If the law is done away with, explain Luke 11:44

In Luke 11:44 Yeshua says:

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

Why would a grave which is unmarked mean anything? Why would it be significant? It certainly wouldn’t be significant if we didn’t know the law of Moses, which tells us in Numbers 19:16:

And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

Now remember that EVERY catholic church has, in the crypt under the altar, a “relic” (a bone or a skull, or a full skeleton of a dead person) and you might have another inkling as to why the catholic church is so full of sin!

Yeshua also said in Matthew 23:27:

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

How could this be important if the law was being “fulfilled” to do away with it (a ridiculous claim in any case)? Why would it matter if you touched a dead body, or walked into a sepulchre? Because the law still stands.

Yeshua said:

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19

Are you keeping the commandments, or at least trying to? If not, and you claim to love Yeshua watch out:

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:22-23

Read more about whited sepulchres here: Dead men’s bones and uncleanness

Read about how I fell in love with the law: Falling in love with the Law

Lis

 

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Reality Checkpoint

I grew up in the University City of Cambridge in England. Cambridge, like Oxford, has a somewhat rarefied atmosphere. The separation of “town and gown” was fairly clear even in the 80’s during my teens.

As my teenage years went on I heard from my older brother about something called “Reality Checkpoint” – I asked him what it was. It was an old Victorian, cast-iron lamppost in the middle of a green space called Parker’s Piece. Parker’s Piece was divided by two diagonal paths, and in the centre, where they crossed, was the only source of light – the lamppost named by locals Reality Checkpoint.

How it got this name, it is not clear, although one theory is that it related to the problems of crossing Parker’s Piece in the dark or in the fog, and being unsure of your whereabouts without the lamppost to guide you. The name stuck though. Other theories are postulated, and the post now has its own Wikipedia page (Link).

In my youth the words Reality Checkpoint were continually scratched into the paintwork of the base, as you can see here:

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By Cmglee – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Every time it was painted over, some wag would do it again. Eventually the council renovated the lamppost fully (it now being, believe it or not, a Grade II listed structure), and when they did, they clearly decided to honour all those rebels, and whoever it was who first named the post, and now its name is there, picked out in gold paint for all to see.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_Checkpoint

It looks great. I am rather fond of Reality Checkpoint, having passed it many times on various nights out in Cambridge.

But why am I telling you all this?

There is another Reality Checkpoint – one which we must have if we are to cross the dark, to navigate in the world: The bible – the very word of God!

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In 1 Corinthians 13:12 we are told:

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

The glass there is a mirror, but it’s the verse which sprang to mind when thinking of crossing the fog, the dark – we struggle to see our way without Reality Checkpoint.

Everything that is going on in the vile darkness of this world has to be navigated by us. The evil is so prevalent – and we have to know our way.

When we doubt what is real from what is fake we need our Reality Checkpoint. We need to refer to the word of God to see if these things be so: [emphasis added]

Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. Acts 17:10-12 NKJV

We need to cling – not drunkenly to a lamppost in the fog, but to the word of God in these last days. Our bible should be with us!

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The story of Reality Checkpoint is an illustration of what we, as people, do when we cannot find our way – when there is little to point the way safely for us we invent our own way – we lean on our own understanding, as we might rely on a cast-iron lamppost in the fog.

The bible is there to be a lamp unto our feet:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 NKJV

Praise the LORD!

We can walk more surely when we close our minds around the word of God.

God Bless you

Lis

The fracturing of the spirit

Youch! Words can hurt. The old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was the “yaboo-sucks” of the playground when I was a kid. If you were bullied you were expected to pick yourself up and react with those words, retaining your dignity. In life we may well experience times when we are dealt with badly by random people – someone in a shop, or someone on the street. We know better than to be overly bothered by the opinions, and “perverse tongues” of strangers, but those words can be very hurtful. It is much worse when they come from those close to us. No one can hurt you or wound you like family, loves, or friends.

In general it ought to be assumed that a careless word here or an abrupt word there is not intended to harm – indeed while we are told to guard our tongues, it is the perverse tongue which seems to have the power to harm us the most.

Proverbs 15:4 says:

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. [KJV]

There are many different translations of this proverb, and you can see them all here: Link. I think it takes looking at the original words and their meanings to bring out the full depth of meaning this verse has:

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Let’s look at three words here. You can do this word study yourself at the link here.

Firstly marpe, Strong’s 4832. For brevity I will use only the Strong’s exhaustive concordance, it’ll make the images easier to read. You can read the full page at the link above.

healing

Healing – curative – wholesome. So a tongue which is healing (some translations say soothing, but healing is more correct, I think) is a tree of life! So when we build people up, we do them good!

Next let’s look at waselep, Strong’s 5558.

perverseness

A tongue which is perverse – distorted – vicious. Ouch, we’ve all known people like that, haven’t we? We avoid them when we can!

Lastly let’s look at seber, Strong’s 7667, which deals with the effect this perverse, vicious tongue has on our spirit!

fracture

It can fracture – ruin – destroy our spirit. So when people say cruel things, when they are perverted (which means to be vicious, cruel – some translations say devious) they can fracture, ruin and destroy our spirit within us.

If you know someone like that, whilst it’s imperative for you to forgive (which is a decision, NOT a feeling – if you are struggling with that give it to God, He’ll get your feelings into alignment with your decision if you surrender it to Him) it’s also very wise to protect yourself from that person at all costs.

I’d also like to remind you that this goes both ways. It is not just the barbed words of others which can fracture your spirit within you, but your words also can affect your own spirit, not only other people’s!

James 3:6 tells us:

And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by Gehenna. [WEB]

Jesus also tells us in Matthew 15:11:

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. [KJV]

Our words can defile us, as well as hurt others. Our perverse tongue wounds others and destroys us too.

In conclusion, we must always be ready to speak truth in love – to rebuke with love, and to speak the truth. This can be shocking to others, but it does them good! It is constructive! But when our words are not constructive, they can be destructive. If we mock, berate or demean others we are hurting their spirit, breaking them down and bringing them to a point where their spirit is fractured, or even destroyed. Our intentions – the intentions behind our words and actions – mean everything!

I wish you Shabbat Shalom, dear brothers and sisters!

God Bless you

Lis

Hyper Grace doctrine – why the church is open to being deceived

Christians (awake ones that I know, anyway) talk a lot about deception. We sometimes might sound paranoid, but we are called to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves (Matt 10:16).

So what does it mean to be as wise as serpents?

It means to be discerning. It means to know and recognise sin and the works of the devil. And it’s not easy, I can tell you! I have found over the years that I have been misled, misguided on a number of occassions and on a number of different issues.

Discernment, then, is perhaps like a muscle – that if you exercise it in avoiding sin, that you may be able to see other things which are sinful. A bit like removing the beam from your own eye, before helping your pal to take out the speck from their own, we need to realise that until or unless we walk with God, avoiding sin, we will not even realistically be able to SEE the sin around us.

If we don’t know His word, we cannot even know right from wrong, and if sin is trangression of the law (1 John 3:4) then we absolutely need to know the law.

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Grace is a blessing – it’s God’s unmerited favour. Wow! It’s unmerited because I can NEVER be as good as God, and nothing I do can make me perfect. Willfully disregarding the law, however, is not a cause for thanking God for Grace, it’s an abuse of Grace, isn’t it?

I’ve written enough about that before to just redirect you there. Are we under the Law, or under Grace?

The modern church is open to more and more deception because it has turned it’s back on righteousness, as if trying to be righteous is ‘works’ and that we mustn’t even try to be good. How foolish – because if sin is an open door to satan, then ignoring the law and being ignorant of it is an open door. Grace is for the sin you confess! How can you confess your sins if you ignore the law! You can’t.

This is a Hyper Grace doctrine. The church has become reliant on Grace for everything, and we don’t even know what sin we should be confessing. I know someone, a great guy, so warm and friendly, and what I can only describe as a living Christian – he is just a lovely person all the time to everybody. Yet he said to me that the Muslims worship the same God we do, they just don’t have Jesus!

Um…

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Without Jesus they CANNOT have God! And no, they can’t even say that Jesus is a prophet, because in doing so they are saying Mohammed is ‘the way’ and we know that Jesus is ‘the Way’ (and the ONLY way).

If we don’t know the Word, we cannot know sin. If we do not know sin, we cannot confess it. If we cannot confess it, we cannot learn to avoid it, and without knowing what sin is, we cannot discern it and avoid deception.

Get yourselves a KJV and read it. I thought reading the KJV would be hard work, but it’s not. It’s easy once you start. At least it is complete. Only the KJV is complete and easily available at this time in history. I really recommend that if you aren’t already, get into the word. Learn the law and try your best to apply it. Ask God to write it on your heart, so that you have joy in it, and so that you might be set apart from deception.

God Bless you

Lis

Joel Osteen is NOT a hypocrite!

Nope, sireee Bob – he is, in my view, a more honest ‘Christian’ than many who purport to preach from our pulpits.

You see Joel has abandoned the law so completely that his error is OBVIOUS to us all. I quote:

When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.” […]

Joel does acknowledge that some things are “sin” but says, “I don’t address these things from the pulpit. They only come up in interviews.” When asked if openly practicing gay/homosexual people will be accepted into heaven, Joel Osteen responded, “I believe they will.”

He makes no mention of the need for repentance. (source)

So unlike the churches who teach that homosexuality is sin, while handing round the ham sandwiches on SUNDAY, yep, Joel is NOT a hypocrite.

He is so obviously in error that perhaps it’s time for those churches which have partially abandoned the Law of Moses to reconsider that – specifically in light of 1 John 3:4

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I love God and I love the law – it’s what helps me to walk in righteousness. I don’t do it well, but I try. Because I love God, and I want to walk in Yeshua’s footsteps and do what He did. I believe He shows us how to apply the law – with mercy.

Joel Osteen, I pray, is making some pastors reconsider their stance on the Law today.

God Bless you

Lis

A snippet from Psalm 107

21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.

28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. (read more: Link)

Let us remember to praise God for His goodness to us, and to cry out to Him when we are in need, instead of trying to manage without Him. We all go through storms in life, but God is there even then to hear us, and our cry, if we will be contrite and walk with Him in His commandments and His statutes.

Dark times are coming, are you walking with love for God in your heart?

God Bless you

Lis

As in the days of Noah….

This is a hard post to write – I’m not sure what I’m really saying here, but yet I feel drawn to this message today, so I hope it brings something to you, and please leave a comment to give some clarity to these meanderings if you feel you can add some thoughts, or some bible verses. Maybe I’m seeing something in these verses which I’m taking out of context, but, hey bear with me and let me know what you think.

Recently it has come to my attention that Theresa May, our feckless Home Secretary, might become PM. My immediate reaction was to think of what country in the world I could safely flee to – because I believe this woman is utterly evil. I will briefly explain why.

My Canadian boyfriend came to the UK, and when he needed medical treatment he was presented with a bill. Fine, no problem. But at his discharge appointment he was arrested, taken into detention, and kept there for five weeks before being sent back to Canada with a medical escort at goodness knows what cost. He had a return ticket of his own, but no, he wasn’t allowed to use it. He had a fixed address here with me, no he wasn’t allowed to stay here. He was kept in detention at a cost to the country of approximately £100 per day for five weeks, sent back to Canada on Air Canada on a ticket paid for by the British government – yes – all that so that they could also slap him with a ten year ban on returning to the UK. The trauma he suffered is one thing – you can only imagine what that does to a middle aged guy to be slapped in prison. What we discovered, however, during that time, was even more shocking.

Britain is not a signatory to the EU wide agreement on the limitation of detention for those awaiting deportation or seeking asylum. This means that they have a guy in Colnbrook Detention Centre who has been there for 8 years. 8 years in prison for what? Being a foreigner.

It also means, and I know this will shock you to your core, but the UK government actually chartered a flight to deport a young man – can’t have been more that about 19 years old, (Rich said he was like a London schoolboy) to Afghanistan. YES really – we deported a young man to a war zone where he had no contacts, and knew no-one. His parents are UK citizens, yet he has been deported after serving time in prison, we know not what for, but in the UK if you are foreign and you get in trouble and get a two years sentence they can deport you afterwards. He was too young to have been in prison long… just the minimum two years.

Then there was the tale of the Italian guy Rich met who had fallen on hard times, and had gone to someone in authority to ask them to just send him home. What did they do? Bearing in mind this guy was a pensioner – they threw him in detention and deported him.

Why is this all happening?

Because of evil.

In the end times, in Matthew 24:37, Jesus tells us that:

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

and in Genesis 6:5, we are told that in the days of Noah:

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

What concerns me is the potential for us, as believers, to fall into those thoughts because of our leaders’ evil acts. It’s all too easy to feel hate. All too easy to want, as many do now in the States after the Hillary fiasco, to ‘break the system’ – yes why not, some will think. I wrote before about ‘ethical drift‘, and I’ll quote:

“The scum that floats on our society is covering every inch – it is having a darkening effect on the once pure waters below. Those of us below, these days, are far more likely to join in with the unethical behaviour we see modelled for us by those on high – we have become resentful of any sense of duty to the country we once might have had – this is a real shame. We have been lead astray by those who the elites have put in charge.”

Ethical drift is ‘unregulated sin’ – something the law (legal statutes) don’t cover. In fact it is the very definiteion of legalism, since it knows the law and skirts it. It comes from evil in their hearts – and we are all becoming darkened by this cloud of evil over our heads.

I’m not going to paint myself as some kind of sweet-natured paragon of virtue on this subject – we all speed from time to time, we all do things which skirt the law – what worries me is that I now shout at the computer screen that Theresa May is a poisonous whore! (Don’t laugh! 😉 )

My thoughts are becoming tainted by negative experiences of authority.

We must somehow find a way to hold onto goodness in these dark times, because when Theresa May, Angela Markel and that evil b**** Hillary Clinton are running the show the world is going to get darker very, very fast.

Stories such as Rich’s are all too common. The Home Office has in it Immigration officers who I know lied to retain him in detention – Rich has the paperwork to prove it. Evil in high places needs to not become evil in our places. Somehow we must try to retain good wholesome thoughts in the face of an evil world, evil leadership and moral turpitude in our culture.

I don’t know how this can best be done, but I pray that God will guide me to have good thoughts, and so somehow, even through gritted teeth if necessary, bless those who rule over us.

God Bless you

Lis