Matthew Ellard wrote:
David Ben-Ariel wrote:Many professing Christians remain in denial that traditional Catholics and Protestants are spiritual drunks and whores (intoxicated by Catholic concoctions), drug addicts (under the heavy influence of Rome); traditional Christians and Catholics are spiritual practicing homosexuals,
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Now under the African Obama regime, it will only get worse as his bloody track record warns.
It used to be a country’s worst enemies who ripped up their pregnant women—now we’ve turned on ourselves. Don't abort our future: Think twice, choose life, let love grow.
Hitler Will Judge Us!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Some professing Christians need to stop trying to be more righteous than God and the early Church of God (1 John 2:4; Titus 1:16). No matter what excuse they throw up for the PAGAN festival of Saturnalia/"mass of Christ", or PAGAN Easter, they remain PAGAN festivals in God's sight (and in the eyes of those who love God's Word more than idolatrous ideas and tinsel traditions) - not Christian holidays!
God hates it when folks mix some biblical truth with pagan error. It's SPIRITUAL ADULTERY. They adulterate, they pollute, they dilute the truth by mixing it with condemned paganism. Spiritually, they're whoring around with false gods and flirting with foreign religions.
Why not keep it simple and love and obey God and do as He says, rather than fall for pagan Rome? FORSAKE BABYLON or suffer the consequences! Time is running out.
30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you [for their wrong religious practices and behavior], and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.' 31 You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods...
32 Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
2 Thus says the LORD: Do not learn the way of the Gentiles...
I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints [in Jerusalem, not Rome].
"Thus saith Yahweh, stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk there in, and ye shall find rest to your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein."
1 Corinthians 10:19-21
19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“ I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”
"Come out from among them
And be separate, say the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you."
18 "I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty."
Plea to Diehard Catholics & Protestants to Repent
A Nation of Drunks and Whores
Why I No Longer Celebrate Christmas
Will God Curse Our Countries for Christmas?
Death to the American, British and Jewish Peoples?
British-Israelites and Jews in Grave Danger
EU to Conquer Anglo-Saxons and Jews
The Plain Truth About Easter
Christmas is About Giving -- Says Who?
C.H. Spurgeon on Christmas and Roman Catholicism
Do You Prefer TRADITION Over Truth?
Is the Plain Truth Too Strong?
Israel and Judah Must Get House in Order Before King Messiah Arrives
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth" - Matthew 5:5
The New Jerusalem is coming down to EARTH - we don't go to Heaven!
Watch "Pearly Gates" and read these articles and expect to be SURPRISED!
Born Again and Heaven and Hell
Kingdom of God-Beings to Rule Earth from Jerusalem!
Do You Prefer TRADITION Over Truth?
Saturday, February 21, 2009
By a coincidence of history, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born the same day--February 12, 1809. Last week marked their birth bicentennial. These history-making, world-changing men from two very different environments effected major revisions in thinking which, for better or worse, have shaped much of our modern Western culture. Read more
1 Kings 18
17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?”
18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the [traditional] Baals. 19 Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah*, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. 22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. 24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.”
So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”
25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.”
26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.
27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. 29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.” 32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. 35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.
36 And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You are the LORD God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!”
40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.
*"Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar."-The Two Babylons - Easter - Alexander Hislop
Some precious few British and Euro-Israelites have repented of keeping pagan holidays pretending to be Christian (like Christmas and Easter) and have been restored to keeping the biblical festivals that soon the whole world will observe in spirit and in truth.
Hear O Israel: Remember your Roots & Faith cnce delivered!
Friday, February 20, 2009
We’ve been living a lie and have loved to indulge in deception. “Don’t confuse me with the facts” has been our shameful attitude, and truth has been treated like some social outcast. Therefore, God threatens to use Europe to wake us up...
Since we’re A NATION LIVING IN SIN—Jacob disowns us, Abraham doesn’t recognize us, and Isaac mourns our mixed marriages (Isa. 63:16). Israel’s birthmark was obedience to God (Gen. 18:19)...
There are spiritual factors behind our economic crisis! It’s in our best national interest to obey God and invest some time in personal Bible study.
But instead of developing our relationship with God and staying sober and celibate, we’ve whored around and given birth to pagans (Hos. 5:7). That’s why God can’t accept us as His National Priest since our lifestyle choice misrepresents Him! God doesn’t want any part in our perversion. Since we’ve denied His natural order of things, He won’t recognize our illegitimate children! He hasn’t fathered them (Hos. 4:6).
God says we haven’t been humble and obedient like Abraham—the Father of the faithful—but are “…a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the LORD…” and don’t want anything to do with the truth. We don’t want to be shown where we’re wrong, and we don’t want to hear about it (Isa. 30:9-11). “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD their God nor receive correction” (Jer. 7:28). We’ve orphaned ourselves and act like bastards!
Instead of becoming a model-nation we’ve become a STRIPPER! We’ve taken all the fine things that God’s given us and laid them out before foreigners (Hos. 2:1-13). We’ve squandered our time and energy in pagan ways and heathen practices. Therefore, God’s going to STRIP AWAY OUR PEACE AND PROSPERITY! We’re going to be left exposed to the elements and stripped bare before NAKED AGGRESSION! Since we refuse to return to God, we’ll be sent back into SLAVERY!
We’re a nation of DRUNKS AND WHORES—so God’s going to let us hit bottom so hard it’ll appear we’ll never bounce back! God’s no longer going to enable us to carry on in our ways, drinking ourselves to death and dying for sex. We’ve gone from bad to worse: “You have stricken them, but they have not grieved You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock they have refused to return” (Jer. 5:3)...
We’ve left God’s ways, throughout history, to follow men’s ideas. We’d lose our love for the truth and become enamored with error. Due to this spiritual insult and breach of contract, God would send a number of eviction notices. He’d cite us for breaking our lease and inform us we’d worn out our welcome. But we’d rip us those notices and abuse those who delivered them: “And the LORD has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them [far in advance], but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear. They said, ‘Repent now every one of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers forever and ever” (Jer. 25:4-5).
We didn’t want to be reminded that God had set us free from men to serve Him. We could only call the Holy Land home as long as we remained holy! There were clauses that if we failed to make repairs and keep the place clean, we could forfeit our biblical right to the land and be DISINHERITED (Jer. 17:4)...
As we go further into NATIONAL DEBT AND DISGRACE, instead of turning to God for divine assistance, we turn to foreigners for loans! But it’ll be our downfall! Will Europe or Saudi Arabia offer to bail us out? Japan or China keep us afloat? Or will they forcibly put us into receivership? Throw us into debtor’s jail? Require FORCED LABOR? Who hasn’t heard of loan sharks (Hos. 7:11-12)? Or how they fly into a frenzy over blood money? They won’t just break our bones—they’ll BOMB OUR CITIES (Ezek. 6:6)...
Ancient Israel fell prey to every con-artist (painting pretty pictures of peace), passing phase or new fad—drunk on the ecumenical spirits. Yes, “…they have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink are out of the way: the priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, they are swallowed up by wine, they are out of [their wits and gone astray] through intoxicating drink they [can’t see or think straight], they stumble in judgment [they can’t even walk a straight line]. For all tables are full of vomit and filth no place is clean” (Isa. 28:7-8).
The party’s over, the place is trashed, and everybody’s going to wake up with a HORRIBLE HANG-OVER!
It’s interesting to note that, during my days as a lowly kibbutz-volunteer, the British were notorious for being drunks. They had earned such a bad reputation that some kibbutzim and moshavim wouldn’t accept any English volunteers. God condemns the Sceptered Isle for being SPIRITUAL DRUNKS! He castigates “…the crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim” (Isa. 28:1-3). Of course, we’ve all been a bunch of drunks and whores, in love with Babylonian babes and brew: “Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart… For the spirit of [promiscuity] has caused them to stray [from the truth], and they have [whored around] against their God”(Hos. 4:11-12). What nation hasn’t had one too many Catholic concoctions (Rev. 17:2)? It’s past time to GET SOBER!
-Excerpt from Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall - Chapter 4 - Victims of Tradition
Drunks and Whores (David Ben-Ariel YouTube video)
When will such a Declaration get signed in Jerusalem?
When will rabbis get together and encourage every Jew to "fight anti-Semitism" without by following Judaism to the Jewish homeland of Israel, and when there fight the anti-Semitism rife within among the dangerous UNJews? Oh, that would require the rabbis to practice what they preach rather than remain in a sinful, self-imposed exile. "Why will you die, O House of Israel?"
Thursday, February 19, 2009
By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels at Feb 19, 2009
Imagine a boiling pot with a frog in it, and the pot is marked "EU" and the frog's back bears the name "Sovereignty" and the fire under the pot is "Fascism" and within the rising steam from the boiling pot are ghostly words like "Freedom of Speech," "Freedom of Religion," and "Independence"... and you get the picture of what is going on.
The EU is a German Ruse
Germany Behind the Mask
Europe's Bitter Roots
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Was “Christianity” really hijacked by non-Christian forces in the centuries after Christ? The answer may change the way you look at true Christian belief and practice!
- The Two Babylons
by Roderick C. Meredith
David Ben-Ariel » Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:44 pm
I don't need any kiss from Judas. He was "concerned" for the poor too.
You admit to being an intravenous drug user
I have no problem acknowledging I'm a FORMER drug addict. If I did, I certainly wouldn't have frankly discussed it in my article, Herbert W. Armstrong and the Worldwide Church of God Mentioned in Israeli Newspaper
You admit to being a homosexual who has full blow AIDS
I confess I'm a RECOVERING homosexual who has AIDS. Apparently my honesty is too much for some, as it blows away those who are used to living a lie and being dishonest with themselves and others.
God and the Gays
Scarlet Letter: A Christian With AIDS
Does God Heal Today?
You are now slagging off Catholics for "spiritually" doing what you actually did.
Yes, what I actually did but don't do any more. The good news is that I'm proof that REPENTANCE is possible, that folks don't have to remain drunks and whores or stuck in the muck of Babylon. Isn't it wonderful how I can relate to so many people from all walks of life?
A Household Word
The general public doesn't have a clue about the Gospel or the Ezekiel Warning Message! That woeful ignorance indicts the Church of God, since God says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." And that same God warns about our responsibility to sound the alarm so British-Israelites and Jews, and repentant Gentiles, can seek shelter in Him and avert the imminent nuclear Holocaust.
A little known blogger
PCG: Carrying on "Business as Usual"
Beyond Babylon drops the bomb!
A German-led Europe will strike nuclear terror against US! National destruction, defeat and deportation are on the way! The American, British and Jewish peoples are marked for death!
Will Germany Launch a Nuclear Attack on America?
Monday, February 16, 2009
Beyond Babylon is available to read for FREE
by David Ben-Ariel on Mon, 2009-02-16
I could understand being "uncomfortable" if I were merely trying to sell Beyond Babylon, but the GOOD NEWS is that I make it freely available for one and for all:
Beyond Babylon (free to read on blog)
Beyond Babylon (free to read online)
First Jerusalem needs a regime change: the dangerous UNJews, the Hellenists, the globalist and treacherous Jews like Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres and criminal company, the corrupt and murderous Israeli oligarchy, MUST GO! Such Jewish collaborators with the German-Jesuit EU are far more dangerous than any Nazi Muslims or apostate Christians could ever be, and provide the new Greco-Syrians, the new Babylonians, an opening against Israel, a breach in the walls of Jerusalem, undermining Israeli sovereignty, inviting attacks against Jews and brutally betraying the Temple Mount.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Rome fell — a fact of history!
But why? The reasons have never been fully understood. The lessons have not been learned. Many of the same basic mistakes that weakened the once mighty Roman Empire before its toppling by barbarian hordes are now being repeated in America, Britain and the Western world.
You need to understand!
This booklet contains a shocking message — a warning for our day. And unless our peoples and nations wake up and immediately alter their course, they will — in modern fashion, and much more rapidly — suffer a similar crashing downfall!
“The Modern Romans” is the first booklet I read from the Worldwide Church of God. It had been advertised in TV Guide around 1977 and I ordered it since I love history. I didn't have any idea it was published by a church, but was pleasantly surprised.
Proper Sabbath Attire
by Mr. Richard Pinelli
Our Sabbath keeping reflects the relationship that we have with God. I said that two years ago in a set of sermons I gave here in the Cincinnati Home Office. How you and I keep the Sabbath says something about each one of us as individuals. God uses the Sabbath as a test for his people, and he gives us a test each Sabbath to see what is in our hearts. He watches us to learn something about our character, how much we understand about who he is and what he is doing, and also how important it is to us to learn more of his mind and his way. We learned in those two sermons that we gave about two years ago that there are basically four primary principles of Sabbath keeping. They are as follows:
• The commandment tells us not to work.
• The commandment tells us to rest.
• We are told that we are to assemble with others for worship. Now if you stop and think about it, most commandments can be done by yourself, but in the case of the Sabbath we are actually required to congregate. The purpose of congregating is obviously, number one, to worship the Creator God. Now Leviticus 23:23 tells us the following. It says that his Sabbath is an holy convocation. The term holy convocation is used in several places in the Old Testament and basically what it means if you boil it down to one specific statement, it means public worship service. Convocation. The word implies simply the product of an official summons to worship. And what God has done is he has asked us in his official summons to come and worship before him on the Sabbath day. This is part of our congregational responsibility. This is how we praise God together in song. We pray together as a group of individuals. And we learn what needs to be learned as we are taught every Sabbath day, as well as the fellowship we have with one another.
• We found out that Hebrews 10:25 tells us that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, so much more as the day approaches. So we recognize the importance of being together. We recognize the importance of being members together in an ongoing Sabbath service wherever we might be in the world.
But there is one more scripture that I want to bring in today which has to do with this whole concept of understanding the Sabbath and our worship in it. In Leviticus 19:30, I would like you to turn to this particular scripture with me because this scripture tells us something very, very important, and from this scripture we are going to launch into a topic today that needs to be discussed as requested by the President, and by Ministerial Services, as requested by several other individuals who have asked this particular person to bring this topic to you today. In Leviticus 19:30 it says the following. You shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord. You shall keep my Sabbaths, as we pointed out the four basic principles, but also there is a concept of reverencing the Sabbath, reverencing the sanctuary in which we are to meet, because I am the Lord your God.
To revere or to reverence means to regard with awe, to regard with great respect or with great devotion. It means a high honor that would be given. You and I worship God in spirit, and we worship God in truth. We may meet in a very plain building, sitting sometimes on metal chairs, but we are in spirit coming into the very presence of the God of the universe. And as a result of that we are here to reverence his sanctuary as we come into his presence.
Now you have probably heard the statement, clothes make the man. Clothes make the man. But I would like to ask a question of you this afternoon. If Christ were to decide to spend the day with you, if it were just you and he were spending the day together, would you dress any differently to meet the Savior, to meet the Creator, as the one who is the head of this church, the one we look to as the guide of the entire flock. Would you dress any differently when you had this meeting with him? Would you rush out perhaps to buy some new clothes? Or maybe you would make sure you dressed modestly. Or very conservatively. Would you? Think about that for just a moment. Maybe you would put on what the world calls its "Sunday best" or "go to meeting clothes". But I think we have to stop today to understand something about reverencing God's sanctuary in the way that we appear before God in our dress. So today the whole sermon is dealing with a concept from the Bible, because it is filled with examples of how they dressed up, notice the term I used, they dressed up to reverence God's sanctuary, to reverence his presence. And yes, they did make a big deal out of this one important facet. Why? Because spiritually the outward and spiritually the inward reflect our relationship with God. You will find that the look on people's faces will tell you what is going on inside. You will find that when you put both the inside and outside together in dress you will see that it reflects the relationship that we have with God.
So clothing in the Old Testament and even into the New Testament was very, very important to God. It is very important to us. And we have found over the years that it is time that we begin to talk a little bit more about some of these areas that we have not talked about.
Over in Deuteronomy 31, let's turn there for just a moment. We read in verse 11, Moses was inspired to write, or maybe it was Joshua by this particular time, but he said, when all Israel is come to appear before the Lord your God in the place that he shall choose, you shall read this law before all of Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men and women, children, and the strangers that are within your gate that they may hear, that they may learn and fear the Lord your God to observe all the words of this law. And that their children who have not heard anything may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land where you go over the Jordan to possess it.
So the concept was to come to hear, and it was to come to fear. Now you look at the word fear and you will find that in the Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible every place that it talks about this particular word fear you will see that it talks about awe or a reverence of God. It shows an attitude that is to be from those individuals. Coming to church is simply doing the same thing that Israel did back then. They were to come before God. They were to fear God. They were to reverence his name. This is the concept that we find in the holy book of God. And you begin to find now that the emphasis is also on the right type of clothing.
Let me show you over in Matthew 22 an interesting example of a parable that Jesus gave in the latter part of the book of Matthew. It was interesting because it talks about a spiritual aspect, but it also was showing you the importance of how God and Christ feel about clothing. This is chapter 22, beginning in verse 11. And it said, when the king came to see the guests he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. Now we talk about the wedding garment as that which is the righteousness of God. We talk about the concept of the white robes that are to be there. They all reflect what is inward. But the point is that we see that there was a garment which was necessary to come to this particular wedding. And God places emphasis upon that particular point as he tells us here that he saw this man that did not have on the wedding garment. And he said to him, friend, how did you get in here not having a wedding garment? And the man was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, bind him hand and foot and take him away and cast him into outer darkness, for there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The point is simply that we see that there was an emphasis on having the right garment. If you want to talk about it just spiritually, fine. But you will find that the two are coming together both in the Old and New Testament both with clothing and with the attitude of righteousness that needed to be there by the individual in reverencing, in worshiping and serving God.
Chapter 19 of the book of Revelation, let's notice a couple of more scriptures here. This is Revelation 19:7-8. You have seen this scripture many times, but I am going to emphasize it from the point of view of coming before God on the Sabbath day as a part of this frame of mind that we are to have. Revelation 19:7-8. It said, Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to him for the marriage of the lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready. Ah, so you see that there is something that is to be done, an example here of something. What is it? Let's see. And to her was granted that she should be dressed (or arrayed) in fine linen, clean and white. It is interesting to note that in the Old Testament when we begin to look at clothing we see that the number one garment that was worn by the priests was fine linen, top quality linen. And so we see here that the emphasis is on the spiritual garment which is a type of the physical garment that the priest worse. So you see, you can draw from the Old Testament the concept, as we are going to see in a moment, and you can bring it into the New Testament to see the importance of this clothing. And he goes on to say that she was going to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white (or bright, and it showed that the color was so bright that it really was dazzling in that sense of the word) for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. So you see that aspect of it.
Now you can turn to Isaiah 61:10. I won't turn there this afternoon in the sermon, but I will say that fine and clean clothing has always been a part of God's thinking as we come before God's presence.
Let's go to Psalms 110 for a moment, because Psalms 110 reflects on a very interesting concept. This is Psalms 110:3. We have talked about this before in a sermon a few years ago, but I think we are coming at it a little differently today in Psalms 110:3. It talks about the fact that God is sitting on his throne, that God's people are before him, and that Christ is going to come back to this earth, the Lord is going to send the rod of your strength, speaking of Christ coming back to this earth, and Christ will rule in the midst of the people. Notice verse 3. But your people shall be willing in the day of your power. So you see that the attitude of the people of God in their character and in their quality is one of obedience to God. They are going to be willing. There is a frame of mind that Jesus taught when he said, nevertheless not my will be done but yours. There has to be this willing attitude but it interesting to notice that this willing attitude is reflected in the clothing that was worn. In the Old Testament this willingness in the day of his power was seen, as it says in verse 3, in the beauties of holiness. Now it seems to be lost in the scripture as to what its actual true meaning is. But I think you will find that what we are seeing is there is an attitude and then there is something physical that we are seeing by this example.
Listen to what the Jamison, Fawcett, and Brown Commentary says about this particular section of scripture. He said, "in the beauty of holiness is a poetical phrase for the holy garments such as those worn by the high priests on the great Day of Atonement were referred to. Here it is referring to the same event as Revelation 19, being, shall I say, clothed in the fine linen of the saints.
So the concept is that in the Old Testament they took that physical outward example and they brought it into the New Testament as a part of the inward character of the individual. And he goes on to say, "here it refers to the same event as Revelation 19, though now too Messiah's people wear as their priestly garb the beauties of holiness, yet the garment outwardly in the Old Testament was a type of the inward character."
So as the old song used to say, you can't have one without the other. So as we physical human beings are coming before God we begin to understand that clean and fine clothing has always been a part of God's thinking when it comes to his sanctuary. The outward should reflect the inward. And the inward should be seeing how one dresses to meet God, and to meet Christ as well in reverencing his sanctuary.
Now let's go back to the Old Testament and see some of these examples. Let's go over to Leviticus 16 for a moment and read a couple of examples here in Leviticus 16 to point out the emphasis that God puts on this whole concept of clothing. Notice over in Leviticus 16:1-4. Beginning in verse 1, the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron when they offered before the Lord and they died. And the Lord said unto Moses, speak unto Aaron your brother that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat. He only was allowed to come one time in the year, that is on the Day of Atonement which we will be observing in just a few weeks. And he said, which is before the mercy seat which is upon the ark that he die not. For I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place with a young bullock for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, showing that he had to be cleansed, and the burnt offering was to worship. So you have the same thing that you and I when we come into the holiest of God, we have to have a sin offering, which is Jesus Christ, and we come spiritually with the burnt offering, in the sense of sacrificing ourselves to worship God. It is a nice parallel to draw from as we have talked about before. Verse 4. He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen britches, or as the Old King James calls it breeches, the pants or the slacks that go along with the coat that is worn. The coat was worn from the top up here at the shoulders all the way down to the waist area, even dropping below that, and then you had a pair of pants or a pair of slacks that were worn below that all the way down to the floor. This is what he was to wear. And he was to have a linen miter that he should be attired with. And these are the holy garments. Therefore, he shall wash his flesh in water and put them on.
So we see that there basically was this example on the Day of Atonement of what he was to wear, how he was to prepare for that one time of meeting God in the holiest of all. And the picture, of course, of meeting before God you and I would do as we do it every day, obviously, in prayer, but I think the concept of reverencing God's sanctuary in the way that the priests did.
Now there was clothing for the holy place, and there was also clothing to minister in the priests' office. And I think both of those need to be understood as part of this very fine clothing.
Let me read to you Exodus 39. Let's go back to Exodus 39 for a moment and look a little bit more at this clothing that was worn by them. This is Exodus 39:8. It says, And he made the breastplate of cunning work like the work of the ephod of gold and blue and purple and scarlet and fine twined linen. So we see that this breastplate that was put upon the high priest when he was going in for judgment and seeking God's judgment was made of some very beautiful materials that were of the highest quality that could be. Notice going on to verse 22, and he talks about how he made the robe of the ephod of woven work all of blue, and there was a hole in the midst of the robe, as of the habergeon with the band around the hold that it should not rend. So it was made in such a beautiful way that it was not capable of being rent or torn easily. It goes on to say in verse 24, they made upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet and twined linen. They made bells of pure gold and put the bells between the pomegranates. So you see a lot of work went into this particular garment that the priest was going to wear to come before God. God put emphasis upon them preparing that. It shows much work went into preparing to meet God in the sanctuary.
My point to you today is clothing to God in the Old Testament was very, very important. And it is no less important in the New Testament than it was back at that particular time.
The JFB Commentary says the following about that. Listen to what he says. He said, "An exterior tunic larger and fuller than the common one worn by the persons of rank and distinction and by priests, especially by the high priest, it was the middle garment under the ephod and above the coat. It had a hole through which the head was thrust that was formed carefully of one piece, such as was the coat of Christ."
So again my point is that you can read all the rest of the chapter. My purpose is to show you the quality, to show you the time they took to do these things because they were meeting before God.
He goes on to say, "The binding of the course at the neck was strongly woven and it was trimmed below in a fringe made of blue, and purple, and scarlet tassels." It must have been a gorgeous piece of clothing. It must have taken a little bit of money to buy that. But I think we see that this whole concept of this garment became very important in the worship of God.
It goes on to say that, "the garments of holiness always applied to the official dress of the priest. No inherent holiness belonged to either the materials or the workmanship, but they are called holy simply because they were not worn on ordinary occasions."
Reverencing the sanctuary of God became very, very, important, top notch, number one in the minds of these individuals that God had called to the high priesthood, and to the Levitical priesthood.
He said, "In material it was elaborately embroidered and colored. It had an imposing splendor, the tabernacle being adapted to the early age of the church it was right and necessary that the priest's garments should be of such superb and dazzling appearance that the people might be inspired."
I thought that was very interesting, that the reflection of what they wore was very, very important to the overall concept.
He goes on to say, "Furthermore, all made of linen they were symbolic of the truth, purity, and other qualities in Christ that rendered him such an high priest."
So when you go back and look at those things you begin to realize how important they are. Why is it we live in a society that is dressed down? Why do we live in a society that sometimes we don't recognize that they are not looking at this concept that we in the church must look at, that is, reverencing God's sanctuary. We have to take a totally different approach. When you look at the Old Testament you realize how important this was to God and to the priesthood, and how important should it be for us as we appear before God on the Sabbath day.
Exodus 19:4. We see in Exodus 19 before the Ten Commandments were given the people were told that they were to come before God. And he said, you have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles wings and brought you unto myself. Now, therefore, obey my voice indeed and keep my covenant, for then you shall be a peculiar, a very special treasure unto me ,above all the people. For all the earth is mine. Verse 6. And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak unto the children of Israel.
So we recognize the importance of being the pilgrims and the sojourners, but we are also this kingdom of priests. The Bible talks about the very fact that when you look at 1 Peter, spiritually speaking, we are to act as priests in that particular relationship that we have with God. We are a holy nation. I am not talking about ordination in any case. I am talking about the spiritual aspect of being one of God's children, as a kingdom of priests and teachers and guides for people. So our example, as mentioned this afternoon in the sermonette, becomes very, very important.
Now let's go down to verses 10, 11. He said, and the Lord said unto Moses, go unto the people and sanctify them. (That is, set them apart) today and tomorrow. How were they set apart? Notice what it says. And let them wash their clothes. So you had this external thing that became important. Why? Because the people obviously did not understand internally, they understood externally. But God intended to sanctify them by having them wash their clothes, be clean, both in the clothing and their physical bodies, as we see. And be ready again the third day for the third day the Lord will come down in sight of all the people on Mount Sinai. Of course, in verse 14, it said He did come down and the people did sanctify themselves and they did wash their clothes.
Again you see the point I am making, the importance of sanctifying and the physical clothing became the same. You can't have one without the other.
So let's ask some questions this afternoon. Does your appearance count before God? I think if we stop for just a moment we realize that in recent years the fad has simply been dressing down, or dressing to draw attention to the body. Our society, it is amazing as we see what is going on. As I go to the gym sometimes and I see some of these videos that flash on the screen and what they do, the clothing they wear, and how their objective is simply to draw attention to the body, especially with some of the female singers that are there. It is shocking to see that. These things probably are perfectly acceptable in a society without understanding. They are probably very acceptable to most people. But not in God's church. We don't accept that. We will not accept that. We cannot accept that. Because what we see happening in the world we live in is an abysmal lack of training in dress, an abysmal lack of training in grooming, an abysmal lack of training in hygiene is evidenced by the increasing number of strange and different looking people that you see that you have to deal with so much. We see that everywhere. The problem is, the more and more you are around it, it seems like it is normal standard. And it isn't. It is so far away from the principles that God has intended that it is absolutely unbelievable.
I would like to read to you from an article that I pulled out of the Cincinnati Inquirer several weeks ago. I think it is profound, because I think what we are seeing is that the business world is even looking at this and they are shocked at the attitudes they are finding in society. I am going to read the whole article to you. I do apologize if it becomes boring, but I think it says it so well that it shows you the attitude I am talking about.
The title of it is, "Got A Job Interview? Then Ditch the Flip flops." When Lynn University professor Lisa Vandao held mock job interviews with her business administration seniors this spring, the students tripped themselves up with an obvious wardrobe gaffe, open toed shoes. Vandao says they all wore these 5" heels with open toes. Strappy sandals are more suitable for the dance floor than the sales floor. Some members of the generation Y don't make the distinction. There is something that is definitively happening with the younger generation now says Joseph Rosenfeld, an image consultant. (Notice what he is. He is an image consultant.) based in San Jose, California. There is a lot of "accept me now". Accept me for who and what I am and give me whatever I want right now. For those students the real world provides a harsh wakeup call. If someone is accustomed to wearing PJs to poly science, is it any wonder she will be equally laid back at a job interview?"
She goes on to say, "Denise Bobber, director of human resources at the Baker's Resort in Palm Springs says she is amazed by the number of young women who show up for job interviews showing way too much skin. If you look in the mirror and you look sexy, she said change. (Interesting. This is the business world. They are not religious. They have no axe to grind with anything from the Bible. They just simply recognize the problem that they are facing.) Alas, inappropriate beach attire isn't limited to beachfront properties. We have had applicants come in with bare midriffs or flip flops says Jennifer Loyales, spokeswoman for the Public Defender's Office in West Palm Beach. This does not give us the impression that they respect the work we do. (An attitude, an attitude.) And communicating respect and professionalism through both attire and demeanor is one of the most important components in scoring a new job. Grads should never delude themselves into thinking that grades trump attitude, (thank you!) says Kari O'Donnell of the Kari O'Donnell PR Group. Learn the company's dress code, then dress one step above it."
Interesting, isn't it? That's what we are facing. This is what is happening in our society. We are living at a time in 2006 when we in the Church of God have had to have someone stand up in church and do what I am doing today. We have to do that because we need to begin to explain that, both in the United News, and in sermons, and at our feasts. We simply do. That is what the President wants. That is what Ministerial Services Operation Manager wants. This is where we have to go because people don't always understand that.
The champion women's U.S. Lacrosse Team met with President Bush just recently. Guess how they appeared? They appeared wearing flip flops at the White House, when meeting the highest dignitary in the land, the strongest nation in the world and its leader was met by people wearing flip flops. It shows, as this article that I just read to you, that there is a need for education in this particular area.
Over in 2 Corinthians 6, let's turn there for a moment. 2 Corinthians 6 gives us a principle, beginning in verse 14. The Apostle Paul tells us here a very important point. Notice what he says. Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? What communion (or agreement) has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial? What part has he that believes with an infidel?
The whole set of standards is so different when it comes to those things. Yet we are to love the people in the world, yet we are to respect them as another human being. There is no question about those things. But the question is, do we agree with the standards, do we follow the same principles and the approach that they do have.
It goes on to say, What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said, I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore, come out from among them and be you separate says the Lord and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you unto Myself.
It simply gives you a series of principles. It means to come out of the way of this world's thinking about fashion, hair, clothing, religion, etc. We are to be different. We are to be, as it was pointed out in the sermonette, we are pilgrims and sojourners. We have a different way of life. We are to set that example in this particular way of life. He is simply saying, don't worship your God like the people around you. Don't worship your God like the people around you.
Recently I was talking with a person who attends one of the mainstream Protestant churches. And he was telling me, church for many at his church was no Bible. The Bible was not needed. They came to be entertained. They had their bands. They had a short sermon. They had these cute little games they would play in church. Sometimes just before the Super Bowl they had this little thing that was going on. It was all a part of their supposed worship. But the point was that they simply had this way of life. He said it was interesting, no Bible, they wear shorts to church, tee shirts, flip flops or running shoes.
And you know as well as I do that is not the way we worship God. We recognize from the Old Testament some very basic principles of clothing and the importance of it. I think we recognize simply in Romans 12:2 not to be confirmed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
1 Peter 1:14-15 puts it this way. Let me read it to you. As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lust in your ignorance, but as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conduct. And I will add to that dress, as you will see in the rest of the sermon.
There is an error in the thinking by people. Sometimes I affects us in the church. I think it goes something like this. What I am wearing is modest when I compare what I am wearing with what the world is wearing around me. That is the thinking by some people. What I am wearing is modest when I compare what I am wearing and what the world around me is wearing. Sad problem is, it is immodest compared to what the church teaches is modesty. The church has a different standard and the church will stand behind that particular standard.
Let me be more specific today. Let me get down to some real nitty gritty stuff that we have talked about, that we have discussed and we have put out in articles, and we have also just put out this past week in Clothing To Be Worn On The Sabbath. There are five articles that have been written in the United News concerning topics such as sex and relationships between men and women, girls and guys, as well as material on modesty. They are entitled, "Good Sex, Bad Sex", "Heart to Heart Talk with Men and Teen Boys", "Heart to Heart Talk with Women and Teen Girls" and "Modesty, a Vanishing Virtue, part I" and "Vanishing Virtue, part II". We also put out a video over a year and a half ago on modesty by Mr. Jim Franks. Today I printed out for you copies specifically for you to read along with me this afternoon so you will know what the church teaches in this particular area. I printed out copies so that you can see one of the two most recent articles, and it has to do of course with the concept that we will deal with here, and that is the topic in just a little bit about "Heart to Heart Talk with Women and Teen Girls". We will get to that in a moment. You can have that in front of you because we are going to be going through it. This material is the official material from our newspaper of the United Church of God. It is a part of how we get out all of our material. I have covered all of this with a number of people. We have put together this material so this is not something that is coming from the mind of Richard Pinelli. It is not a personal thing. It is something that is there. These are not suggestions, brethren. These are the teachings of the United Church of God on this topic. We have standards, we have teachings, we have customs that we follow. These articles have the approval and backing of the organization, the Council of Elders, and are the latest material that we have put out to date. The reason I say that is because I want to be sure you understand this is not Richard's opinion. It is what has been written and approved by people outside of me.
We don't stand alone in all of this. Because there are several organizations that are there that have talked about their standards, I thought perhaps I would read to you from two different organizations to show you how they feel about dress and how they look at this whole concept. I am going to read a couple of paragraphs from one.
This particular one is a major mainstream church that keeps the Sabbath day. And it says, "We have been called out from the world. We are reformers. True religion which enters into every phase of life must have a molding influence on all of our activities. Our habits of life must stem from principles and not from example of the world around us. Customs and fashions may change with years but the principles of right conduct are always the same. Dress is an important factor in Christian character. Early in our history instruction was given as to the way a Christian should dress, the purpose for which was to protect the people of God from corrupting influences of the world, as well as to promote the physical and moral health. Truly, a comprehensive purpose. There is no virtue in dressing differently from those around us just to be different, but where the principles of refinement or morality are involved, the conscientious Christian will be true to his or her conviction rather than following the prevailing customs." There is more to it, but I will leave it at that.
There is a second one which happens to be a large school and it is also a religious organization, and they set down, just like many businesses have set down so far as people coming to work for them certain rules and regulations. And I want to just read to you some of them. This is not something we are saying we are following. We are simply showing you that they have put down some rules. "The dress and grooming of both men and women should always be modest and neat and clean, consistent with the dignity adherent to representing _____ Church and any of its institutions of higher education. Modesty and cleanliness are important values that reflect personal dignity and integrity to which students, staff, faculty represent the principles and standards of the church. (These are the standards that they follow.) Men: a clean and well cared for appearance must be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, revealing, or form fitting. Shorts must be knee length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extremes of style or colors, and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ears uncovered. (Let me tell you, if you want to go to this school, this is what you will do. We have not gone to some of these things. We are simply showing you some principles that I am going to cover with you in a few moments.) Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. If worn, mustaches must be neatly trimmed and they may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean-shaven. Beards are not acceptable. Earrings and other body piercings are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas. Women, a clean and well cared for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing, and has slits above the knees or is formfitting. Dresses, skirts and shorts must be knee length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extremes in styles and colors. Excessive ear piercings, more than one per ear and all other body piercings are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas. (Now they are pretty strong. And they have made those principles simply because they recognize they have a standard to follow. Now the Church of God has a standard and I am going to read that to you this afternoon.
What is the teaching of the United Church of God on the question of Sabbath dress? We will start with the men. This will also appear in the United News newspaper probably coming out this weekend.
For men, except in the tropical climates and islands of the tropics where the formal dress may be special shirts and dresses, or the custom may be other formal garments (I think we see that in Africa) we expect men to at least wear a shirt, tie and quality slacks. We believe most men can afford a suit, shirt, and tie and we will expect most men to be attired that way. Some in our congregations have found suits in places like Goodwill and other nonprofit outlets for $5 or $10 apiece. (I saw a person this morning who was wearing a beautiful tan suit and it cost him $10 to buy that at Goodwill.) If you have financial problems the church has said the pastors will privately help in this area. The same also applies to the women in God's church.
For women (this is the basic principle) For ladies we expect you to wear the best suit or pantsuit you can afford. Strapless dresses, halter-tops, and outfits which show a plunging neckline or backside are not acceptable Sabbath wear. Short revealing dresses and other clothing is explained very well on page 2 of this particular article. I would like you to turn there with me and I would like to read to you…it starts down under Wise and Unwise Decisions. The reason I am doing this is because some people do not read the United News. This is also going to be going out on tape to some of the churches as well so I want to be sure we have all of this information right before you. Under the section of Wise and Unwise Decisions this is paragraph number seven.
There is a difference between dressing attractively and dressing to attract. Many women wear clothing that is too low, too high, too tight, or too transparent. Much of it is way too formfitting, defining every curve exactly. Often clothing, body jewelry, and tattoos draw attention to body parts like printed words across ones breast or bottom.
We suggest (in the next paragraph, paragraph eight) the sit down test. Sit in a chair in front of a mirror. See if the hem of your skirt still reaches your knees and look in the mirror to see what others can see under your skirt. Then lean over to see if you can see down your blouse. Godly character is shown by not compromising even in small ways. He quotes the scripture over in Luke 16:10. She who is faithful in that which is least is also faithful in much.
(Paragraph nine.) Be aware that women's fashions change frequently to maintain sexual excitement and sales. For example, once the public is thoroughly accustomed to seeing bare midriffs, fashion designers will cover the belly and expose another part. Total nudity is less erotic than sexy packaging. Women in skimpier type clothing is more exciting and mysterious because she is tantalizing and teasing to a man in a way similar to a strip tease show. His appetite is stimulated to see and imagine more.
(Paragraph eleven.) The peek-a-boo effect is also erotic. Advertisers know that a split second sexy image can have as great an impact as a longer scene. Likewise high slits in skirts are like flashing lights. Now you see the thigh, now you don't. Also, sheer clothing and loose blouses, when a woman leans forward in sleeveless tops with loose armholes offer titillating peeks of skin and underwear.
Now that was written and went out about three or four weeks ago, and I thought I would quote that for you so we would have it.
Another aspect of this we need to look at is the fact that flip flops, beach sandals, and running shoes are not footwear for Sabbath services. As well, we should understand that beachwear even if you are in Hawaii, or Panama City Beach, or Jekyll Island for the Feast of Tabernacles is not acceptable for services. We have seen over in Hawaii several times that they were wearing halter tops and bare midriffs to services. That is not acceptable.
Now let me talk to the parents for just a moment. I was a parent. I have two children that have grown up. I had children that were teenagers and they went through the period of clothing, and you say, yeah, but that was way back in the dinosaur age. I know that. But that's okay because we had our problems back then. And I just want to explain to you that I need the parents' help to help us in this particular regard. It is not an easy task to shop and encourage proper dress among young people. It must begin somewhere, and the church has given you some basic guidelines now through the articles and through what is being said, and we hope you will support our efforts to raise our quality of dress for services. Some years ago just before going to Sabbath services my daughter came downstairs with inappropriate clothing. I won't tell you what it was, but it was inappropriate. And I saw her coming down the stairs, and I said to her…that means back up stairs. And she said, what? I said, you are not wearing that today to Sabbath services. Why? Because I said so. That's a bad answer, but it was the only answer because I saw that it was inappropriate. I stopped her, I sent her back upstairs, and she had to change. It was very difficult brethren, and I can tell you it was mighty cold in the car driving to Sabbath services that day. The look, the attitude, you could have cut it with a knife because it was so bad. But I will tell you, it never happened again. And the reason it didn't is because her dad was just a meany and he had to do that. Not just because I happened to be a minister and my daughter is to set an example, but the other side of that was it just was not appropriate.
So I encourage you to work with you family, I encourage you to work with your children. I know there are no stores that have the clothing like you need sometimes and I know it is a struggle. But I tell you, bend your knees and ask God for help and I think you will find, as I had to with my own children, I had to fight that fight even back in the ‘70s and ‘80s when it was a different situation and wasn't what we have today but there were serious problems.
I think we also need to understand for those of you sitting in this room that there have been people who have come to me from this congregation and from the other congregation in the morning and say, we have received numerous letters and verbal complaints over the last two years when I was the pastor about offensive clothing in Sabbath services. We have a duty not to offend our brethren. The Bible says in several places that we are not to do that. And I hope you will understand the importance of that, because ministers get that. Ministers are told that. And I told the people I would be working on it, and we have been working on it. We have been giving it, as we say, the college try.
Listen to what Romans 14 says. Romans 14:12-13. So then, every one of us shall give an account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another, but judge this rather that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. We simply have to understand that there are things that simply have to be done decently and in order, things that have to be done in a very modest way.
The apostle Paul went on to tell us over in 1 Corinthians 10:31-33. Notice what he says. Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God, even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of many, that they might be saved.
I think it is very, very important because I will tell you as I was your pastor, there were times when people would bend over and I would do this, I literally would do that. I have had to struggle with that, and I tried not to do anything that would be harmful or hurtful for people, but I will tell you I just felt it was time to say some things. The church has said, let's say the things that need to be said in a kind and a gentle way, but nevertheless we have had people who have found themselves very embarrassed or offended by some of those things.
Christ has given his ministry the responsibility to expound the Biblical principles, to encourage unity, to encourage togetherness, to encourage single-mindedness. That is the purpose behind what we are trying to do now with all of the customs and the traditions.
Let's go over to 1 Corinthians 11:2. Let's put this all together now and look at some principles as we go down the road to the end of the sermon. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:2, Now I praise you brethren that you remember me in all things and keep the ordinances (Old King James, the word is traditions) as I delivered them unto you.
There are traditions that we have. They are based on principle. They are based on concepts of the word of God as I show you the concept of dress in the Old Testament and in the New. Many times traditions are having to be given in order to fit the needs. Sometimes they are based on the times we live in. Sometimes they are based on the experiences the church is going through. It happened in Paul's day, and whenever the church sees the need to do so in future years we have to also realize that these are principles we have to apply to keep the church, as I said, encouraged in unity, togetherness, and single-mindedness on those basic principles.
Paul had to deal with unity and clarity in his time in society and had to make judgments in areas such as the following. There are six of them; let me read them to you.
• The Passover observance and how it was to be done. Remember some people were getting drunk on the Passover wine. Remember the problem he had to face there.
• He talked about hair lengths for both men and women. He talked about what was long and what was not long. He talked about the difficulties that were being faced.
• He talked about how services were to be conducted in relationship to speaking in other languages because there was confusion and there was a problem. Therefore, Paul had to make some judgments and decisions that needed to be rendered.
• In 2 Thessalonians 3 he talked about the laziness of people who decided to wait for the return of Christ and sponge off the brethren. And so what he did was, he began to show them that was wrong and if a man did not work he did not eat. So the apostle Paul put some teeth into that, and those individuals I assume went back into work because they did not want to starve.
• You see immorality in that part of the world. It was a terrible problem that had to be dealt with. And immorality is not any less in our society today.
• The sowing of discord and disrespect that was seen toward the ministry, and he had to deal with that in some of those areas that he had to work and deal with. 2 Corinthians 10:8, 13. For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority which the Lord has given us for edification (that is for building up) and not for your destruction. That is the purpose behind sometimes having to make some decisions, make some clarifications, teach some things. It is not to embarrass or run anybody down, but it is for the purpose of building up and keeping the body of Christ working together. Verse 13. But we will not boast of things beyond our measure but according to the measure of the rule which God has distributed unto us. That is a part of what our job is. It is a part of what the President has to do. It is a part of what the Council has to do. It is a part of what we need to be working on. That is, the rule which God has distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.
So the principle is the church teaches these clear principles from God's word and expects all of us to follow those principles of modesty as we strive to come out of the world and be Christ like. We believe the way we appear before God on the Sabbath is very important; hence the articles that were written in the United News and the sermon today that we are giving. It is the standard we are giving based on Biblical principles, as you see. It is for edification and not for destruction. It is for the good of the church as we work together.
Last of all, one final thought, remember Leviticus 19:30. Remember I said to you in the beginning, our Sabbath keeping is to reflect our character and how much we understand about who the Almighty God is and what he is doing. Leviticus 19:30. It says simply, You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
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Drunks and Whores
Many professing Christians remain in denial that traditional Catholics and Protestants are spiritual drunks and whores (intoxicated by Catholic concoctions), drug addicts (under the heavy influence of Rome); traditional Christians and Catholics are spiritual practicing homosexuals, REPROBATES having a perverse spiritual preference for tradition over truth, for abominable baptized paganism, counterfeit Christian holidays they've accepted (following Constantine, not Jesus Christ), falling for accursed Rome's replacement theology that would replace the biblical Sabbath and holy days and dietary laws (we are commanded to keep) with their idolatrous traditions and unclean doctrines of demons...
Watch the Drunks and Whores video and read these articles:
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Reporter Nick Winkler, of Fox 25 in Oklahoma City, presented a special report on the Philadelphia Church of God that aired Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.
I found the special report on the PCG, all things considered, unusually fair and balanced and commend Nick Winkler and Fox News for it, since the Sabbath-keeping Church of God members have always been highly skeptical of such reporters and cynical about such programs.
You can watch the Fox News' videos for yourself and see what you think:
Philadelphia Church of God: Part One
Philadelphia Church of God: Part Two
I'm pleased Fox News made mention of my book and name and showed them on my Philadelphia Church of God blog, having interviewed me as a former PCG member who was disfellowshipped for writing Beyond Babylon and who strongly disagrees with how Pastor General Gerald Flurry is squandering tithe money in Edmond, Oklahoma instead of going all out to share the plain truth of the Bible, our warning message, with the world in a powerful way that such money makes possible.
Fox 25, Oklahoma City, Special Report:
Philadelphia Church of God: Part One
David Ben-Ariel: I was basically put out..
Reporter Nick Winkler: Former PCG member David Ben-Ariel says he was kicked out of the Church for writing a book [Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall] without the Church's approval and says all that money [15 million Art Center on their Edmond, Oklahoma site] could be better spent spreading God's Word differently...
David Ben-Ariel: Hopefully, they'll stop spending their money in Edmond, Oklahoma and use it to become a household word with our teachings and let that become known.
Philadelphia Church of God: Part Two
Nick Winkler: Before Jesus Christ returns...
David Ben-Ariel: Violence, WWIII...yes, there will be lots of violence.
Nick Winkler: Former PCG member David Ben-Ariel says he was kicked out of the Church but still defends its tithing practices...
David Ben-Ariel: Again, it's voluntary but it's understood if you're a Church of God member you will tithe and you'll want to.
PCG: Carrying on "Business as Usual"
If you truly saw what is coming on this Earth, and had a vision of tomorrow, you would know that the Gathering Storm darkens as you sip champagne and boast that you're rich and in need of nothing, woefully ignorant that the Two Witnesses will soon be wearing sackcloth and fasting, not wining and dining at black tie dinners!
Here's an excerpt from Philadelphia Church of God Leads Laodicean Era (Conclusion) that reveals the PCG ministers' initial response to Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall, and how Gerald Flurry's fomer right-hand man, PCG minister Dennis Leap, shamefully insisted on playing politics:
What's BEWILDERING to me is the different responses I've received from several of God's ministers who have read Beyond Babylon -- towards it and me -- before and after Dennis Leap's PARTIAL review! (Malachi 2:9).
When I faithfully sent a computer disk with my book on it to minister Wayne Turgeon, he graciously read all of it and responded:
"Oh, how I admire those with both the ability to write as well as the courage to put down their ideas on paper! I felt that you have a very gripping style of writing that uses twists and slants of words or phrases to make your point. I looked up every scripture you referenced and it became clear that you have really spent a lot of time in your Bible. Being Jewish, I think, gives you an added perspective that I could never have... Much of what you have written is not 'new revelation' as I'm sure that you'd readily agree... It's certainly not my place to determine if what you believe God has shown you is true or not, but would you mind presenting Mr. Flurry with an abbreviated version of what you feel is inspired... as I highly doubt that he would have time to read your whole book."
What does he mean it's not his place to determine if what I wrote is true or not? God holds every INDIVIDUAL responsible to prayerfully determine whether something is of God or not! How did we prove Malachi's Message was biblical? Did we rely solely on our minister's evaluation? Worldwide all over again?
Mind you, unlike Mr. Armstrong's lengthy manuscript of close to 300 typed pages, Beyond Babylon is only 1/2 that size, literally! I suggested Gerald Flurry read the first and last chapters. Mr. Turgeon told me Flurry returned it to him, saying something like, "He's always sending us stuff."
I have written short letters to the point, like correcting him about Mount Hermon and Mount Carmel after he continued to confuse the two in several articles. I'm familiar with them because I've been blessed to have lived next to both of them. Mr. Turgeon also wrote that I was a little "too radical" for Mr. Flurry and wondered what I'd said or done that had given him that impression. I explained it's because I took exception to his careless condemnation of those religious Jews who want the Temple built as "extremists." I wrote that it's extremist for secular, humanist Jews to oppose converting the Promised Land into a Holy Land!
Flurry was surprised and had also written against the STRONG EMOTIONS some feel over Jerusalem and Israel. How could God use someone so distant over there?! Some of us have a GOD-GIVEN LOVE for Jerusalem and a genuine passion for Judah that's most personal; we're not a stranger in OUR Homeland! (Psalms 102:14; Ps. 137; Isaiah 62). That's not "radical," it's BIBLICAL!
Minister Carl Craven also read Beyond Babylon and acknowledged it as biblical. He said he hadn't looked up every Scripture, but was sure if he had they'd also be used correctly. I commented that I know it's biblical, but that I was just waiting for headquarters to prove that to themselves as well. He expressed an understanding of how it's difficult to be patient meanwhile.
When Dennis Leap did call, it was to instruct me to STAY HOME FROM SABBATH SERVICES while he looked at the book! I didn't recall such an unusual request being made of Mr. Armstrong, and recognized it went against "innocent until proven guilty," but obliged with the hope of returning soon (John 7:51).
After some time, I called Mr. Leap. He said he'd read PARTS of the book, and that it wasn't important whether Mr. Flurry had read it or not (even though I'd been led to believe he'd pass it on to him). He stated, "You use some pretty strong language in there," to which I replied, "But it's biblical, isn't it?" "Well, yes, but...". He also noted, like Mr. Turgeon, that most of it is what we already teach. I agreed and said that that should serve as a GOOD SIGN, but that the NEW REVELATION about the Two Witnesses and Europe is firmly built upon that foundation.
Dennis Leap found it difficult to accept that a LAY MEMBER would write such a book. He admitted Flurry had received bits of revelation from lay members, but NEVER a whole book! I didn't want to be judged by precedent, but by whether or not what I'd written is biblical. If I was in error, then it was his duty to clearly show me where FROM THE BIBLE, like Aquilla and Priscilla helped improve Apollos' understanding (Acts 18:26).
I was informed if I wanted to return to services, I would have to forget Beyond Babylon, act like a "regular lay member," and basically deny that it was from God! Like Mr. Armstrong, I had PROVEN what I'd written to be TRUE. Actually, Leap didn't say that it wasn't or attempt to refute it!
I told Mr. Leap I didn't want to play politics. By his insistence that I must be a MINISTER to write such a book, he was still looking to MEN OF STATURE! And since I'm not one, he was demanding that I "PROPHESY NOT!" (Amos 2:12).
He got very angry when I mentioned this and said he was severing all ties between the PCG and myself, and that I wasn't to claim any association with the PCG. He said I was now free to go and do whatever I felt God would have me to do with BB and not worry whether or not he or Mr. Flurry had read it! When I expressed the hope of reconciliation, he retorted we could when I repented. Of what? OBEYING GOD RATHER THAN MAN? Is that "rebellion?"
Mr. Armstrong WASN'T an ordained minister either when he wrote what he felt GOD would have him to share! The Identity Doctrine also wasn't so much new truth, as a new way of presenting it. I'm sure glad he didn't let those two points stop him! Aren't you? So I was UNJUSTLY DISFELLOWSHIPPED for believing God used me to write a book, and MARKED for exposing the facts about Mr. Leap's folly!
Read Beyond Babylon for yourself. It's available for free online:
Why National Defeat?
Truth or Consequences
Victims of Tradition
Jesus & the Jews
Elijah's Key Role
Jay Hoover wrote:
True! True! I'd be willing to bet that the formation of Israel and the heavy reliance on the financial support of "Christian" countries - especially the U.S. - has had a LOT to do with that.
Well, that and 2,000 years of pogroms, oppression, murder, disenfranchisement, abuse and holocausts by Christians for being "the Christ killers".
Catholics aren't Christians, and Jews aren't so innocent and pure with such a blood libel against Christianity, as well as their pogroms, oppression, murder, disenfranchisement, abuse and holocausts against professing Christians. When Jews engage in a blood libel against Christians and every non-Jewish European, intelligent folk would expect a backlash, would expect such blanket condemnation would be utterly rejected, and not merely require Christians to hang our heads and suffer an imposed guilt that isn’t justified any more than blaming all Jews for the Jewish Communists and Socialists whose perverted secular messianism resulted in untold deaths, mass murder, of professing Christians in Russia and Eastern Europe and around the world.
As a Christian-Zionist, I'm pro-Jewish, and pro-Israel, but like Torah-observant and honest Jews, I don't deny the horrors liberal Jews, dangerous UNJews, have perpetrated upon the world throughout history, including now and make brief reference to it in "Jesus and the Jews" in Beyond Babylon, as well as giving credit where credit is due.