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Return to the Father's Heart
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Robert B. Scott

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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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).

 

 


Flesh Profit? Part 3 Pastor Robert Scott
We are continuing a series on “How Much Does the Flesh Profit?” The answer Jesus gave in John 6:63 is…nothing. And the Sabbath day is a day that helps us get rid of the works of the flesh. In our daily life in the week we sometimes get into a fleshly syndrome, or should we say, “sindrome”?

We can lay down those works of the flesh in the first three hours before sunset on Friday. Do you have any works of the flesh to lay down this week? We do. We got excited about some brainstorming ideas we had to see how we, with the emphasis on we, could organize the blog as it grew. God showed us that those plans were not His when we saw a definite downturn on blog response. The full release will even require public repentance in our local church communion on the Sabbath day. We saw by experience that the flesh profits nothing. We believe this is God’s blog, and He will take care of answering the many questions and still give us time to write books inspired by the Holy Spirit.

How do we go about “perfecting holiness in the [loving reverence] of God” as 2 Corinthians 6:16 to 7:1 tells us to do? One of the main ways has been neglected by perhaps 99% of the Christian world.

We have the blessing of knowing one of the names of our God that the Sabbath day reveals in a special way? He is Yahovah Makkadesh, or the Eternal our Sanctifier. He makes us holy like Himself, and He only mentioned that specific name in reference to His Sabbath. Read Exodus 31:13. It explains one of the main reasons God gave us the Sabbath.

He says we are to keep His Sabbaths “that you may know that I am [Yahovah] who sanctifies you.” How can the church be truly and fully holy unless it is keeping His Sabbath?

God says He brought us out of Egypt or the world of sin so He would be our God and He said, “…thus you shall be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 11:45). The Holy One meets with His people in a special way only on His holy day, so that they can become holy like Him (Mat. 5:48).

It all fits. God told Israel, the believers, “You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt [a slave of sin]…therefore [Yahweh] your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day” (Deut. 5:15).

See the connection? He gave us the Sabbath day to remind us that He is the Sanctifier who brought us out of the slavery to sin to make us holy. Some weeks seem to be more full of fleshly works than others, and we are reminded that even though we have stumbled into the flesh and the ways of the world, we are no longer slaves of sin. The Sabbath day is our weekly reminder that we are blood bought by Jesus on this day of redemption and sanctification and washed clean in His blood.

We hope you don’t have as much to lay down this week as we do, but we are all thankful that we are the redeemed who say so (Ps. 107:2), and we overcome Satan and his attempts to bring us back into the flesh “because of the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 12:11). Shabbat shalom!









Flesh Profit? Part 2 Pastor Robert Scott
Who Does the Works?


“Oh,” but some will say, “God says we are to work out our own salvation.” Does the Bible say that?
Here is that verse in context: “…work out your salvation with [awe and reverence]; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing…” (Phil. 2:12b-14). Notice that it is God who is doing the works in and through us as we submit to Him. Does it take cooperation, a partnership? Yes, of course.
That partnership, however, is based on our surrender to God so He can do the works in us. How else could be do all things without grumbling? Jesus is the Grace within us that empowers us to grow to be more like our Father and have His heart of love.
The apostle Paul combats the false idea that we must be justified with our Father by our fleshly efforts to keep God’s law of love. He says that we conquer sin, the breaking of the law (1 John 3:4), because we are under grace, the favor and supernatural empowerment of God in us (Rom. 6:14; Titus 2:11-12). Our righteousness is not based on keeping any law but by the blood of Jesus and His life in us (Rom. 5:9-10).
Paul said, “…for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh…” (Phil. 3:3). Paul went on to explain how he, of all people, could claim that confidence, being a Jew of Jews and student of the eminent Gamaliel. But he said he counted “all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ my [Divine Master]…” (Phil. 3:8).
No value indeed surpasses the awesome privilege of knowing Jesus, who opens to us the inestimable value of knowing our Father and the Holy Spirit. Paul’s great ambition was expressed in verse 10: “…that I may know Him...” Is that our great desire? That was the one thing David desired (Psalm 27:4), and if we want to be men and women after God’s own heart, that should be our desire.


Encouragement Pastor Robert Scott

Answer to Mary's question: lost document from Celebrations tab restored here...

We believe this answer to the question from a reader may be encouraging to everyone. We are not doing away with hell or the bottomless pit when we teach about the second resurrection. We warn people against the pitfalls of Satan that could keep them out of the Kingdom. We also, however, want to be what pastors are supposed to be, “helpers of their joy,” as one translation says in a certain Bible passage. We all need encouragement, and if, as Cole and his wife experienced, you are in church where the pastors and the people seem to be baptized in lemon juice, we believe you need, as we do, some encouragement. Norm needed it, and so do we all. Jesus didn’t do it all so we have no laws to keep. He did it all so He could live in and keep His law of love. We can do it. We may fall at times, but we get up!

Question: Can one want what is right in your heart, yet stay trapped by the flesh or its pulls and still make into the kingdom of God? Norm

Norm,
We are all works in progress. God is patient with us. As we grow in our understanding of how much He loves us, our faith grows, and we become capable of conquering some of the sins of the flesh that beset us more easily than others. As long as we truly desire to be the overcomers God calls us to be, and we get up every time we fall, and do not get into self-condemnation to the point that it overpowers us, we will make it into God's Kingdom.

Knowing we are the righteousness of God in Jesus is so important. Condemning yourself for a sin you committed and asked forgiveness for is worse than the sin itself. Sin confessed is not a door that leads to the unpardonnable sin. However, condemning ourselves for the sin is such a sin. In the long term, it will cause us to lose out on eternal life with God. That's why the sinner mentality taught by the churches is so serious. We thank God for the truth that sets us free from self-condemnation. More on this can be found in WHY DOESN'T GOD HEAL ME?

 

 


Mercy Me! Pastor Robert Scott

 We just had a Bible study on mercy. Interestingly, in the last blog in which we stood corrected, we had to correct our correction (from 6.66 million years for the time of Satan's rebellion to 66.6 million). We all need mercy at times. Sadly, most Christians choose mercy over grace, which is principally empowerment and only sometimes includes mercy, which is much more than unmerited pardon or favor (the false definition of grace, which is only that in a very small way). Mercy is better than judgment (or judging others) but mercy is not better than grace. God knows when we are near the point of sin and offers us His grace to avoid it rather than having to ask after sinning for His mercy. In any case, we learn lessons when we fail, but how much better to avoid the sin or leaven (as these days picture) by seeking God's offer of power to overcome and resist the temptation. Sow mercy and you will receive mercy. That's what we learned tonight. We also learned that mercy includes a return to joy, whether the mercy is shown by God or us. We remember a verse, in the KJV if our memory is correct, where Paul says pastors are called to be helpers of the joy of believers. Yet in many cases we get hit over the head, as it were, by pastors, feeling betrayed and abused. The word chesed in Hebrew, a word with multiple meanings some having to do with mercy, includes the concept of being set free. When we show mercy to people, we allow them to be set free, returning to their joy and enabling them to find joy in the first place. We should major on grace or empowerment to overcome, but we all are sometimes in need of mercy and forgiveness. That's why the title (also the title of a great singing group) "Mercy Me" or "Mercy for Me." As a church we believe in showing mercy to each other as God does so we can learn from our mistakes. Thanks for tuning in to this blog and for tuning in to freedomtruthseekers.com Internet radio where right now we're talking about what we just mentioned, abuse by pastors and what constitutes a true pastor and believer. Tune in!