Wednesday, December 13, 2017

TRAILER FOR MY NEW BOOK:


The Reverence of God's Name

I believe the Ten Commandments are as authoritative today as when they were written. However, the Hebrew actually means "the ten words" or "the ten sayings". John 1 relates that "the Word" is Jesus Who became flesh. Thus the Ten Commandments are the Ten Sayings of the Word who Is Jesus. 

God has three attributes: Mind (Creator), Body (Jesus), and Spirit (Almightiness). What was written in stone was God's will, the Word spoke it, and the Spirit of God powered the printing press so to speak:
Exodus 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
The "finger of God" was the Power of the Holy Spirit, and was the same "finger of God" which performed the miracles against Pharaoh (Exodus 8:19), and the same "finger of God" which is in us and protects us:
Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. 
We never look at it that way, but the Ten Commandments are the very Will of God spoken by the Voice of God who Is  Jesus who can protect and Comfort us. Thus, "the Ten Words" were Jesus Christ in absentia. That is why Jesus said:
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
With that said, Jesus is the Law. He wrote it, it's His, and it is forever because it's in stone! By disobedience to the Law, a sinner is irreverent to Jesus.  The first four "Words" were to honor God - the One who Willed the Law, Spoke the Law, and Printed the Law.  The last six "Words" were to honor each other. Thus, Jesus said:
Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Thus honoring the Ten Commandments is honoring Jesus. How is that done? By loving each other, not just tolerating, but as we love ourselves, and God knows the magnitude of that! "The Ten Words" - Commandments, then, as all Scripture, is all about Jesus!

Now, let us look at a particular "Saying of the Word":
Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
This verse has two parts: (1) the Command, and (2) the penalty for disobedience. We know the command but we often neglect the penalty. Let's look more closely at the passage:

"Take" is nasa' in the Hebrew.  The first definition is Strong's Dictionary is "bear".

"Name" is shem (pronounced "shame" ironically) in the Hebrew. Strong's points out another word even better: "Name" - meaning renowned or famous.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Jesus means "God saves" and is a theophoric reference to Yeho or JHVH. Thus, the very name of Jesus - Yehoshua refers to and points back to the Nameless One - God! That's right, before Jesus was born, God was without Name:
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
Until Jesus was born, "the Word" was without Name. How can this be when the Third Commandment is to not take God's Name is vain!  That's because someday God would have a Name, and He was called Jesus, and by the way - Emmanuel, or God with us!

Now, let is look at the commandment again. We are not to take "name of the Lord thy God " in vain. "Vain" means "with no real value" (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) in this context.

Thus far, we have "You shall not bear Jesus without regard for who he Is." Who is He? "God saves".

It looks as if violating that Commandment is more than using God's Name with frivolity but blasphemy itself. Blasphemy is the denial of the Existence of God; irreverence for Jesus. ("There is no God," is a violation of the Third Commandment.) However, I'm sure you will point out that the reference is not to blaspheme against the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 12:21 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Let's be clear: THE Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Jesus who Is with us still! (See my thought "Daily Thought" at http://kentuckyherrin.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-holy-ghost.html for more on this. There is a video link as well).

Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, then, is the denial that Jesus is resurrected. If He has not been, you can't be - thus damnation!

The words  "the Name" (proper) refers to Jesus. Throughout the Old Testament (OT) and the New, "the name of the Lord" - that which the Jews refer to as "The Name", is He whom the Jews and the Apostles called upon. However, in the OT God was without name - He Just Is/Was/Shall Always Be, since God is Existence. Therefore there had to be a Name of the Lord. It was always one of two: Jesus - "His Existence saves" or Emmanel - "The Existence With Us". "The Name of the Lord" means eternal existence, and that's what Jesus's Name means - "God or The Existence saves"!

God doesn't have three Names; He Is God, He Is Jesus, and He Is the Holy Spirit. The Name of God is validated using scripture:
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
This usage is not "names" but "name". God is not plural. The Name of the Lord Is "Jesus"! 
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Which is it then - the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, or Is it Jesus's Name? I submit it's the same Name! The Name of the Lord, and the God-Person Jesus.

Now back to the Third Commandment: Jesus means "God Saves", hence the Name of the Lord is "God Saves". Taking "God Saves" insincerely is using "God's Name in vain". It is denying the efficacy of Jesus's Purpose - to save mankind by His death in our place! In other words, taking the Lord's Name in vain, is failing to consider the Holy Ghost - that Jesus still lives!

How many of you don't seriously believe in the Ghost of Jesus? How many don't take seriously that you don't have the Spirit of God dwelling in you? That, my friends, is taking Jesus frivolously; that is taking the Name Jesus ("God Saves") in vain! You deny that God can save by not taking Jesus and his sacrifice seriously.

Let me validate that argument by part two of the Third Commandment: "the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain". The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). Using "the Lord's Name in vain" is by definition "sinful". The only sin which is not covered by the blood and death of Jesus is blasphemy. Thus "using God's Name in vain" and "blasphemy" are essentially the same. It's not that people say God's Name on vain, but that they "bear" His Name without sincerity. 

In front of God, everyone will someday bow to Him. "The Lord, or the Word -  Jesus says:
Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
It appears that "taking the Lord's Name in vain" is failure to serve Jesus. It's not recognizing God's sacrifice of His Namesake.  Rejecting Jesus by not taking Him seriously is damning. That is vanity. When we fail to take God's sacrifice of His only Son seriously, that is "bearing the Name Jesus with frivolity."

















Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The New World Order

As we watch the New World Order being established, those who are intellectually blind deny it even exists. It's called a "conspiracy theory". Let me state, I do not believe a group of people have conspired to create a New World Order. Of course, they use those terms because everyone hopes for a better world. Those are not who I fear!

A Dr. Doddridge used the term "in the course of natural events" in his dairy (Journal of Belles Lettres) in reference to the superintendence of God. Nothing happens by nature itself; however, but a supra-natural God intends it - even evil. We are headed toward a New World Order. However, it is not a conspiracy of elite people, but a natural event occurring because God allows it. As Supreme Ruler who sits on the universe's throne in heaven, God superintends everything. Of course, the Deism heresy is that after creating us, God left us to our own devices.

Deism is more in line with "conspiracy theories" because it puts man in charge of his own destiny. We are not! Both righteous and evil people are allowed to function because God wills it. Right this instant, God has the power to eliminate poverty, racial hatred, and even diseases. He doesn't do that. Jesus didn't come to improve or change the world but to save it (John 3:17). Not the world itself but the people of the world. And from who is it He is saving the world? Ourselves, actually, who are doing the will of Satan while at the same time, believing that we are the masters of our own domain!

Satan's plan is that there will be a New World Order. He has a religion and a government being formed as I write. He will select its leader, and allow that leader to proclaim himself "God". That leader is the Antichrist. He will have many members in his cabinet. They are antichrists. His cabinet will consist of political and religious leaders who combine those two institutions. There will be no wall of separation between church and state because the state will be the church, and the church will be the state.

The Antichrist will be the pontificus maximus of that cult-state. Like the Roman Empire, the new religion will be one of tolerance. Any type of worship will be welcome except for Christianity and Judaism because in that day, many Jews will be Messianic. Those Jews will suffer the guillotine or machete blade for the Name of Jesus.

This outcome in not a plan. It's not written-down anywhere except the Bible, and there it's written as a warning. It's prophetic. God has revealed the evilness of mankind. The world, refusing to be saved, will turn against God. This is "in the course of natural events". Natural means it is happening without the coordination of those in the world. It is superintended by God because it is His will, and His stooge is Satan. God allows him to go just so far because of the existence of evil, but Satan will be stopped when enough is enough. The New World Order, just like Stalin's and Hitler's attempt to establish one, will fail. I do not choose to be part of a failing autocratic empire!

The sequence of events in scripture is gradual. The New World Order will not be in the lifetime of extant Christians.. The dead and alive in Christ, according to the Bible, will rise and meet Jesus in the sky to be "raptured" into the Kingdom of God. However, those converted to Christianity after that time, and some 144,000 Jews, will exist in that New World Order with a global government and religion. It will seem good! That perception appears to be socialism. It's religion appears to be Islam - the so-called "peaceful religion".

When righteous people fail to obey evil, they will be beheaded by the New Order priests. This government seems to be a composite of communism and Radical Islam. Of course, orthodoxy in Islam is all radical. This New World Order parallels the world-wide goal for an Islamic caliphate. It will come about, and Christianity will seem to lose out. That's for a period of time until the mother of all battles takes place - Armageddon! Then Christ will rule for a thousand years.

The outcome of disobedience is not a conspiracy of men but of Satan. However, because Satan can only do what God allows, even the disobedient are fulfilling God's will! He Is the Superintendent and knows what's happening right now: the world is undergoing gradual change as undiscerning people are deceived. Liberals, you are the foot-soldiers with your jack-boots marching in Satan's army, not even realizing whose direction you are following. Of course, those such as George Soros are leading your army but when his Nuremburg arrives, like Eve, he will also blame the serpent!

George Soros is not leading a conspiracy. He's just a tool used by Satan. He does what Satan wills him to do, and God allows it because He knows how evil men are!

Liberals, neither is there a "right-wing" conspiracy. There are sinners on both sides, all used for the purposes of Satan. You follow the same leader, thinking that you are enemies. You both are being used! Both are liberalism. Let me explain. Conservatism is defending the faith, be it government or religious institutions. The Church happens to be the primary and most important institution  to Christians. Hence, liberalism is an escape from conservatism. It is the doctrine of "doing what is right in one's own eyes" (Judges 17:6) in contrast to religious conservatism which is doing what is right in God's eyes (1 John 3:7).

Liberalism is the gradual destruction of God's will for the world. It's proponents for rapid destruction are two: Karl Marx and Mohammad. Although of different era's, they still live through progressivism and Islam whose common goal is to destroy Christianity.

Learn history. It was the left side of the Estates General  of the French Revolution from which "left-wing" was derived. The left destroyed the government and the Church. They used the same tactics - coercion and the guillotine  which the global dictatorship will use in the end.

Somehow liberals created a "new truth". Because Hitler was defeated in shame, suddenly liberals tagged Nazism (National Socialism) as right-wing along with Fascism. Merely because they fought communists does not make them less leftwing. They were as much against the Church as the Communists, and their tactics were the same! In fact the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks -  both socialists, fought each other during the Second Russian Revolution. Because one group fights against liberals does not make them conservative! Liberalism is dedicated to the evil empire, and even "conservative" Islam sides with them!

Ironically "Antifa" means "anti-fascist". However, it's techniques and hatred are the epitome of Fascism. Both are liberal - being against the institutions which God Superintends!

It is not a conspiracy but it will happen "in the course of natural events". We must be sober and vigilant to not be deceived. Both liberalism and Islam seem to be good, but both are "wolves in sheep's clothing" (Matthew 7:15). The revolution of the New World Order has already begun, and they will win the battle without firing a shot. We fear the terrorism of Islam and the tyrants in North Korea. Those of whom I worry are those in power where civility seems to be. I'm referring to the media, the government, the educational system, the foundations, the philanthropists, and even the large corporations. If they are not for God, they are against Him (Matthew 12:30).

This war is fought in the minds of people, but it is directed from a unseen realm. In fact, even those called "conspirators" know not what they do because they are blinded. They follow "the course of human events" and are mere vampires who seek  to suck the life out of Christiandom. This revolution is being directed. It's not earthlings which are conspiring; it is Satan planning:
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
If there was a conspiracy both left and the so-called "right" who are not Christians would be part of it. Because it is Satan's plan, unwittingly the leftists are the foot-soldiers in this spiritual warfare. Even the elect - Christians, are fooled (Matthew 24:24).

Christians live presently in the Kingdom of God. Those who are not Christians are already citizens of the New World Order. You are being organized without your knowledge. The Word of God reveals the plan but most people only listen to the world. Again, mankind is being deceived. The serpent never gives up!  It will never end, at least until the war is over when God tires of the mutiny of His creatures.







Monday, December 11, 2017

Unbelief - Doubt - Faith

Some people just do not believe. As Jesus said about those who crucified him, "Forgive them Father for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). They did not believe that Jesus was the Christ, and people today still disbelieve. Although Jesus was real, witnesses - both disciples and secular, testified to his Existence. However, some refuse to accept fact, while others just don't believe that God came in the flesh, and suffered death in our places.

Of course, Christians have faith. God too knows Himself, That is "the faith of God" (Romans 3:3). It seems that the greatest faith a human can have is "the faith of Abraham" (Romans 4:16) because he was willing to sacrifice his only remaining son, just as God did His. Abraham had great faith. However, it only takes "a little faith" to be a Christian (Matthew 6:30).

Even the apostles had little faith in Jesus until He died. If they had believed Jesus would die for mankind, as He implied and then stated, the apostles and other disciples would have been born-again. They had not the faith of Abraham, and hence, were not at that time truly Christians. They didn't really know Jesus; they merely followed Him. We saw with Peter that he didn't trust Jesus because he denied him three times. It seems that the apostles were unbelievers until they finally saw the Light after the darkened skies of Calvary. Then even Peter came on board! Thomas was the last unbeliever. He is noted for doubting.

"Remission of sins" is only by the blood of another shed in propitiation for the believer (Hebrews 9:22). The believers before the time of Jesus shed the blood of innocent animals as a substitution for the Messiah's. The sincere worshipers knew to whom they were sacrificing! The Word told them. As such, Abraham was as much saved by the blood of Jesus as was Paul. In fact, Abraham had more faith than Paul because Paul met the resurrected Savior. It took less faith for him.

The earliest disciples were just that - followers. A few realized Jesus's purpose. Those on whom he worked miracles had faith in Him as God. Somehow, God inclined them to accept Jesus as Savior even before Jesus redeemed them. Those lame, blind, dead in Lazarus' case, demon-filled, and having other issues knew that Jesus could heal.  Their "faith made them whole" (Luke 17:9 and several other places). During His life, the apostles had yet to be made whole. They were not unbelievers but doubters. They failed to realize Jesus's power, and that there indeed was power in the blood!

If we look at thief No. 2 on the cross, and let's do that:
Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors (wrong-doer; Thief #1) which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other (wrong-doer; Thief #2) answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I said unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Both thieves saw the blood. Thief #1 saw and rejected the lifeblood flowing from Jesus. Although he couldn't save himself, Jesus could. He didn't trust Him to do that. He was an unbeliever. On the other hand, Thief #2 saw the blood of Jesus, trusted Jesus, and insisted on Jesus's innocence. His trust was faith. Because he knew that Jesus could save him, Jesus did. A few hours later, after Jesus died, Thief #1 was in Hell, but Thief #2 was with Jesus in Paradise.

We know where Jesus's body was that day. It was in the tomb, but where was Jesus? That day He was with Thief #2 welcoming him a mansion in God's House (John 14:2), and Comforting him! Thief #2 had great faith that day! His faith "made him whole".

The two examples here are Thief #1 - the unbeliever, and Thief #2 - the one with faith.

Where were the doubters? Only the Book of John mentions "disciples" being at the crucifixion. I would hope that included the apostles! Maybe they weren't there. We know that Peter was afraid. Whatever the case, Jesus's death made Thief #2 a Christian. Catholics identified the first man "saved" by the blood of Jesus - Dismas (Latin) or Demas (Coptic). We should remember him not for what he was, but who he became - the first saint. In my doctrine, he was the first person saved by the actual propitiation of Jesus's blood!

In between the unbelievers and the faithful were the doubters. They knew Jesus, followed Him, but never trusted what He said. Those who crucified Jesus "knew not what they do". It seems that since Jesus died for everyone, the apostles and other disciples were included as guilty. Neither did they know what they did! They had yet to believe in a trusting manner.

Some of the women: the three Mary's and Salome, specifically, and many other women, were at the crucfixion. It seems the men disciples had a weak stomach and were few because the women were mentioned specifically. Likewise, the first to venture to the tomb were women.  The doubters stayed in their locked room in fear of the same death but the women ventured out.

Doubting is sinful. It is Satan and his dark angels who cast doubt on us. Doubt comes from deception. The way Satan deceives is through sin. An increase in sin raises more doubt. The apostles who had little faith in Jesus were sinful because they were doubters. Jesus pointed out their doubt:
Luke 24:38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?  
They weren't born-again because they followed Jesus, but were when their faith increased. That was when Jesus miraculously appeared in the locked room (John 20:19). Belief in the resurrection is essential doctrine. Even the apostles didn't truly believe in Jesus as God until he returned to life and appeared to them. Paul preached often on the importance of the resurrection. If any follower does not believe that Jesus arose and still lives, then he or she is a doubter.

Modern people accept the propitiation of Jesus but do they really trust Him? When people sin, they either fail to believe there is a penalty for sin, or have some doubt about Jesus and their own resurrection. Indeed, sinning is a sign that the believer has doubts.
John 20:17 "...Do not disbelieve, but believe.”
Jesus said that to Thomas even after the miracle of the resurrection. Thomas doubted but then believed. If Jesus had remained in the tomb, the apostles would have all stayed doubters. Because some don't accept that, they are doubters - to the extent that they disbelieve! Eternal life is only for those who actually trust that there is a resurrection. Otherwise, belief is not trust and is in vain. Denying the resurrection is taking Jesus's Name in vain because only by the Name of Jesus can one be saved (Acts 4:12).

Did you ever think of that?
Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Acts 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 
God incarnate was called Jesus (Matthew 1:25).  God Is without Name but was called Jesus. It boils down to taking the Lord's Name in vain is denying the divinity of Jesus! Doubting Jesus is severe violation of the Third Commandment. We must believe, and not doubt. That's what Dismas did first - he did not doubt!







Sunday, December 10, 2017

Not Having to Obey the Law

We are all sinners (Romans 3:23).  With that said, is "sin" black and white, or are there shades of grey? Of course, much of our lives are mundane but even in our daily lives we are to praise and honor God. Because we're working six days does not relieve us of the responsibility of honoring God. Honoring God gets no days off. If we fail to honor God, that is sinful - one of omission. In fact, I dare say that even the most dedicated Christians have more problems with sins of omission than commission! Both are willful, but sins of omission are negligence while those of commission are intentional. Both types of sins are for the purposes of the sinner.

There are also accidental sins. One coming to mind is the accidental abortion of an unborn child when another person is struggling with the woman. (Exodus 21:22-25). Why is accidental harm sinful? Because another sin led to it. On this occasion strife between the two. If we remain vigilant (1 Peter 5:8) we are less prone to sin. In fact, if we stay away from temptation, we are more safe! (Matthew 26:41).

Essentially, sin is missing God's mark. God is more lenient with accidental sins. However, the willful sins are our biggest problem. Another type of sin is seldom mentioned - how we are because of human nature. We are born, because of original sin, with a propensity to do evil. In other words, sin comes naturally. We must work to not sin.

The metrics of sin are enumerated with the Ten Commandments. Some are things we are to do, others are things we are not to do, and others are because of our nature. Look at how not to sin. Obey the Ten Commandments. These are Gods Laws written on stone and are eternal. On the other hand, Mosaic Laws were written by Moses, and come with minute regulations. As Christians, we are not bound by Mosaic Law but we are by God's Law. For instance in Mosaic Law, Jews could not eat meat sacrificed to idols. For us Christians, we can. We were delivered from bondage, no longer having to cross every "t" and dot every "i".

Why have the Law? It is so mankind is without an excuse. We can never rationalize: I never knew that was wrong. The Law is so that we can be convicted of sin, to know when we're sinning. Without conviction, there would be no guilt, and repentance would not be forthcoming.

As such, the Law taught us how to be remorseful. Knowing that we are sinners means knowing the Law. The Law teaches us that we are indeed sinners. The Law prepares our hearts for conviction, remorse, and for repentance. That is our part in being born-again, and leads to the conclusion: We can't save ourselves but Jesus can! The Law leads to the second-birth. That's why Jesus said he came to "fulfill the Law", not to do away with it (Matthew 5:17). As a result of being born-again, with that enlightenment, Jesus justifies your sentence. Justification is paying the price on your behalf. He paid the price for dying for you. It is not just as you never sinned as simpletons define it, but because you DID sin and it is paid for! The following verse explains that well:
Galatians 3:24 Therefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Knowing that Jesus can and did pay for our sins is faith. That includes knowing that He will judge you innocent because your sins are remitted.

The second-birth - being born again, creates a new person. The sinner moves from the status of slave to freeman as that happens. Before being born-again, the old person was bound by both sin and the Law, having to try to justify himself. The Pharisees were the best at self-justification. That is called self-righteousness, and is obedience to the Law without the love of God and others. Jesus pointed out their condition:
John 8:34  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 
Why are people servants of sin? They sin willingly for pleasure or negligently for their own purposes. As such, sin enslaves, and our method of payment is wrong. People attempt to pay for their own salvation, which nothing in the world can buy. It is a free gift from God. In their attempt to pay for their own violations of God's Law, they become slaves to sin and to the Law. Because they can't serve two masters, Satan becomes their master (Luke 16:13).

With rebirth, we are no longer under the Law because it can enslave us. Satan uses God's Law to hold us in bondage. He says, "If you only do these things, you'll be alright." He lies. You indeed will die!

Grace is getting a freebie. Jesus, because he loves you and desires that none should perish, died in your place (John 3:16). He did that willfully because sinners sin willfully. He carried our crosses along with His to Calvary where he bore our sin, having none Himself. That feat allowed us to go from bondage to liberty:
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 
Once a person is born-again, he is a free man; sin or the Law no longer having dominion over him. You see, being dependent on the Law to save oneself is the ultimate sin. Salvation depends on realizing that!

After the rebirth, you are no longer bound by the Law. By the way, you never were. You were just deceived into believing that! Salvation was always by grace, and was always by the shedding of the blood of another. (Look up your own scripture.)

Sin no longer condemns us, save one:  blasphemy - denying God (Matthew 12:31).  Although, we are no longer bound by the Law, it is not expedient - serving our purpose:
1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
What is that expediency? To show love for God. (John 14:15).  If we love God, we are to keep His commandments. That's expedient because love of God is a pre-requisite to salvation. That sounds like circular reasoning but is not. The new birth is taking the old person who feels he must obey to the new person who is willing to obey. Willingness is the key word. No longer our will but God's. (Matthew 26:39). Thus, being born-again is sacrificing one's own will for God's will (Romans 12:1).

With that change of heart, the flesh, being circumcised from it (Jeremiah 4:4), the old person is transformed to the new. Although at liberty to sin or to obey the Law, the one with a new heart joyfully obeys the Law because he loves God out of gratitude for justification.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
We show our love for God by loving others (neighbors). We have he liberty to hate, but the new creature's heart is circumcised. We can hate if we want, but no longer have the desire to hate. Hatred is still measured by the Ten Commandments, or should I say love.

God doesn't leave nor forsake you when you sin. He does still convict the sinner with the Law. Each time we sin, we are to repent. Failure to repent allows Satan to bond us with even more sin. Since we can't serve two masters, then we accept God as our only Master. You see, we have liberty, but we must use it well. That's like my own permissive father: We were at liberty to do what we pleased because our pleasure was obeying him. We didn't obey Dad out of fear but love and respect. That's the same for our heavenly Father.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Effeminate


1 Corinthians 6:9 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, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
I include here a list of "no no's". We often speak of fornicators and adulterers but lumped alongside them are the "effeminate". For men, that is thinking, dressing, and behaving more like a woman. It is gender confusion. A woman's sin would be similar only opposite.
In this scripture the Greek word malakos is used. Strong's Dictionary defines that as "sodomy". Essentially, men don't have the equipment for sexual intercourse, so they improvise, using what was intended for defecation as a means of enjoyment. Women have their own equally disturbing methods. Before the P.C. Police made new rules, sodomites were called "queer" - worthless or unnatural. Sodomy is an unnatural act. Historically, biologically, socially, and physiologically sodomy has always been queer. Add to that spiritually because God created man and woman to serve each other and multiply. Obviously, the effeminate serve mostly their own gender.
In addition to a distortion of sexual practice is sexual identity. The effeminate and butch (for the masculine females), being of the opposite gender in appearance and behavior, is wrong as well.
Deuteronomy 22:5 “A woman shall not wear a man's garment, nor shall a man put on a woman's cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.
"Abomination" means disgusting. Men should dress as men and women as women. How much clearer can scripture be? Here is a typical example of gender-bending dress.

Louis XIV of France (from Getty Museum painting)


Louis set the style, not only for Europe but Russia as well. Let me admit, he was far from being a homosexual. Indeed he had many children by wives and mistresses. He, however, was vain. Saint Simon said this about him:
"There was nothing he liked so much as flattery, or, to put it more plainly, adulation; the coarser and clumsier it was, the more he relished it."
He dressed for flattery. He is was the male peacock! Although he was active in the church, his sins were grievous. Even though he wasn't homosexual, his dress was as ostentatious as the women of his day. The nobility dressed accordingly. He set the styles but to be in style, even if it is androgynous, is still wrong.
The modern gender-bending look is the modern-day Louis XIV. It is coming into vogue. Even if society accepts that look, God does not. 
There are differences between men and women. We were created that way on purpose. In fact, our DNA is our identity. Male and female are stamped from conception with specific genetic identities. Furthermore, our chromosomes are different: XX pairs for female, and XY for males. Chromosomes contain all the DNA we will ever have, and is the genetic material of our existence. We are biologically different in our image. 
Likewise, the skeletal system is different. The pelvis for women is designed for child-birth. It is wider and more rounded. Females are meant for conception and childbirth. That is their divine responsibility. God made male and female to multiply. Males can't do that. Only women can! (No, there has never been a male, even modified, who became pregnant and birthed a child.) For gender bending attempts, it is out of God's divine will, and unnatural. Males who do that are effeminate!
Neither do men and women have the same hormones. Their gender sets their hormonal needs. Sure, hormonal levels can be adjusted, but that is artificial and never-ending. The sex of a person cannot be modified regardless of the efforts of science. If that ever occurs, then the end is near because then men will have become "as gods" on their own mind.
The extreme of effeminacy is transgenderism in men. They endeavor to become girls because they think like girls. No one can prove why but my guess is as good as the next: they are confused because of their childhood development. Transgenders are born male or female. They aren't satisfied with their genetic identity, and as such denigrate the purpose God had for them.
We should feel sorry for them for their confusion. We should not, however, make transgenderism acceptable. That tolerance will create more confused children. We have seen the increase in homosexuality in modern times. It is a learned behavior. They are not born that way! Lady Gaga is as wrong about that as she is everything else. Neither are people born transsexual. 
Sexual abnormalities are unnatural. God has the power to cleanse people of their sin. His antidote is love. The entire bible is all about hating sin but loving the sinner!
"God so love the world" includes confused people. "Whosoever" means the effeminate too. However, it is not on their terms. Look at all of the passage:
John 3:16 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.

"Believeth" is from the Greek word pistiew - to have faith or trust in Jesus. If any sinner without regard to sin, trusts Jesus, they can be made a new creature:

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
That "new creature" is back to Designer's Intent. To return to the image of God! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Offerings

The way we are to show love is by offerings. We must know to Whom and why offerings are made. Face it, God doesn't want your money, your harvest, your ram, or your bull! His desire is to have your love. No offering given in resentment nor pride is an acceptable offering. There are several different types of offerings, each for their own reason. Today, I focus on two: the heave offering and the wave offering. Why? It is clear to whom they are offered!

The heave offering was for the Levites - those without an inheritance or land.
Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
Thus the tithe of the Christian goes to our mediator with God - the priests. I won't go into the portions and rituals for the heave offering because there is something more important of which to write!
 Leviticus 8:26 And out of the basket of unleavened bread, that was before the Lord, he took one unleavened cake, and a cake of oiled bread, and one wafer, and put them on the fat, and upon the right shoulder: 27 And he put all upon Aaron's hands, and upon his sons' hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the Lord. 28 And Moses took them from off their hands, and burnt them on the altar upon the burnt offering: they were consecrations for a sweet savour: it is an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
Leviticus 23:9 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: 11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
It appears the wave offering was in gratitude to God for his goodness. The people were to bring the good stuff - the firstfruits, thus thanking God for his blessings.

Then there was a manner for making the offerings to the Lord:
Exodus 29:27 And thou shalt sanctify the breast of the wave offering, and the shoulder of the heave offering, which is waved, and which is heaved up.
The wave offering came from the breast - with outstretched hands. The heave offering came from the should - with arms lifted up.  Thus, the two taken together as they were, what do we have with the motions? The Cross on which Jesus died! (A picture of Jesus on the Cross). These two offerings were for Jesus; the heave offering as mediator to God and a timid servant to all, and the wave offering in gratitude to his Godhood.

Notice that Jesus had no inheritance. It was the meek who will inherit the earth. As a priest on the order of Melchizedek - King of Salem, Jesus is both Priest and King. As King of the Jews, not by accident, he was also Priest and King of Jerusalem, and thus inherited Melchizedek's altar and throne. Some believe that Melchizedek was an appearance of Jesus in human form since he was without lineage and was eternal (Hebrews 7:1-4). Study the rest of that chapter. It speaks of the Aaronic and Levitical priesthoods, as well as the priesthood of Melchizedek which Jesus is!
Hebrews 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Whereas the priesthood offered up many sacrifices to the Lord, somehow they all pointed toward Jesus. It just so happened that the wave and heave offerings  pointed directly to the Cross! They offered regularly but Jesus offered one time for all time. Before, many animals died but with Jesus One life was given - the Perfect Offering - God Himself in our place!

Thus the two offerings taken together are to honor the Servant and King. The Wave to the King and heave to the Servant. Never forget, Holy Scripture is all about Jesus. Everything they did was in praise of the Word - pre-incarnate Jesus. Jesus in Spirit was there and smelled the sweet aroma of honor and gratitude! Moses knew of Whom he served... do you?