Sunday, July 27, 2014

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  4 (1 of 3)
CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
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Christian liberty is freedom to live like Jesus did in His days on earth as a man. It is liberty to live like Jesus not like the world. If we choose to live like the world, then we can expect to suffer the consequences of our "worldly" behavior.
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As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  
1 Peter 2:16
How others judge us is of no consequence, when it comes to eternity, it is how God judges us that matters.  We know when our behavior is bringing Him glory and honor, and when it is not. If we are unsure we need to seriously ask Him, then seriously obey what He tells us.
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For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles (sinners) through you, as it is written.  Romans 2:24
Within about the first year as a Christian I was passing out tracts on High Street in Columbus Ohio within the Ohio State campus area.  It was dark at the time.  There was a hand full of men within a circle talking to one another.  I entered the circle and gave each of them a tract (Christian literature on how to give their heart to Jesus).  After failing miserably at my first attempt to witness, after I was converted, I prayed that the Lord would always give me an answer for any question that any one would ask me about Him. I was nineteen years old.
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One of the men said, I have a question for you.  I said OK; the Lord will give me an answer for any question you ask. One of his friends went down a sidewalk, which was between two buildings and urinated on the wall of one of the buildings.  The man pointed to his friend and asked; did he sin when he did that?  All public law aside, none of which I knew anything about that act, I interpreted his question as a religious one.
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As I waited for an answer from God, the man asked, Well did he?  I said to him, I am waiting on an answer from God.  Right as I said that, God gave me the answer.  I said, yes! The man said, what?!!  I said, He's a sinner, everything he does is sin, even his own righteousness is as filthy rags in the sight of God, but if I had done it, it would not have been a sin, for in God's sight I am righteous.  I don't remember any more than this, but I am certain we all parted amazed.  About a week later as I was reading in the book of Titus, God confirmed what I said to the man was from Him. The reference is Titus 1:15-16.
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Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.  
Titus 1:15-16
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God has delivered us from the bondage of sin and death to no longer be controlled by its grip.  We now have a choice when once we did not.  As "Sinners" when we did right, God saw it as evil.  For, everything we did as Sinners was classified as sin. The fruit of the "sinful nature" is sin.  As Sinners our good is as filthy rags in God's sight.  God does not see any sin a Christian does as sin, but as disobedience, for God deals with us as Saints and Sons not as Sinners, therefore with disobedience comes discipline.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
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But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  1 Corinthians. 11:32
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If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? Hebrews 12:7
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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.  1 John 3:9
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Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  Romans 7:20
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All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all thing are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 
1 Corinthians 6:12
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All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.   1 Corinthians 10:23
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There appears to be a "gray area" for us on an individual level, God knows what will cause us to stumble, what is not a good testimony concerning our walk with Him, what will cause us to backslide, therefore we as an individual have restrictions on what we can or can not do, for what is not clearly stated in the written Word, our guide to Christ-like living, and how to please God.  God will not give us a liberty that is clearly forbidden by scripture.  I wrote earlier, "but not without the instruction the bible gives to keep us on the right path to His perfect will for us."  Not without his written word to guide us and to help keep us out of error.
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God is the One who determines what is sin for us, not someone else.  God knows our weaknesses and strengths, what will cause us to backslide and what will not.  Judging one another on the basis of our own weaknesses and strengths is judging in error.  This is not to say that there is therefore no boundaries concerning what is sin and what is not, for Paul emphasized that,  "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." 1 Corinthians 10:23.  Throughout the scriptures whether it was Jesus or the Apostles, definite boundaries were made for what is unacceptable behavior, and what is an acceptable lifestyle that is Christ-like behavior.

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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be found in the "Notes" section on my FaceBook Wall [timeline]; which contains more than 450 notes.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns   ...  and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm
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My week has been primarily sharing with two Muslims, about many subjects; as is the common problem with Muslims is they misuse, misinterpret, and misunderstand the Scripture references they quote, generally something negative and accusations that the Scripture they use DO NOT support. Accusations of Paul started Christianity and taught contrary to what Jesus and the other Apostles taught that I know is a lie, is a subject they like to talk about. Jesus being ONLY a Servant or Prophet instead of God and the Son of God is another subject. The Bible being the work of man, corrupted, and not from God is another subject. I would like to share all the details here but space is limited to share only one and part of a discussions. The Quran teaches that Jesus was ONLY sent to the Israelis, while Mohammad was sent to the rest of the world; Taiwo gave many references from the Quran to validate his accusation, and misused Bible reference to back up the Quran claims to the ignoring of the Bible reference that prove the Quran’s LIE.
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Taiwo … I know you are not collegiate enough to write about Jesus being sent to the Israelis …FIRST/FIRST… ONLY  SOMEONE  IGNORANT OF THE…”REST”… OF THE Scriptures would teach the Quran’s LIE of “ONLY … sent to the Israelis.”
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NONETHELESS, the statement in one of the responses:
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 “But in the case of Christianity, it is what their pastors tell them that they follow, they do not find time, and make research in the bible on the things said by their pastors whether it is true or false before accepting it. They do not read the bible themselves to find out the truth...”        ****DOES NOT … DOES NOT … APPLY TO ME****.
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Only a person ignorant of the TRUE FACTS will teach: “Christians do not read and study the Bible;” ONLY …SOME… who call themselves Christian do not.
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A TRUE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN … WILL ALWAYS … READ AND STUDY the Bible; ALWAYS…ALWAYS.
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It is because… I DO READ AND STUDY… the Bible that I KNOW EVERY MUSLIM WHO CONVERSES with me MISUSE, MISINTERPRET, AND MISUNDERSTAND every Scripture they quote; ***YOU INCLUDED***. We are commanded to study the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.”
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SINCE I DO STUDY THE BIBLE, when I share Jesus WAS NOT ONLY SENT TO THE ISREALIS I am FULLY AWARE you IGNORE the other Scriptures that PROVE your copy/paste theology is …PURPOSEFULLY… DECEPTIVE … to create a LIE.
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Even the Gospels, the narrator of your copy/paste article used, mention Jesus was ALSO SENT by God for the salvation of the Gentiles. There is MORE THAN ONE prophecy the Apostles QUOTED TO VALIDATE Jesus’ death and resurrection was for the Gentiles AS WELL.
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Your false prophet Mohammad and his GNOSTIC BIBLE the Quran is full of “HALF TRUTHS” which makes BOTH SOURCES … LIARS and DECEIVERS.  We have TWO “PHYSIOLOGICAL” PROOFS, Yehweh Elohiym has given to us, that what the Apostles wrote Jesus said and did IS THE TRUTH, and your Gnostic Quran is FULL OF LIES. Until you receive the PROOFS for yourself you WILL NEVER KNOW you are TOTALLY DECEIVED and Blind, and that we ARE NOT. ALL OF YOUR Quran quotes [i.e. Q3:49, 61,132; 21:1,107; 34:59; 43:59; and 46:9] are satanic deceptions and ignorance created by Satan against what the Hebrew Prophets and Apostles wrote.
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Samuel    7/27/2014