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Psalm 119:127, 128

…  I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

 

 

71.   AMERICA, WAKE UP!

From Our Church Bulletin

April 4,  2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

Ephesians 5:13 – 16:  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  Wherefore he saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

 

 I’m sure that through the ages every single “Christian” generation has thought they were in the most evil world.  We look at events of the day and we say, “the end is near because the world is getting so bad that it just can’t go on much longer” – to which I say amen! This is truly an evil generation if there ever was one.  America has always been considered by many to be a Christian country.  While I would say it is the greatest country that God ever gave to mankind, I would also have to say that it is NOT a “Christian” country as Turkey is considered a Muslim country or Italy is a Catholic country. 

 The majority of the citizens of both countries reflect their dominate “religion.”  While America may have arguably reflected a level of “Biblical Christianity” more than any other country during its early days, “professing “Christianity” in the US falls far short of the Biblical standard of “Christ-likeness.”   That is what the word “Christian” means: “Christ-like,” or, “Like Christ.”   That term is used in the New Testament 3 times.  NOBODY ever used it to describe themselves; it was always used by someone on the outside describing  the behavior of a maturing Believer.

 Acts 11:26 - And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

 1Pe 2:21 - For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

There is no such thing, and there never will be a “Christian” country until Christ returns in the flesh and takes control during His Millennial Kingdom reign. 

The reason so many world-wide refer to America as a “Christian” nation is because it was founded on “Christian” principles, and so many of the citizens profess “Christianity.” However, few who profess actually possess! 

 The Pilgrims escaped Europe for the purpose of finding a home where they aspired to be free to learn to live God’s Way, to walk in the steps of Jesus, from God’s own perfectly preserved, written Word.  One observing the Pilgrims’ behavior and motive, would have been led to describe these Pilgrims as “Christian or “Christ-like,” as they were learning to walk in the way of Christ Jesus.  

 This was not the case of the later-arriving Puritans as they just wanted to live according to their European traditions which the Bible calls “vain religion.”

 Jas 1:26 - If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

 So, the word “Religion,” used 7 times in the New Testament, is never spoken of favorably.

"Religion" is not motivated from a heart of gratitude toward our Saviour, the Lord Jesus, while trying to learn to walk in His steps. It is only a show of external worship which consists of ceremonies, and “religious” discipline.  So “religion” is merely ceremonial observances or outward behavior to demonstrate one’s “religiosity,” is one way we could say it.  This was the “religion" of the Pharisees Jesus commented on:

Mat 23:28 - Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

 Yet even in a country that only claims to be “Christian,” it seems very suspicious that there would be the election of a man to the position of President who doesn’t have, and was never issued his own SS #, and is from a Muslim, African nation called Kenya.  He had no valid American birth certificate, was in favor of abortion of any type, early or late term.  He even supported the killing of late term babies who somehow managed to survive the attempts to abort them.

He was also in favor of and practiced same-sex marriages, and participated and propagated homosexual relationships.  All of this is called an abomination and condemned in our Creator-Saviour’s written Word. (Lev 18:22, Lev 20:13, Rom 1:23-27)  

“Christian” as was stated, means to be “Christ-like;” or “Like Christ.”  Isn’t it amazing that faithful people who profess to be “Christian,” could make the claim of being Christian, then cast a vote for Obama, maintaining it is the right thing to do for this “Christian” nation of ours?  Well, if this is a “Christian” nation, shouldn’t the vote of a professing so-called “Christian” cast the vote that reflects the type of vote that Jesus Christ would cast?  Do you think these so-called “Christians” would believe that Jesus Christ would cast a vote for a man who supports the killing of innocent babies, or lives in and promotes homosexual lifestyles?

 You know this generation is evil because, believe it or not, they would answer that, “Yes,” they believe Jesus Christ would have voted for Obama.  They are blind! Even a novice can look into the text of the Authorized Bible (KJB 1611) and find the answers to such  simple questions. We can expect an unregenerate (unsaved) person to be stupid; but one who names the name of Christ ought to know better.  Obviously, if a saved person rejects the Light of God's Word offered in a Bible-believing New Testament Church through a man called and set apart by God Himself,  this rejecter of the Light will walk in blindness! Let’s look at

Matthew 19:13-15, which states, “Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.”

This does not sound like a man who would condone the killing of the innocent child.  Evil has always existed, and every generation has recognized the evil within it.  So why would I consider this truly to be the last days?  Because never before has the "Christian" population been so blind to the evil. God's people are choosing darkness over the Light!

The example given above is just the tip of the iceberg.  "Christians" of this age are the “MTV Christians.”  They would rather watch an “R” rated movie about sodomites than read their Bible or be faithful to a Bible believing New Testament Church where God’s man faithfully proclaims God’s way and God’s will from the pages of God’s Book! 

 They don’t want any preaching or teaching of God’s Way, found in the pages of His Holy Writ.  They want a “worship service” rock concert.  They don’t want their pastor, or a pastor, to reveal eternal truths from God’s Word that might reflect on their depraved spiritual condition; they want the preacher to tell them God loves them, and wants them to be prosperous.  They are destitute of the truth and mistake gain for Godliness (I Timothy 6:5). 

 What is our solution?  It is in our opening text: Eph 5:13 - … Awake and rise from the dead.  Christ will give you light. 

 Wake up, America, the answer is the Word, not religion

II Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 

Psalm 119:9, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” 

Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” 

Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  

 The Word is the Light and Christ is the Word.  May God help us to seek to be…like Him!

 Acts 4:12 - Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

 

 

 

 

70.   "Choices, Choices"

From Our Church Bulletin

March 28,  2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

Joshua 24:15 - And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:

but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  

I was thinking this week about the choices we make and how they affect our future.  I doubt there is room in this brief treatise to exhaust this important subject.  For those who name the name of Christ, who have received Christ as Saviour, should always make choices or decisions based on the KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING of God's Word.  Then, those  specific choices or decisions would be called wisdom.  It is the reason we go to God's men that are wise; they have the knowledge and understanding of God and His Word to guide us in our choices.  God has chosen men, like Solomon, in whom His knowledge and understanding is revealed; to be communicated to those who will hearken.

 

Pro 13:20  - He that walketh with wise men shall be wise:

but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Someone sent me a copy  of a poem that was a grave reminder of how choices we make affect not only ourselves but many others.  It initiated a geat deal of thought about the Judgment  Seat of Christ, (Romans 14:10) for the saved,  also, the Great White Throne judgment (Rev 20:11) for the unsaved.  In my minds eye, I have visited both of these events, separated by a thousand years. 

In both cases, there was a free-will choice made, that landed each participant in their respective post-death abode.  Of course, the choice to reject the Lord’s payment for our sin leads to the Great White Throne Judgement where the unsaved's works determine their degree of eternal punishment.

Think of it!  All who stand there will have chosen to be there.  It will have been a rebellious, arrogant, prideful, volitional choice on their part to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. 

Conversely, those who in humility, recognize and acknowledge their sinful nature, then choose to receive Christ’s payment for their sin, will be in Heaven. Because of that choice, they will enjoy the opportunity to  receive eternal rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 

These choices determine an earthly condition of arrival at a earthly destination; or an abrupt and unplanned-for arrival at an eternal destination. Sadly. recalling a funeral  for a young, teenaged boy named Ritchie, who had received Christ as his Saviour just a few weeks prior to his funeral.  I hadn’t even filed the decision card he filled out during a Sunday morning invitation at church.  I thought about all the choices and decisions that were made leading him to go to a party; then getting into a car with an adult friend of the family who had been drinking. 

The adult chose to drink, chose to drive poisoned by the dominant social poison chosen by our society. With his brain impaired, he chose to drive and that, far  too fast on a dark country road.  Then, running a stop sign, they collided with another impaired “adult” who also had chosen to indulge in ethyl alcohol beverage without regard or thought for anyone else his behavior might  affect. He then chose to drive with the false assurance the alcohol gave him.  He collided with the car that Ritchie was riding in at an intersection.

Just as they blew through the stop sign and was, as they say, T-boned on Ritchie's side of the car.  Both cars were totaled.  Both inebriated drivers were taken to the hospital and released the next day.  Ritchie’s body was taken to the morgue and released to the funeral home - the next day. Ignorantly or knowingly, God's Word was not heeded; not considered in the choices that were made that fateful night.

Proverbs 20:1 - Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

I do not know how many funerals I have officiated,  or attended, where bad choices or  bad decisions were directly or indirectly  responsible for the deceased’s death.  I do know that in the case of alcohol-related traffic deaths, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta put the monthly average at 5000 traffic deaths where ethyl alcohol (or beverage alcohol - the kind of poison alcohol that is in fermented wines, beer, and strong drinks) was the direct cause or a contributing factor. 

Knowing all this, somebody chose to ignore God’s warnings about alcohol and decided to drink and drive. How many were affected by the choices that were made leading up to young Ritchie’s death?  Well,  the funeral home auditorium was filled beyond capacity (200 people).  The windows and doors were opened so the overflow, mostly school mates of Ritchie’s, could hear the service.

The lives of maybe 400 people were affected, many for the rest of their lives.  Where alcohol is concerned, the tragedies of the choice on a monthly basis go far beyond my ability to compile statistics.

The point is, all of our choices have short and long term affects on many people, not just ourselves.  We should make those choices Biblically,  carefully, and responsibly.

Choose you this day whom ye will serve!

RSB

 

A Place to Smile

There is the story of a preacher who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."

 

Billy Graham tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, "If you'll come to the Baptist Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven." The boy replied, "I don't think I'll be there... You don't even know your way to the post office."

 

 

Points to Ponder

"If we would be free, if we mean to hold inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have so long contended, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble cause for which we have so long endured, and to which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon, until the glorious object of our contest should be obtained, then we must fight! I repeat Sir, we must fight!  A call to arms and an appeal to the God of hosts is all that we have left." Patrick Henry

This Preacher never uses the NIV or the NASV or The NKJV - DO you know why?

 

 

69.   When The LORD Refuses to Hear

From Our Church Bulletin

March 21,  2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

Proverbs 1:28, 29 - Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29For that they hated knowledge,

and did not choose the fear of the LORD.

Jer 7:16  - Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.
Jer 11:14 - Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
Jer 14:11 - Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.

I was thinking this week, as I was last week, about the choices we make and how they affect our future and our relationship to the Lord.  The Biblical truth is, wrong choices can result in the Lord our Saviour refusing to listen to, hear, or even  acknowledge our prayers!

Someone sent me the following:

“I saw him about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, 'If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?'  I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place. 'The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,' he replied.  'Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices:  I could choose to live or...I could choose to die.  I chose to live..'

'Weren't you scared?  Did you lose consciousness?'  I asked. He continued, '...the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine.  But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared.  In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. 

I knew I needed to take action.' 'What did you do?' I asked. 'Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,' said John.  'She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.'  The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.  I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity'' Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live.  Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.'

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude...I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude or motivation, after all, is everything. 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” 

Matthew 6:34. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

After all,  today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

The truth is, we start making choices from a very young age.  It doesn’t take too long before we start meeting those choices, though not all of them.  Some of the choices we made when we were younger will wait until we get older to revisit us. 

Make no mistake about it, however, you will meet your choices again!

Gal 6:7 - Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Someone has rightly said, “Every excess of our youth is a draft on our old age.”   As I look back on my life, I often do so with regret for some of the choices I’ve made.  If it were possible, there are many things I would choose to do differently. 

Some of that is based upon what I know now that I didn’t know then; and some  because I was not taught important lessons I should have learned, but the teachers who had the responsibility to teach, , didn't - resulting in my  poor choices with their inevitable consequences. The Lord does not ignore the cries of His people in such cases, but He does have to find a different way to teach them, sometimes through the "school of hard knocks,"  so to speak.

There are also those choices I made to ignore or fail to seek the counsel of those who the Lord put over me, who knew more than I.  Part of my problem was pride and arrogance.  I thought I knew what I didn’t really know, which really cost me more than I wanted or was willing to pay. Pride and arrogance will definitely cause the Lord to turn His ear away. Choosing pride and arrogance are vehicles that are destined for a head on collision at some point in the future.

My choices not to seek or heed counsel, has cost me.  Sin, which is what some of my choices were, takes you further than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. 

Choices, have consequences. Good choices, as hard as they are to make sometimes, result in good consequences.  Bad choices are often easy and popular to make, but their consequences  often come with a very expensive price tag attached.. 

There are many choices I made which were good.  The day I chose to receive Christ as my Saviour is one  example. Following after Him, however, was a choice I, regrettably, didn’t make until years after I received Christ as my Saviour, though the opportunity to learn to do so was always there, for  my choosing.  Had I chosen to follow Him sooner, I would be further along in my Christian walk than I am today.  Now, I often find myself saying, “I wish I had known  then what I know now.” Choices affect our lives both  temporarily and eternally.  Be careful what you choose!   

Jos 24:15 - And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:

but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Mat 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

ON THE OTHER HAND:  

Jas 5:16 -..... the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

A Place to Smile

The difference between in-laws and outlaws is that outlaws are wanted!

 During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when A. B. Doe supplied our pulpit.

The Rev. Adams spoke briefly, much to the delight of his audience.

How Many Roads Must a Man Travel Down Before He Admits He Is Lost? 

A devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the
range. Three weeks later, a cow walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the cow's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, “It's a miracle!” “Not really,” said the cow. “Your name is written inside the cover.”

 You don’t know what you don’t know until it is revealed to you!

 

Points to Ponder

Some Worth Repeating

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to have to beg us to love Him. (JFH)

 "My own definition of the grace of God is this: the unlimited and unmerited favor given to the utterly undeserving.  Dr. R.G. Lee

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. 

Jonathan Edwards

Someday, when in the presence of our Saviour, we will thank Him for every burden, every trial, and every heartache.  J. V. McGee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

68.   The Principle Of Replacement

Replace the Old With the New

From Our Church Bulletin

March 14,  2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

God’s purpose and design for good human government is to protect the righteous.

 

Pro 29:2 - When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:

but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

 

Rom13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

4 For he is the minister of God to thee for goodBut if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

 

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 

Definitions: “Woe always has to do with judgement!

                      Evil – motivated to hurt, damage, destroy

                     Wicked” -Anti-God

 

Presently, the American Government under the duly elected POTUS, Donald Trump, is preparing to exercise the responsibilities of good government in punishing the evil Dems, RINOs, bureaucrats, and foreign actors who have blatantly defrauded the American people of their landslide election of Donald Trump. These criminal acts were committed to cover up their multitude of felonious crimes, corruption, treason, sedition, human trafficking, and satanic pedophilia.

 These governmental responsibilities largely, and increasingly, have been ignored during the course of the past century in America.

 Under a non-politician but obviously patriotic Donald Trump, It appears many of these evildoers have already met their fate and have been arrested, convicted, and their sentences have been and are being carried out.

This then is the God-given purpose of good government, to punish the evil-doers; and remove them from their sphere of power and influence.

 But what appears to be absent in all these recent events, is a necessary precept, principle, and precedent, of replacing the bad with the good.

Good human government is NOT going to produce a utopian or righteous society. Human government is not designed for, nor is it capable of producing such a society.

 

 Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?

 by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

 

Good, Romans 13 government will protect and allow a righteous society to prosper. That righteousness and the resulting God-granted prosperity is what Human Government is supposed to protect!

 We use the following verses addressing this issue because they are the most familiar:

 2 Chron 7:14,15 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,

and will heal their land.

15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer

 that is made in this place.

 

ONLY the Creator and Supreme Law Giver can heal a society that has become aberrant, errant, and lawless;. The promise to do so is conditional: conditioned on “God’s people,”and  defined as those receiving His redemption, commonly referred to as “the saved.” These are they who have turned to Him (called repentance), for the free salvation purchased by the shed blood of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus.

Jhn 8:36 - If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Jas 1:25 - But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

 

Speaking of God’s Word:

Definition: “Liberty”-Biblically defined is “freedom within boundaries”

 

After being saved, then separating from the old ways, is next in the Divine order. Then, seeking to learn by being taught how to walk in His ways, to please Him ,is  called sanctification, or separating TO Him and His ways. For example, I wanted to be like my Dad, I copied him, imitated him, walked how he walked. I wore his shoes, put on his coat, combed my hair like him. He was my father; I was his son!

 

The Biblical order simply stated: (2 Cor 6: 16-18)

  1. Salvation – Receiving the Lord Jesus’ payment for sin.This is when we become one of “God’s People.”
  2. Separation – Volitionally, separating from the old ways; metaphorically, abandoning the ways of Egypt or the old ways of the world.
  3. SanctificationBeing taught God’s ways, a Process of learning to behave and do the will of God, as revealed in His Word. Sanctification is separating  To, This is the  Principle of replacement; Replace the old ways with His ways!
  4. Servant Becoming like an “employee” living the Lod's way because it is His Way, albeit contrary to what I want to do.
  5. Saint Walking in His steps (I Pet 2:21) Holiness to the Lord. (1 Thess 3:13)
  6. Elect – After Accomplishing the aforementioned, The Lord calls His leader,”the Elect” from among the saints (those that are sanctified/Holy – separated to His purpose. Principle of replacement – His purpose has replaced my purpose!.

 

In this way, the Lord Jesus and His Word becomes my rule of faith and practice. He teaches me as a Father; I learn, as His child to emulate my Father; He is my example.

 This would  Biblically be called the “Father/child relationship.” (2 Cor 6:16-18)

 

Now, the Lord would heal our nation if we lived as His children rather than living as His rebellious, self-willed people, wanting to do things our own way!  This is His stated condition for healing our nation and we thencould have a Divinely blessed human government to protect us as we walk in His steps.

 

2 Chron 7:14,15 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked waysthen will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is

made in this place.

 

WITH ALL THAT SAID -If it is true that President Trump is being used by our Lord as Cyrus was used by the Lord to give a remnant of God’s people, captives in Babylon, the opportunity to be free from captivity and rebuild their homes and economy in Jerusalem, to rejoice when the Word of God was opened and explained, why is it, then, we do not see “God’s People,” those who have received Christ as their Saviour, separating from the old life, to seeking a new walk in Christ by learning and living His way?  “God’s People,” the saved, should be replacing the old ways with the new ways; this is the condition the Lord, our Great Physician, sets on our land being healed.

 

It is a surety that the success and leadership of President Trump is due to God providing the opportunity for “His people” to follow the conditions of 2 Chron 7:14 to heal our land!

 

God’s people must turn back to the Lord, replace the lawless, bad, and the criminally corrupt with a redeemed people seeking to learn God’s Word in order to draw close to Him as a child to his father. Perilous days are at our doors, characterized by His people not enduring sound doctrine.

 

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and “false prophets,” and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, “if it were possible,” they shall deceive the “very elect.”

  1. “If” it were possible “they” would deceive
  2. deceivers- will abound w/ signs and wonders.
  3. 3.”very” elect- those who are sanctified (set apart TO the Lord’s service and purpose.)

 

In order for the Lord to keep His conditional promise to heal our land, “God’s People” those who are the recipients of His salvation, must turn from the world and to Him, or like Israel after the first giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai, our nation will wander in the wilderness or, be taken captive by our nation’s satanic adversaries.  This is not the responsibility of human government.  It is the responsibility of the multitude of people who profess to be saved, but reject walking in “newness of life.” (Rom 6:4)  It is a divine principle of replacement.

 

Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and “”the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

 Even so shall it be also unto this “wicked generation” with our wicked ways!

 

Luke 11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and “the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

 

Heb 10:26 - For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 - But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Heb 10:28 - He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29 - Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

 

 

 

67.   The CONSENT of the PEOPLE

From Our Church Bulletin

March 7,  2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

Acts 5:28, 29 - ...Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

 

Here’s a question I have often thought about but have been reluctant to speak of.  I really didn’t want folks to know that I was thinking about it and the light  the Bible sheds thereon.

Let me herewith, break the silence and, for the purpose of provoking thought, awareness, and discussion, pose this question for your consideration: "At what point in America, do we as a Bible-believing, called-out assembly, begin to seriously contemplate following in the foot steps of our Founding Fathers in the taking up of arms in the defense of our families, communities, and nation? 

Due to a excessively busy schedule, I'm not able, at this time, to address this topic in great detail; but In these uncertain times, it is important to think Biblically concerning our government in principle precept and precedent.  “We must not be hot-headed reactionaries,” I keep telling myself.  “See what the Lord says!” I find there are certain prerequisites that must be present in order for Jehovah Elohim (LORD God) to approve, endorse, and bless the actions of the posed question

I hope to explore this in depth in a future Bible study; so let us just consider this essay foundational. 

America was founded because of the Precept, Principle, and Precedent found in the context of Acts 5:29 - … We ought to obey God rather than men. and, Matthew 28:18:

Mat 28:18 - And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

This word “power” means authority

The Sheriff of Maricopa County, is an elected official and derives his authority from the Constitution, and ultimately, as an elected official, from the will of the people His deputies have no authority of their own, but are deputized to assist the elected official in serving and protecting law-abiding citizens from the unlawful. The authority of the citizens is vested in the Sheriff, “by the consent of the governed.”  

The Sheriff can be impeached or voted out by recall or referendum.  The police, on the other hand, are not elected.  The police chief is hired by the Mayor or Town Council and he is, along with his officers, an unelected bureaucracy that is not subject directly to the people.  Thus he cannot be recalled, voted out, or fired by the people.  The mayor or town council can fire him or them, but not the people.  Hence, the police derive their enforcement powers without “the consent of the governed.” 

Human government is ordained of God – because man (God’s people actually) would not govern themselves according to the LORD God’s Word.  (Israel was that way and so is the “church” or body of God’s people).  So, human government was instituted by God so the unruly could be governed, but only by God’s Precepts, Principles, and Precedents. 

That’s why, in the very beginning of the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution of the US, and all the states,  the name of God is invoked or referenced - Because God and His Word were deemed supreme

However, in these days of apostasy, and the peoples’ resulting ignorance of God and His Word, our government, on all levels, because of their narcissistic and satanic nature (see Isa 14 and Ezek 28), have no regard for God, His Word, or His people.  They, like the people they govern, have become, like the days of Noah- ungodly, or anti-God! 

They, the people, rulers, and governors, have no regard or respect for God’s standards of right and wrong, but have, dethroned the King and His Word, so-to-speak, and established their own laws based on what is profitable and convenient for them to control, enslave, and exploit the people. 

The people, are now willing to give up their God, along with their God-given liberties for the benefit of “the children,” “peace” and “safety,” none of which the rulers are equipped or ordained of God to provide! 

Empty political promises is the reality of what they offer.  As soon as the sottish and gullible people elect them to office, they create bureaucracies to insulate themselves from the governed sheep-people, break their promises, knowing the sheep-people have short memories.  Now, the rulers, governors, and people were supposed to be subject to God’s law. As the people, rulers and governors came under the dark influence of the great falling away (II Thess 2),from the word, "apostasy," they became a law unto themselves. 

The strong bureaucracies have begun to enforce their ideas of what they think the law should be instead of what it is.  Consequently, those who govern themselves according to God’s law, for whom the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written, have become the law-breakers in this law-less, and increasingly anti-God society.  

Our founding fathers foresaw this happening because they had been there. They included a section in the Declaration if Independence so the Godly could Biblically and lawfully clean house, so-to-speak. It reads:

“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness” Declaration of Independence.

There is a caveat to this, however: God’s judgment on His people!  That is, this present government is what God’s people wanted.  God say, I will give them what they want until they cry out in repentance for deliverance

Today, we hear no cries of repentance;  I do not anticipate the Lord’s deliverance. RSB

 

POINTS TO PONDER

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.   Edward Abbey.

If the rest of the country had adopted right-to-carry concealed-handgun provisions in 1992, about 1,500 murders and 4,000 rapes would have been avoided. Dr. John Lott, Author: More Guns, Less Crime”

... and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. Luke 22:36

The Lord Jesus Christ, Creator and Author: Holy Bible

You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe.   John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

 

A Place to Smile

I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area, so I went  to the lost luggage office and  told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not  to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands.  'Now,' she asked me, 'has your plane arrived yet?'

They Walk Among Us!

 

While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go.. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. 'Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.'

They Walk Among Us!                                         

 

 

 

66.   ...IF "MY PEOPLE..."

From Our Church Bulletin

February 21, 2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

 
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
 
2 Chron 7:14 is a verse oft quoted but seldom understood, or at least fully understood.  There are  a number of verses in the Bible that echo the Precepts, Principles, and Precedents  found in this verse.
This is a promise from the Lord God; but please notice, this is a conditional promise.   Note the "if" /"then" conditions of the promise of God doing what He said He would do.  Note also, those who are the object of this conditional promise: "my people".  
 
To be sure, "my people"  is a reference to the people of God; they are redeemed, they are saved, but the description, "my people" refers to a certain segment of the redeemed and is indicative of a certain loose and worldly relationship with the Saviour. 
 
You see, the Bible, God's eternal, perfectly preserved Word is written only to the saved, for ONLY the saved have the wherewithal to understand His spiritual Word, written as a  manual on life for those who are born-again.
 
1Co 2:14  - But 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.

1Co 2:15 - But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1Co 2:16 - For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
 
The "natural or "unsaved" man CANNOT understand the spiritual things of God.  God is a spirit ...:
 
Jhn 4:24 - God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
 
Even in the Old Testament, the Egyptian Pharaoh recognized the fact that if he were going to understand the Word of God, he would need someone who had the spiritual nature to understand the things of the Almighty. Without the spiritual nature from God, given when one receives Christ, one cannot understand God's Word - it is a spiritual Book given to His people by God Himself!
 
 

Gen 41:38 - And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is,

a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Gen 41:39  - And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

 

While we get the spiritual nature at the new birth, or when we are born again, and become part of the "people of God," we, at that point are spiritual babies ... regardless of our chronological age, or our level of education, we are but a babe in Christ, in need of the "milk of the Word."

 

1Pe 2:2 - As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,

that ye may grow thereby:


Heb 5:13 - For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:

for he is a babe..

The Apostle Paul addressed a group of "God's People" at the church in Corinth that had been saved, but because of their love for this present world instead of loving the Lord Jesus who saved them, they were still spiritual babies.

1Co 3:1 - And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2 - I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

This then, is the group of "God's People" 2 Chronicles 7:14 is addressed to.  Whenever God's Word speaks of God's People", it is speaking of people who are saved, but have not grown  or matured in the Lord by learning and then doing.
 
In a nutshell, 
 
  God/People Relationship
 
2Co 6:16  - ...  as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people (takes place at salvation)
.
Father/Child Relationship - Conditional relationship - If after the redeemed volitionally  begins separating from the old ways of the world, then the Lord takes the position of a Father to these separating believers, and He treats them as His children - He begins to teach them what they need to know to mature in this Father/Child Relationship. After a period of faithful learning and maturing, the more mature child then can be used as a servant while continuing to grow and mature.
 
2Co 6:17- Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

2Co 6:18  - And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
 
If the maturing child continues as a faithful servant (employee of sorts) the Lord may set Him apart as His friend. In what we call a Friend/friend relationship
 
John 15:14 - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
 
John 15:15  - Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
 
It is from this latter,  but much smaller group of the Lord's friends who do whatever He asks, from these,the  Lord takes His Elect - to be  Apostles, Preachers, Evangelists, and  Pastors! (Eph 4:8, 11,12)
 
 
There is much, much, more that could be said, but the conditions of  2 Chronicles 7:14: ...
 
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
 
... apply to the majority of those who are saved; and  in these last days, are in love with the world like Demas who was a servant and helping the Apostles and other of the preachers.  He made the decision to go back to the ways of the old life - to ways of Egypt, so to speak.  The "last days," "the latter days"," the end times," are not characterized by the redeemed seeking the Lord and His ways.  The say they love Him,but the love they demonstate, is feeble and not sincere.
 
So often today, we hear preachers talking about revival in the last days; revival of God's people giving up the world for Christ is NOT what they speak of. I am very conservative, but the Lord is not looking for conservatives; He is looking for a people who will show their love for Him by walking in His steps! 
 
The Bible prohetically, (Bible prophecy is Pre-Written History!) says the lasts days will NOT be characterized by a time of the redeemed turning to the Lord to live HIs way.  They will be looking for frredom to live like the World, again forgetting about the Lord Jesus that saved them!  See the following:
 
LATTER TIMES are marked by the following characteristics, which are not revival!
 
2Ti 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;
 
1Ti 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;
 
2Ti 3:1  - This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come
 
2Ti 4:10 - For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
(departing/ turning back is called "apostasy")
 
 
2Th 2:1 - Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2 - 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.
2Th 2:3  - 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;
 ("falling away" is called "apostasy" it precedes God's judgment!)
 
 
 
Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
 
Exodus 3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
{“Children of Israel”- is NOT the same as “children of God”)
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONDITIONS FOR DIVINE BLESSING
 
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
 
Deuteronomy 4:25 When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves. and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
 
Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
 
Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
 
Deuteronomy 11:22  For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
 
Deut 11:23 Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
 
Unfortunately, I see no evidence of this happening in my beloved America, or anywhere else in the world! RSB

 

65.The SUPREME AUTHORITY

From Our Church Bulletin

February 14, 2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

The Supreme Authority, is for the Saved and The Unsaved, Worldwide! 

John 12: 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

For the Saved

John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we (the saved) must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (Not judged for sins as they are forgiven!)

 

To be sure, all of those who have received Christ’s payment for their sins will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ to give account of our own works since the day we were saved.

 

Rom 14:10 ... for we (the saved) shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ!

 

For the Unsaved

Rev 20: 11 ¶ And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire

 

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father,

and before his angels

The point of this is that ALL people, the saved and the unsaved, are going to be judged by one standard. One Book on Life, temporal and eternal, is the answer for all; and all will answer to it!

 

John 12:48 ...the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Now, the last day for the saved is the Judgment Seat of Christ. It takes place in Heaven and before the Saviour and since all of the  sins of the saved have been forgiven by receiving Jesus’ payment for their sins. The Judgment Seat of Christ will be focused on the Believer’s works and his motive, done after he received Christ ...and according to His Word.

When the saved pass from this life, they step out of this body into the presence of the One who saved them 

John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

 

Conversely, the unsaved (the dead) will stand before the Saviour-become-the Judge at the Great White Throne, which will take place in the valley of Jehoshaphat, just outside Jerusalem.

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and thet were judged every man according to their works.

14- And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 - And whosoever was not found written in the book of life

was cast into the lake of fire. 

Definitions: 

“Death is the grave

“Hell” the abode of the soul after death

Heathencontextually, the unsaved/unforgiven who have rejected Jesus’ payment for their sin, generally, “not God’s people”

Wakened” resurrected, body reunited with the soul.

 

Joel 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

Joel 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

 

Now, all those standing at the Great White Throne Judgment in the Valley of Jehoshaphat or the valley of decision, are the dead- those who have died in their sins. Here they will be judged by the Word of God to determine their degree of eternal punishment.

 

John 12:48 ...the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

 

This is the Word that ALL will answer to. Sin is defined by God’s Word:

 

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:

 for sin is the transgression of the law.

 

For some, transgressions against the Creator-Saviour-Lawgiver, are forgiven by receiving Christ as their Saviour.

Luke 7:48 - And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 

 

Romans 4:7 - Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 

 

 

1 John 2:12 - I write unto you, little children,

because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

 

Rom 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

On the other hand, for “multitudes” who have rejected the Lord’s payment for their sins, they must pay for their sins themselves. That payment is “death,” eternal death. That degree of punishment is determined by the Lord Jesus and His Word.

Remember:

John 12:48 ...the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

This speaks of those who will pay for their own transgressions by eternal punishment.

Today, we see all the corruption in the world; the evil, the wickedness, as that WORD which will judge defines it, we wonder if justice will ever be meted out to the lies, corruption, human trafficking, pedophilia, and evil; all as His Word defines it.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

The Lord God gave man human government to punish evildoers, and to protect those who have chosen to learn and live God’s way.

Today, however, human government has forgotten the Creator.  Instead of punishing evil doers, elected politicians and bureaucrats now call evil good, and good evil.. The satanic influence and control among them is obvious and prevalent. (See Rom 13)

 

Isa 5:20 - Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,

and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Their behavior is corrupt, and they commit it with impunity, living like ...they are above the law. But God is not mocked; there is a payday coming. There will not be ANY blaming the failures of others, or claiming the accomplishments of others.

Rom 14:12 - So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Rev 20:13 ...they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life (the dead)

was cast into the lake of fire.

 God’s Law IS the supreme law. God’s Law is above the American Constitution which is likely the finest human government document sinful mankind has ever produced. As wonderful as it is, the US Constitution is not above God’s law, nor can it control or punish a corrupt society who has forgotten the Creator. God’s Law IS the supreme law not only of America, but the whole world, and the whole Creation!

Soon, very soon, God’s judgment is going to fall on America and the world, and the workers of iniquity! All not forgiven will be made manifest.

 Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are;

depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

 Mat 25:34 - Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

 Mat 25:41 - Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

John Adams said:

“ Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

 

Alexis de Tocqueville said:

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.

 America is great because America is good; and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

 

 

64.The Importance of God's Message

From Our Church Bulletin

February 7, 2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

Neh 8: 2, And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 8. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. 

Jer 1:8 - Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

 

The apostate Laodicean age of the NT Church is not predominately characterized by faithful preaching and teaching of Biblical doctrines  of the Word of God because God’s people “think” they are alright and will not endure sound doctrine!

2Ti 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;

The preacher, is a man called and set apart by the Lord Himself to deliver "God's message" to His people. The word "Sermon" is NOT used in the Bible. A "Sermon" or "homily," is talk on a religious or moral subject, especially one given during a church service and, sometimes, loosely based on a passage from the Bible, with a view toward a "religious" tradition, and  intended, primarily, for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction!  That is  what is coming from modern-day pulpits; a  "sermon" almost completely devoid of Biblical instruction..

People, you don’t know what you don’t know until it is revealed by the Holy Spirit through the faithful preaching of the Word. Receiving God's message is what a church service is supposed to be about!

  It was said of Ezra: 

Neh 8:8  - So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense,

and caused them to understand the reading.

 

When God’s people have "apostatized," having put their hand to the plow then turning back,  characteristically, they turn  their noses up at God’s Word, make excuses with their tongues. With threatening glares, hate-filled looks on their faces, and in their eyes, they disdain God's messenger.

Jer 1:8 - Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Sometimes, these antics would be quite comical if it were not for the seriousness of the consequences of such actions. Especially, on the part of those who name the name of Christ!

God warned His messengers that such would be the case; but that they were to deliver His message despite the antics of the rebellious and apostate people of God who really did not want to hear God's message!.  

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew MY PEOPLE their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Isa 58:1)

It is no wonder to me that our efforts are and have been hindered at fulfilling the Lord’s commission.  God’s own people hinder the spread  of the Gospel, and balk at, not only hearing what God’s messengers are commanded to deliver, but also resist the application of God’s Word. 

Of course, James 4:17 tells us:

Therefore to him that KNOWETH TO DO GOOD, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  

At this point in my life, I’d be afraid to attend a church where the pastor was not faithful to obey God’s calling, though I understand why some preachers do not.  They are afraid of losing their people. Their fears are justified, but their disobedience is not.

As much as I’d like to see our church grow to large numbers and become an obvious  influential lighthouse for God’s righteousness in our community,  I am afraid many of those who have and will visit with us, fall into the last-days category of those who “will not endure sound doctrine” (II Tim 4:3)

However, that does NOT justify the disobedience of God’s man!  I do not want to sit under a disobedient preacher.  We’d both be in trouble!

Charles G. Finney said this, “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.

In many ways, our church is not only a test of the preacher’s mettle, but also of the people who support him saying “Amen!” and are members of this local body.

Eze 33:5 - He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6-But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity;

but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

Perhaps there would be more faithful preachers of God’s Word if their people would hearken to and support him. Regardless, he is to be faithful to God and His Word. RSB

 

 Points to Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

No uprising against the corruption of a  corrupt government will be blessed by God, until God’s people convince God they want to rise up and walk with Him! RSB

And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, THAT THEY MAY SERVE ME. Ex 9:13

Only when God’s people rise up early to fall on their knees and put into practice II Chronicles 7:14 will we find the liberty, peace, and security, only the Lord can provide.

 

A Place to Smile

During a recent password audit, it was found that a blonde was using
the following password: MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento. When asked why such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital!  ;)) 

Things are getting so bad:

* I'm getting pre-declined credit cards in the mail.

* The General Motors Moraine plant is reversing its production line so it can turn unsold new  cars           into  high-priced scrap metal.

* McDonalds has announced the quarter-ouncer!

* The highest-paying job in Maricopa County is jury duty!

* Motel Six will no longer be leaving the lights on and is now, Motel Three!

 

 

 

 

 

 

63.Subjection to the Higher Powers

From Our Church Bulletin

Jan 24, 2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

Romans 13:1-3—Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.

It seems that every time someone, such as myself, attempts to encourage our Believing brothers and sisters to resist an unconstitutional or otherwise corrupt government policy, we hear them proclaim, "What about Romans 13? We Christians must submit to government. Any government. Read your Bible, and leave me alone," or words to that effect.

No doubt, some who use this argument are sincere. They repeat what they’ve heard their lazy, perhaps unregenerate, global-minded pastor, or TV evangelist say.

On the other hand, let's be honest enough to admit that some who use this argument are just plain ignorant, lazy, apathetic, and indifferent! I am afraid, however, that most professing “Christians” (meaning "Christ-like") are completely ignorant that the Bible says anything about a child of God’s behavior toward a corrupt government.

So, this brief pondering is introduced by one of the Authorized King James Bible’s many texts on the subject.

Vs 3 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject,.

Do our Believer-friends who use these verses to teach that we should not oppose any political leader really believe that civil magistrates have unlimited authority to do anything they want without opposition?  The “Wherefore” (“for this reason”) is therefore a reason! 

What if the government’s agenda is for calling evil good and good evil?

What if the government turns anti-Christ like China and the Arab nations ...and America?

What if our president decided to resurrect the old monarchal custom of Jus Primae Noctis (Law of First Night)? That was the old medieval custom when the king or governor claimed the right to sleep with a subject's bride on the first night of their marriage.

Would our sincere Believing brethren sheepishly say, "Romans Chapter 13 says we must submit to the government"? I think not!

And would any of us respect any man who would submit to such a law? I wouldn't!

So, there are limits to human authority.

A father has Biblical authority as head of his home, but does this give him power to abuse his wife and children? Of course not!

An employer has Biblical authority on the job, but does this give him power to control the private lives of his employees or order him to something against the Bible? No!

A pastor has overseer authority in the church, but does this give him power to tell church members that they must submit to him, even when the pastor orders that which is un-Biblical? Of course not.

All human authority is limited in nature.

No man has unlimited authority over the lives of other men. Lordship and sovereignty is the exclusive domain of the Creator, Jesus Christ.

By the same token, a civil magistrate has authority in some civil matters, but his authority is limited and defined.

Observe that Romans Chapter 13 clearly limits the authority of civil government by strictly defining its purpose:

"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil . . . For he is the minister of God to thee for good . . . for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

Note that civil government must not be a "terror to good works."

It loses power and authority if or when it terrorizes good works or good people.

God gave boundaries to human government. Any government that oversteps that divine boundary has no divine authority or protection; and no right to continue to exist! 

Above all, God’s people are required to obey God. In the face of a corrupt, anti-God government, it is a righteous thing to disobey  the corrupt government of men to obey God.  To have God’s blessings on disobedience to the corrupt government of men, we must be sure we are disobeying men in order to obey God!

Acts 5:29  - Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,

We ought to obey God rather than men. RSB

 

A Place to Smile

Three boys are in the schoolyard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50."

The second boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100." The third boy says, "I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon and it takes eight people to collect all the money!"

An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening preaching service when she was startled by an intruder. As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, she yelled, "Stop - Acts 2:38!" (..turn from your sin...) The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, "Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you." "Scripture?" replied the burglar, "She said she had an AXE and two 38's!"

 

Points To Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

Quotes of Thomas Jefferson:

 “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” 

 “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

 “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”

 “A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither”

 “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

 “Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong”

 “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

 

More Points To Ponder

 Nothing will take the place of the plain preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Nothing is so needed in this hour as a return to the Bible. Lee Roberson

I preached what the Bible revealed to me, and I am still preaching it today. Lee Roberson

"You can count on me until my tongue is silent in the grave and until my hand can no longer wield a pen to keep my unalterable stand for the Bible as the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God - giving rebuke to and standing in opposition to all enemies of the Bible, even as I have done for 50 years." R.G.Lee

 "Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them."

"There's no better book with which to defend the Bible than the Bible itself." DL Moody

  

 

  

62. "Friend of the World ~ Enemy of God"

From Our Church Bulletin

Jan 3, 2021

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 Jas 4:4 - Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

 

I John 2:15 - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man  love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

The Roman poet Juvenal (100 A.D.) wrote regarding the way contemporary  Roman emperors retained power and control over the masses that were seemingly more than happy to obsess themselves with trivialities and self-indulgences, while their once-great-and-powerful empire collapsed before their very eyes.

He wrote: "Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, We the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions--everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses."

Translated into our modern-day vernacular, that is “food and fun.”  Hedonism (lovers of pleasure) was at the root of the fall of Rome  I contend, in this Laodicean age, that a good many in America, like Rome of old and Lazarus of Luke 19, sit at the rich man’s gate full of sores, carelessly frittering away their God-given liberties and opportunities, foolishly clamoring for nothing more than government handouts and never-ending entertainment.

Millions and millions of Americans (especially males) are literally intoxicated with sports. Sports are no longer a great American pastime; they are now a great American obsession.

II Tim 3:4 - Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Mind you, I’ve been into sports all my life.  Organized basketball, baseball, and football were an integral part of my life since I left diapers.  I even would stop and enjoy two ants racing for a handout. I think sports in general is OK for a diversionary activity or teaching discipline and teamwork to our young,  but I'm certainly not going to spend my limited time on earth, and hard-earned money following any sports team all over the country like some rock-band groupie.

I am talking about the way many American’s, mainly men, have allowed sports to control and dominate their lives. With many, sports are not just a hobby; they are a religion! I cannot count the number of conversations between men that I overhear in restaurants, airplanes, boardrooms, and, yes, even church houses, in which every man in the circle is literally consumed with all sorts of sports facts, information, and opinions. It is one of the reasons I have largly turned away from professional sports.  They are empty, they are vanity.  they are nothing but amusements for the masses.  The word "amusement" contains the Latin prefix "A" meaning "No."  "Muse" is also part of the body of the word "amusement." "Muse" means to think, deep thought; close attention or contemplation which abstracts the minds from passing scenes; hence sometimes, absence of mind.  Hence, "amuse" means "no think" or absence of contemplative thought. 

An "amusement" park is a "no think park."  Amusements are what seems to motivate the the typical American believer.  God's Word tells us we are to love Him, and do so supremely. Learning to love Him is what the NT Church is all about. I have seen nothing in professional sports that is conducive to man's goal and purpose of learning to love our Creator-Saviour.  

1Jo 2:15 - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.

If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

He will not compete for our affections. and should not have to because:

Rom 5:8  - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,

while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

In the barber shop, all that is discussed is sports news and events. , It seems there is absolutely nothing in the world more important than the latest sports score, announcement, or trade. NOTHING!

Rom 1:25 - Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped

and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

There is also a very real psychological pitfall associated with a man's intoxication with sports or addiction to other amusements. It may very well be that an obsession with sports gives men a false sense of masculinity and actually serves to steal true manhood from them.

A preacher acquaintance observed that it used to be when men stripped their shirts off and painted their faces, they were heading to the battlefield to kill the tyrant's troops. Now they are headed off to the sports coliseum to watch a football game. A man's ego and machismo was once used to protect his family and freedom; now it's used to tout batting averages and boxing scores. The fact is, if we could get the average American male to get as exercised and energized about defending the historic Biblical principles upon which liberty and America are built, as he is in defending his favorite quarterback or NASCAR driver, our country would not be in the shape it is in today.

The sad reality is that much of today's masculinity is experienced only vicariously through a variety of sports teams and personalities. Instead of personally flexing our muscles for God and country, freedom and liberty, or home and hearth, we punch the air and beat our chests over touchdowns and home runs (even though we had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with them ourselves).

Instead of getting in the face of these would-be tyrants in Washington, D.C., who are doing everything they can to steal the American dream, we get in the face of the poor umpire who makes a bad call or the Little League coach who “doesn't play my son enough.” Our happiness, well-being, and mood are not determined by anything personally achieved (or lost), but by what others accomplished (or didn't accomplish) at the ball park.

Whether our children inherit a land of liberty and freedom really does not depend on whether they make the starting lineup on the football team. Add to an epidemic obsession with sports, the demand for more and more handouts from Big Brother and the outlook for American liberty is not good. Everywhere we turn, we seem to hear people clamoring for government to give them more and more.

Even saved people have made government their god and expect it to supply their every need, and meet their every demand. They then have the gall to turn around and say, "God bless America: land of the free"?

2Ch 7:14 - If  my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;  then  will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 Points to Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH 

No uprising against the corruption of a  corrupt government will be blessed by God, until God’s people convince God they want to rise up and walk with Him! RSB

Beloved, let the fact of what our Lord suffered for you grip you, and you will never again be the same. O.B. Green 

It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised.  George Muller

 

  A Place To Smile

*I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing.  If I HAD any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!

 *Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

 *Why is it that our children can't read a Bible in school, but they can in prison?

 *Wouldn't you know it... Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FAT cells live forever.

 *Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?

 

 

 

 

 

61. "That Day and That Hour"

From Our Church Bulletin

Dec 27, 2020

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

Mat 24:36 - But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no,

not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

 

Baptists have always been more Biblical since the days of John the Baptist, and John is the reason I am a Baptist!  Most Baptists are doctrinally correct where the basics of salvation are concerned; but we are divided on a number of subsequent details about those doctrines that accompany salvation. 

Heb 6:9 - But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. 

One such detailed doctrine is the purpose of this pondering which needs to be addressed …Biblically!  We live in a day of continually decreasing Biblical behavior, and increasing Satanic-worship, paganism, and a total disregard for the things of God. 

Rom 1:28 - And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Believers today take Mat 24:36 to mean something that, contextually, it does not mean. I am talking to and about Baptists because “non-denominationals and protestants” are already very anemic when it comes to Biblical understanding. (No, Baptists are not Protestants.  Protestants came out of the Roman Catholic Church which got its start in 325AD and the Council of Nicea.   Of course, the Baptists got their start with John the Baptists who was born in 6 BC.  John the Baptist’s ministry was in full swing when Jesus started His in about 25AD.  John had disciples and followers 300 years before the Roman Organization started.  The Protestants, like Martin Luther, protested Rome’s doctrines and came out of Rome; thus, the first Protestants were Lutherans.  The Baptists were never in Rome and were hated by Rome and also the Protestants.  But this is not the subject at hand.

The Problem:

Many Baptist preachers also go along with and even propagate the erroneous narrative that Mat 24:36, quoted also in Mark 13, "THAT day," has to do with the Rapture or the Revelation, and these events are destined to come upon the whole earth unawares. This erroneous narrative continues, alleging that applying a specific season much less a specific date, is something “NOBODY KNOWS” and is kin to heresy. One of the major rules of interpretation is that all must be interpreted in its contextual setting.  It is true with everything we read and esspecially with the Scriptures!.. Proper understanding is dependent on context.  Most erroneous interpretations are rooted in ignoring the contextual setting. So it is in this case as well.

 

Mat 24:35 - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mat 24:36 - But of ""that day"" and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

The Context of verse 36 is vs 35.  Verse 35 speaks of the "DAY" of the  New Heaven and New Earth which occurs AFTER the Millennial Reign of Christ; after the Great White Throne Judgment, after “Time” has ended, and eternity continues!

 

Mat 24:35 - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

This is also a reference to 2Pe 3:10:

 

2Pe 3:10- But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

 

“ELEMENTS” speaks of the basic elements of ALL matter in the physical universe, confined by the boundaries of “Time.” Namely, the atom composed of three “elements “ Protons, Neutrons, Electrons.

 

There is no information given in the Bible concerning any dating of the…

“…new heavens and new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pet 3:13), …

…except it occurs after the millennial reign, and after the "little season" when Satan is allowed to deceive the nations once more. (Rev 20:3)

That is the reason ... that of ""that day"" and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Mat 24:36 

 

However, ""the season and the day"" of the Rapture and the Revelation is given in the Seven Feasts of the Lord in Lev 23.  These are the LORD's APPOINTED TIMES!

 

Let me explain: 

Ex 12:2 - tells us now, and the rebellious Jews, when the “head of the year” really is (rosh ha shaneh), and the first month of the year –“Abib;” (“month”-Hebrew-“chodesh,” Greek-“mēn” means “new moon”) – (see Exo 34:18/Deut 16:1).  

The "appointed times"  the Lord dictated are given in Leviticus 23, and have NEVER been changed by the Lord; the Jews, however, learned the way of the heathen (Jer 10:2) and adopted the Babylonian dating system which most Messianic Jews still hold to.

 

Lev 23:4 - These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations,

which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

“Feast” means the appointed time or day

“Seasons”  Means the appointed season

holy convocations is a rehearsal – to be rehearsed every year in preparation for the actual event.

Remember, These are the LORD’s specific Appointed Times and Seasons, recorded in Leviticus 23.  These are NOT the Feasts and Seasons of Israel.  An explanation follows:

Three of the Lord’s feasts are in the Spring, or SEEDTIME:

Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits;  Jesus, the Passover Lamb, His Death,Burial, and Resurrection. All has to do with the Lord’s First Advent!

 

John 12:24 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

  1. Passover - The seed Dies
  2. Unleavened Bread - the Dead Seed is buried or "planted."
  3. Firstfruits - the Seed comes to life 

The Fourth feast, Weeks or Pentecost, is the GROWING Season.(Summer); The Church Age (7 Churches in Rev 2 and 3)

and last three feasts: the HARVEST Season: The Lord Jesus’ Second Advent. 

  1. Trumpets, The Rapture
  2. Atonement, The Revelation
  3. and Tabernacles. The Millennial Reign of our Lord on the Earth.

 

The first 4 feasts were fulfilled on the specific day as given in Lev 23

The Harvest feasts, will also be fulfilled to the specific day and date given in Lev 23.

The Seed time or Spring feasts pictured Christ’s first coming;

 

  1. Pentecost or Weeks represented the church age (Acts 15:14/Rev Chs 2&3);

 

  1. and the fall Feasts or Harvest Feasts, picture the Lord’s Second Coming: Rapture, Revelation, and Millennial reign of JESUS, physically on the earth

 

The dates for each are given by the LORD Himself with no room for debate! (He is the date setter!) 

Important Note:

The Seasons are determined by the Equinoxes and Solstices’.

The first day of every month is determined by the New Moon. 

The first day of the month for each 3-month season is determined by the aforementioned solar event.

That is important because each of the LORD's Feasts were to be observed in their proper season:

 

Lev 23:4 - These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. 

Proclaiming these Feasts was to be done in their designated season for very good and prophetic reasons; The Lord God wanted His People to be able to know in order to PREPARE and be ready! 

Seed Time or Spring is for the planting of the Seed (Jesus). (Jn 12:24, 1 Cor 15:29-23, “Firstfruits is used 8x in NT, 32x or 4x8 in whole Bible. The number “8” is the Number of a New Beginning!

Firstfruits - Planting Season 

Summer- the Growing season - for spreading the Gospel that that which was planted is alive!

Harvest - for the gathering  of the Sheaves before Winter - Reaping the Harvest of Souls

  The first day of the first Biblical month of the year, Abib, is the first New Moon after the Vernal Equinox.  

Harvest Season:

The Feast of Trumpets (Rapture) is the only one of the Lord’s Feasts to occur on the First Day of the Month (Psa 81:3) Ethanim, so named in I Ki 8:2. 

The Rapture will happen on the God-given day of 1 Ethanim, 1st day of the Seventh Month, or on the first New moon after the Autumnal Equinox.

Consequently, we can affirm that Mat 24:36/Mark 13:32, IS NOT talking about the Rapture, the Revelation in Rev 19, or the setting up of the Millennial Kingdom- the Kingdom of God which shall have no end!   

These passages are speaking, contextually, of the New Heavens and New Earth, which will be outside the realm of "Time." 

We can also say with confidence that the Rapture (Psalm81:3/ I Thess 4:13-18/ I Cor 15: 51, 52/ Rev 4:1) will take place on the first New Moon after the Autumnal Equinox (1st Day of the 7th Month, Ethanim) 

The question was asked concerning the passage in Mat 25:13:

Mat 25:13 - Watch therefore, for ye know neither

the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Again, this verse (Mat 25:13) can only be understood in its contextual setting.

This is a "parable" or a "simile" about 10 virgins in the Kingdom of Heaven -   You might say this is about 10 believers; saved and all sins forgiven; therefore, "virgins."  Five were wise and five were foolish.  

The difference between the wise and the foolish is found in vs.4

Mat 25:4 - But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

The “Vessel” is the heart, the seat of emotions; what we love, hate, joy, sadness, etc 

Both the wise and the foolish had lamps, but the wise had "vessels" with their lamps.  Again,  the "vessel" is the heart, the seat of emotions.  It is where the things we love are stored, among other emotions.

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Jhn 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

Speaking of the Lord Jesus:

1Pe 1:8 - Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 

You see, the wise virgins had vessels with the oil (Holy Spirit who guides the wise into the truth Jn 15: 26, 27; Jn 16:7- 13-15). That caused them to be a shining light meant they loved the Lord and were watching for Him; and the LORD knew them.

2Ti 4:8- Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

"Loving His appearing" meant they were watching per His instructions.  They were studying His Word to know when He was coming and, therefore, their vessels were filled with oil.

1Th 5:1 - But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

1Th 5:4 - But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 

Jhn 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1Pe 1:8 - Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 

Mat 25:13 - Watch therefore, for ye know neither

the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 

This Message is to the foolish (not to “fools” but, but those saved who are acting acting like “fools”- The "fool" says there is no God” (Psalm 14:1, 53:1)

The “Foolish” are saved but live like there  is no God.

Rom 8: 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God)

or, “saved but not converted”- (Luk 22:32)

 

Foolish” Believers are those who are in love with the World instead of their Saviour-Creator. 

They, like Demas in 2Tim 4:10, are those who choose to walk in the darkness of this world

The foolish Believer, if they go at all, choose a church for entertainment purposes, instead of for the sound Biblical-doctrine focus of one of the few remaining New Testament churches. 

Make no mistake about this, the Creator’s chosen method of revealing His eternal truth through His divinely preserved Word, proclaimed by His chosen messenger, is a New Testament Church!

Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

 Revelation 22:16.I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

17 ¶ And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

18 ¶ For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book 

This parable or simile of the ten virgins, is written to those Believers who have accepted the Salvation purchased by Christ with His own blood, but are still in love with the world! 

It is those believers who "know neither the "day" nor the hour" because they are too busy loving this world!

Mat 25:11 - Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

Mat 25:12  - But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

 

Like Jesus said to Peter who was Saved but Not Converted:

Luk 22:32- But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

 

The Lord said to the “Foolish” virgins:

Mat 25:13  - Watch therefore, for ye

know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Those Believers who Love Christ and His Appearing, constantly search the Scriptures, looking for that blessed hope, as they want to be ready! That is one reason the Seven Feasts of the Lord are so very important!

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 When Jesus comes at the Rapture, He comes as the Saviour and only the redeemed will see Him.

 When Jesus comes at the Revelation, He comes as the conquering King of kings to set up His Millennial Kingdom and every eye shall see Him.

 Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

 However, few are ready, as evidenced by the darkness that has invaded our land!

 

 

60. The  Bible

PURIFIED SEVEN TIMES

From Our Church Bulletin

Dec 13, 2020

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

Psa 12:6  - The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 

Psa 12:7 - Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

The 1611 Edition Of the King James Bible, as of this writing, is 419 years old.  It is still the all-time, #1, Best Seller and it is the one all of the New-Age Bible-perversions compare themselves to!

Psalm 12:6 - "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times."

As any student of English Bible history knows, the Authorized Version of 1611 was not the first Bible to be translated into English. But even though hundreds of complete Bibles, New Testaments, and Scripture portions have been translated into English since 1611, it is obvious that the Authorized Version is the last English Bible; that is, the last English Bible that God "authorized."

Because the Authorized Version is the "last" English Bible," and because its defenders believe it to be the very words of God, various schemes have been contrived to make the English Bibles up to and including the Authorized Version, fit the description in Psalm 12:6 of the words of the Lord being "purified seven times."

The problem is that the Authorized Version is not the seventh English Bible -- it is the tenth one. The first complete Bible or New Testament in English did not appear until the fourteenth century. John Wycliffe (c.1320-1384) is credited with being the first to translate the entire Bible into English.  He is often called the "Morning Star of the Reformation" for his opposition to ecclesiastical abuses and the Papacy. 

In July of 1604, King James the First,  wrote to Bishop Bancroft that he had "appointed certain learned men, to the number of four and fifty, for the translating of the Bible." Although fifty-four men were nominated, only forty-seven were known to have completed  the work of translation.

The completed Bible, known as the King James Bible or the Authorized Version, was issued in 1611, and remains the Bible read, preached, believed, and acknowledged as the authority by all Bible believers today. Wycliffe, Tyndale, Coverdale, Matthew, Great, Taverner, Geneva, Bishops', Douay-Rheims, and King James -- ten English Bibles. As mentioned previously, various schemes have been contrived to make the English Bibles up to and including the Authorized Version fit the description in Psalm 12:6 of the words of the Lord being "purified seven times."

The problem with this noble goal is that it entails the elimination of three  of ten versions. But which three? The definitive list of Bibles that makes the Authorized Version the seventh Bible, thus fitting the description in Psalm 12:6 of the words of the Lord being "purified seven times," is not to be found in the opinions of the many writers on the history of the English Bible. To the contrary, the definitive list is to be found in the often-overlooked details concerning the translating of the Authorized Version. The information we need is to be found, not in the translators' "The Epistle Dedicatory" or their "The Translators to the Reader," but in the "Rules to be Observed in the Translation of the Bible."

These general rules, fifteen in number, were advanced for the guidance of the translators. The first and fourteenth, because they directly relate to the subject at hand, are here given in full:

"1. The ordinary Bible read in the Church, commonly called the Bishops Bible, to be followed, and as          little altered as the Truth of the original will permit."

"14. These translations to be used when they agree better with the Text than the Bishops Bible:                   Wycliffe, Matthews, Coverdale's, Matthew's, Whitchurch's, Geneva."

And thus we have our answer. The seven English versions that make the English Bibles up to and including the Authorized Version fit the description in Psalm 12:6 of the words of the Lord being "purified seven times" are;

  1. Wycliffe - 1380 A.D.
  2. Coverdale - 1535 A.D.
  3. Matthews - 1537 A.D.
  4. Great - 1539 A.D. (printed by Whitechurch)
  5. Geneva - 1560 A.D.
  6. Bishops - 1568 A.D.
  7. King James - 1611 A.D.

The Wycliffe, Taverner, and Douay-Rheims Bibles, whatever merits any of them may have, are not part of the purified line God "authorized," of which the King James Authorized Version is God's last one -- purified seven times! 

Excerpted & revised from Dr. Larry Vance’s Purified Seven Times.

That said, God promised  to every generation, an Every-Word Bible.  We must have every Word (Luke 4:4) and every Word must be pure. (Pro 3:5)  God is the Author of language and languages; also the Words of that language.

One who criticizes God’s Preserved Word through ignorance or arrogance is, in either case, a LIAR (Pro 3:6) and certain to suffer loss now and in eternity. (Rev 22:18, 19) 

Please Consider the following excerpted from Dr. Charles Barrier's excellant pamphlet on this subject:

Psalm 12:6 - "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times."

This is very important because the Authorized King James Bible is the only English translation that went through a 7 Fold Purification Process described in Psalm 12:6.

Why in English as opposed to Hebrew, Arimaic, or Koine Greek?  Hebrew, Arimaic, and Koine Greek are or were considered dead languages, and no longer spoken.  Until 1932, thes languages were only preserved bu usage in theological schools.  In 1932, Hebrew was revived ad is now spoken by approximately 6000 people, mostly in  the land of Israel since their rebirth in May of 1948. Koine Greek and Arimaic are as they were, used primarliy in theological schools.

English was to become, and now is, the ONLY international and global language the world has known since before the Tower of Babel.

Gen 11:1  - And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
Gen 11:6  - And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Gen 11:7  - Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

In most countries today, English is taught as the second language.  Students not only study their native language but English as well because of its international and global status. Over 90% of the missionaries are English speaking and translate the King James Bible into the language of the peoples they minister to.

Consider the following:

  1. The Translation of the King James Bible took 7 years to complete.  It was commissioned in 1603, but officially began in 1604 and was completed in 1611.
  2. As was stated previously, it was the 7th Complete English Translation!
  3. 7 Different languages were reviewed by the translation committee: Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Syriac, Old Latin, German, and English.
  4. There were 7 editions that corrected typesetting and printing errors, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. These were NOT errors in translation.  The Text was not altered or revised, only the typesetting and printing errors were corrected. These editions occurred in: 1. 1611, 2. 1613, 3.1644, 4.1676, 5.1680, 6.1701, 7.1769 
  5. There were 7 elements addressed by the translating committee:1. Meter, 2 Alliteration,3. Brevity, 4. Continuity, 5. Vocabulary, 6. View of Hebrew/Greek, 7. Synchronization of Sounds.
  6. There was a 7 Fold Approval Process by the translating committee to approve eah section. 
  7. There were 7 Personal methods observed by each translator: 1. Fear of the Lord, 2. Humility,    3. Belief in God's Word, 4. Constant Prayer, 5. Obedience to Scripture, 6. Meditation of God's Word, 7. Repeated reading of Scripture.  

In Conclusion, since The LORD God Himself promised to preserve every Word for every generaation, God promises His judgement on those who would take it upon themselves to correct, attack, or tamper with His perfectly Preserved Word:  Consider the Following:

Deuteronomy 4:2 -  - Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 12:32 - What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Proverbs 30:5 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverbs 30:6  - Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Joshua 1:7- Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua 1:8  - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Revelation 22:18  - For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Revelation 22:19  - And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

May this admonition Be a Blessing to You!

RSB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

59. A "Last - Days Response"

From Our Church Bulletin

Dec 6, 2020

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

Mat 24:38, 39 - For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 

Our Lord compared the days of His return to the days of Noah (vs37).  Most notably,  that the days of His return would be marked by a willful ignorance of all things concerning Him and His plan as revealed in His perfectly preserved Word.  Especially, would the ignorance of His imminent return prevail among  the lost, but also among the saved who had become apostate.  This week I had the opportunity to discuss this with a professing believer and business proprietor who gave a response that is so typical of the redeemed in these last days.. 

I know him well and count him as a friend.  His mother, in another state, asked me to stay after him.  So far, I have seen no results.  This time I was discussing the eminency of the Lord’s return as I have on many occasions.  His reply was typical of those who are Biblically ignorant, “If God wanted us to know when He was coming, he would have told us.” 

Of course, I laughed. “He did, in His Word.” I replied.  He countered, “No one knows when that will be,” he stated arrogantly.  He had spent about 5 years in one of those "non-denom" churches and finally quit, having learned very little.  He continued, “If I believed like you do, that we could only have months left,  I’d party and have a good time for a month and then get right.”  “You mean, like you are doing now,” I replied.  He laughed saying I got him. 

Then he added, “I don’t believe He wants us to know when He’s coming.”  So I asked him why the Lord had commanded us to “watch” and “be ready” and “as ye see the day approaching.”  I asked him why he thought the Lord had given us the Bible.  His reply, again, was typical of this time in history, “As a guideline!” which falls way short of the Biblical  “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my pathway.” Ps 109:105. 

At this point, I could see that my efforts were futile as he didn’t  have the foundational understanding to comprehend what I was telling him.  His business doing well, with an expensive new  import cars  in his garage …and three children who knew less of the Lord than he did – why would he want to know the Lord was coming?  He did not know of the Lord’s command to watch and be ready.  He knew nothing of the  "Seven Feasts of the Lord," or world events involving the Jews coming back into their land, becoming a nation in 1948 or taking Jerusalem in 1967;  and on we could go.  He knew nothing of it, or the Lord’s admonition that when ye see these things:

Lk 21:28 - And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

So many, including independent Baptists, are ignorant and without understanding of the Bible as a whole, and eschatological (study of last things) issues specifically.  He was not ready, nor was he preparing to get that way. His response was a typical last-days response!

What is worse, his family isn’t ready, and he is abrogating his responsibility to get them that way. We can now understand what Jesus meant when He said,  “as the days of Noah were.”  The NT Church has lost that power given to them on Pentecost because of apostasy.(2 Thess 2:1-8) 

We no longer have the influence the church once did and have become a spectacle rather than the pillar and ground of the truth.  The remnant of believers who are seeking His face have little respect from those who are not. 

That day will come upon them as a thief in the night.  We must remember that it is the Holy Spirit that must guide them into the truth just as He has us.  If they do not want to know what we have learned,  no amount of coaxing or pleading on our part will help.  It is the Holy Spirit’s job to guide them into these truths we have and are learning, not ours; our job is to tell them when they want to know; their job is to seek Him as we do.

I Pet 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:   RSB

 

 A Place To Smile

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it. The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, 'Good morning Alex.' 'Good morning Pastor,' he replied, still focused on the plaque... 'Pastor, what is this? 'The pastor said, 'Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service. 'Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque.
Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked, 'Which service, the 9:00 or the 10:00?'                        

 

Points to Ponder

The foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality ...the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained …” George Washington

 Government is not reason; it is not eloquence.  It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and fearful master.” George Washington

 A wise and frugal government, which shall  restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the article of our felicity.  Thomas Jefferson

 A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be destroyed; but when once they lose their virtue then they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first internal or external invader.  Samuel Adams

 

 

58. America's Hedonistic Society

From Our Church Bulletin

Nov 29, 2020

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

I John 2:15 - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man  love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

The Roman poet Juvenal (100 A.D.) wrote regarding the way contemporary  Roman emperors retained power and control over the masses that were seemingly more than happy to obsess themselves with trivialities and self-indulgences while their once-great-and-powerful empire collapsed before their very eyes.

He wrote: "Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions--everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses." Translated into our modern-day vernacular, that is “food and fun.”

2Ti 3:1 - This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2  - For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3  - Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Hedonism (lovers of pleasure) was at the root of the fall of Rome  I contend, in this Laodicean age and so the Laodicean-type church, that a good many in America, like Rome of old, and Lazarus of Luke 19, sit at the rich man’s gate full of sores, carelessly frittering away their God-given liberties and opportunities, foolishly clamoring for nothing more than government handouts and never-ending entertainment. Even our churches have become entertainment centers instead of  called out  assemblies for the purpose of hearing God's man deliver God's message from God's Word to God's people!

Millions and millions of Americans (especially males) are literally intoxicated with sports. Sports are no longer a great American pastime; they are now a great American obsession.

II Tim 3:4 - Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 

Mind you, I’ve been into sports all my life. Organized basketball, baseball, and football were an integral part of my life since I left diapers.  I even would stop and enjoy two ants racing for a handout. I think sports in general is OK for a diversionary activity, or for teaching our young discipline, teamwork, respect for authority, etc.  but I'm certainly not going to spend my limited time on earth, and hard-earned money following any pro-sports team all over the country like some rock-band groupie.

I am talking about the way many American’s, mainly men, have allowed sports to control and dominate their lives. With many, sports are not just a hobby; they are a religion! I cannot count the number of conversations between men that I overhear in restaurants, airplanes, boardrooms, and, yes, even church houses, in which every man in the circle is literally consumed with all sorts of sports facts, information, and opinions.

In many such discussions, these men will talk about nothing else. To these, it seems, there is absolutely nothing in the world more important than the latest sports score, announcement, or trade. NOTHING!

Rom 1:25 - Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

There is also a very real psychological pitfall associated with a man's intoxication with sports. It may very well be that an obsession with sports gives men a false sense of masculinity and actually serves to steal true manhood from them.

A preacher acquaintance observed that it used to be when men who are supposed to lead our families, Biblically speaking, stripped their shirts off and painted their faces, they were heading to the battlefield to kill the tyrant's troops to protect their homes amd families. Now they are headed off to the sports coliseum to watch a football game.

A man's ego and machismo was once used to protect his family and freedom; now it's used to tout batting averages and boxing scores. The fact is, if we could get the average American male to get as exercised and energized about defending the historic principles upon which liberty and America are built, as he is in defending his favorite quarterback or NASCAR driver, our country would not be in the shape it is in today.

The sad reality is that much of today's masculinity is experienced only vicariously through a variety of sports teams and personalities. Instead of personally flexing our muscles for God and country, freedom and liberty, or home and hearth, we punch the air and beat our chests over touchdowns and home runs (even though we had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with them ourselves).

Instead of getting in the face of these would-be tyrants in Washington, D.C., who are doing everything they can to steal the American dream, we get in the face of the poor umpire who makes a bad call or the Little League coach who “doesn't play my son enough.” 

Apparently, our happiness, well-being, and mood are not determined by anything personally achieved (or lost), but by what others accomplished (or didn't accomplish) at the ball park, golf course, or race track.. Whether our children inherit a land of liberty and freedom or not, really does not depend on whether they make the starting lineup on the football team.

Add to an epidemic obsession with sports, the demand for more and more handouts from Big Brother and the outlook for American liberty is not good. Everywhere we turn, we seem to hear people clamoring for government to give them more and more. Even saved people have made government their god and expect it to supply their every need, and meet their every demand. They then have the gall to turn around and say, "God bless America: land of the free"?  This reminder, for those who care:  America's freedom and liberty (freedom within bondaries) are not dependent on who wins the worlds series, or the Indy 500.  America's future depends TOTALLY on the growth and maturing relationship the redeemed, God's people, have with our Creator-Saviour!

Jhn 8:36  - If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

 A Place To Smile

*I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing.  If I HAD any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!

 *Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

*Why is it that our children can't read a Bible in school, but they can in prison? 

*Wouldn't you know it... Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FAT cells live forever.

*Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?

 

 Points to Ponder

 

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 No uprising against the corruption of a  corrupt government will be blessed by God, until God’s people convince God they want to rise up and walk with Him! RSB

 Beloved, let the fact of what our Lord suffered for you grip you, and you will never again be the same. O.B. Green

 It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised.  George Muller

 

 

 

57. A Basic Biblical Historical

&

Scientific Truth

From Our Church Bulletin

Nov 22, 2020

By

 R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

"Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" (I Corinthians 1:20)

The more we study God’s Word the more references to the creation or some aspect thereof we find.  It is a Biblical fact, that after one receives Christ as their Saviour, one of the most important doctrines a new believer should be taught and learned is that the Omnipotent, Omniscient Jehovah Elohim  created, out of nothing, the Heaven and the earth for His special creation, man;

Shortly  after the original Creation ( Gen 1:1) and before man was made of the dust of the ground,  Lucifer, one of three created archangels (Angels are always male in gender; here are no female angels)  pulled the biggest blunder known to creation in trying to be like the Most High.  Jehovah Elohim took the chaotic uninhabitable ruin the fallen Lucifer-become-Satan left the face of the earth in, and remodeled it for His special creation called man.

Ps 104:30 - Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created:

and thou renewest the face of the earth.

This fact is not only proclaimed in the Bible,  but true science cries aloud with the same truth. One of the strongest evidences for the global flood which annihilated all people on Earth except for Noah and his family, has been the ubiquitous presence of flood legends in the folklore of people groups from around the world. It seems all, or most, identifiable ancient cultures have a flood legend!

The stories are also  very similar. Local geography and cultural aspects may be present, but they all seem to be telling the same story. Over the years I've read more than 200 of these stories, originally reported by various missionaries, anthropologists, and ethnologists. While the differences are not always trivial, the common essence of the stories is instructive.

Putting them all together, the story would read something like this: "Once there was a worldwide flood, sent by God to judge the wickedness of man; but there was one righteous family who was forewarned of the coming Divine judgment by flood. He was charged to warn others and prepare for that judgment.  They built a boat, as instructed, on which they survived the flood along with the animals. As the flood ended, their boat landed on a high mountain from which they descended and repopulated the whole earth."

Of course, the story sounds much like the Biblical story of the great flood of Noah's day. Most of the similar accounts are typically from middle eastern cultures, but surprisingly, similar legends are found in South America, the Pacific Islands, and elsewhere. In fact, there is powerful evidence of this event in the Chinese picture writing. Chinese writing does not use an alphabet, but symbol-words which resemble,  and reflect flood-related characters. 

None of these stories contains the beauty, clarity, and believable detail given in the Bible, but each is meaningful to their own culture. Anthropologists will tell you that a myth is often the faded memory of a real event. Details may have been added, lost, or obscured in the telling and retelling, but the kernel of truth remains.

When two separate cultures have the same "myth" in their body of folklore, their ancestors must have either experienced the same event, or they both descended from a common ancestral source which itself, experienced the event. The only credible way to understand the widespread, similar flood legends is to recognize that all people living today, even though separated geographically, linguistically, and culturally, have descended from the few real people who survived a real global flood, on a real boat, which eventually landed on a real mountain.

Their descendants now fill the globe, never to forget the real event. However, this is not the view of most modern so-called "scholars." who do not like to retain God in their knowledge (Rom 1:28)even if the science leads them to this scientifically viable truth. 

They prefer to believe that something in our commonly "evolved psyche" forces each culture to invent the same imaginary flood legend with no basis in real history. Instead of scholarship, this is "willful ignorance" of the fact:

2Pe 3:5 - ... that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
2Pe 3:6 - Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

RSB

 

Points to Ponder

Dr. Bob Jones Sr. said:

“Don't sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate.

 The test of your character is what it takes to stop you.

 You can do anything you ought to do.

 The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of opposition

 It is better to die for something than to live for nothing.

Dying men have said, "I am sorry I have been an atheist, an infidel, an agnostic, a skeptic, or a sinner"; but no man ever said with his last breath, "I am sorry I have lived a Christian life.”

 

 A Place To Smile

A young woman teacher with obvious liberal tendencies, explains to her class of small children that she is an atheist. She asks her class if they are atheists too.

Not really knowing what atheism is, but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks.

There is, however, one exception. A beautiful girl named Lucy has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different. "Because I'm not an atheist. "Then, asks the teacher, "What are you?" "I'm a Christian.

"The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Lucy why she is a Christian.

"Well, I was brought up knowing and loving Jesus. My mom is a Christian, and my dad is a Christian, so I am a Christian.

Typical of a liberal, the  teacher is now angry! "That's no reason," she says loudly.  "What if your mom was a moron, and your dad was a moron. What would you be then? "She paused, and smiled. "Then," says Lucy, "I'd be an atheist!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

56. The Preacher's Biblical

Responsibility

From Our Church Bulletin

Nov 15, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

 

Neh 8: 2, And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

Neh 8:8. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

 

What the Pastor Should NOT do!

Jer 1:8 - Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

 The apostate Laodicean age of the NT Church in which we find ourselves as of this writing, is not predominately characterized by faithful preaching and teaching of the Biblical doctrines of the Word of God. 

When God’s people have apostatized, (fallen away or turned their back on God) characteristically, they turn up their noses at God’s Word; they make excuses with their tongues; with threatening glares and hate-filled looks with their faces and eyes, they disdain the faithful preaching of God’s Word and God’s messenger, along with stopping their support for their NT Church or assembly!  Sometimes, it would be quite comical if it were not for the serious consequences of such actions. Especially, on the part of those who name the name of Christ.

God warned His messengers that such would be the case, but that they were to deliver His message despite the antics of the rebellious and apostate people of God.  It is no wonder to me that our efforts are, and have been hindered at fulfilling the Lord’s commission.  God’s own people hinder the spread of the Gospel, and balk at, not only hearing what God’s messengers are commanded to deliver, but also resist the application of God’s Word.  Of course, James tells us:

Therefore to him that KNOWETH TO DO GOOD, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. 

James 4:17

At this point in my life, I’d be afraid to attend a church where the pastor was not faithful to obey God’s calling, though I understand why some preachers do not.  They are afraid of losing their people. Their fears are justified,… but their disobedience is not!

As much as I’d like to see our church grow and become an obvious influential lighthouse for God’s righteousness in our community, I am afraid many of those who have and will visit with us, fall into the last-days category of those who “will not endure sound doctrine” (II Tim 4:3). 

However, that does NOT justify the disobedience of God’s man!  I do not want to sit under a disobedient preacher.  We’d both be in trouble! Charles G. Finney said this, “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

In many ways, our church is not only a test of the preacher’s mettle, but also of the people who support him saying “Amen!” and are members of this local body. .

Eze 33:5 - He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

Eze 33:6-But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

 Perhaps there would be more faithful preachers of God’s Word if their people would hearken to and support him.  These types aren’t always sure what they should be doing in their relationship to the preacher and the Bible-believing NT Church; but they are quick to tell the preacher what He  is doing and not doing right, and even quicker to tell him what he ought to be doing! . Acts lays the foundation for what the preacher, God’s messenger ought to be doing:

Act 6:4 - But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

"Continually,"  means: "without pause or cessation."  It sounds like God's priorities for the man of God is that God's people need God's Word more than anything. " Consequently," God seems to be saying, "Preacher, get in my Book, get My message, and give it to My people, lest they are ignorant of, and know not how to live, My way for ME! and do it without ceasing!

Again, repeating what is so often emphasized

in

the Word of God;

Eph 4:8 - Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Eph 4:11 - And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

What are these gifts of messengers charged with doing? Why are they to give themselves CONTINUALLY to the ministry of the WORD?  The answer follows:

Eph 4:12 - For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Eph 4:13 - Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Eph 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;

 

Regardless of the apostate, Laodicean  antics of a congregation,  the messenger is to be, and remain, faithful to God and His Word. RSB

Points to Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 No uprising against the corruption of a  corrupt government will be blessed by God, until God’s people convince God they want to rise up and walk with Him! RSB

 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, THAT THEY MAY SERVE ME. Ex 9:13

 Only when God’s people rise up early to fall on their knees and put into practice II Chronicles 7:14 will we find the liberty, peace, and security, only the Lord can provide.

 

A Place to Smile

It gets so hot in Arizona the cows give evaporated milk and the trees have learned to whistle for the dogs!

  Chicago got started when a bunch of New Yorkers said, “Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and poverty, but it is just not cold enough.”  So they founded Chicago!

  A State Trooper in Arkansas pulls over a pick-up on the interstate and says, “ You got any ID?”  The driver says, “ Bout what?”

I moved to NY City for my health.  I suffer from paranoia and it was the only place my fears were justified!

What’s the difference between Massachusetts and Connecticut?   The Kennedy’s don’t own Connecticut!

 

 

55. The LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT

From Our Church Bulletin

Nov 8, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

 

Ps 94:9, 10 - He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?  ...he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

This, of course, is another way of stating the scientific law of Cause and Effect; in other words Effect has a Cause;  that Cause is always greater than the Effect; ALWAYS!

We at GIBC have discussed these issues at length.  We conclude that while the Bible is not an actual science book, it is scientifically accurate. (I Tim 6:20, 21)

1Ti 6:20 - O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
1Ti 6:21 - Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

There is much we could discuss in these two verses; but let me summarize this point: One who does not understand that God's Word, given and preserved by the Creator, is scientifically accurate has the WRONG, INCORRECT, INACCURATE, foundation not only for his "science"(which then becomes "Pseudo Science,") but also his "FAITH, which is his "worldview" on which his whole system of beliefs, secular and religious, is based, is in error at its foundation. 

Error begets error. One who professes the Bible is in error, scientifically, indicates the foundation for ALL his beliefs and conclusions founded therein, are based in error.  It is the Cause of his errorand the error itself is the Effect.  The CAUSE of his error is his lack of understanding and acknowledging that the Precepts, Principles, and Precedents, of the Bible are, in fact, scientifically accurate, having been provided by the Creator of Science! 

I am quite sure that is one reason the Creator put the Book of Genesis, the "Book of Beginnings" in the beginning of His Written Word.  " Science" is KNOWLEDGE; error is "wrong knowledge" which is a close frst cousin of IGNORANCE!   The CAUSE of a pseudo-scientist's Ignorance (the effect) is his rejection of the Creator and His Word.  Stated another way, the pseudo-scientist's ignorance, his basic foundational error was caused by rejection of the revealed truth provided by the Creator.

Jhn 1:3 - All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

We understand that God made man in His image, after His likeness. In so doing, He made man creative like Himself, but put restrictions and limitations on him we call the natural  or physical laws.

He knew man, with a freewill, would have a propensity for wrong doing and destruction. God’s Word teaches us about these limitations and restrictions placed upon man—that they were a kind of a box.  We have freedom to do what we will-inside the box.  That is kind of like a child in a playpen.  The playpen keeps the child from wreaking total destruction on the household while giving him liberty or freedom within the boundaries of the pen, and limiting the damage or hurt he can do to himself and others. 

Those "laws of science" (remember, "science" is knowledge) were created and made by the Law Giver to restrain and limit us while God, the Creator, operates outside the box, so to speak. 

The same way parents are not bound by the restriction of their child’s playpen.

Pro 29:15—The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. (cause and effect)

Good parents restrict their children (the Cause) until they learn to conform to the standards.(the Effect) Some never learn but:

Jn 8:36 - If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Now to us, this all makes good common sense as well as good science.  Why then does the news media, as well as secular scientific and legal establishments, keep insisting that Intelligent Design is merely a disguised form of creationism, accusing the ID (Intelligent Design) people of hypocritically trying to hide that fact? Like so many in this age, it is not that they can’t cannot see God’s hand in literally all of the creation, it is that they CHOOSE to turn away from  Him. This has the same effect as taking the constants out of a mathematical equation. Biblical Creationism is simply COMMON SENSE!  Rejecting Biblical Creationism results in NONSENSE!

Rom 1:28 - And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  

Taking God out of their knowledge is taking the "constant(s) out of an equation." Take the  constant(s) out of the equation, and the equation no longer works! It then becomes impossible to get the right answer.  The "known quantities" simply cannot be removed if the correct answer is being sought!

Said another way, by taking God out  their knowledge,  they mathematically  or scientifically cannot come to the right conclusions. The Creator and His Creation is the Constant(s). 

When God was kicked out of the government-controlled schools, government guaranteed the quality of American education would plummet - and it did.

American public education is competing for the top position ....at the bottom of the scale of developed countries!  And that, because we kicked the Creator out of the classroom!

Ps 14:1 - The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Remove the dominant influence for good (The Lord) from your life and the result is always corruption.  Take the" Light of the World"  out of the world, and darkness will immediately set in! That is a mathematical, scientific, philosophical, astronomical, universal FACT! 

The fools in charge of the government educational system have chosen to eliminate the obvious Intelligent Design:

Rom 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

The "ignorant and pseudo-scientific" say that Intelligent Design is a thinly veiled attempt to teach creationism and drive a wedge into the government system of education.  The "Government"  with all of its anti-God bravado, is collectively ignorant and SHOULD NOT BE INVOLVED IN EDUCATION.  BIBLICALLY and Scientifically,  they are not qualified.  Where there is true Knowledge and understanding, revealed by the Creator, there is goodness and righteous living; it is simply the law of CAUSE and EFFECT. 

Allow error into the system, any system, and error begetting error, corruption, decay, rioting, and destruction ensue - Again,  the "Choosing of Error" is the Cause;  the Effect is decay, chaos, rioting, lies, et al!

To be sure, deference to and acceptance of the Constant, Immutable,Creator would be like turning on a flood light in a dark room -   an irresistible wedge of light is driven into  and displaces the abyss called darkness.  The Government's God-less anti-Christ educational system is darkness.  Teaching Biblical, Scientific creationism, beginning with common-sense Intelligent Design, would drive the ignorance and error of darkness, and the "prophets of the darkness" out of the educational system!  

Satan’s system of world domination through that darkness he propagates, would not and could not stand in the presence of the LIGHT, because the LIGHT of Christ and His Infallible Word is scientifically accurate and omnipotent; but this is a CAUSE that must be CHOSEN. Choosing the Light of God's Word, (the Cause)  will achieve it wondrous and eternal  Effects - that is the Law!

The deceived at all the government-controlled educational institutions, will continue to deceive until it is set right by the Creator.  It is  the "Law of Cause and Effect." The Desired EFFECT requires the CHOICE of the PROPER CAUSE!

Even so, come Lord Jesus! RSB

 

A PLACE to SMILE

Sweater, n.:  garment worn by a child when its mother is feeling chilly. 

 Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness.  It's the men who are discriminated against.  They can't bear children.  And no one's likely to do anything about that.  ~Golda Meir

 The phrase "working mother" is redundant.  ~Jane Sellman

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

 A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.  ~Peter De Vries

 POINTS to PONDER

"And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame." —Luke 16:24

 "I'm against sin.  I'll kick it as long as I've got a foot, and I'll fight it as long as I've got a fist.  I'll butt it as long as I've got a head.  I'll bite it as long as I've got a tooth.  And when I'm old and fistless and footless and toothless, I'll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition!" —Billy Sunday

 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” —Hebrews 13:3

Nothing will take the place of the plain preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Nothing is so needed in this hour as a return to the Bible.  Dr. Lee Roberson

I preached what the Bible revealed to me, and I am still preaching it today. Dr. Lee Roberson

 

 

 

 

54. Importance in Delivering God's Message

From Our Church Bulletin

October 4, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

Ezekiel 33:7 - So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

As the Church Age comes to a close, the importance of the Bible Believing pastor cannot be overemphasized. Certainly the pastor himself ought to understand how important God’s call on his life is.

He also must understand that the divine message is more important than the messenger. That said, the man of God must be very aware how important to God and God’s people the message is he is charged to deliver.  It is not the pastor’s lot to build a big congregation - at least as far as the Bible is concerned. 

The pastor is to deliver God’s message to God’s people.  If he does not understand the importance  the whole counsel of God is to the welfare and relationship of God’s people to God, he would be better off doing something else.  He must understand, even if the people do not, the pastor is called by the Lord to give himself CONTINUALLY to the ministry of the Word.

Act 6:4  - But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

( "Continually" means "without interruption")

If God’s people do not know what God expects, as revealed in His Word, they will not know how to live up to God’s expectations.  If we do not know what God wants, how can we give Him what He wants? 

Somebody, either the preacher or the people, will be explaining himself  to the Lord at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Rom 14:10, II Cor 5:10). Preachers use many excuses for not hearing the word at my mouth, and warning them from me.

“I can’t build a big church if I preach like Billy Sunday,” some have said.  People won’t come back if I speak of their transgressions. (Isa 58:1)  They may not, but then, having heard the Word, they will not stand before the Lord, being naked as a jaybird, thinking they are clothed (Rev 3:17) when they are really naked either! They have heard the warning.  Sure it hurts if they leave, but they leave having heard the truth from God’s man that loves God, and them, enough to be faithful.  I am sure we will hear, “Why didn’t you tell me?”  The faithful man of God can answer, “Why didn’t you listen?”

Jeremiah 1:8 - Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.  

 There will always be those in a Bible-believing Church that gain some knowledge from that revealed to  the pastor by the Lord; and with that knowledge, coupled with pride and arrogance, which knowledge alone tends to produce (I Cor 8:1) they try to correct the pastor.  They need to learn the lesson from God's Word that God did not call them to correct the pastor.  He is God's man and if the pastor needs correcting,  The Lord that called him will do it (See Numbers 12)  

Know this truth: Knowledge, by itself, tends to bring the aforementioned pride and arrogance so common in a novice.  "Novice" speaking of maturity not chronology. There are many saved who have been that way for a long time; but they have never grown up!  The Lord gives understanding to those whose hearts are right toward Him.  They know the revealed knowledge of the Scriptures is meant to be applied to them first.  Afterward, the Lord grants understanding of those Scriptures.

1Ti 3:6 - Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 

Understanding brings HUMILITY, not pride and arrogance.  Holy people, Biblically speaking, "Saints" Get knowledge and understanding, resulting in the application of the same called "WISDOM."  " Biblically, Saints are those who have separated themselves from the old life to  a separation to Christ called sanctification. The closer we get to the Light, the clearer we see ourselves.  That will result in HUMILITY!

Luke 24:45 - Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, ..

God’s people have a God-given right as well as an obligation to hear the whole truth (knowledge and understanding of God's Word) from their pastor. (Jer 3:15 / Eph 4:11-13)  They also have an obligation to God to find the pastor that is after God’s own heart and expect him to be faithful to God’s Word - regardless of the consequences.

Ezekiel 2:6 - And thou, son of man, BE NOT AFRAID of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: BE NOT AFRAID of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

A pastor after God’s heart loves God and the people he has the watch-care over enough to feed them that which God wants them to have.

Heb 13:17 - Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Jeremiah 3:15  And I will give you PASTORS according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

It is the Word of God that changes peoples’ lives, not the wisdom of the pastor.  A pastor is NOT wise if he doesn’t realize this important truth. So many get some knowledge, but come up short on the understanding.  See a Biblical truth is knowledge; but understanding is realizing that knowledge is revealed to you through God's man for you to apply to yourself ....FIRST, before you try to impress someone else with your superior Bible Knowledge!!

Psalms 119:9 -wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word, which is revealed to the Bible-believing pastor!

It is God’s Word that changes people.  People need to see and understand the truth from the Word of God and how it applies to their lives. That is the reason God Himself preserved His Word to this generation. Otherwise, they just “turn over a new leaf” until the wind blows it back to where it was.

 Pastors after God’s heart realize that it is God’s Word that changes a man’s heart so  the pastor’s primary God-ordained mission is to give himself continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4) so that God’s people can be built up and  have a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus.  That is the heart of God, revealed from Genesis 1 to Rev 22.

Ephesians 4:11, 12

Therefore, I will not use my people to build my ministry.  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, PASTORS and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Therefore,  I will not use  my people to build my ministry!

I Will

 use my ministry to build my people!. RSB

 

POINTS TO PONDER

One of the sad aspects of modern Christian parent, influenced by western philosophy, is that they are more concerned that their children have the 'best' rather than, “what” is best for them.

 "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

 "It is a poor message that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher"   ~George Whitefield

 "If the Holy Spirit guides us, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them." ~George Muller

A PLACE TO SMILE

 

***Few women admit their age; few men act it!

***If we aren't supposed to eat animals, why are they made with meat?

***No one is listening until you make a mistake!!

 ***A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory!!

 ***Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep!

***The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the ability to reach it

*** I took an IQ test and the results were negative!

 

 

 

53. Faithfully Delivering God's Message

From Our Church Bulletin

September 13, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

Neh 8: 2, And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

Neh 8:8. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. 

Jer 1:8 - Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

 

The apostate Laodicean age, the last period of the of the NT Church,  depicted in the letters to the seven churches in Revelation  Chapters 2 &3,  is not predominately characterized by faithful preaching and teaching of the Biblical doctrines  of the Word of God. To keep people in church, the faithful preaching of God's Word to God's people would have to be compromised, or they would go somewhere to avoid the truths of God's Word.

2Ti 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;

2Ti 4:4  - And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

In Laodicea, the  characteristics of the NT church in the last days are typified.  God’s people have apostatized, that is, they put their hand to the plow then turned back. Characteristically, an apostate  turns their back on that which they have already learned, and turn  up their noses at the faithful preaching and teaching of God's Word. Then, they  make excuses with their tongues, with threatening glares,  hate-filled looks with their faces, with hateful disdain in their eyes. 

Sometimes, their looks would be quite comical if it were not for the seriousness of the consequences of such actions. We are not speaking about the unsaved, but of those who name the name of Christ. God warned His messengers that such would be the case in the end of the church age; but that they were to deliver His message despite the antics of the rebellious and apostate people of God. 

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew MY PEOPLE their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Isa 58:1)

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 1Sa 8:7 

It is no wonder to me that our efforts are, and have been hindered at fulfilling the Lord’s commission.  God’s own people hinder the spread  of the Gospel, and balk at, not only hearing what God’s messengers are commanded to deliver, but also resist the application of God’s Word. 

Of course, James 4:17 tells us:

Therefore to him that KNOWETH TO DO GOOD, and doeth it not, to him it is sin

At this point in my life, I’d be afraid to attend a church where the pastor was not faithful to obey God’s calling, (Jer 3:15) though I understand why some preachers do not.  They are afraid of losing their people.

Their fears are justified, but their disobedience is not. As much as I’d like to see our church grow and become an obvious  and influential lighthouse for God’s righteousness in our community,  I am afraid many of those who have and will visit with us, fall into the last-days category of those who “will not endure sound doctrine” (II Tim 4:3)

However, that does NOT justify the disobedience of God’s man!  There are always going to be those not called of God who think they are called of God to correct their preacher.  If you are such an one, I would refer you first of all to an example in Numbers 12.

I do not want to sit under a disobedient preacher.  We’d both be in trouble!; but let's face the truth, the man of God doesn't work for the church, or the deacons or the woman's auxiliary, he reports to the Lord God who called him.  It is the Lord God's purview to correct His preacher, not yours!  It is likely you do not know enough of God's Word anyway, else you would not take it upon yourself, in your pride and arrogance, to correct the man God deemed by God to be worthy of his calling.

Psa 105:15 - Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.  

Charles G. Finney said this to the preachers.  One preacher to another, “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

Eze 33:5 - He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

Eze 33:6-But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

It is evident from the Scriptures, our church is not only a test of the preacher’s mettle, but also of the people who support him,  and are members of this local body. Together, we speak as one voice, saying “Amen!” while proclaiming God’s truths in word and deed. Perhaps there would be more faithful preachers of God’s Word if their people would hearken to and support him.

Regardless, the man called of God to deliver God's message to God's people is always to be faithful to God and His Word. RSB

 

 A PLACE TO SMILE

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this -- you cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' and 'Thou Shall Not bear false witness' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians ... it creates a hostile work environment!

Q: Why are dumb blonde jokes so short?
A: So brunettes can remember them.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 No uprising against the corruption of a  corrupt government will be blessed by God, until God’s people convince God they want to rise up and walk with Him! RSB

 Beloved, let the fact of what our Lord suffered for you grip you, and you will
never again be the same. O.B. Green

 It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich,  great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor,  mean, and despised.  George Muller

 

 

 

52. Concerning the New Testament Church

From Our Church Bulletin

September 6, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

 

Perhaps one of the greatest failures of New Testament Churches and their pastors in this age is their lack of feeding God’s people with knowledge and understanding as instructed by the LORD God in Jeremiah 3:15, and Eph 4:11-13, among others:

 Jer 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

 

In vs 8 of Ephesians 4, The Lord refers the men called by Him to the  following offices, “Gifts to men”.

 Eph 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

 These pastors, primarily were to feed God’s message to the redeemed (see 1 Cor 2:14) who had the spiritual wherewithal (being born again) to learn God’s Precepts, Principles, and Precedents, and grow into maturity thereby.  “Knowledge” of God’s Word alone is NOT “understanding.”  The student of God’s Word is to get the knowledge of God’s Word. Understanding that knowledge is applying it to himself first, before attempting to communicate the truths to others. Those listening, and observing the contradictory behavior, would despise the immaturity of that one trying to teach what he did not live!

 1Ti 4:12 - Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 As a pastor and teacher charged by the Lord first, with learning, then learning to live, then communicating God’s truths, I have oft cautioned our people who are learning, not to leave our services with their new-found truths and try to give it to others; as they, in the words of I Tim 4:12, “lest they despise thy youth” (immaturity).

 Among God’s people, that is to say, the saved or redeemed, are the young all the way to professionals: teachers, engineers, and scientists of all disciplines, who need to be able to interpret facts and observations in the light of truth.

 Jhn 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

 Pastors are often intimidated by secular professionals, wrongly believing they are somehow inferior.  How can a man who is called and set apart by the Creator be intellectually inferior to anyone?  The Word of the Creator says the preacher is charged with learning, then living, and then teaching, as it is revealed to him.  This is the foundation on which ALL knowledge, all the sciences, philosophy, etc. must be built. Psychology, the study of the soul, is useless if the psychologist or counselor knows nothing of the soul which the Creator designed!

 The God-called preacher, sometimes forgets that he is to deliver God’s eternal truths to all. It is these eternal truths that are foundational to all other truth! 

 The Bible is not a science textbook, but it is scientifically accurate and provides the foundational knowledge and understanding for every aspect of life.  This is conspicuously missing in scientists whose interpretations of empirical evidence makes the earth millions of years old, and the Creation scientist who insists the earth is only 6500 years old. 

 Biblically, neither is correct. The problem is that the man called of God has been spending his time serving tables “instead of giving himself continually to the ministry of the Word!”

 Act 6:3 - Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

Act 6:4 - But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

 What part of “continually” do we not understand?  A man said, “But the preacher has to be a soul-winner!”  We would agree with that, but soul winning is not just the purview of the pastor. 

As one who has received Christ as his Saviour, a Believer is to tell others, give his testimony of salvation.  Soul-winning is the responsibility of everyone who has received Christ as Saviour.

Planting the seed and the sharing of the message of salvation through testimony, tracts and personal confrontation is the obligation of all who receive Christ, not just the pastor! 

Getting the one who is newly saved to the New Testament Church where he can be taught, is also the responsibility of those who are saved.  “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?  We have had people in our church for 10 to 12 years, and never one time did they bring a soul they led to Christ to church to be taught!  Yet when the pastor is trying to get teachers trained to teach, they criticize him for being unbalanced.

 Jhn 4:29 - Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

Jhn 4:39 - And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

 An analogy is appropriate here:  the sheep bare sheep; the shepherd leads the lambs (baby or immature sheep) and sheep into green pastures.  Yes, the pastor is a sheep too and should be a soul winner.  However, his primary Biblical responsibility is to give himself continually to the ministry of the Word!  He is to guide the flock into a mature relationship with Christ.

The relationship that Christ desires is based first, on getting the required knowledge and understanding from His Word. This relationship is not built on knowledge alone, "Knowledge puffeth up" I Cor 8: 1 tells us. Understanding is key.  It must be stated that knowledge and understanding must be applied to oneself  before  it can be properly shared with others!

 Without the proper, solid, foundation, a sound, safe, and functional building cannot be built; how much less can knowledge and understanding be built if not founded on the Creator’s eternal truths?

 It is no wonder God’s people are so easily deceived—God’s man is not giving any of God’s people, professional or otherwise, the knowledge and understanding necessary to connect the dots! So many who get saved will see their lives disconnected from the Biblical mission of the NT Church.  Consequently, so many call themselves "Christian" (meaning Christ-like), but those on the outside do not see any Christ-likeness, and reject those professing to be a Christian.  Christ-likeness comes from knowledge with understanding.  NOBODY in the Bible called themselves a "Christian."  The apostle Paul said:

 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? Rom 7:24

And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Acts 11:26

 The foundational knowledge and understanding of God’s Word provides the  foundational support for all professions.  If God’s man gets his message from God, even the scientists with a string of letters behind their name, will be able to connect the dots and find growth in their chosen profession. 

 Creation scientists holding that the earth was created 6500 years ago, simply have not been taught by God’s man to properly connect the eternal dots.  Had they been taught God’s Word, they would know that while the Sun, Moon and Stars may be around 6500 years old at this point, the Earth itself is older by about 7000 years!  This truth is in the Bible and the Creator’s man is responsible to teach it.  As I read the Bible, I find no substitute for the preaching and teaching in a Bible-Believing NT Church, by a man called of God   regardless of his secular position or profession. Understanding the  Knowledge of God and His Word is what the Lord magnifies in the eyes of others.  It is that person those on the outside call "Christian!" RSB

 

 

51. NATURE'S DOCTRINES

From Our Church Bulletin

June 14, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

"Doctrines are Teachings"

 

 

The Bible teaches Us Three Ways:

1. PRECEPTS - The LORD’s Commands, like the 10 Commandments, all of His Commands have purposes motivating them.  As a parent commanding his child to stay away from the street, there are reasons the child will not understand, but this should be taught to the child to preserve him until he grows up and teaches his own children to “stay away from the street.  One day, hopefully, they too will understand the underlying principle for the command.

Other examples of The Lord’s Commands, which are given based on underlying Pinciples

Jer 10:2 - “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, ….” Also,

2 Cor 6:17 – “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”

2.PRINCIPLES - The Natural laws instruct us on eternal truth’s.  These “Teachings” or “Doctrines” not only reveal The Lord Himself, as well as His order, these Principles or doctrines of nature give us divine instruction on life and living.  

 Like the “Law of Sowing and Reaping”:

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 The “Law of sin and Death” (2nd Law of Thermodynamics) and all the NATURAL LAWS OF PHYSICS relating to Mathematics, Motion, etc., are natural laws that convey “Principles.”

 

3.PRECEDENTS – The EXAMPLES and ENSAMPLES incorporated in the PRECEPTS AND/OR PRINCIPLES of God’s WORD

1 Cor 10:6 - Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

1 Cor 10:11 - Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

2 Peter 3:13 - Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Heb 11:9 - By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

  10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

                            

"EXAMPLES" and "ENSAMPLES" Defined:

 

Examples Biblical behavior in the sight of all but with emphasis to those on the outside of the faith.

Mat 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

EnsamplesBiblical behavior as a testimony to those on the inside, of the household of faith.  Used 6  times in the NT

           Phl 3:17 - Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

 

 

This message, will Focus on Nature’s PRINCIPLES!  

 

Before we can be a Biblical Example or Ensample, we must have the KNOWLEDGE and UNDESTANDING of God’s Word in order to apply these Principles, or Nature’s Doctrines, to our own life, which would enable us to demonstrate and guide others to the same. 

 The term “Christian” is bantered about so much that people who use the term seldom understand its Biblical meaning. Most apply the word “Christian” the same way Constantine did between 306 and 337 AD; he decreed everything would be called “Christian,” but virtually nothing met the requirements for the title!  The term “Christian(s)” is used three times in the NT.  Nobody, not one of the redeemed ever used it of himself.  The Term “Christian” means “Christ-like” and none of the Believers, (one who believes) including the Apostles, saw themselves as “Christ-like.” They wanted to be, but they, like us, all fall short of that goal.

 Act 11:26 - And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

  These observable Principles in nature, are available to all, and not only reveal the Lord’s order and design, but also His guidelines for life and living.  Once the redeemed opens his eyes to these omnipresent, easily observable phenomena, there is virtually no question on any subject affecting life under the sun, on the earth, and within Time’s boundaries, that is not illuminated and available for the redeemed to observe and understand.

 There are naturally occurring physical laws that constrains man, setting immovable boundaries in some cases, others are given as examples or models,  like the laws of physics and mathematics. These are laws of nature that warn of the consequences of a range of behaviors for man like, “sowing and reaping,” and “sin and death.”  The LORD put “guiding Principles into Nature which Nature itself teaches mankind …if we will listen , observe and learn. The Creator gave man a free will to choose, and Nature to guide and teach us what we SHOULD choose.

 Beware, choosing to ignore and/or disobey these doctrines or guidelines taught to us by Nature, along with what naturally occurs in nature, has consequences. There are plenty of examples (Precedents) that demonstrate those consequences and the price that will naturally be paid for unwise choices.  When we learn better, we ought to do better!

 Jas 4:17 - Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

 

Learning to listen and then to heed what nature teaches us, reaps blessing and fulfillment from a Heavenly Father that rewards such choices which please Him.  He provided man with Nature’s instructions prior to man's existence, consequently we really have no excuse.  He prepared Nature’s curriculum so man could choose to be prepared to walk with Him! The PRECEDENTS ALWAYS INCORPORATE OR ARE BASED UPON A PRECEPT AND/OR A PRINCIPLE!

 

A PRINCIPLE

(Taught in Numbers 12:1-9)

 

John 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.

 Mark 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

 

Matt 13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?

55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?

57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

 

 

What then, does Nature teach us about the Creator of nature?

 To start, it is obvious when looking at the order of the natural laws, the Creator is orderly.  He is a God of order. It was He Who laid out all the “Laws of Physics” or the physical laws, which govern everything physical or “molecular” within the boundaries of Time.

 In fact, He ordered the “natural time clock” by which we measure Time: the Sun, our Moon, the stars and Constellations, earth’s rotation and seasonal tilting, the phases of the moon etc.  Without these, Time could not be measured. The universe functions well because it follows the Creator’s order. What does that truth tell us?  Lies, chaos, and destruction, with all the accompanying misery and despair, awaits all who will ignore Nature’s Doctrines.

 Man would not be able to function without the order that naturally occurs in the nature of the creation. We have learned to depend on this precise, regulated, and constant timing without crediting the One responsible for its existence.

 The physical laws require a Lawgiver. Cause and Effect, Thermodynamics, Mathematics, and all natural phenomena, teach us, or try to, that The Creator, our Lord Jesus, is a God of order, and the immutable parts of nature teaches us that He does not change.

 Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; ...

 Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

 

Nature teaches us that some of the Creation is immutable,

it doesn’t change; it cannot change.

 

For example:

 Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

 Those immutable parts of the Creation form immutable boundaries or constraints on mankind. Within these boundaries, we have liberty, defined as, “freedom within boundaries,” and may choose to live our lives in accordance with His revealed will; or do things our own self-willed way within those boundaries with the consequences thereof!   This truth in nature, tells us the proponents of “global warming” are propagating a lie. One simple statement from the Creator, who cannot lie, says our climate is cyclical and the cycles will function as long as the earth does!

 James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

 

James 2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

 

Nature teaches us about a specific, God-ordained order. His desire is that we choose to walk, that we volitionally order our lives in accordance and in harmony with the principles that Nature teaches us.  

 

Looking to Nature’s Divine Order will answer questions man cannot or will not! 

RSB

 

 

50. God's Ultimate Purpose in Creation

Part 3 - His  Prepared Purpose Revealed

From Our Church Bulletin

For May 24th, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

 

NOTE: "Purpose of Creation" is in 3 Parts, with the last listed first.  #50, 49, 48.  For the Best understanding, Line upon line, start with #48.  ;))

 

When looking for answers for the oft asked questions like, “Who am I?  What is my purpose?  How did I get here? Search for these answers Scientifically, Philosophically, mathematically, astronomically, psychologically; but  the answer is ONLY found  in the Preserved Word of God.  Herein  help is offered..

 Luke 1:17 (vs 13 - speaking of John Baptist) And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just;

to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

 Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. (Bride, a small number of saints from the NT Church)

15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, (Amos 9:11, ps 15:1, Isa 16:5, Dan 9:25, Jer 31:4)

16 After this (fulness of the Gentiles) I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up. (Rom 11:25, 26)

 Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

 Luke 14:17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

(Rev 4:1 Come up hither after the church age for those who love His appearing - whom having not seen, Ye love. 1 Pet 1:8)

 Before we actually touch on this purpose as this age draws to a close, let me lay a foundation to aid in understanding.

 Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand

 This passage (Rev 6) is the beginning of the seven-year tribulation which is the time the wrath of God (specifically, the wrath of the Lamb, so called because of their rejection of the sacrifice of Christ, the Lamb of God!) is poured out on the iniquity, evil, and wickedness that prevails on the earth in what is commonly known as the 21st century after Christ. (21AD) It is a 7-year period of the LORD God’s a.k.a, the Lord Jesus’ active judgement, His wrath, upon a world of unbelief.

 This seven-year period is known by several names in the Bible: Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Daniel’s 70th Week of Years, are among those names. The Fulness of the Gentiles concludes at the Rapture; (Rom 11:25, 26) the Times of the Gentiles concludes at the Revelation which is the visible appearance of the Lord to snuff out the kings of the East at Armageddon. (Rev 19)

 At this point in time, however, just prior to the Rapture, the Lord’s active judgement is NOT yet being poured out; He is, however, removing His hand of protection, allowing nature to take its course, so to speak.

That “wrath” has NOT yet begun, contrary to the assertion of some. What has and is happening is that The Lord is removing His hand of protection. He has held the natural elements at bay for the benefits of His prepared people, a subset or a remnant of those that love Him in these last days. These relative few from among the saved are distinguished by proving their love for Him by making His Word their rule of faith and practice.

 Oh “Theophilus,” meaning “Lover of God,” (Luke 1, Acts 1) a name not given to one specific Believer, (a “believer” is one who “believes”) but to a small group within the whole body of the redeemed (saved) who have heeded Jesus' admonition in;

 John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 These have now become His friends in a Friend/friend relationship; a relationship that goes beyond the God/people relationship established at salvation; and beyond the Father/child relationship when the saved choose to begin separating (separation from the world) and sanctifying themselves (separating to the Lord) to God.

This “Friend/friend” relationship could be likened to a child that decides at some point beyond his teen years, that Dad really was wise when he was rearing me, and now that I have come to my senses, Dad and I can walk & work together now!

 Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

 Now I can work with him, instead of for him, I know him and acknowledge HIS ways. I worked for Him as a servant; but to work with Him, I must do so as a friend.

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.

 John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

 The Book of Matthew deals with the things pertaining to the decisions regarding the new behaviors and expectations that someone who has just been saved needs to learn and do. We call this the God/people relationship.

 It is explained in 2 Cor 6:16 and is pictured in the historical OT record of the exodus. Salvation / deliverance from the slavery of sin and the devil is pictured in the Red Sea crossing; then, being given God’s laws for living at Mt. Sinai of Arabia, God’s people must learn and learn to live God’s way, replacing the old Egyptian ways God’s people learned and were accustomed to after 430 years of Egyptian slavery. This is the “Kingdom of Heaven” spoken of 33 times only in the Book of Matthew.

 I am aware, painfully so, that most professing to be saved are never taught that there is a vast difference between the “Kingdom of Heaven” and the “Kingdom of God.”

 Matthew 19, makes it plain:

 23 ¶ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

 Biblically stated, the “Kingdom of Heaven” in the Book of Matthew, always deal with some facet of salvation. The 5 times the “Kingdom of God” is mentioned in Matthew, and referred to many times throughout the Bible, always refers to some facet of inheritance in the Kingdom Age and speaks of those who are saved and pursue Biblical maturity.

 For example, Matthew 6 makes plain what the priority pursuits of the Believer (one who believes all things) should be.

 Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 Consequently, back to the picture given to us in the OT historical record of the exodus, and the explanation provided in 2 Cor 6,: those saved, receiving the tools to understand the standards of behavior at Sinai / salvation, start off through the wilderness toward the Promised Land. The “Promise Land” is not Heaven or the Kingdom age, but a land, or level of Biblical maturity, where the promises of the aforementioned Matthew 6:33, are fulfilled.

 It is in the wilderness where the saved decide if they are going to grow into the Father /child relationship by deciding to unlearn the old Egyptian ways, evidenced by separation in 2 Cor 6:17, 18, called the Father / child relationship. This relationship with the Lord Himself becoming a Father to us, REQUIRES the decision on our part to separate from the old ways. THEN, He takes upon Himself the responsibility of teaching His “children” how to separate to Him . That separation Biblically is called “SANCTIFICATION!

Though the immature believer is then “His child,” He takes upon himself the form of a servant, see Gal 4 as it speaks of the immature child who has given himself volitionally to learn and grow.  We could compare this relationship to a young man who enlists in the military, then is sent to basic training. He is trained in the use of his weapons and learns to obey orders before he is sent into battle.

 Gal 4:1 ¶ Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.

3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

 As His child, we made the decision to separate from the world, or Egypt, but when we give up the old ways, we must fill the void that is left with His ways. That principle is taught in 2 Pet 2:20-22, among other places.  Sometimes called, “The Principle of Replacement.”

2 Pet2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire

 And also in Matthew 12, see what happens when we choose NOT to replace the old Egyptian ways or ways of the world, with God’s way as revealed in His Word:

 Mat 12:43 ¶ When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

 In the last days of this age, this behavior among an entire generation of the professing redeemed, has occurred.  In 2 Thess 2:3, this is called the “falling away” (apostasy) and it is the reason the Lord foretold the end of the age. Because God’s people (God/people relationship!) have turned back to the ways of the world, darkness has invaded where there once was light. (John 1:9).  The Lord foresaw this, gave us His Seven appointed times regarding this age, and what would happen as this age for accomplishing His purpose in man comes to a close!  We are there!

 Now, in the aforementioned treatise, we have explained God’s purpose in the Creation and the main objective of that Creation, man!  Man was the ultimate motivation and objective of God’s love.  That fact is revealed throughout the Word of God, from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22.  God’s purpose in the Creation is inseparable from His purpose for man.  The Creator wanted a progeny with whom he could fellowship with as He did with the first couple in Eden’s Garden prior to sin entering that creation.  This Divine love for man caused the Eternal Creator to “Create the Creation” as a kind of wedding ring, pointing to the anticipated relationship which would be inseparable.  This relationship was pictured in the Marriage of the first couple in Gen 5:2.

 Herein lies His PRIMARY PURPOSE in the Creation – to take a people for His name – pictured in the Bride!:

 Genesis 5:2 - Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

 Act 15:14 - Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles,

to take out of them a people for his name.

 

That is when two became one – Gen 2:4 “…and they shall be one flesh.”  They were to walk together in harmony; man with his wife, the Creator with His special Creation, man!  This then, forms the Creator’s foundational purpose for the Creator/man relationship, as well as the man to man relationship.

 1Co 3:11 - For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ

 Jesus Christ IS the WORD, the LIVING Word and the WRITTEN Word.  It is upon the WORD, the FOUNDATION, man must build ALL his relationships IF we are to achieve HIS  eternal purpose for our lives “under the sun” (John 1:1-5)

 1Co 3:10 - According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

 What we build on the Foundation of Christ; and how we build on it, is how man completes the purpose of Creation, found in the Creation of man Ecc 12:13. 

 

49. God's Ultimate Purpose in Creation

Part 2 - A Mystery Revealed

From Our Church Bulletin

For May 3rd, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

Col 1:16 - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

 For those of the redeemed who want to know, The Lord God reveals Himself to us through His Word.  To make sure those wanting to know Him have access to the truth that reveals Him, He promised to preserve His Word perfectly to all generations

 Psa 12:6 - The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psa 12:7 - Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Mat 5:18 - For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 Pro 30:5 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

 With the confidence that we have every “cross of the T” and “dot of the i” of His preserved Word, we can look to Him and His Word to reveal not only Himself, but also to reveal His plan and purpose for the Creation.  Understanding Him, allows us to understand His purpose, and His plan for creation to achieve that purpose.

 Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 He reveals to us the creation of man only after He completed six literal 24 hour-days of preparing the face of planet earth, Created “in the beginning” (literally, the first time) for His special creation called man. Man was special because of all the creation to that point, man was the ONLY one made like unto Him!

 Now, we know “what” He did, Let us look to see if “why” He did it is revealed!

Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

 Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

 That “mystery” is wrapped up in a brief statement found in Col 1:16: “... all things were created by him, and for him:”

We already understand He Created all things, but what does “for Him” mean? The answer is found in the man He created in “His Image and after His likeness.”  The LORD God said, it is not good for the man, who is “like me” to be alone.  “Alone” means single; solitary; without the presence of another.  God said the man He had created,…like Himself, …was alone and that was not good!  “Aloneness,” without another, is what we would call. “Lonely.”  That is, the man, made in the image and likeness of the Creator, was secluded, had no company and no one like himself to talk with, or have fellowship with.

At this point, it seems obvious that the Creator made the man to fellowship with, be a companion of and for Himself.  The Creator was lonely!  He created man to dispel His loneliness. 

Now the just-created-man, had the LORD God to talk to for companionship and had not experienced loneliness.  Man, called Adam, referencing the loose dust from whence he was made, was like His Creator in many ways, minus the omnipotence, omniscience, and the omnipresence.

The Creator was spiritual, Adam was material; or at least occupied a material body, and constrained by natural laws, which the Creator …created.  These were laws given by the Lawgiver.  The LORD God foresaw (He is omniscient – all knowing).  The Creator made these constraining laws, we call them the Laws of Physics, because He made the man with a free will.  The man would not be forced to love or serve the Creator; Adam would be given a choice and the LORD God wanted to be that choice.  To get to the point, the Creator took from the man a rib and made a woman – a man with a womb – material like himself, to be his companion – so he would not be lonely!  Now, the man could understand and experience loneliness, and then understand why the Creator made man in the first place. 

 The woman also had a freewill.  She could choose to be the help meet she was designed to be or, she could rebel.  Every man fears rejection of the woman he is attracted to. Perhaps, that is where the proposal of marriage comes from, the man asking the woman to choose him.  That is what the Creator is looking for in His Bride!  The mutual choice means that his purpose becomes their purpose.  For man who chooses the Creator finds his purpose in preparing himself for the Creator’s purpose.  As a bride prepares and adorns herself to be united with the chosen man she loves, so man, as in mankind, must prepare himself to be part of the Lord’s eternal purpose, to walk with Him throughout eternity. Thus, a “Mystery” is Revealed!

 

48. God's Ultimate Purpose in Creation

Part 1 - Laying a Foundation

From Our Church Bulletin

For April 26th, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

 

The LORD God has one ultimate, divine, purpose for  His Creation. That divine purpose is revealed in God’s Word.  To be sure, He has  many other purposes; but all of these, shall we call them, “subordinate purposes,” are  designed to culminate in that one grand, divine purpose which was in His heart and motivated Him to “create the Creation” in the first place.

If one is born of the Spirit (see John 3:5-8) and  desires to understand the Creator and His purpose in His creation, one must understand the eternal truth  revealed in His perfectly preserved Word.

Gen 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

The LORD (Jehovah) gave to man what we have come to call the three "P's" - Precepts,  Principles, and Precedents, whereby we can not only understand ourselves and our fellow man, but also the Creator Himself.  We are made in His image and after His likeness   The miraculous part of His Word, in part, is the fact that those three "P's" also reveal His motivation and purpose.  He tells us that what we love and treasure, is what is in our heart.  It is true also of the Creator.(Rom 2:4, Rom 5:8, 9)

Luk 12:34  - For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luk 6:45  - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

He preserved His Word perfectly - every word of it -  Himself, to give us the opportunity to know and understand Himself; His Word reveals His treasure and therefore His heart ...what He loves.  What He loves is what motivates Him. His subordinate purposes reveal His heart and are there to accomplish His main Purpose.   Please consider the following in relation to this:

Rom 5:8  - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9  - Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

His treasure is what He loves.  What He loves motivated Him to sacrifice himself,  giving us the opportunity, the choice, ... to choose Him!  Again, all of this is done to accomplish His ultimate purpose!

Let it be emphasized here and now, the “natural man” receives not the things of the Spirit of God, which things are required to discern the ways of God. (I Cor 2:14)  Similarly, the saved but carnal man, though he may have the spiritual tools with which he might discern the things of God, is yet immature and "unexercised" in spiritual matters.  A new believer’s spiritual growth is in its infancy, so he has not yet learned to overcome his carnal nature's tendencies by submitting to God’s Precepts, Principles, and Precedents.  

Just so it is understood, being "spiritual" simply means learning and doing things God’s way as revealed in His Word. Salvation is a free gift to those who come to Him for forgiveness of sin. A close relationship with Him after Salvation requires sacrifice, acknowledgement and abandonment of old sinful behavior, replacing our old sinful ways, with His righteous ways.

Sin is the transgression of His moral law. (I John 3:4) and we have to learn His  law to have a growing, maturing relationship with Him.  Salvation  is easy because Jesus sacrificed Himself to pay our sin debt. We escape the eternal penalty of sin through salvation, but we have not,  however, learned to overcome sin, replacing sinful living with  His ways after salvation. This requires attributes we are not born with but have to learn:  sacrifice, humility, acknowledgement and abandonment of old sinful behavior. . Sin is the transgression of His moral law. (I John 3:4)

Heb 5:14 - But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

These are the things of the Creator which the Holy Ghost teaches.  He only teaches saved people and only those saved who are sanctified to His service. These mysteries, or “strong meat” are revealed only to those who are “the called according to His purpose:”

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (1 Tim 1:11, 2 Tim 1:9)

Jehovah Elohim, the ONLY self -existent One, also known as the Creator, and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Forall things were created by him, and for him:”  Col 1:16

 ...All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

John 1:3

As a young saved man, I remember oft wondering why and for what reason, did the eternal,  pre-existent Creator, the only self- existent One, create ... the creation?

There was a time when I began to learn the laws of physics beyond the memorizing of statements in a textbook in order to pass a test. Understanding, goes  beyond simple knowledge or the assimilation of facts, I began to observe that mankind was constrained by these “Laws of Nature” and mankind had to operate within the boundaries set by these laws.

This observed fact, caused me to wonder about the origins of these so-called, “natural laws” …to which everything in our material universe, within the boundaries of time, answers!

One of these laws was particularly intriguing and was considered by many to be the granddaddy of them all.  This is the “Law of Cause and Effect.”  Simply stated, it says that every effect has a cause, and that cause is always greater than the effect.

Consequently reasoning, if there is a law, it would be the effect; and, there had to be a corresponding cause of and for that law.  The cause of that law had to be greater than the law itself.  That means, that law, or any law for that matter, had to have a lawgiver and the lawgiver was greater than the law.  The lawgiver had formulated, composed, and ordered the law before the law … was law!

Furthermore, the lawgiver was the only one who could function outside that law.  Since man is constrained by that natural law, he is not greater than the natural law, and, consequently, can not be the lawgiver.  Hence, the Lawgiver, was and is, greater than the law and, greater than  man who is subject to the law.

The Lawgiver, then, is the Creator, who has revealed Himself in His Word. His Word is, likewise, not subject to the natural laws but is the Creator and Maintainer of the natural law commonly referred to as the Laws of Physics. If it is true of one or two of the laws of physics, then in all probability, it is true of all of the Physical laws!  At this point, that “probability” has become a foundational fact that is now part of a worldview or “presupposition.  

To continue my journey into discovery, there was another natural law that stirred my less-than-genius thought processes.  Some called it the “Law of Entropy” or the “Law of Decay.” Scholarly types called this natural law the Second Law of Thermodynamics.  There are various ways of stating this law, but receiving instruction to keep it simple, seemed most logical. 

 Simply stated, Entropy is a term that means decay or disorder.  This natural law says that every ordered system, from the simplest to the most complex, left to itself (a closed system) will increase in entropy; that is, it will decay or move toward disorder- it will head back to the chaos from whence it came. Entropy is a returning to CHAOS!  Chaos is a state of disorder.    This will always happen by law unless the system is acted upon by a superior and directed outside force. For chaos or disorder to move to order or organization, (become useful) it must be acted upon by an organizing or ordering force which can overcome the natural law of the tendency to decay.

 An illustration I have often used is a child’s pine-wood alphabet blocks arranged to spell, “I LOVE YOU.”.  A pine tree is felled in the woods, but it does not spell, “I LOVE YOU.”  A carpenter with a purpose and design for the alphabet blocks, cuts the tree into purposely-dimensioned boards with a view to again cutting the boards into blocks to be the right size to have the right letters engraved in them.  The carpenter envisions the finished product, taking the unordered pine tree, and with skill, cunning, and design, orders the raw wood into two inch square blocks onto which he engraves upper and lower case letters, applying a finish, and brightly colored painted letters that spell, “I LOVE” YOU.” 

There can be NO order unless there is someone to order it.  Rot and decay would have consumed the tree by the law of decay, but the carpenter ordered, and preserved the wood, for his purpose, to communicate a message.As long as those blocks from that doomed tree are cared for, they may be around for many years until someone or something decides the spelling is useless and uses the blocks for kindling. 

An automobile is also a closed system that will decay, order to disorder, unless it is maintained; but it cannot maintain itself!  A child is a closed system, trained and taught, the child may reproduce his training and education before his threescore and ten (time) sends his house back to the dust from whence it came. We might call that a life span. 

The point is, "Order does not come from disorder by accident or by chance."  Someone has to be there to order it.  Society is another closed system that will last only as long its founding principles are maintained...by some outside, guiding force!  When those preserving principles are discarded, disorder and chaos will set in – entropy will occur on an increasing basis until the once-ordered society is no more.  Contrary to modern thought, a society cannot sustain itself. 

Within the laws of physics, confined by the boundaries of time, there is no perpetual motion; there is no perpetual self-sustenance. Time itself is a closed system and has boundaries.  By design, time had a beginning; time also has an end.

Our human body is a miraculously complex and ordered, closed system. Only a fool ignorant of both science (knowledge) and the natural order, cannot or will not, see the purpose in the design.  (Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: Gen 1:26) The complexity, and order of the human body …or that of any living organism for that matter, reveals the existence of the One who ordered it! 

Our world is openly filled with such fools, practicing inhumanity towards man in perversions, in evil and wickedness that is beyond imagination.  Yea, it is behavior that is directed by none other than Abaddon, (Hebrew), Apollyon,(Greek), the Destroyer (English), a.k.a. Satan.   He and his are trying to destroy God’s Creation before he and his followers are themselves, destroyed! This is the Creation the Creator designed for His purpose.

The macro evolution taught in schools and universities, i.e. all living things “evolved” into more complex organisms, is a fraud.  You could put it this way, “Once I was a tadpole long and thin.  Then I became a bullfrog with my tail tucked in.  Then, I became a monkey swinging from a tree, now I’m a professor with a PhD!”  The origin of this little jingle is unknown to me, but the author certainly grasped the truth!

Nothing in the material world within the boundaries of time, which is a closed system, can set itself in order.  Nothing can set itself in order!  A superior, external, ordering force or influence, is required for anything in a closed system to move from chaos to order, from simple to complex.  That is an immutable law - The Law of Cause and Effect! 

Anything without a superior outside force directing it, Decays because of the 2nd Law.  it does not, it cannot “evolve” into a more complex form; a life form cannot change or “evolve” into a different species. – the 2nd law of Thermodynamics and the Law of Cause and Effect, forbid it.  Evolution, evolving from simple forms to more complex by chance, is IMPOSSIBLE … from a Scientific perspective!  Only ignorance or a fool believes otherwise!

 Ecc 3:1 - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Some Definitions In Ecc 3:1

Purposechephets:- that in which one takes delight

Seasonzĕman: -appointed event time – time period is set

Time - `eth:- appointed conclusion – all things now ready – timer shuts down

Under the heaven:  shamayim:- the appointed arena- on the earth

A Place to Smile

*I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing.  If I HAD any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!

 *Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

 *Why is it that our children can't read a Bible in school, but they can in prison?

 *Wouldn't you know it... Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FAT cells live forever.

 *Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed outside?

 Points to Ponder…

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 No uprising against the corruption of a  corrupt government will be blessed by God, until God’s people convince God they want to rise up and walk with Him! RSB

 Beloved, let the fact of what our Lord suffered for you grip you, and you will never again be the same. O.B. Green

 It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised.  George Muller

 

 

47. END-OF-AGE PREVIEW REVIEWED!

From Our Church Bulletin

For May 10th, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

Mat 24:38, 39 - For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Our Lord compared the days of His return to the days of Noah (vs37).  Most notably, that the days of His return would be characterized by a willful ignorance of all things concerning Him and His plan as revealed in His perfectly preserved Word.  Since the fall in Eden’s Garden, mankind has been predisposed to seek material wealth and pleasure instead of knowledge and understanding of the Creator.  The “I, Me, Mine” syndrome invaded and conquered mankind that day, next to a fig tree occupied by one who also had made a terrible choice and lost his first estate.  Man, the LORD God’s special creation, was also endowed with a freewill to make choices.  Good or bad, man was not the Creator’s puppet and was responsible for those choices, along with the inevitable consequences of those choices – good or bad.  

 Listening to deception in the presence of the Creator’s blessing, is a bad choice. Willfully ignoring the Creator’s command was another bad choice that day in the Garden of God, and it  initiated mankind’s bad choices.  As the progeny of those who made those choices, mankind has inherited the propensity for ignoring the Creator’s Design and will, in favor of becoming their own god, choosing / deciding what right and wrong  in spite of the Creator’s revealed will.  Man has the propensity for making bad choices unless he, as an individual, chooses to recognize and acknowledge the Creator.  This, then is the root of the problem that will end in the Creator’s judgement.  The Biblical example is clear!

 Luk 17:28 - Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

Luk 17:29 - But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:30 - Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 The LORD God compared the characteristics of the last days of this age to the days of Lot.  Mankind had chosen degraded, amoral, and anti-God characteristics that would bring on His judgement in the End-of-Age Events, as it was depicted in the days of Lot.  These three events, Rapture, Seven-year Tribulation, and the Revelation, compose the “End of Age Events.”

A brief explanation follows:

The Rapture, which is the “pre-wrath” removal of the saved from the earth,  (see I Thess 1:10, Rom 5:9, Rev 3:10,) is  exemplified by Noah getting on the Ark 7 days prior to Judgment at the Revelation.

The Seven-year Tribulation Period, a.k.a. the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Daniel’s 70th Week of Years, and the Wrath of the Lamb.is a seven year period of God's wrath upon the earth and its inhabitants.

The “Revelation” (Rev 19).  After the Seven-year Tribulation, comes the visible return of Christ at what is called the “Revelation.” and the judgment at the Battle of Armageddon. This closes out the Church Age outlined in Revelation chapters 2 & 3 . 

After these events, the Kingdom Age begins.  This is the One-thousand-Year reign of the Lord Jesus upon the earth.  It is important to note that the end of the Kingdom Age is marked by the Great White Throne Judgement, followed by the end of “time” as we know it. (Rev 20:4-7) 

 The “One-thousand-Years” is a designated period in “time” preceding the New Heavens and New Earth (Rev 21:4) which has no “Time” designation.  “Time” as we know it today, has a definite beginning and a definite end during which, the Creator accomplishes His purpose.  The purpose of “Time,” having accomplished the purpose for which it was created, is then done away with, along with all the material, molecular creation and the Creator gives us a New Heaven and a New Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness!

 Mat 24:35 - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mat 24:36 - But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

 2Pe 3:13 - Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

 Especially, would the aforementioned willful ignorance of His appointed time of return, prevail among the lost, but also among the saved who have become apostate.(Rom 1:28; 2 Pet 3:5) 

 Not long ago, I had the opportunity to discuss this with a professing believer and business proprietor.  I know him well and count him as a friend.  His mother, in another state, asked me to stay after him.  So far, my efforts have produced no visible results.  On this occasion, I was discussing with him the “appointed time” of the Lord’s return, as I have done on many occasions.  His reply was typical of those who are Biblically ignorant, “If God wanted us to know when He was coming, He would have told us.”  Of course, I laughed and said,  “He did tell us, in His Word.”  He replied, “No one knows when that will be,” he answered arrogantly. 

 He had spent about 5 years in one of those non-denominational churches, Three Rocks Behind a tree Church or some such name, which he finally quit, having learned very little.  He continued, “If I believed like you do, that we only have months left, I’d party and have a good time for a month and then get right.”  “You mean, like you are doing now,” I replied.  He laughed saying I got him on that one!  Then he added, “I don’t believe He wants us to know when He’s coming.”  Then I asked him why the Lord had commanded us to “watch” and “be ready” and “as ye see the day approaching.”  I inquired as to why he thought the Lord had given us the Bible.  His reply was typically vague: “as a guideline,” he said, which falls way short of the Biblical “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my pathway.” (Ps 109:105)  Remember, we are talking about the willful ignorance of those who do not “like to retain God in their knowledge.”(Rom 1:28)  They do not WANT to know about the things the Creator teaches in His Word.

 At this point, I could see that my efforts were futile as he did not have the foundational understanding or interest to comprehend what I was telling him.  His business was doing well, providing expensive new import cars in his garage …with three children who knew even less of the Lord than he did – why would he want to know the Lord was coming?  I perceived in my friend, like many who have prospered materially, that he would  rather not be bothered with thoughts of the of the Lord’s Return.  Herein lies the reason God’s judgement is about to fall – The redeemed refuse to carry the light of His truth, choosing, rather, to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season instead of the opposite!

 Heb 11:25 - Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

 Heb 10:27 - But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

 My friend did not know of the Lord’s command to watch and be ready.  He knew nothing of the world events involving the Jews coming back to their land, Israel becoming a nation as foretold, taking Jerusalem in 1967, and on we could go.  He knew nothing of it or the Lord’s admonition that "when ye see these things…:"  My desire was to peak his interest to make him aware of what is about to take place. The trouble is, most of the saved, simply received forgiveness of sin, and have not, nor are they interested, in growing in their relationship to the Lord.

 Lk 21:28 - And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

1Jo 2:15  - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 So many, including independent Baptists, are ignorant and without understanding of the Bible as a whole, and eschatological (study of last things) issues specifically.  He was neither ready, nor was he preparing to get that way.  The LORD reveals these thing to those who want to know and study to show themselves approved unto God. Getting the "knowledge" is NOT "showing oneself approved unto God.  Primarily, once revealed, the "knowledge" of last things is to be applied first to the individual getting the knowledge so he will be motivated to modify his behavior, yielding the peaceable fruit of righteousness; but "knowledge" alone is not understanding, and it is not wisdom!  I have told those in our services, if they gain some "knowledge" from the  message, i.e. from God's Word, it is primarily to yield the fruit of righteousness in their lifeThat is understanding!  DO NOT run out and tell everyone;   you have not applied what you have learned and they  simply are not ready!

When people see something in your life they want (let your light shine), they will be attracted to that light you are carrying, and will be drawn to it as opposed to being offended by  your pride and arrogance!

 1Pe 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 Do not be wilfully ignorant of this truth: "Knowledge" is, first and foremost, an admonition to the student to get his own life in line with God’s Word, BEFORE he tries to tell someone else.  In other words, “GROW UP!” Invariably, the warning falls on deaf ears as I see them run, with pride and arrogance, to the internet and publish what “GOD HAS Revealed to them!”  A trip to the Principles, Precepts, and Precedents of Numbers Chapter 12, is in order, but pride will have blinded them and they will think it has to do with somebody else!

 Secondly, what is worse, his family isn’t ready for the knowledge, as they do not have the foundation, (line upon line!) and he is abrogating his responsibility to get them founded; that is, milk before meat, so to speak.

 We can now understand what Jesus meant when He said, “as the days of Noah were.”  The NT Church has lost that power given to them on Pentecost because of apostasyWe no longer have the influence the church once had, and have become a spectacle rather than the pillar and ground of the truth.  (See “Laodicea” Rev 3:14)

 The small remnant of believers who are seeking His face have little respect from those who are not.  That day will come upon them as a thief in the night.  We must remember that it is the Holy Spirit that must guide them into the truth just as He has us. 

 If they do not want to know what we have learned, no amount of coaxing or pleading on our part will help.  It is the Holy Spirit’s job to guide them into the truths we have and are learning, not ours; our job is to tell them when they want to know; their job is to seek Him as we do.

 I Pet 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

...NOT WITH PRIDE AND ARROGANCE!

 

 

 

46. What is Wrong With My Country

From Our Church Bulletin

April 5th, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

I, like many of us, are dismayed about what is happening to our America, my America.  I would like to blame the liberals, the Democrats and RINO Republicans, and those independents who stand for nothing and fall for anything.  I would like to join those who point a self-righteous finger at the corruption in our government, the immorality of Hollywood, the pedophiles, sex traffickers, and murderers of little children in satanic rituals.  However, God’s Word indicates that all of these are symptoms and not the root cause of America’s demise.  

The Lord’s Rapture (“caught up” of 1 Thess 4:17) is nigh at hand, not directly because of all the aforementioned, but because of a great “falling away” in 2 Thess 2:3,  from the “apostasia” from which we get the word “apostasy.”  A definition of the “falling away” or “apostasy” would be: putting one’s hand to the plow, then turning back.

You see, the light of the Word of God is as bright as ever, but those given the responsibility of carrying that light to a world in darkness, have hidden the light by selfish, self-centered lifestyles,Laodicean lifestyles, so that the world cannot see the light.  What is wrong with my country?  What is wrong is revealed in 2 Chron 7:14 – “If My People!”

Mat 5:15 - Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Neh 8: 2, And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 8. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Jer 1:8 - Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Eze 2:6 - And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

We, in the year, 2020, are in the apostate Laodicean age of the NT Church.  The Laodicean-type church is not predominantly characterized by faithful preaching and teaching of Biblical doctrines of the Word of God.  Yea, most of the pastors and churches do not even know where God’s promised Perfectly Preserved Word is found. The predominant characteristic of the Laodicean-type church, is when God’s people have apostatized, characteristically, they turn up their noses at God’s Word and the faithful, God-called man of God, proclaiming it. They make excuses with their tongues, with threatening glares and hate-filled looks with their faces and eyes. They simply do not understand God’s purpose of the New Testament Church and a God-called pastor.

Jer 3:14 - Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

Jer 3:15 - And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

 

Eph 4:11 - And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Eph 4:12 - For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

 

The pastor of an apostate church may be called by the people to lead a variety show, with entertainment, and a brief devotional, so that the people leave feeling good about themselves but otherwise, completely unchanged. This is a concept foreign to the Word of God which teaches us we should continually be maturing, growing closer to the Lord!

As the Lord told Peter in John 21, “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep, and feed my sheep!”  The “lambs” being those newly saved, needing to be nurtured in the basics of the Word of God;  the “sheep” being those who have made a decision to start separating from the world, and to the Lord;  2nd “sheep,’ those believers who are maturing in the Lord, getting prepared to meet Him!  Consequently, the Biblical New Testament Church, (there is no other kind of NT Church!) is to be dedicated to instructing those won to Christ by the sheep as they go through life.

Sometimes, the behavior of Laodicean-type believers would be quite comical if it were not for the seriousness of the consequences of such behavior. Especially, on the part of those who publically name the name of Christ, calling themselves “Christians,” a word that means Christ-like.  The word “Christian” is used three times in the New Testament, and no believer ever used it of himself.  It was used by those on the outside beholding the chaste behavior of believers learning to live for Christ.

… And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Acts 11:26

 God warned His messengers that such Laodicean behavior would be the case. Even so, they were to deliver His message despite the antics of the rebellious and apostate people of God.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew MY PEOPLE their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Isa 58:1)

That is the purpose of the NT Church, which is especially needed in this Laodicean age.

It is no wonder to me that our efforts are, and have been hindered at fulfilling the Lord’s commission.  God’s own people hinder the spread of the Gospel, and balk at, not only hearing what God’s messengers are commanded to deliver, but also resist the application of God’s Word.  Of course, James 4:17 tells us:

Therefore to him that KNOWETH TO DO GOOD, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

At this point in my life, I’d be afraid to attend a church where the pastor was not faithful to obey God’s calling, though I do understand why some preachers do not.  They are afraid of losing their people. Their fears are justified, but their disobedience is not.

As much as I’d like to see our church grow and become an obvious and influential lighthouse for God’s righteousness in our community, I am afraid many of those who have and will visit with us, fall into the last-days category of those who:

“will not endure sound doctrine” (II Tim 4:3).

However, that does NOT justify the disobedience of God’s man!  I do not want to be, nor do I want to sit under a disobedient preacher.  We’d both be in trouble!

Charles G. Finney said the following:

“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.

If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree.

If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the world loses its interest in “the things of God”, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.

Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

In many ways, our church is not only a test of the preacher’s mettle, but also of the those who support him saying “Amen!” and are supporting members of this local body.

Eze 33:5 - He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

Vs 6-But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

Perhaps there would be more faithful preachers of God’s Word if their people would hearken to and support him. Regardless, he is to be, and remain, faithful to God and His Word.

What is wrong with my country, America, the land of my nativity?  The root cause, my brethren, my fellow professing believers, is "my people," it is US!   RSB

 

A Place to Smile

**It gets so hot in Arizona the cows give evaporated milk and the trees have learned to whistle for the dogs!

**Chicago got started when a bunch of New Yorkers said, “Gee, I’m enjoying the crime and poverty, but it is just not cold enough.”  So they founded Chicago!

**A State Trooper in Arkansas pulls over a pick-up on the interstate and says, “ You got any ID?”  The driver says, “ Bout what?”

**I moved to NY City for my health.  I suffer from paranoia and it was the only place my fears were justified!

**What’s the difference between Massachusetts and Connecticut?   The Kennedy’s don’t own Connecticut!

 

Points to Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 No uprising against the corruption of a  corrupt government will be blessed by God, until God’s people convince God they want to rise up and walk with Him! RSB

 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, THAT THEY MAY SERVE ME. Ex 9:13

Only when God’s people rise up early to fall on their knees and put into practice II Chronicles 7:14 will we find the liberty, peace, and security, only the Lord can provide.

 

 

 

 

45. Dad - Smarter Than

Liberal College Professors

From Our Church Bulletin

March 29th, 2020

By

 R.S.Brewer, Pastor

Mat 25:29 - For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

This is one of the best communications I have ever received.  It  accurately, gently but perfectly, illustrates the difference in thinking between people with opposite outlooks. Very simple so that ANYONE can understand.

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age whose impressionable minds  are targeted by liberal professors, she considered herself to be very liberal, and, among other liberal ideals, she was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words; redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a  staunch, Bible-believing conservative, a feeling she openly and frequently expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

Luke 10:7 - ...for the labourer is worthy of his hire

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He responded by asking how she was doing in school. Taken back by the inquiry, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Mat 24;23 - His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 

Her father listened and then asked, "How is your friend Audrey doing?" She replied, "Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung over."

Her wise father asked his daughter, "Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA."

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, "That's a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I've worked really hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!"

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, "Welcome to the conservative side of the fence!"

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, the following is a great test:

If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one. If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

 If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal, wonders who is going to take care of him.

 If a conservativedoesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that  those they don't like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this, he'll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh. A liberal will delete it because he's "offended."

Well, It is herein forwarded to you, Dear Liberal Reader!

2Th 3:10  10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Mat 25:29 - For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Mat 25:30 - And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

A Note From the Preacher:  While I am a staunch, Bible-believing Conservative, conservatism for conservatism's sake, that is, apart from the LORD God, will  NOT warrant God's favor toward saving America, the land of my nativity, the land that I love.  Godless conservatism carries no weight of favor from the Creator, and, by itself, only slows the decay of a society and  nation; which decay is hastened by the presence and  advance of liberalism.

 

2Chron 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

A POINT TO PONDER

The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of the Almighty’s direction, and will find His Word in his greatest darkness, a lantern to his feet and a lamp unto his paths.' He will therefore seek to establish for his country in the eyes of the world, such a character as shall make her not unworthy of the name of a Christian nation...."

Francis Scott Key, February 22, 1812

A Place to Smile

Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. Jim and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out.  When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the news she said, "Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged; since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness. The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved, hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead." Edna replied, "He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go?

 

 44. Preparing

for the Sweet By and By

and

the Nasty Now and Now!

From Our Church Bulletin

January 5th, 2020

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

 

Mat 25:1- 4 - Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Preparedness must be approached with passionate resolve; otherwise, there is no point. Half-hearted survivalists are just as likely, if not more likely, to get themselves killed as the average oblivious, apathetic, urbanite and suburbanite.

Unfortunately, even in the liberty movement, we have come across many halfhearted and lazy survivalists who would rather hope for the best than prepare for the worst.

Some call those who prepare, “Preppies” and what they do is “prepping.” You’ll hear the scoffers say, “Prepping Is For Crazy People And Chicken Littles.”  Some of us may be crazy and passionate about preparations

However, if you want to see crazy, look at the sports nut as they worship their favorite sports that were originally intended as a way for children and young people to learn discipline and teamwork. These are adults and most of them are engaged in passionate worship of their favorite team or player.  They wear clothes that praise the same.  If they attend a game at the Citadel of Sports (Not much different than a church temple building) they attend the early service to partake of food, frivolity, and refreshment.  They call it “Tailgating.”  During this service, they prepare for what they hope will continue during the main event.  War paint, costumes,  and fanaticism, is readied for public spectacle like they are going to live forever, never having to face reality. 

Yet, they call those who are preparing for eternity, or for a future natural disaster, or for global mayhem, “chicken littles,” “crazy preppers and survivalists.”  Nevertheless, the reality is Catastrophes occur all the time. Sometimes they are regional, sometimes they are national, and sometimes they are global. Since the of the baby boomer age after WWII, America has been spared widespread disaster for the most part, and this has bred in us a deep-rooted apathetic, normalcy bias.

We wander about in ignorance, thinking that tomorrow will always be just as comfortable as today and that's because we have never witnessed real pain and suffering ,believing we in America likely never will.

To me, this attitude is far more unbalanced and insane than the forward-thinking mindset of the average “prepper.”  Survivalists are called “crazy” simply because they refuse to operate on foolish assumptions like the rest of society. We know from modern historical examples — from the Great Depression to Weimar Germany to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bosnia, Argentina, Greece, etc. — that the prepared and independent live, while the rest often die. We refuse to assume, especially in light of recent events, that such calamity will not occur in the United States. 

I will say this, I will do my best to help and protect those who are innocent and cannot prepare;  but, if you have been warned and choose not to prepare, I will not spend what we have sacrificed to be prepared on you or your resulting condition. 

You may think that is not “Christian.”  By your definition of “Christian,” you may be right.  However, from a Biblical perspective, preparationbeing ready, is a Precept, Principle, and Precedent (Luk 3:4). 

Consequently, your name-calling has absolutely no affect on me and what I am doing to prepare or will do if or when the catastrophe actually  occurs.

Mat 25:8, 9 - And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

Now, I believe that the first part of the Lord’s Second Coming, called the Rapture, is close because of timing given in unmistakable terms in God’s Word. 

I have been watching for the  rapture for many years now, while rehearsing and preparing for it. I also understand that prior to this glorious event in which the Lord rescues His redeemed from the Wrath to Come (I Thess 1:10/Rev 6:17), there will be perilous times. 

Those perilous times will be global in nature, including America, and I believe God’s people ought to prepare for them while watching the world events the Lord told us to watch for.  Those events are occurring. 

I hope I do not need my material preparations; further, that someone seeking the Lord after the Rapture takes place, and there will be multitudes doing so, will find spiritual, mental, and physical sustenance, from my current preparations after I am with the Lord.  My preparations will not go to waste either way. A warning: “who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Mat 3:7/Luke 3:7)

Being apathetic in these days is risky and unrealistic.  While preparing spiritually, for the "Sweet By and By," be sure to consider preparations for the "Nasty Now and Now." In any case, someone will benefit from it! 

Apathy - Lack of motivational  feeling or emotion due to an utter privation of passion, or insensibility to reality.  RSB

 

Points to Ponder (Some Worth Repeating)

 It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. (JFH)

Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom." Patrick Henry

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of the laborer the bread he has earned. This is the sum of good government. T. Jefferson

Christ is a substitute for everything, but nothing is a substitute for Christ. H.A. Ironside

The apostasy of America’s pulpits, pews, and churches has caught up with her; God has given America what she wanted. RSB

Biblical Definition of “Apostasy”-Putting one’s hand to the plow, then turning back!

 

 

  43. Government is Not God

From Our Church Bulletin

December 29, 2019

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

 

Mat 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

I am amazed and dismayed at what "Christianity" (Christ likeness) has become in this early part of the 21st Century.  Professing Believers, claiming to be mature in their walk with the Lord,  constantly and consistently, turn to the government to take care of them.  Bilking the government out of free-healthcare, and a monthly stipend for a feigned disability while dishonestly making money they were supposed to be too disabled to earn! 

The government is not paying for these, but the people  who pay for these shirkers, who work and have worked for a living, are footing the bill! (tax-paying citizens pay for these so-called disabilities as the government itself produces nothing and takes  its very existence from "We The People" who have worked for and earned incomes,while  depending on our Heavenly Father  for the wherewithal to work for our daily bread.)

These same "professing Believers" impugn their pastors for not trusting them with additional responsibilities.  Spiritual people trust the Lord and do not cheat the working people for an unearned, undeserved disability/welfare payment! Is it any wonder their pastors cannot trust them with responsibilities.

The government is not God,” I said to an elderly gentlemen as we discussed politics and religion.  He replied, well, if the government doesn't take care of me, who will?  In my most sarcastic voice, I said, “Too bad there isn’t a God in Heaven that is able to intercede in the lives and affairs of man.” 

People in our country increasingly call upon government to meet their needs when they are in trouble. 

Government paid health benefits (entitlements) are increasing with the goal being socialized medicine.  Like Canada has - you know , the doctor says you need surgery on your gizzard and the government says you don’t really need it but you get put on a 10 year waiting list or the prescribed treatment is simply denied.  So we go back to the government and pray to them to change their minds. 

We are told we have a right to health care and if you can’t afford it, the government will take care of it.  Americans think the government is supposed to  feed us when we are hungry, provide heat and warm clothing when we are cold,  pay for drug rehab when we get hooked on drugs, give us drugs when the results of our chosen lifestyle is contrary to society’s norm and God’s blue print and said lifestyle results in an incurable disease. 

The government gives food and care when a woman gets pregnant, and many believe that is the rightful role and duty of government. Politicians create their constituency by promising government will take care of more and more of your needs and some of your wants. 

The problem is, God’s born again people are a big part of this problem, which causes government to grow larger and assume more responsibility for our lives. That means, of course, we loose more and more of our liberties and freedoms.  I hear the Lord saying:

Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not, (Jer 33:3). 

 

My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory, (Phil 4:19).

 

Is He telling the truth or lying? God, who gave us human government, never intended for us to let that government become our God and take His place. We are to go to Him in prayer with our needs and wants, not to some government bureaucrat. On this past  Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation's birth, announced to the world some 228 years ago, at this writing, through a remarkable document: the Declaration of Independence which secured our independence through limited government.

It meant we were independent of a government which had become too big for its britches and thought it was God. Independence doesn’t mean we are without need of help.  It means we have the liberty to depend on our Lord and be responsible to Him and His Word.

Too often today, however, government is not serving liberty but is at war with it, telling us that it knows best, that it will decide for us.  You need to understand that government, our government, will take all the power we give it and take our liberties with it! 

God gave us our independence so we would have the liberty to place our dependence on Him - for everything!  Historically, nations that forget God lose their rights and liberties and go into captivity.

All of us who name the name of Christ must not relinquish our independence by depending on government, but insure it by depending on our Heavenly father who knows and wants to meet our needs.  (Matthew 6:32, 33)  - RSB

 

 

42. Subjection to Higher Powers

From Our Church Bulletin

December 22, 2019

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

 

Romans 13:1, 2—Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.

 

It seems that every time someone, such as myself, attempts to encourage our Christian brothers and sisters to resist or protest an unconstitutional, unlawful, or otherwise corrupt government policy, we hear someone proclaim, "What about Romans 13? We Christians must submit to government. Any government. Read your Bible, and leave me alone," or words to that effect.

These days of apostasy and the resulting ignorance of this Laodicean age, has left God’s people with a severe lack of understanding of God and His Word.  So, this pondering is introduced by one of the Authorized King James Bible’s many texts on the subject.

  Romans 13:3 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, …

Do our “Christian” friends who use these verses to teach that we should not oppose any political leader or any un-Biblical law, really believe that civil magistrates have unlimited authority under God to do anything they want without opposition? 

The “Wherefore” (“for this reason”) is there for a reason!  What if the government’s agenda is for calling evil good and good evil? What if the government turns anti-Christ like China, likewise the Arab nations ...and America as well? What if our president decided to resurrect the old monarchal custom of Jus Primae Noctis (Law of First Night)? That was the old medieval custom when the king or governor claimed the right to sleep with a subject's bride on the first night of their marriage. Would our sincere Christian brethren sheepishly say, "Romans Chapter 13 says we must submit to the government"?

I think not! And would any of us respect any man who would submit to such a law? I would not! So, there are Biblically-set limits to human authority. A father has Biblical authority as head of his home, but does this give him power to abuse his wife and children? Of course not!

An employer has Biblical authority on the job, but does this give him power to control the private lives of his employees or order him to do something contrary to the Bible? No!

A pastor has overseer-authority in the New Testament church, but does this give him power to tell church members that they must submit to him, even when the pastor orders that which is un-Biblical? Of course not.

All human authority is limited in nature by God. No man has unlimited authority over the lives of other men. Lordship and sovereignty is the exclusive domain of the Creator, Jesus Christ. By the same token, a civil magistrate has God-given authority in civil matters, but his authority is limited and those limits are Biblically defined.

Observe that Romans Chapter 13 clearly limits the authority of civil government by strictly defining its purpose: "For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil . . . For he is the minister of God to thee for good . . . for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

Note that civil government must not be a "terror to good works." Governments lose power and authority if or when it terrorizes good works or good people.

God gave boundaries to human government. Any government that oversteps that divine boundary has no divine authority or protection; and no right to continue to exist! 

Jesus told Pilate he (See John 19: 10, 11) could have no power at all unless it were given to him from above.  Make no mistake, the sovereign authority in all the universe and on the earth is the Lord Jesus and His Word we call the Bible. We, His children of His kingdom are bound, and we will be judged, by our obedience to His Word.

Mt 10:28 - And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  RSB

Points To Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 Nothing will take the place of the plain preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Nothing is so needed in this hour as a return to the Bible. Lee Roberson

I preached what the Bible revealed to me, and I am still preaching it today. Lee Roberson

"You can count on me until my tongue is silent in the grave and until my hand can no longer wield a pen to keep my unalterable stand for the Bible as the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God - giving rebuke to, and standing in opposition against all enemies of the Bible, even as I have done for 50 years." R.G.Lee

"Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them."

"There's no better book with which to defend the Bible than the Bible itself."

 

41. A Time of Strong Delusion

From Our Church Bulletin

November 24, 2019

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

II Thess 2:10, 11 - And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 

 

Most of us know that we are the generation of the last days.  The generation that sees Israel become a nation (1948) and Jerusalem under the Jews control (beginning in 1967) would be the generation that would see all things come to pass (Mt 24:34). 

In the overview that follows “as the days of Noe were,” ignorance and rejection of God,  and the life-guiding principles of His Word, would characterize the last days.

Also, as we have mentioned, though many have tried to find it, there does not seem to be any clear-cut reference to America in the Bible, which is arguably, the best, most evangelical, Biblical, and benevolent country in the world’s history.  This is an enigma, to say the least. 

In my view, the reason this is true is because America, who as a nation, has left her first love - our Lord Jesus. Now, the present generation that has forgotten Him, and is falling for a great delusion and are believing a lie. 

The past Presidential election cycle was  a choice between one Cyrus-like candidate, elected in spite of our  nation’s apostasy:....

2Ch 36:22  - Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

2Ch 36:23 - Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

....and one who is, and represents all that is anti-Christ. I am amazed, better appalled, at the number of people I thought were intelligent, with some judgment or discernment, and had common sense, who voted for  that which is of Satan and his anti-Christ.

Patrick Henry wisely said, "Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom." Godly morality is important. It is not that America's moral compass is broken, but it doesn't seem to exist at all, especially in Washington D.C!

What one believes does make a difference. Thomas Jefferson also advised, "A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of the laborer the bread he has earned. This is the sum of good government."

The professing believers of our country have apostatized not only God’s Word, but our country’s founding principles based thereon. One commentator wrote, prior to the 2016 election: “I fear that most Americans do not understand the true nature of the issues they are voting on. Among other things, this election may determine whether the government will be empowered to forcefully take money earned by some Americans and redistribute it as it chooses to others. As I have taught  for 50 years, there are certain divine institutions God set forth in the Bible. They are intended for the good and welfare of all mankind. To whatever degree a people honors these institutions, they will be blessed, preserved and prospered. First, the institutions of freedom to choose one's own destiny and the "sanctity of life," these were enshrined in the US, Declaration of Independence:” "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  

We have learned that error begets error; truth begets truth.  I fear the error caused by  God’s people’s ignorance of Him and His truth, will lead many to choose an anti-Christ candidate that will reap an “Amerika” in place of the Providentially founded and blessed “America.”  So that, America, as we have known it, ceases to exist. Because many saved Americans are now apostate (having rejected and abandoned the Lord, the knowledge of Him, and following His ways)that rejection has earned a delusion from the Creator  that causes people to believe and choose  a lie. (2 Thes 2:11)

As I reflect on the 2016 election, the Lord didn’t see fit to give us a candidate with strong Biblical convictions, which is absent on all levels of government. Neither candidate were obvious Believers but one had Cyrus-like characteristics and seemed willing to listen to the the Biblical view; the other was blatantly anti-Christ.  

This is a sure indication of God’s judgment on America.  The  “light of influence” America has had on the world for goodness and  Godliness, which has been diminishing, is about covered up, and professing Believers are responsible!  Without that light, darkness in the world is setting in rapidly.  Even so, Come Lord Jesus! RSB

Points to Ponder

As an FYI for Believers; The “AR” in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite Rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “ARdoes NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.”

AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic, a machine gun. (Be careful of liberals who LIE about this issue!  Luke 11:21)

SOME OF WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT A NATION THAT FORGETS HIM:

Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

Job 8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and  there be none to deliver.

Psalm 78:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

 

 

 

 

40. LAST-DAYS Falsehoods

From Our Church Bulletin

November 17, 2019

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

 

Mark13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

 

In a recent U.S. News & World Report debate, Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education, speculated that Charles Darwin “would not be happy to learn that almost half of Americans don’t accept evolution.” Actually, the majority of Americans (some 66 percent, according to Gallup) don’t buy the “theory” that we all randomly evolved from fish and monkeys. 

The truth is, the “theory” of evolution,  is not a “theory” by definition, or even hypothesis for that matter.  A “theory” is formulated on a tested “hypothesis.” A “hypothesis” is a tentative,  preliminary, or educated guess on  repeatable observations that can be tested

So the “theory of evolution” is not a theory at all.  It isn’t even a hypothesis.  No one has ever watched what is termed “macro evolution”, occur - that is changing from one species to another.

Therefore, evolution cannot be tested to come up with a preliminary explanation or “hypothesis.” Since a “scientific hypothesis” is required to form a scientific theory, evolution cannot be a theory. 

 

What is evolution then?  Evolution, then, falls into the category of a religion  of which the Bible is critical. When  some false prophets, whether they be a Dr. of the Sciences or Theology, proclaim that evolution is a “proven fact of science,” they are either  deceived ignoramuses, or simply  bald-faced  liars.

Conversely, where Creation is concerned, we have Witnesses of the event; in fact, there are three and they were all there when it happened: 

  Jhn 8:17 - It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
  Jhn 8:18 - I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

I Jn 5:7 - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Though the mechanism of Creation is outside of man’s ability to observe or test, there are other proofs and evidences.  The scientific laws of statistical probability tells us that all  order that exists, requires a Creator or “Orderer.” One might accurately say, Unless acted upon by a Superior force, chaos cannot be put into order.  The natural laws we have discussed, require a Law Giver

The Bible is always right, so, based on statistical probability, the Biblical account of Creation is right (See Mark 13:19).  All the physical evidence there is supports and corroborates the Biblical account. 

Over and over again, Bible-believing Creationists have proven the pseudo-scientific “religion” of evolution to be WRONG - always! 

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Rom 1:20 -

Only the FOOL says, There is no God (Ps 53:1). God’s Word makes it plain that we who have had the eternal truth entrusted to us are to avoid the babblings of those who ignore the truth.  God’s Word makes it clear that any teaching, doctrine, or philosophy which denies the Scripture is pseudo or false. 

I Tim 6:20 - O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

The evolutionist “believes” in evolution because he has chosen to reject the revealed truth of God’s Word, which is clearly seen in nature

Nobody ever became an evolutionist without being taught the lies of evolution.  I was taught the lies of  evolution in the government schools by people who had no choice but to teach those lies.  It has been part and parcel of the government schools anti-God indoctrination from kindergarten through State-run or controlled colleges and universities. 

These all maintain a teaching staff that must teach their  anti-Christ doctrine. In the 21st century, God-less evolution has been, and still is, their main fare.  To teach their heretical doctrines, they must ignore true and objective science and propagate lies. RSB

 

Points to Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 No uprising against the corruption of a  corrupt government will be blessed by God, until God’s people convince God they want to rise up and walk with Him! RSB

 Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.  Albert Einstein

 If lips and life do not agree, the testimony will not amount to much. H.A. Ironside

 When led of the Spirit, the child of God must be as ready to wait as to go, as prepared to be silent as to speak. L.S. Chafer

 

 

39. CREATOR - BY LAW!

From Our Church Bulletin

October 13, 2019

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

 

Ps 19:1 - The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork.

 I was asked the reason for the repeated Ponderings in our weekly bulletins, that relate, directly or indirectly to Biblical Creation. Let me explain!  First, the Creation is a BIG subject and almost nothing is unaffected by its many facets. Secondly, God’s Word references and repeats the principles of the creation, directly or indirectly, over 300 times. I am, therefore, simply following His example. Thirdly, Repetition is likely the most important key in  the learning process. Someone said, if you don't use it, you'll lose it!  Repetition is a guard against our tendency to forget!

We once had a self-professed prima donna in our midst and she wanted to argue that point as she was an excellent teacher ... in her own eyes. Well, she was a good teacher, there was no doubt about that; but she hated to repeat lessons or parts thereof, a process which educators call "review!" It was necessary to remind her on a repeated basis  of the importance of repetition or "review."

Consequently, one really could argue as to her effectiveness as a teacher.  She had a good grasp on the facts of the Biblical lessons she was to teach. However, an effective teacher reinforces the main points in any lesson with review and repetition. Most people finally put the facts in order in this way, and Our Creator is the God of order! These lessons  had many facets and should have been be rehearsed, reinforced, and reviewed often so that students could effectively connect the dots, so to speak. She had assimilated the knowledge of the facts of the lessons but failed to understand God’s primary purpose in revealing those Biblical truths in the first place, as her present lifestyle now reveals.

Biblical Precepts, Principles and Precedences in the head have a long, hard, and arduous journey, fraught with obstacles, as they creep slowly from from the head to the understanding heart! In far too many cases, novices, new to teaching, get puffed up with a little knowledge.  A little knowledge can be dangerous.  Revelation of truth from the Lord, given by His methods, is nothing for a saved sinner to get puffed up about and glory in. Leadership / teacher qualities are discussed in detail throughout God's Word and are specifically listed in 1 Tim 3.  A portion thereof follows:

I Tim 3:2 - ...of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; vs6- Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. vs7 - Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

 The LORD God “reveals” His eternal truth; and when the truth's applications are revealed to the individual, it should start on the aforementioned journey, moving from his head to his heart.  When God's truth arrives in the individual's heart,  it will effect a change in lifestyle and behavior, otherwise, it is simply stagnated head knowledge!  Only when the knowledge arrives in one's heart, can the Holy Spirit magnify the individual. The teacher then, and only then, is not out to magnify himself, but the LORD Who revealed it!  Either case will be evident in the lifestyle and behavior!

 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret. Dan 2:47

 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. Luk 10:22

 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deu 29:29

 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 1Sa 3:7

 The knowledge that most Believers gain seldom makes the arduous journey to the Believer’s heart. Consequently, they may reform or conform the outward man … for awhile.  This "head-knowledge-only" condition shows up as prideful displays of knowledge, an elevated opinion of self, lack of humility, and a disdain for the Biblical authority that God used to impart the knowledge to him in the first place. They are “ever learning an never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  2 Tim 3:7

 “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” 2Pe 2:20 -22

2 Thess 2:3 refers to the falling away from the word "apostasia" or Apostate!

 The aforementioned adult class teacher  did not like the repetition prescribed by the leader, but was always looking for something new and spectacular with which she could wow the students.  Instead of applying the truths to herself first, then teaching it to them ...from experience, she taught only from a head knowledge!  A person with a head knowledge only, rarely makes an effective teacher, and the old nature soon rises to reclaim its old ways!

As a child, I was often told in many and oft-repeated ways “Do I have to tell you again?” My parents used to tell me on a repetitive basis, until that which was was repeated to my hard and immature head, finally made it to the place where I understood the repetition!   Like a hammering a large nail, repeated blows are required to finally seat the nail so it can accomplish its intended purpose!

 Consequently, with God’s Word as my instructor, and example, I repeat His Precepts, Principles and Precedences. Certainly, the Biblical Doctrines of Creation affect every aspect of life on the earth, and so, a thorough understanding thereof, benefits all areas of life and living. So, I shall continue as at the beginning, repeating every facet revealed, to benefit my life as well a those who want to know.  With that argument rebutted, we will continue with this import facet of God's Creation, "Cause and Effect!"

 The most certain and universal of all scientific principles is that of causality, or the Law of Cause and Effect. This physical law, perhaps the granddaddy of them all, has been discussed numerous times in our church, consequently, this topic will not be completely new.

 The implications of this principle have been fought over violently in the theological and philosophical disciplines, not because of its truth and status as a physical law, but because of the implications of that law.  For example, the Law of Cause and Effect states that the cause is ALWAYS greater than the effect.  Simple classroom experiments show this to be measurably true.  It is universally accepted in the world of experimental science, as well as in ordinary experience. 

 In ordinary experience, one knows intuitively, even assumes, that nothing happens isolated from its cause. Every event can be traced to one or more events which preceded it and that, in fact, caused it. We ask: "How did this happen?" "What caused this?" "Where did this come from?" "When did it start?" Or, more incisively, "Why did this happen?"

 When we try to trace an event to its cause, or causes, we find that we never seem to reach a stopping point. The cause of the event was itself caused by a prior cause, which was affected by a previous cause, and so on back. Police investigators on an accident scene, for instance, use the principles of cause and effect every day to determine who was ultimately responsible and how it happened. The Law of Cause and Effect itself has implications, which for some like myself, are ample proof of the Creator of the creation. 

That is, in practical experience, a law must have a law-giver.  In America, that is the Constitution and Bill of Rights, or used to be. In physics, the physical laws are boundaries set up by the Law-Giver-Creator, and they will be in effect as long as “time” is. 

 That leads us back to the point where every thinking person must face the question of the original cause—and the uncaused First Cause.

 Rom 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 A scientific experiment tries to relate effects to causes.  Then, we repeat the same experiment with exactly the same factors to see if the exact same results (effects) occur.  This is the basis for the “scientific method.” Then, we put it into terms we can understand and apply it like: 2+2=4. This is the very Law of Causality – the effects of which, are in and like their causes; and that like causes produce like effects.

 Science in the modern sense would be altogether impossible if cause and effect should cease. This law inevitably leads to a choice between two alternatives:

  • An infinite chain of non-primary causes (nothing ultimately responsible for all observable causes and effects-that is, ... No God!); or
  • An uncaused primary Cause of all causes (the One absolute Cause that initiated everything – The LORD God!).

 Stated another way, eventually, everyone  individually, must face the question of the original cause—an uncaused First Cause!

 This is why the teaching of Creation, oft repeated, with its scientific and every-day life implications, must be taught and understood for a person to grow in Christ.  It is likely that for that very reason, the Creator put the revelation of His creation in the first Book of the Bible, Genesis, The Book of Beginnings!.  One need not understand creation to get saved, but faced with the truth after salvation – through the physical laws called physics, one may see, understand, and then trust that Creator as His Heavenly Father for his life on earth, as a road or pathway to a close relationship with Him – which is why the LORD made man in the first place. RSB

Points to Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

 When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. 

 When you lose, don't lose the lesson !

 Talk slowly but think quickly. Be sure your Brain is in gear before your mouth is in motion.

 Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 

 Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely

 

38.BIBLE PROPHECY IS PRE-WRITTEN HISTORY

From Our Church Bulletin

October 6, 2019

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

 

2Ti 4:8 - Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. As those of us who love the Lord’s Appearing look forward to this, most of the Bible's many prophecies concerning the beginning of the end time events have been fulfilled.  The Biblical, pre-written history foretold all of the various dispersions and early regathering of Israel back into their promised land, the 333 details of the Messiah's first appearance as the Lamb of God, the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, the more than 1,900-year scattering of the Jews to all parts of the world.  Finally, their regathering in the 19th and 20th century climaxed by that nation's resurrection as modern Israel in 1948 and the taking of Jerusalem in 1967--these are all uncontestable facts of the historical record’s “pre-written history” called prophecy.  It is now “past history.”

 

However, there are two pre-written histories important to these Last Days that still have yet to happen. These are two great major wars that will serve to glorify our Creator-Saviour. These two wars, the Bible tells us, will precede the Revelation of or Lord Jesus in Rev 19, when He will set up His 1,000-year rule as King of kings and Lord of Lords on this present earth. 

 

Armageddon, begins in Rev 16:12 and completed at the Revelation, Rev 19:11. It has been written about so much and so often, and has been the focus of so many books and motion pictures, that it has, by now, become a universal symbol of chaos, mass destruction and catastrophe; but in reality, Armageddon is our Lord coming to restore order to man-caused chaos. It will involve armies that will come from the East with the express purpose of fighting the Lord at the end of the Tribulation period (Rev 19:19); but the second of these two prophetic wars, which occurs first, has received much less attention.

 

We at GIBC have spent a good deal of time studying this war. It is important because it appears to occurs coincident with the rapture or immediately thereafter. The preparation for this war, as well as the participants, are clearly identified before the rapture. The Bible calls this war the "Battle of Gog and Magog, found in Ezekiel chapters 38, 39 and Rev 8:5-13.

 

Ezekiel Chapters 38:1-9, uses these words:

"And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: and I will turn thee about, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords; Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer, and all his hordes; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his hordes; even many peoples with thee. "Be thou prepared, yea, prepare thyself, thou, and all thy companies that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, that is gathered out of many peoples, upon the mountains of Israel, which have been a continual waste; but it is brought forth out of the peoples, and they shall dwell securely, all of them. And thou shalt ascend, thou shalt come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy hordes, and many peoples with thee."

 

Using the names by which these nations were known during Biblical times, today we know these countries as Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Turkey, all of them Muslim combatants, orchestrated into one hate-filled frenzy, commanded by Gog of Magog. These will form a confederation to invade Israel from the North and the South in a pincer action for the specific purpose of annihilating the Jews from the face of the earth.

 

Theirs will be a politico-religious crusade. That is, a satanically-inspired, political ideology of world domination, by lies, deceit, chaos, disorder, and murder in the guise of a religion. That is Islam! It is manifested today in what their satanic ideology calls Jihad! Islam’s goal is the annihilation of everything Biblical, Jewish or Christian, and the establishment of a One-World satanic order under Islam’s Mahdi.  The Bible describes this Mahdi as the Antichrist,  a.k.a. “The Wicked.”

 

2Th 2:7  - For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 - And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2Th 2:9  - Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

 

Russian troops will be taking part in this invasion, that is clear.  Russian weapons and advisers, as well deceived Muslims, will be involved. During and since the cold war, Russia has been, and is, heavily committed to arming and training the armed forces of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ethiopia and Libya, all of them  military client-states of Russia. 

God will act on Israel’s behalf with the plagues of Rev 8:5-13, Ezek 38:19-23, and one –sixth of Gog and Magog will survive (Ezek 39:2)–and none of the Muslim combatants.  The Lord will do this and after this battle Of Gog and Magog, Israel, as a nation, will come know our Lord Jesus is the Messiah (Eze 39:22-29, Rev 7:3, 4). 

 

Rom 11:25 - For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (the Rapture)

Rom 11:26 - And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

 

When this battle is over, Israel spends 7 months burying the dead, and this sequence of events will be approaching the three and one-half year point  of the Tribulation when the Antichrist will turn on the Jews.

 

Even now, it is easy to see the participants of this first of two major battles setting themselves in array to fulfill the pre-written history of God’s Word. RSB

 

 Points to Ponder

It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him. JFH

 One of the sad aspects of modern Christian parents influenced by western philosophy is that they are more concerned that their children have the 'best' rather than, “what” is best for them.

 Growing old is not an option.  But growing up is.

 Old age is no guarantee that an individual  has grown up.

 Wisdom and old age should walk hand in hand but far too often they take separate roads.

 ...how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Word of God Mt 12:34

 

 

 

 From Our Church Bulletin

Sept 15th, 2019

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

 37. Climate Change, You Say!

Gen 8:22 - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. (first mention of “cold and heat”)

A team of scientists with years of expertise in climate issues has written an open letter to Congress asserting the "sky is not falling" and there is no evidence man is causing global warming. The sky is not falling; the Earth has been cooling for 10 years, without help. The present cooling was NOT predicted by the alarmists' computer models, and has come as an embarrassment to them.

"The finest meteorologists in the world cannot predict the weather two weeks in advance, let alone the climate for the rest of the century. Can Al Gore? Can John Holdren? We are flooded with claims that the evidence is clear; that the debate is closed; that we must act immediately, etc, but in fact THERE IS NO SUCH EVIDENCE; IT DOESN'T EXIST." 

Why then all the lies about global warming?

I Tim 6:10 - For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The bottom line is this: Climate alarmism pays well, and many alarmists are profiting from their activism. There are billions of dollars floating around for the taking, and the money is being taken. The story is always the same. There is the truth and there are lies, lots of lies that come from anyone that stands to profit from those lies

There are those who find and  defend the truth because it is truth.  Then there are those who find and defend the truth because they will have to pay for the lies should the liars succeed with the goals of the lies.

The pseudo science concerning CO2 emissions that led to the development and use of the catalytic converter is an example of a false technology that has lined somebody’s pockets. They create the false problem and then sell the cure.

For the past three decades the consensus of  the liars who profit or hope to profit monetarily from their scare-tactics on the ignorant, have propagated human-caused climatic disruption. They claim it is serious, moving rapidly, and gaining momentum with every delay in correcting the trend. However, consensus is not science, and consensus is NOT PROOF!

The people of  God, the ones that do not know their Bible or have a growing relationship with the Lord, are a big part of the problem.  Like sheep, they go with the flow, not being guided by the truth.  The result is error, and error begets error.  They are pulled further and further from the truth.  The liars depend on such for support. 

God’s people accept the error of “Goreian” pseudo-science as true science and convince those gullible among God’s people (they are the vast majority among the believers) that God’s Word is not scientifically accurate.  Consequently, their faith in the Bible wavers and they become more and more susceptible to the lies.

Eph 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.

Ignorance among the brethren is a real problem.  Weak and anemic pastors contribute exponentially to the ongoing problem which the Bible describes as apostasy.  Yes, the lie of “global warming” and “human-caused climate change.” is part of the Great Falling Away (apostasy) of II Thess 2. 

Most pastors are simply ignorant of science,...

I Tim 6:20 - O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called,...

...thinking  science has no place in their ministry.  These also are the ones who err in their understanding of Genesis. The Lord created science. True science is Biblical science and there is no error in it. If we’ll follow the admonition of I Tim 6:20 ...

Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called,

...thinking  science has no place in their ministry.  These also are the ones who err in their understanding of Genesis. The Lord created science. True science is Biblical science and there is no error in it. If we’ll follow the admonition of I Tim 6:20, we’ll not be deceived by false science.  

Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. 

Pro 19:27

 Points to Ponder

One of the sad aspects of modern Christian parents influenced by western philosophy is that they are more concerned that their children have the 'best' rather than, “what” is best for them.

"The finest meteorologists in the world cannot predict the weather two weeks in advance, let alone the climate for the rest of the century. Can Al Gore? Can John Holdren? We are flooded with claims that the evidence is clear, that the debate is closed, that we must act immediately, etc; but in fact THERE IS NO SUCH EVIDENCE; IT DOES NOT EXIST!"

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Pro 9:9

                                                                         

 

 From Our Church Bulletin

8/25/19

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

36.  Biblical Creation is Science

Evolution is a False Religion!

The heavens declare the glory of God said King David long ago. He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see? . . . He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not He know? (Psalm 94:9-10).

The evidence of and for Intelligent Design is everywhere, in everything, and is so obvious that only

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God -Psalm 53:1,

...and those who refuse to see it, and desperately seek some evolutionary way of explaining it are "without excuse" (Rom 1:20)  Logically and factually, Intelligent Design presupposes or stipulates that there is a Designer/Creator with abilities and understanding that is far beyond the reach of mortal man; that His sphere of existence is outside the limitations of man’s sphere of existence.  As the Word of God repeatedly proclaims, “His ways are past finding out.” 

Job 9:10 - Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. 

Rom 11:33 - O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Ecc 3:11 - He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Scientifically, it is beyond questioning, and wholly self-evident that He alone is responsible for the whole of creation.  From whence, then, cometh the evolutionist and his false, wholly unscientific religion and doctrines?  The answer ‘tis the same for all false religions and their false doctrines, of which, evolution is only one.

Romans 1:28 - And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. 

As to His motivation for His creation revealed not in scientific fact alone (so-called “scientific creationism”) because...

...the Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. - Ps 19:1. 

It is in the written Word of God alone that God reveals to His creation, mankind, the motivation for the creation.  The sciences, all of them, reveal God as the Creator.  Aeronautics, biology, mathematics, astronomy, archeology, nuclear science, quantum mechanics, paleontology, and ALL the rest, ultimately point to the Creator, and directly as well as indirectly, at His divine motivation and purpose for all of creation.

Acts 15:14 - Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

Mat 1:21 - And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 

In order for Him to have a personal relationship with His special creation, man, He would, after He created them, also have to pay for their redemption.  After accepting His redemption of their own volition, then they would have the opportunity, again, of their own volition, to establish a relationship with Him by choosing His ways – simply put – choosing for their own what God likes and dislikes. 

 

Rom 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

The whole of the Lord’s creation, and His role as the Creator, along with the incessant repetition, and argument thereof throughout the written Word of God, is to bring people or a person to a saving knowledge (basic understanding of His vicarious death, burial, and resurrection) of the Lord Jesus Christ, then into a maturing personal relationship with Him through further knowledge and understanding, again, of the written Word of God.

Mat 11:29 - Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Isa 26:9 - With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 

Psa 17:15 - As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

One of the Laws of  Physics, or the Physical Laws, is called the “Law of Cause and Effect.” It states that every Effect has a Cause and that Cause is always greater than the Effect.  It means a table had to have a carpenter; a watch has a watchmaker; a house has a builder.  None of these happened on their own. Simply said,  there is no order unless someone is  there to  order it!  Mankind did not create itself,  Someone greater than man, brought man into existence! This is Scientific proof of our Creator/Saviour!  RSB

 

Points to Ponder (Some Worth Repeating)

 It is tragic for our God, Who gave us His Son to die on the cross, to beg us to love Him.

 When Thoughts are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Thoughts.

 Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy-the rule of few over many

 The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said:  “"Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers."

 How, then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?

 "But when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." Declaration Of Independence

 

 

 From Our Church Bulletin

5/5/19

By

The Pastor, R.S.Brewer

35. The "First Time" in First Place!

Psalm 104:30 - Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

Gen 1:2 - ...and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 

I often wondered why God put the revelation of His creation in the first part of the first  book of the Bible.  The reason, at least in part, is the same reason that the Lord put the doctrine of salvation in every book in the Bible but didn’t dedicate even one chapter of any book in the Bible to explaining it. 

The Bible is written to the people of God - only. 

 But 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. 1Cor 2:14

It is written as it is because it requires the Holy Spirit to  guide and reveal  His truth to His people; but the Holy Spirit uses human instrumentality not only to put His Word into print, but to explain His eternal truth.  It is part of God’s plan that His people work for and with Him, volitionally guided and controlled by  His Spirit. 

This is the selfsame Spirit that  “moved upon the face of the waters” when He entered into the six literal, 24-hour days of re-modeling the “face of the earth.”  You see, God uses His people to teach the lost sinner of salvation.  He also uses His children to teach His people of the relationship He desires with them, and that His Written Word is not only the key to receiving His salvation, but it is also the key to a close relationship with Him. 

After one gets saved, if he will then seek to know the God that purchased his salvation with the Blood of His only begotten Son, then God’s Spirit teaches him to trust His Written Word,  in His perfectly preserved, every-word Bible.  The Word of God, then, "is the Mind of Christ" (I Cor 2:16) 

Herein lies part of the reason the triune Jehovah Elohim (LORD God) put the revelation of His Creation in the front of His perfectly-preserved Written Word. 

As a saved, born-again, regenerated,  person, we start our journey to a relationship with Him by illuminating the invisible that  is common sense and visible  to all.

Rom 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

In other words, The Lord teaches us to love His miraculous Word, and Him as the Author of that Word, by revealing His design in the Creation.

Only those who reject His revelation of Himself through His eternally preserved Word, are blinded to the obvious and clearly-seen truth of His creation.  In a word, they willingly ignore “Design.” 

II Pet 3:8 - For this they WILLINGLY are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

So many saved people are deceived by those who hate God and His Word.  The anti-Christ doctrines are taught in all the public education institutes.  They are even in our private “Christian” schools.

Unregenerate teachers are hired to teach the saved who want to know but refuse to believe the magnitude of the error that prevails in our world and our own American society. 

The doctrines of Creation are put in the front of God’s Book for a reason!  God intended that these clearly-seen, invisible things, should lead us to trust and have faith in His Word.

The Word then  leads us, line upon line, precept upon precept, to a closer relationship with the Lord.

Heb 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 

We learn to love the Bible through an understanding of the first things.  We trust Him because we know that One who could create - from nothing - all of the creation, is One we can trust.

DESIGN or Order, is God’s fingerprint, and  Creation has His fingerprints all over it. Creation is proof of His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence.

Pro 3:5,6 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. RSB

 

34. It Costs To Follow Christ; But it costs more not to!

by

Mrs. Lorina R. Brewer, beloved Pastor's Wife

An Article Written for the Church Bulletin Dec 23, 2018

 

John 14:15. If ye love me, keep my commandments.

The Christmas season used to be very special to me.  I grew up in a small town in Maine and was raised on a farm having 40 acres of land and forest.  Every winter we would go into our forest and chop down our tree with an axe and fasten it to a board with nails and hammers and deck it with silver and gold.  

You can imagine how shocked I was when I read about this tradition in the Bible!  I was told that this was a good tradition but later on in life, several years after I trusted Jesus as my Saviour, my Pastor- husband showed me that the tradition that I loved so much was a pagan, heathen tradition. 

 As he introduced this  message from God's Word in Jeremiah, he explained that God's people, Israel were facing God's judgment for choosing the ways of the world instead of the Lord's ways revealed in His Word.  He continued by explaining this judgment by being carried away captive into Babylon in 586 BC, was the third installment of a captivity that would last some 70 years. Each carrying away  was predicated by warnings from the Lord through the man of God.  Each time Israel had heard, but had no regard for the warnings from God's men. Now came the third and last carrying away into captivity into Babylon.

The Prophet explained to God's people that captivity was imminent and when they arrived as slaves in Babylon, they were not to learn the  ways of the heathen people in Babylon:   

Jeremiah 10:2. Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

Jeremiah followed up on this command from God with an example of the pagan customs practiced in Babylon:

 Jer 10:3-5,  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.  4. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not:  they must needs be borne, because they cannot go.  Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

My pastor-husband explained that this judgment from God on the people of Israel was punishment for the wrong choices they had made. This captivity was an admonishment to turn away and repent of the proud and wicked (anti-God) ways they had chosen to live in their rebellion against God. He continued by explaining that the Old Testament was NOT done away with at the coming of Christ, as so many pulpits today erroneously proclaim.

Mat 5:17 - Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Instead, the Precepts, Principles, and Precedents set in the Law and the Prophets, are fulfilled in the New Testament. For example:

1Co 10:6  - Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Seeing what the Scriptures (the OT) taught and what the Lord my Saviour intended,  I personally had to make a decision, a choice, whether or not to abandon long-held, cherished traditions or accept that my much-loved but errant traditions were in competition with my love for and the favor of, my Saviour and His Word. 

I had made the decision some years prior, that God’s Word would be MY personal rule of faith and practice.  As my Lord revealed His standards of right and wrong, I purposed to make the effort or sacrifice required to conform to His Word and His will.  Somehow, when that decision was made, I had no idea, better, I was ignorant that I would soon discover that my cherished “happy-times” were rooted in idolatry and disobedience to God’s Word. 

My decision to follow Him and His Word would require me to give up my cherished traditions and accept that my “many happy memories” of observing those traditions were, like the illicit mood-altering drugs so many are on these days, an idolatrous substitute for my Saviour's eternal truth and eternal happiness. 

Mar 7:9 - And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.  

Santa Clause was not part of my family's tradition, but the tree decorating and gifts were.  I was raised Catholic so the Nativity was also part of my family's tradition.  I remember asking my mother when I was a child why  we received the gifts if the Holiday was about the “Birth of Christ?”  My mom told me that God is just a really nice God and that He doesn't mind if we get the gifts. 

I accepted that answer from that time until the truth of these traditions was shown to me in the Word of God.  Reading what Jeremiah had to say about it, there was no denying the truth!  The traditions that I loved so much had to go! So little by little, I reluctantly let go of anything that was remotely associated with these traditions. It was difficult, but my growing love for Him gave me the strength to overcome.

Jas 4:17 - Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

 I understand that most believers, even those who attend professing Bible-believing churches and definitely unbelievers, have never been shown what the Lord's Word says about this matter; but since this truth has been revealed to me, and I had already made the decision do whatsoever He commands, some things had to change. My pastor-husband says these things are not taught from the pulpits of so-called Bible-believing churches because the pastors, pastor's wives, and the saved people in the churches, do not want to give up their errant traditions that find their basis in the pagan darkness of a dying world.

When we learn better, we should do better!  Don't get me wrong, I have not arrived at perfection or perfect righteousness. However, my priority is to stay on the road that leads to pleasing my LORD.  That is where I want and  need to be ...pleasing my Lord and Saviour the way He wants to be pleased, as revealed in His Word!  His Word is my rule of faith and practice.

John 15:14 - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

LRB

 

 

 

 

33. The Birth of Jesus - The Way it Was!

From the Church Bulletin, Dec 9th, 2018

 

We entered the Biblical  "last days" when  Israel again became a nation on May 14, 1948 on the Gregorian calendar. I entered the the Gospel ministry in February of 1974.    Like most of my preacher brethren, I went off to school to prepare for the pastoral ministry.  I graduated from a denominational school, and later, from the premier Independent Baptist school of those days. Since then, I found too many of the doctrines I learned, I could not prove by the Bible.  Hence,I had to study the Scriptures to unlearn and then re-learn the truth.  I am responsible to deliver God's message from God's Word so that God's people may also see and  learn what the LORD says.

I had been teaching what I was taught and, in some cases, what I was taught did not line up with the Word of God.  The teaching (doctrine) on the Birth of Christ is one such doctrine where mistakes - I had to unlearn what I had been taught, some errors dated as far back as when I was a boy in Sunday School.  Oh, I was taught correctly on the doctrine of salvation which is extremely important; but some details of the Birth of my Saviour didn't make sense to me and were, in fact, in error. Now, in my 47th year as a preacher, I am careful to get God's message correct before I deliver it as I must give an account to Him who saved me and found me worthy of my calling. This article, or "Pondering" as we title these in our church bulletin, is one of those corrections to this particular subject, as are most of the articles on a variety of Biblical subjects on this website.  As the Lord Jesus said on one occasion:

"Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures,..."Mat 22:29

 

Mat 1:18 - Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost

For many years now, we have allowed tradition and the commandments of men to dictate how we live our lives throughout the year and during the various seasons.

Mat 15:9 - But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

I was taught these traditions and commandments of men as a boy, as were my parents and grandparents before me.  Unfortunately, these teachings were reinforced in Baptist Churches we  attended.

Now, as a man, and guilty of teaching my own those things I was taught, I recognize the need to correct these errors, right the wrongs, and point out, as the Scripture says, the "vanity" of those times.

Ecc 11:10  - Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

I do not remember, however, the family pausing prior to these gatherings and returning thanks to the benevolent Creator who blessed us one and all.

I recall the first year that I saw “Christmas” spelled “Xmas.”  I was enraged over that, but the spiritual leaders of our family did not seem especially offended by it.  “Christmas” was about Christ’s birth – how dare they “X” His name out.  The slogan went out from churches, “Keep Christ in Christmas.”  This did not, however, affect our family’s “Holy-day get-togethers." 

I am a man now; and one that has been called of God to proclaim His Word, and His Truth and not the traditions and commandments of men.

1Co 13:11 - When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 

I have examined these traditions and commandments of men in the Light of God’s Word. Just as Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, the king of Babylon, was examined in Dan 5; vs 27 says that Belshazzar was:

“TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting."

So also, have the traditions and commandments of men been weighed in the balances of God’s Word and found wanting.  Please give the following a fair hearing and be like the Bereans in

Acts 17:11, "searching the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

Room does prohibit a great deal of detail in this lesson, but here it is in a nutshell!:.

King Herod issued a decree in 4 BC (Mat 2:16)  that all male children, two years and under, in and around Bethlehem should be killed.  Herod was afraid of the prophesied Christ child who would be born King of the Jews. 

Herod chose two years and under because, unbeknowned to him, the Christ Child had already been born about 18 months earlier in Bethlehem.  This was based on information Herod obtained from the Wise men – Magi who were astronomers from Babylon who had learned astronomy - hence, the Gospel in the Stars," (not astrology) passed down from Daniel about 500 years before. 

Daniel told the astronomers what to look for in the Constellations the Creator had put in the celestial heavens (Gen 1:14) for that regarding the of the Christ Child (Isa 9:6). This event would be heralded in the "Mazzaroth" (Job 38:32) also known as the Gospel in the stars.

History tells us Herod died March 14, 4 BC.  Consequently, Jesus had to be born in the year 5 or 6 BC.  Being less than 2 years of age, Herod figured that to kill all the possible future kings, he would be safe in slaughtering all children 2 and under. 

The birthplace of Christ was Bethlehem, and the year, 1 Abib, 5 BC, (Ex 12:2, 13:4, 23:15, 34:18, Deut 16:1) a date, corresponding that year to 1 April on the current Gregorian calendar.  Which happens to be the same date for Adam’s birth in 3976 BC. This is verified by the fact that Jesus, being the sacrificial Lamb of God, was born in Bethlehem, during the Spring (Seedtime-Gen 8:22 ) on the first of Abib (figured by the first new moon after the Vernal Equinox). 

Bethlehem was a center for raising sheep and providing “lambs” (baby sheep) for the sacrifice of the Feast of Passover on the 14th of Abib. (Lev 23) This lamb of the first year was to be purchased on the 10th of Abib and kept until the 14th of Abib when the sacrifice, picturing Christ, the Lamb of God, was to be slain for the sins of all people (Mat 1:21) 

Jesus then, the Lamb of God, was born in the Spring. That explains why there were no vacancies in the Inn in Bethlehem when Jesus was born, as the Jews from Jerusalem were in town to purchase their Passover lambs.

It also explains why the Bible notes the Shepherds were in the fields by night, guarding their flocks (Lk 2:8). In the same area, David, later King in Israel, was guarding his father's sheep, and killed a lion and a bear who planned to feast (in the spring) on the young and defenseless lambs.(I Sam 17:34)

The Spring night air may have been a bit chilly for the Shepherds, but nothing like the winter would have been!  Lambs, and many other animals such as deer, and elk, come into the rut or estrus in the fall, and the time would have been dependent on a specific latitude so that the young would have been born in the much warmer, early spring.  These truths and many more, are being preached and taught weekly at our church services where  you will find plenty of food for thought ...such as in the light of the foregoing ...

...what meaneth then these decked out trees in the winter time? RSB

 

32. Pseudo Oppositions of Science

From the Church Bulletin

September 22, 2018

R.S.Brewer, Pastor

 

I Tim 6:20 - O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

My earliest government school memories are dominated by science and biology teachers pushing their “man descended from monkeys” religion of evolution on pupils who unable to even ask intelligent questions on the subject.

Evolution was taught as a settled fact when I was in school and I cannot recall one science or biology teacher or professor teaching anything to the contrary.

In point of fact, I cannot remember a preacher who knew enough Bible and science to set the evolutionist straight.  Yet, in my immature mind, I knew that God had created all that is. 

At that time, however, I was just another skull full of mush for the teacher or professor to mold into the image and likeness of Karl Marx.  I remember vividly the professor teaching  our class of about 30 students that we came from monkeys.

His proof of this was telling us to put our hand at the lowest point of our spinal column and there you would feel a little nub at the end where man’s tail used to be! 

As I look back at it now, the government schools were nothing but indoctrination centers where “their” children would be infused the satanic anti-God fairy tales we know  today as evolution.  There is NO true science in the myth of evolution!

 It was easy for the professors and  teachers to push these lies off as facts to young impressionable minds  who, as yet, had no facts or teaching to defend themselves from such horrendous fallacies.  My parents trusted the schools and the teachers.  They were, after all, college educated and,  therefore, ought to know! 

I remember how my parents laughed when I told them the latest “scientific fact” proving man “evolved” from monkeys.  My parents knew no better.  The “mystery of iniquity” was already at work in the government schools they went to ...also! 

On Sundays at church, do you think the preacher was setting anyone straight on the religion of evolution with the scientific facts of creation that expose the myths of evolution? No! So the error continued and continues! 

You would have thought that “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” would have been the preacher’s foundational truth to denounce the satanic  myth of evolution.  The trouble is, the preacher’s own grasp on the scientific veracity of the first eleven chapters of Genesis and beyond caused him to throw in the towel to the "pseudo science of evolution."  Everybody was simply afraid to oppose  it. 

The college age kids would laugh at the preacher if he stood to proclaim,

Isa 45:18—For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

No, God’s Word was/is not that preacher’s rule of faith and practice!  The college kids echo the college  professor’s (false) rhetoric: “Well preacher, look at the fossil evidence; it proves evolution!” 

The preacher should have retorted to the arrogant young college parrot, who never had an original thought in his life,  “If evolution happened, the fossil record should show continuous and gradual changes from the bottom to the top layers. Actually, many gaps or discontinuities appear throughout the fossil record. At the most fundamental level, a big gap exists between forms of life whose cells have nuclei (eukaryotes, such as plants, animals, and fungi) and those that don’t (prokaryotes such as bacteria and blue-green algae). Fossil links are also missing between large groupings of plants, between single-celled forms of life and invertebrates (animals without backbones), among insects, between invertebrates and vertebrates (animals with backbones), between fish and amphibians, between amphibians and reptiles, between reptiles and mammals, between reptiles and birds, between primates and other mammals, and between apes and other primates. In fact,  whole chains are missing, not just links!

The fossil record has been studied so thoroughly that it is safe to conclude that these gaps are real; and they never will be filled because there are no missing links to start with!. Study to show thyself approved unto God. (II Tim 2:15) The only missing links left are those between the ears of those who buy the satanic lies of the evolutionist. RSB

 

 

 

31. Looking For and Loving His Appearing

From the Church Bulletin

September 9, 2018

R.S.Brewer, Pastor

2Ti 4:8 - Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

As those of us who love the Lord’s Appearing look forward to this, most of the Bible's many prophecies concerning the beginning of the end time events have been fulfilled.  The Biblical, pre-written history foretold all of the various dispersions and early regathering of Israel back into their promised land, the 333 details of the Messiah's first appearance as the Lamb of God, the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, the more than 1,900-year scattering of the Jews to all parts of the world.  Finally, their regathering in the 19th and 20th century climaxed by the nation's resurrection as modern Israel in 1948 and the re-taking of Jerusalem in 1967--these are all incontestable facts of the now historical  “pre-written history” called prophecy.  As I said, it is it was prophesied to happen and now it is “history.”

 There are still two major prophetical events or  "pre-written histories" important to these Last Days that  have yet to happen. These are two great major battles that will serve to glorify our Creator-Saviour.These two Battles, the Bible prophesies,  that will precede the Revelation of or Lord Jesus in Rev 19, when He shall set up His 1,000-year rule as King of kings and Lord of Lords on this present earth. 

The first is the Battle of Gog and Magog and  occurs first, at the beginning of the Tribulation and coincident with the Rapture of Believers. 

Armageddon  is the second battle, occurring at the end of the Seven Year Tribulation beginning in Rev 16:12 and completed at the Revelation, Rev 19:11. The Battle Armageddon is often mistakenly equated with the Battle of Gog-and Magog. The name "Armageddon" has been written about so much and has been the focus of so many books  and motion pictures which area a major source of confusion and doctrinal error. "Armageddon" has come to be synonymous with  chaos, mass destruction and catastrophe;  in reality, however, The Battle of Armageddon occurs as our Lord coms to restore  order to man’s chaos. It will involve armies that will come from the East with the express purpose of fighting against the Lord at the end of the Tribulation period (Rev 19:19);

Rev 19:19  - And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

 

The Battle of Gog and Magog, which occurs first, has received much less attention because pastors do not study to show themselves approved unto God. We at GIBC have spent a good deal of time on this battle because of its  preparatory events which Church-age believers can see and know that the day is approaching. As previously stated,  it takes place coincident with the rapture or immediately thereafter. The preparation for this war, as well as the participants, are clearly identified before the rapture. The Bible calls this the "Battle of Gog and Magog, found in Eze chs 38, 39 and Rev 8:5-13.

Ezekiel Chapters 38:1-9, uses these words:

And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: and I will turn thee about, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords; Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer, and all his hordes; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his hordes; even many peoples with thee. "Be thou prepared, yea, prepare thyself, thou, and all thy companies that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, that is gathered out of many peoples, upon the mountains of Israel, which have been a continual waste; but it is brought forth out of the peoples, and they shall dwell securely, all of them. And thou shalt ascend, thou shalt come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy hordes, and many peoples with thee."

Using the names by which these nations were known during Biblical times, today we know these countries as Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Turkey, all Muslim combatants which orchestrate together into one hate-filled frenzy,  commanded by Gog of Magog, with the sole purpose of destroying Israel ...for the Antichrist!

These will form a confederation to invade Israel from the North and the South in a pincer action for the specific purpose of annihilating the Jews from the face of the earth. Theirs will be a politico-religious crusade, what in Islam is called Jihad, motivated to destroying Israel, proving that the prophet Mohamed and his false god Allah are superior to Moses and his God Jehovah. 

Russian troops will be taking part in this invasion, that is clear. They are, as of theis writing, taking up stations around the Golan Heights, the Mountains of Israel.  Russian weapons and advisers, as well a multitude of satanically deceived Muslims, will be involved.

During and  since the cold war, Russia has been, and is, heavily committed to arming and training the armed forces of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ethiopia and Libya, all of them  military client-states of Russia. 

Jehovah Elohim,  will act on Israel’s behalf with the plagues of Rev 8:5-13, Ezek 38:19-23, and only one–sixth of Gog and Magog will survive (Ezek 39:2)–and none of the Muslim combatants.  The Lord will do this and afterward, Israel, as a nation, will come to know our Lord Jesus is the Messiah (Eze 39:22-29, Rev 7:3, 4) during Daniels70th Week of years (Dan 9:27) and the "times of Jacob's Trouble (Jer 30:7). 

When this battle is over, Israel will spend 7 months burying the dead, and this sequence of events will be approaching the three and one-half year point  of the Seven-year Tribulation when the Antichrist will turn on the Jews. Even now, it is easy to see the participants of this first of two major battles setting themselves in array to fulfill the pre-written history of God’s Word. RSB

 

 

 

30. Creation Truth

From the Church Bulletin

July 8, 2018

R.S.Brewer, Pastor

1 Timothy 6:20 - O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 

A little secret, I’ve learned from God and His Word is that when doubts and fears arise where our Lord is concerned, they are allayed when I review the creation. That is one reason He mentions it so often in the Bible; over 300 times when I stopped counting. The Fourth Commandment to observe the sabbath day is a day of creation remembrance, to memorialize the Creation on a weekly basis.  It is clear that the Lord sees keeping the creation fresh in our minds is important on several levels!

Exo 20:11  - For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

I love to read.  Beside my bed are, at last count, are three books on various subjects and  in various stages of being read. Somebody said, “You are what you read", so  Creation, science, physics, archeology, and astronomy books written by and for Bible  believers open so much understanding of the Lord Creator and His Word. 

There is  so much astronomy in the Bible that cannot be understood because lazy pastors who do not know God's heart, cannot teach their people.   The celestial Heavens and the Mazzaroth (Job 38:32) wasn't  created by the Creator just for its beauty. It was put into the creation of celestial Heaven on the 4th day (Gen 1:14-19) of re-creation (Psa 104:30), for some very important reasons.

Studying these Biblical subjects rate high in my preferred reading and occupy much space on the shelves in my library. I have over 5,000 pages on the Great Pyramid, Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau alone.  Why?  Because the Prophet Enoch was the architect, taught by the LORD God, who designed and built the Giza Plateau, with the lessons, knowledge, and understanding of the Creation and Bible prophecy, which were incorporated into those antediluvian structures for our learning.  it begins in:

Isa 19:19 - In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD.

Isa 19:20  - And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.

The Lord had those memorials put there so His special creation, man, could find answers to His questions - for our learning (Rom 15:4, I Cor 10:6, 11) and our admonition upon whom the ends of the world (dispensation) are come!  It is all so miraculous, wondrous, and faith-building!

The apostasy of Believers of these latter Laodicean days, is  largely due to anemic pastors and teachers who  have obscured the light of these and other faith-building eternal truths; but the truth shines brightest against the contrasting darkness of error.

The debate over human origins is raging, hitting the mainstream pagan media like a tsunami. The debate is really about God, and whether or not man’s origins are explainable without him.  You see, a thorough understanding of Genesis and the Biblical account of creation, including the dating information, is brought to us by the understanding of the Great Pyramid and the Giza Plateau. 

Rom 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Remember, the word Scripture(s) used in the New Testament over 50 times always refers back to the Old Testament, not to mention, "have ye not read" (used 7 times in the NT) also refers to the OT!.

Fundamental errors propagated by pseudo-fundamentalists or false brethren masquerading as a fundamentalist, cause the truth to be mocked. The scientific truths of the Bible contradicts the errors of  these "misguided brethren," and these contradictions are a source of ridicule by the unbelievers who can observe the obvious. 

They say that science and faith in God the Creator are incompatible.  Of course, knowing that true science affirms the Word of God,  and knowing what the Bible teaches about the age of the earth and the first time ("in the beginning"), we are able to see that true science agrees perfectly with the Bible.

1Ti 6:20- O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

In fact, findings in quantum mechanics has revealed that our material world is based upon an invisible world of subatomic particles that is totally non-material. And over 95% of our universe consists of dark matter and energy that is beyond scientific observation.

Heb 11:3 - Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were NOT MADE OF THINGS which do appear.

Also, scientists who let the truth take them where it leads, are openly discussing dimensions beyond ours, or outside known laws of physics, where walking through walls and teleportation, as they call it, could be realities. Such as found in: 

Jn 20:19 - Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

It really is only a matter of true science as in the Law of Cause and Effect.  The Cause is ALWAYS greater than the Effect. The dilemma for materialists is that these areas are beyond the purview of  pseudo science and they refuse to make the connection, or, connect the dots. You might say they were "willingly ignorant!"

2Pe 3:5- For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Rom 1:20 - For the INVISIBLE things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse . 

Col 1:16 - For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and INVISIBLE, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

However, an increasing number of scientists  are seeing the fingerprints of design in our universe. Others don't go so far as to advocate intelligent design, but admittedly see evidence of a "super-intelligence" behind creation. Albert Einstein, rarely discussed God, but he was in awe of the "super-intelligence" revealed in nature. Speaking of the creation,

Einstein said, "an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection."  Since Einstein, many other leading scientists have revealed stunning new insights about our origins. These new Bible-supporting insights have come in the past few decades, primarily from the three scientific disciplines of astronomy, molecular biology and paleontology

I often wonder why it took so long for them to learn these eternal truths that Bible-believers found revealed in God’s KJB long ago!

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Rom 1:22  RSB

 

 

 

 

29. Sacrificing the Eternal

on the

Altar of the Temporary

From the Church Bulletin

July 1, 2018

Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

It is hard to count the times a believer from out of town or a former acquaintance has said they were having a difficult time finding a Bible–believing church to attend. Either while traveling or in the place where they live, they complained of the lack of a Biblical New Testament Church.

Now these are not the deceived, Laodicean-type believers that have increasingly dominated the last days of the the dispensation of the New Testament church from the late 1800's  to the present, but people who, at one time, wanted to be Godly, but now are having trouble finding a pastor according to God’s heart.They left their Bible-believing church to chase after a better-paying job, or to relocate to different scenery.  They thought the grass would somehow be greener in a different state or locale.  They forgot an all-important detail, though they told me they were sure it was God' will, when I asked if there were a good  church like the one they were leaving where they were going.  Had they visited it,  did the preacher take a stand on the KJB and the Principles, Precepts, and Precedences thereof?  Most often, my admonitions and warnings fell on deaf ears as they had already made their decision.  Upon arrival in their new destination, they couldn't find a church with the Biblical standards they had left and so, did not unite with or could not find a "church home."  Soon, the fire of the love for Christ and His Word began to diminish.  Their standards began to slip, they dropped the dress codes and the old Egyptian behaviors began to creep back in.  It wasn't long and they were back to - well, as Peter said,

"For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 2Pe 2:21, 22

Second Thess 2:3 call it a falling away - "APOSTASY"/ "Apostates" The very definition of the "dogs: and "Swine" found in Matt 7:6.

Mat 7:6 - Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Little did they know, or care, now that they were back to the old self-centered lifestyle, that they not only hurt their eternal inheritance, but they had hurt the Lord Jesus who suffered for them to purchase their eternal salvation, to give them an opportunity at the relationship He so desperately wanted , that motivated Him  to suffer, bleed, and die for their sins.  They seemed to have forgotten that fact, or it no longer mattered because they were still going to Heaven!

They also forgot, that the Lord had given them a Bible-believing messenger in the church they had left.  The Lord gave them a church home where they could grow personally in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and support the outreach of that Bible-believing church and the responsibility of teaching the same to others. No, they turned from all that was delivered to them, forgetting the excitement and awe they had when they had new truths and the mysteries of God's Word revealed to them in that place God had provided - and they so selfishly left.  The Lord God had kept His promise made to them aforetime:

 

Jer 3:15 - And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 

You see, according to the  "Scriptures" (when used in the NT, always refers to the OT), the Lord will give the light of the truth to those that want it; but if it is the world you want hang onto,  rejecting His revealed truth, though one may be saved, there is a strong delusion coming, meaning, of course, the Lord will no longer reveal His truth that we may grow thereby:

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  2Pet 2:21

Isa 44:3 - For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: 

You see, Brethren, the Lord gives the responsibility of being obedient to those who are saved if they want to grow into a relationship with HIM - as a bride does with her groom.

He , according to His Word, (Isa 44:3)  will provide His messenger in a Bible-Teaching Church somewhere within a reasonable distance, if we are where he wants us to be, doing what He wants us to do! Saved people who have that and leave it for the things of the world, are sacrificing the eternal to gain the temporary. 

God never calls anybody to go anywhere for money, or worldly gain! 

It is never God's will for His people to leave a lower paying job where they can be faithful to the services of a Bible-Believing Church for a higher paying job around the corner that will keep them out of church - the Lord ALWAYS take care of His people who hunger and thirst  after His righteousness with His priorities. (see Mat 6:24-33)

If you are in God's Will, He will send His messenger to you, or you must be willing to relocate to where the light of His Word is being proclaimed, where you can support the work and  learn to be part of it! If there is not such a place where you are and you have diligently searched - and there may not be in these Laodicean days, then He may direct you to a place where there is such a church with a Bible-believing pastor.  You plan to move there and He will provide the job so you can support your family and the work of the ministry.  NEVER EVER RELOCATE SIMPLY FOR A JOB OR MORE MONEY - That is a SATANIC TRAP set to destroy your life and testimony!  And that is what will happen!

You see, if we are not willing to do what it takes, that is, be willing to sacrifice the things of this world to get the eternal things of God, then why would the Lord invest His knowledge and understanding in  us. The Lord does not accommodate Himself to us- He is the Creator; we must accommodate ourselves to HIM!

Remember, salvation is the easy part as He paid it all!.  The relationship that is proffered after salvation, if we desire a relationship with Him beyond salvation, requires that we sacrifice the things of this world to draw close to Him. Like when a young man and a young woman care enough about each other and decide to go steady and be exclusive, dedicated to each other.  As they mature in their relationship, they may decide to spend their lives together and they become engaged - espoused, as the Bible terms it. During the engagement period, they learn about each other, set their priorities on the things of God together. They learn about each other she practices writing her married name and dreams of being the wife to that fine, Godly man.  That is the relationship the the Creator desires from His Creation; Biblical Christianity is about that relationship, not  religion!  He is separated to her and she separates from all others, keeping herself ONLY unto Him!  That decision on our part to separate to Him is the process of sanctification.  He tells us to be "Holy" for that is the way He is!

Lev 11:44  - For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
1Pe 1:16  - Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Having a relationship with Him means we seek Him first, forsaking all others—He is to be my first priority!

Exo 34:14 - For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

Those who desire to walk with Him, must learn to put Him first:

Mat 16:24 – ... If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

I am not saying, as I explained to the aforementioned brethren,  we  have to relocate or dispose of earthly possessions in order for the Lord to invest His truth in us. I am saying we must be willing to give up these things.

He calls  a preacher to leave or give his loyalty to follow the Lord’s leading to start a Bible-believing church in a locale where His Word is not being proclaimed. The preacher, his wife and children  may have to move away from family to follow the Lord (see Mat 10:37/38); but how many believer’s abandon or reject supporting such a Bible-believing pastor and church so they can hang onto the world??

If I understand Mat 10:37 correctly, they are not worthy of a relationship with the Creator that bought their salvation!

An Olympic athlete sacrifices family and friends, goes on a strict training diet, gives up most of his social life, adheres to a strict dress code- wears the uniform, keeps a curfew, and rules not his own governs his behavior.  He gives up - sacrifices all that personal choice and freedom just to get the opportunity (no guarantees) to win a medal and the short-lived, temporal fame that that may accompany such a sacrifice.

He does so with the approval of the  sacrificed  family and friends that understand and applaud such a sacrifice for the money and fame he may achieve, but it will not be long before the achievements are forgotten.

Mar 8:36 - For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

There are things temporary, of this world; then there are things eternal, in the Kingdom of God! 

So many Believers, saved though they may be, sacrifice the ETERNAL on the ALTAR of the TEMPORARY! 

Job, after Satan had taken everything but his life (and rebellious wife!) said:

Job 23:12 - I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

 

I am not saying you have to give up anything for God to give you the gift of a Bible-believing pastor Jer 3:15/ Eph 4:8, 11); one who is given according to His heart!

However, if we are going to warrant or be worthy of God investing a Jer 3:15 pastor in us, we must make a decision concerning what is really important: the temporary or the eternal!

Mat 19:29 - And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

May I ask you a question that has been and will be asked of those under  my watch care? 

When Jesus calls us at the rapture (Rev 4:1), and He calls you by name, will you tell Him that you can't leave right now because of a new spouse, a new house, a job, new found wealth, travel, etc.- like Lot's wife?

You see, if we cannot let go of the temporal, to get the eternal. Do so through His knowledge and understanding, which allows us to grow close to Him, then our priorities are not lined up with God’s Word. We really love the temporal world more than we love Him!  That is likely the reason you have a pastor that can’t and won’t feed you with knowledge and understanding. Those priorities will not cause Him to invest a Jer 3:15 pastor in your life - that is the reason those kinds of preachers are increasingly hard to find!. 

If our priorities are right, giving up the title to material possessions requires very little thought.  Biblical pastors missionaries do it routinely.  They see their possessions in eternity, and only expect basic sustenance – “daily bread” if you will, here in this present age.

Sometimes a famine in the land is a test of one’s love for Him.  It isn’t that He doesn’t know how much we love Him, it is that we do not see how little we love Him To open our eyes, He allows us to thirst in a dry land so we will let go of things we are putting before Him.  I learned this from my pastor: Having a Bible-preaching church and pastor is an indication you are in God’s will. Never take a job, relocate, or stay where you are, if there is not a Bible-Believing, New Testament Church.  It is never God’s will for you to stay or go if there is not a good church.  That is, if His will means anything to you.  Your priorities in this important matter are a reflection of your relationship to Him.

Luk 14:24 - For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

  RSB

 

 

28. Meet The WORD!

From the Church Bulletin

June 18, 2018

John 1:1, 3, 14 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 3 - All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made vs.14 - And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

In this life, man will never  fully understand or appreciate the doctrine of the incarnation, whereby God the Creator became man the creature, for it is beyond the limits of finite comprehension. According to John 1, since Jesus’ ascension, (see Acts 1:8) ...

 ...the “Written Word of God” IS the physical manifestation of Our Lord Jesus on the earth! “the Word made Flesh!” But we can believe it, and rejoice in it! In fact, we must believe it, for "every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God" (1 John 4:3).

"If ye believe not that I am he," said the Lord Jesus, "ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24). 

We not only must believe, but we can believe, for He has proved Himself to be God incarnate by "many infallible proofs" (Acts 1:3), especially by His bodily resurrection after dying for our sins.

Thereby has God "given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead" (Acts 17:31).

Only the Creator of life could defeat death. Buddha is dead and Mohammad is dead, and so are Confucius and Plato and all the great men who ever lived, but the "Word was made flesh" ...

...who was "put to death in the flesh" (1 Peter 3:18) has been raised from the dead and is "alive for evermore" (Revelation 1:18).

"Wherefore he is also able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him" (Hebrews 7:25). 

Since "by him” that is by Christ, the Word of God, were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth" (Col 1:16)

He must have created the very body in which He would dwell when He "was made flesh." This body, however, could not be a body produced by the normal process of human reproduction, for it must be a body unmarred either by inherent sin spiritually or by inherited genetic defects physically or mentally.

It would necessarily have to be a perfect body, a body like that of the first man He had created long ago in the beautiful garden of Eden. He would, in fact, come to be called "the last Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45), since there would never be another man created as that “first Adam” had been.

There would be one important difference, however. The first Adam was created and made as a full-grown man, but the second must be "in all things...made like unto his brethren" (Hebrews 2:17). From conception to death, He must be "in all points...like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). In particular, His blood must be "precious blood...as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:19), for that blood must be "offered...without spot to God" (Hebrews 9:14).

Thus the body of the second Adam must be formed directly by God and placed in a virgin's womb. This had been the very first promise made after the first Adam brought sin and death into the world. Speaking of "the woman, and...her seed," God said that

He "shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Genesis 3:15).

This prophecy was addressed to Satan, whose lie had elicited Eve's sin. This wonderful body would not grow from a man's seed, as in every other human birth, nor would it grow from a woman's egg, for in either case, a sin-carrying and mutation-carrying embryo would necessarily result.

It must instead, be a seed specially formed by the Creator Himself, then planted in the virgin's womb instead of conception taking place in the Fallopian tube as in normal conception, where it forthwith would become His "tabernacle" for thirty-three years, as He lived on His planet earth among those He had come to save.

Note that the "new thing" in the chosen woman must be "created." When the time came the angel assured young Mary that

"the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35). RSB

 

 

 

 

27. Stewardship of His Mysteries

From the Church Bulletin

May 27, 2018

 

I Cor 4:1,2- Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.2Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

This week, faithfulness and stewardship were at the forefront of my thoughts.  Usually, when we hear the word “stewardship” it is in the context of a sermon on tithing.  I am not going to disparage this practice, but I do want to add some facets to this doctrine of “stewardship.”

 There is more to Biblical stewardship than that  of being a faithful tither.  I know that the tithe is the Lord’s (Lev 27:30), however, so is "everything else." A steward of the Lord then, is one who  manages not only the the finances the Lord gives us power, or ability, to get ...

Deu 8:18 - But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

 

... but  also everything else, including the knowledge and understanding of His Word. It is the “everything else” that fails to be addressed in this present age.

In I Cor 4:1, we are told that we are the stewards of the mysteries of God. That has nothing to do, at least directly, with tithing.  It has to do with the eternal truths God entrusts to those that are faithful.

Make no mistake about it, He will not entrust His eternal truths to those who are not faithful to the Precepts, Principles, and Precedents of His Word.  He entrusts very little eternal truth, or anything else for that matter, to those not Biblically characterized as faithful

It is for that reason that many saved people, though they are fairly faithful to the services of their church, and faithfully support it with their tithes and offerings, far too often struggle with many of the truths of God’s Word. 

God knows if He reveals His truth to them, they will neither apply,  be faithful to, or pass that truth on by word or by example.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (Luke 16:10) 

I have heard preachers say that much of what Baptists preach, better said, used to preach, really doesn’t matter to the Lord. That, however, contradicts what Jesus said.  He said being faithful in that which is “least. 

Did you not read in II Tim 2:2, that it is to those who are “faithful” that the LORD God reveals His eternal truths to. Why is that? I’ll tell you why! The Lord  uses human instrumentality to spread His Word; but only uses those He can depended on.

Faithful people are faithful in times of feast and times of famine, else they would not be considered “faithful!  Faithful people are faithful whether it is convenient and popular, or inconvenient and unpopular.

Besides, many believers are more faithful to the social activities of their church than the principles and doctrines of the Word of God. Yes, I am aware that it is the “social activities” or things that are “fun” (no Biblical definition for “fun”) of this Laodicean age, that make most professing Believers faithful to church.

In other words, when a church is not faithful to proclaim the Word (Jer 3:15), the people, though Believers, substitute things of the world to keep them interested. Consequently, they turn to churches, if they continue to go to church, where they are entertained.

At this point,  allow me to remind or enlighten the reader, whichever applies, the PRIMARY MINISTRY of ANY NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH is the MINISTRY of the WORD!  It is only to the faithful, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching churches He reveals His truths, for that is where He finds those  He considers Biblically faithful.

Note the letters to the seven churches in Revelation Chapters 2 AND 3, and other places lke I Cor 1:2, Gal 1:2,  and Rev 1:11, Rev 22:16, and other places. 

Act 6:4 - But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

Being faithful then,  to an unfaithful local church whose primary ministry is building a crowd through carnal activities, is not the faithfulness the Lord looks for! One who is faithful to the Word of God will be faithful to a church whose primary emphasis is the WORD. 

With reference to great multitudes attending, Jesus disciples asked him:

Mat 13:10, 11 - And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?  - He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 

You see, the multitudes were there primarily to get the carnal things—like free fish sandwiches, and NOT the miraculous Word of God from the Son of God (Jn 6:26) 

As we have found in God’s Word,  those who the Lord makes stewards of His truth are ALONE on Patmos, or singled out  of the crowd on the Damascus road.  It is a faithful steward that looks into Heaven and sees the Lord Jesus stand up to receive him, as he has been faithful when it wasn’t popular ... or easy! 

Faithfulness will have sacrifice attached.  We have many excuses for our unfaithfulness to that which the Lord has given us.  He preserves His Word and delivers it to us perfectly preserved, (Ps 12:6, 7) but we aren’t faithful to its doctrines when we learn them or attend a church where they are emphasized and taught! 

The Lord gave to us GIBC as a real Bible-Believing Church. As stewards of that institution, are we faithful to it and its services only when it is convenient, easy, and requires no sacrifice?  Remember, God only entrusts the mysteries of His Word to the faithful. 

Faithfulness is not measured by ease or misplaced priorities; it is measured and rewarded in and by adversity.  It is not measured by faithfulness only during times of abundance; faithfulness will be revealed also by what we do during the famine. If it were easy, everyone would be a faithful steward.

Faithfulness during the temptations of abundance, as well as the hardships of famine is what He looks for as a requisite to revealing the mysteries  of His Word that most preachers know little or nothing about. 

One doesn’t know what he doesn’t know until it is revealed to him! In Luke 16:11, 12, Jesus said,

“If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches12And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” RSB

 


 

26. Biblical Christianity

A Relationship, Not a Religion!

Mic 6:8  - He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

In the early part of the 20th century going back at least to the 11th century, The word religion”  (θρησκεία thrēskeia ) was not used as defined by the Bible;the Biblical definition is a bit different than  much of the common usage, meaning “a particular system of faith.”  “System,” would be the operative under this typical but unBiblical use of the word.  The Biblical definition describes a system of rituals and ceremonies rather than a "relationship" the Lord seeks with the redeemed.

Of these systems of rituals and ceremonies, the word "religion"  is so used 3 of the 5 times  in the Bible as  an external practice, consisting of ceremonies and traditions.  Two times, both in the book of Galatians (ch 1), a book written to combat the religious legalism (adding works to salvation) being deceitfully re-introduced to the new believers at Galatia. 

Gal 2:4 - And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

“Religion” in Galatians refers especially to the Jew’s system of ceremonies (Ioudaïsmos)–or traditions. Remember, then as it is today, there was no room for Jesus The Messiah in the religion of the Jews.  These ceremonies and traditions were passed down because of a lack of understanding  the purpose and use of God’s Law. (of course that will change during the time of Jacob's Trouble (Jer 30:7, Rom II:26, and Rev 7))

Gal 3:24 - Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

Make no mistake about it, brethren, God gave us the Law, and the ceremonies and traditions associated with it, but all of that was so that we could see the purpose of Jesus’ first coming as Immanuel – “God with us” to be the sacrifice pictured in the Temple ceremonies and traditions. 

The Jewish prophets and priest, who rejected Christ, turned those traditions and ceremonies into a false religion. However, those sacrifices, ceremonies, and practices, were simply intended to picture the coming Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. (Jn 1:29, 36).

The purpose of the LORD’S sacrifice was not so we could "practice a religion" with ceremonies, traditions, and good works, performed in order earn or deserve eternal life.  The Purpose of the LORD’S death was to purchase our eternal life and give us the tools (power) required to move from a God/people relationship to a Father/child relationship – He wants to walk with us as He did with Adam! 

Don’t you get it?  “Religion,” as it is practiced by most of the world’s population, and most churches including Independent Baptists,  is empty and meaningless.  It is sickening to the Lord.  We have missed the point. 

The Lord is NOT going to spare America if we visit more, knock on more doors, get more people to chant a prayer.  The Lord will spare America if saved people will learn to love Him and walk with Him while  remembering what we are – “walk humbly with thy God.”  That is NOT religion, that is a relationship!

 A pastor, seeing the dire straits America has fallen to, said to his people, we’ve got to double our efforts, knock on twice as many doors reach more people and, if we fill up the pews, then, maybe, God will spare our land.  NO! NO! NO! a thousand times NO! 

Jehovah Elohim will spare America if His people, and only a remnant at that, would turn to Him, walk with Him, and Love Him! 

The first and great commandment is not knock on 250 doors this week!  I am not against knocking on doors, or witnessing, but that has become the “RELIGION” of what once was Bible Believing Baptists.

Mat 22:36-38 - Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

I am for filling the pews but, like the woman at the well:

Jhn 4:29 - Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

She established a RELATIONSHIP with the Lord that day – NOT A RELIGION! Because she had a relationship, many got saved: Jhn 4:39 - And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

I submit to you that much of what takes place in our churches today is "vain religion."  Religious ceremonies, traditions of men. Col 2:8 - RSB

 

 

 

25. Oppositions of Science Falsely So Called

Pastor R.S.Brewer

April 29, 2018

Dan 1:4 - Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

This description of young Daniel and associates who were  carried away in the first captivity of Israel by Babylon, gives us insight into what true science, and true scientists really are.  The words "wisdom," "cunning in knowledge," and "understanding," are used of Daniel and company. 

Their grasp of the sciences, that was of such interest and so important to the Babylonians, was founded in their knowledge of the Creator and the creation.  They were, first of all, Biblically spiritual.  That is, the fear of the LORD was the foundation of their knowledge and understanding of the sciences.  For example, it was Daniel and company that initially taught the wise men of Babylon, the “Gospel in the Stars” and of the Mazzaroth (Job 38, the 12 Constellations and 36 associated decans, which revealed the Messiah) whose descendants made up the Magi. They, in turn, saw and followed the star of the Christ Child.  They knew what to look for based on the knowledge and understanding passed to them from Daniel.  What the Babylonian wise men did not have initially, were the spiritual tools and the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Isa 30:21/ John 16:13) to show them how to properly assimilate the observable facts, and correctly connect the dots, so to speak. Connecting the dots and coming to a sound scientific conclusion can only be done based on spiritual knowledge and understanding; which is what the Written Word of God is for

Pseudo-scientists, must lie, and distort the facts, and falsify data, instead of letting the facts and data lead them to the truth.  They postulate lies in place of truth to gain advantage or political gain – that is all they can do. 

Algore (aka Al Gore), who wasn’t even a good science student in school, is a prime example of the blind leading the blind.  Falsified data used to support an agenda of lies and greed, made by a reprobate man, his paid cohorts, and supposed institutes of higher learning.  

Dr. John Morris of ICR, comments, “In the 1970’s, according to our government's best intelligence, the earth was heading into a new Ice Age, and ice caps would probably expand for hundreds of years. We were entering into "global cooling," and man was to blame.

Some in government wanted to pass legislation to "save the planet" by altering human behavior. Imagine the fix we would be in now if they had succeeded. Next came scares of acid rain, nuclear winter, Y2K, etc. Now we have the need for government-funded stem cell research. (Always the cry is for “embryonic stem cells” (newly conceived babies) to be harvested, which murders the embryo (the newly-conceived child), instead of adult stem cells which do no harm to the donor. In every case man is the culprit and an all-wise, all-powerful government is the solution; while fringe, pseudo-science provides the evidence. A political agenda lurks behind it all. Many scientists see through the rhetoric, but they too benefit by government funding of their own marginally related research projects. Always the same big-government groups are behind them.”

So when the government’s scientists claim the average temperature of the planet has changed ½ degree in 10 years, I see “Temperature Control” not change. My state-of-the-art thermostat and new Heat Pump only controls +/- 4 degrees – that is control, not change!.  Secondly:

Gen 8:22 - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

The pre-written history of the Bible says the claims of environmental catastrophe and world destruction are utterly false because the condition of the planet is in the sole realm and control of the Almighty Creator.

When claims come out of men’s mouths that contradict God’s Word, we can know for sure and for certain that they have spoken lies and falsehoods;  the man himself is an unregenerate child of the devil. (John 8:44). So it was and is with the pseudo-science of global warming. 

The reprobates have a political agenda: A one World Government.  Even though Algore & Co. have been exposed as liars, they maintain their lies; they do not have the wherewithal to know and understand the truth.

1Co 2:13  - Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 - But 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.
1Co 2:15  - But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16  - For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

So it is with evolution and the evolutionist.

1Ti 6:20 - O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

As a premise, true science will never contradict the Bible. True science MUST be founded on the eternal truth of God’s Word. There are no facts that contradict any portion of the Bible

The fact is, anything a professing scientist, politician, or a preacher for that matter, says can and should be verified by comparing it to the Standard of Truth, the Written Word of God, preserved by God in the KJB. RSB

 

 

 

24. Another Case of Preservation

April 8th, 2018

R.S. Brewer, Pastor

Psalm 12:6, 7 - The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.7Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Some have thought that the expression, “purified seven times”  was simply a metaphorical expression for “completely pure.” Seven is the number of divine completion and so the expression has merit.  In addition to that, however, is a more literal fulfillment, and thus, the promise of preservation in verse six is “completely” understandable.  For any child of God who takes God’s Word literally, it is quite sufficient to simply take God at His Word. For example,  “In the beginning,” or “first time,” which IS NOT day one of the Creation Week - better said, “Re-creation or remolding of the face of the earth (Ps 104:30),”

God created the heaven and the earth. For me, that’s all I need to know that the Lord spoke the heaven and the earth into existence. Thus, the Word of God becomes the foundational truth on which I interpret and understand all that is observable or invisible!

I will admit  that the mechanism He used  to facilitate the creation, intrigues and fascinates me. Because I believe this truth unequivocally, (see Ps 119:97-104) and have learned the “whys” of His  Creation, I am convinced scientifically,  that any guess about origins based on the false religion of evolution is  fake. That is because macro evolution is one lie of many of false religions; I know any system of beliefs that incorporates evolution is also fake. I rejected evolution in the 8th grade when my science teacher told  my class to feel down to the base of their spine and that is where our tail used to be!  That class was not education, but indoctrination! 

I take God at His Word (His design and order is evident everywhere), hence, He only has to say it in His Word and I accept His Word as truth.

In addition, ALL the natural laws REQUIRE a Superior lawgiver.   I do the same with the “Doctrine of Preservation.”  He said He would do it and that settles it!  

Proverbs 30:5, 6 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.6Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Because my faith (trust) has found a resting place (a place to land) God teaches me some of the “why’s” to go along with many of the “what’s.” Because there are so many versions of the Bible, and casting doubt on or distorting God’s Word was a Lucifer (Satanic) tactic from the beginning, I can see Satan’s hand and motivation (Isa 14/Eze 28) for continuously attacking God’s Word.  Satan has not changed! 

Consequently, the LORD God gives His  faithful children knowledge and understanding  above their peers (see Ps 119:97-104) with which they may counter the wiles of the devil, protecting themselves and  others.  Expect Satan (Lucifer) to continue his attack - he will not change!

Concerning the Doctrine (teaching) of Preservation, Wilbur Pickering said:   "If the scriptures have not been preserved, then the doctrine of Inspiration is a purely academic matter with no relevance for us today. If we do not have the inspired words or do not know precisely which they be, then the doctrine of Inspiration is inapplicable."

It is always to be remembered that the Bible is a spiritual book on which God exerted supernatural force to conceive;  it is, therefore, reasonable to assume that He could and did exert that same supernatural force as a means of preservation.

Concerning the “purified seven times” some have said that the KJB was the seventh English Bible.  Well, it wasn’t; it was the tenth. Three of the ten Wycliffe, Taverner, and Douay-Rheims Bibles,  were NOT in the received line of texts, but are from a corrupt line of texts and were rejected by the KJB translators for that reason.

Whatever merits any of those three may have, they were not part of the purified line of “Received” texts  or “God authorized texts,” of which, the King James Bible or “Authorized Version” is the last. The Received line of English texts is as follows in order: 1.Tyndale's, 2.Matthew's, 3.Coverdale's,  4. the Great Bible (printed by Whitechurch),  5. the Geneva Bible, 6. the Bishops' Bible, and 7. the King James Bible.  “...with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by His Majesty’s special command” - thus, purified seven times. The King James Bible is one of God’s preservation miracles. RSB

 

 

23. Learn Not the Way of the Heathen

March 28th, 2018

An Article published in whole or in part annually

as a reminder to the Bible Believer to make the Bible your rule of faith and practice

in all things.

Pastor R.S.Brewer

An Introduction:

One day in the not-too-distant future, Believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ  to give account of himself to God. Not, this judgment will not be on sin, for the born-again believer has had ALL his sins forgiven.  This judgment, which takes place in Heaven, will be about our works, (Rom 14:10-15) whether they be good or bad.

2Co 5:10 - For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

The Word of God was given to Believers to set the pattern and practice for what we do and how we do it.  The methods we choose to carry out His plan and will must be Biblically-based, and not be the methods of the world. Admittedly, the worlds methods can draw big crowds, but we must ask ourselves a question: Can and will the Lord bless what I do employing the world's methods? Will God bless tour sincere efforts if those efforts are based on or in error?

1Co 3:10 - According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder,

I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.

But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

1Co 3:13 - Every man's work shall be made manifest:

for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire;

and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

 

Easter, Christmas, Halloween, etc:

Are these tools or methods we employ to accomplish the plan and purpose of the Almighty?

At the feeding of the 5000 and the 4000, where fish sandwiches were served and Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables.

Mat 13:10  - And the disciples came, and said unto him,

Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:13 - Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Jesus said to the multitudes,

 ... Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles,

but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Jhn 6:26

 

So, our Lord revealed in His Word, methods that DO NOT produce the results He desires in our efforts.

Please consider the following:

 

Jer 10:2 - Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, ... .

I am what you might call a Bible-believer.   I have a stanch and unmovable Biblical Worldview, which is the only correct world view!  There are other world-views on which people interpret observation, evidence, and meaning; but a BIBLICAL Worldview - that is seeing all of life and eternity in the light of the Creator's revelation of Himself and His purpose in His perfectly preserved and infallible Word we call the King James Bible.It is then, THE only Perfect Technical Manual on Life and Living in Time and for Eternity. It is the Foundation of the Biblical Worldview!

"How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord is laid for your faith in His excellent Word.  What more can He say than to you He hath said, to you who for refuge to Jesus hath fled."

God's Word says (Proverbs 8) that the Creator wrote the entire Bible in eternity past before He created the oldest celestial body, the Earth, and simultaneously, created the celestial heaven in which He hung the Earth. This occurred at about 10,976 BC, as the Bible teaches.  

The Earth was hanging there, on nothing, all by itself for about seven thousand years. It was to become the repository of all life in year 3976 BC, or there about, toward the end of what we now know as March. 

Genesis 1:2 , records the account of God’s preparations for renewing the face of the then-chaotic face of the Earth (Ps 104:30). This facial makeover began, along with a "differential time"- Time Clock in Gen 1:3-5, which marked the First Day of the makeover for His special creation, Man, which occurred on day six. He ceased from those creative activities at the beginning of Day seven.

All this information is found in God’s Word and preserved perfectly for every generation in  English,  the only global, international language, in what we know as the King James Bible. If the truth is what you seek, let your search be guided by God’s Preserved Word.

For example, Easter is usually, and erroneously, confused with the Passover and resurrection of my Saviour, the Lord Jesus, I wanted to take this opportunity to correct this mistaken idea.  What I write here is easily verified by anyone, including lazy preachers who won’t study, if you’ll put forth the effort with a plea to the Lord to remove the scales from your eyes. 

If you are a layman and have been taught the aforementioned error, I suggest you go find a new preacher who pastors a real Bible-believing, New Testament (NT) Church, so you can begin to learn God’s Word.

Mar 14:1 - After two days was the feast of the Passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

The word, "Passover,"- (Greek - πάσχα  pascha), is used 29 times in the NT.  28 of those times, it is correctly rendered “Passover,” referring to the Pascal feast of Lev 23:5, which is ALWAYS observed on the 14th of Abib, if it is observed Biblically! What follows is a brief Biblical history that is a requirement to understand these issues; then we'll return to the "Easter" issue:

The Month “Abib” is the first month of the year, and is so designated by God (Ex 12:2, 6, 13:4).

Exo 12:1 KJB - And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
vs 2 - This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. (Note: This is the Biblical date of Rosh Hashanah)

"beginning" (רֹאשׁ ro'sh); -"of the year " (שָׁנָה shaneh); thus, "Rosh ha Shaneh" and it takes place, by Jehovah Elohim's command, in the Spring of the year, on the first New Moon after the Vernal Equinox. 

The  Post -exile Jews had learned the Babylonian ways, of which they were warned in Jer 10:2

 At the Second Giving of the Law, 40 years later on Mt. Nebo, the LORD (Jehovah Elohim) would give the Law to Israel the second time with the addition of a new precept in Deut 6:5.

Deu 16:1 KJB - Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

With that background information, let us return to the "Easter" issue: God has never changed His mind about the month - ("month" (חֹדֶשׁ- chodesh)  means "new Moon") of  ABIB being the "Head of the Year", "Rosh ha Shaneh."  The Jews observe Rosh Hashannah in the fall because they learned the way of the heathen, having rejected the way of the LORD!

 Seven days of Unleavened Bread followed Passover, beginning on the 15th of Abib.  Actually, it began as soon as the Passover lamb was slain and buried on the 14th of Abib at about 3PM. If one does not know when the Biblical first month of the year is, he cannot get the rest of the months (new moons) in order either.  This is the error that follows rejecting the way of the LORD and learning the way of the heathen! 

The 15th of ABIB started at 6PM.  So it can be seen that the seven days of unleavened bread began after the Passover

At this point, it is necessary to explain all that goes into translation of one language into another, as in the Bible.  The Biblical context as well as the immediate context that a word is used in always dictates the final meaning of the word – always!  The mood, inflection, range of meanings, and emotions, must all be considered in translation. 

Translating is not simply looking up a word and giving it a common meaning.  The Greek word “Pascah” normally refers to the Passover. It is properly translated that way in the King James Bible 28 times.  However, the 29th time, the context changes.

Act 12:4 - And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. 

Here, the word “pascah” is rendered “Easter.”  The other 28 times it is rendered “Passover.”  The King James Bible is the ONLY one that has done this.  Why?  Because the KJB translators followed the rules. 

They knew the contextual setting of the word in the Bible as well as the immediate context in vs 3:

Act 12:3 - And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

This verse tells us they were into the days of unleavened bread following the Passover; consequently, “pascah” could not be the Passover, but the pagan Babylonian feast of fertility called “Ishtar” or “Easter,” that occurred some days later, in the Babylonian month - Nisan. - That makes the King James Bible the only Bible properly translated. 

That also means the other New Age Versions are in error and, therefore, not preserved by God as the King James Bible is. Herod  (Mar 6:17, Luk 3:19) was into Easter because of the lewd and carnal opportunities  the festival presented, but celebrated after the Passover and usually after Unleavened Bread. 

Since the King James Bible  is the only Bible to get Acts 12:4 correct, it must be the one and only Preserved Word of God! Hence, using one of the modern, new-age versions would be to “learn the way of the heathen,” which God’s people were warned NOT TO DO in Jeremiah 10:2.

RSB,wprophet@aol.com.

 

 

 

22. The Word of God on Climate Change

From the Church Bulletin - 01/07/18

Gen 8:22 - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

A team of scientists with years of expertise in climate issues has written an open letter to Congress asserting the "sky is not falling" and there is no evidence man is causing global warming.

The sky is not falling; the Earth has been cooling for 10 years, without help. The present cooling was NOT predicted by the alarmists' computer models, and has come as an embarrassment to them.

"The finest meteorologists in the world cannot predict the weather two weeks in advance, let alone the climate for the rest of the century. Can Al Gore? Can John Holdren? We are flooded with claims that the evidence is clear; that the debate is closed; that we must act immediately, etc, but in fact, THERE IS NO SUCH EVIDENCE; IT DOESN'T EXIST." 

Why then all the lies about global warming

I Tim 6:10 - For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The bottom line is this: "Climate-Alarmism" pays well, and many alarmists are profiting from their activism. There are billions of dollars floating around for the taking, and the money is being taken. The story is always the same. There is the truth (singular) and there are lies (plural), lots of lies that come from anyone that stands to profit from those lies. 

There are those who find and  defend the truth because it is truth.  Then there are those who find and defend the truth because they will have to pay for the lies should the liars succeed with the goals of the lies. The pseudo science concerning CO2 emissions that led to the development and use of the catalytic converter is an example of a false technology that has lined somebody’s pockets.

They create the false problem and then sell the cure.

For the past three decades the consensus of  the liars who profit or hope to profit monetarily from their scare-tactics on the ignorant, have propagated human-caused climatic disruption.

They claim it is serious, moving rapidly, and gaining momentum with every delay in correcting the trend. However, consensus is not science, and it is NOT PROOF.

The people of  God, the ones that do not know their Bible, or have a growing relationship with the Lord, are a big part of the problem. 

Like sheep, they go with the flow, not being guided by the truth.  The result is error, and error begets error.  They are pulled further and further from the truth.  The liars depend on such for support. 

God’s people accept the error of “Goreian” pseudo-science as true science and convince those gullible among God’s people (they are the vast majority among the believers) that God’s Word is not scientifically accurate. 

Consequently, their faith in the Bible wavers and they become more and more susceptible to the lies.

Eph 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.

Ignorance among the brethren is a real problem.  Weak and anemic pastors contribute exponentially to the ongoing problem which the Bible describes as apostasy.  Yes, the lie of “global warming” and “human-caused climate change.” is part of the Great Falling Away (apostasy) of II Thess 2

Most pastors are simply ignorant of science,...

I Tim 6:20 - O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called,

...thinking  science has no place in their ministry.  These also are the ones who err in their understanding of Genesis. The Lord created science. True science is Biblical science and there is no error in it. If we’ll follow the admonition of I Tim 6:20, we’ll not be deceived by false science. Anything created  by the Word of God is beyond the  reach of man’s destructive nature. RSB

 

 

 

 

YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE IT BUT REFUSE TO LIVE IT!!

From the Church Bulletin 12/24/2017

Luke 4:4 - And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Luk 6:46 - And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Some truth, when all adhere to it, need only be repeated occasionally; but make no mistake, it must be repeated!  Man does not learn eternal truth quickly; forgetting, then forsaking those truths, occurs far too quickly.  Repeating and emphasizing those basic, but abandoned truths is imperative. 

Luke 4:4 is not only a statement of fact uttered by our Lord, it is also  intended to be the Believer’s way of life.  God’s Word, every Word of it, is to be the Believer’s rule of faith and practice.  God’s Word, every word of it has to be the final authority for those of us who name the name of Christ. That said, why do Believers call Jesus Lord then ignore or abandon HIS eternal truth when it comes to our daily lives!

If you don’t want to believe what I'm saying, just continue live the way you want, under your own authority, and see where it gets you.  I do not know of a preacher who was taught this truth in college or cemetery (that  is what seminary is!). 

Preachers are not taught, hence, have no conviction  that  an authoritative, every-Word Bible was, and is,  available to him - one ONLY, that he could trust. Perfect, Divine Preservation (Prov 8),  is not a course in Bible colleges, but was an undertaking that only the LORD God, Himself could and has accomplished -  to preserve His Written Word for  each generation. (Ps 12:6,7)

This preservation was  written in the only international language to become global  the church age would ever see  - that language was English!  The Book that was preserved by God, in the last international, and only global language of the church age,  which was purified seven times, is the King James Bible of 1611. 

There were four main editions ( NOT “RE-visions”) which corrected printing typeset errors, standardized the font used to a Times Roman, and standardized the spelling. That done, it was the preserved, Written Word of God.  It IS the AUTHORITY for millions.

Pro 30:5, 6 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

This last phrase “thou be found a liar”  is  legal phraseology of a verdict rendered by a judge.  In this case the “Judge” is Jesus and the Perfectly Preserved Word of God, the AV 1611, commonly called the King James Bible, that will do the judging.

Jn 12:48...He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Mat 24:35, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

This being true, that we have the God’s Rule of Faith and practice for the Believer, why is it the churches of the Believers cannot be distinguished from the churches of the Bible-deniers? 

Why do we make excuses for participating and propagating the pagan error of the Babylonian festivities we call “Christmas?” I know few  Americans are aware that until 1856 in America, celebrating “Christmas” was against the law, but it was known by the Bible-Believing churches of that day.

  In 1659, a law was passed by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony requiring a five-shilling fine from anyone caught "observing any such Satanical day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way."

Christmas Day was deemed by the Puritans to be a time of seasonal excess with no Biblical authority. The law was repealed in 1681 along with several other laws, under pressure from the government in London.

It was not until 1856 that Christmas Day became a state holiday in Massachusetts. Like other Massachusetts Puritans, the Reverend Increase Mather considered Christmas a "profane and superstitious custom." The Boston minister wrote in 1687 that December 25th was observed as the birth date of Christ not because "Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens Saturnalia was at the time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones." He was correct! 

Again, this being historical truth, why do our Baptist Preachers who claim  to believe every preserved Word of the Bible keep leading the churches they pastor into the poison fields of Romanism instead of the paths of righteousness? 

If God’s Word be true, why is it we do not obey what is written therein? Or, as Jesus said. " And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?(Luk 6:46)  RSB

 

 

 

From" Points to Ponder" 12/17/17

A visitor who attended  our services some time ago and after the service asked what I was mad about.  Taken back by his inquiry, I inquired as to his meaning.  He said, " You sound like you are mad at the people you are preaching to.”  My reply was this:  “Sir, I see a bridge out ahead, I see a fire down below, and a freight train bearing down on us.  What may have sounded  like anger to you, was merely the impassioned warning from a Bible-believing pastor in crises mode, trying to warn and rescue as many as will listen from the impending judgment; then  help to  prepare as many as possible for the pre-written, historical events about to take place. What you heard, Sir, and what you will hear from this preacher, should you choose to listen, is the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘make straight the ways of the Lord!’”  The pattern of such preaching is from a forerunner of the Lord Jesus; his name was John.  He was a Baptist!

2Co 5:11 - Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

 

20. UNDERSTANDING The "Day And The Hour"

 Mat 24:36 - But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

As a Baptist preacher for the past 45 years (…thought it would take longer to get to this point!)and receiving my formal education in denominational and independent Baptist schools, I can tell you for sure and for certain that there is a lot I have had to unlearn doctrinally so that the doctrine I preach and teach is Biblical, that is, aligns with the Bible. 

Baptists have always been more Biblical since the days of John the Baptist, and John is the reason I am a Baptist! Most Baptists are doctrinally correct where the basics of salvation are concerned; but we are divided on a number of  subsequent details.

One such  detailed doctrine is the purpose of this pondering. 

We live in a day of continually decreasing Biblical behavior, and increasing Satanic-worship, paganism, and a total disregard for the things of God.

Rom 1:28 - And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Believers today take Mat 24:36 to mean something that contextually it does not mean. I am talking to and about Baptists because non-denominationals are already very anemic when it comes to Biblical understanding.

Many Baptist preachers also go along and propagate the narrative that Mat 24:36, quoted in Mark 13, has to do with the Rapture or the Revelation.  Mat 24:36 is introduced by vs 35 (duh!):

Mat 24:35 - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away

This is also a reference to 2Pe 3:10:

2Pe 3:10- But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The information is not given in the Bible concerning any dating of the “…new heavens and new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pet 3:13),  except it is after the millennial reign, and after the little season when Satan is allowed to deceive the nations once more. 

However, the season and the date of the Rapture and Revelation is given in the Seven Feasts of the Lord in Lev 23.

Let me explain: Ex 12:2  tells us (and the rebellious Jews) when the “head of the year” really is (rosh ha shaneh), and the first month of the year –“Abib;” (“month”-H-chodesh, G-mēn, means “new moon”) -(see Exo 34:18/Deut 16:1). 

The dates that the Lord dictated are given in Lev 23 and have NEVER changed – except the Jews learned the way of the heathen (Jer 10:2) and went by Babylonian dates. 

Three of the Lord’s feasts are in the Spring, or SEEDTIME:

Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits,

the Fourth feast, Weeks or Pentecost, is the GROWING Season.(Summer)

and the HARVEST season: Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles

The first 4 feasts were fulfilled to the day as given in Lev 23.  The Harvest feasts, will also be fulfilled to the very day and date given. 

The Seed time or Spring feasts pictured Christ’s first coming; Pentecost or Weeks represented the church age (Acts 15:14/Rev Chs 2&3); and the fall Feasts or Harvest Feasts, picture the Lord’s Second Coming: Rapture, Revelation, and Millennial reign.  The dates for each are given by the LORD Himself with no room for debate! (He is the date setter). 

The seasons are determined by the Equinoxes and Solstices’. The first day of every month is determined by the  New Moon.

The first day of the month for each 3-month season is determined by the aforementioned solar event. That is important because each of the LORD's Feasts were to be observed in their proper season:

Lev 23:4  - These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Proclaiming these Feasts was to be done in their respective season for very good and prophetic reasons;  So God's People who wanted to know could prepare and be ready!

Seed Time or Spring is for the  planting of the Seed (Jesus).

Summer- the Growing season - for spreading the Gospel that that which was planted is alive!

Harvest for the gathering  of the Sheaves before Winter - Reaping the Harvest of Souls

  The first day of the first Biblical month of the year, Abib, is the first New Moon after the Vernal Equinox. 

The Feast of Trumpets (Rapture) is the only one of the Lord’s Feasts to occur on the First Day of the Month (Psa 81:3) Ethanim, so named in I Ki 8:2. 

The Rapture will happen on the God-given date of 1 Ethanim, 1st day of the Seventh Month, or on the first New moon after the Autumnal Equinox. In 2017?

Consequently, we can affirm that Mat 24:36/Mark 13:32, IS NOT talking about the Rapture, the Revelation in Rev 19, or the setting up of the Millennial Kingdom- the Kingdom of God which shall have no end!  These passages are speaking, contextually, of the New Heavens and New Earth, which will be outside the realm of "Time."

We can also say with confidence that the Rapture (Psalm81:3/ I Thess 4:13-18/ I Cor 15: 51, 52/ Rev 4:1) will take place on the first New Moon after the Autumnal Equinox (1st Day of the 7th Month)

 

The question was asked of the passage in Mat 25:13:

Mat 25:13  - Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Again, this verse can only  be understood in  its contextual setting.  This is a parable about 10 virgins.  You might say this is about 10 believers; saved and all sins forgiven; therefore, "virgins." Five were wise and five were not.  The difference between the wise and the foolish is found in vs.4

Mat 25:4 - But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Both had lamps but the  wise had "vessels" with their lamps.  The "vessel" is the heart, the seat of emotions.  It is where the things we love are stored, among other emotions.  Because the wise virgins had vessels  with the oil that cause them to be a  shining light meant they loved the Lord and were watching for Him and the LORD knew them.

2Ti 4:8- Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

"Loving His appearing" meant they were watching per His instructions.  They were studying His Word to know when He was coming and, therefore, their vessels were filled with oil.

1Th 5:1  - But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
1Th 5:4 - But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Jhn 14:15  - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1Pe 1:8  - Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 

This Message is to foolish Believers who are in love with the World instead of the their Saviour-Creator; to those who are walking in darkness like Demas. This parable was written to those Believers who accepted the Salvation purchased by Christ with His own blood but are still in love with the world!  It is those believers who  "know neither the day nor the hour" because they are too busy loving this world!

Mat 25:11 - Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12  - But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Like Jesus said to Peter who was Saved but Not Converted:

Luk 22:32- But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.


Mat 25:13  - Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Those Believers who Love Christ and His Appearing constantly search the Scriptures as they want to be ready!

 

 

19. Every Jot and Tittle

from the Church Bulletin October 1, 2017

Pastor R.S.Brewer

 

Mat 5:18 - For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 

 

The word “jot” comes from the Greek word “iota.”  It is used by grammarians of the accents and diacritical points used in letters that make words.  In English, we would call “iota” or “jot” the dot of an  “i.”   Likewise, the “tittle” or “keraia”  is the little lines or projections  of a letter. The cross of the “T” is what we would call it in English. 

In the contextual setting of the Bible, these “jots” and “tittles” are the parts of letters which make up words.  Our Lord promised to preserve every WORD of His written Word, even the "jots" and "tittles" - the Bible. 

Psalm 12:6,7 - The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, Oh LORD, thou shalt preserve from this generation forever.

I was lying in bed reading one of the books I have written.  Of course, I found mistakes.  I don’t think I have ever written a page that didn’t have some sort of error.  The imperfect books I write to explain some truth in God’s perfectly preserved Word  is a great enigma to me. Imperfection trying to explain perfection is a mystery only God can explain. 

After having written some of these commentaries, I appreciate, yea, I am in awe of God’s work in writing the Bible, and that, in eternity past, before any of the Bible actually happened!  He then, in due time and according to His plan, distributed His Word to His people through dedicated, separated men, who were fallible.  Yet, because they were separated to Him and to His cause, He guided them in the task, giving them His infallible Word, which they penned as God’s preserving hand guided them in writing two Testaments in, ostensibly, two international  languages, Hebrew and Greek

In process of time, in another miraculous feat, He preserved every word of the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament, in the world’s third international language, English, which has became the only international language to actually become global. 

This is an impossibility where man is concerned, but the Lord used a king (See Ecc 8:4) and fifty-four dedicated, consecrated, but fallible men to compare six former translations, plus the Received texts from the Hebrew Old and Greek New Testaments:

 

 

18. The HOLY BIBLE

Conteyning the Old Testament and the New Testament

Newly Translated out of the Original tongues: & and with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by his Majesties Special Commandment

These men, under God’s preserving and protecting hand,produced one perfectly preserved Book, with every word perfectly preserved, down to and including every "jot and tittle."  We call it the King James Bible.

Pro 30:5,6 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Now translation is no easy task.  It is not simply transferring words from one language into another.  Not by a long shot.  Translation, properly done, includes the overall contextual setting, the immediate contextual setting, plus the emotions, inflections, moods, historical settings, along with all the possible historical meanings of the words. 

To top it off, the King James Bible translators had to have an intimate knowledge of the original languages as well as English.  Of course, everyone of the translators knew the Lord as Saviour and were keenly aware that they were handling the Word of God. 

While they were all sinners, as were Moses, the prophets, and the apostles, at the same time, they also were holy men who were aware of, and guided by, God’s stern warning, being motivated by the dire need, accepted the responsibility to  put God’s Word, with God's guiding and preserving hand, into the language of the common people so they would be protected from the Nicolaitane-Papal whore of Revelation 17 and 18.

Rev 22:19 - And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book .

Translation was not, and is not, an easy thing.  The same guidelines  the  KJB translators used, must still be used by us when putting God’s Word into the common language for God’s people to understand.  The English language of today, has been corrupted.  It was in its purest form in the 1500’ and 1600’s.  We too must be careful and reverent how we handle the Word while preaching and teaching it; in every Jot and Tittle!  RSB-Wprophet@aol.com

"Nothing is more needed among preachers today than having the courage to shake ourselves free from trivialities  that waste our time and strength, and resolve to continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the Word,"  G. Campbell Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

17. VOLITIONAL SUBMISSION

From The Sunday Bulletin

August 6,th 2017

Rom 13:1 - Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

This year has been especially trying for me as I have watched as my country, the land of my nativity,  be unmercifully attacked by a left-wing political ideology. It is anti-Christ in nature, manifesting itself in chaos, and the corruption of our God-honoring founding principles under an illegitimate and satanic puppet president. 

This satanic political ideology has been and is masquerading as a religion called Islam. 

The principles of God’s perfectly preserved Word (KJB), in the only international language of the world, was the guiding instrument in my country’s founding. I have seen this instrument kicked out of our public institutions by the corruption in our human government, only to allow, yea even invite, the corruption of this greatly inferior, satanic ideology into those same institutions. 

Our laws, based on God’s Word, have been twisted and convoluted and used against the Godly by the corruption of our judiciary, legislative, and executive branches of our government.  While at the same time, encouraging the participation of the left-wing, chaos and corrupting influence of the satanic political ideology called Islam, continues to grow.

Islam is the sacrificial progeny of the great whore whose destruction is foretold in the pre-written history of Revelation chapters 17 and 18.  Yes, I am saying that Islam is the illegitimate progeny of Rome!  History clearly reveals this fact.

Now, the deceived people of Islam are the cannon fodder to be sacrificed in Rome’s satanic quest for world domination.  The Muslims make no secret of their desire for global dominance;(See Ezekiel chs 38, 39) nor does Rome, or the globalists of the NWO like Soros, McCain, Lindsay Graham, and ol' 666 himself, Henry Kissinger! 

America’s founding, however, was on the eternal Biblical principle of LIBERTY, which is Biblically defined as “freedom within boundaries”.  In that case, nobody is totally free to do whatever they want; there are constraints and those constraints, be they physical, political, or the Laws of Physics,  limits our "freedoms."

Slavery limits our freedom, as does human government.  Consequently, the freedom we exercise within those constraints is called "Liberty."  I got "liberty" once in military service.  I could go to town but I couldn't go anywhere I wanted, or do anything I wanted to do. My freedom was limited. It was called "liberty."

Biblically, as one dictionary defined "LIBERTY”: “Living as we should, not as we please.” This is what the Pilgrims, the so-called, “Separatists” who founded our country, sought for in coming to the American continent.They wanted to be free from tyranny and persecution, so they could live  the way the Lord God wanted them to live, and within His boundaries.  They did not want to be free from God, but to be free to serve Him.  They escaped to this land as "settlers" – not as immigrantsImmigrant defined as- “to move into a settled locale” or, “one who relocated to a settled place.”  Settlers relocated to an unsettled place to settle it – thus a settlement or a colony” 

The Pilgrims were forced out of the Netherlands (Not speaking of “Puritans")  in a time of cultural failure and upheaval, and relocated to America when they had had enough of the religious persecution; not unlike the Book of Acts:

Act 8:3, 4 - As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Aboard the Mayflower and because of “strangers” that were aboard, the Pilgrims drew up a compact  a "covenant" if you will, as a foundation for political self-government.

“This Mayflower Compact was done “In Ye Name of God” and with loyal acknowledgement of the political sovereignty of their king, James I, the king for whom the KJB is named. The Compact listed the Separatists’ broad goals as the glory of God, the advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of king and country. 

Specifically, the Compact combined the signers and their families into “a civil Body Politick” so that they could, in the future, “enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony.” 

Those who signed were most of the adult males aboard the Mayflower.” There was no commitment in the Mayflower Compact to any type of ongoing direct democracy where majority rules.  There would be governors and officers and it would be the duty of every man to humbly and volitionally submit to their rule. This was America's fledgling Republic, which would become a "Constitutional Republic."

There would be an individual submission to the laws of God and any statutes based thereon  they would deem necessary to the common good.  This is not a Democracy, it is a Republic, all volitionally submitted to the rule of the Law of God.  All under the same rule of Law!. 

The Bible was not just a textbook, but a law Book, and a technical manual on life as well.  They all sought for, and agreed to follow it; and yes, they had a pastor to teach them God's Word who was a gift from God (Eph 4:8), and God’s Word would be their rule of faith and practice.  There was no individualism as it is today with everyone doing that which is right in their own eyes, (Num 15:39, Deut 12:8, Jdg 17:6); but individually they covenanted together to submit themselves to God’s Laws and man’s laws that were based on God’s Laws.

1Pe 2:13, 14 - Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; - Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

My country was founded on these principles; our founding documents: Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, were all written based on this voluntary submission to God’s law.  However these covenant founding documents of my nation  are wholly inadequate for a rebellious, lawless, “private interpretation” people, or a Christ-rejecting people. 

We have become a nation where the corrupt say, …”Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them.” Mal 2:17. RSB

 

 

16. Eternal Truth Must Be Oft Repeated

From The Sunday Bulletin

July 30, 2017

Luke 4:4 - And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Rom 6:16 - Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Some truth, when all adhere to it, need only be repeated occasionally. Make no mistake, this truth must be repeated!  Man learns evil and wickedness easily and quickly because it is our nature; man does not learn eternal truth quickly or retain it permanently if he doesn't work at it! 

We easily forget, then forsake, eternal truths  quickly because we do not incorporate them purposely  into our daily walk. We must write them down, study what we have learned, and then consciously make them part of tomorrow’s walk until the truth becomes part of my normal life. 

The principle says, “To break a bad habit,  replace it with a good habit.” For most, practicing the good takes at least six weeks for the good habit to replace the old.

Repeating and emphasizing those basic, but abandoned truths then, is imperative in the New Testament Church. See James 1:25 concerning “a forgetful hearer.”  Luke 4:4, is not only a statement of fact uttered by our Lord, it is also  intended to be the Believer’s way of life.  

God’s Word, every Word of it, is to be the Believer’s rule of faith and practice.  God’s Word, every word of it, has to be the final authority for those of us who name the name of Christ.  If you don’t want to believe that, just live the way you want to, under your own authority, and see where it gets you! 

I do not know of a preacher who was taught this truth in college or cemetery (not misspelled!).  Preachers often are not taught, hence, have no conviction  that  an authoritative, every-Word Bible was and is,  available to him - one ONLY, that he could trust.

Perfect, Divine Preservation (Prov 8),  is not a course in Bible colleges, but was an undertaking only the LORD God, Himself could and has accomplished-to preserve His Written Word for  each generation. (Ps 12:6,7) This preservation was written in the only international language the church age would ever see - that language was English.

The Book that was preserved by God, in the only international language of the church, which was purified seven times, is the King James Bible of 1611. It was and is the preserved, purified, and perfect, Written Word of God.  It IS the AUTHORITY for millions.

Pro 30:5, 6 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

This last phrase “thou be found a liar” is legal phraseology of a verdict rendered by a judge.  In this case the “Judge” is Jesus and the Perfectly Preserved Word of God, the AV 1611, commonly called the King James Bible, that will do the judging.

Jn 12:48...He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Mat 24:35, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Here’s a pertinent lesson that needs to be repeated-often:  Dr. Hyles some 30 years ago said:

1. Some view the church as the final authority. Our Catholic friends believe that the church is the final authority. If the pope speaks ex-cathedra, that's God speaking  (Not a chance!)

2. Some view their experiences as the final authority. In other words, "It happened to me, so it's true. I was there when it happened, and I ought to know. I had an experience. I saw Jesus. I saw a vision. I have a word of knowledge." This is the charismatic position.

3. Some view human reasoning as the final authority.  Human reasoning is, the final authority  to  liberals and Protestants.

4. Some view the Bible as the Final Authority.

Every church in American Christendom who had services this morning, had a preacher who stood up and preached what he believed. He either preached that he believed that the final authority:

1)  is the church or ,

2) it is human experience or,

3) it is human reasoning or,

4) it is the Bible.

 

The only authority that we as independent Baptists have had is the Bible. It used to be all Baptists, but now , since 1984 ,even most of the independents have apostatized and cannot give a person a Bible they KNOW to be the Preserved Word of God.  The only thing God will honor in His findings on that day is, under whose AUTHORITY did you do these things?  Even when ya tell them, they don’t hear!  RSB

 

 

15. PRIVATE INTERPRETATION

2Pe 1:20 - Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

For almost 45 years at this writing, I have believed and preached that understanding the Bible is based on the self-evident presupposition that true science affirms the Bible.

The reason: the Creator is the Author of Science, all sciences;  science therefore, is studying the Creator’s creation. The Bible is not primarily a science book but it is scientifically accurate.  The naturally-occurring laws of physics require special creation and therefore a Creator. These natural laws also act as a constraint on man. 

Man may observe these laws but he cannot change or violate them.  The very existence of these natural laws, in and of themselves, are self-evident proof of special creation by an Omnipotent, Omniscient Law-giver.

There can be no order without someone to order it; no laws without a Lawgiver. Further, we hold that the Creator has manifested Himself in the natural order and revealed Himself to His own through His Written Word that we refer to as the Bible or Scripture, which the Creator Himself wrote in eternity past, and perfectly preserved every word in the King James Bible. 

All the modern versions of the Bible are significantly different than the King James Bible and those differences serve only to confuse the truth and make the understanding of the truth more difficult to grasp. 

Without His Perfectly Preserved Word, man cannot hope to understand the truths of the creation. The Scriptures alone are the arbiter of truth; true science then, must have the Scriptures as its foundation. 

Science (or any of the sciences) do not validate the Scriptures; the Scripture will tell you if the science is true and valid. The sciences may be defined as the study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world.  Through observation and experimentation of the things which are or, that already exist, man may obtain a deeper understanding of a specific discipline.

Rom 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

However, that understanding must be validated on a Biblical basis and not human reasoning, even if it “sounds good.”  “CONSENSUS” is not truth by default.  God’s ways are not man’s ways and we were not born with knowledge and understanding of God’s Word. His truth is revealed (I Cor 2:10) when the hearer meets the requirements: Bible-believing church, God anointed pastor and teachers! (Eph 4:8, 11) 

Therefore, read the associated Scriptures included in each argument.  It is the Scripture, the Word of God, that is truth, and the Truth is often contrary to the consensus.

Jhn 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Neither is the truth found in “private interpretations.”

2Pe 1:20 - Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

A private interpretation is a premise one holds to because he hasn’t received the tools and/or the understanding of God’s Word ( I Cor 2:14) or he is too lazy to study God’s Word and use the tools supplied at salvation. That would allow him to follow the Spirit’s guidance to the knowledge and understanding of Scriptural Truth; but If he refuses to find a real Bible-believing, Bible-Teaching church where he can grow (“grow up” sometimes!) and mature. (Jer 3:14, 15, Eph 4:11-14). Private interpretations manifest themselves in the aforementioned ways. 

Certainly, there are other ways “private interpretations” are exposed, but the aforementioned are, at least, among the most common. RSB

 

 

 

14. The "TRANSGENDER" ISSUE

From the Church Bulletin, July 2, 2017

 

Mat 19:4 - And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 

Currently the acceptable treatment for gender disorders is to assist the patient to change gender. The doctor who originated the radical irreversible treatment in the 1960s, John Money, became best known for his fraudulent research, pedophilia activism and a long-held belief that gender was a learned behavior and not innate at birth.

Sex change surgery is only a cosmetic procedure to make it look like a change was made, when in fact no female “parts” are used.   The truth is, those had the sex-change procedure, male to female, were not changed into a female, they were simply neutered!

Women who undergo the reconstructive surgery to achieve manhood, in reality get an artificial  non-functional prosthesis. They to not become a man in gender; they are merely spayed, having a hysterectomy to eliminate their monthly cycle. Gender re-assignment surgeries  done to accommodate these so-called, “gender disorders” only assist the psychologically-confused patient to become a transvestite. 

When this change is forced on children by ignorant parents and quack doctors who  have no moral compass, and so, no conscience about practicing their government-sponsored pseudo-science at the expense of innocent children and parents who think medical doctors are god. 

If a medical doctor does not know the Creator as his Saviour, following learning and adopting God's moral values that allow a human to make Biblically-moral choices, then that "doctor" licensed by the state, practices without regard to or benefit of the  morals founded in God's eternal Truth, His Written Word. In modern day lingo, he practices "quackery."

It used to be, that even students pursuing a law degree, first had to have a divinity degree so he could understand the basis for human law and conduct.   During the last thousand years of “time,” the Bible will again be the basis of education as King Jesus’ reign will be based therein.

Pro 1:7 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

No person’s education is complete if they do not know their Bible. Yet, this essential “completeness” has been outlawed in our government schools…The veneration of the Word of God characterized the earlier leadership of America, which established our precious heritage.

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. "George Washington-

"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book." Abe Lincoln,

It is sobering to acknowledge the preciousness of our heritage, that is that has come to us at such a high price…How tragically we have fallen!

Patrick Henry said, “The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed." 

For most of the past 2,000 years it was a treasure that millions willingly died for. And yet we all take it all for granted.

"The Bible is no mere book, but it is a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.", said Napoleon.

Psa 111:10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.  

This understanding is foundational to all disciplines that God hath “...given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.” Ecc 1:13

Unfortunately, as this age draws to a close and the end-time events are about to begin, we see a world that is almost completely adrift morally, and scientific pursuits have abandoned the rudder of all foundational and eternal truth that the Creator left us with. 

The wisdom of His Word and the moral compass it provides was and is there to guide civilization to unbelievable heights of achievement and prosperity. Man, however, as it was in the "days of Noe," has squandered the opportunities the LORD God has provided  to gain the wisdom and behavioral guidance The Word of God affords.  It is the the Handbook on life, created and preserved by the Creator.

Pro 9:10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 

As Solomon said, pointing man to the Creator’s purpose, and the design He put into place to achieve that purpose, the work, the travail, God gave to man was to exercise him in God’s knowledge, understanding and wisdom:

Ecc 3:10 - I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

Instead, man, like Satan, has tried to supplant the Creator and has descended into the depths of degradation thereby.  He Created them male and female and did not give them the wherewithal to alter that! RSB

 

 

 

13. The "Pure Words are STILL PURE!

From the Sunday Bulletin, June 25th, 2017

Psa 12:6 - The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psa 12:7 - Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. 

Dr. S. Frank Logsdon (1907-1987) was a Baptist preacher, popular author and Bible conference speaker, and took part in the formation of the New American Standard Bible (NASB) published by his good friend, Franklin Dewey Lockman, of the Lockman Foundation. Logsdon pastored Moody Memorial Church of Chicago from 1950 to 1952, and other churches during his ministerial career.

He later regretted his association in the publication of the NASB. Here, in part, is his testimony:

 “Two questions were handed me tonight which if I could answer them would take care of almost all the other questions: "Please tell us why we should use the Authorized Version and why the New American Standard is not a good version, and the background from which it came." "What is your opinion of the 1881, 1901 and other variations of the Bible in relation to the Authorized Version?"

May I point out to you very specifically, not that you do not know, but to stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance, we are in the end time! And this end time is characterized by a falling away, and of course that is apostasy. That is the meaning of the word: Falling away from truth. And when there is a falling away from truth, concurrently there is always confusion because they are sort of Siamese twins. With confusion there is mental and heart disturbance, and people naturally come short of the high standard of the Lord.

Everything we have or ever will have will be found here [in the Bible], as we have said so many times. All that God does for us, in us, with us, through us, to us must come by the way of this Word. It's the only material the Spirit of God uses to produce life and to promote it. Name it, and the Word has to be here.

So you can understand why the archenemy of God and man would want to do something to destroy this book. I ought to whisper to you, and this is no compliment to the devil, but he knows it can't be destroyed.

He tried to destroy the Living Word. You don't see this depicted on Christmas cards, but the Spring night that Jesus Christ was born, a devil was there in that stable with one third of the fallen angels whom he had dragged down, to devour the manchild as soon as He was born (Rev 12:6). Now he was unable to accomplish his diabolical mission.

Just think. Satan was there when Jesus was born, with all of those cohorts, those fallen angels, for one purpose: to devour the manchild. He could not stop Jesus.

So, he is going to do what he knows is the next most effective thing, that is try to destroy the Written Word. (See I Cor 2:8) He knows he can't. He can't destroy the Word of God; but he can do a lot of things to try to supplant it, or to corrupt it in the minds and hearts of God's people. Now he can only do it in one of two ways: either by adding to the Scriptures or by subtracting from the Scriptures.

Satan is too wise to add to because those who have been in the Word for a long time would say, "Wait a minute; this is not in the Bible…. so he subtracts from it. The deletions are absolutely frightening. For instance, there are in the revisions (1881 and 1901), so we are told 5337 deletions, subtractions if you please.

And here is the way it is done. It is done so subtly that very few would discover it. For instance, in the New American Standard we are told that 16 times the word "Christ" is gone. When you are reading through, you perhaps wouldn't miss many of them.; some of you might. And 10 or 12 times the word "Lord" is gone;. there are so many such deletions.

So this is done in order to get around it and further blind the minds and hearts of people, even though it may be done conscientiously. There isn't any worse kind of error than to have conscientious error. If you are conscientiously wrong it's a terrible situation to be in. Sincere, but sincerely wrong, is still wrong! Nevertheless, when there is an omission that might be observed, they put in the margin, "Not in the oldest manuscripts. But they don't tell you what those oldest manuscripts are. What oldest manuscripts? Or they may say, "Not in the best manuscripts." What are the best manuscripts? They don't tell you. You see how subtle that is? The average man sees a little note in the margin which says "not in the better manuscripts" and he takes for granted they are scholars and they must know, and then he goes on.That's how easily one can be deceived.” 

The end times we are presently in are the times of deceit and deception that Jesus warned His people about.  Today's false preachers outnumber those called according to God's heart. (Jer 3:15)  The false one's are subtle, they say that Jesus is the Christ, but deny the power (the divinely preserved WORD), telling their gullible congregations that one of these "New Age Versions, NIV, NKJV, ESV, NASV, and the like, are as good or better than the King James Bible!  That is a lie; and the tell-tale sign that the individual is either a false preacher, not called according to God's heart (Jer 3:15), or has been deceived by a false preacher! 

The Preacher / Pastor who denies the King James Bible is the ONLY perfectly preserved Word of God is a false prophet!. The KJB is the Every-Word Bible', preserved in English, the last international language of this age by the hand of the Almighty Jehovah Elohim, A.K.A. Jesus Christ, who is the Living Embodiment of the Written Word.(Jn1:1-5)

2Ti 3:5 KJB- Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Understand, the "Power thereof" is His Word, and confusing people with these "fake bibles," and at the same time, corrupting the English language, is the work of none other than the Destroyer .."in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." (Rev 9:11)

Col 2:8 KJB - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

The Pure Words of God are STILL pure in the King James Bible and will remain so because the Creator, LORD God, said He would preserve it! 

2Co 11:13 - For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 - And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15 - Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Deny the existence of the eternal and divinely preserved Word of God, be labeled now, and be found guilty at the judgment of being a FALSE PROPHET! RSB

 

 

 

12. THE BELIEVER'S ETERNAL AUTHORITY

From the Bulletin

May 14, 2017

 

Matthew 4:4 - 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.

Some truth, when all adhere to it, need only be repeated occasionally. Make no mistake, it must be repeated! 

Let me add a note here: There is a movement afloat trying to separate the OT from the NT. In the NT, the word “scriptures” is used 21 times, and always refers to the OT.  That does not mean the NT is not Scripture. The NT was in the process of being delivered to the Saints and was not yet complete!

It means, the NT Scriptures are built onto the OT Scriptures so they are indivisible.

It is no wonder there is so much error when so much of the “Scriptures” are being ignored. Jesus said in Matthew22:29:

Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Man does not learn eternal truth quickly; forgetting, and then forsaking those truths, occurs far too quickly. Repeating and emphasizing those basic, but abandoned truths is an imperative. 

Luke 4:4 - And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

It is not only a statement of fact uttered by our Lord, but also intended to be the Believer’s way of life.  God’s Word, every Word of it, is to be the Believer’s rule of faith and practice. 

God’s Word, every word of it, OT and NT, has to be the final authority for those of us who name the name of Christ, who is the embodiment of the Scriptures. (Jn1:1-5)

If you don’t want to believe that, just live the way you want to, under your own authority, and see where it gets you. 

I do not know of a preacher who was taught this truth in college or cemetery.(not misspelled!) 

Young preachers are not taught but indoctrinated; hence, they have no conviction that an authoritative, every-Word Bible was, and is,  available to them -  but there is ONLY ONE, that he can and should trust!

Perfect, Divine Preservation (Prov 8), is not a course in Bible colleges or Cemeteries (again, not misspelled!), but was an undertaking only the LORD God Himself could and has accomplished - to preserve each Word His Written Word for  each generation. (Ps 12:6,7)

This preservation was written in the only international language the church age would ever see - that language was English during the time it was in its purest form. The Book that was preserved by God, in the last international language of the church,  which was purified seven times, is the King James Bible of 1611

There were four main editions (NOT “RE-visions”) which corrected printing typeset errors, standardized the font used to a Times Roman, and standardized the spelling. That done, it was the preserved, Written Word of God.  It IS the AUTHORITY for millions.

Pro 30:5, 6 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

This last phrase “thou be found a liar”  is  legal phraseology of a verdict rendered by a judge.  In this case the “Judge” is Jesus, and the Perfectly Preserved Word of God, the AV 1611, commonly called the King James Bible, that will do the judging.

John 12:48...He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Mat 24:35, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

A lesson on “Authority” from Dr. Hyles some 30 years ago: 

1. SOME VIEW THE CHURCH AS THE FINAL AUTHORITY.

Our Catholic friends believe that the church is the final authority. If the pope speaks ex-cathedra, that's God speaking.

2. SOME VIEW EXPERIENCE AS THE FINAL AUTHORITY.

In other words, "It happened to me, so it's true.” I was there when it happened, and I ought to know. I had an experience. I saw Jesus. I saw a vision. I have a word of knowledge." This is the charismatic position.

3. SOME VIEW HUMAN REASONING AS THE FINAL AUTHORITY.  Human reasoning is, according to liberals and Protestants.

4. SOME VIEW THE BIBLE AS THE FINAL AUTHORITY.

Every church in America in Christendom who had services this past Sunday morning had a preacher who stood up and preached what he believed.

He either preached that he believed that: 1) the final authority is the church or , 2) that the final authority is human experience or, 3) that the final authority is human reasoning or, 4.) that the final authority is the Bible.

The only authority that we as independent Baptists believe is the Bible. It used to be all Baptists, now , since 1984 even most of the independents have apostatized and cannot give a person a Bible they KNOW to be the Preserved Word of God. 

The only thing God will honor in His findings on that day is, under whose AUTHORITY did you do these things?   Even when ya tell them, they don’t  hear! RSB

 

 

 

11. BIBLICAL CREATION

Reasonable, Logical, and Scientific!

R.S.Brewer, Pastor

3/12/17

I John 5:7 - For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

The Biblical account of creation is ridiculed by atheists, patronized by liberals, and often allegorized even by conservatives. The fact is, however, that it is God's own account of creation, corroborated by Jesus Christ (Mark 10:6-8, etc.), who was there! God said that He spoke the cosmos into existence, and the account is reasonable, logical, and fully in accord with all true science and history.

There are only two possible basic models or origins—that is, of the origin of the universe, of the earth, of life, of human life, and of all the basic systems of the cosmos. These are, in  the simplest terms: Evolution, with all its variations or Biblical Creation

Either the origin of things can be understood in terms of 1. continuing natural processes, that is, processes still observable, or 2. they cannot—one or the other.

If they cannot, then we must resort to completed supernatural processes to explain the origin of, at the least, the basic systems of the cosmos.  Evolution and Biblical Creation thus exhaust the possibilities, as far as origins are concerned.

This necessarily means that if we can demonstrate to be false either model of origins, then the other must be true. There are no other options.

By definition, evolution should still be occurring now, since it is to be explained by present existing and observable processes. If there is anything certain in this world, it is that there is no evidence whatever that macro evolution (changing from one species to another with more complexity) is occurring today.  No one has ever seen a big bang bring order and life.  No one has ever seen a fish become an ape - though I must confess, I have seen some university professors de-evolve into the likenesses of primates and jackasses! It would seem that evolution has been falsified, at least as far as the present world is concerned.

This does not prove it did not happen in the past, of course, but the evolutionist should recognize that this means "Evolution" is not science, since it is not observable. Evolution must be accepted on faith.  Actually, there is no evidence at all that evolution ever took place in the past either. In all of secular, recorded history, extending back nearly five thousand years, no one has ever recorded the natural evolution of any kind of creature (living or non-living) into a more complex kind.

Furthermore, all known vertical changes seem to go in the wrong direction, that is, they get worse instead of better,(Are you listening pro-GMO crowd?) An average of at least one species has become extinct every day since records have been kept, but no new species have evolved during that time.

Stars explode, comets and meteorites disintegrate, the biosphere deteriorates, and everything eventually dies, so far as all historical observations go, but nothing has ever evolved into higher complexity. If evolution were true, there should be millions of transitional types among these multiplied billions of fossils—in fact, everything should show transitional features. But they do not!  If one were to rely strictly on the observed evidence, he would have to agree that past evolution has also been falsified. If evolution did not occur in the past, and does not occur at present, then it is entirely imaginary—not a part of the real world at all.

This leaves creation as the necessary explanation of origins. This fact is also confirmed by the best-proved laws of science—the law of conservation in quantity and the law of decay in complexity, or the famous First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. The truth is, the empirical scientific evidence tells us that the planet we live on is not millions of years old, but less than fourteen thousand years old.

Based on Biblical revelation, with archeological, and astronomical evidence, we here at GIBC have found the Biblical “First Time” or "In the Beginning," was very close to 10,976 BC for the creation of the earth, making the earth and and the celestial heaven (Gen 1:1) just over 13,000 years old at this point.  The other celestial bodies, sun, moon, and stars, were created in the already-existing celestial heaven on the 4th day (Gen 1:14) of re-creation (Psalm 104:30); making them about 6500 years old.  That is roughly half the age of the earth!  

To this agree many scientific observations as well as the Biblical narrative. Special Creation with supernatural forces is the way our Lord Jesus - The One True God, brought ALL things into existence. The whole creation, seen and unseen, testifies to this. John 1;1-3 - Jhn 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jhn 1:2 - The same was in the beginning with God.
Jhn 1:3 - All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

 

KING JAMES BIBLE ISSUES

10. ESV 2016 REVISION CHANGES

Note to the Reader:  The LORD God (Jehovah Elohim) promised to preserve His Word - PERFECTLY! (Ps 12:6, 7, Prov 30:5, 6 etc).  An Every-Word Bible is absolutely necessary to the understanding of His Word.  There is not a man in this world smart enough or wise enough to better even the smallest of Words in the KJB, and will face the Almighty for trying. See Rev 22.  This article is included so that one may see just a sampling of the changes arrogant man makes in competing with the promise of the Almighty.  "Yea, hath God said," came out of the mouth of the destroyer and author of confusion.  The born-again child of God must reject theses New Age Versions to avoid error multiplied upon error. The following compare the 2016 Version of the ESV to the 2011 Version from the revisers!

 

(We are not told of the character or qualifications of the reviser(s), how many there were,or who authorized it,; but it is obvious scholarship is absent from this version altogether.)

Crossway Bibles made a revision to the text of the English Standard Version (ESV) in 2016. There were 52 word changes in 29 verses. When publishers make changes such as this, we often get requests to keep the prior version(s) available. We cannot do so as our licensing agreement with the Bible publishers require us to display the most recent version. However, Crossway Bibles has made it very easy to see the differences, which are displayed below.

Permanent Text (2016)

ESV Text (2011)

Genesis 3:16

Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.

Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.

Genesis 4:7

Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.

Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.

Exodus 38:11

And for the north side there were hangings of a hundred cubits; their twenty pillars and their twenty bases were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.

And for the north side there were hangings of a hundred cubits, their twenty pillars, their twenty bases were of bronze, but the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.

Numbers 14:42

Do not go up, for the LORD is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies.

Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies.

Judges 6:13

And Gideon said to him, "Please, my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?

And Gideon said to him, "Please, sir, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us?

2 Samuel 23:34

Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai of Maacah, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai of Maacah, Eliam the son of Ahithophel of Gilo,

1 Kings 8:48

if they repent with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies,

if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their enemies,

2 Kings 20:18

And some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away,

And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away,

2 Chronicles 6:38

if they repent with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity to which they were carried captive,

if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their captivity to which they were carried captive,

2 Chronicles 13:9

Whoever comes for ordination with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are not gods.

Whoever comes for ordination with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are no gods.

Esther 9:32

The command of Esther confirmed these practices of Purim, and it was recorded in writing.

The command of Queen Esther confirmed these practices of Purim, and it was recorded in writing.

Psalm 18:48

who rescued me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from the man of violence.

who delivered me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you rescued me from the man of violence.

Proverbs 13:16

Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

Isaiah 2:3

For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Isaiah 10:5

Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!

Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!

Ezekiel 40:14

He measured also the vestibule, sixty cubits. And around the vestibule of the gateway was the court.

He measured also the vestibule, twenty cubits. And around the vestibule of the gateway was the court.

Hosea 13:14

I shall ransom them from the power of Sheol; I shall redeem them from Death.

Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death?

Micah 4:3

He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;

He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away;

Matthew 4:24

So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them.

So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.

Matthew 17:15

"Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly.

"Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly.

Luke 7:36

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table.

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.

Luke 22:44

And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Luke 24:47

and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Luke 24:50

And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.

John 5:22

For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,

The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,

Ephesians 1:5

he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.

he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.

Ephesians 3:1

For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—

For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—

Colossians 1:11

being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

James 2:10

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

 

 

9. SIN- DEFINED BY THE LORD GOD

February 19, 2017

I John 3:4 – Sin is the transgression of God’s law. 

There it is; the matter is settled for time and eternity.  Man needs to know the definition of sin; here, the LORD God (Jehovah Elohim) defined it in no uncertain terms.  The definition of sin is not up to me as a person, as a pastor, or as a parent. The Supreme God defines sin; NOT the pope, or the imam or their mahdi. It is the LORD God (Jehovah Elohim) that determines what sin is, and it was defined before the earth, the oldest celestial body in the heavens, was created.

Deu 4:39 - Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.  

Therefore, in defining correct human behavior, we must consult with Him and He has documented, in great detail, what normal human lifestyles are.  You’ll recall, that Satan, the archangel rejected because he wanted the Creator’s position, not being satisfied with the position the Omniscient, Omnipotent One put him in, promised Eve she could be as God knowing good and evil.”

(Knowing-yada” contextually, “determining”). good and evil.) That was an invitation Eve could not resist.  She could be like God and make the determination as to how good and evil is defined.  That way, the LORD God wouldn’t have to do it – or “you can determine what sin is INSTEAD of God.  It’s all history now.  Her fateful decision has become a hereditary characteristic passed down to all of Adam and Eve’s fallen, sin-prone, progeny. 

Now, with a historical foundation laid, we can intelligently, rationally, and objectively address the subject of “Homosexuality.”  What does God say?  Again, it does not matter what anybody else says; it only matters what the LORD God says about it. He is the arbiter of right and wrong. 

Regardless of one’s chosen lifestyle, it is the LORD God that determines whether the behavior is sinful or not.  So what does God say about it?  What does the documentation reveal?  God’s documentation, the Bible, was provided and preserved by Him for every generation.  Consequently, all of mankind will be accountable to one unchanging standard; judged by one objective and unchanging Judge.

Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

The word “abomination” comes from  the Hebrew (- תּוֹעֵבָ. -tow`ebah). Contextually defined, it is that which is disgusting to God; that which He detests.  Some form of this word is used in relation to human behavior in 167 verses.  Remember, it is the LORD God that determines right and wrong.  He tells us that sexual relations with persons of the same sex or sexual behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own gender, is an abomination to Him.

Studying the etymology of the word, “homosexual,”  we find that it usually referred to the male from the early days of the English language, in the twelfth and thirteenth century.  However, by Biblical definition, a homosexual is one who has sexual relations with a person of his or her own gender.  Again, may I repeat, homosexuality, or the homosexual act is an abomination to God.  It is transgression of His law.

Mankind, like Lucifer and his angels, had/has a free will.  Therefore, man always had/has a choice whether or not he was going to submit himself, of his own volition, to sinful acts of homosexuality.  Fallen man/mankind has inherited a sinful nature that is contrary to God, God’s plan, and God’s will. Our sinful nature resents being denied access to any of our carnal desires. 

To say that one was born a homosexual is to say one has no choice but to behave that way.  The serial murderer could say the same thing, as could a drug addict.  All of it is a lie, and when a person falls for a lie like that, whether it is homosexuality, murder, recreational drug use that resulted in addiction, alcoholism, or over-eating, he chooses to be controlled and enslaved by that sin. The over-eater misses God’s purpose in food and eating.

Pro 23:2 - And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 

Homosexuality is an abomination to God.  Not because I say so, but because He does.  

Leviticus 20:13 - If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.  RSB

 

 

 

 

8. This Battle is The Lord's

February 12, 2017

Gen 6:5 - And GOD saw that the wickedness (anti-God behavior)) of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil (evil - mischief, harm, hurt) continually. 

This is the way the world was in the days of Noah, just before the Lord God, Jehovah Elohim, poured out His judgment on mankind. . The LORD gave America the kind of leader(s) we deserved because of our rebellious, self-centered ways.  God’s people began to suffer at the hands of  lawless, corrupt administrations years ago, but it accelerated about eight years ago!. 

Right became wrong, abominations, as defined by the LORD, were openly paraded as right and those who disagreed were labeled bigots, racist, and homophobes (fear of queers).  People of the Book were ridiculed for telling the truth, and the People’s House was bathed in the lights of LGBT perversion as if it were a normal lifestyle and something to be proud of.  We could not get our government to punish the evil-doers, or refuse to finance their forays into sin, shame, and compromise.

Believers, as well as conservative unbelievers looked forward to the end of this corrupt and unlawful administration, but all we saw was the same old go-along-to-get-along, establishment politicos vying to replace the open corruption of the left.  One stood out from the pack of testosterone-challenged, same-old-rhetoric candidates; he really wasn’t a politician, but a business man whose ears were tuned to the cries of the remnant of God’s people and conservative citizens.  He said what "we the people" were saying, and we were heartened when he willingly stood out from the pack as well as the current corruption  vying for the keys to the White House. 

It seemed to many of the remnant of Bible-believers, that this one non-politician who stood out from all the rest, just might be a gift from the Lord in the last hours of these last days. Among these are modern “Noahs” of the last days, who saw a ray of light from above which carried a conditional promise  which said in the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14, that IF my Believers would repent, THEN He would hear from Heaven and heal our land. 

We all rejoiced at the opportunity it seemed the Lord was giving us. Pro 29:2 - When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

With the election of this non-politician “promise keeper” the Believers and conservatives turned from over eight years of mourning, to rejoicing in the possibilities of returning to the Lord and to a  nation of laws the Creator / Saviour had given to our nation’s forefathers.

The modern-day “Noahs” began proclaiming the truth of the LORD God that this was indeed a Divinely-granted opportunity for our nation to turn back (repent) to the goodness that made America great, the envy and hope of the world.  

Pro 8:15 - By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.  

However, the left-overs from the corruption of the previous eight-plus years, exhibited the chaos, destruction, and wrath that is symptomatic of those who are offspring of the father of their motives and motivation! Rev 12:12 -… for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time

Now we see the corrupt left with their partners from the establishment right (RINOs), along with heretics and apostate preachers, teachers, and pastors, uniting against the Lord God, His people, and the newly-elected non-politician (2Pe 2:1) - …false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 

The battle is now set in array. As in the days of Noah, Divine judgment is at hand; it is set and will not tarry.  The satanic multitudes have and will continue to use lies, deceit, chaos, and destruction, to further their satanic globalist cause, just as in the days of Nimrod;

but the people of God must learn to be people of the Book, and seek out the pastors and teachers who are the called according to God’s heart (Jer 3:15), whom He has called Eph 4:12 - For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

This battle will be won only by the Creator’s eternal truth which will expose the lies and deceit.  The knowledge and understanding of God’s Word is paramount in this battle.  II Chron 20:15-...Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. RSB

 

 

 

 

7. About "Climate Change"

January 25, 2017

Gen 8:22 - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Among the beauties of being born again of incorruptible seed, which is the Word of God which liveth and abideth for ever, (1Pet 1:23), and recognizing that the Word of God is infallible, inerrant, inspired, and perfectly preserved in the King James Bible, is the fact that our Saviour/Creator has given us, in that Word, a foundation by which to understand the verity (truth) of what we hear, see, touch, taste, and smell – and even the thoughts and intents of the heart.  What a treasure that indeed is! 

For such Believers, this is called our “worldview,” our Biblical Worldview. Allow me to take a moment to define “worldview” and then, understanding it, we will be far less susceptible or vulnerable, to all error and deceit.

Col 2:8 - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Basically stated, “worldview” is the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. A Biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God and less than 9% of professing Believers know about or have a “Biblical Worldview.” It is a crime God, through His Word, is not consulted in this matter, as it should be in all matters!  He is the Creator and nothing escapes His perfect understanding of all things.

This ignorance and lack of understanding of "worldview" is a satanic thrust is to keep all people, including Believers, ignorant of God and His eternal truth. 

That said, I will apply my Biblical Worldview to the political hot potato called “global warming,” a.k.a. “Climate change.”  Satan’s crowd went from “Global Warming” to “Climate Change” when the truth came out from  Climatologist whistle-blowers that the “GW” crowd was fudging the numbers to support their view. 

Well, the Creator, my Saviour, said in His Book which He hath given, that “seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease for as long as the earth remaineth.(Gen 8:22). 

However, Lk 21:33 says the earth shall pass away and that passing away is described in 2 Pet 3:10.  Chronologically, that is after the Millennial Reign of Christ on this present earth, and after the Great White Throne Judgment.  After that, the present earth, and all three heavens with all the works therein will be dissolved in a nuclear event; (2Pet3:12)...

...but those of us with a Biblical Worldview,(2Pet 3:14) look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, according to His promise. (2 Pet 3:12) 

In vs 17 of 2 Pet 3, Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

Consequently, when we hear left-wing globalists, DNC and liberal GOP, lying politicians talk about “Climate change,” who will ye believe?  God’s Eternal Word or satanic liars? 

I recall Algore and the like, talking about ½ degree warmer average temperature change across the globe, I marvel at that!  ½ Degree change, globally, is not change, it is control! 

The expensive digital thermostat in my house will not control the average temperature within ½ degree!  When it operates within its specified limits, it controls within +/- 3 degrees; and that is CONTROL! 

The Creator, Jehovah Elohim, designed the seasons (Gen 8:22), and the paths of the wind:

Ecc 1:6 - The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits

It is the same with the rain: Ecc 1:7 - All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again

These are cycles designed by the Creator, my Saviour, described for me, a Believer, in the Eternal Book He has given.  The Biblical worldview is not the only worldview; it is, however, the only correct worldview;  it is the only worldview that allows me to understand the Creation – defined as "all that may be observed or discerned."

Those that get all upset over liberal proclamations of global climate change, which are false, are simply ignorant of the Biblical worldview:

Luk 21:26 - Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

The same is true of those scoffers that cannot see the signs of the times:

2Pe 3:4 - …saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation

In either case, the Believer who sees all things through a Biblical worldview, can remain on a faith-full even-keel as he knows our Creator-Saviour is in complete control, allowing man to exercise his freewill within boundaries!  RSB

 

 

6. Learning then Doing Better

R.S. Brewer, Pastor

December 11, 2016

 

Jas 4:17 - Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  While we expect unbelievers to adhere to the pagan ways of the “religious” world, During my frequent ponderings while reflecting upon the condition of professing Christianity, I am saddened by our attitudes against conforming to the revealed will of the only Begotten Son of God. 

He purchased our salvation with His own blood and I am amazed at the ingratitude and  resistance of those professing to be saved to  the changes our Saviour wants in our lives that were pagan while we were begging to be delivered from the bondage of the world.  The truth is, we, volitionally, brought that pagan ball and chain of  slavery with us, and even after receiving His free gift of eternal life, professing believers steadfastly refuse to put it down. 

We are now only shackled to the life of slavery by the exercise of our own free will!  We unlearned some of the lying traditions past down to us like that of the lies surrounding the birth of our Lord Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb of God, but seem incapable and/or unwilling, of applying this knew found knowledge and understanding to correcting the error from our old life.

As a 20th century child, we readily accepted that Jesus, was born in a manger in Bethlehem in the dead of winter on December 25th.  That simply is not true!  While Jesus was born in stable and laid in a manger, in the country town of Bethlehem, the center of an agricultural area, because there was no room in the only Inn in town, it was in the Spring when lambs are born; not winter, not fall!

Few of us every asked the question as to why there was no room in the Inn, nor did we have pastor’s that taught us why a country Inn in a little farming area should be packed out.  Was it because there was a meeting of the FFA? (Future Farmers of America). Also, why were the shepherds living (abiding) in the fields by night and watching over their flocks? Luk 2:8 - And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. We just accepted that shepherds of sheep do that in the dead of winter.  Well, had we asked our pastor’s and if they were called after God’s own heart ,(Jer 3:15)  they could have told you what I was never told because my pastor’s were still living in Egypt, so to speak. 

As most deer, sheep, and elk hunters know, the young of these animals are conceived in the fall during the "rut" and born in the early spring, sometime after the vernal equinox.  Bethlehem was a sheep-raising center.  When the lambs are born in the spring, the predatory animals that were in the area, lions, bears, wolves, etc., went where the newborn lambs were for an easy meal.  Most of the aforementioned predatory animals are nocturnal hunters—that is, they hunt at night and sleep during the day.  The Shepherds in Luke 2, were out watching over their flocks to keep the predators from the new lambs.  The new lambs which met the stringent Biblical requirements were sold to the Jews who came from Jerusalem to purchase their Passover lambs in preparation for the 14th of Abib. 

Abib, the first month by decree of the LORD God, (Jehovah Elohim) roughly corresponds to the Gregorian month of April.  On or about the first of the month Abib,  Bethlehem became a very busy little town with many Jews making the 6-mile or more trek from Jerusalem.  They would take up the rooms in the Inn, waiting for their lamb to take back to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. 

Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God, was born during that time in a stable and laid in a manger, because the Inn had no vacancies available. In 33 years, Jesus, the Lamb of God, would be crucified on the 14th of Abib, in the early spring, paying the price for the sins of the whole world. 

Those are the basic facts and there are many amazing details, too numerous to mention in this venue.  This being factual, what meaneth this winter season with Babylonian phallic-symbol trees, green wreaths representing the womb and fertility.  What meaneth this winter solstice celebration, and a gluttonous, long haired, vagrant, who purportedly knows all?   I can find none of it in the pages of Holy Writ, except as a warning from Jehovah Elohim through his messengers the prophets.

 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. (Jer 10:2)

Knowing this or learning this, why then, do professing Believers allow themselves to be enslaved by these pagan observances? If we can’t give “something” up that is not right, that “something” has us in bondage and we are enslaved to it. Christmas, decorated trees, green wreaths, satan claws, are not for believers. 

To keep our pagan traditions, Believers say, “but we do not worship the Xmas tree;” The word “worship” means “to bow down, prostrate oneself.”  Now as you kneel down to place your presents/offerings beneath the tree, have someone take your picture.  Then tell me about "worship!  Further, they say, “It might be pagan, but this is one idol, I cannot forsake! The Lord pardon thy servant in this thing, but we are not going to give it up!” (see 2 Ki 5:18) Are we connecting the dots yet, brethren? RSB

 

 

5. CREATION AND NATURAL LAW

November 20th, 2016

Ezek 18:20 - The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Rom 3:23 - The wages of sin is death.  Other than the obvious meaning that we apply in our every day lives, these two versus are the Biblical version of what science has relatively termed the Second Law of Thermodynamics or the Law of Entropy.  This law, created by God, affects more of the lives of mankind than people realize. Let me briefly explain the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.  Both are universally accepted as fact.  The fact is, both of these scientific laws prove evolution is less than a myth. “Evolution” is a lie—a false religion, which is anti-Christ and anti-God. Only this religion of the evolutionist keeps them from admitting the truth of this.  But these laws go far beyond merely proving that Charles Darwin was a fool.  Allow me to briefly explain both laws.  The First Law says Energy or matter, can be transferred from one place to another, or transformed from one form to another, but it can be neither created nor destroyed. Or we can put it another way: The total quantity of energy in the universe is constant. When the total quantity of something does not change, we say that it is conserved. The two statements given above, then, are two ways of expressing “the law of conservation of energy.” This law is considered the most powerful and most fundamental generalization about the universe that scientists have ever been able to make.  The reason why no energy can now be created is because only God can create energy or matter, and because God has rested (or ceased) from all His work which He created and made (Genesis 2:3). This, of course, refers to the physical creation. The reason why energy cannot now be destroyed is because the Lord is now …upholding all things by the word of His power. Hebrews 1:3.  I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it"

 

Col 1:17 - and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  One way of stating the Second Law is: ‘The universe (everything physical) is constantly getting more disorderly! Viewed that way, we can see the Second Law is all about us. We have to work hard to straighten a room, but left to itself it becomes a mess again, very quickly and very easily. Even if we never enter it, it becomes dusty and musty. How difficult to maintain houses, and machinery, and our own bodies, in perfect, or less-than-perfect working order; how easily and quickly they  deteriorate. In fact, all we have to do is ignore them; that is, do nothing, and everything deteriorates, collapses, breaks down, wears out, all by itself. That is what the Second Law is all about.  Only a superior outside force can counter the effects of the Second Law.  Only God can be creative.  The First Law is proof that God is, and is the Creator.  Man cannot do or undo what God has done.  The Second Law says that man and the physical creation will, in all ways, decay and die without intervention from the Creator.  Without the guiding, maintaining, preserving, hand of God, disorder and corruption, have free run.  An anti-God individual will decay morally and physically. Like a person with a weak or no immune system, he will sink into moral degradation. Man was not designed to succeed without God. That is the Second Law. Society is made of individuals.  A society made up of individuals who do not see the proof of God and believe that He is, is a society upon which the Second Law will have no mercy.  I wonder if that could be why Rock n Roll musicians average just over 40years of life expectancy?  Man or society that ignores God, misses the maintenance and preservation of the only One who is the Lawgiver.  Sin still takes its toll– consequently, we all die - physically.  The house we live in- our body -is under the curse of sin.  The new man that lives in that house is born of God and literally cannot sin (1Jn 3:9)  As it was in Noah’s day, so it is today. Man and society have turned their backs on the only Source of redemptive, creative power.  Consequently, evil men and seducers are waxing worse and worse deceiving and being deceived. (II Tim 3:13)  The truth that sets man free, God’s Word, like the dove Noah sent from the ark (Gen 8:9), is having a tough time finding a place to land.  All the while, the truth that sets mankind free is obvious and all around us.  Yet people ignore it like they do God.  Despite the fact that the religion of evolution violates all known scientific laws, the high priests of these lies find large supportive audiences.  After all, if there is no God, say the foolish and the fools, I will not have to face or answer to Him!….RSB

 

 

 

4. RENEWAL of AMERICA

 September 4, 2016
Pastor R.S.Brewer

Jhn 8:36 - If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. While reading comments about the presidential election, recently, two things caught my attention: First, people are commenting that as a result of an apparent Trump election, America and Americans will gain back the many freedoms and liberties we have lost, while sending the pagan Islamic criminals back to the cesspool countries their pagan religion has produced.  Secondly, other comments have to do with the satanic nature of the Obama-Hillary-DNC and Establishment GOP opposition.  If there is an election, and I am still here for it, I will cast my vote for Trump. I am looking for the LORD's return in obedience to His command to watch.  You can't see the day coming if you do not know what to watch for! 

Heb 10:25  - Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

However, from a Scriptural perspective, Trump cannot be the saviour the majority of voting Americans think he could be. America’s pride in thinking our country can simply pick itself up, dust itself off and return to the relative greatness it knew in days gone by is simply foolish thinking. 

America has turned from the LORD God that gave her the liberties at America’s inception because the new American’s, pilgrims, were looking not to be free FROM God but to be free to serve God; learning to make His preserved Word (KJB) their rule of faith and practice in all aspects of their lives

Today, America is under God’s judgment and it is evidenced by the growth of the satanic-darkness invading our land.  The DNC and the RINO’s are part of the manifestation of that Divine judgment, as the Lord our Protector is removing His hand of protection and allowing us to be invaded by Philistines (Islam).  The DNC and RINO’s think they’ll be able to control these poor deceived people that Jehovah describes as “wild men” (Gen 16:12).  As Rome has covertly used the 1.5 billion Muslims, so the DNC has used the American black people, pandering to them with the likes of Obama-phones, to get their votes.  After which, they are kept in poverty and forgotten!  It is interesting to note that the DNC was part of and financed the KKK!  As Americans moved away from the Lord God, they became less discerning, believing the lies of the Democrat and Establishment GOP politicians.

 

Note: In reference to the Lord, our Creator and Saviour, I will differentiate Him from the Catholic's Baal the sun- god, and Islam's Allah the moon-god by using His name "Jehovah."

Exo 6:3 - And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
Psa 83:18 - That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

Rome is and always has been behind the Philistine Goliath we call Islam today.  Rome is and always has been, since its inception, a political ideology of chaos seeking to achieve global domination and is responsible for much of the Middle East hatred, the attacks on and the desire to destroy Israel. This destruction includes the Jews, and Biblical Believers who support Israel; even if we do not agree with Judaism’s theology concerning the Messiah, Jesus. 

Rome put on the “mask of religion” in 325 AD at the Council of Nicea with her first pope, Constantine. The “Roman church” (patterned after Babylon) found great obstacles in her attempt to conquer Jerusalem to allow the pope to sit in the Temple on the Temple Mount. (Exactly what the Antichrist desires to do in the Tribulation, and the Tribulation Temple (already in existence in the time of Rev 11:1) that will be built where the Dome of the Rock is preparing to fall!

Rome tried to yoke the strength of the Arab people, using the charismatic, pedophile, criminal, Mohammed, whom they groomed, trained and financed, but found that the Arabs simply could not be controlled.(Gen 16:12) 

Rome even embedded a beautiful Arab-Catholic woman with the young Mohammed, who wrote and/or greatly influenced the writing of the Koran, in an attempt to harness the Arab’s strength of numbers for the purpose of overthrowing Israel and Jerusalem. 

Rome was even complicit in America’s Civil War, trying to conquer the young but Strong America, and assassinating the beloved President Lincoln by Jesuits. Lincoln was onto Rome’s ploy, and with God’s help, defeated Rome who allied herself to the South and Jefferson Davis, reputed to be the “Pope’s boy.” .

However, Rome has not relented – Islam with her moon-god Allah, like her mother, Rome and her sun-god Baal are still political ideologies of world domination, still wearing the mask of a religion. America and Israel are still in Rome’s sights.  Using the Muslims like canon-fodder, they attack that which Jehovah Elohim loves and died for in the person of Jesus Christ.  Rome’s and her sun-god, Baal, covertly yoking Islam for plausible deniability reasons,  using the numerical strength of Islam and her moon-god, Allah, are on the tools of the satanic attack that many in America sense in this election cycle. The Jesuit Pope Francis of Rome is an evil, wicked, corrupt, globalist and is, no doubt, the false prophet described in Rev 13:11-17.  The Antichrist (Rev 13:1, 18) Henry K. (Kissinger = 666) and the false prophet, Francis have a date with a summary judgment,  (Rev 19:20) both by-passing the Great White Throne and being cast into the Lake of Fire!

Rev 18:3 - 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

Biblically, Islam will become an insignificant or non-entity after the Russian organized and led Gog-Magog war, recorded in Eze 38 and 39. (Gog and Magog #2 being at the end of the millennium (Rev 20:8)), in an attack on Israel in the which Jehovah Elohim will intercede.(Eze 38:17-23)  The “Woman on the Beast” is Roman Catholicism and the Beast is the 10 Member Nations of the WEU, partly strong and partly weak (Rev 17:9, 12 / Dan 2:34-41). 

Electing Donald Trump is not the way to prevent an invasion and crippling of the US, though, as I said, he would get my vote IF we are here and there is an election.  America’s hope is through 2 Chronicles 7:14 – where saved people “my people” begin to seek His face.  Then, the LORD God would intervene and Mr. Trump could be effective.  However, God’s Word tell us in 2Ti 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;  (see 2 Thess 2:3)

Consequently, since this is what God saw for the days in which we live, my desires and hopes for a Spiritual revival in America have been dashed on the rocks of this apostate generation.  What is next?  Mat 24:37 - But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  RSB

 

 

 

 

 

3. Last Days Deception

By Pastor R.S. Brewer

It is time, once again, to set the record straight - as a man, called of God ought to do.  Many of my Pastor colleagues, some even Independent Baptists, are leading their people astray - some are themselves deceived and say the issues and standards of God's unchanging Word do not matter any more,  but I maintain  they do not matter any less! Some professed brethren are using using "the god's of Egypt"  as promotional material to increase attendance on  pagan holidays and attracting crowds by any means, totally leaving out the primary ministry of a New Testament Church - the ministry of the WORD, which God's Word say he must give himself to CONTINUALLY. 

A true man of God would teach his people about these errors and lead them away from it. Like Substituting the OT name for Joshua in place of Jesus:

 "JESUS" or "Yahshua"

"Yahshua" is NOT a Hebrew Word for "Jesus". It is an anglicized form of "Yĕhowshuwa`" used 218 times in the OT and ALWAYS of "Joshua" and meaning, "Jehovah Delivers" -  defined Biblically. (i.e.- I Chron 11:14)

The Hebrews were only aware of a promised Messiah and that He would be called "Immanuel." (Isa 7:14)  However,  the name of "Jesus," is not found in the Old Testament Hebrew language. Jesus' name was first used in Matthew chapter 1and verse 1, and a total of 5 times in that chapter and it is NEVER synonymous with "Joshua" anywhere in the New Testament.

Jesus, Biblically defined  means,  "Saviour of His People" (Mat 1:21) and is the name  that is above all names:
Phl 2:9 - Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Phl 2:10 - That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Phl 2:11 - And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

So, I offer up the preceding brief Bible-based lesson for those who want to know.  Those of you who do not want to know - stick your fingers in your ears, and cover eyes and continue down the Christ-dishonoring path.  May the Lord help us!  Pastor Brewer.

 

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John 8:32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

 

2. MY FELLOW LABORERS

By Pastor R.S. Brewer

Someone attended our services sometime ago and after the service asked what I was mad about.  Taken back by his inquiry, I inquired as to his meaning.  He said, " You sound like you are mad at the people you are preaching to.  My reply was this:  Sir, I see a bridge out ahead, I see a fire down below, and a freight train bearing down on us.  Sir, what may have sounded  like anger to you, was merely a passionate pastor trying to rescue, then prepare, as many as possible for what is about to happen - the bridge is out; there is a fire below; there is a freight train bearing down on us - we need to move!

 

1. WHERE IS YOUR HEART?

Jhn 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments.

I have been preaching now, approaching the 44 year mark; though a slow learner, I have learned a few things during these last 4-plus decades in the ministry. 

Among the things I’ve learned is this: God gave me two ears and one mouth.  That must mean he designed me to listen twice as much as I talk.  However, we see man would rather talk than listen.  It is like he wants to put his ignorance and lack of understanding on display.  You know, mouth in motion before brain is in gear! 

Learning this, I have made it a practice to listen much more than I talk (preaching being the exception – then, I am just giving the sense of God’s Word))  I learned to ask some of the great men of God, I’ve been privileged to meet, some question that has perplexed me; then shut up and let him answer. 

I have done the same in college where the science of electronics is concerned as well as college professors teaching God’s Word.II Chron 7:14 calls that “seeking his face!”

Listening usually pays big dividends because you not only gain knowledge and understanding, but the one speaking will unwittingly reveal what is really in his heart.

Luk 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh

“The heart” is that part of the soul that harbors our emotional attachments – “what we love.”  Where saved people are concerned, most of what we love came with us as baggage from Egypt, so-to-speak. 

After salvation, we are supposed to learn to love what the Lord loves and hate what He hates, throwing off that old and unneeded baggage from the old life that weighs us down. 

For the  most part, professing believers could care less about God’s heart; being caught up trying to be a god ourselves and doing that which is right in our own eyes! (See Gen 3:5)

Consequently, people talk, predominantly, about what they love and what they treasure.  They talk about that which they love or,  “where their treasure is!” 

For most, it is money, material, possessions, family or friends, and things of this world; but seldom is it the Lord and the things of the Word of God!  What you treasure most is what you love the most – and most of their treasure  is what they brought from Egypt.  How do I know that? Well, it isn’t that I am innately smart and discerning; but when you fall in love with the Lord and His Word you learn to discern these things based upon the Creator’s Word.

Heb 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Those who tell me that they love the Lord, but never do what He says, are the same who really could care less about what He loves and wants for their lives.  They have, at the very best, a very feeble love for Him who gave all for us. 

It is impossible to walk with the Lord and at the same time, with the World – it simply cannot be done!

Jhn 15:14 - Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 

“Friends” are chosen from among many acquaintances.  Friends are people with whom you identify and have much in common. These characteristics do not allow a loving relationship with worldly friends and Christ also; it just cannot happen. 

So the Word of God says of these whose heart is with the world. 

Mat 7:23 - And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

You cannot walk with Christ and with the world or with those who are of the world.  Now this is speaking of saved people, (i.e.- Kingdom of God)

 

Luk 13:27 - But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. Jesus relates the same words to religious but lost people (i.e.- kingdom of heaven) in Mathew 7:23. 

We are speaking of the saved (Lk 13:27) who took Christ up on His gift of eternal life, but did not pursue the things that accompany salvation (Heb 6:9).

Where is your Heart?  RSB

 

 

Gilbert Independent Baptist Church is an old fashioned Bible-believing (KJB) Baptist Church and we believe and preach that God’s Word, and His Word only, is our rule of faith and practice! We love the Lord and people enough to tell them the truth of God’s Word.

In Him,

R.S. Brewer, Pastor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
     
 
   

 

 

 

 Commentary

on the

Contemporary

CONTENTS

1. Satan’s Yoke

2.  EVERY WORD BIBLE

3. A Self-Evident Truth

4. OT in the NT

5.Lesson In Understanding

6.Synopsis on Creation

7. Relationships Basics

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#6

CREATION SYNOPSIS

 An Excerpt from the Pastor's Book

"Connecting the Prophetic Dots"

Psalm 104:30 - Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

 Gen 1:2 - ...and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 

 I often wondered why God put the revelation of His creation in the first part of the first book of the Bible.  You King James Bible skeptics cannot possibly come to the depth of the knowledge and understanding of God’s revelation of Himself and His plan because you do not have the Every-Word Bible that the LORD Himself promised to preserve. 

Absolutely NONE of the NEW AGE versions have kept every word; without every word you cannot – it is impossible to understand the things that accompany salvation!  You will be unable to even understand the basic Biblical premises of the first verses of the first Book of God’s preserved Word. 

Even the order, chapter and verse arrangement have the fingerprints of the Almighty all over them.  Argue with me if you will, but you do not know what you do not know until it is revealed to you; The Lord reveals very little to doubters of His Word. 

The knowledge and understanding of the Word of God is revealed through the faith of the child of God.  The object of that faith is as important as the faith itself.  You can have a belief that Buddha is the Messiah, but the object of your belief would be wrong and not blessed by the LORD God.

 The reason, at least in part, is the same reason that the Lord put the doctrine of salvation in every book in the Bible but didn’t dedicate even one chapter of any book in the Bible to the explanation of it.  The Bible is written to the people of God … only. 

It is written as it is because it requires the Holy Spirit to guide and reveal His truth to His people; but the Holy Spirit uses human instrumentality not only to put His Word into print, but to explain His eternal truths.  It is part of God’s plan that His people work for and with Him; volitionally guided and controlled by His Spirit.  This is the selfsame Spirit that “moved upon the face of the waters” when He entered into the six literal, 24-hour days of re-modeling the “face of the earth.” (Psalm 104:30)

 You see, God uses His people to teach the lost sinner of salvation.  He also uses His children to teach His people of the relationship He desires to have with them, and that His Written Word is not only the key to receiving His salvation, it is also the key to a close relationship with Him. 

After one gets saved, if he will follow-up and seek to know the God that purchased his salvation with the life of His only begotten Son, then God’s Spirit teaches us to trust His Written Word, in His perfectly preserved, every-word Bible. 

Herein lies part of the reason the triune Jehovah Elohim (LORD God) put the revelation of His Creation in the front of His perfectly-preserved Written Word.  As a saved person, we start our journey to a relationship with Him by illuminating the invisible which is common sense and visibly available to all.

 Rom 1:20 - For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 In other words, The Lord teaches us to love His miraculous Word, and Him as the Author of that Word, by revealing the design in the creation. Only those who reject His revelation of Himself through His eternally preserved Word, are blinded to the obvious and clearly-seen truth of His creation.  In a word, they willingly ignore “Design.” 

 II Pet 3:8 - For this they WILLINGLY are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

 So many saved people are deceived by those who hate God and His Word.  The anti-Christ doctrines are taught in all the public education institutes.  They are even in our private “Christian” schools.

Unregenerate teachers are hired to teach the saved who want to know but refuse to believe the magnitude of the error that prevails in our world and our own American society.  

The doctrines of Creation are put in the front of God’s Book for a reason.  God intended that these clearly-seen, invisible things, should lead us to trust and have faith in His Word. The Word then leads us, line upon line, precept upon precept, to a closer relationship with the Lord.

 Heb 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 We learn to love the Bible through an understanding of the first things. 

We trust Him because we know that One who could create - from nothing - all of the creation, is One we can trust. DESIGN is God’s fingerprint and Creation has His fingerprints all over it. Creation is proof of His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence.

 Pro 3:5, 6 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

#5

A Lesson In Understanding

"Ensamples" & "Examples"

A foundational AID to those who want to learn and understand the Precepts, Principles, and Precedents of the Old and New Testaments of God’s divinely written and perfectly preserved Word.

 

EXAMPLES" and "ENSAMPLES" Defined:

Examples – Biblical behavior in the sight of all but with emphasis to those on the outside of the faith.

Mat 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Ensample(s) – Biblical behavior as a testimony to those on the inside, of the household of faith.  (Used 6  times in the NT)

  Phl 3:17 - Brethren , be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

(“ensample(s)”- used in the NT 6x)

 A Biblical testimony to those that believe, to those on the “inside” who follow Christ. Not simply salvation, being babes in Christ only, but those saved who have, of their own volition, made the personal and conscience decision to learn and conform to the image of Christ.

A “ BELIEVER ” is one who believes the entire Bible is God’s Word, and puts forth the effort not only to learn His ways but also to live what he learns.

“Ensamples” demonstrates to Believers, to those who have chosen to learn and follow the pattern and practice revealed in the 66 Books of God’s Written Word.

 1 Thessalonians 1:7 So that ye were Ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

 1 Peter 5:3 - Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

 “Example:”

1 Cor 10:6 ¶ Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. (contextually, speaking of the OT)

 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

The “Example”

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

(Note: NOBODY in the Bible ever called themselves "Christian," the word means "Christ-Like", No Believer ever sees himself like our Lord.  The closer we get to Him in this life, the closer we get to the Light, the clearer we see ourselves as we are.  One mark of one who walks with the Lord is HUMILITY!

#4

OT REFERRED TO

IN THE NT

PERTINENT FACTS

 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

 “Scripture(s)” used 53 x in Bible, 1x in Dan 10:21, 52x in NT!

 “Is written” 86x in NT, 4x in Mt 4

“Law and prophets” used 10x in NT

 “Prophecy” used 10x in NT, 9x referring back to OT.

 

Examples

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Scriptures meaning the OT)

 1 Cor 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6 ¶ Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted

 1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Deut 5:28 ¶ And the LORD heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and the LORD said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken.

29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever

#3

A Self-Evident Truth

 This is a truth that is self-evident:

 If the eternal Word of God, which He perfectly preserved to every generation, and was divinely designed by the Creator to be His Manual on life and living, will not change the fallen nature of man, or his behavior against man’s will, then  it is highly unlikely, yea, nigh unto impossible, that man’s laws should have any hope of success.  Even though they are written by corruptible man with the  intent to control the aberrant and destructive behavior of man, .

 The LORD God, promised to preserve every jot and tittle of His Word, which man cannot corrupt.

Man’s laws have no such protection against man’s evil nature. Whereas, one God-fearing generation writes laws based on God’s eternal Word that are good, right, and just; so that succeeding,  God-rejecting generations violate those laws at the highest levels and the once-God-Fearing society  the God-fearing laws were designed and written to maintain, are corrupted by evil men, deceivers, and seducers.

 Conservatism, while good, cannot maintain a God-fearing society alone. Conservatism is not inherently divine, it is therefore incapable of converting the soul of man and his behavior thereby.

Without the Divine influences brought on a society through adherence to His preserved Word, society will descend into disorder, chaos and destruction.

Man’s laws are no substitute for adherence to the LORD God’s (Jehovah Elohim) perfectly preserved Word.. Thus, the corruption of a once Godly nation must and will ensue. Jehovah Elohim, A.K.A. JESUS, did not Create the world of mankind so that creation could forget and ignore Him!

Just as order cannot come from disorder unless someone greater orders it: so order will be overcome of disorder unless the original order is maintained.

Without Christ, not even right-wing conservatism can exist, how much less left-wing liberalism, which is already chaotic and Christ-rejecting, contribute to a moral and ordered society! RSB

 

#2. An

EVERY-WORD

BIBLE

Pro 30:5 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Among the most important doctrines, if not the most important, for a believer to learn, is the doctrine of the Bible, and that in its many facets.

Learning about the Bible is foundational and motivational to learning it.  In the 21 century, this doctrine has been minimized, criticized, and confused by those who ought to clarify and teach and instruct others, namely, the men of God set apart by God to feed His truth to His people. 

 A Pastor, called by God will teach those under his care  to recognize and acknowledge that the very Bible he holds in his hands is:

  1. The very Word of God, and
  2. Every Word of it is pure, and
  3. Every Word is chosen by God,
  4. Which enables a believer to trust the God that preserved each and every Word.

With that knowledge and that trust in His Every-Word Bible, the Believer can then warrant and experience the protective hand of God on His life. 

It is a great comfort to know that my heavenly Father watches over me and He only allows into my life that which I am able to handle.

Knowing one has the pure, every-Word Bible that the Lord God promised to every generation, enables that trust.

Psa 12:6, 7 - The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

So where does the confusion, come from if we have God’s Word?

The answer is simple and the same answer it always has been since the Garden of Eden.

Gen 3:1, Yea, hath God said,? 

If Satan can get believers to doubt God’s Word, believe something that is not God’s Word, then the power of God that is in His pure Word is made ineffectual in the life of believers. 

That results in believers that are anemic when it comes to putting their trust in God’s Word and in the Creator Himself!. 

Their faith in His Word is weak, their faith is weak and God’s power is not brought to bear in a world that desperately needs the power that comes from trusting Him and His Word. 

Now God promised to preserve every Word of His written Word and it would be pure, that is without any error.   

Faithless mama-called, daddy-sent preachers who God did not call (See Jer 3:15); fall prey to Satan's "Bible Version Controversy" claiming to make the Bible easier to understand has resulted in a full scale apostasy (falling away)  from the truth. They are lazy preachers with the wrong "Bible" and the wrong Biblical priority, and no Biblical Authority! 

The preaching and teaching of God’s Word is to be first and foremost in a NT Church.  In most churches, people do not carry a Bible to church, they don’t need to.  There is so little Bible taught in the Laodicean churches of today, they don’t need any Bible, much less the right one, and there is a RIGHT ONE! 

They don’t even know there is a right one.  All the versions since the late 1800’s come from Satanic Catholic texts.  Versions of the new age they are; versions of the truth. 

Inspecting their fruits, confusion, lack of understanding, division, and error has increased with each one. 

That God’s blessings have been withheld from each is self-evident.  More and more today, Satan’s obvious hand in each of these has had his intended result in the infected people asking, “Yea, hath God said?”  Each one, NIV, ASV, NASB, NKJ, ESV to name a few used today:

  1. All them claim to be the best,
  2. All of them compare themselves to the King James Bible,
  3. All have 5000 or more changes from the Greek Received Text, and
  4. None of them agree with the others, and also
  5. Those who lack understanding increase in number,
  6. And the disunity among the brethren increases  proportionally. 

God’s people cannot be unified unless there is a pure standard to provide that unity. 

Pro 20:23 ¶ Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good

Divers standards are an abomination to the Lord.  All but the King James Bible are copyrighted and a royalty must be paid to the publisher to use them commercially. 

What does that say to a thinking  young believer? What does that say to an older but still immature Believer who has allowed the New Age Versions into his life? It should say, somebody under satanic influence has been tampering with God’s Word! 

God said He would preserve His Word to every generation.  The Lord warned:

Pro 30:6 - Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. 

He repeated that in a more stern warning: 

Rev 22:18 - For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:- And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

All through the Bible, God had His men preaching and teaching His Word, not their own!. delivering, "Thus Saith the LORD"

2Pe 1:21 - For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost..

They were to transfer the knowledge and understanding of His Word as God revealed it to them through each pure and preserved word,...

...not change it to fit their own understanding!

Each pure and preserved word conveyed God’s intended meaning

The Holy Spirit was the one to give the understanding of His Word – I doubt that the Lord needs any man to do anything more than to acknowledge God’s perfectly preserved word, learn it, then preach it as it is and teach it as He preserved it! RSB.

 

1. Satan’s Yoke

 I received this from an unknown source and wanted to share it. 

"Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said, "We can't keep Christians from going to church. We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can't even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Saviour. Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.  So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered-dish dinners, but steal their time, so they don't have time to develop a real relationship with Jesus Christ.  "This is what I want you to do", said the devil. "Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!  "How shall we do this?" his demons shouted.  "Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds," he answered: 

A. Tempt them to spend and borrow. Keep them dissatisfied with what they have.

B. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.

C. Keep them from spending time with their children.  As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape or refuge from the pressures of work!

D. Over-stimulate their minds with video games and amusement so that they cannot hear that 'still, small voice.'

E. Entice them to play the carnal radio stations and questionable music whenever they drive...to keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their homes and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-Biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.

F. Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes.

G. Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what's important, and they'll become dissatisfied with their wives who are only concerned with what they want.

H. Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night. Give them headaches too! If they don't give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere. That will fragment their families quickly! 

I. Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real truth.

j. Give them an Easter bunny that lays eggs so they won't talk about His resurrection and power over sin and death.

k. Even in their recreation, let them be excessive - have them return from their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God's creation.  Send them to amusement parks!, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.

l. Keep them busy, busy, busy! And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, they will leave with troubled consciences.

m. Crowd their lives with so many good causes that they have no time to seek power from Jesus. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of their own cause. 

'It will work! It will work!!"  It was quite a plan! The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing professing Believers everywhere to have little time for their God or their families, and to have little or no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives."

I guess the question is, has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the judge!

Does "BUSY" mean: B-eing  U-nder  S-atan's  Y-oke?- RSB

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