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Symbolism – Woman in Revelation 12

All women in the Bible have a symbolic meaning as a church or a group of people. Eve is the disobedient church, Jezebel is the wicked church, Hannah is the faithful church, Deborah is the warrior church, Leah is the Old Testament bride and Rachel the New Testament bride, and so on. This does not negate their genuine message as real people functioning in real history. But for the purposes of dream interpretation a woman in your dream can easily mean a group of people with a shared attitude or goal.

Let’s apply this to Revelation 12. This passage is bizarre on the surface but when you see it is a group of believers preparing the way for the kingdom of God it makes sense.

One New Man

12 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

God announced Jesus’ birth and this birth as well

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

God’s ultimate goal is not the church. We have that now and it is not the end of His Plan. Jesus said to His disciples as he departed earth, we are to share the “Gospel of the Kingdom.” Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

For 2,000 plus years we have shared the gospel of salvation. The kingdom is a different place. It is the place where not secular-religious people rule but Yeshua Himself rules through a holy people.

For this to happen a group of believers must give birth to this new wave of God’s will and prepare a way for him. We recall Paul saying he worked that “Christ be formed in you” just like the travail of the woman in verse 2. These glorified believers are clothed with the sun, that is of righteousness. There is no wicked way found in them.

Sun symbolizes holiness, moon the evil one

They have the moon, the symbol of the devil, under their feet (verse 1). When a foe is under one’s feet he is completely defeated. Symbolically this means that this group of people has a walk in God that is sin free as the feet symbolize the walk of one’s life.

The baby is called a “man child” meaning one having authority. The church, if you’ll recall, is always referred to as a woman who is under authority. She has power over the devil but authority is another issue. (See The Difference between Authority and Power.)

Power is delegated; authority is earned. Not every believer submits to the holiness of God. That lack of submission does not cost them their salvation but it does reduce their rewards. The chief reward of a godly life is to be a part of the kingdom. That submission in life gives a payoff later in being ready to assume leadership during the 1,000 year reign of Christ.

Heaven has more rewards than just heaven

Almost nothing is ever discussed by ministers about the rewards of heaven. It is always assumed that being in heaven is enough. No, rewards in heaven are based on the level of obedience in one’s life and particularly the willingness to engage in spiritual warfare against the enemy. This group of warriors simply called “the woman” is protected and hidden (verse 6) as she battles the Satanic powers. None of this is seen by the wider church.

Kingdom people are soldiers

She overcomes by spiritual warfare, her testimony and by being wiling to be “dead in Christ.” This passage is an extension of the scriptures which describe being “crucified with Christ.” Paul is referring to this level of obedience. We are willing to give up our right, and God has given us this option, to live our lives as free believers instead to submit to the governance of Yahweh in all things. People like this are needed to manage and promote the Kingdom.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Galatians 5:24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Yeshua would like to have all men thus submitted but He takes those who are fully committed. No one is forced to obey. If you want to find these people today look for those who suffer great accusations, as verse 10 says.

We are watching the slow dissolution of the church as God’s primary focus. God is not finished with us yet. He has the Kingdom in mind and that is where we are going. Today believers are antsy and dissatisfied and they should be. They sense the Church Age is over. God will use this dissatisfaction to move them into kingdom territory and open up the demonic world to a more proactive warfare against evil in this world which increases all the time.

This past week I had a troubling dream A woman had me trapped inside an office building intent on killing me. There was a man there with me too, but he was not particularly wise about spiritual warfare. I was able to lock the office door from the inside but I knew it was just a matter of time before she got in to kill us both if I didn’t come up with a plan. I’ve been thinking about this passage and realized my dream was a confirmation of its meaning. The church must leave its place of safety and take on the enemy which is determined to destroy out Christian country and our selves.

The passage continues:

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Notice again the persons charged with the task of bringing the Kingdom in are those who have both as testimony and have a life of holy obedience. They will be protected out of the sight of others. A flood of accusations and slander follows her but she is not drowned.

God’s goal as He says in Ephesians 2:15, is One New Man. We know it is not a woman (church) but a man, because males are given authority and women are given power. This in no way reflects gender or natural sexual identiy as in the kingdom ll the believers are equal.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The Church is the saved believers; the kingdom is for the ruling believers. That Kingdom will be a joint operation of the Messianic Jews, the Gentile Christians and the Muslim Christians. God will not leave any of Abraham’s believing people outside of the covenant community. (See Asher Intrater’s book, Alignment.) Just where we are in the cosmic drama God will need to tell you.

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What the New Testament says about Women in Ministry ?

Thirty years ago there was an awful fuss about women serving in the Church in some official capacity as though they should be limited to the Cs – cooking, choir and children. Oh, and I forgot – cleanup.

The advantage of having years of looking back is that one can see patterns and I see no difference between then and now. Many men do little to move the Kingdom forward and the presence of some women ministers is of meager value as well. Then there are women doing mighty works for Yahweh and some men too. In other words, the leadership of the church of Yahweh wherever it exists takes on the coloring of its membership. If the congregation is OK with theological basics, fine. If they want something more, they will get that.

The chief argument against women is Paul’s famous requirement that women not speak.

1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.

But he adds something that makes this statement sheer sarcasm. He says, “as says the law.”

There is no mention in the Law of God forbidding women in ministry

Check it out folks; the law of Yahweh says nothing of the kind. The command comes from Jewish legal writings known as Mishnah and Gemara which have no bearing on Christian belief or practice, any more than their food laws do. The Law of Yahweh is simply the 1st five books of Moses – Period. The rest is prophets, history, Psalms and worship material and common sense writings. All are Yahweh’s word; none is to be thrown out. But neither is anything to be thrown in.

Lesbian women are not to preach and teach, but neither are gay men! The Bible is clear on that. Sin must be dealt with before anyone takes leadership over Yahweh’s people.

Paul more than any other writer says nothing under the Jewish legal system has any effect on people under grace – that is we, Christians. He is throwing old Jewish law back at the readers to tell them what path they are on. Paul wrote an entire book, Galatians, scolding them for living under Jewish rules.

So here is what we find. There are many believers who are very comfortable living under the old law. Whole denominations live under the law, as Christians, with little freedom to move forward for the Kingdom. Please remember. That is their choice and Free Will is always the program of Yahweh. He will not countermand your desire to live wherever you faith system is comfortable.

My friend Wanda, a missionary to Belize, did all the preaching, teaching and counseling and her husband did all the cooking, an arrangement which brought hundreds into the Kingdom and the natives were happy. You know that kind of arrangement would not fly in many parts of the USA.

There are penalties for living in less than Yahweh wants but that is between you and Him. Yahweh is used to this law-business.

Numbers 14:4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”

When the going gets tough trying to obey Yahweh, there is always a group headed back into trouble, sin and death. When we stay fixed in our theology or position, how can we move on? And many individuals, denominations and congregations do not.

Denominational life has its focus on buildings, money, jockeying for position, and satisfaction in what they have. Opening up the ministry to women forces them to change, to widen their tents, and look at the world the way Yahweh does. Yahweh still speaks to His people within the confines they have set up for Him. He uses everyone and everything if He can. And if He can’t, then He finds other people to do the work.

The decision is not what others want, but what Yahweh wants for you. Choosing Yahweh’s will for your life leads to an overwhelming confidence. Confidence comes from two root words – con meaning with and fideo, a Latin word meaning faith. If you are with Yahweh in His will your confidence will empower you and frighten others. But not to worry, let Yahweh handle that.

Beth is right about one thing in particular. Yahweh calls individuals to the work He has for them as individuals. It is not the job of other human beings to decide or control that. All of us answer to Yahweh for the level and sincerity of our obedience. And that includes me as well.

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The Difference between Being Born Again & Being Saved

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This is the single sentence indicating what is required to be saved, that is to find that you are accepted into that group of human beings who will have a place in heaven. It does not indicate anything more than that although you find ministers add a great deal to it.

It has two conditional elements. Nothing God does with man is without conditions except one – that all men are NOT saved just by being born into this fallen world. That is the condition in which we find ourselves. People who do not like this condition must be born some place else, a situation we have not as yet identified.

Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and <if> in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For the observer in this situation there is a separate condition which helps you recognize the validity of the salvation, because, after all, people can say anything easily, even glibly, and not be sincere. For that we have this verse:

1 John 4:2 This is how you know if a spirit comes from God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come as a human is from God.

A person should be able to say this: “I believe that Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh.” I have tested this verse and it works. The person I asked to repeat this was not able to repeat it no matter how hard she tried. No matter, in fact, how hard I tried to get her to say it. She could not, indicating to me that she was not saved.

We have no right to tell people they are saved if they are not

And we also have no right to tell people they are born again when they are not. For this to happen something quite different must occur.

John 3:There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.

Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.”

Nicodemus asked, “How is it possible for an adult to be born? It’s impossible to enter the mother’s womb for a second time and be born, isn’t it?”

Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t be surprised that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

The Kingdom is visualized in the spiritual eye

The result of bring born again is the ability to “see the kingdom.” Clearly this means to see with a spiritual eye. There is no external physical evidence of the kingdom of God. We must believe this by faith. And as we develop our spiritual senses, we come into more and more kingdom knowledge. Many people never see the kingdom. Of course they will after they die because the heavenly kingdom is indeed where Yahshua is King.

But the Kingdom we talk about here on earth is internal. This passage describes heaven, but it also describes a place on this earth where people live in a risen state, because they have found that God is the same here as he is there, and they walk in newness of life. Galatians 3:

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

I know many black people who are simply not aware of being black. They are just children of Yahweh. They are at home in their own skin. They see themselves as spiritual beings doing Yahweh’s work and living out the plans God gave them. That is what it means to be a Kingdom person.

Non-kingdom people do not recognize Kingdom people. Non-kingdom people have qualifications – they look at a person as female, or of a different culture, or uneducated, or gifted, comparing themselves to others. Here is an example of what happens when a Kingdom woman and a Saved man have a confrontation.

Beth Meyer was scolded by John MacArthur who said she should not teach. John is a church person. Church members live under the rules of the natural world with employees, buildings, mortgages, leadership committees, and sometimes stratified liturgies. Those who work together in the natural world require rules.

Kingdom people do not. Kingdom people may have communion on Tuesday night in an Italian restaurant and it makes no difference. Kingdom people are not locked into the natural trappings of religion.

John MacArthur is part of the Church, that group of leaders who take the saved human beings which Yahweh supplies to them to teach and guide them into better living patterns. Kingdom people get their orders from the Holy Spirit not other humans.

https://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/john-macarthur-says-beth-moore-should-go-home.html

You can easily see how this confusion can lead to misunderstandings. A woman may marry a man who says he is a born again Christian but after a few years he starts running around with other women. She tearfully wants to know what happened.

“He said he was a Christian,” she moans, and indeed he was saved, just not born again, because the born again person is faithful to the moral law. And that is only one test of many.

How does this mix-up happen? The main reason is that we are all sloppy thinkers. The Bible is well-written and Yahweh had 4,000 years to clear up any typos or other problems in it. But we slide over verses, adding information and assumptions to them that are simply not there.

When we want to know truth we must go back to the book.

The Difference between Being Born Again & Being Saved

 

Van Gogh’s Painting of the By-Passed Church

We have evangelists 6′ deep on TV getting people saved and revved up. We have music ministries, vangoghschurchchoirs, and concerts coast to coast. We have pastors working with wounded people and guiding the flock. We have teachers at every level. So how come the church is standing still – noisy, active but not moving forward? I see people focused on the 2nd Coming of Christ which could be 50 years in the future.  Today is the day of the Lord.

On these posts I often speak of what is wrong with the church. So far I don’t think I am in the least bit wrong. There is too much attention to the anti-Christ, the rapture, the foibles and flaws of the ministers, complaints about how much money men make (but if nothing is coming in you’ll notice the church folds); there is competition for office, power, place, position and ministry, none of that being appropriate or Biblical I might add.  20 years ago a church in England each week was sold for an Islamic Mosque!

The painting could be today

Vincent Van Gogh, a very serious Christian, painted this picture of a rather unappealing church, dark and obscure.  Two paths walk around the church; the paths are clear and well worn.  But there is no entry way into the church!  That was the 18th century.

Today it is exactly the opposite.  The church doors are wide open, people enter in great numbers and often have no idea why they are there.  Doctrine is not taught, or if taught, not followed.  Consequently the internet can tell many thousands of lies about God, faith, life and death and hardly a murmur is heard because no one is following up on the “converts.”  Churches are social places and ministers have secure pensions.  This means half of the gospel is missing.

A perishing church

I see  the church is perishing despite all this busyness. The scriptures say flatly, we perish for two reasons (1) lack of knowledge and (2) No Vision.

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish:

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:

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God’s Government – Isaiah 9:6

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In Handel’s Messiah we sing this or hear it sung every Christmas;

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

One shoulder. Why? A pair of oxen carry the load on the shoulders of a team. To rule you need two shoulders.

The reason it is only one shoulder in the Old Testament is that the people of God is not complete. God wants the Gentiles in place as well. Then the New Testament Church will carry the government with Lord Yeshua (Jesus) when we all “rule and reign with Christ.” Oxen are the sacrificial beasts and therefore a symbol of leadership.

The Church is not complete until all are in

The church is called “the church in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38) in the Old Testament. God’s rulers in the Old Testament are Jews, a special chosen people. Christians are not in a wilderness; they are in the wider world from every nation, tribe, clan, and language. They have earned the right to rule by their faith in Yeshua and their obedience to Him when they lived on earth. “Ruling and reigning” is not afforded to the disobedient.

This “church” will include Jews now called Messianic Jews and Muslims who are joining their belief in the Lordship of Jesus (Yeshua) in large numbers in the 21st century. These three sons of Abraham by either genetics and/or faith constitute the church. (See Asher Intrater’s book Alignment.)

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

This is not about heaven, but a restored earth

We reign with Him 1,000 years, not in heaven which has nothing to rule over, but here on a restored earth. Consequently we can now speak of two shoulders at that future time.

Why is this an important point? It seems to be too small to notice… because, the Bible is specific, detailed and without error when properly understood.

Some words are misunderstood; others are not in use any more. But when we did deep into God’s word He becomes interested in us and reaches us with greater understanding from His word. That includes you. God is in the details.

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What about the People who Never Hear about God

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What about the People who never hear the Gospel?  That is a common question religious teachers hear. Most of the time I believe we hear the wrong answer.

Different Levels of Faith

God’s playing field is made level by Him asking us to live at the level of faith given to us.  And it is different for everyone.

Romans 12:3 CEV I realize how kind God has been to me, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you.

Yes, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  That is a given for the sweep of humanity.  But we are not judged on every point – only on those we learn about.  It means that the woman living in a harem somewhere in Egypt, protected and kept from the world and information is a person judged by an entirely different standard than the college student in New York City, or the farm worker in Yemen.

Not everything God ever said applies to you and your life. He made new eyeballs for the blind man, but not for the rich man. He required a statement of faith from the Syrophoenician woman but not from the centurion. Lazarus he raised from the dead, but not the rest of the dead at that time.  Jesus has different strokes for different folks.

Obedience is the Standard

Obedience to the revealed will of God is the standard by which each of us is ultimately judged. How can He do this? God is not unfair. If you have little information and little faith that is what you are expected to utilize in your search for God. To whom more is given, more is expected.

Luke 12:48 TLB “But anyone who is not aware that he is doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, for their responsibility is greater.

Some guy on radio said that God does not put people in categories, so I, being challenged, went to the Bible.

God has a large group of categories.
called disciples
chosen friends
faithful servants
little children virgins with oil
fathers virgins without oil
young men bride
wicked born again
willfully ignorant royal priesthood
covenanters chosen generation
cursed men pleasers
beloved crucified with Christ
mother in Israel reconcilers
counselors prophets
overcomers slaves
nursing fathers deluded
poor fools
apostles helpers
evangelists watchmen
teachers lost
masters chosen people
Why do we need to know this?

God has called us to grow.  Paul said we are to move from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18) There is no static position for the Christian, or for that matter the non-Christian as well.  Life is a test, and where we go after we die, and how we exist now depends entirely on the progress we make in this life towards understanding ourselves and our relationship to God.

For example, the book of 1st John speaks of little children, young men and fathers.  These are three groups of warriors …  those who have been called to fight the good fight against their own sinful nature and then as missionaries of the Kingdom taking on the devil and ever present evil in the world. It does not necessarily apply to you right now – although that may be your later call.

Christianity is not passive.

Christianity is proactive and risk-taking. There is no prolonged languishing in church to sit, soak and sour while the preacher does all your spiritual work for you.  No wonder ministers break down. 1,500 leave the ministry every week. http://www.pastoralcareinc.com/statistics

Good mental health requires you to change as time and circumstance change. The rigid and stubborn die first.

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Why the “Illegal-Problem” is Wrong on Many Levels

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God never wants us to take sides when personalities are involved.  Our decisions, personal and corporate, should reflect either  respect for the law or His grace, never defiance of either. His will, not the will of people or their politicians is the basis for good decisions, and when followed results in good laws and societies. From God’s view, the problem of immigrants has been mishandled not just for 2 weeks, but decades.

How did we mess up so badly? First, we’ve been lazy and disinterested. God expects a free people to vote for leaders who will represent the best management practices that please God whether they are Christians or not.

God expects us also to be watchful over our leaders and pray for them. That means we should pray for them, not curse or pray they get some courage and do the right thing – nor leave office!  Or curse them and their families in restaurants or on twitter, which applies to both sides of the aisle.

Second, God does not honor lawlessness, and neither should the government or any political group. The word illegal means just that.  There are only 2 valid reasons for anyone to enter the USA – legal entry or political asylum.  The former is hard and takes time.  The latter is easy to establish; my friend Karen and her mother and brother worked in the underground in their Latin American nation and all three have a contract on their lives for 20 years – yes even today. They had a provable case and entered quickly.  Every one else without a provable case is a lawbreaker.

The Old Testament urges us to accept refugees, but they must, must obey the law of the land.  They do not need to be Jewish. Even today in Israel Christians are treated well and live happily but they are not allowed to proselytize, just honor the laws of the land.

3rd, to encourage lawbreaking makes you a lawbreaker too.  In the last verse of Romans 1, the person who encourages another to sin is considered the bottom of God’s barrel.  You are free to pray for them and help them with legal entry, or with asylum if they qualify. But any encouragement of lawlessness falls on you too. Politicians who encourage illegals for personal profit have a double burden of guilt and shame.

4th, any toleration of lawlessness degrades America.  Why should newcomers be led to believe that they can disobey the law with impunity? How can your own American children take us seriously if we allow, encourage, even finance illegal behavior? We can’t expect them to be honest when we have demonstrated that we are dishonest.

5th, no one is ever helped in life by believing that if they cry hard enough they will get their own way. Cursing people who disagree with you and slandering them is not American, and the constant barrage of evil speaking needs to get to the Supreme Court.  I am personally sick of news media lying to me and then changing the subject when they are caught.  The nation needs to turn the channel on them from sea to shining sea. And when a Grade B actor slams the president no one should repeat it – it’s only free publicity for a coming movie. Then he gets a separate headline for an “apology.”

Finally, foreign governments learned that there are plenty of greedy politicians who will accept all manner of expensive criminals and disease carrying people if it can line their pockets. Legal immigration monitors such problems.  I am happy to have people come here, but not felons foreign nations dump on us. DACA dreamers account for 59,000 separate crimes in the USA..

When Nehemiah received permission from King Cyrus to rebuild broken down Jerusalem the first thing he did was build a wall. The walls are salvation; the gates are praise.  The church can raise them both.

Being in a Big Hurry Leads to Sin – and Worse

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Modern translations offer many better explanations over the King James. For example, this little known Proverb: 19:2

KJV Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
How about this much better version:
TPTThe best way to live is with revelation-knowledge, for without it, you’ll grow impatient and run right into error.
An example is World War 2: Hitler rushed around Europe occupying country after country, not listening to his generals. When he told the army to invade Poland one of his generals remarked, “Germany is lost.” That was 1939.
Then he ordered the army into Russia, not calculating that it would soon be snowbound and without adequate boots and winter equipment.  The war actually ended there, eventually taking hundreds of thousands of lives in the process – all because Hitler was excited about his wins and hurrying into defeat.
He also designed a tank so large – he wanted a tank to end all tanks – and it was so heavy it could not be transported over mud and other terrain.  They all rotted out. Ambition, self will and assumptions spell failure.
We do this too.  A hasty purchase , a quicky marriage or worse yet a quicky divorce, a college chosen for the wrong reason, a job taken because it was all that was available, a surgery with a substitute doctor, helping someone because they begged.
What the Bible advises is ask God first. He does not act on emergency or need. Mary, Jesus’ mother, had a good answer. She said, “Do unto me according to Thy will.” Let God decide what  you do and where you go and to verify or deny your choice. It’s called faith and it is not easy.
Over and over God makes time for us to do the right thing. We all have 70 years in theory to make the decisions we need for a successful life.

God’s Love is not like Human Love

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For forty years now TV evangelists remind us how much God loves us, so much that millions of listeners have come to believe in universal salvation – that God loves everyone so much no one goes to hell.  Some even believe there is no hell.

First, God loves what He created – individuals. Like the potter who uses the medium of dirt (think of Adam here) to make a vessel.  Some vessels hold water, some oil and others are simply for decoration. The use of the pot does not give it any status.

Vessels don’t compete with each other for rank. At the same time, the Potter can throw the clay back into the mix if there is a problem. He has to remove as much air as possible or the vessel will be flawed. I know a lot of vessels with too much air in them.

Because we are His workmanship God loves us even when we choose to ruin our lives.  His role as creator is not changed by your role as a vessel.  Human beings are given the  opportunity, called grace, to live forever in His presence. We can reject that gift.  And if we do, God’s love continues, because it is Holy.

God loves us even when we choose hell.  Perhaps it is hard to believe that; how can God still love us when we are there? Because love is not dependent on what you do or what you choose.

He gave you the chance to choose right and you choose something else,.  He is not changed by your decision – saddened yes, changed no. In much the same way a woman who is cast off by her husband still loves him even though he goes after another woman. Her love has not changed. His, most likely, never was love for her at all.

But that is because Human Love does not have its root in holiness, at least not until we have a infusion of God’s Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5  “because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

God’s love in us allows us to love others in a new way. Without this there is no explanation for missionaries who endure all kinds if deprivation in order to leave the comforts of home for often dangerous, hostile areas of the world. This love is sacrificial, so God is willing to allow you to reject Him.  Either He sacrifices himself on a cross to bring you into His kingdom, or he allows you to leave His kingdom  for your own devices.  It is a sacrifice either way.

And because humans do not know how to do this, they also cannot imagine God would allow anyone to stay in Hell.  Right now some reader is thinking, but doesn’t God send some to heaven and others to hell? Some people teach that?

No, God sent us to earth to live our lives in decision – we decide whether God is central to our lives or Self. I love the early scene in Ghost, the movie. A street gang member kills a man and several black robed demons take the killer off to Hell.  It could not be more plain.  I bet some Hollywood type out there saw that in a dream. All life is eternal, only where you spend it is your choice.

Human love is bound up in time; God’s love is eternal. We are here for the long haul, not just a few short 75 years, or 80 or more. We have a time-date stamp.

Social Justice as a Picture of Intolerance

Here is one of many websites that promote ideologies that rather than support an idea, instead condemn anyone who disagrees with them.  This is an accurate definition of a cult, the worship of one own opinions.

See What We See: Children’s and Young Adult Book Reviews

I am using my vacation time to reblog or post places that support ideas which  present as political but are actually theologies. For example,  the gay lifestyle is a religion.

Emotion might lead you to salvation but not understanding.

Too many in every generation are satisfied with feeling saved, but inadequate to explain why they are believing in God and his word or able to mature because their faith in not grounded.  See this guest post.

Apologetics: An Alternative for the Next Generation

If we lived forever, maybe nothing would seem important. — Discover

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It’s true. We do live forever, and that is why what we choose to believe

“Did you know that nearly 9,000 people fell to the ground together in 2007 to make snow angels in North Dakota? Did you know that I’ve started a collection of door knockers to hang by our staircase? Did you know that some tarantulas are cobalt blue? WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN.”

This month I am post

via If we lived forever, maybe nothing would seem important. — Discover

This month  I am posting guest blogs. There is nothing spiritual in this post. She has 25 million followers but this is all about the natural man. If we live in the emotions or the natural mind, we cannot make the cross over to reality. The message is not wrong – it just does not meet a minimum standard for anything beyond the natural. God is not there, nor will He be found there.

When the “flesh” rules, You know it can’t be God – SBC controversy

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This article condemns the possible election of a woman to head the large  Southern Baptist Convention. We know that when sex is what motivates decisions we are on carnal grounds. According to the Bible, when natural man forms the basis for God’s people it is not God’s will. Here is the passage:

PHILLIPS For now that you have faith in Christ you are all sons of God. All of you who were baptised “into” Christ have put on the family likeness of Christ. Gone is the distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free man, male and female—you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, you are true descendants of Abraham, you are true heirs of his promise. (Gal 3:28)

Being IN Christ means that He alone makes decisions about who is leading and what his people are doing.  It is not based on gender differences in education, race or language. This is how the New Testament Church was run and where we need to return.

SBC Leaders Float Idea of Beth Moore As Next Denomination President

What Jesus Said about White Privilege (guest editorial)

According to our Declaration of Independence, our rights are not from the government but from God. This is a reminder that Civics is no longer taught in American schools.  But the man’s other conclusions are correct, that God gives blessings, not privilege.

http://pulpitandpen.org/2018/06/02/what-jesus-said-about-white-privilege/

There is also another factor – many white people live from paycheck to paycheck just like many minorities. So white privilege is a political position, not theological.

The Book of Mormon (stage show) and Demonic Attack

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I was innocently changing channels when I heard this song -the words, curses and demons -met my ear.  Since this is something I know about, I stopped to listen. A man is singing about how demons are attacking his mind – guilt, fear, anger, revenge, homosexuality, regret, confusion, lying, for starts. He is told to turn it off by his Mormon leader.

It doesn’t work, and it is not supposed to work.  Mental disciple is important but getting rid of demons is not only deliberate mind control.  Demons are spirit beings and must be dealt with by the Spirit of man through the Spirit of God. The answer is not in the Book of Mormon or any other man-made book.

Here are the lyrics of this song.

ELDER MCKINLEY
I got a feelin’ that you could be feelin’
A whole lot better than you feel today
You say you got a problem…well, that’s no problem!
It’s super easy not to feel that way
When you start to get confused because of thoughts in your head –
Don’t feel those feelings – hold them in instead!

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’!
It’s a cool little Mormon trick
We do it all the time

When you’re feeling certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light –

And turn ’em off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘bap’!
Really, what’s so hard about that?
Turn it off!
Turn it off!

ELDER CHURCH
When I was young, my Dad would treat my Mom real bad
Every time the Utah Jazz would lose
He’d start a-drinkin’, and I’d start a-thinkin’
How’m I gonna keep my Mom from getting abused?
I’d see her all scared and my soul was dyin’!
My Dad would say to me, ‘Now don’t you dare start crying!’

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘flick’!
It’s our nifty little Mormon trick!
Turn it off!
Turn. It. Off!

ELDER THOMAS
My sister was a dancer, but she got cancer
The doctor said she still had two months more
I thought she had time, so I got in line
For the new iPhone at the Apple Store
She laid there dying with my Father and Mother
Her very last words were, “Where is my brother?”

Turn it off! (Yeah!)
Bid those sad feelings adieu!
The fear that I might get cancer too…

[laughter]

ELDER MCKINLEY
When I was in fifth grade, I had a friend Steve Blade (Oooh, Steve Blade…)
He and I were close as two friends could be (We could be close…)
One thing led to another, and soon I would discover (Wow!)
I was having really strange feelings for Steve…
I thought about us on a deserted island (We’re all alone…)
We’d swim naked in the sea, and then he’d try and –

Woah! Turn it off!
Like a light switch
There it’s gone! (Good for you!)
My hetero side just won!
I’m all better now
Boys should be with girls – that’s Heavenly Father’s plan
So, if you ever feel you’d rather be with a man –
Turn it off!

ELDER PRICE
Well, Elder McKinley, I think it’s okay that you’re having gay thoughts. Just so long as you never act upon them.

ELDER MCKINLEY
No, ’cause then you’re just keepin’ it down
Like a dimmer switch on “low”… (On “low”…)
Thinking nobody needs to know (Uh oh…)
But that’s not true!
Being gay is bad, but lying is worse
So just realize you have a curable curse –
And turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Turn it off!

Turn it off!

Now, how do you feel?

ELDER PRICE
The same.

ELDER MCKINLEY
Then you’ve only got yourself to blame
You didn’t pretend hard enough
Imagine that your brain is made of tiny boxes
Then find the box that’s gay and CRUSH IT!
Okay?

ELDER PRICE
No, no…I’m not having gay thoughts!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM
Alright! It worked! (Yay!)

He turned it off…
Turn it off…
Turn it off!
Turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’! (Click click!)
What a cool little Mormon trick (Trick trick!)
We do it all the time!

When you’re feelin’ certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light
And turn it off!
Like a light switch on a cord
And now he isn’t gay any –

Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Tuuuuuurn it…
Turn it off!
…Off!!!

First, feelings have nothing to do with it.  Demons create the negative feelings of lust, or envy, rage, the list goes on.  The devil’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy you with evil thoughts and emotions.

How do you react?  Immediately you eliminate contact with the problem source.  If you are watching porn, then make a covenant with your eyes, a term from the book of Job, and never watch again.  You can set your compute to warn you or eliminate that.

More importantly you must recognize that the devil, the enemy of your soul, is out there looking for ways to destroy you at any point where you let evil take over your mind.  If it is music stop that too.  If you have unsavory friends, get better friends.

But the best warfare is to say out loud (the bathroom is a good place for this as others might not think this is cool) and say the following as loudly as you can.

“Satan get off my back and out of my life.  I know who you are and what you are doing in Jesus name flee from me and never come back.”  Then announce the troubles he is causing,

People ask me, why the loud voice?  Because demons will pretend to be deaf.  And if you shout, you sound mad  If you whisper a rebuke no one will take you seriously.

My daughter had a terrible stomach ache when she was in elementary school.  She went to the girls room and shouted just as I have instructed you.  You do not need to be 12 to do this; you can be any age.  The authority of Jesus’ name does not depend on your age or status.  Be aggressive.  What about “steal, kill and destroy” sounds passive to you?

Tell the devil off whenever you need and this will clean up your mind and your life.  But turning something off simply won’t work.  If it did work it would be in the Bible.

Who is Not Going to Church

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Pew and Barna Research groups keep up a continuous study of religious actions and beliefs in the USA.  Their data show that 40% of those under 30 identify as having no religious affiliation; Roman Catholic attendance is down to 21% and Protestant to 15%.  This puts church attending believers as a minority in America.

There are two main groups now, “nones” and “somes.” The Nones do not affiliate with any religious tradition, simply calling themselves Christian or atheist etc. “Somes” on the other hand will take part in an occasional religious service or event. Both of these groups do subscribe to a moral tradition.

Who are the “nones”

But so does most everyone else. The Buddhist Chinese mother teaches her tots the same things as an American Christian mother; share your toys, don’t beat up your playmates, be on time, say please and thank you, learn to respect authority, be honest with yourself and others, hard work pays off, etc. These are behavior-based ethical principles. That’s not all that hard! And because they aren’t hard they are easily ignored. It might be called Christian socialism.

“Feral” Christians

Pew also identified “feral” Christians, those who subscribe to moral Christian values but no doctrines which reflects many other go-along, get-along people who behave without asking too many questions about why they do what they do.

If Facebook is to be believed, many semi-believers look at people and think that is what church is and that their moral strictures are personally directed against individuals. But the Church stands against evil not people. The church has nothing against Islamic people, but those who strap bombs on small children deserve all the condemnation one can heap.

No church should have a problem with black or brown individuals, but when  they riot and vandalize stores, they deserve to be called criminals and sinners as well.

Christians have a responsibility to define sins

When groups of people make evil the core of their lives and doctrines, then the church has both the right and the responsibility to call them out. God saves individuals, not groups. No one goes to hell because he was born with any color skin; no one goes to heaven because he is a member of a particular religion.

These are natural and cultural realities. God is spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and in truth. Racism comes from the fallen inner nature of mankind not related to the spirit of either man or God.

Christianity is transformation

But, now here is the rub; true Christianity is not about behavior or externals, but an internal transformation of the person, inside out. And that is hard. To recognize one’s failure to meet one’s own standards, or those of society, much less religion eventually weighs heavily.

According to the Bible no one gets to heaven being good, or “meaning well.” But then again many do not think life after death is a big deal. Indifference is just as big a killer as unbelief.

It is true that if churches taught what the Bible actually says, many people would no longer go.  The US Congress has toyed with the idea of making church donations no longer tax deductible which would certainly separate sheep from goats quickly enough. It would cleanse the church of those who think they are getting their ticket punched for the afterlife.

The Bible said that before the second coming of the Lord, the angels would gather the wheat into a storehouse and the tares, intended to be burned, in another barn.  Maybe that is what is happening here.  We are being separated for the judgment.

https://wouldyouconsider.net/2014/07/11/the-subtle-world-of-christian-legalism/

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