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Yes

“I used to think God was a God of rules, that I could gain or lose his favor and love based on my performance.” – CBN guest Monday, August 7, 2017.

Yes, you had it, for a moment understanding was yours. Go back to your first thought. Job 28:28 KJV And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

We depart from evil by following those pesky rules. The rules, God’s rules, such as the Ten Commandments, are there to keep us safe and guide our way.

There are preachers and teachers that damage and degrade God’s word by preaching unconditional love, but the Bible is clear.

Revelation 20:12 KJV And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

We will be judged based on how we lived our lives and God’s love does come with conditions. Romans 6:23 KJV For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God may indeed love his enemies, but after judgment day, he is willing to love them from afar, his sheep in Heaven, but many in Hell. Matthew 7:13-14 KJV Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

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I Know What Love Is

Do you ever empathize with Forrest Gump? I do. He once said, I know what love is. This fictional movie character has a better understanding of love than many preachers.

Unconditional love is a lie and a worthless thing. If someone says God loves you unconditionally or I’ll love you no matter what you do, run the other direction.

John 3:16 is the first condition to God’s love and salvation. It is one of many. Love hopes for reciprocity. It demands respect. 

To quote another movie, Moulin Rouge, the greatest thing is to love and be loved in return. In the same way a person’s actions reflect their love for another, our actions can either alienate or endear God.

Jesus did say, If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

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Authorized

There are many bible translations available today. I am aware of only one that was authorized by God, the King James Authorized translation.

How do we know this. God appoints Kings and gives them authority. Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1 I believe it was put into the King’s heart based on reading the KJV preface letter to translate the Holy Bible from the Greek and Hebrew into English for his people.

Not everyone has the authority to create a translation, yet we know King James of England did. My faith and study tells me this.

When a preacher wants to contradict the KJV keep in mind they must put their trust in other translators. Some choose their own translation abilities, some choose the work of other men. I choose the learned men, the translators chosen by King James and the Holy Ghost.

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Dirty Words

Religion

My religion and my faith is Christianity.

Legalism

I indeed study the law. I try to follow it. On occasion I have even tried to reprove people with it.

Conditional Love

There are people that insist God’s love is unconditional. Read John 3:16, now read it slowly. The first condition is belief. Other conditions evolve from our learned belief.

Don’t let anyone convince you these are dirty words and be wary of those that claim that they are.

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Spendthrift

Isaiah 55:2 KJV Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

I wonder if this isn’t a reference to our consumer based society, which in many ways probably isn’t that different from societies of old.

 I recently bought a new cell phone. I just came home from the new Spiderman movie. These things aren’t bread. Are they truly good?

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Independence Day

The United States of America celebrates Independence Day once a year on the fourth of July.

As Christians everyday is our “In” dependence day. We are dependent every day upon the Lord.

Matthew 4:4 KJV But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

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