The Godfather

There’s the Grace Pope, and then there’s the Grace Godfather…

The Pope and the Godfather so happen to be on friendly terms.

The Godfather is based in Chicago and the Pope in Chattanooga.

The Godfather’s main heretical view is the empty Jesus theory.

What most fail to realise is, that where the truth is, the devil tries (and very much succeeds) to twist and dilute it, hence the reason we are called to be soldiers and not quivering cupcakes.  The devil is rife in the Grace community, making piecemeal of the truth, and most are too cowardly or ignorant to stand up and be soldiers.

Sadly, there are not many Grace believers today who do not hold to either kenosis or hyperdispensationalism (a hybrid version) or both, which unknowingly is the end result of being followers of the Pope and the Godfather who in turn influenced most leaders in the Grace community, who then preach gross error as fundamental truth.

I pity new believers who think they’ve come to the knowledge of the truth, only to encounter truth which has been leavened.

Most do not even realise it.  Most do not want to hear their great teachers are wrong, and that which pertains to major doctrinal issues.

And that’s me done with the Pope and the Godfather…. I am not a part of their fellowship, nor am I one of their followers and I have absolutely nothing to do with their “Club” which erroneously considers itself to be stablished in the faith.

When I was saved, circa 2007, I was first introduced to the teachings of the Godfather, after a while I crossed paths with the Pope on Facebook.  Luckily I never took the time, nor did I have the inclination to watch their video ministries as I cannot concentrate while watching videos as I fall asleep at the 5 minute mark.  True story.  Watching movies, videos, listening to audios and playing computer games make me sleep.  It’s the motion which hypnotises me, the very reason I don’t suffer from insomnia, so I am not particularly fond of these type of mediums.  I however do read, so the little I absorbed from them was due to articles I had read, other than that I had a friend who made me question all that I believed so I clearly saw the error I had unknowingly soaked up from men who purported to preach the truth.

I in turn have tried to open peoples’ eyes to the truth, whether I have succeeded remains to be seen… if I am judged to be a crazy old lady for having done so, so be it.  My intentions are only good.

These men will stand before the Lord one day, either at the Judgment Seat of Christ or the White Throne Judgment, only God knows.

Irrespective of how powerful they are in this life, they are just men who are answerable to God.

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” ~ 1 Timothy 6:20

“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:16

Profanity so happens to be blasphemy… sacrilege.

 

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Wisdom vs Knowledge

Wisdom = intelligence, IQ.

Knowledge = cognition, facts, understanding. (“It is the current understanding that these things are done in a certain way”)

Wisdom is what one does with facts, how one applies them and thinks them through.

Accepting or making Jesus Lord and Saviour of one’s life or even trusting Him as Lord and Saviour, even after having heard the facts (the gospel and how one is actually saved) isn’t wisdom, nor is participating in the occult for that matter… stuff like yoga, meditation, tarot cards and horoscopes are not wisdom, they are facts (knowledge)… the wrong ones, that is.

To Saints, Christ is the wisdom and power of God.

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:24

Be a lover of Godly wisdom, regardless of how many out there despise one for it and deny it.

“For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:12

Paul refers to the conscience a lot, if we do not heed it, it becomes seared, that is, nonexistent, and the reason why most simply do not want to hear they are wrong.

“Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” ~ 1 Timothy 4:2

 

 

 

 

The Tribe Of Dan & The Antichrist

God’s judgment on Israel during the end times:

“O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.  I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.” ~ Isaiah 10:5-6

Some interesting facts about the tribe of Dan.

Dan was one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

“And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.” ~ Exodus 35:34.

Dan’s initial problem – gross, long-term idolatry:

“Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan. And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.” ~1 Kings 12:28-30

“And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate. And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.” ~ Judges 18:16-17

The reason why the tribe of Dan is not listed among the twelve tribes in Revelation is because it isn’t a servant of God due to its idolatry.

“Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” ~ Revelation 7:3

So is it any wonder the Antichrist won’t regard the God of his fathers, Jehovah?

Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” ~ Daniel 11:37

The name Dan means “judge” in Hebrew, which in turn means leader, ruler or chief.

It is said the Antichrist will come out of the tribe of Dan.

“And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.” ~ Genesis 30:6

He was one of the sons of Jacob.

Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.” ~ Genesis 49:16-17

Further, Dan is not mentioned or listed among the other tribes in Revelation 7, and is also omitted from the genealogies listed in 1 Chronicles 2:2

“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.” ~ Revelation 7:4-8

To my mind, the Antichrist will be a Semite of Jewish descent, of the tribe of Dan. Dan is destined to be a serpent, an adder in the path of Israel in the last days.

“The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein. For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord .” ~ Jeremiah 8:16-17

 

 

 

Judging

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” ~ Romans 14:17

During the “but now” Saints do not judge one another by something as inconsequential as the food they eat, particularly when it comes to what were considered unclean animals under Israel’s levitical law, like fish without fins and scales, (sharks, swordfish, catfish) creatures that live on the ocean floor (crayfish, prawns, lobster, shrimp, abalone), birds with webbed feet (ducks, geese, gulls)…. and the most infamous and well known one, swine…..   all are scavengers and were created to be “cleaners” at the bottom of the food chain who eat anything, including dung, while others feed off unclean animals which in turn makes them unclean.

And this is what Paul is referring to in Romans 14.

Setting a brother or sister at nought for eating what is no longer considered to be unclean animals or drinking milk with meals which include meat…..

There are two case scenarios in this instance: Judging a brother or sister unfairly according to their supposedly non-kosher diet, and the other is doing these things with their knowledge, or in the company of weak brothers or sisters.

“For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 8:10-12

A so-called kosher diet is still considered to be superior today, (which I disagree with) and entails a lot of logistical dietary gymnastics, like eating desserts which contain dairy products 30 minutes before a carnivorous meal, otherwise one has to wait up to 6 hours to consume dessert (depending on which denomination or sect of Judaism one believes and is a member of, some believe 3 hours to be sufficient time for digestion to occur).

People in general are ignorant to the fact that Judaism was and still is much like modern day Christianity today in that there were/are a myriad of denominations, each with its very own set of pet doctrines.

Today there are two main denominations of Judaism, namely, the Fundamentalists and the Progressives. The Fundamentalists do not consider the Progressives to be Jews, and the Progressives believe that one is solely considered a Jew by what one chooses to eat.

Many Progressives so happen to be Atheists too, who only follow Jewish tradition, that is, maintaining kosher diets and adherence to feast & holy days, furthermore they question the existence of God because the reality of their lives during this current dispensation does not correlate with the promises of the Old Covenant.

Judaism is still ensconced in superfluous rituals, traditions and superstitions, like the lighting of candles, renting one’s clothes, covering all mirrors with black cloth and turning pictures and photo’s back to front when a family member passes on, even the Rabbi’s are highly superstitious, choosing not to linger at the graveside for too long because “the deceased’s spirit will adversely affect them when rising out the grave”.

One doesn’t actually realise the liberty one has in Christ if one has never experienced or lived with the bondage of constant rituals, superstitions and the traditions of a dead religion.

Other than not judging Saints according to what they choose to eat or not to eat, we are to judge what teachers and teachings they choose to follow and believe, and how they choose to live.

“But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:15

“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?”~ 1 Corinthians 5:11-13

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:2

Do You Believe What It Says?

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.” ~ Romans 6:16-20

1.  The natural man who disobeys God is a servant of sin.

2.  But when he obeys from the heart (believes) “that form of doctrine which was delivered you” – the gospel, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 4:5,; Ephesians 1:13

3.  Then only is he made free from sin, simultaneously

4.  made righteous and has therefore become a servant of righteousness.

Paul says in verse 20, when one is a servant of sin, one is free from righteousness. Upon believing the gospel, one’s sins are replaced by his righteousness when one believes he died for all those sins and rose from the dead.

The ability to become a servant of righteousness isn’t accomplished by one’s own performance, it was accomplished by Christ’s redemptive work on the Cross and his resurrection, so all one has to do is believe it.

One can, however, read and believe the abovementioned verses differently due to one’s unbelief, stating Paul was referencing the flesh, but –

No flesh can possibly become free from sin, no matter how hard one tries to control it or keep it in check.  We are all living proof of that.

Servants of sin = clothed in one’s own righteousness

Servants of righteousness = possessing God’s righteousness.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” ~ Titus 3:5

Take full advantage of God’s mercy while it is still on offer….. one never knows what tomorrow may bring.

Hurricanes

Being from the part of the world that I am, I have never experienced extreme weather conditions the way some do in other parts of the world.

The worst for me was more or less two weeks ago, when a “massive” cold front moved in with wind speeds as high as 65km and I thought that was the pits, so I cannot begin to imagine what wind speeds of 175km (110mph?) are like, especially in tandem with torrential rain… I cringe at the thought and my heart goes out to those who are currently in the throes of Hurricane Florence.

Did I hear someone say hurricanes have grown in size because of global warming?  Hurricanes have their beginnings in the Sahara desert in north Africa, so the hotter the temperatures are there, the bigger the hurricanes will be.

Since the Sahara desert lacks industry and development (for obvious reasons), I find the global warming excuse inane.  Deserts are meant to be hot, besides, other factors influencing the size of hurricanes are weather patterns over the Atlantic ocean. It seems “half of the water” in the Atlantic is sucked up and is then ceremoniously poured out with rage when a hurricane makes landfall.

I have often thought about how I would cope in such extreme weather conditions, fact is, I wouldn’t.  I cannot handle snow (experienced it in Canada).  Long, cold winters would be my nemesis for sure, so I’m not sure how those who emigrate take to shovelling snow and dressing to the extreme in winter, as I found it to be a constant pain in the nether region.

When all is said and done, hurricanes aren’t God’s judgment on America, they are simply a phenomenon of nature.  Today God isn’t pouring out His judgment on the world, He is pouring out His unmerited favour instead.  His gift for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life is currently on offer, all one has to do is receive it in faith, namely, how that Christ died for one’s sins, was buried and rose again to justify one in the eyes of God (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25; Ephesians 2:8-9).

This is the reason why weather patterns are unpredictable, earthquakes happen and bad things happen to good people:

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” ~ Romans 8:22

Simply put: We live in sin cursed bodies, in a sin cursed world, so don’t let your spirit be cursed to everlasting destruction too – get saved by believing the gospel of Christ today.

© Audrey Henry – 14 September 2018

Judgment

The secrets of men (secrets are hidden things) during this current dispensation will be judged by Jesus Christ according to Paul’s gospel – more precisely – all those who reject God’s grace during this dispensation will be judged at the White Throne Judgment as their names are not in the book of life. 

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” ~ Revelation 20:15.

(On the contrary, and in comparison, Saints’ names are in the book of life ~ Philippians 4:3).

Lost people – sinners who refuse to believe, are without excuse as each and every person has been given a conscience.

“Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)” ~ Romans 2:15

Man, apart from being given a conscience, was also given information (as revealed to the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ, information whereby he can be saved during this current dispensation), so it is Man’s responsibility to respond in faithful obedience to God’s requirements concerning that salvation.

It goes without saying that using one’s ignorance as an excuse on the day of judgment, just won’t fly…

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” ~ Romans 1:20.

“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 4:5

© Audrey Henry – 12 August 2018