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A Bargain

I find the idea that a dollar bill is a seed in religious offering distasteful. If you give money with expectation it is no longer a gift. You are seeking to bargain with God.

The Bible says the Lord loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7. It does not say the Lord loveth a cheerful sower.

If you want your dollars to be seed, invest in the stock market or play the lottery. If you want to give to God, give to God.

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The Gap

I recently heard a preacher, Robert Morris, state that when we say the scripture is pure and inerrant we mean in their original languages. This creates a gap where millions of opinions emerge. If you have to go back to the original Greek or Hebrew, this leaves room for every single preacher to think themselves language scholars and offer their own opinion or translation of every single verse.

It’s much wiser and easier just to trust in the already completed work of God in the King James Version Holy Bible. Authorized by God to a King’s work. You can trust in the KJV and in the previous work of the Church which decided which books were to become the Holy Bible KJV.

If you are unable to discern and accept God’s previous works, you’re subject to the vain and prideful works of men and women not subject to God’s authority, but rather their own influences.

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It Has To Be Biblical

It has to be biblical. I couldn’t agree more. But this statement from a speaker doesn’t mean you will always get the truth. They could still be espousing erroneous theology.

What you need to watch out for or indications of errant doctrine:

The word doesn’t mean what you think it means. In Greek or Hebrew it actually means this. Or simply it doesn’t mean what you think it means, it means what I’m about to tell you. For example, forever doesn’t mean forever. It means a certain period of time.

These verses don’t apply to you. Context changes the meaning. These verses only applied at that time period or to a certain group of people.

It doesn’t say it specifically, but common sense tells you it is so. An example of this would be the introduction of a distinction between public sin and private sin.

Be careful and be wary. I feel like most people should know the truth when they hear it, but the scripture does tell us hearing cometh by the word of God, so maybe some people are just not blessed to hear.

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Do You See What I See

Keeping the law is not intended to be difficult.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Is it work to not murder? Is it a pain to not steal?

Write the Commandments upon your heart and the rest will follow.

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Do You Hear What I Hear

I had a preacherr recently tell me to keep the law and Jesus was adultery.

I told him to keep the law and Jesus was being an adult.

The thought was prompted by autocorrect but it does embody what I believe.

If you believe in Jesus, and call upon him, Jesus will help you keep the law. And in keeping the law you will be saved.

James 1:22 KJV But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

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Changing Covenants

I once said there were two major changes to the law from the Old Testament to the New.

  • The dietary requirements ended with Peter’s dream opening salvation to the Gentiles.
  • Animal sacrifice for sin ended with Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, his own life given on the cross.

I forgot to mention under the New Covenant circumcision is no longer required. It was part of the Old Covenant in the Old Testament. Additionally, Jesus taught us we may do good works on the Sabbath.

In this present day when preachers teach the law of Christ beginning with The Nine Commandments ( no Sabbath) it is important for us to read the Bible and discover these changes between covenants ourselves.

When your writing God’s laws on your heart. I hope you will begin with the TEN Commandments in Exodus 20. They were indeed part of the law of Moses, but they have been incorporated into the New Testament. All ten can be found in the New and are part of that covenant. With Jesus’ help we overcome sin. Learning the law comes with reading the Holy Bible. What you hear as true comes from God. Therefore write upon your heart the command you have heard from the beginning.

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Who We Are

You’re probably going to think I have something against Kathy Lee Gifford. Actually I’m a bit of a fan – I really enjoyed the music video “oratorio” The God Who Sees with Nicole C. Mullen.

That being said, she has a penchant for being wrong. On her most recent promotional tour she has a clip on TBN which goes something like this: Why do we think it’s our job to tell others how they should live out their faith? After befriending them, if they ask, then give your advice. Tell them in love as the Bible instructs.

So why is Ms. Gifford wrong? Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19-20 KJV, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We are Christians. If we teach the commandments, by necessity we’re going to tell you what your doing wrong. After we remove the log in our own eye we have the right and duty to try to remove the mote in yours.

Keep in mind, 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV, which says, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

12/21/21 Author’s Note I’ve been rethinking this post. Perhaps I am being too hard on Ms. Gifford. Her version of evangelism is still evangelism.

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Christmas Myths

I’ve heard two things this Christmas season that I think are worthy of dispute. I’ve heard the first one before, but the second was new to me.

1. Mary was 13 when she was pregnant with Christ and married Joseph.

2. Lit the Menorah and celebrated Hannukah just like Jesus did.

Neither one of these statements is supported by the Holy Bible. Personally, I wouldn’t want to accuse God of being a pedophile. 18 is widely accepted as an appropriate age for a girl to marry in the U.S. I don’t believe the jurisprudence of men is better than God’s, so I suspect Mary was around 18. Regarding Hannukah it is not one of God’s feasts from the Old Testament, nor is it mentioned by name in the New Testament. There is no evidence that Jesus ever lit a Menorah or celebrated Hannukah.

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More or Less

There is a popular doctrine making the rounds in churches and spreading like wildfire: You can’t do anything to make God love you less. Nor can you do anything to make God love you more.

A similar doctrine seen in a recent tweet is: The gift of JESUS has never been about earning and deserving. It has always been about Believing and Receiving.

The Truth:

Of course those going to Heaven will be the deserving. They loved the Lord and kept his Commandments and the Lord loved them more for it because they chose to walk in the light.

They believed and did not despise his sacrifice and reject his gift. Their belief included duty and obedience, repentance and confession, honor and respect. They received the gift of salvation with zeal and remembered Jesus died showing us to not sin.

Can you earn God’s love and favor. Of course you can. King David was a man after God’s own heart. Why, because King David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord.

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Grey

The Bible warns us of those that like to cause confusion. In fact, Isaiah 5:20 KJV says, Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Preachers and teachers attack and argue with the word of God on a regular basis, usually a result of interjecting their own conscience. How can they read you the exact words of the Bible and then serve you up a watered down or simply wrong meaning. Perhaps they don’t call black white or white black, but they can cause much harm spreading the grey. A few recent examples follow:

  • When the Bible says Job was perfect, Job 1:1 and Job 1:8; it doesn’t really mean he was perfect.
  • When the Bible says for willful sin there remaineth no more sacrifice, Hebrews 10:26; it doesn’t mean wilful sin but rather a rejection of the gospel.

Perfection with Christ’s help is possible. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from trying. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:48 KJV
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

And when the Bible says to fearfully expect judgment when you sin willfully that is exactly what the Bible means. Don’t trample the blood of Christ and disrespect his sacrifice with willful sin. Hebrews 10:26-29.

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