Come Out of Her. . .

Revelation 18:4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

We are and have been, at a time when the people and leaders of the world are looking for unity between church denominations and religions (also ethnic backgrounds) through an ecumenical / interfaith movement, God is calling His people OUT of them.

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Pope Francis calls for unity between Catholics and Protestants

To seek unity between the different churches and faiths of the world is a direct rejection of God’s call to “come out.

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Kenneth Copeland Honors Pope’s Call For Christian Unity at Conference

So this message – “Come out of her My people“, is to the people who are members of this new unity of the world and of course, the ungodly unity of the Catholic church and Judaism (Zionism) combination (including those who support the unbelieving Israel and its people) with those of denominational and non-denominational “organized” Protestant & Pentecostal churches that now sound more like the world rather than the Lord.

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Pope Francis: Christians and Jews No Longer ‘Enemies and Strangers,’ but ‘Friends and Brothers’

God has one true church, not a number of different churches, just one ….

Revelation 14:12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Notice that God is saying “Come out of her MY PEOPLE“. This means that God has people within this unified endeavor – false and fallen away churches. There or those that are living up to the light they have received. They are living a true faith according to what they know, and once they see the truth of God’s Word, which the preachers and leaders of these fallen churches have been hiding from them, then they will “ come out ” and join with God’s true remnant people who “keep the commandments (in their hearts- Hebrews 8:10) of God AND the faith of Jesus.

1 Pet 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; …

If you read Revelation 18:4, you will see that Mystery Babylon is guilty of many sins and will receive the final wrath of God before Jesus Christ returns which are the 7 last plagues (Ref. Rev. 9:20).

Anyone who stays in line with the doctrines of these false churches or the fallen Protestant churches will also be guilty of her sins and will also receive of the plagues and be forever lost. So this is a VITAL message to those who have been deceived by these false ministers.

Revelation 18:2-3, “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

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Ten Disturbing Facts About Pope Francis

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Famine Of The Word

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Up until a few hundred years ago, economics and even the religious establishment kept the Bible out of the hands of the vast majority of people. But today, when it is widely available, its enemies have found new ways to discredit it in people’s eyes or to just make it seem irrelevant.

Today many homes in Western nations have a Bible somewhere, mostly gathering dust. Few read it, and fewer still understand its meaning and apply its principles in everyday life.

1 Cor 2:14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

A RARE AND PRECIOUS BOOK

Before the invention of the printing press, only a very few could own their own copy of even part of the Bible. Some estimate that it took a skilled and rapid writer 10 months to make a copy of it, and a finished and bound copy was worth the price of a landed estate!

Yet Christ told His followers to live by every word of God (Ref. Matthew 4:4). And Paul reminded Christians that the Holy Scriptures are able to make us wise to salvation, and are given by inspiration of God to teach us, correct us, instruct us and thoroughly equip us for every good work ( Ref. 2 Timothy 3:15-17).

God’s people have always loved God’s Word. They knew God’s Word was truth!

Even if they could not own a copy, Christians throughout the ages found ways to hear it read often and even memorized portions of it.

Consider this vignette from the Middle Ages. Many believe that Peter Waldo was converted about 1160, and translated the Scriptures into French to spread the good news to all who would hear him. This led to persecution, as described in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs:

Soon the churchmen in the area, who would not explain the Scripture to the people, ordered Waldo to stop his work or face excommunication. Although Waldo ignored their orders, they persecuted his followers so badly that they were all forced to leave… So perfect were they in their knowledge of Scripture that unlettered country men were able to recite the entire book of Job by heart. Others knew the whole New Testament.

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During those times, because of the scarcity of Bibles and the imminent danger to both the Bible and the person carrying one, it seems potential ministers had to memorize a large amount of Scripture, besides being able to explain it.

The struggle continued through the centuries. Consider that when William Tyndale made his English translation of the Bible, it had to be smuggled into England in bales of cloth or barrels of merchandise. The bishop of London tried to gather up all the copies in his area and publicly burned them. Tyndale himself was kidnapped from Antwerp, tied to a stake, strangled and burned in 1536.

It’s hard, in this time when Bibles are so widely available, to imagine what it was like through most of history, but even today a King James Bible is hard to come by or even dangerous to possess in some nations, where conversion to Christianity can be punishable by death.

PROPHESIED FAMINE OF GOD’S WORD

Considering the proliferation of Bibles in hundreds of languages today—it remains the world’s most translated, best selling (applies to King James Only sales) and most freely given book—the warning in Amos 8:11 is surprising.

In the context of the time of the end marked by heavenly signs (Amos 8:9), Amos quotes God foretelling a time of famine—a famine of His Word. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: ” (Amos 8:11).

Why would this famine come? Because of stealing, injustice, oppression and other sins Amos records. And because the people hadn’t listened to all the previous warnings, had not repented, had “put far off the day of doom (Amos 6:3). The warning was to people who had not listened to God’s Word.

In the time leading up to Amos’ prophecy, God’s Words had been proclaimed through the preaching of Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Joel and Hosea. Today we have all these as well as the rest of the Bible in printed form.  Only but a few of God’s ministers today warn of the consequences of sins and the need for repentance. Like then, today, so few listen.
Amos prophesied during a time of national prosperity, at least for the upper classes of the northern kingdom of Israel. After years of national decline, Jeroboam II seemed to have turned the nation’s fortunes around. But not for long. Perhaps 30 years later Israel would fall to the Assyrians and be taken into captivity from which they have not yet returned.

God’s long patience finally came to an end with ancient Israel, and will again with our modern world. When people ignore His message one too many times, He promises to remove that message, for a time. Isaiah echoes the thought: “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

When will this famine of hearing the Words of the Lord come? We know that it’s already begun; and has been now for some time. And prophetically, it appears to start before the work of the two witnesses who will proclaim God’s Words publicly for three and a half years immediately before Christ’s return (Revelation 11:1-3). How long will it last? This is not stated.

Will it mean all Bibles will be rounded up and burned? This does not seem to be the case, since just having Bibles around doesn’t mean they are read, and many have bible versions that just are not God’s Word. Many have left God’s Word for other versions. The main reason given by most is that the newer versions are easier to understand. This too attributes to the famine of there not being God’s Word near people TO be read.

…and, still there are others that, not only don’t understand, but just simply do not believe.

As Paul said, “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? … So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:14-15, 17, emphasis added). Amos also called it a famine of “hearing the words of the LORD.

So it does seem God’s Work of proclaiming His words through His ministers, as well as through the mass media, will be shut off, perhaps through economic downturns, halt on mailing out Christian literature, controls in place to lock out Christian media via the internet, persecution, governmental regulations or a combination of these and other factors.

So what happens when God’s Words are not readily available any more? Apparently some of those who rejected them previously will suddenly notice they are missing, and will conduct a fruitless search throughout the land (Ref. Amos 8:12-13). Isn’t that typical of human condition, to be unaware of what we really wanted and needed until it’s gone?

Preparing for the Famine

So what can we do to prepare now for the famine of the Word prophesied to come?

Like Joseph back in ancient Egypt, we need to be doing this now for the continued years of famine. It starts with hearing God’s Words now, leaving the false ministers alone to their own vices; to turn our hearts to studying God’s true Bible, treasuring His Words and obeying them. God calls on all to repent of sin and to live by every Word of God.

But it’s not just about our own salvation. God is calling many now to help spread His Word. That’s part of the mission He gave His Church, to preach His good news to the entire world (Ref. Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20).

With the coming famine of God’s Word in mind, His servants today should have the same urgent mind-set that Jesus Christ had in His human ministry. He told His disciples, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” – John 9:4

God has given His Church a job to do—to spread understanding of His Word, to preach the Gospel, to warn the world. And the foundation of that is to study the Bible and understand it ourselves—to prepare ourselves to serve and help those God is calling now and into the future. Let’s do it while there is still time.

Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:…….

Matthew 13:15
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Acts 28:27
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Hebrews 5:11
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

1 Timothy 1:10
For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;….

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;…

Titus 1:9
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Titus 1:13
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;……

Ephesians 4:14
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;…

Colossians 2:22
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;…

Famine: No ministers ministering from the true Word of God, new age Bible versions, lack of attendance of people (means no people ministering to others,), lack of listeners- they are there, but they are not there. False doctrines hinder true Christianity being spoken and heard.

Job 34:4
Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

Footnotes

The Laodicean Church is already experiencing the famine of God’s word! The Laodiceans do not receive God’s Word today, and they never will until they repent! Instead of receiving new revelation from the living God, they have nothing but spiritual starvation.

Meanwhile, God is flooding His very elect with precious new truths! God Who will I believe, will bless and pour out revelations upon us.

Soon, people will not be able to find any spiritual food! People will be crying out for someone to minister God’s Word to them; but then it will be too late physically. God’s very elect will be in a place of safety. Those who paid attention are going to realize what they didn’t do, and what they should have done. God’s Word will cease being preached (except by the two witnesses).

The last verse in Amos 8 brings this book right up to date. It puts these prophecies right into our time.

They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again” (Amos 8:14).

Who are these people who fall and never rise up again? That could only refer to people who received God’s spiritual begettal and who then walked away from it!

Prophecy shows that half of the Laodiceans will not repent, and they are going to lose their eternal lives. How dangerous it is to walk away from God.

If you have received God’s Spirit, you must make sure you are right with God. Many people have fallen away and have become bitter against God! We cannot afford to be wrong about this!  There are people who have fallen and who will not rise again!

King James XXI

WEEK 21

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1 Corinthians 8:4

(KJV)   As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that anidol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

(1611 KJV) As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice vnto idoles, wee know that anidole is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.

(1587 Geneva Bible) Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed vnto idoles, we knowe that an idole is nothing in the worlde, and that there is none other God but one.

(1568 Bishops Bible) As concerning the eating of those thinges that are offered vnto idols, we are sure that an idoll is nothing in the worlde, and that there is none other God but one.

(1539 Great Bible) As concernyng the eatyng of those thynges that are offred vnto ydols, we are sure, that the ymage is nothing in the worldeand that ther is none other God, but one.

(1535 Coverdale Bible) So are we sure now cocernynge the meates offred vnto Idols, that an Idoll is nothinge in the worlde, and that there is none other God but one.

 

Counterfeit Versions

(ESV) Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.”

(ISV) Now concerning eating food offered to idols: We know that no idol is real in this world and that there is only one God.

(JB PHILLIPS) In this matter, then, of eating meat which has been offered to idols, knowledge tells us that no idol has any real existence, and that there is no God but one.

(THE MESSAGE) Some people say, quite rightly, that idols have no actual existence, that there’s nothing to them, that there is no God other than our one God, that no matter how many of these so-called gods are named and worshiped they still don’t add up to anything but a tall story.

(NABRE) So about the eating of meat sacrificed to idols: we know that “there is no idol in the world,” and that “there is no God but one.”

(NASV) Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.

(NRSV) Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.”

(RSV) Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.”

 

Textus Receptus – Traditional Text

περι της βρωσεως ουν των ειδωλοθυτων οιδαμεν οτι ουδεν ειδωλον εν κοσμω και οτι ουδεις θεος ετερος ει μη εις

 

Hort-Westcott – Critical Text

περι της βρωσεως ουν των ειδωλοθυτων οιδαμεν οτι ουδεν ειδωλον εν κοσμω και οτι ουδεις θεος ει μη εις

Corrupted Manuscripts

None

 

Affected Teaching

To change “an idol is nothing in this world” to “an idol has no real existence” is to send a wrong message as the modern versions normally do.  Idols are definitely existing in this world.  There were many idols in ancient times.  All one has to do is study any ancient civilization like the Romans, Greeks, Assyrians, etc.  They all had idols.  We also have idols in the present world. Sports figures, Movie stars, money, sex, status, etc.  Whatever a person focuses their life on will become their idol.  To say idols don’t exist omits a very valuable message from Scripture.

The Great Apostasy

Before the second coming of the Lord Jesus…

• (1) The [great] apostasy
• (2) The revealing of the antichrist:

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” (2 Thess. 2:1-3).

We are living now, at this moment (and have been for a long time), in the days of that same apostasy, that will precede the continued destruction of the antichrist. The so-called church of our day is such a poor imitation of the true church it is like comparing a ground mole to an airplane. To be more precise it is a spiritual counterfeit having a spiritually adulterous affair with popularity, money, false unity and large buildings.

It is so far from dispersing wholesome Biblical truth, and has been for so long, that the vast majority in our day have never, even once, been in a congregation that closely resembles the New Testament church described in Acts. They have not heard sermons based on Scripture and therefore, aren’t sure what one sounds like. There are a number of reasons why this is so.

Your Favorite Minister…?

First, the ministers, overseers, superintendents, etc. of denominations and religious groups are nowhere near the spiritual caliber they need to be for the office they hold!

The Bible emphasizes holiness in character and soundness in doctrine, and in that order, as being necessary for people to even qualify for such a high, influential office (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1; 1 Pet. 5). But in our day, secular education, money, influence in the community and a musical ability are often the basis of deciding who will or will not be the church leaders and teachers.

The Bible never places a premium on any type of ignorance, but formal education, etc. has never been the basis for ministry, according to Scripture. The Lord Jesus chose the Twelve and four out of that number were ignorant fishermen who reeked with no formal education, but they were qualified to hold the highest office in the church.

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

Peter and John might have been rejected in our day, but were qualified in God’s eyes to be among his chief spokesmen because of their heart condition. This was also the basis of choosing a replacement for Judas:

And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” (Acts 1:24-25)

They prayed basically, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs’

Paul wrote about what we would call “smooth talkers” who actually practice to deceive and minister false doctrines:

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17-18)

Either one of the two Scriptural standards in 1 Tim. 3 or Titus would eliminate 99% of the spiritual leaders in the church (mostly on television) of our hour—together there would be almost a clean sweep.

Our present day “self-proclaimed” spiritual leaders, for the most part, are ignorant of the Scriptures, slothful, worldly, spiritually blind, pleasure seekers, false Bible enthusiast and asleep. The ones that do have zeal seem to be only zealous to spread their unique teaching, which sets them apart from all other groups.

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Back Yard Preachers

Many leaders are there for the wrong reason. We went to one congregation and the present pastor got in that position because he lost his job and needed a source of income! If he didn’t have influential supporters from that group (his immediate family) he would not have been there as pastor. Is it any wonder why people can’t find a sound church in their area?

To have such men that are not Scripturally qualified, as examples and teachers, will result in many souls perishing. The result….taking on false doctrines and false “bible” versions in an attempt to fill the void of their spiritual hunger they were left with from that dead back yard church.

In this day and time now for many years, there are unqualified (and dangerous) spiritual leaders everywhere. Often people want some kind of ministry, but aren’t qualified. They went, but weren’t sent. They answered, but weren’t called.

I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.” (Jeremiah 23:21)

Hence, their influence can be a detriment to others, as well as to themselves. For example, to put a new convert in the position of spiritual leadership, will jeopardize that new convert’s salvation.

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” (1 Tim. 3:5-7)

He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall.

Scripture says blind leaders are spiritually dangerous people:

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matt. 15:14)

As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” (Isa. 3:12)

But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law;………………..” (Mal. 2:8)

Blind leaders are everywhere, yet considered reputable and informed. Most, are from Bible colleges and seminaries.

Multitudes of church people are so worn out and tired from working two jobs to make all of the payments they owe, they have little quality time, if any, to read the Bible for themselves.

Their lives are too busy with the cares of this life, temporal pursuits and TV watching to read their eternal contract book with God [the Bible]. They, therefore, just dangerously trust some popular, respected, religious teacher or dear family member who loves them. Since these people are not acquainted with the Scriptures, as they need to be, they can’t discern the deadly errors being taught.

And since these teachers are blind themselves, they can’t feed and warn the sheep as the sheep need fed and warned. Even if the pastors were able to feed the sheep many wouldn’t and if they did the majority of their listeners wouldn’t like it or tolerate it because they are indoctrinated by the world religious systems.

These shepherds get their easy-to-receive sermons out of books, rather than going directly to the Bible for themselves. Many so-called pastors are not able to preach their own sermons from their personal study of the Bible.

Instead of preaching the Word as they are commanded (2 Tim. 4:2), they tell jokes, stories, give book reports and smile a lot to use up the time. The sheep need to be fed wholesome Spiritual food (from a King James Bible), but they aren’t getting it. Hence, they are getting weaker and weaker and dying spiritually.

Levity from the pulpit is another area worthy of criticism. Scripture teaches how the Word of God is to be delivered:

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” (Titus 2:7-8)

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (2 Cor. 2:17)

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11)

A brother in the Lord (anonymous) once went to meeting where the majority of people there were unsaved. The teacher was doing a fine job giving out the Word of God and unsaved people were being convicted, until he changed his tone and told a joke. That killed the conviction that had been there beforehand.

False Doctrine Abounds

There is no doubt that the devil has been busy and very successful tempting people into sin, into reading false “bible” versions (usually because they think they are easier to understand), supporting false ministers, false doctrines.

He has done such an excellent job that the wickedness in the church is so rampant that the divorce rate has exceeded those outside the church and this is not even a concern! This is a whole separate issue in itself, but suffice it to say that a very large percentage of remarried people in the so-called church are actually in adultery, as are their spouses.

This also includes those pastoring congregations and teaching over the radio. Some of these leaders have been remarried two, three and four times. The congregations are polluted with such forms of adultery and almost no one seems to be aware of this or even cares anymore.

But God sees all this adultery. He has not changed His holy standards by the flood of wickedness and unfaithfulness inside the church of our hour (1 Peter 3:12).

All this hurts the holy image of Christianity as a whole. And because of the multiple church scandals, the church (in the eyes of the world) is a joke and lacks the power needed to live holy.

Wickedness, ignorance and religious deception are so prevalent, it is often grieving to attend a church service. It seems to be a repeat fronts Jeremiah’s day:

To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.” (Jer. 6:10)

Because the sin-filled parishioners are sitting before a blind and ignorant leader (“pastor”) that seems to only want to teach his 20 minute message to appease his audience, and especially the big money-givers, little or no word is being preached. If the word was taught, the people would find it offensive because they are in sin and don’t see any real reason to repent.

Hence, the vital message of faithful and unashamed commitment to Jesus, as well as repentance, holy living and endurance for salvation, has been replaced with:
• (1) tolerance for everyone,
• (2) God loves us all and
• (3) let’s not judge.

It has been this way for decades in many congregations and the people there like it that way. They are comfortable in their sins and no one better bring any kind of conviction upon them, because such won’t be tolerated by the complacent pew warmers or the new age (homosexual) christian.

In many denominational “churches” various potential pastors candidate for the position and ‘one of the so-called elders, who would help decide who would be the next pastor, say we don’t want someone who is going to shove the Word down our throats! The churches want soft, easy and short teachings, entertainment, softball teams, swim ministries and their laughing revivals.

High on their priority list is entertainment. Since so many are already addicted to TV watching—spending multiple hours each day before it, they are in an entertainment mode, which the present church leaders have helped to produce and perpetuate.

Because of the false teachings in our day, especially eternal security and that there is no fiery hell awaiting the wicked.

Multitudes of church people have no fear of God and are primarily pursuing the same temporal and material things that the blinded and dead children of the devil follow after. This has led to untold trouble in multiple areas. Outside the church building, it is hard to recognize a church-goer from a rank pagan in our day.

They both basically talk the same, have the same ambitions and goals that center around money and creature comforts. The power of a godly example is virtually gone from our society and with it many conversions.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.” (1 Tim. 4:1-6)

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

Multitudes that profess to be Christian are described above—they have a form of godliness but deny its power. The real Christians are commanded to have nothing to do with such religious people, but not in our day, when wickedness and friendship with the world are a priority.

Let’s “unify” seems to be the norm among such groups. They all agree on the Lord’s prayer and apostles creed, but that is not the common denominator for true Christian unity. Holiness and sound doctrine are.

The Apostasy Is Getting Worse

May God help us all continue to live holy and walk in love despite all of the rampant wickedness, damnable doctrine and foolishness being declared in and around the so-called churches and ministries of our day.

But, we really shouldn’t be too surprised by all of this, since apostasy precedes the rise of antichrist who is already here walking and talking to the world.

So are we witnessing this great apostasy that the Bible speaks of? Yes!

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matt. 24:9-13)

Are you “hated of all nations?” You might then want to take another look at your life and what YOU are doing and saying before a lost and dying world. Are you being “hated” for your witness or speaking of the name of Jesus? This is a Litmus test!

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matt. 10:22)

Israeli Report admits they are Descendants of Khazars

By Sartre on December 26, 2014

LEAKED REPORT: ISRAEL ACKNOWLEDGES JEWS IN FACT KHAZARS; SECRET PLAN FOR REVERSE MIGRATION TO UKRAINE

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By Batr Sartre
Are you intellectually and emotionally prepared to confront a new twist to Israeli claims for identity and a political homeland? If you are, test to what extent you have an open mind. The article, Leaked report: Israel acknowledges Jews in fact Khazars; Secret plan for reverse migration to Ukraine, will present a position that is difficult to imagine. When political necessity confronts hallowed claims, what will a determined Zionist do to sacrifice their fundamental assertion for legitimacy? Ponder the significance and full extent of the implications.

Israel seems finally to have thrown in the towel. A blue-ribbon team of scholars from leading research institutions and museums has just issued a secret report to the government, acknowledging that European Jews are in fact Khazars. (Whether this would result in yet another proposal to revise the words to “Hatikvah” remains to be seen.) At first sight, this would seem to be the worst possible news, given the Prime Minister’s relentless insistence on the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” and the stagnation of the peace talks. But others have underestimated him at their peril. An aide quipped, when life hands you an etrog, you build a sukkah.

Speaking off the record, he explained, “We first thought that admitting we are really Khazars was one way to get around Abbas’s insistence that no Jew can remain in a Palestinian state. Maybe we were grasping at straws. But when he refused to accept that, it forced us to think about more creative solutions. The Ukrainian invitation for the Jews to return was a godsend.

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Oy vey, woe is me. How such an admission could be seen as anything but a capitulation to the critics of the legitimacy for the state of Israel? Another critical viewpoint by Wayne Madsen in Israel’s Secret Plan for a “Second Israel” in Ukraine, is the perfect summary of the precarious creditability dilemma that such an admission presents.

Zionists have long argued that the land claimed by Israel was the biblical birthright of the Jewish people who were forced from the land in a so-called diaspora after repeated conquests by various empires. Proof that Ashkenazi Jews, which make up a majority of the Israeli Jewish population, have no historical link to Palestine would call into question the entire premise of Israel as the historical 5,000-year old homeland of the Jewish people.

As expected, the mere disclosure of such a secret government report has intensified the Christian-Zionists Problem – Khazar DNA, as written earlier this year. Never fear there is no shortage of arguments that attempts to discredit any proponent of Are Ashkenazi Jews Descended From Khazars?

But in a new article in the journal Jewish Social Studies, Hebrew University researcher Shaul Stampfer argues there is no evidence from Medieval Jewish, Islamic or Christian texts that such a conversion took place.

The silence of so many sources about the Khazars’ Judaism is very suspicious,” Stampfer tells Haaretz.

When persuasion fails, attack the messenger as seen in Must a Jewish State Be Zionist?

Shlomo Sand, a secular Israeli professor at Tel Aviv University, is notorious for his banal theory that Jews today have no connection with the Land of Israel because they are descended from non-Jewish Khazars who converted a thousand years ago in the Caucasus. No unbiased academic takes this seriously.

All this arcane and esoteric disputes surely should be resolved with simple Home genetics kits could identify millions with Jewish roots, right?

Just as the State of Israel has invested resources into the study and promotion of archeology, in part to demonstrate and strengthen the connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, by investing in the fields of genetic research and molecular anthropology, Israeli scientists could be at the forefront of this growing field not only to demonstrate the historical connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, but to help refute studies that manipulate data in order to undermine that connection,” said Noah Slepkov, author of the JPPI study.

Slepkov was likely referring to some who claim that the Jews of today are unrelated to the Israelites of the Bible such as Israeli academic Shlomo Sand, whose book The Invention of the Jewish People, which claimed that contemporary Jews are the descendants of the Khazars, Berbers and other groups.

Up to this point the intense push back is expected from the defenders of Israel. Nothing surprising from this response! However, in the essay Top Israeli scientist says Ashkenazi Jews came from Khazaria, not Palestine, the work of a “Johns Hopkins University post-doctoral researcher Eran Elhaik describes a group of widely respected geneticists, including Harry Ostrer, professor of pathology and genetics at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and author of the 2012 book “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People” is analyzed.”

“Interestingly, while anti-Zionist bloggers have applauded Elhaik’s work, saying it proves that contemporary Jews have no legitimate claim to Israel, some white supremacists have attacked it.”

Now for the surprising variation in critiquing the Rethinking the Khazar Theory! This section is written by no other, than Davis Duke, himself. Review the original article, for a long list of DNA studies that seem to reject and conflict with Eran Elhaik research. Nevertheless, Dr. Duke argues that the claim of special rights for the “Chosen” which resides in the Talmud culture is entirely part of the tribalism no matter the particular genetics of the Zionist.

I have come to believe that the Khazar theory is one more piece of controlled opposition as illustrated in Orwell’s 1984 where Emmanuel Goldstein is supposedly Big Brother’s opposition, but in fact he is part of the Big Brother apparatus.

How convenient it is to suggest that Jews are not a race, not a related people that gives them a unity and strength in conflict with other peoples.

One cannot explain the power of Zionism unless one understands Jewish tribalism.

Jewish tribalism (racism) and favoritism and preference for fellow Jews combined with discrimination against non-Jews ultimately enables them to take over almost any institution.

Without Jewish racism, Zionism could not flourish, for that is what gives the Jewish extremists its enormous economic, media and political influence.

Christians who propagate the “Khazar theory” should not forget that the Talmud is perhaps the most anti-Christ tome ever written. The Talmud portrays Jesus being boiled in human excrement—“forever”!

The Talmud as well the gospel recounting of the Jewish persecution behind the crucifixion of Christ all took place hundreds of years before any supposed Khazar conversion”

Let’s pull all this information together to sort out a rational understanding of the political considerations that threaten the stability and well being of the planet. Historically it is undeniable that large number of Jews from Eastern Europe and Russia migrated out of that area. Many resettled in Israel. Most adopted pro-Zionist politics. Since the former Khazar empire region was the departing homeland of so many inhabitants who profess to be Jews, it is preposterous to contend that any tribal group can maintain a pure racial identity.

When a Jew resides in Israel are they not called an Israeli? What do you call a Jew living in the Ukraine – a Jew or a Ukrainian? Likewise, when a Jewish migrate from Khazarian descendant moves to Israel and becomes a citizen, do they lose their roots from their own lineage? Whether they purport to be from a bloodline of a racial tribe or simply a convert to a particular religion their association with their country of origin remains.

Could it be that this astounding disclosure of a hidden past is nothing more than a ploy to recapture influence if not actual territory in a former land of settlement? If this is the case, the issue is one of political power and not one of religious inevitability.

Zionism is a political doctrine. All the conflicting genetic research is designed to serve a political agenda. If an Israeli came to Palestine from the Ukraine and practiced the teachings in the Talmud, that person most likely will be a Zionist.

The objection to the state of Israel is that its political precepts and policies are rooted in Babylonian Talmud teachings. When David Duke states that “One cannot explain the power of Zionism unless one understands Jewish tribalism”, the complimentary lesson is that Zionism cannot be fully comprehended without understanding Talmudic admonitions towards non Jews.

Consequential doctrines that profess superiority privileges should be condemned. Sadly, opposition towards a race, no matter how impure its genes have mixed over the centuries, when its politics maintain Jewish supremacy, is often labeled as anti-Semitic. Natural animosity towards such Jewish chutzpah is defensible in a world which disobeys the true revelations in the Torch.

Preparing Jewish converts, from the Khazars lineage, need not to be based solely upon DNA. What is important is that the political objectives of Zionism be recognized as harmful to humanity. Religion is not the issue, because Zionists reject their own biblical mores.

King James XX

WEEK TWENTY

1 Corinthians 1:14

(KJV)   I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

(1611 KJV) I thanke God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius:

(1587 Geneva Bible) I thanke God, that I baptized none of you, but Crispus, and Gaius,

(1568 Bishops Bible) I thanke God that I baptized none of you but Crispus and Gaius:

(1539 Great Bible) I thanke God, that I baptysed none of you, but Crispus and Gaius:

(1535 Coverdale) I thanke God that I haue baptised none of you, but Crispus and Gaius:

(1526 Tyndale) I thanke God that I christened none of you but Crispus and Gayus

(1388 Wycliffe) Y do thankyngis to my God, that Y baptiside noon of you, but Crispus and Gayus; 

Counterfeit Versions

(ERV) I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius.

(JB PHILLIPS) It makes me thankful that I didn’t actually baptise any of you (except Crispus and Gaius), or perhaps someone would be saying I did it in my own name.

(LEB) I give thanks that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,

(LB) I am so thankful now that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius.

(THE MESSAGE) I ask you, “Has the Messiah been chopped up in little pieces so we can each have a relic all our own? Was Paul crucified for you? Was a single one of you baptized in Paul’s name?” I was not involved with any of your baptisms—except for Crispus and Gaius—and on getting this report, I’m sure glad I wasn’t. At least no one can go around saying he was baptized in my name. (Come to think of it, I also baptized Stephanas’s family, but as far as I can recall, that’s it.)

(NABRE) I give thanks [to God] that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,

(RSV) I am thankful that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Ga′ius;

(VOICE) Now I am thankful that I baptized only Crispus and Gaius,


Textus Receptus – Traditional Text

ευχαριστω τω θεω οτι ουδενα υμων εβαπτισα ει μη κρισπον και γαιον

 

Hort-Westcott – Critical Text

ευχαριστω οτι ουδενα υμων εβαπτισα ει μη κρισπον και γαιον

 

Corrupted Manuscripts

This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:

Aleph 01 – Sinaiticus – Nineteenth Century Counterfeit (Original)
B 03 – Vaticanus – Fourth century

6 (Minuscule) – Thirteenth century

 

Manuscripts Which Agree With the Textus Receptus for This Verse

Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)

Stephanus (1550 A.D.)

Aleph 01 – Sinaiticus – Nineteenth Century Counterfeit (corrected)
A 02 – Alexandrinus – Fifth century

C 04 – Ephraemi Rescriptus – Fifth century

D 06 – Paris: Claromontanus – Sixth century

F 010 – Ninth century

G 012 – Ninth century

L 020 – Ninth century

P 025 – Ninth century

Psi 044 – Eight/Ninth/ century

Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions

Omit “God” and ender “I give thanks that”

Tischendorf, Constantine – 1869

Westcott and Hort – 1881

Nestle – 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941

Nestle-Aland – 1979 – Twenty Sixth Edition

Nestle-Aland – 1993 – Twenty Seventh Edition

Nestle-Aland – 2012 – Twenty Eighth Edition

United Bible Societies – 1983 – Fourth Edition

 

Affected Teaching

Here is another case where Paul is thanking God who is the object of his thankfulness.  When somebody states they are thankful without an object of that thanks, then they are not thankful. These eight modern versions omitted God which is just another attack on God the Father as the recipient of our thankfulness for what He has done in our lives. “Theo” (God) is definitely written in the Textus Receptus.

Don’t Replace the “Substitute”

by Trevin Wax

 

Regular readers of Kingdom People know that I often stress the cosmic aspects of the gospel and the importance of not limiting the atonement to one theory (namely “penal substitution”).

I warn against over-individualizing the gospel, failing to include the Church as central to true Christian faith, and failing to focus on the lordship of Christ.

These aspects have been missing from gospel presentations in the past, and because of our over-individualized gospel, we have produced individualist Christians who see no real need for the Church and who have little understanding of the mission of God beyond God’s mission to save individual souls. The kinds of disciples we produce are a direct result of the gospel we preach.

I am encouraged to see campus ministers, Intervarsity teachers, youth pastors, and church planters seeking new ways to share the gospel that incorporate the “bigger picture” of salvation that has often been excluded in evangelical gospel presentations. I am cheering on the young ministers who are coming up with creative ways of sharing the gospel.

I have been asked to review and comment on several of the newer gospel presentations. So far, I have been disheartened to see many abandoning penal substitution altogether. Yes, the atonement is bigger and broader than the penal substitutionary model. But to excise the doctrine completely is to greatly damage the biblical witness.

The good of the new evangelistic proposals is in what they add. Many of the newer gospel presentations emphasize transformation instead of just decision. They reveal the communal aspect of salvation, not merely the individual. They focus on how salvation leads us to mission in this life, not merely a heavenly afterlife. I appreciate the way that these presentations describe the purpose God has for the whole world. This is a necessary corrective to previous presentations.

The best part of the new approaches to gospel-sharing are found in the beginning, namely, a strong emphasis on the world being “messed up.” We know it’s true. We feel it in our bones. And because we know something’s wrong, we must be made for something that is “right.” It is a terrific (C.S. Lewis-like) way to bring a person into the Christian story because it disarms (in a good way) the listener by presenting a scenario that most everyone agrees is accurate.

The other terrific part of these gospel presentations is the emphasis on the kingdom community that comes at the end. We must reclaim an oft-neglected aspect of the gospel – that Christ came to create a community, not just to save people here and there. The Church is central to God’s purposes.

But there are some weaknesses in the new forms of gospel-sharing.

1. Evil without “Sin”

The new presentations tend to use the more impersonal word “evil.” But talk about how we are “damaged by evil” gives the impression that we are victims of sin and have no moral culpability before God. Speaking of “evil” in the cosmic sense is good, but we must maintain the biblical teaching that evil runs through each of us and manifests itself in deliberate sinfulness. We are corrupt.

Evil is not just an outside force that holds us in slavery. It is an inside force that runs through us. We choose to not live in harmony with those around us. We choose to not live in harmony with our world. We choose to not live in harmony with God. We’re more than damaged – Scripture teaches we’re dead. Without the proper emphasis on human culpability for sin, we’re going to run into problems later.

2. Explanation of the Cross

The new gospel presentations rightly affirm that “Jesus came to restore the world and everything in it for better.” I enjoy the “already/not yet” paradigm of kingdom eschatology that comes through in these presentations.

Still, I wish for a clearer explanation of why Jesus had to die on the cross. The gospel presentations leave us with vague statements about “evil overpowering” Jesus or the sinfulness of the world “infecting” Jesus instead of the Scriptural description of Jesus willingly taking on our evil and sin upon himself and willingly dying.

The substitutionary atonement gets left out in many of these presentations. Thus we miss the reason why Jesus had to die – not the historical reasons for Jesus’ death, but the theological reasons why this death was necessary. Jesus dying as the Passover lamb is a clear statement that:

  1. Jesus is taking God’s wrath upon himself in place of his people and
  2. A new exodus is beginning.

Most of the new gospel presentations emphasize Point 2, but sidestep Point 1.

3. No faith. No repentance.

The New Testament continually tells people to “repent” and “believe.” Because personal sin is not highlighted much in the early part of these presentations, repentance for the forgiveness of sins is virtually absent at the end.

Regarding faith, I agree that we need to call people to submission under Jesus’ lordship (thus the verse in Romans 10 that speaks of “obeying the gospel”), but this call to submission follows the call to faith in his death and resurrection. We must maintain a proper emphasis on saving faith.

Suggestions

If we are going to keep the substitutionary atonement model in our presentation, we must show that God so passionately loves this world that he is committed to rooting out and purging all evil from it. He is not indifferent to human sin and evil. He loves this world so much that he is rightly wrathful against anything that defaces it and dishonors him.

When I share the gospel, I turn to examples of horrific evil like Nazi Germany or the sex-slave children taken from Indonesia after the tsunamis, etc. This helps people get a good idea of what evil in its worst forms is like and how a good God will not shrug his shoulders at evil. He is just and fair to rid the world of evil.

Then, after people acknowledge that evil exists and that evil must be done away with, I show how (in Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s phrase) “the line of evil runs through each us too.” The sin we see in others runs through ourselves, even if we think we’re good. And if God is going to be just and fair, then all human sin has to be judged. All evil has to be purged from the world, which means that all humans are “goners.” “For all have sinned” fits in here.

Once we tweak the beginning of the presentation, the effects on our view of the atonement naturally follow. God steps in to bring redemption to our world in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Human Being that we were all intended to be. He is the Image of God – the true image, whereas the image of God in us is defaced. Jesus fulfills God’s original intention for humanity. Because of that – here comes substitution – He is crucified in our place.

It wasn’t just that Jesus was a great guy who wound up dying for a good cause. He died according to the plan of God because we were so bad, and yet God loved us anyway. The way it sounds in some of the new gospel presentations, the cross looks like a surprise, not like the climax to which the Gospels are all moving.

If God is just and good, he must purge the world of evil. The way he does that and manages to save human beings who bear his image is by sending the His own Son to take the weight of the world’s evil upon himself and have it condemned in his body. God passes judgment on all that’s wrong in the world and all that’s wrong with us when Jesus, the Righteous One, dies on that cross. So evil is defeated, the loving judgment and love-based “wrath” of a good God falls upon Jesus, the sin-bearer dying on the cross.

We need to call people to trust in Jesus for salvation, to trust that the Story is true, to trust that our salvation is in God’s hands, to trust that Jesus’ death reconciled us to God and to others. Surely, we need to have “trust” in these presentations and not just “submit.” If not, we will eventually wind up with converts who are constantly examining themselves saying, Have I submitted enough? Have I committed enough? Have I turned away from enough sin? Am I a good enough agent for the Kingdom? Without trust in God’s mercy and grace at the forefront, we run the risk of turning this incredible story of good news about the world’s true Lord into a heavy burden. If salvation is about being justified by faith in Jesus as Lord, then faith needs to be included in the final point. Right now, faith is absent.

The Question of Future Disciples

When I evaluate a gospel presentation, I try to imagine what kind of disciple the presentation will produce. The gospel presentations of past generations have given us individualistic Christians without an understanding of the missio Dei and the nature of the church. They need to be fixed.

But I hope we don’t trade the inadequate presentations from the past with other inadequate presentations. I can see future generations who have grown up with this newer presentation asking questions like, “What does the gospel say about my guilt? How do I know I’m okay with God? How can I be sure I’ve been doing enough for the Kingdom?” And eventually, we will have self-focused, self-centered Christians who have turned introspective precisely because the gospel presentation they heard and believed did not say much to them about that.

Ironically, whereas our past gospel presentations have sometimes produced self-centered, consumerist Christians with little life change, it is very possible that our current presentations will produce the same self-centeredness, but in different ways.

We need to hold together the biblical understanding of the atonement and the kingdom. Let’s hold together the personal and the communal. Let’s hold together the afterlife and the mission-Life. Let’s hold together the decision and the transformation. Let’s not swing the pendulum too far to one side and make other errors.

The readers of my blog know I harp on the cosmic scope of the gospel because the cosmic implications of Jesus’ death and resurrection are often minimized or missing in evangelicalism today. If it sounds like I’ve done a 180 and am now harping on substitutionary atonement, repentance, and faith, it is only because I don’t want us to abandon the traditional aspects of the gospel. We need to increase our view of the gospel, not replace it with something less.

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