Perception Moment–Did Jesus Eliminate Torah?

According to Michael Rood’s “The Chronological Gospels–The Life and Seventy Week Ministry of the Messiah,” this past weekend corresponded to a single event that is documented in the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. This event was the healing of a leper who came to Jesus as he descended the mountain just after giving His famous Sermon on the Mount. This event is captured in Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45 and Luke 5:12-15. You all know the story: a leper comes and kneels before Jesus and with simple contrition asks the Master to heal him of his leprosy. Jesus has compassion for this poor leper and heals him without hesitation. Upon healing the leper, Jesus admonishes the man to keep his healing to himself–i.e., keep it under-wraps. Furthermore, Jesus instructs the man to present himself to the Levitical Priest as one is directed to do in his situation by the Torah.

What struck me about this passage more than the contrition that the man had when asking for his healing by the Master; more than the compassion the Master had towards this poor leper; or even more than the actual healing miracle has to do with the fact that Jesus directed the man to obey Torah. In terms of one who is stricken with leprosy but finds him/herself healed, he or she is given detailed instruction as to how they will be reconciled back in to the community and the various tabernacle and later temple ceremonies. This instruction is recorded in Leviticus 14.

This brief mention by the Gospel writers of Jesus directing someone to follow Torah is given absolutely little to no press in today’s Christian circles. In fact, the Christian community seems to go out of its way to villainize the Law (aka: Torah) and forbids it members of even contemplating observing or obeying Torah. My point is not to argue whether or not Christians are required to obey the Law of Moses or not. More so, my point is that Christian Church leaders, teachers and scholars go out of their way given any chance they can to indoctrinate its members in the thinking that Jesus came to do away with the Law. If that was indeed the case, wouldn’t this be a perfect opportunity for Jesus to sell a philosophy of no more Torah? One has to wonder, especially when we find in another passage of the New Testament where Jesus made it clear that He did not come to this earth to abolish the Law but to make the Law achieve its fullest potential in man–reference Matthew 5:17.

Many will argue that Jesus made the Law reach it fullest potential when the Law was (in concept) nailed to the cross with Him, found in Colossians 2:13. But then, that interpretation whereby Christian apologists equate “the handwriting in ordinances which stood out against us” with Torah or the Law has been seriously questioned. Sadly, the Christian community has been taught some really bad Bible study techniques that involve simply taking individual verse sound bites and making complex and detailed doctrines and teachings out of them. Every believer must be acutely aware that sound Biblical exegesis is effectively conducted when one takes presented or quested verses in context–that is that the verse in question is interpreted within the framework of the entire chapter and in some cases the entire book where it is recorded. If one actually were to dissect Colossians chapter 2 one will realize that the context is talking about sin and the subsequent penalty for sin in the life of man. No where is the Law or Torah mentioned or even alluded to. Instead what is clearly discussed is the sin debt that is owed by every human, that was paid by Jesus. Can you say Hallelujah!

So what does this all mean? Only you and the Holy Spirit that is dwelling in you can answer that question. Clearly , Jesus didn’t do away with Torah, either while He walked the earth nor at His death. This leaves one some serious things to ponder.

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Demons Once Again Reveal Themselves through a Ouija Board Game

Just when the 21st century western world has relegated demons and the topic of demon possession to the primary domain of fictional books and blockbuster movies, comes a story from the “Daily Mail” that reminds the spiritual minded of us that demons and demon possession indeed exist even today. Sophie Jane Evans, a writer for the Daily Mail, in her article entitled “Three American friends hospitalised after becoming ‘possessed’ following Ouija board game in Mexican village,” reports on the acute demon possession of 3-young adults in a Mexican village while playing a Ouija board game. According to Evans, 3-American friends, ranging in age from 18 to 22, were hospitalized with classic possession symptoms after the trio played a game on a Ouija board. The town? San Juan Tlacotenco, located in southwest Mexico.

Ouija Board

Minutes after these young people began playing the game, the only female participant, began “growling and thrashing around in a trance-like state” while the two males suddenly became blind, deaf and began hallucinating. A local Catholic priest was called to perform exorcism on the three by one of the victims’ parents, but the Church refused to provide the service citing that the young people were not members of the church congregation. Conversely, those same parents called for paramedic assistance. The trio were transported to a local hospital. The three young peoples’ possession symptoms were treated with pain and anti-anxiety drugs and eye drops. The possession symptoms seemed to succumb to the hospital’s treatment regimen. A medical professional who witnessed the behavior of the three said of the victims, “They had involuntary movements…they were so erratic. It appeared as if they were in a trance-like state…They spoke of feeling numbness, double vision, blindness, deafness, hallucinations, muscle spasm and difficulty swallowing.”

Indeed, the spirit-realm or spirit-world is real, whether or not we choose to believe this story. Our 21st century, western world, effectively masks this reality from her citizens. Yet, tens of thousands and maybe even hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world experience such connections with the spirit world on a frequent basis. In many parts of the world, the spirit world is as common a reality as waking up and going to sleep each morning, breathing, eating, or talking to one’s spouse or children. Those of us who experience such connections with the spirit-realm are considered crazy, demented, psychotic and the like. One can only imagine how many people behind bars in this country alone (i.e., the United States) are beset and influenced by the spirit-world. The greatest attention and seemingly the most prolific manifestation of the spirit-world has to do with the evil or demon side. It is this dark side of the equation that seems to demand, deprive and take away from its victims their freedom to live peaceful and productive lives. In extreme cases, this dark side brings its victims to a state of harm to others and to themselves.

demons

The Bible contains several stories related to demon possession and in each case, the manifestation is frightening and intimidating to say the least. Man overall appears impotent in the midst of such possession events. Man is carnal and incapable of even the smallest influence on demons. Spiritual beings, which we all know include demons, angels, the Creator and now the Son, Yeshua HaMashiach, operate on an entirely different plain of existence. Brute mortal strength has no effect on demons. Human reasoning can not break through to possessing demons. Demons are opportunistic creatures who seek out opportunities to intervene in the affairs of men—invited and uninvited. As a species, people in general are so oblivious to the dangers of the demon realm, that they will embark upon activities and behaviors that open the door to demon activity. Such things include: drugs, alcohol, Ouija board games, seances, promiscuous relationships, vodoo, satan worship and the like. Once demons find a foot hold in an individual’s life, it is next to impossible to get rid of them. The only sure cure for demon possession is the name and power of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Yeshua HaMashiach (aka: Jesus Christ). Luke 10:17-24 addresses the disciples (the seventy) reporting back to Yeshua, just before the Feast of Dedication in December of the year 27 CE. Luke records, “The seventy returned again with joy saying, “Master, even the demons are subject to us through your name.” Yeshua said to them, “I saw hasatan come down out of the heavens like lightning. I gave to you the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and authority over all the power of the enemy.” As redeemed, believers in Messiah, we should be equipped to effectively deal with demons. When we became disciples of Messiah, we received that whole package. Yet the vast majority of us want nothing to do with the spirit-realm and thus would not be in any position to attend to a demon possession if we were to come across one. Regardless what side of the Faith we find ourselves in, we by virtue of our sacred heritage and calling, are required to not only operate in the spirit-realm, but to also deal with evil spirits when they enter our sphere of influence. We must absolutely begin with our relationship with the Father who stated through the Son, 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (Joh 4:23-24 KJV)

Once we’ve gained a foothold in to the spirit-realm, dealing with demons on their turf should not be a problem and demon fighting should become the duty of every believer and disciple of Messiah. May we all be so ready and fit for the battle ahead. Be Most Blessed.

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Episode 42-Pentecost, My Reflections on the Day

Mt Sinai Exodus 19

 

  • Exodus 19-20 (cf. Exo. 34:22; 26:16; Num. 28:26)
  • The mixed multitude that came out of Egypt hear the voice of Yehovah in their own tongue
  • Pentecost was the Feast that Moses told Pharaoh he was instructed to take Israel out to the wilderness and worship God
  • Prophetic shadow picture—Acts 1, 2
  • The counting of the Omer is commanded in Leviticus 23:15,16
  • Preparations in receiving God (Exo. 19:10,14 cf. Acts 1)
  • Terminology
  • Pentecost=Shavuot=Feast of Weeks
  • Holy Spirit=Ruach Kodesh
  • God=Yehovah, Yahweh
  • Jesus=Yeshua=Yehoshua

Pentecost Acts 2

  • Luke 24:45-49 (incident 245)
  • Jesus ascends to His Father on the 40th day of the counting of the Omer, leaving 10-days for the disciples to prepare for the coming of the Spirit
  • Mark 16:15-19; Luke 24:50,51
  • Luke 24:52,53 the disciples return to Jerusalem and await the Feast of Pentecost
  • Begin Acts of the Apostles
  • The Law (Torah) is written on their hearts
  • Acts 1:1—O Theophilus=likely means, O beloved of Yehovah as in Luke 1:1
  • Acts 1:2,3—Luke 24:51 ends with Jesus’ascension
  • Referring to the 40-days Jesus taught His disciples—opening their minds and eyes to the connection between Torah/Tanakh and Himself
  • After His ascension, commandments from Jesus came via the Holy Spirit
  • All of this was occurring on the 40th day of the Counting of the Omer (Thursday, June 10, 28 CE)
  • Acts 1:4,5
  • Commandment to stay within the confines of Jerusalem
  • Wait for the Promise of the Jesus
  • John the Baptizer’s revelation and prophecy of Jesus
  • Acts 1:6,7—the disciples’ focus remained on Jesus setting up His Kingdom here on earth instead of the Great Commission and the sealing of the breach—the renewing of the covenant
  • This may not still have been clear to them even at this point in the story
  • Denominationalism’s focus is on the Person of Christ—His death, burial and resurrection
  • Acts 1:8—reasserts that the Holy Spirit would be received by them and from there they will boldly fulfill His Great Commission
  • Acts 1:9-11—Jesus ascends to His Father
  • Acts 1:12-14—The disciples left the Mount of Olives and set up temporary abode in an “upper room”—likely a townhome—the inner circle of 11
  • They gathered together daily in Solomon’s Porch on the Temple Mount with other disciples daily
  • They continued in the place of prayer and supplication=the Temple—with women and Mary
  • Luke 24:52,53; Acts 3:11; 5:12
  • Acts 1:15-22—The election of Mathias
  • Here Peter attempts to fulfill prophecy and create parameters around the prophecy
  • Replace Judas from among the 120 disciples
  • Following presumptuously Jesus’ pattern—Luke 6:12-17
  • Jesus had 2-tiers of disciples—the inner circles of 12 and the general disciples
  • Peter’s actions fell outside of the directives of the Master. Peter’s seemingly good intentions were still wrong. Mathias was never heard from again in the Holy Writ
  • The replacement for Judas was the Master’s choice and that person was none other than Paul
  • The Master gave specific direction to His disciples. As true disciples we are to obey and do accordingly—nothing more, nothing less
  • Our wills must be in alignment with that of the Father, otherwise, we do stupid things like hold an unauthorized election to select an apostle that the Master hadn’t chosen
  • We can never see the whole plan of God—only the parts that involve us and that which involves us, when He reveals the plan to us—need to know basis—reference Acts 1:6,7
  • Acts 2:1—Truth and Fiction begins
  • The upper room where the apostles were staying was likely some townhouse in Jerusalem—possibly where the Master had His last supper with His inner circle of 12
  • Acts 1:14 suggests that the apostles temporarily resided in the upper room, but each day—10-days leading up to Pentecost—they went to the place of prayer and supplication—likely Solomon’s Porch on the Temple Mount
  • Here they met some 120-disciples, including women, in obedience to the Master
  • This period was prophetically portrayed in Exodus 19—the disciples in this case readied themselves to receive the promise
  • Pentecost was one of the 3-pilgrimage feasts of the Lord, thus many thousands of devout Israelites would be in Jerusalem, especially at the Temple, during this particular time. Here, it was midmorning, likely 0900 hours (reference Acts 2:15)
  • Tradition has taught that all of this was taking place in the “Upper Room”—but a careful read of the passage clearly paints a different picture altogether
  • Denominationalism teaches doctrine that is often cloudy and just bad doctrine
  • Acts 2:2-4—The coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ was foreshadowed in the brilliant story that took place at the base of Mount Sinai (reference Exodus 19:16-25)
  • The date was June 20, 28 CE, the passage indicates that the house where they were sitting was filled with the Holy Spirit (Hebrew=Ruach Kodesh); “house”=Beit haMikdash—likely refers to “the house of prayer” as recorded in John 2:16,17
  • Tradition places this event at/in the “upper room,” but remember:
  • 120 disciples and 12-apostles would likely be hard pressed (literally) to fit in what we would understand to be an “upper room”
  • Pentecost mandated the presence in Jerusalem and the Temple of every able-bodied Israelite male
  • The fire this time (referring back to Exodus 19) divided and came upon each one of them and they were filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit
  • This event/this outpouring, occurred in the presence of thousands of devout Israelites attending the Feast of Weeks (aka: Pentecost and Shavuot) at the Temple
  • This fulfilled John the Baptizer’s prophecy—John 1:29-34
  • Acts 2:5-11—The amazing power of the Holy Spirit as it was being manifest within and among the 120-disciples and 12-apostles, transcended language—the dozens of dialects and cultures and races represented here no doubt able to hear and understand the proclamations and praises of the disciples in their respective tongues (i.e., languages)
  • Reminiscent of the mixed multitude that left Egypt. At the base of Mount Sinai when Father uttered forth His commandments to the people, they likely heard the pronouncement in their own tongues/languages
  • The Creator confounded the languages, He can certainly temporarily unconfused them
  • 3,000 souls were added to the ekklesia that day. Reference Exodus 32:28—3,000 souls perished at the breaking of the covenant at Mount Sinai
  • We must walk in Spirit and in Truth—Truth being the Word of God, His Torah
  • We must beware of tradition and read the Bible for our own selves and not let denominations teach us the Bible
  • If we are to properly and fully learn of His ways and gain the truth from Scripture:
  • Discern the difference between the Greek, the Hebrew, the Christian denominations’ mindsets
  • We must adopt fully a Biblical mindset
  • Pentecost was about the fulfillment of Isaiah 58:8-12 8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. 11 And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in. 13 “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; 14 then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isa 58:8-1 ESV) and Jeremiah 31:33 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jer 31:33 ESV)(cf. Hebrews 10:16; 8:10)
  • The breach that occurred at Sinai was fixed that fateful day of Pentecost
  • The Church (ekkesia) did not replace Israel—instead, that broken covenant was renewed…this time, Gentiles would be invited in—this time the Torah (the Father’s Word) would be written on their hearts

Take the time to cull from these notes the particular passages we discussed and conduct a full fledged prayerful study of your own. Ask yourself Christian:

  1. All that I’ve been taught by my denomination: is it true? Is it false? Have you been taught anything of any consequence on the significance of Pentecost?
  2. Is my focus on that which Jesus has directed you to do? Or is your focus based upon your denomination’s agenda and focus?
  3. Where do I go from here with my life?
  4. Contact us if you have any questions, we are here to provide resources and guidance to you—the truth seeking believer in Messiah
  5. Talk this content over with those whom the Father places within your sphere of influence

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Regarding Sanctification and Being Holy (Episode 41)

    • John Calvin lived July 10, 1509 to May 27, 1564 in France

John Calvin

    • Calvin and Luther fostered the Protestant Revolution which was ignited over the issue of the selling of indulgences and papal authority (sacerdotalism-the pope as the mediator between Yehovah and man. Luther believed in a closer and more direct relationship with Yehovah
    • Luther and Calvin did not agree on the issue of predestination
    • Calvin held to unconditional predestination and God’s sovereignty prevailing in all cases

 

    • Main premise of Calvinism is that God chooses those that will be saved and those that will be lost.Secondarily, Calvinism speaks to God’s sovereignty as the central reason why free will is a non-issue in the case of sanctification
    • “Salvation is accomplished by the almighty power of the triune God. The Father chose a people, the Son died for them, the Holy Spirit makes Christ’s death effective by brining the elect to faith and repentance, thereby causing them to willingly obey the Gospel. The entire process (election, redemption, regeneration) is the work of God and by grace alone. Thus God, not man, determines who will be the recipients of the gift of salvation” (Jonathan Barlow)
    • T=Total Depravity
    • Our nature is devoid of goodness
    • We are prolific in all evil
    • We are never idle in evil
    • Man’s intellect will, soul, flesh is defiled and is pervaded with concupiscence (lust; driven by a strong desire to do wrong
    • Rom. 5:12—12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Rom 5:12 KJV)
    • One act of disobedience has led to death—disobedience is sin. Sin is defined by the Law
    • Rom 2:12-15–12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. (Rom 2:12-16 KJV)
    • Jer. 17:9—9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer 17:9 KJV)
    • Mk. 4:11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: (Mar 4:11 KJV)
      • Counterpoint
      • 10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. (Mat 13:10-17 KJV)
    • Eph. 2:1-5And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (Eph 2:1-5 KJV)
    • Indeed, the Father provided us the means whereby we have the opportunity to established an eternal relationship with Him through the work of His Son-we had nothing to do with this fix-it was a gift from Father
    • Joh. 6:44,6544 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (Joh 6:44 KJV) 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (Joh 6:65 KJV)
    • In other words, Calvinist use this passage to support their claim that man is totally depraved. Thus, we are like a deaf and blind man walking to the edge of a cliff and people are calling out to us to warn us and prevent us from going over the edge. It will only be halted by a physical intervention by someone because he can’t see and hear—his inherent situation prevents him from knowing his situation and thus he is destitute and destined for doom
    • Indeed, there is a calling—a general calling if you will, whereby men are drawn to the Master. Everyone who comes, comes for various reasons. Of those who submit to the general call, only a few truly and sincerely answer that call and assume the mantle (by name and initial acceptance only) of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Of those who assume that mantle, only a precious few become chosen/elect as they do whatever is asked of them by their Master.
    • A brilliant example of this is found in the 6th chapter of John. Most of those who would follow Jesus left—they being the called ones. Those who stayed behind, were the elect apparently
    • What of those who are not called or drawn—it will be sorted out in the Great White Throne judgment—Rev. 20
  • Calvin seems to be setting us up for some type of hail mary football pass. Calvin is saying that man is totally screwed because of sin and indeed, man is sinful and all that good stuff—and thus man is hopelessly destitute
  • For me, the question is not so much that man is sorely destitute as a being and thus He has no hope (as indeed is the case), but the question is how did we get here in the first place and what has God done to remedy the situation. We only know of sin as a result of the law. It is the law that defines what sin is. Thus one must frame all of this from the perspective of the law and not a general observation. Not everyone in the history of the human race has been subject or possessed knowledge of God’s law which in and of itself is the code of God’s standards whereby man must live in order to have any substantive relationship with Him. The issue of sin, however, is whether or not Yeshua’s sacrifice on the cross efficacious to all sin—every sin that has ever been committed—for all men? The answer then seems to be yes—John 3: 16—For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. (Joh 3:16 DRA)—Jesus rebuilt that collapsed bridge that existed between God and man. The rest is up to man
  • Israel in the wilderness paints the entire picture of the Christian and his quest to be aligned with God
  • Sin essentially means that we don’t meet the standards put forth by Yehovah. We are sorely lacking. However, Yeshua on God’s good grace, came to earth to atone for our sins without any effort on our part. Thus every villian who has ever lived; every pagan or heathen that has ever breathed air, has access to Yehovah…that once closed door was opened by the work of Yeshua. Going through that door to Yehovah, however, requires action from us. Does it change our sinful nature? No.Even the most pious of us is prone to that sinful nature and it is only through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and our conscious effort to be disciples of Christ-obedient disciples-that we slowly but surely replace that sinful nature with righteous, godly, nature and behavior
  • There is no evidence that the process of going from a sinful nature to that of a right nature is automatic or inputted. We see it evident in our lives. We make the conscious effort to change our ways and the Holy Spirit provides us the means in which to overcome that nature. Overcoming

 

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Episode 40-I’m Sanctified, Baptized and Filled with the Holy Ghost, Part 1

One of the great doctrines and tenets of Christianity is “sanctification.” Indeed, sanctification is one of the foundational principles of our beloved faith which, depending on what denomination you hail from,is one of the identifying marks of a “born again” believer in Christ. However,as is the case with the doctrine of “grace,” the concept of sanctification has been subject to denominational adjustments and biased teachings that have led many in these organizations to entirely miss what the Scriptures have to say about the issue. Indeed, this is an issue that can not be swept under the spiritual rug so to speak, as it has eternal ramifications associated with it.

According to Wikipedia, sanctification is defined as follows: the act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming holy. Indeed, holiness is a concept that is intricately and inextricably linked to Christianity and the faith. Why. Because, God is holy– 

7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. (Lev 20:7 KJV)

God has made this abundantly clear throughout Scripture that He is holy. Conversely, man in general is not holy, and this of course is tied to the Garden of Eden incident which we won’t go in to here. Additionally, it is clear that God requires holiness in mankind if there is to be any type of relationship between them. In other words, the Creator is in a realm all by Himself. Man is in a different realm entirely. The Creator desires to bridge the gap that exists between these two competing and opposing realms. He desires to have a relationship with His creation-man. Man on the other hand, yearns to connect with his creator, but is unable to because the gulf between our two opposing realms can not be readily bridged. Not that this isn’t a big enough problem, the other problem is that because of man’s inability to connect and have a relationship with the Creator, He is doomed to living a life on this planet that is short-term, often fraught with hardship, and once that life is over, there is nothing more. Eternity will swallow up the individual without so much as a vague memory after a certain point.

So the central question then becomes, is our sanctification something we must work in obtaining, or is it simply inputted to us.

 

The whole thinking behind sanctification being an act or process that is inputted to every believer seems to be founded upon the teachings and doctrines put forth by John Calvin.

John Calvin

According to Wikipedia, John Calvin (aka: Jehan Cauvin) was a French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. The Protestant Reformation (aka: the Protestant Revolution) was a schism that occurred within Western Christianity that was initiated primarily by both Martin Luther and John Calvin in and around 1517. The lynch-pin that launched the reformation was the publishing of Luther’s “The Ninety-Five Theses.” This document essentially criticized the Catholic Church’s practice of selling indulgences-whereby Catholic believers could purchase the remission of their dearly departed loved ones’ sins, which seems inherently anti-Christian and contrary to what the Bible teaches about the wages for sin and the only solution for sin-the sacrifice made by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Regardless, the work of Calvin and Luther led to the creation of new national Protestant churches which to date, according to some, has blossomed to some 20,000 to 30,000 denominations. Thank you Martin Luther and John Calvin. 

Now that not to say that the resultant work of Calvin and Luther was heretical and subject to eternal damnation. I believe the resultant problems that are inherent in today’s Christian faith should be placed at the feet of the organization that caused the problem in the first place: the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Yes indeed. The beast that took upon herself complete authority to create doctrine and beliefs; alter Biblical instruction; structure how the faith would look; and in the case whereby Luther was prompted to move the faith towards a fatal schism, forgive sin and input righteousness at the whim and good pleasure of the Church’s hierarchy.

Martin Luther

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