Corona, Rodney Howard Browne, and Jeremiah

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded. But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: ( Proverbs 1:20-25)

Wisdom is always crying out in the streets, and particularly through current events which are widely known. There is often a huge hand writing on the wall for our generation. The problem is interpretation, What is God saying through events?

Today we awoke to news that a certain mega Pastor, Rodney Howard Browne was arrested for holding an “unlawful Assembly”, bussing in hundreds to an already crowded church service, in defiance of the Governor’s ‘social distance’ decree.

Browne was already in the news for a few other things recently and over the years. The South African immigrant to America had proclaimed that “Quarentine is for Pansies” and that his church would remain open “until the Rapture!”.

Around the time of the inauguration of the President , Browne was among a handful of Pastors and Spiritual leaders allowed to gather around in the Oval office and lay hands on and pray for the President. Browne is a ministry colleague of Paula White, President Trump’s ‘spiritual advisor’.

On the one hand, I understand the indignation at the decrees shutting down churches across the nation, as ‘nonessential’, especially when in many places Planned Parenthood, continues to function.

There will be many that lionize Howard Browne, for standng up to the State, or as a champion of freedom of religion.

But on the other hand, there really is a dangerous plague, and personally I give the Governor of Iowa the benefit of the doubt in this, and pray fervently that as soon as the physical danger is passed, we can meet again as a whole flock. After all, the Word for church , ‘Ecclesia’ means an Assembly. We are not to forsake the Assembly of ourselves, this is the LORD’s command.

I have struggled with this myself, and been in much prayer about it.

I believe God has given me an insight into how we are to look at this;

Do you remember the Prophet Jeremiah? When the pagan Babylonians surrounded Jerusalem, He was given a rather unpatriotic message. He was told to tell Jerusalem to go out and submit to the Babylonians, even though it would be humiliating to them as proud Jews, because God was in the Babylonian invasion. Jeremiah 27 is an example of this preaching.

As usual there were hundreds of false prophets like Hannaniah, who prophesied resistance, victory, and triumph. Jeremiah was hated for his “cowardly message” which amounted to submitting to the harsh discipline of God and not resisting.

When Rodney Howard Browne proclaimed that Quarentine was for Pansies, I thought of Jeremiah immediately. There is nothing Spiritual about the bravado of mockery of the manhood of people who ae trying to be prudent. Browne and his accomplice, Kenneth Copeland, who prophesied that CV 19 would be vanquished by the end of March, are just like the false prophet Hannaniah, who “…Make God’s people Trust in a Lie”, (Jeremiah 28) and eventually discredit the cause of Christ.

I hope you understand these people have an errant theology. They believe that God has given them the power to become “little gods” through the New Birth, and to be able to decree and command reality to submit to them, it is called “The Word Of Faith” heresy. Copeland once told an audience that had he known what Jesus knew, He (Copeland) could have gone to the cross also! They are classic gnostics and heretics.

I hate not having full Assemblies, I admit that. I do not put absolute trust in the Government either. But God has allowed many limitations to come upon us; no Sports, no restaurants, no entertainments, (Not as many), and in my view, worse of all, No easy gatherings of Christians, in the tens and hundreds or even thousands. This is one of the beautiful and joyous things about being an American!

But all of that has been suspended. The Word of God is not bound, of course.

Do you believe it has been allowed as a discipline of God? Or is this just the Devil? OR could it be a combination of the two?

Like Judah, in the time of Jeremiah, we proud Americans don’t believe we could ever be curtailed in anything, much less worship. What if these restrictions are the discipline of a loving Father, that we must submit to? Would fighting them be fighting God? Privileges have been stripped, without debate, discussion, or due process, liberties have been suspended indefinitely and that galls all of us.

The Constitution is a wonderful document, but it is not the Word of God.

Could this be a time ordained for repentance? Soul searching and seeking God?

Be careful of modern Hannaniah’s appealing to our pride and vainglory but pretending it is faith.

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Episynagogue (The Gathering On High) … The Rapture pt 2

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

( 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2)

The apostle Paul is trying to comfort a new church, which had received supposed correspondence from Paul, saying that they were already experiencing the “Day of Christ”. It all seemed plausible to them, because they had endured an intense persecution from the very beginning of the church’s existence.

Paul appeals to the coming of Jesus, and “Our gathering together unto him”, in telling them not to be so shaken by this “fake news”.

The expression, “Our gathering together unto Him” is an interesting word in the Greek text, “Episunagogue”. You may recognize within it the word Synagogue, which is a gathering. The prefix “Epi” means “Above”. The Apostle Paul is referring to the Rapture here.

It struck me, in answering to an inquiry by a friend, the question, “What is the Rapture”?, that this is a perfect answer. The Rapture is an appointed gathering above, for the Saints of God.

Before He went to the cross, Jesus spoke to the 12 disciples, (and to us) …

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. ( John 14:1-3)

In this world we shall all have much tribulation. All that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But Jesus doesn’t want his “little flock” to be troubled by this.

Our Lord was making a similar promise to the young Jewish groom of the first century would make to a prospective bride. The Father had already been spoken to the preparations had to be made, a place had to be prepared for the Bride to come to live, and then, when all things were ready, the groom would come to receive the Bride unto himself and take her to the wedding feast and her new home.

Jesus is the original groom. The Father sent him here to gain a bride for himself among all of sinful humanity. The Preparation which had to be made, was the work of the cross. When Jesus said, I go to prepare a place for you”, he was speaking of going to the cross, to die as a satisfaction for our sins.

… I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also…”

What remains is that Jesus must come again, to take us unto Himself. This is the rapture, the gathering in the sky, the Harpazo, the snatching away, to be with him, as I Thessalonians 4 tells us, “… So shall we ever be with the LORD…”.

Not everyone wants to be with the LORD. there are many who “love this present World” too much to ever want to leave it. The Ironic thing is that we will all leave it anyway. Through physical death billions have come into this world and gone, out of the World, and even if they lived a ripe old age, their whole life was but a vapor.

Many have found out too late that this world is but a probation for the next world. It is the next world that counts, forever. Daniel the Prophet is very eloquent here,

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:2-3)

Some wake up to everlasting life … Others to everlasting shame and contempt …

But there are also some who will not die, they will go up in the Rapture at the time of the Second Coming of the LORD.

Get yourself ready it won’t be long now …

More to come …

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What is The Rapture?… Rapture pt 1

A young friend asked me to do a very simple teaching on the rapture, for him to share with a friend, and I realized there are no doubt many who are in the same position, so here we go!

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. ( I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

When the Apostle Paul and his team went to Thessalonica to preach Christ, they were only able to be with the newly planted church for four weeks, before persecution drove them out of town.

What does an Apostle teach new Christians when he only has four weeks to teach them? It is surprising what all Paul taught them, in that short time. He spoke of Repentance, the End Times, the Apostasy, the Man of Sin, the coming God sent delusion, The Parousia, and Apocalypse, and in his letters he constantly reminded them ” … Remember when I was with you I told you these things”?

By modern standards these are far too heavy of subjects to put on “baby Christians”, they supposedly need only the milk, the basics, we don’t want to upset them with “endgames” subjects, instead give very child like teachings on Love, relationships, and tons of Grace’

This is not how the Apostle to the Gentiles approached it. He loaded the new church down on Eschatology, (The Study of the End of things).

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, the Thessalonians endured and even grew through much persecution. I truly wonder how those who disdain prophecy, endtimes, and teaching of repentance are going to fare?

  1. What is the Rapture? It is the Harpazo, the snatching away. In the verse above, which tells us that we who are alive at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus, will be “Caught Up” to meet the LORD in the air. The Greek word for “Caught up” is “Harpazo” and it means to be snatched up with a swift and irresistible force.

This is how those who are alive at the Second Coming will leave this world. We will be snatched up unto God, by God, to be with Him.

It has happened before.

The Book of Genesis speaks of the days of Noah, and it discusses certain ancestors of Noah who preceded Him. Methuselah, whose name means “When he goes it shall come” was a living prophecy. The year He died, the flood came upon the earth.

Enoch walked with God and was not, for God took Him.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. ( Hebrews 11:5)

Elijah was taken up unto heaven in a whirlwind of fire.

Finally, Jesus himself was caught up unto God, after his resurrection in Acts 1.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. ( Acts 1:9-11)

Jesus is coming back to this earth in the same way that He was taken up, bodily, in the flesh. He is coming to Judge the World in Righteousness.

2) The Rapture is an installment of the Resurrection. I Corinthians 15 tells us of the doctrine of the resurrection. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and in life everlasting! But there is a precise order to the resurrection; Christ is the first born from among the dead, the saints in Jerusalem came next, and at his coming, those who had died in Christ shall be raised, and finally, we who are alive and remain until Jesus comes.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. ( I Corinthians 15:22-23)

Jesus has conquered death in all of it’s forms, physical as well as moral and spiritual death. Thus there of necessity must be a resurrection of the dead. Even the sinners who died in their sins must be resurrected, at the end, for their judgment.

3)The Rapture is when we will be finally glorified. Salvation is a process. We have been saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved in the future. I refer to Justification, ( past tense), Sanctification (This is occurring now, day by day) and glorification (future).

Jesus died to justify me before God. He took responsibility for all of my sin when he died on the cross, and his resurrection is the token of my acceptance before God.

But, for us also, to whom it ( Righteousness) shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:24-25)

Now we are in right standing with God, Jesus has purchased it for us.

But, we are not yet morally perfect. Our soul is still very sinful and fallen, even after all these years as a Christian. Upon conversion, we are called to a discipleship, which lasts a lifetime, in which the Holy Spirit is empowering and changing us as regards to sin. We are not yet complete, but moving in that direction by the Spirit. God is sanctifying us. Jesus died to make this happen for us.

Finally, my body is far from Holy. It is dying, decaying and still has passions and desires which are yet sinful.

But, salvation is a complete work. At the Rapture, even this body is going to be changed, and glorified.

And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. ( 1 Corinthians 15:49-54)

4) The rapture is the Escape … All Salvation is a form of Escape. “Out of Egypt have I called my Son”. Think about this motif of escape in the Bible; Noah and his family escaped the Flood, Lot and his daughters escaped the overthrow of Sodom and Gommorah, we are soon going to celebrate Passover, in which the nation of Israel escaped bondage in Egypt.We are promised in many places in the Bible that we too will escape.

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. ( Luke 21:34-36)

Not everyone will escape, as in all of the escapes I mentioned above in the Bible. The Egyptians didn’t escape, neither did the men and women of Sodom and Gommorah, and the World before the flood all perished but eight.

Who can escape? Who will get out of this dying planet before the Judgments begin to come as described in the Revelation? Only those who know Jesus, and have made their peace with God through the cross.

More on this subject to come…

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Thou Shalt Not Steal … Ten Commandments pt 10

Thou Shalt Not Steal … (Exodus 20:15)

A man can have nothing unless it is given to Him by the LORD …( John 3:27)

God gives gifts to people. He gives advantages, strengths, talents, insights, personality traits, family connections… etc., we all have different gifts, by the grace of God.

In this sense, God is not egalitarian, He gives varying gifts in differing amounts to people as it pleases him. We are all called to be stewards of those gifts, and it is possible to develop them or squander them, to increase them or to trade them away, but everybody has received certain gifts and talents from the LORD.

What we all have, should be seen as gifts freely received at His hand.

Thus property is a Biblical concept. The Eighth commandment lays out the principle of private property, legitimately gained and maintained. Thou Shalt Not Steal … You should not take what is not yours, or what the LORD has not given you.

The Heidelberg Catechism does a good job of defining what God is prohibiting in this commandment;

God forbids not only outright theft and robbery 1but also such wicked schemes and devices as false weights and measures, deceptive merchandising, counterfeit money, and usury; we must not defraud our neighbour in any way, whether by force or by show of right. In addition God forbids all greed and all abuse or squandering of his gifts. 

There are countless other ways in which men steal (ie, obtain that which God has given to another person).

Those who refuse to work, or do their work lazily, or employ only eye service, are thieves of their employers time and business. So also are those who bribe or demand bribes, or who cheat or are corrupt.

Those who destroy another person’s reputation are thieves of their neighbor’s good name.

Anyone who exploits or enslaves another person for their own or anyone else benefit, is called a “man stealer” in Scripture.

The Law is not for the Righteous but for the unrighteousness… For lewd persons, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men-stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine… ( I Timothy 1:9-10)

God knows that people often steal other people’s lives. They take what isn’t their own; the labor, strength, morale and conscience of others, and usurp unjust power and authority over others on many different levels. These thieves assume a place in the heart of others, that belongs to God alone. This is theft of the Soul.

There is a whole political philosophy based upon the systemization of envy, covetousness and resentment of the property of others , called “socialism”. It is a seductive philosophy, especially to the young, because it looks like altruism, concern for the poor and is supposedly an attempt to “Equalize everyone”.

“Soak the Rich!” is their battlecry, as they seek to implement policies which strip successful people of ever more of their income, the inheritance they would bequeath to they children, and in the name of equality, they vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.

Thou Shalt Not Steal!

The Apostle Paul gives an antidote to the repentant theif, in the book of Ephesians, which is a new way of looking at life, ( The Sin of Theft is an expression of a selfish worldview).

“Let Him That stole, steal no more but rather let hm labor, working with his hands, so that he will have something to give to those in need”. (Ephesians 4:29)

Repentance of theft involves a complete change of outlook. The thief is a Taker, He just takes what is not his, without regard, he is selfish, self centered, and willing to have whatever he wants . He is his own god.

But repentance means the “taker ” has now become a productive worker, and a Giver… He no longer wants anything that He knows God didn’t give to him. He is God centered now, and realizes that even what He has, is truly God’s, and at God’s disposal. He is looking for ways to give because he has learned to Love.

This is the effect of Calvary. “Freely we have received, now freely we give”.

The Word of God in no way condemns possessions. Scripture assumes private property and commands us to respect it. Having things is not something to be ashamed of, people and possessions go together. We all have needs and desires, and there are legitimate ways of attaining them, this is the assumption of scripture.

People come under a lot of false guilt about this subject, partly due to quasi religious/ political ideology (Leftism) that would shame anyone who has anything by way of possessions when there are so many poor who have less or nothing. Scripture doesn’t condemn anyone who has accumulated things, such as houses, lands, durable property, inheritance, etc., just for having them.

The young are particularly vulnerable to this kind of “Social Justice” * shamebasing.

When a young couple marries, they are going to need things, especially if they want to have a family. There is no virtue in utter poverty, and scripture doesn’t require that of us.

What scripture condemns is, “Trust in Riches”, or the refusal to let go of things when required, or as in this commandment, the acquiring of any of these things by theft, deception, or force. Thou Shalt Not Steal!

Freely giving of your means is virtuous, it is a blessing to be generous, and willing to give. This is the positive fulfillment of this command. “Give and it shall be given unto you…”.

This is not the same as empowering Governments to take ever more share of hard earned livings, through oppressive taxes, in the name of helping the poor! That is theft. Especially when they specifically target the successful, simply for being successful. Thou Shalt Not Steal!

We do not realize it but we live in what is called a “Trust Society” for the most part.

As we as a society drift further from our Christian foundation, simple trust will dissolve, and a way of life which is pleasant, and dignifying will also dissolve. There is a Christian author who was a Hindu, Vishal Mangalwadi , who wrote a book about the Bible, and the benefits we are in danger of forfeiting.

This is from a Blog,

Vishal Mangalwadi, in his book Truth and Transformation, on his first visit to Holland, was taken to a dairy where a couple of surprises awaited him.

I had never seen such a dairy! It had a hundred cows, there were no staff on site, and it seemed amazingly clean and orderly. In India we had a small dairy of our own, but our dairy had two workers and it was filthy and smelly.

Besides the mechanized milking, a bigger surprise was the honor system used to pay for milk.

We walked into the milk room, and no one was there to sell the milk. I expected Jan to ring a bell, but instead he just opened the tap, put his jug under it, and filled the jug.

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His host paid for the milk, making change from the open money bowl on the windowsill, and the transaction was done! Vishal observed that in his native India you would take the milk and steal the basket of money.

His answer to why didn’t people do this in Holland: they were governed internally by the Word of God, which specifically says, “you shall not steal.” India and Egypt didn’t have this legacy. They may choose not to steal out of fear of being caught and prosecuted, or because of the internal “law on the heart” (Rom. 2:15) or conscience. But without the generations of biblical instruction in homes, schools and pulpits about God, His law, future judgment, and grace, the conscience goes only so far.

Vishal observed that such an honor system could only work in a culture of trust. In a different culture, the milk would be diluted—requiring inspectors, and the money bowl would be pilfered—requiring employees. Hiring employees and paying inspectors would increase the price of milk

From Blog

There is no real “Social Justice”, There is only Justice.

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Thou Shalt not Commit Adultery… Ten Commandments pt 9

Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14

We are in the second table of the Law of God. This is the part which is summed up in this commandment, “You Shall Love Your neighbor as Yourself”. The first table is about how we are to Love God, the second, is about loving our fellow man.

We are to love his life, and not to murder him, hate him. seek to diminish him, belittle or insult our neighbor in any way, for these are all forms of murder.

We are also to love his marriage.

Marriage is sacred, it’s sanctity is protected by God, as the book of Hebrews warns us,

Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.( Hebrews 13:4)

Literally, “Marriage is to be honored by all”. God will judge those who violate marriage. The word “adultery” means to “mix in”. Unadulterated milk is theoretically pure milk, nothing added.

Adultery is the sin that introduces another element into that which God ordained to be shared exclusively between husband and wife. “For this cause shall a man leave his Father and Mother and shall cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh…”. Adultery is a sin against God himself, because he is the author of marriage.

It is possible to commit adultery before one is even married. When anyone approaches sexual intimacy casually, without intention of marriage, they are defiling the future marriage which might come to pass.

For example, A young man who claimed to be Christian kissed and held a young girl, in a way which was inappropriate, so I asked him “Are you going to marry her?“. He looked at me like I was crazy, and said, “We are only 16, what are you talking about?

My response was “Chances are you two will not marry each other, you will go your separate ways and one day find a true love whom you will marry, right ? In that case you just kissed another man’s wife! You are guilty of adultery”.

Unfortunately, Adultery has become routine, as Marriage is mocked , ridiculed, drastically redefined and blasphemed. There are millions of Adulterers in our land, because the culture itself is adulterous.

Adultery is one of the “exclusionary sins” Paul warned about when He said

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. ( I Corinthians 6:9-10)

Those who practice adultery will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven! Without repentance, there remains nothing for Adulterers but a certain fiery judgment.

All sins can be confessed, forsaken and forgiven, Jesus died for all of our sins. But Adultery is devastating, even when there is repentance and forgiveness. To break up a family, disgrace your own family, hurt and humiliate your husband or wife, and possibly disenfranchise your own children is a serious consequence.

For all of the reasons listed above, the book of Proverbs warns us that, “He that commits Adultery lacks sense…”

But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.  A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts. ( Proverbs 6:32-35)

Jesus went further in his exposition of this commandment, when he condemned inward adultery, which is always the pre-cursor to the act of Adultery.

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. ( Matthew 5:27-28)

Pornography is Adultery. It is the corruption of marriage, and future marriage, and of the innocence of children. Pornography deforms the personality, making it impossible for a young man to truly relate to the opposite sex. Pornography and sexual immorality “de-mans” men, making them passive, easily controlled (by the Government),and foolish and immature.

The problem is an adulterous heart. This is why the plague of pornography has been so destructive to the modern western world. God looks at the heart. Pornography is so dangerous, and possibly addicting, not to mention so destructive of the personality, Jesus literally warned us,

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. ( Proverbs 5:29-30)

You have to cultivate a holy hatred for all sin. It also helps to develop a healthy fear. Any man can be trapped by the secret images, but they are a pathway to hell. As Proverbs 7 warns us of the harlot and her deadly snares,

Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.  Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.( Proverbs 6: 24-27)

One cannot break free of any sin that he loves, that is why it is important to beseech God to give you a Holy Hatred and revulsion and even fear of such sins as Adultery. Joseph literally ran out of the room, when Potiphar’s wife presented herself to her.

Obviously sin has temporary pleasures, and the world would promote, justify and even glorify adultery, through her movies and literature. But the Bible alone strips away the veneer and reveals the ugly, selfish, deformed aspect of this sin for all to see.

Love is not a feeling. It involves feelings, but is not a feeling, otherwise, how could God command us to love? How could we promise on our wedding day to love each other/ I cannot promise to feel anything for any length of time, let alone for life!

Love is a commitment to each other’s good. We promised God to Love each other, “till death do us part”, and usually in the overall course of Life, Love means sticking with the choices and promises we made to each other. Love will keep us from this sin, and all sins. Selfishness and self idolatry will lead us into it.

One way to look at the ten commandments is to approach them from the opposite direction.The seventh commandment is a prohibition, but it could also be stated positively as in Hebrews. ” You should, Love, Honor and Respect Marriage”.

The Author of marriage, Jesus said,

What God has joined together, let no man put asunder”.

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Why The Games And Restaurants have stopped…

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man , They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. ( Luke 17:26-30)

To my family and friends, As you know, things are getting very strange and no doubt unsettling. Our country has become unrecognizable in the last two weeks, as everything has been shutting down; Sports , Restaurants , and a host of other pleasant diversions have been stripped away from all of us, leaving us isolated in our homes, unable to work or interact or be distracted by the pleasures we have known all of our lives. For the most part many cannot even go to church!

I just want to say, that humanly speaking there are many factors involved, most of which I have no real idea. But Spiritually, God is in this.

I believe God has taken March Madness, the NBA, and a host of other things away from us for the time being, in order to get our attention. We can’t enjoy those things this year, or even go out for a nice meal at a restaurant for the time being. He is even shaking things up, getting people out of their local churches.

It has been so easy to forget God, especially in a modern, fast paced, entertainment society such as ours. Normally at this time many of us will be filling out charts for the NCAA basketball tournament, and watching fast paced college games. I love all of that too, and have no problem with any of it.

But if you have no real connection with God, and if this is the closing chapter of the World, that would become a real problem. this is why He has allowed a microscopic beast to afflict virtually the whole world, and a panicky media and Governments to bring to a grinding halt a good deal of our way of life, work, pleasures and distractions. to get our attention.

Jesus is coming , just as He said He would. But He wants to give you a chance to get right with Him, to repent and to receive the beautiful gift of forgiveness of Sins. As in the opening scripture, we live in a day of foodies, luxury houses, fine dining, sports madness, and a host of other distractions. But you need to make your peace with God, while there is time, everything is coming to a head.

Noah and his family escaped the judgment, because they were able to hear God. it could be that so many are so engrossed in Sports, entertainment, and Bread and circuses, they never even think about God.

It is God who has allowed this, and is calling for your full attention. Have you ever repented of your sins? Have you asked God to save you? Do you believe that Jesus came to die for your sins?

The Bible says that it is in the simplicity of crying out to God, that men are saved…”Whosoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be Saved”. I pray that you will think deeply about what I am saying, and gather the family around a Bible, and red one of the four gospels, and allow God to speak to your heart.

I also want to invite you to join our church ( Believers in grace Fellowship, on Facebook) which live streams on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm for communion, worship, prayer and Bible teaching.

I need to say these things ’cause I love you so
And I’m sorry you get angry when I say that you just don’t know
But there’s a heaven waiting for you and me
I know it seems every time we talk I’m only trying to just make you seeAnd it’s only that I care
I really only want just to see you therePlease try and overlook my human side
I know I’m such a bad example, and you know I’m so full of pride
But Jesus isn’t like that, now; he’s perfect all the way
I guess that’s why we need him, ’cause by ourselves there’s just no wayAnd it’s only that I care
I really, really only just want to see you ther
e ( Keith Green, Song To My Parents)

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Scriptures to Consider For our Times…

Brother Aaron passed these on to me at early morning men’s prayer, and I thought I would give them a larger platform. For your consideration , an prayer…

Ps 95 7 Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts and become spiritually dull as at Meribah [the place of strife], And as at Massah [the place of testing] in the wilderness,  

They complained because there was no water.  They said they might as well have died in the last plague. They didn’t trust God, even though they saw miracles.  

2 Chronicles 6 Solomon’s dedication of the temple If people sin, if they’ve been defeated by their enemy, if there’s famine, locusts, plague, or sickness, and they pray, then forgive and render to each of them so that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways  

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 13 If I shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or if I command locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence and plague among My people, 14 and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.  

Leviticus 26 If you do not obey me, but reject my statues: I will appoint to you terror, fever, useless seed.  You will be struck down by your enemies. I will break your pride in your power. If, then I will increase the plague on you seven times I will let loose the [wild] animals If, then I will send pestilence (virulent disease).  They will ration your bread. Yet if in spite, I will lay waste your cities.  I will make the land desolate. I will scatter you among the nations Then the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. If they confess their wickedness and the wickedness of their forefathers, then I will remember My covenant with Jacob.  

Jeremiah 18:7-8 7 At one moment I might [suddenly] speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will uproot and break down and destroy; 8 if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent and reverse My decision concerning the devastation that I intended to do.  

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