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Let Us Go On Unto Perfection

Hebrews 7:19 KJV
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

I believe we can be perfect on Earth. I believe this because of a better hope, hope of Christ’s strength and God living inside us. I have heard preacher’s say we can never be perfect on Earth. Yet the same say we should strive for it. I agree that we should strive for perfection. Where we differ is that I believe it can be attained.

Don’t sin for 10 seconds or 60, 2 hours, or a day. That time is perfection. Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

If then we perform our whole duty perfectly for a day, strive for another day, and another, one day at a time. Matthew 6:34 KJV Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Not only is Jesus our example, so are Abraham and Job and many others.

James 2:21-22 KJV
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? [22] Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

Job 1:1 KJV
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Jesus was perfect and with faith in God, so can we men also be found perfect. Luke 6:40 KJV The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

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So Close And Yet

Have you ever heard a sermon where you thought to yourself they just missed it. Many grace preachers fall into this zone. They offer truth, just not all of it.

I heard a sermon about a week ago. It was another legalism basher. And here’s the thing, while it might be okay to disregard man’s rules and regulations, it’s not okay to disregard God’s. (Often though, I think you will find its wise to follow even man’s rules and regulations. Following the speed limit and paying taxes are wise if you don’t want to face a penalty.)

So after telling us how we are free of the law, the pastor ended the sermon telling us how we are given a new spirit. In fact the preacher mentioned several times how God would give us a new spirit. Each time I finished the truth in my head that he could not or would not mention because it contradicted his premise that legalism was a bad thing.

Hebrews 8:10-11 KJV
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: [11] And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

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Trophy of Grace

I recently started listening to a Christian radio station called wayfm. A few weeks ago, the DJ gave a short sermon on being a trophy of grace versus being a leader of moral righteousness. He maintained he was not an example of righteousness, but only a trophy of grace.

His error. These aren’t antonyms they are synonyms. To be a trophy of grace, to be saved, you must of necessity be righteous.

What does the Bible say: 1 John 3:6-8 KJV Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. [7] Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. [8] He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

To be a trophy of grace we must have a part in God. To have that part we must not sin. Not sinning makes us an example of righteousness.

Luke 21:36 KJV
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and stand before the Son of man.

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A Better Way

I have heard it said by various preachers and teachers that if you were the only person to ever live, Jesus would have died just for you.

Personally, I think this is either an exaggeration of God’s love or an attack on his intelligence, but I could be wrong.

Look at it this way. He didn’t die just for you. Read John 3:16. He died for all those in the world that would believe. Instead of saying he would die millions or billions of times for every single believer, he did it once for all. His love was made manifest in that he died once.

Rather than ask if Jesus would die for just me, I think a better perspective is to ask yourself, if I were the only person on Earth, what could I do so that Jesus wouldn’t need to die?

The answer is to not sin. Don’t get me wrong we need Jesus’ blood. Mark 16:16, 1 John 1:9. If it was just you, though, would you ask your Savior to die for you alone or would you try to live your life so that he didn’t need to die?

. . . go, and sin no more. John 8:11

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Bones

I have two more bones to pick with the Catholic Church.

Those are:

Calling men Father. Matthew 23:9 KJV
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Penance. No where in the Bible does it tell us to do penance for sin or that penance is even accepted by the Lord. It does however tell us to confess. 1 John 1:9 KJV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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Change for Ten

I want you to understand my criticisms come from my own Christian walk. As I share them, my hope is they may evoke change, if not on a denominational scale, at least in you the reader.

Over the years I have had some interest in the Catholic Church. I am still looking for a congregation or denomination that I am completely happy attending.

Yet, there are several points on which I disagree with the Catholic Church besides transubstantiation. I do not believe men should pray to Mary or to Angels. Acts 4:12. I do not think priests should be forbidden to marry. 1 Timothy 4:1-3.

On top of these things, which may be obvious to those with a cursory interest in the Catholic Church, they have changed the Ten Commandments. They remove the commandment to not make any graven image nor bow down to them. They then separate the Tenth Commandment, thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife or goods into two commands in order to complete the Ten. The Catholic Ten Commandments, I found in Outlines of the Catholic Faith p.51, 52. I do not know if they have actually changed the wording in the Holy Bible, but as Catholics believe much in crucifixes, images, and statuary I am not overly surprised by this brazen and impermissible change.

I hope Catholics will be baptized properly by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. It is my hope that the saved will come from many denominations. They will be those that realize the errors of their own denomination and follow God’s Word not the teachings and perversions of men.

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For Real

Transubstantiation is the Catholic belief that the bread and wine of the Eucharist literally become Christ’s flesh and blood.

I was interested in becoming a Catholic, but could not convince myself to get past this lie. If it actually becomes the blood and flesh of Christ why would my tastebuds tell me it’s still bread and fruit of the vine?

Catholic’s also say that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. What does the Bible say? Matthew 18:20 KJV For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Christ should be present for the entire service, not just the Eucharist.

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