“CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL SERVE” DOES NOT NEGATE THE BONDAGE OF THE HUMAN WILL GOD-WARD

“CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YE WILL SERVE” DOES NOT NEGATE THE BONDAGE OF THE HUMAN WILL GOD-WARD

Michael Jeshurun

When Joshua said, “choose you this day whom ye will serve” he was not informing the people that they had a ‘free will choice’ to choose between the true God of the Bible and the false gods of the heathen, but rather the choice was between two sets of false gods – you have to read the scripture correctly and not make false assumptions – “choose you this day whom ye will serve; WHETHER THE GODS WHICH YOUR FATHERS SERVED THAT WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FLOOD, or THE GODS OF THE AMORITES, IN WHOSE LAND YE DWELL” [Josh 24:15]

As far as their ability to either choose or serve the God of the Bible, he bluntly tells them – “Ye CANNOT serve the LORD!” [Josh 24:19]

But some DO love and serve Him. How come? The man who almost single-handedly loved and served God the most tells us how come– “I laboured more abundantly than they all: YET NOT I, BUT THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH WAS WITH ME.” [1Cor 15:10]

But to return, why is that men in general cannot choose God or serve Him? Get this – It is because fallen man comes into the world as a sworn enemy of the God of scripture! The Apostle affirms, “there is NONE that seeketh after God!” Period! Oh yes they may love a ‘god’ of their own making and their own imaginations, but the Sovereign discriminating God of Scripture who hath mercy on whom He will and hardens whom He will, men hate with a passion! Their unified cry against THIS God is – “We will not have THIS MAN to reign over us!” [Luke 19:14]

All the offspring of Adam possess a fixed bias of the will against God, and instinctively and willingly turn to evil. As Loraine Boettner said long ago, “Fallen man is an alien by birth, and a sinner by choice. The inability under which he labors is not an inability to exercise volitions, but an inability to be willing to exercise holy volitions. And it is this phrase of it which led Luther to declare that “Free-will is an empty term, whose reality is lost. And a lost liberty, according to my grammar, is no liberty at all.” In matters pertaining to his salvation, the unregenerate man is not at liberty to choose between good and evil, but only to choose between greater and lesser evil, which is not properly free will.

The fact that fallen man still has ability to do certain acts morally good in themselves does not prove that he can do acts meriting salvation, for his motives may be wholly wrong.

Man is a free agent but he cannot originate the love of God in his heart. His will is free in the sense that it is not controlled by any force outside of himself. As the bird with a broken wing is “free” to fly but not able, so the natural man is free to come to God but not able. How can he repent of his sin when he loves it? How can he come to God when he hates Him?

THIS is the inability of the will under which man labors. Jesus said, “And this is the judgment, that light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil,” John 3:19; and again, “Ye will not come to me, that ye may have life,” John 5:40. Man‘s ruin lies mainly in his own perverse will. He cannot come because he will not. Help enough is provided if he were only willing to accept it. Paul tells us, “The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. So they that are in the flesh cannot please God,” Rom. 8:7.

To assume that because man has ability to love he therefore has ability to love God, is about as wise as to assume that since water has the ability to flow, it therefore has the ability to flow up hill; or to reason that because a man has power to cast himself from the top of a precipice to the bottom, he therefore has equal power to transport himself from the bottom to the top.

Fallen man sees nothing desirable in “the One who is altogether lovely, the fairest among ten thousand.” He may admire Jesus as a man, but he wants nothing to do with Him as God, and he resists the outward holy influences of the Spirit with all his power. Sin, and not righteousness, has become his natural element so that he has no desire for salvation.

Man‘s fallen nature gives rise to a most obdurate blindness, stupidity, and opposition concerning the things of God. His will is under the control of a darkened understanding which puts sweet for bitter, and bitter for sweet, good for evil, and evil for good. So far as his relations with God are concerned, he wills only that which is evil, although he wills it freely. Spontaneity and enslavement actually exist together.

In other words, fallen man is so morally blind that he uniformly prefers and chooses evil instead of good, as do the fallen angels or demons. When the Christian is completely sanctified he reaches a state in which he uniformly prefers and chooses good, as do the holy angels. Both of these states are consistent with freedom and responsibility of moral agents.”

To conclude: fallen man has not a ‘free-choice’ by which He can either choose or reject God. He already made that choice in his father Adam and comes into the world ‘estranged from the womb, going astray as soon as he is born, speaking lies!” [Psalm 58:3]

And when a man does turn and sincerely seek the God of the Bible, it is not because he chose Him of his own ‘free-will’ but because GOD has had mercy on him and ‘made him willing in the day of His power!” [Psalm 110:3]

And ALL the glory shall be to God ALONE!

 

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THE ‘DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION’ AND GOD AS A ‘RESPECTER OF PERSONS’

THE ‘DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION’ AND GOD AS A ‘RESPECTER OF PERSONS’

A “respecter of persons” is one who, acting as judge, does not treat those who come before him according to their character, but who withholds from some what is justly theirs and gives to others what is not justly theirs – one who is governed by prejudice and sinister motives, rather than by justice and law. The Scriptures deny that God is the respecter of persons in this sense; and if the doctrine of Predestination represented God as doing these things, we admit that it would charge Him with injustice. 

In the Scriptures God is said to be no respecter of persons, for He does not choose one and reject another because of outward circumstances such as race, nationality, wealth, power, nobility, etc. When the Scriptures say that God is no respecter of persons THEY DO NOT MEAN that He treats ALL PEOPLE ALIKE, but that the reason for His saving one and rejecting another is not that one is a Jew and the other a Gentile, or that the one is rich and the other poor, etc.

GOD DOES NOT TREAT ALL PEOPLE ALIKE; HE GIVES TO SOME WHAT HE WITHHOLDS FROM OTHERS

It is a fact that in His providential government of the world God does not confer the same or equal favors upon all people. The inequality is too glaring to be denied. The Scriptures tell us, and the experiences of everyday life show us, that there is a greatest variety in the distribution of these,—and justly so, for all of these are of GRACE, and not of debt. The Calvinist here falls back upon the experienced reality of facts. It is true, and no argument can disprove it, that men in this world find themselves unequally favoured both in inward disposition and outward circumstances. One child is born to health, honor, wealth, of eminently good and wise parents who train him up from infancy in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and who afford him every opportunity of being taught the truth as it is in the Scriptures. Another is born to disease, shame, poverty, of dissipated and depraved parents who reject and ridicule and despise Christianity, and who take care to prevent their child from coming under the influence of the Gospel. Some are born with susceptible hearts and consciences, which makes lives of innocence and purity natural for them; others are born with violent passions, or even with distinct tendencies to evil, which seemingly are inherited and unconquerable. Some are happy, others are miserable. Some are born in Christian and in civilized lands where they are carefully educated and watched over; others are born in complete heathen darkness.

As a general rule the child that is surrounded with the proper Christian influences becomes a devout Christian and lives a life of great service, while the other whose character is formed under the influence of corrupt teaching and example lives in wickedness and dies impenitent. The one is saved and the other is lost. And will anyone deny that the influences favorable to salvation which are brought to bear upon some individuals are far more favorable than those brought to bear upon others? Will it not be admitted by every candid individual that if the persons had changed places, they probably would have changed characters also? – That if the son of the godly parents had been the son of the infidels, and had lived under the same corrupting influences, he would, in all probability, have died in his sins?

In His mysterious providence God has placed persons under widely different influences, and the results are widely different. He of course foresaw these different results before the persons were born. These are facts, which no one can DENY and EXPLAIN AWAY. And if we are to believe that the world is governed by a personal and intelligent Being, we must also believe that these inequalities have not risen by CHANCE or ACCIDENT, but through purpose and design, and that the lot of every individual has been determined by the Sovereign good pleasure of God. “Even Arminians,” says N. L. Rice, “are obliged to acknowledge that God does make great differences in the treatment of the human family, not only in the distribution of the temporal blessings, but of spiritual gifts also,—a difference which compels them, if they would be consistent, to hold the doctrine of election . . . . If the sending of the Gospel to a people, with the divine influence accompanying it, does not amount to a PERSONAL ELECTION, most assuredly the withholding of it from the people amounts generally to reprobation”.

In Matt 11:25 we read of a prayer in which Jesus said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight.” In those words He thanked the Father for doing that very thing which Arminians exclaim against as unjust and censure as partial. When the Arminian admits that Christ died not for fallen angels or demons, but only for fallen men, he admits limited atonement and in principle makes the same kind of a distinction as does the Calvinist who says that Christ died for the elect only.

GOD’S PARTIALITY IS PARTLY EXPLAINED BY THE FACT THAT HE IS SOVEREIGN AND THAT HIS GIFTS ARE OF GRACE

It cannot be said that God acts unjustly toward those who are not included in this plan of salvation. People who make this objection neglect to take into consideration the fact that God is dealing not merely with creatures but with SINFUL creatures who have forfeited every claim upon His mercy. Augustine well said: “Damnation is rendered to the wicked as a matter of debt, justice and desert, whereas grace given to those who are delivered is free and unmerited, so that the condemned sinner cannot allege that he is unworthy of his punishment, nor the saint vaunt or boast as if he were worthy of his reward. Thus in the whole course of this procedure, there is no respect of persons.

They who are condemned and they who are set at liberty constituted originally one and the same lump, equally infected with sin and liable to vengeance. Hence the justified may learn from the condemnation of the rest that that would have been their own punishment had not God’s grace stepped into their rescue.” And to the same effect Calvin says, “The Lord, therefore, may give grace to whom He will, because He is merciful, and yet not give it to all because He is a just Judge; may manifest His free grace by giving to some what they never deserve, while by not giving to all He declares the demerit of all.”

“Partiality,” in the sense that objectors commonly use the word, is IMPOSSIBLE in the SPHERE OF GRACE. It can EXIST only in the SPHERE OF JUSTICE, where the persons concerned have certain CLAIMS and RIGHTS. We may give to one beggar and not to another for we do not OWE anything to either. The parable of the talents was spoken by our Lord to illustrate the doctrine of Divine sovereignty in the bestowment of UNMERITED gifts; and the regeneration of the soul is one of the greatest of these gifts.

The central teaching in the parable of the labourers in the vineyard is that God is sovereign in the dispensation of His gifts. To the saved and the unsaved alike He can say, “Friend, I do thee NO WRONG . . . . Is it not lawful for Me to do what I WILL with mine own? Or is thine eye evil, because I am good?” Matt. 20:13-15. It was said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion”; and Paul adds, “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but OF GOD that sheweth mercy . . . .So then He hath mercy on WHOM HE WILL and whom He will He hardeneth,” Rom. 9:15-18. He will extend mercy to some, and inflict justice on others, and will be glorified by all.

Just as a man may give alms to some and not to others, so God may give His grace, which is heavenly alms, to whom He pleases. Grace, from its own nature, must be FREE and the very INEQUALITY OF ITS DISTRIBUTION demonstrates that it is TRULY GRATUITOUS. If any one could justly demand it, it would cease to be grace and would become of debt. If God is robbed of His sovereignty in this respect, salvation then becomes a matter of debt to every person.

Hence, then, to the objection that the doctrine of Predestination represents God as “partial,” we answer it certainly does. But we insist that it does not represent Him as UNJUSTLY partial.

[Paraphrased and quoted from – Lorraine Boettner – ‘The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination’]

A PRAYER REQUEST FOR SISTER ROSE

A PRAYER REQUEST FOR SISTER ROSE

If there ever was a Sister in Christ who was a role model for me in bearing great physical afflictions and still praising God and serving Him in-spite of them, it was our dear Sister Rose. If it wasn’t for her I would have ceased to post on Facebook a long time ago. Please remember her in your prayers as she is seriously ill.

Bound to her wheel chair very early in life because of a wrong vaccine she was ministered and for the past many years barely able to hear or speak, I have never once heard her murmur against God’s providence or cease to minister to God’s people. Always zealous for the doctrines of Sovereign Grace and taking an uncompromising stand against everything which was contrary to her Lord and His Word (including Pagan Christmas and Easter). A real role model for all of us to emulate.

Please also uphold her dear husband and Brother in Lord George Fenton, who though a man of few words is a great lover of the truth and witness for our Lord. Even in his old age Rose would tell me of how he goes around on his old bicycle and distributes Gospel Tracts with a desire to proclaim the glorious Gospel of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Such couples are hard to come by and are very few on the face of the earth right now. Please uphold him in prayer that the good Lord will give him the grace to minister to Rose and that they will have all their needs met.

Thank you
Your servant for His sake
Michael Jeshurun

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS AND A WITCHCRAFT RITUAL – THE RESEMBLANCE

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS AND A WITCHCRAFT RITUAL – THE RESEMBLANCE

Brother Dudley
 
The Roman Catholic Mass is both a blasphemy and an abomination! I believe once one is born again, the Holy Spirit will show a person what the Catholic Church really is about, and that the Mass is total blasphemy against Jesus. When I was born again, I wanted to throw up, when I realized what the Mass was truly about, and that it had a false “Christian” veneer to basically what is a “mass” ritual set up to dishonor God.
 
Think about why “Jesus” is presented “dead” on Catholic crucifixes all over the world, with his head slouched over. There is a reason for that.
 
When someone comes to know the real Jesus Christ, there is no excusing or loving the false Mass and it’s communion wafer idol. Most in the pews think they are following “god” and do not realize what is happening. I did not either, as a Catholic, I had been trained from childhood on, to see the Mass as “holy” and as “god’s will” and to believe the Eucharist wafer was really “Jesus'” body and blood and that only a fully and properly ordained Catholic priest had the power to turn the wafer into ‘god”.
 
Here is one thing that may surprise you. During the Catholic Mass, The priest has to say the FORMULA and not miss ONE WORD, to get the wafer to “confect” supposely change into “Jesus”: THIS IS is the same as spellcraft, miss one word, and the spell fails. Witches and others who do “magic” know that “getting the words exact” is part of the deal. Does that surprise you that if the priest gets one word WRONG, the wafer does not “presto chango”? It is some serious stuff to think about if you ponder it long.
 
Defects on the part of the form may arise if anything is missing from the complete wording required for the act of consecrating. Now the words of the Consecration, which are the form of this Sacrament, are: Hoc est enim Corpus meum, and Hic est enim Calix Sanguinis mei, novi et aeterni testamenti: mysterium fidei: qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur in remissionem peccatorum. If the priest were to shorten or change the form of the consecration of the Body and the Blood, so that in the change of wording the words did not mean the same thing, he would not be achieving a valid Sacrament— DE DEFECTIBUS: Papal Bull by Pope Pius V
 
Since this is a Trad Catholic link above, I’ll give a more modern one from EWTN:
Valid Mass again
Question from on 10-03-2005:
 
At mass this very old priest says “for many” instead of “for all” since really the most accurate translation of the Latin is “for many” than its vaild but so is “for all” because it is apporved translation. If any priest where to follow the accurate translation of the Latin completly I don’t see how it could be invalid. The difference isnt that great, the words are mostly synomous. This is my humble thought. What do you think?
 
Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 10-06-2005:
Changing the words of institution (the “form”) invalidates the consecration.
 
Keep in mind that the Catholic Mass is taught as a SACRIFICE. They basically are teaching that a sacrifice contrary to Hebrews 10, is being conducted on their Catholic altars. Think of the blasphemy alone here when Hebrews tells us the true sacrifice of Jesus Christ was FINISHED ONCE FOR ALL:
 
Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
 
Rev 17:4 “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication”
 
Witches also use CHALICES (usually of a precious metal or ceramic too) on their altars. If you build an altar and are a witch, “The Chalice” is an integral part of it.. Even other false religions use the Chalice as both a symbol and ritual item. The symbol for the Unitarian Universalist church is the Chalice and has a center spot in every Unitarian church, they light a candle in the middle of theirs. [Jesus drank out of a cup, not some fancy GOLDEN chalice with a hand-tooled ornamentation]
 
Mat 26:27 “And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to them, saying, Drink ye all of it”
 
Nothing about it being golden:
Golden cups are warned about more then once in the Bible…
 
Jer 51:7 “Babylon [hath been] a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.”
 
The Catholic church even has endless rituals to “consecrate” their golden chalices.
 
Then, removing the mitre, he says the following over the chalice and paten (chalices and patens):
C: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.
Let us pray.
Almighty everlasting God, we beg you to impart to our hands the virtue of your blessing, so that by our blessing this vessel and paten (these vessels and patens) may be hallowed and become, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, a new sepulchre for the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; through Christ our Lord.
Think of that one, where they say a new sepulchre [TOMB] and the inherent BLASPHEMY.
 
As I said Chalices too, often of precious metals are used in witchcraft upon an altar.
 
Did you know that in Catholicism as well as many other liturgical churches such as Lutheran ones, left over “blessed wine”, is not poured down the sink, but poured into a special drain, that goes into the earth?
 
It is called a piscina and sacarium. A piscina is a shallow basin placed near the altar of a church, used for washing the communion vessels. The sacrarium is the drain itself, it goes directly into the ground.
Sacrarium – The left sink in the sacristy into which water from the cleansing of sacred vessels is poured. It does not drain into the sewer but directly into the ground.
 
Even the items used for Communion will be washed in these special sinks to make sure the Eucharist crumbs or wine end up going into the ground instead of plumbing pipes.
 
Spells can be spoken in English in witchcraft, but the most strong spells are known to be in LATIN, even modern witches use Latin on and off for spellcraft. Well we know that the Mass used to all be said in Latin and they are going back to it today.
Why is there a correlation between the language used for the Catholic Mass for centuries [prior to Vatican 2] and the favored language among witches? Even in the Harry Potter movies they had Harry casting the spells in Latin.
 
Here is another thing, every Catholic altar table has to have a RELIC [or basically the part of a dead person installed into it, to be valid. Any true Christian assembly does not need an altar knowing that there are no more sacrifices, because Jesus Christ’s perfect one is finished, Hebrews 10:11. Now Catholic priests can use other tables, under special clauses such as ones during war, etc, but every Catholic altar you see in churches has a RELIC installed into. Did you know that the RCC teaches that one of THOSE RELICS – DEAD BODY PARTS...has to be PRESENT for the MASS to be VALID?
 
Some ex-Catholics like myself are old enough to remember when they rang bells at Mass, today it is optional and depends on the locale, but it is still done in many of the churches. The timing of the bell ringing is important as the bells were run at the time, they believed the “wafer became god” or became transubstantiated. Think about that.
 
“The Holy See has maintained the practice of ringing the bell at the consecration in St. Peter’s Basilica, although it has an excellent sound system. I also had the experience of a parish that restored the use of the signal bell after many years without it. Not only were there no complaints but the general reaction was very positive from all age groups.”
 
THE CATHOLIC MASS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRISTIANITY AND IS AN ABOMINATION. Here I have only lightly touched on some of it’s pagan/witchcraft aspects. There are more. THE WHOLE RITUAL IS SATANIC IN NATURE. The Catholic Mass breaks Hebrews 6:6 and seeks to dishonor Jesus by ‘re-representing” [repeating] sacrifices on their altars. It is full of satanic witchcraft and paganism to honor it’s false “Jesus” and idol, The Eucharist.
 
If you are Catholic and reading this, I once was Catholic, and know it can be difficult to find out the truth. Turn to the true Jesus Christ and leave the false Eucharist and Mass behind.
 
P.S. And if you’re one of those ‘Christians’ who is trying to justify his observation of this Pagan Babylonian ‘Holyday’– Christ-Mass, NOW you know where Christ-MASS comes from. And if after all this you still insist on ‘putting Christ back into Christ-MASS then “ye must be born-again!

WHY YOU CANNOT PUT CHRIST BACK INTO CHRISTMAS

WHY YOU CANNOT PUT CHRIST BACK INTO CHRISTMAS

by David Figenschou

More people attend church at Christmas time than at any other time of the year. As rampant materialism and greed parade themselves in the XMAS shopping spree, the plea is heard, “Let’s put CHRIST back into Christmas.”

Perhaps many churchgoers sympathize and concur with the sentiments of this plea. They might sincerely believe that the “reason for the season” has been hijacked by the world. How do you feel about it? Are you bravely resisting the world’s experience of Christmas, trying to put the Lord Jesus Christ back where you believe He should rightly be during the “festive season”? What is your understanding which motivates you to do so? A study of the Bible has caused some to come to realize that the world has not hijacked Christmas from the “church”, but that Christians have accepted into their midst something that is alien to the faith, something that is of the world. This tract will endeavour to show that you CANNOT put Christ BACK into Christmas because He was never there in the first place.

The Testimony of History

The pages of history show that the “celebration” of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the manner of an annual Christmas festival was unheard of until the mixing of the apostles’ teaching with that of pagan traditions. This mixing or rather, perverting, of the pure worship of God took place over a period of time. The changes took place as tares planted amongst the early Christian churches began to bear fruit. Vigilant shepherds (pastors) dealt with and exposed the corrupt practices of the false disciples. But gradually the corrupt influences began to have effect, “the mystery of iniquity” began to spread its roots and its branches grew in all directions. When Constantine gained the “imperial purple”, “professed” conversion to Christianity and assumed the right to govern and defend the churches, then the flood gates were thrown open to allow pagan idolatrous practices to pour into the churches.

Soon after, Christianity gained special preferential status over the pagan religions with state patronage, and the pagans were harassed and seduced into “professing” conversion. And thus the formerly relatively pure Christian congregations now became swollen with religious pagans who were seeking to get on the right side of the Emperor and state authorities. It is at this time (about 336 A.D.), that the first recorded “Christian Christmases” were kept. In fact the festivities were not motivated by ardor and zeal to honor the Lord Jesus Christ, but were the result of popular pagan sentiments intruding themselves under the veneer of devotion to Him.

“Christmas Day”, December the 25th, could not possibly have been the birth date of the Lord Jesus Christ for a number of reasons deduced from a consideration of the Biblical data. For example, consider the climate and weather conditions in Palestine in December. The reason for Joseph and Mary travelling to Bethlehem was to obey Caesar’s taxation decree. It is unlikely that the authorities would force the travelling required by the decree during the sharp cold months of the Palestinian winter. The Jews were considered a troublesome race and the Roman overlords wisely avoided unnecessary antagonism. The journey was a long one by the standards of those days; from the home town of Nazareth to Bethlehem just past Jerusalem. From what the Gospels record of Joseph, we know that he was a just man and a compassionate and considerate husband and nothing but absolute necessity would cause him to take his wife in a very advanced state of pregnancy on such a long journey.

The severity of the Palestinian winter is indicated by the fact that Herod was forced to postpone a military campaign because of the onset of winter, this indicates that winter was no time for prospective mothers to be travelling in an advanced state of pregnancy. Remember also our Lord’s words concerning the future destruction of Jerusalem, “Pray that your flight be not in winter” – why? Because winter was severe. Compassion would have dictated that in these circumstances a journey in the winter months be not undertaken. Shepherds would not likely spend winter nights out in the fields with their flocks as in fact they did, as Luke 2 v.7 records. Hence it would not have been winter when the Lord Jesus Christ was born.

The Origin of Christmas Pagan

Well then, how was the date December the 25th fixed upon? Encyclopedias and histories reveal that this day was in fact the birthday of “Sol Invictus”, the “unconquered sun”, and special worship festivities were held in Rome and with variations throughout the pagan world. The Emperor-pleasing devotees in the churches had by this time risen to high ranking positions and pandered to popular demand and incorporated sun worship into the “church calendar”. In Rome, where this new cult first began, the term “Christmas” was coined from “Christ” and “mass” because of the special masses held on that day, supposedly in honour of the Lord Christ.

In the great revival which emancipated whole nations from the idolatrous yoke of the papacy in the 16th century and the “puritan era” in Britain and America, this pagan festival was recognized for what it was. The puritans in their zeal to offer pure worship before God outlawed the keeping of Christmas. In the generations following, infiltration by Jesuit plants and sinful lapsing into lukewarmness and formalism sapped the vitality of the churches and indifference to the divine demand for purity in His worship grew apace. Until today, the keeping of Christmas has become an almost universal event, and has again become an “essential” part of the “Christian calendar”.

The Testimony of The Word

As the Word of God is the statute book of the Christian Church and records the will of the Head of the Church for His people, let us see if anything resembling Christmas can be found in the sacred volume. Alas! You can search as much as you want, but you won’t find a trace of a suggestion that the apostles or the faithful early disciples kept such a day as Christmas. Do we think that we can be more zealous for divine honor in worship than the newly formed apostolic community? They were in the full bloom of revival, and their love for the Saviour would not have allowed them to miss the opportunity to celebrate their Redeemer’s incarnation and advent in such a festival as Christmas IF it was allowed or desired by Him. Scripture records that the angels of God worshiped Him when He came into the world, this was not OPTIONAL on their part, nor was it COERCED OR FORCED from them, it was in GLAD and JOYOUS OBEDIENCE. Such an event as this would surely have been annually celebrated on a particular day in a special way if it had been allowed. Surely the early disciples (and especially the apostles) would not have missed such an opportunity to demonstrate their devotion and affection to their Lord? No, the silence of the Scriptures is deafening.

The Bible DOES reveal however that the infant Church OFTEN reflected upon the advent of the Lord from heaven. Throughout the New Testament there is wondrous mention of His incarnation and coming into the world. This was a regular and essential part of the Gospel message, not something that was made a fuss about once a year and then forgotten. Modern churchgoers seem to be content to pay lip service to His first advent and their participation in an event supposedly in remembrance of that advent appeals to their sense of “Christian propriety”. The Saviour Lord Jesus Christ was not negligent to instruct His followers in keeping those things that were pleasing to Him. There was one SPECIAL day on the calendar of the infant Church; that day was the Lord’s Day; the first day of the New Creation; the first day of every week. On this day they met to worship according to His command “do this in remembrance of me”, and received the apostolic instruction and prayed together.

Will Worship Detested By God

What are the consequences of devising means of worshiping God about which God has not given us instruction? Some say, “Surely God looks on the heart, and if a person has sincere intentions God will overlook their failings.” God does not require or desire worship based on imaginations or images. In the Old Testament, God instructs us how He regards those who dare to innovate in His worship. He did not tolerate it. When “strange fire” was offered before the LORD it was unacceptable and provoked Him to wrath.

The Lord Jesus in the New Testament proclaims the acceptable way of worship which the Father seeks, and it is not optional either; they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The apostle Paul writes of those who indulge in what he calls “will worship”, these people sought to worship God (or so they said) by doing things which God neither commands nor delights in.

What You Must Do

Now that you know about the origin of Christmas, what the Word of God says about it, and how God condemns will worship, you stand responsible to do something about your involvement in so-called “Christmas celebrations”.

Opposition, Evasions, and Excuses

No doubt, if you take the right stand, refusing to participate in the paganizing of the worship of our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, you will face the opposition of those who don’t care to receive the testimony of His Word, and who think that they can lightly devise or participate in a type of worship which is condemned in His Word. Do not be deceived, now that you know the truth, God will not overlook your disobedience, your blatant disregard for His commandments. The Lord Christ pronounces dreadful sentence against idolaters, see Revelation 22 v.15; they will be shut out forever from the presence of the Lord.

There are some who might even acknowledge the pagan origins, that the Word of God bears no record of the annual “celebration” of the advent and incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, yet they say that Christians should take over non-Christian activities and influence them for good, for the glory of God, etc. And thus they justify their continued participation in this abomination. “Take the opportunity,” they say, “to proclaim the Gospel; all these people coming to church. What an opportunity!” So they have “Christmas services” where the gospel is preached, but at the same time they reinforce the “knowledgeable” unbeliever’s deep-seated suspicions about the insincerity of the church, knowing that it is pandering to the popular but un-Biblical demand. Doesn’t this remind you of something or someone? This is exactly how this alien celebration rooted itself in the churches in the first place, and this is exactly how it will continue to be propagated.

Let us cease pandering to the popular but pagan demand and let us once and for all tell the world that it can keep its Christmas, we Christians will have nothing to do with it. Let us also take care to warn them at the same time of God’s anger against those who take His name in vain.

Christian, hear the word of the Lord! “The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him” (John 4 v.23).

Will you worship Him according to His word and will, or will you carry on according to your own ideas and imaginations?

IF YOU POST COMMENTS OR GIVE LINKS ON OUR POSTS CONTRARY TO THE TRUTH WE ARE CONTENDING FOR . . . WE HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO BLOCK YOU! (2018) 

IF YOU POST COMMENTS OR GIVE LINKS ON OUR POSTS CONTRARY TO THE TRUTH WE ARE CONTENDING FOR . . . WE HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO BLOCK YOU! (2018)

Michael Jeshurun

I must start by saying that I am not on Facebook, WordPress or for that matter on the whole World Wide Web to win friends or influence people! My one and only purpose is to preach the truth, tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may. It is quite all right for you to not agree with all that we hold and teach, but if you come by and post comments contrary to the truth that we are contending for and start justifying your blindness or compromise then we have no option left but to block you!

This morning I was compelled to block a certain ‘friend’ on facebook who not only was justifying her compromise of observing the Pagan Holiday of Christmas but was accusing me of confusing people and sending out ‘wrong signals’ to Christians in general by my radical posts. It is one thing for you to be a half-baked Christian who refuses to take a stand for the truth, but an whole another thing to accuse those who are preaching the truth of sending out wrong signals. It’s kinda like Ahab who accused Elijah as being the ‘troubler of Israel’! [1Kings 18:17]

Some time ago I was compelled to ‘Block’ a certain Mr. Branham from my facebook friend’s list. The reason being that in spite of me warning folks not to come by and comment on my posts defending the Heresy I have exposed, this man did this very thing. I all long knew that he firmly held to the ‘Serpent Seed heresy’ and many other errors besides, but still I had him on my ‘friends’ list with hopes that our posts would open his eyes to his errors. But sadly some people are too far gone in this regard and the only option left at hand is to ‘Block’ them so they do not poison the minds of other babes who are being fed by our posts.

Please get this – unlike other nominal Christians such as the Roman Catholics or those who are a part of the Prosperity gospel etc, those who hold to strange ‘Cultic’ doctrines such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons, the Branhamites (i.e. those who follow the heresies of William M. Branham) and the like will never be content till they have washed your brains with their filth! There is no such thing as ‘agreeing to disagree’ with these heretics! They have befriended you or if you’re already an old buddy they are maintain that relationship with only one intention and purpose in mind – i.e. to talk you into their way of thinking!

You can even get along with a Roman Catholic or a nominal Protestant if only you just leave religion out of your conversation, but not so the Cultic! He cannot rest until he has bewitched you into his heresy! That’s just how it is! I have experienced this first hand on many occasions. The Apostle’s admonition is very appropriate here – “I would they were even cut off which trouble you!” In the language of our day that just means – ‘Block’ them from your ‘friends’ list and leave them to God!

There comes a time when we STOP trying to reprove, rebuke and exhort someone who claims to be a Christian with sound biblical teaching?”

The apostle said – “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject!” [Titus 3:10] While this is a direct reference to one who is a ‘heretic’, it pretty much applies to anyone to whom we are trying to convince of the truth.

Now there are some doctrines in Scripture that need a lot of study and labor to ascertain its veracity; but the doctrine of man’s Total Depravity, Bondage to sin and his Total inability to do anything Godward is very plainly set forth –

The Master said – “No man can come to Me, EXCEPT the Father which hath sent Me draw him!” and again, “no man can come unto Me, except it were GIVEN UNTO HIM of My Father!” [John 6:64,65]

And the apostle reiterates this same truth when he affirms – “So then (salvation) is NOT of him that WILLETH, nor of him that RUNNETH, but OF GOD THAT SHOWETH MERCY!” [Rom 9:16]

Now against such PLAIN DECLARATIONS a man who claims to be a ‘Christian’ keeps insisting that – “a man has to make a conscious decision to accept Gods grace and that even if God has predestined someone to salvation they have to accept it with free will otherwise he can’t save them, etc.” . . . it is plain that it is ‘not given to him’ to see the truth! [Matt 13:11]

Please understand that initially many regenerated Christians who have sat under false teaching are made to believe that THEY had a part to play in their salvation – i.e. by ‘accepting’ Christ of their own free will etc. But by and by the Spirit is faithful to show them their error of it. And when such a regenerated soul hears the Doctrines of Grace they will love it and embrace it notwithstanding with many sincere questions!

WHY will a man who is born as God’s sworn enemy seek for Him?!! And what is there in Christ that is appealing to a soul dead in trespasses and sins?!! NOTHING!

Just as a ravenous lion does not desire the tender green grass of the field or the meek lamb desire carrion (the flesh of dead animals), even so a man that is born of a woman does not seek nor desire the Sovereign God of the universe! But remove or change the very nature of the ravenous beast and replace it with that of a lamb or an ox and then shall the ‘lion eat straw like the ox.’ [Isaiah 11:7]

Remember this beloved, that to the majority with whom we share the Word it comes to them in ‘WORD ONLY’! But to those who are the called – it comes not in ‘word only’ but “also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance!” [see 1Thess 1:5] The truth of the gospel is always either a stumbling block or foolishness to the vast majority! But “unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” [see 1Cor 1:18 & 24]

There are some rare exceptions where one who resisted and fought the Doctrines of Grace later was made to see the truth of it and receive it with gladness repenting of his former unbelief. But as a norm, if after one, two or three discussion sessions or debates a man still insists that he came to Christ of his own ‘free-will’ then it is most wise to heed Christ’s admonition and “let them alone!” [Matt 15:14]

Facebook (just like the the blogs we own) is like a ‘mini pulpit’ and is given to us by God to proclaim the truth which He has taught us! It is like an ‘open door’ for the Word. But as it was with Paul, so it is with us – “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are MANY ADVERSARIES”! [1Cor 16:9]

But just as we would not open our pulpits to those who preach error, even so we must take heed what comments we allow on any given article. In my opinion only two sorts of comments will bear fruit to any truth which we are proclaiming through our posts – One, comments which reinforce and reiterate the truth proclaimed and comments of those who are sincerely asking questions which may have risen in their hearts.

We may have written that Christ died only for the elect, but someone may sincerely ask – “But does not the scripture say, that He died for the sins of the whole world” etc. Such a question must be prayerfully answered, that not only the one asking the question but even others in whom that question may have risen may be taught and edified. As the Apostle said – “How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done UNTO EDIFYING”. [1Cor 14:6] Note, that the Apostle is not against everyone contributing in the Church what God has taught them, but that it should be done ‘unto EDIFYING’ and decently and in order!

The comments on our facebook posts and blogs should not be a ‘free for all’ platform for every heretic and reprobate to spew forth his (or her) venom! Such heretics are not asking sincere questions but are already established in their heresy. The Apostle warned his flock saying – “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, RECEIVE HIM NOT into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds”! [2John 1:10]

My study of the Scriptures along with my experience has taught me that much of this ‘discussing the Scriptures’ is for the most part unprofitable and vain. The same Paul, concerning whom it is written – “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures” [Acts 17:2], later wrote to Titus – “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for THEY ARE UNPROFITABLE AND VAIN. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject” etc [Titus 3:10]

I guess all those years of arguing and trying to reason with the carnal Jews had taught Paul a much need lesson, i.e. “you cannot pour new wine into old bottles” [Mark 2:22]. And one of the cardinal laws in any kind of Gospel preaching is to “avoid the devoid”! i.e. those devoid of the Spirit!

As every child of God knows, that it takes ‘grace from above’ to receive what we hold and preach. And if we think that we can talk someone into these truths by either our eloquence or debating skills, we can be sure that someone more eloquent than us can talk them out of it. Only GOD can convince anyone of the truth of divine Predestination!

Dearly beloved I am saying all this because if you are going to post articles on Facebook you should be aware that there will be men and women who are ‘devoid of faith’ who will attack you by commenting things contrary to what you have posted.

PLEASE DO NOT GET INTO DEBATES WITH SUCH PEOPLE!

You will only be wasting your time! Just delete such comments and if the person persists on posting such comments just click on their name and go to their Timeline (their main Facebook page) and right on the top where you see their “header image” you will notice three dots. Just click on the dots and you will find an option to ‘Block’ that person. Just block them! I have lost count of how many such trouble makers I have personally ‘blocked’ in order to continue preaching the Truth.

Trust me I would block my own mother if she came against God’s Truth!

“And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple!” [Luke 14:25,26]

THE LUKEWARM COMPROMISE OF JUSTIFYING CHRISTMAS REVELLERS (2018)

THE LUKEWARM COMPROMISE OF JUSTIFYING CHRISTMAS REVELLERS (2018)

 Michael Jeshurun

 “For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.” [Rom 14:2]. This Scripture SHOULD NOT BE USED to justify ‘Christ-MASS’ revellers! The ‘Christian’ who rebelliously observes this Pagan Romish tradition is not like the ‘weak’ brother eating herbs . . . but either a rebellious Christian who wants to do his own thing or simply a ‘lost’ nominal ‘Christian’!!!

From what our Lord has said in the opening verses of Matthew 7 it might possibly be concluded that it is not permissible for us to admonish a brother or seek the amendment of his fault, yet further reflection should show us that that inference is entirely erroneous.

“Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him” (Lev. 19:17). How different is the tenor of that from the maudlin sentimentality of this effeminate generation. Nowadays, one who seeks to be faithful to the standard of holiness and to his brethren is, in the vast majority of instances, regarded as “lacking in love.”

People who speak thus have no idea of what spiritual love is. Spiritual love is no sickly sentiment but a holy principle. God is love, yet that prevents Him not from using the rod on His children when they require it, but rather moves Him to employ it. That parent who follows the line of least resistance, allowing the children to do as they please and never chastising them for their faults, is lacking in love towards his offspring; but he who truly seeks their good, lays aside his own feelings and inflicts corporal punishment when it is needed, is the father who evidences the most love. Genuine love is faithful, sets aside one’s own interests and feelings, and ever seeks to promote the well-being of the object of it.

“And having in a readiness to revenge ALL DISOBEDIENCE, when your obedience is fulfilled.” [2Cor 10:6]

Thus should it be between Christian brethren; thus it MUST be if obedience is rendered to the Divine precepts. It is not LOVE which ignores a brother’s failings, which refuses to perform the unpleasant duty of seeking an amendment in his ways. No, it is a species of HATRED, as Leviticus 19:17, plainly intimates, for there is no third quality between love and hatred, as there is no third alternative between right and wrong. If I really have my brother’s welfare at heart, then love itself requires that I wink not at his sins, but rather endeavour to save him from them-just as much as it would demand me warning him when I perceive the first wisp of smoke issuing from one of his windows: why wait till his house be half burned down before giving the alarm? Furthermore, to ignore the sins of one with whom I am intimate makes me (in some measure at least) a “partaker of them” (1 Tim. 5:22), as is intimated by the alternative rendering of the last clause of Leviticus 19:17: “that thou bear not sin for him” (margin).  [A.W. Pink]

There was therefore nothing in Christ’s teaching in Matthew 7 which in any wise conflicted with Leviticus 19:17, but rather that which threw light thereon. It was not the act of admonishing a brother which He here forbade, but the wrong manner in which it may be done. This is clear from the verse at which we have now arrived: “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the beam out of thy brother’s eye.” Here our Lord makes known the course which we must follow if we are to be of real help to those in whose case the old saying is likely to prove true, “a stitch in time saves nine” – helping to correct a man’s fault often saves from having to go to him about a much graver offence.

There is nothing ‘abominable’ in eating herbs, but not so “Christ-MASS”!

Christ-MASS is a BLASPHEMY of the onetime sacrifice of the Son of God and comes from the Mother of Harlots – (The Roman Catholic Whore – rev 17:1)  and all that is associated with this Pagan Tradition is downright Satanic – the Five Pointed Star (Pentagram), the decoration of the Christmas Tree, The Santa Claus etc ALL have their origins in the occult! (Do a Google search and find out for yourself)

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now COMMANDETH all men everywhere to repent!” [Acts 17:30]

To know all the facts about this PAGAN ROMISH ABOMINATION called CHRIST-MASS and still wish others a ‘Merry-Christ-Mass’ or ‘grin and bear it’ when others greet YOU shows just how LUKEWARM you really are or maybe just plain DEAD (Spiritually!)

THE MEANING OF THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE SAINTS 

THE MEANING OF THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE SAINTS

Michael Jeshurun

Eternal Security does not mean that all those who were baptized in infancy, all those who responded to an ‘altar call’ or all those who prayed a little prayer to accept Jesus as their ‘personal saviour’ are ‘eternally secure’!

But what it does mean is that all those who were loved and elected by the Father in eternity (Eph 1:4), all those for whom the Son shed His precious blood (John 10:15), and all those whom the Holy Spirit has sovereignly regenerated (John 3:8) are “KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time!” (1Pet 1:5)

Salvation is something which in all honesty WE never desired, prayed for nor sought after! It was something which was given to us FREELY without any regard to either our merit or demerit! “I was found of them THAT SOUGHT ME NOT; I was made manifest unto them that ASKED NOT AFTER ME.” (Rom 10:20)

All the children of Adam are born as sworn enemies of the Mighty Jehovah. They “are ESTRANGED FROM THE WOMB: and go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” (Psalm 58:3) They may worship a ‘god’ of their own imagination, embrace an orthodox religion and have a head full of doctrine, but they can neither perceive nor love the Sovereign Discriminating God of the Scriptures!

This GOD can only be known by REVELATION! And He has chosen to reveal Himself to a FEW as opposed to the MANY who live and die in darkness! These ‘FEW’ He calls ‘Sheep” as opposed to the “Goats”. To the sheep it is GRANTED (Luke 8:10) to hear His voice and follow Him, and the voice of a stranger they will not follow!

And as is common with sheep in the natural world these spiritual sheep go astray many a time, but they NEVER CAN BE ‘LOST’ FOREVER, for they are under the care and oversight of the Master Shepherd of whom it is written – “Of them which Thou gavest Me have I lost none!” (John 18:9)

The salvation of God’s elect is at times likened to the building of a temple, and God as the Master builder! While men may at times undertake the building of a project and later leave it undone for a lack of foresight or the power and resource to finish thereof; not so God!

It shall NEVER be said of God, “This man began to build, and was not able to finish!” Oh No! “Being CONFIDENT of this very thing, that He which HATH BEGUN a good work in you WILL PERFORM IT until the day of Jesus Christ!” (Phil 1:6)

“The hands of Zerubbabel (picture of Christ) have LAID THE FOUNDATION of this house; his hands shall also FINISH IT; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it! (Zech 4:6-8)

Yes, the elect of God are eternally secure, not because of anything in them or performed by them, but because of Him who promised –

“And I GIVE UNTO THEM eternal life; and they shall NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND!” (John 10:28,29)

Say Hallelujah!

WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE PREACH “ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED!”

WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE PREACH “ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED!”

Michael Jeshurun

Introduction

Both Christians and unbelievers always ask, “Are you telling me that if someone just accepted Jesus as his Lord and savior and still lives in sin, that he is still eternally secure and on his way to heaven”?

No that is not what this doctrine teaches!

Then what does it mean?

To understand what it means, we need to understand how one becomes a Christian in the first place. This is vital for our understanding of all the other things pertaining to salvation.

Basically there are three types of Christians. Preacher-made, self-made, and God-made ones. In the former are included not only those who were “sprinkled” in infancy and thereby made members of a “church”, but those who have reached the age of accountability and are induced by some high-pressure “evangelist” to “make a profession .”

The “self-made” class is made up of those who have been warned against what has just been described above, and fearful of being deluded by such religious hucksters they determined to “settle the matter” directly with God in the privacy of their own room or some secluded spot. They had been given to understand that God loves everybody, that Christ died for the whole human race, and that nothing is required of them but faith in the gospel. By ‘saving faith’ they suppose that a mere intellectual assent to, or acceptance of, such statements as are found in John 3:16 and Romans 10:13 is all that is intended. It matters not that John 2:23, 24 declares that “many believed in his name but Jesus did not commit himself unto them,” that “many believed on him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him lest they be put out of the synagogue, for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God,” which shows how much their “believing” was worth. Imagining that the natural man is capable of “receiving Christ as personal Saviour” they make the attempt, doubt not their success, go on their way rejoicing, and none can shake their assurance that they are now real Christians!

God-made Christians on the other hand are a miracle of grace, the products of Divine workmanship [Ephesians 2:10]. They are a Divine creation, brought into existence by supernatural operations. The new birth is “not of blood (by natural descent), nor of the will of the flesh (his own ‘free-will’), nor of the will of man (the preacher’s persuasion), but OF GOD” (John 1:13),

Even these ‘God made’ Christians may initially be deluded into thinking that they became Christians because they ‘accepted Christ into their heart, by their own free-will etc’. But even as they begin to read the Word of God and are taught by the Holy Spirit they will begin to see that just as they had nothing to do with their natural birth, even so they contributed nothing to their spiritual birth! “Of His own will begat He us with the Word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures”! [James 1:18]. And they realize the truth of Jesus’ Words – “Ye have chosen not Me, but I have chosen you”! [John 15:16]

These ‘God made Christians’ the Bible calls ‘elect’ or ‘sheep’. [Matt 18:11]And the Lord Jesus came to seek and to save these lost sheep. Now notice carefully, it does not say that Jesus will try to save these sheep. But that He will save them! “and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins”! [Matt 1:21]

Another thing to bear in mind is that their repentance and the faith with which they believe are both gifts of God and a fruit of regeneration. A man does not believe the Gospel and get saved, but believes the gospel because he is saved. Now the Apostle says, that “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance”! [Romans 11:29] This just means that God did not give these gifts in the first place because of any merit which He saw in them and neither will He take back these gifts on account of any demerit.

But to return to the question – “What if they sin”?

The Scriptures declare that when God saves His elect, He creates within them a ‘new nature’. This is what the Apostle calls the ‘new man’. [Eph 4:22-24] This ‘new man’ has but one goal in life –To stop sinning and do righteousness. Paul said – “I delight in the law of God after the inward man”. [Rom 7:22]. He has been born of God, and therefore cannot practice sin! Please notice, that I did not say that he cannot sin, but that he cannot practice or habitually live a sinful life. And the reason he cannot practice sin is because God’s seed is in him. John said – “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God”. [1John 3:9]

There is a big difference between falling into sin and practicing sin. The worldly people and the nominal Christians can and do practice sin without any conviction. But not so the true child of God!

Now when God creates the ‘new nature’ in his elect sheep, He does not remove or eradicate the old nature, but leaves the old nature in them until the resurrection. And in-spite of the introduction of the new nature, the old wicked nature in the Christian has not changed one bit. It is as wicked as it was before the Christian was regenerated. And it strives with all its power to make the Christian sin and rebel against God. So the Christian often groans – “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?!” [Romans 7:24]

Whoever may get away with sin on this side of eternity, the Christian cannot! Since they are His children, God uses the rod, chastises them, brings them to their senses and grants them the power to forsake sin! [see Psalm 89:30-35]

A saved Christian is a member of God’s household, and God sets His own house in order before He goes after the heathen!

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God”? [1Peter 4:17] And again – “if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world”. [1Cor 11:31,32]

So to paraphrase all that is said above – “A true Christian will not and cannot continue in sin! But even if he should be taken in a sin (as some backsliders are) as David was, then God will go after them, chastise them and bring them to repentance! His promise is – “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely”! [Hosea 14:4]

So, is the true Christian eternally secure? He sure is! A true believer can fall into error, even very serious doctrinal error. A true believer can fall into sin, even very serious sin. But a true believer will not totally abandon Christ and die in his sins or become a total apostate to the point where he “stops believing” the gospel or even teaches contrary to the gospel. On the ship of faith, believers can fall down on the deck and they can fall down very hard on the deck but they will not fall overboard!

How come? Because, the Lord who saved them, is not only the Author of their faith, but He is also the finisher of their faith! [Heb 12:2] And they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time”! [1Pet 1:5]

“But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us (past) from so great a death, and doth deliver (present): in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us (future)”! [2Cor 1:9,10] Hallelujah!

One of the most comforting doctrines or truths revealed in the Word of God to the believer is his ‘Eternal Security’ in Christ. There is nothing more comforting to a soul troubled with sin, but to know that the Christ in whom he hath placed his trust, shall save him to the end, notwithstanding his own corrupt flesh, the temptations of the world and the devil who goes about as a roaring lion seeking to devour him!

As the Lord Himself assured – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand”. [John 10:27-29]

The nature of the change which occurs in regeneration, guarantees the eternal security of God’s elect.

Before one can understand or grasp the truth of the ‘eternal security’ of the believer, he must first grasp the nature of salvation!

Regeneration is a radical and supernatural change of the inner nature, through which the soul is made spiritually alive, and the new life which is implanted is immortal. And since it is a change in the inner nature, it is in a sphere in which man does not have control. No creature is at liberty to change the fundamental principles of its nature, for that is the prerogative of God as creator. Hence nothing short of another supernatural act of God could reverse this change and cause the new life to be lost. The born-again Christian can no more lose his sonship to the heavenly Father than an earthly son can lose his sonship to an earthly father. The idea that a Christian may fall away and perish arises from a wrong conception of the principle of spiritual life, which is imparted to the soul in regeneration.

If Christ had gone to the cross just to give us life, conceivably we could commit a sin and lose that life; but because He has given us eternal life, by the very nature of that which is eternal, it must be forever and ever. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” [Jn. 3:36]. Not will have or may have (if he behaves), but hath right now! [see also 1 Jn 5:13].

The ‘new birth’ is a spiritual resurrection, a passing from death unto life [Jn 5:24]. Writing to the saints in Ephesus the apostle Paul said, “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; [Eph. 2:4-6; see also Col. 2:12]. This is the resurrection that Jesus spoke of to Martha before He raised Lazarus from the dead. He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die [Jn. 11:25,26].

According to these verses, those whom God hath made alive, have experienced the resurrection of their souls. The Bible calls this the ‘First Resurrection’ [Rev. 20:5]. Upon those who have experienced the First Resurrection the ‘Second Death’ has no power [Rev. 20:6]. The second death being eternal damnation in Hell [Rev. 20:14].

The saints relationship to the law guarantees his eternal security.

Prior to their salvation the elect of God were under the ‘curse of the law’ [Gal. 3:13]. The curse of the law is its penal sanction. This is essentially the wrath or curse of God, the displeasure which rests upon every infraction of the law’s demand. “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things written in the book of the law to do them” [Gal 3:10]. Without deliverance from this curse there could be no salvation. It is from this curse that Christ has purchased his people and the price of the purchase was that He himself became a curse. He became so identified with the curse resting upon His people that the whole of it in all its unrelieved intensity became His. That curse He bore and that curse He exhausted. That was the price paid for this redemption and the liberty secured for the beneficiaries is that there is no more curse.

Christ has redeemed us from the necessity of keeping the law as the condition of our justification and acceptance with God. Without such redemption there could be no justification and no salvation. It is the obedience of Christ Himself that has secured this release. For it is by His obedience that many will be constituted righteous [Rom 5:19]. In other words, it is the active and passive obedience of Christ that is the price of this redemption, active and passive obedience because He was made under law, fulfilled all the requirements of righteousness and met all the sanctions of justice.

Paul teaches that believers are not under law, but under grace, and that since they are not under the law they cannot be condemned for having violated the law. “Ye are not under law but under grace,” Rom. 6:14. “Not under law” here means that we are no longer under condemnation because of our failure to keep the law. Further sin cannot possibly cause their downfall, for they are under a system of grace and are not treated according to their deserts. “If it is by grace, it is no more of works; otherwise grace is no more grace,” Rom 11:6. “The law worketh wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there transgression,” Rom 4:15.

“Apart from the law sin is dead” (that is, where the law is abolished sin can no longer subject the person to punishment), Rom. 7:8. “Ye were made dead to the law through the body of Christ,” Rom. 7:4. The one who attempts to earn even the smallest part of his salvation by works becomes “a debtor to do the whole law” (that is, to render perfect obedience in his own strength and thus earn his salvation), Gal. 5:3. We are here dealing with two radically different systems of salvation, two systems which, in fact, are diametrically opposed to each other.

The infinite, mysterious, eternal love of God for His people is a guarantee that they can never be lost.

This love is not subject to fluctuations but is as unchangeable as His being. It is also gratuitous, and keeps faster hold of us than we of it. It is not founded on the attractiveness of its objects. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins,” I John 4:10. “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life,” Rom. 5:8-10. Here the very point stressed is that our standing with God is not based on our deserts. It was “while we were enemies” that we were brought into spiritual life through sovereign grace; and if He has done the greater, will He not do the lesser?

The writer of the book of Hebrews also teaches that it is impossible for one of God’s chosen to be lost when he says that Christ is both “the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” We are there taught that the whole course of our salvation is divinely planned and divinely guided. Neither the grace of God nor its continuance is given according to our merits. Hence if any Christian fell away, it would be because God had withdrawn His grace and changed His method of procedure—or, in other words, because He had put the person back under a system of law.

Robert L. Dabney has expressed this truth very ably in the following paragraph: “The sovereign and unmerited love is the cause of the believer’s effectual calling. Jer. 31:3; Rom 8:30. Now, as the cause is unchangeable, the effect is unchangeable. That effect is, the constant communication of grace to the believer in whom God hath begun a good work. God was not induced to bestow His renewing grace in the first instance, by anything which He saw, meritorious or attractive, in the repenting sinner; and therefore the subsequent absence of everything good in him would be no new motive to God for withdrawing His grace. When He first bestowed that grace, He knew that the sinner on whom He bestowed it was totally depraved, and wholly and only hateful in himself to the divine holiness; and therefore no new instance of ingratitude or unfaithfulness, of which the sinner may become guilty after his conversion, can be any provocation to God, to change His mind, and wholly withdraw His sustaining grace. God knew all this ingratitude before. He will chastise it, by temporarily withdrawing His Holy Spirit, or His providential mercies; but if He had not intended from the first to bear with it, and to forgive it in Christ, He would not have called the sinner by His grace at first. In a word, the causes for which God determined to bestow His electing love on the sinner are wholly in God, and not at all in the believer; and hence, nothing in the believer’s heart or conduct can finally change that purpose of love. Is. 54:10; Rom. 11:29. Compare carefully Rom. 5: 8-10; 8:32, with the whole scope of Rom. 8:28-end. This illustrious passage is but an argument for our proposition; ‘What shall separate us from the love of Christ?’”

The promises of Christ assures us of our eternal security in Him.

Jesus declared, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” John 10:28. Here we find that our security and God’s omnipotence are equal; for the former is founded on the latter. God is mightier than the whole world, and neither men nor Devil can rob Him of one of His precious jewels. It would be as easy to pluck a star out of the heavens as to pluck a saint out of the Father’s hand. Their salvation stands in His invincible might and they are placed beyond the peril of destruction. We have Christ’s promise that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church; yet if the Devil could snatch one here and another there and large numbers in some congregations, the gates of hell would to a great extent prevail against it. In principle, if one could be lost, all might be lost, and thus Christ’s assurance would be reduced to idle words.

When we are told that “There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect,” Matt. 24:24, the unprejudiced believing mind readily understands that it is impossible to lead astray the elect.

The mystical union which exists between Christ and believers, is a guarantee that they shall continue steadfast.

“Because I live, ye shall live also,” [John 14:19]. The Lord says these words to His elect, His chosen, His sheep and not to “every man who ever lived”. The effect of this union is that believers participate in His life. Christ is in us, Romans 8:10. It is not we that live, but Christ that liveth in us, [Gal 2:20]. Christ and the believers have a common life such as that which exists in the vine and the branches. The Holy Spirit so dwells in the redeemed that every Christian is supplied with an inexhaustible reservoir of strength.

The intercession of Christ assures us of our eternal security.

Christ makes intercession for His people [Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25], and we are told that the Father hears Him always [John 11:42]. Hence the Arminian, holding that Christians may fall away, must deny either the passages which declare that Christ does make intercession for His people, or he must deny those which declare that His prayers are always heard. Let us consider here how well protected we are: Christ is at the right hand of God pleading for us, and in addition to that, the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. [Rom. 8:26].

In the wonderful promise of Jer. 32:40, God has promised to preserve believers from their own backslidings: “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. And in Ezek. 11:19,20, He promises to take from them the “stony heart,” and to give them a “heart of flesh,” so that they shall walk in His statutes and keep His ordinances, and so that they shall be His people and He their God. Peter tells us that Christians cannot fall away, for they “are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time,” [I Pet. 1:5]. Paul says, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” [II Cor. 9:8]. He declares that the Lord’s servant shall be made to stand; for “God is able to make him stand,” [Rom. 14:4].

Another strong argument is to be noticed concerning the Lamb’s book of life.

The disciples were told to rejoice, not so much over the fact that the demons were subject to them, but that their names were written in the Lamb’s book of life. This book is a catalogue of the elect, determined by the unalterable counsel of God, and can neither be increased nor diminished. The names of the righteous are found there; but the names of those who perish have never been written there from the foundation of the world. God does not make the mistake of writing in the Book of Life a name which he will later have to blot out.  Hence none of the Lord’s own ever perish. Jesus told His disciples to find their chief joy in the fact that their names were written in heaven, Luke 10:20; yet there would have been small grounds for joy in this respect if their names written in heaven one day could have been blotted out the next. Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Our citizenship is in heaven,” Phil. 3:20; and to Timothy he wrote, “The Lord knoweth them that are His.” [2Tim. 2:19].

Here, then, are very simple and plain statements that the Christian shall continue in grace, the reason being that the Lord takes it upon Himself to preserve him in that state. In these promises the elect are secured on both sides. Not only will God not depart from them, but He will so put His fear into their hearts that they shall not depart from Him. Surely no Spirit-taught Christian can doubt that this doctrine is taught in the Bible.

It seems that man, poor, wretched and impotent as he is, would welcome a doctrine which secures for him the possessions of eternal happiness despite all attacks from without and all evil tendencies from within. But it is not so. He refuses it, and argues against it. And the causes are not far to seek. In the first place he has more confidence in himself than he has any right to have. Secondly, the scheme is so contrary to what he is used to in the natural world that he persuades himself that it cannot be true. Thirdly, he perceives that if this doctrine be admitted, the other doctrines of free grace will logically follow. Hence he twists and explains away the Scripture passages which teach it, and clings to some which appear on the surface to favor his preconceived views. In fact, a system of salvation by grace is so utterly at variance with his every-day experience, in which he sees every person treated according to works and merits, that he has great difficulty in bringing himself to believe that it can be true. He wishes to earn his own salvation, though certainly he expects very high wages for very sorry work.

Now for a final word. The meaning of this doctrine must be clearly understood. It does not mean that every churchgoer or even every church member is certain to persevere to the end in his or her faith, or that everyone who has made a public profession of faith is eternally secure, or that all who seem to us to be true believers will never fall away from the faith.

What the doctrine of the perseverance or ‘Eternal Security’ of true believers does mean is this: those who have true faith can neither totally nor finally lose that faith. The Bible makes it clear that God will never permit those to whom He has given true faith to fall away from that faith. True believers persevere not because of their strength but because of God’s unchangeable mercy. Believers persevere only because God in His unchangeable love enables them to persevere.

STILL SETTING UP THAT CHRISTMAS TREE?

STILL SETTING UP THAT CHRISTMAS TREE?

Michael Jeshurun

True Christians too are often snared by idols. But the promise is, that if one is a ‘true regenerated Christian’ God WILL deliver him from ALL his idols . . . “and from ALL your idols, will I cleanse you!” [Ezk 36:25]

No Christian is going to Hell because He set up a Christmas tree! But at the same time, no true Christian is going to cling to these abominable Pagan customs once he has his eyes opened to the truth behind them!

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere TO REPENT!” [Acts 17:30]
And along with the command to repent comes the grace to do so! And the mark of a nominal Christian is to KNOW THE TRUTH behind the Pagan and Roman Catholic connection of Christmas, the Christmas tree, Santa Claus and everything else that goes with this worldly celebration and CONTINUE IN IT!

For those who don’t know, here is a brief history of the darling “Christmas Tree” . . .

WHERE DOES THE CHRISTMAS TREE COME FROM?

One of the most pervasive customs of Christmas, today, is the bringing home and decorating of a “Christmas tree.” Where did this custom come from? Coffin in THE BOOK OF CHRISTMAS FOLKLORE tells us:

“Most people have heard that the Christmas tree originates in the tannenbaum and is some sort of vestige of Teutonic vegetation worship. THIS IS PARTIALLY TRUE. However, the custom of using pine and other evergreens ceremonially was well established at the ROMAN SATURNALIA, even earlier in Egypt” (p. 209).

Writes Alexander Hislop in THE TWO BABYLONS,
“The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm tree denoting the Pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith. The mother of Adonis, the Sun-God and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as the ‘Man the branch.’ And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning” (page 97).

Tree worship was very common among the ancients. Says Festivals, Holy Days, and Saints’ Days,

“The Christmas tree…recapitulates the idea of tree worship…gilded nuts and balls symbolizing the sun…all the festivities of the [heathen] winter solstice have been absorbed into Christmas Day…the use of holly and mistletoe to the Druidic ceremonies; the Christmas tree to the honours paid to Odin’s sacred fir….” (p. 236).

Writes Collins in Christmas Folklore:
“This idea of decorating homes on holidays is both worldwide and age-old….So the Saturnalian laurel, the Teutonic holly, the Celtic mistletoe, and the Mexican poinsettia have all attached themselves to this polyglot ceremony…

“Many of the plants used at Christmas are SYMBOLS OF FERTILITY. Certainly any evergreen (fir, yew, laurel) with its ability to return verdure in the barrens months is appropriate, but by far the most interesting are the holly, the ivy, and the mistletoe. Holly, with its pricking leaves, white flowers, and red berries symbolizes the male reproductive urge. In fact, in the English carols…the holly is the male and the ivy is the female. This use of the plants was most likely BORROWED by the Christians along with other customs of the ROMAN SATURNALIA” (p. 22-23).

Ivy, holly’s mate, in ancient Grecian rites took its name from the girl who danced with such abandon and joy before Dionysius that she fell dead at his feet. The pagan god, moved by her dance, turned her into the ivy that she might entwine whatever is near. Dionysius, of course, was the Greek version of the god of wine and revelry, another form of Bacchus, Tammuz, or Nimrod!

Mistletoe, since the earliest of times, has been regarded as mysterious and sacred, the symbol of the sun, bestower of life, an aphrodisiac, and protector against disease and poison. The plant was especially sacred to the Celtic Druids who offered it in prayer to the gods. The mistletoe was referred to by pagans as the “golden bough.” The two great holidays when the pagans gathered mistletoe were Midsummer Day, the summer solstice, and December 25, the winter solstice. It was supposed to posses the power of revealing treasures in the earth, and was formed into a “divining rod.” It was also looked upon as the “seat of life” of the sacred oak, and as an emanation of the sun’s fire. Kissing under the mistletoe is a survival of Saturnalian sexual licentiousness and bawdy immoral behavior, which was commonplace at the Saturnalia.

Still want to set up that Christmas tree?

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him IT IS SIN.” [James 4:17]