Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JANUARY 30th (The False Prophet, Part 4: Age of Accountability)

By admin On November 28th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 30th

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The False Prophet, Part 4: Age of Accountability

To read Part 1, click here…JANUARY 26 (The False Prophet: Lying Eyes!)

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Have you ever been selected to be on a jury? And have you ever been totally convinced of the guilt of the person accused; but then, when you hear the defense attorney’s side of the case, you realize that the person accused, is totally innocent?

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And then suddenly, you realize this: when two opposing arguments are debated, it takes both sides presenting their arguments, in order to rightly decide just what the actual truth is!

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BIBLE INTERPRETED SAME WAY

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And quite often, God has written the Bible in the very same manner. That is, truth cannot be arrived at, simply by hearing just one or two, or even three verses! No, in order to rightly divide “the Word of truth”, one must carefully and prayerfully examine each and every verse connected to a theory, prior to establishing a church doctrine.

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And even then, an open mind must be maintained, since there may eventually be discovered, yet still more verses that will ultimately modify that church doctrine even further!

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AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY

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Now one false doctrine today, is a counterfeit doctrine tagged by theologians as, “The Age of Accountability”. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnifying_glass_on_book_iconsAnd this totally non-biblical name describes a very ancient idea that those young children who die at an early age, will get a free pass to go to Heaven, because they were simply too young to know what they were doing, to be charged with sin. Now this totally unbiblical name was given to this doctrine. But it was established because of another false doctrine, “eternal torment”!

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The problem is, just like the totally unbiblical name “Eternal Torment”, the church doctrine, “The Age of Accountability” appears like an actual truth; at least it seems that way, until one examines both sides of the argument, concerning this questionable theory!

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HEARING ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE ARGUMENT

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Now perhaps the most convincing supporting passage in Scripture is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke… “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 19:14

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Now, if this was the only passage concerning children, then we would have to agree with this non-biblical name, “The Age of Accountability”! Yes, if this passage was all that we had on the subject, then it would seem as if little children were guaranteed safe passage into Heaven’s gates!

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ARGUMENT

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But any Bible student who happens to be a truth-seeker will not be satisfied by just accepting a doctrine merely because it is a traditional church doctrine, no matter how old that church doctrine is! Scripture must be compared with scripture. We must be willing to re-examine our supposed “orthodox dogma”!

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And eventually the Bible student will find Psalm 58, which states…. “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when He bendeth His bow to shoot His arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.” Psalm 58:3-8

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Now here is a passage which seems to say that very young children are not so innocent, and do not automatically receive an unconditional pardon, should they die young.

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BAD THEOLOGY OF YESTERYEAR

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Now this devotional will not attempt to strike the proper balance, but instead, will focus on why we just cannot rely on tradition or church dogma.

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And this “Age of Accountability” church-doctrine is a perfect example of the bad theology by the apostate churches of the earlier centuries. They just didn’t understand how to rightly divide the Word of Truth. And the Church today has tenaciously clung to many teachings of the apostate church of the past: “Eternal Torment”, “Purgatory”, “The deification of Mary”, are just a few of the many other similar false doctrines, which have somehow survived through the centuries.

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WRESTLING WITH SCRIPTURE!

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Listen to the Apostle, Peter, as he reveals the truth about the complexity of Scripture…“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to behttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel.jpg understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” 2nd Peter 3:16

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Now today, the very same error is being made by Bible teachers. Yes, teachers have the idea that they must cling to long-held church doctrines. And so, they take the position that their very favorite church doctrines must be defended at all costs.

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And so, when teachers are confronted by such passages as Psalm 58, they must somehow wrest with Scripture until they have explained away all such contradicting passages as Psalm 58 seems to be.

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COMPARING SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE

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One very important truth is found in 2nd Timothy 3:16, 17, in which the Apostle, Paul says… http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Bible,_Notre-Dame_du_Taur,_septembre_2011.jpg“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

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Now if we closely examine this above passage, we see that scripture corrects our understanding of scripture. And scripture reproves (confirms) our understanding of scripture! And so, for the purposes of confirmation or for correction, we need to study all scripture! Oh yes, it’s tedious labor, to be sure! But we just cannot make a church doctrine based on one or two Bible verses! The entire Bible is one doctrine! And nothing may be lifted out of context! And unfortunately, that is exactly how many church doctrines were established.

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And so, hearing both sides in a court case, is very instructional in helping us to understand more about how to rightly divide “the Word of truth”. And this “Age of Accountability” doctrine is classic example of how the Church has so often mis-interpreted the Bible! 

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Of course, the Devil has not left all this to chance! But that’s a different devotional for another day!

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To read Part 5, click Here… JANUARY 31st (The False Prophet, Part 5: The Scofield Bible)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the desire and ability to study the Bible for myself, comparing scripture with scripture!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… February 19th (“Man Shall…Live…By Every Word”), or you can also read… “March 12th (All Scripture? Or Just Some?)” 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“MOON SHALL BE ASHAMED”

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“Then the moon shall be confounded (or “ashamed”), and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

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But having said all this, why would God speak about the Moon as if it were a person? And why does He say that the Moon will be confounded? How can an inanimate object be confounded (i.e., “perplexed”, “confused”, “amazed”). And why does God refer to the Moon as “her” (“the moon shall not give HER light.” Ezek. 32:7)? Such odd language! But as you read this Moon Into Blood Trilogy, these questions will be answered, plus many more questions, as well.

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Tilt you head to the left

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Do you see a man’s face?

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It’s that proverbial “Man in the Moon”. We’ve always taken it for granted. But now we’re learning that God is responsible for creating this Nocturnal Watchman. You see, God has etched Signs in the Moon, long ago. A story? Yes. And just now He is revealing those Signs. Just now He is telling that story. Listen to what Scripture says…

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God promised that His covenant with David (who represented Christ)“shall be established for ever as the Moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” Psalm 89

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 1st Face: The Night Watchman”

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TOMORROW…

“JANUARY 31st (The False Prophet, Part 5: The Scofield Bible)”

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