Unmitigated audacity!

I would rather be a dope addict that at least in part believed Jesus, though still under the bondage of drugs; than a pastor of a church that had been warned about teaching law, yet in his religious pride continued to do so. Because I can assure you that if God is in the business of placing numerical value on sin as some would suggest; it will not be the dope-addict that tastes the fires of hell, but rather those that scared him into the bushes with their teaching.

The unmitigated audacity expressed by a clergy still under law just blows my mind. The fact that one man could beat another man with the law while simultaneously teaching another gospel I find incomprehensible. It reminds me of that old Frank Zappa song, ‘Yellow snow”. Watch out where the huskies go…don’t you eat that yellow snow.

“As I urge you when I went into Macedonia, remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith. From which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.’ ~ I Tim. 1:3-7

By the way, these passages come right off of the front page of one of the so-called pastoral epistles! Hmmmm!

Authors note:

If you get trapped by the following verses in I Timothy 1:8-11, remember that you were made the righteousness of God apart from the law. These verses were and are directed at the unbelieving not the struggling.

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

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Law and Grace – Conflict or Peace!

As I sat this morning to contemplate a world on fire, the words of the apostle James came rushing in like a flood, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” The book of Hebrews tells us the law made nothing perfect; that there is a bringing in of a better hope through which we draw near to God. ~ Hebrews 7:19; meaning quite simply that the law would not allow man to draw near to God; but that the New Covenant agreement between God and man would. That is of course should one actually choose to enter in. Jesus put it this way in Matthew 11: 28-29: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Notice the word rest is used two times in this short set. The Master knowing full well that the law would always produce a state of unrest which in the end will always bring about conflict, confusion and spiritual blindness, i.e. death! The following is an example of what the apostle James would say to the law driven religious evangelicals of our day:

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend to the world makes Himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the scripture says in vain, the spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ~ James 4:1-8

Authors note:
My friends the law demands that we fight for our rights! The gospel on the other hand declares that we are to look out for the rights of others and esteem others better than ourselves. That we are in fact ministers of reconciliation! I know this will not sit well with the constitutionally driven right, but then the flesh is always at odds with the spirit; just as surely as friendship with the world is enmity with God.

Father please give us discernment that we may know what is of you and what is not! That we do not fall prey to any more shock and awe campaigns posed by Christian lawyers who do not know You from Adam. Father let us radiate the love You have so freely given us towards those in need of that love! We thank You Father that You hear us and that You love us. In your precious name Jesus…Amen!

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. ~ Col.2:6-8

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. ~ Gal. 5: 22-23

Commentary by:
George L. Miller

The author of doubt!

The serpent told Eve that she would not die if she ate of the forbidden fruit! Eve did not even consider what God said; thus took the fatal bite! The enemy effectively producing two of the worse hindrances known to man in regards to our relationship with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. These two things are of course: doubt and spiritual death!

As I am writing this, it is Sunday morning and my wife and I are sitting at home! The reason we are sitting at home is because we refuse to go to a church building and be tempted by the devil via the same tactics he used thousands of years ago to create doubt in Eve. Only now it looks like this: God did not say it is finished; you can walk away from your salvation. God did not say you have been perfected forever; you gotta work for that. God did not say you’ve been made holy, blameless and without accusation in His sight; you better walk worthy of your calling to achieve that. God did not say you are the righteousness of Him in Christ; you better keep a short list in order to maintain that position. And the list goes on! I believe Andrew Farley caught the gist of what I am saying in one phrase, stating, “The devil has a theology for us Christians; and he is using it quite effectively in our churches today!”

Author’s note:

I do not understand how a pastor or teacher can say they are believing when they do not believe what God said! To rephrase this I will say it like this: How can anyone really say they are believing when they don’t believe what God said? I know this is harsh, but it is what it is! Either it is finished, and Christ is the author; or it is not finished, in which case the devil remains the author!

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

“You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.” Galatians 5:7-8

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

Pastors, teachers beware!

My friends, the gospel of our Lord and God Jesus Christ cannot be chained; nor can it be held captive by unreasonable men that refuse to give God’s Spirit preeminence in what they teach. The ax is at the root of the tree again my beloved; and our time and liberty are at hand! For God Himself has raised up a generation of men and women that cannot be silenced. Vessels chosen for just such a time, in whom the unbridled power of God shines forth via the pure proclamation of Christ Himself! Humanities only hope of glory!

The apostle James put forth a very clear warning in the opening statements of chapter 3 which states the following:

‘My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.’ ~James 3:1-2

In short, this is what I believe James meant: Be careful my brethren and remember that we all stumble in many ways; yet for God’s sake, be mindful to the best of your God given ability not to be double-tongued when teaching or preaching the gospel! Because should you fail to do so, the men and women under your tutelage will strictly judge you for being double-minded and teaching them error.

Authors note:

God is great my friends, and I believe He is unveiling Himself to His creation like never before. So with that said, let us pray that we all pray towards the same end; knowing that our Father loves us; that He is in us; and will be with us for eternity! That this message is the only message we proclaim. God bless you all!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. Here are some scriptures for thought-

Likewise, deacons must be reverent not double-tongued. ~ I Tim. 3:8b

In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility. ~ Titus 2:7

In this the love of God was manifest towards us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. ~ I John 4:9-11

This is what it is all about. Law based theology will not produce love!

Awesome series by Andrew Farley called: Is that really in the bible!

http://www.andrewfarleylive.com/series-is-that-really-in-the-bible.php

Christ is our life!

Sadly enough many of our contemporary and most well-known theologians do not preach and teach the light and life of Christ; but rather a system based on principles surrounding the Ten Commandments. They will say things like, ‘The commandments are God’s moral design for the Christian life. And a true Christian walks habitually in the light of God’s moral standards.’ Basically stating, ‘Now that we have escaped the tyranny of the law, we should set our focus back upon it as a guide for life’; tragically implying in all irony that this whole approach is somehow pleasing to God. However, nothing could be further from the truth, or from the gospel itself, (see II Cor. chapter 3).

The following are scriptures taken from both the Old and New Testament surrounding the origin of life for the Christian.

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that anyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.’ So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. ~ Numbers 21:8-9

‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:14-15

I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain. ~ Galatians 2:21

Is the law then against the promise of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. ~ Galatians 3:21

Authors note:

Listen my beloved, long before our precious Savior was lifted up; Moses lifted a serpent on a pole in the wilderness. His instruction to the people simply stating, ‘If you want to live, look directly at the serpent.’ My friends, the only thing that has changed between Moses’ prophecy and now, is the glorious fact that we have the person of Christ in us to look upon for life. If the commandments were meant to be a guiding light, and a moral compass for life; I truly believe Moses would have lifted up the commandments instead of pointing toward the cross! May you all experience the loving person of Christ in you daily! Your friend and brother – George

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

Reformed or replicated?

As my wife and I were going through the gospel of John this morning, we stumbled on to Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. My wife said, “You know honey, I believe the main thrust of what Jesus is communicating to His disciples here is primarily a matter of lordship.” In other words, Jesus was by example saying, “Yes I am the King of kings and the Lord of lords; and yes I am washing your feet. This is how I want you to love one another! No one is special here; we are all brothers, and as such, stand on equal ground.” I said, “Amen honey; good stuff!” And then I looked down and began to read the commentators opinion in an old Thomas Nelson study bible. Talk about lordship! I have one word for it: proto-catholicism; which simply means the blending of the protestant faith with that of Catholicism; which by implication points to the ministry of death. A ministry bound by sin consciousness and controlled by fear, guilt, and shame.

(Thomas Nelson, NKJV Copyright 1982)

To wash his feet: This is symbolic. A believer has already been cleansed. He or she only needs the cleansing of daily sins that come through confession, (of course they list 1 John 1:9). Thus Jesus washing the disciple’s feet not only is a model of service, but it represents the ultimate in service/ forgiveness of sins.

(Word focus – Thomas Nelson) – In speaking to Peter, Jesus used two different Greek words to indicate two different kinds of washing. The Greek word nipto (13:5, 6, 8, 10), is used to indicate the washing of the extremities, the hands and the feet. The Greek word louo specifically means “bathing.” According to the social customs of those times, once a person had bathed his entire body, he needed only to wash his feet before partaking of a meal. In his response to Peter, Jesus used both words in order to advance a precious truth: Just as those who have bathed need only to wash their feet so believers who have been bathed by the Lord through His word and the Spirit (see 15:3, Eph. 5:26, and Titus 3:5) need only to wash themselves daily from the filth and defilement they accumulate by their contact with the world.

Authors note:

I believe these comments would make Luther roll over in his grave; but please read John 13:1-17 that you may by the spirit discern for yourself what is true and what is false. Personally I do not see anything about confession or the filth and the defilement we accumulate through our daily contact with the world. What I do see however, is a perversion of the scriptures via the comments made by whoever put these publications out. God bless you all, and may you always find your rest in the eternal finished work of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Commentary  by:

George L. Miller

P.S. – My intention is not to bash Thomas Nelson, the protestant or catholic faith; or anyone for that matter; it is simply to put forth liberating truth!

What are good works?

Ever since my wife and I left the physical church, i.e. the building, our home church, etc.; I have been studying what I consider traditional hindrances to the faith; issues such as law and grace, and what it really means to die to the law; tenaciously digging into the drastic distinction between the old and the new covenant. Taking a good look at our new identity, eternal security and the like; basically attempting to see God as He is in His pure form by allowing Him to renew my mind in regards to the traditional nonsense I had previously been taught; which in short was nothing more than works righteousness.

The following is an opening statement taken from Thomas Nelson’s commentary on the book of Titus regarding Titus himself:

“Point man, pinch-hitter, clutch-player, go-getter; these terms describe a person who can be counted on, someone who knows what to do, and how to do it, and who works tirelessly to get it done. Titus was that kind of person.”

Now at first glance this commentary seems noble and right, in other words something that we as Christians would desire to replicate; yet upon close examination it reeks of human ability, inherent pride, presenting a works-based righteousness both before God and man; unfortunately setting the stage for a like-minded interpretation of the entire book of Titus. Inadvertently defining words and terms such as good works under the same works-based light; which brings us to our point as well as the topic of this writing: What are good works? To answer this question, let’s go directly to the source, to Jesus Himself!

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29.

And in John 17:3, He stated this: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

To follow up on this subject, let’s now go to the apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Eph. 2:8-10

Thus I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. For this reason I bow my knee to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:7-19

Thus He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph. 4:11-13

My friends, there is no greater work than that just described. For the knowledge of the fullness of Christ is to know the eternal purpose of God, which is to know His unfathomable love towards His creation; which of course includes the lost. This is the foundation and platform from which every good work is produced! It is Christ’s work both in and through us! This is the mystery of the ages! The work God Himself created in Christ Jesus beforehand that we may walk in.

Authors note:

It is my firm belief that modern Christianity has far too many point men, pinch-hitters, clutch-players and go-getters as it is. Titus did not in and of himself rise to the challenge of ministry. God Himself rose Titus to the challenge; big difference!

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7

I love you and God bless you all!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller