- John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Dr. Eduardo M. Rivera wrote, "The end of the monarchy in America should have been the end to predatory government and taxation, but written law was just getting started."
What Rivera fails to realize is that there will be no end of predatory government as longs as there are predatory people to form them and selfish and slothful people to be snared by them. In Early America there was an increase of virtuous people delegated to the land by the hard conditions of settling a wilderness. That balance of virtuous people who put the righteousness of God before their own safety and comfort is no more. That is not going to be popular message amongst a proud people.
John the Baptist came preaching the kingdom of God was at hand and that we should make straight the way of the Lord but modern Churches have turned the Gospel that preached seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, keep the commandments striving to return to ways void of covetousness and sloth and filled with love of others. That venture that places the the way, the truth, and the life of Christ first, that emphasizes the virtues of honor, patience, forgiveness and charity is the only path to freedom under God. Religionists and false accusers would like to bring you into a gospel that falls short of Christ by proclaiming a way of Christ not preached by Him..
- Jude 1:4 "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."
The way of Christ is the way of the prodigal son that saw his error and admitted it. Then turned around and headed back to his Fathers house for the purposes of being a servant.
These networks are an opportunity for everyone to serve the Father by serving one another.
This can only be done by coming together in a hope to be of service to others in a way that strengthens us all.
That way has always been based on a living network of faith hope and charity of small groups that learn to care about others as much as themselves.
They come together to serve and save others not to be served or saved by others.
They honor all men, keeping agreements, being friends to the unrighteous mammon lest we give offense, for we know that many things may be lawful but not all things are expedient.
- 1 Peter 2:17 "Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward."
Others will tell you to dishonor and rebel but those who seek the Gospel and the way, the truth, and the life: will tell you to clean out our own hearts and minds and come as Christ came to serve, to love and to save others even at your own personal sacrifice.
By coming together with others to seek the way of Christ we open our hearts and minds to receive His guidance and blessings. This is why we encourage all on these groups to network, Join congregations, build fellowships, find the lost sheep who will hear this gospel, because in that service to other the Lord will hear our prayers and come out to meat us even as we are still far away.
There is no other way back and that is why Christ told us these stories.
- Matthew 22:9-10 "Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests."
- John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:"
But there were foolish virgins, and proud unforgiving hearts, and liars, nor covetous.
- Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
- 1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
We have laid out what the early church was doing to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
It included forgiving and coming together in love to be the government of the people, for the people and by the people in real ways of service through love not force.
Some of you are joining with one another. That is good.
Some are not. That is unfortunate.
- Jude 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
The Coercive and Non-Coercive Churches
Concerning what the "Church" is or should be and what it is not.
- Audio On the Coercive Church
The Coercive Church BlogTalkRadio 29:10
The Coercive Church TalkShoeQandA 48:43
Matthew 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
So the king send his servants out to get all who would come at all.
Matthew 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
Note that both "bad and good come" to the gathering.
The word for "bad" is poneros which is translated evil 51 times, wicked 10, wicked one 6... So why does God have his servants gather both good and bad?
No one is completely honest and everyone seeks support in one form or another for one reason or another both good and bad..
There is one problem in the world and that is self.... the sin of self before God and others. Often religion is used to cover up just how selfish we are. We perform deeds to make ourselves look good.
Everything is related to that one problem of selfishness in a million different ways.
God saw that it was not right that man be alone because he would get more selfish. So God made woman. Not so he could be selfish and dominate and use her for his own selfish reasons but so he would learn not to dominate and user her. In other words so he would learn not to be so selfish by giving her up to God's service instead of his own.
In this relationship of Husband and Wife, Father and Mother we all fail. We all all short.
Do we that come to the wedding feast all get to stay? Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Do you have your wedding garments on? What do wedding garments look like? We are not to judge yet we are all may seek the judgment of God in our ways.
We all fail at judging at one time or another and that failure is found mostly in relationships. Why do we fail at relationships?
Self. God brings men and women together with different natures to create conflict in a good way where we may challenge and be challenged... He brings good and evil together to test the metal of us all.
Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
There are good and evil here but evil is darkness and can be utterly washed away in the light.
We need to put on our wedding close... So we come together in hope that the light will drive away the darkness.
We need to come together in families and communities to bring light where there is darkness and compassion and mercy where they are not found and the law of righteousness which is love where it has not been.
The Corban of the Pharisees
It made the word of God to none effect.
Is our Corban making the word of God to none effect today?
The Nicolaitan who God hates?
Because they covet their neighbor's goods
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