Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Viewer comment revisited

I posted a message entitled, "Am I a good person?" which contained both the law and the gospel message and unfortunately I temporarily re-saved the post as a draft for editing purposes and as a result the comment by Anders Branderud had been removed and along with my friend StreetEvangelist Jeff reply to Anders comment and so I wanted to repost both the comment and all replies. This post will remain on my blog and any one can comment below. The original message "Am I a good person? will be reposted at a later date and a link will be added to this post at that time.

By Anders Branderud on Am I a good person? on 5/9/11
Hello! You wrote: "Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? The Word of God says that if you break one of His commandments, you are guilty of all of them.(James 2:10)" [To differentiate,] It is important to note this: According to the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 in Hebrew according to the Hebrew numbering (which differs from the Christian), the Messiah would teach his followers to observe the directives of the Torah – the books of Moses. The word ‘mishpat’ is used, which implies non-selective observance of the directives of the Torah to a person’s utmost. So this is what the Mashiakh – Messiah – must have taught about ‘salvation’: As stipulated in Devarim ["Deuteronomy"] 6:4-9,11:13-21 one is required to keep all of the directives of Torâh′ to one’s utmost—viz., “with all one’s heart, psyche and might [lit. "very"]“—”for the purpose of extending your days and the days of your children… like the days of the heavens above the earth” (i.e., eternal life). According to the Tan’’kh - Yekhezeqeil ["Ezekiel"] chapter 18 et.al – the Creator confer His atonement in His loving kindness to those and only those turning away from their Torah-transgressions and (re)turning to non-selectively Torah-observance including mishpat. Everyone has transgressed the Torah and its possible to obtain forgiveness from the Creator in His loving kindness when living in the above way. The Creator has promised this in His Bible - which is in Hebrew - and He doesn't lie. According to Torah if you breach one directive you are only guilty of breaching that particular directive of Torah. You should then repent, ask the Creator of forgiveness and return to doing your utmost to observe the directives of Torah non-selectively. Thus, the way of ‘salvation’ in NT contradicts Torah and what the Mashiakh taught. Thus, it will not lead to eternal life. It is only an emotional filled experience that doesn’t describe a real encounter with the Creator. I am a former Christian and understand that after having studied Torah in Hebrew according to etymology. Doing your utmost to follow the directives of Torah will lead you into an immensly meaningful relationsship with the Creator. Anders Branderud

Hi Anders, At no time in the world’s history has anyone ever earned salvation by his own works. In both The Tanak and the Brit Chadesha, people were saved by the grace of HaShem and the merits of Yeshua. The following texts make it clear that people who lived before the cross were saved on the same terms as were people in Brit Chadesha times. "I am not ashamed of the Besuras HaGeulah of Yeshua: for it is the power of HaShem unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16. "For unto us was Besuras HaGeulah preached, as well as unto them." Hebrews 4:2. "For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Galatians 2:16. "Neither is there Yeshu'at Eloheinu in any other: for there is none other name under Shomayim given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. "But though we, or a malach from Shomayim, preach any other Besuras HaGeulah unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1 :8. The Tanak itself teaches salvation through Yeshua. The "scriptures" spoken of in the following texts are Tanak. These texts make it clear that Tanak teaches the same Besuras HaGeulah of salvation through Yeshua that we find in the Brit Chadesha. "Yeshua died for our sins according to Kitvei HaKodesh." 1 Corinthians 15:3. "From a child thou hast known the holy Kitvei HaKodesh, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in HaMoshiac Yeshua." 2 Timothy 3:15. "And Moshiac said to them, `O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the Neviim have spoken: Ought not Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiac to have suffered these things, and to enter into his Kavod?’ And beginning at Moshe and all the Neviim, he expounded unto them in all the Kitvei HaKodesh the things concerning himself." Luke 24:25-27. "All Kitvei HaKodesh is HaShem breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in Tzedek." 2 Timothy 3:16. Scripture presents one Brit from Breshit to Hisgalus, one plan of salvation for humanity. The Scriptures call it "the eternal Besuras HaGeulah" (Hisgalus 14:6), the "Brit Olam" (Tehillim 105:10; Hebrews 13:20). Anders, please read Yermeyah 31:30-32 
Thanks, Jeff

By Anonymous on Am I a good person? on 5/19/11
ל הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְכָרַתִּי, אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת-בֵּית יְהוּדָה--בְּרִית חֲדָשָׁה. 30 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; לא לֹא כַבְּרִית, אֲשֶׁר כָּרַתִּי אֶת-אֲבוֹתָם, בְּיוֹם הֶחֱזִיקִי בְיָדָם, לְהוֹצִיאָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם: אֲשֶׁר-הֵמָּה הֵפֵרוּ אֶת-בְּרִיתִי, וְאָנֹכִי בָּעַלְתִּי בָם--נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 31 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, although I was a lord over them, saith the LORD. לב כִּי זֹאת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר אֶכְרֹת אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל אַחֲרֵי הַיָּמִים הָהֵם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, נָתַתִּי אֶת-תּוֹרָתִי בְּקִרְבָּם, וְעַל-לִבָּם אֶכְתְּבֶנָּה; וְהָיִיתִי לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים, וְהֵמָּה יִהְיוּ-לִי לְעָם. 32 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people; לג וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עוֹד, אִישׁ אֶת-רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו לֵאמֹר, דְּעוּ, אֶת-יְהוָה: כִּי-כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אוֹתִי לְמִקְּטַנָּם וְעַד-גְּדוֹלָם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה--כִּי אֶסְלַח לַעֲו‍ֹנָם, וּלְחַטָּאתָם לֹא אֶזְכָּר-עוֹד. {ס} 33 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: 'Know the LORD'; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more. {S} לג וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עוֹד, אִישׁ אֶת-רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו לֵאמֹר, דְּעוּ, אֶת-יְהוָה: כִּי-כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אוֹתִי לְמִקְּטַנָּם וְעַד-גְּדוֹלָם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה--כִּי אֶסְלַח לַעֲו‍ֹנָם, וּלְחַטָּאתָם לֹא אֶזְכָּר-עוֹד. {ס}

Leaf in the Lake

Leaf in the Lake by Chris Yarzab
Leaf in the Lake, a photo by Chris Yarzab on Flickr.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Coming in the Clouds (Mark 13:24-27) John MacArthur

Harold Camping: The consequence of believing in his rapture

Harold Camping: The consequence of believing in his rapture

Saturday, May 21, 2011 - No 2 Religion Yes 2 Faith by Frank Raj

Click the link above to read the article. This was my response to Frank Raj article,

In your article you said, "Since God does not judge a man before he dies I have no business in doing so either."    

I disagree with your view that God does not judge a man before he dies since Jesus said, "Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."  (John 3:18) and of course we have no business passing judgement on unbelievers but those who call themselves believers but act as unbelievers we as Christians can pass judgement as it is written, "I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES." 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 

So it appears clear from Scripture that God has condemned unbelievers already (John 3:18) and those who are clearly false prophets we can pass judgement on and then treat them as unbelievers as Christians are instructed in (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). 

Because Harold Camping has sinned and has ignored reproof which is mandated and instructed in Matthew 18:15-18 then God tells us to let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Which means as an unbeliever. Harold Camping needs to repent toward God and put his faith in Jesus Christ alone for His salvation. To trust Jesus Christ is to believe and obey the words of our Lord who said to the Apostles that no man knows the day or hour.  Scripture is the final authority on every thing we are taught. Let God be true but every man a liar. (Romans 3:4)

Quote from Harold Camping:

“God has given sooo much information in the Bible about this, and so many proofs, and so many signs, that we know it is absolutely going to happen without any question at all. There’s nothing in the Bible that God has ever prophesied — there’s many things that he prophesied would happen and they always have happened — but there’s nothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world. I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.”

Albert Mohler wrote, 

If you know the Bible and this statement confuses you, you are in good company. Harold Camping believes that God has revealed to him the exact dates of biblical events and the timeline of the judgment. He says that God revealed some “exquisite proof” that enabled him to determine a “finished product” timeline that ends on May 21, this coming Saturday.

Harold Camping said, "I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.” And this also goes hand in hand with the fact that Harold Camping was instructed by his Church to stop prophesying but instead of listening to the Church he left it and started his own. So Harold Camping should be treated as an unbeliever.

An advertisement by Harold Camping and his FamilyRadio.com includes this message;

"Using the Bible's definition of "Prophet" as one who brings the truth of God's word then Harold Camping and those who have validated his work are the real deal."

‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ “You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him."  Deuteronomy 18:20-22

"As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions." 1 Timothy 1:3-7

"For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed." Titus 1:10-16

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Parables of Jesus


Parables of Jesus

Canceled debts: Luke 7:41-43

Cost of discipleship: Luke 14:28-33

Faithful and wise servant: Matthew 24:45-51; Luke 12:42-48

Fig tree: Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33

Good Samaritan: Luke 10:30-37

Great banquet: Luke 14:16-24

Growing seed: Mark 4:26-29

Hidden treasure and pearl: Matthew 13:44-46

Honor at a banquet: Luke 14:7-14

Husbandmen: Matthew 21:33-40; Mark 12:1-11; Luke 20:9-18

Laborers in the vineyard: Matthew 20:1-16

Lamp under a bushel: Matthew 5:14-16; Mark 4:21-22; Luke 11:33-36

Leaven: Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21

Lost coin: Luke 15:8-10

Lost sheep: Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:4-7

Mustard seed: Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19

Net: Matthew 13:47-50

New cloth on an old garment: Matthew 9:16; Mark 2:21; Luke 5:36

New wine in old wineskins: Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37-39

Obedient servants: Luke 17:7-10

Owner of a house: Matthew 13:52

Persistent friend: Luke 11:5-8

Persistent widow: Luke 18:2-8

Pharisee and the publican: Luke 18:10-14

Prodigal (lost) son: Luke 15:11-32

Rich fool: Luke 12:16-21

Rich man and Lazarus: Luke 16:19-31

Sheep and goats: Matthew 25:31-46

Shrewd steward: Luke 16:1-8

Sower: Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23; Mark 4:3-8, 14-20; Luke 8:5-8, 11-15

Talents: Matthew 25:14-30

Tares and wheat: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Ten Pounds: Luke 19:12-27

Ten virgins: Matthew 25:1-13

Two sons: Matthew 21:28-32

Unfruitful fig tree: Luke 13:6-9

Unmerciful servant: Matthew 18:23-35

Watchful servants: Mark 13:34-37; Luke 12:35-40

Wedding banquet: Matthew 22:2-14

Wise and foolish builders: Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49