This is THE question of Antiquity, is it God or the Devil, the Pope or the Reformers, is it based on absolute truth, or is it based on plural relativism? Is it how one group of people collectively think, or is it the person who questions outside the established norms? Is the earth flat, or is it round, was man meant to fly, or was he not? I submit to you, in the spirit of classical liberalism of free thought, ideas and speech, that we never would have come to a conclusion to these questions without the ability of public freedom of expression!
(I am forced to post this video here, instead of my Lightship Ministries channel, due to a 90-day ban of my first YouTube strike about the 2020 election)
Today, we all live in ever-increasing evil times, where right becomes wrong and wrong right. The best defense against this Apostate Cancel Culture is by learning to listen to the Lord in an ever-dependent spiritual level of maturity. Unfortunately, this experiential growth is not often expressed, yet it is very important to learn how to listen and obey the Lord’s leading for our own security.
Want to destroy a people? On this 4th of July, I was reflecting on this great nation, its founding principles, its goodness, and its sins.
In the Bible, a Nation is known in Greek as Ethos, this is how we get the word Ethnic (group) from. Like at Wounded Knee, the U.S. Army set out to destroy the “Indian’s” (Native American’s) history and culture, and replace it with something else!
This methodology is an ancient principle of warfare, as once the history and culture are destroyed, the people are powerless to have unity and fight back, therefore bringing them into submission to what the new governing authorities want!
This method has been repeated again and again in history, from simple tribal conflicts to global movements like under Adolf Hitler.
In the “so-called” enlightenment age, it was used to rebel against the Roman church authorities. Carl Marx championed this method to undermine anything that even remotely resembled the idea of God, his ordinances, and morality. In fact, it was Marx who was said to teach his followers to be critical of all social constructs which existed, and destroys them to replace it with the teaching he espoused would make things more “just”, starting with the tenants of eliminating all Judaeo-Christian principles!
Later, a worshiper of Satan, Marx knew full well there is a God, but hated him, and much like Lucifer, set out to overthrow his created work by lie denial and deception!
This has worked wonderfully in subverting the natural sciences away from God, into an “at random” no God theory of development by pure chance! No intelligent design, order, or assembler of the creation! Next, is the destruction of natural laws, social identity, culture, (not inclusion – but exclusion), and all past understanding of a given people’s history.
Every tyrant who wanted to force his will upon another uses these same principles to divide and destroy the peoples’ unity! It is simply fascinating the amount of “doublespeak” which is employed nowadays, to include the very manipulation of a language, to get people to think as you wish!
The best place to start this type of manipulation is with the young, both the Communists and Nazi’s in World War Two simply eliminated all those who had opposing thoughts, as undesirable’s, and either so-called re-educated them, or easier still, resorted to murdering the educated, doctors, lawyers, educators, clergy, or anyone else who would dare stand in the way!
The whole principle of the American experiment of Government was set up to take power from oppressive government and empower the people instead. This was called liberty or freedom to be independent of tyrannical control of those with often overbearing power, and abuse!
The ultimate giver of freedom was the Lord Jesus Christ to humanity, not Satan, who only seeks to destroy, posses, and enslave others by temptation!
Today, even the idea of man and women, their strengths and weaknesses in specific roles, which were designed by God to function well as a family (team) have been distorted almost beyond recognition! Children are taught rebellion against parents is freedom, and good discipline and responsibility is oppressive; even perhaps called whiteness!
Why do Americans put up with these lies and manipulations, which the Bible says is as witchcraft! I believe it is because of ignorance, or distortion of not just American History, but Global History as well; now excluding the reading of the Bible, who only Satan and Karl Marx himself would have delighted in!
The sentimental ideals about fixing the world, so we can all live in peace has never, nor will ever be accomplished by appeasements or cultural “pluralism” enforced by “compassionate governance” no matter how large and powerful. Rather, big government controls have instead led to the oppression of the populace on mass! In short, this is why even Global controls won’t work!
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.
The way I read the U.S. Constitution, the Federal Government has no right under our laws to shut down private or corporate enterprise in any form: including factory production of various items, on a large or small scale. They are NOT to take control (but only regulate) the banking and commodities industry, automotive industry, aircraft industry, mining industry, farming industry, food service industry, grocery industry, hardware, software industry, the transportation industry, including shipping, oil industry, natural gas industry, firearms industry, medical industry, research, development, or scientific advancements. The Government cannot (legally) invade or confiscate private homes or property, land – or its management, nor any natural resource without express consent of its people.
A free Government has no right to dictate how people are educated, what people can read, or how to express themselves; be it by word of mouth in the public or private sector. Or be it by the written word, or in broadcasting; except for war, or a “real” (not contrived) national emergency.
Ask yourself, why was “freedom of assembly” one of the first principles of our Government?
It should be obvious; so the people could not be controlled by an outside force or the State – apart from our constitutional laws.
Totalitarian Governments, Tyrants, and Dictators, function in violation of all the above principles of “human rights”. Power to the people: often chanted by peoples oppressed, are enshrined within our Constitution. Even the name Constitution itself, was agreed to by free men and women who insisted how they wanted to be governed by the State.
Yet Totalitarian Government and Global elitists seek ways to grab power and wealth, natural resources, private property, and civil liberties, and therefore oppress and ultimately enslave the masses. But first they must convince people all this is done in their best interests; (health education and welfare) and for the interests of the collective, and even in using as a political tool the environment in which we live and breath!
History has proven tyranny out again and again, and only the ignorance of these principles, are the first step towards control, and the ultimate power grab of humanity!
Isaiah 5:20Woe 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 newAmerica’s Frontline Doctors web pageasMalicious 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’sFocus 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!
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.
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.
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 24:37-3937 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 asolemn Memorial Day!
Matthew 24:6–76 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.
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!
Missionary Evangelist Robert Breaker talks about the things the world will lose in the last days according to the Bible. NOTE: I erroneously said that there were 250,000 killed world-wide by the CoronaVirus. That figure was a little high. As of 4/23/2020 the actual figure was: 190,788. So, I wanted to make sure I gave the actual figure as of the date I posted this video.
The fear of COVID 19 seems to have stopped cold many in their tracks, but our “earthly security is but an illusion” unless we understand the greater good at work among us! I attempt to explain just how we might get paralyzed with fear, and the actual position we find ourselves in.
I unquestionably believe that being partakers with Christ’s blood atonement on the cross is the only way in which we are made acceptable to the Lord. The whole of the Gospel depends upon the shedding of blood for the remission of sin. If men make religious ceremonies which detract from this life-giving truth, they have perhaps even unknowingly, taken away from the truth of the “Lamb who was slain” in our behalves. In this video I “hyper focus” upon the blood of Christ at the atonement, and wonder why anyone would detract from the Lamb’s blood which was shed for us?
The Passover lamb was the sacrifice given at the temple for sins of the jews for that year. Since the temple was destroyed, the jew is no longer permitted to eat lamb at passover.
Lent and Passover have many similarities in recognizing our sin struggle and new birth by the atonement in what Christ has done for us as the lamb of God on the cross; which we celebrate at Easter.
To me, although most would disagree; it seems that eating of Fish on good friday, in observance of Christ hanging on the cross; would be akin to not partaking in the feast of the Lamb: who is Christ, much like the Jew will not partake in eating lamb (any longer at Passover) as they will not recognise the heavenly tabernacle now seated with the blood of Christ on the bemis seat!?
Is not eating lamb, but fish on Fridays actually symbolizing or rejecting the atonement of Christ in action? Even Holy Communion while partaking symbolically in the body and blood of Christ, in remembrance of him; was Christ’s own commandment to his disciples. So, to the contrary would be the sustaining from red meat in which the Roman Catholic tradition insist upon!
Is it just me, or do these other religious traditions deny Christ’s atonement on the cross? And if so, I would submit to the listener that remorse for sin can never be forgiven without the spiritual partaking of receiving the blood and body of the Lamb. The Sanctimonious actions of having remorse for our sins; achieves nothing without partaking in the act of forgiveness by the blood of the lamb!
And although Passover and Lent are religious ceremonies conducted in order to honor our Lord, they are but worthless without taking the blood and body unto ourselves. To me, that is a Satanic twist which purposely misses the point of the cross.
The Saint’s White Raiment only obtained in Christ: is unspotted by works of our flesh.
In my estimation, we only have two choices in how to walk “in Christ” ; we either realize our utter dependency on “Christ’s work alone” within our lives, or we attempt and apply a type of legalism in achieving a superior walk toward perfection, while “using” the Holy Spirit’s assistance.
To the natural understanding within our souls, this may look to be a good option. Yet I firmly believe, this is like taking something blemished and stained of the flesh, and attaching it to an unblemished and unstained article yet expecting it to remain pure.
No place which I’m aware of in the Bible speaks of taking a filthy rag and then laundering it with an unstained garment.
Missionary Evangelist Robert Breaker asks if Jesus could come in 2020, while he gives clues from the Bible itself as to when the rapture might be.
Although I am versed in the 70 AD scripture concerning the “666” Antichrist, which undoubtedly occurred: I don’t believe this negates other texts in the scriptures, such as 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 or Revelation 17: 1-18.
One of the reasons I believe this is that the term “Antichrist” as used in multiple scriptures shows that an Antichristcan be anyone who denies the power of the risen Lord. Whereas, The “Man of Sin”, “That Wicked”, “The son of Perdition”, “The Beast” could be speaking about more than (an) Antichrist (which we have plenty of even today) when this term was originally coined by John, in– 1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
So yes “Antichrist” was already in the world at the sacking of Rome and the Temple. Yet it is still plausible that: The one who is filled with the “spirit of anti-Christ” is no different than say the Pope of Rome, or any other Minister who would detract from the Lord Jesus Christ – as the only mediator between God and Man. This alone signifies (an) Antichrist; yet I tend to believe that: The “Man of Sin”, “That Wicked”, “The son of Perdition”, “The Beast” are titles to an entirely more powerful being: namely Satan himself!
If this be the case (and I don’t know if it is) we would be likely to see Satan appear as a world leader prior to the return of Christ. Could it possibly be that the term ant-Christ is being confused with the identity of Satan himself? I think it plausible!
I’m simply jotting some thoughts down today about this subject, primarily to share with others what they need to understand about less then honorable motivations often used, (yet not often realized) by allot of people which would rather have you follow them, than the Holy Spirit of the Lord.
Today I am 61 years of age; and one thing I have learned over the years through experience is that even well-meaning people will often use the Lord and the Bible to win people over to a particular type of thinking and actions. Years ago, the late Pastor Gross, D.D. Th.D. PhD (in psychology) would always tell us that never to believe anything he said, without having the Lord confirm it to you first!
He also said to NEVER put God in a “Box” (a belief system about the Lord) as, he would never be able to show you anything! Outside of foundational Bible truths of our faith, we must learn not be swayed by other’s viewpoints which may stray outside of the Biblical texts.
It is fine to learn how to walk in the Holy Spirit by faith alone, and it is even a good thing to understand the cunningness of our enemy Satan, his demons, and his tricks. One important thing to know about the enemy, is that he normally attacks the mind and emotions first, and then the rest of the body only after he is unsuccessful (for the believer). Put on the full armor of God Ephesians 6 10 24 and also remember, the Lord will not give you more than you are able to “stand”, so this normally never becomes a problem for one who is attempting to live by faith in Jesus Christ! Praise God!
Matthew 24: 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Our understanding of the Bible in balance, both in teachings and contexts is very important so as not to become deceived by the enemy; even an ignorant but well meaning soul when espousing bad Bible doctrines may unwittingly fall into this trap. The Lord is well able to protect his people from heresies taught in the scriptures within the providence of our lives; yet it may take some time for our Lord to weed out false doctrines in our lives, even for the most committed believer.
Rather, it is mush better to be instructed in the faith, just who Christ is to us, and how he functions with his Disciples indwelt by his Holy Spirit.
A proper understanding of the Lord in accordance with the scriptures, is the first step in living a healthy spiritual life devoid of what I will call “superstitions”. Remember, Satan simply attacks the emotions and intellect first, so we must learn to “cast down imagination” to a more rational understanding of the God of the Bible. We must never allow our fears to cripple our balanced understanding of the scriptures and our Lord. In my opinion, this is critical to our understanding so that we don’t go off thinking everything we don’t understand or feel within our lives is demonic: as in most casesit simply is not, rather it is a result of poor understanding, and our emotionally charged thought life.
Often times people who are unbalanced in their understanding of the Bible have distorted to various degrees it’s contexts. It almost goes without saying that, this is how most “Cult” leaders (perhaps unwittingly) deceive others!
I for one have learned this the hard ways to various degrees, and is why the late Dr. Gross always told us to check out what he taught us with the Lord, and not to believe it on face value alone. The reason he said, was that anyone who was more convincing then himself, could lead you down a path that was deceptive. I think that is very sound advice, and it has served me well throughout my Christian life.
It is only natural for most people to have a love for themselves first, and then others. This is why we must not get prone to following men. I have met very well-meaning people who love to share with others their faith in Jesus Christ; and that is a wonderful attribute! Yet one of the principles for an Elder in the Bible is to run their own household well! This is very important for several reasons, but foremost is how they are in dealing with other people, besides themselves. The wisdom is in these texts: Titus 1:6-9 & 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
I have put Titus 1:6-9 first, as it focuses on not being self-willed, loving his wife, and faithful children. Verse 9 speaks about; knowing sound doctrine, as it is (properly) taught, encourage others and being able to refute (Bible) error by those who would oppose it.
1 Timothy 3:1-7 says much the same thing, but Titus 1:6-9 has fewer words; and I will emphasize verse 6, as it talks about not being filled with pride, and a good testimony with others so he won’t be disgraced or snared by Satan.
Those are some very tough standards for an Elder, yet all of them are present for very good reasons, not the least of which is our testimonial to Christ. We have all seen charlatans preach on T.V. a distorted and self-aggrandizing Gospel, which takes on a kind of carnival (Carnal) atmosphere. Most mature believers find this repulsive, and yet oftentimes these selfish preachers love taking pot shots at other ministers, even some who are sound in the faith because of their own pre-conceived beliefs; yet if they are unfounded by scripture it may be just a matter of different opinions.
We see this throughout the scriptures as well, and is why we must be careful that we build up the body of Christ (in love for God) – rather than simply propping up our own beliefs in the flesh. The best answer for not overstepping ourselves, is in accountability not only to the Lord, but to others brethren in humility, rather than a self-righteous pride which many may struggle with, even unknowingly.
How can I write these, things you may ask? That’s very simple to answer, I have done it myself!
If we truly love others more than ourselves, we must understand that we all struggle with similar “conditions of the soul” and be willing to make allowances for others shortfalls, with this we can grow and be of even more help to the Lord as well as edifying our own walks.
I am not speaking about allowing sinfulness in a fellowship at all; rather I am simply addressing that we do not become dogmatic in our Bible doctrines to the point that it destroys others!
I had a little too much Coffee on this one – fidgeting around, but the TRUTH of the Gospel is Paramount to all of our growth in Christ!
The best example of the Gospel, is what the Apostle Paul said it was in 1 Corinthians: I’m using verses 6:12; 10:23 as described by Paul to what the basis of the Gospel actually are.
I’ve witnessed those who have allot of zeal in attempting to serve the Lord, yet people who attack others in their faith (aside from addressing sin) is unmerited and abusive, often from a deep seated and self righteous pride, which is obviously not detected from those who practice such pettiness…
Romans 2: 1-4 speaks of how the Lord views such people.
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Sermon for Sunday, October 4, 2015. This is the fifty-third sermon preached in English on thecloudchurch.org. It was preached by Pastor/Missionary Evangelist Robert Breaker, who presents the BIBLE DOCTRINE of once saved, always saved.
It has been said that the doctrine of once saved always saved is a “Broadroader’s” doctrine; yet in fact, it is a sound Biblical doctrine!
Perhaps it is the ones who practice a type of “Lordship Salvation” apart from the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ’s atonement on the cross, who will hear – Matthew 7:23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity!
Nothing we do can ever substitute the completed work which Christ alone has done on the cross. You cannot add to, or take from this action of love, which our heavenly Father has done in sending his only begotten son, for the redemption of the lost who would believe on the Lamb of God. Our righteousness is as a filthy rag (a menstrual cloth) is how the Bible describes it; and is normally a doctrine based in pride and self righteousness, rather than dependence upon our Lord for our deliverance and his ongoing sanctification, for all those who have come to Christ and partaken in his Crucifixion by faith.