Sunday, April 13, 2014

Trials and Temptations? "God is faithful..." (I Corinthians 10:13)

"No temptation {also trial and hard times} has overtaken you except such as is common to man, but GOD IS FAITHFUL, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."  (I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)

Even as we have read, heard, and also memorized this verse without a focus on "God is Faithful", so also the self-centered human nature, even regenerated, is such that our trials and temptations gain and captivate our attentions over the Faithfulness of God.  We as Christians even like, as it is our nature also to conformity with our neighbors, peers, and the world to be encouraged by more by what "is common to man", than with Who God is, Where God is on the great white throne with His feet in the clouds, controlling all; and with the Lord Jesus Christ at His right hand making intercession for our sins and preparing to come again to get us in great power and glory.

How in the world can God help me in these overwhelming circumstances, even this most faithful God as He is called in Deuteronomy 7:9 where the encouraged words are "God the faithful".  Ah, the answer  comes back from the pages of the Bible that along with the faithfulness, GOD IS ABLE AND WILLING for those of enough faith!

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There is absolutely no reason at all, also according to the Bible and the faithfulness of God, that any child in the world, also man and women and youth, need be without hope of eternity with God in spite of some temporal trials and temptations!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

from II Timothy

Beginning NOTE:  Please do not forget that even as “Sound Doctrine of the Second Coming” is among the sound doctrine of the Bible and to a certain extent reflected in Christians and Christianity, so “Sound Living is Sound Doctrine” is also a very large part of that sound doctrine of the “faith once for all delivered to the saints”.  In that sound doctrine one must also consider the examples in the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ--The Prophet that was also Messiah--and the examples of his own life from II Timothy that Paul admonished his own son in the faith, Timothy the evangelist, to follow (II Timothy 3:10-13)

     II Timothy combined with the letters to the 7 churches of Asia Minor of Revelation 1-3 provide us with a condensed history of Christianity right up to the present time of the great apostasy called in the Bible the Falling Away.  More precisely, II Timothy with Revelation 1-3 and Jude, provide Christians with a condensed outline of where Christianity has come from the origin with the Lord Jesus C, the Prophet to where churches and denominations are today.

     Of course the whole Bible is required to explain the details of the Outline of Christian History, and will be so used.  For example when Paul writes about the resisting of truth as exemplified by the rebellion of Jannes and Jambres to assume unauthorized spiritual authority that God had approved for only Moses, the original historical incident as recorded in Deuteronomy is required as background for understanding; and when Jude, the brother of James, writes in defence of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” offers many OT examples of what Paul in II Timothy 3:8 previously called “men of corrupt minds” and “disapproved concerning the faith”, Jude starts such a discussion with “certain men” which can be recognized by the same “that sort” of men like Philetus and Hymenaeus as in the “What Sort” or “That Sort” outline of II Timothy.  For insights into what happened and when in the history of Christianity which led the present churches and denominations into the mess they are in now, we can find in primarily the three previously mentioned sources--II Timothy, Jude, and Revelation, details about the “that sort” of men from Paul in II Timothy and the “certain men” group of Jude.  For more details we must add what Jesus, the Prophet Messiah taught in Matthew 24 that would happen near THE END to the majority of Christians, “because sin will abound the love of many will wax cold”.  Even as “many” is the majority of Christians that will fall away near the END from the faith once for all delivered to the saints in the first century, primarily through the NT, so as the rising tide of sin and lawlessness of II Thessalonians 2:7 is a primary, according to Jesus, cause of the grassroots in Christianity falling away. 

NOTE:  What you will find in this condensed history of Christianity, culminating in the Falling away and immediately thereafter the Second Coming, is that it happens simultaneously with two groups in Christianity:  (1) the leaders of “that sort” who wormed their ways into leadership by the stealing of unauthorized spiritual authority {one case in point being the takeover by the Bible Baptists fundamentalists of the SBC by political means starting in 1980, and with their destruction of lesser brethren they called moderates}; and (2) at the grassroots it was Mr. Average Christian and church member whose “first love” of Christ, God, and the Bible was dying, or waxing away--almost undetected,those same “many” or majority of Christians and churches who under the leadership of “that sort” at the top became the power house of the 5 stages of the Falling Away:  intolerance toward sound doctrine, heaping up as church and denominational leaders that sort of itching ears preachers and teachers, “purpose driven” by wants and desires over Christ and the Spirit, turning away from truth while their leaders were resisting truth and becoming academically corrupted in mind, finally then historically--more for some like the Mormons and secret rapture believers, and sooner for some more than others--”turning aside into fables.” (II Timothy 4:3,4)  We will look in Bible detail at both the cancer of that sort like Philetus which got its initial start with a false doctrine of a “secret rapture”, amplified with the “certain men” of Jude; and also in Bible detail from the 7 churches of first century Asia Minor to illustrate how the grassroots movements of destruction among church members had already started that eventually led to the falling away; and something about how.

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