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Published On : March 30, 1998

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Father David And The Family, The Apostle Paul, Man Worship,
Many Teachers But One In Christ, Book Of Mormon, The Urantia
Book, A False Gospel, The Roman Catholic Church's Authority,
Divine Inspiration Of The Scriptures, Private Interpretation
Philip And The Ethiopian, Time Shall Be No More, A Common
Standard, Prohibiting Marriage, Catholic Abstention From Meat
Catholic Acts Of Contrition And Penance, Eternal Insecurity,
The Eternal Word, A Personal Relationship, The Holy Spirit




In my articles 'Elijah: Where Are The True Prophets Of God?:
Part One' and 'The Kings Of The North And The South: Part
Two', I mention the fact that in their early years, one of
the controversial practices of the organization known as The
Family, was to encourage their members to memorize a set of
Bible verses known as the 'David Set'. The primary purpose
for memorizing these verses, which are taken mostly from the
Old Testament, was to enforce the belief with group members,
that their now-deceased founder, David Brandt Berg, also
known variably as Moses David, Mo, and Father David, was
God's chosen prophet and one true voice for the Endtime. As
I explain in the second of the aforementioned articles, I
believe that the organization has totally misinterpreted
these verses of Scripture. Please refer to that article for
a list of the verses, as well as my explanation concerning
their proper interpretation.

However, it appears to me that one of Father David's primary
errors was the same as that committed by some of the other
self-proclaimed prophets, faith healers and preachers who
have stood in the limelight of American Christianity; and
that is that he allowed and encouraged his followers to set
him and his words on a pedestal. The practice of memorizing
the 'David Set' is one clear example of this; but it is not
the only one. Like certain other organizations, such as the
Mormons and the followers of the Urantia Book, members of
The Family believe that the writings of Father David, and
possibly those of his wife and successor, Maria, are new
Scriptures which supercede the Bible in certain instances.
This belief is particularly true in regards to some of the
writings of the Apostle Paul, quite possibly because some of
Paul's writings challenge some of the questionable doctrines
of The Family.

This belief in viewing the writings of Father David as
modern-day Scripture is held so strongly amongst members of
the group that, just as student radicals of the 1960's
memorized quotations taken from 'The Little Red Book'
written by former Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung, The Family
also encourages memorization of quotations taken from the
'Mo Letters' of Father David; and this practice began even
before the man's actual death in 1994! To aggrandize a man
after his decease is one thing, but to do so while he is
still alive through memorizing his words and making them
equal to the Bible almost defies belief. While the communist
ideology of Mao Tse Tong is far removed from the Christian
ideology of Father David, it is nevertheless the same
principle at work which causes people to memorize their
works; and that is the glorification of a man and his words.

At this point, someone might present the argument, 'Well,
don't we as modern-day Christians memorize the words of the
Prophets, and of Jesus Christ and of His Early Disciples?
Don't we memorize the words of the Apostle Paul as well?'.
While this is indeed true, I believe there is a marked
difference between these two practices, which I will explain
shortly. Personally, I can very easily imagine that had such
things occurred in Paul's day while he was still alive, upon
discovering it, he would have become quite upset, and
probably very embarrassed as well. On one hand, it is true
that the Apostle Paul did say:

"Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me."
(1 Corinthians 4:16)

However, if we look at other parts of Paul's Epistle, and
put his statements in their proper context, we see that he
was actually saying 'Follow me inasmuch as I follow Jesus
Christ.':

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ."
(1 Corinthians 11:1)

Paul wasn't telling anyone to follow him as a man. He was
telling them to recognize the Spirit of Christ working
through him. In his Epistle, Paul was rebuking certain
members of the congregation at Corinth because they had
taken their eyes off of the Lord, and had begun to argue
between themselves regarding who had been instructed by
which Earthly teacher. Paul emphasized that who they
identified as their Earthly teacher wasn't what was
important, but rather that they all belonged to Christ:

"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you
envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and
walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another,
I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and
who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as
the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered;
but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that
planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that
giveth the increase...Therefore let no man glory in men. For
all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas,
or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or
things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and
Christ is God's." (1 Corinthians 3:3-7, 21-23)

While at times Paul was quite bold and forthright in some of
his comments, he absolutely refused to accept the praise or
worship of men. As I have explained before, in Acts chapter
fourteen, when the people of Lystra tried to declare him a
god along with his companion Barnabas, this is how they
reacted:

"Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they
rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of
like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should
turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made
heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are
therein:" (Acts 14:14-15)

In the Book of Acts, as well as in his Epistles, Paul was
quite candid about his own waywardness and former life as a
self-righteous Pharisee who persecuted the True Church. He
willingly admitted his own human weaknesses, and pointed to
and uplifted the Lord as the only way to Eternal Salvation.
Paul's overall view is clearly reflected in the following
verse he wrote to the Hebrews:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

While it is certainly true that we memorize verses from the
Bible for our own edification, as well as to enlighten
others concerning the Truth of the Gospel, in my view, the
primary difference between this practice and the practice of
memorizing the writings of modern-day men of God, is that
the canon has been universally recognized as the inspired
Word of God within the Christian world. The same cannot be
said of the writings of Father David, of Joseph Smith, of
the communicators of the Urantia Book, or of any other
modern work which boasts of being equal to or superior to
the Bible. The Divine Inspiration of these other works has
only been accepted by a small minority, that is, by those
who actually belong to each of these groups. On the other
hand, in accordance with the Scriptures, the acceptance of
the canon has been universally established in the mouth of
many more than just two or three witnesses:

"But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or
two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every
word may be established." (Matthew 18:16)

"This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of
two or three witnesses shall every word be established."
(2 Corinthians 13:1)

"Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two
or three witnesses." (1 Timothy 5:19)

"He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or
three witnesses:" (Hebrews 10:28)

Concerning the Book of Mormon, as I mention in part two of
'A Biblical Cafeteria, Or The Whole Course?', I personally
view it as a complete fabrication of Joseph Smith's wild
imagination. His purported method of interpretation, that
is, by looking into his dark hat, has been a source of great
controversy for many years. Even amongst his early followers
there were a number of conflicting views regarding how and
when Mr. Smith received his revelations and interpretations.
Despite these apparent conflicts which occurred during the
development of the Mormon Church around the middle of the
nineteenth century, in the minds of modern-day Mormons, the
Book of Mormon is still considered to be sacred scripture.
In fact, it is so sacred to them that they place it above
the Authorized King James Bible. In their minds, the KJV is
a supplementary work to the imaginary ramblings of Joseph
Smith. They claim that the Bible is not the primary source
of the Word of God. Surely this is the epitome of deceit.

The origin of the Urantia Book is also doubtful and should
be called into question. According to the ardent supporters
of this blasphemous tome, it was received from higher level
spiritual entities during the early part of the twentieth
century I have discussed this in other articles such as
'The Urantia Book: A Dangerous New Age Doctrine', The
Urantia Book: An Attack On The Blood Atonement', and 'Noah's
Flood: The Urantia Book Exposed Again!'. The fact that the
Urantia Book totally denies and rejects the necessity of the
Blood Atonement of Jesus Christ clearly exposes its demonic
origin. Thus, while works such as the Book of Mormon and the
Urantia Book claim to present Biblical Truth in a new light,
for me personally, it is easy to recognize that they are no
such thing. As the Prophet Isaiah wrote:

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter
for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)

While the Book of Mormon and the Urantia Book are easy to
classify as works of darkness, the many writings of Father
David are not so easy to categorize. While this man espoused
some very radical and questional doctrines, an honest reader
must also admit that some of Father's David's writings are
indeed inspirational, and are either very Scripture-based,
or contain many direct quotes from the Bible; but then we
have the others which are very hard to accept as being
Divinely Inspired; and this is precisely the danger. As I
have expressed in other articles, just because a certain
person quotes the Scriptures does not necessarily mean that
he or his writings are inspired by God's Spirit; or that his
particular interpretation is the correct one. Sometimes we
misunderstand things due to simple human error. On other
occasions, it might be a result of demonic influence.

We would all do well to remember that Satan is also very
knowledgeable of the Scriptures; and he can use them to
deceive well-meaning people; even sincere Christians. We
have but to recall the events in Eden, and the Lord's
temptations following His forty days of fasting in the
wilderness. In the Garden of Eden, Satan said, 'Hath God
said?', and in Matthew chapter four he said '...it is
written...'. So, as the Apostle Paul warned the Corintians,
sometimes Satan can appear as an angel of light to the
unwary:

"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an
angel of light." (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Do these warnings apply to my writings as well? Of course
they do! I am not an infallible human being. Absolutely no
one is forced to accept my interpretation of the Scriptures.
In my articles I am simply sharing what I believe may be
true based upon my personal understanding of the Word after
many years of studying the Bible. I could be wrong about
some things, and I openly admit it. I am not like some of
these others who say 'Thus saith the Lord!' and then condemn
you if you don't agree with them. I normally stay away from
criticizing specific individuals unless I strongly feel that
they have gone astray to such a dangerous degree that they
are having a negative affect upon many others. Let us not
forget Peter's sober warning concerning those who wrest, or
twist, the true meaning of the Scriptures:

"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these
things; in which are some things hard to be understood,
which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do
also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
(2 Peter 3:16)

As I point out in other articles, the other Apostles were
also quick to warn the First Disciples to beware of false
doctrine creeping into the Early Church. Consider the
following sobering admonitions:

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve
through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from
the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh
preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye
receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or
another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well
bear with him." (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)

"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called
you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is
not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel
from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that
which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
(Galatians 1:6-8)

"If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine,
receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil
deeds." (2 John 1:10-11)

In contrast to these workers of darkness, there have also
been many men of God over the past two thousand years who
have been moved by the Holy Spirit to write many wonderful
books, papers and treatises which are in agreement with the
Holy Scriptures. These works feed your soul. They motivate
you to follow the Lord. They inspire you to do good. They
defend many of the doctrines of the Bible. I truly hope that
some day some of my writings will be viewed as belonging to
this category. However, does this mean that all of these
other godly works should automatically be accepted as Holy
Scriptures as well?

In an indirect subtle way, the Roman Catholic Church seems
to hold the opinion that, yes, some of these writings should
be accepted as Scripture. I base this view on several facts.
First, millions of Catholics worldwide esteem the words of
the Pope as the voice of God on Earth. Second, it has long
been held as a tenet of Roman Catholic doctrine that the
'holy mother church' is the only religious body on Earth
with the spiritual authority to properly interpret the
Scriptures. This is clearly spelled out in older church
documents. To enforce this belief amongst their followers,
the Roman Catholic hierarchy will often quote the following
verse written by the Apostle Peter:

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of
any private interpretation." (2 Peter 1:20)

In their mind, 'private interpretation' refers to any person
outside of the Pope and his close associates who alone have
the Divine Authority to interpret the Scriptures. Through
the enforcement of this doctrine, Catholics have been taught
to not trust in their own judgment or leading of the Spirit
in understanding the Scriptures, but rather to trust solely
in the 'authoritative' interpretation of the Roman Catholic
Church. It is for this reason that when Roman Catholics
participate in Biblical discussions, they are more prone to
quote from one of their 'church fathers', which might be a
saint, a bishop, a cardinal or the Pope, than they are to
quote directly from the Prophets, or from Jesus, or from His
Disciples, or from the Apostle Paul. In other words, while
they don't openly say that the writings of these men are
Holy Scripture, through the very act of quoting them more
often than they do the actual Bible, they are in fact making
just such a claim.

To a certain degree, I can understand this approach to
studying the Scriptures. In the minds of sincere Catholics,
relying upon the works of their 'church fathers' acts as a
kind of safety net which prevents them from falling into
Biblical error; at least I believe that is the intention of
those who use this method; however, it is precisely because
of their limited knowledge of the actual Scriptures that
many Catholics have been led astray by those who rule over
them. Due to various reasons, the Catholic laity has placed
their faith more in the words of men, than in the actual
inspired Word of God. While the Roman Catholic hierarchy
applies the term 'private interpretation' to others, it is
quite apparent that it excludes itself; however, notice what
Peter said in full:

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of
any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old
time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they
were moved by the Holy Ghost. But there were false prophets
also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers
among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon
themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their
pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be
evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with
feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of
a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth
not." (2 Peter 1:20-2:3)

The whole reason Peter issued this warning was because he
was concerned about false prophets and false teachers
creeping into the flock, just as we read in the verses I
shared earlier. This is a very legitimate concern. While
Peter and others were speaking primarily of the unbelieving
Jews of their day, these verses have their modern-day
counterpart, and it isn't just found in the flesh Jews!
Notice that one of the traits of these false teachers will
be that 'through covetousness shall they with feigned words
make merchandise of you'. While the Jews certainly control
the modern world of business and finance, they are not
alone. The Roman Catholic Church certainly has a worldwide
empire of wealth, much of which was obtained at the expense
of the poor of the world who feel obligated to tithe to the
'holy mother church'. Jesus accused the ancient Jews of the
very same thing when He said:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer:
therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation."
(Matthew 23:14)

Notice that under the guise of being religious and holy,
these Jewish leaders devoured widow's houses. Perhaps you
will recall the story of the widow's mite in which the poor
woman cast into the Jewish treasury all that she had, of her
very own need, while the rich Jews simply offered a small
portion of their abundance. The Lord seemed to imply that
this woman would receive the greater reward in the Kingdom
of Heaven:

"And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the
people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich
cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she
threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called
unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say
unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all
they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did
cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in
all that she had, even all her living." (Mark 12:41-44)

According to what I have read, in the Catholic country of
Spain, tithing to the Roman Catholic Church is actually a
part of the country's constitution. Some watchers of the RCC
claim that this may soon become a worldwide practice. In his
first Epistle to Timothy, Paul also mentions some of the
traits of these Endtime false apostles of Christ:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in
hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats,
which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of
them which believe and know the truth." (1 Timothy 4:1-3)

In the previous verses, Peter and Paul describe a group of
men who, although they have forsaken the True Faith of the
Bible, will feign to be apostles of the Lord. These usurpers
will control a worldwide financial empire, and will place
certain restrictions on marriage, and on the eating of meat.
In my view, this perfectly describes the modern Roman
Catholic practice of celibacy, and the tradition of not
eating meat during the Lent season. In short, while on one
hand the Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Scriptures
are of no private interpretation, on the other, they are
guilty of this very thing themselves! In the strictest sense
of the word, not only have they falsely interpreted the
Scriptures for their vast worldwide following, but they have
also written new scriptures, or church laws and doctrines,
which totally contradict the writings and teachings of the
Original Writers; all for the sole purpose of maintaining
power over the hearts and minds of the laity.

Frankly, I am quite happy with the Original Scriptures. They
are all that we need. There is more in the Holy Bible than I
could ever hope to understand in one lifetime; and believe
me, I am trying my best to do exactly that. In his second
Epistle to Timothy, just as Peter had done, the Apostle Paul
also clearly tells us that the Bible is the inspired Word of
God:

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16)

Paul is clearly telling Timothy that the Scriptures are
inspired of God. He then tells him that they are to teach us
doctrine; they are to reprove and correct us when we stray
from the ways of the Lord; and they are to teach us the way
of Salvation, that is, 'instruction in righteousness'. After
all, the only way to achieve true Righteousness is through
admitting our own sinful condition, then understanding God's
Plan of Salvation, and finally accepting that Salvation
through the Sacrifice of His Son. That is the only
Righteousness there is:

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"
(Titus 3:5)

All of the things which Paul described for Timothy can be
achieved throught a personal direct reading of the Holy
Scriptures without having to rely upon any self-proclaimed
prophet of God, without spending a lot of money on all of
these tapes, books and videos published by so-called learned
theologians and scholars, and without the need for a rich
and powerful religious body like the Roman Catholic Church.
This being the case, why do Roman Catholics go to their
'church fathers' instead of straight to the Word of God for
their spiritual enlightenment? Do they believe that their
'church fathers' have more of the Spirit than those who
actually met and lived with Jesus Christ? Now, I will admit
that when we are all young in the faith, we need someone who
is more spiritually mature than ourselves to explain things
to us. I am reminded of the story of Philip and the
Ethiopian eunuch in the Book of Acts:

"And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise,
and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from
Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went:
and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority
under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of
all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the
prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join
thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and
heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest
thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some
man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would
come up and sit with him." (Acts 8:26-31)

Once Philip had explained to him that Isaiah was writing
about the sufferings of Christ in the fifty-third chapter of
his book, the Ethiopian man was gladly baptized in the name
of the Lord Jesus. Having accomplished his task, to the
eunuch's amazement, Philip was suddenly whisked away by the
Spirit and was later found at Azotus. Exactly what these
verses mean delves into a lot of interesting speculation:

And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of
the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no
more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found
at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the
cities, till he came to Caesarea." (Acts 8:39-40)

Sadly, what occurred on that wonderful day almost two
thousand years ago, and what we have in the world today are
two very distinct situations. The eunuch had the blessing of
being taught directly by one of Jesus' very own Disciples.
Philip had sat at the feet of the Master and obtained the
straight pure unadulterated Truth from Him. Philip and the
other Apostles were then able to take that Truth directly to
the masses during their lifetimes. However, beginning the
very day that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, the Jews
had already begun their dirty work of perverting the Truth
of the Gospel message:

"Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came
into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the
things that were done. And when they were assembled with the
elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto
the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night,
and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the
governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So
they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this
saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day."
(Matthew 28:11-15)

Today, the truth comes in many different doctrinal shades
and colors. Some churches and organizations will condemn you
if you dare to question their particular understanding of
the Scriptures, or if you challenge the spiritual authority
of those who rule over them. Unless you accept their version
of the truth, and the teachings of their appointed leaders,
you can't even belong to some of them. There is absolutely
no room for personal reasoning and understanding. It is very
similar to the public school system which revolves around
the concept of swallowing what they feed to you, and then
spitting it back to them upon request. This is the modern
definition of education and intelligence. It is a robotic
herd mentality. Modern religion and public education are
just as guilty of brainwashing as some of the minor
religions who are accused of doing the same.

At the time Paul wrote the above verse concerning the Divine
Inspiration of the Scriptures, what was he referring to when
he used the word 'scripture'? Obviously, he was pointing to
what we Christians today refer to as the Old Testament; and
possibly to other Sacred Writings which may possibly have
been lost since that time. As I explain in a few other
articles, what we have today is more than likely not the
full body of Inspired Texts which were available to the
Early Disciples two thousand years ago. Some have probably
decayed; others were purposely destroyed; some are probably
intentionally being hid from our eyes by certain powers that
be; and some are probably still waiting to be discovered.

Despite all of this, we do know that we possess enough of
the ancient manuscripts in order to understand such topics
as God's Plan of Salvation, ancient Jewish history, the
formation of the Early Church, the Lord's model for good
Christian living, and even some of the future which is yet
to unfold. So we really do have a lot to keep us busy. What
we also know is that the Old Testament has God's personal
stamp of approval. The very fact that Jesus often quoted
from it, and in fact fulfilled many of its prophecies, is
proof enough of this. In reverse manner, we also know that
the New Testament is inspired of the Lord due to the simple
fact that it reveals the fulfillment of what was prophesied
in the Old Testament. Thus, these two complement each other.
To take these points a step further, Christians today are
continuing to fulfill what was already written almost two
thousand years ago. We are not adding anything new to it; we
are simply fulfilling Jesus' own commandment and prophecies
found in the following verses:

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach
the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the
world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end
come." (Matthew 24:14)

It is easy to see then that we are fulfilling some of the
predictions of the Old Testament Prophets, of Jesus, of the
Book of Revelation, and of the writers of the Epistles. We
are bringing some of these things to their conclusion. If
this is the case, then why do we need any new Scriptures? It
doesn't make any sense, does it? Our God is a logical
orderly God. While He definitely has plans for making all
things new, that cannot happen until what has already been
written has been fulfilled. Once that is accomplished, then
we are told:

"And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all
things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are
true and faithful." (Revelation 21:5)

As I point out in 'The Manipulation Of Time And Space',
there is going to come a time when there will be a new
beginning. In fact, there is going to come a time when time
will be no more; it will cease to exist because we will be
living in Eternity, but that time is not yet:

"And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created
heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and
the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things
which are therein, that there should be time no longer:"
(Revelation 10:6)

The main point of this article is that once we begin to
accept post-First Century writings as new Scriptures, there
is no end to it. If we open the floodgate to anything and
everything which agrees with what has already been given in
the Old and the New Testaments, where do we stop? There has
to be a set standard with which everything else must be
compared. As I explain in such articles as 'Rightly Dividing
The Word Of Truth', for me personally, that standard is the
Authorized King James Bible. In my view, the safest approach
is to be content with what we have already been given in the
past. The Lord knows that we have a difficult time following
that as it is. King Solomon summarized my thoughts quite
well when he said the following:

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and
that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is
no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it
may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old
time, which was before us." (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)

If there is something important which the Lord has wanted to
say to humanity regarding Salvation, human conduct, the
future, or any other topic, I believe that He has already
said it. What we Christian writers are doing today is merely
trying to help people to better understand what the Lord has
already said in the past. We aren't saying anything new. We
don't need to say anything new. It has already been said by
those who have gone before us. In the Book of Acts, this was
one of the weaknesses of the philosophers at Athens. They
were so bored with life that they only lived to hear some
strange new tale to pique their curiosity:

"Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the
Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this
babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of
strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the
resurrection. And they took him, and brought him unto
Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine,
whereof thou speakest, is? For thou bringest certain strange
things to our ears: we would know therefore what these
things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were
there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell,
or to hear some new thing.)" (Acts 17:18-21)

At this point, some of you may be thinking to yourselves,
'Well wait a minute! It sounds like you are preaching a dead
God! Are you suggesting that God does not speak anymore?'
No, I am not saying that by any means; however, what I am
saying is that if the Lord does choose to speak to us today,
either on a personal level, or else to a Body of Believers
through one of His prophets, I do not believe that He will
contradict Himself. God is not the author of confusion. As
such, I don't believe that He will confuse us by going
against something which He gave us earlier through one of
His Prophets or Disciples. For example, earlier I mentioned
how the Roman Catholic hierarchy prohibits their priests and
nuns from marrying, plus they practice abstaining from
eating meat on certain days such as during the Lent season.
Both of these practices are in total contradiction to what
was taught by Jesus and the Apostle Paul. In the case of
marriage, they said:

"The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying
unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for
every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not
read, that he which made them at the beginning made them
male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave
father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they
twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain,
but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let
not man put asunder." (Matthew 19:3-6)

"Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is
good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid
fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every
woman have her own husband." (1 Corinthians 7:1-2)

While they both encouraged marriage, Jesus and the Apostle
Paul also mentioned that some men abstain from marriage for
the sake of the Kingdom of God; so that they can dedicate
themselves more fully to the Work of the Lord; however, this
is a voluntary action that they take, and not something that
is forced upon them by an overbearing spiritual hierarchy.
Many of the leaders of the Early Church were married men
contrary to the current practices of the Catholic Church:

"For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their
mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made
eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made
themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that
is able to receive it, let him receive it."
(Matthew 19:12)

"But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For
I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man
hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and
another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and
widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if
they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to
marry than to burn...Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to
be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. But
and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin
marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have
trouble in the flesh: but I spare you."
(1 Corinthians 7:6-9, 27-28)

"Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well
as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and
Cephas?" (1 Corinthians 9:5)

"A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,
vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality,
apt to teach;...Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife,
ruling their children and their own houses well."
(1 Timothy 3:2, 12)

"For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest
set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders
in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless,
the husband of one wife, having faithful children not
accused of riot or unruly." (Titus 1:5-6)

As we all know, it is because the Roman Catholic Church has
failed to follow the pattern of the First Century Church,
and has made celibacy a stiff requirement in order to enter
the priesthood, that she is now plagued with many cases of
homosexuality, lesbianism and pedophilia.

Concerning the abstention from meat on certain Catholic holy
days, while I can appreciate the noble intentions, and the
inner desire to practice a small degree of personal denial
in the hope of drawing closer to God, it nevertheless seems
like a useless work of the flesh to me. While Jesus did
encourage fasting in order to cast out certain demons, this
is not why modern-day Catholics abstain from meat during the
Lent season. In my view, this is just one aspect of a larger
Catholic mentality which revolves around acts of contrition
and doing penance for one's sins. It is based upon the false
doctrine of eternal insecurity, which is the opposite of
Eternal Salvation. Within the Catholic world, one never
quite knows if he is saved or not. He might be saved one
day, but then fall from grace the next day due to some sin
in his life. This is in direct contradiction to many
promises found in the Bible such as the following:

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him
that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
(John 6:37)

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
(John 10:28)

"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the
Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto
you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on
the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:12-13)

As I state in 'Are We Once Saved, Always Saved?', I don't
believe that Salvation can be lost. To believe this would
be, as the Apostle Paul wrote, to crucify the Son of God
afresh:

"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made
partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word
of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall
fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they
crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to
an open shame." (Hebrews 6:4-6)

Through falsely making the 'holy mother church' the only
dispenser of Eternal Life, the Catholic faithful are placed
at the mercy of the church, and are forced to earn their way
into Heaven, and to prove their worth for the Kingdom of
God, by performing all of these different Catholic rituals.
Like Martin Luther who quoted from the writings of the
Apostle Paul, the Catholic faithful need to realize that:

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

So once again we see that all of these false practices and
beliefs are a result of not only not taking heed to the
inspired Word of God found in the Holy Scriptures, but it is
also due to what basically amounts to writing new scriptures
in the form of different church laws, doctrines, traditions,
catechisms, and erroneous interpretations. As Jesus said to
the misguided Scribes and Pharisees of His day, these all
make the Law and Commandment of God of none effect. They
totally neutralize the true Word of God by either totally
ignoring it, or by twisting its meaning to fit their own
corrupt belief system, or by greatly reducing its impact
upon the masses:

"Making the word of God of none effect through your
tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like
things do ye." (Mark 7:13)

These things apply not only to the Roman Catholic Church,
but to any church, organization or self-styled prophet who
feels that they have a newer revelation, or a better way to
understand the Word of God. This idea can also be extended
to include some of these more modern interpretations of the
Bible. Personally, I find some of them highly suspect as in
some places, words or entire verses are omitted, meanings
are changed, and in my view, the spiritual impact of what
the author originally intended has been minimized. The Basic
Truths of the Bible have been established for literally
thousands of years. There is no need to add to them or to
reinterpret them, or to try to say them a better way. They
have remained unchanged since the day they were given. As we
are told in the Scriptures, God's promises and the Truth of
His Word are immutable. They are firmly established and
unchangeable, just as God is Himself:

"For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob
are not consumed." (Malachi 3:6)

"LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."
(Psalms 119:89)

"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name
for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast
magnified thy word above all thy name." (Psalms 138:2)

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
(Hebrews 13:8)

Because of the Eternal Steadfastness of God's Word, we are
assured of our hope for Eternal Salvation. The Apostle Paul
clearly explained this in his Epistle to the Hebrews, where
he discussed the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Eternal High
Priest after the order of Melchizedek, and the Firstfruits
of the Resurrection of the dead:

"Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs
of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by
an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was
impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the
hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the
soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that
within the veil;" (Hebrews 6:17-19)

In conclusion, I believe that our main challenge today as
Christians is to take the firmly established Word of God,
and to apply it in our daily lives. To assist us in our
understanding of His Word, the Lord has seen fit to provide
His children with a unique tool called the Holy Spirit.
Rather than trust in some cold rigid worldly religious
structure which has buried the Truth under piles of
theological rubble, or in some Bible huckster who is only
interested in makeing a profit from the gullible masses, or
in some self-proclaimed prophet who claims to possess a new
insight into the Scriptures, all we really need is the
in-dwelling of God's Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes
and understanding. This is precisely what Jesus told His
first Apostles in the following verses:

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that
asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him
that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13)

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you." (John 14:26)

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will
guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he
will shew you things to come." (John 16:13)

Our God is indeed a Living God, and when He speaks to you by
His Holy Spirit, it will be through His proven Word, and not
through the questionable doctrines and teachings of men. Why
take these other dangerous routes when you can personally go
straight to the source? The Wisdom of God's Spirit is not
restricted to the Roman Catholic clergy, or to any other
religious body on this Earth as some people have been led to
believe. I discuss this topic more fully in such articles as
'The Only Credentials You Need!' and 'The Wisdom Of God
Versus The Philosophy Of Men'. The Apostle James tells us
quite plainly that the Wisdom of God's Spirit is for anyone
who will ask for it; it is for all men, including you:

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be
given him." (James 1:5)

So again we see that it is just a matter of asking for it.
God will liberally, or freely, give you of His Spirit if you
sincerely ask it of Him. He wants you to understand His Word
and His will for your life. If you are spiritually hungry
for the Truth of God's Word, Jesus promised that you would
be filled. All you have to do, as the Apostle Peter wrote,
is to sincerely desire the spiritual milk of God's Word:

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after
righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6)

"Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.
Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh."
(Luke 6:21)

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that
ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2)

"Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips;
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my
necessary food." (Job 23:12)

On the other hand, those who erroneously believe that they
already know it all, those who are satisfied with their
lives of false religiosity and physical comfort like the
spiritually-dead church of Laodicea, Mary tells us that He
has sent empty away:

"He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he
hath sent empty away." (Luke 1:53)

There is nothing like the pure unadulterated Word of God. I
truly hope that you will take the time to read it for
yourself today! It will fill your soul, inspire your heart,
and give you peace of mind. With these thoughts I am going
to bring this article to a close. I pray that it has been a
blessing and an inspiration in your life.

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