The whiskey and water gospel!

“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; and if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19-20

It took me a few years to actually grab a hold of what John meant by the whole adding to and taking away from thing in the preceding verse. But when I finally did get a hold of it, I said to myself: “Wow; this thing has some very serious, wide reaching application and consequence!” What I realized is that you cannot add to something without taking away from the components of its origin; which in the case of Revelation 22:19-20 would imply the entirety of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Now I know that whoever is reading this right now is saying, ‘Who in the world would do that? A person would have to be outright evil to even consider such a thing! That would be blasphemy, etc., etc.’ But the real truth of the matter is, that the principle of adding to and thus taking away from the gospel of Christ is being applied daily, weekly to a very large percentage of our most widely recognized and well respected churches around the globe. Now you say, ‘Well how can this be?’ And I say quite simply, through adding law to grace many of our pastor, teacher, leaders have effectively attempted to bring the entire body of Christ under the curse of the law, (Curse-plague)! Notice I use the word attempted, as I am by no means talking about the loss of salvation on anyone’s behalf. I am simply saying that adding conditions to the free gift of salvation, i.e. life; is to take away from, to denigrate the finished work of God in Christ in us!

‘I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.’ Galatians 1:6-8

‘O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain?        Galatians 3:1-4

For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all the things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.’ But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith. Yet the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by them. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, (‘for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’). Galatian 3:10-13

 

Authors note:

When you mix good sippin’ whiskey with water, you ruin its aroma, its taste and its strength! When you mix law with grace; you ruin both the stringency and purpose of the law, as well as the power of God’s grace in the life of the believer!

‘No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wine and skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.’ Luke 5:36-38

‘Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord; shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

P.S. Anyone that approaches a relationship with God the Father by means of the law is walking in self-righteousness! And walking in self-righteousness is to practice lawlessness!

Rhetorical nonsense – accusations against grace!

If you have been teaching the grace of God in its purity for any length of time, you will have faced this rhetorical question: So we can just go out and murder someone and still go to heaven? The following verses present a very heinous crime committed by a very well-known believer. The indictment conspiracy to commit murder! A crime that by today’s standards would be punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole! Should this crime have been committed in this era, it would possess enough motivational twists and diabolical cover-up to merit its own primetime crime drama!

It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”
Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah had come to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people were doing, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah departed from the king’s house, and a gift of food from the king followed him. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. So when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”
And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.”
Then David said to Uriah, “Wait here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also. ~ II Samuel 11:1-17

Author’s note:
I am by no means condoning abhorrent behavior; I am just trying to invoke a measure of critical thinking in regards to the rhetorical nonsense those of a legal mind pose when faced with the unconditional love of the Father towards those who are His! Need I remind everyone, that David was spoken of as a man after Gods own heart; and with that said, shouldn’t we as New Testament saints at least present the same grace given by God to the Old Testament patriarchs? I should think so! After all, we are reading from the same book aren’t we? Do you think David is in heaven?

Commentary by:
George L. Miller

P.S. If David were not king of Israel at the time of this crime, he would have had more rocks flying at him than a meteor shower! Just sayin!

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