Coming to the Truth…


Knowing the TRUTH…

Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me. John 14:6

David Finkle tells his story of experiencing being born again and coming to know Jesus!

 

 

 

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‘Civil Rights’ are the personal rights of individual citizens.


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The words ‘civil rights’ indicates that these are rights that apply to citizens of a nation. Even legal immigrants are not guaranteed ‘civil rights’. These are reserved for citizens. 

As a nation we have always welcomed immigrants and made a pathway for legal immigrants to obtain civil rights or citizenship? Do some who come illegally come to harm us rather than to help us and is this is why we set a standard for citizenship?

Americans must begin to think clearly and be able to discern truth from error and propaganda from reality if we are going to be able to remain a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people. Political rhetoric is being used as propaganda and clothed in emotional  terms that have always stirred the American people to action by this administration. Everything is political in today’s climate and there is no sense of…

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The Power of Christ


Christ Jesus the Lord had power over life, death, the grave,  hades, sin and Satan.

Hebrews 2:14 Therefore, since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.…

Revelation 12:10 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

Revelation 20:6 “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

Revelation 1:18 “And the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

2 Peter 1:16 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

1 Peter 3:…18 “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which He also went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ark was being built. In the ark a few people, only eight souls, were saved through water.…

Romans 5:21 “…so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness, to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Ephesians 4:7 Now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore it says: “Having ascended on high, He led captive captivity, and gave gifts to men.”Now what is “He ascended,” except that He also descended into the lower regions of the earth?  10 The One having descended is also the same One having ascended above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.

Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”

It’s seems to me impossible to read the above and to read Zephaniah chapter 3 (the entire chapter) without recognizing that Christ is truly YHWH, manifest as the Son… Zephaniah 3:

15 YHWH has taken away your punishment; He has turned back your enemy. Israel’s King, YHWH, is among you; no longer will you fear any harm. 16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem: “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands fall limp 17 YHWH your God is among you; He is mighty to save.

Christians praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

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The truth about the Third Person…


“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man…” Genesis 6:3

If you send your child to college, they may be approached by a member of an organization who will invite them to a “Bible study.” The Bible study may in reality turn out be an indoctrination session and in that session, at some point, they could be told that Jesus is a created being, named Michael the Archangel, a lesser god, and that the Holy Spirit is an active force rather a than Person through whom God works. Students need to be prepared to resist cultic organizations and their false teachings of any sort. It helps if they are well-grounded in the truth. Here is the truth about…

THE THIRD PERSON

The Holy Spirit clearly has all the characteristics of a Person.  He is called God. (Acts 5:3-4) He has the following characteristics of a Person. He can be grieved (Eph. 4:30), He speaks (Acts 13:2), He prays, (Romans 8:23), He can be sinned against (Mark 3:29), He reveals Christ (John 16:13-15), He teaches and guides (John 14:26), He convicts us of sin (John 16:8), He equips us with spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-7), He bears fruit through us (Gal. 5:22-23), He comforts us (John 16:7,  and He can be lied to (Act 5:3-4). In Acts 5:3-4 the Holy Spirit is called God, “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?…You have not lied to men, but to God.’ “

Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63

“A real person has the attributes of personality, which include mind, will, and emotions. Does the Holy Spirit have a will? He distributes spiritual gifts to Christians “as He wills.”2 Does the Holy Spirit have a mind? He “searches . . . the deep things of God” and knows them.3 Does the Holy Spirit have emotions? We are told to “grieve not the Holy Spirit.”4 If the Holy Spirit can be grieved, then He has emotions. Because the Holy Spirit has a mind, a will, and emotions, we know that He is a Person.5” Answers in Genesis

Why is this so important? Jesus warns us:

Mark 3:28 Truly I say to you that all sins and blasphemies will be forgiven the sons of men, as many as they shall have blasphemed. 29 But whoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit does not have forgiveness, to the age, but is guilty of eternal sin.”

It isn’t my intention to say that every person who makes the mistake of believing Watchtower has blasphemed against the Holy Spirit. Most people in cults are deceived and may be totally ignorant. There is a need to be cautious in this area. Only God knows the heart of each individual.

 

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Question 7 from Watchtower’s “Staying Faithful Through the “Great Tribulation” (Attending Meetings)



Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89

QUESTION 7 Watchtower asks.

7. (a) How can we remain firm for Jehovah’s righteous moral standards? (b) How does Hebrews 10:24, 25 emphasize the importance of our meeting together, especially now?

WATCHTOWER SAYS

First, we must remain firm for Jehovah’s righteous moral standards. We cannot accept the world’s values and standards. For example, we do not approve of sexual immorality of any kind, including marriage between people of the same sex and other homosexual lifestyles. (Matt. 19:4, 5; Rom. 1:26, 27) Second, we must continue worshipping with our fellow Christians. We do this wherever we can, whether in our Kingdom Halls or, when necessary, in private homes or even in secret. No matter what happens, we cannot let up in our routine of meeting together for worship. In fact, we need to meet together “all the more so as [we] see the day drawing near.”​—Read Hebrews 10:24, 25.

THE BIBLE TEACHES

The one thing Christians and Jehovah Witnesses can agree upon is that our Creator wants us to hold to high moral standards. This is taught throughout the Holy Bible. All sin is condemned…

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34

Paul emphasized godly living and Christians agree we are to maintain high moral standards. The second chapter of Titus is one of the many places we are taught that Christians are to be examples of righteous living. The question the JWs didn’t answer is ‘how’ is this accomplished? There is actually only one way to accomplish this. We must submit ourselves to God our Father in repentance, believing and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and thereby be filled with the Holy Spirit! 

Ezekiel 36:27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”

Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

1 Corinthians 1:28 He chose the lowly and despised things of the world, and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast in His presence. 30 It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”…

Gotquestions.org says “Those who wish to live for God must seek Him in His Word. We must seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to apply the Word to our lives. Living for God means giving up ourselves and desiring God’s will above all else. As we draw nearer to God and come to know Him more, His desires will more naturally become ours. As we mature, our desire to obey God’s commands increases as our love for Him increases. As Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).”

 

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Question 6 from Watchtower’s “Staying Faithful Through the “Great Tribulation” (Religion)


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QUESTION 6 from Watchtower.

6. Why is it not enough simply to cut ties with false religion?

WATCHTOWER SAYS

 Why is it not enough simply to cut ties with false religion?

“As discussed in the preceding article, Jehovah expects his worshippers to separate themselves from Babylon the Great. However, this requires more than our cutting ties with false religion. We must be determined to uphold true religion​—the pure worship of Jehovah. Consider two ways that we can do that.

First, we must remain firm for Jehovah’s righteous moral standards.

Second, we must continue worshipping with our fellow Christians.

(Watchtower teaches that Babylon the Great represents false religions.)

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS 

What is “false religion” as opposed to “true religion” and is continuing to worship with fellow believers required to be redeemed and justified before YHWH? When a religious group makes statements and teaches doctrine, they must have a basis for their teaching. For those who accept the Bible as the final authority, the question becomes, “Where is this taught in God’s word?”

Watchtower tells their members they must not only cut ties with false religion, they must uphold “true religion.” To do this, they teach JWs must continue worshipping with fellow ‘Christians.’ (JWs now refer to themselves as Christians rather than Witnesses.)

These are the two things we will explore.

So, back to the questions, what is “false religion” as opposed to “true religion” and is continuing to worship with fellow believers required to be redeemed and justified before YHWH? 

THE BIBLE TEACHES

Interestingly the Bible doesn’t speak of false and true religion at all. God speaks of false doctrine and false prophesy. The God of the Bible is interested in faith and truth! He is concerned with man’s repentance and turning to the true gospel of Christ for forgiveness. 

Galatians 1:8-9 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

2 Peter 2:1
Now there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.

Those who deny the true Christ are deceived and deceivers according to God’s Word:

Mark 13:22-23 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.

Who is the true Christ? Jesus!

John 8:58 “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”…“…He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.” Acts 10:42

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 Corinthians 12:3
Therefore I inform you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

1 John 1:2
And this is the life that was revealed; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.

1 John 2:23
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

1 John 4:15
If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him.

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, refusing to confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

The Bible teaches much about Babylon. Babylon was an actual Kingdom in Old Testament times ruled by several kings. See Babylon  – It is later used as a picture in scripture of a place where sin, sexual immorality, and idolatry, false teachers of religion and apostasy is rampant. Read Isaiah 13:1-22 and Jeremiah  50:1-46.  We learn in Revelation 17:5…

Revelation 17:5 And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.”

The entire eighteenth chapter of The Revelation tells us of the destruction of Babylon and we are told why Babylon is destroyed:

Revelation 18:23-24 “…For your merchants were the great ones of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. And there was found in her the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who had been slain on the earth.”

Christians are admonished in Hebrews:

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

This seems to me to be something Christians need to know and heed for their own well-being rather than as Watchtower has claimed, a requirement for salvation. Most Bible scholars agree. No where is attendance required for salvation.

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Question 5 from Watchtower’s “Staying Faithful Through the “Great Tribulation” (Cutting the days short)


Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: John 11:25

QUESTION 5 from Watchtower.

5. What has Jehovah promised about the great tribulation, and why?

WATCHTOWER SAYS

“Jehovah has promised that he will “cut short the days” of the tribulation so that his “chosen ones” and true religion will survive…”

THE BIBLE TEACHES

So that true religion will survive?” Where is this stated in the Bible? I do NOT find that. He cuts short the time for the sake of the elect, but nothing is said about religion. Instead…

Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Mark 13:22 ”…For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything in advance.  (Matthew 24:26-31; Luke 21:25-28) 24 But in those days, after that tribulation: “The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’ 26 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.  27 And He will send out the angels to gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Revelation 6:12-17  “…When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, …”

Clearly the Bible teaches a time is coming upon the earth when people who are not among the elect will be deceived and those deceived will suffer and attempt to hide from “Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” I have not found a passage that says the days will be shortened so that “true religion can survive.” That appears to have been added by men. In fact, I find our allegiance is to be to YHWH (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), not religion.

John 14:11 “Jesus replied…Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me—or at least believe on account of the works themselves. 12 Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.13 And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. 15  If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and will be in you.

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