Thursday, September 23, 2010

DENIAL OF THE TRINITY= same as rebellion

Denial of the Trinity – Same as Rebellion



Fundamental to the understanding of God’s triune nature, who He is, His attributes and abilities is our acceptance of the truth of all scriptures. Denial of God’s truth is tantamount to denying one or more of God’s natures which must be considered rebellion, period. Denying truth never eliminates truth. God’s truth is always our foundation, we start there. When we consider that the discernment of God’s inerrant word is imparted only to those who believe and trust Him, we realize our faith in God underscores all possible understanding of His word and who He is.



“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1, 2. In the very first verse of the book of Genesis, God plainly states that He created the Heavens and the earth. Then He goes on to say that His spirit was upon the face of the waters. What’s so hard about understanding those two statements? Denying any portion of God’s truth is rebellion to God and will fog or distort ones biblical understanding. God said it, so believe it, period.



When we read a little further down the page we find one of God’s natures, His triune nature, staring us square in the face. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” Genesis 1:26. What’s that He said? In Our image? After Our likeness? Who do those who deny the Trinity suppose God was speaking to here? His angels? Scripture never tells us that God created the angels in His image. So who else would be in view here? Could it be His only begotten Son and His Holy Spirit? There is no other explanation; after all, man was only a twinkle in God’s eye at this point.



For many, it really won’t matter what God says about His triune nature. Rebellion, stubborn pride, even arrogance and ignorance, will always form a very significant barrier against understanding truth. Since the word “trinity” is nowhere found in our English Bibles there will never be enough proof to support God’s declaration that He is fully capable of the most supernatural of manifestations, that of three distinct God’s in One. The word trinity doesn’t need to appear in our English Bibles. At least not to establish the truth since Hebrew was the language in which the Old Testament scriptures were originally written.



“In the beginning God.” The word God was translated into English from the original Hebrew word “Elohiym”, which is a plural masculine noun. The Holy Spirit placed this Hebrew word “Elohiym” in the original text for a very specific reason, to show all who would read His word that God has a very unique ability apart from all the “man invented” gods. From the beginning, God intended for His creation to understand that He is one God with a very significant and quite unique attribute. Our One God, through His own confessed supernatural ability and nature, is able to manifest Himself into three different personages, which are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. By reading the Hebrew text, we find within the first four words of the first verse of the Bible God telling us He is a triune God.



God had no intention of hiding this ability from His creation; it’s only His creation who insists on denying Him and His Son as well as His Holy Spirit as being One triune God. Many deny God altogether and they, we are told, are without excuse. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Romans 1:20. Clearly, those who insist on denying God’s triune nature by re-interpreting scripture to fit the box they wish to place God into are equally without excuse.



“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8. Who is speaking in this verse? The Apostle John tells us whose revelation this is in the very first verse. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ…” Revelation 1:1. So Jesus Christ is speaking. He’s giving instructions to the Apostle John. Jesus Christ is God Almighty as He clearly states in verse 8 above.



I’ve received numerous letters from folks who reject any notion of a triune God, and who consistently point to the Catholic Church as the inventors of this doctrine. Others choose Constantine as the culprit who instilled this supposedly erroneous concept into the minds of the believers. This whole approach as a way to write off the truth about God’s triune nature is in itself a corruption of God’s word. The scriptures declare an eternal triune God. The Catholic Church did not write the scriptures nor did Constantine.



“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth..” John 1:14. Here in the very first chapter of the book of John we are told that the Word (referring to Jesus Christ) became flesh and dwelt among us. This verse indicates that the Word had to have been in existence before becoming flesh and blood. And yet Jesus is referred to as the Son of God. Undeniable proof of a Father and Son relationship intertwined within the Godhead.



“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16. Here in this straight forward verse God is fully revealed in His triune nature. God the Son (Jesus the Christ), God the Holy Spirit descending and lighting upon Jesus, and God the Father announcing from Heaven how pleased He is of His beloved Son.



Again, there are numerous verses that declare the truth of how God reveals Himself at different times in different natures both in the Old Testament and the New. In the book of Isaiah we read the same Hebrew word that was used in Genesis 1:1 – Elohiym. “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,” Isaiah 46:9. Simple as this verse reads in the English the Hebrew has a few more surprises for those who will diligently seek them. First of all, the first reference to God in this verse is the Hebrew word “EL” which is always used as a singular masculine noun. Here we see God declaring He alone is God and there is none else. In other words, God says there is only one God not many gods. For example, the “man invented” moon god, allah of the Muslim faith, is not our God. He is simply a manifestation out of the minds of those who are deceived.



Then God takes us a little further into revealing His triune nature. He says “I am God, and there is none like me.” In this instance the Hebrew word used to represent our English word for God is “Elohiym” which is the plural form of the same masculine noun. “None like me” again, all those false gods which continually pop up on the scene are created out of the minds of men, yet time after time they are shot down by our one and only true triune God. By God referring to Himself as Elohiym, He stakes claim to having a triune nature and a nature that is not possible for any of those false gods to replicate. Only God Almighty can manifest Himself in three different personages.



But still, when folks are predisposed with the idea that the Trinity is a false doctrine there are not many who can convince them otherwise. God Himself, try as He does through His very own words, is very often rejected or dismissed as only man’s misunderstanding, or misrepresentation of scripture. Those who rebel at the idea of the Trinity are too often saying “Don’t confuse me with facts”.



Another couple of verses that clearly reveal God’s triune nature, yet become bones of contention while being interpreted erroneously, are John 1:1 and Colossians 1:16-18. In John’s Gospel, John refers to Jesus Christ as the Word. That fact is for the most part universally understood. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. In denying the Trinity many people will use a book that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have written themselves using their own fallible re-interpretation so the scriptures adhere to their own manmade doctrines. In their corrupting of the verse in question they’ve inserted an “a” between the God inspired words “was” and “God” in order to prove their point that Jesus was only a god not God Almighty. This is an obviously slanted and biased attempt to diminish Jesus’ deity. And as it would seem, many believe that that is precisely what the original Greek states. But in fact the “a” is not to be found in any of the original Greek manuscripts. Consequently what has occurred is just another case of corrupting God’s inerrant word for the purpose of promoting man’s doctrines over God’s truth.



Further analysis of the text in the following two verses of John chapter 1 gives conclusive evidence that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, the Creator Himself. “The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:2-3. John, still referring to Jesus Christ as the Word, states that “the same was in the beginning with God” and that everything made was made by Jesus Christ, thus Jesus Christ is God the Creator of everything, while co-existing from the beginning with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.



To emphasize the truth of Jesus Christ as our Creator God, the Apostle Paul adds, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17. Wow, what more could anyone want in regards to Jesus’ deity and His triune nature. Alas these two verses prove nothing in the skeptic’s eyes.



Why? This next verse gets in their way. “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18. In the Greek, the word for firstborn is “prĊtotokos”. Firstborn – from protos, meaning “first,” and tikto, meaning “to beget” – is used in His relationship to the Father, expressing His priority to, and preeminence over, creation, not in the sense of being the “first” to be born. “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” Colossians 1:15. Here is where Christ’s eternal relationship with the Father is in view, and the clause means both that He was the “Firstborn” before all creation and that He Himself produced creation.



On and on it goes as scripture after scripture declare the triune nature of our awesome Creator God, Jesus the Christ. At the top rung of the ladder of rebellion stand those who fundamentally reject God’s inerrant and infallible word. They are those who wish, through corruption of His word, to influence, disrupt, and lead astray those simple minded who have no drive or inclination of studying for themselves to ascertain the truth. They simply parrot what they’ve heard.



“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” John 8:24. This verse is so very important for all those who remain in their stubborn rebellion to God. Why? Because by denying God’s triune nature they deny Jesus’ deity. In the verse above, Jesus is speaking and in no uncertain terms is telling all those who refuse to believe that He is God, that they will surely die in their sin. Be careful folks.



God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit are One. That’s the truth.



God bless your all,



Ron Graham

twotug@embarqmail.com

All scripture is from the KJV and God breathed

Thursday, September 02, 2010

HERE WE GO AGAIN

Here We Go Again



A recent article circulating various news sites proclaimed 24% of American’s have made it known that they believe Barack Obama to be Muslim, not Christian, so the media is on a frenzy to prove his Christianity. The fact that everything he does is contrary to God and the fact that he promotes the Muslim faith every chance he gets couldn’t have anything to do with folks believing him to be Muslim, or could it? Perhaps the fact that he was born into a Muslim family with a Muslim father has something to do with what faith he embraces. Muslims claim that all children born into Muslim families are indoctrinated into the Islamic faith. So where would that leave Barack Obama?



The truth is Obama has never publically denounced his Muslim faith, and the fact that he enjoys an especially close association with those who adhere to the religion of Islam could be part of the reason many consider him a Muslim trying to hide himself in sheep’s clothing (pun intended). As we take a look at the people standing alongside Obama claiming he is a Christian, we can readily see they have no concept of just what constitutes the Christian faith.



Consider the following; these Obamaites say he prays every day, so do Muslims. They say he has Christian advisors (debatable), but he’s also saddled himself with Muslim advisors. They say he has his own special way of looking at the resurrection, yeah, as do all Muslims, (in their minds it didn’t happen). And those talking heads that speak for Obama regarding his religious faith, as well as the mainstream media, feel these things prove he’s a Christian.



The fact is, those of us who are actually born again know there is only one way to become a Christian. And it isn’t through the occasional lip service the media deems sufficient proof of one’s Christian faith. To be a “Christian” takes commitment to Christ, and many times we are faced with sacrificing family ties, friendships, even jobs for our faith. Believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is a full, lifetime pursuit. There’s really no difficulty in accepting the truth of the Gospel of Christ, the difficulty comes in embracing that truth for life.



How can I be saved? “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 6:28-29. The people came to Jesus while He was at Capernaum and inquired of Him what they must do to do the work of God. In other words, what must they do to be saved? And what was Jesus’ answer? “… that ye believe on him whom he (God the Father) hath sent.” John 6:29b. How do we believe? By placing our faith, our trust, our very lives in Jesus’ hands. At the moment we’ve done that we are instantly born again (justified in the Father’s eyes) saved for eternity.



This is not just a causal belief system Jesus is referring to. No, our lives will go through a supernatural change. Even our own family members may ask “What happened to you?” Some may even disown us. When we become born again, born from above, born of God we begin a whole new life with a whole different family. Our faith now resides in God; we who are born again trust God and believe His inerrant word.



People listen to Obama as he claims to be a Christian and they believe him. Why? Because those folks have no concept of what it means to be born again. I’ve listened to Obama many times, but I’ve never heard him say he was born again, or when and where his conversion took place. I have heard him say, though, that he believes there are many paths that lead to Heaven, which in turn tells me he believes our Lord Jesus Christ, the one he claims to follow, is a liar (John 14:6).



“You seem to be somewhat judgmental Ron.” Do I? Over and over again, when I write about Obama, predictably I’m sent the scripture verse that reads “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1. Excuse me, but Jesus also gives the following admonition: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24. Again, predictably, that one they conveniently omit.



The Greek word for judge is “krino” and it means “to call into question”. This is what Jesus means when He says “judge with righteous judgment”. We are to call into question the unbiblical actions of individuals and discern for ourselves whether or not to follow such a person. This is something that is sorely lacking in the Christian community today. It seems everyone is afraid of being accused of judging others. Mostly this misrepresentation of scriptures comes from those who are not following Jesus at all, let alone being biblically knowledgeable. When that verse is used it is always in relationship to someone condemning someone else’s seemingly judgmental attitude. Christians aren’t to condemn, but we are to judge/call into question the actions of others and use biblical discernment to do so.



Obama displays no devotion to Jesus Christ; actually quite the opposite is true. No one can be a follower of Jesus Christ while standing so firmly against Him. No born again believer in Christ is going to promote and advance the Islamic religion. Obama, besides following Satan’s agenda by promoting and declaring Islam to be a religion of peace, is fully following Satan in other arenas as well. Obama is the most abortion happy president in the history of the United States. If he knew his Bible and believed it to be the inerrant word of God that it is, he could never condone the murder of the innocent.



Obama, as sitting president, is the most open and visible supporter of the homosexual agenda in our history. How can a born again believer in Christ stand so opposed to God and His word? How can any follower of Jesus Christ call evil good and good evil? “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20-21. Old Testament or New, standing against God in any sense is not following Jesus’ admonition “If ye love me keep my commandments” John 14:15.



Here’s another fact that must not be overlooked. Anyone who supports Obama is also a supporter of the same satanic agendas. Whether or not you agree with my above statement is inconsequential, it’s God’s stance on these issues that concerns me and that is where I take my stand using biblical discernment.



Not everyone worships the God of the Bible; but multitudes worship the god of this world. Yet they believe they are worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. True Christians know that Jesus Christ is the Creator of the Universe, and the One and only God worthy of our worship.



Why doesn’t anyone ask Obama if he believes Jesus Christ is everything the Bible says He is? I’ll tell you why. In a YouTube video Obama has admitted no confidence in the Bible. In this same video he makes statements to the fact that he believes Jesus to be a great teacher, a great humanitarian, but never in that video or in any of his speeches does he refer to Jesus Christ as God Almighty. Obama disparages the Bible; but question him on what he thinks about the Koran, and you’ll quickly see where his allegiance stands.



Perhaps someday Obama will follow his own mantra and make a “change”. He may one day see the truth and actually become a true follower of Jesus Christ. Every one of us should be praying for that day to come soon. But as of this writing that day has yet to materialize and nothing I see coming from this man indicates that a conversion experience is even on the horizon.



I’ll be the first to admit that we are all sinners, but all born again believers in Christ believe the Bible is God’s inerrant word and that those words are not to be taken lightly. Obama claims the Bible contains numerous obscure verses. No, there’s nothing vague, unclear, ambiguous, or doubtful about God’s word.



Many folks claim to be a Christian, just like Obama, but the proof is in the pudding. “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 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.” Matthew 7:16-21.



The fruit America and the rest of the world sees coming from Obama is far from anything that might even minutely resemble a good tree bringing forth good fruit. All we see is corruption and lies “neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” Jesus says every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit must be hewn down, and cast into the fire.



Obama says this nation is not a Christian nation, a claim he seems to be proud of. I agree this nation is currently far from being a “Christian nation”, but it was established on Christian principles a mere two centuries ago. Yet I’ve never heard that fact brought out in any of Obama’s speeches.



He claims that Muslims are responsible for the majority of the innovations that have occurred over the last few centuries. To say that, one would need to exclude the mass of innovations made by the Jews. Of course we know the Muslims hate the Jews so there’s nothing eye opening about Obama’s statement when one actually understands who and what Obama really is.



Barack Obama believes that all Muslims are worshipping the one true God. He believes this falsehood because he is a Muslim and stands alongside his own. No true follower of Jesus Christ will ever make the statement “Muslims worship the one true God.” It is impossible to make that statement if God’s Holy Spirit dwells within you. Why? Because allah, the Babylonian moon god, is the antithesis of God Almighty.



As stated earlier, there is more to being a Christian than the US news media, or even many citizens of the US comprehend. By and large, most folks have no understanding of God’s word; in the minds of these two groups, the media and many US citizens, anyone who says they’re a Christian must be Christian. Otherwise why would anyone make such an outlandish claim? Why would anyone want to be something many Americans, as well as much of the news media, deplore? In Obama’s case, claiming to be Christian influences people; better stated, he gained the votes of the uninformed Christians through his false assertion that he is one.



Friends, Obama is not a Christian, and those 24% of American’s who were surveyed recently saying he’s Muslim are 100% correct. Will we in this country be forced to live under the regime of this socialist, Marxist, Muslim president for two full terms? God forbid it. After all America may not survive one term under Obama. If you are a Christian, a true born again believer in Christ, and you don’t see the truth about this man yet, hold onto your hats, you soon will.



There is a curse on this Nation, my friends, and its name is Barack Hussein Obama. Pray for God’s intervention in this matter, and soon.



God bless you all,



Ron Graham

twotug@embarqmail.com

All scripture is KJV and God breathed