Everlasting: Exalting Satan?


OrchardMinistry__BannerReviewing Lee Salisbury’s Eternal Punishment – Is It Really of God?:
Exaltation of the Devil

As I have studied the doctrine of eternal punishment the more I am convinced Satan had his hand in the mix. Where did the concept of eternal punishment originate? It has its origin in the minds of men. The seed for such a doctrine was planted not by the Holy Spirit, but by demonic power.

There is much I hope to bring to your attention. Many of you may be claiming this man is a heretic and a blasphemer. How can he declare such a thing? God’s Spirit inspired the writers of His Holy Word. You might proclaim with a full throat that these inspired men wrote conclusively that there is a hell and those who do not believe in Christ Jesus are destined to suffer in anguish there forever. You might say God would not allow such a doctrine to be developed from His Holy Word if it were not true.

God allows many false prophets to develop false doctrines from His Word. In our time we have seen the Prosperity Preachers bilking hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting, inattentive believers of money. We have seen Health and Wealth Ministries proclaim from pulpits that a believer only need to demand of God a cure for the incurable and demand money for the pursuit of idolatry.

Look with me at Easter and Christmas celebrations. Christians from every corner of the world come together for these holidays. Are these doctrines developed by God or by men? Ask any Christian, even a carnal one, about these days and surely he will tell you that Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection and that Christmas is the celebration of His birth.

Where did each come from?

Christmas and Easter have their respective roots in pagan history. Nimrod was the great-

grandson of Noah. He rose to become the ruler of the whole of humanity. Nimrod was a tyrant and merciless. He left the teachings of his grandfather and practiced idolatry. Nimrod is famous for building the “Tower of Babel” and founding the city of Nineveh.

Nimrod died and left a wife whose name was Semiramis. Semiramis had an illegitimate son whose name was Tammuz. Semiramis was able to convince the people that Tammuz was conceived by supernatural means and that Tammuz was actually Nimrod risen from the dead.

Tammuz was, as legend tells it, killed by a wild boar. Semiramis cried for her loss. The pagans were led to believe that her tears resurrected Tammuz. The tears and the resurrection caused new vegetation to come up, hence, this legend becomes a rite of Spring.

John MacArthur is a renowned Christian teacher and pastor. He also believes in eternal punishment. However, he explains the origin of Lent thus.

Now this whole confusion goes back, really, to the amalgamation of the Babylonian cultism and the early Christian church. The founder of Babylon was Nimrod. Nimrod was an apostate of the patriarchal age. Remember reading about Nimrod in Genesis? He persuaded his followers to build a tower to Heaven, and thus began pagan worship.

Nimrod was the grandson of Ham. He had a wife who was really bad news. Her name was Semiramis I. With Nimrod and Semiramis I there was the beginning of Babylonian idolatry.

Semiramis became the mother of the cults. She became the famous mother whose name is different in different cultures. Sometimes she’s Diana. Sometimes she’s Ashtoroth. It just depends on where you are. Sometimes she’s Osiris, connected with Isis. Various different names as the Babylonian mystery cult spread.

When Babylon was finally destroyed, the high priest of Babylon with all of his cultism that went back to Semiramis fled to Rome, and Rome became the center of the Babylonian cults.

Interestingly enough, it also became the center of the Roman church; and the cult of Semiramis, the high priestess, was mixed with Christianity and gave birth to modern Mariolatry; and the interesting thing to note is that the worship of Mary today as the mother and the virgin is not really Christianity, but it is an acquiescence to Babylonian cultism. For Semiramis was…was impregnated by a sunbeam and gave virgin birth to a son.

Her son is known in the Old Testament as Baal. The son was killed by a wild boar. For 40 days he was dead, according to the legend. At the end of 40 days, he rose from the dead because his mother spent 40 days in mourning and fasting and, therein, is the basis of Lent.

It isn’t scriptural. It’s Babylonian. ( http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1301-B/bible-questions-and-answers-part-4?Term=semiramis ) (UR_02_b2_MacArthur Clip_Semaramis)

Mr. MacArthur provides an explanation regarding the construct of Christmas.

Most scholars doubt that December 25th is the true date of Christ’s birth. There is no biblical support for it, and some against it. That date was decided upon by the church in Rome in the fourth century. They had a specific reason for doing so.

Many of the earth’s earliest inhabitants were sun worshipers because they depended on the sun’s yearly course in the heavens. Most people held feasts at the time of the winter solstice (mid-December), a time when the days were shortest. They built bonfires to give the sun god strength and bring him back to life again. When it became apparent that the days were growing longer, there was great rejoicing.

The fathers of the church in Rome decided to celebrate Christ’s birth on the winter solstice. It was their attempt to Christianize the popular pagan celebrations. But they failed to make the people conform. Instead the heathen festivities continued, and we are left with a bizarre marriage of pagan and Christian elements that characterizes our modern celebration of Christmas.

The following examples will give you some idea of how much pagan customs make up what we know as Christmas.

  • To the Romans the month of December marked the Festival of Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24). One of their most common customs during that festival was giving gifts to one another. As far as we know that is where the idea of exchanging presents came from.
  • The evergreen wreath also derives from the Saturnalia festival, during which homes were decorated with evergreen boughs.
  • The Druids of England gathered sacred mistletoe for their ceremonies and decorated their homes with it.
  • It is believed that the first Christmas tree was instituted by Boniface, an English missionary to Germany in the eighth century. He supposedly replaced sacrifices to the god Odin’s sacred oak with a fir tree adorned in tribute to Christ.
  • Certain accounts claim that Martin Luther introduced the Christmas tree lighted with candles.
  • “Santa Claus” is a contraction of St. Nicholas, a bishop in Asia Minor during the fourth century known for his extraordinary generosity. He was later associated with giving presents at the end of the year. St. Nicholas was adopted by the Netherlands as the patron saint of children. On St. Nicholas eve, the children would leave their shoes filled with hay for the saint’s white horse.

No wonder so many people miss Christmas. The simplicity of the birth of Christ is drowned in a sea of traditions, many being pagan in origin. (Read more from Mr. MacArthur)

These two examples should clearly show how a demonically induced theology could make its way into Christian doctrine. It is a good thing to celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus. It is equally a good thing to celebrate His resurrection from the grave. It is critically important to celebrate those only and not some other pagan ritual even by accident or default.

If the “holy days” of Easter and Christmas are centered in “Babylon” is it even slightly possible the doctrine of eternal punishment has Satan at its root?

Mr. Salisbury writes:

The doctrine of “eternal punishment” makes hell an eternal monument to the devil’s works of sin and death. Did Jesus fail at destroying the works of the devil (1Jn.3:8)? Did the first Adam’s offense unto condemnation and death for all accomplish “much more” than the last Adam’s free gift of grace unto justification for all (Ro.5:15)? Did Jesus tell a lie when He said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto me.”? Is the last enemy, death, not destroyed? Are those to whom God becomes “All in all” (1Cor.15:28) only those who managed to escape the devil’s clutches? Does every knee bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil.2:11) because God is really like Nebechadnezzer (Dan.3), forcing all into submission without respect to the desire of their heart? If “eternal punishment” is true, then all of the above are true and the devil is exalted.

Mr. Salisbury declares and I agree that eternal punishment “makes hell an eternal monument to the devil’s works of sin and death.”

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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