Refusing To Change

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in
trespasses and sins;
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:”  Ephesians 2:1, 2.

In the United States, there are two groups who a person wonders about their sanity. The action which each one shows to the world causes those who watch wonder whether they are stupid or could it be an illustration of ignorance. From the acts shown it brings up a sign of mental instability. It seems that these two groups have much in common with each other. The approach each group accepts is almost as if in their mental state is a death wish which possesses each.

When Satan takes command of any person, group, ideology or nation the sign of death is always prevent! Someone could call it self-destruction. Another explanation is an indication to rationally observe and draw a valid conclusion.

First there is a group who all know. It is the Democratic Party. What was accepted as the truth was the vast crowds that came to hear Donald Trump speak were the crazies of the United States. The great masses of people who were inside and outside were ignorant. The party leadership believed the “fake news” and lies. Then, there were the pollsters who supposedly counted noses.

It is difficult to believe that someone among them did not get sense of doom as to their candidate Hillary Clinton.

The media was laughable.

Evidently, these perverts only wanted the one person to win. The news was not reported. It was desire for Hillary Clinton to win. Realty was never accepted. Look around you and see the damage. The Democratic Party lost its core.

The second group to be observed, is the main line Protestants. What has happened to such groups as listed hereafter is an illustration of a mental disorder among the leadership of all these groups.  Or is it a death wish which indicates Satan has twisted the leadership?

• Disciples of Christ,
• Presbyterians,
• Episcopal,
• Lutherans,
• Methodist, and
• Some Baptist groups.

There are others – but each of the above can be checked out by what has happened. Each one of these groups have within them some who still remain conservative or barely fundamentalist.

There was sent to me a publication of a group of Methodist who are opposed to the entire leaders of the hierarchy of the Methodist Church. In the January-February 2017 publication called “We Confess”, it had almost a full page article entitled “Studies Link Shrinking Church Membership with Liberal Theology”.

+“The result of a study on why churches grow or decline
have been published in an article that appears in the
Toronto Star December 6, 2016. The study, conducted
and reported by David Millard Haskell, reports that since
1960 the mainline churches in Canada, namely, the Anglican,
Lutheran, Presbyterian, and United Church of Canada, have
lost between 40% to 60% of their membership. However, in
the midst of this decline some individual churches are growing.”

Yes, this was a Canadian study but certainly it would apply to the United States. I think this is applicable to all of the main line Protestant groups.

Here is what the publication stated under the headlines “UMC In America Sees Drastic Worship Attendance Decline In 2015”.

“News from the General Council on Finance and
Administration on statistics in 2015 is not good.
According to a recently released report worship
attendance in United Methodist Churches in 2015
fell by 82,313 worshippers, from 2,832,239 to
2,749,926, or 2.9%.”

Actually all of these Protestant groups seldom touch much of the following because the instruction is not liked by those in the pew.

Judgment,
Adultery,
• Fornication,
• Sunday School,
• Attendance -Consistent,
• Homosexual,
• Transgender,
• Evil of Socialism,
• Future Life at time of death,
• Mortality,
• Remaining a Christian, and
• Accepting of the Social gospel.

When these subjects are brought up, then the members feel very uncomfortable.

This is not an attack on the Methodist Church, but it is merely an illustration of one group. The Millennials know that there is a fundamental error at the core level.

A Disciple of Christ minister said to a Bible Study Group the beginning stories in Genesis were myths. I was there. I saw his lips move.

All of this started about 1900, when young preachers went to Europe to study. The men came back as creators of doubt.

Satan did his work well.

The Democratic Party and the liberal churches have much in common. Each had no idea who their bases consist of. This may be a way of destruction of liberalism and socialism in the two major groups. Both should end.

TWO GROUPS

In the world there are but two groups. The average person does not accept this fact because it is disruptive for a sinner’s way of life. When there are but two ways to live then the choice for the average person is a huge issue. The majority have made the answer already. Ephesians 2:1-3, is a remark Paul had seen with these new Christians.

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in
trespasses and sins;
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:
Among whom also we had our conversation in
times past in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of our flesh and of the mind; and were
by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

Paul when analyzing their lives saw the change which had happened. As with most people it was easy to see these people lived for their flesh. Their existence carried with it the flesh must be satisfied.

Worldlings are motivated by their mouths. Food, shelter and drink are what causes them to act.


GOSPEL EXPLAINED

We are told that there is a plan set out in Scripture. What is stated is that when we are told of the death buried and resurrection from the grave for each of us then for many a change takes place. It was God who sent His Son from Heaven to earth to show to us the plan of our salvation.

Life is not hopeless because we are told in Ephesians 2:4-6, that Jehovah God has been preparing for those who believe.

A special gift has been given to us. The name of this gift is Grace.


“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love

wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened
us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit
together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”

Recently I was with another lawyer who said his secretary was brought up a Roman Catholic who still struggles with a guilt complex even though she no longer is a Roman Catholic. It is in Ephesians 2:8-9, we are told it is not works that allows us to be accepted by God.

“For by the grace you are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Our way of life has now been changed. Once not accepted by God because we were of the flesh. This has been changed from worldly people to those who are a part of His Kingdom. We should remember there is a difference now ~ Ephesians 2:11, sets this out for us.

“Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past
Gentiles in the flesh, who are called the
uncircumcision by that which is called the
circumcision in the flesh made by hands.”

We are different after Jesus becomes a part of our makeup.

When we declare the gospel, then change is required in order for our surroundings to change.

There are people who want to destroy we Christians. These people are very active at this time. When large numbers are put in boats then piloted to Europe it is a sign that Satan does not want any signs that Europe has a Christian background. The muslims have tried for centuries to wipe us from the globe. You should always remember who you are. The fact is that Islam is evil.

There are men like George Soros, Obama and Clinton who would like to see we Christians disappear.

CHRIST IS PEACE

There can never be peace in this world unless Christ is the center of the life of each and every person. What Christ gives to each one of us is peace. In Ephesians 3:15-17, the subject of peace was brought to attention of these Gentiles.

“Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth
is named,
That he would grant you, according to the riches
of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his
Spirit in the inner man
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith:
that ye, being rooted and grounded in love.”

When the world disagrees with us – then it always seeks death. When the world looks at its own death, peace is not the alternative. In 1974, Karen Silkwood was a 28-year-old woman who worked for Kerr-McGee in Oklahoma. She saw the corruption present in the corporation as well as the substandard performance of the production of certain nuclear materials. On her way to explain the situation to a reporter of the New York Times she died a mysterious death.

Investigations followed. A movie was made of her life. The reason for her death has never been determined. When the evil of world is exposed – then silence of that person is sought. That is not peace.

The world hates the truth.

Our life should be built upon the principles that are found in the New Testament. Paul made such a comment as that in Ephesians 2:19-20.

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and
foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and
of the household of God;
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief
corner stone.”

You are requested to read this second chapter of Ephesians.

CONCLUSION

What can be learned from this short chapter in Ephesians is powerful.

1. Before your knowledge of Christ, you were a sinner.
2. Only Christ brings peace,
3. Gods says stay clear of worldly people, and
4. Know you have a place in the worship of God.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

 

THE WAY OF THE CROSS LEADS HOME

“I must needs go home by the way of the cross,
There’s no other way but this;
I shall ne’er get sight of the gates of light,
If the way of the cross I miss.
Chorus:
The way of the cross leads home, (leads home,)
The way of the cross leads home; (leads home;)
It is sweet to know as I onward go,
The way of cross leads home.
I must needs go on in the blood sprinkled way,
The path that the Savior trod,
If I ever climb to the heights sublime,
Where the soul is at home with God.
Then I bid farewell to the way of the world,
To walk in it nevermore,
For the Lord says, “Come,” and I seek my home
Where He waits at the open door.”

 

GERALD K. FUGIT
February 5, 2017
DiggingOldWells.com

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