Thursday, April 16, 2015

IS ONE SIN WORSE THAN ANOTHER? IS ONE COMMANDMENT MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANOTHER?

If you asked me what trespass by children towards their parents is worse than all others, I would answer "dishonesty". It's another way of saying Hazel and I valued truthfulness. Years ago, a brother challenged me on that assertion. I was raising my five children. He had raised his, and let's just say I wasn't looking to his example to emulate. Anyway, he challenged me on my assertion that honesty is more important than the others. All trespasses are the same, he insisted. My reasoning, right or wrong, was that it is better to have truthfulness with shortcomings rather than "perfection" with no truth. See, without truth, how can you know there is 'perfection'? But every relationship must be based on truthfulness. I could deal with an honest child who made mistakes. But how do you deal with dishonesty? It makes all of the child's actions, words, and motives to be suspect. Honesty must be tackled to gain ground elsewhere. So I concluded that my children got twice the punishment if they lied because truth is the foundation. If there's no foundation, there's no trust. And when there is no trust, you can't believe anything about the child.

In Matthew 22, the Pharisees and Lawyers decided to take their turn with trying to trip Jesus up. They were looking for Him to make a major faux pas which they could use to crucify Him with. They asked, "which commandment is the great commandment?" It's almost certain this was not a sincere question. They had hopes Jesus would answer wrongly.

If they could trap Jesus into saying one commandment was most important, they could accuse him of diminishing other vital parts of the Law of Moses. They might then say something like, "Jesus said these other commandments were not great."

I'm not sure the lawyers were ever that concerned about truth for such to be their motive. We have seen, in fact, that they would invalidate the Law of Moses for the sake of their traditions, Mt 15:But maybe, just maybe, Jesus confirmed the validity of my own point - which is that something like LOVE is foundational, upon which everything else depends.

When you are dealing with people who don't LOVE and don't value TRUTH and HONESTY, you fall must fall back on esoteric arguments about which law or which work is greater than others. Bless you. Dan

THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU FIGURE OUT THE SADDUCEES ARE NO MATCH FOR JESUS!

The Sadducees didn't believe in life after death. Luke records that they didn't believe in angels or a spirit. So they thought they would trap Jesus, who they must have figured out taught life after death, by offering up an absurd hypothetical about a woman married to seven brothers (all according to Dt 25:5, read it) and asked whose wife would she be in the afterlife? Remember, they don't believe in afterlife, so they think they have proven that afterlife is impossible because of the mystery of it. Jesus said to them, "You don't understand the Scriptures nor the power of God." First, Jesus tells them their reading and interpretation has been flawed. And second, they don't know the power of God to make heaven work perfectly whether or not we can grasp it now. Then Jesus taught them something about their beloved Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God told Moses, "32 'I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB '? He is not the God of the dead but of the living." And after hearing these words, the crowd was stunned! Jesus Christ just decimated the Sadducees. Matthew records, "33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching." When we stop trying to figure everything out and just accept it by faith, then we will be happy.

Can we understand the One God comprised of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit? Not likely because it isn't something that fits into the three dimensional world in which we live. But it's real. Can we understand prayer? No always, but we trust. Can we understand why God's plan of saving the world is placed in the hands of fishermen? No, it seems impossible. But thank God the Apostles didn't say, 'Hmmm, Gentiles were considered circumcised.....maybe if we leave those people ignorant, just maybe they will go to heaven though they are ignorant." Let's start believing God and accepting that God's power is at work. We are just the instruments. Our job is to go and preach in faith. In the end, God will make sure everyone had a chance. I trust that. Praise God. Praise Jesus. I love to learn that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are not dead; they are alive. God bless you. Dan

DOES YOUR GOSPEL SAVE: IF IT DOESN'T SAVE, THEN IT ISN'T THE TRUE GOSPEL

I have heard people try to minimize what is the Gospel - a "core Gospel" if you will - to distinguish it from the response to the Gospel. I gather that the purpose of this effort to narrowly define the Gospel is to then be able to say that a wider or broader segment of religious organizations, namely denominations, are preaching the Gospel. This premise, which I believe is false, leads to the false conclusion that these denominations are doing the Lord's work of spreading the Gospel. Let me challenge that.

Let me illustrate my point of what I think is the goal of narrowly defining the Gospel. Let's say that the Gospel is defined as the love of God. If that's the Gospel, and if preaching the Gospel is preaching about the God of love, then a very wide and broad segment of religious society could be said to be faithfully proclaiming the Gospel. The defining of the Gospel in the narrowest of terms, or too narrow of terms, must be challenged so that we aren't unfaithful.

Though Paul gives a synopsis of the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 as centering around the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, these are not all there is to the Gospel. These are not the complete Gospel and I'll tell you why.

The complete Gospel must include teaching not only the doctrine of Christ, but also the proper response to the Gospel.

The Gospel saves. Romans 1:16 says the Gospel is God's power to save to everyone that believes it. The Gospel when preached and obeyed results in salvation. Without the obedience there is no salvation. And if a person is not saved, washed in the blood and added to the kingdom of Christ, we have to conclude that something less than the Gospel was preached.

Since denominations stop short of teaching what Ananias taught in Acts 22:16, and they stop short of teaching what Philip taught in Acts 8, and they stop short of teaching what Paul taught in Colossians 2:12,13, and they stop short of teaching what Paul said in Galatians 3:26,27, then their work doesn't result in people being united with Christ death, burial and resurrection in the waters of baptism and therefore they are not saved.

At best, preaching the Gospel of Jesus without also teaching what He said in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15,16, is only teaching a partial Gospel. Without obedience and adult immersion, they don't preach the Gospel Paul wrote about in Romans 1:5,16; 6:3-5; 10:16;16:26. In the end, a partial Gospel does not save. Jesus said, "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved." The Gospel calls for repentance and baptism and holy living. 1 Peter 3:21 says "baptism saves you".  Since we know it is the Gospel that saves, it must save at baptism. Simple. It's still grace. It's still faith. The salvation is still a gift. But the moment Gospel salvation is first received is in the waters of baptism. The salvation of the Gospel only occurs when a person responds to it in obedient faith. It's simple, really. Preaching the "core Gospel" might make the tent bigger, but it doesn't fill the tent with the saved. If repentance and baptism are not called for and obeyed, then the complete Gospel isn't preached.

I say this in love and respect. Sincerely, Dan Mayfield

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THE PURPOSE OF ADULT PENITENT BAPTISM

Paul said to the Galatians, "26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who werebaptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." Galatians 3:26,27

How does "baptized into Christ" in Galatians 3:27 make vs 26 clearer? Christians agree that we become God's children by faith.  Why does the Apostle Paul bring up Baptism? There is a relationship between vs 26 and 27. But what is the relationship between baptism and faith? Vs 27 says the one that is baptized "has clothed himself with Christ". Since Paul says, "for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ", the opposite would be that "you who are not baptized into Christ have not clothed yourselves with Christ."

I think we have to agree that being a son of God by faith (vs 26) and being clothed with Christ (vs 27) point to the justified or saved reality. But why don't you see that Baptism is the point the Galatians were united with Christ, buried with Him, and raised to walk in newness of life (Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:12,13)? Faith without baptism is no different than faith without repentance or confession. Faith alone doctrine is not what pleases God. God wants obedient faith (Rom 1:5; 16:26 1 Thess 1:3). Since faith, the saving kind of faith, works and is obedient, baptism does no harm to the doctrine of salvation by faith.

Do you know that John the Baptist baptized for remission of sins? And Jesus said you must be born again - born of water and spirit. Immediately after He spoke this truth to Nicodemus, Jesus and the disciples went out baptizing people, John 3.

This "born again" language is picked up by Peter who says, "3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," 1 Pt 1:3 AND "22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God." 1 Pt 1:22. Being born again is God's work. And being born again cannot be accomplished apart from the Word of God.

But notice something Peter says in 1:3 that the we are born again to a living hope THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.

This new birth work of God is possible only through the resurrection of Christ. That's where the power is.

Now look at 1 Peter 3:21 that says, "baptism now saves you", the way Noah was saved through the waters of the flood, and if we momentarily remove the parenthetical explanation of vs 21, we get this: "baptism saves you....through the resurrection of Jesus Christ." The power for being "born again" is God, the blood, and the resurrection of Christ. So Peter makes it clear that "baptism now saves you"! He isn't suggesting you or I put our faith in the water just as Noah's faith was not in the water. Noah's faith was in God who saved Noah through the water. And our faith when being baptized isn't in the water, but it is in God who saves us through the water. Faith isn't in the water, the work, not in anything but in God. But there is no new birth without going down to the water.

And do you know what you are to be doing when you go down into the water? The following verses, Acts 2:21,38; Acts 22:16. Back to 1 Peter 3:21, have Peter saying that baptism is an appeal to God for a clean conscience. Joel said that "everyone that calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." 17 verses later, Peter tells the people with pricked hearts HOW to call on Him according to Joel's prophecy; they call on the name of the Lord by repenting and being baptized. Take note, also, that Ananias said to Saul, "now why do you delay? arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins, CALLING ON HIS NAME." Acts 22:16. When you are being baptized, you are convicted that you are lost and you are calling on God's grace to cleanse your conscience.  This is very important to understand.

The Gospel saves and nothing else can save. But the Gospel saves only when it is obeyed. What will be the outcome for those who do not obey, not believe but obey, the Gospel? The answer is clear. See Romans 10:16; 2 Thess 1:8,9; 1 Peter 4:16. The Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a participation in the Gospel. In it, sinners can be buried with Christ and raised to walk in newness of life. If taught according to the New Testament, men will be convicted for their sins, repent, and seek to be baptized. God will hear the prayer of a soul appealing for a clean conscience. They come out of the water born again by the power that is in the resurrection of Christ. Bless you. Dan

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WHAT IS MY PURPOSE? SERIOUSLY, WHY AM I HERE?

Why are you here? Why are we breathing air? What does our life mean if it is not to know God and honor and worship Him? Is our mission here nothing more than to take up space and fill up our time with meaningless activity that in the eternal scheme of things amount to nothing more than kindling for the fires of hell?

The church of Christ is the body of Christ. What does Jesus, the head of the Church, wish for His body to be doing? You are a hand, a mouth, a foot, i.e. an individual member in the body of Christ, and the question is what are you doing?

Consider what Paul says to the Corinthians and the Ephesians. He said, "we were all baptized into one body", and "the body is not one member, but many", 1 Cor 12:13,14. The church of Christ is one, but it is made of many individuals who each add to the beautiful tapestry of people with different gifts they bring to the body. Some are eyes, some are hands, some are other parts of the body, metaphorically speaking, but each is important. Every part of the body has a function in God's plan. Paul said to the Ephesians, "but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.", Eph 4:15-17.

On judgment day Jesus is going to judge you and me. He's going to ask if we worked in His body. He's going to ask if we loved Him, Jn 14:15. He's going to see if we were washed of our sins, Mt 22:12; cf Acts 22:16. He going to examine our works and each will be tested as by fire, 1 Cor. 3:13. Did we lay up treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy, Mt 6:19?

Most people in the world have been deluded to believe they are animals. Their mission is to seek pleasure. They have no hopes or aspirations beyond this life. They drink to get high. They lust to stroke their passions. They fill their eyes and ears with pleasures. They don't know they are made by God. Or rather, they have known but chose to ignore God and serve themselves, Rom 1:21.

It's time to examine these things. Be holy, 1 Pt 1:14-19. Follow Jesus Christ, Jn 12:48. Glorify God and bring people to know what it's all about, 1 Pt 2:9,10. Do work that has eternal significance, Mt 6:19,20; 1 Cor 3:12-14.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The One who walked on water, stilled the storms, raised the dead, is alive and reigning as the King of kings. Bow to Jesus and dedicate your life to Him.

Mt 16:24ff says, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds."

I point these things out in love. Dan

Monday, April 13, 2015

RESPECTING THE POWER OF GOD

Jesus taught the Sadducees that "God is the God of the living".  Jesus quotes Exodus 3:6, which said, "I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’? The verb is present tense, "I am"; not "was", and thus the soul lives on. The truth hinged on the tense of a verb.

The Sadducees denied not only the bodily resurrection, but also that the soul continued beyond death.  Luke records in Acts 23:8 that the Sadducees denied that the spirit or angels exist.

Jesus responded to the Sadducees' hypothetical case of a woman who married 7 brothers, according to the law (Dt 25:5), who then died. They asked "whose wife of the 7 will she be". Jesus said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God." Mt 22:39 Someone said the Sadducees, though religious, stumbled over the supernatural as many do today.

In the final analysis, the Sadducees had a problem of faith.  They couldn't understand all of the complexities of life after death, and so they denied it all. Jesus said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God." Mt 22:39.

We too may stumble over the supernatural. Though we can't comprehend how God answers prayers, how He works His perfect will making "all things work together for good" while allowing each soul free will and personal responsibility, how the Spirit intercedes with groanings too deep for words, or how there can be only One God but three persons in the Godhead, as well as many other things.  We must be careful that we don't allow our intellect to get in the way of accepting the Scriptures, even to the tenses of a verb, and the Power of God.

We believe in the Almighty God who still works in our lives.  Though it's apparent that the "miraculous age" has passed, and now remain "faith, hope, and love", still we must acknowledge God is active in this world and He is working our lives. We should pray and expect God's answer because we believe in the God who is surrounded by glory in heaven. We believe in a God who has angels who work for us in the supernatural realm, Heb 1:14. We believe the Scriptures and acknowledge the power of God. - Dan

WE MUST WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH

It's important that our hearts are focused on God and not self. Worship of God becomes worship of self when we worship how we please. That's why God said we must worship Him in spirit AND truth, Jn 4:24.

Jesus who turned over the tables witnessed the House of Prayer become a den of thieves where the Truth was bent or toss
ed in order to satisfy worldly whims.

Jesus said, "But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the precepts of men."  Mt 15:9.  When worship is tailored to satisfy my ears, it is vain. When worship is tailored to satisfy the wants of unconverted people, it is vain.  Today, let us worship God in spirit and truth.

WHO IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST WOULD PUT A STOP TO THIS NONSENSE?

"13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” Jn 2

 How does it happen that a city full of Jews, the covenant people of God, do not see the error of turning the place of reverent worship into a place of commercialism and selfish enterprise! How many so-called Christians would say, "God doesn't care; you are just being legalistic!"? Or how many would say the church is God household (Eph 2) and self-centered entertainment on Sunday morning is a sin? Does zeal for the house of God consume you? Or has the spirit of ecumenicism overtaken you so that just about anything goes because, as some say, "there's no pattern in the new testament and nothing 'prescriptive'"? To God be the glory. Bless you all.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

PSALLO

PSALLO: WORD MEANINGS CHANGE. It's called 'etymology', the study of how word meanings change over time.  "Bad" is good, "gay" means homosexual, and "psallo" became to mean sing. Stick with me on this.

Think of the word "lyric". Lyrics are the words of a song. Do you know what the word derived from? Etymologically, it evolved from the stringed instrument called the Lyre". And now lyric has nothing to do with plucking a stringed instrument.

Kittle's Theological Dictionary of the New Testament studies Greek words. Typically, there will be given four different periods of Greek usage. The first meaning will the meaning in ancient "Classical" Greek as in the time of Alexander, Plato, Aristotle. The second meaning in Kittle's dictionary will give the meaning in the Greek Old Testament (see Image 1 below), called the Septuagint (often identified only as LXX).  The same word will have a new definition because it has changed etymologically. The third Kittle definition (see image 2 below) will be the New Testament "Koine" Greek meaning. And the fourth section of Kittle defintion will give extra-biblical usage outside of the New Testament.

Here's the point. The Kittle dictionary, as well as other reliable sources, show that Greek word gives the meaning of Psallo in OT usage (LXX) "to play a stringed instrument". Kittle then gives the New Testament definition for the word: " singing and making melody" and Kittle adds this delicious bit of information on the word that "psallontes does not denote literally playing on a stringed instrument".  By the New Testament period, etymologically, no musical instrument is denoted in the word when used in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. Kittles isn't the only authority that points this out.

The psalm become vocal music only.  The first century Christian who read Paul's words to sing Psalms got only the picture of singing and to metaphorically make music in the heart.









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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

MOTIVATION TO GIVE, Dan Mayfield

Do people still give a tenth? Is it OK to give a tenth? Sure. We don't push Old Testament Law, but we do teach principles from the Old Testament, if they are timeless truths. Can some give less and some give more than ten percent? Yes.

God promises that if we have a generous giving spirit, God will bless the giver with an abundance. This is not, I repeat, this is not what the "health and prosperity" religious pimp preachers are teaching who not coincident...ally are driving their Mercedes and building mansions with the church money.

No, this is a simple message that God wants Christians to give! God wants people to tear down the altars to money, and exalt Him, which requires we turn loose of the money. If you aren't giving sacrificially, there's a disconnect which says you don't believe or truth God is supplying what have and will supply what you need.

Does God gives more to those who sacrifice? Yes, Jesus said so. And Jesus wasn't a health and prosperity shill.

Jesus says in Matthew....
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30 “But many who are first will be last; and the last, first." Mt 19

Luke puts it this way...
29And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.” Lk 18

Paul says this....
10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God." 2 Cor. 9

Now these show and establish the premise that God does bless the wallet as well as many other ways. Jesus said, "It's more blessed to give then to receive." Acts 20:35. The blessings are primarily spiritual, I would say, and though it's not our motivation, God also blesses the work of our hands and makes us prosperous in this life.
 
When we say, "Everything I have is from God", it's an acknowledgement that my prosperity is from God who blessed me materialistically. Don't twist that Truth. Thanks and bless you. Dan

Saturday, March 28, 2015

GET UP EVERY DAY....AND BE FAITHFUL

Everyone commits. So they wear the yellow bracelets. They wear the pink ribbons. People are committed to going to their gym with the hope of staying fit and young. Commitment drives people to excellence. They are committed to their jobs because they need it. What about the commitment to Christ?


Christians can begin their walk with great zeal like a "fire in my bones" to tell the world the Good News. But what happens often is the passion for Christ's mission becomes something we become detached from and the whole "I'm living for Christ", in time becomes the cool gel of, "Yeh, Jesus is part of my life, what about it?"
"20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh." - Jude 20-23
Instead of allowing our faith to drift away with the ebb and flow of worldly interests, keep building yourself up in the love of God. Instead of losing sight of heaven, keep waiting anxiously for His return. Instead of losing our evangelistic fervor, care about lost souls. Bring to the lost Jesus' message of mercy, forgiveness and salvation. Instead of saving for retirement in this life, save souls and lay up treasures in heaven.

If we are not careful, Jesus' "coming to seek and to save the lost" will be treated by us as mildly quaint and nothing to do with us.

Oh dear God, I pray that your children will be about your business that they not be caught by surprise when death takes us from this life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

JESUS LIVED THE OLD LAW AND HE COMMUNICATED THE NEW


When Jesus outlined the steps in church discipline in Matthew 18:15-18, though it was still the period when the Old Law of Moses was still in effect, Jesus was communicating an important teaching for the New Covenant. Jesus lived under the Old Law, Gal 4:4,5. The Old Law was done away when Christ and Faith came, Gal 3:24-26. Though Jesus lived under the Old Mosaic Law, it does not mean that He didn't exemplify and communicate the life of the New Covenant that would go into effect at His death on the cross, Heb 9;15-17. The great commission included baptism and teaching the disciples to observe all which Jesus commanded, Mt 28:19,20. So the Old Law which Jesus lived under was in force until the Cross. The tell of the life Jesus lived under Moses' Law. But also, the New Law of Christ was being communicated throughout the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are called Gospels because they tell the good news of Jesus. The Good News is what the Church preaches and it is what sinners obey, Rom. 10:16; 2 Thess 1:7-9; 1 Pt 4:16,17. The teachings of Jesus Christ found in the four Gospels, including the teaching by Christ on marriage in Matthew 19 and Matthew 5, are part of the teachings for the church of Christ.

STAY AWAY FROM THE ERROR OF THE 7TH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

The Seventh Day Adventist church (SDA) will misuse the Scriptures to encourage people to turn back to keeping the Old Law of Moses, particularly the Commandment to keep the Sabbath Day. This is a false teaching.

They quote Revelation 14:12 which says, "HERE is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." True enough, we need to keep the commandments of God, but not the commandments of God in an Old Testament which God said was obsolete now that Christ has come (see Gal 3:24-26; Heb 8:6,13). Revelation is talking about keeping the commandments of God given through Christ (Matthew 28:19,20; Jn 14:15)

The SDA convinces people that the Sabbath day, i.e. Saturday, is the proper day to assemble and worship God. Nehemiah the prophet said, "So You made known to them Your holy sabbath, And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law, Through Your servant Moses." - Neh 9:14; cf Deut 5:2,3. When does Nehemiah say God gave His people the Sabbath to observe? Verse 13 says, "Then You came down on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven; You gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments."

The SDA argues that the Sabbath day rest was observed from the very beginning of the Creation in the Garden of Eden. But Nehemiah says, no, it was given to Moses and not before. So even though the observance of the Sabbath was not given to people before Moses, and even though the Apostle Paul said "if you keep part of the law you are bound to keep all of it and are severed from Christ", still they push their error which they learned from their prophetess, Ellen G. White.

And Paul said we are complete in Christ, Col 2:10. We are not bound to the Old Law of Moses - which Ellen G White resurrected.

"16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ." - Col 2
The things of the Old Law, the sacrifices, the tabernacle, priesthood, and the Sabbath were mere shadows of what the substance that's in Christ. Now that Christ has come, the shadows are not brought back.

The SDA says that the Sabbath was a perpetual or everlasting commandment. Nope, not any more so than was circumcision and other things that came to an end with the coming of faith in Christ.

  • Lev 24:8 Sabbath an everlasting covenant
  • Gen 17:13 Circumcision an everlasting covenant
  • Exo 40:15 Aaronic Priesthood everlasting
No Sir, the teachings of the false prophet Ellen G. White, is the foundation of the 7th Day Adventist (SDA), not Christ and His Apostles (Eph. 2:20).

So let's dismiss this error. The leaven of false teaching is in the teachings of Ellen G. White. The 7th Day was given only to the Jews, Nehemiah 9:14. So I do not believe the words of the SDA prophetess who claims to have seen visions. The 7th day observance was not given to others; not before Moses and not after the Cross of Jesus Christ. The early church did not worship and assemble together (e.g. 1 Cor. 14) on Saturday, the 7th day of the week. Acts 20:6,7 shows the church came together on the 1st Day of the Week. The SDA people will point to a few verses in Acts where Paul went to the tabernacle on the Sabbath. Paul was evangelizing, speaking at the temple or in synagogues to speak the Gospel to the lost sheep of Israel. When the Jews would reject, Paul would shake the dust from His feet and turn to the Gentiles.

Please, I am warning all to stay away from this error. God bless you.

DEVOTED CHURCH

A favorite verse of mine is Acts 2:42 that shows the church was devoted to the Apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to breaking of bread, and to prayer. That devotion is important for the church in every age. 
Someone said to me recently that the church is where the troubled are comforted, and where the comfortable are troubled. One preacher said the job of the preacher is two-fold: comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. 

What I have on my heart makes me want to cry. Jesus asked if when He returned will He find faith on the earth, Lk 18:8. He pondered that question after showing in a parable that faith is vigilant and always seeking God. When Christians can't be encouraged to read their Bibles and when their prayers have no passion, it's apparent that Jesus was right to be concerned.

Complacency has settled in to churches to the point that we can be near certain that some sitting in the pews are not going to go to heaven. They wear the name but they are absolutely useless in the work that matters most in this life, Titus 1:16. Their love has grown cold. The zeal they showed in the past is all but gone. The way these are acting it's only a matter of time that they wake some Sunday morning and ask themselves "why continue this charade?" And they will simply fade away.

I heard someone say, actually it's been repeated to me several times, that 10% of the church does 90% of the work. It's true. Pass a volunteer sheet around and you see the same names. The rest are too busy building their bigger barns so they can sit back in the future to eat, drink, and be merry. It's downright foolish! It's like the words of Christ that "the greatest among you will be the servant of all" bounced right off of them.

Jesus sends the message to repent quickly to these double-minded, milquetoast, fickled, weak, fence sitting, and lukewarm brothers and sisters who have become WAY too friendly with the world. He says, "I will spew you out of my mouth", and "‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you."

My heart is heavy to write these words because people I love are not ready to meet Jesus.

"If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."

SOME MARRIAGES ARE SIN AND MUST BE DISSOLVED

"And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." - Mt 19:9
Jesus' words on marriage were so hard and challenging that the disciples concluded "it's better not to marry" (Mt 19:10). Jesus didn't say, "No, don't misunderstand what I'm saying, people can just promise they won't do it again and they'll be fine." No, instead Jesus said, "Some people made themselves Eunuchs, people who would not have sex again, i.e. no marriage, that they might enter the kingdom." (Mt 19:12). There are few people who teach this. Not because it's not Jesus' words, but because it's so very hard. The consequence is that serious.

Think about how hard it was for John the Baptism to tell a married couple, Herod and Herodias, that it was unlawful for them to be married. Don't lose sight of that fact. John said they could not be married. There are many churches and many preachers who haven't got the courage to show people what John the Baptist told Herod. It got John beheaded. If baptism would have made the marriage holy, John was the baptizer and could have just told them not to do it again, but John didn't do that. John told the soldiers and tax collectors and Herod, as well as other sinners, to bring fruits of repentance by putting away their sins IF they wished to be baptized and receive forgiveness.

Unless you divorced an unfaithful spouse, you may not remarry. And if you should remarry, then you are living in sin.

Please don't react to the truth of these words. Pray instead. Know that they are true and so seek God's clear path for how you should walk. I say this with a heavy heart and with the deepest respect for all. Sincerely, Dan

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