“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:3-4)
Certain men have crept in unawares – this could only be because the Druids are practicing a “system of elaborate fraud and imposture”
Imagine this people are ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into a license to disobey! The most abominable part is this – they are even using God’s government to implement their evil scheme! Now, God’s Church is headed toward the worst abomination any Church era had done. This is how the transgressors are coming to the full!
To better understand this subject, let us read what Mr. Flurry wrote in the Royal Vision of who the real source of this system is:
SATAN THE DEVIL HAS ENACTED A GREAT PLOT over the centuries to cover up the history of God’s Church. We need to understand this plot because it is a WARNING to God’s people today. Throughout history, God’s people have had to battle to hang on to the truth. The Apostle Paul repeatedly warned God’s people against turning to another gospel – a gospel of men rather than the gospel of God (2 Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:6). Jude spoke of the same danger. ‘Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints’ (Jude 3). … ‘For there are certain men crept in unawares,’ verse 4 says, ‘turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness,’ or lawlessness. Men who were not converted were creeping into the Church and causing serious problems…
HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG SHOWED HOW THESE PROBLEMS IN THE CHURCH AT THAT TIME, WERE LARGELY SIMON MAGUS’S DOING. Mr. Armstrong proved how Simon Magus was at work in the Corinthian church, and how Paul’s, John’s, Jude’s and Peter’s writings show that all these apostles had to battle this man’s influence…
There was a pattern: It was the same group of people basically causing all the problems. This powerful Simon Magus kept right on coming, and rebels kept growing and multiplying and continually causing problems in God’s Church. …We need to understand this because it makes it so much more clear what God’s Church is dealing with today. MR. ARMSTRONG’S INSTRUCTION IN THIS IS REALLY CRITICAL. (The True History of God’s Church Part 2, November-December 2012 issue, page 1)
SATAN THE DEVIL HAS INDEED ENACTED A GREAT PLOT EVEN TODAY! Mr. Flurry said that there was a PATTERN: “It was the same group of people basically causing all the problems. This powerful Simon Magus kept right on coming, and rebels kept growing and multiplying and continually causing problems in God’s Church. …We need to understand this because it makes it so much more clear what God’s Church is dealing with today. MR. ARMSTRONG’S INSTRUCTION IN THIS IS REALLY CRITICAL.” Indeed, it is really critical. But can we see that PATTERN? Consider what Brad Macdonald wrote on the October 2014 issue of the printed copy of Trumpet magazine regarding the Druids, entitled, “Who Were the Druids?“; he basically justified Druidism as if there’s nothing wrong about it.
Elder writes: “Upon the introduction of Christianity the Druids were called upon, not so much to reverse their ancient faith, as to ‘lay it down for a fuller and more perfect revelation.’ No country can show a more rapid, natural merging of a native religion into Christianity than that which was witnessed in Britain in the first century A.D. The readiness with which the Druids accepted Christianity, the facilities with which their places of worship and colleges were turned to Christian uses, the willingness of the people to accept the new religion are facts which the modern historian has either overlooked or ignored.”
Now we may ask; could this same group of Simon Magus inside God’s Church be implementing another plot? Well, could Simon Magus be a Druid in the first place?
Since the Anglo Saxons having learned the word Dry from the Irish and British for a magician.—This etymology of the Saxon Dry from the Celtic Draoi or Draoid, pronounced Drid and Druid is confirmed by Dr. Smith in his History of the Druids, and by Dr. Jamieson in his History of the Culdees, The absurd custom of deriving everything from the Greek and Latin is now, and indeed very properly, losing ground. The CelticDruid literally signifies a magician; and hence the translators of the New Testament into Gaelic, finding no other word in that language fit for their purpose, rendered Simon Magus, Simon the Druid. (Note II.—Page 57, History of the Druids by John Toland)
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What an eye-opening piece of information John Toland exposed – Simon Magus is also rendered as Simon the Druid! And in all possibility, it was actually Simon Magus who started this religion of Druidism:
“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.” (Acts 8:9-11)
Even anthropologists observed that a great deal of Druidic beliefs has been infused to the so-called Christianity:
It was Dr. Lanigan who asserted, “The Christian missionaries early opened schools in opposition to Druids.” It was the opinion of Arthur Clive that much Druidism “blended with the Christian learning of the seventh and subsequent centuries.” (p. 5, Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions)
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For emphasis, it is said that that same Druidism has blended with the Christian learning in the early centuries, well we don’t have to wonder because even Simon Magus himself was able to infiltrate God’s own Church in the first century:
“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.” (Acts 8:12-13)
Basically, Jude described this same group of people of Simon Magus or Simon the Druid, as those who has crept in unawares inside God’s Church who were responsible in SEPARATING THEMSELVES:
“But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 1:17-19).
In JFB Commentary we can read:
separate themselves–from Church communion in its vital, spiritual reality: for outwardly they took part in Church ordinances (Jude 1:12 understand it, ‘separate,’ cast out members of the Church by excommunication (Isaiah 65:5; 66:5; John 9:34 them out of the Church;” 3 John 1:10 ‘themselves,’ which indeed is read in some of the oldest manuscripts as English Version has it. Arrogant setting up of themselves, as having greater sanctity and a wisdom and peculiar doctrine, distinct from others, is implied.
Notice carefully that Jude emphasized that we can identify this group of people through their DEEDS – they “cast out members of the Church by excommunication” and we must remember that they do not have God’s Holy Spirit. And what does “excommunicate” mean?
- To deprive of the right of church membership by ecclesiastical authority.
To exclude by or as if by decree from membership or participation in a group.
To oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
So, these men deprive, exclude and oust members from Church participation. This sounds like suspending and disfellowshipping members in the Church even during the first century. In the Revised Standard Version, it is rendered this way: “It is these who set up divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.” It appears that this people were actually those were responsible in setting up divisions among the Church membership.
Well there is a striking similarity of what the Druids have implemented then, when any man did not follow their instructions or policies – that man will suffer excommunication. Now, let us read what John Toland wrote in his book, History of the Druids about Druidical excommunication:
Most terrible were the effects of the Druidical excommunication on any man, that did not implicitly follow their directions, and submit to their decrees: not only to the excluding of private persons from all benefits of society, and even from society itself; but also to the deposing of the princes who did not please them, and often devoting them to destruction. (pp. 58-59)
People were not allowed to speak to any excommunicated man. This is another PROOF that there could indeed be Druids amongst the Philadelphia Church of God ministers through the practice of excommunication by abusing God’s government with the NO CONTACT POLICY that was implemented among the Church membership. Now, notice carefully what happens further during and after a Druidical excommunication:
It was seldom that anyone was found hardly enough to rebel against their power. For such was reserved a terrible punishment. It was called Excommunication. Originating among the Hebrews, and descending from the Druids into the Roman Catholic Church, it was one of the most horrible that it is possible to conceive. At the dead of night, the unhappy culprit was seized and dragged before a solemn tribunal, while torches, painted black, gave a ghastly light, and a low hymn, like a solemn murmur, was chanted as he approached…
Then the poor wretch would wander through the woods, feeding on berries and the roots of trees, SHUNNED BY ALL AS IF HE HAD BEEN TAINTED BY THE PLAGUE, and looking to death as a salvation from such cruel miseries.
AND WHEN HE DIED, NONE DARED TO WEEP FOR HIM; they buried him only that they might trample on his grave. (pp. 58-59, The Veil of Isis or Mysteries of the Druids by William Winwood Reade)
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The description written by Mr. Reade resonates a very disturbing similarity to what is happening now inside the PCG; if someone will be found rebelling against the power of an abusive minister even due to a very small matter of not following minor orders (which is most of the time not Biblically based) – they shall be branded as rebels against God’s government, either he will be suspended or disfellowshipped, then he will be SHUNNED BY ALL AS IF HE HAD BEEN TAINTED BY THE PLAGUE and WHEN HE DIES (either spiritually or physically), NONE WILL DARE TO WEEP FOR HIM. Now ask yourself, has this not happened? It has happened and is still happening! Just consider a PCG member, Janet Privratsky who committed suicide because of the NO CONTACT POLICY.
To better understand why this is all happening, let us consider further what Mr. Reade wrote in his book:
The priesthood of the Druids stands almost alone in the history of the past. It was directed by men, with minds elevated by philosophy and learned in the human heart. But read the religious history of other nations, and you will discover how frightfully the power of the priests has been abused. …The priests invented a thousand Gods; the priests told a thousand lies; the priests instituted a thousand absurd and horrible customs. Who first taught nations to be idolaters, to be murderers but the priests. Who instituted the festival of the Juggernaut, the Inquisition, the massacre of St. Bartholomew, but the priests.
Calvin, a priest of the Reformation, ordered his victims to be burnt with green wood—a truly Christian refinement of cruelty!
Aaron, a priest, manufactured a golden calf and taught the Jews to insult their God. And it was Caiaphas, a high priest, who committed that murder of which the more virtuous heathen Pilate washed his hands.
Look everywhere, look everywhere, and you will see the priests reeking with gore. They have converted popular and happy nations into deserts, and have made our beautiful world into a slaughter house drenched with blood and tears.
Englishmen! they are planting images, they are performing ceremonies in your houses of worship which you find it impossible to understand. They are hidden from your eyes by a dark veil; it is the veil of a Pagan goddess; it is the veil of Isis. (p. 138, The Veil of Isis or Mysteries of the Druids)
The author believed and concluded that what made the priests at different times in different generations acted the way they did, like abusing their power, is chiefly because of the veil of a Pagan goddess which is THE VEIL OF ISIS (also known as ASTARTE).
Once the evil priests of Astarte have planted their graven images, anyone seeing and hearing what is being performed inside the Church will “find it impossible to understand” what is going on because of this very dark VEIL OF ASTARTE that hides it from our eyes, and only God will be able to remove that veil and expose this mysterious evil system in our midst.
And here’s a very intriguing part – see for yourself the connection between Simon Magus and Judas Iscariot (the first century son of perdition):
“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” (John 6:70-71, see also John 12:4 and John 13:2, 26)
In all likelihood they were indeed a father-and-son tandem of the first century who dare try to destroy God’s Church then. And just like what the father-and-son tandem of Joseph Tkach Sr. and Joseph Tkach Jr. did to the Worldwide Church of God in recent Church history; Would another father and son tandem be behind the final abomination of desolation inside God’s Church, (i.e., the Philadelphia Church of God)?