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What is Important

By Silverhair, 01 August 2017 · 869 views

Christian Living

What Is Important


Have we lost our way? Have we lost sight of what is important? If we are to believe what you can read on the internet, or have been taught by some of our Christian leaders, then we are in serious trouble my friend. Serious trouble.

I grew-up in a Christian [baptist] home and was taught to read and trust what the Bible said. Then I retired, and now I have the time for that little thing called the “internet”. Boy was that an eye opener. I found out that you were not just a Christian, you could be a Calvinist or Arminian or what ever. We had corporate election and/or personal election. The list just went on and on. I mean who knew? It was like a smorgasbord of ways to deal with God.

But what a mess it has given us. I have never heard or seen so much discontent and disagreement. You just have to spend an hour on the net to see the most outrageous unchristian Christians that you could imagine. To be blunt we have a problem, look in the mirror and be honest, at-least with yourself, is the one that looks back a reflection of Christ or something else.

I do not claim to have all the answers, I don't even have all the questions. What I do have is a great sorrow for the way we, as Christians, are treating each other. We as a group have become self-righteous, judgemental, and all around mean spirited.

When I was a young fellow I would listen to “Back to the Bible” radio program every morning. It was a good way to start the day then and it still is now, but in a different way. We, as Bible believing followers of Christ Jesus, should be going back to the Bible. When I say that, I mean you with the aid of the Holy Spirit should be studying the word yourself. Spend the time to find out what is the truth. That preacher, teacher or friend may be telling you what they think is the truth but is it what the Bible says is the truth?

Over the last few years I have read many articles putting forth various views on any number of topics. Most of these articles were well written [only wish I could write as well] and logical. Some were not the most even handed when dealing with other views. Some, well lets just say they need a rewrite.

I do not have an axe to grind with either Calvinism or Arminianism, I was a Christian long before I ever heard of them. My whole goal in this missive is to perhaps get some people to look at themselves and then look at Christ.

God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us, but on His terms not ours. I am going to leave you with two quotes that really say it all for me.

“God cannot fail to be perfectly loving any more so than He can lie.…It’s not a question of whether or not God chooses to love, it is WHO HE IS…HE IS LOVE.” Dr. Jerry Walls

Interpret the Bible Christologically, with Jesus Christ as the “touchstone” of biblical interpretation - because he is God incarnate and therefore above even the Bible as the supreme revelation of God. Whatever in Scripture seems to conflict with God revealed in Jesus must be interpreted in light of God revealed in Jesus. Roger E Olson


One Christian Brother to Another
Dale




Amen, brother. And thank you for boldly speaking God's Truth.

 

In relaying God's Truth to others, it must be done with respect and kindness. Love and compassion for all beliefs, nations, and people is required. We have ALL been placed upon planet earth by the Hand of God. And if God has created and given the Breath of Life to ALL Creation, then who are we to question His methods? Hatred for others has no part with God. Yet across the threshold of this stumbling stone, few will pass (Mat. 24:10-13).

 

As Scripture states in prophecy, the world will end in fire and judgment (2 Peter 3:7-10). And as is easily seen through the eyes of the world, we can be certain that the End is approaching soon.

 

Through it all, there's only one escape... and that is to search for God's Peace.

Dale, it is truly sad what we humans have become.  We are not much different, and most probably worse, than the carnal Jews, and we continue to lust for money, houses, cars, jobs, paychecks, and everything else that is self-serving and perishes over time.  I have attended many different denominations, and I can assure you that it is difficult to teach those who have no understanding of God, but who call themselves "Christians".  I hear prayer requests for about everything you can imagine, except for the one thing that doesn't perish, and that is "knowledge".  Jesus even told us as much in Luke 16:19-31.  Lazarus died and so did the rich man, but Lazarus was carried by angels into Abraham's bosom, which is a very interesting study, because Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:7, that when a human dies his spirit returns to God, but I am digressing. 

 

As we know from studying Luke 16:19-31, the rich man opened his eyes in torment, and asked Abraham a few questions, but when his requests were denied, the rich man asked a very important question (Luke 16:27-28).  He asked Abraham to send Lazarus back to his father's house to his five brothers to tell them not to come to this place of torment.  The rich man opened his eyes in spiritual torment, but he remembered his carnal life.

 

God doesn't take our knowledge away from us, because God's knowledge is His spiritual gift to mankind, but few choose to seek it out.  I often ask people how frequently they actually read the Bible, and the answer I get is usually "Well, not as often as I should".  So, if they seldom read, how can they possibly study, as Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:15, or learn the Word of God. 

 

Religion today is big business and big money, and most congregations are ruled by paid hirelings, but I can not find a single verse in Scripture that states that God sent His Son into this world to create jobs for humans.  It is an honor, privilege, and blessing to serve God, but humans have made it a money pit.  Jesus never collected money from anyone, but as many tell me, "well they had a purse with money", and I have to remind them that Judas Iscariot was the one who carried the purse (John 12:4-6), and he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.  Humans were not placed on the earth to serve money but to serve God (Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13).

 

The demise of mankind was foretold centuries ago, and it will come to fruition when God decides to stop the madness.  We, as humans, have become so confused that we no longer differentiate between right or wrong, truth or lies, male or female, or anything else that truly supports Godliness.  Everything nowadays is seen in shades of gray, which is much like the church at Laodicea, which is the last of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation, and was neither hot nor cold and thought they were rich when they were poor, so God spewed them out of His mouth.  The Laodiceans were wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, but they didn't even know it.

 

Welcome to Babylon! 

Here is a profound singularity: 

Matthew 16:17-19King James Version (KJV)

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Far too many years ago I remember attending the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in a California City.  Attending were  many diverse Christian denominations, RCC, Baptist, Assemblies of God, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and some Pentecostal along with my pastor and myself.  I was amazed at the arguing that ensued shortly after the prayer of invocation.  While reading from some chapter within the Bible the debate started as to the meanings contained in that chapter.  ( I do not remember the area of the Bible).  As I watched and listened I became quite disturbed by this debate that included even my own pastor.  

The Lord began quickening me some scriptures and I began to look them up and write them down on my pad.  Of which for now I will paraphrase: Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  By the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  And, my doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine.

While this debate was getting quite heated one of the pastors stood up and asked everyone to be quiet.  He had been studying me for a bit and he wanted to know what I thought.  I began to speak and to get choked up in the Spirit.  I quoted all of what had been quickened to me and my simple explanation of those scriptures.  You could have heard a pin drop in that room, everyone had shut up including my pastor.  The meeting at that point ended and most all of them had shook my hand when leaving thanking me.

​Thanking me?  Rather Thank God!  That was the first of the many times God has used me, and I humbly thank Him for allowing me to be a part of His Church.  It is not a building made with hands or with the power of man, or of the flesh.  But with the revelation within the believer of just Who He is.  Whatever I bind in my earth will be bound in heaven, whatever I loose in my earth will be loosed in heaven.

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