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Tuesday 23 June 2015
In tough times eliminate People from your lives, no matter who!!! ..... Is This Really What We Are Called To Become?
Family divisions have grown dramatically in recent times, I can barely find a family that does not, or has not experienced division, and what is also heart breaking is that in some situations church leaders may make it even easier for the division to continue by granting the absolution for the division, which of course becomes that very much needed conscience silencer that one is needed to avoid taking that extra mile towards reconciliation.
In most cases we are all to blame, because when we allow love to be choked by the enemy, our abilities to look beyond the division is blurred.
So lets begin by exploring some Biblical instructions, please read each one of these:
(1 Corinthians 1:10) Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
(1 Corinthians 3:3) for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?
(1 Corinthians 11:18) For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it....... 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
1Peter 1:22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.
1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
But are we also called to separate from some people?
(Romans 16:17) Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
St John Chrysostom writes: "Divisions are instruments of Satan by which he reverses everything. As long as the parts of the body are united together, Satan cannot find an entry spot. The fall comes through divisions. Where do divisions come from? From opinions that contradict the teachings of the apostles. Where do these opinions come from? From slavery to greed and other lusts…this is what St Paul indicates as he writes to the people of Philippi: ‘whose god is their belly’, (Phil 3:19)"
Ok....What about the advise..."Love them but reduce your contact!" for those whom we may just be clashing with for any other reason?
The Jesus way is "Love them to the end, seek to do what is in your power to overcome divisions, for it is the work of Satan!" But we may not always have the power to be fully broken for the sake of our brethren ..... and yes its true, we are ONLY called to do our best and wait on the Lord so that he may empower us with His Grace to do even more, but don't just give up ..... keep on praying, keep on praying, keep on praying ... until something happens!
As for those who refuse the way towards peace, unity, reconciliation...; they fall under the judgment of God as being 'sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.' (Jude 1:19).
I Pray for every family that is breaking that the Lord of mercy and peace may interfere and bring the power of Love once again, may we each be healed from our own selfishness, to reach out to one another eager to bring unity rather than brokenness.... for the days are short.
Revelations 12:12 "Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."
Monday 22 September 2014
On the new Video re Christ V Religion:
The clip is an attack on hypocrisy, however it fails to treat this illness of hypocrisy biblically.
See Christ did not come to destroy religion but rather heal it, it was Him who established the new system, based on what He Himself established in the old; He said "I did not come to destroy... but to fulfil" (Matt 5:17), it was Him that selected 12 disciples and another 70, sent them and told them what to do, where to go, gave them authority, showed them what to do when they meet ie the Eucharist, He endorsed the practice of Baptism, instructed them to fast, (Matt 9:15, Mark 2:20) in addition to many other specific things that can be researched in detail' eg. confession, anointing of the sick (James 5:14-18 and Mark 6:13), orders in the church (1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1).... the list goes on...
These are religious practices, i.e. Religion.
His disciples applied these instructions and as He authorised them they established the Church, by the grace and work of the Holy Spirit.
The new believers, were subject to the church on how to practice their faith, ... read Acts 15:22-29, and from that era as the church was authorised by Christ guided the people along the path.
This person is misguided yet has a very valid point when he speaks about self righteousness of a religious person....that is why the church fathers have written Books on humility....
Be careful of these deceiving messages they only serve to distance you from the house of the Lord, where you may offer repentance and receive absolution and His Body and Blood as a continuous source of cleansing of our sins until His return back to earth for the day of judgment....
I came across this clip from a young Catholic, can't wait for an Orthodox one all decorated with those ancient icons, a taste of heaven:
Monday 4 August 2014
So I have some questions; as Christians:
- Is there anything wrong with interfaith dialogues?
- What about acknowledging other religions' feasts and wishing them a joyful greeting in those events?
- Can we pray together?
- Will people of other religions make it to the Kingdom of God?
Sure, as the days pass, and religion has less and less value in a secular society, and the more men and women of religious origin cause more and more unrest in the world, the more societies will be keen to move towards the model of the multifaith institution; for many it will only makes sense, and it may seem the only sure way to get rid of self centered bigotry. It will be said: "More love......less division, focus on what unites us rather than what may divide!!!"
For sure there is absolutely no harm in dialogue and there is no problem that in love we wish well others, in their feasts and days of celebration, here I remember the profound impact St Makarious had on a pagan carrying wood to offer sacrifice to his god, when he praised him for being zealous and energetic....history tells us that this man later became a disciple of St Makarious.
But the DECEPTION lurks:
So can we pray together as one? Here is where it really gets messy!
There are many implications to praying together, simply put: when leaders of different religions pray together, all of a sudden in the eyes of the people of the other religions, Jesus Christ is on equal grounds as their own, even though to the Christian they may have full understanding of the supremacy of Jesus Christ; here the urgency of preaching Christ as the Saviour of the world for those who believe in Him is simply demoted....
Consider these verses:"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. "You shall have no other gods before Me. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Look as far as revealed to us ... there are means by which we inherit eternal life and these have been declared to the church, as for those of other faiths.....this is not in our authority, it is really up to Him!!!
Please take every care as to not fall in the trap that all roads lead to Rome! Ideology.
It is possible that the coming of the antichrist will be prepared by the mindset that all religions have some truth, that really no one has ultimate truth, most likely the antichrist through this way; use the good intention of bringing cooperation between all to manipulate mankind's attention and will.
Remember truth is Truth.
It is deceiving to assume that darkness may have some truth in it.
"This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5
Christ is the only one who proclaimed:
"I am the way the truth and the life." John 14:6
This maybe the sad future: http://rt.com/news/177584-berlin-imam-rabbi-pastor/#.U97-mQR2AV4.facebook
Out Reach Nights 2013, by Fr. Anthony Messeh "I am the way"
Monday 27 May 2013
In The Name of The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit. One God, Amen.
Does It Matter if Christians support or not support Same Sex Marriage?First let me make clear the following: Christians are NOT called to walk about to condemn others, and this blog is not written as an attack on individuals who may find themselves in the predicament of having homosexual orientation; for those, we pray and assure them of love an acceptance as human beings, but as we all struggle against sinfulness, the same is encouraged when it comes to a person who practices homosexuality as a way of life.
We all know that the topic of homosexuality is an old topic, we know that it was shunned down upon by Judaism and Christianity, Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament is an example of God's wrath on sin and in the New Testament we note St Paul's writings on the topic; of which some can be found in Romans 1 and in 1 Corinthians 6:
But Homosexuality is just what one may be ... Isn't that the case???I suggest that you take the time to watch the following clips:
Some ask: "Well What would Jesus do?" ; I think we should first ask what would be Christ's position on homosexuality?
1. Christ is the one and same God of the Old Testament ... He said: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill" Matt 5:17
2. It is quite clear what He stood for, in regards to marriage:
"4 And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning "made them male and female,' 5 and said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Matt 19:4-6
So What would Jesus do? ....exactly like every action he showed us in His incarnation, love the sinner and lead them out of sin....the evil doer who intends to defy Him; He warns with all AUTHORITY ...
"..but unless you repent you will all likewise perish" Matt 13:3
Certainly the Lord would not condone same sex marriage as it is clearly a sin, But would He appose it and rejected it? Well why don't you consider how He answered the Jews when they asked Him about Moses's position on divorce:
"7 They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?"8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so." Matt 19:7-8