America has been strong and free because she had character and a strong moral fabric which was founded on Judeo-Christian values from the Bible. Truth, right, wrong and common sense mattered. America as a nation reflected the character of her people. The moral fabric of America has now been broken. What used to be right is wrong, and what used to be wrong is right. The current state of America is now a direct reflection of the new belief system and mores of the majority of her people.
The Bible is being openly mocked and preachers are cunningly spinning the Bible to soothe the consciences of their parishioners to gain more members and more finances. Most preachers won't touch biblical moral issues. Morality today has been redefined as righting social ills. These need to be dealt with, but men have arrogantly taken it upon themselves to usurp authority over God and make themselves the final authority. To that extent, even judging that God was wrong and immoral when He, through the Bible, set down His moral parameters, His moral law? Men have defiantly asserted themselves to be above God. Has God changed? Has His moral law changed? Does anyone really believe that all the hard blasphemous speeches against God Almighty will intimidate Him. Can man really war with God and win?
Many have tried in the past.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS HAVE BEEN OUTLAWED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND IN COURTHOUSES. HIS MORAL LAW IS BEING CHALLENGED OPENLY AND DEFIANTLY.
QUESTION? HAS GOD DONE AWAY WITH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?
Adultery, violence, dishonesty, greed, and every vile and evil thing are broadcast day and night in the mass media. Most networks have an agenda and ideology which is no longer hidden, but openly opposes and defies the Bible and God. The enemies of Christ have taken over the powerful mass media and are systematically assailing the teachings of the Bible and Christ. It is incessant, 24/7.
The American public educational system openly contradicts everything the Bible teaches. The church and Christians, in general, are so anemic
that it no longer resists, not even with a whimper. IT IGNORES THESE ATTACKS in the name of love and act as if nothing is happening, yet the moral relativism of the ungodly has taken over much of Christianity
. What kind of Christianity is this that has evolved where the Christian message and Christian's mores are little different than the world's? In most of today's Christianity, Bible morality is hardly, if ever, mentioned in sermons. This is so different from the early church in America when the church served as the moral plum line for society, teaching the commandments of God and basic civility.
ATTACKS ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FROM INSIDE CHRISTIANITY
The majority of Christian denominations' doctrines are set up by consensus brought in by a vote. Many times, the teachings of the Bible are ignored or spun. This is the reason we have so many Christian denominations. MOST WHO BELIEVE IN "ETERNAL SECURITY" IN REALITY DO NOT REALLY BELIEVE IN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. They feel secure to live the way they want because of this doctrine.
A famous evangelist in the Spirit-Filled ranks wrote
the following in his book. "The letter of the law was brought before the excelling glory that Jesus brought to us in the Spirit of life. The glory of Sinai paled before the glory of Pentecost. THOSE TABLETS OF STONE with their "THOU SHALT NOT'S
" are DONE AWAY WITH
," "The Lord has brought in a new covenant, putting His law in our minds and writing it in our hearts-this NEW LAW of the second". "He takes away the ministry of death, written on stones 2 Corinthians 3:7, so that he may establish THE MINISTRY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, this life in the Spirit. You ask, DOES A MAN WHO IS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT CEASE TO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS? I simply repeat what the Spirit of God has told us here, that "THIS MINISTRY OF DEATH, written and engraved on stones" (AND YOU KNOW THAT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WERE WRITTEN ON STONES) IS DONE AWAY WITH!"
This evangelist boldly declared that THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WERE DONE AWAY WITH.
Another famous religious leader in the Spirit-Filled ranks says in his book, "And when Jesus said, "It is finished," the Abrahamic Covenant had come to an end, so far as Israel was concerned. Not only was the Covenant at an end, but everything connected with the Covenant. IT WAS THE END OF THE COVENANT LAW, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
So here is another man who has had incredible influence in Christianity, declaring that The Ten Commandments were done away with.
By the way, IF THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT CAME TO AN END, why does Galatians 3:14 say, "That the BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus?" That's in the New Testament.
Another prominent minister in the Spirit-Filled ranks says in his book, "Some have thought that being "A DOER OF THE WORD" means TO KEEP THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. THAT IS NOT WHAT James 1:22 is talking about. AFTER ALL, WE, UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, HAVE BUT ONE COMMANDMENT: THE COMMANDMENT OF LOVE."
*John 13:34 Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
IS IT TRUE THAT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE DONE AWAY WITH LIKE THESE RELIGIOUS LEADERS BOLDLY DECLARE?
*Matthew 22:37-40, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS."
There is NOTHING in these scriptures that even remotely suggests that the Ten Commandments were done away with. This is adding to these scriptures. It says by love HANGS
all the law. In other words, LOVE IS THE NAIL THE COMMANDMENTS HANGS ON.
Without love and being born again it would be impossible to keep the commandments.
Matthew 19:16-17 A young man said to Jesus, “What good thing must I do that I may have eternal life?” Jesus answered, “If thou wilt enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS” In v. 18 Jesus then names some of the Ten Commandments
LOOK AT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
- Thou shalt have NO OTHER GOD before me." HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
- Thou shalt NOT make ANY GRAVEN IMAGE." HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
- Thou shalt NOT TAKE THE NAME of THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN." HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
- Remember THE SABBATH DAY AND KEEP IT HOLY; six days shalt thou labor, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." (This issue will be discussed later in this article).
- HONOUR THY FATHER AND MOTHER." HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
- Thou shalt NOT KILL." (The Bible makes exceptions for self defense and defending a righteous nation. It also puts accidental killing in a different category). HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
- Thou shalt NOT COMMIT ADULTERY." HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
- Thou shalt NOT STEAL." HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
- Thou shalt NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS." HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
- Thou shalt NOT COVET thy neighbor's house, nor his wife, nor anything that is thy neighbor's." HAS THAT BEEN DONE AWAY?
Who in their right mind would surmise that God would ever do away with this basic structure for life and civilization? God's MORAL CODE WAS NOT DONE AWAY WITH WHEN WE WERE GIVEN THE NEW TESTAMENT!
If God did away with the Ten Commandments then it must be alright now for Christians to: have other gods before Him; make graven images; take God's name in vain; dishonor the Sabbath; dishonor one's mother and father; kill; commit adultery; steal; bear false witness; and to covet one's neighbor's house, wife and possessions.
If the Ten Commandments no longer applied to us, that would make Christianity a haven for the worst sort of people in the world. The reason God had to give The Ten Commandments to Moses
is that it was necessary for God to make it very clear to the Israelites what He considered right and wrong, His moral law, The Ten Commandments. Because the Israelites had lived in Egypt so long, they began to think just like the Baal worshipping Egyptians.
CONFUSION ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS AND THE OLD TESTAMENT ORDINANCES
WE ARE NOT WALKING IN THE LEVITICAL LAW AND THE OLD COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION AND ANIMAL SACRIFICE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT DISPENSATION.
The ORDINANCES were inspired by the LEVITES in the Old Testament. THESE ORDINANCES became known as THE LEVITICAL LAW. God gave THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
The TEN COMMANDMENTS were not against us, it was the ordinances that were against us. Jesus did not nail the Ten Commandments to the cross, he NAILED THE ORDINANCES TO THE CROSS.
*Colossians 2:14-16 "Blotting 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; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days."
This is an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT SCRIPTURE SHOWING THAT THE ORDINANCES WERE NAILED TO THE CROSS NOT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!
These LEVITICAL LAWS or ORDINANCES are found in the Book of Leviticus in the Old Testament.
*Colossians 2:21 "touch not; taste not; handle not"
*Mark 7:4, 8 Jesus referred to these ordinances.
*Hebrews 9:1 "Then verily the FIRST COVENANT had also ORDINANCES of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary." Read vs. 1-10 regarding this.
*v. 10 "Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and CARNAL ORDINANCES, IMPOSED ON THEM UNTIL THE TIME OF REFORMATION."
This explicitly explains what the ORDINANCES WERE. They were NOT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, but were CARNAL, LEVITICAL RELIGIOUS LAWS.
*Hebrews 9:11-15 "But Christ being come AN HIGH PRIEST...by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, BUT BY HIS OWN BLOOD he entered into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
At the Cross, JESUS DID AWAY WITH THE ORDINANCES, THE LEVITICAL LAWS and rituals that pertained to the Old Covenant. Where people get in error and misinterpret the Bible is when they only read part and not the whole.
*Hebrews 8:13 "In this he saith, A NEW COVENANT, HE HATH MADE THE FIRST OLD."
THE NEW COVENANT IS BASED ON THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS
The New Testament or New Covenant that God made with man had nothing to do with doing away with the Ten Commandments like many allege. The OLD COVENANT that He was referring to was the covenant God made with His people instituting MALE CIRCUMCISION and SLAYING of A LAMB as a sin offering. The NEW COVENANT between God and Man is based on the BLOOD OF JESUS. That is THE NEW TESTAMENT, not circumcision or the blood of lambs, bulls or goats.
*Acts 7:8 "And he GAVE HIM (Abraham) the covenant of circumcision."
*Galatians 5:6 "For in Jesus Christ NEITHER CIRCUMCISION AVAILETH ANY THING, NOR UNCIRCUMCISION; but faith which worketh by love."
SIN IS BASICALLY BREAKING GOD'S TEN COMMANDMENTS AND DOING "THE WORKS OF THE FLESH". THE NEW TESTAMENT RECAPITULATES AND EVEN EXPANDS ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
One will notice that these New Testament scriptures exactly coincide with the Old Testament but even gets more detailed and specific so there will be no room for confusion.
*I Corinthians 6:9-10 "These (that do these things) shall not inherit the kingdom of God
(go to heaven): FORNICATORS, IDOLATERS, ADULTERERS, EFFEMINATE, ABUSERS OF THEMSELVES WITH MANKIND, THIEVES, COVETOUS, nor DRUNKARDS, nor REVILERS, nor EXTORTIONERS,"
*Galatians 5:19 "The WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE: ADULTERY, FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS, LASCIVIOUSNESS, IDOLATRY, WITCHCRAFT, HATRED, VARIANCE, EMULATIONS, WRATH, STRIFE, SEDITIONS, HERESIES, ENVYINGS, MURDERERS, DRUNKENNESS, REVELLING
...these that do these things shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God (go to heaven). "
*Romans 1:28-29 "And even as they did not like to RETAIN GOD in their knowledge (One had to have the knowledge of God to be in the position NOT TO RETAIN IT), God gave them over to a REPROBATE MIND, TO DO THOSE THINGS which are not convenient: (a REPROBATE MIND is someone God has given up on. They no longer have a conscious) Being filled with all UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (Now it lists unrighteousness, which is sin); FORNICATION, WICKEDNESS, COVETOUSNESS, MALICIOUSNESS; full of ENVY, MURDER, DEBATE, DECEIT, MALIGNITY, WHISPERERS, BACKBITERS, HATERS OF GOD, DESPITEFUL, PROUD, BOASTERS, INVENTORS OF EVIL THINGS, DISOBEDIENT TO PARENTS, WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING (of what right and wrong and TRUTH is), COVENANT BREAKERS, WITHOUT NATURAL AFFECTION, IMPLACABLE, (unforgiving), UNMERCIFUL
: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit SUCH THINGS are WORTHY OF DEATH (HELL), not only do the same, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM." In other words, SIN is the way a sinner gets his PLEASURE.
*Revelation 21:8 "THOSE WHO DO THESE THINGS WILL BE ...cast into the Lake of Fire and will be tormented forever and ever."
Jesus went further than the Ten Commandments. He said,
*Matthew 5:28 "But I say unto you, That whosoever LOOKETH ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER HATH COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HER ALREADY IN HIS HEART."
*1 Corinthians 5:9 "I wrote unto you in an epistle NOT TO COMPANY WITH FORNICATORS."
*In Exodus 20:7 "Thou shalt NOT take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the Lord will NOT HOLD HIM GUILTLESS that taketh His name in vain."
*I Corinthians 15:33 "EVIL COMMUNICATIONS corrupt good manners."
*Matthew 5:37 "But let your COMMUNICATION be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is MORE (SWEARING) than this COMETH FROM EVIL."
*Romans 12:14 "...CURSE NOT."
*Colossians 3:8 "Put off all these; ...FILTHY COMMUNICATION OUT OF YOUR MOUTH."
*James 3:9 "Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith (speaking of the mouth) CURSE WE MEN, which are made in the similitude of God."
*Romans 13:13 "Let us walk honestly...NOT in rioting and DRUNKENNESS."
*Galatians 5:19, "Now the works of the flesh are manifest...v. 21, DRUNKENNESS, ...that they which DO SUCH THINGS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD."
c. SUICIDE OR EUTHANASIA
The Ten Commandments declare bluntly, "THOU SHALT NOT KILL". We know in the Old Testament, in judging this matter that, defending the nation or self defense exceptions were made. Cities of Refuge were set up to protect those who unintentionally killed another.
But SUICIDE IS INTENTIONAL, PREMEDITATED self-murder. The Bible says that MURDERERS will not inherit the kingdom of God. Of course, God even forgives murderers if they repent, but if one kills himself it would be impossible to repent. SUICIDE is the ULTIMATE ACT OF FEAR. It is the ultimate act of UNBELIEF that God will never help you.
*Revelation 21:8 is a sobering scripture in regards to suicide and the motivation of it.
"But the FEARFUL, AND UNBELIEVING ...and MURDERERS, ...shall have their part with burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
For those who have lost someone to suicide there is one comforting scripture.
*I Corinthians 13:9 "For WE KNOW IN PART." so it is true that no one knows for sure. Perhaps under unusual circumstances of the overtly mentally ill there might be an exemption. But suicide is a MASSIVE ETERNAL GAMBLE.
SUICIDE IS INSPIRED BY DEMONS
*Mark 9:20-22 "And they brought him unto him; and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him
; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? He said, Of a child. And oftentimes, IT HATH CAST HIM INTO THE FIRE, AND INTO THE WATERS TO DESTROY HIM:"
Another story is told in Mark 5:1-20, of the "DEMONIAC, LEGION. When Jesus cast
the devils out of him they went into a herd of swine. Immediately the swine ran into the sea and COMMITTED SUICIDE. This story shows that SUICIDE IS INSPIRED OF DEMONS. SUICIDE IS ANOTHER FORM OF HUMAN SACRIFICE TO BAAL, SATAN.
Jude 7 "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and GOING AFTER STRANGE FLESH, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." KJV
Genesis 19:4-15 "THE MEN OF SODOM COMPASSED THE HOUSE ROUND, BOTH OLD AND YOUNG, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? BRING THEM OUT UNTO US, THAT WE MAY KNOW THEM (this is the Bible's terminology for having sexual relations). And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, DO NOT SO WICKEDLY. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only UNTO THESE MEN DO NOTHING; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And THEY PRESSED SORE UPON THE MAN, even Lot, and CAME NEAR TO BREAK THE DOOR. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door. And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For WE WILL DESTROY THIS PLACE, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and THE LORD HATH SENT US TO DESTROY IT. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, ARISE, TAKE THY WIFE, AND THY TWO DAUGHTERS, which are here; LEST THOU BE CONSUMED IN THE INIQUITY OF THE CITY."
*Luke 17:28-30 "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But THE SAME DAY THAT LOT WENT OUT OF SODOM IT RAINED FIRE AND BRIMSTONE FROM HEAVEN, AND DESTROYED THEM ALL. EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE IN THE DAY WHEN THE SON OF MAN IS REVEALED."
*II Peter 2:6-8 "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes CONDEMNED THEM (what else needs to be said) with an overthrow, MAKING THEM AN ENSAMPLE (example) unto THOSE that after (later generations) should LIVE UNGODLY."
*Proverbs 1:3 "...the PERVERSENESS OF TRANSGRESSORS shall DESTROY THEM."
*Isaiah 3:9 "The show of their countenance (the look on their face) doth WITNESS AGAINST THEM; and THEY DECLARE THEIR SIN AS SODOM (they are not ashamed of their sin, but are proud of it), THEY HIDE IT NOT Woe unto their soul (their mental health and relationship to God); for they have REWARDED EVIL UNTO THEMSELVES ."(i.e. rejection, torment, aids, the wrath of God)
Deut 23:17 "THERE SHALL BE NO whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a SODOMITE OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL." KJV
*Romans 1:28 says, "And even as they DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, God gave them over to a REPROBATE MIND, (a mind that can no longer think straight, but is closed), TO DO THOSE THINGS which are not convenient." (They have fearlessly stepped over God's line).
*Romans 1:24-31 "Who CHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE...For THIS CAUSE God GAVE THEM UP to VILE AFFECTIONS; for their WOMEN DID CHANGE THEIR NATURAL USE into that WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE. And likewise the MEN LEAVING THE NATURAL USE of the Women, BURNED IN THEIR LUST ONE TOWARD ANOTHER." "...MEN WITH MEN working that which is UNSEEMLY. These that DO THESE THINGS, SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD." (They will NOT go to heaven).
Scriptures declare that SIN WILL BRING THE JUDGMENT OF GOD.
Denominations that endorse sodomy are no longer Christian denominations.
*Jeremiah 7:30 "For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it
*Deuteronomy 30:19 "I have set before you LIFE AND DEATH, blessing and cursing: therefore CHOOSE LIFE that THOU AND THY SEED (an unborn child as well as your birthed children is your SEED), may LIVE."
*Exodus 21:22 "If men strive and HURT A WOMAN WITH CHILD, SO THAT HER FRUIT DEPART FROM HER (is ABORTED)...HE SHALL SURELY BE PUNISHED, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and HE SHALL PAY AS THE JUDGE DETERMINES. AND IF ANY MISCHIEF FOLLOW, then thou shalt GIVE LIFE FOR LIFE."
*Exodus 20:13 "THOU SHALT NOT KILL." Abortion stops a human heart and is KILLING a child.
*Revelation 21:8 "MURDERERS shall have their part in the lake of fire." (pre-meditated taking of a human life, not including defense of one's country in time of war)
*Psalms 94:20-21 "Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which FRAMETH MISCHIEF BY LAW?" (Making ABORTION LEGAL is a personification
of what this scripture is saying). "They shall gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, (the PRO-CHOICE MOVEMENT), and CONDEMN THE INNOCENT BLOOD (of the unborn)."
*Deuteronomy 28:53-58. v. 56 says, "The tender and delicate woman among you...HER EYE SHALL BE EVIL...TOWARD HER SON AND TOWARD HER DAUGHTER, and toward the YOUNG ONE THAT COMETH OUT FROM BETWEEN HER FEET, AND TOWARD HER CHILDREN WHICH SHE SHALL BEAR, AND SHE SHALL EAT THEM FOR ALL THINGS."
*Psalms 139:14-15 "I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My substance was not hid from thee, WHEN I WAS MADE IN SECRET." (in the womb)
*Psalms 10:8 "Doth he MURDER the INNOCENT?"
*Psalms 15:5 "...taketh a REWARD against the INNOCENT." (That is exactly what the ABORTION CLINICS ARE DOING. Getting Rich
from terminating the lives of INNOCENT CHILDREN). .
*Jeremiah 1:5 "BEFORE I FORMED THEE; AND BEFORE THOU CAMEST FORTH OUT OF THE WOMB I sanctified thee, and ORDAINED THEE a prophet."
ABORTION IS HUMAN SACRIFICE
HUMAN SACRIFICE was an earmark of Baal worship. ABORTION IS NOTHING MORE THAN HUMAN SACRIFICE MADE TO THE GODDESS OF HUMAN LUST, PLEASURE, VIOLENCE, SELF-INDULGENCE, AND SELFISHNESS. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN AN INDICATOR
OF A NEO-BAAL REVIVAL.
*Mark. 16:14 "Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and UPBRAIDED THEM with THEIR UNBELIEF AND HARDNESS OF HEART."
*Matthew 26: 52 Jesus said, "PUT UP again THY SWORD into his place: FOR ALL THEY THAT TAKE THE SWORD SHALL PERISH WITH THE SWORD." The Bible teaches AGAINST LAWLESSNESS, which is exactly what these people are practicing.
*John. 19:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, THEN WOULD MY SERVANTS FIGHT."
Those who bomb and kill in Christ's name to stop abortion, are murderers just as much as the abortionists, and are no better. They are not walking in the spirit of Christ and are NOT TRUE CHRISTIANS. One CANNOT MURDER to OPPOSE MURDER!
Forgiveness for abortion is there for those who would repent.
*2 Corinthians 7:10 "godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation...the sorrow of the world worketh death."
Denominations that endorse abortion are no longer Christian.
*Revelation 21:8-10 "But the FEARFUL, and UNBELIEVING, and the ABOMINABLE, and MURDERERS, and WHOREMONGERS, and SORCERERS and IDOLATERS, and ALL LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
*Revelation 22:15 "For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and WHOSOEVER LOVETH AND MAKETH A LIE."
*Jeremiah 7:4 "Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these..." "ye trust in lying words
that cannot profit...ye swear falsely and burn incense to Baal...and come and stand before me
*Revelation 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie."
g. DECEIT (a form of lying)
*Revelation 20:10 "And the devil that DECEIVED them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
*1 Thessalonians 2:3 "For our exhortation was not of DECEIT, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile."
*Revelation 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it...(heaven) ANYTHING THAT MAKETH A LIE." (Deceit is not just TELLING A LIE, but INTENTIONALLY leading someone to believe something that is not true).
*Romans 1:29 "Being filled with all unrighteousness, DECEIT."
*Romans 1:32 "Who knowing the judgment of God, they which commit these things are worthy of death."
*I Thessalonians 2:3 "For our exhortation was not of DECEIT, nor of uncleanness, nor of GUILE."
THE IMPORTANCE OF HONESTY
*Acts 6:3 "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of HONEST report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may APPOINT OVER THIS BUSINESS."
*Romans 12:17 "Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things HONEST in the sight of all men."
*1 Peter 2:12 "Having your conversation HONEST among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation."
*Exodus 20:15 "Thou shalt not STEAL."
*Revelation 9:21 "...neither repented they of their THEFTS."
*Ephesians 4:28 "he that STEALS, STEAL NO MORE."
*Revelation 9:21 "...neither repented they of their THEFTS."
*I Corinthians 6:10 "NOR THIEVES...shall inherit the kingdom of God." (HEAVEN)
*Malachi 3:5 "And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against FALSE SWEARERS, and against those that OPPRESS THE HIRELING IN HIS WAGES, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts."
*II Peter 2:14 "Having EYES FULL OF ADULTERY."
*I John 2:16 "Lust of the eyes."
*Matthew 5:28 Jesus said, "But I say unto you, That whosoever LOOKETH ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER hath committed adultery with her ALREADY IN HIS HEART."
*Titus 3:3 says we are not to be "HATEFUL AND HATING ONE ANOTHER."
*I John 4:7-8 says, ""BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER; for LOVE IS OF GOD; and EVERYONE THAT LOVETH IS BORN OF GOD (born again) and KNOWETH God. He that LOVETH NOT KNOWETH NOT GOD (is NOT born again) for GOD IS LOVE."
*1 Corinthians 13 tells us that even if we have all the gifts of the Spirit and have all faith; and are great philanthropists, and don't have love that IT PROFITS NOTHING. Some professing Christians are some of the MEANEST PEOPLE in the world. That should never be. The problem is not with Jesus or the Bible, it is a Pharisaical spirit that has crept inside the church.
A MOSLEM SPEAKER ONCE SAID THAT MOST OF THEIR CONVERTS ARE "HURT CHRISTIANS".
CAN PEOPLE BE FORGIVEN AND CHANGED?
*1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
*Jesus said in Mark 9:23"All things are possible to him who believeth."
*Hebrews 3:8; 13;15 "Harden not your hearts with the deceitfulness of sin."
*Numbers 32:23 "BE SURE your SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT." "...HE SHALL DIE (spiritually and probably physically): because thou hast not given him warning, he shall DIE IN HIS SIN, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH HE HATH DONE shall NOT BE REMEMBERED; but his blood will I require at thine hand."
WHAT ABOUT THE SABBATH?
By keeping the Ten Commandments does this mean that a Christian should worship on Saturday?
*Genesis 2:2-3 "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY from all his work which he had made. And GOD BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY, and SANCTIFIED IT: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SABBATH
a. The Sabbath is A DAY OF REST.
b. The Sabbath was not
dictated as a day of mass worship
c. Jesus was raised the first day of the week. That is the main reason that most Christians worship on Sunday.
*Romans 14:5-6 "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. LET EVERY MAN BE PERSUADED IN HIS OWN MIND. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it."
*Galatians 4:9-11 "But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage. Ye OBSERVE DAYS, AND MONTHS, AND TIMES, AND YEARS. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you your labour in vain."
THE SABBATARIANS WERE JESUS' BIGGEST ENEMIES
*Luke 14:1-6 "And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, IS IT LAWFUL TO HEAL ON THE SABBATH DAY? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? And they could not answer him again to these things."
THE SABBATARIANS ARE THE NEW PHARISEES
*John 9:16 "Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because HE KEEPETH NOT THE SABBATH DAY. Others said he was a sinner."
THE PHARISEES MAIN CONCERN WAS KEEPING THE SABBATH. Today, this is the main issue of the SABBATARIANS.
*Mark 3:2 "And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him."
*John 5:18 "Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God."
Most sabbatarians have little concern about any issue but keeping the Sabbath. That is their main issue.
KEEPING THE SABBATH WAS QUALIFIED
Certain of the commandments like the Sabbath were qualified. Jesus said "that if a man has an ass that falls in the ditch on the Sabbath, the law even makes allowance for him to get it out." Luke 14:5
The Bible is specific about the particular commandments that are qualified.
JESUS' TEACHINGS REGARDING THE SABBATH
*Luke 6:5 "And he said unto them, That the SON OF MAN IS LORD ALSO OF THE SABBATH."
*Mark 2:27 Jesus said to those who accused him of working by healing on the Sabbath, "The Sabbath was MADE FOR MAN, and NOT MAN for the Sabbath.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS DEFINE WHAT SIN IS
*Romans 3:8 "And 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."
*Romans 6:12 "LET NOT SIN REIGN IN YOUR MORTAL BODY, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."
*John. 5:14 "Jesus said to a man he healed, "SIN NO MORE
*8:11 Jesus said to the woman caught in the act of adultery, "SIN NO MORE."
*8:34 "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, WHOSOEVER COMMITTETH SIN IS THE SERVANT OF SIN."
*Romans 6:23 "For the WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
*Hebrews 3:13 "But exhort one another daily, while it is Today; lest any of you be HARDENED THROUGH THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN."
*I Corinthians 6:18-20 "FLEE FORNICATION. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? 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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God IN YOUR BODY, and in your spirit, which are God's."
SIN IS BEING EVIL
*I Corinthians 13:5 Love "...THINKETH NO EVIL."
*Philippians 3:2 "BEWARE...OF EVIL WORKERS."
*I Thessalonians 5:22 "ABSTAIN FROM ALL APPEARANCE OF EVIL."
*I Timothy 3:13 "But EVIL MEN AND SEDUCERS shall wax worse and worse, DECEIVING, AND BEING DECEIVED."
*Revelation 2:2 "I KNOW THY WORKS, ...and how CANST NOT BEAR THEM WHICH ARE EVIL."
*Isaiah 13:11 "I will punish them for their EVIL."
SIN IS WICKEDNESS
*Matthew 22:18 "But JESUS PERCEIVED THEIR WICKEDNESS."
*Mark 7:22 "Thefts, covetousness, WICKEDNESS."
*Romans 1:29 "Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, WICKEDNESS."
*I John 5:19 "And we know that we are of God, and THE WHOLE WORLD LIETH IN WICKEDNESS."
SIN IS BEING UNGODLY, "Not like God"
*Psalms 1:6 "For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of THE UNGODLY shall perish."
*1 Timothy 1:9-10 "Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for THE UNGODLY and for SINNERS, for UNHOLY and PROFANE, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be ANY OTHER THING THAT IS CONTRARY TO SOUND DOCTRINE."
*2 Peter 3:7 "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against THE DAY OF JUDGMENT and perdition OF UNGODLY MEN."
*Jude 1:4 "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, UNGODLY MEN, TURNING THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS."
*Jude 1:18 "How that they told you there should be MOCKERS IN THE LAST TIME, who should walk after their own UNGODLY LUSTS."
SOME TEACH THAT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT FOR CHRISTIANS
Many who say this, still say that we should live a moral life, but the effect of their teachings produce immoral
living. THIS LEAVES THE IMPRESSION THAT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS REGARDING SIN IS IRRELEVANT FOR TODAY. If this is the case, WHY EVEN READ THE BIBLE? Basically all one has to do then is to accept Christ, and then live as you please. Of course, that is ridiculous, but that is how the everyday Christian is interpreting these teachings and living it out in their lives.
MANY WHO HOLD THE POSITION THAT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS HAVE BEEN DONE AWAY WITH, LABEL THOSE WHO PREACH AGAINST SIN AS LEGALISTS. They say today that THERE IS NO ABSOLUTE MORAL CODE. They intimidate those who would preach God's Word against sin and call them LEGALISTS.
These are they who want to do away with the Ten Commandments. They quote 2 Corinthians 3:6, "The LETTER KILLETH, but the Spirit giveth life."
This idea puts the Spirit in an adversarial role to the Bible. Nothing could be further from the truth. When they are quoting the "LETTER" killeth, what they are really saying is "THE BIBLE KILLETH". We just let the Holy Spirit teach us. Many use "The Spirit" as an excuse to ignore or even supercede the teachings of the Bible. The Holy Spirit is the SPIRIT OF TRUTH. He will never contradict the Bible. This is an incredible abuse of God's Word and the Holy Spirit.
The term "Legalism" is NOT FOUND in the Bible. Legalism is a theological extra-Biblical term. Modern theology makes up its own rules as it goes.
Most denominations ignore what the Bible says regarding right and wrong. They vote on their code of ethics. The Bible is only relevant to them when it is convenient for them.
They use 1 Timothy 1:9 for their argument. "Knowing this, that the law is not made for the righteous man, but for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers," etc. They say that the children of Israel were not children of God, but only servants of God; therefore, they had to have restraints put on them. But we, the born again, are children of God and therefore don't have to have these restraints. They say the only law we have is the LAW OF LOVE.
They like to quote
*2 Corinthians. 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD in Him."
THEY DEDUCE THAT WE ARE UNDER NO LAW AND THEREFORE, CANNOT BE CHARGED WITH BREAKING A LAW. This by any other name is the doctrine of Eternal Security!
MANY IGNORE GOD'S COMMANDMENTS AND LIVE JUST BY THEIR CONVICTIONS
Convictions are learned. Moslems, Hindus, pagans, and Christians all have different convictions of right and wrong If every man goes by his own convictions concerning what is right and wrong, he then is a law unto himself. That is the formula for confusion
, and that is what we have in the church today.
THE BIBLE TEACHES
*Psalms 119:11 "THY WORD have I hid in mine heart, THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST THEE."
*Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way that SEEMETH RIGHT UNTO MAN (his own convictions) but the end thereof are THE WAYS OF DEATH."
*Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES."
*Proverbs 12:15 "THE FOOL IS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES."
*Romans 1:28 "And even as they did not like to RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, God gave them over to a REPROBATE MIND (they have no biblical convictions), to do those things which are not convenient."
CONVICTIONS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG. THE ONLY STANDARD TO CONVICT US OF SIN IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS AND NOT JUST HOW WE FEEL OR THINK.
*Matthew 6:11 "Man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD."
PEOPLE WHO LIVE THEIR LIVES DICTATED BY THEIR CONVICTIONS OR FEELINGS ARE IN FOR SERIOUS TROUBLE. Of course there is a definite place for feelings, but only if they line up with the Word of God. Biblical convictions are one thing; personal convictions are another. True Bible conviction is when one feels convicted of wrongdoing because he has violated
the Bible, God's moral law.
HOW MANY PULPITS EXISTS TODAY WHERE MESSAGES AGAINST SIN ARE PREACHED? HOW MANY ARE MAKING DEMANDS FOR SINNERS TO REPENT OR FACE THE ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES?
They are almost non-existent.
TODAY MANY SOPHISTICATED DOCTRINES ARE TAUGHT THAT SUBTLY EXEMPT "CHRISTIANS" FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN.
*2 Thessalonians 2:7 "For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work."
The MYSTERY OF INIQUITY refers to the irrationality of sin. How could any rational person think that they could live in sin and get away from the Living God?
*II Thessalonians 2:2 "The Antichrist is called THE MAN OF SIN."
If a person is a man or woman of sin, they have the spirit of antichrist. If you are a SINNER YOU ARE A MAN OR WOMAN OF SIN.
*I John 5:19 "And we know that we are of God, and THE WHOLE WORLD LIETH IN WICKEDNESS."
JESUS didn't just ask people to accept Him as the Christ, He commanded them to repent of their sins.
*John 5:14 "Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: SIN NO MORE, lest a worse thing come unto thee." He didn't say SLOW DOWN SINNING!
*1 John 1:9 "IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
*Romans 6:2 "DO NO LET SIN REIGN IN YOUR MORTAL BODY."
*Hebrews 12:14 "Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD."
*Revelation 4:8 "And 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, which was, and is, and is to come."
*Jeremiah 7:9 "they steal, murder, commit adultery, and burn incense to Baal." (all a part of Baal worship)
*Jeremiah 7:28 "This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, NOR RECEIVETH CORRECTION. TRUTH IS PERISHED!"
*Jeremiah 7:4 "Trust ye not in lying words."
*Jeremiah 7:30 "THEY HAVE SET THEIR ABOMINATIONS IN THE HOUSE WHICH IS CALLED BY MY NAME."
*I Corinthians 15:34 "Awake to righteousness and SIN NOT."
How, in the light of The Scriptures, can anyone say that Jesus did away with the Ten Commandments?
*Revelation 12:9, "Satan DECEIVED THE WHOLE WORLD."
*Isaiah 52:11 "BE YE CLEAN THAT BEAR THE VESSELS OF THE LORD."
*Psalms 97:10 "Ye that love the Lord HATE EVIL."
*Romans 1:18 "Who hold the TRUTH OF GOD in UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."
*Psalms 106:35 says, "They MINGLED WITH THE HEATHEN AND LEARNED THEIR WORKS."
Today overall, we have a politically correct Christianity, "Your Okay, I'm Okay!" "Jesus knows how I am, and loves me the way I am." That is not Christianity at all! He loves you, John 3:16, but He WANTS YOU TO CHANGE. Romans 12:1-2.
*Romans 6:7-8 "For he that is DEAD is FREED FROM SIN. Now if we be dead with Christ, WE BELIEVE THAT WE SHALL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM."
*Revelation 21:8 "...all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
*Luke 13:27 "But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YE WORKERS OF INIQUITY."
*II Corinthians 5:10-11 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things DONE IN THE BODY, ACCORDING TO THAT HE HATH DONE, WHETHER IT BE GOOD OR BAD. Knowing therefore the TERROR OF THE LORD, we persuade men
*Revelation 20:12 "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and the dead were JUDGED out of those things which were written in the books, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS."
*Luke 13:27-28 "But he shall say, I tell you not whence ye are; depart from me, ALL YE WORKERS OF INIQUITY."
*Hebrews 13:4 "whoremongers and adulterers, God will judge."
*Isaiah 12:9 "Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners out of it."
*I Timothy 3:2 "And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and WICKED men."
*Matthew 15:4-6 Jesus is quoting again the Ten Commandments, "And honor not his father or his mother, you say he shall be free. THUS HAVE YE MADE THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD OF NONE EFFECT BY YOUR TRADITION."
*Revelation 12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, WHICH KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
How can one believe he will go to heaven by SAYING THE SINNER'S PRAYER, and continue to break God's Commandments?
*Matthew 13:41-42 "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and THEM WHICH COMMIT INIQUITY; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire."
*Luke 13:27 Jesus said, "But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
*Matthew 21-23 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Those who do not believe in the Ten Commandments and the New Testament teachings against THE WORKS OF THE FLESH as defining what sin is...rejected God's Word and replaced them
with THE DOCTRINES OF BAAL.
*Psalms 97:10 "Ye that love the Lord HATE EVIL."
*I Corinthians 13:4 "I pray to God that ye do no evil."
*Romans 6:14 "Sin shall not have dominion over you."
*I John. 3:8 "THE DEVIL SINNETH from the beginning."
*John 8:44-45 "YE ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, AND THE LUSTS OF YOUR FATHER YE WILL DO. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And BECAUSE I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, YE BELIEVE ME NOT."
*Romans 6:12 "Let not sin reign in your mortal body."
*Romans 7:11 "For SIN, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it SLEW ME."
*Revelation 18:5 "For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."
*Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which DECEIVETH the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
*Revelation 6:16-17 "And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from THE WRATH OF THE LAMB: For THE GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
WHY is God's WRATH coming? Because of Sin and all of the MISREPRESENTATIONS OF HIM DONE IN HIS NAME This is why the GREAT TRIBULATION is coming.
MANY TEACHERS HAVE SAID THAT ROMANS 7 DESCRIBES
A CHRISTIAN WHO WANTS TO DO RIGHT, BUT JUST CAN'T
*Romans 7:9-14 "For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to live, I found to be unto death. For SIN, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it SLEW ME.
Wherefore THE LAW IS HOLY, AND THE COMMANDMENT HOLY, AND JUST, AND GOOD. WAS then THAT WHICH IS GOOD MADE DEATH UNTO ME? God forbid. But SIN, that it might APPEAR SIN, WORKING DEATH IN ME by that which is good; that SIN by the commandment might become exceeding SINFUL. For we know that THE LAW IS SPIRITUAL; but I am carnal, SOLD under SIN."
*Romans 8:1-2 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. FOR THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS HATH MADE ME FREE OF THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.
There are those who teach that this scripture means that when Christ came He did away with the LAW OF GOD. That is not
rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
*Romans 7:21-8:3 "I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I DELIGHT IN THE LAW OF GOD after the inward man: But I SEE ANOTHER LAW IN MY MEMBERS warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to THE LAW OF SIN WHICH IS IN MY MEMBERS. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then WITH THE MIND I SERVE THE LAW OF GOD, but WITH THE FLESH THE LAW OF SIN".
The scriptures here are TALKING ABOUT TWO LAWS: THE LAW OF SIN which works in our flesh, our passions; and THE LAW OF GOD. The Ten Commandments were written by the finger of God Himself. Jesus did not come to do away with the LAW OF GOD, but to do away with THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH which works in our flesh. "For WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO, (this is referring to the Ten Commandments), in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, CONDEMNED SIN IN THE FLESH:" Jesus DID NOT CONDEMN THE LAW OF GOD, HE CONDEMNED THE LAW OF SIN. The Ten Commandments is NOT
THE LAW OF SIN. That LAW OF SIN that works in our bodies is the LAW OF SIN.
Romans 7 is not describing a born again man. It is describing a man who knows about God; he knows right and wrong. He just can't do it! That is the description of an unsaved man. It is only by being BORN AGAIN through Jesus, that we have the power to overcome sin that works in our flesh.
SOME WOULD QUOTE ROMANS 8:1 "NOW THERE IS THEREFORE NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS" to say that we are not under bondage to the Commandments, the Law of God. One should read the whole scripture which says, "who WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH but after the spirit
." There is no condemnation for those who are not doing the works of the flesh. The NIV totally deletes "who walks not after the flesh". When Bible's have been changed like this, no wonder there is such a relaxed attitude about sin in the church. No one feels condemned for anything they do.
THE ABUSE OF THE LAW OF LIBERTY
Some say they are righteous under the "LAW OF LIBERTY" James 2:12, and they have been freed from the Ten Commandments.
The liberal preacher's message is, THERE ARE NO BOUNDARIES, we are TOTALLY FREE FROM ANY RULES. Today in many arenas we have A "NO RULES CHRISTIANITY". The Bible in no way implies that we have no rules today. With the way the LIBERTY MESSAGE has been spun by many preachers, in effect means THAT Christians can live immorally with impunity. Some so-called "Christian" psychologists even say it is a healthy thing to have illicit affairs.
SOME HAVE USED THE LIBERTY MESSAGE AS A LICENSE TO SIN
*II Peter 2:18-19 "For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they ALLURE THROUGH THE LUSTS OF THE FLESH, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them WHO LIVE IN ERROR. While they PROMISE THEM LIBERTY (that is that one can have Christ and live in sin, too) they themselves are the servants of corruption."
*Romans 8:21 "Because the creature itself also shall be delivered FROM THE BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION, into THE GLORIOUS LIBERTY of the children of God."
*2 Peter 2:19 While they PROMISE THEM LIBERTY, THEY themselves ARE THE SERVANTS OF CORRUPTION (sin): for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage (sin)."
*James 1:25 "But whoso looketh into the PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY, (the law of love), and continueth therein, he being not a FORGETFUL HEARER, but A DOER OF THE WORD, this man shall be blessed in deed."
*Galatians 2:4 "And that because of the false brethren UNAWARES brought in, who CAME IN PRIVILY TO SPY OUT OUR LIBERTY which we have in Christ Jesus, THAT THEY MIGHT BRING US INTO BONDAGE (sin)." These false
teachers have come inside the church today to bring God's people back under the bondage of sin and Satan.
*Galatians 5:1 "Stand fast therefore in THE LIBERTY wherewith Christ hath made us free, AND BE NOT ENTANGLED AGAIN WITH THE YOKE OF BONDAGE (This is referring to being bound by sin, not the Ten Commandments).
*Galatians 5:13 "For, we have CALLED YOU TO LIBERTY; only USE NOT LIBERTY FOR AN OCCASION TO THE FLESH."
Many professing Christians are living together outside of marriage, and still functioning in the church like they are right with God.
*I Corinthians 6:9-10 says FORNICATORS will not inherit the kingdom of God, even "Christian fornicators".
*II Peter 2:19 While THEY PROMISE THEM LIBERTY, they themselves are THE SERVANTS OF CORRUPTION: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."
*I Peter 2:16 "As free, and NOT USING YOUR LIBERTY FOR A CLOAK OF MALICIOUSNESS, but as the servants of God."
This wonderful teaching of "liberty" has been perverted.
*John 8:44 "Ye are of your father the devil, and THE LUSTS OF YOUR FATHER WILL YE DO. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because THERE IS NOT TRUTH IN HIM. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
*Hebrews 12:1 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and THE SIN which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."
*Romans 12:1-2 "I 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. And 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."
JESUS DID NOT COME TO DESTROY THE LAW
*Matthew 5:17 Jesus said, "THINK NOT THAT I AM COME TO DESTROY THE LAW, or the prophets: I AM NOT COME TO DESTROY BUT TO FULFILL."
*1 John 2:23 says emphatically, "And hereby we do KNOW that we KNOW HIM, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS."
*Hebrews 10:28-29 "HE THAT DESPISED MOSES' LAW DIED WITHOUT MERCY under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite the spirit of grace?"
*1 Corinthians 7:19 "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but THE KEEPING OF THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD." (This is New Testament)
*Romans 3:28 "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."
*Romans 3:31 "Do we then MAKE VOID THE LAW THROUGH FAITH? God forbid: yea, WE ESTABLISH THE LAW."
*I John. 5:3-5 "For this is the love of God, THAT WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: AND HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT GRIEVOUS. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMETH THE WORLD, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD."
*II John 6 "And this is love, that we WALK AFTER HIS COMMANDMENTS. This is the COMMANDMENT, That as ye heard FROM THE BEGINNING, YE SHOULD WALK IN IT."
*Romans 8:4 "That THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LAW MIGHT BE FULFILLED." This scripture calls the law righteous.
*I John 2:4 "He that sayeth I know him, and KEEPETH NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS, IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM."
*1 Timothy 1:3-7 "...that thou mightest charge some that THEY TEACH NO OTHER DOCTRINE, neither give heed to FABLES and endless genealogies, WHICH MINISTER QUESTIONS, rather GODLY EDIFYING which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith VAIN JANGLING; DESIRING TO BE TEACHERS OF THE LAW; UNDERSTANDING NEITHER WHAT THEY SAY, NOR WHEREOF THEY AFFIRM. But we KNOW THAT THE LAW IS GOOD, IF A MAN USE IT LAWFULLY."
*I Corinthians 7:19 "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but THE KEEPING OF THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD."
*Revelation 22:14 "Blessed are they that DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, that they might have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates of the city."
*Matthew 15:3 "Who do ye also TRANSGRESS THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD BY YOUR TRADITION?"
*I John 2:4 "HE THAT SAYETH I KNOW HIM, and KEEPETH NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS, IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM."
* John 14:15 "IF YE LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS."
v. 21 HE THAT HATH MY COMMANDMENTS, AND KEEPETH THEM, HE IT IS THAT LOVETH ME."
v. 23 Jesus said, "IF A MAN LOVE ME, HE WILL KEEP MY WORDS."
v. 24 "He that loveth me not KEEPETH NOT MY SAYINGS: and the word which ye hear is not mine but the Father's which sent me."
*Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are THEY THAT KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and the faith of Jesus."
*John 15:14 "YE ARE MY FRIENDS, IF YE DO WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU."
The Commandments were not made to destroy man, but to save him.
IF THE BIBLE AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE IRRELEVANT, WHY DID JESUS SAY...
*Matthew 4:4 "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." The Ten Commandments are a part of the Word of God.
*Psalms 1:1-5 commands us to "Meditate in His law day and night."
*Psalms 119:42 "I TRUST In thy WORD"
*I John 1:1 "He is THE WORD of life."
*John 6:68 Peter said to Jesus, "Thou ALONE has THE WORDS OF Eternal LIFE."
*Jesus said, John. 15:7 "If ye abide in me and MY WORD abides in you, ye can ask what you will and it shall be done unto you."
*2 Timothy 2:15-16 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. But SHUN PROFANE AND VAIN BABBLINGS: for THEY WILL INCREASE UNTO MORE UNGODLINESS."
This strongly infers the Bible can be wrongly interpreted and that wrong interpretation can lead one into bondage.
THE BAD TESTIMONY OF MANY PROFESSING CHRISTIANS
One of our friends in Africa told us this story. A friend of theirs was visiting a Moslem country. Out of fear of losing her bag she carried it everywhere with her. Noticing this, a Moslem man said to her. Don't be fearful of anyone stealing your bag, lady. There are no Christians here." That is how far the testimony of Christianity has fallen. Christ's name is being defamed throughout the world because of the wickedness done by professing Christians.
When one testifies that he is a Christian and continues living a wicked life and contradicts the Bible, he does more to hurt Christianity than all the atheists combined. Most people's perception of Christianity is only what they see. It is an amazing thing that in this "New Christianity", THE EXISTENCE OF SIN IS DENIED. If that is not Christian Science, what is?
*Romans 2:24 "For THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES THROUGH YOU."
JESUS QUOTED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
*Mark 10:19-20. v. 20-21 "When the man said he kept these commandments from his youth," the Bible says, "Jesus loved him." ...and invited him to be one of His disciples. It is clear that keeping the commandments was one of the main things Jesus was looking for to qualify someone to be one of His disciples.
Again Jesus refers to the Ten Commandments in Matthew 5:27 He said, "Ye have heard that it was SAID BY THEM OF OLD TIME, THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY."
GOOD AND EVIL
*Romans 16:19 "For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I WOULD HAVE YOU WISE UNTO THAT which is good, and SIMPLE CONCERNING EVIL."
This is not really a complex issue.
*Psalms 77:18 says, "If I regard INIQUITY IN MY HEART, the Lord will NOT HEAR ME."
*Revelation 2:20 "Notwithstanding I HAVE A FEW THINGS AGAINST THEE, because thou sufferest (allowed) that woman Jezebel, WHICH CALLETH HERSELF A PROPHETESS, TO TEACH AND SEDUCE MY SERVANTS TO COMMIT FORNICATION, and to eat things offered to idols."
*1 Corinthians 7:35 "And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may CAST A SNARE UPON YOU, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction."
*Joshua 1:7-9 "Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest OBSERVE TO DO ALL THE LAW, WHICH MOSES my servant COMMENDED THEE: TURN NOT FROM IT TO THE RIGHT HAND OR TO THE LEFT, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. THIS BOOK OF THE LAW SHALL NOT DEPART OUT OF THY MOUTH; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that THOU MAYEST OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN THEREIN: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
*Galatians 1:8 "Though we, or an angel from heaven preach any ANOTHER GOSPEL ...let him be accursed.
*John 8:37 Jesus said, "ye seek to kill me because MY WORD HATH NO PLACE IN YOU."
*Luke 7:23 "And BLESSED IS HE, WHOSOEVER SHALL NOT BE OFFENDED IN ME."
*John 6:61 "When JESUS KNEW in himself that HIS DISCIPLES MURMURED at it, he said unto them, DOTH THIS OFFEND YOU?"
*Mark 4:17-19 "And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or PERSECUTION ARISETH FOR THE WORD'S SAKE, IMMEDIATELY THEY ARE OFFENDED. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and THE DECEITFULNESS OF RICHES, and THE LUSTS OF OTHER THINGS entering in, CHOKE THE WORD, and it becometh unfruitful."
*Luke 13:16 "Satan hath BOUND him.." (Satan has bound many theologically).
*Galatians 2:7 "Is Christ the Minister of Sin?"
*I John 5:18 "We know that WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD SINNETH NOT; but he that is begotten of God KEEPETH HIMSELF."
*Revelation 22:14 "Blessed are they that DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, that they may HAVE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE, and MAY ENTER IN THROUGH THE GATES INTO THE CITY."
*Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are THEY THAT KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND THE FAITH OF JESUS."
*Revelation 12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST."
If Jesus would have done away with The Ten Commandments, He would have done more to breakdown order and civilization than any man in history. That would have made this planet AN unrestricted playground for the Devil and demons, and of the most vile, brutal and evil men. For Jesus to have done away with the Ten Commandments would have made Jesus the chief ambassador of Satan.
*Ephesians 2:2 talks about "the CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE."
*2 Timothy 2:19 "LET ALL THAT NAME THE NAME OF CHRIST, DEPART FROM INIQUITY."
*Romans 1:25 "WHO CHANGED THE TRUTH INTO A LIE."
THE TEACHING OF THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD
Everything God offers man is conditional:
salvation, healing, prosperity. To teach that Jesus did away with the Ten Commandments, BY ANY OTHER NAME, IS THE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL SECURITY. WHEN NOTHING ELSE WORKS, THE DEVIL USES THE STRATEGY OF QUOTING THE BIBLE OUT OF CONTEXT TO TEACH HIS DOCTRINES.
*Revelation. 2:13. SATAN IS KNOWN AS THE GREAT DECEIVER.
THE NICOLAITANS referred to in the book of Revelation were an ANTI-LAW sect
that taught that the people of God
could be sexually liberated, and live like the pagans and still be Christians. They later became known as the Gnostics
. Those teaching against the Ten Commandments today, the ANTI-LAW CHRISTIANS, are nothing but THE NEW
NICOLAITANS and Gnostics.
*Revelation 12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to MAKE WAR
with the remnant of her seed, which KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS of God
, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
THE FATE OF WICKED NATIONS
Isaiah 60:12 "For the NATION and kingdom that WILL NOT SERVE THEE SHALL PERISH; yea, THOSE NATIONS SHALL BE UTTERLY WASTED."
*Jeremiah 12:17 "But if they will NOT OBEY, I WILL UTTERLY PLUCK UP AND DESTROY THAT NATION, saith the Lord."
*Isaiah 10:1 "Woe unto them that DECREE UNRIGHTEOUS DECREES, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed."
*Isaiah 10:5-6 "O Assyrian (Iraqi), the rod o mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him AGAINST A HYPOCRITICAL NATION, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets."
*Isaiah 34:2 "For the INDIGNATION OF THE LORD IS UPON ALL NATIONS, and HIS FURY IS UPON ALL THEIR ARMIES."
*Isaiah 1:4 says, "Ah SINFUL NATION, a people laden with iniquity."
*Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness EXALTETH A NATION, but SIN is a reproach to any people."
*Isaiah 26:2 "Open ye the gates, that the RIGHTEOUS NATION which KEEPETH THE TRUTH may enter in."
Psalms 43:1 "Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an UNGODLY NATION:" KJV
Ps 111:10 "THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments
FAITH AND POLITICS
*II John 1:11 "For he that BIDDETH HIM GOD SPEED IS PARTAKER OF HIS EVIL DEEDS."
*Proverbs 28:13 "He that covereth his SIN shall not prosper."
*Psalms 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart, THE LORD WILL NOT HEAR MY PRAYER."
*James 4:17 "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF CIVILIZATION. WHEN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE DONE AWAY, CIVILITY AND CIVILIZATION IS DONE AWAY WITH.
The courts may outlaw the Ten Commandments in the classrooms and in the courthouses, but no matter what man legislates; he can never outlaw them, because they were instituted by God Almighty, the Creator of the universe Himself. God set them in motion and no man or earthly powers can put an end to them. Even natural law itself validates the Ten Commandments. Keeping God and His moral law out of the affairs of men is like trying to keep the tide from coming in and trying to keep the sun from coming up.
Who is man that He can set aside the rules of God and substitute his own rules to take their place? This has been tried many times throughout history and has always ended up with these nations being destroyed: ancient Greece, Rome, the British Empire, Germany, the Soviet Union, etc. The wheels of eternal justice may grind slowly, but God's moral law eventually proves itself irrevocable every time.
Afterward Jesus healed a man "he said unto him...SIN NO MORE...
Romans 1:28-32 "And even as they DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." KJV
THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE
The entire chapter of Deuteronomy 8 talks about the blessings that will come on those that keep God's commandments.
The enter chapter of Deuteronomy 28 talks about the blessings that will come on you for keeping God's commandments and the curses that will come on you if you don't.
Christianity is NOT A DEMOCRACY.
It doesn't matter what you like or don't like; what you believe or don't believe. IT IS NOT UP FOR A VOTE.
The only thing that matters is what the Bible says. On the Judgment Day we will be judged by God Word, the Bible. Revelation 20:12.
NO MAN, PREACHER, DENOMINATION, LEADER OR HUMAN INSTITUTION IN EXISTENCE IS SUPERIOR TO GOD NOR HAS THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR OUTLAW GOD'S MORAL LAW SET FORTH IN THE BIBLE.
JOHN. 5:29 Don't be deceived by those in church who tell you over and over 'GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME'
*Romans 11:22 "Behold therefore the GOODNESS and SEVERITY of God:"
To not also acknowledge THE SEVERITY OF GOD is to reject much of the Bible and to believe that we are not accountable for our behavior. That is exactly what Satan wants you to believe. The Bible says God is a God of mercy and a God of wrath. He has judged and destroyed His enemies in the past and according to the book of Revelation and other books in the Bible, He is going to do it again! It's coming! God's character never changes! Malachi. 3:6.
ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH GOD'S MORAL LAW IS NOT A CHRISTIAN AND IS THE ENEMY OF GOD.
Acts 5:29 "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.
ONLY AN ATHEIST OR SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN THE GOD OF MOSES, ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB AND GOD'S SON JESUS CHRIST WOULD DARE CHALLENGE GOD. IF ONE WANTS TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO GOD'S ENEMIES WHO WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO TAKE GOD ON, JUST READ THE STORY OF GOLIATH IN THE BIBLE.
Psalms 68:1 "Let God arise , let his enemies be scattered
: let them also that hate him
flee before him" KJV
Psalms 9:17 "THE WICKED SHALL BE TURNED INTO HELL, and ALL THE NATIONS THAT FORGET GOD."
THE GOOD NEWS IS…
2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways
; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and WILL HEAL THEIR LAND
God will forgive us of our sins and will save us if we sincerely repent and accept His Son Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. We can change! 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins , he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." KJV Also see John 3:3, 3:16.
SALVATION IS NOT BY WORKS
Titus 3:5-7 "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." KJV
FAITH IS SHOWN BY WORKS
James 2:17-18 "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I WILL SHEW THEE MY FAITH BY MY WORKS ." KJV
James 2:22 " Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and BY WORKS WAS FAITH MADE PERFECT?" KJV
1 John 2:4-5 "HE THAT SAITH, I KNOW HIM, AND KEEPETH NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS, IS A LIAR, and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: HEREBY KNOW WE
THAT WE ARE IN HIM." KJV
Other related articles are "REDEFINING RIGHTEOUSNESS", "WHY IS AMERICA IN TROUBLE?" and "ETERNAL SECURITY, THE HUGE GAMBLE" on www.lorendavis.com
* Much of this article was taken from the book "THE PAGANIZATION OF CHRISTIANITY" by Loren Davis which can be ordered online at www.lorendavis.com
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