Saturday, December 26, 2009

Evangelical Church in Denver

Rev. Mark Tidd of Highlands church in Denver has announced his
embracement of same sex relationships.

The fact that this is coming from an Evangelical pastor is what makes
this news. However, that is not the reason I'm writing this post.

This pastor's views and beliefs reflect today's mindset of what church
is about...embracing and exhorting of the self...as it is.

"Tidd said he supports gay marriage and would perform same-sex blessings
if asked. A gay man in a committed relationship sits on the church's
board of trustees.

"Our position is not one of lenience, but a matter of justice," said
Tidd, a married father of five. "It's not that we don't acknowledge the
reality of sin. It's not a sin to be gay or act in accordance with your
nature."

Its not a sin to "act in accordance with your nature"? Wow. I'm really
trying to give him the benefit of the doubt here. Maybe he spoke without
thinking it through (which is still unacceptable), or maybe his
"explanation" was taken out of context. But, ultimately, I have to
consider the context of the story that his quote was written in regards
and it is a real reflection of the times in which the church has come to
adopt.

With a calling and a heartfelt confession of Christ Jesus of Nazareth,
as Believers we are to come as we are. But, never, by His Word, or by
the power of the Holy Spirit are we to stay as we are. Philippians 1:6,
Hebrews 12:2

Jesus Christ made it clear of His Holy Mission, that He did not come to
condemn the world, but that the world through Him may be saved. John
3:17

Saved from what? The consequences (wages) of sin, which is death. The
wages of what? Sin, singular. What is sin in the singular sense?
Faithlessness. John 3:18, John 16:7-9, Romans 14:23

Sin begets sinS, the manifestations, or evidence of that faithlessness,
by which in turn has become the very nature of the natural man... be you
gay, straight, liar, murder, adulterer/tress etc., etc.

The promise of the power of the Holy Spirit of God, that comes only by
genuine faith, enables a change of what is "natural" that cannot be done
of ourselves. Producing fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 (entire
chapter should be read as whole) thereby, when a true Believer comes
before the Throne of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we come in
acknowledgement of our nature, confessing His Son. Faithful, that He has
the power to overcome our nature, our flesh. His Spirit quickens us.
(KJV term, John 6:63)

Ephesians 2:5
"Even when we were dead in sinS, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;)"

Yes, it IS a sin to act in accordance to our nature. To embrace this
concept is to embrace the faithlessness that created that nature. You
will not find a scripture with such a erroneous principle. It is CLEAR
that Mark Tidd created that concept by his personal views which has been
assimilated into the culture of what Christianity has become...a
self-help society, that exhorts and encourages you to remain
(oblivious/ignorant to) the self that you are...nature and all.

Treating the Gospel as a statement of belief, rather than a belief of
statement, the church takes the form of a social club, powerless and
ineffectual to evoke the exhortation that inspires Spiritual growth...
to look beyond the self and bear your cross...


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34493087/ns/us_news-faith/


Author's note:
To further clarify, this post is NOT written to condemn homosexuality,
but to point out a mindset that reflects the error in understanding the
true Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth. Just as Christ did not condemn,
neither do I condemn, but to share the truth that brings forth salvation
and liberty that comes by faith, with the clarity of the Scriptures.
Mark Tidd's statement is not only unscriptual, but profoundly
irresponsible.

I find it arrogant he can make a statement that manipulates the
principle of sin, without backing it up, simply because he has been
certified a "Reverend".

To Mark Tidd's church I warn, RUN, do not walk, to the nearest exit and
start reading the WORD in whole, in faith, for yourselves.


Blogging from my mobile phone...

Ooops!

Not five minutes ago I posted an article titled "Car Safety Research for
Pregnant Moms". This post was sent from my phone and meant for my other
blog http://theoliveparent.blogspot.com . Instead of deleting the post,
I thought it would be a good time to share the (drastic) cosmetic
changes I made to it. If you have seen it prior to its changes then
you'll understand what I mean by drastic!

While these two blogs may seem composed of two entirely different
subjects. The OliveParent reflects my 2nd passion in life and goes hand
in hand with how I worship and live my life by faith alone. Like I do in
this blog, I encourage parents, mainly women to know and understand for
themselves, what takes place in their bodies and raise their
babies/children with confidence. This sentiment is aimed at women who
have healthy, normal pregnancies and want more options in birth as
opposed to the over-medicalized process that reflects society fear
and/or disdain for what the Lord had created to be normal and natural.
As you all know, I have six beautiful children. I have had a home birth
with four of them. I also promote breastfeeding on this blog as I am
somewhat of a lactivist.

Did you know that the cesarean rate has rose for the 11th straight year
and is over 30 percent? Did you know the rate of pre-term babies is also
rising. Did you know our infant mortality ranking is bad for a country
as advanced as ours? Did you know that the cesarean rate for home births
are significantly lower than hospitals? You can find these subjects
discussed on the OliveParent. You may not find the OliveParent to your
interest, but please feel to refer it to someone who may be.

Stay warm and safe in this weather!

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Car Safety Research For Pregnant Moms

A car safety research is being done for pregnant women, to provide
valuable information in designing safe vehicles.

Biomedical researchers are collaborating with automakers to create a
computer-aided model of pregnant vehicle operators to develop crash
protection features in future designs.

http://news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?aid=34591506&afid=1&pg1=2501

This all sounds good. Hopefully the research will through and concise so
there won't be any recalls. I have to say though, I'm amazed this hasn't
been done before, I mean 2009 is ending. That means we won't see a
vehicle with those safety features until, what... 2012? 2014?

In the meantime, all you gestating mommas should wear your seat belt
correctly. With the lap strap across your pelvis, and not your belly.

When available, you consider buying a vehicle with safety features for
gestating mommas?


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

About That Yulelog...

In my last post I shared some information I found on a website
www.holidays.net.
In the spirit of truth, I thought I would print some more interesting
information from that site. Of course anyone who wants to read the whole
article for themselves can do so by visiting
www.holidays.net/Christmas/story.htm

On the origins of Yuletide...

"In Scandinavia during the winter months the sun would disappear for
many days. After thirty-five days scouts would be sent to the mountain
tops to look for the return of the sun. When the first light was seen
the scouts would return with the good news. A great festival would be
held, called the Yuletide, and a special feast would be served around a
fire burning with the Yule log. Great bonfires would also be lit to
celebrate the return of the sun. In some areas people would tie apples
to branches of trees to remind themselves that spring and summer would
return."

On the origins of gift giving and decked halls...

"The ancient Greeks held a festival similar to that of the Zagmuk/Sacaea
festivals to assist their god Kronos who would battle the god Zeus and
his Titans.

The Roman's celebrated their god Saturn. Their festival was called
Saturnalia which began the middle of December and ended January 1st.
With cries of "Jo Saturnalia!" the celebration would include masquerades
in the streets, big festive meals, visiting friends, and the exchange of
good-luck gifts called Strenae (lucky fruits).

The Romans decked their halls with garlands of laurel and green trees
lit with candles. "

It is most interesting to note how Christmas came to fruition...

"Jo Saturnalia!" was a fun and festive time for the Romans, but the
Christians though it an abomination to honor the pagan god. The early
Christians wanted to keep the birthday of their Christ child a solemn
and religious holiday, not one of cheer and merriment as was the pagan
Saturnalia.

But as Christianity spread they were alarmed by the continuing
celebration of pagan customs and Saturnalia among their converts. At
first the Church forbid this kind of celebration. But it was to no
avail. Eventually it was decided that the celebration would be tamed and
made into a celebration fit for the Christian Son of God."

Hmmm...fascinating...especially when you consider the warnings of Paul
in Acts 20:28-31. You can do your own search for the clarity in the
existence of Christmas. The above excerpts were taken from
www.holidays.net , but there are many sites that provide the documented
history of Christmas.

May your holiday be observed in spirit and in truth!


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O Night Divine

You know, its hard for me to write for this blog because of the profound
apostasy of these times. At times, I feel as though I'm living in an
alternate world. Especially around major Christian holidays, which are
considered so sacred and holy. Christmas like Easter, has deep pagan
origins. The Christmas history began 4000 years ago with the
Mesopotamians.

"The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years. Many of our
Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ child
was born. The 12 days of Christmas, the bright fires, the yule log, the
giving of gifts, carnivals(parades) with floats, carolers who sing while
going from house to house, the holiday feasts, and the church procession
can all be traced back to the early Mesopotamians.

Many of these traditions began with the Mesopotamian celebration of New
Years. The Mesopotamians believed in many gods, and as their chief god -
Marduk. Each year as winter arrived it was believed that Marduk would do
battle with the monsters of chaos. To assist Marduk in his struggle the
Mesopotamians held a festival for the New Year. This was Zagmuk, the New
Year's festival that lasted for 12 days." -
www.holidays.net/Christmas/story.htm

No, I'm not secretly a Jehovah's Witness :). As a matter of fact we have
dinner on this day and give some presents to our children. Quite simply,
I do not ascribe to the beliefs and practices that cater to the "spirit"
of Christmas.

I worship on Christmas day the same I worship every day...in spirit,
rooted in truth, in praise of God, the Father's provision of His Son for
our salvation. You will not see the commercialization of Christmas in my
home. You will not see the tree, nor the lights. You will see our love
for the Lord, as our day is Christ centered, with no Santa, or
commercialization competing for the spotlight. You will see our love for
another and our hospitality, truth be known you will see this everyday.

What turns me off about the Christmas "spirit" is that it is temporary.
Generosity, hospitality and mainly, the acknowledgement of Christ's
birth only lasts the length of the season.

What my liberty in Christ Jesus of Nazareth has given me is the freedom
to worship Him in truth. To adhere to the intention of Christmas and not
the beliefs and practices that stems from an apostate generation. In
saying this, I am not threatened by Christmas and those who observe it
religiously. But it seems that those who do, are threatened by my
commitment to observe it truthfully.

Rituals and practices with ties to paganism have overtaken this holy
phenomenon and reduced it to a one-day commercialized event. It makes me
wonder how serious Christians take the Gospel, if their preference for a
traditional Christmas supercedes the divinity by which they have named
themselves.

Never has there been a more divine night, the day the Son of Man was
born. Does it not deserve a wholesome, truthful recognition from those
for whom He was born?

John 3:16

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hungry Are Ya? Go Shoplift!

“A British Anglican priest is facing criticism following a controversial sermon in which he advised his congregation to shoplift, providing the thievery takes place at large chain stores.
Rev. Tim Jones, 41, told his followers stealing from such stores is sometimes the best option for the poor. He said it is better for people to steal than resort to prostitution, mugging or burglary.”
Read more: www.nationalpost.com
Here’s an idea, how about GIVING to the poor? Isn’t that what “Christianity” is all about??
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:14-17
Just how lazy has this priest become in his “ministry”, telling the poor to shoplift, when he has a nice, juicy, fat meal every evening?? And the shoplifting guidelines? Too obvious… as long as they don’t stop past HIS home…to eat or steal.
Two words…DEAD.   FAITH.
Disgusting….

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snooze Button

More U.S. Christians Mix in 'Eastern,' New Age Beliefs
Article by USA Today:

This article is a must read. It states some VERY telling facts that
reflect time sign of today's time. Last year, many Christian denominations warned of the world's end based
upon the economy's impending failure and the election of America's first African-American president. Some went as far as date-setting, predicting the return of Christ in the fall of '08.What those same Christians/denominations who made such proclamations are oblivious to; is they, themselves are the reflection of the time which we now reside. Christians within a divided Christianity, nowhere near
the passion, beliefs nor Spirit of the Christians who Saint Paul loved, taught and warned...


"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears." Acts 20:29-31


As reflected in the article, the state of Christianity is that loud, bright, red alarm blaring continously, but because its been blaring for so long it has become a part of the daily routine, something everyone
works around, because the time has come...

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" 2 Timothy 4:3

Apostasy is upon us...even more, it is encouraged as the popular belief amongst Christians is to "Find the church that's right for you."Meanwhile denominations of Christianity continue to ignore its own
detrimental state, looking down their noses at secular society, fingers wagging; impaling themselves on the planks that protrude from their eyes.How much more obvious must this apostasy become before church bench warmers question everything they have come to know as "Christian" in these times? If having a relationship with Christ without a "3rd party" interaction involved is impossible, as I've been repeatedly told, then the question becomes, what do YOU think having faith means?


"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men

liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him 

ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he who wavereth is like a wave of 
the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that 
he shall receive any thing of the Lord."


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Friday, October 9, 2009

For the Record, Translation vs Paraphrase

The NLT IS a paraphrased bible. Upon more research, I read the “Introduction to the New Living Translation”, straight from the horse’s mouth, it states this:

“A dynamic-equivalence translation can also be called a thought-for-thought translation, as contrasted with a formal-equivalence or word-for-word translation. Of course, to translate the thought of the original language requires that the text be interpreted accurately and then rendered in understandable idiom. So the goal of any thought-for-thought translation is to be both reliable and eminently readable. Thus, as a thought-for-thought translation, the New Living Translation seeks to be both exegetically accurate and idiomatically powerful.”

You can find this exact wording in the Introduction chapter of your NLT. Why it is categorized a bona fide translation could be explained by the goals and desires of Kenneth Taylor, the author of the Living Letters, the Living Bible (paraphrased) and the NLT. This excerpt was taken from a Brief History of the New Living Translation:

In the summer of 1986, Mark Taylor, president of Tyndale House, and Ron Beers, the senior editor of the Life Application Bible (and later Editor-in-Chief at Tyndale House), were discussing ways in which The Living Bible might be made more acceptable to pastors. They concluded that pastors' perspectives on various translations are established during their seminary years, so Mark and Ron asked themselves how The Living Bible could be made more acceptable to seminary professors. This line of reasoning led to the conclusion that a group of seminary professors should be invited to assist in revising The Living Bible. If The Living Bible were revised by an independent group of scholars, it would be easier to convince other seminary professors to see it as a bone fide translation.

I find it fascinating that the original PDF with this information is no where to be found online. Bible Researcher has the History on its site, but the link to the original PDF is broken.

Further more, I found in the Introduction of the NLT a “disclaimer” of sorts from the Bible Translation Committee (July 1996)…

As we submit this translation of the Bible for publication, we recognize that any translation of the Scriptures is subject to limitations and imperfections. Anyone who has attempted to communicate the richness of God’s Word into another language will realize it is impossible to make a perfect translation. Recognizing these limitations, we sought God’s guidance and wisdom throughout this project. Now we pray that he will accept our efforts and use this translation for the benefit of the Church and of all people.

Now this question I’m about to ask, the answer truly renders the debate useless…

HAS GOD ACCEPTED THEIR EFFORTS??

“Anyone who has attempted to communication the richness of God’s Word into another language will realize it is impossible to make a perfect translation.”

Impossible? Really??

But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2;10-14

It is one thing to pray to God and merely hope things turn out right. It is quite another to be led of God, because you know things WILL turn out right. God had prepared and willed those who sacrificed their own personal will (goals and desires), Noah, Jacob, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David to do His Devine, foretold purposes. Just because someone’s will may appear to be “good” and “right” does not mean that it is the WILL of God. ANY will outside the will of God is an appeasement of the flesh.

1 Corinthians chapter two is clear. NO ONE can understand the the things of God without His Spirit. My suggestion to Bible translators is this… focus on translating the language and NOT the discernment of the Word. Only God gives that empowerment as He sees fit.

It YOUR personal individual responsibility to “search” out a matter before the Lord. For the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord.

If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:4-5

Related Posts:

Translation vs Paraphrase

A Personal Responsibility

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Personal Responsibility

This comment was left on my post “Translation vs. Paraphrase

Hannah, you may want to check your information.The Living Bible was indeed a paraphrase. NLT is not a paraphrase. It is a translation in the thought-for-thought discipline. If you are looking for a word-for-word approach, NASB and KJV are the most staunch in their approach to a word-for-word translation. NRSV is word-for-word but less staunch in a literal word-for-word where it hinders understanding. NIV is a thought-for-thought translation as is NLT, and The Living Bible and The Message are paraphrases. I appreciate your concern about making sure you're using an accurate translation (and I have some issues with NIV andNLT in this arena because a thought-for-thought inherently involves interpretation), but NLT is NOTin the same category as The Message or The Living Bible.

G-Man, you are right. The NLT is NOT categorized as a paraphrased Bible, but the question is… should it be ??? A translation is translated from it’s original language. A paraphrase is a thought for thought translation, or a restatement of the author’s thoughts, such as the Living Bible was…..BUT my experience, is the experience with others who have commented on this post, ( and seemingly, your experience as well?) is that the NLT reads more like its original predecessor.

Check this out from Bible Researcher

The New Living Translation is an extensive revision of Ken Taylor's Living Bible (published by Tyndale House in 1971). It was designed to improve the accuracy of Taylor's paraphrase. The origin of the version is described in a press release from Hannibal-LaGrange College, where one of the version's "reviewers," Robert Bergen, serves on the faculty:

In 1989, ninety evangelical scholars from various theological backgrounds and denominations were commissioned to revise the Living Bible. According to Bergen, the project began with the purpose of merely correcting parts of the Living Bible. However, as the 100 scholars began to work, the decision was made to complete an entirely new translation. Taylor, the original author of the Living Bible, approved this decision, and plans were made for Tyndale Publishing House to print the New Living Translation. The purpose of the New Living Translation (NLT) was to make a translation that is accurate with the original languages, yet lively and dynamic. Bergen and the other translators worked independently to correct the Living Bible or produce new translations, then worked together to produce a joint translation. Every book of the New Living Translation was reviewed by three or four people, then rated in the areas of accuracy and clarity. The scholars would debate their opinions, informally vote on the best wording, and the editorial board would decide the final translation. Each work of translation went through the channels of critique by the individual, a book committee, a general reviewer committee, and back to the individual. In 1994, the translators gathered again to make the revisions determined by the reviewers. Because of the extensive efforts of world-class Bible scholars, theNew Living Translation is the most expensive translation project in the history of Bible translation.

Another of the reviewers, Craig Blomberg, has described the procedure very differently:

With the New Living Translation, the Bible was divided into sixths, with a scholar appointed general editor over each large chunk. Then individuals books of the Bible (or small collections of books) were parceled out to three experts (I worked on Matthew), who compiled long lists of suggestions for revising Ken Taylor’s original Living Bible Paraphrased. We ranked these in terms of priority, sent them to the general editor over our part of the Bible, who synthesized a selection of them, interacted with a Tyndale House stylist, and sent a draft back to us for us to repeat the process. Eventually the full translation emerged. (1)

This leaves us with the impression that the "reviewers" did not meet to discuss the revision and vote on changes, as the press release quoted above says, but merely sent suggestions to the editors. The press release also says that the NLT is an "entirely new translation," but an examination of the version shows that it inherits many renderings of the Living Bible which would probably not have been used by the NLT reviewers if they started from scratch. This can be seen plainly enough in any given chapter. For example, we randomly choose the first chapter of Job, and find that in verses 8-11 about two thirds of it (printed in red here) is inherited from the Living Bible:

Literal translation

8 And Jehovah said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?"
9 Then Satan answered Jehovah and said, "Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face."

Living Bible


8 Then the Lord asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a good man who fears God and will have nothing to do with evil."
9 "Why shouldn't he, when you pay him so well?" Satan scoffed. 10 "You have always protected him and his home and his property from all harm. You have prospered everything he does—look how rich he is! No wonder he 'worships' you! 11 But just take away his wealth, and you'll see him curse you to your face."

New Living Translation
8 Then the LORD asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil."
9 Satan replied to the LORD, "Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! 10 You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!"

Obviously this is not a new translation, but a revision of the Living Bible. But why should it be denied? In a "Brief History of the New Living Translation," Mark Taylor (president of Tyndale House) explains that one of the problems he encountered as publisher of the Living Bible is that "despite its popularity ... it never received wide acclaim by pastors and scholars. Too often it was dismissed as being 'just a paraphrase.'" (2) So apparently the claim that the New Living Translation is a "new translation" is designed to prevent the version from being viewed as a "revised paraphrase." The revision has instead been presented to the public as a new "dynamic equivalence" version.

I appreciate the correction, but it is evident to me and those who found it’s contents questionable that is is indeed a revised version of the Living Bible. We live in times where truth has been distorted. We live in times where people easily swallow regurgitated knowledge simply because of its label. If we consider ourselves children by His standard we know inherently all men should be treated as liars until proven otherwise, for we understand that such is the “nature of the beast” to manipulate and deceive. We all have a personal responsibility given to us by the Heavenly Father, by the courtesy of His Son to carefully, prayerfully consider ALL information claimed by the mouths of men. We have a personal responsibility to learn at the feet of the FATHER, by the blood of Christ, empowered by the SPIRIT of holiness.

God Bless…

Hannah

Getting With The Program

It's AMAZING to me how technology has taken me surprise. I have been rendered slightly helpless, by the convenience of modern technology. How sad. Allow me to explain... two years ago I was given a Sidekick by which I have delighted myself to it's bells and whistles. A Sidekick is typically considered a smart phone for the socially savvy youth. However, a lot of deaf and hard of hearing persons use this device for communication. In any event, I fell in love with it and it indeed became my sidekick. I just didn't know how dependant I was on it until lately. T-Mobile (Danger) is having a MAJOR data outage that has lasted a week now. With no email, all of my contacts deleted, lost calendar information, it seemed as if my digital life has come to a standstill.

Over the past two years I have created the perfect scenario with my phone where I could receive third party email accounts on my sidekick. I could get comments left on my blog instantly and reply. And now this... is the sad part of it didn't occur to me, until now that I could actually log into the computer and check my blog myself... Sad? Yes, very. So I'm snapping it out of it... Some of you have left comments on my blog.. I will be replying to those shortly.

Much love,

Hannah

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Have Some Christian? No, Thank You.

What in the world??

Town halls across the nation are filled with "moral" and "righteous" Christians spewing borderline and outright racial epithets. Calling for the death of our President. It all started during the presidential campaign, the seemingly frenzied, desperate behavior of Republican Christians, politicians and citizens alike at the prospect of a black, I mean Democratic President.

And now with Tea Parties and Town Halls, they come armed with anger and misinformation yelling about anything, but health care. Where is the reasonable state of mind?

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. - 2 Tim.1:7

Where's the fruit of peace? Charity, anyone??

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, - Galatians 5:22

"We're trying to preserve America." they believe. "We are trying to save our children's future.", they excuse.

Well, no wonder they are paranoid, irrational and defensive!

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. - 1 Corinthians 15:19

In case you missed it while at church, Christ has absolutely no intention on "preserving America".

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. - Revelation 21:3

He is going to preserve His people. The True Worshipper (John 4:23). Taking place on a "new earth"...

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. - Revelation 21:1

Under the reign of a new and perfect King.

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. - Revelations 11:15

So, please excuse me while I pass up your offer of some Christian. I'll keep my "unchurched" status and take my chances on Faith, thank you very much!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Afflicted Soul

All of my sisters are involved in some sort of church or religion and it has been interesting for me to hear each of their take on fasting. One sister told me she planned to fast from sweets. Another sister told me she fasted from meats, eating only specific foods. My oldest sister told me her husband went on a fast/diet eating only vegetable and drinking water for a month. Fasting sure has changed since I've left behind the "works" of church. How is it that fasting has morphed from eating nothing to eating particular foods?

In the beginning days of my walk in Him, I used to fast on a regular basis. Under a religious mind set I fasted to seek a closeness to Him. I fasted to hear Him. I sought answers to troubles I was facing at the time. Hoping to "move" Him by my humbleness. In light of my sisters' various versions of their fasting episodes, it has become all too clear to me why I no longer fast... quite simply...I don't need to.

Dumping my religious mind frame in the trash, I have been transformed by the renewing of my mind. The Holy Spirit has quickened what has been a lifeless soul apart from Him. I didn't "hear" Him then, I didn't understand what He "sounded" like. Now I understand His voice. I understand His timing. I understand His answers. I no longer fast to seek Him because I have drawn nigh unto the Lord. I have grown a relationship with the Lord, not a religion. My thoughts ARE my prayers and I continually work at conditioning my thoughts. Romans 7:25

I also recognize as a growing babe in His arms, I fasted with an agenda of what God could do for me. I was blessed to be led to Isaiah Chapter 58. It is clear in this chapter exactly what the Lord God desires for our agenda.


Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

Isa 58:4
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

Isa 58:5
Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

(rhetorical questions)

Isa 58:6
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Isa 58:7
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Isa 58:8
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. (as opposed the glory of self)

Isa 58:9
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

Isa 58:10
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:

Isa 58:11
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Is 58:12
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Isa 58:13

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Isa 58:14
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

I absolutely had to keep most of the chapter intact. To separate one verse from another would be an injustice. The rhetorical questions, followed by HIS terms and conditions listed in this chapter are fascinating if not EYE-OPENING!

God first makes a point of saying behold in the day of your fast ye find pleasure and exact your labors (expectant of a reward)you fast for "strife and debate" in the 4th verse. Then He asks rhetorical questions, Is this the fast I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul. He makes a pointed rhetorical question, will YOU call this a fast and a acceptable day to the LORD?

He continues in the next verses to compare and contrast His previous rhetorical questions with this silent OR in the background ...is THIS the fast I have chosen, to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burden, to let the oppress go free, that ye (YOU) break every yoke?

He continues His rhetorical question contrast... is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry (feed the hungry), bring the poor that are cast out to thy (YOUR) house (hospitality), clothe the naked (service)?

The Lord finalizes His lesson. Stating "Then" which indicates the acceptable actions/agenda of a fast (verse 8) followed by the consequences of an acceptable fast. I have highlighted in bold and underlined the "IF/THEN conditions and the THEN/AND conditions in the scriptures for clear understanding.

The Lord makes it clear, fasting is NOT for a man to "afflict" his own soul, but to satisfy "the afflicted soul". Does this principle sound familiar? Kinda sounds "New Testament-y" to me.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. - Romans 13:8

If this is true, the fulfillment of the law lies in loving one another, then why do we need to fast? The answer is, we don't...not from a physical standpoint anyhow. Fasting is a principle. It is a principle of self denial. But get this...it is a spiritual principle. It is a principle of denying or sacrificing your pleasure for the sake of others...not your own sake. Thus the point the Lord makes in verse 3 and 4 becomes clearer. I would encourage you to reread this chapter with the spiritual principle of fasting, I guarantee you it makes more sense from this perspective.

And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. - Luke 9:23

AMEN!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Therefore I Am

Many times the spiritual aspect, in today's Christian environment, applies to unseen entities, dominions and the like. What has come to my realization that the concept of what is spiritual applies to all things that exists unseen with human eyes. It gives the true Believer in Christ Jesus the ability to grow and mature in their intimacy with the Father when a leave is taken from the mainstream perception of what is spiritual allowing the Believer to renew their mind leaving behind the carnality that has enslaved it.
Romans 12:2

THE UNSPOKEN COMPONENT

While spirituality applies to entities, it also applies to the characters and attitudes we exhibit. By this reasoning the mind is to the brain, what breath is to the body...one could not exist without the other. The brain takes up physical space, but the mind does not. The mind cannot be seen, but like breath it exists and gives life to what would be an dysfunctioning matter. While the physical form is visible and tangible to the human, it is clear by basic reasoning that it is what's "behind the scenes" that ultimately defines the physical matter. From this perspective, the mind is a spiritual component.

There are many issues that define this spiritual component that are themselves spiritual. The mind is defined by a person's beliefs, or their understanding/knowledge be it educated or not, religious or secular, shallow or deep. Beliefs are defined by characters (the things we say and do) of themselves. And characters are the exhibitions of the heart.

HEART IN ABUNDANCE

The term "heart" is used in scripture as a metaphor depending of the context it is used in. When it says in Genesis 6:5 "the thoughts of his heart", "heart" spoken here is not the literal heart, but a figure of speech that is meant to describe the very core or source of a person.
Like the literal heart, the spiritual heart is the source of a person's spiritual life...good or bad. Although unseen (except by the Father) the spiritual heart will ultimately display itself through characters proving undeniably the state of it.

Luke 6:45

"For a good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."

Since it is not a literal heart Christ speaks of in this passage, it absolutely must be a spiritual one.

I THINK...

There is no doubt in my mind, by the principles of the Lord that we all are spiritually encapsulated and limited by the carnality that is called "flesh". Let me be CLEAR... in no way, shape or form, am I indicating we as humans are equal or the same as the spiritual beings that are in existence, for the principle of the Word shows humans as "lower than the angels". What is clear to all who proclaim the name of Christ is that we all carry about attitudes and behaviors that are manifestations of spirits in our bodily temple....holy or evil.

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. - James 3:16

It is why our spiritual hearts is the gauge by which we are judged by the Holy God, LORD, creator of all that is spiritual and physical. It is why it is our belief, faith and trust in Him that He honors than most religious of services and the keeping of days. It is by this reason it is IMPOSSIBLE to please the Lord without FAITH.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. - Hebrews 11:6

Under this comprehension, we must evaluate how we think, operate and believe, for it is the manifestation of our spiritual life. In this sense the Gospel of Christ Jesus, which is the salvation from an eternal separation from the Father, becomes truer than the doctrines proposed by mainstreamed Christians, for it becomes applicable and more relatable.
That it is by our faith, which is defined by our spiritual heart, that we receive grace, and the forgiveness of sins. It makes sense, the spiritual component that defines a human, good or bad, is what needs to be corrected, by declaring and believing in the power of His Resurrection...that it is sufficient for salvation

...THEREFORE I AM

Have you jealousy? It is a spiritual problem. Have you doubt in His salvation? It is a spiritual problem. Have you selfishness? Indeed a spiritual problem.

Christianity today has gone against the Holy Word by preaching a physical worship to combat spiritual problems. Christ almost always spoke and taught in and from a spiritual perspective and meaning. Yet Christianity today promotes church attendance, traditions of rituals and physical fellowship as a mandate to be "spiritual fed" and a source of "accountability" to keep one on the "right" path. These teachings "deny Him" by these "works" Titus 1:16. For Christ had declared simply and logically, God is a Spirit and they that worship Him, must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

My husband and I have have several discussions about selfishness, we have come to the understanding that it indeed is a grave spiritual error. I'm not speaking of selfishness or self-centeredness in occasional episodes, but referring to individuals who needs to have his/her needs and wants gratified on a consistent basis. Or the person whose personality revolves around his/her own gratification. The person who constant talks about their accomplishments or failures who has no time to consider another's conversation about anything else. I grew up in a (varied) Christian family with personalities like that. And (for whatever reason) I attract friends with the same personality. I am convinced it is a grave spiritual error for this simple reason... Faith in Christ Jesus, requires a self-sacrificing attitude. It requires your desire, for the Lord's Will rather than your own. Any Christian who loves and lives to gratify their own self, is spiritual unable to follow Christ.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 13:24

If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. - Luke 14:26-27

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. - Luke 14:33

CONCLUSION

Attitudes and characters ARE manifestations of our own spirit. Be they fruits of the Holy Spirit or otherwise. It is commonplace in churches today for pastors to preach feel-good messages that enable Christians in what has been pacified as "character" issues. It ignores the warnings of the Word that characterize these characters as spiritual flaws in need of correcting, by bearing our cross, by our Faith in Jesus of Nazareth, under accountability to and with the fellowship of Christ by the POWER of the Holy Spirit. Church has become the new age, self-help guru that has created a body of followers faithful to it's creed and teachings.

Are you tired of the same of old church message that seemingly does nothing for all the thoughts running rampant in your mind? I know a lot of you are! No amount of Christian book reading, bible-studying, fellowship, pill popping will cure those unruly, depressing, wayward thoughts that you try to suppress. What you have is a spiritual issue, which cannot be fought with physical things....

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Friday, May 22, 2009

A Comment to Share

I wanted to post the response to a comment that was left under a
previous post titled "Why I Do Not Call Myself Christian". Because I am
posting via mobile. I cannot provide a direct link, but you will find
the link in question on the right side bar under "Frequently Asked
Questions" to follow the thread.

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Although publishing this comment, and the comment I'm about to type, may
start a "war of words", I'm using this opportunity to possibly bring
furthur clarity to truth as it taught by scripture and Spirit.

Mikes, you say "what's important really is how we live and how we
nourish our relationship". In other words our relationship should take
precedence over labeling ourselves "Christian" which is what you call a
"brand".

There can be no doubt, by reason of faith, our relationship with Christ
is not only important, but the very reason our souls have been delivered
from an eternal perishing, but the question becomes how DO we live (IN
Him)?

If we agree that the Word of God is true, then we know, accountfully,
that we have been given a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18)
whereby we have beome laborers (1 Cor. 3: 1-9) for Him. There is no
doubt that this defines HOW we are to live.

Those who have accepted Jesus Christ of Nazareth, AND are also accepted
OF Him, know that this relationship changes that "old man" who once
lived for himself, has now become a new man that lives for Christ and
His message of reconcilation to the world.

HOW then can we share of His ministry of reconciliation unto lost souls,
if the name which that ministry SHOULD be given by is perceived by those
lost souls as hypocrital, liars and theives? By the name of modern day
Christianity, those lost souls see preachers who have condemned
homosexuality, engaging in it themselves. They have seen Bible school
teachers who have taught little children about the 10 commandments kill
a child, and stuff them in a suitcase. They have seen pastors on
television pandering the Word of God for a "seed" of $108.00. MANY of
these same souls have their own personal experiences with what is call
Christianity today. And by these experiences, they have already resisted
Christ, having NEVER heard the truth in whole.

How then do we live? How then do we nourish this relationship if the
lost souls have resisted their Savior because of this wrong? Christians
have said that unbelievers resist the gospel because they love to live
in their sins. This excuse and accusation is reflected in in how they
BELIEVE a relationship with Christ is about... a legalistic, ritualistic
worship of church (group) regular attendance, sitting quietly in pews
listening to an adapted, watered down version of the Word (1 John 2:27)
implementing, in vain, a lifestyle by a code of morals that will bring
them "righteousness" in God's eyes.

Let the record show that the only relationship that is RECOGNIZED by
Christ are the ones that do "the will of my Father" (Matthew 7:21) and
that will is to present ourselves as a sacrifice to Him and to HIS WILL
(ministry of reconciliation). For this same record (Word) also states:

"For the time has come that judgement must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not
the gospel of God?" - 1 Peter 4:17

Let me clear, the name, Christian, authentically, is not a "brand", for
it bears the name of Christ. But through time and ages since its
induction, it has come to be associated with a teaching, and a lifestyle
that falsely and deliberately misrepresents Him and His sacrifice at the
cross.

In order for me to be effective and FRUITFUL, (in my relationship with
Him) I need to ensure that I am NOT being associated with THAT teaching,
to me it is akin to taking His name in vain (Det. 5:11).

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Despite the undeniable apostate condition that plagues Christianity at
large, many Christians downplay or ignore the very truth they claim to
love, in their vigorous defense of what Christianity is today. It is
plain to me that they hold near and dear the traditions that they
believe defines a Christian and not the truth that gives BIRTH to an
authentic Christian.

Let the record show that the only authentic Christian after HIS name's
sake is the one who does the will of the Father. Are you a Christian by
today's apostate standards or a Believer by which you have a holy
ministry, for which Christ gave of Himself? (2 Cor. 4:1)

By NOT making a distinction, the wolves continue to run rampant and
destructively, enabled by "itchy-eared" Christians, who dearly love
their traditions.


"Giving no offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed:" - 2
Cor. 6:3

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The First Reprint

Now I consider myself fairly articulate, but what a blessing when one can further articulate unto clarity, the principles and truth that the spirit has made known to me! I'm not one to reprint articles of other Christians/Believers. I have not found any worth reprinting. I'm sure you've noticed my Blog Roll is limited and has gotten smaller since I started blogging, which should speak volumes about what I'm about to do here... reprint, with permission of course, in whole, an article that EVERY CHRISTIAN WHO CLAIMS BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, THE SON OF THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAAC AND JACOB should read...

Cain and Abel - The Roots of Apostasy

ApostasyWatch.com

by Steve Lumbley


Gen 4:3
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
A while back I was flipping through the television channels and I happened upon Kenneth Copeland teaching from these verses on TBN. I usually don’t pay much attention to Copeland but sometimes the Lord has me watch to see what’s being taught.
Copeland began his teaching by saying that many people over the years have taught that God did not accept Cain’s offering because it was not a blood sacrifice. He then stated that this was a completely incorrect interpretation of these scriptures. He said God’s rejection of Cain’s sacrifice wasn’t about blood sacrifice at all but instead it was about a first fruits offering.
From that point Copeland proceeded to spin a tale of Cain’s refusal to bring forth the first fruits of his harvest. He wove a masterful story of how people back then harvested their fields even going so far as to claim that Cain harvested his field several times (I think it was four harvests) before finally deciding to bring something for God. In other words, instead of bringing forth the first fruits of the field, Cain took care of his own needs first and then gave God the leftovers.
As he spoke I grabbed my bible to follow along. Massive frustration followed as I could not find any corroborating scripture. Copeland spoke with great authority and confidence. If you failed to search the scriptures for yourself you would think he was providing a direct scriptural basis for his yarn. I passed it off as a typical Copeland tactic of adding to the word of God in order to prove his own traditions.
Two days later I was again flipping through the channels when I came across Benny Hinn on the same network. Hinn stepped to the podium and said “open your bibles to Genesis chapter 4. I thought, this sounds like it might be interesting.
Hinn began by stating that the reason Cain’s sacrifice was not accepted was because it was not a blood sacrifice. Sin could only be remitted, he said, by the shedding of blood. Then he dragged out several more scriptures referencing blood and sacrifice.
I sat there in my chair and marveled. Here were two supposed great men of God. Both are purported to have great anointings to teach. Both have massive legions of followers who support them and consider every word out of their mouths to be on par with holy writ. They each taught the same verses and yet one said it was this way and the other said it was that way. The teachings were diametrically opposed and could not both be true. We seemed to have quit a dilemma here! At this point it was obvious that God had caused me to see these two broadcasts for a reason. I opened my bible and began to study this passage of scripture seeking the Lord for the truth.
As I studied and sought God for answers it quickly became apparent that both of these alleged great men of God were wrong. Both had added to the word in order to prove a point. Neither had seen the real lesson in the scriptures.
From what is written here we do not know specifically what it was about Cain’s offering that caused God to reject it. The word does not say and therefore we must assume it is not important for us to know the specifics. But even though we don’t know specifically, there was someone who did know. That someone was Cain himself. He knew what he was supposed to do.
Gen 4:6-7
And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?........
Let’s begin with what we do know. Apparently God had instituted some type of sacrificial system of worship for Cain and Abel. It may have been based on the sacrifice that God himself made when he clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins before he drove them from the garden (Gen 3:21) or it may have been based on something else entirely. Remember, this was long before the law of Moses and the sacrificial system set up for the Jews. The only other reference to this event is in Hebrews 11 where the author tells us that “by faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,” Again, the term ‘more excellent sacrifice’ does not tell us specifically what it was about the sacrifice that made it more excellent.
All we really know is that Cain and Abel each brought an offering to the Lord. Anyone who teaches beyond that is adding to scripture. But like I said, even if we don’t know the specifics, Cain certainly did. Now let’s see what we can learn from what is actually written.
And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?........
What is God saying here? Isn’t he giving Cain an opportunity to make it right. Isn’t he saying ‘you know what to do and if you do it I’ll accept your offering’?
……..and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Aha! Here is the real problem. It’s not really about what was offered or when it was brought. It’s about Cain’s unwillingness to obey God. And the reason Cain was not willing to obey God was sin. God was telling Cain that sin was trying to rule over him but that he should rule over sin.
The issue here is sin and that sin was rooted in self will. All sin is based on self will. You see, Cain wanted to worship God as long as he could do it on his own terms. He wasn’t interested in coming to God on God’s terms. He wanted to do it his way. And that is sin. And that self will is still the basis for all sin in the world today.
Original sin is simply self will. When Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil she was supplanting God’s will with her own. She felt like she was able to decide some things for herself. In fact, the serpent deceived her to believe that once she ate she could certainly make decisions for herself. This is the basis for all sin and it is the basis for the eternal struggle within every man. Your will or God’s will?
Just like Cain rebelled against God’s instruction, men and women today seek to come to God on their own terms. Many desire a relationship with Jesus as long as they can do it their way. Many desire eternal life, healing, deliverance, prosperity, and all the other promises as long as it doesn’t cost them anything. There are few that are willing to come to God on His terms.
What are his terms?
Math 16:24-25
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it
Those are God’s terms. Lose your life, take up your cross. Follow Jesus. Your will must be put to death. His will must come first and foremost.
The sacrifice and offering God requires of us it to enter into the death burial and resurrection of the lord Jesus Christ. We must put to death the old man and allow Christ to be formed in us.
Gal 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
If we fail do this we have no life.
John 6:53
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
To eat of his flesh and drink his blood is to become one with his nature. That is the gospel. That is the cross. The old man must decrease that He might increase. Unfortunately there are few that are willing to do this.
John 6:60 & 66
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?...........
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him
.

There is a false gospel that has taken hold in the church today. It is a gospel that requires no sacrifice on our part. It is a gospel that caters to mans self will. It is a gospel that allows men to think they have life but allows them to keep their own will upon the throne. It is a powerless gospel that is really no gospel at all.
Churches today are full of people who have accepted Jesus as lord and savior yet they fail to come to Him on His terms. Apostate religious leaders tell them they can keep their life in this world and still have Christ. They are told that Jesus loves them just the way they are. They are told that since they have made the decision to ‘accept Jesus’, Jesus accepts them without reservation. But Jesus says something different.
Math 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

This false gospel is becoming so wide spread that to suggest God requires anything of us will produce conflict. Go ahead, try to tell one of these deceived sheep that unless they do the will of God they are not saved. Tell them that unless their deeds are righteous, they themselves are not righteous (1John 3:7). Do you know what will happen? You’ll soon have a war on your hands. You’ll be accused of preaching works. You’ll be accused of being unloving. You’ll make them mad.
This is exactly what happened between Cain and Abel.
Gen 4:8
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him
.
Cain, the one who wanted to worship God on his own terms got mad and killed the one who worshipped God in truth. The self willed man slew the man who walked in God’s will and that battle still rages today. This is a type and shadow of what is to come. The church of self will is going to make war against those who walk in God’s will. And they’ll do it for the same reason that Cain did.
1John 3:12
Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous
.
The same thing happened to Jesus. The apostate religious leaders of the day walked in their own self will. They didn’t want God’s will.
John11:47-48
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

They were afraid that if they allowed God’s will to rule they would lose their positions. In other words they wanted to save their own lives. So they murdered the one who walked in God’s will. Do you see it? This was self will attempting to supplant God’s will.
If this happened to Jesus, don’t be surprised when it happens to you.
John 15:20
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Jesus said it would happen.
John 16:12
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
There are two churches in the earth. One is one the narrow path to life. That narrow path is God’s will. The other is on the broad path of self will. That path seems right to all who are on it. But the end of it is death. You are either in the apostate church of self will or you are in the true church of God’s will.
Self will wants to rule over God’s will in your life. It is sin lying at your door. You can rule over that sin by laying down your life, taking up your cross and following Jesus. Or you can allow that sin to rule over you. The choice is yours.
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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sign of the Times

Ten years ago the subject of prophecy was mum in mainstream churches. That much was obvious to me in my pursuit in understanding the last years of the age of man. A simple mention of the return of Christ brought an awkward angle of conversation between an institutionalized Christian and myself. Many admitted they didn't study the prophecy of the end of the age of man, nor did their pastors teach it.

However, in this year of 2009, I am bombarded with commercialized messages of prophecy. With the obvious the fulfillment of the Word of God in increments, it is pathetic to witness mainstream Christianity playing "catch up" in an attempt to legitimatize their failed doctrines. In commercialized prophecy, Obama is the anti-Christ. The failed economy is a sure sign of Christ's imminent return, some has gone as far setting specific dates of His return based upon these "signs". FiveDoves is such a site. They have gone as far as setting specific dates in September of 2008. Playing "Ring around the Rosy" with scripture to legitimatize their direct disobedience to the Word. Acts 1:6-7

Thus I have noted another trend in the climate of Christianity.  More churches than before have gravitated towards politics. Championing political causes as proof of their genuine Christendom. For example many have said, especially so during the presidential campaign "If you're a Democrat, you support abortion and therefore cannot be a Christian". Today's Christianity  has now become a political forum (much like the Pharisee during Christ's time). Further apostating away from the commandant of principle:

Who then is Paul, and who [is] Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.  - 1 Corinthians 3:5-9

If we believe these truths, we know that the power of God is what brings forth righteousness in the souls of men. Whereby, we are laborers for Him in planting and watering His Seed (Word) in the hearts and minds of men. But according to the actions and beliefs (political) of Christians today, their labor of "planting" are Tea Parties and organized protests. Their actions of "watering" is imposing legislation against the Free Will that has been set forth by Almighty God. And in doing all this they have become further mired in their own sin, that is to say, their separation from His commandment, and ignore the spiritual condition of their own households.

Switching gears, under the same concept in this post, I happened upon an article: Today's Tykes: Secure Kids or Rudest in History? on MSNBC

"As a 2005 Yale study demonstrated, preschool students are expelled at a rate more than three times that of children in grades K-12 because of behavioral problems.

What does this mean for their future as adults? We may be starting to see some of the effects in Generation Y, those born between 1980 and 1996, whose self-centered - if not downright arrogant - workplace behavior has been well-documented in the popular press since the mid-2000s.

"They've grown up questioning their parents, and now they're questioning their employers. They don't know how to shut up, which is great, but that's aggravating to the 50-year-old manager who says, 'Do it and do it now,' " says Jordan Kaplan, an associate managerial science professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn in New York, in a USA Today article."

This article is confirmation of what I have seen myself since I became a mother 15 years ago. Down right disrespectful children. One reason why I simply cannot have other people's children in my home. Yes, we all know about bratty children. We've all spoken about it and complained of it, but what has NOT been noted are the percentage of these disrespectful children from Christian households. Many of the kids my own children know and play with at school are disrespectful and most of them come from homes where there is some kind of belief in Christ. This is an obvious sign of the time that has been ignored for years:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, - 2 Timothy 3:1 - 3

These behaviors are clearly noted by this (secular) article. Do not be fooled, the "men" spoken of in the scriptures above are the men who were once tykes allowed to incorporate these behaviors into their own personal characteristics over time. I put in bold the characteristics I see in the neighboring children around me.

"lovers of their own selves" - selfishness, not wanting to sharing, self centeredness.

"covetous" - wanting another's child's toy, even though they have the same thing.

"boasters" - the need to promote themselves as better than others

"proud" - not willing to say sorry, even though they understand they were wrong.

"disobedient to parents" - pretending  not to hear their parents, or ignoring them when they are given a clear set of instructions.

"unthankful" - expectations of everything without work or a change in attitude.

"false accusers" - lying on another child. It's amazing how many parents will NOT address this issue.

"incontinent" - temper tantrums and out of control behaviors.

"fierce"  - anger towards another or a parent.

If you're hoping that these characteristics spoken of apply to the men of unbelief,  you are sorely mistaken. Continuing on in the same book and chapter of 2 Timothy, verses 4 to 6 say this:

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

To erase any doubt that the "men" spoken of here are those who claim to be Christian ( or men of God), here is verse 8 of the same chapter:

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

This sign of the time is upon us all. While today's Christian are terrified of Obama, I'm petrified of the end result their children!

 

Author's Note:

To the BELIEVER in the unchanged WORD of the living God: Despite the chaos surrounding us in this world and nation, God is not only in control, but has a plan. That plan includes the return of His Son to ultimately restore His reign as King over ALL. In saying this, our hope in Christ is for the world where He SHALL reign. Championing for political causes is akin to placing your hope in Christ for THIS temporal life and it is clear by the Word of God that THIS life is only for season. 1 Corinthians 15:19 It is also clear by the Word that Satan is the prince of the power of the air, and by this assessment we long for, Christ's return. Ephesians 2:2  Meanwhile, we joy and hope and share THAT good news. Keeping ourselves humble and minding our children's spirits as well as our own attitudes towards God FIRST and the inhabitants on this earth second.

May He keep you from evil, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Amen...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Passover - The Testimony and The Record

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is... no doubt greater. For it had been ordained by the Lord, the law of sin and death, the remission of sins (in singular form, as a collective) can only be done by (the shedding of) blood, which is death. And in times past, the accepted, method of this remission, was a sacrificial lamb. Christ, that sacrificial Lamb was foretold, in times past, during Passover, that it may, be a testimony and a record for us who believe on His blood-shed sacrifice TODAY as the power of Salvation found in Him.

Let the TRUE record show that Christ was our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). Crucified on a cross and resurrected during Pesach on this week centuries ago...

6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.  1 John 5

The Witness (Holy Spirit) confirms the record by which Christ came...Water...His baptism by John the Baptist, by which God, Himself testified of His Son.

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased -- Matthew 3:17

I must declare, that Christ, who was without sin, needed no physical baptism, but it pleased the Father to have it done so. That it may be recorded and declared that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the only Son of God, had indeed come in the flesh.

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: --1 John 4:1

The Witness (Holy Spirit) confirms the record by which Christ came...Blood

28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26

Sin, in it's singular sense, is a departure from God in heart,  resulting in departure from the Father in Spirit and ending in the displaying of manifestations of itself (sins). The Blood we believe on testifies of and confirms our (re)new(ed) covenant with God. That our restoration unto Himself lies solely upon our belief that Christ's death and then resurrection is sufficient, wholesome and perfect for reconciliation.  This thus is testified of the Witness, which reproves us of Christ's righteousness, that is to say, His Resurrection...righteous as PROOF in His triumph over death, once and for all.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; -- John 16

This is the physical record (Water and Blood) He has given us, which is testified of the Spirit. Now if any one declares that Christ has come in the flesh by any other means than what was testified, that person is not of Him.

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  -- 1 John 5

What is Easter, but an anti-declaration of this holy record? What is Easter, but the vain imaginations of carnal man? Sure Christ is spoken of and the last supper is observed during this "holy" week, but why would any God-fearing Believer take leave of a Holy Testimony and a righteous Record in Passover that proves and declares a Resurrected Christ?

Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:  - Psalms 78

The answer is: a God-fearing Believer wouldn't. So what are you? Mainstream Christians who proclaim the majesty of God are the same ones who buy into the holiness of Easter by the (false) witness of men established as a tradition centuries ago.

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater. - 1 John 5:9 By the Word of God, Easter has been debunked. But then, Christians already know that, after all  it is pretty obvious. What is not freely admitted is that Christians PREFER Easter to Passover for the their love of traditions more than the truth of testimonial of Passover. Listen to what Christ said to the Pharisee and compare:

Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. - Matthew 15:2-6

How much more have Today's Christians made the POWER OF THE CROSS of "none effect" by the tradition of Easter?? And how much more devastating are the consequences? Confusing, instead of winning the very souls Christ died for. Christians chide, condemn and parade for political causes. Participating in tea parties for the HOPE of nation that has long been stemmed in an APOSTATE Christianity. Ignoring the lies being told through their hypocrisy, they fail to realize is that those who ARE written in the Lamb's Book of Life WILL be judged according to their work (sharing of TRUTHFUL testimony). Is Easter  the "work" you will present before Him? Will it stand up to the fire He has prepared for all those who believe on His bloodshed sacrifice testified by Passover???

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  - 1 Corinthians 3:12 - 13

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Clarification

I would like to clarify the overall message I made in my last post
"Today is Good Friday!" I do my very best to post truth, clear and
consise without confusion. This is part of the reason why it there are
lengthy periods between postings. However, my message may still come
across in a way that I do not intend.

It came to my attention that it may appear that I was promoting an
observance of Passover over Easter. Let me be clear as it has been
declared in Scripture, no flesh can be justified by the works of the
law. Galatians 4:16

It is NOT my intention at all for any reader to believe that I promote
observances of days for one's justification in the sight of God. My
worship of my Father is in spirit as well in truth.

With that said let me say this...in all truth Passover IS the ordained
TESTIMONY (past and present) of the fulfillment of the promised Messiah
and His deliverance our souls. It does this in three ways (That I'm
aware of...I'm pretty sure there are more :))

1. It testifies and carries the Gospel and the Salvation obtained
through His (bloodshed) death and Ressurection.

2. It is the manifestation of the prophecy given to the prohets of old,
that was confirmed in His death and Resurrection.

3. It is the modern Believer's standing testimony (by Scripture) to
prove Christ as the Messiah, the promised Seed of Abraham.

Easter, be it idolistic in its practice or not, cannot do what has been
(and still is) testified by Passover, that WAS ordained by God. For this
simple reason...it (Easter and it's traditions) is not THE truthful
testimony of Christ's Passion. What today's Christians end up with (in
Easter) is an excitement they "feel" that compels them to run around
supermarkets (see my post "Today is Good Friday!" for further
clarification) testifying about a Christ that they themselves do not
understand...nor do they have proof that backs up their testimony. To
this day, NO ONE has come up with a TRUTHFUL relationship between the
Holy Son of God... and easter eggs.

With my sentiments expressed let me complete this "post" with a copy of
the comment I left under "Today is Good Friday!":

Please allow me to clarify, for the sake of clarification, that I am not
promoting one day over another for observances and worship. For the
Scriptures are clear, we are not justified by the deeds/works
(observances) of the law. The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 2:16

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the
faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we
might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the
law: for by the works of the law SHALL NO FLESH BE JUSTIFIED."

Apostasy is prevalant and deeply imbedded into the Christian culture,
that not only are they legalistic in their worship, but they have
incorporated idolistic practices into Christianity and declared them
"holy".

I only hope to cause the questioning Believer to further delve into
their seeking of the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and question
the "doctrines" man has presented as truthful, as we are accountable to
try the spirits of this world. 1 John 4

For it has also been declared by Jesus Christ of Nazareth that the
Father is a spirit and true Belivers MUST worship Him in spirit and in
TRUTH! John 4: 23-24

May His truth endure forever!

Author's Note:
I'm posting from my Sidekick, so I apologize for the absence of links
here...as well as any misspellings in this post.
May your name be written in the Lamb's Book, if you're not sure...you
better double check what you know with His Word! He'll be soon
coming...
Sent from my T-Mobile Sidekick®

Friday, April 10, 2009

"Today is Good Friday!"

"Today is Good Friday!" She announced to me excitedly "I just wanted to share the joy that I've found in Christ with you." While I love heartfelt expressions of the Lord, I couldn't help but wonder, why she choose to share her testimony with me in a store filled with people. I had all, but one of my children with me. And being African-American mother, we are typically perceived as single-parents who have multiple children by many men. Granted, she could have another perception, but I couldn't help but notice, that she never spoke to anyone else in the store. In any event, I waited patiently and respectfully while she finished her testimony, and proceeded to firmly proclaimed my love, my walk for the Lord, and His unquestioned divinity as God's Son. I shared with her the names and the Hebrew meanings of the names of my sons. "Wow, what beautiful children." she said thoughtfully. "Yes" I responded, "We are blessed." By now, that glint in her eye, when she greeted me, had dimmed a bit. I couldn't help, but sense a slight disappointment emanating from her.  Strange, yes? But it has been a very typical experience for me. Instead of being embraced as another in Christ, there is unperceived division. While I never confessed to be a part of a Church or religion, once I confessed Christ, it was assumed that I was and that is where I believe the disappointments come from. Our parting was awkward at best, as she extended an offer of prayer. What shall I ask her to pray for that my God hadn't already provided?? I thanked her kindly for her offer and proclaimed the blessing of the Lord in our lives. "We are truly blessed, He has been our Provider." I said. Not wanting to appear ungrateful for her consideration, I added, "You can pray for His continuing protection over our family."

Afterwards I used the opportunity to share more truths with my oldest child. While I cannot criticize one's belief in what they believe, too many believe in a Jesus that has been manufactured to conform to the limitations of man. I explained to my daughter that while we knew Jesus to be the Son of God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I don't know what Jesus SHE thinks she knows.  Just from her simple declaration of "Today is Good Friday", its clear that her understanding of Christ's resurrection may be in error.

I hate to break to you folks, but today, isn't what has come to be known as "Good Friday". Let me clearly state that when it comes to various calendars, I have very limited understanding of how it all works. For me it's simple, it comes straight from Scripture. Let the record show that Christ was crucified during Passover.

And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. - John 19:14-16

According to the Jewish calendar, Passover begins on the 15th day of Nisan (7th month).  Easter, however, is calculated as the first Sunday after the full moon. If the full moon occurs on a Sunday, then Easter occurs on the following Sunday. As stated on www.infoplease.com:

The Western church does not use the actual, or astronomically correct date for the vernal equinox, but a fixed date (March 21). And by full moon it does not mean the astronomical full moon but the "ecclesiastical moon," which is based on tables created by the church. These constructs allow the date of Easter to be calculated in advance rather than determined by actual astronomical observances, which are naturally less predictable.

Let the record show that Christ was the promised Seed of Abraham and thus the fulfillment of the Covenant.

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. - Galatians 3:16-17

Let the record show that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the fulfillment of the symbolic Passover, by which lambs were sacrificed and their blood placed on the doorposts, so that the angel of death passed over those who were in Egypt. If we know that by Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection, we, who believe on the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, receive His blood upon our souls that we may have eternal life with Him. Death indeed has passed over us!

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: - 1 Corinthians 5:7

I have been scolded for causing others to "doubt" what they believe (which is amazing to me) when it comes to Easter. The facts are clear and straightforward. It's not about one's conscience, but rather it's about distinguishing what has been changed (by man) from what has been ordained (by God).

If you still believe I'm wrong to place a "stumbling block" to one's conscience, please read the following facts, taking note of how similar the worship styles are to what has now come to be called Easter to how it was originally used to worship a fertility goddess:

"Ostara was, of course, a fertility goddess. Bringing in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox, Ostara had a passion for new life.  Her presence was felt in the flowering of plants and the birth of babies, both animal and human. The rabbit (well known for its propensity for rapid reproduction) was her sacred animal.

Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny both featured in the spring festivals of Ostara, which were initially held during the feasts of the goddess Ishtar | Inanna. Eggs are an obvious symbol of fertility, and the newborn chicks an adorable representation of new growth. Brightly colored eggs, chicks, and bunnies were all used at festival time to express appreciation for Ostara's gift of abundance." -- The History of Easter and It's Traditions

The worshipping of Ostara is similar to how today's Christians have come to worship the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, right down to the "astronomical" date. As a matter of fact the only thing different is that the goddess has been replaced with Christ... with the Last Supper thrown in for good measure.

This "stumbling block" I've laid before hard-core Christians, is not my own, but the Lord's own. Being liberated from the law, in this case, the observances of Passover, as stated here:

"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead (in Christ) wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter."

...is one thing Believers embrace, but to incorporate and encompass His death and resurrection, the very CORE by which we, proclaim and believe, and are called to separated from those who have rejected Him, spiritually, with a worship style that was used to celebrate and honor an idol created by the figment of man's corrupt imagination, is way out in the left field.

So folks, according to "the tables created by the (catholic) church", that were determined by the "ecclesiastical moon,"(whatever THAT means), in comparison to the Word of God in Scripture.....Today is NOT "Good Friday".... unless, of course, you're paying homage to Ostara.

 

*Author's Note: The redden font in scripture is my own, for the purposes of understanding scripture in it's context. By all means, read the entire chapter for clearer understanding for any scripture I've used in this post. Passover (Pesach) begins April 20th through April 27th of this year. "Good Friday" would be on April 24th