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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.

          
          

    Wed, Nov 29th - 2:09PM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH A ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    PERVERSION OF THE GOSPEL THE TRUE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF EVIL

     

    PAUL WARNS THE CHURCH AGAINST FALSE TEACHERS

     

    Brothers and sisters, the perversion of the gospel by these wicked men was not harmless, then or now, but a direct attack on Jesus Christ the Son of God and His gospel, who has absolutely declared this eternal truth: Jhn 11:25 — Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

     

     

     

    Some, in error make excuses for those perverting the gospel message out of personal opinion, emotionalism and sentimentality, as though perversion of the gospel is harmless. This is as though someone broke into their home began to beat their family, while they did nothing to protect them, because they had more sympathy for the violator than their family under attack, and felt that it would be too harsh on the offender to stop him or her.  This is the same as allowing those who pervert the gospel to do it out some warped sense that it would be too harsh to do so which goes against the Bible which absolutely commands the church to put a stop to those doing these things.

     

    Dearly beloveds the Bible is absolute truth: Jude 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. This certainly proved true of the sinning brother in the Corinthian church who repented after Paul and the church turned him over to Satan. However, in the case of those perverting the gospel message they never did repent. After Paul delivered them to Satan to teach them not to blaspheme, he also went on to try to correct them and pull them out of the fire as we shall see later on.

     

    Brothers and sisters, we know that we have to be careful to apply the scripture within the context of the whole gospel of Jesus Christ.

     

    Therefore, it is clear that pulling people out of the fire so to speak, does not mean that we can force people to believe the gospel message against their wills. The clear sense of this is that those who repent will be saved out of the fire, those who are forced will remain there still.

     

     

     

    Dearly beloveds, God has easy to understand eternal boundaries and standards for the church regarding true repentance and also for true rebellion: God commands the church to test those who practice sin in the church. Those who repent, under church discipline, as God commands, show it in word and deed by turning from sin to God, as the sinning brother in the Corinthian church did. Those who are unrepentant, under church discipline, as God commands, show it too in: But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

    Any church any Christian that ignores God’s command of church discipline within the body, for him or herself as well as others, is displeasing to God in allowing it and placing themselves in peril. All such should repent and trust God, not put their personal opinions, emotionalism, or sentimentality above the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Then too, holy people,when we think about the nature and character of God, who never misses a beat in loving us eternally and profoundly in Jesus Christ, we should never chaff under church discipline, commanded by God. Those who do so clearly reject God as eternally loving and Good.  Refusal to repent in turning away from sin to unrepentance is also rejection of God and His eternal gospel of love and truth through Jesus Christ His sinless Saviour. 

    love

    serola 



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    Tue, Nov 28th - 12:10AM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH A ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    PERVERSION OF THE GOSPEL THE TRUE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF EVIL

     

    PAUL WARNS THE CHURCH AGAINST FALSE TEACHERS

     

     

     

    1Ti 1:20 - Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

     

    Delivered meaning:

     

    I.to train children.

     

    A.to be instructed or taught or learn.

     

    B.to cause one to learn.

     

    II.to chastise.

     

    A.to chastise or castigate with words, to correct.

     

    i.of those who are moulding the character of others by reproof and admonition.

     

    B.of God.

     

    i.to chasten by the affliction of evils and calamities.

     

    C.to chastise with blows, to scourge.

     

    i.of a father punishing his son.

     

    ii.of a judge ordering one to be scourged.

     

    Later it is apparent that not only does Hymenaeus continue to pervert the gospel, but has also joined with another man in doing so.

     

    2 Ti 2: 16But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.  And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

     

    Brothers and sisters, the Bible makes it clear that anyone without repentance, knowingly, willfully perverting the gospel is out to destroy people’s faith in the inerrant truth of the gospel message.

    The children of the devil don’t wear a sign on their backs saying that they belong to the devil. Nevertheless, the impenitent willful perversion of the Bible is sure evidence that such belong to the devil and burn with hatred of Jesus Christ and all that is holy. 

    love

    serola     



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    Mon, Nov 27th - 9:24AM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH AN ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    Brothers and sisters, we must keep in mind that the book of Job must be understood within the context of the fact that according to scripture, Job never sinned in the midst of His trials. Without this understanding the reader will agree in error with Job’s friends who accused him of being punished by God for his sin. God judged Jobs friends as having judged Job wrongly, and all who falsely accuse Job of sin, God will judge as wrong too. God never told Job to go to his friends to seek forgiveness. It was Job’s friends, God commanded to go to Job and make sacrifice and Job would pray for them to be forgiven by God for wrongly judging Job:

     

    The Lord Rebukes Job's Friends: Job 42:7And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

     

    The book of Job is in total stark contrast from the sinning brother in the Corinthian church, the presentation of it here is to show that God can allow righteous people to have trials for testing of their faith that has absolutely nothing to do with sin or punishment; in contrast the Bible is also clear that God will allow trials specifically to punish those who are practicing sin, with the expectation that they will turn from it, if they truly belong to Jesus Christ.  Feel free, brothers and sisters to look further into the book of Job on your own.

     

    Going back to the Corinthian church, it is clear that there were those in the church that were truly appalled about what was happening in their midst. God always has faithful brothers and sisters, who stand strong in faith in the body of Jesus Christ. These were among those who sent out an S.O.S. call for help to the apostle Paul. Obviously, brothers and sisters, this was necessary, because they could not rely on the overseers who were accepting of and allowing the practice of fornication in the church to go unchallenged, to such a degree that they garnered the reputation for it being common among them. Sometimes it may be necessary for some members to go outside the church to other church(es) to expose and get help to stop some overseers and members from doing wrong within the church.

    love

    serola



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    Sat, Nov 25th - 8:07AM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH AN ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    PAUL COMMENDS THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH

     

     

     

    2 Cor 7: 8For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not regret, though I did regret: for I perceive that the same epistle has made you sorry, though it were but for a time. 9Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might suffer loss by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be regretted: but the sorrow of the world works death. 11For behold this same thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, what earnestness it worked in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what full punishment! In all things you have proved yourselves to be pure in this matter.

     

    Repentance: I.a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done.

     

    Being worldly sorry is meaningless, dearly beloveds, if it is not a godly sorry, the one accepted by God, which leads to repentance, that is a complete change in our minds, hearts, behaviors, and fully in agreement with God and away from sin. In the situation with the Corinthian church it shows true repentance is not just a worldly feeling of being sorry having merely emotional regret. The Corinthian church showed repentance in action by dealing with the sinning brother by turning him over to Satan, and expelling him from the church, which led to the sinning brother returning back to the church in full repentance.

     

    Holy people, we must keep in mind that in the case of the man calling himself a Christian brother while continually practicing the sin of fornication with his stepmother, it is God through Paul to the church to turn such an one over to Satan for testing, punishment and reproof, to prove if this man was even a brother at all.

     

    Brothers and sisters this has nothing to do with Job because in the whole book of Job, God never accused Job of sin; to the contrary from the very beginning of the book of Job the Bible declares of Job in all his testing that: Job 1:22In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. In the case of Job his trials were allowed by 

    God as a test of his faith, not punishment for sin.

     

    Certain men and so- called theologians, claim Job sinned, however whether in ignorance or not, they are liars and the word of God stands true, for it is impossible for God to lie.

    love

    serola



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    Thu, Nov 23rd - 11:03AM



    GOD FORBIDS CHRISTIANS TO TEACH THE LAW OF MOSES AS A MODEL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, BLESSEDNESS OR WORSHIP

     

    Dearly beloveds, this was never God’s purpose for the Law of Moses. No mere human being ever kept nor could keep the Law of Moses; even the great prophet Moses failed to keep it. That was the purpose of the Law to show that people of themselves had no power over sin, but would turn to Jesus Christ in faith upon hearing the gospel message. (Feel free to see in full Gal 3 on your own to see God’s purpose for the Law of Moses).

     

    Israel never kept the whole law:

     

    Neh 9: 34Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.

     

     

     

    35For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works.

     

     

     

    36Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:

     

     

     

    37And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.

     

    The law of Moses also taught that the blessing of it were granted to those keeping it, therefore, brothers and sisters, even the blessing under the law were temporary, because failure to keep it always resulted in a curse for everyone under it.

     

    The Bible further declares:  

     

     

     

    Gal 2:16 - Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 

     

    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.

     

    Gal 3:11 - But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 

     

    Gal 3:13 - Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

     

    PERMANENT BLESSINGS UNDER THE NEW COVENANT THROUTH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE 

     

    Gal 3:17 - And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 

     

    Gal 5:4 - Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

     

    Gal 5:14 - For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

     

    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,

     

    CHRISTIANS ARE ETERNALLY BLESSED FOREVER THROUGH THE NEW COVENANT OF JESUS CHRIST

     

    Eph 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

     

     

     

     

     

    CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL

     

    Heb 10: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

     

     

     

    16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

     

     

     

    17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

     

     

     

    18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

     

     

     

    Dearly beloveds, God absolutely sees all those as His enemies, who impenitently reject Jesus Christ and His sinless blood of the covenant as the eternal  sole Saviour and the eternal sole source of salvation. None such shall escape His fiery indignation. They have nothing to look forward to but: Heb 10:27 - But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Heb 10:29 - Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

     

     

     

    Rev 14:10 - The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks be to God, brothers and sisters, because He has given us the freedom to celebrate whatever day of our choosing; however, we are forbidden by God to compel all Christians to celebrate certain days or not to do it, because it remains an individual God given choice. As shocking as this might be to some this includes the Sabbath too. The people of God are free to worship together on the day of their choice, and not by the dictates of another. No Christian who has to work on a Sunday to support His family should be taught in error to quit his or her job so they can attend worship on a specific day, leaving their family unsupported. There are plenty of opportunities to find other local churches that offer worship on other days throughout the week.

     

    Col 2:16 - Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

     

    Saints (G40 hagios) as those forever made alive in Jesus Christ let it be known unto one and all that we are a permanently blessed peoples regardless of whether or not we choose to observe a certain day.

     

    Col 2: 6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 

    love

    serola

    End notes:  

    All the Jewish believers and apostles converted from the Law of Moses to the grace of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. Despite all the failings of Israel, the Bible notes many good things about the nation of Israel, but keeping the old covenant of the Law of Moses was never one of them, because they never did. But according to the mercy of God a remnant of the Jews shall be saved when they believe on the name of Jesus Christ and be converted unto Him along with all who believe on Him.

     

     



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    Sun, Nov 19th - 1:33AM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH AN ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    Dearly beloveds, surely the times change along with morality upon the earth. Nevertheless, the commands of God, with the eternal boundaries and standards He has set for the body of Christ are final, finished, complete and eternally unchanging, it doesn’t matter if anybody, including the secular world doesn’t like it.

     

     

     

    So, as we know, in plain English, it doesn’t matter what or who changes upon the earth, the word of God stands sure, inviolate, and absolutely must be obeyed without exception for all eternity.

     

    Thank God, for the countless overseers, and the body general whom God has empowered and who gladly, unwaveringly remain faithful in obeying His eternal truth out of love and trust.

     

    Nevertheless, the church ever stands on guard without compromise, to rebuke those who deny that the Christian, through faith in Jesus Christ, receives not only complete forgiveness but a new heart, a new mind, a redeemed conscience able to choose right over wrong, obedience over sinning, and empowered to have self- control, self- discipline, and self- correction.

    These things take practice as we learn and are taught to apply scripture, correctly understood to our lives. Brothers and sisters, we well know that as we obey in love and obedience to Jesus Christ, we get better and better at it over time. However, any and all who reject the truth of scripture must be rebuked by the church as commanded by God, without exception.

     

    Holy people, as mentioned before: God’s chastisement through the church is absolutely expected to result in repentance. It is God’s litmus test to prove paternity, whether the child is His or a bastard and not a Christian: (See Heb 12:6-8).

     

    The Corinthian church bears fruit in following the apostle Paul’s instruction to stand firmly with him in rebuking a sinning brother:

     

     

     

    A BROTHER REPENTS/ AND HIS PATTERNITY IS ESTABLISHED IN OBEDIENCE THAT PROVES HE BELONGS TO GOD

     

    2 Cor 2: 6Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. 7So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. 9For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 10To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

     

    The church is accountable and responsible for understanding and obeying the whole gospel of Jesus Christ. The sinning member who repents in word and deed must not grudgingly; but lovingly be fully forgiven, encouraged and welcomed back to the church. Otherwise the devil would gain an advantage in discouraging members who err with a false understanding that even if they repent, they will never be accepted back into the church. It would also be a stumbling block to those seeking salvation as well.

    love

    serola



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    Fri, Nov 17th - 5:13AM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH AN ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    It is quite clear, brothers and sisters, that Paul the apostle never told the Corinthian church to deal with the fornicator according to the law, but according to grace. Under the law the matter would have been settled much, much differently, as the punishment for adultery is death to both the man and the woman doing it: Lev 20:10 - And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

     

    Lev 20:11 - And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

     

    Neither Paul the apostle, nor the church sought the advice of the philosophical gurus of their day as to how to handle the issue of a person claiming to be a brother while flagrantly committing fornication so over the top that not even unbelievers would consider having sex with the wife of one’s own father. Neither Paul nor the church would walk on eggshells, or handle this fornicator with kid gloves. If the fornicator took offense at the God given authority and disciplinary hand of the church it would mean he never belonged to the church anyway.

     

     

     

    Dearly beloveds, in turning the immoral brother over to Satan, God would allow the devil to do whatever God deemed necessary to turn this sinner completely away from habitually fornicating with his own stepmother; and turn him back to God in repentance. It is in repentance that the sinning brother would be shown to truly belong to the church of Jesus Christ.

     

     

     

    God’s chastisement through the church is absolutely expected to result in repentance. It is God’s litmus test to prove paternity, whether the child is His or a bastard and not a Christian: Heb 12:6 - For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 - If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 - But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

     

     

     

    The Bible sets the standard for how the church is to handle those sinning in the church, not man-centered psychology nor any other ology. The Bible makes it clear that God’s love can never be separated from the truth. When love is deprived of the truth by commingling it with the false doctrines of the world, it is perverted into mere man-centered humanistic sentimentality having neither love nor truth. Those who do these things, hope to thwart the God-given disciplinary hand of the church, to escape responsibility and accountability for their misdeeds.

     

    Bible Guidelines for Reproof: 1 Ti 5: 1Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; 2The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

     

     

     

    The above verse does not exempt anyone from being rebuked by the church: 1 Ti 5: 19Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 20Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 

     

    Rebuke here means:

     

    I.to convict, refute, confute.

     

    A.generally with a suggestion of shame of the person convicted.

     

    B.by conviction to bring to the light, to expose.

     

    II.to find fault with, correct.

     

    A.by word.

     

    i.to reprehend severely, chide, admonish, reprove.

     

    ii.to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation.

     

    B.by deed.

     

    i.to chasten, to punish. 

    love

    serola



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    Sat, Nov 11th - 9:28PM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH AN ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    Brothers and sisters, obviously there are innumerable Christians that have never bowed their knees to baal, and die daily to sin to live their lives pleasing to God, out of love and faith in Him. Nobody, and especially the church has to spiritually hit them over the head, expel them from the church, and turn them over to the devil to stop them from actively sinning in the midst of the church.

    On the contrary, these saints without number, know without a doubt that God is to be put first in all matters of our lives. Therefore, these Christians know by practice and experience that: 1 Pe 4:1Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

     

    The world will always speak evil of Christians living and practicing righteousness, which doesn’t matter, because the church is not looking to the world for neither approval nor for a pat on the back anyway, but to please the only one that counts, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

     

    Hath ceased, meaning:

     

    I.to make to cease or desist.

     

    II.to restrain a thing or person from something.

     

    III.to cease, to leave off.

     

    IV.have got release from sin.

     

    A.no longer stirred by its incitements and seductions.

     

    That being said, brothers and sisters, there comes an extraordinary time in the life of the church when the church under God’s command and authority must forcefully, without compromise nor exception even if it means turning such an one over to Satan to discipline and yes punish anyone who claims to be a Christian, while actively practicing sin.

     

    Luk 17:3 - Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

     

    Mat 6:15 - But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

     

    Mar 11:26 - But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

     

    There are certainly helpful books and teachings by Christian brothers and sisters, nevertheless, nothing that contradicts scripture can be accepted in any way or manner whatsoever. The Bible correctly interpreted, and to be lived, remains the eternal final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith and practice.

     

    Dearly beloved, the concept of blank check forgiveness to the unrepentant is a false doctrine based on the misinterpretation and/ or an outright perverting of scripture. The church is absolutely forbidden by God to offer forgiveness to any and all who reject correction and repentance. However, God commands the church to freely forgive those who truly repent, in word and deed.

    love

    serola



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    Wed, Nov 8th - 12:39PM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH AN ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    LOVE IS NEVER BLIND TO THE TRUTH

     

    Paul confirms his love for the Corinthian church, even though he had to earlier write a harsh letter to them demanding their obedience to the truth of the gospel, by expelling the sinning brother. Love does not flinch or shy away from the truth about people, even if it is an unpleasant truth. True love fearlessly challenges, true love faithfully seeks the highest good, true love never compromises its truthfulness, and makes no peace with unrighteousness.

     

     

     

    The Bible also continually warns us that God’s commandments are not merely suggestions that we can choose to disobey or twist to serve selfish purposes.

     

    Interestingly, brothers and sisters, the Bible never names the father, nor the stepmother of the fornicator. Note Paul does not ask the church to use its time, talents, and treasure to establish a program for broken and hurting families, or family recovery or restoration programs. In fact, Paul does not deal with the father and stepmother at all, which means they were most likely not even Christians nor a part of the church anyway.

     

    The Bible makes no mention of whether the local temple prostitutes held a protest to decry the fornicator being discriminated against by the church and denied his right to “love whomsoever he chooses”. Saints (G40 hagios), there is no record of the local priests of the phallic temples begging for more understanding for the fornicator because he obviously “was born that way”.

     

    Brethren, we well know without a doubt, that the church is forbidden,  by God to compromise with the world and is absolutely forbidden to allow itself to be polluted with wickedness that arises from anyone within the church, without exception.

     

    1Pe 4:17 - For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God.

    Praise God for the multitude of brothers and sisters, who have held and who swiftly hold their own feet to the fire in turning away from lusts, no one has to make them do it, they gladly do it willingly out of love for the Lord, who gave all He had for us.

    love

    serola

    All of these teachings God brought forth from the first Christians the apostles who were Jews converted from the Law to the Grace of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. A remnant of the Jews shall be saved, and everyone of them shall come through faith in Jesus Christ too along with all who believe.



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    Sat, Nov 4th - 7:11AM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH AN ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    Expel the Immoral Brother

     

    Paul commands the Corinthian church: 1 Cor 5: 3For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.

     

    It may shock some, brothers and sisters, that God can use his creation Satan to punish a sinning believer. Such a person cannot be compared to Job, a perfectly righteous man, whom Satan asked God if he could test him. God did allow Satan to test Job with the exception from God that: Job 1:12 - And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. Job passed his test and received many blessings and restorations of his losses.

     

    In the case of the immoral brother in the Corinthian church, it is the apostle Paul with the whole church and authority of the power of Jesus Christ that turns this immoral brother over to Satan for correction, to bring him to repentance. This fornicator would not be allowed to drag the name of Jesus Christ into the mud. This fornicator would not be allowed to blemish the church and make a mockery of the grace of God.

     

    Obviously, God gives Satan no power whatsoever to take the life of a Christian. However, the Bible is clear that our own sins can have deadly consequences: Jas 1:15 - Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

    love

    serola

     

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    Fri, Nov 3rd - 3:03AM



    SIN AND THE SECULAR WORLD

     

    (The earth divided-understanding the times)

     

    TURN SUCH AN ONE OVER TO SATAN

     

    1 Cor 11: 31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

     

    God’s standards are absolute, they remain clear and unchanged regardless of the times His people live in. Dearly beloved, Paul comes to a Puffed-up church, note he refrains from flowery language or the use of euphemisms to obscure the truth of fornication in the church. Paul doesn’t beg the church to call for an exorcist to cast out the devil, revivals, solemn assemblies, awakenings, addiction counselors, self-help groups, establish special programs, workshops, conferences, nor rituals of deliverance from demons, to deal with fornication in the church.

     

    Brothers and sisters, Paul bristling with the apostolic authority and power of Jesus Christ plainly rebukes the Corinthian church as a whole, not diminishing the greater fault of the overseers: Immorality Rebuked

     

    1 Cor 5: 1It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2And ye are puffed-up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

     

    The Corinthian church had gone so low in coddling and accepting active sinning,  that they garnered a wide vile reputation to themselves, and didn’t seem to care that they were damaging the name of Jesus Christ and His church.

     

    The many converted Jewish members of the church had to know that fornication of a son with his father’s wife was absolutely  forbidden by God.

     

    Deuteronomy 27:20

     

    'Cursed is he who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's skirt.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'

     

    Love

     

    serola



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