No God, no hope.
No right, no God. Jesus said, "Blessed are they that
hunger and thirst after righteousness." If you do not
hunger and thirst after righteousness then these pages
will not appeal to you. But if you do, they will. God
in the Old Testament commanded his people telling
them, "That which is altogether just shalt thou do."
Paul, in the New Testament said, "Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are
honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things
are pure... think on these things." To the end that we
might eschew the evil and embrace the good.
But what is the good? What is
justice? Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees of
his day. One rebuke was that they taught for doctrine
the traditions of men, making the word of God of none
effect. Custom and tradition do not necessarily a
right make. An honest soul must question every
custom, every tradition before God in prayer and
against the scriptures. Else, in wrongly interpreting,
you end up serving devils more than God.
The churches, even the
born-again churches, are steeped in what I believe is
the dressed up evil of this day. Paul the apostle
stated in 1 Corinthians chapter 3 that no foundation
can any man lay but Jesus Christ. But let every man be
careful how he builds thereon. For every man's work
shall be tried by fire. If he builds good works he
shall receive reward: If bad works they shall be
consumed by fire. He himself shall be saved, yet, as
it were by fire.
Hence, a purgatory. Yet, if a man
were to honor the Lord his God he would not abuse the
grace under which he lives, but use it: In order that
by mercy and truth iniquity might be purged; that his
hope might be in the Lord his God.
Finally, Paul the apostle said,
"Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what
is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of
God." Concerning the ideas, issues, values,
and views mentioned or presented on these web pages I
believe I am right about them and that they are important.
These are not gnat-straining issues, but important and
serious camel-swallowing stuff. There should be a pulpit
saying so. And that is what this web site and church
endeavor is- a pulpit.
lairdbashour at salvationandnonconformity.org
Christ's Church of the Ark
2906 Hoyt Ave.