RELIGIOUS HEMLOCKS
The Morphing of Christianity
For the Orthodox Christian, Christ's declaration of  "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by Me"
(John 14:6) is sacrosanct.  There are those which hold-to and believe: a) all religious roads lead to Rome, b)
there is not just
one God, but many, each having a  different 'religious' name, and/or c) there are non-religious ways and
means to eternal life-bliss-heaven,
sans Christ Jesus. Those which embrace one or all of these tenants should be expecting
a sudden prophetic revelation as to
who is the One True God and the Truth of Christ's Word (1 Cor. 15:52-3).
Politicians that espouse "all religions pray to the same God", "we don't know when life begins, and/or "religion has no place
in the public arena of government and business" have apparently forgotten, or deny, the premise upon which this great
nation was founded: "
In God We Trust". Around the globe we are witnessing the foundational tenants of Christianity
being misconstrued, morphing, and proliferating into psychosocial gospels. Gaia-type religious cults, social-progressive
humanistic agendas, and corrupt 'christian-type' doctrines are becoming commonplace. The church of Laodicea has
already taken in so many
(Rev. 4:14-22).
There are those that receive the tithe and righteously apply it to the proclaiming of the Gospel and ingathering of the
harvest. Then there are those that fleece the flock, those that skin the sheep, and those which feather their own nest with
the gifts and offerings from deceived followers. Thus, enter the
sheeple.  Religious hucksters are out in force at the
beginning of the 21st C.  Just dial-into cable 'religious' broadcasting for a sampling. There is Christian broadcast
programming that is surely anointed and true to God's Word, yet counterfeit religious masquerades are clearly prophesied
in eschatological-centered scripture.
No Religious Equivalence
Pluralistic doctrines of Universalism advance the premise 'all gods are the same' (choose one), while Ecumenism is
predicated on the supposition that
religions are inherently seeking the commonality of 'Unity in and of the community' (all
are equal)
. Universal Ecumenism has surfaced from out of the deep(1). These two religious movements are catalysts for
the emerging great
apostasia (falling away depicted in 2 Thes. 2:3).  The apostasia is not the "rapture", as so wrongly
interpreted by various self-anointed prophetic voices.  Rather it is the
falling away from sound Christian doctrine and
submitting to, and seeking out,
trans-gospels just prior to the beginning of the Tribulation Period. Also embodied in the
apostasia is a type of toxic ubiquitous atheism.
                     For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to the own desires,
because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their
ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables". (2 Tim 4:3-4).
We read in Ephesians 4:13, "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ."  
This Christ 'Unity' is not unity of the community
per se, rather
unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. Thus, we have the counterfeit Universal (social)
Ecumenism
vs. the unassailable faith in the Son of God, Christ Jesus. There is no religious equivalence here.
Pied Pipers
Hemlock is a poisonous potion concocted to be lethal once consumed.  Satanic forces have had six thousand years+ to
formulate the subtleties inherent in their endtime deceptions and lethal concoctions. Religious
Pied Pipers(2) are abounding
on all horizons as they attempt to sweep the unsuspecting into their convoluted religious ideologies, secular societal
makeovers, and global rescue schemes to the extent that even the very elect could be deceived -
if that were
possible
(Mk.13:22).
As one watches cable news, or reads nationally syndicated newspapers, it is readily apparent Evil is running ever-present
and rampant across the face of the earth. Street Narcotics and substance abuse are self-administered
hemlocks.  Financial
greed, broken adherence to social/moral mores, collapsing allegiance to Christian/scriptural absolutes, casting-off of
biblical commandments, castigation of various religious observances, practices and ordinances all contribute to the
apostasia in these endtimes.
Gender-rights protests are analogous to a Phoenix attempting to rise out of the ashes of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Contemporary self-serving counterculture movements, which ascribe to
Postmodern Relativism, are unrelenting in their
attempts  to coattail on a
civil liberty agenda and promote their causes as isogesis Constitutional Rights.  Hemlocks come
in all flavors and  potencies. When they are so well packaged and marketed, the undiscerning consumer becomes a
unwitting victim.
Religious Fast-Food
The health industry puffs, "you are what you eat".  Likewise, we become what we believe and consume by way of
spiritual nourishment. The Apostle Paul instructs the reader in Heb. 5:12-14, to advance (mature) beyond the elemental
(milk of the
Word) and become stable in mature Truth (strong-meat of the Word) - "Anyone who lives on milk, being still
an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use
have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil".
The bill-of-fare offered by many religious "cafeterias" is just so
much
feel good food washed down with a swish of skimmed milk of the Word..
Without strong and enduring grounding in the inerrant Word of God, the religious fast-food ingested by so many will not
sustain them during the tumultuous times galloping towards us from just over the near horizon. If one directs his ear to the
sound of recent prophetic outworking, the hoof beats of the proverbial 4-Horseman can be clearly heard in the not too
far-off distance
.
Darwinism
Endtime deceptions include, in small part, an increasing number of UFO sightings, alleged alien abductions, crop circles,
Marian apparitions, Evolution/Darwinism vs. Creationism/Intelligent Design, in-your-face denial of the preeminence of
God's Word, etc.  These deceptions, along with numerous others, come straight out of a demonic playbook of strategies
to confound, deceive, confuse, and frighten believers and non-believers alike.
Darwin's Evolutionism is nothing more than atheism masquerading in a cloak of scientific respectability. We can legally
teach evolutionism in public education settings but not Intelligent Design. America is searching for a 21st C.
identite. In
the absence or prohibition of a sustaining stalwart-religious identity, the quasi-political rationale and amped
secular-sciences are always there as casual substitutes.
Certain contemporary social/behavioral sinkholes can hold ingredients for concoctions that bring about slow, but inevitable
death (e.g., HIV); while others like radicalized religious terrorism can be instantaneous. Both can be seen as prophesied
endtime
plagues.
Crowded Hour
We are now entering what can be termed "a crowed hour" (T. Roosevelt) where truth based on outcome (sciences) is
attempting to utterly displace the inspired written Word of the Living God.  Secularism, relativism, and the perpetual
Now
are attempting to usurp God's percepts, commandments, and decrees.  America seems trapped in the
eternal Now. In that
"
Now" state, consequences take on a lesser value than the rhetoric of change,for the mere sake of change, and there is little
need for repentance over yesterday's unsavory misdeeds. The problematic and exacerbated state of present world affairs
appear well beyond the moxie of any one present-day world leader. The stage is set for a larger than life person to quickly
advance to a place of international prominence and power. Many believe such a super-endowed individual is already
waiting in the wings on the world stage.
"The times they are a-changin'" (Dylan), yet the more things are forced to change the more they seem to stay the same.
The current democratic Administration ran on a platform of
ubiquitous change and open-ended type promises, yet we see
the status-quo ardently resisting change, especially in the face of an economic meltdown and faltering business
infrastructure. There is no magic potion for
change, and buyer's remorse is already beginning to raise its mournful head in
the opinion of more than just a few. America seems to be approaching an elevated degree of critical mass and placing its
confidence in expansive
government and a social-welfare state.
Bitter-Pill
The change potions being concocted for America may be too stringent and bitter to be swallowed easily. In all likelihood,
and probability, external forces and circumstances will effect whatever systemic change occurs in America over the next
twenty-four months. There are those that believe America is already unknowingly downing a hemlock of sorts, while
others crow we are just having a course correction
hiccup and rough patch in the road, which will turnaround within six
to nine months. That time frame is obviously to narrow for dynamic corrections needed to right-the-listing ship of our
economy. 'Things' may very well get worse before they have the potential to recover and get better.

The religious zealotry of the Middle East is brewing up hemlocks for the Western world as well as anyone/thing which
stands in their way of attempted regional domination. Russia is attempting to regain its international position of power
through new geopolitical alliances. China is the awakening population-dragon [of the endtimes] which along with
Pacific-Rim nations, will soon be able to field a two hundred million-man army
(Rev. 9:16). A GPS detonated cargo
container-nuke in NY harbor. cyberattack, and/or nuclear EMP would totally change the self-defense calculus presently so
coveted in America. America must be economically compromised, before it
cannot overwhelmingly defend itself and
honor all mutual defense treaties and alliances.
The endtime demonic onslaught against Christianity is specifically designed to weaken America (and the Church at-large)
in its
trust, reliance and embrace of God's absolutes. Once God is cast out what's left?  Answer: situational relativism and
the actualization of Rom 1:25-32 as the run-up to the Tribulation Period advances.
United Religious Order
Chemical hemlocks are unquestionably instantly lethal (e.g., Jim Jones, Jonestown Guiana Cult Mass Suicide). Religious
hemlocks are usually slower acting, yet can surely result in the same loss of life, viz.,
spiritual life in Christ Jesus. A
saying in the Middle East goes,
Beware of the handshake which hides the snake. America needs to beware of the Serpent's
toxins which are already poisoning Christendom in France and England. Church attendance in Britain is estimated to be 5%
(10/2008)(4) with the Anglican Church spearheading a European apostasia.
The world is heading towards a unified-field-theory of religion (total inclusiveness). Protestant Christianity as we know it
today will not be a focal point nor apex in such a unified (field) religious order. The
forces of darkness are already busily at
work preparing the way for such religious bondage and they have absolutely no reluctance in attempting to poison the
fountains of living water (Rev. 7:17) open wide and flowing to the body-of-Christ.  Ecumenical Religion is gaining
momentum in an effort to become a social-progressive secular institution and to ultimately pariahize Christianity. Christian
converts during the Tribulation Period will be as ostracized lepers.
Five Faithful Virgins
In these endtimes, religious hemlocks are not literary hyperbole; rather they are quintessential deceptions emanating from
nefarious spirits intent on destroying the bride-of-Christ in waiting. The parable of the Ten Virgins
(Matt. 25:1-13) can be
read as depicting those (faithful) which were prepared and those which were (foolish) unprepared for the coming of the
bridegroom (The Lord at His appearing).[1 Cor. 15:52-3]
This must be a time of unparalleled vigilance on the part of all "Saints" (faithful servants unto the Lord). Satan knows the
time is now extremely short for his temptations to deceive and corrupt a true believer's
obedience, faith, trust, and
submission to Christ.  He knows from past diabolical exploits, external calamities create internal chaos and panic in the
'lukewarm" followers of Christ (Rev. 3:15--).
We know from the book of Job, Satan challenged God to allow Job's worldly holdings and treasure to fail him and he
(Job) would supposedly "curse God to His face".  Job remained faithful, even through the most heinous trials and assaults
by the demonic. All
religious hemlocks are demonic in origin, be they lethal chemical potions and/or toxic spiritual
concoctions.  Do not be likened to one of the "foolish virgins"
(fig.) and be without the anointing (oil) of the Holy Spirit,
when the Bridegroom (Christ) comes for His bride-in-waiting (Faithful Church). Check you oil-level today, for tomorrow
may be too late!
Enter into the kingdom of God through the open Door and Way, which is Christ Jesus.  Seek out an unbeliever and pour
out the Gospel through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. You may be a persons last fervent witness to Christ Jesus. There
are no hemlocks served at The Lord's table nor at the wedding supper of The Lamb.
Rejoice, look up and lift up you
heads; for your redemption draweth nigh
(Lk. 21:28).
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
Amen_ministries@hotmail.com
aamen.org
(1)  http://www.aamen.org/Evangelical-vs-Ecumenical-002.html
(2)  http://www.aamen.org/PiedPiperWeb-007.html
(3) http://www.geocities.com/oxyusa/DarwinREvisited-01web.html
(4)  http://www.pluralism.org/news/article.php?id=21163