Cut off His Head! John the Baptist

by Steve Ray on August 30, 2016

 Beheading of John the Baptist
August 29

Beheading sm.jpgWhy was John so special? He was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first of the New. He was the first to proclaim the news that Jesus was the Messiah, the Lamb of God. He was 100% from the lineage of Aaron the High Priest.

Where was he born and what do we know about him? He was born in Ein Kerem west of Jerusalem. Prior to birth he was sanctified in the womb by the Holy Spirit when the Blessed Virgin Mary arrived for the Visitation. He later left for the wilderness where he probably associated with the Essenes at Qumran. Jesus probably met him in the Wilderness. He ate locusts and wild honey so he was a manly man!

Why was John beheaded–getting mixed up in morality and politics John did not get beheaded for preaching Christ, per se, but for criticizing the King. It is similar to us today criticizing and immoral government that requests we deny our consciences to follow their laws. John lost his head for criticizing the powers that be in government. 

What sources do we have outside the Bible? The Jewish historian Josephus tells us about John, especially his death which took place in Herod’s Fortress of Machareus on the east side of the Dead Sea in modern country of Jordan

Where is the head of John the Baptist today? There is a lot of controversy on this matter and many have claimed to have his skull. I would not be willing at this point to vouch for any of them.

To learn more about John, see my DVD Jesus, the Word Became Flesh and see where he was beheaded — filmed on location.  Click here.

Below: The remains of Herod’s Fortress of Machaerus where John was beheaded and what it looked like at the time of Christ.

As it was in the time of Christ How Marchareus looks today

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by CHRISS W. STREET, 23 Aug 2016, Newport Beach, CA101

The infamous and often-overridden Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld state legislation making it illegal for pastors to counsel minors who are struggling with their sexuality and gender, according to Pacific Justice Institute.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco on August 23 upheld California’s wildly controversial Senate Bill 1172 that bars licensed counselors — including pastors — from assisting youth who want to change or reduce their same-sex attractions. The law also prohibits any counseling that would steer youth away from gender confusion.

Pacific Justice Institute filed suit against SB 1172 in 2012 and initially won a preliminary injunction based on free speech. But eventually the Ninth Circuit created a new approach to free speech that the excludes counseling about sex, and deems it to be unprotected speech.

The case then went back to the Ninth Circuit on to consider religious freedom and privacy claims that had not been previously ruled upon by the Court.

Pacific Justice’s lead plaintiff is both a pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who oversees a counseling ministry in his church. Pacific Justice pointed out that the SB 1172 if applied would reaching over the walls of a church to prohibit what could be said during counseling by a pastor who is also a trained marriage and family therapist.

According to the law, “California has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, and in protecting its minors against exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts … … Under no circumstances shall a mental health provider engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a patient under 18 years of age.”

But the Ninth Circuit today waved away concerns about California interfering with pastors’ religious practice, while also declining to address legal decisions that previously rejected state interference with church counseling.

Pacific Justice had also pointed out to the court, that dozens of transcript passages from SB 1172’s legislative record show the legislation is meant as a clear and direct attack against conservative religious viewpoints.

According to Pacific Justice attorney Kevin Snider, who argued the Ninth Circuit case, “The court today simply rewrote legislative history to avoid the uncomfortable reality that the California Legislature unabashedly targeted religious beliefs with this bill.”

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented:

We are deeply disappointed by today’s ruling because it represents a giant step backwards for religious freedom. A government that can tell a pastor what he can and cannot say during counseling is a government that can tell a pastor what parts of the Bible are off-limits. The court also reminded us today that this law lays the groundwork for further restrictions on parental rights.

Pacific Justice is currently reviewing all its options with their clients, including a potential appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Any of These Traitors in our Country?

by Steve Ray on August 26, 2016

CiceroA nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.

Marcus Tullius Cicero(106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
Speech in the Roman Senate in 58 BC

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Proud of My Quiet Wife Doing Evangelism

August 25, 2016

Janet is usually quiet and reserved but today she surprised me. We went to Jimmy John’s to get sub sandwiches for our grandkids. On the sidewalk was sitting a young black man asking for money. I walked into the store but she turned around and went back to talk with him. She said, “I won’t […]

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Steve discussing Assumption-Queenship of Mary, St. Bartholomew and Recent trip to Poland

August 25, 2016

Steve on Relevant Radio discussing St. Bartholomew with John Harper

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FIVE Radio Shows Tomorrow: Relevant, Spirit Catholic, Mater Dei, Terry & Jesse Show and Drew Mariani

August 23, 2016

I am just home from Poland and they’ve already tracked me down :-) First I will discuss St. Bartholomew, an apostle of Jesus that we know very little about on Relevant Radio at 7:00 AM Eastern, Then join us at 9:10 AM Eastern on Spirit Catholic Radio (listen live) for the Good Book Club as we […]

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Last Day of Poland Pilgrimage: Salt Mines, Fun Farewell Dinner and Good-byes

August 22, 2016

Incredible 200 miles of tunnels under the city of Krakow. We toured the Salt Mines and had Mass 430 below the surface of the earth (homily here). These mines contain 40 Catholic chapels throughout the passageways including a huge underground church were we took this group picture. Also enjoy our fun Farewell Dinner and Good-byes.

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Free Timeline of the 1st Century

August 22, 2016

The past is shrouded in a fog for most people. What was really going on in the 1st century during and after the live of Christ and the birth of the Catholic Church? Here is a simple Timeline of First Century Christianity. I created this to give you an overview on one page. I created the […]

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Mark Shea fired at National Catholic Register

August 22, 2016

UPDATE: Posting link @ Mark Shea because Mark is a friend: this opinion closely reflects mine: http://heroicvirtuecreations.com/2016/08/21/mark-shea-and-catholic-tribalism/ Original Post: The news is that Mark Shea has been removed from National Catholic Register. I have not seen the statement by NCR and if anyone finds it, please let me know. Official Statement: The Register is no longer […]

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Last Day in Kraków and Salt Mines and Dinner Dancing…

August 21, 2016

…it was a late night tonight with the farewell dinner and everyone is getting up early in the morning to get to the airport for their flights. Stay tuned tomorrow for the video. I’ll get it done first thing. When you wake up in the morning in the United States the video should be ready […]

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Differences Between Catholic and Protestant Approaches to the Bible

August 21, 2016

“Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises: 1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone; 2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own […]

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Mass at Krakow Cathedral, Poles AntiCommunist Defiance, Walk thru Auschwitz Concentration Camp

August 20, 2016

Walking through Auschwitz Concentration Camp and visiting the cell where St. Maximilian Kolbe was starved to death. It was a terrifying tour through the death camp for the group but it was good to see and understand. We are quickly losing our freedoms in America (and the West) and it is Christians being targeted for […]

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How Well Do You Know Jesus and His Land? Multiple Choice Questions.

August 20, 2016

Here is a fun quiz to test your knowledge. How much do you know about Jesus and his Land? Answers are below in the Comments but DON’T CHEAT until you give it a hero’s try! 1. We have no record of Jesus visiting which place? a. The Phoenician Coast b. Tiberias c. Egypt d. Nain 2. […]

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JP II Center in Kraków, Divine Mercy Center for the Decade and Mass, Tour of Krakòw

August 19, 2016

Enjoy today’s video. For Fr. Seiker’s excellent homily with an explanation of mercy from the Old Testament, click here.

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Why Protestants Reject 7 Books of the Bible – the Short Answer

August 19, 2016

Gary Michuta is an expert on the canon of Scripture, especially in regards to the Deutero-canonical books, what the Protestants call the Apocrypha. You can read his book Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger to see what I mean. Recently a friend asked Gary for the short answer as to why the Protestants removed seven books from […]

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Walking in the Footprints of St. Pope John Paul II’s Childhood and much more!

August 18, 2016

Enjoy our packed movie of the misty sunrise over the mountains of Zakopane, the mountain drive to Wadowice the hometown of Pope JP II. We toured the marvelous museum and walked in his childhood footprints. Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Kalawia (Fr. Darryl Roman’s homily) as we watched local Poles praying the […]

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