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Today, the reply is on foolishness as an operation of sin, rather than a genuine display of ones fresh endowment of spirit imparted from the makeup of GOD. Members of the church are not berated, bribed and paid, coerced, physically forced, treated as chattel and slaves, or made to maintain their covenant as followers of Jesus Christ by mistreatment, threats and violence. Sinners who choose to return to GOD showing repentance are to become “born again,” “grow up again,” and become mature for harvest from the earth by the Lord at his coming. The sacred process is one of commitment to fulfill eternal purpose. Each believer is to acknowledge and put to work their own deposit of the Holy Spirit, making demands primarily from themselves, and not from others. Included are church attendance, giving and making donations, intercessory prayer, and study of the holy writings. Hilarity, levity, meddling, and practical jokes typically emerge from immaturity, irreverence, lack of self-respect, mockery, and disbelief. As a result, those who repeatedly present such actions and speech within the church usually suffer censure, great embarrassment, and shame. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Would it be a sin to bring a squirt gun to church, fill it with holy water, and squirt people who gossip during church?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? (Proverbs 26: 18-19, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Water That Imparts Holiness? (03/26/2019); Commitment To Jesus Christ (03/07/2019); Etiquette Within The Church? (03/16/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); Foolish People and Unwise (10/26/2017); From Dust Thou Art (09/07/2017); Someone Who Is Kidding? (03/24/2017); Without Preaching The Cross? (02/21/2016); Answer a Fool? (06/04/2015); Foolishness? (09/28/2014)

 

Anonymous”, mature Christian believers rely on the holy writings for guidance and instruction that includes sacred law provided for continuing covenant relationship with divinity; principles and standards for attitudes, conduct, and decision-making within communities of faith; and models for sacred practices such as giving, praise, prayer, suffering, and unselfish service. Branding, judging, and labeling others, quickly becomes slander and the work of the devil. While all believers are to display integrity, rule and self-government, at all times, the church is to acknowledge accountability and duty to GOD. With that in view, no one may command your behavior beyond your membership agreement, and your heartfelt understanding of the needs and purposes of the body. Such elements as arrogance, bias, defiance, presumption, angry outbursts, the use of profanity, and violence have no place in the church founded by Jesus Christ. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Proverbs 24: 8-9, King James Version (KJV): 8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. 9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

2. 1st Corinthians 14: 39-40, KJV: 39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

3. 1st Timothy 5: 21-23, KJV: 21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. 22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Jude 1: 21-25, KJV: 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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THE BLACK PHOENIX

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Today, reply is on the duty of believers through and with the law to help one another discern, recognize and resist error and sin.  Believers do not “snitch” or become betrayers and traitors by carefully helping each other identify error and sin.  Often, behavior that seems harmless and innocent to ourselves can be very damaging to others; and our mistakes will not be detected and correctly valued until seen through the light of divine law.  Also, when someone has been hurt or offended by another, and does not hold their attacker openly accountable, the result can be a dangerous and explosive build up of anxiety, bitterness, fear, suspicion, and uncertainty.  The provisions from GOD to expose the operations of sin have included sacred law; family; friendship; covenant nation; the Incarnation of divinity as Jesus Christ; the Savior’s death on the cross, resurrection and ascension; and the provision of fellowship for believers within the body of Christ (the church).  In an effort to avoid appearing to be unnecessarily judgmental and overly critical of others, many Christian believers “ignore” and behave as if they are blind to insulting attitudes and conduct from fellow believers that are disrespectful and offensive.  Obeying a rule from the World (live and let live), yet committing a serious error, many believers will make no complaint against what are clearly transgressions of sacred law.  Exaggerated pride influences the living to believe there is no need for law from GOD, and that they may be a “law unto themselves.”  In part the law has been given because the operations of sin can appear to be natural and normal as though they are the truest expression of ones own character and makeup.  Sinners do not discern the actual nature of sin, and that sin is contrary to their own continued existence.  By contrast, developing believers will increasingly agree that to maintain divine order and godliness we also require the vocal support and vigilance of others who are sharing in the new creation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “GRANNY NORINE” (Level 1 with 40 points, a member since May 16, 2014) posted the following:

 

For those “PROCLAIMING” Christianity, What Does Leviticus 19:17 Mean?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  (Romans 13:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Deeds Of The Law? (09/10/2017); The Operations of Sin (07/25/2017); Obstacles To Developing Believers (07/24/2017); Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017); Fellowship With the Father (06/13/2017); A Fool of the Church? (01/26/2016); A Slip of the Tongue (09/17/2014); Which Things We Speak (09/18/2014)

 

“GRANNY NORINE”, gossip, grudge-bearing, and malicious silence are forbidden among those who are the new creation through Jesus Christ.  Formal statements recording the law from GOD appear throughout the holy writings.  In addition to exposing error, sin, and their consequences, the work of the law is to make the heart and mind of divinity knowable, known, and “present”.  Commandments, judgments (rulings to settle disputes), ordinances (required ceremonies and observances), prohibitions, and statutes are shared to amplify, “bring to life,” and detail the practices and principles provided to Adam and the Patriarchs as a divine inheritance.  Along with the words spoken by GOD at Mount Sinai, the written law would be developed and proclaimed as a living and organic aspect of communication, exchange, and  interaction within and between the tribes of Jacob as they were being transformed and permanently bound together as a single nation in covenant with GOD. 

For those who are mature, the expression of love always includes the acceptance of accountability.  Within the shared covenant, believers have standing as “brothers”, “neighbors” and “partners” (not siblings).  The rule [Leviticus 19:  17, King James Version (KJV):  17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart:  thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.] forbids being critical of others (their attitudes, behavior and conduct), yet, not answering directly to them to make them aware of their offenses against yourself, or their  transgressions against GOD and the divine law.  It is more an act of love to deliver admonition, caution, chastisement and warning, than to maintain a silence that may fester and become a “root of bitterness,” or that falsely will appear as approval and agreement.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 14:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God:  ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.  2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.  3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.

(2.)  Proverbs 30:  11-14, KJV:  11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.  12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.  13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.  14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

(3.)  Jeremiah 6:  13-15, KJV:  13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.  14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.  15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:  therefore they shall fall among them that fall:  at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 18:  15-17, KJV:  15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone:  if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church:  but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.)  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 fellowship and quality conversations within the church.  For the followers of Jesus Christ, fellowship may be described as inclusive (i.e., without restrictions to membership such as social and economic status, ethnicity, national origin, race), promissory (appears and continues on the basis of promises), and sacrificial (requires freely giving, willingness to answer every demand without regard to cost, and full surrender to divinity).  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

As a Christian, how do you have conversations and not sin?

As a Christian, how do you have conversations and not be boring, because you can get to gossiping or judging people eventually if you talk too much. After a while you might run out things to talk about such as the weather, sports, etc. So as a Christian are we to be quiet most of the time?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.  But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.  (1st Corinthians 14:  39-40, New International Version, NIV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); Family Likeness and Traits? (11/08/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); An Eternity of Worshipping? (07/22/2014); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, the same oneness without sameness that appears among the persons of the GODhead, also should appear among those who are members of the body of Christ (we say, the church).  What Christian believers are to say to one another should appear as expressions of their faith, discovery, duty, prophecy, sacred purpose, divine truth, and shared understanding.  Believers all begin as sinners who willingly acknowledge need for GOD to make permanent changes to the process and workings of their own consciousness and self-will.  There must be a death, burial, and resurrection (so to speak), of their inborn spirit, whereby they become sons and daughters of GOD by having divine DNA.  Once born again, the sinner is an offspring of divinity, an heir with Christ, and a new creation.  Even so, those “born again” must “grow up again” on the earth, and mature as vessels displaying aspects from the makeup of Deity.  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  There are many wonderful topics for discussion and exchange among believers.  Because everyone can pursue study of the holy writings, there are  many exciting lessons and thoughtful questions that provide focus for exchange and interaction with other believers.   Consider again the following counsels from the holy writings (Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®):

(1.)  Colossians 4:  5-6, New International Version (NIV):  5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

(2.)  Jeremiah 9:  23-24, NIV:  23 This is what the Lord says:  “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,  24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:  that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,  justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,”  declares the Lord.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 14:  18-20, NIV:  18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.  19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.  20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

(4.)  Matthew 20:  27-28, NIV:  27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Of course there is far more to be said, carefully considered, and fully embraced.  (For example (5.)  Colossians 3:  1-10, NIV:  1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:  sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these:  anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.  9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices  10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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

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

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

Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, Scripture points are shared on the wisdom shown by silently learning, listening, and taking action to serve divinity.  Plainly spoken, some people talk too much creating confusion and without building up godly understanding.  Often this is because they speak from anger, fear, ignorance, malice, or uncertainty.  The followers of Jesus Christ are to joyfully proclaim the Gospel, share testimony and witness while avoiding the sins committed through speech such as falsely accusing others, complaining, gossip, lying, rumor-mongering, slander, and tale-bearing.  Readers should consider the following verses from the Bible, and the comments below:  Isaiah 8:  20, King James Version (KJV):  20 To the law and to the testimony:  if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.  Also, James 1:  18-20, KJV:  18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  Matthew 12:  35-37, KJV:  35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:  and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “abdul” (Level 1 (points not shown), a member since May 12, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why does a fool is considered wise if he or she remains silent?

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. – Proverbs 17:28

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  (James 3:  7-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Saying the Truth? (12/18/2014); What is Truth? (12/19/2014); The Gift of Meekness (11/25/2014); Concerning Meekness (11/26/2014); Freedom of Foul Speech? (09/10/2014); Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014)

 

“abdul”, even among Christian believers there are multiple names given to the practice of silence (e.g., modesty, circumspection, piety, prudence, self-control, self-discipline, restraint).  Silence is associated with devotion, love, and peace, the outcome of divine judgment (i.e., assigning value in light of divine purpose; resolving conflict and settling disputes through sacred law).  To reach the highest levels of sacred knowledge, a believer must acquire meekness (i.e., receptiveness; readiness and willingness to respond to guidance, instruction, and prompting by the Spirit imparted to them from GOD).  Conviction, humility, respect and reverence may be shown through silence.  Just as athletes who are members of a team all must accept direction (we say, be “coachable”), disciples and followers of the Lord must be “teachable”.   Full acceptance of Christ means embracing dependence upon divinity, and applying discernment (i.e., using ones own spirit content as a standard to recognize divine presence in events, messages, other persons, practices, etc.) as well as emptying oneself of things from the world to be filled with things from GOD.  Consider again the following points from the Bible:

(1.)   Ecclesiastes 5:  1-3, KJV:  1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools:  for they consider not that they do evil.  2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:  for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:  therefore let thy words be few.  3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

(2.)  Proverbs 18:  21, KJV:  21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:  and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

(3.)  Proverbs 10:  18-20, KJV:  18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.  19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin:  but he that refraineth his lips is wise.  20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver:  the heart of the wicked is little worth.

(4.)  Psalms 31:  17-19, KJV:  17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee:  let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.  18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.  19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

There are many other verses that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Habakkuk 2:  19-20, KJV:  19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.  20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Points are shared on why Christian believers are not commenting on the problems of fornication and sexual sin as depicted by a popular family known through a current “reality television” program.  Mature believers recognize the same elements encountered by the Apostle Paul and spoken of by the Savior (see 1st Corinthians 5:  1-13, King James Version (KJV) and Luke 13:  1-5, KJV).  A fighter at “Yahoo! New Zealand” using the ID “Stephen” (Level 7 with 35,768 points, a member since March 28, 2006) posted the following:

Why has there been no discussion of the current scandal concerning the Duggar family in this section of Y.A.?

There are many people who write into this section of Y.A. denigrating LGBTQ people. Lately the scorn has been heaped up Caitlyn Jenner. But here we have a apparently Christian religious family who are in the midst of a sexual scandal. Their heterosexual eldest son has molested several young girls including a couple of his sisters and what did the elder Duggars do? NOTHING. In fact they are still trying to protect him and claiming the abuse was negligible. Two things come from this: 1. this pedophile (like the vast majority) is heterosexual, and 2. this is a supposedly Christian family. How about some of you good Christians take this up for discussion. And those of you who equate homosexuality with pedophilia, why aren’t you commenting?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent:  for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.  Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.  Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.  (2nd Corinthians 7:  8-12, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Addressed by the Spirit, Not the Letter? (03/31/2015); Masturbation and Religion? (02/01/2015); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012)

“Stephen” the themes for Christian conversation center upon grace, salvation, and the gifts from an eternal GOD rather than the many infirmities and weaknesses existing among the living, who are social and temporal beings.  Here are a few of the many points Christian believers maintain as their focus rather than the details of crime, gossip, error, rumors, scandal, sickness and sin:

(1.)  Human sexuality was provided as a divine mechanism for continuing life, and is mistakenly labeled as “original sin.”  So to speak, the sacred tool has been made to be a device for animal and selfish pleasure through the operations of sin.  More important than condemning others, or complaining against and rebuking sin is the work of comfort, edification and encouraging repentance through forgiveness.

(2.)  Sin is an influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the eternal Law Giver, and the divine order establishing and maintaining the entire universe.  Sin is no living entity; no concrete and material object; and no spirit emanated from Deity.  Sin has no measurable dimensions, yet, has direction, effect, and presence.  

(3.)  Because sin may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures, sin is routinely experienced as if a natural and ordinary feature of ones correct makeup.  Sin is not recognized as contrary to all existence, and an abomination to divinity.  Therefore, multiple ongoing sacred operations are being carried out to expose and reveal (not every individual event or all the sordid details, yet) the essence of what may be described as “sin”.  Included are admonition (we say, warning), atonement, baptism, correction, covenant, forgiveness, Incarnation, divine judgment, rebirth, and sanctification.

(4.)  As a class, Christians are those spiritually removed and shielded (we say, born again) from the overwhelming range of sins displayed through appetite, attitudes, behavior, and conduct.  Even so, many of us are still in a subtle process (i.e., barely visible; having hidden shifts in meaning and value) carried out by GOD for the living to be released from habits and lifestyles that once centered in fornication, lust, and the absence of will power for godly living.  Believers must be gradually and permanently changed (we say, grow again, mature, become perfected) through operations of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  All Christians begin as sinners, who must receive the same spirit content that resides within Jesus Christ.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (5.)  1st Peter 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  17 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?  18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, some points are shared on blasphemy, gossip, misrepresentation, slander, and how one may recover after making unfortunate statements.   A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Ker!” (Level 2 with 303 points, a member since March 11, 2008) posted the following:

 

Said something I shouldn’t?

Hi;
I was talking to some people this morning about a vicar and happened to slip up and mention that they said before how they weren’t so much a believer.. They was more Atheist than a believer and believed more in the words of the bible …

Those whom I was talking too happened to be members of the church and I apologised and said it was a misunderstanding on my part as I don’t like to gossip and to please not to think I’m trying to besmirch the vicars name (even though he did actually say to me that he was more Buddhist in his beliefs)

Now I feel so guilty that they were a little shocked and I asked them to please not repeat this and I apologised again for speaking out of turn without thinking..

But I’m just very angry at myself for slipping up as I do always try to keep myself to myself and don’t usually put my foot in my mouth …

I don’t know what to do now. I feel awful…

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone:  if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church:  but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:  and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.  (Matthew 18:  15-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Offenses to GODhead (05/07/2014); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

 

“Ker!”, here are a few points from a Christian believer that are based upon teachings of the Bible that should be useful to you:

(1.)  In the same way GOD has spoken being and life into presence, angels, mankind, and other created beings may alter and influence Creation through utterance (we say, breath, spirit, word).  The Scriptures admonish, life and death are in the power of the tongue.

(2.)  The use of words to belittle or berate another person’s character and quality as a human being is also an attack upon their spirit substance from GOD.  Words turned against GOD, are called blasphemy and lies.  Words turned against others, particularly when they are absent (we say, behind their back), are called slander.  In the dictionary, meaning for the word “devil” often appears as “one who slanders.”  Jesus warned his enemies about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as the one sin that will not be forgiven, when his critics said he performed miracles with the help of devils.

(3.)  Observe a rule:  Talk to people, not about people (as you have done here).  What I may not say to their face, I will not say in their absence.  The point of coming together to talk is so I will have a chance to listen.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  You might be able to feel better after you send a brief note to the vicar where you mention your embarrassment; ask for clarification of his earlier statements; ask for a meeting where both your beliefs and opinions may be freely expressed; or state and ask his permission to share your understanding of his ideas.  Your engaging the vicar in a thoughtful manner can edify and further benefit the entire congregation.  You might even ask he make a presentation to the small group you were with, or share his ideas on behalf of Christ with the entire congregation.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC