The Top 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Celebrate Christmas

Christmas is a hugely popular holiday celebrated by some 2 billion people worldwide. It’s become such an ingrained part of modern culture that even people in nations with little or no Christian history or tradition are celebrating it in increasing numbers. Christmas is so big that it plays a key role in the economies of many nations. In the U.S. retail industry, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday is commonly known as “Black Friday”—not because it’s bad, but because this marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and stores that have been “in the red”—operating at a loss all year—suddenly see their sales shoot up so fast that they are now operating in the black (at a profit) the rest of the year. “Black Friday” is the biggest shopping day of the year due to its Christmas sales. Christmas is big— very big. Schools and colleges commonly take a week or […]

God says, “Come Out of Her, My People!!!”

God Says, “Come Out of Her, My People!!!” by Ken Browder It isn’t very long before Americans will be going to the polls to select another man (or woman!) to be President of the United States! Election rhetoric is being thrown about with reckless abandon! Some in each party seem to be filled with hate toward those of the other party! America IS divided about who should be leading the country and what they should be doing about all the problems America faces today. What should be the attitude and approach of TRUE Christians? Today I would like  to approach that subject because I fear it has confused many in God’s Church and I think many are being deceived by Satan into believing things that just aren’t true, and I would ask you to prayerfully consider what I have written. I will be using some typology in this study and […]

What Would Jesus Say About Christmas?

What Would Jesus Say About Christmas? ~ Based on a talk ~ Imagine, if you will, that it is just a day or two before Christmas and that you are downtown in a large city. The streets are festively decorated. Santa Claus’ are in all the stores. Shoppers are desperately making last minute purchases. Recorded Christmas carols ring out. Every conversation ends with “Merry Christmas!” Everyone has the Christmas spirit. Now imagine that Jesus is there on that street amidst all that bustle and activity. Imagine that you are near by so that you can see and hear what takes place. Listen… Jesus approaches a shopper burdened down with packages. He inquires of her. “Would you tell me the meaning of all this excitement and commotion?” The woman continues to brush on past, but for some strange reason she stops and answers rather irritably what she feels is a foolish […]

The 24 Elders?

Who are the “24 elders”? by John Accomando The 24 elders cannot be the church. Please allow me to explain why: Many popular writers teach that the 24 elders are “representative of the church”, and base it largely on the KJV rendering. The KJV is derived primarily from the Textus Receptus (TR). However, what most don’t realize is that there are actually three renderings of Revelation 5:9,10 based on three different Greek manuscripts: The TR, the Byzantine Majority, and the Alexandrian manuscripts. Close examination of the manuscripts reveals that the Alexandrian manuscripts have the elders and beasts singing about the redeemed in 3rd person plural (“them”; “they shall reign”) in both Revelation 5:9 and 10. The Byzantine majority has the elders singing about the redeemed in 1st person plural (“us”) in verse 9, but 3rd person plural (“βασιλευσουσιν”–> “they shall reign”) in verse 10. Here is the NIV/NAS rendering: So […]

Killing

Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill.” Most will generally agree that killing is wrong. However, these same ones will also look for loop holes such as “self” defense or killing associated with war. Jesus would later come and condemn all forms of killing by combining this commandment into the two great commandments (canon of love, 1 Jn 3:23-24, 1 Jn 4:9-11, 21): Matthew 22:39, “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” One man asked Jesus who his neighbor was, and Christ answered with the story of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:29-37). The Jews hated and despised Samaritans and it turns out that they represented the neighbors (fellow man) that this man should love. Now mankind will always justify hatred for their enemies (Lk 6:35). Christ elaborated on the intent of the second commandment: Matthew 5:43-45, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, […]

When to Hang Out with Sinners

“When to Hang out with Sinners” Robert M. Thompson, Pastor February 2, 2014 Jesus parties with tears in his heart so he can show sinners God’s mercy. Matthew 9:9-13 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” An invitation from sinners This passage about Jesus eating dinner with […]

Israel

Israel The Name and People. Jacob, grandson of Abraham, was named Israel after he had wrestled with God (Gen32:28). This name is a combination of the Hebrew words for “wrestle” and “God” (because sareta [you have wrestled] with God [‘el] and men you will be called yisrael). When Jacob had returned to Canaan, God commanded him to settle in Bethel; there God appeared to Jacob again and repeated that his name was no longer Jacob but Israel. This confirmation of the naming was followed by God confirming his covenant with Jacob (Gen 35:9-12), emphasizing specific elements of the covenant he had made with Abraham (Gen 17:1-8). The name, expressing the concept of wrestling, clinging firmly to God, and overcoming, and God’s confirming of his covenant with Jacob, indicates that Israel is to be understood as Jacob’s covenant name. The name spoke of his being bound with a bond of life […]

Enoch and Elijah

by Kenneth M. Hoeck Enoch and Elijah Did they enter into Heaven? There are many people, even some Theologians, who believe emphatically that Elijah was taken to God’s throne in Heaven.  It is believed that the biblical examples of Enoch and Elijah show that we will also be in Heaven with God after we die.  Well, What about Elijah?  Or Enoch? Weren’t they taken to heaven?  Well, let us find out about these two men of God and of their “translation”.  Let us begin with Elijah and also let us rely on the scriptures to give us the “big picture” of what really happened with him.  We need to gather a little information before we go to II Kings to “witness” the “translation” of this servant of God. (Read Carefully) 1Kings18:7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his […]

Anderson movie

by John Accomando Feb 23, 2013 Is Steven Anderson’s movie entirely correct? I PMd this to a brother last evening who knows Anderson well, so I might as well post it here, as I put a great deal of time into it. I don’t see it as being a big deal, except when pressed by those who might argue that prewrath has no flaws. I see the rapture as as post-trib for a number of reasons. Prewrath and posttrib both agree that the Day of the Lord (DOTL) is the “wrath” which we’re “not appointed to”. One of the main differences is regarding the chronology of the judgments. Prewrath generally says that they’re chronological. Anderson, however, sees the trumpets and vials unfolding in lockstep with each other after the seals, so he throws in a little twist. Posttrib (for the most part), on the other hand, doesn’t see the judgments […]

The Day of the Lord

NEW AND IMPROVED! MORE POPULAR QUOTES! The “Day of the Lord” by John Accomando Many modern, popular, eschatology teachers assert that the “day of the Lord” (DoTL) includes the 70th “week” of Daniel 9:27, and that we are therefore raptured prior to the start of that same span of time, which is widely referred to as “the tribulation”, in futurist vernacular. Most of these same teachers would acknowledge that “The Great Tribulation” only encompasses the 42 months which follow the mid-week “abomination of desolation” (Matthew 24:15). Here are some excerpts from their writings on the topic: Dwight Pentecost (“Things to Come- A Study in Biblical Eschatology”)- “The term the Day of the Lord, or that day, is not a term which applies to a twenty-four hour period, but rather the whole program of events, including the tribulation period…” John Walvoord (“The Rapture Question”)- “The Day of the Lord as presented […]

Are You Going to Heaven?

  ARE YOU GOING TO HEAVEN? By Kenneth M. Hoeck What does the Bible say about heaven??  Most people if they were asked this question would say that heaven is the place “up there somewhere”, the place that “the people who are saved by Jesus will go and spend eternity.”  Is this true?  That is what so many people, religious people, believe…. so it is hard for many to imagine it being anything else. What happens when we die? Some think that you become an “angel”. What does the Bible say?  Is heaven a place where we will sit around on clouds all day and play harps?  Is this “doctrine” biblically sound?  Have you ever proved , from the pages of your own bible, that people go to heaven when they die? Let us guide you through some scriptures that may help you be assured of what happens to a […]

Refutation of the Pretribulation Rapture

Pretrib claims that there are two resurrections of the just, separated by 7 years. Posttrib claims that there is only one resurrection/rapture of the just, which happens at the Lord Jesus’ post-trib, post-70th week return. Who is resurrected at the Lord’s return? ALL who are “in Christ”: Who is resurrected at the Lord’s coming? ALL WHO ARE IN CHRIST. When does that happen? At the “last trump”: So at the last trump, ALL who are in Christ will be raised incorruptible. Paul further explains that when this happens, believers become immortal: So Paul further goes on to say that when this happens; when the corruptible puts on incorruption; when “this mortal” shall put on immortality…”death is swallowed up in victory”. Notice that Paul says “then it shall be brought to pass THE SAYING THAT IS WRITTEN…” Which “saying”? Where is it “written”? Again, Isaiah 25:8: What does Isaiah go on […]

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