The DeceptiCon and CINO of the United States Congress

The following link is to my article which I contributed to BarbWire.com

The DeceptiCon and CINO of the United States Congress

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Misplaced Compassion

Many church organizations have fallen with misplaced compassion, thereby, having their understanding shaded and obscured. They may support Israel’s right as a sovereign nation, yet, their compassion lies with the Palestinians. Our vision (individual or corporate) should never be blinded to the truths of the Bible and its prevailing doctrines. As such, many (churches and individuals) have superseded God’s eternal covenant with Israel, with compassion. This only reinforces the need for a “Full Gospel” (from cover to cover on each doctrine) teaching and understanding of the Bible.

 

Gen 12:2-3 KJV

(2)  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

(3)  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

Take note that Israel is a source of blessings; no such promise is entailed with any other nation. Therefore, to favor any nation above Israel is simply self-injurious. As a country the United States must refresh its friendship and commitment to Israel, for this nation as with churches and individuals stands before God Who will defend that blessed land of Israel. The connections between U.S. policies, Israel and subsequent problems, downturns and disasters were detailed remarkably by John McTernan in his book As America Has Done to Israel. Please do not be deceived that strict policies and actions by the United States will not go unnoticed or unanswered by God, they will.

Psa 122:6-9 KJV

(6)  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

(7)  Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

(8)  For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

(9)  Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

 

Psa 137:5-6 KJV

(5)  If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

(6)  If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

 

Isa 66:5-24 KJV

(5)  Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

(6)  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.

(7)  Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

(8)  Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

(9)  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

(10)  Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

(11)  That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

(12)  For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

(13)  As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

(14)  And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

(15)  For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

(16)  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

(17)  They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

(18)  For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

(19)  And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

(20)  And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.

(21)  And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.

(22)  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

(23)  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

(24)  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Here, let me reiterate that blessing and supporting Israel is a source of blessings to the church, individual or country; no such promise is involved with any other nation. Therefore, to support any nation above Israel is not only self-detrimental but goes against the millennial and eternal plans of God.

By Rev. Steve Williams

Israel

Christian, I beg of you and pray, that you know the truth of Israel, that the United States position (not vetoing) regarding the advent of this latest United Nations resolution is wrong-headed. The Church has not replaced Israel, the promises made to Israel still belong to her, for God has not forsaken His covenant with them. Please stand tall for Jerusalem and Israel. She, Israel, the Jews will know their Messiah and the manifold promises of God will be kept toward her.

(Romans 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:

(Romans 11:27)  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

This salvation will not be arbitrary, but through the saving grace of Jesus the Christ.  (Revelation 7:4)  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

 

With this in mind our prayers should be with Israel, our stand should be with them. Regardless of human sympathy, our Biblical understanding of Israel, requires that we as Christians must offer our full support to Israel and to none of her adversaries. My cry to you is not only based on the Bible, but in history and the political. This UN resolution, quietly supported by the Obama administration and the subsequent speech by John Kerry abandons a century of bi-partisan support for Israel by the United States…

 

Many leaders of our country, including Democrats (even President Wilson) and Republicans supported the reconstituting of the Jews’ national home in Israel. At the time 1917-1922 you will find in your research that the participants of the League of Nations believed that the Jewish people had a moral and historic claim to Israel. This moral claim because the land was promised by God Jehovah to his chosen people, and historically, since many ancient history sources declare the Jews to be the people of that strip of land and the historical references from the Bible proclaim the same.

 

The current political and educational elite of the United States, often do not agree with the assessment of their predecessors who with representatives of the Palestinian Arabs realized that this group of people (Palestinians) were connected with Syria, nationally and religiously. Some Palestinians are now attempting to link themselves with the ancient Canaanites; there are at least two problems that any credence. The first is that God ejected the Canaanites from the land He promised to His chosen people, the Hebrews.[1] The second issue with this attachment with Palestinians to the Canaanites is that there is no consistent historical record of the Canaanites to the Palestinians, and such claims are only of a recent nature. With regards to the last two paragraphs, do not take my word for it (although you can), but I encourage you to do the legwork (internet research will do fine) and check out the historical references I have mentioned concerning the League of Nations and President Wilson.

 

I further place before the Christian and any reasonably minded individual, to take the words of the Bible as truth, and harken to their warnings.

(Genesis 12:3)  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

(Numbers 24:9)  He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

 

And let us not forget the injunctions of the Holy Word of God regarding our prayers and sentiments.

(Psalms 122:6)  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

(Psalms 122:7)  Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

(Psalms 122:8)  For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

(Psalms 122:9)  Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

 

(Psalms 137:5)  If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

(Psalms 137:6)  If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

I close with these pleas, do not be associated with Replacement Theology, which may be better known as Supersessionism. This is a non-Biblical belief (with no Scriptural support), that proports that the Church has replaced or succeeded Israel, and that Israel no longer has any claim to the promises of the Bible. This type of thought is not only in error but is hogwash, for its vary basis implies that God does not honor His covenants (which we know He does) and that He is not the same throughout the centuries, and of course we know that He remains ever the same.[2] Another rationale not to hold to Supersessionism is that it is the same postulation of Islam, that of superseding Israel. All a Christian must do is read Romans chapter eleven to understand that God has a current and future plan in place for Israel, and the concurrent plan for the Church is found throughout the New Testament.

If the aforementioned case against Replacement Theology is not enough then consider the following Scripture:

(Leviticus 26:43)  The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.

(Leviticus 26:44)  And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God.

(Leviticus 26:45)  But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.

Be a friend to Israel, support them politically, morally and financially, because it is the Biblical thing to do. Besides the fact that God will bless you for your support of Israel and curse, execrate, despise and detest those who do the same to Israel. Even if you do not agree with the political positions and actions of the nation of Israel, be careful of your sentimental stance with others or against, for God maybe an adversary; let us recall Leviticus 26:43-45 and couple those verses with the following:

(Exodus 23:22)  But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.

 

By Rev. Steve Williams

 

[1] Genesis 15:16; Leviticus 18:25

[2] Numbers 23:9; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 6:18, 13:8; James 1:17

Three Pillars

Christmas and Virgin Birth go together; the former is fully dependent upon the latter. As a matter of fact, the entirety of the New Testament rests upon three legs, which in turn stand upon the foundation of Faith. Those three Pillars are, The Virgin Birth, The Crucifixion and the Resurrection. One without the other makes ineffectual the remaining two. One could say then, that if you do not believe in the Virgin Birth, one is not a Christian, regardless if one goes to church or considers themselves a Christian. The same is true of the Crucifixion, really the whole of the Passion of Christ, as well as the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

Too much has been abandoned by the modern Church, and its members in regards to the direct proclamations of the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 15:19, it says (paraphrasing), if our hope in Christ does not include His Resurrection, then we are most pitiable. Because, if Jesus is not resurrected, then we have no hope of resurrection; no hope of salvation, not even of the soul.

These three pillars of the Christian Faith, have always been assailed, but of late, have truly been under direct assault, often, from within the Church, not just from without. The three pillars I write of, are true because God is not a man, He cannot lie, would not lie does not lie, and does not change as man does (Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18, Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, we must believe all of what is proclaimed in the Bible because, God our Savior, who created the earth and man, and all other creatures, and a universe to go along with it, who chose a people, provided, delivered and protected them, and then as fully God, yet fully man, came to earth to die and be resurrected, that we might be saved is all true.

We must accept all the Bible not just what is popular in the Word but all of it. We must embrace the most difficult of Scripture, that there is a Hell to be shunned, and a Heaven to be gained, and not all are going to Heaven. Many there be who will find the road to perdition, the actions which God said were sin, are sin, no re-interpretations are needed (nor welcomed) for what is acceptable to God in our lives. So, if we believe in the three pillars of the Christian Faith, then we must believe in all the Bible, it is not up to us to pick and choose for what appeals to us as an individual or body. God has spoken, let it be so.

Merry Christmas or Crīstesmæsse in old English, meaning Christ’s Mass, a time of holy Communion with God, celebrating the birth of Messiah.

Rev. Steve Williams

 

Tests

A test is a simple concept for all of us to understand, for from our earliest memories we have all, most likely been tested, a multitude of times, academically, socially, professionally, artistically and in the numerous sporting fields. Likewise, we too are tested by God so that we may find our measure relative to our relationship to Him and His Word. It is this last testing of course, which stands paramount to all tests, for these tests reveal our preparedness for eternity to come.

In Psalm 26:2, David asked of God to be examined, or tested, to be proved or assayed and have the reins of his heart tried or refined. This should be the prayer of every Christian, and a posture of self-inspection is one that we should maintain throughout our life. From Romans 12:2, to 2 Corinthians 13:5 and 1 Thessalonians 5:21, we are instructed to prove ourselves and everything we digest mentally and spiritually.

Our very spiritual safety with Christ, our growth in Him is connected to this proving, the finding of our spiritual trueness. Without some compass to guide us, without direction from Above we are left with our own devises, with only our feelings to manage us. In fact, this latter position will lead to unintended errors and may result in a falling away. The compass is the Bible, the inerrant Word of God, affording us humans an unchanging set of directions, revealing what is right, regardless of the societal-norms of the era in which we live.

Most of today’s Worldliness in the Church is brought on by Christians driven of their feelings and not by the Word of God. These Post-Modern (skeptical of ultimate truth, producing a more human less Divine Christ) Christians (and Church) often are following the dictates of their hearts, feeling assured that they cannot be wrong, because it feels right. The prophets of this Post-Modern-Church call out, “if you follow your heart, nothing evil will come to you,” Jeremiah 23:17. What these errant teachers, these self-seekers neglect to offer to the laity, is the prophecy of Isaiah, regarding self-deceit (Isaiah 44:20). The false teacher nor the one who is forging their own path, bring up the foolishness of those, “who do that which is right in their own eyes,” such as with Israel in Judges 17:6.

The Post-Modern Christian and Church have forgotten the condition of the human heart, the seat of those feelings they want to follow, that it is deceitful above all, and is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9); therefore, human feelings are untrustworthy. Abraham Lincoln once said that a lawyer “who represents himself has a fool for a client,” which reminds us of Proverbs 28:26, “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool.”  

This self-following is a dangerous proposition, for our heart in compassion, may not be able to handle the truth of God’s Word, as it pertains to sin. This well-meaning (at least in their mind) person and church may say that “how can it be wrong to love someone, even if they are the same sex?” The next step of this individual or Church is to question the Word of God, and begin to find a way to change or ignore the directives of the Bible.

Again, these folks, these Post-Modern Christians, whose intention it is to help women, say, “how can it be wrong for a woman to have a choice of whether she wants to give birth to the baby in her womb?” These Post-Modernists have forgotten the copious Scripture regarding murder, the sacrificing of children and the command to choose life, Deuteronomy 30:19.

These same Post-Modern Christians and the resulting Church, whittle down the Word of God so that it reflects their feelings, in an attempt, to make God acceptable to the era in which they live, this politically-correct, inclusive society. Therefore, the have misshapen the Bible and its Author to conform to their own self-image, one they believe is right, because it is a more compassionate image. This Post-Modern Christ image, is one that is flexible, one that speaks of sin in general terms, not specifics, such as is in the Bible.

Whether it is a man and woman living together outside of the bonds of marriage, abortion, inebriation, lying, or the entirety of the LGBTQ movement, the Post-Modern Christian the Churches they populate can find a way around the Bible’s injunctions. The way is their feelings, the path is pernicious, and these Post-Modern Churches have fools for members.

I know this of which I write must sting for those who are related to someone who is Post-Modern in beliefs or who practices one or more of the myriad sins mentioned in the Bible. Regardless of feelings, God has not changed nor has His Word; this then is our mission as it relates to the Church, to sound the call of repentance, the call, to return to God as He has described Himself in His Word, to return to the Bible as He had it wrote, trust in Him alone, and put our feelings aside, and follow His Truth.

Electoral College

On this Thanksgiving Day, I praise and give thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, that I live in a country which uses a representative form of government, which type stands the fairest of all human-governments. It is a simple system of a Republic, one of an indirect vote, and not a majority or direct vote of a pure Democracy. There are weaknesses with both systems, but I am fully convinced that choosing our President by a College (I prefer the terms body, association or convention of those who will elect) Electors is the best (besides mentioning that it was chosen by our Founding Fathers and written into the United States Constitution; Article Two, Section One), since the Electors are in direct proportion to a State’s Congressional and Senatorial representatives.

If a person has a problem with the Electoral College vote, then they should have the same issues with our Legislative processes. As I make mention of this, I of course am referring to the participation of smaller states versus larger states. States such as California, Texas, Florida and New York, having the largest populations, have the largest legislative representation, therefore the most Electors in the College. The genius of the Electoral College is that the smaller populated states, can (as in the 2016 Presidential election) have their voice heard above the most populated areas of our country.

I recently read an opinion which stated that a vote on the Coast is just as important as the votes of farmers in the middle of the United States. Of course, those votes are just as important, but they, the Liberal voters and Democrats do not make up the majority in those smaller states. The process of the Electoral College is to protect the rights of all, but also to ensure that the smaller states have a voice too, just as those people on the Coasts. Via the Electoral College, States like Idaho, Alabama, Montana and the Dakotas, can influence the election. Whereas, if the Presidency were determined by direct popular vote, then, all the votes of about thirty states would go unheard.

The reason so many liberals and Democrats feel dejected over the process is that their base is found mostly on the West-Coast, and the North-East, North-Central parts of the country. Therefore, they can win the popular vote, yet loose the Electoral College vote. Their point is that since they overwhelmingly choose a Liberal or Democrat, then their voice is only being heard by that amount of pre-determined Electoral votes. This is true, but in their complaint, they have forgotten that the same holds true of Conservatives and Republicans, in those Liberal and Democratic hotbeds, such as California and New York. A good example is in New York, where in New York City, they vote about 90% Democrat, while the more rural areas of the state vote Republican. The same holds true in California, where the coast (most of the population is there) votes Liberal, and the rural votes Conservative. That means that the Conservative vote is wasted in the Electoral College in California and New York.

I have often remarked on numerous occasions that a Conservative or Republican vote on the Coasts is wasted, my solution is that if a Conservative or Republican feels their vote does not matter, then move, to where it will. The same stands for Democrats and Liberals; which they have made a change in states like, New Mexico and Colorado. Yet, these two states have not always consistently voted Democratic, it has been a change in population and demographic which has brought the change. But even in California, it has only been the last seven Presidential elections where they have gone for a Democrat. Prior to that California had voted Republican from 1968 through 1988, and nine out of ten elections, starting in 1952. So, the question is, would the Liberals and Democrats who are crying “foul” and “unfair” to the results of this and the 2000 election, be protesting and attempting to change the Electoral College to a popular vote, if they had won again. I did not hear these young people (evidently these Millennials and younger voters don’t look at historical patterns) griping when Mr. Obama won not only the North-East, the West-Coast, but took the entirety of the North-Central States. Bill Clinton’s victories were even more impressive than Obama’s in his runs in 1992 and 1996.

But this history lesson may be too much to ask a young person to digest after a disappointing election cycle. Most of these complainers, have grown-up knowing only two presidents, Bush and Obama, with Obama being their first victory. I imagine these youngsters and those so who were so emotionally invested in this election, believed that they could not loose, nor would a Republican or Conservative win again. They believed that progressivism had spread to such a point that they could do nothing but win, because Enlightenment had dawned upon the masses, diversity becoming key-word, with political-correctness ruling the day, and “Evangelical” being classified as a dirty word, a term for out-of-touch-people. They, the Liberal-Christian, Leftists, Socialists, Center-Left-Democrats, thought that those pesky, (their thoughts and descriptions, not mine) Bible-thumping, politically-correct rejecting, Self-Righteous block could not affect the vote. Yet here we are, with a Republican as President-Elect; although Mr. Trump is no Conservative, and I cannot attest to his state of personal-salvation, a Republican will take the White House in 2017.

Don’t worry Liberal or Democrat Christian, if our country continues down this path of sin, and rejecting Gods Holy Word, you will, with the rest of the those clamoring for an Atheist state, get your wish. A country where, Christ can only be mentioned as a good person, a person who helped the poor, a philosopher of his times, not the Christ of the Bible and the Church of the Reformation, who died and rose again to save, heal and deliver, offering a Resurrection and Eternal Life; that Jesus, who said that there was only one-way to the Father, will not be a welcomed topic in your man-built Utopia, heaven-on-Earth fantasy-future which drives the Liberal cause.

True Followers

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I include in this short article a link to a commentary by Matt Barber, (columnist for Townhall) entitled: Christian Terrorists’ Don’t Exist. Mr. Barber has articulated what I have felt for years, that true radical-Christians show love in radical ways, while radical Muslims are violent, and hateful in their ways.

Many will be acquainted with the slang, Jack-Mormon, I have adopted and freely have been using the term, Jack-Christian for quite a while. I employ the label Jack-Christian to call attention to a person that is inactive as a real-Christian, an individual that may or may not attend a local Church, and has degraded the Word of God (the Bible) into their own doctrines; teachings that make them feel good about themselves and to do not follow faithfully Jesus Christ or His commandments.

It is now time to use the terminology “Jack” with Islam, for true Muslims are those that follow after their prophet Muhammad; this following goes beyond the Quran. Radical Muslims also follow the Hadith (the sayings and deeds of Muhammad), these two (Quran and Hadith) Muhammadan sources together have developed Islamic jurisprudence.

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So then, those Muslims that do not follow Muhammad directly, make up the majority of Islam (most intelligence agencies put the number between 75-85%) and they are peaceful Muslims; the remainder (a significant minority) are considered orthodox or radical Muslims. This minority accounts for between 150-300 million (dependent upon which percentage is correct) radical-Muslims, world-wide. The point is, that the majority of Muslims are not devout but are Jack-Muslims, for if they were fully following Muhammad, they would be tyrants and murderers amongst other things. Peaceful Muslims are not true followers of Muhammad. Christians on the other hand, can with no reserve follow Christ having no concern of doing damage to people, because following Christ leads to service and sacrifice. Following Muhammad leads to enslavement, murder and oppression.

 

By Steve Williams

 

Therefore Choose Life

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Every day humans are put to the task of making decisions that may affect the remainder of not only their lives but the lives of those around them. Most of these choices do not result in immediate life or death circumstances, yet, we are called by God to a day of salvation, a day in which we choose life over death. Since today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2), then today is the day we choose life.

In all of our plans, with all of our selections, with every unimportant election that we make, with each vital decision that is set before us, our need, our want and the only logical and Biblical choice is: life. In the following paragraph I address the choices of death from the perspective of what has been and is currently part of the ordinances of many countries across the world and in which many states, if not all of America, have been enacted to facilitate death.

Euthanasia (referred to by many as mercy-killing), feticide (abortion, AKA: Pro-choice; what an enigmatic and purposefully vailed title), infanticide (more mercy-killing; has not yet reached the United States, but has been a part of the culture of India for centuries), parenticide (another form of the so-called mercy-killings) and all of these are against the choice of life. In each instance they are not only entirely against the written commandments of our Lord, these selections of death, are in complete rebellion of the Spirit of those commandments. The decision for death for those in our care brings a great penalty which marks our life, and adds a burden of guilt that God does not want anyone to bear. For we are made to live, to fight for life; God has put within our minds and our spirits a will to strive for life.

It is then with our own mortality that we must also choose life, for suicide (whether assisted or not) for whatever reason, is a choice of death and instead of the person committing self-murder being saddled with guilt, that heavy weight is left with family and friends. There is no relief for the living with death by design of those we hold dear, those which are in our care or who care for us. Death, is final in this world, the grave seems cold and harsh; there is no hope in death, yet, only hope in life. A choice for life, in the womb, at the sickbed or at the moment of greatest stress will leave the individual, free from the bloodguilt of murder; let each of us choose life for death comes to all in the end.

Can we be forgiven for murder? Of course; all sin except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is forgivable. But all one has to do is read about the Apostle Paul to see the burden he carried because of the choice of death.[1] Let us choose life, for choosing life removes all questions of guilt in death.

God has commanded and implored us to choose life at all times; indeed, no two words can be more beautiful than: choose life.

 

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 KJV

(19)  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

(20)  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

 

By Steve Williams

 

 

[1] 1 Timothy 1:15; Acts 26:9-11

Inversion of Sin

 

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What a difference in the teaching of theologians over the course of 250 years; sin was constantly put under the Light of the Gospel, and treated in the manner of what it is: death. In this era, rather than attacking the source, and reviling the actions of sin, the modern theologian dismisses sin, excuses sin, fabricates entire doctrines to revise the Commandments of God, to include sin, especially of the sexual nature and make sin clean.

It seems much of the modern Church has lost the vision[1] that we are utterly fallen, that our nature is entirely corrupt, and now finds what was once considered wrong, right. Many of the teachers in the Church over the last 100-years have laid waste to the doctrine that we are unable to choose to follow God or refrain from evil that we are unable to accept the gift of salvation and we are indeed slaves to sin, except that the Holy Spirit exerts influence upon us and draws us to Christ.[2]

According to these modern-teachers then, we bring good (works) to the altar, and are not in need of the full saving-Grace of Christ and instead we are considered an equal-partner in Salvation. Of course this is a ridiculous proposition for Ephesians 2:8, defines clearly for us how we are saved and Who does the saving.

Ephesians 2:8 KJV

(8)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 

By Steve Williams

 

[1] Proverbs 29:18

[2] Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesian 2:1-10

Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God, a Redux Memory

As a boy I remember hearing my father preach that great sermon, Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God by Jonathan Edwards; Edwards’ text for this quote was Deuteronomy 32:35. Excepting that he utilized modern English, my father went word for word from this oration by Edwards. Below is just one paragraph of Pastor Edwards’ most well-known work; a powerful anointing rests in its words for it is simply the truth of God’s Word.

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“There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men’s hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God’s enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames. We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; so it is easy for us to cut or singe a slender thread that anything hangs by: thus easy is it for God, when he pleases, to cast his enemies down to hell. What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down?”

Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God, July 8, 1741

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By Steve Williams