Stop The Corruption

Stop the CorruptionBrothers and Sisters, Rob here and I have to tell you I am getting sick and tired of hearing about churches embracing sinfulness. The liberal churches are going too far in this love is love and that we should love and embrace all people and tell them that their sin is ok instead of telling them they must repent and sin no more as the Master Saviour says we should do. Children are innocent and very easy to manipulate. Parents who let their young children believe they are something they really are not is very detrimental to the child’s health both physically and spiritually but even more damaging to the parent.

Those who understand the meaning of Proverbs 22:6 will tell you that we are not to teach children in sinful worldly ways but in the way of God but go against it because of societal pressure are basically condemning themselves as they are causing their children to sin. This is NOT OK. Look at what Jesus tells his Disciples according to the Gospel of Mathew.

“Yes! I tell you that unless you change and become like little children, you won’t even enter the Kingdom of Heaven! So the greatest in the Kingdom is whoever makes himself as humble as this child. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me; and whoever ensnares one of these little ones who trust me, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and be drowned in the open sea! Woe to the world because of snares! For there must be snares, but woe to the person who sets the snare!” Matthew 18:3-7

Children are snared into sinfulness through the evil desires of man. Pedophilia is an ever growing problem, sex-ed is being taught at a younger age with homosexual influences, We have made evil good and good evil. We have allowed this sinfulness in the church by allowing open boastfulness of sin. When a person repents they are to follow the words of Jesus when He said, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). He did not say I forgive you and you may continue in your sin and be saved if only you believe in me. That is the statement that is being taught in some churches today which is against God’s Word and will be punished by Him.

Yes we are to love our neighbor as ourselves but we should not let sin influence decisions, especially in the church. Having openly gay persons leading the church means that entire congregation accepts the sin and will allow the influence to take over their thinking on Scripture as the leader tries to validate the sin instead of repenting and changing.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25

It was not too long ago that children who played with things that were meant for the opposite gender and it was called a phase. Now the second a child does this, some parents want to jump in and change their child’s gender. This has turned out very damaging for many who go through the reassignment leading some to commit suicide. We should not be playing God here. We are born a specific biological gender (gender is not a mental state) and that is who we are to stay. God does not make us LGBTQXYWhatever, but He does give us into our sins when the society is so corrupted and against Him. It happened in Sodom and Gomorrah, in Rome, and it happening now all over the world.

Society has refashioned the words and meaning of Proverbs 22:6 to suit their specific worldly desires. Instead of rearing a child in the ways of good moral and ethical behavior we have corrupted children who truly do not understand right from wrong.

How much longer are we going to let sinfulness influence our children. Gun violence is on the rise for people under 18, fantasy has overtaken reality, sexually immoral behavior is becoming less frowned upon and more accepted. We need to revive God in our lives so we can change these influences and teach right from wrong as we are supposed to. 

How???

Get off your donkey and start in your neighborhood. Everybody does not have to start in the church but it helps if some do. Find out where the outside influences are and begin to make that change. Make a difference. Bring God back to the front with Jesus at His right hand. Share the Gospel as it says in Scripture before we completely do what Israel did that caused God to send Jesus to us. Stay faithful to the words and teachings from our youth and grow in the truth of Scripture. Love one another as He loves us even if it means we have to have tough love. Be blessed today and all days brothers and sisters.
Rob

Oh The Joy

Jesus was on a mount in front of many who desired to hear His words. We all know that Jesus had a way with how He spoke depending on the crowd but each message was pretty much the same. The Beatitudes are really no different. We have, however, misunderstood what Jesus was saying. The selections are from the CJB so that you can understand it in a more clear translation.

and he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
“How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.
“How blessed are the meek! for they will inherit the Land!
“How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! for they will be filled.
“How blessed are those who show mercy! for they will be shown mercy.
“How blessed are the pure in heart! for they will see God.
“How blessed are those who make peace! for they will be called sons of God.
“How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me! Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great — they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. Matthew 5:2-12

There is something about the Beatitudes that really hits the heartstrings. Now, most would call this a progression as it takes a person from start to finish of being a Christian. Okay, well, not so much. What is seen as a bad state here is blessed by God in the Kingdom and what is seen as prosperous is seen as bad in the Kingdom. Earthly values do not matter in Heaven. Pay attention to the woes in Luke, see the change?

He looked at his talmidim (Disciples) and said:
“How blessed are you poor! for the Kingdom of God is yours.
“How blessed are you who are hungry! for you will be filled.
“How blessed are you who are crying now! for you will laugh.
“How blessed you are whenever people hate you and ostracize you and insult you and denounce you as a criminal on account of the Son of Man. Be glad when that happens; yes, dance for joy! because in heaven your reward is great. For that is just how their fathers treated the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already had all the comfort you will get!
“Woe to you who are full now, for you will go hungry!
“Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and cry!
“Woe to you when people speak well of you, for that is just how their fathers treated the false prophets! Luke 6:20-26

Humility is the Key

Jesus main message to all of us is to humble and treat each other as we are commanded to. Did you know that the word we know are preaching and teaching actually meant to demand? So Jesus commanded the joy (blessings) of the lowly, the mourners, the gentle, those who show mercy, and more. They who are those ways will have greater rewards in heaven that those who enjoy such rewarding ways on the earth.

Think about it, Jesus always flipped the script on those who thought they were going to have greater rewards in heaven because of their greatness on the earth. Boy are they in for a surprise when they get home, if they get home. Those that sacrifice earthly joy and happiness for suffering and serving will become like kings and queens under God. How great a life that will be.

So yeah, for those who suffer now and who will be suffering for Christianity, it will be all right. Have patience and accept ridicule with joyful humility. Sing praises in times of feeling weakest for we will gain the strength of all the Disciples who were martyred before us. We might not be killed for our faith but we will have a rough life ahead. I know it will be hard, but our pride in our faith will be shown through the outpouring of the Blood of Christ and His Love within us.

Parables: Not Just Children’s Stories

ParablesDo you remember hearing and reading fairy/morality tales and other bedtime stories when we were young? These were stories on how to live a right and good life while on earth that told us how to be good and the possible consequence if we do not listen. God has a way of teaching about Himself, what it will be like to live with Him in the Kingdom, and how we can start living that way while here on earth. They are the Parables but why did God have Jesus share in this way?

10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Matthew 13:10-13

During His time on earth, Jesus spoke to the people in ways they could understand. He spoke to the multitude by giving great sermons that convicted and healed. He had many dinner conversations that were lessons on faith. He had chance meetings, synagogue preaching, private conversations, and many others; but the one way he spoke to every soul was through the Parables. In this age we would call them illustrations and the point would still get across. Now every Parable that Jesus spoke was directly linked to the God.

14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
Matthew 13:14-15

Parables and illustrations help the hearers and listeners to visualize what is being said because they take situations from the timeframe they originate in. Simple words for a simple time. Jesus gave the people a visual representation so that they could see and relate the stories to the Word which they had lost and get a picture of God’s desire for the personal relationship with His Creation. You see, it is all part of God’s timing and He picked the right moment where He knew that many of His Chosen People would return to Him. However, the people needed that physical representation and the Isaiah prophecy fulfillment of the Messiah (we always need something physical for some reason) in order to believe in the spiritual when it is revealed.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Matthew 13:16-17

Jesus knew how to get to the heart of the matter and speak to the very soul while giving a visual and sometimes physical representation on how people should live with each other and then compared it to life in the Kingdom. When God spoke the Word into mortal existence, He brought the Kingdom with Him. Many people who sought (and seek) Him found (find) Him and those who were and are blinded by their righteousness are still seeking Him. The Parables are a great reminder that we will never be fully right while on earth unless we serve and are faithful to God through Jesus. Saying this reminds me of the old hymn, “Trust and Obey” that goes:

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His word
What a glory He sheds on our way
While we do His good will
He abides with us still
And with all who will trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
But we never can prove
The delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay
For the favor He shows
For the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way
What He says we will do
Where He sends we will go
Never fear, only trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey

AMEN

The Importance of Understanding Scripture

When any person starts talking Scripture and begins quoting the New Testament, that person does not understand that The New Testament is the retelling and spreading of the Scriptures (teachings of God) given to man. Yes Paul was inspired but what he was writing was the correction of Scripture that were confused and perverted by the Sanhedrin. The term Scriptures actually refer to the Old Testament or the Tanakh, the Hebrew writings also called the Mikra. The Scripture is what Jesus taught and made it more understandable to the Jewish nation at the time while correcting the man made traditions and perversions of the Father’s Truth. The Disciples spread the Gospel truth of Jesus which was a retelling of the Scriptures. The letters of the New Testament Canon were the follow up check in through instruction, praise, and admonition for the peoples of whom heard and believed.
For example, Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20, , “I have been crucified with Messiah. It is no longer I who live, but the Messiah who lives in me. And the life I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”. That is a confession on how the truth in Scripture worked in Paul’s life. You see, God wants communion with each one personally and that was attained through the final blood sacrifice, the ultimate showing of God’s Love. God started the blood sacrifice when He gave Adam and Eve the hair and skin of the innocent lamb to cover their nakedness (they were still vegetarians and only used the wool for clothing). He completed it with the sacrifice of the sinless one, His own Son, the Word Made Flesh, Jesus. But we are still not there and that is why Jesus must return to complete the process of ridding sin and death from the world.
So what is the Tanakh? First is the Torah (Law) which can be interpreted as a teaching or the theory of God. It consists of the Pentateuch, the first five books also found in the Christian Old Testament. The second part of Scripture is called the Nevi’im or Book of Prophets to whom God spoke His teachings and gave praise and warnings of what will happen if the people continued in faith or disobedience. They also were presented with information of the future Kingdom of God. The third part is the Ketuvim, or writings. Basically the histories and wisdom books. The Tanakh concludes with Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and both books of the Chronicles of the Kings. So together Scripture is Torah, Nevi’im, and Ketuvim, the Tanakh.
The New Testament is the sharing of how God ensured His Word was sent to the world which was originally intended to be the mission of the Israelites. They are still God’s Chosen People and we are still Gentile but we are commissioned to ensure God’s Word through Jesus gets to all mankind. This means we have to understand the Scripture as it was intended. A bit ago I wrote on King Josiah and the first great revival. That would have almost worked if the priests had not gone back to their old ways and stayed with the traditions. This being said, the New Covenant through Jesus was still necessary to get Israel back on track. The first people that Jesus transformed were Jewish then those transformed were commissioned to share the Word with the world. That commission then falls on all who hear, understand, and accept the Truth of Scripture which is where we come in.
So we are under the New Covenant but must adhere to the Scripture minus the ceremonial (blood sacrifice, sin offering) laws. Yes that means we must adhere to the Ten Commandments and moral laws. Remember, Jesus condensed the Ten down to the basic two which still spoke of the ten of which we are still bound. We are remade and found in Jesus to become one in communion with the Father as originally intended.

Translations: The Christian Confusion

TranslationWe are Lost in Translation.
Translations of the Holy Scripture are made for a people group to receive the Bible in a language they should understand. The problem is that so much can get lost in translation if there is a word that has no real exact translation then the whole sentence or even sections meaning could be a risk of changed meaning. The Scriptures we have today are translated from three different previous works. There is the Masoretic Hebrew text which is the Scriptures in the original language, the Greek Septuagint (S) which was written by Hellenized Rabbis for the Greek Jews, and the Latin Vulgate (V) or Roman Text. There are many differences just in these three from the original Hebrew/Aramaic to the other languages that there is truly a lot lost.

Students of Scripture can take many years to learn the original languages and be able to interpret meanings to gain better understanding and to be able to put the Scripture into words that others would understand. I personally use the Tenach (Hebrew Scriptures), the Complete Jewish Bible (translation from Masoretic), the English Standard Version (KJV 1611, S, V), and the NIV (KJV, S, V) to give me a better understanding.

The first thing that is misunderstood for the beginning reader is how is it that God separated light from the darkness making day and night, yet did not create the sun and moon till later? Answer… The first light is the enlightenment that separated order from chaos, good from evil. When God said, “Let there be Light” this was the creation order that caused the “order” of things to settle and begin life.    

The King James Version of 1611 is a very good interpretation but there are some things that just do not work. For example, no one is converted, that is a term that means physically transformed. The original Hebrew is actually translated to turned or returned. As we change our ways and our spirits are turned and tuned in to God. Now I understand that many churches refuse, even today, to use another version but please consider the children. There are many words used that even adults these days have to look up the modern term to understand the meaning so just think of when you tell a child to read it. I observed a children’s study at a church I used to preside over and cringed at the sound of children struggling to read from the KJV. No wonder we have confused youth. And guess what, when words are translated down to modern times from this original, you have to look at over 400 years of language change!

When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and the copies of the Book of Isaiah were translated, it was found that all three of the versions in the first paragraph were similar if not almost an exact translation. Others were close but not as good as Isaiah. This definitely tells us the early translators paid close attention.

Today we are so inundated with many English translations that are given to having personal interpretations which change the original meaning. This makes it easy for people to get lost. In fact, there are even versions of Scripture that are changed so much that God’s Word has been perverted to a complete mistranslation so that man can feel good about himself. This is wrong. This is against God. What makes it worse is that the versions still put in the last two verses in Revelation thereby convicting and condemning those who made the translations.

 When one talks Scripture that person should be referring to the Tenach or Christian Old Testament. Those scrolls are what the people who wrote the New Testament had and what Jesus proclaimed as truth. He did not reinvent anything but emphasized and made things easier to understand for the generation that was present in order to bring them back to God and to spread the Word to the world. 

When choosing a translation to read, do some research. What might seem like a comfortable and easy read may have many misinterpretations. If the translation has a name attached to it, research the person. Study Bibles are at most sometimes one sided with small print that shares what other translations may say to open the eyes of the reader to differing points of view or share synonyms. Remember this, words have different meanings and if mistranslated will cause confusion in what God is telling us.   What I ask of you is that you prayerfully consider the version you read. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, be blessed today and every day. Treat your fellow man with the kindness and love of God.