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MATTHEW 6:  33, King James Version (KJV)

 

Today, correction, homosexual pleasure, and the nature of divine love are considered again.  Humans are not condemned and despised by divinity simply for displaying emotional, psychological, and sexual desires and needs.  There can be no sexual freedom without there also being accountability; and growth to having a full sexual maturity acceptable to Deity is possible.  For those on the earth, becoming perfected as those who belong to GOD is never simple without also being profound.  Even so, the created are not to despair, give up, or quit seeking to know the Creator within their own lives.  Believers are to fight the good fight of faith.  Many aspects of sexuality gradually draw a person in and suddenly overwhelms them.  Yet, sexual activity is a gift from GOD that can impart joy, and—carefully applied like every other strong medicine not to be abused or overly relied upon—can release us from depression, fear, isolation, certain forms of sickness, and sorrow.  Just as sexual joining can result in improved circulation and an increased heart rate, sharing sexual contact can result in permanently binding spirits to complement, edify, heal, and reinforce one another.  Because casual sex is not focused on reproduction and producing a holy seed (e.g., adultery, masturbation, pre-marital longings, same sex entanglements), sexual excitement not shared with ones life companion and sanctified partner is imperfect, and serves as a divine tool cautioning sinners to apprehend their need for repentance and reconciliation to GOD.  In the same way, the living may not answer GOD in judgment to justify sin with the explanation “I was dying of thirst” or “I had not eaten for days,” though it may be the truth to say “I was sexually aroused,” “my “normal” sexual appetite and overactive hormones made me do it,” or “I could not resist my urges,” such words will not be enough to turn away divine disfavor.  The honest replies from divinity might well include, “you  did not confess it to me,” “when you saw the condition was not changed, you did not importune in prayer for relief, or strength to bear it.”  It is sin to neglect divinely assigned duty, promote self-will above divine will, deny GOD because of what we desire or feel, and to shut GOD out as though he is the enemy.  A female fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore) using “Anonymous” as her ID (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

How is God a loving parent by administering punishment just because I choose to give into homosexual urges?

All I want to do is feel good. I want to feel amazing. And homosexuality (or lesbianism, since I’m a woman) gives me that.

I get punished for wanting to feel great pleasure? I’m perfectly normal, my desires are perfectly healthy and normal and I’m not hurting anybody else.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not:  ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:  ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:  let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  (James 4:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); First Seeking the Kingdom (03/03/2017); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); Natural and Spiritual Law? (06/30/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016); The Cross and Arbitrary Differences (06/17/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, all sexual activity at first seems pleasurable, yet, sex is dangerous, unpredictable (never the same twice),  and deceitful.  There is a “better way” than the “seeking pleasure” way.  Your conversation has been put forth by “the flesh,” however, any answer that will provide a sacred benefit to you must be put forth by “the Spirit.”  In our ignorance, and because we do not feel it directly, the consequences and the harm we do can be at the level of spirit and that that is unseen.  Divine punishment is administered only to those who, being incorrigible, despise authority, ignore admonition and warning, or refuse correction and thoughtful instruction.  Desire for “great pleasure” may also be called covetousness, envy, and “inordinate desire;” thus, lust for great pleasure also will appear as acceptance and complacency when it comes to brutality, deceit, killing, and stealing.  (When those who murder begin to hate it, then, they break it off.)  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the divine order essential to Creation.  Sin has no element of intellect, logic or reason; so, sin favors and promotes death and nonexistence.  Those who are not disgusted, loathe, and have wrath against destructiveness, malice, exaggerated pride, savagery, selfishness, and sin are those who lack the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  As humans we are born and may be raised to express only our animal and human aspects without concern for the spiritual potential and possibilities that also are important to a full experience of life from the Creator.  Sexual appetite begins at birth, and is little different from hunger and thirst.  Just as we must learn to direct, discipline, restrain, and properly satisfy those urges and mechanical aspects of the body that may dominate awareness and self-will (as does sin), so it is with our sexuality.  GOD will correct, punish, and hold back from utterly destroying only those who belong to him, and who acknowledge his ownership by love, obedience, respect, and right reverence.  Through operations of the Holy Spirit, the living may receive a fresh endowment of the “life essence” (we say, breath, spirit, word) that continues mankind as a companion to eternal Deity.  Inseparable spirit matter from the makeup of GOD will appear in those “born again” such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Hebrews 12:  4-9, King James Version (KJV):  4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

(2.)  Romans 8:  3-9, KJV:  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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 to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Revelation 3:  17-21, KJV:  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.)  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, thoughts are shared on what it would mean to be controlled by divine Spirit.  Christian believers are not made to behave as automatons and machines by the presence and operations of the Holy Spirit.  The living continue to have authority, coherence, integrity, and power as self-will; and the ongoing transformation of their character and nature proceeds according to their own responses to GOD such as gratitude, humility, meekness, obedience, respect, and trust.  In no way are believers dehumanized, deprived, or dispossessed.  Outside the sovereign frameworks provided by divine spirit, the platforms for existence and order are anarchy, chaos, evil, ruin, and upheaval as depicted using surrealism.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (I could care less which one) posted the following:

 

If a spirit was controlling him, he wouldn’t be choosing to be homosexual.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  (Romans 6:  8-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Spirit Process not Feelings? (09/21/2016); The Focus Upon Spirit (09/12/2016); Use Spirit From GOD? (08/15/2016);  GOD Within Christian Believers (07/31/2016); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, how and what divine spirit may choose is not predictable using values centered in emotion, flesh, logic, reason, physical strength, sentiment, and sensation.  Because the character, nature, operations, and substance of divinity are “spirit” (we also say, life essence, breath, sacred utterance, Word), it is no simple thing for created beings and living creatures—who exist as independent (i.e., separate), and may be carnal, material, mortal (subject to death) and of limited duration (like both angels and mankind)—to correctly be in agreement and harmony with an immortal, incorruptible, invisible Creator.  In view of the fact that spirit matter is diffuse, immeasurable and unbounded, it is more fruitful and godly for mature Christian believers to focus upon abiding as a new creation through Jesus Christ, acquiring new life, rebirth, and repentance than to dwell upon concerns such as defilement through fornication and sexual joining, same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, and sexual preferences.  Sin, the influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, also challenges the exchanges and interactions among the inseparable aspects within the makeup of GOD that pertain to eternal life.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, purity, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  For finite beings, where there is no law, preset conditions, focus, form, measurable dimension, and fixed standards, chaos and nonexistence are promoted that may appear disguised as benefit and freedom.  Where awareness and self-will are dominated by sin, the living do not truly demonstrate choice.

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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Today, points are shared on how America and all its people must undergo continuous change that appears as development, learning, and growth.  As we receive correction, those of us who are wise also change.  With their people, nations rise or fall by responding to challenges, issues, and obstacles against their various routines for daily living.  A commonwealth or state must have at its core commitment to life, peace, progress and stability.  The justice of GOD as well as diversity, flexibility, integrity, and variety then can be seen as benefits that enrich the shared quality of life throughout the entire community.  For mature Christian believers, growth to full citizenship means embracing the best and highest values of an America that also gradually changes.  Commitment to the Nation is a further expression of agreement with the doctrine and teachings of the faith:  None of us are completely matured and spiritually perfected, yet; and we are to encourage, nourish, be patient with, and protect one another.  The gradual revelation of divine righteousness and truth call the living into accepting permanent and irreversible changes.  At the coming of Jesus to harvest those who are “ripe” from the earth the present ongoing transformation will be completed—in the twinkling of an eye.  Areas that now should display divine alteration, improvements, and increase include awareness of divine intent, commitment to eternal purposes, holy boldness, longsuffering, meekness, sacred knowledge, self discipline and self restraint.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bobby” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since March 10, 2012) posted the following:

 

Obama thinks that I’m a bitter religious fanatic because I believe that men should go to the men’s restroom and women to the women’s?

Isn’t it sad how much society has DEGENERATED that this is now controversial?

When I was a kid it wasn’t!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.  In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.  For this is as the waters of Noah unto me:  for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.  For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.  O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.  And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.  And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.  In righteousness shalt thou be established:  thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear:  and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.  Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me:  whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.  Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.  (Isaiah 54:  6-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Once We Know Better? (07/01/2016); Natural and Spiritual Law? (06/30/2016); About Other People’s Beliefs (06/22/2016); The Cross and Arbitrary Differences (06/17/2016); Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); Where Society Is Headed? (01/11/2016); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014)

 

“Bobby”, society has not degenerated so much as we have acquired greater secular knowledge, and are now being challenged to respond to issues and other Americans who have been ignored, overlooked, and rejected, yet, were calling for acknowledgment all the time.  Just as a child may receive status as a Christian by inheritance (i.e., by being born to Christian parents) and by their own water baptism that depicts death and burial of their inborn spirit, and rebirth from divine DNA, most of us are born into status as Americans.  Despite our being acknowledged as citizens, while we are minor children we are without full understanding of the cultural heritage, guiding principles, political process, and provisions by law that distinguish our Nation.  As surely as children must experience growth of their physical bodies and their inner spirit content, they also must acquire mature (i.e., balanced, complete, consistent, effective, productive, stable) understandings of the major ideas and values for prosperity, success, and survival within their family, their home, the larger society, and the world. 

Since the beginnings of our Nation, all Americans have not had the same depth and level of access, knowledge, or participation, regarding Democracy, civil rights, franchise, taxation, the three branches of America’s government, or voting rights.  There were many passionate debates and exchanges with adjustments in ones perception and position that finally resulted in the Declaration of Independence.  A goal was set and put into place that described achieving an ideal or perfect State; and, in effect, it was agreed, we may not make it, but our time won’t be wasted if we try (another leader of a revolution is credited with something similar, The journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step….). 

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, in the Bible, King Solomon complains that unfair and unfruitful aspects of life never seem to change, and there is nothing new under the sun.  In the course of meeting challenges to our continued existence, Americans at every economic, educational, emotional, psychological, and social level have had to learn, grow, and accept change.  America operates as though a living entity, and therefore, we may describe the Nation as being dynamic, empathetic, forward-looking, full of surprises, organic, and proactive.  From its beginnings America has included Africans, Christians, Europeans, immigrants, Indigenous Peoples, Latinos, migrants, non-Christians, the poor, the wealthy, and those struggling with the common “growing pains” of personal development that include sexual appetite, sexual identity, and sexual preference.  Where America will continue to be an expression of life, rather than death, America must also be careful to nourish righteousness, and the Spirit of Truth.)  Even so, I am sure 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 the differences between natural and spiritual law.  Even those in Scripture who were anointed and used by divinity as apostles, judges, prophets and sacred spokespersons rarely attained the level of perfection required to implement the fullness of divine law.  While wrath against sin definitely has been revealed as a response of GOD to disobedience and rebellion within created beings and living creatures, multiple aspects of law from GOD also are in place that continue as expressions of divine love, and restraints upon impulses for annihilation, exaggerated condemnation, and indiscriminate destruction.  In addition to balance and continuity for ongoing process, sacred law contributes forbearance, forgiveness, grace, mercy, opportunities for change, the option of correction, eternal purpose, and righteousness.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Kodiak” (Level 1 with 19 points, a member since June 18, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why is it very hard for atheists and secularists to understand that gay marriage is wrong and against the natural law?

God hates sin. Period. Homosexuality is a filth and sin just like pedophilia and serial muerders. Those who are suffering from the psychiatric abnormality of homosexuality should be treated in hospitals to support and bring them up to God’s standard of heterosexuality and join the mainstream society. If they are not willing to get treated in hospitals, the obnoxious obscenities that they are spreading must be wiped away from the face of the Earth to stop the filth from infesting the rest of America and other countries.

The bible says God can crush the heads of Satan. If so Why is He not just destroying the entire LGBT communities of America yet ???

Oh God, please may another Sodom and Gomorrah happen soon!!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Do not err, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  (James 1:  16-25, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); Sin Also Made Incarnate? (04/25/2016); The World and The Cross? (04/19/2016); By Law and Relationships (04/05/2016); Old Testament Laws Today? (08/06/2015); The Judgment Against Sodom? (04/10/2015); Human Law, Divine Favor? (03/23/2015); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013)

 

“Kodiak”, for most mature Christian believers, the character, nature, process and substance of “natural” law that governs carnal, material, and social elements are not the same as those for “spiritual” law that governs exchange and interaction among the inseparable aspects of divinity.  The law for spirit content (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, wrath against sin) and spirit process (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, judgment, miracles, redemption, repentance, sanctification) are distinct from that for appetite, sensation, and emotion/mental functions (we say, the flesh).  Also, where law has not been codified, written down using standard expressions, and published using preset definitions and a fixed vocabulary, the law becomes diffuse, and a source of confusion and error that invites unregulated applications and conflicting interpretations.  While sacred law does give expression to the heart, mind, and will of GOD that is visible as “divine order” and as Creation, the law is not the most accurate and complete presentation of divinity.  Thus, the active presence of GOD has also been revealed through Incarnation (appearance in human form as Jesus Christ), Shekhinah glory, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  In general, those under various forms of law routinely operate on the basis of  “impressions”, instinct, and intuition in place of formal knowledge or comprehensive training.  Correctly applying the law requires ability to discern and respond to multiple subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden and unexpected shifts in meaning and value).  As a result, the precious blessing (free gift) of law from GOD may be seen as a “curse” that repeatedly entangles and overwhelms created beings, and living creatures.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 14:  11-12, King James Version (KJV):  11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown:  but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.  12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

(2.)  Isaiah 24, 1-6, KJV:  1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.  2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.  3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled:  for the LORD hath spoken this word.  4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.  5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.  6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate:  therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

(3.)  Malachi 3:  13-18, KJV:  13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?  14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God:  and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?  15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.  16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:  and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.  18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 2:  12-14, KJV:  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.)  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 current issues in social media, and American liberty in the light of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross.  Arbitrary differences (we say, accidents, chance, or random conditions and events), individuality, and divisiveness continually threaten to alter policy, popularity, and standards within modern States, and even within our own homes.  (Included are characteristics and vital statistics describing the population such as density, distribution, growth rate; ethnic origins; regional customs; and even success for local athletes and their teams.)  Empathy, law, mutuality, reciprocity, and trust are the most fundamental and essential principles for strong communities, families, global leadership, secure nations, and covenant relationships that include marriage, peace treaties, and trade agreements.  Thus, the following words spoken by Jesus accurately describe what transforms a diverse multitude into a recognizable commonwealth:  “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”  (See Luke 6:  31, King James Version (KJV). )  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What do Atheists think about this transgender teen boy who thinks he is a girl was allowed to participate in a girls track meet?

“In Alaska, a boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to participate in the girls’ track meet, and he wins. The girls are not happy, but are not quite sure how to express their protest since they don’t want to be branded as bigots for calling a boy a boy when that boy wants to be called a girl.”

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

Update: http://www.courageouspriest.com/

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  (1st Peter 2:  19-25, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); A Bold Step Forward? (05/15/2016); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); Many Are Called… (10/15/2015); Diversity and the Church? (07/22/2015); Different Strokes, For Different Folks? (06/22/2015); Should Men Take Their Hats Off? (05/15/2014); The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, may I share a brief comment, here, despite being far from “atheist” and “transgender”.  With the unique understanding that comes by acknowledging the death of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross, for many mature Christian believers, the various conflicts and disputes we now see in the public forum come down to the opposition of arbitrary differences, fashions, personal preferences and things that frequently undergo change as well as traditions that are man-made, social and temporary in contrast to things described by divine law, sacred principles and spirit content along with things that are fixed and permanent (we say, eternal, everlasting) expressing divinity and spirituality.  What many in America regard as our special “liberty” and joy as a nation is the freedom to exercise conscience, work hard, fulfill our duties and answer our obligations, and then to indulge our private dreams, fantasies, and “flights of imagination.”  It is true:  We have had great fun within our homeland following much hard work; and this is counted as natural order.  Therefore, the prosperity and stability of our nation continues grounded upon such shared values as acceptance of others despite differences; acknowledgment of an equality that extends to all who live; mutual respect; assisting one another to meet common needs; heartfelt love, sincerity, and genuine tolerance as well as regard for the many forms of animal and human life that include the unborn.  Consider again the following points from the Bible that many feel also  correctly speak to the blessings, hope and spirit of America:

(1.)  Isaiah 61:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

(2.)  Psalms 119:  41-46, KJV:  41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.  42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me:  for I trust in thy word.  43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.  44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.  45 And I will walk at liberty:  for I seek thy precepts.

There is far more that should be carefully said, thoughtfully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  James 2:  10-13, KJV:  10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.)  Even so, I am sure 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 prayer being offered for victims of the recent shooting tragedy in Orlando, FL.  For mature Christian believers who are trusting that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now, the benefit and outcome of prayer to oneself is less the proper focus, and instead the divine intent and work of prayer are to be acknowledged.  Included are comfort, intercession, and revelation.  In the light of abuses and repeated failures in covenant, (i.e., those chosen to cast out covenant-breakers becoming covenant-breakers themselves), believers in GOD upon the earth are no longer to serve as divine armies, cruel instruments, and plagues to punish transgressors of sacred law.  Presumption, exaggerated pride (as opposed to healthy self-esteem), self-promotion, and violence have made mankind unfit as judges.  For those in Christ, Satan and the imperfection of mankind have been removed from divine Judgment:  The followers of Jesus are to show love by restraining from condemnation and punitive judgment (1st Corinthians 4: 5, King James Version (KJV):  5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:  and then shall every man have praise of God.)  More than this, there will be no accuser when the wicked appear in resurrection.  Satan will have been cast into the Lake of Fire, and their assessment will go forward in keeping with the record of their own deeds from the Books of life.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Stacy” (Level 1 with 20 points, a member since April 22, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why are people praying for the victims of the recent Orlando shooting?

The Bible is perfectly clear what happens to gays when they die. I’m sorry to say but they are burning in eternal hellfire right now. They were doomed from the start, hopefully other gays repent and leave behind their evil lifestyle. I’m sorry for their parents who are religious and know they will never see their son again, not in this life or the afterlife.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  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.  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.  (James 1:  17-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How To Treat Unbelievers? (01/13/2016); The GOD Of All? (01/08/2016); That GOD Is Faithful? (08/31/2015); To Err is Human? (07/24/2015); How GOD Answers Prayer? (01/09/2015); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Bible Justice? (01/26/2014); Intercession (12/27/2013); Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013)

 

“Stacy”, there are many points a person would have to  understand regarding another person’s commitment to GOD before it would be completely clear why and how they use prayer to give expression within their continuing relationship to our Creator.  Even so, consider the following:

(1.) The character, nature and substance of the GOD you serve is revealed to others by your prayers, service and worship.  That mature believers would pray for victims in a tragedy is a further operation of the Spirit of GOD within them that makes divinity knowable, known, and visible to others outside of themselves.  Deity is seen to be clearly active and present having power over the unseen aspects of life (e.g., awareness, duration, existence, joining, “person”, self-will).  Where believers turn to a GOD who comforts, forgives, and who even grants rebirth and resurrection from the dead, prayer is acknowledgment and correct submission (some say, awe, fear of the Lord).

(2.)  For mature Christian believers a human life is more than flesh and bone.  The “breath of life” (we say, life essence, spirit, word) has been imparted to mankind from GOD.  Every man is a vessel containing precious substance from the actual makeup of Deity that includes faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The fullness of a man’s life goes beyond carnal, material and social situations as well as the necessary frameworks of time and space.  Thus, in the same way a man’s life consists of more than the things he may accumulate and possess, value of a human life goes beyond ones errors, sins, and weaknesses.

(3.)  Divine Judgment is exalted by its mercy and righteousness.  Compassion and empathy emerge from the elements of shared humanity that include consciousness, desire, feelings, and hope.  Finite human judgment is not a correct expression of divine judgment, for it often centers in the beggarly elements of destruction, retribution, and wrath.  By contrast, divine Judgment manifests excellence and glory appearing as balance, completeness, correction, forbearance, forgiveness, impartiality, restraint, and grace.

There is far more that should be carefully said, thoughtfully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Life events demand correct reverence (acknowledgment) of GOD.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Maintaining ones freedom and integrity of being requires a person have regular contact with the Creator, or his agents and representatives, who are appointed to affirm and authenticate correct belief, proper respect, eternal purposes, and genuine trust.)  Even so, I am sure this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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