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That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. - Romans 10:9-10
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A Christian Homemaker's Priorities

1. God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.

2. Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.

3. Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning

4. Homemaking

A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty, modest dress, and a head covering. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.

B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Justification, Sanctification, Edification, and Glorification

Justification

Before you can take part or partake in any of the last three 'cations in the title of this article, you must be justified. Therefore, justification is our first stop. You can't be a Christian if you are not justified:

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." -Romans 5:8-9

"But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." -Titus 3:4-7

We are justified by Christ, not Moses or the law:

"And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him {Jesus} all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." -Acts 13:32-39

"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." -Romans 3:28

Christians are predestinated unto Justification:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" -Romans 8:28-32

1) All things work together for good for those who love God, and are called according to His purpose.

2) God foreknew who would receive Christ, so He predestinated them to be called unto justification.

Below is where justification blends into sanctification:

"That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men." -Titus 3:7-8

Sanctification

There is no sanctification without justification. Before you can be sanctified, you must be justified. Once you have been justified via the blood of Christ, then comes sanctification. Sanctification and TRUTH go hand in hand. Just as there's no sanctification without justification, you can't be sanctified if you are not walking in the truth:

"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." -John 17:16-19

Sanctified means being holy set apart from the world, and instead of partaking of the worldly (or in many cases, even churchianity) the sanctified follows the truth.

To be sanctified, you must let your light shine:

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." -Matthew 5:16

To be told to LET our light shine, indicates that a Christian can choose to not let their light shine. What is the light made up of? It's made of the Holy Spirit, and oil. In order for our lights to shine, we must have oil in our lamps. Absence of oil in one's lamp shows absence of sanctification:

"They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps." -Matthew 25:3-4

There are two ingredients to the Christian's sanctification:

1) Lamp
2) Oil

God provides the lamp to the saved, because the lamp is the Holy Spirit:

"And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." -Revelation 4:5

It's up to the Christian to put oil in their lamp. The oil is following the truth; doing the will of God:

"Afterward came also the other virgins {the ones without the oil in their lamps}, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not." -Matthew 25:11-12

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." -Matthew 7:20-23

Sanctification is in two parts. Part One: Christians are sanctified through the Holy Spirit:

"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied." -1 Peter 1:2

1) God already knows who will receive Christ, and who won't. Those who God already knew would receive Christ are the elect.

2) The elect receive sanctification through the Holy Spirit.

3) The sanctification through the Holy Spirit is to lead the Christian "unto obedience." In other words, to lead the Christian to walk in the TRUTH, and be holy set apart from this fallen, sinful world.

Christians retain their freewill, and can stupidly choose to not follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Thus why we have the following Scripture:

"Quench not the Spirit." -1 Thessalonians 5:19

Quench means "stop." When you quench your thirst, it means you drank something, to stop the thirst. If one quenches the Holy Spirit, then they are resisting God's Holy Spirit within them, which is trying to lead them unto sanctification.

We are sanctified through the Holy Spirit. Christians are to let their lights shine, and the Holy Spirit is the lamp God provides us.

Part Two: The second part of sanctification involves our putting oil into that lamp. This is the "obedience" part that we saw in the above 1 Peter 1:2 scripture.

The part the Christian plays in sanctification:

"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;" -1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" -1 Peter 3:15

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy {same Greek word here for sanctification} still." -Revelation 22:11

Doing the will of the Father is what puts oil in the lamp. What's the will of the Father in relation to sanctification? How about this:

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." -Romans 12:2

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." -Colossians 2:8

STEPS TO SANCTIFICATION:

1) You must first be justified.

2) Let your light shine.
2a) Upon salvation, you receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is symbolized as a lamp.
2b) You add oil to the lamp.

3) In order for your light to shine, you must add oil to your God-given lamp. The oil is following the Truth, and doing the will of God.

Sanctification leads automatically to edification.

Edification

Edification is for the Body of Christ - the church. A church body of justified, sanctified Christians automatically leads to the edification of one another; brethren edifying brethren:

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." -Ephesians 4:15-29

When one is justified and sanctified, not only does edification of the brethren automatically follow, but it also brings forth glorification.

Glorification

Your sanctification can bring others to glorify the Father:

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." -Matthew 5:16

When you walk in sanctification, it brings glory to God:

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."-1 Corinthians 6:19-20

How it's supposed to work: You are Justified through the spilled blood of Jesus Christ unto salvation, in which you are Sanctified through the Holy Spirit of promise, unto Edification of the brethren, and Glorification to the Father.

Monday, January 20, 2020


He Said "No"

The Bible says that you have not, because you ask not, and when you ask and get not, it's because you ask amiss. It also says to keep asking and seeking.

I remember when I finally asked for God to heal the bad plantar fasciitis I had in both feet. For some reason, it never dawned on me to ask the Lord for healing. This was several years ago, BTW. Then, one night before bed, the Holy Spirit asked me why I never prayed for healing, and that's when I realized I never did. Huh.

So, I just prayed a simple - "Dear Lord, please heal my plantar fasciitis, in Jesus' name, Amen." I then turned over and went to sleep, not thinking much of it.

The next day, I popped out of bed, and when my feet touched the floor, I was not greeted by the usual pain. In fact, there was NO pain - none at all. I jumped up and down, and my feet felt great!

I've been healed from many things by the Lord in my Christian walk. My feet were a quick, miraculous healing. I was also cured by the Lord from 32 days of menorhagia a few years ago. Most of the time, the healing is the Lord showing me an avenue to research, and I learn the cure to what's ailing me. This is how my gastritis, ulcer, and several other issues were cured.

And now on to my Autism. As you may know, I am autistic - high functioning, high IQ, verbal. The form of Autism I have was formerly referred to as Aspergers. I didn't know I was on the autism spectrum until I was 30 years old. All through school, when growing up, the teachers would refer me to the school therapist (or whatever the correct term is), and they'd do all these psych tests on me. No one could figure out what was up with me. I knew and know I am not mentally ill, so I was confused as to why they were always trying to find something wrong with me.

My report cards would always have notes and comments from the teachers written on them, basically stating that I was socially inept. Aspergers wasn't a known diagnosis on the books in America until the mid 90s, and that's when I left school. My last year in public school was 1994. I then was able to legally homeschool myself through the last two grades of highschool, and graduate in 1996, right on schedule. I then went on to college from home. Schooling at home really helped me a lot. I was finally able to focus on my studies, without people distracting me.

One day, when I was around 30 years old, I was wondering if my sleep issues, anxiety, digestion problems, energy fluctuations, social "ineptness," sensory issues, and my seeming to think in ways different from anyone around me, could possibly be all related to the same thing. I had been researching all these as separate issues for years, and getting no viable conclusions.

That day, I decided to pray to the Lord, that if these were all in fact "symptoms" of the same thing, could He please direct me to what to research, so that I could learn what it was? Not too long after that day, I came upon a lady who's son was struggling in interesting ways. I did an internet search on some of his non-neurotypical attributes, and lo and behold, something called Aspergers kept popping up. He seemed to fit the criteria for Aspergers perfectly, but so did I.

I took an online psych test for Aspergers, and it came back saying I was very likely an aspergian, and I should seek out a diagnosis to truly find out if I am, or not. It turns out I am unquestioningly autistic. Here I am, about 12 years into knowing I'm autistic/apergian, and it still reveals new things to me on an almost daily basis. So many things make more sense, in an odd way.

For example, one time I got to spend the night with a friend, when I was around 9 or 10 years old, and it was WEIRD. They ordered pizza, but around the time the pizza arrived, I was locked in a bedroom, while everyone else went outside to the outdoor eating area, just outside the window from the room I was locked in, and they ate the pizza. No one spoke to me for the rest of that evening. I was sent to bed without dinner. To this day, I have no idea why, or what happened, but now that I know I'm autistic, I can speculate that I must have done something "wrong," in which they determined I needed punishment. They probably assumed that I knew exactly what I did "wrong," and that I was being "punished."

Well, I didn't know I did anything wrong, nor did I know I was being punished. I was both intrigued and confused as to why I was locked in a room with no food, and sent to bed on an empty stomach. I didn't know I was being punished. I just sat there waiting, and no one came to let me out. That room was my friend's room, so I knew eventually she'd have to come in and go to bed, so I couldn't remain locked in there forever. Further, I ascertained how to open the window and get out, if I had to, so I wasn't concerned. I figured if no one came for me, I'd just crawl out the window, and walk home, which was just down the street. Not knowing I was being punished, I showed no remorse, nor sadness for the "punishment." I just thought maybe they don't eat pizza with guests, so I had to be removed from the equation. I just figured it was some family tradition they had, or something, so I didn't ask them about it, later.

For years though, I'd look back at that night, and think about how weird it was. While that used to be a really puzzling memory, since learning I'm autistic, now I know there were likely other things being communicated that night, that I didn't pick up.

Being autistic is a form of blindness. Our non-verbal communication receivers don't work well. In fact, many of us don't even have said "receivers." I rarely understand communication that isn't straight forward, direct words. But now I know that unspoken communication exists, and happens regularly, so if something is not making sense to me, then I can figure I missed some neurotypical code - some form of non-spoken communication. I then can launch my own personal investigation, and try to figure out what it was. Often I never find out, but sometimes I can ask someone, and they'll take the time to explain it to me. That's very helpful.

Do I like being on the Autism Spectrum? Heck no! Do I wish I could be healed? YES. Have I prayed for healing? Yes, many times through these past twelve years.

Last week, I got an answer, and it was "no."

God revealed to me, that my autism gives me insights and a way of being that "normal" people don't have, and I need this for my job while in this corruptible flesh body. He told me that I lean on Him a lot because of my Aspergers, and instead of my asking to be healed, He wants me to lean on Him even more when I have my aspergian struggles.

He also reminded me that I'm very autonomous (I'm an INTJ if you don't know) and that I would be "too self-sufficient" without my autism, and He wants me to depend on Him. My aspergers makes me lean on Him. Life was just about impossible for me, before I got saved in 1995. Even before I found out I was on the spectrum, I knew I had more trouble with certain things that others found easy. I'd pray to God to help me, and I'd make it, and sometimes even come off as somewhat "normal." It was only through the power of God.

I do things I'm hardly capable of often, and only because God is holding me up. Without Him, I truly am nothing.

Am I bummed that my request for healing was turned down? Yep, but I understand why. I also know that this doesn't mean I will never get healed. If there's ever a moment when the Holy Spirit tells me to pray for healing of my Aspergers (like He did with my plantar fasciitis), I'm in! Meanwhile, I will {attempt to} glory in mine infirmity.

Friday, January 17, 2020


What's in my Purse

Thursday, January 16, 2020


Vengance, Defense, and Pacifism

This is a topic I've wanted to write about for years, so I finally recently added it to my list, and now here it is. Recently, I've been writing about how churchianity blurs distinctions in the Word of God. It's not just modern churchianity that is guilty of this. There is a teaching of certain denominations that has been around for a long time, and is still lingering in certain denominations today, and that's Christian Pacifism.

Is Christian Pacifism Scriptural? Yes and no. It really depends on what you mean by that term. It is scriptural, under the context of Christians not to be exacting revenge on their enemies, or returning evil for evil. However, if a Christian pacifist claims that Christians are not allowed to defend themselves or others - well, THAT is unscriptural.

Let's begin by turning to the controversial Scripture that Christian pacifists live off of:

"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." -Matthew 5:39

Pacifists run to this verse, and claim that the man who shot the bad guy at that Texas church disobeyed the above passage, and it would have been better to let the bad guy kill everyone in that church. What?! Brethren, that's not what the above passage is talking about, at all.

In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is citing a Torah law, and then teaching the people the spirit of that law. For under the New Covenant, Christians are under the spirit of the law (see 2 Corinthians 3). Jesus also cited, for example, where the Torah says not to commit adultery, and then gives us the spirit of that law to follow, which includes not only not committing adultery physically, but that we are also not to commit it in our hearts, by lusting after someone who is not our spouse.

Jesus cites the law about swearing and oaths, and gives the spirit of that law for the New Covenant, which is to not swear or make oaths at all, but let your word stand on your word. Your "yes" shouldn't have to be anything further than that, etc.

What law was Jesus citing for the above Matthew 5:39 passage? Let's take a look at verses 38 and 39 together:

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." -Matthew 5:38-39

In the Torah, if someone smacked you on the cheek and hurt your eye, their punishment was a hurt eye. If they smacked you and knocked out your tooth, as punishment they got their tooth knocked out. Under the New Covenant, Jesus was establishing that if someone smacks you, don't hurt or smack them back. This is one of the many passages in the Bible that teaches that Christians are not to take revenge or vengeance.

Revenge occurs after the evil was done. Defense stops the evil from occurring. Keep these two distinctions in mind, or you will not be rightly dividing the Word of Truth. Now we shall continue...

The above doesn't say we aren't allowed to defend ourselves from evil. It says that if evil happens to us, don't take revenge. Under that same vein, the Bible goes on to teach, later in the New Testament, that a Christian is not to return evil for evil. In fact, we are to return good for evil, such as the examples given a few verses later in our Matthew passage:

"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" -Matthew 5:40-44

As mentioned above, the Bible carries this message further, as we delve more into the New Testament:

"Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." -Romans 12:17-21

Notice in both the Matthew 5 passage and the above Romans passage that both are talking about after the fact; After someone has done wrong to you - not before. Thus why the above Romans passage says "avenge not yourselves," and "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."

Scriptures are clear we are not to return evil for evil. Here's another one:

"Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men." -1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

I included verse 14 above, lest some ENFJ reading this determines that it would be evil to warn the unruly. If one is being unruly, it is not returning evil for evil to warn them. Sincerely warning someone is never evil.

Notice again, the above is talking about after the fact - after the offense was commited - "that none render evil for evil unto any man."

Let's look at one more passage, before we move on:

"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing." -1 Peter 3:9

Notice how well our Peter, Thessalonians, and Romans passages mesh with our Matthew 5 passage. They are all talking about the same thing - Don't take revenge, don't avenge, don't take vengeance, don't return evil for evil. Revenge or returning evil for evil indicates that all of these passages are referring to our reaction to an evil already done to us. One cannot react, if the action to react to has not yet occurred. Revenge can only occur after the fact, not before. All of the above passages, and the related ones in Scripture always refer to after the fact, not before. They refer to our reactions, not defense - which is before the fact.

What about defense? Are Christians allowed to defend themselves, and others? Yes. Take a look...

Paul got to verbally defend himself against false accusations aimed at him:

"I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews" -Acts 26:2

One of the jobs of the judges of Israel was to defend the people of God:

"And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim." -Judges 10:1

The apostles carried weapons of defense:

"And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." -Luke 22:35-36

A few different times, we see in the Gospels that the people wanted to fight to usher in the Kingdom of God, and the reign of King Jesus. However, it was not the time. In the future, Christians will fight, when it is the time, and Jesus alludes to this:

"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." -John 18:36

His servants fight after the kingdom comes to this world, which begins in Revelation 11:15, and the fight occurs in the end of the battle of Armageddon part one:

"And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." -Revelation 19:14

The people of God are allowed to defend themselves, their homes and possessions, and others.

"If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him." -Exodus 22:2

No death penalty would be exacted to the person who killed the thief, because he just hit the thief in defense of his home.

Jesus used an example of an armed man protecting his possessions:

"When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace." - Luke 11:21

As per Exodus 22:2, that strong man is within his rights to defend himself and smite the thief, should one enter.

The Lord is behind righteous defense:

"Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight" -Psalm 144:1

The below insinuates that the strong man will defend himself, house, and family, unless he is bound, so that he cannot.

"Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house." -Matthew 12:29

When the Israelites were building the wall, there were people from neighboring areas giving them trouble, so they armed themselves, and were ready to defend themselves and the others, if necessary:

"And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah. They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me." Nehemiah 4:16-18

Not only is the child of God clear to defend, but is also commanded to defend spiritually, as well:

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." -Ephesians 6:11

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" -Ephesians 6:17

It's never a sin to save people from a bad guy. However, it may very well be a sin to not save those people, if it was in your power to do so.

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." -1 John 3:16

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Churchianity Under Distinguishes Legalism

Legalist! That's legalism! Isn't that Legalist? I hear this a lot in Christian circles. The problem is, I see very little distinction on what they think legalism is. I see them generalizing Scriptures, and making the Word say things it doesn't say. Wait... Isn't that legalism?

Here is an important distinction that I see often lacking: It is NEVER legalism to obey God.

Is it legalist to refrain from celebrating Christmas, Halloween, and Easter? No, because the Word of God says we are supposed to refrain.

Is it legalist for Christian women to head cover? No, because the Bible says we are supposed to.

Some people think the above two examples are legalism, because their denomination or church teaches differently than the above two statements. Here's the problem: When they reason this way, they are putting their denomination or church above the Word of God! Perhaps they have never heard of the two above positions before. If they read their Bible, but read it for what it says, instead of through the filter of what their church teaches, they should see it pretty clearly. It's all literally there, in black and white.

Today's churchianity cult loosely defines legalism as one's following what the Bible says, if their church doesn't agree with it. Do you see something wrong with that? I certainly do.

In one church I attended, years ago, they never partook in Christmas or Advent, or any of that stuff, but one year, they decided to give it a go. The church became divided. Half was for it, and half was against it. The problem was, no one was talking to the eldership about it. I wrote them an email, in which they invited me to have a meeting with them about it. Their ears were completely shut to anything I had to say. They wouldn't listen to me, because I'm a woman. Instead, they told me to keep my mouth shut, and then called me legalist, and pharisaical.

That church no longer exists, BTW. Member by member left, until there was no one left. I tried to stick it through, in hopes that the church would pull back together, but I was kicked out, even though that one meeting was the only time any of the elders EVER spoke to me - ever - in the years I attended that church. They kicked me out via email message.

One cannot correctly argue that not celebrating Christmas is legalism, because the Scriptures are abundantly clear that Christians are not supposed to celebrate it. I show this in many Bible studies in the left hand column of this website. For one to say that their church celebrates it, and therefore for one of the members to not partake is legalism, is to put their church above the Word of God.

Interestingly, though, one could correctly argue that Christians who know about Christmas being pagan, and that Jesus was not born then, but celebrate/partake anyways, are practicing legalism. At it's heart, legalism is adding to the Word of God, or altering it in some way, to make a person justify their sin.

Christians who partake in Christmas do this form of legalism by running to Colossians 2, and Romans 14. The problem here, is that neither of those passages say it's okay to partake in pagan religious festivities. They are saying that the weak Christians may fear that if they don't keep the Torah feasts of the Old Testament, that they may lose their salvation. Therefore, the stronger Christians are not to despise the weaker ones, and the weak ones are not to judge the strong ones. This is precisely what both passages say, when read in context, and taken at their words, without churchianity sticking its finger in the pie.

Legalism needs to be more clearly defined. Remember, it's NEVER legalism to obey the Scriptures.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


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Monday, January 13, 2020


The Bible Reveals the Christmas Spirit

Be careful about determining a truth based off of what people say the Bible says, or doesn't say. For example, where was the approximate location of the Tree of Life? People will say that the Scriptures don't tell us, but the Bible gives us a pretty good idea. Just study the location of the future Tree of Life in Revelation.

People will say that the Bible doesn't tell us when Jesus was born, but that's not true. It gets us pretty close, and if you compare the priestly courses with watching the constellation Virgo (in Stellarium, for example) and compare all this to the Jewish feasts, we find that Jesus was likely born on or very near September 29, 3bc. Click here to see.

We know the Bible is very clear that "Christmas" is an abomination, and any Christian partaking in it, knowing what it really is, is committing spiritual adultery. But what of the "Christmas spirit?"

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" -1 Timothy 4:1

How many professing Christians are seduced by the spirit of Christmas, into partaking in the pagan festivities, which have just been renamed with "Christian" names, but are still pagan to their very core? These are doctrines of devils.

"What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils." -1 Corinthians 10:19-21

1) An idol itself isn't anything in and of itself.

2) A sacrifice unto an idol isn't anything in and of itself.

3) However, there are devils behind these idols and false pagan practices - "the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils."

4) Partaking in pagan festivities isn't about the idol, or the pagan practice, it's about the fact that when one does so, they are having "fellowship with devils."

5) Jesus says in the Gospels that we are either for Him, or against Him. This is reiterated above, where it says "ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils." In other words, you can't be partaking in pagan religious festivities (such as Christmas and Easter), and still think you are being true to God.

The spirit of Christmas is a devil. This is clear, because there are devils behind all pagan practices. The Christmas tree is clearly an idol:

"Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not." -Jeremiah 10:2-4

How many Christians bow down in front of Christmas trees each year? Sadly, a lot. They kneel or bow before it, each time they place or remove a gift under it.

"Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord." -Jeremiah 3:13

Even if you are not "worshiping" the Christmas tree, if you are partaking in it in any way, then you are serving the spirit of Christmas, which is a devil:

"That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them." -Joshua 23:7

The above doesn't say you can do some of those things, but not all, it says you aren't to do any of them. You may not be worshiping the Christmas tree, or the spirit of Christmas, but if you at all partake in Christmas, then according to the above quoted Scriptures, you are having fellowship with a devil (the true spirit of Christmas), and are serving a false god. The above is clear that you are not to do all, or any of the below:

- swear by them

- serve them

- bow down to them

A professing Christian partaking in Christmas (and Easter) festivities in any way, is automatically serving the devil behind it. You don't have to swear by that devil, believe in that devil, or bow down to it in order to serve it. You just need to do what it wants, and you are serving it, regardless if you acknowledge that fact, or not.

Come out of her, my people, says the Lord.

Friday, January 10, 2020


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Thursday, January 9, 2020


The Lack of Distinctions in Christian Circles

I'm seeing a problem in churchianity, and with many Christians, and I see it getting worse and worse. It is this: Lack of Distinction. Churches and many individual Christians have stopped rightly dividing the Word of Truth. How many churches and Christians know the difference between the Day of the Lord, and the Day of Christ? How many know when Jesus comes in the clouds, versus His coming as a flash of lightening? How many Christians know that Armageddon is in two parts, separated by about 1000 years, or that the world will end?

The Word of God is very efficient and compact. What I mean in this, is that there is a lot of information packed in just a sentence. Sometimes, there's a lot of info packed in just a word or two. The Word of God is powerful:

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." -Hebrews 4:12

The Word of God is so powerful, that it will manifest as coming out of the Word made flesh (Jesus Christ) as a sword that destroys the enemies at Armageddon part one. The Word of God is so distinct, that it divides minutely, even between soul and spirit, and joints and marrow.

Take the below very seriously:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." -2 Timothy 2:15

Are you studying the fine distinctions in the Bible? Are you rightly dividing the word of truth? To be approved unto God, we are to study.

Even in the best churches I've ever attended or visited, I've witnessed blurring of distinctions to varying levels. Unfortunately, this blurring isn't just in the churches. Even amongst my brethren, the blur is there. I'm not saying that I personally have found every distinction in the Bible. I'm sure I haven't. This is why I continue to read the Bible over and over again. Every single time I read through it, I see more.

Many of my articles in the left sidebar on this site are from my Bible studies where I've seen distinctions, and some future articles I hope to write will also go into some distinctions. I'm specifically going to go into some blurred distinctions that I've witnessed, as of late.

Christian: Make sure you are rightly dividing the word of truth, and also remember to let Scripture interpret Scripture:

"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: -Isaiah 28:9-10

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


Revelation 21: A Borg Cube in the Bible?

Tuesday, January 7, 2020


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Friday, January 3, 2020


My 2020 Planner Rocks!

I spent the last few weeks of December 2019 working on my 2020 planner, and I'm very pleased with it. I took into consideration ease of use, but also what fits well in my new, small purse.

A tour video of my 2020 planner will be up, soon. :-)


Build Your Foundation on the Rock of Salvation

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great." -Luke 6:48-49

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation." -2 Samuel 22:47

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." -John 14:6

The terms "Christian" and "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" have been bantered around so much, that for many people, they have lost their original savor. What is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Is it going to church? Is it being a "good person?" Is it via doing certain rituals, or following certain traditions? No, it is so much simpler than that.

Jesus says:

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." -Revelation 3:20

Let Jesus into your heart and life. Put your faith and trust in Him, and in Him alone.

Why did Jesus Christ come to this earth? He came to pay for our sins. Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount that just looking at someone with lust in your heart is the same thing as committing adultery in your heart?

Many people will say I'm a good person. Sure, I've stolen a few paper clips in my time, and I've told some lies, but I've never killed anyone, so I'm good enough for heaven. Don't be so sure. Have you ever felt hatred toward someone? If so, then you are guilty of committing murder in your heart:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." -1 John 3:15

If you have stolen, lied, lusted after someone, hated someone, loved someone or something more than God, etc., then you have broken at least 5 of the Ten Commandments. Do you really think you'd make it to heaven? Not according to God's Word:

"Know ye not that the unrighteous {sinful} shall not inherit the kingdom of God {or go to heaven when they die}? Be not deceived: neither fornicators {sex outside of marriage, or pre-marital sex}, nor idolaters {loving something or someone more than you love God}, nor adulterers {physically, or in the heart}, nor effeminate {cross dressing}, nor abusers of themselves with mankind {homosexuality}, Nor thieves {even stealing a pen or paper clip makes you a thief}, nor covetous {inordinately desiring wealth or things}, nor drunkards, nor revilers {one who assails with abusive language}, nor extortioners {blackmail, or wresting anything from anyone via force}, shall inherit the kingdom of God." -1 Corinthians 6:9-10 {words in curly brackets are my notes}

But there is good news:

"And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." -1 Corinthians 6:11

We are all sinners:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" -Romans 3:23

Even Mary, the woman chosen by God to be a vessel that would carry Jesus in her womb, was a sinner, and in need of a Saviour:

"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." - Mary said this in Luke 1:47. Only sinners need a Saviour, and Mary also accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

We are all imperfect, fallible sinners:

"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." -1 John 1:5-8

The blood of Jesus Christ is what cleanses us from all sins. Jesus came to this earth to die to pay for our sins. You see, Leviticus tells us that 'the life is in the blood,' and that it takes spilt blood to atone for sin.

When we choose to truly believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, and to live our lives for Christ, then Christ's spilt blood cleanses us from our sins:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -Isaiah 1:18

Jesus tells us this:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." - Jesus said this, in John 3:16-18

Paul gives us a simple "step by step process" on how to be saved:

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:9-11

Jesus is our one and only mediator:

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" -1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus is our High Priest:

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:14-15

We are to follow the Lord and the Bible, not traditions of man:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" -Matthew 15:3

Jesus is God:

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." -1 Timothy 3:16

If Jesus isn't the Lord of your life, then I hope that you will let Him into your heart and life this very moment.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

Have you built your foundation on the Rock of Salvation?

Jesus is the way. If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, then let Him know. Pray to the Lord, telling Him that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the death penalty for your sins. Tell this to God in your own words, from your heart.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Believe, and Receive:

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise" -Ephesians 1:13

When you believe on Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit. You are sealed as a child of God.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Saviour, and you believe that Jesus died on the cross in your place, to pay the death penalty for your sins, and that Christ rose from the dead three days later, and you are ready to let Him lead your life, and you will live for Him, then you are saved, and born again.

You are now a saved Child of God, with the Holy Spirit living within you. Dedicate your life to the Lord, and live for Him. Please get a King James Bible and turn to the Gospel of John. That is the fourth book in the New Testament. If you don't have a King James Bible, then you can read it for free, online - here.

After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.

You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.

Find a good local church congregation to attend. Here is a Church Locator. If you can't find a church near you there, then check here, here, or here.

Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

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