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Context, Context, Context!!!

2 Timothy 2: 14 – 18 KJV

14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

2 Timothy 2: 14-18 ESV

14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,

18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.

It is interesting that even in the most orthodox of denominations that the preachers and teachers take things out of context to get their point across or to point out their rules for their “religion”.   When a person takes things out of context he is not only doing the person (In this case God) a disservice but also misleading those who are reading what he has written.  It is the same when they are giving a speech or are preaching.  One of the primary rules of the English language is never, never, never ( I cannot repeat never enough) take things out of context.  My dad has often said “You can take a piece of paper and put anything on it but that doesn’t make it true, and just because someone famous said doesn’t mean it is true either.” (Quote by Unknown)

I hear and read over and over where someone has taken something out of context to make a point of doctrine and when I look at the entirety of the scriptures surrounding the singled out scripture I find that 9 times out of 10 the person or persons have not taken the whole paragraph or chapter into account and therefore have taken the bit of scripture out of Context. 

What if I were to tell you on this blog that it says in the Bible “There is no God.” That is a complete sentence grammatically and I would be correct.  I could promote a doctrine on just that statement alone.  In fact some atheist have down through the centuries tried it.  But the real truth about the sentence is that it is not a real sentence, it is a phrase inside of a sentence in Psalms 14 :1, which is part of a greater paragraph inside of a chapter in the book of Psalms, Psalms 14 : 1-7. [see below]

Psalms 14 : 1-7 KJV

1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

You see when it is put into context with its surroundings the complete sentence that could stand alone becomes what it actually is a phrase inside of a sentence, inside of a paragraph, inside of a chapter of a book and it lends it meaning and weight to the complete thought.

People need to be careful what they quote and where they quote it from.  It could lead to confusion and misunderstanding.  However there are those who do not care to apply the correct rules of the language known as English so that they can make up their own doctrines and religions.  I am not singling out any one individual or religious denomination.  However most of the worst offenders come from a group of individuals that have been trained in a college that has no theological accreditation and have not attended a Theological Seminary.  These men and women will even tell you that exegesis and hermeneutics are useless to them because they know how to interpret and apply the Word of God.  They are wrong and most are of the nature that they can be called false prophets and heretics.

Even though I do not have a seminary background, yet I stand on what the Apostle Paul wrote to his beloved Timothy in 2 Timothy 2 : 15. [see below]

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Apostle Paul was writing from Rome to Timothy who was in Ephesus. Paul was instructing Timothy on how to carry out his duties as head of the church there in Ephesus.  In verse 15 he is telling Timothy to study the Word of God diligently so that when he preached or taught in the church that he would be able to expound on (rightly divide) the Word of Truth (The Scriptures, The Word of God).  This was not only good and wise instructions for Timothy, it is good and wise instructions for all preachers and teacher of the Word of God today and in the future.

Finally and most importantly do read your material before you publish it and above all do your research before you assert that what you are stating true.  Make sure it is backed up by facts or at least backed up by someone more knowledgeable than you.  I even have an editor who reads what I publish before I publish it to insure it is correct in every way possible so that I will not create confusion or misunderstanding.  It was one of my mistakes in life, when I was younger and I have now learned it is not profitable to create confusion and/or misunderstanding, it will come back to haunt you when you are older.  Again never, never, never take anything out of context to prove your point.  It is not necessary if you have studied your material and done your research.  That will be one of your best tools to properly preach or teach The Word of God.

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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!!!

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The Doctrine of Salvation

False Doctrine: Salvation is an instantaneous thing.

Ephesians  2: 1- 10 (KJV) 

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

herein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Romans  10: 9-10, 17 (KJV)

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ephesians  2: 1 – 10 (Amplified Bible)

1 And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins

2 In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the
sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].

3 Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.

4 But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, 

5 Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). 

6 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us ]joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in
Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

7 He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] 

10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good  life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Romans  10: 9-10, 17 (Amplified  Bible)

Because if you acknowledge and  confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe  (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from  the dead, you will be saved.

10  For with the heart a person  believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is  justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth  he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and  confirms [his] salvation.

17 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the   preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the  Messiah Himself).

On  the face of it, it sounds as if I am going against everything you  have ever heard or been taught or know.  And YES, I am, because I  promised you that I would study and rightly divide the Word of Truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15)   In a few minutes you will see why I have declared  the doctrine a false doctrine.

Let  us look at the Scripture written by the Apostle Paul (inspired by  God) to the Romans 10.  Verse  9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall  believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, Thou shalt be saved.  Verse10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and  with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  What Paul is saying here is the end result and not the act of salvation itself.  We are spiritually dead when we come into this world because of Adam’s original sin. That is a topic for another day.  Not just  half way dead or almost dead but totally graveyard dead spiritually.  As of this date there is no human man, woman, or child that can raise someone from the dead.  But you say Jesus did.  And I will tell you  that Jesus was God.  And yes, Jesus did raise Lazarus from being graveyard dead.  God in the form of The Holy Spirit must come to you and quicken you (make alive, give life) to your spirit.  How is this done?  He creates in you an interest in you for the bible stories when you were young or  when you were older a curiosity for what the Word of God or “Christians” were saying about sin and you and salvation through Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:17 clears this up for us.  It says So then Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  So then we can only get faith by hearing the Word of God.  No beginner can get this kind of faith by hearing the Word of God for the first time.  We must be taught and understand what we are hearing about God and Jesus and sin to be saved.  When you were first introduced to the Word of God and Christianity, did you instantly believe that Jesus was Lord and Savior?  I can safely answer that for you, no.  My reasoning is simple.  It takes a while with a steady “diet” of the Word of God for faith to come.  It took me til my 19th year to learn that there was such a thing as salvation.  Yes, I had heard that Jesus could save you.  Intellectually I believed this however it just did not click.  It did not get into my soul.  It  was not until I was out on my own and had turned 19 that The Holy spirit “quickened” my soul and I became spiritually alive that I understood my need to repent and ask for forgiveness of my sins.  It was then that I was truly saved.  I had accepted Jesus Christ at a younger age, but I did not believe him to be my savior.  I took him to be the Son of God who would one day save the world and because I believed that; I was going to heaven.  It was not until I was truly saved that my heart, ears, eyes, and mind were opened to the truth of the Gospel.  It is just recently that I am learning the true Biblical Doctrines.  I had learned the man made “Biblical Doctrines”, these were made so that man could justify his religion and beliefs no matter how biblically incorrect they are.  Now I am learning the true and correct Biblical Doctrines.

In conclusion the confession with your mouth that you believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord and Savior and your sins are forgiven and you are saved is the end result of a process of Salvation that may have taken months, even years in some cases, to complete. The Biblical Doctrine of Salvation is NOT
an instantaneous process that occurs in a matter of minutes or seconds, but a continuous work over time that culminates in a person confessing that Jesus is Lord and that he or she has been saved.

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The Bereans Had The Right Way Of It

Acts
17:10-12 KJV*
(focal Scriptures)
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

This passage of scripture was brought to me for my comment and study. I find that in using the Thompson Chain Reference Bible in the King James Version and other resources available to me that I have to make the following statements about the passage. 

First let us look at the entire passage of Scripture that these verses came from for context purposes. 

Acts 17:1-15 KJV*

(1)  Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:

(2)  And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

(3)  Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

(4)  And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

(5)  But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

(6)  And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

(7)  Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.

(8)  And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.

(9)  And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.

(10)  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

(11)  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

(12)  Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

(13)  But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.

(14)  And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus (Timothy) abode there still.

(15)  And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.

Thessalonica is a city in modern day Greece, however in Paul’s time it was considered to be a city in Macedonia (Turkey in modern times).  It was during Paul’s missionary trip through Macedonia that he came first and passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia. (All of these Cities mentioned are in modern day Greece)  When he arrived in Thessalonica he along with Silas went to the synagogue and for three sabbath day did reason (discuss and preach) the scriptures to them.  He was bringing
the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them.  Telling them that Jesus needed to suffer and rise again from the dead and that Jesus was the messiah. Now some of the Jews believed  and so did a great many of the devout Greeks (gentiles) and of the women who were leaders there were many.   The staunch Jews who believed that Jesus was nothing but a mere prophet, claimed that they (Paul and Silas) had broken the decree set down by Caesar and that they were therefore criminals.  So a brother in Christ named Jason and other brethren put up a security bond for them.  It is commonly believed that as part and parcel of that bond that (Paul and Silas) could not return to Thessalonica.  It is also believed that because of the animosity toward Paul that the bond could not be canceled. Thus prompting the reference in Paul’s first letter to  the Thessalonians to the hindrance of Satan. 

1Th 2:18 KJV (18)  Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

  So Jason and the other fellow Christians residing there sent them away by night to Berea. The reason for them escaping by night was so that there would be no more confrontation. 

When Paul and Silas arrived in Berea they presented themselves to the local synagogue of the Jews and began preaching the Gospel of Christ.  The Bereans were more spiritually receptive to their testimony.  However they did not take them at face value but searched the word (scriptures) as what they considered their daily duty
in their eagerness for the truth. They became believers both
the Jews and the Greeks (gentiles).
The Bereans had the right way of it. They did not take what was being preached at face value and accept it as Doctrine, unlike a lot of Christians of today, but daily they searched the scriptures as they felt it was their duty to do so. They were eager to find out the truth from the scriptures.  When they had “rightly divided the word of truth” (see 2Timothy 2:15) they became believers of Jesus Christ, both the Jews and the Greeks including their women.

Matthew Henry (1662 – 1714) writes in the book “Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary of the Whole Bible” (Thomas Nelson publisher Nashville, TN [1789]; reprinted 1997)

The Jews in Berea applied seriously to the study of the word preached unto them.  They not only heard Paul preach on the sabbath, but daily searched the Scriptures, and compared what they read with the facts related to them.  The doctrine of Christ does not fear inquiry; advocates for his cause desire no more than that people will fully and fairly examine whether things are so or not.  Those are truly noble, and likely to be more and more so, who make the Scriptures their rule, and consult them accordingly.  May all the hearers of the gospel become like Berea, receiving the word with readiness of mind.  And searching the Scriptures daily, whether the things preached to them are so.”

Now my question to you is are you a you a “Berean”?  I certainly am.  I know that there are those out there that just listen and believe whatever is preached to them as the Gospel truth and never even crack open the Bible because the “Preacher” they are listening to has an education and “knows” what he or she is talking about.  I
warn you now that not all of those who are preachers and teachers of the Gospel are preaching the true Gospel but they themselves are teaching a humanized and self-proclaimed revelation from God that is not even true to the Word of God.  We all should be “Bereans” and study the scriptures daily.

*All Scripture Quoted by me in this message is from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 

In the Service of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Reverend Jeffrey A Nelson

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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.

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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.

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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.

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