Friday, May 29, 2020

What and Who are Killing U.S. Citizens in Such Great Numbers?

While there is a great argument about whether or not the annual death rate due to medical errors is one number or another, estimated by some collegiate and other studies at between 250,000 to 440,000 deaths per year, virtually all those numbers being debated are significantly higher, if not almost double, than the numbers of people who have died, to date, based on the Covid-19 virus numbers being reported and issued here in the USA. That contrast between who and what are killing our citizens should raise all sorts of alarms about our U.S. government agencies and the very profession that is claiming to help us through this "pandemic". By contrast, special interest groups blame inanimate guns for killing tens of thousands per year, but none of those compare with the hundreds of thousands deaths of unborn children that the government sanctions and encourages every year. Still, we see panic and emotional furors about gun violence and Covid-19, but we see no proportionately aggressive responses to medically negligent error or abortion. This alone should scream in the ears of every U.S. citizen that we are way off base when it comes to our disregard for human life and God's ways, for which we shall give account before Him, as a nation. We must repent of our evil or be damned.

Good? Wicked? Who Shall? Who Will? Oh, The Things We Say!

Languages have tended to slowly change over time. American English is no exception. It grew out of Old, Middle, and Modern British English, and became mixed with a host of influences from other languages. Language change took a quantum leap of acceleration, with the advent of the printing press, power driven transportation modes, and especially electronics. Once on foot, words and connotations now move instantly around the world.

Today, all too often, people forget, ignore, or deliberately confuse the real meanings of words. Some folks are exceedingly skilled at equivocating over the meanings of words, so that they introduce doubt and error, over denotations of words that historically were clear in common usage. Some deliberately twist meanings for their own evil purposes.

In the study of words there are denotations, which are the historically used meanings of the words, the long-standing cultural custom of the words. On the other hand connotations are the ways that the words may be used in certain applications, irrespective of what the words really mean. Some words have been co-opted by special interest groups, to serve that group, irrespective of what the historical usage has been. Sometimes those new connotations are antithetical to the original or historical denotations, illustrating a willful ignorance or deliberate corruption on the part of those who coin or use the new forced connotation of the word, corrupting its denotation.

There are many such alterations of language in today's American English, as with the word "wicked" and other words that originally were used only for describing evil things. In today's language, the Bible's prophecy has been fulfilled, that says that the day would come wherein evil would be called good and good would be called evil. (Isaiah 5:20, Malachi 2:7, 1 Corinthians 15:3). No wonder that so many people are confused when they read the Bible, now, for it defines goodness and evil. The sin-driven cultural experience of people has been to intermix and confuse those two meanings. People must will themselves (choose) to discern the difference, or else they shall continue to live in linguistic and spiritual darkness as they neglect God's call to shun evil and embrace good.

Any respectable dictionary will tell the reader that "good" is a state of character of a person or thing, and "well" is a state of being, as with a person's health. Likewise, the word "will" is a matter of personal cognitive choice, a decision to do a certain thing. Similarly, that same dictionary is going to tell us that "shall" is a matter of duty, law, ordinance, obligation, or command on which one follows through or is compelled to perform. 

We can will ourselves to perform that which we shall or should do, but shall we will ourselves to do that which is against our will, or will we not do that which we should not do? God's Word is emphatic that we know and practice the difference between "will" and "shall". Our eternal destiny depends on our will to read, study, accept, receive, and practice the will of God in our lives. If we will to accept and receive His Word and salvation in Christ, then we shall live with Him eternally in His Heaven, for we shall have chosen, or willed ourselves, onto His will's path for our lives. Read the Bible, especially John and Romans, to see what God's will is for your life, joy, peace, and eternal destiny.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

What or Who is Supposed to be THE Guide of Christian Bible Study and Understanding?

Regarding Reliance Upon Commentaries, Instead of Trusting God's Word & Spirit

Please, test and prove this by God's Word! 

Have God's Word and His Spirit become boring or untrustworthy to believers? Many say they believe God's Word, yet they hunger and thirst after commentators, on which they feed and nurse? Aren't real believers indwelt by God's Spirit of promise? Are believers unable to read the Bible and understand sound doctrine, without reliance on commentaries? Believers with appetites for human commentaries are easy targets for false doctrine (2 Timothy 4:1-4). Believers, who distrust their God-given ability (John 16:13) to "rightly divide the Word" as the Holy Spirit tries to lead their biblical studies, shall always prove their distrust by their reliance on human commentaries instead of allowing God's Spirit to lead. They distrust God's Word and quench His Spirit's (1 Thessalonians 5:19) attempts to guide them into all truth (1 John 2:27), as they rely on commentators to sort out God's Word for them. Why pray for and trust Holy Spirit guidance, when doubt is so easy?

The Bible says of itself:

Ecclesiastes 12:12-14:
12  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

2 Peter 1:20-21
20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Psalm 12:6-7
6  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. 

God gave us His Word and Spirit to prove all things (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 13:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:21). Only God's Spirit and Word can lead us into God's pure truth.

IF one puts more faith in commentaries than in God's promised Holy Spirit guidance, then one makes commentaries an idolatrous substitute for the Word of God. Those who trust commentaries, more than the Holy Spirit, become as the false religions and cults they denounce, seeking answers from idols. Doctrines based on commentaries can quickly weaken and corrupt formerly sound churches.

The Bible says there is safety in many counselors (Proverbs 11:14, 24:6), IF we discern whether those counselors lead us astray from the cover-to-cover record of God's Word and the leading of His Spirit. Believers are NOT called to trust anything above God's Word and Spirit. When we read comments about the Bible, how many of us believe the word of commentators instead of prayerfully researching those verses within their full biblical chapters, their whole biblical book, or whether the alleged doctrine holds consistently from cover to cover?

Jezebel had a host of false prophets. Their relied on idolatrous religious doctrine, but they were defeated by the singular faith and obedience of God's Elijah, who relied solely on the Word and Spirit of the LORD. Likewise, the highly educated Pharisees and Sadducees were at each others' throats doctrinally, and could not agree about eternity or the doctrine of Christ, who He was, or what He was there to accomplish. The baptist, John, knew. Neither bad counsel nor education were sufficient. Only the Holy Spirit is always sufficient to teach believers about "rightly dividing the word of truth".

There is only one Spirit whom we can always trust. God's. There is only one book that we can always trust. God's Bible. IF we read commentaries, we must always read them through several times and test what they allege by the full biblical context in which they claim to gain their knowledge. God keeps His Word, and wants us to seek His face about His Word, so His Spirit can teach us. Amen.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Covid-19 Death Count vs. Abortion Body Count: USA

Most people in these United States of America are in hiding and terrified of the virus labeled Covid-19. They fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones. As of April 20, 2020, the U.S. death toll was about reportedly just under 48,000. Even if this present death rate went on til the end of this year, it would barely scratch the surface of our annual butchery of unborn children. 

Vast sums of money, time, and energy are being poured out to stop, slow, prevent, and cure Covid-19, because people fear for their own lives, their loss of current family, social order, power, money, etc. BUT, where is that same fear, energy, or health and welfare management when people start talking about the abortion death rate for unborn children? Our society's institutionalized killing of defenseless unborn children, as we do for profit and convenience, is still murder in God's eyes. Just because the government and certain people in the "healthcare" field want girls and women to not be penalized for killing their babies, that doesn't make abortion morally or socially right.

The grandpappy of wholesale on-demand abortions, the Guttmacher Institute, almost bewails that abortion rates are slowly dropping. Why are they whining about fewer children being killed?!

Who is crying about, fearful for, or working to protect, all those unborn children being murdered annually when their numbers FAR EXCEED the deaths caused by all our annual viruses in the USA?

This nation desperately needs to repent of the evil of abortion and turn to the Living God.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Has the Pandemic Changed Your Heart and Thinking, This Easter 2020?

This day, April 12, 2020, is truly a unique and blessed Resurrection Day.

This is the first time in modern history, despite all the wars since and including WWI (over 100 years ago) that virtually all the world’s people have shut themselves away and isolated from each other. This is done in the name of a virus plague, something unseen, but of which we can see the works of sickness and death. The governments and healthcare professionals of this world are besides themselves trying to figure out the best way to cope with and help others through this crisis, and eventually, as the saying goes, “This, too, shall pass.”

Amazingly, human sin is exactly like that unseen virus, for sin itself is unseen, although we can easily see the infective, destructive, contagious works that sin causes in our own lives and the lives of others. Sin is a plague upon humanity. God’s Bible clearly shows us how to deal with and overcome sin that kills millions of people annually, yet, human efforts struggle to contain the current viral plague.

Those attempting to contain, treat, and prevent the spread of the current virus have almost everyone’s attention and compliance because of people's worldwide fears that they and their loved ones might die from this temporary virus. Day in and day out for thousands and thousands of years humanity has tortured itself, laboring in sin and sin’s destructive works. Yet, despite our self-inflicted destructiveness, we collectively, as a whole, are disdainful of God’s solution to our sinful problems. God and His Word are seldom honored by human beings, as He wishes to be honored, even though God tells us that by following His Word we each can be forgiven of our sins, overcome our sin natures, walk with Him in the truth of His Word, and have a guaranteed eternal home with Him, all according to His biblical promises that He never breaks.

Virtually everyone who is now in medical or social isolation, because of the current virus, is looking forward to the day when we can all socialize “normally” again. That, I’m sure shall be greatly celebrated, almost as if we all rose from the dead, in a worldly sense. Yet, here we are, Easter-Resurrection Sunday 2020, and we need to ask ourselves if we are really looking forward to our own death, burial, and resurrection and facing God Almighty, for we all shall be resurrected to one or the other of two judgments. 

One Judgment shall be for the lost who never really trusted God’s Christ, His way. The other Judgment shall be for those who did trust God’s Christ, His way. Believe me when I say that the Bible alone, by God's mercy, can convince you of God’s truth and where you personally stand at that fork in the road. It’s not my word, but His. Search John and Romans to see for yourself what God wants and expects of you and your life. Be SURE that you are on His narrow path of life and not the broad path of eternal destruction, as Jesus Christ called those roads.

I love you because Christ first loved me, and I wish God’s peace and assurances upon you and your life, as you trust Him according to His promises. He adamantly says, “…but without faith it is impossible to please Him: for those that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

Compare what John and Romans say, and see if you can agree with God in this message, in your own language: 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

God Says To Avoid People Who Play With Spirit World

Though the following commands were given directly to the Jewish people by God, all of us need to heed these warnings, that we believe, trust, and obey the Living God and not chase after lesser spirits that may lead us away from the Almighty God and His ways. In many of today's societies, people do not fear and love God as they should, and many of these same folks dabble or pursue spiritism and all manner of unholy spiritual endeavors that God forbids for our own protection.

Deuteronomy 18:9-22
When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

10  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
13  Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
14  For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
15  The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
16  According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
17  And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
19  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
20  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
21  And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
22  When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

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