2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason, God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,
Category Archives: False Brethren & ant-Christ’s
I am guilty myself of being self-absorbed, and of course, it is not deliberate but rather to various extents part of all our natures.
I personally think that Religious self-absorption is the most hideous! The reason for this is that it focuses our attention on particular doctrines and personally held beliefs; that is not usually Biblical, or in some cases what might be called “extra-Biblical”, which is also unbiblical.
How does one discover how far off they might be? The answer is found in the Holy Spirit, the ultimate teacher! At this point, many will stop reading as it sounds like an oversimplification of finding the truth. But in fact, it is the only way to come into a knowledge of the truth!
I have studied my Bible for over 40 years, within the time frame I have been taught what I call extra-Biblical teachings, and like I said, they are not Biblical and oftentimes off balance. This is what so-called cults do, they use the scripture and customize them to their particular stick.
It is very important to have “good” Bible teachers. Even from the time of the Apostle Paul, many ministers struggled to have teaching explained within the proper contexts. Nowadays are certainly no exception! Many well intention people (and institutions) preach questionable doctrines as being from Christ, these are the ones Jesus referenced in Matthew 24:5,KJV: “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many.”
Jesus is speaking about false teachings “particularly” in the “end days” – and not just people claiming to be the Messiah or Savior! This passage describes a spiritual delusion, not just an intellectual one. All glory belongs to Christ the Lord, and not the teachers in other words. Ask yourself, how many have claimed to hold the truth, yet have deceived many?
It takes the Lord time to show us the places that we lack understanding, and I have found that one of the biggest obstetrical in my life has been well-meaning, yet deceived people themselves! This is why we must trust in the Lord, and lean not to our own understanding! That brings me to the point of walking by faith, and not by sight. It is too easy to be instructed by others “the way”, but ultimately we must discover this for ourselves. I am not speaking about some type of pluralistic philosophy based on relativism, I am speaking about being led of the Lord into all Biblical truths!
I have found that the first thing that must go is my introspective self adsorption to leaning to my own understanding. Only then is it possible for the Lord to show us himself and his absolute designing of the events and perceptions we may often misread?
Again, this is a very personal thing that all true believers need to yield to in our lives, as the Lord will not force His will upon anyone! This is not about rigid religious customs, ceremonies, or scriptural dogma, it is about yielding ourselves to Christ!
The problem is that many false teachers walk around today wanting people to follow them. Yet we must not; as that place of spiritual understanding and reproof belongs only to the Lord alone! Yes, there is correction and reproof from Elders in the church, but even being put out of the body, is so that ultimately the Lord will show us what we need to learn! That’s the only way anyone can truly learn anyway, as it’s our spiritual condition the Lord is concerned with, not our doctrine per say.
I once had a brother tell me that he could not teach me any more of the Lord. That was one of the most liberating moments in my life, although I didn’t realize it at the time. This was a painful point in my life, that the brother was removed I had known so well, however, it was so that the Lord himself could show me even greater truths; and by no small part in using even more mature brethren to help me grow in my understanding!
We used to say in street ministry, “don’t put God in a box – he won’t be able to teach you anything!” This holds particularly true concerning bad Bible teachings from people and institutions!
I am going to make a broad sweeping statement based on all the talking heads I see on TV. nowadays…
The one-degree rise in temperature has never been proven to be affected by strictly man-made emissions. In fact, it is less than 1% of CO2 to natural causes. This is alarm-ism, to give rise to global controls on people, bought and paid for by government grants to participating universities.
The country has shifted away from faith in God (the “Deluge Theory” as an example), to Evolutionary Theories, and a lot of pseudo-sciences at best. This is done to take down powerful Western industrialization, energy resources, agricultural production (s), and further research and development. This has all developed from Marxist doctrines after World War Two in the United States, primarily because of a teacher shortage at the time. Marxism (Humanism) was never designed to empower global peoples, but to rather enslave them (always a lucrative market) and even eliminate the undesirables! This is called Eugenics and is even a driving factor to the abortion industry.
On a side note: did you know that medical science is only second to making money in the oil industry?
Critical race theories are based on relativism, conjecture, and cognition biases, and are used to separate and divide populations into disdain and distrust for its citizenry, and yet this narrative is often cloaked in concern, ethics, and higher morality. But in actuality is Satanic in that it causes greater strife, violence, and lawlessness!
Once again, this is all a rejection of a righteous and loving God, the creator and sustainer of our universe, and all living souls for good. Everything spoken by broadcasters in the evenings now are anti-God, and ant-Family structuring as the Lord has envisioned.
Sexuality has become a choice, rather than the most basic and critical human factor of our existence!
Everything has a Satanic ring to it now; and on an individual (non-political) level, I implore you to look up and meditate on the following Bible verses.
These verses were posted by Jeff H. Ulrich
“Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,” – 2 Timothy 2:23-25
“The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.” – Proverbs 17:14
“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.” – James 4:11
“As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him,” – Titus 3:10
Always be careful to not put yourself above others. This has always plagued mankind throughout history!
WARNING: This is all about religion and politics, so if you are easily offended, don’t read this!
I don’t watch TV. a lot anymore, as I don’t like the ungodly and anti-nuclear family influence being put out today by Hollywood or other decadent broadcasters. The level of defiance to a once healthy family life has virtually disappeared from the screen. This is all in an effort to discredit any idea of the traditional Western culture once learned from the Bible in a sighting of the structuring of the paternally led family, inputting the man as the head of the household. This all started with the influence of feminism in the 1960s and supported by those who subscribed to Marxist doctrines, in an effort to tear down the principles of stability within the family structure, devoid of God’s ordinances.
A couple nights ago, I just happened to walk past the TV and witnessed two males engaged in homosexual sex with each other, the one giving the other oral sex, in having his head surging between the other’s legs! I was shocked, and asked the wife what program she was watching? She replied, it is about farming, so I thought it was safe to watch! Now, admittedly it didn’t show any genitalia in this act, but the idea that children might see this on a regular TV show, I found deeply disturbing with the idea of desensitizing them to what in the past would have been considered degenerate and wicked sexual behavior.
This desensitizing of children is perverse and wicked! But that is a part of today’s agenda against God, I’m afraid. Parents and others are now terrified to speak out against what is now called “Marriage Equality” for fear of reprisals! Never mind this is only about 2% of the population engaged in such behavior, but now we must not only tolerate it, but we are being forced to promote it!
The Bible teaches that rebellion against God is as Witchcraft; so to discredit God (or His existence) is actually to follow the Spirit of Satan, rather than the Holy Spirit of God. Obama’s push for an anti-western culture, which is also called anti-colonialism is really centered around the ideals of the predominant traditional white cultures of the world. White of not, the thrust of the “Critical Race Theory” being taught in the classroom, also known as by Conservatives as Cancel Culture, is really an effort to discredit the merits of a once God-honoring Western Civilization with debauchery and a rebellion against morality, traditional ethics, and ultimately the laws of God, which are not even allowed for display any longer within a public courthouse.
This is all really just hidden bigotry and hatred to the Lord God, and his principles governing all of our lives – whether we believe in him or not! The Bible teaches that “my people perish because of lack of knowledge” (of the truth). So all history must be destroyed and rewritten and taught to accommodate the destruction of the order of the family, and ultimately the loss of civilization as we have known it!
Apologizing for the “white man” and his (Straight) Paternal Society, as discriminatory to all other peoples is the key. This is why Obama embraced and projected the “Rainbow Flag” onto the White House, as a symbol to the world of his post-modern and anti-colonial viewpoint of how he thought the world should be; and even stating that America was no longer a Christian Country. Everything he embraced was done in animosity towards so-called colonialism, the God-honoring values of the past, and to be blunt – racism, that the world has suffered with from the time of Babble for millenniums!
We have now entered a post-modern age going from absolute values to relativism. Christian ethics to pluralism, where everyone does what is right within their own minds. In retrospect, this is not only the rejection of God within society but is actually an apology to Satan, forever having engaged in God Honoring Values!
The most concerning of all this is that Conservatives and Christians will now be targeted as “EXTREMISTS” when in actuality they are not extreme at all, only they hold to a level of decency no longer honored by a post-modern and embittered population, who hate any viewpoint not ascribing to their own! The really odd point to me is that; progressives like these believe they are being virtuous towards others, in now what is a complete reversal to the values and natural laws of our past!
It all goes back to original sin, like when Cain murdered Able out of jealousy! Though shall not covet what thy neighbor has, it is the Lord who gives or takes away. It is righteousness that either exalts or destroys a nation, not its wealth. If we forget God, then He will either correct us or destroy us!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ frees men: Totalitarians enslave them! The dumbest thing I have ever heard is not to include the Lord in Government!
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In our ever-increasing immoral society we will see demonic activity grow ever stronger prior to the arrival of the “Man of Sin”, “That Wicked, the son of perdition” commonly called “The Antichrist”. In this video (although I jump around in my thoughts) I try and give a brief description of the demonic oppression which I have learned in my life. The man who trained me in ministry had 3 doctorate degrees and worked as an Exorcist in Baltimore City.
It is by the Grace of God that we come to Jesus Christ, in repentance towards Salvation; we are sealed for the day of “redemption” of our glorified bodies the Bible tells us. Yet we must choose to walk either in the Holy Spirit, or in the flesh. The Lord will not force us to “yield to the Spirit” in the workings in our lives, as that is up to us to decide. The book of Acts explains to us about the Holy Spirit, and that the “natural mind receives not” the things of God; so that too becomes a choice of our free will – to walk in the Spirit, or the flesh. It has taken me a long time to understand this rift between the “spiritual” brethren, and the “natural” ones!
We must be careful to be listening to the Lord in the love of Christ, so we do not fall into the trap of being self-serving, rather than God serving when concerning others.
Bear One Another’s Burdens
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. 6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
I could go on and on writing verses (like the link holds above) yet it is fruitless for the heart which has become hardened to God!
As an accredited (Reformed) minister, I have watched the world spiral slowly downwards away from the Lord God into liberal relativism or pluralism; there is no anchor of truth broadly, only a consistent drifting away from the Lord and His Holy Righteousness, which is only made complete in Christ!
Alas, most conservative, or extensively Christian website are marked as “Ultra-Right” websites, often said to be fake or extremist in content! I have personally been witnessing that most web advisors increasingly mark such pages as Dangerous to your computer, citing everything from Phishing scams (Like Sean Hannity’s new book – Live free of Die) or the “forced closed – for content violation website” AMERICA’S FRONTLINE DOCTORS, which was forced to move to (I believe PJ medias) SUMMIT NEWS website, because of a BREITBART NEWS live broadcast on Monday, July 27, 2020: listed, then later taken down by Facebook, including removing Tweets by President Trump – it had 17 Million Views!
Then Twitter, YouTube, and some other “Big 6” web advisor browsers marked the new America’s Frontline Doctors web page as Malicious Sites with having Trojan Horses, Viruses… which exploit security vulnerabilities in browsers or other applications!
World Net Daily (WND), another Christian based conservative news site, is described as “ an American news and opinion website and online news aggregator which has been described as “fringe” and far right as well…”
Jihad Watch is a blog run by Robert B. Spencer (who’s books are listed in FBI training materials) has been described as an anti-Muslim conspiracy website, pushing “Islamophobia”. Yet Robert Spencer is a devout Christian man stating that he is pushing “the ‘good’ kind of Islamophobe” in an attempt to warn the (Western) World of the dangers of Jihad.
Other Christian site like Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family are increasingly marked as extreme and dangerous, although they have been around for years, in helping families raise children, some having specific needs.
What I am witnessing is a tightening of the Christian informed culture, as being biased and bigoted, not because they have changed their positions; but because the world is becoming increasingly hostile towards them!
This election year, with many failed attempts to remove the President of the United States, it is increasingly obvious the lengths that the left and Globalist will go to in dividing and destroying the country, and even the world in dictating their policies – which have even taken form of protecting the environment, food water and population control.
Oftentimes Christian people like to remove themselves from events of the world, calling them “worldly”, and indeed they are, yet calling events worldly does not negate the ungodly impact upon the world while standing for the truth of God.
We are all responsible for moving and abiding in Christ for others, in all our endeavors while standing against evil. It seems to me the so-called “ultra-right sites” is merely a reflection of just how far left the Country (and World) has drifted away from God’s righteousness.
This is specifically true on the internet, which ever-increasing calls evil good, and good evil: albeit for the love of money, power, and control!
This is a screenshot of an email I received from Back to the Bible; it shows the true meaning of what the Apostle Paul was speaking about in “running the good race” for Christ. It is pure and simple, it reminds us that life is a challenge, and if we do not want to be disqualified, we will push forward in our faith to obtain the victory in every matter we might encounter!
Paul wrote this as an encouragement to the early church, it was not a threat based in fear of losing one’s Salvation. As this was written in love, in showing the great power available to all believers who will put their trust in Christ alone throughout their lives in faith. It was never intended to be used for a worrisome foreboding, in using guilt and fear, (which this text it is oftentimes manipulated the mean) – yet it does not!
The natural mind understands NOT the things of God…
The elect, providence, the cross, running the good race, saved from sin, eternal life, regeneration, sanctification, Holiness, redemption, leaven (puffed up) and the contexts of sound doctrine cannot be completely understood by the natural mind alone. Rather it is by “Faith Alone” through the atoning blood of Christ that we are made complete.
If we attempt to grasp our faith in Christ by intellect alone, we will become frustrated in discovering we have no power over sin! Yet, more often than not many believe they play apart in their redemption – and eternal security by works; and yet works without faith is dead!
It has been my experience that Salvation is in “quantum mechanics” or a Spiritual issue, (as it is conceived in the mind of God) and therefore has no beginning and no end, so it cannot be grasped through our natural understanding of the scriptures alone, but only by faith which also is spiritual and God inspired.
I believe Paul understood this, and is why he preached Christ, and Christ Crucified “alone” then instructed the brethren to move in faith beyond what is elementary.
Yet men still contend and are content to argue the essence of what Christ has already accomplished at Calvary! In my opinion, this is because men refuse to try and fathom the infinite love and mercy by grace our heavenly father has given to all who would believe on the only-begotten son of the living God, who suffered on a cross and given as a ransom for all who would put their faith in him.
Salvation seems to be a never-ending argument (like many others) in using men who founded many different “denominational” positions and beliefs’. Often the later imperfect founders are scrutinized for their brutality in pushing their beliefs on others, “and rightly so”. Yet this does not negate nor diminish the power of the Gospel in any way shape or form!
By FAITH, we are saved by GRACE, and not of ourselves, that any man may boast.
We are Bridesmaids and are to remain FAITHFUL, not out of fear but because of our love for Christ. Are they’re those who will be lost: absolutely – but not because of their human efforts, it is simply because they would not remain faithful to Christ – and Christ alone for salvation. This boils down to the heart, not dogma nor our personal failings, but rather our love for the Bridegroom. Which is all based in God inspired faith, not religious works of the flesh.
Maybe if we keep our mouths shut, no one will notice that we belong to the Lord…? That sounds like Peter, prior to Pentecost!
[PS; I forgot to mention energy & environmental controls as well – towards the end of the video.]
Is a tool of Satan in manipulating our emotions to carry a burden around that we need not be carrying. So, we seek relief by trying to atone for it! Yet the Bible teaches that we are only accountable for our own sins alone before the Lord, and that Christ shed his blood for the sinner that we might be set free! If we confess OUR SINS, he is faithful and just to forgive us, as we are redeemed by the atonement on the cross alone, and not of our own efforts!
I have discovered over the years that when I get a deep spiritual pain to my heart because of something someone has said to me, it is because they are attacking Christ within me! This is a very distinctive feeling unlike any other. We all have disagreements, but an attack in our spirit is nothing less than spiritual warfare given by the spirit of anti-Christ! *I want to thank Will Johnson, of Unite America First; for inadvertently showing me this on one of his videos.
It is most interesting to me that the scriptures talk about a humble and contrite heart (faith of a child) being required to follow the Lord. In contrast to this, Pride and coupled with Elitism seems to me to be the way of controlling others – even as a small god. The “new world leader” will be revealed as a caring and loving sort towards humanity, but the Bible later speaks about an abrupt change of demeanor as one demanding to be worshipped as God: or face death! The first step in controlling people is to be able to track them, and that you cannot buy or sell without the “Mark of the Beast” (Satan). The Lord will crush him with the brightness of his coming, but in my estimation, we have to have a build up first towards global tracking and control – for the “Good” of all Humanity!
As one who was born under 48 stars in the American flag, I have watched the decline of a great nation ever since!
Powerful Leaders have conspired against free people since tribalism began in the world: Matthew 24:37-39 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Humanism, (anti-Christian) anti-Bible, within our society with the opening of the “establishment clause” with the growing of the Atheist and Feminist movement of the 1960s was propelled forward by people like Madalyn Murray O’Hair in 1962, changed the policy of mandatory prayers and Bible reading in Baltimore public schools: the area in which I grew up.
This “new religion” of humanism. had slowly migrated into our school systems after World War Two, primarily because of a teacher’s shortage within the United States at the time. Politically and Militarily, we had defeated the NAZI’s, yet Communism became our new enemy, and nuclear weapons our newest concern with an arms race and Cold War, which morphed into a political space race, including the moon landing in 1969 as put forth by JFK prior to his assassination.
What was NOT foreseen after World War Two, was the acceptance of what is now called “Cultural Marxism” within education, broadcasting, and the many civil liberty groups which enviably grew from a time of great changes.
Ultimately (spoken as a believer in the Gospel), it is not really about the “Nation States” which the Lord preordained after Babel; known as (ethos Biblically) a makeup of a certain people, culture, ideology, religion, and a common language. Rather history is about what the Lord God allows or disallows to transpire, and the “new Globalism” via U.N. mandates is taking form.
The Decline of Western Nationalism
I first witnessed the decline of U.S. Patriotism around 1968 during the Vietnam war. My Dad had a shop which sold American flags, and the sales dropped dramatically after the Tet offensive, never to return – except briefly after the 9-11 attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon. My wife and I had nearly completed our 20 years of military service after the attacks, and were shocked like everyone else, that civilian airliners were used for such destruction and loss of American life.
We both continued to do our part in defense of this Nation; and after returning home from orders cut under Operation Enduring Freedom, just over a year later I would suffer a near fatal heart attack ending my military career as a technician.
I really hate to have to write this next paragraph, because as a loyal soldier, Christian and nationalist; I never wanted to believe it possible that a “New World Order” first spoken publicly by George Bush, seems to me to have reared its ugly head within multiple events in an effort in transforming the world – to the revealing of Satan, and his minions to an unbelieving world!
To me, this is tragic, and increasingly unbelievable to one who actively supports the U.S. Constitution, and who’s family fault in the American Revolution. Yet this is a time of strong delusions, and we all must look at what may make us uncomfortable in the pursuance of a greater truth.
Psychologists call this our “Confirmation Biases” and we all choose to believe what makes us most comfortable, be it our politics, faith, and even our health.
I never wanted to believe that 9-11 was anything but a terrorist attack; yet more and more evidence shows that steal frame buildings have never come down, nor specifically pancaked due to the result of fire. With some mechanical (marine) engineering skill sets, including fuel, some firefighting, and metal stress understanding it is increasingly difficult to believe the “official” physical evidence of towers coming down based solely as a result of commercial airliners horrifically shearing into the upper floors of “two” world trade centers and the complete pulverized results of a nearly freefalling collapse!
Yesterday I saw a mime with Adolph Hitler on it, it read if science were followed instead of Christianity, Hitler would have never come to power. This enraged me, and I wrote “NAZI Eugenics (science) caused Hitler to come to power, not Christianity fool!” The Nuremberg trials, and specifically the Doctors Trail of 22 NAZI doctors who were thought instrumental in establishing the Third Reich were based on this so called “science”.
In my view, when you invoke “humanistic science” (evolution) as supreme, instead of the laws of God (natural law) as supreme; you have just made the laws of man superior to an all knowing God, the creator and keeper of the universe. And both the NAZI’s and the Communists invoke this!
For the lack of a better term, I will call these people “Power Brokers”. Control of humanity is the ultimate goal. First must go individual liberties, which our founding fathers understood in depth! Then free speech, worship, the independent press, enterprise, property, water, food, energy resources and medicine. The staples of any free peoples. The “information age’ has enabled such a lofty goal, with now 24/7 programming continually pumped into the population, and I suspect monitoring of people will be next!
This leads me into another point, in taking away of individual liberties for the collective. And what better way to do it than in the name of science, health care: the supreme issue for the survival and health and wellbeing of all peoples!
Just like the NAZI’s championed Eugenics using “science”, todays Power Brokers globally, also attempt to use science to address the environment, population growth, energy, food, water, air, and even temperature! It is a one size fits all type of control of money and individuals.
As Madeline Albright once slipped up by saying; (Paraphrase) Christianity is the greatest single threat to our country – (read) progressive agenda. So, in my estimation, anything is allowed in pluralistic hedonism, apart from Christianity just like in ancient Rome! The reason is because belief in a higher power is unacceptable to all power brokers who are threatened by such a mindset!
Oh Lord, I hate to say it; but even this global pandemic involving COVID-19 which is very real, has brought down not only this nation, but most all nations globally. I would rather believe this was not planned – or invented yet this does not appear to be the case. And even if this was a naturally occurring phenomenon, why are drugs like Hydroxy Quarantine developed in 1955 for fighting microbes in drinking water so resisted and limited to U.S. doctors who feel it may be effective in certain patients?
I will leave the medical observations to more qualified people than myself; but just like the 9-11 attacks on the Twin Towers, this “Wuhan Virus” seems to me like more of a “Plandemic” by Global Power Brokers, pharmaceutical’s, and high tech, to gain control, rather than the “caring loving global community” which they pretend to be! And to hell with God’s appointed nation states says these Devil’s children!
Wishing everyone a solemn Memorial Day!
Matthew 24:6–7 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
If we agree that all of this lockdown fervor can be used as a means of conditioning the American people to willingly give up some of their liberties and rights, then the discussion naturally goes to the question, “What are we being conditioned for?” We’ll answer that question in this episode of Activate America, patriotically staying active during COVID-19 lockdown. With that question in mind, let us introduce the May 18, 2020 issue of The New American magazine, titled “Forced Vaccines and Digital IDs.”
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My Utmost for His Highest, reads : Take the Initiative
…add to your faith virtue… 2 PETER 1:5
Add means that we have to do something. We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save nor sanctify ourselves— God does that. But God will not give us good habits or character, and He will not force us to walk correctly before Him. We have to do all that ourselves. We must “work out” our “own salvation” which God has worked in us (Philippians 2:12). Add means that we must get into the habit of doing things, and in the initial stages that is difficult. To take the initiative is to make a beginning— to instruct yourself in the way you must go.
Beware of the tendency to ask the way when you know it perfectly well. Take the initiative— stop hesitating— take the first step. Be determined to act immediately in faith on what God says to you when He speaks, and never reconsider or change your initial decisions. If you hesitate when God tells you to do something, you are being careless, spurning the grace in which you stand. Take the initiative yourself, make a decision of your will right now, and make it impossible to go back. Burn your bridges behind you, saying, “I will write that letter,” or “I will pay that debt”; and then do it! Make it irrevocable.
We have to get into the habit of carefully listening to God about everything, forming the habit of finding out what He says and heeding it. If, when a crisis comes, we instinctively turn to God, we will know that the habit has been formed in us. We have to take the initiative where we are, not where we have not yet been.
In my opinion therefore, it is wrong to “hide behind the Lord” when in fact we are being simply apathetic towards others; or when saying things like; it is wrong to love the world – instead of the Lord, when we are actually only loving ourselves! This is rather just a sanctimonious viewpoint of the soul, and ultimately the “grandest excuse” to be self-absorbed, apathetic, complacent, and dismissive of others!
With this type of narcissistic psychopathy (which can stem from a poor upbringing or parenting skills) one must “push in to overcome this emotional complacency” by moving outside one’s self in the service of others, rather than simply “ withdrawing in the Lord” (self-Sanctification) as an excuse from the idea of – actually engaging with others; which is oftentimes required to be effective to others, and our Lord when he direct us to be.
In short, our apathy towards others should never be painted as in simply following “Holiness”; when in fact Jesus never instructed anyone to become so socially withdrawn as to not engage with others. In fact, this type of behavior could be viewed as disobedience; when the Lord attempts to move in us – yet we will not be moved, and therefore is not in accordance with the scriptures, and is not how the Holy Spirit operates – but rather rooted in self instead.
The god of this world is coming, and already at work within our midst.
Constant media “suggestion” subverts the mind for easier control…
Anyway. that’s what my dream was all about, a prisoner in my own home!
When one sees themselves as alway in the right, the need to forgive and love others as yourself fades away, this is commonly referred to as legalism! Matthew 24:12 speaks to this, and why folks have no more use for others!
Poor Bible understanding of Isaiah and other scriptures create such fervent and even desperation in proving oneself worthy! Yet Christ is the only justification; for all to come to a saving faith in him. When Israel rejected Christ, then the Gospel went out to the Gentiles for salvation for those who put their faith in him. (Matthew 7:13-14).
Romans 9:27–28 (ESV): 27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28 for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.”
Romans 11 – * referencing Isaiah
That Israel has not been forever set aside is the theme of this chapter.
(1) The salvation of Paul proves that there is still a remnant ( Romans 11:1 )
(2) The doctrine of the remnant proves it ( Romans 11:2-6 ).
(3) The present national unbelief was foreseen ( Romans 11:7-10 ).
(4) Israel’s unbelief is the Gentile opportunity ( Romans 11:11-25 ).
(5) Israel is judicially broken off from the good olive tree, Christ ( Romans 11:17-22 ).
(6) They are to be grafted in again ( Romans 11:23 Romans 11:24 ).
(7) The promised Deliverer will come out of Zion and the nation will be saved ( Romans 11:25-29 ). That the Christian now inherits the distinctive Jewish promises is not taught in Scripture. The Christian is of the heavenly seed of Abraham ; Genesis 15:5 Genesis 15:6 ; Galatians 3:29 and partakes of the spiritual blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.