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Twice Isn’t Nice

I was watching the Jim Bakker show and the guest Perry Stone was talking about how God instructed him to be baptized a second time in order to clear away things that were weighing upon him.

Bah humbug. B.S. Nonsense. People who are baptized multiple times don’t understand baptism. You can only be cleansed of your sins and baptized into the family of God once. Confess that Jesus is Christ, ask forgiveness of your sins, and be baptized by immersion in water by another in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38, Acts 19:5, Matthew 28:19.

The only mechanism to be cleansed of your sin after baptism is 1 John 1:9! It doesn’t matter if your afraid to confess. Your sins can’t be washed away in a second or third baptism.

If you’re seeking a verse that says you can only be baptized once I can’t provide one. I can say there is no example of a second water baptism of anyone in the Holy Bible. If you truly believed the first time, subsequent baptisms are futile.

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Counting Crowns

I have seen several television personalities wrongly divide the word of God. They see in the New Testament separate judgments for salvation and rewards for works.

I have read the entire Bible several times and see only one judgment in the New Testament. It’s the only one that truly matters. Are you saved? Or will you be damned?

You can count your chickens before they’re hatched or you can work out you own salvation with fear and trembling.

Even if I’m wrong about separate judgments, there is one thing you should keep in mind: if you’re not saved you don’t have to worry about rewards at the Great White Throne or anywhere. If you are saved, blessings and rewards are at the right hand of God forevermore.

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Taking Sides

So I’ve seen two things on television in the past few weeks that kinda bothered me.

On CBN one of the Q&A questions was if there is unity in the Church, why are some Christians advocating for vaccination for Covid 19 and some others opposing it. Pat Robertson’s response was why assume those against the vaccine are part of the Church, strongly suggesting they were not.

You’re about to get my judgment. I’ve seen the commentary on Daystar. There appears to be strong proof that the Covid vaccines are not safe. Why Pat Robertson is advocating for the vaccine I do not know. However, my view is if you want to exclude others, you should first examine yourself. You might be the one who is not part of the one unified Church.

On the Jim Bakker Show there was a woman advocating the modernized Jewish nuevo name of Jesus, Yeshua. She said she had a word from God concerning those who stand by the name Jesus. She said God told her that those that are his bride love his name. She basically said people who stand firmly by the name Jesus are not part of his bride.

Here’s my judgment. She’s a liar. God’s Son name is Jesus. Yeshua is a modern Jewishization of Jesus name so that the Jews can feel more comfortable with our God. If anyone is not part of the bride of Christ it would be her. There is no ancient text proving Jesus was ever called Yeshua.

Talking yourself out of something good, like the Church, is a real danger for some. It reminds me of the old saying, check yourself before you wreck yourself.

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Miranda

You have the right to remain silent.

I once told my cousin about 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. She said to me – no one is going to take my voice. I imagine most ladies feel this way about these verses. But ladies consider this: ignorant and weak men have allowed you to speak in Church against the word of God.

These men have no right to say that you can speak in Church. They have overstepped their bounds.

We’ve all heard the expression silence is golden. And to be honest some men on judgement day would be better off having exercised their right to remain silent.

Ladies you may be put off by this New Testament law of Christ, but hear it and observe it and in the end Christ will honor your female spirit for honoring his word in subjection.

1 Timothy 2:12-13 KJV
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. [13] For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

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Is Skepticism Healthy?

I don’t have a quick answer.

I want to believe in the word of God. I want to believe prophets exist today. I want to believe in modern day miracles.

But honestly I’m a skeptic. When I hear someone on television say “God told me” or “God said”, my immediate inner response is bs or bullsh*t. Sorry for the curse word, but I don’t know a better way to express that inner feeling. It’s that strong and usually that immediate.

Let’s take a moment and look at God’s word.

What about prophets today?

Acts 2:17 KJV
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

So we know that there was no end to the time of prophets. There will be prophets in the future. I hope if I encounter one I will believe. Unfortunately I have a preset notion. I don’t believe the ones I see on tv. I haven’t heard one yet, where I said yes it happened and it happened when and how you said it would.

I’ve seen some on tv who say stuff like there’s someone in the audience who has this condition. And they can guess their name, maybe their address or other bits of information. I’m sorry but these guys remind me of magician acts which have a basis in evil spirits. They do not strike me as true prophets of God.

What about modern day miracles? I cannot limit God. He can heal however he likes, but in my opinion he would most likely heal people according to his word.

James 5:14-15 KJV
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: [15] And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

I think skepticism is healthy. I hope with the fear of the Lord and biblical knowledge my spirit will recognize a true man or woman of God. I hope the same for you.

Iron may sharpen iron, but all I see is rust. If you think you are iron or want to be like iron, follow me on Twitter, I will follow you back, and perhaps we can start a friendship strengthening and encouraging one another in the Lord. @DeanNelsonHoff. Or you can just use the link at the top. DM me and introduce yourself.

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm.

A few days ago on the Jim Baker show, Jim said God has shown me that great and terrible things are about to take place on the Earth, but I have prayed to the Lord that these things don’t come to pass.

Talk about a no lose comment. Essentially, either I’m a great prophet or God listens closely to my prayers. I don’t see the downside unless it’s a lie (my personal guess) and that God will surely judge.

Another pastor on a different show was saying God’s love is unconditional, all you have to do is … .

Now I don’t believe God’s love is unconditional. If he doesn’t care what you do, his love is really worthless. I think the comment just shows the stupidity of the people who profess God’s love as unconditional. They don’t want rules, and religion has become a dirty word.

I believe the speaker went on to say all you have to do is say this simple prayer. I just thought this comment was funny and wanted to point out the hypocrisy. His love is unconditional, but oh here’s a condition.

Between us the first condition is believe. John 3:16.

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Reciprocated

While flipping through the channels I caught a few minutes of Joyce Meyer saying that God doesn’t say if you obey me I will love you.

I think she missed a few verses.

John 14:23 KJV
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Jesus also said in John 14:15-17 KJV
If ye love me, keep my commandments. [16] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

What these verses show us is that God reciprocates love. If we love him and obey him, the Godhead will come and dwell in us.

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It Is Written

There is a principle that I stand by, God will not go against his word. If you hear or see something that tells you to go against the Holy Bible you should know that that influence is not of God.

I know no woman is called to preach or teach in the Church. How do I know this?

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 KJV
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. [35] And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

I know Jesus didn’t cover his head to pray with a tallit. How do I know this?

1 Corinthians 11:4 KJV
Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

If you know the written word you will know the truth well enough to try what you hear and see.

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More or Less

Another disappointing Wednesday night service of people preaching and teaching that we are no longer under the law.

However, Jesus said he came not to destroy the law but to fulfill and if you love me keep my Commandments. Did he need to rename all of them? The New Testament says keep the commandment you have heard from the beginning.

They (errant preachers) claim we are under love and not under the law, but I say if you truly love the Lord why not let him write all his Commandments on your heart.

I once argued with a preacher, why would you keep nine commandments and not all ten. I told him I wanted to do more for the Lord. He said keeping the Sabbath, which admittedly I’m not doing well at, was not doing more.

You be the Judge, is Ten more than Nine?

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Sin No More

In my previous post I spoke to Mary Magdalene’s fictional backsliding in The Chosen.

Anyone who has been dispossessed of devils or who has started to walk in the light and shun their sin should keep in mind one specific teaching of Jesus.

In Matthew 12:43-45 KJV, Jesus taught,
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. [44] Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. [45] Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Sin no more is not just good advice, it may make the difference between eternal salvation and eternal damnation.

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