Sunday, January 14, 2018

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  4 (1 of 3)
CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
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Christian liberty is freedom to live like Jesus did in His days on earth as a man. It is liberty to live like Jesus not like the world. If we choose to live like the world, then we can expect to suffer the consequences of our "worldly" behavior.
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As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  1 Peter 2:16
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How others judge us is of no consequence, when it comes to eternity, it is how God judges us that matters.  We know when our behavior is bringing Him glory and honor, and when it is not. If we are unsure we need to seriously ask Him, then seriously obey what He tell us.
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For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles (sinners) through you, as it is written. Romans 2:24
Within about the first year as a Christian I was passing out tracts on High Street in Columbus Ohio within the Ohio State campus area.  It was dark at the time.  There was a hand full of men within a circle talking to one another.  I entered the circle and gave each of them a tract (Christian literature on how to give their heart to Jesus).  After failing miserably at my first attempt to witness, after I was converted, I prayed that the Lord would always give me an answer for any question that any one would ask me about Him. I was nineteen years old.
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One of the men said, I have a question for you.  I said OK; the Lord will give me an answer for any question you ask. One of his friends went down a sidewalk, which was between two buildings and urinated on the wall of one of the buildings.  The man pointed to his friend and asked; did he sin when he did that?  All public law aside, none of which I knew anything about that act, I interpreted his question as a religious one.
As I waited for an answer from God, the man asked, Well did he?  I said to him, I am waiting on an answer from God.  Right as I said that, God gave me the answer.  I said, yes! The man said, what?!!  I said, He's a sinner, everything he does is sin, even his own righteousness is as filthy rags in the sight of God, but if I had done it, it would not have been a sin, for in God's sight I am righteous.  I don't remember any more than this, but I am certain we all parted amazed.  About a week later as I was reading in the book of Titus, God confirmed what I said to the man was from Him. The reference is Titus 1:15-16.
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Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:15-16
God has delivered us from the bondage of sin and death to no longer be controlled by its grip.  We now have a choice when once we did not.  As "Sinners" when we did right, God saw it as evil.  For, everything we did as Sinners was classified as sin. The fruit of the "sinful nature" is sin.  As Sinners our good is as filthy rags in God's sight.  God does not see any sin a Christian does as sin, but as disobedience, for God deals with us as Saints and Sons not as Sinners, therefore with disobedience comes discipline.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:2
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But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 1 Corinthians. 11:32
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If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? Hebrews 12:7
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  1 John 3:9
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Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  Romans 7:20
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.  1 Corinthians 10:23
There appears to be a "gray area" for us on an individual level, God knows what will cause us to stumble, what is not a good testimony concerning our walk with Him, what will cause us to backslide, therefore we as an individual have restrictions on what we can or can not do, for what is not clearly stated in the written Word, our guide to Christ-like living, and how to please God.  God will not give us a liberty that is clearly forbidden by scripture.  I wrote earlier, "but not without the instruction the bible gives to keep us on the right path to His perfect will for us."  Not without his written word to guide us and to help keep us out of error.

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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuelsiders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over eight years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jude 3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
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As has been common for a few months, I have been part of multiple topics of discussion, which for sake of space I will not share about, but my FaceBook Timeline has many of the responses I posted related to those topics, for those who want to read them. To keep this editorial as short as possible, there is information I have been made privy to about a doctrine that teaches “the son’s of God” in Genesis 6:4 are the male descendants of Seth who married the female descendants of Cain “daughters of Adam.” I have heard this doctrine many times, but did not ever do enough research to find why the doctrine exists. There are a lot of details that for lack of space I will try to be as synoptic as possible. Genesis 4 talks about Cain’s genealogy and Genesis 5 about Seth’s genealogy, then to the Genesis 6:4 history about sons of God and daughters of Adam.
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If a person does not know everything the Bible teaches contrary to that doctrine they could easily be persuaded to believe it, since the information flows from Genesis 4 and 5 into Genesis 6:4.  Genesis 5 teaches through Seth men began to seek the Lord again, giving rise to a righteous line of men; it is for this reason the word Giants and Men of Renown is interpreted to mean “Great men of impeccable Piety and abilities.” The word “giants” is interpreted metphorically not literal. That could easily be believed … IF… there is nothing to prove that Doctrinal conclusion is false.
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Archeology has found cuneiform tablets that validate LITERAL Giants did exist before Noah’s Flood and that they were Wicked …not… righteous; therefore the word “renown” is not a favorable designation but one to mean “men who made a NAME for themselves by being extremely wicked” not pious. When Moses wrote in Genesis 6:4 “then and now” it is obvious literal Giants existed when Moses wrote the verse. Both Goliath and Og’s height are given to have ranged from about 10 to 16 feet tall, and using Peter and Jude’s statements about angels who left their first estate being bound in chains of darkness reserved until the Day of Judgment, it is easy to reject Genesis 6:4 is talking about Cain and Seth’s descendants intermarrying, but actually fallen angels who took the form of human males to have intercourse with human women.
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Fallen angles being the cause of what produced literal Giants who were wicked men that helped to corrupt antediluvian civilization to the extent of God sending a flood to kill them all except eight humans. I had to research a claim by an individual this past week who posted a statement that the Hebrew Canon is about the lost city of Atlantis and a few other claims that I know are false and purposefully blind. I wanted to find where the individual got his blind conclusions from.
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After having gone from one source of information to another, I found that another cache’ of GNOSTIC writings were found in a cave in Ethiopia and compiled into a book by someone in the third or fourth century that continues to exist today titled “The Cave of Treasures.” Some of the books in the Volume had to do with Adam and Eve’s lifetimes that expand the synoptic information we have in the Hebrew Canon, which includes the teaching about Seth and Cain’s descendents being what Genesis 6:4 is talking about. The Books found in the Cave were not included in our Bible for a reason, just like a myriad of others that still exists; obviously because so many of them were KNOWN to be of GNOSTIC origin … NOT … of GOD Inspired authoritative origin.
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The Apostles WARNED us not to believe the Gnostics; therefore I wrote “if you want to believe the Gnostics about Seth and Cain being Genesis 6:4 that is your prerogative, I will Not.” When people OVER ALLEGORIZE or treat the Scriptures as all metaphor they will ALWAYS produce Doctrine and Theology FULL of Errors, compared to the LITERAL meaning. The Catholic Church has been just as guilty of the overuse of … allegory and metaphor … as any other Denominations that do it, which are called CULTS … not … BIBLICAL Christianity. One of many examples of “overuse” is claiming ALL the promises made to Israel are now … solely … those that belong to Christians; this kind of misuse helps to support and fuel Antisemitism.            
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Samuel Siders   1/14/2018 [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]