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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.

          
          

    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



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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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