First, in his book “Shocked by the Bible”, Mr. Kovacs teaches that Christians should not put up Christmas trees when celebrating Christmas. He attempts to fortify this position with translations of Scripture which is taken far out of context. It would appear that Mr. Kovacs is attempting to make scripture say something beyond what it is actually saying.
This is a false notion that the Bible bans Christmas trees. The Bible in no way mentions anything against the practice of Christmas trees and I would invite Mr. Kovacs again to tell us why he spreads this false teaching. I can tell you with certainty that Mr. Kovacs will not be calling me anytime soon because he knows that what he is teaching is false; driven by the greed of money in book sales. Let’s look at the latest propaganda…
Secondly, there was an article on WND today titled “Are you eating food sacrificed to idols?” which speaks about how an outspoken American pastor has sounded the alarm for Christians … Let’s take a look.
Muslims join many Jews and some Christians in avoiding the consumption of certain animals such as pigs and birds of prey, but those of the Islamic faith also have their meat blessed in the name of their god, Allah.
"From the Christian standpoint, Allah would be an idol," Biltz told WND.
Muslims join many Jews and some Christians? I think what this pastor meant to say is that “Muslims join many Jews and some ‘claiming’ to be Christians…” We must remember that just because someone claims to be Christian doesn’t mean they know Jesus. There are many who claim to be followers of Christ, but we should watch to see if their actions agree with their words.
Furthermore, Jesus dealt with the whole concept of unclean food once and for all in Mark 7:18-19.
Mark 7:18 And He *said to them, "Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,
Mark 7:19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" (Thus He declared all foods clean.)
There is only one exception. In the New Testament we are warned not to cause any of the brethren to sin. This would typically be an issue with new or “baby” believers. Although all food has been declared clean, if someone believed certain food to be unclean and ate of it because you ate, then you have caused that person to sin.
When you take any meat and have God bless it, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. The Bible even goes further in granted freedoms, it says when you buy the meat in the market, to not even worry about it.
Joe Kovacs, Joseph Farah, and many, many more are continuously spewing lies and half truths from their platforms of deception. Hey this is America so they are within their rights to do so, it’s also well within my right to say they are outright liars and are spewing false teachings which leads to many Christians becoming confused. But then again, WND is a so called Christian activism website.
I don’t believe Mr. Kovacs or Mr. Farah have learned that sometimes you are right where God wants you. This nation has in effect turned against God. God is about to bring this nation down if it does not change. Mr. Farah doesn’t teach about how the people should become a people who love and fear God. He teaches how you too can become an activist. As Christians we are not called to be activists. You can’t follow the scripture and be an activist. When Paul was in prison he reminded the church that it was all part of God’s plan. Paul was never crusading to change the laws of the land because he had a higher calling. You take any nation and change the hearts of the people and its lawmakers with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and there will be a longer lasting and farther reaching effect than if you rally to merely change laws. Activism is essentially humanity trying to do what only God can do and is a treatment for symptoms rather than a cure for the illness.
Mr. Kovacs I digress, 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
1Co 10:23 All things are lawful to me, but not all things profit. All things are lawful to me, but not all things build up.
1Co 10:24 Let no one seek the things of himself, but each one that of the other.
1Co 10:25 Eat everything being sold in a meat market, examining nothing because of conscience,
1Co 10:26 for "the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it." Psa. 24:1
1Co 10:27 And if any of the unbelievers invite you, and you desire to go, eat everything set before you, examining nothing because of conscience.
1Co 10:28 But if anyone tells you, This is slain in sacrifice to idols, do not eat, because of that one pointing it out, and the conscience; for "the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it." Psa. 24:1
1Co 10:29 But I say conscience, not that of himself, but that of the other. For why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience?
1Co 10:30 But if I partake by grace, why am I evil spoken of because of that for which I give thanks?
1Co 10:31 Then whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all things to the glory of God.
1Co 10:32 Be without offense both to Jews and Greeks, and to the assembly of God.
1Co 10:33 Even as I also please all in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many, that they may be saved.
Context is everything. Wouldn’t you agree Mr Kovacs? Mr. Farah?
But then again, using a great headlines such as “Are you eating food sacrificed to idols?” sounds great, but it sure seems like your target is maybe believers, but believers who don’t know their bible, otherwise you wouldn’t even put it out there because it’s really a non-event news story. However if your agenda is to sell books to people who are confused and you’d like to confuse them more with your own false teaching, well then I could see why you’d put the story out in the first place. We call that a name cult.
Be careful people. Study for yourself. Know the Word of God yourself! This is why God has granted us great privilege to study and know what God’s word says so you will not be sucked into false teachings such as WND has been spewing out.