For me, an open, exegesis may violate the very Truth of the Holy Scriptures that we need to have faith in to spiritually survive. Junk in, Junk out. If the understanding of Exegesis allows anyone to believe anything that they want to believe. Then truth becomes subjective to what someone wants it to be rather than truth being Truth. The Bible records what the Prophets of God and what Jesus had to say about Truth? I would rather bet my soul on the objective truth found in the New Testament than to expand to sources that may contain hidden poison. And we will never find unity if truth is only what someone say it is. Written words can be found to justify just anything that anyone want to believe in or do. Personally, I am very comfortable & secure with the Truth, in context, that I find in the New Testament and especially as shared by Jesus, John and apostles. Luke teaches that Paul was the anointed apostles, by Jesus, to the gentiles, I believe him. The fruit is obvious. I feel blessed to be loved and included by faith as a gentile. It was Paul’s words that brought me to Jesus. 1 Cor. 3:11-15. And even the Jews have to come in by the same door of faith as our Creator God has no grandchildren. So being a Jew or Gentile makes no difference according to Holy Scripture. Jesus taught that HE came to give us the Truth, In fact He said, “I AM the Truth.” I believe HIM.
In a movie, a bit ago, there was a corrupt senator who made this remark, “Truth, is what “I” say it is.” Today we find many who don’t know the New Testament hardly at all taking the name of God in vain (pride) and telling others with much authority things that totally violates everything that I have found in the New Testament. For instance, “God’s Love is Unconditional, so you are OK and I am OK regardless. How could a loving God send anyone to hell?” While it is true that God loves every soul on earth as HE also love Jesus, yet, His Wrath is yet to be experienced by those who have rejected HIS offer of salvation in Christ Jesus as LORD. Read the New Testament, Jesus talks as much about hell as HE does about Heaven. Try out Hebrews 10:23-31 or Heb. 6:1-9. Or take a look at what Jesus taught in Matt. 7:21-29 or the little book of Jude.
So today, we are living in a very temporary time zone in a very temporary body and we are given the opportunity of living in eternal light with our Creator or in living with ourselves in absolute darkness for eternity. If God does not place your eternal soul in a new eternal body upon the 1st resurrection you may find yourself judged in the 2nd resurrection having an eternal soul with no physical body and cast into outer darkness for eternity, Jude 13. These are the thoughts and truths that I find in the New Testament. Whether or not I believe them or not does not matter if they are true. I have spent enough time in the New Testament and Old Testament to be confirmed for myself that this is a wonderful source for GOD’S truth.
Many ministers today are trying to keep up their church membership in order to pay the bills. So some are preaching what the people want to hear and believe. This keep the funds flowing to pay for the support of the building and the minister. However, in the New Testament I find no ministers on payroll nor funds spent in supporting a building. These are vain traditions that Jesus warned us about. The Early Church evangelized on Sat. mornings and had house church gathering on Sat. evenings. If there was an apostle, prophet, evangelist or teacher in town they would find an available space and call everyone together. And the Holy Spirit would show up in great power with healing and deliverance, Acts 5:16. to confirm God’s Truth. And the church would grow. Read again the Book of Acts, it is a history of what the Holy Spirit was starting and guiding into being like Jesus. There is but ONE church of Christ Jesus as LORD and all who Love, Honor and Obey HIM as LORD are eternal members. Read 1 Cor. 14:26-33 for a normal church gathering . Eph. 4:11-16 and John 17:20-26 also have a lot to add. But Apostle Paul warns us in 2 Tim 3: 1-5 of what the latter day church will look like as so also does Jesus in Rev. 3:14-22 and please notice that Jesus is outside the church knocking to get in with that last church prior to the snatching away of the church as in Matt. 24:37-51 & Matt.25, 1 Cor. 15:36-58, 1 Thess. 2:12 & Rev. 12:11. In my web site: www.OhanaChurch.Life on the Home page at the bottom you will find a link to my book: “Keys To The Kingdom” And in the index you will find “Revelation” it is my study as to the events that are just about to take place on earth. Also, “Keys To The Kingdom” is my book on the Early House Church. It’s free, hope you are interested, Please get back to me if you have any questions.
The True Church headed for Heaven: “The Faithful Church:” Rev 3:10-11 NKJV: “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. ” (The Church is not appointed unto wrath: Rom.5:9, 1 Thess.5:9 ) “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36.
But this all is not yet the Great Tribulation that is yet to come as the church has to first be made ready for the jump to light speed. Perhaps it is, but I really don’t think so? Matt. 25 gives us some further clues so as to be sure and be ready, but again not much on details. The reason for this as our Lord has always wanted us to be to be on our spiritual growing edge. If he set a date in cement we would tend to wait till the last moment to get ready. We do tend to procrastinate. And even though we can not plan on how long we will be physically alive on earth many are much too busy to create a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit to make sure their names are written in the Book of Life.
Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life
As to the state of the Nation, seems to me we are on the edge of a very slippery moss covered dam poised to flow over the dam into a 2nd Great Depression. Some feel this or next month. And it will be far worse than 1929 as there are now very few family farms. And if some moral adults are not elected into Congress next month seems we may very well slip over into socialism. Stocks are about to crash, inflation will go much wilder, Food shipping will become very difficult. Stores may become empty. Money will become worthless. Only those who have prepared will be OK. People in large population areas will suffer the most. And we may also end up in WW3 with Russia, Iran and China like we did after the Great Depression with Hitler’s Germany and Japan. Only this time it could be a nuke war as Russia can see the hand writing on the wall in a restrictive conventional war.