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Today, thoughts are shared on the place of change, repentance, and conflict between the flesh and spirit that are enduring aspects of Christian growth and life.  Rightly understood, repentance is an action to be done not an object to be given or taken away.  Nonetheless, like gratitude and praise, repentance and salvation should be thought of among Christians as aspects of ones character, lifestyle, and makeup as the new creation of Jesus Christ.  Of greater worth than a mastery over appetite, ability to break bad habits, and skill to suppress sensation, godly sorrow is the precious gift bestowed upon the sinner who comes to Christ.  An anonymous fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

When the Lord tells us to repent, does he mean turn from our sin forever? help?

I struggle with masturbation and I always find myself repenting. This is a tough habit to quit.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  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.  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.  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.  (1st Peter 4:  12-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Prayer Against Backsliding? (02/09/2018); Having Consciousness of Death (11/03/2017); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Reconciliation Provided By Christ (05/30/2017); Salvation Goes Beyond Forgiveness (06/30/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016)

 

Here are some thoughts that may help developing Christian believers avoid spiritual confusion, despairing of salvation, and having multiple errors on the divine workings within their own lives:

1.  Flesh Unchanged.  Sexual events occur on multiple levels (e.g., emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual) all at the same time, and may display mankind’s potential to manifest as animal, human or divine.  The mechanics and processes of sexuality are maintained through cycles, natural laws, and principles generated by the physical body in the same way as such operations as circulation, digestion, elimination, metabolism, and respiration.  Craving for sexual activity itself is not truly a behavior controlled through self-will.  Sexual cravings may appear as any other appetite (e.g., hunger or thirst); is irrational (i.e., does not obey logic and thought); and, like emotion, imagination, mind, and sensation (hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) will persist throughout ones lifetime from birth to death.  When sinners are “born again” through water baptism they receive the continuing presence and authority of spirit content from the makeup of GOD (e.g., balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Even so, appetite, sensation, and other aspects of the flesh remain unchanged.

2.  Forgiveness.  Like obedience, forgiveness is a spiritual expression of love.  The operation and purpose of forgiveness is to continue relationship with divinity.  Permanent changes in ones conduct, growth, and behavior modification are encouraged as are accountability, respect, reverence, and unselfish service.  However, the core process is one of acknowledging and nourishing the active presence of godliness within the other (i.e., engage their imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD).  Thus, we see David repeatedly forgiven in order to complete, reinforce, and strengthen his godly growth and perfection.

3.  Reconciliation.  Through both his ministry in heaven and on the earth, Christ is sharing his own reconciliation to the sin of created beings and living creatures among the three persons of divinity (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit).  Through atonement and propitiation for sin provided using his own blood, Jesus has altered the effect, impact, meaning, and value of sin.  Affliction, hardship, and suffering are not eliminated, however, mankind has cause for hope through divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  The wrath of GOD against sin is counterbalanced by streams of truth that include commitment, longsuffering, mercy, patience, divine restraint, and personal sacrifice.

4.  Repentance.  Repentance is not a one-time event; and is to appear as ones daily routine and ongoing way of life.  For those who are born again, the process of salvation is one of “growing up again,” and includes struggle, striving, and suffering.  There must be increasing sacred awareness, discovery, conviction, and becoming mature (we say, balanced, complete, consistent, stable).  There will be taking “baby steps”, falling, hesitating, and tears.  It is not inappropriate, therefore, that there be leaps of faith, risk-taking, and some trial-and-error behavior.  Not quitting and not giving up are to be understood as triumph and victory.

5.  The Ministry of Truth.  The ministry of Jesus Christ has not been one of deceit, half-truth, and lies.  Many accuse Christ of betrayal, fraud, and of not revealing the disappointments, opposition, and hidden traps that will confront a developing believer.  However, the reality is that mankind has become rooted in secular knowledge, skepticism, and hopes that are vain (lack spirit content from the fullness of divinity) along with social customs and traditions.  Salvation, therefore, is a visible aspect of a profound and partially unseen life process and divine operation to transform the spirit substance and process within the living.

Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 8:  5-9, King James Version (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.

(2.)  Romans 12:  1-3, 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.  3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

(3.)  Hebrews 2:  14-18, KJV:  14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

(4.)  2nd Peter 3:  8-10, KJV:  8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

There is far more to be discovered, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Timothy 1:  7, KJV:  7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, that marriage relationships are to be vessels containing divine spirit comes into view.  Many of the elements for the authority and power seen through mature love and lasting marriage relationships must be imparted from divinity as inseparable aspects of the divine makeup.  Included are commitment, duration, faith, gratitude, humility, jealousy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, and wisdom.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” using the ID “Alucard” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since May 02, 2016) posted the following:

 

Is marriage a religious thing?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.  (Isaiah 59:  21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); Law Requires Genuine Righteousness (07/28/2016); The Wife of Your Youth? (12/22/2015); The Church as a Bride? (05/15/2013); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); A Life Companion? (11/07/2012); On Asking Why (11/08/2012)

 

“Alucard”, among Christian believers and within the body of Christ (i.e., the church), holy matrimony is a sacred practice (we say, sacrament) along with baptism, confession, penance, and sharing the blood and body of Jesus using the emblems of bread and wine.  For Christian believers, the marriage relationship between a man and a woman is a special tool used by GOD to accomplish multiple divine operations.  Included are Incarnation (the appearance of divinity using flesh and material form), prophecy (we say, comfort, edification, and exhortation), redemption, revelation, and sanctification.  For believers, then, holy matrimony is a gift from GOD; and the meaning and value of “marriage” is not merely carnal, material, sexual, or social.  Through operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from the makeup of GOD, holy matrimony will display upon earth the active presence who is GOD enthroned in heaven.  Because sexual joining occurs on many different levels all at the same time (emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual), there are divine provisions to provide balance, correction, healing, security, and stability.  The joining of spirits that occur through sexual intercourse and through fornication can result in defilement, domination, and a peculiar impotence of a person’s inborn spirit.  Holy matrimony is a tool to establish, continue, and fulfill divine law, sacred inheritance, eternal purpose, and immutable promise.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Genesis 2:  18, King James Version (KJV):  18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 7:  1-4, KJV:  1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me:  It is good for a man not to touch a woman.  2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.  3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence:  and likewise also the wife unto the husband.  4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband:  and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

(3.)  1st Peter 3:  1-4, KJV:  1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;  2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.  3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;  4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) 1st Peter 3:  7-9, KJV:  7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.  8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:  9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing:  but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.)  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, reply is given to a teenager struggling with issues of Christian belief, parental approval, racism, and sexual relationships.  Being related by blood is called “kinship”, being related through love, respect and trust are called “family”.  Young people often are impractical, express exaggerated pride, and insist they can rely upon the certainty, protection and security provided by genuine feelings of love.  Even so, the combination of desire and imagination can produce an uncontrollable fantasy of love.  Weeds of deceit, fornication, and “playing the whore” can infest the places intended for the plantings of marriage.  Considered in the light from Scripture, both the law of ones father (and its alternative, the law of the husband) come into view along with the provisions for young women becoming released from their promises to GOD.  Our youth often fail to correctly acknowledge the fact that, while they are under the authority and protection of their parents, the law requires that what they account as their own private affairs must be approved, monitored, and supervised by their adult caretakers.  In innocence and ignorance, the offspring willingly make promises to surrender the life and property of their parents for payment of the debts and obligations of their children.  Thus, it is legitimate that parents oversee marriage, courtship, and dating because unseen legal obligations may be cemented that include liability through misunderstood and unintended verbal contracts and promises, incurring unexpected and unwanted debts as well as having to seek relief for a fair division or return of shared personal property.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” using the ID “Joe” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since February 07, 2017) posted the following:

 

Kicked out and disowned for having a black/mixed boyfriend? Help..?

I’m 18, and as I grow older I have only been attracted to colored men. I have tried dating my own race (white) but its just hard and annoying. In the past, my ex was black and my mom kicked me out until I broke up with him and came back. She also took the car she gave me (i paid 300 dollars on it!) And gave it to my brother. I stayed at my current boyfriends house and got depressed and lost my job. I look back and shouls have kept the job but i was younger and upset by my mom. But today, I am talking to a boy i really really like, he’s mixed. My mom claims to be “strict Christian” and said mixing races is bad. Yet she sleels with men she isn’t married to and judges people, she thinks kicking me out is a lesson and only because i dont follow her rules i cant live in her house. Though i am good at school, working, and i clean. I don’t do anything bad but date other races. She verbally abuses me daily and reminds me everything i never do. I just want to have a normal relationship.. go to prom and my mom take pictures, i wish she would be happy for me. And also, my redneck dad said if i had a mixed baby he would disown me.. yet he loves my sister and her mixed baby.. its stressful and i dont know if i can move out yet.. i have to wait for my new job so i have no money. Help please..

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth;  And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.  But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand:  and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.  And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul;  And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it:  then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.  But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect:  and the LORD shall forgive her.  But every vow of a widow, and of her that is divorced, wherewith they have bound their souls, shall stand against her.  And if she vowed in her husband’s house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath;  And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not:  then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.  But if her husband hath utterly made them void on the day he heard them; then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips concerning her vows, or concerning the bond of her soul, shall not stand:  her husband hath made them void; and the LORD shall forgive her.  Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may establish it, or her husband may make it void.  (Numbers 30:  3-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016); Discipline and The Cross (06/16/2016); On Controlling Lust (01/05/2016); Growing Up Again? (12/09/2015); Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Not Yet Delivered From Racism? (12/21/2014); Racism Is Not From GOD (12/22/2014)

 

“Joe”, for there to be a “happy ending” at your father’s house there are many important points for you to consider.  You seem to be confusing issues of being respected as an adult, Christian belief, race, and sexual freedom.  Mature Christian believers regard themselves as “married” and bound to GOD through Jesus Christ.  Nowadays, as they are developing to be full persons, young females encounter many intense emotional and psychological challenges; and they are likely to be exploited, overwhelmed, and “kicked to the curb.”  Like anyone else, you want to be free and pursue your own feelings and thoughts, however, you are not yet an independent or mature adult.  (Maturity is marked by balance, completeness, consistency, and stability.)

All lasting relationships and adult notions of love—be they with family, friends, or romantic interests—require that one be accountable, committed, and also willing to show love through restraint, sacrifice (i.e., doing whatever is demanded; paying every cost, even, laying down ones life), and self-denial.  Where you are prepared to talk about what you want from others, you also must be prepared to say what you are willing to give in return.  Parents are not unreasonable to deny “sexual relationships” to their daughters while they are living at home.  It is not that they are ignorant of how powerful and demanding sexual appetite in young people can be.  Nor is it that they can read people’s minds, or foretell the future so much as it is a matter of recognizing familiar patterns.  Once you see ABCDEFG, it is reasonable to think XYZ is on the way, and not 8-9-10-11.

In the same way it sends a message about how you value your parents for you to say, I can not stop smoking for two or three years while I am in my father’s house, I can not stop drinking alcohol, or attending foot ball games until after I am married, to say, I can not stop dating tells them there is a serious problem that goes beyond their having authority, duty, and willingness to trust you as their offspring.  It sends a message regarding what you think of yourself.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the benefits of going to school and taking on small jobs include gaining self-confidence and acquiring self-discipline.  Having “a future” with the big life-accomplishments of career, marriage, and family are not possible for those who do not first learn to patiently wait, and while waiting direct their energy into things that will make them stronger and more well prepared for the things they truly want that remain ahead.  Where you and your male companions insist you are adult enough to maintain sexual relationships, you should only do so on your own terms, and in your own shared place.)  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, appetite, independence, obedience, self-control, and sexuality before marriage are in view.  Adult privilege is obtained on the basis of acquiring adult knowledge, continually carrying out adult responsibilities, and routinely maintaining adult standards.  Those having developed genuine maturity are able to display balance, commitment, completeness, consistency, patience (i.e., ability to wait quietly, without complaining), sobriety, and stability.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Paige” (Level 1 with 99 points, a member since June 19, 2016) posted the following:

 

My parents are christians and think I am a pretty good kid. They do not want me too have se before marriage but I rlly want to? Any help??/?

Update: *sex

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  (Galatians 5:  19-25, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Discipline and The Cross (06/16/2016); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Answered by The Cross? (03/14/2016); On Controlling Lust (01/05/2016); The Wife of Your Youth? (12/22/2015); Growing Up Again? (12/09/2015); Punishment To Show Love? (11/29/2015)

 

Galatians 5: 17, King James Version (KJV):  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Ephesians 6: 12, KJV:  12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

“Paige”, in obedience to Jesus Christ I am sharing with you a message from the cross.  Your question made a statement (I want to disobey and ignore my parents, because I want to have sex, I don’t want to be a Christian, and all I need is courage that will come from the strangers who will agree with me.).  The warnings from Scripture are to be joined to those from “common sense.”  Sexual desire is an animal and carnal appetite like hunger and thirst.  It can not be satisfied merely by using imagination, logic, make believe, reason, or thought.  Thus, self-acceptance and inner peace through sexuality are very difficult to achieve.  Even so, like hunger and thirst, lust and sexual appetite must be disciplined and trained by the human, and spirit parts of who we are. 

When your body begins to behave like that of an adult, then you want your mind and your spirit to also behave like that of an adult—the duties, problems, and responsibility of an adult are soon to follow.  Giving oneself in sexual union should be in accordance with full authority over ones own life expressed in emotional and financial independence.  Then, you (and your partners) acknowledge accountability for your own actions and choices without burdening others by the consequences of your errors and mistakes.  You make a home for yourself, provide food, hygiene, and health care for your self.  You understand that sexual joining may be accomplished by behavior as simple as holding hands, or a kiss on the cheek.  Sexual behavior always occurs on multiple levels all at the same time that include emotional, material, psychological, and spiritual exchange.

There is far more that should be carefully said, thoughtfully examined, and spiritually understood.  For example, while we may find forgiveness at the cross, and children can find forgiveness with their parents after betraying them concerning their own desires for sexual pleasure, it remains that, knowing the message they were given was shared with them in love, the child will always be without excuse, or justification.)  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 sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, current advocacy of LGBT issues, and end time prophecy.  The issues of divine judgment are more likely to acknowledge divine substance manifest through Jesus Christ, the presence of sacred content shown within the deeds of the living, and the quality of each person’s sacred commitment, than dwell upon the details and mechanics of emotionally charged behavior expressing sexual preferences, or strivings for political freedom and social acceptance.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Are we living in the days of sodom and gamora?

due to the legalization of same-sex marriage? and due to our schools teaching our children that homosexuality is normal and acceptable? and all the movies and television shows trying to convince us that homosexuality is the proper way to live? the bible’s book of deutoromney talks about how god destroyed the cities of sodom and gamora for practicing homosexuality. is god about to do the same once again to our decadent modern world? are these the end times?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.   And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  (Galatians 5:  19-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); On Controlling Lust (01/05/2016); The Judgment Against Sodom? (04/10/2015); Lot and the Angels (05/04/2014); Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, born again Christians who have not yet “grown up again” often embrace commonly held ideas existing outside of the faith that seem biblical and religious, that are not part of the Gospel, and that may not be found written in the Bible.  Being still focused upon issues that are carnal, emotional, material, psychological and social, these believers even may cling to such errors as (1) “original sin” means sex; (2) “fornication” (i.e., defilement of ones spirit through sexual joining) means having sex before marriage, too often, or with too many partners (i.e., promiscuity); and (3) avoiding premarital sex is about maintaining purity and virginity, rather than becoming correctly mature to independently be accountable for ones own sexual behavior and its consequences (e.g., controlling the time and place; disease; family planning and pregnancy; “paying the cost to be the boss”).  The prophecies that describe the woeful state of mankind upon the earth just prior to the appearing (we also say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming) of Jesus go beyond sexual excess and deviant behavior.  The ongoing examination of mankind and the tribunal the wicked must face as final judgment both center upon the evidence of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD recorded in the Books of Life.  Neither Christ nor Satan will serve as “accuser”; the convicted will have been “betrayed” by accounts of their own deeds.  Consider again how these ideas are stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Ezekiel 16:  49-50, King James Version (KJV):  49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me:  therefore I took them away as I saw good.

(2.)   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.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 6:  9-11, KJV:  9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11 And such were some of you:  but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  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
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Fornication, iniquity, presumption and self-will are in focus, today.  Many of the things accomplished by divinity, provided to mankind, and required of Christian believers have been introduced, not because there was acceptance and understanding of the gifts from GOD, rather, because there was not.  Doctrine and sacred law have been given, and inseparable aspects of the divine makeup have been imparted that have not eliminated sin, yet, makes it more possible to correctly recognize and completely resist sin.  Sin is contrary to the divine nature within the living, yet, continues to appear as natural and normal until challenged through the operations of GOD.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the points appearing below:  Proverbs 20:  9, King James Version (KJV):  9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?  Also 1st John 1:  8, KJV:  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  Through the Spirit of Christ, mankind is now privileged to acknowledge salvation by his victories over antichrist spirits, death, bad habits, ignorance of divinity, and all manner of unrighteousness:  1st John 4:  4, KJV:  4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  A  writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Jim” (Level 1 with 62 points, a member since September 25, 2015) posted the following:

What exactly makes a sin willful? Isn’t every sin willful?

Update: Can we be forgiven for it?

Update 2: The reason is because i have willfully sinned many times (sexual sin) and I was wondering if god doesn’t want to forgive me anymore, I feel as if I don’t have a connection with him anymore, I feel empty inside.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot?  God forbid.  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  Flee fornication.  Every sin that a man doeth is without the  body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  What? know ye not that the body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.  (1st Corinthians 6:  15-20, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Mistakes In Youth? (08/24/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014); Some People Are Just Bad? (08/24/2014); Sermons About Good Sex? (08/25/2014); Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014); We Are Still Sinning? (11/30/2013); Like a Thief? (12/01/2014)

“Jim”, perhaps your pastor or one of the mature believers close to you may better serve you, and share with you the personal counseling you seem to be in need of.  Meanwhile, I can share these points:  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order generated and maintained through law.  Deliberate and persistent sin is called iniquity (i.e., imbalance; inequality in and violation of covenant) and presumption (i.e., exercising authority that lawfully belongs to another; taking someone’s place without their permission; identity theft). When one sins through ignorance of the law or lack of knowledge regarding sacred customs and practices, they may be forgiven, yet, the blood of atonement still must be applied for their right-standing with GOD to be restored.  While sin has not been created by divinity, is no material thing or object having spirit matter, sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Through sin, separation from GOD intended for independence and integrity of being becomes exaggerated and distorted to appear as enmity, rebellion, and self-destruction.  In sexual joining, a person risks fornication, where their own spirit is defiled by being joined through their sexual partner to spirits of others who are not physically present.  Depression, inner conflict among multiple spirits, and self-contradiction may appear as well as uncharacteristic attitudes, behavior and conduct.  Here are some points to consider that may help you avoid further error and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Numbers 25:  29-31, King James Version (KJV):  29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.  30 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD:  and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.  31 Because he hat despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

(2.)  Proverbs 24:  9, KJV:  9 The thought of foolishness is sin:  and a scorner is an abomination to men.

(3.)  Proverbs 28:  13, KJV:  13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:  but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Proverbs 25:  28, KJV:  28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

Today, Scripture points are shared on atonement, conversion, and repentance.  Through Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God, mankind now may receive forgiveness for sin, and the atonement that must be made even where there has been error through ignorance and lack of sacred knowledge.  Consider again the following from Scripture, and the points appearing below:  Leviticus 5:  14-19, King James Version (KJV):  14 And the LORD spake unto Moses,  saying, If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:  And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest:  and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.  And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.  And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:  and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him.  It is a trespass offering:  he hath certainly trespassed against the LORD.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answer” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:

If a convert to Christianity will I have to do penance for all the premarital sex Ive had?

If so if I convert next year instead of now will the penance be substantially worse?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine:  the soul that sinneth, it shall die.  But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,  And hath not eaten upon the mountain, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstrous woman,  And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;  He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,  Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.  (Ezekiel 18:  4-9, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015); To Err Is Human? (07/24/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014); Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); Not Told In Advance (10/11/2014); About Conversion (09/03/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012)

“Anonymous”, the penance one performs is directed to restoring spirit content and full relationship with divinity that is lost by the expression of ungodly attitudes, disobedience to divine law, pride, and unrighteousness.  Conversion only occurs where there is realization and understanding of ones own need for change, cleansing, forgiveness, healing, rebirth and sanctification that only come through the operations of GOD.  A believer may be released from the whole bag of their past criminal behavior and sexual sins (e.g., adultery, incest, shame-sex relationships, witchcraft) they committed in ignorance and simplicity (i.e., immaturity, separation from GOD, underdevelopment) once they choose to make a commitment that focuses in confession, contrition, acquiring and applying sacred knowledge, expressing gratitude, demonstrating repentance, and providing unselfish service to others.  The blood of atonement at the cross was in a carnal and material form, however, in the heavens it has a spirit form that makes possible its application to all error and sin including iniquity (deliberate and willful defiance, disobedience and rebellion).  Consider again the following points from the holy writings:

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

(2.)  2nd Chronicles 7:  14, KJV:  14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

(3.)  Jeremiah 29:  13, KJV:  13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

(4.)  Ezekiel 17:  49-50, KJV:  49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.  50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me:  therefore I took them away as I saw good.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Psalms 15:  1-5, KJV:  1 LORD, who shall abide in they tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORDHe that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.  5 He that putteth not out his money to  usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent.  He that doeth these things shall never be moved.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC