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LEGALISM


This is a much often used word that has been defined to try and destroy those that one disagrees with. My desire is to look at this word from a Biblical position and not a personal position. We need to begin in Acts 15:1.

Act 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. 2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

We know and believe that according to the Bible, one is saved by grace through faith. We believe that there is not one thing a person can do besides believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for salvation. We happen upon these Pharisees that said it was needful for these to be circumcised and to keep the law of Moses.

Act 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

Here is legalism. It takes living the law to get to heaven. I take this as a Biblical definition of legalism. We have many legalistic Christian religions in the world. Most Baptists are not legalistic. Here is where the rub is taking place today for so many accusations being tossed out calling a brother legalistic. An often heard refrain today is – God will meet you where you are at – certainly this is true. One question: how often have you heard this statement added on – but if you are saved, God will not leave you there? When one is saved, they are changed. Paul made some statements to the Ephesian brethren that we quite possibly gloss over because they are inconvenient truths.

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

The above passage is simply preparing us for chapter 2 which is a declaration of change in one that is saved. There is a call for a spirit of wisdom instead of emotion. There is a call for revelation and knowledge, not ignorance. My understanding is that from the time we are saved we are learning and our life is changing and conforming to the life of Christ. Chapter 2 really starts to open us up to what we should become. We have been “quickened”, that is made ALIVE whereas before we were DEAD in trespasses and sins.

”Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

These verses truly condemn us when God meets us where we are and we trust and believe in Christ and are gloriously saved and continue to dwell in our sins and live in the same mess and squalor we were in before we were saved. I hear it now, you can’t judge me, GOD knows my heart. Let this scripture judge and condemn you.

Eph 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.

The Bible speaks very eloquently about the type of person we should be. God’s Word lays out a lifelong plan of how those that truly love the LORD are displaying that love to GOD and those around them by continually putting aside each burden of sin and so revealing to others, not by mouth alone, but by our everyday life, we are a child of the King. I rejoice with those pastors that are teaching their people to cast off every weight of sin and truly let the light of Christ shine brighter everyday. This is not legalism. It is salvation by grace.

Eph. 2:10“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

”Now you may quibble that these good works are spreading the gospel to the lost by telling them. That is true, but if your life does not reflect what you are, your mouth has not convinced the lost because your life is a lie. Many years ago we had a young man join our church that had just moved into our community. He was looking for a job and claimed he was a steel worker. He had to get his tools when he went to the union hall. They were his bonafides that he was a steel worker and without those, he would not be selected for a job. We as Christians have bonafides that declare we are Christians, born again and it is the life we lead. Legalists? No! We are just not ashamed of our Savior therefore we do not live like the world. We do as James says, Our life our works our deeds delare us as saved and witnesses of our Savior. Legalists, no, simply living it.

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Boomers and Lyrics


Jim Harris

Someone thought that since all of us baby boomers are getting older we need to update the lyrics of some of the songs we used to listen to. They suggested:

First there’s Herman’s Hermits singing, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve got a lovely walker.”

Next, hear the aging Beatles Paul and Ringo singing, “I get by with a little help from Depends.”

Don’t miss the Bee Gees singing, “How can you mend a broken hip?”

And you’ve got to hear Paul Simon singing, “50 Ways to Lose your Liver.”

And who can forget Helen Reddy singing, “I am Woman, hear me snore.”

And the Scandinavian group Abba will have us rocking out to their new song, “Denture Queen.”

And finally, Jerry Lee Lewis singing “A whole lot of Aching going on!”

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BEHIND THE PARTED VEIL


William Andrew Dillard

“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43.

Those who subscribe to the theory of evolution as the force and explanation of mankind have no hope beyond the grave. But Christians have a strong basis of faith and hope for what lies beyond the veil. That hope is abundantly supported by assuring evidence. Let’s think about it.

The Old Testament Tabernacle and Temple consisted of two rooms: the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The two were separated by a thick veil. Priests entered the Holy Place in service, but only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place and that on the Day of Atonement.

The Holy Place foreshadowed the church, and the Most Holy Place foreshadowed heaven. While much more could be said about this, the point is when our High Priest became the sacrificial Lamb, He entered the Most Holy Place of heaven, making the way for believers, and that veil of the Temple was “Rent in twain.” Upon the death of His saints which is said to be precious, each one follows the path prepared by Jesus right into the Paradise of that Most Holy Place.

Of course, there is another route too many will take. In mere seconds after you slip behind the parted veil of earthly life, you will finding yourself being greeted in joy by angels, departed saints, and Jesus Himself. or you will be getting your first look and terrible experience of indescribable torment. Either way, your future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable.

In the gospel of Luke, a record is given of two men moments away from going behind the veil of earthly life. When Jesus was being crucified, two thieves were hanged, one on either side of Him. They cast insults toward Jesus, Mark 15:32

However, one of them realized Jesus’ innocence, and his own sin, and destiny. He rebuked the other thief and asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. evidencing repentance and faith. Jesus responded, “I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Salvation for the man was immediate. He knew that day where he would spend eternity.

Realizing that we are sinners and placing our trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection assures us that we can immediately know where we will spend our eternal tomorrows. When time comes as it unerringly, but too soon will, for you to irresistibly enter behind the parted veil, where will you find yourself? It is not wise to wait about this decision to trust Jesus. Most people do not have a last minute opportunity. Life is short; hell is hot; and heaven is real. The grace of God fixed so you may have eternal bliss by faith in and through Jesus

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A HANDBREATH OF DAYS


Psalm 39:1  To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me

2  I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. 

3  My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, 

4  LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. 

5  Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 

It is time to truly recognize who and what we are in this world. We find the Psalmist contemplating one of the more evil ways that man can sin and that is with the tongue. We find lying tongues today that mislead people and they end up following a wrong path to destruction. That bridle is used to guide away from wrong and point to right and proper paths. He guards his tongue, as we all should.

We then see the Psalmist as he is reflecting about life before the fire. From what is written, he might have been thinking of life how he had achieved so much. This brought some thoughts about pride. Look what I have done is what sometimes possesses the thoughts of man. Reflection should reveal the brevity of man. Life is short. I have not reached the time of an octogenarian but I am a senior citizen. My mind tells me that I am not that far removed from being a teenager fresh out of high school. Now, I am at the age that people say, do you need help with that? If I had known the “measure of my days,” I might have change some things in my life. Fresh out of high school, I simply could not die. I took chances that I would not take today. The Psalmist said, “that I may know how frail I am.” Man is frail. Life can end sudden. Life rushes on and too soon we see the end of life coming and what have I done for the Lord? What have I done for my family? What have I done for my Church? I see the end of life, not far ahead. May I leave this life serving my Savior and Master, Jesus Christ.

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Innocent


Psa 26:6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:What a marvelous statement to be able to say this in truth. This should be what every person that proclaims Christ is their Savior strives to be. We are seen as innocent in the eyes of God because of the blood of Jesus. Complete innocence will not be achieved until we join the heavenly host. That does not mean we should not give up on this life we live and the innocency that we desire. May we wash our hands in holiness.

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What We Learned In 2020


The Shayne Moses Project

By Chuck Baldwin 
January 7, 2021
Re-blog from:
https://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/4091/What-We-Learned-In-2020.aspx

We learned much in 2020. I’ll get right to it.
1. In 2020, we learned that the establishment church is happy to render to Caesar the things that are God’s.I’ll say it straight out: Those pastors and churches that refused to resist the Covid lockdowns, closures and restrictions during 2020 surrendered to the spirit of antichrist and became part of the Babylonish beastly system of Revelation 18.Truly, the salt has lost its savour, and as Jesus told us, “it is thenceforth good for nothing.” (Matthew 5:13)What began as government-created tax-exempt religious organizations in 1954 turned into full-fledged government houses of spiritual prostitution in 2020. Street hookers are more honorable than these sheepish, sniveling, spineless “saints.” At least street hookers are honest about what they do, and they don’t try to hide their whorish behavior behind the façade of…

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Adrianism


ADRIANISM

God has no DRAFTEES,

only VOLUNTEERS.

Adrian Rogers

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Adrianism


Adrianism

Everything God dies

is Wonderful

until we get used to it.

Adrian Rogers

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Adrianism


ADRIANISM

God is willing to

accept the responsibility

for a life dedicated to Him.

Adrian Rogers

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Adrianism


Heaven

is all that the loving heart of God

would desire,

the omniscient mind of God

can conceive,

and the omnipotent hand of God

can perform.

Adrian Rogers

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