Friday, March 10, 2017

Fabricated Training

What does it mean to “fabricate” the truth of a matter? It means to reconstruct the truth in any manner that you desire it to be seen or accepted; “to make up something that is not true” – Encarta Dictionary: English (North America). It doesn’t matter to the “fabricator” whether or not the reality of a matter is realized or not; as a matter of fact, they would rather the truth never surfaced; they just want their version of the ‘truth’ to be accepted as the “real thing.”

Now let us define training: the English (US) Thesaurus states it as; “teaching, guidance, education, instruction, preparation.” Hence, when we put our title together – fabricated training – we find that somebody has been “teaching a lie.”

It breaks my heart to tell you that in the Christian church, there has been ‘fabricated training’ going on, ever since Constantine the Great joined the Christian church.

Many people fail to realize that Christianity emerged after the Ceremonial laws (those dealing with animal sacrifices) of Judaism were nullified. With the death of Christ, the need to offer sacrifices for sin stopped! Jesus, the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29) died for the sins of all who were willing to accept Him as the Messiah/Savior. The eleven disciples that were left (one disciple, Judas, betrayed him and then hanged himself – Matthew 27:1-5), along with some other disciples, amounting to 120 persons – Acts 1:12-15 – constituted the beginning of the church.
On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4; 41) 3,000 more persons were added to the church, which grew the church immediately. Then on a daily basis, God added to the church persons who sought for ‘truth’. These people were mostly Jews from at least 17 different regions surrounding Jerusalem (Acts 2:5-11). However, after other Jews, who opposed the teaching of Jesus/Yashua as being the Messiah stoned a leading Jewish Christian to death, by the name of Stephen (Acts 7:57-60), God chose a man named Saul, who changed his name to Paul, to promote Christianity among non-Jews or gentiles (Romans 11:13).

Even during the life of Saul, which was during the first century AD, there were those brethren in the church, who opposed the truth about Jesus. Paul (II Thessalonians 2:1-12) and the Apostle John (I John 4:3) called them “Anti Christs”. The word ‘anti’ can be used in two ways: 1) to be against, or 2) to be in place of – there were both kinds. However, the one who proved to be more dangerous to the church was the one who was – in the place of.

Consequently, when Constantine joined the Christian church, he called upon members in leadership to make some changes to the things they were teaching, because they conflicted with what he wanted to do. Instead of Constantine conforming to the teachings of the church, as outlined by the apostles (Galatians 1:8-9), he wished to hold on to his pagan practices. He believed that he had the power to change God’s law.

Therefore, wishing to continue worshipping on the first day of the week, like his pagan practice had him doing – venerating the sun – he told the Christian church to switch from worshipping on the seventh-day of the week, and worship on the first. He believed that if they did that, more pagans would join the Christian church just as he had done.

Therefore, since he was over the state, he could order the church to do whatever he wanted them to do. Consequently, he ordered the following edict on March 3, 321 AD:

On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for grain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost. ('s_Day#Origins_of_Sunday_worship-reference)

This will be continued, in the next post. Until then, please investigate the following links:
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Watering Down

I have a friend who cannot drink commercially prepared orange juice, unless she adds at least 50% water to whatever the size of the container might be; for example, an eight oz. container of juice must receive a four oz. container of water to it, in order for her to drink any portion of it. I am fairly sure that she is not the only person that is faced with that dilemma. Actually, all of the commercial juices that she drinks must be diluted.

Now when it comes to a person’s health, or even their personal taste, it is not uncommon for someone to “water down” the strength of the commercialized product, prior to consuming it. However, when it comes to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God, this practice is not applicable.

Allow me to define what I mean, when I say “watering down Christianity”: the full gospel, as outlined in the Scriptures, is not being preached. Many bible principles are not being upheld by those who have been committed to preach the truth of God’s Word to the masses; other “alternative facts” are being introduced to substitute for what God has actually said.

Allow me to point out just a few examples:

1.     John 1:1-4; 14; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16-22 – give us clear evidence that Jesus is the Word of God; that He existed before the creation of the world; that He became flesh (i.e.) a human and lived among mankind; and that He was the creator of all things. He did it for the purpose of reconciling or reuniting us to God, as well as, to fulfill all of the prophecies that had been written beforehand of Him – Matthew 5:17-19. However, there are those who would teach that Jesus was a “created” being, rather than the creator of all things.

2.     Acts 4:10-12 – declares that “Jesus/Yashua”, the Messiah is the only way that one can be saved. However, there are those, among Christians, who declare that there might be an alternative way for salvation.

3.     John 14:15 – declares that “If we love God, we will keep His commandments”. However, there are those who would argue that His commandments are no longer binding and they do not need to be observed. However, sheer logic dictates that if you want to live in the kingdom of God, you must obey His rules, just like you must obey the rules of your state or country.  As a matter of fact, in Revelation 22:14, God states that those who have actually kept or observed His commandments are to be blessed with the right or privilege to eat of His tree of life.

There are so many other examples that I could state, in addition to expounding on the ones that I have just mentioned, which clearly show that “Christianity” is not being taught with the full force or power, which it commands to be taught. As a result, so many Christians, who fail to earnestly study the Word of God for themselves, are being deceived. They are drinking “watered down Bible teachings”, which will leave them knocking on the door for entrance; but entry will not be allowed to them. Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 25:1-12; Luke 13:24-28 KJV; Luke 13:24-28 CEB.

I have learned that when it comes to my salvation, I cannot rely on anyone else, to tell me the way of salvation. They can point me to the Bible, but I must study and read it for myself, if I am to gain assurance of what God has bidden me to do, live and believe. I encourage you to do the same, which is why I hyperlink all of the Scriptures that I reference, or that I do not copy verbatim and include in the readings. I pray that you are reading and praying over all of them for yourselves. We each must give an account for the things done in our bodies and for what we accept as truth – Romans 14:12.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Time for Two

Throughout the entire month of February, we have been expounding on the first statement made, in the beginning of our “Times Series”. In case you became confused, somewhere along the way, I shall restate the statement:

 "The Christian church is living in a time of divine judgment, not sinners. If there ever was a time that the Christian believer should draw close to God; return to Bible based teachings; to put known sin out of his or her life and to seek the well-being of others, it is now."

I sought to diligently and thoughtfully explain each aspect of that much loaded statement. Now that I have completed statement #1, it is time to move on to statement #2, which is:

"There has been such a watering down of Christianity; of allowing the entry of pagan practices into the very heart of the church and a breaking down of moral principles, whereby one can live any way one wishes and still proclaim unity with Christ. However, it is totally against the will of God."

Having revealed statement #2, allow me to list the items, which I shall cover, over the next several posts, to give perspective to this statement of fact, as I understand Christianity and have found ample evidence from the Word of God. This has been the main source of my references, thus far.  In this upcoming series of explanations, I shall add some historic facts to help the reader better understand this statement, in the light of “time” and what I refer to as the “time of the end.”

1.   There has been... a watering down of Christianity
2.   Pagan practices have been allowed in the heart of the Christian church
3.  Moral principles have broken down, even in the “Christian church
4. There is little difference seen, in the life of a nominal Christian in the church, and an unsaved sinner; this is against the will of God

Now having broken this statement into four segments, I shall endeavor to show, through statistics, history, the reports of civil unrest and the word of God, just how true each of them are.

Therefore, please read the very next post; in it, I shall dissect the first of the four statements: “There has been... a watering down of Christianity.”

Until then, I encourage you to visit the other links on my site. Bye-bye.