Forgiveness without Repentance

Oh how many times do we hear from sinners that we have to forgive them or not judge them? The “What would Jesus Do?” people seem not to remember that He took a whip to the sinners outside the temple. Like little children who say they are sorry after they intentionally hit their sibling, or the man in the Parable who was forgiven a great debt, yet extracted money from others. Sinners think they should be allowed their sin or mishaps as they are trying to do better.

Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; Luke 17:3

It doesn’t help that the congregation ignores the actual laws of God while producing a whole list of new prohibitions that are not sins at all. All this causes confusion as to what is right and what is wrong. There was a time when the Ten Commandments were part of every liturgy, but this is now viewed as old fashioned and out of date, and if might hurt people feelings, and we can’t have that. People with hurt feeling don’t stay and put money in the plate.

Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in thy commandments. Psa. 119:66

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Is. 5:20

True forgiveness only comes after repentance. In English repentance means regret and/or remorse, however in Greek metamelomai means to change directions, to change one’s mind, to turn and go the other way. Crimes must be paid for and victims must be restored. I’m sorry, just doesn’t cut it for the truly repentant.

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death. 2Cor. 7:10

The first step in repentance is a full recognition of the sin. Then and only then can there be forgiveness.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9

The congregation must return to the teaching of our Messiah. We have lost our way. We have forgotten our commission.

. . . and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Luke 24:47

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Religion without the Holy Ghost

Every where we look we see religion without the Spirit of truth.

. . . 5  holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people.   6 For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses,  7 who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.  2Tim. 3:5-7 

There are false spirits everywhere; the spirit of the evolution of species, the spirit of communism/socialism, and the most subtile of them all the spirit of false Church leaders. These and many more plague the Congregation.

Most churches are nothing more than social clubs, where everyone shares the same social/economic status. They are full of weak people (and yes most of those are women) who never check the facts of the Bible.  There is little accountability for ones life-habits. We all struggle with sin, however the congregation is not being taught to confess and repent of these.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9

The Spiritual Leaders are only really interested in how much their members puts in the collection plate. They have no interest in calling members to account for any behavior. Those accused might leave the congregation and then the money might be reduced. Therefore they no longer teach the truth of God’s Word. No one wants to accused of being judgmental. They –

. . . continue in sin that grace may abound? Rom. 6:1b 

Which of course in not the full reading of the verse.

15   Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.  17 And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever. 1John 2:15-17

We are Deceived

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1John 1:8 

We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1John 4:6 

The “We” who “are of God” here, can only be the apostles. The post-modern church has left the apostles teachings. No one reads what they have written and preserved for us in the Bible. Simple test, does your spiritual leader listen to the spirit i.e. read the Bible? Or are they just making things up, quoting secular sources, or relying on the teachings of other men?

There is a great many things that go on in congregations that have nothing to do with God or the Bible. Imposing things that are not strictly “theology” is of no spiritual value. Dogmas and Doctrines are not binding to true faith and often hinder spiritual growth. So much of what we think we know and believe is actually pagan.

The dead do not become angels, nor is Satan the ruler of Hell, our Messiah was not born on the 25th of December, nor can one bribe God with a tenth of ones income, and there is no guarantee of health or wealth in this present age.

We like our master are not of this world. Our hope and our rewards are yet to come. This world with its wealth and power is just something we must pass through. We must not let it get into our hearts and minds. We must not mix with Belial or paganism.

14   Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?  16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  17 Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you,  18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2Cor. 6:14-18

We are the temple. True spiritual growth comes after we put out of our hearts and minds all that is pagan, for all paganism comes from the first rebellion, which was in Babylon and the congregation is full of Babylonian ideas and worship.

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,  “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; Rev. 18:4 

We must take back our faith. We must clean out the paganism. We must stand up for truth. We must gently lead the weak back to truth, by coming out of Babylon.

. . . for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control. 2Tim. 1:7 

Our Return to the Darkness

William Booth

Another “Don’t throw the baby out with the wash water” a lot can be learned from those who came before us.

The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be; religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell. William Booth (1829-1912) the founder of the Salvation Army

He was of course referring to the last century, during which in fact, hearts grew cold, and now we are reaping the full extent of this ever growing darkness.

For those who believe that it is possible that the Salvation Army has escaped this darkness, one need only read “IN DARKEST ENGLAND and THE WAY OUT” by GENERAL BOOTH” to see how far they have strayed from their founders ideals.

However Booth saw the coming danger quite clearly. The Church, which we prefer to call the Congregation of the Lord, has lost it’s salt. True faith has withdrawn from the public sector and has retreated into home churches

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. Matt. 5:13

“Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? 35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:34-35

The Congregation of the Lord was once a bright shining city on a hill, but now we have turn off our light and hidden our city.

14  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matt. 5:14-15

Like the allied cities of World War 2 during the blackouts, we want the world not to know of our existence. We have been taught that persecution is coming from a political antichrist, and because we are not studying the Word of God we readily accept this deception. So we sit and do nothing. We no longer preach the whole Gospel. Salvation no longer requires repentance or regeneration.

For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.’ Matt. 13:15

“But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; Luke 21:34