Acts 26:24 – And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself, MUCH LEARNING DOTH MAKE THEE MAD.
Not a truer word hath been spoken 🙂
Acts 26:24 – And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself, MUCH LEARNING DOTH MAKE THEE MAD.
Not a truer word hath been spoken 🙂
Answer : By what you believe, and when you believe something, you put it into practice.
Denominationalists as a whole are identified by fairy lights, fir trees, holly, tinsel……. and their buildings…….. with steeples (or not) which are known as the CHURCH, as opposed to the body of Christ actually being the church. Colossians 1:18
BUT, not only denominationalists believe this, but non-believers too. Many non-believers, especially those of the Hebrew persuasion partake of Christmas festivities. Tell them it is a Christian festival, and they will deny it, and they would be absolutely correct.
Denominationalists follow the twelve (apostles), under a covenant with blessings and apparently no curses? Own corrupt Bible versions, practice rituals and follow and maintain man-made traditions. Colossians 2:8
If they do own an Authorised King James Bible they do not understand it as they do not rightly divide the word of truth. One can own a house, but if you do not have the keys to open it……….. what would be the point?
Their children are born into the “faith”, yet God does not have any grandchildren…..
They aspire to holy perfection in the flesh and become outward looking rather than inward looking as they start reaching “perfection”, comparing themselves with others. The outcome of self-righteousness is that those who practice always see themselves as being on a higher spiritual plane.
They are identified by Easter and Christmas as opposed to each day being equal, as well as holding the same weight in this current dispensation, i.e., we are no longer required to celebrate one day above another, meaning we no longer esteem the Sabbath and keep it holy, and neither do saved Jews HAVE TO celebrate the Jewish feasts anymore if they do not want to. Colossians 2:16
Their belief system is steeped in hypocrisy, blasphemy and self-reliance. Saying God judges the world by way of earthquakes and hurricanes is blasphemy, and saying good works justifies one in the eyes of God is self-reliance (on one’s good works). Philippians 3:9
Their God-given blessings so-called equate to financial gain, having family and friends, as opposed to suffering with no family and friends and being the offscouring of the world for one’s beliefs. 1 Corinthians 4:13
They are fruit inspectors. They adorn the fruit, not the doctrine. Titus 2:10
They are also identified with water baptism as opposed to being baptised into His death. Romans 6:3, hence they equate Christianity with life as opposed to death. In this dispensation Christ gives us death, not life – in other words we are IDENTIFIED through His death for our sins, burial and resurrection, after all it’s faith in same that saved us……
They are Identified with bearing good fruit, i.e., social causes like helping the lost live a better (earthly) life, as opposed to the preaching of the gospel and saints edified, and seeing the lost gaining eternal life in glory.
Theirs is probation not salvation. The need for continual repentance of their sins sees to this.
They are born-again as opposed to being saved. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
They believe the sins of the fathers are visited upon ensuing generations vs sins are forgiven by grace through faith in Christ’s finished work on the Cross and His resurrection. Colossians 1:14
They keep Sunday as the sabbath as opposed to not being under the law. Romans 6:14
Some believe Saturday to be the sabbath and His second coming FOR THEIR SALVATION, as opposed to His death for sins, His burial and His ressurection (payment for sin debt). Lost men and women keeping a Sabbath which is clearly practising the Law, yet looking for His second coming……….. under tribulation conditions……… 1 Thessalonians 5:9
They believe in repenting of one’s sins, changing one’s lifestyle, becoming a “good” person as opposed to the forgiveness of all sins ONCE-OFF, and being changed by His word which is studied RIGHTLY DIVIDED and is effectively installed in the innerman. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Do not know what the gospel is that saves their eternal souls as opposed to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
Believe faith OBTAINS salvation and works MAINTAIN salvation. Ephesians 2:8-10
Bible blenders as opposed to Right Division. 2 Timothy 2:15
They are shallow, being identified with tinsel, holly, baubles, fir trees and fairy lights, which isn’t the foundation which the Apostle Paul laid, hence it is like quicksand, their faith and doctrine are all over the place. 1 Corinthians 3:11
They have a very shaky foundation – no faith in the Faith of Christ according to the Apostle Paul (justification by faith alone), but rather hold stubbornly to the Faith of Christ according to the twelve apostles given to Israel (justification by faith in Israel’s Messiah plus works which is basically adherence to the law). Romans 15:8
To them, sound BIBLE KNOWLEDGE puffs up as opposed to wordly knowledge. 1 Corinthians 8:1
From their standpoint, God micro-manages their lives like choosing their spouse…… tells them how many children to have, what to eat and where to live.
They believe that He died, was buried, and rose again on the third day but do not believe it FOR THEIR SALVATION, rather they believe “in Him (His existence), and this, together with doing good works” is what saves them, according to their belief system.
Their Easter long weekend does not equate to three nights and three days that Christ was in the belly of the earth. Matthew 12:40
They have difficulty discerning between Passover and Easter, the former being a Hebrew holyday, and the latter being a pagan holyday or festival. Acts 12:4
Their so-called Christian feast days or holydays equate to nothing but debauchery no matter how hard they try to christianize them. I see so-called Christian holydays as trojan horses – attractive on the outside, but debauched by nature. A pig is still a pig even if you put lipstick on it…..
Most only attend a building which they call “church” twice a year, i.e. on Christ Mass where they move heaven and earth to try and justify that it actually is the celebration of Christ’s birth, not to mention how Easter is the celebration of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (Catholic style).
Denominationalists still see themselves as sinners, reprobates, i.e., sinners (present) saved by grace, yet we are rightfully known as Saints. We do not need Roman Catholicism to canonize us into sainthood. We WERE sinners (past tense), and are NOW saints (present tense). Actually, we are trophies of God’s grace, not trophies to our achievements.
How is the body of Christ actually built? Upon the foundation which the Apostle Paul laid. He gave us the gospel of grace, and not only that, but he has shown us how to be edified, both of which make up the foundation he laid, NOW we need to build on that foundation by way of preaching the gospel to lost souls and edifying saved people, i.e., saints, and we build on that foundation soul by soul.
Being blameless in the eyes of the world assists in propagating the Gospel of God to a lost world, and also aids in the edification of saints. A believer who ties themselves to or conforms to the world is not blameless, especially in the eyes of Islam, Hinduism, New Age, et al, and a believer who celebrates Christ Mass and Ishtar is not blameless because of the debauchery associated with these fairy tales.
I am not trying to convince anyone to stop celebrating pagan holydays, my days for doing so are over……… on the contrary, I am looking at it from a different perspective, and I am looking at how some would identify others. Be it as it may, you ARE identified by your beliefs which so happen to materialise in your practices. This is where Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensational Right Division and those who believe it and practise it should leave most thinking as we do not – should not partake in pagan holydays, rituals, the esteeming of one day above another (Sunday), Ishtar, Christ Mass, Lupercalia, and so forth. We are, after all, set-apart from the world, sanctified for God’s use, i.e., preaching the gospel and edifying saints, that is, not being conformed to the world.
Grace Believers, or Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensational Right Dividers are identified by being followers of the Apostle Paul, by believing they are saved by grace, through faith plus nothing, and their faith would be in the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. They are also identified by rightly dividing the word of truth as instructed in 2 Timothy 2:15.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Remembering without ceasing your WORK of FAITH, and LABOUR OF LOVE, and PATIENCE OF HOPE in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
When the world was cruel and battered his flesh, he grew to rely/trust more on the Lord Jesus Christ and his spirit was strengthened by the hope of spending eternity in glory, reconciled to God, knowing this life is short-lived and the things of the world do no matter.
WE HAVE HOPE. The vast majority today have absolutely no hope whatsoever, they live in fear of dying, of suffering, of getting disease, of being disabled, losing their salvation, not knowing how God operates today and wishing for the best.
For when I am weak, then I am strong: I know the bad things that happen to me during this life do not matter because the magnificence of eternity lies ahead, which puts life on this earth into its rightful perspective.
Politics do not matter
Religion does not matter
Saving the planet from climate change does not matter
What matters during this life is MAKING ALL MEN SEE by the preaching of the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 in order for them to have the same hope as us.
Without hope men die, not only physically, but spiritually as they partake of the second death which is for eternity.
1 Corinthians 1:17 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
Followers of the Apostle Paul? No.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:2 – But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
Proof that he was an Apostle sent of God:
2 Corinthians 12:12 – Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
1 Corinthians 2:1-3 – And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.Not with excellency of speech or of wisdom.
Yet modern-day preachers come with excellency of speech and worldly, man-made wisdom and want to know everything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:13 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
2 Corinthians 7:2 – Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
Wronged no man, corrupted no man and defrauded no man – just told them the truth and nothing but the truth. A claim institutionalized, denominational christianity cannot make as they defraud, corrupt and wrong men every day.
2 Corinthians 10:10 – For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
Compare this to most Pastors/Preachers of today whose bodily presence is awe-inspiring and bold, dressed to the nines in expensive suits, being clean shaven, “dressed for success” and whose speech is anything but contemptible – they stroke peoples’ “tail feathers” instead, by telling sinners they are worthy and that salvation comes with a change in lifestyle.
2 Corinthians 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
Today’s preachers claim to seek the Lord on such things and claim healing of same, yet the Apostle Paul sought God 3 times on this matter and the answer was a resounding NO (and with good reason).
2 Corinthians 10:1 10 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
Unlike Dale Carnegie or modern-day preachers who claim rudeness of speech to be unloving, Paul told the Corinthians what they needed to hear in no uncertain terms.
1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
A lesson we can all learn: to be exceeding joyful in all our tribulation because:
Romans 5: 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
It would be so much easier if one’s Bible was divided correctly and in the order God intended: Times past, but now and times to come, instead of the way it’s currently divided, namely into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Makes one wonder if more people would see the fellowship of the mystery if this were the case, realising that Paul’s thirteen epistles aren’t part of Israel’s New Covenant.
Also putting the book of Acts in its proper perspective, namely the transitional book which it rightly is, the bridge or cross-over from law to grace, transitioning from Israel’s prophetic program where the twelve apostles preached the law-based Kingdom Gospel of enduring to the end, to Paul’s grace gospel of faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, namely the Dispensation of the Grace of God. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
Correctly arranging Paul’s thirteen epistles pertaining to the dispensation of Grace and the body of Christ which contain what he aptly calls “my gospel”. Paul’s thirteen epistles too transition from the sign gifts, namely prophesying, tongue talking and healing to God’s grace alone being sufficient for the believer in this current dispensation (1 Corinthians 13).
The transition from his pre-prison epistles where he refers and speaks to/about unbelievers as well as believers, transitioning to his prison and pastoral epistles where he speaks only to believers. His pre-prison epistles emphasise salvation = getting people saved, and his prison and pastoral epistles put the emphasis on the edification of saints.
Then inserting a division to what is correctly known as the actual New Testament given to Israel which is once again based on the Law, beginning with Hebrews and ending with the book of Revelation, depicting seven law-based Jewish synagogues which are refined in the fire like gold, having to endure to the end (works required for justification).
These divisions correctly discern between the three timelines in the Bible, namely, TIMES PAST (Israel’s Old Covenant, including the parts of Genesis referring to Adam & Even and Noah), as well as the current dispensation known as “BUT NOW” (which refers to the Apostle Paul’s thirteen epistles which are doctrine for this current dispensation we are living in – take note how many times Paul says, “but now”), and then TIMES TO COME (which is doctrine to Israel during the tribulation period and millennium which are future).
To most the only division in the Bible is between the Old and New Testament, hence the reason why some believe they need to turn to God and he will heal their land, whilst others fight a spiritual “Joshua” battle, or face their “Goliath” and in so doing tend to spiritualize scripture.
They don’t know whether to turn from their sins, repent and be baptised in water, ask God for mercy, beg for forgiveness, confess their sins, change their lifestyles or believe everything/anything preached from the various pulpits of mainline denominationalist “churches”. Neither are they sure whether to sprinkle, dip, immerse or dunk in a baptismal font, swimming pool or the river Jordan.
Most have never heard of the Judgment Seat of Christ, nor are they aware of the difference between salvation and service. Most aren’t even saved – they think service (doing good works) is what saves their souls.
When someone professes to be gaining a closer or higher level in their walk with God, run for the hills, as one cannot get any closer to God than being saved, period. Claiming to gain a “higher spiritual standing” is petrification rather than edification. Fossil assemblies where they are ignorant of God’s imputed righteousness and try and gain His acceptance through their own righteousness by works of the Law, yet Paul emphasizes the fact that we’re no longer under the law, but under grace.
Anything one does in the flesh to gain rightstanding or justification in the eyes of God takes away from Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection for one’s justification. The gospel has now become watered down to “accepting Christ as one’s Lord and Saviour” circumventing what He did for you as a sinner. Christ doesn’t need your acceptance of Him, He wants you to believe His debt payment for your sins in order to be saved for your own good.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock”, and below is a picture of a man with long hair and a flowing white robe knocking on a door like He desperately needs you to open and let Him in (rolls eyes), actually begging you to let Him in because He’s homeless and needs to sup with you. “Poor Jesus, let Him in, his heart is broken and very few want Him or accept Him” which is in complete contrast to how He is depicted in the book of Revelation – mighty, powerful, the King of kings and the Lord of lords excercising His vengeance on an unbelieving world in times to come.
And that is what happens when unsaved religionists try to understand or make head or tail of the Bible. It’s like putting the Bible in a blender then choosing one verse out of the thousands of verses it contains and applying it to yourself like the Bible is some magic book and God led you to choose that particular verse. But God is a God of order, and there’s a definite order in relation to understanding the Bible, (2 Timothy 2:15) in order to realise God’s will and purpose for your life, for every man’s life, to know what the gospel is which saves your soul, to know how God is dealing with people when and how and particularly today.
In this current dispensation God is pouring out His unmerited favour on mankind in contrast to punishing and judging men for their wrong-doing or sin. Getting sick isn’t punishment, being destitute isn’t being punished, nor is being poor. Dying and not being saved is punishment.
Unsaved people have a tendency to be obsessed with their flesh, with the outerman. They want to heal and adorn their flesh which makes them feel good, and when they feel good about themselves (in the flesh) they automatically feel saved and blessed. No “negativity”. This is the reason why most people do not believe the gospel because firstly it puts them in a negative light, i.e., that they are sinners as opposed to being “good people”, and secondly Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross is gory and negative in their eyes.
Compare Pauline Christianity to the various religions of the world. Most, if not all religions make YOU feel good about yourself because they do not judge you to be totally depraved, on the contrary they tend to see “the good in all men” and put the emphasis on this instead. “Good men and women who come to God” instead of “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.
The basic error of a works/performance based programme which all religions adhere to and fail to comprehend is this: If they can or are able to save themselves through/by good works then Christ needn’t have been crucified, nor would it have been necessary for him to have risen from the dead.
Religions hand out probation instead of salvation, and that includes mainline, institutionalised denominationalism.
Probation is based on self-reliance which is opposed to God-given salvation, a gift which is to be received and seals the believer. Christ didn’t die on the cross in order for us to perform, He died in order for us to have peace, knowing we are saved.
I am a Mid-Acts Pauline Right Division Dispensationalist.
What does it mean to be a Mid-Acts (Acts 9) Pauline Right Division Dispensationalist?
It means the Bible is progressive revelation. God, although His character and principles remain the same throughout the ages, works differently with people during different dispensations.
DISPENSATION is a Biblical word – Ephesians 3. The Apostle Paul was exclusively given the Dispensation of Grace by the ASCENDED Christ of which He was made the Chief Steward of, to dispense the relevant information on how men could now be saved.
God did not deal the same way with Adam & Eve or Noah as He dealt with the Jews. Adam & Eve were instructed not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil but they failed.
Noah was instructed to build a ship and he obeyed God, the end result being that he and his wife and intermediate family were saved from destruction and went on to populate the earth through his 3 sons, Shem, Ham & Japheth.
Today we are instructed to believe the Gospel and to rightly divide the word of truth – 1 Timothy 2:4; 2; 2 Timothy 2:15.
God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees and instructed him to leave his land of birth, and his family, although his nephew Lot and his father accompanied him, and that He (God) would make his (Abraham’s) descendants a great country, a light unto the world and He would bless them. They were made a peculiar people with their own set of laws and commandments.
Abram changed his name to Abraham. He believed God through faith alone and was saved – Genesis 15 and Romans 4. Only afterwards was Abraham circumsized – Genesis 17 and “marked” as sanctified – set apart from the heathen nations and God made a covenant with Him.
PLEASE NOTE : God made a covenant with Abraham, Abraham did not make a covenant with God.
Abraham’s descendants were known as Hebrews because Abram belonged to the Hebrew tribe when he lived in Ur, he was a descendant of Shem, and thus a Semite. Semitic.
The Hebrews were set-apart (sanctified) from the heathens by way of being given a set of commandments and laws – namely, the Levitical Law, and the Priests who oversaw and implemented these laws were from the tribe of Levi, hence the name “Levitical law”.
The Levitical Law of which the Mosaic Law (given to Moses on two tablets of stone) is a part of, is made up of 613 commandments in total, and what did Christ tell the Jews during His earthly ministry to Israel? He said, if you break one of these commandments, you’ve broken them all – all 613. James 2:10; Matthew 5:19.
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, the four synoptic gospels depict Christ’s earthly ministry which was solely to Israel : Matthew 10:5; Matthew 15:24.
Why did Jesus say what He said in Matthew 15:24 and Matthew 10:5? Because in times past, Israel was the light unto the world, Gentiles could only be saved through protelyzing to her faith, namely Judaism. This is also the very reason why Jesus said this in Matthew 15:26: “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”
Only when the Gentile woman in question blessed Israel was she accepted.
Gentiles had to prostelyze or bless Israel in times past in order to be saved. This is not the case today, and nor do we have any claim to Israel’s promises. God chose A land – singular, not many lands, and the land in question in the Bible refers to the Kingdom of Israel which is still future. Her tribulation doctrine lies between Hebrews and Revelation. Her perfect sacrifice is the Lamb of God without spot or blemish, not a bull or a goat or a lamb or a dove as in times past. God will again, in a future time, bring her back into the fold and she will inherit her kingdom on earth.
But Israel had a propensity to always follow the ways of the heathen Gentiles and fell into apostasy, they even crucified their Messiah which was the final rejection of worshipping God and following His ways. Read Acts 28. Hence the reason God sent her prophets – to warn her of her apostasy. Today she isn’t a chosen people, she is saved the same way we are : through faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross, His burial and His resurrection from the dead on the 3rd day.
Today God is dealing with individual salvation, not nations as in times past. If an individual Jew believes the gospel – he is saved.
Hence the reason why God raised up another Apostle, the Apostle Paul and gave him a different set of “rules” with a different gospel to to that of Israel’s Kingdom gospel, since God had now declared Israel lo-ammi – not His people (Hosea 2), he created an alternative way for the world to receive salvation as He couldn’t give Israel’s Kingdom promises to Gentiles as most of those promises for Israel have not yet been fulfilled, and God doesn’t break His promises as His character and principles never change.
Compare Romans 4 to James 2.
Paul says today in the Dispensation of God’s grace we ARE saved (as opposed to will be saved) by grace through faith without works – Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the object of our faith? The gospel which is noted in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
How do we know there is more than one gospel (good news) in the Bible? Because we aren’t saved in the same way as Noah was, nor are we saved the same way the Jews were – Galatians 2:7-9. The Gospel of the circumcision was given solely to Israel in order that Gentiles may prostelyze to her faith (times past), and the Gospel of the uncircumcision is given to Gentiles today in order to be saved.
There will however come a time when this dispensation will cease, and God will once again start dealing with Israel and the Kingdom Gospel will come into effect along with their law program.
2 Timothy tells us to rightly divide the word of truth – but what is the word of truth? Ephesians 1:13 tells us what it is. So why does God tell/instruct us to rightly divide the gospel of our salvation? Because there is more than one and we need to believe the right one, the which is in effect during the time we are living.
The Apostle Paul says we are no longer under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14.
What was the spiritual status of Gentiles under Israel’s Covenant, law-based program? :
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
1) Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.
2) Strangers from the covenants of promise.
Gentiles in times past had no claim to Israel’s covenants of promise or the commonwealth of Israel – unless they prostelyzed to Judaism.
And yet there are people today who claim all of Israel’s promises and make covenants with Almighty God.
Grace means God’s unmerited favour upon mankind – unmerited means it’s undeserving. How is His unmerited favour expressed? In the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. It’s the object of my faith. All we need to believe in order to be saved and heaven bound is to believe how that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried and rose again for our justification. Romans 4:25.
Since His grace is unmerited or undeserving – we cannot work for our salvation; we cannot work ourselves into heaven. All we can and must do is believe His payment for our sins on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection.
Justification means being declared holy or righteous in the eyes of God. It’s what He did, not what we can do or have done.
Once we have believed the gospel we receive God’s imputed righteousness – Philippians 3:9; Galatians 2:16
Once you belief what Christ did for you and you rightly divide the Word of Truth – you will finally understand God’s plan and purpose for your life, and you will also understand the Bible. It will all make sense to you.
Thank you for reading my blog. My prayer is for you to be saved and come unto the knowledge of truth – 1 Timothy 2:4. Because eternity matters.