There are many things in life that come on some of us that can shake our faith. A bad marriage, the death of a loved one, the death of a dearly loved child. I have seen these things, and known them to happen, and believers simply grow cold and turn away thinking God is in control and could have changed things but for what ever reason chose not to.
Then I have heard preachers stand and say to the broken hearted when they are at a loss for words" It was just Gods will"
Man what a jerk some of these nit wits can be. I get tempted to do violent things to these idiots. Do they not know the scripture? Jesus said I have come that you may have life, and life more abundantly. It is very unlikely God had anything to do with these situations. They should explain that Satan has come to kill and destroy, that we should now go forward to overcome and upset that rascal. Yet some of the Calvinist stiff necked will whisper they were never saved because they turned away. If you are one of these I say to you , that you are very far from God.
Other ways we can remove ourselves from the grace of God can come about in such subtle ways we don't realize it when it happens. We are taught we have to be "HOLY" as if we have to walk about , eyes down at our feet, as not to be tempted by some thing we might see that would make us fall in temptation. In doing this it some how puts us closer to God. We live in a secular world. If we have not learned when we are tempted to resist the temptation, really how useful are we to God? The part that really gets us in trouble here is that this is a regulation or tradition taught to us by the pastors of our churches.
It is something we purposely do to make ourselves more acceptable to God. There is NOTHING we can do to accomplish this except living by faith.
We are all familiar with the, no dancing, women must wear dresses, no movies, no going to beaches after all you might see a woman in a bathing suit, no nothing . Why does the Church not recognize the traditions for what they are? Laws laid down at some point in time by someone, who knows when, but still today people still live by these laws and regulations because they seem to make you feel some how a little more HOLY. I say these things are WORKS, AND YOU AIN'T GOIN NOWHERE BY WORKS.
Then there are those who say " ain't gonna be no cigarette smokers in heaven". "Ain't gonna be no beer drinkers in heaven". The truth is I don't know if there will be or not, and neither do they. The question should be, can a smoker or beer drinker go to heaven. They will tell you these are things you have to over come in order to qualify for salvation. " I wouldn't defile my body with this stuff" they will tell you. I say they are right, they can't defile their body with these things. The truth is they don't know the meaning of the word defile by definition. Go to Mark, chapter 7, verses 18 through 23.
Mark 7:18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
Mark 7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
Mark 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
Mark 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Isn't it interesting that drunkenness, use of tobacco or the use of drugs wasn't on the list? Yet people will try to include it, and when I try to explain something in detail, they will accuse me of adding to the word
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