From Law to Grace

I am mystified by how people in the church through the body of Christ still believe themselves to be under the law? The law was our Schoolmaster to bring us to Christ but after Christ is come we are no longer under the law. If righteousness came through the law then Christ died in vain. Here, Romans tells us this very same thing. Messianic Jews believe they can serve both the law and Grace as does the Restored Church of God. James tells us then if you are guilty of one law then you are guilty of all the law. No one could keep all the law as it was an exercise of futility. You who attempt to be justified by law you have fallen From Grace. Plain enough?

The Fellowship of His Sufferings

Buddhists have no understanding of Jesus Christ. In their particular lingo their gas tank would be empty in Christ for without Christ you can do nothing and that is from John 15:5. Suffering is part of the territory with a Christian. Whereas the Buddhist is trying to escape suffering, good luck on that point, while the Christian Embraces suffering to perfect character. I sometimes see a Believer as a block of granite. God the Sculptor designs that granite into a human being. But as he sands off our rough areas we might wince in pain or suffering. To get to the finished product it takes a lot of suffering to reach perfection. We have that Fellowship of suffering that no other religion has. It would be extremely hard to explain this to a Buddhist because they are not spiritual people as it relates to Christ. They believe in nothing and are trying to reach nothing. Their philosophy makes no sense. And we are warned about philosophy as Christians in Colossians 2:8 which labels it empty deceit. There’s that word empty again. Buddhists understand the word empty but they have no idea how to fill that empty cup up. Just remember the next time you suffer for Christ sake, that he is perfecting your character.

Triune Truth – 5

 Are you aware of the Fruit of the Spirit? I mean the whole fruit? Shall we pear the nine fruit of Galatians 5 with the three fruit of Ephesians 5? The last one being truth!Did any of of you know that as the body of Christ, we were and are to be set apart by the truth? What is the truth? According to the very truth itself, the entirety of truth is truth.  Nothing can get around it, oh but they try.But they aren’t successful. The more you read scripture the better your discernment will be. Are you committed to that goal? Remember the words of Jesus, IF YOU ABIDE IN MY WORD, you are My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth AND THE TRUTH will make you free.

Emulate Catholicism and Build Your Own Theology- 1

In emulating Catholicism toward building your own religion one thing is vital. Make the claim that your religion is the oldest on the planet. Who’s actually going to say you’re wrong? Secondly begin apostolic succession and make it equal with scripture. In that way almost anything goes! Take for example your Mary Bow Wow Dogma?Whoops? How’d that get in there? What i meant to insert was this. If this is by apostolic succession you can get by with anything! Naturally to anyone spiritually competent, these are all wrong, but recall you’re building like Catholicism and if you didn’t understand Latin you were screwed.  Plus for a time we even banned the Bible. Yes, I know it sounds impossible but we pulled it off.

The Catholics have had sex with altar boys for centuries yet maintain that they were celibate except in the butt. Get it? When they got tired with boys they went to other priests and seminarians. Their motto came right out of the Flintstones. We’re going to have a gay old time! More stuff like this next time.

Feasting on God’s Word

Are you spiritually hungry? If so open your Bible and study. Reading is part of study but not the only part. The Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual. He takes me from the Old Testament to the new and the New Testament to the old. I love to feast on the word of God.

Your words were found and I ate them and they were the joy and rejoicing of my heart for I am called by your name. His words are often called like honey in sweetness. That’s how they are to me. I hunger after the word of God and so should you. There is growth in God’s word to make you spiritually stronger.

Now that you’re strong you can ask for the ancient paths where the good way is and then walk in it so you can find rest for your soul. But a great many people say, We will not walk in it. The natural man does not receive the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness to them. What a Sad dilemma for them.

Sometimes when I get weary of beating my breasts Against the Wind to try and edify the body of Christ and to warn against the dangers, I sometimes get spiritually fatigued. Yet his word in my heart is like a burning fire and whatever I do to try to understand it I cannot. I may be fatigued but his word rules my heart and is like honey in sweetness. Feast in God’s word, then walk in the good way where the almighty is, and even if fatigued, allow the Holy Spirit In You To Boldly Proclaim his word. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me according to Philippians 4:13. In Christ you have peace but in the world tribulation or troubles and pressures. But be of good cheer for Christ has overcome the world. Amen amen!

Catholic Inventions

http://Inventions by the Catholic Church and the dates of their adoption over a period of 1650 years Because often times terms are used that may be unclear, explanations have been provided in the footnotes. 1. Prayers for the dead 2. Making the sign of the cross 300 3. Wax candles, about 320 4. Veneration of angels and dead saints, and use of images 375 5. The Mass, as a daily celebration 394 6. Beginning of the exaltation of Mary, the term “Mother of God” first applied to her by the Council of Ephesus 431 7. Priests began to dress differently from laymen 500 8. Extreme Unction1 526 9. The doctrine of Purgatory, established by Gregory I 593 10. Latin Language, used in prayer and worship, imposed by Gregory I 600 11. Prayers directed to Mary, dead saints and angels, about 600 12. Title of pope, or universal bishop, given to Boniface III, by emperor Phocas 607 13. Kissing of the pope’s foot, began with pope Constantine 709 14. Temporal2 power of the popes, conferred by Pipin, king of the Franks 750 15. Worship of the cross, images, and relics, authorized 786 16. Holy water mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by a priest 850 17. Worship of St. Joseph 890 18. College of cardinals established 927 19. Baptism of bells, instituted by pope John XIII 965 20. Canonization3 of dead saints, first by pope John XV 995 21. Fasting on Fridays and during lent 998 22. The Mass, developed gradually as a sacrifice, attendance made obligatory in the 11th century 23. Celibacy of the priesthood, decreed by pope Gregory VII 1079 24. The Rosary, mechanical praying with beads, invented by Peter the Hermit 1090 25. The Inquisition4, instituted by the Council of Verona 1184 26. Sale of Indulgences5 (see definition below) 1190 27. Transubstantiation6, proclaimed by pope Innocent III 1215 28. Auricular (out loud) Confession of sins to a priest instead of to God, instituted by pope Innocent III, in Lateral council 1215 29. Adoration7 of the wafer (Host), decreed by pope Honorius III 1220 1 Extreme Unction “the sacrament of anointing the sick in the Rom. Cath. Ch.” (Webster’s Dictionary, p. 463) 2 Temporal “pertaining to the present life, worldly.” (Webster’s Dictionary, p. 1325) 3 Canonization to declare (a dead person) officially as a saint. (Webster’s Dictionary, p. 193) 4 Inquisition “a formal special tribunal, engaged chiefly in combating and punishing heresy” (Webster’s, p. 675) 5 Indulgences “a partial remission (by the Roman Church) of the temporal punishment that is still due for sin after absolution. (Webster’s Dictionary, p. 666) 6 Transubstantiation “the changing of one substance into another. 2. (in the Eucharist) the conversion of the whole substance of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, only the appearance of bread and wine remaining. (Webster’s Dictionary, p. 1368) 7 Adoration “the act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship” (Webster’s Dictionary, p. 18) 300 A.D. 30. Bible forbidden to laymen, placed on the Index of Forbidden books by the council of Toulouse 1229 31. The Scapular8, invented by Simon Stock, an English monk 1251 32. Cup forbidden to the people at communion by Council of Constance 1414 33. Purgatory9 proclaimed as a dogma by the Council of Florence 1439 34. The doctrine of Seven Sacraments affirmed 1439 35. The Ave Maria (Hail Mary) (part of last half finished 50 years later) 1508 36. Jesuit order founded by Loyola 1534 37. Tradition declared as equal authority with the Bible /Council of Trent 1545 38. Apocryphal books10 added to the Bible by the Council of Trent 1546 39. Creed of pope Pius IV imposed as the official creed 1560 40. Immaculate Conception11 of the Virgin Mary, proclaimed by pope Pius IX 1854 41. Syllabus of Errors, proclaimed by pope Pius IX, and ratified by the Vatican Council, condemned freedom of religion, conscience, speech, press, and scientific discoveries which are disapproved by the Roman Church, asserted the popes temporal authority over all civil rulers. 1864 42. Infallibility of the pope12 in matters of faith and morals, proclaimed by the Vatican Council 1870 43. Public Schools condemned by pope Pius XI 1930 44. Assumption13 of the Virgin Mary (bodily ascension into heaven shortly after her death), proclaimed by pope Pius XII 1950 45. Mary proclaimed Mother of the Church, by pope Paul VI 1965

This list of Catholic Inventions compiled by: Boettner, Loraine, Roman Catholicism, The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company: Phillipsburg, 1962. Pg. 7-9. Definitions/ Explanations in footnotes provided by: Random House Webster’s College Dictionary, Random House New York. 1996. Catechism of the Catholic Church, Doubleday New York, 1995. 8 The Scapular “either of two small cloth pieces joined by strings passing over the shoulders, worn under clothing as a badge of affiliation with a religious order or as an act of religious devotion.” (Webster’s Dictionary, p. 1156) 9 Purgatory “(esp. in Roman Catholic belief) a place or state following death in which penitent souls are purified of venial sins or undergo the temporal punishment still remaining for forgiven mortal sins and thereby are made ready for heaven. 2. Any condition or place of temporary punishment, suffering, or expiation. (Webster’s, p. 1058) 10 Apocryphal books “1. A group of books not found in Jewish or Protestant versions of the Old Testament but included in the Septuagint and Roman Catholic editions of the Bible; 2. various religious writings of uncertain origin; 3. Writings or statements of doubtful authenticity.” (Webster’s Dictionary, 62) 11 Immaculate Conception “(Mary) was redeemed (given salvation) from the moment of her conception.” (Catholic Catechism, article 491) 12 Infallibility “immune from fallacy, or error in expounding matters of faith and morals.” (Webster’s Dictionary) 13 Assumption “Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory…” (Catholic Catechism, article 491) “(Mary) committed no sin of any kind during her whole earthly life” (Catholic Catechism, article 411)

God’s Purpose: Are YOU Kicking Against the Goads?- 2

Are you kicking against the goads? No, this isn’t Adam Vinatieri kicking against an NFL team such as the Georgetown Goads. The question was directed to the Apostle Paul by Jesus Christ himself. So what are goads?

Ananias was told by Jesus to show Paul how many things he must suffer for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ. Suffering was nothing new to Paul as he caused Christians to suffer when he turned them into prison when he was called Saul.

Paul was a chosen vessel and that vessel was chosen from his mother’s womb according to Galatians 1. Paul, like this author, went through many stop signs before he saw the light. How many stop signs have you run through? Are you too kicking against the goads?

So why do we kick against the goads? Going back to Jeremiah, he had the answer. Oh Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself. It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. Are you kicking against the goads?

Stop kicking against yourself because the only one you are hurting is yourself spiritually. It took a direct intervention by Jesus Christ to help the Apostle Paul become the chosen vessel he was meant to be prior to his birth.

Trying to kick against the goads is like placing yourself against God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit which are one formidable team. I hope this has helped you understand God’s purpose for your life and a timetable to achieve that purpose.

Works Based Salvation for Jewish Believers

In my previous post I shared with you why the body of Christ has nothing to do with the seven churches of Revelation. This study does relate to that one. Some Mormons have argued about a contradictions in the Bible between James 2:17 and Ephesians 2:8. I would like to clear up that contradiction. Ephesians 2:8 States that we are saved by grace alone, not of works lest anyone should boast. James 2:17 would seem to contradict that. By the way, Mormons also have a works based salvation.a@A

Faith isn’t enough? That sounds like a Works salvation formula and it is! I want to draw your attention to James 1:1. Let’s clarify who the audience is here. James 1:1 States clearly that this epistle was written to the 12 tribes of Israel. Nowhere does it refer to the body of Christ. You have to understand who the audience is that scripture refers too. All of the Old Testament, with the exception of Jonah and Nahum, was written to Israel. The four Gospels was written to Israel still under the law of Moses until the cross. The part of Acts that connected itself to Peter was still under the law. In Acts 15 there is a dispute between Paul and Peter about this very issue. Remember that in Galatians 2:7-9, James, Peter, and John were sent to the circumcised or the Jewish people. Paul and Barnabas were sent to the Gentiles or the uncircumcised. Thus the book of James is written to the 12 tribes of Israel. I hope this clarifies the issue. Perhaps one day I will do a series on the Book of Revelation to clarify this even more. Peter, James, and John wrote to Israel. The doctrine to the body of Christ is found only from Romans to Philemon or the Pauline Epistles. By the way, Jonah and Nahum were addressed to Nineveh. When you read scripture it is vital to understand who the audience is.

The Holy Spirit is our Intercessor with God

Mary, the mother of Jesus, has no intercessory function whatsoever. That is a Roman Catholic lie from the pit of Hell. Even if you don’t know what to pray for the Holy Spirit does and makes intercession for us in groanings which cannot be uttered. Read your Bible Catholics. Stop listening to your priests. An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land. The prophets prophesy falsely, the priests rule by their own power, and my people love to have it so. That is from Jeremiah 5:30-31. Check out the last two sentences Roman Catholics.

The Roman Catholics follow lies from the doctrines and Commandments of men which Jesus says your worship of Him is then vain. Read the Bible and avoid the priests.

What is God’s Purpose for YOUR Life?- 1

Do you know that you are called according to His purpose? For he has a purpose for each and everyone of us. It took me awhile to know what my purpose was but I finally figured it out after going through many stop signs that God had set before me. Think about this.

Before Jeremiah was even born, God knew him and set before him his life’s work or the purpose of God for his life. He did that for His son as well. Jesus knew along the way that he was going to the cross even though his disciples did not understand that. If Jeremiah was called before he was born according to the purpose of God is it so far-fetched to comprehend God’s calling for each and everyone of us? We are called according to God’s purpose for our life. Some like Jonah fight that purpose as I also once did. We also come with excuses.

Jeremiah trying to use his youth as an excuse but that didn’t get him very far. If you’re called according to the purpose of God, God will equip you with what you need to accomplish that purpose. In Jeremiah’s case he had a tough assignment. And here it is.

Jeremiah’s Ministry was to be 2/3 negative and 1/3 positive. But without rooting out and pulling down and to destroy and throw down he would not be able to build and to plant. Remember the Bible tells us that we must rid ourselves of our old man before the new man can be put on. I will go into greater detail in part 2 as I shift the conversation from Jeremiah to the Apostle Paul.

Dream Cards??

let me instroduce you to Barbie Breathitt and her dream School plus dream cards which can be quite expensive. Surprise surprise! Breathitt is another false prophet selling her Wares to a gullible public. Her dream cards are a farce. A fool and his money are soon parted. On your own I would advise you to read Jeremiah 23:9-40 and observe how many times the word dreams is used. Do not fall for her deceptive words. this is beautiful Barbie almost like the doll and about as real. Here are her dream cards. dreams are highly subjective and I don’t think that Barbie Breathitt can help you at all. Barbie Breathitt is not a prophet. But she is out for a profit and I trust you can discern the difference between the two.

Greedy Television Ministries

Have you ever watched Christian television and observed how each evangelist tries to raise money from you? They are none too subtle in their approaches. television Ministry. They always want some more. All your favorites are here such as Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, and Mike Murdock. Enjoy the video.