Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Love is the Big Thing - Charles Leiter

Don't Be Scared of the Word Love - Charles Leiter

Sodomite 'marriage' is the Beginning of the Persecution of the Church

For those of you who just don't understand, the sodomite 'marriage' law proposed by these sodomite groups is really not about seek mere 'equality'. No, they are seeking to force everyone to submit to their vile sodomite agenda.


Sodomite 'marriage' is just one such tool. It will in the future further legitimise hatred against the Church, and provide a powerful tool to attack Christians.


Don't believe me? Look at the cases in America where Christian bakeries and florists went bankrupt because some sodomite sued them for not making a cake with a pro-sodomite message, or flowers for a sodomite 'wedding'!


Mark my word.


See:


http://www.acl.org.au/senate_inquiry_hears_about_freedom_losses_under_same_sex_marriage_law


http://www.acl.org.au/same_sex_marriage_would_weaponise_anti_discrimination_laws




Monday, 30 January 2017

The Fallacy of the Claim that Usury in the Bible refers to '"Excessive" interest

Many in the modern western Church think that 'usury' in the Bible refers to "excessive" interest. This definition of usury being excessive interest is a perversion of the true Biblical definition of interest. The Jewish Encylopedia explains:

In modern language this term denotes a rate of interest greater than that which the law or public opinion permits; but the Biblical law, in all dealings among Israelites, forbids all "increase" of the debt by reason of lapse of time or forbearance, be the rate of interest high or low, while it does not impose any limit in dealings between Israelites and Gentiles. Hence in discussing Jewish law the words "interest" and "usury" may be used indiscriminately.

There are three Biblical passages which forbid the taking of interest in the case of "brothers," but which permit, or seemingly enjoin, it when the borrower is a Gentile, namely, Ex. xxii. 24; Lev. xxv. 36, 37; Deut. xxiii. 20, 21.

The Hebrew word for "usury" is "neshek," meaning literally "a bite," from its painfulness to the debtor; while in Lev. xxv. 36, 37 "increase" is the rendering of the Hebrew "marbit" or "tarbit" which denotes the gain on the creditor's side, and which in the later Hebrew becomes "ribbit." Lending on usury or increase is classed by Ezekiel (xviii. 13, 17) among the worst of sins. See also Ps. xv., in which among the attributes of the righteous man is reckoned the fact that he does not lend on usury.

The Talmud (B. M. 61b) dwells on Ezek. xviii. 13 (Hebr.): "He has lent on usury; he has taken interest; he shall surely not live, having done all these abominations"; on the words with which the prohibition of usury in Lev. xxv. 36 closes: "Thou shalt be afraid of thy God"; and on the further words in which Ezekiel (l.c.) refers to the usurer: "He shall surely suffer death; his blood is upon him"; hence the lender on interest is compared to the shedder of blood.

Thus, it is clear that the Biblical Hebrew definition of usury, which is the true Biblical definition, is that usury refers to any amount of interest at all. The Bible indeed has no respect for usury. To claim that Bible respects usury in some circumstances is truly akin to saying it has respect for sodomy or child sacrifice in some circumstances - all of which are abominations in the eyes of God (Leviticus 20:13; Deuteronomy 12:31; Ezekiel 18:13).

No where in Bible does it distinguish between "excessive" and "reasonable" usury. No where! It is wicked man who compromises with sin who makes such a distinction. This is precisely what the Church in Europe did sometime between the 15th to 16th century, eventually leading to the abolition of the prohibition on usury through Europe sometime during the 18th to 19th centuries. It is precisely what many Christians, including many pastors do.

What difference is there between the unsaved person who thinks usury is justified when "reasonable" and the (professing) Christian, even pastor, who thinks usury is justified when "reasonable"? None. None at all.

The idea that the Bible distinguishes between "excessive" and "reasonable" interest or usury is a doctrine of demons. It is what deceived John Calvin into compromising, and eventually supporting usury. To say that the Bible distinguishes between the "excessive" and "reasonable" usury is to not only say that God is lying about usury being a sin, but that God is a liar. It is to tell God that you know better than Him about usury.

"How?", I hear you ask. Sin is sin, regardless of the circumstances or the degree to which it is committed. Usury is sin itself. So, to claim there is a Biblical distinction between "excessive" and "reasonable" usury is to say that usury is justified to certain degrees or in certain circumstances. This is like saying that child sacrifice is justified where the unborn child is only 2 weeks old, a "reasonable" age at which to murder him or her, but that murdering him or her at 4 years old is wrong, an "excessive" age at which is murder him or her.

It is to pervert the Moral Law of God on usury, and implement humanistic standards on usury. It is no different from moral relativism because it is moral relativism.


Sources: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/14615-usury
 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Bible respects No interest. Usury in the Bible means ALL interest, not just "excessive" interest

Many people in the modern western Church think that usury refers to "excessive" interest, and not interest per se. However, little do they know about the history of the word 'usury'. The term 'usury' in the true sense refers to all interest. However, the term became twisted sometime during the 15th to 16th century to refer to "excessive" interest owing to pro-usury factions in Europe seeking to justify usury.

This definition is critical because it will determine one's understanding of this sin. All sin is a matter of life or death, whether it is a sin that people always talk about, or one that no one ever talks about, such as usury. All sin is serious in God's eyes, whether it is taken seriously by the Church or totally ignored by the Church. 

The failure to have a right understanding of any sin leads to sin, not only because one did not know one has sinned. It is because having a wrong understanding of sin is itself manifestation of the flesh, which hates God.


For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

 (Romans 8:5-13).

Ezekiel 18:1-20 also says:


18 The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying,
What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,
And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,
And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;
He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,
Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God.
10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,
11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife,
12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,
13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,
15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife,
16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,
17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.
18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.
19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Easton's Bible dictionary got it right when it said:

Usury [N] [S]
the sum paid for the use of money, hence interest; not, as in the modern sense, exorbitant interest. The Jews were forbidden to exact usury ( Leviticus 25:36 Leviticus 25:37 ), only, however, in their dealings with each other ( Deuteronomy 23:19 Deuteronomy 23:20 ). The violation of this law was viewed as a great crime ( Psalms 15:5 ; Proverbs 28:8 ; Jeremiah 15:10 ). After the Return, and later, this law was much neglected ( Nehemiah 5:7 Nehemiah 5:10 ). (emphasis mine)
  
Usury is a moral issue, and does has a true definition, which is determined by God. It is that usury is all interest, and that all usury is sin. To say that usury has no fixed definition is akin to saying that child sacrifice (called 'abortion') has no fixed definition, such that child sacrifice, and therefore its rightness or wrongness, is a matter of how one defines it. This leads to the logical conclusion that the usury is not absolutely right or wrong, but that its rightness or wrongness dependent on the circumstances. That is the danger of confusion about the definition of usury and why it is absolutely crucial for one to understand what usury truly is.

Source: 
http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/usury/
The Scholastic Analysis of Usury, John Noonan

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Letter Evangelism: My Gospel Letter to Volley Australia

The Australian Christian Lobby sought to wage a campaign against Volley Australia for their pornographic advertisement to express disappointment. So, I decided to write a letter to Volley to express love to them by witnessing to them. It is as follows:


I write this not to express outrage or anger, but with love and care for the people behind the Volley advertisement, the subject of the complaint.

I write this because the people behind the campaign need to know (which they already do), that God exists, and that He will judge all of us for all the things each of us has done. They are included. The promotion of sexual immorality, which is what the Bible, the Word of God, calls it. The issue here is not what I or any other person thinks about it. Rather, it is what God, before Whom all of us will stand, thinks.

Sexual immorality and the approval and support of it is a sin, the breaking of God's Moral Law. Because it is a sin against God, and God is the ultimate Moral Lawgiver, anyone who practices these sins will justly be condemned by God. That just condemnation is eternity in Hell. That is why I write this - to warn the people behind the campaign about God's just wrath against what they have done.

But, God so loved the world, that He sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ to die for their sins. This was no small sacrifice. It was the ultimate sacrifice, and the ultimate act of love. It works like this: you broke God's Moral Law, Jesus Christ paid your fine. So, this means that when you will stand before God, He can dismiss His case against you.

So, if you turn from all your sins, and place your faith in Jesus Christ, and Him alone, God will save you from His wrath. This is a free gift from God. There is no other way to escape His wrath, except by humbling yourself, turning from your sin and trusting in Jesus Christ. Doing good works, or refraining from doing bad things will not enable you to escape from God's wrath.

One may think that engaging in sexual activity with someone, as long as there is consent is love. Perhaps you might think that. But, this is based on the illusion that sex is love, and love is sex. But I would like to kindly and gently tell you that if a person engages in sex with you, without a real commitment, that person does not love you. He or she, despite what he or she tells you, does not really truly love you. This is because sex was not designed (by God) to be outside of marriage, but only within marriage. It is only within marriage can sex be with true real commitment, because of the commitment that each party to the marriage makes to the other, to be bound to the person to the rest of his or her life.

So, I plead with you, please turn from your sin and put your faith in Jesus Christ today. I urge you to do so while you still have time.

Love from
[my name]

So, please pray that they will read this letter in full, that God will bind satan and his angels to stop them from snatching the seed of the Gospel from their heartts, and to stop them from stopping them from being draw to Jesus Christ. Please pray that God will soften their hearts, so that they may come to repentance and faith.

Monday, 23 January 2017

To even think that one "Needs" money is itself Utter Faithless, and to Call Jesus a Liar

It is easy for a true follower of Christ to simply acknowledge that God will provide one's needs, as Jesus said in Matthew 6:30-34:

 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

But, how many in the modern (true) Church really truly believe in this passage and heed it? You may dismiss those who fail to heed this passage, and for that matter, other passages you don't want to submit it, as those who are not true Christians. 

But do you, you who are sure you are a true Christian, truly and earnestly heed the full counsel of God, including those which directly challenge and rebuke your desires, wants, aspirations, visions and pursuits? 

Jesus had to rebuke His followers about money. Matthew 6:19-34 was a rebuke to His own followers that not only can one not serve both God and money, but that to even think about seeking one's earthly needs is utter faithlessness

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 (Mathew 6:25-30)

This is indeed a strong rebuke for even thinking, in the sense of setting one's minds on these things, to serve one's needs. 

To even think that one should pursue one's "needs" is itself to be faithless, trusting in mammon, instead of God. It is a sin that is just as vile as blasphemy, as it is to utterly dishonour God. It is as a child saying that one's father that he cannot trust him because he will not provide, when he already has. It is not only to say that Jesus is lying when He said God will provide, but to call Him a liar. 



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Monday, 2 January 2017

Debt is a Trap, Be Wise, Avoid the Snare of Debt!

Australia currently has the highest level of personal debt in the world. A survey by Barna, a research organisation "focused on the intersection of faith and culture" reported in 2015 that the debt levels of Christians in America are about the same as that of their secular counterparts

It seems like there is really no difference between the Church and the world in the west, on the issue of debt. Debt is a trap. The Bible contains many warnings to not be a guarantor for another. Proverbs, the book of wisdom gives many such warnings:

My son, if you become surety for your friend,
If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
You are snared by the words of your mouth;
You are taken by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my son, and deliver yourself;
For you have come into the hand of your friend:
Go and humble yourself;
Plead with your friend.
Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids.
Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

(Proverbs 1:1-6) (emphasis in original NKJV text).

He who is surety for a stranger will suffer,
But one who hates being surety is secure.

(Proverbs 11:15).


The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender.

(Proverbs 22:7).
 
Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge,
One of those who is surety for debts;
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take away your bed from under you?

(Proverbs 22:26-27).

What it means to be a surety?

Proverbs 6:1-6 explains what it means to be a surety for the debts of another. Proverbs 6:2 says that if you have agreed to be a surety for the debts of another, you are "snared by the words of your mouth". You have fallen into a trap of being indebted yourself, as you have promised to pay the debts on behalf of another personally, making it your debt. So, that is why the writer, who is a father writing to his son says: "So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself: Plead with your friend" in Proverbs 6:3. 

The father commands his son to deliver himself because of the snare that he is in. There is a sense of urgency,  and an indication that one is at the mercy of one's friend when one promises to pay debts personally for him, as it says 'plead' with your friend to be released from his hand. This sense of urgency is further emphasised in Proverbs 6:4-5 where the author commands the listener, both the original listener and us today to make sure one does not rest until one delivers oneself from the hands of the person whose debts are being guaranteed. Being a guarantor or surety is described as being a gazelle in the hand of a hunter and a bird in the hand of a fowler, from which it need to be delivered from. The hunter and fowler are predators. Likewise, the surety is prey of the one being guaranteed. 

Never ever ever ever be the surety of another person as the Bible has already warned! You are at the mercy of the person whose debts your guarantee. He will be able to make you pay his debts on his behalf, because of your promise.

However, there is an even deeper problem. A surety being trapped in debt, as he sacrifices himself to pay debt of a debtor, became a  debtor himself. This is because being in debt itself is a trap. Debt is a trap, it is a snare. 

Avoid the snare of debt! Resist his alluring lips. For he promises all that you want, but he does not deliver. He deceives by the wealth he gives, but in the end, that wealth is not yours. For it is the lender's, who you need to repay and make you poor.

Flee from debt. Flee from the love of money, which debt uses to seduce people into his trap. Run to the providence of God. As Jesus said: Seek first the righteousness of God and He will give you all your needs (Matthew 6:33).

Sources:

https://www.finder.com.au/australias-personal-debt-reported-as-highest-in-the-world
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-can-australian-households-get-away-with-the-biggest-debts-in-the-world-20160922-grlsoc.html
http://www.tradingeconomics.com/australia/households-debt-to-gdp

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http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-really-matters-in-2017