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Misconceptions of Christianity

We are not called to be perfect.

What did Jesus say? Matthew 5:48 KJV
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

The entire point of Christianity is the perfection of a man or woman before and with God.

It is finished means we don’t have to do anything.

What does the Bible say?

James 1:22 KJV But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

Jesus work of salvation and sacrifice was finished on the cross, but as we live our work continues.

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Arguing with the Original

I am convinced preachers try to teach from the “original” Greek or Hebrew in order to appear more scholarly. Does one or two semesters of a language make them more qualified than the God-ordained translators of the KJV, King James Version Holy Bible? Of course not.

Keep in mind their “original” Greek or Hebrew came from a modern translator in this century.

The work, God’s work in translation is already completed in the KJV. It was authorized by King James of England, who was appointed by God both to the Kingship and to the work.

So keep in mind, if there is a difference in meaning, in most cases it’s not you arguing with the original, its the preacher.

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The Joy Mystique

The Preacher’s Snowblower’s Union has devised a new concept to confuse the masses. I have heard several preachers in the past month preach on the unique, rare, and magnificent qualities of Christian joy.

Over the years I have seen many preachers attempt to change the meaning of something by going to the Greek. How can you argue with the original language? Now they daringly attempt to change the meaning of Joy by attacking the English directly.

What does joy mean? It’s not the same as happiness the preachers say. It’s mystical and it’s rare. According to Merriam Webster:

Full Definition
  • 1a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight
    b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
  • 2: a state of happiness or felicity :bliss
  • 3: a source or cause of delight
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Our Part

So what’s our part of John 3:16? What’s the condition of eternal life?

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We must believe. God’s love is evident throughout the Holy Bible, but it is not unconditional. Salvation requires something on our part.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:14 KJV For many are called, but few are chosen.

What part do we have then? It is not us that calls, but God. It is not us to choose, but God’s. The answer is found in Revelation. Revelation 17:14 KJV says, …they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

It is God’s to call and to choose. It is our part to believe and be faithful.

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A Quick Love Test

Many today preach that God’s love is unconditional. Let’s take a quick test.

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

What’s the condition?

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CLE

Lawyers take CLE, continuing legal education, classes yearly to keep their bar credentials valid and current.

The idea – in keeping current, there’s always room for improvement. We’re never too old to learn new material or to refresh our memory of something we have already learned.

Galatians 3:25 KJV says But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Faith then is our diploma.

Faith, primarily my faith, calls me to try to read the Holy Bible daily. We could call that continuing legal education. God himself recommends CLE. See 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth, and 1 Peter 3:15 KJV … be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:.

My faith tells me the Holy Ghost will teach me himself. There are things in the Bible I still don’t understand. There remains wisdom to gain everyday. And there remains room to grow in faith.

James 1:5 KJV If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Mark 9:24 KJV
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

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Practice makes Perfect

Galatians 3:24-25 KJV
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. [25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

I have heard these verses used by some to argue that we are no longer under the law. I have a few questions for them.

Did you graduate?

What did you learn?

Won’t you carry it with you, forever?

When we put into practice what we have learned from our schoolmaster, the law, we can identify sin, choose the right over the wrong, and move through faith into perfection.

Matthew 5:48 KJV
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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