June 11, 2016 by
Most of the Christians that Paul wrote to the Romans were Jewish believers.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1 & 2
We are all influenced by the world and the way of thinking of the world. For many Americans this is the result of government education, corporate advertising, media propaganda and the various disciplines of science that has established themselves as the gods of our age. Therefore our reading of the Bible tends to be influenced by these worldly influences and it takes deliberate effort to discern the truth of Scripture. Reading the Bible alone will not transform your mind. There are thousands of Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons who do not know Christ. Renewing our minds come from reading the Bible by spiritual discernment.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.(1Co 2:14 & 15)
Legalism is the heart of natural thinking. Legalism is the means of self-justification. James tells us that if we break one commandment we have broken them all (James 2:10). But legalism tells us that if we do one good thing, we are good in all things. Through our narrow definition of goodness, we judge others according to our own standard. If we see others fail in one thing, we condemn them as utterly worthless. How unlike our King who believes we are worth saving no matter what we have done. Legalism turns us into hypocrites.
Legalism makes right and wrong a game. Lawyers are a prime example of what I mean. They do not care about what is right or wrong, only what is legal. Natural thinking seeks only for the benefit of self. We are awash in our culture in this kind of thinking.
The influence of natural thinking distorts both our reading of Scriptures and affects the way godly men translate the Scriptures. We need to read the Bible through the eyes of Christ. Since He is the King, we assume he is like a worldly king, and he is not. Jesus does not “rule” by force. He rules by example and is the standard we are to compare ourselves by. Jesus changes us just as a good marriage changes both partners. We love one another in marriage, so defer to one another. We love Jesus and defer to his good example because we want to please him and to be like him. Read the rest of this entry →
April 01, 2016 by
The Rapture is not God’s Best
Recently I have come to change my mind on the topic of the Rapture. Historically it has been referred to as the “blessed hope” so one does not have to die but be caught up in the air to meet Jesus. In the pre-tribulation time-line the Raptured go to Heaven for a 3 and a half year marriage supper of the Lamb celebration then return with Jesus to stop the Anti-Christ. In the post-tribulation time-line the Raptured meet Jesus in the air then immediately return to stop the Anti-Christ.
My change of mine is not on the time-line, I believe in Post-Tribulation Rapture. Instead, my thinking is on the idea of the “blessed hope”. The Church has put an emphasis on how good it will be to be in the generation that gets to be Raptured. My thinking now is that this is motivated from a fear of death. Read the rest of this entry →
February 24, 2016 by
The Church has forgotten Malachi 2:16.
It grieves me to see how the Church has hardened its heart to the root of our societies problems. They complain about the obligatory homosexuals in every show who are portrayed as the wise counsellors of the show. I understand their complaint, for this grieves me as well. But we have become so hardened to the equal perversions of fornicators outside of marriage and the many characters who profess multiple marriages in these same shows. We have forgotten that Jesus said that he who marries another, apart from fornication, commits adultery (Matt. 19:19). We accept without question the serial polygamy of multiple marriages and unwed cohabitation that produces scores of bastards into our society. No one considers that the proliferation of lesbians and homosexuals trying to raise children has its root in divorce. Read the rest of this entry →
July 04, 2015 by
Jesus becoming sin was worse than the crucifixion
Recently I was asked to explain what it means in 2 Corinthians 5:21:
“For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
That is a huge question. If you can be patient I will explain to the best of my understanding.
For some reason this is abhorrent to some believers. I remember a brother who refused to accept the plain statement of the verse and declared that it meant Jesus was a sin bearer. I think his difficulty in accepting the statement of the Bible was his misunderstanding of how Jesus was both fully God and fully human.
Mel Gibson is to be commended for his effort to show the horror of the cross. However, there was no way he could show the horror of Jesus becoming sin. When Jesus became sin he experienced all the sicknesses and mental illness of the world. He knew first hand all the discouragement, depression, anger and emotions of the fallen world. Cancer came on him, Alzheimer, and every known disease of life. All because he became sin who knew no sin. Read the rest of this entry →
March 02, 2015 by
The singularity wants to merge AI with humanity. Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek Next Generation as a borg.
The singularity is an expression coined by mathematician John Von Neuman in 1958 describing the “ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life”. Ray Kurzweil believes this means that artificial intelligence (AI) of computers will reach a point that the human mind and personality can be programmed completely within it to such a point that a person can have immortality living within a machine. The Borg of Star Trek the Next Generation fantasized this to such a point that people lost their individuality as they became part of the collective consciousness of the Borg machinery.
As I understand Kursweil’s dream, he wants to translate his mind and life into a computer program that would then allow him to live forever in a machine. I am trying to understand this both from a secular point of view and a Christian point of view. From a secular point of view the physics law of entropy is ignored. Everything is in a state of decay. Machines rust out and break down all the time. This dream of his presumes on a perpetual ability to repair and maintain the machinery of his Borg existence. Read the rest of this entry →
February 15, 2015 by
Where is the moral conscience of the Church today?
When I was a youth the Vietnam War was winding down. When I was of draft age, Nixon had begun the lottery and my number was too high, so I never went. But I remember that many had either fled to Canada or had filed CO, Conscientious Objector. That was a strange concept to me since I did not come to Christ until I was an adult of 32. The C.O. is a basic right of American freedom that had been used by men of faith who refused to violate the teachings of Jesus Christ in harming others.
Since the Vietnam war we have had a multitude of military police actions and wars around the world: Grenada and Panama in 1989; Desert Shield in 1990 then Desert Storm in 1991; Somalia in 1993; Bosnia mid 1990’s; Afghanistan 2001 and on; and Iraq 2003 and on – all called police actions, not wars; World War II being the last war declared by congress.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and observed the Vietnam War protests and the emergence of alternative lifestyles of Berkeley, California. The influence of that era had a stronghold on me that I was unaware. As a new believer in 1985 a friend made it her mission to get me to vote and be patriotic. Her mission was supported by worship music and preaching in the pulpit, so as a new ignorant believer I assumed that she was acting on behalf of the Lord.
During that time I joined the ranks of Christians who believed that supporting the government was patriotic and what “good” Christians do. I discovered that many Christians were police officers who attended my various congregations, many were combat veterans, many were government officials. In short people of the church populate every aspect of the government and the military and are the biggest supporters of the military. Yet, it has not always been so. Many American Christians at one time refused military service. Read the rest of this entry →
December 21, 2014 by
Children’s book written by Dr. Katherine Albrecht
I am a great fan of Dr. Katherine Albrecht. I listen to her podcast daily. I listen to her through the Genesis Communications Network, although I listen to nothing else on their network. The reason I listen is because she has cutting edge information on the technology being set up as the infrastructure of the mark of the beast. She is an honest believer in Christ who has been actively resisting the surveillance inroads throughout our society and world wide. People all over the world — Christian and non-Christian alike — sense that we are fast approaching the end of the age. What is discouraging, however, is that the Church has dropped their guard and vigilance regarding the end times. It is our responsibility to be a light on the hill and warn the world of the times we are in. Read the rest of this entry →
November 07, 2014 by
1937 book showing how 60 main families with 90 secondary families control America.
For the last 3 months I have read and converted Ferdinand Lundberg’s book, “America’s 60 Families” into a PDF e-book. I found an online copy that had been scanned which contained multiple errors, specifically in scanning the tables. To remedy these problems I purchased the book and went through page by page to make the corrections. The project is now done and available for public reading.
Since the text is in a document format, pages have been marked “[book page #]” to correspond to the printed book pages. This should facilitate quoting and referencing those quotes. It also keeps the index accurate. The only editorial difference is that I did not break up paragraphs by the book page. Thus the reference could be half a paragraph off. I also eliminated the endnotes and moved them to footnotes for reading convenience. His footnotes marked by an * (asterisk) have been left intact.
Why Should Christians Read this Book?
Because the book of Revelations makes it clear that the one world government will be formed by financial means.
And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads, even that not any might buy or sell except those having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name. (Rev. 13:16 & 17)
This is how Satan through the rich has been forming his one world government. The United States was not formed to protect the people. All the states were sovereign and independent already. They agreed to come under a federal government for economic benefits, just as the European Union has attempted to do the same. Read the rest of this entry →
September 05, 2014 by
The danger of self righteousness.
(Mat 23:15) A curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! for you go about land and sea to get one disciple and, having him, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
A reader of an old article written by another author that I posted had been trying to get me to remove the article. He has a website of his own dedicated to discrediting the author of the article. My initial response pointed out that even if the messenger had faults, the message was still valid. You can read the comments posted back and forth there so I will not repeat them here. In my final comment to him I shared the verse where God hates those who sow discord amongst the brethren (Prov. 6:16) and as an American I found his attempt to censor free speech to be repugnant. His last comment which I did not post stated that the author had admitted to fraudulent credentials and that he found my refusal to remove the article to be repugnant.
This post is not intended as an attack on the reader. He has the right to his views, and I allowed him to share his views on my forum. I say my forum because I pay for this website and do not solicit any money from anyone. That gives me the right to choose who I allow to post comments. He has his own website on which he voices his opinions, so the free market of ideas flourishes. Instead I am using this as a launchpad to discuss how self righteousness is encouraged by organized religion. In reviewing past posts, I am see that this is an issue I have not addressed. Read the rest of this entry →
August 03, 2014 by
Feelings are not the same thing as spirituality.
In my last post, I said, “Love is an act of our will, not an emotion. Emotions are expressions of that act.” It seems to me that further explanation is merited. It took many years for me to understand the differences between soul and spirit – emotions are considered part of the soul – and to see how the two worked together is not easy.
The author of Hebrews said,
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12
The implication being that only the Word can tell the difference. How, then, can we tell the difference? The Scriptures gives us several clues. Consider what Jesus said about his own words. Read the rest of this entry →