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A Woman Asks About Virginity, "Tokens of Virginity", and Female Masturbation
A Reader Writes:
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:
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:
The blood on the bedsheet from the ruptured hymen. Which brings us to your next question; you asked:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Consider the below in context with my last point:
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:
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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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:
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 Jews―i.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:
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?]
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Why are churches tax exempt (501c)?
A reader asks:
Hello, you asked:
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).
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?
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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:
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):
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:
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)
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A Man Has Difficulty With His Otherwise
A reader writes:
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:
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?"
The simple question would be, "when is this 'coming of the Lord'". Well, we know from God's Word that it is here:
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:
The "Last Trump" (7th):
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:
Christ warned CHRISTIANS who would be on the Earth at that time, that satan would sit where he ought not (as God):
Christ referred to Daniel's prophecy:
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:
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:
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."
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)?
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just want to help, if I can.
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Will the Antichrist Be a Catholic Pope? Who Shall The Antichrist Be?
A Reader Writes:
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:
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!:
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:
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:
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:
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:
You may recognize the phraseology in the above where satan speaks in his heart of himself:
You saw that in Paul's prophecy of antichrist, which we visited earlier:
Revelation 20 assures us that it is this satan that inhabits the bottomless pit:
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):
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:
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.
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The Lord's (half) brothers, and the Fate of the apostles
A Reader Writes:
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.
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":
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.
PS: See the standard form-letter below, regarding where you said: "I signed up for the email but I don't think I got a confirmation email."
your E-mail service is reading our mailer as SPAM. You have to adjust
your SPAM filter (I turn mine off, as it filters out many things that I
want to receive). And I get very little SPAM because I opt out as soon
as one arrives.
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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, you said:
That was your first problem, listening to her. She should talk! Or rather, she shouldn't talk:
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:
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:
Well, if she was going to be keeping you in a demon-conjuring "tongues & Slain" church, then you are better off without her:
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?
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.
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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:
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:
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:
After repentance, you are free:
Our sins are paid for:
Another reader writes:
Hello, thank you for the kind words of encouragement―they 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:
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.
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:
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