BEWARE OF IDOLS
By Martha ©1998
Book Two of Three
Excerpts Taken From Beware Of Idols, Book Two Of Three
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Chapter 13 Beware of the Idol of a Free Salvation
Let us first look at the beatitudes, meaning ‘Beautiful Peace’.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
The poor in spirit shall be given the kingdom of heaven. What is the kingdom of heaven? Those that mourn their sins, shall be comforted and blessed by comfort. What is the comfort? Those that are meek shall be blessed with the abundance’s of all the earth. What abundance’s? Those that forgive, shall be forgiven. That is giving mercy. Those that have pure hearts shall see the face of God within themselves and see His righteousness and His glory. What is God’s righteousness? God’s glory? Those that strive after love and not hatred, shall be blessed of God, coming and going. God shall bless the peacemakers, they being called the sons and daughters of God, His people, His image, and His glory.
When you are reviled, God will bless you. When you are persecuted, God will bless you. When you are spoken evil of, God will bless you. When you are hated, God will bless you. When you are despised, God will bless you. When you are rejected, God will bless you. When you are abused, used, criticized, envied, run out of town so to speak, cast out, God will bless you. When your name is cast out as evil, God will bless you. When you are called wicked and evil for His name’s sake, God will bless you. When your obedience causes men to curse you, God will bless you. For so did they to the prophets, all of them, even slaying them. What are these blessings?
At the same time God is blessing you with all manners of blessings, both carnally and spiritually, He will also be cursing your enemies. While you prosper, they shall lack. While you are received, they shall be rejected. While you are being followed after, they shall be abandoned. While you are fed abundantly, they shall hunger. While you are prospering financially, they shall dig holes for their own selves and ditches for their own feet to find.
While you are being rejected, you shall also be received. While you are mourning, you shall also laugh. While you are weeping, you shall also rejoice.
While they are being rejected, they shall weep. While they are mourning, they shall also cry. While they are being rejected, they shall also be cast down.
While you are being hated, you shall also be loved.
While they are being hated, they shall be hated the more.
While you are being fed heavenly manna, they shall have what they had and have taken away from them.
While you are finding pearls and diamonds both carnally and spiritually, they shall find decayed plants and fish and their substances shall spoil and there shall never be enough.
You shall grow in all things, both carnally and spiritually, richly, be blessed coming in and going out, even falling down and being blessed while down in the mud, with strength to rise up again in renewed power, truth and vitality.
Those God blesses are blessed and those that God curses shall fall and not rise up.
Your enemies shall not triumph over you, but those that persecute you and hate you shall be ruled over by the powers of darkness, by their own sins, and by all men, and especially by the leaders of the churches that are blinder than the darkest of nights. Where God is delivering us from satan, sin and death, those that persecute us are being turned over to these things.
Receive of the blessings. What are the first blessings? persecutions, rejections, hatreds, condemnations, envies, jealousies, revilings, accusations, castings out, speaking evil against, stripings, cursings, prunings, all these things being but the beginning of a great kingdom of blessing.
Then comes, the lands and houses, substances, carnal riches, carnal necessities, abundance’s, friends, brethren, righteousness’, works, powers, truths, mannas, forgiveness’, mercies, sights, healings, deliverance’s, freedoms, peace, joy, unbroken covenants, protections, keeping’s, comfortings, cleansings, leadings, guidings, knowledge’s, wisdom’s, overcomings, victories, and blessings, blessings, blessings.
When we walk through that door of the beatitudes into the peace of God, and into the kingdom of God, and we enter in through that gate, then do the gates close upon us and our enemies are dealt with by the directed hands of the heavenly hosts. We are safe. We are protected. We are in a safe harbour. We are in port. We are in safety. And we are blessed there in that keeping place and that captivity and that stall. All the while now, while we are in safety, our enemies and persecutors are not, but are in the open fields for the hunters to see and the prowling lions to destroy. They run as fearful prey that cannot escape the hunters. And all the while, we walk in the blessings of the Father’s love upon us, being covered in the blood and righteousness of Christ.
We hear their weepings and their wailings from the distances, and they even penetrate the thick brick walls of the City and their wails come through the heavy steel gates and their poundings are heard on the side of the ark with cursings and angers and hatreds, and we hear them, but are untouched, and we are as those in the fiery furnace, bound yet unbound in the burning flames, being untouched in their fires of wrath toward us. We are the ones who shall bury our enemies and weep not over them but we shall rejoice, Righteous and true are your judgments, Lord GOD Almighty.
Rev. 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
What are the commandments?
1. First of all, we are salt. We are righteous salt doing evil to no man. If we do, we shall be trodden under foot as all the heathen even by the wrath of the Father. Matt. 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
2. We are lights of righteousness, pure truth, pure in all things, holy and spotless. Matt. 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
3. Neither can we hide it in our own households, but are more responsible in that place than in any other place, it even being the most difficult place. Nor can we hide our testimony from our co-labourers in the world in our places of employment, or in the Kingdom, in the churches. Matt. 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
4. We must glorify God in all things, not self. We must be a blessing to all men. Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
5. We must fulfill the Word of God. Matt. 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
6. We must obey the least of righteousness’. Matt. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
7. Our anger must be cleansed, crucified, done away with, destroyed. We are rejected by God for calling a man but a fool or having one evil thought toward him. All flesh is under the sentence of death. Is that not sufficient? Matt. 5:21-24 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
8. We must humble ourselves toward all men and bow the knee to all men, not to worship or call Lord or God, but in servancy. Matt. 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
9. We must honour our word and pay every debt unto men and God alike. If you owe a man anything, he will hate you for it. Pay your debts as commanded in the scriptures. God’s word is dishonoured in debts, unpaid debts unto men. His image is dishonoured. He, Himself, is dishonoured. Matt. 5:25,26 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and then be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
10. We must be morally and sexually pure, in and out. Even to the cutting away of our very flesh are we to abstain from evil. Matt. 5:27-30 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
11. We need to get it straight about the truth, God hates divorce. Matt. 5:31,32 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
And again written in Mal. 2:13-16 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
12. You make no vow except unto God. Anything else is idolatry. You promise unto men never, unto God always. Every word you commit unto men is not committed unto men, but unto God. Every vow you vow unto men, is not vowed unto men, but unto God, and God will hold a man liable for every commitment, and every vow he makes unto all flesh, as unto His own self. Matt. 5:33-36 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
13. We answer yes or no. Anything else is evil. Matt. 5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea: Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
14. No covetous man shall inherit the kingdom of God. We give all things and own nothing and retain nothing, not even our lives. The greedy of possessions shall never inherit the ‘beautiful peace’ blessings. Matt. 5:40-42 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have they cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
15. God shall bless no man who revengeth his own enemies, but instead shall curse him as He curses his enemies for him. Both shall fall under the same curse, the evil doer and the doer of evil in return. Matt. 5:38,39 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
16. Love your enemies and do good unto them. Matt. 5:43-47 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
17. Be ye perfect as the Father is perfect. We are to love as the Father loves, without partiality to the evil or the good, doing good unto all flesh, and doing evil to none, withholding the hand of survival and necessity of life, to no flesh. Matt. 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
18. Do nothing from gain, or from vain glory or to please men or self. Matt. 6:1-4 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
19. Pray in secret for those things we desire from God, seeing as all things are from Him. This is called, worship. Worshipping God through the Spirit is worshipping Him through and by and in the Word. Matt. 6:5-8 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
20. Daily pray the Lord’s prayer. Matt. 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
21. Forgive all men all trespasses. Matt. 6:14,15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
22. Crucify all spiritual pride. The scribes and pharisees were full of spiritual pride. Our righteousness must overcome this sin and transgression for it sits above the Word of God. Matt. 6:16-18 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
23. Labour not for the things of the earth but for the things of the Spirit of God. Matt. 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
24. We must have a pure eye, looking upon no evil thing. What is taken in through the eye enters into the heart, the mind, the soul, and the flesh. And if one takes through the eye, all manners of corrupted images, how corrupted shall the inside therefore be? The whole of the scriptures from Genesis through Revelation has not the power to wipe from the heart and memory, one single nakedness, or one single violence. What goes in through the eye becomes a part of the body. Matt. 6:22,23 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
25. We must die to all anxieties concerning this life and the fear of death. We must not be consumed over the necessities of this life, and must count them as unimportant compared to righteousness. The wicked fight over and for the things of this world. They kill. They hate. They persecute. They take. They demand. They contend for and over what you have deeming it their privilege and right to take it from you. We must be thankful for the appearance of our flesh, that which God has made, from the top to the bottom, and all private members as well, taking no thought for the flesh but receiving our earthly body without recriminations toward God nor praying for anything other than what we have in the flesh. We are thankful for the body, it being the shelter of both the soul and the spirit in this life, God given, and God retained, and God maintained. We cannot serve both the spirit and the flesh. It is impossible! We care for the flesh but we serve the Spirit. Matt. 6:24-34 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
26. We must not judge our brother or non-brother, sinner nor saint, for we shall be judged likewise with the same judgment. Matt. 7:1-5 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye; Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
27. Every word we speak, every single word must be, thus saith righteousness. Anything less is evil. Anything more is idolatry. Matt. 12:34-36 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
28. Receive not all who name the name of Christ. Beware of false prophets. You shall know them by their fruits. We are judged by God for whom we follow, whom we do not follow, what we believe, what we do not believe, what we do, what we do not do, what we say, what we do not say, who we believe, who we do not believe, why we believe, why we do not believe, who we disagree with, who we agree with, all things being judged by the words and sayings of Jesus Christ, our words, their words, all doctrine. Know doctrine, the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Matt. 7:15-23 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth forth not good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
29. We must purify the Spirit and the flesh, hungering for the righteousness of the flesh, thirsting for the righteousness of the spirit, doing the works of Christ through the Spirit, and performing the righteousness of Christ in the flesh. Matt. 7:24-27 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
When the judgments come and the day of the Lord is revealed, both the dead and the living shall be judged according to this doctrine of Christ, the ‘Beautiful Peace’ doctrines of the beatitudes, none escaping judgment, for if one’s house of salvation falls, it shall fall, both the living and the dead being judged as living houses. The flesh shall fall and the soul with it without the purification of the flesh and the salvation of it that was purchased on Golgotha by the living blood of Christ. When the living Spirit of the winds of God blow upon Revelation and the waters of Revelation rise up in the earth, then shall these sayings of Christ come to pass upon the living and the dead.
Few find the stream of life. Most do not recognize it when it flows past their very feet and almost drowns them. They will struggle out of the water and run to the mountains of peace and safety and hide in the caves of the earth. They will hide their lives in their flesh and in their minds and in their own deeds and secrecy’s, and perish.
Now the blessings come after obedience. The heavens open up and pour down their blessings upon those who are obedient. So when Jesus spoke of the ‘Beautiful Peace’, it is really the afterward and not the beforehand. He spoke the ending in the beginning. One must first work out his salvation before he can receive it. You do not get the diploma until you complete all the necessary courses, and the courses are not selective, but are all essential to the receiving of the diploma of salvation. Then you get the ‘Beautiful Peace’, peace like a river. Jesus said, Anyone who puts their hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God. In other words, he loses it all and gains nothing.
It is a long, long way, a narrow, narrow path, and at any step one can fall off of it into the ditches, or sit down by the wayside and go no further, or not complete the whole of it, for he who is guilty of the least disobedience is guilty of the whole of it. It is hard. Who can achieve it or believe it? If you follow the braying jackasses of the harlot church that sell her wares to the unsuspecting, you shall follow them to destruction. Who would not follow these who have power to call down the Spirit from heaven and who can work miracles? So did Judas do all of these things. Even Saul called up Samuel from the dead. The powers of God are without discrimination. However, His salvation is not without discrimination. It discriminates in the day of its salvation.
Plowing is not easy, is it? The field is great and its furrows deep. Rocks are everywhere in the field to be plowed. They must be cast out. Varmints bite the feet. The sun blisters the body. The rains beat on the head and the flesh. The winds burn the ears off of you and singe the very hairs of your head. And the blisters on the hands bleed continually, and the splinters from the plow almost poison the flesh itself. And the feet? What can speak of the weariness of the feet and the cuts and bruises and blisters and bunions and corns? And what can speak of their arches breaking down and the burning in the feet and the aching? And the birds come and poop on your head. And the children of the Kingdom come and mock you and cover in your furrows before you can seed them. And the animals come and eat up the young plantings. And the wicked steal the fruits. And the evil come and destroy the plantings that they must be done over and over and over again. And all the while you cannot stop plowing, or seeding, or furrowing, or going on day by day and night by night and week by week and year by year and decade upon decade all the way to the ending of your life, plowing and planting, and harvesting and plowing again and planting again and harvesting, and it does not end nor slack. Never does it slack.
For the plowing runs into the seeding and the seeding into the tending and the tending into the harvesting and into the plowing again. There is never slack. We all want rest. We all want slack. We all want mercy. We all want a refuge. We all want out. We all want another path. We all want to let up. We all want to look forward to the valley where the rivers are running past us, while we sit under our shade tree and our feet dangle in the water. No such promise exists in the scriptures. In fact, many shall give their lives in prisons, and slaughterings, and lacks, and poverty’s, and in murderings, and slayings, and persecutions with beatings unto deaths. These things are coming and are upon many in the earth, even now.
If none follow us into heaven, yet we must fight the good fight of faith and endure to the ending, traveling that ever so hard, narrow path that leads to eternal life. We must not be a pathway of damnation for any. We must not be a way of sin for anyone. We must not be a stumblingblock for anyone’s salvation. If they desire not to be saved from damnation, still shall we not be a keeping place for their sin, nor allow it, nor comfort it, nor appease it, nor make a path for it to flourish.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 9 Beware The Idol of Flesh
Chapter 10 Beware the Pleasing of Men
Chapter 11 Beware the Idol of the Easy Way
Chapter 12 Beware the Idol of Spirituality
Chapter 13 Beware the Idol of a Free Salvation
Chapter 14 Beware of the Idol of Mammon
Chapter 15 Beware the Idol of the Flesh
Chapter 16 Beware the Idol of Life
Chapter 17 Beware the Idol of Judgment
Chapter 18 Beware the Idol of Marriage
Chapter 19 Beware the Idol of Self-Approvals
Chapter 20 Beware the Idol of the Mind
Chapter 21 Beware the Idol of Doing Good
Excerpts Taken From Beware Of Idols, Book Two Of Three
Written By Martha ©