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Liberalism vs Legalism Part 12

The Army of God was called to the front lines in A D 33 at 9:00 am on the day of Pentecost. That was nearly 2000 years ago, now. Our Commander in Chief had just received a new position which He had had delivered Him at the throne of God, the Father, the Ancient of Days when He arrived on the cloud in His human body of flesh “and they brought Him (Christ) near (Christ was summoned) before Him (God, the Father).” Daniel 7:13-14 He, who had just returned to His home, was the “Lord, God, mighty in battle.” Psalms 24:8 He had come back as the tsaba (He who was going to war as the Head of an organized army (host). When He arrived He asked the Father for the “heathen.” Psalms 2:8 He had told His disciples, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, He will guide you into all the truth.” John 14:16;16:13 “They (the apostles, who had been baptized by Christ in the Holy Spirit) were all with one accord (one mind, one passion) in one place…when suddenly there came a sound as rushing mighty wind, and there appeared cloven (distributed) tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4
For what did the Holy Spirit come? To launch and sustain the attack. The Army of God would engage the enemy for the first time!! This day, Hell reeled and rocked!! The commanding General, the Holy Spirit had recorded for our learning the words of one of the field generals, Simon Peter and the way to the blood of Christ was made known!! Acts 2:38 On this day a beach head was established in the stronghold of Judaism, in its capital city, in its place of worship and 3,000 men obeyed the gospel, later the number became in-numeral. Revelation 7:9 Once the fighting began (it was a contest for the minds of men) the call to battle has never been rescinded!! The trumpet WILL sound, but then the battle has ended. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 The Church of Christ is STILL at war, STILL in the battle for the souls of men, and STILL ON THE BATTLEFIELD, if, it is the Church of Christ!!
There are those who now declare compromise, peace, and fellowship with the denominational world. James 4:4 They have decided to sue for peace. They want to “break the tie that binds” and enter into a Pax Romana (a 200 year period of peace during the reign of Rome where not a battle was fought) with our religious neighbors. They want a gospel they call “grace,”going to their places of assembly, using their preachers (who themselves have never obeyed the gospel of Christ) to preach to Christ’s assemblies, and engage the youth (the naive) in “love games” while advising those of us who have never heard the bugle of retreat, to STAND DOWN!! (Our Secretary of Defense has too many financial ties with the enemy and will sacrifice anyone who gets in the way!!) And what does the Commander in Chief think of this ploy? “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit forth) thee out of My mouth.”
The new army will not even take the field of battle. They “lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; that chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David; that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments; but they are not grieved at the affliction of Joseph.” Amos 6:4-6 They are puffed up with pride, and rocked asleep in carnal security, and they have trusted in the wrong metropolis, the hill of Shenir has become with them as good as the hill of Zion ever was!! Great men as well as great nations have a tendency to overvalue themselves and to overlook their neighbor’s wrong doctrinal teachings so they can “brother” one another!! They preach “Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the Lord.” Amos 6:10-14

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 11

The identifying mark of Judaism was and is circumcision. Yet, in Romans Paul convinces the faithful that their circumcision had in fact become uncircumcision. In Romans 2 Paul begins a tirade about the Jewishness of their one “claim to fame” that was NOT an act of faith on their part but was that that was done in acting upon them, circumcision!!
When was Abraham chosen, before or after circumcision? You must answer, BEFORE. Why? Answer, his work of faith. He did what he was commanded BEFORE circumcision. “For circumcision profits IF thou keepest the Law, but if you break the Law your circumcision is made uncircumcision.” Here, Paul speaks of two uncircumcisions. There is a natural law and there is a written law AND there is a law between the two, the law of works. “For when the Gentiles, which have not the Law.” What Law? The written one. “Do by nature the things of the Law.” Of what law? Of that by actions. For that which is by writing lies outside, but this is within, the natural one, and the other is in action. Of this third, there is need and for its sake the other two exist, both the natural and the written. If the work prompted by the heart does not produce fruit, that which came not by choice (the physical circumcision before accountability) has no value for its possessor. What advantage hath the Jew?
He who had the written law did not those things (works, produce actions prompted because of it) from the heart, the physical identity was NEVER acceptable to God!! There are two circumcisions, one of nature, and the second, THE HEART. For either of these to benefit, there must be a third—the circumcision of will. I mean for instance, a man has been circumcised upon the eighth day, this is circumcision of the flesh, a man has done all the Law bids him, this is a circumcision of the mind which Paul requires, but above all, or another Law Paul says there is a third “Circumcision profits, IF you keep the Law. Circumcision is profitable only WHEN the heart has been circumcised.
“But, if you break the Law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision.” This is no insult to circumcision but to him who through listlessness has lost the good of it through lack of obedience to what had been written down, “when the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the Law, uncircumcision is made circumcision.” Of what can the Jew brag? Paul is not rejecting the Law, but justifying the Gentile. Romans 2:14 What is nature? It is the “conscience of reasoning which came by nature.” Romans 2:15, Paul is showing the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another.” When the Gentile, which had not the Law, did by nature the things contained in the Law,” they were much better than those who were instructed by the Law. Conscience and reason took the place of the Law, so of what had the Jew to gloat? For before the scheme of Providence was delivered, Paul shows even in these former times man fully enjoyed God’s providence. Preaching before the Law anticipated what the Law enumerated. Of what can the Jew glory?
So what profit had the Jew? If anyone has sense and reason, he has already endured a hell when he is out of sight (fellowship) with God when he has offended God. Since we have not loved Christ as we should, we who have wronged Him and turned from Him when He is calling and drawing us to Him, no wonder “He will spew us out of His mouth.” How could one ever expect when Christ cries aloud through His apostles, threatening hell, and promising an eternal kingdom to draw man that rejects His Word? “What have we in heaven, and what is there upon earth, that we should desire in comparison to Christ?” Psalms 73:25 For God had one Son, the Only-Begotten, and He spared not even Him for us and we value many things above Him. What happened to the good reason and conscience?

Legalism vs Liberalism Part 11

It is an unspoken rule. It is one of those topics which brethren never discover. It causes many members of the church today to squirm in their seats, and get defensive and nobody seems to know, why! It is the reason many brethren want to “change” the posture of the preaching and welcome into their hearts preachers “to itch their ears.” Without question, if unchallenged or un-noticed, the message delivered will take a skew to the left in an effort to destroy the “sound preaching” of the “once delivered faith” from years back. Who is my hero?
The “changelings” among us have different heroes! You will find them amazingly uncomfortable with the preaching and preachers of a generation, past. They have unfortunately been taught the doctrine of compromise, they fear controversy, and have never been taught to fall in love with the truth!! These brethren are blissfully ignorant of the battles waged which delivered their forefathers from denominationalism and have been taught to make fun of these “old-timers” and the ignorance of the “days gone bye.” Walking into their libraries or viewing their computers, one will find the false teachers and false teaching all over the place, yet not find those who “led their fathers and mothers out of Egypt into the promise land.” Those “extremists of yore” have not much esteem in their eyes. Alexander Campbell, Ben Franklin, Foy Wallace, James Bales, nor R. L. Whiteside have been replaced with Billy Graham, John Bunyan, Max Lucado, or Charles Spurgeon. The fields of debate were the greatest tool the church of the late 1930-50’s had, has been “quietly put to sleep.” Their favorite refrains are: “we will not hurt your feelings,” “you can ask us a question and you will not receive a mean-spirited answer that is intended to convince you of your error,” (that part is not mentioned) or “we are just Christians.” These “moneychangers” were driven out of the Temple, but strode back in on velvet carpet!! Jesus did a harmful thing to them that we will NEVER do; He overturned their tables. Matthew 21:12-13 He announced woes on the scribes and Pharisees. Matthew 23:13-33 Confrontation was an art the Lord was masterful in using, today “running and hiding” is our art of the day. When brought before the Sanhedrin, Peter cried out; “We ought to obey God, rather than men.” Acts 5:29 You will not find that attitude or art being utilized in the pulpits of today’s “apostles of appeasement,” one wonders why! After all, controversy calls attention to the differences between us and our “denominational brethren.” The “doctrine of appeasement” when seen will revoke their license to “bring the church into the 21st century.” Like Pilate, they would just like to “wash their hands with their “grace and dry them with luv” so they can join all their brothers in the quest to “preach unity”!!
For years we seen “sheep leave the flock” and possibly never know why. We have heard pleas for faithfulness in keeping the plants watered in front of “our church,” but never do we see the Prodigal son come back home, in fact, we are going to his house for supposed “bible (?) studies.” Achan has buried his gold in our tents and Joshua is not losing battles (because there are none being fought), and the souls of the indifferent are “satisfied in a United Church Pentecostal,” yet we never hear from the announcements, prayers, or messages concern about Mary Smith or Sam Jones whose eternal welfare may hang on our concern!! We have bought that line that “as long as you are churched, somewhere, they are fine.” Today, when faithful brethren attempt to stand firm for biblical truth, and defend the gospel, you never hear of this report, you hear of how many 100’s are in attendance and how many young people attend our Sunday School drama club for the next church “play” about “Abraham and the whale,” (excuse me that was Jonah) or Eve being confirmed as the next full time preacher for the downtown church or Sister James that led a beautiful closing prayer Sunday morning!

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 10

A book has been written of late by a geneticist Robert Liparulo which follows the DNA of the Jews of the Palestine area. The 13th Tribe traces the people who think they are a people cursed with immortality and separated from God, both on earth and in heaven. They believe that by punishing sinners with death they will atone for their sins and lift the curse. Living for 3500 years in defiance of God had tormented and crushed their souls. Suffering such a spiritual struggle, the Jew has walked through life (in which he has suffered many tragedies) trying to make sense of their plight and find peace. When their struggle finally hits on gnomes, genes, DNA, and other things of science, their plight only magnifies itself. Doing DNA test on those who think themselves Palestinian people and Jewish people, the results are both scientific and staggering. Tracing the DNA and establishing pedigree would be a fabulous idea and would prove for most people the credibility of the claim of the Zionist Jew that they do in fact have a claim to the land of Israel. The only problem with all this is that it proves the very opposite. 80% of the people tested were found with blood markers consistent with being second, third or fourth cousins. In fact the Muslim people also tested showed for more kinship. When traced to the Kharzarin people of the 7th and 8th centuries their hit rate was much higher and what did not match with this group matched with the Sephardic Jews. To go into all the technical data that is available is not the purpose of our study and probably over our heads if we had that purpose, so we will just content ourselves with the generalities discovered and satisfy ourselves with what other men have spent many years of study who were trying to prove an opposite conclusion. It must be bad to think yourself punished for 3500 years by men and religions of other covenants to find out you are not even the people in discussion that you find in the Old Testament. If they could have found their blood as evidence of their ancestry, the High Priesthood could resume, the Law of Moses (which they do not follow but in name only), and their distinguishing claim to be the “people of God” could find credibility.
Throughout the book of Jeremiah, the young prophet keeps telling us; “God will not leave this people altogether unpunished.” Jeremiah 5:18; 30:11; 46:28 Why would you or anyone else want to be a people that the God of heaven had sworn to never allow peace? never hear a prayer of intercession in their behalf? Or be told God would never consider forgiveness?? Jeremiah is on record with these words: “If you break My covenant of the day, and My covenant of the night and that there should not be day and night in their season, Then may also My covenant be broken with David My servant that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne.” Jeremiah 33:20-21 I know Ellen White of the 7th Day Adventist, Pastor Russell of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and every little Baptist, Methodist, Holiness, and most of the churches of God (except the one out of Anderson, Indiana) claim otherwise, BUT the covenant with day and night and the covenant with Christ to set on David’s throne as He presides over His bride, the Church of Christ is still in existence!! Acts 2:28-31 Now that Christ is on His throne, married to His bride, what would God the Father say to His Son if He allowed the resident of the Old Testament covenant to supersede the regal royalty of Christ’s House on this planet??
Pre-millenialism, Anglo-Israelism, Roman Catholicism, Zionism, nor denominationalism of any stripe with all its hordes of believers cannot nor will not cause the God of all mankind change His plan for Christ and His Church. We may not know just who these people are, but one we do know—God will not change His mind for them!!

Liberalism vs Legalism Part 10

It is sad when many who profess to be Christians draw back, Luke 9:62, from bearing the sword and defending truth. If Paul had “withstood Peter to the face” as is recorded in Galatians 2:11, some of our fellows in the pulpit would have palpitations of the heart!! In every realm of our existence, let us be willing to “stand up and be counted.” The way of modern man has crept into the preaching, bulletins, radio programs, and personnel work of the body of Christ. We hear it in the songs sung in our assemblies (instead of having the depth of conviction, they have the sound of tinkling cymbals. The preaching we hear, the prayers we hear led, will never carry us to the catacombs of Rome!!
All that is necessary for evil to circumcise our preachers is to send them to a “Bible College” where men of no faith teach those who have little faith and create within them, no faith!! If the soldier of the cross remains silent, attempting not to stir up trouble, and neutral, not hurting anyone’s Bible (?) studies, we will learn again the lesson of History. Sin is like the “big bad wolf,” run from him and he will “eat you up,” confront him and he “will flee from you.” Sometimes we have to remember to “weed out the garden” so the fruits of righteousness can flourish— “I withstood him to the face, for he was to be blamed.” We must use the insecticide called “the Gospel” to kill off the deadly roots. If our preachers fear the results of this “poison for denominationalism” and want to join in with those who are not of the truth, we will end up in the cesspool called Hell!! EVIL WILL NOT GO AWAY IF WE JUST IGNORE IT!! Our desire must be to “glorify God.” We have to come to some brutal decisions, one must refuse to attend where the filth of false doctrine is sold! We are not interested in “making waves” or “causing confusion,” we may know better; we are interested in the young Christian setting beside us in the pew, our son or daughter?? Noah did not get to be the only adult teacher on the Ark because of his ego!!
“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, ‘When you are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan; then shall you drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, molten images, pluck down all their places of worship. Destroy their false doctrines. But if you will not, and you let them remain (and their false doctrines), they shall become pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall show hostility toward you. Moreover, it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them.” Numbers 33:54-55
We cannot “Satan-proof” our youth of today, but when we introduce the “rock and roll” type music, the conversational prayers, the casual breaking of bread, and the giving ‘just what I have left’ as “the type of Christianity we espouse;” and say “every church of Christ is not like this one,” does that make it right?? Lot’s “righteous spirit was vexed within him,” he just never got that message to his four girls, two of which had husbands (it seems his wife did not go along with Abrahamic faith) If Noah and his wife had been interested in a youth program (entertainment instead of worship), and a glib, sweet speaking preacher; could they have saved their three sons? His wife did not have panic attacks because there was “nobody at our little boat my age” or “Ham, Shem, or Japheth’s has nobody to grow up with”!! We must live “soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” Titus 2:11-13 We cannot be members of the Lord’s Church who wish we were not!! If we are not careful, we will have to become missionaries in America, not evangelists!! Missionary is not a word found in the Bible, they were called “apostles.”!! The term “Gospel preacher” is fast losing its appeal. This “sue for peace” before we say something that might hurt their feelings: cool down, rein-in, gloss over type OF PREACHING is not of Christ!! “Let the light of the glorious gospel of Christ shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 9

Joseph married Asenath, an Egyptian princess and daughter of a priest, Genesis 41:45, she bore him two sons Manasseh and Ephraim; Moses married Zipporah, the daughter of Reuel (also called Jethro) a Midanite high priest, Exodus 2:21, she bore Moses two sons: Gershom and Eliezer, Exodus 18:3-4. During the reign of the Judges, the Israelites intermarried extensively with the surrounding nations, Judges 3:5-6. Jesse’s wife, Nitshevitz-the mother of the great king David, was like Jesse’s mother, a Moabite; David took the daughter of the king of Geshur while Solomon was notorious for the number of wives he had. Other kings of Israel and Judah married Edomites, Zidonians, Hitittes, Ammonites, and daughters of the Phonecians, namely Jezebel. Now talk to me about a pure race of people!!
It would not be an exaggeration to say that out of Judaism and Hellenism, which, more than anything turned the Jews into a dynamic, propagative religion for more than 300 years, the number of Jews of that day would be roughly the same as the number of Samaritans. Hellenism altered and invigorated the high culture of the kingdom of Judea. This historical development enabled the Jewish religion to mount the Greek eagle and traverse the Mediterranean world. The conversions carried out by the Hasmonean kingdom were only a small part of a far more significant phenomenon that began in the early second century B.C.. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hyprocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” Matthew 23:15 The pagan world was already beginning to rethink its beliefs and values when Judaism launched its campaign of proselytization and became one of the factors that prepared the ground for the great Christian revolution of the first century A.D.. Christ began His kingdom by professionalizing His evangels, the apostles, using a technique no other religion had done before His day. This professional evangelist allowed Christianity to master the communication of the message to the finest degree ever seen among men, it was as “an apostle spoke” that became the watch word of the times.
The expulsion of Christians from the synagogue is seen in the oldest Palestinian version of the 12th century benediction of the Prayer of the Eighteen Benedictions, now known to us through the findings in the Cairo Geniza. “Now may the Christians, perish in a moment, be blotted out of the book of life, and not be written with the just.”
So, what is a Jew? As defined by their own writings, it is a person who has a Jewish mother or who converted to Judaism in conformity with Halacha, Jewish religious law. Judaism does NOT seek converts, but those who do convert are accepted on a basis of equality. Some of the most eminent and respected rabbis were converts to Judaism. Jewish parents throughout the world bless their children every Sabbath and holiday eve, as they have done it in the same way for millennia. If the children are boys, the blessing is: “May God let you be like Ephraim and Menashe.” If they be girls; “May God let you be like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.” Not one of these matriarchs were born a Jewess!! The Tenach, the holy writings of the Jew, contains the book of Ruth. It is read annually on the eve of holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah, and describes her conversion to Judaism. There is no way to prove ancestrally they are Jews, the only way they can claim Judaism is to trace the religious affiliation through their mother, their parents or grandparents. Their lineage and faith has been altered. They no longer trace their religion to a man, they trace it through a woman. Their writings go back only to the 2nd century A D, and their priesthood comes not by birth, but by conversion. They have a strange commonality to the Seventh Day Adventist: both were started by women and both assemble on Saturdays, yet they claim originality with God!! Which of these assertions can we believe???

Legalism vs Liberalism Part 9

You have to watch the wording! For years liberals have been word wizards with people to hide their true beliefs. For faithful men to ask liberal preachers, “Do you believe the Bible is inspired?” the Liberal will readily respond with a positive answer, they really mean to satisfy you without really telling you what they truly believe. To them, the trick of the phrase is intended to end the discussion. They might mean the Bible is inspired, just like any other work is inspired. He has no thought that the Bible has been inspired by God. The faithful must go a little deeper. “Do you believe the Bible is inspired of God?” Again, the positive answer will be given. But again he does not mean the Bible is inspired word by word, just the overall teachings, but that the writers made mistakes and inserted their own opinions and errors because they were writing from memory. Their teaching finds the Bible no better than the false doctrine taught in denominationalism. Watch who they quote as authoritarians!!
To find out what they really believe, you must ask the right questions, and ask them in the proper order. On inspiration, you would have to ask: “do you believe the Bible is plenary, verbally, inspired Word of God?” If your questioning gets too involved with his personal faith, he will play the martyr and tell that you will misrepresent him. This will divert attention from the doctrinal question and make the true Christian feel badly about even asking about his faith at all! He will repeatedly affirm his good intentions without stating just what he believes. He cannot state his faithfulness by the Word and becomes indignant that anyone challenges his beliefs. He is what I call “a word wizard.”
Before you know it, they will declare you and those who believe the written Book a “cartel of radicals” who want to filter all that is done or taught in the church!! Of course, you have become the villain, the brother with an unkind spirit, who is challenging their faith!! Those of us who are now a “cabal of radicals” are the extremists on dogma and doctrine, and they are not willing to allow us “control” their faith. The question that has to come to our minds is “why do they want to teach non-biblical principles and false assumptions and stay in the Church of Christ?? What do they want from being in our midst? Sadly, they want to help us!! For they at one time were deceived by “well intentioned” men and they lost many a dear friend for standing up for the truth!! Vengeance!
To ignore the fact that we are to remain faithful to the Truth and allow someone to come along and introduce, teach false doctrine thinking we will lay our swords down, is an assumption we cannot allow anyone to make. Paul wrote Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:19 “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.” To the Ephesians, he wrote: We cannot “have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11
Where do men get the idea they can “deny the Lord that bought them?” Christ declared His “Word would never pass away,” and men “would be judged by it,” John 12:48, so how can men who reject what Christ and His apostles taught, call themselves “Christians?” Before we take our case to the “approval seekers” in denominationalism, we must try it before the Grand Master, Jesus Christ! We have received “not the words which men speak” but the words of the Spirit of the Living God!! 1 Corinthians 2:12 Wrong is wrong even if it is commonly considered acceptable. The Bible says, “Thou shall not follow a multitude to do evil.” Exodus 23:2 We are not to “enter into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.” Proverbs 4:14 Wrong is wrong even if it does not bother our conscience. The conscience can be trained to accept wrong doing. Galatians 6:7 Wrong is wrong even if you do not get caught. “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous.” 1 Peter 3:12, “beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3 Wrong is wrong even if others are doing worse things!

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 8

Israel is the name God gave Jacob on the night he wrestled with the Angel. Genesis 32:28 As a group, his sons along with the 12 tribes that descended from them inherited the name. Although Israel always accepted proselytes, it was at first largely made up of people physically descended from Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. Eventually, the term “Israelite” was replace by the term “Jew,” (Yahudi), derived from the kingdom of Judah (Yahuda), the southern Israelite kingdom that retained its independence for approximately 135 years after the Assyrians conquered the northern kingdom and took its leading citizens into captivity.
After the fall of the kingdom of Judah, Judaism (the Israelite religion) continued to be open to Gentile converts. The book of Esther mentions this and other references. During the third and second centuries BC, a group of Greek-speaking Hebrew scholars in Alexandria translated the Bible into Greek (Septuagint) so that it could be available in the common language of commerce and culture. Many apologies were written attempting to explain Israel’s faith. Tongues had ceased and the only communication from God to the world was through the translation of the writings of His Apostles. Many thousands of Gentiles who were converted to Judaism because Israel’s God offered a superior way of life and hope of resurrection. They wrote intertestamental books—including those in the Apocrypha, that described the superiority of their God. Some like the Edomites and Idumeans, were forcibly converted by Jewish rulers. There were about six million Jews throughout the Roman Empire when Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem of Judea, of whom a large proportion were returnees. When Christ appeared, many didn’t accept Him. John 1:10-14. Despite their pedigree, all Jews identified with the symbols and story of Israel and hoped that Messiah would come and initiate the longed-for days of blessing and restoration. When He came, they didn’t know Him!!
To argue that after the conquest of Jerusalem by Titus and the failure of the Bar Kokhba revolt, Jews altogether ceased to cultivate the land or Eretz (sand) of Israel is to demonstrate complete lack of understanding of these people. The Jewish farmer was not easily torn from his soil, which had been watered with the blood and sweat of his forebears. Despite depression and suffering, the rural population and people who lived there remained unchanged.
The Arabic-speaking Palestinian peasant is not a descendant of the Arab conqueror (Muslim) who captured Israel and Syria in the seventh century CE. The Arab conqueror did not destroy the agricultural population they found in the country. They expelled only the alien Byzantine rulers, and did not touch the local population nor did the Arabs go in for settlement. Even in their own homeland, the Arabians did not engage in farming. These Arabs did not seek new lands to settle their peasantry. Their interest was political, religious and material. They wanted to propagate Islam and to collect tax monies. The myth or romantic tale that the dominant group of modern Jews are uniquely the descendants of Abraham creates a tribal idolatry.
Although today’s Jews identify with Israel of the Old Testament, they are not uniquely the descendants of the patriarchs, and their rejection of Jesus has locked their focus on the tribal aspects of the Old Testament tradition while distancing themselves from the universal message of the Old Testament prophet. They have not “rights” to demand or “rights” to return in a genetic sense, displace or drive out its current inhabitants to establish a Jewish state. God gave them this land, once, now He owes them nothing!! I will prove the Jew and the Palestinean are really the same people!!

Liberalism vs Legalism Part 8

I am a legalist-I make no apology for it, even though theological sociologist call me a Pharisee, I believe that Jesus said: “this you should have done and not to have left the others undone.” The precision which originated the Bible should be treated with reverential fear. It was the Almighty sovereign God who gave it! Matthew 23:23 Christ quarrel with the Pharisees was because of their hypocrisy of God’s rules being bound on all but self and eviscerating the heart-the spirit-of the law in order to circumvent God’s intent and giving their ideas, validity. The Pharisees corollary evil was in presuming to be God, by binding rank opinions, not implications of Scripture, as law and gospel , more strongly than, the spiritual revelations. Their error was not in being doctrinally pure but in evading the law and so trying to mock God, the author of it!
When it comes to the word of God I am narrow-minded. It seems to me that I recall Jesus use of the word narrow in Matthew 7:14, when He said: “strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it.” I don’t know how you can be so open-minded or broad-minded and travel on a narrow path!! That seems to me like an oxymoron.
I am against libertines when they embellish or diminish God’s word. The taking of indecent liberties with the revealed will of the Almighty is sin!! I am militant about it! I believe it has to be according to a book, chapter, and verse- written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit or nothing at all! “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” nor is it baggage too heavy for me to carry. I have defended it in many instances and seek every opportunity that is available to me to do the same again. I pride myself in being eager to defend the gospel of Christ and bristle when those Christian brothers and sisters who should be the greatest helpers getting me to heaven throw up a caution flag for me to stop, that tell me I should use good sense and caution, consider other’s feelings, and try to drag me into the “grace-only gutter” with them! I am not interested in traditional barnyard philosophies dressed up in Sunday- go- to meeting easter egg hunts, or birthday celebrations of Christ!!
I am disturbed with all my liberal brethren can forgive everybody they disagree with on every error they face when dealing with those doctrinal liberals, can fellowship with every false denominational preacher in town, and participate in any feel-good religious exercise-but cannot fellowship me! I’m the one that is supposed to be unforgiving, unloving, unaware of God’s grace, and mean-spirited. It seems to me if they can forgive the failings of all others besides me, why do their tender hearts judge none but me? 2 Corinthians 5:11 If I know my heart, I’m more willing to extend what mercy and forgiveness is mine to extend, if only a man will repent and purpose to follow the gospel of Christ, and it alone. After all, it is upon the grace and mercy of heaven that I rest my eternal hopes! Ephesians 2:8; 4:31.
I am a legalist-I do not try to blur the line between rule-making and rule-keeping. I do not try to pray on an unsuspecting audience to teach them something that I know the word of God does not instruct them to obey. I feel it is my responsibility at any at all times to “speak where the Bible speaks,” quote what the Holy Spirit has had written, and live by the standards set by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I have no reason to follow a professor in a college, a desire to be well known, or keep my easy well-paying job just to make my situation in this life, comfortable!
I am a legalist-I do not allow the rapture, premillennialism, tongue speaking, nor the 1,000 year reign to go ignored. This is error!! I believe the Holy Spirit was right when He wrote through the apostle John: “if you bid them Godspeed, you are partakers of their evil deeds!

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 7

It is God who has only ONE Son, this many forget. Abraham had 7 sons. To say that the Jew is the son of God today would be to declare that God could have TWO sons and that these two would be equal in nature and substance. They were and are not!!! It was the Son on whom the inheritance rested by law!! The secret of Abraham’s seed was parentage, not only the father but also the mother. The seed which was not one but two, remember Adam could not pro-generate before Eve came from his side!! Anyone forgetting Sarai leaves out half of the equation. Sara was pre-selected, chosen and was not a condition of AWKWARD circumstance!! Sara was a free-woman which meant she was of royal heritage. 1 Peter 2:9 The difference was that the bondwoman was born after the flesh, the free woman was born of promise, prophecy. In the course of nature all would consider Ishmael possible whereas in the course of nature NO ONE would consider Isaac natural. Isaac nor Christ were not in the usual manner, born. The Jew is born by natural law, not by the law of the Spirit!! Definitely shown in Galatians 4:22-26, Sara, because of circumstances not of her choosing cried out: “cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not heir with the son of the free.” These mothers were allegorical, figurative (meant to teach a greater lesson), type and anti-type. They were not just any two women that existed-remember nothing is said of Keturah who was also a wife of Abraham! Only Sarah and Hagar were meant to typify, pre-figure, or prophesy two different covenants. Hagar was the covenant which came from Sinai (called Agar by the Arabians of that time) and was intended to prefigure Jerusalem which is of, from, prefigured, prophesied as coming from physical means. The other was Jerusalem (the Church of Christ) which has existed from, prefigured, prophesied to have already existed in the mind of God in heaven, for God married her to His Son in eternity, NOT TIMe!! “Sing O barren (one), thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, that that didst not travail with child, for more are the children of the desolate that the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:1
We who are a part of the predetermined, prophesied church, like Isaac are apart of the predetermined, prophesied offspring, who depend on the Christ, not on the flesh!! They who were apart of the fleshly lineage depend on Isaac for their ancestry. Sarah was intended to prefigure Jerusalem which is from above. The Church of Christ came from the pre-existent abode of the Godhead and we became, in the state called marriage, Christians under the new and better dispensation of the covenant, which is, which can continue free from sin and the curse of the moral and ceremonial law, “as we walk in the Light.” 1 John 1:7-9 To this freedom and enlargement, which describes this gospel dispensation, typified by Sarah the mother of the promised seed, we have accepted Christ, and rely upon Him, and look for justification and salvation by Him ALONE, as hereby we become the spiritual, though we are not the natural, seed of Abraham, so we are entitled to the promised inheritance and have great interest in the blessings of that promise. They who are children of the King, who might stumble at the opposition one might meet with from the Jews, who were so tenacious of their law as to be ready to persecute those who would not submit to it, Paul tells us that this was pointed out in type; for”as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted Him that was born after the Spirit, we must expect it would be “so now.” So we would find comfort in the prophecies, we would know that Judaism would sink, and wither, and perish; but true Christianity should flourish and last forever!! TODAY, THERE ARE NOT TWO SONS!! The Jewish people as a whole never enjoyed the acceptance of the Father, only the association with the Son, never engaged the Holy Spirit in the trials of obedience and perfection, and made no claim on the heaven as the destiny of their souls.