Not only are California legislators pushing the bill to ban the sale of Bibles, they are also targeting any Christian books which speak against homosexuality and how to overcome the urges of that lifestyle.
One Step Closer to Law: Could a California Bill Ultimately Lead to the Banning of Bibles?
A pro-LGBTQ bill is quickly making its way through the California state assembly after it was approved on the floor Thursday. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote.
If passed, Assembly Bill 2943 could ultimately threaten free speech and freedom of religion for Christians.
It uses the state’s consumer fraud statute to restrict religious freedom and free speech when it comes to issues of homosexuality and gender identity.
This means the bill would make it illegal to distribute resources, sell books, offer counseling services, or direct someone to a biblically based model for getting help with gender confusion and homosexuality.
Randy Thomasson with SaveCalifornia.com says the bill is very broad and could affect just about anything helping people overcome same-sex desires.
“So, this is a pastor speaking, you pay a ticket to hear him speak. He speaks about overcoming same-sex desires. Hey, that could be outlawed. A church sells a book about overcoming same-sex desires. There’s a sale, there’s a transaction, that could be banned,” Thomasson said.
“This is very expansive, very tyrannical and absolutely squashing free speech, religious freedom and basic choice of people. This is an anti-freedom, anti-American bill,” Thomasson told CBN News.
Essentially, churches and Christian schools that share biblical teaching on the subject would be open to a lawsuit.
CBN News asked Thomasson if this bill could eventually lead to a ban on Bibles or even books from other faiths like the Koran.
“Well, you could see this law going into effect. A church bookstore selling the Bible, of course, selling a book about marriage or sexual purity or overcoming homosexuality or overcoming trans-sexuality. You could see a member of the public or even a member of the state government coming and saying, ‘Hey, that’s illegal,'” Thomasson answered.
“Even the Muslim community should be against this, too, because of what is said about sexual perversity in the Koran,” Thomasson also said.
If AB 2943 clears California’s Senate and is signed into law, it would negatively impact Christian counselors, bookstores, church conferences, as well as medical and health professionals.
The bill also seeks to ban biblically based counseling for those wanting to get help.
It comes six years after California deemed it illegal for minors to receive counseling for same-sex attraction, even if they and their parents wanted help. Now, this bill would also address adults.
“AB 2943 would start by saying, ok, nobody can get counseling to overcome same-sex desires… ok, so no help for adult children, adults who were molested as kids and now they are adults and they say I want help to overcome these feelings. No help for you,” Thomasson explained.
The bill states that “contemporary science recognizes that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not a disease, disorder, or illness.”
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told CBN News that what makes this bill especially dangerous is that California often leads the charge in pushing the LGBTQ legislative agenda.
California was one of the first states to ban “conversion therapy” for minors. Shortly afterward, Oregon, New Jersey, and Vermont passed similar laws.
“People have the right to seek the counsel of their choice, but this bill substitutes the government for personal choice. The implications are staggering, and the result is harmful,” Staver said in a statement to CBN News. – source
For many years I have wondered just how Antichrist will deceive the people of Israel. Israel will confirm a seven year peace treaty with him. He will help them build the third Temple. It sounds as if the people of Israel will fully trust this man.
I wondered if the Antichrist might be Jewish, but then I would read Scripture which clearly stated that the man of sin would come from the people who destroyed the Temple in 70 A.D. That means that his ancestors would have to come from a country which used to be within the Roman Empire. But that doesn’t mean that he could not have some Jewish heritage.
There are those who believe that Antichrist will be a Muslim. As a Jew, there is no way I can believe that the Israeli people would place their trust in a Muslim.
But there is another possibility, and during my research of this, I would rather call it a ‘probability.’
As you read about Kabbalah from this informative website, I will highlight certain words which will help you better understand this mystical movement. I will also insert my commentary under certain paragraphs.
What is Kabbalah? 2000 Years of Mysticism Explained
Have you ever seen someone wearing a red string bracelet? Or heard about the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, which boasts Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, and Lucy Liu as clientele? What exactly is Kabbalah, anyway?
The answer depends entirely on whom you ask. There are really two Kabbalahs, one a form of Jewish mysticism, and the other a universal school of spiritual teachings. Although they share a common historical root, the dual movements that share usage of the name (which in Hebrew means “received teaching”) are radically different today.
At its most fundamental core, Kabbalah is ancient Judaism’s collective answer to some of the biggest questions about the universe: What happens after death? Is there such a thing as magic? What’s the origin of good and evil? In fact, the primary texts of the Jewish faith, the Torah and Talmud, are largely silent on these metaphysical questions. The Kabbalah springs from a third book, more recently written than either of the classical texts, that details this incalculably complex school of mystical Jewish thought.
So, the Torah (Old Testament) is largely silent on what happens after death, is there such a thing as magic and the origin of good and evil??
Let’s look at OT Scripture:
“What happens after death “
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2)
Is there such thing as magic?
“So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream. Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh” (Genesis 41:7-8).
“Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.”
“So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace” (Genesis 41:14-16).
What is the origin of good and evil?
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:15-17)
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
“Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings” (Genesis 3:1-7). ***The original sin or the origin of good and evil.
*** So here in God’s Word (OT) we see that God DID speak of these three topics!
Before I continue with this piece, I want to make something clear. I LOVE my people! I am not attempted to disparage them in any way. I am attempting to help the brethren to understand WHY Israel will be deceived by Antichrist. I believe to the core of my being that Kabbalah and New Age teachings are the key to understanding how the devil has set up the people of Israel to trust and love the one who will come to corfirm a 7 year treaty with the people of Israel.
The Controversial Origins of Kabbalah
This seminal text is called the Zohar, and like its cosmological contents, it’s shrouded in mystery. It’s not even clear who wrote it—scholars debate whether the enormous tome was produced by the 2nd-century rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, or 13th-century Spaniard Moses de Leon.
According to legend, the wise scholar Shimon bar Yochai was inspired by the prophet Elijah to transcribe all of the mystical traditions of the Israelites, which were carried by word of mouth at the time. Fearing that the Romans would end his people and silence their wisdom, Shimon bar Yochai wrote in a cave for thirteen years. After his death, his book was lost for over a millennia, until it was discovered and published by the Spanish writer Moses de Leon. He claimed that the Zohar was entirely the authentic work of the long-ago rabbi, but scholars aren’t so sure. Some argue that he’d written his own work of mysticism (which would be an impressive feat on its own) and credited legendary Shimon bar Yochai for gravitas.
In a cave – about 2000 years ago? What other false and very demonic teachings were received in a cave? Muhammad received his “Islamic” teachings in a cave. Joseph Smith of the cult of Mormonism received his false teachings in a cave…….
But there’s powerful evidence that the Zohar could not possibly have been a recent work, including numerous anachronisms, timeline issues, and major stylistic differences from Moses de Leon’s other books. This debate underscores an even more pressing question: how seriously should Jews take the Kabbalah? Does it represent ancient mysticism, or just a fascinating historical commentary? As we’ll see, this question is at the heart of the rift between the two modern attitudes towards Kabbalah.
What Does the Zohar Really Say?
The Zohar is among the most challenging spiritual texts to make sense of. Its contents are esoteric and layered with meaning, so intricate that traditionally, only men over the age of forty were considered suitably prepared for study! Perhaps its most iconic teaching is the ten sephirot, or attributes, through which the eternal and unknowable qualities of God (the ein sof) reveals Himself to the world (yes, it really is as complicated as it sounds!). The sephirot are arranged as a tree, shown in the accompanying illustration, and each is ascribed a color and name. Some example sephirot include wisdom, eternity, kingship, and splendor. Many of them may be consciously understood through meditation and rigorous study, but others are elusive and incomprehensible. In fact, the uppermost attribute on the tree is said to be unknowable to the conscious mind. The Zohar also assigns various masculine and feminine aspects to God and provides mystical interpretations for controversies and fantastical events in the Torah (the Old Testament).
Here again, the site uses New Age verbiage to try to explain Kabbalism: Meditation, Unknowable to the conscious mind, Masculine and feminine aspects to God………
How is Kabbalah Practiced Today?
In some forms of Judaism, namely the orthodox Chasidic sect, devoted study of the ten sephirot is thought to enlighten the student to the “soul” of the Torah. These practitioners generally accept that the Zohar is a truly ancient work. But in the more liberal denominations of Judaism, the Kabbalah is a curiosity more than a way of life, viewed as a very fascinating document from the 13th century. Most Americans who were raised Jewish did not encounter the Zohar in their Hebrew school curriculum (pretty reasonable, considering that the mind-boggling complexity of Kabbalistic thought doesn’t translate easily to a third-grade class). That’s why for many practicing Jews, it can be understandably hard to fathom the global interest in Kabbalah.
I think that it is very clear why there is a global interest in Kabbalah. The devil is pure evil, but he is very smart. He is setting the stage for the arrival of Antichrist and for the deception of not just Israel – but the unbelieving world.
“So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4).
As mentioned earlier, Kabbalah has another face, one that transcends religious boundaries. In the last few centuries, the Kabbalah has fascinated metaphysical thinkers from diverse traditions, including the occultist Aleister Crowley and Tarot deck co-creator A. E. Waite (of the Rider-Waite deck). These influences have shaped a branch of Kabbalah truly distinct from the practices you’d expect from a rabbi. According to this school of thought, the teachings of Kabbalah are universally sacred and compatible with all world faiths, not just Judaism, and should be available to all who seek them. This form of Kabbalah has evolved in conjunction with other spiritual practices; for example, each of the ten sephirot can be identified with a Tarot card, planet, and chakra. Additionally, these Kabbalists have wholeheartedly embraced astrology. They believe that stars and planetary forces have been known to shape our lives for millennia, but this wisdom was historically suppressed.
Again – the ONE WORLD RELIGION is coming to fruition.
Celebrity practitioners of Kabbalah are more often than not in this camp, as are most practitioners who don’t identify as Jewish. It’s little wonder, since the attitudes of spiritual Kabbalists favor inclusivity and universality over a uniquely Jewish interpretation of the Zohar. That’s why these Kabbalists don’t stress knowing Hebrew or completing forty years of Torah study first. For many of these practitioners, Kabbalah is just one facet of spirituality, a worldview that unites ethics and self-growth with a metaphysical understanding of the universe. The widespread appeal of this branch is evident in the numbers of red cord bracelets that have trended on red carpets in recent years. These cords are more than proof of membership at a Kabbalah Centre, but also function as a form of protection against the “evil eye” curse.
Inclusivity and Universality? Can you say ONE WORLD RELIGION?
The Future of Kabbalah
So where does that leave Kabbalah today, and what does it mean for new practitioners? It’s unlikely that the divide between rabbinical scholars and astrology-following non-religious practitioners will close anytime soon. A more volatile question is, what will happen to spiritual Kabbalah when the celebrity craze fades? Perhaps its popularity is a sign of the Kabbalah’s far-reaching appeal. Equal parts a strenuous mental workout and metaphysical guide, adherents both Jewish and otherwise equally derive enlightenment and spiritual wisdom that is unlikely to waver based on trends. For a school of mysticism that’s perplexed the brightest minds for nearly two millennia, and probably existed long before it was ever written down, staying power is virtually guaranteed.
Isn’t it intriguing that the so-called wisdom of Kabbalah was received in the First century after our Lord Jesus Christ had come to earth – His mission to give Himself as the final sacrifice for sin to those who would repent and trust in Him fully?
Americans know very little about Kabbalah. They do know that Madonna and other celebrities have practiced Kabbalah. What I have found about Kabbalah will shock many Christians, but hopefully they will connect the dots and see how Kabbalah will enable Antichrist to fool Israel into signing the 7 year peace treaty; and completely gain their trust. – source
Teachings of Kabbalist Rabbis
Meditation (Eastern, mystical)
Speaking to the dead and channeling
The stage is set
I personally believe that Antichrist is in Israel right now. Kabbalah has made Satan’s job easier to deceive Israel into trusting ‘the man of sin’ as their messiah. I am sure that when he comes to them, offering to have them sign a 7 year peace treaty to protect them from their enemies; and speak of the construction of the 3rd Temple – the predominantly Kabbalist Nation of Israel will welcome him with open arms, thinking that their messiah has finally come.
But 3 1/2 years into this 7 year treaty, the Antichrist will sit in the Temple and declare himself as God. Only then will the eyes of the Israelis be opened. 2/3 of them will be slaughtered by Antichrist, while 1/3 will escape to the hills. Their eyes will have been opened by the Lord, and they will see that they missed the time of their visitation – and that Jesus Christ IS truly their Messiah!
I do hope that this article has brought understanding to many. If you have Jewish friends or family – pray about showing this piece to them.
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).