Saturday, May 31, 2014

An Instrument of God

Lest we should become proud and begin to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, God has given us some warnings and instructions in His Word to remind us that we are only instruments in His Hand.  This does not mean that we are not valuable in the sight of God.  It does not mean that we are not precious and loved by our Heavenly Father.  It just means that we need to remember that we are the creation and not The Creator.  We cannot accomplish anything of great value, except the Lord help us.  

Ephesians 2:8-10
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Every good thing we have is a gift from God.  In His mercy and kindness God has allowed you to have the good things you have.  God has given you the mind, the strength and the knowledge to live and possess the good things you have.  God has given you commandments and understanding to be able to deal with the difficult things in your life.  If you are saved, it is because God has spoken to you, called you and given you the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior. 

Romans 12:3-8
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Every worthwhile achievement you have accomplished in your life, you did it with the help of God and by His permission.  He could have withheld that success.  He could have allowed you to suffer circumstances which would have drastically changed your present life. 

We are the creation of God and we have been created for His glory.

Isaiah 54:13-17
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

In a world of opportunities and choices, God has created both good and evil.  God has created the opportunity for men and women to choose to do evil.  So that we could prove what is in our heart, God has created an evil for us to hate and shun or desire and embrace. God had the prophet Isaiah write these words:

Isaiah 45:6-7
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

God has created an evil for you to choose or refuse.
Do you want what is holy, good and righteous; or, do you want what pleases the flesh and is evil and wicked?

Romans 6:12-18
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Each of us have chosen and will choose whom we will serve. 
We will believe God and choose to serve Jesus Christ and His way; or, we will not believe God and choose to serve Satan and his way.  You are your choice.  You have chosen how you will live in this world.  You will be judged according to your choice and your deeds.

2 Timothy 2:19-21
19 Nevertheless 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.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Oh child of God, this is something you must recognize and understand.  In a “great house” i.e. a spiritual congregation of God’s people, there will be both vessels of honor and some to dishonor.  You must not allow a hypocrite or a sinner in the congregation to cause you to turn away from God and the truth.  Don’t let someone’s actions or attitudes cause you to lose your own salvation.  Don’t let Satan use another person to cause you to lose faith in the goodness of God and the righteousness of His people.  You must choose to be the instrument of God which He can use to put judgment on the works of darkness.  You must be the example of the believer, whom God can use to cause others to see the error of their own actions and attitudes.  And don’t become proud and arrogant that you are better than another person.  If you are a child of God, you are what you are by the mercy and grace of God. 

Acts 9:10-16
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

Ananias was a man of God whom God could depend on.  Ananias was a little hesitant about reaching out to Saul of Tarsus.  But when God told him to go to Saul, he went.  When God tells you to reach out to another person, believe God.  Remember, you were once lost and on the broadway of sin and destruction.  When we participate with God in bringing some soul to Jesus Christ, we never know what kind of great instrument that person may become in the service of the Kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 48:38
There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops of Moab, and in the streets thereof: for I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure, saith the Lord.

God will save whom He will save.  God will curse whom He will curse.
God is never wrong or unjust.  He is a righteous judge, knowing the thoughts and intents of the heart.  He will render unto every man and woman the reward they deserve.  God wants us to be a willing instrument in His hand.  

Isaiah 30:12-14
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.

If you despise this word and this gospel, God will allow Satan to hurt you in this life and then you will be cast into hell to suffer forever.  If you reject this gospel, you may be broken into so many pieces that your life can not have any peace or rest.  You will be like a pot which has been broken into so many small slivers that not one piece can hold any good thing; not even a drop of water or a coal from the fire. 

God has created you for His glory.  Will you glorify God with your life; or, will you choose to be selfish, proud and wicked? 

Will you be a vessel unto honor; or, a vessel unto dishonor? 

It is not so much a matter of what you can do; but rather, what will you let God do with you.  You have the power over your life to choose to be an instrument for good or for evil. 


Choose you this day whom you will serve.  As for me, I have chosen to serve the Lord.  I love this holiness way.  

Monday, May 26, 2014

THE DOUBLE CURE FOR SIN

Dear Reader and Questioner,
I am often asked questions concerning the "carnal nature" such as are hereinafter presented.  It is difficult for someone who has been taught an erroneous interpretation of the doctrines of Jesus Christ to understand the true interpretation of the Holy Commandments.  I firmly stand behind many Holy Spirit filled and anointed men of God who have faithfully taught the true doctrine of Sanctification as a second definite cleansing work in the plan of salvation.  Brother A. has asked the following questions and I have endeavored to answer them.  My response to him is as follows: 

I am always happy to give an answer for those things I most surely believe and hold fast to the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is my desire to walk in truth and be a faithful guide to those who seek the truth.  I am sure that I alone am insufficient to break the chains of darkness which have hindered you from acknowledging the truth concerning the two works of grace which constitute entire sanctification and the perfection of the work of full salvation.  My prayer is to the Holy Spirit who has been given to teach men all things.  He can help each of us find and understand the truth.  Jesus Christ has promised that if we seek for Him with our whole heart, we will find Him. 

I will once again endeavor to answer the questions you have presented.

1)Do you believe in orginal sin, inherited, inbred sin?
These terms have been used by those who have experienced the reality of two works of grace to explain the nature and concept of this doctrine.  These terms have also been used by those who oppose this doctrine to denigrate it.  If these terms are given the proper definition, they can convey certain aspects of the truth.  If they are used with a negative spin/twist they will confuse the unlearned. 

This is my belief and I hold it as a true statement of the Holy Scriptures:  By the sin of the first Adam, many [all that have not been born again and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ] have been made sinners.  Rom 5:19, “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”  Because, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  We have inherited a carnal nature which causes every child born of the seed of man to enter this world with a corruptible nature which leads them to be a selfish person.  A child will lie and steal without any compunction for the sinfulness of their deeds.  The carnal nature is clearly present in the innocent child and in the new convert, babes in Christ.  1 Corinthians 3:1-3.
2) Do you believe we are born sinners? With a sinful nature?
Yes.  This is the truth which King David expressed when he said in Psalms 51:5, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”  The carnal nature is the root of all sin.  It is that proud, selfish nature in every child which exalts itself above God and all others.  I thank God that the “axe” of truth and the “fire” of the Holy Ghost have been laid to the “root” to remove that inherited obstacle to my perfect obedience and the “sealing” power of the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Matt 3:10-11, “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”
3) Do you teach by Adam's sin we were all made sinners?
Yes, see comments above.
4) Do you believe the Holy Spirit gives us something the Blood of Jesus has not given or cleansed us from?

The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.  1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”  It is the blood of Jesus which cleanses us from our personal committed sin in justification; and, it is the blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses and purges us from the carnal nature which draws a person to commit sin.  There was two applications of the blood of the sin offering in the Old Testament tabernacle and there is a corresponding double application of the blood of Jesus Christ.  The carnal nature is not a personal sin for which we are guilty for its existence.  However, if after its existence is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit and the remedy for its cure and removal is made known to us, we do become responsible for its continuance.  

In closing let me share the comments of Bro. Beaverly Carradine who so aptly stated the difficulty of the un-sanctified person seeing the true state of the sanctified.  There is a veil between the Holy Place and the Holiest of Holies; i.e. between the justified experience and the sanctified experience.  The veil was thick and completely hid the occupants and activities inside the Holiest of Holies.  The un-sanctified can not perceive the peace, the joy, and the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit until they step behind the veil.  Although Jesus Christ has provided us access into the Holiest of Holies, for the veil was rent when He shed His blood at Calvary, the actual veil still remains in place.  The rent signifies access.  The veil was not removed.  The analogous symbol of two rooms was not changed.  The two rooms still represent the two works of grace.  The fulfillment of prophecy does not require the modification of the symbol used. The veil is still there and some will not enter in because of unbelief.  


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Reply to Anonymous Questions

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your interest in knowing the truth of what the Bible teaches.  I will do my best in my limited ability to answer your questions.  I do not claim to be a theologian that has the answers to every question.  There are some things in the scriptures which I do not understand; however, my understanding that I do not understand some things does not hinder my faith and confidence in God.  It also does not hinder my confidence and assurance in believing that God has given me a measure of light which by being obedient to that light, I can enjoy sweet fellowship with Jesus Christ and the family of God.  My answers may seem very elementary to the intellectual theologian, yet I know that God gives understanding to simple people like me.  I appreciate the simplicity of the gospel and praise God for revealing truth to those who hunger and seek after the truth, while He hides the truth from the self-righteous and them who are wise in their own eyes.  Your comments are restated below with my response for the sake of congruency.


Pastor Storts,

I appreciate your thorough treatment of this topic. I believe that you write from the heart and with a sincere desire to serve Christ. Nevertheless, I have a few questions:

1. How is the Church of God not a Protestant denomination? Historically, they certainly are not Eastern Orthodox or Roman Catholic, but they seem to be one of the many Protestant churches that have arisen since the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Cenrury. Like many other Protestant groups they started off with a spirit of revival, but over time, they too have become very institutionalized. The Church of God has its own traditions and standards that it upholds as Biblical, and it has more divisions within it than most other Protestant churches over the past 130 years. 

The Church of God is not a denomination.  A denomination is a division and the results of an evil sect making spirit which has caused someone to follow the doctrines of some man rather than follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Acts 20:20 tells us that Jesus Christ purchased the church of God with His own blood.   The body which Jesus has purchased and redeemed to Himself is the only true body which has a valid claim to the name “church of God” or “Church of God.”  The church of God does not include sinners, it is the spiritual home of the saints.  Religious people who take the name “church of God” and do not possess the mind of Christ and live in obedience to His righteous doctrines are not the “church of God.”  There are many false prophets who preach a false Christ and they are not part of the family of God.  Matt 24:11-12, 24: “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold….For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
 
2. Where does the Bible teach that the proper name of the Christian church is "Church of God?" Every time that the term "church of God" is employed in Scripture, it always with a lower-case "c" which means that the inspired writer is using the term as a common noun rather than as a proper noun. The name "Wal-Mart" as a proper noun is capitalized because it's the name of the store. If I just say, "retail store," it is not capitalized because that isn't the proper name, but rather, one of several descriptions of Wal-Mart.

Response:  There are many religious organizations which have taken to themselves names and identity titles which are intended to communicate a message to both its members and those who are not associated with their group/sect/denomination.  I do understand the grammatical meaning associated with the use of capital letters.  It is my opinion that the use of capital letters are often used with little intent to add significant definition to the word.  I am almost always conscious of using a capital letter when printing the words God, Christ and those pronouns which are used to refer to God or Christ, e.g. Him, His, etc.  Sometimes I print the “church of God” and sometime I print the “Church of God.”  I intend to refer to the same entity and that is the Bride of Christ, the Mother of us all who have been born again into the family of God or Family of God.  The church of God of which I speak is the body of believes which have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.  There are religious denominations called the “Church of God” who do not fit the description of what the Bible describes as the Bride of Christ.  The Holy Roman Catholic Church of God carried that title through much of its history.  It is not the church of God or the Church of God.  Likewise, there are many other groups and organizations which carry the title “Church of God” which are not the church of God.  There are people in some man-made organizations which carry titles like Baptist, Methodist, etc. which are truly members of the church of God/Church of God by reason of their faith, repentance, redemption and holy life.  God still gives a message to those who are in those man-made religious organizations that they “come out of her my people” and be separate from sinners.  The name “church of God” is clearly a divine title for the family of God as evident by its frequent use in the scriptures.

Acts 20:28       “to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
1 Corinthians 1:2         “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth,”
1 Corinthians 10:32  “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”
1 Corinthians 11:22  “or despise ye the church of God”
1 Corinthians 15:9  “because I persecuted the church of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:1         “unto the church of God which is at Corinth”
Galatians 1:13             “I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:”
1 Timothy 3:5             “how shall he take care of the church of God?”


3. How sure are you that the Historicist school of thought that the Church of God, the Nazarenes, Seventh Day Adventist Churches, etc.. adheres to in interpreting the Book of Revelation is absolutely correct?

The book of The Revelation is a revelation of Jesus Christ.  It is a message to the church and not to the world.  It is a prophecy in hieroglyphic language which uses analogous symbols and pictures to convey a divine message to the church of God.  The disciples asked Jesus why He spoke in parables and used pictorial examples in His instructions.   Jesus replied that the messages where for His disciples and not for the “world” i.e. sinners.  My confidence in the interpretation which the church of God ministers have consistently agreed upon is greatly influenced by the integrity of those ministers who have proven to have the favor of God and worked the miracles of God backed up by holy, consecrated lives.  I pay little attention to ministers or those people who are critical to the Sixth Seal ministers who had the power of God in their songs, books and messages.  Many are the gainsayers today who teach doctrines contrary to Warner, Smith, Riggle, Byrum, Byers and others, and these gainsayers do not have any or very little evidence of God answering their prayers or produce anointed messages which bring Holy Ghost conviction to the sinner or praise to the mouth of the saints.   

4. Are you fully certain that other schools of thought with regard to understanding the Book of Revelation such as the Preterist, Idealist, or Futurist views are incorrect?

The Preterist school of thought is that all the prophecies of the Bible including The Revelation were fulfilled by 70 A.D. with the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of all the Jews.  I do not accept that belief.  I believe that The Revelation covers the entire New Testament era from Pentecost to the Second Coming.  Yes, I am fully certain that God would not have honored the Sixth Seal Ministry and their message with the world wide revival and spiritual earthquake which ensued if they had been preaching a false interpretation of the Bible. 

I do not agree with the Idealist who things that everything is just an imagination or thought in someone’s mind.  God is real.  Satan is real.  Heaven is real.  Hell is real.  We are real and we will give an account with what we have done with Jesus and His gospel.  

The social engineering of the Futurist is a weak attempt to manipulate the prophecies of God to the material benefit of men.  All of men’s religions are foolishness to God.  I am determined to not follow any man, but to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit who has been given and sent to teach us all things.  There is a certain sound to the TRUTH and I intend to follow that heavenly sound.

I pray that these words will help you understand my views and my beliefs.  I want to be a part of what Jesus Christ has purchased, built and approves.  May God bless you and those who read these words. 


Saturday, May 24, 2014

WHAT IS BABYLON and WHO IS BABYLON?

There is a literal Babylon and a spiritual Babylon.  The reason that the city of Babylon is used as a spiritual symbol is because of what happened to the people of Israel who were taken captive to Babylon.  Babylon was a city of Assyria; and, it was a pagan, idol worshipping, evil nation.  The Israelites were the people of God whom God had promised to give the land of Canaan which included Samaria, Israel and Judah.  The 17th chapter of 2 Kings is the first place in the scriptures where the city of Babylon is mentioned.

2 Kings 17:9-24
9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:
11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger:
12 For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.
13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God.
15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them.
16 And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.
18 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.
20 And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from following the Lord, and made them sin a great sin.
22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;
23 Until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.
24 And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.

Because of the “great sin” which the Jews, both Israel and Judah, committed against the Lord, they were taken captive into Assyria and Babylon.  The capital city of Assyria was Babylon.  It is where the King of Assyria built his palace.  Babylon was the location of the Hanging Gardens which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  The Hanging Gardens were probably built with the slave labor of the captive Jews. 

Disobedience to God will always produce a spiritual captivity and bondage to some false religion.  Men will always be religious.  There is one true religion and there are many false religions.  The one true religion is the church of God, the Bride of Christ, the people who live holy and keep the commandments of the Lord.  False religions are called Babylon and always result in spiritual bondage.  It is our responsibility and duty to pray and study so that we know the difference between the true and the false, between the holy and the profane.  God has given us the Word and the Spirit that we may know the difference. 

The great danger of Babylon is this:  You are not allowed to do what your conscience and the Holy Spirit tells you to do.  You will know the right thing to do and the ministers and the people of Babylon will not let you obey the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  You must submit to their spiritual guidance and they will exercise dominion over your faith.  If you fail to submit to their man-made requirements, you will be cast out of their fellowship.

Listen to Jesus as He describes and condemns this Babylonian spirit. 

Luke 11:52-54
52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

Knowledge of the truth is the key to exposing Babylonian organizations and their false doctrine.  The true ministry, which Jesus holds in His right hand, will expose the actions and attitudes of false teachers and false prophets.  Spiritual Babylon is a place of spiritual captivity.  The New Jerusalem which is from above is free.

Galatians 4:22-29
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

It was so in Paul’s day and it is even so today.  People who are in bondage to the creeds of men, born after the flesh, will persecute those who are born after the Spirit.  I am personally acquainted with someone who has repented of making a false accusation and participating in a division; but, they cannot repent publically for fear of being put out of the church by the ministers to whom they have submitted.  Afterwards, because they submitted to a false way, God allowed their eyes to be blinded

The spirit of Babylon will cause a person to fear what men will do more than they fear what God will do.   

Matthew 1:17
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

When a person or a group of people is carried away into Babylon; that is a serious event.  It is a terrible turning point when a person or a group of people is turned away from the truth of Christ and brought into captivity of men’s religious beliefs. 

Revelation 14:8-12
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
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:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

The church of God is the bride of Christ and the mother of us all who are the children of God.  When a person embraces and becomes united with a false Christ which teaches contrary to the true Christ, then that person has committed spiritual fornication.  The Bible calls this evil spiritual condition whoredom and the organizations are called harlots. 

The “beast” in verse nine is none other than the Roman Catholic Church.  The “image” of the beast is Protestantism.  These are false churches and false religious organizations which teach false doctrine which hinder people from entering in at the Door of Truth.  If you do not accept their false doctrines, they will cut you off and cast you out of their fellowship.  If you submit to their doctrines, you will be spiritually bound up with no freedom to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit. 

Revelation 16:17-21
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Some ministers teach that the “great city” is Babylon; and that it was divided into three parts, Paganism, Catholicism and Protestantism.  I can also see the possibility that this reference is to the “great city” the New Jerusalem, the Church of God.  These “three parts” being directly correlated to the three earthquakes which God has in mercy brought upon the world to shake people loose from Babylon to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.  The third and final earthquake takes place in the Seventh Seal and is mentioned in verse 16 immediately prior to the mention of these three parts.  Verse 16 “…and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.”

Revelation 17:1-5
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

The Roman Catholic Church is “Mystery, Babylon”.  And she is the mother of all the Protestant harlot daughters.  These false religious organizations are the ones upon which the wrath of God is poured out. 

Revelation 18:1-10
1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

The “one hour” in which Babylon is judged is the time period of the Sixth and Seventh Seal when the Sixth and Seventh Trumpet Angels shall sound and the Sixth and Seventh Vials are poured out upon false religions and false doctrines.

We must identify Babylon. 
We must avoid and remain free from Babylon.
This understanding is given to the children of God who walk faithfully in the Spirit, keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ. 

Are you free from Babylon? 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

HATING EVIL

The Bible clearly teaches us that God hates every evil thing. 
What does it mean to hate evil? 
How will we act and live if we truly hate every evil thing?
Is it ok to hate false religion?
What sins do we hate and how do we show others that we hate sin?
By studying God’s word we can be instructed in how to hate evil and keep ourselves from it.

Revelation 2:6  to the congregation at Ephesus
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Revelation 2:15 to the congregation at Smyrna
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

God hates the doctrine of the Nocolaitans.  Can we hate what God hates?  How do we show people we hate the false doctrine which they believe?  We do so by exposing the error of the doctrine.  We do not hate the person; but, we hate the deception and destruction of their false doctrine.  We hate the spirit which leads to spiritual destruction which follows heresy. 

Psalms 101
1 A Psalm of David. I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

Psalms 119:104
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Psalms 119:163
I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

1 Peter 3:8-12
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

The word “eschew” means to shun, decline, go out of the way.

The apostle Peter instructs us that we must hate evil and do good.  This is a daily spiritual exercise.  You must think, “I hate every evil way!”  And with the help of the Holy Spirit, you must identify every temptation, every evil thing and purposely and decidedly hate every evil thing.  Listen carefully to Peter’s instructions:
V.8  Be of one mind; have compassion on all; use brotherly love; be pitiful and courteous
V.9  Do not do evil for evil; bless friends and enemies
V10.  Refrain your tongue; don’t use guile in any decision. 

Psalms 34:14
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Walk away from evil.  Don’t linger near it.  Avoid it.  Shun it.  Hate it.

Psalms 97:10
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

If you love God you must hate evil. 
If you are entertaining evil, then you are not hating evil.
If you are giving your mind to reading, watching or looking at something evil, you are not hating it!  If you are hating it, you will rebuke it, resist it and flee from it. 

1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Abstain – “hold oneself off”
Tell yourself:  “No!  I hate evil!”
I will not look at that.
I will not read that.
I will not open that web site.
I will not go there.
I will not think on those thoughts.

Romans 12:9
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Abhor – regard with disgust and hate
Cleave – to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly

Don’t be a hypocrite.  Love God faithfully.
Don’t try to “double date” God and Satan.
Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and hate every evil way.  Save yourself from this wicked and untoward generation. 
Protect your eternal soul by loving God and hating evil. 
  
Isaiah 1:16
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Put way evil, God is watching every move you make.

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

If you want to receive pardon for you soul from the sins you have committed, then you must forsake your wicked ways and unrighteous thoughts. 

If you do not hate evil and love God with a pure, faithful, zealous love, you will not be able to practice and live by the righteous instructions which I have preached to you in this message. 

Remember, “A little leaven, leavens the whole lump.”
If we do not purge out every evil thing:
          Some will fall from grace and become sinners and hypocrites.
          Some will die in their sins and be lost forever.