Bible Believers' Newsletter 428
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are so pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
Thank you for your prayers, emails and words of encouragement prior to the final hearing of the case brought against us by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Once again our evidence was unseen but I spoke the truth and did not shun to declare the full counsel of God as expressed in the unread attachments to our affidavits, by Scripture, historic fact, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Jewish encyclopedias, the Babylonian Talmud and other authorities (Ephesians 6:13). Please continue to uphold this matter in prayer as the Judge does not expect to write his decision for another three months. I believe the real purpose of this case has nothing to do with our Church and that we were chosen as a victim with the objective of establishing additional "case law" whereby these people can further elevate their privileged status above the Gentile citizens of this country. And bear in mind "case law" determined in one colony of "the City" can be applied within other jurisdictions, and those who would rule the world openly are "harmonizing" laws worldwide, so an unfavorable decision in this matter will impose itself upon us all regardless of our country of residence.
If we remain faithful I believe that decision will be made in favor of our stand upon truth before the misrepresentation of facts by those who have persecuted us for twelve years.
God does not respect the appearance one presents by his wealth or property, rank or low condition. God judges how He should treat a man by discerning the thoughts and intents of his heart. Those who know not God, "having men's persons in admiration because of advantage," are men-pleasers, whose Absolute is expedience not truth. Our dilemma is exacerbated by the world's apostate condition as it crucifies to itself the Son of God afresh, and in rejecting the Absolute shows that the "squeeze" is not far from each of us.
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Please confirm all things personally in your own Bible.
Rock Fin grows in Mount St. Helens' Crater
Seattle, May 5, 2006 Volcano watchers who turned out for the reopening of the Johnston Ridge Observatory saw a spectacular view of a hulking slab of rock that's rapidly growing in Mount St. Helens' crater. It's jutting up from one of seven lobes of fresh volcanic rock that have been pushing their way through the surface of the crater since October 2004. The fin-shaped mass is about 300 feet tall and growing 4 feet to 5 feet a day, said Dan Dzurisin, a geologist at the US Geological Survey . . . Full story: news.yahoo.com
Cleric says Christians 'adopted Satan as God'
Jerusalem, May 9, 2006 Christians who support Israel are distorting their true faith, have adapted Satan as god and comprise the greatest danger to world peace, according to a senior Palestinian Authority cleric.
The cleric, whose article on Christianity and Israel is posted on an official PA government website, also accuses Zionist Christians of persecuting Palestinians and directing the war in Iraq, and he calls for pro-Israeli Christian denominations to be expelled from the "world church."
"Very few people know the truth about this [Christian Zionist] movement, which unconditionally supports the Zionist enemy and unconditionally opposes Islam and the Muslims," writes Hamed Al-Tamimi, director of inter-religious dialogue for the PA's Judicial Council. . . Christian Zionists are a group who adopted Satan as god who drives their crazy nature. They have praised depravity and cursed virtue, they have turned the moral scale upside down and have reached [a point] in which forgery, deception and lying have turned into descriptions of world policy, which is led by the Zionism on both its branchesthe Jewish and the Christian." Full story: worldnetdaily.com
Israeli Anti-Semitic Cartoon Contest
Jewish Correspondent Gilad Atzmon writes: It is crucial to stress the following necessary criticism rather clearly, for in most of the cartoons, the Orthodox Jew, the one with the caftan and the beard, serves as a stereotype of the Jewish protagonist of Zionist crimes. As bizarre as it may sound, Orthodox Jews have very little to do with the crime they are associated with: the Holocaust industry, the Zionist sin which oppresses Palestinians, and American lobbying for Israel. If anything, the converse is true. It is a Jewish Orthodox sect, namely Neturei Karta, that collectively supports the Palestinians and fiercely fights Zionism. The secular Jewish tendency to stereotype the Orthodox Jew may expose two fundamental psychological elements within the collective Jewish secular psyche. . .
Rather than looking in the mirror and engaging in self-reflection, the secular Jew pins the current crimes of Israel and Jewish lobbies on a backward-looking and unattractive man with a big nose and a big black skullcap. As I mentioned above, this is a misleading, manipulative tactic. The crimes of the Jewish state, and its supportive Jewish lobbies, are committed by some handsome Sabras and ordinary looking human beings; people who look more like Mr. Broder than like an Orthodox Rabbi. The Orthodox Jews have no share in this crime, at least not collectively. . . Full story: gilad.co.uk boomka.org
Asia races to find Crops to replace Imported Oil
May 1, 2006 All across Asia, governments are searching for crops that can help them offset a dependence on imported oil that can only skyrocket as their economies soar. . .
Most experts also believe that, using current technologies, there isn't enough land to make a serious dent in oil consumption. Some scientists say production will consume more conventional energy than it will save, and environmentalists came out this month against plans by Indonesia to convert millions of acres of rain forest on the island of Borneo into palm oil plantations.
Georgia Tech Professor Arthur Ragauskas, who co-authored a study of biofuels published in Science magazine, sees other potential pitfalls. "One criticism of biofuels is that if you want to go from 2 percent to 20 percent, you would have to direct so much of that agriculture from food to fuel that there would be real competition between the two," he told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
"Even worse, if we have a famine in part of the world, we would have to make a decision as a society between food or fuel" . . . Full story: msnbc.msn.com truthout.org
Comment: Famine. Revelation 7:3, "Judge not the (beast from the) earth, neither the (beast from the) sea, nor the trees (or people), till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. . ."
Osama connected to 9/11? Not according to the F.B.I.
If you take a minute to visit the F.B.I. website and check out their Most Wanted list, you will run across a familiar face; Osama bin Laden. Of course we know that Osama is wanted by the F.B.I. but did you know he is NOT wanted in connection to the events of September 11th 2001?
As of April 28, 2006, the F.B.I. website listing for Osama notes that it was last updated in November, 2001, after the events of September 11th 2001. [But] . . . makes no mention of the events of September 11th. Full story: tvnewslies.org
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
April 18, 2006 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation announced that India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia would be accepted as full members. The SCO, said to be interested only in promoting mutual security and economic well being, is, nevertheless, the political horse pulling the cart of military cooperation between China and Russia. With full membership being accorded to the above countries, Russia will have completed something that the czars and Leonid Brezhnev only dreamt of, the creation of an unbroken link from the Arctic in the north to the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean in the south. An Iranian spokesman spoke of creating an Iranian-Russian gas and oil arc. Full story: sandersresearch.com
Iran: Euro to replace Dollar as Oil Currency
May 16, 2006 In July Iran will ditch the dollar in favour of the euro as the currency in which it will accept payments for its oil and natural gas exports, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Friday.
The switch, first mooted months ago, was expected but Ahmadinejad's decision comes just as Washington is stepping up pressure on other United Nations Security Council members to act against Tehran for flouting agreements (sic) taken with the UN's nuclear watchdog . . .
Some observers believe the Iranian move could deal a severe blow to the American currency as many central banks from oil importing nations could choose to stock up their currency reserves with euros rather than dollars.
Full story: middleeastforex.com
Pressed by US, European Banks limit Iran Deals
Prodded by the United States with threats of fines and lost business, four of the biggest European banks have started curbing their activities in Iran, even in the absence of a Security Council resolution imposing economic sanctions on Iran for its suspected nuclear weapons program. Full story: truthout.org
Machsom Watch, founded in 2001 by three seasoned activists, consists of some 400 ordinary Israeli women who take turns standing at Israeli-controlled checkpoints, watching for human rights violations and harassment of Palestinian civilians by Israeli soldiers.
Some simply observe and report; others attempt to talk with soldiers or intervene on the part of Palestinians. Each "patrol" produces a report of their shift's events, which is then put up on their website. Most checkpoints the women monitor are inside the West Bank, rather than on border points between Israel and the Palestinian territories. . .
Full story: truthout.org
When the Son of Man came, did He find Faith on Earth?
Looking forward to the twentieth century William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army said this before his death:
"The chief danger of the twentieth century will be:
Religion without the Holy Spirit:
Christianity without Christ:
Forgiveness without repentance:
Salvation without regeneration:
Politics without God:
Heaven without hell".
Brother Booth was a student of Revelation 3:17-20, Luke 17:28-37 and 18:1-8. When the Son of man came He found the faith in only one man. He was the angel to the Seventh Church Age through whom God "restored the apostolic faith" and "finished the mystery of God spoken by the mouth of all of His holy prophets since the world began" (Malachi 4:5-6; Acts 3:21; Revelation 10:7).
Brother Branham was the "angel" of Revelation 1:1-3; the one man to whom God revealed the mystery of the Seven Seals. It was through him Jesus Christ communicated the Book of Revelation to John the Divine when he was caught up in the Spirit into the Lord's Day. In the flesh John was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, but in the Spirit he was already in the Lord's Day, which will commence with the Seventh Trumpet about eleven months into our future. Looking back to man's day in a series of visions over two years John saw and heard Brother Branham ministering in the United States in real time1963-1965. From the revelation of the Seven Seals to the death of this great Prophet, Christ revealed the mystery of God to His Bride.
Forty-three years have passed since the close of the Laodicean Church Age, and it is now forty-one years since Brother Branham was taken Home to be with the Lord. Can the Gentile dispensation last another full year?
The wise and the foolish virgin each heard the "Shout" of the Prophet's Message but not until the 1970s did the wise begin to hear the still small "Voice of the Archangel" placing the Message from Genesis to Revelation. Twelve years after her awakening by the "midnight cry" the wise virgin became accountable to the Message that had called her out of Babylon (Matthew 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 18:4).
Divine inspiration terminated the "world systems" for the Bride in 1977 as the revelation of the 'parousia' Coming of the Son of man transformed the "letter" of the Message into written epistles of the Spirit in the Bride. Although the Message believers had separated from mainstream denominations, even today many still regard themselves as Pentecostals not understanding that the Laodicean Church Age ended in 1963 and that we live in the holy convocation or fiftieth day of the Pentecostal feast. The "Voice of the Archangel" brought a further separation but most believers remain unwise.
Every age had its wise and foolish virgin, even under the Old Testament there were elect and "saved." The foolish virgins are with us today, for in every true Church there is a minority of elect believers, non-elect make-believers and lost un-believers.
In my experience most people within the circle of the Message believe their assembly is the Bride of Christ, and we minister a positive Message from the pulpit as if they are all saints. Young people especially believe they are wise virgin and that their denominational cousins are foolish virgin. But relationship with God is determined by faith in the individual, the faith of Message-believing parents is not accounted to the child (Ezekiel 18:20).
God is the Father of Message-believing parents who are His elect; however He is not the Grandfather of their children. This was Israel's mistake. The Hebrew people believed they were united with God through a sexual birth in the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and presumed Him to be a dotard Grandfather. But even within that lineage God was no respecter of persons and regards faith alone, "For they are not all Israel who are of Israel" (Romans 9:6).
Jesus called those once Protestant denominations Rome's harlot daughters and not virgins to the Word. They already have the mark of the beast and know it not. Many within the circle of this Message do not have a clear revelation of the true oneness of the godhead. These will have to surrender their lives in order to maintain their names in the Book of Life and salvation.
In these closing hours the Bride needs to be constantly trimming her lamp as the Message unfolds. Daniel said the wise will know their God, but the foolish will not know. Sincere! But "because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. God will allow them to believe lies and be damned" (II Thessalonians 2:10-12).
I have just spent a day in court where the judge asks people to swear an oath on the Holy Bible to tell the truth, but neither he nor any one present knew or believed what the Bible says, let alone what it means. They had a different view of reality and I suspect they thought "Scotty had been beamed down" through a time warp from the nineteenth century. What I said meant nothing to them, and for a second time my evidence was not allowed to be presented. Their agenda may have been to administer law or to win by "whatever smarts it takes." I simply presented truth, exposed lies, and by God's grace I anticipate justice.
The trials of a Christian are for a purpose. Trials bring out one's true character. Poor Job. One cannot press a button or turn a hot or cold character tap. Character is a victory, not a gift. Our Brothers and Sisters are interred as refugees of the enemy of God and man working under another name and in a different occupation such as the UN and NGOs to facilitate "the city" in its grab for the resources of their homelands.
Desensitized sinners entertained by Hollywood-style TV newscasts reporting the plight of others are blind to the reality that their own nation and lifestyle has been stolen as they slumbered. The destroyers now hold the levers of power in our countries. Silently they stole the value of our money, swapping worthless tickets for our hard assets as in an earlier day baubles, bangles and bright shiny beads were traded for Indian land. Like Germany after the Treaty of Versailles we hold debts that cannot be repudiated under the international laws they wrote.
Because you are in the circle of the Message does not mean you are born-again, or even "saved." Be vigilant, stay alert.
I Peter 4:12-19, "Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is coming upon you to try you, for this is nothing strange or unusual. Instead, be joyful that you are partners, sharing to some degree the sufferings of Christ in order that you will have the wonderful joy of sharing His glory when it is displayed."
"If you are defamed for the Name of Christ, you are blessed because the Spirit of glory, yes, the Spirit of God is resting on you. On their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. Of course none of you should suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a busybody in other's affairs. But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed; but praise God because you bear that Name. For the time has come for judgment to begin with God's household: and if it starts with us, what will be the destiny of those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if the righteous are barely saved, what chance have the pious and sinful?"
"Therefore, if you are suffering according to God's will, keep on doing what is right and trust your soul to God, the faithful Creator, for He will never fail you".
We must not bind our senses to material possessions and earthly ambitions but surrender to the living Word of this hour. This is not to suggest you should forsake or dispose of your possessions but that you could accept their loss with contentment. Now is the hour to discipline ourselves to place our stock in the heavenly treasures of God's promises, for when Israel's Seventh Trumpet sounds, we will have only the "third pull" of His Word to furnish all of our necessities.
Some of our Brethren are experiencing terrible hardship through no fault of their own; others are contending for the faith on the Devil's territory. To those I say with Peter, be joyful and account it an honor God has considered you worthy to share in the sufferings of Christ.
Hebrews 12:3-7, "Compare your experience with that of Jesus, who was willing to stand such hostility from sinners against Himself so that you may not become weary and despondent. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood, and you have been forgetful of the appeal that speaks to you as sons: 'My son, do not think lightly of the Lord's discipline, neither become discouraged under His reproof; for the Lord disciplines the person He loves, and punishes every son He receives.' You must endure for the sake of correction: God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom the father does not discipline"?
Brother Branham said, "Love is corrective. Always"! These trials are to make you strong in the character of the Lord so you will be able to overcome in His might in the time of the "squeeze" and made fit to rule in the Kingdom.
When God delivered Israel from Egypt He led them by the hard way to prepare them to overcome. God dealt with Israel as a nation. With the exception of Joshua and Caleb every adult perished in the wilderness, but the nation entered the Promised Land. Now God is dealing with us as individuals to instill character that is fit to rule the nation of Israel throughout eternity.
Rejoice saint of God, and continue in righteous well-doing with the Token on display. The hard times of God's discipline are a blessing that will become apparent after the Trumpet of the Lord sounds. Meanwhile, be steadfast in the faith, knowing that your trials betoken you as His placed sons.
Speaking of the Tribulation of Daniel's Seventieth Week where the Stone cut out of the mountain without hands will smite the world system founded upon lies, Isaiah 28 reveals why the Establishment cannot repent and call upon the Lord, for lies are its refuge and falsehood its hiding place. The United States squandered her last opportunity for national repentance in the jubilee of the 1906 Azusa Street Revival. In 1906 the clock of history began the countdown to Armageddon with the pouring out of the Sixth Vial to distinguish the foolish virgin from the unbelievers of the Philadelphian Church Age. The First Woe of World War I followed, initiating earth's birth pains for renewal.
With the opening of the Seven Seals in 1963 the time of Christ's tarrying in mediation for His PART-Word Bride and the Laodicean Church Age ended. Redemption was over. It was time for Him to reveal His secrets by the voice of the seventh angel who conducted John throughout the Book of Revelation (Revelation 10:6-7). We live in that space of time in which His Bride dresses herself in the beauty of His revealed Self (Revelation 8:1; 19:7-9). When Israel's Seventh Trump sounds the alarm for Israel's elect to gather for the revelation of the Feast of the Trumpets at the end of the Gentile dispensation, this will signal our Jubilee, and the clock of history will tick just seven more years.
The once Christian West has turned its back on the Lord and the churches have put Him out; they no longer have the Absolute, and "as it was in the days of Noah," every man does whatsoever is right in his own eyes. That is the spirit of Laodicea, or people's rightswith no responsibility. This is communism, one of three unclean spirits gathering the world to Armageddon (Revelation 19:12-16).
In preparing for this week's hearing in the Federal Court we gathered declassified material from government archives in the USA, Australia, Britain and Finland. This vindicated Henry Ford's book, The International Jews: the World's Foremost Problem, and also his famous saying, "History in bunk." The history we are taught is a compound of lies contradicting the record of truth. As a friend used to say, "History is written by the victor."
Religion is likewise written for "blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch!" The leaders and their followers are blind because they are too lazy to go back to the source or because they ever encountered the revelation of the present Truth and are impersonating the Word for a day gone by. This explains why the foolish virgin are justified and sanctified"saved"but not born-again.
An illuminated understanding of history lies not in the details, but in a broad overview in which all of the important aspects fit. As true history is the record of the warfare between God and Satan we should realize that history does not "just happen." History is the episodic outworking of plans prepared centuries in advance. True history is the record of warfare between God and Satan. Bible believers understand God and Satan are building rival kingdoms from God's plan. God is fulfilling His plan by grace through faith in His elect, while Satan, who is the sum of wisdom and beauty, is perverting God's plan to his purpose through knowledge and reasoning against the faith.
Historic details are not unimportant, but the details one places as counterpoint to one's broad view must be confirmed truth, not mere opinion. History books written by Court historians shed no light and are massively distorted by lies. Such corrupt records are impressed upon the masses via school and university curricula, the controlled press and the movie industryall agents of the 'hidden hand' that controls the Establishment.
Our leaders are imprisoned by the sins of the 'hidden hand.' So fearful they dare not embrace simple truths that will set them free. So fearful they will send your sons to cover their lies under their blood. Sir John Fortescue said, "Treason never prospers, for when it prospers, none dare call it treason." Revelation 6:8, "I beheld a pale horse, and its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him." Brother Branham certainly understood what he was preaching.
The same "City of London" working to bring their present World War III to the "hot" stage has already killed millions of innocent civilians and brave Muslim soldiers defending their homelands.
Now "The City" almost openly rules the once Christian West, which is "naked, miserable, blind and wretched, and ignorant of its condition." Already bowing at Mammon's feet, we could not fight our way out of a wet paper bag let alone sustain a major war. Our foolish "just in time" warehousing is not sustainable since raw materials and components are now sourced from those God has set at enmity with us. Bankrupt, we import our own brands from the enemy on credit, and with our productive industries in foreign, often enemy lands, cannot trade our way out of debt.
Mr. Rothschild knew what he was about when he prepared his strategy. His interests now control all central banks except in Muslim countries. He creates credit out of thin air, and even issues the money for some of our governments.
Having disaffirmed the Absolute of God's Holy Bible, our nations now own no foundation of appeal on which to repent, expose and evict the enemy within. The US is compromised to the point of killing innocent foreigners to ensure oil trades in US dollars. With no demand its worthless greenback would turn to dust, and if the dollar fails the lies will unravel. The US is now only a killing machine as Jesus foretold in Revelation 13:11-18, and because it cannot sustain a long war it must employ nuclear weapons and biological warfare to expedite victory.
Brother Branham said, "The world is falling apart . . . the world systems will end." Not only are history, religion and commerce sustained by lies, the complaint against this Church was a misrepresentation of facts preceded by ten years of defamatory lies in the public media. I believe the aim of the litigation is to establish a precedent by which they might one day appeal to justify legislation granting them even greater preeminence. Their ultimate objective being to bring us Gentiles subject to their fraudulent Noahide laws already legislated in the United States.
For the past twelve years we have "turned the other cheek," and committed the matter to the Lord. God works openly, and as He is no respecter of persons each individual is placed on free moral agency to believe and conduct themselves as they choose. The exercise of free choice determines their destiny and who, from Adam's race, will enter the Kingdom of God. God's Adversary works in darkness, concealed behind another name and in a different occupation (Genesis 3:14-15). Whereas God's program is freely executed by grace through faith in the reciprocal love of the saints, the Adversary's program is enforced by works: coercion, deception and force of law.
Although God has granted liberty to each man to choose as he will there comes a day of reckoning when each must give account as the unjust steward in the parable of Luke 16:1-13 was called by God to account for his mismanagement. Having bestowed full confidence upon this steward God had not previously required a reckoning from him at all, until, suspecting the man's dishonesty he resolved to examine the accounts.
The dishonest steward had charged the tenant farmers an excessive rental, paid his master the fair rental, and squandered the difference. Now he seeks to buy favor with the tenant farmers and to justify himself before the Lord by writing farm contracts that agree with the amount already transmitted to his lord and hide his dishonesty. So one lie is employed to cover a series of earlier lies and simultaneously subordinated the farmers to himself.
The unjust steward intends to continue his deception of the share farmers by creating division between them and their master whilst obligating them by this unexpected favor. One more lie (verse 4).
"And the lord commended the unjust steward because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their lineage wiser than the children of Light" (Luke 16:8).
God commended this steward, not for his injustice but for the worldly-wise cleverness of his foresight and skillful adaptation of a means to an end. The means which prudence manages are temporal, and therefore foreign to the aims of the children of Light who live in the Spirit. And because prudence belongs to the understanding and the expedience of the world, those such as the unjust steward are "children of this world" whose well-considered worldly plans commonly far surpass the worldly abilities of the children of Light who are accustomed to walk in the Light of truth.
(This was the situation in which we found ourselves in the court, for we were on the Devil's territory).
Counseling the publicans and sinners and the Pharisees who were covetous (Luke 15:1; 16:14), Jesus says with cutting sarcasm, "I tell you, use your unrighteous wealth to make friends for yourselves so that when it fails, those you have relieved may witness in your favor at the judgment." Like the unjust steward, these men, even if they abandon their ways, do so only out of worldly self-interest.
Faithfulness is measured not by degree but fidelity. For it is not possible for one to be faithful in greater things and simultaneously unfaithful in lesser things.
Directing Himself to His disciples, Jesus says if they have been like the unjust steward in his former course but not in the prudence with which he, while there was yet time, made good the evil he had committed, who should entrust them to the true good of revelation by which we enter eternal habitations? And if you are not faithful stewards in that which the Lord has entrusted to your use in this earthly life, and which is transitory for it will pass to your heirs, be spoiled or lost, who shall give you that which shall be yours for eternity? That is, a Christ-like character with the Token on display. One cannot serve God and be enslaved to mammon.
In Luke 12:20-21 Jesus says, "He who stores up treasure for himself on earth and is not rich in relation to God in heaven" will lose all. He admonishes us to place our whole trust in the Lord for our earthly necessities, for He will also clothe us with the armor of God.
When He returned "as a thief" from the wedding at the close of Laodicea He knocked on the church doors that have Him shut out. But those who hear the "shout" immediately open their heart: girded with truth he enters and serves them a full seven course meal of strong meat in due season. Jesus was predicting the end of His intercession for ignorance which made it possible for the Church Age saints to be united with Him in a Spiritual wedding union whilst the Book was sealed with Seven Seals.
This Scripture was fulfilled in Christ's 'parousia' Coming in the office of Son of man. You might ask: If the Wedding is over, what about Christ's end-time Bride? The answer is we were fully redeemed in Christ on Calvary along with the 144,000 elect Israelites. We are predestinated to the Age of the fullness of the Word and do not require a Mediator"when He knocks, we open to Him immediately." Christ's end-time Bride is that wise steward of Luke 12:42 blessed with our portion of meat in due season.
Romans 12:1-3, 9-21, "I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him. . . Let your love be sincere with abhorrence of evil. Be joined together in a brotherhood of mutual love, trying to outdo one another in showing respect. Never slacking in interest, serving the Lord aglow with the Spirit, joyfully hoping as you endure affliction, persistent in prayer; contributing to the needs of the saints; practicing hospitality.
Bless your persecutors: bless, and do not curse. Share the joy of those who rejoice and the grief of those who grieve. Live in harmony with others, do not aspire to eminence, but associate yourselves with humble people. Never be conceited.
Recompense to no man evil for evil, but determine on the noblest ways of dealing with people. And if possible, so far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but leave that to God: for it is written, Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord.
Instead, if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink: for in so doing you will pile burning coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good". nl428.htm
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.