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.

Read God's Bible. Learn of God's Savior. Trust and obey God's plan of salvation.

Friday, February 14, 2020

False Prophets, Idol Makers, Vain Dreamers

God had specific rules that the Jews were to follow, prior to the advent of Jesus Christ. All those rules and ceremonies pointed to the perfectly righteous judgments of God, His perfect self-sacrificing love, and His wholly capable eternal power. In the Old Testament the LORD says that He is a jealous God who wants all people to always keep our focus and love upon Him. This He says, and which He corrects us when we stray, for our own good. For whenever we stray from His way of doing things, then we begin, again, to worship ourselves and the things or people around us. When we neglect God and His biblical ways, we make ourselves into puny gods wrapped up in selfish love of ourselves and our ideas and ambitions, instead of our need to abide in Him and His Word. He also warns us about those who have already set themselves up as false gods, false prophets, and dreamers of vain things. Those false ones seem to have power, but they teach vain ideas and ways that contradict what God has told us all along.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3  Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5  And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

Today, in 2020AD, there are only a few societies around the world that still tolerate the execution of false teachers, unless such have perpetrated violence upon their particular society. For souls living in Western culture, especially, where most death penalties have been eliminated, there are still ways to reduce or stop the effectiveness of false teachers, false prophets, and vain dreamers. 

The main ways to attenuate their impact are, 1) do not listen to them, 2) do not support them financially, 3) do not buy anything that they promote or sell, 4) show other people the lies and damnable heresies that the false ones teach, 5) warn other people of the LORD's angry judgment that rests upon all who promote the things that God hates in His perfect sinless anger against the sins of the false ones, 6) stick to God's Word, the Bible, and tell others to repent of their sins and stick to God's Christ and His ways, also.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

God's 10 Commandments List Our Primary Sins

You can read God's 10 commandments to the Jews in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. The Jews/Israel, God's chosen people, were supposed to set a spiritual and practical example for the rest of the world for how God wants us to listen to Him, obey Him, and share His ways with those around us.

I've placed alternating red comments between the verses of Scripture, to illustrate how we humans continually seek to have our own ways instead of obeying God's ways, how we love our sin instead of loving God. Even the most ardent believer of God's Word and His Christ, frequently finds herself or himself straying into "the sin that so easily besets us.", as the Bible says. We cannot please God without repentance, faith, and letting Him do His holy work through us, for if we seek our own ways and gain above His glory, then we make ourselves into our own idols.

Here are the commandments of the Self-existent, the Eternal One, for which the word LORD is a translators' convenience:

I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
7  Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 
Unless we guard ourselves, we have this urge to make all sorts of things into false gods, including things, people, our hobbies and jobs, even religion or religiosity. If we don't trust and obey God's Word then we need to look at and cast out that which we have idolized.
8  Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 
People have been painting, sculpting, modeling, photographing, and capturing images of all manner of things on this Earth and beyond. Right there we prove that we are trying to hold onto and worship bits of life, instead of living it as God says to do.
9  Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 
We, humans, do not fear God in a righteous way, but superstitiously, yet we neglect to rightly judge our own sins and put them aside. We capture and manufacture all sorts of imagery, and we adore them, sell them, entice others to partake of them. Thus we serve the inanimate objects of our own creation (often for the love of money) making them gods over us, instead of putting aside their influence and our lust, that we should serve THE one and only living God.
10  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
11  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 
Over and over I hear people verbally ejaculate three letters, "omg". They vainly throw it about to let out emotion, and hoping, superstitiously to dodge using God's name in vain, even as they prove that they are driven by emotion to use it in vain.
12  Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
13  Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
14  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
15  And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. 
The Sabbath, for the Israel of God, was both historically significant and prophetic of the coming of God's Christ. From their release from bondage in Egypt until the advent and completed suffering and physical death of Christ on Calvary's cross and His bodily resurrection, the Sabbath was the rest that God prescribed for the Jews and all who would follow God's Old Testament ways. However, with the resurrection of Christ and His ascension, now it is faith in Deity and Person of Christ and His completed work for that the Scripture says is the only hope, peace, joy, and Sabbath for real believers. It is not worldly rule keeping that gives us rest, but the very Person of Christ, in whom we place our trust. He is our Sabbath. If we think to earn sabbath points with God without trusting God's only living resurrected Christ, then we are sinning against what God has provided for our redemption.
16  Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Every time we say or do or think anything unholy against our parents, we break this, and God hates our rebellious behavior. 
17  Thou shalt not kill. 
We lust and hate, as Jesus said, killing/murdering those around us because of our spiritual and emotional and mental intemperance. The Law forbad the Jews against pre-meditated murder, but Jesus warned that the root of the problem is deep in our self-serving sin nature. Even the Old Testament warns that our "heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked...." Yet, the worldly mantra is for people to "follow your heart", for the world wants us to sin against God, and thus keep us enslaved to worldly lusts.
18  Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
19  Neither shalt thou steal. 
Adultery and stealing are, like lying, hateful things against those who are the victims of our sin. Again, Jesus showed us a higher standard than whether we broke this law or that law. Instead He challenged us to examine our underlying lusts and motives, and to be honest with ourselves, for we surely do not fool God. How many times a day do we not tell the truth? How many times do we lust after someone or something, or even steal a lingering glance or pocket something that is not ours, including stealing time from employers or not fully obeying and serving them?
20  Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. 
Lying, rumors, tale-bearing, gossiping, are all false endeavors and hateful things in the eyes of God, for we speak out of turn, not knowing the whole truth of the situation, and worse that we should be willing to speak falsely against a neighbor that we might somehow profit, whether to feel important for having a story to spread or because we shall receive some other earthly gain.
21  Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's. 
"Keeping up with the Joneses" is a horrible proverb and curse in our society, yet one of the driving lusts of advertising and the idol of modern life. Those pursuing this road curse themselves with discontent, anger, frustration, stress, and zero peace with God, for God shall not bless those who seek selfish interests above His commands.

The choice is yours, how you want to believe and live, and where you want to spend eternity. Will you believe on false teaching or trust what God has said?

God says you must trust His Christ and His salvation.