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One and But One- Part 6

If, as we are declaring, Christ has but one Bride, why does God allow the others to continue to exist??  God never stopped man from killing His only begotten Son!!  Just because God does not reach down from the Heavens and snatch denominational preachers out of their pulpits does not mean He is not aware of their mis-deeds!!  Many “feel” that since God has not stopped them, their religion must be alright if for not other reason than there are so many people that are members of their denomination.  I had my dentist tell me the other day; “why, there are 19,000 members of our church,” as if to prove that that makes error alright and disdain for God’s authority acceptable!!  “What if some do not believe, will that make the faith of God of without effect?” Romans 3:3  What if the WHOLE world does not believe, will that stop God from condemning man who has not obeyed His precepts??  When you deny the Law of God, you deny His right to rule over you and diminish His importance as the Law Maker!!  MOCKING GOD is not going to win you any points when you face Him at death!!  Telling Christ that your wife did not agree with His words the apostles wrote down for your learning will not lessen the punishment that on you will be imposed!!

     Earth’s existence became a reality to test and try man, find out which among us is worthy of eternity with God.  We cannot expect to spend eternity with a Being whose Word we cannot respect enough to obey that Word!!  We cannot expect God to reach down from Heaven and pluck denominational preachers out of the pulpit and then God claim impartiality and fairness to those who made the hard choice and “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered you” which cost them their lives, or maybe their jobs, wife, child, mother or father.  They who loved God enough to “give that last measure of devotion” will stand in the Judgment and demand your destruction, and they will have every right to do so!!  If it made no difference what is taught or believed you will have to get around the complaints of EVERY apostle of Jesus Christ—for it cost everyone of them their lives!!      When God demanded the Israelites to march through the Red Sea, He did not mean it was alright for them to go out and rent a barge to take them across nor cross the Sea 15 miles to the north of the Red Sea at a place known as the Reed Sea!!  If you do not plan on obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ just exactly as He had it written, don’t worry about the curtains in your new home in Heaven!! 

     It is what we have all been use to knowing, a kind and benevolent God, think what “without God” will mean!!  We have all fellowshipped and lived in the sunshine of His love all our lives—what will be worth losing all He has promised??  You think groping in spiritual darkness is hard and unfair—wait till you begin groping in the darkness of eternal Hell!!  He who promised to turn brother against brother, a daughter against her mother, and a child against his or her father will not think twice about condemning they who hold His word in contempt. 

     The hatred God has for sin is seen in the price He was willing to pay to remove it.  Pain and a broken heart for 4,000 years will not allow Him to brush aside His Word in any capricious fashion.  In Genesis 22 we read of the sacrifice of Isaac.  ABRAHAM WAS SPARED, GOD WAS NOT, HE PAID DOWN TO THE LAST MEASURE OF DEVOTION.  Man has never fully been able to appreciate the price God paid, nor will he ever be able to deny the planning and preparation that was demanded of God to bring the Church of Christ into existence.  Denying this did not happen will not Hell comforting!!

One and But One- Part 5

Man tries to rationalize that religion is for him and his appetite.  He wants a religion he likes and makes him feel good about him.  In a sense this is the same as “situation ethics” which teaches as long as it hurts no one and it please me, it is alright!  I hear people all the time tell me they are “looking for a church.”  What they mean is they are looking one they feel comfortable in, preaches a message they approve, has a class of people in it they associate with themselves, and require from its adherents just what they are willing to “put in” to the success of the church as to monies, time, and effort.  Rarely do you find people who are looking for a church God Almighty will approve!!  These  people are looking for a church that teaches ONLY the doctrine taught in the New Testament, taught in the first century, that was taught FIRST, in Jerusalem, that was taught by an inspired apostle of Jesus Christ, and that was the church ALL the apostles of Jesus Christ belonged!!  There is a world of difference between this type of church and the type that will suit man.

     Men are looking for a church where the needs of their children are satisfied and they let the children determine those needs!!  They look for the biggest congregation with children the ages of their children, a playground or gymnasium, fun games and coloring, cookies and ice cream, and one where the most important people in town attend.  They are not spiritually astute enough to look for a congregation that preaches ONLY the New Jerusalem gospel, where its teachers are studied and prepared to teach Bible Classes suitable for their ages and intellect, and where the preaching is Christ-centered, Biblically supported, and in love with Jesus Christ FIRST and the mores and values of men, last!! It is true the children may not have a plethora of friends “at church” and may be the only one their age that attends there their age while learning of Christ, and may not “try out” for the choir or receive their “first communion” like the world, BUT, at the death’s door and the Judgment Bar– their  child will stand all alone and be judged “by the words that shall judge them in the last day” John 12:48, there, they will be glad for that Bible School teacher that insisted on teaching Bible Lessons and the preacher that made sin look like sin and not like  a joke at which to laugh!!  In death and at the Judgment these type parents will be on their knees thanking God their little boy or girl hears: “well done, My good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many, enter into the joys of thy Lord.”   But the one who will be the most thankful at death and in the Judgment Day will be the child whose parent was spiritually alert enough to make SURE they attended the right congregation!!   What about the child that got to set the standard for which the church they attended and hears: “depart from Me, you wicked and sinful sinner, I never knew you.” 

     My friend, Jesus is coming back some day for His Church!!  I flew into the airport the other day and there were well over 100 women in the terminal, I only was looking for ONE!!  Was I narrow-minded, an elitist, or a cultist??  You see, I am married to as many women as the Lord!!  I have one and but one, she wears my name, has born my children, and satisfies my needs as a man, AND, she is the only woman I left the airport with!!  Does that offend you??

     I sent my children to school. I sent them to the best schools.  I did not care if they wanted to go where it would be easy to “slide by,” where their “friends” attended, where the most students attended, where the biggest gymnasium was or where the best football team played; I wanted them, educationally, prepared to succeed- AND YOU??

One and But One- Part 4

The results of the “insignificant” sin are enormous!!  What man thought irrelevant to his relationship to God proved to be “the stick that broke the camel’s back.”  Knowing right from wrong is not what it is advertised to be.  Satan was not the “father who knew what was best,” but, then again, he never claimed to be the “father” who cared for his offspring, did he?  Unaccountable for the actions he directed, absolutely, NOT!!  Satan might have thought he pulled off the biggest scam in the history of the world, but because of his direction, God “prepared Hell for Satan and his angels,” Satan will one day pay the price all those who follow him will pay.  Some ask the question, “Will he pay, enough?”  Never, my friend, underestimate God!!!  What sin cost man is his/her innocence?  Many do not realize the sheer joy of such a state.  This is the happiest time of man’s existence!! Existence in this state defines Christianity-this is called PEACE.  More can be said on this point, but nothing can restore the loss of innocence but the blood of Christ!!  You and I cannot handle accountability before the righteous and sinless God, the only way we can ever be ready for such a judgment is having the blood of Christ and Christ the older brother and high priest as our advocate and mediator!!

     “It is not within man that walketh to direct his steps.”  We do not know the way home nor do we know how to find that “way”.  This demanded the grace of God.  “I am the way, the truth and the light.  No man cometh to the Father, but by Me;” came from the lips of the only Being to ever walk the shores of life having come from the Father’s presence who returned Home to prepare for us a place!!  Sinless and of the species called God, this Being we know as Jesus Christ.  He will be ‘ABLE’ to present us faultless before the Father. This is pointedly the reason we cannot trust man who has sinned as we have sinned, to lead to the Father!!  There is NO denomination or denominational body of believers who follow implicitly the directions of our Master.  They add to or take from His blood-bought Will or Testament to satisfy themselves, they claim equality with His authority to govern mankind, and those who they find like-minded as themselves, walk confidently, yes, many times boastfully, on their way to eternity.  Like mother Eve, they are satisfied with the religion originated by some man or woman in some other city other than Jerusalem, in some other century than the first century fifty three days after the crucifixion of the Lord of Glory, while the Roman Kings were reigning over the world, assembled in the Temple of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, 33 A.D. following a message that will re-turn that peace of innocence all eternity!!

     If man was to start a church that was to be in competition with our Lord’s Church would it not have been shown in prophecy?  Special men born for special times who did special things for the advancement of God’s plan were prophesied!!  Cyrus was mentioned by name years before he was born, Methuselah was named some 600 years before the definition of his name became a reality, and Jacob was chosen before birth to receive the birthright.  If they had the approval from God to start man-made denominational churches, would they not at least been prophesied before they were born? named so none would miss their special position before the Lord?, or at least shown to be allowed special recognition as did men like John the Baptist??  Their plans of salvation they advance, would they not been shown in prophecy as did that of our Lord?  Do you think it a lucky coincidence that baptism was defined thousands of years before it was commanded by Christ??  Were the flood, the Nile, Naaman the leper, and the building of the Tabernacle and Temple, not all connected- showing “water” saves”??