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We the Elect and followers of the way

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved, Sin, Sunday School, Trinity on November 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

We the Elect and followers of the way, have a unique and clever opponent that uses the very word of God to accuse us of failure. While at the same time the Devil sets us up by our own shortcomings so that we will be enticed to fail and abuse the grace so freely given to us by Jesus through His suffering on Calvary. When we fail to obey God and his law we are judged, but before we are judged we are accused the very name of the Devil is the accuser. When we sin (disobey God’s law) we allow the accuser to go before the God and not only accuse us but slander us as well. All sin is sin some sins are more odious because we rebelliously choose to disobey God thereby giving credence to our accuser. Some would call those sins of commission, or intentional sin. There are some sins that are by omission or unintentional sin. That we through negligence or ignorance commit. We see examples of this in the sacrificial system of the Old Testament for atonement. We also see in the Law that some breeches of the law required restoration or penitence while others required the life of the offender. God never compromises with sin. The concept we are examining here is the Devil and his schemes not devaluing the sinfulness of sin.

Lev 4:26  He must burn all its fat on the altar, like the fat of the fellowship sacrifice. In this way the priest will make atonement on his behalf for that person’s sin, and he will be forgiven.

Lev 7:37  This is the law for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the restitution offering, the ordination offering, and the fellowship sacrifice,

Lev 9:7  Then Moses said to Aaron, “Approach the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering; make atonement for yourself and the people. Sacrifice the people’s offering and make atonement for them, as the LORD commanded.”

Num 15:25  The priest must then make atonement for the entire Israelite community so that they may be forgiven, for the sin was unintentional. They are to bring their offering, one made by fire to the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD for their unintentional sin.

1Sa 15:22  Then Samuel said: Does the LORD take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice; to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.

Psa 19:12-14  Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. Moreover, keep Your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule over me. Then I will be innocent, and cleansed from blatant rebellion. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

 

Devil, Devilish

diabolos (G1228), “an accuser, a slanderer” (from diaballo, “to accuse, to malign”), is one of the names of Satan. From it the English word “Devil” is derived, and should be applied only to Satan, as a proper name. Daimon, “a demon,” is frequently, but wrongly, translated “devil”; it should always be translated “demon,” as in the RV margin. There is one “Devil,” there are many demons. Being the malignant enemy of God and man, he accuses man to God, Job_1:6-11; Job_2:1-5; Rev_12:9, Rev_12:10, and God to man, Genesis 3. He afflicts men with physical sufferings, Act_10:38. Being himself sinful, 1Jo_3:8, he instigated man to sin, Genesis 3, and tempts man to do evil, Eph_4:27; Eph_6:11, encouraging him thereto by deception, Eph_2:2. Death having been brought into the world by sin, the “Devil” had the power of death, but Christ through His own death, has triumphed over him, and will bring him to nought, Heb_2:14; his power over death is intimated in his struggle with Michael over the body of Moses, Jud_1:9. Judas, who gave himself over to the “Devil,” was so identified with him, that the Lord described him as such, Joh_6:70 (see Joh_13:2). As the “Devil” raised himself in pride against God and fell under condemnation, so believers are warned against similar sin, 1Ti_3:6; for them he lays snares, 1Ti_3:7, seeking to devour them as a roaring lion, 1Pe_5:8; those who fall into his snare may be recovered therefrom unto the will of God, 2Ti_2:26, “having been taken captive by him (i.e., by the ‘Devil’)”; “by the Lord’s servant” is an alternative, which some regard as confirmed by the use of zogreo (“to catch alive”) in Luk_5:10; but the general use is that of taking captive in the usual way. If believers resist he will flee from them, Jam_4:7. His fury and malignity will be especially exercised at the end of the present age, Rev_12:12. His doom is the lake of fire, Mat_25:41; Rev_20:10. The noun is applied to slanderers, false accusers, 1Ti_3:11; 2Ti_3:3; Tit_2:3.

   

We see all through the scriptures examples of people who started with good intentions and ended up being disobedient to God. There is a famous quote “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. More to the point we give the accuser creditability when we choose to sin and rebel against God and his law. This also has the effect of bolstering his pride so we are accused when we unintentionally sin and we slandered all the more. That is why we have an advocate with the Father, a High Priest that continually answers the accuser with the covering of His blood. The Father in turn addresses the accuser the Law has been fulfilled and the penalty has been paid, our names are written in the Book of Life. When Jesus uttered those last words on the cross “it is finished” He wasn’t just giving his life for us but He had born all God the Father’s wrath and the penalty for sin was paid.

(Heb 4:13-16 HCSB)  No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account. Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens–Jesus the Son of God–let us hold fast to the confession.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

 (Heb 5:6-9 HCSB)  also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.

Though a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

 (Heb 8:1-2 HCSB)  Now the main point of what is being said is this: we have this kind of high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister of the sanctuary and the true tabernacle, which the Lord set up, and not man.

 As a result we the elect and receivers of God’s grace have the law as a school teacher while those judged by the law face the wrath to come.

(Rom 7:5-25 ESV)  For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

What are to make of the preceding scriptures concerning the Law (the 10 commandments) and its place in our lives?

9. Do not lie- have you ever told a lie even a white lie or a small deception? The law says we have broken it and we are liars. The judgment for lying:  (Rev 21:8 HCSB)  But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars–their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

 10. Do not covet- have you ever wanted something so bad you have and would put yourself at finical risk to have it at any means? The law says we have broken it and we are coveters. (Jas 4:2-4 HCSB)  You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask wrongly, so that you may spend it on your desires for pleasure. Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy.

 8. Do not steal- have you ever taken anything that wasn’t yours no matter how small? The law says we have broken it and we are thieves. (1Co 6:9-10 HCSB)  Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

 We’ve only covered 3 of the 10 commandments and the pattern is already in place break the commands of God no matter how small and the judgment of God is in place to penalize you. Hell is a real place that real sinners go to when they die.

 (Mat 10:28 AMP)  And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).

(Mat 13:41-43 HCSB)  The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!

 The Law is to be used lawfully, not to make us more religious that others or more pious.

It is designed to help us see our need for repentance to help us flee from the wrath to come. The law cannot save us but it will point us to Calvary and the cross. It is also our school master and teacher when we have accepted Jesus and His offer to pay the penalty that the law demands and make Jesus Lord and master of our lives.

Gal 3:24 KJV)  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 (Jas 4:17 HCSB)  So, for the person who knows to do good and doesn’t do it, it is a sin.

Food for thought and consideration:

(Mar 8:36-38 HCSB)  For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?

What can a man give in exchange for his life? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

 (Act 3:19 HCSB)  Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

Naturalistic macroevolution

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved, Sin, Sunday School, Trinity on November 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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 TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE—MOM

Sixteen-year-old Johnny came down from his bedroom and stumbled into the kitchen to get a bowl of his favorite cereal—Alpha-Bits. When he got to the table, he was surprised to see that the cereal box was knocked over, and the Alpha-Bit letters spelled “TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE—MOM” on the placemat. Recalling a recent high school biology lesson, Johnny didn’t attribute the message to his mom. After all, he’d just been taught that life itself is merely a product of mindless, natural laws. If that’s the case, Johnny thought, why couldn’t a simple message like “Take out the garbage—Mom” be the product of mindless natural laws as well? Maybe the cat knocked the box over, or an earthquake shook the house. No sense jumping to conclusions. Johnny didn’t want to take out the garbage anyway. He didn’t have time for house chores. This was summer vacation, and he wanted to get to the beach. Mary would he there. Since Mary was the girl Scott liked too, Johnny wanted to get to the beach early to heat Scott there. But when Johnny arrived, he saw Mary and Scott walking hand-in-hand along the shore. As he followed them at a distance, he looked down and saw a heart drawn in the sand with the words “Mary loves Scott” scrawled inside. For a moment, Johnny felt his heart sink. But thoughts of his biology class rescued him from deep despair. “Maybe this is just another case of natural laws at work!” he thought. “Perhaps sand crabs or an unusual wave pattern just hap­pened to produce this love note naturally.” No sense accepting a con­clusion he didn’t like! Johnny would just have to ignore the corroborating evidence of the hand-holding. Comforted by the fact that principles learned in his biology class could help him avoid conclusions he didn’t like, Johnny decided to lie down for a few minutes to get a little sun. As he put his head back on his towel he noticed a message in the clouds: “Drink Coke,” the white puffy letters revealed on the sky-blue background. “Unusual cloud for­mation?” Johnny thought. “Swirling winds, perhaps?” No, Johnny couldn’t play the game of denial any longer. “Drink Coke” was the real thing. A message like that was a sure sign of intelli­gence It couldn’t be the result of natural forces because natural forces have never been observed to create messages. Even though he never saw a plane, Johnny knew there must have been a skywriter up there recently. Besides, he wanted to believe this message—the hot sun had left him parched, thirsting for a Coke.

One needs to be playing with only half a deck or be willfully blind to suggest that messages like “Take out the garbage—Mom” and “Mary loves Scott” are the work of natural laws. Yet these conclusions are perfectly consistent with principles taught in most high school and col­lege biology classes today. That’s where naturalistic biologists dog­matically assert that messages far more complicated are the mindless products of natural laws. They make this claim in trying to explain the origin of life. Naturalistic biologists assert that life generated spontaneously from nonliving chemicals by natural laws without any intelligent inter­vention. Such a theory might have seemed plausible to a nineteenth-century scientist who didn’t have the technology to investigate the cell and discover it’s amazing complexity. But today this naturalistic theory flies in the face of everything we know about natural laws and biolog­ical systems.  

The supreme problem for Darwinists is not that man came from apes or birds evolving from reptiles; it’s the origin of first life. For naturalistic macroevolution to be true the first life must have generated from nonliving chemicals, since 1950 DNA has provided more information concerning life in general. There is enough information in an ameba’s DNA helix a single cell organism to fill over 1000 encyclopedias no one can explain the presence of that information.

Where did the precise DNA sequence come from that told the single cell ameba it’s supposed to be an ameba? This is called specified complexity. 

Now, we must emphasize that these 1000 encyclopedias do not consist of random letters but of letters in a very specific order —just like reading real encyclopedias . So here’s the key question for Darwinists simple messages such as “Take out the garbage Mom,” “Mary loves Scott,” and “Drink Coke” require an intelligent being, then why doesn’t a message 1000 encyclopedias require one?

 

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