Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WHY ARE PEOPLE LOST? Dan Mayfield

Is it God's fault? Is it Adam's fault? Is it mother or father's fault? Or is it each man's fault? Are God's requirements too hard? Are men lost because God made it too hard? Is man born only to go to hell? Why are people going to hell? Why are so few going to heaven?
1. God is righteous and desires for all men to be saved, 1 Tim. 2:4f; Tit. 2:11; 1 Jn. 2:2; Jn. 3:16. The blame cannot be laid at the feet of the righteous God.
2. Adam sinned and led the way for his children, but they sinned all on their own - just as Adam did. Paul says spiritual "death spread to all men, BECAUSE ALL SINNED", Rom. 5:12. The spiritual death Adam suffered came on him because he disobeyed God. And when all men follow in his steps, also sinning against God, so death spreads to all men.
3. Can we blame our parents for spiritual separation from God? After all, Moses said God visits, "the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation." Exodus 34:7; Num. 14:18. This is the warning from God that our children can and will suffer in this life because they learn their father's ways. The limitation of the influence of the grandfather and great grandfather indicates that this isn't the idea of inherited that supposedly is transmitted from Adam throughout all of mankind. This is something different which Moses is speaking of. Parents can influence their children to do evil, hence the strict warning by Jesus in Mt. 18 and 19, but the soul of each person is not stained by the parents' trespasses.
4. Perhaps men are lost because God's requirements are too difficult. Is faith in God instead of faith in materialism too hard? Is the fruit of righteousness less desirable than the fruit of darkness? God says to "having nothing to do with the fruit of darkness", but men immerse themselves in the darkness and they suffer from being in the darkness. Is it not better to walk in the light of God's truth and love? Is obedience to the only Sovereign God harder than obedience to worldly taskmasters? Men only seek what they can get out of you and they mistreat you. But Jesus said, 'Come to me" and "I will give you rest for my burden is easy, my load is light'. Mt. 11:28-30. There are many people who choose the broad path that leads to destruction and they reject the very idea of denying themselves and carrying their cross daily. They fool themselves to think they are choosing the easy path, but it is full of disease, pain, and death. Instead they choose the flesh and blindly they lay up treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy. They don't know that their money bags are moth eaten and every way they choose will not prosper, Haggai 1:6. Is the lie easier than the Truth? Men choose to suppress the Truth of God because they are literally hellbent on doing evil. God's way is better. To follow Christ is not too hard. Salvation is a moment away for those who put their faith entirely in God, Mark 16:15-16.
5. God from before the very foundation of the world determined to rescue man from sin, Eph. 1:3ff. "Do I take any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?" says the Lord GOD, Aand not that he should turn from his ways and live?" Ezek. 18:23. There you have it. The wicked man is spiritually dead and separated from God. But God says the man can turn, if he chooses to, and the same will live. No, this isn't speaking of physical death and life, for we are all dying and all shall die. But God's concern in this chapter is the spiritual condition of fathers and sons. If a man repents, he shall live. This is the love and the justice of God. God has paved the way in the Gospel of His beloved Son for all men to be saved.
The wages for sinning against God is death, Rom. 6:23. We look at Judas and think how could he? Whatever was his motivation to take those thirty pieces of silver, Mt. 26:15. What did it get him? It got him nothing but despair. And do we not see that the world offers nothing but empty despair? "God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, this he shall reap." Men are so very lost because they have made the monumentally bad choice of turning away from the beneficient Creator.
All men will not be saved. And on judgment day God will judge them for the choice they made today. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." 2 Cor. 5:10. Judgement Day is coming and God's wrath is against those who did not know Him and did not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, 2 Thess 1:6-9. God is fair and there's not an ounce of partiality with Him, Rom. 2:11. And so God is showing kindness to all in the hopes that it leads men to repentance, Rom. 2:4. Many reject God, suppressing the truth in unrighteousness, and to these He says, "But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each one according to his deeds." Rom. 2:5-6.
The choice is yours. It's a faith choice. Will you follow Jesus Christ or will you reject Him? Acts 2:38; 22:16. Respond today.

WOULD YOU LIKE HEAVEN? DM

The glorious Gospel with the promise of eternal bliss is hard to surpass in its appeal. Who doesn't want to finish up this life with a grand entrance into joyful rest forever? But who may enter that rest? Only those who have repented of sins and have followed Jesus Christ life of holiness. The Psamlist said,
"3Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? 4He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully."
- Psalm 24:3-4
Let's give some attention to our hearts. Let's examine our lives and put away sin. Why is this essential? Because an unchanged life is a life that did not believe and love the only true God.

PHILIPPIANS 1:3-14 CLASS OUTLINE

God knows your predicament and does not leave you alone, Philippians 1:3-14
Philippians chapter 1 verse 3 through 14 comma the messages that we do not do this alone. As the gospel spreads throughout the world, Paul isn't doing the work alone. The Philippians are working with him. God is working with him. And other Christians throughout the world are emboldened to tell the truth.
Prayer, Philippians chapter 1 verse 4 & 9.
For the Apostle Paul, there is Providential Power in prayer so that Paul is filled with trust and great joy. He knows he will get out of prison, vs12. Paul's prayers are all about other people even though he is in prison. The Greek word for prayer is supplication and it means a heartfelt intreating. For us, our prayers become more serious as we come to rely more on God.
Participation in the gospel, chapter 1 verse 5.
The Greek word Koinonia means partnership or sharing is the cause of Paul's Joy. This is so comforting when your life is filled with trust. The body of Christ needs to see the preaching of the Gospel as a work we all share in.
Perfecting the good work in you, chapter 1 verse 6.
Paul is confident and firmly persuaded of something. He is confident that this is God's work and that God is who Begins the work will end the work into them to its completion. The work is invisible and unseen and does not move at a place where we instantly see it but it is real nevertheless. The work of saving and perfecting to the end is from Faith to Faith (Rom. 1:17) because our faith is in God who's doing the work, see 2:12f. My admonition is to be aware of God's continued work in our lives.
Partakers in the grace of God, chapter 1 verse 7.
Im Paul's mind and heart because in his chain and work of the Gospel they are fellow sharers with him, verse 8. It shows that he longs for them in the very bowels of his being, which is the place of the heart and lungs; and it's also the place of the heartfelt love, the emotional place of man.
Progress of the Gospel, chapter 1 verse 12 through 14. Here we see the Apostle Paul is in prison which is an attempt to silence and impeded the spread of the Gospel. But the word of God is not in prison gospel is being spread so that people even in the palace are learning of Christ.
Lessons
The Blessed condition is from God who does not leave his Saints to be deserted or abandoned. From the dark prison with the heavy chains, the Apostle has more blessings which sustained and lift him up. This is an important message for us to remember when we go through the difficult days of our life.
The work of God Prospers greatly even as the evil world attempts to stop it. The devil never wins and the gospel of Christ is unimped in bring Salvation to those who are seeking.
We are greater when we work together. Let us always remember that every member of the body is significant in God's plan.

COMMANDS, ADMONITIONS, AND WARNINGS: CALVIN'S FACADERY, Dan Mayfield

What purpose is an admonition or command if God's sovereignty has ordained everything? Why warn against sinning if being holy or unholy is pre-ordained?
What Calvinists say. Calvinists preachers establish that God's sovereignty is absolute because man has zero choice. Not since the first sin of Adam does man have the ability to do anything but that which God has decreed for him to do. That's what they say.
But when you listen to Calvinist's preaching by MacArthur or Piper and others, there are many admonitions and warnings in their messages. The people being warned and the people being condemned in these sermons could say, "Are you suggesting I could do anything other than what I'm doing?" As long as you don't ask them that question, the answer is yes. But if you ask them the question, the answer is no. It's a contradiction.
Why is there always the contradiction in Calvinist's preaching? These admonitions, warnings and commands which fill Calvinst's preaching are a facade and what the facade says is that you have free will. Calvinists are always contradicting their own position. If they are true to Reformed Theology, they say God is entirely Sovereign and they say that man from the moment of conception is utterly unable to do anything but be born depraved, stay depraved, and go to hell. The only way off of that one way course to hell is if God specially selects individuals here and there to be awoken from the depraved state to be born again. These few specially selected people are now on an irreversible course to heaven and there's no way for this person to go anyway since God's in absolute sovereignty decreed this new course. So all such admonitions, warnings, and commands to all people, on the course to hell or on the course to heaven are merely an exercise in facadery. There is always the contradiction in Calvinism between the facade of free will and the foundation principles that undergird the theology.
Calvinist will answer, replying that God accomplishes his divine will through the preaching of the Gospel with it's commands, admonitions, and warnings. Still it's just window dressing facadery. The outcome is already determined because God is sovereign and man has no free will but to do exactly what God decrees.
What do I believe? Calvinists will say that I don't believe in God and that my criticism of Calvinism shows I'm still in the utterly sinful and hostile condition of rebellion. No, I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is King of kings, and Lord of lords. I believe in the Sovereign God who works out His salvation through Jesus Christ. I believe that God loves every soul enough to offer the free gift to them all (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4,6; 4:10; Titus 2:11; Heb. 2:9; 1 Jn 2:1,2). I believe that promises like "if you believe you will live" are Jesus' open appeals to every person. I believe that every person can hear those words and make a full volitional choice to accept or reject God. I believe that heaven awaits those who in faith and love obey the Gospel of Christ (Acts 2:38; 22:16) and those who do not believe in God and do not obey the Gospel will pay the penalty of eternal destruction away from the presence of the Lord (2 Thess 1:6-9).
What I do not believe? I do not believe Calvinists preach correct on sovereignty. I do not believe they understand what was lost and what was not lost when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. I do not believe that the God preached by Calvinists is the God of the Bible. I do not believe that Calvinists do justice to God's love and wrath when they use those words. If what a person does is already decreed by God, how can a righteous and justice God send these people to hell if they had no say/free will in the matter?
Calvinists are locked deep into a system of belief that is many levels deep. It's nearly impossible to be extracted from it. They use the words of the Bible and the Gospel. They talk of grace, faith, sin, forgiveness, hope, heaven, and hell. But it all sets on top of not the foundation bedrock of Jesus Christ. But instead it rest upon a distorted view of God's will and how He accomplishes that will. The Calvinists God does not trust the power of the cross to reach the heart of an individual. It does not trust in man to spread the Gospel. It is a God that leaves anything to chance. To the Calvinists, His God decrees every step of man and decrees before the man came into the world if he would go to heaven or hell.
Because Calvinism is utterly fatalistic, a hopeless message for the masses going to hell (for what Adam did and for what God did not do: foreordain their salvation) all of the admonitions, appeals, warnings and commands are nothing but facadery. If you are a Calvinist and want to study your way out of this terrible place you find yourself, we can talk. Ask questions. Don't fall back on the thing always said, "It's a mystery." There are answers and the truth is beautiful.
One last word to Christians who don't believe in Calvinism. Be careful that you don't betray the truth by adopting unscriptural terms like "sin nature". When Paul says to the Ephesians they "were by nature, children of wrath", it does not mean that the innate, inborn nature of a baby is to sin. That's Calvinism interpreting. The "children" in this Ephesians 2 reference are grownups and all of us are God's children gone astray. And the nature is the nature developed in us by the practice of sin. The truth is not that we are born with a nature to sin; we aren't pre-disposed to sin. But the truth is that we are born with the nature to learn, to exercise free will, to see the beauty of God and to choose to do His will or our will. We are pre-disoposed to choose. We are pre-disposed to seek God which is why we are "incurably" religious. The soul knows there's more than meets the eye. So be careful, dear Christians, that you do not use terminology that is wrong. And don't fall into the error or explaining behavior of little children as evidence of a "sinful nature". God's watching out for these little ones. They are precious to Him. And it is you and I who had better become like them if we wish to go to heaven.
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CANDY BARS: MAKING CALVINISM UNDERSTANDABLE, Dan Mayfield
Let's say that God wants everybody to give Him a candy bar or they go to hell but no one has a candy bar, everyone is candy bar-less, and they have no way to get or make one. So God gives them the candy bar to give back to Him: that's Calvinism.
Let's say that God only gives the candy bar to certain people with no choice of their own, who then give it back to Him with no choice of their own: that's Calvinism.
And let's say that God doesn't give the candy bar to the majority of people and so they have no candy bar to give back and so they go to hell because they were born without a candy bar and never could possibly give Him one: that's Calvinism.
Let's say that the blessed people, who won the lottery and were the select few who were given the candy bar to give back to God, sit around talking about how blessed they are to have such a gracious and fair God: that's Calvinism.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

PARENTAL INFLUENCE: YOUR SONS WILL BE LIKE YOU, Dan Mayfield

When going to Egypt, Abraham asked Sarah to pretend she was his sister. It was a lie, though she was his half-sister, she was also his wife. Abraham feared being killed if he was known to be her husband, but not if he was thought to be only her brother.

"10Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13“Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you." Genesis 12:10-13

You would think Abraham would learn. But no, he does it again. He went to Gerar in the land of the Negev and again asked Sarah to pretend to be his sister.

"Abraham said of Sarah his wife, 'She is my sister.' So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah." Gen. 20:2.

It was only by God's intervention that Sarah was restored to Abraham. And so these two instances were not the brightest moments in the history of Abraham. From fear Abraham lied and deceived other men. Did he teach his son to do better?

In Genesis 26 when Abraham's son, Isaac with Rebekah went down to Gerar of the Philistines, Isaac fears the same fate and lies to the new Abimelech (a title and not a personal name), telling the men that she was his sister (Gen. 26:6). Actually, she was his cousin and his wife. So Isaac lives but his wife is prey for the ruler who is always on the lookout for another woman. These were scary times.

Young people may not remember this, but besides Saddam Hussein's other evils, he had two sons who terrorized Baghdad by cruising the streets always ready to pick up the beautiful girls to make them sexual objects. Parents literally hid their daughters lest they be seen by these predators. I'm sure it was much like this in Abraham and Isaac's day. It may give new purpose to the full veil so many women in the middle east wear. If Sarah and Rebekah had their faces covered, their beauty would not be seen. But I digress.

Knowing that fathers influence sons, there's little doubt that Abraham influenced Isaac in the most important aspects of his character. This influence would include a willingness to deceive. But thankfully the influence was also in the great faith Abraham had in God. Great men of faith are rarely ever perfect. Their weaknesses are often passed on to the children. But if God is most important to the man, that faith will be demonstrated a hundred ways so that they children follow his faith too.

One last point. There are recessive and dominant traits which parents pass on to their children. When parents are genetically similar, those similar traits statistically will likely show in the children. It's like this in non-genetic things like faith and character. An Isaac is likely to pick up the spiritual strengths of Abraham if they are also in Sarah. And Sarah and spiritual strength to spare. Parents, remember that if you work together to raise your children so that both of you reflect a strong faith in God, it is more likely that your children will have a deep love for God. Be encouraged by this because your children are imitating you.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

LIVE THIS DAY FOR GOD LIKE IT'S YOUR LAST: START WITH PRAYER, DM

"It's appointed for man to die, and then comes the judgement." Heb. 9:27.

It's easy to be distracted from really important things. We are rarely distracted from responding to the dinner bell but the dinner bell is there to get out attention. We have alarms to wake us because we have been distracted by sleep. We now have in cars vibrators and bells that ring to get the attention of a distracted driving who is crossing the center median. We get distracted by the world so that minutes, hours, and days go by without really ever giving some serious time in talking to God.

Death is going to come and that will be it. No matter what you are involved in or how big your plans, death will come unexpectedly and then you might have regret.

"You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper." - Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

That's right, it doesn't matter who you are; you are going to die and then you will meet the Lord. So pray. What is the most serious matter is that we spend some important time talking to the Father in heaven. Make sure everything is good. Confess what needs to be confessed. Get some right perspective from Him who gives wisdom generously. Talk about the day. Give Him thanks. Seek His protection and healing.

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16.

Wouldn't it be awesome to stand before God some day and be able to say, "I sure enjoyed talking to you this morning."? When it comes to prioritizing today, think of a few areas of importance. Connecting with family and church is right up there at the top. Reaching a lost soul with the Gospel is right up there at the top. But the very tip top, pinnacle of importance is drawing up close to God.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

IMAGINATION

Before God made light, He imagined it. Before Christ came, before the foundation of the world God imagined it. If you want to do something, imagine it. We are made like God. We think, we love, and we create because we are like God. So use your imagination and create. Use your imagination to solve. If your imagination is guided by God's word, your creation will be pleasing to God. Praise God. 

THE NATURE OF THE FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT: GOD'S PLAN FOR US TO BE LIKE HIM, Dan Mayfield

Wisdom - "His understanding is infinite" Isaiah 40:28
Will - "Good, acceptable, and perfect" Romans 12:2
Love - "God is love" 1 John 4:8
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the three persons in the Godhead possess these in their nature. When God said, "Let us make man in our image", God embued man with a like nature - as much as the created can be like the Creator. Man possesses the greatest likeness to God than all other things in the creation. And this includes the wisdom of knowing, the power of self-governance, and the heart to be selfless and charitable.
Isaiah 48:16-17 speaks of the three persons in distinction of the other: "16 Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have not spoken in secret, From the time it took place, I was there. And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit." 17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go."
Take note that the Triune God, three persons in One, is spoken of in this text. The Redeemer is sent by the Lord God and by His [Holy] Spirit. The Redeemer is surely the Christ who existed with the other two before the foundation of the world. This Redeemer would be the one to come in into the world by when the Spirit of the Father would conceive the child in Mary. The Redeemer would come to save as Isaiah speaks of more than once (see Isaiah 53; 59:20).
Isaiah 59:16 says, "He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteeousness, it sustained Him." Here God does for man what sinfully corrupt man would not and could not do for himself. And so God sends for the Redeemer "who will come from Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob, says the Lord."
The nature of the Fahter, Son, and Holy Spirit is to wisely do for us by love what we could not do for ourselves. The God of infinite wisdom, by His perfect will and power, demonstrated His love for us by sending the Redeemer, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ in order to save those who turned from transgression to live unto righteousness.
Where are you today? Because God made you with the ability to choose, and to love, and to know, God has done all He can to appeal to your person. Will you love Him? Will you listen to understand and accept His Truth? Will you act with the will-power God has put inside of you?
Salvation is the aim of God in sending Jesus Christ. Most people will love the world more and hate God. Most of the world choose ignorance and refuse to learn from the Lord. And most people will resist Him and continue in their own will.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:1-2.
To know God is to want to be conformed to Him. And to be like God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, means conformed our entire being to Him. Think like Him. Do like Him. Love like Him. Then you will be complete in His sight and that is the reason He sent the Redeemer into the world.
Your thoughts please.

THE HANDICAP OF BEING SMART, Dan Mayfield

It’s hard for a smart man to enter the kingdom of heaven. That’s not directly stated in the Scriptures, but it’s true nevertheless.

We remember that Jesus said, “It’s harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” I have thought that “smarts” or intellectualism is equally as much of a hindrance as riches are to going to heaven.

The Gospel does not lend itself to pleasing the materialistic proclivities of man. Not to influence, not to nobility, not to strength, not to wealth, and not to intellectualism.

The Apostle Paul said, “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God” 1 Cor 1:26-29.

The devil enticed Eve with the promise of knowledge. “You will be like God, knowing good and evil” Gen 3. Solomon warned about the trouble the reading of many books can bring. “But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body” Eccl 12:12. Just as the lust of the flesh and eyes are a hindrance to spiritual goals, so the “pride of life” puffs up the fleshly mind which is hostile to God, 1 John 2:15f. John goes on to say that the one who would live forever is the one who humbly submits to God’s will. The “smart” often find this submission to God’s word particularly challenging.

“The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever” 1 John 2:17.

When someone puts a high premium on “being smart,” it sounds as wrong as saying, “These are rich guys, so why don’t they believe the Gospel?” “Smart”, the abundance of knowledge and human wisdom, has no correlation to becoming a believer, unless it is a reverse correlation: the smarter you are, the less likely you are to go to heaven. As being rich makes it harder to go to heaven, so being smart makes it harder. Remember what Paul said that not many noble, not many influential, not many wise we among the converts. Smart people walk away from Christ as much as any rich young ruler.

To become a Christian what is necessary is a typical or common intellect which is God’s design. The common mind, highly educated or not, has the perfect capability to grasp the glory of God in the Gospel.

So let us give little importance on money, looks, strength, or smarts. Instead look for the one with a humble and seeking spirit to be the one most likely to follow the Lord.

NATIONALISM IS ABOUT SELF-RULE, Dan Mayfield

Do you know what Nationalism is? It is another example of man's desire for autonomy and self rule. When men are seeking to dissolve all borders in favor of "one world", nationalism is favorable to free people.

It is Nationalism over Internationalism. It is Statism over Nationalism. It is Local rule over State control. And so it is with Individual rule over Local government rule. 


When you hear people complaining about "Nationalism", know that these people want you to have less, not more, autonomy. 

People intuitively know they should not be ruled in their daily lives by foreigners who don't know them and who do not represent their values. People want autonomy. 

Why is autonomy necessary? It's where you have the power to rule your life, home, your children, and to worship your God.

WHAT IF THERE WAS A COUNCIL OF D.C.?

The council of Nicea in about A.D. 325 was convened by Constantine I, the Roman Emperor, bringing together experts in the Bible to come to unity on important Christian doctrine. The Nicene Creed, still repeated in some churches today, was established by this council which specifies what the Bible says on the Godhead, with special attention on the nature of Jesus Christ in relation to the Father.

Of Jesus Christ, the Nicene Creed says, He was "Light from Light, true God from true God" and He was "begotten, not made" and "of one being with The Father", proclaiming that although Jesus Christ is "true God" and God The Father is also "true God", they are "of one being", in accord to what is found in John 10:30: "I and the Father are one".1

The chief error the Creed sought to correct was Arianism which made Jesus out to be created and changeable. Hence, the very divinity of Christ was challenged by Arian, The Council of Nicea debated and settled on the correct Biblical truth of Jesus which was strongly promoted with the influence of the Roman Emperor.

What if there was a Council of D.C., where Bible Believers came together under the promotion of Barack Obama or someone who considered himself friendly to Christianity, what would be settled?

Faith alone doctrine would be shown false. Original sin and Calvinism would be beaten down (Augustine wouldn't be influencing Christianity for a hundred years after Nicea and his original sin doctrine was new by him). Universalism would be beaten back and salvation only in Christ would be established. Women preachers would be outlawed since the Bible says they are not to teach or exercise authority over the men. Modern worship that's become entertainment would be banned and reverent worship and edifying music would become the norm.

I'm not looking for or desiring such a council. But the strong arm of government made the Council of Nicea to hammer out and put in words the truth about Christ. If such a thing happened today, the teachers of error would be exposed and silenced.

We are left to be vocal in the local churches and in our towns. We have to go out and make the case without the "aid" or guidance of a non-Christian authority.

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1.Wikipedia, Nicene Creed

7TH MONTH FEAST - TABERNACLES - JESUS BIRTH, Dan Mayfield

This year in 2016 the feast of booths was on October 16-23. This feast was the third of the 3 major feast for the Jews. The Jewish people traveled to Jerusalem 3 times a year to commemorate God's work in their lives and this feast was a reminder of God's salvation during 40 years of living in tents in the wilderness. It was in the 7th month of the Jewish year when the last of the harvest of grapes and olives were harvested. So there were many offerings of thanks. The people went and "tabernacled" for a week in make shift tents and little huts to remind the people of what God did for them.
It's interesting to me that it was in this month that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. He was the Word became flesh and "tabernacled" among us, John 1:1-14. When the people were in their tabernacles, Jesus Christ was God's only begotten, come into this world a little baby, because God now planned to bring about His great plan of salvation for sinful man.

JESUS IS BORN: GOD WILL FIX THE MESS, Dan Mayfield

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." Gen. 3:15.

Got a question for you. Is Eve's "seed" in Genesis 3:15 in the singular or plural? Note that God speaks to the devil, who Jesus came to destroy the works of, 1 In 3:8, and God refers to the woman's seed as "it" and "his".

I've read that it's talking about Christ and that it's talking about the church, I.e., Christ and the church will crush the devil's head and his works. It's true. But it's also true that you have no seeds without the first seed, who is Christ. The seed of the woman must, first and foremost, refer to Jesus Christ for the is no crushing of the head of the serpent without Him.

When God said to Abraham, "through your seed all nations will be blessed.", Paul in Galatians makes the point that God meant Christ, one seed, not many seeds, through whom all nations would be blessed. So when God says to the serpent, God must without any doubt have in mind His only begotten Son when saying of the woman's seed, "it shall bruise your head".

When, or if, you observe one day over another, and if you choose to make December 25 that day, isn't this the most significant reason to do so that God's only begotten Son came into the world to be our Savior, to give the fatal blow to the works of the devil, and to fix the mess sinful man has made?

What a very special event among all of the things God has done to bring His child [the "it" of Genesis 3:15] into the world through the Virgin Mary. Isaiah foretold of it, angels announced it, shepherds witnessed it, wise men celebrated and worshipped it [note that they gave worship, Gr. PROSKUNEO, to Jesus which angels refused, saying only PROSKUNEO God, Rev. 22:8,9], and the devil's seed feared it, Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1, Matthew. 2.

But it's hardly mentioned and never commanded to be observed, some say. Agreed, and it's your right not to. But that Mark and John's Gospels don't mention it doesn't make the event any less significant. That the Epistles of Paul never mention it or preach on the significance of the virgin birth makes it no less important. When Immanuel came into the world to save sinners and defeat the devil, that must be the very best reason you would keep such a day as December 25.... If you so choose to do.

Give thanks to God for coming into this world so He could show us the way out of it.

DECEMBER 25: WHAT TIME OF YEAR WAS JESUS BORN? Dan Mayfield

To understand when Jesus was born, we have to go back ABOUT 18 months to the beginning of a Jewish New Year. Add up the weeks 2(for the passover and pentecost weeks)+8(Zachariah served the 8th division of Abijah)+1(Lk 1:23 Elizabeth conceived immediately?)+40(gestation of John)+27(6 final months of Jesus gestation)=78 weeks later or early October.
One of the difficulties of breaking this down is that we are dealing with Jewish calendar (starts on the spring new moon) and Gregorian calendar (starts January 1 since Julius Caesar time). The Jewish calendar year is measured by lunar cycles which makes the Jewish year of 12 lunar months to be 11 days shorter than the 365 day year measured by a circle of the sun on our modern calendar. The Jewish year of 12 lunar months is a week and a half or 11 days (unless it's the leap year with an added month which happened every few years when it's still too cold to plant) shorter than the modern calendar. So the 78 weeks on my chart is about 2 weeks shorter than the "18 months" on the chart. 18 months is general and intended to give a snapshot that we are talking about the season of the year that's the opposite season of the Spring time and Passover.
The Jewish Passover "holiday" called Pesach is in 2017 dated for April 11-18. The Passover starts 2 weeks after the new moon (see chart below that the spring new moon is at the end of March). Though the Jews went by a lunar calendar, the week was still a week and hence the same number of days regardless the calendar being used. So we are definitely looking at a starting point of beginning of April thereabout (since the new moon for spring varies from year to year). Therefore the weeks are pretty much fixed (if Elizabeth conceived quickly after Zachariah finished his service in the temple). So count those weeks from the beginning of April, the 78 I have counted up, and it's the end of September. Just an estimate.
The chart is a little difficult to follow. Suffice to say that IF John the Baptist was conceived immediately after the promise made by the angel, their age and the "fulness of the times" in Galatians 4:4 suggest immediacy to me, THEN there are only about 18 months to deal with. That 18 months begins 2 weeks begins on the New Year/New Moon of Spring. That puts you in the fall, not the Spring, for the birth of Jesus. For Jesus to be born in the Spring, you have to come up with another 6 months. That is my final explanation.
One person asked me does it matter? My answer is, sure, it matters. In the course of studying about Jesus's birth, it is asked if the date was December 25? How do you know? The question begins the investigation so that things like new possible dates come up. I'm not fighting with anyone over it. It's just good discussion. I don't believe it's merely academic. Knowing more about Jesus should be rewarding as it adds to what is true and what is not.

THE NEED FOR FREEDOM, Dan Mayfield


In L.A. Lambert's examination of a so-called Christmas sermon by the the famous agnostic Robert Ingersoll, Lambert said about creative genius, "genius depends for its development on favorable environments". The evidence proves Lambert to be correct.
When God made man in His image, "In the image of God He made them male and female", God imbued man with characteristics like His including the mental and emotional faculties which characterize man over the beasts. The best an animal can do is a mimic or pseudo emotion which it does by instinct.
Being like God who created the world in 6 days, man is very creative. Man thinks up things, has ideas and then turns those thoughts into things. Sometimes the things man makes a physical gadgets and sometimes the things are words in the forms of poems, books, articles, treatises, etc. Man is very creative like God. This is from God and it is a gift to be utilized by man. The creativity man ought to be viewed as another means of glorifying God. When you make something, it's because God made it possible and it ought always to be viewed as another testament to the glory of God.
Creativity and the making of things requires maximum freedom up to the point that it does not break God's law. For this aspect of man's nature to rise to its full potential requires freedom of thought and movement. Common sense dictates that if the hands are tied behind the back, there's no creative "making" possible (slavery is unjust for this reason). If the tongue is cut out or the fingers are cut off, there is not creative "making" of words possible. Creativity can be stifled by the use of force. When free thought it outlawed, the creative genius of man to imagine and invent new things curtailed.
A society that respects maximum freedom (without breaking God's law because breaking moral law is regressive) is a society that allows genius to flourish. Man is a creative, inventive machine just like the Almighty God who made him. Societies that control thinking and the speaking of words, is regressive and common sense tells you it cannot prosper. In a highly controlled regime like China or North Korea, for example, there is the want of food and services. When men are not allowed to think, to speak, to create, and to own those things, it stifles mankind's creative genius. In these places there's an abundance of food and wealth. But what holds it back from the potential is the repressive regimes that cannot maintain control of power without maintaining control of the most important aspects of man.
Universities have become repressive when it comes to thought. The thought police are reading to label speech as hate with punishments meted out. When over 90% of college professors are in the camp of liberal progressive, the conservative thinker is held back and fearful speak. A vocal Christian in a modern University will be under attack by students and professors. The ridicule and mocking alone are enough to make students to leave for a more favorable atmosphere where free thinking is allowed.1
Making babies is creating life. We hear about societies that are aging and dying because the birthrates have dropped below the "replacement rate". It's unnatural and extremely repressive for a society to have a one child policy as China has had for many decades. The problem it created in China is not only the out and out murder of unwanted girl babies but it has left the country of over a billion people with a 100 million deficit of females.2 Imagine how painful to know that statistically there isn't a woman to marry. God made the numbers to be fairly even between males and females born. Man who seeks to repress freedom creates these kinds of problems. Planned Parenthood is a similar evil and the fruit of it is felt across our society. God said for man to be fruitful and multiply. God meant for the earth to be filled and that is not possible when men unnaturally control the rate to the replacement rate or lower. Yes, I said it, generally speaking and excluding extenuating circumstances, God intends for husbands and wives to have several children. "Blessed is the man whose quiver is full." Having a baby is the most beautiful way of creating that God has provided. The child with a soul made in God's image is one of the best examples of the beauty and glory of heaven. A baby is perfect and pure with an unstained soul that's so very precious to God and His angels.
Irrational fear. Sometimes men don't create, speak, or do because they are fearful. A lack of faith in God will also stifle the creativity God designed man to have. "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity; but of power and love and discipline." 2 Tim. 1:7. Fear makes a person to stop speaking and stop creating. The devil is the ultimate controller of man because men give in to fear. Do not fear, Jesus says. "If you confess Me before men, I will confess you before My Father in heaven", Mt 10. We must never let rational or irrational fear keep us from accomplishing our potential to the glory of God.
So I have to close by saying I'm in agreement with Lambert that creative "genius" requires an environment of freedom. Christians can be faithful to God in free or repressive societies, but the Gospel spreads more easily when a man has the freedom to think on God, speak on God, and to lead others to follow and conform their lives to God.
2. http://www.cnn.com/…/opi…/china-challenges-one-child-brooks/ [About the CNN citation, there are numerous online articles that cite this story, but because free thought is imposed, many of those cites are labeled too conservative and not worthy of consideration, so I cite CNN which the liberal thought police will accept as a source]

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