|Submitted on 2015/04/09 at 12:12 am
You said that faith is only half the equation so it is a lie. I believe that faith is not a lie but is the most important evidence that you are a genuine Christian…as the Bible clearly teaches. So I’m not sure why you seem so opposed to the word “faith”. We pass from death to life when we believe in Christ…that is by faith.
(I am not opposed to faith or belief, I am opposed to the CONCEPT and INTERPRETATION of what true faith is – which is a DYNAMIC FORCE not some static easy chair “I believe therefore I am saved”. Faith, if TRUE, is the dynamic force that propels one to be OBEDIENT to ENTER IN, TO SEEK, ASK, KNOCK and STRIVE to find Christ!!
Noah believed God and did so enough, ie, had total faith in what he had been told so HE DID SOMETHING, he built an ark to the saving of his family. In other words, to Noah, his faith was a dynamic force that propelled him to actually DO SOMETHING, which was to BUILD THE ARK. Noah did NOT sit around in an easy chair and “believe” that some Ark would appear and he had to do nothing! All concepts of faith shown in the Bible are ACTION not “believing” something.
We must first of all BELIEVE that GOD IS and that He rewards those that DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM OUT. So here you have it – NO REWARD UNLESS YOU SEEK HIM OUT – so there is an ACTION HERE, and true belief is what sets that person to SEEK. – scb_
John 5: , verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
(You leave out Matthew where Jesus says If you hear His words and DON’T DO THEM, then you are a fool who built his house upon the sand.
“Why do you call me Lord, Lord and NOT DO what I say?”
The key word here is actually heareth because if you actually HEARD WHAT HE SAID, you would become obedient and DO THEM. The modern Christian only hears what they want to hear, and disregards the rest of it. They have ears to hear but do not hear. If you hear the Word of Christ, REALLY HEAR IT, then you will ENTER IN and FIND CHRIST. Seek and you SHALL FIND, KNOCK and it WILL BE OPENED, ASK and it will be given to you. Look up the words for FIND, OPENED, GIVEN. All of them mean you FOUND SOMETHING. iT IS NOT AN ACT OF FAITH!! It is the OPPOSITE OF FAITH. Faith propels you to do as commanded and when you have FOUND IT, you KNOW and from then on out it is a combination of FAITH and KNOWING. – scb)
1 John 5: 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
(FAITH is the DYNAMIC ACTION VERB HERE. Overcometh means to have fought a major battle and won it. You cannot just take these verses by themselves, you have to bring all of together to obtain the true harmony of the Bible. It is the over comer that has entered in, walked the narrow way and found LIFE, that is TRUE REBIRTH, and REBIRTH, if you will look it up, means UNION WITH CHRIST, i.e, you have FOUND YOUR RANSOM.
JESUS SENDS MILLIONS of Christians away in Matthew Seven for only one reason, they DID NOT ENTER IN, THEY NEVER FOUND HIM, and so He says to them, I NEVER “EXPERIENTIALLY” CAME TO KNOW YOU. They never ENTERED IN, and they NEVER FOUND HIM. – scb)
Romans 1:16,17 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
(Go into Hebrews read what faith really is. – scb)
Also….I find your attitude abrasive rather than kind and the agape love that you speak of seems to be missing from your speech when you refer in a derogatory way to some as “brainless”.
2 Timothy 2: 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
(If telling the truth is abrasive, I am sure I will hear about it at my judgment – I had a friend who brought a man over to my house to discuss salvation. I welcomed him into my home, gave him coffee and food and sat with him for a number of hours. When riding back to his house, he told my friend, “that man has no love in him at all.” or something to that effect. Why? Because he did not like the answers I gave him out of the Bible. He was offended by them, maybe never heard of them in his church. But the truth is, out of LOVE I sat with him and opened up the Scripture to him – and I was gentle about it. – but it is what it is. – scb)
You asked if you were right. I’d like to join with others in saying…Stewart, you’re right…but if you are placing yourself and your followers above others because you have done something right “gone through the narrow gate or gone to the pit”…that’s pride.
In the first place, The Lord took me to the cross, I had nothing to do with it, so where is their any pride? You totally misinterpret almost everything. -scb)
Entering the narrow gate is but one example that Christ gives of what happens when we put our faith and trust in Him and believe his word. There is not one thing that you can do to satisfy the righteous requirements of God. It is our faith in Christ’s finished work that saves us.
(What you are saying here is that obedience to “enter in”, and also “study to show yourself approved” unto God is a work, and that one is attempting to prove something to God so they are accepted. Entering in has nothing to do with any of that, it is “obedience” and doing what Christ commended we all do – ENTER IN AT THE STRAIT GATE. If you really believe God, I mean really believe, you WILL do what He commands.
“If you CONTINUE in MY DOCTRINE, you will FIND THE TRUTH, and THE TRUTH will set you FREE.”
Sounds to me like we are to continue in His doctrine, that is, study to show ourselves approved, and if we will, we WILL FIND THE TRUTH, that is there is a FINDING, A KNOWING, and a UNION with Christ that is fully experiential. At this point of UNION, look it up for yourself. – scb)
What still continues to concern me here is the teaching that has set your group apart from the rest of Christianity and especially the word “faith” seems despised by you.
I would hope I have set some people apart from the REST OF CHRISTIANITY, because modern Christianity is a LIE and takes you to eternal ruin, and the Bible says it is over and over and over again. If you will not hear the warnings of Christ, Peter, John, Paul and the others, then you will not hear them.
It’s in the Bible, Stewart, from one end to the other. It’s from start to finish…by faith….in this life. We don’t get special knowledge or tangible evidence apart from the Word of God until we reach heaven.
(YOU ARE TO FIND YOUR RANSOM, you are TO FIND CHRIST. You are to COME TO HIM, not just have FAITH in Him. He commanded you to PICK UP YOUR CROSS AND DIE, and in death, in the lowest room, the pit, you shall sit until He that bade you to the wedding comes to you, that is APPEARS TO YOU, and says “Friend, come up higher”. There are multitudes of verses all over the New Testament concerning the REVELATION of Christ to the OBEDIENT believer. Indeed, you are to obtain very a SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE if you are to saved IN TRUTH. Read Pilgrim’s Progress for example!!
I ask you to order “THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST” and prove it wrong. If you can do so, I will refund your money.
You deny so much scripture here that I don’t know how to answer. Believe what you will, I warned you, and your blood is not on my hands. If you think I am arrogant, a liar, or whatever, so be it. You do not know me at all. – scb)
And that’s a fact. I’ve used Scripture to prove my point. And if you need more Scripture on the word “faith”…there’s plenty more.
(The debate is not over “faith” it is over what TYPE OF FAITH one accepts. Modern Christianity has changed the definition of faith from a dynamic force over to “easy believeism”
That is “if I believe, I am saved.” Not so, because the multitudes rejected by Christ BELIEVED, and HAD FAITH, even enough faith to cast out demons, perform miracles, etc. They were NOT SAVED. They only thought they were. actually were positive they were, only to find out they were not. Billy Graham Christians – the most popular evangelists in history, loved by the Church, world leaders, etc. So how is it then that Jesus told us if you were telling the REAL TRUTH, you would be hated, reviled, and spit upon, when Billy is so popular with everyone? Someone is not telling truth here, but I think Jesus is. – scb)
A COMMENT ON A COMMENT
“Okay Stewart, I just unsubscribed to your newsletter. You are truly a high-and-mighty self-proclaimed Watchman just like your contemporaries, the “rock stars”: Steve Quayle, the Hags, Hawk, Garrison, Larry Taylor, etc. You are a legend in your own mind and you are always right and claim God-given right to throw rocks at any whom you choose, because you have a computer and know how to use it. You don’t know me, and you have no right to speak to me the way you did, however this IS typical retaliation one receives when a “rock star” is questioned, even if they ask for input. I’m tired of you beating up your readers, and you guys all do it, to a man, to keep yourself elevated above everyone else. There are none righteous, none like you! Jesus threw stones 1 time… for good cause. You do it weekly, AT your own faithful readers. Your son was kind in his response to you, as I tried to be also. Many others have simply voted with their feet, I’m sure you’ve noticed…”
So now the name calling begins – high and mighty self-proclaimed watchman. I have NEVER said I was a watchman, because there is no such designation given in the New Testament, only in the Old. I am a researcher and a researcher only. I cannot control what others say I am. I am here only to GET PEOPLE TO READ THE BIBLE FOR THEMSELVES.
I am a legend in my own mind? Do you have any idea what going to the CROSS OF CHRIST does to you? Evidently not. Anyone who has truly gone to the cross of Christ is not only NOT a legend in their own mind, they KNOW what awful, despicable, rotten to the core the flesh is. It is the direct opposite of arrogance or “legend in your own mind”.
I am NEVER said I was right, NOT EVER. I have repeatedly told people, begged people, to NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING I SAY, but GO THE BIBLE AND LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF.
I do not believe I am beating up my readers, because my readers already know the truth and do not need to be beaten up – most of my blogs are directed outwards, to those who ARE NOT BIBLE BELIEVERS. The “you” in my latest blog was directed at the rulers and authorities of America – but it does apply as well to many people because they have allowed all of this to go on without rising up to stop it. Evil wins because good people do nothing to stop it.
I have never ever said I was RIGHTEOUS, just the opposite MANY TIMES. I am the worst example of a Christian there is, mostly because I have been called to the JUDGMENT SIDE OF THIS, not the MERCY SIDE. As the Bible says, there are none righteous, only the Lord.
There are two sides to the Spirit of the Lord, and I have been called to the JUDGMENT SIDE, the reason being that JUDGMENT PRECEDES MERCY, which is something modern Christian theology totally ignore, to their own peril. Because there appears to be NO JUDGMENT, then there is apostasy, because judgment brings TRUTH, and apostasy brings ERROR. The judgment against America and her people is more severe that what has gone before, because they had all the blessings of the Lord, and are now going through the CURSES of the Lord – all found in Deuteronomy 28. No one can fathom the depth of the horrific future that awaits the American people. You can call upon the Lord, receive all His blessings, then turn your back and STRIVE AGAINST THE LORD and expect ANYTHING BUT SEVERE AND TOTAL JUDGMENT.
Salvation does not come before JUDGMENT is rendered. Judgment is rendered via the STRAIT GATE and NARROW WAY, there is no other way, Jesus did not give us ANY alternatives. Am I to be blamed for warning you all concerning this? I know of what I speak here, for the Lord showed me, and I walked the walk as others have and can testify to what I have testified to. THERE IS NO SALVATION without JUDGMENT, and JUDGMENT BRINGS US DOWN TO THE PIT OF DEATH, for that is what Jesus clearly taught the Holy Spirit’s job was – to JUDGE us of SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUDGMENT. Look up the word judgment – it is an eye-opener.
None of this is WHAT I BELIEVE, it is WHAT I KNOW FOR A FACT. I am not being arrogant, actually just the opposite. If I did not have multitudes of Scripture to back me up, well, I would be a false prophet, liar and a deceiver – but I know the Lord will vindicate what I have said, and I have attempted to do as the Lord as told me to do. I do not pretend to be an “Ezekiel” or even come remotely close, but the judgment of Ezekiel upon his nation is no different than the judgment upon America and her people:
Ezekiel’s Call to Be a Prophet
“2 He said to me, “Son of man,[a] stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” 2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
3 He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites (Americans) , to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people. 7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
9 Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.”
So evidently I am not supposed to tell the American people the Word of God, because they are a rebellious people. But the future of the American people is one of tears, sorrows, lamentations and “woe is me”, Millions will descend to their death unsaved. Why? Because of the modern day preachers, teachers and evangelists who do not know the Lord and are liars and deceivers.
I have no special gift here, anyone can see it that WANTS TO. There are no excuses in this land, the Gospel has been preached, Bibles are everywhere one wants to find them, but that has been rejected. If one thinks my statements are harsh, one should read what the Lord says about the American people – I make no apologies for stating that the huge majority of Americans are totally comatose, blind, and apostates, meaning “brainless” when it comes to the things of the Lord. The Lord says they are, and also says that JUDGMENT COMETH.
So if you think I am throwing stones, so be it. There will be no LOVE, NO COMPASSION, and NO MERCY shown the American people when this thing strikes. It is all there in the prophecies against America-Babylon, and we have now entered BABYLONIAN TWILIGHT, and SOON DARKNESS COMES.