How will Jesus reckon our reward at our judgement?

For study and supporting scripture:

2 Cor 5:10, Ecc 12:14, Luke12:3,, 1 Tim 5:24. Rev 2:14, 2Cor 5:10, 1 John 1:8-10, 2:28, 2 John 1:8, 1 Cor 3:10

Well, I’ll say this.

Imagine having two big boxes. In one box all your good deeds in your life are kept. In the other, all your bad deeds are kept.

Each time you confess your sins and bad works to the Lord, the black box is emptied completely.

The white box is never emptied. All your good works go in there. It just keeps filling up.

So, your time comes at judgement to determine your reward (not salvation, we are secure in Christ).

The white box is opened, and the value is reckoned.

Then the black box is opened, and whatever is in there takes away from the value of the crowns and the gold in the white box.

That’s how our rewards will be reckoned. What will be yours?

Heb 6:10. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

And just like Matt 25:31 says, God remembers a good work as simple as giving someone a glass if water in his name, while forgetting our sins completely when we confess and repent daily.

That is a pretty good deal dontcha think?

Your failures are forgotten forever, while your good works are never forgotten in the mind of God.

God’s love and grace is beyond our imagination.

Our Lord Jesus is kinda like a bail bondsman. He pays your bail, releasing you from bondage, and takes full responsibility for you and any actions you take, good or bad. “Hes mine Father” He’s got you.

Jesus will reckon your rewards at Judgement, but it will not be concerning salvation. You are his, and he is yours, that will never change.

And if we keep a short account daily, and don’t take any sins into judgement, you will stand with confidence, and there won’t be much to talk about except rewards and crowns.

So now, when YOU encounter the opportunity to minister to another about this same topic, those two boxes will quickly and easily come to mind, and you’ll be able to readily explain it in a way that makes sense, even to an atheist.

There is more concerning this in my blog post “a full reward” in this same blog page.

SO, stay in prayer, stay in fellowship, and keep a short account, so as to not stand ashamed when he appears for us.

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Luke 12:3 For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops

Ecc 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

1 Tim 5:24  Some men’s are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

  1 John 1:8-10: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (Try as you might, you will not be sinless after salvation).

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (Empty the black box daily).

10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (Also see Luke 13:23)

2 John 1:8 : Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. (Keep a short account, pray and repent every day).

1 John 2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

God bless you!

Works based salvation/ Fatalist nonsense

Conditional salvation presents so many dilemmas it does not even make logical sense.

For starters, if you can lose salvation, then logically, you dont know if you are going to heaven or not. You are only saved from one prayer to the next sin, and the only thing that matters is your spiritual state when the end comes.

Well, you cannot see the future, so you may live an entire life faithfully, and fail at the end, and go to hell with a lifetime of good deeds on your account that wont count for a thing.


Meanwhile, a man that lived like a dog all his life believes at the end and goes to heaven with a life time of sin to show for himself.

ALL of the worlds cults and false religions teach conditional, works based salvation. It’s from satan, it defire common sense and logic. It is an utterly nonsensical belief system that amounts to fatalism.

After rapture:

First off, it is important to know this: what you will read in this book is not mainline, modern day rapture teaching, it may challenge presuppositional biases you’ve formed over the course of your Christian walk.

For those reading this with no such bias, understanding it will be much easier.

I will start with a brief explanation of the end times, and follow with an explanation of the first resurrection harvest, which is key to understanding the rapture in the grand scheme of things. The others are forillustration, illumination and encouragement.

I pray it is a blessing to you. God bless you, see you at the wedding!.

Introduction:

There will not be a believer on this planet immediately after the rapture. And there will not be an UN believer left alive on this planet when Jesus begins his thousand year reign with his saints.

Believers will follow after us when we are gone in rapture, but the world will be totally different in the tribulation, and most new believers in that time will be martyred, raised and glorified when Jesus returns with us.

There will be sin , and unbelief in the Kingdom reign, but to a much less degree than we see today.

Most of the eastern world will all be killed or die in the tribulation, while 70-80% of the western world will vanish at rapture.

Those in the east will probably not notice a thing simply because there are so few Christian’s there.

But HERE, the unpaid Bill’s, mortgages and debts we leave behind will cause a financial catastrophe. economic collapse will follow immediately, and the east will seize the opportunity.

Those in the east will probably not notice a thing simply because there are so few Christian’s there.

The West will be the three ribs in the bears mouth initially. Regaining sovereignty under 3 new kings in the NWO.

Its plain as day.You’ll see about 75% of US, 90% of South America, 60% of Canada are Christian. Even Africa has a huge population of Christian’s also.

You’ll see about 75% of the US, 90% of South America, 60% of Canada are Christian. Even Africa has a huge population of Christian’s also.

Now imagine them all gone. ? Imagine the unharvested crops? The Drs gone, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, prison guards, soldiers and police all gone, leaving nothing but criminals. Muslims and unbelievers behind?

Imagine being a bank president and seeing 80% of your outstanding loans default at once? Imagine your deposits dropping 80% overnight?

Most of your employees dont show up for work, and wont answer their phones?

Imagine owning an electric company and 80% of the light bill’s dont get paid? And most of your employees dissapeared. Cant find them, can’t contact them. Gone.

Imagine 80% of the interstate traffic not there. Empty streets and houses. Lights on, tv on, dogs barking, no ones home.

Stoves left burning, fires everywhere, folks vanished from behind the wheel of their cars, wrecks and carnage all over the highways, plane crashes, train wrecks, and no emergency personnel there, the remaining doctors and ER personnel absolutely overwhelmed.

Think of the young children missing from their cribs, entire daycare and schools children vanished, leaving nothing but their clothes, glasses, prostetics, and tooth fillings where they once played and napped.

imagine babies missing from the womb, and the suicides that will follow.

Imagine the mothers pain and fear, the Widowed women and men in despair after their spouse vanishes.

Then the prisons will be emptied and criminals will go out and create even more chaos.

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.This is a direct reference to rapture. Jesus comes for his saints.

Meanwhile, over in China, Japan, the middle east, and much of Russia , nobody beats an eye.

If It happens tomorrow, are you ready? Examine yourself.

Will you miss rapture? Not if you are a believer. God spared Lot, he’ll spare you. No worries there.

But will you stand ashamed, or with confidence when he appears for you? Do you anxiously look for rapture? Or do you fear it?

I might add that rapture is NOT exactly the next prophetic event we have to look for. The resurrection of the NT saints since the cross will occur first, with us following in short order. Two separate events occurring almost simultaneously.

Many HERE left behind will believe after we are gone, much like those near Noah and the ark before it started raining.

They laughed at him and mocked him. Refused to believe. In 120 years of preaching, no doubt the word had already circled the globe.

the world mocks and laughs at us today just like they did Noa .

Those in Noah’s day didnt have the faith to enter the ark, but as they were drowning, I’m sure many did believe, as will folks in the tribulation, many at their deaths also.

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

In closing, here is the short version.

1 Thess 4 13 , the nT saints are raised, then the rapture immediately following, beginning the marriage feast IN HEAVEN (read it you’ll see it), and also beginning 7 years of tribulation on earth. Near the end, Jesus returns ALONE, treading the winepress at Armegeddon , THEN he opens the door to heaven, releasing his saints to return with him to rule the world.

You’ll se the blood from the battle on his vesture as he brings his saints with him to rule the world (rev 19)

At this time, “the elect” and ALL the worlds surviving population, INCLUDING the wicked are gathered to the valley of decision for the judgement of the nations (Mt 25:31-41) WE will be judges here in IMMORTAL bodies. The goats will all be killed, the sheep receive and enter the kingdom as MORTALS, and the dead martyrs from the tribulation are raised and enter the kingdom as priests. It’s a very simple dichotomy, but theres too much money and power to be lost if folks know the simple truths.

Think of the prophecy preachers and men who write books with just tidbits of this Biblical learning in them so as to keep you buying more books.

And perish the thought of a lay person taking them to school concerning eschatology and soteriology IS 63 3 says “I have trod the winepress alone, and none of my people were with me” we are not warriors, Jesus makes earth safe for his saints at Armegeddon. He does not need us to be in the way.

It’s a very simple dichotomy, but theres too much money and power to be lost if folks know the simple truths. Think of the prophecy preachers and men who write books with just tidbits of Biblical learning in them so as to keep you buying more books. And perish the thought of a lay person taking them to school concerning eschatology and soteriology

They look at you like that because THEY KNOW they dont truly read and study a Bible, and sense your knowledge of truth.Theyll tell you it doesnt amount to a hill of beans, but it does , their doctrine and intellect are their idols. Touch the idol, suffer persecution.

God bless!

Bylaws


pASTOR/MODERATOR

Interim Governace and Administration.

PASTOR/MODERATOR, BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ACTIVE MEMBERS/CHURCH BODY
INACTIVE MEMBERS WITH VOTING PRIVILEGES
INACTIVE MEMBERS
MEMBER CANDIDATES AND ATTENDEES


PASTOR- Can vote as a board member if the need arises, otherwise he has a vote only in cases of a tie. The Pastor shall have the authority to recommend revocation of Individual church membership by his word alone within reason. An example would be learning of confidential information he cannot share or deems needs to be kept secret for legal reasons, primarily for the sake of decency, dignity and respect for the individual and the public image of the church. Such actions must be documented in the Church record.
The Pastor shall call all meetings, and maintain all authority concerning Church officers, deacons, and Church members. Excluding the Church Board of Trustees.

The Pastor can remove/replace Officers as he sees fit with reasonable justification after discussion with, and majority approval of the Church Board of Trustees.

The Pastor has no power to remove a Trustee.

VETO: Pastor retains veto power over the Board of Trustees. Pastors can revoke individual voting rights, but cannot revoke voting rights of Board members, nor veto Board decisions concerning voting rights.
The Pastor or Board Members may also recommend someone for Church discipline/disfellowship by motion at regular Board Meetings or called meetings by majority vote. Except in cases of calling a Pastor, or removing a Pastor, or changing his pay, the Pastor or Moderator determines the time and place of all meetings at the Church. Pastor retains veto power over the Board, and Church Body of Active Members.

Moderator: In the absence of a sitting Pastor, a moderator will be appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Pastor may designate a moderator to speak for him in his absence.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Trustees will bear legal culpability for the church, and the responsibility for the physical care and upkeep of the Church, as well as control of the Church concerning incorporation and property rights. They retain veto power, and the final voice and vote concerning calling or removing a Pastor, Church Members and Attendees, and replacing or removing Trustee Board members. At the present, the Church is functioning with a seven member Board. This number or policy may change as the Church sees fit or the needs and circumstances dictate.

Our initial Board Members are, to wit: James Dixon, Marie Sellers, Jimmy Crapps, David Hannah, Grady Miles, Tonya Miles and Melba Davis. These individuals shall serve without challenge so long as they choose to remain in the Church. They may step down at any time if they choose. or if they step down, or if deceased or removed, they will be replaced within sixty days, and their successors will be selected yearly in October. A two week notice will be given from the Pulpit for nominations.

In order to give the Church Board of Trustees legal off site authority over the Church in the event of a Church challenge or takeover by hostile parties, these founding Board Members are not subject to attendance requirements concerning the vote, however, they will lose voting privileges after one year of unexplained absence and be replaced.

The Church Board or Pastor may appoint temporary Board Members subject to Board consent. The Church Board retains veto power over the Pastor, and the Active Church Body. Board Members cannot call or approve a Pastor without majority approval of the Active Body of the Church Members. And the Body of the Church members cannot call or confirm a Pastor without the approval of the Church Board of trustees .

QUORUM FOR TRUSTEE MEETINGS: Considering COVID19, at least three Board Members must be physically present to constitute a quorum for to conduct a meeting, with due inclusion, participation and contact with of all other board members not present. All members must vote on planned agenda items and it will be recorded in the Church record. in the absence of a qualified, voting active Body of Members, the Board may take whatever action it deems fit and necessary in the best interest of the Church.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS; New, incoming Board Members must be confirmed Church Members with full voting privileges. They must be approved by the majority of the Active Board and a majority vote of Active Church Members. Divorce or gender will not disqualify a person from becoming a Board Member or Church Member here.

In the future, ideally, it goes without saying that Board members should be men of faith, They will have at least one year service in the Church prior to nomination or election, regardless of previous Church affiliation elsewhere, experience or qualifications. They must be of a good report, peaceable, agreeable, humble, and have a proven loyalty and dedication to the Church goals and mission, with a complete loyalty to the enforcement and carrying out of our Church covenant and Bylaws.

TRUSTEE REMOVAL: A majority vote of all Active Board Members is required to remove another Trustee Board Member. Active Board of Trustee members cannot be removed by the Pastor or the Active Body of the Church.

NOMINATIONS: The Active Body of the Church, the Board of Trustees, or sitting Pastor may nominate or present a Pastor or member candidate for election or confirmation. Final confirmation must be by majority vote of the Board, as well as majority vote of Active Church Body members present.

Active confirmed Church members are considered in good standing with at least 4 services attended over the last three months. They are confirmed Church members in good standing with full voting privileges. They may vote in all matters concerning the Church. The Active Body of members may examine or veto candidates for office or Membership presented by the Pastor or Church Board. The Active Church Body will have veto power over any candidate for membership or Officer presented by the Church Board or Pastor. Active members forfeit voting rights after three months unexplained, unexcused absence. Members names will be removed from the roll after one year of absence.


INACTIVE MEMBER WITH VOTING RIGHTS- Those Church members first proven in the faith who support our church financially, in prayer, advice and cousel, missions, as well as other means, but are providentially hindered from attending on a regular basis by health issues, distance or circumstances will be kept on the roll. If these individuals join another Church, all rights as members will cease.


INACTIVE MEMBER: Is one who has been gone from the Church for more than three months unexplained absence. Inactive Members lose voting rights after three months, and their names are removed from the roll after one year absence, or sooner as the Board deems appropriate.

LETTER: Inactive member letters expire after one year unexplained absence, and this Church will not send letters or recommend these individuals simply because the Church cannot vouch for them or their testimony. If a person begins a path to membership at our church, and moves to another Church, and seeks to join that church, while not a confirmed member at our church, this Church may elect to grant a letter of recommendation testifying to the person’s testimony during their time with us, and hopefully, it will be considered as a credit towards the receiving Church’s path to Membership.

PATH TO MEMBERSHIP: Generally, the Baptist path to membership is a six month period of informal observation, discipleship training, fellowship and examination, followed by confirmation as a Member, with voting rights granted six months to a year later. The board may modify, shorten or lengthen the path on a case by case basis. A letter of recommendation from a sending Church usually shortens the path, but is not a guarantee of immediate confirmation.

MEMBERSHIP: is automatically revoked after three months unexplained absence, or joining another Church. This will not apply in cases of providential hindrance, military service, mission field, Seminary or Bible College, or like circumstances so long as the board member maintains happy contact with the Church. Becoming an Active Member of another Church will remove a person’s name from the Church roll, and will also disqualify a Board Member as a Trustee.


VOTING: A majority vote of standing board Members and the Church Body in attendance is required to revoke voting privileges of any Church Member subject to discipline. This does not apply to Trustees. Trustees vote is determined by the Board. This is to prevent a church takeover by a hostile party.


ASSEMBLY MEMBER/MEMBER CANDIDATE. These are Member Candidates on the path to Membership, or NonMember Attendees. They are going through a period of observation and examination and fellowship by the Church Body.They will have no vote but will have a voice in all meetings. The Church Board will have veto power over any Member Candidate confirmation recommended by the Pastor, or active Church Body.


NONMEMBER ATTENDEES. These are generally considered “those without”, and other Members of other Churches visiting for services. There are no obligations or moral expectations required of these individuals, we just want them to come and learn and worship with us.
If they apply for Membership, they submit themselves to the Church, with full agreement with the Church doctrines, covenant and by laws, with generally a six month, no obligation, no promises grace period for examination is required for confirmation as a member, assuming proper attendance, voting rights given one year after confirmation. To avoid church takeovers, except in special cases, this is not to be changed. Exceptions, exemptions and waivers will be on a case by case basis as the Church Board dictates.


WAIVERS:The Church Board may grant waivers concerning discipline and path to membership on a case by case basis with Pastor recommendation, and majority approval of the active church body.


QUORUM: All Members present at a regularly called meeting shall constitute a quorum. Under normal circumstances, all Member votes must be in person. This rule does not apply to the Board of Trustees. For Trustees, a minimum of three Trustees shall be present to constitute a quorum at a regular called meeting. If needed, the pastor or Moderator may stand in for the third trustee if necessary.


CONFLICT OF INTEREST: ALL CHURCH MEMBERS are expected to , and will be required to recuse themselves from voting in cases that may present a conflict of interest, or even appear to be viewed as such, as disciplinary action concerning a family member, or some connection to a potential vendor or contractor hired by the church.

                                                                             

ARTICLE XIV

RIGHT TO EXCLUDE: Membership in, or association with a secret society, or adherence to Calvinist beliefs, “reformed doctrines” of any denomination, or beliefs against eternal security automatically precludes a person from being confirmed as a Member and automatically disqualifies a person from office, Membership, or confirmation for membership in our Church. Such beliefs and are against the Baptist doctrine, and the covenant and doctrines of this Church, and constitute heresy. The individual may attend services but will not be considered for membership. This rule also applies to Board members and Pastors.


Rejection of the core doctrines of the church, eternal security of the believer, active membership in a secret society, cult, or adherence to Calvinism or reformed doctrines as well as others will disqualify any nominee for membership or consideration for confirmation for membership, as well as disqualifying any potential pastor nominee.
If any active member or board member joins a cult, or secret society, or begins attending such meetings out of curiosity, or as a prospect or candidate, they will be excluded from our services.

Sorcery, dabbling with witchcraft, tarot cards, seances or ouija boards by an active member will automatically revoke that person’s membership in our Church, and they are not welcome in our services. This rule also applies to Board members and Pastors.

If not an active member, (assuming ignorance) such aforementioned individuals may attend church, but if unrepentant after learning better, such individuals will be excluded from our services.

Political activists, and individuals who come into our assembly for the purpose of political agendas, publicity stunts, political statements, or attempting to disrupt services, cause controversy, or seek grounds for litigation for lawsuit may be removed and excluded by appropriate and legal means. The Pastor, Moderator or senior Trustee present will make that decision.

                                                       
   

Unexplained absence for a period of 3 months up to a year.
Propagation of heresy.
Personal slander of the Pastor, or members of the church.
Conduct unbecoming a Christian.
Should any unhappy differences arise between the members of this church, the aggrieved Member shall follow the pattern in a tender and loving spirit set before us in Matthew 18:15-20 entreating the individual privately initially. Every earnest effort shall be made to settle the difficulty through the mutual seeking of pardon and forgiveness from one another and from the Lord.
Should any cause of gross breach of covenant or of public scandal arise, the board of trustees shall endeavor to remove the offense and resolve the situation with the advice and counsel of the Pastor, and if their efforts fail, a committee of the church members will be appointed to hear the matter. A committee will consist of at least three active members of the church appointed by the pastor or church moderator.
No matter of discipline shall be brought before the church unless the above has been carefully and prayerfully followed. At least a two week notice of such action shall be given to the accused party. The accused does not have to be present to proceed.
Courses of action that can be taken: Restoration upon confession and repentance: A Letter of rebuke: Probation: Disfellowship for a set period of time: Permanent disfellowship: Withdrawal of voting rights and privileges for a set period of time, or other sanctions the church deems appropriate and fitting for the offense.


                                                                       ARTICLE XIV        

AFTER RAPTURE: CHURCH WILL AND FINAL DISPOSITION: AFTER the Rapture, or in the event of a Church failure, dissolution, total destruction, and no attempt or desire to rebuild the Church, any monies in the treasury, or property of Ferry Road Baptist Church must be donated or transferred to another non profit organization.

A Pharisees counseling session: advice concerning divorce.

The level of ignorance concerning divorce among Christian’s today is utterly nauseating. Its unbelievable.

The prevailing narrative literally makes me sick to my stomach. These know it alls condemn divorced people until they are served with one themselves and then humbly join the ranks of those they condemned. And shut up.

I once attended a funeral where the preacher condemned anyone who had a “living spouse” but married to another was living in perpetual adultery. Unbelievable. The man must not have had good sense, because I would speculate that 100% of those in the chapel had been divorced, or had divorced family members, or divorced parents. Nothing he could have said could have insulted and offended more people in one breath than his 5 minute rant displaying his utter biblical ignorance and lack of understanding.

Here is a hypothetical sum total of what their marital advice would sound like. Yes, its idiotic. Yes it takes ingoramous to new levels, but this is what these religious idiots would prescribe for you, and logically their own family and friends as well.The worst part is folks actually listen to them.

..”So, your husband left you through no fault of your own? That’s too bad, I’m so sorrry, that is so unfortunate. How does that make you feel? Terrible huh? Ok. I’m so sorry”

“SO? they are now living with a new spouse happily?. Well, they will give an account for all that, I promise you. Shame on them.”

“It’s so unfortunate that they have moved on and are happy now, but let’s not focus on THEM. We have to talk about YOU now. Ok?”

“Ok.. this is hard. I really hate breaking this to you, but you have to just accept this, it’s not me, it’s the scriptures: What has happened to you is God’s will for your life, you just have to accept that ok? Ok.”

“Ok, I know this seems unfair, he remarried, but YOU can’t do that, because for YOU to remarry would be a sin, so to keep from sinning, YOU have to remain alone, celibate, and struggle to raise your kids and stay unmarried so you can be available for that adulterous abusive husband of yours just in case he divorces and decides he wants you and the kids back”. “I know that is hard to accept, but that’s scriptural” “God will help you through this though, don’t worry”, you’ll be fine, pray with me” .

..Mean while, the sanctimonious hypocritical church boss hens cluck: “(Poor girl, so sad the Lord is dealing with her so bitterly. It’s going to be hard, but she’s a tough girl, she’ll make it. …I can’t help but wonder what sin she did to deserve this? We need to really pray for her don’t we?”)

Deuteronomy 24 says it is abomination to remarry a former spouse after you’ve been married to another. Granted, people go back to exes all the time, and are usually sadly reminded of why things did not work in the first place.

God will save us from hell, but he does not spare us from deceptive people, nor save us from the consequences of our bad choices and bad decisions and mistakes, but he does provide a remedy, and he delights in new beginnings.

Deut 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.

And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;

Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

Divorce is just as permanent as marriage folks, and exes are exes FOR A REASON!

The resurrection of Jesus

James Dixon, Resurrection day message 2018, Ferry Road Baptist Church

Today is resurrection day. If you could go back in time 1986 years, and imagine today were a Saturday, right now Jesus would have been in the grave almost three days, and sometime after dark today, he would be rising from the dead.

Today is being called “Easter Sunday”

We are here today to remember Jesus resurrection. I try to say “resurrection day” vs “Easter” so as to not mislead people concerning the two holidays.  In today’s world, the two words are almost interchangeable, but they are two different days at different times.

A little bit about Easter.

This year, Easter was actually March the 20thr. Easter was last month.  Oddly enough, today, at many churches across our land, you’ll see Easter bunnies and Easter baskets and colored eggs. They are about a month late.

Easter is reckoned by the spring equinox, and honors a fertility goddess named Ishtar, pronounced Easter. Today it is Ostara. Ostara is one of the 8 sabbaths of the wiccan religions . Other wiccan sabbaths are New year’s day, January 1, then Yule, the winter equinox, Dec 20-23 and Samhain, which begins at midnight on October 31st,

We have all been to New year’s eve parties. I gather with many of my friends on New years eve to celebrate the new year, not witchcraft. But we don’t meet at the Lord’s house for it.

I visit family and celebrate Christmas with family and friends, not witchcraft, But not at the Lord’s house.

I personally do not observe Halloween. I don’t even pass out candy in the neighborhood. But if I did, It wouldn’t be at the Lord’s house. I don’t condemn others for doing so.

 For me, it is a matter of conscience. For a church, it should be a matter of honoring the Lord.

Earnest hated a Christmas tree with a passion. He didn’t condemn others for enjoying Christmas lights and Christmas trees.   But he kept one in the social hall. Why? Tolerance. Love. Acceptance of others. Not worth being right about.     

In 1 Tim 4:7 Paul says:   But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

  You know, anytime someone has a birthday, or a wedding, THEY are the one’s who should get the undivided attention of those who have came to honor that person. Today is a day we should give the Lord our undivided attention, and be especially grateful, on today of all days, for his sacrifice, and his resurrection from the dead.

At the Lord’s house, today is the Lord’s day, as it should be every time we meet,  BUT ESPECIALLY on the day of his resurrection, to honor HIM, in his house. JESUS should have our undivided reverence and attention in the Lord’s house,  not the Easter bunny, or colored eggs, or chocolate eggs,  an Easter egg hunt.

What a man’s conscience allows, and what a man does in his house is his business. The Lord’s house is a different place.

Ok, enough about all that.

Why the resurrection?

Paul says: In 1 Cor 15:14 Paul says And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

If Jesus had not risen from the dead, our faith is a total waste of time. A dead man has no power. A dead man cannot help anyone.   Paul bet the farm on Jesus resurrection. He gave up his head before he denied the risen Christ, or worshipped the roman emperor.  

I had an exchange once with a muslim once who said “If God died, he is not a god”

I said “seems to me God can do what ever he wants to do, including dying and raising himself up from the dead”. 

He then asked me “Why would Jesus die, and rise from the dead”?

I responded:

If a man told you when he was going to die, HOW he was going to die, when he was going to die, and who would kill him, and that he would raise HIMSELF up from the dead, and then, after all that, after three days, prove himself, would you follow him?  If he fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Bible, which YOUR KORAN says is true, would you follow him?

-If this same man PROVED to you that he had power over death, hell, and the grave, would you follow him?

-to which he replied “Jesus is not God”

– I asked him “Is Jesus ALIVE”?

-He said “yes, of course he is” (He HAD to say this, or contradict his koran)

-To which I replied “So, Jesus has NEVER died, but he is 2019 years old, and promises anyone who believes in and follows him eternal life” would you believe it coming from a 2000 year old man?

Seems to me a 2000 year old man has the secret to long life.”  You would be  fool not to .

-He said “god is not a man”

-I said: “Why can’t he be? can God take on any form he wants”

– “Well , yes he can” 

-“The Bible says god is a man. Fully God, yet fully human. Fully devine, fully flesh. Remember, we are made in HIS image, not he in ours”. “And your Koran says the Bible is true, so”

I continued:

-Tell me what your god looks like.

-He couldnt. Because he doesn’t know.

He tried to say muslims worship the same god as the Christian, which is a lie, the koran says Allah has no son, but I digress.

I then asked-Tell me: has your god loved you so much, he is willing to assume your form and die in your place to satisfy his justice and his own judgements?

I continued. We do not worship the same god. There is a big difference between YOUR god, and my god.

 Your religion teaches that God is not a man, and that all humans are slaves.

-My religion teaches that God IS a man, and we are his brothers, sisters and mothers.

Your religion teaches that you shall die for your god

My religion teaches that My God loves me so much, he died for me

Your religion teaches that you cannot go to god, and he will not come to you.

My God came to me. In the man Jesus Christ, and will return for me one day, raise me up if I am dead , and take me to be with him in heaven. Has YOUR god made such a promise? Can mohammed help you? Nope, Mohammed is dead.

You cook meals and sacrifice animals and human beings for your god.  

My God sacrificed himself for ME, and cooked meals for and ate with his creation. And will cook a meal for me in heaven when I get there.

Your god requires you to humble yourself to him.  

 My God washed the feet of his disciples in all humility and humbled himself at the cross for my sake.  

My God is a man, as such, he is acquainted with grief, having been tempted and tried in every way as we are. He feels our pain. He understands our troubles and temptations.   

Your god knows no such temptations or grief. He cannot empathize with you. “I know how you feel” is not in his vocabulary.

Your religion REQUIRES you to worship 5 times a day. And sacrifice to your god:

My God sacrificed HIMSELF for me. He loves me that much.

My God never asked me for worship, I worship him freely from LOVE, not compulsion

Muslims cut themselves for their god. You bleed for your god

MY GOD bled for me.

Your god has already ordained and decreed all things, including where you will spend eternity, and there is not one thing you can do about it but hope he chose you for paradise.

 My God loves his creation so much, he gave him complete sovereignty, meaning the full liberty to pick his poisons and choose his changes, knowing full well we may choose evil, and moreover paid the penalty for my bad choices himself.

Your god will require payment at your hand, not his.

Your god hates his creation. According to the Koran, most will see hell, especially women.

 That is how much MY god loves me. How much does your god love you? How many times in your Koran does it say your god loves you? Not once. 

Your god hates you, and will require all men, including muslims to “burn off your sins in hell” for a time, if not for all eternity. 

My god loves me so much, he paid the penalty for my sins, and is not willing that any should perish he sacrificed HIMSELF for me. He loves me that much.

Your god has decreed all will see hell, including you, at least for a time.

My god has decreed that all who believe in him, and accept his sacrifice, will not perish, but will see heaven with him for all eternity.

My God has spared me from hell. Fact is, because of his shed blood, and my faith in him, again it is impossible for me to go to hell. Hell is the last thing I have to worry about.

My God loves me so much, and desires fellowship with me so much, he has a special place built for me in heaven, so that I will have a heavenly home with him for all eternity.

My God loves me so much, he will dispense judgement and vengeance to all who have denied him for the righteous sake.

-He stopped conversing with me after this.

All Religions across the world teach some sort of eternal life. This is the hope of all religions.

But Mohammed did not die for the sins of man.

And he did not rise from the dead. He’s still dead. Still in the dirt. 

Buddha? Still dead.

Vishna? Still dead.

Darwin? Dead. And still dead.

Isis? Horus? Sorus? Still dead.

Haven’t saw a Pope rise from the dead yet.

Haven’t saw Jean Calvin rise from the dead yet.

Haven’t saw EG white rise from the dead yet.

Only Jesus has risen from the dead. In no other religion has anyone has died and came back. Not . one. Single. One.

I once saw a facebook post that asked why Jesus had to die for us?

I said “well, I guess there are many reasons for Jesus death on the cross, not the least of which is the blood payment for our sins”, but one more thing I get out of the cross is this:

If a man told ME he could defeat death: Meaning he could WILLINGLY lay down his life, be killed, and come back from the dead, and do the same for me if I followed him, logically, then, my response would be “OK then, you go first” . And if he did, and rose from the dead, I would be a fool not to believe and follow him. 

Well: Jesus did go first. He has PROVEN he can give us eternal life. And he does to all who believe in him.

He proved his power over death and hell in his resurrection, and promises all in John 11:25 he says-26Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

If you want to live forever, Jesus is the only way. There is no other way. John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the father but by me”

Well? Just what does it require to have eternal life?

Believe. Believe he is who he says he is, and will do what he says he will do. John 3:16 says; For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. … For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

The bible says “as a man believes in his heart, so is he”

Can it really be that easy?

There is nothing hard about believing.

I often talk about the imminence of the rapture being a strong motivator for a believer. It is the same principle for one who believes.

The one who truly believes in Jesus cannot help but to be changed. That change affects his behavior. It affects the way he thinks, the way he talks, and the way he treats others.

The change is not from the outside in, but from the inside out. That change is not something that has to be forced, it is a natural process of growth and maturity in Christ Jesus. That change is not overnight in most cases, but it is a change nonetheless.  As Jeff often says: Its not “have to”< but “want to”.

Well, many say that Jesus is a fictional character. There are those that claim he never existed. They are pitifully ignorant or lying. They would have better luck denying Lincoln was president.

Believe it or not, Jesus is THE MOST verifiable , confirmed person who ever walked the planet. And notably, you won’t hear anyone say he is dead.

More than a dozen historians have written about Jesus. More than a dozen of his disciples gave their lives before they would deny their witness of the resurrection of Jesus.  

Jesus has a half dozen holidays in his honor.

More songs have been written about Jesus than any person that ever existed.

At the present, I don’t know of any man on the planet anyone else, of any religion would die for.

Yet, in the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, More people stand ready to die Jesus at this very moment than any man who has ever lived, or ever will live. A man none of them have met in person.

Here is what Napoleon said: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was, by all accounts, a giant of history. Soldier. General. Emperor. Exile. And although no would add ‘theologian’ to this list, Napoleon faced a question common to all mankind: Who is Jesus Christ?

History has seen many different answers. Christians have claimed Him as Savior, others have considered Him just another wise teacher, and skeptics have deemed Him to be a largely mythological figure.

Near the end of his life, the exiled Emperor Napoleon came to the following conclusion about the King of Kings:

I know men, and I tell you Jesus Christ was not a man.

Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist.

There is between Christianity and other religions the distance of infinity.

Jesus Christ alone founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men will die for Him.

Alexander, Cæsar, Charlemagne and myself founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon sheer force. Jesus Christ alone founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men will die for Him. In every other existence but that of Christ how many imperfections!

From the first day to the last He is the same; majestic and simple; infinitely firm and infinitely gentle. He proposes to our faith a series of mysteries and commands with authority that we should believe them, giving no other reason than those tremendous words, ‘I am God.’

The Bible contains a complete series of acts and of historical men to explain time and eternity, such as no other religion has to offer.

If it is not the true religion, one is very excusable in being deceived; for everything in it is grand and worthy of God.

The more I consider the Gospel, the more I am assured that there is nothing there which is not beyond the march of events and above the human mind. Even the impious themselves have never dared to deny the sublimity of the Gospel, which inspires them with a sort of compulsory veneration.

What happiness that Book procures for those who believe it!

So said Napoleon Bonaparte. What about you? Who do you say that Christ is? Scripture tells us that “every knee should bow…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Even the great Napoleon.

Yet Christianity is the most hated and persecuted religion that has ever existed.

And still, Christianity is the dominant religion on the earth. And it will dominate in the tribulation. 

In the tribulation, many folks believe “the church will go through the tribulation”. They lack understanding.

Tribulation root word is Tribulum. Which means to sort, or to sift.

When the tribulation begins, there will not be a single believer on the earth. The entire earth will be nothing but UNBELIEVERS. Yet billions of believers will come out of the tribulation. “no man could number”  The tribulation will be a victory for the gospel, and a victory for the church.  Even with completed control over the earth, the antichrist will not be able to overcome the gospel. When the tribulation ends and Jesus begins his reign, there will not be a single UNBELIEVER alive on the earth.

Jesus says: I will build my church, and the gates of hell[b] shall not prevail against it. 

All through the power of his death, burial and resurrection. Share it with others. Enjoy today, but lets not forget its meaning, and be grateful for what the Lord has given us, and what he has in store for us. 

CALVINISM-A DOCTRINE OF DEMONS

 1 Timoth 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

These are those days folks. One of the worst evil doctrines infesting our churches today is Calvinism. Its important to understand it so you can recognize it.

First, a bit about its author and founder:

Jean Calvin was a former Catholic, who wrote his institutes in the form of book at the age of 27. He became the ruler of a town called Geneva Switzerland, with some 15,000 citizens. At first, he retaliated against those who criticized him. When he got the courage, he made an example, and had a man named Servetus executed by burning at the stake, and made the executors use GREEN wood so his suffering would be increased. After this, amazingly enough, the entire town became Calvinist.

Calvin forced people to go to church and endure his sermons, and appointed men to spy upon folks in his flock.  Calvin ordered the deaths of some 76 people and was directly responsible for hundreds of tortures and exiles. His institutes have caused immeasurable suffering to mankind, and millions of deaths. “manifest destiny” was Calvinist in origin, and was used to justify the slaughter and enslavement of millions of native Americans in the early days of our country.  “It’s God’s will that we conquer the heathan” was a battle cry to steal their lands, and destroy a civilization that did not believe as they did. No where in scripture does Jesus command such a thing. He says if a city will not hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust of your feet when you go out. Calvin apparently never read this verse of scripture. 

Today’s teachers of Calvin most notably are John MacArthur, and James Piper and Rick Warren. There are many others. They all have nothing but glowing words to say about the demon named Jean Calvin.

The greatest deception of Calvinism is that most folks don’t know what it is, or how to recognize it. It is essentially sugar coated islam. Today, Calvinism is called “reformed doctrine” which is nothing more than sugar coated Calvinism.

In the future, I hope to see many new faces come through the doors of the church. With each one will come errant doctrines. We must be wary.  

Calvinism essentially amounts to fatalism and has shipwrecked many believers faith and led many believers to abandon the faith for atheism.

I mean, when bad times come, when someone kills or murders their loved one, logically, for one to be told that God planned and ordained that would give one a propensity to reject such a god as he.

God is not the author of sin. We are free moral agents. Many choose to do bad. Sinners will answer to God for it, but God did not will nor ordain such evil as we see in the world today. 

Calvinism teaches that only certain ones were chosen for salvation, and the rest will never be saved. The Bible says God is not respector of persons.

Calvinism teaches that God is sovereign, and that there are no other sovereigns in his creation, and for him to extend sovereignty to his creation would somehow impugn or lessen his own. This is a lie. God does not know what color shirt you will wear tomorrow. That is your decision. You have the liberty to decide that. He can handle anything you throw his way.

Psalms 82:6  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

This tells us God has extended a certain amount of sovereignty to his creation. There are many more. 

God knows the beginning and the end, and nothing will change it concerning the end times and the future of them that love him. God sees all, he is everywhere. He sees the sparrows fall, but he does not make them fall, nor control or determine color shirt you will wear tomorrow. That is your decision.

One example: Jeremiah 19:5  They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

Calvinism teaches that God does not change his mind. This is not true. A sovereign God can do what he pleases, when he pleases. It is clear in scripture that God changed his mind many times, especially in response to prayer and repentance. 2 kgs 19 And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’” Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Remember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept [b]bitterly. Before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of your father David, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your [c]life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.”’” Then Isaiah said, “Take a cake of figs.” And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.

Calvinism teaches that salvation is decided before birth, and that not all are chosen, which means it teaches , logically that unborn babies and infants that die untimely go to hell. Matt 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. 1

David says of his child: 2 Sam 2:23  But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. 2

So it is clear in scripture that babies and children do not go to hell. At some point in our lives, the age of accountability, man becomes aware of his condition and seeks a Saviour, or rejects him. Until then, they are kept by God’s grace and mercy on account of the blood of Jesus. See romans 5:12 “where there is no law, there is no transgression”

 I am going to give you a brief overview of Calvinism and refute the five points point by point. At the end I will show you a comparison that will alarm you.

Tulip Is the acronym used to describe the five main doctrines of Calvinism. T for total depravity, U for unconditional election, L for limited atonement, I for Irresistable grace, and P for perserverance of the saints.

The total depravity doctrine says man is utterly, totally depraved, intent on evil at all times and has no ability or volition to do good, save himself, or acknowledge and accept the love of God, or choose God. It teaches that God must choose him . This is not true.

 Millions of people in other religions that don’t accept Jesus do good works, live pious lives full of good deeds, help the poor, and often die for their faith. They will go to hell without Jesus.  

Luke 6:32 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

Jesus is clear here that even sinners possess the capacity to love and return the love of others that love them, so its not a stretch to see how a lost man can respond to the gospel of the love of Jesus by his own volition and willful decision. You will find many other scriptures in your Bible to support this.

Sadly I found this doctrine in our church constitution and bylaws. I have amended and change this False doctrine.

I: Stands for irresistible grace. This is a totally ridiculous doctrine. If true, you would amount to a robot waiting to be charged up and flipped on. Read with me in Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

So it is clear, we can resist the Lord, and the Holy Ghost. Again, we are free moral agents, with an amount of sovereignty. That is love. That is God.

P: Perserverance of the saints. This simply means that for those whom the Calvinist god has chosen, they must “perservere” and “endure” to the end to go heaven. A nonsensical proposition. One could fail at the end and go to hell, while someone else could live like hell til the end and get saved.

Lastly, Calvin taught that the Calvinist god lies to people. If this is true, then no Calvinist can honestly say he is not under deception and merely THINKS he is elect, and he will have to examine himself and his doctrine in light of the Bible. 

In closing, Calvinism is sugar coated islam. Don’t be deceived by “Chrislam” or folks who tell you muslims and Christians worship the same god. They do not. The god of Islam and Calvinism has no son, his name is molech, god of human sacrifice.

I have written extensively about Calvinism. Calvinism bears many similarities to another false religion of our time- islam. I will read one of my blog posts about Calvinism and islam.

Did Paul know Jesus before the cross?

I have concluded that Paul HAD to know Jesus before the cross. Unless Paul missed church on Sabbath, or was hiding under a rock in Jerusalem, he HAD to know about Jesus, most likely knew him on sight, and had heard him, as well as his apostles preach at Pentecost.

I looked up “the Apostle Paul” on the internet the other day. “Wikipedia” gave a few details about Paul that were mostly true, but the one thing I was shocked to read was that “Wikipedia,” and indeed many other people, exclude the obvious, and  don’t believe Saul of Tarsus, later named Paul, ever met Jesus Christ in the flesh. It saddens me to see such things that fly directly in the face of the scriptures, and logic.

In this post I am going to give you what facts I could dig up on the Apostle Paul and let you draw your own opinion about him. It seems that the consensus among Christians today is that Paul just fell out of thin air and started preaching the gospel of grace through faith. An examination of the facts, Paul’s life, his personal descriptions of details concerning his life and common sense logic will bear out a completely different dichotomy than the one generally held by most seminaries and believers today. Paul did not “just drive up”, or fall out of the sky, or crawl out from a rock in Jerusalem and begin preaching. He was well acquainted with Jesus ministry, and the ministry of the twelve Apostles long before he was converted and started preaching.

My opinion is that Saul, later named Paul had met Jesus, and knew him on sight before the cross.

Many believer’s and seminaries also teach that Paul was the “First grace saint”. My research concludes that Paul met Jesus in the flesh, and most likely had seen him preach and teach in the Temple “as was his custom” so I don’t see how Paul could be “the first grace saint”. This is a topic for further study in another chapter.  A further explanation of the difference between grace through faith, and the other gospels is contained in another chapter of this book. 

After I concluded my research, It was my opinion that Paul not only met the risen Jesus in person, but he was also well acquainted with him, their paths most likely crossed many times long before the cross, or the beginning of Paul’s ministry.

The Jewishness of Paul:

The first thing to do is to put Paul and Jesus in the same place, at the same time before the cross. This is not hard to do. Considering the zealousness of Paul, and his own description of his life, and whereabouts after the age of 13, it’s not hard to understand that Paul never missed church, and Jesus “custom” was teaching in the Temple. Jewish boys begin their religious training at the age of thirteen.

First we must establish when Paul was born, and draw a timeline parallel between the lives of Saul and Jesus, and put them in the same town, at the same time. That is the goal here.

 My research concludes that, depending on who you believe, that, Saul, (here after referred to as Paul) was born between 5 and 10 AD.

Taking the date of Jesus birth as two years before Herod’s  “slaughter of the innocents” in 2 AD. This would make Paul about 3 to 8 years younger than Jesus. It would make Paul, or Saul at the time, in his mid to late twenties during the time of Jesus earthly ministry. Again, Paul did not miss church, and neither did Jesus, so their paths crossing in the Temple is not outside the realm of possibility, and was, in my opinion, actually highly probable.

“A Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee”

Paul described his early life as being sent to Jerusalem as a young man to train under Gameliel to be a Pharisee. Young Jewish men were sent to train for the priesthood at the age of 13, so we know Paul was in Jerusalem when Jesus would have been 23 or so. Jesus ministry began when he was 30, which would have made Saul “a young man” of about 22 (add scripture).  We also know this same Gameliel was on the council that condemned Jesus, and is on record as speaking in his defense. “if this thing be of God, no man can stop it” (provide scripture).

Jesus, a regular temple teacher “as was his custom”.

Jesus was from Nazareth, of Galilee, which is about a three day walk from Jerusalem. The Bible says Jesus was a “teacher in the Temple, as was his custom” (add scripture). There was a synagogue in every Jewish town, but there there was only ONE Temple, the one in Jerusalem. Jesus is also called “rabbi” in the scriptures, so his connection to the Temple in Jerusalem is pretty obvious, and beyond dispute.

“I excelled above all my peers in Judaism”

“Pharisee, son of a Pharisee” WHEN?

Encouragement

ENCOURAGEMENT:

Sept 8/2019 Ferry Road Baptist Church

Prov 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

15: 4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

15:The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

15:12 12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

Prov 16 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

16; 24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

16: 27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

17;Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

Prov 17: 27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

18: A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

18:13 13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

Prov 19;1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

Prov 19:

25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. 26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. 27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. 28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. 29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools. 20:It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. Prov 20: He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. 20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. Prov 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. 21: 23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. 21: 28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly. Prov 23:Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Prov 24 : 28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips. Prov 25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: 10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. 12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. 25:15  By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.   26: 22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. 23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. 24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. 28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.   27: 27 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. 27:Open rebuke is better than secret love. 27:10 10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

28: 13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

28: 23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

Prov 29:A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Prov 30: 10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Prov 31:Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Prov 31: 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Ecc 3:A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak

Ecc 5: Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

Ecc 5; Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Ecc 7 16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ? (Don’t be quick to condemn, folks will avoid you)

17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? (Don’t be too tolerant, permissive, or passive, folks will think you are a hypocrite)

Ecc 10: 12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

James 3:8-14But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.