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Monday, September 16, 2013

Discerning Devilish Doctrines

Doctrines of Demons

by rory moore
 It is not my purpose here to point out the many, many individual  doctrines (teachings) that have been sown into the great body of Christianity that are true, part true, or completely wrong. 

Rather we would alert you to the nature and character of the spirits that work through the people that hold them. I would safely say that most of us have held various errors along our journey and by God's grace we are delivered of them.

2 Timothy 2:23    But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes...
1.  "foolish": dull, heedless, absurd, stupid
2.  "questionings": a dispute or its' theme
3.  "strifes":  ***battle, controversy, quarrel, disputes***
 Do what with them? –“refuse”??

That’s to beg off,  decline, shun: - avoid, excuse, entreat, refuse, reject.
To not reject them is to “give place to the devil” and to our dismay we have seen dozens of people we thought were firm in the faith succumb to error.

Be mindful when people are obsessive over a particular teaching, and compulsively driven to argue, prove, or relentlessly persuade others then learn to discern what spirit is compelling them.

 1.  People holding them will *vigorously* press them by fleshly debate and strife. -and justifyingly call it "zeal" or even “truth”!
2. error is often sweetly seductive, contain an appearance of truth, and appeal to fleshly minds in giving comfort and false assurance.
3. Rather than explained "line upon line", "precept upon precept", citing both command and examples from New Testament scripturel, they offer persuasive human explanations and reasoning to obscure what is written and plainly expressed.

4. They may be attested to by experiential testimony, sometimes without scriptural foundation.
5. They divide people causing faction and separation...
6. It only takes ONE demonic doctrine to cause division.
    REAL faction, not just accusatory faction because of disagreement over understandings..

7.  A doctrine of demons will usually filter back to an individual or small like-minded group.  A book, video, TV program, or website can attract many followers in a short time.
8.  They will complicate and obfuscate simple words and teachings using many words. Most error is shrouded by longggg explanations.

9.  When demons are involved, people feel angry, attacked, upset, or lose peace....
Bad fruit is produced and will manifest “works of the flesh –Galatians 5 speaks of these spiritual fruits.
Fruits like arrogance, critical, stubbornness, pride, self-righteous works, despising our brother, etc. are manifest.

10. Doctrines of demons dwell in fleshly minds and produce "works of the flesh".
Strife, debate, anger, frustration, confusion, division, separations.
11. Some doctrines of demons only change one word in a scripture as in the devil did with Eve in Genesis 3.
12. Doctrines of demons "pervert", that is twist the meaning of scripture by re-defining or adding to the meaning. They are institutionalized as  church tradition, ritual, rules, or church culture.  

13. they are used to condemn people that do not follow them.
14.  They tend to bondage:  of laws, rules, and or the leaders that promote them.
15. If contradicted by truth and a multitude of scripture, demons manifest with anger, accusation, judgment, even cursing.
16. They promote spiritual superiority, elitism, and the sense of being among a people of special knowledge.

17.  Demons persistently strive to have the last word.
18:  Characteristics and nature of these demons working through people:
    a. they love ATTENTION
    b. they will argue and argue and argue and argue and…..
    c. they do so in order to draw people into fruitless discussions and stir the flesh nature. Fleshly anger, mocking (LOL!), pride, arrogance and confusion reveal their presence.

Demons are VERY creative inventing doctrines and or perverting true doctrines.
Examples are inserting meanings that are not given in scripture by either example or command, especially as viewed through the writings of the New Testament apostles.

The "many" is who?
MANY deceivers are a hallmark of the last days. "Many" means literally a majority, and it was referenced by Jesus in terms of them that confess Christ as Lord.

What is written in scripture is true.
The explanations, reasoning’s, and wisdom of man cannot be trusted. Those that are driven to put forth pet doctrines are falling into a deception no matter how truthful it appears.

The Pharisee Christians of the New Testament in Acts 15 in error set forth the laws of the Old Testament and attempted to impose words from the scripture that were never given to the church. Those men “perverted” the scripture and “troubled” the saints.

Paul  wrote of them in Galatians saying “if we or an angel from heaven preaches any other gospel… let him be accursed"

Take heed brethren.
-rory moore
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

The simple Rapture Timing Truth

The simple Rapture Timing Truth

Let’s begin with two of the most direct and specific textual pillars used by the “pre-trib” advocates.

Question: Is this the “rapture” here in 1Corinthians 15?
42)   So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; …….51)  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52)   in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound,
        and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

and is THIS also the rapture in 1 Thess?
1Thess. 4:13 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope.
14)   For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15)   For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede  them that are fallen asleep.
16)   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
===> and the dead in Christ shall rise >>> first<<<
17 then we that are alive, and remain, shall together with them (the dead in Christ) be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

It is all about the "pre-trib"rapture they say, correct?

 Anastasis Strongs 386
def: a raising up, a rising from the dead , that of Christ that of all men at the end of this present age
the resurrection of certain ones history who were restored to life

Perhaps you just noticed the mention of “them that are fallen asleep” (-them that have died in Christ),  precedes the phrase  “caught up in the clouds”.
The resurrection of the dead is the raising up of our physical bodies which “sleep” in physical death.
 ( the spirit of a saint is with the Lord, only our physical body sleeps. Jesus modeled this in His death when His physical body was in the tomb).

The raising of the dead (our physical bodies) is mentioned throughout Old and New Testaments:

Job 19: For I know that my redeemer lives, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Luke 20:37  But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the place concerning the Bush

Luke 20:35          But they that are accounted worthy to attain to that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage
John 11:24          Martha said to him, I know that he (Lazarus)  shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

The “FIRST” RESURRECTION  immediately precedes the gathering to Christ.

-as stated in the supposed “pre-trib rapture” verses in 1Thess. 4 up above (read them again).

The “pre-trib” rapturists believe Christians will escape martyrdom, the “mark of the beast”, and the events of “great tribulation but let’s set these in order.

Now that we have shown that them that are asleep in Christ are raised immediately before those that are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord, and that the dead are raised in the resurrection on the “last day”…………….

Here is the simple truth:

Rev. 20:4   And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:
 === > and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus
and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand;
and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 …….. This is the first resurrection.
The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished.
6)   Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection
over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The first resurrection  of  “them that are fallen asleep” that is near simultaneous with the "harpazo" of 1Thess. 4 and 1Cor. 15  is in Rev 20 and includes the martyred tribulation saints!

There is not a 2nd resurrection of beheaded saints after the tribulation because the dead in Christ rose first at the supposed “pre-trib” rapture! There is not a "FIRST resurrection" part 1 and 2.

The "first resurrection” includes those refusing the mark and the martyrs.
 If the “first resurrection” is before the tribulation, then the “first resurrection” that includes martyred saints who refused the mark cannot be first because the first rising of “them that are asleep” were raised before the “first resurrection”.

Therefore there can be no pre-trib rapture. In the "rapture" the "dead in Christ rise "first" just as the dead in Christ that refused the mark are raised together in the "first" resurrection...

This is the simple unmovable truth and the "first resurrection".
No lie is of the truth. The "pre-trib rapture" is not true and our prayer is the Lord will open your eyes to the truth and deliver you from the writers and sellors of the pre-trib rapture error...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Narrow Way of Ministery According to Jesus

About 33 AD

And today, Circa 2014 A.D.
There is an amazing contrast from the weekly pulpit ministry of today and Jesus.
As Jesus achieved some fame they sought to kill him.  But the suited Sunday orators bear little resemblance to the meek and humble Jesus Christ of Scripture. 

The temptation of Jesus bears mention, who tempted Jesus with the highest position in the building?
Matthew 4:5 (NLT)
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple…
Do you think there were no people around to see the potential miracle and show?
Contrast with the popular, author-pastor who literally filled Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in April 2010 with a huge crowd. 
 And we read how the devil took Jesus to the high place in God's temple building that his disciples described in : Mark 13:1 - And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!" 

You see, Jesus could have jumped and put on a great show to impress the crowd below.
-But no,  it was not deliverance from the temptation of suicide that was being offered, it was the temptation to use worldly means to gain recognition..
Every time His disciples or followers tried to take him and promote Him in the eyes of man, Jesus hid Himself.

 John 6:15 - When Jesus then perceived that they would come and take him by force to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain alone.."

 Rather than seeking fame and a large "ministry", Jesus did not use self-promotion so commonly practiced in the church world. Yet even His own family urged Him to advertise and promote His ministry!!

John 7:3-5 (NLT)
and Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles!
 You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” 

 That's right,  His own carnal "brethren" were all for Jesus using worldly means to promote His "message".  
Why did they think in terms of using worldly promotion
The next verse says: "For neither did his brethren believe in him." 

And neither do these self-promoters with their body guards, "faith partners", telethons, appeals for support, and laying up of their treasures here on earth contrary to what Jesus spoke. They are preaching "another Jesus" as Paul warned.

Notice how Jesus refused opportunity:
Matthew 8:4 - And Jesus said to him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Mark 7:36 - And he charged them that they should tell no man
Mark 8:26 -  he sent him away to his house, saying, Do not go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.
Mark 8:30 - And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
Mark 9:9 - And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.
Luke 8:56 - And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.

Compare Jesus with many famous present day representatives of Christianity today:
John 7:18 - He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: 
John 5:41   I do not receive honor from men.
John 5:43   if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

How we honor the great orators and pretty faces in our day!
But Jesus warned:

John 5:44 "How can ye believe, when you receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?" 

In our church experience it became nauseating to hear the flowery, men-honoring introductions of visiting preachers. And usually those well paid speakers would in turn pay flattery tribute to the pastor. In our old denomination the pastor was exalted and I remember testimonies of the glory of pastor's life and ministry.

 Did you notice how Jesus pointed out the religious leaders would get honor from each other and this would hinder their ability to believe His Word?  
Notice the way of Jesus in John 5:13 (ASV): But the man who was healed did not know who healed him,  as JESUS HAD SLIPPED AWAY while there was a crowd in that place".

Surely Jesus missed a golden opportunity  for showmanship in the style of countless other "name brand" ministries of today.  What Jesus could have done was taken that fella by the hand and skipped him around the temple a few times so folks would know the healer was in the house.
If He wore a tailored, white, Italian made Jewish robe, had body guards, and Gucci sandals, could He quickly attract a vast following?

But He also missed a chance to give a 50 minute sermon to proclaim his "vision for the church" too, and especially the chance to receive some tithes and offerings from the great crowd in the place in order to finance His ministry. 

He was completely unlike the preachers who rarely pass an opportunity for a bit of "seed sowing" from the folks.  Elaborate church platforms and lighting bear witness to who is seeking the attention of the crowd.

-Acts 8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one
10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 
11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip..when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money
19 Saying, Give me also this power.. 20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money".

Yet today the modern merchants of Babylon have an industry in Christianity selling "anointed" cloths, Holy Spirit Crusades, Books on "blessings", CD's and syllabus’s, impartation, conferences.... the list is endless.  22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness... -Peter told Simon when he wanted to buy a ministry.

In 3 John :9 another character is mentioned illustrating what happens to a man who is lifted up
"I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, received us not.  

Simply put , Diotrephes was a  man in charge of a church that loved his position.
"Preeminence" is definedSuperior to or notable above all others; to stand out .  That one verse should give a serious heart-check for hidden motives.
Acts 20:30 gives another clue:  "Also of your own selves (ministers) shall men arise (be lifted up), speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples to follow after themselves". (making followers of their ministry (teachings-ideas, and words)  

Whose disciples are we/ Who do we seek to emulate?
            Rev. 2:14   "But I have a few things against you, because you have (in the church) them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to set a stumblingblock in front of the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.

The Lord brought  mention of both Balaam and the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes in forceful terms in this passage.  Let's see if we can apply this word to modern ministry.  Balaam, a messenger and servant of God sold out for personal gain and was impressed by the gifts and status of the men Balak sent to him. "And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honorable...".
Balaam was drawn away from obedience to God by his respect of persons that flattered him, and God tested his heart..     

The Christian "stars" and celebrities of this present world are the idols of God's people.  So often too is the local pastor people seek to follow and promote as the voice of God.

Those who build the visible, man-made kingdoms of "the earth" certainly appear to fill the warnings given to "beware of false prophets".   Put them in their "temples" and you have God's people following them preferring their words and ministries in place of personal study and prayer. 
And the people still continue to bring their gifts, sacrifices, and offerings to the modern idols of stone and wood called "churches".

Compare the manner and ministry of Jesus, Paul, and the believers in Acts, see an honest picture of what real Christian ministers look like. And there is not one flashy, self-promoting, self-serving, glorified one in the bunch. Period. 

Sadly, it is God's people who magnify and enable these men to become the spiritual giants they are. And God forgive us for the "glory-to-the-pastor" testimonies and blind loyalty cultivated in our churches.

 Drawing close to God's Word and Spirit will enable us to take the sword of the Spirit and cut off the head (leadership and influence) of these religious giants so Christ can reign in us.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Was Paul's Gospel FALSE?


Who witnesses for or against the apostle Paul in scripture?

The Apostle Paul examined:

Other than Jesus Himself,  I don't think any other man has been more maligned to both Jews and gentiles than the man named Paul.

Although he wrote the majority of the New Testament and was responsible for countless numbers of Christian converts for the last 2,000 years, I have heard him referred to as a "male chauvinist" , anti-female, a liar, and a false apostle.
One "prophet" was saying "ya gotta watch that Paul" alluding Paul was in error and that the Catholic Church was somehow mistakenly responsible for including Paul's writings as scripture.

Many ignore or explain away Paul's epistles as mere "commentary".

In reality, the vast majority of Christian ministers and pastors  bear no resemblance to the ministry, faith, and walk of Paul who labored for the gospel at his own expense without tithes, no salary, no special privileges or asking for "ministry support"..
Were Paul's writings scripture and believable?

Paul's ministry and name are mentioned 129 times in the Book of Acts alone, written by Luke, who was eyewitness and who also wrote the gospel of Luke.

If we can establish apart from Paul's letter the truth about his ministry, his calling, and the truth of the gospel Paul preached,  then the accusations by Paul's detractors are laid to rest.  
Was Paul a "chosen vessel"?  If so, we ought to give heed to what he wrote.
If not, then we should take scissors to the New Testament.
Was it "Christ speaking" in him or was it just a mans "commentary" as some charge?

Here I have compiled what others that actually knew him said.  So without relying on Paul's words, we present a multitude of witnesses to the validity of Paul's ministry:

1. Luke:  A witness who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts.
To reject Paul, you must also reject Luke's gospel and Acts because witness Luke wrote concerning Paul
If Luke did not write the truth,  then what of James and Peter's words recorded in Acts?
Will we discredit what James and Peter were quoted as saying, PLUS many other of the elders and churches, PLUS what Luke reported as to what Jesus said in Acts....???

That creates a dilemma for folks because in Acts we read of those that affirmed Paul:

2.  Jesus is a witness in Acts 9:15
    "But the Lord said to him (Ananias), Go thy way: for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles and kings, and the children of Israel: "

3. Anannias a witness in Acts 9:17 :
    Ananias ...... entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said, Brother Saul,  the  Lord,  even Jesus, who appeared unto thee in the way which you came, has sent me, that you may receive sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

4. Barnabbas in Acts 12:
    for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and much people was added unto  the Lord.  (25  And he went forth to Tarsus to seek for Saul;

5. The Church at Antioch, the Holy Spirit, prophets, and teachers:
    Acts 13:1 Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers,
    Barnabas, and Symeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen the foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them to.

6. The WHOLE church at Jerusalem,
    Acts 15: 4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they (Paul and Barnabbaswere received of the church and the apostles and the elders, and they rehearsed all things that God had done with them.
       22 Then it seemed good to the apostles  and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas
         The whole church at Jerusalem  approved of Paul, re-read the above verse.

7. Churches that Paul confirmed:
    Acts 15:41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.  MANY other churches were confirmed: Derbe and to Lystra, Phrygia and Galatia,  Philippi, Thyatira, Corinth, 
The Church at Ephesus that believed Paul:
     Acts 19-2-6, and the Holy Spirit who confirmed what Paul said to them.

8. God Himself in Acts 19: 11
    And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

9. An evil spirit in the unbelieving Jews of Ephesus:
    Acts  14  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, who did this.
    15 And the evil spirit answered and said unto them, Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye?

10. The pagans of Ephesus who desired to kill him in Acts 19: 34      But when they perceived that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried  out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

11. The elders of Ephesus and the Holy Spirit  in  Acts 20:
                     17 and from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called to him the elders of the church.  21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God, and faith toward our  Lord Jesus Christ.     22  And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
  23 save that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city afflictions await me. (the Spirit testified through other brethren)

12.  James and the church at Jerusalem upon Paul's return from his missionary work:

       Acts 21:17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us (Luke was an eyewitness) gladly.  18  And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.   19 And when he had saluted them, he rehearsed one by one the things which God had wrought among the Gentiles through his ministry.     20 And they, when they heard it, glorified God

 13. The Lord Himself in Acts 22: 21
      And he <an angel> said to me, Depart: for I will send you forth far away to the Gentiles.       24 saying, Fear not, Paul; you must stand before Caesar: and lo, God has granted thee all them that sail with thee
14. An angel sent from the Lord: Acts 27: 23
      For there stood by me this night an angel of the God whose I am, whom also I serve... (Luke wrote this as a witness in Acts)

15. The apostle Peter  in his second letter, acknowledging what Paul wrote is holy scripture:
2Peter 3: 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote to you; 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; wherein are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unstedfast wrest,  as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.

16. Agabus, a prophet, Luke, an apostle,  and the HOLY SPIRIT bear witness of Paul:
... a certain prophet, named Agabus.11 And coming to us, and taking Paul`s girdle, he bound his own feet and hands, and said,  THUS SAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man (PAUL) that owneth this girdle, and shall  deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

17. The apostle John DID name some folks to beware of:   
     3Jn:9 I wrote some to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not.
             10 Therefore, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his works which he does, prating against us with wicked words: and not content therewith,  neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and them that would he forbids and casts them out of the church.
 And John mentioned those who were sent to the gentile churches:
3 John 1:7  Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. (the "they" were Paul, Silavnus, Timothy, Luke)

But if Paul was such as rascal to be avoided, why is there no direct witness warning of him like there is of other "wolves" such as "Diatrophes", "Demas", "Simon the Sorcerer" and others by the other scripture writers Peter, James, Luke, or John?

We note from the above witnesses numbering in at least the hundreds in favor of Paul, the believing Jews including Luke, John, Barnabbas, Anannias, James, the elders and other apostles including Peter, and the entire Jewish church in Jerusalem,  and if that were not enough human witness, we still have Jesus Christ Himself and the Holy Spirit bearing witness.

There remains one more, all-important witness, namely the Bible itself! "The SUM of thy word is TRUTH", and a curse is pronounced upon those who would add to or take away from the Words of scripture. 

The anti-Paul Judaizers would love to tear his epistles and even the book of Acts out of the Bible because they don't want to believe what Paul wrote: "Christ IS the END of the law for righteousness to all that believe" -rom 10:4 

 Is there any proof available that what Luke wrote in Acts is God-breathed?

Who hated Paul?
His enemies bear consistent negative witness and a clear pattern emerges as to their identity:
The unconverted, unbelieving Jews of Corinth:
     Acts 13: 43 Now when the synagogue broke up, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who, speaking to them, urged them to continue in the grace of God
                 44  And the next sabbath almost the whole city was gathered together to hear the word of God
                  45  But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted the things which were spoken by Paul, and blasphemed.
                  46 And Paul and Barnabas spake out boldly, and said, It was necessary that  the word of God should first be spoken to you.  Seeing ye thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
                   50 But the Jews urged on the devout women of honorable estate, and the chief me  of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and cast them out of their borders
The  unbelieving Jews and Gentiles of Iconium:  Acts 14:
     1. And it came to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews,
   and so spake that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed.
     2 But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles,  and made them evil affected against the brethren.     5 And when there was made an onset both of the Gentiles and of the Jews with their rulers, to treat them shamefully and to stone them,

The unbelieving Jews at Thessalonica: Acts 17:
     5 But the Jews, being moved with jealousy, took unto them certain vile fellows of the rabble, and gathering a crowd, set the city on an uproar;

The unbelieving Jews of Corinth  Acts 17:
    18  But the Jews, being moved with jealousy, took certain vile fellows... and gathering a crowd, set the city on an uproar; and assaulting the house of Jason, they sought to bring them forth to the people.        the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and   brought him before the judgment-seat,    13 saying, This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.

The unbelieving Jews at Jerusalem in Acts 20:
    30  And all the city was moved, and the people ran together; and they laid hold on Paul, and dragged him out of the temple: and straightway the doors were shut.
    31 And as they were seeking to kill him.
Acts 22: 30 But on the morrow, desiring to know the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews,
        ... and commanded the chief priests and all the council to come together, and brought Paul down and set him before them.
        14 And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, We have bound ourselves  under a great curse, to taste nothing until we have killed Paul.

The unbelieving Jews at Rome, Acts 28:
       17 And it came to pass, that after three days he called together those that were the chief of the Jews:    and when they were come together, he said unto them, I, brethren, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, yet was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans:
       27 For this people`s heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest, haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.
       28 Be it known therefore unto you, that this salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles: they will also hear.

The "wicked" and ignorant in 2Peter 3:
       15  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote unto you;
        16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; wherein are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unstedfast wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
        17 Ye therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, beware lest, being carried away with the error of the wicked, ye fall from your own stedfastness.

The unbelieving Judaizers have one thing in common and they are consistent:  The same spirit in pharisaical law keepers who wanted to murder Jesus also manifested the same works of their father the devil in trying to murder Paul time after time. 
Clearly, this is why and Paul understood better than the modern Law-observant advocates:
2 Corinthians 3:14   But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

 2 Corinthians 3:15  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.

-Now we see why the hatred of Paul by those who would put you in bondage to Old Testament Law...., and in doing so, they are fulfilling exactly the very words that Paul wrote about them.

As I have continued to read the Bible making note of Paul and his selfless ministry to God's people, it became evident that Paul had died out to himself, and was manifesting the nature, character, and authority in "his mortal flesh" that we all should aspire to follow.

I look forward to meeting Bro. Paul in heaven.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Jesus Who? Call Him What?


Call Him Jesus?
by Rory Moore

If we did not already have confusion in Christianity today, there seems to be a growing number of Christians, or should we say Yahoshuans, Yeshuans, or Christianos that put forth an interesting array of apellations for the Saviour.
Jeshua, Yeshua, Yeshuah, Yehshua, Yehshuah, YESHUA, YESHUAH, YEHSHUA, YEHSHUAH, Yeshouah, Y'shua, Y'shuah, Jeshu, Yeshu, Yehoshua, Yehoshuah, YHVHShua, YHVHShuah, Yhvhshua, Yhwhshua, YHWHShua, YHWHShuah, Yhvhshuah, Yhwhshuah, Yahvehshua, Yahwehshua, Yahvehshuah, Yahwehshuah, Jahshua, Jahshuah, Jashua, Jashuah, Jahoshua, Jahoshuah, Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Yashua, Yashuah, Yahshua, Yahshuah, YAHSHUA, YAHSHUAH, YASHUA, YASHUAH, Yahushua, Yahoshua, Yahoshuah, Yaohushua, YAOHUSHUA,  Iahoshua, Iahoshuah, Iahushua, or Iahushuah?? 

Now while there are various spellings and pronunciations, sometimes folks can slip into the  legalistic side of how we call on the Savior. (and He still shows up!)

I culled a few variations from a number of sources:
Yeshua Adonai
Yeshua HaMashiach
came from someone correcting me.
"Yahusha and this Yahweh? That's a
 mistransliteration of G-D's name! The word is meaningless! ..
Yeshua is not the Hebrew name of Jesus. It would be Yeshai" -was seen on a YouTube post.
and from a FaceBook post: "YAHUWSHUWA"
... can also we spell c-o-n-f-u-s-i-on?

If you are Japanese, He is YaeSu Nim; in Tamil, YaeSu Nim; in Fiji, Jisu;  or in Russia: Иисус Христос, -Iisus Khristos, A Serbian calls on ISUS, a Slovakian Jezis.

Why do we need to make such a simple thing so complicated?
If you are reading this, God bless you, I sincerely mean no insult or offense to anyone from any of the various camps. Folks go to verbal fighting over their pet version and Jesus saves no matter what language you speak. 

There are a lot of people named in the Bible, why stop with only another translation version of Jesus?    Here is a list in Romans of NAMES of saints:
Rom. 16:
8  Ampliatus...
9  Urbanus... and Stachys my beloved.
10 Apelles... the household of Aristobulus.
11 Herodion...  Narcissus...
12  Tryphaena and Tryphosa.. Salute Persis....
13  Rufus ....
14  Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas...
15  Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints 

And do not forget Mattew, Mark, Luke, John, Timothy, Titus, Paul, Peter,  Philomen, Cornelius, Dorcas, and others.

Hopefully, you will see some humor in this exercise by now. 

The chances are very good that if you are reading and understanding these words it is because you read and understand English no matter what your ancestry might be.  And if you are the typical American Christian, you probably read and believe in the Bible Scriptures that you read in English, even if we get a bit tongue tied over some of the Biblical names.

One lady told me how she had become confused of how to address God in prayer because of the variations of Jesus' name.  SAD! 

Well I hope many of us take comfort in the fact that even though some of us do not read Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, or Greek, the truth of Scripture is not limited or hindered by our lack of ability to read and/or speak those languages. 

If you are Latino, God bless you in the name of Jesus (Hay-soos) Christo.If you are from Alabama and speak with a Southern accent, Jesus saves.
If you are praying and in need, calling on "JEEE-sus", or it comes out sounding like "JeSUS!", fear not.  God hears and answers our cry.

Years ago, before religion got to me, in repentence and brokeness, I called on to Jesus to save me.  HE did, and my life was changed by Him from that day forward.  No, the Lord did not send someone over to correct the sylables I had uttered or instruct me in the Hebrew, Latin, or Greek pronounciation.  I just started reading the Bible and prayers answered when I asked in Jesus' name.

Later, as a Holy Spirit baptized believer, I began to experience healing and the casting out of demons through the Name of Jesus.
Yes, people were healed, saved, and delivered all through the name of Jesus that I read about in my Bible. Praise the Lord JESUS.    

There is absolutely no irreverence or disrespect in this writing, nor is it meant as a slap to any of our Jewish brethren that choose to call on "Yeshua" or the like. What God did for me through Jesus, He will do for a Jewish believer in Yehoshua, or a Latino who calls on "Hey-soos Christo". 

The point is why get hung up over the correct pronunciation
 from a language you don't even speak?

Some of the contenders go as far as saying Jesus was really Zeus, the Greek pagan god. That is sheer RIDICULOUS and absurd.  

God ordained the New Testament to be written in Greek,
Over 911 times it was spelled in the Greek form IESOUS, as a Greek lexicon will prove.

Even though Jesus is rooted in the Hebrew Old Testament, the New Testament never gave us the Hebraic form, so relax.  

Even when Old Testament verses are quoted in the New Testament, they are in the Greek language.

What is most important is that you read God's Word in the language you understand, and call on Jesus in your language in faith knowing that God hears you.

 If you are an English speaker, I assure you devils are cast out in Jesus' name, lives changed, healings and miracles are done. When we pray, God hears and answers, in Jesus name.
When we read our English KJV, ASV, NKJV, NASV, or even the NIV, there is no need to stumble over the English version of Jesus on the printed page, the same is true for a Chinese, Korean, or Russian Christian reading their translated version of the Name of Jesus. God still hears and answers.
Here it is in Greek: Ihsou=v The 
Transliterated Word  Phonetic Spelling
  Iesous     ee-ay-sooce' 

May Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Messiah, the Savior, deliver us from un-necessary strife over syllables, vowels, and silliness.