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Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid

About 5 years ago, I, like Abraham, packed my family up and left everything I’d known of Christianity and Church, and, being led by God Himself, made my way into the truth of God – namely, that He is NOT a trinity, and His Son Yeshua (Jesus) is NOT God, nor a part of a triune Godhead.

Since then we have desired and researched and sought out people of like mind, though not expecting to be 100% aligned in all things, with which to fellowship and discuss matters of faith, and have/give support as needed.

Just this morning (9/20/18) I came across a group whose basic tenets seemed to be much like our own; but upon closer examination, I was sadly disappointed.

Progressive Christianity claims to be wise in that it questions religious tradition. The truth is that they don’t question the erroneous ways of the religious system, but throw away the distinct parameters for living according to the ways of God.

To question religious tradition, I have done that for many years: Why are services done so that the congregants are made to feel “less than”? Why do we use titles (pastor, father) when the bible clearly states to NOT do so?

To be inclusive of all persons, I was baking cakes for people of same-sex orientation as a friendly act LONG before the guy in Colorado ever made the news. Jesus himself ate with the lowest of the low – tax gatherers – so I’ve not got a problem with such.

Taking care of the poor? Taking care of the Earth? I have done various things to further both of these as well. But I have never had to violate the Word of God to do any of this I’ve mentioned.

There are absolutes to God’s Word, there are things we cannot have anything to do with if we wish to be a true member of God’s family. And should we participate in such, or give a “stamp of approval” to others to sin – then it is no longer Christianity (of any kind) because it does not follow Christ – who at all times obeyed his Father.

If at any point our message departs even the slightest bit from that of Jesus, or our ways depart from those of God, we are no longer Christian. Therefore, Progressive Christianity giving support to the LBGTQ & encouraging them to further such a lifestyle is sin, and allowing (perhaps even causing) others to sin, and thus is NOT a Christ-following Christian movement.

Many make the mistake that because Scripture states that “God is love” this means He won’t hold us accountable – that is actually the opposite of love. Yes, God is love, but He is also holy, pure, & righteous, which means His love will not cause or allow us to harm ourselves by living outside of His commands – which by doing so we bring death upon ourselves.

Dear Siblings in Christ, this confusion is the very reason I so often remind you to read a good bible for yourself, asking our Father to explain it to you as you do so. When the time of Judgement comes, “I didn’t know”, will not be adequate to save you from the consequences.

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Pope Francis Denies Hell?

Eugenio Scalfari, 93, an avowed atheist who has struck up an intellectual friendship with Francis, met the pope recently and wrote up a long story that included a question-and-answer section at the end.

The Vatican said the pope did not grant him an interview and the article “was the fruit of his reconstruction” not a “faithful transcription of the Holy Father’s words.”

According to Scalfari’s article in Thursday’s La Repubblica, he asked the pope where “bad souls” go and where they are punished. Scalfari quoted the pope as saying:

“They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A Hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.”

If the pope did in fact say this, then he is closer to Scriptural truth than the typical Catholic.
Scripture speaks of the fiery hell (Gehenna), but it is the fire that never ends – that which goes into the fire is burned up with nothing left of it, THIS is the fate of those who do not repent and obey Yeshua.

The universal catechism of the Catholic Church says “The teaching of the Catholic Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity.” It speaks of “eternal fire” and adds that “the chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God.”

This may be the teaching of the Catholic church, but it is NOT the teaching of the Holy Bible – it is, to be correct, Greek philosophy that entered church doctrine through oral influence, meaning it is NOT written in Scripture.

Personally, I hope the pope did actually make this statement as it means two things:
1) that the pope himself is closer to the Truth of God
2) which should translate to the Catholic church, which has for so long been a burdensome religious organization, coming closer to the Truth of God

Now we need pray that the pope will jettison more of the non-scriptural garbage.

The Pearl within You

Genesis 1:11 – 12 God said, “Let the earth sprout forth vegetation, plants seeding forth seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit with its seed in it, according to their kind, on the earth”, and it was so. / And the earth brought forth vegetation, plants seeding forth seed according to their kind, & trees bearing fruit with its seed in it according to their kind; and God saw that it was good.

Those verses remind me of the parable of the talents – everyone has something within that adds to the accomplishment of God’s plan.

These verses show us that all plants reproduce because ALL have been created to do so; those that can’t or don’t are hybrids by man.

Like plants, ALL people have something within them that reproduces a bit of God – when it is given to and nurtured by God. And THAT is why each and every person has value.

The Pain of Poor Scholarship

I’m currently reading God Without Religion by Andrew Farley. Or maybe it would be better to say I’m TRYING to read it, it’s increasingly becoming a laborious task.

From page 1, and more so as one reads on, it becomes clear that what Farley thinks Religion to be, and what it actually is, are NOT the same thing. In fact, his statements are in contradiction to the very words of Jesus.

Then he wades into the area of “Once Saved, Always Saved”, saying that it’s true because “God would never divorce you” (the added problem with that statement is that we are “married” to Jesus, who is NOT God). God has said that He would never leave, nor forsake us. But Scripture is very clear that we must “endure until the end in order to be saved”. So what happens if we do not endure? If we begin to willfully sin, or become lazy about our spiritual life? WE are the one breaking away from God, and if we don’t repent, can lose our salvation. If that were not possible, why did Jesus clearly tell us to “abide” (to remain, to stay) in him?

John 15:4-8 NASB “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. (5) “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (6) “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. (7) “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (8) “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

Verse 6 shows us that it is to Christians that this is directed – ‘If anyone does not abide (i.e., remain)’, which means they would have to already be in Christ in order to remain.

But I digress. My purpose for writing this was to express the extreme sadness I’m feeling – at this moment – and of late, as I read these so-called men of God but find such sloppy study that leads to shitty (“dung”, which is in the Scriptures, means the same thing) theology .

Dear reader, I’m assuming that by reading from this site you have a heart inclined to God, and the desire to obey Him. And that is why I feel it necessary to warn you: Be VERY careful about what you read by the pens of men; often times it can appear to be real good, when in fact it is real junk. If you have not previously been exposed to the topic in which you are reading, it is imperative that you research the topic – finding scriptures that seem to support and those that seem to detract – then meditate on them, asking Rabbi Yeshua to show you the final answer of truth.

 

Trust is built on understanding

Fears are those areas within our heart that have not yet experienced the love of God, for it to do its full work.

1 John 4

7)…love originates from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God

8) Anyone who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is love

12) …If we practice loving each other, God lives in us and His love is completed in us

16) So we have come to know and to trust the love that God has for us. God is love, and anyone who continues to selflessly love remains in solidarity with Him, and He with them

18) There is no fear in love; completed (perfect) love expels fear. Fear implies punishment, & anyone who fears hasn’t been made complete in love.

 

in verse 16, the word ‘know’ means ‘to understand’, and in understanding we are able to trust.

Romans 10:17 – faith comes from hearing (that is, understanding), and understanding through the message of Messiah

TRUST IS BUILT ON UNDERSTANDING; which is why understanding God’s nature correctly is so absolutely important (more on that later).

Fasting: An Act of Love for God

Life, full of responsibilites with trials added to, can easily & quickly get away from you like a wild horse. It doesn’t take long before you are far from where you were, and off course from where you want to be. Which is why it is so absolutely necessary to work hard at remaining connected to our Father in heaven.

Even with a “daily time” with God, we can become flippant, lazy, or rush through it like an item on a tasklist. We need regular intervals of recalibrating, of recentering ourselves in our lord Yeshua, that we stay connected to our Father.

This, I’m finding, makes Fasting a necessary discipline. I know there is a debate about Fasting – it’s necessity and outworking, but when I take a close look at the arguments & statements put forward against Fasting, what I discover is a great need for it because we are a prideful people, and Fasting is humbling.

Jesus said “When you fast…”, not ‘if’; and he also stated that his disciples would fast once he was taken away – this means that Fasting is expected, and that it is for our time.

Fasting, the abstinence from food for a time to concentrate on God, is – if I may – something similar to having a date with your girlfriend or wife. It is a time in which you focus on her, gifts are given, she is your focus. In a similar way, when we Fast, we are focused on God, spending time with Him in His word, speaking to Him about what is on His heart for various things. And, like the gifts, or candy, that we give to our date, we bring things to God: Humility, Worship, and all the other things that we can offer that touch HIS heart.

Fasting is by no means popular, but it is well worth the time and effort, for it is our deepest expression of love for God to God.

Book Review: A Different Gospel – D.R. McConnel

Things have been a bit chaotic, but I’ve finally made the time to finish the book A Different Gospel. I’d known some of what the author discusses by my own experience and research, but my knowledge was nothing compared to the details he points out with such evidence. Overall, a very informative read as to why the Word of Faith movement is a dangerous group to be involved with.

However, in the last few pages the author undoes himself just a little: on page 188, in his Concluding Observation and Prediction, the author clearly writes that the Holy Scriptures are the only source of correct doctrine. But on page 207, where the author discusses his reply to a detractor, the author states that “biblical faith is grounded on…faith in the person of God’s Messiah (Jesus), in his deity and his humanity”.

The problem with this is that the Holy Scriptures NEVER tell us that Jesus is deity, the texts that trinitarians use to “prove” his deity are read erroniously, taken out of context or the meaning in the original language, or fail to align with customs of Jesus’ era.

So, while helping us to understand the errors of the Word of Faith movement, the author himself is guilty of believing a different gospel – one in which Jesus never taught, His Father never mentioned, nor did the apostles believe.

This makes clear just how vigilant one must be when reading everything written or taught by men. Even with the Scriptures, read carefully and correctly.

Seek God’s Will?

Seek God's Will. what

Take a moment to read the above meme carefully, do you see the error?

It misquotes Scripture. It’s suppose to be Matthew 6:33, but it’s just enough wrong to make a very big difference.

Matthew 6:33 – But seek first His (God’s) kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The difference may seem unworthy of mention, but stop and think with me. This has been the mantra of Christianity for some time, but it has had very little affect. This is because when you seek God’s will you’re are in a ‘works’ mentality – what do I have to do in order to please God that I get what I want from Him – that is not the relationship of love that God desires with people, and therefore does not honor it.

However, if you are seeking God – spending quality time with Him, looking at His face & not to His hand – that is when His will (and blessings) will come to you without effort. Some would say that there is no difference, but there is – to God and Jesus – because it sets you up in a religious system in which YOU are trying to (re)do what Jesus has already done, which means you are not in grace by faith, and you “walk” by completion of a spiritual to-do list & not by relationship with God or His Son.

When working with a compass, being a mere 2 degrees off target can result is being completely off-course down the road. That’s precisely what this misquote of Scripture causes in our relationship with God & Jesus.

This is why it is so absolutely necessary that we each read the Bible for ourselves, not letting others interfere with our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Blessings

Desensitized To Sin?!

It is troubling that some would urge us to be mindful that we don’t become desensitized to sin when Scripture tells us

  1. that we are dead to sin, and must think of ourselves as alive to God

Romans 6:5-11  For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, (6) knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; (7) for he who has died is freed from sin. (8) Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, (9) knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. (10) For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. (11) Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

2. Romans 12:2 tells us to RENEW our minds

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

A renewed mind is one that leaves the negatives of the flesh and the world for the goodness of God:

Philippians 4:8-9  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (9) The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Other than being a directive in direct violation of Scripture, doing so puts us in the wrong frame of mind for faith, and even borders on trying to be free and clean in our own strength (which leaves us neither free nor clean)

Colossians 2:23  These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

Romans 8:5-8 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (6) For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, (7) because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, (8) and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

If we continue in this line of thinking, we will eventually find ourselves miserable AND in danger of being shipwrecked regrading Faith.

2 Timothy 3:5-7  holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. (6) For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, (7) always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Once again, what looks like wisdom has creeped in under the door and risen up against God’s truth; CAREFUL AND THOROUGH READING OF SCRIPTURE IS OUR DEFENSE AGAINST SUCH NONSENSE.