Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 7 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 25: “Did I Use Lightness?”)

By admin On December 13th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 7

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Come Out of Her, My People! Part 25: “Did I Use Lightness?”

To read Part 1, click here… “May 12th (Come Out of Her, My People?)”

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“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,

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let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

 

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting,

which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks…

Let no man deceive you with vain words:

for because of these things cometh the wrath of God

upon the children of disobedience.”

Ephesians 5:3, 4, 6

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Paul – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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CITY OF CONFUSION

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Babylon was given its name during the building of that infamous Tower of Babylon, because God confused their speech…

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Listen… “Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:9 

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And so, the name, Babylon, actually means, “City of Confusion”.

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by G. Dore’ – The Confusion Of Tongues in Babylon – from www.creationism.org-public domain

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COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE

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The Bible pronounces a curse upon all those who refuse to, “Come out of Her (Babylon) My people!”

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Yes, upon all those who refuse to join the Exodus out of this “City of Confusion”, the apostate churches, the following sentence is pronounced… “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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IS THE CHURCH BABYLON?

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There are many honest-hearted truth-seekers who are genuinely wondering whether or not the churches today are the Mystery Babylon spoken of in the prophets and in Revelation 17 & 18. “Just what are the evidences that the churches are apostate?”

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Oh yes, they understand that a large portion of the churches are apostate. But have ALL the churches become void of God’s Spirit? “Has my little conservative church become apostate?” This is the perplexing question that many are now asking and struggling with.

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Whore – Babylon – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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“COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE”

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Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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But this website has attempted to prove that the time has come to make an end-time exodus away from the apostate churches.

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And there are many articles herein which deal with various evidences that the Day has fully come, to come out of Babylon.

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 ABOVE PICTURE – winter Constellations – Woman of Revelation 12 (Ursa Major) flees to the mountains – Mark 13:14 – Dragon comprised of Hyades, Pleiades, etc…Valley of Decision mountain comprised of Cassiopeia, etc…

(This is not a star-chart, but merely a concept picture since this mountain is not in this position, but is in the fall months)

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But today’s devotional will focus upon another false and heretical doctrine now being taught in some of the more “conservative” churches, concerning the our relationship with the world…

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“They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart…False teachers handle holy things rather with wit and trifling, rather than with fear and reverence. False teachers are soul-murderers. They are like evil surgeons, that skin over the wound—but never heal it…False teachers are hell’s greatest enrichers.”

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Thomas Brooks on, “The 7 Chacteristics of False Teachers”

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Thomas Brooks – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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JOKERS IN THE PULPITS, NOTHING NEW!

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These above words from the writings of Reformation author, Thomas Brooks, shows that this great sin of modern-day preachers and evangelists is nothing new! And Brooks made this cutting statement about this great sin, so often seen in the pulpits of his day and of our day!

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And actually, even the Apostle, Paul, warned against the use of joking (jesting)…But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks….Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:3, 4

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Here again, the Apostle totally agrees with Thomas Brooks on this sin within the apostate churches.

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USING LIGHTNESS

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But listen again to the Apostle, Paul, as he condemns using humor…“When I therhttp://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVarticles/PaulsTentmaking.htmlefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?” 2nd Corinthians 1:17

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Now the Bible condemns the use of lightness in several places, such as in Jeremiah 23:32…“Behold, I am against them that…cause My people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.” [condensed for brevity]

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Yes, the pure and holy God condemns all use of lightness (sarcasm, mocking, frivolity, joking, and flippancy). And Paul used none of these in his ministry, nor in his personal, everyday life! 

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Paul Tentmaking – La Vista Church of Christ – Creative Commons License

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“FLEE FROM THE WRATH TO COME!”

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What God’s people must understand that we are standing on the very, “ends of thehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpg world”. (1st Corinthians 10:11) Our great commission is to warn the world of God’s impending Judgment! And so, should we put them at ease by behaving like them, using humor, sarcasm, mockery, flippancy and frivolity?

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No, as Thomas Brooks says… “They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart…False teachers handle holy things rather with wit and trifling, rather than with fear and reverence. False teachers are soul-murderers. They are like evil surgeons, that skin over the wound—but never heal it…False teachers are hell’s greatest enrichers.”

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On Judgment Day, it will be shown just what eternal damage was caused by both preachers and parishioners as we joined the world in their irreverent speeches, ourselves also becoming giddy and silly, like spiritual drunkards.

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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OUR HEAVENLY ROLE-MODEL

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Jesus came to save the world! His death on the Cross provided the Way out of this condemned world of sin and selfishness!

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But Jesus came as a Heaven-sent Role-Model. He said… “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6

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So here we see that the Way to Heaven is by following Jesus! As Paul puts it… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

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So Paul was dead to self, but alive through Christ. And Christ could freely live out His life through Paul!

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And we never ever see either Jesus or Paul engaging in any, “foolish talk nor jesting”. And these two men are to be our heavenly role-models in all things!

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FLEE TO MOUNT SION

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And so, it is no wonder that God refers to today’s church-world as Mystery Babylon. It is filledhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Flight_of_the_Prisoners.jpg with error and confusion.

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And this error regarding all the joking, and mockery, and silliness, and sarcasm, and flippancy in today’s pulpits, is just one more sign of the great apostasy in the churches.

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And God is now calling His people to come out of this City of Confusion, and flee to the spiritual Mount Sion, to take their stand with all those who, “follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth.” Revelation 14:4

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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 TO READ PART 26, CLICK HERE…NOVEMBER 17 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 26 Which Spirit Will You Choose?)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Make me like Jesus! Take away these awful polluted worldly jokes, sarcasm and flippant remarks which roll off my tongue, like water over a falls! Make me and mold me until I fully reflect the image of holy Jesus…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”, or you can also read… ” April 7th (1 Preacher! 2 Sermons!)” , or you can also read…JANUARY 10th (How a Joke Killed!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FIVE FOOLISH VIRGINS STARS

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Serpent Constellation

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A new constellation has been revealed, as of about May 29th, 2014. This constellation appears as a snake. Its body is comprised of stars from the Bootes Constellation, and its jaws are made of the four stars which Babylonians saw as the head of Draco, the Dragon. It also has a small single star for an eye.

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Now in this constellation is a group of five stars, which will be called “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”. These are located on the opposite side of the Glorious Crown of 12 Stars, from the Five Wise Virgins Stars. But one big difference between the two is, that The Five Wise are curved around the Glorious Crown, while the Five Foolish are curved away from it!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars” 

 

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TOMORRO

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NOVEMBER 8 (Silly Women, Part 2: The Seven Women of Isaiah 4)

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END OF THE CHURCH AGE STUDIES ON AUDIO

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THE READER IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING AUDIO BIBLE STUDY BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO.

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THIS STUDY IS PART 4, CONCERNING “THE END OF THE CHURCH AGE”

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