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JESUS ANOINTED WITH THE TEARS OF A HARLOT

 

Today, points are shared on pornography, prostitutes, and the kingdom of GOD.  Every prostitute is not guilty of having sexual activity with a married person (we say, adultery).  Even so, the spirit content of every prostitute does become  defiled through fornication.  Sexual joining is always physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  Through fornication and imbalance, even the relationships provided by GOD to display beauty, express commitment, and continue the sharing of devotion, respect, self-esteem, and tenderness may become permanently damaged, and then promote only corruption, disgrace, fear, selfishness, and shame.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Michael Vicks Dog” (Level 6 with 11,731 points, a member since June 06, 2015) posted the following:

 

Did Jesus protect the hooker from getting stoned because she was a line of income for him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.  He answered and said, I will not:  but afterward he repented, and went.  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir:  and went not.  Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not:  but the publicans and the harlots believed him:  and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.  (Matthew 21:  28-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Cast the First Stone? (01/12/2017); Law Requires Genuine Righteousness (07/28/2016); About The Great Whore? (06/24/2016); Anointed? (04/28/2014); No More “Mr. Nice Guy”? (04/29/2014); (Theoretical Forgiveness? (07/03/2013); The Return in Glory (07/04/2013); Pornography from the Bible (11/26/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012)

 

“Michael Vicks Dog”, most likely, Jesus protected the prostitute (you say, hooker), because he recognized the woman did not have a strong, mature, committed man who accepted accountability within an adult relationship.  The Lord also probably saw there was an emergency, that her eternal life was being threatened, and that she needed the love and protection of GOD the Father.  Through operations of the anointing from GOD that rested upon him, Jesus was able to discern the spirit content within events, himself, other persons, the holy writings, etc.  Where we are supplied with that same endowment, we also are able to see what is otherwise invisible:  a confused child; a repentant sinner; a brother or sister desperately in need of our help; a fragile person who, reinforced by divinity, is capable of displaying an amazing love.  Every prostitute was once a virgin, and can still be made clean and revived by GOD.  Often, the men, women, and children featured in pornography, prostitution and sex-trafficking are victims of continuing verbal abuse, brutality, alcohol and drug poisoning, multiple rapes, and the defilement of fornication.  As servants to the Risen Lord, we are to intercede for them through prayer; and we are to acknowledge that he has made a place at his table for those who will come to him, even the male prostitutes, transgender she-males, twinks, and others being used as sex-objects, and despised in the world.  Because they become a new creation in Christ that contains inseparable spirit matter from the makeup of divinity, sex workers are no longer to be spoken of as hookers, sinners, and whores.  They are to be known as believers, Christians, the children of GOD, saints, and joint-heirs with Christ.  Consider again the following:

(1.)   Luke 7:  36-39, King James Version (KJV):  36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.  37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,  38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him:  for she is a sinner.

(2.)  Galatians 5:  19-23, KJV:  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 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.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Luke 7:  40-48, KJV:  40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.  41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:  the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet:  but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45 Thou gavest me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
Director Mel Gibson with Actor Jim Caviezel

 

Today, focus is on how Christian believers are to respond to recurring insults and persecution in Social Media.  In the same way the challenges for maintaining security for data and files shared over  the Internet have become a major obstacle to its use, the difficulty of enforcing online user agreements, continuing genuine etiquette, and maintaining standards of common decency now discourage many from using the forums provided by the World Wide Web.  For those who are born again through Jesus Christ, concerns about communication, disappointments, false accusers, mockers, and frustration when seeking to teach or share with others should be carried to the Lord.  Increasingly, there are those (called “trolls”) who express anger, bitterness, imbalance, irrational hostility, malice, venom, and vulgarity.  Even though their behavior may be seen as arrogant, cruel, hateful, and without compassion, because mockers are deceived, they often are sure they will be amusing to others, will be well thought of, and will become popular.  When not clearly asked for advice and counsel, rather than seeking to tell the mocker what he must do, the response of believers must be their own return to GOD, and intercession for those who are victims of callousness.  The peace for Christian believers to endure the abuse by trolls also is called being grounded in sacred knowledge, faith, joy, longsuffering, divine love, strength, and trust.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” using the ID “JayNat” (Level 3 with 1,212 points, a member since March 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

What can be done to stop the “Romans sodomizing Jesus” questions once and for all?

I believe that initially just one person was asking that question. But now several trolls are continuing that trend.

Such questions are becoming more vulgarity and gross these days.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  (Colossians 1:  9-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Passion of Christ? (03/16/2017); The Peace of Christmas? (12/25/2016); When GOD Never Forgives? (12/28/2015); Martyrdom and Tribulation? (09/30/2015); A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014); Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014)

 

“JayNat”, our continuing need, even as mature Christians, is for peace (the strength) that allows us to endure.  Until sin is completely eliminated and erased there will be those proclaiming error, exaggerated pride, ignorance, and lust.  Before his death as well as through the apostles, Jesus instructed believers to expect insults, opposition, persecution from government and religious institutions, concealed thrusts against the doctrine, and efforts to kill his steadfast disciples and followers.  Many who repeatedly post accusations, blasphemy, insinuations, and slander against Jesus Christ, his Church, and the Holy Spirit do so because they are apostate, immature, simple (i.e., underdeveloped), and capable of showing respect only to things carnal, inanimate, material, and social.  They are sinners and blind to the sacred spirit content in events, other persons, the holy writings, and themselves.  That these offensive writers justify themselves, and are not justified by GOD, is evident, for even by obedience to divine law, no man is justified before Deity.  Despite appeals, shared instruction, and warnings, these sinners can not comprehend that they are hurting many others who are sensitive people by their disrespect and irreverence.  Some are now enslaved as minions of the Adversary whose awareness and self-will are dominated by the operations of sin that generate death, destruction, nonexistence, and return to the conditions that were in place before Creation.  The recourse granted believers is that we focus more completely and correctly upon Christ through contemplation, duty, fellowship with other believers, prayer, study, and unselfish service.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  John 16:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  2 They shall put you out of the synagogues:  yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

(2.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

(3.)  1st Timothy 4:  1-2, KJV:  1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 

(4.)  2nd Timothy 3:  1-5, KJV:  1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Galatians 5:  19-23, KJV:  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 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.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, focus is on judging others and the requirement for Christian believers that they acknowledge only one true GOD.  Given the operations by divinity to release mankind from certain demands of covenant and sacred law that many began to regard as contradictory, destructive, and oppressive, often those lacking faith from the makeup of GOD now mistakenly think that the purpose of salvation through Jesus Christ is the elimination of all divine law, the annulment of sacred judgment, the approval of self-will as the most correct standard for created beings and living creatures, and the accomplishment of their own private prosperity.  When their errors are made known to them, many feel they are being unfairly and unreasonably attacked and condemned.  Thus, mature believers are cautioned and encouraged by such holy writings as 2nd Thessalonians 3:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men:  for all men have not faith.  3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia) using the ID “Trouble Maker” (Level 6 with 14,897 points, a member since May 11, 2013) posted the following:

 

Last time in church the pastor said that “we are worshipping the one true God”?

As if others worshipping a false God? I felt some pain in my heart because of such sectarian attitude, but I guess he was trying to make to congregation happy. What do you think?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROWS:  Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool:  what house will ye build me? saith the Lord:  or what is the place of my rest?  Hath not my hand made all these things?  Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost:  as your fathers did, so do ye.  Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.  When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.  But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,  And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.  Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,  And cast him out of the city, and stoned him:  and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.  And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.  And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.  (Acts 7:  49-60, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The GOD Named “Jealous” (09/15/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); Access Through The Son (07/21/2016); The Rise in Atheism? (07/07/2016); About Other People’s Beliefs (06/22/2016); All Having One Consciousness? (06/13/2016); A Guarantee of Judgment? (04/15/2016); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); Pointing Out Error? (10/07/2015)

 

“Trouble Maker”, the goal of most mature Christian believers is to please GOD, who is a spirit, and who requires exclusive devotion (i.e., the acknowledgment of no other gods).  One of the reasons geneticists and those who conduct studies of DNA chains insist upon mathematical precision is that they are dealing with descriptions for objects within our sphere of life that may not include “hands on” and physical measurement.  Much of their work does not include common dimensions (e.g., breadth, depth, height, length, weight); focus will be on calculations, projections, and theoretical measurements, instead.  Similarly, sinners who begin study for their salvation as Christian believers must continuously apply specific tools provided from divinity to acquire fresh spirit content from the makeup of GOD, arrive at sacred knowledge, and to become consistent in responding to sacred practices (we say, sacraments).  Where they understand correctly, it is the goal of every believer is to become one who serves through Jesus Christ, and through whom Christ serves and continues his divine ministry to the hearts, minds, and spirit of others.  Believers, therefore, must operate having certainty, conviction, and mature (some would say, stable or unshakeable) faith.  One’s declaration of faith may have power even when their manner and way of sharing is calm, is quiet, is without fanaticism, and makes no unusual outward display.  The lifestyle and ongoing routine of a believer should always proclaim their faith through actions and words that are plain, unambiguous, and unequivocal.  GOD is no more unrighteous for rejecting sinners than a young woman who refuses to grant a second date to those fellows who, in their time together, were disrespectful, insulting, overeager, and “long in the tooth.”  All who have been created have not been willing to abide as children of GOD.  Consider again how some of these ideas are shared using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 10:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(2.)  Ephesians 4:  4-7, KJV:  4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  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

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Today, the primary focus of divine judgment is described as the spirit content imparted from the makeup of GOD to reside within believers while they are alive as flesh.  Presently among men, there are no scoring devices and legitimate standards for inspecting the full substance of a human life.  Believers will be acknowledged by Christ at his coming on the basis of elements that lack measurable dimensions and have no reliable instruments that can detail sacred attributes, identity, and divine potential.  Included are commitment, faith, fidelity, growth as one born again, maturity, renewal, repentance, reverence, and zeal.  Men are not capable of judgment upon the required divine scale, and so should avoid assessing and criticizing one another using counterfeits of the frameworks and techniques applied by divinity.  At best, such features as actions, attitudes, behavior, and conduct are visible forms, like shadows, that indicate the presence of an inner light existing as ones core and life essence.  Relying upon shadows, the source itself remains invisible and unseen.  Judges of flesh concentrate upon nothing more than allusions and hints in the form of approximations, estimates, opinions, principles, and other suggestions in the place of specific criteria, definition, precise measurement, and eternal purpose.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Christians: If God judges you by your actions and not your words, how screwed are you when you die?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  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.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  (2nd Corinthians 4:  5-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About Judgment By GOD (08/29/2016); On Transmitting Sacred Truth (05/06/2016); Not Through Human Will? (01/29/2016); Salvation Only Through Christ? (01/07/2016); The Scale of Salvation? (12/13/2015); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); A Personal Relationship? (04/03/2014); GOD Everywhere? (04/04/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, many focus upon judgment as a matter of GOD expressing divine disfavor, displeasure, and punishment.  Mature Christian believers are likely to agree that the most incisive questions asked by GOD in sacred judgment go beyond “how has this person behaved and conducted himself in accordance with divine law?”  The standard for judgment should no longer be thought of as something abstract (a code of law), rather, the standard is the person of Jesus Christ.  The examination by our Creator is intended to go beneath the material and physical surface that is the flesh to the source of invisible things that are emanated from within.  Inquiry is to go further than outward appearances and images that one may project on the basis of their carnal person and finite self-will as well as from their inborn spirit.  The character, composition, and substance of their generative nature is to be assessed for its authenticity, godliness, purity, and quality as (1) a true manifestation of content from the makeup of Deity, (2) an effective hub in the life process of drawing and distributing sacred substance from divinity to oneself and to others, and (3) spirit matter that responds to divine will both with oneness and sameness.  We may say, focus centers upon the “image of GOD,” rather than the “image of man.”  Consider again the following Scriptures:

(1.)  Galatians 3:  7-12, King James Version (KJV):  7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.  8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.  9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.  10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:  for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.  11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:  for, The just shall live by faith.  12 And the law is not of faith:  but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

(2.)  Romans 8:  28-30, KJV:  28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:  and whom he called, them he also justified:  and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

(3.)  Romans 12:  1-2, KJV:  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Philippians 3:  7-14, KJV:  7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:  for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:  but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on humility, mercy and sacred knowledge vital to becoming fruitful as Christian believers.  While appeal is made to those who correctly realize there is need for a profound change in the fullness of divine Creation, Christ is not recruiting followers upon the earth who are to serve as blasphemers, covenant-breakers, destroyers, killers, promoters of sin, slanderers, or those who will abase, condemn, and ruthlessly torment others.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Catholic” (Level 1 with 101 points, a member since July 09, 2016) posted the following:

 

Isn’t sinful for Christians to yearn for death and destruction of gay communities? Is it common for Christians to have that view?

I have a Facebook friend of age 70 who belongs to old oriental orthodox Christian. She considers that homosexuality is wrong and disagrees with gay marriage. I respect her view on that.

But what I found disturbing is that she has put posted a comment on facebook where she prays to God for destroying the LGBT communities of America ( especially those participating in the the gay pride parades) in Sodom and Gomorrah manner
When explained to her that yearning for death of something just because she disagrees with it is like having a terrorist mindset. But she proudly reiterated that she has that mindset.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the law and the prophets.  Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  (Matthew 7:  12-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); Presumption Is Never Helping (05/23/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Judged For Acts and Thoughts? (08/14/2014)

 

“Catholic”, many may be counted as “proud” Christians, who are not also “mature” Christians.  Often “the proud” are those who have approached Christian belief to obtain the free gifts and privileges granted to the disciples and followers of Jesus Christ, and who have no real appreciation of the duties, responsibilities, and works of faith required as aspects of GOD’s “new creation.”  Without the inseparable elements from the makeup of divinity imparted through such sacred experiences as baptism, fellowship, service, study and worship, a believer lacks the necessary spirit substance that releases the living from human error, ignorance, and spiritual confusion.  Included are balance, faith, forbearance, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Every “born again” believer, must also “grow up” again becoming mature by continuing life experiences upon the earth.  Because of the divine operations of rebirth performed by the Holy Spirit, believers are enabled to acknowledge Jesus as Son of the Highest, and a living sacrifice for atonement and propitiation of sin.  Believers are to undergo a transformation to exist as life companions of divinity (i.e., they are to become immortal and incorruptible).  The  permanent changes now being made in their character, nature and substance are gradually introduced and revealed through the church.  Diversity continues to appear among believers, and, while all are to be unified as a single body, all are not upon the same emotional, psychological, and spiritual levels.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, believers are commanded to love one another, and even to love their enemies.  Forgiveness and unselfish ministry are to be practiced continually.  Even so, judgment is vital to the continued existence of Creation.  The operations of sin oppose the further existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the Creation put forth under law.  Thus, while life is the divine intent, death has been introduced as a sacred tool needed to expose sin, and ensure life through resurrection.  Those insisting they themselves may display the displeasure and wrath of GOD, usually do so as defiance, disobedience, presumption, and rebellion against the Most High.  Consider again how some of this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Hosea 6:  1-7, King James Version (KJV):  1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD:  for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  2 After two days will he revive us:  in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.  3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:  his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.  4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.  5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth:  and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.  6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant:  there have they dealt treacherously against me.

(2.)  Titus 3:  3-7, KJV:  3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

(3.)  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.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Points are shared, today, on achieving full acceptance and membership as part of a Christian congregation.  Believers are not wrong to expect assistance, correction, encouragement and support from one another.  Yet, becoming part of a community of faith involves overcoming the same obstacles one will face when joining any other group having a diverse membership.  While a believer may have to adjust to modesty, reticence, and self-discipline appearing in others, gossip and slander are not the tools from GOD for nourishing their change, and new life.  Those who are “born again” also must endure “growing pains.”  Even so, attacks by the Adversary (the devil) seeking to reclaim one over whom he may have exercised influence for a long period increasingly become fewer, and weaker.  The new believer will gradually become familiar to others, develop confidence, and put away their lingering uncertainty.  Communication, exchange, and interaction with others in flesh and bone are so important for our developing correct relationship to GOD who is a spirit, that deity has appeared upon the earth as Jesus Christ.  Even so, to be in the new relationship with divinity that now is possible, a person must focus upon gaining and sharing aspects from the makeup of GOD.  Included are such inseparable sacred content as faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Those humbly approaching the church as an opportunity to comfort, minister to, and unselfishly serve others also will be those through whom the divine gifts and tools of the Gospel repeatedly will be seen.  The more of oneself a believer puts into the church, the more of Christ and the divine nature the believer and others will get out of the church.  Success, and a person’s rate of growth and increase are to be measured in terms of personal sacrifice, praise, prayer, thanksgiving and worship more than by such features as their regular attendance, donations, popularity, and tithing.  Where its true, God helps those who help themselves, GOD helps those more who help others.  Consider again these verses, and the presentation that follows below:

Matthew 20:  25-28, King James Version (KJV):  25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.  26 But it shall not be so among you:  but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;  27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:  28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Titus 2:  11-14, KJV:  11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

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.

2nd Peter 1:  2-4, KJV:  2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Revelation 21:  6-8, KJV:  6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.

Matthew 13:  12, KJV:  12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance:  but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

2nd Peter 1:  5-11, KJV:  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile shared) posted the following:

 

I been saved for a year & 2 mths now and I have been a fool of the church, telling people things about me and how I feel & they spread it.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?  Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us:  and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death:  for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.  We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.  Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;  And labour, working with our own hands:  being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:  Being defamed, we intreat:  we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.  I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.  For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers:  for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.  (1st Corinthians 4:  7-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Repentance and New Life? (12/30/2015); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015); Answer a Fool? (06/04/2015); What To Say To A Friend? (03/29/2015); Silent Wisdom? (12/02/2015); The Needs of the Many? (03/08/2015); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, many believers mistakenly look to the church for emotional support and social acceptance.  Because their focus is not upon the revelation of Jesus Christ as Redeemer and Savior, they will continue to be disappointed and frustrated, for it is more correct to embrace the church as an environment, and setting where one may concentrate upon acquiring and applying sacred knowledge and spirit substance from Christ as Head of the Church.  Yes, the church is a social center and hub for activity among believers, however giving and receiving spiritual benefit must be recognizable as the shared goal and purpose for all.  Many who attend church may be there “for all the wrong reasons.”  Often the church is expected to serve as a place to “meet and greet” (i.e., develop new relationships based upon shared secular interests); offer diverse support groups (e.g., alcohol and drug addiction, bereavement, single-parenting); provide family-friendly activities, amusements, and entertainment; or even, be a place to merchandise, pursue networking for business and employment opportunities as well as develop and explore marriage prospects.  While the sacred process of the church does include prayer in ones own “secret chamber” and silent, unspoken prayer, as genuine disciples to Christ, every member of the church will come under scrutiny (we also say, judgment), and aspects of their private life will be examined and exposed in detail.  Included may be ambition, covetousness, envy, bad habits, lusts, phobias, cherished or hidden sin, shortcomings, and sin not visible to themselves yet visible to others as committed in ignorance.  The believer must expect challenges, criticism, mockery, and direct opposition to their new life in Christ by those scorning religious beliefs and godly living—who also may be found within their congregation.  The deposit of divine spirit a believer receives through baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having DNA from GOD, so to speak) makes possible their continued faith, hope, joy, optimism, and perseverance.  For many, growth as one who is set apart and belonging to Christ (we say, sanctification) heightens their sense of alienation, conflict, and the sense of no longer belonging to the world.  This is part of the full pattern for those who are born again.  Consider the following verses from the Bible:

(1.)  Psalms 69:  4-9, King James Version (KJV):  4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head:  they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty:  then I restored that which I took not away.  5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.  6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake:  let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.  7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.  8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.  9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

(2.)  Ecclesiastes 5:  1-2, KJV:  1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools:  for they consider not that they do evil.  2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:  for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:  therefore let thy words be few.

(3.)  Ecclesiastes 7:  16-18, KJV:  16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise:  why shouldest thou destroy thyself ?  17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish:  why shouldest thou die before thy time?  18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand:  for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones spiritual treasure.  (For example, (4.) 1st Corinthians 3:  17-19, KJV:  17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Further points are shared, today, as a BATTLE AXE on divine authority, hierarchy, and sovereignty.  All believers in Christ have the same need for an Advocate in judgment as well as divinely provided atonement, forgiveness, and propitiation for sin.  Through Jesus, every man may experience divinity as though being in a one-on-one relationship with GOD.  Those looking to be given line authority, to escape isolation, and to be in league with some “great man” or “the World” unknowingly operate in the errors of their own presumption upon divinity, and pride.  Under the sovereignty of GOD, the living are to exercise discipline and self-government directing their own consciousness and will.  None are to be manipulated as chattel, lepers, pawns, or anything less than a divine creation.  With this in view, the genuine Christian believer is a person who acknowledges that they have their highest intrinsic value only from the Creator.  Leadership is to mean influence, yet, not as seen through operations of sin that impose domination, oppression, and counterfeit ownership of another’s awareness and self-will.  The differences that exist among believers in Christ include varying levels of spiritual commitment, devotion, dutifulness, faithfulness, sacred knowledge, and maturity as well as what will be their rewards in judgment resulting from their own choices and conduct.  Believers are to encourage, honor and respect one another in the many ways that build and promote agreement, communication, praise, prayer, security, thanksgiving, and shared understanding.  This includes obeying civil law, acknowledging ones own parents, assisting those who need healing, complementing ones own children, responding to ones spouse with kindness as well as supporting those who are bereaved (e.g., orphans, the elders, widows and widowers).  The abuse of position, privilege and trust may occur among believers, however, not without eternal consequences.  Consider again the following truth, and the presentation below:

Psalms 139:  13-15, King James Version (KJV):  13 For thou hast possessed my reins:  thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:   marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Isaiah 30:  1-3, KJV:  1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:  2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!  3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

1st Peter 4:  14-16, KJV:  14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Luke 12:  40-48, KJV:  40 Be ye therefore ready also:  for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.  41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?  42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?  43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.  44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.  45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;  46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.  47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:  and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

1st Peter 5:  2-4, KJV:  2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

1st Corinthians 3:  11-13, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Hierarchy Among Christians (01/22/2016)—It is a serious thing for a man to say, like Pharaoh, I am accountable for the life and death of others; I am a god.  Even so, as with the military, in our places of employment and work, authority is granted on the basis of being and holding others accountable for the completion of specific operations and tasks.  The division of labor requires persons to coordinate effort; continue energy, enthusiasm, and zeal; distribute equipment, resources and tools; maintain quality control; make sound decisions as necessary; and certify that all has been properly completed (job well done).  Such features in the workplace as confidence, cooperation, courtesy, flexibility, friendliness, obedience, respect and “team spirit” may vary in how regularly they appear on the basis of employee job satisfaction as well as arbitrary individual differences in character, personality, and skill among the workers. 

While many approach the spiritual work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the same understanding they have for secular efforts, believers are alerted and cautioned that an extraordinary or supernatural work must be done;  There are non-negotiable demands for atonement, purification, rebirth, and continuous repentance.  As spiritual persons, and the new creation of Christ (who is called, King of the Angels, Regis Angelorum), believers do not participate in an hierarchy intended for angels.  Similarly, none belonging to Christ have part as Captains under Beelzebub, a prince among devils.  The order established for mankind centers in humanity having a shared endowment that should manifest as oneness and unity without sameness.  The kingdom of GOD for mankind neither generates, nor is nourished by conflict among finite  differences in ability, goals, knowledge, or temporal performance.  Ones faith and spirit content are the primary focus of final judgment; and such elements as attitudes, behavior, deeds and works are merely indicators that the divine nature is active and present.

While believers are called to exercise their shared faith as one body in one place, each person must rely entirely upon their own spirit content for right relationship to Christ, and may not depend upon the faith of others (e.g., clergy, offspring, parents, and spouses) for their acceptance and permanent place as a life companion to Christ.  With this in view, no one else may demand that you express, or suppress your Spirit from GOD using formulas and practices that pertain more to something abstract, impersonal, and lifeless (e.g., academic methods, history, regimen, tradition), rather than to the living and rich creation that you are.

Serving as apostles, prophets and teachers, believers may comfort, edify, and exhort one another in godliness, or appeal to one another as ambassadors and spokespersons from the Kingdom of GOD.  Authority to command and direct others may be established, exercised, and maintained only in mutual agreement, promise (we also say, pledge), and sacred covenant.

These are times wherein, and the preparation of mankind is such that, believers in Christ may receive only an earnest of the Spirit and power divinity intends to bestow as resurrection and eternal life.  Already, Jesus Christ has been endowed with all power in heaven and earth, however, sin still continues upon the earth, and for now the divine mechanisms for deliverance, reconciliation, and salvation also must continue to be in place.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.  Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,  And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?  Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body:  not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.  (Colossians 2:  12-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Hierarchy Among Christians (01/22/2016); Divine Discipline? (12/24/2015); Called To Be Servants? (11/25/2015); Thoughts On The Kingdom? (11/18/2015); Religious Liberty Not Authority? (09/07/2015); Succession (02/05/2014); On Youth Doing Enough (02/06/2014)

 

There are many other points that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 1st Kings 8:  38-39, KJV:  38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:  39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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