Saturday, June 27, 2015

Belonging To The King, Untouched

The truth is not negotiable.  The truth is really not to be debated but proclaimed.  I feel grateful to live in a time where the wheat is being extruded from the tares--where the dross is being stripped away while the valuable gold gets purified in the fires of tribulation and persecution.  In the modern time it is so easy, because of conveniences and plenty, along with the hum-drum of the concomitant mundane daily grind . . . to genuinely feel as if one is not doing enough for the glory of God and the proclamation of truth--of the Gospel.  But then I look at it now as a blessed time to be a believer, where the chance to stand for the Truth and the Gospel takes on so much more importance in contrast to the rank, wicked culture of deception and self-delusion which has sprung loose as if from a once restrained coil.

Now, by just going about our regular business, not seeking trouble, trouble is making its way to our door.  Here is a merciful opportunity to witness unashamed, triumphantly; there will be no hiding and playing it safe allowed, thank God.  So much rot and barnacles, parasites and infection has attached to the Host . . . to the true and living church . . . that it must be cleaned and tried and winnowed to separate the false from the authentic that the glory of God may shine forth unfiltered by clinging decay.

Away with the fake!  Let the pretenders run for cover and deny their Lord!  Let the cowardly and foolish be ashamed!  He will be ashamed of them later on that Day.

As for me and my house, we choose life, truth, honor, joy, holiness--our Lord . . . with no excuses!

 I thank God He has reared me in a time where the contrasts are so stark, so prevalent, so easy to discern.  The dead can marry, collect baubles, drink and guffaw all the days long--I will stand with the living, born again in Spirit, proceeding by every Word that issues forth from the Sovereign King Who is sustainer, ruler, judge and comforter.

I will continue to watch and warn and witness to the awe-fulfilling truth and look for fellow disciples among those prattling cadavers rushing headlong to their doom; collecting the faithful, singing together songs of thanksgiving and praise; for this life is short--but a flash, a vapor, and then all the weight of reality comes to bear. . . . The agonizing cries of the quick life wasted will ascend along with the cheers and comradery exultant among those won in the victory of the Lamb.

I observe the fallen cities and wasting empires, the paupers and junkies masquerading as princes and luxuriant merchants babbling in their madness, the tricks and whores and cons, lost in the trances and dreams and webs spun by demons in their long night, servants and children of the evil one . . . and I wave on their vain passing with a pitying eye. . . . But not for long, for I am eager to hold my gaze fixed on the brilliant, dazzling glory of the Creator Who knows me and my royal kin and He carries us along, past the burning fires of Gehenna, strengthening our steps along the way--cleansing and purifying and conforming us more and more into the image of the Son, Who is perfect, praise God!

I will not succumb to the enemy's desire for despair in me.  It is a lie! I do not belong to the petty, dying kingdoms of this dark world, which are slated for fiery destruction.  I live in and belong to the new, the living, the everlasting, the sweet, the loving, the forbearing, the most glorious . . . and that is where my heart and mind point and proceed.  Begone Satan with your dour fears and mangled, confused "wisdom" for it is foolishness to me.  I belong to the King of the universe and you can't touch me. . . .


Steve Finnell said...


Are all men guilty of sin because of Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden? No, they are not. Will men spend eternity in hell because Adam sinned? No, they will not.

Original advocates present Romans 5:19 as a proof-text for original sin.

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.(NKJV)

The theory is that because Adam was disobedient in the Garden of Eden, then all men are guilty of sin at birth. Men are guilty of sin because they sin, not because Adam sinned.

Are all men made righteous because of the obedience of Jesus? No, they are not. Men become righteous only if they are obedient to the gospel plan of salvation.

All men are not sinners because Adam sinned.
All men are not righteous because Jesus did not sin.

Romans 3:23 for have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (NKJV)

All men become sinners because all men sin.

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.(NKJV)

All who commit sin are sinners. Being born is not committing sin. Being born is not a lawless act.

James 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (NKJV)

Temptation comes before sin. Babies in the womb are not tempted. Infants do give into the desires of fornication, drunkenness, theft, murder etc. Only those who know good from evil are capable of sin.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned---(NKJV) [BECAUSE ALL SINNED]

Adam introduce sin into the world. All men will die physically because of Adam' sin. Men will suffer spiritual death, because they themselves sinned.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgement of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.(NKJV)

Men will be judged according to things they have done. Men are not going to be judged by what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden.

The only way to escape the punishment of sin is forgiveness through Jesus Christ.



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Mark said...

John 20:16,17,18
16Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means, Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'" 18Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and that He had said these things to her.

Jesus ascended....deciples will follow

Just don't touch!

The ascention is in comming knowing God intimately or consumed/consumated.

Anonymous said...

Amen. As my pastor said yesterday, "Marriage remains unchanged. It is the same as it was a week ago, ten years ago, millennia ago. And that is what God says it is: a union between one man and one woman with one purpose, which is to demonstrate on an everyday level the relationship between Christ and the Church."

He went on to give the most resolute yet winsome declaration of why the Church eternal thinks that way. And then, he declared how it is that we will love those who identify as LGBT by allowing them to come to church to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and how he can transform our identities from one that says, "I declare what is best for my life, my beliefs, and my actions," to one that says, "You declare what is best for my life, my beliefs, and my actions." Just as Jesus transformed Paul's identity on the road to Damascus, so He can do the same for ANYONE. It will stand, in my reckoning, as one of the most beautiful sermons of my lifetime.

And on the topic of the first paragraph: Be it so ordered. And thank you, Jesus, that you have already done so.


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