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Parhiyot

Parshiyot is the plural of Parashah.
From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world.
This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage. An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets.
We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will illumine specific passages pertinent that week in our own personal lives and that of our Messianic, Nazerene, Christian congregations and hearing.

Do We Really Believe that God Chose Us and Gave Us the Torah?

In the blessing before the reading of the Torah, we say that God "chose us from all the peoples and gave us God's Torah." 
Do we as Christian / Messianic believers truly believe this?
If not, why do we say so in the blessing?

Most Christians and Messianic believers are in the understanding and believe that G_d's word is given to man by Him through the Ruach Ha'KodeshMessianic Symbol (the Holy Spirit). We see Sinai as a symbol of our ongoing relationship between God and His people, both the chosen people of the Jewish race as those who are grafted into this by the means of the tree of the root of Jesse. We believe that the Torah is a work written by human beings who were inspired by God trough the Ruach to share the stories, history and laws that helped them understand God and God's will.
According to this view, the Torah is the product of centuries of Jews who discussed and created laws and legends that drew them closer to God and what it means to live as God wishes us to live. This process is still ongoing.
By reading and studying God's written word, and also hearing the Rhema word, we are still creating new understandings and interpretations of Torah, Haftarah, and the Brit Chadashah.

For our Jewish Brothers and Sisters, and for our understanding, the idea of the Jewish people being the "chosen" people of God does not suggest that the Jewish people are superior to other people or closer to Him.
Rather, "chosen" means that we have a unique relationship with God that we call a b'rit (a covenant, or agreement) and we live by doing God's mitzvot (commandments).

As those who are grafted into the tree of the root of Jesse, or with other words, those that are the followers of the Nazerene Yeshua (Jesus Christ) we are now partGrafted of that same family.
As G_d loves us in an equal way and does not make any further distinqtion in His household, we are to encourage one and another to keep to the same household rules.
We can and should be pleased that G_d does not adhere to the phrase StepChild as we are all equal in and dear in His eyes.
This is emphasized by the fact that He Gave His one and only begotten son, so that whom so ever believed in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).

Torah is God's gift to His people and it is the foundation of our unique relationship with God.
In saying this, we are not saying that we are superior to others. Rather, we celebrate the text that is at the heart of our relationship with God.
This is how we understand the words of the Torah blessing.

29 Post Modern Secular Humanism

Post Modern Secular Humanism


After many messages on this topic I feel that it is time to post the following information as a statement on the doctrine I adhere to refuting the abomination of Post Modern Secular Humanism, but to understand what I'm saying we first need to lay out the base of this doctrine.

Michael Patton wrote a great article on Post Modernism from which I present you an abstract for our understanding.

Hard Post Modernism

When dealing with the issues one has to distinguish between what we might call “hard postmodernism” and “soft postmodernism.” Hard postmodernism might be defined as those who have had a philosophical shift with regards to the nature of truth. The key phrase here is “nature of truth.” Hard postmodernists would see truth as being relative to the time, culture, or situation of the individual. In other words, truth does not exist beyond the thoughts of the subject. For example (and let me dive right in!), homosexuality, to the hard postmodernist, is right or wrong depending upon the person’s situation. The “wrongness” of homosexuality presented in both the Old and the New Testaments is only wrong because of the primitive understanding of the time and culture in which the dictates were given. But today it is not wrong since we have a “greater understanding” of the physiology of sexual orientation. Therefore, the morality of a persons sexual orientation is not defined by some so-called “eternal principle” to which all people of all times must adhere, but by the situation in which the person finds themselves. Hard postmodernism, then, is defined by its denial of the concept of the correspondence view of truth—that truth is that which corresponds to objective reality. The reason for this denial is that, to the hard postmodernist, there is not an objective reality. It is an absolute denial of all eternal principles that might come from an eternal Creator. This would include ideas such as who and what God is. Any definition or belief in God, to the hard postmodernist, is purely a subjective endeavor. We can believe in God if it helps us, but that does not mean He actually exists outside of our own relative experience. Hard postmodernism is a logical outcome of atheism or pantheism. Since both atheism and pantheism deny the existence of an eternal personal God, then there is no reason to believe in eternal truth that is mediated through the dictates of a personal agency. This type of postmodernism is explicitly evidenced in our culture in many higher education institutions, whose philosophy is clearly articulated in such a way.

Michael Patton : Understanding the Postmodern Mind and the Emerging Church

Christianity has as its foundation the atoning work of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection that was brought about by the eternal counsel of an eternal triune God. This atonement was necessary because man had broken God’s eternal law. Now, if Christianity’s confession is that an eternal God has eternal precepts that time bound man has broken, then Christianity is about a belief in an eternal objective truth, not a "truth" based on your own subjective experience, and is decidedly not on the side of a hard postmodernist. In other words, to be Christian is to deny hard postmodernism and to be an advocate of hard postmodernism is to deny Christianity.

Michael continuous to explain on the Emerging church or what he calls the Soft Postmodern church

Soft Postmodernism, the emerging church

Soft postmodernists are different than hard postmodernists. In general they are suspicious of all truth claims. Their suspicion, however, is not rooted in a denial of the existence of truth, but a denial of our ability to come to terms with our certainty about the truth. In other words, the soft postmodernists believe in the existence of objective truth, but deny that we can have absolute certainly or assurance that we, in fact, have a corner on this truth. To the soft postmodernist, truth must be held in tension, understanding our limitations.
Emerging church warning[snippet removed from the original text]
The emerging Church, for example, would believe in an eternal God who has laid down eternal precepts that time bound man has broken and therefore needs restoration through Christ. But attempting to define exactly who God is, what exactly He requires, how redemption is accomplished and applied is something that must be held in tension considering our own limitations. Interestingly, these limitations are the same limitations that the hard postmodern has lain down. People are limited in their understanding, being bound by their time, culture, and situation. The result is that, in the emerging Church, because of their soft postmodern tendencies, all distinctions are minimized or ignored.
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According to the emerging Church, we don’t go to church to learn about God; we go to worship God. We don’t go so that we can better understand, articulate, and defend our faith; we go so that we can commune with fellow believers. Our goal is not to confirm our beliefs, but to deconstruct our "unfounded" beliefs so that we can truly worship God in mystery. Here is how the emerging Church might answer divisive questions of Christianity past and present:

  • Question: Is justification by faith alone?
  • Answer: Wrong question; Love Christ.
  • Question: Is God eternal or time bound?
  • Answer: We can’t comprehend such a question; Love Christ.
  • Question: What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
  • Answer: Don’t place God in a box. Love Christ.
  • Question: Is the Scripture alone sufficient for our faith?
  • Answer: Not relevant. Love Christ.
  • Question: What is predestination?
  • Answer: A mystery. Love Christ.

Then the next questions that arise are, what is atheism, pantheism, and humanism
Let's see what some of the sources tell us.
But before we go and look at this we need to pick up a hot potato that will provide even a clearer distinction on how people in these mind-sets think.
Dr. J. Rodman Williams who has been mentioned several times in this series on doctrine and who wrote the book "Renewal Theology" was asked several questions after lesson 10 in a series on renewal theology concerning "Eternal Life"

Question: I heard you say you believe in "the life everlasting." Just what do you mean by that? Do you believe that life goes on forever? Your life and my life?

Answer: Yes, we Christians do believe that life goes on forever, that physical death is not the end. We believe that those who assume that this life is all there is-the materialists, the humanists, the atheists, and so on-do not have a proper understanding of the nature of life. We believe that the yearning-present everywhere at all times-which people have for immortality has an answer beyond the grave. Indeed, we Christians do believe that life goes on forever in spite of the seeming end at physical death.

Question: But wait a moment. How can that be? The person disintegrates at death. The body dies, surely. The bones of people of many thousands of years are scattered over the earth. What kind of life everlasting are you talking about?

Answer: You fail to recognize that there is not only body, but there is also spirit, which is an immortal and indestructible part of man. Indeed it is his very deepest nature. I have a body but also I am a spirit: a spirit that expresses itself through my body with its various mental and emotional aspects. The body is the vehicle for the spirit and at death there is a separation of the mortal from the immortal. Hence just because the body is fragile and fades (indeed it dies daily; every hour you are one hour nearer to the end) has nothing to do with the spirit. God created man different from the rest of the animal world: He created him in His own image and likeness. This means many things, but for one thing it means that God has given to man something immortal. God made man that way.

Eternal Live J. Rodman Williams

Atheism

The dictionary describes atheism as

1. the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.
3. the rejection of God or gods.

Some Wikipedia points of view which I can relate to are;

The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος (atheos), meaning "without god(s)", used as a pejorative term applied to those thought to reject the gods worshipped by the larger society. With the spread of free thought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves using the word "atheist" lived in the 18th century.

Arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to social and historical approaches. Rationales for not believing in any supernatural deity include the lack of empirical evidence, the problem of evil, the argument from inconsistent revelations, rejection of concepts which cannot be falsified, and the argument from nonbelievers. Although some atheists have adopted secular philosophies, there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere. Many atheists hold that atheism is a more parsimonious worldview than theism, and therefore the burden of proof lies not on the atheist to disprove the existence of God, but on the theist to provide a rationale for theism.

Wikipedia on atheism

Pantheism

So what's the difference between Atheism and Pantheism? As far as disbelief in supernatural beings, forces or realms, there is no difference. World Pantheism also shares the respect for evidence, science, and logic that's typical of atheism.

However, Pantheism goes further, and adds to atheism an embracing, positive and reverential feeling about our lives on planet Earth, our place in Nature and the wider Universe, and uses nature as our basis for dealing with stress, grief and bereavement. It's a form of spirituality that is totally compatible with science. Indeed, since science is our best way of exploring the Universe, respect for the scientific method and fascination with the discoveries of science are an integral part of World Pantheism.

pantheism.net


We can see so many times that Atheists and with that Pantheists declare that they do not adhere to any religion or faith and with that they are not part of any of this.
However in the explanation of Pantheism, from pantheism.net we can read that it is a form of spirituality.
It already shows the first of many contradictions.

Humanism

The following is an abstract from the Humanist Manifesto III explaining what humanism is truly all about.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis. Humanists find that science is the best method for determining this knowledge as well as for solving problems and developing beneficial technologies. We also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and inner experience—each subject to analysis by critical intelligence.
Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change. Humanists abstractrecognize nature as self-existing. We accept our life as all and enough, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be. We welcome the challenges of the future, and are drawn to and undaunted by the yet to be known.
Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.
We are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.
Life's fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death.
Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness. Progressive cultures have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community.Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views. We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature's integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.

As we can read from the manifesto we see that the goal of humanism is progression of self and society. Globalism and oneness is adherent to happiness and that knowledge is gained from observation, experimentation and rational analysis throughout nature within the constraints of an unguided natural evolution.
Ethical values as being right or wrong are based on the human need and related to experience, which of course makes truth relative.
Fulfillment in live is depending on the participation of the enhancement of the greater good which is set to be a global goal. Which is then promoting a world in which all are equal and within the same mindset of humanism.
As within the last section it states; "Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness".
Humanism is promoting a world of unity and equality, but has a focus on self and self fulfillment.

Secular Humanism

Secular Humanism is an attempt to function as a civilized society with the exclusion of God and His moral principles. During the last several decades, Humanists have been very successful in propagating their beliefs. Their primary approach is to target the youth through the public school system. Humanist Charles F. Potter writes,

"Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?"

Charles F. Potter, "Humanism: A New Religion," 1930

John J. Dunphy, in his award winning essay, The Humanist (1983), illustrates this strategic focus,Secular humanism

"The battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: A religion of humanity -- utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to carry humanist values into wherever they teach. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism."

John J. Dunphy, "The Humanist 1983"

Secular Humanism - Main Tool is Evolutionary Thought

Secular Humanism is manifested in Evolutionary Theory. To satisfy the fundamental question of "Where did we come from?" children are taught the doctrine of Evolution. The first plank of the Humanist Manifesto states: "Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created." The second plank states: "Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process." Certainly, the public school system propagates the Humanist doctrine (clearly an atheistic "religion"), and thus, condemns the concept of God. This is an amazing irony. Creation Science has been successfully kept out of the public schools by organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.) on the grounds that Creation is religious, and the government should not support religion in any fashion. "In fact, evolution became in a sense a scientific religion; almost all scientists have accepted it, and many are prepared to 'bend' their observations to fit with it."

H. S. Lipson, FRS, Professor of Physics, University of Manchester, UK,
"A Physicist Looks at Evolution", Physics Bulletin, vol. 31, May 1980, pg. 138

 

Post Modern Secular Humanism

When, then at this moment we arrive at the combination of these two philosophies being combined in the plague that has been and is attacking the church.
When we take the thought of the emerging church and apply this within the mindset and history of modern day humanism we see how countries like America under the flag of Political Correctness, the Separation of church and state, and the Separation not of but from religion has adopted this as a new STATE SPONSORED Religion.

  1. The state dollars used to remove anything that has to do with God out of the public square.
  2. The removal of memorial crosses from alongside the highways and byways.
  3. The attacks from Atheist organizations to remove the phrase "one nation under God" from our currency.
  4. The removal of ten commandment statutes and plaques from the public square.
  5. The removal of the mentioning of the words Christmas and Manger from anything public and / or government related. (it might offend some-one)
  6. The promotion of minority religions in the name of equality.
  7. The denial of the Judeo Christian origin of our country.

Within just seven out of so many, many different points we can make it shows us so well the influences of the relative truths and adjustable doctrines of Post Modernism together with the promotion of the humanistic line of thought.
The political correctness thought that is pushing this forward needs to be funded in one way or another.
Because these things are being promoted by rules of law, and departmental guidelines for internal and external communications this is then directly, and indirectly funded by our own tax dollars.
With the tax and budget funding of these thoughts, it is state promoted and with that it is an accepted philosophy or should we say religion within our government.
Because these thoughts are being promoted through public channels they are with that thought in our public schools.
While thought in our public schools and especially our institutions of higher education and thinking it has become a form of indoctrination with young people failing the classes when they are in disagreement.
When you are in disagreement, you do not understand the material presented, thus you fail, delivering into society a new group of people that have been tought that it might be true for you, but not necessarily for me.
It is all OK, as long as we further the group and with that the global interest.

God is Truth and Truth is Absolute

Dr. Williams writes in the chapter on God in section 1 of Renewal Theology.

God as the God of truth is, in the second place, the God of complete integrity. Because He is the very fountain of truth, there can be in Him nothing of untruth. He is true in His being, actions and words; there is absolutely no deception or falsehood.
What is disclosed in His general revelation is truth (the Holy Bible), however much people suppress it. Further, what He sets forth in His special revelation through His word is true:  "The word of the Lord is true" (Ps. 141:6). God does nothing that is false; a lie is impossible to His nature. "God is not man, that he should lie" (Num. 23:19); again, "Let God be true though every man be false [literally, "a liar"]" (Rom. 3:4).
With God there is no dissimulation, no shading of the truth, no understatement or overstatement; in everything there is integrity.


God is truth and with that His word is truth, as God does nothing that is false; a lie is impossible to His nature.
Which then makes truth, God and His word, ABSOLUTE.

In Closing; Presenting the plague to the church

Post Modern Secular Humanism is the plague attacking the church, not just in our days, but it have been attacking the church throughout the beginning of the church age.
500px Plague victimUnfortunately, in our current society and times we see this plague rampage without any holding back.
A plague is being defined as;
Plague is a deadly infectious disease. Depending on lung infection, or sanitary conditions, plague can be spread in the air, by direct contact, or by contaminated undercooked food or materials.
As our new State Controlled and Supported religion Post Modern Secular Humanism is a plague.
As the lungs are the place where our breath (ruach, spirit) comes from which forms the words (our thoughts, beliefs and convictions). It is not far fetched to see how a false doctrine will be spread by the infectuous breath forming the words in our lungs.
The way we are infected is depending on the sanitary conditions of our environment.Hell People e1351665412511
Our environment in which we receive true or false doctrine.
Infections through the air (spoken words, singing, music, movies, etc), or by direct contact; churches and teachers (like Brian McLaren, Dallas Willard, Tony Campolo, Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones, Mark Driscoll and Rob Bell) that are infected and teaching these false doctrine.
The most tricky way that the plague will be caught is by undercooked food or materials.
The half truths of false doctrines, and overloading of information in which God's truth is step by step removed or twisted to make it fit to the theology of Post Modern Secular Humanism. This is truly the worst way but also the best way to get sick / infected.
It looks good, (nice piece of steak, or chicken etc) but it has not been in the pan long enough and the infection salmonella (false doctrine) is festering with the heat.
Post Modern Secular Humanism, it is the plague for our church.

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28 Repentance

Repentance

What is repentance, and why is it important.
Let me first start with a simple explanation.
Little Johnny was the most popular kid at school, and it was something that made his parents pretty proud.
What they did not knew was that Johnny's popularity was achieved by his wonderful gift of giving candy to those that he thought where important to have as a friend.
Then on a night mom asked dad if he would have a five dollar bill for her to pay the milkman the next morning (real early).
Dad opened up his wallet and looked for that five dollar bill on which he wrote that special date for the meeting at work. He didn't have a piece of paper available, so he had scribbled the date on the five dollar bill in his wallet.
But, it was no longer their.
He went to Johnny's room because he just had given him a ten dollar bill as his pocket money.
Johnny was a good kid and he surely deserved it to have 10 dollars of pocket money each week, it would be two dollars a day for school, so that was not that bad.
Johnny, dad asked, can you borrow me that 10 dollar bill, I need 5 for your mom.
Oh not a problem dad, Johnny said, I have a five.
Great thank you son.
But then dad was shocked, the missing five dollar bill with the special date was now in the stretched out hand of his son.
The following exchange, is not something I would repeat on this paper (this is a made up story by the way)
After many words back and forth, Johnny crying and pleading, but dad, I promisse, I will never take money from you again.
Johnny has admitted to taking money frequently from his mom and dad, and, all added up it came down to hundreds of dollars over the last year.
I will never do it again mom and dad, please forgive me?
I will never do it again.
Mom and dad believed him and extended their grace towards Johnny, and made him the receipient of their mercy.
A week later however, both mom and dad noticed that they again where spending money out of their wallets faster then expected.
They checked up on Johnny, and yes, he was stealing from them again.
Johnny had asked for forgiveness and said he would never ever do it again, but still did it.
This was nothing more then lip service, the parents wanted to hear that he would never do it again, so that is what he said. Sooner then later he went back into the old habbit of stealing again.
This my friends happened three more times.
Then the parents said, no more, we cannot trust you, we believe a boarding school, or booth camp might be a better alternative for you.
You are destroying our relationship, but we love you to much for that.

This is however not Johnny, it is us, you and me, and it might not be stealing, but it is sin, in whatever form of shape this is.
The alternative to being denied access to the house (our heavenly home) does not look very good.
What needs to happen is that when we accept the salvation, the grace, the mercy of Christ we truly need to ask for forgiveness of our sins and then never commit them again, instead of just doing it time and time again.
This is what we call repentance, turning away from the sin, completely and totally, turning away for a 180 degrees.
It is like saying to stop with smoking and then picking it up again, you truly never quitted then.
To repent from smoking is to never pick up that cigarette again.
If we fall back into that sin, we have some serious repenting to do, because previously we didn't truly repent.

Dr. J. Rodman Williams writes on repentance

God is One who does not change. The universe is constantly undergoing a transition from one stage to another and human existence is marked by continuing alteration. With God there is no such mutability. "For I the LORD do not change" (Malachi 3:6). Thus does God transcend everything in His creation.

God is the Rock. He does not fluctuate from one event to the next. There is constancy and stability in all that He is and does. Hence, he is not evolving from one stage to another. There is no movement from some "primordial" nature to a "consequent" nature in any aspect of His being. God is not a becoming God, a growing God. God does not change. He is "the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change [literally "with whom…change has no place"] (James 1:17). Likewise, the New Testament declares that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8). God, whether Father or Son or Spirit, is One who changes not.

In God there is dependability and constancy in His being, acts, and purposes. The Old Testament sometimes speaks of God as "repenting" or changing His mind (e.g., Exodus 32:14). From the overall picture, the outward "repentance" does not signify a change in God's activity, but only His dependable response to man's behavior. God invariably acts the same: when man is obedient, God blesses; when man disobeys, God punishes; when man confesses his sin, God forgives. He "repents"; that is, He turns in the other direction.
Hence, God's repentance is not really a change in God, but it is His bringing to bear on the human situation some other aspect of His being and nature. God remains the same throughout.

It is important not to view God changelessness as that of hard, impersonal immobility. God is not like a statue, fixed and cold, but, quite the contrary, He relates to people. He is not the "unmoved Mover" but constantly moves upon and among men and nations. The flux and flow of life are not far away and far beneath Him. Indeed, He freely involved Himself in the life of a fickle and inconstant people to work out His purpose, and in the Incarnation he plunged totally into the maelstrom of human events. God in His own changelessness has experienced all the vicissitudes of human existence. This is the God-far from immobile and distant-who does not change.

Dr. J. Rodman Williams Renewal Theology, 1: pages 58-59.

Arminius writes

As, in the matter of salvation, it has pleased God to treat with man by the method of a covenant, that is, by a stipulation, or a demand and a promise, and as even vocation has regard to a participation in the covenant; it is instituted on both sides and separately, that man may perform the requisition or command of God, by which he may obtain [the fulfillment of] his promise. But this is the mutual relation between these two — the promise is tantamount to an argument, which God employs, that he may obtain from man that which he demands; and the compliance with the demand, on the other hand, is the condition, without which man cannot obtain what has been promised by God, and through [the performance of] which he most assuredly obtains the promise.
But divines generally place three parts in this obedience. The first is repentance, for it is the calling of sinners to righteousness. The second is faith in Christ, and in God through Christ; for vocation is made through the gospel, which is the word of faith. The third is the observance of God’s commands, in which consists holiness of life, to which believers are called, and without which no man shall see God.

Jacobus Arminius

John Calvin writes;

REPENTANCE ACCORDING TO 2 CORINTHIANS 7:11 a. It is for a very good reason that the apostle enumerates seven causes, effects, or parts in his description of repentance. They are earnestness or carefulness, excuse, indignation, fear, longing, zeal, and avenging [ 2 Corinthians 7:11]. It should not seem absurd that I dare not determine whether they ought to be accounted causes or effects, for either is debatable. And they can also be called inclinations joined with repentance. But because, leaving out those questions, we can understand what Paul means, we shall be content with a simple exposition.

Therefore, he says that from ‘sorrow…according to God’ [2 Corinthians 7:10] carefulness arises. For he who is touched with a lively feeling of dissatisfaction with self because he has sinned against his God is at the same time aroused to diligence and attention, that he may escape from the devil’s snares, that he may better take precaution against his wiles, and that he may not afterward fall away from the governance of the Holy Spirit, nor be lulled into a sense of security.
Read the whole article here

John Calvin on Repentance Institutes of the Christian Religion Vol 3 pages 76-86

This my beloved friends is why I and Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries International preach repentance.
When we truly accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we want to come and be close to Him, do away with all that is not to His liking and against His will.
All that is called sin, and to do away with that sin, not just during the church service but permanently is called repentance.
It is just not possible to have darkness (sin) and righteousness (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit) in the same the same room (body).
When there is darkness, and we light a candle, the darkness is driven away.
Where we let the Holy Spirit, by Jesus the Christ in our hearts there cannot be sin.
We MUST repent from our sin, to hold on to our Salvation and build on our righteousness (which comes from God)
This growing in our Holiness (sanctification) is continous and ongoing (progressive)
Repentance is with this a part of progressive sanctification.

What is the meaning of "progressive sanctification"?

Paul writes: "Beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 7:1). In one sense every born-again believer has already been sanctified, "You were washed…sanctified…justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:11). It is against the background of this initial sanctification in salvation that we are called upon to devote ourselves to ongoing sanctification. Whatever remains in the carnal self we should find intolerable and seek both cleansing and removal. Paul again speaks elsewhere "by the [indwelling] Spirit put to death the deeds of the body" (Romans 8:13). We cannot put to death the flesh in our own strength, but by the power of the Holy Spirit we can-if we are really serious about it. Day by day there can be progress in sanctification, and living a life more pleasing to our Lord.

More on Sanctification can be found in an earlier article in this series.

 
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27 Women in ministry

The Five Fold Ministry

To understand the natural position of woman in ministry we need to make sure we look at the concept of the ministry as given by the Holy Spirit.
The concept of the five fold ministry comes from the book of Ephesians Chapter four verse eleven ;

Ephesians 4:10-13 (Amp)

10 He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest).
11 And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.
12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church),
13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.”

The Apostle

The Greek word for apostle, "apostello", occurs over 80 times in the New Testament. Since apostles did not exist in the Old Testament times, we have to understand the word to mean someone who was sent, and/or was a messenger and that is exactly what the word "apostle" means, "sent one."
So, an apostle is someone who has been sent to transmit a message per the instructions of the sender.
Also it is used in the reference to those in the inner circles of Jesus' 12 apostles. In order to be one of "the twelve" a person had to be with the witnesses from the beginning of Christ's ministry until the day that Christ was taken from them. (Acts 1:21–22) though Paul was not one of the original twelve apostles, he was considered an apostle later on (Acts 14:14). After all, Jesus appeared to him (1 Cor. 9:1) and commissioned him. Paul even refers to himself as an apostle (Gal. 1:1).
And then we have the ones that where sent the apostoloi. (2Cor. 8:23), "As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, they are messengers (apostoloi) of the churches, a glory to Christ."
Also, (Phil.2:25), "But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger (apostolon) and minister to my need." And, (John 20:21), "Jesus therefore said to them again, 'Peace be with you; as the Father has sent (apostalken) Me, I also send (pempo) you.'"
We can find the Apostle Junia in (Rom. 16:7) It is said that Junia, a woman, was an apostle. As stated by the church father Chrysostom (Homily on Romans 31.7; NPNF 1, 11:555) Since apostles are in place of authority, then Junia demonstrates that women can be in authority over men in the church.
As a woman, Junia may be the wife of Andronicus. Which makes it important to note that they where refered to as apostles.

The Prophetess

Six women in the Holy Bible are expressly stated as possessing the title of prophetess: five under the old covenant and one, Anna, is mentioned in the gospels.
In addition, Philip is mentioned in Acts as having four daughters who prophesied which brings the number of prophetesses to ten. Conversely, a woman in the book of Revelations calls herself a prophetess but she is considered false. On occasion, other women in scripture also prophesied, but were not expressly described as prophesying. These women include: Rachel (Gen. 30:24), Hannah (1 Sam. 2:1-10), Abigail(1 Sam. 25:29-31),Elisabeth (Luke 1:41-45), and Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:46-55).
A prophetess is simply a female prophet. A person called by God.
A prophet (male or female) is the mouthpiece for the one who sends him or her; the prophet speaks on behalf of the sender (Ex. 7:1-2). A prophet is considered a seer (1 Sam. 9:9), because God gives him or her the gift of foreknowledge. God reveals his secrets to prophets (Amos 3:7), and true prophesy is initiated by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). (1 Cor. 12:28) and (Eph. 4:11) both rank prophets as second only to apostles.
The bible calls out for woman to prophesy (1 Cor. 11:5)

The Evangelists

Kathryn Kuhlman's ministry began in the summer of 1923. After her ordination by the Evangelical Church Alliance in Joliet, Illinois, she established the Denver Revival Tabernacle in 1935, which she pastored for three years.
In the mid-1940s, she went to Franklin, Pennsylvania, where she began to thrive as a preacher and radio evangelist. Many people were healed with notable miracles at her meetings beginning in 1947, and she gained a reputation as one of the world's outstanding healing evangelists, carrying on as a leading figure during the charismatic movement until her death in 1976.

The Pastor

The New Testament says very little about pastors. In fact, as a term for ministers, the word (poimen) appears only once in (Eph. 4:11). While the word is familiar to use from modern usage, we are uncertain as to the exact role of pastors in the New Testament or how they functioned in relation to elders, bishops and other leaders. In which light we best can see the role at the same level as bishop with the responsibility of growing and educating the church.
Priscilla and her husband Aquila are often mentioned with great respect by Paul.
Together they were pastors of a church in Ephesus, and were responsible for teaching the full gospel to Apollos.
We are informed that they both taught Apollos, and pastored the church together. In fact, Priscilla is sometimes listed ahead of Aquila when their names come up.
This has led some to speculate that of the two, she was the primary teacher and her husband oversaw the ministry. At any rate, we see here a woman in a very prominent position of teaching and pastoring. (Acts 18:2,18; Rom, 16:3, d I Cor. 16:19).

Another New Testament woman who led a house church was Nympha (Col. 4:15).
Paul sent greetings to her and to the church at her house. Some modern scholars try to get around this by saying that Nympha was "just" the hostess, not the pastor.
If that were so, who did pastor her house church, and why would Paul so rudely fail to greet the pastor as well as the hostess?
The personal letter II John is addressed to a church and its pastor, a woman with whom the apostle John had close ties. John opens the letter, "to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth." "Children" was a term of endearment that John used for Christian believers. "Truth" was a term John often used relating to Jesus The word "elect," is used to refer to the ordained clergy.

Minister Mary E. Reed

Conclusion

A few of the women working as Pentecostal pastors during the charismatic movement of the 1960s and 1970s included Charlotte Baker, Myrtle D. Beall, Helen Beard, Aimee Cortese, Sue Curran, B. Maureen Gaglardi, Anne Giminez, Ione Glaeser, Hattie Hammond, Alpha A. Henson, Marilyn Hickey, Violet Kitely, Janet Kreis, Freda Lindsay, Fuchsia T. Pickett, Iverna Tompkins, and Rachel Titus.
A sampling of a few of the other women who were vital during the time of the charismatic movement as speakers, authors, or evangelists, would include Eleanor and
Roberta Armstrong, Rita Bennett, Edith Blumhofer, Hazel Bonawitz, Roxanne Brant, Mary Ann Brown, Shirley Carpenter, Jean Darnall, Josephine Massynberde Ford, Katie Fortune, Shirlee Green, Nina Harris, Sue Malachuk, Daisy Osborn, Dorothy Ranaghan, Agnes Sanford, Gwen Shaw, Bernice Smith, Ruth Carter Stapleton, Jean Stone, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Corrie Ten Boom. Mother Teresa was also an outstanding woman who ministered in the helps ministry to the poor of India.
The women mentioned here are, of course, a mere sampling of important figures who have been mightily used of God in every conceivable capacity of leadership in the church throughout history.

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