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WE BELIEVE

(Articles of Faith)

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7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Mark 7:)


EVANGELISM: We're told by none other than Jesus Himself that we're to preach the Good News, the Gospel of the Kingdom, to every creature throughout the world.[170] Is this being done? Of course we know it is because we can see all the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons who encompass the world with the Gospel. Just a few more countries to hear the news, we're told, and Jesus can come back and set up His Kingdom. Is that the message Jesus was referring to when He instructed us to preach the Word? No you say? Then is it the doctrine of you're church Jesus was speaking of? Or is it that no church is preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and therefore no one, not even us is hearing the true message Jesus preached?[171] If the latter should happen to be true, and we're not hearing the Message of the Kingdom, then what is the message (the Gospel), and what is the Kingdom?[172] And equally important, when will we hear the true message we're missing out on? And what will be the consequences for our having missed or ignored the true message?[174]

 

CHILDREN OF GOD: The Bible tells us that the true Christian is a child of God. Because of this many people like to refer to themselves as "King's Kids," usually more in a light vein than seriously because they don't realize the importance of the label.

Taking a step farther we have those who talk about being "Sons of God." Just about everyone in the Traditional churches will shy away from this nomenclature because it sounds as if we're saying we will be God, or a god as is common in some Eastern religions.

What does the Bible have to say about sons of God? To begin with, we know that Jesus is the only "Begotten Son of God." There was no other before Him, and there will be no other Begotten Son of God in the future. The Seed has been successfully planted, therefor no need for another.[175] The problem we run in to is trying to find the dividing line between a begotten child of God, and the child of God we're to be.

When we read Matthew's account of Jesus' birth we find a process which none of us have been through. Our mother was not "virgin" at our birth, nor was it God the Father who conceived us. We are human through and through, and this is our downfall from the very beginning of our life. Jesus didn't experience Adam's hold on Him because He had none of Adam's seed in Him.[176]

When Jesus sacrificed Himself He made it possible for each of us to have a new beginning. If we are truly repentant and believe what we say at our baptism, that we are turning our life over to God (thereby in essence changing our father from Adam to God, the one we listen to and obey),[180] then we are a child, or a "son of God." What made Jesus different from the rest of us, besides His birth and distinction? It was the Holy Spirit He had working within and through Him.[177] Even with His miracles and His preaching, Jesus would not have been special if not for the Holy Spirit. We see Elijah and Elisha who did what Jesus did, and this long before the Holy Spirit was given.[178] And after the crucifixion the Apostles did what Jesus did, and even more.[179] The difference was not in what the person did, but the source by which the act was accomplished. Those who had a Spiritual relationship with the Father were "sons of God," while those who did the very same thing without that relationship were unknown to Jesus and cast out.[179]

What does it mean to be a son of God? Do we become gods as Jesus became God? No, this is the problem we have understanding the purpose of God, we turn everything upside-down and try to reason with our carnal minds what can only be understood through the Spirit.[180] We don't become as God, God becomes as man![181] (Did someone's light bulb just ignite? I thought it might.) This should be clear to us when we see Jesus, and how God became man, and worked to serve His creation through the body of a man. But it's not just one man through which He wants to serve, it's through many such men (people) He wants to live as He lived (lives) through Jesus and the Apostles. This can only be accomplished if a person abandons all "self" from themselves, their vessel, and allows the Holy Spirit to work His wonders through them.[181] It's in this way God receives the glory through our efforts, rather than our trying to share in that glory because it was through us the work was accomplished.[182] Although many sought to give Jesus honor for what He was doing, He never received any honor but gave the Father all the glory, as did the Apostles that followed after Him.[182]

 

THE KINGDOM OF GOD: We have a picture of the Kingdom being a place on another planet (because this one called earth is supposedly going to be burned up and destroyed.)[200] or that if the Kingdom of God is to be on this earth, that it will be a utopia where no one works and everything is perfect and wonderful. How boring. I picture the Hindu spending forever in a lotus position sitting on a lily pad, reminiscent of a petrified frog having no purpose other than to remain alive. God has much higher aspirations for His creation than to make it into a diorama that comes from, and goes no where.

When trying to understand the Bible certain obstacles get in our way. One of these obstacles is the Old Testament prophets, and especially John's imagery of the end times in his Book of Revelation. At the end of Revelation we see a picture of what appears to be a wonderful existence with no problems and with everything and everyone in his or her place, doing nothing but bowing before God and worshiping Him with all our heart.[201] Can you imagine God wanting this from His creation? If this is what He wants, then all He has to do is command the multitude of angels He has total control over to lick His feet. No, the Kingdom of God will be much more full and interesting than that just presented.

The Kingdom will be like, and an extension of the Millennium, which will be similar to Israel at its establishment. The difference is that everyone will by then have been given their place in the Kingdom, and they won't move from their respective place (position). There will be no striving to better one's self as is the case in this life time.[202] The laws, and the sacrifices of the Jews will be in effect, but they will be Spiritually understood and performed as they are in this partial realm of the Kingdom, the Church age.[203] Laws won't be written on stone, but will be (and are now) written on the fleshy part of the heart.[204] We, today, are either rejecting that law by denying its existence, or we're recognizing that the law still exists because it exists in our heart, our mind and in our works.[205] If this is not happening with us, then we are not a part of the Kingdom of God.[206]

The Tabernacle was comprised of three distinct parts. We know the Tabernacle is a representation of the Kingdom of God.[207] If this is so, then the Kingdom is also composed of three distinct parts. We have the outer court where people work, we have the Holy Place where priests serve the living God through praise and sharing God's light to the world, and we have the Holy of Holies where God resides.[208]

In various parts of the OT prophets each of these sections is described to one degree or another. In the last two chapters of Revelation all these pictures are brought together and made clear. However, their being clearly presented does not mean we understand them. The reason we don't see the picture God has given us is that we, like the Pharisees of old, have our doctrines and our fantasies that turn our eyes in other directions than the truth.[209]

There are three parts to the Kingdom of God. There are those of us who are striving, as Paul describes of himself,[210] to be in the inner circle of God's Kingdom and to dwell with him, and to have Him dwell in them.[211] Then there's those who strive for the 60 fold, who will be in the city, will be a part of the bride, but will not have successfully achieved the status of Overcomer, the 100 fold Jesus exhibited and described in His sermons.[212]

Then finally there are those who were only interested in acquiring eternal life, to be a part of the 30 fold. However, these who only want to get their feet wet in the Spirit of God, who look for a little shack in the corner of Glory, will be given what they ask for. They will be the ones working in the fields, not allowed in the "city" of lights, because they produced no light in this world. They will be the ones described as weeping and gnashing teeth, forever destined to remain in the outer court (darkness) where the work is performed.[213]

 

SALVATION: What is salvation anyway? My question is sincere because I sincerely don't know what it is. I hear people talking about salvation, and stating its importance. I hear sermons preached about salvation from every corner. I read about salvation all through the New Testament. I see the lives of those who have apparently acquired salvation, and it makes me wonder.

Salvation seems to me to be something those who look for the easiest route to what they most desire take in order to retain what they shouldn't have. I think of a person who enters a race with the total intent to be given recognition for being there. I think of a 300 pound man in the bleachers eating hot dogs and potato chips while guzzling beer as he cheers on his team, and thinking he is an important part of the team for his efforts.

When I enter a race, I do it with the intentions of winning the race, of finishing first. If something is worth my efforts, it's worth all my efforts, or it's worth no effort at all. I see this in Paul. Although he tells people what they must do to enter the race, the bare minimum,[214] he doesn't want them to remain in that baby stage. He expects them to do as he was doing, and that is to press for the mark of the high calling.[215]

What is salvation? Is it what you're looking for? Are you content to sit in church, or even be an important part of the church's headship, but not put all your heart and soul into serving our Lord and our fellow man? Are you trying to retain your status as an "also ran," and hope you've attained to the 30 fold minimum of achievement, and don't care to move on with God? What is salvation to you?

 

HEARING FROM GOD: There have been occasions when I was sure I was talking to someone who hears from God. One such time I placed almost all my confidence in that person, believing he was far ahead of me, and offered him leadership in the work I'm doing on the web. After a fairly long time of establishing what I considered to be a close friendship, one word that I said in one of my studies blew that relationship, and my hopes, to smithereens. I discovered that our agreement was not based on our hearing from the same source, but rather until that point our understandings were basically the same out of coincidence more than anything else. While I read and learn with my ear tuned to God, his knowledge was filtered through the teachings of one man. When what I said disagreed with what that man said, then his conclusion was that I am the one not hearing from God, and that I must be a "nutcase." The last description of me is well founded, but I don't believe he was correct when he said I don't hear from God.

When we listen through someone else's understandings, no matter how knowledgeable, or even how well in tune with God's Word they are, we're listening to the wrong source. As an example of this, I present what I believe to be true, and what I hear from God Himself. How true to His Word I am is another issue altogether and not a part of what I'm trying to get across. But assuming I'm right on target in my beliefs, and that I've adequately expressed God's desires for us, if you or anyone else accepts as truth what I say, you will be wrong. We have to hear from the Source ourself, we can't have Truth filtered to us through any means other than the Holy Spirit. If we listen to anyone other than God, we then cause that person to be our master, our teacher, and not God Himself.[216] What someone says might stimulate a search of the Scriptures, but it must not become a conclusion in and of itself.

 

"IT IS FINISHED": This one statement made by Jesus seems to be the delicate limb overlooking a precipice the minimum salvationists seem to cling to. They (which appears to be most if not all Traditional Christians) read these words to mean Jesus did it all, so therefore there is nothing more to do. Then they add to this that anything we do beyond what Jesus did nullifies the eternal salvation we acquired when we became a Christian, a saved person who can not become unsaved under any circumstances. If this makes sense to you, more power to you. For myself I can't see how conflicting statements can coexist. But that's just me, they obviously do coexist because the church doctrines are built on them.

When Jesus said "it is finished," He was talking about His part of the salvation plan, not mine. Without His having finished His part, nothing I could do would be of any benefit whatsoever. He is the door, and that door is open. His death didn't close the door as it appears to be commonly preached. If you do your part of a job, I can't expect to be rewarded because of your accomplishments. I will be paid according to my performance. This is made clear in the Gospels as well. It's our works that will be judged, not Jesus'.[217]

 

PARABLES: Parables are pictures painted for us by Jesus so even the most ignorant, sinful person can understand them. Parables are intended for the masses, not only the disciples of Jesus. Isn't that what we're taught in Sunday School and from the pulpit? I wonder why Jesus didn't understand this basic principle and thought He was speaking in vailed secrets that only His closest disciples could understand, and then only after the parable was explained to them?[218]

 

WORKS: Works are a no-no, everyone knows that. In spite of performing all the rites of passage such as baptism, confession, repentance and turning one's life over to the Lord; if we work, all else we do will be in vain. Only through works can we lose that eternal salvation that even God can't take from us.

Yet we read that without works we are not a part of God's plan. And we read that it's our works that will be judged to see which direction we will be sent at our judgement.[220] Am I missing something here? I wonder if it's Jesus who is wrong, or if it's (hard to believe as it may be) the one behind the pulpit who is in error? I for one can't say for sure, but if I error, I'll error on the side of caution and accept what the Bible says rather than the one who thinks they've deciphered the Word of God correctly. It's me who will have to suffer the consequences for accepting the wrong message and live accordingly.

 

HEAVEN: Heaven is where God lives. I think we all agree on this point. Where our opinions may differ is in our concept of where it is God lives. According to all the pictures I've ever seen, and all the stories I've heard or read, God lives on a cloud somewhere. We see paintings and other portrayals of God as an old man with a long white beard sitting on a golden throne. Is this a true image of God? Not according to Jesus it isn't. Jesus said God is Spirit.[221] Does a Spirit have a body? Does a Spirit sit on a throne made of gold? Somehow I can't picture this. We see Casper and think of a spirit as having an appearance similar to ours, but without form or substance. Is this God?

God sees every sparrow when it falls.[222] How does He do this when the sparrow that falls is on the other side of the earth than He happens to be at the time? How does God fill the earth if He has substance and form? We think angels watch over us and report their observations to God, and from that report God decides what the angel is to do. Yet we read where Jesus tells us that God is in Him, and is in us.[223] How can that be? If God is so big that He fills the earth and the sky,[224] and He is in every Christian all over the world, then what is God?

God lives in Heaven. Yet we read that God lives in us, the Christian. Is God in Heaven somewhere? Or is God dwelling in man? Or is there a difference?

This life, this age of the Church, is a period of time where God is finding those vessels He can reside in and work through. Those vessels He resides in are the partial realm of the Kingdom of God, a synonym for Heaven. God lives in Heaven, the Kingdom is in Heaven. God lives in us, the New Jerusalem, Zion. Are you getting the picture? Or do you think, like I'm sure almost everyone does, that I'm a "nutcase" and I have my head in a cloud?

There are so many things about the working of God we take for granted, and that what we're taught is what is true. And of course this is a normal thing to do. The Bible makes no sense whatever to the carnal mind, or even to the Christian.[225] So we turn our belief system over to someone else, and we accept what they say even if it makes no sense to us. Nothing else makes sense either, so one error is as good as another. Somewhere in our struggle (which few people choose take on) we have to let the Lord speak to us directly. In order to do this, we have to first believe God does speak to each of us, and second that what we are hearing is actually from God since it differs from what we've been taught we must believe.

 

HELL: Danté has given us a picture of hell that we all accept as valid. We see naked people in the center of the earth shoveling coal in order to keep the devil warm, while evil spirits lay a heavy whip on the backs of those who fail to meet their quota. Is this the picture you have of hell? Is the hell you see located in the center of the earth? If not, then where is the hell you believe in?

What is hell? Is it a fire? The Bible is full of parables, similes, allegories, metaphors and analogies. Just what hell is, other than hades which is the grave, I'm not about to pretend to know. But since I'm not trying to avoid this punishment, but rather I'm striving to be a front-runner in the race, I'm not all that concerned with what happens if I don't bother to run at all. I will say this however, if the prospect of hell as it's popularly believed isn't enough to cause a person to make a close investigation of the subject in toto rather than settle for the first theory that comes along, then nothing will cause them to depart the bleachers and enter the race.

 

SAINT OF GOD: According my Greek concordance a saint is someone who is "Blameless, holy, set apart." This is what a Christian is to be. As I see it most Christians are exactly as described here, at least they are set apart, not from the world, but from one another, and from being blameless and holy.

A Christian can be identified by their behavior and their attitude.[226] If a person who claims to be a Christian does not act like Christ, but instead behaves as the world behaves, then I for one doubt their claim to be a Christian.

 

PURPOSE OF MAN: David, as did others, asked the question "Why does God spend so much effort on man"? When we look around us, at the world, and the failure of the churches, we must wonder the same thing: Why does God bother with us at all? Why doesn't He either forget the whole thing and try a new venture, or just wipe this earth out and begin afresh with some new creature? Man has proven himself a failure, so why continue?

From the beginning Man was created for the purpose of being a care-giver of God's creation, and to have dominion which would give him the power to accomplish that mission.[227] God brought a nation of people, the Jews, into His special land after He had trained them in His ways, and after they had been thoroughly tested for obedience. The generation that followed the one that succeeded, failed to follow through with God's will, so they too were cast out. Today God is in the process of insuring that those who He takes into His land are well tested and will care for the land, and the people, the same way He cares for them. There has been one who has passed this test, and that one successful person God used as a seed by which a harvest of such people will come, and they will have dominion over all God's creation, and that forever.[228]

 

PURPOSE OF JESUS: Jesus is the Seed through which God's ultimate purposes for His creation has begun. Jesus Himself isn't the seed, that is, He isn't the life of the Seed, which is the Word of God.[229] Jesus is the Seed in the sense that He is both the sower of the Seed, and He's the bearer of the Seed He calls a "corn" that is planted and from which a harvest is created.[230] Anyone desiring to be a part of the harvest must do the same, that is, they must sacrifice themself for the good of the harvest, or they become a barren stalk with no fruit to show for themselves.[231]

 

PURPOSE OF GOD: God desires to dwell on earth in the form of man. For whatever His reason, His reason not being clear to me at this time, He takes pleasure in this prospect. We, as is all creation, are only here because it pleases God to have us here.[232] When He is not pleased with us, He does away with us. We read that God loves us. And of course that's true. However we forget that there is a condition to that love, just as there is a condition to our love.[233] He loves us and wants to be with us, if we extend our love to those who are unlovable.[234] As we judge, so we are judged. God reciprocates what we give, whether it be love, money, our time, our life, or whatever.[235] If we are not willing to sacrifice for others, therefore sacrifice for Him, then we can't expect to receive what we are unwilling to part with.

 

PURPOSE OF EARTH: When we look at the sky on a clear night we see the heavens full of stars, some considered to be billions of light years away, and others nearby in our own solar system, that are much bigger and seem to be far more interesting than the earth God centers His attention on. Why did God go to all the trouble to create the vastness of space that seems to serve no purpose other than to keep astronomers amused? Is there life on any of those planets way out yonder? We're told there isn't, and this by our church leaders. I say, how could I, or anyone else possibly know what God is doing with the rest of His creation? It seems to me that to stand on any opinion at all regarding the unknown is as foolhardy as insisting that one's own understanding of the Bible is correct and all other opinions are death, and the holder of opposing opinions are doomed to hell.

I don't think such questions, nor the answers to those questions are of any importance at all. We have only scratched the surface of understanding this planet we've been living on for thousands of years, and we continually discover that what we knew for sure in the past was completely contrary to truth. How then can we possibly expect to be certain that we can know the unknowable with any certainty?[236]

It's interesting to me that God calls this planet He's working with specifically "Earth," and everything He makes to live on this planet is made from earth and will return to earth. Earth is not only what we stand on, it's what we are, and what we're called by. When we allow our ego to cause us to feel superior to others, we are merely one mud ball thinking we're more important than other mud balls, a stench in the nose of God.[237]

Jesus gave us parables using pictures of earthly endeavors so we mud balls can somewhat understand what He was saying. He used trees, wheat, types of soils, fruit and seeds to show us what God the Father wants and expects of us. Then Paul in his writings used this earthly foundation to show how these earthly things are nothing but a vessel or a field of dirt within which the Spirit of God can be placed in order to create of us something that God can use.[238]

 

ARTICLES OF FAITH (REVISED VERSION)

 

We've looked at the articles of faith as they're presented by the Mainline churches. And I've thrown in a few observations of my own, some the churches have given their comments on, and others strictly from my own collection of opinions. Now, let's examine a few of the articles of faith the Bible presents us with that the churches seem to consider not worth listing in their book of absolutes:

 

ON DISCIPLESHIP:

26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? (Luke 14:)

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

31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:)

23And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:)

 

PROMISE OF THE GOOD LIFE:

38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Mat 5:)

12But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. 13And it shall turn to you for a testimony. (Luke 21:)

18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. (John 15:)

 

THE LAW:

17THINK NOT that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am NOT come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:)

21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (John 20:)

36Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Mat 22:)

16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Mat 19:)

33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them. (Jer 31:)

15If ye love me, keep my commandments. (Mat 14:)

10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. (John 15:)

9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:)

3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (1John 2:)

 

RICHES:

21One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. (Mark 10:)

22And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. 23And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!..... 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:)

22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. (Mat 13:)

1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (John 15:)

10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (Mat 3:)

24But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. (Luke 6:)

 

BAPTISM:

11I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Mat 3:)

4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:)

2He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. (Acts 19:)

16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:)

44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? (John 5:)

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT:

15If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (Mat 14:)

25These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:)

 

MUST BELIEVE IN THE VIRGIN BIRTH TO BE SAVED: Unable to find Scripture to this effect.

 

JESUS IS GOD:

36Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? (John 10:)

6When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. 7The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. (John 19:)

28Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. (John 14:)

28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1Cor 15:)

[Unable to find where Jesus claimed to be anything other than the Son of God, leastwise where it is said a person must believe He is God in order to be saved.]

 

LUCIFER ("from brightness Morning-Star"):

16I Jesus ... I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (Rev 22:)

44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:)

13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness. (2Cor 11:)

16Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. (Isaiah 54:)

 

MUST BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY: Unable to find Scripture to support this doctrine.

14Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but TO THE SUBVERTING OF THE HEARERS. 15Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. 16But shun profane and vain babblings: FOR THEY WILL INCREASE UNTO MORE UNGODLINESS. 17And their word will eat as doth a canker: (2Tim 2:)

7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Mat 15:)

 

THE BIBLE TRUE IN "ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH":

 

18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Mat 5:)

18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Rev 22:)

33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them. (Jer 31:)

 

ON LOVE:

36Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Mat 22:)

15If ye love me, keep my commandments. (Mat 14:)

9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:)

20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (1John 4:)

18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. (1John 3:)

 

ON JUDGING:

1Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? (Mat 7:)

31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (1Cor 11:)

46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. (Luke 12:)

17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1Peter 4:)

 

ON HEAVEN:

20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:)

12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. (John 3:)

28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. (Mat 12:)

 

THE FATHER:

[Note: Much is made in many circles of the Name of God. Some people (it appears) believe calling God anything but Jehovah (Ya-way, there's no "J" sound in Hebrew) is a sin. I should think if anyone knows what we ought to call God, it would be Jesus. (In almost every case when God is referred to in the Greek a generic word for god is used. This is true of the word father as well.)]

21In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord ["Generic word of respect, similar to our 'sir' or 'mister.' This word is the one used when speaking of (and to) Jesus.] of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 22All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. (Luke 10:)

35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36And he said, Abba, Father, [Abba is the Aramaic word for father (generic).] all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. (Mark 14:)

1And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven. (Luke 11:)

15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:)

6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Gal 4:)

24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:)

 

EVIDENCE OF CONVERSION:

5Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2Cor 13:)

28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. (1Cor 11:)

3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1John 2:)

 

SIN:

13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Rom 8:)

3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (1John 2:)

13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. (Luke 8:)

4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (Heb 6:)

5Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2Cor 13:)

27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1Cor 9:)

7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Gal 6:)

17These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19While they promise them liberty [See Gal 5:13 and 1Peter 2:16], they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (2Peter 2:)

 

ETERNAL SALVATION:

22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Mat 10:)

16And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. (Mark 4:)

1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (John 15:)

[Note: We see branches that don't produce cut off and discarded. Doesn't that say to you the branches were at one time a part of the Vine, therefore part of the body of Christ, before it was pruned off? What does that mean to you? Do you read "once saved, always saved" from such Scriptures as these?]

 

Have you ever been on a trip where someone else was reading the map for you, or who was doing the driving, and at the end of the trip you discovered the driver was holding the map upside-down? What are the chances that in such a situation you'll arrive the opposite direction from where you expected to go?

If this last series of Scripture was to be used to establish the Articles of Faith by the Mainline churches rather than those that essentially say nothing, or require a person to do little to nothing in order to obtain the ultimate rewards, it would reduce their membership considerably. Correction: It would cause those who look for the least to leave the churches, thereby emptying most of them. The fact is, people are looking for substance in the church they belong to, and the Traditional churches are offering less and less substance while introducing more and more fluff. The churches known as the cults offer the substance the sincere converts seek, but they accompany that substance with doctrines and requirements that are far afield of the Word of God. Yet the cults are attracting the major proportion of those people who are dedicated and willing to sacrifice for their beliefs.

The first church of 2,000 years ago was under great persecution and often the members would have to make the ultimate sacrifice to belong. Yet that church grew by leaps and bounds, and those afraid to face persecution respected those so willing. Persecution is what causes any organization to grow, evidenced by the cults

2Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. (Mat 23:)

In an effort to avoid placing burdens (of the law) on people's shoulders the Protestant churches have gone to the other extreme, they've outlawed all laws. Then with their traditions and their doctrines they have placed other burdens on the shoulders of their congregation:

13For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (Gal 5:)

Through doctrines and such instruments as articles of faith, resistance to the laws has become a law in itself. In the Traditional churches it's against the law to obey the law. It's considered a crime punishable by eternal death to worship on Saturday and to observe the Sabbath. And to disagree with the belief in the virgin birth or the Trinity is evidence of being part of a cult, therefore doomed forever.

14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Gal 5:)

Isn't this what Jesus said as well? Didn't Jesus say the law and the prophets are all fulfilled in the love we show for God and for our fellow man? Then why have we created all these meaningless laws we call articles of faith that must be accepted unquestioningly? Why, instead, aren't the churches admonishing their congregation to go into the world and love their neighbor? What would happen to the churches, to the Christian, and to the world if we were to obey the Lord rather than obey our denomination?

3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? (1Cor 3:)

Articles of faith are the untempered mortar that holds a denomination together and separates it from the body of Christ. It's the carnal seed that allows the world to enter a church and create in it what the church is to remain separate from. When we place our faith in such things as articles of faith and doctrine we separate ourself from the body of Christ, and from God. We lend our ear to the will of man rather than to the Holy Spirit, which is the Word of God.

Articles of faith and church doctrine are the shackles that bind members of the congregation to the church. Remove one doctrine, or alter one article of faith established by any given denomination or church and what would be the result? That church, or member would no longer be a part of the "We Believe" so therefore would have to separate themself from the organization, and become what? Maybe, just maybe that person would become a part of the Church Jesus created, the body of Christ.

9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:)

34And 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. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch 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:)

23But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2Tim 2:)

What difference does it make if people are instructed to believe something that's not the truth? A little fantasy here and there isn't going to hurt anyone, is it?

Consider Eve, it took just a little altering of the truth to cause her (and our) downfall. Consider the cults, as far from reality as their beliefs are, they're fully believed by those who follow them. What harm can a little altering of the truth cause?

A slight error at the beginning (which certainly Articles of Faith are, a beginning and an all-in-all) can not lead to anything but more error toward the end. When we find err, that error must be corrected immediately before it stimulates further error in the future. If the error found in the churches had been corrected in the 60's when it was becoming apparent, the churches would not be in the splintered and corrupt condition they now find themselves.

Trying to correct the churches at this late date would be a futile gesture, but each of us can (and should) look into our own lives to see where we are straying from the truth, and work to correct that error.

MY PURPOSE: This question is two fold. My purpose in life is to make of myself something the Lord can use, and this with as little inference from my nature, my own desires, as at all possible. In this endeavor I'm doing poorly. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is very weak.

My second purpose, the one in which I spend a majority of my time, is writing and studying the Word so I can present to you what I am being taught. I'm blessed that I have the web through which to accomplish this mission. In times past dissemination of information was only possible by means of the radio and printed material. This was, and is, a very expensive endeavor. I would have been unable to enter into such a process.

The Lord has blessed me with not only the means through which to present my writings, but He's blessed me with hundreds of stories and studies that run the gambit from the least to what is in my mind the most significant of issues. He has also shown me things I least expected and least wanted to know, some of them touched on in this writing. I read certain parts of what I've said here and it looks all the world like balderdash, like fairy tales or a madman's dream. For years I was reluctant to risk appearing like a person who just stepped off a space ship or who escaped from an asylum. But over time, little by little, I saw that I had to publish what I see in order for other, forthcoming issues to be understood. I'm sure there are those reading what I present and recognize it as something they too have been enlightened with. And at the same time there will be those who read the same thing and consider it unrelated fantasy. I do this with some things I read and hear, therefore it is certain others will do so with my observations.

If you find something in my writings that seems out of touch with reality (which I'm sure you will), try to set it aside and see if there might be something else in my writings that will be of benefit to you at this time. Don't let any spark of (my)insanity deflect you from some truth that might be had.


Tumbleweed


13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:)



PRESS FOR THE MARK OF THE HIGH CALLING: not to the least, the starting line.



References


6He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, (Mark 7:)

29For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God. (Lev 18:)

3Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?..... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Mat 15:)

8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, .... Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:)


 

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