Turn not the Grace of God into Licentiousness (Jude 4)

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Worship Days and Sunday vs Holidays and Sabbath

SUNDAY WORSHIP vs DAILY FELLOWSHIP

To the Apostles, Sunday worship was for Breaking of Bread (Act 20:7; 1Cor 16:2) and remembrance of the Lord’s Day (Rev 1:10) of His Resurrection on the First Day of the week (Mat 28:1; Mar 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 10, 26) but it is not commanded or expected to be the only day of worship. CONTINUOUS and steadfast Church meeting means DAILY fellowship.

The Apostles exemplified for us in the Scriptures that the New Testament Church is meant to meet DAILY not Sundays only:  

Acts 2:46-47

(46)  And they, continuing DAILY with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their food with gladness and sincerity of heart,

(47)  Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church DAILY such as were being saved.

Acts 5:42

(42)  And DAILY in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Acts 6:1

(1)  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the DAILY distribution.

Acts 16:5

(5)  And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number DAILY.

Acts 17:11

(11)  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures DAILY, whether those things were so.

Acts 17:17

(17)  Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market DAILY with them that met with him.

Acts 19:9

(9)  But when some people became stubborn, refused to believe, and slandered the Way before the people, he left them, took his disciples away from them, and had DAILY discussions in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.

SUNDAY HOLIDAY vs SABBATH HOLIDAY

Initially, the Apostolic Church used Sunday (i.e. the First Day or the Lord’s Day) for only evening worship in addition to their daily evening meetings; but when Sunday became an international public holiday for all religions to worship and pray for the Roman Empire (321 AD), Christians began to also use it as a day of rest similar to the Sabbath. The non-Christian public however misused it for many frivolities which later led to prohibition of Sunday theatre and sports, to ensure that people attend worship of their various religions to pray for the Empire.

Christ and the Apostles joined their fellow Jews at the Synagogues for Sabbath worship in the Jewish homeland (Luk 4:15-16; Act 17:1-2; 21:20-26). But sometimes when necessity so demands, they refused to fully observe it as a day of rest as prescribed by the tradition of the elders (Matt 12:1-12; Luk 6:1-11). Early Christian Jews joined the weekly Jewish morning worship held on the Sabbath at the Synagogue if the other Jews allowed them, but also had to fellowship daily with the Church in the evenings. To the Church, every day is holy not only Sabbath or even Sunday (Rom 14:5-6; Col 2:16-17).

As Europeans, the Romans did not have weeks but calends (Month beginning) and ides (Mid-month) during the time of Christ and His Apostles. The seven-day week came into Rome partly through the influence of Jews, Christians and Egyptians. But today apart from in England the pagan Rome’s “the Day of the Sun” failed to gain prominence in Europe not even in Italy, over the Church’s “the Lord’s Day” (whence came the Latin Dominica, the Italian Domenica, the Spanish Domingo or the French Dimanche).

The Babylonians first began the seven-day week from antiquity long before Moses, and named the week-days after the Sun and Moon and the then known five “wandering stars” called planets, but it was from Egypt that the seven-day week and calendar was formally adopted by Rome in the fourth century AD – long after the Apostles had all died. Before the First Day of the Week began to be called Sunday in the Roman Empire, the Apostolic Church had already established Church Eucharistic (the *Lord’s Table* 1Cor 10:21) worship on the First Day of the Week which they called the *Lord’s Day* (Rev 1:10).

The Jewish Christians outside the Jewish homeland continued to join their non-Christian folks at the weekly Sabbath Synagogues, because the Roman Empire granted Jews the rights of exemption from work on their Sabbath. Non-Jewish Christians, most of whom were not prominent enough to have personal liberties, could not enjoy this privilege, but had to work for their masters and so did not observe the Sabbath Rest with the Jews. These only met with their Jewish Christian brethren at the evenings of the next day, being Sundays (or the *Lord’s Day*), for Eucharistic worship (The *Lord’s Supper* Act 20:7; 1Cor 11:20) after their day’s work.

For congregational activities other than the Lord’s Supper, the early Church in the Apostolic period customarily met DAILY, usually in the evenings after the day’s business (Acts 2:46-47; 5:42; 6:1; 16:5; 17:11&17; 19:9).

By I. U. Ibeme

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REALITY, HUMANITY AND VERITY: Dimensions of Human Explorations.

REALITY, HUMANITY AND VERITY: Dimensions of Human Explorations.
Humanity has been able to approach, appreciate and apply reality of existence in several ways:
Ø by SPIRITUAL contemplation,
Ø by PHILOSOPHICAL speculation, and
Ø by SCIENTIFIC experimentation, observation and application.
SPIRITUALITY is more about superstitious myth, contemplated guess or revealed TRUTH about the unseen: why things are and how things OUGHT (or ought not) to be done.
SPECULATION through its assumptions, intuitions, imaginations and deductions, could in addition to SCIENTIFIC hypothesis go into PHILOSOPHICAL ideas, innovative and theoretical ABSTRACTIONS.
1. RELIGION and SPIRITUALITY involve the loving reverential submission to either divinely revealed invitation or curious pursuit of mystical exploration for human RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CREATOR, THE SUPERNATURAL AND THE NATURAL.
Through Spirituality and Religion we seek to ENTER MYSTICAL RELATIONSHIP with the ineffable and infinite (the Creator, spirit beings, and numinous powers).
Spirituality deals with OUGHT and FACT but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
Apart from the dimension of SPIRITUALITY or RELIGION as described above, two other DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN EXPLORATION into known and unknown reality are PHILOSOPHY and SCIENCE. Each human individual is fully responsible for how goodly or badly one utilizes each dimension.
NOTE: Religion is the product of revelation, intuition, reason and historical experience as well as the mother of Philosophy and Science. Science is the product of physical experience (observable and measurable) subset of Philosophy. SCIENCE IS A FINITE EMPIRICAL STUDY whose scope ends at the limits of time and space and collapses at the realms of moral values, cosmological metaphysics, intuitive insights, revelation and divine intervention. Science cannot disprove nor antagonize infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity. Only those who lack the understanding of the limitations of science clash science against infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity. Religion involves everything scientific (reasonable, measurable, observable) as well as everything unscientific (insights and intuition into infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity).
2. PHILOSOPHY: search for rational principles for the EXPLANATION OF NATURE AND EXISTENCE.
Through Philosophy we seek to MAKE SENSE OF ISSUES finite and infinite.
Philosophy deals with OUGHT and SENSE but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
PHILOSOPHY is the speculative application of human mind or WISDOM (by analysis, criticism and speculation) to understand and explain the ISSUES of human existence. Systematic Philosophy seeks to comprehensively deal with: theory of natural reality (Physics), theory of the nature of being (Metaphysics and Ontology), theory of knowledge (Epistemology), theory of reasoning (Logic), theory of moral behaviour (Ethics), and theory of beauty (Aesthetics).
3. SCIENCE: search for empirical and theoretical EXPLANATION AND USAGES OF NATURAL PROPERTIES OF MATTER.
Through Science we seek to DISCOVER, DESCRIBE, DEVISE AND UTILISE ALL THINGS finite.
Science deals with FACT and SENSE but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
SCIENCE is merely about observable FACTS and their empirically deducible FORMULAE: what things are and how things FUNCTION.
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THE APPEARANCE OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM (Luke 19:11) SHALL TERMINATE “THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES” (Luke 21:24)

Four Endtime ViewsTHE APPEARANCE OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM (Luke 19:11)

SHALL TERMINATE “THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES” (Luke 21:24)

Since the fall of humanity and the beginning of civilization, Gentile nations controlled by Satan have dominated the earth. The Antichrist reign shall be the worst and last phase of the “Times of the Gentiles” (Luk 21:24; Rev 11:2). Soon, when Christ comes again in glory to reign on the earth, the Times of the Gentile shall be terminated and the whole earth taken over by Christ’s Kingdom (Dan 7:13-28). Then, all eyes of all nations shall see the coming Christ appear to resurrect/rapture together as one undivided Church and Bride, all His Elect Saints from among all nations and all generations (Mat 24:25-31; Rev 1:7; 14:14-16), to reign from His heavenly New Jerusalem with them as His priests and kings over all the earth in the Millennium (Rev 3:12; 5:10; 20:1-6), until Final Judgment and final rest in Eternal Felicity.

 

Formerly, Amillennialists theorized their delete-and-paste “Replacement Theology” which denies Israel it nationality by replacing the natural national Israel with the visible Church of Christ, but they forgot to also deny other nations their nationalities and that universally sovereign Spiritual and heavenly Israel of Jesus (which includes the saints from Israel nation and all Gentile nations) does not replace the locally sovereign Natural and national Israel of Jacob (Rom 9:6; Gal 3:29). Recently, Dispensationalists have theorized their cut-and-paste “Partition Theology” which denies the visible Church its international unity by partitioning it into “pre-tribulation” Gentile Church to be raptured separately apart from their often speculated “left-behind” tribulation Israel Church, but they forget that Christ will do only one gathering for His One Church from all nations (Mat 24:29-31; 2Thes 2:1-7; 2Pet 3:11-17). To be sure, every generation of Saints must have their own Tribulation to overcome but the Saints of the Antichrist Tribulation are not “left-behind” by any imagined or postulated secret rapture or resurrection prior to Christ’s Second Coming but are last batch remnant of faithful Church who would still be alive to overcome during that final generation of the Times of the Gentiles (Rev 12:11, 17).

The Dispensationalist theory was predicated on the argument that eschatological prophecies for national Israel are difficult to coexist (by their perception) with eschatological prophecies for the universal Church, so the Church has to give way somehow, hence the secret rapture theory. They forgot that the “Stone cut without hands” was revealed and surely interpreted to come and grow into a mountain “in the days of these kings” of iron and clay era (Dan 2:33-34, 44-45). The danger of these rationalized dispensationalist theories is that they doubt the Scriptures and do not allow any Scriptural text to speak by itself in its context.

The truth as found in contextually plain Scriptures is that the visible Church of Christ is one Body without partition (John 10:16; Rom 9:23-26; Eph 2:14) and does not replace any nation but unites all believers of all nations who shall together be gathered only once as one Bride when Christ comes again in glory. Then shall the one glorious Church reign with Christ over Israel nation (Ezek 37:24-27; Joel 3:16-31) and all Gentile nations (1Cor 15:24-28).

 

Remember, the Scriptures are plainly consistent that there shall be only one second coming of Christ, only one last trumpet call and only one first resurrection with rapture of only one unpartitioned Church. Therefore, all modern popular Dispensationalist theories of twisted multiple second comings, multiple last trumpets, multiple raptures and multiple first resurrections of multiple partitioned Churches are humanly devised schemes should be disregarded as unscriptural. These dangerous theoretical schemes are capable of weakening the Church in the day of the Lord so that many would fall away to follow the Antichrist during the time of toughest trial of our faith. True saints love the truth and believe only the truth and determine to overcome unto the very last end! Beware of the abominable deception that would cause the desolating apostasy (2Thes 2:7-13), when civility and morality are taken out of the way by the licentious world, and the verity of divine truth is rejected by the licentious Church (2Tim 3:1-13).

 

Take note of this prophetic admonition from the Apostles of Christ:

2 Thessalonians 2:1-13

(1)  NOW CONCERNING THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND OUR BEING GATHERED TOGETHER TO HIM, WE ASK YOU, BROTHERS,

(2)  not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

(3)  LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU IN ANY WAY. FOR THAT DAY WILL NOT COME, UNLESS THE REBELLION COMES FIRST, AND THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED, THE SON OF DESTRUCTION,

(4)  who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

(5)  Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

(6)  And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.

(7)  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

(8)  And then THE LAWLESS ONE WILL BE REVEALED, WHOM THE LORD JESUS WILL KILL with the breath of his mouth AND BRING TO NOTHING BY THE APPEARANCE OF HIS COMING.

(9)  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,

(10)  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH AND SO BE SAVED.

(11)  Therefore GOD SENDS THEM A STRONG DELUSION, SO THAT THEY MAY BELIEVE WHAT IS FALSE,

(12)  in order that ALL MAY BE CONDEMNED WHO DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

(13)  But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and BELIEF IN THE TRUTH.

 

 

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This is the Salvation offered through the Gospel of Christ.

Three Tenses of Salvation

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Have you embraced the Full Gospel?

SALVATION FROM SIN is

SALVATION FROM SIN is:
IN Christ alone;
BY Grace alone;
THROUGH Faith alone;
UNTO Good Works alone;
INTO True Worship alone.

EPHESIANS 2:8

(8)  For by GRACE are you SAVED through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

1 TIMOTHY 1:14

(14)  And the GRACE of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with FAITH and love which is in CHRIST Jesus.

TITUS 2:14

(14)  Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a people for His own, zealous of GOOD WORKS.

JOHN 4:24

(24)  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.

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THE MYSTERY OF DIVINE PROTOCOL IN THE N.T. CHURCH

Source: THE MYSTERY OF DIVINE PROTOCOL IN THE N.T. CHURCH

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