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      Topics, today, include preaching the Gospel and how to accept Bible truth. By the end of April 2013, I will be displaying more than 625 categorized and tagged daily blog articles posted at eternalphnx.wordpress.com . The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Steven” (Level 1 with 107 points, a member since April 16, 2013) posted the following:

Why do Christians fail to preach the gospel?

Church is not for you it is for the lost yet it says become a place for Christians to gather and forget to find others.

THE BATTLE AXE: How To Accept Bible Truth (04/17/2013)—Accepting the divine truths of destruction and perdition for the wicked is inseparable from embracing the Gospel and good news of mankind’s salvation through Jesus Christ. (One can not “separate the wet from the water,” so to speak.) In addition to faith, believers must receive balance, “divine distance” (we say, detachment or perspective), longsuffering, wisdom and wrath against sin, that establish neutrality, objectivity and zeal in judgment. All “feelings” of being bullied or victimized by GOD are completely replaced by realization of the great weight upon GOD as sovereign above a universe under threat by sin. The imperfect, self-interested, short-lived and temporary solutions to sin that have been proposed by created beings and living creatures are immediately understood as improper, inadequate and unacceptable.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. (1st Corinthians 1: 18-29, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Hellfire and Brimstone Preaching (12/27/2012); The Dove (12/28/2012); The Focus of Judgment (12/09/2012); His Burden is Light? (12/10/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); On The Messiah (02/19/2012); All Know Gospel? (03/20/2011); Limit to Sin? (03/21/2011); Dispatch 44: Just A Closer Walk (09/23/2011)
    
     Steven, here are some points that may be new to you that come from an older Christian’s point of view:

(1.) All believers are not spiritually endowed or equipped to preach. The many needs of the spirit body (we say, church and congregation) demand a variety of gifts through the imparted, indwelling Spirit of Jesus. Included are consolation, giving, government, healing, hospitality, miracles, prophecy and teaching.

(2.) All Christian believers are “born again” from divine substance (sacred DNA, so to speak); however, all are not yet mature and perfected. Once “born again” there are challenges to be met and “growing pains.” There must be continuous life experience, growth and acquisition of sacred knowledge. For this reason, forbearance, longsuffering, patience, mutual respect and sharing are practiced as vital within every congregation under the Headship of Jesus.

(3.) Rightly understood, the “foolishness of preaching” is more than a verbal presentation on religious subjects. It is an operation of the Spirit of GOD wherein the divine agent determines both what is uttered, and how utterance is received as spiritual awareness within the hearers. The human actors (both preacher and listener) must submit as an instrument of the Spirit having no personal agenda and private objectives.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) the Gospel of Jesus Christ is more to be shared as a non-verbal display of holy living (we say a practice of sacraments) than as a speech in a public forum. Christ is to appear active and alive upon the earth through the commitment, dutifulness, faith, flesh and bone, reverence, service and worship of every believer.) 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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Focus today is upon the role of “life companion,” and there is more on seeing with new eyes, including a drawing to clarify “thinking inside/outside the box.” Also, because I want to share some perspective with my readers upon what we may have accomplished in this writing ministry, I reviewed some of the numbers. Since 2006, I have now shared 827 responses to questions posted at “Yahoo! Answers.” I estimate that at least 800 of these replies have been to issues and queries found in the Religion & Spirituality section.

The “Yahoo! Answers” writer “Dutchess V” (Level 1 with 150 points, a member since June 29, 2007) posted the following:


Bible verse He who finds a wife finds a good thing?

I don’t understand this verse because what’s the point in marriage when there’s so much divorce? Why get married anyway?


THE BATTLE AXE: To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012)—The developing Christian sees with new eyes when first thinking outside the box whose four sides are custom, popular culture, self-will and tradition, and then thinking exclusively within the box whose four sides are facts (Scripture), goals (Spirit), rules (Law), and truth (Gospel).



The Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Prophecy) generates discernment, insight, vision, and understanding. Even without a multitude of words, otherwise invisible connections, conflicting details and subtle differences become apparent, and reasonable. In the same way children acquire language (mama and dada) by repeated exposure, correction, and approval, right knowledge of salvation for mankind (and those in the heaven) comes through continuing proclamation, discovery, trial and error, and conclusive judgment. Thereby, the church of Jesus Christ instructs and transforms all within the kingdom of GOD (see 1st Peter 1: 10-12 and Revelation 1: 1-6, King James Version). The greater challenge to believers is that they grasp new truth when dealing with familiar and old things, and not that they encounter new things or things they’ve never seen before. For angelic beings supplied with a full measure of knowledge and understanding that does not include recognition of forgiveness, repentance and sin, and who can receive no added endowment of truth, there remains a capacity to focus discrete knowledge in new patterns that come forth as voluntary action, choice, obedience, service, submission and worship. The angels may not learn new things, yet, they may continually witness new things.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? (Proverbs 5: 15-20, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Women Ordained to Minister? (10/27/2012); Does Everyone Go To Heaven? (10/28/2012); Birth Control and Sexism? (03/16/2012); Many Forms of GOD? (03/17/2012); Monogamy? (11/29/2010); The Lost? (11/30/2010)


It is the faith of many mature believers who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Redeemer, Savior and Son of GOD that marriage is a sacred institution created by GOD, and is being used to accomplish divine, not human, purposes. Included are judgment, maturation (i.e., completing physical, emotional and psychological growth), perfection (i.e., bringing created beings to spiritual maturity), sanctification (i.e., cleansing and setting apart for divine service), revelation and salvation. When Adam and Eve were barred from the Garden of Eden, the pair carried three institutions with them, marriage, priesthood, and keeping the Sabbath.

Every married woman is not a “wife” just as every married man is not a “husband.” To be a wife a woman must be in the peculiar bond established through the Spirit of GOD that is visible as shared identity and union. Thereby she becomes a “life companion,” and is no longer an independent being. Copulation, intercourse, and other sexual joining only establishes an added spirit-presence within a woman or man that in fornication with multiple partners corrupts and defiles their inborn spirit. 
 
Adam was a single entity before GOD, and the same name was given both the male and female (the male came up with “Eve” and “woman”). In holy matrimony, apart from the relationship to her mate, a wife does not exist alone before GOD, the two are one flesh. Besides marriage only adoption and birth create lifelong spiritual relationships (parents, siblings) that serve as primary social anchors to the living. Given there is so much more involved than simply voluntary commitment, desires and feelings, a man or woman’s place as life companion must be gradually discerned and discovered through spiritual growth.

While holy matrimony and divorce are both emblems of divinity belonging only to GOD (like the badge of authority worn by a police officer), society must regulate marriage through civil law as a social covenant, or contract for ownership of property. The spiritual bond of marriage is only established or dissolved by GOD. The principles of duty (things that must be done, like it, don’t like it, no matter what the cost) and faithfulness that express divine presence within the marriage cannot be annulled by judicial, or legislative acts. Thus, as when a mother loses her child in birth, years of separation alone are rarely enough to heal the wounds from divorce.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the authority, benefit and respect due a wife is as great as that of a mother, and correctly understood, is no less than that of a husband. Equality within marriage is primarily a matter of oneness rather than sameness. Thus, a fifty/fifty arrangement is not automatically a better expression of balance than sixty/forty, seventy/thirty or ninety/ten. Like ones status as a believer begins before ones baptism, and a couple’s intimate relationship is in place before acknowledgment by family and friends, status as life companions begins before wedding ceremonies and other public acknowledgments.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC