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Derek Prince gives the best and most through walk-through on this subject in my opinion – at least that I have heard. I will also hold up my hands and say that I have and still hold back money that is owed to god and I am working on this continually – to be more generous and trusting of my finances – not in order to receive, but to simply do what God is asking of us!
The result will be blessing and not curse financially – but if you are thinking that by giving this is a prescription to get rich – forget it. That will only happen if you gain the favour of God which means giving for the RIGHT reasons – not selfish reasons. The reason being for the good of OTHERS! So please check out both of these videos and teachings on money, the Bible and tithing! God bless you all.
Well – we are constantly told the answer is no by non-Christians and Christians alike… but what does the Bible say? It’s clear. We are to judge but to judge righteously and JUSTLY! The word ‘justly’ being all important, and of course to get this right is far more difficult than it sounds relying on our own understanding and clouded by our own sin.
We should never judge a book by it’s cover, but what if we need to make an educated judgement about what kind of person someone is by assessing their deeds, actions and the words they speak (for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh) for ours and others protection, it must be done in complete humility, submission and by calling upon God’s Holy Spirit for guidance.
However if we are asking the question; “should Christians judge a person’s eternal salvation?” – common sense says the answer has to be no way! That and that alone is up to God. So this kind of judgement I believe, is what The Bible is talking about when it says; “judge not, lest you be judged.” There is no contradiction, as always it’s about context. And if in one place the Bible tells us to judge righteously – and in another it says judge not – we must find the context and read all around these two statements since both are the inspired word of God and both must be correct in their proper context.
In The Bible it appears that it’s OK to make judgements on a person’s actions righteously – but NOT their heart or eternal salvation
As always – I could be wrong but this is certainly my understanding of the ‘to judge or not to judge’ issue. The fact is – we all make small judgments all day long about people’s behaviour according to what we hear and see them doing – in fact it’s unavoidable and part of life. So when The Bible says ‘judge not’ I surely it has to be talking about not judging someone’s heart, motives or place in heaven. In any case – there by the grace of God go I.
The question should really be; “which Bibles shouldn’t I read?” Well, as young and new Christian I was always being told that all Bible versions were good-to-go and useful for getting different perspectives (as if we need to be confused from the start about what the text is saying).
However my experience was different and for many years was disturbed by the fact that I kept reading contradictions in my NIV – even more frustrating was that I could not put a finger on what the problem was – until that is – I finally got the guts to read the book everyone said was ‘too hard to read’ (but turned out not to be the case at all).
How do I know what The Mark of The Beast is? OK – because the Bible does not say exactly or explicitly what this ‘mark’ is, there are as you would expect a 100 different views on what The Mark of The Beast is, and that alone should tell us something.
It tells us that we should stop trying to figure it out. But surely that’s irresponsible?.. surely we need to know what it is exactly? Nope and here’s why. Let’s see what The Bible DOES say unequivocally about The Mark of The Beast.
Later in the text The Bible tells us explicitly what The Mark of The Best will cause to happen, and here there is no question. In other words, when we see this particular thing happen, at that point we will know we are looking at The Mark. So what is this event or thing that will tell us?
How you’ll know The Mark of The Beast when it appears (proving to date it hasn’t!)
The Bible says; “that no one without the mark could buy or sell without it.” So there we have it – if a chip comes on the market and you can still buy and sell – it isn’t The Mark – period! We can stop worrying about wether we have taken it or not and wait for this buying and selling scenario to happen which will tell us what we are dealing with. And it makes perfect sense. It’s not The Mark itself or the form it takes that is the problem – that is largely irrelevant – card, chip, tattoo or whatever and too much breath is wasted trying to answer this. It’s the division that The Mark will cause between sheep and goats, and which side we choose to be on that will causes all those that take it to be rejected by God.
The Mark will be a life and death choice to separate sheep from goats
It appears from The Bible (and it makes perfect sense) that God deems it necessary, in order to expose to all of humanity good and bad the real thoughts and intents and hearts of men, to divide the real sheep from the real goats – those that really love God, from those that really love the world and would rather save their own skin than see truth prevail, making the closing scenes of history a matter of life and death – to eat or not eat – to work or not work. We can all say we show our allegiance to God with our minds and lips, but lip service will no longer do when the truth becomes ever more in focus to those that love God and delusion becomes ever stronger to those that don’t as the Mark appears.
Ultimately our actions will determine where our faith and our allegiance really lie, just as it did when Abraham took his faith into action when he tied his Isaac to the altar regardless of the possibility of losing his own son – just as God did later with Jesus.
The Antichrist if and when he comes onto the scene will attempt to do what all dictators do and have to date failed – namely to to gain total control of the world. And there is only ONE way to do this; to control ALL buying and selling. Basically control all money transactions. And of course this will be extrapolated to getting a job (or not being able to get one for all those that refuse this mark).
If some person, some organisation or some government comes to you and says you must take this tattoo, this day of worship, this micro-chip, this barcode, this card or whatever, and buy not taking this thing you cannot buy and sell in any way at all – your allegiance will be tested beyond anything else that is likely to happen because this will be a matter of eating or not eating – and what better way could a dictator like the one described i the Bible see which side you are really on – just as it was with Shadrach Meshach and Abednego.
Here is something very important we need to know about The Mark; The Bible says; “and He causeth all to receive a Mark…” – not “forced all to receive a mark…” What does this tell us? It tells us that most people will probably embrace this mark when it appears, and history and common sense tells us that this would be the way to go for anyone that wanted to impose such a thing on the entire population of the world. Any force would be greeted with resistance as it was in the past and defeated. This really will be a – if not – the – ‘strong delusion’ The Bible warns us about.
Finally though, however it happens, and it will as we see it taking shape right now, the message to all Christians must be; do not fear man – only fear God!
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Q: How do you understand the relationship between God The Son and God The Father? because from what i read, they are One and The Same Person!??? kindly help.
A: The Bible says; “God is spirit” – so my understanding (not saying I’m correct) is that God needs to become a human in order to make a credible appeal to human’s – therefore His chosen method was for His spirit to enter and ‘posses’ if you like the flesh body we know as Jesus. So we have a perfect sinless spirit working and bringing Jesus’ flesh – what would otherwise be prone to sin – under control. The Bible says; “Jesus learned to become obedient” which I found incredibly frank of The Bible. So yes we have 2 separate entities, the Father (spirit) and the Son (flesh) becoming one at the same time.
The above is how I see Jesus as both fully man (in his flesh) and fully God/divine (having God’s spirit in full) at the same time and yet one being – a bit like we are 2 in one also; flesh and spirit. I am well aware some denominations do not see Jesus as divine but my belief is that it’s a necessity in order to make His demands for us to keep His commands a reasonable one (since I believe God to be perfectly reasonable) – i.e God (in Jesus) is saying do as I do – not just do as I say. As ever – these are our thoughts only so please ask Holy Spirit for guidance here to bring and guide you into all truth as He promises!:)