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Question #10: Why do Christians get divorced at the same rate as non-Christians?

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A Christian is defined in the Bible as a disciple or follower of Christ.

JOHN 12:26
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Further, a true disciple is someone who continues in Christ’s words.

JOHN 8:31
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Watched or alone, a true disciple continues to follow the ‘word’.

PHILIPPIANS 2:12
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

A Christian couple is admonished by God to live under God’s law ‘until death do them part’.

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.

The preceding verse is a very equitable and sensible law coming from a wise Lawmaker that knows the caprices of man’s flesh. Whosoever will say that He is imaginary, is indecent, vulgarly lewd, and deprived of normal and common sense. Whosoever will say that God is imaginary because somebody did not obey His sensible laws is senseless, numb, and void of reasons.

A Christian couple is commanded to keep marriage undefiled.

HEBREWS 13:4 (RSV)
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous.

True Christians do not intentionally divorce their partner.

1 CORINTHIANS 7:10-11
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

MATTHEW 19:9
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

MATTHEW 5:32
But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

It is clear that the Almighty God teaches Christians to live a responsible moral life. It is not God’s fault if somebody given the free will (because we were not created robots like these imaginary people) disobeys God’s sensible laws. Granting, without conceding, that the rate of Christian divorce is the same as non-Christians who do not believe in God, it does not mean that God is imaginary. This is not a rational way of thinking and analyzing things. Does your being an atheist make you a better person than a Christian? Tell that to the marines! My God tells me otherwise.

PSALMS 53:1
The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

Belief in the Almighty God of the Bible has created innumerable law abiding, responsible, peace-loving and compassionate citizens of the world. Unbelief thereof has produced ‘monsters’ like Hitler. I firmly believe that real Christians will not divorce their partners. The statistics that these imaginary people have used to malign the Christian God was not conducted among true Christians!

I have been a minister of the gospel in the Church of God for more than 50 years, and the divorce that I have known and witnessed among our peers does not even account to one percent of all the marriages performed in the Church.

Let me tell you something: There are many professing Christians, but not real Christians!

TITUS 1:16
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

A wise and an educated person looks at statistics with wisdom, prudence, and reservation. Maybe the reason why atheists’ rate of divorce is lower than alleged Christians’ rate of divorce is that if a Christian’s partner is found to be an infidel, you have to put her away!

1 CORINTHIANS 5:11-13 (RSV)
11 But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber — not even to eat with such a one.
12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13 God judges those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.”

Perhaps, for atheists, like these imaginary people, you can just let your partners go unfaithful, and stomach the immoral acts of you both: After all, there is no God that disciplines your actions.

I do not want to deprive my readers of one important truth! When God said that, “…whatsoever God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6), it does not only mention of the relationships of a husband and a wife. There is even a greater mystery in this, that God wants us to understand.

EPHESIANS 5:29-32
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Christ and the true Church are inseparable by God’s will!

Do you want to study statistics? Divorce? Learn it from a reliable source. There is no circumstance that will separate the Church from Christ!

ROMANS 8:35, 37-39
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Not even the 10 idiotically invalid questions of these imaginary people can separate me from my God!

It does make sense, doesn’t it?

God Bless,

EFS

Love Is Lovelier the Second Time Around — with God

Forgiveness between husband and wife

Hello Bro. Eli, 

I know for a fact that anyone who commits adultery or concubinage commits a grave sin against God and the espouse of that person. My question is how evil is this sin? Can it be forgiven by a human being? How can someone move on from this devastating situation? Can the victim of this sin truly forgive and forget? How can the trust and confidence be brought back if lost by deceit and betrayal? Please give pieces of advice as I have been badly hurt by this trial. 

Mara

Dear Mara,

There are things done which are impossible to be undone, but what is impossible with man can be possible to God. God, through His power, can undo what man has done. This was the faith of Abraham.

HEBREWS 11:17-19 
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

Speaking of human emotion, infidelity of a beloved partner is one of the bitterest situations which some can not bear, resulting most of the times in crimes and the destruction of a family. This is the work of satan the devil. The family is the basic unit of society, and satan is up to destroy the whole human society. So, our first line of defense against the caprices of satan is to keep the family intact.

Wounds, physical or emotional, can be healed by time, as an old song says “…but time can bring a change of heart; and love can make another start. Someday you may comeback to me to stay; but who can say how soon?” But by God’s power a wound can instantaneously be healed the soonest possible time.

How? Faith in God’s word can erase bitterness, anger, hatred, jealousy, and the likes. Remember the prayer “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”?

MATTHEW 6:14-15 
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Committing adultery and fornication is not only a sin against God and against the spouse, but a sin against the body of the offender.

1 CORINTHIANS 6:18 
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

You may ask why a person can sin against his own body. The answer is simple. Smoking, drinking intoxicating liquor, abuse of eating (gluttony), and the use of prohibited drugs is against one’s own being. Gluttons practically kill their own body, plaguing their bodies with cardiovascular diseases because of uncontrolled consumption of foods. Gluttony is evil, biblically speaking.

LUKE 21:34 
Take heed to yourselves, that your hearts be, at no time, stupefied by gluttony and ebriety and worldly care; and so that day come upon you unaware.
PROVERBS 23:20-21 20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

The spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) to so many millions around the world is mainly due to infidelity and disregard of God’s Law.

RAW DATA: 

Today, there are 37 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS. In the past 25 years, 20 million people have died from AIDS. By 2010, 44 million children will have been orphaned by the disease. Despite recent gains in medicine, 3 million people with AIDS died in 2003. (http://aidsresearcher.typepad.com/) 

Hepatitis B In the World (http://www.hepb.org/hepb/statistics.htm) 

* 2 billion people have been infected (1 out of 3 people). 

* 400 million people are chronically infected. 

* 10-30 million will become infected each year. 

* An estimated 1 million people die each year from hepatitis B and its complications. 

* Approximately 2 people die each minute from hepatitis B. Hepatitis B In the United States  
* 12 million Americans have been infected (1 out of 20 people). 

* More than one million people are chronically infected . 

* Up to 100,000 new people will become infected each year. 

* 5,000 people will die each year from hepatitis B and its complications. 

* Approximately 1 health care worker dies each day from hepatitis B. 

As the number of domestic cases in Canada dwindles, imported syphilis will become increasingly important. More prevention efforts should be targeted at travellers and immigrants as an estimated 12 million syphilis cases occur worldwide. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/epiu-aepi/std-mts/syph_e.html 

Prevalence of Gonorrhea: Each year approximately 650,000 people in the United States are infected with gonorrhea. In 1999, the rate of reported gonorrhea infections was 132.2 per 100,000 persons. (Source: excerpt from Gonorrhea: DSTD) … An estimated 650,000 cases of gonorrhea, caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, occur annually in the United States. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) … In 1997, 324,901 cases of gonorrhea in the United States were reported to the CDC, a case rate of 122/100,000. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) 

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/g/gonorrhea/stats.htm

We must consider surrounding circumstances before we can say that adultery and fornication are grave sins. This is the guide I will give you: Any sin committed by humans outside of the knowledge of the truth can be forgiven by God; and if God can forgive such, the more we must forgive.

1 TIMOTHY 1:13 
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

We must also consider the situation surrounding the commission of such acts. Was it intentionally done by your partner; or was he or she forced by someone who initiated the act. Whatever the case may be, my belief is that God can undo things that were done by humans.

A torn garment can be mended; but “how can you mend a broken heart”? Here’s how:

MATTHEW 9:16 (RSV) 
And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.

The patch that can be used to cover the tear or repair the damage done by infidelity is fidelity. The patch of fidelity is love. If you really love your partner, you have all the reasons and courage to forgive, especially, if he or she has not yet received the knowledge of the truth.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:7 (RSV) 
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

David had committed infidelity when he took the wife of Uriah, but he repented, did not repeat it again, and was forgiven.

PSALMS 32:5 
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

To forgive and to forget is attainable by the human mind and heart. God, with an eternal memory, can forgive and forget our sins that we committed against him.

HEBREWS 8:12 
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

The only advice I can give is the advice given in the Bible, which states:

1 CORINTHIANS 7:11 
But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

I believe in the song “Love is lovelier the second time around”, especially if that second time is coupled with faith and trust in God’s word that can instantaneously heal the wound in your heart.

May God help you.

Thou Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor

false-witnesses-in-the-Bible

First of all, I want to make it clear to everybody that it is not my goal and never will it be to disgrace or humiliate anybody personally. I am not against any human person, but on the spirit of wickedness that is in him;

EPHESIANS 6:12 
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

And my weapons are not ammunitions or mortars, but the wisdom of God that I have learned from the Scriptures.

2 CORINTHIANS 10:4 
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

I preach not myself; not my goodness nor my infirmities (because I am nothing), but the glory of my God and His Son Jesus Christ.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:5 
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

When I preach and speak, I speak for Christ — His truth; not minding what will be its adverse effect on my person. I know that telling the truth will reap, for me, more enemies than friends; nevertheless, I must speak for Christ.

2 CORINTHIANS 2:17 
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

I have invited to take a ‘U-turn’ and dig deeper to find the roots of all the fraud and deceit that now dominates almost all sectors of society — even the religious helm of it.

In my search, I have found that there are so many irrational views, erroneous teachings, evil ideologies, and misleading information, wherein deceit and fraud are always in essence, but hidden.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses, a worldwide religious activity teaching that ‘Jehovah’ is the real and personal name of God, claiming more than 16 million adherents, has no less than the common denominator of all the false religions prophesied in the Scriptures.

1 JOHN 4:1 
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

A very noticeable example is their belief of the name ‘Jehovah’. According to a 1950 edition of the “New World Bible Translation” of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, they are inclined to view the pronunciation YAHWEH as more correct, but retained the word Jehovah because it was popular among people. Meaning, adopting the word Jehovah is not for the sake of truth, but of popularity.

But there is a deceit!

After a few years of exposition in radio and television, wherein I extensively tackled the topic about the word Jehovah, I have noticed that deceit was employed in the next editions of the same Bible translation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. (See the difference below) In the 1950 edition, they (the Jehovah’s Witnesses) were the ones inclined to view that YAHWEH is more correct than Jehovah. In the 1985 edition, after realizing that my criticisms are rational, they deliberately changed the preface that they were not the ones “inclined to view” that YAHWEH is more correct, but “many”; throwing their garbage to other people’s backyard. Read the reference below very carefully.

Granting (without accepting), that “YAHWEH” is more correct than “Jehovah”, how can there be any pinch of correctness in the word Jehovah to compare it to YAHWEH when their own book says that Jehovah is a later invention and not present in the Hebrew nor the Greek original language used in the Bible? It was not known to all ancients whether Jews or Christians, according to their own book. (See reference below)

And if it is true that YAHWEH is more correct than Jehovah, as they have said, why can’t we find (all over the world) a single kingdom hall bearing the name “Kingdom Hall of Yahweh’s Witnesses”? Can you imagine the deceit being employed by these people?

It has been habitual to the Jehovah’s Witnesses to change their teachings every now and then. They prophesied the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as early as 1914. When it did not happen, they changed it again and again until scores of members left the society of these “false witnesses”.

Quick Facts: 

1914 was one of the more important estimates of the start of the war of Armageddon by the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society). They computed 1914 from prophecy in the book of Daniel, Chapter 4. The writings referred to “seven times”. The WTS interpreted each “time” as equal to 360 days, giving a total of 2520 days. This was further interpreted as representing 2520 years, measured from the starting date of 607 BCE. This gave 1914 as the target date.

1914, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994 were other dates that the Watchtower Society predicted. 1975 looked likely as it was computed as the 6000th anniversary of the creation of Adam in the Garden of Eden in 4026 BCE. They interpreted Psalms 90:10 as defining the length of a generation to be 80 years. Since 1914 plus 80 equals 1994, they predicted Armageddon would occur around that year. The latest estimate was 6000 years after the creation of Eve, for which no date can be determined with any accuracy.

http://www.preteristarchive.com/StudyArchive/t/theory_false-prophets.html

To the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my readers, remember that the ninth of the Ten Commandments says, “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16); it will be a greater sin against God if somebody will be witnessing something false about God.

Maybe you will ask why I said in my previous article that my taste buds have been deceived. Well, it’s a side trip along our ‘U-turn’ as we continue traveling. I ask you to be patient.

Who started all these lies being witnessed by the “false witnesses” of a false name: JEHOVAH? I invite you to read my next article.

God Bless You!

Perfect Justice in God's Perfect Time

The God of justice

Dear Bro. Eli,

Please help me. I don’t know what to feel anymore. It seems like something is attacking my belief in God.

It all started when I read an article about children and women, lots of them, being sold as prostitutes all over the world. Most of the children don’t even know what sex is yet. These women and children are constantly raped, until they won’t pass as a virgin anymore, according to the article I’ve read. And when the children grow up, they don’t know anything but to sell sex so they have no choice but to do it to survive. The numbers of the victims are plenty, Bro. Eli. They are innocent children but they have been dragged into this kind of business. I believe you’ve also heard of this kind of thing, sex trafficking which is a big business done by many countries, especially in the third world.

My problem is that, I don’t know what to think anymore. Something is lingering in my mind, telling me not to believe in God anymore, although I’m really, really trying hard to disregard this thought inside my mind but whenever I think of what’s happening to these innocent children and poor women, it really makes me sad. Why does God allow this to happen to many innocent Children? It makes me wonder also if God exists (although I really try hard to fight this thought) because of things like this that happen. I’m sorry if it seemed I’m questioning God’s authority, but I don’t really know what to do and think anymore. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry for being so weak at this time but I really need your help in this. 

What should I do? Please help me Bro. Eli. 

Marcus

Dear Marcus,

Evil is everywhere. The whole world now “lieth in wickedness”.

1 JOHN 5:9
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

The root cause of all evil is the rebellious Satan, that now deceives the world.

REVELATION 12:7-9
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

There are religions or faith which do not believe in the existence of the devil. One good example is one of the false Christs prophesied by the Bible in the person of Jose Luis Miranda, which was interviewed by NBC, and said in international television that the devil or Satan does not exist.

Some of the teachings of Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda, leader of Growing in Grace are:

…Sin no longer exists
…There’s no such thing as “the devil”
…Prayer is a waste of time
…All religious leaders are liars

The Bible never speaks of vain things or things unreal.

JAMES 4:5
Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain…

Every word of God conveys truth and wisdom.

PSALMS 119:160
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.

PROVERBS 8:8
All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

The word of God speaks of the devil and demons. They are realities, although not seen by the human eyes. Their works and devices are manifested among human beings.

REVELATION 16:14
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

The devil is not only concerned about the leaders of the world, but also to judges, magistrates, and religious leaders. Their victims are the innocent, the ignorant, and the poor.

JOB 9:24
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

2 CORINTHIANS 11:13-15
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Some of their victims are the unsuspecting.

ROMANS 16:17-18 (ASV)
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them that are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye learned: and turn away from them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent.

They even show miracles to deceive people.

MATTHEW 24:24
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

These are some of the tangible realities proving the existence of the devil and demons in this world. Anybody who will say that the devil and demons do not exist is showing their utter ignorance of God’s word and realities.

The evil that you are mentioning about children and women being exploited as sex slaves of the opportunistic, abusive, rich, and powerful people in society are works of the devil.

JAMES 3:15-16
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

The evil that you see and hear makes you doubt of the existence of God. I am sorry to hear this from you. This is the common thinking of people who spend a little effort — or none at all, in searching for realities in life. They say that if God exists and is real, why does He allow these things to happen? But this thinking is neither logical nor scientific.

Scientifically, chaos is opposed to order. Mutation is opposed to the regular characteristics of a gene or a chromosome. It is an alteration of the normal process.

Do you believe that we have things, traits, and characteristics of every existing thing in this world which we may consider normal? I believe you do. Normally, a parent cares for his or her child. Normally, a hen cares for its chicks. Normally, a dove feeds its young. Normal people have in them the feeling of love, care, compassion, and respect for others. This is reality. But there are those who murder and rape their own children. There are those who have no pity towards others. These are things abnormal. All these things are caused by the influence of a reality that exists: the devil.

The existence of the devil proves the existence of God. God hates evil. He does not want evil to happen to anyone; but there is another reality to consider. He has given His creatures the power to choose between good and evil. He made us with the power to decide for ourselves, to choose, to dislike — making us better than a robot. I will — and perhaps you, also — not want to be a robot. The greatest gift of God in our being is the power to decide for ourselves. He wants us to obey Him at will and not by force.

ISAIAH 1:19
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

The cause of evil is the improper use of our free will. But we must not doubt God’s justice. Victims of evil will be rewarded justice in God’s perfect time. The question with some of us is we only consider what is ‘now’ and what is ‘seen’. God is eternal; and there is eternity that comes ahead. Surely, every evil act will be punished and every victim will be comforted.

ISAIAH 13:11
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

He is not slow or slack about His promise, but is long-suffering for He waits for sinners to repent and realize their mistakes; and does not want anybody to perish.

2 PETER 3:9 (RSV)
  The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

This is being abused by many, but it will satisfy God’s justice for them when they are punished with eternal damnation.

ECCLESIASTES 8:11
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

2 THESSALONIANS 2:11-12
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

God is a God of perfect justice. Hope in your heart that there is a time — a perfect time for God’s intervention… and it is coming soon!

May God enlighten you.

God Bless you.

The Old Covenant Can Not Sanctify Anymore

New covenant versus the old

This is a reply to Scott Fogg’s on my article entitled “The Rationale Why God Created Woman” posted last July 3, 2007. His comment is as follows:

“It’s interesting that you should mention Luke 19:40. For in the history of the Adventist Church, the visions that Ellen White had were first given to a man. But when this man refused to share what God had given him, God turned to Ellen and gave her the visions. It was only after she began to share what God had shown her that this man was emboldened to step forward and share what God had shown him as well. 

And as far as Balaam goes, does it really matter whether or not he was an Israelite? God still spoke to him through the mule. 

Regardless of whether or not you believe Ellen White was a prophetess, your interpretation of the Bible is marginalizing women. While I do believe there are things that women are better suited for (and likewise, men), to say that women have no place outside of the home is silly and insulting. 

When Jesus and His apostles were preaching, it was in a very different world. Can you imagine if a woman had risen up to lead the church in 30 AD? It would have been too subversive for any culture or religion to handle at the time. The church would have been ignored or destroyed entirely. Which is why you have Jesus, the prophets, and the apostles downplaying the role of the woman in the church. But today, in the 21st century, there is no reason that a woman can’t lead. 

Shouldn’t the Christian church be empowering all of its members? God doesn’t change, but society does. That’s only logical. And we see God working in new and exciting ways every day. Why would you want to limit God by effectively taking away half His congregation and relegating them to the kitchen?

I don’t see how any of this is “sensible,” and my study of the Bible has *NOT* led me into the same understanding it somehow had led you. I’m sorry.” 

- Scott

Dear Brother Scott,

False accusations are prohibited in your ‘adopted’ Ten Commandments.

Nowhere in my article did I say that women are only meant for the kitchen. A little study will tell you that the best of cooks and chefs in international kitchens are male. Your answers are false accusations to somebody who cares for the enlightenment of your soul. Such is prohibited in the Ten Commandments.

I am obliged to repeat that in the Church of God, we esteem, with the highest of regards, our women. They occupy vital administrative positions in the Church like, being treasurers, auditors, and the likes. It is not to disgrace or to dishonor a woman if you say that she must be under the authority of man.

1 PETER 3:7 
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Regarding a woman as a weaker vessel is honor unto her, according to Peter — a former seventh day keeper converted to the Church of God.

You accused me of marginalizing women; and you said that it is silly and foolish to say that women have no place outside the home. Did I ever say that women have no place outside the home? Or are you lying? Remember, “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.


EXODUS 20:16 
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Your idea, that it is not timely for women to lead the first century church because it will be too subversive against their culture and religion; that is why Jesus Christ and the apostles downplayed the role of women in the Church, is really silly and foolish. And the notion that because it is now the 21st century there is no reason to prohibit women leading the Church, is utmost foolishness. Why?

The reason given by Paul prohibiting women to usurp authority over the man is not because it was then too early for women to take the role of leading the Church but…

1 TIMOTHY 2:11-14 
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

…because in the order of God’s priority, the man came first; and the woman is prone to deceit. The teachings written by the apostles, particularly those of the Apostle Paul, are commandments of the Lord.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:37 
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

And one of those commandments of the Lord is what he wrote before verse 37. Let us read verses 34 to 36 of chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:34-36 
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 
36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

The Apostle Paul asked the women of Corinth, “What? came the word of God out from you?”. God’s words are first entrusted to a man, and then it is relayed to a woman (or came it unto you only).

Remember, Brother Scott, these things the Apostle Paul wrote are commandments of the Lord. Are these commandments meant only for the first century church? Are they to be disregarded in the 21st century? O, c’mon!

ACTS 1:2, 8 
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen… 
8 …But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Note that the commandments received by the apostles is that they were to testify and preach unto the uttermost part of the earth until the end of the age!

MATTHEW 28:20 
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

It is really idiotic to say that the prohibition for women to lead the church of God is only to be observed in the 1st century and should be disregarded by the 21st. I can not help but quote and copy your erroneous idea that follows (which is highlighted in red letters):

“Shouldn’t the Christian church be empowering all of its members? God doesn’t change, but society does. That’s only logical. And we see God working in new and exciting ways every day. Why would you want to limit God by effectively taking away half His congregation and relegating them to the kitchen?

I don’t see how any of this is “sensible,” and my study of the Bible has *NOT* led me into the same understanding it somehow had led you. I’m sorry.”

You said, “Shouldn’t the Christian church be empowering all of its members”. Did God give power to the Church to empower all its members? What verse tells this so? Are all the members of the SDAC empowered? Where there (in the almost 200 year history of your church) other women that led your church? Or was it only Ellen G. White? Will you answer these questions honestly?

You said, “God doesn’t change, but society does”. I appreciate that you know that God does not change! But, even if human society changes — everyday, will the true Church of God change its doctrines with it? Noooooo!

ROMANS 12:2 
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In fact, it is prohibited for God’s chosen people to mingle with those who are given to change.

PROVERBS 24:21 
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

The teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ were not meant to be changed. Unlike the Law of Moses or the Ten Commandments, they were given to be observed until the end of the world.

MATTHEW 28:20 
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The Law of Moses was until John.

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.

The Law of Moses was for the Israelites.

MALACHI 4:4 
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

These are God’s commandments given to Moses on the mountain and was called by God the “Law of Moses”. Just like the commandments given by God to Jesus Christ for Christians, which was called “The Law of Christ”.

GALATIANS 6:2 
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

The Law of Christ came from God; just like the Law of Moses.

JOHN 12:49-50 
49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

What is this “Law of Moses” given to him by God on the mountain, that has with it statutes and judgment?

EXODUS 31:18 
And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

These are the Ten Commandments written on two tables of stones with the finger of God.

DEUTERONOMY 4:13 
And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.

It is also called “The Covenant”, which, later, was declared the “Old Covenant”.

HEBREWS 8:13 
In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

It was the law that was changed when the priesthood was changed.

HEBREWS 7:12 
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Jesus Christ succeeded Moses and his priesthood.

HEBREWS 3:1-4 
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house. 
4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

In the Christian dispensation, the Law of Moses can not sanctify anymore!

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.

Thus, the change in Sabbath. God Bless.

A Different Shape of Idol Worship


Dear Bro. Eli,

What is God’s main reason why fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness are considered idolatry in His eyes not only worshipping of graven images as a god? I hope for your nice answers with biblical supports. May the Lord always protect you.

Ally of ADD

Dear Ally of ADD,

Idolatry is the worship of image. The Greek word ‘eidōlolatreia’ means image worship.

eidōlolatreia 
i-do-lol-at-ri’-ah 
From G1497 and G2999; image worship (literally or figuratively): – idolatry. 
(Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary)

God prohibits the making of images and the likes.

DEUTERONOMY 5:7-9 
7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 
8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 
9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,

These are called idols in the Bible.

PSALMS 115:4-8 
4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 
5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: 
6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 
7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. 
8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

If we are of God, we will not even think that these images have anything divine in them.

ACTS 17:29 
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

The reason why God does not allow us even just to make graven images (because other people claim that they do not worship them) is that, it is impossible to reflect God’s glory on anything except in the being of our Lord Jesus Christ.

ISAIAH 42:8 
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

HEBREWS 1:3 
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

The Lord Jesus Christ is the “express image” of God’s person! The Father dwells in Him.

JOHN 14:10 
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

Not even a small amount of breath is present in any graven image.

HABAKKUK 2:18-19 
18 What profiteth the graven image, that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, even the teacher of lies, that he that fashioneth its form trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 
19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise! Shall this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.

Kneeling before these idols and praying to them constitute the Old Testament term of idolatry.

ISAIAH 44:13-17 
13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 
14 He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 
15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshipeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 
16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 
17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshipeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

Why is it that in the New Testament, the term ‘idolatry’ is defined as:

COLOSSIANS 3:5 
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Remember that idolatry means ‘image worship’. Satan, the god of this world, is another god than the Father. Satan has images or appearances.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:22 
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

The word appearance used in the preceding verse means form or shape in Greek.

εἶδος 
eidos 
i’-dos From G1492; a view, that is, form (literally or figuratively): – appearance, fashion, shape, sight. 
(Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary)

The image or the form of the devil is reflected in these carnal acts: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness.

Commission of such acts constitutes idolatry or the worship of Satan who is not the true God. Anyone committing such is called an idolater.

EPHESIANS 5:4-5 
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

I hope and pray that you will be enlightened by these verses.

God bless you.

Bad Things Happen to the Good, the Bad… and the Ugly

Good and bad can happen to all.

Apparently, these ‘imaginary allegedly scientific-minded people’ have conceived the idea that bad things should not happen to good people. I believe they believe in earthquakes. Scientifically, it is the movement of the tectonic plates below the surface of the earth. Perhaps, they will ask: “Why do earthquakes affect the good, and the bad, and the ugly?” They must ask science! And if science can not give them the answer, they should also say that science is ‘imaginary’.


But God, my God, in His magnificence, has a convincing answer to an understanding mind.

PROVERBS 8:8-9 
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. 
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

In the days of Noah, we are told by the infallible word of God that:

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11)

No human being in the time of Noah, and even later, when this account was written by Moses more than 3000 years ago, had any knowledge of the broken tectonic plates of the earth. But the Bible has it: proving that the information comes not from a mortal being, but from God.

Until now, no available scientific instrument can predict the exact time of an earthquake; and the Bible tells us the reason why.

HEBREWS 12:26-27 
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

The shaking of the earth, or an earthquake, denotes that the earth will pass away! This is believed by science, especially now that science has proven the demise of heavenly bodies like stars, when they have detected the ‘presence’ of black holes in the universe. The Bible has this to say:

PSALMS 102:25-26 
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 
26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

The spread of flu virus in the air, scientifically, is not caused by something evil. Where the direction of the movement of the air is, there the viruses will be carried. The pressure of the air in the sneeze of an infected person may bring the virus and the infection to the person nearest him or within five meters from him. (Source: http://www.health24.com/medical/Condition_centres/777-792-811-1701,16576.asp)

Sneezing is unpredictable, sometimes, even to the person who is going to sneeze. Catching flu is bad, but are we going to blame the air? If the air will not move, then the temperature of the earth will not be comfortable for humans. And in blaming the air, are you going to conclude that the air is ‘imaginary’? Idiots!

Are you going to devise an unfavorable conclusion if the sun, which is good and intended by God for the goodness of good people, to shine even to idiots? I believe even idiots will not blame God for having His sun shine even to those who curse Him.

MATTHEW 5:45 
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

If good things happen even to the bad and the ugly (like you), and you do not complain, why are you going to blame God if a good person is infected by the flu virus? The Bible tells us that at random, this is reality.

ECCLESIASTES 9:2 
All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

Something good may happen to someone who is bad, and something perceived by the ignorant as bad, may happen to good people! But understanding in the word of God will teach us that these are not bad things at all.

ROMANS 8:28 
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

If a good person is cheated (which may be regarded as something bad), he is given by God the chance to pardon and to forgive those who cheated him, thus, making him a better person.

1 CORINTHIANS 6:7 
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

The person whom you have forgiven realizing his fault and your kindness can also be turned to be a better person! This is God’s equitable dealings with people.

2 PETER 3:9 
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Good things happen to bad people to make them good! Bad things happen to good people to make them cautious, and to teach them to forgive and to have longsuffering, thus, making them not only good, but excellent!

When there is an epidemic of flu, stay away from people that sneeze. Have a little understanding of how the flu virus spreads; cover your nose when somebody sneezes; and avoid crowded places so that you will not catch flu, and later, because of your utter ignorance, blame it to anybody.

Here is a brotherly and a friendly advice, when the sun shines it carries goodness intended for the good of people. Bathe yourself with the sun’s rays. Human skin stimulated by sunlight will produce vitamin D which is good for your body! But do not expose yourself to the sun for too long especially at the peak of its heat, you might destroy yourself then blame the sun because of your ignorance, and forget the good things that it has done for you.

When Should You Go Out in the Sun?

Dr. Mercola´s Comments:

This is an update for my own personal knowledge as for many years I have advised people to avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. if they were at risk of sunburn. Well it turns out that this is the case where a little bit of knowledge can actually be dangerous.

Cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is the most serious form of skin cancer, accounting for about three-quarters of all skin cancer deaths.

New research now supports that while avoiding the sun at mid-day will decrease your risk of painful sunburn it will actually increase your cancer risk.

How can this be?

Though he was not an author of the study above, his research found the same findings: that going out in the sun at mid-day is best for your health.

Our recommendation, this is based on work in England and Norway, and the United States, that the optimal time to be in the sun for vitamin D production is near to solar noon as possible. That would be between say 10:00am and 2:00pm. 

The reason is two-fold.

First of all, you need a shorter exposure time because the UVB is more intense.  

Now, the second reason is that when the sun goes down towards the horizon, the UVB is filtered out much more than the UVA. And it turns out that the long wave of ultraviolet called UVA, which runs from about 320 to 400 nanometers, is highly correlated with melanoma -- where the UVB is the one that produces the vitamin D, and that’s from 290 to 315 nanometers,” Dr. Grant explains.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/09/04/when-should-you-go-out-in-the-sun.aspx

ECCLESIASTES 9:12-13 
12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. 
13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

God Bless.