Adultery As Defined By Jesus: Part 3

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. – Matthew 5:27-32

I’m going to look at Jesus’s teaching on adultery in three parts: verses 27-28, verses 29-30, and verses 31-32. This is part 3.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. – Matthew 5:27-32

Divorce and remarriage are so commonplace that I wonder how many people, including our religious leaders, stand by the teachings of Jesus in this regard? Not many, it seems. I am thankful for those who do because marriage is hard and all the more for those whose generation bred child-like men and women who are self-serving, unreliable, and resistant to hard work.

Add acceptance of fornication and high adultery rates to the mix and divorce becomes just another thing that people do. So is remarriage. By this standard, how many are adulterers? A high percentage of people.

There can be forgiveness in Christ for all sin, but when we fail to acknowledge sin and willingly commit sin without regard for the price that was paid for us, that is not good.

If you marry someone and later find out that they had sex with someone before they married you—and this is presuming you did not know this already and accepted the fact before you married them—then you can divorce.

Adultery is not mentioned, but that’s because it doesn’t have to be. Adultery is also a form of fornication because fornication means sex outside of marriage. Adultery is also divorce by definition because you are severing your bond with your spouse and joining with another. It’s a done deal pending the forgiveness of your spouse—which they are not obligated to give in any measure.  

Is there any other cause for divorce other than fornication? I think there might be, but each person should seek the Lord in this. Abuse and extreme cases of neglect or failure to provide marital duties that men and women should provide seem like a good reasons, though, maybe you should not remarry once you get a divorce. Paul the apostle says that if an unbelieving spouse leaves, the believing spouse is not bound. In that case, remarriage might be acceptable.

I personally don’t like to instruct people in these areas. I would just say that we should be cautious about who we marry in the first place, abstain from fornication, and do not commit adultery. Sometimes you wind up in a bad situation because you made foolish choices in youth, then this becomes your lot in life. You have to learn to “abide in the calling wherein you are called,” hold hope for your spouse, and trust in the Lord.

You can read more about marriage and divorce in 1 Corinthians 7 and Ephesians 5. I’m sure there are many in-depth studies available on this topic Online as well.  

As far as the relationship between Jesus Christ and the church goes, what can we say?

Would Jesus divorce a church that committed fornication with Satan? It seems so. Especially when it comes to worshipping the false prophet and beast as God. There will come a time when many who call themselves Christian fully join with someone other than Jesus, and this is when the Great Whore of Mystery Babylon comes into her fullness.

I also think about the Church of Thyatira in Revelation 2. Fornication is rampant and accepted, and I think this includes both literal fornication and spiritual fornication between Christians and the things of this world. Jesus says, “I will kill her children with death,” meaning all that was birthed by a church that is in league with this world. Perhaps some souls are spared but the works burned up, like Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 3, but I would not bank on that.

As a sign off good conscience towards God and the sacrifice and will of our Lord, Jesus, we should not look for any loophole that condones sin and “turns the grace of God into lasciviousness.” Many parables are given that warn about unfaithfulness in the church, and to think that we can just get away with that because of the blood of Jesus is foolishness.

Many people have been personally touched by fornication and adultery. Witnessing or experiencing the effects can create a great hatred for fornication and adultery. How much more should we esteem faithfulness to Jesus Christ: the Son of God, God With Us, and the One we call Lord? I hate any teaching that condones fornication against Jesus, and I think God does too. I think this is what “the doctrine of the Nicolaitans” represents, though I could be wrong.

We all fight against the flesh and against sin. Let no one accuse you. Yet, Jesus will try our hearts towards Him. We can seek Him now so that our blind spots and hardness of heart can be revealed to us and so we can be strengthened in Spirit and walk more faithfully to Him. He forgives but He is not to be trifled with or taken advantage of either. Make no mistake about that.

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Adultery As Defined By Jesus: Part 2

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. – Matthew 5:27-32

I’m going to look at Jesus’s teaching on adultery in three parts: verses 27-28, verses 29-30, and verses 31-32. This is part 2.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

I don’t think I have ever considered the above passage in terms of adultery until now. The reason I do now is because the upcoming verses 31-32 continue to deal with this issue, so this seems to be the context.

In regards to lusting after someone, Jesus instructs that it would be better for us to pluck out our eye than to look after someone with lust. It would be better to cut off our hand than to even begin to touch a person in an adulterous manner.

Why?

Adultery leads to hell.

This is very true and in more than one way.

Relationships and families are torn apart, and next to murder, there are not many things you can do to a person that is worse. Having someone you trust betray you in such a way is devastating. It shatters your entire sense of self, reality, and sends you into a spiral of despair, mistrust, and self-hatred. The after-effects are the same as soldiers who experience PTSD. There are flashbacks, paranoia and hypervigilance, depression, anxiety, and avoidance—to name a few.

If the person who commits adultery cares about the person they harmed and they attempt to mend the relationship, they have to live with the devastating effects on the person they love. They have to deal with being mistrusted, questioned, emotional and physical distance from their spouse while they process what happened, and a great deal of questions and perhaps fighting as their spouse attempts to understand what went wrong, learn to forgive, learn to trust, and attempt to heal.

In many situations, the relationship does not mend. It ends. Then you have divorce, which is a tragedy in the eyes of God. However, because of the strain that adultery has on marriage, adultery and fornication (sex before marriage) are the only justified causes for divorce given in the bible. Divorce is serious. Marriage is supposed to mimic the relationship of the church with Christ. If the church is severed from Christ, the church dies.

Adultery and divorce are akin to death. They brings you to hell.

So, it is far better to pluck out your eye than to look at someone with lust. It is far better to cut off your hand than to touch someone in lust.

In the Old Covenant, adultery was punishable by death and this was just.

In Jesus Christ, we have the New Covenant—and there is forgiveness.

Forgiveness of our sins is an incredible thing and sometimes I think we take this too lightly because we are far removed from the justice of the Old Covenant.

This forgiveness was paid with a great price: the blood of the Son of God.

Should we be unfaithful to Him?

The Great Whore of Mystery Babylon is the figure of the unfaithful church. This is a spiritual church that exists in all time and in all nations. All kingdoms of this world are included. I mention the West specifically because that is my nation and my calling in ministry (not to leave out readers from other nations. I see you, appreciate you, and I hope you are helped in some way).

You can read about the Great Whore of Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17-19. We do not want to be of the Great Whore, but in some respects we already are. That is why we are instructed to “come out of her my people that you be not partakers of her sins and receive not of her plagues, for her sins have reached unto heaven and the Lord has remembered her iniquity.”

John Chapter 8 tells a beautiful story about a time when Jesus forgave an adulterous woman. He can forgive us also, but we have to repent and “go and sin no more.” We cannot continue to commit fornication with this world in a manner that disregards our Redeemer and Lord.

I don’t know how we all-together avoid fornication with this world. We would have to go out of this world because we have to live. For example, I don’t know how to live in this time without giving some of my money to evil men. That upsets me, but I don’t know what to do about it until the time comes when the Lord takes it all away. However, there are ways in which I can avoid fornication with this world with help from Jesus and the strength of His Spirit—and we can all continue to seek growth in this area.

We cannot love this world and love God also. Having lived in a prosperous nation, I do understand the temptation to loving this world. I have been through it too. I am also prone to fear over financial troubles and losing security and modern comforts like electricity, running water, and refrigeration. Sometimes I long to lose the digital world. I kind of hate it, though I do appreciate the way it has been used to spread the gospel and allows small ministers to speak without much expense.

In any case, if there come a time when we have to choose between losing it all—even our lives—for the Name of Jesus or joining with the false christ, then we have to stand strong with Him. I trust that we will. I believe that the chosen of God will be faithful because He will make a way just as He always did. He will strengthen us by His Spirit, and it is also true that for some “ten thousand will fall by your side but it will not come near you.”

However, a good heart towards our Lord is willing to give it all up, suffer for His sake, and trust in Him to raise us up again.

This is a high calling and not an ability that we naturally possess. We cannot rely on our strength. We would commit fornication. “Except those days had been shortened, no flesh would be saved. But for the sake of those He has chosen, He has shortened the days.” We can rely on His strength because He is faithful and true. Yet, let us seek Him so that we are prepared to stand with Him now because we do not take this matter lightly.

Start by looking for small ways that you can be more faithful to Jesus. Pray for Him to show you your attachments to this world and He will. Pray for Him to send you the Holy Spirit in power so that you can resist temptations and continue to grow in that direction. To Him belongs all power and strength and He will give it to His servants. I keep seeking too.

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Adultery As Defined By Jesus: Part 1

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. – Matthew 5:27-32

I’m going to look at Jesus’s teaching on adultery in three parts: verses 27-28, verses 29-30, and verses 31-32. This is part 1.

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

This teaching of Jesus is self-explanatory. If it is given to us, all we must do is receive it, accept this teaching as truth, and seek Jesus so we can apply it to our lives.

Adultery is rampant in Western culture.

I know of an honorable man that works in a factory setting in an adultery-filled atmosphere. He is loyal to his wife and his co-workers thought that was strange because “everyone cheats.” It took a while before his co-workers left him alone about it.

He told me a story once about a young, married man that would talk about his cheating on Saturday night then go to church Sunday morning. It was like it was no big deal. The honorable man counselled this young man and he used the above scripture to do so. Somehow, he was ignorant of the scripture. This young man later repented, I believe.

It is sad when we live in a time and culture in which marriage and loyalty are scarce and mocked. Are the people that refuse this teaching happy? Do they have quality relationships? Do they feel fulfilled in their lives? Probably not. Many have become so cavalier about sex and about marriage that they truly do not know how destructive adultery and fornication are.

Marriage is meant to join two people together as one. You are building a life together and your spouse is the one person you are meant to rely on. Your spouse is the one person who you should be able to trust in this world, as far as human beings can be trusted. Your spouse is supposed to be your source of emotional and physical support.

When that relationship is corrupted, there is no trust so working together becomes very difficult if not impossible. Grief and fear take over along with shame and hardness of heart towards one another and towards committed relationships in general.

Can a couple heal after adultery?

Maybe in some instances, but I do not think they ever fully heal. Once that bond is broken, it is broken. You can forgive and move on, learn to build trust again over many years of transparency and honesty, but something is taken away that you have to learn to deal with. The pain never really goes away after someone does this to you, and the shame never really goes away after you have done this to someone you love.

I do think that if the two become serious Christians, Jesus will make the healing process fuller.

In any case, just don’t do it. It is not worth it.

Sometimes people commit physical adultery and sometimes emotional adultery. Lust is adultery, as Jesus teaches. I also believe that when people share intimate details of their lives with the opposite sex, they are committing a form of adultery because your spouse should be the only one who shares that part of your life with you.

With literal adultery so rampant, it might seem strange to many that we should aim even higher as Christians. Lust and emotional betrayal are also forms of adultery. We know that physical adultery begins in these ways, so if we can avoid committing adultery on a small scale then we most likely can avoid in on a larger scale.

As a Christian, I also think about spiritual adultery with Satan.

If our eyes are lusting after the things of this world and sin, then we are committing adultery against Jesus because we are supposed to be espoused to Him as chaste virgins.

Many are foolish, as the Parable of the Wise and Foolish virgins teach. I wonder if their vessels are empty because they gave it all away to the world whorishly instead of keeping themselves for Jesus. I think that is the right interpretation, though I’ve never heard it taught that way. When they run out, they are told to “go to those that sell.”

Go ahead. Sell out, Christian. Sell out to the world and the prince thereof. Sell out to riches and comforts. Sell out to sin and misuse grace to do so. Be like Esau who sold out for mere pottage. That’s what the world is. Pottage. The Wedding Supper of Christ is going to be far better, but you will not be there. See what happens when you “make to yourself friends of the mammon of unrighteousness.” Yes, Jesus was speaking sarcastically. It is not a sin to do so.

When it is time to wake up and trim your lamp, what will you do? Is it not already time?

There is still time to repent, thank the Lord!

There is time to repent of all forms of adultery and there is forgiveness in Jesus Christ. However, we should not be so cavalier about it. We do not take adultery lightly in any sense, including our mind and heart towards God through Jesus Christ.

“Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your strength, and all your mind. This is the first commandment.”

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Considering Proverbs 11:5-6

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

The preservation of the righteous and the destruction of the wicked is a common theme within the proverbs. As I read these passages right now, two prophetic scriptures come to mind.

The fall of Babylon the Great

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities (Revelation 18:1-5).

As in the Days of Lot

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together (Luke 17: 28-37).

What are we getting at here?

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

How do all these ideas go together?

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good (Ezekiel 16:49-50).

The above passage seems to capture the ideas of the fall of Babylon and the reference to Sodom in the future sense that Jesus made. In Revelation 11, the two witnesses are said to prophecy in a land that is spiritually Sodom.

I hope I’m not losing anyone here. This thread of thought is developing as I go, so thank you for reading along. I like to write in this manner. It feels more authentic because you get to “see” my in-the-moment thought process.

Babylon the Great is the apostate church of the false christ—a church that has become full of evil spirits, hateful leaders, and intoxicated with their love of this world and the prince of it. Are these not also as Sodom? Full of pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness.

When we are aligned with a Christianity or other social movements, ideologies, and the like that gear us towards a love of pride, leisure, and idleness, we are heading down a path of destruction.

Have you heard this saying: Hard times creates strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times.

This is true and this cycle will eventually come to a full.

Babylon the Great is decadent, full of leisure, and eschews any idea of suffering because they are too important, powerful, and joined with their powerful king. “I sit a queen and am no widow and shall see no sorrow.” Then comes the return of the True King. Babylon the Great falls. Many are “taken.” This is the same event, as far as I can tell.

Before Jesus returns, many “fall away” and are “taken” by the deceit of the false prophet. They are taken into his deception and his service, eventually waging war on the saints of God and preparing to war against Jesus Himself. This is the Battle of Armageddon.

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh (Revelation 19:19-21).

And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together (Luke 17:37).

** If my use of this passage in Luke confuses you because of the rapture teaching, consider looking at: A Simple Rebuttal of the Rapture in Favor of the Resurrection. **

We like to harp over certain forms of wickedness. We see how corrupt the world is getting and we thank God that we Christians know better. What were the sins of Sodom? What are the sins of the Babylon the Great? Are we truly any better?

I don’t mean to accuse anyone. I ask myself also. I have lived a life of ease in many ways and I have seen how comforts and modern technology has had a negative effect. We all live very easy lives for the most part here in the West. If called to, are we willing to give this up as Jesus commands? Will we lose our life and find it or will we save our life and lose it?

While we look at the big sinners of our time, consider ourselves also. Will our love of security, wealth, and comfort be our undoing? Will we fall by our own devices? Will we join with a wicked system? Will we deny the teachings of Christ that call us away from serving the self and towards self-sacrifice for His Name’s Sake? How can we do better about laying aside our love of this world and its pleasures in favor of self-control, love of the poor, and reverence for the things of God that are far better?

If it were not for the knowledge that God is in control and all who are chosen by Him will be saved by the grace of God and faith in Jesus, I would be very concerned. People love their riches and all that they worked hard for. “They worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.”

For example, I have heard people say that they will not refuse a vaccine they are terrified of and do not believe in if it means losing their career and comfortable life. This makes me think of a parable Jesus taught. Everyone has their events to go to and their lives to plan buildup, but who regards the Supper of the Great God and the Battle of Armageddon?

Wear the mask. Get the vaccine. Worship the Beast and His Image? Is that too far? Is that where you wake up? No. As the scriptures say, “If you have run with the footmen and they have wearied you, how can you contend with horses?”

Perhaps now would be a good time for us to really consider where our priorities and allegiances lay. “You cannot serve God and mammon.”

By the grace of God and the strength of the Holy Spirit we can do anything. We can be like Paul the apostle who learned to be content in all circumstances (Philippians 4). We can be as Job who said, “naked I came into the world and naked I go out. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

These Things Saith He – Introduction

We have had many superstars and champions of the Christian faith. It isn’t hard to name a few influential figures. We have looked to the great reformation leaders of old who founded the mainline Christian denominations we have today. We have looked to radio evangelists, televangelists, and in the modern era, all manner of online ministers, teachers, prophets, priests, pastors, and so forth.

It has been a long while since our Lord, Jesus left. We know that when He returns, He will judge all that was built in His name. The apostle Paul writes of this in his first letter to the Corinthians.

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire (1 Corinthians 3:9-15).

We have the foundation, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ and the lessons given through Jesus and the apostles. What about all our works that have been built upon this foundation? We know that many things will not stand the judgment. There will be stubble that is completely consumed by the fire of our Lord.

The Gospel According to Luke records this statement from Jesus: “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?”

The purpose of These Things Saith He is to provoke thought concerning our current Christian establishments by focusing on He who is the foundation of our Christian faith: Jesus Christ.

Perhaps if we can seek Jesus for His judgements concerning all that has been built in His Name, we might find highly flammable areas that we can repent of, areas that we can make stronger, and ways in which we might edify the called of God so that we can better stand with Jesus now and in times of trouble.

This might seem like an overly ambitions and futile endeavor. Perhaps even vain, foolish, and unnecessary. However, we are not left without cause for such a pursuit nor are we left without instruction.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ provides cause in His letters to the angels of the 7 Churches of Revelation. These “stars” are the leaders—our superstars and champions of the faith both small and great. He warns five of them stating, “I will remove your candlestick out of its place.” The candlesticks are churches comprised of everyday believers who are led by the “stars.” You can read about this in The Symbolism chapter of this book.

Five out of seven are rebuked, and in Chapter 11 we can see that only two candlesticks remain. The rebuked are removed because these do not repent.

There is our cause. We might question this. Aren’t we saved by grace through faith in Jesus without condition?

The point of this book is not to condemn believers, but to bring into remembrance He who is the Lord of us all—not our superstars who have led many of us astray and will eventually lead us into the great apostacy—but Jesus Christ Himself. This is for the edification of the church, not its destruction. That is the intention of the author of this book.

More information on this point is given in the chapter, By What Authority I Do This.

As for our instruction, we look to the letters Jesus writes to the seven churches and consider what lessons we might learn based on the foundation that was laid by Jesus and the apostles.

Each of these letters begin with the statement, “These things saith He.” This statement is followed by a descriptive attribute of Jesus—attributes that point to His complete authority, dominion, and power. He does this for a reason. Jesus is Lord, and although He grants authority to His servants, much has been built that will not stand in day of judgment.

There are many “stars.” There is only One True Day Star, and this is Jesus Christ. There are many “Lucifers” and “bright stars” and “sons of the dawn.” (Revelation 14). There are many false Christs and many of our leaders have been such in some capacity. We do not need stars. We need Jesus. It is the faithful churches, also know as candlesticks, that remain standing in Revelation 11, not the stars.

If we put Jesus first of a truth and if we are willing to consider all that has been built by man and all manner of “stars” over the generations, we can kindle the fires of judgement, repentance, and renewal as those who are preparing themselves for the return of our one and true King. We can stand against all manner of false christs including those within the faith and those without boldly, unafraid, and willing to sacrifice all that is required of us for His Name’s sake.

His Kingdom will come. This kingdom is not one of hay and stubble, as we read about in Revelation 21. All that is not fit for that kingdom will burn. What will Jesus be if it is already kindled? What will He be when He finds His servants busily occupying and building? He will be glad.

The above is the draft version of the introduction to a book I plan to write and publish in a manner that is free of charge to the public. I wrote in These Things Saith He: Contents that I will publish the drafts here first and offer opportunity for others to share their thoughts before the final work is completed.

I’m open to and greatly value the insight, experiences, and thoughts of my Christian brethren because we are a body knit together in Christ that is meant to work together without over reliance on our leaders. I am not your leader, but I do try to be faithful to what I have received to the best of my ability, and I look to Jesus for gracious judgment of my service and the service of all who truly love Him.

Please do not hesitate to reach out in the comments or email me at kindlingtruth@hushmail.com.

Considering Proverbs 11:4

Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

I think of a passage in Isaiah 2 that says, “in that day they will cast their idols of silver and their idols of gold which they made everyone for himself to worship to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks and into the tops of the raged rocks. For fear of the Lord, for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly the earth.” Isaiah 31 repeats the same message.

I also think about the coming of the Lord who will “destroy with the brightness of His coming.” I think about the judgment and vengeance of God we see in Revelation 16, 19, and 20.

The day of God’s vengeance will come someday and all of the riches that man trust in will come to nothing.

This is an interesting proverb because although this is an Old Testament proverb, the gospel of Jesus Christ is hidden within it.

The only thing that can save us from the day of wrath is the blood of Jesus. His righteousness delivers us from death.

When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God who lived as a man, died for our sins, now lives and is our Lord and redeemer, we are saved from the wrath of God and the everlasting death that we deserve.

As we continue in this faith and get to know Jesus, we learn what righteousness looks like and we can begin to see the practicality of righteousness. It does in-fact save from death. Sin is destructive. The more our world embraces sin and godlessness, the more we can see this to be true and give thanks to God for all that was given to us through Jesus Christ and made strong in us by His Holy Spirit.

Without Jesus and His Holy Spirit, we have no hope.

Man can do many things in their attempts to avoid the wrath of God and death. They can build up riches and security in this world. They can rob the poor through false promises of prosperity while they pull the strings of the masses, leading them to their doom.

Greed is going to kill a lot of people.

The general people are promised riches. Meanwhile, the government, media, and big business work together to rob all of us into oblivion and mass genocide so they can sit in the seat of power and luxury, farming mankind for their selfish gain. They have no real care for people. All of their supposed care for the poor is robbery and enslavement—all the while accusing those who do care as being racist, fascist, and greedy capitalists. Hypocrites and liars the whole lot of them!

Yet, the average, every day person is ready to stand sleepily in line with their hypnotic phone in hand – six feet apart, fully masked, and “vaccinated” of course – as they wait for their turn to die. “Stay here and trust in us,” the elites say. “Here, have this money. Just stay in line.” “Here, have this badge of virtue that you can signal to the others. You’re such a good boy. Now, stay in line, and don’t forget to mock the people who refuse to stay in line. Those people who refuse to stay in line? They are liars. They hate people. They are selfish. They are racist. They want people to be poor.”

Wake up you “woke” and get out of that damned line! You are being manipulated by mass-scale narcissists. Gaslighting. Projection. Triangulation. Scapegoating. Look it up.

On one hand, I feel so sorry for people because they were raised by the educational system and media to fall in line and they think they are doing right. They think that their leaders will save them. They think that those who do not fall in line are evil.

The opposite is true and the only way out of this lying manipulation, mass confusion, and stupidity is Jesus Christ. Those who stay in line are showing what really matters to them in the end: their riches, themselves, praising sin, and hating God and His people. Take a look at 2 Timothy 3.

“lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Go ahead. Stay in line and walk right into the fiery pits of hell. “Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness.”

We are so attached to our modern riches and comforts. Christians included. What will we do in order to maintain these things? Will we sell out like Esau did, for a bit of bread? Lord willing, we will not. I trust that all who sincerely love Jesus will not sell out but will face persecution and death instead, trusting that Jesus will raise them again and His vengeance will come—a vengeance that no amount of riches can combat.

Do not trust in man and their riches that will do nothing but burn in the end. Trust in Jesus.

Like a Vapor

I felt my mortality in an interesting way yesterday. I have been visiting family that I have not seen in several years and yesterday I visited a lot of land that one of my childhood homes used to sit on. I spent about 10 years there. We lived in a trailer that was removed a few years ago, but my parents still own the land.

The grass and weeds were grown up, but I could see parts of a wood retaining wall where the driveway used to be, an apple tree I used to climb, and a large rock that I once sat on while I smashed small rocks with a hammer. I could remember playing in the yard with our dog, family games of hide and seek, jumping on the trampoline, and my adventures in the woods.

My dad worked so hard clearing that land and caring for the yard. My mom planted flower beds and rose bushes. My sister and brother and I spent most of our childhood there, and now it is almost like we were never there at all.

I felt so small as I stood there taking it all in.

All the works of man eventually come to nothing. Our lives are a vapor, as the scriptures say. Kingdoms rise and fall. Species die out. Even the heavens and earth will one day pass away and be made new.

Jesus is forever. Eternity is a mind-blowing concept and such an immeasurable gift for us mortal creatures whose lives are like a vapor. Living our lives for Jesus is the least thing we can do considering all He does for us.

It’s amazing how much changes in just a few years. I’ve been through a culture/reality shock too these past few days after taking a break from my somewhat sheltered life. This world is passing away and our Christian culture is eroding.

I’ve seen family that once professed faith boldly declare atheism now that Christianity is losing its popularity. They now enjoy ripping on Christians. It’s good and fun to try to get reactions out of us by boasting about sin, laughing at lude videos and jokes made about Jesus openly, or showing distain for so-called silly beliefs like the immaculate conception of Christ and the resurrection. Television and commercials these days. Wow. I don’t miss tuning out several years ago. I am thankful that the Lord pulled me out when He did. My faith would have had no chance.

As the old saying goes, “you can never really go home again.” Thanks be to God that in Jesus we have an everlasting home. All our plans and the plans of the wicked come to nothing, but what the Lord wills is going to be accomplished no matter what comes our way.

13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. – James 4:13-16

Considering Proverbs 11:3

The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

The upright are guided by their integrity. The transgressors are destroyed by their perverseness.

These sorts of contrasting proverbs are interesting because as a Christian, I know that we are all sinners. I know what it is like to be destroyed by perverseness, to a degree. I also know the difference it makes to follow Jesus and learn to walk more uprightly.

I also know that people will tempt you to deny Jesus in many ways but in our integrity, we have to stay true to what we have been given. Jesus gives us a lot.

The forgiveness of sins is the starting point, but there is so much more. As we get to know Him, we learn what living an upright life looks like and we embark on a journey of living that out, better and better until we meet Jesus at His coming.

I don’t walk perfectly, but I am thankful for the work the Lord has done. If I had continued down the path I was heading about seven years ago, I’m not sure where I would be physically, but I’m certain that I would be spiritually “woke.” And by that, I mean spiritually dead.

Those who are alive in Christ are the real “woke” – not in the same connotation, of course. This world is full of confusion and corruption (perversion) of what is right and good, and these perversities are going to be the undoing of all who are led away into mental/spiritual captivity.

Jesus said this: “He that leads into captivity must go into captivity.”

The perverse are captured by their lying and corrupted ways, and they are not content unless they do all that they can to drag the whole world down with them. They need to be justified, accepted, and glorified for their lying and wicked ways.

They will fall into captivity as a result, even the greatest captivity of all: the delusions of the false christ. Even if we are not in the final “last days” there are always some sort of “last days” approaching because man repeats the same mistakes. We cannot help it. It is in our natures. Until Jesus comes to establish His kingdom, we will keep fighting to establish ours, and eventually, the truly destitute rise to the top because they have no real moral compass keeping them from trampling all who oppose them.

This is found in social, political, scientific, religious, and all manner of fields where power is given. The whole world is on this trajectory, and the whole world will worship Satan in some form and join with Him.

The upright do not need the justification of the wicked. We have our integrity to guide us and keep us as those who follow Jesus Christ.

As those who want to “keep the patience of the saints” while we wait on the Lord, doing as He would have us do despite how confused and wicked this world gets, we can rest in this knowledge. Though we might suffer, Christianity is built for persecution and hardship. Though we might go through much, our soul will rest in Christ. It is not so for the wicked. They will have no place to go but right into the bottomless pit of man’s corruption that they dug for themselves and others. Let them think that they rule this world and will not see any sorrow.

I have come to see the Great Whore of Mystery Babylon as not just a country, or not just a religious corruption, but as a symbol for all systems of man that join themselves with the ways of Satan—and eventually—the false Christ and His world dominating power. This includes the corrupt and fallen away church, but that is not all. I think this extends to any who are made rich and drunken off of their power by wicked means that destroy others and feel entitled to do so because “they sit a queen.” These also think that because of their cleverness and alliances, they “shall see no sorrow.”

Jesus says that “her plagues shall come on her in one day: death, and mourning, and famine. She shall be utterly burned with fire.”

We are instructed to “come out of her my people that you partake not of her sins and receive not of her plagues.” This is an on-going call for the people of God in Jesus Christ because this world is always fornicating with the ways of darkness and the prince thereof.

So, let us come out of her and walk in the integrity of the truth of Jesus Christ. Though our enemy might be spiritually drunken with their perverse ways that destroy the truth and those who stand by Jesus, we know how it will end.

I will be away for a couple of weeks. I will probably work on the introduction to Thus Saith He while I am away and share that at some point, then we will get back to the Proverbs and Parables of Jesus, Lord willing.

This is part of a series of articles considering the Proverbs from a Christian mindset and applying these lessons to present-day events. You can find all of the Considering Proverbs writings here. Subscribe to receive future posts by email.

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Fellow Students Instead of Superiors

Approaching our brethren as fellow students of Jesus and the Apostles and not as their superiors opens communication.

If you have a Christian blog or some other form of educational/exhorting/edifying public ministry, then you probably have something to share. That’s good. I have things to share too.

I was just thinking about the way we approach one another in our desire to know Jesus and serve one another. I think of how I have approached people in the past and how some have approached me. I think about what works and what doesn’t—assuming that the goal is to come to a better understanding of the truth and fellowship with one another in Christ Jesus.

If we think that we have our understanding all wrapped up, then we are probably going to have a critical eye towards our fellow servants. We will listen to what they have to say and measure it against our perspectives. If they do not fit into our scope of understanding, we might dismiss them. We also might approach our fellow servants as one who needs to be instructed by us, not the other way around, thereby shutting our ears to hearing what insight our fellow servants might have that will add to us in some way.

We think we are superior in our understanding (I speak hypothetically). We might not think that we are superior Christians. We might know that any good thing we have came from Jesus, therefore any good thing we have is of Him and not ourselves. Yet, we might forget that only Jesus has the fullness of the Spirit of God. We reach fullness not by being superior to our fellow servants, but by joining with them in humility—not as superiors—but as fellow students.

If we approach our brethren as fellow students instead of as superiors, then we are coming to them expecting to learn something new, or at least have our understanding challenged. We are then able to hear opposing views, take out what truth we might glean from them as the Spirit aids in our discernment abilities, and help one another come to a fuller understanding of what Christian living looks like.

The first example—one who is a superior instead of a student—is an easy trap to fall into. I fell into that for a time. The zeal of a convert paired with the pride of youth can be a foolish combination. The same is also true for those who have many years of experience; they think they are superior by sheer means of exposure and age, forgetting that the Spirit of God can work in anyone as the Lord wills, often favoring the “babes” instead of the proud elders who are set in their ways and no longer teachable.

Jesus said that we must be as little children, humble and eager for instruction. That’s how I take it. However, we also should seek to have our “senses exercised to discern good and evil” so that we can “test the spirits” whether they are of God or not. There are many false teachings, false prophets, and so forth. We cannot just accept anything as Christian truths. Learning the scriptures is a good way to protect ourselves from false teachings.

However, aside from Christ and Him crucified for the forgiveness of our sins, we should do our best to be humble and patient with the differing views of our brethren. I’ve had to come to this point because my views seem to agree with all in part and disagree with all in part. So, this is nothing for me to boast about. My perspective came about out of necessity because it was either this or consider most of the Christian world to be heretical.

I took the later stance for a short time, and there was no peace in that. I have also experienced how loyalty to our denominations and favored pastors causes division. Because of my mix of views, I have yet to find a church that I am allowed to join, yet many accuse my faith because I do not go to one church regularly (though I visit several local churches with some regularity and have made some friends by doing so). I don’t like feeling cast out so I will not cause others to feel this way, as much as is possible.

In any case, it is better to know that we all, including myself, have errors and when Jesus returns we should expect those errors to come out as we lay low all of the exalted figures within the faith and raise Jesus as our King instead.

I think the false Christ will also attempt to “restore all things” but I am certain that his way of doing so will be such that we know this is not our Lord, but an imposter. He will restore as Satan restores—which is not any real restoration—but desolation.

This whole spill has a point, and I know I’m good at taking a simple point and dragging it out as I attempt to find the right words to communicate to a varied audience.

The point is that we should approach one another as fellow students, not as superiors.

Jesus said that “he that is greatest among you will be your servant.” Paul the Apostle was a good example of this. He is one of the biggest founders of the Christian faith, yet in the world he was poor, afflicted, looked down upon, and questioned by those who thought themselves to be superior: the Jewish people who rejected Christ and the many “false apostles and deceitful workers.”

Paul did not hold so high a view of himself. Those who hold high views of themselves are either young and immature or old and stubborn, in the best-case scenario. In the worst-case scenario, they are imposters and infiltrators of the enemy of our people.

In any case, we should be aware of any who would approach us from a position that is highly exalted, lest they pull us up onto their pedestal and we fall together with them when Jesus lays low the proud things of this earth.

Lowliness is peaceable, patient, and rests in the sovereignty of our all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful Creator. “We do not yet know what we will be, but we will be as He is.” He was low, and in being low He was exalted. We should be low also, because it is in lowliness that we can help one another grow into the “fullness of Christ” as much as is possible in this present world.