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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the CURSE: for it is written, CURSED is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

          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.

          
          

    Fri, Apr 25th - 5:48AM



    IDOLATRY (part 18) Modern Day Idolatry 

    Oh how great is the Lord, (say it with me saints!) He alone is worthy of all honor, glory, worship and praise. Jesus alone is our High Priest over the house of God. And we His people can truly rest in our great shepherd whose eyes never close in sleep, , and who lives forever and to make intercession for the saints calling them by name.

    The true church is a living breathing, walking, talking, thinking, acting, feeling spiritual body under the control of Jesus Christ the Head of the body, and where ever it goes, there goes the church, see how free, mobile and lively it is? Each saint is a living stone which Christ has used to build His church.

    Yet some have made an idol of the church building. I want to be careful here, dear friends of Jesus, to say that I am not painting with a broad brush, for there are multitudes of overseers and those among the flock of God who have knowledge that neither the church building nor any other idol is anything, but Christ is all.

    Yet some have made the church building-from hereon I will address it as the church facility, an idol. I believe this has mainly come to pass out of ignorance, because sometimes a thing can be done for so long and so often, that it does not immediately appear to be detrimental and dishonoring to Jesus our Lord. I believe this is the case with the church’s physical facility A.K.A the so-called “church”. I don’t pretend to know all the reasons why the church facility has become an idol to some. But I do know this that, only Jesus is worthy of our worship, and that He will not share His glory with any idol.

    Children of the day, I want to touch on some of the detrimental things that occur when the focus is taken off of Jesus, and put on the idol church facility. Firstly, some have become convinced that we the saints actually go to “church”, rather than the saints the true church goes to assemble itself together with other saints. There is absolutely No biblical references to the saints “going to church”, being “welcomed to church”, praying in the “sanctuary”, being blessed at the “altar” , “standing on “holy ground”, requested to become a “member of the church,” or putting their names on the “church rolls.”

    Children of the day, I am not saying that the saints should not have a place to meet, whether in a facility, a house, an auditorium, tent, or the open air. What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is that when a shift occurs that place more value on the place where the saints meet, rather than on the saints you will find these detrimental things occurring, and a deification of the place over the saints. A kind of switched identity also occurs (Jesus always knows those that are His), where even some saints are convinced that the place where they go to assemble is the actual church and derive their sense of purpose and identity from the facility. Now there are some who aid and abet this deception for their own gain. The study will continue, dear friends of Jesus, let us continue to offer the sweet sacrifice of praise to Jesus the only One who is worthy of our worship, adoration and exaltation.

     love

    serola

    IDOLATRY (part 18) Modern Day Idolatry 


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    Wed, Apr 16th - 8:33PM



    IDOLATRY (part 17) Modern Day Idolatry 

    Bless the Lord, who is so loving, good and kind, who even when He disciplines us, it is in love, which He NEVER withdraws from us. Let me say dear brethren, there are those who appear to enjoy slapping around Christ’s bride, and making sweeping accusations against her, but I fear the Lord too much in holy reverence to be among them.

    Futhermore, the hand that reaches out continually to slap Christ’s bride around, will one day draw back a nub, for He will not tolerate spiritual domestic abuse in His house, and against the bride. I am for biblical admonishment and discipline as long as it is done God's way, which is the only right way and not out of carnal irritability. Some are aware of other forms of idolatry among the true church, and I do not dispute that, but I pray to explain something about this in a general way, later in this study,

     May the Lord guide me to proceed in holy reverence to Him, and with care and respect to the saints as I now proceed. Blessed children of light, there are two, and not one form of idolatry I had previously mentioned that I would like to address.The first is a very pervasive form of modern day idolatry among( but never in) the true church. 

    There is no condemnation to the saints at all, but I pray the Holy Spirit will open up our understanding about this, to refresh us, enlighten us in His love, and mightily strengthen our hearts and minds as to who we are in Him. The study will continue on, and I pray the Lord will bring us here together again next time.

    love

    serola

    IDOLATRY (part 17) Modern Day Idolatry 


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    Tue, Apr 8th - 3:46AM



    IDOLATRY (part 16) Modern Day Idolatry  

    The Lord continually be praised, blessed, and glorified for the mercy and kindness of His grace given abundantly and freely to all that believe on His name. I humbly count myself, to be most wonderfully blessed that our Lord has granted me a permanent place in His eternal body, and to be a partaker of His spirit and to have fellowship among the Saints along with all of you. We can praise our God, dear saints, and know without a shadow of a doubt it is His hands and by His power that He always has and always will lead His church, the flock of God to Himself for all eternity, without any spot, wrinkle or blemish of any kind. Dear saints go back and say that first paragraph with me-taste and see that our Lord is soooo good!

    Dear friends of Jesus, we can see from having just concluded the basics of the true church, that Christianity is not a religion, but a personal relationship with the Living and only Saviour; that the true church is lovely and lively, every saint being equal and encouraged having a part and a place among the brothers and sisters. The true church is not about locality-ship, but worship of God and the fellowship of the body with Him and with one another. Because of abundant love here in the true church, and the equality of the saints, differing only in God- assigned roles and function, there is no need for a saint to ever grumble, covet or lack a place in the body, where ever its location. Although the church may use a facility to meet in and carry out its function, it is understood that the work is to be done is in and among the body and NOT LIMITED TO LOCATION, or even the lack thereof .

    Some may say, “hey my church doesn’t look much like the one described here”. I have prayed carefully to give a wise answer to those saints who voice this issue. My prayerful answer is this, without any condemnation: beloveds, as we continue to love, live, and look like the true church that we are, then it will be possible to help other saints do the same.

     We have taken the time to look at the basics of what the true church is, and our identity in Jesus Christ, beloveds of God, for the purpose of this study. More detailed information regarding those whom Christ never knew, tares , the church, accountability and discipline are available from many other good sources including this site. Coming up next I will present not one as I mentioned initially, but two forms of idolatry among the true church, and I look forward to seeing you then, dear saints.

    love

    serola



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    Tue, Apr 1st - 8:25PM



    IDOLATRY (part 15) Modern Day Idolatry 

    Saints, let us continue on with the true church(the people of God), regarding overseers- they love, care, discipline, and protect all members, whom they recognize with themselves as all being equal, only having differing roles and function in the church - to help each member to, love, serve, protect, care for one another, others and to use their gifts for the sake of and in the body, as well as to protect the church doctrine and preserve, and promote order.

     No saint no matter, what role or function He or she has in the church, including overseers is exempt from biblical church discipline, I Ti. 5: 19-21, Ro. 15:14; so in this sense, holy brethren, we are also accountable to one another. Are the gifts for ALL the saints? See God’s answer here. I Cor: 4-11. Correction-see I Co. 12:7-11.

    All saints live dependent on and accountable to God, and are interdependent on one another in love. The lone ranger stance is unacceptable in God’s family, all saints are to live connected to other saints as well as the Godhead, as one united family of brothers and sisters in Christ. As the Family of God, we have God’s word on how we ought to treat one another in love. Ro. 12:4-21. I Ti. 5: 19-21, Ro. 15:14; Eph. 4:25;32. Eph 5:21; Col. 3:9; 3:16; I Th. 3: 11-13 Heb. 10: 24-26, please feel free to look up the other numerous prohibitions for and against how saints must treat and relate to one another.

    How saints can overcome the past will be dealt with in a separate study to follow this one, as it contains too much material to post here and would result in a confusing study within a study. and we know dear children of light that God is not the author of confusion, and I thank you for your patience. My continued hope is that we shall always see Jesus here, and Him lifted up in our hearts always.

    love

    serola

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