Led Zeppelin

Three Choices

Woe unto you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay
Tithe of mint and anise and cumin,
And have omitted, the weightier
Matters of the law, judgement, mercy,
And faith: these ought ye to have
Done, and not to leave the other
Undone.”            Matthew 23:23.

As a Christian who states you are a believer – there are three choices of the direction in which you should live. Jesus condemned two of the paths. It’s a surprise for most people to know what if two groups do as they say. Yet, both exist in our culture.

Our blog today could have been given another title. Actually, before writing this piece my thought was it should be titled “Pagan Protestants”.

Then, I changed my mind, because to use “Pagan Protestants” would have been too blunt. We might think that the people who were living at the time of Jesus were different from you and I. This is a false assumption.

We possess the same flaws and weakness that the people in Jesus’ age were guilty of. Yes, we might describe this as the Three Choices of our modern age, which means that everything is new. How absurd this is! We have the identical traits that those people had.

The people in Jesus day were exactly the same as we are – Emotionally.

 

The Lord, God made humans with the same brain, the same bodies and the same feelings as we have RIGHT NOW. The internal workings do not vary in we – human beings. This blog is directed mainly to Christians.

We are what we are and Jehovah, God has not changed us. He cannot. His word is the same today as it was yesterday and it will be the same tomorrow.
Malachi 3:6, tells us in the Old Testament.

For I am the Lord, I change not;
Therefore, ye sons of Jacob are not
Consumed.

 Paul when writing to the Roman Church commented that the truth remains the same, as it was in the past. Read
Romans 1:2325.

 And changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image
made like to corruptible man, and to
birds, fourfooted beasts, and
creeping things.
who changed the truth of God
unto a lie, and worshipped and
served the creature more than the
Creator, who is blessed for ever,
Amen.

 This one fact alone makes politicians so dangerous because of their failure to keep their word. The socialist-marxist-muslim-leaning Obama was a liar.

Do you recall his remarks about the Affordable Care Act? The Republican Party is filled with liars. The Democratic Party deals in false statements. President G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Obama will not honor the truth. The fact is that each of these men have stated falsehoods.

A few days ago, a lawyer from Midland, Texas told me after a $100,000,000 bond had issue passed for road construction that the money had been allocated for road work TWO TIMES and the roads  still had
not been fixed.

I do not know if his statement was true or false. This lawyer was telling it straight. Basically, what he was saying was the people had been ripped off before. A lie had been put on them. Again.

 

I’ve stated incessantly in this blog:  a
LIE IS TOLD 
to the American people BEFORE every war.

 

What is set out in this blog is you have three choices as a follower of God. Only one of them is correct. The other two are false.

 

Led Zeppelin

 

THE SADDUCCEES

This group of Jews were strong and powerful. The Sadduccees were a group of religious men that would fall into the category of well-educated teachers today. As we read about them their beliefs were difficult to even understand.

The supernatural was found in the lower classes. They held to the idea there was no afterlife. Angels were never a reality. Producing a worship of God was a political means to control people.

The Sadducees did not believe in the angels or spirits.

 

This is part of the text in Acts 23:8:

For the Sad’du-cees say that
There is no resurrection, neither
Angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees
Confess both.

 

These evil men had much to say about the exercise of free will and self-determination by the choice of men. There was no evidence of the Sadducees, before the Jews were taken to captivity in Babylon. I think they kept themselves hidden from society.

One can see the same attitude among religious people now. When there is a denial of the super power of God, we would understand that these people would be the modern Liberals. No one ever really knows what these high churches believe.

When the following are taught – then a modern Sadducees must be with us.

  • Jesus was a good man,
  • Religion is a power to be used,
  • Angels do not exist,
  • All religion is to be used,
  • Miracles are laughable, and
  • Reason should be used as a guide.

 

Look around you.  There are many Sadducees in and among us right now.
These men blaspheme God.

 

 

PHARISEES

Among us – the Pharisees still exist. This is the group of people who make up the traditional ways for people to accept. These people were very devoted people. What went wrong back then was the influence of Greek thought.

Yes, these people believed in the immortality of the soul. When death happened – the righteous pass into another body. The law of Moses was carried out. In fact, these men strictly followed the law of Moses.

As an Israelite, they avoided contact with Gentiles, if at all possible. Tradition was well established among them. The Sabbath was a holy day. They did not work because it was contrary to the law of Moses. Mark 2:23,24, tells us about work.
And it came to pass, that he
Went through the corn fields on the
Sabbath day: and his disciples began,
As they went, to pluck the ears of
Corn.
And the Pharisees said unto him
Behold, why do they on the
Sabbath day that which is not
Lawful?

 

The tradition among us even now has divided the body of Christ.

  • To worship we must have a building.
  • We have to have music director(end of the world right here!).
  • Church must be held between 9:00-12:00 noon.
  • We must have a minister to teach us.
  • We have to have a youth director.
  • Say Bible is true but do not practice that statement.

As a group, the Pharisees are the Fundamentalist Christians of our time.

 

The Sadducees are the Liberals of our age. The Pharisees are the Conservatives of our time. Remember – both are flawed in their beliefs. The Liberals will steal from you. when the Conservatives are near they always render a rule that you must obey.

 

THE THIRD CHOICE

There is an easy response to the situation of the modern Protestant Church splintering. Yes, and the protestant groups are huge disappointments to the word of Jehovah God. There are not just one or two groups of the Church. There are literally hundreds of various ideas about different churches.

In the New Testament, 27 books are there for us to read and absorb. The reason this has not been done is because Christians have not read these 27 books.

 

There are only 3 themes of the New Testament.

First, the remarks of Jesus for the most part are for each person who wants to be accepted by God.

 Second, the writings from Acts to Jude – are instructions for the Church, which is the body politic. Our focus in this blog is in how to unify the Church.

 Third,  the last book deals with the end of this world and the punishment of the wicked and the blessing of the Godly.

A wise person once said “Life is lived forwards but understood backwards”.

The only way we can understand the future is to examine yesterday. It is for this reason we must read the New Testament.
The instruction is set out how to organize and operate the church of Jesus Christ.

In the United States, it is almost funny to see what is happening. The main groups are dictating in this current membership of the Church. This is a form of insanity to think these groups will continue. Look at this membership from fifteen years ago. The numbers are down. Look on the Internet and observe for yourself. What has taken place?

There are some steps which must be taken. The New Testament must be read. Every problem we have today can be found in the writing of Paul, Peter, and John. It was Paul who brought the divine pattern regarding the Church.

There must be put forward the Restoration Plea for Churches to follow this plan. This is not a movement that will last for a short time. We have had movements such as Probition, Sufferance, Wars, Anti-slavery, Civil Rights, and others. These all came to a conclusion. It took about 10 to 15 years.

In Odessa, Texas, there are many Churches with a religiously flawed congregation. A vast number are there to collect money and receive benefits in several ways under the umbrella of a 501(c) (3). The following are ideas expressed in the New Testament.

  • Is a Church building required?
  • Is a music director needed?
  • Should tithing be taught?
  • Is a preacher required?
  • How are the young to be trained?
  • Are missionaries required?

Some of us already have reached a conclusion on these matters. The Church must stop the way it has been going.

We know that it requires courage and thought to
walk away from tradition.
We know there was an uproar when the Church originally began.

 

Acts 2:37 sets this out:

Now when they heard this,
They were pricked in their heart, and
Said unto Peter and to the rest of the
Apostles, men and brethren, what
Shall we do?

 

When the truth is told a new format is laid out. First, the truth must be to us in John 8:22.

 Then said the Jews, will he kill
Himself? Because he saith, wither I
Go, ye cannot come.

 

Never depend upon another human being
 to tell you the answers to sin and salvation. God is the only one who can show you the way.

 

We were told the way to survive this time that we’re on this earth.

As a Christian, we must always speak the truth. Our beliefs must be grounded in the New Testament way. Then our association should be among people who hold to the truth of God’s word. Our outreach through the Missionary labor must never cease.

Never forget Jesus condemned the Pharisees and Sadducees. We should do the same right now. In Mark 11:27, 28 Christ’s authority was challenged.

And they come again to Jerusalem:
And as he was walking in the
Temple, there come to him the chief
Priests, and the scribes, and the
Elders.
And say unto him, by what
Authority doest thou these things? And
Who gave thee this authority I do these
Things. 

 

Conclusion 

  1. Read the New Testament.
  2. It is our power for today
  3. Seek truth. Remember that you are a Missionary.

 

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

 

WHITER THAN SNOW

“Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol, cast out every foe;
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

[Refrain]

Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow.
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, let nothing unholy remain,
Apply Thine own blood and extract ev’ry stain;
To get this blest cleansing, I all things forego—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

[Refrain]

Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
And help me to make a complete sacrifice.
I give up myself, and whatever I know,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

[Refrain]

Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat,
I wait, blessèd Lord, at Thy crucified feet.
By faith, for my cleansing, I see Thy blood flow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

[Refrain]

Lord Jesus, Thou seest I patiently wait,
Come now, and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought Thee, Thou never saidst “No,”
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

[Refrain]

The blessing by faith, I receive from above;
O glory! my soul is made perfect in love;
My prayer has prevailed, and this moment I know,
The blood is applied, I am whiter than snow.”

 

 


Gerald K Fugit

November 12, 2017

DiggingOldWells.com

 

 

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