Christianity

Why don’t you keep the Sabbath commandment of God?

There are many in the religious world who contend for the present day observance of (and by observance I mean the keeping of, or adherence to) the Sabbath day commandment that is particularly found in the Decalogue (or the 10 Commandments) of God’s law. Such contenders, often with great zeal and emphasis, seek to challenge others, with an ultimate goal of revealing the “sin being committed”, concerning their failure to observe the Sabbath day, by asking why God’s commandment is so blatantly ignored and violated. In the face of such of a query, three easy reasons can be given in reply that explain why no sin is being committed due to the fact that such an observance is no longer required by God:

  • The Sabbath commandment is a part of God’s former law that humanity is no longer amendable to, in part or as a whole, due to the new covenant made available through the gospel of Christ (Colossians 2:13-17; Galatians 2:14-19; Hebrews 8:7-9)
  • The Sabbath commandment, which was plainly given and reiterated throughout the law of Moses and many following letters of the prophets, is not repeated a single time for the church as whole, by direct command or influential reference, but rather it is seen that the church had a custom of coming together on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 11:20; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2)

Therefore, I do not fail to keep the Sabbath because I have ill feeling towards the command or even because of some perceived rebellious spirit; rather, I do not keep the Sabbath day commandment because, as his word shows, it is not something that God requires from us today in order to live in harmony with his will as we look forward to experiencing that moment and eternal Sabbath from the works that are done in his name. EA

For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:8-10)

How necessary is it to be in the church when it comes to salvation?

How necessary is it to be in the church when it comes to salvation today? Well, let’s look at some lessons from the past and find out.

According to God, how necessary was it to be in the ark to survive the universal judgment of the flood?

“And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” (Genesis 6:17-18)

According to God, how necessary was it to be in the house with the blood-covered door to survive the judgment of Egypt?

“‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt…Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with
the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the 
destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.” (Exodus 12:12-13, 21-23)

According to God, how necessary will it be to be numbered with the saints in the city of God to survive the fiery judgment of the Devil and his soldiers?

“Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:6-10)

Now, according to the word of God, where do we find a house with a blood-covered door that offers God’s protection from the fiery universal judgment of humanity and the Devil?

Check these out and you’ll get your answer.:

So is it any wonder then why the Lord adds those who are saved to the number of his people in the church? EA

“praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47

When “Magor-Missabib’s” disguise themselves as “Pashur’s”

In Jeremiah 19, God’s prophet was instructed to warn the people of Judah and Jerusalem that, because of their unrestrained sin and stubbornness, a harsh, but just, judgment was coming. Despite the clarity of the message which spelled doom for the unrepentant people, there were leaders who promised peace, and who also treated Jeremiah horribly; of which included a governor and son of a priest
whose name, Pashur, meant freedom. But in Jeremiah 20:1-6 this same Pashur received a personal message from God that included the new name of Magor-Missabib, which meant a cause of terror on every side.

Beware! There are those in the religious world today who promise peace and freedom without repentance from sin and conviction toward God. Such are modern-day “Magor-Missabib’s” in that they promise what they cannot deliver while delivering those to whom the promise is made into a fiery terror on every side called Hell.

Make no mistake about it, there is freedom from sin to be found, but there is no lasting freedom found in sin. EA

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.” 2 Peter 2:19-21

Purg-a-what?

A large percentage of the religious world has been taught that a place of purging exists to prepare the unready soul for eternity, a place that goes by the name “purgatory” – but truth be told, what exactly is purgatory responsible for purging?

For one, purgatory, in the not too distant past, purged people of their money through the sale of indulgences to shorten the time needed for penance of sins before one could enjoy “full fellowship” with God after death. This practice was so prominent it led to the cultural proverb, “As soon as money in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory’s fire springs” as well as becoming the issue of Luther’s 28th of his 95 thesis paper.

Today, purgatory purges authority from God’s word which lends no credence to the existence of such a place. The debt of Matthew 18:23-35 couldn’t be paid off; and the reward, or loss, of work in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 refers to the faithfulness, or the lack thereof, of those who were brought to Christ through personal work. Unlike purgatory, the word of God teaches that individuals are “justified now” and are “without condemnation” through the “sin purging” blood of Jesus (Romans 5:9, 8:1).

Purgatory purges, but it’s not purging what most people in the religious world are taught to believe. EA

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:3)

The Offensiveness of the Gospel

For millennia the gospel of a crucified savior has offended people, and it continues to do so to this very day:

  • Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was the actual Messiah of the Jewish people.
  • Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was the prophesied and most authoritative prophet of God.
  • Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior offered himself for the sins of all of humanity.
  • Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was offered for any supposed sin of humanity.
  • Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior was a part of God’s plan to redeem mankind to himself.
  • Some are offended at the suggestion that a crucified savior is offensive.

Fact of the matter is, this crucified savior knew that he was an offense (Matthew 13:57), and so did his preachers (1 Corinthians 1:18-31), but the real shame comes from a “church” that is offended by the offense as much as the world. EA

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.” (1 Peter 2:4-8)

The Cold Reveals Where The Heat Is Going

One thing I couldn’t help but notice as I drove down the road during these winter months when there was a heavy frost or a light snow is how the cold reveals where a house’s heat is escaping.

And how, you may ask, does it do this? Well, if you look at the roof of a house and the entire thing is covered with a heavy frost or a light snow except “this one spot” towards the ridge line or except for “this spot” right in the middle of the roof about half way up, then you know that’s where the heat is escaping because that part of the roof is warm enough to melt what’s sitting on it.

By all means drive safely, but if you haven’t paid attention to this before then check it out the next time you get a chance.

So what’s my point? My point is maintenance. When someone sees the above happening, it gives the owner a chance to see where their warmth is escaping, and, in doing so, it gives them a chance to see where extra insulation needs to be added. A little extra insulation can a long way for various reasons.

Now I know this isn’t a DIY house maintenance blog, so maybe you’re wondering about the spiritual point– my point is still maintenance. Consider James 1:2-4 and perhaps it’ll help us learn to see the opportunities that allow us to see where our spiritual heat is escaping when we have to deal with the cold-fronts that come our way. EA

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”                   (Matthew 24:11-13)

What does the phrase “Cross the Jordan River” mean to a Christian?

To understand what “crossing the Jordan River” metaphorically means to a Christian you have to first understand what it literally meant to the Jewish people.

God made a promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that their descendants would inherit a land given to them by God himself. And before Jacob died, the children of Israel found themselves living in Egypt.

Generation after generation passed until the time was right; the time had come for the children of Israel to inherit the land of Canaan. Add slavery, a handful of plagues, a law given by Moses, and forty years in the wilderness to the equation and you’ll arrive at the book of Joshua and the promised land.

But before Joshua could lead the people into the land flowing with milk and honey, an intimidating river had to be crossed – the flood stage Jordan River to be exact. But by the grace of God the people safely crossed the river; and by faith they received a land that they had only heard of through a promise that had been made so long ago.

As Christians we look back at the moment that the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River into the Canaan’s land as a rite of passage. Once they crossed that river the promise became reality – and reality surpassed expectations. In the same manner as God’s people of the past, we as Christians, who make up the people of God today, are looking for a land of promise that we have only heard of. As we travel through the wilderness we cling to this land by faith because this “promised land” is an expectation that comes from believing in God. Heaven is its name, and it’s waiting for God’s people (Hebrews 11:16).

But before we enter this “promised land” a rite of passage must be experienced – a “river” has to be crossed; this river is a cold river; this river is a wide river; and this river is an intimidating river to say the least. This “river” is called death.

But by the grace of God, this raging river can be crossed (Hebrews 2:14-15). Because in Jesus, the waters have no choice but to subside since he himself faced the waters, and crossed them, bearing God’s covenant for us upon his own shoulders so we may follow him across on dry ground to inherit that land that we have only heard of through a promise made so long ago.

So if you have wondered what “crossing the Jordan River” means to a Christian, now you know. EA

So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)