Saturday, August 11, 2018

Blaming God for Natural Disasters (Meme)


Even today insurance companies are quick to call natural disasters “an act of God.” Things have not changed much over the centuries. God is still blamed for things that He did not do. p. 33


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sin Opens the Door to Satan and Sickness







Sin Opens the Door to Satan and Sickness

Troy J. Edwards

And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. (John 5:13-14)

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38)

The interconnectedness of the Bible and its ability to interpret itself is astounding. When we allow the Bible to define its own terminology and act as its own commentary then we will become less reluctant to accuse God of doing things for which He is not the least bit guilty. We will learn to point the finger where it actually belongs – at ourselves first and then at the devil secondly.

John 5:13-14 tells us that it is sin that caused the man that our Lord Jesus healed to be sick in the first place. Jesus told him to stop doing it or he could possible open himself up to something worse. It should be no wonder to us that forgiveness of sin and divine healing go together (Psalm 103:1-5; Mark 2:1-12; James 5:14-16). It is sin that brought death in the world (Rom. 5:12-14) and sin continues to lead to this result (Rom. 6:23; James 1:12-15). Death and sickness are twins (Compare Deut. 28:60-61 with 30:15, 19. See also Jeremiah 21:8-9).

This is by no means intended to accuse all who are sick of sinning. Some are sick by no personal fault of their own. Nonetheless, sin is at the root of all sickness whether or not the sick one is personally responsible. The primary point here is that God is not the author of sin and, therefore, is not the author of sin’s consequences. 1 John 3:8 tells us that Satan is the author of sin. A similar passage found in Hebrews 2:14-15 also points to this malignant being as the author of death.

Sin leads to death and Satan is the author of both. God is the author of neither. On the contrary, He is the deliverer from both (Psalm 107:17-21). In Acts 10:38 we are told that our Messiah and Lord Jesus was able to heal and set men free from Satan because God the Father was with Him. Jesus came to undo the destructive work of Satan (John 10:10). The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that sickness is Satan’s work (Matt. 12:22-28; Luke 13:11-17; 1 Cor. 5:5). Though Scripture sometimes attributes sickness to God a simple comparison of such passages shows that He was merely taking responsibility for what He did not prevent Satan from doing (For example, compare Job 2:3 and 42:11 with Job 2:7).

The fact is that in most cases, especially in the Old Testament, when God’s people choose to rebel against Him then His only part in sickness is to remove His protective presence that usually restrains the attack of sickness and disease. As the Lord told Moses, “I won’t protect them, and they’ll be eaten alive. They’ll be in so much trouble and distress then that they’ll say, ‘We must be in all this trouble because our God isn’t with us anymore!’” (Deut. 31:17b; The VOICE Translation). A paraphrase by Dr. Jack Blanco in “The Clear Word” gives even more clarity to this:

“When they do this, I will have to withdraw my protection from them and leave them at the mercy of their enemies. Many terrible things will happen to them, and they’ll say to themselves, ‘All these disasters and sicknesses have come on us because we have turned against the Lord our God, so He’s not with us any more.” (p. 236)

Therefore, sin is not something to be taken lightly. When we sin we open ourselves up to assaults from Satan upon our bodies because we remove ourselves from God protection and place ourselves in satanic territory. The good news is that God will manifest His miraculous healing power in our bodies when we repent and turn from sin. Nonetheless, it is better to avoid sin. This keeps us out of Satan’s territory and prevents attacks of sickness upon our bodies.

However, should we choose to sin and suffer the inevitable consequences, let us at least have enough integrity not to blame God for that which we actually did to ourselves.


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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Does Sin Disqualify You?


Does Sin Disqualify You?

I appreciate the insights of many of today's Bible teachers. They build my faith and help me to make adjustments in my walk with Christ where I find myself falling short.

However, sometimes, in our attempts to comfort believers and reassure them of God's unconditional love, mercy, and grace for them and our desire to strengthen their faith, we might make statements that cannot be fully reconciled with Scripture. For example, I have heard some men, men who are otherwise excellent Bible teachers, make statements such as, "Sin does not disqualify you from God's kingdom."

This statement, left alone, falls quite short of the Bible's plain teaching on this subject. Note the following Scriptures:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 6:9, 10)

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:21)

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Eph. 5:5)

The writer of the book of Hebrews further states, "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).

Now this is NOT to denigrate the good men who make statements such as, "Sin does not disqualify you from God's kingdom." I believe that what most of them are saying is that the SINCERE Christian who attempts to walk in the light of God's Word and who repents and seeks God's forgiveness when they do sin are never disqualified. This is is usually what most of them are saying and I am in 100 percent agreement on that fact (see 1 John 1:7-9). Furthermore, many of these wonderful men and women of God would point out the fact that their statement is not giving anyone a license to sin.

However, having been in the ministry for over 30 years and much of that being in some form of pastoral ministry, I have found that people have SELECTIVE HEARING. They will hear the part that they want to hear and sort of dismiss the rest. Some people only hear the part that says, "Sin does not disqualify you from God's kingdom" and use that as an excuse to indulge their flesh while believing that they will remain in the kingdom. This is known in most circles as "Once saved, always saved."

Hence, my blog post this morning is a warning to those who actually are looking for a license to sin while believing that they will still qualify for the kingdom. Do not be deceived. Scripture is clear that sin that is not repented of will indeed disqualify you.

On the other hand, for the sincere believer who loves Christ but, like the rest of us, stumbles on occasion and come short of God's glory, take comfort in the fact that, because you love the Lord and you always repent and seek His forgiveness, your sin does NOT disqualify you because it was washed away by the blood of Jesus the moment you told Him, "Lord, I'm sorry. I will never do that again." I believe that this is the best understanding of the statement, "Sin does not disqualify you from God's kingdom."


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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Prophecy and Prayer by Charles Usher (1967)


“Divine prophecy is not necessarily a revelation of the divine will; it is often a foretelling of what God (in His foreknowledge) sees will be the inevitable result of evil systems. Therefore, we may be in perfect harmony with God’s will in praying against those things coming to pass.”
Usher, Charles The Prayer Life (Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1967), pp. 35-36

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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Reason for Evil and Suffering in this World


The Reason for Evil and Suffering in this World

"We know [for a fact] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] lies in the power of the evil one [opposing God and His precepts]." (1 John 5:19; The Amplified Bible)

One very simple answer for the evil and suffering in this world is that there is an enemy who is opposed to God and has great influence over the hearts of men and women that are currently disconnected from God.

William Matson states it well when he writes, “God, then, did not make this world a scene of sorrow. It was not His purpose that it should be such, but the contrary. It became  what it is by the deed of Satan, in opposition to the will of God.” (The Adversary: His Purpose, Power and Person, 1891, p. 43)

God's laws and precepts are meant to help mankind to live in ways that could eliminate all evil and suffering and bring about peace, harmony, health and wholeness. During the millenial reign of Christ when Satan is bound for 1000 years and God's laws are prominent then all violence, sickness, and suffering will be eliminated. Peace and harmony will prevail.

Because the time has not yet come for Satan to be punished (Matt. 8:29; Rev. 12:12), he is presently permitted to spread his misinformation and lies about God. He is presently allowed to persuade men with lies about how rebellion against God's ways are the best ways.

Sadly, men continue to buy into and embrace his deceptions The LGBTQ agenda, sexual promiscuity, abortion (unborn baby murder), rebellion against authority, atheism, and other horrendous activities are on the rise. Along with these comes violence, the spreading of death and diseases, neglect of the poor and hungry, and other painful results. None of these are willed or desired by God because they are the results of acting upon information that is opposed to God's precepts.

Understanding the Biblical truth about God's loving character as well as the Bible truth about the malignant character of the enemy opposed to God's laws of love will help us to stop blaming God for the evil and suffering in this world and place the blame exactly where it belongs - on the devil and mankind who willingly believe and follow the lies of Satan.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Why? - Insights from Our Books


“For years theologians have told us that Job was all about God’s agenda (that he was using Satan to test Job). However, when this book is read carefully we can see that it is really about Satan’s agenda to malign God’s character.” (p. 51)

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