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Focus is on whether America will truly achieve the racial justice and social harmony described by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. before his death in 1968.  Given that sin can not be eliminated without multiple interventions and sacred operations by divinity, there is the false appearance that crimes against humanity always will be present to plague mankind upon the earth.  Man’s salvation through Jesus Christ comes as atonement for sin, rebirth that provides spirit content from the makeup of GOD to the living as well as ability to more completely and correctly recognize, recover from, and resist the operations of sin.  Because Dr. King immersed himself in the human struggle against discrimination, hate, indifference, inequality, injustice, poverty, prejudice, racism against African Americans, and war many did not value his work for salvation as an agent of Jesus Christ, anointed to serve as a genuine Christian spiritual leader.  Even so, remembrance and respect for Reverend King also continues in obedience to commands written in the holy writings, for revelation and promises from GOD that are certain of fulfillment are at the core of what Dr. King preached and actively shared.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “TodayInHistory” (Level 1 with 81 points, a member since April 03, 2017) posted the following:

 

Today is the anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s assassination. Do you believe his “dream” will one day come true?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.  But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.  For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.  And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest:  for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  (Luke 6:  26-35, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Acknowledging The Precious Things (02/01/2017); Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); The Provision Against Racists? (01/19/2016); …Ears That Hear Not? (01/18/2016); Poem, 2015: MOONLIGHT (01/19/2015); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012)

 

“TodayInHistory”, many mature Christian believers acknowledge the accomplishments and work of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. as having been that of an advocate for civil rights, an anti-war protester, a reformer, a social activist, and a supporter of Constitutional law.  On the surface, then, Dr. King appeared to have focused only on things carnal, material, and social.  However, Martin Luther King, Jr. is also to be respected as a modern-day prophet and spokesperson for both GOD and mankind.  In this role shared by many clergy, Dr. King declared promises from GOD that are certain to appear among believers as commanded expectation (we say, hope).  The servant of the Lord also performed what is called “prophetic demonstration,” shared “personal testimony” (we could say, eyewitness report), and imparted that vision from GOD that many call his “dream”.  Dr. King’s dream of unity was in accordance with divine promises and prophesies that include no less than the assembling of the saints of GOD following the second resurrection.  Testimonies are statements admissible as evidence and truth provided under oath during tribunal and judgment.  Visions are images and scenes provided as nonverbal revelation.  Such matter are intended for those firmly grounded in sacred knowledge, who also have spiritual discernment (ability to recognize the deposits of spirit content from the makeup of Deity that appear within events, oneself, other persons, proclamations, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.) , and who regularly display sacred content as “born again” believers.  Consider again the following from Scripture:

(1.)  1st Thessalonians 5:  11-13, King James Version (KJV):  11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.  12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;  13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 

(2.)  Revelation 2:  10-11, KJV:  10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:  behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days:  be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

(3.)  Isaiah 65:  21-23, KJV:  21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat:  for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Revelations 7:  9-10, KJV:  9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Today, the full benefit and use of the Rosary is considered.  It continues to be very challenging for those on the earth to accept that our own words and deeds are “weak and beggarly elements” that reek and make us appear as adorned wearing “filthy rags.”  Intercession, the prayers of the church, and offerings from saints (who include the mother of Jesus) become fragrant before the Father only as expressions by and with the Son or Holy Spirit.  Thus, believers may also say, “if God be for Mary, who can be against Mary?”  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “David” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since February 14, 2017) posted the following:

 

Do you have to use the rosary as a meditation tool? Can I just use it for prayer?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:  and whom he called, them he also justified:  and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  (Romans 8:  26-31, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Salvation By Faith Alone? (01/19/2017); The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014); The Rosary and Other Prayers? (08/23/2014); Faith, Language, and “Mystery”? (04/11/2013); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013)

 

“David”, we may not separate the wet from the water.  It is correct for the followers of Jesus Christ to seek every available benefit and blessing shared through the discipline of Rosary prayer.  As we start, answering the Rosary may seem to be merely a matter of memorization and recitation.  However, the believer truly is submitting to operations by the Holy Spirit that are to produce permanent changes in their consciousness and self-will.  We are to keep in mind, the sacred things we are receiving are to fit us as servants who will minister to others.  Our gaze must fix upon the image of GOD in Christ.  All the revelation from GOD is to make divinity clearly active and present within the life of believers.  Through the Savior, we enter into the divine process of change and transformation that provides atonement, new creation, and the beginnings of eternal life, now.  While the utterance of the Rosary prayers can be simply understood as saying “I love you,” the commitment, conviction, and separation of the Rosary proclaim the believer’s participation in multiple aspects of profound sacred practice.  Included are anointing, baptism, circumcision, forgiveness, Incarnation, oneness without sameness within the GODhead, rebirth, and resurrection.  The things of our salvation are provided as gifts on the basis of faith, grace, divine prerogative, and eternal purpose, rather than the extent of our intellect, knowledge (both sacred and secular), carnal reason, and finite wisdom.  We are correct to repeatedly examine the holy mysteries (events) from the lives of Christ and his mother, for they impart to us an abundance of spirit from the makeup of GOD.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Timothy 3:  16, King James Version (KJV):  16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

(2.)  Colossians 1:  26-28, KJV:  26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

(3.)  Numbers 21:  8-9, KJV:  8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole:  and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.  9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

(4.)  Isaiah 42:  1-3, KJV:  1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:  he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench:  he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Corinthians 3:  17-18, KJV:  17 Now the Lord is that Spirit:  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made to a question on the number of those damned against that of those saved.  Consider the topic as introduced in the holy writings that follow and those presented below:  Luke 13:  23-30, King James Version (KJV):  23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,  24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate:  for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.  25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:  26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.  27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.  28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.  29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.  30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.  Also, Matthew 7:  11-14, KJV:  11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?  12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the law and the prophets.  13 Enter ye in at the strait gate:  for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Tatoo Mindine, who participates with me in THE BIBLE STUDY GROUP (a Public Group on Facebook presently having 20,744 members), invited discussion by sharing a presentation that included the following on September 21, 2015:

heaven and hell which do you think will be more populated let’s get into the word not personal opinions.. bring on saints and let’s through this topic delight in the word of God

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.  And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.  And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be:  but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?  Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.  And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword:  and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.  But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them:  for the king’s word was abominable to Joab.  And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.  (1st Chronicles 21:  1-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A House Of Prayer For All People? (08/10/2014); The House Ye Build Unto Me? (07/31/2014); Inheriting the Kingdom (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); Parables About the Kingdom? (05/02/2014); Loving Someone Unseen? (05/03/2014); An Unshakeable Kingdom? (11/26/2013)

“Tatoo Mindine”, here are a few points to consider from the parables and prophesies of the Bible that speak to what will be the size of the eternal kingdom:

(1.)  Matthew 22:  9-14, KJV:  9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.  10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good:  and the wedding was furnished with guests.  11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:  12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou hither not having a wedding garment?  And he was speechless.  13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

(2.)  Revelation 7:  1-4, KJV:  1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God:  and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,  3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed:  and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

(3.)  Revelation 7:  9-12, KJV:  9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God.  12 Saying, Amen:  Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever.  Amen.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) 1st Chronicles 27:  23-24, KJV:  23 But David took not the number of  them from twenty years old and under:  because the LORD had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens.  24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

How the exalted glory and honor of GOD are known and recognized through the use of priestly garments by clergy are topic, today.  Consider again the following from the Bible and the points below:  Matthew 22:  8-13, King James Version (KJV):  8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.  9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.  10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good:  and the wedding was furnished with guests.  11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:  12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.  13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  14 For many are called, but few are chosen.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Jack” (Level with 84 points, a member since August 22, 2014) posted the following:

Why do the Pope and bishops wear expensive, flowing, glamorous robes? Are they trying to tell us how superior they are?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,  And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?  Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.  And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?  But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.  But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.  For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:  notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  (Matthew 11:  2-11, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask?  (09/21/2015); Not Anti-Catholics, Antichrists?  (09/22/2015); Any Way For Men To Behave? (09/06/2015); Worship Wear? (01/23/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

“Jack”, the ways of the church are “mysterious” and “secret” to all (including Christian believers) until they are firmly rooted and grounded in sacred knowledge, and divine spirit.  Only then can simple things correctly be seen as profound (far reaching; having multiple dimensions; on a cosmic scale).  On the one hand, the clergy of the church continue in a severe isolation and poverty—their homes, places of shelter and the very clothes on their back are property of the body (the church they serve); yet, they are surrounded by the evidences of divinity, the wealth of sacred inheritance, and access to the Most High through the ministries of Jesus Christ.  Thus, consider again the regalia of Aaron the High Priest, and the following points shared through the holy writings:

(1.)  Exodus 28:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  28 And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.  2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.  3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

(2.)  Exodus 28:  9-11, KJV:  9 And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel:  10 Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth.  11 With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel:  thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold.

(3.)  Exodus 28:  29-30, KJV:  29 And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually.  30 And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the LORD:  and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.

(4.)  Daniel 10:  4-6, KJV:  4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;  5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:  6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

(5.)  Revelation 1:  12-14, KJV:  12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;  13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

(6.)  Revelation 19:  7-9, KJV:  7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:  for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white:  for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

There is far more to be considered, and carefully understood.  For example, (7.)  Revelation 19:  13-15, KJV:  13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and his name is called The Word of God.  14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:  and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The sacred duty, privilege and divine work of intercession given to all Christian believers come into view, today.  While followers of Christ may seek comfort, courage, guidance and support through Mary, the mother of Jesus, atonement, propitiation for sin and salvation remain strictly the peculiar  operations of GOD that appear through the person of her son as the promised Messiah, Redeemer and Savior.  Mary was at the cross as well as with those in the Upper Room who received the Holy Ghost at Pentecost.  In the holy writings, there is no prohibition by Jesus against believers seeking the favor, fellowship and prayers of others who are committed and born again (we say, co-laborers, saints).  Prayer to Mary in particular is not specifically condemned, nor are devotions, Mariology, and worship of the Lord’s mother specifically required.  The glory, majesty and sovereignty of the GODhead are not diminished, threatened, or made less exalted by believers acknowledging Mary, the martyrs, and other members of the church as the body of Christ, who make special contributions through their life and faith.  Mary is exalted because of her humility, not because of her sexual purity, or parenting skills.  Similarly, many others are to be held in memorial such as the widow who gave her last two mites, and the woman caught in adultery who was released from the death sentence when no one was fit to “cast the first stone.”  Linjo Eveline, who participates with me in THE BIBLE STUDY GROUP (a Public Group on Facebook presently having 19,058 members), posted the following on August 10, 2015 at 12:31pm:

 

BRETHREN PLEASE I WISH TO KNOW WHTER WE SHOULD ALSO PRAY TO HOLY MARY MOTHER OF CHRIST?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:  for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.  He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;  As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.  (Luke 1:  46-55, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014); A Worthy Miracle? (04/07/2014); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); Belief, Faith, and Proof (03/02/2014); Miracles and Visitations? (03/03/2014); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013)

 

Linjo Eveline, be encouraged!  The acknowledgments of Mary as the mother of Jesus are all upon the basis of faith, and not on the basis of sacred law.  The holy writings depended on by Protestant believers record no commandment or divine law requiring followers of Jesus to regularly pray to his mother, Mary.  Even so, there are a number of precepts, principles, and teachings that encourage believers to appeal to Mary for intercession.  Mary serves as a mediator between believers and her son.  While some call her the “Mother of GOD,” Mary  does not compete against, or appear as a substitute to fill the role of her son or of the Holy Spirit who both intercede with the Father.  Mary is understood by many Catholic believers as already having been glorified, justified and perfected (we say, made a Perpetual Virgin) through divine prerogative, and sacred operations of resurrection and ascension.  Mary becomes a person whom we honor, respect, venerate, and turn to for support because we know without doubt that she is one eternally joined to Jesus through love, and that the Savior is pleased to grant her favor and faithful service.  Mary should be received no less as a prophet/prophetess (we say, spokesperson from GOD) than Miriam the sister to Moses, John the Baptist, or John the Revelator.  At the request of his mother (who expressed more confidence in his anointing and readiness to minister at that time than he expressed in himself), Jesus was moved to perform the first sacred event (we say, miracle) of his ministry at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  Neither the governor of the feast (we would say, Master of Ceremonies), the father of the bride, the groom, the bride herself, nor any of the household servants spoke directly to Jesus regarding their need for more wine to complete the hospitality, humility and refreshing to their many guests.  Please consider the following points from the Bible:

(1.)  John 2:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:  2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.  3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.  4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.  5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

(2.)  John 2:  7-11, KJV:  7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.  8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.  9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was:  (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,  10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse:  but thou hast kept the good wine until now.  11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

(3.)  1st Timothy 2:  1-5 , KJV:  1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

(4.)  Romans 8:  26-27, KJV:  26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

(5.)  James 5:  13-16, KJV:  13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

(6.)  Romans 16:  1-2, KJV:  1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:  2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you:  for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  James 5:  19-20, KJV:  19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;  20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Blasphemy, divine curses, judgment against sin, and racism are in view, today.  Christians preparing for the soon coming of Christ to harvest his believers from the earth are convinced that the Savior has already ended every curse, and broken every yoke except his own.  However, in The Book of Mormon:  Another Testament of Jesus Christ, those who were disobedient and rebellious from a Jewish family that was commanded to leave Jerusalem, and went to a land of promise (today, known as America), are described as coming under a judgment of GOD whereby their skin was made black.  The Book of Mormon has been respected by many as having the same legitimacy and status as the holy writings and scriptures found within the Bible.  Even so, specific passages (below) from The Book of Mormon have been used in support of racism along with the account of a curse pronounced by Noah upon his grandson, Canaan, that was intended to afflict his own son Ham, who had mocked his father while Noah was intoxicated (see Genesis 9:  20-27, KJV).  Together these writings have been promoted by frauds, nominal Christians, and those not having the Spirit of Christ as inarguable evidence that GOD himself commanded there should be the enslavement of Africans, ethnic arrogance, hatred, inequality, miscegenation, and the strict racial separation that has repeatedly threatened to warp American culture, and invalidate America’s Constitution.  As with all truth taken out of context and its proper frame, many teachings identified as generated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (called Mormons) are mistakenly condemned as having been intentionally destructive to African Americans, those seeking to serve in the priesthood of their assemblies as well as to the believers and their families that make up the many congregations.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Mark” (Level 1 with 205 points, a member since October 24, 2014) posted the following:

 

Did Joseph Smith dislike black people? What did he really teach about them?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:  11-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Not Yet Delivered From Racism? (12/21/2014); Racism Is Not From GOD (12/22/2014); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); Beliefs, Customs and Racism? (09/24/2014); A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012)

 

“Mark”, here is an answer from The Book of Mormon on the teachings of Joseph Smith that is always carefully read among Christian believers to avoid spiritual confusion, and the error that racism is promoted among the Latter-day Saints:

Wherefore, the word of the Lord was fulfilled which he spake unto me, saying that:  Inasmuch as they will not hearken unto thy words they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.  And behold, they were cut off from his presence.

And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity.  For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.

And thus saith the Lord God:  I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities.

And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed; for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing.  And the Lord spake it, and it was done.

And because of their cursing which was upon them they did become an idle people, full of mischief and subtlety, and did seek in the wilderness for beasts of prey.

And the Lord God said unto me:  They shall be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in remembrance of me; and inasmuch as they will not remember me, and hearken unto my words, they shall scourge them even unto destruction.

And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob and Joseph, that they should be priests and teachers over the land of my people.

And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness.

And thirty years had passed away from the time we left Jerusalem.  (The Second Book of Nephi:  5:  20-28, The Book of Mormon)

 

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