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WILL YOUR HOUSE STAND?

 Part 1

This is Love

 

It seems many Christians are so obsessed with their purpose driven, best life now pursuits they have lost sight, or maybe just lost interest in the words of Christ. Like Christ said so long ago, “the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19, ESV) And as a result, it appears many are falling away, and many more are being set up for deception. And if we are not careful, we will find ourselves gathered with the tares or in line with the goats. (Matthew 13:36-40; 25:31-46, KJV) However, while there is still time, we should all take heed to what Christ said to the church of Ephesus.

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” (Revelation 2:4-5, ESV)

Before the followers of Christ were known as Christians they were called disciples, which simply means pupils or students. And after His resurrection, Christ instructed His disciples to:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV)

Christ did not say go and make Christians. He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations." And if you are a disciple, let’s hear what our Teacher, Jesus Christ, has to say.

And seeing the multitudes, he (Christ) went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:1-12, KJV)

What we have come to know as “the Sermon on the Mount,” begins in Matthew 5 and continues through Matthew 7. The above list of blessings (Beatitudes) was just the start of Christ’s teachings that day on the mountain.  And Christ’s last recorded words to His disciples, before descending the mountain, were these.  

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27, KJV)

The Sermon on the Mount begins with blessings, for certain people, and ends with two choices for all to consider. And Christ leaves it up to us as to which one we will choose. 

 

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THE CONTRADICTIONS OF PAUL

 Part 2

 With Responses to Arguments

 

As stated in part 1 of the Contradictions of Paul; in 2010 my eyes were opened regarding Paul, the supposed “apostle to the Gentiles.” At that time, I began to see how Paul’s words do not agree with the teachings of Jesus Christ. And the revelations did not stop there. Now, it is clear to me that the teachings of Paul are responsible for the vast majority of variances in the Christian religious system.  

 I must admit, since there are excellent websites that address the various discrepancies and contradictions in Paul’s writings; I put part 2 of the Contradictions of Paul on the backburner. However, after being lambasted for my position on Paul and presented with a list of judgments why my views on Paul are from the enemy, who has turned me from the truth; I now believe it is important, and hopefully beneficial, that I respond to their arguments.

 In addition, this study will also include a few additional contradictions. However, this doesn’t come close to being an exhaustive list.

 If you have not read The Contradictions of Paul - Part 1, the study addresses the following:

 

*      Paul and Obvious Discrepancies on His Damascus Road Experience

*      Was Paul chosen, by Christ, to be His Apostle?

*      Did Paul proclaim the same gospel as Christ?

*      Paul and the Cross

*      Paul and Circumcision

*      Paul’s teachings on things sacrificed to idols.

 

Before you begin Part 2, please pray and ask the Lord to guide you and reveal His truth to you. It might also be helpful if you grab your favorite Bible translation and compare what is written in your own Bible against what is presented here.

 Finally, as I present The Contradictions of Paul - Part 2, I ask that you consider (without prejudice, preconceived opinions, or what you’ve been taught over the years) the following:

 Could the contradictory passages in Paul’s epistles be a result of

  1. Individuals taking verses out of context?

  2. Paul’s writing style causing many to misconstrue his words?

  3. Biblical translation errors (words added or deleted)?

  4. Paul dismissing the teachings of the chosen Apostles of Christ?

  5. Paul relying on his pharisaical knowledge to make up for his lack of knowledge concerning Christ?

  6. Paul being deceived by a false Jesus (Satan, the prince of the power of the air) resulting in unreliable teachings?

  7. Paul willfully or knowingly being deceptive?

 It’s worth considering that if just one of the above seven is true, an individual who is earnestly seeking to follow Christ, by way of Paul, may end up on the wrong path.

 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14, NKJV)

 

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AN EXAMINATION OF

ROMANS 13:1-7

 

It is my understanding that various “church leaders” and “televangelists” are preaching submission to the “governing authorities.” They are using Romans 13 as their Biblical proof text to bring unsuspecting Christians into line to kowtow to whatever laws the government decrees. Why? Because these “church leaders” and “televangelists” have a personal interest in maintaining the status quo.

 Most Christians have absolute faith in their “church leaders.” Some even refer to that person as their man or woman of God. Whatever they say goes, and most congregants never bother to check either the accuracy or the motivation behind their words. 

 To add fuel to the fire, many modern English translations of the Holy Bible have replaced the “higher powers,” in Romans 13:1 of the King James Version (KJV), to “governing authorities,” “state government” or just “governments” in general. As a result, I truly believe a number of well-meaning Christians will take their favorite Bible translation at face value, along with the words from their trusted “church leader” or “televangelist," and be deceived by those who are not so well-meaning.

 However, instead of us focusing on the government, the church leaders or the various translations, I propose that we examine Romans 13 for ourselves to ensure that we are doing what is Biblically required of us. When we are armed with truth, we cannot be deceived.

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COME, FOLLOW ME

 

 

 

In American, and I will venture to say in other cultures as well, there are souls who attend church to seek the Lord, to search for truth and find their purpose. On the other hand, there are those who go to church just to get out of the house; some who “joined the church” for the music or the sermons, some for fellowship, and others to look for a spouse or casual relationship. Still others because they were told it’s the right thing to do.

Of course there are also some “church members,” who having proved faithful to “church leadership” – by supporting the church in tithes and offerings, and working tirelessly in various “church ministries” – are elevated to coveted positions like deacon, elder, or a seat on the board of trustees. Others continue to forge ahead as Sunday school teachers, ushers, or singers in the church choir.

There are families who have attended the same church, week after week, for multiple generations. They have been sitting in the same pews for years and everyone knows them.  In contrast, there are the Easter/Christmas church goers - that’s the only time they attend. There are also those whose morals and ethics match lockstep with our society’s decaying values – however they faithfully attend church services.

There are folks who turn to the church for refuge and others who found they need refuge from the church. The latter group leaves, crushed and dismayed, and are often soon forgotten.

There are individuals whose only affiliation with a church was on the day they were “christened” as an infant or baptized as a young child. There are also those who came up during altar call, “joined the church” and were never heard from again. Still others who have never set foot in a church but have said the sinner’s prayer or asked Jesus into their hearts. Many of them have never opened a Bible and really have no desire to do so.

Oh, and let us not forget the multitude of church leaders who range from those who sincerely believe they have been called to their vocation to those who are just in it for the money.

Chances are, some of the above mentioned individuals may not really believe in the God of the Holy Bible, but they hedge their bet just in case He exists and the Holy Bible proves to be true - especially the scary stuff like the lake of fire.

By ever changing church standards, all of the above are considered “Christians” – but are they? From the above descriptions, can we easily define what it means to be a “Christian”? Can we honestly conclude that someone is a “Christian” based on church titles, positions, contributions and attendance? If not, what standard should we use?

I believe there are extremely troubling and perilous days ahead for those in western cultures who say they are “Christians.” Many Middle Eastern followers of Christ have already laid down their lives for their beliefs. And now in the United States of America – the land of the free and the home of the brave – persecution against Christians is starting to intensify. If we are to stand as Christians, in this hour, it is important that we understand what it truly means to be a Christian. Of course, there are some who do. However, it is important for each of us to prayerfully and honestly gauge our allegiance and commitment to our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ based on the standard proclaimed in the Word of God and by the Word of God – the Holy Bible and Jesus Christ. Everything, and everyone else, may prove to be sinking sand.

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