|Matt.6:31||Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink?|
Jesus spoke these words in The Sermon on the Mount; and as you will see, they reflect WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS about what we MAY or MAY NOT eat or drink. We are told NOT TO WORRY about whether or not God will supply us with food; and NOT TO WORRY about whether the food that God supplies is "nutritional" according to "modern SCIENCE."
|Matt.4:4||Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.|
Again; Our Lord Jesus Christ CLEARLY says that our health, and subsequently our survival are NOT dependent on how we "select" what we eat or drink. When Jesus sent the 70 Disciples out to preach, He told them to eat and drink such things as they give (Luke 10:7). Jesus never told them to "watch what you eat."
Even the Old Testament dietary laws; which many like to make appeal to; were never presented as God's "prescription" for health and strength.
|Exodus.23:25||And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.|
Here, as in every other place, it is said that God's blessing is what will insure that your diet will not harm you. It is not WHAT you eat and drink, but whether or not God is blessing you in your eating and drinking.
|Col.2:8||Beware lest any man spoil (captivate) you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition (accumulated wisdom) of men, after the rudimentary laws of matter of the world, and not after Christ.|
|16.||Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink.|
This is CLEARLY an address to "concerns" about nutrition, and MUCH MORE THAN THAT; but for the present, I will confine the discussion to NUTRITION and HEALTH. The word for rudiments in the KJV means, "underlying principles of the material world". Colossians 2:8 is just ONE expression of a THEME that the Apostle Paul pursues throughout his writings; in which he says this same thing AGAIN and AGAIN:
|1Tim.6:20||. . .Keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:|
|21.||Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.|
|Heb.13:9||Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats (foods), which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.|
Having your heart established by grace is GETTING YOUR CONFIDENCE from your relationship to God; your CONFIDENCE for health and strength and EVERYTHING ELSE! We are told NOT to be occupied with concerns about what we EAT or DRINK. The word for established means, "to make secure". We are NOT to take ANY sense of SECURITY from "watching our diet"; but from our Faith in God,and our OBEDIENCE to the Truth. When Jesus said, The life is more than meat (Luke 12:23), He made our survival to be more than a matter of nutrition. The word for meat in Luke 12:23 is not BROMATON, which refers to anything and everything that one may consume for nutrition OR pleasure; but is a special Greek word that means, "foods which are counted as nutritional".
The Bible definitely calls GLUTTONY a sin; but NEVER are we advised by The Bible to "pay attention" to calorie counts and vitamins and what science falsely so called tells us is a "balanced diet." The Children of Israel survived for most of 40 years in the wilderness on a "one course meal" made of manna (Exodus 16:35).
|Exodus.15:26||And He said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I (God) will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.|
The Old Testament laws on diet were COMPLETELY a religious matter, and NEVER distinguished from ANY of the other ceremonial and symbolic laws. In Acts 10:10-16 these ceremonial distinctions are DONE AWAY WITH; without so much as a HINT that they EVER had ANYTHING to do with health. The Bible CLEARLY connects HEALTH to HOLINESS, and SIN to SICKNESS. After healing a man that had been crippled for 38 years, Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon thee (John 5:1-14).
|1Cor.11:29||For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.|
|30.||For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (have died).|
These people are meeting together to commemorate the Last Supper. The reason they are sickly and weak is because they lack a sober and respectful regard for the significance of what they are doing. This has NOTHING to do with "what" they are eating or drinking, but with HOW they eat and drink, and WHO they are willing to call "members of the body."
|James.5:14||Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church: and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:|
|15.||And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed any sins, they shall be forgiven him.|
NOWHERE in The Holy Bible are you going to find it said that healing OR health is the product of "proper diet." EVERYWHERE in The Holy Bible you will find that SIN and SICKNESS are inseparably connected. Our Lord Jesus Christ ties SIN and SICKNESS directly together in Mark 2:17.
|Mark.2:17||. . .Jesus. . .saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.|
In spite of all that science falsely so called has taught us about what we need to eat and what we need to avoid in order to maintain our health, we are ever surrounded by examples that disprove these "laws." There are people who observe ALL these rules, yet they keep on getting sick; and there are people who IGNORE all these rules, but remain strong and healthy into their old age.
|1Peter.3:10||For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.|
AGAIN; not so much as a word about DIET. The current IDEAS which have become so popular in APOSTATE CHRISTENDOM about "eating your way to health and strength", are doctrines of devils which are presented to the mind in a STAGE-SHOW of PSEUDO-LOGIC based on the babblings of science falsely so called; and they that profess and teach these things have erred concerning the faith.
|John.17:17||Sanctify (make holy) them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.|
To be HOLY is to be SEPARATED from what is carnal, or "of the lost and unregenerate world." The Bible tells us what to STAY AWAY FROM in order to be holy. God told Adam and Eve to not eat of thetree of good and evil (Gen.2:16-17); but the first words out of the serpent's mouth are an attempt to "expand the list" (Gen.3:1). We are sanctified (made holy) by the truth. You may NOT make up your own "definition" for holiness, and neither can you become "more holy" by "expanding the list".
|Col.2:20||Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances (dogmatic decrees),|
|21.||(Touch not; taste not; handle not;|
|22.||Which (things) are all to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?|
|23.||Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship (self imposed religion), and humility, and neglecting (severe discipline) of the body; not in any honour to (not honourably, but for) the satisfying of the flesh (man's carnal religious nature).|
You may as well get ready for a "wild ride" my Friend. . . . . . .for HOLINESS, as defined by the New Testament, has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with what you taste, touch, or handle. Those who make up these lists of Touch not; taste not; handle not, are creating religious ordinances about what is CLEAN or UNCLEAN in the moral sense. These "lists" of what IS and ISN'T "good" in God's sight (1 Tim. 4:4) are doctrines of devils; by which a completely FALSE "definition" of HOLINESS is taught to the minds of men whose conscience is seared with a hot iron.
|Rom.14:14||I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.|
Permit me to show you HOW the Lord Jesus persuaded both me AND the Apostle Paul that there is nothing unclean of itself:
|Mark.7:14||And when Jesus had called all the people unto Him, He said unto them, Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand:|
|15.||There is NOTHING from without a man, that entering into him, can defile him: but the things that come out of him, those are they that defile the man.|
Oh, but the "list makers" are shaking with rage now! We ALL KNOW what I am getting at: alcohol, drugs, and tobacco; INTOXICANTS. Jesus spoke of these people who require that you submit to THEIR RULES about what you MAY or MAY NOT eat and drink before you "qualify" to preach to them:
|Luke.7:31||And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?|
|32.||They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you and ye have not wept.|
|33.||For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.|
|34.||The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold, a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!|
Neither Jesus, NOR I are going to "dance to their tune". It wouldn't make ANY DIFFERENCE if we did. And please don't make a display of your stupidity by suggesting that the Pharisees called Jesus a winebibber because they thought He drank too much grape juice. Those who embrace and teach these doctrines of devils which teach us to abstain from meats (1 Tim. 4:3) will ALWAYS find sufficient "reason" to reject both me AND Jesus, just like they will continue to reject the OBVIOUS import of the Scriptures you have just read.
|Titus.1:15||Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.|
|16.||They profess that they know God; but in works they deny (Grk. deny by contradicting) Him, being abominable (bestial, guided by instinct), and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.|
The Apostle wrote the above Scriptures as a response to those who give heed to Jewish (dietary) fables, and commandments of men, that turn (Grk. have apostasized) from the truth (Titus 1:14). Let NO MAN judge you in meat, or in drink. . . . .(Col. 2:16). Hey, Reader! ARE YOU A MAN?
|Prov.31:6||Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.|
|7.||Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.|
The Bible NEVER equates DRUNKENNESS with the moderate use of alcohol. A drunkard is a certain type of person: one who permits his use of alcohol to ruin his, or anyone else's life. The DRUNKARD is described in Proverbs 23:29-35. We are told in Proverbs 31:6-7 to give strong drink to a man who is in the agony of distress. In Deuteronomy 14:26 the Israelites are told that part of their tithe money may be used to buy wine, or strong drink. Jesus made 120 gallons of wine at the marriage in Cana, and the phrase, "well drunk" does not mean, "they had a lot of grape juice" (John 2:1-11). We are certainly warned that whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise (Prov. 20:1); and no one has ever been deceived by "grape juice". There is NO SUCH THING as a "prohibition" against the use of ANY kind of intoxicants if they are received with thanksgiving: for they are sanctified by the word of God and a willingness to ask permission in prayer (1 Tim. 4:4).
Alcohol, tobacco, and all drugs are ALL DRUGS; along with caffeine, and aspirin, and sleeping aids, and cough medicine, and laxatives. They are ALL JUST DRUGS. Sometimes even vitamins are classified as drugs. The difference between OPIUM and ASPIRIN, and the difference between CODEINE and COUGH DROPS, is a line you have drawn in your own mind. If you have a "right" to use any of them; you have the SAME RIGHT to use all of them. These doctrines of devils make "holiness" into a matter of what you MAY or MAY NOT consume. The UTTER HYPOCRISY in those who make up these "lists" is seen in that if a RICH MAN'S doctor prescribes "feel good pills"; the RICH MAN is said to have done no wrong! If the POOR MAN who can't pay the doctor enough to get the same pills drinks some cheap wine to relieve his depression: he gets to be called "the sinner". The RICH MAN can "pay off" his doctor enough to get a prescription for AMPHETAMINES (speed): the doctor says he needs it. No BIG problem as long as the RICH MAN doesn't become addicted: and even then, it isn't a criminal problem; we may even feel sorry for him. The POOR MAN buys some COCAINE because he thinks HE needs it: but we'll put him in jail, ruin his life, and call him a CRIMINAL. UNBELIEVABLE HYPOCRISY! This "list making" of what you may taste, touch, and handle (Col. 2:21) is a doctrine of devils which creates a COMPLETELY FALSE definition for holiness; and those who embrace these doctrines depart (apostasize) from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1). Neither the Old nor the New Testaments contain any "prohibition" against the temperate use of intoxicants for either medicinal OR relaxation purposes. GO AHEAD. . . . . . . . . . . . waste your time. . .look it up.
|Rom.14:21||It is good neither to eat FLESH, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.|
The 14th chapter of Romans has always been used by the prophets of touch not; taste not; handle not; as their final line of argument for what they think is the ABSOLUTE NECESSITY that we observe their "lists". Paul commands us to Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died (14:15). Certainly, to destroy him, . . .for whom Christ died, is a most SERIOUS OFFENCE: therefore, we had better find out what it means to offend our brother.
|Matt.15:11||Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth the man.|
|12.||Then came His disciples and said unto Him, Knowest Thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?|
|13.||But He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up.|
Now, what saying was it that the Pharisees were offended at? When these same Pharisees accused Jesus of being a glutton and a winebibber (Luke 7:34), does Jesus make ANY concession to them WHATSOEVER? If what the Apostle means by offended, is that someone GETS UPSET about what you eat, drink, or say; then Jesus was guilty; for He offended; and CONTINUES to offend many people.
When the Apostle says we should not offend our brother, he is talking about destroying him for whom Christ died; not about simply `annoying' someone by what you eat or drink. If what you eat or drink will TRULY cause someone who doesn't know any better to be suspicious of your testimony, or be disillusioned with Christianity, you should NOT flaunt your liberty at their expense.
|Rom.14:20||For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence (with arrogant disregard for the scruples of other people).|
We should not use our liberty to intentionally insult or provoke people who don't know any better, nor should we urge someone to do what they cannot do with a clear conscience, for whatsoever is not of faith is sin (14:23). Therefore the Apostle says: Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth(14:22). We are NOT TOLD that we have to "modify" our diet or our lifestyle to suit the opinions of every man who wishes to judge you in meat, or in drink (Col. 2:16); but to make sure WE have a CLEAR CONSCIENCE in these matters, and that we don't take public liberties that will CAUSE people to TURN AWAY from the faith. Most of the people who spend their time judging and condemning others for drinking or smoking, are NOT going to be TURNED AWAY from The Faith just because you won't submit to THEIR RULES: they have embraced the doctrines of devils and are already APOSTATES. Whether or not you submit to their requirements won't make any more difference to them, than IT would have made to the Pharisees who condemned Jesus. If Jesus had given up drinking wine to please the Pharisees, they would have FOUND or MADE UP some other reason to reject Him. Nothing has changed.
|Rom.14:3||Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: FOR GOD HATH RECEIVED HIM.|
It's a rare thing that you meet someone who gets offended because you WON'T eat or drink this or that. What usually happens, is that you meet someone who eateth not what you feel the liberty to eat,and he immediately thinks he is your moral and spiritual superior, and he passes judgement on you. It's funny, how these prophets of taste not; touch not; and handle not never seem to remember THIS part of the 14th chapter of Romans. These hypocrites, while insisting that you abstain from wine because it offends them, would respond only with derision and contempt to someone who insisted that they give up eating meat, even though both wine and flesh are mentioned in the same breath by the Apostle (Rom.14:21). Neither do they ever seem to remember that Paul says that the one who feels compelled to abstain is the one who is weak in the faith (Rom. 14:1). This refers to THAT SAME PRINCIPLE; that there is nothing unclean of itself (14:14); and that every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, IF it be received with thanksgiving: for IT IS sanctified by the word of God and (a willingness to submit all such matters to God in) prayer (1 Tim. 4:4-5).
|Rom.14:13||Let us not therefore JUDGE one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brothers way.|
The prophets of touch not; taste not; handle not never seem to consider that their doctrine of devils may offend anyone. They make a false claim that one who smokes CANNOT be saved or serve God BECAUSE he still likes to smoke his cigarettes, and if they can provoke that person into despair, they are REALLY PROUD OF IT! Others go even further in their heresy, denying that anyone who eats shrimp, or even any kind of meat can ever be pleasing to God. Jesus warned that those who cause others to needlessly despair of their hope in God's favor would be better off if a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea (Matt.18:6-7). They wouldn't dare condemn their fat friends, who are definitely guilty of gluttony, even though both the glutton and the drunkard are lumped together by the Bible (Prov.23:21). They have no rebuke for themselves for the unnecessary things they like to eat or drink just because they like the taste! If someone is offended at WHAT THEY DO or SAY, they just DESPISE that person, and feel REAL SUPERIOR and "holy" because of the big "stand" they are willing to take for their doctrine of devils. They may pipe or mourn all they want; but neither Jesus, nor I, are going to dance or weep on cue (Luke 7:32). Let NO MAN therefore judge you in meat, or in drink. . .(Col. 2:16). For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink (nor abstaining from them); but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17).
Put simply, the doctrines of devils that teach us to abstain from meats are just those "reasonings" of the carnal mind that come to "conclusions" that disagree with The Bible. I have JUST SHOWN YOU what the Bible says about these things. That STAGE-SHOW of PSEUDO-LOGIC based on the oppositions of science falsely so called that has displaced the PLAIN and SIMPLE teaching of The Bible on DIET, HEALTH, and HOLINESS is the doctrine of devils that The Scriptures predicted would arise in the latter times.
Now as I write this; I KNOW that almost NO ONE in Christendom is going to agree. I ALSO know that I am going to make some real bloodthirsty enemies for EXPOSING their LIES by the light of God's Bible. I do know who and WHAT I am up against; and would rather have just skipped this subject. BUT, I couldn't. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 is a prophecy about The End of the Age, and the Holy Ghost directed me to write about THESE THINGS. May God be pleased to protect me from all that the Devil and all his little reprobate disciples want to do to me. I WILL NOT RECANT.
As I mentioned much earlier, anything that God would call doctrines of devils would have to cause TRAGIC RESULTS if embraced by Christendom. These FALSE DOCTRINES about DIET, HEALTH, and HOLINESS have always been occurring to the minds of unbelievers. Only when Apostate Christendom put their "stamp of approval" on these HERESIES have they become SIGNS of the End of the Age. The "approval" by Organized Religion of these IDEAS has caused them to be accepted as "indisputable fact" by the rest of the world; and the True Believers now have to wade through a quagmire of PSEUDO-LOGIC backed up by universal consent in order to reach the truth. Having turned away from the Biblical Doctrines on HEALTH; everyone is now fully obliged to "pay the doctor all he wants". We are convinced that "the doctor" is our only hope; and HE DOESN'T WORK CHEAP. It is well known that the Luke who wrote the 3rd Gospel was a physician; yet this same Luke, in his only mention of medical treatment, says this: A woman having an issue of blood twelve years. . .spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any (Luke 8:43). Nothing has changed. You will have to look in the original 1611 edition of the King James Bible to find ANYTHING positive said about doctors. In the Apocrypha, The Book of Ecclesiaticus, chapter 38, verses 1-15, has a detailed explanation of the relationship between SIN and SICKNESS, and of the relationship between Divine healing and medical treatment. I subscribe to what is written there; and I do not despise the doctor, or medicine. There is, however, no getting around the fact that if God sends you to the doctor, it is to humble you. What has happened, is that NO ONE pays attention to what the Bible says about their health anymore until AFTER "modern science" writes them off. God is not interested in playing "second fiddle" to doctrines of devils, so these pleas to God for "special help" usually go unanswered. The RICH think they have more reason to hope because they can AFFORD to PAY the BIG BUCKS. These false doctrines about health and holiness are strictly RELIGIOUS matters. There has been, however, another altogether more sinister product of these doctrines of devils, which has profoundly affected the WHOLE WORLD.
|Psalm.94:20||Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by a law?|
This mischief; in which a man presumes to have the right to be a judge over what another man may EAT or DRINK has been framed into a law. Over 600 BILLION dollars are spent each year by the people of America for health care. A very large portion of that money goes for the purchase of DRUGS. The RICH MEN and The State have gotten together to pass "laws" for the control of the manufacture and distribution of ALL medicines and drugs. These "drug laws", which require that you pay a "bribe" to "the right people" before you can get your prescription filled, are nothing less than a CONSPIRACY to control the vast amounts of money that are involved. Many of these drugs are just derivatives of plants, which almost anyone could grow in their own garden. If anyone were to dare and grow one of these plants and make their own drugs, they risk being jailed. These drug laws are the STUPIDEST, most WASTEFUL, and UNENFORCEABLE laws ever passed by any government. For the FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, a man can be made a criminal simply for POSSESSING something that he didn't steal. In 1919 before the Act of Prohibition was passed, there were 550 breweries in this country making beer, wine, and liquor; mostly owned by the middle class. The STUPID LAW was passed; putting them all out of business. The STUPID LAW was passed; and gave the "golden opportunity" to Organized Crime: making them SO RICH that THEY built their glittering City of Sin, Las Vegas, from the proceeds of their liquor business. The STUPID LAW was passed; making thousands of otherwise productive citizens into CRIMINALS. The STUPID LAW was passed; and the prison population of this country DOUBLED in 4 years. When THE STUPID LAW was repealed, there were still people in prison for breaking THE STUPID LAW. THE STUPID LAW was repealed, and now nobody wants to account for the thousands whose lives were needlessly ruined by the attempt to legislate what another man may eat, or drink. In 1933 the STUPID LAW was repealed; and from the ashes of 550 breweries once owned by the middle class, there arose the FEW GIANT corporations that control it all today. Now, it's 1991: and we make movies about "rum runners" and turn them into folk heros. How STUPID, how WASTEFUL, how WICKED and DISHONEST. But no! We haven't learned our lesson; we now have HUNDREDS of STUPID LAWS about what a man may eat or drink. Just as during the Prohibition, these STUPID LAWS have created a whole new "class" of "criminals", whose only "crime" is that they refuse to let another man be a judge over what they may, or may not, EAT, DRINK, OR SMOKE. Just as it was during the Prohibition, the demand for "illegal substances" has not decreased, but rather increased. This has raised the price of these drugs, because the "entrepreneurs" who supply them wish to be paid well for the risks they must take. These STUPID LAWS have created a giant underground economy managed by gangsters, for only they are willing to kill or be killed for all that money. Over HALF of the prison population in this country are there for DRUG RELATED offences; every day murderers and child molestors are released to prey upon the population so there will be room in the jails for men whose only crime was possessing something they didn't steal. I sat in a court room once and watched a 3 TIME child molester "walk" because he could afford to post bond. I also saw two eighteen-year old boys GO TO JAIL because they were caught with a couple of marijuana cigarettes, and couldn't post bail. This could have been your son, or your daughter. Do you have ANY IDEA what happens to a young boy or girl in a jail?
One of these days, if the Lord hasn't returned as soon as I expect Him to; and AFTER the GIANT CORPORATIONS have figured out how to get control over the money involved; some of these drug laws will be repealed. Maybe marijuana will become legal. After this happens we'll be watching movies about the "drug smugglers" who were criminals yesterday, but are folk heros today. NOBODY will remember how many lives were destroyed by these STUPID LAWS; whose ONLY purpose was to funnel money to the medical, pharmaceutical, and liquor industries.
Not long ago I went to a pharmacy to pick up prescriptions for a relative. I asked the pharmacist what would be the difference in cost if my relative didn't have HEALTH INSURANCE. The DIFFERENCE was $81.00. Even if you know what medicine YOU need, you cannot obtain that drug without paying off the doctor FIRST. It's all a matter of MONEY. The RICH MAN can get all the drugs he wants LEGALLY, by paying the BIG BUCKS to the right doctor. The RICH MAN; he's alright with us; he PAID OFF THE DOCTOR first. The POOR MAN buys his "feel good" pills from the man on the corner; we'll put him in jail, ruin his life, break up his family, and turn a tax-payer into a tax-taker, while he gets an education in crime from the REAL CRIMINALS he's now locked up with. The doctrines of devils which grant a MAN the right to judge what another man may eat or drink (Col. 2:16) have become LAWS; and the COST in both MONEY and HUMAN SUFFERING is, and has been, MONSTROUS.
|Hosea.5:4||They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.|
The doctrines of devils about marriage have unleashed a torrent of lust upon our world. The children in Christendom are schooled in adultery long before they get married. After they get married, their past sexual sins hinder their relationship to their spouse. After they have been married, almost any excuse seems to justify divorce. After they get divorced, they see no reason why they shouldn't get married AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN. People who are married use sexual denial as a means of coercing or punishing each other. Wives see no reason to submit to their husbands, and husbands are unwilling to sacrifice their freedom or privelidge for the happiness of their wives. In the midst of all this misery are THE CHILDREN, who grow up in broken homes, or homes full of hatred and violence. Everyone on television commits fornication and adultery; AND GETS AWAY WITH IT. Most of todays popular music is little more than the worship of promiscuity and fornication. Sexual innuendo is written into commercials for everything from cars to toothpaste. Celebrities boast of their sexual exploits, and everyone applauds. MEANWHILE, the AIDS epidemic takes it's toll on the immoral masses; but nobody is waking up from this NIGHTMARE of LUST. God looks down from heaven, and amidst all of this perversion and degradation He beholds this ONE RESULT of the doctrine of devils that stands out above all others: a thing so HIDEOUS, and so CONSPICUOUS, that it is THE HORROR SEEN FROM HEAVEN. This HORROR SEEN FROM HEAVEN is the object of a prophecy given by Our Lord Jesus Christ as He dragged His cross to Calvary:
|Luke.23:27||And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him.|
|28.||But Jesus turning unto them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.|
|29.||For behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the breasts which never gave suck.|
|30.||Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.|
|31.||For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry.|
The reference to men being in such desperate straights that they wish that mountains and hills would fall on them and cover them is a PLAIN MENTION of the GREAT TRIBULATION which is described in the Book of Revelation (6:16). Before that GREAT TRIBULATION there will be days in which women, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, will think of themselves as blessed, FORTUNATE, to never have born or reared a child. This is a prophecy about ABORTION. The reason that the tree is dry is because so many of the children who would have become the Living Saints in the Earthly Church have ALL BEEN MURDERED. The tree is Christendom. There are very few True Children of God left alive in the world. We are at The End of the Age; and Christendom is APOSTATE.
|1Tim.4:6||If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.|
|Rev.22:20||He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly; Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.|
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