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The Great Swamp Drainer is on schedule!

The swamp will be here, until the times and seasons are fulfilled, being His Plan, as it is written:

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36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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Happy is he who has repented of swamp dwelling and walked a Pathway in the Light. Jim

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Sun, Dec 10, 2017 - 10:36am
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Oh for a million Like George!

George Fox and the Quaker (Friends) Movement

"There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition." This discovery of Christ as a present reality turned George Fox from frustrated seeker to joyous finder and initiated a major Christian awakening in England. George Fox was 23 years old (1647), and already a discerning critic of his culture. When human counselors could not fill his spiritual void, he turned to Bible reading and prayer, often in the sanctuary of "hollow trees and lonesome places." On some of these occasions he received "openings," e.g., that attending a university does not make a minister, that "the people not the steeple is the church," and that the same Spirit who inspired the Scriptures is their true interpreter.

Even as a lad Fox was unusually sensitive to God, having been well taught by godly parents. He remembered experiencing the "pureness" of divine presence at the age of 11. This vision of the world as God wants it contrasted starkly with the world of political violence and ecclesiastical hypocrisy which he experienced as a youth. George Fox worked first as a cobbler and then as a partner with a wool and cattle dealer. His integrity brought him commercial success. But the spiritual conflict raged furiously within him until his experience of Christ brought peace.

A Movement Begins

From his spiritual epiphany until 1652, Fox engaged in itinerant ministry, preaching at the close of Puritan meetings, or outdoors before crowds. Fox exhorted seekers to heed the voice of Christ within, to be honest in business, compassionate to the needy, and to share in the free ministry of the true church. Large numbers of people were "convinced" (converted) through his preaching, and opposition intensified. Fox was thrown down church steps, beaten with sticks and once with a brass-bound Bible! He refused to be intimidated, and his courage and physical stamina gave credibility to a central theme of his preaching: the power through Christ to live a holy life. For such preaching, Fox spent six months in Derby jail. Offered release if he would accept a commission in Cromwell's army, Fox refused, saying Christ had brought him into the "covenant of peace." For this he was jailed another six months.

Historians mark 1652 as the beginning of the Quaker movement. One day George Fox climbed up desolate Pendle Hill (believed to be a haunt of demons) and saw "a people in white raiment, coming to the Lord." The vision signified that proclaiming Christ's power over sin would gather people to the kingdom. And it did. By 1660, there were 50,000 followers. Zealous young men and women ("the valiant sixty") joined Fox in preaching at fairs, marketplaces, in the fields, in the jails, in the courts, and through the printing press. Gervase Benson, Edward Burrough, John Audland, Mary Fisher, Francis Howgill, and William Dewsbury and others gave significant ministry. Some men left Cromwell's army to join what James Nayler termed "the Lamb's war."

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The modern Quakers have detoured, long ago, from the Pathway that George walked. Jim

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Mon, Dec 11, 2017 - 6:44pm
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Hey Jim

Sorry to be absent for so long, was thinking about the mixed bag of world views and belief systems on this site and an old C.S. Lewis quote came to mind, for some reason I felt led to post it tonight, this is not 'aimed' at anyone, if it were, it would be towards myself, it is for all that post here, that are struggling to understand the essence of Jesus Christ, Christianity, and the Gospel of God at it's core.

C.S. Lewis wrote this about our natural hearts;

"If you want to make sure to keep it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in a casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in the casket... safe, dark, motionless, airless... it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredemmeble." C. S. Lewis

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Jer. Jr., you may enjoy this article:

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017 - 11:22am
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Anybody Lookin', I'am!

Third Day - Revival (Official Lyric Video)
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Tue, Dec 12, 2017 - 4:56pm
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My Christmas Music

Third Day: Gather Round Now (w/ Lyrics) -- From REVIVAL Album

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Third Day - Cry Out To Jesus
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Sun, Dec 17, 2017 - 11:29am
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Religious Costumes, an entrapment roadway to slavery!

https://www.costumes4less.com/Biblical-and-Religious_Costume_AS-Theme_Store.aspx

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All of the systems of men have their costumes. The costume speaks louder than the inner life of he/she who wears them. I remember, in grade school, the nuns and their black robes with a cross wrapped around their waist. Those women were some unhappy campers and we learned to stay clear of them or pay the full price for crossing them.

Oh happy day, he who has Christ within, he who walks in the Light as He is the Light, never needs a costume to alert the world, of being one who has received Him. Let you Light shine and place all costumes in the trash of detoured men. Jim

(We have been conditioned to submit to he who wears the costume, even if the one wearing it is filled with darkness.)

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A Needed Correction for Today!

46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6)

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Will He ask us, in that day, "why call ye Me, Lord,Lord, and do not the things which I say?" This is part of the questions, which have been asked by those who were burned at the stake, challenging the steeple houses and their priestcraft, over the last 2000 years. Many think that reading their bibles is enough, while a remnant have receive that Living Word within and follow the Lamb, wherever He goes. It is going to take a great shaking, an awakening through the tribulations upon the nations, and many will finally grab hold of the finished Work of the Cross, loving not their lives, even unto death. Jim

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Drag the tree back to the forest,

throw the lights in the can, burn the Santa suit, send the reindeer hoofing northward, return the wrapped presents, avoid midnight mass, and return to Jesus Christ as Lord, receiving Him within: This is a better view for the season:

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

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And after the wicked are removed, this is just a view of the praise that will inherit the earth:

Hallelujah Chorus Flash Mob at Brent Cross Shopping Centre
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Early Church!

BY PRESTON SPRINKLE GOD / CHURCH JANUARY 15, 2015

I often hear Christians say that we should be more like the early church. And I must admit, I’ve been one of those Christians. But if we linger on how this would look, I wonder how many of us would rather stay put in our 21st century churches. After all, first century Christians clung to a set of values that differs quite radically from most Christians today.

HOW WE VIEW OTHER CHRISTIANS

ONE UNCOMFORTABLE VALUE TRUMPETED BY THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WAS THEIR VIEW OF THE CHURCH AS A FAMILY. THE FIRST CHRISTIANS SAW THEMSELVES AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND MOTHERS AND FATHERS TO EVERYONE WHO WAS PART OF THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

THIS IS, OF COURSE, WELL KNOWN TO ANYONE WHO READS THE NEW TESTAMENT. BUT WE SHOULDN’T READ THE CHURCH-AS-FAMILY METAPHOR THROUGH THE LENS OF OUR MODERN-DAY WESTERN FAMILY VALUES, WHERE OUR HIGH-MAINTENANCE GRANDPARENTS ARE SHUFFLED OFF TO RETIREMENT HOMES AND ANNOYING SIBLINGS ARE TREATED AS OUTCASTS.

IN THE FIRST CENTURY, THE FAMILY UNIT EXTENDED FAR BEYOND THE NUCLEAR FAMILY AND WAS HELD TOGETHER BY AN UNCONDITIONAL BOND OF COMMITMENT AND SERVICE. YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO LIKE YOUR RELATIVES, BUT YOU WERE EXPECTED TO LOVE THEM.

IT’S WITHIN THIS CONTEXT THAT JESUS AND PAUL BLEW OPEN THE DOORS OF THE HOME AND WELCOMED IN ALL BELIEVERS AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THEY CREATED A NEW FOCUS ON THE FAMILY THAT EXTENDED FAR BEYOND ONE’S NUCLEAR RELATIVES AND INCLUDED PEOPLE OF EVERY RACE AND SOCIAL STRATA WHO GAVE THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE RISEN CHRIST.

HOW WE SPEND OUR MONEY

MANY CHURCHES TODAY SPEND MOST OF THEIR REVENUE ON SALARIES, BUILDING MORTGAGES AND OTHER MATERIAL SUPPLEMENTS TO MINISTRY. LOOK AT ANY CHURCH BUDGET AND YOU’LL PROBABLY FIND 1 OR 2 PERCENT OF CHURCH FUNDS ALLOCATED TO BENEVOLENCE—HELPING POOR PEOPLE IN NEED. MAYBE ANOTHER 5 PERCENT, OR 10 PERCENT AT BEST, IS GIVEN TO NEEDS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH THAT ON SOME LEVEL HELP THE POOR.

BUT SUCH DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS RUNS COUNTER OPPOSITE TO HOW THE EARLY CHURCH SPENT ITS MONEY. THE NEW TESTAMENT TALKS A LOT ABOUT GIVING MONEY, BUT RARELY—IF EVER—TALKS ABOUT GIVING TOWARD SALARIES, AND IT NEVER MENTIONS GIVING MONEY TOWARD A BUILDING. (FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, IT ALSO NEVER MENTIONS GIVING 10 PERCENT, WHICH IS STILL A STAPLE VALUE IN MODERN CHURCHES.)

WHEN THE NEW TESTAMENT TALKS ABOUT GIVING, IT REFERS TO REDISTRIBUTING MONEY TO THE POOR—USUALLY, POOR BELIEVERS OUTSIDE CHURCH WALLS (ROMANS 15:22-29; 1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-4; 2 CORINTHIANS 8-9). WHEN PAUL DECLARES “GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 CORINTHIANS 9:7) FOR INSTANCE, IT WAS IN THE CONTEXT OF GENTILE CHURCHES GIVING MONEY TO POOR JEWISH BELIEVERS LIVING IN JERUSALEM. IN FACT, PAUL SPILLED MORE INK TALKING ABOUT GIVING TO POOR PEOPLE THAN HE DID ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH.

JESUS HIMSELF SAID THAT GIVING TO THE POOR IS ONE OF THE MAIN CRITERIA OF GENUINE FAITH (LUKE 12:33, 14:33, MATT 19:16-30) AND THE PRIMARY MEANS BY WHICH HE’LL SORT OUT THE WICKED FROM RIGHTEOUS ON JUDGMENT DAY (MATT 25:31-46). IF WE TAKE JESUS’S WORDS SERIOUSLY—AND OUR CHURCH BUDGETS SUGGEST THAT WE DON’T—OUR SUBURBAN CHURCHES MIGHT LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

HOW WE THINK ABOUT POWER

ANOTHER MODERN VALUE THAT WAS UNKNOWN TO THE EARLY CHURCH IS MILITARISM. MILITARISM REFERS TO THE “BELIEF OR DESIRE THAT A COUNTRY SHOULD MAINTAIN A STRONG MILITARY CAPABILITY AND BE PREPARED TO USE IT AGGRESSIVELY TO DEFEND OR PROMOTE NATIONAL INTERESTS.” THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT—MILITARISM PROFOUNDLY SHAPES AMERICAN VALUES.

BUT IT ALSO SHAPES AMERICAN CHRISTIAN VALUES. MILITARY HISTORIAN ANDREW BACEVICH HAS UNEARTHED THE ROOTS OF AMERICAN MILITARISM AND HAS DISCOVERED THAT THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN HAS BEEN NONE OTHER THAN THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH. AFTER MUCH RESEARCH, BACEVICH CONCLUDES: “WERE IT NOT FOR THE SUPPORT OFFERED BY SEVERAL TENS OF MILLIONS OF EVANGELICALS, MILITARISM IN THIS DEEPLY AND GENUINELY RELIGIOUS COUNTRY BECOMES INCONCEIVABLE.”

BUT THE EARLY CHURCH WAS UNMISTAKABLY NOT MILITARISTIC. EARLY CHRISTIANS WERE NEVER FASCINATED WITH THE POWER OF THE ROMAN MILITARY; RATHER, THEY CLUNG TO THE RHYTHM OF THE CROSS, WHERE EVIL IS CONQUERED NOT BY SWORDS AND SPEARS BUT BY SUFFERING AND LOVE. IN FACT, THE MOST QUOTED VERSE AMONG EARLY CHRISTIANS WAS JESUS’S COMMAND THAT WE SHOULD LOVE OUR ENEMIES (MATTHEW 5:44); IT WAS THE JOHN 3:16 OF THE FIRST FEW CENTURIES.

TODAY, IT’S BURIED UNDER A PILE OF CAVEATS AND FOOTNOTES—WE CAN’T REALLY LOVE ALL OUR ENEMIES. WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE PERCEIVED AS THREATS, MOST PEOPLE TODAY—IRONICALLY, EVEN CHRISTIANS—PREFER JUSTICE TO GRACE.

MAYBE CHRISTIANS SHOULD SERVE IN THE MILITARY OR USE VIOLENCE AS A LAST RESORT TO DEFEND THE INNOCENT. THESE ARE TOUGH QUESTIONS TO ANSWER. BUT WHEN THE CHURCH HAS BECOME THE TURBO ENGINE BEHIND THE MILITARY MACHINE—TO AGGRESSIVELY DEFEND OR PROMOTE NATIONAL INTERESTS—WE FLEE FROM OUR EARLY CHURCH ROOTS, WHOSE ALLEGIANCE TO GOD’S KINGDOM DEMOTED THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO ROME’S KINGDOM.

HOW WE STUDY THE BIBLE

THE EARLY CHURCH ALSO VALUED THE CORPORATE STUDY OF THE BIBLE. YOU MAY THINK THE MODERN CHURCH HAS THIS ONE DOWN. MOST CHRISTIANS OWN SEVERAL BIBLES, AND CHURCH PROGRAMS OFTEN CONTAIN A WIDE ARRAY OF BIBLE STUDIES AND SPIRITUAL CLASSES.

BE THAT AS IT MAY, CHRISTIANS TODAY EXHIBIT AN UNPRECEDENTED BIBLICAL ILLITERACY DESPITE OWNING DOZENS OF BIBLES. ACCORDING TO ONE STATISTIC, 60 PERCENT OF CONFESSING BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS CAN’T NAME FIVE OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, 81 PERCENT DON’T BELIEVE (OR AREN’T AWARE OF) THE BASIC TENETS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, AND 12 PERCENT THINK THAT JOAN OF ARC WAS NOAH’S WIFE.

EARLY CHRISTIANS EAGERLY SOAKED UP THE WORD OF GOD LIKE A SPONGE. THE NEW TESTAMENT LETTERS, FOR INSTANCE, NOT ONLY CONTAIN DIRECT QUOTATIONS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT ALSO MANY SUBTLE ALLUSIONS (BRIEF PHRASES) THAT WERE EXPECTED TO BE UNDERSTOOD BY THE READER. FOR INSTANCE, THE BOOK OF REVELATION ALONE DOES NOT CONTAIN A SINGLE DIRECT QUOTATION FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT, AND YET HAS MORE THAN 500 ALLUSIONS TO WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT. THESE ALLUSIONS COULD ONLY BE PICKED UP ON BY READERS WHO WERE INTIMATELY FAMILIAR WITH THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES.

THE EARLY CHURCH TOOK SERIOUSLY JESUS’S STATEMENT THAT PEOPLE CAN’T LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE LORD’S MOUTH (MATTHEW 4:4). AND WHEN JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO TEACH OTHERS “ALL THAT I COMMAND YOU,” THEY DID IT (MATTHEW 28:20).

THIS IS WHY CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN THE FIRST CENTURIES OF THE FAITH MANDATED A RIGOROUS, COMMUNAL STUDY OF THE BIBLE FOR EVERYONE WHO BECAME A BELIEVER. EVERY NEW CONVERT TO CHRISTIANITY SPENT THEIR FIRST THREE YEARS OF THE FAITH STUDYING THROUGH THE ENTIRE BIBLE SO THAT IT SEEPED DOWN INTO THEIR BONES.

THIS WASN’T AN OPTION. TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN MEANT BECOMING RECONFIGURED THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD. AND HERE’S THE THING: PRIOR TO THE PRINTING PRESS (A.D. 1450), MOST PEOPLE COULDN’T READ. THE WHOLE IDEA OF DOING PRIVATE DEVOTIONS WAS UNTHINKABLE UNTIL 500 YEARS AGO. AND YET—DESPITE BEING ILLITERATE—EARLY CHRISTIANS BECAME FLUENT IN SCRIPTURE BY LISTENING TO THE COMMUNAL READING AND TEACHING OF GOD’S WORD.

THE FIRST CHRISTIANS ACTUALLY LIVED AS IF THE SAME GOD WHO BREATHED STARS INTO EXISTENCE ALSO BREATHED OUT HIS WORD FOR US TO CHERISH, MEMORIZE, AND READ TEN THOUSAND TIMES OVER. THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN MYSTIFIED BY OUR MODERN ABILITY TO OWN, READ AND YET NEGLECT THE PRICELESS WRITTEN WORD.

I FEAR THAT OUR DESIRE TO GET BACK TO THE EARLY CHURCH WOULD REQUIRE A RATHER EXTENSIVE OVERHAUL OF THE SHAPE OF CONTEMPORARY GATHERINGS.

PRESTON SPRINKLE

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The Leaven of Christmas by Watchman Nee:

Concerning Christmas

Presently, political Babylon is less prominent than religious Babylon. Political Babylon is somewhat in a state of repose, whereas religious Babylon is flourishing. For example, Christmas, which is celebrated throughout the world, is altogether from Babylon. Participating in Christmas may seem to be a small thing, but anything that is part of Babylon is abominable in the eyes of God. The system in the church meetings of one man speaking and all the rest listening is also a part of Babylon. This Babylonian element must not be allowed to remain among us. (LIFE-STUDY OF ISAIAH, CHAPTER 26)

Recently I read an article in which I was accused of destroying the practice of Christmas. Actually I do not have any intention to attack the practice of Christmas. My time is fully occupied with ministering Christ to others. But while I am ministering Christ, Christmas is spontaneously exposed. Yes, I have said that we should care fully for Christ and forget about the so-called Christmass or Christmas. I have also said that we should be Christians, but not care for the ‘-anity’ of Christianity. I certainly do not have the intention of opposing either Christmas or Christianity. Nevertheless, in my ministry I have said that we should care for Christ and be real Christians, but have nothing to do with the ‘-mass’ or ‘- anity.’ When certain ones hear such a word, they accuse me of opposing Christianity and ruining the practice of Christmas. (LIFE-STUDY OF SECOND CORINTHIANS, MESSAGE SEVENTEEN)

Not only the Catholic Church has taken in leaven, but the Protestant denominations and groups have also. Rock music and drama are types of leaven used to make spiritual things easier for people to accept. When I was in China, I knew of some young men in a certain organization who mixed basketball with the preaching of the gospel. Using basketball for gospel preaching is also leaven. I doubt that very many were saved through this. The whole principle of the Y.M.C.A. is leaven, for the goal of the Y.M.C.A. is to bring the heavenly standard down to the earthly level, to bring the gospel to secular society in a worldly way. So many things in Christianity are leaven. These include Christmas, Easter, idols, pictures, images, rock music, drama, and the entire Y.M.C.A. system. We must be careful not to take anything other than Christ for God’s purpose, because anything other than He is leaven. Oh, the subtle one is crouching nearby waiting for his prey! We can easily become his prey because in our human nature is the desire to make it easy for people to experience spiritual things. But whatever you use to help people to touch spiritual things is a type of leaven. The pure and sanctified way to preach the gospel and to bring people to Christ is prayer and the ministry of the Word. Do not take any other way. If after praying and ministering the Word, people will still not receive the gospel, that is up to the Lord. Whether or not people receive our word is a matter of the Father’s will. We do not want to use any gimmicks to help in our preaching. Every gimmick is leaven. We are not for a work or for a movement–we are for the testimony of Jesus. (LIFE-STUDY OF MATTHEW, MESSAGE THIRTY-EIGHT)

Almost nineteen centuries have passed since the book of Revelation was written. Throughout these centuries a struggle has been taking place between Satan and God. Satan has been trying in different ways to replace Christ. As a result, many of us, including me, were born into an organized Christianity that had very little of Christ. For example, how much of Christ is there in the celebration of Christmas? In today’s Christianity there is a mixture of truth and falsehood. Very few believers know the truth in a deep and thorough way. (LIFE-STUDY OF ACTS, MESSAGE SIXTY-FIVE)

This is not my teaching. If we return to the pure Word in the New Testament, we find the term Christ and the term Christians (Acts 11:26). However, the terms Christianity or Christmas are not in the Bible. A kind of ‘anity’ or ‘mas’ has been added to Christ. Christmas is vanity. When people hang lamps on a little tree, that is ‘anity’ and ‘mas.’ That is vanity. We must beware of religion: religion is vanity. 1. Having an Outward Name Now we need to consider a few matters about the vanity of religion. First, religion has an outward name (2:17). Recently, I went to the barber shop for a haircut. The barber talked about attending Christmas Mass. I used the opportunity to ask him how many people would be there. He said, ‘You know, this is just a religious duty. Some people attend Mass only once a year at Christmas time.’ Here we see an example of the vanity of religion: attending Mass once a year as a religious duty in order to keep the name of being a Catholic. What kind of believer is this? A believer with a mere outward name. If you are real in the spirit, meaning you are a genuine believer, that is wonderful. However, if you lack the reality and simply keep the outward name, it means nothing. It is vanity. (LIFE-STUDY OF ROMANS, MESSAGE FOUR)

Today millions of Christians are occupied even more by the religious world than by the secular world. Take Christmas as an example. The celebration of Christmas is certainly related to the religious world. If you still observe Christmas, it is doubtful that you are living a new creation. The celebration of Christmas has nothing to do with God’s new creation. (LIFE-STUDY OF GALATIANS, MESSAGE THIRTY)

The incarnation should not be associated with Christmas. You need to burn everything related to Christmas. If you would go to China and preach the gospel to the learned people and mention Christmas, they would not listen to you. They would say that things such as Christmas trees, stockings full of candies, and Santa Claus are too low, shallow, and childish. That is not the gospel from the Word of God. That is the paganism, the leaven mentioned by the Lord Jesus in Matthew 13:33, brought into Catholicism by the ‘woman’ as the Lord prophesied. (LIFE-STUDY OF HEBREWS, MESSAGE EIGHT)

Unbelievers will think it strange that we do not care to participate with them in fleshly indulgences. In particular, they may think it strange that we do not celebrate Christmas or care for Christmas parties. The way of this corrupted world, the way of this crooked, perverted generation, is to follow the trend of indulgence and dissipation. But we would not run together with them according to this trend. (LIFE-STUDY OF FIRST PETER, MESSAGE TWENTY-SIX)

One of the most striking examples of the deeds of this apostate church is the so-called Christmas. We want Christ, but we do not need a mass. Originally, December 25, the so-called Christmas Day, was the day the ancient Europeans worshipped the sun. They said that December 25 was the birthday of the sun. When the apostate church spread to Europe, she assimilated this ancient custom because she had taken in thousands of unbelievers into the church. These unbelievers still wanted to celebrate the birthday of their god. Therefore, to accommodate them, the apostate church declared December 25 to be the birthday of Christ. This is the source of Christmas. The book, The Two Babylons, exposes the origin of the evil, demonic, pagan things that were brought into the apostate church. If we see this picture on the negative side, then we shall know what we must be on the positive side. (LIFE-STUDY OF REVELATION, MESSAGE THIRTEEN)

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The entire article, who will listen Brother Nee?

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https://lambfollower.wordpress.com/more/practice/concerning-christmas/

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Leonard Ravenhill!

LEONARD RAVENHILL

Nobody else can give you a clean heart but God.

There's one thing we need above everything else; it's something we don't talk about these days. We need a mighty avalanche of conviction of sin.

We're living in an unprecedented day (when) evil is no longer evil. We've changed the terminology-- iniquity is now infirmity; wickedness is now weakness; devilry is now deficiency.

A Roman Catholic priest startled us not very long ago by saying that for 25 years he had been sitting in the confessional, listening to the confessions of men and women. He said he heard (of) murders, rapes, adultery, and fornication. He met men and women who have broken every law of God and man with repetition. But never in 25 years had anyone ever confessed to be covetous. Covetousness! We wrap it up and call it ambition. We may call it business or something, but right down in the middle of those things is a rotten word called "covetousness." Paul called it idolatry!

David had one of the most blessed experiences in the world, and the blessedness was that he was miserable about his sin.

Are we sorry for grieving the heart of God... for denying God the right to own our personality... to own our mind... to own our thoughts... to own our emotions? (If not) we're robbing God.

Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men live!

I'm concerned in my spirit (that) the reason the world goes to hell-fire tonight is because we've (the church) lost Holy Ghost fire.

I'm sick and tired of (only) reading about church history; let's make (some) by the grace of God!

Someone asked me, "Do you pray for the dead?" I said, "No, I preach to them!" I think every pew in every church is death row. Think about that! They're dead! They sing about God; they talk about God, but they're dead! They have no living relationship (with God).

We've got people today that are very happy to celebrate Christmas or Easter or even Pentecost Sunday as long as nothing happens.

There's cancer in the church tonight!

One said, "If I lead somebody to Christ on the street, which church should I send him to?" (Sending someone to church today is) like taking a newborn baby and putting it in a refrigerator. I want a place that vibrates with God, vibrates with eternity.

We say, "Let the Spirit have His way in our church." We don"t!! We mimeograph what He has to do last Wednesday in the church office!

I want to see the house of God where it's open 24 hours a day so people can come. We don't close the hospitals after eight hours a day or the police station. Why should the churches be locked up tonight?

If you know a church on fire for God, tell me and I'll go. A church where (after) you've gone in, you don't come out the same, believing that God is there (and) you've been in His holy presence!

God is taking His hands off of America. We've had so much light and we've rejected it.

The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity.

How can you have a dead service with a living Christ?

Fifty years ago, you never heard of a divorce in the Christian church. You never (even) heard of marriage counseling in the church... We're putting up with sin in the church.

I believe every church is either supernatural or superficial. I don't believe there's any middle ground.

You hear people say in church, "Lord, You're welcome!" If the Holy Ghost came to some churches, there would be a stampede to the door.

If the church was doing their business, the psychologists wouldn't dare to sing their dumb song.

Sunday morning (attendance) shows how popular the church is; Sunday night shows how popular the preacher is; (Wednesday) prayer meeting shows how popular God is.

One good Baptist (once) said to Dr. Tozer, "If God withdrew the Holy Spirit tomorrow, my church would function just the same; we wouldn't even know He was gone."

The church is supposed to do what? To stop corruption? Is the church doing that? No! The world is corrupting the church!

If I don't believe the Word of God, why should you believe it? If we don't believe it, why should the world believe us?

We're blind to the fact (that) we have an obligation to five billion people in the world. This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of lost souls!

Our blessings have become a curse. They attract us. They take too much of our time and concern.

There isn't a "Pentecostal" Church in America. If there is, tell me where it is.

In the early church, signs and wonders and miracles followed. They cast out demons, blindness and paralysis. That's normal Christianity! We're so sub-normal, if we ever became normal, they (the world) will think we're abnormal.

I'm astounded, bewildered, confused, baffled when people tell me there are 75 million people in America that are filled with the Holy Ghost and we're the most rotten nation on earth.

I want to see a fellowship where your burdens become mine! Your grief over your children becomes my grief! Where we really bear each other's burdens; where we love each other and let the world come and see that we are the followers of the meek and lowly Jesus who cared only to do the will of His Father.

I wish, in America, (that) we were as concerned about separation from church and sin as we are about separation between church and state. Church and sin-- it's a monstrous problem.

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Today is the 7th of Tebeth!

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His Kingdom is Forever!

A fitting song for all seasons:

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A Mighty Fortress is our God - Christian Hymns with Lyrics (Choir) / Martin Luther
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The Puritans!

NEW ENGLAND HISTORY

How the Puritans Banned Christmas

In 1659 the Puritans banned Christmas in Massachusetts. But why?

"The Puritan Governor interrupting the Christmas Sports," by Howard Pyle c. 1883

“The Puritan Governor interrupting the Christmas Sports,” by Howard Pyle c. 1883

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A short, easily-overlooked paragraph from an early law book of the Massachusetts Bay Colony reads as follows:

“For preventing disorders arising in several places within this jurisdiction, by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other countries, to the great dishonor of God and offence of others, it is therefore ordered by this Court and the authority thereof, that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon such accountants as aforesaid, every person so offending shall pay of every such offence five shillings, as a fine to the county.”

Yes, you read that right. In 1659 the Puritan government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony actually banned Christmas. So how did one of the largest Christian holidays come to be persecuted in the earliest days of New England?

A 1659 public notice alerting congregants to the new holiday ordinance

A 1659 public notice alerting congregants to the new holiday ordinance

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Christmas in 17th century England actually wasn’t so different from the holiday we celebrate today. It was one of the largest religious observances, full of traditions, feast days, revelry and cultural significance. But the Puritans, a pious religious minority (who, after all, fled the persecution of the Anglican majority), felt that such celebrations were unnecessary and, more importantly, distracted from religious discipline. They also felt that due to the holiday’s loose pagan origins, celebrating it would constitute idolatry. A common sentiment among the leaders of the time was that such feast days detracted from their core beliefs: “They for whom all days are holy can have no holiday.”

This meant that Christmas wasn’t the only holiday on the chopping block. Easter and Whitsunday, other important historical celebrations, were also forbidden. Bans like these would continue through the 18th and 19th centuries (the US House of Representatives even convened on Christmas in 1802). As Puritanism started to fall out of favor, however, Christmas was almost universally accepted throughout the US by 1840, and was eventually declared a National Holiday in 1870.

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Thank you NW View

Reading I love to do, and I save reading this TOF until when there are over 10 or so posts, so I just got caught up. Question. Does NW stand for Northwest or New World or something else? I so appreciate your posts. God bless you.

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Thanks for the post. NW stands for North West, however, you can just call me Jim. I often think that I have an "Old World" view and not a "New World' view. It is quite sad for me,that the millions of great people are blinded to the Truth, that is only in Christ Jesus as Lord. They really do not understand His Message, the Pathway to Freedom in Him, nor the invasion of Satan into the divided steeple house systems ,of fallen generations, of men. Yes Pug, we are in big trouble. Most are looking for the Lord to take them out of here but better be praying to stay. If there had actually been a pre-trib. rapture, the steeple houses would have still been filled with unrepentant sinners.

Happy is he who has the full revelation of Christ within, having yoked up with Him Who is the Great I AM, grabbing hold of He Who is the Only Overcomer in this universe, and receiving that Overcoming as their own. Oh happy day. Jim

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Disciples of Folly and Sin!

A story from the field:

I met M. about three years ago. He told me that he and his wife were Christians and attended a Pentecostal steeple house in another city. We have had a bit of fellowship on the job sites. Well, we talked this week and he said his wife has moved out with the two kids. Then I found out about the rest of the story. They were not actually married, just living in sin for the last six years. Yep, attending steeple house services and never being challenged to come out of adultery. Then he told me that she had been married two times before and he was married once before. I asked him if he knew the scripture about not entering the kingdom of God, for those in adultery. (This is the place where we should put the skunk on table, upon this forum, and from every steeple house entry, rebuking them for their lack of challenging the the Flock of God over sin within the assembly).

This also again reminds me of a former pastor, of a Pentecostal steeple house, who kept marrying couples who were just 

changing partners, even within his own steeple house. He said: "If I do not marry them, they will leave, and someone else will marry them". (Follow the tithe money). Well, that pastor later divorced his wife, left the ministry, his wife has remarried and he was seen with a new woman. This is a breeding ground for all types of demonic direction. jmo Jim

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I remember speaking at a California steeple house, many years ago, as the head pastor and I were friends, until>>>>>>>>

he called me one day and said he was having trouble with his board of elders. He was asking for my input as to what he should do. I asked him for the truth and what is his problem. He said he had been sleeping with his best friends wife and everyone, including his wife and grown kids were going to find out. He wanted my support and prayer. I asked him if he knew what adultery was. I told him to repent of this great sin, leave the clergy position, work at trying to restore his marriage, and get a job. Oh yes he was angry and never spoke to me ever again. I see that he has moved onward and is still a featured speaker and pastor.

When these events come to the Light, there will be great suffering in that day.

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Interesting article on SQ site:

https://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2017/12/25/the-number-one-enemy-most-...

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Well yes, I would rewrite much of the article. The comments on it are also interesting. Millions have departed from their steeple houses, some have found the "house Church" and some have just stayed home. Things will never be fixed until the conquered steeple houses are folded and the five fold ministries are working within the assemblies, returning to the original pattern for the Church. When we see the priestcraft costumes thrown into the streets and the true elders rise, protecting the Flock of God from the blinded clergy, we will see the move of the Spirit of the Lord. jmo Jim

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A article to review!

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