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Fearless

One of the ladies on WayFM offered a short sermon during the morning show. She proceeded to tell the listeners that fear of God means respect and awe similar to the way we feel about the Grand Canyon.

I tell you no. Fear means fear.

Philippians 2:12 KJV … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Matthew 10:28 KJV And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Fear of the second death helps keep me on the straight and narrow. If you’re a sinner may I suggest fear first, in addition to holding God in respect and awe.

If you truly want to be fearless, love God and keep his Commandments.

1 John 4:18 KJV There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

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Outdated

Most Greek and Hebrew dictionaries or interlinear bibles used today were written and printed after 1950. Time wise this is more than four centuries away from resources used by translators in the 1600’s.

Ultimately, you need to ask yourself which translator do you want to place your trust in?

You can trust the Authorized King James Version or you can put your trust in modern translation which is often done by weekend scholars and teachers who desire to display knowledge they don’t actually possess (i.e. puffing themselves up, making comments like “a better translation would be” or “a more accurate translation would be”.)

Whenever someone says, “in the Greek it says” or “in the Hebrew it actually says”, just open your King James Version Holy Bible, turn to the verse in question, and you will know what it really means.

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Nothing You Can Do

There is nothing you can do to make God love you less.

There is nothing you can do to make God love you more.

Both of these statements are false.

Luke 11:28 KJV But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

John 8:51 KJV Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

John 14:21 KJV He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

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The Lord’s Prayer

Do not let teachers like Chris Oyakhilome dissuade you from praying the Lord’s Prayer.

It is how Jesus asked us to pray.

Why do you claim him as Savior and then instruct others not to follow his word? This is a very serious offense, arguing against our Savior’s very direction.

These argue that the prayer is no longer in effect because the Lord’s kingdom has already come. Are you now face to face with Jesus and the Lord God Almighty? You are not and neither am I. Therefore pray Matthew 6:9-13. Learn from it and keep it in your heart!

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Iniquity

Andrew Wommack was recently preaching that you can live in sin and still go to Heaven. In order to preach this he had to change the definition of death, making it seem something not very serious.

I tell you when it says the wages of sin is death, it means it. It means both spiritual and physical death. The Lord will destroy both spirit and body in Hell. He will ask all workers of iniquity to depart from him. In Matthew 7:23 KJV Jesus said, And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Hebrews 10:26-27 KJV says, For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, [27] But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

On WayFM they preach that it is impossible to live perfectly. Yet, Jesus came to teach us how to walk perfectly before the Lord God Almighty.

Luke 1:37 KJV says, For with God nothing shall be impossible. Jesus will help if you remember to call upon him. Is it possible to live perfectly for 5 minutes, for 5 hours? Why not 5 days or 5 years? With God perfection or following the law with love is possible!

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They/Them

They say Christianity isn’t about following rules. That’s religion not relationship.

They say Christianity isn’t about attending Church services. That’s religion not relationship.

They say Christianity isn’t about doing good deeds. That’s religion not relationship.

They redefine religion, so millenials and Gen Z can feel more comfortable doing what they desire.

My relationship with Christ is built on things labeled religion. My relationship with Christ is keeping his Commandments. My relationship with Christ is fellowship and worship at a local Church. My relationship with Christ is good deeds and works. My relationship with Jesus is living out my Christianity. It is my religion.

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Magnified

In Roman’s, Paul once worried that he magnified his office. Some of today’s preachers don’t seem to share his concerns. I have now heard two different television teachers say that the letters to the Angels of the Seven Churches in Revelation were actually letters to the pastors of those churches.

When the King James Version translates the word as angel, it means angel. It does not mean the pastor or preacher of the Church. The errant interpretation does however expose the hubris of those who want to interpret it as such.

What does a correct interpretation mean for us? Many people wonder about the hierarchy of Heaven and the place of angels. In my opinion, it is likely that if individual churches in John’s day had their own angel your local Church even now has it’s own angel.

The Bible doesn’t say anything about everyone having their own guardian angel, but if you attend a Church you may find you have an angel as a friend there, especially if you are a true follower of Jesus and heed Godly warnings such as those addressed to the Revelation Churches.

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Pickers

Nothing inspires me to write more than hearing bad doctrine. I’ve heard it before and you may have as well, but following are some corrections to errant COC doctrines and beliefs.

The Church of Christ is a denomination, though they claim direct heritage from Christ’s day.  What makes them a denomination? They were created out of the Protestant Revolution, just like any non- Catholic church around today. They have unique doctrine, man picked from the word of God. Additionally, they have schools of preaching where new preachers are indoctrinated with their bad theology.

Singing a capella. They (the Church of Christ denomination) congratulate themselves on a regular basis for not using musical instruments. They site that there are no examples of musical instruments in the New Testament. To me it just shows lack of discernment. Play on Bertha.

There are only 9 Commandments. What? Many denominations including the Church of Christ proclaim we do not need to keep the Sabbath. I would like to respond with; ask the world over, how many Commandments are there? I think most would answer 10, not 9.

Confess your sins, just not to me. They don’t want to hear your specific sin. Just confess you’re a sinner and we’ll pray for you. The Church of Christ denomination even makes a distinction between public and private sin. There is no such distinction in the Holy Bible.

Trust in 1 John 1:9, and don’t let any preacher dissuade you from actually confessing. If you’ve sinned against someone, confess it to them, confess it to your spouse, confess it to the police, confess it on the internet.

Jesus is faithful to forgive, but only if we confess.

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Try

I really do not care for defining sin as missing the mark. To me it seems to make light of sin. It is not a game or sport.

Yet, I thought of a reason to appreciate this definition more. If you’re aiming for the mark using an archery or weapon example you’re trying to hit the bullseye.

Yoda once said Do or Do Not, There Is No Try. This might work for some, but I’ve always found to accomplish you must first try.

Try. Aim for the mark. Practice not sinning, until it becomes second nature.

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Scepter

You need to be familiar with the story of Esther in the Book of Esther, but this is what I think of those who mark up and write in their Holy Bible.

Esther is before the King unbidden. The King extends his golden scepter so that she might live. She takes the scepter from his hand, then she spray paints it in neon colors, sprinkles some glitter on it, and ties a few feathers on the end.

Meanwhile. . . I wonder, what the King is thinking?

My final thought: if you like to take notes or want to memorize scripture, invest in a notebook or flash cards.

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