Friends,
It is grievous that Israeliteindeed has continued in almost every one of her posts for the past sixteen months, to teach not on the subject of holiness and obedience to Christ Jesus and His Word as she formerly did, but rather on the subject of the nation of Israel. She, like so many throughout the world, is not happy that Israel is a nation. Reasoning that the majority of Israeli citizens are ungodly people, and teaching that God took His promises away from the Jews and gave them instead to the church, she states that Israeli Jews are thus “occupiers” of land rightfully belonging to the Palestinians and others. This she often voices as if Jews, persecuted the world over for centuries, have no right to a homeland as other nationalities do, even though the majority in all the world’s nations are ungodly people.

But Israeliteindeed should ask herself some questions: Should a Canadian be denied rights to his home if he is a Christ-rejecter? Should Americans have the world tell them they should have no access to the country called the U.S.A. because the land was retrieved largely through war? How would Israeliteindeed respond if an angry crowd from Mexico, France, Britian, Holland, or a First Nations group came to her doorstep and demanded that she, an occupier, must give up her home? Would she give it, and more, up quickly –in line with the pacifism she teaches while using such verses as Mt. 5:38-42?

Maybe Israeliteindeed is not thinking about the fact that nations down through history –and with God’s hand in that history (Dan. 2:21)– take up residence in a new land through sale and/or conquest. But, regardless of her view, the Jews were restored to their land by God Himself as He promised them He would do (Isa. 11:12 // Jer. 23:3-8), for “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.” (Ezek. 11:17) Moreover, God has promised that He will one day give them, as a nation, total cleansing, salvation, and righteousness forever. (v. 18-20 // Isa. 45:17,25 // Jer. 24:7 // Rom. 11:25-29) In spite of these Scripture verses, and multitudes of others regarding God’s promises to the Jews, Israeliteindeed tells us to fall for her opposing doctrine.

But God’s promise is clear: “They will live in the land I gave to My servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David [Jesus] My servant will be their prince forever. …Then the nations will know that I make Israel holy…” (Ezek. 37:25-28) God is speaking here about land, about Jesus’ throne there, and about the rest of the nations recognizing Israel’s holiness and her being the habitation of the Lord. This is not in Ezra’s time, as Israeliteindeed teaches, but is instead speaking of that time when God Himself takes “the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone… and bring[s] them back into their own land.” (v. 21) For God promised that He would make the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, to be “a single stick… in My hand” (v. 19), yes, “one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel” (v. 22), never to be divided again. (Same verse) God has also promised that He will cleanse the nation (v. 23), that they will remain in the physical land forever (v. 25), and that Jesus will live there as their King. (v. 24-28) When speaking about the rebuilt physical temple, God says, “This is the place of My throne… This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile My holy name.” (43:7)

But Israeliteindeed changes God’s Word and tells us that these promises have been spiritualized and transferred to the church. No, all true Christ-followers have been invited to share in, not usurp, the Lord’s promises to the one (physical) nation whom God chose as His own inheritance. (Dt. 10:15 & 14:2 // Rom. chs. 9-11) As the angel, Gabriel, told Mary concerning Jesus, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32,33) It is Satan (who, at present, still rules the world –2 Cor. 4:4 // 1 John 5:19) who is furious that God, in preparing to bring in the mighty and eternal rule of Jesus (Rev. 19:15,16), has brought Israel back to her own land. But even as he musters everyone he can to help him derail God’s promises to the Jews, the devil actually plays right in to the fulfillment of God’s plan.

So, it is God who has given His own special holy real estate (Lev. 25:23 // Ezek. 36:5 // Joel 3:2) to Jacob’s descendants (Rom. 9:4-13); but even from a mere human perspective, we can know that the Jews were certainly granted their homeland legally by the British Mandate as well as by purchasing much of it, even at a heightened monetary cost. (For those who appreciate genuine historical fact concerning Israel’s right to the land, see this article by U.S. Senator, James Inhofe: http://www.aish.com/h/iid/48891682.html ) The land that Israel won through war (and maybe Israeliteindeed is forgetting that land conquered goes to the winning side) were wars of self-defense against those who wanted them to have no land and to actually be annihilated. Truly, it is Israeliteindeed whose reasoning is unjust, for if a force came to her door with such demands and intent, and with no alternative for her and her descendants to live anywhere else free of persecution, it is highly unlikely that she would keep the same doctrine she preaches.

In spite of Israelitieindeed writing often against Israel’s right to exist and right to defend herself, in skimming her latest post (on 10/14/15), we should take note that she calls David’s fighting men who had his faith, “God’s children”. She says there,

Abraham, technically a gentile called out of a pagan nation, became the father of both Jews and Gentiles (including some OT Gentiles like Rahab, Ruth, some of David’s fighting men, etc.) who have his faith. These, along with the God-honoring gentiles who preceded Abraham (like Noah) are God’s children.

However, calling fighting men “God’s children” is quite odd of her since she insists throughout many of her writings that pacifism is the only righteous way. As she writes in her 9/14/15 post,

He doesn’t memorialize paid killers in His Book of Life, even if they claim with a thousand tongues to do Him service and engrave Bible verses on their weapons.

Considering that Israeliteindeed’s consistent theme over the last sixteen months has been centered on vilifying Israel, on trying to prove that they are not a legitimate nation, and on trying to convince her readers that God has negated His promises to the Jewish people and transferred them to her and the rest of the church, a certain comment of hers at another blogger’s site is definitely strange, for she speaks of those who have an “obsession with the natural land of Israel”. Yet in reality, she is the one who appears to be quite obsessed with the subject as she tries to prove her replacement theology to be God’s Word. It would be good if Israeliteindeed would realize that her own fixation with the natural land of Israel has caused her own stumbling, blindness, and sin. She herself is one who has turned her eyes from the Lord and His Word and she herself is the one focused on Israel while trying hard to “prove” her false doctrine correct. Here is her comment:

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israeliteindeed
March 6, 2014 at 7:56 am

I appreciate this post very much. The Lord also showed me through the Scriptures that the Israel of God is made up of all who have the faith of Abraham. His kingdom is “not of this world” and its weapons are “not carnal.” Jews and Gentiles have indeed become “one new man” in Jesus Christ, and there is only one Salvation offered to all men. Though we are accused of following “replacement theology,” it is actually “grafted in theology” according to the olive tree example in Romans 11. There is only one Olive Tree.

This obsession with the natural land of Israel has become a stumbling block to the American church, leading her to embrace political involvement (to support Israel) rather than to repent of sin and get right with God. It is commonly taught that as long as we vote in leaders who support Israel, America will be blessed. America defies God with sin every day, and she will not be blessed until she repents. Just as Israel has always been judged for sin, America will be judged for sin regardless of her political involvements. It is disheartening to see Christians focused on Israel rather than focused on Jesus Christ.

Thank you for shedding light on the propaganda and lies. May many read and get understanding. God bless you.

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This is the site where Israeliteindeed posted that comment:
https://deceptionfree.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/the-israel-bandwagon/

(The site is not one I would recommend. A case in point: Without documentation to support his statement, that blogger writes in his 3/25/13 article: “There are many leaders that are in fact Satanists pretending to be Christians and there are many Christian centers that are secretly centers of ritual satanic abuse.”)

Israeliteindeed often denies, as she did in that previous comment of hers, that “replacement theology” correctly names her doctrine, but once again, her denial of this is additional evidence of how she makes up her own truth. Her dishonesty is revealed further when she switches the argument from God’s unique and lasting promises to the Jewish nation and erects a false disagreement concerning the solid belief that there is only one Way of salvation –something all true Bible-believers agree upon. Moreover, when she claims to be adhering to “grafted in theology”, she is not at all doing so, but is instead usurping God’s promises to the Jews and replacing herself and the church as the recipients.

The Lord has absolutely not rejected the Israelites (Rom. 11:1,2) nor ever viewed them as not being His chosen nation (Jer. 31:36 // Rom. 15:8,10), for He turned from them only for a time so as to discipline them. (Jer. ch. 30 & 31 // Amos 3:2) They will, as a nation, be fully redeemed and become “the greatest of the nations” (Jer. 31:7), as God has promised and decreed. (Same verse) Contrary to replacement theology, Rom. chs. 9-11 are clear: Those who believe God’s Message are grafted into the Covenant of Salvation which is a covenant established by God for the Jews, the nation He set His affection upon above all others. (Dt. 10:15 & 14:2) The Jews who are unbelieving cannot partake of it unless they too believe and obey it (Rom. 3:20-31), but the Covenant, which Christ confirmed, is absolutely one made by God to the Jews. (15:8 // Heb. 8:8-13) Gentiles have graciously been invited to “share in the nourishing sap from the olive root” (Rom. 11:17), through having faith (as must Jews), but we are of those cut from the wild olive tree, and we are not to boast over, or attempt to replace, the cultivated one. (v. 17-24) Israeliteindeed has a gross misunderstanding.

It is sad that Israeliteindeed did not stay focused on reading God’s Word and listening to His Spirit. “No lie is of the Truth.” (1 John 2:21b) Therefore, if someone teaches a lie (a falsehood / a false doctrine), then they are not taking it from the Truth / God’s Word / Christ, nor are they speaking under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. In fact, they are opposing God’s Word and Spirit. If they refuse to listen to correction / if they block their ears to the Truth, then they have rebelled against the Spirit’s conviction, they have run ahead in their own path, and they no longer remain in Christ. (John 15:6 // 2 John 1:9)

Of this very danger, Israeliteindeed, in her 6/13/14 a.m. post, seems to be unwittingly warning herself when she writes,

We must never rest on our past deliverance. The cleaned-up state of our house today does not necessitate that it must always be so. Without active work, what is clean today can be filthy tomorrow. As a matter of fact, a once-evicted spirit can return with seven others more wicked than himself unless a person has filled his house with the Spirit of God! And who is God’s Spirit given to, but to those who are gathering to Jesus by obedience to His Word? (Acts 5:32) And so, to keep firmly in the kingdom of God, we must continue in our active devotion to its King.

Unfortunately, Israeliteindeed turned from taking her own good counsel. In choosing to adhere to the teachings of those who make up their own doctrines, she turned from being obedient to God’s Word and Spirit. This we know she has done, for Jesus told us we can know false teachers by their fruit. Israeliteindeed’s fruit has been a hostile obsession against a race of people, against the multitudes of God’s promises to them, and against the Son of Man (the Jewish King) Himself. (Jer. 33:23-26) As she herself wrote earlier in that same post,

Jesus issued this very black and white statement–

He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. (Lk. 11:23)

We are either in the kingdom of God or the kingdom of satan. We cannot be somewhere in the middle. The only way to be firmly in the kingdom of God is to be gathering with Jesus (following Him as a sheep follows a shepherd). Any other posture is consideredagainst Him, or treason. And to stop gathering with Him is to begin to be scattered.

Later that same day, in a different post, she writes,

Introduction: Although I consider Balaam to be a prophet who fell from grace according to 2 Pet. 2:15, Jude 11 and Rev. 2:14, I believe his prophecy recorded in Num. 23-24 was inspired by God (see 23:5, 16; 24:2). As such, it contains some very important truths.

This is what I believe she herself has done. She was writing for God and then made the choice to turn from the Truth. The more she turned from it, the further she fell from it. Truly, she should take warning from her own description of false teachers which she describes in the same post:

I have also seen false teachers “curse” anyone who questions their doctrine, so as to insulate themselves from proper scrutiny. Do not be deceived. We are to examine every teaching carefully by God’s Word and warn others if it deviates. If you love God and obey His teaching, you will not be cursed. Neither will you be cursed for judging a man’s words by Scripture. However the godly will suffer trials and/or persecution in this life (2 Tim. 3:12; Acts 14:22).

Conversely, if you disregard God’s Word, you will be cursed, and no rituals or offerings will deliver you from reaping what you sow.

Yet Israeliteindeed herself, when characterizing those who disagree with her or who try to point out her error, resorts to using words such as: idolaters, blasphemers, wicked, blind, naked, spiritual whores, apostates, antichrist, etc. She should listen to her own counsel and heed the warnings that it is she who is deviating from what the Word of God abundantly states. It is truly alarming that she can so blatantly disregard God’s Word and not understand that she herself is in danger of being cursed by God. Rev. 22:18,19 warns that anyone who adds anything or takes words away “from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city.” The same warning holds for those who twist any of God’s Word. (Pr. 30:5,6 // Gal. 1:6-9 // Rev. 3:9 & 21:8)

God promised and covenanted with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Israelite nation, swearing to each of them with an oath (Gen. 26:2-4 & 35:11,12 // Ex. 6:8 // Ps. 105:8-11), “To your offspring I will give this land.” (Gen. 24:7) Israeliteindeed wants us to believe her when she states that this regards spiritualized promises to the patriarchs’ spiritual offspring, the church. But we know that God directed His promises to the Jewish people and that He included literal land boundaries in His oath: “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.” (15:18) Should we believe Israeliteindeed when she attempts to twist and spiritualize even this verse, or should we believe God’s plain words?

Concerning this exact boundary, God told Abraham with “an everlasting covenant” (Gen. 17:7), “The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” (v. 8 ) In 48:3,4 we read this again when Jacob reminds his son Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me… and said to me… ‘I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.'” But Israeliteindeed tries to explain to us, in post after post, that God has reneged on His oath –that He has taken the promises away from those to whom He made the oath, and transferred them to the church, and the church alone. Indeed, only arrogance and blindness would cause a person to deny God’s words and replace one’s own words as the authority.

Israeliteindeed rejects that Jesus is coming to set up His rule in a physical place on earth called, “the Holy City, Jerusalem” (Rev. 21:10), that this will be in the literal land of Israel with literal real estate boundaries, and that year after year all the peoples of the nations of the earth will bring their worship and splendor into it. (Zec. 14:16 // Rev. 21:24) As Zec. 14:17 says, “If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, they will have no rain.” Israeliteindeed rejects God’s clear meaning and replaces her own meaning into the text. She does this concerning hundreds of verses.

When Jesus comes back to earth to rule bodily from Jerusalem, then will the prophecies be fulfilled, such as, “He [Jesus] must remain in Heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.” (Acts 3:21) Jesus had already gone back into Heaven when Peter said this, and by saying that Jesus would remain there (in His body) until that time of restoration, Peter is confirming that Jesus will come back to the earth to restore it. As Rom. 8:21 tells us, “…the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”

Israeliteindeed is very unwise in the way she speaks against the Jews who claim Israel as their homeland. By this, she essentially speaks against the twelve apostles who will rule under Christ on twelve thrones (Mt. 19:28) –their names written on the twelve foundations of the new city’s wall. (Rev. 21:14) She also speaks against Jerusalem (which, when renewed, will have on its twelve gates the names of the twelve tribes of Israel –v. 12) and which, being “the city of the Great King”, Jesus commanded us to view reverently. (Mt. 5:33-37)

Israeliteindeed also speaks against Jesus Himself, for though Jesus is fully God, He is also fully man –a Jewish man, and from the lineage of Jesse and King David. (Isa. 11:1,10 // Mt. 1:6 // Rom. 15:12) Our Lord considers Himself a Jew. We see this clearly when He said to the Samaritan woman at the well, “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.” (John 4:22) Jesus was not only saying that salvation is from the Jews, but He was contrasting two races while identifying with the one. He speaks similarly in His response to the Canaanite woman in Mt. 15:21-28. Even so, Israeliteindeed disparages Christ’s humanity and unashamedly speaks against this Almighty Jewish King who will, when He returns to earth, rule the world from His throne in Jerusalem. (Ps. 2:6 & 68:16 // Isa. 2:1-5 // Ob. 1:17,21 // Mt. 5:35) She obviously thinks it inconsequential that when asked by Pilate, “Are you the king of the Jews?” (Mt. 27:11), Jesus replied, “Yes, it is as you say.” (Same verse) We see her attitude on this in her 8/20/14 post, titled “Religious Racism is of the Devil”, in which she says,

Even Christ Himself is not to be regarded any longer”according to the flesh”–His race while He was in the flesh is unimportant. What is important is who He is (God), and what He has done for all of mankind (provided redemption through His own body and blood).

Israeliteindeed apparently does not believe a fundamental doctrine of the Truth –that Jesus’ humanity is highly important. Jesus, the bodily form of God and the Creator (Col. 1:15-20 & 2:9) who became human (John 1:1,14), and who repeatedly called Himself “the Son of Man”, does forever remain fully human (as well as fully God); and His humanity is Jewish –which is emphasized repeatedly in God’s Word. (Mt. 1:1-17 // Acts 3:17-26 // Rom. 1:3 & 9:5) For sure, “many false prophets are gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come [has come and remains] in the flesh is from God.” (1 John 4:1,2) But those who are unified with the deceiver and the antichrist spirit do not declare the humanity of Christ. (2 John 1:7) We are to watch out for and reject these people lest we too run ahead of Christ’s teaching and become void of God. (v. 8-11)

In that same 8/20/14 post, Israeliteindeed states,

The Lord is building His Church, and according to Scripture, that Church is the true “Commonwealth of Israel”–a Body which includes people from all earthly races and nations.

So we ask her: Have all Christ-followers become one ethnicity, or is it not rather that the Body is made up of different parts (individuals and nations), each with their unique functions in God’s plan of history?

In her 8/4/15 post Israeliteindeed writes using Rom. 4:9-13 as if it is a passage that proves everyone of every race is a Jew if they have faith in Christ. No, this passage, as well as Gal. 4:21-31, Eph. 2:11-22, and others like these, are teaching that anyone from any nationality has had God’s salvation promise to Abraham and Israel extended also to them –if they believe. These passages have nothing to do with negating anyone’s physical bloodline, for God’s Word teaches (such as in Ps. 68:16-35, Isa. 66:12, and Rev. 21:24-26) that there will be separate nations (though God will have completely destroyed the nations among which the Jews had been scattered –Jer. 30:11) even after Abraham becomes “heir of the world.” (Rom. 4:13) But, disregarding multitudes of promises and statements God gives, Israeliteindeed twists Scripture to deny that God has a special (thus different) decree, plan, and purpose for the Jewish nation than He has for Gentiles. It does not involve a different way of salvation (as Israeliteindeed pretends her opposers teach), but it does involve a different purpose in history, including future history.

Presumably, Israeliteindeed would agree that God has ordained specific tasks, careers, homelands, families, and ministries for each individual on earth. Therefore, just because all humans must come to Him through Christ Jesus, this plan of salvation does not somehow negate God’s other preordained plans concerning history, nations, governments, rulers, and individuals. Certainly she would agree that although we are all unified in Christ, what God has planned for each of us is not nullified by that. Certainly she would agree that although Gal. 3:28 tells us that in Christ there are no distinctions between Jew and Gentile, slave and free man, and male and female, this refers to the issue of being justified by faith, not about there being no distinctions between role or physical make-up!

Truly, God does have distinctions concerning all He has made. To one He gives this gift, to another that gift (Rom. 12:4-8) “and He gives them to each man, just as He determines.” (1 Cor. 12:11) To one He ordains leadership, to another He commissions them to assist. “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” (v. 5) Are there different roles for Christian employers than for Christian employees? Or should both groups say, “There is no distinction because we are all one in Christ”? Israeliteindeed is encouraging the body parts to insist that we all have the exact same roles, even though God’s Word tells us this is not God’s arrangement (decree / plan) at all.

Are males and females to consider themselves all one gender if they be in Christ? Are all ethnic groups to consider themselves one physical nation? Or, does God work His plan in and through the distinct roles He has given to each of these groups? It is one thing to say we are unified in Christ’s body, but quite another to say everyone in Christ is thereby one physical gender, race, nationality, and nation. We most certainly are not! Instead, as Acts 17:26 tells us, “From one man He [God] made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” This is plain language telling us that it is God who determines the rise and fall of nations and their land boundaries. Israeliteindeed says that all Christians are Jews because they have become the offspring of Abraham. No, we have been grafted into the promises because of our faith; but this does not change our physical bloodline or the claim to the land God has designated for that bloodline. The Word of God does not call Gentiles “Jews” or “Israel”, and Jesus gives a strong rebuke to those who claim such, stating that their worship is of Satan. (Rev. 2:9 & 3:9)

Here, in her 1/8/15 post, is the type of claim we see from Israeliteindeed:

So are real Christians “Jews”? Yes, real Christians are Jews.

But Israeliteindeed again classifies as she wishes, regardless of the established rule that a person is a Jew if he was either born Jewish or has gone through the formal process of converting to Judaism. Christians having the faith of Abraham and being grafted into God’s promises to him, and to his Israelite descendants, does not make us Israelites or Jews. And the fact that anyone who becomes unfaithful to Christ will be cut off from salvation, does not, as Israeliteindeed teaches in her latest post, negate the person’s ethnicity.

We are all reconciled to God the same way –through Christ– and in this way we are all one body. (Rom. 12:5) However, the members of the body “do not all have the same function.” (v. 4) Definitely, through Christ, Gentiles are no longer “foreigners to the covenants of the promise” (Eph. 2:12) but have been made “fellow citizens with God’s people” (v. 19) –those chosen people to whom He made the Promises: The Israelite nation. And God will keep His promises, for He does not lie to anyone.

So let us understand that God has promised that Jacob’s physical descendants, after being spiritually-cleansed as a nation, will have a ruling role in the age of justice and righteousness to come and that they, in Christ’s great splendor, will be honored, praised, and served by the rest of the nations. (Dt. 26:19 // Isa. ch. 60 // Jer. 33:6-9 // Zeph. 3:20)

Truly, the generation that lived when Jesus walked the earth, and many since, have paid dearly for rejecting their Messiah (Luke 11:50,51 & 19:41-44), but one day, when the nation of Israel is surrounded by armies and all looks hopeless for them, the Lord will deliver them Himself, they will look on the One they pierced, and they will, as a whole nation, repent. (Zec. ch. 12-14) This is spoken about numerous times in God’s Word, including in Rom. 11:25-27 which says, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; He will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins.'” The whole context of the chapter is about Jew versus Gentile, and for Israeliteindeed, or anyone else, to teach otherwise, is to exhibit the exact ignorance and conceit that we are being warned against.

It is definitely grievous to see someone writing for the Truth and to then watch them turn from the Truth and write against it –something Israeliteindeed has immersed herself in doing.

Here is her site address:  https://israeliteindeed.wordpress.com

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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Friends,
Below is what I received from the ACLJ today. They work hard on the side of justice and I urge everyone to read their reports and do what they can to support them, including through prayer.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel
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Rachel,

Israel is under attack.

Palestinian terrorists are stabbing and shooting innocent civilians. Yet, shockingly, hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are going to the terrorist-led Palestinian Authority as it, in turn, funds terrorists at war with Israel.

It’s shameful and must end.

Sign Our Petition: Stop Funding Terrorists at War with Israel.

At the same time, a U.N. agency tried to declare the Jewish Wailing Wall an Islamic holy site. It’s an outrage.

Read Our Report: Jewish Wailing Wall an Islamic Holy Site?

This week we sent a critical legal letter to the Secretary of Defense to defend a war hero who defended a child.
Read: Reinstate Sergeant Martland and Protect Children.

We’re also taking direct legal action to defend pro-life pregnancy centers from a pro-abortion plot to shut them down.

Sign Our Petition: Stop the Shutdown of Pro-Life Centers.

Read Our Analysis: Big Abortion’s Plot to Close the Competition.

For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been killing babies.

Read Our Expose: 99th Birthday for the Industry of Death.

The ACLJ Team

Friends,
Please be praying for the Casiguran-Agta, the people group I was raised among, and those near them in the actual town of Casiguran, Philippines. This week’s Typhoon Koppu (Lando) hit hardest there and the people need supplies and shelter.

See this site:

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/109898-typhoon-lando-damage-casiguran-aurora

And this one that has several photos:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/10/21/15/look-how-lando-flattened-casiguran-aurora

Even so the LORD is good. We know “His way is in the whirlwind and the storm” (Nahum 1:3) and stormy winds are included in those servants that carry out His orders. (Ps. 148:8) But through it, God is merciful, full of compassion, and we can trust that He has His reasons for what He both commands and allows.

Please, let’s be praying that God works His good purposes out of this typhoon, that everyone will fear Him, pray to Him, and turn from all sin, and that people will be motivated to help those who have been hurt. Let’s be praying that those who have much will be tender and respond to those who have little… or nothing. Let’s pray that all hearts will be moved to assist in whatever way available to them, including to pray for the salvation of souls as well as physical relief for the victims.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

My Action Is My Position

October 16, 2015

Friends,
Several days ago, in commenting (through email) on my 10/8/15 post, a friend wrote this insight to me:

“What I am up to is where I am… I am either doing what is right or doing what is sinful. I am either obeying God’s commands or being disobedient. I am either in the sphere of the Lord’s love or outside of it. If I am outside, I remain condemned in my sin. If I am inside, I remain there and will be doing what is right.”

I think her concise commentary is excellent. It is to the point and summarizes clearly what God’s Word, particularly 1 John 3:6-10, is telling us. She is saying, “What I am doing, is the place I am in.” How true!

This morning as I was practicing my Scripture memory verses, I was reminded again of how necessary it is for us to be choosing to do what is right in God’s eyes, choosing to do what is in line with obedience to Christ, the Word, the Holy Spirit, and God’s will, and to be choosing this because we love God and others and so that we may remain in God’s love, not under His wrath.

One of the verses that I took extra note of was 2 Chron. 19:11. It is a command, among other commands, that the God-fearing King Jehoshaphat of Judah gave to those he was appointing as judges. He told them to carry out their duties with courage (v. 11), to judge carefully and as God judges –without injustice, partiality, or bribery (v. 7)– and with the fear of the Lord upon them. (Same verse) He told them to warn the people not to sin against the Lord (v. 10) and told them that they were not instructing and judging for man but as a representative of the Lord Himself. (v. 6) We too should heed this counsel in all our decisions, choices, actions, and judgements.

Here is what 2 Chron. 19:11b says: “Act with courage, and may the LORD be with those who do well.” Another version says, “Serve courageously, and the LORD will be with the upright.” At biblehub.com readers can see other versions, but combining the versions, I chose to add it to my memory verse booklet back on 1/2/13 (a significant day for me) like this: “Be strong and act! And may the LORD be with those who do well.” As the Lord impressed on me that day, and since, through this verse, it is we who are to make the choices that are in line with courage and action, along with the patience, self-control, love, and wisdom which the Lord has previously been training us in.

Let us take note that 2 Chron. 19:11 is teaching us that action is necessary. –That we must act and do so with courage, and that only after we resolve to do this by taking up our stand and our spiritual weapons, and only after stepping into and walking in the revelation we have so far been given, then the Lord will be with us. In other words, if we choose to remain inactive when we’ve been shown what to do, even if it is just one tiny step, the Lord will not be partnering with us. How can He? We are refusing to partner with Him. In being disobedient to the guidance He is giving us, we are not operating in faith but instead in sin. (Rom. 14:23 // Ja.4:17) In fact, lack of faith and courage incur God’s wrath! (Heb. 10:38,39 & 11:6 // Rev. 21:8) Now of course if the Lord has told us to wait, then obeying that command takes strength and courage too. For waiting on the Lord is definitely not an inactive position, as praising, listening, and getting prepared is certainly work!

Another verse that struck me this morning in my memory-verse rehearsal, was Jude 1:20. It says, “Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” This verse is teaching us to be active. It is teaching us to “keep ourselves in God’s love.” It is teaching us that by our choices (of actions, words, and thoughts), we are the ones who keep ourselves in that safe position; and combined with such verses as Eph. 3:20 and 2 Pe. 1:3,4, we know we are enabled to do this through God’s own power. This “keeping ourselves in”, we are told we do as we wait to arrive at our final destination of eternal life. This verse does reveal that we are not in eternal life in all its fullness. As we walk its road, we are still waiting for the fullness of it even as we are waiting for Christ’s continuous mercy to help us the whole way. Jude 1:20 is definitely teaching us that we must remain in God’s love so we can arrive at Eternal Life’s final place and that we do so by our choices.

We have a whole Bible that tells us how we keep ourselves in God’s love and which encourages us by reminding us that we have God’s fully-adequate power to do so. (Eph. 1:17-21) It tells us that we are enabled to be free (Gal. 5:1) by our obedience to Christ’s teaching. (John 8:31,32) It tells us to thereby put away falsehoods and every speck of impurity (Eph. 4:25 & 5:3-12 // Ja. 1:21), to put off our old self and to put on the new self (Eph. 4:22-24), to “live a life of love” (5:1), to speak the truth in love (4:15), to train ourselves to be godly with the strictest of training (1 Cor. 9:24-27 // 1 Tim. 4:7), to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12), to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ so we won’t fall from our secure position (2 Pe. 3:17,18), and to “run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Cor. 9:24) This all means we are to be doing what is right, good, and holy. Only then are we in Christ (1 John 3:6,24), and only then are we considered righteous in God’s sight. (v. 7-10)

Jesus sums it up very clearly for us: “Now remain in My love. If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love.” (John 15:9,10) And, “If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” (Mt. 19:17) Only then will we receive the goal of our faith (1 Pe. 1:9,13-17) –the grace to be given to us when Jesus Christ is revealed. (v. 13) –That grace and mercy that will be given to us for the salvation of our souls, eternally. (v. 9,13 // Jude 1:20)

It is “obedience that leads to righteousness” (Rom. 6:16), not a confession / claim / belief / prayer. (Titus 1:16 // 1 John 2:3,4) It is obedience that enables God to give us the Holy Spirit. (Acts 5:32 // Rom. 8:9) And it is obedience that brings us to eternal salvation. (Heb. 5:9 & 10:26-31) Therefore, possessing righteousness, possessing a clean standing with God, possessing the Holy Spirit, and possessing a guarantee unto eternal life comes only by remaining in Christ’s love. And that comes only by obeying His commands.

Let’s read again the insight my friend wrote:

“What I am up to is where I am… I am either doing what is right or doing what is sinful. I am either obeying God’s commands or being disobedient. I am either in the sphere of the Lord’s love or outside of it. If I am outside, I remain condemned in my sin. If I am inside, I remain there and will be doing what is right.”

Therefore, let us “make every effort” (2 Pe. 1:5) to walk in behavior and attitudes that are increasingly holy (v. 5-8) so that we will be making our “calling and election sure.” (v. 10) And this, so that we will never fall from that mercy and grace that grants us, That Final Day, a rich welcome into the Eternal Kingdom of Christ Jesus, the King. (v. 10,11 // Mt. ch. 25)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Col. 3:25 tells us, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.” This is a warning to every human, including those who have been serving the Lord. (v. 23,24)

But what do we have in Christendom? We have many who claim that once they have accepted Christ as their Savior, they are immune from having to obey all of Christ’s commands. They teach that there is favoritism with God. They teach that God chose them to be His and therefore no disobedience of theirs will change their position of being in Christ, of being in God’s family, and of gaining an eternal inheritance in Heaven.

It is truly distressing to realize that masses of people will end up in Hell because of false teaching. Thinking they are securely saved, even while they commit sin, these multitudes, having clung to deception, will actually be cast out into utter darkness and fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Mt. 24:45-25:46 // Heb. 10:26-31)

Is the one claiming to be a Christian producing good fruit? Jesus says that by a person’s fruit we can tell the false from the true Christ-follower. (Mt. 7:20) He also says that everyone who does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (v. 19) Good fruit are those words, thoughts, motives, attitudes, and actions that are pleasing to God. (Luke 3:7-14 // Gal. 5:22,23) If good fruit is not being produced, that branch, even though it may have at one time been in Christ, will be cut off. As Jesus warns in John 15:2, “He [the Father –v. 1] cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit.” A person cannot be cut off from being “in Christ” if he wasn’t IN Christ. Anyone who does not continue walking in the will of God through the obedience that true faith produces will not be spared destruction. (v. 6 // Rom. 1:5 & 11:20-22 // Heb. 10:35-39)

“No, no, no,” many “Christians” counter. “Once we claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive His righteousness and are forever after viewed holy by God.” But such people are teaching that God acts with favoritism, even though Scripture says He does not (Acts 10:34,35 // Rom. 2:6-11 // Eph. 6:9) but instead judges people in accordance with their heart and behavior. (Same verses // 1 Cor. 4:5 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Heb. 4:12,13 // Rev. 20:11-15) Such people mock God, contradicting His Word which tells us that all of us will reap, into eternity, what we sow here on earth. (Same verses // Gal. 6:7-10 // Ja. 4:4 w/ 5:5)

Is 1 John 3:7 hard to comprehend? It shouldn’t be. It tells us, “He who does what is right is righteous, just as He [Christ Jesus] is righteous.” How are we righteous as Christ is? By doing what is right! In contrast, verse 8 says, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil.” It is plain wording. Do what is right –be viewed righteous by God. Do what is sinful, be considered by God to belong to the devil. And in case those false teachers are trying to persuade us to disbelieve God’s Word here, the first part of verse 7 is a warning: “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.” This warning is being addressed to those “children” hearing the Message (v. 11) –that they “not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one…” (v. 12) For, as already warned about in verse 10, “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God.” Indeed, those who are born of God stop sinning and do what is right according to God’s commands. (v. 6,9,24 & 2:3-6,29 & 5:18) This is the way to remain in Christ / in the Truth / in God’s love / in Righteousness / in Salvation. (2:3-6 & 4:16,17 // John 15:10)

The Lord has been pleased to reveal His Truth to those who, in the world’s eyes, are unlearned. (Luke 10:21 // 1 Cor. 1:26-29) Is this not because the arrogant, in thinking God will forever look favorably on them even as they abide in sin, have chosen to blind themselves by loving a lie? (John 3:19-21 // 2 Thes. 2:10-12) Therefore, let us not be partners with them. (Eph. 5:7) Let us never be deceived by their falsehoods, for God’s wrath will certainly fall on all who remain sinful and disobedient. (v. 6 // 2 Pe. 2:17-19) Regardless of who they are.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Out of the numerous positive responses, inquiries, and conversations I have every single time I go out witnessing on the streets, I usually have only one, maybe two, encounters that I consider frustrating. Yesterday it was from the most unlikely (it seemed at first) person.

A nice-looking family –a man, woman, and their young children– smiled at me, took one of my tracts, and asked me for directions to the aquarium, which I gave to them. A few hours later, in seeing them again, I said, “Oh, hi! Did you have a fun time at the aquarium?” The woman came over to me and said, without smiling, “Yes, but I want to ask you a question about your tract. It indicates that you are stating that people must obey Jesus, not simply believe in Him. Is that what you are saying?” I told her that that is precisely what I am stating because it is what the Word of God teaches. She was very upset and said that it was not good that I would be telling all these people such a thing. When I quoted some verses about obedience, she said that obedience verses are all about the initial act of turning to Christ at which time His righteousness is imputed to us forever, no matter what we do after that. (I sigh even now thinking of the wickedness of false christianity.)

I responded that we have Christ’s righteousness only as we remain in His love which we do through obedience to His commands. I quoted John 15:9,10 where Jesus says, “Now remain in My love. If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love.” Again she said that the commands are about believing in Jesus. I said, “Believing in Him means to hold to His teaching.” Then I quoted John 8:31 where Jesus says, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.” She said that Jesus was saying that only to His twelve disciples. I said, “No, everyone is to follow Him and His teaching, and following is to be His disciple. Following means to be listening to His voice and be obediently following Him and what He says, which is how we will never perish.” (I was at this point referring to John 10:27,28 which I figured she knew.) However, she would not accept what I was explaining and instead continued to insist that we have Christ’s righteousness through believing in Him, not through obeying Him.

It’s sad that although this woman asked me to clarify my beliefs and teachings for her, she did not like the answer and so would hardly let me give my reasons. Though I quoted many verses for her, including John 5:29 where Jesus says, “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned” and 1 John 3:24 which says, “Those who obey His commands live in Him and He in them”, she just kept interrupting, trying to straighten me out; and while shaking her head, she would talk over me saying things like, “No, no, you must be taking those verses out of context.” Truly how alarming it is that those who call themselves “Christians” will not listen even when numerous Scripture verses are quoted for them.

Here is my tract that she was reacting against:

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Many so-called “Christians” believe that they can “believe” and that that is enough. It is not enough. James 2:19 says that even the demons believe. Of course they do. They actually know. But believing or knowing doesn’t save. Believing, trusting in, and obeying saves.

“Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord [Jesus] must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Tim. 2:19) “Turn away” means a life of constant turning AWAY –not towards. For even a dot of sin is “wickedness” to the Perfect Holy God.

So, it is only THE gospel that saves –no speck of arsenic in The Truth glass is allowed! Or it will kill you. 1 Cor. 15:2 says, “By this gospel you are saved, IF you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. OTHERWISE YOU HAVE BELIEVED IN VAIN.” Read the Bible to learn the true gospel.

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That Truth is what this woman was refusing to believe. And when I supported it with more Scripture, she still refused. She didn’t mention my signs specifically (see the second and third photos below to see which ones I was wearing yesterday), but she probably didn’t truly believe those either, though both come straight from Scripture. The one about the kingdoms is from Col. 1:13,14 (as well as from John 3:19,20), and the one about sin’s captives called to freedom is from Isa. 49:9 (as well as from John 8:31-36).

Well, today I decided to make a sign that would not cause any doubt as to what I believe. And I included several Scripture references to point to for those who think we should all adhere, as they do, to a doctrine that denies the necessity of obeying Christ’s commands in order to walk in Eternal Life.

Here is my new sign; and the references, if one looks them up, undeniably support it:
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2. My back sign I wore yesterday:

3. This photo was taken last year, but it is the sign I also held yesterday.

4. This is last year’s photo, but this back sign is one of my favorites I wear often.

5. This last photo was taken a couple of weeks ago (9/28/15) because this young man had someone take it with his camera and he sent it to me (and I got his permission to post it). He is a Christian and we had a wonderful conversation about God’s Word. When using this sign I often quote 2 Cor. 10:5 which teaches us to take every thought captive to be obedient to Christ. I often add, “Because where our thoughts go, there go we.” And everyone understands that!

Well, witnessing about Jesus and His Word is a huge privilege. I love doing it! And though the frustrating people spur me on to keep studying, writing, and witnessing, the rest of my encounters –precious people and conversations also filled with the power of the Holy Spirit– spur me on as well.

May we all always seek the Truth of God’s Word fervently and teach only what is there between its pages.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

It Is About Doing

October 8, 2015

Friends,
We are either in the love of the Lord or we are under His wrath. The people of the whole world exist under God’s condemnation for having –each one of us (Rom. 3:23)– committed lawlessness (1 John 3:4) against His Royal Law of Righteousness. (John 3:18 // Gal. 3:22 // Ja. 2:8-10) But, thanks be to God, through Jesus, those who believe and obey God’s Word are rescued from this state! (Rom. 7:24,25 // Ja. 1:18 // 1 Pe. 1:22,23) Through Him we are rescued from the kingdom of darkness and brought into Christ’s Kingdom. (Col. 1:13,14) By being baptized into Him we have had the sinful nature circumcised off and live instead with a new nature birthed and enabled by His Spirit and Word. (Rom. 6:1-7 & 7:6 & 8:9 // Gal. 5:24 // Col. 2:11,12 // Ja. 1:18 // 1 Pe. 1:22,23)

Now, once we are in Christ, we must produce fruit. We do this by remaining in our Lord, who then remains in us. (John 15:4) If we neglect to feed on Him, we will be rejecting the flow of Eternal Life (6:53-57), be unable to bear fruit (15:4,5), and will be cut off from Christ by God Himself. (v. 2,6) This severance means we will no longer be in God’s love (His kindness and mercy), but rather be once again under His condemnation. (Rom. 11:20-22) If genuine repentance occurs and there is a real change, we may be accepted back (v. 23 // 1 Cor. 5:5), but for some the condemnation is final. (Mt. 18:32-34 & 24:45-51 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17 // Heb. 10:26 & 12:14-17)

So, let us heed the Lord’s words when He says, “Now remain in My love.” (John 15:9) And how do we do so? He tells us: “If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love.” (v. 10) Obedience to Christ’s commands is the only way to remain within God’s love. (1 John 2:5) It is the only way to remain one with His Spirit. (3:24) It is the only way we can be (legitimately) confident concerning the Day of Judgement. (4:17) Why? “Because in this world we are like Him.” (same verse) Because in this world we conducted ourselves as Christ did. (2:6)

“No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.” (1 John 3:6) This is plain wording. Those born of God cannot go on sinning because God’s own nature abides within them. (3:9 & 5:18) This is not, as so many teach, referring to Christ’s righteousness covering over a person who remains sinful, but refers to the believers themselves being pure and holy in mind, heart, and conduct! As we are told, “He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil.” (3:7,8) And again, “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God.” (v. 10) And again, “…everyone who does what is right has been born of Him.” (2:29) The meaning is plain: What we do –our behavior, our words, our thoughts, our attitudes, our actions (deeds / works)– reveals who we belong to –God or Satan. So as Jesus says in John 5:29, “Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”

Everyone is either doing what is right or doing what is sinful. Everyone is either obeying God’s commands or being disobedient. Everyone is either in the sphere of the Lord’s love or outside of it. Those outside remain condemned in their sin. Those inside are remaining there by doing what is right.

It is about doing. Doing sinfulness or doing righteousness.

It is about doing.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel