Family, Kin and Race

Romans 1:31 without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful”.

2 Timothy 3:3 “without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good”.

“Natural affection” is to cherish affectionately one’s own family, kin and race. Scripture calls a lack of this heartless, hard hearted and a debased mind.

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But I Say to You

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time”.

The “them” was not the Law or Prophets.

“But I say to you”

is Christ correcting the bad teaching of the Pharisees, the leaders of the day.

Christ always taught and supported Yahweh God’s Law, Christ’s Law.

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I Create Evil

Many find it difficult to believe this scripture.

Isaiah 45:7 “I form light and I create darkness; I make peace and I create evil; I am Yahweh; I do all these things.”

But remember

John 1:3 “All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.”

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Behavior is Proof of Faith

If one claims to be a Christian the proof of their faith is found in their behavior. If a man claims to be a Christian and then behaves in a way as to promote or protect faith in false gods then he is not validating his claim to be a Christian. The man then should not be considered a Christian brother or neighbor. No one is perfect, but validate a claim by behavior.

James 2:18-20 “Rather one shall say: “You have faith, and I have works, show to me your faith without the works, and I shall show to you faith by my works!” You believe that there is one God, you do well; even the demons believe it, and they shudder! Now do you desire to know, o vain man, that faith without works is idle?”

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The Darkness Can Not Comprehend

This has been covered before, but now with a little different aspect. There are very few subjects in scripture that have a simple one line answer. It is too bad that when one is asked to defend a non politically correct doctrine that all one is really permitted to give is not much more than a one sentence answer. Keep in mind they won’t understand it anyway.

John 1:5 “And the light shines in the darkness; yet the darkness comprehends it not.”

Light vs dark, good vs evil. The potter has His purpose. Who are we to question Him.

Romans 9:13-16, 21 “Even as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? May it never be! For he said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.” “Or hasn’t the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?”

This teaches several things, one of which is that we are not all created equal. The concept of equality in scripture is only found in Christ. Thus the equality is limited to those who are Christians. Churches teach it or imply that all are equal, but scripture never places all people everywhere on a level playing field. This is also backed up by the following.

2 John 1:9-11 “Whoever transgresses and doesn’t remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn’t have God. He who remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you, and doesn’t bring this teaching, don’t receive him into your house, and don’t welcome him, for he who welcomes him participates in his evil deeds.”

Unfortunately few take the above scripture seriously. No fellowship is permitted for those who fit the description above and below. The sad part is that some Christians can’t hear what scripture says here.

2 Chronicles 19:2b “Should you help the wicked, and love those who hate Yahweh? Because of this, wrath is on you from before Yahweh.”

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Noah’s Flood

There was a world wide flood in Genesis 1.

Genesis 1:6-7 God said, “Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.

Genesis 1:9-10 God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear;” and it was so. God called the dry land “earth,” and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good.

Consider the possibility that Noah’s flood was a local flood. The Chinese wrote about the extent of the flood waters at that time. The world wide flood was in Genesis 1.

Here is an interesting article by a friend.

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Only One Morality

Unless your morality comes from someone greater, like Yahweh God, then your morality is just your opinion. Others sharing it doesn’t make it right or better.

There is only one morality, one source of right and wrong, Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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In the Matter of Balaam

Consider this personally and nationally.

Amos 3:6b “Does evil happen to a city, and Yahweh hasn’t done it?”

We have a lot of enemies who do not want to be at peace with us now.

A lesson from the time of Balaam. Balaam could not curse Israel. The only way to curse Israel was to get Israel to disobey Yahweh’s Law. Yahweh would then punish Israel in her disobedience.

Revelation 2:14 “But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.”

What better way for an enemy to deal a blow to Christians than to have it taught that God’s Law is no longer valid. We can never please our God if we do not follow His commandments.

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”

Contrapositive statement of John 14:15

“If you do not keep my commandments, you do not love me.”

Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please Yahweh, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

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Anti-Christs are Not Our Brothers

1 John 2:22 “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.”

Are we to love Anti-Christs?

2 John 1:7-11 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist. Watch yourselves, that we don’t lose the things which we have accomplished, but that we receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and doesn’t remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn’t have God. He who remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you, and doesn’t bring this teaching, don’t receive him into your house, and don’t welcome him, for he who welcomes him participates in his evil works.

We are not to receive him into our house.
We are not to greet him nor welcome him.
We are not to love nor help him.

John 15:23 “He who hates me, hates my Father also.”

There is no change between the old and new testaments in this matter.

2 Chronicles 19:2b “Should you help the wicked, and love those who hate Yahweh? Because of this, wrath is on you from before Yahweh.”

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Sin Unto Death

Under the Law of Yahweh God there are some sins that have a judgment of death. For years I have heard them referred to as death penalty sins.  These sins are also referred to in the new testament under God’s Law.

1 John 5:16 “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for those who sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I don’t say that he should make a request concerning this.”

There has been a misunderstanding with the following verses.

Romans 10:5 “For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The one who does them will live by them.””

Galatians 3:10-12 “For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not of faith, but, “The man who does them will live by them.””

Paul was trained in the Law. God’s Law is written very precisely as are legal documents. When the Word says “live by them”, that is to be understood as live. This is compared to the other option of not living, being dead. Think about living happy and well as opposed to not living at all. Also notice that Paul said that Moses wrote about how the law was righteous. Paul also quoted the Law stating that anyone who did not obey the Law was cursed. Reread the verses above.

We read many verses with a negative understanding that were intended to have a positive understanding. The point is that no one can perfectly obey God’s Law. Those with faith no longer have to concern themselves with the Law’s judgment of death.

Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the fulfillment of the [judgment of death] law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

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