Hi Dwayna –
I got there last Saturday and was unloading the various storage bins, small file cabinets, the table, etc. on the new convertible dolly, which makes moving everything much easier. I also had a small box of clothes and a large armful of some clothes on hangers to give to the homeless. A guy, Richard, walked up and asked if any of the vendors needed help moving stuff to the boardwalk. I did, and he carried the clothes for me as we walked about a block on the boardwalk to an open space. I paid him a couple of bucks and offered clothes to him, and he was able to use some of them.
Daniel, the guy who has been involved with Hare Krishna and Buddhism, stopped by to say, “Hi.” He is continuing to read the literature I gave him which quotes from the Bible about how to be saved. In the space next to me was a guy who carves wood, but he didn’t speak any English. I gave him the Gospel of John booklet in Español. Later a friend of his showed up and had various southwestern jewelry for sale. He spoke English fairly well and sounded like he was well educated in Mexico. He said he didn’t have a lot of formal education, but he seemed smart. I also gave him a Gospel of John booklet in Spanish. We talked off and on about nothing in particular. Towards the end of the day I mentioned that the clothes were available. They went through them and took a few. When it was getting windy about 4 PM I packed up and left the clothes there to come back and get them… The younger one selling the jewelry gave me a hug to thank me for the clothes and Gospel apparently. When I came back they had packed the remaining clothes neatly in the box for me.
During the day two Jewish women came by the table and we were discussing Christianity. I mentioned that Christianity is Jewish (since Jesus is the Jewish Messiah). She took a CD of Stan Telchin who is a Messianic believer (i.e., his testimony of how he got saved). I mentioned to her that he went from thinking Christianity is anti-Jewish to wondering why the Gentiles “hijacked our religion”—that his daughter had become a Christian while away at college, and she challenged him to examine the evidence… for him to realize, when he started reading the New Testament, that it was thoroughly Jewish. He eventually surrendered to God (on God’s terms). She seemed interested in his testimony and promised to listen to the CD.
Jason, who is in Hare Krishna and listened to part of a Walter Martin tape a couple of weeks ago, stopped by, and we talked about original sin (Adam and Eve, etc.). He was also interested in what the Masons believe that is a perversion of the Genesis account, turning it upside down virtually. I will take him a flyer on that next Saturday (see below*).
When a family was walking by, I heard them talking with heavy accents. I asked where they were from. It was Armenia. The father was exited when I gave him a cassette tape in Armenian. He was showing it to his family as they walked down the broad concrete boardwalk.
There were various other people who came by the table as well. I also talked with the lady (Adja) from the Caribbean again. She was directly north of me and also sells jewelry, purses, incense, and the like. Her little daughter (2 years old) comes by and visits during the day. I have an extra chair, so she sits there.
Please pray for all of these people’s salvation.
*Info. on Masons/Shriners:
After a Bible study I mentioned to the leader that Masonry is Luciferianism (Satan worship)…I forgot about a book I have that quotes from Albert Pike. Pike wrote a book called MORALS AND DOGMA, the official book on Masonic beliefs and published by the Masons (originally in the 1870s).
Here is a quote from the book:
… the Prince of Darkness… made Adam, whose soul was of the Divine Light, contributed by the Eons, and his body of matter, so that he belonged to both Empires, that of Light and that of Darkness. To prevent the light from escaping at once, the Demons forbade Adam to eat the fruit of “knowledge of good and evil,” by which he would have known the Empire of Light and that of Darkness. He obeyed; an Angel of Light induced him to transgress, and gave him the means of victory; but the Demons created Eve, who seduced him… (MORALS AND DOGMA, Supreme Council of the Thirty Third Degree of the Scottish Rite, 1871, page 567)
Pike said that our Lord (from the Masonic standpoint) was the “Prince of Darkness” and “the Demon” (the serpent) was “an Angel of Light.”
Here is another passage:
”…Lucifer. the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not! For traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations…” (Morals and Dogma, page 321)
A passage from another book:
”When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands…”(from THE LOST KEYS OF MASONRY by Manley P. Hall, Macoy Publishing, Richmond, VA, 1923, page 48)
In the late 1800s Helena Petrovna Blavatsky became a Mason and created a pseudo-religion called Theosophy. Here is an excerpt along the same lines from her writings:
In this case it is but natural… to view Satan, the Serpent of Genesis, as the real creator and benefactor, the Father of Spiritual Mankind. For it is he who was the “Harbinger of Light,” bright radiant Lucifer, who opened the eyes of the automaton created by Jehovah, as alleged; and he who was the first to whisper: “in the day ye eat thereof ye shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil”– can only be regarded in the light of a Savior…
And now it stands proven that Satan, or the Red Fiery Dragon, the “Lord of Phosphorous” (brimstone was a theological improvement), and Lucifer, or “Light bearer” is in us: it is our Mind– our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator and Savior from pure animalism. Without this principle… we would be surely no better than animals. (from THE SECRET DOCTRINE, Volume II by H.P. Blavatsky, Theosophical University Press, 1888, page 243, 513)
Some of the people who read her books and embraced her philosophy include Adolph Hitler, Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood and a racist), Thomas Edison, William T. Stead, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Henry Wallace.
This stuff is disgusting, but it explains a lot of what happens in the world. I took this all from the book BROTHERHOOD OF DARKNESS by Dr. Stanley Monteith. He is a strong Christian. He goes through a recounting of a lot of history and politics first and then, at the end of the book, explains how much evil in history came about directly because of this stuff. It will open your eyes about history, and how it is a spiritual battle. Various political events around the world and in the United States illustrate it every week.
Venice Beach leader