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"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;" (Ephesians 4:14 NASB).

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Hard to Date and Keep a Godly Relationship!!!


GOD GIVES US PERSONAL EXPERIENCES TO SHARE OUR TESTIMONY OF FAITH TO EDIFY HIS BODY THE CHURCH.

In June 2014, I wrote, "Gay and lesbian people want to argue that if they are in a committed, loving homosexual relationship that Christ taught about love and that they are imitating Jesus. However, Jesus taught about Agape love, not sex as the measure of universal love." Now! I've gotta walk the walk better myself...

The modern Greek word, AGAPE (/ˈæɡəpiː/ or /əˈɡɑːpeɪ/; Classical Greek: ἀγάπη, agápē; Modern Greek: αγάπη IPA: [aˈɣapi]), often translated "unconditional love," is one of the Koine Greek words translated into English as love, one which became particularly appropriated in Christian theology as the love of God or Christ for humankind. In the New Testament, it refers to the covenant love of God for humans (John 3:16-17), as well as the human reciprocal love for God (John 14:14-17); the term necessarily extends to the love of one's fellow man and our enemies (Matthew 5:44).

October 16, 2014, marked the six year anniversary of the day that I left my ex-wife, marriage of 13 years and four children. My ex-wife and I were divorced almost a year later on September 3, 2009. Today, my ex-wife and I have respective good relationships with our daughters, and we are both in our own respective romantic relationships.

Am I in love with my girlfriend or lust? 

Recently, I met a God-loving woman at my church, and we have so many things in common that I joke that she might be my twin separated at birth.

In secular society, we often like to rationalize and believe that adultery is just the act of cheating on one's spouse. However, Jesus was very clear on the precise meaning of adultery.

Matthew 5:27-28 (NLT)

Teaching about Adultery

27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her 
in his heart.

Footnotes:
5:27 Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18. 

I have had six dead end relationships post-divorce in 2009. The longest relationship lasted 17 months to a Godly woman I met on Christian Mingle. After a while, it was clear that my last girlfriend was more career orientated, and interested in marrying me to have a baby. I did not want more children and to father or adopt a child at then age 46.

The woman I am dating now, I am completely yoked with in my Christian faith and life interests...

Therefore, as I date again at age 47, I have had to consider why I am dating as a Christian man who does not engage in pre-marital sexual intercourse, and what constitutes Godly romance while dating. The one thing that I am confirmed about is that I am not dating for the sake of filling my weekly schedule with just female companionship! I believe that God put my girlfriend in my path at the right time (after He had done years of work on me mentally, emotionally, physically and Spiritually). I rededicated my life back to Christ in March 2009, and it has been an unbelievable journey thus far!!!

Nevertheless, because my present Christian girlfriend and I seem to be equally yoked, it is too early to tell if marriage is in God's plan for us.

Like "The Law of Moses (Romans 3:20-23)", sometimes, God puts people in your path to help you see more clearly how left to your own devices how sinful you are and always in need of His Grace!

Romans 3:20-23 (NLT)
20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.

Christ Took Our Punishment

21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses[a] and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Footnotes:
3:21 Greek in the law.

Galatians 5:17 (KJV)
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.



Dating and romantic relationships while unmarried can be a test to your faith and powerful thing that can make you feel that you are not doing your best before The Lord...It's Hard to Date and Keep a Godly Relationship when you have passionate desires of the flesh!

The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:27-28 (NLT), "27 If you have a wife, do not seek to end the marriage. If you do not have a wife, do not seek to get married. 28 But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems.

I BELIEVE THAT GOD INSTRUCTED PAUL TO WRITE ABOUT THE TROUBLES THAT CAN DESTROY A MARRIAGE---SUCH AS; SELF-CENTEREDNESS, DOMINATION, CONTROL AND MANIPULATION, VERBAL, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE, CO-DEPENDENCY, LUST OF THE EYES, LUST OF THE FLESH AND FALSE PRIDE, TEMPTATION, DISHONESTY, AND UNFAITHFULNESS TO GOD AND YOUR SPOUSE!

YOUR MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP ALSO SHOULD NOT HAVE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS; DEMANDS, ULTIMATUMS, OBSESSION WITH SEX AND MATERIAL POSSESSIONS---THESES THINGS ARE THE LUST OF THE FLESH AND EYES, PRIDE AND E.G.O. (Edging God Out)!

Theologians believe that the Apostle Paul suffered with the carnal lusts of the flesh, and that he was either a widower or bachelor. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NLT); "7 even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud." "8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me."

I too want the power of Christ to work through me!

DON'T LET THE DEVIL STEAL YOUR JOY AND LOVE FOR THE LORD AND HIS WORK OF THE HARVEST (Luke 10:2)!

I too believe that The Lord has allowed Satan to put me to the test. The devil is the accuser of Christians! Satan is before The Lord day and night trying to find things to accuse us of before God! Read the Biblical book of Job, 1 Peter 5:8-9 and Revelation 12:10 about how Satan goes to and from the earth, and presently can go before the Lord with God's angels until the end of the age.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.


Revelation 12:7-11 (NLT)
7 Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. 8 And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. 9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.

10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,

“It has come at last—
    salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Christ.[a]
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters[b]
    has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
    before our God day and night.
11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
    and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
    that they were afraid to die.

Footnotes:
12:10a Or his Messiah.
12:10b Greek brothers.

Satan has no power over Christians, except that which we give Him! The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:27, "But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified."

We have defeated him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb of God---Jesus Christ's birth,  shedding of His blood, death on the cross and resurrection to new life---as well as by our testimony about how we are sinners saved by God's Grace (Romans 3:20-23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Revelation 12:11).

ONCE YOU KNOW THE TRUTH OF CHRIST, THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO STAY IN DENIAL AND SIN OVER AND OVER!

Hebrews 10:26-29 (NLT)
26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. 28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. 

Galatians 5:19-23 (NLT)
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

If you are dating as a Christian, and are not convicted by the Holy Spirit about your lustful conduct (towards your girlfriend or boyfriend), then consider the Apostle Paul's advice here:

1 Corinthians 7:8-9 (NLT)
8 So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am. 9 But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust.



1 Corinthians 7:36 (NLT)
36 But if a man thinks that he’s treating his fiancée improperly and will inevitably give in to his passion, let him marry her as he wishes. It is not a sin.

DON'T RATIONALIZE LIVING IN LUST!

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT)
12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

PERHAPS I AM TO BE A SPIRITUAL EUNUCH FOR THE SAKE OF THE KINGDOM (Matthew 19:12). AFTER ALL, I WAS ALREADY MARRIED FOR 13 YEARS. WE LIVED AN OPULENT AND HEDONISTIC LIFE AND DID NOT GLORIFY GOD IN OUR GIVING AND MARRIAGE. HOWEVER, THE LORD WAS GRACIOUS TO GIVE US THREE HEALTHY AWESOME DAUGHTERS---WHO ARE NOW TEENAGERS!

Matthew 22:30 (NLT)
30 For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.

1 Corinthians 7:29-30 (NLT)
29 But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage. 30 Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions.


Evangelists are called to study the Holy Bible as approved workmen for God, and rightly divide the Word of Truth (Holy Bible) from myths, so that Christians are not shamed (2 Timothy 2:15). We Evangelists--as well as pastors---are also called to Preach the Word, rebuke in the name of The Lord, correct and reprove false teachings about God and His Word (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

All Christians are called to The Great Commission to Teach, Baptize and Teach all things that Christ taught to His disciples. We have God's Word, as outlined in the Old and New Testament, to begin learning ourself, so that we can teach our children in the home about Jesus Christ---as well as our friends.

Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

If you feel that you have fallen short in your relationship with Christ, know that God is faithful! The greatest God-inspired author of 13 epistles of the Holy Bible was not perfect!

Remember the Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NLT); "7 even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud." "8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me." However, the Apostle Paul points out the duty of those who would come to the Lord’s Supper, known as Communion in most churches.

THE HEALING POWER OF THE LORD'S SUPPER AND PREPARATION

In general, regarding The Lord's Supper, the Holy Bible instructs us to:
Examine ourself (1 Corinthians 11:28), and approve ourself to take The Lord's Supper with a clear conscious before The Lord. We must consider the sacred intention of this holy ordinance, its nature, and use, and compare our heart to the fact that the sacrament means that we have been washed clean in the blood of Christ. Such self-examination is necessary to a right attendance at this holy ordinance of The Lord's Supper.

1 Corinthians 11:27-32 (NLT)
27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against[a] the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ,[b] you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.

31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. 32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

Footnotes:
11:27 Or is responsible for.
11:29 Greek the body; other manuscripts read the Lord’s body.


If you have fallen short in your walk with Jesus Christ, remember; "The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked" (Proverbs 24:16). To prepare yourself to get back up and take part in The Lord's Supper and fellowship, Repent and Confess your sins to God and a trusted Christian friend.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

James 5:16 (NLT)
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Hebrews 12:11 (NLT)
11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

First Corinthians 7; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Corinthians 11:27-32 and Hebrews 10:26-29, gives Christians that are single and/or divorced and dating, several things to consider about their relationship to Christ and their romantic relationship.


1 Corinthians 7:32-35 (NLT)
32 I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. 33 But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. 34 His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. 35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.

I do not offer you this writing to condemn you or myself. But I write rather so that you and I do not fool or condemn ourselves by misunderstanding God's Truth and statutes on dating, lust, fornication and marriage.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I am moving this Friday four (4) hours away from my girlfriend to a different state for several good reasons. One reason is that where I am living now has no opportunity for work and the operation of my food marketing and event business.

1 Corinthians 7:2 (NIV)
2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.

Although I divorced my wife and she then filed countersuit for divorce, we can both remarry according to the Biblical standard, because we were both unfaithful in our marriage. Jesus taught about "the unfaithfulness clause" in Matthew 5:31-32. 


Matthew 5:31-32 (NLT)

Teaching about Divorce
31 “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’[a] 32 But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.

Matthew 19:3-6 (NLT)
3 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’[a]” 5 And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’[b] 6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

Footnotes:
19:4 Genesis 1:27; 5:2.
19:5 Genesis 2:24.
[bold emphasis added]

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)

24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU

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1 Timothy 5:17-18 (NLT)

17 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[a] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”[b]

Footnotes:
5:17 Greek should be worthy of double honor.
5:18 Deut 25:4; Luke 10:7.


Friday, October 10, 2014

What is God's Story and Endgame Plan for Humanity?


We are all trying too hard and complicating the message of the Gospel!

The hush words of "don't talk about religion and politics, just love one another," have kept us blind about the condition of the world and what God intended from the beginning for His creation.

Genesis 1:24-26 (NLT) informs us that in the beginning of the world,  24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[a] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[b] and the small animals that scurry along the ground” (Genesis 1:24-26 New Living Translation).

God intended man and woman to be joined as one in perfect union, and to live in harmony with the perfect world He created.

Genesis 2:22-24 (NLT)
22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.

“This one is bone from my bone,
    and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
    because she was taken from ‘man.’”
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

Adam was not deceived about disobeying all powerful and infinite God, instead Adam chose to obey finite Eve over the Lord.

Genesis 3:11-16 (NLT)
11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, you are cursed
    more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
    groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike[a] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”
16 Then he said to the woman,

“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
    and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
    but he will rule over you.[b]”

Footnotes:
3:15 Or bruise; also in 3:15b.
3:16 Or And though you will have desire for your husband, / he will rule over you.


Genesis 3:22 (NLT)

THE TREE OF LIFE TAKEN FROM MANKIND

22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings[a] have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!”

Footnotes:
3:22 Or the man; Hebrew reads ha-adam.

God took the Tree of Life from mankind, so that we would not live forever, because He knew that the world would become more wicked and depraved due to mankind's self will plagued by Satan. Lucifer, aka Satan, the devil, is the enemy of God and accuser of God's people (Job 1:6-11; Job 2:1-6; Revelation 12). 

Job 1:6-11 (NLT)

Job’s First Test

6 One day the members of the heavenly court[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,[b] came with them. 7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

Footnotes:
1:6a Hebrew the sons of God.
1:6b Hebrew and the satan; similarly throughout this chapter.

Job 2:1-6 (NLT)

Job’s Second Test

2 One day the members of the heavenly court[a] came again to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,[b] came with them. 2 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

3 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”

4 Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. 5 But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

6 “All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.”

The Spiritual War between good and evil and God and Satan is a cosmic battle. The Bible tells us that Job was a righteous man, who did not have the power like the rest of us to not be affected by Satan. The story of Job shows us how we can become discouraged in this world and think that God abandons us, and yet still have faith that God's way is right! The story of Job pre-shadows Jesus' suffering as a righteous man, who remained faithful to God, the Father!

God knew that He needed to send mankind a Savior to defeat Satan, because mankind does not have the power without the Lord to overcome the schemes and snares of the devil.

The Gospel we preach is that Christ died to pay the penalty for mankind's disobedience---and conquered death with His resurrection to restore mankind back to the Lord!

John 3:16-18 (NLT)
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

Footnotes:
3:16 Or For God loved the world so much that he gave.


Romans 6:23 (NLT)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

God's Plan for all of humanity is that we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ has completed the work of Salvation, and all we have to do is believe in Jesus as the Only way to heaven to have eternal life after death!

Hebrews 9:27-28 (NLT)
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

In this life, we do not have to mourn those who have died knowing Jesus Christ or fear death and worry about going to heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18(NLT)

The Hope of the Resurrection

13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died[a] so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.[b] 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died[c] will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.

Footnotes:
4:13 Greek those who have fallen asleep; also in 4:14.
4:15 Greek those who have fallen asleep.
4:16 Greek the dead in Christ.


Do not believe religious myths about keeping rituals, the law, doctrines and Tradition(s) of men, and doing works to get into heaven. God gave the Jews "The Law" to show them how they could not keep His commands and needed a Savior! Belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to go to heaven.

Romans 3:19-20(NLT)
19 Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.


Galatians 1:6-9 (NLT)

There Is Only One Good News

6 I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ.[a] You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

Footnotes:

1:6 Some manuscripts read through loving mercy.


John 14:1-6 (NLT)

Jesus, the Way to the Father

14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Footnotes:
14:2a Or There are many rooms in my Father’s house.

14:2b Or If this were not so, I would have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you. Some manuscripts read If this were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.

When we look at the troubles of this world that is controlled by Satan, we can either get discouraged, or realize that God is in control and has a plan. "We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one" (1 John 5:19 NLT). 

"Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live" (Galatians 1:4 NLT).

The Lord will destroy the world's false religious and political system and establish Himself as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19 and 20).

The Endgame of God's Plan is to destroy evil and make all things brand new! 

God will make all things new, and once again He will dwell amongst mankind as our God!

Revelation 21:3-5 (NLT)
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.[a] 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

Footnotes:
21:3 Some manuscripts read God himself will be with them, their God.


Revelation 22:1-2 (NLT)

THE TREE OF LIFE RESTORED TO MANKIND

22 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit,[a] with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

Footnotes:

22:2 Or twelve kinds of fruit.


Like Job, we must remain faithful to God, and lead by example, so that others may want to personally know the Truth of God, Jesus Christ, and His teachings about Salvation and righteousness (right living) as outlined in the Holy Bible. "Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32 NLT).

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU

NOTE: If this Biblical teaching was beneficial to you, please make a donation to this mission to rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). My full time job now is to Preach the Word, rebuke in the name of the Lord false doctrines and dogma, and reprove and exhort with all long suffering (2 Timothy 4:1-5). 

1 Timothy 5:17-18 (NLT)

17 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[a] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”[b]

Footnotes:
5:17 Greek should be worthy of double honor.
5:18 Deut 25:4; Luke 10:7.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Young Man concerned about Jehovah's Witnesses


Recently, I was talking to a friend's son, and he told me that his girlfriend, a Jehovah's Witnesses, has got his ear, and he is concerned about her religion. I said to him, "At least she is coming to church with you," and he said, "Yeh! But she is going to have to convert."

Hopefully, the young man, who is 23 years old, will read this post, and sit down with his girlfriend in prayer and Bible study to come to the Truth about Christ, so Jesus can be at the center of their relationship and respective lives.

The concern that I have had for years about Jehovah's Witnesses is that they complicate Christianity, think that their religion is the only true form of Christianity, and claim that only 144,000 people will go to heaven!

RELIGION IS NOT CHRISTIANITY!

The holy scriptures advise believers to not be yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), and that Christians should be of one mind (Romans 15:5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Peter 3:8; Philippians 2:2).

The Lord's Statute about forbidding His people to marry people with strange religious practices was clear to the Israelites;
Deuteronomy 7:3 (NLT) You must not intermarry with them. Do not let your daughters and sons marry their sons and daughters,"

Philippians 2:2 (NLT)
2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

But what happens when you fall in love with a person who is an unbeliever or who is a little spiritually confused? 



Now! If you are already married to an unbeliever, before you run out to divorce Court, please read the Holy Scriptures below:


1 Corinthians 7:13-14 (NLT)
13 And if a believing woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. 14 For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. 15 (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the believing husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.)

The problem I see in marrying a person that you are not equally yoked with in faith, is that you often end up having almost the opposite belief about God. I was married for 13 years, and never knew that my wife did not believe in the need for Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, until after I was divorced. Anyway, I became a prodigal son of God and married outside the church by the Justice of the Peace, and at the time was involved in syncretizing Hindu/Buddhist' beliefs and yoga with my supposed Christian faith.

I had dinner one night with the young man and his Jehovah's Witness girlfriend, and his mother. At dinner, the young lady started asking me questions about what I knew about Jehovah's Witnesses.

Jehovah's Witnesses Meetings for worship and study are held at Kingdom Halls. Jehovah's Witnesses are assigned to a congregation in whose "territory" they usually reside and attend weekly services they refer to as "meetings" as scheduled by congregation elders. The meetings are largely devoted to study of Watch Tower Society literature and their own translation of the Holy Bible.

The religion's position regarding conscientious objection to military service, and refusal to salute national flags has brought it into conflict with some governments.

The young man's Jehovah's Witness girlfriend told us at dinner that she believes that we worship Jesus and that Jehovah's Witnesses only worship God.

I think that the young lady, and Jehovah's Witnesses are confused about Jesus as both God and man, and the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! Christians pray to Jesus as our Redeemer, Lord and Advocate with the Father.

1 John 2:1 (ESV)

Christ Our Advocate

2 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

My job as an evangelist is to follow 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5, and TEACH (as The Great Commission call for Christians to do twice in the King James version of Matthew 28:19-20). We must compassionately try with long suffering to help people understand the need for a Savior in this world, and help lead people back to the simplicity of faith in Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible as the only doctrine of God.

Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
19 Go ye therefore, and TEACH all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 TEACHING them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
[CAPS EMPHASIS ADDED]

2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NKJV)

Preach the Word

4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Footnotes:
2 Timothy 4:1 NU-Text omits therefore and reads and by for at. 

The Apostle Paul wrote:

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 • New Living Translation (NLT)

3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.

The best thing that the young man can do is to continue to date the young lady, as he and his mom seek to evangelize and lead the young lady to a better understanding of the simplicity of Christ and the Truth of the Holy Scriptures---apart from manmade religion, dogma, Tradition and rituals.

MORE ABOUT JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

In 1870, by Charles Taze Russell and others, formed an independent group in Pittsburgh, PA, to study the Bible. During the course of his ministry, Russell disputed many beliefs of mainstream Christianity---including immortality of the soul, hellfire, predestination, the Trinity, the return of Christ, and the burning up of the world. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only their religion represents true Christianity, and that other religions are part of Babylon the Great (Revelation 17) and will soon be destroyed.

Jesus Christ used a parable to warn about sin and hellfire in Matthew 18:9; "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire."

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE TRINITY—INSTEAD, THEY BELIEVE JESUS IS GOD'S CREATION AND JW BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S POWER AND NOT A PERSON.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that references in the Bible to the Archangel Michael, Abaddon (Apollyon), and the Word all refer to Jesus Christ as a Spirit. [1] However, the Holy Scriptures tell us that there is a Trinity of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

1 John 5:7-8 (NKJV)
7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth:[a] the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

John 1:1 (NKJV)

The Eternal Word

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 (NKJV)

The Word Becomes Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 14:6 (NLT)

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

John 14:15-17 (NKJV)

Jesus Promises Another Helper

15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Footnotes:
John 14:15 NU-Text reads you will keep.


Titus 3:4-5 (NKJV)
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,


Most importantly, Charles Taze Russell disputed that Christ would return in the flesh to rule on earth. However, Isaiah 9:6-9, prophesied Christ's birth to flip over the mark of the beast, 666, and Antichrist government. Revelation 19 and 20 states that Christ will come again to rule on earth.

Revelation 19:11-16 (NKJV)

Christ on a White Horse

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[b] followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[c] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

I want you, the reader, to read the passages of Scriptures below and see if you too make the connection between the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and Revelation 14 to those VIRGINS, who are going to be left on the face of the earth as a witnesses to the nations about Jesus (Yeshua), the Christ, during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 13 through Revelation 14:6-13). 

Revelation 7:1-3(NKJV)
The Sealed of Israel

7 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

Revelation 14 (NKJV)
The Lamb and the 144,000

14 Then I looked, and behold, a[a] Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having[b] His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed[c] from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit,[d] for they are without fault before the throne of God.[e]


THE 144,000 ARE VIRGIN MEN AND THE REMNANT OF THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.

REVELATION 20:4-6
The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a] thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT THE BELOVED CITY OF GOD IS JERUSALEM, SEE VERSE 9 BELOW ABOUT THE CAMP OF THE EARTHLY SAINTS.

REVELATION 20:7-10
Satanic Rebellion Crushed

7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[b] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND WATCH TOWER SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS TEACH THAT JESUS CHRIST BEGAN TO RULE IN HEAVEN AS KING OF GOD'S KINGDOM IN OCTOBER 1914, and that Satan was subsequently ousted from heaven to the earth in 1914—misrepresenting Revelation 12. They believe that Jesus rules invisibly, from heaven, perceived only as a series of "signs." They believe Jesus' presence includes an unknown period beginning with His inauguration as king in heaven in October 1914, and ending when He comes to bring a final judgment against humans on earth.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES INTERPRET REVELATION 14:1–5 TO MEAN THAT THE NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS GOING TO HEAVEN IS LIMITED TO EXACTLY 144,000, who will rule with Jesus as kings and priests over earth. [2]. Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not believe in Hell or fiery torment. Jehovah's Witnesses consider the soul to be a life or a living body that CAN die. [3]. Disfellowshipping is shunning members.

In January 1917, the Watch Tower Society's legal representative, Joseph Franklin Rutherford, was elected as its next president. Significant changes in doctrine were regularly introduced during Rutherford's twenty-five years as president—including the 1920 announcement that the Jewish patriarchs (such as Abraham and Isaac) would be resurrected in 1925, marking the beginning of Christ's thousand-year Kingdom. On July 26, 1931, Rutherford introduced the new name—Jehovah's Witnesses. By the mid-1930s, the timing of the beginning of Christ's enthronement as King, and the start of the "last days" were each moved to 1914. [4] Jehovah's Witnesses’ failed predictions supposedly approved by God keep changing!

Nathan Knorr was appointed as third president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in 1942. Knorr commissioned a new translation of the Bible, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, the full version of which was released in 1961.

Some Bible scholars including Bruce M. Metzger, former Professor and Bible editor at Princeton Theological Seminary, have said that the translation of certain texts in its New World Translation of the Bible is biased in favor of Jehovah's Witnesses' practices and doctrines.

FROM 1966, JEHOVAH’S WITNESS PUBLICATIONS AND CONVENTION TALKS BUILT ANTICIPATION OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT CHRIST'S THOUSAND-YEAR REIGN MIGHT BEGIN IN LATE 1975, or shortly thereafter. The number of baptisms increased significantly, from about 59,000 in 1966 to more than 297,000 in 1974. By 1975, the number of active members exceeded two million. Membership declined during the late 1970s after expectations for the start of Christ’s Thousand Year Reign in 1975 were proved wrong.

Jehovah's Witnesses claim to make predictions about End Time prophecies, stating that they receive their predictions from God. However, many of Jehovah's Witnessses' predictions have been proven wrong---and they have changed their dates numerous times. God does Not change His mind!

Numbers 23:19 (NLT)
19 God is not a man, so He does not lie.
    He is not human, so He does not change His mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?

    Has He ever promised and not carried it through?

2 Peter 1:20-21 (NLT)
20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding,[a] 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

Footnotes:
1:20 Or is a matter of one’s own interpretation


We can only try and lead people to the Truth of Jesus Christ, God's Word, and inspire them to seek a personal relationship with Jesus.

We must leave the results up to the Holy Spirit---that is what it means to Preach the Word, Teach and Evangelize!

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer:  "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Please get into a Bible-based church, where the Word of God is taught unadulterated and reject the rituals, religious lies and Tradition(s) and hedonism of men and women.


Godspeed, love and Truth,
Brother David Johnson, XU

NOTE: If this Biblical teaching was beneficial to you, please make a donation to this mission to rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). My full time job now is to Preach the Word, rebuke in the name of the Lord false doctrines and dogma, and reprove and exhort with all long suffering (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

1 Timothy 5:17-18 (NLT)

17 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[a] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”[b]

Footnotes:
5:17 Greek should be worthy of double honor.
5:18 Deut 25:4; Luke 10:7.

Footnotes:

1. Hoekema, Anthony A. (1963). The Four Major Cults. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans. p. 291. ISBN 0-8028-3117-6.

2. Penton, M.J. (1997). Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses. University of Toronto Press. pp. 280–283. ISBN 0-8020-7973-3.

3. Hoekema 1963, pp. 265–269

4. Crompton, Robert (1996). Counting the Days to Armageddon. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0-227-67939-3.