Thursday, August 10, 2017

THE NUMBER SEVEN IS IT IMPORTANT TO OUR CREATOR? JOHN BAZEN



Look and read, and to what conclusion to you come too?

Genesis 2:1-3 " Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

To Sanctify anything, is make it holy, or to set it apart for a holy purpose! Man can't make anything holy, only the Divine powers can do this!

Now look at the fourth commandment:
    Exodus 20:8-11 " Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."

QUESTION: If The Creator, had not given the 10 Commandments to Adam and Eve, why would He have begun this 4th, with the word REMEMBER??? While here, let's unpack this 4th a little further, shall we?  Do Y O U, dear reader, know about the "Seal of Office"? From the Public Notary, to the Presidential Seal, all have the identifiers within them. NAME, OFFICE, TERRITORY , right?  Now look above at the words in Bold, and see God's seal of office!  Name LORD, Office- maker/Creator,  domain: Heaven and Earth. Please know that a SIGN is also a SEAL, this will come to the fore, latter, just remember it, Please.

    Exodus 31:16-17 " Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed."

PERPETUAL, does it mean it is for ever, or until such time as we deem it to end? How seriously does our Creator-God view the observances of the Seventh day Sabbaths?   Look.....

      Exodus 31:15 " Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death".

Sabbath, in the Hebrew is SHABBATH [ SHAB-BAWTH'] Strong's # 7676 rest, intermission, a day of rest from labor! If it means so little to our God, why the death penalty for breaking it?  To all those who just jumped up, shouting.. "But that was only for the Jews, it states the "Children of Israel"!

    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."
     IF Y O U, are "IN" Jesus Christ, then Jesus is "IN" Y O U, and you are a child of the promise to Abraham, therefore a "Spiritual Israelite"! All Jews MUST come to the Father through and with Jesus as their Savior, just as all others must also do! "Your house is left unto you , desolate, remember?

Why, why is this so important, to each, as we move ever closer to the "Time of the End"?
Revelation's book, tells us,indirectly, that at that time, just before Jesus' return, in the clouds, that there's but two camps of beliefs.  Camp ONE obeys God, while the other CAMP obeys man's laws!  More on this latter.

Now, was the Sabbath, the Seventh day, made for God or man?

   Mark 2:27-28 " And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath"

   Another point, showing God's importance upon the His Sign the Seventh -day Sabbath, is this verse.....

    .Matthew 24:3-4  "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."

Take heed, or be careful, that no man deceive you!  HOW?

    Matthew 24:5 " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

   Here's a man who died August 20, 1914 who said this: "I am not simply the representative of Jesus Christ. On the contrary I am Jesus Christ, under this veil of flesh."  Evangelical Christendom, January 1,1895 P. 15.  His name?  Officially was Pope Pius X!

   Pope Pius IX: ...."I alone am the successor of the Apostles. The Vicar of Jesus Christ. I am the way, the truth, and the life."
   John 14:6 " Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Question: Is this a case of 'mistaken Identity', or a huge ego? If you think this is but a human error, look....

   2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 " Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

Can we know the why of this condition? A condition that allows a human to think of self as God?

     2 Thessalonians 2:10-12  "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

    Are there further reasons for the why of this huge deception?  YES!
    Revelation 13:2 " And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority."

Dragon is Satan, the serpent, the devil  Revelation 12:9
The beast is the "Little Horn", the Pagan Roman Empire, which morphed into the Holy Roman Empire under the Popes! Pontifix Maximus, is one of their titles just as it was under the Caesars!

   Remember Jesus telling His disciples, "let no man deceive you, by any means'"?

     Matthew 24:5 " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
     Matthew 24:11  "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many."
     Matthew 24:23  "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not."
     Matthew 24:26  "Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not."

   All these same warnings, and all within a single chapter, and many think it not important?  Remember the warning found in Exodus 31:15?

   Exodus 31:15 " Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death."

   The Father and The Son, want all to be in Heaven with them as we can see...
   2 Peter 3:9  "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

   With this in mind, how can we doubt The Father's desire that we obey His Sabbaths?  So why does most of Christendom worship then, on SUNDAY, the first day of the week?  How and why of the change, when we read in....
   Malachi 3:6  "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."

   However look to the Biblical past in Daniel:
    Daniel 7:24-26  "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end."

   Please know, that the Book of Daniel was given to mankind, and written some 500 years before Christ, the progression, from east to west, of the beast powers from Babylon, to Medo-Persia, to Greece, to Pagan Rome, to Catholic Roman empires! The term beast means a human power that put religion and government under the control of one person! Any time this occurs, persecutions follow, look at ISES, "Believe as we say, or die" the same order heard in the Dark Ages, by the papacy!.

Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R.  author of "The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine"  P.50.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A: We observe Sunday insrtead of Saturday, because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."

YeYet, even in their own Douay Bible, they have the full Ten Commandments on Exodus 20, which they never encourage to read, other than their book of Catholic Catechism.. Go figure, do none read the Bible?

Do you know that the word Sabbath is written some 61 times in the Old, and 56 times in the New Testament, and the word Commandment is used 138 times in the Old, and 30 in the New Book in the King James version.

Yes, there are many who say: " It matters not which day I worship God, as long as I pick one day! To which responds the believers: "John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments."

    James 2:10  "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."

Thus, breaking one Commandment means the breaking of all ten! Who wants to be this foolish?

OK, so why all this focus on the Commandments especially the fourth?
   Well, it seems few have a problem with any of the other 9, or 8 for Catholics {#2 has been omitted in the Catechism books, and 3 10 split into two part to keep 10] with any one of the others but for the little old 4th, The Sabbath of the Seventh-day! Most of Christendom breaks this each Sunday! The Venerable day of the Sun-god!This was part of the 321 A.D. decree from Constantine, Rome's Emperor and he convinced the Church fathers the Bishop of Rome to allow the Pagans to worship in church, and slowly the introduced their customs,as they outnumbered the Christian many times over,  their feast days, and their rituals into the church, and over time it became the the apostate church, as we have read in 2 Thessalonians 2!

Is there a cost to be born, by those who having learned the God's truth, still reject it?

   Romans 6:23 " For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

OK, but then what does the Bible regard as sin?

   1 John 3:4  "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
   Romans 4:15  "Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression."

   Hebrews 13:8  "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."

   But, what does the Bible hold for those who refuse to accept Jesus, and His gift of salvation?

    Well, look at all the diverse characteristics od humans and see...

     2 Timothy 3:1-7  "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

So what's their end? Probation has closed for all people, each destiny is not set...
   Revelation 22:11 " He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."

    Revelation 19:20  "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."

Brimstone is Sulfur, and it burns at 2300 F.Death is instant.  But what about the burning forever?
Forever only Biblically means jin the case of fire, "Until the designed task is completed". Is Sodom still burning? NO!

    Malachi 4:1-3 " For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts."

Thanking Y O U for your time.
Questions?    Comments?    John at www.servant@frontier.com

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pastor Clark's Sermon Continued: Can you say censorship, Google

Therefore, if this same=sex life-style is accepted by all, then in one generation the humanity would be extinct, thus ask self is this normal?

Look at gender choice, some States now have three boxes for your choosing, M for male, F for female, and X for those who have not yet made up their minds?
In 1960: 70% said that Premarital sex was wrong,
By 2012 only 42% said it was wrong,
By 20-16 this dropped down to 39% saying it was wrong. Who can't see the connection to unwed mothers to be? Plus the why of our 55, million abortions, yet we call Hitler evil for the murder of 12 millions, but we are the Good guys right?

   Sadly most think that Satan does not even exist, so how do YOU, explain the loss of morality? After all, humanity has learned that intense pressure, over time, will change the attitudes of many, and many will just accept changes in morality rather than always living and going against the "Common will" of the people! As all can see from the statistics above and the previous post, that we as a nation are in a downwards spiral into Satan's kingdom. The laughter you hear is Satan's!
   Now who remembers the story of boiling a frog? If we put a frog into boiling water, it will jump out, BUT if we put it into luke-warm water, and then slowly increase the temperature, the frog will stay there until death!  Now who can't see the human-parallel here?
    What has been the price for this free-for-all sexual life-style? Well conservative estimates are that we have 110 million people, out of 325 million, infected with S.T.D's {Sexually Transmitted Diseases.}
110 millions with S.T.D's
60 millions are alcoholics
11% of the 12+ in age are on Anti-depressants.
Not a record to be proud of, now is it?

    Genesis 6:3  "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: ...."
     Matthew 24:37 "But as the days of Noe [Greek for Noah]were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

NOTE(JB): in the days of Noah?......Genesis 6:5-6  "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."

   How can those, who reject this so-called Modern lifestyles, do against it?
     Galatians 5:22-26  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another."

NOTE(JB). In prayer, ask The Father in name of Jesus Christ, to send you the Holy Spirit, and be of the mind, to surrender to His will. Why our surrender? The Father knows our future and thus knows what's best for each one of us, plus the fact that His love for YOU, can't be measured in human terms!

   Galatians 5:18-19 " But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Please read Isaiah 26, and take it to your heart.

    Jeremiah 6:15  "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD."

NOTE(JB) Do we see any shame, in the faces, of those who advocate, the ANYTHING GOES LIFESTYLES?   NO!
   
    Isaiah 3:8-11 " For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him."

Can we substitute any nation, for Jerusalem and Judah, in the above verse?  YES!

   1 Thessalonians 5:3-6 " For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober."

   John 17:3 " And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent"

Thanking Y O U. for your time: Sorry that this had to be in two parts, but I couldn't advance the web site, any further, so i had to put into into two parts. Was this selective censorship????

REMEMBER Satan is a thief of the truth.....John 10:10  "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

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From a Sermon by Pastor Clark June 17,2017.

My thanks to Marvin Clark, for this sermon. [John B}

My (JB) title for this is "America, where have you gone?"

  Those,m born in the 1940'to 1956, will know what it means when we ask America where are we going? As the mid-1960's we saw the age of SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK- ROLL, whose motto was and still is to today, except those then,  free-love, make love, not war, "if you are not near the one you love, then love the one you are near" are now in "charge"!
  Our conservative culture was, if not destroyed, certainly changed! To today's standards, of no standards, anything goes!
   Look at what the Bible says about this time, that we live in:
   2 Timothy 3:1 " This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."
   2 Timothy 3:2-7 " For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

    If anyone has ever read, listened to, the National News, and compare it to the above verses in
Timothy, guess what people, "WE ARE THERE, NOW!"
  We are under the rule of the god of this world, Satan, who has deceived so many, into thinking he doesn't even exist! He and the Mass Media , seem to be in cahoots, for they are all together in line with his ideas, and that has given this nation these facts:
In 1950: 4% of all births, were out of wedlock, illegitimate. TODAY" 41% of all births are.
In 1950: 58% supported marriage of a man and a woman, in 2002 it fell to 34%
in 1950 Same sex marriage was taboo, now many think its A-OK!
NOTE(JB): If all humans accepted this lifestyle, humanity would be EXTINCT i n one generation, thus 
against  nature and not normal!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

'ORIGINAL LOVE" Elder Ron Rigby. 6/03/2017.

My many thanks to Brother Ron. (john B0

   Any reading, even casually, will tell the readers, that Genesis chapter one's first five days of Creation, was towards the preparation for the climax of His creation works, His children Adam and Eve.
   
      Genesis 1:25-27  "And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

Note(JB) in the 3rd sentence find the word Dominion, and know that it means, "A King and his domain"   That WAS Adam's position until the fall into sin, and that single act of rebellion against God, caused the transfer of dominionship to the tempter, Satan.......John 16:11 " Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged."   
Satan, was judged back in Ezekiel 28, read it and see.  This was one of other reasons why Jesus' death was required, by the law of the Kinsman-redeemer, for payment of human sins, and to show the character of The Father!.

May we add, that these actions were not founded upon Human sciences, but upon love and serenity?

    It was Jesus Christ, who "sculpted" man in His own image, as He is an "hands-on God" ...
    John 1:1-3 " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
   John 6:33 " For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world."
NOTE(JB) If you do not accept that Jesus is also God, then who else is able to heal, to raise the dead, and calm the sea and storm, and walk upon the water? Today many also claim man is god, but NONE are able to do what Jesus did and does. Right "Charismatics"? 

   After the first Wedding ever, ......  
     Genesis 2:21-24  "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

   What did Jesus give the wedded couple, as a wedding gift? Well it was a gift for all, even unto to the eternity, The Seventh-day Sabbath, to resat in The Godhead, of God, the Father, God, the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

    Genesis 1:1  "In the beginning God <'elohiym> created <'eth> the heaven and <'eth> the earth <'erets>."

NOTE(JB) 'elohiym [elo-heem] 430. Gods- plural, more than one, thus all three Divine Members of the God head were involved in the creation.

Therefore, from the First Seventh-day Sabbath forwards, we have been the receivers of the the Blessings of "A Day of Rest in Jesus" and the Sanctification process, that is a part, and the blessings of God's sanctified un ions in the Marriage of a man and a woman..

Just as there are Three Primary colors, Red, Blue and Green, from which we can produce all other colors, these three Primary Blessings, or primary Blessings will give us a complete life and a day of rest, in Christ, when we can and should "UNPLUG" from the world, and rest in worship and Bible study with the fellowship of like minded brothers and sisters.

    Jesus created life, by His "Breath of Life/Spirit, [Genesis 2:7] and by the free-will gift of His own human side life, He paid for our Redemption, and purchased back the Dominion ship of earth from Satan, whom He totally defeated on the Cross!

    Ephesians 1:4-5  "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"

   Ephesians 1:7-10 " In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"
   
    John 17:19-21 "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

    John 17:22 " And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:"

NOTE(JB): "...that they may be one.." as in marriage, a "Spiritual Union of ALL in ONE".

Therefore all marriages under God's law, make One Flesh, and our honest full filling of the Sabbath allows us to be AT ONE with God!

Note(JB): I can not know dear reader, your understanding of the first two chapters of Genesis, but I see love and freedoms here for mankind, do you?

Thanking Y O U for your time. Questions? Comments?  John at www.servant@frontier.com

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Friday, February 10, 2017

THE FIVE FOUNDATIONS of the REFORMATION" Harold Harker, & Signs of the Times Feb, 2017,

My many thanks to both the author and publisher. (john B)

Harold Harker examines the basic teachings of Martin Luther that led to the Protestant Reformation--- a movement that quickly spread across Europe and into the New World.

   This 2107 year marks the 500th anniversary of the outbreak of the great Reformation. In this article, the first in a series spanning a year, we will look at what underpinned this massive historical, political and religious upheaval The Reformation changed the map of Europe, shifting power from the ruling religious establishment and liberating millions in both faith and politics..
   Despite the massive upheaval that resulted, it was built entirely on one small word and its variations. Of course many more words foll;owed, but this one word is the foundation of them all. That word is the Latin  SOLA, which means "alone", or "only". Interestingly, it is the common word of five cryptic and defining beliefs of the Reformation and the Reformers.
    The five foundations of the Reformation highlighted it five distinct and defining points of difference and belief. Although these foundations are never used together as a creed, each was held as a basic and specific belief of Reformation Doctrine:

SOLA SCRIPTURA:  "BY SCRIPTURE ALONE" meaning that the Bible is the ONLY source for and of Spiritual Authority:

SOLUS CHRISTUS.. "by Christ alone", meaning that there is Salvation through no other:

SOLA FIDE--- "By faith alone", which was perhaps the theme of the Reformation:

SALO GRATIA-- "ny Grace alone," meaning that Salvation is a gift, never earned:

SOLI DEO GLORIA-- " by giving glory to God alone" and not to any other person or thing:

    Where did these five foundations come from? Why were they so important to the Reformation? Are they still relevant today?

SOLA SCRIPTURA  BY SCRIPTURE ALONE:

    THE BIBLE, is the only authority in matters of religion for all Christians! People, regardless of their so-called by men, ecclesiastical statues, nor their edicts, nor their decisions of their eminent counsels cannot abolish, nor change the plain statements of the Holy Bible, because IT is The Word of God!

NOTE(JB) No matter how old a tradition of men, happens to be, age never made anything of man holy! To hold traditions of men as holy is apostasy, plain, pure and simple!   Paul, writing to the young minister Timothy, said ....
    2 Timothy 3:16-17  "All scripture is given by inspiration  {breathed] of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

Note(JB) the Greek word here is THEOPNEUSTOS [ they -op'- nyoo- stos] Divinely breathed.

   The Reformation's reformers were exceptionally clear on this point. As Martin Luther said in his great defense at Worms when he as asked to recant {take back his words}  he said,
      "If I can not be proved wrong by the words from Scripture or by some other clear reason--- for I do not believe in the pope or in the councils alone, since they have been shown often to err and to contradict themselves, then I am bound by those passages from Scripture that I myself have quoted. As long as my conscience is bound by the word of God, I cannot and will not recant, because going against conscience is unsafe and threatens salvation."

   Just as Paul commended the believers at Berea for their study of the Bible to prove the new Christian doctrines being presented to them...
      Acts 17:10-11  "And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

NOTE(JB) Other than the Word of God, the Holy Bible what is there in writing that leads us to salvation> The many words of men, and men alone, when this could have a dream caused by a sour pickle?
   We, those whom believe and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, have never taken anything other than the Holy Bible and books that shine upon it!

HOW LUTHER DISCOVERED RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH ALONE.

    On  a hot and sultry day in the year of 1505, the young law student named Martin Luther, trudged along a rutted road leading to the German village of Stotterheim. Suddenly , without warning, the sky became overcast, a gusty wind whipped through the trees, and a torrential rain unleashed its fury on the lonely traveler. Peals of thunder rocked the country side, and a bolt of lightening dropped from the black clouds, seeding Luther reeling'
    Terrified by the thought that he been hit by lightning, and struck down by the Almighty
God, Luther cried out load to his patron saint: Saint Anne, help help me! I will become a monk"!  Neither Luther's enraged father, nor the persuasive arguments of his friends could change his mind, and two weeks later he entered the monastery of the Augustinian Order of Hermits, to become a monk
     There he was taught to be afraid of god and the so-called "demons that surrounded him". As his sense of sin and guilt deepened, he zealously set about to rid himself of sin and to save his soul by his own good works.
    He shrank from no good deed, whether it was physical pain or mental stress in his quest for God's approval. Later he said: "I was was a good monk...if ever a monk got to heaven by his mockery it was I... if I had kept on any longer to I should have killed myself with my vigils, reading and other work."
     But despite his rigorous efforts to satisfy what he thought was an angry god, Luther never felt that the ledger was balanced. The harder he tried, the more sinful he felt. Inner peace and tranquility eluded him. He felt that he could not do enough to merit god's forgiveness and favor.
   Luther finally concluded that if forgiveness rested on his own behavior and his won good works, he was a lost man.
   He then turned to the church, which promised forgiveness through indulgences, penances,and gifts. When the Augustinian monasteries selected him to head a delegation to Rome in 1510, Luther was overjoyed! No city on earth had so many holy relics or spiritual indulgences. He grasped the change to earn the merit he so desperately needed and secure the peace for which he longed.
   "In Rome I was frantic, he said, "I ran through all of the churches and catacombs...I celebrated several masses.. and almost regretted that my father and mother were still living, for I would have liked to redeem them from purgatory with my masses and other good works and prayers."

NOTE(JB) WOW! Purgatory is word not found in God's Word, but only in the words of men! Plus redeem his parents??? Then why is Jesus Christ called The Redeemer"? If we can do this by our selves?   Cont;
    Luther was determined to earn {EARN?} all the merits he could while in Rome, on of the things he did was to climb Pilate's staircase on his hands and knees-- something they still do today, repeating the lord's Prayer at each of the 28 steps and kissing each one as they climb.

     Matthew 6:7 " But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."

NOTE(JB) Is the repetitions of one prayer said over and over again 28 times, one for each step not as vain repetitions????

     Cont;   Yet even as he was climbing the stairs, a disturbing thought kept coming back to hem: Was this a valid means of forgiveness? Could a person earn salvation by climbing this staircase? At the top of the stairs Luther heard a voice like thunder that seemed to say to him "The just shall  live by faith."  This was the beginning of Luther's dramatic change in his theology of salvation. This nagging doubt accompanied Luther back to the monastery in Germany, where he searched the Bible as never before, determined to find the answer to his question: "How is a person saved"? To his amazement, as he studied God's Word, Luther found no evidence of trying harder, or of winning merit to make one righteous. Rather, he found the good news that salvation is free!  As he studied the Book of Romans, Luther found the text that would forever quiet his troubled mind: "The just shall live by faith

    Romans 1:17 " For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith"
    .Habakkuk 2:4 " Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith."

NOTE(JB) Can you not see, that Biblical Illiteracy is the greatest problem for, and causing the deceptions, with the believers of the doctrines of men? This is not taught by Jesus!

BY CHRIST AND CHRIST ALONE!

    Christ, Jesus is at the center of our belief and doctrines of the Holy Bible, for all believers! When Jesus walked and talked with His two disciples on the way to Emmaus following His death and resurrection, He referred them to the Hebrew Old Testament. Then He showed them how all the writings, including the prophecies, pointed to Himself. This is good council for us today. If any church fails to uphold Christ as its center and object of devotions, it can not be counted as Christian!
    The apostle Peter, when brought before the Sanhedrin {Temple leadership}, declared of Christ that "salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (ACTS 4:12} Jesus Himself said, "I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself " {John 12:32} Only in Jesus do we have salvation. He is our authority, He is is, as the Bible states, our "all in all" {Colossians 3:11]

BY FAITH, IN CHRIST ALONE.

   Faith-- fide---is the means by which we receive salvation. We, none of us, can be saved by what we do!Our Salvation is IN Jesus Christ alone!I n Him we have faith in Hi m we believe!......

NOTE(JB) Many believe and are so taught, that all sins were forgiven at the Cross, and YES but that was CORPORATELY!, only, we EACH, must go to Jesus in prayer, with repentant heart and humbly ask for forgiveness for our every sin! Think of His act on the Cross as as Jesus taking all the wealth of the universe and putting it in a BANK. He then says in the word, That He'll pay the price in full. Now think of our sins as our debts in Credit cards, car payments, mortgage payments, all our debts, BUT WE EACH must go to His bank and requests a loan of His bank of righteousness, then HE'll cover us with His robe!

...... No action on our part can  deal with our sin and our sinful state, other than in prayer, as mentioned before. The Reformers probably used this SOLA  more than any other."Saved by faith" and saved by: " believing in the sacrifice of Jesus as ONE"S Personal Savior"
 
      Romans 1:17 " For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.''

    Therefore, instead of seeking forgiveness by such works as prayers, vigils, scourging, {whipping one's self] ,  and climbing stairs, on hands and knees & kissing each step, while repeating the lord's prayer at each step> Luther took the simple step of believing, and having faith in God's Word!
    Luther preached a great deal about how faith alone can save human beings. So when a Roman delegate, named John Tetzel, a Dominican Monk, arrived in Germany and began to sell church-endorsed INDULGENCES, for the forgiveness of people's sins, even those whom are dead, and in PURGATORY {a word not found in Scriptures of God} Luther was incensed. Tetzel was sent to raise money by the archbishop of Mainz to raise money for the construction of saint Peter's Basilica in Rome through the sales of these indulgences, the purchase of forgiveness for sins past, present or the future!

NOTE(JB) Tetzel is on record for shouting this, as his "Sales- Pitch"  "Every time a coin drops into this box, and other soul flies to heaven"  Sorry but heaven's not for sale at any price!It was this type of deceptions, that made Rome the richest corporation ,or entity, on earth, yet today!

   Luther saw that a a huge church led- hook-winking action against the people, by Rome's shamelessly exploiting the people, held captive, if-Five Theses on his church's door!
    Now what was truth then, is still truth today! Salvation is The Father's gift to those who accept His son gift of His life and blood in place of our own payment of our sin penalties.It is this TRUST this belief in Jesus that is called "FAITH"!

BY GRACE ALONE.

    By Grace----GRATIA--- we are saved. Regardless of the life we have lived, be it good or bad, we all stand condemned before God as sinners, except for His Grace, The Father extends that to us through His Son Jesus Christ. ......

Note(JB), this is the why Mary, has no place in this beyond being His EARTHLY Mother! Anything about Mary beyond the Bible is but "Traditions" of men!
      Mark 7:13 " Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye..    Colossians 2:8  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."

....... We have NO MERIT, no human does, that we can present to God to compensate for our sins, [Jesus did that for us on the cross, JB] Nor can we claim the merits of others who may have lived a good life, no matter how elevated their works are made by men since, Saints ans sinner alike must accept Christ's merits, individually!
     As Paul wrote:  Ephesians 2:8-9  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

  It was the Reformation that found these lost passages, hidden by men. God, The Father has provided everything we need for our salvation, and it's found in the person of Jesus Christ! We just need to accept it, the reformers brought this to focus, elevating it to where it can neither be ignored nor refuted!

BY GLORY TO GOD ALONE.

   The final SOLA  SUMMARIZES THEM ALL: DEI GLORIA--- His Word, His son, His Gift, and His Grace. If we believe this and accept His Gracious offer in faith and trust Him to believer on His promises, we have salvation. Paul summarized it thus:
     Romans 11:36  "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."

So how does mankind demonstrate his faith?
    1 Corinthians 10:31-32  "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:"

These five foundations have been kept hidden by darkness for centuries, behind ignorance,, myth, and human traditions,, and the passing of the last 500 years since then, has not changed their meaning!

NOTE(JB) The Ten Commandments are both The Father' God's glory and character, which are the two greatest reasons why man CAN NOT change them! For they are written in Stone for eternal permanence! No matter how many books are printed under the name Catechism for converts! Truth is truth and it is eternal! {if it's not then its not truth! right?" }

Next: "What the Holy Spirit can do for you!"
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

THE BIBLE Speaks:" A TEST OF LOYALTY" X W.L. Emeerson

I thank the author, and The AUTHOR of The Word, and Pacific Press Pub. pp 213--215 ( John B)

  1) For what purpose did God gather the Israelites at Mt.Sinai?
      Nehemiah 9:13-14  "Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:  And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:"

2) Which Commandment was singled out for a special mention among the Laws which wrote to all?
     Nehemiah 9:14 " And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:"

NOTE (JB):  The words   ...." Sabbath" is used 61 Times in the O.T. & 56 times in the N.T.
                     ...... My Holy Day used 3 times in O.T & 56 times in the N.T.
                   ....... Sign used 46 times in the O.T. &   25 times in the N.T.
                  ......  Memorial appears 32 times in the O.T. & 0 in the N.T.
   From this Y O U dear reader must decide upon how important Saturday's Sabbaths are to The Father-God and to Y O U! Those following the edicts from Rome, are among those Christ died for, ..for their sins!

3) What indication is there in His 10 Laws that it was not new to the Israelites?
     Exodus 20: 8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."

Note: Adam Clark's commentary on this verse: "As this was the most ancient institution, God calls them TO REMEMBER IT; as if He had said, Do not forget that when I had finished My Creation I instituted the Sabbath, and remember why I did so, and for what purposes."

4) To what does the Fourth Commandment trace the origin of the Sabbath rest?
      A)  Exodus 20:11 " For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."
      B) Genesis 2:1-3  "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

NOTE(JB) Sanctify;* N.B. 'QADASH [KAW-DASH'] Strong's 6942-- Appoint, Consecrate, Hallow, Keep Holy, Proclaim. Thus it was the Creator, of all, that created this "REST" day the Sabbath day! Please note in the face of severe persecutions, the people of the Jewish faith have kept this Seventh-day, period! Yet one faction call it the Jewish Sabbath but look at this Bible verse:>>>>
     Mark 2:27 " And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:"

All in Rome, please take note! Follow not the deceiver!

5) What was this to be a continual reminder of and for?
     Exodus 31:17-18 " It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."

Note(JB) There's nothing in History anywhere, to indicate that the days of week, as we know have been changed in their order.I n fact the Bible specifically names or identifies, only three (3) days, Preparation Day n{Fridays] Sabbath the 7th day, and The First day of the week , {Sunday] Monday was the 2nd day, Tuesday was the 3rd day and so on!
   Today's names for the days are all pagan names: Sun-day for the Sun-god, Monday for Moon-day the Moon goddess, Wednesday  (?)   Thursday is "Thor's day" the Viking god of war. Fryday is from the Germanic god-des Frie, " Saturn-day", is from the the planet Saturn, Satan's mane-sake, and all are so named by Pagan men!.Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar, and in the 1500's Pope Gregory XII made the Gregorian calendar, and removed some days from August, for a ONE-TIME event to put the Summer equinox back for their Easter holy-day.. However the weekly rotations of days has remained unchanged! There are however zealots, who have printed up calendars showing that Saturday, is the first day of the week, making Sunday the SEVENTH DAY! By the way December 25th is the Spring equinox, Christ was born during the 13-19th,  of August! [Luke 1, the Course of Abia, is on our June 13-19th,now read and do the math! ]

Please read Exodus 16th chapter, and Mark 16:1-2  "And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun."
     Luke 23:55-56  "And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment."
    Luke 24:1-3 " Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus."

   Does this not show that the Bible proves itself, within itself? (jb)

6) What additional reason for Sabbath Keeping did God give to the children when the law was reiterated to Israel at the close of Moses' death?
     Deuteronomy 5:15  "And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day." [The rest of the law, pointing to men, is found here as well.JB]

7) What Spiritual blessings would the Sabbath also keep in remembrance?
    Ezekiel 20:12  "Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them."
* Note: Sanctify, for meaning please, read above, SVP..

8) In addition to enjoining the observance of the Sabbath day, what warning was given to them and to us today?
    Leviticus 19:26  "Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment,[divination/witchcraft] nor observe times." [fortune telling, palm reading Tarot Cards etc.]

9) To what did the prophets point as one of the most evident signs of Israel's lapse into apostasy?
     Amos 8:4-5 " Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?"

NOTE(JB) As today, its all about the buck, and Sabbaths? Well business as usual right? How many go to church on Sundays, come home change clothes and mow the lawn or do their garden?

10) What punishment did god declare He would bring also on Judah if they persisted in profaning the Sabbath?
     Jeremiah 17:27 " But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched." {also read Vs.20-26]

11) What immediate reform did Nehemiah cal for upon the return from captivity?
     Nehemiah 13:17  "Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?"

12) What dire calamity did he declare the people would bring on Jerusalem again by profaning the Sabbath?
     Nehemiah 13:18 "Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath."

NOTE(JB): If Y O U, dear reader think this si only for the Jewish brethren look>>>>

     Galatians 3:29 " And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

NOTE(JB) IF, you, dear reader fully believe in Jesus Christ, as YOUR personal Savior, then  YOU, are also an heir according to the Promise, you are an Spiritual Israelite!
Now does one PROFANE the Sabbath? By not observing in it and by doing your will...

     Isaiah 58:13 " If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:"
     Joel 2:1 " Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;"

NOTE(JB) Day of the lord? At the 7th Trump. the day of the Advent of Christ's return, when every eye shall see Him!
 






       

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Bible Speaks: "WHY GOD CAN NOT HAVE A RIVAL".

Many thanks to both W.L. Emmerson and Pacific Press Pub, p.187-190. [John B]

NOTE (JB):  Contrary to many of earth's "religions" there is but one Godhead, consisting of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit! The "religion" Christ taught, is the ONLY true way to live this flesh life, all. . .  ALL. . .other's are but man-made religions, some holding no truth, others bit and pieces of God's truth! Which is THE WHY this man says: "Never, ever take the words of men, no, not even this man, for the Word of God, learn that for yourself!!"

1) With what affirmation does God preface the Ten Commandments?
     Exodus 20:1-2  "And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."

2) Over how many does He claim sovereignty?
    Jeremiah 32:26-27  "Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard [ or difficult] for me?"

3) What then can HE not tolerate?
    Exodus 20:3-4  "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:"
Note(JB): There are those churches, who have many carved or craven images within and without.

F.W. Farrar, "The Voice From Sinai", p. 110. "This first commandment, 'I am the Lord they god, thou shalt have none other gods before me.' is nothing less tha6t the key to the whole of man's existence" It is the eternal basis of all worship and of all morality."

NOTE (JB): Sadly there's not much of either in the world these days!

4) On what grounds did God claim Israel's exclusive allegiance?
    Exodus 20:2  "I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."

NOTE(JB): What about the rest of humanity?
                   Genesis 1:1 " In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
IF. . . you, dear reader, have built, bought or rent a house, is it not your right, to determine who may or may not enter? God owns the whole of creations because HE CREATED IT! Man's science regarding this evolution thing, is from the fertile mind of Satan, and those he has deceived, and designed to remove man from God! Now please, with the evening news in mind,  I would say Satan's well on the way to succeeding, at least right now!

5) On what wider basis does god The Father, claim man's worship in a later (the 4th) Commandment?
      "For in six days the LORD MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH, and the sea, and all that in them is" Vs11 P_lease read Exodus 20: 8-11.
NOTE(JB): Please look at the Upper case letters, above, and think of a "Official Seal of Office", in which all have the Name, (LORD) the title (MAKER/CREATOR) and territory ruled, (HEAVEN AND EARTH)  IS THIS NOT GOD'S SEAL OF OFFICE?  Selah/Think.

6) Besides His creative and life-sustaining powers, are there other grounds on the which God has a right to ask for our willing,  worship?
     Psalms 99:5  "Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy."
     Psalms 138:2-3  "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In the day when I cried thou answerest me, and strengthenest me with strength in my soul."

NOTE(JB): do not be surprised at this last verse, as He is our TRUE FATHER, none are even conceived, with His will, that YOU and ME even exist, and our very next breath is only as per His will!  WHY?
    Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
You see, our soul, IS HIS breath of Life, thus remove it and we are a dead body, as a soul we have life, as does all life that breathes and moves, thus death is the opposite of creation of humans!
    Genesis 3:19  "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."

    In the Bible the words, spirit of man, breath of Life, are oft interchangeable. For they mean the same thing.There's much confusion on the matter of "Where are the Dead"? Due to the fact that most are taught error, as in die and to to either the good or the bad place, yet neither is truth...
    2 Peter 3:7  "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
    Jude 1:6  "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day"
If one is NOT taught or shown the WHOLE TRUTH, then we have as we have today, some 43,000 so-called "Christian Denominations"! By the way, the Root Meaning of this word denomination comes from denominator, in Math it's the number that;'s left over after dividing, now THINK, who is forever trying to divide men from God but Satan?

7) How wholehearted, then, should our worship be?
    Matthew 22:36-40  "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"

8) In spite of the fullness .of God's revelation to men of Himself, what perversions of worship have arisen?
    Romans 1:22-26  'Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 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.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:

NOTE(JB): Served the creature  ?  All of God living creations are His CREATURES, but this one is Satan! Whom we serve when one knowingly and willingly sin against the Word, as in VS.26! You know that IF one whole human generation all succumbed to the gay life style, we humans would become extinct, thus this is not natural, and against nature of mankind. [Please know that they also are God's children, and should be treated as such]

9) To what else beside creatures of the earth have men worshipped?
    Deuteronomy 4:16-19 " Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven."

10): In what other way has worship also become perverted?
      Colossians 2:18  "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,"
NOTE(JB): How can we avoid false worship?  Colossians 2:20  "Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,"

11). Though men may scorn the worship of heavenly bodies, angels, saints and the lower orders of creations, {birds, animals] what may we make into gods?
     A. Riches:   Matthew 6:24 " No man can serve two masters: [obey the religious laws of human doctrines JB] for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  [Philippians 3 :7, 19 Proverbs 6:9; James 4:13 and Matthew 6: 19-24.]
    B. Desire for Temporal {earthly stuff] Colossians 3:15 "Covetousness, which is idolatry"  {Idolatry is anything one places between self and God!}
    C: Appetite   :Philippians 3:19  "Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things."
    D. Worldly Pleasures:   2 Timothy 3:1-6  "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, high minded,[self-absorbed, prideful] lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,"
  E: Lust for power,  Daniel 11:37-38 " Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things."
  F: False Philosophies: Colossians 2:8  "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."

NOTE(JB) One example of a vain philosophy is evolution. Because it tries to explain away God and His Creative powers! Satan worship, worship the earth via "Mother Nature" or Ghia!

12) Of what... is all false worship a denial?
    Job 31:28  "This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above."

13) Having clearly revealed Himself to me, is there any admissible excuse for false worship? \
      Romans 1:19-21 " Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  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:  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."

14) What estimate does Paul place upon the intelligence of the worshipers of created beings?
     Romans 1:21-22 "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. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, "

15) What special manifestations of idolatry would be seen in the last days?
      1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"

NOTE(JB) Examples? evolution, man's soul is eternal, die and go to one's reward, hell-fires are now and have been burning, etc, etc.. none of these are Biblical.

16) In what will the idolatrous worship of the last days be finally concentrated?
      Revelation 13:4  "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?"

17) To counter this terrible apostasy what final appeal is to go forth to mankind?
      Revelation 14:6-7  "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."

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