Sunday, May 31, 2009

FAITH OVER FEAR

SCRIPTURE STATES THAT IN THE LAST DAYS ". . . perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 2 TIM 3: 1- 5

(For a more colloquial reading, here is how it's rendered in NKJV:

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! )


That word "perilous" in the Greek is "chalepos" and it means "reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. dangerous, or by implication furious: - fierce, perilous." It means "hard to deal with or hard to do."

Such descriptive words sounds almost like the idea of a powerful, tumultuous storm at sea, and reminds me of the words of the LORD Jesus Himself:

LUKE 21:25

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

That word "perplexity" in the Greek is "aporia" or "a state of quandry; at a loss for a way, of finding no solution to their embarrassments, at wit's end, at a loss of how to proceed, without resources."

The word before that, "distress" is also an interesting Greek word: "sunoche", meaning, "restraint, anxiety, anguish and distress."

Sounds like todays world doesn't it?

I have a definitive reason for this particular blog entry:

There has been so much information that I have shared of late, much of which can be rather frightening, intimidating, even fearful. I have noticed that some have adopted the attitude of the 'ostrich with his head in the sand' syndrome, and this has me somewhat concerned, because the LORD has not called me to spread fear, or anxiety; He has called me to be an encourager, and an exhorter, and that's what I desire to do for Him.


There are times when its necessary to look the cold, hard facts in the eye, make an honest appraisal, and even get a 'reality check' periodically. Once the facts are ascertained, then whatever tremor of fear or anxiety may surface, we need to bring this before our LORD, our MAKER, our KING, and our ABBA!

While this world may become anxious over the events of this present time in which we live, and particularly the last few years, scripture is clear that we as believers are to . . .

PHIL 4:6-7

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God

The spiritual result of such prayers and supplication are manifest in the following verse:


And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


I'm in a rather awkward position at this present juncture; please allow me to explain. It's not my style to promote myself, to try to impress any one or draw attention to myself in any serious regard. 


. . . Of course, if you catch me in a silly mood, among friends on some festive occasion, you just MIGHT cajole me into doing a little jig or two in the proverbial lamp shade!

Yet I feel that the things discussed both in FROM the MIND of FIRE and in The RED PILL CONSORTIUM and their parent site, The TRUTH Under FIRE, are important enough to warrant consideration on the part of the reader. 

Like myself, we are all inundated with information, and can't read everything. However, there are priorities, and being ready for the LORD's Return, and for any hardships that may occur beforehand, as well as watching and praying about events transpiring all around us are priority #1. These are the things I am addressing.

There are ample sources on both blogs in the way of web links and video feeds to gather even more information.Also sources that you yourself find useful.

The first consideration I have already addressed in part, but let me continue with this a while longer: the issue that people are simply afraid, or have anxiety, worry or willful ignorance or some form of trepidation concerning what is looming on the horizon, and they'd rather just ignore such things.

People have always had a fear of the unknown; we like the comfort and security of predictability; the assurance that today will be the same as yesterday, and tomorrow will be just like today. Things like catastrophe, turmoil, upheaval, the typical 'doom and gloom' sort of thing is not typically people's 'cup of tea'.

Yet the Bible, in just those two passages I quoted by themselves (excluding myriads of other verses) speak quite clearly that such would be in these last days, the present age in which we now live, of which the Bible has more to say than any other period in history (and that even includes the time when Jesus walked among us, 2,000 years ago)!

Which brings up another consideration: people say, the Bible said that these things would happen, its prophetic! Nothing can change it, so why bother with it all?
I will address this second one, once I finish my thoughts on the first one.

A frightened child who is afraid of the 'monster under the bed' or 'in the closet' calls out to their parent to come and help them. The child expresses a confidence in their parent that they possess the power and ability to scare away the monster.

A store keeper in the midst of a hold up, presses an alert button on the floor with his foot, calling on the police to come to his rescue from those who would steal away his money and perhaps his life. Likewise the police possess the resources to accomplish this rescue.


Yet neither parent, nor police have the power, abilities, resources, to say nothing of knowledge, wisdom and love that our God has for us! God being omniscient knows all things in all the various spheres of this universe. As I've asked before, Has it ever occurred to you that NOTHING has ever occurred to God? He is the original and ONLY "Know-It-All"!

He knows our every joy, sorrow, hope, anxiety, thought, wish, prayer before we do; He knows the span of our lives and all the contents therein as a story already told! Nothing takes Him by surprise, and nothing can ever touch us without His express, Divine permission.

God is also omnipresent: He is every where. Whereas the parent or the police first must arrive in order to provide us with help, this is not so with God: as the Word says, while we are yet speaking, He answers us (ISAIAH 65:24)! God doesn't need to travel, He is ever present with His resources to help us, in any and every circumstance!

And most of all: God possesses All Love, that is, Almighty Love. Any one who knows JOHN 3:16 (and people who don't even attend church or crack open the Bible know this verse, because they go to stadiums to watch a live football game) knows of God's Almighty Love, for this is the very heart of the Gospel. I've shared this before, but let me say it again:

G.O.S.P.E.L. = G.ods O.mnipotent S.alvation P.roclaiming E.ternal L.ove.

Let me close off this first point with a Psalm that expresses perfectly this thought:


PSALM 46:1-7

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

His Word is sure and steadfast, His Word is the Truth, and even if heaven and earth were to pass away (any one here wake up this morning worried that when they looked out their window, the sky and the land would be gone?) HIS WORD WILL NEVER PASS AWAY!His Word is more dependable than what you see out your window every morning!

If there is ever a person in whom we can place our trust implicitly, without reservation or doubt, but wholly with wild abandon, it is God. And the more we get to know Him in His Word, and in personal devotions and prayer, the more we will be intimated with His trustworthiness! Amen?

We need to trust His Word and not be overwhelmed with fear by what we see daily on the news, over what we read in newsletters, and yes even what you may be reading in these blogs: terrible things that are going on, that may cause us anxious thoughts or worry as to our future. Yet God promised to be faithful and to provide for us. 


It reminds me of a favorite movie of mine with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, starring in McClintock:
At one point McClintock, being somewhat drunk attempts to 'help' the house keeper (Yvonne DeCarlo) up the stairs, only to have both of them tumble down again, with her landing on his lap. The ruckus causes Maureen O'Hara (the estranged Mrs. McClintock) to rush out only to see this sight of her (devoutly to be wished divorced husband) with this woman on top of him!

He revives and sees her, eyes blazing; he gulps and says, "Now Katherine are ya gunna believe what you SEE, or what I TELL ya?"

That's the same question that the LORD is asking His church:

Are you going to believe what you see in this world, and be overcome with fear? Or are you going to walk by faith, believing that all these things that God tells us in accord to His Word. He will be our defense: those of us who are living justly, who love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (MICAH 6:8).


Now as to the second consideration:These things are prophetic, and are destined to happen, so how can we change them and why should we want to try?

Any one I know who takes the Bible seriously, and doesn't allegorize it to death, knows that we are indeed living in the Last Days. I agree that with all the signs that are now taking place, we are indisputably in the very last days prior to Christ coming again.


I don't believe that the church will see any part of what's known as the Great Tribulation, which is actually 3.5 yrs, or DANIEL's 70th WEEK* (which deals with the same time frame, but is inclusive of the entire 7 year period. "Shubuah" in Hebrew means 'weeks' and in the Hebrew reckoning of time, a week can consist of 7 days, 7 weeks, 7 months or 7 years). 


* See this related article, also from NOW THE END BEGINS web site:

The DIFFERENCE BETWEEN The RAPTURE And The REVELATION

In Daniel's prophecy (
DANIEL 9:24-27) of the 70 'weeks' being "determined upon Israel", those are weeks of years, or in other words 490 years, 483 of those being already past and complete. There is one more segment of time, one final 'week' or 7 years yet to be fulfilled and this is the 7 year tribulation that's talked about so much. 


I do not however believe that this necessarily exempts us from tribulations, trials, persecutions, etc. While we can't change prophecy, that is the Word of God, we as saints CAN do some things!

First and foremost we can pray, and seek God's face, and turn from any compromise of sin and trespass in our lives, we can humble ourselves and petition the LORD for His mercies on behalf of our nation, just as it states in 2 CHRON 7:14.


Yet can we move God's hand in prayer before He metes out judgment?


Consider Moses when God pronounced that He was FINISHED with this rebellious people, and made a bargain of sorts with Moses, that He would wipe them all out and start fresh with Moses and a lineage from him! Moses petitioned the LORD, and it seemed that the LORD heard his prayer, for He stayed judgment. See 
NUM 14:11-24


Consider Jonah and his doom and gloom message to Nineveh: "Forty days and comes destruction!" (JONAH 3:3-5) Yet even a pagan king perceived that if he and all the people (and even their animals!), were to don sack cloth and had ashes cast upon thems and repent of their deeds in heart felt remorse, who can tell whether God will spare?

They did repent, God did spare (for an entire generation, until the days of Nahum, when he brought the same message, only that time, Nineveh DIDN'T repent and was judged), and Jonah, being angry told the LORD that he KNEW He would forgive them!


Even King Hezekiah, when Isaiah pronounced the Word of the LORD over him, declaring that he should set his house in order, for he would soon die. As Isaiah left, Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and wept. The prophet was just leaving the outer court, when God spoke to him and told him to return to the King and declare that he would have 15 more years (ISAIAH 38:1-5).


So can our prayers have an effect on the prophetic? Where does it state that all of these things MUST transpire in the year 2009? 2012? 2016? Certainly, any one who reads the materials of these globalists (I call 'em 'goblins'), knows that they have their agenda, but what is that to God? Such times as the ultimate fulfillment of prophetic scripture resides in the nail scarred hands of the KING of kings, NOT THEM! OR the demonic spirits that are directing them! OR Satan himself who is their lord and must conform his plans to the forbidding directives that the LORD establishes.

You may be aware that in scripture, mountains are often used as a metaphor for kingdoms or governments. Remember what the LORD Jesus said regarding faith?


MATT 17:20

And Jesus said unto them, . . . for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Of course all prayer must be in accord to God's will, yes? Otherwise it doesn't get answered (1 JOHN 5:14)! Time and time again, I see God's will is to favor mercy over judgment; look over scripture and see if this isn't so. Those of you who know the Word, I can see you nod in agreement right now.

Our prayers indeed have an effect on governments; that's why Paul admonished us to pray for our leaders!


1 TIM 2:1
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

Some believe that its too late, that God has forestalled judgment long enough and that judgment on America is soon to arrive (or has!). If judgment begins, it always begins first with the house of God, for to whom much is given, is much required (1 PETER 4:17).

Since this may well be the case, we best conduct ourselves as the saints that God has called us to be, and receive any chastening with the hopes that this will bring about the peaceable fruit of righteousness.


HEBREWS 12:11

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

I would admonish all of us, if you haven't already begun to pray on a regular, consistent basis, specifically for this nation to be turned around in repentance, most certainly including our government, from President Obama and down*; and prayer for the church to turn from carnality and turn towards holiness and sanctification and the mortification of the flesh, and to share the Gospel with the lost.

*please especially pray that our political stand against Israel, in favor of Islamic powers that want to take over Jerusalem, the establishment of a Palestinian State, which will lead, according to the words of Islamic leaders, "the annihilation of the Jewish state." Those who attack Israel are "touching the apple of God's eye"and this policy must be overturned!

We have been praying here at the house every SATURDAY NIGHT; may I encourage you, if you haven't already, to begin such in your own fellowships? Perhaps even take time for fasting as well, one, two, or three meals for a day?

In regards to food, water and other supplies, it might prove extremely wise to have a private store of goods because things as they are with the economy, as we may start experiencing shortages and escalating costs for food and other commercial goods.

God is not someone who lumps a people together: He never lays judgment on the wicked, and on the just as well. The LORD knows those who are His, whose hearts are close to His, and He protects those of us who walk in the Spirit. Those walking in the flesh, He will chasten out of love, only to have them return to walk closely with Him, and thus secure His protection.



2 PETER 2:9

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

2 CHRON 16:9

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect* toward him.

"perfect" in this context does not mean sinless, but sincere, upright in heart, expressing a desire for the LORD and obeying Him.

Please read PSALM 18 in its entirety, but for now, check this out!


PSALM 18:1-7

[[To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said, I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 

The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. 

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. 
Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

Last point:As our love relationship with the LORD grows stronger with a more deeply committed devotional time with Him, so will our anxieties diminish, to be replaced by His peace and joy which the world can't take away!


1 JOHN 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

JOHN 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

JOHN 16:22

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

We need not have any fear of the future, the only fear we have need of, is the fear of the LORD, which is the beginning of wisdom.

"fear" as spoken of in 1 John 4:18 is 'phobos' from which we get the word phobia, meaning "to be put in fear, alarm, fright, terror, and dread."


2 COR 7:1

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Here, the same word is used for "fear" but its not directed towards terrifying events, deeds or places, but directed towards God, and then not in fear of judgment or retribution, but a holy fear that reverences God and fears to do anything to displease Him, out of a heart of love; here is pictured a devoted child to a loving heavenly Father, not a cowering slave groveling at the whip of a malicious master.

Faith works by love (
GAL 5:6), and love casts out fear, so let us keep ourselves in the love of God!



JUDE 1:21

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

May you all be blessed in Christ JESUS the LORD . . . WAY TOO MUCH!!

Yours in the battle,

Nikaeo Aionios A.V.R.A.S.!

brother James


p.s. It occured to me while meditating on what I'd written for this post, that when it came to the people of Israel led by Moses through the wilderness, the city-state of Nineveh, and Hezekiah, that the prophetic pronouncements and judgments on these weren't fulfilled immediately, they were delayed at the petitioning, prayers, fastings of people who sought God's mercy. They were literally given 'grace periods'.


May we pray for our own American 'grace period' and perhaps be granted a Divine Delay that we could use for the benefit of the Kingdom of GOD!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Stand Fast In The LIBERTY of CHRIST


Consider the words of Patrick Henry's speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses given on
March 23, 1775.

Relate those words that speak of the throne of England, being the chief proponent of slavery and oppression, and all references to 'the enemy' to what the Bible calls "the prince of darkness, and the god of this world" We war not against flesh and blood, but the principalities and spiritual powers of the satanic realm (EPH 6:11-13)!

It may be uncomfortable for many of us to confront the issues and events in which we live, and we would rather turn a blind eye, stick our heads in the sand, pull the blanket over ourselves and retreat to blissful unawareness, but Mr. Henry would admonish us to resist such temptation (refer to his speech in bold print)!!

Yet before you read this speech by Mr. Henry, consider these words from Paul:

GAL 5:1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

As these days proceed, we will witness greater oppression from our government which is supposed to be a servant of the people, rather than an agency that demands slavery from ourselves.

Likewise we will see oppression from The Emergent Church which insists that the atonement of Christ is 'unbiblical', that our righteousness is measured by whatever rituals, meditations, sacramental offerings, social and environmental good we may do.

We must not become entangled in such bondages as these, but stand fast in the liberty that was bought with the insurmountably priceless blood of the Lamb of God! Further, we must recognize that an imperative and crucial line has been drawn: on the one side is the world and all of it's allurements, opportunities, enticements and ambitions - whose very soul reeks of the same rebellion of Lucifer when he cried out in pride "I will . . . " (ISAIAH 14:13-14) and promotes a culture of sin and wickedness, including the spheres of government, economics, societies at large and religion. On the other side is the singular and sanctified Kingdom of God: it's culture of holiness, sanctification, grace and truth. 

LET US NOT, AS CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN FIND OURSELVES ENTHRALLED BY THE EVIL AND TEMPTATIONS OF THIS FALLEN, CURSED, SELF-DESTRUCTING WORLD DESTINED TOWARDS ETERNAL PERDITION. 

LET US NOT 'GO NATIVE' AND ADOPT THIS CULTURE OF CORRUPTION, BUT RATHER REMAIN CHASTE, UNSPOILED, AND WALKING IN PURITY - MADE POSSIBLE ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD! 

LET US REMAIN STEADFASTLY ON THE SIDE OF THE LINE WHERE OUR LORD STANDS - and LET NOTHING - NOTHING COMPEL US TO CROSS THAT LINE IN BETRAYAL OF OUR LORD WHO PURCHASED US WITH HIS OWN BLOOD! LET REJECTION AND PERSECUTION, EVEN MARTYRDOM COME IF IT MAY: WE WILL STAND FAST IN THE LIBERTY OF CHRIST WHO HAS FREED US FROM SIN, DEATH, THIS FALLEN WORLD and HELL!

Now hear Patrick Henry's impassioned speech, profoundly reasoned and utterly sound:

"No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the house. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.

"This is no time for ceremony. The question before the house is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at the truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

"Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the numbers of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.

"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?

"Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love?

"Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it?

"Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing.

"We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.

"There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free--if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight!

"An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength but irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

"Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest.

"There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston!

"The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

Again, to reiterate, these days and the information that is being presented in The MIND of FIRE, the RED PILL CONSORTIUM, and The TRUTH UNDER FIRE are not pleasant subjects necessarily; they are disturbing, worrisome, provocative, even alarming.

But such are the days in which we live! 
To ignore them is fatal. To panic is unwarranted: God is still on the Throne! But we must confront the reality of what we are about to face.

It reminds me of the film The LORD Of The RINGS, where Frodo bemoans the fact that he is burdened with the One Ring of Power, and says to Gandalf:

"I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had ever happened!"

To which Gandalf responds with sagely counsel:

"So do all people who live to see such days, but that is not for them to decide! All they can decide is what to DO with the time that is given to them."

Wise words!

May the LORD Jesus Christ bless you SAINTS . . . WAY TOO MUCH!

Yours in the battle,
Nikaeo Aionios A.V.R.A.S.!

brother James

Friday, May 22, 2009

HATE CRIME or MISSION of MERCY?

As time proceeds we see many changes occurring in our nation at a rapid pace. One such major change is the proposal of 'hate crime' law enforcement. Such proposals are already in PROCESS at the legislative levels.

What will hate crimes entail? What does it mean for Christians? How will such law effect our Biblical teaching and preaching the gospel? What should our response be?

To view what's incorporated into the Hate Crime Bill, here is a summary: 

4/29/2009--Passed House amended. Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 -
(Sec. 2) Adopts the definition of "hate crime" as set forth in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (i.e., a crime in which the defendant intentionally selects a victim, or in the case of a property crime, the property that is the object of the crime, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation of any person).

(Sec. 3) Authorizes the Attorney General, at the request of a state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency, to provide technical, forensic, prosecutable, or other assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution of a violent crime, a hate crime, or a crime that constitutes a felony under state, local, or tribal law. Directs the Attorney General, in providing such assistance, to give priority to cases involving crimes committed in more than one state and to rural jurisdictions that have difficulty covering extraordinary investigation or prosecution expenses. Authorizes the Attorney General to award grants to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies for extraordinary expenses associated with the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.

Requires the Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to work with grantees to address the needs and concerns of all affected parties in implementing grants. Sets forth requirements governing the submission and approval of grant applications. Limits the amount of any grant to $100,000 for any single jurisdiction in any one-year period. Requires the Attorney General to: (1) approve or deny a grant application within 180 days after receipt of such application; and (2) report to Congress by December 31, 2011, on the grant program. Authorizes appropriations for FY2010-FY2011.

(Sec. 4) Authorizes the Office of Justice Programs to award grants to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 5) Authorizes appropriations for FY2010-FY2012 to increase DOJ personnel to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in combating hate crimes.

(Sec. 6) Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit willfully causing bodily injury to any person through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person. Imposes a fine and/or prison term of up to 10 years for violations and a life term if a death results from a violation or certain other violent crimes are involved. Requires the Attorney General or other designated DOJ official to certify certain findings before initiating a prosecution for a hate crime. Sets a seven-year statute of limitations on prosecuting such an offense not resulting in death. Prohibits the admission of evidence as substantive evidence in a hate crime prosecution of the expression or associations of a defendant unless the evidence specifically relates to the hate crime offense.

(Sec. 7) Provides that any provision of this Act that is held to be unconstitutional shall be severable from the remaining provisions of this Act.
(Sec. 8) Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit the exercise of constitutionally-protected free speech.

Section 8 would protect speech, presumably in the pulpit as well as in the street, or any where else? If so, an amendment could be tagged on later that would prohibit such speech.

For a close look at this issue, I turn to one who has done her homework tirelessly, and is a fountain of information on numerous issues, hate crimes included: Berit Kjos, whose web site CROSS ROADS is on my other blog: The RED PILL CONSORTIUM.

Here is an article she's written recently:
Why "Hate crime" laws would ban Biblical Christianity

It's a rather lengthy article, but I urge you to examine it carefully; check out any of her linked information that strikes you (most of them did me!).

I'm sure most of us are already well aware of what constitutes a hate crime, but just in case, let me spell it out:

You're in a crusade where the Gospel is being preached by churches sponsoring the event; in the midst of the many preachers, taking turns delivering the gospel to the lost souls gathered about, some homosexuals are present in the midst; and so are some Muslims.



In the preaching, the pastor proclaims that " . . . Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that no one can come to the Father but by Him. All religions represented in the world will only lead astray lost souls, and such will be condemned to an eternity of hell, unless they repent and receive Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior."

He continues: "God created us for Himself, to worship, and glorify Him in all that we say, all that we do, all that we are, and to live in any other way than in accord with His will is a sin. This includes our sexual lives: any union other than a man and a woman, and only in the bond of holy matrimony, is a sin. One that God will certainly forgive, and cleanse from the sinner, but one that MUST be repented of, or the consequence is eternal separation from God."

Christian, do you believe this? Does the Bible teach this? Is this the Truth? Do these statements express the love and grace of God?

If your answer to these questions is 'yes' then according to the proposed hate crime bill, you are GUILTY OF A HATE CRIME!



To the Muslim, declaring that their way to Allah, via Muhammed and the Quran is a false way, and that they need to repent and turn from their sins, and receive Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, is hateful and criminal, and under the hate crime law, is prosecutable!

To the homosexual, telling them that their sexual relationship with their same sex partner is a sin against the will of God for a sexual union of His own creation, is likewise a hateful, criminal act, and punishable under this proposed bill!

(UPDATE as of July 19, 2009

more on the proceedings of the Hate Crime Bill:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=500474
Senate has passed Hate Crime Bill; awaiting ratification from the President:
http://jta.org/news/article/2009/07/17/1006603/senate-passes-hate-crimes-bill

UPDATE as of August 2, 2009 -
From World Net Daily - What does this legislation represent concerning the spiritual condition of our nation? What can we expect to transpire as a result of the endorsement, politically and morally of this proposed bill? Read about it here:

WHEN THE WICKED RULE (Note, this author does not necessarily agree with WND in all of its assertions, statements, beliefs and doctrine).

But let's examine this for a moment.


I recently heard from a co-worker that watched the evening news, that some contaminated meat was discovered from a meat processing plant that was shipped off to different grocery stores. The product was recalled, or the stores were informed of the contamination, and as a result, they threw the meat out. Except for one store! They simply allowed the meat to remain in their coolers, available for purchase!

Let's say that I had just got done watching that report on my portable player while I was strolling down the aisles of that same store. Alarmed by this, I look up only to see a customer reaching for some contaminated meat.


I rush over and tell him not to buy it, its contaminated! That's when I see others who also have some of this meat in their carts. Others are already in check out, and still others are walking out of the store, with the meat in their bags!

I begin to shout loudly, "DON'T BUY THIS MEAT! RETURN IT! IT'S CONTAMINATED! IT WILL MAKE YOU SICK OR EVEN KILL YOU!"


Now, having heard from an authority (the evening news) information that I took as valid, I now am prepared to inform others of the potential dangers that result from ignorance of this same information.

Once they hear, they are faced with a decision either to take my advice, look into it themselves and discover whether I'm right or wrong, and take the appropriate action.

Keeping customers from buying this store's meat might be perceived as hate by the owners because they stand to lose some profits, perhaps even some loyal customers who feel their confidence in the store's quality goods, betrayed by this unseemly conduct.

Yet, how many customers would perceive me as a hateful person? Would they tell me, "How dare you tell me this meat is contaminated! It looks perfectly fine to me! I've bought meat here for ten years and its NEVER been bad! Are you saying I'm so STUPID, that I can't tell contaminated meat when I see it?? What is this hateful attitude you have, telling me such alarming things as this!!"


My motive is not governed by hate at all, but by concern and compassion and caring. I wouldn't be able to live with myself had I discovered such information about contaminated meat and simply kept it to myself; allowing dozens of people, perhaps hundreds to get terribly sick, hospitalized, maybe even some fatalities!



What is the motive of Christians in sharing God's Word, in delivering the Gospel to those who don't know Jesus Christ personally, in bringing solemn warning that if they ignore the Truth of God's Word, the Bible, it will lead to horrible consequences?

Concern? Compassion? Caring? Yes indeed; a love for lost souls.

If my heart was hateful towards people, I would keep the Gospel to myself. If I truly hated, I would be glad that these people were going to hell!
Without a doubt, it would be a 'hate crime' to keep the gospel to myself, to refrain from praying for and warning these precious souls that God loves SO MUCH that He willingly offered His Son for their redemption.


Suppose we Christians are all wrong about the Bible? And Jesus? What if the Bible really isn't the Word of God, and Jesus really wasn't who He claimed to be?
That would mean we were erroneous in our religious beliefs, and all such warnings about hell and eternal damnation resulting in the rejection of Christ would be invalid, and if we continued to believe in such things, we might even be delusional.


But would that still constitute hatred on our part?

No.

We are persuaded that the BIBLE is indeed the Word of God, that its authoritative and inspired, and dependable as a valid, indeed THE valid source of Truth.

No other religious book is like the Bible; it stands alone and unique in a multitude of ways.


Being accurate historically, archaeologically, geographically, and yes even scientifically when it ventures into such areas. Most importantly however, the Bible is accurate prophetically; over the thousands of years its hit the mark, dead center time and time again when it foretells of future events. This is no where more abundantly demonstrated in the fulfilled prophecies of Christ Jesus Himself during His time on this earth. Over 300 distinct prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus from the time of His birth to the time of His ascension!

For a concise treatment of what the BIBLE has to offer on its prophetic relevance and accuracy, please follow the link below (Prophecy 101) to Dr. Chuck Missler's (NOTE: This author does not necessarily agree with everything that Dr. Missler teaches, believes, asserts) web site 66/40 from http://www.khouse.org/ .
Prophecy 101 Week 1

Just as I would act on the information from the evening news, warning people about harmful food products, I must also act on the information I receive from the Bible. And the Bible clearly states that . . .

ACTS 4:12
. . .Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (than Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

2 THESS 1:7-9

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

And if those souls aren't saved, they will perish in perdition for eternity! The stakes are HIGH!!! Please refer to an earlier article posted here "As Sure As Hell".

No where are Christians admonished to hate people in any capacity. God declares that we are, as His followers, to love one another.

JOHN 13:34
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

We are to love our neighbors:

MATT 22:37, 39
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

We are even to love our enemies!

MATT 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

There are some who point out the Crusades, and all that was done in the name of Christ as an example of hate against those who didn't agree with their religion. Yet those Crusaders and soldiers were not obeying Christ by such acts, for even the above scripture points this out! No, they were obedient to the command of the Roman Catholic Popes who issued Indulgences (prescribed forgiveness of yet to be committed sins) for any who would flock to his banner!

These same soldiers raped, pillaged, and held heinous contests such as who could impale the most Jewish babies on their swords! I submit that these were not at all disciples of Jesus Christ, nor Christians born again of God's Holy Spirit, but mere religionists, who in the name of the Roman Catholic church committed these genuine hate crimes!


Yet the church of Jesus Christ today is being targeted as a proponent of hate crimes, and once such laws are ratified, all it will take is one homosexual couple to approach the pastor of any Bible believing church and demand that he marry them, and upon his refusal, that church could legally be fined, or even shut down!

Now more than ever, we believers need to focus our attention on the LORD Jesus Christ, to walk in truth, love, and grace so powerfully, that our motives will be utterly transparent.

And the brighter the light of God's Spirit shines, the more the children of darkness will hate us, but to remember Jesus' words are vital:


MATT 5:11-12
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

May the LORD Jesus CHRIST bless you Saints WAY TOO MUCH!!

Yours in the BATTLE For Lost SOULS!

Nikaeo Aionios A.V.R.A.S.!!!


EPH 5:15
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

brother James

Friday, May 15, 2009

THAT NONE SHOULD PERISH

The Following was written by Brendan Booher
from The Berean Call Newsletter,
May, 2009 Issue entitled "OF MORALS AND MEANING"
(see link under Spiritual Chow for TBC):



That None Should Perish
Brendan Booher

Why does it seem that there is such a lack of interest among most non-Christian young people today when they hear about godly belief and living? I believe it has much to do with the absence of strong Christian testimony, evidenced by holiness, among believers.

This affects the communities around us in a major way. Christians are not "salting" society with the moral standard that keeps the human conscience alive. There is also a lack of passionate evangelistic outreach by many Christians who seem to be taken up more with their own pursuits than with the needs of a lost and sinful world headed for hell.

Another reason for the lack of godliness that affects our generation is the fact that, as the Bible has declared for thousands of years, "the whole world lieth in wickedness" (1 John 5:19). Satan is the god of this world, that is, the world system—how the world operates in its natural course—and he captures the hearts of the youth.

Our children, born into sin, are spiritually estranged from the womb: "They go astray as soon as they [are] born, speaking lies" (Psalm 58:3).

Psalm 11:3 declares: "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

Satan is always at work, trying to destroy the moral principles upon which our nation was largely founded and stirring up many to put away this great heritage—and no wonder, because these principles did help to hold back the tide of evil. God is no longer welcome, and the government, schools, and society at large have become secularized, so now there is a real foothold for the enemy to further his evil work.

Attitudes about ungodly behavior held by previous generations are now considered to be out of date and restrictive to our natural appetites (Psalm 2:1-3). Morality has become one big gray area, where every man decides what is right for himself, and the heart of man grows increasingly hardened to the truth because there is less and less light.

Our generation has sunk to a deplorable state, mocking God and His Word and separated from the holy statutes of a holy God. The youth of our day have been raised up in a nation that has cast God behind its back and that even praises what is an abomination to the Lord.

Many young people, even from Christian families, are foul mouthed, and their thoughts are carried away by evil, their actions proving the same. Is it because the parents who oversee these children actually promote a lifestyle of selfish indulgence, rather than showing by their own lives and words the absolutes that God set forth to restrain the corrupt nature of humanity?

The youths, having received such an upbringing, are simply following the natural course. It is much like what Jesus declared to the Scribes and Pharisees of that day: "For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves" (Matthew 23:15).

So what can we do about it? How can we reach this generation? It is of great importance that we seek the Lord for wisdom in the matter of reaching young people: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally" (James 1:5).

In studying the Scriptures, seeking the Lord, and reading the biographies of missionaries and preachers who were effective in their ministries, I have found a few points that have been helpful to keep in mind in my own evangelism efforts among young people and others.

The first essential is consistent prayer, as we beseech God to do a work in someones heart. We know that although He doesn't force His way into people's hearts, God does hear our prayers and can incline the hearts of those for whom we pray to seek Him.

Second, I don't believe that our youth are so far from the soul-searching work of the Holy Spirit that even the most rebellious (however hardened and far from God-1 Timothy 1:15) cannot be touched by His convicting power to realize their own lost condition, the fact that they need a Savior, and that it is Christ alone who can save them (for "where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" -Romans 5:20).

Third, I believe that God will not let up on His prodding the heart of the unbelievers for whom we pray regarding their sinful condition and their need of the Savior until their last breath ("The Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance"-2 Peter 3:9).

Fourth, I believe that God will give us (or someone else) an opportunity, after having prayed (regardless of how impossible it may seem, or how long it may take for this to come about), to lovingly minister to that individual the Word of life ("The goodness of God leadeth man to repentance"-Romans 2:4). No matter the outward response, I believe they will eventually sense the need to hear and will ultimately feel the conviction of His Word. They will still, however, have the choice to reject or to receive His saving work in their soul. Rejecting it, they will walk on in their sins, having an even harder heart than before; receiving Him will prove their love for Him, and they will become His child.

Fifth, and last, the one to whom you are ministering likely does not grasp the spiritual battle that is taking place at the very moment that the things of God are brought before him and is not prepared for the Holy Spirit's powerful conviction in his heart ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world"-Ephesians 6:12).

How many times have we heard of men who were rebelliously walking in darkness, engaging in multiple sins, hating the light—then they heard the gospel preached, and, after a seemingly short season, came to the Savior and were wondrously born again into the family of God!


Faith is vital when it comes to ministering to the lost souls of men. We need to have faith in the work of God by the Holy Spirit and the work that He wants to do through us on behalf of the lost. God wants them saved, has all the power to save them, and has many servants to be used in leading them unto Him, but they must ultimately make their own choice.

Above all, love is most important, for love hopes and believes all things. Love believes in the God of the impossible, that He can do what we think can't be done. Love hopes that anyone can be saved, thereby making us willing to go the extra mile toward that end.

We can rejoice in our hearts when we look out at a lost and sinful world, knowing that the God of heaven and earth is able and willing to reach down and save every one of them, regardless of their condition. Let us be there to give the needed help. "He that winneth souls is wise" (Proverbs 11:30).

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wholly, Holy


Holiness. It's something that we hear teachings on, it's something that we read about in scripture. It's something that we desire in our lives. Yet what is holiness? What do we mean when we say that God is Holy?
What does the scripture have to say about holiness?
I'd like to take some time and examine this very important subject, and hopefully we will learn more about what this is all about. Even more so, I hope this spurs us on to a greater yearning for holiness in each of our lives.
It's going to be a theme in my prayers for the church in this year, that the church here in the West (western civilization) obtains a new, and vital hunger for holiness.
The LORD Jesus said, "Blessed are you that thirst and hunger for righteousness, for you shall be filled." I suspect it is no less true for holiness, especially since 'righteousness' and 'holiness' are very much related!
Israel was in bondage in Egypt for 400 years after the time of Joseph, the son of Jacob; 'in the fullness of time' God responded to the cries of His people and met Moses in the Sinai.
Most of us remember Cecil B. Demill's epic film, The Ten Commandments, and can recall the image of Moses, played brilliantly by Charlton Heston, kneeling in the presence of God at the burning bush . . .

EXODUS 3:1-5

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Where God dwells, there is holiness, as in the ground where Moses stood before the presence of the LORD. Obviously there was nothing intrinsically holy about that particular piece of real estate; only the fact that God was present there made that ground holy, for where God dwells, there must be no defilement, no impurity, no unholy influences.

And THIS is why not all of us are God's children as is so commonly believed in the world! God cannot inhabit us, and dwell within us because of the sin nature of our heart! As much as He yearns to indwell us and have fellowship with us, the sin issue MUST be dealt with! The heart MUST be reborn (it can't be repaired, reformed, or reburbished) in order to be cleansed of sin, and made an appropriately holy home for the Holy Ghost!
He is called the Holy One of Israel in Isaiah 1:4
The Holy God in ISAIAH 5:16 and The Holy One in ISAIAH 40: 25.
His name is Holy: ISAIAH 57: 15.

The word used in above text from Exodus for 'holy' is "qodesh" which means a sacred place or thing. It comes from the word 'qadash' - to be (cause, make, pronounce, or observe as) clean; it means sanctify 108x, hallow 25x, dedicate 10x, holy 7x, prepare 7x, consecrate 5x, appointed 1x in the scriptures. Its to be set apart for the work of God.

You might have a tool, or a utensil that serves a specific purpose, but you use it for something that it was not intended for. The fact that its set apart for specific work, means that it's 'sanctified' for that special purpose, and to use it in any other fashion is objectionable.
A fly swatter for a spatula to flip burgers for example. Not a very pleasant idea, is it?

In EXODUS 19:6 God pronounces the entire nation of Israel as holy; He intended on them all being a "kingdom of priests." The word for 'holy' here is very similar to the previous two. The Hebrew word is 'qadosh', and as a noun it refers to God, by His eminence; it also can refer to angels, saints, sanctuary, and its translated as holy 65x, Holy One 39x, and saint 12x.

Israel was holy in accord to their relationship with God, Who is Holy.

LEV 20:26
And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

God would distinguish His people by their moral law, ceremonial law, dietary law, civil law; they would be different in their manner of dress, the food they ate, in the way that they worship YHWH, all of which would separate them from the Gentile nations around them. In this manner they would be sanctified, set apart for special relationship with the LORD.
The entire book of Leviticus is all about holiness; its a book to be studied in detail, rather than merely a book to be read.

Within the nation of Israel there would be even further distinguishments, as in the Levitical priesthood by means of their special vestments, ceremonial oil, living quarters and in their officiating in and dealings with the Tabernacle, and later the Temple.


DEUT 33:8

And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst prove at Massah, and with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah;


". . . thy holy one . . ." is in reference to a godly man, a saint, a true Hebrew who exhibited like faith as Abraham. The word for 'holy' here is 'chaciyd" meaning kind, pious (saint), holy, merciful, godly, God, godly man, the Holy One or a holy one. Its a word often used to describe the faithful Israelite;

See also PSALM 12:1;31:23

PSALM 68:35
God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

'Holy places' in Hebrew is 'miqqdash' - a consecrated place or thing, palace, sanctuary, asylum; sanctuary 69x, holy place 3x, chapel 1x.

Before we turn to the New Testament, let's consider some things we've observed so far:
The bush that was afire was an unusual sight to Moses, not because it appeared to be engulfed in flame. The achaicia bush or thorn bush of the desert contained a resinous sap that was combustible under heat, and so when the desert sun reached its zenith, bushes would spontaneously combust. What was unusual was that the bush didn't appear to burn up!
See here the grace of God, that in the midst of a thorny bush (remember that thorns speak of the curse: GEN 3:17-18) God made manifest His presence, and yet the bush was not destroyed.

God who is Holy would have been right in destroying rebellious man who defied the Holy King of the Universe, but instead He showed mercy, and chose a plan of redemption that would result in the dwelling of God with mankind.

As God transforms us, sanctifies us, touches and renews us, He is able to entrust to us His sacred things, just as He directed that the Urim and Thummim be given to that faithful Israelite.

As holiness is instilled in our lives we then find the power and strength of God present with us; we are overwhelmed with the awesomeness ("terribleness" in the KJV) of His majesty and glory and beauty, so much so that we find all opposition that may be set against us as paltry powers in comparison.
In the Gospel of Matthew we witness a wondrous sight:

MATT 1:18

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 


The HOLY Ghost, and here in the Greek that word is "hagios" - aweful, saved, Holy One, Holy, separated from sin, therefore consecrated to God.
That which is Holy is by necessity, separate from sin.
Now think this through with me:
God is the only source of life, from Him all life was made possible whether in the spiritual realm of angels, or the physical/spiritual realm of man, or the mere physical life of the animal and plant domains. He is transcendent of His creation surely; yet without God, no life could possibly exist.
Sin is rebellion against the Holy will of God, and it is the seed bed of evil. We know that the wages of sin is death, and now we might see clearly the dichotomy between the two:
Holiness is life, sin is death; evilness is indeed the utter absence of holiness, and being totally devoid of that, it is also devoid of life. It is no wonder then that God cannot partake of evil or even allow it to come into contact with His person.
Even the LORD Jesus while on this earth, ministered to, and ate with sinners, much to the disgust and offense of the Pharisees who wouldn't so much as allow their robes to brush up against the common sinner of the streets! And yet in a very real, spiritual way, He was quite separate from sinners.


HEB 7:26
For such an high priest became us, (that is, Jesus) who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Holiness is so intrinsic to the very nature of God, that each Member of the Trinity is referred to with the Greek word "Hagios"
It is used of the Father in LUKE 1:49; JOHN 17:11.
Of the Son in LUKE 1:35 and ACTS 3:14
And of the Spirit in MATT 1:18 and 2 TIM 1:14.
"Hagios" - predicated of God as the absolutely Holy One in His purity, majesty and glory. The hagios of God is related to His saints as well, that is "hagioi" of which He places special commands regarding conduct.
Sainthood is not an attainment, it is a state into which God in His grace calls us- yet we are to sanctify ourselves consistently with our calling.


2 TIM 1:9-10
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
See also: 1 PET 1:15; 2 PET 3:11.
"hagios" delves deeper than outward sacredness, than worthiness, than honorableness; more than purity, free from defilement - its more comprehensive - it is characteristically god-likeness.

ACTS 2:27
Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

"hosios" - is right (by intrinsic or divine) character. It differs from a formal consecration and from purity from defilement. It is hallowed, undefiled by sin, free from wickedness; commonly associated with righteousness. Its an expression used of God (REV 15:4; 16:5)
Of the physical body of Christ Jesus (ACTS 2:27; 13:35)
And also of the character of Christians (ROM 12:1; 1 COR 3:17; EPH 1:4; COL 1:22; 1 TIM 2:8 and TITUS 1:8).


1 COR 9:13
Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

"holy things" here is, "hieros" - sacred, holy, consecrated to God, sacred scriptures, devoutly revering godly things. See also 2 TIM 3:15
Note that the partakers are in union with that which is on the altar, that is the sacrifice. This is a very important point for those who would be holy to recognize in their relationship to Christ as sacrifice on the cross.
Sanctify and saints of course come from the same root word (hagios and hagioi) and the very term "saint" means sanctified ones, that is, those set apart for special purpose and relationship to God.

And the means of sanctification is the Truth of God's Word from which we derive all spiritual enlightenment, beginning with the very Gospel of our salvation.

JOHN 17:17,19 
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

See also EPH 5:26; PHIL 2: 12-13; 1 THESS 5:23; HEB 13:12; 1 PET 3:15
As I mentioned previously, righteousness and holiness are interrelated.
In the New Testament "righteousness" is the Greek word "dikaisune" that is, equity of character or act, justification - the character or quality of being right or just.

1) It denotes an attribute of God
2) Its found in the sayings of the LORD Jesus
3) Whatever i s right and just and conforms to the revealed will of God - Matt. 5:6, 10, 20; John 16: 8, 10.
4) All that is appointed by God to be acknowledged and obeyed by man - Matt. 3:15; 21: 32
5) The sum total of the requirements by God - Matt. 6:33
Used of that gracious gift of God to men, whereby all who believe in the LORD Jesus Christ are brought into a right relationship to God, UNATTAINABLE by human effort or merit or by any other means than that of faith in Christ, thus placing our trust in Christ, one becomes the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).
Righteousness positionally granted based on faith in Christ, thus imputed not by works but of the work of God. See Romans 4: 6, 11.
Bringing the human spirit into union with God via Jesus Christ will effectively bring practical righteousness into the believer's life. This is the process of sanctification, that is the practical working out of that which resides within, that being the righteousness of Christ.

PHIL 2:12

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

In these works of God in the life of the believer we see two of the three primary aspects of salvation: the righteousness of Christ imputed to the believer, who upon receiving and trusting in Christ is declared as being as righteous as Christ Himself, without moral flaw, without sin marring the soul, with nothing that is blameworthy before the Holy Eyes of the Divine Judge. No saint will be more righteous in heaven than he is while still on Earth at the moment of salvation!

The second aspect is sanctification and here is where holiness is manifested in the life of a believer, and so manifested that it becomes visible to even the unredeemed; such holiness is like salt which was used for centuries as a preservative to counteract corruption, and can sting the conscience of the lost and bring conviction of sin.
It behooves the saint not to play the part of the Holy Ghost in the lives of the lost that are round about him, but simply himself be utterly surrendered to the sanctifying influence of the Holy Ghost and allow Him to operate with His vitality and holiness in conviction of precious souls who He yearns to draw to Christ!

To allow one's sinful self, and the nature we inherited through Adam to be nailed to the cross, ruthlessly piercing it to the cross of Christ, and allowing it to die, that the spiritual man can be renewed day by day in the divine nature of Christ, and so exhibit Christ-likeness is the very heart of holiness.

Holiness is Christ-likeness in the hearts of those who love and follow the precious Savior in this life and into the one to come!
How practically, is sanctification brought about in our lives? Well, essentially its not much different than what we all experienced when we were born again; its just about the same process.

Think about your born again experience: You were searching for meaning, for truth, for a means to reach out to God, etc. The Spirit of the LORD brought truth before you in revelation of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice made for you. You came into understanding and as a result you acknowledged the truth and grace of God, acted on it by faith, and received eternal life.

EPH 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

1 COR 2:10
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

As a Christian who is indwelt by the Spirit of God, we experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit when we sin, and we sense His influence when we are tempted to sin as well. The Spirit brings revelation and convicts us that to sucuumb to that temptation is a sin; we acknoledge the truth: that "x" is a sin, and that we must resist that temptation. That we are no longer servants of sin, but servants of righteousness. That we have been granted grace and the power of God's Spirit to ably resist that sin.

ROM 6:16,18

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.


We then by faith receive grace as we have received the truth, to help us in our time of need, and then act on it by repelling that temptation from our view, from our heart, from our lives. We then ask God to fill us to the full of His Spirit that we may then WALK (live, conduct, behave) in the Spirit, thus following Christ in Christ-likeness.

Another aspect of sanctification is the mortification of the flesh; it's truly only when we allow ourselves to die to the sin nature which still resides in us, that the Holy Spirit has room to come and fill in that 'gap' and bring holiness into our lives. The more consistent we are in mortifying the flesh, the more consistent we are in walking in the Spirit, the less sin will have an influence over us!

ROM 8:13
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

HEB 4:15-16
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

1 THESS 5:23-24
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

1 JOHN 3:24
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

ROM 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

GAL 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me


May the LORD Jesus Christ bless you all, WAY TOO MUCH!!!

yours in the battle,
Nikaio Aionios A.V.R.A.S. !!!
brother James