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Mt.25:40And the King shall answer and say unto them: Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. See also 1 Jn.4:16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (Are we not all one flesh under Adam and Eve? If so then all the world is our brethren!). 17But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth! 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him!
And James; Jms.2:14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone!
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Catholicism and Its
Roots in Paganism and Traditions of Man!
(Lent, Marti Gras, and Shrove Tuesday, as well as Ash Wednesday)
I will use these verses here to show why many traditions of men are bound and even established in Catholic Paganisms, seen mentioned in the subtitle of this dissertation.
Col.2:1For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; (Why was the Holy Spirit not mentioned by Paul here; the Holy Spirit is supposed to be part of the Roman Catholic’s Holy Trinity isn’t it? The answer will follow at the end of this lesson!); 3In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge!
4And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. (Man’s Religions, Jugs.2:10! Man didn’t even make it to 225 years, after the last Apostle, before they had messed up in their creeds, given to and for themselves! Which I might add do not line up with scripture and the Doctrines handed down to us by the Apostles, Ac.2:38-41! Because they did not hold fast to the Apostle’s teachings! You can see how man’s philosophies and mythologies are incorporated into the doctrines of men (Catholicism meaning Universal Religion of men; so all men could come under one roof and worship a god in their own manor whether it be right or wrong, all that mattered is the unity of men, to one system that was sanctioned by Church and State!); instead of listening to Jesus and His Ordained apostles for our own Eternal good! Which should be Sola Scriptura!).
5For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
9For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: We need nothing more than Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit in us to be justified in His eyes, as called out in scripture, 1 Cor.6:11, we need no Pope, Priest, Preacher or anyone else for that matter Jesus is the one who paid the price for all our salvational needs! We are cleansed by his Words which bring life to the one who is obedient to them seen in Jn.15:3 and again in Jn.8:51 and many, many more places as well! Jn.6:63 and verse 68 show us that Jesus’ words are life to us who will keep them in our lives as we walk in unity to his every word for us as called out in Amos3:3; Can two walk together unless the agree? No! You must agree with Jesus and the scriptures which were and are God inspired, seen in 2 Tm.3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works!
See here it says to follow the word of God and we will then have good works that are perfect; which is a Commandment of God as well seen in Mt.5:48! There is no salvation without keeping God’s word live in our hearts in order for us to be perfect as required for us to be called a child of God (Jer.31:31-34!), Jn.8:(31-32), 47 and 51, only those who hear His words and keep them will be with Him for all Eternity (Jn.14:15)!
11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (No more are we too bound to traditions of men! We need to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, Phil.2:12! We can’t get into heaven by following man’s teachings, it must be God’s operations which are all laid out in His word to us which is His grace and love to us and to anyone who will stay in the Father’s will by being obedient to His Words to us! When we humble ourselves to His word, He will exalt us, Jms.4:1From whence come wars and fighting among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain: The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up!)
16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ! Only in obedience to the Word of God do we keep ourselves perfect in His eyes, this is how we stay in His will, Mt.12:31-32 and 46-50, or you will find yourself left behind with all the others who live their lives their way, Prov.14:12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death!
Obedience to God’s WORD!
That is how Abraham walked before God and stayed perfect as well, as did Job, and Noah! We too must follow suit or we are not upholding the word of God in our lives, Jn.14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. How can we go to the Father unless we abide in the Father’s word to us (Jn.1:17 who was made flesh, for us to follow and walk as He walked on earth; to show us how it was to be done!)? Mt.5:48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. This can only be done by obedience to His every word to us! As we too follow Jesus’ path the narrow way talked about in Mt.7:12Therefore 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. 13Enter 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 there at: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it!
Many Antichrists are Even in the world today!
With false Doctrines:
(1 Jn.2:15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. 18Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us!)
Catholicism who say that they are God on earth.
Who worship the dead, and even Mary as if she were Jesus; who worship statues and bow down to them and even are seen kissing them; as well as praying to dead men’s bones, which are still under many of their altars of their basilica’s! As well as worshipping and praying for angels to help and protect, which is God’s job; He will do the sending, the blessing, and the things He alone is to do!
18Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (traditions of men?)
21(Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22Which all are to perish with the using; (Such as no meats on Friday for example!)); after the commandments and doctrines of men? (This was being spoken about because of the traditions of the Jews with clean and unclean foods and ordinances, which in fact Jesus came to cleans the world with His sacred blood, and He alone established all things to be clean, seen in the book of Ac.10:1-16! The main point being shown to us is this; that if the vessel is unclean it doesn’t matter what he eats or drinks. Just as the sacrifices given to the Lord our God must come from clean vessels which are cleansed by His words living in us (Jn.15:3); or even our prayers, sacrifices of feast days of thanksgiving are for nothing; just as Israel still maintained the Law but walked in error of having hardened their hearts and served not God according to a pure heart. Which violated all their sacrifices and made everything they did appear to be unclean to God! Prov.15:8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. As well as; Prov.28:9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Many Catholic Rituals, Regulations, as well as Traditions, are nothing but incorporations of pagan holy-days, even the naming of days, such as even naming Wednesday for Mercury, as defined by Definitions Dictionary.
See Wednesdays Defined:
WORD HISTORY Days and years are natural divisions of time based on the astronomical relation of the earth and the sun, but weeks and the names for the days of the week have their source in astrology. The practice of dividing the year into seven-day units is based on the ancient astrological notion that the seven celestial bodies (the sun, the moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn) influence what happens on earth and that each controls the first hour of the day named for it. This system was brought into Hellenistic Egypt from Mesopotamia, where astrology had been practiced for millennia and where seven had always been a propitious number. The ancient Romans did not divide their calendar into weeks; they named all the days of the month in relation to the ides, calends, and nones. In A.D. 321 Constantine the Great grafted the Hellenistic astrological system onto the Roman calendar, making the first day of the week a day of rest and worship and imposing the following sequence of names on the days: Diēs Sōlis, “Sun’s Day”; Diēs Lūnae, “Moon’s Day”; Diēs Martis, “Mars’s Day”; Diēs Mercuriī,“Mercury’s Day”; Diēs Jovis, “Jove’s Day” or “Jupiter’s Day”; Diēs Veneris, “Venus’s Day”; and Diēs Saturnī, “Saturn’s Day.” This new Roman system was adopted with modifications throughout most of Western Europe. In the Germanic languages, such as Old English, the names of four of the Roman gods were converted into those of the corresponding Germanic gods. Therefore in Old English we have the following names (with their Modern English developments): Sunnandaeg, Sunday; Mōnandaeg, Monday; Tīwesdaeg, Tuesday (Tiu, like Mars, was a god of war); Wōdnesdaeg, Wednesday (Woden, like Mercury, was quick and eloquent); Thunresdaeg, Thursday (Thunor in Old English or Thor in Old Norse, like Jupiter, was lord of the sky; Old NorseThōrsdagr influenced the English form); Frīgedaeg, Friday (Frigg, like Venus, was the goddess of love); and Saeternesdaeg, Saturday.
23Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh! For the flesh does always war against the Spirit: Gal.5:16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Because the Law is the Word of God to us, who are redeemed and cleansed by His word, Jn.15:3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
We Cannot Have A Clean Sacrifice To God Without Being A Clean Vessel!
Ro.12: 1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God!
From the Old Testament to the New, God’s WILL, never changes!
Mal.1: 1The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
2I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say: Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? Saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob,
3And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
4Whereas Edom saith: We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts: They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them: The border of wickedness, and: The people against whom the LORD hath indignation forever.
5And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.
6A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say: Wherein have we despised thy name?
7Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say: Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say: The table of the LORD is contemptible.
8And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? Saith the LORD of hosts.
9And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? Saith the LORD of hosts.
10Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? Neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
Mal.3:6For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 7Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said: Wherein shall we return? 8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say: Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
You see here we are cursed if we will not repent and seek after God His way, not some man’s way! We are to lay up in store for the weak, the needy, the widows and orphaned! Not to build another shrine of a Temple to God when we are, our bodies are, the living Temples of God which is supposed to live in us; if we are pure of heart! 2 Tm.2:19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. See also Mt.5:8 as well, only those who are of a pure heart will see God! That is why Paul preached we are the Temple of God seen in 1 Cor.3:16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. As well as, 1 Cor.6:17But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
This cannot be done unless we live in the word of God and His word lives in us, this is the only way to be perfect as required of God for His children who are called in His name! 2 Cor.6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
This is exactly what our LORD GOD is looking for in His children who are to become His Bride, who is pure, and undefiled! We cannot be when we are bound to Catholic Religion that spent many decades of their history killing in the name of the Lord, which said do no evil, and bless them who despise you and mistreat you! Even Paul said do no evil that a good may come of it either. Ro.3:4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written: That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. 5But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) 6God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? 7For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? 8And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? Whose damnation is just! 9What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God! We either seek after God His way or we seek after God man’s way; which is in truth, worshiping god a man has made up and is rebellion, which is idolatry! Man has made up a god he can serve his way, that leads to eternal death, in Hell’s fire, where the worm dieht not, and the fire is never quenched, (See the ending verses of Eze.21 and chapter 22.)! Prov.16:25There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Scripture says this; Ro.12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service! 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God! We see that the Priests and bishops did not do this in the past, as we look back in history:
We will look at this site with which I speak of.
Massacre at Béziers
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Massacre at Béziers refers to the slaughter of the inhabitants during the sack of Béziers, an event that took place on July 22, 1209, and was the first major military action of the Albigensian Crusade.
- 1 Background
- 2 The sack of Béziers
After Pope Innocent III had declared a crusade to eliminate Catharism in the Languedoc, a crusader army consisting of knights mostly from northern France with their retinue, professional soldiers, mercenary bands (routiers), and pilgrims assembled and departed from Lyon in early July 1209. Béziers, a stronghold of Catharism, was the first major town the crusaders encountered on the way to Carcassonne. It was well fortified, amply supplied, and in a position to withstand a long siege. Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse was able to switch sides in time and joined the crusaders at Valence. The attempt by Raymond Roger Trencavel, Viscount of Béziers, to peacefully submit was rejected at Montpellier. The Viscount departed from Montpellier in a hurry, ahead of the crusader army, to prepare his defenses. On the way to Carcassonne he stopped at Béziers, promising reinforcements, and taking along some Cathars and Jews.
The sack of Béziers 
Commanded by the Papal legate, the Abbot of Citeaux Arnaud Amalric, the crusader army reached the outskirts of Béziers on July 21, 1209. As they started to pitch their camp, the Bishop of Béziers, Renaud de Montpeyroux, tried to avert bloodshed and to negotiate. He came back to Béziers with the message that the town would be spared provided it would hand over their heretics. The bishop had drawn up a list of 222 individuals, mostly Cathars, some Waldensians, likely to be perfecti or leaders of their communities. But in a meeting at the Cathedral, it was determined that to hand over these people was not possible because they had too much support within the town. So the bishop asked the Catholics to leave the town to save themselves. This proposal was rejected, and the bishop left the town with just a few Catholics.
On July 22, the crusaders were busy getting settled and still days away from starting the siege proper. A group of soldiers or perhaps just armed civilians from the town made a sortie exiting the gate overlooking the Orb River. As they started to harass routiers and pilgrims of the crusader army, a brawl ensued and soon the attackers from the town found themselves outnumbered and retreated in disarray. The routiers quickly took advantage of the chaos, stormed the walls that were not properly manned, and entered the gate, all without orders. The crusader knights, realizing that the defenses had been broken by the routiers, soon joined the battle overwhelming the garrison, and the city was doomed.
The routiers rampaged through the streets, killing and plundering, while those citizens who could run sought refuge in the churches — the cathedral, the churches of St Mary Magdalene and of St Jude. Yet the churches did not provide safety against the raging mob of invaders. The doors of the churches were broken open, and all inside were slaughtered.
After the massacre it came to the distribution of the city’s spoils. The crusader knights became enraged that the rabble of the army had already taken the plunder. They took control of the situation, chased them from the occupied houses and took their booty away. In turn, the angry and disappointed routiers responded by burning down the town. In the engulfing fire the plunder was lost, and the army left the city in a hurry.
“Kill them all, God will know His own”
Amalric’s own version of the siege, described in his letter to Pope Innocent in August 1209 (col.139), states:
While discussions were still going on with the barons about the release of those in the city who were deemed to be Catholics, the servants and other persons of low rank and unarmed attacked the city without waiting for orders from their leaders. To our amazement, crying “to arms, to arms!”, within the space of two or three hours they crossed the ditches and the walls and Béziers was taken. Our men spared no one, irrespective of rank, sex or age, and put to the sword almost 20,000 people. After this great slaughter the whole city was despoiled and burnt…
About twenty years later Caesarius of Heisterbach relates this story about the massacre,
When they discovered, from the admissions of some of them, that there were Catholics mingled with the heretics they said to the abbot “Sir, what shall we do, for we cannot distinguish between the faithful and the heretics.” The abbot, like the others, was afraid that many, in fear of death, would pretend to be Catholics, and after their departure, would return to their heresy, and is said to have replied “Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius – Kill them all for the Lord knoweth them that are His” (2 Tim. ii. 19) and so countless number in that town were slain.
While there remains doubt that the abbot said these words – also paraphrased as “Kill them all, God will know His own”, “Kill them all, God will sort his own”, or “Kill them all,/and let God sort them out” — there is little if any doubt that these words captured the spirit of the assault, and that the crusaders intended to kill the inhabitants of a stronghold that offered resistance. However, typically that would involve killing the men, not women and children, and not the clergy. The crusaders allowed the routiers to rampage and kill without restraint, but quickly stepped in when it came to the loot.
It is quite possible that Amalric’s account of the death of 20,000 is exaggerated, just like Peter of Vaux de Cernay‘s report that 7,000 were slain in the Church of St Magdalene. It has been estimated that the town was inhabited by less than 14,500 people at the time and an unknown number may have escaped the massacre.
Simon de Montfort, who later led the crusade, was a participant in these events but not yet in a leadership role.
The crusaders had achieved a quick and devastating victory. Horror and terror spread through the land, and many castles and towns submitted without further resistance. Carcassonne fell within a month and Raymond-Roger Trencavel died in captivity later that year, his lands being given to de Montfort. However, the crusaders lost the support of the local Catholic population and thus became a hated occupying force. The war became protracted, and eventually the French king entered the war and took control over the Languedoc. The Inquisition then hunted down the remaining Cathars.
During the fire the Cathedral of Saint Nazaire, burned and collapsed. A plaque opposite the cathedral records the “Day of Butchery” perpetrated by the “northern barons”. A few parts of the Romanesque cathedral survived, and repairs started in 1215. The restoration, along with that of the rest of the city, continued until the fifteenth century.
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You can easily see why so many people are being led astray by following after a religion that doesn’t even think it has to be held accountable to the word of God; which states to win the lost over with kindness, knowing that the goodness of God leadeth us to repentance, Ro.2:4 and that we are to do no harm, and to repay no evil with evil seen in Ro.12:17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
The Roman Catholic Church has too many centuries of following after a Dogma that is not backed up with logical scriptural evidences to substantiate or to support it! They rely on tradition from someone else who walked not after that which was taught and held to be true gospel, Gal.1:8-9 and if any one preach anything other than what the Apostles and Jesus Christ has taught and will judge us accordingly by; then we too will be found as a liar, Ro.3:4God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. The Lord will have no mercy for someone who walked as they wished just because they thought it was the thing to do, just because some preacher, teacher or priest, bishop, traveling evangelist, prophet or a manmade apostle told them they could do it and everything is covered under faith and grace, when they don’t even know the true meaning of Faith and Grace according to the word of God themselves! Phil.2:10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What are we going to do when we stand before the Almighty God seen in Is.9:6 which is Jesus the CHRIST and LORD, Ac.2:36 who is LORD OF ALL, seen in Ac.10:36, who has been God with us seen in Mt.1:23; And not even know that Jesus is the I AM talked about in Jn.8:58; they too will die in their sins as seen in, Jn.8:24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM [he], ye shall die in your sins!
What are people going to do when they stand before God Almighty Jesus Christ and say well my priest said you were the second person of the trinity, I want to appeal directly to God, What do you think will happen to all of them? I will show you in scripture what is going to happen to them, who know not who Jesus really is; they will end up saying what Jesus said on the cross, that was prophetic in nature, seen in Mt.27:46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Jesus is the Spirit of all prophecy seen in Rev.19:10And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus, worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy! Because Jesus is the word of God manifested in the flesh which is God, Jn.1:1-14! See 1 Tm.3:16And 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. 1 Jn.5:20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ, this is the true God, and eternal life!
If the so-called forefathers of religious government would have sought the word of God according to the direction of the Holy Spirit through the scriptures instead of man’s wisdom which is nothing but foolishness to God; they too would have allowed God to lead them into the scriptures as required in Is.28:9Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people (Evidences of the Holy Spirit right here!)! 12To whom he said: This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear! Just as it was foretold to us by Isaiah himself by the Holy Spirit, (2 Pt.1:20-21) which is the spirit of Jesus Christ as well, seen in verse 19 of these verses as well as in 1 Pt.1:9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow (Jn.5:39). You see here that the word of God clearly shows us that when talking about the word being presented to the men of the Old Testament as they wrote it they were in fact being led by the Holy Spirit which is the same Spirit of Jesus Christ who is God with us and is the Holy Spirit manifested in the flesh of man, seen in scripture time and time again! As here, Jn.4:24God is a Spirit, by Jesus Himself; He ought to know, beings He is God in the flesh! Which shed His blood for us as seen here in scripture as well Ac.20:28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood! The blood of Jesus Christ is the blood of the Father in Jesus who is the Holy Spirit, one in the same, the Father is the Holy Spirit who kept saying time and time again to us in Mt.3:17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son: “In whom, I AM;” well pleased! Just as Jesus Himself had said to us in Jn.14:7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him!
8Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
10Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works (Te Father is the Holy Spirit which is the Power of the Highest seen in Lk.1:35!)! 11Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Just as the Father which is in Jesus said to the disciples on the mount in Mt.17:5While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, “In whom, I AM,” “well pleased, Hear ye Him!”: because Jesus is the word of God manifested and was God seen in Jn.1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. Jesus is that light, Jn.8:12 and Jn.12:35-50 as well! How can the Father be in Jesus who doeth the works unless the Father which is in Him who doeth the works is the power of the Highest seen in Lk.1:35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest (Who is omnipresent everywhere and is all powerful, and who knows all things? Who said they will look upon ME whom they have pierced 530 years before it happened (Zech.12:10); but the Holy Spirit, who is on the throne in Heaven who has angles around Him saying what? Rev.4:8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty (Is.9:6, who was prepared a way by John the Baptist who prepared a way for who? Look to Is.40:3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God!) which was, and is, and is to come! Which was and is and is to come but Jesus Himself!) at once shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. If our so called founding fathers had the Holy Spirit which leads us into all truths, then they would have been able to figure this out; but they had not the Holy Spirit baptism in them or they too could have been lead into all truths. They were not; they were found to be like this here, seen in Is.28:13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken!
They did not have the Holy Spirit which is God even shown to us in the book of Acts; Ac.7:51Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. Which is foretold to us that history would and will keep repeating itself, because man cannot learn or remember his past; Ecc.1:8All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 11There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. Just as the generation who came out of the desert (Wilderness) and was buried; the generation that followed; raised up a generation who knew not God, as seen in Jgs.2:10And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. Why would the age of the Nicaea Councils be any different? It was more than evident they had not diligently searched and harmonized all scripture together and rightly divided the word of God correctly, trying to make mythology and man’s philosophical terms come to reality in a Holy Book of God’s words which can never agree with Man’s words, which lie in wickedness, 1 Jn.5:19! You cannot have the mind of Christ seen in 1 Cor.2:1-16 without His Holy Spirit, which is the very will of God in Jesus! Seen in 2 Cor.5:14For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God! 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)! For when God comes again He will have a banner that will read this: Zech.14:9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be “ONE LORD”, and his name ONE (JESUS!)! Just as God had said to Isaiah in Is.44:6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his (Israel’s) redeemer the LORD of hosts; I AM the first, and I AM the last; and beside ME, there is no God. Is.45:5I AM the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside ME: I girded thee, though thou hast not known ME: 6That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside ME. I AM the LORD, and there is none else. 7I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Jesus is the bright and Morning Star which is the Day Star talked about by Peter, 2 Pt.1:19 who is the Holy Spirit, seen in the following verses there! Just as in Ro.8:9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his! If you have not the Spirit of God in you which is the Spirit of Jesus Christ you are none of His yet still! If the third century priests and bishops would have just believed that they too could have the Holy Spirit; as those they went about killing because they spoke with other tongues and were in fact lead by the Holy Spirit as was Tertullian, for a while when he was with the Montanists. Which they all agreed was orthodox but yet latter the called heretical! This shows the fallibility of the priests and bishops and even the Pope!
One had better learn to read a history book and learn too, that Jesus said, anyone who wanted the Holy Spirit, in Lk.11:13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him, (Jn.3:3-8)? All they have to do is ask for it! So why on earth would anyone say it is not for us today, unless they didn’t want you to go to heaven? You must be baptized in the water and in the Holy Spirit seen in Jn.3:3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God! 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (Jn.1:12-13). 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Or you too will not be in the will of God as He allows you to be blown wherever He wishes you to go so that you can be His willing servant, seen as one of these who know the cost of discipleship, seen here: Mk.8:34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it! 36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels! You notice it says when Jesus comes in the glory of the Father here; Look to these verses about the glory of God: Is.42:8I AM the LORD: that is MY name: and MY glory will I not give to another, neither MY praise to graven images. And Is.48:11For MINE own sake, even for MINE own sake, will I do it: for how should MY name be polluted? And I will not give MY glory unto another! Now if they would have known who Jesus was they would not have crucified the LORD of ALL GLORY!
See 1 Cor.2:8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the LORD OF GLORY! Where we see the Glory of God in the face of who? 2 Cor.4:6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the LIGHT of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!
Even Jesus said if we would only have faith we too would see the Glory of God, Jn.11:40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the Glory of God? As well as the ten Lepers, only one left made whole, because he came back and did what? He gave Glory to God, while worshipping at whose feet? Lk.17:11And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice Glorified God, 16And fell down on his face at his (JESUS’) feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18There are not found that returned to give Glory to God, save this stranger! 19And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole! How are we to be made whole unless we know who Jesus really is? Jesus is seen here as well Is.49:26And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD AM thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. Who is the Mighty One of Jacob, which was born of the seed of Abraham, who would bless all nations but Jesus Christ, seen in Gen.12:3! That was also known and seen in Tit.2:10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. 11For the GRACE (Jn.1:17) of GOD that bringeth Salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and GODLY, in this present world; 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the Glorious appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 14Who gave himself for us, that HE might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people (A HOLY PEOPLE), zealous of Good Works (Wich is the Will of God in Jesus Christ!)! 15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee!
Those things are the Commandments of God, (Jn.15:20)!
If the Roman Catholic Church would have just said we see our error now and fess up to it and receive revelation and repent, they too will and would not be seen as the antichrist! Anyone who preaches not as the Apostles taught is the antichrist just as St. John said in his Epistles. They went out from us, if they had been of us they would have continued to be with us! These are they that are the Nicolaitanes that Jesus hates: because here is why; this is how that name breaks down; “Niko”, means to conquer, to over throw, and “Laos” means the people or laity. Quoted from Clarence Larkin’s Dispensational Truth, page 129-*(130)*-131. While he talked about guess who? The Papistry!
Jesus warned us that we too cannot be of the flesh for the flesh is nothing, but the Spirit is the word of God and it is Eternal and is LIFE to us, Jn.6:63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!
If our actions which are our works, do not line up to the word of God, who is at fault here? The preacher who taught us wrong or us who were supposed to know and to discern the spirits as required in scripture seen in 1 Jn.3:1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
How are we to believe anything that comes out of the Roman Catholic’s who have a history of murder and killing people as they beat them into submission, just the same as any church who honors our government service men who are engaged in warfare? Our national motto is “In God we Trust!” In our pledge of allegiance it says, “One Nation under God!” If we are to be under God you would think we would uphold the Words of God! Such as seen in Mt.5:43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect! How are we going to be perfect in the eyes of God when we kill our brothers and sisters all over the world? We are not, and we too will be held accountable as well as all the rest of all the none believers; who are still in sin! So is anyone who will not heed the words of God and who are still in disobedience; theWords of God are for our admonishment seen in 2 Tm.3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in RIGHTEOUSNESS (Without Holiess and righteousness no man will be received of God, unless they have a pure heart as an innocent child, Mt.18:1-ffs!): 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works!
Good Works is Requirement of God!
We cannot have good works unless we have works of repentance seen in scripture, Ac.26:19Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance! Paul started out with the Sanhedrin and worked as a Pharisee and was righteous according to the Law and went about bringing those of the “Way” as it was called at the first; to prison and stonings and even worse, they too were tortured into blaspheme! Paul had not only the blood of Stephan on his hands but many families as well. Till who got ahold of him in the deserts of Damascus? It was the LORD and his name was JESUS, Ac.9:4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5And he said: Who art thou, LORD? And the LORD said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
You see Paul too had a change of heart and walked away with a new perspective, one of love for his fellow man because he knew the goodness of God leads us to repentance! Ro.2:4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
You see we too need this same perspective, as well as Paul talked about as well, we are as sheep for the slaughter, Ro.8:36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
All because we are justified when we rely on God and put our faith in Him and let Him do what He said He would do for all them who trust in Him and His words to us! When we go around killing and making war with people who disagree with us we breed hatred, how is someone going to want to join us when we are killing them? There is no rational defense against love! Love begets love and war beget violence AND HATRED! Just as it was foretold by the Apostles that in the end of days man would be lovers of themselves, proud boastful, blasphemers, turning a lie into truth and speaking evil of the truth! Is this not today as well?
God is life and whoever is not of love cannot be of God; and this stands for all men, even our so called enemies. We all came from Adam and Eve didn’t we? Then the whole human race is our brother and our sister without simulation! If we do not imitate Jesus how are we to be seen walking as He walked which is a commandment, 1 Jn.2:1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous! 2And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments! 4He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him! 5But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him! 6He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked (Jn.14:6)!
This is no new commandment that St. John made up here; it came directly for Jesus Himself in Jn.14:6Jesus saith unto him, I AM the Way, (I AM) the Truth, and (I AM) the Life: NO man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME!
We are called out to bear fruit of Righteousness and Holiness or we are not going to heaven according to the word of God, Mt.5:19, Heb.12:14, and 1 Pt.1:13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye Holy; for I AM HOLY!
Which is taken from Lev.11:44For I AM the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I AM HOLY: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 45For I AM the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your GOD: ye shall therefore be HOLY, for I AM HOLY. Mal.3:6For I AM the LORD, I change not; Heb.13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
We either live according to the whole word of God or don’t even try! And unfortunately that is what we are seeing today as well, people are not even trying to live for God! They just go on as if tomorrow will come forever more and there is no Hell or Damnation; I say there is, for it is talked about in the Word of God, Dan.12:2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Which even Jesus quoted from as well, Mt.25:46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Jn.5:28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation! You see we cannot leave one word out of this Bible, it all must be incorporated into our lives or we are none of His yet still, Deu.4:2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. 12:32What thing so ever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. This is seen as, not going to the right hand or the left, seen in Deu.5:32Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess. As well as Josh.1:7Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. Clear into the New Testament as well seen in the future as we look to, Rev.22:18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book (Not only the book of Revelation; but the whole Holy Bible as one word and work of God, Jn.10:35!), If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Your name will not be seen in it any longer and your name will be erased out of the book of life that we are to be lead and instructed by, for it is our ETERNAL life to us, (Jn.6:63, 68 AND Jn.8:51!)!
You see we are either in the will of God according to His scripture or we are in our own will; which will lead us straight to Hell on the broad path, that many will enter therein, seen in Mt.7:13Enter 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 there at: 14Because strait is the gate and (Jn.10:1-ffs, Jesus is that one and only gate, which we all must enter through! And;), narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it! Lk.13:23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24Strive (This word in the Greek is Ἀγωνίζεσθε from which we get the word agonize! Which means it is going to take effort on our part! And few that there will be! Mt.7:14; 20:16; 22:14 as seen in Mt.24:35!), to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25When 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:
26Then shall ye begin to say: We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity!
28There 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!
29And 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.
30And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
Unless we put Jesus and His children before our own selves, we too, we will never get to be the first, unless we put ourselves last and humble ourselves in obedience, before His word to us! Only when we accept what our Lord has told us to do, will we be seen as a child of God seen in Mt.18:1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying: Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
The first will be last and the last will be first; unless we understand what Jesus meant when He said this, we too will never be in His presence very long!
History references by Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian Church 8 vols. As well as the Early Church Father’s 38 vols. (28 by Philip Schaff and 10 by Alexander Roberts ed.)
Lord’s Way Ministries
Rev. G. L. Boyett
3/7/2014; written in the LAST DAYS!