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Posted on 03/13/2010 6:40:13 AM PST by kindred
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Day of Christ's/Messiah's coming for His body the Church just before the great and dreadful Day of the Lord are at hand! All signs point to that today. We have never seen in the 6000 year history of man at present the great global flux and conscious understanding that doom awaits at the very door step.
Just after the Rapture of the church transpires (which the scoffers and haters of the Grace of God totally reject), there will be a massive void of light and truth here on earth, i.e., there will not be one true Believer left on earth at this time. There will be billions of unregenerate (unbelieving) human beings in great darkness with a godless form of Christianity. This final form of apostate Christianity is referred to as the Mustard Tree and Leavened Loaf (Matthew 13:31-33). At the very moment in which the Body of Christ is caught up to meet Christ in the air (see 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; 1 John 3:2-3), God will send down his Two Witnesses from Heaven, His Two Mighty Candlesticks. These Two Candlesticks will burn brilliantly in this post Church/ post Age of Grace darkened world, sharing the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Messiah (Rev. 11:3-12).
"God will send down his Two Witnesses from Heaven, His Two Mighty Candlesticks. These Two Candlesticks will burn brilliantly in this post Church/ post Age of Grace darkened world, sharing the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Messiah"
Almighty God is never without a human witness upon His earth. There has been much debate of who these two witnesses might be. The Bible elsewhere indicates that they will be Elijah (see Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:10-13) and Moses (see Malachi 4:2; Luke 9:29-30; Matthew 17:1-3), two great patriarchs and torches of light from Israels past sent to a presently unbelieving Israel. Under their leadership and powerful preaching, 144,000 Jewish men will be saved (see Rev. 7:3-8). These 144,000 saved Jews shall then be sent (Matt 24:14) into all the world during this time of Great Tribulation, preaching the True Gospel of Jesus Christ the Messiah before His soon-to-be Second Coming. Multitudes will come to a saving knowledge of the Messiah of Israel through their ministry (see Rev. 7:9-17). At the climax of His return (Rev. 19:11-16), Christ-Messiah will establish His Millennial Kingdom in Israel (Rev.20:6).
In the first part of the 3 1/2 years called the Tribulation period - which is coming upon the Whole World (see Luke 21:35) - God's Two Mighty Jewish Witnesses (Rev.11:3-13) will speak with great authority and rebuke the inhabitants of the world for their vile godlessness deeds. They will also preach repentance and faith in Jesus Messiah for Salvation. The Bible says that their WORDS will torment the inhabitants of the World with reality and truth (John 3:18-21, 2 Thess. 2:2:10-12, Rev 11:10). Satan will seek to destroy these Two Witnesses via the media, national governments, assassination attempts, etc. - all to no avail until the allotted time. They will preach God's Word and it will torment those who reject it. We can see today just a glimpse of what will be attempted in the near future.
Jesus said, "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:19-21).
How real and how true is this truth! People run for the hills, change the subject, run for cover, hide their children, tremble and shake whenever the True Gospel message of Jesus Christ is declared. . When this seven year tribulation begins, there will be great wars, famine, pestilence and death (Rev 6). about 65% of mankind will die during this time! It is during these catastrophic, calamitous events that the world will look exclusively to this man to give them answers, stability and hope they so desperately want and need. Since they have rejected the gospel message and the love of the truth of salvation from their true Creator (2 Thess. 2:10-12), the Beast (Anti-Christ) will step into the vacuum/ void and rise to receive god-like status and devotion. It is during his political apex that a crucial event transpires. He will receive a deadly wound to his head (Rev. 13:3,14; 17:8,11). This event will have a traumatic effect on the godless world population - 3 billion people or so that are left - at this time. Their great leader and human savior, their one and only hope for world peace, is dead. The Utopian Dream is now gone; Global Camelot is dead! Great mourning and glowing memorials all around the world will be taking place. As the world inhabitants mope and cannot cope with their misery, godless emotions will run amok. In their rage and emotional turmoil they will seek a scapegoat on which to vent their frustrations. This scapegoat will be the Nation of Israel and Believers in the Messiah of Israel, much like Nazi Germany in the 1930's (see Zech. 14:1-2; Matthew 24:9; Mark 13:11-13). . "The ravished world's mourning will turn into great joy at the resuscitation of this man (Lucifer's lawless tool). He's Alive!, will be their cry. Our great leader and humanity's savior is alive! . It is during this time of great despair and godless anguish that the deadly wound of this man will be miraculously healed (Rev. 13:3)! The world's mourning will turn into great joy at the resuscitation of this man. He's Alive!, will be their cry. Our great leader and savior is alive! It is at this key moment and event that he will absolutely solidify his global allegiance and power base (Rev. 17:11-12,17). His first act of authority is to destroy Almighty God's two witnesses (Rev. 11:7-8), which bare witness to the Saving Grace of Almighty God. For three and a half years these two witnesses have been unmovable and unstoppable. They have tormented the ungodly world with their message from Heaven: Repent and be saved!, and The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! (John 3:18-19; Rev. 11:10). After the execution of God's two witnesses, their bodies are left in the streets of Jerusalem to rot and for all to see. The world will greatly rejoice at the barbaric murder of these two men! These Two Witnesses of Almighty God have finally been destroyed! The godless world will rejoice so much as to send great gifts to one another (Rev. 11:7-10). This execution of God's undefeatable messengers will serve to solidify even more the power and authority of the Beast (Anti-Christ)! The global chant will be: "Who can make war with our great leader?, (Rev. 13:4,8). It will be a time of great rejoicing for the godless inhabitants of the earth! This rejoicing, however, will be very short-lived. . "The world will greatly rejoice at the barbaric murder of these two men! These Two Witnesses of Almighty God have finally been destroyed! The godless world will rejoice so much as to send great gifts to one another"
Parenthetical "Three and a half days later after this brutal murder in the midst of this Global Mardi-Gras Festival, God's two powerful witnesses are resurrected in the sight of all the world and are ascended up into Heaven right before their wicked eyes. This very sobering event will send great horror and fear into the hearts of all the world, but they will still not repent and be saved." (Rev. 11:11,12).
With his mighty enemies eliminated and the absolute devotion of the world secured, the ultimate power-grab and godless coup of all time and eternity takes place. This is called The Abomination of Desolation (Matt. 24:15; Mark 13:14-15; 2 Thess. 2:3-5; Rev. 13:4)! It will be at this time that all Hell will absolutely break lose! It will make the present destruction of Haiti look like a Sunday School picnic. Woe unto those who are alive at this time! Woe!
My friend, God loves you and sent his Son Jesus Messiah/Christ to be our Savior, and to save us from the wrath which is to come on the ungodly. You don't have to hide from Him. He is there to receive you as you receive Him, and to love you and deliver you from the judgment and consequences of sin. The Day of the Lord is at hand! Will you be ready?
Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not, trust Him today! Quit hiding in fearfulness and receive Him today. Only Christ will CHANGE your life and you will never be the same!
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
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Posted by The Ignorant Fishermen at 6:31 PM 0 comments Tuesday, March 9, 2010 61 THINGS THAT WERE TRUE OF ME BEFORE I WAS SAVED
Contemplating what God has graciously done for hell-deserving sinners ought to encourage and thrill the soul of every blood-bought child of God!
As the hymn writer has said, "Oh to grace how great a debtor, daily I'm constrained to be!" (Robert Robinson). Paul, in referring to the redemption and forgiveness that believers have in Christ, spoke of "the RICHES of His GRACE" (Ephesians 1:7). Elsewhere he said, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Corinthians 15:10). God has given to every believer everlasting consolation (eternal encouragement) and good hope through grace (2 Thess. 2:16-17). "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that YE through his poverty might be RICH" (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Many believers fail to appreciate the RICHES that they have. The story is told of an aged silver miner who had spent his whole life searching for silver in the mountains of the Old West. He had become so involved with his search that his wife and children had left him. When he died, the handful of people who came to bury him found in his possessions a note instructing them to bury him under his cabin. As the shovels turned over the earth, a lustrous gray material began to appear. It was the famous Comstock Silver Vein, the richest in California history. That miner had been a billionaire all his life, but he did not know about the wealth that he had and he had never claimed it. He did not realize how rich he really was. . "In order to fully appreciate the riches of God's grace we need to contrast our present position in Christ with our former unregenerate state when we were outside of Christ and dead in sin"
Every true believer is a spiritual billionaire. The Bible says that Christ became poor (and died for us) that we through His poverty might be RICH (2 Cor. 8:9). The believer, who is a child of the King, often goes around living like a PAUPER rather than living like a PRINCE. God wants us to know how RICH we are because of His matchless grace: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing!
We cannot possess our possessions if we do not know what they are. We cannot walk worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1) if we do not know what our calling is. The great facts and truths found in God's Word must be claimed by faith. We must see ourselves as God sees us in Christ. By faith we must lay claim to what has already been given to us in Christ. The grace of God teaches us and instructs us how to live (Titus 2:11-12). God's method of instruction is to first show us and teach us what He has done for us in grace, and then we are told to walk accordingly. Ephesians 5:8 illustrates this well: "For ye were sometimes [formerly, referring to our unregenerate state] darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light." We are to walk in light of WHO WE ARE. We are to "be what we are." Our actual CONDITION is to match our glorious POSITION. The more we, by faith, lay hold of the glorious facts of our POSITION in Christ, the more this will affect our actual state and CONDITION as we walk with the Lord in time. . May the eyes of our understanding be enlightened, that we may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe (see Ephesians 1:18-19).
In order to fully appreciate the riches of God's grace we need to contrast our present position in Christ with our former unregenerate state when we were outside of Christ and dead in sin. The glories of God's grace shine brighter against the black background of our past state and condition before we met the Saviour. God never wants us to forget WHAT WE WERE prior to our salvation: "Wherefore REMEMBER, that ye being in time past [formerly, when in an unsaved state] Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time YE WERE without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world" (Eph. 2:11-12 and compare Titus 3:3). Thus, before we consider our riches in Christ, let us consider...
61 THINGS THAT WERE TRUE OF ME BEFORE I WAS SAVED...
I was on the broad way (road) leading to destruction (Matthew 7:13). I was lost (Luke 19:10; 2 Corinthians 4:3). I was condemned already because of my unbelief (John 3:18; compare 1 Corinthians 11:32). I was a lover of darkness (John 3:19). I was under God's abiding wrath (John 3:36) awaiting God's coming wrath (Luke 3:7; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6). I was an ignorant worshipper (John 4:22). I was an evildoer deserving judgment (John 5:29; compare 3 John 11). I was of the world and from below or beneath (John 8:23). I was yet in my sins (John 8:21,24; compare John 20:23). I was a child of the devil (John 8:44). I was a Christ-rejecter (John 12:48). I was a Christ-hater (John 15:18) and a hater of those belonging to Christ (John 17:14). I was under the power of Satan (Acts 26:18; 1 John 5:19). I was unthankful, not giving honor to God (Romans 1:21). I was unrighteous (Romans 1:29-31; 3:10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). I was under sin (Romans 3:9) and sin-sick (Luke 5:31-32). I was unprofitable (Romans 3:12; compare Philemon 11). I was without the fear of God (Romans 3:18). I was guilty before God (Romans 3:19). I was a sinner (Romans 3:23; 5:8). I was without strength (Romans 5:6). I was ungodly (Romans 5:6; 4:5). I was God's enemy (Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:21). I was a servant (slave) of sin (Romans 6:17,20; John 8:34). I was deserving of death (Romans 6:23; compare 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9). I was in the flesh (Romans 7:5; 8:8). I was in danger of perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Luke 13:3,5). I was a natural man who considered the things of God as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:14). I was under God's curse (1 Corinthians 16:22). I was blinded by the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). I was part of this present evil world (Galatians 1:4). I was dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1,5; Colossians 2:13). I was walking according to the course of Satan's world (Ephesians 2:2). I was a child of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). I was a child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). I was without Christ (Ephesians 2:12). I was an alien from the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:12). I was a stranger from the covenants of promise (Ephesians 2:12,19). I was one who had no hope (Ephesians 2:12) and no foundation (Luke 6:48). I was without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). I was far off (Ephesians 2:13). I was walking in the vanity of my mind (Ephesians 4:17). I was one whose understanding was darkened (Ephesians 4:18; Romans 1:21). I was alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18; Colossians 1:21). I was ignorant (Ephesians 4:18). I was blind and hardened (Ephesians 4:18). I was given over to unbridled lust (Ephesians 4:19). I was corrupt according to deceitful lusts (Ephesians 4:22). I was once of the darkness and of the night (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 John 2:11). I was in the realm and under the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13; Luke 1:79; Acts 26:18). I was one who did not know God (1 Thessalonians 4:5). I was foolish (Titus 3:3; Romans 1:22). I was disobedient (Titus 3:3). I was deceived (Titus 3:3). I was one who served various lusts and pleasures (Titus 3:3). I was one who lived in malice and envy (Titus 3:3). I was one who was hateful and was hating one another (Titus 3:3). I was a sheep who had gone astray (1 Peter 2:25). I was one who lived in the flesh to the lusts of men (1 Peter 4:2). I was one who walked in lasciviousness, lusts, abominable idolatries, etc. (1 Peter 4:3). I was sensual, having not the Spirit (Jude 19). . In light of our former, unsaved state and condition, notice how important the little word "but" is in these precious passages:
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" (Ephesians 2:2-5).
"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:3-5).
"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:12-13). . Now that you know what was true of you when you were dead in your trespasses and sins, now see the things that are true for you - from God's Word - when you asked Christ into your heart and found God's pardon and forgiveness. , 215 THINGS THAT ARE TRUE OF ME NOW THAT I AM SAVED , The Kingdom of heaven is at Hand! , GZ I.F. , The Gospel of John Challenge
Posted by The Ignorant Fishermen at 7:30 PM 0 comments The 60's Sexual Revolution - Reaping The Consequences
Today, Reuters has released an article on the mind blowing stats of the number of individuals that are infected with and possess the incurable disease of herpes in the United States.
"WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - About 16 percent of Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with genital herpes, making it one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.
Black women had the highest rate of infection at 48 percent and women were nearly twice likely as men to be infected, according to an analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
About 21 percent of women were infected with genital herpes, compared to only 11.5 percent of men, while 39 percent of blacks were infected compared to about 12 percent for whites, the CDC said. "(to read the rest of the Reuters article)
"About 16 percent of Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with genital herpes, making it one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday"
A another Article released November 16th by Reuters entitled Sex Infections Still Growing in U.S., says CDC was quite telling and is yet no shocker to anyone who understands what our U.S. culture and society has become. Another article released June 9th of this year posted by the AP (Associated Press) stated that about 26 percent of New York City adults have genital herpes, compared to about 19 percent nationwide. My friend, this is only the tip of the decadent iceberg!
The New York Health Department stated that genital herpes can double a person's risk for contracting HIV. The rate of contracting herpes is highest among New Yorkers, women, gay men and black people. My beloved, one-in-four New Yorkers has herpes!!! That's 2,000,000 individuals! This statistic should frighten and alarm any sane individual. How can this be? How can one in four have this dread disease? The answer is quite simple but quite often rejected and scoffed at. In rejecting the Author of all moral absolutes, fallen man has reaped the consequences of his godless behavior.
"One-in-four New Yorkers has herpes!!! That's 2,000,000 individuals! This statistic should frighten and alarm any sane individual"
The 60's Sexual Revolution
The Sexual Revolution of the 60's has propelled our culture and society into a decadent, lewd and base bordello. America has become a sex-addicted culture from top to the bottom. From the old to the young, from the Internet to magazines, from prime-time television programming to the pop music industry, from Hollywood to Washington D.C., etc., the secular media has done all it can do to continually erode the moral fiber and scoff at any moral standard of this once great nation, which was founded on Judeo-Christian absolutes. The Puppet Master behind this sex crazed Secular Media Machine and society is none other then the Prince of the Power of the Air, i.e., Satan. His desire has been to destroy this nation's Christian witness to the world, which he has indeed accomplished.
The Bible states: 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 (Ephesians 6:12), and Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the Prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Ephesians 2:2-3).
The scoffers of "Safe Sin" say,"To each his own. Don't push your morality on us. Why should we wait until marriage? We dont need abstinence policies. Why should we abstain from our fornication or licentious behavior, etc., etc.? This is why, Mr. and Mrs. Scoffer! Because there are consequences to such actions which are absolutely devastating!
The Bible states: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption (Galatians 6:7).
God through His word must and will always be vindicated!!! Let's take a look at these consequences. . "the secular media has done all it can do to continually erode the moral fiber and scoff at any moral standard of this once great nation, which was founded on Judeo-Christian absolutes" n Safe Sin?
Today STD's (sexually transmitted diseases) abound among our youth. Sexual addictions and pornography are possessing millions today. Marriages ruined by adultery are innumerable. The traditional family is in shambles. Children born out of wedlock are suffering great physiological burdens and emotional trauma. The worldwide AIDS epidemic is ramping up. Rising pedifella. Since 1973 there have been 46,000,000 abortions in the U.S., and the resulting psychological effect on women has been devastating. Sex trade and trafficking is blooming. Gay marriage and sodomy are being promoted and accepted with disastrous effects. Yet still, after all the horrible and devastating effects of these lifestyles, people still mock and scoff at those who practice morality and believe in the God of morality. The consequences of the Sexual Revolution have indisputably ravaged America. When will the scoffer learn and take heed to God's warnings which are given in love? God, who is Love, wants only the highest and best for all humanity. He thus gives stern warning about trampling on His Absolutes and trespassing against the Laws of Nature and of Natures God.
The Bible states: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 6:19-21).
God in His love warns about the consequences of these actions. Those who refuse to acknowledge their trespasses and repent of (i.e., turn away from) such behavior will be held accountable to their Creator, the Righteous Judge of all the earth.
The Bible states: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10).
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).
God in no way desires that any should perish; that is why He sent His Son to pay the price for our trespasses and sins. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? (Ezekiel 18:23).
Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel [or any Whosoever]? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye (Ezekiel 18:30-31).
The Word of God states: 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).
Those that put their trust in Jesus Christ, God's Son, find full and free forgiveness in and perfect fellowship with their Creator/ Redeemer and Sustainer.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:1-9).
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).
There is hope today and deliverance from this raunchy society. This hope is found in Jesus Christ. In these last days may Almighty God and His Word be our source of sanity in this insane, secular, raunchy world that is only getting worse.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand!
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Posted by The Ignorant Fishermen at 9:04 AM 3 comments What Is Sin? The Testimony of the Egg
Today there are many different views and thoughts about just what the term Sin means. Just the word alone gives people the Hee-bee-Gee-bees. People do not like to think of themselves as Sinners. They say or think, Well, Im not that bad. Ive never killed anyone. If you only knew the good I do...(and so on and so forth). These statements and sentiments are expressed in attempting to justify themselves in light of the realities of their "sinful"condition. (John 3:19-21, Hebrews 6:1; 9:14).
Sin, as defined in Gods Word, the Bible, is the transgression and violation of the righteousness and perfection of Almighty God. Sin is also the transgression and violation of the Eternal/ Spiritual and Temporal (Time-bound)/ Natural laws and absolutes of Almighty God the Creator, which are established from the foundation of the world and eternity past (Acts 15:18; 1 John 3:4).
In Adams fall we sinneth all! (Romans 5:12, 19) We all are imperfect, we all have sinned! That is the bottom line. Gods Holy (perfect) Word states:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). (The word glory refers to the supreme stature of God, His surpassing weight, worth and wealth, and His righteous perfection and holy character.)
As it is written, There is none righteous (perfect), no, not one (Rom 3:10).
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one (Job 14:4).
What is man, that he should be clean (pure), and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? (Job 15:14)
David said, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin (imperfection) did my mother conceive me" (Psalm 51:5).
My friend, it isnt hard to see. No one in his right mind would ever make such a declaration that he is absolutely perfect and righteous in and by themselves to stand before Almighty God on the Day of Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15). Almighty Gods Word states:
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10).
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). .
"Sin is the transgression and violation of the Eternal/ Spiritual and Temporal (Time-bound)/ Natural laws and absolutes of Almighty God the Creator, which were established from the foundation of the world and eternity past. All humanity is guilty of this act"
We Are a Broken Egg
My friend, we are like a broken egg. When an egg is smashed and broken, who can put it perfectly back together again? In the beginning God created us perfect (like a whole, unbroken egg) in Adam, but the transgression of Adam against the eternal spiritual laws (absolutes) and temporal natural laws of Almighty God caused him to die both spiritually and physically. Thus, because of Adams transgression all who were born in Adam (i.e., the entire human race) were made broken sinners (Gen. 3; 2:16-17; Rom. 5:12-19).
It is utterly impossible to perfectly and totally obey the spiritual absolutes and natural laws ordained by Almighty God in our fallen, broken egg nature (Rom. 7:15-24; 8:5-8). The best a man (person) can do is to contain the vices and passions of his own heart (conservatism). That in itself certainly does not make one righteous enough to fulfill (satisfy) Gods laws.
What Hope Is There For a Broken Egg?
God did not forsake His lost creation. He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to redeem man and to deliver them from their bondage and judgment of sin (their broken eggness/ trespasses).
The Bible states: For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosever (anyone and every one) believeth in him should not perish (will not die) but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh (a broken egg), and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh (Rom 8:3).
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners (broken eggs), Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).
Who (Christ) was delivered for our offences (broken actions), and was raised again for our justification (Rom. 5:25).
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
There is great hope to all who look to Almighty God and His Son for deliverance!
Gods great desire is to redeem men and deliver us from the devastating consequences of sin. For all who put their trust in Him through Christ, He will exchange these broken egg natures and bodies of ours for new ones that will be completely perfect (1 John 3:1-2). These new, eternal bodies will be capable of enjoying Almighty God as He is in perfect holiness and righteousness! (1 Cor. 15:42-57)
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (broken egg-ness) into the glorious liberty (a perfectly complete egg) of the children of God (Romans 8:21).
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption (broken egg-ness); it is raised in incorruption(a perfectly complete egg) (1 Cor. 15:42).
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away (Rev. 21:1).
God has given to all of Adams fallen race a wonderful future and deliverance from our broken egg humanity. We must choose by our own free will to receive Almighty Gods pardon and gift of eternal life (Eph. 2:8-9). Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour? He alone can change your broken egg life to a perfect one. Trust Him today! You will never be the same!
And he (Jesus) said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27).
The Kingdom of heaven is at hand!
I am not trying to denigrate your faith (although I find the arguments to be deathly boring) but since I am a Catholic, I have 2000 years worth of scholars who are far more able than I to pull together the threads of prophecy, and, if they are applicable to my faith, I am sure they will let me know.
In the meantime, I prefer to simply perform works of charity, mercy, penitence, and align myself more closely with the will of my God.
I’m sorry, I really skimmed through your reply, thorough as I am sure it was.
Makes me glad I’m a Catholic.
“if they are applicable to my faith, I am sure they will let me know.”
Like Martin Luther and everyone who has since joined the “reformation”, I do not sit waiting for “superiors” to translate the scriptures for me.
In the meantime, while I too “perform works of charity, mercy, penitence” I understand that those acts in and of themselves cannot “align myself more closely with the will of my God”; and therefore I do not smugly depend on them to do so.
Perhaps. Perhaps, not. In any event quotation marks are helpful if you are actually quoting someone, not yourself -- especially when one chooses to post a narrative written in the first person.
It's pretty obvious to me why one would prefer to distance themselves from a dismal narrative admission like that.
Your personal page contains some sloppy scholarship as well -- I refer to your letter written to Dr. D. James Kennedy, and the mis-attribution in which you chose to engage with the link labeled: "Astrophysicist writes Dr.James Kennedy. (Response below his letter)."
So, "Matchett-PI" in this example again you post your link written in the first person (are you now NOT supposed to be some presumed "Astrophysicist" named, "Chris some-one-or other"?) or in spite of all the first person narrative on this page shall we now just assume you are somebody else?
As I was saying, you labeled your link to say, "...(Response below his letter)," yet Kennedy didn't respond to you at all, now did he? Or, if in fact he did write you back, you simplistically failed to post his reply.
I don't care what academic achievement you might ever claim you had. That's just sloppy scholarship any way you slice it.
On the contraryI EXPOSE prophetical pap for what it is.
You haven't exposed anything or anyone else here, but yourself and some sloppy scholarship to go along with it.
One is not surprised to see continuing sloppiness in your posting habits on this thread, as well.
Kind of sad, actually -- I'd have expected better scholarship from someone, who, to his credit, appears to know something about Calvinism and appears to have at least some passing appreciation for how its principles informed the signers of our nation's founding documents.
“Your personal page contains some sloppy scholarship as well...” ~ Agamemnon
Well, we can’t have that, can we? bttt :)
Click my screen name and scroll to the bottom of the page to read the disclaimer I just now added.
Disclaimer: FReeper “Agamemnon” has complained about the “sloppy” way I have presented these postings on my profile page. **Because many of the people I quote speak in the first person, he is unsure if I am either Alan Bellows, Prof. Robert Harris, Phillip R. Johnson, Gregory Koukl, James Freeman, John G. Reisinger, J.P.Holding, Christopher M. Sharp, or an unnamed employee of James Kennedy. (I think I’ve named them all). In order to address his, and any others’) concerns, I want to make it clear that I am not any of those people named above. Since Jim Robinson knows me personally, he can attest to it. :) Here: http://www.freerepublic.com/~matchettpi/index
Written in the first person: “I have revised that phrasing to absurdly improbable.
Unskilled and Unaware of It by Alan Bellows
Written in the first person: “Here is a collection of materials I used when teaching a college-level course on Critical Thinking.”
What is Critical Thinking - or How do I acquire “true” knowledge?
Critical Thinking Materials by Prof. Robert Harris
Written in the first person: “I’m troubled when terms like ..”
the law of contradiction by Phillip R. Johnson.
Written in the first person: “The reason I say I’m not sure why is because ..”
America’s Unchristian Beginnings? ©1995 by Gregory Koukl
Written in the first person: “I think the answer depends entirely on ..”
“...Thomas Payne and Ethan Allen, for example, were in no- wise intellectual architects of the Constitution. Rather, they were firebrands of the Revolution. Was that important? Sure, they made an important contribution, but they weren’t Founding Fathers. Period. ...” America’s Unchristian Beginnings? ©1995 by Gregory Koukl http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5097
Written in the first person: “My question is, how do you..”
Star Light & the Age of the Universe - by Gregory Koukl
Written in the first person: “One of my favorites includes this quotation from 1774..”
The reason why “We The People” are in charge
Thomas Jefferson, religious freak” by James Freeman - USA Today July 10, 2000
Written in the first person: “Now I am aware that many have lost their taste for historic confirmation of the message they declare, but this is only because they do not like the company they are forced to keep as they walk back into time”
Boiled down to their essence, there are only two religions in the whole world.. Everyone, including atheists, belong to one or the other.
by John G. Reisinger http://www.the-highway.com/2religions.html
Written in the first person: “I will omit, however, such things as Chapter I where ..”
A Bigger Paine in the Posterior Thomas Paine’s “The Age of Reason” Dissected
By -JPH (J.P.Holding Tektonics.org) http://www.tektonics.org/lp/painet02.html
Written in the first person: “These myths I believe cause harm to the church..”
Leading Christian Myths By -JPH (J.P.Holding Tektonics.org)
Written in the first person: “I have long since come to a conclusion ..”
Why Bible Critics Do Not Deserve the Benefit of the Doubt
By -JPH (J.P.Holding Tektonics.org) http://www.tektonics.org/af/calcon.html
Written in the first person: “whom I debated on the issue of Jesus’ existence at..”
Atheist Frank Zindler’s “The Real Bible: Who’s Got It?” Critiqued February 20, 2005
By -JPH (J.P.Holding Tektonics.org) http://www.tektonics.org/uz/zindler02.html
Written in the first person: “Like you I am a Christian, and like you I...”
Astrophysicist writes Dr.James Kennedy. (Response below his letter)
By Christopher M. Sharp http://csharp.com/kennedy.html
Response by An Employee Written in the first person: “It is my opinion that you are correct..”
PS: I’m curious. Out of all those people named in my disclaimer above who speak in the first person, what is really bothering you about person who wrote the letter to Kennedy and his employee’s reply? :)
Again, you misunderstand me if you think that I am “smug”. What I am is simply trying to walk the path of faith as you are, my intent was simply to say that I think that spending as much time as some Protestants do discussing end-time prophecies is as much a chimera as middle age Church scholars disputing on the number of angels that could fit on the head of a pin. Neither one is wrong or evil but strike me as needless discord between those whose aim should always be the same.
As a Catholic Christian I find that there is always a resource that I can turn to which will show me a path through which I might come to an understanding for myself. I don’t need to be Christopher Columbus or Vasco Degamo every time I pick up Holy Scripture. Of course these actions, in and of themselves do not assure anything, I simply cite them as activities that I can perform rather than argue needlessly with fellow Christians. I could just as easily have said watching Nascar, fishing with my kids, etc., all of which, when performed with the attitude of an offering to the Blessed Heart of our Lord serve the same purpose.
“As a Catholic Christian I find that there is always a resource that I can turn to which will show me a path through which I might come to an understanding for myself.”
So do I, it’s called the Holy Bible.
“I dont need to be Christopher Columbus or Vasco Degamo every time I pick up Holy Scripture.”
As I Christian, I know I am not “Christopher Columbus or Vasco Degamo every time I pick up Holy Scripture”, for on every page the hand of God has gone before me, and the Holy Spirit is always available to help guide us in prayerful reflection and inspiration.
Your "disclaimer" as you call it, and as it now seems to pertain to serial misappropriations of first person quotations on your personal page, is certainly more than a day late, now isn't it.
By your own admission you manifest still more evidence of sloppy scholarship. Your original posting to this thread is just the tip of an iceberg's worth of sloppy scholarship, it seems.
What I can say is that I knew D. James Kennedy. I spoke with him in person and at length about topics related to the compromises some who call themselves Christians make with respect to the "evolutionary" world-view and the schism it has caused within the Christian church. He was a friend of my family for some 35 years until his death. Suffice it to say, when I wrote him, he replied by letter to me, not through some faithless mouthpiece by eMail.
You've chosen to reproduce an "eMail" of suspect origin and questionable pedigree from what could at best be termed an institutional "mole" -- or someone made to appear to be as one -- as though it was some sort of representative reply from Dr. Kennedy or his ministry. And you did this as if to say this was actually a meaningful "...(Response below his letter)."
Your intent is clearly to diminish Dr. Kennedy and his ministry by inference.
When I choose in the future to point Freepers to a prime example of some of the sloppiest scholarship on this board, I'll be sure to have them take note of any posting you make and send them to your personal page for more examples of the same.
Consider yourself exposed, "mole."
Ah. I figured it was "personal" (since out of all the other "first person" commentaries I have posted on my profile page, your reaction was highly emotional to only one in particular).
In re-reading the letter, I see that the Christian astrophycisist, Dr.Christopher M. Sharp, praised Dr. Kennedy's theological scholarship and his Christian ministry. He suggested that, in his personal, and professional opinion, however, that Dr. Kennedy was engaging in sloppy scholarship when it came to science.
Have you considered the possibility that you may merely be lashing out against Dr. Sharp by projecting his "sloppy (science) scholarship" conclusion onto me? :) If you have a problem with his opinion, why don't you just deal with him directly, man to man?
"When I choose in the future to point Freepers to a prime example of some of the sloppiest scholarship on this board, I'll be sure to have them take note of any posting you make and send them to your personal page for more examples of the same."
Thank you. Since I prefer to be known by those who choose to make themselves my enemies, I'm honored.
"Consider yourself exposed, "mole.""
Still "projecting", I see. Tsk, tsk. Has anyone ever suggested that you may benefit from getting some training in anger management?
I think we should agree to disagree. This is one point I don’t think we’ll get past.