FAQ-Index

A Catalog, Index, and Directory for the Common & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we get at TrueConnection.org

 

Josiahs Scott, Josiahs@trueconnection.org, www.TrueConnection.org

Created around late 2006 or early 2007; Many, many heavy revisions were made, but they were not recorded until: 10/19/09; 1/9 – 1/16/10; 1/18/10; 4/30/10; 5/19/10; 6/1/10; 6/19-6/21/10; 7/5/10; 8/7/10; 11/13/10; (11/23/10 technical); 2/14/11; 7/31/11 (relocated sinners to sin lists); 8/20/11; 11/23/12; 11/27/12; 1/1/13; 2/27/13; 6/12/14; 8/6/16 (small updates); 2/6/17; 3/14/17; 3/21/17 (re-titled: FAQ Index)

 

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Contents

Preface. 1

Real Questions Used. 1

Feedback. 1

Cannon of Scripture. 1

Trinity. 2

Salvation. 3

Salvation Defined. 3

Freewill and Predestination. 3

Eternal Security. 3

Church Leadership. 4

Spiritual Gifts. 5

Women in the church. 5

3 Changes. 5

(1) Salvation. 5

(2) Prayer 6

(3) Love the UNPOPULAR Truth of Jesus. 7

Ordinances. 7

Moral, In General 7

Abortion. 7

Homosexuality. 7

Divorce and Remarriage. 8

Summaries. 9

Summary of Very Basic Beliefs. 9

Summary of Distinctive Beliefs. 10

Disclaimer 11

Terminology Used. 11

 

Preface

 

Real Questions Used

Most of the questions presented here are based on actual questions that I have been asked throughout the years.

 

Feedback

I appreciate any feedback and help with making this resource more effective. Feedback goes a long way, and is deeply appreciated.

Email: Josiahs@trueconnection.org, with corrections, suggestions, comments, reactions, or other feedback.

 

FAQ Webpage and PDF

This FAQ resource is available as a convenient web page full of links, but a formatted, printer-friendly, PDF is also available:

 

Web Pagewww.trueconnection.org/BibleStudies/FAQs.html

PDFwww.trueconnection.org/BibleStudies/FAQs.pdf

 

Links

As a convenient web page full of links, this document has both internal and external links that cross-reference and support various points communicated throughout this work. Most of the links are internal within this web page, while most of the links that are external open in new windows.

    The primary way to use this FAQ document is to click on the links in the contents almost like a dictionary to answer questions you might have.  However, it is also designed to work if you read it straight through.

 

Cannon of Scripture

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It goes without saying that we believe all the Bible all the way down to every single smallest detail, just like Jesus commanded (Mat_5:17-20).

 

Believing all the Bible Means…

·        Believing the original Hebrew Old Testament -- As commanded from Moses to Jesus, and through the Apostles.

·        Believing all the books of the original Greek Old Testament (LXX) -- As commanded by Jesus and His Apostles.

·        Believing the Greek New Testament -- As commanded from Moses to Jesus, and through the Apostles.

·        Believing everything else that the Bible points to and affirms to be true.

·        Rejecting almost all English versions (especially the more periphrastic they are) which do not obey Jesus’ commanded reverence for every detail of the original languages (again, Mat_5:17-20).

·        Obediently listening for prophecies today (Paul: don’t forbid, covet to prophesy), and looking forward to the hope of more Scriptures yet to be written as the end of the age is brought to a close (Rev_11).

>> all of the inspired books we no longer have

 

Keep in mind that all of these complicated details were not designed for you as an individual to understand on your own.

The canon of Scripture is no simple ordeal.  It is not easy to understand, nor are you likely to even get the basic facts correct if you’re not helped.

If you ever choose to obey the Bible and get discipled, then you can ask us about our Bible study called, the Bible is True, where you can learn all of the shocking and profound details about the truth of the Canon of Scripture.

 

Trinity

Do you believe in the Trinity?

 

Yes, I believe in the mysterious Biblical concept of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit (The One Spirit Who is Holy).

 

Gen_1:26; Num_6:24-27; Isa_48:16 1Co_12:4-4; 2Co_13:14; Eph_2:18; 1Jn_5:5-8 (despite textual variations), etc.

 

I do not believe and the cheap and shallow, unBiblical simplifications of the “Trinity” preached in numerous churches.

 

In fact, one of the main reasons why virtually all churches are given over to antichrist is because virtually no one REALLY believes (or even confesses together [ὁμολογεῖ]) that Jesus Anointed One really did come in the flesh (1Jn_4:1-3, 1Jn_4:6-8, etc.), and the fact that you don’t realize this means you desperately need someone to teach you about the real Trinity!

 

Also See: Summary of Very Basic Beliefs; [Back to Contents]

 

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Plural unity / oneness

Joh 16:6

>> and many others refs in surrounding context!

 

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i believe in the original, biblical-historical, ancient teaching about the Godhead before the apostacy of niceia in 325ad. This teaching was what was eventually called the "trinity" especially after being somewhat "artificialized" by apostating christianity in order to protect a psudo-orthodox transmission among unsaved christendom. Because of this, I believe in the absolute divinity of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, but do not include with this the fleshly, non-mysterious, predicable teachings of psudo-orthodox christendom.

 

A feshly trinitarianism insists on "well organized" easy to understand distinctions amog God "as three persons," which even lost people can reproduce and teach. The biblical "trinity" presents an incomprehensible unity of God that defys the imagination, so much so that it embraces the interchangability of the God head (i and the Father are One/ if you have seen me you have seen the father) while somehow maintaining their distinct and particular qualities. Unsaved people will never endure with great truth like this indefinitly, because they demand a mold that they can understand and academically boast in.

 

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>> Get Heretic verses & info from:

http://atruechurch.info/heisholygods.html

 

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Tri-Unity Interchangeability

10/27/16

>> Isa_7: MT: everlasting Father…

 

Isa_22:20 WEB  It will happen in that day that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,

Isa_22:20 CAB  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah;

Isa_22:20  καὶ ἔσται ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ καλέσω τὸν παῖδά μου Ελιακιμ τὸν τοῦ Χελκιου

Isa_22:21 and I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your belt. I will commit your government into his hand; and he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

Isa_22:21 and I will put on him your robe, and I will grant him your crown with power, and I will give your stewardship into his hands; and he shall be as a father to them that dwell in Jerusalem, and to them that dwell in Judah.

Isa_22:21  καὶ ἐνδύσω αὐτὸν τὴν στολήν σου καὶ τὸν στέφανόν σου δώσω αὐτῷ καὶ τὸ κράτος καὶ τὴν οἰκονομίαν σου δώσω εἰς τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔσται ὡς πατὴρ τοῖς ἐνοικοῦσιν ἐν Ιερουσαλημ καὶ τοῖς ἐνοικοῦσιν ἐν Ιουδα.

Isa_22:22 I will lay the key of the house of David on his shoulder. He will open, and no one will shut. He will shut, and no one will open.

Isa_22:22 And I will give him the glory of David; and he shall rule, and there shall be none to speak against him; and I will give him the key of the house of David upon his shoulder. And he shall open, and there shall be none to shut; and he shall shut, and there shall be none to open.

Isa_22:22  καὶ δώσω τὴν δόξαν Δαυιδ αὐτῷ, καὶ ἄρξει, καὶ οὐκ ἔσται ὁ ἀντιλέγων.

Isa_22:23 I will fasten him like a nail in a sure place. He will be for a throne of glory to his father's house.

Isa_22:23 And I will make him a ruler in a sure place, and he shall be for a glorious throne in his father's house.

Isa_22:23  καὶ στήσω αὐτὸν ἄρχοντα ἐν τόπῳ πιστῷ, καὶ ἔσται εἰς θρόνον δόξης τοῦ οἴκου τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ.

Isa_22:24 They will hang on him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, every small vessel, from the cups even to all the pitchers.

Isa_22:24 And everyone that is glorious in the house of his father shall trust in him, from the least to the greatest; and they shall depend upon him in that day.

Isa_22:24  καὶ ἔσται πεποιθὼς ἐπ᾿ αὐτὸν πᾶς ἔνδοξος ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ μικροῦ ἕως μεγάλου καὶ ἔσονται ἐπικρεμάμενοι αὐτῷ.

Isa_22:25 "In that day," says Yahweh of Armies, "the nail that was fastened in a sure place will give way. It will be cut down, and fall. The burden that was on it will be cut off, for Yahweh has spoken it."

Isa_22:25 Thus says the Lord of hosts, The man that is fastened in the sure place shall be removed and be taken away, and shall fall; and the glory that is upon him shall be utterly destroyed; for the Lord has spoken it.

Isa_22:25  ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ-- τάδε λέγει κύριος σαβαωθ--κινηθήσεται ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ ἐστηριγμένος ἐν τόπῳ πιστῷ καὶ πεσεῖται, καὶ ἀφαιρεθήσεται ἡ δόξα ἡ ἐπ᾿ αὐτόν, ὅτι κύριος ἐλάλησεν.

 

Jesus: if you have seen me, you have seen the Father

 

Who looks at the sun and seeks to distinguish the rays shining out of the sun from the body of the sun itself?

Although it is possible to distinguish the sun from its rays, it is not practical when it comes to looking at the sun, as though you could even visually tell the difference.

This parable of the sun was used by the early church, and in fact, it is used in Hebrews when it describes Jesus as the brightness of his Glory (Wis_7: or Wis_9: ??? ), (which in turn comes from the “apocrypha” book of wisdom).

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Salvation

 

Salvation Defined

Please define what it means to be a Christian. What are the necessary criteria?

 

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Link pending…

We hope to provide a link here when it is ready.

 

A Christian is someone who abandons everything in their life (sin, ambitions, desires etc.) to follow and obey Jesus. A Christian is one who turns from sin unto obedience to Jesus and faith in His name, to the saving of the soul from sin and hell. This includes bearing fruit that is worthy of repentance (Luk 1:76-77; 3:8). Spiritually, salvation means dying to the world and becoming engaged to Jesus (Rom 7:4; 2Cor 11:2). For salvation to be completed the person must endure to the end, (Mat 24:13/ Mar 13:13) while practicing sanctification along the way (1Cor 1:2, 30; 6:9-11; 1 Thes 4:3, 6; Heb 12:14). By turning unto obedience we obey everything that is put in our lap to do by God until our life here is done, whether that is as short as the thief on the cross (Luk 23:42-43) or as long as Methuselah (Gen 5:27). Simply put, salvation is initiated when we “Repent and believe...” (Mk 1:15) and preserved and maintained when we “work [it] out with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12).

 

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Freewill and Predestination

Do you believe in Freewill?

 

Absolutely.

 

Do you believe in Predestination?

 

Absolutely.

 

Also See: Eternal Security; [Back to Contents]

 

Eternal Security

Mostly 2007-2009; 2/8/17

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Where do you stand on “Eternal Security”?

 

1.      I do not believe in the heresies of “Once Saved Always Saved”, or even the (absolute) “Perseverance of the Saints”, but the Bible does teach the “Perseverance of the Elect.” (ie. The Bible teaches that it is impossible for the elect to end up in Hell).

2.      At the same time, the Bible positively teaches that one can fall away from God unto condemnation: Mat 13:3-9, 18-23; 25:1-13; Act 1:25; Gal 5:4 (“Christ has become of no effect to you...you have fallen from Grace”); 1Tim 1:19-20; 6:10, 21; 2Tim 2:18; Jas 5:19-20; Heb 6:4-6, 10:26-39, 12:14-17; 1Jn 5:16; 2Pet 2:20-22, 3:17; Also compare 2Cor 13:5 and 1Cor 9:27 (Same word used: αδοκιμοι Strong’s G96); also see: Ezk 18:24-29; Ps 119:118; Pro 19:27

3.      These two concepts are not antagonistic to one another.

4.      Eternal Security” is found in the fact that God sovereignly chooses (or “elects”) people from before time, for Heaven or Hell, and does not change His mind later on: Mat. 24:24, Mat. 24:31, Mar. 13:22, Mar. 13:27, Luk. 18:7, Rom. 8:33, Col. 3:12, 1Ti. 5:21, Tit. 1:1, 1Pe. 1:2, 1Pe. 2:6, 2Jo. 1:1, 2Jo. 1:13; Mat. 20:16, Mat. 22:14, Luk. 23:35, Rom. 16:13, 1Pe. 2:4, 1Pe. 2:9, Rev. 17:14; Mat. 24:22, Mar. 13:20, 2Ti. 2:10; Rev 3:16

5.      Salvation is a wonderful occurrence that happens in an instance in time (Rom 5:9-10; 1 Cor 7:20, 24; Eph 2:5, 13; 1Jn 1:9), and works out throughout a person’s life (2 Pet 3:10), and is therefore obviously not the same event as election. [Note: one is outside of time, the other is inside; one involves a person’s choice, the other is irrespective of a person’s choice (Eph 1:4).]

6.      The only way to eternally assure ourselves of Heaven is to continue in obedience to God’s commands, trusting in Him to keep us. [Mat 10:22; 24:13; Mk 13:13; Rom 2:7; 11:22; 2 Pet 3:10; Heb 3:14; 6:4-6; 10:26-29]

7.      I wholeheartedly believe in Free Will because the Bible teaches it, (I am not a Calvinist). [compare point 2 above; Rev 22:17 etc.]

8.      I wholeheartedly believe in Predestination because the Bible teaches it, (I am not an Armenian). [Eph 1:4-12 , Rom 8:28-33 , Act 4:28 & 1Co 2:7]

 

Two crucial verses on all of this are:

 

2 Pet 1:10 Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling2821 [used as “salvation” as in Rom 1:7] and election1589 sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall

 

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called,2822 and chosen,1588 [“elect”] and faithful. (KJV)

 

Definitions

called”: 2821/2822 - Same word used for salvation;

chosen”: 1588/1589 - Same word as “elected”

and even Strong's confirms this...

 

G2822 κλητός klētos klay-tos'

From the same as G2821; invited, that is, appointed, or (specifically) a saint: - called.

G1588 ἐκλεκτός eklektos ek-lek-tos'

From G1586; select; by implication favorite: - chosen, elect.

G1589 ἐκλογή eklogē ek-log-ay'

From G1586; (divine) selection (abstractly or concretely): - chosen, election.

(Strong's)

 

[Back to Contents]

 

 

Church Leadership

What is the role of Deacons, Elders, Bishops etc.?

 

This is discussed in our Righteous Assembly Bible study. 

Whenever it may be ready we hope to make it available.

As always, feel free to contact us in the meantime to learn more.

 

Spiritual Gifts

·        It goes without saying that the spiritual gifts in the Bible are totally different than what is typically seen in many churches today.

·        It is also very clear that the Bible never permits us to believe that the real spiritual gifts are no longer available for us today (Cessationalism).

·        Therefore, it is heresy to teach that the counterfeits in churches today have anything to do the Bible, and it is also heresy to teach that the spiritual gifts in the Bible are no longer available for real disciples today.

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If you ever respond to the truth and want real discipleship, be sure and ask us about our Spiritual Interface Bible studies, where (among other deep spiritual and profound mysteries) we thoroughly discuss everything the Bible says about the real, supernatural, Biblical spiritual gifts, and how to obtain them.

 

www.TrueConnection.org/BibleStudies/Spiritual-Interface.html

 

 

Women in the church

What role do you feel women should take in the church?

 

Obviously, we have repented of what we feel, and therefore everything we teach will completely go against virtually everything taught in our culture and churches.

 

If you want a brief explanation and detailed documentation of what the Bible says about Women In Assembly, then you can talk to us about our Bible study called Gender Parables.

 

www.TrueConnection.org/BibleStudies/Gender-Parables.html#WomenInAssembly

 

If you are struggling to apprehend this truth, you can contact us and ask us for help.

 

Please see:

www.trueconnection.org/BibleStudies/Women_in_Assembly.html

 

Also See: Disclaimer; [Back to Contents]

 

3 Changes

Name three things you would change about the church today.

 

(1) Salvation

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Church statistics show us some disturbing and alarming realities:

·         On average, [Protestant] pastors contend that 70% of the adults in their church consider their personal faith in God to transcend all other priorities… ” but when asked, church people confess a different story.

·         [Out of]...those who attend Protestant churches... not quite one out of every four (23%) named their faith in God as their top priority in life.”

·         The review of these statistics goes on to say, “...The fact that the lifestyle of most churched adults is essentially indistinguishable from that of unchurched people is not a concern for most churches; whether or not people have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior is the sole or primary indicator of "life transformation," regardless of whether their life after such a decision produces spiritual fruit.”

 

(Quotes from, http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=215)

 

These things contrast sharply with the demands that Jesus has for those who would follow Him:

 

Mat 10:37-39 MKJV He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.

Lk. 14:33 So in the same way, whoever of you who does not forsake everything he has, cannot be My disciple.

Lk. 6:43 For a good tree does not produce bad fruit, nor does a bad tree produce good fruit.

Mat. 3:10 And now also the ax is laid at the root of the trees, so that every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Lk. 6:46 Why do you call me, 'LORD, LORD,' and don't do the things which I say?

Jn. 14:15 If you LOVE Me, keep my commands... 23 ...If anyone LOVES Me, he will obey my words... 24 He who does not LOVE me will not obey my words.

Rev 21:8 ...and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Rev 3:16 KJVCNT So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

 

The number one thing I would change in the American church is to see it saved!

 

(2) Prayer

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“The lowest priorities among the dozen ministries described by pastors... [included] prayer (3%).”

“...relatively few of the... pastors listed prayer as a major emphasis (4%)...”

(http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=182)

 

“Adults are typically satisfied with... the prayer in their services... half are 'completely satisfied' with the prayer. Most of the remaining adults said they were 'mostly satisfied'...”

(http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=126)

 

“...For many Americans, prayer is like snacking - we don't really think about it, but we do it out of habit and without much passion...”

(http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=93)

 

“...a survey taken some years ago showed that Christians in the United States spend, on the average, only about 3 minutes a day in prayer, and the average pastor prays for only about seven minutes.”

(http://www.be-ready.org/whypray.html)

(Also see http://unclewormwood.wordpress.com/2007/02/18/the-power-of-prayer/)

 

“...The average Protestant minister prays for 39 minutes a day, although 21% typically spend 15 minutes or less per day in prayer...”

(http://www.ellisonresearch.com/ERPS%20II/release_16_prayer.htm)

 

This type of dedication to God is horrendous! May the Lord wake up the church! This is a far cry from what God calls us to in the Bible, where the bare minimum prayer time was an hour (see Mat 26:40-41).

 

(3) Love the UNPOPULAR Truth of Jesus

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Too often, everyone and their neighbor who goes to church claim that they believe the entire Bible, but when it comes down to it, they all say different things doctrinally. This isn’t just because we are all humans, and we all have our own opinions and interpretations. And this does not mean that we are all hopelessly trapped by our limited perceptions and paradigms. All of these things are the qualities that mere men have, and the Bible commands us not to be mere men (1Cor 3:3; 2:6-16)!

Many are crying these days for unity in the church, but they forget that the unity that the Bible speaks of, is the unity of the Spirit, not the unity of compromise (Eph 4:3; and compare Pro 11:21). “The Spirit” is truth, (1Jon 4:6; 5:6; John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13 and compare John 4:23-24; Eph 5:9; 1Pet 1:22) and if we will ever get unified in Jesus, it will be by finally loving the Truth uncompromisingly at any and every cost.

 

Also See: Disclaimer; [Back to Contents]

 

Ordinances

 

This is discussed in our Righteous Assembly Bible study. 

Whenever it may be ready we hope to make it available.

As always, feel free to contact us in the meantime to learn more.

 

[Back to Contents]

 

Moral, In General

 

Abortion

 

It goes without saying that the Bible opposes murder of every kind, even specifically including abortion.

 

The issues of abortion are covered in Family Commands.

 

[Back to Contents]

 

Homosexuality

Where do you stand on the issues of homosexuality, homosexual marriage, and ordaining homosexuals?

 

Basically, we all know that homosexuality is wrong.

We all know that it is dirty, and evil, and against nature, and against the Bible.

When people pretend like this is “unclear”, they are almost always just playing fool-hearty games.

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Nevertheless, for those who are hungry to understand all of the truth, we are working on a thorough answer to the issues of homosexuality in our Bible study called Purity Proclamation.

As always, feel free to contact us in the meantime to learn more.

 

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Divorce and Remarriage

>> Update!

 

I believe the Biblical teaching on divorce and remarriage, as declared by Jesus and His Apostles: that marriage is a covenant for life, and those who divorce and remarry are committing adultery for as long as they will continue in such an unscriptural union. Without a doubt, God says that those who live in fornication, adultery, homosexuality and the like will perish forever in hell if they die in such a state. This is one of the highest indications of the lostness of the Westernized church. Please bravely consider the Scriptures below that confirm these things.

 

Here is my abbreviated official stance:

 

Divorce & Remarriage Scriptures

 

Adulterers Will Not Go to Heaven

Exo 20:14/Due 5:18; Lev 20:10; Due 22:22; Pro 2:16-19; 6:23-33; Jer 5:7-9; 29:22; Ezk 23:43-47; Mal 3:5-6; Mat 5:27-32; 19:9, 16, 18/ Mar 10:17, 19/ Lk 18:18 & 20; 1Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:16-21; Heb 13:4; Rev 2:22-23… etc. Also see: Mat 15:19; Mar 7:21; Rom 13:9-10; Jas 2:11-12; 2Pet 2:14; 17-22

 

Divorce and Remarriage Is Adultery

1

Mat. 5:27-32

λόγου πορνείας = a report of Fornication

2

Mat. 19:3-10

πορνείᾳ = Fornication

Greek word pronounced porneia; Strong's number 4202; Used in

Mat 5:32 & 19:9

3

Mar. 10:2

(Also Mal 2:11, 13-16)

4

Lk. 16:18

(Also, v. 16-17!)

6

1Corr. 7:10-11

5

Rom. 7:2 – 3

7

1Corr. 7:39

 

Betrothal-context of Mat 5:32 & 19:9

Speaking of betrothal, it says, “λόγος...ἐκπορνεῦσαι” (Deu 22:20, 21 LXX; Greek O.T., same Greek terminology as used in Mat 5:32);

Deu 22:14-24; Jer 2:32; 3:1-22; Joel 1:8; Mat 1:18-19→5:32→Jon 8:41; 1Cor 7:36 (betrothed); 1Cor 7:1-2 (“porneia” applied to them)

God’s Betrothal to His People: Mat 25:10; 26:27; 2Co 11:2; etc.

“Betrothal sin” of Fornication Clearly Distinguished from Adultery: Hos 4:13-14; Mat 19:10; 15:19, Mar 7:21; Gal 5:19; etc.

 

Marriage Is Permanent

Mal 2:13-16; Mat 19:5-6; Mk 10:7; Rom 7:2; 1Cor 7:39; Eph 5:31; Isa 22:22

 

Marriage Applies to Everyone

1

Gen 4:16-17

6

1King 16:30-.31;

21:5, 7, 25

2

Gen 4:19

7

Dan 6:24

3

Gen 12:18-19

8

Mat. 14:1-4

4

Gen 20

9

Mat.27:19

5

*Gen. 39:9

10

Lk. 17:27

 

Return to the first

Mosaic Law: Dut 24:1-4 → Revocation: Mat 5:31-32; 19: 8-9a; Jer 3:1-22; Mal 2:14

Put Away Forbidden Wives: Ezr 10:3-44

Return: Jer 3:1-22; Hos 2:7-8; David and Christ's Return: [Ps 51:16-17; Heb 10:5-9; 1Sam 21:3-6; Mat 12:1-8; Jn 5:18] → 1Sam 18:20-27; 25:44 → 2Sam 3:14-16; 6:16-23; Jer 3:1-22; Mal 2:11, 14, 16

 

More

The First Marriage: Gen 2:23-24; Mat 19:5-6/ Mk 10:7; Eph 5:31

What is falsely called “Pauline Exception”: 1Cor 7:12 & 15  But  *Vs.10-11 & 39*. The word “δεδουλωται” (in 1Cor 7:12) never used for marriage even once in whole Bible: Acts 7:6; Rom. 6:18, 22; 1Co. 7:15; 9:19; Gal. 4:3; Tit. 2:3; 2Pe. 2:19; δεδεται” (1Cor 7:39) is the Bible word for being “bound in marriage,” as it is also used in Rom 7:2.

 

 

For More Info on Divorce and Remarriage, and other Bible questions: www.TrueConnection.org Josiahs@trueconnection.org

 

If these things seem too controversial, please read my entire stance:

www.DivorceAndRemarriageBook.com

 

Also See: Summary of Distinctive Beliefs; Disclaimer; [Back to Contents]

 

Summaries

 

Summary of Very Basic Beliefs

 

I do not write about these Very Basic Beliefs because I need them written out, nor because I assume you need them written out from me, but because some people appreciate and need them written out for all clarity and confirmation.

 

I do believe all of the basic things pertaining to following Jesus, without which no one will even properly get away with pretending to be a christian. I believe in the following:

There is only one God eternally existent, expressed in (what we call) the Trinity as The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit;

Jesus Christ is God and Lord of all, and came in the flesh to die for our sins and rose again the third day;

Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven, and is accessed by us through repentance and faith in His name;

Everyone is born inherently sinful, and everyone themselves has personally sinned, and so all need Jesus' mercy and salvation;

The Bible is the perfect written Word of God, and is given to us as the final rule of faith and practice;

There will be a resurrection and Judgment of the righteous unto eternal life and inexpressible joy, and the unrighteous unto eternal death and inexpressible torment.

 

If it makes any difference, I do believe everything acknowledged (or rather, “summarized”) in the Nicene Creed, and its (early) official clarifications.

 

These are by no means the only things that are important, nor do they actually qualify a person for Heaven as a Christian by acknowledging them (especially today), but they do eliminate to some degree, those basic errors by which people are known by all to be heretics. Yes, we should be aware that even the devil acknowledges these things (Mat 8:28-29; Jas 2:19). But we must rather specifically hope to do so by faith and obedience.

 

Also See: Trinity; Scripture; [Back to Contents]

 

Summary of Distinctive Beliefs

 

The purpose of this is to communicate “distinctiveness,” not the level of importance or priority. All of these issues are not equally pressing because some are not as critical as others.

Though I believe in the following unpopular Truths I do not expect them upon others to believe as well, nor do I presume that you are not saved if you do not believe all of the following things. I do hope that you will believe along with me, but that is not why I write these things. But rather, so that you may know upfront the distinctives that I teach all people (as much as it is beneficial: Act 20:20), I give them to you here. I plead with you to ask me of any concerns or questions that may arise, rather than shrugging them off in misunderstanding. It is a difficult thing both to accurately write and to accurately read such a brief summary of such complex issues.

 

Without sticking my head in the sand, I do acknowledge that most of what we see as the visible Westernized church is lost and dead in trespasses and sins. (See Eph 2:1, & 3 Reforms)

 

I uphold and fully support and defend premarital purity, and the True celibacy of the heart, by not participating in such things as kissing, holding hands, or indulging in any other form of premarital romance until marriage:

 

www.trueconnection.org/BibleStudies/NoDating_Battle_List.htm

 

In the same way I also believe the Biblical teaching on divorce and remarriage, as declared by Jesus and His Apostles, that marriage is a covenant for life, and those who divorce and remarry are committing adultery for as long as they will continue in such an unscriptural union, and will perish forever if they die in such a state.

Please see Divorce And Remarriage (above).

 

I am “dangerously” extreme in believing in total 100% predestination.

I am “dangerously” extreme in believing in total 100% freewill. (compare Eternal Security)

 

I believe that women should not speak or teach in the assembly of a church, or have authority over a man according to the divine declaration of Scripture. (See Women in the church)

 

I also happen to believe in a woman's head veiling, since the Bible teaches it. Obviously, I'm not counting on persuading most people about this one any time soon, but for what it’s worth, I do also believe these ignored Scriptures as well (1Cor 11:2-16). Nevertheless, let me also add that we know from history that the Corinthians did actually take these verses as a command to veil their women, and they obeyed it.

 

Also See: Disclaimer; Eternal Security; Women in the church; 3 Reforms; Divorce And Remarriage; [Back to Contents]

 

Creeds & Basic Beliefs

12/1/05 (original title: Basic Beliefs); 12/2/05, 12:53 AM (Word: Created/Modified); 2/23/17 (recompiled)

 

Because it may mean something to some of those who read this, I do adhere to the basic tenants of the faith of Jesus, even as they have been somewhat embodied in church creeds.  Though I do not in any way account such creeds with authoritativness for determining truth, nor do I even have any particular confidence in the salvation of those who wrote them, but I do acknowledge the complete correctness of the following historically heal church creeds:

 

Let’s be clear.  I acknowledge such creeds as correct not because the church has always held them, (although this deserves some consideration) but I acknowledge them because the Bible without stuttering directly and clearly teaches the truths found in them. Those who depart from such things also care to depart from the faith altogether, (whether they admit this or not).

 

In addition to these basic acknowledgments of fundamental church (and biblical) truth, it also does some good to articulate some particularly distinctive truths that I teach and preach which have been forsaken by the majority who call themselves “christianity.” 

 

This starts with agreeing with God on some basic observations about what is known as the church today.  God is implicit in declaring that such a church as we see today is essentially lost on its way to hell.   Such a conclusion is natural and Biblically unavoidable.  To say less then this is to treat with contempt and suspicion the blood that paid for their sins.  Fist of all these observations are necessary:

 

91% of professing born-again believers confess that they lie regularly.

Many think that the Bible is not perfect

Non-christians report that there is essentially no distinction between those who claim to be christians and those who don’t.

Even Billy Gram acknowledged toward the latter end of his life that 85-90% of the visible church is lost.

Divorce and remarriage

 

Disclaimer

 

I would not break fellowship over many of the details that I address here. All of them are eternally important, but I do not expect that most people will agree with every point, even when they have been legitimately saved. My primary standard of fellowship is not that someone agree with me, but rather that they are truly saved. I can be patient with the other details, praying that God will bring clarity and proper unity.


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Terminology Used

 

1.      Internal” (link), in this case meaning that when you click on such a link it does not take you to a new page but redirects you within the webpage itself.

[Back to “Preface”]; [Back to Contents]

 

2.      “External” (link), in this case meaning that when you click on such a link, it takes you to a different webpage or website.

[Back to “Preface”]; [Back to Contents]

 

3.      The Nicene Creed

I do not place any confidence in those who compiled the Nicene Creed, other than a limited usefulness to their historical insights. But they did accurately sum-up and compile the legacy of early Church teachings, terminology, and the very heritage and traditions passed down from the Apostles.

 

The Creed.

As set forth at Nicæa,1 A.D. 325.

 

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things, visible and invisible:

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, only begotten, that is, of the substance of the Father;

God of God; Light of light; very God of very God; begotten, not made; being of one substance with the Father,

By whom all things were made, both things in heaven and things in earth:

Who for us men and for our salvation came down, and was incarnate, and was made man:

He suffered, and rose again the third day:

And ascended into heaven:

And shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.

And in the Holy Ghost, etc.2

 

The Ratification.

And those who say There was a time when He was not, or that Before He was begotten He was not, or that He was made out of nothing; or who say that The Son of God is of any other substance, or that He is changeable or unstable, - these the Catholic and Apostolic Church anathematizes.

 

Addenda,

As authorized at Constantinople, A.D. 381.

(a) Of heaven and earth.

(b) Begotten of the Father before all worlds.

(c) By the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary.

(d) Was crucified also for us, under Pontius Pilate,

(e) And was buried.

(f) Sitteth on the right hand of the Father,

(g) Whose kingdom shall have no end.

(h) The Lord, the Giver of life,

Who proceedeth from the Father;3

Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;

525 Who spake by the prophets:

In one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

And the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

This Nicæno-Constantinopolitan Creed was solemnly ratified by the Council of Ephesus (a.d. 431) with the decree4 that “No one5 shall be permitted to introduce, write, or compose any other faith,6 besides that which was defined by the holy Fathers assembled in the city of Nice, with the presence of the Holy Ghost.”

 

FOOTNOTES

 

1 It was the old Creed of Jerusalem slightly amended, and made the liturgic symbol of Christendom, and the exponent of Catholic orthodoxy. Compare the Creed of Cæsarea, Burbidge, p. 334. But see this whole subject admirably illustrated for popular study by Burbidge, Liturgies and Offices of the Church, p. 330, etc., London, Bells, 1885.

2 Here the κ.τ.λ. is to be understood, as in the liturgies where a known form is begun and left imperfect. The clauses (see Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechet., lect. xviii.) are found in the Creed of Jerusalem, thus: “In one baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, and in one Holy Catholic Church; and in the resurrection of the flesh; and in eternal life.”

3 The addition of the Filioque, in the West, is theologically true, but of no authority here. See Pearson, On the Creed.

4 Canon vii.

5 No one. This re-affirms the action of Nicæa itself, and forbids the imposition of anything novel as a creed by any authority whatever. Nothing, therefore, which has not been set forth by Nicene authority (or by the supplementing and co-equal councils of the whole Church, from the same primitive sources) can be a creed, strictly speaking. It may be an orthodox confession, like the Quicunque Vult, but cannot be imposed in terms of communion, and more than the Te Deum.

6 Any other faith. The composition and setting forth of another faith, as terms of communion, by Pius IV., bishop of Rome, a.d. 1564, and its acceptance, with additional dogmas, at the opening of the Vatican Council (so-called), a.d. 1869, brought the whole Papal communion under the anathema of Ephesus.

 

(as seen in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 7)

Back to: “Summary of Very Basic Beliefs; Contents

 

4.      Veiling/ Head Covering In Church History: “So, too, did the Corinthians themselves understand him. In fact, at this day the Corinthians do veil their virgins [as well as their other women]. What the apostles taught, their disciples approve,” (Tertullian On the Veiling of Virgins [as well as their other women], end of Chap. VIII; He previously establishes that all women were veiled and that virgins were no exception; Note: I do not quote Tertullian as any respectable authority but only as a historical reference).

Back to: “Summary of Distinctive Beliefs; Contents

5.      All works cited as Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge are:

Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge by Canne, Browne, Blayney, Scott, and others about 1880, with introduction by R. A. Torrey. by Canne, Browne, Blayney, Scott, and others about 1880, with introduction by R. A. Torrey.

 

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Bible Lists

Here are short lists of Scriptures that answer specific questions and give the main verses for particular needs.

Note: Many of these lists are works in progress, so please help us refine them! From time to time, they may be moved to more complete Bible studies.

 

Stars

Pop: SPI

 

House Church

Pop: RAS

 

Jesus is God

Pop: mvp

 

One God

Pop: mvp

 

Give up “You,” Forsake Your own Soul

Pop: dis

 

Bad Spiritual Experiences

Pop: dhg

 

The Same Spirit

Pop: dhg

 

Disapproved/ Disqualified

Pop: dhg

 

Keep the Traditions

Pop: lo

 

The Holy Kiss

Pop: pur

 

Believe in God’s Goodness

Pop: favor

 

Dreams

Pop: dhg

 

Prayer of Faith/ Healing

Pop: aah

 

What does it mean to “Forsake Wife” as said in Luk_18:29?

Pop: dis

 

Liberals

Pop: lo

 

Sinners Go to Hell

This has been moved to the “Sin Lists” Bible study

 

 

 

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>> recompile Apostleship from SPI > RAS???

 

 

Old References

 

Pastor Jason Dressel

(Good friend, was a Youth Pastor, now a children’s Pastor)

(352) 328-9790

www.jkdressel.com

jdressel@hotmail.com

 

 

To get references from people I minister to, contact:

Angelle Lewis

(An amazing sister, supporter, and laborer in ministry)

(407) 690-9804

rose253@ufl.edu

 

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As far as influential friends go, I have been tremendously helped by friends like these mentioned above, who have functioned at times as my fellow-laborers in Christ. Jason Dueñas specifically helped a lot as we both learned to how to pray early on.

 

Jason Dueñas

(Friend & former roommate, was a missionary in the Amazon)

(352) 246-7088

jasondgo@hotmail.com

 

Pastor-reference

While you are welcome to contact any of those on my ‘Ministry Résumé, I would recommend the following pastors in particular:

 

Pastor Eric Redmond

(Most recent church, not on Résumé yet)

Office: (352) 466-3891

Home: (352) 336-6294

fbmpastor1@gmail.com

 

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More on caution…

Some like to capitalize “freedom” while they have no awareness of the need to be bound to righteousness. Some are self-proclaimed “free” men and do not realize that such people “are Christ’s slave” if they ever get saved.

Because of this, it is right and proper to intentionally shun any “Freedom” that looses us from being obligated to stringent righteousness. We ought to suspect anything that does not suspect our default assumptions about what is right. We ought to reject that which leaves our natural human form of morality intact.  If it does not require us to renovate our perceptions about our life style, then we are required to toss it out in our renovation.

 

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I don’t necessarily intend to teach everything in my FAQs, but everything there I’m liable to teach, especially if the need arises.

 

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found on my website, especially in my FAQs

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Not a hired shepherd

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Not as Balaam who desired to alter his message under the pressure of money (in the context meeting the Kings’ demand).

 

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When it comes to ministry, I refuse to accept bribes to compromise truth, including a salary:

"your money perish with you"

 

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Most of the time I consider that these things are wrong, but even if it is for the sake of “doing all things in faith,” (see Heb 11:_)

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that turn one's heart away from acknowledging what is true

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We must never be,

"Hired hands" that makes us leaders "that don't care for the sheep"

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Ministry description

How I do ministry, and what to expect

 

Ministry Conflict, and Submission

How do you deal with strife and conflict?

How do you deal with situations that call for submission to authority?

 

Conflict and submission

Answers to some of the things we talked about

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How do I deal with difficult situations?

 

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Expurgated

 

8. CaveConnection_C_Spirit_JosiahsScott_10_9_05 -

www.trueconnection.org/MP3s/CaveConnection_C_Spirit_JosiahsScott_10_9_05.mp3

 

A Work in Progress

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There are so many without these descriptions, who rather fit those counterfeits we are warned against:

 

False apostels

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Let the church first repent of her blatant and common-place sexual sins, and actually get saved, before demanding that homosexuals stop their specific sin.

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Note: I think that I would be negligent if I didn't also note somewhere that Jesus is also called an Apostle (αποστολον): Heb 3:1

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makes up almost the entirety of the Pentecostal and Charismatic

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of Spiritual gifts

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Embracing Caution

 

Bad???:::

http://www.trueconnection.org/GraphicDesigner/Scott Résumé.pdf

Works::::

http://www.trueconnection.org/GraphicDesigner/Scott%20R%e9sum%e9.pdf

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Your Question

Here is the question that I understood you to be asking for me to write about:

there is truly no way to substitute that one thing* which is actually needful. (* see Luk 10:41-42)

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10. Online Form

Fill out a short online form expressing your interest in Josiahs as a pastor in your congregation

www.trueconnection.org/Survey

 

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Esau

- poured darkness on his kingdom

 

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Apocrypha Letter

Thanks for the email.

 

One intro stated that the early church in no way authorized these writings to be equal in respect to their doctrinal authority

 

- This is the absolute non-sense of Protestantism.

 

Theoretical Scenario:

 

- If Luther had had his way and gotten to also remove the book of Revelation (since he said that he ‘could not detect that the holy spirit had written it’… along with Jude, 2nd Peter, James Song of Songs.. etc.) and then…

- I quoted from these books as though they were authoritative truth that we should live by, this would be an exact parallel of the days of the early Church after about 90 AD:

- The Jews had changed their mind because of the Christians and removed the apocryphal books, but the early Church resisted this non-sense by continuing to uphold these books. The early Church position (not including all of the subtle heretics) was the same toward the apocrypha as I am toward Revelation in opposing Luther.

- The LXX was their Bible, and they did not consider it to be subject to their own cross-examination like liberal Jews and now Protestants have done.

- If you will re-read the sample quotes that I included in the FAQs, it is clear that they accepted the books from the LXX, including the ones we have now rejected.

- There are so many more details and confirmations to all of this that it would take way too long to put it into writing at this point.

- But all you have to do is go to the very first work in the “Ante-Nicene Fathers” and there it is, the very first writer that they have there is quoting the Book of Wisdom, right in the very midst of all the other Scriptures he is quoting:

 

“He established all things, and by His word He can overthrow them. “Who shall say unto Him, What hast thou done? or, Who shall resist the power of His strength?” (Wis. 12:12, Wis. 11:21-22)”

 

[“The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians,” Chapter XXVII]

 

Now if Clement quoted from these books, and his name is written in the BIBLE, and as Paul says, “His name is in the Book of Life.” (Phi_4:3), then how can we minimize this testimony?

 

If one who was disciple by Paul resisted rejecting this book along with the Jews, how can we turn around and claim greater authority and correct him? Do we question the faithfulness of the one whom Paul commended? Or do we question Paul’s ability to effectively disciple Clement?  Were the Apostles so sloppy in their discipleship that they could not even get their disciples straight on what books were Scripture and what books were not??

 

Wisdom was revered as Scripture – not just ‘a nice book of Wisdom,’ or do we think that it is by accident that it accurately prophesied the crucifixion in chapter two, and is referenced by Matthew as such when recounting this same event?

 

And if this was a lie, and Wisdom was not Scripture, then Clement would have no business quoting it right along with other Scriptures, especially in the midst of the Jewish controversy which was seeking to take it out.

 

(Most seem to estimate that this was written ~97 AD - in the very heat of when the Jews were trying to reject these books)

 

This issue really is a lot more clear than people make it out to be.

 

And as I said/ quoted in the FAQs:

 

Among the many writings of “the Ante-Nicene Fathers” of the early Church, there are “over 300 quotations from and references to the deuterocanonical books,” (A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs, p. 207, “Deuterocanonical books”), not to mention that they are commonly used and referenced by the New Testament itself as well.

 

 

What seems to appear most often is the idea that there are too many errrors that are opposed to what we refer to as the law and the prophets

 

- Another Protestant lie that I was told and used to believe until I read up on everything myself.

 

- Out of all the theology of these books there is mostly only one issue that takes serious consideration: in second Macc they pray for people after they were dead (my first questions were: “was this somehow considered different under the OT?? I don’t know…”) But that is basically the only major issue that is difficult to understand in these books.

    For that matter, it seems that at least a significant number in the EC also prayed for people after they were dead, another challenge to what we would think would seem to make sense.

 

Do you make a distiction between the writings on the issue of infallability and of their being 100% divinely inspired?

 

- As we have seen previously, Clement did not make any distinction at all whatsoever, but quoted Wisdom without missing a beat right along with Old and New Testament Scriptures.

 

- Clement counted that Wisdom had its rightful place just the same as what we have as the Old and New Testament

 

- I do not make any distinction beyond which the Bible and the (faithful) early Church did, and they did not discriminate between books – again it was the Jews who did that. However…

 

- Sometimes I am not completely sure I understand every part of this issue, since even the LXX got changed over the years, and people added books every now and then. Basically I accept all of the books that seem to have always been in there. This is not every book that you might find in the KJVA, but it is most of them. I think that I accept all of the ones that Catholics do, except “Additions to Ester” and “Bel and The Dragon.”

 

- I consider that whatever Bible that Jesus and the Apostles used was perfect since Jesus attributed perfection to it in Mat 5 (i.e. for the Hebrew and Greek OT), and it is insane to go along with the apostate Jews and liberal Protestants to think we have a right to contradict historical Christianity, The Apostles, and even Jesus, by taking away from what they accepted and all quoted from as their Bible.

 

- What I found about these removed books is that everything that Protestants say against them is made up lies that completely contradict absolutely clear facts. Every excuse that I was brought up with dissolved when I read the Words of Jesus in Greek, and the confirming witness of the original, apostolic, early Church. If it were not for these two things in particular I would not ever have had any reason to accept them… (I never wanted to go in this direction! I went somewhat “kicking and screaming”).

 

- It was first because the EC kept quoting the books as Scripture that I did not yet accept which made me so uncomfortable that I had to get to the bottom of things. When I saw that Jesus approved of the LXX, it was all over then… I searched the NT and found that it was using these writings as well the whole time!

 

- If we have legitimate evidence against these books, I am definitely open and interested to hear. But if there are just more made up stories from wicked hypocrites who do not have the integrity to not lie and de-educate their listeners, then I have had my fill of this non-sense. I am so tired of this…

 

- Protestants keep going about repeating the same completely wrong hear-say and don’t care at all that they promote completely made up and fictional ideas.  This is definitely a case where this verse applies:

 

Tit 1:14 KJV  Not giving heed to Jewish fables*, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth**.

 

* Greek has the idea of “hear-say”

** It was the Jews who rejected these books. It makes no historical or Biblical sense for us to do the same.

 

Remember to consider the authority of the LXX given by the Bible and the (original) early Church (to which the Bible was written). We are not allowed to take anything out of it any more than Luther was allowed to take out the other books he hated.

 

For more on the LXX especially see my Bibliography:

www.trueconnection.org/BibleStudies/Bibliography_and_Glossary.html

There is so much more that could be said, but maybe I just need to get it all clearly written down at some point so I can share it with everyone who is interested.

 

Hope this helps.

 

TODO/ Additions

 

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>>! Important corrections!:

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Note: contrary to some crazy and fleshly ideas promoted by a few peculiar churches, overseers do not need to be married!

- Paul was included as an elder

- Apostles are definitly overseers (and more), and you clearly do not need to be married in order to be an apostle

- it is commanded that overseers not be imeched, but can you imagine if an overseer happened to become a widdower while overseeing, and they told him, "sorry, you don't qualify for oversight anymore because you are no londer the husband of one wife"

- which is in fact, actually a "one woman type of a man" requirement, becuase the Greek is actually an adjective, NOT a noun. It is a firm matter that this "type of man" can exsist before getting married.

 

>> Trinity – see notes below

 

Denominations

 

1. Personal policies

Unify with real believers at any price except the honor of God.

I Don't concern myself over mostly non-subsitive issues as much as possible, including music style (in just about every case), formalities or cashualities,

Give priority to things that most imedietly glorify God in saving the church

 

2. Doctinal Considerations

 

God's goal for real believers is clearly Unity

one as we are

brother's o dwell together in...

 

God does want to bring the church back under one, holy, unified, universal church

See origonal use of greek Catholic

one body

 

Ultimatly, the Godly ideal should be to re-establish the authority stucture of overseers, as the Apostels ordained it, and function as the origonal overseers did in submitting to whichever overseer God would see fit to give the primacy, (seeing that the office of the Pope in Rome has long since been apostate in his sucession).

Linious

Hermies

Clament of Rome


but if we unify the unsaved church without first saving her, then we are in deep trouble, having established something orgonizationally that is not principally that different from the tower of bable

 

Gen _:_

 

Though hand joined in hand, wicked not go unpunished

 

Retun to God engenders Unity

 

Book of acts revolution brings Unity in rightousness (eat, docrtine, share money, vitues, etc.)

More revelation is the only way to rightly re-establish things without establishing a work of man.

 

 Unity of Spirit, not the unity of compromise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music

I think you know that I restrict myself in particular ways that most people do not practice, seeking to be set aside for good and special use by God. We talked about how this includes not watching most movies, and now I wanted to clarify that this also includes the fact that I have committed myself to God not to use music for any other reason than getting close to Jesus.

 

This could theoretically include some things beyond typical 'church music,' since, for example, God really likes marriage. I think some love songs to a spouse, let’s say, can definitely make a person closer to Jesus and honor God (and that is entirely what the book of Song of Solomon is about in its initial literal sense).

 

At the same time this would not include:

 

(A) Silly songs that don't get people closer to Jesus

 

And

 

(B) Songs that encourage unsaved people to sing as though they were already saved. (ex. getting unsaved kids to sing 'this little light of mine').

 

I was hoping you could help me by letting me know what you would like me to do in light of this commitment I have to God.

 

Basically, I am not bothered by my commitment, nor by being around those who don’t share it, and I’m not trying to stop people from singing ‘silly songs’ per say, but at the same time I don’t want it to appear to anyone else that I’m trying to not participate in certain situations.

 

Re-titling

FAQs Catalog

FAQ Bible Study Index

 

>> remove Bible Lists

 

Because other doctrinal statements say that they are “…intended as an expositional guideline of common understanding to which Council could subscribe as basis on which they are willing to disagree.”* I did not consider these to be a basis of fellowship and overall agreement.

*(http://www.cmalliance.org/whoweare/distinctives/divorce.doc)