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by Mike Ramey
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Many biblical terms have been taken and twisted by various cults, occult groups and practitioners, false religions, and movements. The purpose of this guide is to give the student a working termination guide, clearly defined by the Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments. I'd also hasten to add that I used the KJV in assembling these words and their definitions. I realize there are other versions, but any version after 1880 is merely a watered down version, in my view...because they are 'based' upon 'modernization' of the KJV. Not a wise thing to do...but I digress.

OLD TESTAMENT: First 39 Books of the Bible, composed of Law, History, Poetry and Prophecy. They are a foreshadowing of the New Testament and the birth, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:1-28). They are Inspired (II Timothy 3:16); Written for the admonition of the Christian (I Corinthians 10:1-11); and are Unified with the New Testament in their authorship (Hebrews 1:1); the Plan of Salvation (I Peter 1:9-12); and the presentation of Jesus Christ as Messiah and Savior (Luke 24:25-44).

NEW TESTAMENT: Remaining 27 Books of the Bible, composed of the Gospels, History, Epistles or Letters to Christians, and Prophecy. It is also known as the New Covenant--God’s final, everlasting covenant with His people, in which His grace expressed in Christ is made available to all who believe, and have received Christ. It is ratified by God's promise (Genesis 3:15); God's oath (Isa. 54:9-10); Christ's blood (Hebrews 9:12-26); and the Holy Spirit's Sealing (II Corinthians 1:22). The NT is superior to the OT in its Hope (Hebrews 7:19); Priesthood (Hebrews 7:20-28); Covenant (Hebrews 8:6); and Sacrifice (Hebrews 9:23).

Always Remember: The OT is important in pointing the way to Christ by Prophecy, Precept, and Principle. We are bound by the NT thanks to the birth, death, burial resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, and those Principles, Precepts and Prophecies that are carried forward from the OT covenant into the NT covenant.



The Christian IS the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

The Christian IS saved by grace, not of works (Ephesians 2:8-10).

The Christian IS connected to God by Jesus Christ (John 10:9).


Obedience is better than Sacrifice (I Samuel 15:22 and Mark 12:33).

God's Pecking Order is: Husband, Wife, Children.

Miracles Always Follow The Word Of God!



ABOMINATION: ANY item considered hateful, detestable, or repulsive to the Character of God, or the Word of God. NOTE: Those things considered an Abomination to the Lord under the OT dispensation, are still considered Abominations under the NT dispensation (God changes not).

ANOINT(ING): Applying, or pouring of oil upon. Under the OT, those identified with God used this as a means of demonstrating their ‘set apartness’ for performance of, or further public/private identification with the Lord, and His service. Under the NT, with Jesus Christ being ‘The Anointed One’ (Matthew 16:16, 20; Acts 9:22), the Christian, being a joint heir with Christ is a partaker of His Anointing by the act of receiving Him by Salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10), and the imparting of the Holy Ghost to the Christian (John 16:13-15).

CHRISTIAN: First used at Antioch, by the pagans in that culture as a means to attempt to ‘insult’ the early believers. The pagan view: A person could be recognized by how much ‘control’ their ‘religion’ had over their lives. Christians of that era were so strongly identified with Christ that one could not tell where the Christ ended, and the individual began. Christ-i-a-n: I am nothing without Christ.

CHRISTMAS: A man-made holiday, steeped in celebration and recognition of the winter solstice and having its roots in paganism. Created by the Roman Catholic church as a means of ‘honoring’ the birth of Jesus Christ. Biblically, there is no ‘date’ to lock in the birth of Christ. I like how EV Hill puts it: ‘If Christmas is supposed to be the birthday of Jesus Christ, then why are we giving presents to each other?’ Tradition and historical record has Christ being born between the fall and winter season (Late September through Late November, or maybe into December). The Bible does not record an exact date for the Birth of Jesus Christ, but does record the method -- Born of a Virgin.

CO-PASTOR: A man-made division in the Office of Pastor. Used by Charismatic and other like-minded denominations, whereby the wife of the Pastor is put on the church payroll to ‘keep’ the ‘ministry’ in ‘family’ hands. Not only does it violate 1 Timothy 2:9-15, it makes a laughing stock of the church. Even FALSE religions know better than to try to keep power over the flock in this manner.

CULT: ANY group, organization, or institution that exalts itself, its teachings, and its existence ABOVE the Word of God. (See ‘Marks Of A Cult’ Separate Worksheet).

DANCE: In the Hebrew, it means ‘leaping for joy’; DANCING IN THE SPIRIT -- A modern ‘twisting’ of the term. It used to be that some denominations (Pentecostals) were very much against this. However, with the coming of modern times, this is used as a means of ‘whipping the people up’ emotionally. From a biblical perspective, it is not a measured step (Psalms 30:11); Common on festive occasions (Exodus 15:20-21). David danced before the Lord with all of his might (II Samuel 6:14); The man whom Peter and John saw healed before the temple (Acts 3:8).

DISCERN: To distinguish; detect; discriminate; come to know. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT IS NEEDED BY THE CHRISTIAN! It was requested by Solomon (1 Kings 3:9-14); Prayed for by David (Psalms 119:18); Sought by Daniel (Daniel 7:15-16); Denied to the Unregenerate (1 Corinthians 2:14); Is needed by the Christian (1 John 4:1-6). One who is outside of the Body of Christ cannot discern the move of the Spirit within the Body of Christ.

EVANGELIST: One who spreads, or shares the Gospel; EVANGELISM: Spreading, or telling about the Good News of Jesus Christ; Sharing of the Gospel (Good News) This is commanded of EVERY Christian (Matthew 28:18-20). All Christians are evangelists! One does not need a ‘special’ license to share the Gospel. One does not need a special title, nor a special call, nor ordination papers to be considered an evangelist. Evangelism, or Soul Winning is the DUTY of EVERY Christian.

HOLY GHOST/HOLY SPIRIT: Third person of the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). He represents the ‘Raw Power’ of God, and is never thought of as ‘It’. He is given to the Christian as a gift as a part of the Salvation experience, and ‘seals’ the Christian in Christ. The Holy Spirit has the duty to point the Christian, and others to Christ; His function is NOT to replace Christ, but point the way to Him, and testifies of HIM (John 16:7-14).

JESUS CHRIST: The son of God, and the son of man. God, manifest in the flesh. The Word. While ALL other religions on earth have dead founders, Christ has risen! Thus, the Christian religion is not a religion after man's thinking, but is a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. ALL will soon bow before Him in eternity.

JIHAD: ‘Holy War’. This simply means that, in the Islamic faith, those persons who feel that they are doing their god a favor by killing off those in opposition to their religious beliefs. REMEMBER: Anything goes under Jihad, be it infiltration, assassination, character assassination, disruption, suicide, punishment of those believed to be in opposition to the ‘faith’. There are eight levels of Jihad ... the western world ONLY knows of one.

KWANZAA: A man-made holiday, created in the mid-1960s by a Black Dentist. The ‘holiday’ is anti-biblical, because it lifts up man, not Jesus Christ. Aimed at African-Americans, and mirrors the Jewish holiday at this time (with ‘our’ candle holder having red, black, and green-colored candles). The ‘seven principles’ (Nuguzo Saba(?)) do not mention Jesus Christ, nor glorify Him.

LAYING ON OF HANDS: A biblical teaching which has become twisted in these last days. In the NT for example, Paul charges Timothy (I Timothy 4:16) not to neglect the fact that the Presbytery (other Godly men) laid hands on him as a means of giving their sanction, blessing, and empowerment to him for service; HOWEVER, this same Paul warns Timothy NOT to lay hands suddenly on any man (1 Timothy 5:22), meaning that the act of ‘laying on of hands’ is something which must be done with great reverence towards God, and understanding of whom you are laying hands upon.

LIE: To intentionally tell an untruth

LIAR: One who tells untruths: God considers Lying an Abomination (Proverbs 6:16-19). Biblical Christianity is not built on lies, because God CANNOT lie -- it is NOT in His character. Lying produces error (Amos 2:4); Increases Wickedness (Proverbs 29:12); Leads to destruction (Hosea 10:13-15); And Death (Proverbs 21:6). Many, if not all cults, occult groups, and false religions have provisos making it OK to lie to protect the faith. A few examples: In Islam, it is held to be OK to lie to those outside of Islam to protect the faith; In Roman Catholicism, it is held to be OK to like to protect the ‘integrity’ of the faith; In Freemasonry, it is held to be OK to lie and withhold information on the mysteries of the various and sundry Masonic Orders. A Jehovah's Witness believes it is all right to lie; Moonies believe it is all right to lie; Mormons believe it is all right to lie. In Islam, it is held to be alright to lie. In all of man's religions, one who tells the full truth of these institutions swears oaths to be put to death, if they reveal the ‘hidden secrets’ of these institutions. In Christianity, one would rather be put to death than to lie about the faith (Stephen--Acts, Chapter 7). REMEMBER: The more covert, or undercover a religion, cult, occult group, or society is, does it truly represent God and His Word? Anyone with an ounce of brains would have to say NO!

MERCHANDISE: The ONLY book a Christian need to invest in is the BIBLE! YES there are other books on the market; commentaries, dictionaries, self-help books. BUT all must be filtered through the Scriptures. Question: Why did Jesus cleanse the temple of the moneychangers twice, and proclaim that God's house should be known as a House of Prayer? Because many come to church for the ‘art’ of the deal, and whatever they can steal. Also, one cannot buy the gifts of the Spirit.

MINISTER: One who serves;

MINISTER: To serve;

MINISTRY: Service: These are the biblical definitions of each word. In the Christian, the qualifications for a Minister are: Able to teach (1 Timothy 3:2); Courageous (Acts 20:22-24); Diligent, Faithful, Impartial, Industrious, Meek, Obedient, Persevering, Prayerful, Sincere, Spirit-filled, Studious, Sympathetic, Temperate, Willing, Worthy of Imitation (1 Tim. 4:12). REMEMBER: Men and Women can Minster (serve), Men and Women can have a Ministry (service to others for God), MEN ONLY serve in the office of Minister (synonymous with Pastor, et al). Should women be licensed and ordained as Ministers in the church? NO (I Timothy 2:9-16). BUT, men and women are already ordained as ministers to others in, and outside of the Body of Christ. Men AND Women who act outside of the will of God are usually destroyed.

MIRACLE: An intervention in the natural universe by God. Otherwise described as Signs (Acts 4:30); Wonders (Acts 6:8); Works (John 10:25-38). False Miracles exist, manufactured by Satan. They are NOT to be followed (Deut. 13:1-3); Are a sign of the Antichrist (II Thess. 2:3, 9); False Miracles HAVE been predicted by Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:24). The true purpose of any miracle is to point all to God, not to the one who is producing the work. Nor can one purchase, nor pay for the power of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:5-25). Under the NT, signs and wonders FOLLOW the preaching of the Word of God. They do not come BEFORE the Word of God.

MIXED MULTITUDE: Comes from the OT, as Moses was leading the people from Egypt to the Promised Land under God's command. Not everyone who was in that flock were Saved! Some were still pagan worshippers. DO NOT ASSUME that, just because someone is in a church, or your church, they are Christians (Book Of Exodus).

NGUZO SABA (THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES): Frequently associated with Kwanzaa, Rites of Passage, or other African religions. These principles ‘sound’ harmless but are not based in the Scriptures. They are in order: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.

OCCULT: ANY practice that invokes, uses, or seeks to use leadership, power, or emotional stability or self-worth improvement from the Satanic side of the Spirit Realm. Common practices include Astrology, Tarot Cards, Psychics, Mediums, Automatic Writing, Spiritism, Satanism, Palo Mayombe, Santeria.

PRAYER: The means of God's people to commune with God. The only prayer that God will hear from a Sinner is for Salvation. The Christian; the believer is connected to God by the means of the Holy Spirit. REMEMBER: Just because someone can pray does NOT mean that they have a right relationship with God (i.e. the Pharisees)! The believer DOES have the right to ‘check out’ a person's standing BEFORE they allow them to pray for them. Some folks who pray have an agenda to PREY on YOU. OT standard--The Holy Spirit was ON those whom believed. NT standard -- The Holy Spirit is IN those whom believe. The Model Prayer and Pray-er is Jesus Christ. Where two or three are gathered, there am I in the midst of them. Prayer, Supplication, with Thanksgiving. HOWEVER, do NOT pray amiss (to consume on own lusts--James). Some prayers cannot be uttered in the natural. Pray in secret and God shall reward you openly. The Holy Ghost understands our utterances. Jabez and the Sucker Play.

PREACH: To proclaim the truth; to proclaim the Gospel. ALL believers, ALL Christians are commanded to preach the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20), regardless of their station in life. However, the OFFICE of PASTOR (Shepherd) is reserved for MEN only (1 Timothy 2:9-16). Can a woman preach the same as a man? YES when it comes to evangelism and spreading of the Gospel. Should a woman be licensed to preach and Pastor? NO, because the Pastoral office is reserved for MEN only. EXAMINE your Bible! There is NO provision for women to serve as Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers -- for a woman to do this, would VIOLATE 1 Timothy 2:9-16. God put MEN on the front lines, and women in the support role. Same team; different positions.

PROPHECY: Inspired declaration of God's will and purpose, to exhort, edify, strengthen and encourage the Christian, and to warn the unbeliever of God's movements and meanings. Characteristics: Given by God (Isa. 41:22-23); under the NT dispensation, Centered in Christ (Luke 24:26, 27, 44); Inspired by the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:20); Not of one's own private interpretation (II Peter 1:20); Always relevant (Revelation 22:10); Must NOT be changed by man (Revelation 22:18-19). REMEMBER: SOME biblical prophecies are unconditional, conditional, dated (meant for a certain time, certain place, certain situations, certain people, or certain dispensation), some require interpretation, some have YET to come to pass.

PROPHET OR PROPHETESS: One who is a foreteller, and forthteller of the Word of God; inspired messenger who declares the will of God. Men and women can both serve in this office. However, the guidelines are contained in 1 Corinthians, Chapters 12, 13, and 14. One who supplies false prophecy is to be disregarded as a prophet or prophetess. One who is in rebellion, not walking in the fullness of Christ, nor acting outside of biblical precept can be held to be a true prophet of God. REMEMBER: A mark of one who is truly used by God is not the size of their title, but the depth of their humility and gratitude to God.

PROSPERITY: A state of material OR spiritual abundance. Kinds of: Material, National, Personal, Deceitful, Evil, Spiritual, Divine. True Secrets of: Lord's blessings, Keeping God's law, God's guidance, Trust in God, Dedication to God, Listening to God's Prophets, Belief in God's Word. Perils of: Forgetting God (Deuteronomy 8:10-12), Destruction (Proverbs 1:32), Rebellion (Jeremiah 22:21). REMEMBER -- Under God's NT Covenant with the Christian, one may/may not have MATERIAL prosperity, but can still be considered a prosperous person!

RITES OF PASSAGE: Another man-made innovation, designed to equip young African-American men for adulthood. First, it is unscriptural, because of the emphasis on the ‘seven principles’, which do not mention, nor honor Jesus Christ. It is also a tad bit on the selfish side, because of its emphasis on the secular, and not the spiritual maturing needs. Third, with the exception of the Jewish rite of the Bar Mitzvah (Bah Mitzvah for girls), other cultures measure passage from childhood to adulthood by means of a youth taking responsibility for himself, being able to learn a skill, contributing to his household, and getting ready for--and eventually having--a marriage.

SAINT: One who is a Christian. The Christian is a NEW creation and a NEW creature. Once a person accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, they are NOT a ‘Sinner saved by grace’. They are a SAINT of God. Kind of like when a woman marries a man; she does not keep her old, maiden name, but accepts the new name of her husband. To hyphenate one's married name is a means of stating that you don't have much faith in the new relationship, and are straddling the fence, so to speak. The Saint designation means that one knows, and has accepted their NEW standing in Christ. The Christian is a peculiar person; a royal priesthood, a chosen generation.

SIN: ANY missing of the mark of holiness, righteousness, or morality against the Character of God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. There are Sins of Omission (NOT doing what one is supposed to do in a given situation); Sins of Ignorance (NOT doing what one is supposed to do because they are unaware); and Sins of Commission (NOT doing what one is supposed to do because of rebellion). The antidote is found in 1 John 1:8-10.

SINNER: One who is WITHOUT Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives. One who is outside of the Body of Christ AND can ONLY have access to the promises and protection of God by acceptance of Jesus Christ.

SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT: An unscriptural practice. This is when hands are laid upon a person for healing, prophecy, deliverance, or impartation of spiritual gifts. When people ‘fell before the Lord’ in the Scriptures, it was forward, in humility. Remember the proviso which Paul told Timothy about the Laying on of Hands.

TITHE OR TITHING: Simply means ‘tenth’, or ‘giving of the tenth’. This OT practice was started when Abraham met Melchizadek (the pre-incarnation of Jesus Christ) some 400 years BEFORE Moses penned the Law (under the direction of the Lord). The Law covered Tithing, Offerings, Freewill Offerings, Heave Offerings, Wave Offerings, Drink Offerings, Sacrificial Offerings and other mandated giving to the Lord's work and the Lord's Priests, the Levites (tribe of Levi). The PRINCIPLE behind the Tithe is the giving of the FIRST FRUITS of one's prosperity. Under the NT covenant, as Christians, we are exempt of many of the Law's offerings, because Christ was the fulfillment of the Law. HOWEVER, we are commanded to: a) give from a cheerful heart; b) set aside giving for the first day of the week (traditionally Sunday); c) give as we have been prospered; d) are free to give above and beyond the Tithe; e) are free in Christ to maintain those things which others may not quite understand under the Doctrine of Christian Liberty, contained in Galatians, Chapter five (i.e.,...judge no man in eat or drink...). Malachi 3:8-10 has caused confusion within the modern church world, but really isn't confusing. Scripture dictates, in those verses, that one who does not Tithe is a thief, and is robbing God of what is his. I find it interesting in the story of the Widow and the Mites, Christ is NOT against the Tithe, but is against the MOTIVES of the Pharisees’ giving. The NT has NOTHING which is against Tithing. It is interesting that those who are AGAINST tithing state that it is no longer considered something the Christian needs to do, because it was an OT requirement. Remember, the first institution which the Lord birthed was not the CHURCH but the FAMILY. Should we rebel against Ephesians, Chapters 5 and 6, which deals with the family? NO! Also, keeping the Tithe is a good means of financial discipline, and it is given BEFORE you pay your bills (Pre-Tax Income). I have noticed, by personal experience, that churches which have disciples trained as Tithers don't have to engage in rummage sales, fish or chicken frys, nor bake sales. They have the resources to take care of the Saints, and don't have to rely on the government's help.

TONGUES: Still in effect for today. Must follow the teachings of I Corinthians, Chapters 12, 13, and 14 concerning them. Big division issue in some churches. HOWEVER -- the Christian must answer the question: Will my using this gift add confusion to the church, or edify the church. Best to pray in tongues in secret, so that the Lord can reward you openly.

WORD OF GOD: The Bible. The KJV of 1611. It is God breathed, and God inspired. The KJV makes the Satanic crew back up. From its inception and publishing, the KJV survived some 260 years without a new version being introduced. Every Version SINCE the KJV has been a desire by a man, group of men, or false religion to misrepresent, misinterpret, or ‘water down’ the Word of God. According to one former bookseller's comparison chart, those who master the KJV are comprehending at a 12 grade or better level. Other 'versions' since the KJV, while easier to read, continue to leave out various words, phrases, principles, and teaching items (such as the Blood, Jesus Christ, etc.) in an effort to be more 'user friendly'. As the old line preachers used to say: "The KJV Bible corrects US...WE don't correct or amend it!" An interesting side note...many of those who have contributed to the newer versions have met with various 'accidents' or 'curses' from a biblical perspective (See Revelations, Chapter 22).

What is the Biblical foundation of the item?

Where, and with whom did it originate: God or man?

If it began in the OT, is it still in force in the NT?

What did Jesus Christ say about it?

Precept, Principle, Illustration?

Since we are under the NT Covenant, what does the NT say?

Will it cater to my flesh, or to my spirit, and how?

What is the track record of the individual who came up with it?

What is the motive? Who wants me to participate and why?

Lastly, is it a work of the flesh, or of the spirit (Galatians, Chapter 5)?

RAMEY, a syndicated columnist and book reviewer, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. THE RAMEY COMMENTARIES appears on fine websites and gracious blogs around the world. To correspond, email manhoodline@yahoo.com. © 2011 Mike Ramey/Barnstorm Communications.

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16 Aug 2005
I also believe that other versions of the Bible are just as good as the KJV. Comparing several other translations side by side, one finds they are quite similar. I am assuming that you don't believe in using study guides, commentaries or other items??
Brenda Libby 06 Feb 2005
There are some spelling errors in this. I do however, agree with you on the majority of the content. Although I do not believe that the KJV is the ONLY version that must be used. I do believe that the Holy Spirit is what guides us (or should be) in whatever newer, easier to understand version of Scripture. As I'm sure you are aware, many people are "turned off" by the difficulty in understanding the KJV and I think anything that aids us in better comprehension is needed. First and foremost that is the Holy Spirit. Very informative article. Pastor Brenda Libby
Robert Barra 14 May 2004
While I disagree with you apparent "King James-only" view, I find most of what you're saying concise and reasonable. We should agree on the terms as revealed in Scripture.


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