Today, Scripture points are shared on the questionable argument that gender or one’s genitals have caused the shortcomings of mankind as a life companion to divinity.  Thinking in accordance with the flesh, a man’s body is intended only for sex, sports, warfare, and perhaps, marriage.  Yet, rightly understood, the entire human body is to be a vessel containing divine spirit.  To truly exist having eternal access to GOD, mankind must become immortal, incorruptible, spiritually pure, righteous, and undefiled.  While upon the earth, mankind can continually display material existence, life, and carnal form; however, it only ever will be spirit content from the makeup of GOD that makes possible consciousness of, exchange, interaction, and continuing relationship with the Holy.  In the same way mankind must discover GOD by encounter, growth, and revelation, mankind must come to know the possibilities and potential of humanity, and oneself as an offspring of GOD through discovery, judgment, and gradual process (we say, being born again, and growing up again).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Brian” (Level 1 with 12 points, a member since November 03, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why did God give Men a penis; knowing that not all of them would be legit in using it (marital relationship). Not all men find wives, right?

Update: I mean really: So all men That god gave penises to; and do not find wives…are doomed to hell? Little Johnny in the bathtub discovers at age 7 that a penis is more than just to pee with. All men seek after sex sooner or later; via masturbation or the real thing. Is God Setting certain men up for failure? The bible says adultery, or fornication is hell bound activity. Should we really take that serious? If so, I should cut my penis off right? Because I never had a wife.

Update 2: God should of preplanned a bit. He should of thought. ” I know this dude will never marry, so I won’t give him a penis to break my commandments” If all sheep in the flock are important to the shepard; this forsight is needed.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  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.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  (Galatians 5:  14-25, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Is Lust Condemned? (07/20/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); The Gender of GOD? (12/29/2015); Gender and Salvation? (10/01/2015); (The Mistakes In Youth? 08/24/2015); Sun Worship? (07/27/2015); Masturbation and Religion? (02/01/2015)

 

“Brian”, the many aspects of divine existence, life, and sacred process must also appear to created beings and living creatures as fixed conditions that do not respond to the changing desires and will of the living.  Divinity does not focus upon gender, the penis, and sexual joining as men might.  Such focus derives from aspects of “the flesh,” a peculiar life system within the full Creation characterized by appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  Those who mock the handiwork of GOD do so as fools, ignorant, immature, those who do not know their own true place with GOD, or have rejected it, and those who are vain (i.e., lacking imparted, indwelling substance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word) from the makeup of Deity).  Using the crude and finite standards of the living (e.g., academic education, intellect, logic, philosophy, science, technology) the comprehensive genius of GOD can only appear to them as unacceptable and warped.  Consider again the divine view as stated in language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  17-19, King James Version (KJV):  17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

(2.)  1st Corinthians 12:  23-26, KJV:  23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  24 For our comely parts have no need:  but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.  25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

(3.)  Isaiah 56:  1-5, KJV:  1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice:  for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.  3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people:  neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.  4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;  5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters:  I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 19:  7-12, KJV:  7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?  8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives:  but from the beginning it was not so.  9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery:  and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.  10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.  11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.  12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb:  and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, points are shared on divine law, holy matrimony, and biblical divorce (putting away) as aspects of divine revelation.  Through his life and ministry upon the earth, Jesus taught that GOD is a spirit, who must be acknowledged “in spirit and in truth.”  Thus, in addition to attitudes and conduct showing obedience and respect from the general population, covenant and divine law require that priests, prophets, and all the people who would execute judgment also must display compassion, forbearance, forgiveness, humility, love, and genuine righteousness.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Lever” (Level 1 with 133 points, a member since July 07, 2010) posted the following:

 

Why did Jesus disagree with the concept of divorce if the Old Testament and Jewish scriptures were okay with it?

We read:

“If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her… he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house,
Deuteronomy 24:1”

What was Jesus trying to introduce or trying to say, when he said no to divorce?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned:  but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last:  and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  (John 8:  3-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and The Pharisees? (04/21/2016); The Wife of Your Youth? (12/22/2015); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); Accountability and Challenge, Not Blame (09/03/2015); Divine Mercy and Revelation? (08/03/2015); Lawful Divorce (11/17/2012); The Faith of Ones Parents? (11/18/2012)

 

“Lever”, for mature Christian believers, marriage pertains to the intent of divine creation, the joining of spirit using flesh, and the production of spirit-filled seed (offspring).  Thus, biblical divorce pertains to the widespread abuse of marriage, and godly relief from the arrogance, indifference and mistreatment of spouses that appeared in the earth through sin.  Sacred law has been promoted as an aspect of revelation wherein the fullness of divinity is made approachable, knowable, and known to all created beings and living creatures.  The law (called “the expressed will of GOD”) is to operate within the living through their awareness and self-will.  The character, nature, and substance of law provide an “image” of the GODhead that includes enmity against sin, faith, holiness, life essence (i.e., breath, spirit, word), person, presence, eternal purpose, and righteousness.  The image of GOD that is to be seen within Creation conforms to divine law, and projects those deep aspects of Deity we speak of as the heart and mind of GOD.  For finite beings who must complete mortality to continue in relationship with an eternal Creator also requires other sacred devices that include covenant, dynasty, family, forgiveness, inheritance, nation, proclamation, promise, prophecy, rebirth (i.e., the imparting of spirit content from the makeup of GOD to indwell the living), repentance, resurrection from the dead, and the second death.  Correctly understood, the law is an appearance or incarnation of divinity as are “praise”, the holy writings, and Jesus Christ dying upon the cross.  Because the law identifies sin, yet, does not itself eliminate, remove or give power to resist sin, many speak of a “curse” from the law.  The spirit contained in the law has been uplifted by Christ in contrast to our erratic and unreliable practice of the law.  Consider again how some of this is stated in language from the Bible:

(1.)  Mark 10:  2-5, King James Version (KJV):  2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.  3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?  4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.  5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

(2.)  Malachi 2:  14-16, KJV:  14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously:  yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.  15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.  16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away:  for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts:  therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.  17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

(3.)  1st Corinthians 7:  12-17, KJV:  12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord:  If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.  13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband:  else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases:  but God hath called us to peace.  16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 7:  29-33, KJV:  29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short:  it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;  30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;  31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it:  for the fashion of this world passeth away.  32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:  33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, focus is upon features that identify assemblies and congregations of the Lord as “religious” or not.  For many, church exists in the modern world as another commercial business and secular institution having no mystical, or spirit aspect.  In addition to differences in manpower, division of labor, and use of specific clerical roles (e.g., bishops, deacons, elders, lay officials, pastors, priests, popes), groups of Christian believers may differ in terms of bylaws, doctrine, policies, practices, organizational units, and institutional structure (ecclesia, parishes, presbytery, etc.).  While the holy writings proclaim “one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God and Father of all,” many feel the legitimacy of their own faith community is shown by its accomplishment of preordained “good works.”  Others, who are often labeled as “fanatics”, insist divine approval of a body is demonstrated only by appearance among and within its members of the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Even so, all the disciples and followers of Jesus have been given the same admonition against becoming complacent, self-centered, and vain (empty; lacking divine substance, therefore, fruitless, pointless, puffed up, unproductive) along with exhortations to remain industrious and vigilant:  James 1:   26-27, King James Version (KJV):  26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.   A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Luke” (Level 6 with 15,180 points, a member since February 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why do some Christians say their church is “not religious”?

I’ve heard them say God hates religion and that all the other churches are religious but not their one.

What does that even mean? How can a church not be religious?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient:  but rather giving of thanks.  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.  Let no man deceive you with vain words:  for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord:  walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  (Ephesians 5:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Be Ye Therefore Perfect (07/22/2016); Unto The Pure (11/15/2015); Religion And Moral Progress? (10/23/2015); Many Forms of Christianity? (04/30/2015); Faith not Politics? (12/02/2014); Ye Are Not In The Flesh (12/03/2014); Sprinkled, Immersed, Named? (02/01/2014); Forgiveness Through GOD? (02/02/2014); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013)

 

“Luke”, Christian belief for those who acknowledge the new creation through Jesus Christ centers upon displaying the character, nature, and substance of divinity; carrying out sacred operations to fulfill divine law, proclamation, promise and prophecy; performing unselfish service; providing spiritual comfort to others; and sharing sacred knowledge (we say, preaching the Gospel).  Exchange and interaction among such believers is very different from that among those who are merely continuing as caretakers of formal and inherited sacred practices (e.g., assembly, ceremonies, customs, rites, rituals, traditions); those seeking personal advancement, prosperity, and self-improvement; those pursuing a lifestyle promoted as “acceptable” and “decent”; and those maintaining a social center for families, and those in need assistance programs.  There is a broad range of attitudes, conditions and works that qualify to be spoken of as the “religion” God hates.  Included are coercion; hypocrisy (acting; performing in a way to misdirect commitment and understanding); idol worship; merchandising; oppression; persecution; and vanity (lacking spirit content from the makeup of GOD).  Consider again how this is stated in the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 1:  10-14, King James Version (KJV):  10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.  11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD:  I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.  12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?  13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.  14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth:  they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

(2.)  Hosea 6:  6, KJV:  6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

(3.)  John 2:  13-16, KJV:  13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:  15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;  16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Ephesians 5:  25-27, KJV:  25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer


 

Today, points are shared on judgment against divinity, divine judgment against all the earth, and the required extermination of children along with their parents.  The Creator does not apologize or make excuses for divine judgment.  GOD is not indebted or obligated to those over whom he is sovereign; however, divinity acknowledges multiple intimate relationships to fulfill oaths, proclamations, promises, and prophecies.  The Father continues to have absolute choice and preeminence in relationship with the created as a matter of grace, ownership, lawful right, and divine prerogative.  That the sacred processes for life established by the Creator also demand utter destruction and irrevocable judgment is baffling and upsetting for many of us.  However, we know the operations of sin exist as an undetectable influence upon awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Sin is no living thing; contains no divine spirit matter; has no authority, tangible form, or power to alter and manipulate divine will; and has not been put forth by divinity.  Even so, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  While the divine tool of death ends sin by removing the sinner, the consequences and damage from sin may continue indefinitely.  Responses from GOD to the extremes of sin therefore include annihilation, atonement, covenant agreement, forbearance, forgiveness, healing, sacred law, repentance, sanctification, the death of Jesus upon the cross, the Savior’s resurrection, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (profile information not shared) posted the following:

 

Most people would agree that the drowning of toddlers is evil, so why do they make excuses for when god did it with a global flood?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.  (1st Samuel 15:  1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Hell and The Cross? (04/10/2016); Damnation And The Cross? (03/06/2016); Lessons From The Flood (01/21/2016); How Can Christians Believe? (08/12/2014); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Jericho Justified? (07/02/2013); Theoretical Forgiveness? (07/03/2013); An Attack on Creation? (12/08/2012); The Focus of Judgment? (12/09/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, our Creator is also a GOD of Judgment.  The destruction of toddlers in divine judgment relates to the life conditions they inherit from their parents (like ethnicity, economic and social class) before they are at the age of accountability, not exclusively to their individual attitudes, behavior and conduct measured using an adult scale.  Most mature Christian believers would agree (1) that eternal, immortal, and incorruptible divinity may not be legitimately judged and condemned by created beings and living creatures using finite human standards; (2) without divine revelation, the sacred operations and eternal purposes of GOD who is spirit remain invisible, unheard of, and unseen to the living upon the earth; (3) human feelings (that come and go), secular knowledge, and sentiment are neither high enough or pure enough as a standard for measuring the godliness of divine judgment; and (4) where the provisions of GOD for judgment are not accepted and received (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, mercy, penance, resurrection, the second death), the righteousness of Deity can not be known.  Only those who answer a divine process of permanent change come to correctly apprehend anything about the Flood from a divine point of view, so to speak.  The position of a “sinner” is the same as the one every believer once occupied before their rebirth:  Sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Creator, and the Creation, yet dominates awareness and self-will in the living.  Through the operations of sin mankind despises divinity, and becomes inseparable from things carnal, material, and social.  The flesh emerges as deceitful, self-destructive, unpredictable, and untrustworthy.  Consider again how some of this is stated within the holy writings:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  7-9, King James Version (KJV):  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

(2.)  Romans 1:  18, KJV:  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

(3.)  Ezekiel 18:  19-23, KJV:  19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.  20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:   the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Peter 3:  9-14, KJV:  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, focus is upon the contradiction and lawlessness of racism appearing among Americans and Christian believers.  Many think of racism as a matter of their own private choice; however, racism is an obstacle to establishing spiritual assemblies and congregations that correctly carryout eternal purposes; display obedience to divine law; exercise sacred authority; and interact showing proper humility, respect, reverence, and trust.  The opportunity granted those who make up the  kingdom of GOD is not to “do as you please,” instead, it is to do what pleases GOD.  All democratic nations must reject racism; and there also should be a legitimate value to uphold a “minority right” to maintain and support positions that may be less familiar, and even unpopular.  The limits and restrictions identified through agreement, covenant, and law for the commonwealth may not be dismissed as arbitrary or vain (i.e., unfruitful; pointless; lacking genuine substance), for there must be standards and a “line that may not be crossed” that preserves the fundamental principles essential to continued association, healthy growth, and survival by meaningful relationship.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

How could there be christian racists? Does that even make sense? How can you be a christian and a racist?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,  Saying, Amen:  Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have  washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple:  and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters:  and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  (Revelation 7:  9-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Cultural, Political, Spiritual Growth? (07/10/2016); The Cross and Arbitrary Differences (06/17/2016); The Provision Against Racists? (01/19/2016); …Ears That Hear Not? (01/18/2016); American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); Not Yet Delivered From Racism? (12/21/2014); Racism Is Not From GOD (12/22/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian belief is directed to establishing individuals within a spiritual collective, the kingdom of GOD.  Christians are “racist” only when they are described by the Scriptures as “simple” (i.e., underdeveloped; characterized by hastiness, immaturity, impurity, lacking spiritual knowledge; engrossed by spiritual confusion).  This is the same as when Democrats, Republicans, and other Americans are racist, because they flatly deny the clear standards that define our Nation, and that all born here receive as their birthright and heritage:  Racists are ignorant of the U. S. Code; insist that family, local, and regional commitments and issues are highest priority; passionately oppose the Constitution; and reject the Bill of Rights.  Similarly, racists reject covenant relationships, divine law, fellowship through the Holy Spirit, and continuous consciousness of the soon coming of Christ.  Mistaken secular notions of freedom and liberty tend to promote anarchy (a perfect condition wherein all may do as they please, and there is no need for government, law, or 3rd party interventions to resolve conflicts and settle disputes).  For spiritual believers, mistaken notions of freedom and liberty appear as atheism, idolatry, and occultism; while envy, hatred, hostility, and malice are sin, and outright transgressions of the divine command that we love one another.  The desire for control in the distribution of resources (i.e., political goals) can undermine and warp leadership.  Racism may become disguised as public policy that continues bias, discrimination, and prejudice.  The communal spirit and unity that must appear in the formation of sacred congregations and worship bodies always becomes corrupted through ethnic arrogance, exaggerated cultural pride, selfishness, and tribalism.  Those in the world system always create and seek to maintain elitism, exclusion, imbalance, and a status quo based upon money, privilege, and violence.  A sacred inheritance must come into view for Christian believers that is described more in terms of accountability, duties, obligations, responsibility, sacrifice, and unselfish service.  Consider again how racism appears and is responded to within the holy writings:

(1.)  Romans 3:  19-24, King James Version (KJV):  19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law:  that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference:  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

(2.)  Romans 3:  28-31, KJV:  28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid:  yea, we establish the law.

(3.)  Titus 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:  11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.  12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.  13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;  14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 2:  28-29, KJV:  28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, Scripture points are shared on how the living are to exist as depositories and vessels for spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Believers are the living stones, and members of the sacred body that are the house of GOD, the Church.  Sinners who become the followers of Jesus are a “new creation” through the fresh endowment of divine substance they receive as believers.  As those “born again,” believers contain that same life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) that was imparted to Adam, and appeared as perfection within Jesus Christ.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Angel Guevara” (Level 1 with 114 points, a member since June 10, 2016) posted the following:

 

Is God a Spirit? Am I a Spirit?

In John 4:24, “God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” and according to Matthew 26:41 it says “the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  18-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Many Sons of GOD? (06/28/2016); Guided By Divine Truth (06/20/2016); The Life Of GOD? (06/01/2016); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); The Spirit of Truth? (02/11/2015); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014)

 

“Angel Guevara”, according to the holy writings, awareness and self-will within finite created beings and living creatures are generated and put forth by operations of divinity that include atonement, birth, death, forgiveness, incarnation, inheritance, judgment, rebirth, revelation, and sanctification.  Because the form and process of mankind is carnal, material and social, fresh deposits of spirit substance from the makeup of Deity must be provided to mankind allowing flesh to operate in continuing relationships with divinity—you must be “born again.”  Consider again how this is stated in language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 3:  16-17, King James Version (KJV):  16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

(2.)  1st John 4:  1-6, KJV:  1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  5 They are of the world:  therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  6 We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 2:  11-14, KJV:  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(4.)  1st John 4:  12-16, KJV:  12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, Scripture points are shared on the value of religious beliefs, and the holy writings.  Many forceful and immature voices are now being heard through popular culture that argue the Bible and organized religion are antiquated, confrontational, divisive, exacting, homicidal, humiliating, incendiary, unnecessarily judgmental, and uncivilized.  These so-called “enlightened critics” promote the same spirit of defiance, insurrection, pseudo-intellectualism, and rebellion that was articulated through communism; however, their contemporary calls are that all doctrine, organized religious practices, standards, and teachings be outlawed and prohibited for the sake of global survival, and world peace.  Since the days of Abel and Cain, there have been those who desire the blessing GOD provides only to his own heirs and offspring; however, they continue to deny the lovingkindness, preeminence and sovereignty of the Creator.  Christian believers are cautioned against “thieves” who come only to rob, kill, and destroy; “wolves in sheep’s clothing;” and those displaying a form of godliness, but denying the true Power.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is the bible used by both evil people and good people. Does it serve a double standard.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.  (Acts 20:  32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Conflict Because of Religious Belief? (01/30/2015); Unto The Pure (11/15/2015); A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); A Wandering Jew? (04/09/2015); Faith not Politics? (12/02/2014); Ye Are Not In The Flesh (12/03/2014); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption  (09/13/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, for the disciples and followers of Jesus Christ, the holy writings are an actual appearance and embodiment (we also say, a manifestation) of divinity.  So to speak, the Scriptures provide “a divine point of view” revealing the active presence of Deity by using thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  To have the fullest benefit from the Scriptures, a believer must receive the divine anointing and spiritual gifts that give meaning and power to their experiences of growth, guidance, instruction, and preparation.  Included are baptism, confession, forgiveness, penance, praise, prophecy, sanctification, thanksgiving, and worship.  Even so, many deal with religious beliefs, emblems, and sacred knowledge the same way “fans” will deal with their favorite sports.  They insist upon professional balls, jerseys, and playing fields, yet, are mere “weekend warriors” who rarely get involved in local league activity.  While they may boast, challenge each other, and “talk plenty trash,” few are career criminals, con-artists, and imposters seeking to exploit, “hustle”, and victimize those in their own community.  Similarly, there are many who “follow” as religious believers who do not properly discern the spirit content, eternal purposes, and sacred operations of divinity.  Such people can appear to be blasphemers, bogus or counterfeit clergy, and “false prophets” that misapply, and “wrest” the Scriptures.  However, more than being agents of Satan, cold-blooded crooks, disbelievers, and frauds, the many “fair-weather” and “nominal believers” (in name only) often are answering as babes to “growing pains”, for the even-handed and impartial responses by GOD to the human predicament often appear to be chance, coincidence, and a matter of ones “luck”.   Consider again how some of this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)   Hebrews 4:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.  2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them:  but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.  3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:  although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

(2.)  Matthew 5:  43-48, KJV:  43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:  for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?  48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

(3.)  Ezekiel 33:  30-33, KJV:  30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD.  31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them:  for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.  32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument:  for they hear thy words, but they do them not.  33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

(4.)  Isaiah 5:  18-21, KJV:  18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:  19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it:  and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!  20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  1-7, KJV:  1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer