Spiritual and Physical Blindness…walk in the light pt 5

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. ( John 9:1-3)

The Gospel of John contrasts the two kinds of blindness which afflict humanity.

We see at the outset that the first kind of blindness comes as a result of original sin. One of the consequences of the fall of man, is that mankind is blind to God and to Spiritual reality, from birth. We don’t know how to find God, and have no capacity to see Him or percieve Him.

So many Bible Stories are about the blind seeing again. So much of our Gospel songs and Hymns are also about seeing for the first time. Salvation itself is seeing, God opens our eyes and reveals his reality.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ( 2 Corinthians 4:3-5)

For centuries Christian congregations have sung heartily such confessions as this…

“At the Cross at the cross where I first saw the light, where the burden of my heart rolled away!”

” Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see!”

In the story in John 9 the restoration of physical sight was instantaneous, but it was a sign of a deeper revelation, that is spiritual sight. Spiritual sight came to the man in stages.

At first , when he was asked who healed him, the formerly blind from birth said,

Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?  He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.(John 9:10-11)

He only knew of a man called Jesus…

But then he is put before the Pharisees who asked him what He thought of his healer,

They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. (John 9:17)

Then there is a kind of trial, the man is put on the stand before the rulers of the Temple, and it was demanded of him to confess that whoever his healer was, admit that He is a sinner!

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.(John 9:30-33)

The vision expands, for the man healed of his blindness has called Jesus a man, a prophet, and now this, a worshipper of God and one who does his will. He is beginning to see who Jesus really is.

Finally, after being cast out of the synagogue, and of communion with his fellow Jews, Jesus came to complete the restoration of his Spiritual vision,

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?  And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.  And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. (John 9:35-38)

Where does the restoration of spiritual vision lead to? To the confession that Jesus is the Son of God, the LORD and to worship of Him in spirit and in truth.

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The True Light Now Shines… walk in the Light pt 4

Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. (I John 2:7-11)

The commandment to Love one another, is both new and old . All of the commandments of God from the very beginning can be summed up in this way, “Love God supremely, and love one another equally”. This is the summation of all of the law of God.

In this sense the commandment is old, it is the one original commandment. Had our first parents remained in love with God and with each other, they would never have broken away from God to seek their own way. Love is the fulfilling of all law.

But in a sense the Commandment is new. How could an old commandment be a new commandment?

Ever since the incarnation of God the Son, the true light, the only man who truly loved God and his neighbor in the way God intended for all of us, we see clearly what the Commandment looks like in practice. In the life of Jesus, the light of Love for God and man is now shining. Formerly we were told to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves, but now the commandment is modified, “Love one another as I have loved you” saith the LORD.

We see clearly in Jesus, what it means for a man to love God with all of his being. In Jesus also, the light shines on the love we should have for our fellow human beings.

Love is light, to love is to walk and remain in the light of God. To depart from love is to go back into darkness.

People in darkness do not know what it is that they stumble over, constantly. Hatred deprives us of light, it blinds us, especially to our own self destructive aspects. People think that they have the right and power to hate others, and to diminish them, or lie about them, refuse to forgive them, or in some other way to kill them; they don’t realize that hatred itself carries the seeds of self destruction.

But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

What is Love? To love your neighbor or brother, is to seek the good of the other, it is a commitment and not a feeling. Love couldn’t be a feeling for it is the commandment of God himself. One cannot command a feeling. We are commanded to seek each other’s good, as far as possible.

What is hate? Merriam Webster says Hatred is , “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury” It is the commitment to self at the expense of all else. To hate is to ever be on the alert for any slight, any insult or disrespect, and it is the zeal to ever protect the self or to repay in kind or even worse any whom you perceive as getting in the way of self.

Hatred is also to impute the worst motives, or to hold someone on the worst possible shade, to bear false witness, to diminish, or to be willing to hurt another, to wish them harm or to fear them, or delight in their diminishment.

A person is in darkness, spiritual darkness, to the extent that they allow hatred into their heart. “They know not at what they stumble”. Ultimately hatred is murder, according to Jesus.

But love is the way back into the light. When we love we no longer fear, self is not central anymore, and we can seek the good of the other, because we have gotten ourselves off of our own hands. Forgiveness, and the use of the power to do good and to bless even our enemies are the tools and weapons of spiritual warfare in dealing with people in this sin sick world of hate and ready offense.

We have been the recipients of LOVE which surpasses understanding. We can afford to love and forgive others in return. What we cannot afford is unforgiveness, offense, strife, vengeance, and hatred. Such things cost more than one Christian their sight.

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (I John 3:14-15)

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Pretense is Darkness … the Light pt 3

In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. (Luke 12:1-3)

We have been discussing the biblical themes of ‘darknes’s and ‘light’.

God is Light and in him is no darkness at all. To come unto God is to come into the light, for He is light and in his light we see light. His is the light of exposure, we see what we are and abhor what we see. We see also the true nature of this world and of our sin, as we draw near to God.

The Light of God is the light of Reality, ie the reality of the Spiritual world. The only condition required for sinful man to fellowship with the infinitely Holy God is the willingness to come into the light and remain there.

The choice for man is simple, ‘Light’ or ‘Darkness’. Salvation is coming into the light and allowing the light to come into our souls.

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 3:19-21)

The condemnation of sinful man is that they refused the light that came unto them from God. They hated the light and would not allow themselves to truly come into the light, and to be seen as they truly were. They preferred shadows, that they might hold onto the evil that they love.

In the opening scripture passage, we see one form of darkness being warned about; hypocrisy.What is hypocrisy? It is play acting, pretending to be something we are not, and pretending not to be something which we truly are.

Jesus warns us that hypocrisy is shortsighted, because ultimately everything will be seen for what it really is. We will all be fully known as we are , not as we pretend to be.

In the case of the Pharisees, they pretended to be fervant lovers of God. The Pharisees were the ‘separated ones’ the true worshippers and guides to the simple. They loved to be seen as pious and devout.

But when they actually met God, in the person of Jesus Christ, they hated and opposed him. When given the chance, they killed him.

Jesus, the true light of God, has a way of stripping away the pretense of those who encounter him. By their reaction to him they reveal their true antipathy to God. He is like a touchstone, who reveals the secrets of men’s hearts.Sooner or later the fake devotion, and pretended worship fell away, and their true selves were revealed.

This is why reality is the best policy for every believer. Just drop all pretense,(It is hard to keep that up anyway) and pray to God to allow you to be willing to be known just as you are, Corem Deo, that is, ‘in the sight of God’.

This is one way, along with the confession of sin, to come into the light of God. We are known, and seen, by him with whom we have to do.

The problem with pretense is that it is always playing to the wrong audience. Who do we fear? Or Regard? Who are we trying to impress?

We actually live to please an audience of one, “The Father who sees in secret…”. It is darkness to try to appear before man, to pretend to something or to try to conceal what we really are. God sees everything. We may as well make a commitment to be real and to be willing to be known for who we really are, nothing more or nothing less. This too is living in the Light.

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The Beauty of the Confession of Sin … walk in the light 2

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (I John 1:8-10)

We are looking at the Biblical teaching of the light of God. We see in scripture, “God is light and in him is no darkness at all” .   The only precondition for sinful man to come into fellowship with the Holy God, is the willingness to come into the light.

To come to God is to come into the light. Primarily, at the onset it is the light of exposure. We see ourselves when we truly encounter God. The Bible is a mirror, so also is a true Church, also true Christians. The Bible, the church and the Christian all convey the light of God. This is why many people avoid all three, they dread the light of exposure, the “secrets of their own heart are revealed “to them in the light, and it is unnerving to them.

The primary way to remain in the light, is to confess our sins to God. We must not obfuscate, or play games about our own shortcomings. The Greek word for “confess” in the Bible is “Homologia”, literally to ‘say the same thing as‘ God does, to come into moral agreement with our LORD and Creator.

Some of the ways people obfuscate is by denying the reality of our sin. Some hold to doctrines which deny that born again Christians can have sin or can be condemned in any way. There have always been heresies which deny the reality and gravity of sin, in effect denying that sin harms fellowship with God. This is a form of darkness.

Others rename sins, giving them therapeutic names and descriptions. There are very few ‘drunkards’ anymore, only ‘alcoholics’. Adulterers and fornicators are now considered to be ‘sex addicts’ and have ‘affairs’. By this way sin is redefined, the responsibility for it is lessened and eased, and the sinner is considered a victim rather than a transgressor.

This too is a form of darkness, and of of alienation from God and sinking into self, rather than having access with God. To come into the light is to confess our sins, to say the same thing about them as God has said, and to call them for what they really are.

As long as sin remains unconfessed, fellowship with God is cut off and heaviness and dryness sets in, as David teaches us in Psalm 32,

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.  When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. (Psalm 32:1-5)

Note that when he kept silence, he experienced something very much like depression. The fellowship with God was suspended, Sin had damaged it, and David dried up.

But it is in the simplicity of David confessing his sin, and uncovering the iniquity, bringing it out into the light of God and his exposure, God forgave the King and fellowship was restored. We cannot live without communion with God, therefore we cannot live without forgiveness of sin. It is as simple as that.

Staying in the Light depends on the practice of regular confession of sin. John tells us that God’s forgiveness is a matter of His own faithfulness and Justice, and not of our feelings about it. God has told us that because of the blood of Jesus, He would cleanse us of each and every offense as long as we confess our sins. Sin, forgiveness, light, darkness

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Walk In The Light…

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.( I John 1:5-7)

There is only one indispensable pre-condition for fellowship with God. We must be willing to come into the Light. Any sinner, no matter how vile, can be reconciled unto his Creator if he would but allow himself to come out into the open, and let himself be seen just as He is. “Lord have mercy upon me, a sinner!”.

God is Light. To come unto God is to come into the light of exposure. “…In thy Light shall we see Light!” (Psalm 36:9)

Isaiah the prophet and the Apostle Peter both experienced this vividly as a testimony for us all.

When Isaiah saw the LORD, he also beheld himself. The true Light of God exposed to Isaiah all of his own sins and flaws and the true depth of his iniquity in all of it’s deformity,

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.(Isaiah 6:1-5)

Notice the member which caused him the keenest grief, His lips! The faculty of speech reveals the hatred, envy, putrid lust, perversion, and all of the abominations of the human heart. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks!

Isaiah saw the terrifying “burning ones” Worshipping the LORD of Hosts and longed to join the chorus, but could not. He could see clearly in a terrible flash his own uncleanness, and unfitness to join the heavenly chorus, and it crushed him. He had stepped into the Light of God and it was made excruciatingly clear, that he was a sinner.

Peter had a similar experience, when he met Jesus;

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.  And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.  And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.( Luke 5:4-8)

As soon as Simon Peter realized who Jesus was, he was crushed, weighted down with the revelation of his utter sinfulness and unworthiness to God. He too had come into the Light of God.

Everyone who truly has come unto God has had this kind of experience, for God’s light reveals us unto ourselves in all of our fallenness, and iniquity. He makes us “Poor in Spirit…” by showing us our bankruptcy, and the light causes us to hate what we see in ourselves… .

The temptation is there for us to want to leave the light, to go away from church, Christians or the Bible, because the exposure is uncomfortable and difficult.

But if we will do what Isaiah and Peter both did, and simply remain in that light, we will find out what they found out; that the same light which exposes our sins, has the power to purge us of our sins as well.

Isaiah stood still, trembling and calling down upon himself damnation! He remained in the presence of the LORD. The Angel was told to take a burning coal from off of the altar and touch it to his lips! “Now your iniquity is purged and your sin is forgiven!

This is the story of every true believer. God’s Word reveals to us that we are sinners, condemned and unworthy. the burning altar is the cross of Jesus, where he paid the price for our sins. The coal from off of the altar is the confession of Jesus,

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.(Romans 10:9-10)

Salvation is coming into the Light of God, and remaining there, it is seeing and believing.

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There Is Always Hope in Jesus… Faith Hope and Love pt 1

No matter what comes in this life, there is always hope in Jesus.

What I mean is that no matter how bad things can get in this life, the one who believes in Jesus always has something better to look forward to.

This is because the most important aspect of life is to be made right with your Creator. When he hung between heaven and earth on the cross of the curse of God, Jesus cleared up the issues which separated us sinners from our Creator. He put us back on God’s side, and made a way for the LORD to accept us sinners as his own children.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.(Proverbs 3:12)

The Bible says that “Hope Deffered makes the heart sick…” .  This generation suffers immensely from a terrible heart sickness. Our post Christian world has inculcated children into various false, godless gospels, such as the gospel of self esteem, or of socialism, or human potential, or the current gospel of sexual anarchy, or the gospel of consumerism and technology.

These and many other atheistic fad gospels of the past sixty years, have literally created a heart sick, nihilistic, jaded and debauched generation; sated with experiences of all kinds, promising a bright and godless future, yet leaving them with nothing to look forward to.

The symptoms of this heart sickness are; boredom, jadedness, nihilism, disrespect for the human body ( Sexual sin and tattoos, piercing) and intense cynicism. This heart sickness is at the root of the suicide epidemic sweeping the world.

What is there to look forward to? What experiences haven’t this jaded generation already had? They have already been sexualized, stimulated and over-entertained, and pychologized (self esteem), what remains? Only the Utopian politicization that the left is herding them into in the schools and Universities.

The message of scripture desperately needed by this generation is simple, “There is Hope in Jesus…” .

When people are told that they can have everything in this life, and that the meaning of life is to extract as much living as possible from it, they usually end up sad and depressed, because they come to realize that at its very best, this life is still unsatisfying and vain. “Vanity of vanities… all is vanity”.

The gospel completely re-orients us and delivers our disappointed souls from the false message, for we see that this life is only a preparation and proving ground for the next life.

Jesus puts us back “in the right” with God, (righteousness) and shows us a future that God has ordained for those who will be his. This is what Christian hope is; it is not a mere wish or an ideal, it is a secure and sure future.

Peter tells us we are “born again to a Living hope…To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you…”(1 Peter 1:3-9)

Jesus has promised us a Kingdom, New bodies, a New Heaven and a new Earth, a new Life with the Father in heaven where there are no more sorrows, tears, pains or disappointments. Jesus himself is described as “our hope” who has gone into heaven before us and serves as an anchor of our souls, holding our place there.

No matter what befalls us in this sin sick and sorry world, the Christian has something better to look forward to. We have a hope that has sustained Christians to endure persecution, trial, and even death with calm courage and confidence that their toil and labor and pains are never in vain, God will use all of them for our good and his glory.

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Why There Is Still A Question… (David Nathan)

In the Summer and fall of 2018, many of us who have been for the most part friends and allies in the Gospel, have been subject to a split, it started out as a very human interaction but I am convinced it morphed into a kind of Satanic attack.

We are the ones who have enjoyed the same circles of teachers, and who in large part have left heretical churches to become a kind of informal, grassroots remnant of believers, kind of like David’s cave in Adullam; we were the outcasts, and those who were moved to seek teaching that was deeper and purer and exempt from the heresies of our day.

But in the events which arose when Moriel ministries separated from David Nathan, and in the various debates which swirled around it, there is no doubt in many of our minds, Satan has been given permission to have us and to sift us like wheat.

I really don’t wish to revisit the secondary controversies about whether or not either party handled the separation properly and had given each other the time and grace to resolve, nor the other further controversies raging around the rhetoric used, this one calling that one’ Ahab’, ‘AntiChrist’, f’alse teacher’, ‘heretic’, ‘religious crackpot’ and worse ephithets..

It wasn’t one-sided either, for the other camp resorted to responding with ‘liar’, ‘mentally ill’, ‘unbalanced’, ‘Spiritual abuser’, and vicious videos were produced and distributed as well, accusing people who tried in good faith to contribute, of being mere ‘spin doctors’, cowards and so forth.

These things have the marks of Satan entering into the congregation and those who resorted to them recklessly (and there have been many on both sides) have yielded to Satan without a doubt. That aspect of these past months deserves serious reflection on all of our parts, for the anger vitriol, accusation and slander which has casually been indulged in by some (certainly not most) has been exceedingly hurtful to our cause.

Temptations and trials neither give us faith, nor do they take it away, they merely show us the reality of our faith and love or the lack thereof. We have all been tried severely friends, God has allowed it.

I have wanted to ‘clear the table’ of all of the obfuscation, argument, accusation and other fleshly manifestation and just simply address the original issue…because there is something about it that troubles me.

In my view, the original issue which triggered all of this boils down to two statements of David Nathan’s;

  1. The blood of Jesus will not profit anyone anything in the Millennium” and the twin statement in which Nathan strongly asserts that the blood sacrifices offered in the Millennium are in no way memorial. In other words, they do not point back to the cross of Jesus, as the Lord’s Supper does.
  2. ” God the Father did not Create anything”...

Since then, David has preached entire sermons, which assure us that he believes that only the blood of Jesus can save people, and that He believes in the power and eternity of Jesus’ blood, and in effect He has bent over backwards to proclaim Orthodoxy as regarding salvation by the blood.

I am glad for that and accept that he believes the right thing about the blood of Jesus in this dispensation. I have been berated by many of David’s friends who have seemingly been baffled, demanding of me,”What more does David have to do to get you to see that he believes in the blood of Jesus just like you do?”

I am compelled to write this to you who feel this way and want an answer.

I have heard David’s sermons about the issue, and have heard him apologizing for having mis-spoke, and He even humbled himself (to his credit) admitting to pride in the way he had spoken. Praise God.

So what is my problem? Why haven’t I ‘forgiven ‘ him? *

My problem is that David has never explained why he said such an outrageous thing in the first place, and I have never heard him once specifically repudiate it.

This is why I have maintained all along that David could have and should have cleared this up immediately. This could have happened in Los Angeles, it would have taken five minutes, unless David really does believe such a thing.

The answer to such a statement is not another sermon or a soft interview which involves a mere confession of the Orthodox doctrine. The outrageous statement needs to either be explained or repudiated.

The same goes for the equally outrageous statement, ” God the Father Created Nothing…” . Yes David I have heard your sermon in which you set forth the doctrine of Christ as the agent of Creation, and I agree with it. All of orthodox Christianity would agree that Christ is the agent of Creation, that is not the issue. Everyone I know would agree with the scriptures you set forth about Christophanies in the Old Testament.But you didn’t clear up the original statement, you doubled down.

But no one I know of except you and perhaps Oneness Pentecostals would then make the leap in logic and assert that since Christ is the agent of creation, then “God the Father Created Nothing…”.

Christ is the agent of Creation, all things were made by him, for him and through him, but it doesn’t follow to say that the Father didn’t create a thing. “Let us make man in our Image…”. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit all had a complete part in Creation, it is needlessly provocative to asset otherwise.

David doesn’t repudiate this assertion, he seems to double down on it…that is my nagging problem.

I love David Nathan, his lovely wife and daughter. I have been accused of dragging his name through the mud, harming him, accusing and badgering him and not forgiving him, none of which is true. I haven’t involved myself in the vitriol, I have been slimed myself by people on both sides of this.

My conclusion for my friends who think otherwise is this, “If you don’t have a problem with a minister who says that the blood of Jesus will not profit anyone in the Millennium, ” or perhaps even worse, that there is no memorial aspect to the coming blood sacrifices (This means that there will be sacrifices offered which are not connected in any way to Calvary), go right ahead and do what you are led to do.

Furthermore if you think David N has adequately addressed all of the concerns about his denial that the Father created everything, go for it. I don’t want to fight (except for the truth) . Everyone must do what is in their heart.

I have all kinds of problems with these two issues, but don’t assume I haven’t forgiven or don’t love David Nathan because it isn’t true. I don’t want to belabor the point any more. I am not ashamed to say that I love everyone in this sad spectacle. I am sorry for any I have let down in anyway in this fight. We will have other spiritual fights to come, hopefully not among ourselves.

May God forgive us and truly give us his gift of discernment, because it looks like we are not anywhere near as sharp as we thought we were, nor as Loving. Remember that the balance is Truth and LOVE.

  • This should never have been a mere personal issue. Doctrinal issues are not primarily a matter of forgiveness … they are matters of the determination of truth… One cannot deviate from the doctrine of the blood of Jesus or from the doctrine of the person of Christ or of God and then merely be forgiven. We have to know that we know that our companions in the ministry are Orthodox. (James 3:1)
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