Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fickle Human Nature


Sin is the ultimate reason for all human ills. Yet,
there are those in our culture who will not use
the word, "sin." Sin to them, is as scare as hen's
teeth. Hence, they will use the culture's
euphemisms to hide from the root cause of why
human behavior is so fickle.
“Schizophrenia,” is the term given by behavioral “experts” (psychiatrists), to describe a person’s mental state. A person, who possesses schizophrenia, is a person who has a serious mental disorder. That particular “schizophrenic,” disorder by dictionary definition, is:


A common example of schizophrenia is someone who is supposedly “normal” one moment and then goes berserk, the next moment. Such was the recent incident which took place on a commercial airliner where the pilot of the aircraft all of a sudden went out of control, and had to be subdued by the flight’s passengers:


A Hollywood version of schizophrenia can be viewed in the famous two movies, called “Psycho” I and II - moviesdatacenter.com/

Schizophrenia is a severe form of fickle human behavior. Human fickle behavior is human behavior which is inconsistent, capricious, vacillating, unpredictable, erratic, and changeable. Perhaps, all these one word descriptions of fickle human behavior can be related to schizophrenia, or, at least behaviors which are forerunners to that severe form of human mental contradictory behavior.

Perhaps, the most striking example of the fickleness of human nature is that which Christians celebrate each year

Pic of Christ riding into Jerusalem on what
Christians celebrate as Palm Sunday. The very
same crowds who enthusiastically looked to
Christ for their deliverance from the Roman
oppression, were calling for His crucifixion, six
days later. This is, perhaps, the best example of
the "fickleness of human nature."  
This Sunday again, marks the Christian world’s beginning of “Holy Week.” That particular day which initiated Christ’s last week on earth before His resurrection from the dead, is usually referenced, as “Palm Sunday.” Jesus entered Jerusalem to be met with hordes of crowds, singing his praises. [Matthew 21:1-9] However, 5 days later on [Good] Friday the crowds of people were demanding Pontius Pilate for Christ to be crucified.



What can explain this radical change of behavior of that crowd who called for Christ’s crucifixion?

On the surface, we can point to massive schizophrenia. Human fickle behavior was rampant. Within 5 days of singing Christ’s praise, they were damning Christ, viciously calling for His death. Truly, it was inconsistent, capricious, vacillating, unpredictable, erratic, and changeable human behavior at work!

Behind the scenes the Jewish religious leaders engineered Christ’s demise and stirred up the people. Should we then blame massive hysteria for Christ’s death? Should we blame the Jewish temple leaders and Judas for betraying Jesus? All these human factors can be thrown into the mix but, behind the human scenes, the Triune God allowed all of this to happen so that Scripture’s prophecies could be fulfilled But, more than that, God’s plan from the beginning to send His only begotten Son, was being played out. John the Baptist’s words at Christ’s baptism, found their fulfillment with Christ’s bloody divine sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. John 1:29

Every human being is infected with sin - hence all human beings are fickle

The Bible proclaims that all human beings are sinners by birth and by practice. As a consequence, we possess the disposition to be fickle. We can "turn on a dime." We become unpredictable and inconsistent with our behavior toward our holy Creator God and toward our fellow human beings. We sin often because we are sinners to the core. Romans 5:12

The disciple of Christ has the advantage, though. Even though Christians will be sinners until the day they die, just as non Christians, - there is a huge difference. Christians possess a "new nature." Their new nature is the Spirit of the Lord Christ. [Romans 8:9] Thus, Christians, not only have the “sin nature” [the “Adamic nature” – known as the old sinful nature, the old Adam or the old man] but also the “new nature” of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in them. As a result, Christians are always called by God to “seek after the spiritual.” [Colossians 3:1-10]

You, pathetic non Christian – all you have is the sin nature

Human nature ignores the reality
of hell for a number of reasons.
Those reasons are no excuse for
the damning unbelief in Christ
who came to save priceless
souls. Please note this website's
topical message on hell. Also note
the one article on Near Death

Experiences.
Before you non Christians think that you are in the “same boat” as Christians, you are sorely mistaken. Your sinful nature is utter and nasty to the core, with nothing to check it or keep it in place. Your very nature is so fickle that you could go psycho at any time. You do not have the spirit of Christ. You do not have the Christian’s new nature that would compel you to seek after the spiritual things of the Triune God. Baring repentance and faith in Christ, you will spend an eternity in hell, when you die. You have nothing to look forward to, except fleeting time in this world. You will only look as far as the next meal; the next drink; the next drug; the next entertainment; the next human encounter. And, at anytime, you could die of natural causes; a brutal instant accident or a swift growing disease.

What will you do? How will you make future plans for your priceless soul? Can you force yourself to be God’s friend to escape His disfavor because of your sins against His holy commandments? Does it really bother you that your time in this life is so severely limited? Or, do you talk foolishness to yourself and say that the only life you’ll ever live, is, in the present?

May the Triune God have mercy on your soul – you who are not God’s children by faith in Christ Jesus! As I’ve stated sometime before, I have no 4 or 5 point prescription plan for you to come into God’s good graces, and for you to come away with a clean conscience. Saying a prayer and then having someone tell you, that because of your prayer, you are then a Christian and are going to heaven, is utter nonsense. You can’t work or earn your way into God’s good graces and into his holy heaven. You must have put on the righteous (holy) clothes of Christ’s holiness for God to accept you. [Matthew 22:2-14 ; Philippians 3:8;9] Christ died for all your sins – past, present and future. But, that does not make you into being one of God’s dear children, anymore than the presence of a cookie jar possessing cookies within its container.

The Bible tells the sinner that he must repent and believe. It says that “he who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who believes, not, will be damned.” [Mark 16:16] You must have a change of heart and mind and actually believe in the Savior Christ. [John 3:14-21] But, without the power and presence of God Almighty, it is impossible for you to repent and believe. Your sinful and fickle human nature will not allow you to repent and believe. It would take a miracle for that to happen. But, that miracle happens all the time. It’s the miracle of believing; of “conversion.” It’s all the operation of God to "father" you to become one of His children. John 1:1-14 ; James 1:18 ; Ephesians 2:1-10


Friend, you need to avail yourself of the Scriptures. Faith comes by way of God’s Word [the Bible – Romans 10:17] You shut yourself off from God’s Good News Message for you, and you consequently cut yourself off from God, His forgiveness and His holy heaven.

Sinner - Come and take freely of the “water of God’s Word” [Isaiah 55:1-2] By exposing yourself to the divine revelation, God’s Holy Spirit is able to convict your sinful soul. He is the very “agent” that can bring you to genuine and saving faith. Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; James 1:18 ; 1 Peter 1:23

Don’t delay in becoming serious about your priceless soul! May the good and gracious God, have mercy upon your soul and may He remove those mental obstacles that you put in the way of your priceless soul.

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Conversion - John 1:12-13 ; John 3:3 ; Matthew 16:17 ; Ephesians 2:8-10 ; James 1:18

Salvation - John 1:12-13 ; James 1:18 ; Matthew 16:17 ; Ephesians 2:4-5 ; Ephesians 2:8-10 ; 1 Peter 1:3 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Colossians 1:20-21 ; John 3:5-8 ; John 6:65 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 ; Romans 8:29-31 ; Romans 9:15-18 ; Titus 3:3-7 ; Philippians 2:13 ; 1 John 5:4 ; 1 Peter 1:5 ; Hebrews 2:3

Old nature - Romans 7:18-25 (in context with the whole chapter)

New nature - Romans 7:23-25 - Please read the whole chapter to profit from the context. Also, note the whole chapter of Colossians 3:1f for further understanding

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3
2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian]

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Denial Factor

Basic Definition of “Denial” – Saying, “No,” to something, rather than an affirmative “Yes.” Disowning someone, such as the refusal of accepting a family member. Refusing to believe a reality and accepting its contradiction. Refusing to believe an important religious teaching

Examples of denial

It never ceases to amaze me the capacity of us humans to deny something. It is the most natural thing for us to say “No.” Just observe new parents interacting with their small child. No one has to teach that little individual to be defiant and to refuse his parent’s loving direction.

Another example, - and, we read about this type of denial every time some person is highlighted in the news competing in some sporting event, not having the normal physical capacity. People who have no legs or even one leg will tempt fate by pushing themselves to compete in sporting events which require a normal set of legs. Little do they care to acknowledge, that down their life’s chronological path, they will have done great damage to their leg stumps. Peoples' refusal to accept physical realities and adjust to new horizons, are astounding. [I am a polio survivor. I know whereof, I speak]

Perhaps, one of the greatest present day examples, is in the political world – our current US White House occupier. I don’t like to utilize the word “president” to describe him, because, it would be insulting the Office of US President. The denial factor is in full mode. In fact it has been in deceptive overdrive for now over 3 years now, ever since Barack Hussein Obama was elected to be US president, - and, even before that. However, and unfortunately for our US America, Mr. Obama never did meet one of the US Constitutional standard to be legitimate US president. That, (sadly) being the case, it has never been an impediment for millions of Americans to accept this grand deception. This deception (hoax) is sparked by umpteen politicians and a kowtowing media, who continue to impede reality by their denial and, who, in the same arrogant and strident denial, continue to perpetuate this charading deception.

Please reference the recent topical message, as to this charading deception, herd mentality denial, since this message is not intended to focus on our current US putative “leader:”

Reference - Pontius Pilate and Political Correctness” - thechristianmessage.org/ In this message, there is further explanation and some helpful informational links.

Christians “beat up” on historical Biblical characters

Having been raised in a Christian home and regularly attending church and Sunday school, I’ve heard my annual share about Christ’s disciple, Peter, and his glaring denial of Christ. It’s the traditional thing for Christian preachers and for Sunday school lessons and teachers, to highlight past believers’ sins and their failures to live up to God’s Ten Commandment standards. And, I must admit that believers, as recorded in the historical Old Testament and Christian Scriptures, are easy targets for “modern-day” [sometimes, holier-than-thou] Christians to “beat up” on.

It’s the easiest thing to criticize believers of the past and thereby ignore our own present day denials. Christians today deny Christ everyday. As part of that “Holy Christian Church / Communion of saints” crowd, [see: Nicene Creed] we deny Christ by our sins of commission and omission. We often fail to model the life of Christ in our everyday living. Christians are prone to exhibit road rage, speak ill and nasty of their fellow employees, ignore the needs of their families, and fail to love those within the direct spheres of their influence.

Christians are top notch offenders - often in denial of Christ

Not only do Christians deny their Lord and Savior Christ by unkind behaviors and sins of omission toward those in their geographical spheres of influence, Christians deny and offend their Christ by not loving one another. Their tolerance to one another is often noticed by an unbelieving community. Christ, Himself made the (following) observant statement about His disciples:

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

There are many examples where Christians are in denial. Like Christ’s disciple, Peter, Christians refuse to believe and acknowledge Christ and His teaching in their everyday lives. Their emphasis is on repetitive doctrinal (teaching) without the practice of "connecting the dots."

One prominent example that readily comes to mind, is the gullible acceptance of Christians to accept hook, line and sinker modern Bible translations which are noticeably gender neutral. To accept them as equal to non gender neutral Bible translations, or, even to consider them for acceptable use, is, in essence a form of denying Christ. After, all, Christ, is the author of Scripture. He is, as the Nicene Creed states, “very God of very God.” And, the Scriptures teach that all of Scripture is “God-breathed,” – even the very words, which God’s Holy Spirit directly intended to convey to the divinely hand picked “human authors.” [2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Proverbs 30:5-6 ; 2 Peter 1:20-21] To consider and / or, then to choose a Bible translation which alters the patriarchal language of Scripture, which God directed to be written, is not only irresponsible, but plainly foolish. In short, it is a form of denying Christ, and not giving Him His proper, due. It is, bending to the whims of the ever-changing political correctness culture and paying obeisance to carnality and to the sin stained cosmos. [1 John 2:15;16;17]

Non Christians (unbelievers) relish highlighting the failures of Christians and to accuse them of being “hypocritical”

We live in a “debunking” cultural. Scores of satirists, comedians and some radio talk show hosts, love to spotlight Christians’ inconsistencies and specific instances where Christians have sinned – and, in short, denied their Christian (professed) Faith. This debunking practice has always existed, since those who are on the road to eternal damnation (hell), love to ridicule Christians. It’s part and parcel of their way to deny Christ:

Absolutes and Christ’s often misunderstood words of “Judge not…”

The greatest deniers of Christ are those who do not [genuinely] believe in Him

Denying the existence of the Christ of history is utter arrogance. Even agnostic and atheistic historians, know better. Denying Christ’s presence, purpose and teaching, is, utter spiritual foolishness which leads a person’s priceless soul to a Christless, hereafter. An eternity without Christ is a treacherous and torturous existence.

The holy Christ came for precious human souls. He spent His short and sinless life in preparation for His perfect sacrifice offering of suffering and death. He did all that with the world’s totality of human sins – past, present and future, upon His back. He did all that to be the sinners’ substitute sacrifice and punishment, - such sacrifice, sentence and punishment which had to be exacted to please and placate a holy and just God offended by His creation’s sins, against His holy Commandments.

Friend, there can be no (perfect) heaven for you, the sinner, who hasn’t received Christ, as God’s gift to cover your sins, and thereby make you “righteous” (holy, fit) for heaven’s eternal reward. The greatest mistake you can ever make, is to be in denial of Christ, your Creator / Savior.

May you, with all the human diligence you can muster, do all you can to discover the Messiah Christ of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. If you deny its validity and reliability, I pity you. I pity you, because you will have closed yourself off from the very power and instrument of Almighty God to work, by His Holy Spirit, the necessary faith in you, to become Christ’s saved child. Read and hear the Christian Scriptures. Lay aside your doubts and skepticism. Search for divine revelation truth.

Read the Gospels about Christ’s birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection. Then read the other Christian New Testament books which are, in part, a commentary on those Gospels. Notice how the Hebrew Old Testament Scriptures, prophesied of the coming Messiah, Christ. But, above all, expose yourself to God’s Holy Scripture Word, so that faith may grow in your person. [Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17] Come to an end of your selfish and sinful denying self and realize that the same God who hates your sin and must eternally punish you severely because of your sin, loved you enough to send His perfect Son to die for you, so that you may have that gift of the forgiveness of your sins, in order to be a candidate for God's holy heaven. [John 3:14-21] May God the Holy Spirit make inroads within your sinful and denying spirit!

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Related Scriptures To the Above Message

John 13:36-38 ; Luke 22:31-34 – Peter’s denial foretold by Christ

Luke 22: 54-62: Peter’s denial

Matthew 13:13-17 – Peter’s prior profession of faith and Christ’s answer to him. Note what Christ said about “flesh and blood” (human endeavor).

It should be noted that the Apostle Peter, who earlier denied Christ, was truly repentant for his sin. He did not allow that past sin to discourage him from publicly proclaiming Christ, as historically recorded in the Christian New Testament book of Acts. His life, witness and even New Testament Scripture writings were testament to the reality of him having been forgiven and having moved on. History has it, that he met a Christian martyr’s death, by crucifixion. He confessed Christ, to the end.

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

Please note: Topical Messages, by subject

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3
2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian]


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pontius Pilate and Political Correctness

A scene from a movie. Pontius Pilate is washing
his hands as a ceremonial gesture. He gave in to
the rabid crowd who called for Christ's crucifiction.
Little did Pontius Pilate know that the very blood
that Christ would shed, was that all cleansing holy
blood that was offered for the sins of the whole
world. That blood would do him no good as he was
steeped in unbelief.
Note the Scriptural Narrative: "Christ before Pontius Pilate:" Matthew 27:1,2 ; Matthew 27:11;12;13;14 ; Mark 15:1-5 ; Luke 23:1-6 ; John 18:12-28

As related in the Gospel Scriptures of Jesus Christ before the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate’s words and actions, lead us to believe that he was very reluctant to sentence Christ to death. Scripture indicates that he did all that he could to avoid and remove this Jewish political ("hot potato") situation from his presence and jurisdiction. His effort to ship off Jesus to King Herod and to present the vile criminal, Barabbas, in Christ's stead, fell flat. Pontius Pilate must have viewed himself to be on "the hot seat," having been "forced" by the clamoring Jewish crowd, to make a life and death decision, - even though his wife warned him to steer clear of Jesus, altogether.

What was Pontius Pilate to do in his highly charged political situation?

We know the answer, as we can read history with retrospect. Pontius Pilate ended up making a "political correctness" decision. Pontius Pilate was obviously and unduly motivated by the clamoring crowd. Public opinion was stridently aiming at him. This same public opinion was charged with emotion, vitriol and hatred for Jesus. Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor, who was given the duty to not only govern his Roman people, but also the conquered Jewish people (nation) who was under the Emperor, (Caesar's) thumb.

The liberal and leftist's holy grail sacrament of
political correctness, overlooks crimes against
humanity and serious character flaws. And, if
people should criticize a highly favored political
personality, the political correctness faithful
will excoriate them with the vitriol cat call
accusation of "racism."
What is political correctness and how does it play into our everyday decisions when we choose right from wrong?

Political correctness is the culture’s push and pull of perceived influence. Here’s just one example: 

When Barack Obama was campaigning for the office of US president, some of his following would be quick to brand their candidate’s opposition “racist,” if their opposition directly attacked Obama’s character. Thus, if someone did not care to be labeled a racist and hate-monger, they shied away from questioning Obama’s professed “Christian” religious convictions. It did not matter if Obama’s professed beliefs did not match his actions and political record. All that mattered to the Obama political correctness crowd was that the political opposition did not slur their choice for president by calling into question his flawed and hypocritical type, character and behavior.


Also: It is worthy to mention, that Obama has not met the US Constitution's requirement of being a "natural born citizen." Thus, our "President" is an illegal [bogus] White House occupier (usurper). And, what compounds this serious Constitutional crisis is that (by and large) those in government have turned a blind eye and deaf ear to this pathetic situation, thus making them part and parcel of this deceiving charade.


Returning to the subject of Political Correctness, what happens and still continues to transpire, is that one side defines the debate and discussion. Once that foundational framework is laid, how dare anyone step on that foundation without paying the price of being labeled a racist, bigot and / or, a hate-monger! Also, these political liberal extremists have defined other issues, such as them being “pro-choice,” and trumpeting women’s rights, when in reality these people are supportive of a culture of death resulting in our American abortion genocide.

A partial definition of political correctness




What motivates people in our present day culture to bow to the god of political correctness?

The Bible tells us that we are sinners by birth and sinners by practice. [Psalm 51:5 ; Romans 5:12 ; James 2:10 ; Romans 3:23 ; 1 John 1:8;9;10. Sinners and Christian disciples ultimately choose to do evil, not because of the pressures of the culture’s political correctness, but because we cave [in] to the old sinful nature and to our own sinful desires. 1 John 2:15-16.

Political correctness pressures and bowing to them, are in addition to sinners’ sinful natures and the willful breaking of God’s Ten Commandments. Human nature craves a pat on the back rather than a pointed finger in the face. Human nature loves praise rather than (often needed) pointed criticism. Human nature seeks approval rather than disapproval. Human nature feels secure being part of the herd mentality rather than being a lone dissenter. Human nature gravitates to the political correctness security of the collective thought as was portrayed in Han’s Christian Anderson’s tale of "The Emperor's New Clothes."

God rules over all and has everything under control - Colossians 1:15;16;17 ; Hebrews 1:3

Although Pontius Pilate was guilty for his part in the innocent and holy Christ’s sentence and execution, the Triune God allowed Pontius Pilate to bow to pressures of political correctness. [Proverbs 21:1] Remember what Jesus said to Pontius Pilate? [John 19:10;11] God allowed the Jews to turn on their Messiah Christ. He allowed them to reject Him. They exercised their own free will. And, you, the sinner also exercise your free will when you decide to dismiss and reject the Savior Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and your soul’s eternal deliverance from the just sentence and punishment of your sins against God and His holy commandments.

Pontius Pilate washed his hands, but he could not avoid Christ, no more than you can

It's impossible, (as Pontius Pilate found out) to avoid and be rid of Jesus Christ. Why? Because, in the first place, He is your Creator. [Colossians 1:15;16;17] Secondly, all human history revolves around this one central person, whose birth, perfect life, suffering, death resurrection from the dead is most crucial to your life, here and now, and where you will spend the hereafter (in eternity). [Acts 17:16-34] Your soul is priceless and without Christ owning your soul, you will be damned forever. Matthew 25:31-46 ; John 3:14-21; 36

This year marks another Good Friday. Without the Good Friday crucifixion of Christ for the pardon of past, present and future human sins, our world and the world’s cultures would be left without a clue. But, even greater than a “clue,” is the historical Christ, as recorded in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. He came from His holy heaven to live the perfect life no human could ever live and to be the supreme human offering (sacrifice) for human sin to appease and remove God’s just and holy eternal sentence and punishment because of human sin. 


The Bible says that "without
faith it is impossible to please
Him [God]. Hebrews 11:6
Christ, is Creator God's gift not only for the world, but for you. Just because he went to be your sacrifice for sin, does not (then) translate into you being in good graces with God. The Scriptures make it clear that you must receive Christ by faith. [John 1:12;13 ; Ephesians 2:8;9] Just because you see a cookie jar on a kitchen counter; does not automatically mean that there are cookies in that jar. And, so, in like manner; just because Christ died for the world's sin, including yours; that redemptive atoning action does not absolve you of your sin. The Bible says that it is by faith in Christ that you are "justified," - made to be in right standing with God. Romans 5:1

Friend, don’t allow the push and pull of the culture’s political correctness to drive you away from your one and only Savior who can be the present and hereafter difference for your sinful and needy soul. Read, listen, and hear the Bible Scriptures! In those Scriptures there is found the Savior and the eternal life that only He can give! [John 5:39 ; 2 Timothy 3:14;15;16;17 ; Acts 8:26-40 ; 1 Corinthians 15:1f 

May God move you to search for this priceless Treasure. May God grant you the faith to believe in Him and to repent of your sins against His holy presence, His Ten Commandments and your sins against your fellow mankind! May you search and read the Holy Scriptures (Bible) which is God's instrument "means of grace" to bring you to faith in Him! Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; James 1:18 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

And, may you by God’s Grace, find Him!

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins


Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Christ before Pontius Pilate: Matthew 27:1,2 ; Matthew 27:11;12;13;14 ; 15:1-5 ; Luke 23:1-6 ; John 18:12-28

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.


The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3
2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian]

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Definitions page - Various words used in “The Christian Message” website

NOTE:
Sadly, the world's sinful culture equates "political
correctness" and "multiculturalism" as legitimate
principles to guide its present and future. Note,
as you scroll down why political correctness and
multiculturalism are two destructive and damning
belief systems, wreaking havoc upon
priceless souls.
Scroll down as the words (for their definitions), are arranged in alphabetical order - and, are highlighted in dark red. Check this page occasionally, as it is subject for continued upgrade additions:

Free will (free moral agency) - Every person has the God given freedom to choose between good and evil. This freedom is commonly known as “free will,” or, “free moral agency.”

A person can either be restrained to do evil, having been alerted by an active conscience. Or, a person of his own free will can resist the restraints of his conscience and do evil. [Romans 2:14-15] Note, that this is not to suggest that a person can in any way contribute (affect and effect) the "saving" of his sinful soul. The deliverance (salvation) of a sinful soul for forgiveness of sins and eternal life, rather than eternal damnation, (hell, in the hereafter), is a special gift conferred upon an individual by the grace of God. [Ephesians 2:1-10] It is the grace and mercy of Almighty God, through the merits of Jesus Christ and the working of the Triune God's Holy Spirit, which makes this all a reality. John 1:11;12;13 ; 1 Corinthians 12:3 ; Phil 2:13


Gospel - Tersely put, the (Christian) Gospel is the good news of (about / concerning) Jesus Christ,true God and true man, who was prophesied in the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures hundreds of years before His virgin birth, holy life, (divine) sacrificial suffering and death and resurrection from the dead. [1 Corinthians 15:1;2;3;4;5] That “good news” becomes priceless and eternal “good news” to sinful human beings, when; they by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ...............

Note: For further explanation, reference the following message: What is the Gospel? How is it perverted?



Grace - The Triune God's undeserved [unmerited] mercy and kindness, as in: John 3:1-21 ; Ephesians 2:1-9 ; Titus 2:11-14 ; Titus 3:5; Acts 8:26-39 ; James 1:18 ; 2: Thessalonians 2:14 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17


Holy Spirit - "Both Creator" and Triune"  -- Note also: "Christian Faith -- How does a soul acquire it?"


“Imprecatory prayer" -- Description for a particular prayer for evil to befall the wicked

Note examples:

Pic of New York City's two twin
World Trade Centers and
inhabiting people being
destroyed by Muslims carrying
out their [sincere] belief
system. Such evil is a prime
example of "multiculturalism"
at work.
Multiculturalism - Multiculturalism is the godless and irrational belief that holds [that] all value systems are morally equal – all, except, the Christian (divine revelation) value system, which is based upon the Hebrew Old Testament and Christian New Testament Christian Scriptures. This illogical and insane belief's folly, can be demonstrated for what it malevolently and diabolically is, by the 9/11 Muslim terrorist attacks which killed (murdered) over 3,000 innocent people, of all ages.

It could be further noted, that "multiculturalism" in its various forms and fashions, is effectively used by the godless in their exercise of government. Those unsavory characters (in governmental control and influence) love to tie "political correctness" and "multicultural"  principles together to propagandize the masses, rewrite history and blame and stereotype certain groups, such as Christians, political Conservatives and others. 

Also note::

Paradox - A “paradox” is “a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may actually be true in fact.” (Webster) - "Paradox" - something that seems contradictory, but is not

Note, examples:

The freedom of religious liberty is always
under assault. Prime perpetrators are often
political leaders who use their elected,
appointed, or otherwise usurped positions
to foist their godless and immortal politics
upon the masses. See below, the original
Webster's [healthy] definition of "politics."
"Political correctness" - would discourage 1st Amendment speech and practice by denying and working against those who simply voice another point of view. The essence of political correctness is to brand those who voice another point of view, as bigots, hate-mongers and racists, because what they say and do is (perceived) as offensive by someone or some group.

The principle and / or action of needlessly "taking offense" at something which someone may say or do, - or, what has been said or done, and then intolerantly criticizing others, is used by the news media to herd collective thought and mold public opinion. Thus, for example, cursed be anyone who steps out of line and would call Barack Obama a fake president because he has not met the US Constitutional requirement for being a "natural born citizen." How dare these "carnival barker" "birthers" suggest that America's first elected black president, be unconstitutional, and, therefore, "fake" - so, the political correctness crowd would [illogically] speak.

“Political Correctness” in our culture allows for the direct discrimination (and singling out) of a legitimate traditional entity, preventing that entity (or person), from common sense expression of United States of America, First Amendment Rights. [The right to “free” speech]

Definition of Political Correctness by Conservapedia.com


Also see the topical message: Pontius Pilate and Political Correctness

A dignified pensive pic [look] of the
late Senator Teddy Kennedy; perhaps
one the the most infamous of US
politicians. He portrayed himself as a
respectable Catholic Christian, but
was a vile person. He was a champion
of liberals and leftists. His political
career was marked by an abuse of
politics and rabid support for
genocide.

Politics - If any one group should be involved in “politics,” it should be Christians, as good Christian morals elevate society and culture, rather than assisting in its demise. 

Following is Webster’s original definition of “Politics:” 

POL'ITICS, n. The science of government; that part of ethics which consists in the regulation and government of a nation or state, for the preservation of its safety, peace and prosperity; comprehending the defense of its existence and rights against foreign control or conquest, the augmentation of its strength and resources, and the protection of its citizens in their rights, with the preservation and improvement of their morals. Politics, as a science or an art, is a subject of vast extent and importance.

Please note: What did Senator Kennedy have in common with President Obama and the late Abortionist, George Tiller? What did Senator Kennedy have in common with President Obama and the late Abortionist, George Tiller?


Offense (Giving and taking offense) - "An offense is something that is said or done whereby our opinion of God and men is distorted; and an offense is active when I give it, passive when I take (patior) it." [Luther]


Offense (of the Cross) - See message - "Human Nature is Contrary to Divine Purpose"


Psalm 1:1f illustrates the difference between
the righteous [godly] and the unrighteous
unregenerate [ungodly]. Presently, and sadly,
there is underway within "Christian" circles, the
attempt to equate Christ's universal sacrifice for
 human sin, as the "cleanse all" for sinful souls.
This Universalist teaching is a damnable doctrine
of human concoction and human reason. It does
not square with the divine revelation of the Holy
Scriptures. Ephesians 2:8-9

Righteous (Righteousness) - See:


Triune GodBoth "Creator" and "Triune" 


Unregenerate - Not regenerated; not renewed in heart; remaining at enmity with God. Those who do not acknowledge the Triune God and have not experienced His saving power and grace upon their sinful lives.