Thursday, December 9, 2010
Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral
Posted: December 9, 2010, 9:20 am ET
(CNN) — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Thursday plans to picket Saturday’s funeral for Elizabeth Edwards in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Kansas-based Church — monitored by anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation league and the Southern Poverty Law Center — is known for its extremist opposition to homosexuals, Jews and other groups.
The church members also oppose the War in Iraq.
According to the church’s website, members will hold a protest from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Edwards, the estranged wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with breast cancer.
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Huh?? What in the world does Elizabeth Edwards have to do with...ummm....anything? The fact that this...group calls itself "church" is not only laughable, but a clear lie.
Churches in general may have lost my respect by the way they have poorly represented Jesus Christ of Nazareth & His Gospel, but I absolutely refuse to call this group a church. What's next on their list? Blacks? Maybe we already are on it!
Seriously, they should just make a policy change in their organization...instead of Sunday attire at their weekly gathering, they should just don white robes with pointy hoods...its more honest that way.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
My husband led me to this scripture...
8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
"I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior."
WOW! What a statement of power! So absolute and complete in it's simplicity why would we concern, fret & worry about the "doings" of Christianity? Why should we not throw ourselves at his feet in complete recognition of the Lone Savior first... and trust Him to figure out the rest of the mess that is today called Christianity?
PRAISE the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob where no other god (singular) existed before Him, now and forever! Neither in the lowly depths of earth nor lofty heights of the heavens! He is our only Savior....
Friday, December 3, 2010
However what amazes me is not the secret itself, but the utterly destructive nature of the wisdom of man.
Many a life (and death) has been molded by foolishness of thoughts & perceptions of human nature. But can we hold accountable those who espouse self-righteous judgements upon others to the detriment of many? Absolutely!
...only if we recognize our own accountability in our active placement of faith in the "lower" thoughts & ways of man.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways , and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Our society has built an alter of worship around man-made wisdom. Think about it... pastors, doctors, psychologists and more, are the Frankensteins of man-made intellect.
Frankensteins in light of the fact that by their reasoning, lives, physical and spiritual, are set on paths to shipwreck. We have been conditioned to defer to those we consider more "intelligent" than us, and take a back seat to our own lives as a consequence. And when we discover these "intelligent" creatures know no more than the rest of us...shock and tragedy...
Before we shake our fists in righteous indignation, allow me to reiterate my earlier sentiment...are we "lay people" bigger fools for our active placement of faith in man's made wisdom?
Yes, there is no doubt.
A harsh sentiment? Probably...but when you consider those who claim to accept the Good News of the Christ, Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob and his precious gift of the Holy Spirit...the very wisdom of God Himself, the sentiment becomes a logical one. It becomes a question of this...
If we believe on such a wondrous phenomenon, the wisdom of God we receive by faith...WHY would we base the health of our spiritual & physical lives on the theories that comes from the mouths of fools?
Be not confused, no one, no matter how intelligent they appear to be, has the authority, nor the NATURE to judge & "fix" the wrongs of others. Anyone who believe they have this power indeed is a fool. The only authority we have as Believers is to love another.
"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."
Can we learn knowledge and gain understanding from others with more experience than us? Of course! Learning from and having faith in another are two vastly different things.
All in all, we have created a society filled with little gods of wisdom in various areas of living. Ones we can see, talk to and get instant answers.
It baffles me to no end when I get questions or criticisms from other Christians on how I function without organized religion. Seriously?? If you must know, please read all FOUR gospels in the Bible...you know...the books that explain the Good News of Christ, who's very name is the reason why one calls themselves Christian.
What ARE they teaching in church if this is a common question for me?
The WISDOM I have applied to my life is not my own, but the one who gave His Son to bestow this gift of reconciliation upon my spirit. I no longer walk in accordance to my lowly understanding and the comprehension of others. But in power and in liberty & I will be with Him ALWAYS!
Having tasted this heavenly dish, why would I believe in the laughable perceptions of man? How can I lose hope & joy in the absolutes of man-made declarations? Who has the power to limit and enslave me with their words?? Only those I give power to! ...and by FAITH, Christ is empowered to enter in that door He has been earnestly knocking on!
"Behold, I stand at the door , and knock : if any man hear my voice, and open the door , I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
Free will is not always a negative thing. But it is vital to recognize with the freedom of will comes irrefutable accountability. Use this fact of life to submit to the Wisdom of an unfailing, perfect God!
1 John 2:27
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
Thursday, December 2, 2010
How do YOU feel about the direction of church/Christianity? Please do take a moment to take the IS&IT poll. Feel free to elaborate your responses in the comments!
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
My contribution will consist of a garlic studded pot roast, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with herbed gravy & greens! The honor of making this year's turkey goes to my mother-in-law.
What are you making?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
After a long 9 months, our daughter Linjila Neema Joy was born on September 18th! She weighed in at a hefty 10 pounds and 21 inches long. She is simply gorgeous and sweet. Such a surprise she is after 4 strapping sons. My home birth could not have been more perfect and blessed and I fully boast in the glory of what the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob can do! And now at 7 ½ weeks she is a smiling, blissful, beauty weighing in at 14 pounds!
It is curious to me, as those who profess themselves to be Christians, are my biggest dissenters of home birthing my children. Curious because as believers in today's man-made church system, they profess they love the fellowship/accountability of like-minded members. So together they worship with lifting of hands and praises, being moved to tears they profess the Lord is mighty in His stead and can do ALL things. With uplifted hands they believe faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains...yet upon hearing my home birth testimonies they are the first to offer the "what ifs". They are the first to express doubts of a natural process created by the same Lord they say can do ALL things.
What's up with that??
Its an incredulous contradiction of belief! Even more incredulous they make no association with the double-minded standard. Its completely normal to make such contradicting expressions.
If being a church-attending Christian means having a full assurance of faith one day of the week and being a fear-mongering, worry-wart the rest, I'll keep my "unchurched" status thank you very much!
I have asked the Lord to impart His divine wisdom in understanding my pregnant/laboring body as an unique, individual creation of His and He has obliged and then some.
So I wonder how does one reconcile conflicting proclamations? Do they prioritize Biblical principles by their preferences? Or is True Faith like the Easter Bunny... imaginary, but fun to talk about?
What do YOU think?
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I love preventing unnecessary household costs and I love a bargain. If I can find my favorite product on sale AND have a coupon on it, I am absolutely thrilled. The same is true for clothes. Having four sons have been a blessing, especially when my firstborn son's too-small clothing can be saved and passed on to the next son. I do my very best to obliterate all of the grass, mud, chocolate and the very dreaded blueberry stains. But, for all my efforts, I just cannot prevent the split-at-the-knee holes that seem inevitable with a nice pair of jeans. So I usually end up cutting them up at the hole, for a nice pair of jean shorts for summer. My boys, I must say, have a lot of nice jean summer shorts :). No matter how many knee patches I buy, one thing is clear to me, hand-me-downs can only last for so long, until it's no longer at it's wholesome value.
For me, there is one thing that must be absolutely brand-new. It absolutely must be of the utmost quality. Free from stains, holes, patched-holes, and cut-off-at-the-knees quality that money cannot buy and coupons cannot redeem.
I abhor second-hand information, it translates into a hand-me-down no one should attempt to wear. Second-hand information translates into gossip, confusion, conflict and the destruction of order.
Yet this is exactly how church systems across the world are set up. Parishioners and congregants are require and even told that it is mandatory to their salvation to learn about their Savior (whom they are to have a personal relationship with) by the sermons and lessons of their pastors.
(Sigh) It may seem as if I am bitter, hateful and repetitive about church systems today. I have a passion to declare and expose truth being held in unrighteousness. Christ has declared that the truth shall set you free, yet so many are enslaved to manmade "works" and "laws" imposed in this church-laden society, believing in error that these behaviors bring redemption and righteousness in His sight. I speak out heavily against church systems today because as a child of the living and righteous God. It is my duty, joy and pleasure to carry out His truth, with love, in the hopes that the truth MAY indeed set free the weary parishioner who cannot seem to arrive that the "peace as Christ gives, not as the world gives". Please do not mistake my passion and motivation for truth as bitterness and hate. Just because the TRUTH as God has ordained it is hard to hear and know, does not make it wrong.
I have been blessed with a natural tendency to be distrustful. Undoubtedly, I am a woman who likes her information straight from the horse's mouth. I am inquisitive about the information others attempt to bestow upon me, and thank the good LORD that is my nature. For if I have taken every single thing everyone has ever told me as gold and silver, my life would be tragically and utterly destroyed and ruined!
This is my point...if we as people, can appreciate, value and pride ourselves with material things of quality; our homes, cars, clothes and phones, we can certainly examine all information given to us by others (pastors etc.) with the same diligence and frame of mind. Is not the information we take in and digest into our mind, thoughts and ultimately our hearts much more valuable than those things we wear and use? Is not the Word of God which promises eternal life with Him more than this temporal life where our "quality" material possessions, are rubble in comparison to His spiritual possessions? How much more, with extreme diligence and careful consideration, should one be to examine gospels given to us by those who claim to hear Him?
There are two issues that should raise a red flag for the truth-loving, truth-seeking, God-fearing Believer when it comes to church as it is perpetrated today.
- We live undoubtedly in apostate times. I could show you LOTS of scripture to support this, because of the times we live in, many have become desensitized to scripture. The holy Word has been abused, and taken out of context so much that I'm seeing and sensing a shift in this apostate climate for the worse. I can see that a lot of Christians have become immune to the truth. So, I'm going to instead apply some common knowledge. It is common knowledge that there are many and varied divisions of Christianity claiming truth. All cannot be true, because all are proclaiming different "truths". Since we believe in ONE God, there must be ONE truth. (Eph. 4) Therefore, because of the evidence of differing doctrines, we DO live in the apostate generation.
- Mainstream pastors/leaders hardly or do not recognize THIS apostate generation. Because so many stress the need to be led or taught by an "ordained" (by the standards of this apostate society I MUST mention) minister, it is SO important to note that mainstream pastors hardly warn their flock of "false prophets", as a matter of fact. Some half-way decent televangelists like Dr. Charles Stanley, as an example, encourages those seeking, to find a "good bible-based church", immediately after leading them in a prayer of acceptance of Christ, the Savior. There is no acknowledgement or warnings, in such statements that your "local, bible-based church" may be a gross deviation from the truth Christ sacrificed for. These statements come across like the legal disclaimers you find in small print on products not approved by the FDA. If your pastors and ministers do not acknowledge this very common knowledge in this church society, what else are they not mentioning?
You may never allow your children to wear anything short of designer clothing. I will, however, accept the hand-me-down, split-at-the-knee jeans and reject the mud-stained, full of holes, second-hand knowledge for the pure quality of first hand knowledge, His indwelling spirit in my soul and the souls of my children! How precious His direct instruction is to my soul, indeed it is life from the dead! It is the preservation of peace and safety from the pitfalls of second-hand knowledge! It is quality of the utmost, free to all who believe it so and a warranty of eternal life!
So what I say to you...you who are weary and seek an everlasting peace. Go to the Father, by pass the pastor, by pass the books, the advice, opinions and gossip. Reestablish the order that second-hand knowledge destroys. The order established by His sacrifice, we should have that comfort of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge it gives us. John 16:8
I have no earthly motivation to exhort the seeking Believer. I do not belong to any type of church group, religion or denomination. You can rest assured that I'm not trying to meet a "quota"! As a matter of fact, don't believe me! Have FAITH! Believe the Word. Read it for yourself. I do have a warning. Read the Word out of the King James Version. Other translations have not held up to the consistency in this translation. Also note, that people sacrificed their lives to see the translation of scripture in the King James Version come to fruition. Compare this understanding that to the fact of modern translations being sold and created for profit. Some translations may be passed off as a translated Bible (from Hebrew and Greek) but are really paraphrased Bibles. In other words, Bibles that are rephrased in accordance to the author's explanation of scripture. In short, it's hand-me-down knowledge! The NLT (New Living Translation) is one. Read my testimony of how I discovered I was studying digested information, Translation vs. Paraphrase.
Maybe you think the King James Version is "out of touch" and "hard to understand". Well, honey, it's time for a renewing of your mind! Is anything too hard for the Lord? It amazes me when Christians can proclaim the glories of the Lord, yet are extremely insecure in His ability to enable them to understand spiritual principles. My mother had very little education, was deaf, yet profoundly spiritual. She understood the Lord, and knew Him well. My mother, God rest her blessed soul, was the very manifestation of FAITH.
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 that 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.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways
My challenge to you is this: step out on FAITH, skip church one Sunday, stay home instead, read one whole, yes, an entire book from the New Testament. It could be James, Hebrews, Galatians, Ephesians, what ever you are led to ingest. Read it without a commentary (it can be misleading, and no, I don't care if it was authored by a Bible scholar), but do read it with a Hebrew/Greek lexicon concordance and absolutely read it in FAITH!
A few years ago I wrote a post “Confessions of a Former World Wide Church of God Member”. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to “meet” other former WCG members online. Some have gone on to other religions, others are still searching for a place to belong to. Most are still picking up the pieces of what was a life shattered by a church that promoted a false and apostate teaching that misled many away from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Needless to say many who have left, harbor anger, bitterness towards a church that promoted such a destructive doctrine.
I’ve seen marriages and lives ripped apart because the pastor/policy was against racially mixed marriage. Yes, these marriages that were considered mixed had children in some of them. Those children had to watch their other parent marry more fitting spouses while attending the same church as they did. Some of those children were my friends in WCG and harbored serious emotional issues.
Now, as an hearing impaired, African-American, orphan attending church with her sisters, I can tell you I was looked down upon and even excluded in some cases, but what I experienced as a WCG Member does not remotely compare to what those who parents & guardians have staked their lives and the lives of their children upon such a teaching. I came to WCG as a teen, but others were born, raised and bred WCG doctrine. Truly, I have genuine sympathy towards their anger and bitterness.
So what now? Since the doctrinal changes in 1995, how does one go about their lives when the dust settles? Especially those whose lives were catered around that old WCG doctrine. Where do they go? How now do they live?
For my sister, her answer was to return to “WCG” prior to its changes, which is now called United Church of God, pardon me while I will not link to their site. Although she stuck with WCG afterwards for some time afterwards, she missed the fellowship and social events that came with the “holy days”.
We discover who we really are when life events like these happen. We find out if we are really soldiers at heart or creatures of comfort. Implosions like these give a ripple effect of reflections, we finally see who we are, or who we thought we were and for the most part it can be an ugly reflection.
After WCG I realized, I was a creature of comfort, seeking churches for physical socializing to appease my want of “belonging”. It was when I would inwardly cringe and wince, whenever the pastor would teach his own messages and not that of the Lord was when I faced the truth…my will or HIS will? Eventually I decided without realizing I decided. I couldn’t take the mangling of His Word for my own sake. Truly I understand now with vital clarity, that if I were to appease that inward creature of comfort, I would be utterly useless for His Glory. Like salt that has lost it’s “saltness”. Good for nothing, but to be thrown away and trampled upon. Matthew 5:13 Each I church I attended after the “implosion”, was a search for a church of my liking, my belonging. With the lofty goal of finding the right church as I have been so oft been told, Eventually I had come face-to-face with the reality of this life time…apostasy…
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; – 1 Timothy 4:1
Every “new” church I attended brought this reality home. As I saw things that disturbed me.
- Inabilities to dialogue knowledgeably about the Word.
- Un-comfortableness dialoguing about Christ
- Exclusive tight knit social groups
- Overt admiration and catering to the Pastor/leader of church (what I call pastoral worship)
- Sermons catered to the quality of one’s life (marriage, parenting, finances) as opposed to making “teachers” for the Gospel (Hebrews 5:12)
Apostasy is alive and well and a very very real issue that has created a culture, rather than a Gospel out of what we call Christianity today. What started out as a damnable heresy, by WCG, progressed to a wind of doctrine and ended as my acceptance and contentment with the calling of fellowship with Christ as sufficient for my soul and spirit.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:9
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. – 1 John 1:3
So here I am, no longer do I consider myself a “former member of WCG”, but an unchurched Believer in the Son of the the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Content to walk in the fellowship of Christ Jesus for HIS sake.
I do not want to be misunderstood. Desiring physical fellowship with like-minded Believers is GOOD and RIGHT. But physical fellowship at the cost of TRUTH is wrong. It is easily forgotten that we are called to bear our cross. (Luke 14:27)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14
What is an unbeliever? Many say they are Christians. And many Christians attend church, but ultimately our heart defines who we truly are.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. – 1 John 1:5-7
In conclusion, whether we have been led astray by damnable heresies or by a wind of doctrine, we have the blessing of free will. We can use our free will as others do to deceive, to BELIEVE the holiness and righteousness of a God who so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son!
We have that power to turn what was evil for the goodness and glory of HIM! I praise God for my WCG experience, if I had not known, I would be unable to share the jewels and pearls of my experience, with my children. I would be unable to give them a life I desired as a child, a life a truth, love and acceptance. With a renewed mind and lightened heart I was not defeated by a doctrine so destructive.
And I encourage all of you who once called yourselves a member of WCG, do not allow the beauty of the Gospel to be tainted by the evils of humanity! You are no longer former WCGs, a victim, but an over comer.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? – 1 John 5:4-5
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I received a tweet from CNN yesterday about an article on more teens becoming “Fake Christians”. It was a very interesting article to say the least. Mostly because it is a trend that I have been watching for a long while now. While the article’s focus is on teenagers. It should be, by default, applied to adults, as adults are responsible for shaping, teaching of young impressionable minds. Here are some quotes from the article.
“Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls "moralistic therapeutic deism." Translation: It's a watered-down faith that portrays God as a "divine therapist" whose chief goal is to boost people's self-esteem.”
I simply cannot agree more with this statement. It applies to American adults as well as teens, quite simply because teens are being led in this fashion of “new age” Christianity.
“Dean drew her conclusions from what she calls one of the most depressing summers of her life. She interviewed teens about their faith after helping conduct research for a controversial study called the National Study of Youth and Religion.
They have a lot to say. They can talk about money, sex and their family relationships with nuance.--Kenda Creasy Dean, author
The study, which included in-depth interviews with at least 3,300 American teenagers between 13 and 17, found that most American teens who called themselves Christian were indifferent and inarticulate about their faith.”
This is true for many adult Christians as well. Many Christians I have dialogued with on the subject of Faith in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, cannot articulate the principles of faith as it taught by the Word. Most of the time, I get a “story” of what Christ has done for them in terms of their quality of life.
“The study included Christians of all stripes -- from Catholics to Protestants of both conservative and liberal denominations. Though three out of four American teenagers claim to be Christian, fewer than half practice their faith, only half deem it important, and most can't talk coherently about their beliefs, the study found.”
This trend I’ve been witnessing is not limited to a certain segment of Christianity, but has become a cohesive group of denominations with different practices and beliefs, but with the similar “foundation” of this “moralistic therapeutic deism”. It defines what I call the Culture of Christianity. Again, I cannot disagree with this quote in the least.
Many teenagers thought that God simply wanted them to feel good and do good -- what the study's researchers called "moralistic therapeutic deism."
“Dean, a United Methodist Church minister who says parents are the most important influence on their children's faith, places the ultimate blame for teens' religious apathy on adults.”
“She says parents who perform one act of radical faith in front of their children convey more than a multitude of sermons and mission trips.”
“But it's not enough to be radical -- parents must explain "this is how Christians live," she says.”
To read the article in full click here.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Here’s the rundown; refined salt, also known as table salt or “purified” salt has been processed to strip the salt of it’s natural minerals, leaving only sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is known to be aggressive without its natural counterparts, such as potassium, calcium and other minerals found in unrefined salt. Needless to say sodium chloride taken in large amounts has led to the belief that salt is bad and should be limited or removed completely from our diets.
The truth of the matter is salt in its wholesomeness is the very essence of life without it, we would not be able to function or think. Salt, unrefined, is what hydrates a body, taken with water it is the perfect balance of hydration. As a matter of fact our blood and tears have a salty solution in them. Salt is GOOD and vital for life.
With an enlightened mind, I’m reading Mark 9:50 with new eyes…
Salt 217 [is] good 2570: but 1161 if 1437 the salt 217 have lost 1096his saltness 358, wherewith 1722 5101 will ye season 741 it 846? Have2192 salt 217 in 1722 yourselves 1438, and 2532 have peace 1514 one240 0 with 1722 another 240.Because salt was considered a bad thing scriptures that spoke to the goodness of salt was disconnected to the reality I thought I understood.
Salt refined has literally lost its “saltness”, in other words it’s worth. To use it is unhealthy, even dangerous at best. It’s good for nothing.
I chuckle a little when I write this because, I decided to switch to sea salt a few years back, because I figured then, that “natural” was better than table salt. So I haven’t used table salt in quite a few years. However, my husband has been buying table salt during the cold winter months to defrost our sidewalks and driveways. We figured, it was cheap, only 33 cents at Wal-Mart, and left behind very little mess. We definitely weren’t going to use it for our food, so why not use it for our driveway?
I will be blogging a bit more about this subject as let my newfound knowledge soak in :)
Let me leave you with these scriptures about salt. Leave a comment if you will as the Spirit moves you to!
Ye 5210 are 2075 the salt 217 of the earth 1093: but 1161 if 1437 the salt 217 have lost his savour 3471 , wherewith 1722 5101 shall it be salted 233 ? it is thenceforth 2089 good 2480 for 1519 nothing 3762, but 1508 to be cast 906 out 1854, and 2532 to be trodden under foot2662 of 5259 men 444. – Matthew 5:13Author’s Note:
Salt 217 [is] good 2570: but 1161 if 1437 the salt 217 have lost his savour 3471 , wherewith 1722 5101 shall it be seasoned 741 ? – Luke 14:34
Let your 5216 speech 3056 [be] alway 3842 with 1722 grace 5485, seasoned 741 with salt 217, that ye may know 1492 how 4459 ye 5209ought 1163 to answer 611 every 1538 man 1520. – Colosians 4:6
The subscripts in scripture are numbers to the Greek Lexicon. For references on refined vs. unrefined salt, please see my post on Its Your Journey or click on the link at the beginning of the post. God Bless :)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
A few years back I posted the "Light of the World Series" I discovered on YouTube. The clips are in American Sign Language and are captioned for the convenience of those who do not know ASL. (With exception to the "short clip", which I will translate in the future)
Saturday, July 3, 2010
As it stands today, many denominations with preferred teachings preach and confuse a gospel that is not recognizable have rendered it un-relatable to those who have yet to receive Christ as the Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
While there are a vast conglomerate of churches of all varieties, they all have one thing in common, legalism. Legalism is the act/belief that physical behaviors lead to salvation and/or righteousness. Some examples may be; church attendance as as condition for salvation. Tithing, fasting, keeping of certain days, be it the Sabbath or other days, as a condition of salvation. Some of you may know, I was a member of the World Wide Church of God (WCG). We believed we were the true church of God and kept Jewish holidays (Days of Unleavened Bread, i.e. Passover, Pentecost etc. ) as mandatory observance days. Anyone, who did not observe these days were deemed to hell. This attitude lessened prior to doctrinal changes in 1995, but was real nonetheless.
The common thread of legalism in Today’s Christian Culture is extremely telling of how Christians in this climate view sin.What has made the Gospel irrelevant to unbelievers is the widely accepted perception of sin as physical condition, in which it is corrected by physical means...legalism. In this way, Christians, at large promote, moralistic and “right living” actions as an avenue to “correct” sin or to be seem “right” and saved in God’s eyes. This “gospel” is typically promoted to unbelievers whose see such a “gospel” as unrealistic and burdensome as they assess their humanistic ability to be “right'” by physical means. Be it tithing, fasting, church attending or even bible studying. This “gospel” which focuses on behaviors as a measure of righteousness and salvation. Automatically, it includes condemnation and hypocrisy with it…the two very things Christ spoke out against.
Sin, A Condition of One’s SpiritIt is by this perception that the Christian culture has created a system of institutionalized churches that caters to this understanding of sin, implementing a variety of legalistic worship styles/routine to pacify guilt or one’s need to be righteous in God’s eyes.
The fact is this, sin, in its pure, singular form, is not a physical, but a spiritual condition. Jesus describes sin as this…
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.Sin is unbelief. It originates from the inward parts of a person, in thought (mind) and desire (heart). Unbelief is a departure from the Living God.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me; – John 16:7-9
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:Take note that the people spoken about in this passage are those who the Lord miraculously delivered from Egypt. They considered themselves God’s people. Departing from God in thought and desire manifests itself in behavior and speech.
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. – Hebrews 3:8-12
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. – Matthew 12:35
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
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. – Luke 6:43-45
SinFUL, A Manifestation of One’s Spiritual ConditionNo one can doubt that our utmost desires, be they right or wrong, motivates and dictates our actions and speech. Hide it as you will, they will always reveal itself in some way, shape or form. It is by this basic principle we can confirm the teaching of Christ that the heart, dictated by departure, is where sin (singular) originates.
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: – Isaiah 29:13As sin originates from a departed heart, it is this event that defiles a person…
Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait. – Jeremiah 9:8
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. – Ezekiel 33:31
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. – Matthew 15:9
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.…and the result of a departed heart are manifestations or evidence of itself Christ lists in verse19.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: – Matthew 15:18-19
The Erroneous Perception of Sin Destroys the Integrity of the GospelHerein lies the problem. The Christian culture transposes the manifestations of sin for the sin itself (departed heart/unbelief) and has established legalism in various forms to combat, if not pacify, one’s guilt in attitudes/behavior. Legalistic behavior can be ANYTHING that contributes to the belief that physical actions as opposed to spiritual actions corrects a person’s righteousness in God’s eyes. This perception has destroyed the integrity of the Gospel. For it is a Gospel that Christ neither preached, nor sacrificed for.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light…” it is HERE in which Christ explains the condemnation of man. The light, which is Christ and His holy mission (Gospel) exposes the truth of one’s heart by their rejection of the light, their rejection is evidence of their spiritual condition.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. – John 3:16-21
Revisiting the Gospels in the Word, we see the only condemnation Christ gave was not to adulteresses and thieves, but to the Pharisees who considered themselves righteous and holy in lineage and legalistic behaviors.
Because the wages (consequence) of sin (departure from God) is death, (Romans 6:23) without blood, there is no remission for sin. (Matt. 26:8, Romans 3:25, Hebrews 9:22)So the Lord offered up His only Son as an atonement for sin (Romans 5:11). Christ’s sacrifice was not only an act of supreme love, but it was the final and only way one could be received and seen right in the eyes of God. Let me be clear, believing that Christ of Nazareth was the Son of God is one thing, but accepting his atonement for the remission of our sin, as FINAL is what is meant by “believeth on Him”. It is what is meant by FAITH. It is only by this act of Christ’s offering of his Body by which we are sanctified, NOT through any physical act on our part. (Hebrews 10:10)
The Power of the Holy Spirit of The God of Abraham, Isaac and JacobNow this phenomenon of FAITH ushers in the blessing of the Spirit, not any Spirit, but the HOLY Spirit, the Spirit of God Himself. By it, we grow in knowledge of Him, as we grow in a reconciled relationship with Him, we become whole, we have peace with Him and ourselves.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:Lip service may be given to the power of the Holy Spirit today, but it is clear by a divided Christian culture that shares a systematic model of legalism that their message is that the Holy Spirit is not enough to change a person’s condition of sin. The truth is, it is ONLY by the power of the Spirit, in FAITH, can the heart evolve and thrive from its isolated and condemned state! From the mouth of Christ He speaks…
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. – Romans 5:1 -5
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. – John 6:63The Hebrew/Greek Lexicon’s number for the word “quicken” is G2227. The English equivalent of that is “quicken, give life, make alive”. We who are (were) dead in sin can only be revived with life by the Holy Spirit! And if we walk after the spirit (Romans 8:1-2) the manifestations of that are evident and real!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Yes, impossible, in other words, it cannot be done. Why?? Faith is representative of a heart that has ACCEPTED it’s exposure to the light. It is representative of a heart that has ACCEPTED Christ, the Son of God, His work at the cross as TRUTH and final. Without faith, there is no humility, no understanding of God’s order by which He sent His only begotten Son to establish. In essence, there is NO GOSPEL. What you have without faith, is self righteousness and acts that hide a hard and false heart. What you have is pride by which is impenetrable by a Holy Spirit that cannot lead it. Finally, without faith, one is left to the devices and leading of their own “wisdom”, fatally flawed and further cements our separation from Him.
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. – Galatians 5:22-25
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 11:6Truly the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a powerful Spirit, in which ALL things were made! How intelligent and wise is a God who can fix what was broken, by restoring a heart unto Himself that has confessed a genuine confession of belief on what His Son has done was was the only method of salvation and righteousness ever needed?
If Christians do not understand even the basics of sin, how can they understand and relay the power of the life-transforming Good News? By the evidence of division, doctrines, legalism followed by condemnation of “sinners” and hypocrisy that they do not.
What they can do is repent while there is time! Recognize and identify the truth of the Gospel by faith!
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. – Romans 13:11
Sunday, June 6, 2010
44 “For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.”
Monday, May 31, 2010
NaturalNews.com relays as he interviews residents and former BP workers
in the Gulf.
I have to tell ya, it doesn't sound so far fetched to me. I was
wondering why BP doesn't have several plans in action. Why are they
waiting to cap an oil spill AFTER "top kill" failed. Multitasking is
something they expect their employees to do, yet they, with the billions
they have, cannot come up with more than one plan at a time...hmmm....
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(NaturalNews) Today, I spent my time interviewing people on the Gulf
Coast from Mississippi to Louisiana. Several of those interviews were
conducted on camera, and you'll be seeing those videos as early as
tomorrow here on NaturalNews.
Interestingly, it turns out that a lot of the people living on the Gulf
Coast have a history of working with oil companies -- and even on oil
rigs. I spoke to several people who have a work history with BP, and two
of them told me they are certain that British Petroleum is NOT trying to
stop the oil coming out of the well . What they are trying to do, I was
told, is SAVE the oil well so that they can capture the oil and sell
This claim stands in direct contradiction to what BP says. The company
insists it's trying to stop the flow of oil from the well. But if you
look at BP's actions , what they're really trying to do is siphon off
the gushing oil where it can be pumped to a tanker ship and sold as
crude. It is a simple matter, by the way, for oil companies to separate
water from oil. They do it all the time in oil fields all across
America. So if they can siphon off the oil from the Deepwater Horizon
well -- even if it's mixed with water -- they can sell it for
potentially billions of dollars.
It raises the question: Is the economic promise of captured oil causing
BP to avoid using its best effort to cap the well?
Tapping, not capping Notice that the new device they're lowering onto
the well is designed not to close it off but to pump the oil to an
awaiting ship. This is a plan to "capture" the oil, not to seal off the
The mainstream media hasn't picked up on this yet, by the way. To my
knowledge, no one is yet reporting this story that BP may have never had
any intention of actually capping the deep sea well.
We already know BP has been extremely dishonest with the media about
this entire situation. By distorting the truth and lying to the public,
BP has lost all credibility with almost everyone (Governors, Senators,
journalists, etc.). So how can we trust that BP is actually trying to
cap this well when there's so much money to be made from allowing it to
keep spilling oil that can soon be captured?
In other words, it's in BP's financial interests to avoid capping the
well and claim the well can't be capped when, in reality, what they may
be trying to do is buy more time until they can lower a "capture
containment device" onto the well head that can direct all the
outflowing crude oil to BP's awaiting tanker ships.
In talking to the people face to face here on Gulf Coast, I learned that
Gulf Coast people don't trust BP , and they don't trust the company's
intentions. Today was the first I had heard of the BP agenda to "keep
the well flowing" yet suddenly this theory makes sense. BP, after all,
went through all the trouble and expense to drill the well. Why
wouldn't they want to cash in on the crude oil coming out of it?
To collapse the well and plug it for good would destroy BP's chance to
siphon off oil and sell it for profit (until at least August, when the
pressure relief wells are expected to be completed). And that is perhaps
the single most important reason why oil is still flowing out of that
well right now.
As one person I interviewed today put it, "Why should a British
petroleum company care about what happens to America's shores?" After
all, the financial payoffs to the businesses hurt by the spill may pale
in comparison to the billions of dollars in profit to be had from
tapping -- not capping -- the well and turning crude oil into raw cash.
There will be more to this story. Let's see if the mainstream media
picks up on this angle.
By the way, I don't yet have conclusive proof that BP's intentions are
to avoid capping this well. It's just a working theory based on people
I've talked to here on the Gulf Coast who appear to know what they're
talking about. BP would obviously deny this, but then again BP has
denied many things that we know to be true (like the fact that the beach
cleanup crews specifically cleaned the beach on Grand Isle before Obama
showed up, then left promptly as soon as he left).
If you haven't yet, check out my CounterThink Cartoon on the BP oil
spill at www.CounterThink.com
Also, watch for video interviews with the people on the Gulf Coast.
We'll be publishing them here on NaturalNews starting as early as
I'm headed to New Orleans tomorrow to check out the local scene there
and see what else I can find out by talking to the locals on the front
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"Why should a British petroleum company care about what happens to
Good question. Why should they?
I wondered if there was a boycott for BP oil, quite naturally there is.
Update: BP is now saying that the spill may continue until August!!!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Clearly my exhortation to research, pray to be led to the translation that conveys the sound doctrine of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is a threat to them. And anyone threatened by my exhortation for one's responsibility to accountability (Holy Spirit) should truly examine by what means they call themselves Christian.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. - Romans 8:9
My exhortation to "double-check" what you're reading/studying from and to be led of the HOLY SPIRIT should be "common sense"... instead it is an offense.
In any event, these are the people who declare "out-dated" language as a reason why one shouldn't read the KJV. While the argument may appear to be "common sense", it is weak in the sense that, "old" does not automatically infer inferiority. The argument assumes that "old" means inferior. This argument borderlines on silly because the implications of that kind of thought process apply more to cell phones, televisions and cars than the adaptations of the English language over time. Yes, it is a "new age" argument, where everyone should be "up-to-date" with the latest and the greatest.
BUT...the Word of God does not change. .
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. - Hebrews 13:8Our concern should be interpretation. Which leads to point two of their argument, other translations are easy to read, thus, easy to understand. This argument is also a myth. Specifically, it is a myth that appeals to the "diet pill mentality" I described in my last post. Easy reading does not equate to knowledge. It is only by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT by which we receive knowledge and understanding. The HOLY SPIRIT is the interpreter by which the principles of God are revealed. (Read 1 Corinthians chapter 2, 1 John 2:17)
But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. - 1 Corinthians 2:10
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 2:14The confusion in today's Christian's culture is this...Christianity is applied in the physical sense, by which physical means for understanding and knowledge is sought. The truth is this...God is a spirit and those seeking to worship Him, must worship in spirit and in truth.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. - John 4:23
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24If God is a Spirit and we are physical, i.e. human, it can only make sense that the only interpreter who can adequately interpret HIS TRUTH would be His Spirit.
It is by this principle I exhort the Believer to research, question and PRAY for guidance in studying out of ANY translation, for the matters of salvation and the Gospel are not physical, but spiritual.
That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; - Ephesians 4:14
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Your desire to make things "clear" for readers who come to this blog, that the KJV is out-dated in language begs the question is the modern language better in communicating the doctrine and teaching of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
The short answer is no, one cannot assume because of an old language that the KJV does not and cannot offer the principles and teaching of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and His Gospel.
Which leads to the second point: "KJV was written with the Church of England's beliefs in mind"
Since it is not clarified in your point I have to assume within the context of your statement that you are insinuating the principles/doctrine of Christ has been compromised some how by the personalized beliefs of the Church of England.
With all due respect to the history of the King James Version, where are these “beliefs” evident in the KJV that undermine the sound doctrine/principles of His Word?
Putting this thought on hold, let me share with you... the 2 reasons you list as basis of support against the KJV are reasons I have heard repeatedly to support another translation over the KJV. In dialoguing with a Jehovah's Witness, the same reasons, in so many words or less, were spelled out to me. This person attempted to make their translation (Watchtower) appear as though the only difference between the two was the language, when I pointed out the two translations taught different doctrines, I was told it (KJV) was full of errors. She never could show me how and where the “errors” were. My point… anyone can say the KJV is full errors, but proof, as they say, lies in the pudding...not in an archaic language.
Does easy readability equals understanding?
There is no question the NLT is easy to read; after all it was my reason for choosing it in the beginning. But as I explained in the original post, I repeatedly ran into inconsistent passages. Thus is the problem and reason why the NLT is the subject of debate and dissatisfaction of many.
In all honesty, I would not have recognized the inconsistency, IF I wasn’t desirous of reading whole books/chapters at a time as opposed to reading stand alone scripture.
The truth… this is how Christians study and it is also how pastors preach... with stand – alone, out-of-context scripture. Truly I got MORE out of the KJV in my short 5 years, compared to the 10 PLUS years I studied and read out of the NLT.
But back to the question, does readability equate to understanding...the answer is no.
Found in both versions the "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (minus "the" NLT states the first part of Proverbs 1:7 VERBATIM, how's that for an archaic language?)
Reading further in Proverbs 2:1-6
"My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;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."
"For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding."
(For your benefit: Proverbs 2:6 NLT For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.)
When asked why He spoke in parables, Christ answered this:
“Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matt. 13:13
Keeping in mind that the disciples had the very presence of Christ teaching them, yet they still did not understand the fullness of what He taught…until the Holy Spirit was given to them. Acts 2
In essence, NO, easy reading does not promote understanding.
The truth of the matter is today’s Christian culture desires the “easy” readability of translations today, they have, what I call a “diet pill” mentality. Everything (Christians and non) must come quick, easy with immediate results.
With this diet pill mentality, Christians want the result without the work. They want the knowledge without the “fear”. They want the wisdom without searching and seeking (Him).
It is my very personal years of experience that the KJV has PROVEN to be consistent and wholesome compared to the NLT.
And YES, I absolutely need to study it with my Greek/Hebrew Lexicon! YES, I study it with a bible dictionary handy! And if I’m stumped for understanding, YES, I present my confusion to the LORD for He alone is my source of wisdom and understanding! I seek wisdom and knowledge of the LORD as for “hid treasures”. It is my absolute pleasure to do so!
In closing, I must say I find it disturbing when one promotes a translation as “end all, be all” for it seems to be a belief focused more on the “works of Man” rather than the truth of God.
Am I declaring in my post that the NLT is not to be read or studied out of? No, I am not. The NLT was apart of my journey in my walk with God. But I do declare and warn that the NLT can be inconsistent and at times confusing.
Why do I declare this? I am apart of NO denomination or church. I have made allegiance to no pastor of self-proclaimed prophet.
I promote SOUND doctrine and like the Word, I warn of “false prophets” and doctrine as it our duty to watch for and keep ourselves from. If I am wrong for exhorting and encouraging other like-minded Believers to search out a matter and cry out for knowledge, then by the standards of NLT lovers everywhere, I am wrong.
I leave with this question, if the NLT trumps the KJV in errors, language and understanding, why, then, are churches with different doctrines and denominations, reading from the same translation (NLT)? Why do they not agree with another?
Eph. 4:5,6 "There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all." - NLT
(I received the NLT from my pastor, when I was a member of the World Wide Church of God, considered a borderline cult, by many mainstream churches at that time)