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QUESTION LIST; Page Number 39
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  1. A Woman Asks About Virginity, "Tokens of Virginity", and Female Masturbation

  2. Over 90% of World Jewry (Ashkenazi Jews) are descended from Noah's son Japheth, not from Noah's son Shem (the origin of Semitic peoples)

  3. Why are churches tax exempt (501c)?

  4. Tribulation Preparation

  5. A Man Has Difficulty With His Otherwise Good Pastor Who Teaches Rapture; also, a Note to Rapture Pastors

  6. Will the Antichrist Be a Catholic Pope?  Who Shall The Antichrist Be?

  7. The Lord's (half) brothers, and the Fate of the apostles

  8. Divorce.  How to Find Your Calling.  Man Comes Out of a Talking in Tongues/Slain in the spirit Church. Female Pastors?

  9. Can a Divorced man become a pastor?  And: Can a Christian Become a Doctor; What of giving or receiving transfusions or organs?

     

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Question #1

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A Woman Asks About Virginity, "Tokens of Virginity", and Female Masturbation

 

A Reader Writes:

Hello, I hope this isn't too many questions in one shot, but here goes.  What is the exact definition of a virgin?  What about the tokens of virginity?  If a woman ruins the tokens of virginity in any way, is she considered to have lost her physical virginity?  Most importantly, if a woman ruins the tokens of her virginity through masturbation as a young teenager, is she not a virgin anymore?  Is there any type of masturbation that crosses the line and becomes fornication?  Would Ezekiel 16:17 give reference to masturbating with objects being a sin?  I'm so confused and bothered by all of this!  I thought the definition of virginity was so simple until I found out what tokens of virginity were.  Please set me straight according to the Word of God!

 

Answer:

The Scripture:

Deuteronomy 22:13-21
13 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her
[give a bad report regarding her state of virginity] ,
14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid
[virgin]:
15 Then shall the father of the damsel
[her who was a virgin] , and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:
16 And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;
17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;
19 And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel
[she who was supposed to be a virgin]:
21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house
[i.e., before marriage]: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.  KJV

     Boy!  How far we have fallen since Biblical times.  There would be less women than there are in China if we followed God's Law today.  Thank God for the Savior Jesus Christ!  Anyway, hello to you; you asked:

"What is the exact definition of a virgin?"

    A woman who has not laid with a man (sexual intercourse).  This begs the question: "what about oral sex or mutual masturbation;" right? 

    Well, you don't "lose your virginity" that way, but those acts are covered under other Scriptures.  Now, I don't have to tell a Christian woman that it is not becoming of a Christian woman to be running around masturbating men, lifting up their dresses, and having oral sex.  The Bible is clear and simple: be a desent godly woman.  How do you know what is desent and what is indecent, ungodly and godly?  Your Christian conscience lets you know.  But even Atheists' know what is immoral and what is modest.  The bottom line is that if it is slutty or trampy--don't do it.  What is "slutty" and "trampy"?  You know it when you do it.  It's that conscience thing again.  Which explains the Judaic campaign to put every indiscretion and sexual perversion in children's minds from school "sex Ed" classes (which are rapidly becoming Homosexual Agenda indoctrination hotbeds) and on television (the modern-day Feminist's "babysitter" Par Excellence).  "They" are morally numbing our children from age 4 & 5 on up.  Every generation, for a hundred years, has become more and more decadent and perverted that the one before it--in direct relationship to the increased Judaic control over every institution of education, media, and entertainment.  That's just a plain fact, no matter how much it stings.  I'm in the business of telling it like it is, telling the truth of the matter; and not in being Politically Correct or enabling.  It is a testament to the hidden power of the International Judaic that I must after almost every point, stop to make disclaimers.  I am not Anti Semitic, I am anti God-haters.  Those who do the will and work of satan are haters of the Lord God and His Christ, Jesus--and therefore of all Christians everywhere.

    If you do something against your Christian feminine morality, then repent in the Savior's name and try your best to stop doing it. In time it will become easier to abstain.  We all have our sinful lusts and desires to deal with; but pray for strength, and really try to do the right thing, and you will be fine.  God touches a repentant heart and makes it stronger.  Trust Him.

    And yes, I understand that Biblical morality is "not in vogue" with "our times," and that most all women and young women engage in these things (often rather indiscriminately anymore)--however, you asked me what God's Word said about it.  And God doesn't change when we change:  "For I am the LORD, I change not..." (Mal 3:6a).  He made the rules, and does not bend them because "everybody's doing it."  Another option is to get married and enjoy that part of your life without shame or transgression.  Some Scriptures on godly female modesty:

Titus 2:3-5
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet , chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.  KJV

1 Timothy 2:9-10
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.  KJV

Proverbs 11:22
22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.  KJV
   

You asked:

" What about the tokens of virginity?"

    The blood on the bedsheet from the ruptured hymen.  Which brings us to your next question; you asked:

"If a woman ruins the tokens of virginity in any way, is she considered to have lost her physical virginity?"

    You know the answer to that question.  The tokens of virginity in the Bible where the way that we people knew.  But God knows from another way--He knows your heart:

Jeremiah 17:9-10
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  KJV

    It isn't the intact hymen that makes the virgin, it is the fact that she has not been sexually penetrated by a man's penis that makes her a virgin.

You asked:

"Most importantly, if a woman ruins the tokens of her virginity through masturbation as a young teenager, is she not a virgin anymore?"

    Of course she is still a virgin.  By the way, some girls are born without an intact hymen at birth.  And yes, of course they are still virgins.  Virginity is a moral condition moreso than a physical condition.   I would go so far as to say that a raped girl is still a virgin morally in God's eyes--but that is my perception, and I do not have any Scripture to document it, other than that I know that God is fair and kind.  I trust that I have the Lord in that.

You asked:

"Is there any type of masturbation that crosses the line and becomes fornication?"

    The word 'fornication" is loaded because there are so many different definitions for it.  But no, there is not one Scripture in the bible that forbids (or even speaks about) masturbation.  Once again, your conscience will help you.  If you are masturbating to adulterous thoughts, then you begin to cross lines.  And not so much for women, but for men I know that they like to look at "girly pictures" when they masturbate.  I feel that there is a huge gap between naked pictures and illegal sexual activity pictures.  What do I mean?  Well, if a young man looks at a picture of a naked girl, that is one thing; however, if he is viewing a Website that purports that the women which are having sex with others are married (i.e., "Horny Housewives," or some other such theme, to include Lesbianism), then he is nigh-unto partaking in an adulterous or Homosexual (Lesbian) activity, as that he is financing it and making a demand for it that shall be filled by the less moral.

You asked:

"Would Ezekiel 16:17 give reference to masturbating with objects being a sin?"

    No, it is not.  What was happening in that Scripture was a perverted form of religious idolatry which included sexual rites in the worshipping of false gods.  Notice that they used God's silver and gold to make a phallus (male sexual organ).  Now, I don't think that there is a Christian woman alive who needs to be told that making a dildo out of metals melted down from religious items, is a blasphemy.  Once again, our conscience does a good job for us if we heed it.  God places a good conscience in the Christian when they become a Christian--it's called the Holy Spirit.

    Below is your Scripture in context.  Observe what God is getting at--they were whoring after false gods again, and doing all manner of idolatrous pagan rituals to them, as an offering.  One a side note, I once spoke with a possessed woman who told me that the demons encouraged her to masturbate to the demon as a sex offering.  So you can see where the line is; masturbation for relief is a far cry from masturbating as a sick offering to demons masquerading as gods.

Ezekiel 16:16-21
16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.
17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,
18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.
19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD.
20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,
21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?  KJV

You said:

"I'm so confused and bothered by all of this!  I thought the definition of virginity was so simple until I found out what tokens of virginity were.  Please set me straight according to the Word of God!"

    Your conscience in this matter is remarkable.  It is so refreshing to see a modern-day woman even care anymore.  I hope that you have found some reinforcement in my answers and the Scriptures that I supplied--but I suspect that you knew in your heart the answer already, but just wanted to be sure were okay.

    When one repents of a whoredom, it is as though it has never happened.  It is forgiven by the Blood of Jesus Christ.  So that there are many virgins who weren't virgins in times past, if you know what I mean.  You CAN go back, through Christ Jesus.  "But it is impossible to once again become a virgin," some might say.  Well, it is impossible for us, however:

Matthew 19:26
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  KJV

Consider the below in context with my last point:

Joel 2:25-26
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.  KJV

    Or, let the naysayer point out to me which sexual indiscretion Christ is unable to forgive, and which sinner He cannot cleanse and restore through His Great Sacrifice to the God of gods?  And if He frees us from a sin, then we are free indeed.  Let no man hold you in bondage to past indiscretions which you have taken in faith to the Messiah Jesus Christ for forgiveness and pardon.  Did not Jesus Himself even say:

John 8:36
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  KJV

Luke 4:14-18
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  KJV

    Peace to you, and sorry for being so graphic, but how can we get the bottom of a matter if we cloak the terms and the elements of the acts?

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God bless the study of His Word, in Jesus Christ's name!
Nick Goggin

 

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Over 90% of World Jewry (Ashkenazi Jews) are descended from Noah's son Japheth, not from Noah's son Shem (the origin of Semitic peoples)

 

A reader writes:

When you state in question # 29 that the so called "Jews" and Arabs are of the same womb , what exactly are you talking about ?  Are you talking about the fact that the so called "Jews" trace their genealogy to Esau and that Esau married one of Ishmael's (Am I correct in thinking that Ishmael is the father of the Arab peoples) daughters?

If the so called "Jews" are in fact descended from Esau (thus Abraham ), how can they then trace their genealogy to Japheth?


Answer:

 

The Scriptures:

Genesis 6:10
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  KJV

1 Chronicles 1:4-7
4 Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
5 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
6 And the sons of Gomer; Ashchenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
7 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.  KJV

     Hello.  Your question is not one easily answered with a yes or no.  The problem is that the modern-day so-called Jew is the mixture of so many different peoples.  And not all Jews are of the same blood, as is easily recognizable in pictures of several of them side by side. 

     Inter"marriage" has always been a problem in the Jewish community (both by choice and by conquest), and even more-so today where 50-75% (exact percentile disputed) of "Jews" are not "religious Jews," and thus do not follow the strict non-assimilation traditions of the Jewish Talmud, etc.   

     To answer the Japheth link:  The Jews of Khazar origin (Ashkenazi Jewsi.e., over 90% of world Jewry today [ratio constantly changing downwards]) are a mixture of the Turks and the Mongolians.  The Turks trace their ancestry back to Noah's son, Japheth (as did the Khazars in their early wrings).  Below is an excellent book on the matter, provided in free electronic "E-Book" format; and written by a Jewish fellow, and Holocaust survivor, named Arthur Koestler:

http://www.biblestudysite.com/13tribe.htm

The Thirteenth Tribe by Arthur Koestler  This book traces the history of the ancient Khazar Empire, a major but almost forgotten power in Eastern Europe, which in the Dark Ages became converted to Judaism. Khazaria was finally wiped out by the forces of Genghis Khan, but evidence indicates that the Khazars themselves migrated to Poland and formed the cradle of Western Jewry…

The Khazars’ sway extended from the Black Sea to the Caspian, from the Caucasus to the Volga, and they were instrumental in stopping the Muslim onslaught against Byzantium, the eastern jaw of the gigantic pincer movement that in the West swept across northern Africa and into Spain.

...but that does not alter the fact that the large majority of surviving Jews in the world is of Eastern European — and thus perhaps mainly of Khazar — origin. If so, this would mean that their ancestors came not from the Jordan but from the Volga, not from Canaan but from the Caucasus, once believed to be the cradle of the Aryan race; and that genetically they are more closely related to the Hun, Uigur and Magyar tribes than to the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

     Should this turn out to be the case, then the term “anti-Semitism” would become void of meaning, based on a misapprehension shared by both the killers and their victims. The story of the Khazar Empire, as it slowly emerges from the past, begins to look like the most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated. ― Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe; pg.17.

Or, you can buy the book on Amazon.com. 

PS:  I am currently (for 11 months now) writing a book that, among other things, shall explain this subject is chapter-length depth.  I plan on including a "family-tree" flowchart from the Garden of Eden (and before) till today.  If you are on our MAILING LIST you will be notified as to the progress of the book, and a release notice. 

[See also the follow-up to this question & answer, at: Kenites; are the Jews the Kenites?]

Peace. 

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God bless the study of His Word, in Jesus Christ's name!
Nick Goggin

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Why are churches tax exempt (501c)?

 

A reader asks:

I don't think this is a bible question exactly, but I have had a hard time here in Texas trying to explain why a pastor is tax free.  Have no trouble with the church, caused no one has questioned that, but we have some small churches that are building on and everything except the amount of people that go there is getting bigger. Can you help?


Answer:

Hello, you asked:

"but I have had a hard time here in Texas trying to explain why a pastor is tax free. "

    Because they are a not-for-profit organization.  Would it surprise you to know that the ACLU is also a 501c organization (tax exempt)?  Also, the "KarsForKids" (Sic) organization (where you donate your old car and they sell it and keep the money for charity) is a 501c tax exempt organization.  There are literally thousands of non-religious organizations that are tax exempt (501c).  

"The ACLU Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Foundation gifts fund our litigation and public education efforts. Gifts to the ACLU Foundation are fully tax-deductible to the donor." -- Source: Official ACLU Website, PA.,  at, http://www.aclupa.org/home/abouttheaclu/acluvsaclufoundation.htm

    Whether or not you are a Christian, do you really think that the secular government should be getting a percentage of a person's donation and offering to their house of worship?  Those donations feed the pastor, pay the heat in the church, and maintain the assembly.  Unlike secular ventures, churches can't get federal funds to operate--so why tax their donations?

Peace.

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Nick Goggin

 

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Tribulation Preparation

 

 Reader Writes:

I READ YOUR ARTICLE ON PREPARING FOR THE TRIBULATION.  BUT I AM NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT I COULD BUY THAT WOULD LAST THAT LONG.  WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO ADD A LITTLE MORE DETAIL TO YOUR TRIBULATION PREPARATIONS?  I LOVE YOUR SITE .  I FIND IT VERY EYE OPENING AND NEVER REALLY GET ENOUGH.  I CHECK IT DAILY.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY INSIGHT ON THIS MATTER.   

THANK YOU

Xxxxxx


Answer:

Hello.  Actually, I have no Tribulation preparations because I cannot afford to (the Judaics hem a lot of us in through their control of all things $$$).  But every Christian who has disposable income should make provisions.  And the "golden rule" on Tribulation preparations is that you tell no one.  Remember:

Luke 21:16-17
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.  KJV

    What would I do if I were in position to?  I would have a place well outside of the main population centers that I could go to if things got bad for Christians.  That place would have a natural water supply (lake, stream, well, etc.).

    I would have legal weapons at my disposal for self protection from bandits, NWO goons, etc.  What if they changed the laws so that I couldn't have a weapon?  I would have a weapon.

    I would have at least 48 months of dry food supplies.  I might have non-engineered seeds to grow vegetables.  Most city folk, like myself, do not know that the new seeds produce sterile plants, and that you can't buy a tomato at the grocery store and grow tomato plants with the seeds from it (another reason to see what is coming, I might add!!!).  Perhaps my place would have wild livestock, or if it had a private lake or pond, it would be well-stocked with fish to eat.

I would have Shortwave radio and CB. 

I would have antibiotics and a good first aid kit.

I would have shelter, maybe an old trailer or whatnot. 

I would have my Bible.

I would make provisions for heat/light/shelter.

     Be careful with electronics (cell phones, palm pilots, electronic on-board Traffic Toll paying systems, etc.)--they are all satellite traceable, especially the new generation of cell phones with built-in GPS (ostensibly to be able to locate you if you "need an ambulance" or directions to the "nearest Holiday Inn"--boy, are we stupid!). 

    I would have a "go-bag" ready-packed so that I could leave my location on 10 minutes notice and get on the road before they lock-down the egress routes out of the main cities.

    I would have CASH (not silver and gold) on hand to purchase what I need along the way to my location.  Most people don't know real silver or gold from a scam, and you will be hard-pressed to convince a stranger to give you hundreds of dollars of items for a piece of metal that you, a total stranger, says is gold or silver.  And then what the heck are they going to do with gold or silver?  The same goes for gemstones.  The best barter items are consumables (food, drink, ammo, etc.--things that people like you would need).  When I'm hungry and the children are cold and sick--all the gold in the world would not equal a hot meal, warm shelter and some antibiotics.  And yes, after a couple of months of fleeing antichrist's deluded minions, a stiff drink of Jack Daniel's whisky might well be in order.  :o)  And a cigarette?  Yep.

    Cash will be useful well into the Tribulation.  Then all money will be electronic, and then even your silver and gold shall be useless.  (Rotate your money as new issues are released).

    There are plenty of Websites that sell dry goods and survivalist supplies.  Also camping suppliers are useful for this type of stuff.  Just do a search for "survivalist supplies."  That is what you are considered now, a survivalist.  Or, a nutcase--depending upon who you ask.  :o)

    Well, regarding that; my position is that if there is no need for these provisions, then you've wasted a couple thousand bucks and end up with a nice plot of land somewhere out in the middle of nowhere.  Perhaps you can take up camping as a hobby.  That's the downside.  The upside is that if the Tribulation hits while you are alive, then you won't have be taking the mark of the beast and worshipping evil just to eat every night.  And they will also have trouble rounding you up for your beheading.  "They" always take the easiest ones first, to narrow the field down--then they can focus their collective forces on rooting out the most hardened targets (look how they did it in 1917-45 USSR, or with any resistance movement for that matter).  As a hillbilly (I can say that 'cause we're friends) friend of mine always says:  "Don't be delivered up before your time."

    I know that the establishment makes it look foolish to prepare like this.  But don't forget, it is the establishment that wants you easily found and compromised.  What they are doing to the terrorists is just practice for how they will capture and pacify the endtime Christians.  That is also what the Patriot Act is ultimately about--which is why "they" have sponsored the so-called terrorists.  911 was a very Kosher affair, as is Afghanistan, and Iraq, and _____, and _____, and _____, etc.  Yes, the wars have only just begun--we haven't yet been set-upon anyone who can realistically fight back.  That is to end.

PS:  Use prudence as to where you have your survivalist materials delivered.  And also understand that if you pay on-line with a credit card--someone will know who you are, what you got, and where you had it delivered to.  A little creative thinking can solve this dilemma.  One guy in a similar situation had a friend who owned a gas station; and they wouldn't mind if he had some camping supplies delivered there, since he's at work and always misses the UPS delivery guy.  :o)

    Also, a trusted friend or girlfriend (or wife with maiden name) wouldn't mind paying for your order with his/her credit card, then you give him/her the cash (but then you leave a traceable loose end--remember Luke 21:16).  or, what's best is, a money order mailed to the company for the order, which need not be in your name. 

    Do not be surprised if the survivalist store is a NWO front, or has had their database accessed by you-know-who.  What better way for them to find Christian resistors, than to track their supplies?  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that someone buying four years of rice and beans, water filtration equipment, a 1000 rounds of .223 ammo, etc., plans on dropping off the grid.  :o)

    Improvise, out-think them.  But don't be illegal, or they will have a justification to round you up before it even begins (which is their plan).  Play by the rules, within the system--the system is not that smart--it's too big to be efficient.  You only become a target when they can see you.  Like me--I am no doubt a "person of interest" to the Kenites and their Goyim "useful idiots," since I publicly expose them.  But that is my lot in life.  I'm in Good hands.

    But the preeminent thing to bring to your safe location is prayer.  And if you can't afford to make ready, then trust God to help you.  His will is different for every Christians, some are to stay, some are to run to fight another day.  prayer shall let you know which you are.

    Without God and Christ Jesus, all the provisions in the world can't save you.  Some say that to prepare shows a lack of faith.  I say that not to prepare, if you can, shows laziness.  God promises to help us with that which we cannot do on our own--He never promised to help the slacker.  David fled, and God helped him, Israel fled, Kings and Prophets fled--and God helped them all.  But Fleeing for a time is sometimes the wisest move of all.  And then after the wave washes over, and the streets are restored to order--then you can be available for whatever God might have you to do.

Some are to be beheaded, some are to fight--both are still OK in God's eyes (as long as they do not deny Christ by worshiping another):

Revelation 13:10
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword . Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.  KJV

Luke 22:35-38
35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords . And he said unto them, It is enough.  KJV

    Me?  Well, I'm a fighter, but God's will be done.  Nevertheless, suffice it to say, I would rather lose my head than lose my soul.  Once antichrist's (human) minions have you, those are the only two choices you will have--deny Christ or die, or worship the beast and live a little longer, only to die the eternal death.  And know this:  If you are a Christian in the Tribulation, and if they should get their hands on you, you will have a choice to make:

Revelation 13:15-18
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.  KJV

Revelation 20:4
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  KJV

Revelation 6:9-11
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.  KJV

    To deny Christ is not an option, but if they want my head, they are going to have to work for it--I'm not going to hand it to them, and it will not cost them nothing.  Catch me, perhaps; but don't come empty handed, or the head that is severed shall not be mine.  :o)

Peace.

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A Man Has Difficulty With His Otherwise
Good Pastor Who Teaches Rapture; Also, a Note to Rapture Pastors

 

A reader writes:

Hi Nick,

A church that I have attended in the past teaches the rapture, and I forwarded a pastor there some of your rapture doctrine analysis from the biblestudysite website. He then forwarded me this information defending the rapture.

Could you please look at this material? There are things that I want to say to rebut them, but I'd also like to get your input since, frankly, you know this stuff more exhaustively and intricately than I do (although I'm working on it :-) . 

I told him that the word 'rapture' isn't even in the Bible, and he replied that neither is the word 'Trinity.'

Thank you and God Bless WBSG!!

Answer:

Hi.  Please understand that your pastor is in a difficult position.  He has taught what had learned and believed to be true, and now you are asking him to change his entire endtime teaching plan.  It is a very difficult thing for a man, especially a man of God, to admit that he has been in some error.  And Please tell him that I understand his concerns.  But also tell him that now that he has heard the truth, should he find it to be so, then he must correct his errors that he, in good faith, had taught to so many others.  But before he changes any teaching, he should fully study it so that he can address concerns and answer rebuttals.  Now is not the time to "jump the gun."

    Also, to your pastor please pass on this:  God understands honest mistakes, but He will not look kindly towards purposeful deception.  The deception becomes purposeful when a man, knowing the truth, for pride's sake does not correct his errors.  And God forbid, knowing them to be errors continues to teach them because his congregation wants them so.  A word for a man such as that, but I do not accuse your pastor of this:

Jeremiah 5:30-31
30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?  KJV

    Okay, on to your letter (and please feel free to share it with your pastor (you have done him no wrong by sharing this with me for Scripture searching, as you did not include his name, nor do I know you.)  As you can see, they have stock answers that they learned from others; i.e., where they say that "neither is the word 'Trinity'" in the Bible.

    And he is correct in that he said that the word "Trinity" is not in the Bible; but "Godhead" is.  The Godhead is the Trinity.

    Since your pastor likes finding things that aren't in the Bible, he might consider that his "altar calls" aren't in the Bible; nor is the "sinner's prayer" that he has no doubt (and honorably) led so many through.  My point is that there are concepts that are in the Bible that man has renamed--but the concept remains intact.  Such is it with the Trinity.

    Now, your pastor will then no doubt say that the "Rapture" is in the Bible, in concept, under a different name.  (This is why the, "the word Rapture isn't in the Bible", is not the best argument, and leads to further confusion.)  The best argument against a Rapture is found in the Scriptures themselves.  We must open the Book and examine the Scriptures that many say speak of this "Rapture," "Harpazo," "Taking Out," "In-Gathering," "Catching Up," "Catching Away," or the many other terms ascribed to this supposed event.

    Unfortunately I haven't the time to write answers to all the (old and addressed) arguments in that 32 page rebuttal that your pastor shared from Chuck Missler (but I could, and will, answer any specific point if it is a stumbling block).  But to sit here and answer all 32 pages would take quite a long time; which I, at the present, do not possess.  But I will say this:

    Your pastor and myself are not all that far apart.  For, our differences are merely with timing and scope; we both know that our Lord Jesus Christ shall gather us to Him.  And I do not disagree that our Lord shall return and gather His to Him--God forbid, for that is the hope of all the faithful "which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord" (1 Thes 4:15b), who have not yet died by the Second Advent.

    Read in context, the above phrase that I quoted is seen for what it is:  It is Paul's assurance (by the Holy Spirit) that Christ shall not forget us.  And primarily, It is telling us the answer to the single great question: "where are the dead NOW?"

1 Thessalonians 4:13-15
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  KJV

    The simple question would be, "when is this 'coming of the Lord'".  Well, we know from God's Word that it is here:

Revelation 19:11-16
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS , AND LORD OF LORDS.  KJV

    But the Rapturist had to "invent" a pre-Second Advent, advent, to justify their theory.  Thus, in effect, rewriting the Bible with Three Advents!  Now, some Rapturists have a stock answer for that as well.  They say that since Jesus "doesn't actually touch down" at the Rapture, it is not technically an Advent; for, they say, an Advent is only an Advent if Jesus "lands."  Comment on this sci-fi sounding doctrine is superfluous.

In 2nd Corinthians, Paul tells WHEN this gathering happens:

1 Corinthians 15:51-52
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  KJV

The "Last Trump" (7th):

Revelation 11:14-18
14 The second woe [6th trump] is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.  KJV

    Sensing confusion at his first letter to the Thessalonians (as evidenced by his admonishment in verse 8888), Paul's clarifies just exactly WHEN this gathering of the remaining living Christians happens at the end.  He already told us in 1st Thes where the dead in Christ (Christians) are, now in 2nd Thes he explains that the gathering of the living Christians, who have not yet, by the end of this world, "died in the Lord" is preceded by the Great Tribulation that Christ spoke of.  Paul is saying that no one is gathered back to the Lord (Raptured, taken away, etc.) UNTILL:

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except [until AFTER] there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  KJV

    Christ warned CHRISTIANS who would be on the Earth at that time, that satan would sit where he ought not (as God):

Mark 13:13-14
13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:  KJV

Christ referred to Daniel's prophecy:

Daniel 12:11-12
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.  KJV

    If we had continued in Mark 13 above, we would have read Jesus say that when satan sets up this abomination that it would be very alluring to Christians to be deceived into believing that he (satan/antichrist( is God.  And that had God not shortened the day, that no Christians would be able to withstand the deception.  My point is that Christians shall still be on the Earth at this time--not raptured-away earlier:

Mark 13:20-27
20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.  KJV

    Some Rapturists will say that the above are what they call "Tribulation Saints" who found Christ during the Tribulation.  Quite a feat considering that, according to their own doctrine, any who believed upon Christ had already at that time been removed from this Earth.  And some say that they are converted Jews.  This is all "man's speculation" and adding to the Scriptures.  In fact, if the Jews of today are the true tribe of Judah (which they are not), then they are only 12,000 of the 144,000.  And if we want to make-up names for the 144,000 (which Rapturists seem to enjoy doing, to force their words into the Word of God), then the 144,000 are better called: Tribulation Martyrs; for, we see them in Heaven BEFORE the Second Advent, perhaps returning with Christ:

Revelation 14:1-3
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.  KJV

    Regarding our gathering back to Christ: It's all about the timing.  No one is taken off this Earth until Christ's Second Advent--that, my friend, is "the blessed hope."

Titus 2:13-14
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  KJV

    The Rapture Doctors will say that the above is not speaking of the Second Advent of Messiah, but rather is a "sneak peek" for the faithful, unseen by the rest of humanity--in direct contradiction with Scripture which speaks of Christ's appearing as that, "every eye shall see him" (Rev  1:7 [below]).  Well, the Rapture Doctors say many things that aren't in the Bible; so, how in good faith can anyone believe a doctrine (Rapture) founded upon a bad tree (lies, additions to God's Word--in direct violation of Rev 22: 18-19)?

Revelation 1:7-8
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.  KJV

    Sorry, no secret Raptures.  If the good pastor wishes to ask me any questions directly, to perhaps clarify any statements that I have made; or, to just search the Scriptures together; he may E-mail me and need not give his name nor say who he is relative to this present E-mail exchange.  watchmenbs@aol.com.

I just want to help, if I can.

Peace.

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Will the Antichrist Be a Catholic Pope?  Who Shall The Antichrist Be?

 

A Reader Writes:

Do you think the antichrist will embody a R[oman]C[atholic] Pope, or is there other references to this topic.

D.


Answer:

Hello.  No, the antichrist is satan.  He isn't going to "embody" (or possess) anyone, he has his own body.  In 2nd Thes we see this antichrist:

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  KJV

    In the above he is referred to as "the son of perdition."  "Perdition" means to perish completely.  Now, there is only one of these; in Ezekiel we see that the one who perishes is the same one who was in the Garden of Eden.  No Pope has ever been in the Garden of Eden, neither could any pope declare himself to be God, for, popes are cardinals voted into the papacy by the College of catholic Cardinals--no way he could all of a sudden claim to be the Most High God from Heaven.  But satan, coming down as a supernatual entity could make the claim--and many there be that shall believe it.  Also observe that satan was as the serpent of old; no pope could have been the serpent from the Garden of God (Garden of Eden).  Also, in verse 16 below satan is called a Cherub (a siuper-high class of angels); no pope on Earth was this!:

Ezekiel 28:13-19
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
[near the very altar of Almighty God in Heaven!] 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.  KJV

    In verse 18 & 19 above, we see satan's ultimate punishment: he is to be wholly consumed by fire from within; i.e., he shall utterly perish (hence, "the son of perdition").  This is accomplished in the below future prophecy:

Revelation 20:10
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  KJV

    Below is final fate of all those who do not overcome (including the son of perdition, satan), and it is forever--forever gone, forever perished away; i.e., the "and never shalt thou be any more" (Ezel 28:19) spoken of earlier:

Revelation 20:14-15
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  KJV

    That's it!  You only have two lives, the flesh and the spirit; when you die the second death, the death of a soul--you are no more, forever.  Revelation 12 documents that the one spoken of in Ezekiel 28:13 from the Garden of Eden was satan:

Revelation 12:9
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent [serpent of old from the Garden], called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  KJV

    But before satan's final fate of being wholly consumed will be accomplished, he must have his day once again on the Earth (to deceive all those worthy of the second death).  Below, in Isaiah, we satan being relegated to the (bottomless) pit:

Isaiah 14:12-15
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.  KJV

You may recognize the phraseology in the above where satan speaks in his heart of himself:

Isaiah 14:13
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

You saw that in Paul's prophecy of antichrist, which we visited earlier:

2 Thessalonians 2:-4
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  KJV

Revelation 20 assures us that it is this satan that inhabits the bottomless pit:

Revelation 20:2-3
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.  KJV

    Revelation 13 shows who this antichrist is; he is also known as the dragon.  (observe that there TWO beasts in Rev 13--this is key to understanding the Tribulation 'halves'--many are confused by this):

Revelation 13:11-12
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  KJV

    In Revelation 12 we saw this dragon (satan) being cast down to the Earth (future yet to our day).  And also documenting that this dragon is satan himself, under one of his many names and offices:

Revelation 12:9-12
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent [serpent of old from the Garden], called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.  KJV

    Finally, the above verse (12) documents that this is future yet, for it cannot be from of old because satan has "but a short time" when he is cast to Earth (as antichrist).

Satan shall be the antichrist.

Peace.

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The Lord's (half) brothers, and the Fate of the apostles

 

A Reader Writes:

...We were wondering when Jesus was a lad we questioned and wondered...about Jesus' brothers? I didn't catch or hear if Jesus' brothers went to Glastonbury with Mary and Joseph of Aramathia? (after the death of Joseph?)....

Answer:

Hi. Thank you for the kind words.  I won't use your E-mail address, it is safe. 

    Regarding Christ's (half) brothers:  We know that two of them wrote Epistles, one was Jude, the other James. 

Galatians 1:19
19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. KJV
 

Jude 1
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:  KJV
 

Mark 6:3
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda [Jude in Greek], and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us ? And they were offended at him.  KJV

    The Bible doesn't speak of the fate of the Apostles, nor of Christ's brothers, save for Apostle James (not the James of Jesus' family), which is why he is referred to as "James the less":

Mark 15:40
0 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; KJV
 

Acts 1:13

13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John , and Andrew, Philip , and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew , James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.  KJV

Matthew 4:21-22
21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.  KJV

Acts 12:2
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.  KJV

    While the Bible is mute on the fate of the Apostles, history, for whatever value that may be, records that all but John, the Disciple that Christ loved, was martyred.

Peace.

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Divorce.  How to Find Your Calling.  Man Comes Out of a Talking in Tongues/Slain in the spirit Church. Female Pastors?

 

A reader Writes:

Hello Nick: I remember when I first accepted Jesus as Lord in my life. There was a burning desire and willingness to know all about Jesus. I must say years have passed now. It all started out very good or at least I thought. Many things have taken placed over the course of the years. My life which I knew it is now in term-oil.

I remember talking to my Pastor one day, I said to her that I have a real strong desire to be a deacon in my church. She told me I was not ready. I did not understand why. After all I had attended service on a regular basis. I tithed generously, I helped to oversee many administration duties and so on. I refused to ask again, and because I was upset and angered by her answer I felt an injustice blow. Later as time move on, things were happening to me through Gods  Word, I became a man who was addicted to His Word, I just could not put the Bible down. God was truly enlightening me in the Word.

I began to see things that my church was teaching,  was in fact contrary. I remember how the Preacher would say that some of yall don't have the Holy Spirit. I almost believed this. I remember because I wasn't jumping up and down praising God that the leaders thought something was wrong with me. Many times in the sermons that were preached I was mentioned in them, not by name. I remember loving my church, wanting so much for them all. I felt as some may do, left out.

I began to follow and do the things they do just to feel as I was accepted and that I belong. I remember several services, how people would begin to praise God, and the preacher would say I feel the Holy Spirit in this place, He's here, and all of a sudden people started shouting in tongue and falling all out, hitting their head sometimes on the pews and the floor, gut wrenching, vomiting, and gagging because they thought by some strange occurrence they were releasing a demon spirit.

The sad fact of the matter Nick, I followed and somehow I knew better, and yet I felt ashamed of myself. I came away still feeling empty inside, and yet I knew there was something more to God than being slain and drunk in the Spirit, in other words I knew the Truth, I pray for this church as I am no longer a member there. I have also moved on and unfortunately from all my wife as well. I pray for God to forgive me of what I have done, participating in strange things, when God's Word is Knowledge. and most important getting understanding.

God Bless WBSG!


Answer:

Hello, you said:

"I remember talking to my Pastor one day, I said to her that I have a real strong desire to be a deacon in my church. She told me I was not ready. I did not understand why."

That was your first problem, listening to her.  She should talk!  Or rather, she shouldn't talk:

1 Timothy 2:12
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  KJV

1 Timothy 3:1
1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.  KJV

1 Corinthians 14:33-35
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.  KJV

Genesis 3:16
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.  KJV

    And don't let any disobedient usurping woman "preacher" tell you that this was changed after Christ came "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female : for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28); for, Paul wrote the above words in Galatians as well as the ones above admonishing women to keep their place. (Which they DO NOT DO nowadays, I might add.  They're in trouble for that--and look at them even now, oh, how they have corrupted themselves by trying to be the "man"!)

    Now, regarding your desire to the ministry.  God will let you know when you are ready.  But it is not a bad thing to remain among the laity (person in the pew) until you are studied-up, because it is easier to make mistakes now and correct them, than when a whole congregation calls you on it.  And think about this:  What if you are not yet well enough acquainted with the Scriptures, and you give some bad advice?  Then years later you come to find that your errant info injured someone spiritually?  It is an awesome responsibility to teach God's written Word. 

    Also, when you are ordained by a denomination, you are expected to teach their doctrine as they believe it.  So if you disagree with what they teach they will not long let you stand at their pulpit teaching that they are wrong.

    And it may well have been a blessing in disguise not getting ordained in that church you spoke of.  Can you imagine being ordained there and teaching the heresy and blasphemy that they teach--announcing evil spirits as though they were the Holy Spirit of God!?!  My God, instead of God calling you a good and faithful servant on that last day--He might be booting you into hell fires.  You ought to thank Him for saving you from that place.

    You need not be ordained to minister unto people.  Take myself for example; I am not an ordained minister, yet I minister Bible study to people every day.  God has a little place for us all--and if you seek diligently you will find yours.  Just you be sure to let God do the deciding for you, and then go where He leads you.  How will you know where He leads you?  It's easy, it's where you end up after prayerfully AND PATIENTLY asking Him to find a spot for you where you can be of service to Him.  He isn't always looking for ordained ministers, often there are other tasks that He needs be done by a good and faithful servant.  Surely no task for our Lord is beneath you?  nay, you might rather say:  Would to God that he would use me for ANYTHING.  Did not John the Baptist, the one that Christ Himself said "Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist" (Matthew 11:11), even refer to himself as thus: "There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose." (Mark 1:7)?

    And consider also this:  Not one Of Christ's Apostles, nor Apostle Paul, were ordained of men. 

So, we do what we can, willing to be less; for:

1 Corinthians 1:26-31
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.  KJV

    And did not the Lord of lords, the King of kings, God in the flesh, choose to come born out of the belly of one His own creation?  And more; did He, God in the flesh, not even ride into Jerusalem on a lowly ass?  He who framed the world, who could have arrived on chariots of fire from On-High, humbled Himself to be delivered on an unclean beast, to a Kingdom that would reject Him.  With God, less is more--He always likes the little guy, the humble, the needy.

I like that in Him.

    Man ought to seek small things, and He will make great of them; but seek greatness and He shall bring one low.  For, with everything come responsibility, with responsibility comes consequence; so that it is better to start small, and then fearfully tread to higher duties. 

    I trust that you understand.  Be whatever He wants you to be--I promise that it shall be more than you could have ever hoped for.

You also said:

I have also moved on and unfortunately from all my wife as well.

    Well, if she was going to be keeping you in a demon-conjuring "tongues & Slain" church, then you are better off without her:

Mark 10:6-8
6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain , but one flesh.  KJV

    Okay, you and her became one flesh at marriage.  Understood.  However, what are you supposed to do with your parts that perchance should offend God, or cause you to offend God?

Matthew 18:8-9
8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.  KJV

You said:

I pray for God to forgive me of what I have done, participating in strange things, when God's Word is Knowledge. and most important getting understanding.

    You, as a Christian, know that He has forgiven you if you repented in Christ's name.  So, let not be bonds to you that which Christ has freed you from.  And as He said to the Adulteress:  "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:11b).  And to the impotent man: "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." (John 5:14b).

Free in (by, through) Christ--what a beautiful thing!  How does it feel to be free?  You should know.

Peace.

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Can a Divorced man become a pastor?  And: Can a Christian Become a Doctor; What of giving or receiving transfusions or organs?

 

A Reader writes:

Can a divorced man hold the office of Preacher? If so what are the scriptures stating this?


Answer:

The Scriptures say that Christ Jesus' blood is able to cleanse all sin. 

But, not all divorce is a sin; for, do we not read:

Mark 10:2-12
2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?
4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement , and to put her away.
5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.
11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.  KJV

    Yet, God hates divorce.  "For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away [divorce]" (Mal 2:16a).  And rightly so; for a divorce is the death of a union.  When two become one, and then you dissolve that one and make again two out of one--then you have destroyed something that God had fashioned.  However, if our divorce is a sin, what can we then  do?

Introducing, The New Covenant, that is to say, Jesus Christ:

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.  KJV

After repentance, you are free:

John 8:11-12
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  KJV

Our sins are paid for:

Hebrews 9:22-28
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  KJV

Peace, pastor.

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Nick Goggin

 


 

Another reader writes:

HI Nick, it's been a while since I sent my last email to you, but I've been reading your site and all your articles. Keep up with the fantastic work!
I got a question for you, a very simple one, that is just a thought I have.
I'm going to study medicine in the college, and I wonder if there is something on the actual medicine that goes against God's law. I know, abortion, euthanasia, and things like this, goes directly against His word, and I stand against this practices, but my doubt is about the things like blood transfusion, organs transplant, resuscitation... The witness of Jehovah [the Jehovah Witnesses cult] say that this things aren't allowed, but I know they have gone out of His ways, but I wonder if the Bible says something about this subject.
Thanks for your attention, in advance.
Ps. Hey, will you sell your book to other countries too? I live in Brazil, and I can't wait to see it!
Bye, and may God bless you! Have an incredible year in His duty!
Signed, Xxxxxx xxxxxxxxx


Answer:

Hello, thank you for the kind words of encouragementthey really do mean much to me.

On to your question.  There is nothing in the Bible that speaks against medical procedures to save a life.

I know what the Jehovah's Witnesses say, that blood transfusions are a sin.  But God did not say that.

    Paul even mentioned that the faithful at Galatia would have donated their own eyes to Paul had it been required of them.

    Now, Paul was near blind, he could not hardly see.  This was no doubt the "thorn" that God refused to remove from him, though he asked "these three times."

    My point in bringing this up , is that Paul did not connect any negativity to their being willing to donate their very eyes to him, but rather he used it to show their great love of him.  Therefore, organ donation is not against God's Word, else Paul would not have misled the Christians by his off-topic statement.  I refer to:

Galatians 4:13-15
13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.  KJV

    It is only by God's great grace that we have medical marvels.  Our wise men devise ways to extend life, but it was God who made the science work.  We are, as Christian faithful, supposed to help our neighbor.  And if we have been gifted by God and placed in the right place at the right time, then we must by necessity do all that is in our power to help a fellow.

    Per chance you have been gifted by God with talents and a keen mind to be used to help others in their time of need.  You know, many people pray for a miracle when a loved one goes into surgery or whatnot.  How perfect for Him to answer that prayer by making available a believer to do the operation?  Yes, God does do the miracles; however, if you study this very hard you will notice that God always uses man to help man.  He does that because He wants us to care for each other.  Forget not the Scriptures which state that love is the principle thing.

    We are all here for our short visit together, we are children, but he is Father.  And ought not the children help one another?

    If you have been touched and blessed and moved into position to help your brethren, and then you do not do it--to you, this would be a sin.

James 4:17
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  KJV

    The answer to your question is mainly this:  Surgery and transplants and transfusions are only a sin if doing all that you can to save your fellow is a sin.

    Go and be the best doctor that you can be, but never forget The Hand that moves the doctor.  Be a Christian doctor, and help your fellows to the best ability that our Lord has gifted and blessed you with.  Would to God that there were more Christian doctors.

    We know through the Scriptures that flesh is nothing, that at the end of our days it returns unceremoniously to the dirt whence it sprung.  And there is no mystical value to this or that piece of your flesh.  For you are more than flesh.  Flesh is the container of your spirit; and when you pass away, it is that spirit, you, that returns to the father.  The flesh has no respect in Heaven.  Therefore, save lives, save you own lives.  It is not a sin to want to stay alive.  Far less a sin to want help your fellows stay alive.  If God wants them with Him (want them to pass on), your work will be of no avail, but if God wishes (or grants favor) to keep one alive, then you cannot possibly fail.  Everything is about and upon God.

    And a word to those who would tell you that you sin for being a doctor, mainly: for giving or receiving transfusions or organs:

James 4:10-17
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  KJV

Peace, Doc.

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Nick Goggin

 

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