Thursday, September 14, 2017

HOPE Amid the VIOLENCE" Clifford Goldstein,Signs of the Times, Sept.2017.

My many thanks to both Clifford and Signs of the Time magazine. (John B).

    THIS WORLD IS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE AND GROSS IMMORALITY, ALL OF WHICH WAS PREDICTED, LONG AGO, ALONG WITH ITS EVENTUAL DEMISE, CLIFFORD GOLDSTEIN EXPLAINS.....

Note(jb): Yes predicted, and written of, extensively in The Holy Bible, sadly few there be that read it today, let alone study it! Can Y O U dear reader, even imagine, what life would be like on earth, IF ALL lived within the the Ten Commandments?

    F.B.I. agents had been trying to plant bugs in the home of a reputed Mafia boss , with little success. The biggest obstacle were the four ferocious Doberman Pinchers, that roamed the gated  grounds. Eventually, to distract then, the agents would walk up to the fence ,at night and throw the beasts Big Macs from the local McDonald's. Before long, the dogs were eating the burgers right out of the FBI agent's hands, and other agents climbed the fence and planted the listening devices.
    I know not whether the FBI ever solved a crime for their efforts, but what's fascinating about this story is how quickly the animals were acclimated to their environment. The dogs, though trained to attack, through familiarity were literally eating out of the very hands of the very people they were supposedly trained to attack

NOTE(JB): It seems that the best way to a man's heart is via his stomach, but also works with trained attack dogs, right?

    Is it any different with people?
    Not really! Much of the history of the Old Testament is the stories of how the nations of Israel, accustomed  to the practises of the peoples around them, started doing the very same things, eventually reaching the point where they were making child sacrifices: ...
      Jeremiah 19:4-5  "Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents; They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:"

THE NEW NORMAL.

Note(jb): Have you heard many a "Leader" express this point of view, of late?  When does a wrong become a right. ever?  Isaiah 5:20-23  "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!"

   Whole societies can be warped and corrupted by practises and things that at one time would have horrified them, then, but instead, have become the "New Normal". Things that were once scandalous, that would have caused people to hide themselves i n shame, are now often glorified.
NOTE(JB):P Now they are lifted up, in honor, and celebrated as good! Example Homosexuality, IF . if all people actually practiced this live-style, for one generation, the human race would be extinct!  So how "good or normal" can it be????

    Who would ever have heard of a Paris Hilton, if not for the leaked sex tape, that suddenly made the unknown heiress a household name, with her own T.V. show? A year after a known public figure had been arrested for masturbating in public,[ in a movie theater] he received a standing ovation at a Hollywood ceremony! What's wrong with us?
     Of course, mores and social attitudes can , and have, changed for the better. After all, who will argue that attitudes towards indigenous populations and other races haven't greatly improved over the years? Or that the rights of woman in the Western world haven't changed, and for the better? But, all too often, things get worse, Sure, it was a bit much,100 years ago when Irish author James Joyce feared that a play he wrote was going to be censored because it used the word GARTER in one place. But what's worse, that or a society where sexting by underage kids has become the new normal?
    Yet, those who know the Bible, also know, all this should not come as a surprise,..
   2 Timothy 3:1-5  "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, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

NOTE(JB): "...having a form of godliness..." How many people do Y O U know, who faithfully attend church each Sunday, and yet come home to work in the yard? How is this keeping a day holy? [Exodus 20:8-11 and learn of the Sabbath of the Lord, not of men! That most follow today.]

    Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God? INDEED! Talk about this as being the perfect description of today's human race, in the Western Nations! For ,many within this "New Normal", it is normal to deny the existence of both God and Satan, much less ONE whom we should one day obey, i n love, and in one day, shall answer for our words and deeds! Sadly far too many believe The Satanic lie of evolution, live, die the end! Any wonder suicides are at an all time high? The laughter you hear is Satan's!

VIOLENCE.

Note(JB): Is there really any thing on earth, or under this sun, where humans exceed, that in the "ART" of killing his neighbors? How much progress, or inventions, have been made, in our search for more and more effective ways to conduct the "ART" of war?
    However much we've gotten "Used," to things that we should NOT get used to, we can still be shocked by the violence, the total depravity, the total corruption, and the total exploitation, we see the world over.

NOTE(JB): Look at our own Congress, most are not millionaires upon entry, yet most of them leave as millionaires, some many times over! Yet our "Justice" department does nothing, most of the time, yet they cast us i n prison for less!

However, much we've gotten used to things of evil, we shouldn't get used to them, that we can still be shocked,  by the violence, the depravity, the corruption, and the exploitation we see in the world. Again, it is the Bible that informs us that this also will happen. The Letter that Paul wrote to Timothy were the apostle's take o n humanity, even though this may sound harsh, is it really? Is this not a fit indictment of humans today?
   Romans 3:10-18 " As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes."

NOTE(JB) Mr. Goldstein had space restrictions, that I do not have here.....

     In early 2012, as drug wars were ongoing in Mexico. 45 head-less bodies were dumped in a public place. Nor only had they been beheaded, but also their feet and hands had been cut off, as well. The purpose?  The sending of a strong message to both the authorities and their rivals, "Leave us alone, or you are next"! This is with the totals of 50,000 murdered since 2008, thus this too, is Mexico's "New Normal"!
    In Illinois, a newly wed was found stabbed to death, and left in a bathtub, still in her wedding dress! Yet, sadly, we hear stuff like this almost daily, and if affects us about as much as a normal weather report, we shake our collective heads, and murmur TSK-TSK, and forget all about it! The "NEW NORMAL", right?

   One of the greatest Heroes of World War two, was Winston Churchill, who wrote: "I n the last war {WW1}  the bombing of open cities was regarded as forbidden, now we all do this as a matter of course, thus perhaps we should consider bombing Germany with poison gas, It's simply a question of fashion as she does with long and short dresses for woman!"
   So going from bombing cities to gassing the like the change of fashions? Golly we must not so hope, but mankind has been talking about peace for centuries, and that ALL we do, is talk and talk. Yet even with the so called United Nations {Yes they are united against Israel and the Democracy JB]we still have wars after wars, just as Jesus predicted almost 2,000 years ago. He said:  that near the time of the end...
   Mark 13:8  "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows."
   He never said it would stop before He returned, and it has not!

NOTE(JB): Are Y O U beginning to see, dear reader, that the Bible is as 'tomorrow's newspaper...today'!

Is it not interesting that with the advent of wide-spread use of gun-power, many thought that was would become obsolete, for being far too deadly? Yet now we have both the atom and the Hydrogen bombs, that are millions of times more destructive, than simple gunpowder and bullets. There is however, a far greater battle ongoing, in fact we can legitimately call it the "Great Cosmic Battle for Souls".

THE COSMIC BATTLE:

    The world is in the midst of an epic struggle, a struggle we can call The Cosmic Fight.  The Bible puts it in these words:
     Revelation 12:7-9  "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."

NOTE(JB):  Please know, that Revelation is NOT written in a Chronological order, and personally I teach this passage as part of Genesis the 3rd chapter to show the tie in., that The Father KNEW Satan would succeed, but that He had already had a Savior ready, for mankind's salvation! This fact and many others prove this verse....Isaiah 46:10 " Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"
   Did you gather the why...why we are living?  "..for His pleasure..." have we given Him any pleasures of late"????

   This battle came to this earth, and it one that every one of is fully engaged in!  We each have a continual struggle, within each of us, as we chose between the good and the evil, between the powers of Darkness and Light, between right and wrong! If our local and national news is any indicator, many of us do not chose to act as God wants us all to do! Unfortunately, far too often the Satan side wins out, in our decision making! Just as Adam did, he chose to rebel, Eve was deceived, Adan was not!
    And though some struggle with a conscience, others don't at all--- that's how bad things are. Take the late Edward von Kloberg III, one of  Washington, D.C. more infamous lobbyists. No one was too despicable for him to work for, providing the pay sufficed. From Saddam Hussein to Nicolae Ceausescu the former strong man of the Communist party leader of Romania. This von Kloberg, would of course represent his paymasters interests in D.C.
    In order to expose him a investigative journalist {of whom today there's but a few. JB}who posed as a Neo-Nazi, asked him to represent his organization's cause, to seek the annexation of Poland, for one million dollars, the very action that began WW2. When he von Kloberg, was exposed the only thing he said was  "Shame is for sissies"!

THE NEVER, NORMAL.

  American humorist and author Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was set in the south, during the days of slavery. The main character, Huck Finn, experienced a moral dilemma: To help Jim, a slave, to escape from a woman who had taken him Huck Finn from an abusive home and who had been nothing but kind and generous to him. And now he's repaying the old woman kindness by helping her slave, Jim, to escape?   Talk about the changing of morality, with the times, right?
   So, YES, some moral "Principles" do change and become the "New Normal", right?  BUT some must not ever change, regardless of time or place. Even in this day of all the talk of moral relativism, postmodernism and cultural tolerance, yet what post modern Liberalism isn't going to be appalled by is truly staggering problem of children, both boys and girls, who are sold in slavery and prostitution,as young as ten years of age! One seven year old girl was sold by her Mother to a brothel in Phnom Penh, to work as a sex-slave, where she was imprisoned, {JB after all she was property bought and payed for!] tortured and forced to have sex with ads many as 20 men per day! {JBI ask what kind of sickness does a man have, to pay for sex with a imprisoned 7 year old girl??] This went on for years, until she saw the chance, to escape and she did!
    Yet what kind of Mother, does it take to do this to her own child? [ JB Is it the same mind-set, it takes for a mother to abort her child, even if they call it a collection of cells? Has any woman ever given birth to a litter of pups?]
      The Bible answers with this:  Romans 3:13-17 " Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: "

Note(JB): A sepulchre, is an old term for a hewn in rock grave, that was used in the Holy lands, for the human body to be reduced to dust, that the bones were gathered and place in a stone box for permanent burials. A Asp, is a very poisonous snake, the same type Cleopatra used to kill herself with.

   It has been estimated, that some 12 million victims are currently victims of forced prostitution, world-wide, and the earth's sex slave "Industry" is a 30 Billion a year global business! This is from the United States, State Department's 2009 TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS  report! Estimates do vary but it can be taken that millions of these are children boys and girls as young as seven years old!

HOPE AMID THE MADNESS.

   There's no question that our world is a sick place. And that as per the Bible, it shall stay this way, until Jesus comes, again! Becoming even worse, as  each year passes, until then, as signs of the times we all can learn in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and, Luke 21, but as written of earlier, who reads the Bible today?
   The good news, however, is that from the moment sin appeared, there was a Savior, God's plan was and is always ahead of Satan....
      1 Peter 1:19-20  "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,"
    And though we're horrified by the terrible state of today's society, which holds that anyone can wake up from their sleep, and decide today I am no longer the the same sex I was yesterday, and somehow the rest
of us must accept this as fact, so we have boys and girls and who knows? California now has laws on its books, that If one uses a wrong pronoun in speaking to another, repeatedly, its a crime! Yet in Oregon, a law no allows free to the woman a abortion for any reason, and it shall be paid for by the tax payers! Is this nation still the "Land of the Free"?  Is where's the "Brave Ones", the silent majority, as the left tail is wagging the dog!
I John B, know not the author of this: "For evil to succeed, takes good people doing nothing"!
So you Mother's out there, if you need to take your daughters to the bathroom, please be not surprised when a man, dressed as a woman enters right after you! Or You Father's taking your son into one, are followed by a woman, who wants to be known as a man!
  One more Point of contention: ALL illnesses today is called a disease, and not a addiction! OK, but who is the person that willingly takes on a disease? Any alcoholic begins with the first drink, or any drug addict begins with the first High, voluntary!

My hope is in these three promises:
      John 14:1-3 " Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
     Luke 21:26-27 " Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
     Philippians 1:6-7  "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace."

NOTE(JB): I am NOT the man my Father wants me to be, but Thank God, I am no longer the man I used to be, thanks to His Power and love!

All Bible texts are from the King James.

Thanking Y O U for your time.
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jb





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ALCOHOL: IS MODERATION OK? Sing of the Times., Sept. 2017 DR. Brian Bull.


My many thanks to both the author and this magazine. (John B)

    We have been told for some time now that drinking in moderation is good for your health. More recently (2014) in a scientific paper with a catchy title of "TO DRINK or NOT TO DRINK",  a Dr. Rubin counseled his lifelong, non-drinking readers to "relax and take a drink a day, preferably with diner." So have most doctors decided that alcohol is really going to improve your health ande enable you to live longer? Can we put alcohol alongside fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals as contributors to our good health and longevity? If so, then the health benefits of moderate drinking has better be pretty impressive, because the decision to start drinking alcoholic beverages carries some very measurable, and quite serious risks.

THE MOST SERIOUS RISK:

    Let's begin by considering the serious problem with Moderate drinking: the real risk of becoming an IMMODERATE DRINKER, do not include the risks assumed by ALL of those who drink. Because a person who begins to drink heavily is no longer a moderate drinker, he or she is dropped from the group whose health is being studied. This results is a serious underestimation of the risks of moderate alcohol consumption. It's very important NOT to exclude from the study of moderate drinkers those who have moved on to abuse alcohol, for studies have shown that in the Caucasian population, 1 out of 12 moderate drinkers (8 Percent) will become an alcoholic.

    Perhaps a simple illustration will clarify the point. Picture if you will a man holding a six-shooter in each hand. All six barrels of one gun are empty, while one of the six barrels contain a bullet. If the man pulls one trigger at random, with either his right or his left hand, he's playing a two-handed version of Russian roulette.Statistically, that's how likely it is that a moderate drinker will become an alcoholic. And every expert, including Dr. Rubin, agrees that excessive consumption of alcohol is devastating to your health.
    In the Native American population the downside of light to moderate drinking is even worse. Twenty percent ( or 2 out of every 5 people, JB) Native Americans will become alcoholics! That's the same as placing two bullets in one gun and one bullet in the other!

NOTE(JB): as with so many other earthly questions, it's best to "Follow the money," for one's truth.

So why is there any question about alcohol being harmful?  Because, as I noted earlier, for some time now the Popular Press has claimed that "Science Shows," that alcohol in moderation will PROTECT you from hearth disease, stroke, and other unpleasant ways of dying. In other words, there's a supposed to be a health benefit to moderate drinking, just as there a health BENEFIT to eating fruits and vegetables. (NOTE JB: this should be featured in Ripley's Believe it or not!]

  What is the quality of the available evidence that supports this conclusion? Does science really demonstrate this?

IS THE EVIDENCE RELIABLE?

    I try to keep informed about alcohol and its effect on health, both the scientific evidence and the views reported in the popular press. First, let me confirm that the popular press is reporting on a truly impressive amount of evidence. There are--- if you can believe it--- more than 2,500 scientific papers on the topic of alcohol in moderation and whether or not it correlates with living longer. That's probably and equal number of articles in magazines and newspapers, although counting them is much more difficult. Of the last 87 research reports that I read, 84 concluded that moderate drinkers are significantly less likely to die from stroke or heart disease, and two studies were inconclusive.

    Before continuing, it will be helpful to note that although the amount of evidence is huge, it is of poor quality.----because it cannot be otherwise. Virtually all of these papers are based upon studies in which a large number of relatively healthy people are divided into two groups: light to moderate drinkers and ex drinkers ( those who have quit drinking entirely) . These two groups are them studied for ten or 15 years, or even 20 years,later to see what percentage of each group is still alive.  How many of the light-to moderate drinkers are still happily living their lives versus how many of the ex-drinkers, those who have quit before the study began, are still living, versus the ex-drinkers who have died. Thus if a higher percentage of the ex-drinkers have died, then it's clear that moderate drinkers and living loner are correlated, they go together.
    This kind of research project is known as Prospective, Observational Study. The data that it produces is considered by researchers to be of a poor scientific quality, because there are so many other influencing factors, that change the outcome, and are uncontrollable!
   Look at all this this way: Better quality date is almost impossible to come by as both drinkers and ex-drinkers are self-selected. Due to the fact, for legal reasons a researcher cannot tell one research subject to start drinking, or to stop drinking, and stay that way for the next 20 years! As a result, many other factor could influence how long that a person lives.
     In a more ideal set of circumstances, neither the investigators nor the participants would know who is getting alcohol and who is not. This is the so-called "Double Blind" setup.. So even though the available data set is huge, the quality is poor--- and there isn't much that can be done about it. This makes the conclusions drawn from this date quite uncertain.-- and that includes the drawn conclusion that drinking alcohol in moderation, will on the average, help you live longer.

   Throughout the years, many have asked about the relationship between drinking and living longer has remained.: "How is it possible to drink a toxin ( a mild toxin but still a toxin, something else must be going on--- but what is it?

A CASE STUDY:
 
     A very recent study conducted by researchers in New Zealand, provides a plausible answer. It's bee known for at least ten years, that moderate drinkers are both better educated and healthier than nondrinkers, and many researchers have suspected that this fact was contaminating the measurements of longevity. People who are richer and better educated are also healthier, and healthier people live longer.A fact no researcher disputes.

    The New Zealand doctors investigated this relationship carefully. They developed a very detailed questionnaire that took into account not only education level and income but also how much disposable income each participant had left over after paying for life's necessities. From this they computed a quite sophisticated standard-of -living index that measured three three things for each of the nearly 3,000 New Zealanders they studied: (1) how much alcohol he or she drank (2) his or her, state of health and (3) the standard-of-living index that just mentioned.
  The results? The the better of in health and wealth, fared much better, that those who drank excessively and those in poor health and poor in wealth did far less better. Thus moderation, health and wealth, fared the best!

NOTE(JB) How can anyone with a driver's license be surprised at this revelation?

MODERATION VERSES ABSTINENCE:

   Let's examine what we DO KNOW about alcohol: Whenever the cells or tissues of our bodies are exposed to even low concentrations of alcohol, the effects are, almost without exceptions, harmful. We also know that 8 out of every 100 light-to moderate drinkers will become alcoholics. Thus taking that first drink with the intention of drinking only moderately is like playing Russian Roulette. This is true with the two-gun example from before. This is true because none can know from the first drink, that they will become one of the 8 people, who will become a victim of alcoholism.

    This then leaves any thinking person, with two important questions: Those who do not yet consume alcohol, (1)  what possible health benefits can you gain by beginning to drink in moderation? (2) What possible gain in your financial situation, can you claim by the consumption of alcohol?

NOTE(JB) Many have lifted up the consumption of wine, and yes wine does contain compounds that are good for health, but they also comes with the toxin of alcohol, so drink grape juice instead, and get all the health benefits of the grapes, without the added toxins! As the father of an alcoholic son, I well know of the pain, caused for the sake of FUN?  How many answers to life are found within the bottle or can of jug?  NONE!

Thanking Y O U for your time!
jb



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?" }

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