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"I am the LO-D your G-d, who brought you out of the house of bondage...you shall have no other gods before Me.(Ex 20:3-3)

December 2014

 

Shalom:

I have said this once before but because of the subject matter for this month I think it's worth repeating. This is the subject "The Road That Leads To Destruction." With that said, my premise is that there are only two roads to travel in this life; one of the two leads to eternal life and the other leads to eternal death: eternal death is separation from God Almighty. Those of us who follow Christ believe that God's creation of all things proves Who He Is according to Scripture. We also believe that  the Scriptures are a written record of Himself and His relationship to all men. Listen to what the Scripture has to say concerning the non-believer: "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, no, not one." (Ps. 14:1-3) The Lord describe them as "The fool."

I chose this subject based on the Scripture text of 2nd Timothy chapter 3 (please read it); this chapter predicts apostasy of the "Church". Apostasy is defined in 2nd Thess. 2:3; this Scripture describes the abandoning of professed Christians deliberately rejecting the revealed Truth of God as given in His Holy Word, the Bible.

Apostasy differs from error concerning truth; error may be the result of ignorance or heresy. My use of the word heresy isn't the same as the Church's definition  of the word "heresy". Here is the Church's definition: "Any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position (of the Church); a belief that rejects the orthodox tenants of a religion." But by my definition of "heresy" I mean a deliberate disregarding of the teachings of Christ; Yeshua/Jesus said: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." (Matt. 5:17); and again, the Son of God said: "If you love Me keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father and He will giver you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever (John 14:15-16)

Although the "Church" is at variance with what Christ taught, His apostles were not. Hear the word from the Lord: "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Yeshua/Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the Propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says 'I know Him' and does not keep His commandment is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him." (1st John 2:1-5) That is as plain as the nose on your face!

It is obvious to me from these texts that the "Church" is already in a state of APOSTASY. If one who claims to follow Christ apostatizes there is nothing left but a casting into outer darkness of that person! Listen to what the Lord says to those who make excuses about keeping His Commandments: "Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? and then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." (Matt. 7:22-23)

What Yeshua/Jesus taught was not complicated and is to be stressed and backed up by Scripture; He said and taught what follows: "Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, He departed into Galilee. And leaving, Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum,... that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esais the prophet saying,....From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, 'Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"(Matt. 4:12-17) Christ, Yeshua/Jesus, taught the principles of the kingdom of heaven. These principles are summed up in the "Sermon On The Mount!" {Matthew chapters 5-7}

The New King James Version of the Scofield Study System gives a summery of this sermon; it follows: [Having announced the kingdom of heaven as "At Hand" the King now declares to His disciples the principles of that kingdom. (No. 1) The sermon reaffirms the Mosaic law of the Old Testament theocratic kingdom - theocratic is a political unit governed by God - (Matt. 5:17-18). The attitude of men concerning this will determine their place in the kingdom(Matt. 5:19). (No. 2) Christ states He has come to fulfill the Law which He now proceed to do in part in the Sermon On The Mount: (a) by showing that the Divine Law deals with thoughts and motives as well as overt acts. (b) Christ sets forth the perfect standard for righteousness demanded by the law (Matt. 5:48)] Excerpted from the NKJV as given above.

At this critical juncture as the whole world spirals downward in moral decline, it would be spiritually wise if the Church would heed this warning: "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? (1st Pet. 4:17)

If you claim to know Him who is King of kings and Lord of lords then do what He said: "If you love Me keep My commandments." Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

Until the next time, in His service James A. Chisolm  

 

 

 

 

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"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (John 14:15)

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