, in the ritual ceremonies of the higher Masonic degrees, the Hindu pantheon of deities is honored as the true “Holy Trinity.”1 In the Hindu religion, the whole universe is said to be centered in the heart. The Yogi, in meditation, is claimed to be listening to the heartbeat of the universe, which is the great God Shiva’s beating heart. This expresses the basic oriental idea that divinity lies in the heart of every person, but needs to be “realized,” or awakened.
Devotion to the Secret Chiefs
Within the Illuminati structure, the initiate is taught in no uncertain terms that he must devote his whole heart to the “secret chiefs,” the top elite who comprise the Inner Circle. His life must be dedicated to the goals they have set, for they, in turn, are being directed by the Hierarchy, the spirit beings (Satan and his demons) who have given them The Plan.
In other words, the life of every Illuminist is a divine temple, and through ritual, magic, and loyal devotion the Great Work of alchemical transformation is to be accomplished within the individual heart and within the world at large. Ordo Ab Chao — order must come out of chaos.
A Number of Meanings
As the evidence points out in the illustrations in this section, the “hand on heart” sign has a number of meanings, depending particularly on the exact placement of the hand and the positioning of the fingers. As always, the left hand on heart indicates the sinister occultic path. The thumb extended upward leaving the hand squared in the “L” position signals fidelity, sincerity and being “on the square.” The thumb upward symbolizes the child-soul, the heart in subjection to higher powers.
The sign of Hand on Heart is practiced and taught in the rituals for many degrees of Freemasonry.
In the Degree of Sublime Knights Elected, the candidate is instructed in the sign. His right hand is extended across the chest to the heart and the thumb is pointed upward. (Richardson’s Monitor of Freemasonry, p. 147)
In the Degree of Companion Select, the sign is given with the right hand. (Richardson’s Monitor of Freemasonry, p. 86)
In the Degree of Select Master, the initiate is told “The most popular signs in Masonry are made in this manner: Place the palm of the right hand on the heart, and pronounce the word SECRESY.” (Richardson’s Monitor of Freemasonry, p. 80)
In the Degree of the Knight of the Pelican and Eagle Sovereign Prince Rose Croix of Heredom, the lecturer directs the assembled members to “pass to the Black Room, 18° collars being reversed.” Following this instruction, the sign of “right hand on left breast is given.” (18th Degree Secret Initiation Ceremony)
In the Degree of Mark Master, the members form and march around the Lodge, singing a song. The words of the song include the following: “Mark Masters all appear Before the Chief Overseer… You who have passed the square, For your rewards prepare, Join heart and hand…Wages to you are due, At your command.” (Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor, p. 161)
Separation of Fingers as Sign is Given
Separating the fingers has its own interpretation, often being the sign of choice for cabalists who employ the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in their hand on heart communications. The illustrations of Christopher Columbus and Ignatius Loyola in this chapter are prime examples. Both of these historical characters were members of secret cabalistic orders founded by the rabbis of the Jewish Sanhedrin.” ( https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/codex_magica/codex_magica16.htm)
There is not only a freemasonic connection to this but an Egyptian connection. And more than likely, this Masonic connection comes from Egypt anyways. Khepri, the Egyptian god is symbolised as a heart. Khepri ḫprj is derived from Egyptian languageverb ḫpr, meaning “develop”, “come into being”, or “create”. You can see below of these Egyptian gods with there right hand over there heart.
YES a lot of work went into this, but it is wrong. Will you or have you mourned or respected a parent or child being buried? Have you stood silent for a minute because 10 people were killed, or 50, or 2,000. Then how much more should you do for millions who were killed, and then how much more for millions who were killed for you? Red Skeleton, John Wayne and Johnny Cash have described good reasons to respect our Flag and country and it is nothing about politics. But even that does not come close. It is about the person who your very life depends on, who with you has spent days in partially flooded fox holes having to scan the horizon every second for hostiles while hoping some snake or other critter does not find its way up your pants. It is praying over and over to see the colors for the USA coming from a distance. and if help does get there in time, you get to see what is left of the bodies of your family who are closer than any parent, child or lover. They put what is left of their body in bags so they can send them home. They have a closed casket funeral, because nobody could bare to see what is left of their body. The flag they gave their life for is draped over the casket. After the service with the utmost respect and care, the flag is folded and given to a family member. No more hugs or kisses, or even pictures. All that is left is the American Flag.
Was this utmost sacrifice made for politics or wealth, NO. This sacrifice was made for YOU. To live in the best country of the world. To make your own choices, to be judged by your peers, to worship or not worship anyway you like. To have the same rights and liberty as everyone else in our country. To give the people control of their government. To give you the right to protect your family and home. MOST Americans are heart broke if one person is killed protecting them, and much more if 10 are killed protecting them. So let me ask, what do YOU think you owe the Millions. A Christian Veteran Minister.
Thanks for the comment Jay. I will answer you first based off of your last sentence. I owe no man nothing. I would die for my friends/brothers based on what Jesus said. He didn’t base that statement on a flag or country. It was not a blanket statement. We obviously have two different world views and I won’t debate that. That is free will to choose to think differently. I offered you facts on the flag that isn’t based on feelings or emotions. I might wear my heart on my sleeve but I won’t wear it on a flag like most Americans blindly do. Did Jesus honor Ceaser and render to Ceaser in all aspects, like standing at allegiance to an eagle standard or was Jesus just taking about taxes? Jesus would not and will not honor and stand in salute to any flag let alone an American one. You are wrong. Remember sir, every knee will bow and tounge confess to Jesus, not to any flag. My sacrifice was already done and His name was Jesus Christ.
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I like this article that produces wisdom.
I ALSO PLEDGE MY ALLEGIANCE TO JESUS CHRIST MY LORD AND SAVIOR
Well done. Much of this is my own sentiment. I am thinking of posting this blog to my FB page and reaping the consequences. But, the only part I think went too far is the Baal and Egypt worship stuff. I am less concerned with the origins of a symbol than the current use of it. We will not be judged on the origin we are ignorant to. But, the idolatry we have in our hearts today. In that, I fully agree. It is clearly idolatry. Nothing proves this as much as the reaction you get from people when you mention that fact. They are ready to cut off your head. Talk about Jesus and they are all smiles and hugs. Mention their idol and they will shoot you.
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I’m getting to the root of this tree. That’s why I go to the origins. And I think even then I didn’t go back further than I should.