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Return to the Father’s Heart

This crucial book will pave the way for the of coming Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6, who is prophesied to bring today’s absent fathers toward their neglected or jettisoned children and bring the heart of believers back to their Father in heaven. The book offers a solution to a pervasive problem among men today: their inability to forgive abusive fathers. This modern-day Elijah will “restore all things” (Mat. 17:11), including the true gospel of the Kingdom or Family of God, revealing the dangerous error of the grace revolution leading to the appearance of the man of lawlessness, an evil leader who will fight the second coming of Jesus. Click HERE to order your copy today!

 

 

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Pastor Robert Scott
Pastor Robert Scott

Robert B. Scott has been a pastor since 1972. He began to pastor in Montreal, Canada, then from 1973-1978 in Paris, France, and then co-pastored churches in Lyon, France and Geneva, Switzerland, before being transferred to pastor churches in Quebec City, Trois Rivieres, and Saguenay, Quebec from 1978 to 1988. At that time he was transferred to Edmonton, Alberta, where later began to pastor Freedom Church of God


Confession of Sin Pastor Robert Scott

Confession of sin is a principle expressed throughout the Bible. Today, October 22, 2015, Joseph Prince stated on his TV program once again that confession of sin in First John 1:9-10 was a verse meant for Jews who had adopted a certain Gnostic heresy, whereas chapter 2 explained that we were already forgiven in any case. While Prince said he does confess sin, the implication was that it wasn’t really necessary.

In fact, that is the only conclusion you can draw since they say the law is done away. The law defines sin, so without law, no sin exists. So why even bother to confess it? And why twist the Scriptures to say that First John 1:9-10 doesn’t apply to believers? Jesus told us clearly to live by every Word of God, not to explain away an important principle taught throughout the Bible, which is confession of sin.

Believers still miss the mark and sin, so we must confess those sins to God. David, a man after God’s own heart, prayed, “And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead in the everlasting way” (Ps. 139:24). Sin hurts us, and David wanted to know every sin in his life so he could confess and forsake it, as he did in Psalm 32. David sought perfection. Jesus attained that perfection, never sinning, to show us what we should seek after as we follow His example. Our goal is to seek to become perfect like our Father.

While God is merciful, He expects us to see and lay aside the “sin which so easily entangles us” (Heb. 12:1). He tells us to confess our sins to others, so of course He wants us to confess them to Him (James 5:16). Acknowledging sin is a part of forsaking it. If we can’t see it, we can’t abandon it either. Confessing it to God is a necessary part of repentance of sin. It’s a basic concept that has become fuzzy because of this insistence that God’s law is done away, since lawlessness is biblically defined as sin. No law equals no sin.

So why even argue that First John’s command to confess sin is not valid? It’s only invalid if there is no law to define sin. So why not be un front and admit that you don’t need to confess sin because there is indeed no sin with no law?

There is no need to bring in a convoluted explanation of that verse that is false. The Bible is either all good for believers, or it isn’t. This verse is a command to practice what is practiced throughout the Bible, which is to confess sin. It applies to every believer. Nothing in First John 1 implies anything different.

The more you compromise with the Word, the more you will have to compromise as a little leavens the whole lump (1 Cor. 5:6).

 

 


Challenge to Creflo Dollar Pastor Robert Scott

Creflo, I call you Creflo, not out of disrespect, but out of probably a decade of learning from you and appreciating your teaching when you taught the Word of God and the blessing of the law of God. Now the law has become your enemy and you have thus become the enemy of God, helping a dear pastor from Singapore whose US HQ is seven miles from my boyhood home, to broadcast the infamous grace revolution. It is infamous to God because it is leading to the appearance of the man of lawlessness, whom Jesus will fight at His coming, along will all those who persist in teaching and/or practicing lawlessness, which the Jesus of the Bible condemns.

You have continued to promote this false grace at the Generals of Faith Conference, where we happen to know that one of those generals keeps the Sabbath day, the only commandment which should be translated under the New Covenant, Love remembers the Sabbath day, the seventh day, to keep it holy.

You told us to rightly divide the Word of truth, which you have been deceived by the “Lord,” not Jesus, to avoid. We pray for your repentance, sir. We respect your anointing, and pray that you will return to hearing Jesus and His Holy Spirit, who never inspires anything that is against the will of the Father as revealed by the Word, Jesus in print in the whole Bible and in the flesh. He was and is the God who spoke in the First Testament and the Second (John 5:37). He is the Word who never changes. You have insisted that He changes from the Sabbath to Sunday and from commanding all His commandments of love to abolish His law, which He has never done and never will do.

If indeed you are sincerely deceived and didn’t really believe what you once believed, you and especially the millions you have convinced that this old greasy grace doctrine dressed in new, deceptive clothing is true, will miss out on marrying Jesus.  If you would dare look at the whole counsel of God in His Word, you would see the error of the grace revolution, which is none other than rebellion against God’s good laws of love. You all would simply miss the first and better resurrection (Heb. 11:35), having to wait until a second general resurrection one thousand years after Jesus returns (Rev. 20:5 and nearly seven hundred verses). May the goodness of God lead you to repentance for preaching a false gospel, not the gospel of the Kingdom of God Jesus preached and prophesied for these last days (Mat. 24:14), and for disfellowshipping many of your church who stood fast on the Word of God. God bless you with the understanding of His truth. We do love you, and confront you in love as a brother in Jesus.


Shabbat Shalom! Pastor Robert Scott

The Triple Connection

 

            We asked our Father Love what new congregations needed to understand first and foremost as a basis of their lives as believers. He responded: forgiveness, identity in Jesus, and the Sabbath.

            Those of us who have kept the Sabbath have realized the connection between these three teachings and practices. Allow me to explain.

            God calls the Sabbath an identifying sign, a sign of who He is and who we are in Him. It’s a sign “that you may know that I am [the Eternal, the “I am”] who sanctifies you” (Ex. 31:13).

            A threefold connection exists in these three main teachings a new believer needs to understand and that few believers have ever accepted. Obviously, Jesus understood this connection. Luke 4:16 says that He kept the Sabbath “as was His custom…” He promptly opened the part of the scroll that established his identity as the Son of God, anointed to preach the gospel of the Kingdom.

            The Sabbath in the understanding of the Hebrew letters in the word has the following meaning: return to the covenant or cross. For Jesus it meant to return to His covenant with His Father so He would do and say what He saw His Father say and do. His intimacy with the Father was based in the weekly reminder of His identity in the Sabbath, His oneness with the “I am.” He knew He had been set apart by His Father. Being one with the “I am,” He knew that He was the “I am.”

             His identification with the “I am” costs him His life and His reputation. His brothers and sisters thought he was crazy and said so. Imagine the challenge.

            I don’t have to imagine it. I was attacked with a life-threatening illness in 1986. God saved me in His mercy from sure death, my former wife being told to prepare for burying me in three hours. God didn’t let me die, but because of my unforgiveness to a ministerial boss, there was a delay. This boss had challenged my identity, which I didn’t understand as a son of my Father Love and a brother of Jesus. That situation obliged my Father to allow problems to bring me back to Him.

            I went through twelve years of severe mental illness, wanting to kill myself several times. To this day, twenty years after all who really know me also know I was healed, my immediate family doesn’t think I am healed. Even my family in my native U.S. thinks I am still mentally ill.

            As Jesus lives in me, I must call on my Father’s gift of forgiveness to forgive my family, my birth family and the family of my first marriage. Jesus did. He forgave his siblings who cursed him with mental illness. He went through everything we could possibly go through.

             The key to the forgiveness Jesus displayed every day of His life was identity. He knew who He was. And that identity was refreshed and solidified every Sabbath day as He was reminded of who His Father was and who He was in Him.

            He didn’t allow Himself to be overwhelmed by the opinion of his family and the religious establishment, who called him demon-possessed.

            Our Father has taught us to lay down our problems every Friday just before the Sabbath so we could enter into the joy of the Sabbath and have our identity refreshed every week. If we don’t follow that command, we can easily be overwhelmed by our weekly challenges.

            God gives also the new moons to lay down our long-term burdens so we don’t have to carry them throughout our lives. We have a “Christian” world that has forgotten the covenant and the cross it represents.

            Today, we can emphasize the meaning of the word Shabbat that means, “return to the cross.” Jesus laid down His life for us to give us a new day every day, even if we murdered someone the day before. God always gives us a new day, and a true believer will always forgive us and give us a new day. God forgets our sin. Although a believer may not forget the offense, he or she will not bring it up and considers it as a past that doesn’t exist.

            That’s how God want us to consider ourselves, forgiven as if we had never sinned. And that’s where the problem is. Often we can’t forgive ourselves, so God can’t therefore forgive us. He delivers us to the demonic tormentors to drive us back to Him.

            You can see why God told us the first teaching that is most important is forgiveness, especially forgiveness of ourselves so we can walk in our identity.

             We can finally accept the identity we have in Jesus. Our Father said to Him before He did any mighty works, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

            When we accept our Father’s grace to forgive ourselves and others, we can then return to the cross, realizing that Jesus’ blood makes us exactly like Jesus. We can know that our Father sees us like He sees Jesus—exactly. As He is, so are we (1 John 4:17).

            John understood. Maybe that’s why he lived so long. He called himself “the disciple Jesus loved.” That’s who each of us believers are, if we will only recognize our identity. It’s easier for Sabbath keepers to understand this truth, but many Sabbath keepers haven’t accepted what their Father offers them—the grace to forgive others and themselves. This is why God told us forgiveness is the first thing.

            A Sabbath keeper should understand His identity in Jesus as a beloved son of Father Love, and he should have understood his need to forgive himself and give himself a new day every day. David was a man after God’s own heart. He gave himself a new day after committing adultery and murdering the husband of the woman he slept with.

            He didn’t live a live feeling sorry for himself and his fate. Jesus redeemed the situation, allowing him to marry that woman. Jesus had to allow the death of his young son because He hadn’t come to shed His blood to break curses, even from God.

            Today we can return to the cross on the Sabbath day, allowing ourselves to see ourselves as totally forgiven with our sins forgotten and erased by our Father because of Jesus’ blood. God has given us everything in the Sabbath day, identity and forgiveness, if only we will take advantage of it. Shabbat shalom!

 

 

 

 

 


Misunderstanding Law Pastor Robert Scott

Grace revolutionists are misleading people regarding the law, saying the law only condemns and the law never tells you how to love your wife, only condemning adultery. That's a misunderstanding of the law. There are 613 specific commandments in both testaments of the Bible, and no one can read Ephesians 5 and say the Bible doesn't tell you how to love your wife. In fact, Jesus said to live by every word of God (Mat. 4:4). Jesus changed the emphasis of the Ten Commandments when He magnified the law (Isa. 42:21, Mat. 5,6, and 7). The law became, "Love doesn't commit adultery," rather than "thou shalt not."

God's law has negative commands and positive commands. It's not one or the other, but the emphasis is love. Yes, Jesus, who IS Grace, lives in us. SO when they say, it's now the Holy Spirit telling us what to do or not do, they are agreeing with the truth we preach without realizing it. It' not either/or, law or grace. It's both. We can't know what to do if the law wasn't in our hearts and if we don't love the law. The law IS love. Jesus IS love.

Let's understand this heresy of the law being done away. That would mean love is done away and Love with a capital letter, Jesus, is done away. He IS the law and He IS Grace with a capital G. He said teachers of lawlessness would be called least in the Kingdom, because God' laws of love are the basis of His Kingdom of love. His Word teaches us how to love our wives and love God and love all others. The law isn't done away! Otherwise the the whole Word of God would be done away. Don't fall for the end-time falling away, the man of sin or lawlessness appearing, prepared by preachers of lawlessness in the very body of Christ.

Jesus warned us about lawlessness and the love of many growing cold. Don't allow deception to move you away from the true grace of God. Yes, there is no condemnation, but Jesus said, "Go and sin no more or break the law no more by My empowerment or grace in you. That's the truth.


Keepers of the Fourth Commandment, Arise and Unite! Pastor Robert Scott

To the relief of those of us who keep God’s days, the Christmas season is finally over. Which days are truly God’s days? God showed us years ago that the two major tests in the end time would be the name of Jesus and one of the commandments of Jesus involving God’s day of worship. Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). One of Ten Commandments is a test commandment as well as one of the first covenants God made with man. The Bible clearly says that this covenant will still be in force when Jesus returns to rule the earth. Yet the vast majority of Christians today have turned their backs on this commandment. They reason around the clear words of the Bible, which never ordained Sunday as the day of rest and worship. Few keep God's day today, and even those who do keep it, keep it alone. What does the Bible say about observing it alone? Read more…

In ignorance many claim that the New Testament never repeats the Sabbath commandment. Yet as you read the gospel accounts, you will discover that the Sabbath is mentioned more than any commandment. Jesus even said, "The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is [Divine Master] of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28). 

Paul believed "everything that is in accordance with the Law and is written in the Prophets” (Acts 24:14). He declared that he had never committed any offense against the law (Acts 25:8). Never. That means when he accepted Jesus, he never stopped observing the Sabbath day. The writer of Hebrews declares, “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God” (Heb. 4:9).

The writer leaves no doubt about which they was the Christian Sabbath, for he says that we must rest from our works as God did from His (verse 10). The member of the God Family who spoke with man in the Garden of Eden was the one who spoke the words of creation. He was Jesus before His birth as a man. Jesus made the Sabbath for man, and Adam was the first man, not the first Jew.

One of the purposes of the Sabbath is often overlooked, and it explains why believers who keep the Sabbath alone should seek out others in their area who observe the same day.

The Bible encourages us to "consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Heb. 10:24). And how are we supposed to do that?

One of the ways is expressed in the very next verse: "… not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Heb. 10:25).

The day of Jesus’ return is extremely close. As that day approaches, it becomes more and more important for Sabbath keepers to meet together when possible.

Why? The reason is that the Sabbath is the day of love, the day when the God whose name is Love convokes His people.

God says, "Gather My godly ones to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice” (Ps. 50:5). God's ultimate purpose is to gather His godly ones, plural, to Him on the day of His Sabbath covenant. It is indeed a sacrifice to come out of the world, even the Christian world that keeps the wrong day, and often receive persecution for obeying God.

 Those who choose to obey need encouragement. They need others to join with them and stimulate them to further good works. It's a day of fellowship with God and with other believers

God's appointed times are holy convocations, commanded assemblies where God tells us to come together to worship Him (Lev. 23:1-3). Sometimes we have to keep the Sabbath alone because we’re the only Sabbath keepers in a certain area.

In times past on our popular blog Sabbath keepers could connect. Now we are required to ask bloggers to include their emails. We don't do this to make your life difficult or to cause fear. We only do it because we are required to do so. We promise never to use your emails inappropriately.

However, posting your email so that you can post comments on a blog will allow you to communicate with us and receive answers to questions as well as to communicate other Sabbath keepers in your area who are seeking to fellowship with other believers.

 Years ago one young lady wrote how she yearned to fellowship with other Sabbath keepers. Her boyfriend and her began riding around the neighborhood and praying in the Spirit for revelation on a Sabbath home group. Her boyfriend received a word from God to stop at a certain house, where they were warmly welcomed into a Sabbath keeping group.

Finding a Sabbath home group may not be as miraculous for you, but you can make such an occurrence easier by posting your email on our blog and began posting comments. Who knows whom you may connect with in your area? You may be able to show love on the Sabbath day by your very presence as you fellowship with other believers who keep the fourth commandment.


Why Are You the Most Blessed Blog Readers in the World? Pastor Robert Scott

The amazing answer this question is found in Romans 10:14-16. It reads, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?  How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “[Eternal], was who has believed our report?”

Fact is, a false gospel of grace is going out that is being hailed by a surprising number of believers, including pastors and TV evangelists. That highly acclaimed false gospel of lawlessness, condemned by Jesus (Mat. 5:19), is only the beginning of the end-time, great falling away that opens the door to the appearance of the man of lawlessness.

"Honesty is such a lonely word," went the lyrics of a popular song.  The true gospel Jesus preached and prophesied to be preached in the last days is none other than the gospel of the Kingdom (Mat. 24:14). The Bible does talk about grace, but the true gospel has never been the gospel of grace but the good news of the Kingdom of God, and it includes of necessity the laws of that Kingdom of Love.

How can believers believe a report they have never heard? Rare are the preachers of the Kingdom, and Satan is trying to attack them and be rid of them. Witness the perishing of Myles Munroe.

God does promise to send a future "Elijah" who will restore the hearts of God's children to their Father, and these verses, Malachi 4: 5-6, follow the verse that enjoins us to remember “the law of Moses My servant.” Jesus is the “My” here who is the Word that gave the law to Moses, and then brought grace and truth to live in believers in the person of Jesus to empower them to keep that same law in all its spiritual scope.

Our calling is Isaiah 58 and 59:1-3, and we are called to lift our voices in a desert of religious confusion to prepare the way for this Elijah, who himself will prepare the way of Jesus’ return. While this gospel of the kingdom is indeed going out worldwide on the Internet for the moment, few indeed are listening. You are. So you, whether you are a Christian who is awake or asleep like most, are blessed indeed to be hearing it.

We believe you are the most blessed blog readers in the world because you have the rare opportunity to hear the true gospel and to act on it while there's still time.

The enemy doesn't want this message to be heard, and because of technical difficulties you won’t read it on my personal blog. You can read it here and be one of the few who hears this rare report of truth and believes and acts on it. You can hear the true gospel right now, Right HERE


Why Joseph Prince Told a “White Christmas” Lie on His TV Broadcast Today? Pastor Robert Scott

Will you swallow the lie I swallowed years ago? It’s one of the many lies of this popular grace revolution, which is in reality a grace rebellion against the laws of love of our God of love. These laws are the basis of the Kingdom of God, which is the only true gospel. Jesus preached it, and so did Paul! It’s a lie that is all too common in the Christian world. It involves pretending you know the Hebrew when what you say contradicts the plain Word of God. This lie even contradicts the very theme verse of this grace revolution, John 1:17. What is this dangerous lie? It involves the meaning of the Hebrew word chesed. It even involves the pagan celebrations of December 25! Yes, pagan celebrations! Read more…

I always assumed commentators were right in declaring that chesed meant grace, but that contradicts the clear words of John 1:17. In other words, the grace revolution proponents are contradicting their very them verse and adding to their schizophrenic declarations about the subject of grace. The verse says that the law came through Moses (which of course came directly to Moses through God, who was the One who became Jesus).

Remember the last part of that verse: grace and truth came through Jesus Christ when He came as a man. So God is saying there was no real grace in the First Testament, which is a favorite argument of the grace revolution.

Was there mercy? Of course. God is a God of mercy. But grace or the empowerment to obey the laws of love God gave in the Hebrew Scriptures came through Jesus when He came in the flesh as a man to die for us.

They are stretching it. Because they believe so firmly in this false grace doctrine, they try to say it’s been there all along in the Bible. But it hasn’t! They simply want it to be true so they can pretend that the same God has always been a God of grace.

Why would God say, “O, that there were such a heart in them, that they would love Me and keep My commandments, “ my paraphrase of Deuteronomy 5:29?

The simple answer is that Jesus, who is the Word who spoke the Ten Commandments, was saying this: I am Grace with a capital G. I’m coming to die for your sins, your breaking of My law, and to then live within you so you have the power to change the focus from “Thou shalt not…” to  “Love does not….”

The grace revolutionists don’t like that focus because they want you to see the law as bad, not good. Yet God says the law is good throughout the Bible. He never puts a bad spin on His commandments as the grace people do, as Joseph Prince has done on his broadcast today, Thursday, December 18.

We must challenge him. His statement contradicts his own theme verse of John 1:17. He’s taking away what makes Jesus different in the New Testament than in the “old,” which is not old at all.

How could Jesus come to bring grace if it already existed? How could the law be in our hearts unless Jesus, Grace personified, is now in our hearts (Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8). If you read those two chapters together, you will understand what grace is.

Grace is having Jesus in your heart so His laws that He gave long ago will be in your heart. You now have the empowerment, the grace, to perform what your flesh can’t.

You will understand that the whole Bible is to be observed by the power of Jesus or grace within us.

A believer will have the strength to buck the crowd and stop keeping the pagan holidays like Christmas that have been baptized Christian when Jesus never did!

They will actually have the power to obey the last few verses of Deuteronomy 12 and the clear verses of Jeremiah 10 that gives a surprisingly accurate description of the Christmas tree!

I takes courage to go against the mainstream. “But everybody who’s anybody keeps Christmas! You must be in a cult.” No. It takes courage and Grace to keep God’s laws, even His unpopular laws.

Will you have the courage and the grace to come out of the world to obey God this December 25? The good news is the grace to keep the laws of the Kingdom of God came with Jesus, and He lives in you! You can do it!

 

 



God’s Times to Ask When, Why, and How Long, God? Pastor Robert Scott

God’s Times to Ask When, Why, and How Long, God?

 Millions of Christians are keeping Christmas again this year. But are these God’s times of celebration and introspection? When Jesus returns, He will command all mankind to keep the Sabbath and the new moons (Isa. 66:23). This is a secret Christians don’t know. There is another secret they don't know. They don't know when to complain and wrestle with God. There is a time for everything and a time to pour out our hearts before God. Most psalms of David were written on the Sabbath and the new moons. Asaph asked some troubling questions on the new moon. Why do others prosper when I have to go through these trials (Psalm 73)? Why are true Christians being persecuted and heavily tried when nominal Christians are being blessed? Stay tuned for the surprising answer…Read more…

Asaph understood the answers to his troubling questions when he entered the sanctuary of God on the new moon after he had wrestled with God about these questions (Ps. 73:17).

 Why is a congregation that has so much truth being tested and tried? Why does God allow its leading lady to pass away? Two of our deaconesses have passed away recently. Why?

 Is it like some Canadians are saying at the passing of Myles Monroe? Is it true that God took him? No, it's not. Satan took him and Satan took our deaconesses. God didn't cause it but He allowed it. He knows the end from the beginning. He knew certain congregations would be in disunity, which would allow Satan to have his way.

 After believers pass critical tests of maturity, Satan tries to take them out and he can succeed unless the congregation is in unity and speaking the right words. Wrong words can cause pain and even death (Prov. 18:21).

 The righteous man or woman is sometimes taken out to escape the evil to come (Isa. 57:1). They still have work to do, but they had passed important tests and God knew they were ready to go if Satan did take them.

 Should we ask God why? Yes, but there is a proper time and procedure for everything (Eccl. 8:6). When believers ask the whys and the whens of God at the wrong time, they can cause death. They can easily accuse the brethren. When they ask those difficult questions at the new moon, they often get God's secret answers to satisfy their curiosity.

 Knowing why God does things gives great assurance and confidence. While many Christians want to remain ignorant of those answers, others press on and find the answers as they wrestle with God on the new moon.

Why do we have to observe Satan’s days instead of God's days? When Jesus returns for a thousand years of peace, those who don't keep His days will be deprived of rain. If you keep Christmas, you'll go dry. Why can't we keep God's days and know God's secrets that He offers to His servants?

Jesus, as well as all the apostles, including Paul, kept the days ordained as God's days in Leviticus 23 (Acts 24:14).  We would have less and less questions and more and more answers from God if we did. We would be much merrier if we abandoned Christmas for the joy of Jesus received on His days.


Changing Your World? Or Changing Your Word? Pastor Robert Scott

Changing Your World? Or Changing Your Word?

 It is with sadness that we acknowledge the changes in the Changing Your World TV broadcast. We have learned much in the past from them. However, the change to the grace revolution has caused us to write an e-book on the subject, available on our bookstore tab at http://www.freedomchurchofgod.com/BOOKSTORE.aspx#.VI4Vglpd0zA.  We must begin to wonder whether it’s Changing Your World or Changing Your Word, referring to God’s Word. Saying the law is done away contradicts the meaning of the whole Bible. This is a dangerous trend, the end-time falling away, leading to the man of lawlessness.

 People have always tried to twist Romans 14, but now that the belief that the Ten Commandments are done away has caused ease at misinterpreting Romans 14.

 Our e-book gives what we believe is the most thorough refutation of this apostasy. However, new twists arrive every day as they come up with new heresies continually.

 When you understand the true gospel of the Kingdom of God, you can easily see that a kingdom requires a King and laws. You can’t be part of the Kingdom if you refuse the true grace that empowers you to keep the laws of the Kingdom.

 The clear verses that stand out to me in refuting the Romans 14 twist are Acts 24:14 and Acts 10:14 and 28. That’s because people want to apply Romans 14 to the Sabbath and the eating of pork, which is not the context at all. It's a matter of fasting on certain days of the week and abstaining from meats, eating only vegetables.

 In these verses of Acts, Peter made it clear that ten years after accepting Jesus, he still refrained as a Christian from eating unclean foods such as pork. Gentiles were now declared clean, but not unclean meats. Regarding the Sabbath question, Paul clearly stated in Acts 24:14 and 25:8 that he had never committed an offense against the law of the First Testament, which included the Sabbath, one of the very important Ten Commandments.

 To explain further, we quote an excerpt from Bible Code Broken! …

 

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Chapter 26: The Romans 14 Contortion -- or "the Sabbath Side Step"

 

            The terrible twists get worse. This is a desperate dance. It’s also called, “Looking for a way out of keeping the Sabbath,” a.k.a. the Sabbath Side Step.

Paul talks about days, but he never mentions the Sabbath in Romans 14. Yet many Christians believe that Romans 14:5-6 is proof Paul did not tell Gentiles to keep the Sabbath and that the days we keep are not an area in which we should be judged. The context is about eating meats or being vegetarian. The Didache supports the inference that specific days for fasting were involved. This early Christian guide to holiness says, “But not let our fasts be with the hypocrites, for they fast on the second and fifth day of the week. Rather, fast on the fourth day and the Preparation (Friday)” (Chapter 8).

            Eating habits and the way and times that we fast are intensely personal matters. Paul did not and the church should not legislate in these areas. On the other hand, which day we keep is not a private matter, although in some circumstances it may be. It is a public decision practiced corporately and this was the case with the organized church at Rome. Church leaders make such a decision, preferably according to the Word.

Paul writes: “Now I exhort you, brethren…that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment” (I Cor.1:10). In this same letter Paul said, “Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump [spiritually], just as you are in fact unleavened [already, because you have put away leavened bread in preparation for the feast]. For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven…but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”(I Cor. 5:7-8).

The same apostle that spoke of “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” and encouraged the understanding that we are one body, one Spirit, with “one faith [set of beliefs]” (Eph. 4:3-5) commanded Corinthians to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. If they kept the high days or annual Sabbaths and were physically unleavened at feast time, they obviously kept the weekly Sabbath.

“Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind” (Rom. 14:5). Could this refer to whether we keep the fourth commandment or not?  What about the sixth commandment? If you are not convinced in your own mind that it is wrong to murder, does that mean you can put a bullet in someone you don't like? Why do we sidestep the Sabbath but dance to the tune of all the other commandments?

None of the Ten Commandments, including the Sabbath, are directly in question in Romans 14. While it is helpful for a believer to be "convinced in his own mind" about the Sabbath truth before keeping it, obeying what you see in the Word will add greater understanding (Ps. 111:10). The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth (John 16:13) and it is His job, not ours, to convict you of the Sabbath truth. It is nevertheless the truth, whether you agree with it or not.

Paul is giving guidelines here about matters that are private and not always spelled out in the Scripture. The Sabbath is spelled out. If the Holy Spirit doesn’t tell us, would not common sense tell us what Paul was not saying? He was not saying that it doesn’t matter which day we keep as holy to God. God never said all days were holy and that we could choose any day to keep, that all days were alike to Him as far as corporate worship is concerned. He said He made the seventh day holy – no other. He ordained holy convocations on the seventh day and on no other day.

We may wisely do our best to avoid offending others by the manner in which we keep the Sabbath day. The day we choose, however, is not up for discussion. It does matter to God. He did not suggest that we make up our minds which day was holy. He commanded us to remember the seventh day (Ex. 20:8,10). It is not called the day of the Jews but the Sabbath of the Eternal – the Sabbath of Jesus. And don’t forget…He, Jesus, is the One who said, “Remember.”

Everyone can be convinced in his own mind whether he eats meat or is vegetarian. Each Christian can decide to drink wine or be a teetotaler, to choose to fast on the first Monday of every month or every other Tuesday or simply fast when he feels the need. We don’t judge our brothers in these personal matters. We don’t condemn them for not keeping the Sabbath either. The question of whether Christians should or should not keep the fourth commandment is not a matter that is decided by any individual. God has already said it. His Word is law. He cannot alter the utterance of His lips. And He will not change the time of the Sabbath no matter how many twisted arguments religious people invent.

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We pray that you will understand that the Bible never sends mixed messages. Its theme message of the Kingdom is the same throughout, and the laws never change. They are only written on our hearts and we keep both the letter and the spirit or intent of God’s law, which are always an expression of love. Love is never done away!

 


Rebirth of a Blog (Revised) Pastor Robert Scott

Greetings from pastor and author Robert B. Scott of www.freedomchurchofgod.com … We have had the most popular church blog on the web a few years ago, and I had the blessing of hosting it. Now, however, our site had to switch to requiring an email to sign in, which meant no one wanted to sign in and we got only views. My goal is to continue the blog in a new way, putting the identical blog on my personal author’s site, www.robertbscott.org. I just found out that the new blog requires emails, and it looks doubtful if this could be changed, so I ask for your trust in this area.

I want to start recording my progress. As I see the false gospel of grace fills the airwaves and is adopted by many Christians and pastors, it’s sad to see so few teaching the true gospel, the one Jesus preached, the gospel of the kingdom, which is the one He said would be preached in these last days before the end of the age comes (Mat. 24:14). How can this gospel be preached?

The key, I believe, is the Internet, succeeding in marketing the true gospel on the web.  It may seem strange to quote this verse but it is indeed true: “…money is the answer to everything” (Eccl. 10:19). Now we must take that in the biblical context, that God is giving us “power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant …” (Deut. 8:18), and to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to us  (Mat. 6:33).

God has blessed me to travel to Africa, to Kenya and to French Benin to minister and to meet pastors and help and hug orphans, and my heart is to help them. My goals are big. The main goal is to publish the gospel of the Kingdom before the end comes (Mat. 24:14) and a famine of the true Word arrives (Amos 8:11).

The worldwide web appears to be a good way to get the gospel of the Kingdom to the world as the time closes in. Yet succeeding online is a great challenge where only three percent of marketers succeed, and they tend to take advantage of the 97% of those who fail, as they continually buy from the successful ones without succeedin

As we endeavor to succeed, we must forgive those sometimes unscrupulous marketers, who have given selling online a bad name, causing many to be prejudiced against Internet marketing in general. We must learn to also forgive those many as we succeed in our struggle to be established online.

 Forgiveness is so important in the Kingdom of God. If we don’t forgive, the King Himself can’t forgive us (Mat. 6:15). I have learned through the ravages of unforgiveness in my life to say by God’s grace, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Few marketers of integrity exist, and when you finally find them, and they do indeed exist, you are so thankful. Learning to be ready to forgive, including to forgive those who put all marketers in the same boat is important, as you will see in my future membership site and on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/godsfruitofforgiveness?ref=hl and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Learning-How-to-Forgive/161059237352045?ref=hl.

God blessed us with a relative who provided the funds to start a business and get a mentor. We realized it was the Shemitah year, and though we couldn’t predict what God would bring as a judgment on our Western nations, we needed to prepare for the fall of 2015 with the idea this may be the last year to preach the true gospel.

So the goal is great, to make $10,000 a month in within six months, and a million for Africa by the fall.  The challenges are great, but the determination is there to succeed despite the odds. The journey begins with the effort to preach the gospel of the Kingdom and disciple believers. We’ll keep you posted as we progress.

The prospects of preaching the true gospel of the Kingdom when the Christian world is embracing a false gospel of grace are indeed challenging. Satan attacks the truth. The devil managed to take out one of those eloquent Kingdom preachers in the recent decease in a plane crash of Myles Munroe.

When a believer successfully goes through important tests, Satan often tries to take him or her out. God often has to allow such tragedies because of disunity or unforgiveness in the congregation. We must also forgive our perfect God for allowing bad things to happen in our lives and our assemblies as we endeavor to achieve that perfect unity.

Satan has attacked us this last year in several devastating ways, one financial. God got us through the valley by His great mercy and grace, and we are ready to succeed, having learned what didn’t work.

As the author of seven books and a student of the Bible for fifty years, I think God has given me a lot to offer you, and I welcome your Bible questions as we interact. You can post questions and comments, which I realize now require you to post your email so we can have a give and take. I will not share your email with others, but will only use it so we can communicate and create a dialogue. I’m here to give value, and I welcome you to my blog with great joy. Pastor and author Robert B. Scott