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LAW vs GRACE


Grace vs Law

    First let us ask these questions," Are Christians under the law? And if so which law? What does God say? First the apostles taught that the purpose we are saved by Grace through Faith without works {Romans 3:20 :28 Ephesians 2:7 – 10}, we are also saved unto works {Ephesians 27, 10}. Jesus Christ as our Savior is at the heart of this matter... As He alone makes the case for Grace.
    While it is true that Christians are not under the Mosaic law, we are not free from all law. Christians live according to a new law. The following four laws are inseparable and form the basis for Christians to be fruitful for the Glory of God.

#1.Is the Law of the Spirit; { Romans8:1-4}, because the holy spirit leads and empowers us to obey God. Simply put... You can't obey God without God.

#2. It is the Law of Christ; {Galatians 6:1-6}, because Christ is our example. Simply put... Without Christ we can do nothing that is pleasing to God.

#3. It is the Law of Liberty, {James 1:2-27}, not because we are free to do as we please... But because our condemnation was imputed to Christ and his Righteousness was imputed to us. Simply put... The Law of Liberty is not licensed to sin... It is now our nature to obey.

 
#4. It is the Royal Law:{ James 2:8-10}, because the sum of the Law is to love my neighbor as myself. Essentially speaking to love your neighbor as yourself encompasses the entire 10 Commandments of the Mosaic Law.

    Why is it not necessary to be under the Mosaic law? The answer is quite simple. Once a sinner receives Jesus Christ as their personal savior, the Righteousness of Christ is instantly imparted to the sinner. Secondly the righteousness of Christ is inpartedto the new believer. What does this mean? The imputation of Christ's Righteousness and ends the Law of condemnation. {Romans 8:1 ,4}.That and impartation of Christ Righteousness empowers us to live Godly in  this present world.{ Romans 7:5-6}.You see it is not the 10 Commandments that saves us... It is the tender commander, Jesus Christ, that saves . We are not led by the letter of the law, but by the better law.{ Hebrews 8: entire chat}.
       You see it is not the 10 Commandments that saves us... It is the tender commander, Jesus Christ, that saves us. We are not led by the letter of the law, but by the better law.{ Hebrews 8: entire chat}.
    I hope this has enlightened you and made you aware of righteous living, and hope it also enlightens you on the many ways the evil one tries to condemn by using the 10 Commandments against us by his lies of denunciation.

                                     Rev William A Tyler Sr

                                    B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

                                                                                                                                                          
 

 

 

 

 

IS SALVATION FACT OR FICTION


IS SALVATION FACT  OR FICTION

    Many times as Christians, myself included, we question our salvation. There is nothing wrong with questioning our mental awareness and physical attitude towards the worldly intellect. Once we become aware of this question in our thought process, it gives us the chance to run a diagnostic check of our lifestyle. Many times even after doing an evaluation of our Christian walk we still question whether we are truly saved.
    Many Christians often wrestle with the need to know for sure they are saved. For many, it is an up and down proposition. Is it really possible to know that one is saved and on the road to heaven?
    There are many sincere Believers struggling with the certainty and clarity of salvation. Perhaps daunting failure has collapsed their assurance and leaving them feeling alone, Vulnerable and helpless. The doubt factor is the daunting bully, that leaves many Christians in a state of fear. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit has provided zero tolerance for lingering doubts.
    The Bible presents salvation as an obvious experience whereby God, by his Grace, has justified all who have trusted and believe in Jesus Christ { 1 John 5:13}. The assurance of salvation is not based on feelings, many times people become wrapped up in euphoria at church functions and believe they have been saved,  as soon as they hit the door the euphoria is gone. Although the Christian may seem saved, but it is only by the authenticity of God's Word.
    The most obvious or pressing clue that a person is saved will be realized in the certain gravitation to know and obey the Word of God. It is a matter of fact, that believers have been given an immeasurable treasure called the Grace of God. Yet, so many are willfully trapped by their efforts to obtain God's favor by their works. This explains why so many Christians remain woefully endowed about their salvation. There is nothing more grievous to the testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ than that of a  believer on a trajectory pointed in the direction of feeling hopeless. The only way to live the Christian life, is the way it began, by Grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone.

    There are certain things to look for in your life if you are saved.

A. Have you enjoyed spiritual fellowship with God, with Christ, and with believers? 1 John 1:3-4
B. You have a sensitivity to sin? 1 John 1:7
C. Are you basically obedient to the Commandments of Scripture? 1 John 2:3
D. What is your attitude towards the world and its values? 1 John 2:15
E. Do you practice sin less (not sinless) now that you have professed faith in Christ? 1 John 3:6
F. Have you experienced answered prayer? 1 John 3:22
G. Do you have the inner witness of the Holy Spirit? 1 John 4:13
H. Do you have the ability to discern between spiritual truth and error? 1 John 4:1
I.  Do you believe the basic doctrines of the faith? One John 5:1a
J.  Have you experienced persecution for your Christian beliefs? Philippians 1:28
K. Ultimately, you find yourself gravitating to the word of God for counseling, comfort, direction and instruction? 1 Peter 2:2
   If you can answer yes to all of these you are saved. If not, then know that you can be saved. Romans 5:8 John 3:16. God is willing and able to save you. Ask God by faith for forgiveness of your sins.
    Pray this prayer.... Lord Jesus I am a sinner, and I believe you forgave my sins with your blood, and that you rose from the dead. I repent of my unbelief and place my trust in you alone to be my Savior. Amen!
    If this is your prayer, Romans 10:13 is God's answer. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Assurance of salvation is made possible by a sound and structured study of God's word. I hope this has helped any and all of you that are unsure about your salvation. And for those just accepting salvation if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me by my email. Sincerely

 

 

                                           Rev William A Tyler Sr

                                 B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

 

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS LOSE IN SIN


WHAT DO CHRISTIANS LOSE IN SIN

    Many times as Christians we sin, so why is this happening? Even though we have been born again, we have not lost the sinful nature (disobedient nature). You may be asking right now disobedient to what? Essentially, disobedient to the principles and precepts set forth in the New Testament, not by the Law of the Old Testament. As a result, many times Christians are not aware of what they are missing out on by remaining in the sinful nature. There are seven things Christians can lose in the virtual sin. The Lord deals with sinners and Christians differently in the context of sin. First, God deals with sinners judicially. Secondly, God deals with Christians parentally. God chastens his rebellious children by using consequential principles to the point of their repentance. Does this mean Christians cannot lose their salvation as the Calvinistic theology of 1571 has implemented. Absolutely not, the reason Christians sin is because they have lost faith in Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ claimed "I am the way, the truth and the life" he was essentially referring to the word of God {John 14:6-7}. Does this also mean we lose our freedom of choice? Nowhere in Scripture will you find the slightest evidence that we lose freedom of choice or "Once saved always saved". Let us continue by looking at King David as a classic example and the parable of the prodigal son{ Luke15:11-31}. This also demonstrates God's work in the life of his children in a parental context.
    So, let us next examine and discuss the effects of sin. The child of God immediately loses the following six things upon sinning, and a seventh may also be lost. The first thing to be lost is the loss of light- Of Christians perspective, it is dulled due to the pre-occupation for survival, or of the pursuit of significance. {First John 1:6}. The second thing to be lost, is the loss of joy- A Christian becomes discouraged due to believing a lie {First John 1:4}. The third thing, to be lost is the loss of peace- This is when a believer often feels lonely and vulnerable {First John 3:4 -10}. The forth thing and probably one of the most important, is the loss of fellowship. This must be emphasized, it is a loss of fellowship and not of relationship. The believers fellowship with God and perhaps with other Christians is broken! Complaining becomes the norm {First John 1:3-7}. The fifth thing, is the loss of love for God, Church, and etc. The believer at this point is in serious trouble. They become vulnerable to the seduction of the Devil, and his wicked ways.  {First John 4:12}. The sixth and final loss, may be the possible loss of health and physical life {First John 5:17}.
    The relationship one who is privileged to have with Jesus Christ is deeper, than any relationship the human mind has ever, or ever could understand. Salvation by God's Grace, gifts the Christians with the mind of Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which is both personal and perpetual. One of the most important aspects of God's grace is the gift of inseparability  {Romans 8:38-39}. As a believer you can be  sure  that the Holy Spirit will be assertive in  speaking to your Spirit when confronted with the situation, or a decision that would take you outside the will of God if you are truly saved. That will be characteristics that will assure you of your salvation.

 

 

                                         Rev William A Tyler Sr
                                         B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

 

CHRISTIANS BACKSLIDING


CHEISTIANS  BACKSLIDING

 

    IT is a fact Christians backslide, some more dangerously then others. The reason is once they have had an experience with Jesus Christ, when they go back into the sinful nature, it's usually worse than it was before because they have to try and fill that void that has returned. The reason for backsliding is always the same but why do believers backslide?
    The number one reason why Christians backslide is because so much of what tempts us is what we allow to tempt us. It begins with the willful tendency to feed and nurture our carnal inclinations. There are three clues that a believer is in the process of backsliding. The first is the most obvious clue.
    The first clue is a pattern of complaining, it is the norm, this one is dangerous when tolerated. Because there is the provocation to trust in one's own ability. But it only gets darker. The second is the power of circumstances. A pattern of procrastination is the means of escape. This one creates a pattern of living, thus the fear will take hold with its tormenting grip. The third and final is mis-underestimating God's promises. A pattern of self abuse and condemnation of others. Bitterness is free to do its dirty work, bitterness is the hallmark of the backslider.
    So what is the answer to this dreadful and deceitful way of life? First John 1:5;2;1,2 compels one to be honest. Exposed sin in the light- VS 1:5,8. Express sin to the Lord- VS 1:9,10.
    One of the prevailing challenges for the Christian is the need for an word honesty. To resist this challenge is to guarantee our undoing. Inward honesty must become perpetual confession of our helplessness 2Corinthians 12:9.  As Christians, we acknowledge the Grace of God as our total sufficiency. This is why we have peace in a world that is falling to pieces.
    Honestly, we know that our entire life is wrapped up in the Grace of God. Concession to this divine reality breeds Christ centered determination to live holy. It is the graciousness of God that prevails even when we are wavering in difficult times. Being honest inwardly is the only peaceful way to enjoy true communication with our Savior. Honesty with the Lord always finds the graciousness of God, as the only attraction for lasting satisfaction. Just be honest with Christ, he is forever inclined to help and forgive us.
    Many times we may feel that we have fallen or stumble so far from Christ that there is absolutely no way he's going to forgive us and take us back. This is simply Satan spreading a rumor and lie with no foundation. You will never find in Scripture, the mention that Christ is too far away. I hope this will encourage and help you if you're going through a difficult time, and believe you me will go through difficult times. Remember Christ is always there, all we have to do is go to him with our difficulties and situations which would seem to be overwhelming.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                        Rev William A Tyler Sr

   

 

 

FEELING DESERTED


FEELING DESERTED

  
     You will find yourself most vulnerable to the predatory influences of man and Satan when you are abandoned by the most trusted people in your life, especially when it's someone you have had an  intimate relationship with. If you have been sexually active with someone in a relationship then that takes it into another realm altogether, we must also add jealousy along with feeling lonely. You will know who your friends are when you fail or stumble before them. When king David fell and failed in his duty, he was abandoned by family and friends and felt the bitter sting of feeling alone and desperate.   David was thus, seduced to one of the most dangerous state of mind to be in... he sought to defend himself. 

     The Sermon on the Mount in essence, demands that we follow Jesus, void of seeking vengeance or justice for ourselves.   Actually, when we seek vengeance for ourselves, we are reflecting a devotion to one's self.  The state of abandonment is undoubtedly the most vulnerable and humiliating experiences that has no pain equal to it. 

     When we seek the exercise of vengeance, we will find ourselves in the bottomless pit of self-pity, and self-pity clouds and distorts the facts. Always complaining and never content. Yet, worse... portraying a pretentious devotion while remaining reserved from trusting God with a willing heart.

    I know I can speak for myself when I say this," That I've actually felt like God has also turned his back on me". But let me share with you something I came across the last time I was in this type of situation.

    God says, 'the reason some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason, has nothing to do with you. It is because I have removed them from your life because they cannot go where I am taking you next. They will only hinder you

 

    The wise and noble act towards those who abandoned you in your darkest hour is to forgive them and yourself.  God can and will use your failure to draw you to Himself.  He will never turn His back on you. {Joshua1:5,Jerimiah 29:11, Hebrews13:3-6}. God is able and willing to preserve you while in your deepest humiliation before your disparagement. Knowing the fact that Jesus Christ is our Shepherd;   will keep us from over-reacting to over-whelming pressure in a superficial way. The world's answer to pain, pressure and suffering is to look for someone to blame, develop a deep desire to escape, deny the problem, or fall into depression. These are not habits we can afford to live with. Outlandish odds will rise up against you.

    This is your opportunity to grow in your awareness of God's presence and the reliability of His promises. Make no mistake about it, God makes no mistakes. He knows what he is doing for you. Jesus Is a gracious friend. Trust Him with all your heart.

 

                                                                                                                                                  Rev William A Tyler Sr

  

EVOLUTION vs CREATION


EVOLUTION vs CREATION

 

    First off to begin this study we need to understand some basic fundamentals. Evolution is a theory, and a theory is not based on factual findings, but is readily accepted for the sake of argument. So in this study, Evolution must prove that it is factual and that Creation is the theory. Whereas Creation is no longer a theory but is actually based on actual scientific facts.
    A man named Darwin was the one that came up with the theory of Evolution. But was he? Or was there a person before him? Evolution is a nonfactual theory developed one hundred and forty years ago by Charles Darwin (N/A actually, by his grandfather in 1794 - before Charles was even born), before science had the evidence available to prove the theory false. His famous book on the "Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection", has a title that is now known to be scientifically false. New species cannot evolve by natural selection. Modern scientific discoveries are proving Evolution to be impossible. No new scientific discoveries have been found to support the Theory of Evolution.{ Psalms 26:12 }
    Children today are being taught at a very young age that Evolution supersedes Creation. This type of education teaches our children not to think or use  logic or demand proof. The children that do think with logic and demand evidence are usually ridiculed and may even fail the class. Whereby in actuality it is the teacher that has failed because they cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this teaching is absolute. Actually, it is brainwashing kids into conforming to a system in which they are not allowed to have individual thoughts or opinions. They must become a "team player" and submit to peer pressure. Communist countries have used this same brainwashing technique for decades. Whatever the children think is right for them is OK. That is of course until they question Evolution. They are then told they are wrong. This brainwashing results in children who are unable to think logically, scientifically, and accurately. Evolution cannot be observed and replicated in order to be scientifically validated and also there is not one single known case of a change of kinds.
    Now let us continue by reading a couple of articles, which I wish I had the space to dissect here, but they prove Evolution is false and Creation is fact These are very  good article's and very enlightening, I hope you enjoy the reading. The first article I would like you to read is located on this website(Humans Are Free) and the literature title is" 9 Scientific Facts Prove the "Theory of Evolution" is False". The second article is(Scientific Evidence that God Created Life
by Thomas F. Heinze), this article can be found on, Main Heinze Pageand   also www.creationism.org.
    So let us continue our study by going to the book of {Genesis 1:1-2:3}. The simple statement that God created the heavens and the earth is one of the most challenging concepts confronting the modern mind. The vast Galaxy we live in is spinning at the incredible speed of 490,000 miles an hour but even at this breakneck speed our Galaxy still needs two hundred million years to make one revolution. And there are over 1 billion other Galaxies just like ours in the Universe. Some scientists say that the number of stars in creation is equal to the grains of all the sand on all the beaches of the world. Yet the complexity of all the spinning stars functions with remarkable order and efficiency. To say that the Universe just happened or even evolved requires more faith than to believe that God is behind these amazing statistics. God truly  did create a wonderful universe.
    God did not need to create the universe, he chose to create it. Why? God is love, and love is best expressed towards something or someone else, so God created the world and people, as an expression of his love. We should avoid reducing God's creation to mere-science terms. Remember that God created the Universe because he loves us. The creation story teaches us much about God and ourselves. First, we learn about God, he is creative, as the creator He is distinct from his creation, He is eternal and in control of the world. We also learn about ourselves since God chose to create us we are valuable in his eyes. We are more important than the animals. See{ Genesis 1:28} for more on our role in the creation order.
    I realize that this has been a rather lengthy and complex study. Many of the Evolutionists are simply grabbing at straws as they have rejected the truth. The unbelievers are not able to comprehend the truth but as believers we have one advantage over the unbelievers. We have Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, along with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher in existence, after all this is the role of the Holy Spirit.

 1 Corinthians 3:18-19

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.


Have you known any one that thinks they are well educated and wise? Notice that when that occurs they become closed minded and are then un-teachable. Are not the un-teachable considered fools in the eyes of man? So how does the all knowing God perceive the closed minded of this age.

 

 

                                                 Rev William A Tyler Sr

                                              B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., MA.Th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ABCs of a Healthy Relationship


The ABCs of a Healthy Relationship.

 

     To begin this study we must first understand what a relationship actually is. In a person's life, with everyone they meet, there is some form of a relationship. There are working relationships, friendly relationships, and romantic relationships. Each relationship consists of different environments. The ABCs of a healthy relationship will apply to all realms of relationships, but the basic fundamentals of the ABCs that we will deal with today will basically be focused on a romantic relationship.
     First we must understand and contemplate on why we need or want a relationship. So let's go back to the very beginning when God created Adam. No one knows and it is not specifically documented in Scripture on how long Adam was alive before Eve was created. Adam had a relationship with the animals, it is well documented in Scripture that he was capable of communicating with the animals. Adam was also able to speak to God directly and not through  a mediator So why did Adam become discontent, after all he was created in the image of God, but let us ask ourselves why did God create mankind in the first place? Man was created in his image so that God may have a relationship and fellowship with mankind. {Ephesians 1: 3-15.
    The first thing to remember is that a relationship without Jesus Christ as the cornerstone will never be built on a solid foundation. It will simply be built on a bed of sand. {Matthew 7:24-28. So let us begin our study with the letter A. the letter A is the first letter which begins the American Alphabet. The letter A in this study is going to represent the word "Admiration". Admiration is the second stone and when I mention a stone this is a rock solid foundation of a healthy and nurturing relationship. The word" Admiration" in simple terms means to have respect, have high esteem, have great appreciation, to hold someone in high regard.
    Next we will move on to the B. This is the second letter of the American alphabet but it will be the third stone in the rock foundation. The B will represent the word" Bestow" which means to present something, especially something of value. What may a person present into a relationship that is something of value. But let's make sure we understand that we are not talking about something of monetary value. We are talking about something that is even more valuable and desirable than monetary. Such things are nurturing ,teaching, loving, caressing, and understanding. Now this may sound a little bit like a relationship with the child but let us remember this, inside every grown man is a little boy and inside every woman is a little girl.
   Pampering ,nurturing and the expression of love are the very essence of bestow.
    The next letter in the alphabet and a healthy relationship is the letter C. The lector C represents a very critical aspect of a healthy relationship. There are four venues represented here. Christ as the head of the relationship, Commitment as the pledge to remain loyal. Communication which is a meaningful exchange of thoughts emotions and feelings. Communication can only be achieved when there is a connection between individuals. Communication can be exhibited by body language, eye movement and verbalization. One thing must be remembered in the area of communication. When there is communication going on, the fear of condemnation and judgment must be totally eliminated. Next under the C, comes the word Compromise which means in its trouble-free form is an agreement , understanding , settlement , terms , deal , [more]
trade-off , bargain , middle ground  happy medium , balance , give and takeconcession . It seems like there are lot of definitions of the word compromise, but they are all essential to a healthy and meaningful relationship. Communication is one of the hardest areas in a relationship when you have two individuals involved.
I hope this study may help you in your present or in a future relationship. If any of these areas have become stagnant I encourage you to seek counseling. Spend time in prayer as I know when it comes to relationships sometimes the things we try are useless but by the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit things can be resolved.

 

 

                        Rev William A Tyler Sr

                             B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., MA.Th.

 

 

 

SEXUAL SIN



SEXUAL SIN

 

    Excessive sexual sin and nakedness is one of the marks of our Western culture and much of the world today. Everything is sensual. Everything must be sexy. We live in a sex-crazed world, and nakedness jumps out at us from everywhere. It is becoming more and more difficult for men and women to keep themselves in a state of moral purity. With Internet and television being so readily available, pornography and visual stimulation is also a culprit. Internet porn is one of the main factors in the divorce rate in the United States, at present time the divorce rate is at 50%.

    Sexual sin and neglecting the laws of purity in the body of Christ is one of the elements that can potentially bring weakness, sickness, and even premature death to many in the Church. It is one forgotten aspect of not discerning the Lord's body (1 Cor. 11:29-31).

    Those last statements sound so primitive in today's contemporary church. There is a lack of ministry from pastors in this area because of the fear of forthcoming accusations of being unloving, judgmental, legalistic, and ministering guilt and condemnation. Frankly, we've lost our way in this regard. Correction, rebuke and reproof are clearly missing from our counsel in these new crooked days of false comfort and unscriptural mercy.

    In days of old it was rather common for correction to be made not only using the Scriptures but through the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For instance, it was observed by one old timer that in praying for the sick, individuals who had been unfaithful in their marriage and had not repented, but who nevertheless sought healing, had been rebuked sternly by the Spirit of God. Back then they understood that only deep repentance and cleansing through the precious Blood of Christ could the gravity of such a crime be pardoned.

    Today, as I said, we are considered condemning and judgmental if we minister in such a manner. Yet it is common for many to get in a healing line and seek deliverance, or submit prayer requests while living in gross immorality without any earnest desire for genuine repentance. Those who practice sexual sin, or any other sin for that matter, and profess Christ, are partaking of the body of the Lord unworthily; and in doing so they are receiving a curse rather than a blessing, Proverbs 15:8.

    "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep" (1 Cor. 11:29-31).

    I realize that sexual temptations are great, no one is exempt from them, and none should boast of their self-righteousness. I'm also aware that in seeking to turn someone from the error of their ways we must do so in gentleness and humility (Gal. 6:1; 2 Tim. 2:25). But if there is to be victory in this area, it must begin with a reverent understanding and a scriptural estimation of the defiling and degrading nature of sexual sin and its terrible dangers. Before people obey God, they must be thoroughly awakened. Only then will they overcome counteracting forces.

    Carefully read these words of one of America's greatest evangelists, Charles G. Finney:

    "Worldly desires, appetites, and feelings prevent true Christianity—the human will is, in a sense, enslaved by fleshly and worldly desires. It is therefore necessary for God to awaken people to a sense of guilt and danger and thus produce an opposite excitement or feeling and desire. This counter-feeling breaks the power of worldly desire and leaves the will free to obey God."

    That ideology, my friends, is clearly absent from the mainstream of contemporary Christianity, yet it is so sorely needed.

    As in modern-day America, sexual sin and nakedness were celebrated in the city of Corinth too and was infiltrating into the church there. Thus Paul had to remind the Corinthian saints that their bodies were now the temples of God and not their own. Their bodies, as ours, are now members of Christ, so a sin against our bodies is a sin against Christ.

    "Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Cor. 6:15, 19-20).

As far back as the Mosaic books we find some interesting references to sexual immorality and nakedness.

The first recorded human curse was over nakedness (Gen 9:20-23).

Nearly two entire chapters along with many other references were a code of ethics on nakedness and sexual immorality (See Lev. 18 and 20).

Exposed genitalia or nakedness were common in Canaanite demonic worship. Instructions and prohibitions to Moses were so Israel's altars would not be like the Canaanites' (Ex. 28:41-43; 20:26).

When Moses returned from the mountain, Aaron had lost control of the people as they worshiped a golden calf, "unrestrained" (Ex. 32:25), as the New King James says it. The Old King James says "naked," and the Living Bible says "committing adultery." And all this happened shortly after a move of God.

    One of the keys to overcoming sexual sin lies in the meditation of the Word of God concerning it. This will nurture the fear of the Lord in you. For example, in Gal. 5:19-21 the works of the flesh are divided into four basic categories 1) sexual sins, 2) sins connected with pagan religion and the occult, 3) sins of the temper, and 4) sins of drunkenness. It is interesting that sexual sin is listed first, not only here, but also in several other scriptural references in the New Testament.

Romans 1:24, 6:19 – Uncleanness is singled out.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Sexual sins listed first.

Galatians 5:19-21 – Sexual sins listed first.

Ephesians 4:19 – Lewdness and uncleanness singled out.

Ephesians 5:3 – Fornication and uncleanness singled out; let it not once be named among you.

Colossians 3:5 – Fornication and uncleanness listed first.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 – Sexual immorality singled out in our walk of sanctification.

 

                                         Rev William A Tyler Sr

                                                B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

 

EXPERIENCES VS TRUTH

      EXPERIENCES VS TRUTH
 
 Christians understand that the Bible is the very inspired word of God.  Yet, many remain woefully instructed as to the principle of rightly dividing the word of truth. Thus, many believers unknowingly place their experiences (of whatever sort) as equal as or greater than the authority of scripture.
   
 Many Christians often do not make their experiences (of whatever sort) the authority on governing their spirituality and their judgment of other Christians who do not have nor had the same experiences.            
    
The apostle Paul dealt sternly with this matter in the Corinthian Church (1 Corinthians 7:7; 14:5). More specifically, Paul clarifies the application of celibacy and speaking in tongues. There are many who would suggest that either is required as evidence of one's salvation or spirituality. 
 
Solely because Paul stated: ‘I would that ye all spoke with tongues’ (1 Cor. 14:5).  The apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit was clarifying the role and manner of spiritual gifts.  He was not suggesting or even demanding that all did speak with tongues or that all should or could speak with tongues. The context clearly shows Paul's intent to explain the proper use and exercise of spiritual gifts.
 
Example: There are those who demand that speaking in tongues is evidence of one's salvation.  In 1 Corinthians 7:7, Paul exacts the same intent to clarify the gift of celibacy.  He said:  "For I would that all men were even as I myself..."  Obviously, Paul is not suggesting or demanding that all Christians should be celibate or remain unmarried. The point is this: One should be sure that whatever their experiences that they would suggest or demand of others should first be brought under the principal of rightly dividing the word of truth which always brings clarity to the context and intent of scripture and diminishes confusion.
    
The Devil's ultimate desire is to bring doubt to the reliability of God's Word by a provocative ongoing effort to mandate and produce justification that one's experiences are equal to or greater than the authority of God's Word. This often happens when Christians ignore the principal of rightly dividing the word of truth... also known as: COMPARING SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE . Let us make one thing clear here, we cannot take scripture out of context and have it reveal the truth. Thus, confusion is severely entrenched in the mind of many believers. We must read at least ten verses before and after each scripture and in some cases the entire chapter to get to the context of a particular verse.
    
Not too rightly divide God's Word will leave Christians divided. There are many false approaches to biblical application due to ignoring the comparing of scripture with scripture. Unfortunately, the examples are many:   i.e.: the Church in Galatia was bewitched and the Church in Corinth was bewildered and the Church in Thyatira was beguiled. In fact, the ignoring of rightly dividing the word of truth has resulted in admiration of ideology over theology. It is foolish to think that. Christians can be spiritually directed apart from being scripturally correct.  Rightly dividing the word is the ingredient of Believers who are indeed spiritual, fruitful, and effective.
 
 
                                                   Rev William A Tyler Sr
 
 

God Closing Churches

God Closing Churches
     There is a pervading movement in churches today that intentionally undermines fundamental Bibliology.  Many churches in this current environment of religious correctness are being seduced to dilute the fundamentals of God's Word. This is obvious because it is nearly impossible to distinguish between the religious world and many “self- proclaiming” professing Christians.  The result has been an aggressive move to erode differences between fundamentalist and religionist and nurture a compatibility that is inconsistent with the biblical mandate for separation.  It is for this very reason among others; God will remove a church from its existence in the ministry (Revelation 2 & 3).  It is foolish to think a church can be sustained when it ignores the relevance of being separate from the religious world that is indifferent to Jesus Christ and His Word. 
     Fundamental bibliology is not rooted merely in a denominational clan or creed. It is realized exclusively in the Word of God rightly divided. The exclusive use of God's Word has been reduced to inclusiveness alongside the use of entertainment, contemporary worship for the sake of induced emotionalism and toleration for worldly acceptance. The sustaining of such churches (small & large) will inevitably collapse in coming years to entrenched religious licentiousness.
     For the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, concerned Christians and churches must be bold in their prejudice against religionist who intentionally exercise a misrepresentation and/or ill-interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. Our chief asset is the Word of God rightly divided through the Leading of the Holy Spirit and not man. This alone is what keeps a division between the ecumenical religionist and the Christ minded, Bible loving, holy living Believers. Amen.
 
                                                       .                                                                                                       Rev William A Tyler Sr
 
 
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