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SecondLife (2)


12:57 PM   [09 Jun 2013 | Sunday]


People that claim Christianity as their chosen persuasion are faced with many impediments which with non believer need not deal. First, and most powerful of these problems is Satan and his successful attempts to influence all Christians into believing all sorts of incredible ideas that are totally against Christian doctrine. The problem with this and the success of Satan is that he has convinced many people that this is not true. Satan is involved in the lives of every, and repeat, every Christian far more than we realize. He is our greatest enemy and the most subtle and intelligent individual on earth with abilities that most people cannot even imagine. Believing that he has little or no affect on our lives is a grave mistake and a great success to the abilities of Satan to make us do and believe whatever he wants. The only chance we have to overcome these attacks is to believe the immense power that Satan has and accept that fact before we will ask for intercession against this enemy…

The second impediment to a fruitful Christian life is other Christians and their belief that they are blessed with some sort of special spiritual gift of understanding. These “enlightened” individuals spout all sorts of incorrect interpretations of biblical doctrine and tend to confuse the weaker believers, and they are actually unwitting helpers of Satan. This fact they will never accept and therefore never correct their errors. If these people are so “enlightened”, which is incredible act of self pride, than they would be familiar with the warnings of Paul, who tells us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. Humility does not seem to be a part of the inventory of these people, but it certainly is a great part of demonstrating true belief in the teachings of Jesus. And, it also shows the power of Satan to convince people that Satan is without power, which makes him very happy…

Finally, we ourselves create certain roadblocks to proper understanding of true Christian beliefs. Many “claiming” Christians read different bibles saying that they are merely looking for different points of view when, in fact, they are doing this until they find one that satisfies the interpretation for which they are looking. Their claim that it gives them other points of view is ridiculous as well as confusing especially when we are already given four different Gospels concerning the same circumstances, however from entirely different points of view. The Bible was not written as a list of suggestions from which we may pick and choose those with which we agree and disregard the rest. The Bible is absolute and there is no option for interpretation for convenience. The Bible gives us information for Christian behavior, and we will all be judged on the basis of how intently we attempted to adhere to these rules.

This site has recently been attacked by Satan without the knowledge of the members. At first, he would do obvious things like page loading, which we overcame. We were then warned that he was preparing a major attack, and he succeeded because few people believed or disregarded the warning. His method was simple, and that was to turn members against members until no useful information was being posted. Christian doctrine tells us that we never openly criticize a brother or sister, but that became the way on the site. If we disagree with another, a private note may be in order, but never do we publically attack the honest attempts of others to offer useful information just because Satan has caused us to become biblically incorrect in our actions…

Christianity is very simple, but not very easy. The rules for admission into New Jerusalem are given to us and are not subject to interpretation. Our behavior in public demonstrates our commitment to these requirements and although we will never totally succeed in attaining to perfection, the intensity of our attempts to keep the rules will overshadow all of our words about how sincere we are to the Words of God. And, as we try harder to overcome the satanic influences that permeate our lives, we will find that our earthly journey will become easier with greater contentment and joy. Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow, if you believe Him, you will find your life becoming more peaceful. If you do not, then stop complaining about how hard your life is just because you did not trust in our Lord !!!

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ministerford | Sat Jun 08, 2013, 20:06

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Lu 12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
Lu 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

So much for satan,s power ha ! Satan's power is only as great as your fear.

pryz | Sun Jun 09, 2013, 03:06

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Hello Gacaputo,

If I read you post correctly, the second paragraph is the sterilization of the rest when you yourself also perform the same “gift of understanding”?

You are very good at understanding, and I’m sure could count on you clarifying for those same “weaker believers” the difference between authentic and counterfeit or manufactured “gifts”.

The understanding of Christianity is simple, I agree, and His “burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). But when the burden He does allow to come in our path, rest in assured vigilance, He knows perfectly well what false motives in our heart would give the devil an advantage. Sadly, your right, we may not have sufficient awareness to guard effectively in our individual process while growing in Him, but remember, it is God who also supports the weak, and “he shall stand: for God is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4).

So what is the end of what you state for vulnerability to our mortal foe, Satan? Is it not an elementary exercise in the word? Even if we didn’t have half of those passages, could we still count on God’s help with such a weak showing?

'But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them-- I place no other burden on you. (Revelation 2:24)

God bless you!

Saul | Sun Jun 09, 2013, 18:06

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 Jesus defeated the devil, he no longer has any control over believers that have accepted Christs' finished Work. James 4:7 verifies this point "Submitt yourself therefore to God; Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." 

I prefer to focus on The Lord Jesus, then to worry about sin and the devil. I don't have to worry about sin, Jesus fulfilled the Law and is the end of the Law for believers. Guess what that means, it means the sin issue is dead. I am the righteousness of God through Jesus!  You are mixing the old wine with the new wineskin. I've got well over one hundred and 70 scriptures that verify this.  Jesus completly fulfilled the law and left nothing undone. To state that I quote "and we will all be judged on the basis of how intently we attempted to adhere to these rules". Is to attempt to do what Jesus did for us and that places us back under the law. On the other hand when we focus on God's Love for us and then His Love flows through us, we are then walking in the spirit and living a life acceptable to Christ. There is consequence on earth for sin, but as Paul so adequately puts it, if we are walking in the spirit we will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. Oh as for publicly mis-informed brothers or sisters. Paul confronted Peter publicly more than once. Paul also names names of those he corrects in his public letters. Also, Jesus publicly rebukes the disciples many times. See the scripture below, this is King James Version and clearly shows the difference between the old and new covenants.           

  1 Corinthians 6:12

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Romans 4:8

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.


              1 Corinthians 10:23

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

  Matthew 5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.


   Matthew 11:13

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.


37 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.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

   Luke 16:16

The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.


   Luke 16:17

And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

Luke 16:16-18 (in Context) Luke 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  Luke 24:44

And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.


   John 1:17

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.


             Acts 7:53

Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.


              Acts 13:39

And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.


              Acts 15:24

Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:

               Romans 2:12

For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law

Romans 2:13-2513 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

            Romans 2:27

And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?


            Romans 3:19

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.


          Romans 3:20

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.


               Romans 3:21

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Romans 3:20-22 (in Context) Romans 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

         Romans 3:27

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.


              Romans 3:28

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.


               Romans 3:31

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.


            Romans 4:13

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.


             Romans 4:14

For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:


           Romans 4:15

Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.


               Romans 4:16

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,


         Romans 5:13

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.


              Romans 5:20

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:


               Romans 6:14

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:13-15 (in Context) Romans 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

             Romans 6:15

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.


               Romans 7:1

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?


              Romans 7:2

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.


            Romans 7:3

So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.


Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.


               Romans 7:5

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.


               Romans 7:6

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the

SecondLife | Mon Jun 10, 2013, 13:06

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 Well, this is ironic..."If we disagree with another, a private note may be in order, but never do we publically attack the honest attempts of others to offer useful information just because Satan has caused us to become biblically incorrect in our actions…" And what is above my comment? Three public attacks that reveal the power of Satan and validate the entire blog. 

Saul | Mon Jun 10, 2013, 18:06

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 Secondlife, true believers are bold in the truth. Correcting is not an attack. As I stated the Apostle Paul, publicly confronted the Apostle Peter on two occassions. Paul in  public letters openly corrected individuals and whole cities. I nor did any of the others attack the person of the blogger, simply his message which was submitted publicly so it is open to all, to contest the validity of the statements. When I post a blog, I welcome all views and opinions. The biggest difference is the blogger uses very little scripture to back up his statements. Those replying use scripture to validate their points. In fact he doesn't even quote the scripture he is using to say and I quote " Christian doctrine tells us that we never openly criticize a brother or sister, but that became the way on the site. If we disagree with another, a private note may be in order, but never do we publically attack the honest attempts of others to offer useful information just because Satan has caused us to become biblically incorrect in our actions…" 

Really show me this doctrine! In fact, he openly criticizes christians as a whole. " then stop complaining about how hard your life is just because you did not trust in our Lord !!!" 

Yet, when others (using scripture) give constructive correction, it is suddenly an attack from the devil. Really??!!!!

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