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Today, reply is on whether defilement and worldliness can be avoided when using social media and technology. Divine judgment against the world is not intended to discourage human creativity, industry, and inventiveness. The sin of Adam was not that they wanted knowledge and information, and sought to demonstrate their own capacity for making decisions and taking action. Rather, their error remains that the pair forgot GOD, and dismissed his expressions of commitment to them through divine law and divine love. Even within an Internet public forum dedicated to discussions on religion and spirituality there are writers who disparage, mock, and scorn others holding to long-honored belief systems from around the world. While many seek to make heartfelt statements that will clarify and demonstrate the depth of their own commitment and understanding, often their lack of instruction, practice, and focused study result in the further spread of disbelief, error and misinformation. It is written: John 17: 14-20, King James Version (KJV): 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum who uses the ID “Susie Floozie” (Level 2 with 416 points, a member since June 18, 2019) posted the following:

 

Good morning, Christians, I have a sincere question for you. Should you avoid “worldly” things like Facebook or use them for good?

I’m in a FB war with my dad who says he “will have no part in the profane” and I asked him if the “profane” is so powerful that it prohibits his participation.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. (Ezekiel 16: 49-50, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Watching The Science Channel? (10/17/2018); Prophets and Christian Ambassadors (08/07/2017); In Not From The World? (12/26/2014); The Right Place to Get Knowledge (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); Need for A New Holy Spirit? (06/03/2013)

 

Susie Floozie”, spirit substance within the sons and daughters of GOD on the earth may become defiled; even mature believers may become rendered unfit to serve. Therefore, members of the church as an embodiment of Jesus Christ are to be set apart (we say, sanctified)—even where this requires one becoming accountable to others and enduring sacrifice. Mature Christians will admonish and warn developing believers to use caution regarding all manner of things that are carnal, man-made, material, and social. Our proper focus is on becoming Christ-like, mastering our spiritual gifts, and displaying the inseparable aspects of divinity that we have received from the makeup of GOD. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. The finite products and tools of mankind themselves may become idols and the focus for awareness, emotion, and thoughts in such a way that the operations of sin will dominate ones consciousness and self-will (willpower). Such features as intellect, logic, mechanical and natural law, philosophy, science, and technology may interrupt the necessary lifestyle and daily routines vital for spiritual growth (e.g., fellowship, praise, prayer, unselfish service). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

1. 1st Corinthians 7: 29-31, King James Version (KJV): 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

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. Ephesians 2: 1-9, KJV: 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cSwMGIhgTs&list=PLidTZOxheL6ur_E9xAPD_7FGu-n0xzuBR). Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
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Today, focus is on how Christian believers are to respond to recurring insults and persecution in Social Media.  In the same way the challenges for maintaining security for data and files shared over  the Internet have become a major obstacle to its use, the difficulty of enforcing online user agreements, continuing genuine etiquette, and maintaining standards of common decency now discourage many from using the forums provided by the World Wide Web.  For those who are born again through Jesus Christ, concerns about communication, disappointments, false accusers, mockers, and frustration when seeking to teach or share with others should be carried to the Lord.  Increasingly, there are those (called “trolls”) who express anger, bitterness, imbalance, irrational hostility, malice, venom, and vulgarity.  Even though their behavior may be seen as arrogant, cruel, hateful, and without compassion, because mockers are deceived, they often are sure they will be amusing to others, will be well thought of, and will become popular.  When not clearly asked for advice and counsel, rather than seeking to tell the mocker what he must do, the response of believers must be their own return to GOD, and intercession for those who are victims of callousness.  The peace for Christian believers to endure the abuse by trolls also is called being grounded in sacred knowledge, faith, joy, longsuffering, divine love, strength, and trust.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” using the ID “JayNat” (Level 3 with 1,212 points, a member since March 01, 2017) posted the following:

 

What can be done to stop the “Romans sodomizing Jesus” questions once and for all?

I believe that initially just one person was asking that question. But now several trolls are continuing that trend.

Such questions are becoming more vulgarity and gross these days.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  (Colossians 1:  9-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Passion of Christ? (03/16/2017); The Peace of Christmas? (12/25/2016); When GOD Never Forgives? (12/28/2015); Martyrdom and Tribulation? (09/30/2015); A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); Guilt and Ignorance? (12/04/2014); Joined To Christ Through Faith (12/05/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014)

 

“JayNat”, our continuing need, even as mature Christians, is for peace (the strength) that allows us to endure.  Until sin is completely eliminated and erased there will be those proclaiming error, exaggerated pride, ignorance, and lust.  Before his death as well as through the apostles, Jesus instructed believers to expect insults, opposition, persecution from government and religious institutions, concealed thrusts against the doctrine, and efforts to kill his steadfast disciples and followers.  Many who repeatedly post accusations, blasphemy, insinuations, and slander against Jesus Christ, his Church, and the Holy Spirit do so because they are apostate, immature, simple (i.e., underdeveloped), and capable of showing respect only to things carnal, inanimate, material, and social.  They are sinners and blind to the sacred spirit content in events, other persons, the holy writings, and themselves.  That these offensive writers justify themselves, and are not justified by GOD, is evident, for even by obedience to divine law, no man is justified before Deity.  Despite appeals, shared instruction, and warnings, these sinners can not comprehend that they are hurting many others who are sensitive people by their disrespect and irreverence.  Some are now enslaved as minions of the Adversary whose awareness and self-will are dominated by the operations of sin that generate death, destruction, nonexistence, and return to the conditions that were in place before Creation.  The recourse granted believers is that we focus more completely and correctly upon Christ through contemplation, duty, fellowship with other believers, prayer, study, and unselfish service.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  John 16:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.  2 They shall put you out of the synagogues:  yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

(2.)  Matthew 5:  10-12, KJV:  10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven:  for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

(3.)  1st Timothy 4:  1-2, KJV:  1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 

(4.)  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.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Galatians 5:  19-23, KJV:  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 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.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.)  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 Passion Live, and similar entertainment programs broadcast to celebrate and remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Be not deceived.  GOD’s message for mankind’s salvation now must compete against amusements, diversions, and pastimes that are often very colorful, filled with exciting images, and rich in detail.  Even so, they serve as poor substitutes for preaching that conveys the power of the cross, and direct instruction from the holy writings that impart the Holy Spirit.  The disciples and followers of Jesus Christ are to experience permanent changes in their character, nature, and spirit content.  The process for this used by divinity is described as rebirth that must be intimate, organic, and personal.  Eternal purposes must be established along with faith, joy, respect and trust.  The impact of Internet, motion pictures, televangelism, and other public media events often are surface, and does not endure.  Viewers should not trust such 5 to 90 minute programs to provide complete and full sacred knowledge.  The work may be tainted because everyone (i.e., the full cast, camera men, sound specialists, writers, etc.) involved may not be anointed and endowed as believers in Christ.  The sacred message may be altered and edited with precious aspects omitted and overlooked.  More than this, just as small children master reciting their ABCs, yet, still can not create the combinations and permutations for reading and writing, casual viewers are encouraged to feel they have finally have been given all the information about Christ that they will ever need, yet, remain lacking in necessary knowledge concerning Advent, judgment, eternal life, and the second death.  Consider again the following Scriptures, and the presentation below:

1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, King James Version (KJV):  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Matthew 16:  21-24, KJV:  21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord:  this shall not be unto thee.  23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan:  thou art an offence unto me:  for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.  24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

2nd Corinthians 5:  7, KJV:  7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

1st Corinthians 3:  1-3, KJV:  1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.  2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat:  for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.  3 For ye are yet carnal:  for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “BiEn Galas” (Level 1 with 104 points, a member since January 28, 2015) posted the following:

 

WHY IS THE PASSION LIVE USING A MODERN SETTING?

Shouldn’t it be set during the time of Jesus?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  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:  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.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  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.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Eternity (03/21/2016); The Cross and Resurrection Sunday? (03/16/2016); On Wearing Sports Jerseys? (11/20/2015); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); The Church as a Bride? (05/15/2013); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012)

 

“BiEn Galas”, many mature Christian believers tuned into the broadcast of The Passion Live as a contemporary  entertainment event using modern day language and themes to make the Gospel proclaimed by Jesus Christ recognizable, “relevant”, and “easy” to understand.  Because such productions are directed to our emotions and intellect, they often recreate displays of secular history through the use of costumes, formal language (e.g., dialect, poetry, rhetoric), exotic locations, and lavish sets.  While the intent of their performers, producers, and everyone involved may be to provide a genuine discussion of redemption and salvation through the Lord, viewers may quickly forget and turn away from such productions, because the medium (e.g., animation, DVD, Internet, motion picture) with advertising and commercial interruptions also affect and alter how the viewer decides the importance, and weight of the program’s message.

To the extent a production carefully focuses the viewer upon the meanings, principles, and values of the Gospel, one may have an experience of “baby steps,” acquiring basic information regarding salvation through Christ, and becoming aroused and engaged by sacred truth.  In the same way Moses, on his way home after work, was drawn aside by curiosity to discover the burning bush—and not by his desire to praise GOD or to pray—many viewers initially responded to The Passion as just another TV program, and were challenged to realize a peculiar expression of faith was being publicly shared.

What Christian believers are to experience and receive in their places of prayer, praise, study and worship is spirit content from the makeup of divinity, and, therefore is not centered upon finite human images, thoughts, and feelings.  Even today, 2016, the disciples and followers of Jesus acknowledge that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Achieving full awareness and a correct understanding of the life, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension, outpourings and sacred gifts we receive through Jesus requires the active presence of Deity.  When alert, committed, and set apart (we say, sanctified), a believer experiences exchange and interactions among the inseparable spirit substances that are the makeup of GOD.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the holy writings remain the most reliable resource shared by believers for sacred knowledge.  It is written:  1st Peter 2:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  Also, Acts 20:  32, KJV:  32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.)  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, some points are shared on light and spiritual growth.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ruth” (Level 7 with 92,201 points, a member since December 04, 2010) posted the following:

 

Since Christians are to live in the light why so many are not?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.  For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.  None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth:  they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.  They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web:  he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.  Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works:  their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.  Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood:  their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.  The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings:  they have made them crooked paths:  whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.  Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us:  we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.  We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes:  we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.  (Isaiah 59:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Walk As He Walked? (11/16/2014); To Continue In His Footsteps (11/17/2014); Coming to the Light? (09/29/2014); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013); The Obedience of Jesus? (04/15/2013); Candles of GOD? (12/26/2012); Hellfire and Brimstone Preaching? (12/27/2012)

 

“Ruth”, Christian believers are to regard as “darkness” the criticisms and judgments that come from anyone other than our Savior.  Even so, here are a few points on “light” you may find useful:

(1.)  By “being in the light” many mistakenly think that believers are to perform and “show-off” in the public forum and social media (give us a sign, give us a sign!).  Celebrity, controversy, fame, notoriety, and popularity are actually their goals; and the fruits of their labors are usually division, error, schism, and spiritual confusion.  Outsiders will see only a shadow from the intimacy and spiritual power of a Christian life that is correctly personal and private.

(2.)  Many are feeling and groping about because they are blind from misapplying and misusing the light provided by the holy writings.  Their goals are to control and master the light, rather than reflect and shine forth as lights.  Such persons are spiritually dead and unproductive, for they fix their gaze, and stare into light, ever learning and never coming into the knowledge of the truth.  Light intended to allow change, choice and growth should also destroy doubt, ignorance, and lack of accountability.

(3.)  For mature Christian believers, “light” is easily understood as a set of divinely given laws, precepts, and principles that determine the duration, quality, and spirit content of created beings and living creatures along with their communication, exchange and interactions within and because of relationship to divinity. 

(4.)  There is a superabundance of light.  Covenant, law, the Gospel, and the Revelation of Jesus Christ are all spoken of as “light”.  Believers may vary in the extent of experience and the fullness of instruction they have received regarding the things of prophecy and salvation (no one knows it all, so to speak); yet, all are accountable for the measure of light they have been exposed to, now comprehend, and should practice.  All are to operate in accordance with their own knowledge of divinity, and the light will anchor their understanding to acknowledge Jesus Christ at his appearing.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Believers use the language of “light” because light is a condition that allows directed motion.  Changes in the amount and intensity of light support our frameworks of time and space as well as our sense of opportunity and possibility.  The imparted Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) is emanated as light and utterance (we say, word).)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Public statements from clergy, nonviolence, and necessary respect for religious beliefs are topics, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “V” (Level 1 with 186 points, a member since June 08, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why did the Pope recently say it’s ok to punch someone if they insulted your mother? I thought we had to turn the other cheek??? Bit puzzled.?

This is in relation to the recent tragedies in Paris

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  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.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  (Galatians 5:  13-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); On Marketing Church, and Speaking by Occasion (09/26/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012)

 

“V”, it should go without saying that to get respect, you must show respect.  Yet, as you can see in many life situations today, there are many who don’t understand and practice that rule.  Here are a few points all Christians believers must take into account when considering the attitudes, behavior and statements from clergy:

(1.)  Believers must use “discernment” (the ability to use their own spirit content from the makeup of divinity as a standard to recognize and respond to spirit content in actions, events, objects, other persons, speech, etc.) at all times.  Clergy, who serve as apostles, prophets and spokespersons for GOD, must operate through carnal, material and social situations, yet will remain individuals and finite beings.  In addition to fixed ceremonies, prayers and rituals, divine law, sacred doctrine, holy proclamations and promises, clergy may make comments that are “common sense” acknowledgments of the human condition made spontaneously, unrehearsed, and “off the cuff.”  At no time are remarks made to deny, dispute, or overturn the teachings of Jesus Christ.

(2.)  The standard from GOD for truth that clergy must maintain is the same as that for lay believers.  Similarly, the standards for interpersonal behavior and self-discipline as demonstrated among the clergy are the same for all other believers.  What all are to speak is intended to continue communication and fruitful interaction (we say, growth, learning, peace, prosperity).

(3.)  Today, when clergy are presented by broadcast and print media, unspoken and unwritten policies are being applied that serve as “editorial bias.”  The clip or sound bite chosen may not include necessary background material that should exist as the foundation for further knowledge and understanding.  The higher goals of objective journalism are replaced by the motives of befriending, engaging and entertaining audiences of hearers, readers and viewers.  Impartiality falls to increasing ones circulation, subscription rate, and income.  Controversy, negative criticism, and sensationalism become the focus; irreverence, malice, rejection, slander and suspicion—even murder—become the outcome.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The origins of anger and violence for created beings and living creatures are aspects of their flesh (e.g., appetite, sensations, and emotional/mental functions).  Because the operations of sin can dominate awareness and self-will as presumption, pride and self-promotion, believers are provided with fresh endowments of spirit content whereby they discern, recognize and resist sin.  By continuing study of the holy writings, fellowship with other born again believers, unselfish service, and regular practice of sacraments, believers are divinely equipped to correctly receive and understand the gifts and ministries from divinity that are being delivered through the instrument of clergy.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, the value of Internet sites, social media, and similar tools are considered in terms of their value as sources of spiritual knowledge.  Also, there is more on divine judgment against Satan and sinners.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Use Your Brain” (Level 2 with 465 points, a member since June 02, 2013) posted the following:

 

Are you sure this site is the right place to get spiritual knowledge?

i saw many answers stray people. i am afraid people will believe answers here and they take it as the truth. while ‘God’ keeps silent. and suddenly people die and go to hell belong to their ignorant.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Satan Should Stand Trial? (02/16/2014)—(5.)  We do not really have a shared language to fully express all of the ideas that pertain to the process of GOD for those that are in heaven; however, many truths continue to appear within our reasoning as more or less evident for mankind.  Divine judgment goes forward as an aspect of divine existence, not merely as a response to actions, objects, or omissions among created beings and living creatures.  GOD is an eternal spirit; therefore, judgment is an eternal process, and the process of the divine law in entirely one of sacred truth.  The dynamic person and presence of GOD is to be recognized among sentient beings through comparison, contrast, deduction, diversity, and induction.  Divinity is that that is immutable and unchanging, and thereby, GOD is a fixed point above and outside of all chaos or random motion as well as the operations of self-will in the living, and the continuing mechanics of actions initiated by the living (we say, unfolding consequences, effects, outcomes) that may persist indefinitely.  GOD is the referent and standard for all that is.  The expressed will of GOD (we say, divine law), incarnations of GOD (the appearance of divinity in flesh, and other material forms), and various other emanations from GOD, register as awareness and frameworks for self-will in created beings and living creatures.  The condemnation, punishment, and final destruction of Satan, and many other sinners who will not respond to ministrations by GOD will be consummated primarily as outcome of their own natural life process as opposed to formal investigation, and official tribunal.  See Exodus 34:  5-7, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Get wisdom, get understanding:  forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:  love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:  and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:  she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.  She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:  a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.  Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go:  keep her; for she is thy life.  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.  (Proverbs 4:  5-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); Salvation for Atheists? (06/14/2013); Church is Good? (06/15/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Not of Legal Age? (04/26/2013); Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); A Holy Kiss? (11/13/2012)

 

“Use Your Brain”, here are some points to consider that are being examined by many Christian believers:

(1.)  The place for gaining spiritual knowledge is within ones relationship to GOD as made possible by the ministry of Jesus Christ on earth, and from heaven.  Those who receive the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD (we say, are born again) also serve as spokespersons for GOD (we say, prophets), and make possible the necessary dialog for growth and learning.

(2.)  Instruction in the things available from divinity to supply created beings and living creatures are provided using many devices and mechanisms.  Included are covenants, family, fellowship (as seen through church congregations), holy writings, natural wonders, divine proclamations, promises, practice of sacraments, prayer, and sacred events (we say, miracles).

(3.)  Once born again having divine DNA, so to speak, a believer must develop discernment (ability to use aspects of the spirit deposited within them by GOD to recognize and correctly respond to the same spirit in others, and within the many things of their environment).  Skill  develops gradually; and every believer must acquire comprehension and insight through a continual process of judgment and revelation while continuing to exist upon the earth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. ( For example, (4.)  Be it upon the Internet or within a local congregation, peculiar principles always apply.  Once anchored in Christ and reinforced with divine love, believers are to be fearless.  We are commanded:  Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good (see 1st Thessalonians 5:  21, KJV).  Fresh encounters and new experiences may be explored; opportunities should be plumbed; and reasonable risks can be taken.  However, at every stage, godly convictions and standards are to be applied.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  (James 1:  5-8, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Recently, I was pressed to decide how (and whether) to respond to current media reports describing an interview with the Pope and policies of the Vatican.  Today, I share some comments (below) on what it means to make church a brand, and to market evangelical and spiritual events.  A believer’s privilege to speak by occasion is considered along with the duty to not speak (keep silence), and to speak only prophecy.  Also, there is more on whether Jesus appeared having a halo.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Halo Upon Jesus? (09/25/2013)—While the Bible is written in plain language and describes sacred events using visual images common in human experience, believers are to understand that profound aspects of divinity are being portrayed.  Thus, one of the holiest sacred events, the transfiguration of Jesus, is depicted through change in his clothing and outward appearance, and an audible voice speaking from heaven.  The glistening and whiteness of his garment expresses acknowledgment of his purity, a change in his awareness, and a further endowment to the content of his inner spirit.  See 2nd Corinthians 4:  6, Hebrews 2:  9, John 1:  14 and Matthew 17:  1-9, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.  I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.  For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.  And herein I give my advice:  for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.  Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.  For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.  (2nd Corinthians 8:  7-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Salvation for Atheists? (06/14/2013); Church is Good? (06/15/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013)

 

As those who make visible the ministry of Jesus Christ, obedient believers are not permitted to gainsay Pope Francis I, or other prominent clergy.  Believers may not add to what the Pontiff speaks, stand in judgment of his public prayers, his praise and service, or seek to “have the last word” after the Pontiff has made a public statement.  To “gainsay” is to challenge, foster schism, and promote believers being opinionated within the body of Christ in the place of uttering prophecy with service as spokespersons of GOD and his Christ.  Even though I publish a sacred writings blog, this means I must “speak” like every other believer throughout the kingdom of GOD.  With such a rule in effect, I am not allowed to “second guess” the secular head of the Church of England, those who are Messianic and Jewish believers, or leaders for the many denominations that include the A. M. E. (African Methodist Episcopal), the Amish, the Baptist, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Latter Day Saints, the Seventh Day Adventists, or The United House of Prayer for All People.  Rightly understood, however, I absolutely must declare my own faith. (See 1st Corinthians 1:  21 and 24, Titus 1:  7-9, Acts 10:  25-29, Jude 10-13, KJV).

Attackers who seek occasion against, provoke, and repeatedly make malicious thrusts against the Pope may not be spoken of as true servants of the Lord, or agents and defenders of the church of Jesus Christ.  Questionable journalists in the media want to catch the Pope in an unguarded moment.  Like the paparazzi, they go about to embarrass, entangle and entrap leaders of the church within their own statements, and words.  Casual remarks and personal responses are made to appear as official declarations of policy, and the overturning of scriptural truth.  The critical speakers and writers distort true dialog, should be understood as dangerous disrupters, and are a serious distraction from the  genuine focus for the true work of the church. Believers today should all agree that, as surely as Jesus cast out devils, fed the hungry, forgave sin, and healed the sick, Christ cautioned the money-changers, the Pharisees, Rome (through Pontius Pilate), the Sadducees, and others.  Many hoped to condemn the Savior using his own public statements against him.  Even so, fulfillment of the Gospel was always the primary focus of his ministry upon the earth, including the sacred events of his death, burial, and resurrection.

More disturbing than the misguided media is the fact that, while representatives of our institutional churches share messages that exhort personal commitment, dialog, and encounter, in many instances those who seek the Lord only experience being challenged to respond to a “brand”.  Typically, there is a prominent person (like the Pope), who captures the hearts and minds of believers, whom believers will never have opportunity to share personal relationship with in this lifetime.  At best, believers are approached and encouraged by an apparatus calling itself/themselves “partners”, “the laity,” “the faithful,” “the team,” “assistant pastor,” “junior pastor,” “pastor’s wife,” “pastor’s staff,” “pastor’s dog,” “pastor’s cat,” etc.  It is very likely that the widespread apostasy, disenchantment, and disengagement we see in the church today is a direct result of the faith being advertised, media hyped, merchandised, and promoted like just another brand.  There is an overall air of dishonesty, rather than the fragrance of Jesus.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  These ideas are at best a beginning.  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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