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Today, points are shared on instruction by the church regarding how to achieve sexual satisfaction.  Also, there is more on whether the Scriptures teach that some people are “just bad.”  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Connie” (Level 4 with 3,523 points, a member since September 30, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why do pastors never give a sermon about good sex?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Some People Are Just Bad?—(6.)  Given that all have sinned, from the divine point of view, there now are only two kinds of people in the world:  repentant sinners (those having godly sorrow for sin, who have claimed the revealed mercy of GOD) and impenitent sinners (those experiencing neither godly sorrow for their own sins nor divine wrath against sin as an obstacle to their own eternal life, and are determined to continue a life of offenses against GOD and mankind).  As with rebirth through baptism, acquiring forgiveness and salvation are instantaneous operations of GOD, that must be followed by continuing change and gradual growth for a believer to reach the status of spiritual maturity and divine perfection.

(7.)  The Scriptures teach that certain functions, life processes, operations, and roles were put into place in the beginnings of Creation along with admonitions, sacred laws, and sanctions to preserve and maintain divine order.  Thus, an unnamed blind man appears in Scripture who was sightless from birth in order that GOD’s glory and power would be demonstrated, and revealed through Jesus healing him in the Temple at Jerusalem.  While it was predetermined that someone would betray Jesus into the hands of the corrupt priests at the Temple, no specific person was named by GOD, or prophesied in the Scripture to carry out the task:  Judas Iscariot was self-appointed.  As with the judgment of Achan by Joshua, the penalty for ones crime or transgression may be announced long before any offense is committed; yet, does not cancel or deter its being carried out.  That a person performs works that carry out destructive or negative aspects within the divine plan (e.g., Korah, Dathan and Abiram; Caiaphas; Pontius Pilate) does not relieve the persons who commit those acts of their accountability before GOD.  With this in view, we understand that no infant is born automatically condemned to become a thief; it is through self-promotion and by self-selection that a child may end its life upon that path.  Similarly, no child is born predestined through the workings of GOD to some day marry in a same sex wedding ceremony.  Everyone who experiences being sexually attracted to a person(s) of the same gender, do not commit themselves to a gay or lesbian lifestyle.

(8.)  The Scriptures also teach there are classes of created beings and living creatures who are already sealed in judgment, and labeled as “an evil and adulterous generation,” apostates, children of disobedience, infidels, heretics, and “those who kept not their first estate.”  Such continue to operate within the spheres of life (earth and heaven), yet, there is no teaching that encourages belief that the things provided through Jesus Christ for mankind will also be applied to their condition.

(9.)  Knowing that GOD can open hearts and minds that are otherwise closed and shut to clergy, co-workers, family, and friends, believers are instructed to avoid “jumping to conclusions” (i.e., condemnation; final judgments) of others.  Believers may appear indifferent, and uncaring, yet, they are not to repeatedly challenge, confront, and harass others.  Those in Christ also must accept the divine limits upon their own ministry.  Believers are to “bide their time” submitting themselves in judgment to GOD without bias and prejudice against others.  Every offense believers are able to recognize in the attitudes and behavior of others exist within the full spectrum of their own inner life.  This includes desires, errors, fantasies, and lusts that may be disguised or maintained having an altered form.  Being truly released from all the operations of sin requires what only GOD may do, and proceeds through connections and interactions structured by divinity, rather than flesh.  Consider again Jude 1:  3-8, Psalms 53:  1-4, John 8:  23-45, 1st Corinthians 4:  5, 2nd Corinthians 6:  14-18, Colossians 3:  5-7, Titus 3:  1-11, 2nd Timothy 3:  1-9, Matthew 25:  41-46 and Revelation 21:  8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  (Galatians 5:  16-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Principles of Correct Belief? (08/20/2014); Pornography from the Bible? (11/26/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012)

 

“Connie”, here are a few points that should advance the growth of your spirit in agreement with Christian belief:

(1.)  The most necessary and urgent work for the church is the establishment of an added, fresh endowment of divinity from the makeup of GOD within those who are carnal, yet are seeking new life through Jesus Christ.  Ones inborn spirit that focuses upon appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fantasy, fear, imagination, recall) must be replaced by spirit matter that is constantly in harmony with divine person.  Believers must be prepared to receive inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, humility, longsuffering, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  Where pastors speak about satisfaction through sexual intimacy their focus may be upon chastity, fornication or marriage, because all sexual behavior is more than a simple, physical act.  There are emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions as well.  All sexual behavior—even holding hands and a kiss on the cheek—may establish a joining of spirits.  Thus, for example, joining oneself to a sex worker introduces multiple spirits from unknown and unseen persons that may confuse, defile, dominate, and otherwise weaken ones inborn spirit.  Even within marriage, there must be a preparation for, and an acceptance of permanent changes within ones own person through their spouse.  Only by death, or the operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD, can such joining be dissolved.

(3.)  There are many secular settings that provide counseling and instruction on the mechanics of sexual arousal and intercourse.  The duty of the church is not to compete against or replace the instruction by educated, skilled, and thoughtful caretakers, parents, medical professionals, and others.  However, many see the church as imposing discipline and law upon sexual matters because there also must be a focus upon the maintenance of sexual innocence, and purity.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The church must be understood as a diverse body made up from persons who have achieved varying levels of emotional, intellectual and spiritual maturity.  Through the provision of GOD, a particular sermon will deliver to all who hear exactly what their spirit has confessed in prayer to be their most heartfelt offerings as well as their most pressing needs.  While only 30 seconds of a 20 minute presentation may seem relevant, because it is from GOD, it operates on multiple levels to cleanse, heal, and nourish.)  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, apostleship is considered as a unique role within the church that joins flesh and Spirit in focus upon development and promotion of doctrine as well as both institutional and spiritual works.  Also, there is more on why judgment means GOD is “no more Mr. Nice Guy.”  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using an ID “ajith t” (Level 3 with 1,062 points, a member since May 09, 2007) posted the following:

 

What is the exact count of Apostles? 13?

After removing Judas the disciples selected Matthias. Then Paul is also mentioned as Apostle. So the final twelve disciples are Apostles for the twelve tribes of Israel and Paul the Apostle for Gentiles. That means 13 Apostles?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  No More “Mr. Nice Guy”? (04/28/2014)—(5.)  Divine judgment may be delayed, postponed, and rescheduled; however, judgment may not be called off, canceled, or left undone.  The demands and procedures for divine judgment are often appear as extreme to finite created beings and living creatures.  This seems particularly so where they lack awareness of various cosmic consequences, and damage to divine order that would result without judgment.  Through the Holy Spirit, many are granted the breadth of vision, sense of accountability, and mature grasp regarding the importance of righteous judgment.  The threats against divinity and eternal order for the universe may not be ignored, and can not be completely and correctly eliminated, or removed without multiple divine operations.  Included are atonement (by blood), cleansing (by water), death, judgment, purging (by fire), sanctification and  separation.  Spiritual operations generated by the wrath of GOD continue in balance with those of divine love, and so, where there is judgment, there is also correction, forbearance, guidance, instruction, mercy, and repentance.

(6.)  When the tribes that had left Egypt approached Canaan, the Promised Land was already defiled and polluted by blood from the crimes of blasphemers, from repeated violation of covenant, from unlawful warfare, from animal and human sacrifices to graven images and the worship of idols and false gods.  The divine operations and justice needed to bring the land back to a condition that would allow its use for divine purposes—for GOD to restore the land—required that the blood of those who had made victims of others, and who had shed the blood of others, also be poured out upon the land.

(7.)  To this very hour there are those who maliciously attack, insult, and provoke GOD as violators of covenant, enemies to the cross of Christ, and those who despise right relationship with divinity.  After a point, such persons are no longer as infants, who unintentionally soil their own mother.  All are to operate with levels of maturity, reason, and understanding.  For those who operate only in terms of actions that are physical and visceral, and may not be appealed to with words, harsh punishments must be used to turn them away from utter destruction.  See Numbers 35:  33-34, Jeremiah 22:  16-17, Ecclesiastes 8:  11, Psalms 1:  1-6, Isaiah 59:  1-21 and Revelation 20:  11-13, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake:  for when I am weak, then am I strong.  I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me:  for I ought to have been commended of you:  for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.  Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.  (2nd Corinthians 12:  10-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Spring-training? (04/11/2014); Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Recognizing Divine Wrath? (02/26/2014); In Earthen Vessels (02/27/2014); (02/05/2014) Succession (02/05/2014); On Youth Doing Enough (02/06/2014); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Lawful Divorce (11/17/2012)

 

“ajith t”, here are a few points of information that may be helpful to those in fellowship through the church of Jesus Christ:

(1.)  There are two meanings or standards that describe the role of an apostle for the church.  On the one hand, an apostle is anyone who manifests divine gifts and prophecy, and goes about within a region (we used to say, rides circuit) to  establish new assemblies and congregations within the church body.  Along with Peter and James, Paul, Barnabas, Luke, Mark, Silas, and Timothy functioned as apostles for the early church.  Today, many clergy serving various denominations use the title of Apostle, in addition to those of Evangelist and Bishop.  The title of Pope was not used in the early church, and is accounted as legitimate only within the Catholic hierarchy.

(2.)  The apostles chosen by Jesus were all selected, prepared, and granted a personal testimony (we say, eye witness experience) to serve as witnesses to the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It is what is termed “the testimony of Jesus” that distinguishes the new testament apostles from all those who had seen the Lord in vision, the Patriarchs and earlier prophets as well as those who would prophesy today using gifts to the church from the Holy Spirit.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Many hold that, as a spiritual role like “Messiah”, the presence of an apostle must be discerned and recognized through the spirit matter that he displays, and other operations of faith within believers.  Because the offices, practices, presbytery, formal roles, and titles of the institutional church often copy management from worldly organizations (such as corporations, fraternal groups, gangs, universities), congregations often fail to acknowledge the continuing presence and work of modern day apostles.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your standing as a genuine believer.

Am I am not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you:  for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.  (1st Corinthians 9:  1-2, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The death of Deacon Stephen, division of labor through formal roles among the followers of Jesus, and persecution of the early church are topics, today.  Also, there is more on how GOD is known and spoken of.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Kyle” (Level 1 with zero points, a member since January 31, 2014) posted the following:

 

Was there like a miniature war that broke out between Christians and Jews after Jesus died?

I didn’t know this but apparently the Jews stoned both Stephen and James to death. They were both stoned to death somewhat shortly after Jesus was crucified.

It sounds like Jews were killing or trying to kill a lot of the disciples and apostles

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stoning_of_Saint_Stephen

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014)—(6.)  The many names of GOD that appear throughout the holy writings are all intended to reveal (we say, make known) and establish the active presence of GOD.  The names are featured within a framework of awareness (we say, language) that describes exchanges, interactions, and operations upon material objects carried out by applying spirit matter such as faith, holiness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Among the various aspects of divinity that come into view, “I AM” is the primary process of GOD (we say, the major act, deed, and work of GOD is to exist).  The name, I AM, is also heard as I AM BECAUSE I AM, I AM ONLY I AM, I AM THAT I AM, I AM THE I AM, I ONLY AM I AM, and ONLY I AM I AM.  To exist does not require aging in the frameworks of time and  space, change, closure, completion, death, development, goals, growth, learning, or purpose beyond continuing to endure as present.  Thus, we say GOD is dynamic, immutable, unceasing, and unchanging.  Divinity is proclaimed to be communal, interactive, and organic through diversity, rather than by change; and GODhead is revealed through recognition of multiple aspects of full divinity, and various patterns among divine functions.  When saying, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the GODhead describes consecrated roles and sacred operations that appear (we say, manifest) as person.  Where GOD is named by reference to specific humans with whom GOD has been in covenant or fellowship (e.g., Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Jesus Christ) GOD may be known and understood as present within the life experience of created beings and living creatures through the mechanisms of what they grasp as relationship.  Thus, authority, ownership, and sovereignty are attributed to GOD; and the presence or absence of GOD is discerned (we say, realized) within such life process as adoption, covenant, culture, family, government, history, marriage, promise, prophecy, and sacred events (we say, miracles).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.  And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.  And the hand of the Lord was with them:  and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.  Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem:  and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.  Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.  For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith:  and much people was added unto the Lord.  Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.  And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.  (Acts 11:  19-26, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals (04/06/2014); Saul of Tarsus (03/26/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Hardness of Heart? (11/24/2013); Prayer on Behalf of Others? (11/25/2013); Law in Christian Belief? (09/03/2013); Night Cometh (06/11/2013); Missing Information? (06/12/2013); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Lawful Divorce (11/17/2012)

 

“Kyle”, where you are ready to learn more about what happened to the followers of Jesus after he was raised from the dead (many say, resurrected), and then returned to heaven (we say, ascended), you want to understand that academic and secular history is not relied upon by most Christians.  Instead, the Bible accounts are taken to be the most accurate, carefully preserved, and official documentation.  Here are a few points to consider that will not be shared with you by those who are ignorant of the Scriptures, or are committed to the darkness of sin in their lives:

(1.) The Bible records the systematic efforts by officials among the Jews to use the power of the Roman government against the early church (we say, the Persecution).  The focus is more upon how  responses of the disciples provided the further growth of the church, rather than upon the many individuals, and discrete attacks that were made against the believers.  Many details are not provided, because the focus for belief is to be the Incarnation of GOD—that is, the many appearances and operations of divinity through and within the lives of ordinary people.

(2.)  Stephen, who was a deacon in the church, was not the first in the Bible to die for their faith, and as a person who believes in GOD.  However, Stephen was the first to die by public execution following the death of Jesus, and is known as the first Christian martyr.  The appearance of deacons is an indication that the church was “alive and well,” developing new organizational units to carry out its mission.

(3.)  As you know, Stephen was stoned to death under provisions from the Jewish law as punishment for the crime of blasphemy; and no appeal was made to the Romans.  With his last words, Stephen displayed the same Spirit Jesus exhibited upon the cross, breathing out a prayer for forgiveness.

(4.)  Death for the apostles usually involved Rome as the instrument of force and violence.  Crucifixion was used to destroy Peter and his brother Andrew.  Saul of Tarsus, who presided over the stoning of Stephen as the “Lord High Executioner” for the Jews, became converted to Christian service; and later, as the Apostle Paul, was drawn and quartered (torn to pieces using horses).

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  The Persecution is also to be seen as a judgment from GOD like that provided against Babel in the mixing of languages.  Following the flood of Noah’s day, all men cooperated in an agreement that centered their lives in building a tower to reach heaven.  The divine command to be fruitful, multiply, and completely re-populate the earth was not being carried out.  Similarly, the church of Jesus Christ was becoming centered in Jerusalem as a faction and sect within the Temple.  By the death of Stephen, believers were scattered, and the work of evangelism and spreading the Gospel was invigorated and sparked.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:  That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.  (Acts 26:  22-23, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Understanding the appearance of GOD in the person of Jesus Christ is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on why Christians pray for others.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Yeah” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since July 14, 2013) posted the following:

Christians, how can a man be God?

How could Jesus Christ be God?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Why Christians Pray for Others (01/12/2014)—There is a human need for truth regarding divinity.  GOD has provided a lamb; and the focus for those for whom prayer is made is not to be the one who offers prayer on their behalf; it is to be upon the one who hears and receives such prayer.  The careful examination of divinity permits a higher grasp upon the many possibilities for what it is to be completely human.  Spans for the single bridge that ensures communication among us are shared conditions, shared experience, shared purpose, and common truth.  Nourishing and protecting the diverse and multiple aspects of our spirit will always be a necessary part for human perfection, and survival.  Those who appreciate this fact, do not impose or intrude any burden upon others that may be called oppression.  In a society that may continually challenge, discount, ignore, and overlook what we regard as our greatest gifts and talents, it is a benefit to be reminded others do care, and make peculiar efforts on our behalf that we might have life more abundantly.  See Isaiah 53:  6-12, Isaiah 59:  9-19, Luke 22:  32 and Romans 8:  34, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one.  (1st John 5:  7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Fullness of GODhead (01/09/2014); World Without End? (2014); Only One GOD (09/14/2013); Weed and Godly Wisdom (09/15/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012)

“Yeah”, Christians accept many ideas and statements as truth on the basis of their agreement with various powerful ideas that go beyond emotional, mental and physical activity to describe spirit aspects of human experience.  For those who are simple, and not aware of the broad range of meanings and values that must be taken into account, basic explanations must be offered that depend upon intellect, language, logic, and reason.  For example, a believer might offer an analogy saying, Consider the officials on the football field.  During the course of a playoff game the officials have full authority and power.  Once they leave the stadium, however, they are merely ordinary citizens in the community (we say, they are nothing).  The location as well as the function and the role they serve in determines their identity, and who they are in relationship with others.  To speak of GOD as Savior, sovereign and supreme requires a similar understanding of locations, functions and relationships.

For those who have received a fresh endowment of the Spirit from GOD through the ministry of Jesus Christ, GOD is known as a spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures as well as the environment and material objects that makeup the sphere of their existence.  The active presence of GOD is discerned and recognized by the appearance of divine operations, sacred events, and eternal purposes.  Included are atonement, birth, covenant, death, forgiveness, gratitude, incarnation, love, prayer, praise, promise, prophecy, rebirth through baptism, judgment, reconciliation, revelation, resurrection, sanctification, and utterance.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, one first must acknowledge and respect the measure of divine spirit that resides within themselves to rightly comprehend Almighty GOD appearing in flesh on behalf of all Creation.  Sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, all life, and all divinity is not itself a being, nor is it a physical or spiritual thing created by GOD.  Yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures despite their intellect, logic, reason and science.  Sin may not be totally eliminated without overturning all existing order; and is carefully limited and resisted through the provisions from GOD in Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  (2nd John 1:  9, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC