Celibacy or purity for the single Christian?

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In just a generation, we’ve witnessed a stunning devolution of perspective on sexuality in the church. While some can only discern a faint whisper of the fallout, everyone with working spiritual ears can hear a scream. We’ve been forced to look at something that few wanted to acknowledge, but out of the ashes of sexual immorality, a phoenix cry for purity has arisen.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Practical, balanced teaching on sexual purity and living it out with integrity has an anemic history in the contemporary church. In contrast, a nonstop, toxic mix of eroticism coupled with the flesh’s rebellious nature has commandeered the attention of youth and singles with little to no intervention. This includes subtle undercurrent of sensuality in the church.  The yearning is deep and passionate, however deep and passionate yearning simply isn’t enough to resolve the need.

A needful caveat is that sexual purity isn’t synonymous with celibacy. I was having a conversation with a friend about celibacy among Christian singles. My friend seemed to think that abstaining from sex as a Christian was a badge of honor. While celibacy is indeed a laudable accomplishment,

celibacy isn’t necessarily Godly. Anyone can be celibate with the right amount of will power. Atheists, buddhists monks, muslims and Catholic priests can all live a celibate life, but is just being celibate mean one is in right relationship with God? Certainly not. God requires something more. Something which involves much more than physical abstention from sexual activity. He requires purity of heart, mind and body.

Do you recall Jesus saying “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God?” (Matt 5:8) John reminded believers that “He that has this hope purifieth himself, even as he (Christ) is pure. (1 John 3:3)

Clearly, purity, not celibacy is God’s standard and his requirement as followers of Christ.

Over the last fourteen years that I’ve ministered sexual wholeness to mostly young adults, I’ve become familiar with that cry to be pure. Its anxious —oftimes anguished– its urgent and its deeply personal. And it wasn’t just confined to young, single Christians. Against the urgency, I’ve counseled a radically peaceful path to reaching one’s goal and God’s standard. If the goal is indeed sexual purity which pleases Christ, then the progressive path out of sexual impurity should be marked by:

1. Rediscovering the foundations and fundamentals of our faith and what they are intended to accomplish in your life. Embracing the whys and hows help to stabilize your life and prepare it for sustained progression.

2. Rebuilding the breaches in your life using spiritual and relational processes. Seeking to rebuild relational wholeness apart from healthy relationships with others is counterproductive. And be sure these relationships will require time, effort and commitment.

3. Recreating your desires through strategy. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Its one thing to know God’s standard, its quite another to consistently apply it. You must have more than just a desire to live sexually pure, desire must conjugate into a holy pragmatism.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned and continue to teach is an old one: prevention is much better than a cure. If God says don’t touch and don’t participate, let that be a cornerstone principle of your life going forward.

Its from this point, we must allow our personal and corporate perspective on sexual purity to be formed.

When we understand that celibacy isn’t an end unto itself, just a component of a pure life, we can get rid of much of the sexual frustration and tension in the lives of many Christians who are unmarried.

Question for discussion: do you believe God “calls” people to celibacy? What biblical support is there for such a calling? If one is “called to celibacy”, what is the purpose?

Source:

http://www.gcmwatch.com/4507/celibacy-or-purity-for-the-single-christian

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The ministry of warning

The ministry of warning

BY BRDAVISON

J991968Are people who are given a charge to warn people about false teachers a legitimate function in the Body of Christ?

Picture yourself in the shoes of the Apostle Paul. You’ve diligently labored to bring a church up to spiritual maturity in Christ. Yet you know that when you leave, some of the very men you have taught will turn against you, pervert the gospel and lead others into spiritual darkness. What’s more, others from the outside will move in to attack the church. What would you do? You have to leave because there’s work to do elsewhere. Its a troubling moment for Paul. He does leave, but not before delivering a stern and chilling warning.

And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” Acts 20:25-31

Today, Paul’s admonition is just as urgent and necessary as it was in those times. In fact it is even more urgent. With the proliferation of instant media, false teachers can easily reach millions of people and put them in danger.

As an apostle, Paul stood before church leaders whom he had trained for some three years. Its apparent he had deeply invested quite a bit of himself in them.  But nonetheless some would still fall into the trap. The contemporary church is in trouble. It has lain dormant in a state of spiritual sluggishness for far too long while threats continue to mount from both inside and out. We now have allowed the enemies of God to show their ugly faces.

What seems to be in short supply these days are preachers who take the ministry of warning seriously. This kind of preacher preaches truth without respect of persons. More and more we’re all having to face this painful reality. Because of the love of money and a failure to walk humbly, more preachers are focusing on filling up the seats rather than care and protection of the flock of God. This is a serious dereliction of duty which endangers the sheep. The church is not a money making junket for men to pay their bills. The church should be a meeting place for the body of Christ. If you didn’t catch our series on the church and the kingdom, read it here, here, and here.

In the text, Paul states “I am pure from the blood of all men”. Why does he say this? The only way to be pure from the “blood of men” is to preach God’s word without error.  Its God’s word that is the foundation for truth and freedom.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Its a given that if  leaders deviate from the Word, they will fall into error. Although God’s messengers teach truth, the message is subject to rejection. As reported by The Foundation-Jesus Christ blog: “Because the truth is not presented to the sheep, biblical illiteracy is at an all time high”. Thus, Paul instructs the overseers to take heed therefore. Whenever the word therefore appears, always look to see what it’s “there for”!  Taking heed means: do not conduct business as usual!
Wolves are nothing to play with! Certainly not ones that are “ravenous” and “grievous”.  A Shepherd has two main responsibilities towards the flock. (1) feed them. Reference Jeremiah 3:15 and (2) guard them with his own life Reference John 10:11.   Sheep must be made aware of the enemy. The wolf’s #1 tactic against the sheep is to appear to be one of them! Calling out the wolf is beneficial for everyone at risk.
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”  How can you beware if you are not aware?  In Ephesians 5:11 it further tells us: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  The scripture is certainly clear and Paul, who was the author of Ephesians, does not contradict himself in Acts.
Leaders, wake up and take heed!
At one church I recently attended,  the pastor allowed a itinerant preacher to come in and speak to the congregation. It was very unfortunate the speaker was allowed to regurgitate the unscriptural word of faith doctrine.  But what’s even worst is that the pastor clapped and praised the man. I was astonished that a pastor who had been given the responsibility to guard the sheep actually allowing a false teacher access to the flock. Of course it was “entertaining”. But it seems that protecting the flock has given way to entertaining the flock, and in the long run this can only be detrimental to the spiritual development of those who need it most.
The message coming from many of today’s leaders isnt one of warning, repentance or watchfulness, its a nonstop praise party! Concerts, plays, parties, anniversaries, dances, cruises, comedy shows, musicals, contests, you name it, anything to keep the sheep happy and unaware of the dangers they face. When “preaching” does rise to the top, its nothing more that the latest inspirational best you-better you Osteen-esque therapy session.

Terry Moore,  a Virginia blogger summed things up well:

I have become so frustrated, disgusted, and disillusioned with many of the men and women who call themselves Christian pastors today. I’ve had it just about up to my eyeballs with their spineless and gutless methods of leading their flocks. With the exception of those who pastor fundamentalist churches, most of them refuse to preach about sin or hell anymore.
They spend of all of their time in the pulpit focusing on God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. It’s all well and good to preach about those things, as they are a big part of God’s nature. But there is another side to God – a side of high moral standards and judgment and punishment. When a pastor omits that side of God, it is a clear dereliction of duty.”

The ministry of warning
The office that comes with authority also comes with a mandate to warn. When authority is given one can almost guarantee there’s a penalty attached for not holding the office with integrity.  Why does God warn people and why does he charge his leaders to warn people?
Because warning allows time for escape to safety. It gives time to prepare and repent, thus avoiding potentially devastating consequences. The ministry of warning in the scripture is expansive in both Testaments.
Consider that:
  • Noah warned the people for 100 years that it was going to rain.
  • Jeremiah warned Isreal repeatedly that because of their sin, God would send them into captivity
  • Jonah was sent to warn Nineveh that God’s judgment would fall on them.
  • In Matthew 24, Jesus warned his disciples among other things that “many false Christs would arise who would deceive many

Likewise,  Paul warned the Ephesian elders, told them what was coming and how to withstand it. God is speaking again, warning again, through this blog and through other watchmen on the wall. And although a warning does not mean people will necessarily hear and take heed, it does say much about the goodness of God. He cares enough to warn us so that we can escape the danger.

Source:

http://www.gcmwatch.com/5666/the-ministry-of-warning

What was the thorn in the flesh the Apostle Paul had? (2 Cor 12:7)

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What was the thorn in the flesh

the Apostle Paul had?
2 Corinthians  12:7:  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. (KJV)

So far, I believed that it was his vision because of this verse:

Galatians 6:11 “Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. (KJV)

But let see if this belief stands and aligns with the Holy Scriptures.

One thing is sure though is that the Apostle Paul was not tempted by lust (since he never was married, therefore he never had a sexual relationship with a woman) because otherwise he would marry like he was preaching to the ones who already were (married) at some point of their existence and for instance, the young widows.

I came across a very interesting text online:

“The next scripture used to say Paul’s thorn was bad eyes is also in Galatians, chapter 6, verse 11. It says, “Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.” People have said Paul’s eyes were so bad that he had to write in large letters, and this is what he was making reference to. That is only a supposition and not a very good one at that. It is a lot more credible to believe that he was simply referring to the long letter he had written to the Galatians”.

Here is the whole text:

Paul’s Thorn In The Flesh
By Andrew Wommack

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Cor. 12:7-10)

This thorn in the flesh that Paul mentioned has been used and misused by Christians to justify submitting to nearly any problem that comes along. Satan has twisted this passage of Scripture to deceive many, many people into believing that God would not heal Paul, so how can they expect to be healed? Let us examine this closely and find out exactly what Paul’s thorn in the flesh was.

First of all, this “thorn” came because of the abundance of revelations Paul had received. Until a person has an abundance of revelations, similar to what Paul had, he is not going to have a “thorn.” That would disqualify just about all of those who have been hiding behind Paul’s thorn.

Then, verse 7 says it came lest Paul should be exalted above measure. Traditionally, that has been interpreted to say the thorn was to keep Paul humble. Therefore, God had to be the author of it, because only God would want Paul to be humble. But there is a godly way of being exalted. First Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” Those who submit (humble) themselves to God will be exalted by God. Paul was not speaking of exalting himself above measure through pride, but rather, the thorn came from Satan to keep Paul from being exalted by God in the eyes of the people. Many more people would have received what Paul preached if everything was always “rosy” for him. But there was this messenger of Satan who always buffeted Paul and scared away the faint-hearted from committing themselves to Jesus, whom Paul preached.

God magnified, or exalted, Joshua in the sight of his people (Josh. 3:7). He continued to do that with the people He used on into the new covenant (Acts 5:13). So, we see that the exalting spoken of is not a negative kind but a godly kind. That just further strengthens the fact that the thorn was not God’s doing.

In verse 7, right after the thorn in the flesh is mentioned, there is a phrase set off by commas which says, “The messenger of Satan to buffet me.” This is an explanation of what the thorn was. It was not a thing but rather a demonic messenger. The word used as “messenger” here is always translated as angel or messenger and refers to a created being. So, Paul’s thorn was literally a demon sent from Satan to buffet him. The word “buffet” means to strike repeatedly as waves would buffet the shore.

How did this demonic force continually strike Paul? Traditionally it has been taught that it was with sickness, and the thing that made many accept that is the use of the words “weakness” and “infirmity” in verses 9 and 10. Infirmity definitely does mean sickness and is used that way in 1 Timothy 5:23, but that is not the only meaning of the word. The number two definition is any lack or inadequacy. For instance, Romans 8:26 says, “the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities.” In this case, the context makes it clear that it is not speaking of sicknesses but rather not knowing what to pray for. Our finite minds are an infirmity, or an inadequacy.

If we look at the context of Paul’s thorn in the flesh, we find that infirmity does not mean sickness in 2 Corinthians 12:9 and 10. In 2 Corinthians 11:30, Paul uses the exact terminology of “glorying in infirmities” that is used just a few verses later in speaking about this thorn. In the eleventh chapter he had just finished listing what those infirmities were. In verses 23-29, he lists such things as imprisonment, stripes, shipwrecks, and stonings; none of these speak of sickness. Verse 27 mentions weakness and painfulness, which some have tried to make mean sickness, but it is just as possible he could have been weary and suffered painfulness from such things as being stoned and left for dead (Acts 14:19). All these things listed in 2 Corinthians 11 refer to persecutions as infirmities. So, in context, Paul’s thorn was a demonic angel or messenger sent by Satan which continually stirred up persecution against him. This is also verified by three Old Testament references (Num. 33:55; Josh. 23:13 and Judg. 2:3), where people are spoken of as being “thorns in your sides” and “thorns in your eyes.”

Paul asked the Lord to remove persecution from him, not sickness, and the Lord told him His grace was sufficient. We are not redeemed from persecution, and Paul later stated that when he said in 2 Timothy 3:12, “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Most gladly, therefore, he gloried in persecutions, reproaches, necessities, and distresses that the power of Christ might rest upon him (2 Cor. 12:9). The word “glory” is an old English word which means to have dominion over or command. It is used in Exodus 8:9 where Moses told Pharaoh to glory over him, or command him, when to destroy the frogs. So when Paul spoke of glorying in these infirmities or persecutions, he was speaking of victory even in the midst of continual harassment.

In Acts 14:19, Paul was stoned and left for dead, but God raised him up, and the next day he walked at least twenty miles into the next town and started preaching again. The Lord did not stop the persecution, but God’s strength was certainly made perfect in Paul’s weakness (verse 9). Can you imagine what those that stoned him must have thought? They could see Paul’s humanity in the cuts and bruises, but they could also see the supernatural strength of God flowing through him. “For when I am weak, then am I strong” (verse 10).

There are two other passages of Scripture that those who believe Paul’s thorn in the flesh was sickness have tried to use to verify that. One is Galatians 4:13-15. Here Paul says that he preached the Gospel to these Galatians through an infirmity of the flesh, and in verse 15, he makes reference to these people being willing to poke out their own eyes and give them to him. From this, I have heard ministers preach that Paul’s thorn was a rare, ancient disease which was characterized by runny, puffy eyes. But let us look at whom Paul was speaking to when he said this. He was writing to the people who lived in the region known as Galatia, which had as its major cities, Derbe, Lystra, and Iconium. The instance we mentioned earlier, where Paul was stoned and left for dead, happened in Lystra, a city of Galatia. The next day Paul walked to Derbe, another city of Galatia, and began preaching unto them. I’m sure he had runny, puffy eyes, along with multiple cuts and bruises, but they were not the result of some disease. They were the result of having just been stoned. He also says in verse 13 that his infirmity was “at the first,” which leaves the impression it was only a temporary thing that he recovered from.

The next scripture used to say Paul’s thorn was bad eyes is also in Galatians, chapter 6, verse 11. It says, “Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.” People have said Paul’s eyes were so bad that he had to write in large letters, and this is what he was making reference to. That is only a supposition and not a very good one at that. It is a lot more credible to believe that he was simply referring to the long letter he had written to the Galatians.

The reason it is so important to realize that the thorn in the flesh was not something which Jesus died to redeem us from, such as sickness, is so that we won’t submit ourselves to these things. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We have to resist, or actively fight against, the devil and the things he brings, to see them flee. Satan has used traditional teaching about Paul’s thorn to bring many Christians to a place of submitting to him. But, praise God, you shall know the truth and the truth, shall set you free.

Source:
http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/pauls_thorn

I think the explanation above is far better than Paul’s bad eye or worse, that Paul was battling with lust which is totally ludicrous.

HERE IS WHY GOD IS ABOUT TO DESTROY AMERICA

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God is already judging this Continent because
we throw babies in the trash (abort them) instead of loving them
because we don’t care about God’s word and we are living in fornication and adultery
How God could not be mad at us?
Without mentioning homosexuality, lesbianism which is worse….
And pedophilia, which is worse than those unions against nature…
Why we are not executing the pedophiles publicly like we should?
That would be a good start to turn God’s wrath away from us….
Those poor kids…one way or the other, if we do not abort them,
we are killing them otherwise by sexually abusing them…
Who cares that children are sexually abused?
When do we see pedophiles executed publicly for what they did after a fair trial?
Show me when this happens….

Thanks to Aleyster Crowley for destroying this Continent
by serving Satan very well.
Crowley does not speak through this young gal on YouTube who are channeling spirits
but he is burning in hell
and the entity talking through this young gal
is a demon. Not Crowley. Don’t be fooled.

I began to pray for the American Continent few days ago (this post was written back in December 30, 2009 · 1:47 pm) and I should continue
Not because I am living in fornication or adultery but because I know how God is mad at us
God helps me to be chaste, I am chaste by his power – otherwise,
I would be just like you, a slave of Satan.

Repent America!

YESHUAH IS REALLY RISEN (PROOFS)

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YESHUAH IS REALLY RISEN (PROOFS)

THE VARIOUS THEORIES BROUGHT TO DENY THE HISTORIC CHARACTER OF THE RESURRECTION AND THEIR REFUTATION

Translation from French to English made
by Marie M. Buchanan, M.Psy.
Copyright © 2008
Unknown author.

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THE VARIOUS THEORIES BROUGHT TO DENY THE HISTORIC CHARACTER OF THE RESURRECTION:
JESUS’ RESURRECTION – INTRODUCTION:

A BRIEF HISTORY:

In the beliefs of the antiquity, there was the myths of the Resurrection linked to the cycle of the seasons. On the other hand, one does not find nothing comparable to the proclamation of the apostles and writing according to which a man, Jesus of Nazareth was dead and overcame the death while coming back to life to reign eternally on a new creation get rid of sin, sufferings and death. The New Testament, filled with a hope based on the Resurrection of Christ and of his faith in our own Resurrection, contrast sharply with general despair facing the death that characterized the beliefs in this era. The Greeks believed in immortality seen as the delivery of the impede that constitutes the physical body; the Jews expected to return world of the deaths in their same body. While Christian hope was the one of a transformed body able to express personal life in the age to come.

THE RESURRECTION: BASIC DOCTRINE OF CHRISTIANITY:

One confuses often today the Resurrection with the maintenance of the personal existence after the death. While the Resurrection hears the maintenance of the existence (the soul) after the death, it implies for the person the recuperation of a body. To be raised from the death, is to receive again a body, this is to be reintroduced by God in the concrete world, in the material world. Once resurrected, we do not know the death anymore. According to the Bible, we have only one life to live in this body marked by the sin and the death. Therefore, we die only once. Now, this life that passes under the assessment of God about the good or the evil that one will have done being in this body determines our eternity.

For Christianity, the physical Resurrection of Christ is extremely important. (1 Cor. 15, 12-19) The Whole Christian Faith depends on it. The apostle Paul, in his epistles, showed that all is based on the bodily Resurrection of Christ. If there is no Resurrection he says, the apostles are false witnesses, the predication of the Christians is vain, their faith also and they are without hope for the future. For the Christian, the Resurrection testifies the deity of Jesus-Christ, it is the sign by excellence of His divinity. It gives all the meaning of his life and to his message. It validates His affirmations of incarnate God, Savior of the humanity and as coming judge of the world. According to Paul, the Resurrection of Jesus removed the power of the death and to the tomb his ultimate victory on life. In His death-Resurrection event, Jesus constitutes the first example of this that which will become reality for all the believers.

VARIOUS THEORIES BROUGHT TO DENY THE HISTORIC CHARACTER OF THE RESURRECTION:  1ST THEORY: “THE HALLUCINATION“:

The theory of the hallucination suggests that all the apparitions of Christ after the Resurrection were only hallucinatory deceptions. The people who have claimed to see Christ are seen as having hallucinations. This theory supposes that the grave always were occupied enters in contradiction with certain conditions (principles) that must be met to allow a hallucination to produce itself:

1st weakness of the theory: theory that indisputably the first principle that says that usually, uniquely certain persons have hallucinations – usually paranoiacs and (especially) schizophrenics. Now, in the New Testament, there is all kinds of persons having had different experiences, a different education and being in different dispositions.

2nd weakness of the theory: the second principle enunciates that the hallucinations are linked to the subconscious of a person and to its previous experiences. It is not very likely that two persons, or more, can have the same hallucination at the same time.

Christ appeared to a lot of persons and the descriptions of these apparitions contain a lot of details that the psychologists consider, determined by the reality. The supporters of this theory seem to forget that a hallucination is a private event, a subjective experience empties of all external references, empties of all objects. Thus, if two persons cannot create or keep the same vision without any object external reference, that is impossible that 500 persons, hallucinate the same thing and at the same time (Christ appeared simultaneously to 500 persons stipulates Paul in his first epistle to the Corinthians).

3rd weakness of the theory: ordinarily, the hallucinations can take place whenever or wherever. In the New Testament, the circumstances of a hallucination are lacking. The mentioned apparitions are a lot more than only simple momentary visions, the time there plays a role: 15 different apparitions – of which to more than 500 persons. Besides, these apparitions present themselves under a big variety of time and places.

4th weakness of the theory: the hallucinations required of the subjects an expectative spirit or of hope that does their desires generate certain thoughts. Now, the last thing that the disciples awaited was a Resurrection: they thought that Christ had been crucified, buried and that all was finished. Mary Magdala, while going to the tomb the first Sunday to carry the spices that she had prepared to embalm with fragrance the body of Jesus, evidently did not expect to discover Him risen from the death. When at last the Lord appeared to His disciples, they had fear and believed to see a ghost.

5th weakness of the theory: the hallucinations habitually takes place during a long period and on a regularly basis. In the New Testament, the apparitions stopped abruptly. They stopped themselves all at the same moment.

2ND THEORY: “BODY STOLEN BY THE DISCIPLES”

This theory supports that the disciples would have invented a Resurrection by stealing the body of Jesus and that they accepted dying martyrs for a lie.

Here a theory that would not hold in front of a justice court. One supposes that the disciples would have come to steal the body of Jesus while the roman guard slept. Now, if the roman guard really had slept, how could he have known that the disciples had stolen the body? The defense lawyer would have liked to undergo a cross-examination to the captain of the guard.

It is impossible that the soldiers slept. The fear of the punishment caused them to be very careful with their orders, especially in the night. The Roman security unit was a war machine; if the disciples had attempted something, there would have been a fight of six seconds (just one soldier easily could have mastered the whole group of the disciples). It is necessary to remember that when Jesus was stopped in the Garden! of Gethsemane, all the disciples abandoned him and fled. In the New Testament, these are described not as intrigues, but as knocked out men, discouraged, that hid fearing themselves for their life.

And then, there is the question of the huge rock of about two tons that closed the entry of the tomb. The position of this last one – rolled to a certain distance of the sepulcher – makes the idea difficult since the soldiers would have slept despite of all this noise. Over all, this hypothesis does not agree to the lesser of the world, with that we know of the character of the apostles. These people were too honest to commit such trickery. This action would contrast with all is written about them (these men of high morality and of honor). According to the doctor J. N. D. Anderson, Leading Juridical Expert in Great Britain, the theory does not give explanation to the touching transformation that operated itself in them and that changed from to being depressed and discouraged in witnesses that nothing could stop.

That did not resemble any of them to imagine a blow of this kind, or to have enough shrewdness and of rapidity decision to execute it without anybody noticing it. Even if such had been the case, the history of Christianity would have taken a different turn. Sooner or later, one or the other of the eleven men having taken part in the abduction of the body would have, by clumsiness or otherwise, revealed the secret. More, a moral structure of the breadth of the primitive church established, as this church was, on long persecutions and of unspeakable sufferings, could not have established its doctrine on a lie.

In the last analysis, why the disciples would have wanted to give the impression that Christ was risen from the dead while they did not expect his Resurrection? Also, who could believe that these men were confronted to later persecutions, while knowing their faith was based on a deception?


3RD THEORY: “BODY STOLEN BY AUTHORITIES”

Here, Roman authorities and Jews would have taken the body and would have deposited the body in a safe place, in order to prevent whoever to claim that there had been Resurrection.

Face has such an hypothesis, one cannot do otherwise than to ask the following question: Why would authorities have done the only thing that could create problems to them? The disciples had returned in the middle of the city of Jerusalem and preached Christ rose from the death. If what they proclaimed was false, it would have sufficed to show the body to contradict them. Where was the official denial? Why authorities did not say: “This is an absurdity. We gave the order to move the body”.

If that had been insufficient, why would they not have called as witnesses those that had moved the body? Or why would they not have put the body of Christ on a cart and displayed it all over Jerusalem? This spectacle would have killed the Christianity before its beginning. The only possible answer to this question is that the authorities were not able to produce the body. They had absolutely no clue to allow them to have the knowledge of where the body was.

Yes, when the apostles began to preach the Resurrection, it would have sufficed for the authorities to show the body to refute the Christian proclamation, but they did not do it…

4th THEORY: “THE FAINTING” (OR THEORY OF INTENSIVE CARE)

According to this theory, Jesus was not really dead on the cross. It is true that he was nailed to it and suffered shock, pains and bleeding, but instead of dying he fainted of exhaustion. Thinking that he was dead his disciples buried him alive. The medical knowledge of the era was not very well developed; it was easy for them to be mistaken. The cold of the tomb where Christ was placed woke him up from the coma. His disciples were so ignorant that they could not believe of a simple intensive care; that is why they supported that it was a matter of a Resurrection.

This theory forgets certain facts:

1. Jesus undergoes six legal proceedings – three Roman and three Jewish proceedings.
2. It was inflicted on him the torture of the Roman flagellation.
3. He was so weak that he did not have the strength to carry his “patibulum” – i.e. the transversal bar of the cross.
4. They nailed him in the hands (or wrists) and feet to crucify him.
5. The Roman pierced his side from a blow of a spear and the witnesses said: “It came out water and blood”, which is a death sign.
6. Four butchers confirmed his death. The Roman teams in charge of the crucifixion knew their job. They had enough practice on others.
7. More than 100 pounds of spices and of sticky substances were placed all over his body. (could he have breathed through that?)
8. He was placed in a cold and humid grave.
9. A big rock was rolled in front of the entry.
10. A Roman guard was placed in front of the grave.

According to this theory, an unbelievable thing happened: the cold and humid air of the grave would have reanimated Christ instead of killing him (by pneumonia alone). He tore his shroud, pushed the rock in the entry, pushed back the guards and little time after, appeared to his disciples as Lord of life.

Indeed, this theory does not hold any account of the mortal character of the inflicted wound to Jesus, frightful mutilation of the hands (or wrists) and feet, the exhaustion due to heavy bleeding, of absence of any human assistance during the most critical moments where they would have been essential, firmly tight shroud around the body, and the heavy rock that closed the entry of the tomb. It suffices to represent a human body, bleeding from five open wounds lying on the cold rock of a tomb, without human relief of any type, to understand to which extent this assumption is not reasonable.

IN CONCLUSION:

Less than twenty years following the death and Resurrection of Christ, the word of the fishermen of Galilee shook even in deeper more seated temple of Judaism and its echoes resounded all alongside the Eastern Coast of the Mediterranean. Then, it began to become a serious threat for the Roman Empire. The Christian Church recruited the mass of its first adherents not among the foreigners that came to pass some days or some weeks in Jerusalem for a holiday, but in the permanent population of the city. The enemies of the faith were paralysed. Several high persons would have certainly sacrificed a part of their fortune to annihilate this movement if it had been possible.

By a strange whim of luck, the disciples were brought to begin their campaign that was scarcely a 15 minute of walk to the place of, if their pretensions were not to have been founded, the remains of their Master was buried in a easily accessible cave. The question could be solved immediately and by testimonies of a limited number of people. Besides, it is necessary to take in consideration that when the disciples of Jesus proclaimed the Resurrection, they did it as eyewitnesses while the people that had been in communication with the events of which they spoke were alive yet. In 56 A.D., the apostle Paul wrote that more than 500 persons at the same time saw the Resurrected One, and that most of them were still alive. (1 Corinthians 15) That the first Christians were able to invent such a fable and to preach it among those who could so easily have contradicted them, while producing the body of Jesus surpasses in my opinion the boundaries of the credibility. An author said one day: “If Jesus would remain in the tomb, the history of his life and death would have remained with him”.

Source:

http://www.the-truth-ministries.us/English_Resurrection.the-truth-ministries.us/

Satan is The Sun God and is Hermaphrodite (a stand against Sun Day Worship)

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Satan is The Sun God (celebrating Sun Day is to worship Satan) and is Hermaphrodite

Sun Day worshippers will end up in hell for worshipping Ra (knowingly or not)

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My analysis of this video above:  You know how Godfought Egypt and Egypt was deeply involved in occult.  A traveller (Alien) is in fact Satan.  Looking for a way to extent his  life. Curious and without fear, the young man walk towards the light of Lucifer who is the light-bearer.  Then the traveller (Satan) took possession of his body like a parasite looking for a host.  (spooky)  The traveller (Satan) used this Stargate (demonic deception but it works) to bring people as workers just like the one we saw.  (bringing more demonic beings with him) Using technology to sustain eternal life – the elite is trying very hard to achieve that goal. (that is why Walt Disney 33rd degree Mason body is frozen – hoping the technology will be found to resurrect him).  See how the possession of this young man at the end of the video looks just like a demonic possession.Another piece to my puzzle/research concerning the worship of the Sun god Ra, the Masonic god called different names… folks celebrating either Christ MASS or the Sun-Day worship are in fact worshipping the Sun god and “if you worship the lake of fire in the sky (reference to the sun) that is where you go when you die”.

CHRIST-MASS and LUCIFER WORSHIP Quote around 57 seconds:  “if you worship the lake of fire in the sky (reference to the sun) that is where you go when you die”.

NWO Agents of Disinformation 95% Truth, 5% Lies Satan/Ninurta/Saturnus/Satarn/Isateni

Why do Christians worship on Sunday?
The World Net Daily
Excerpts:
Bacchiocchi earned his doctorate in church history at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was awarded a gold medal by Pope Paul VI for his summa cum laude class work and dissertation, “From Sabbath to Sunday: A Historical Investigation of the Rise of Sunday Observance in Early Christianity.”

His studies gave him unique access to Roman Catholic historical archives that shed much light on the transition from Sabbath to Sunday.

The Church of the capital of the empire, whose authority was already felt far and wide in the second century, appears to be the most likely birthplace of Sunday observance,” he concluded.

In one of his last interviews before his death, he told WND: “Anti-Judaism caused the abandonment of the Sabbath, and pagan sun worship influenced the adoption of Sunday.”

He says evidence of anti-Judaism is found in the writings of Christian leaders such as Ignatius, Barnabus and Justin in the second century. He notes these three “witnessed and participated in the process of separation from Judaism which led the majority of the Christians to abandon the Sabbath and adopt Sunday as the new day of worship.”

Bacchiocchi also explains the influence of pagan sun worship provides a “plausible explanation for the Christian choice of Sunday” over the day of Saturn. Its effect wasn’t just limited to Sunday. It apparently led to the placement of Jesus’ birth in late December.

“The adoption of the 25th of December for the celebration of Christmas is perhaps the most explicit example of sun worship’s influence on the Christian liturgical calendar,” Bacchiocchi writes. “It is a known fact that the pagan feast of the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti – the birthday of the Invincible Sun, was held on that date.”

One of the Roman names for this “Invincible Sun” god in the days of the apostles was Mithra. There are striking similarities between the ancient worship of Mithra and today’s Christianity, leading some to think early Christians adopted Sunday worship from heathen customs.

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More on Jesus the “spirit guide”….

666 Part 6 The Satanic Subliminal Messages.

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It gets very interesting here…. 666 Part 5 The Sign of the Devil and his true Hermaphrodite Nature.I research for years so I am seeing connections very quick…. I even discovered about let’s say 3 months ago that the “image of Jesus” is in fact a spirit guide….

JESUS, THE SPIRIT GUIDE? Johanna Michaelson, a former New Ager who became a Christian, writes in her autobiography ‘The Beautiful Side of Evil’, that she learned visualisation through a Silva Mind Control course. She pictured a radiant ‘Jesus’ figure and invited him to be her special guide, but on his second visit he appeared as a blood-drenched were- wolf! Johanna later suffered a terrible struggle to eject this impersonation of Jesus from her mind. This demonstrates the awful danger of conjuring up a mental image of God as Comforter and Guide. Christians who would not knowingly invite demonic spirit-guides into their souls, are accepting them under the guise of Jesus-pictures! And they are taught to do so by visualisation and guided imagery, so popular in positive confession and inner healing ministries today. Demons care little how we imagine them. They are fully prepared to manifest as ‘angels of light’ or even as a sort of picture-postcard ‘Jesus’ if that is what we want. But whatever the appearance of an imagined being invited into the mind to guide and control, the result will be the same – bondage to demonic powers. It seems incredible, but Christian teachers are urging their followers to get involved in this sorcery: “…try to imagine God; keep searching in your mind to form an image of God. When the image is there, you will know it…you may have to fine-tune it by focusing on each part of the image and visualising yourself with that image…eventually it will speak to you…”(20) Instead of praying to our Father in Heaven, whom none can see because He dwells in unapproachable light, we are encouraged to create a mental god and receive its guidance…”eventually it will speak to you”, are words that should strike a chill into any true Christian’s heart! By this (occult) method of visualisation, we can have a little Jesus-god at our beck and call, ready to be summoned whenever we choose. We are told that it matters not how we picture this ‘Jesus’ – in robes of white or jeans and tee-shirt :”The most noble and glorious purpose of the imagination is giving reality to the unseen Lord…the Lord doesn’t care ONE BIT how we visualise Him…Picture Him any way you wish…”(21) Richard Foster, another follower of Agnes Sanford, assures us that this imaginary picture is “more than an exercise of the imagination – it can be a genuine confrontation. Jesus Christ will actually come to you.”(22) Certainly SOMETHING will come, but WHAT? A demonic spirit guide contacted in this way will begin to control the mind with his suggestions – if the guide is thought to be Jesus, the information will be received uncritically, as if from God. How much of the new teaching now coming into the Church is based on such guidance?

SOURCE: http://www.intotruth.org/dev/tract1.html
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I said that I was not aware BEFORE TODAY that the image of the beast MIGHT BE Apollyon and Abaddon recorded in Rev. 9:11 is all, which would be the image of the sun, the worship of the sun in the sky….  Here the beast is called the Goat of Mendes:
666 Part 4 The Goat of Mendes and the Roman Catholic Church.

So the Goat of Mendes, (worshipped by Satanists as well as Masons) Apollyon and Abaddon MIGHT BE the same evil spirit behind the sun worship….with different names…that is what I am on dear….I will continue to research until this HYPOTHESIS will be CONFIRMED or INFIRMED dear…that’s how I am working…I always start on a hypothesis and then I dig until I get not what I want BUT THE TRUTH…IN FACT, THAT’S WHAT I WANT THE TRUTH…

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I was not aware that the image of the beast MIGHT BE Apollyon and Abaddon…wow
http://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=image+of+the+beast+apolyon&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 I need to research that more….
Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. Revelation 9:10-12 (in Context) Revelation 9 (Whole Chapter) Secret Societies Promote Worship Of The Image Of The Beast Among Protestants A surprising number of Protestant ministers across America actually are intentionally lying to you about Christmas. And their real agenda is not the one they preach from your Church’s pulpit. – They Sacrifice To Devils And Not To God – 1 Co.10:20

Straight Talk about Lust and Solution

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Straight Talk about Lust and Solution
(which requires to not be passive but active in fighting lust)

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WARNING:  AMERICA IS ALREADY JUDGED AND ABANDONED BY GOD

America is already abandoned (judged) by God (please look the videos of John MacArthur Sermon here: STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT LUST AND SOLUTION

that because of sexual impurity and as a Nation, we will live the consequences and wrath of God)  Therefore as a Nation, if we want to postpone the National ID Card and the Mark of the Beast among other calamities, (I know the Mark of the Beast is prophesied in Scriptures but we can postpone the judgement of God a little) we better weep on our knees and repent from debauchery because debauchery leads to hell as it is written in Revelation 21:8 and debauchery is not only adultery and fornication, it includes also all the sexual impurities you can think of, including self abuse (masturbation).

Women can lust as much as men can.  Ouch, what did she say?  Men are not “handicapped” by the way they were designed, I’m sorry.  Lust is lust.  I believe the belief that men “differently wired” as an excuse of sin (even though we are biologically different…I am not saying the opposite) is a deception as we all can sin and women can also be aroused by the view of the flesh as well  (just like men) because lust is distortion and perversion and we all are capable of doing that.  Even a child (boy or girl) can lust if exposed (by parents) at pornography. (it unfortunately happens in abusive families) Therefore, I personally don’t buy this ridiculous belief that men are poor handicapped individuals that need so much compassion because they are so very weak because it is just a lame excuse to sin.

Proverbs 25:28 28He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. (KJV)

The best way to invite demons (the same way that Parson ripped a hole to invite demons with his Babylon working, it is the same thing with masturbation, it opens a portal to demonic control and that is why the bible says to flee fornication because this sin is AGAINST our bodies contrary to other sins that are out the body) is through masturbation (also included fornication and adultery) and my source is the former 90 degree Mason, Bill Schnoebelen who said that was the way to find « enlightment » by satan but I will find the exact quote eventually and will add it here but it was along that line, just like the Babylon working.  Now, I am not saying that Christians can be demon possessed like false preachers but on the other hand, if you do believe that you can lose your salvation, it also means that you eventually as a Christian can also be demon possessed but you are not saved anymore and that’s the reason why you can be demon possessed at that point.

The only way I am agree with men is they are more exposed because usually men tend to be modestly dressed and that’s why the Word of God does not say to men to be modestly dressed. Not to say that there are not exceptions to this rule. Women tend to undress because they falsely believe they are more attractive that way. Well depends the perspective. You can be attractive and be modestly dressed but that is not what the society teaches and most people are not Christians so they go with the flow of what is presented, promoted and suggested.  Now on the other hand Sirs, MOST OF THE TIMES you CAN CONTROL WHAT IS PRESENTED TO YOU so don’t dwell on that as an excuse either, it’s not working with women like me.

Just my two cents but I think they might be worth it.  God Bless the American men and may they wake up. If I am wrong, prove me wrong WITH THE BIBLE. Otherwise, don’t argue or go argue with God Himself who wrote it. Now the whole American Continent is judge by God. Do you want to make a difference or fall into the judgement? Choice is entirely yours. Don’t come to me and whine because I’ll “spiritually” kick your butt – in fact I do not even want to do counselling with men because that is also Biblical. You need to grow, cease to be a teenager and become a man. May God have mercy upon the American Continent and may men and women fall on their knees and pray in order to postpone the wrath of God a little.

Below is a good article that really talks about the solution. Because that’s good to exhort but if you don’t offer a solution you better keep your mouth shut.  If you think that my words are harsh, you are not aware to the least about the Lovely and Merciful God is angry.  He is more than angry, He is judging us and the American Continent is about to experience the worse economic collapse (clickable link) and the subsequent food shortage (clickable link) they ever seen before so no, I am not harsh at all, I am even mellow compared to God and no, I don’t think I am perfect but saints need to do their work or disappear outside the civilisation and since we are not called to leave the civilisation, then you have to tolerate people like me and I am ready for Rev. 20:4 if that is His will.

BTW, the most drastic way to fight the CORRUPTION YOU SEE ON THE AMERICAN CONTINENT, which is the ULTIMATE solution to all is going on….
I beseech you brethren by the mercies of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service ( Romans 12:1) and to pray, pray, pray !
(clickable link)
To Improve our fragrance we need Christ (clickable link)
THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT EVIL AND TO FIGHT THIS COMING NEXT FALSE FLAG OPERATION (clickable link) AND HUMAN SACRIFICES TO SATAN BESIDES OF COURSE THE EDUCATION OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION! (Knowledge is power)

For more information, go to:
http://wikicompany.org/wiki/911:Occult_symbolism
THE LAST HOPE FOR AMERICA (clickable link)
With Agape Love according to the Scriptures and not this wishy washy fake love….

p.s. you think that “plasters” oups! I mean pastors would make money with a fire and brimstone message like that????  I need to get you out of your complacency because I actually am shacking with what I know is going on and how angry the Holy God is….

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Temptation & lust – how a Christian can survive!
“I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out”

Help and Bible verses on temptation, lust and being tempted
can Christians overpower temptation and lust?
OK – the answer you’ve all been waiting for – how do I stop lusting!!? The apostle Paul understood our predicament. He told the Romans, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18-19). This means Paul struggled with sin-just like the rest of us. And like us, he would make up his mind not to commit a certain sin ever again. Did he succeed? No way!!

Now, if the apostle Paul couldn’t overpower his sin, what makes us different. Will power alone is not enough. Even when in a world free of erotic images, like a country like Pakistan, where men and women never hang out together, and the women are covered with clothing from their head to their feet, you still find prostitutes. If men in a country like that can’t control their lust, how can we?
From the moment we get up in the morning until we climb between the sheets, we’re bombarded with erotic images and messages. Suppose you made up your mind to get through one day without lusting after a woman. On your way to work your eyes are drawn to the bikini-clad model greeting you from a billboard. A few moments later as you stop at an intersection, you aren’t able to keep from noticing the attractively dressed young woman crossing the street. At work a friend brags about the gorgeous babe he bedded the night before. As you order lunch, the waitress with the short skirt winks at you and smiles. When you get back to the office, a coworker eagerly shows you his favorite erotic image on the Internet. On your way home you stop at the grocery store and catch yourself gazing at the seminude models that adorn the magazines by the checkout counter. When you finally get home, you plop down in an easy chair and flip on the TV. – you’re exposed to more of the female anatomy than I found in the pages of Playboy when I was a kid.

With the high level of erotic stimulation you face on a daily basis, do you believe you can control your lust alone? A friend once told me (and he said this with a straight face), “I’ll never have a problem with sexual lust.” I looked at him and said, “You’re absolutely amazing. If that’s true, you’re stronger than Samson, godlier that David, and wiser than Solomon.” I’ll never forget his response. He sat down and stared at me for a half minute without uttering a word. And then he said, “I never though of it like that.” I’ll guarantee you, if Samson, David, and Solomon were here, they’d all say, “You can’t defeat your lust alone!” You Can’t Reform Your Lust “OK,” you may be thinking, “maybe I can’t beat it. But I can make myself better. I can reform my lust.” I frequently talk with new Christians who think that becoming a follower of Christ means the lust problem is solved. It’s as though they think Jesus waved some sort of magic wand over them and-presto!–their sinful nature was transformed. Their lust was gone. When they discover that their problem with lust seems even worse than before, they decide they’ll study the Bible and pray more. Much to their surprise, that doesn’t seem to solve the problem, either.

Listen to Paul’s words (Romans 7:10-11)
“The very command that was supposed to guide me into life was cleverly used to trip me up, throwing me headlong.”[1] As sinful human beings, our lustful appetites are so evil, they’ll use God’s good commands to tempt us. Like a rod stirring up dirt that has settled to the bottom of a jar of water, so God’s law excites our lust. Forbidden things are more exciting. Women who are off-limits take on a greater appeal. God says don’t and our lust says do. God says do and our lust says don’t.

Trying to reform our lust is like trying to make a dog into a person. For thirteen years a buff-colored cocker spaniel named Pumpkin graced our family. Over those years I taught Pumpkin all kinds of tricks. She obeyed the common commands like sit, lie down, and roll over. I also trained her to jump through a hoop, close a door, sit on her hind legs, and fall over as though dead when I shot her with an imaginary gun. Yet in spite of all my training, I couldn’t keep Pumpkin from acting like a dog. She always did doggy things. She ate things people tried not to step in. She sniffed other dogs in places only dogs sniff. She went to the bathroom in public. No matter how well I trained Pumpkin, she was still a dog. Similarly, your sinful propensity doesn’t reform when you enter a church. It doesn’t change when you come to faith in Christ. You can go to church, read your Bible, pray daily, and even lead a ministry without reforming your sinful nature. Paul said, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature” (Romans 7:18). When we fall under the domination of our sinful nature, we’re capable of doing anything evil, whether we’re believers or not. When controlled by our lust, we can no more do good than a dog can talk. Yet when dealing with their lust, men sometimes think they can reform it. They deny its evil power. You may grow as a Christian. You may become more like Christ in your spiritual nature. But in the flesh, in your sinful nature, you’re no better than the day you trusted Christ. And because your lust is driven by sin, you can’t reform it. You Can’t Starve Your Lust One of the problems I have with a lot of recovery programs is that their primary emphasis is on abstinence. They think the key to defeating an addiction is to stop the behavior. Now, please don’t misunderstand me. We can’t control any addiction unless we stop acting out. But if that’s all we do, it won’t work. We’ll simply change addictions. For example, our lust will transfer from sex to alcohol. And if we stop drinking, it will move on to shopping or work or gambling. It’s impossible to starve our lust to death. Until the day we’re with the Lord, we’ll struggle with sin. Your sinful nature will resist letting go. For a while you may ignore it. Later you may insist it doesn’t really have a hold on you. But if you hope to break its power, you must first realize it’s there and admit you don’t have the power to dislodge it. Hopefully, you’ll tire of fighting a losing battle. Paul did. In desperation he cried out, “Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from … this deadly lower nature?” (Romans 7:24 LB). If someone as spiritually together as Paul realized he was fighting a losing battle, isn’t it time for you to do the same thing? I know giving up isn’t easy. But it’s a step you must take if you’re’re going to find lasting freedom.

Satan and his demons stalk the path of every believer
As a Christian, you will be offered all manner of enticements to lure you away from an obedient and faithful walk with Christ. No one is exempt from this, and no one is completely successful in countering them (I John 1:8, 10),

But some Christians succumb to temptation so often that they see no hope for victory. They give up and give in without a struggle. This is an unfortunate condition, born out of despair, for it will blind the believer to the marvelous provision God has made for overcoming temptation. The first thing the Christian must learn is that God does not lead him to sin. The Apostle James clearly condemns the attitude of blaming God for tempting circumstances (James 1:13-15). God may test His children, a process designed to purify and strengthen them, but He does not lead them into sin. Without exception, sin results when temptation strikes a sympathetic chord in the human heart, and man has no one to blame but himself. Blame himself he must, though, if he is to be forgiven. Our age is one in which blame is passed to society, to the pressures of the times, or to some other faceless, nameless creature. If one is to be forgiven, he must first humbly admit, “I have sinned.” As long as he looks for someone or something else to blame, he will be totally helpless in combating temptation. The Christian needs to recognize the role of Scripture in overcoming temptation. The Psalmist stated, “Thy Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalms 119:11). When God’s Word becomes an integral part of the believer’s life, it fortifies that person against temptation’s power. Christ Himself demonstrated the Word’s power when He submitted to Satan’s temptations with a quote from the Old Testament (Matthew 4:7). A systematic, prayerful study of Scripture is an absolute prerequisite to defeating temptation. The Word not only warns of Satan’s methods (II Corinthians 2:11), but it empowers against attacks (Ephesians 6:11-17). Another essential to victory is to avoid temptation. On several occasions, Christ told His disciples to pray that they might not fall into temptation (Matthew 6:13; Luke 22:40). Some believers understand that temptation is not the same as sin, so then feel that they can enjoy the enticements of temptation without any harm. This behavior becomes a type of game – seeing how much titillation one can ‘enjoy’ without falling into overt sin. Such an attitude is sinful in itself, for it fails to take seriously God’s commands for holiness in attitude as well as in action. One of the most crucial passages concerning temptation is I Corinthians 10:13. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” This verse is God’s guarantee that He will never allow Satan to go too far. The temptation’s intensity and the escape route will be uniquely tailored to the individual, and will not exceed his capacity. Knowing there is a way of escape, and using that way of escape, may be quite different things. If one is ignorant of God’s Word, one will likely not recognize the escape when he sees it, for he won’t know how God works. Whether or not he uses the escape, though, the believer can never truthfully claim that the temptation was so strong that he had to succumb to it. Another promise is that no one in this universe is uniquely tempted. While no two people are exactly alike, the temptations confronting each individual are basically the same as have confronted others.

Jesus Christ was tempted in all points like we are, and suffered in this temptation, but did not sin (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15-16). He is, therefore, uniquely a sympathetic Savior, knowing from His own incarnate experience the pressure that temptation can exert. Since no one is uniquely tempted, Christians can help and learn from one another. Merely knowing that another Christian has overcome greed, for instance, may be just the assurance that someone needs to make another attempt to overcome it in his own life.

The Christian who has grown in one facet of his spiritual life is responsible for helping other Christians who have not yet grown in that area. In this manner, Christians can edify (or, “build up”) one another in their faith (Ephesians 4:15-16). The Scripture contains no promise of help in overcoming temptation for those who are unsaved. Indeed, until one repents of his sin and accepts by faith Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, he has no capacity for pleasing God. But those who are saved may appropriate the power and wisdom of the Word, relying upon God’s grace, and can therefore have victory, even over Satan’s most subtle and compelling temptations.

To experience God’s grace, we must first recognize our need. That’s not easy. You realize that you have a problem but still believe you can handle it alone. Guys especially hate to admit defeat. We don’t want to ask for help.

Lust is part of the world, I John 2:16-17, NIV.
“For everything in the world, the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

Lusting itself is often used as an excuse for further sin. Matthew 5:28, TLB. “But I say: Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

The lustful man will pay the consequences, Proverbs 6:25-29, NIV.
“Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.”

God’s grace enables us to say no to lust, Titus 2:11-12, NIV.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to resist. I Corinthians 10:13, NIV. “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

Those who do not yield to temptation will be rewarded. James 1:12, TLB. “Happy is the man who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards he will get as his reward the crown of life that God has promised those who love Him.”

When a Christian is faced with a temptation, he should run the other direction. II Timothy 2:22, TLB. “Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.”

Prayer strengthens Christians against temptation. Mark 14:38, NIV. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Meet temptation with God’s Word. Matthew 4:1,3,4, NIV. “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. The tempter came to Him and said, If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread: Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

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