There is no doubt about it, sin is an enemy against living the Christ
life...and believers battle it continuously! Would you knowingly give
any tools to your enemy so that he could overpower you and keep you
ineffective? Off course not! By just trying to follow the law you are
actually supplying the enemy the tools to defeat you! Before you condemn and sentence me by banishment to hell consider the following.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. (1 Corinthians 15:56)
What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would
not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have
known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet."
But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced
in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead.
What! What!! What!!! Are you saying that God's
holy, righteous and good law, established by God Himself can be fuel for
sin? should I dare to say it...YES! Is it because the law is bad or
wrong?...No! We have a fallen, rebellious nature which is naturally
disobedient. And the law is God's mirror to show us that distrusting,
rebellious nature. (You can continue reading about this in chapters 7
and 8 of Romans.)
For a believer to live a victorious life, he
must die to the law. How foolish it would be to maintain a relationship
with a dead spouse after remarrying. We are to be faithful to the new,
living spouse...not the one who is dead. The law has no place in a
believer’s life. When dying to the law becomes a reality believed in the
heart, not just words spoken by the mouth, then sin loses its power!
Please understand. The law that we've been talking about dying to is
"the law of sin and death." It's that set of rules which point out our
sins. For the Jews, it's the laws, statutes and regulations embodied by
the Ten Commandments. For the Gentiles, it's basically the same thing
but written on our hearts (Romans 2). And in both cases... Jews and
Gentiles...the penalty for breaking even one is death. There is another
law to live under; it's the law of the Spirit of life.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me
free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to
do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his
own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he
condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of
the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the
sinful nature but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)
have been freed from the law of sin and death. Under that law, whoever
sins is to be put to death. But we now serve God based on a new law.
Whoever has the Spirit has been made alive...eternally alive because of
God’s Grace Message!
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), is a common verse cited by Christians who believe that if you're not attending weekly meetings or plugged in a church denomination that you are somehow out of sync with Scripture and, for all practical purposes, "backsliding". Some refer to the out of church crowd as rebels, or the walking wounded and this verse is often given as the prescription. But is "attending church" really what the author of Hebrews had in mind here?
YES THE BIBLE SAY’S NOT TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING TOGETHER? NOTICE IT DOES NOT SAY DO NOT FORSAKE THE "ASSEMBLY" OR CHURCH BUILDING.
First of all, it is essential that we understand the meaning of the word "church" as it is used in the Bible. These comments, while being historically and biblically sound, are not meant to suggest that Christians should not meet together, share fellowship, pray or preach the Word of God. If that is the conclusion you…
Came across this on the net, no author cited to give the credit to. Whoever he or she was...did an excellent job!
The trial of Pastor Jones
Judge: Mr. Jones you have been charged with multiple counts of
extortion. Your crime spree covers 20 years and thousands of victims.
You have defrauded people out of their money with fear and manipulation,
telling them they had to tithe 10% of their income to your church and
that God would bless them if they did. You also told them that if they
didn't tithe God would curse them. How do you plead?
Mr. Jones: I
plead not guilty your Honor, I have done nothing wrong. I have only
preached what the Bible says. In the Bible Abraham tithed to Melchizedek
and God blessed him for his faithful giving. The Bible even says he was
rich in silver and gold.
Judge: Is it not true, Mr. Jones, that
in Genesis chapter 13 verse 2 the Bible says Abraham was rich with
livestock, silver and gold?
Mr. Jones: Yes, you are exactly right, that's what I j…
“Reprobate infants are vipers of vengeance, which Jehovah will hold over hell, in the tongs of his wrath, till they turn and spit venom in his face!”
Elsewhere, Edwards asked the question:
“Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell?”
Now, a bit of clarification: Edwards is not referring to God when he speaks of the “believing father in Heaven”. Rather, he is speaking an earthly father who enters Heaven, while His children are sentenced to an eternity in Hell. One would assume that Edwards’ answer to this question would be something akin to, “Nay! And a thousand times nay!”.
Unfortunately, his answer was as follows:
“…it [the sight of his children in Hell] will increase rather than diminish his bliss.”
To be honest with you, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read more demonic, and putrid words in all of my life. I have a level of respect for Jonathan Edwards, and kno…