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 The Rapture
 

James was always mocking the bible and Christians in general. Several people, who were Christians, tried to tell him about the end-time rapture when Jesus would come in the air to take His bride away. James thought the whole notion was folly and a fantasy generated from the bible and in the mind of these fanatical Jesus followers. They warned him the time was upon us and to accept Jesus as His Savior before it was too late. James would have none of it. Then one morning he woke up to the biggest shock of his life.

Josh would you go talk to someone else about your crazy, heretical Christian ideas? Josh had been speaking with James about the end-time rapture and trying to reason with him to become a Christian. Time on the earth as they knew it would be ending soon and all the believers would disappear to meet Jesus in the air. For 6 months straight they had been pleading with James to open his heart to Jesus and ask Him to be His Savior but James resisted them to the bitter end. James typical response was Dont give me that baloney about the second coming of Jesus because the earth is millions of years old and it will continue for millions of years to come. I dont believe the bible, in God or in Jesus. My attitude is the rapture is a fantasy written by Christian heretics who had nothing better to do with their time than to write a lot of religious nonsense in the greatest fiction tale of all the- bible.

James was so blind and his heart so covered in darkness to obvious truth that the Christians just stop talking to him and never brought the subject up to  him again. Sometime later James ran into to Josh again this time Josh said nothing about the bible or the rapture or anything along those lines. Josh arent you going to hammer me with your religious garbage like you usually do? James I am done talking to you about Christianity and the events leading to the second coming of Jesus. All you have to do is read the newspaper or watch the news and you will see that the time for his coming is ripe; and read the criterion Jesus told his disciples would be manifesting on the earth right before he is supposed to meet His church in the air. In fact, every Christian James ran into did not talk to him about the bible anymore. Great he thought finally I can have peace from these Christians.

The next morning the skies were dark with ominous, low hanging dense black clouds. Oh well looks like another rain storm is coming in. Little did James know a storm was coming upon the earth far beyond any he could imagine or would there be anything like it to ever occur on the earth again. Eagerly he scampered into the kitchen expecting both his parents and his two sisters to be sitting at the table eating their usual Saturday morning ham and eggs breakfast. This time with his family was the highlight of his week. To his surprise they were nowhere to be found nor were there any ham and eggs on the table. The chairs around the table had not even been moved from the night before, MOM, DAD, CHRISTY,ALICE anybody here? He combed every inch of the house looking for them; the house was eerily empty like no one had lived in it for years. James was a very logical thinker so he tried to figure out what happened to them. He thought of every possible scenario he could but none of them made any sense. He scratched his bushy, fiery, red hair then decided it was time to get dressed and get to the bottom of their unsuspected disappearance. He lopped some icy cold water on his round freckled face.  He shot outdoors and to his dismay his neighborhood was silent.

Usually, on Saturdays the street was filled with kids playing and fathers mowing their lawns or working on their cars. Typically, the older children would be zooming up and down the street on their bikes or playing baseball or some other favorite game in the middle of the street. There was no activity to speak of.  James rubbed his eyes in disbelief he looked up and down the street. All he saw were a few other neighbors looking up and down the street in terror as he was. James felt a sick feeling rise from the pit of his stomach to the base of his neck. His body became rigid and he was full of terror. Oh no he thought were those Christians right?  He remembered the verse all of them use to reference when they were talking to him about the rapture. He ran back into the house and grabbed the family bible off the coffee table. He frantically turned to I Thessalonians 5:17 these words jumped off the page After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. He screamed at the top of his lungs WHY DIDNT I LISTEN TO THEM!

 

 

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Thessalonians 5:17

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 About the prayer breakfast of the harlot of Babylon. Chapter 6
 

There will not be a blissful socio-economic system on the earth!


Thus, the phenomenon of "adogmatic system" in modern Christianity has completely changed the entire world Christianity. Theological institutions around the world on the basis of this system have perverted the world of Christianity, adogmatizm has been the main disease in Christianity during the last centuries. Ecumenism is established upon it as well as prayer breakfasts and Christian summits. None of these meetings provides place for God's word. Christ and the apostles commanded Unity for God's people, but not only Unity, but also the unity of knowledge, but "adogmatic system" has led to impossibility of such unity. All discussions at these meetings are conducted in a completely different language, where the most basic Christian concepts have lost their meaning long ago, or are differently interpreted in various circumstances, so that any debate on God's word becomes absolutely impossible. We say that the Gospel truth about unity of faith and knowledge is the last and most important will of God for His church that is becoming perfect. However, we have been constantly facing a false conception in all the churches when they say: "Anything, but not the theology." Masons implement the destruction of churches through these words.

In the fundamental document of modern Freemasonry it is written: "Now it is considered to be the best to oblige members of Masonic brotherhood only to the religion which all men agree upon and to leave their special views to them." Having "personal theological opinions" is the basis of "adogmatic system" and ecumenical mind that becomes related with Masonic ideology is based upon it. Researchers of Masonic ideology say that Freemasonry does not have dogmas. Masons say that dogma is bad and that one should look for a different meaning of the words. Freemasonry because of its purely human and cosmopolitan character, avoids any dogmas. Religious dogmas divide people and easily lead to a conflict of opinion, - so say the Masons. And Masonry, ostensibly, does not want to divide people, but on the contrary, tends to gather in their lodges people of all beliefs. Masons believe that Freemasonry has its own particular world view, which may be acceptable for churches, synagogues and various religions. A true Mason is not bound by any confession of faith. He realizes that his religion should be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, - the name does not matter. A Mason acknowledges only the light itself, but does not acknowledge the bearer of it. A Mason prays at any shrine, worships before every altar: whether in the temple or mosque or cathedral, the main thing is to comprehend the unity of all spiritual truths. Dogma is bad, but the symbol is good. At the same time, Christian and any other dogmas, from the perspective of Freemasonry, are just a transitory symbols, hiding one unchangeable truth, which is uncovered through symbols by each individual Mason. Freemasonry believes that religious dogma or symbols are truths for the soul, a religion is a subjective need of a human heart, and therefore it can not be the subject of a dispute. This view of the dogmas and symbols overcomes all religious and sectarian divisions, - say the Masons. However it is important for the Masons that religious topics are not discussed in any of the lodges so that it doesn't serve to divisions. It is implemented in all the churches. Moreover, the symbolism of Freemasonry is adapted to all possible opinions, teachings and tastes, it attracts people and occupies the mind and imagination of the initiate. Symbolism preserves Freemasonry in its integrity as non-sectarian union, in spite of all the differences of religions, nationalities, national self-consciousness and individual aspirations. Symbolism connects the speculative and practical wisdom of all ages and peoples in one universal understandable language . Because of this, according to the Masons, Freemasonry has risen up to such understanding of religion, which alone is worthy of a free man.

Freemasonry says that its beliefs are so universal that they overcome all artificial boundaries created by man. And on this basis, the Masons consider themselves entitled to overcome the boundaries of all religions, that is, not sharing the dogmas of the church, to penetrate and overcome its dogmatic closure from the inside. We notice that even though the Masonic ideology looks like a propaganda of tolerance and peace, - in the church it turns into a war against the truth, the corruption of churches from the inside. It becomes evident in the doctrine of "private theological opinions" and "adogmatic system" that seeks to reconcile the irreconcilable: the co-existence of the Gospel truth with paganism, Islam and Judaism that are not related to it.

We can find the following information from ecumenical sources. Masons say that if a representative of any religion lives according to his faith by heart and mind and believe in what he says, then such an apologist can say a word of truth useful for everyone. The Masons say that " we must treat with deep thoughtfulness the fact, that people know about God experimentally, even if they express it by absolutely unacceptable forms of godliness or unacceptable world views. Transferring it to all religions of the world, they claim that "God can not be invented," and it means that "when a person says," I know experimentally that there is God's power ", it means that he has touched at least the edge of God's robe." The representatives of all religions operate freely and fully using this concept at ecumenical conferences and prayer breakfasts, as well as atheists, because the principle of indifference towards any denomination dominants in Freemasonry, provided, ostensibly, faith in God. That's why they operate mainly through suppression of religious dogma, but lift up primarily social projects, dealing, in particular, with such aspects as respect for human rights within the church, gender equality, women's rights, rights of sexual minorities and a dialogue with a secular society and non-Christian religions.

We say that Christ today can not reconcile Christians, today Christians can supposedly be reconciled only on the basis of social projects. Christian sociologists say: "Today, a new return to original sources is taking place in the area of Christian social teaching. Christians need to understand the nature of these changes in the social teaching, because specific position of the churches concerning law, social order, morality, human rights, individual and collective responsibility and freedom exactly depend on the social teaching. "But we say that Masonic concept of secularization is realized in it and adulterous Christianity is swallowing it up. When was it in true Christianity that the "position of churches depended on the social teachings?"It never was. But the agents of Masonic lodges continue to impose social projects and ideas in all religions by the following words: "Renewed social teaching of Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodoxy must come to every Christian community, to every Christian. And it must be studied in universities as a Christian offer to the modern world. So it is necessary that social teachings of the churches are represented in all public discussions today. " That is, the concept of "Mother Teresa" dominates. For this reason, the ideologist and the organizer of prayer breakfasts Doug Coe said: "We try to reconcile people through the our programs and various sorts of meetings. It means those who organize prayer breakfast have found the tool that really works. " That is, the idea of "Christian socialism" has entered the breadth of the earth, displacing Christ to the outskirts of the mankind. That's how the idol's temple suppresses Christian confessions that are torn to pieces because of divisions, that's how the rejection of Christ is realized .

But the ideologists and leaders of Christianity say: "To teach the nations spirituality and morality is the task of the social teachings of religious organizations. Social teaching of Christian Churches in the 21-st century will search for new ways of expressing the truth about man and God. Renewed social teaching, interpreting a Christian ideal of social relations, will much stronger emphasize the importance of love . And the idea of human rights and rights of believers will become a part of the idea of beauty and harmony of the Unity in the future of mankind. Christ sent his disciples into the world, He sent them to convert the whole world, to spread Christianity on the entire secular way of man's being, that is, there should happen Christianization of governmental and public life. Secularization has not brought any good, it took away the soul and spiritual tradition from society. The sooner the idol of secularization is thrown down from public pedestal the less negative will be an impact on humanity . Christians have the right and should not only personally live by high standards of morality of the Gospel. Christians have the right and must offer their own social ideals and ideas to the whole social medium. They should not impose their own vision of the future, but calmly offer a Christian alternative for the sake of completely Christianized society. Now the ideal society of love of Benedict XVI (the present Pope) is a true prophecy for the future, a prophecy for the XXI-st and the following centuries. "

This is what Christian social ideologists say and even if they can not do anything like this in the world because it is not determined by God, as Paul said, "For when they say, "Peace and safety!" ... ", - it means "they will say," but they will not reach it, in any case, Christian sociologists naively believe that Christianity by its very nature can have a direct and indirect impact on all aspects of social life, turning the society towards "Christian socialism." The extent and magnitude of this impact can be different, depending on the particular circumstances of different nature. But in all cases Christ is behide Christianity. " So say Christian sociologists. But, alas! We say that the poet Aleksandr Blok expressed this idea in the best way: "Ahead of them - with bloody banner, unseen within the blizzard's swirl, safe from any bullet's harm, with gentle step, above the storm, in the scattered pearl-like snow, crowned with a wreath of roses white, ahead of them - goes Jesus Christ." But we say: "This is not about Christ, it is about the Antichrist, there is no bloody banner in the hands of Christ and his followers . Christ is not the servant of sin. He is not the leader of riots, wars and revolutions for the "the New World Order. And for this reason Christ is absent in ecumenical projects as well as in the summits and Christian prayer breakfasts. However, the deceived Christians do not see it.

But here are the words of a Mason: "The Bible guides our faith, the triangle does direct our actions, compass connects us with all humanity." So who can tell the difference between a Christian and a mason? (V.M. Pryamin- Morozov in his book "The encyclopedia of Occultism"): "Here's the first recipe: by a strong desire, by the true mood of I, Homme de desir, by a warm prayer magnetize the global environment and you will attract to yourself the elements that were individualized by it and they can contribute to your initiation. Those who are above you will become your patrons, and the lower ones will be available for your vampirism, you will, so to speak, have them as food, assimilate them into your body. Lofty universal love for all living beings, for everything manifested in humanity and nature serves as a powerful motivator or a tamer process of fruitful, evolutionary, redemptive meditation, presenting the main tool of our hermetic implementations. " So say the occultists, and we say that prayer and love, peace and security are powerful means of ecumenical implementations, Christian summits and prayer breakfasts. That's why they talk so much about love in all the churches, in fact, not revealing it by deeds. A prayer has been lifted up as universal means of achieving unity, peace and safety. So who can tell the difference between a Christian and a mason? Besides, we know that in the first initiations of Masonic lodges Christian virtues are preached such as the Gospel, Christ and the apostles are supposedly highly honored. We know that masons of the three lowest degrees, of the so-called John's lodges, lodges of blue and golden color are dreamy preachers. Their password is: "Sow the seeds of the kingdom of light." Their virtues are obedience, self-knowledge, rejection of pride, love for humanity, generosity, goodness, humility, love to death; they are the symbols of ethical principles such as equality, brotherhood, love and nonresistance to evil. So who can tell a Christian from a mason? And how can the American president pray to Christ, giving orders to shed the blood of nations? It can't be possible. There is a general principle of the Lord, proclaimed by Samuel to Saul a long time ago, and it is true to this day: "Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you ." These words are fully related to the Masons.

The prophetic words of David for all times are: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'." How do the Jews relate to them? In unbelief! And these words very precisely express the essence of rejection of Jesus Christ by the Jews. Who today are the "builders" as not "free masons" ?. Who can claim for a historic restructuring of the world as not the Jews? And what is the "stone" that they rejected, if not Jesus Christ? David declares by the prophetic spirit that this "stone has become the chief cornerstone," and he emphasizes that "this is from the Lord and it is marvelous in our eyes." The unbelief to their prophet of the Jews is evident. It follows that modern Jews can not turn to Christ Jesus as to a rejected "stone". So what is the reason for modern Christians to stand under the sign of a six-pointed star, as, ostensibly, the God's star, searching for unity with them? Today's Masons can not "gather around the name of Jesus", because the prophetic words of David, have already come true, Christ is rejected. Christ's kingdom is not of this world, and therefore - the kings and rulers who "counsel together against the Lord," will not achieve "peace and safety," there will be no blessed socio-economic system on the earth. Therefore all the programs of ecumenism, summits and breakfasts will not be realized. In recent years we observe the opposite - the so-called new "time compression": famine and revolutions, diseases and depravity of mankind, natural and anthropogenic disasters, result in the deaths of millions of people. And as soon as tomorrow there will be destruction of billions of people, as the Bible predicts. As Jesus warned indeed, "unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved." So no power, and especially Christianity, will turn the global society of "Christian socialism" to a fertile social and economic system on the earth.

But we read in the reports about prayer breakfasts, how the Baptist minister Peter Konovalchik thanked God for "a wonderful time of change in which we live, for democratic transformation in the society, the recognition by the government of the importance of the role of the church in the spiritual revival of the country ..."

S. Ryakhovsky (the head bishop of the Associated Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical-Pentecostal Faith (ROSKhVE) expressed support to the Russian president, who is guided by "the high challenge of spirituality," and to the Russian Orthodox Church, which alone, as the "titular religion" can lead the process of spiritual revival of Russia. As far as religious education, all denominations must organize Sunday schools in large numbers where learning should include "tremendous respect for other confessions."

In his report, the president of the West-Russian Union of Seventh-day Adventists Vasiliy Stolyar gave an example of the interest of the state (in the face of the head of the Presidential Administration) in development of confessional educational projects aimed at "attracting the attention of young people to the eternal values of the Scripture." This list could be continued for a long time.

But we say - "adulterous concepts of adulterous leaders of adulterous religions ..." God's judgment is righteous for those.

Amen.

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 Speaking In Tongues – General Comments
 

Speaking In Tongues – General Comments
Comments on various points about speaking in tongues.

1) If tongues have ceased, why did Paul say not to forbid speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 14:39)?
The simple reason is that when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians, about 55AD, tongues was still a gift and being used as a sign of judgment against the Jews. After judgment came, in 70AD, tongues ceased being a gift because they had served their purpose as a sign.
See the blog “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/05/speaking-in-tongues-a-sign/

2) If tongues have ceased then why was 1 Cor. 14 written?
As already stated, tongues were still being used as a sign of judgment to the Jews when 1 Corinthians was written. Because of the misuse of tongues, Paul wrote about their purpose and proper use, stressing the need for interpretation at all times.

3) Why did Paul speak in tongues more than anyone (1 Cor. 14:18-22)?
In 1 Cor. 14:18, Paul said, “I speak in tongues more than all of you” and he went on to say, “BUT in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue” (v.19). The words BUT in the church tell us that Paul’s abundant use of tongues was not inside the church but outside the church. This was because he was a pioneering missionary and as he went from city to city throughout the world he went to the Jewish synagogues first (the very people the sign of tongues was for - vs.20-22) and then he went to the Gentiles. In this way he met new groups of Jews more than anyone else hence he used the sign of speaking in tongues more that anyone. For more on tongues being a sign, see the blog at the link in comment #1.

4) Why did Paul say he wished that all spoke in tongues (1 Cor. 14:5)?
If everyone spoke in tongues then it would mean that everyone was out and about evangelising and using tongues as a sign whenever they met Jewish people. This would please Paul because his heart was for his people as Rom. 9:1-5 tell us. Or, he may have wanted to see others edified.

5) What is the “unknown tongue” of 1 Cor. 14:2 in the KJV?
The word “unknown” is not in the original Greek; it was added in italics in the KJV. 1 Cor. 14:2 (KJV) says that when someone speaks in an “unknown tongue” he utters mysteries but this is simply because there is no interpreter. Note that 1 Cor. 14:27-28 (KJV) say that “unknown tongues” must be interpreted or the speaker was to be quiet in the church so there is no doubt that these “unknown tongues” were real languages. Also, 1 Cor. 14:10 says there are many languages in the world but none without meaning so this verse rules out unknown languages also. Interpretation always removed the mystery of what was said.

6) What are the tongues of angels in 1 Cor. 13:1-3?
The idea that people can speak in the tongues of angels comes from a misinterpretation of 1 Cor. 13:1-3 in which Paul used exaggerated speech to show that love is greater than all. He is not saying that he could do the impossible by fathoming all mysteries or that he had all knowledge etc but even if he did, yet didn’t have love, then he had nothing. Likewise, he is not saying that anyone could speak in the tongues of angels. That too is part of the exaggerated language used to show that love is greater than anything.

7) What are the groans of Rom. 8:26?
It’s suggested that the “groans” in this verse is man praying in tongues but that can’t be right as-
i) It is the Spirit who is interceding with groans, not humans. A person cannot intercede for himself.
ii) The verse says that the groans cannot be expressed in words so it is not a language.
iii) The Greek word for “groans” is only found in one other place - Acts 7:34. This verse speaks of the groans coming from the Israelites who were suffering in Egypt. Just as the Israelites groaned and struggled in Egypt, we can struggle in prayer and when we are in that state the Spirit comes to our aid and “intercedes for us with groans that words can’t express”. Groans are groans, not speaking in tongues.

8) What does praying in the Spirit mean (Eph. 6:18)?
Many believe that praying in the Spirit is praying in tongues but how can a person pray in tongues “with all kinds of prayers and requests” if they don’t know what they are saying (Eph. 6:18)? Considering that they don’t know what they are praying about, how would they know if even one of their prayers was answered? For all they know, they could be praying a curse on someone. Praying in the Spirit is nothing more than praying intelligibly and intellectually with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

9) Does 1 Cor. 1:7 mean that the spiritual gifts remain until Jesus returns?
This verse says to the Corinthians, “... you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed”. This is often taken as meaning that all the gifts will continue in all churches until Jesus returns. However, the verse is more than likely only relevant to the Corinthians as it says, “... you [that is, you Corinthians] do not lack any spiritual gift … ”. Rather than addressing all churches regarding the continuation of spiritual gifts, Paul was simply telling the Corinthians that they were not lacking in the gifts at that point in time. Further on, in 1 Cor. 3:1-3, he spoke about their spiritual state saying, “I could not address you [you Corinthians] as spiritual but as worldly - mere infants in Christ”. It is obvious that Paul is only referring to the Corinthians here and not every church. In the same way, 1 Cor. 1:7 is also referring to just the Corinthian church.

10) Asking for a fish and getting a snake – Matt. 7:7-11 and Luke 11:5-13.
These passages say that God gives good gifts to those who ask - if someone asks for a fish, God will not give them a snake etc. Those who speak in today’s tongues claim that their unintelligible ‘private prayer language’ is a gift from God even though there are no verses to support such an idea. The fact is -

  • Every instance of tongues in the Bible is in a public setting, never private.
  • Every instance calls for interpretation, including prayer in tongues (vs.13-17 & 27).
  • All languages in the world have meaning, none are unintelligible (v.10).
  • All gifts were for the edification of the church, never for individuals (1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Pet. 4:10).


These points are discussed a little more in the blog “Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer” at
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/29/speaking-in-tongues-and-private-prayer/

Clearly, private prayer languages are not a gift from God and this makes sense as tongues have ceased. There is enormous peer pressure to be ‘more spiritual’ like those who think they have received a private prayer language from God. This pressure leads people to strongly seek something that doesn’t exist and often leads to a learned, make-believe, unintelligible ‘tongue’ or, if nothing happens, the seeker may feel unspiritual and suffer a crisis of faith. Be assured, God is not the source of these prayer languages.

11) Was speaking in tongues intended as a gift for everyone?
1 Cor. 12:7-11 tell us that the Holy Spirit gave various gifts to the church for the common good. To some the Spirit gave one gift (say tongues) and to others different gifts (healing, discernment etc), just as He determined. Also, 1 Cor. 12:29-30 tell us that no gift, including tongues, was given to everyone. So, we can conclude that tongues were not given to all Christians as a private prayer language. Tongues were simply a sign to the Jews as 1 Cor. 14:21-22 tell us. See the blog “Speaking In Tongues – A Sign” at -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/05/speaking-in-tongues-a-sign/

12) Were tongues meant for the edification of the person with the gift (1 Cor. 14:4)?
There is no doubt that anyone would be edified (spiritually uplifted) if they were used miraculously by God to speak in tongues or heal someone or raise a dead person etc but the primary purpose of all gifts was the edification of the church, not the individual. Being edified by speaking in tongues was simply a by-product of being used miraculously. In the same way, a person would be edified if God used him to heal someone. The gift of healing, like tongues, was for the benefit of the church, not the healer, even though the healer would have been edified. There is a 15 point list in the following blog which shows that tongues were for the uplifting of the church and not the individual -
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/2016/12/29/speaking-in-tongues-and-private-prayer/

13) Is there more that one purpose for tongues?
Some say there are two purposes for tongues, even three or more, but the Bible only states one purpose and that was as a sign to the Jews (1 Cor. 14:21-22). When the sign of speaking in tongues had served it purpose, tongues ceased – see comment #1. Other purposes, such as ‘private prayer languages’, have no basis in Scripture – they are read into the text

The following link is to a series of short blogs showing that tongues ceased with the early church.
http://www.christianissues.biz/blog/wordpress/category/speakingintongues/

I suggest reading the blogs in the following order -
Speaking In Tongues – Ceasing And Remaining
Speaking In Tongues – A Sign
Speaking In Tongues And 1 Cor. 13:11
Speaking In Tongues And The Perfect
Speaking In Tongues And Face To Face
Speaking In Tongues And Private Prayer
Speaking In Tongues – General Comments

The following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge are free to download.

All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/allaboutspeakingintongues.pdf

Today's Tongues by Bryce Hartin a Baptist Pastor involved in deliverance -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/todaystongues.pdf

Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tongues_solascriptura.pdf

The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the 1960s -
http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/tongues/tonguesbywgbroadbent.pdf

Other free books and articles -
http://www.christianissues.biz/tongues.html

This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
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 Free Will
 

Free Will
"You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil".
(Gen. 2:17)

Man has always had the free will to choose right from wrong. When God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17), Adam had the freedom to choose whether or not to obey and we know the result. Some say that free will ended when Adam sinned but the Bible tells us otherwise.

In Gen. 4:6-7, the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it". So, just like Adam, Cain had the free will to choose what is right and  please God.

Then, in Josh. 24:15, Joshua told the Israelites that they had a choice to make. He said, "… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord". So we can see that in the Old Testament man had the free will to choose whether or not to be obedient.

The New Testament also makes it clear that we have free will and, added to that, we have the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen us to choose what is right. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is outlined in 2 Pet. 1:3-4 which say, "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness [so that]… you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires". These verses tell us that the Spirit empowers us to say no to sin and live a Godly life.

This work of the Spirit is further explained in Php. 2:12-13 where it says, "… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God [the Holy Spirit] who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose". Here we are told that the Holy Spirit is working within us, convicting our conscience (John 16:8) and willing our hard hearts to do what God desires of us (Ezek. 36:25-27). He softens our heart of stone and strengthens us to choose to do what is right rather than hard heartedly continue in sin. Notice that we are told to "continue" to work out our salvation. The onus is on us, in a lifelong process, to submit to the Spirit’s leading and choose what is right. We are not at the pointy end of a Holy Spirit remote control. It’s entirely our responsibility to choose obedience and the failure to do so will result in damnation.

The Bible gives Christians many serious warnings about the need to persevere in holiness in order to be saved eternally (Heb. 12:14). It’s a common belief that all who receive the Holy Spirit will persevere because the Spirit will see to it that we do. But if that was true then we would not have to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" as Php. 2:12-13 tell us. If we have no free will, but are kept in check by the Spirit, then God’s many warnings are simply a waste of words and He is a Toothless Tiger. But the truth is, we have free will and God is not a Toothless Tiger. He is a Consuming Fire and will consume His enemies just as Heb. 10:26-27 make so clear:


"If we [Christians] deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and
of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God".

Finally, God has given man the free will to accept or reject His call to salvation through obedience (Rom.1:5). All who accept this call receive the Holy Spirit who empowers believers to live obediently. If anyone later chooses to return to a life of unrepentant, wilful sin then he will be consumed by God’s wrath. The choice lies with each of us so let’s be like Joshua and say, "as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord".


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 The Holy Trinity and God the Father
 

The Holy Trinity and God the Father:         

There are numerous volumes of writings about the Holy Trinity and they contain many confusing words.  In reference to an explanation of the Holy Trinity, those books will not compare with the simplicity of the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is inspired by God, 2 Timothy 3:16, and is useful for teaching, for correction, and for telling us how a Christian should live.  The Holy Trinity means three Gods in one body, and that one body is God the highest.  The one body contains: God the Father God the Son and God the Spirit of God and any one of the three Gods is equally capable of being God the Highest, and each of the three Gods is distinct from one another.       Some Christians who believe in the Holy Trinity teach that Jesus Christ, with the Spirit of God, is God the Highest.  Their teaching not only turns the Trinity of God Into a two-some, but also belittles God the Father.  Numerous verses in the Holy bible disagree with their teaching

 

Some Holy Bible verses about the existence of the Holy Trinity are:    Ephesians 4:4-6.  4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope for your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.  2 Corinthians 13:14 .  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Spirit of God is with all of you.   Matthew 28:19   Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit of God.   1 John 5:7,  NRSVACE  Footnote:  A few other authorities read (with variations)  7 There are three that testify in heaven, the Father, the Word, the Spirit of God, and these three are one.   

Jesus said, “ I and the Father are one.” John 10:30  

John 12:49-50,   49 for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”  John 14:6   Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 20:17   Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to Me, because I have not ascended to the Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’  Romans 15:6   that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 John 1:3   Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.    Ephesians 5:20 give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.      John 17:21-23     21 that they may all be one. As You, Father, are in Me and I am in You, may they also be one, and in unity that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22 The glory that You have given Me I have given them that they may be one, as We are one, 23  I in them and you in Me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.   1 Peter 2:5 as Spiritual living stones, let yourselves be built into a Spiritual House, to be a Holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

When God the Father subjected everything to Jesus, His Son, the Father did not subject Himself or depart from the Holy Trinity.   1 Corinthians 15:27-28.    27 For God (the Father) has put all things in subjection under His (The Son’s) feet. But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this does not include the one (The Father) who put all things in subjection under him (The Son.)  28 When all things are subjected to Him (The Son), then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the one (The Father,) who put all things in subjection under Him (The Son,) so that God may be all in all (Three in One).   Psalm 110:1  1 The Lord (the Father) says to My lord (the Son,) “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”  Ephesians 6:12   Our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places Hebrews 10:12-13.  12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “He sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until His enemies would be made a footstool for His feet.” 

  

The Revelation 11:15 then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord (the Father), also of his Christ, and He (the Father and the Son and the Spirit) will reign forever and ever.”  Revelation 12:10   Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “salvation, the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ, have come.    Revelation 5:14   the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.  Revelation 7:10   All cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”      1Corinthians 15:55-57   55 “Where, O death, is your victory?      Where, O death, is your sting?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.     Romans 8:3-4   3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (the Spirit of God.)

Revelation 20:6.  Blessed, and holy, are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him a thousand years.   Revelation 22:1   1 and through the middle of the street of the city the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God (the Father) and  of the Lamb.   Revelation 21:23   the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

The Holy Trinity continues onward from the new heaven and new earth.   Nothing is said about God, the Spirit of God, but He, a God, remains a member of the trinity and He has distinguishable forms:   God the Spirit of God appeared in forms other than a puff of wind or a sound wave.    Mark 1:10 and just as He (Jesus) was coming up out of the water, we saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending like a dove on Jesus.  Acts 2:1-4   1  On  the day of Pentecost they were all were together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, which filled the entire house. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All were filled with the Spirit of God.        2 Chronicles 18:18-22.    18 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, with all the Host of Heaven standing to the right and to the left of Him. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice King Ahab of Israel, so that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ Then one said one thing, and another said another, 20 until the Spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ The Lord asked him, ‘How?’ 21 He replied, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then the Lord said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do it.’ 22 So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you.”   Revelation 10:4    when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from Spirit of God in heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”   John 14:26    But the Helper, the Spirit of God, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. John 15:26   “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify on My behalf.   2Timothy 1: 7 for God did not give us a Spirit of cowardice, but rather a Spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 

The Holy Trinity and creation:      

Genesis 1:2   the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.     Job 33:4   The Spirit of God has made us and the breath of the Almighty gives us life.      1Corinthians 8:6   yet for us there is one God, the Father, from Whom are all things and for Whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through Whom are all things and through Whom we exist.

The Holy Trinity and Salvation :         

1 John 4:9, 11, 12   9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and His love is perfected in us.  1John 5:11   Here is the testimony:  God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.   Hebrews 10:10    It is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.   Titus 3:4-6  4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  5 He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Spirit of God. 6 This Spirit He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,     Romans 8:11   If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you.     John 5:21  the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.      2 Corinthians 5:18-20. 18  All is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation and gave Himself (Christ)  for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever.  19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to His self, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making His appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.     Hebrews 1:1-3   1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through Whom He also created the worlds. 3 Christ the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of Gods very being, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. When He (Christ)  had made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,   1 John 4:10   In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  1 John 4:13    By this we know that we abide in Him (the Father) and He in us, because he has given us of His Spirit.

The Holy Trinity and Worship:          

 John 4:21,23   21  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship Him.    Revelation 22:3  Nothing accursed will be found in the city of new Jerusalem and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him (God the Father and the Lamb.)  Revelation 21:22   I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.            

The Holy Trinity and Judgment:         

  John 5:19  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise   John 5:30  Jesus said “I can do nothing on My own authority; as I hear, I judge; and My  judgment is just, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent me.      

Remember these following words from Jesus Christ before there is any belittling of either God the Father or God the Son.  John 17:1-3   1 After Jesus had spoken these words He looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify You, 2 since You have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, to know You, Father, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 

This Article, The Holy Trinity and God the Father, is written by Ronald Edwin Matteson, an Eighty Seven year old Christian with a no arrest record.

Author Ronald Edwin Matteson  Added On 01/28/2017
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