Are we our brother’s keeper?… Hmmm…What about the body? What about Christians in other countries?

We see in the world many attacks on fellow Christians, who we must remember are part of the same body of Christ as us….but some Christians are hurting and die needlessly. Like those the Lord said who slept early. (1Cor11:30) You see sometimes “we” could change, or do something to prevent it, and continue on here serving the Lord. Sometimes we have the choice. ( Philippians 1:23-25 ) As Paul seems to have thought, having almost lost all hope…but deciding it better for their sakes to remain and help them. Who sent him help in his distress….Hmmmm…
And sometimes one nation’s Christians do not do all they can to assist other nations Christians as they should, as it is just a different location in the body….If “we” are of one body…then we should care for “all” our body, and keep it strong and more useable… As Christ does the church.
( Eph 5:29 )- “After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church–”
Or we will be rendered limited in our scope to reach out more effectively to the lost…which is part of the devil’s plan since the beginning.
And sometimes “we” do not go assist when a brother falls attacked by satan, to raise them up again…instead just accepting what we see as final. As Paul taught by this example to the church, when he did not accept circumstances, and went and raised up the boy who fell from high window, restoring him to the body. (Acts 20:9-11 )
Many would have accepted those circumstances and said sadly, “God took him home, it was his time.” Not Paul. Because we are all one body… And Christ works through “us” on this side of the cross! So “we” are to equip, strengthen and protect the body we have now, as much as is in our power to do so…and not just focus on seeking to add more to the body daily. Because many Christians are under attack in the world, and need all the assistance they can get, anyway they can get it.
Not everyone is called to be a martyr…but all are called to die to self.
Is there something …anything “you” could do here to help a brother somewhere else under attack? Yes we must pray ! And sometimes, also make a phone call perhaps? Or send a email to your congressman?
Because sometimes the right hand, must help, and care for the left arm, so it does not “needlessly” get amputated from the body, simply because of a lack of attention to the circumstances affecting it. Think on that.
The Lord has called “us” to help His body “and” also reach out to the unsaved. ( Prov1:24 )-“I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.” And the voice of the attacked comes to us in those words as well…because WE are the body of Christ. The bible says when YOU have done “all”…then you can stand.( Eph 6:13 ) Have you done all yet? Have you done anything?… to try and help those Christians under attack in other countries?…
Notice the armour is to be PUT ON by “us” over the whole body “for protection”, and “also” to allow the body “to fight” victoriously over the enemy. We “believers” in Christ are one body…So ask what you can do here now, and find something for your hand to do for the Lord… because i believe some die needlessly. … Have you done all for them? Have you thought about the power you do have from your “current” position of safety here in this nation? Well think on it. Maybe you were called for such a time as this. ~ Rev Ernie Harpster

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Hey Church..Do YOU Trust God…Really? Are you eating your seed from the tree of tithe??

As Christian you say you believe God completely, you trust Him with your life….and say you follow Him…actually saying that “We” must all follow God, through Jesus Christ… Amen!..That is correct!….And so you also remember His money is only yours to be a steward of… right? And that in priority after God, comes you family, and everything else…And when it comes to your money, if nothing is left after those first priorities are taken care of, you understand it IS all ok, as it only means it is not time for you to sow to another place….not YET!…. Meaning what? There is always “a right season and soil conditions” to think of…..and “both” must be right when you plant seed…or seed will not ever grow or survive!

God prepares the soil, and He times the season… “When”..you are suppose to plant in other places..”but that is AFTER first taking care of God and you”…and then He will tell you, or show you, “when” …you are to give to other places. And you will then have the increase in your hand for doing it….. “from Him giving you the seed”…seed for “you” the sower! (2Cor 9:10 ) Guess what…Tithing increases our seed,…While only God prepares the rest of it. (Season and soil)

As rain and snow come from Heaven, and are only God’s to control when it arrives. (Isa 55:10 ) …But He gives it for “our needs” first to be met like eating!…THEN after “we” give to Him, for Him being credited with meeting our needs, The Lord then pours out on us from His windows of heaven all the blessings promised us, for our showing Him Trust as commanded….that He can increase “our seed” with His favour… From Heaven! And give greater blessings for us to walk in !

If you got a new job. Great! He gave you favor to meet your needs…Now your seed is coming, and your time to sow is soon… But… “you” must always show Him, that He is Lord “first” in your life, and Lord “of all things” that He placed in your hand to control “for Him”…and by “that  tithe”, you prove that you trust Him. Now carefully read ( Mal 3:8-11 ) Because “Tithe” is only a form of “action”, that God said will “show” that you actually Trust Him above all else, That “He” really is “first” priority…and that He may “prove” to YOU your “trust” in Him is warranted!..And actually then rewarded! (Heb 11 :6)..Are you seeking Him first? (Mat 6:33 ) then ALL things are added.

It was not because of  law…that tithe was taught, it came waaay before law was ever given… So God just reminded them here in bible speaking to them in Malachi in vs 6 (Malachi 3:6) that…He did not change! Why? Because in beginning, back in the Garden was given principle of tithe! It was part of original plan!  Read (Gen 2:16-17) See…Adam was “NOT” told, do not touch the tree in the garden…Adam “WAS only told” not “to eat” of that one tree in the garden! Adam “was” told to be a steward of the whole garden to “tend it”…And you would have to touch it to do that correctly!

.But the “tithe”here.. (meaning that one tree, Adam was told not to “eat” from)… It was God’s “first fruits”, the portion that God asked only for Himself…out of the whole garden that Adam enjoyed, while he “tended”… controlled it for God!(Gen 2:15) And for Adam to be able to bring something as proof too God…to prove God..Bring what proof? Adam’s trust, his faith! For Adam then to receive and walk in the blessings of God for “everything” he touched!… So that Adam would have his seed provided directly from God, poured out through the doors and windows of heaven!

The devil only twisted this when he spoke to Eve and deceived her, when ADAM did not speak up to correct the devil, as Adam should have…if ADAM had been “tending” everything in his garden obediently!! Which was seen in Gen 2:15 as Adams first assignment from God!

Some like to say we are not under law of tithe now, so I do not have to tithe, but I give what I “feel”… Well that is true ..I just showed you the Tithe was not law…but it IS the “only” place in bible that God prescribed a way for “us” to show, that we completely trust in God for our needs and wants being met, part of plan before law was ever given!! And we are told not to rob Him of that Trust! (Malachi 3:8)   Why?  Because “We” live by every word from mouth of God…Jesus said ( Mat 4:4 )…so not by feelings or law!

And just as Love is not love, unless “seen in actions” that agree with that word from your lips…….  So “Trust” (faith) is also not known, unless there is action that agrees with that word from your lips. And to prove God in this area, requires this action on your part as prescribed.  God gave “us” the specific action that He desires to see from you and I.. “us” the church,…so that you can also then see it works, so that you can also hold Him accountable to it, and so He can prove “your” trust in Him was deserved! That He always follows through with a promise, and builds up your faith! …And also provide you with new seed to sow!

But some say, we only live in the New Testament, And yes that is true. Or they will say Jesus never said anything about tithe… But actually Jesus told the knowledgeable, yet very religious Pharisees how they liked to show everyone how “religious” they are, by their detailed legalistic form “of tithe”…but they did not give it to God from heart of love and “trust” toward God!, ( Luke 11:42 ).  Really they only tithed from pride in themselves, as they wanted the people to exalt them for it… and maybe to get the people to give more to the church “storehouse”, because they controlled God’s money at the temple, like it was theirs!… And remember God hates pride!

Now also notice here in (Luke 11:42) this is exactly where in New Testament Jesus “did” speak on the tithe! Saying… that “neither should be left undone in KJV” …See that “is including tithe”; And also remember Jesus said, He only spoke what His Father told Him! (John 8:28) … Imagine that!…It agrees with God in Malachi. And Genesis, and still agrees when it appeared latter again in ( Gen14:18-20 ) … And of course it would, remember God said He did not change! …He still wants to know “all” your love and trust is in Him, and “increase your faith” (=trust in God), and pour out His blessings on you!… Without the law being necessary..but coming from your heart! … Like Abram did (before law)…getting his priorities right, and latter we know he became Abraham… Father of many nations, which sounds like poured out blessings to me!

So “church” do not “eat” of the tree of your tithe…or your eating your seed, that seed God wanted to give you from His store house in heaven! So you will have more than enough to give in right season, and into right soil, but the tithe goes to the store house, I am only told give it there, and then let it go into Jesus hands, our high priest like Melchizedek!  And our Lord will “hold them” accountable with it!……So Think on this which you read.. Then DO IT ! Determined Obedience Intentional TRUST!… And God will pour out, so YOU will  be blessed more than you can contain! ..  Uumm Pour out…Reminded me of ( Luke 6:38 ); And God never asks us to do, what He does not also willingly do for us first!… He just wants us to become imitators of Him! (Eph 5:1)  Think on it.so you can …

“Clearly follow the narrow road… And stay in the light!”  Rev Ernie Harpster

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Saturday or Sunday does it matter?………… Just make it in Spirit and Truth!

Saturday or Sunday does it matter? Ok.. So I was asked strongly ( I am being nice) to give my personal, but “if possible” biblical opinion of a born again Christians being required to “worship” on Saturday or Sunday. Which in my opinion “we” are not required to worship on Sunday either! But I was told “biblically” we must on Saturday, as we are to now fulfil the law because of Jesus. But did the bible really say or show this to us “Christians”?
My answer was .” we” as Christians only live on this side of the cross… not the other side.
So now having prayed and read and studied some more I will answer more biblically.. I do not like to “argue” but like Paul did, I will debate my scriptural position as I believe we are only “alive” in Christ on this side of the cross. And the law on other side of the cross killed us, as law only gave strength to sin.(1Cor15:56)

But I was told Paul taught on Saturday in the synagogues… And did so after the cross. And so I found plenty of info “scripturally” in bible, and online, some that I have quoted here too, regarding this subject which agrees with Paul’s teaching in Romans, Galatians, Hebrews, and this in (Ephesians 2:13) that we are “not under law or ordinances”, but are as Paul clearly taught under grace through faith, while “in” the resurrected Jesus Christ. Saying that is how we got saved.(Eph 2:8-9). So then how does Paul teach this and seemingly do opposite by going to synagogue on Saturday ? And remember Paul had also confronted Peter in Acts for going back to other side of cross in “life style”,when Peter was saved.(Gal2:2-16).

But it is also true Paul did go to synagogues and teach so….” What we do have, are frequent examples of Paul preaching to non-Christian Jews in THEIR synagogue on THEIR Sabbath day, that “they” are lost without Jesus! Should this surprise us? (Jesus did the same thing) Do Sabbatarian Pastors “keep Sunday” if they preach in a Christian church on the first day of the week?” …Of all the many passages…” None of these passages, or any other in the New Testament, ever speak of Christians worshipping on the Sabbath day.

If Paul preaching to Jews on the Sabbath day proves he kept the Sabbath, then it also proves Paul kept synagogue worship as well!” …..(As was required by law.) If Paul “kept the Sabbath” because he preached Christ to non-Christian Jews on THEIR Sabbath day in THEIR synagogue: then Paul also kept all the other ceremonial laws that the non-Christian Jews practised while he was there as well… So.. “then a Seventh-day Adventist pastor “keeps Monday” just because he preaches to Muslims in their Mosque on Monday that they are lost without Christ!

And…Then a Seventh-day Adventist pastor “keeps Sunday” just because he preaches to a church of “Sunday keeping” Christians on “Sunday” that they are breaking the Sabbath law.
“What proves too much proves nothing at all! ” as I learned…. And as we see in (Acts19:8-9)

Paul removed himself from going anymore to a synagogue for two years teaching in school of Tyrannus daily!
But we also see Paul taught daily, but teaching does not say keeping Sabbath either

And just because the very first preaching of the Gospel occurred on the day of Pentecost, does not mean a Christian must keep Pentecost! (Acts 2:1-38)
Even though Paul also rushed to get back to Jerusalem “on” Pentecost: (Acts 20:16)
and Pentecost always fell on a Sunday! ( Lev23:15-21 ) And as commanded to worship on it. “A holy convocation.”.
Does this mean he was keeping Pentecost feast?
No! It provided him a great opportunity to teach on Jesus grace!

No where after the resurrection is “keeping the Sabbath according to the commandment” said.”.. Although many things are repeatedly said, and reinforced..but not that.
I know some have said, But “In (Acts 18:4), Paul’s custom was to worship on the Sabbath with Greeks. This proves it was not a Jewish worship service but a Christ centered worship service separate from the Jewish synagogue worship. The Greeks were uncircumcised and did not keep the Sabbath or the Law of Moses ” … “Notice the word “persuade”. Paul’s work here was 100% evangelism. There is no example of Paul ever meeting on the Sabbath day for worship.

Notice also that these were “unbelievers” in Christ before Paul preached to them. Yes they believed in the Jewish system, but the Bible says in (Acts 14:1), that they BECAME believers proving Paul’s work there was evangelism not worship.
The Greeks were Jewish converts to Judaism known as “proselytes.” ..So they were not pagan Greeks but Greeks who “practised” the law of Moses and kept the Sabbath. just as if the Greek person was a native Hebrew. The only Greeks that were in the synagogue would be these “proselytes”. These Greeks certainly were “not Christians”.
(Acts 13:43) “Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.”
(Acts 14:1) “In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.”
(Acts 17:4) “And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a large number of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women.
(Acts 18:4) “And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.”..

And some have also said  “Paul kept the Law”, therefore the Sabbath is still binding!” (Additional Sabbatarian proof texts: Acts 21:20-28; Acts 24:14; Acts 26:22; Rom 3:31)…Please look closely here…

” (Acts 21:20-28) “And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law; and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses,… “telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs”… “What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. “Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow; take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses in order that they may shave their heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.
Acts 21:20-28: says forsake Moses & circumcise = keeping the Law

If Sabbatarians are right, then they better start also practising circumcision
But we do not “require” this either, as now our hearts are circumcised not the flesh!(Rom 2:28-29 ) We are not under law. (Philip 3:3)

“Paul understood that Moses had prophesied Jesus coming. To “give heed to Jesus” is how you KEEP THE LAW of MOSES! Think of it as the law of Moses’ own self destruct mechanism, it’s power was cancelled. Moses told the Jews to keep his law UNTIL Jesus came. Then they were to ignore the Law of Moses and listen only to Jesus. In that way,  Christian’s who exclusively obey Jesus could be said to be keeping the Law of Moses. This is what Paul means by the following verses:

(Acts 3:22) “Moses said, ‘The Lord God shall raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed in everything He says to you. ‘And it shall be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.
(Acts 24:14) “But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law, and that is written in the Prophets; having a hope in God
(Rom 3:31) “Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law”  (Only through faith in Christ)
(Acts 26:22) “And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He should be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and gentile.

When Paul says that he “kept the Law”, he was referring to the fact that Moses and the prophets foretold of Christ. and that being a Christian was foretold in the law. In a very real sense it was the Jewish “non-Christians” who refused to heed Jesus, who were in fact REJECTING WHAT MOSES SAID! …. For what the law could not do God did or us!..As God said through Paul.

(Rom 8:3-4) Amp-For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [[a]the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [[b]subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],
4 So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].”

And says ..
(Gal 3:10-18)Amp-” And all who depend on the Law [who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the Law of rituals] are under a curse and doomed to disappointment and destruction, for it is written in the Scriptures, Cursed (accursed, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment) be everyone who does not continue to abide (live and remain) by all the precepts and commands written in the Book of the Law and to practice them.
11 Now it is evident that no person is justified (declared righteous and brought into right standing with God) through the Law, for the Scripture says, The man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by and out of faith and he who through and by faith is declared righteous and in right standing with God shall live.
12 But the Law does not rest on faith [does not require faith, has nothing to do with faith], for it itself says, He who does them [the things prescribed by the Law] shall live by them [not by faith].
13 Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);
14 To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit.
15 To speak in terms of human relations, brethren, [if] even a man makes a last will and testament (a merely human covenant), no one sets it aside or makes it void or adds to it when once it has been drawn up and signed (ratified, confirmed).
16 Now the promises (covenants, agreements) were decreed and made to Abraham and his Seed (his Offspring, his Heir). He [God] does not say, And to seeds (descendants, heirs), as if referring to many persons, but, And to your Seed (your Descendant, your Heir), obviously referring to one individual, Who is [none other than] Christ (the Messiah).
17 This is my argument: The Law, which began 430 years after the covenant [concerning the coming Messiah], does not and cannot annul the covenant previously established (ratified) by God, so as to abolish the promise and make it void.
18 For if the inheritance [of the promise depends on observing] the Law [as these false teachers would like you to believe], it no longer [depends] on the promise; however, God gave it to Abraham [as a free gift solely] by virtue of His promise.”… We are only saved by grace through Faith! And only sanctified by Jesus too ! (1Cor 1:30).. An we cannot be separated from Him or His love (Rom 8:9 ) If I need any old testament proof of not needing to keep Saturday Sabbath. The law book is Leviticus. And as stated so well here I shall quote it. And may “biblically” prove we should worship as Christians on Sunday if I need to be picking a day. 

“LEVITICUS 23:5-11 – Look at verse 11: “‘And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.'” The day after the Sabbath is Sunday.

Read on specifically looking at Leviticus 23:15 – “‘You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the DAY AFTER THE SEVENTH SABBATH; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord.'” This is the Feast of Pentecost. It was one of the compulsory feasts of Israel.

Note on the day of Pentecost, a Sunday God’s people were commanded to worship. God says, “On this same day you shall make a proclamation as well; you are to have aholy convocation. You shall do no laborious work. It is to be perpetual statue in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.” Leviticus 23:21.

If you think this is only applying to “ceremonial” days, Leviticus 23 starts out talking about the weekly Sabbath (see Lev. 23:1-4). It is called an appointed time and a holy convocation, along with all the other feast days of Israel. No distinction is made by God between these holy days and the weekly Sabbath. He includes them as being equally holy. This would mean that under the Old Covenant the First Fruits Sunday and the Pentecost Sunday were as holy and sanctified as Saturday.

Above excerpted from The Sabbath & Sunday by Pastor J. Mark Martin, © Copyright 1999, all rights reserved – Grace Upon Grace, P.O. Box 39607, Phoenix, AZ 85069″

Jesus by His Spirit (Gal 4:6) continues by “grace” to strengthen us (1Tim 1:14) along with faith and love! And love makes faith work ! (Gal 5:6 ) And God is love!(1John 4:8 )…. And so hopefully may “we” all come to the unity of the faith! (Eph4:3)Amp- “Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.”

I therefore say “focus” on and believe in, and follow the resurrected Jesus on “this side” of the cross of Christ Jesus. And worship Him on everyday you have breath! And rest “in” the Lord of the Sabbath. (Mat 12:8)which also was said..but said to the “Pharisees” who argued about law… before the sins of mankind nailed to the cross canceling them AND the decrees against us. ( Col 2:14 ) Establishing the New covenant, thus making the Old Testament power against us…disappear. ( Hebrews 8:13 ) … Because the law is not for the righteous. (1Tim 1:9 )..  and “we” as believers are the righteousness of God in Christ. ( 2Cor 5:21 )… I think Paul taught and lived clearly, that no Sabbath keeping is “required.”…But it is a honour to assemble ourselves together, and should not forsake it! ( Heb10:25 ) to worship our Lord and saviour, and to take a rest day to to honour the Lord our God, made possible by His Spirit in us. As we are now the temple of the holy Ghost. (1Cor6:19)… We are the place of worship!

May we all be blessed together in Christ Jesus and what ever day you “chose” to worship Him,…

and may it just be as God desired in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4:24). Amen.                                                                                                                      Let us “clearly” follow the narrow road, and stay in the light… Of Jesus!  Rev. Ernie Harpster

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