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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Women in Ministry



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                There is a touchy subject that I want to tackle today; and that is the subject of women in the ministry.  Now stay with me on this.  The question is should we have women preachers?  My answer might surprise you.  I say no...not usually.  Let me explain.  It is a fact that men hear things better when it comes from another man.  In fact, I would dare to believe that as long as the man is a godly man, women probably would listen to a man better than she would another woman.  That being said, is there a place for a women to be preaching?  YES.  Why can I say both no and yes? There is undoubtable Biblical evidence for the man to be the head of the household and by extension the leader or pastor of the church.  We look at texts in the Bible such as Genesis 3:16 "Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." and the very controversial 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 " Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."  This verse has been explained by some this way:  Back in Biblical times the women sat in the balconies and thus had to shout to ask their husbands questions.  This would have created some chaos with different people shouting back and forth.  While I can accept this explanation there are others who cannot.  The reason that I accept this as the best explanation is that the rest of the chapter is talking about only one person speaking at a time and if they speak in tongues someone should interpret.  Thus the main idea of the chapter is to reduce chaos in the sanctuary.
            For those that maybe will still not accept that explanation let's explore the Bible a little further.  Our scripture reading for today is found in the Book of Acts chapter 2 and verses 17 and 18, which reads: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon ALL flesh: and your sons AND your DAUGHTERS shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:"  These verses are quoted from the book of Joel chapter 2 verses 28-29 "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit"  The wording is almost the same!  So a prophet, in Biblical times was God's chosen messenger or "preacher".  Let's take a look at some Biblical examples and then a modern day example.
            In order Biblically there are at least six women called prophetesses in the Bible.  Miriam is listed in Exodus 15:20 "And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances." Deborah is mentioned in Judges 4:4 "And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.  Huldah is mentioned third in 2 Kings 22:14 "So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her."  Fourth is Noadiah, which seems actually to be a false "prophetess" according to Nehemiah 6:14 "My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear."  These people were trying to stop the Jews from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.  The fifth one isn't even listed by her name, she is the wife of Isaiah the prophet and she can be found in the book of Isaiah 8:3 "And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me, Call his name Maher–shalal–hash–baz."  The last woman in the Bible that we will read about is found in Luke 2:36 Anna--"And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;"
            Let us take a turn now to a more modern story.  It is one that this church was founded upon.  It is the story of two men the first one is William Foy.  He was bi-racial.  While he did share his visions at first, he did not continue to do so.  Then God called on Hazen Foss.  As it happens, Hazen Foss was related to  Ellen Harmon, for his brother was married to Ellen's older sister Mary.  Hazen Foss was given some of the same visions that were later given to Ellen. The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Ellen White about his experience.
            Ellen Harmon, who became Ellen White also did not want to share the visions that God had begun to give her.  She was a sickly woman who could barely speak due to having tuberculosis.  But God warned her repeatedly by the examples of the previous men that she should not grieve the Holy Spirit by refusing to share the light that she had been given.

            Biblically, and in modern times, God mostly chooses men to lead and guide His people.  However, when for whatever reason, a man could not be found that WOULD do the job, God chooses women. I really only needed one text to prove my point and that is 1 Corinthians 1:27 "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty" Okay just a little joke, but in all seriousness sometimes the "mighty" preachers get wrapped up in the Greek or Hebrew meanings of the words.  I don't know about you but sometimes it makes me despair of learning the Bible because I don't know Greek or Hebrew.  Just because I don't have a big fancy theological degree doesn't mean that God's Spirit can't speak through me or anyone else. However, God gave guidelines for us to follow as to who should be our leaders.  The basic principles are that the person, whether man or woman that we put in leadership roles should be people filled with God's Holy Spirit, honorable, just, and upright in character.  But that no matter who we are, if God gives us a message to spread we must spread it no matter what or our very souls could be in danger.

Friday, March 29, 2013

He Took My Place

     I can't remember how old I was at the time, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day.  I was maybe 7 or 8, maybe as old as 10, but let me back up.  I got to thinking about my dad recently, because the 13th anniversary of his death is coming up.  You see he died shortly before Easter on a Saturday evening.  Easter was in April then and not March.  Even still the holiday itself is dreadful for me.  At least it's not Christmas or my birthday!!!
     When I was growing up spankings were a normal part of every one's lives. (not beatings)  Certain infractions in my parents laws demanded that the punishment was a spanking.  We bent over our beds where dad applied his belt to our backsides three times.  It hurt, so mostly we learned to be fairly well behaved children.  However, on this day I had done something, I can't even remember what, that deserved a spanking,  I was sent to my room to await my father's belt!  But this day was different.  My dad said that he wanted me to learn a very important lesson.  He handed me his belt and he bent over my bed.  He said for my punishment I got to spank him!!!!!!!!!!  I didn't get it at the time.  I thought it was funny.  Of course little girls don't have a lot of strength, so I was actually a little disappointed that I couldn't hit him very hard.  As I have now grown I realize two things about the lesson that he was trying to teach me. 1.  My sins hurt him. and 2.  He took my punishment.  What a fitting tribute to the man taken from our family so early in his life, that on Easter the thing we are supposed to remember is that our sins hurt God and yet He took our punishment which we deserve.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Jesus=God


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            There are people that claim that Jesus is not divine.  That He is not equal with God the Father.  Today we will discuss: Characteristics that only belong to God; Does Jesus have all of those characteristics; Why did the Jews hate Jesus so much; and finally what does Jesus say about himself?

            Exodus 3:5, 6 reads, "And He said, draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover He said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.  And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God."  Our first characteristic we are looking at is the Holiness of God.  Can anyone but God claim to be holy?  Some would point to verses such as Leviticus 11:45 which is repeated in 1 Peter 1:16 let's read both of them.  First Leviticus 11:45  "For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy." And 1 Peter 1:16 "Because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy."  But can we really BE holy? And if so how?  Acts 3:12 begins to shed some light on this answer. "And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?"   Not even the apostle Peter claimed to be holy.  So if we have ANYTHING "holy" about us where does it come from?  Let's look at another text.  This time in Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" and again in Romans this time in chapter 10:3 "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God."  Therefore it is only by our acceptance of God's holiness that we can be holy.  So the ONLY beings in the universe with a claim of their own holiness is the trinity.

            Eternal, is the second characteristic of God we will be looking at today.  What does the Bible say about God's existence? Psalms 90:2 "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."  This is an easy one.  There are only three texts I need for this.  The first one is in Revelation 1:1,8 they read, "1.  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 8.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."  So this book is about Jesus who is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  Not that He had a beginning or an end but that He IS the beginning and the end of everything.  The next two verses make it even more clear.  The gospel of John chapter 1 verse 1 through 3, "1.  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2.  The same was in the beginning with God.  3.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."    Who is this talking about?  Lets break it down,  The "Word" was with God and the "Word" was God.  And all things were made by Him.  Him who? Verse 14 clarifies, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."  Can this be more clear?  Jesus came and dwelt with us! So we can compare John 1:1-3 with the creation account in Genesis 1:1,2 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  2.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." and verse 26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."  John chapter one states that nothing was created without Jesus Christ and Genesis 1 confirms that all three members of the Godhead were present at creation; verse one God created, verse 2 the Spirit of God moved over the waters, and verse 26 God made man in "our" image.

            The third quality of God is that He is the ONLY being that is worthy to be worshipped.  Exodus 20:3-6, "3.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5.  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6.  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."  The Bible is clear on this point only God is to be worshipped.  Let's take a look at two different texts regarding worship of other beings.  The first is found in Matthew 4:8-10, "8.  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9.  And saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10.  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”  Jesus reminded Satan that only God was to be worshipped.  In another instance in Revelation 19:10 John writes; " And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not; I am thy fellow servant and of thy brethren, that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God; for the testimony of God is the Spirit of Prophecy."  Not even the angels of God are worthy to be worshipped!  Acts chapter 14 verses 11-18 tell of an instance where Paul and Barnabas were being worshipped and how Paul stopped them. "11.  And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.  12.  And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.  13.  Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.  14.  Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15.  And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 16.  Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.  17.  Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 18.  And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them." 

 

            Our last quality or characteristic of God is that only God can forgive sins.  In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke the Jews were indignant with Jesus because He dated to tell people that their sins were forgiven.  You can read these in Matthew 9:1-6 "1.  And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.  2.  And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.  3.  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.  4.  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  5.  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?  6.  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house."  The Jews said that Jesus was blaspheming because the forgiveness of sins is an attribute that only God has.  Anybody else that would claim to be able to forgive sins is blaspheming! Mark chapter 2:1-11 records the same story as does Luke chapter 5:18-25.

            So now let's take a look at Jesus.  Was Jesus holy? Hebrews 4:15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."  Yes Jesus is holy. We have already established that He is eternal and that He could forgive sins, so the only other characteristic we need to look at is the idea of worship.  We have seen examples of how men and angels did not permit people to worship them and we saw an example of when Jesus refused to worship Satan but did Jesus permit others to worship Him when He was here?  The Gospels are full of accounts of different people coming to worship Jesus.  The first account is given when Jesus was still an infant in Matthew 2:11 "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."   If Joseph and Mary were such good, godly, Jewish parents shouldn't they have forbidden this? And what time is there to go through each of the instances in the Gospels?  I will list them and you can do your own study at home later today. Matthew 8:2(leper), 9:18(certain ruler), 14:33(they that were in the ship), 15:9-25(woman of Canaan), 20:20(mother of Zebedee's children), and 28:9-17(His disciples); Mark 5:6(demon possessed), Luke 24:52(two of the disciples); and John 9:38(a blind man).  Given the fact that angels, the disciples and apostles all refuse to let men worship them, and even Jesus Himself tells Satan that only God is to be worshiped don't you think that if these people were doing something wrong that Jesus would tell them?  People want to say that Jesus isn't God; that He was "just a good man." But would a "good man" keep letting people worship Him if it was wrong to do?  Think for a minute about the story of the money changers in the temple.  What did Jesus do there?  See Mark chapter 11.

            Repeatedly the Jews wanted to stone Jesus for blasphemy.  Blasphemy is when you pretend to be God.  Ultimately this is what lead to Jesus crucifixion. Matthew 26:64-65 "Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.  65.  Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy."  A good man does not blaspheme. 

            Finally what does Jesus Himself say about His relationship to God?  I want to first compare to verses.  John 8:58 reads, "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."   This the Jews understood to be a direct reference to Exodus 3:14 which reads, "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."  This statement of Jesus' is probably one of the most direct statements Jesus could have made regarding His equality with God however in John 10 verse 30 Jesus makes his claim even more plain by saying, "I and my Father are one." 

            In conclusion, for the people that say that Jesus was "just a good man or just a prophet" I beg to differ.  Either Jesus was exactly who He claimed to be or he would have to be the worst villain in human history!!  They cannot have it both ways.  1 John 5:7 clears up any controversy by saying, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

Friday, February 15, 2013

Spirit of the Law



Often times I hear preachers preaching against a homosexual lifestyle.  Marriage should be between one man and one woman, they say.  Adultery is wrong.  These things are true however these same ministers often preach that God's ten commandment laws are done away with.  To them I say, "Now wait just a minute..."  How can you claim that both things are true?  I took the liberty of looking up ALL of the texts that I could find about homosexual activity. I found six. "YOUVERSION.com" has a Bible app that allows a person to search for key words or phrases.  The word homosexual actually doesn't actually appear in the King James Version of the Bible.  In the New King James it appears once.  I had to really do my homework to find the verses.  So let's look at those verses.  The first one is in Leviticus 18:22 it reads, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman."  The whole chapter prohibits several other kinds of sexual relations.  Mark 7:21, 22 Talks about the evils that come from the heart of men and in one translation the term "Lewdness" found in the NKJV are translated homosexual. The next verse is 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10 reads, "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, no idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."  Did you notice how the list is written? Fornicator, idolater, adulterer, and the homosexual along with various other sins? One sin is apparently not going to be any better or worse than any other sin as NONE of them enter the kingdom of heaven.  I found it very interesting that four of the sins listed had to do with sexual activity but that an Idolater was put in between the list of sexual sins. And let's take a look at the rest of the list.  Do any of these remind you of the last six commandments? (See Exodus 20:15-17)  The next verse is found in 2 Corinthians 12:21 this verse also translates "lewdness" to homosexual in one version that I found. Galatians 5:19-21 gives a list similar to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 also calling lewdness as homosexual.  The list of sins is longer and includes outbursts of wrath, sorcery, selfishness, envy, murder, heresies, and hatred.  The last verse is in Revelation 22:15 It simply refers to the "sexually immoral", along with murderers, liars, and idolaters.  That's all of them.
             So then I did a search for the word "law".  There are 515 references in the Bible for law; we will not be looking at ALL of them today!  If you are really that ambitious you can do your own searching, and I encourage you to do so.  313 of those references are in the Old Testament and 202 in the new. Some of these references had to do with in-laws so they can be discarded in this study.  Most preachers who say that the law is done away with or "nailed to the cross" often only want to omit one of the Ten Commandments, the other nine they don't have a problem with.  The ONE commandment that they want to do away with is the Only one that starts with the word "remember".  Can it possibly be that God knew thousands of years ago that people today would be trying to forget the one law He asked them to remember?  You can ask these ministers if since the law was done away with is it then okay to have other gods before God? They say no, and then you can ask well is it okay to dishonor your parents? or murder? or lie, or commit adultery? No, no, no! So then they say that we honor the spirit of the law not the letter.  If the letter of the law says "thou shalt not murder" the spirit of the law is, "thou shalt not hate thy brother without a cause"; so if I don't hate my brother, I can then kill him and that's okay cause I don't hate him?(Matthew 5:22) or how about adultery... I never slept with that woman, I just thought about it night and day.  Matthew 5:28 states, "But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." So which is more stringent the spirit or the letter?   What verses are they using to say that we don't have to follow God's laws anymore? One of them is found in Colossians 2:14 "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;" verse 16 expounds on this by adding, "let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" And they say, "see, we can eat and drink whatever we want and we don't have to keep the Sabbath."  In the very next chapter Paul refutes their arguments to this, in Colossians 3:5-13 Paul tells his readers to put away uncleanness because the wrath of God cometh children of disobedience. The ordinances that Paul is referring to here are not the Ten Commandments but rather the ordinances that Moses put forth to point forward to Christ; such as the sacrificing of innocent lambs.  Do we need to do that anymore?  Why not?  Because Jesus IS the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29)  The Jews had other customs like feast days that reminded them of their heritage.  These customs don't mean much to people outside of the Jewish nation. This customs included extra days that they called sabbath days (small "s").  They weren't the Seventh day Sabbath, they were just solemn feasts.  That is where the phrase "new moons, and sabbath days" comes in at.
            So my question is this...Can God change? Malachi 3:6 Says, "For I am the Lord, I change not:" So can God change his laws?  Suppose for a minute that God randomly decided to change the laws of gravity.  One minute we would be walking down the street and the next we could be floating in midair. Or the gravitational pull was so strong that occasionally we could not lift even our foot because it was too heavy and then we go to yank it up and we fly into outer space because God reversed the gravitational field?  Sound silly? Of course.  How about the text in Romans 6:23 that says, "The wages of sin is death...?"  What if Jesus said, "I don't want to die on the cross, could we just change that law for a little bit?"  Wouldn't we then consider that God is unjust and unfair? The same author that wrote Colossians also wrote Romans so what does Paul say about God's law in Romans?  Let's look at chapter 7:7-25.  I will highlight verse 7, 12, and 25 here but please read the whole thing on your own. 7 "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." 12 "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." 25 "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God: but with the flesh the law of sin."
            Let's take a quick look at when The Sabbath was instituted.  Turn to Genesis chapter 2 verses 2-3. "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God had created and made."  Now I ask you what nationality were Adam and Eve?  They weren't Jewish.  Moving forward to Exodus 16 God begins reeducation His people on which day the Sabbath is.  Take some time and read the whole chapter.  Notice that chapter 16 comes before the giving of the 10 commandments to Moses which takes place in chapter 20.  So God expected them to keep the Sabbath before He actually wrote it in stone with His finger.  Beginning in verse 22-35 God is taking the time to teach the Israelites which day the Sabbath is and the lesson continues for forty years.  I found verse 28 especially interesting, it reads: "And the Lord said to Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?"  Wait a cotton picken minute, He hadn't even written them down yet!  Do you think that they forgot which day of the week they were to worship on?  Nope! 'Cause in Jesus day they had so many laws concerning the Sabbath Jesus had to remind them what the day was for! (See Mark 2:23-28) So which day is the Sabbath? Matthew 28:1 "In the end of the Sabbath as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week...." Which day is Easter on? 
            So maybe the disciples changed Sabbath?  First let me ask, EVEN IF a mortal disciple decided to change which day he worshiped on would that make it acceptable in God's eyes?  The Book of Acts repeatedly tells of the disciples worshiping on Sabbath.  Let's look at one such verse, Acts 17:2 "And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures."  But wasn't it Paul that had so much to say about freedom from the law?  And wasn't it Paul who instructed others to do so?  The one text that people use to say this is found in Paul's writings to the church in Corinth. 1 Corinthians 16:2 "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."  Paul is simply instructing them to gather the offerings before he gets there so as not to waste time when he does get there.
             Repeatedly the Bible gives reference to people in the last days obeying God's commandments and following His Sabbath day.  Lets look at a few of those in closing.  Matthew 24:20 Jesus has been talking both about the coming destruction of the Jewish temple and about the end of the world and He says, "But pray ye that your flight be not in winter, neither on the Sabbath day."  If Jesus had planned on changing His laws don't you think He would have said something about it in his 33 1/2 years here on earth?  Isaiah 66:22-23 say, "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord."  So even in the new Earth all will be keeping the Sabbath.  The Last book in the Bible chapter 14 verse 12, Revelation 14:12 says, "Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."
             From the Beginning of the Bible to the very end God admonishes us to keep His commandments.  There are warnings against those who think to change the words of God's book. Revelation 22:19 "And if any man shall take away from the words of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."  While it is always good to preach against sin in all of its forms, it is important to remember that God always means what He says, and will not hold a person guiltless who disregards parts of His laws.


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