A commandment that I have followed even though at times it cost me.
One thing we must realize is that our parents are human. Being human means they will make mistakes and they will sin. We must also realize that due to today’s society many that become parents are being thrown into a dark room and told to find the right door to get out. Not telling you that the room is huge and there are thousands of doors, but you can only find one into the light.
Honor in the Hebrew is “kabab,” in the Greek it is “timao.”
Kabab – glorify, usually with human subject
Timao – (a) I value at a price, estimate, (b) I honor, reverence
Glorify – to honor or praise
Honor – respect that is given to someone who is admired
Reverence – honor or respect that is felt for or shown to (someone or something)
Respect – a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, and important
Recently I heard, overheard, an encounter where a late teen came into a home and went into the mother and started demanding food. Now let me get this in context for you. The person never once said please, the tone in their voice was like a master talking to a slave. Their attitude was that the food should have already been prepared and waiting for them to eat.
Now look at the definition above. I never heard any reverence, no praise, absolutely no respect.
I later found out that this child was confronted with these facts and their excuse was that they are better than how their friends treat their parents.
This is a sad commentary of the youth of this nation. It is no wonder that the United States is in decline.
If you cannot show respect to those that brought you into this world. That have clothed you, sheltered you, fed you, how can you show God respect? The answer is you can’t.
Do they think God is some genie that is there to give them what they want and if they don’t they throw a temper tantrum? This is the same behavior I see exhibited by those going to collage these days. It is no wonder that events have started to speed up. For if Jesus does not return soon there will be no humanity even worthy of saving.
In the first commandment it states clearly In Exodus 20:3 – Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Yet today that is not all there is even to those that profess to be “Christian.”
Now right this moment I have made a lot of people upset with me, but hear me out. Do you talk more about God or a TV show? Do you talk more about the Bible or a sport? Do you talk more about Jesus or the way a celebrity looks or said something?
If the answer to these questions were not God, the Bible and Jesus welcome to your new gods. You are living in sin. For when Jesus added two new commandants which increased it to twelve, matching the tribes of Israel, the new number one is:
Matthew 22:37 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. 38 This is the first and great commandment.
So look at the importance of this. It is stated twice and is reinforced in the new number one.
So it is God that you should be talking about. It is the Bible for that is God’s instruction manual to humanity and our salvation can only be reached through God’s Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
So what are you going to do about it?
2 Timothy 4:1-5
Now why do I say this? Just look about you and see what is before your very eyes. Most go about in their lives seeking after things of the world. Fame and fortune. Luxury and leisure. This is what Jesus Himself said about things within this temporal plain:
Matthew 6:19 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Jesus makes it clear. To seek after all these things within the world is not the true path to God. Yet most in this world seek only after these worldly objects and believe with all their heart that they are one with God. Yet if you seek after the things of the world are you not then friends with the world?
James 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him.
It is made extremely clear in these verses. People would rather be the enemy of God than to serve God in the eternal life that is to come.
Now I understand where part of the break came. It came during the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was due to his action, that cause the depression, caused by the stock market crash of 1929, to become worse. Instead of sending money directly to those in need. He instead made this government agency and then that government agency. Making it so most of the money stayed within the government instead of making it to those desperately in need. This cause those that lived within this depression to in a way start to horde their possessions. This in turn led to a need for large houses, which in turn led to a need for more bigger and better things. Which took money away from those in need to those that that began to lust after wealth and property.
We got another glimpse of this in 2007 and 2008 when the housing market crashed. Causing several banks to go into a tailspin. Once again those in the government on both sides of the isle voted to give the money to those that caused the problem instead of to the victims. I actually did the math and as much money as the government took for the American taxpayers to give to the banks. Each legal citizen of this nation, be it adult or child, would have received $100,000 per person.
If it has gone to those in need there would be fewer poor people then there are today. Yes so banks would have went out of business, and those corporate leaders would be mostly the ones that would have ended up poor.
This is what happens when people no longer think of the way God would wish it done. This is what happens when people think they are the gods of this earth. They get this way because they have gone so far from the path to true knowledge and understand of the Bible and its teachings, that they think they know what is best. When time and again throughout history this has proven to not be so.
Every time a past civilization falls it is due to this arrogance and a lust for things of the world. A desire to please themselves here in this temporal plain of existence. Not understanding that this time we now live is not for themselves, but to see if they would awaken to the true. That as we are tempted by the wealth and objects of this world those that seek after and desire these things do so because it is what they lust after. It is a trap that draws them in and it snaps tight about them. Breaking their will to escape from it and slowly, ever so slowly, kills them. Not in the flesh, but in the spirit. For a dead spirit will never see heaven, and that is something that brings sorrow to me as I type these words.
Reject the world. Reject the need for wealth. Reject the need for things. Reject the need for fame. For only one person deserves fame, and that is He that arose from the dead upon the third day. It is He that walked amongst us for forty days with whole in His and in His side. It is He that showed that God is real and that He is God’s Son. For that is who He is, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Turn to Him. No longer seek after wealth. No longer seek after fame. No longer seek after luxuries. For our reward is not within this temporal plain, but in the eternal in the service of God our Creator.
But most don’t want to hear what they have to say.
A Christian is like a parent to their children. They know what is right and have been through the same pains their children are going through, but the child doesn’t want to hear the advice or even accept the discipline that is sometimes required. This is extremely prevalent with those that do not wish to spank their children. Do you know that the Bible states if you do not spank your child you actually hate them (Proverbs 13:24). Now why is that? Because in some cases the only way to get through to the child is to cause them pain. Now I must say you do not need to go to extremes like that football player did a year back with the switch… that is too far and too much. But it is through pain that we all learn our lessons even as adults, it is usually emotional pain for adults though.
Without pain we do not learn if you do not learn then you are destine to repeat the same wrong over and over and in so doing will become lost to the point that Christ may even spit you out of His Body (Revelation 3:15-16). To allow this to happen is a type of hatred. It is this hatred that Christians do not have and any wise parent does not have either. For a truly loving parent truly and wholeheartedly loves their children and wishes them to do only what is good and righteous.
It is through confrontation with those that sin that Christians spank. Now you have to understand, most dictionaries give the incorrect definition of the word “confrontation.” Most say it is some type of violence. This is not correct. It is in actually a standing for your principles and not backing down from them. It is staying solid to you point and making it clear that for example if something in the Bible is said to be bad, wrong and something you should not do it is a sin. It is here that those sinning get a pain within them and it is a pain they wish to run away from. But truly good Christians will, reprove, rebuke and then exhort (2 Timothy 4:1-5) them to do what is right in God’s eyes and cause them to go down the painful road.
The pain is required.
There is no way around the pain. Trust me on this one, been there, done that…. Not fun. But from that pain my faith and trust in God grew, my believe in God grew, my understanding of God grew.
Now I can tell you I do not see things like a lot of other Christians do. In fact I do not think any Christian thinks exactly the same as any other Christian. I am willing to allow science to prove God while there are those that think science is nothing but a lie. Now you have to also understand that someone’s theory stated in a scientific manner as fact is a lie. In fact most “theories” are a joke, but when you apply true science you come to understand that God is real.
Case in point, the belief in multiple universes or multiple dimensions as it was originally called. The Bible states this is real. Is not heaven another reality? Yes it is and this is where God and His Son Jesus is at this very moment. So in this the Bible and science agree.
Do I think there are things in science that need to change? Yes. I think carbon dating needs to be revised since when it was first established our understanding of how the layers of the earth were made are not the same as they are today. Like for example the asteroid that hit the Yucatan Peninsula. This was not discovered till recently but it added several inches if not feet to the layering of the earth. So something that took place in a few days in reality is shown to be several hundred to thousands of years in carbon dating. So this shows that science needs to be re-evaluated.
This is how I differ from other Christians, but one thing is constant in all true believers. If the Bible says this is so or that is so. That is fact. So if something is a sin it is a sin and you must stop this sin. The greater the sin the greater the pain. Homosexuals must leave their lovers and end that lifestyle. Will that be easy? No. Will it be painful? Yes, but per the Bible it must be done and has been done (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
But because God loves you, you must endure this pain to be with Him. If you do not endure this pain and wish to live in sin then you will have everlasting pain. That is why when someone that loves you makes you suffer pain for a short time it is for your own good and it proves they love you. For an eternity in pain is all you will have if you are hated and do not know the short and temporal pain we experience here in this reality. For beyond the temporal will come the eternal and it would be worth the pain suffered here. Because to see the beauty and joys that come from an eternity serving God throughout His creation which is the entire universe.
So which do you wish to suffer? A short momentary pain or a pain that will never cease for billions upon billions of years?
This is why we must suffer punishments from our parents, and from God. And this is why the Bible verse says if you spare the rod you hate your child for by not suffering this momentary pain you are cursing them to eternal pain and only someone that hates someone could do that. We all must go through the pain for once we have emerged upon the other side we are better than we were before.
Stop seeking out the temporal pleasures of this short existence. An existence that will last slightly longer than one hundred years. Seek out the existence that is promised to all that follow the teachings of Christ within the Bible. Turn from sin. Stop living in the moment and start living for that which will last forever.
This is why true Christians care so much for their fellow humans. This is why those that truly follow Christ’s teachings say you must stop living in sin. Any that says you can live in your sin and still get into the eternal hates you, for odds are in favor they hate themselves and all misery loves company.
Accept Jesus Christ, turn to Him and ask His help to end your sin, and realize that there will be pain that follows, but also realize that pain is fleeting, but it is much better than the alternative of a joyous and painless life now and the total opposite for billions of years later.
Heaven is only a holding ground for those awaiting the return of Christ upon the Mount of Olives. Beyond that day eternity begins.
So I was going through Facebook yesterday and one of the groups I am a member of showed a young man proposing to his boyfriend. It was done at the front of a “church” and all the people gathered there cheered.
My heart sank.
They have embraced the world and don’t even realize that they have. What does the Bible have to say about this:
1 John 2:15 – Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
James 4:4 – Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Anything of the world is against God. Homosexuality is a sin and so is of the world. So it is against God. Every person within the building that was once known as a “church” made it clear that they love the world and so hate God.
Romans 1:26 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Now you see my sorrow. This has become the common place, the ordinary, which adds to my pain. Yes my pain. For it hurts to see people thinking they are worshiping God and thinking they are one with God when they are not. They are living in a lie, a fabrication of reality. And who is the father of lies? It isn’t God. So if they are not worshiping God and they are worshiping within a lie then they are in reality worshiping Satan.
What is Satan’s fate? To be thrown into the pit of fire along with any that follow him.
How long will they be there? For all eternity.
Revelation 20: 10 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Isaiah 66:24 – And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
2 Timothy 4:1-5
No one is total free of sin that is a human, it goes with the territory thanks to Adam and Eve. Only one being walked upon this earth in human form that is perfect even to this day. His name is Jesus Christ. No others can say this. No others rose from the dead three days later and walked amongst us for forty days after that as a witness to His resurrection.
We mere humans though do not have this luxury. Even after we accept Jesus as our Savior we still trip over our sins time to time. Now this point needs to be made. This stumbling and tripping is not a daily thing. Sometimes you can go for days, weeks, month and even years between slip ups. Any that says you can still repeat and live with the same sin daily doesn’t know what they are talking about. That is living in sin not salvation. When you live in salvation you actually feel true guilt when you slip up. You have remorse and sorrow over failing God. You beg His forgiveness and the moment you do it is given, but that is not how you feel. For you have not yet forgiven yourself, which must be done as well. Then you go back into your Christian life not committing this sin and hoping this time you will never trip and fall again.
If this is not how you feel then the question needs to be asked: Are you really saved?
As I write this it is one day after the shooting of the Congressional Baseball Practice shooting.
When I heard about it. Many of my con-workers said something that struck a core of difference than in past attacks.
In the past when there was violence and death on a mass scale the first thing that come from their mouths was “It had be to a terrorist.”
Yesterday though it was “It must have been a Democrat.”
As it turned out, that is exactly who it was, but I need to go deeper into this situation.
I needed to test the waters. So I have learned that if I wish to hear the mindset of those upon the left all I need do is say something in the comments of a news article on one of the news services that post on Facebook.
I did this on Reuters. Here is all I said:
“About this attack on the congressional baseball practice. In past attacks be they. Here in the U.S. or overseas. The first thing I heard people say was ‘It must have been a terrorist.’
This time though I heard this:
‘It must have been a Democrat.’
Ponder on that for a bit people.”
As I suspected there was an attack upon my views right away. Note that I said nothing about my views. Also someone posted a long thing implying I was offering “fake news.” The thread went dead as soon as the identity of the shooter was revealed to be a Democrat.
Simply, those upon the left do not seek to live within reality. They live and work in the same world we do. However, as was shown not only by the attack itself, but in how those upon the left live within a belief that they are incapable of doing violence. The reality of the situation through what was shown with the “Weather Underground” to those that comprise “Antifa” today is that those that do the most violence and the most aggressive and deadly are those upon the left. This is even seen if you look back further into history and look to the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany led by Adolf Hitler. Their behavior is exactly the same as those within Antifa with no variation what so ever other than the clothes they wear and the language they speak. None can speak unless it matches what they say should be spoken, which is exactly the behavior of the Nazis.
Unfortunately, this was all prophesied within the Bible as we come closer to the return of Jesus Christ. The only difference this time though is that several of the prophecies are being fulfilled not only all at once but globally. What is mandatory to remember is that we come to understand and study the Bible fully. So that when we see signs like this from the books of prophecy within the Bible that we are able to know that this is happening. This will allow us to straighten out our lives and to live a life that is not just faith or just works. But a life that is both faith and works.
My prayers go to those shot. I will not offer prayers for those upon the left, for that would be like casting pearls before swine, which Jesus made clear we are not to do. Most know of God and of Jesus. Most know the true words of the Bible and they chose to deny them or laugh upon them as myth. It is truly sad, but we must come to terms that there will be far viewer that stand before the throne of God than most realize. Should we weep for them that are so blind? That I would say yes to.
This is one thing that most do not understand nor do they really wish to understand. “Pilgrim’s Progress” sought to address this this very same issue, and was a core teaching for Pilgrims. It was one of many attempts to seek after an understanding of what is necessitated to meet the perfection that is glimpsed upon within the Bible.
One thing that must be made perfectly clear. No one will ever achieve perfection in this temporal existence we all live within. That includes myself. Any that say or teach otherwise do not or willfully deny the teachings of the Bible. If you actually study “Pilgrim’s Progress” you come to understand many of the things I try to articulate in my articles that I post.
Most people have an image of redemption that all that is required of them is that they acknowledge Jesus Christ and say they accept Him as their Savior. This is faith alone teachings. However, as is made clear in James 2 it is not faith alone. In fact it makes clear that faith alone is dead.
The path toward perfection is an endeavor of both faith and works. Not only an acceptance that Jesus is our Savior, but following with due diligence the teachings and the commandments within the Bible. This is something that is strongly hit upon within “Pilgrim’s Progress.”
When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts it was from this point that this nation become dedicated to God as a Christian nation. This was this group’s reward for trying their best to follow the teachings within the Bible in their time period. Now this nation has strayed from its roots. Now more than any other time since its creation this nation is in jeopardy. This is all due to the fact that most no longer seek the correct path to perfection. They now see a path that appears to be the path to perfection, but it actually keeps them rooted here in this temporal reality. Not seeking after God, but after the fool’s gold of riches, luxuries and rewards here in this short and temporal life, with a serving of Jesus on the side.
This is not how the Bible says we are to live our lives. The true path to perfection goes through Jesus Christ with the teachings of the Bible and God at its core, with a serving of the world on the side.
Once you place the world, this temporal existence as your master, you have left the true path to perfection. This path is not a path but a highway that is not just well traveled, but is crowded to the point of a traffic jam.
The true path to perfection is both faith and works. The works that are clearly and plainly taught within the Bible. From following the speed limits to not living is sins, like homosexuality. These are things that are taught plainly and clearly. If you speed you sin, if you live in sin… well enough said there. Simply they are not on the path to perfection and it leads to the ultimate imperfection.
Follow the Bible and live a life that is both faith and works. Not faith alone, nor works alone, but both balanced for the glory of Jesus Christ and His Father our Creator God.
Understand this please and allow it to filter into your heart, your mind and your soul.
When you accept God into your life, through Christ Jesus, you become dead unto sin, unto the world. You are a new and separate being. Now alive instead of dead. But understand this, we are still human, we are still within a corrupted body and it will seek to take governance over you. In Romans chapter six it explains this. For again you must realize that all the books of the Bible were written unto to those that counted themselves to already be saved by God’s Holy grace. In verse twelve it says this:
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”
Now allow that to sink in for a few moments.
A sin that has dominion over you and it operators through lust. There are many sins that operate through lust if not all. A good share of them are sexual in nature though. Now when we turn from sin, when we repent, that sin losses total control, but it is still an issue that we must confront time to time so it will not come back over us. These are a few sexual lusts, . Fornication includes masturbation, lusting after and coveting after someone in a lustful manner. Adultery is any sex between male and female that is outside the bonds of marriage, as well as homosexuality. These are all sins and according to the verse above we are not to let it have “reign” over us.
When these sins become predominant in someone’s life then it is their master it has control of them. If this is the case then if you were saved your salvation goes into question to the point that it can be lost and God will break you from the vine.
2 Peter 2:20 – For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
John 15:6 – 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Jesus Christ pronounced it Himself. If you do not abide in Him and let sin be your master then you shall be broken off by God, given to men and the cast into the fire. Christ Himself!
Not me, or one of those that wrote the books of the Bible in letters and sent them out to the world, which were inspired by the Holy Ghost, but Jesus Christ.
Yet thousand question this, if not millions. Many thinking they are one with God and His Son, when Jesus makes it clear this is not so. I just don’t know what to say beyond this other than good luck with your choices, especially when you go and formalize your wish to live in sin with a legal document.
This is what we are called to do:
2 Timothy 4: 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
We are told to reprove, rebuke and exhort.
Reprove is elegcho in the Greek which means to –convict, convince, and tell a fault. Is this not what people call judging these days? Why yes it is. So if we are instructed within the Bible to tell those that sin of the faults and we are to convince them to turn from the error of their ways. Then are we judging them? No we are not, we are a tool of God, one of His servants through the grace of Jesus Christ, as long as we do not do the same sin and use facts found within the Bible.
If we do not reprove those that sin, if we do not rebuke those that sin and if we do not exhort them to turn from their sins then are we not in disobedience to God? Yes we are.
So yes love the person that sins, and yes hate their sin for their sin is more important to them then God and for this reason alone you must tell them of their sin. You must ask them time and again to turn away from that which is evil, which is of this temporal existence. For our ultimate goal is not to be happy here, but to be eternally joyous in our service to God in our eternal life promised to us by the Bible.
We are to learn how to do that service here in the short time here upon this plain of existence. Then we are to learn more during the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ Himself who we as His body are to serve alongside Him and learn from Him. Teaching, caring, instructing those that either survive the Great Tribulation or come after it.
Even in this time there will be failure for at the end of the thousand year Satan is to be let loose upon those that live upon the earth at that time and others will choose to follow him into the abyss than to serve God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the fate for all that chose the sin over God.