Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Me’ Category

You know being “Being older than Dirt’ isn’t really all that bad when you think of it.
Today I turned 60 years old. However I can actually claim that I am “Thirteen years older than Dirt.” How do you claim that because God is the only one that can claim that He is older than Dirt you say. (Gen.1 and 2) If you are Christian you know that God Created the heavens and the Earth. Well here is how I can claim that I am “Thirteen years older than Dirt.”
I was born on August 9, 1952, and my brother who is younger than me was born on August 8,1965. But you say that makes you thirteen years older than him but where does the “Dirt” come in? Well, when he was learning to talk he called dessert, DIRT, thus his nickname was born. For a long while he was called “Dirt”. Thus I am “Thirteen years older than DIRT.” I hope this has cheered up some of you worrying about your age and can now say that you know of a guy who actually is “older than dirt’ and smile about it!!!

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Top Ten Christian News Stories for 2011 Countdown.

Below is a list of the Top Ten Christian news stories.

Coming in at number 10.

Crystal Cathedral Bankruptcy has caused the sale of the all glass edifice to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, CA. for a price of $57.5 Million.  It has also caused many Christians to question the Stewardship practices of many churches.

Number 9.

Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos quarterback has brought Christianity in sports to the forefront again.  Amongst severe criticism Tebow has maintained his relationship with Jesus Christ and done so publicly.  He has cause the worldwide phenomenon known as “tebowing” which is dropping to one knee and praying.

At number 8.

“Bishop” Eddie Long “stepped down”, “took a sabbatical” after all of the furor over a homosexual sex scandal involving him surfaced in Atlanta, GA and in his mega-church setting.  Causing many Christians to wonder about the sexual purity of their church leaders.

Number 7.

Norway Massacre

Anders Brivik confessed to the bombing and mass shooting which killed 77 people.  He was dubbed, after the massacre, as a “Christian Terrorist”, “Christian Right Wing Extremist” and a “ Christian Fundamentalist”; even though he described himself as a “social Christian” and not having a relationship with God.

In at Number 6.

Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster have caused Christian Organizations worldwide to pitch in with aide and supplies.  Also praying for more people in Japan to come to Christ.

Number 5.

“Pastor” Rob Bell who pastors a mega-church wrote a book that has the US Christian Community buzzing.  The book questions the Theological existence of Hell.  The notoriety caused Time Magazine to name him in their “Top 100 most influential people list.

At Number 4

Harold Camping, President of Family Radio, A “Christian” Radio organization, has failed for the second (May 21, 2011) and third time (Oct 21, 2011) predicting the end of the world and the rapture.  His comment on this failure was; “It was not the will of God but He could have stopped everything if He wanted to.”  Harold Camping since been replaced as president of Family Radio.

Number 3

Arab Spring and Occupy Movement has caused the over throw of several African and Middle East despots including Mulmar Kadaffi .  It has also sparked mass suffering of Christians in the region.

Number 2

The Death of Master Terrorist Osama Bin Laden.   What more is need to say?  Prayers have been answered.

And the Number 1

This story has many Christians Worldwide concerned.

PCUSA has cleared the way in July 2011 for Gays and Lesbians to be ordained  as pastors and preachers.

That folks are the top ten stories of News in the Christian world for 2011.

However the Story that still tops them all is the Story of a Savior that came from His throne in Heaven to earth as a man and laid down His life on the Cross as the ultimate sacrificial atonement for our sins.  And those who believe on Him will have eternal life through Him.  Sola Deo Gloria!!!

Read Full Post »

The Five Solas

by Reverend Jeffrey A Nelson

edited by Licensed Minister Kevin Rhea

The Five Solas are five Latin phrases that came about because of and during the Protestant Reformation split with the Roman Catholic Church of that day.  The Latin word Sola when translated to English means “alone” or “only”.  The Five Solas describe the the basic theological tenets of the Protestant Reformation and are still
used as basics in many of today’s protestant denominations.  The Five Solas are: Sola Scriptura, Sola Deo Gloria, Solo Christo, Sola Gratia, and Sola Fide.  Translated into English they are Scriptures Alone, To the Glory of God Alone, Christ Alone, Grace Alone and Faith Alone.  The following is an overview of the Five Solas from my perspective.

Sola Scriptura (The Scriptures Alone)

Ps 119:18 ESV  Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Ps 138:2 ESV I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

2Ti 3:14-17 ESV (14)  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it

(15)  and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

(16)  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that  the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

It is widely accepted that King David is the accredited author of Psalm 119.  In Psalm 119 he repeats over and over that the Word of God (Scriptures) is the law and how it is his primary joy.  Thus when we look at verse 18, we see that his request to open his eyes so that he may see the wondrous things out of God’s Law (Scriptures),
he is declaring that the Scriptures are the only law for those who have faith in God.

David also in Psalm 138:2 Declares (even though he is King of Israel) that he bows down before God, who has rightly exalted HIS name and Word (Scriptures) above all else.  This gives us a sense that God’s Word (Scriptures) is absolute and uncompromising as law.

The Apostle Paul in writing his second letter to Timothy, (which was written near the end of his, Paul’s, life), states that Timothy has known of the Scriptures from childhood.  He reminds Timothy that the Scriptures will make him wise  (knowledgeable) for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  Paul goes on to say that  all Scripture is given (breathed)  by God and is profitable (useful and a standard)  for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in  righteousness so that the Godly Man (or Woman) is  competent and equipped in all that he (or she)  does (good works)

The principle of Sola Scriptura/The Scriptures Alone is one of the Five Solas, that the reformers rallied around to emphasize that it is the exalted, inerrant Word (Law)
of God and is the standard for teaching, reproving, and correcting the brethren of the Lord (Christians).  It is also the proof and standard for teaching righteousness and
right thinking.  Is there any other?  I know of no other than God’s Holy Word, The Holy Bible.

Sola Deo Gloria (For the Glory of GOD Alone)

1Co 10:31 ESV   So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Rom 11:36 ESV For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Eph 3:20-21 ESV (20)  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

(21) to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

1Pe 4:10-11 ESV (10)  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

(11) whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1Pe 5:10-11 KJV (10)  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

(11) To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

2Pe 3:17-18 ESV (17)  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.

(18) But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.

Rev 1:4-6 ESV (4)  John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and  from the seven spirits who are before his throne,

(5) and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

(6) and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Rev 7:11-12 ESV (11)  And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

(12) saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

The Apostle Paul is the author of thirteen and possibly fourteen of the epistles or letters that have been included in the Christian cannon known as The Holy Bible.  The disputed letter is the Epistle to the Hebrews. 

We will examine the phrase Sola Deo Gloria by first looking at the letters to the Romans, Ephesians, and the first of 2 letters to the Corinthians, in the chronological order they were written.

The Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the very troubled church in Corinth.  This church was dealing with a lot of secular issues that had crept into the worship services by those who living there.  The Corinthians were known for their sexual immorality and their propensity to sue each other.   In 1 Corinthians 10:31 Paul wrote that whether it was eating, drinking or anything else, that they should do it to and for the glory of God. 

The Roman Christians Paul was writing to were people he had never evangelized or met, even though he had some acquaintances there (see Chapter 16).  Paul felt he had to use an oratorical and instructional tone to his letter, laying down basic doctrine and theology. One of those doctrinal and theological points is found in Romans 11:36 where he states “For Him and through Him and by Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever.  Amen.”  If that would be translated into today’s vernacular it would be something like this, “Everything comes from Him and by Him and goes back to him, for without him there is nothing.  We give Him all the glory forever!  Period!”

Ephesus was the capitol of the Roman province of Asia.  It was at a trade route crossroads.  It was also the home of the temple dedicated to the fertility goddess Diana.  Ephesus was once known as a center for pagan delights and had many  “idol” merchants.  By the time of this letter Ephesus had become a center of Christianity for the
region and the “idol” merchants were in an uproar over it.  
The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians ends the first half of this letter of exhortation in a “doxology” or ‘praise to God’. He expresses to his readers the abundance of God’s mercy and love and exhorts the Ephesians to give all the glory where it is due and that is to God.

The Apostle Peter wrote his first letter to the Christians in Asia Minor (Turkey).  He recognized that living the life of a Christian had it’s tough spots.  He wrote this letter to encourage these Christians to persevere and to remind them of their eternal reward at the end of this earthly existence.  

He exhorts them in verses 10 and 11 of Chapter 4 to use the God given gifts they have received to serve their brothers and neighbors as good stewards of God’s grace and mercy.  He also tells them to do all of this to the glory of God, to whom all glory belongs.

Then in verses 10 and 11 of Chapter 5 he tells them that even though they have suffered it was all for their own good and that in giving thanksgiving they should give it to the glory of God forever and ever. 

The Apostle Peter’s second letter was written to Christians everywhere. He exhorted the Christians to ignore the false prophets and false messiahs that were cropping up here and there and stick to the truth that was given to them through his witness.  He told them that they had the knowledge presented to them before the false ones came about and that they should be growing in this knowledge and grace;  giving all the glory for it to God both then and for eternity.

The Apostle John was in exile when he wrote the final book of the Christian Cannon known as The Holy Bible.  It was because of his witness to all things pertaining to Jesus Christ that he was exiled to the Island of Patmos, a small island located in the Aegean Sea southwest of Ephesus.  During his stay on Patmos, through the Holy
Spirit, the Apostle John received great visions and momentous messages for the Christian church in general and for the Christian Churches in Asia in particular.

A part of one of these messages appears in the opening verses of Revelation where in verses 4, 5 and 6 John describes who he is talking to and who is giving these words that he is writing.  In verse six he declares that “all glory goes to God The Father forever and ever.  Then again in Chapter 7 where he is describing and
reporting the vision on what is to come, he declares he saw, in verse 11, the angels around the Throne of God, fall on their faces before God and cry out: (Verse 12) “Amen!  Blessing and Glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

We have learned from the Apostle Paul’s, the Apostle Peter’s, and the Apostle John’s writings, that there is doctrinal teaching that everything is for the Glory of God Alone.  That the Glory for anything does not belong to one person or group of people but solely and only to God The Father Alone.

Solo Christo  (In Christ Alone)

John 14:5-6 ESV (5) Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going.  How can we know the way?”

(6) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Col 1:13-18 ESV  (13)  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

(14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

(15) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn1 of all creation.

(16) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.

(17) And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

(18) And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

1Ti 2:5-6 ESV (5)  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

(6) who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

The Apostle John wrote The Gospel According to John.  He was called the beloved Apostle or “him whom Jesus loved”. Later he would be called John the Revelator.   This is the time that was used by Jesus to impart some of His most important instructions to the twelve.  They were at the passover feast in the upper room; the feast that would be called the last supper.  Jesus had just finished washing all of the twelve’s feet and declared that one would betray him.  Judas had left leaving the eleven with Jesus.  Jesus was telling the eleven he would be going away soon.  In John 14: 5-6 when Jesus had said this; Thomas said to Him “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  What Jesus was saying here was that in order to gain access to God’s throne room and God you had to go through him and only him.  There is no other way we can reach the throne of God and God himself.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Asia Minor church at Colosse to emphasize that as the Son of God, Jesus Christ was and is  the head of the Church and that Christians, including the Colossians, were the body of the church   In Colossians 1:13-18 he tells the Colossians that we (Christians) were delivered out of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s son, who provided us with redemption and the forgiveness of our sins.  He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God and the firstborn3 of all creation.  For by Him was everything created and by Him and for Him everything was created.  He was before all things and in Him everything is held together by Him.  Also He is the head of the church, the firstborn4 of the dead and that His name is above everything.

Timothy traveled many years with the Apostle Paul.  Paul not only taught Timothy the basics of doctrinal Christianity but also provided him an example of Christian leadership.  Paul considered Timothy a “son” in the faith  The Apostle Paul was confident in Timothy’s ability to be a Christian leader.  He believed Timothy would execute his duties as a Christian leader in Ephesus.  However he counseled Timothy to remind them of certain things that they were overlooking or ignoring.
The Ephesians were sue happy people and in 1 Timothy 2:5-6 Paul reminds Timothy and the Ephesians that Jesus is the only
mediator between God and Man,
and that His (Jesus’
) testimony was given at the proper time.

Jesus himself said that the only way to God was through HIM and HIM alone. Paul also acknowledges that Jesus, was, is and will be the only way to salvation and the kingdom of God.  Believing in Sola Christo/Christ Alone is the only way to lead a Christian life.  We also recognize in Sola Christo/Christ Alone that He is the only
mediator we have before God.

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

Eph 2:1-9 ESV (1)  And you were dead in the trespasses and sins

(2) in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience–

(3) among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

(4) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,

(5) even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–

(6) and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

(7) so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

(9) not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

The Apostle Paul in writing this letter to the Ephesians recognized the need to correct them on a misconception, of among other things, how they were saved.    The Apostle Paul wrote that we were once dead in sins and trespasses.  We walk in a world of sin and degradation and it is by Grace through his love that we have faith in Jesus Christ and are saved.  No acts of kindness, no moral living, no being an upstanding citizen could save us because they are works alone.  According to God’s inerrant word it is by Grace alone we Christians have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ and that this Grace is a Gift from God Almighty. 

Sola Gratia/Grace Alone is one of the most basic tenets in Christian Theology.  During the Great Reformation led by Martin Luther, the reformers adopted this position.   It is through this grace, which is a gift of God The Father because of his love and desire that no one perish (John 3:16).  He gave us this gift of Grace so that through
faith in His Firstborn,5
 Christ Jesus, we are saved.  We cannot earn our salvation in any way, shape, or form.  Just like we get gifts bestowed on us or we bestow
them on others, God does the same for us, so that we might have a relationship with Him.  For without this gift of Grace we stay in our sinful nature and are dead to him.  The results of sin is death. (
Rom 6:23 ESV), For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sola Fide (Faith Alone)

Gal 3:5-14 ESV (5)  Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith–

(6) just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

(7) Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.

(8) And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”

(9) So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

(10) For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

(11) Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”

(12) But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”

(13) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”–

(14) so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian Churches in Galatia.  Galatia refers to an area or Roman province in Central Asia Minor which includes the cities of Pisidian, Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe; all of which Paul visited on his first missionary journey.  Ancient history tells us that Galatians were Gauls from what is now known as the Ukraine.  They broke off from a larger group who were migrating westward to what is now France or what Paul called Gallia.

The letter to the Galatians is striking in its comprehensive and passionate statement of the Gospel of Salvation through faith alone.  Paul wrote that the Christians converted from Judaism that were teaching that they were under the law was a false doctrine and was taught by false teachers. The Galatians had seen the miracles that
were performed by someone (possibly Paul himself) who was justified by faith not by the law.  And that Abraham was justified because of his faith not because of his works.  The Apostle Paul goes on to say that those who stand on their works for justification are under the curse of the law.  They are cursed if they do not abide by everything written in the law and do them.  We (Christians) are justified by faith alone.

In conclusion we see that according to The Word of God and our reformation brothers that the basics of Christianity are: Glory to God Alone, The Scriptures Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone and  Christ Alone.  We give Glory to God for all that He has done and we work for the Glory of God alone.  We read the Scriptures which are the inerrant Word of God and through them alone are the instructions for an abundant Christian Life.  It is by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, that we are saved, and justified. 

1 For clarity the meaning of firstborn here is not order of birth but rank as used in the Roman, Greek and Jewish societies.

2 Ibid.

3 Ibid.

4 Ibid.

5 Ibid.

Read Full Post »

This is a part of a verse from 1 Chronicles Chapter 16. The complete verse is found at 1 Co. 16 : 22. It says “Saying, touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm.” I am tired of hearing the errant WOF Leaders and so called prophets use this line when someone criticizes them. This is just another case of taking a Bible verse out of context and using it for their own purposes.  If these guys were real theologians they would know that this is part of
a song of thanksgiving written and sung by King David upon The Ark of the Covenant coming to be housed in a tent in the City of David. The book of Chronicles is called that for a reason it is the exclusive Chronicled History of Judah. It has nothing to do with the modern church. In Chapter 16 the Ark comes to rest in the tent that David had prepared for it.

To give you more of a background of what was happening at that time. David had The Ark of the Covenant moved to a more convenient place for worship.  He also appointed and anointed the Levites who would be taking care of the Ark of the Covenant.

So the verse of 1 Chronicles 16 : 22 is directed at the Nation of Israel, especially Judah, not to touch the anointed. Even though it is in the middle of a song created by David it is an edict from the King of Israel to his Nation. It is not an edict by God to not touch the anointed of God.

By the way who anointed the men of The WOF? Why are they claiming they are prophets? Do they know that the biblical sign of a true prophet is that the prophet is 100% right 100% of the time. Who are these men to change the very nature of what God has put in place? Oh, that is right one of them has said that we are all “Little Gods” and that if we have enough “faith” we have the authority of God and can do the things that God and Jesus have done. I have faith in Jesus Christ as my savior and I cannot do what Jesus did, nor do I want to. I am happy with the fact that Jesus, as the Lamb without spot or blemish, became the Sin sacrifice for me, covering all my sins with his blood.

So who can tell me not to touch the anointed? I cannot touch the anointed because the anointed that 1 Chronicles 16 : 22 is talking about has been long dead and returned to dust several thousand years ago. As for the anointed that the WOFers are talking about, I do not consider them anointed by God. They are just lying spirits that need correction and need to stop deceiving the people that they are suppose to be shepherding.

Read Full Post »

 

MAY 21, 2011; IS IT THE BEGINNING OF THE END?

According to Wecanknow.com it is. And what is their evidences? They say it is in the Bible. They claim that God was specific what he told Daniel, in chapter 8 of the Book of Daniel, and then ordered him to seal up the “Book” it was written in; Daniel 12:4 , and in verse 9 God told Daniel to go his way because the words were sealed to the end of time. Then they skip over to Revelation 5: 1-9 and reveal that the sealed book is to be opened by Jesus. There are 7 seals. They only deal with the Seventh seal in Revelation 8:1. I wonder why? Is it because they cannot explain what happened to the other seals and what they contained? Like The Anti-Christ. The first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse The other three being War, Financial ruin, and Death and Hades(hell). Why is it that they can explain that the Bible says that the great Tribulation started on May 21, 1988 and for twenty three years that according to them the “Great Tribulation” was to occur and that for 2300 days (6.30 years) “that,both in the churches and through out the world very few, if any, were saved.” And they went on to say that “During the first 2300 days of the 8400 day period (23 years) the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from all of the churches as well as the entire world, insofar as salvation is concerned.” And because of this it produced a silence in heaven. Which refers to the Seventh seal of Revelation 8:1. My question is where and who is the Anti-Christ? When did he appear on the scene? Where and when did the financial ruin start? And what happen to the destroying of ¼ of the earth by the “sword”(war), famine, pestilence, and wild beast. The 5th seal is the martyrs under the throne and what happened to them. The 6th seal is the world wide earthquake, when did this happen and when did the sun turn black and the full moon become like blood? Also when did the sky vanish like as scroll being rolled up. When were every mountain and island moved from its place. When did the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hide themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” When did all of this happen?

Accordingly they also produce Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoever keeps a command will know no evil thing, and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way. (ESV) However if you read the whole paragraph you will find that the intent of this passage is for those subject to the King to not question his motives or orders. King Solomon was not a prophet and this verse is not a prophesy that wise men (true believers as they call them) will in the future know the time and the day of the return of Christ. Solomon was more concerned in ruling his kingdom than in knowing the first Advent of Christ and much less predicting that wise men (“true believers”) would know when Christ was coming again. They forget that this book among others was written by the son of King David. Solomon was the name of the writer of Ecclesiastes. If they had read verses 6 and 7 they would not have made the claim that verse 5 tells us that a wise man (true believer) will know the day and time of the return of Jesus Christ. They are just as silly in their pick and choose verse selection to support a “Doctrine” as the Word of Faith leaders. One of the rules of English is to read the whole passage (paragraph)to discern (know) what it is all about. Another rule is that unless it is a poem the first sentence sets the tone of the whole paragraph. The first sentence of the paragraph, which is also the whole chapter, is Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is like the wise?… So Solomon asked who is like the wise. In that day who was like the WISE KING SOLOMON. There was know one like him and he knew it. In fact you would be hard pressed to find anyone as wise as him even today. It amazes me how many people use history, poetry and kingly advice of the Old Testament to support a crazy doctrine and or belief.

These people insinuate that those who are in the Churches are not and never will be saved. And I quote from their writing “NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR?”;

‘THE THEIF COMES IN THE NIGHT”

“Christ and Judgment day come in the night. In 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Christ tells us. “When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them.” Because destruction comes upon them, we can know for certain that these people are not saved. Being unsaved, they are in spiritual darkness. They are in the night. Judgment Day is coming for them as a “thief in the night.” Yet they believe they are at peace with God and safely under His care. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

“The language of this verse describes perfectly all of those in the world who on May 21, 2011 are still identified with any church. Because churches teach many things that are not true to the Bible they are under the judgment of God. (1 Peter 4:17). Therefore, according to the warning of 1 Thessalonians 5 : 1-4 we mus t realize that they are not saved.

Remember, churches teach their members that: 

  1. They as confessing members of their church are safely in Christ’s care.
  2. No man can know the day or hour of Christ’s return. Therefore, they are certain that Christ will come as a thief in the night. 

These dear people do not realize at all that they, themselves are in spiritual nighttime, a condition that when Christ comes they, themselves, will be destroyed in the Day of Judgment. How awful! It is the true believers who know the time (hour) and much about Judgment Day (the day). There not in the nighttime of spiritual darkness.”

First of all Christ did not say anything is 1 Thessalonians at all!  Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians not Christ; unless they are saying that the Apostle Paul is Christ. Second of all if they are going to quote scripture they need to quote it right. It is not When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them. This passage of scripture reads 1Thessalonians 5:3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (ESV)

Third of all what Version of The Bible are they using I cannot find a version that cuts off the words in mid-sentence. That tells me that they like the Word of Faith preachers and teachers are taking things out of context to support their doctrines and beliefs. This is called a different gospel. The Apostle Paul warns in 2 Corinthians and Galatians that there are those who will come teaching and preaching a different gospel. (2 Corinthians 11 and Galatians 1)

This prediction of May 21, 2011 being when Christ will return and that on October 21, 2011 the world as we know it will end is a different gospel, and through the christian world should be treated as such. We, those who are Christians, should proclaim these people, whoever they are, as false prophets and charlatans. They publish these papers on the internet and will not identify themselves so that we may know what their credentials are. They hide behind the auspices of Family Radio based out of Oakland, California and proclaim what they will to support their strange beliefs and doctrines.

These wise men that are in the Bible that they say are “true believers” where did they come up with that? In the Hebrew language of the Old Testament and in Ecclesiastes 8 specificly the word for wise is Chakam, which means intelligent, artful, skillful and cunning. The word man as used in Ecclesiastes 8 is the Hebrew word, adam, which means human being, mankind. And Heart as used in Ecclesiastes 8 is the Hebrew word, leb which means the intellect, the mind. I find in that there is nowhere in the Hebrew language that Wise Man means “true believer.” I also looked up the words in the Greek language used in the New Testament for wise man or men which is the plural of man in the English language. I found that the word for wise is magos or Magi (plural of magos), which means scientist, intelligent, wise man and the word for man or men is anthropos, which means human being. They clearly have not done what they profess in referring to 2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (KJV) They have not studied rightly dividing the word of God. I know if you are going to publish something as biblical and as a doctrine then you need to study the Word of God to rightly divide the Word of Truth, so that what you publish will be in line with the character and nature of both God and Jesus Christ.

Read Full Post »

If I Am Lying…

Exo 20:16 ESV
 

 

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

 

What does bearing false witness mean?  And just who is my neighbor?

Bearing false witness means not telling the truth about someone or something.  In other words you are lying!!!  And yes lying of any kind is a sin.  Not only because you are breaking one of the commandments but you are also possibly hurting the person you are telling the falsehood about or the person you are telling it to.  You are also hurting your character.   Who is going to think you have a good character if you are caught lying about someone or something.  Besides publishing a lie by written word is slander and publishing a lie through the spoken media is defamation of character.  In this great country of ours you can be taken to court and sued for both of these offenses.  They are not against the criminal law in this country however it is against the civil law and you can suffer upto and including heavy fines and damage awards the offended party and depending on the severity of the offense may spend some time in jail.  The latter is at the discretion of the Judge presiding over the court case.

As to who is my neighbor,  according to the Bible any person any where can be your neighbor.  Not just the person who lives next door to you or in your neighborhood but everyone everywhere is your neighbor.   So if you bear false witness about anyone (lie about anyone) you are doing it about your neighbor.  That is a S I N.

Read Full Post »

 

If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries, What Am I Doing In The Pitts?”* (aka) Christian Suffering

Gen 3:14-19 ESV

(14) The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.

(15) I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

(16) To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

(17) And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

(18) thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

(19)By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

1Pe 4:12-16 ESV

(12) Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

(13) But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

(14) If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

(15) But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.

(16) Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

Mat 5:44-45 ESV  

(44)But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

(45) so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Rom 2:11 KJV

(11)For there is no respect of persons with God.

Why do I suffer illness and lack? I have asked this many times in my life. The answer lies in what happened thousands of years ago in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent convinced Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It is simple, it is called “original sin”. Therefore but for “grace” given to us through Jesus Christ we have no right to anything in the Kingdom of God. Not even eternal life. Jesus as quoted in Matthew 5:44-45 told us that He allows things to happen to both the good and evil, the just and unjust. According to this we are not promised a “Rose garden” when we believe and commit our lives to Jesus. Just so you know Jesus also indicated in this passage the the evil and unjust receive the same from God the Father. It is in our nature to want what is good and never have anything happen to us however that is not how it works. Because of Adam and Eve sin entered the world and with it came pestilence and disease. We men were cursed with toiling for our “living” and women would have pain in childbearing. God did not say that if we turned to Him, He would relieve us from our sufferings. He granted us entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven if we gave up our sin and accepted His Son Jesus the Christ as our savior and master in this life. Now where in the Christian Bible or the Douay Reams Bible that the Roman Catholics use did Jesus say that if you believed on Him and accepted Him as savior that He would miraculously heal us, take away our sufferings and give us a rosy, profitable life here on earth. He did say that He would cover our sins with His blood. And on the cross he fulfilled that Promise. When He comes again and gathers his church together and takes them out of this world we will no longer suffer. Then when He takes Satan and has him bound and thrown in the pit will he put an end to all disease and suffering.

So until the time that Jesus returns we must stay steadfast and proceed on as He would have us do.

Father in Heaven, We know that you see our sufferings. Grant us peace in you, so that we may carry on in our appointed work for you. AMEN!

*If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries, What Am I Doing In The Pitts?, Erma Bombeck 1927-1996, McGraw-Hill 1978

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »