Thursday, October 26, 2017

Overcoming Pornography Addiction


If someone held a gun to your head and told you to not get on a certain porn website, would you struggle to obey that order? That's not likely. You would not have a certain "sinful nature" that would force that enforcer to kill you because you left him no choice as you **had to** go watch that porn. No, that would not happen. You would not come up with any sinful nature excuse. It's only the evil desires in your heart and your willingness to satisfy those evil desires that you would need to overcome in order to not get shot. You would make the conscious choice to not get shot and die that day for the foolishness of watching a few minutes of porn.

Then why do you struggle to obey God who also tells you the same thing with no gun pointed to your head?

That tells you whom you fear. Especially, that tells you that you do not fear God. His word is not in you. You may have the words of men presenting a package of bible verses to you that you know well, but God's word is still not in your heart to direct you. It has found no place in you if you have had itching ears and have preferred fables over the truth of God's word (John 8:37; 2 Timothy 4:3-4).

John 8:37
I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you.

2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

You have been "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:7). You have never heeded this word to prove that you are truly a disciple of Jesus:

John 8:31-32
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed on him, If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (from sin).

Just like these people Jesus was speaking to, you'd rather have gotten Him killed also for telling you the truth that shed light on you sin so you could come out of the darkness to follow Him, the light of the world (John 8:12) and be saved.

John 8:40
But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of God: Abraham did not do this.

So you could fear a man and make the right choice and the right behavior would follow, but you do not fear God so much as to have that same result. And neither would the behavior itself save you if your heart is still not right before God... An armed man who is commanding you would only be concerned with your behavior. But God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). That's why it is written:

"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:8)

It's clear that your mind that approves of your sin (because you see nothing wrong with it) and your heart that is evil (loving the pleasures of sin more than Jesus) is where your sin problem is, not in a nature that you cannot change. You were NOT born this way (addicted to evil things). But you have indulged your evil desires and your sin has captured and bound you!

Isaiah 5:20
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

John 8:34-36
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant does not abide in the house forever: but the Son abides ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

Maybe you never heard this:

Matthew 10:28
And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

The wages of sin is still death (Romans 6:23 - bad news), but because of God's mercy to save souls (good news), He doesn't strike you dead with lightning the moment you think to touch that keyboard or mouse to feed your pornography addiction. But if you don't believe the bad news, you cannot either appreciate God's mercy and turn to Him to obey Him because you love Him (John 14:15). So then you cannot understand Jesus' sacrifice as a demonstration of God's love indeed (Romans 5:6-8) and purpose to return that John 3:16 love with everything in you! You do that when you are done doing your own will and living for yourself and give your life to God. That's the meaning of losing your life for Jesus' sake and the sake of the gospel (Mark 8:34-35). That's where you repent and stop being a rebel but become obedient to God out of love! Jesus said "IF you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). 'If' implies you have a choice that you can make. But if you will not submit yourself to God in humility, you will not receive his grace either (Titus 2:11-14) that will give you victory over sin, for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6-7).

Ecclesiastes 8:11-13
11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, who fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he fears not before God.

And what happened to these word of Jesus? Are they instructions to anyone or cancelled by other things believers believe?

Matthew 5:29-30
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna.

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Sin begins first in the heart:

James 1:12-16
12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him (John 14:15). 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. 16 Do not go astray, my beloved brethren.

2 Corinthians 5:8-11
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Therefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him (well pleasing to him). 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

Titus 2:11-14
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

2 Timothy 2:24-26
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, able to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God possibly will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

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See also:
These words of Jesus are not made null and void
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1510466079032310

The Goal of Repentance
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/videos/1520345181377733

Sinful Addictions (the cure)
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1438325396246379

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This post was originally shared on Facebook on 10/25/2017 at 12:33pm, except for the part in blue.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Study on Uncleanness

9/27/2015

Galatians 5:19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, [**uncleanness**], lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
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Romans 1:24-25
24 Therefore Elohim gave them up to [**uncleanness**] in the lust of their hearts, to disrespect their bodies among themselves, 25 who changed the truth of Elohim into the falsehood, and worshipped and served what was created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amĕn.
Dishonor/disrespect of the body ←→ Uncleanness
When you understand sin that leads to death, you will understand mercy and righteousness that leads to holiness.
When you have a sense of your own uncleanness, you will understand:
– sanctification/being set apart by faith/obedience to the Messiah (Acts 16:18)
– the holiness of God:
"Be holy for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16)
"without holiness no man shall see the Lord (Hebrew 12:14).
– the fear of Yahuah, which is wisdom:
"the fear of Yahuah, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." (Job 28:28)
"Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of Yahuah" (Psalm 34:11)
"And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear" (1 Peter 1:17, right after 1 Peter 1:16... did Peter "get it" or what?)
Note that righteousness leads to holiness (Romans 6:19). So no sinner can walk that path. You must be set free from your sins. You must depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19). Your mind must be renewed so that you know that you are not a sinner (not merely tagging the word "saint" upon you). You know what you have been delivered from, and that is your testimony of salvation bringing you to where you are today, to endure in the faith until the end (Matthew 10:22; John 15:4-6; Romans 11:22). If your mind is not renewed (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:23-24) to the point where you know that you are called righteous, a saint of the Most High and not a sinner, you need to swallow your pride and obey the truth: REPENT and BE CONVERTED (Acts 3:19).
(( Romans 6:16-19
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. ))
Other passages on uncleanness:
Romans 6:19
I speak as a man, because of the weakness of your flesh. For even as you did present your members as servants of [**uncleanness**], and of lawlessness resulting in lawlessness, so now present your members as servants of righteousness resulting in set-apartness (holiness).
weak flesh ←→ uncleanness
(the weakest link ☞ thou doest well to eliminate it: crucify your flesh as those that are Christ's do - Galatians 5:24-25, through the Spirit - Romans 8:12-13)
Colossians 3:5-7
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: 6 whoring, [**uncleanness**], passion, evil desire and greed of gain, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these the wrath of Elohim is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you also once walked when you lived in them.
members ←→ uncleanness
This is not a listing of members but of the fruit of the members, which are body parts in which no good thing dwells (Romans 7:18). So then remember Romans 12:1: "present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
Ephesians 4:17-19
17 So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having been darkened in their understanding, having been estranged from the life of Elohim, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart, 19 who, having become callous, have given themselves up to indecency, to work all [**uncleanness**] with greediness.
Indecency ←→ uncleanness
Ephesians 5:1-4
1 Become, then, imitators of Elohim as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Messiah also has loved us, and gave Himself for us, a gift and an offering to Elohim (→→→Romans 12:1←←←) for a sweet-smelling fragrance. 3 But whoring and all [**uncleanness**], or greed of gain, let it not even be named among you, as is proper among set-apart ones (saints) – 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather thanksgiving.
Whoring ←→ uncleanness
e.g. being a whore/whoremonger, fornicator, adulterer (incl. one who defiles oneself with another's spouse); involvement in prostitution, pornography, the sins of masturbation that start in the heart (impure heart/impure thoughts, shameful imaginations - Romans 6:21); the uncleanness of bodily emissions (cf. Leviticus 15).
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
1 For the rest then, brothers, we beg you and call upon you in the Master Yahusha, that as you received from us how you should walk and to please Elohim, you should excel still more, 2 for you know what commands we gave you through the Master Yahusha. 3 For this is the desire of Elohim: your set-apartness (holiness)! – that you should abstain from whoring, 4 that ***each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in set-apartness (holiness) and respect,*** 5 not in passion of lust, like the gentiles who do not know Elohim, 6 not to overstep and take advantage of his brother in this matter, because the Master is the revenger of all such, as we indeed said to you before and earnestly warned. 7 For Elohim did not call us to [**uncleanness**], but in set-apartness (holiness). 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but Elohim, who also gives us His Set-apart (Holy) Spirit.
Uncleanness <> (contrasted with) set-apartness (holiness)
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as you would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: 21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the [**uncleanness**] and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
Lasciviousness ←→ Uncleanness ←→ fornication (whoring)
(found together)
Galatians 5:19-21
19 And the works of the flesh are well-known, which are these: adultery, whoring, [**uncleanness**], indecency, 20 idolatry, drug sorcery, hatred, quarrels, jealousies, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, wild parties, and the like – of which I forewarn you, even as I also said before, that those who practice such as these shall not inherit the reign of Elohim.
Romans 12:1-2
1 I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart (holy), well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.
1 Corinthians 3:17-18
Do you not know that you are a Dwelling Place (temple) of Elohim and that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you? If anyone destroys* (KJV: defile) the Dwelling Place of Elohim, Elohim shall destroy him. For the Dwelling Place of Elohim is set-apart (holy), which you are.
*The weaker word 'defile' found in the KJV is translated from the same word that means to 'destroy'.
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What is a vessel? (a quick look)
"each one of you should know how to possess his own **vessel in set-apartness (holiness) and respect" (1 Thessalonians 4:4)
"In the same way, husbands, live understandingly together, giving respect to the wife, as to the weaker **vessel, and as being heirs together of the favour of life, so that your prayers are not hindered." (1 Peter 3:17)
Vessels were found notably in the holy place (tabernacle/temple). The priest/high priest dealt with various kinds of vessels in their service. They seem to be mere "utensils" that serve a purpose at the hands of the one who uses them. It's the same word being applied to a person in the new testament. If you have/are a vessel yourself, being a member of the body of Messiah, which is the temple of Elohim, that's a good reason to remain humble and in fear. What are you? Be what you are called to be in order to be useful to the Master.
2 Timothy 2:19-22
19 However, the solid foundation of Elohim stands firm, having this seal, “Yahuah knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the Name of Messiah turn away from unrighteousness.” 20 But in a large house there are not only VESSELS of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some unto value and some unto no value. 21 If, then, anyone CLEANSES* HIMSELF from these matters, he shall be a VESSEL UNTO VALUE, HAVING BEEN SET APART (SANCTIFIED/MADE HOLY), OF GOOD USE TO THE MASTER, HAVING BEEN PREPARED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK. 22 And FLEE FROM THE LUSTS OF YOUTH, but PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS, BELIEF, LOVE, PEACE with those calling on the Master out of a CLEAN HEART.
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What is defilement?
I argue that defilement can only be understood from a perspective of un-defilement, that is, cleanness.
2 Corinthians 6:17
Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says Yahuah, and do not touch what is [**unclean**] (https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm…), and I shall receive you.
1 Corinthians 7:13-14
13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he thinks well to live with her, let her not send him away. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been set-apart in the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been set-apart in the husband. Otherwise your children would be [**unclean**], but now they are set-apart (holy).
That is a great mystery...
Ephesians 5:25-27
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Messiah also did love the assembly (the church) and gave Himself for it, 26 in order to SET IT APART (sanctify it/make it holy) and CLEANSE IT (https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm…) with the WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD, 27 in order to present it to Himself a splendid assembly, NOT HAVING SPOT OR WRINKLE or any of this sort, but that it might be SET-APART (holy) and BLAMELESS.
John 15:3
You are already CLEAN (https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm…) because of the Word which I have spoken to you.
Our heart/thoughts must be guarded clean/pure, or we open the door to uncleanness in them...
Philippians 4:8
For the rest, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is righteous, whatever is CLEAN (https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm…), whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any uprightness and if there is any praise – think on these.
Guarding our heart/thoughts implies controlling also what we let in through our senses (e.g. our eyes, ears...). And that, my friends, is very tricky. What I am seeing here is another level of tricky, along with a better appreciation of the call to holiness. It is prudent then to confess sins that we may not know of, like David thought to do in his wisdom (Psalm 19:12-13). The aim is to be cleared of all pollution that we may have allowed in ignorance (lack of knowledge destroys God's people - Hosea 4:6), or that we have inadvertently entertained, or that we have suffered by merely being exposed to uncleanness in our environment. That is the takeaway for me. My mind has been renewed on this matter and transformation is effective immediately. May God help us all.
Psalm 19:12-13
12 Who discerns (his) mistakes? Declare me innocent from those that are secret, 13 Also keep Your servant back from presumptuous ones, Do not let them rule over me. Then shall I be perfect, and innocent of great transgression.
James 1:27
Clean and undefiled religion before the Elohim and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained (unspotted: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm…) from the world.
☞ Therefore pursue holiness (Hebrews 12:14). Be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2), and strive to be holier than thou old self.


Bible topic search: unclean/uncleanness
https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?qs_version=KJV&quicksearch=unclean*&begin=3&end=3

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Letter to Steven Anderson: Repentance blacklist inclusion (request)

Response Status: Unanswered

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August 12, 2017


From: Giscard Nazon 
 
To: Steven L. Anderson - Faithful Word Baptist Church   
 
Subject: Repentance blacklist inclusion
 
 
Dear Steven L. Anderson,

I ask that you kindly do due diligence to add me to your repentance blacklist. God is my witness.

I am seeing this:
2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Sir, you are very dangerous to the body of Christ and to anyone who is not saved, even to yourself. You are clearly identified in Matthew 23:13.

When you take Romans 4:5 out of its context where works means works of the law. you become a deceiver deceiving others.

Romans 4:5
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
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9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
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13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

What is that righteousness of faith? A righteousness that comes through doing nothing but believing? No. Understand what James means by "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith (belief) without works is dead also." (James 2:26)

1 John 3:7
My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous

doeth implies an activity.

Have you ever read John 3:19-21?

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

doeth truth : cease to hate the light and do evil (you call that works that someone should not do)
cometh to the light : cease to love the darkness (you call that works that someone should not do)

I have the following response to this video:
It's unfortunate that you cannot look at the scriptures. You have missed what the bible is saying.

Acts 20:20-21
You know... 20 ... how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 things.)

Acts 26:19-20
19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,  20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works consistent with repentance.

Let's go to John the Baptist to understand what it means to do works consistent with repentance (not the works of the law (Galatians 2:16)):

Luke 3:7-14
7 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.  9 And  even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” 10 So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” 11 He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” 12 Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.” 14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do violence to no one nor accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”

Does that sound like people needed to learn what to do to love God and love their neighbor as themselves? (Mark 12:30-31)? Their repentance had to deal with that precisely. So belief in Jesus has all to do with obeying his commandments if you loved Him.

John 14:15
If you love me, keep my commandments.

One of those commandments is to repent:

Matthew 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Luke 13:3
... "unless you repent you will all likewise perish."

No one can love Jesus or suppose to "believe" in Him and not turn away from unrighteousness, all the wickedness that is in that SELF that needs to die.

Luke 9:23
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himSELF, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

Do all that you think "believe" do that? Do you call denying oneself, taking up one's cross daily and following Jesus (obeying his instructions) "works"?

No one can be called Jesus' disciple without remaining in his word:

John 8:31-32
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you remain in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

The context is clear that this freedom He is speaking of is freedom from sin (read John 8:31-36; Romans 6:16-19).

And what does this remaining in his word mean if not to obey Him (follow his instructions to be called his disciple, by virtue of which He also can be rightly called Lord)?

Luke 6:46-49
46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:  48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on  the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

If one reads the scriptures with a heart that is ready to obey God, he will see that the sinner's rebellion must cease and that happens in repentance.

Romans 5:8-9
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

One can read Romans 5 and jump to the being justified part and if he does not want to see that to be justified there must be contrition and humility and the fear of God along with the faith that will allow forgiveness to be granted, then he will just not see it, sadly. Romans was written to people who understood repentance. But sinners, people who need to hear the gospel and be saved, need to hear about repentance.

Let's see that tax collector who was justified ("imputed righteous" or made right with God):

Luke 18:13-14
13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

That may be what you call the sinners' prayer but most people who say that sinners' prayer will just repeat words while their hearts are not ready to obey God, because the message they have heard is given to them with human wisdom, not by the power of the Holy Spirit. So you bet, nothing happens. No forgiveness of sins, no salvation, no Holy Spirit comes, and there is no newness of life to speak of (Romans 6:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17) – but maybe a new lifestyle that revolves around church attendance begins. And people who don't want the truth of God's word will be happy to surround themselves with teachers that will tell them what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Then when there is sin in the house, people raise apostle Paul as a model and remain stuck indefinitely identifying with his pre-conversion struggles recounted in Romans 7, the page is never turned, and they never make it to the "therefore" that is in Romans 8:1. You are part of that system. I beseech you to come out of it!

But that tax collector understood that He could not "call upon the Lord to be saved" while holding on to his life of sin as he had abused his power as a tax collector. He had to CONFESS and FORSAKE his sins, no longer wanting to go on living that life he had been living, if He really wanted to be called a servant of God from that point on. And only that attitude would correspond to today's "giving of one's life to Jesus" (truly) (cf. Mark 8:35). He would have chosen to live for God, no longer for himself and to satisfy his greed at the expense of other people! That man repented.

Proverbs 28:13
He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever CONFESSES AND FORSAKES them will have mercy.

Coming to God is passing from darkness to light. That requires identifying evil in one's own life when the light of God's word is made to shine on it (James 1:21-25), and choosing to turn away from it. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). He came to allow all who live in darkness to see Him and come to Him and pass from darkness to light, from death to life, from the power of Satan to God (1 John 2:8; 1 Peter 2:9; John 5:24; 1 John 3:14; Acts 26:18). The power of Satan is exercised on people through sin/unrighteousness (John 8:44; 2 Timothy 2:26).

2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knowsthose who are His,” and, “LET EVERYONE WHO NAMES THE NAME OF THE LORD DEPART FROM UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD* shall be saved.

*Implies DEPARTING FROM UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

Let's see repentance that way:
Isaiah 55:6-7
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,
CALL UPON HIM while He is near.
7 LET THE WICKED (SINNER) FORSAKE HIS WAY,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,**
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.

**That is the "repenting / turning to God" in Acts 26:20. It works alongside faith in Jesus' blood for the forgiveness of past sins, because He is the only sacrifice for sins. Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin.

If there is truth you don't want to see, God will send you a strong delusion (He may have already but if you acknowledge the truth that can save you, you can repent and that is the Good News to you):

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,  10 and with all unrighteous deception among THOSE WHO PERISH, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, THAT THEY MIGHT BE SAVED. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,  12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but HAD PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.***

***When what it means to repent is twisted or suppressed (Romans 1:18), the taking pleasure in unrighteousness that is then inevitable kindles the wrath of God. You do have to throw away or twist a lot of scriptures to hold your position.

John 3:16, 36
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not OBEY (please see that word in a concordance) the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

If your theology has nothing to say about departing from unrighteousness, you may have an invented (distorted) "imputed righteousness" concept that prevents you from seeing what the Lord commands, do it and receive his grace. Then the best you will do until you forsake the unrighteousness of believing and teaching that myth is to have double-talk around the true message of the Gospel.

I believe James ran into some people who believe and teach what you do so he had to write this:
James 2:19-20
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

This is talking about being "justified" or "accounted righteous" so what Abraham did was that he obeyed God because that is what a man who has faith does. And that is what many don't want to hear. Such lead people to be "disobedient believers" (an oxymoron) and remain so all the way to hell. They come to Jesus as sinners, they continue to sin and plan on dying in their sins as "children of disobedience" (John 8:24; Ephesians 2:2).

The coming from disobedience (sin/unrighteousness) to obedience (righteousness), from rebellion to submission to God, from being an enemy of God (Romans 5:8) to becoming his friend (John 15:14) happens in the humility of repentance!

Repentance brings reconciliation with God (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:20). But people want to put their "trust" in having been reconciled to God 2000 years ago and do nothing for fear of it being called "works" even if Jesus said to do it? We don't even deal with our fellow humans that way when it comes to relationships. Suppose a husband had been unfaithful to his wife. Then he just tries to put his trust in her forgiveness and keeps on going in the same direction: he never has that "talk" with her where he pour outs his heart to her, showing his remorse over his foolishness, and asks for her forgiveness and commits to do well from that point forward... Can we speak of a restored marriage? Maybe that husband if he is still foolish, but maybe not that wife. The gospel is about reconciling man to God and He has made the way for it (his way - obedience to Jesus). And for sure Satan has come against it with the lies about the requirement of repentance.

No one gets convicted of sin with the just believe in Jesus gospel (twisting what it means to believe). What the people who heard Peter felt in Acts 2:37 is not replicated in churches promoting the message you promote because it is not the Holy Spirit speaking, so conviction of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8) is not happening in those places. But that is what leads people to repentance.

John 15:14
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

Do you suppose that among all those you have aimed to lead to believe in Jesus and be saved none had ever needed to be humbled and to give up their pride for instance?

(James 4:6
... God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.)

If repentance was not hidden from them, that issue of pride would not be there to prevent the grace of God from reaching them. But here their blood is on the hands of people like these that Jesus spoke to:

Matthew 23:13
13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

They are the great theologians/bible scholars of today.

But the true gospel spoken by the power of the Holy Spirit leads people to repentance:

Acts 2:37-38, 41
 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said
unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brothers, what shall
 we do?  38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ...
 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same
day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

If you know all these things but you don't want to preach the message of Jesus as it is, you cannot be called a servant of God (Galatians 1:10).

Here a minister of UNrighteousness will have nothing to do with biblical repentance:

2 Corinthians 11:13-14
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

And you can see why we cannot have fellowship with each other:

1 John 1:5-7
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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2 Timothy 2:24-26
24 And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing. 25 He must gently reprove those who oppose him, in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to acknowledging the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, who has taken them captive to his will.

Luke 13:23-24
23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them,  24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 

1 Peter 4:17-19
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?  18 Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

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Giscard Nazon
A disciple and servant of Jesus Christ

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See also:
REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE
Easy Believism Refuted
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=919171256240
Refuting the false gospels of Jack Hyles, Carl Hatch, Steven Anderson, and all others who promote a counterfeit salvation without true repentance, this message provides proof from the scriptures that repentance from SIN (as opposed to repentance from mere unbelief) is an essential element of saving faith - and is thus a precondition to salvation.

By the word of their testimony... (Revelation 12:11)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTiClJhNSHQ&list=PLQKBVZh0-tlLsSebgl9THMeiOpsvCvZeS

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Réponse à "Je suis chrétien et vaudouisant. Qui suis-je?" - Un article de Walter Innocent Jr.

Je suis chrétien et vaudouisant. Qui suis-je?

Article publié le 9 Juin 2017 par Walter Innocent Jr.
Lien: https://selonwalter.com/non-categorise/je-suis-chretien-et-vaudouisant-qui-suis-je

Réponse de Giscard Nazon / @YesToTheTruth
22 Août 2017

La foi chrétienne repose sur le témoignage que renferme la bible et tout spécialement les paroles de Jésus.

Jean 14:6
... Je suis le chemin, la vérité, et la vie. Nul ne vient au Père que par moi. (Jésus)

Qui n'a pas Jésus est donc perdu (pas sur le chemin qui mène au Père), trompé (croit un mensonge plutôt que la vérité) et est spirituellement mort dans ses péchés (n'a pas la vie éternelle).

1 Jean 5:11-12
11 Et voici ce témoignage, c'est que Dieu nous a donné la vie éternelle, et que cette vie est dans son Fils. 12 Celui qui a le Fils a la vie (éternelle); celui qui n'a pas le Fils de Dieu n'a pas la vie.

La foi en Jésus (confiance en lui et en sa parole qui pousse à lui obéir ou le "suivre" comme un disciple) établit un chemin qui peut être vérifié et authentifié par les instructions que renferme la bible pour les chrétiens (disciples de Jésus).

Luc 5:31-32
31 Jésus, prenant la parole, leur dit: Ce ne sont pas ceux qui se portent bien qui ont besoin de médecin, mais les malades. 32 Je ne suis pas venu appeler à la repentance des justes, mais des pécheurs.

Romains 6:23
Car le salaire du péché, c'est la mort; mais le don gratuit de Dieu, c'est la vie éternelle en Jésus Christ notre Seigneur.

Le passage suivant parle de personnes qui on reçu le message de l'Évangile, ont obéi à la parole de Dieu et ont vécu ce qu'elle promet:

Éphésiens 2:1-10
2 Vous étiez morts par vos offenses et par vos péchés, 2 dans lesquels vous marchiez autrefois, selon le train de ce monde, selon le prince de la puissance de l'air, de l'esprit qui agit maintenant dans les fils de la rébellion. 3 Nous tous aussi, nous étions de leur nombre, et nous vivions autrefois selon les convoitises de notre chair, accomplissant les volontés de la chair et de nos pensées, et nous étions par nature des enfants de colère, comme les autres... 4 Mais Dieu, qui est riche en miséricorde, à cause du grand amour dont il nous a aimés, 5 nous qui étions morts par nos offenses, nous a rendus à la vie avec Christ (c'est par grâce que vous êtes sauvés); 6 il nous a ressuscités ensemble, et nous a fait asseoir ensemble dans les lieux célestes, en Jésus Christ, 7 afin de montrer dans les siècles à venir l'infinie richesse de sa grâce par sa bonté envers nous en Jésus Christ.

Donc une personne qui se dit chrétienne et vaudouisante, qui est-elle? C'est une personne qui est trompée certainement au moins concernant son appartenance à la foi chrétienne. Il ne suffit pas d'être associé à une église pour être un chrétien. Telle association ne garantit pas d'être un disciple de Jésus ni d'avoir vu ce qui est promis aux disciples de Jésus (qui en lui obéissant font la volonté de Dieu). On n'est un disciple de quelqu'un que dans la mesure où l'on adhère à son enseignement et le met en pratique, quelque soit la discipline considérée. La discipline de Jésus étant la justice (ce qui est droit devant Dieu), pourquoi y aurait-il une exception quand on considère comment on peut être son disciple ou encore un chrétien (voir Jean 8:31-32; Luc 6:46-49)? Là est la grande tromperie dont est victime un nombre indicible de personnes, car une pléiade de groupements se disant chrétiens et utilisant la bible d'une manière ou d'une autre selon leur agenda propre réussissent à convaincre que joindre et rester dans leurs rangs c'est être chrétien. Ils opèrent sur la base de quelque mensonge fondamental qui rend la parole de Dieu de nul effet, et de par l'autorité qui est reconnue à leurs chefs et la révérence dont ils jouissent sur une base autre que la conformité aux Écritures Saintes, ils arrivent à établir une routine, un style de vie et une tradition qui conduisent à passer à côté du plan de Dieu. Il sont efficaces à se faire des fidèles à eux-mêmes qui se croient au fait fidèles à Dieu... Si vous êtes chercheur et aimez la vérité, je vous invite à la chercher de tout votre cœur et vous la trouverez.

Hébreux 11:6
Or sans la foi il est impossible de lui être agréable; car il faut que celui qui s'approche de Dieu croie que Dieu existe, et qu'il est le rémunérateur de ceux qui le cherchent.

Jacques 4:8
Approchez-vous de Dieu, et il s'approchera de vous. Nettoyez vos mains, pécheurs; purifiez vos coeurs, hommes irrésolus.


Publication recommandées:
Dieu nous a donné la vie éternelle
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1463582813720637

Qu'est- ce que la repentance?
https://www.facebook.com/liberationdelivrance/posts/1019982044805835

Ni le Vodou, ni l'Église Catholique n'a la vérité
https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1470078526404399



6/21/2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I can

https://www.facebook.com/yestothetruth/posts/1423032851108967


I can't! I can't! I can't!

As a Christian, unless what you are saying is that you cannot sin because you have been born again and love God and has his word remaining in you (1 John 3:9), you must not allow yourself to be trapped in a mindset of inability, especially when things come to try you.

Stop, breathe and remember that God is with you. Many things will rise up like an "enemy" against you, but the truth must remain in you at all times. You must keep God's word in your heart always.

"with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

"greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

These are not sweet sayings to just quote but should be on your mind like lines of code in a computer program that will make sure you always handle things a certain way - God's way and God's servant's way. That's not being a robot, but being faithful to walk in obedience to God and being stable in that. And that faithfulness or fidelity that is implied in a walf of faith works by love (Galatians 5:6; John 14:15).

John 15:7-10
7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8 “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love.

Saying "O my God!" (in dismay) and raising the flag of defeat is not one of those commandments. You don't surrender to things and trials of this life.

"No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37)

God can make a way where no way is seen with the eyes or perceived with the understanding, and that must be kept in mind, or else we become guilty of forgetting who our almighty God who made heaven and earth is.

If God is leading you (you are careful to make sure that that is the case), no random thing whatsoever is happening in your life. Be sure of that. So when a challenge arises, seek to find your calling in it. What is it that God wants you to do in that particular situation? What is for sure, He is calling you to pray, to talk to Him, to call upon Him, not tell the world how you "can't deal with this." He may be leading you to learn a lesson that will make you increase in wisdom for you, your family and anyone else who comes your way, and in any case, He is leading you to something that has the potential to increase your faith as you see how He works through it. But if you don't walk by faith, you may never get to certain depths in your relationship with God because you have not taken the trouble to walk with Him through things. Such may be things that bring you pain, frustration or uncertainty about the future. And these things are all real and can affect you deeply, but God's servant's way of facing life's afflictions (Acts 14:22; 2 Corinthians 4:8-9) is realiance on Him and his grace, with the humility to ask Him for help, wisdom or anything needful in the situation at hand.

On this note, we want to take a moment for a few words about what is called positive thinking. The best-seller books of worldly wisdom may teach that positive thinking is the way to go in the "self-help" world, even the way of "success" in all things, but the bible says no such thing as to think positively. Rather, it abounds in exhortations to lean on God and his strength and not on one's own understanding (that implies a life wholly submitted to Him). That is not negative. That is not even comparable to a so-called positive way of thinking. It's a way literally from out of this world. For the world has its ways and God's servants have their ways, having been called out of the world (John 15:19; 1 John 2:15-17). Subtly, what the positive thinking attitude will do is to make you convince yourself of a lie about a situation and about your own power in it, so you deny by the same token the truth that surrounds you. And God may then not be inclined to reveal more truth to you that could make you free from things that you may be bound by and blind to (John 8:31-36). Basically, by turning to self and not to God, you have been deceived to walk in darkness while feeling enlightened. The ways of the world that may appeal to your flesh will deceive and corrupt you. We take the time to mention this because it is not uncommon that a professed bible believer would routinely act like he doesn't actually believe what the bible teaches. A renewing of the mind in therefore needed.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

It is necessary to grow in grace, always seeking to live a life that is more pleasing to God and also that brings Him the most glory. Following "self-help" solutions results in one glorifying himself or herself and not God. Reliance on self-help ways screams that there is no relationship at work between a person and God. That person may say "Thank God" for a relief or solution of sorts, but the fact that God was not brought into the picture in the first place will remain a "negative" in that positive thinker's relationship with God. It is impossible to look at God's faithful servants throughout the bible and find the place where they would put that self-help, given that they have a relationship with the almighty God and the full assurance of his deliverance. He is our Helper that we should call upon in times of trouble and in times of rejoicing likewise. Have we understood how the relationship works? God is long-suffering and merciful and it's not too late, as applicable, to make it right with Him! :-)

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything (whatever circumstance) give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Instead of fretting about something, all it may take is to resist that urge and stop to make a petition to God, knowing that He will answer you and lighten your path and your burden likewise.

Are you part of the "we" in the below passages?

1 John 3:22
And whatsoever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 5:14-15
14 This is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us. 15 And if we know that he listens to us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.

Endeavor always to bring God's will to be done on earth (Matthew 10:6) as you walk in his ways and submit your life to be used for his service. Seek to so bear much fruit for God (John 15:8; Titus 3:8, 3:14; Hebrews 10:24; 2 Corinthians 9:8) and bring glory to Him who deserves it. He deserves it. Amen. HalleluYah!

Therefore remain connected to Jesus:

John 15:1-8
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man does not remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and withers; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8 “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

May Jesus bless you!

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See also:
Entering into God's rest and walking in it

Walking by faith and under precise direction

System of error

Love not the world (If you are worldly, you are not spiritual)