Archive for January 2020

My Prayer for Hope and Wisdom in a New Decade

January 2, 2020

For the new year, I am praying for myself, for more faith in the truth

James 1:4 Endurance must do its complete work, in order that you become mature 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously and without criticizing, and wisdom will be given to them . 6 But ask in faith without doubting. Because the doubter is like the sea, driven up and down by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 To be indecisive is to be unstable

Lord willing, I am turning 65 this year, in May. I have even less friends this year than I had last year. The only way I could go back to any “church” I know about is to be dishonest. These “churches” are way more welcoming when we agree to disagree—we don’t say anymore what we think, they don’t want to hear it–“church” works better when we don’t think about what we don’t think about…

It is difficult to get a person to understand something when their entire way of life depends on them not understanding it. I am not only talking about professionals who make an easy living off of religion. I am talking about people who want to keep going to the same church.

That church down in White Settlement, Texas, the one that kills people who come into their space to kill them, that church is not so different from other churches. We don’t kill for Jesus, but the people we do kill are not human but evil. We are heroes not evil. We are just “human”, so if you don’t vote or support the military, then maybe it’s you who is not saved. When you kill, that’s for one kingdom and not for the other kingdom, and everybody has different roles. Everybody has at least two masters.

Why not fake being normal and going back to some church? I don’t want to. Any church I know would accuse me now for not going to some church. In or out of “church”, we believe whatever we think we need to believe.

If they need the metaphors to not be metaphors, they can and do believe this without more questions. If they don’t like “legal metaphors”, they make for themselves a distinction between the legal and the personal.
I accuse them of talking about “covenant” because they don’t want to talk about election or about Christ’s death being limited to only the elect.

“Do you have to talk about that?”

When they accuse me of being “abstract”, I accuse them of rejecting the objective penal meaning of Christ’s death and of not caring much about the truth of who Christ the person is. They have a more or less personal relationship with some people in their church.

Romans 4: 19 Abraham considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about 100 years old). Abraham also thought about Sarah’s dead womb. Without weakening in the faith. 20 Abraham did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise. God caused Abraham to be stronger in his faith. Abraham gave glory to God, 21 because Abraham was fully convinced that what Abraham had promised Abraham was also able to perform.

God did not credit Abraham’s faith as the righteousness. God credited to Abraham the righteousness of Christ’s death. Abraham’s faith was not in his faith. Abraham’s faith was in the righteousness that did not yet exist. Abraham’s faith was in the righteousness not yet obtained by Christ’s death. Abraham believed that Christ would die. Abraham did not believe that Christ had already died. But God then and there imputed Christ’s death to Abraham. Back then at that time, God justified Abraham.

The justification of Abraham meant that Abraham had immunity from condemnation before God.
Before that, Abraham was condemned before God.
Before God justified Abraham, God imputed sins to Abraham.
After God justified Abraham, God no longer imputed sins to Abraham.

You can dismiss “justification before God” as a tattoo that cannot be removed, or as a “get out of punishment pass”. But Abraham had lasting security before God. Abraham could lose friends and family, but Abraham could not lose God.

Romans 4:17 Abraham believed in God, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist

Humans being in the image of God does not mean that humans will always live somewhere.
Humans being in the image of God does not mean that death is another form of life.
Satan was lying when Satan said we would not die.
God being God does not mean that everything has already happened.
God being God does not mean that God does not cause us to believe and hope for the future.

James 2: 21 After Abraham was justified by God before God, Abraham offered Isaac his son on the altar. 22 Abraham’s faith was not perfect but also Abraham’s faith was not fake. Abraham was called God’s friend.

So I ask God for myself faith and hope for this new year

James 3: 33 Who really is wise and has understanding? Who has wisdom’s gentleness? 14 Do not brag about believing the truth, Do not deny the truth. Do not fake the truth….16 Anywhere selfish ambition exists, there is disorder and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom given from above is pure and peace-loving, gentle, full of mercy and free from hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace

Job had too many friends
Satan accused God
Satan accused Job
Satan says that none of us will die

Job was a sinner
Job was not fake.
Job accused his friends.
Job accused God.

James 5: 11 we count as blessed those who have been patient. You have heard of Job’s patience and have seen the outcome of that patience. The Lord is very merciful. 12 Now above all, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. Your “yes” must be “yes,” and your “no” must be “no,”.
Do not be fakes. 13 Are you suffering? Pray. Are you cheerful? Sing praises…19 if anybody strays from THE TRUTH and someone turns them back to the TRUTH, 20 they will save their life from death

John 7: So the family of Jesus said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, in order that others also see what you are doing. 4 Because no one works in secret if they seeks to be known openly. Show yourself to the world.”

Some think we will show the world what the gospel is without words, simply by what we do and by not being sinners like other people are. Matthew 5:16 let your light shine before others, in order that they give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Only by the light of the gospel can others see in what we do that our faith is NOT in what we do to prove our faith to other people.

John 7:17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, they will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
John 7:17 is not teaching us that learning is not important. That would be ironic indeed–learning that learning is not important. Nor is John 7:17 teaching that learning depends on us doing God’s will, or on “wanting to” do God’s will. There is no such thing as doing God’s will before we know what God’s will is. But there is such a thing as “dead works” in which our doing is sin against God. Any doing done in order to get God to bless us is doing that God hates.

We can’t do stuff in order to trigger our believing, because we need to repent of our doing. Not only do we need to repent of doing what God never commanded us to do, but also we need to repent of any doing which displaces faith in what Christ has already done by His death and resurrection.
We can’t just do stuff, because some doing is evil in God’s sight. Some do what is true, some do what is not true.

John 3:19 This is the judgment–the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light BECAUSE their works were evil. 20 They hate the light and doe not come to the light, because their good works would be exposed as sin. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light…

Romans 6:20—when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. The fruit you were getting at that time now shames you as self–righteousness The end of that doing is death