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  1. smilesback Says:

    RJ,
    I reread your comment again tonight and I am so, so sad to think of this awful treatment you’ve endured by, no less, those who claim Jesus as their Lord! Since I responded back to you through email, I will make my comment here brief, but let readers know that I agree with your points and also strongly believe that once a person has truly repented, everyone is to treat that person as God does –with a clean slate.

    Yes, slander seems to be getting much more prevalent among “Christians” and I believe it can be a type of murder. People have committed suicide because of being slandered and as Pr. 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death…” So, words (or the lack of words when it is appropriate to speak something) can bring life or bring death, can uplift or destroy, can heal or kill.

    Ja. 3:8, in referring to the tongue, says, “It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Deadly. Poison. So, what is said, or words neglected, do kill. Can “Christians” kill with their words (or neglect) and still belong to Jesus? Not if it is a habit, a practice, a common occurrence, because that would be continued sin –sin not repented of. Isn’t this what James goes on to point out in the rest of chapter 3? I believe in verses 9-12 he is saying that when a person both praises God and curses people, that person cannot be a genuine Christ-indwelt person because one who is, would not give forth that which is contrary to Christ. Verses 13-18 contrast that which is in two kinds of hearts and chapter 4 warns against wrong motives, pride, quarreling, double-mindedness, and then slander, which, as verses 11 and 12 say, is to speak against and judge the Law itself and put oneself in the position of God –He who is the only Lawgiver and Judge. So it looks to me like slandering others, which is to speak against (or even think against) others with a judgement, is an enormous sin, even a sin of blasphemy and trying to equate oneself with God.

    I will think on and pray more about this subject and maybe write a post about it soon.

    I look forward to continuing our new friendship through email or even phone.

    Rachel

  2. RJ Says:

    May 6, 2019
    Hi Rachel, my intention is not to “respond to THIS recent conversation per se” but just IN GENERAL… although I’m not finding where to post a comment “just in general”.

    I want you to know how much your site has BLESSED ME since I found it last year!

    And I copied & pasted what you’d written under your article about CHATTER, QUARRELS and MOCKERY MUST GO
    You wrote: “it is strange that those who get so furious over the sin of adultery and homosexuality, do not get angry about their own sin of slander.

    …And I say a HEARTY AMEN to that!!

    You continued: –Even though 1 Cor. 6:9,10 lumps them all together as the practices of the wicked who won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”

    Now my question is: the Biblical definition of SLANDER — does it necessarily always mean “something that is NOT true”?? Or, can it also mean to defame a person’s character by slashing them in pieces — even if it was true? By speaking evil of a brother? [although I am a “sister”]
    This is something I’ve been searching & searching on… and from what I gather, slander in the Bible can mean either way. Do you agree?

    I’d certainly appreciate some godly wisdom and advice on how to deal with certain people! They are “church people” who continue to taunt and haunt, slander & shun me from something I was involved in nigh on 30 years ago!!! I’ve paid for it far longer than even murderers and rapists who get sent to prison!!

    They treat me so cold, cruel, callous…..
    I love God!! I love Jesus!! But those who go to church and call themselves Christian – are often anything but!! Long story, something I’m not proud of, yet it happened so long ago – and yet people think I should pay for it FOREVER!!! /sigh!! THANKFULLY the Lord forgives us & then chooses to forget. People are not like that. I’m not trying to hide anything, it was an (emotional only, not physical) affair with a music minister some 27 years ago…… but thing is, “I” got caught and HE didn’t!!! Though he was every bit as involved, every bit as guilty!! He even came to my house on several occasions (when he knew my husband was not home!!) THANKFULLY, I never opened the door to him, or perhaps it would have turned physical. Anyway, b/c he lied to his wife, everyone chose to look at him as a SAINT!! And me as the sinner!!!! Truth is, I had repented & left the church before any of this was even found out.

    I’ve paid for that so many times you would not believe!!! I run into these super pious people at nearly every store I shop in & they SHUN me!!!! Look right through me, as though I don’t exist. These are um, “Christians” who are high up on the Escalon…. Involved in teaching Celebrate Recovery (obviously celebrates only her OWN recovery!!) and Bible Study Fellowship Teachers + an actor who once portrayed Jesus in a musical + many others….. yet they can’t forgive me!! Not one single person in all these years ever loved me enough to even ASK me about it. They simply chose to believe the wife – who believed HIS lies!! (that he wasn’t involved)

    For “his” own sake, I was hoping for a deathbed confession perhaps — that he, too, was equally involved so this group of people would not continually take it out totally on me. And for proof of his own repentance. Didn’t happen. At the end of the day, he chose to throw me under the bus so his own reputation could go untarnished. He held onto his lie!! And… I hate to think what happened last fall when he stood before God.

    All in all, perhaps more info that you were prepared to deal with. How would all these high & mighty pious people like THEIR own sins to be plastered across a busy highway billboard for people to constantly look at? That’s how they’ve treated me!

    Over & over again – (they never give me even a slight chance of looking me in the eye to “explain”, so I don’t even try…) but rather they hustle & scuffle off so fast as to not catch the “leprosy from the lady”. When treated as though I’m the refuse of the earth like this, all I know to do & continue to do is to pray the Lord will not hold their wagging tongues & their slanderous hearts against their account!! Funny, standing on their own righteousness, they think they are “serving God” when in fact their very actions are serving satan, and continue to pitchfork me in the process!!

    Want to hear something “funny”? Their church site is all about LOVE!!! And Forgiveness!! WHAT A JOKE!!!!

    I’ve hurt deeply over this for a long time. I’ve confessed to my husband who, what a dear, still loves me. I’ve poured my heart out to a friend who goes to this church & is friends with many of my abusers. Basically her attitude is “get over it”. I’ve TRIED!!! But like I say, people hold long-festered grudges and continue to treat me like I’m the dreg of society. So even though I’m forgiven by the Lord, it all smacks me upside the head once again when I run into one of them.

    I don’t know what else to say except that I greatly look forward to heaven where we’ll be with Jesus forever, where righteousness dwells, and no abomination will be allowed in!! Where even I, the blackened heart, the blackened-reputation sinner will have a clean slate and will have no more memory of this. But till then? Anyone reading this, please be careful about what you think & say to (or about!!) your fellow brothers & sisters!! If you are slandering them, you are only doing the work of the devil.

    Interesting to note! Listed in 2 Tim 3, the symptoms of the last days, once again, slander is definitely in there!! Also in Romans 1 — the people who do NOT love God!! Hmm!!….

    Thanks for “listening” Rachel!! I yearn, Lord knows how I YEARN for good, PURE Christian fellowship!! Not to be the one sitting in the corner!! “tears”…. 😦

  3. smilesback Says:

    Randy,
    In my response to you five days ago, on April 11, I said, “Also, I’m letting you know tonight that it is quite likely that I am not going to approve any more of your comments unless you want to first answer, and in a reasonable mature way, at least some of the questions I asked you in this post:

    https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/walking-in-the-truth-freedom/

    So until you do this, your 12 comments in the last five days will not be approved or addressed. I’ve also asked you to sign your name after each comment.

    Rachel

  4. smilesback Says:

    Randy,
    Yes, I realize you “cannot believe or understand” what I teach. As I’ve said before, you can’t believe it because you refuse to believe it, and you refuse because you have deadened your ears and mind and heart due to your desire to hold on to a false gospel that makes you feel safe as you sin.

    I believe I’ve been abundantly clear about what I believe and teach. You want to twist it by speaking about “works”, doing so, I suppose, because that is a trigger word for many people and of course we know that “good works” of the law done of ourselves don’t save. However, works (deeds / actions) done under the command and leadership of the Holy Spirit do save and so the better word is “obedience”. I have been very clear: If we do not obey Christ and His words, we will not be saved. (John 14:23 & 15:1-10) If we do not walk in God’s will, we will not be saved. (Mt. 7:21) Those who claim they are saved while continuing to gratify the sinful nature –which is a continuation in disobedience– are simply liars and the Truth is not in them. (1 John 2:4) All this is not my own teaching, but is being taken directly from Scripture.

    I have omitted the teacher’s name from your second comment because my blog is not a platform to advertise false teachers.

    Also, I’m letting you know tonight that it is quite likely that I am not going to approve any more of your comments unless you want to first answer, and in a reasonable mature way, at least some of the questions I asked you in this post:

    https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/walking-in-the-truth-freedom/

    I do pray, Randy, that you will come to understand the Truth and follow Jesus as your Boss, 24/7. You could do so if you would humble yourself and pray, “Lord, if I do have any blindness, any false doctrines, please open my eyes so I can repent.” –And then if you would read God’s Word, comprehend what it is very plainly saying, keep reading it so as to feed your spirit and grow in knowing Jesus closely, and apply to your life all that it commands.

    Rachel

  5. smilesback Says:

    Randy,
    Yes, I realize you “cannot believe” what I teach. As I’ve said before, you can’t believe it because you refuse to believe it, and you refuse because you have deadened your ears and mind and heart due to your desire to hold on to a false gospel that makes you feel safe as you sin.

    I believe I’ve been abundantly clear about what I believe and teach. You want to twist it by speaking about “works”, doing so, I suppose, because that is a trigger word for many people and of course we know that “good works” of the law done of ourselves don’t save. However, works (deeds / actions) done under the command and leadership of the Holy Spirit do save and so the better word is “obedience”. I have been very clear: If we do not obey Christ and His words, we will not be saved. (John 14:23 & 15:1-10) If we do not walk in God’s will, we will not be saved. (Mt. 7:21) Those who claim they are saved while continuing to gratify the sinful nature –which is a continuation in disobedience– are simply liars and the Truth is not in them. (1 John 2:4) All this is not my own teaching, but is being taken directly from Scripture.

    I have omitted the teacher’s name from your second comment because my blog is not a platform to advertise false teachers.

    Also, I’m letting you know tonight that it is quite likely that I am not going to approve any more of your comments unless you want to first answer, and in a reasonable mature way, at least some of the questions I asked you in this post:

    https://knowgodsword.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/walking-in-the-truth-freedom/

    I do pray, Randy, that you will come to understand the Truth and follow Jesus as your Boss, 24/7. You could do so if you would humble yourself and pray, “Lord, if I do have any blindness, any false doctrines, please open my eyes so I can repent.” –And then if you would read God’s Word, comprehend what it is very plainly saying, keep reading it so as to feed your spirit and grow in knowing Jesus closely, and apply to your life all that it commands.

    Rachel

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Rachel, it is clear. You Really believe You are going to be saved by Works and not Jesus. Rachel you are a sinner saved by grace. Not saved by the Law.

  7. Randy Says:

    Everyone who is listening to Rachel, listen to ______ ______.

  8. Randy Says:

    I still can’t believe that you said Jesus is not enough. 1cor.1-4. I can’t understand how you can spit on Christ ‘s cross. I can’t understand how you don’t understand that Jesus paid it all. I can’t understand why you think people who are honest about their sin are not saved. I can’t understand how any mere mortal person in a fallen body who has not yet received their glorious new body(all of us) actually think they can strut their “filthy rags” in front of Almighty God , thinking they have “earned” their salvation.

  9. smilesback Says:

    Randy/Anonymous,

    Since there may be more than one Anonymous commenting, please sign your name after every comment. I ask that everyone be polite enough to do that.

    I’m not sure why you keep arguing with Scripture. “Be holy in all you do” is a command given in 1 Pe. 1:15. That is to be our goal 24/7 so that we can obey Jesus’ command to be perfect. (Mt. 5:48)

    1 John 3:9 says, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin…”

    Again, I’m not sure why you want to keep arguing with the meaning of plain Scripture.

    Rachel

  10. Anonymous Says:

    One more thing , you said “we must be Holy in everything we do”. Are you saying, Rachel, You are sinless 24-7??Well , You Ain’t. But Jesus was and is and always was and is. You better repent Rachel! Think what you’re saying!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Only Jesus is sin free!!!! Not You. Not I Not any Human! Believe the gospel. Jesus died for SINNERS!! We will get better by BELIEVING in Jesus and holding on to His works. But we will NEVER be sin free. Until we leave thes bodies. Rom ch. 7. Rom ch 8. You don’t understand imputation.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    King David indulged the sinful nature His whole life! Noah indulged the sinful nature. Peter indulged the sinful nature.Lot indulged the sinful nature. Sampson. Moses. Rehab the Harlot.Abraham. Apostle Paul.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Even the demons believe and tremble. Ok did Jesus shed his blood for demons? NO. Only for man. Was demons made in His Image? No only man.

  14. smilesback Says:

    Anonymous,
    And your point is..?

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Divorce and Remarriage: Divorce, we all know there are good reasons for; but, Mark 10:10-12 (and more)…”10 When they were back inside the house, the disciples asked Jesus about this matter. 11 So He told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”… .”

  16. smilesback Says:

    Randy, I’ve responded to you again with a post just now. Rachel

  17. Randy Says:

    You truly are an inspiration Rachel. Thank you for “earning YOUR salvation. Some of us are just holding on to Jesus who justifies sinners. 1 cor. 15: 1-4. (Oh by the way, was written by the CHEIF of sinners, His name? Apostle Paul, by the way who wrote most of New Testament.

  18. smilesback Says:

    Bond,
    Thank you. Yes, I do the same and your last sentence expresses it well. I do wonder, though, about this: I hope you are not saying that our righteous acts, done in the Holy Spirit (which we who walk in His Spirit, are to always be doing), are just filthy rags..?

    Rachel

  19. bondbrownjrcomcastnet Says:

    Rachel! Thank you for your teaching on obedience or the lack thereof. Having given into licentiousness, like many of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, by His love, mercy, forgiveness and GRACE, denouncing and asking the Great Holy Spirit to forgive me, He has afforded me, one more time-LAST TIME-to enter His rest–Shalom Peace! Praise God.

    FYI – I don’t know what Randy and Anonymous are so concerned about in you beating the point of being with or without sin. I do know that it is written in the Book of Isaiah that Chapter 64 verse 6 states that, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags (a woman’s menstrual pad), we all shrivel up like a loaf…).” Even on my very best days, believing to the best of my knowledge I have been obedient to what the Great Holy Spirit has asked of me, that I still ask Him at the end of the day to forgive me for I know my best days are NO comparison to the perfect 33 years that my Lord and Savior lived PERFECTLY without a single sin on a single given day!

    Peace be still….Brother Bond Brown (Colorado Springs, CO)


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