The Letters of Faith
Letter 10: Reconciliation, Our Choice
“Choose then life, that you may live, you and your seed”
(Deuteronomy 30:19-20 ENB).
Greetings of peace and grace unto you, dear friend! I am truly happy that you are not wrestling with the events in the Garden any longer.
I am frequently asked how Moses knew what happened in the Garden of Eden, as well as all the other events that took place in Chapters one through eleven of Genesis. And although I touched on this earlier, the topic is so important, it deserves another moment of our time. After all, seeing as he was not there, and seeing as the only other notable method for his knowing these things would have been verbal tradition, how can we be certain of the accuracy and inerrancy of these vital writings? How we can be absolutely certain that the record he provides of those events is really true?
Many people want to believe that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are merely verbal fables past down through the ages. Clearly though, all it really takes is a very sincere reading of the first five books of the Bible (which were all penned, or scribed if you will, by Moses). Therein we are told that Moses went up on the mountain for forty days and 40 nights, at least two times, where he spoke directly with YEHOWAH. If you read what is said about those “visits”, you will learn that Moses was being instructed on what to write, and that a “book” was generated during those periods (See Exodus 24 and Exodus 34, for instance). While we know that the Ten Commandments were given to Moses, “Written by the hand of Elohim”, we are also told that apart from the law, historical data was dictated to Moses, and he maintained a very precise log regarding what he was told.
Furthermore, we also know from those first five books that Moses maintained and updated those writings as events unfolded, on a daily basis if needed, and that the writings were passed along to Yehoshuwah (Joshua) when Moses died. And finally, we are told that Yehoshuwah also maintained and updated the writings as events further unfolded during his lifetime. Yehoshuwah penned his book; Moses penned the first five. Call it dictation or ‘inspiration’, the first six books of the Bible are accounted for very, very nicely!
It is very easy for people to discount or ignore that which they read and hear, but the fullness of the truth is provided for us, if we choose to accept what we have been given. Simply stated though, acceptance or rejection of Elohim and His truth is between Elohim and the individual! For every true Disciple though, Elohim exists, His Word is true, and by His grace we believe. As Disciples, we do not need to make excuses for His Word to us, or for our faith.
In our belief in Elohim, we also acknowledge that the original transcripts of Scripture are His infallible Word. Scripture says that, “Elohim breathed” to the writers, and because of His Divine intervention, we accept the fact that Scripture contains no errors in its original form. Additionally, because Elohim inspired His Word, we believe that we are also inspired as we study His Word. We do not need to make excuses for the Word of Elohim.
Finally, in light of Elohim’s existence and our belief in His Word, we live our lives in a manner pleasing to Him. As we discover His will for us, and as we find His commands to us, we act upon His Will and His Word. For the remainder of our time, with Elohim as our guide, we remain blameless in YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach. We, therefore, do not need to make excuses for our obedience unto Elohim.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of Elohim, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which appear” (Hebrews 11:1-3 ENB).
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses encompassing us, let us also lay aside every hindrance, and the sin which so easily thwarts us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto YEHOSHUA, the author and finisher of faith; who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim” (Hebrews 12:1-2 ENB).
Please take the time to read all of Hebrews 11 and 12, because the realities and fullness of faith are poured out within those pages.
Also found in Elohim’s Word is the fact that faith dictates that we become over comers. Sadly though, many of the institutions within Babylon teach that once we accept Jesus as our Messiah, we are free to live whatever lifestyle we please. Primarily, they teach an acceptance of Yehoshua as Messiah, while totally ignoring His position as Master. Commonly, this philosophical position is always coupled with the phrase, “Once saved – always saved”. The intent of this teaching is to persuade Elohim’s children into believing that obedience and discipleship are no longer part of Elohim’s Word. Others add to this false teaching by openly approving illicit and abominable lifestyles, proclaiming those lifestyles to be acceptable to Elohim today. These institutions teach that, “in His love, all is forgiven”, regardless of what His Word says. They teach that it is impossible to lose salvation, which is true for those who are fully sanctified through Yehoshua as Master and Messiah, but they ignore the fact that we are repeatedly commanded to overcome. They teach that in His love we are free to act as we choose, while Elohim teaches His children to repent of sinful lifestyles and stand for righteousness. They teach that Elohim may have declared something abominable in the past, but He accepts it today, even though Elohim says He cannot change. These teachings, which permeate the institutions, are all lies, intended to persuade the undisciplined into partaking of Satan’s world!
Sadly, anyone teaching against these lies is ostracized, because Satan has infiltrated the religious institutions so thoroughly, that the controversy swells from what is perceived to be the very pulpit of righteousness. The “learned” theologians of our day are distorting the Word of Elohim to please their audiences, and the liberalism relating to sin, freedom of choice [election], and eternal salvation, has all been whitewashed to please the growing masses. Elohim says if we have erred, we need to repent of the error and cease compounding it with pride and arrogance. We are told to overcome, and to not live by worldly standards, but Elohim’s statements are being condemned throughout the institutions, because overcoming means obedience, and that is too much to ask.
As we read the daily paper and watch the evening news, we should be appalled by the immorality, hatred, bigotry, idolatry, envy, murder and strife that exists, and is increasing. Appalled, but not surprised! Society closely resembles what is supposed to exist in the last days, and events prophesied long ago are taking place before our very eyes. As the period of tribulation and the return of the Messiah draws near, though, we will witness an even greater increase in Satan’s influence and activities, and mankind’s natural desire will be to partake of worldly offerings. It is precisely in these times, however, that our worldly entanglements must decrease. This truth is a stumbling block for many would-be disciples, because ministry is often confused with endorsement. We must learn to minister without partaking. In learning the will of Elohim, and in discovering our gifts and life purpose, our responsibility to the EKKLESIA, and our ministry to the world, will escalate. Personally, however, we cannot be identified with the world’s ills.
Genesis 1:26-27 says that man is created, “in the image of Elohim”. Through our earlier study on Elohim’s character, we learned that He has a free will; we learned that He could choose. This aspect of our being created in Elohim’s image has never changed, and Scripture teaches that we retain our freedom to choose (in all circumstances) as well. (Job 24:13-17; Psalms 62:12; Proverbs 24:12; John 3:36, 5:24; Romans 2:6-8; Acts 7:51). Like Elohim then, we have a free will. Within society, however, there is a growing belief that mankind is either genetically trapped into sinful lifestyles, or is totally incapable of self-control. Elohim says that man has an independent will (Proverbs 2; John 7:17-18, 9:31-33; Luke 6:46, 12:47; Matthew 24:48-51) but by declaring their independence from the Word of Elohim, the false teachers of society offer evidence that man can in fact defy Elohim; man can choose to defy. We have had the ability to choose from the beginning, and we did! Human personalities have not changed since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. And just as they had a choice, so do we.
Yehoshua came to reconcile the world unto His Father. Acceptance of that fact leads the believer to accept other facts about Elohim, as well as about the creation and humanity, which otherwise could not be explained or understood. For example, we speak of creationism, and accept the Scriptural account of the six-day miracle. We do not know how Elohim did what He did, but we accept that Elohim “thought”; that He “willed”, and it happened according to His will. I have no problem believing that Elohim can do these things. I also believe that I am not an animal or a machine, and that I did not evolve from slime, ooze or a primate. Elohim says humanity is made in His image and likeness, and I believe that. Do I fully comprehend it? Not yet! As I read the Word of Elohim though, and as I walk with my Master, I witness His truth daily. I am reconciled unto Elohim and His Word through Yehoshua, and in that reconciliation I believe what He says, and I choose to obey.
When Elohim tells me through His Word, that I can do something, and I ask; and then successfully do what He promised, and it is an unnatural thing for humans to do, I am again convinced that He is who He says He is. I am convinced of His power and authority. I know that I am reconciled to Him through Yehoshua’s blood, and in that knowledge I apply His teaching to my life. He said it, and I believe it. Elohim cannot lie! Sadly, too many people today are either afraid of asking “Big” things of Elohim, fearful that He is incapable of providing those things, or they are asking for things that are self-serving and humanistic at best, and because of both of these unfaithful situations, Elohim appears puny in the eyes of the world.
Smoking cigarettes was popular in the 50’s, and I was eight years old when I picked up the habit. My parents owned a little delicatessen back then, and we lived behind the store, so it was never a problem to sneak a pack of my favorite brand. By the time I was twenty-five, I smoked two packs of cigarettes every day, and a box of cigars every month. I did not know the Master then. Although I sincerely tried to quit on occasion, to the dismay of family and friends, I was never successful in kicking the habit. Then I met Yehoshua.
I continued to smoke for quite a while after I accepted Yehoshua as my Master and Messiah, but after a period I was confronted with the the Word of Elohim, which said that I was not to be mastered by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12). Additionally, I began to see the spiritual significance of 1 Corinthians 8 and Luke 17:1-2, which say that my actions were not to be a cause for others to stumble. I prayed sincerely about my habit, and as I prayed, and as I continued to read His Word, I realized I had to quit smoking. I asked Yehoshua for His help.
As I went to the Master in prayer, I literally set my cigars and cigarettes before Him, surrendering them to Him. I confessed that they ruled a part of my life, and I only wanted Him to rule. I asked Him to help me quit in a way that I could maintain my witness and testimony as I went through withdrawal. As I spoke with Him about my smoking, I confessed how much I enjoyed the cigars. Oh, I used to take tremendous pleasure in sitting around a table in hearty conversation, following an especially savory meal; sipping hot coffee and an after dinner drink – smoking a cigar. Great stuff! Incredibly addictive!
He reminded me of His vow that: “I will not drink hereafter of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29 ENB), and my thoughts turned to the wedding feast. My prayer was simple, and I laughed as I surrendered my pleasures to Him. I prayed that on the day we sit around the table with Him at the wedding feast, drinking hot coffee and sipping wine after dinner, that if He had a nice mild cigar lying around somewhere, if I might be able to enjoy it with Him at that time? As I prayed, my spirit sensed an overwhelming nod of approval, and I have not smoked since. I will confess, occasions used to arise where my taste buds were enticed by the aroma of a good cigar, even after many years. With a smile in my heart though, my thoughts turn to the day I will sit with my Master in heaven, and I rebuked the temptations. I can say no because Elohim helped me overcome my weakness.
I was able to quit smoking not only on the hope of a future promise, because that might have been too vague. An interesting thing happened as I stopped smoking though, because Elohim reduced my urge to smoke, to a mere desire to satisfy a taste in my mouth. The light-headedness I had experienced in past attempts to quit was not evident. The anxiety and hypersensitivity I had experienced in previous attempts to quit was not evident either. I simply had an incredible taste in my mouth to smoke, and I merely denied myself the gratification of satisfying that taste. Whenever the urge to smoke hit me, I called to Him for help, and with all my heart I attempted to deny myself for His glory. Together, in Him, I overcame… I truly believe it is so with sin.
Yehoshua came to reconcile the world unto His Father. In the rejection of that fact, humanity has chosen to believe that they are creatures without self-control; creatures without a will or the willpower to change. In rejecting Yehoshua, mankind chooses to believe they evolved from some thing or another, and in so doing they dismiss their only hope for a meaningful life. Instead of teaching children that they are capable of maintaining their virginity until they marry, society wants them to believe they are like dogs – totally without sexual self-control. These pseudo intellectuals push a “Say No” to drugs campaign at these same children, however, and somehow think the children capable of saying no to one thing (drugs), but incapable of denying the other (sex). If children and the rest of society are unable to say no to sex, they are incapable of saying no to drugs or anything else.
We labored as kitchen volunteers every week with another couple from church, and our time was always enjoyable and uplifting. Suddenly, however, the husband stopped coming. Over a three-week period, we learned that this man had abandoned his family for a “younger” woman. The wife was devastated. Her faith was greatly tested, and her grief and pain were obvious. Years have passed since this man abandoned his family, and recently we heard the husband’s position on the situation: He says, “I know this is wrong. I know this is a sin. Right now, I do not care. When I am ready to confess my sin, Elohim will forgive me. Until then, this is the way it is.” I have news for this man: Elohim will not be mocked! Hear the Word of Elohim:
“If we sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrible looking for judgment and fiery indignation, which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has cast off the Law of Moses dies without mercy upon the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you suppose they will deserve who have trampled under foot the Son of Elohim, and have counted as unclean the blood of the covenant by which they were sanctified, and have despised The Holy Spirit of grace” (Hebrews 10:26-29 ENB)?
“For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Master and Deliverer Yehoshua ha Mashiach, they are again entangled in them, and are overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20 ENB).
Believe me, my friend, when I say that you will not hear these matters discussed within the religious institutions of Babylon.
A great price was paid for our salvation! The Son of Elohim came in the flesh and walked among us. His name is Yehoshua. Now, The Man, Yehoshua, lived a sinless life during His walk, yet He died on a cross for our sins, taking our sins upon Himself. Spiritually, He bore our punishment! Through His “sacrifice,” all who believe on Him as Master and Messiah, are free from the punishment of eternal death, which otherwise is certainly due. But by His death, and evidenced through His resurrection from the grave, we who believe on Him not only have forgiveness from our sins, we are also promised eternal life. As we partake of the Blood of Mashiach, we have victory over every encumbrance, and we have the power and authority through Him, and in His name, to abide moment by moment in the divine nature. In Him we can be sanctified!
This is the Gospel! This is The Good News!
Based on the Word of Elohim, believing upon Yehoshua ha Mashiach includes faith, repentance and obedience. Open denial or refusal of any of these criteria is equal to denial of His Mastership. Denial of His Mastership is rejection of His redemption as our Messiah, and rejection of Him as Messiah means death for sins committed. We must remember, Elohim will not be mocked! Hear what He says, “For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives unto Elohim. Likewise reckon yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive unto Elohim through Yehoshua ha Mashiach, our Master. Do not let sin, therefore, reign in your mortal body, that you should obey its lusts, nor yield your body members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto Elohim, as those alive from the dead, and your body members as instruments of righteousness unto Elohim. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:10-14 ENB). Wow!
We are reconciled unto Elohim in Messiah, and in Him we are to remain holy and blameless (Colossians 1:21-22). Even though we are released from the law, we are to serve Him (Romans 7:5-6), presenting ourselves to Him as a living and holy sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). “Therefore, deaden the members of your earthly body to fornication, uncleanness, vile passions, evil lusts and covetousness, which is idolatry, for it is because of these that the wrath of Elohim will come upon the children of disobedience. In them you also once walked, when you lived in them, but now you also put away all anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy and shameful language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its deeds, and having put on the new self, which is renewed in knowledge according to the image of the One who created you” (Colossians 3:5-10 ENB).
If we are incapable of putting aside immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, greed, anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech, which is what the false teachers say, why would Elohim tell His children to do the impossible? Grace dictates that we deny irreverence and worldly desires, and empowers us to live rightly (Titus 2:11-12). As grace appeals to us to abstain from wickedness, it also empowers us to flee from all unrighteous lusts (2 Timothy 2:19-22). Where we once were enslaved to the forces of evil, the grace of Elohim cleanses us through the Blood of the Lamb, so that we might richly dwell for Him now (Titus 3:3-6).
If we are incapable of attaining goodness, why would Elohim say, “Without your approval I would do nothing; that your benefit would not be as it were of necessity, but willingly” (Philemon 1:14 ENB)? The world, along with many of the religious institutions, teaches that we are incapable of overcoming, but Elohim speaks of our free will and our capacity to overcome! Yehoshua was tempted just like us, and He overcame. As obedient children, we are to be like Him (1 Peter 1:14-16). In His understanding of our lives, Yehoshua can and always will rescue us if we seek His help (Hebrews 2:18).
Throughout Elohim’s Word we are told that homosexuality is an abomination, yet many “liberal” theologians teach that the homosexual lifestyle is acceptable today in the sight of Elohim. Every man and woman enticed by this spirit wants desperately to believe this deception. Nonetheless, this teaching is a lie! While Yehoshua died for all sins, and loves every sinner, there is a matter of repentance (which means turning away from sinful ways) that must be addressed. Elohim loves those trapped in the sin of homosexuality. He died for them. But He wants them to repent of their sin. Elohim will not be mocked. The curse that has been levied against teachers (James 3:1) will be especially difficult for those false teachers who proclaim a change in the Person of Elohim. If something was an abomination to Him yesterday, it is an abomination to Him today, and it will remain an abomination to Him throughout eternity. Elohim does not change. His desire for those enticed by the homosexual lifestyle is the same as His desire for anyone caught-up in any sin: ABSTAIN!!!
Throughout Elohim’s Word we are told that idolatry, witchcraft, abortion, sexual immorality, apostasy, corruption, humanism, rape and murder are wrong, that they offend Elohim, and that they are sin. We either believe Him, foregoing these things, or we defy Him and sin. The choice is entirely ours. The false notion, however, that Elohim will allow mankind to flaunt their sin, in spite of the knowledge that a matter is sin, and then declare some fake repentance in the future, is Satanic. It is a deception! It is a lie! Elohim wants us to repent and live our lives, “as unto Him” – NOW! He calls us to abstain from sin and live for Him! Therefore, contrary to the currently accepted theology, it must be possible for us to do so.
The call from heaven to the EKKLESIA of Yehoshua, which says, “Come out of her, My people, that you not partake of her sins, and so that you receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4 ENB), must echo in the sanctuaries of every religious institution in the world. The Word of Elohim must be proclaimed. Morality and truth must be taught. The liberal theologians who announce an open, reckless, irreverent lifestyle must be silenced or abandoned. Light cannot worship with darkness, and we cannot spiritually or financially support those who abide in darkness. While we extend the hand of Elohim in loving reconciliation to all of humanity, repentance must be proclaimed.
Interestingly enough, Satanic deceit is no different today than it was in the Garden of Eden… Check it out; “The serpent said to the woman, ‘Surely, you will not die! For Elohim knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like Elohim, knowing good and evil'” (Genesis 3:4-5 ENB). Elohim has commanded, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22 ENB). Among other things, Elohim has commanded, “You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet” (Exodus 20:13-17 ENB).
The teachers in Satan’s Babylonian religious institutions are proclaiming that these things are no longer true. In their words, the following is heard:
“It surely is not sin. You shall not die! For God loves your immorality, your abortions and murders, your homosexuality and lusts, your unrighteousness, your adulteries, your divorces, your idolatry and your lies.’ O people, don’t worry, God loves you.'”
Partly true, inasmuch as Elohim loves us; otherwise, the statement is entirely deceitful, and we cannot believe these lies any longer. Beware the wolves that have crept in unnoticed, and keep yourself pure. Elohim loves His lost children; Elohim desires for all to be saved, but Elohim will not force anyone to repent. Repentance is our own free will choice.
In his second Epistle, Peter said that through the true knowledge of Yehoshua, “His divine power has given unto us all things pertaining to life and piety, through the knowledge of Him who called us to glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3 ENB). He adds that by these things, “We might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4 ENB). As we partake, we escape the corruption of the world, and for this reason we are to apply all diligence. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to your knowledge, self-control; and to your self-control, patient endurance; and to your patient endurance, reverence; and to your reverence, brotherly kindness; and to your brotherly kindness, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7 ENB). These matters come in progression: Faith must be in place before moral excellence, which must be in place before knowledge, which comes before self-control. And the growth process goes on and on. First, however, we must have faith, because, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for those who come unto Elohim must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 ENB). Without faith one cannot believe in Yehoshua, and without Yehoshua the soul is dead!
Just as discipleship is a process, so are these matters, and as discipleship requires a conscious decision, so do these things as well!
With faith, moral excellence is attainable. With moral excellence, knowledge will be gained. With knowledge, self-control is achievable, and then perseverance, reverence, brotherly kindness and love. We are not required to master one attribute before we begin to acquire the next, and it does not matter where we are in the procession of acquiring these things either, because, “If these things are in you, and are increasing, they make you neither useless nor unfruitful in the full knowledge of our Master Yehoshua ha Mashiach” (2 Peter 1:8 ENB). With faith we please Elohim. With faith we believe in Yehoshua. With faith in Yehoshua, the soul lives and bears fruit. Praise Elohim!
While mankind is free to choose between good and evil, the prophet is charged with exhorting mankind to do good and to avoid evil (Matthew 24: 48-51; Luke 12:45-47, 6:46;). It has been pointed out by many theologians, that the Book of Jude deals with Gnosticism, a philosophy that teaches matter as evil and spirit as good. I believe, however, that the Book of Jude is a very prophetic statement dealing primarily with illicit behavior, and specifically with homosexuality. The references to licentiousness, and Sodom and Gomorrah, in v 4, 6 and 7, all lead toward this conclusion. And, in 2 Peter 2:6 we are reminded that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were made an example to those who do not live reverently. It is abundantly clear, therefore, through all of these Scriptural references, that mankind has the freedom to choose. Humanity has a free will, and in the exercise of that free will, Elohim desires all who are caught within the homosexual lifestyle, or within any illicit lifestyle – to repent!
The spiritual battle is raging about us, and every deception that is accepted by mankind requires prayerful intercession from the EKKLESIA, and an outpouring of wisdom from Elohim, so that the EKKLESIA can knowledgeably dispel the deceptions. Unfortunately, professing ‘christians’ are allowing others to interpret the Word of Elohim for them, and deceptions abound. We must re-enter the battlefield with knowledge, understanding, wisdom and insight, accompanied by compassion and love. We must learn Scripture well enough to instruct without confrontation, and as we approach mankind with the Word of Elohim, we must never forget our lessons against being judgmental. Elohim loves the sinner, but Elohim hates the sin. We need to pray again for revival, and as we reenter the battlefield, we cannot forget that our battle is not with “flesh and blood.” Nor can we forget that we fight spiritually with spiritual weapons. The world needs to hear the words of reconciliation, because in the acceptance of these things, the harvest will finally come.
To each of us, the Word of Elohim says, “You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience; among whom we also all once lived in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as the rest. But Elohim, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves us, even when we were dead in our sins, has made us alive together with Messiah; for by grace you have been saved, and raised us up together, and seated us together in the heavenlies with Messiah Yehoshua” (Ephesians 2:1-6 ENB).
Within Psalms 82:3-4; Proverbs 24:11-12, 31:8-9; Acts 17:16-17; Ephesians 4:14-16 and Colossians 1:28-19, every Disciple can find purpose, motivation and support for being spiritually and politically involved in curing the ills of society. Personally, the anti-abortion / pro life movement is certainly one issue that requires our attention. Additionally, these motivating passages, coupled with faith and the remainder of Elohim’s Word, perhaps even as displayed in these studies, will give the world some insight, if they care to know, why we become involved at all. As Disciples of Yehoshua, once we acknowledge Elohim’s truth about an issue, we must somehow become involved (if in no other way, as least in prayer). And yet, even our involvement is voluntary.
When the truth of Elohim’s Word about abortion is fully known, with regards to the life being in the blood, none can remain on the fence. Elohim does not sanction abortion. Abortion is murder!
I realize this statement draws a line in the sand, because it clearly says, YOU CANNOT BE PRO CHOICE AND STILL BELIEVE YOU ARE A DISCIPLE OF YEHOSHUA HA MASHIACH. You cannot be pro choice and still believe you are a “Disciple”! It is time for these things to be said though, because while Elohim said, “Thou shalt not kill”, He also said, “The life is in the blood.” If blood is shed and a life ends, it is murder. Therefore, abortion is murder. The disciples of Yehoshua must be reconciled to this truth once and for all.
Lines must also be drawn in the sand over the issues of:
Idolatry, including the feminist movement within the Ekklesia.
Adultery/divorce – including the violation of the oneness of Elohim, and our portrayal of Him to the world.
Immorality, including its relationship to the current “safe sex” campaigns coming out of every “humanist” group around the globe.
Homosexuality, as it relates to acceptance of this behavior by humanity in general, and the religious institutions specifically.
We do not judge the individuals trapped in sin, yet we must draw lines as Yehoshua’s ambassadors, declaring the uprightness and holiness of Elohim to the world. To do this though, we must live His holiness as well. We must let the world know that while Elohim loves them, He expects His commands to be followed. But to do this, we must also follow His commands ourselves. We must teach reconciliation through Yehoshua ha Mashiach, otherwise the Gospel will not be heard. But we must first be reconciled unto Elohim ourselves through His Blood. We must walk the walk before we talk the talk!
Elohim drew the original line in the sand, in the Garden of Eden, when He commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from one of the trees. Even though they defied Him, introducing sin to the world, and bringing forth a curse upon the whole of creation, including humanity, Elohim had a predetermined plan for mankind. Knowing beforehand they would sin, Elohim reconciled the world unto Himself through His Son. We must be certain that the world knows that the line has never been erased. And, who but the Disciples of Yehoshua can be responsible for telling the world the truth about these things? Nonetheless, mankind must hear the truth that only through Yehoshua are we released from our lust for sin, and only in Him are we free to abide within the confines of the curse of Genesis 3.
In our study on prayer I said that I pray daily for the destruction of those fortresses that stand against the righteousness of Elohim. While I pray for the souls of our political and judicial leaders, and for just decisions, I pray for the elimination of any administration that openly defies Elohim. (During the Clinton administration, I prayed against the spirit of Jezebel and Ahab living in the White House; seeking their repentance). Today (updated in 2018), I pray for Elohim’s forgiveness for our unfaithfulness, and for revival. Our sin is beyond comprehension at this point, and I am incapable of praying for anything other than forgiveness and revival.
I pray for the destruction of a legal system that releases murderers and rapists, but imprisons Elohim’s children for attempting to prevent the murder of innocent lives. I pray for the destruction of a system that mocks justice; being more concerned with money and prestige, than with upholding righteous laws; that protects the criminal, instead of the victim. I pray for the destruction of a corrupt and amoral political system that is completely out of touch with the sovereign Elohim who established it, and the people it is meant to serve. I pray against unjust governments worldwide. I pray for the destruction of organizations like the ACLU, NOW, NEA, ANTIFA, BLM and PLANNED PARENTHOOD, which openly defy the laws of Elohim. And above all, I pray for the revival of every soul ensnared within these organizations.
Elohim says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous soul avails much” (James 5:16 ENB), and, “Eliyah was a man of similar passions as are we, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth for the time of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit” (James 5:17-18 ENB). I pray that a spirit of repentance and revival would rain around the world, and that Elohim would truly be glorified. While I openly stand against any who defy Elohim’s will, and pray against their intentions, I also stand with my arms open to anyone who sincerely seeks repentance and deliverance.
We have been fighting a great many battles on the streets, but Elohim wants us to fight with an even greater zeal from the privacy of our inner rooms. The EKKLESIA must fight spiritually – in prayer.
WE DON’T HAVE TO, ELOHIM WILL!
WE DON’T HAVE TO, ELOHIM WILL!
THAT IS MURDER!
Elohim will remove (or change) them Himself!
WE DON’T HAVE TO!
Elohim will eliminate unjust laws, and the lawmakers who dare defy Him,
IF WE WILL ONLY UNITE AS HIS DISCIPLES AND ASK!
If we are truly His Disciples, and if we unite, and if we ask in that unity, then Elohim MUST answer our requests. Simply, Elohim cannot lie. Therefore, when Elohim’s Word says that if His true follower’s unite, and if they ask for something in that unity, without any doubt, then they will have whatever it is they seek. And this truth must be upheld regardless of the issue, and regardless of the battle. We either believe Elohim is everything He says, or not, and Elohim says He will respond to our united requests.
Scripture says the effectual prayer of the righteous can accomplish much, but have you ever wondered what Elohim considers to be much? The Word also says, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard, you shall say to this mountain, “Depart from here to there,” and it shall depart; and nothing will be impossible to you'” (Matthew 17:20 ENB). Furthermore, in speaking to His Disciples, Yehoshua said, “If two of you agree on earth pertaining to anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19 ENB). Why don’t we get it? Why don’t we understand these things? Have we grown so cold in our love, or so sophisticated in this world, that the Word of Elohim does not matter any more? Does Elohim lie? No, He cannot lie! The failure, therefore, must be ours.
“Nothing shall be impossible to you”…
“Anything they ask – shall be done for them…”
Father in heaven, please forgive us!
The battle is not against flesh and blood, my friend. Whether we are talking about the hatred evidenced across the picket lines outside an abortion clinic, or the school board meetings in which “safe sex” policies are discussed, or where the indoctrination of our children, instead of the true education of our children is discussed, or any other situation where people’s emotions are evident, current ‘christian’ practices are not convicting souls for Yehoshua, and they are not winning the battles. This is so, because we have abandoned and ignored the power of Elohim available to us through prayer. And in our ignorance, Elohim is not being glorified. We must fight the good fight; we must voice our disapproval with the political, judicial and educational leaders, but we must also unite as disciples of Elohim and fight the battle squarely on the battlefield, in prayer. The battle is not against flesh and blood!
As we pray, we must act according to Elohim’s leading. We must, at the very least, vote. We must attempt to recall and impeach those who openly defy the Word of Elohim. We must strenuously and vigorously boycott companies and products that support, endorse, uphold or promote individuals, shows, events or situations that defy the righteousness of Elohim. These are all legal and available avenues to us, but we have been negligent and lazy. (And I am just as guilty). While the reconciliation offered to humanity through Yehoshua must be made evident to the world through the Ekklesia, our forum, as His ambassadors, must also evidence His love.
For many people, idolatry is the greatest sin, while for others being lied to is the most heinous crime. Some believe that homosexuality offends Elohim the most, while others cannot abide by abortion or murder. Sin, by any name though, offends Elohim. None really rank as less or more offensive to Him, except the unpardonable sin, which we have already discussed. Remember, a sin against any part of the law, violates the entire Law; Elohim is not partial in any area. It does not matter what deed is sinful, what matters is what we do about that sin. If we know something is wrong, and we keep doing it, we place ourselves in the unenviable position of being judged by Him. If we know we are doing something wrong and confess the sin, and then repent from the deed (stop doing it), Elohim will forgive us.
Do not be deceived, the law has not changed. While the sacrificial law is no longer necessary, because of Yehoshua’s sacrifice for us, the nature of His sacrifice obliges us to abide by the laws of morality, decency and ethics. To live a life in contrast to Yehoshua’s teachings would be living a lie; it would be a life that desecrates His Blood. We have the capacity to choose which lifestyle we will live, and through our Messiah we have the power and authority to order our lives aright. Through Yehoshua we can choose to once again be fully re-born in the image of Elohim.
So then, seeker, have you found any truth? Has your search opened your heart at all? Has Elohim’s Word brought about any enlightenment? And what about Yehoshua? What are you going to do with Him? Throughout these letters, and throughout our personal conversations, I have reiterated the fact that your Father in heaven loves you. Have you found His love in your life? Believe me, my friend, we have not exhausted our discovery of His Word; there is much more to know and apply. Nevertheless, is it necessary to comprehend all things before confessing our sins and proclaiming our faith? Oh, I pray not! Otherwise, I would never have been able to accept Yehoshua as my personal Messiah, Master and King! And how about you?
There is no prescribed pattern for confessing one’s faith in our Messiah. Accepting the Word of Elohim as truth, and then applying that truth, is simply a matter of turning to Elohim (KNOWING THAT HE IS LISTENING), and saying something like:
“Father, I acknowledge your existence, and the existence of your Son, Yehoshua, and Your Holy Spirit. I confess to You that I am a sinner, and openly accept the sacrifice of Your Son for my sins. Master Yehoshua, I accept You as my Messiah, Master and King, and I invite You into my heart and life right now. I also accept the gift of Your Holy Spirit – and invite Him to abide within me, and request His instruction and guidance for my life. Additionally, I acknowledge that gifts are going to be given me by The Holy Spirit, for Your glory, and ask that they would be revealed to me, as well as request that I be instructed in their proper use. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your love and forgiveness. In the Name of Yehoshua ha Mashiach I pray. Amen.”
If you have declared your faith in Yehoshua, my friend, your name must change from Seeker, to Disciple, because from this point on you will be following the lead of The Holy Spirit in our Messiah, and will have The Holy Spirit to help in your search. And, if you have declared your faith in Yehoshua, you should know that the angels in heaven are rejoicing with you, because you are now born-again unto Him. All things past are no more. The slate is perfectly clean. The Blood of The Lamb covers and protects you. Praise Elohim!
If you have not yet decided about Yehoshua, or about this matter of faith, DO NOT DESPAIR! Continue to ask questions and continue your search. I will not abandon you. That which we have exchanged is a solid foundation, and I am not tired of building upon that foundation. Your decision to do nothing at this time is courageous, as long as your doubts are sincere. I told you, seeker, I would not force you into doing anything that is against your will. Neither will Elohim.
So, if you now have Yehoshua in your heart, I rejoice with the angels, and praise Elohim for His indescribable gift. And if you do not yet have Yehoshua in your heart, I rejoice in the sincerity of your search, and praise Elohim for your tenacity and desire to know more about Him. In either case, I anxiously await your reply.
I remain faithfully yours in Yehoshua our Messiah,
Letter 10 Topical Concordance:
Born again: (Apply along with: Dead to self, alive to Mashiach).
Old Covenant: 1 Samuel 10:6; Psalms 143(all); Ezekiel 18:31-32(A).
New Covenant: Matthew 12:43-45, 16:24-27, 18:3-4; Mark 2:20-21, 10:15; John 3:1-8, 8:31- 32, 12:24-26, 15:1-2; Romans 6:17-18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20, 5:24-25; Ephesians 4:15,20-32, 5:7-10; Colossians 2:13-14, 3:3-11; 2 Timothy 1:7; Philemon 1:10-11; Hebrews 12:7-13; 1 Peter 1:3,23, 2:24; 1 John 3:9-10,14, 4:4.
Election (Freedom of choice):
Old Covenant: Genesis 1:26-27, 4:7; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Job 24:13-17, 28:28; Psalms 37:27, 50:16-23, 62:12, 81:6-16, 119:25-32; Proverbs (all), 1:10-19; 2(all), 24:12; Isaiyeh 53:6, 55(all); Ezekiel 18:23,30-32, 33:11.
New Covenant: Matthew 13:24-30, 18:8-9; John 3:16-17, 4:42, 5:21,24, 6:35-40,44, 7:17-18, 9:31-33, 10:14-15, 15:13,16, 17:6-10; Acts 2:38-40, 3:26, 7:51, 13:48, 28:42; Romans 6:10-20, 7:5-6, 8:1,28-32; 9:10-24, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 1: 4-11, 5:13; Philippians 3:21; Colossians 1:15,21-22, 3:5-8; 1 Timothy 1:12-16, 2:4, 4:6-10; 2 Timothy 1:7, 2:6-7,19-26; Titus 2:11-13, 3:3-8; Philemon 1:14; Hebrews 2:9,18, 12:1-13; James 1:21-27, 4:1-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16, 2:1-3,11-12; 2 Peter 1:4-7, 3-9; 1 John 2:2.
Old Covenant: Genesis 3:22-24; Job 14:14, 19:25-27; Psalms 17:15, 18:24, 27:4-6, 84(all), 92:10-15; Ecclesiastes (all); Isaiyeh 60(all).
New Covenant: Matthew 7:40-42, 20:1-16; John. 4:34-38, 17:3; Romans 10:11-12; Ephesians 2:4-7; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:9, 2:16; 1 Timothy 6:12-19; 2 Timothy 1:8-9, 4:8; Titus 3:7; Hebrews 8:12, 9:15, 10:35-36, 11:16; 1 Peter 1:23, 2:4-10; 1 John 3:2; Revelation (all), but see 2-3 & 21-22.
Old Covenant: Exodus 14:14; Numbers 14:8-9; Psalms 37(all), 101(all), 107(all); Isaiyeh 58(all); Jeremiyeh (all).
New Covenant: Mark 9:23, 11:22-26; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 2:16-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Philemon 1:6; Hebrews 11(all); James 1:27.
Old Covenant: Genesis 13(all), 15:6, 22(all), 24(all); 1 Samuel 2:30, 14:6-15, 17:20-58, 26:23; Job 16:18-22, 19:25-27; Psalms 25:1-3, 73:1, 89:14, 107 (all), 115 (all), 119 (all), 125 (all); Proverbs 10&11, 21:21; Isaiyeh 3:10-11, 55(all); Jeremiyeh 22:15-16; Ezekiel 18:4-9; Daniel 3 (all); Amos 5:21-24; Habakkuk 3:17-19.
New Covenant: Matthew 17:14-21, 21:21-22; Mark 4:39-40, 5:25-43, 9:23, 10:52; 11:22-26; Luke 7:50, 17:6-10, 18:7-8; John 11:21-41; Acts 3:16, 18:27, 26:18; Romans 1:5, 1:17, 3:22-28, 4:4-5, 4:21, 8:10, 8:15, 8:24-25, 9:30-32, 10:9-10, 10:17, 12:3-6; 1 Corinthians 2:5, 13:1-3, 13:13; 2 Corinthians 8:12, 13:5; Galatians 2:16-21, 3:7-14, 5:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:9; Colossians 2:5-7, 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 2:13; 1 Timothy 1:5, 5:12; 2 Timothy 1:12, 3:15-16, 4:8; Philemon 1:6; Hebrews 2:16, 3:19-4:11, 6:12, 10:19-25, 10:39, 11(all), 12:2; James 1:2-8, 1:27, 2:14-26, 5:13-16; 1 Peter 1:5-9; 2 Peter 1:1; 1 John 5:4-5; Jude 1:20, Revelation (all) see 2-3.
Once Saved Always Saved:
Old Covenant: Exodus (all); Isaiyeh (all), 1:28, 65:1-16; Jeremiyeh (all); Ezekiel 18:24, 33:12-13; Zephaniyeh 1:4-6.
New Covenant: Matthew 3:8-10, 5:13-20, 7:15-23, 10:17-28, 13:3-9, 17:20,25-26, 25:14-30; Luke 3:7-9, 8:15, 9:23-27,62, 13:6-9,24 ff; John 3:15,16,36, 5:24,6:40,47, 54,58, 7:16, 8:31-32, 10:27-30, 11:25-26, 12:47, 15:1-6,10; Romans 8:13-14, 17,35-39, 11:17-22,29; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 15:1-2; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 13:2-8; Galatians 2:16, 3:4, 4:11, 5:4,16-26; Ephesians 2:4-6; Colossians 1:19-23; Philippians 1:6, 2:12-13, 3:8-21; 1 Thessalonians 3:5-8; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; 1 Timothy 1:18-20,2:15, 4:1-4, 5:6,12-15; 2 Timothy 2:10-13; Hebrews 2:1-4, 3:6,12-19, 4:1-11,5:9, 6:4-9, 10:14,26-31, 12:25; 1 Peter 1:17-19, 4:17-19; 2 Peter 1:1-11,2:1-4,9-17,20-22; 1 John 1:6-2:6,19, 5:11-13; 2 John 1:8-11; Revelation 2:1-3:22.
Old Covenant: 2 Samuel 12:12; Psalms 7:12-16, 107(all); Isaiyeh 1:16-20, 30:15, 55(all); Jeremiyeh 3:11-18, 7:8-11; Ezekiel 18(all); Hosea (all) see 12:6; Yehel (all); Jonah (all); Zechariyeh 1:1-6, 3(all).
New Covenant: Matthew 3:17, 10:7; Mark 10:15; Luke 13:1-5, 13:24-30, 15:4-32; Acts 3:19, 11:17-18, 17:30-31, 26:20; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11; Colossians 3:5-11; 2 Peter 3(all); Revelation 2:4-7, 14-17, 2:20-23, 3:1-3, 3:15-18.
Old Covenant: Job 19:25-17, 30:23; Psalms 118:15-21; Isaiyeh 26:19, 30:20-22; Ezekiel 37:1-14.
New Covenant: Matthew 22:29-32; Mark 9:30-32, 12:18-27, 16:1-14; Luke 20:34-38, 24(all); John 20(all); Acts 1:1-11, 2:24, 24:15, 26:8; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 15:23-25, 15:35-44; 2 Corinthians 5:1-3; Philippians 3:20-21; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Peter 1:3-5.
Old Covenant: Numbers 30(all); Psalms 50:14-15, 56:12, 61 (all), 76:11, 119 (all); Ecclesiastes 5:4-5.
New Covenant: Matthew 5:33-37, Acts 18:18; 1 Timothy 5:9-12; Hebrews 6:13-18; James 5:12.
Old Covenant: Psalms 110:5; Habakkuk 26:62.
New Covenant: Matthew 26:64; Mark 16:20; Acts 2:32-33, 5:31, 7:56; Ephesians 1:18-21; Colossians 2:9-10, 3:1; Hebrews 1:3, 2:9-11, 2:18, 3:1, 4:12-16, 6:17-21, 7:3, 8:1-2, 9:11-12, 10:11-13, 12:2; 1 Peter 3:21-22; Revelation (all).
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