Is God Honest?

Do Your Beliefs Portray God's Honesty?

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This list of questions might put you on the spot. I will admit, I am trying to get you in a corner. Why? I am hoping I can make you think.    (Audio Intro)

I Hope that through these questions I can get you to look at prevailing Christian theology from a different and more correct perspective.

(The end result of obedience to pure doctrine would be lasting peace.)

We need purity and common sense in our theology.

Doctrinal purity will insure a more efficient soul winning effort; for we can get people saved now, but we do not keep very many of them saved. This is primarily due to a lack of teaching of pure doctrine.

God through Jeremiah spoke of the Prophets and said,

Jeremiah 23:22, But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

At another time Jeremiah tried to reason with the leaders of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the lord your God; and the lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

The principles that are portrayed in the passages above are eternal in nature and they bear on our situation.

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1. Is God indebted to His creation for any reason? Does he owe us anything?

2. Did the Death of Christ settle a debt that he owed mankind? (Was the death of the son of God an act of pure justice by God, say, like an eye for an eye?)

2-b (Or is it not far more correct to say it was an act of Grace, or un-merited favor?)

3. Who committed, or created the original sin?

A. Was it God?

B. Was it Eve?

C. Was it Adam?

D. Was it Satan?

4. Did Satan have a choice, or was he forced to sin?

5. Did Adam and Eve Have a choice, or were they programmed to sin.

Take your time. Think about your answers.

 6. Did God create any person or angel with a predisposition for disobedience or with an evil Nature?

7. Did God create angels and people with the ability to make free choices, and the ability to do right or wrong, if they chose to do so?

8. Did you answer yes to the last question?

9. If you did, then do you feel that all the people since Adam and Eve are guilty before God because of their sins?

10. If you answered no to the 7th question - - then

Do you feel that God had to allow His son to die for us, because he unjustly holds us accountable for the sins of Adam and Eve.

(Or do you think he owes us a sacrifice for those sins, since he (God), was responsible yet, holds us accountable for their sins?)

11. Would it be unfair if God held us accountable for the sins of someone else while refusing to provide a sacrifice for us?

12. Does this peculiar line of thought make a yes for question 7, sound more sensible, and scriptural?

13. Or do you possibly feel or understand this - the sin of Adam removed the choice of whether we would sin or not, possibly through some sort of genetic change to the bodies of those that have been born since then?

14. Do you feel that sin is passed on to your children in the same way that they inherit the color of their eyes; by heredity?

15. If sin is passed on to posterity without their choice, then why are they held responsible for their actions?

15 a. How can you be guilty of a crime that you were forced to commit?

16. If God programmed us to sin, aren't our sins His fault, rather than ours?

17. Why should we be condemned for being the way he created us?

18. Why should we be put in Jail for crimes which we commit just because -

A. We were not taught to work?

B. We wanted attention?

C. We were abused when we were a child?

D. Our parents did not want us?

E. A teacher hated us and gave us bad grades for not studying?

Do these statements sound familiar?

19. Is it true that many people, who came from deprived backgrounds, have made good, by exercising their choice to work hard and study, and so have, by choice, and self-discipline, made a success of their lives?

20. The Bible says that all have sinned. (who is the all?) Could this sin be produced by the influence that sin has on our immature unstable character and because we have all, intentionally, made wrong choices? (The same way that Adam and Eve did?)

21. Can you accept the following definitions of sin?

A transgression, (especially, when deliberate), of a divine law. To violate any requirement of right, duty, to do wrong.

James, 1:12-15. "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation." "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then

when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin.

 Do not err, my beloved brethren."

(Do not misunderstand this, Or do not sin. It is said here that Lust produces sin.)

22. After reading these definitions, do you now feel that we are under the influence of the sin of Adam. (Rather then our being actually guilty before God because of his sin?)

23. Is it scriptural to understand that Adam was able to transfer some governmental authority to Satan?

Since God had given Adam free choice and the stewardship of this world, he could rebel. So, when Adam preferred and accepted Satan's advice, he (in a sense), placed all of his (Adam's), posterity under Satan's, influence and limited control. Thus, though we are not Guilty of the Sin of Adam we nevertheless suffer because of his sin. As a result we have two choices.

A. We can rebel against the slavery of Satan, by turning to Jesus. Or -

B. Accept the status quo and stay in bondage to the same deception that afflicted Adam and Eve.

24. If you agree with the general direction of the above questions, would you agree that God is just if he allows us to Choose?

It is considered fair normal and just, to expect a child to obey his parents, attend school, eventually get a job and support themselves, and pay all the debts that they incur. so -

24. Is it practical to understand that God does not make laws for His people that are beyond their ability to obey, in all practicality?

26. Would God be just, honest, and loving, if he made laws that were impossible for people to obey?

27. Would it be honest of God to institute a law and demand retribution for disobedience, all the while knowing that it was an impossibility for them to obey?

28. Can the Bible be trusted if it deceives us by reporting a lie as the truth?

29. Is it true that David loved the law of God and claimed to be obedient to it? Psalms 119.

30. How could David and other people referred to in the Bible be accepted as true historical figures if it lies about them?

31. Again, were there times in some of the lives of biblical characters where they lived in obedience to the laws of God?

32. If they did obey the laws of God, then why are we not capable of being obedient also?

33. Did Jesus actually live a life free from sin?

34. Was He born of a woman?

35. Was He guilty of sin because of Adams sin?

36. If guilt before God is passed down through posterity, how could it be said that Jesus was sinless?

37. Did Jesus obey God by relying on his Godlike powers to keep him from sin, thereby producing an unattainable example before us?

38. Are we deceived by the Bible into wanting to do the impossible, which is to be like Jesus?

39. Is the prayer that we call the Lords prayer a farce?

In it we are to request of God the impossible, which is that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven?

40. Or is it actually possible to do his will on earth?

41. Is the Grace of God only good for forgiving us of sin?

42. Or is it also powerful enough to keep us from sinning?

43. Is it actually possible to be saved and yet not forgive others of their sins against us?

If the last statement is true, then the Lords prayer is a farce.

44. Did Jesus say, immediately after giving the Lords prayer to the disciples, that we will not be forgiven if we do not forgive others? Matthew. 6:15

46. Is it true that when we accept Christ and repent, we are forgiven because of his sacrifice?

47. Is it also true that we have the potential to live sin free lives, because he lives in us?

(We were saved by His death, but much more are we now saved by His life.) This is a key.

48. Is it safe to teach people that they can have some area of habitual sinning in their life and still make heaven?

49. Are there texts in the Bible that pointedly teach that we should expect to keep sinning habitually after we accept Christ?

50. Or, is it scriptural to teach that we should expect by the grace of God and self-discipline to be free of habitual sin?

51. Is there a place in Christ that we can reach where we will lose our ability to choose our destiny?

52. Is it true that after we are born again, we either become angel like robots, or we are elevated above the laws of God to the point that we are no longer held liable for our sin?

53. Is it possible, as is implied in Rev. 3:5, that some could have their names blotted out of the book of life if they do not overcome?

54. Is it true that if we do not obey the commandments of God that we will not partake of the tree of life, as is implied in Rev. 22:14?

55. Is the much sorer punishment in Hebrews 10:29 referring to eternal death?

Verse 28.

He that despised Moses's law died

without mercy under two or three witnesses.

29. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, and unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the spirit of grace.

Physical death was the worst punishment given under the law of Moses? So what would be worse than being stoned to death?

56. Would it be just of God to allow people to enter heaven on the basis of what they have confessed with their mouths, but denied by their actions?

57. Is it true that the court system is following the weak example of sick churches, when it allows criminals to be paroled early without good evidence of a truly reformed life?

58. Does the misunderstanding of the effects of the sin of Adam on us, give us an excuse for blaming God for our sin?

59. When David complained of being born in sin and shapened in iniquity, did his exclamation get its motivation because of his feelings of guilt from his affair with Bethsheba? Psalms 51.

60. Did you Know that David said the following?

"For thou art my hope, O Lord God: Thou art my trust from my youth. By thee I have been Holden up from the womb: Thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: My praise shall be continually of thee." Psalms 71:5&6.

In another place he (David), speaks of God forming him before he was born. Psalms 139: 13-16. More on this later.

61. Should we use contextual interpretation, rather than allowing our carnal mind to lead us into making excuses for sin?

62. In the middle of a discourse on moral laws did Jesus say

"Therefore be ye perfect even as your father which is in heaven is perfect." ?

62b Should we desire to be as perfect as God?

63. Would proper textual interpretation of this passage consider the topic with which Jesus was dealing with?

64. Should we accept the total moral perfection of God as the point of this scripture? Matt. 5:48.

65. Is it a violation of contextual interpretation to avoid the thought that God, as He is in all of His attributes, is being pointed to as an example of perfection by Jesus?

(Please notice that the subject before and after this verse is dealing with morality.)

66. Is it an error to suppose that because the terms that are used can be interpreted to mean, to be "equipped" as God is, does away with the need of contextual interpretation?

67. Is it also true that to be Holy infers that we are to be both separate and sinless?

68. Is it a violation of contextual interpretation to separate the literal meaning of a word from its common usage?

69. Are we to be Holy as God is Holy?

70. Is God Sinless?

71. Are the perfection and holiness of God separated from His sinless-ness?

72. Since men do sin, on occasion, after they have been converted, does this make the scriptures of no effect? Or, does it mean that God is powerless and a liar?

73. Is anyone foolish enough to argue and say that every true Christian never sins?

74. Do their incidental sins do away with the strength of those scriptures that teach that we are not to sin, and that we will suffer, even to the point of losing our salvation if we sin habitually and fail to repent?

75. If Satan can seduce people into sin, Is it wrong to think that his creator is able to undo what (he), Satan has done? Even to the point of making new creatures out of his victims?

76. Will we be free to choose in heaven?

77. Can the Angels choose?

78. If we were deprived of that Godlike ability to choose, would this reduce the value of our praise to God?

79. Would it be better to know that God always trusted you enough to allow you to be a free moral agent?

80. Would it also be better to be controlled by love, knowledge and wisdom then to be a forced slave?

 The following is a Historical orthodox Catechism?

Q. Did God create man so wicked and perverse?

A. No. God created Man good and in His own Image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that he might truly know God his creator, love him with all his heart, and live with him in eternal happiness for His praise and glory.

Q. Then where does man's corrupt nature come from?

A. From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in paradise.

This fall has so poisoned our nature that we are born sinners, - Corrupt from conception on.

 81. Do you agree with the answer of the first question in this Catechism? (Most, if not all Christians do.)

82. Do you agree with the answer that is given for the 2nd question?

As I have pointed out above -- This answer has been thought to be based on the exclamation that David made when he was found out in his sin with Bethsheba. Psalms 51: 5.  However, in the context, you will see that it was David's mother who had a problem, but this is another subject.  I should add that she was married to a pagan king before Jesse married her and David had step sisters. 

As I said above - To get the proper perspective of this text we must take into consideration the following verses --

Ps 22:9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.

Ps 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. 6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

Eccl 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (KJV)

I would like to ask another question along this line, just in case you did agree with the above catechism's 2nd answer.

83. If we inherit our corrupt nature (so to speak), from Adam and Eve, then from whom did they inherit their corrupt nature?

Is God the first sinner? Did he create the first sin?

I think not.

84. Does Romans 5:12-19 indicate that the reason there is sin in the world, is that we have inherited an evil nature from Adam and Eve?

85. Rather, does it not say that sin came into this world through one man, and that because of this, death has been passed on to all men?

86. Does it also say that death is passed on to all men, because that all men have sinned?

It should be noted that some interpretations lean toward the idea of all having sinned in Adam. So it is possible that they would agree with the 2nd answer.

They say in effect that we all sinned or transgressed in Adam, simply because we were in his loins. They use a thought comparative to the example of the Levites having paid tithes to Melchisedec, through being in the loins of Abraham.

This is in error, if this is their intention, for these reasons

- In the paying of tithes while being in the loins of someone, there is no morality involved. No credit is given to any of the future posterity, that came from those loins, for that tithe. In comparison, there is no guilt passed to posterity through the loins of a father who was sinful. This is affirmed repeatedly in the scriptures. Please note Ezekiel the 18th chapter and the 33rd chapter, also Jeremiah 31:21.

In the case of Children being affected by the actions of their father's. This is due to the lasting negative or positive effect of their fathers' actions. Not because they personally earned those results.

To interpret the nature of the effect of the sin of Adam as an inherent evil that is passed down to his posterity, (or a nature that is evil and guilty before God, that even abides in the newborn child), is a serious perversion of contextual interpretation. This confusion makes the church look evil to a thinking world.

God visits both the sins and good rewards on people to the third and fourth generations.

We are all affected, both positively and negatively, by things that happened hundreds of years prior.

These things are not a form of pay back because of what we did.

Note: The perversion of these principles are used as a basis for excusing the sinning believer.

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The dealing of God with Cain after He (Cain) had given an unacceptable sacrifice portrays the proper approach to the effects of Adam's sin. Cain was born of Eve, still God held him completely responsible for His own sin by detailing to him just what he had to do to be accepted. God made no reference to some form of inherited sin that had produced Cain's problem. In addition, Abel had presented and acceptable sacrifice and yet he too was born or Eve and should have been contaminated with this inherent sin, if there was such a thing. (The Bible refers to Abel as being righteous.) Here is the text under consideration in two versions.

Gen 4:4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 6 So the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."  (NKJ)

Gen 4:6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it. " (NIV)

We would do well to answer these questions with this text and it's context in our mind. Now back to the list of questions.

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87. Does Romans give in detail the method or way in which the sin of Adam has affected all of us, other then to say that his sin has brought death upon us?

88. It is obvious that Satan was the first sinner, so why was he not blamed for introducing sin into the world?

89. Was it because he was not in the position of the stewardship of this world, as was true with Adam?

90. Is it true that because Adam listened to Satan and obeyed his suggestion, that he (Adam), placed us under the influence of Satan?

Thus, we are sinner's first by position, not by choice. For, we will not be charged with the guilt of any sin until we reach the age of accountability?

A. It is preached that we are born spiritually dead, or with a sinful nature.

B. Jesus said that we are to become as little children or we cannot enter his kingdom.

These last two statements are contradictory.

Who do you want to believe?

91. Is it more accurate to say that we are sinners and have the nature of a sinner because we are just like Adam and Eve, in that respect?

92. And, is it true that though we do not have an evil constitution, or nature, most have sinned before God and will likely sin again?

Please note the context of Romans 3:23.

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Rom 3:10 As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.

2:28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

3:1 What advantage then
has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?

3:9 What then?
Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.  (NKJ)

The context refers to all nations, peoples, or races; not individuals. Jesus did not sin and it appears that there were others.

93. Do we all sin in the same manner as Adam and Eve? (Being tempted by our natural desires to do that which is sin?)

94. Is it, that our natural fleshly desires, (which are not sinful when under control), are always pulling us toward sin and because of this our flesh is at enmity against God?

95. Is this why we are to reckon the old man dead?

96. Are our basic natural fleshly desires what Satan works on, when he tempts us away from God?

97. Does Christ give us the power to reverse this situation completely?

He gave us an example to live by, as he lived his law of love before us. Now, His indwelling presence gives us the power to control our flesh completely?

 We need to remember Cain. God told him he must overcome sin.

Christians may sin on occasion, but they do not have too, and they are not to be habitual sinners.

98. Should we repent before God while affirming that we are guilty before him for our own transgressions, not those of another?

99. Does sin separate us from God?

100. Does our doctrine keep telling us that we will surely not die -- from just one little un-repented of sin?

This is a very dangerous premise.

101. Is this being taught in a variety of ways today?

102. What did Satan suggest to Eve, in this respect?

103. Is this not a diabolical form of situation ethics that is being sold to the Christian in a very clever disguise?

104. Since the Church is the light of the world, is it reasonable to think that the world is being negatively affected by the Church's lack of faith?

105. Are there over emphasis's put on nonessential things in the Church.

106. Are churches developing traditions that are allowing them to hide their heads in the sand of lethargy and indifference.

107. Is it now a prevalent mode of operation for the Church to teach people to depend on emotional experiences rather then objective truth?

108. Is it right to do the following things once a year? Visit those that are in rest homes, give to the poor, make a big dinner for the homeless?

109. If the Church does these things sporadically, or once a year, are they being obedient?

110. Is the Church or the person that does these things once a year, or when it is convenient, part of the body of Christ?

"What ever you have done to the least of these ye have done to me." "I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me."

111. Is symbolism or show as important as substance?

112. Do most Christians follow those who purport to have signs or miracles in their ministry, or those who have some other intriguing ability?

113. Do the majority of Christians continue to follow, even though their (leader's), life style does not support righteousness?

114. Are Church people being taught to involve themselves in the affairs of their communities and work toward commonsense and righteousness in government?

115. Or, are they being taught to avoid confrontation of any sort?

116. In the parables of Christ, was the Kingdom of heaven, to flourish?

117. In the Lords prayer, is His will to be done on earth?

118. Was the Church or body of Christ to survive the last days and then continue to grow on into the ages?

119. Or, is the Church to be overcome by the influences of the world? With just a small remnant being caught away?

120. Is it the will of God to have a small Church that has lost its battle against Satan?

I must refer to First John

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

1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (NKJ)

Just what does the rest of this book say about sin? What is the prevailing theme in this book of First John?

The context teaches us that we are not to sin and if we do sin we have an advocate, and if we are actively sinning we are not a Christian. This is the short but blunt truth about the context of the book. Apparently sin is to be the exception.

With this in mind let us look again at these two verses. According to what they say. First, we must never say we have no sin. Secondly, if we do say this we are a liar.

How can this be when we are taught in the rest of the book to not sin? Answer: Presumption is present when we say we have not sinned or have no sin. When we say such a thing we have elevated our position up to that of God. Even if believe we are righteous it is presumptuous to raise our head and emphatically declare this. To do so automatically produces error or sin and we are then guilty and disqualified and so are a liar.

We can defend ourselves, but we must never be presumptuous. These verses must not be interpreted so as to contradict the rest of that book, let alone the rest of the bible.

 

The teaching of the Rapture of the Church has, in many cases, left the impression that God catches it away to keep it from failing, period.

This helps support the erroneous thought that a Christian cannot be expected to be a dynamic obedient person. For, if they were dynamic and obedient, they would be efficient in winning souls for Christ.

The Church naturally would then grow and cover the earth with righteous people.

(The text is speaking of the elevation of the Church, or a change of position, not the removing of it from the earth. Where is heaven? Where is God? The action is inseparable from a spiritual application. It is speaking of being with God.)

Too many Christians think this is impossible.

They think it is better for us to be allowed to sin a little all the time and still be saved. They feel that if we are not allowed to do some sinning we will miss out on too much fun.

The Church is trying to cover the tracks of the sinning believers.

In a sense the world follows the Church.

This is why everyone is now refusing to be personally responsible for their own actions?

The world is now looking to the State for all of their answers, and they feel that someone else is responsible for their misfortunes; just as Adam and Eve looked to someone else and blamed them for their sin. (Which in effect was saying, "God this is all your fault.") So, the Church today does the same thing.

Jesus said his yoke was easy and his burden was light. Our failure to believe this is causing us all kinds of mischief.

Obedience to the laws of God produces blessings. God's ways are the ways of peace and there are no other alternatives.

There is a spirit that has invaded our thinking, which says take the easy way. Do not offend anyone, for you might stop them from turning to God, or keep them from repenting. Yet, our surgeons still cut out the offending cancer to save a life.

The Church has failed in the area of self discipline and there will be many people in hell because of this.

To be a person of good character you have to make hard decisions.

The little foxes destroy the vine.

A little leaven spoils the whole lump.

Strait is the gate and narrow is the way.

Because the world is following the example of the loose Church, we are giving out condoms to our children. We still won't allow them to drive, yet we say that they are going to have sex. Now we are taking guns away from everyone, so we can keep criminals and children from having them.

Christians are going to be the focus of more and more bigotry and yet it will be liberal bigots who are claiming that it is Christians who are the dangerous bigots. We are now being blamed for the spread of AIDS. They say that Christians are responsible for the increase of this disease because they won't let children be educated about safe sex.

Because of their ignorance of righteousness, Christians are running blindly into a culture war that they are ill prepared to fight.

Half of the Christians are pro-life, the other half are pro-abortion and they cannot get together enough to even reduce the frequency of abortions.

Many Christians are against capitol punishment, but this will finally change when capitol crimes hit enough of their homes.

We must apply the principles of Second Chronicles 7:14 before our people and our nation can be saved.

God gave the people of the Old Testament over to their own laws. They put a cruel hardship on themselves through their nonsensical traditions.

We are in the process of doing the same thing in our Churches as we teach by example that a little sin is good for us and fun. This nonsense is not preached, but it is projected by the life style of many Christian leaders.

Take a look at what Paul was preaching against by clicking on this sentence.

Our government is enforcing nonsense by catering to those who think humans are not made in the image of god. Mountain lions, coyotes and diseases spread by other protected animals are growing and spreading. As a result many people are aggravated by the loss of their pets and afraid to go camping. The bubonic plague and the lyme disease are being spread to people by ticks and fleas.

(As this is happening more and more Christians are forgetting their civilizing biblical heritage and are into taking their clothes off. This makes them more susceptible to disease and skin cancer, and lust.)

These diseases and bugs were kept in check until we stopped the controlled hunting of our wild life.

The timber, fur and agricultural industries are being hurt because of our nonsensical approach to the control of our environment.

It has been said that we have 75% more forests today then was here when the first settlers landed. It was common for the Indians to set fires to the brush in the fall, so there would be more grass and animal life. There was no forest service, or ways to fight fires or build a fire brake. As a result fire set by lightning burned freely.

Science says we are having fewer and less sever earthquakes over the last 80 years. However, the Watch tower and most Christian prophecy preachers say other wise.

Tree rings tell us that the past had more sever weather, but politicians tell us that we are the ones responsible for El Nino.

We are now trying to control crime, after the fact, by building more and bigger prisons. Yet we have outlawed the spanking of children. All of this nonsense will continue on, into even greater hardships for us, until we repent.

There is now a new perverted philosophy called bio-politics. It is based on evolution. In it, it is taught that humans have not evolved to the point where they can quit fighting. This is why we have riots and wars. It may take thousands of more years before we evolve to the point where we can live in peace. The problem is not immorality, but it is in our genes. So if there are wars of genocide against other ethnic groups it is not a moral problem.

This nonsense started when the Church started teaching that we cannot live free from habitual sin, for we are born with a sinful nature. (It is in our genes.) Or, that obedience is not essential to our salvation.

These errors beget all kinds of other error.

How many ways does God have to tell us no?

He has told us not to do certain things, yet we turn around and teach that he really did not say it. Then in other areas we have concocted man made rules that are against nature and the blessings of God.

The church has left teaching and turned to legislating. On this basis we are progressing into many forms of situation ethics. This has made an opening for nonsensical eastern mystical religions to creep into our doctrine.

The leaders of too many churches fail to get their people to become avid readers and students of the Bible. Instead their ministry stands between the people and God and the Bible. Or the People can only approach God through the ministry of some leader. These leader's methods of teaching and preaching have caused the people to think that the Bible is a hard book to read, let alone understand. By their methods and approach they cause their congregations to be dependent on them for their understanding of God and the Bible. Again, they (in effect), stand between the people and their understanding of the word.

When we go to school we are expected to learn to read, to study and to comprehend what we have learned. Then we are expected to be able to do research and learn more on our own. We are weaned from our schooling. Unfortunately, most Christians have to be spoon-fed or they die. They end up totally dependent on the ministry of someone else, for their spiritual food and understanding.

These erroneous methods and doctrines allow ministers to lord it over their congregations.

Because of this we have politicians doing the same thing. They empower themselves by creating dependency in their constituents. This dependency is created when they give them more and more entitlements. The erroneous doctrines that I am trying to reveal in this article lay the ground work for the empowerment of unethical Christian leaders.

Again, -These doctrines excuse Christians for their habitual sinning, while promising them salvation. All the while these so called liberated Christians are becoming more enslaved to their carnal appetites and because of this the church is losing its reputation for righteousness.

Christians can become learned students of the Bible. They can walk in holiness and literal righteousness on a daily basis. We can be like Christ. We do not have to put up with nonsensical doctrine.

The truth of God and his word when applied will give us peace, prosperity, stability and Joy. Whereas ignorance of the ways and will of God eventually produces chaos.

Let us all repent.

We can overcome, we can have a revival.

It is the will of God to have his righteousness cover this earth and this will be done whenever the Church agrees with Him. We have been and are still violating the instructions found in the last Chapter of the Book of Revelations. We have changed the positive message of that book and will repeatedly suffer from those plagues until we repent.

(This will be edited again as I get time.)

Vern Manson      8-6-88 / 4-12-95 / 7-27-98 / 8-8-01

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