Daily Devotional, Year 4: January 29 (Noble Bereans, Part 46: “God’s Law & The United States” FURTHER CONTINUED )

By admin On January 19th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 4: January 29

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Noble Bereans, Part 46: “God’s Law & The United States” FURTHER CONTINUED 

To read part 1, click here…”September 2nd (Noble Bereans?)”

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So, in this little series, the subject of those noble Bereans has been introduced. And today, it is still worthy of a little more exploration into another area of concern.

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Let’s review the key Bible passage… “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10, 11

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St Paul Preaching (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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Okay, so those in Berea were more noble, because they:

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1. “Received the Word with all readiness of mind.”

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2. “And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

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And so, the Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed, “orthodox” teachings of that day.

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Thus there was an open-mindedness which permeated their hearts, and a willingness to search the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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A PLEASANT GOSPEL NOW PREACHED

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Through the decades, the Adventist denomination has gradually moved away from making the writings of Ellen White the chief reference of their doctrinal understanding.

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Oh yes, they still acknowledge her as being a messenger of the three angel’s messages. But they have pretty much transformed themselves into the same type of Gospel as most other evangelical churches and denominations.

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Oh yes, one may hear an occasional quote from her writings: usually some rather nice statement about some particular aspect of everyday Christian life.

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Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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SUNDAY WORSHIP: TO BECOME THE MARK

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Nevertheless, that particular denomination still clings to the idea that Sunday worship will soon become the Mark of the Beast, and that Saturday worship is the true seal of God.

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And after all, this is what Ellen White taught, didn’t she?

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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“MANY LESSONS TO LEARN…AND…TO UNLEARN”

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But while teaching various Bible doctrines, Ellen White also made the following statement…

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Listen…“We have many lessons to learn, and many, many to unlearn. God and Heaven alone are infallible. Those who think that they will never have to give up a cherished view, never have occasion to change an opinion, will be disappointed. As long as we hold to our own ideas and opinions with determined persistency, we cannot have the unity for which Christ prayed.” {Christian Experience and Teaching p. 203}

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Here is a very dramatic statement regarding her teachings, and regarding the stance which any church or denomination should have taken. In other words, those who refuse to move away from some cherished doctrinal understanding in the light of new biblical understanding, will ultimately be swept away into the Stygian darkness which enshrouds all stubbornness and defiance within Christendom.

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Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“THERE REMAINETH A REST TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD”

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For our primary example of how God often works, Ellen White spoke of the Sabbath in terms of the letter of the law, as does the Old Testament. And to this very day, most of her adherents cling to this teaching.

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But as the January 27 devotional (click here) attempted to teach, the Sabbath Rest which remains to the people of God is not merely a one-day-per-week, 24-hour long rest from physical labor, but rather is a spiritual rest which we receive in Jesus.

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And this 24/7/365 spiritual rest is the true seal of God!

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And of course, there are a number of articles and devotionals on this website dealing with this.

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UNBELIEVERS HAVE NO REST

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But as Revelation, Chapter 14 prophesy’s concerning the Mark of the Beast…“And the smoke of http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Human_stress.jpgtheir torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:11

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Here is revealed that those who worship the Beast and his image have no rest day nor night. And this rest is the same Greek word found in Matthew 11:28-30…“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find REST unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

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This is the same rest which is spoken of in Revelation 14:11. It is a spiritual rest which the world cannot and will not receive, until they begin to wholly trust in Christ as their Savior.

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Human worry & stress & depression – by Becky Wetherington for Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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SUNDAY: A WORK-DAY

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Conversely, when E.G. White spoke of Sunday, she was literally speaking of that one-day-per-week, 24-hour period which almost the entire Christian world regards as “The Lord’s Day”.

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And yet, by reading her writings, she almost always spoke of the apostate church-world as loving this present world, being mere professors of serving Christ. This was the constant theme found throughout her writings.

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And so, it was not merely the attendance of church on the “wrong” day of the week which condemned any particular church-goer. But instead, it is loving this present selfish world which is the actual root of bitterness within the heart of any and every apostate professor of Christ.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Satan, The False Prophet who offers a world-loving gospel 

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SUNDAY: AN ACT OF DEFIANCE

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And Sunday worship? Well, one can probably conclude that when she spoke of Sunday, it is actually just symbolic of anyone who loves this present world, and yet attempts to serve Christ at the same time.

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It is merely symbolic of any act of rebellion against and rejection of the commandments of God, for the “commandments of men” (“But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:9) .

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And let’s face it, living for and loving this present selfish world is the greatest of all acts of rebellion by Mankind against the commandments of God!

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ABOVE PICTURE: The Pied Piper of Television

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WHOSE CHARACTER IS WRITTEN ON MY HEART?

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Therefore, we must not get the idea that merely attending church on either Saturday or Sunday will determine which camp we are in: the Saved or the Lost.

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But rather, it is just whose name is written in our forehead (our heart): either the character of Christ or the character of Satan; this is what truly determines just who has the true seal of God or who has the true Mark of the Beast!

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ABOVE PICTURE: The Most Holy Place in the Heart

ABOVE PICTURE: Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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STUDY, NOBLE BEREAN, STUDY!!!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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Nevertheless, every Noble Berean is highly encouraged to listen to the audio reading of Chapter 27 of Ellen White’s book, The Great Controversy, by simply scrolling down toward the bottom of today’s devotional.

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TO READ PART 47, CLICK HERE…February 1 (Noble Bereans, Part 47: “Do Ellen White and Harold Camping Agree?”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…August (Noble Bereans, Part 16: “The Signs Of Heaven?”) or you can also read…NOVEMBER 23 (Noble Bereans, Part 20: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding Her Old Testament Statements”), or you can also read…October 30 (Noble Bereans, Part 26 – “The Message of the Third Angel of Revelation 14”)

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THE END

.Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FINALLY WALKING UPWARD INTO THE HIGHWAYS OF ETERNITY

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Day by day, you will find yourself walking, like the Disciples, spreading the precious Gospel seed wherever the Spirit leads.

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Taking the lovely name of Jesus, with every word spoken. Walking through this sin-darkened world, witnessing to those who take notice that of a truth, Jesus is present within you. Even like faithful Enoch, walking through the highways and byways of life in this world, spreading the Gospel-seed of unpretentious love.

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Day by day, you will become more and more closed in with God. Moment by moment, your heart will become intertwined with God’s heart, eventually two hearts beating as one heart.

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And just like Enoch, when the appointed time of sojourning on earth is finally done…you will walk onward…and upward…and into the highways and byways of eternity. (“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24).

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ThomasCole-Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey wikimedia US public domain

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW…

January 30 (The False Prophet, Part 26: “Many Shall Say…Lord, Lord!”)

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THE GREAT CONTROVERSY BY ELLEN G. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Luther95theses.jpgWHITE

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This 44 chapter audio book is a brief history of the Church, from the Cross of Christ forward to the Return of Christ.

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Chapter 27 – Modern Revivals

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Martin Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…This is Open Forum Show #79

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(YOU CAN ALSO GO TO Family Radio Founders’ Site (click here), TO LISTEN TO, OR DOWNLOAD MORE OF THESE STUDIES, AS WELL AS OTHER HAROLD CAMPING STUDIES.)

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