God’s purpose is that each Christian should press onward in the life of holiness aiming at final perfection, like a runner in a race. God has made provision for each Christian to be a “perfect” runner. In running a race, it is half the battle to make a good start. And in the Christian race, it gives a tremendous impetus to the believer if he starts and continues with a clear, steady faith in Christ for full deliverance from sin. What is the greatest hindrance to a Christian starting and continuing in this glorious race? Surely it is indwelling sin. But praise God, as we shall show, we may be set gloriously free from this indwelling, entangling hindrance, we may be made perfectly whole and clean within and filled with the blessed Holy Spirit. This is “Perfection the True.” Thus we can, through grace, fulfill the command, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:1, 2) – Brockett
The unchristian world that walks by sight and not by faith and knows not the dignity of the Christian nor what the Christians are entitled to. The Christian is favored by heaven and will be an inhabitant of that place where the unchristian as well as the antichristian person cannot go. The unchristian and the antichristian alike will see Jesus with His frowns, the terror of His majesty and vengeance but the true Christian will see His smiles, the glory of His majesty, His beauty. The impure will be terrified by His purity. Those who hope to live with Him must strive to be more pure. “It is the hope of hypocrites, and not the sons of God that makes an allowance for the gratification of impure desires and lusts.” – Matthew Henry
The work of the Holy Spirit in the progressive sanctification of the newborn soul is indirect: in opening the heart to receive the truth, the instrument of purification; in giving vigor to the spiritual life; in strengthening the will to resist temptation, and in diminishing the power of evil habits. It is repressive of depravity rather than totally destructive.
The entire eradication of the propensity to sin is by the direct and instantaneous act of the Holy Spirit responsive to a special act of faith in Christ claiming the full heritage of the believer. It is in reference to this distinctive act of the Sanctifier that it is noted by an eminent expositor “that in the New Testament we never read expressly and unmistakably of sanctification as a gradual process.” This is said in view of the almost universal use of the aorist tense of the verbs to sanctify and to cleanse. – Dr. Daniel Steele
An excerpt from my soon to be released book “Jesus the Christ made a statement,” Pastor Ward
Praise be to God.
Liberty has proven to be the profoundest ideal in Judeo-Christianity; with liberty of mind and soul and body of the masses being a relatively new concept among men then it is understandable that the foes of freedom attack the religion which supports that ideal.
2nd Chronicles 7:13-14
There is video evidence that Trump supporters were trying to stop ANTIFA from breaking into the capital. ANTIFA was trying to smash an emergency door and a patriot stepped in to stop it. There is also video evidence that police were in on the breach. They opened the gates and stepped aside to let “protestors” in. Witnesses all have matching stories of what happened but the media will not share it. A few witnesses heard antifa’s plan to “shake things up”. It was ANTIFA who stormed the capital, they were not Trump supporters. You can find this on Parler or in Facebook groups like ThePatriotParty. It’s all there on video that Facebook and YouTube keep trying to remove. Parler won’t delete them tho, try there.
The Bible tells us in the last days “good will be called evil, and evil considered good”. I believe it is easy for everyone to realize after this election that we are in the last days. About the only good thing I can think of to say about satan and the Communist Democrats is that they are patient. We didn’t get to this point where America is teetering on total Destruction overnight. It has come about by slowly chipping away pieces of our constitution, it has come about by tearing out one page at a time of the Bible, like football one inch at a time until now they are at the goal line. The only truthful comment Joe Biden has ever made was , “there are dark days ahead for America”, and before you start blaming the Communist Democrats for the dismantling of our great nation let me say there is plenty of blame to go around. I’m especially disheartened and ashamed by Christians who voted Democrat you above all should have known better. Democrat have not tried to hide their evil and demonic agenda and yet you voted for them I personally believe when you stand before God you will answer for this. And for the rest of you ignorant Americans who care nothing for your country and you lazy bums who couldn’t even get off the couch to go vote you are just as guilty and in the near future are going to have to suffer but sadly so will the rest of us. It’s the children and the grandchildren my heart weeps for they will never know the liberty and the freedom that we have enjoyed In Our Lifetime. We had it all America and you gave it away shame shame shame on you. And do you really believe that God is going to step in and save us from this evil I don’t. We have pulled down statues of Christ and remove the Ten Commandments out of our federal buildings we have slaughtered millions of innocent babies we have embraced evil and denied God, I could be wrong but I think judgment is coming.
Pray America like you have never prayed before that the Democrats are not able to steal this election
It is somewhat understandable why many people mistrust certain Christians; however, there are other Christians whom it is quite dangerous to despise. Those Christians and their way of living may make you feel a bit uncomfortable regarding the life-choices you have made or may be currently making but since they are actually embarking on the spirit-walk we are all called to travel in then it is wise to take note and move in the same direction and along the same pathway and in the same manner as they are. “Blessed are the pure in heart ….” – Jesus. And God commanded, “Be holy even as I am holy.”
Wherever a number of Christians have associated together, with the evident and exclusive aim of promoting purity of heart and life, they have prospered. The most profound attention to the history of the general church will show the same unvarying truth. Under the influence of apostolic purity, the early victories of the cross were as decisive in the reformation of individual character and public manners, as they were unparalleled in their extent and power. But the gradual departure from primitive simplicity, and the immense accumulation of corruption in heart and life which followed, by slow degrees destroyed the power of the church to act as a reforming agent. There are punctuated periods of pursuing heart purity throughout church history and we stand in dire need of another. The possibility of the perpetual presence of the empowering Spirit of God is real but the spirit cools for whatever reason and the fervent flames of reformation fade until problems provoking punishment from the Supreme Moral Authority again multiply. See 2nd Chronicles 7:13-15
The pure in heart — Those whose hearts are purified by faith; who are not only sprinkled from an evil conscience by the blood of Jesus, but cleansed by the Spirit of God from vain thoughts, unprofitable reasonings, earthly and sensual desires, and corrupt passions; who are purified from pride, self-will, discontent, impatience, anger, malice, envy, covetousness, ambition; whose hearts are circumcised to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, and their neighbours as themselves, and who, therefore, are not only upright before him, but possess and maintain purity of intention and of affection in all their designs, works, and enjoyments; serving him continually with a single eye and an undivided heart. They shall see God — Namely, in the glass of his works, whether of creation, providence, or grace, here, and face to face hereafter: they shall have fellowship with him in his ordinances, and shall endure as seeing him that is invisible, while they walk by faith on earth, and shall be admitted to the most perfect vision and complete enjoyment of him in heaven. – Joseph Benson
The above is an excerpt from my current book project