"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

If you profess to be a Christian

you are one that is a believer in Jesus Christ as the Messiah foretold of the Old Testament as well as the Son of God. 

As a Christian you accept that Christ died on the Cross and rose again three days later.

As a Christian you believe you should live your life as Christ did:
  • 1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Jesus Christ not only fulfilled Old Testament prophecies, but he used the Old Testament when being tempted by Satan.
  • But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4  Christ was quoting Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
  • Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Matthew 4:7. Christ was quoting Deuteronomy 6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
  •  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  Matthew 4:10 which Christ was quoting Deuteronomy 6:13,  Deuteronomy 10:20 and Joshua 24:14

There is nothing new in the New Testament.  Everything in the New Testament was foretold in the Old Testament or prophesied in it. 

Therefore if you are a Christian and believe in Jesus Christ, then you have to be careful and be like a Berean and test your leadership in your churches.

  • And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
  • These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:10-11

The Bereans were noble but understood that those in leadership must be watched and checked with the Scriptures.  At this time the ONLY scriptures written were of the Old Testament, so everything that Paul said, or any of the disciples, as well as Jesus Christ was lined up against the Scriptures.  

Leaders today must be checked as well.  In some churches leadership is stating that they are unsure if Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father, the Bible is clear:
  • Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
 
Other church leaders say that God did not say what He said but instead allowed for evolution to occur.  Please read Genesis 1-11.  The creation of the world is detailed as is the creation of man.  Man is then told to be fruitful and multiply over and over in Genesis 1:22, 1:28, 8:17, 9:7, 35:11, 28:3, and 41:52.  

If one is waiting for a partner to evolve, it would be very difficult to obey this command, yet it was given in the very first chapter of the very first book just as the world was created. We are told to be fruitful and multiply.

People are normal.  We do the least amount expected practically in all we do.  This is the same when reading the Bible.  But one must remember that your salvation is yours and to be like the Berean and check your leadership as you have a Bible.  If your leadership is professing things that are not true...consider a discussion with them as to where in the Bible the truth is, and then if they do not change, leave that church. 

We live in times where churches professing to be Christian churches are mega wealthy.  The pastors are millionaires living in mansions.  Opulence is almost gaggy.  These churches leadership and the wealth of the pastors off the backs of the parishioners is not Biblical.  

  • Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Matthew 7:14

If you are not a Christian or you do not believe what I have written, that is certainly your choice, but when a church leader that has perhaps 1 billion followers states something other than what the Bible says, you MUST be very concerned as this is truly a war~ 
 
  • For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Ephesians 6:12

and if your leadership is stating something other than what the Bible states they aren't on the same side of the battle.



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6 comments:

Dizzy-Dick said...

Amen!! I have read the Bible through many, many times and always learn something new each time.

sidetracksusie said...

For ever and ever, Amen!

Patricia Mathews said...

The thing is, the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth has already been fulfilled. The world's population was well replenished long ago, and is now past what the Earth God gave us to be stewards of, can support.

I know, nowhere in Scripture does it say we can stop, but "replenish" is a verb with a built-in "enough" factor.

Humble wife said...

Dizzy-It's crazy how that is isn't it? Sometimes I will have to call my Bill and share a new thing I discovered, even though I have read it so much!

STS-for ever and ever amen !! exactly!

Patricia- I appreciate your comment, but must disagree with a few points. If we believe that the commandment to replenish had a built in enough factor as the earth was replenished long ago, then what? Do we cease to reproduce because the earth cannot support us? Do we select who can live(well we do this already) but take it to a higher level? Allow only the wealthy, the educated, the rich, the black, the white, the asian to reproduce?

We can interpret scripture using the built in method, but it is a scary slope to assume that the earth can not support us therefore no more. For the record the earth is doing just fine. We are not overpopulated. Yes, populations are heavy and dense in some areas but the world is sparse practically everywhere else.

In northwest Ohio many more people could thrive and live. The same is said for where I am, and well lots of places. The problem is we are sold a bill of goods about global warming and the likes and people believe we are in dire times. Such is not the case.

Heaven and Earth will not disappear until God's appointed time, in SPITE of what we as man do to them.

Thank you for your thoughts, and I do appreciate that we MUST be good stewards of all we have.

Patricia Mathews said...

Selecting who can reproduce is a terrifying slippery slope. I'm old enough to remember when the men came home from the war in Europe with the most appalling tales of what they'd seen when they liberated the death camps!

I have two fine daughters, each of whom has two fine children, and I'm proud of all of them, and of my sons-in-law as well.

But then I read about people who think it's their bounden duty to have as many children as the woman can bear (and some have proven unable to bear the burden and have snapped, horribly!) and wonder where their common sense went to.

And yes, I try to practice good stewardship, but often fall short.

Humble wife said...

Yes Patricia, that is my fear when we allow man to decide. In fact, we have granted women this right carte blanc for many years and no longer is it about the health of mom, or rape, or incest, but about simple issues. One is not financial ready, or the child may have a cleft palate, or no real reason.

If governments did this...well we have this example as well, certainly from the death camps, but also the one child policy in China. The results are horrifying and now reaping terrible rewards.

I am of 8 and my husband of 7. I always hear this comment that women feel bound to have as many children they can bear and worry. You see, I am number 7 and my Bill is number 5. Would our parents not have had us, if they weren't practicing in their faiths? I know a family in Nevada that had 19 children. They were poor but grew much of their own food, and raised much of their own beef. Those children were and now are community leaders. Each of them has at least 5 children of their own and are beginning the next generation. They are doing just fine and not on programs. Much like the Duggar family who do not take any monies from the government and would be fine if they had never made any national attention. I see more problems with moms that have one or two children. Pay attention at the grocery and see who has food stamps. These aren't usually the large families.

I believed it was my blessing to have as many children as possible. I never felt it a burden and would have had at least 8 if I was able. I promise you that those that believe this and live it are not living worried about common sense but more their faith. Perhaps others find this misguided but remember this...the final tally for believers is not what man thinks but what God does.

As to your closing sentence, that is how I feel about all things. I am a work in progress and certain that I fall short often but maintain the bar high, as I wish to climb instead of fall.

Thanks again for commenting!