'To the angel Kamael, that guides the congregation of Aries, write:

'So says your boss, He who has the seven spirits of Yahweh and the seven stars.  

'I know you inside and out, always have, and I love you even though you are the walking dead.

'Look around you!!  You don't even realize what has happened to you!!  You don't even see what has become of the bright, sharply sweet, incisive and altruistic person I used to know.  You were really Something then!!

'Go back and think about who you were, who you really were inside, when we first met;  look at yourself now.  You just don't see anymore and your best gift has always been perception.  You were made to be the bellwether, the watchmen, the prophets and alarms.  

'Yet now you are overcome with surprise when you occasionally find Me in your midst.  You didn't see Me come in.

'There are still a few who have not slept for a week in their street clothes, or who are still in their pajamas at 3 in the afternoon.

'Those who keep watch and see it coming will be ready, dressed in colors to match their pure hearts, whose names will be written in the stars forever, whose names will be called out loud by Me for the whole of creation to hear.

 

'Say these things to ALL the churches.'  





     Jesus Christ wrote this letter to the angel Camael, known as Mars, who presides over the congregation of Aries, exemplefied by the church in the city of Sardis.

     The news is not good, and hardly shocking;  this church is spiritually dead.  A scant few, a remnant, have remained faithful, in an ambiance that glorifies violence, gore, and indignity.  The rare good deeds which are done are not complete in the sight of God;  this should sound a warning to us that is very real!  Unless we awaken from our worldly obsessions, we are warned that we will miss the signs of His coming, and He will come upon us like a thief in the night!

     We will walk with Jesus and be acknowledged as belonging to Him when we turn to Him, He promises.  He reminds us that Jesus Himself is the Good Shepherd, confessed by His own lips: 'I AM the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.' John 10:11.

     Good news to all!

    

    





Captain Aries!!

 


The Ram rushes across the heavens from March 22nd till April 20th. As the Initiator of the Zodiac, Aries brightest qualities are dauntless courage, unending energy, resilience, and a contagious zest for life. 


The Egyptians saw the Rams more as a sheep in unison with the hireling who watched the flock; duality here demonstrated in almost irreconcilable terms! Here we see so clearly demonstrated that this earthly life is a lease for our eternal souls, and not its ultimate goal, that we are tempted toward recklessness and indifference to that lease. As hirelings, we know this body, this temple, this earth is not ours; do we act like the wise servants and still give it our 110% best efforts? 


Predictably, the influence most at home here is Dynamic Energy. Dynamic Energy displays how willing and skilled the prudent Christian is in publicly confirming our stand within the Christian body by letting our actions speak louder than our words.
 
The natural scent of Aries is that of bayberry and cloves. Iron, or steel, is the metal. Traditionally; the diamond or bloodstone as the gem, But the wise Aries would consider the humble and abundant mica. This material aids in perceiving the things of the soul, helping to understand the levels and layers of soul structure and improves the ability to see the many layers of a situation, especially from a spiritual perspective. It helps in discerning reality from illusion.

 

Aries material lambswool.
 

When Aries remembers to eat, the foods are hot mustard, peppercorns, rhubarb, salsa, lamb, cashews, and curry. 
 

These associations give the prudent Christian Aries a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 
 

Your words of knowledge are, 'I thrive on stress.'
 

The garden of Aries contains holly, aloe, dogwood, jonquil, hyacinth, honeysuckle, snapdragon, cactus, cayenne, basil, cumin, paprika, marjoram, mustard, onions, and garlic. It would center around a lamb, a rams head, or iron helmet.
 

The most effective pilgrimage for an Aries or anyone with a strong influx of Dynamic Energy influence would be to Notre Dame de Paris in France.
 

The most effective shrine would be on a sandy hill, a dry barren place, where sheep are seen; a lime or brick kiln; a fireplace, tool house, forge, in the corner facing east, or east corner room. Dedicate the shrine in the key of D.

 

 

 

 

Conversion to Christianity is the religious conversion of a previously non-Christian person to some form of Christianity. The exact understanding of what it means to attain salvation varies somewhat among denominations. It primarily involves belief (faith) in God, repentance of sin, and confession of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. While conversion to Christianity may simply involve a personal choice to identify with Christianity rather than another religion, many Christians understand it to mean that the individual attains eternal salvation by a genuine conversion experience or act.


The procedure for conversion itself depends on the sponsoring denomination, and hinges on meeting the ritual and substantive requirements for such conversion. A person converting to Christianity often chooses to experience baptism as a sign of their conversion. It is required by some Churches and denominations as a prerequisite to membership. Some Churches and denominations believe that baptism is essential for salvation, though most do not. Conversion is generally understood to be undertaken by a person who explicitly chooses to convert. In some denominations, this may include any person above the age of reason (typically between seven and 14 years of age, according to denomination). The official reception is usually preceded by a period of instruction in the faith.
The New Testament, written before there were denominations, does not require that one belong to any church or denomination for salvation. According to the New Testament, conversion to Christianity includes:

  1. faith in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (Acts 2:36; Acts 8:3637; Acts 10:3443; Acts 13:3241; Acts 16:3034); 
  2. repentance (sorrow for rebellion against God leading to a change of heart and life) (Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 5:31; Acts 11:18; Acts 17:30); 
  3. a verbal confession of faith (Acts 8:3637 and Romans 10:910); 
  4. being baptized (completely submerged in water) for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38); (Mark 16:16) 


Conversion through salvation is predominantly a Protestant Christian position. It is variously called being "saved," "born again," and "converted." It holds that conversion to Christianity begins with salvation. A major tenet of the Protestant Reformation was that "Justification," i.e., salvation," is attained by faith alone (Sola Fide). The exact understanding of what it means to attain salvation varies somewhat among denominations. It primarily involves belief (faith) in God, repentance of sin, and confession of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.


The Protestant position further asserts that (1) all things necessary for salvation and concerning faith and life are taught in the Bible clearly enough for the ordinary believer to find it there and understand; and (2) Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura) is their authority.


Protestants typically view profession of faith in Christ as savior (salvation) as the only step of conversion to Christianity. To them, baptism has more to do with public confession of faith in Christ than with salvation. They consider being baptized as identifying the individual with Christ through his death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and being obedient to Christ's command in Matthew 28:19-20, but as having nothing to do with one's eternal salvation. Proponents find biblical support for this understanding in Luke 23:42-43. The thief also hanging on another cross had asked, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" Jesus' straightforward reply was "Today, you will be with me in paradise." They point out that Jesus offered him unconditional salvation, apparently without necessity for baptism or any other prerequisite, based solely on the man's belief and confession. Further evidence is taken from John 4:2 which implies that Jesus never personally baptized anyone: "In fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples." That interpretation, taken together with the New Testament's consistent representation of Jesus as "savior," leads them to their conclusion that baptism is not necessary for salvation.


Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and Pentecostal Christians emphasize the need for a conversion experience that involves a personal, and sometimes intense, encounter of the individual with the power of God. Generally, these denominations teach that those without such a conversion experience are not "saved" and therefore are not true Christians. These groups frequently refer to personal salvation as being "born again." This term comes from Jesus' conversation with a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council (John 3:1-21). Jesus told him, "no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again." (John 3:3-7)


Most other Protestant denominations place less emphasis on a conversion experience and rely mostly on the individual's personal statement of belief in and commitment to Jesus Christ as "Lord" and "Savior." They would expect the "convert" to receive believer's baptism to join the church.


Catholics, Orthodox and a few Protestant denominations view baptism as a requirement for conversion. This is known theologically as baptismal regeneration. They find biblical support for their understanding in such verses as Acts 2:38, Acts 16:3034, and Acts 18:8). Baptism was commanded by Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20), but not explicitly linked to salvation. Baptism's role in the biblical text was pivotal in that its purpose included:

  • forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38 and Acts 22:16) 
  • salvation (1 Peter 3:21) 
  • identification with Christ (Romans 6:36), and 
  • being born again (John 3:5). 

The Bible does not clearly state whether children were or were not baptized, so there is disagreement among Christians on the subject of infant baptism vs. believer baptism. There is considerable evidence that it was performed by immersion in water. The Greek word for baptism means immersion and is illustrated in Acts 8:3839 and Romans 6:35). It was performed in the name of (by the authority of and into the service of) Jesus (Acts 2:38; Acts 19:5). The beliefs of various groups are as follows:


The majority of post-Reformation (Protestant) churches practice infant baptism. However, most do not deem baptism as absolutely essential for salvation. They view it to be a sacrament or ordinance that is an outward symbolic sign of one's identification with Christ and membership in the Christian community.


Protestants that do not practice infant baptism include Apostolics, Baptists, Disciples of Christ, Christadelphians, Churches of Christ, Pentecostals, and Seventh-day Adventists.


In Roman Catholic doctrine, baptism plays an essential role in salvation. It is considered a sacrament that cleanses the person of Original sin and of all sins committed before baptism. Those who have not been baptized in a Trinitarian denomination are also baptized at reception.
In English-speaking countries, catechumens (people preparing to be baptized) take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), where they are instructed in the Catholic faith and brought closer to the mystery of baptism through a series of rites.


Other Churches have varying practices, with especially the Orthodox tending to be more strict in the acceptance of the validity of the sacraments from other denominations.


Some Churches accept one's baptism performed by another denomination. Nearly always, the baptism must have been with water, and performed in the name of the Trinity. Such converts are usually received by a formal rite which normally also includes taking Communion in the denomination.


In earlier times, Protestant converts were generally conditionally baptized. Now it is generally assumed that a person who has been baptized with water, invoking the name of the Trinity, has received a valid baptism that may be accepted in transfer to the new denomination.
In the Catholic, Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, converts also receive the sacrament of Confirmation/Chrismation at reception into the Church, except when they come from a Church about which it is accepted that the sacrament has been administered validly (as in the case of an Eastern Orthodox person converting to Catholicism).


In the Latin Church (the largest branch of the Roman Catholic Church), children who convert after having attained the age of reason, but before confirmation age, are generally not confirmed until they have attained that age. In the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, where infants are chrismated and receive First Communion at baptism, there is no such limitation.


In groups and denominations that practice believer's baptism, all people who declare themselves "being born again" and who have not previously been baptized as a believer are (re-)baptized, as baptism is not seen as a sacrament, but as a ritual expression of an interior conversion.
 






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