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Grace, salvation, fruits, and all your rghteousness is as “filthy rags”

June 23, 2012

The branch that doesn’t bear fruit is a DEAD branch that has not received the water of life of Jesus Christ.

Works are FRUIT of salvation, they are NOT the SUSTENANCE of salvation. The sustenance (what “keeps you saved”) comes from the root that grows from the seed. The seed is the word of God. And here is where the analogy breaks down. Because God is talking about purging the ranks of the front lines in the Great Commission when he talks about throwing away the branches that don’t bear fruit.

Even the man that had slept with his mother-in-law in Corinthians, Paul said to put him out of the congregation so that his “soul might be saved”:

To 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.- 1 Corinthians 5:5

Here’s what God thinks of all your “saving works” and “salvation preservation works”

But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthyrags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.-Isaiah 64:6

We are men most vile, sin entered into the world by one man only:

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. – Romans 5:19

Got that? By ONE shall many be “made righteous”, NOT by “many” shall each one make themselves righteous.

Who do you think you are, thinking you can deserve heaven by your works? All your righteousness is as “filthy rags”, and to get into heaven you have to go spotless.

Translations and the Westminster Confession

June 13, 2012

There is NOT ONE verse that says that God will always keep his Bible in Hebrew and Greek. Besides the apparently possibility that Aramaic may have been used in parts of the NT, besides all the scriptures that actually identify themselves as translations, like Joseph’s meetings with his brothers and instructions to his Egyptian servants.

From the Westminster Confession,
http://www.reformed.org/documents/index.html?mainframe=http://www.reformed.org/documents/westminster_conf_of_faith.html

In Chapter 1, “Of the holy Scripture”, it says they would interpret scripture with scripture, not lexicons:

VIII. The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and by his singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical; so as in all controversies of religion the Church is finally to appeal unto them. But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God who have right unto, and interest in, the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them, therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come, that the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner, and, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope.

IX. The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it may be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.

Also:

These are some of the facts of the matter which are beyond reasonable dispute. Does anybody think that any of the Bereans possessed or had recourse to the manuscripts penned by Moses? Did those who composed the Westminster Confession of Faith believe the modern nonsense? By no means. They stated that God “by His singular care and providence kept pure in all ages” the words of God. When these are faithfully translated into the vernacular they are just as authoritative as the autographs, which no one has.


Well, the composers of the Westminster confession were apparently still in original-language mode and apparently did not realize the state of affairs for them at the time, but would not be fooled by the cacophony of voices and most certainly they would be repulsed by the contradictions.

VI. The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.[12] Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the Word:[13] and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word, which are always to be observed.[14]


But before that they said that the scriptures must be translated into the “vulgar language of every nation”. But they would have to agree with us, in my opinion, after reviewing positions in all manner, that:

“God is not the author of confusion”.

“God is not a man that he should lie.”

“No prophecy is of private interpretation”.

The KJB translators unquestionably knew their Bible languages better than anyone alive today, but they abided by this:
“And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:” – I Cor 2:4

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.– Isiaiah 38:13

You see, it says in Isaiah that their parsing over words will get them taken into a snare. It takes somebody who has a believing knowledge of the Scripture, the Word of God, to understand what it means and correctly interpret, spiritual things with spiritual. Greek lexicons are not spiritual! “Dynamic equivalence” is a fancy word for replacing the word of God with something else.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13

Sabbath commandment? How about the Love commandment? Works religion vs. Grace

June 9, 2012
English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus violated the rules and regulations set down in the laws of Moses over and over again, and the Pharisees used the Sabbath over and over to condemn even his good works, and picking corn on the Sabbath to eat. Gleaning corn on the Sabbath so you can eat another day –which you did because you broke the Sabbath laws that told you to pick your Sabbath corn the day before– is comparable to taking a job where you have to work on the Sabbath to get your paycheck.

If the Sabbath is or was at an end, there is no good reason to believe that not one of the disciples or even Paul had the guts to come right out and say that the Sabbath day God created was at an end. None of them ever did or taught this and all of them were murdered save John.
Why don’t we see in Revelation woe unto those who keep the false seventh day Sabbath instead of the right one the catholic church made?
 Instead we see the opposite in Rev 22:14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.


It’s amazing how works religions push for the commandments they can handle. But the most important commandments given both in the tablets handed to Moses and from the mouth of Jesus Christ, are the ones nobody talks about when they talk about how you have to keep the law:

Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

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.

Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

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.

39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

IF you don’t keep those two commandments, which are MUCH more important than the Sabbath, then you deserve hell fire and brimstone as much as any Sabbath-violator or Sunday observer, for violating God’s commandments.

That’s why when the rich man came to him in Matthew 10 asking what he should do to have eternal life. It was a lesson to us. Jesus’ response was to list the easier commandments and ask if he had kept them: no “adultery, Do not kill, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and thy mother”.

Check. Check. Check. Check. Check. He kept those all his life. Maybe Jesus left out the Sabbath because he knew something about this young man.

So Jesus pointed to the one commandment he could not keep, to love the Lord thy God with all thy might, and thy neighbor as thyself.

What good is the Sabbath if you break the two greatest commandments every day all day? We all break those two commandments constantly.

Which brings us to Jesus Christ for the redemption of sins.

Do atheists “need” a God to tell them it’s wrong to kill, tell lies, or steal?

June 2, 2012

 

Atheists can live more virtuous lives than many “Christians“.

Before the love of Christ changed the world, it was common around the world for people to kill, tell lies, steal, and adulterate with anybody they wanted to and could get away with. It was common enough under a presumed penalty of stoning to death even, never mind the diseases.

Then along came the Christians shaming everybody with the Golden Rule, and the real Christians had real trouble with people who called themselves Christians who acted like those pagans in their evil, until the Reformation unleashed the Bible to the common man and respecting your neighbor became a more common morality.

But then along came the Marxist regimes that had no fear of God at all and began not only killing people but slaughtering as many as 60 million in Russia, 200 million by some estimates in China, and half the population in Cambodia, ad infinitum, without even getting into the pagans and atheists of the Nazi regime who rejected the idea of a Christian God so they could have the old Teutonic morality shared by the eugenicists around the world who soothed their “conscience” and showed that they did not fear any “sky king” or God who would make them answer for their crimes.

When you don’t realize that we have a Creator, you can carry on the heritage of the Golden Rule to some extent to one or two generations forward, but it starts to get lost on the edges, like with prenatal infanticide and with euthanasia. Both are pushed by social engineers of 1984 and Brave New World style but people who don’t have the love inspired by the Golden Rule, or fear judgment, can pretend that the baby inside the belly is not a baby, is not a person, or that dissidents are dangerous and need to be killed, or that religious freedom means muzzling Christians.

Some people call themselves Christians but do not treat others as they would have others do unto them. Such people can say anything but show with their actions they do not believe in a God to answer to any more than any atheist.

But in the end, the Bible believing Christian knows that all of us are just as bad and sinners as anybody else, and if we do good we are still imperfect and sinful, and only God’s grace covers us.

In other words, nobody is perfect and nobody has any right to say they are better than anybody else. Anybody else. The difference is we are forgiven and we know that Jesus Christ has given us victory over death and sin, the proof is in the Resurrection.

 

The Lord’s Day, Sabbath, and the Early Church

June 2, 2012
English: Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene

English: Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first day is “the Lord’s day” for a reason. It is not invented. The Sabbath is the last day of the week for sure, our Saturday, and some Christians have been confused on the nomenclature, sure, but it started from the time of the earliest Christians, from the apostles.

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.-Matthew 28:1

Now when [Jesus] was risen early the first [day] of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.– Mark 16:9

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” Rev 1:10

The reason that the Jews of Jesus day who followed him began to come together for fellowship and praise on the first day of the week was because Jesus had risen that day of the week. This is one of the historical evidences for his resurrection, because the Jews were so, say, fanatical about the Sabbath.

It’s true that our Saturday, the last day of the week, is the true Sabbath from the times and laws of Moses, but the first day of the week is historical.

Read the early church writings (even from 95 AD) about the practice: http://www.bible.ca/H-sunday.htm
God bless the people who compiled those excerpts for the rest of us.

And it is not for nothing that half of the listed incidents of Pharisees criticizing Jesus was all about the Sabbath. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.