Romans 2:1-3 (Judging)

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Romans 2:1-3

 

JUDGING

 

Romans 2:1

1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

 

This verse is talking about the hypocritical moralist. I say this because did Paul not just judge others, that is, “according to the current “world’s” definition of judging” in Romans 1:18-32, which we just read last week?

 

Would Paul be contradicting himself within one short paragraph of Jesus_Said_Repentthe letter that he is currently writing? Absolutely not, that would be absurd to even think that. Therefore, this verse cannot be talking about someone who is simply preaching, teaching, or sharing the word of God with others. Sharing God’s word with others cannot be considered judging someone as the world defines judging as evidenced by Paul’s writing.

 

 

Rather, sharing God’s word PROPERLY is simply doing what God has commanded the Christian to do. And, that is showing that all men, in their unrepentive state, are sinners and that they will ALL suffer condemnation at the hands of God if they continue on their current path no matter how big or little you feel your sin is. In God’s eyes, sin is sin. There are no big sins, nor are there little sins in the eyes of God. All sin is the same to God.

 

Sharing the word of God is not judgment, my friend. However, what it is, is God’s love is coming down to you, the sinner, in order to show you the consequences that will happen to you if you choose not to repent. God is Holy and cannot dwell with sin, and that includes therGod commands all men everywhere to repent sinner. The fact is, the sinner is the vessel that sin resides in. This vessel must be cleansed by Jesus’ life changing power in order for you to become a new creation, and your old vessel to become purified and justified in the eyes of God. Once you are born again (saved), you must then fill your spirit, with the help of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, with the ways of God from there on out. Jesus will not leave you nor forsake you, but help you on your journey. You do not have to, nor can you, do this on your own.

 

You are the captain of your vessel (your body and your spirit) and where you choose to sail it and what path you choose to take it on is completely up to you, and only you. Jesus will never force you to follow Him. However, if you choose not to follow Him, it will only bring the condemnation of a tortuous Hell upon your spirit when you die if you choose not to accept or believe in Him. This is because of the very reason that I stated earlier. Our Holy God cannot dwell with sin, nor a vessel of sin. This plan of salvation is ordained by Father God. If you want to know how you can be saved, please check out our page entitled, “5 Steps To Receiving Jesus.”

 

Let’s get back on our topic now. Christians are often time “accused,” in fact, “JUDGED,” themselves by the other side, and often times even from within by other so called “Christians” for simply sharing God’s word as Paul did in verse 1. For those of you who do this, especially if you label yourself as a Christian, you may want to stop and reconsider your argument. You see, by continuing to call out your brothers and sisters in Christ who are sharing the word of God, you are in fact calling both Paul and Jesus hypocrites and basically saying that they were incompetent in the job they were doing.

 

May I also remind you that the spirit and the conscience of the sinner becomes convicted by the sharing of God’s word? If a sinner never hears God’s holy law, they will not know that they stand guilty before God, nor will they know how to get right with Him. When a Christian presents the Word of God correctly, the sinner man is trapped in his offense because he has been convicted by God in both his spirit and his conscience. He has no defense and no way out but to either acknowledge his sin before God or to strike back and say, “quit judging me.” Again, when a Christian is sharing God’s word, it is not man convicting or judging…. it is God.

 

Hebrews 4:12

12 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. – King James Version (KJV)

 

Now if man passes judgment on someone through our own morals, as the Pharisees did, or in a more culture sensitive setting for Americans as the Westboro Baptist church does in hate and pride, then it is no longer God’s judgment but man’s. This is when it becomes wrong because God is the only righteous judge, and the only one qualified to judge. Only God can see man’s true heart and motives.

 

I would also like to add…. verses such as the one we are currently studying (Romans 2:1), and others like (Matthew 7:1) that have the words “do not judge” in them have become a favorite tool among the liberals and Christians who refuse to adhere to the moral laws of God in order to self-justify living any way they want. However, they pull these verses out of context in order to make the Bible say something that it is not truly saying.

 

The people just described want to redefine God’s law through pride and their own selfish desires in order to follow what God calls their own evil desires instead of following in the ways of the Lord (which means boss, for those of you who don’t know). We read about a few of the evil characteristics (defined by God, not by the Christian) last week in scripture (Romans 1).

 

 

What is ironic, and even hypocritical by the very people accusing Christians of being hypocritical, is that after they trample across God’s Word and claim they are being judged by Christians who are in fact simply sharing God’s word and not man’s word, is that they angry-parent-collegeactually have the gall to turn around and point their pointy little finger in the face of the Christian and say to quit judging me while at the same time using expletives and other methods of true hate including physical assaults and verbal abuse in order to get their point across. That, my friend is hypocritical. That is exactly the kind of behavior that Paul is talking about in Romans 2:1.

 

 

Is this to say a Christian should never judge? Absolutely not. In order to live, we must make judgments almost continually. God has given us common sense, and His word to make righteous judgments with. In fact, God’s Word tells us to test the spirits (1 John 4:1) and to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). If we did not judge and simply walked about as blind fools, then how could we do this?

 

 

I believe we have throughly defined this “judgment” issue now and have completely annihilated the enemy’s attack on trying to silence the Christian from sharing God’s word… at least I hope so. So, let’s move on now.

 

 

Romans 2:2

2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

 

 

As we can see, the Christian does not have to worry about judging or condemning anyone. We are only placed here as His servants to share the Word of God. Only God can judge and pass sentence. Again, let me make it clear. Our only job is to share His word and to lead others to Jesus. Judgment and condemnation is God’s department.

 

 

Romans 2:3

3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

 

 

This verse is very clear. For the person, whether they be a Christian or not, who does decide to take it upon themselves to judge and pass sentence on others while doing the same sins themselves, will face the judgment of God. So, don’t be thinking that you’re all high and mighty because you can call out and identify sin and then be thinking you have a different code of conduct to live by. Here is a worldly example for you. Say your driving down the street and someone almost hits you. You get all mad, and thinking you’re all bad and start bad mouthing them, blowing your horn at them and cussing them. Then, maybe a year later you make a “mistake” driving and start making excuses for why it was justified in your case. No, you made a similar mistake, just as they made a “mistake.” Don’t you deserve the same judgment that you passed on them, you hypocrite? This is what God is saying.

 

In summary for tonight, we can use God’s word to judge (to determine right and wrong) because it is HIS word. However, we cannot go around making up our own moral rules and laws as we go and judging others based on them. We also CANNOT condemn others nor force God’s way on others. That is not His way, but we CAN tell them of the errors of their ways based on God’s laws and what the consequences of their actions will be if they do not come to repentance. That IS NOT JUDGING. That is SHARING the Word of God, and what the Christian is commanded to do.

 

 

I believe we will close here for tonight, but before we do I would like to share one more verse with you. I feel that it is an important verse that describes the correct attitude that a Christian should posess, even though very few of us do. It is found in:

 

 

Luke 18:10-13

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank2_pray-mercy thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. – King James Version (KJV)

 

 

Lastly, Please do not forget to keep those on our prayer list in prayer this week.

 

 

 

Romans 1:18-32

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Romans 1:18-32

 

 

Romans 1.18

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

 

This scripture is pretty straight forward. God’s wrath is AGAINST ALL ungodliness and sinful men who try and distort His truth and His hell_forever_and_everwords. Again, I direct your attention to the “true” definition of repentance that we have talked about time and again in our studies.. God does not need, nor will He accept, Christians who continue to walk in sin and unrighteousness. God requires us to live a Holy life. We hit on some of these issues in our “Repentance” study when we talked about “educated” men attempting, and sadly succeeding, in deceiving the masses by presenting a false word of God. Many modern day churches and publishers of modern Bible translations are trying to alter the word of God even today. Instead of preaching the Gospel which turns men and women from sin to a life of God, they are trying to preach a positive thinking motivational gospel instead of the true words of Jesus. They want to say that it does not matter how you live, Jesus will take you no matter what you continue to live your life. However, Jesus said, that if you are not willing to forsake your most valued possessions for Him, you are not worthy to be His disciple. In other words, Jesus is saying if you are not willing to give up the things of this world, don’t bother following Him. He also made many similar other similar comments.concerning this.   So, I ask you, do these two “gospels” sound anything alike? Absolutely NOT!!!! This false gospel I speak of  also includes such groups as the Jewish Pharisees and others who deny Jesus as being the Messiah (anointed one) and many others.

 

Romans 1:19-20

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 

Verses 19-20 are simply saying that, from the very beginning creation of the world, creation itself speaks of and testifies of God. How, you ask? Well, if you have never noticed before, just stop for a moment and look at and consider the magnificent creation and the integration of how all things created work together; even the invisible things. For example, when we breathe out, we breathe out carbon monoxide which is poisonous air. In fact, if you were trapped in a mine because of a cave in and no fresh air could get to you, you would die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Why is this? Because God Himself designed His creation to breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out carbon monoxide in order to live. You see the intergeneration of just this particular and “invisible” phase of life works as follows. I will describe the process in the most “simplistic” first-impressionsway that I can. You see, the trees the Lord planted on the earth, even before he created mankind, take the bad air in (carbon monoxide) that we breathe out and covert it to good air (carbon dioxide). If this process were not in place, we would all die. Without this invisible process in place that the Lord CREATED,there could be no life. This is just ONE of MANY of the examples out there. Therefore, for someone to deny that Father God the creator of the universe does not exist simply based on creation alone has no excuse not to believe, and quite personally is too stupid to live. For this reason and others, the Bible calls someone who denies the existence of God a fool.

 

The verse goes on to say that to deny our Father God is too deny His power and His Godhead, and thus they are without excuse. Not to put words in God’s mouth, but basically you are too stupid to live, as I said earlier.

 

Romans 1:21-22

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

 

 

This may sound extremely simplistic, and It actually goes without saying, but when you deny the existence of God, you are failing to glorify and acknowledge Him as God. This is a major no-no!

 

The Bible goes on to say that men who deny God developed a foolish imagination and started to produce hypothesis (theories) that were absolutely foolish (some of the theories that the field of science has come to mind). Some of these theories that I am thinking of off the top of my mind are the Big Bang “Theory” and the “Theory” of Evolution.” Both of these theories are taught as fact in our public schools with no mention of creation as being a viable option. In other words, the public school system teaches and encourages complete denial of our God.

 

Additionally, both of these scientific theories are from Satan in order to try and deceive many who might otherwise come to Jesus. When you accept either one of these theories, you are condemning yourself to Hell.

 

I would like to further say that all of the reasons that I stated above are reasons enough that if you are Christian parent you should not be sending you child off to the School of Satan (Public School System); otherwise known as the indoctrination facilities. I hope I have made my point clear on how I feel about our public school system here in modern America. So, if you are considering whether to home school your child or not, I think you can figure out quite easily where I stand on that subject so please don’t ask. However, if you need help on how to get started, my wife and/or I would be MORE THAN HAPPY to help you.

 

The Bible goes on to say that :

 

Romans 1:23

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

 

 

So, when men become fools they start worshiping other gods (notice

the small g). How many “religions” out there worship bulls and birds

Even if you think your motives are pure this is still considered idolatry in the eyes of God.

Even if you think your motives are pure this is still considered idolatry in the eyes of God.

and even statues? What about the Catholic religion? Do you think that God approves of the worshiping of statues and other objects? Absolutely not. The Bible CLEARLY states that we are NOT to do such things for that is idolatry. In Revelation 19:10, the Bible tells us that John fell down to worship an angel of the Lord, but the angel told John not to worship him, but only worship God! Imagine how much worse it would be to worship a corruptible being or thing such as a statue, etc. in the eyes of God if we are told not to even worship an Angel!

 

Romans 1:24-25

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

 

When we start coming up with theories causing and creating doubts about God existence, when we start worshiping and devoting ourselves to other things besides the Lord, God will give up on us and turn us over to a depraved imagination. It is the Christians responsibility to cast down all of these other false ideas and concepts. It is the Christians responsibility to protect their own children from these theories” presented by the public school system and to raise their children in the belief and faith of God. If we do not, let us continue reading to see what the results are while we still live on this earth, not to mention the obvious eternal destruction of not only ourselves, but our children as well.

 

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

 

Wow, folks, check that out! It gives me the Holy Spirit Chills. The Bible tells us exactly what will happen in the U.S. in verses 26-32. The Bible tells us that homosexuality will run ramped.It is so bad in the U.S. that even our public schools- where so many are sending our children to and trusting them to be properly educated- are learning the very things that are in opposition to the word of God and are being encouraged to partake in the very things that God calls an abomination!How can a Christian parent do this with a clear conscience? We live in a nation where our public school system is indoctrinating our children and refusing to teach them how to think for themselves, but just to accept what they are told. This is why they do not offer the evidence of creation, but only “THEORIES” that provoke a thought pattern contrary to the existence of God in order to try and disprove His existence. Again, yet another depravity in God’s eyes. We are currently living under the rule of some very wicked men and women who are influenced by and serving Satan himself. We need to start voting some Godly men into office who can and will turn this country around or else God will let us perish. Only a blind man would not be able to see that we are currently on a road to destruction. God will not continue to bless and protect an evil nation. Those of you who are old enough, let us look just how far we have fallen as a nation whose motto used to be “One Nation Under God.” Just look at our indebtedness alone as a nation. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:7 that :

 

7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

 

I will hush with that comment concerning that issue, but for now, let’s continue with the remaining verses 26-32, and we will be able to see that what is going on in America today is exactly what the Bible says will happen when a people pervert, deny, and turn their backs the ways of God:

 

Romans 1:28-31

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

 

WOW!!! Does this not describe life in America today, even among the “SO CALLED” Christians of this land? It is especially prevalent in our youth, the very ones that were caught up and born into what has become a very depraved and perverted nation that has, for the most part, completely turned their backs on the way of God.

 

Lastly, we will close with verse 32 tonight:

 

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

 

 

Almost every person who is a native to this land (America) knowsof God and the laws of God, at least superficially. I am also sure that most people in this land have at least heard of the final judgment of God as well. Unfortunately, even our churches have perverted the Gospel and the ways of God. This is because our churches have chosen to listen to and to teach the gospel of man instead of the Gospel of God. The liberal fools out there have blinded, deceived, and influenced our churches to do so with such things as the tolerance movement and more love, less condemnation teachings. Our churches even obliged Satan when the liberals told our churches that we should not preach about Hell because it was “offensive” to them. REALLY??? Of course it was offensive, GOD’S WORD IS OFFENSIVE, THE BIBLE TELLS US SO!!! By doing this, our churches are in direct opposition to the ways of God and His word. God put His laws in place to show how far we are from Him. But again, our churches- through the influence of the liberal fools- have decided to sugar coat sin instead of condemning it. As I said before, Jesus is NOT going to put His loving arms around you, baby you, and say, it’s okay honey, I know you couldn’t help yourself. NO! Jesus calls us to turn our back on sin, and to go and SIN NO MORE! If we don’t do this, He is going to say, DEPART FROM ME YOU WICKED LAZY SERVANT, I NEVER KNEW YOU!!!!  Pastors out there are supposed to be shepherding God’s flock, not leading them blindly into the pit of Hell.

 

In the scripture reference above (verse 32), the New King James Bible replaces the word pleasure with approve. In fact, let me read you the scripture from both the New King James and the Living Bible.

 

Verse 32 – New King James Version (NKJV)

32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

 

Verse 32 – Living Bible (TLB)

32 They were fully aware of God’s death penalty for these crimes, yet they went right ahead and did them anyway and encouraged others to do .

 

So, let me ask you to think for a moment, that is if you have not been indoctrinated by the public school system so deeply that you are still able to think for yourself. According to the scriptures above, do you think God is going to condone or condemn us for encouraging sin? What about you, pastor, what do you think? Or, have you yourself been brainwashed by the liberal movement? I can promise you, the liberal movement, and the movement of God are two entirely different things. I will tell you also, in case you couldn’t figure it out, according to Scripture you WILL BE CONDEMNED!!!! Yes, God is a God of love, but He is also a righteous God who DOES NOT ACCEPT SIN, PERIOD! So, the next time someone asks you not to speak on Hell, or not to condemn sin but to accept sin, you must decide if you are preaching the gospel of man or the Gospel of God. Remember the scripture, choose you this day whom you will serve???

 

Let me reiterate, the liberal fools out there have blinded, deceived, and convinced our churches to take Hell out of the equation so that no one is “offended.” My friend, it is better to be a little “offended” now than to live your life in Hell. I think a lot of our churches need to pull their heads out of their back side, grow some coconuts, and start preaching the Gospel of God instead of the Gospel of man. I hate to tell you, but514_400x400_NoPeel Jesus was a man, not a wimp. If you wanted to know where you stood, all you had to do was ask Him and He would tell you. As the quote I posted from Ghandi last week said, “I like your Christ, but I dislike your Christians because they are so unlike your Christ.” All I can say is Amen to that.

 

 

 

 

 

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Romans 1:1-17

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Romans 1:1-17

 

Romans 1.1

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

 

Okay, as we can see in verse 1, Paul is identifying himself to the church. I think we can all find it beneficial to see that PaulServanthood identifies himself as a “servant of Jesus Christ.” I call this to our attention because I want us to see just how far have we fallen today from being humble servants of our Lord to being prideful within our churches. If we remember, the “SIN” of pride is the very sin that got Satan excommunicated from Heaven. How far have we walked away from what Jesus called us to be, and that is to be a servant! Instead, men in most of our churches today have taken on the notion that they are to be served instead of being the ones called to serve; which is one hundred percent AGAINST what Jesus taught. Jesus even said that He Himself came not to be served, but to serve, and went on further to say that this was to be our example.

 

 

Additionally, I want us to pay attention to the fact that a servant is literally a slave, which means “to bind.” If you are a slave, you are bound to your master, which in this case is Jesus. So, in other words, anyone who calls themselves a Christian, if in fact you are a “true Christian,” is to voluntarily take on the position of a slave to his Lord and master, Lord Jesus.

 

 

By doing so, you terminate all rights of further living simply to please yourself, but instead you are are to please your master, which is now Jesus. Upon becoming a Christian, we are to place Jesus in charge of our lives and are agreeing to follow HIS example and HIS teachings. In fact, Jesus even said that we should count the costs before we decide to become a Christian (Luke 14:27-28), unlike what is haphazardly being taught in our churches today. For example, one church I know of around here actually offered a free t-shirt if you would come and be baptized. THIS IS NOT CHIRISTIANITY!!!!!! Again, Jesus said to count the costs.

 

 

When we become “Christians,” we become slaves of Jesus Christ because we no longer do the things that our flesh, our earthly man, desires but instead the things of the Spirit because we are a NEW CREATION in Christ. This is why we say that Jesus is LORD (boss) of my life when we get saved. This is why the Bible teaches that we are to confess with our mouth that JESUS IS LORD!!! This is why we are supposed to live a holy life because we are now a representative of Jesus.

 

Being a slave to Jesus is yet another teaching of Jesus that is being completely ignored by our modern churches in order to preach a false gospel laden with lies instead of the truth of Jesus. For those of you who are partaking in our “repentance” series studies, you will see that changing the way you are currently living by giving up your desires and lusts of the flesh in order to live for Jesus as a new creation is imperative.

 

 

Secondly, notice how Paul tells of his title within the church, only after he listed his primary function as being a servant. Again, the very title “servant” is a very humbling position. Only after that did Paul identify his position within the church which is the title of Apostle. Again, this was not done out of pride, but to simply show his position. For example, if you worked at McDonald’s and a customer came up to you and said, “I am going to give you a raise!” Other than being a nice compliment, those words would carry no authority because a customer has no authority whatsoever to give you a raise. On the other hand, if your manager said the same thing to you, then you – because of his authority and his position within the company – would be assured that you would get that raise because he possessed the authority to do so.

 

 

Third, notice how Paul said He was separated unto the Gospel of God. This means he devoted His life to the teaching and preaching the word of God. This is the only thing Paul was concerned about. This was his career and his hobby and his life. In other words, it was his everything. As with Paul, as “true” Christians we should be looking for ways to share Jesus whenever we can. Sharing Jesus should be our life’s goal. I am not saying go and be a missionary, I am saying that we should be looking for ways to share Jesus with everyone we meet. In other words, that thought should be on the forefront of our brains, and if the opportunity presents itself, then we should jump on it.

 

Romans 1:2-3

2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh

 

As we learned in our repentance studies, prophecies about Jesus started all the way back in the book of Genesis and continued all throughout the Old Testament. All of these prophecies came about in Jesus, all of which are undeniable unless you are on a mission to disprove the Bible as so many are. But even so, they cannot do this without a shuck and jive shell game. Additionally, in our repentance teachings we also took a look at the lineage of Jesus from both Joseph (his adopted father’s side because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and not by the seed of man) and we looked at His lineage from His mother Mary’s side. Either blood line you look at all had roots with king David just as Biblical prophecy predicted.

 

 

Romans 1:4

4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

 

This verse is telling us that Jesus was declared to be God’s Son according to the Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17), but also by the fact that Jesus was resurrected in bodily form from the dead (1 Corinthians 6:14, John 20:27).

 

Romans 1:5

5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name:

 

Since this study is tied to our repentance study, I would like everyone to notice the word OBEDIENCE.

 

Romans 1:6

6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

In the same way that the apostles received grace (forgiveness), so can we. That is through us coming to belief in Jesus, repentance, forsaking our sins, and obedience to the faith.

 

Romans 1:7

7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

df2da239cfd94fac41679dcd155d5269_calledsaints-863-430-cNotice the scripture says, “called to be saints.” Folks, that is us. You know, it used to be when I was in a government public school, kids would jokingly make comments like, are you a trying to be saint or something? Sadly, even in the Christian arena, these same things are being said. What is even more sad is that these same Christians who say these kind of things are totally and completely ignorant of God’s Word. The Bible calls us to be perfect like our Heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48). So yes, if you are a Christian, you are called to be a saint and to live a Godly life as we were discussing in our repentance class.

 

Does being a saint mean that you are forbidden to marry as the Catholic church teaches? Absolutely not, this is yet another false teaching of the church. God has in fact ordained marriage since the very beginning of creation (Genesis 1:27-28), and even the apostle Paul says it is better to marry than to burn with lust (1 Corinthians 7:9). However, Paul also teaches that if you do not have the desire to be married, it is better not to (1 Corinthians 7:7-9). Note: Paul was single, and that is why he made the comment that he wished all men were like himself. So yes, Paul does encourage someone who lives their life for God to be single, but at the same time, He says if you have the desire, as most people do, it is by far better to marry than to burn with lust. By the way, marriage in the eyes of God is defined as one man and one woman for a life time (Leviticus 20:13, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11). Of course, we no longer put the homosexual to death because we are no longer under the Mosaic “law.” However, they will answer to God in the final judgment for their sin, as will we all. And for those who are living a life of sin and are unrepentive of their sins (whatever their sins may be), they will be sentenced to serve an eternity in the torturous prison of Hell where there will be NO possibility of parole.

 

Romans 1:8-13

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

11 For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;

12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.

 

I do not really have any useful comments at this time for this section of scripture since it is not prevalent to this particular study.

 

Romans 1:14

14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.

 

Paul is simply saying here that he owes the message of the gospel to all men, just as every Christian does. In other words, we need to share Jesus whenever we can to those willing to listen.

 

Romans 1:15-16

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

Not only did Paul feel he was indebted to preach the Gospel (good news) to others as we saw in verse 14, but now we see that he looked forward to doing so as well. I guess in a way, I am like Paul in this way too for I to get excited to share the Word of God especially to those who are willing to listen. I think as Christians we should all feel this sense of excitement when we get the privilege to share God’s Word. Of course, everyone might not feel this way since God gives different gifts to different people. Mine just happens to be the gift of teaching, so I guess that is why I would feel this way. However, I would still suspect everyone, if they were a Christian, would get excited to share their faith with someone else simply because if something means a lot to you, then you want to share your good news with others. For instance, a lot of people get excited about buying a new car. After you purchase it, you want to tell everyone about it and show it to them. The same situation applies when you get engaged or find out that you are pregnant. Jesus should be the same way. You should want to tell everyone about Him.

 

Romans 1:17

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

The righteousness of God is found through the Gospel. In other words, if we simply read God’s Word, we can find His righteousness in the pages of it. Additionally, if we have a minister that is truly leading us in the Word and in the ways of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then we will clearly see the righteousness (moral perfection) of God.

 

However, the Bible clearly states that human beings cannot achieve righteousness through their own efforts. I would like us to jump ahead just for a moment to Romans 3:20 and read out of the Living Bible for simplicity. If you hover your mouse over the Scripture reference, the it will appear as it does in the KJV so that you can compare the two versions.

 

Romans 3:20

20 Now do you see it? No one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what the law commands. For the more we know of God’s laws, the clearer it becomes that we aren’t obeying them; his laws serve only to make us see that we are sinners. – (Living Bible)

 

Now, let me draw your attention to the book of Genesis just for a moment as well. Remember, God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:17). This is because He wanted His creation to remain pure and innocent. Once man ate from that tree, his eyes were opened to all sorts of evil thoughts and desires (Genesis 3:5, Genesis 3:22) . He was now no longer innocent, and that is what separated us from God initially and the reason why He cast man from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24). God will not commune with the impure and unrighteous (Psalm 5:4). The first man, Adam, caused separation from God. The second man, Jesus, restored that relationship with God (1 Corinthians 15:21) That is if and when we decide to make Jesus the Lord of our life through the sacrifice that He made for us on the cross of Calvary and when we decide to repent (leave our sins behind) and follow Him in Obedience.

 

The Bible clearly states that we cannot enter into Heaven by our “good works” alone. However, even though the Christian puts his514_400x400_NoPeel faith and trust in Jesus, we as Christians are still required to live by a code of conduct and ethics.  We are still required to live Godly lives. Man CANNOT attain justification in God’s eyes on his own, it must be done by faith in Jesus. Once we accept Jesus as our Saviour, we make the Lord Jesus Christ the BOSS of our lives. We are called to live our lives unto Him and to forsake all sin and the pleasures of the flesh. In other words, we are to figuratively put our flesh to death. We are to no longer live in sin (disobedience) to God for God still requires His people to live a godly life; which will get into later as we progress through Romans. By the way, there are no two ways about it, faith is obedience. For instance, Abraham himself was willing to sacrifice his only son to God back in the Old Testament by faith; which is to say obedience to the Lord. This is a prime example of loving the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. By the way, for you crazy people out there…God is not going to ask you to sacrifice your child. The days of blood sacrifice are over through Jesus. Further, God never asked for sacrifice of human beings, only animals. When Abraham put his son on the alter for sacrifice, that was God testing Abraham to see how much faith and love he really had for Him. Abraham lived by faith (obedience). 

 

This is why we MUST put our faith in Jesus and Jesus is the ONLY way we can have eternal life with God in Heaven. This is why we must live by faith. By putting our faith in Jesus (which includes obedience to His word) we are now justified in the eyes of God.

 

 

 

 

 

Repentance Series (Part 6)

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Jesus Defined Repentance

False Doctrines
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What Our Churches are NOT Teaching Us.

 

repentToday, I would like to continue with our lesson on repentance. Since repentance deals with the renunciation of sin in our lives, or in other words, the process of actively forsaking and giving up sin in our lives and not allowing it to reign in our fleshly, self-seeking, lustful, mortal bodies any longer.

 

Does this mean that we will never sin again? Absolutely not! Even Paul the Apostle tells us this.

It does mean that we will fight against it with everything within us, as we spoke about last week when we spoke of how a athletic pushes his body to exhaustion in order to win an event. In the same way, we need to train and push our spiritual man to the point of exhaustion so that we can overcome the various sins that try to overtake us. We are at war with our flesh, and our spirits need to be stronger than our flesh so that we can overcome its overwhelming powers. Our bodies are naturally drawn to sin, while our spirits, if we are born again, we are drawn to God with an overwhelming desire to obey and please Him.

 

slide-12So, today I want us to look at various scriptures that will give us insight into law, grace, repentance, and obedience. I grouped them together because, just as repentance goes hand in hand with salvation, so do law, grace, repentance, and salvation fit together like a puzzle. Today, our studies will be spanning across several chapters of Romans, and possibly other books depending on how the Holy Spirit leads. I would like us to simply read Romans chapters 5 through about 9, but that would not be practical in the time we have tonight. So, I will just hit on the highlights that I want to direct your attention to concerning how even though we are free in Jesus through His grace, obedience and repentance are key factors to live a life pleasing to God.

Again, because our studies are from Paul (Paul wrote the book of Romans and can be somewhat confusing to read), I will be referring to both the King James and the Living Bible when I feel it would be beneficial because of its simplicity and ease of understanding. Again, let me emphasize that I DO NOT recommend anyone use any version of the Bible other than the King James for the purposes of study.

Alright, with that said, let’s pick up in Romans Chapter 5, verse 1. Actually folks, I intended to start out in Romans 8 to demonstrate a point here, but then as I was glancing over it I decided to move back another chapter and then another. Right now, I am Chapter 1. Romans is full of material that pertains to our topic of repentance; i.e. law, grace, obedience, and salvation. As I said earlier, all of these concepts fit together like a puzzle. They are so intertwined with each other that I really feel it would not be fair, nor would it be possible, to provide a quality learning experience to you unless everyone grasps how these concepts all fit together. Therefore, I believe moving ahead any further on the topic of repentance without first studying how these words and concepts are all interconnected would not only be an error on my part, but would show incompetency as a teacher on my part. For that reason, I feel we should shift gears here for probably the next few weeks and do a fairly in depth, verse by verse study on the book of Romans to give everyone a proper background on these topics (law, grace, obedience) in order to see how they properly fit in with repentance and salvation. Once that is complete, we will return to our study specifically related to repentance.

 

So, let’s now turn to Romans Chapter 1, verse 1. (To continue this lesson please X4570go to the category: (Romans: Verse by Verse (Series)).

 

 

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Introduction to Romans

 

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, as in all of our studies, all scriptures will be taken from the King James version of the Bible.

 

Introduction to Romans:

 

First, let me make it clear that this is a “letter” that Paul wrote. The original paul7writings did not have verse and chapter numbers. Verse and chapter numbers were added later for reference purposes only so that we could more easily find what we were looking for in the Bible.

 

If you were viewing the original document, you would find that it would be written in letter form without any chapter and verse numbers. It simply flowed straight through. So, for us to just take out scriptures and break them down into sound bytes in order to make them say what we want them to say is WRONG!!!! We must, as with any “letter,” take what the writer is saying in the full context of the entire writing.

 

 

Date and Place of Writing:

 

It is thought that this letter was written during Paul’s third missionary journey in the early spring of a.d. 57 and was probably getting ready to return to Jerusalem with the offering from the mission churches for poverty-stricken believers in Jerusalem.

 

Recipients:

 

The original recipients of the letter were the people of the church at Rome. These folks were predominantly Gentile.

 

Okay, with that said, let’s get started on our long journey through Romans.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lesson Introduction

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Our intentions are to break down the entire book of Romans in a verse by verse study in order to examine the subjects of repentance, grace, obedience, and the law in order to see how these topics are all interrelated.

For those of you who have been following our studies on the subject of repentance, welcome to our new study, “Romans: Verse by Verse.” As you know, we have temporarily suspended, actually suspended is probably the wrong word here, I think maybe a better descriptor would be to say we have temporarily interrupted our normal study on repentance in order to deepen our knowledge on repentance by taking our study in a little bit different direction so that we get a better understanding of how repentance, grace, obedience, and the law all intertwine with one another.

 

Again, for those of you who were not part of our repentance study, I feel it is imperative for you to understand that repentance is far more than just saying you’re sorry in a “magical” sinners prayer that so many churches today teach as all that is required in order to be a Christian and to receive salvation. It is imperative that you do NOT fall for this LIE!

 

Salvation and repentance go hand and hand with each other. You cannot have salvation without repentance. Repentance is defined as a life changing event where you completely follow the ways of the Lord and no longer live to yourself, but rather to the Lord. Repentance requires that one turns away from the sin-ruled and a self-seeking life to a life characterized by obedience to God. The Holy Spirit leads a person to repent, but repentance itself cannot be seen as a “good work” that adds to our salvation. We can only be saved through Jesus, but we are still REQUIRED to live our life for Him and not to ourselves. We must put out effort just as an athlete puts out effort to train for a big event. He did not offer the gift of salvation for us to continue to live in sin and in the ways of the world. He expects us to change and live a Godly life unto Him.

 

The Bible states that people are saved by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, there can be no faith in Christ without repentance and no repentance without faith. The two are inseparable. We will discover this to be a truth of Jesus’ teachings without any possibility of misunderstanding in our study of Romans. So let’s get started!

 

 

 

 

Repentance Series (Part 5)

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Jesus Defined Repentance

False Doctrines
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What Our Churches are NOT Teaching Us.

 

Hello, and welcome to our Wednesday night mid-week service.  I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

Last week, we pretty much trashed modern secular churches, modern day Bible scholars, and a host of others. Before we move on, I want to make one point very clear12162443994_e3c012f23f_n to all. The Bible (Word of God) is to be received by faith, not by evidence and proof through education, or through the sciences. These men who are tying to change the Bible are in error, plain and simple. I want us to take a look at two more scriptures concerning these issues. As I said last week, for some man to come in and say this or that was never in the Bible, is basically stating they more than God, and they are stating that the Bible of old was not the Word of God, even though we all know that the Bible IS the inspired word of God, given to us by God Himself, Jesus, or His apostles and disciples. To state otherwise is to say that the Bible is unreliable.

Again, the Bible is to BE RECEIVED BY FAITH! It is NOT to be learned by higher institutes of learning, nor by great thinkers; who I might add are destroying our Bible with their “great thinking,” or by “modern technology.” In fact, these things are frowned upon by God as we can see in the following scripture:

 

1 Timothy 6:20-21

20 Oh, Timothy, don’t fail to do these things that God entrusted to you. Keep out of foolish arguments with those who boast of their “knowledge” and thus prove their lack of it. 21 Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life—they don’t know God. May God’s mercy be upon you.

Living Bible (TLB)

 

Colossians 2:8

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. King James Version (KJV)

 

Need anything else be said on this subject? I would hope not because, if so, then we are falling into the trap of “vain arguments” as the Bible puts it. The Bible is the Bible, the very word of God. NO MAN is wiser than God, and no man can put words in God’s mouth. Therefore, for any man to alter or change the word of God is WRONG! End of discussion!!!!

 

Even Jesus was completely obedient to Father God?  Why shouldn't we be?  Do you really feel we are "BETTER" than Jesus?

Even Jesus was completely obedient to Father God? Why shouldn’t we be? Jesus is our example. Do we really feel we are so much “Higher” than Jesus that we no longer have to obey, or conform to the ways of the Father?

Now, as I said last week, we are going to provide evidence that repentance is a necessary ingredient of salvation. The first ingredient is Jesus, the second is our “OBEDIENCE” to His word, which comes through “REPENTANCE.” If we are not following Jesus and if we have not given Him full control, and authority of our lives, then I must ask, have we truly repented? Have we truly made Him Lord of our lives?

 

While it is true that we are “saved” by grace, and not by works- which I might add would be impossible because the only perfect one was Jesus- Nevertheless, we ARE responsible to follow Jesus in the ways that He prescribed. The Bible tells us as Christians that we are to deny ourselves, we are to put others first, in fact we are to become servants to others. We are required by Jesus to pick up our crosses daily and follow Him. What does pick up your cross and follow Him mean exactly? Well, picking up our cross is to crucify of flesh (deny our fleshly desires, and put others first), while the words ‘follow Him’ signify becoming like Him in every way. So yes, He has saved us through the rebirth of our spirits; but WE are now responsible to live for Him from this moment on, and not for ourselves. We must live like a new creation that we have become, and crucify our flesh daily. We are to develop and have the heart and mind of Jesus through prayer and study. We are to give up our old ways and become the new creations He demands for us to be.

 

We are told in many places in the Word of God that God does require a deep and sincere repentance from us. Not just a superficial, oh I’m sorry, and keep on living the way you are. REPENTANCE is an absolute change of life! Repentance is absolutely necessary to salvation, just as faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a necessary component of salvation.

 

Now for the evidence that I keep telling you I am going to provide to you….

 

Luke 13:3

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

King James Version (KJV)

 

Acts 11:18

18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

King James Version (KJV)

 

2 Corinthians 7:8-10

8 For even if that letter of mine made you sad, I am not sorry I wrote it. I could have been sorry when I saw that it made you sad for a while. 9 But now I am happy—not because I made you sad, but because your sadness made you change your ways. That sadness was used by God, and so we caused you no harm. 10 For the sadness that is used by God brings a change of heart that leads to salvation—and there is no regret in that! But sadness that is merely human causes death.

Good News Translation (GNT)

 

The verses I just read make it pretty clear how important the act of repentance is to salvation. However, I am not done yet sharing verses that relate to the necessity of repentance unto salvation. This is just the beginning to undermine the efforts of those deceivers who are preaching and teaching the false gospel of “repentance free” salvation.

 

It amazes me that repentance takes a very prominent place in the New Testament, but sadly, holds a very small place, if any, in the teachings of today’s churches. This is yet more evidence that once again supports the fact that we are living in the times as described in 2nd Timothy 3. Remember, the Word tells us that men will wax worse and worse. I say, that men cannot get more arrogant, nor evil, than when they actually have the gall to change and alter the very word’s of God’s Word.

 

Some teachers of today are trying to convince their followers that repentance belongs in the past, and as we have talked about, is no longer a valid point. Some of these teachers go as far to say that repentance is strictly for the Jews. Last I heard, Jesus died and was raised for ALL men. Last I heard, Jesus still demands repentance from the sinner in order to receive salvation. Repentance, not as defined by the worldly church of today, but true repentance as we have defined here. Grace and Repentance go hand in hand and cannot be separated. God’s grace was the gift of Jesus Christ. Our part of this equation is to give our hearts, minds, and lives completely over to the Lord. Does LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, SOUL, AND MIND ring a bell here?

 

Anyway, whoever denies the fact that God demands repentance from His children is calling God a liar, and is saying that God Himself does not know what He is talking about. Whoever says that repentance is not a requirement of salvation is blatantly denying the truth found in Acts 17:30.

 

Acts 17:30

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

King James Version (KJV)

 

Additionally, these men of higher learning that are teaching that repentance is not necessary can be easily seen in the scripture that we have been studying, and it states that they are always learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the Truth (2nd Timothy 3:7).

 

Now, let us revisit the Old Testament for a moment. I want us to examine a couple scriptures there to see how God wants, and has always wanted, His people to be (past, present, and future). God’s desire from the beginning of time going all the way back to Adam and Eve was to have OBEDIENT children. This is the whole concept behind repentance, to give God our all in all. Now, I could go all the way back to Genesis to prove my point, but I think my example suffices here. Again, we could look at Abram, and his willingness to sacrifice his only son for God, that was obedience. We could look at Noah. The Bible says He was the only righteous man of his time in the entire earth. Boil it down, and you have “obedience.” These examples are all forms of “Repentance.” In other words, willing to live our lives the way God dictates that we should. Basically, obedience and repentance are the same thing. Because we are a fallen race because of Adam and Eve, and because man’s heart is evil from birth, we must repent and be obedient to God by doing and living the way He has called us to. By the way, I could go on with many more examples, but I hope you get my point.

 

Okay, let’s look at a couple of Old Testament scriptures now. Let’s start with the book of Wisdom (Proverbs).

Proverbs 28:13

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

King James Version (KJV)

 

Isaiah 55:7

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

King James Version (KJV)

 

Can it be any more plain, folks? God has always required His people to follow Him and obey Him. If they did not, they would be punished, as we have evidence of this over and over again in the Old Testament. Man cannot, no matter how hard he tries, stand up to the expectations of our holy God. This is why we have grace. This is why Jesus was our once and for all sacrifice. God has no need for evil servants. He wants, and has always has required, an obedient people. Common sense should tell you that. However, we still have people that want to argue this point. But, for those people, let us look at what Paul says about that.

 

Romans 6:1-2

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

King James Version (KJV)

 

Now, let’s jump down to verse 15.

 

Romans 6:15

15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

King James Version (KJV)

 

Let’s try one more from the Living Bible:

 

Galatians 2:17

 

17 But what if we trust Christ to save us and then find that we are wrong and that we cannot be saved without being circumcised and obeying all the other Jewish laws? Wouldn’t we need to say that faith in Christ had ruined us? God forbid that anyone should dare to think such things about our Lord.

Living Bible (TLB)

 

Now, law vs. grace is another one of those hot topics which “educated” men of God have polluted, perverted, and distorted, and a topic which I do not care to get into right now. However, before we mosey on back over to our topic on repentance, let us review a couple more things that Paul left us with concerning law vs. grace.

 

First, what is the purpose of the law? We can find the answer to that in:

 

Romans 3:20

 

20 Now do you see it? No one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what the law commands. For the more we know of God’s laws, the clearer it becomes that we aren’t obeying them; his laws serve only to make us see that we are sinners.

Living Bible (TLB)

 

You see, where there is no teaching of God’s law there can be no true, deep saving knowledge of sin. Again, we can see this in Romans 7:7

 

Romans 7:7

 

7 Well then, am I suggesting that these laws of God are evil? Of course not! No, the law is not sinful, but it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known the sin in my heart—the evil desires that are hidden there—if the law had not said, “You must not have evil desires in your heart.”

Living Bible (TLB)

 

Finally, let’s take a look at Romans 3:31. This should sum up law vs. grace in a nut shell for everyone.

 

Romans 3:31

 

31 Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need obey God’s laws? Just the opposite! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey him.

Living Bible (TLB)

 

Now, let’s get back to the subject at hand, repentance; which again goes hand in hand with obedience. As we said, the law was given so that we know that we are sinners. To know God’s law, we must know God. The Bible tells us in John 17:3 that:

 

John 17:3

 

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

King James Version (KJV)

 

We must have the desire, and determination, to please our Lord. You do know that Lord means “boss” for the most part, right? We also must remember the commandment of thou shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. It does not say love yourselves as so many secular churches teach today, as do the liberals and humanist, which include our psychologists and sociologists who state we are number one. In fact, did you know the first commandment in the Satanic Bible is love yourself, or so I’ve been told? By the way, did you know that the Harper Collins publishing company publishes the Satanic Bible? What is ironic is the parent company of Harper Collins is Zondervian, the publishers of the NIV Bible. This is one of the companies that are removing verses from our “Christian Bibles,” and yet we trust them to print the Word of God. That, to me, is like putting a terrorist at a top level ranking in our military. Just something to think about.

 

As I was saying, self love seeks to promote self. Self love seeks to promote our own interests and to magnify self. In contrast, love for God causes us to put Him first, put others first, and seek His interests. This is why we need to repent and change our lives. We are to no longer live to ourselves, but unto Him.

 

In repentance, sin is the thing to be repented of, and I hope it goes without saying that sin is a transgression of the law.

 

1 John 3:4

 

4 But those who keep on sinning are against God, for every sin is done against the will of God.

Living Bible (TLB)

 

As we have already talked about several times now, the chief law is supreme love to God. Therefore, if we are not putting God first, then He is not receiving our proper affections, and in fact, we are in rebellion against Him.

 

Romans 8:7

7 And so people become enemies of God when they are controlled by their human nature; for they do not obey God’s law, and in fact they cannot obey it.

Good News Translation (GNT)

 

Not placing God above all other things is yet another thing that the majority of us need to repent of, but if the Bible would not have showed us this, we would not have known that we are in error here.

 

Alright, I think I have given us enough to chew on for the rest of the week, so I am going to close here for tonight. I hope everyone has a wonderful week and tries harder to live for God…..not under the bondage of the law, but under the grace, peace, and freedom of Jesus. Remember, the commandments can be summed up in two. Love the Lord your God with all our your heart soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. We need to operate from the love our savior has put in our hearts, and not from the legalistic, pharisaic manner of living. We are free indeed, by giving our Lord first place and WILLINGLY living in obedience to Him because of our love and desire for Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repentance Series (Part 4)

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JESUS DEFINED REPENTANCE

 

False Doctrines

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What Our Churches Are NOT Teaching Us

 


 

Good evening, Shabbat Shalom, and welcome to Jesus Followers Ministries Saturday Sabbath. Tonight we will be continuing with session 4 on the topic of repentance. Before we get started, we should each one take time to pray individually that God will open our eyes and show us His truth. His truth, not mine.

 

Let us once again return to the opening comment in 2nd Timothy 3.

 

2nd Timothy 3:1

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

(KJV)

 

Notice what is being said here is in fact “prophetic” in the most basic sense. Does everyone agree with that statement?

 

Now, and I don’t want to be redundant here by continuing to present the same material over and over again, that is not my intention, and I am not just trying to use filler to stall for time, but I am simply trying to tie something in here so please be patient with me and then we will move onto some new material.

 

So, not only does the Bible tell us that Perilous (dangerous, unsafe) times are to come, but in fact, we are now living in those times as we briefly discussed last week when we broke down 2 Timothy. So, with that being said, let us now skip down to verse 13.

 

2nd Timothy 3:13

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

(KJV)

 

Now let me reread this from the God’s Word Translation. I think it makes more of an impact than the KJV does since it does present it in a more modern English. In other words, it presents it in a manner that is more in line with how we speak today as compared to how they spoke in the 1600′s. Please remember, and I cannot emphasize enough, please DO NOT use these modern translations for study! This is for the reasons that we spoke of a couple of weeks ago, and which we will be lightly hitting on here in a moment.

 

2nd Timothy 3:13 (God’s Word Translation (GW)

13 But evil people and phony preachers will go from bad to worse as they mislead people and are themselves misled.

 

These are the things that we were talking about last week when we spoke about the modern day Bible Translators, what is happening in our churches, in our so called “Christian” universities, etc. All of these things we spoke about last week. Also, let me emphasize again, to be able to properly follow along it is so important so that you do not miss any of these teachings. Otherwise, unless you are willing to catch up, you will not completely understand what we are talking about.

 

Again, these men the Bible is speaking of are the very men of today who have been perverting, changing, and/or removing basic Christian doctrines, and even altering our Bibles going as far as to actually remove verses from our Bibles. These are the men who call themselves preachers who are taking down crosses in the church, removing alters, preaching humanistic issues instead of Jesus, and teaching tolerance (again, not to be confused with love and respect for others). These are the men who compromise on the word of God for their own selfish gain whatever that may be to them (whether fame, fortune, power, etc.). These are the men who say come and get baptized and you will get a free t-shirt, and not one word is spoken of about true, Jesus defined, repentance. These are Repentancethe men who rely on technology, the wisdom of men, and entertainment instead of the power of God to build the church. These are the men who are building their churches into castles and kingdoms; thus helping themselves like a glutton instead of helping the poor as we are called to do. These are the men who are living in mansions, and making a rich man’s living, on the Word of God when in fact God’s words says NOT to build earthly kingdoms, not to go into debt, but instead to live a modest life, free of debt, and give to the poor. God’s word was NEVER meant to be sold! Making a living from the Word of God is one thing, becoming rich of it is quite another. The people of the original Christian church of Jesus Christ had the mindset and the heart to sell all that they had so that there were no needs among God’s people. This is what Jesus intended for the original church to be like. Jesus wanted us to put others first, not ourselves. This is one hundred and eighty degrees from what the world, and most false churches (which are the majority), teach today. How many churches, or for that matter Christians, today are willing to do this?

 

For the most part, these men are spiritual con-men and deceivers, and I am sure, as the Bible says, some of these men have been led astray and deceived themselves preaching the word of man as he has been taught instead of what the Bible is actually teaching. This scenario can and does unfold even within our “Christian Universities” that are denominationally based, and not necessarily “word of God” based. Again, thus the importance of knowing our Bibles for ourselves, and not allowing some man to teach us based completely upon the faith we put in him due to his magnetic personality, or his looks, or his ability to persuade which are all attributes of con-men. Again, make time to study your Bible on your own, people. As we learned last week, we are to “test the spirits,” and to show ourselves diligent by “studying” the word for ourselves (1 John 4:1 and 2nd Timothy 2:15). Notice that I did not say simply “read,” but to “study.” I have been trying to emphasize this from the beginning. We need to know the Bible because some men like to pervert the scriptures by redefining them to say something they are not saying, and/or by mixing and matching various scriptures to make the Bible say something it is not saying at all.

 

As I eluded to earlier, these men that I speak of are spiritual con-men and deceivers. These are men with captivating personalities who, for the most part, hold high prominence within our churches and other Christian arenas. Men whose work is in an area of higher criticism such as those men who study biblical writings to determine literacy history, and the purpose and meaning of the authors as well as other Biblical scholars who are “changing” the Word of God. A lot of these men seemto have a deep respect, reverence, and profound knowledge for the Word of God such as a lot of the televangelists. These men are clever at obtaining their wants and desires through the use of indirect, deceitful, and manipulative practices, but at the same time are in grave error with what they teach. Again, do not take my word for this, test the spirits by comparing what they are saying with the actual, undefiled Word of God. Of course, sometimes this is hard to do because of the deception and confusion they have left behind. There false teachings are so blinding that only the Lord can help us find our way back to the truth of His Word. I know, because I was once one of those men who fell into the deception of these men that I have spoken of during my early years of being a Christian, and I am still fighting my way back to a pure and holy understanding of the Word of God. This is why I am bent on exposing these men. I do not want others to fall into the same trap that I did. That is the purpose of Jesus Followers Ministries, to bring us back to the “TRUE” word of God that the Bible presents, not the word that men present. The last thing I want to do is to lead anyone astray, but instead show us the true path that Jesus has laid out before us for us to follow.

 

We must be careful of men’s teaching. Some of these deceitful men that I speak of are crafty, and as we talked about, are wolves in sheep’s clothing and are extremely hard to spot. They are spies and terrorists from Satan who wish to lay traps for the innocent to fall into. Again, I know because I was one of their innocent victims. All I wanted to do all my life was to serve the Almighty Holy God. Instead, for many years I was taken down the path of their deception.

In contrast, we have other men who are obviously not of God and that are easy to spot, at least for the Christian. These are the Liberals, the evolutionists, secular psychologist, the sociologists, the humanists, the modernists, the Darwin followers, the atheists, public schools, and most branches of the government. These are organizations such as the ALCU, Family Services, Pro-Choice movements, and all associated branches of the Women’s Liberation movement, plus many, many more. These are just a few that immediately come to mind. These people are strictly against the ways of God. That is pretty bold of you to say that, pastor. Well, I hate to tell you this, but I did not say this, Jesus did. He stated that if you are not for Me, you are against Me (Luke 11:23). So, if you are against the Bible, you are against Jesus, plain and simple. We cannot pick and choose what parts of the Bible we are going to follow. It has to be all or nothing. Again, all you have to do is study the Bible on your own to see the Father’s view point on any of these issues. We will leave that one there for now.

Both classes of people are leading Christians astray. These people are imposing a misleading belief and deceiving others. These people are posing as great Christian leaders, and boast of their ability to decipher the Word of God for what “they” feel it really means by playing on words and philosophic ideas that, in most cases, are false instead of just teaching the pure Word of God, and which is poisoning the minds of many sincere believers and leading them into the pit of eternal destruction.

What we have just said is a very serious accusation against some very prominent powers and high ranking, highly educated men in the Christian community. In fact, men that are far more educated than myself. However, when I see issues stemming from these areas, I must expose them as a fellow servant of Jesus. Now, should you take what I am saying as absolute truth without proof? Absolutely not! Only a fool would do that.

Now, we must remember our topic is on the subject of “repentance.” What we are seeking truth about is whether or not repentance is a necessary part of the salvation equation. Again, most churches today are simply saying that all you have to do is say you’re sorry, and go on living your sorry little lives any way you want. Again, this is not scriptural! Any church teaching that salvation without repentance is acceptable, I believe, is sending people to Hell needlessly. We must remember, according to the Bible, that “repentance,” is a complete change of life. We no longer belong to ourselves, but to the Lord, and we must live as though we are His child; His holy child (2 Corinthians 5:15). Wednesday, God willing, we will be looking at some scriptures that back this up.

Repentance Series (Part 3)

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Good evening, and I hope all have had a good week thus far.  Ours has been extremely busy with no let up in sight.  This is a good thing though because, as the old cliché goes, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”   What is not good is the fact that we cannot stay on top of everything that we need to stay on top of, thus we are behind in everything.  Being as that is, let’s get started!

 

Today we will be on part 3 of our repentance series.  I hope everyone is learning and growing from what we have already explored and will continue to do so throughout our lessons.  We still have a lot of material to cover.  Tonight, we will begin by reading from 2nd Timothy 3, as we were supposed to have done last week, and then breaking down each verse as needed.

 

Since I went on a Bible tangent last week, I decided to post both the KJV and Living Bible  side by side, for your convenience tonight.   As I mentioned last week, we do our studies out of the King James.  But, on occasion, I do like to use other versions/translations for sharing just for simplicity sake.  With that being said, I do want to read from the Living Bible tonight just for the literary impact I feel it has on this subject.

 

Before we begin, though, I would like to share with you a “little” history” about the Living Bible so you know what it is, and what it’s not.  First off, the Living Bible is NOT a “translation,” but simply a paraphrase. Paraphrasing is simply rewording the text with the intention of making it clearer and more easily understood.  It was first published in 1971 by Kenneth Taylor, so it is a fairly recent edition.  Now, even though Mr. Taylor was the founder of Tyndall house, he never intended this Bible to be used for the intention of study, but simply an easy reading edition of the Bible.  His goal was to simply put the “basic” message of the Bible into modern language so that the average reader without a Biblical background could more easily  understand the Scriptures.  So, now you know!

 

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1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
1 You may as well know this too, Timothy, that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad. 3 They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good. 4 They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride, and prefer good times to worshiping God. 5 They will go to church,[a] yes, but they won’t really believe anything they hear. Don’t be taken in by people like that.

6 They are the kind who craftily sneak into other people’s homes and make friendships with silly, sin-burdened women and teach them their new doctrines. 7 Women of that kind are forever following new teachers, but they never understand the truth. 8 And these teachers fight truth just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses. They have dirty minds, warped and twisted, and have turned against the Christian faith.

9 But they won’t get away with all this forever. Someday their deceit will be well known to everyone, as was the sin of Jannes and Jambres.

10 But you know from watching me that I am not that kind of person. You know what I believe and the way I live and what I want. You know my faith in Christ and how I have suffered. You know my love for you, and my patience. 11 You know how many troubles I have had as a result of my preaching the Good News. You know about all that was done to me while I was visiting in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, but the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and those who decide to please Christ Jesus by living godly lives will suffer at the hands of those who hate him. 13 In fact, evil men and false teachers will become worse and worse, deceiving many, they themselves having been deceived by Satan.

14 But you must keep on believing the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know that you can trust those of us who have taught you. 15 You know how, when you were a small child, you were taught the holy Scriptures; and it is these that make you wise to accept God’s salvation by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 The whole Bible[b] was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. 17 It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.

 

Okay, since we used the Living Bible tonight for our readings, and since it did such a good job in opening up and placing light on the Scriptures on its own; there is not much more I can add to what it has already been said by it.  So, instead of breaking down the scriptures as intently as I had originally thought I would.  I think I am just going to do a quick overview of what we just read, and call it a night.

 

Verse 1 states we will be living in perilous times; even, or maybe I should say, especially, for the Christian.  The hate for Christians has grown by leaps and bounds all over the world even here in America.    When our children are being indoctrinated by the public school systems and are being forced to learn the ways of Satan, but deny the existence of God, we know there is a problem.  When our children are being expelled from school for praying, but for the most part are free to practice other religions; we know there is a problem.  I could rattle on for a week non-stop concerning all of the atrocities taking place in America alone, but I believe you get my point.  In fact, if I can remember, by the time we finish this series I may do a teaching on that as well.

 

Verses 2-3; Is this not a snap shot of Americas youth today?  Need I say more?

 

Verse 4-5:  The American church, and the Christian of today, that sits within their walls.  Folks, we are in a mess!  We are more interested in “entertaining” our congratulations than we are teaching them the word of God, and promoting an atmosphere of “true” accountability, and Godly lifestyles within the members of our churches.

 

Verses 7-8:  What we talked about last week.  These are the men who are changing our Bibles.  The men who call themselves “pastors,” but yet are physically taking the alters and even the crosses out of our  churches and replacing them with decor so they can look “cool.”  These are the ones who are not preaching Jesus.  These are the ones that are attempting to remove the virgin birth, and other critical church doctrines.   One lady I spoke with several years ago even told me they are now teaching in some “Christian” universities that there was not any virgin birth.  What an atrocity.  If you cannot believe this, then you CANNOT be a Christian.

 

Verses 10-12:  Paul now gives us a glimpse into what a “true” Christian is all about.

 

Verse 13:  We see here that evil men will persist, and become even worse.  As a pastor, it is really trying and tiring to try to research a topic more deeply and all you find is controversy on other possible meanings of the same verse that goes in every direction but the one the Bible truly intends it to go.  These are the men spoken of here that are trying to deceive others with lies, philosophy, and trickery of words; which I might add they are very good at it.  They are basically con men in the kingdom of God, or as God puts it, wolves in sheep clothing.

 

Verses 14-17:  This is what we should do about it.  Also, another line of defence is to teach our children from their youth the Word of God.  This is something increasingly not being done.  Again, it is no wonder why we are in the condition we are today, and prime targets for con-men sneaking in the Kingdom of God.

 

So, that is all I have for tonight.  We could go on for weeks breaking down and looking at each Scripture that we just read, but for now, I think we have touched on just enough to demonstrate how dire our circumstances are.  Why are we in this situation?  The reason is nothing less than that God’s people are being deceived by these wicked men.  But, it is because of our own laziness and not being willing to read, learn, and study God’s word on our own.  It is because  are we not willing to  apply God’s whole truth to our lives.  Instead, we allow ourselves to pick and choose which scriptures to follow according to convenience instead of being obedient to the entire word of God.   We have depended on “man” to bottle feed us his word (man’s word), thus we are drinking the very poison of deception that they are dishing out.  We have allowed ourselves to fall prey to these men, and be deceived by them, and in fact are replicating and teaching their very lies in our churches instead of proving the spirits (1 John 4:1) and thus taking a stand against them for what we know is true by what the Bible tells us is true..

 

What can we do about it?  Reread verses 14-17.  Also, the Bible tells us if “MY” people shall “REPENT” of their wicked ways, I will heal their land (2nd Chronicles 7:14).

 

We will continue in our next class with part 4.

Repentance Series (Part 2)

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Shabbat Shalom (may your day of no work be peaceful) for those of you who wish to honor the Lord Our God in this way, and Good Evening. Welcome to Jesus Followers Ministries, Sabbath Saturday Service. It has been a long time, but hopefully we will be getting back on track with our weekly services again.

 

This evening, we will be continuing our study on Repentance. Tonight, we will be starting on part 2. If you missed part 1 on Wednesday, please go ahead and get caught up by reading it on our website so that you get the background you need in order to fully understand our purpose and the importance of this teaching.

 

So, before we begin, I am going to give you all a pop quiz.

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Question 1: How many of you read the scripture that I requested that you read Wednesday?

 

Question 2: Now for those of you who read it, how many of you actually “meditated” on it during the week as I had asked you to do?

 

NOTE: Just for the record, for those of you who answered question 1 with a “yes,” you are going to be marked off if you answered “no” to question 2; since that was part of the assignment. In other words, the ones who answered “no” to question 2 now have 0 points. Hey, just trying to be fair here!

 

Question 3: This is where some of you can redeem yourself and earn 15 extra bonus points. How many can tell me, without looking, the Book, chapter, and verse numbers that were assigned Wednesday that you were supposed to have studied?

 

Question 4: For 100 extra points, who can recite the entire chapter from memory that we were supposed to have meditated on this week?

 

Alright, ya’ll know I ‘m  just messing with you here. My motive was just to put you all on the spot to try and get you to pay better attention, and place a greater importance on God’s word in our lives. However, I must say I am disappointed that no one did memorize it. That would have really impressed me! I hope we all realize the importance of memorizing scripture. I hope we are also all aware that people did not always have Bibles to tag along with them, and one day they may be taken from the masses again. On that day, which I believe will come even in America, you will wish you had memorized God’s precious word because His sweet word will be like a drink of cold water in the dessert. In addition, by memorizing the word of God, we will defeat the enemy in spiritual warfare just as Jesus did when He was taken out into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. My desire is that you will ALL start placing a much higher level of priority on God’s word, and start memorizing Scripture.

 

Okay, back to the lesson. I was not real sure which way I wanted to go with tonight’s lesson… whether it be expounding on the Scripture that I had assigned to be studied this week, or if I wanted to just to move on providing new information. But, after tonight’s poll (quiz), even though it was just for fun, I must that I am disappointed in the low score results. So, I guess the best course of action for tonight would be to just simply expound on the Scripture that we were all “supposed” to have studied. If we do not grasp this, then I am just wasting my breath.  So, let’s get started. Open your Bible to 2nd Timothy 3 where we will be examining the Scripture verse by verse and breaking it down.

 

Before we begin though, and as most of you already know, I am a King James Bible advocate. Notice, I did not say a King James “ONLY” Bible advocate, but never the less, a King James Bible advocate. Additionally, the King James Bible is the  standard text at Jesus Followers Ministries.

 

I know some of you are probably wondering why I made that comment.  So for the benefit of those who do not know, let me explain it to you. For the most part, we have some pretty cool looking Bibles out there that are being published today. They seem, from all outward appearances, to be on the level but, remember, Satan masquerades as a messenger of light (2nd Corinthians 11:14) and what you may not know is what is taking place on the inside of these Bible. You see, our very Bibles are being altered by supposedly “educated, godly men” who are considered to be “Bible Scholars,” but they are claiming that there are issues with the older translations… mainly the King James Bible. However, these men do offer, as expected, a convincing argument. But, I do not believe there are any problems with the King James Bible, but I have seen issues first hand, with the newer translations. I believe with my whole heart that these men, even though some of them may be sincere in what they believe, are in great error in their work. Furthermore, if they are claiming to know more than our early translators when it comes to translating the Bible from the original languages and changing the very “Word of God” that men and women have used for hundreds of years, but are currently pulling out and discarding scriptures from our trusted Bible, then there are some major problems. Furthermore, if this is the case, then how could the Bible be God’s infallible word because God’s word contains no mistakes? Not only that, but, if these men who are altering the “word of God” by claiming “their” Bible is the “best” and most error free you can obtain, then these men are demonstrating the sin of pride, and these same men are making themselves out to be God by basically saying that they know more about what God really meant to say, so will just change “HIS” word for Him. I might add pride and trying to make himself equal with God was Satan’s fall. God’s word must agree across the board in order to be “God’s infallible word.”

 

You might be asking, what do you mean removing scriptures from the Bible? That is a pretty serious offense, right? Absolutely!!! So, let me go on just a little bit further here. I could go into a month long Bible study simply based on the issues with “all” of these other “modern” translations, but that is not what our study is currently on. As we go on tonight, we are going to be seeing words in Bible prophecy that fall into the definition of modern, educated “godly” men, doctrine changes, and changes to the word of God, which will all take place in end times just as they are now, just as it was prophesied because we will be looking at what the Bible “prophesies” about concerning educated men trying to alter the word of God in the end times, which we are currently living.

 

Now I will tell you, even though these men are considered “Biblical scholars,” our Bibles (New Translations) are being discretely altered, and old Biblical doctrines are being slowly removed in these modern translations. In fact, there is even a couple of current translations out there that I know of that are denying the virgin Birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, among other critical doctrines crucial to Christianity. This is the work of devils, plain and simple, not men of God.

 

Some of these newer translations, including the NIV (one of the most popular versions out there today), may not be so bold as to remove the virgin birth of Jesus, at least not yet, but they are are removing entire verses from the Bible. In addition to that, they are changing the meaning of some verses by altering the way words translate from the Hebrew and Greek languages into words that do not translate the same as they did from our forefathers who “originally” translated the “supposedly” same Bible from Hebrew and Greek into English. They “claim” these words are easier for our generation to understand, but in a lot of cases produce a significant change to the way the same scripture is understood. Some Bibles are even bluing the differences between “he” and “she” in order to accommodate the liberal agenda that is running ramped in America today.

 

Additionally, these “Bible Scholars” state that “modern technology” has shed so much new light on the word of God than our forefathers had, who originally translated the Bible into English, that they can produce such much better translation now. Hog wash and lies! God’s word should not change over the ages. In fact, it should be more accurate from the old ways. God’s word needs to be the same across the board no matter what translation is used. If it does not line up based on the old ways, then there is a problem. Additionally, what they don’t tell you about is the inaccuracies in their “modern technology” that don’t quite line up either. These men are changing doctrines, and the way the Bible is understood, by “changing” the words and pulling out verses from our Bible without our knowledge under the disguise of a “new and improved translation which is easier to understand and more accurate, “they claim.””

 

However, even though I will use other translations in my teachings sometimes, “IF” they agree with the King James Bible, and “IF” they seem to present a point I am trying to share a little more clearly because it is true that the English language of the 1600′s is a dead language for the most part. But, with diligent study, we can come to the true meaning of the words in the King James Bible even though “some” of the words may be antiquated. Anther reason I prefer the King James over the newer translations is because the Bible does in fact teaches us to return to the paths of the old ways (Jeremiah 6:16). These men of God of yesteryear had a much greater understanding and reverence for the word of God than what we have today.

 

We will see in Scripture tonight the Bible prophecies that these “educated” men will try and alter. Which they are now doing, very discreetly I might add, with these new translations. And, how are they getting away with this? Because, as I stated a moment ago, the old translators had a far greater reverence and understanding for the word of God than we do today. Christian men and women do not know the word of God as we are supposed to today. Our lives are filled with worthless, busy activities; most of of which are based on some form of entertainment or other lusts of the flesh. This creates almost near zero room for God in our lives today. This type of lifestyle does NOT fit in with love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind, as we are instructed to do in the Bible. I cannot emphasize enough that we must lay down our entertainment and start focusing on the Lord.

 

Now, with that said, let me make it clear that I only, and encourage you to only “STUDY,” Scriptures using a King James Bible. However, tonight, I will be “reading” from the Living Bible. I just like the way the Living Bible brings out this section of Scripture. Again, I just want to emphasize that you do not do your “studies” from this Bible, or any other than the King James. Of course, what Bible you ultimately use is completely up to you. I am just presenting you with some of the facts that I am aware of in order to hopefully help you to make an educated choice for those of you who desire truth. By the way, when I first started out, my choice of Bibles was the NIV. Even though completely marked up with lots of notes, it found its way to the trash can very rapidly once I learned what I know today.

 

Well, with that introduction, we are about out of time. So, do I continue tonight or bring it back up on Wednesday? I suppose the smart thing to do would be start Wednesday in order to keep the Scriptures together.