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lulu2992 · 2 days ago
What John Seed’s clothes say about him
People generally assume John is a self-centered man who only wears luxury clothing and that he must have a well-stocked closet. While, at first glance, this assumption makes sense, I think his outfit tells a different story.
Firstly, his clothes are surprisingly dirty for a man who supposedly cares a lot about his appearance. There are mud stains on his shirt, pants, coat, belt, and shoes. There even used to be blood on his shoes but it was removed in an update. Secondly, his shirt looks like it's been mended in several places. If he really owned plenty of shirts, why would he bother repairing and wearing this one, again and again?
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From Eden’s Gate's point of view, Greed is a sin, so I believe John is actually way less materialistic than people assume. And even though he owns one of the biggest, most luxurious houses in Hope County, one of the guards stationed at Seed Ranch says he hasn’t been seen in it in a long time because of how busy he is.
John’s duty apparently comes before his comfort. He doesn’t hesitate to devote most of his time, money, and energy to the Project. He seemingly restlessly performs Cleansings, Confessions, and Atonements. He invests so much of himself in the cult, often at the expense of his (and others’) well-being, that Joseph has to beg him to slow down. The toll work has taken on him is reflected in his outfit.
Anyway, what I’m saying is I don’t believe John is as self-absorbed or as obsessed about his appearance as he seems and, because of the cult's rules, he probably doesn’t own as many clothes as people generally think he does.
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tinyshe · 7 days ago
A Collection of Prayers for Perpetual Adoration
From Various Sources
Angel's Prayer At Fatima
"Most Holy Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- I adore  Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious body, blood, soul  and divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the  world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences  whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most  Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart Of Mary, I beg of Thee the  conversion of poor sinners."  
Blessed Sacrament Chaplet
BLESSED SACRAMENT BEADS  These consist of a medal of the Blessed Sacrament and thirty-three  beads, recalling the thirty-three years of Christ's life on earth.  
On the medal one makes a spiritual communion as follows:  
As I cannot now receive Thee, my Jesus, in Holy Communion, come  spiritually into my heart and make it Thine own forever  
On each bead say:  
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us!  
(Source: "My Treasury of Chaplets" by Patricial S. Quintiliani)    
A Short Visit to the Blessed Sacrament Before Meditation
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.  
I place myself in the presence of Him, in whose Incarnate Presence I am before.    I place myself there.
I adore Thee, O my Saviour, present here as God and man, in soul and body,    in true flesh and blood.
I acknowledge and confess that I kneel before that Sacred Humanity, which    was conceived in Mary’s womb and lay in Mary’s bosom; which grew up to man’s    estate, and by the Sea of Galilee called the Twelve, wrought miracles, and    spoke words of wisdom and peace; which in due season hung on the cross, lay    in the tomb, rose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven.
I praise, and bless, and give myself wholly to Him, Who is the true Bread    of my soul, and my everlasting joy.
(by John Henry Newman)    
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Morning Offering of Reparation
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,  (here kiss your Brown scapular) and in union  with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being offered  throughout the world, I offer You all my prayers,  works, joys and sufferings of this day in  reparation for the offenses committed against  the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for my sins and  the sins of the whole world.    
Chaplet of The Divine Mercy
Say it on the Rosary beads.  
Sign of the Cross    1 Our Father    1 Hail Mary    1 Apostles' Creed  
On large beads:  
"Eternal Father we offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity, of your dearly    beloved son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole    world."  
On the small beads:  
V: "For the sake of His sorrowful passion"    R: "Have mercy on us and on the whole world"  
End with (repeat three times):  
"Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole    world"  
(Source: St. Faustina was given this by our Lord. )    
Sanctity of Life
My God, we adore You here in the Blessed Sacrament.  As we kneel before You, we recognize You as the Creator of all  Life. We thank You and praise You for the lives you have given to  us and to those we love. Give us a true and lasting respect for all  life, for we recognize it as coming from You. We pray for all who  have suffered or died as a result of disrespect whether that  suffering and death has come as a result of abuse, war, gossip,  or abortion. We pray for an end for all disrespect of life. As we  kneel before You we ask You to forgive all those who do not respect  the sanctity of life. We repeat the words you spoke as you hung  on the cross, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.'    
Stay with us
"Stay with us today, and stay from now on, every day, according  to the desire of my heart, which accepts the appeal of so many hearts  from various parts, sometimes far away... Stay that we may meet You in  prayers of adoration and thanksgiving, in prayers of expiation and  petition to which all those who visit this basilica are invited...  May the unworthy successor of Peter and all those who take part in the  adoration of Your Eucharistic Presence attest with every visit and make  ring out again the truth contained in the Apostle's words: 'Lord, you  know everything. You know that I love you.' Amen".  
(Source: On December 2, 1981 Pope John Paul II inaugurated perpetual  adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of St. Peter's Basilica with a Mass.  At the end of the Mass following exposition of the Blessed Sacrament he prayed,  in part: (see above) (L'Osservatore Romano, Dec. 14, 1981))      
Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
* Adorable Heart of Jesus, the tenderest, the most  amiable, the most generous of all hearts, penetrated with  gratitude at the sight of Thy benefits, I come to consecrate  myself wholly and unreservedly to Thee! I wish to devote all  my energies to propagating Thy worship and winning, if  possible, all hearts to Thee. Receive my heart this day, O  Jesus!  
Or rather take it, change it, purify it, to render it  worthy of Thee; Make it humble, gentle, patient, faithful and  generous like Thine, by inflaming it with the fire of Thy  love. Hide it in Thy Divine Heart with all hearts that love  Thee and are consecrated to Thee; never permit me to take my  heart from Thee again. Let me rather die than grieve Thy  Adorable Heart. Thou knowest O Heart of Jesus, that the  desire of my heart is to love Thee always, to be wholly Thine  in life and in death, in time and eternity. Most Sacred  Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I  trust in Thee.    
Hail to Thee, True Body
(A Prayer to our Eucharistic Lord)  
Hail to thee, true body born  From Virgin Mary's womb!  The same that on the cross was nailed  And bore for man the bitter doom.  
Thou, whose side was pierced and flowed  Both with water and with blood;  Suffer us to taste of thee,  In our life's last agony.  
O kind, O loving one!  O sweet Jesus, Mary's Son!    
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
* I, (name), a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today  in Thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my baptism; I  renounce Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself  entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my  cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more  faithful to Him than I have ever been before.  
In the presence of all the Heavenly court I choose thee  this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and  consecrate to thee, as Thy slave, my body and soul, my goods,  both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my  good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the  entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs  to me, without exception, according to Thy good pleasure,  for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.    
Prayer to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
Heart of Jesus in the Eucharist,  I adore You.  Sweet Companion of our exile,  I seek You.  Holy God become man,  I beat with Your Heart.  
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,  solitary, abandoned,  humiliated, cursed,  despised, outraged,  ignored by men,  have mercy on us.  Lover of our hearts,  pleading for Your beloved,  patiently waiting for us,  eager to hear our confidences,  desirous of our devotion,  have mercy on us.  Heart of grace,  silent and wishing to speak,  Refuge of the hidden life,  Sharer of the secrets of union with God,  Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,  have mercy on us.  
Jesus, Victim, I want to comfort You.  I unite myself with You.  I offer myself in union with You.  I count myself as nothing before You.  I desire to forget myself and think only of You,  to be forgotten and rejected for love of You,  not to be understood, not to be loved, except by You.  I will hold my peace that I may listen to You.  I will forsake myself in order to be lost in You.  Grant that I may quench Your thirst for my salvation,  Your burning thirst for my sanctification,  and that, being purged, I may give You a true and pure love.  I no longer want to deny Your expectations.  Take me. I give myself to You.  I entrust to You all my actions and thoughts -- my mind, that You may enlighten it,  my heart, that You may fill it,  my will, that You may establish it,  my soul and body, that You may feed and sustain them.  Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,  Whose Blood is the life of my soul,  may it no longer be I who live,  but You alone Who lives in me.    
Prayer for the Spread of Perpetual Adoration
Heavenly Father, increase our faith in the Real Presence of Your Son Jesus Christ in  the Holy Eucharist.  We are obliged to adore Him, to give Him thanks and to make reparation for sins.  We need your peace in our hearts and among nations.  We need conversion from our sins and the mercy of Your forgiveness.  May we obtain this through prayer and our union with the Eucharistic Lord.  Please send down the Holy Spirit upon all peoples to give them the love, courage, strength  and willingness to respond to the invitation to Eucharistic Adoration.  We beseech You to spread Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in parishes  around the world.  We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  Amen  
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament  Help us to spread the glory of Your Son through Perpetual Adoration.
Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration    Phone: 708-728-0840
At the Feet of Christ in the Eucharist
O Jesus, Divine Prisoner of Love, when I consider Your love and how You emptied  Yourself for me, my senses deaden. You hide Your inconceivable majesty and lower Yourself  to miserable me. O king of Glory, though You hide Your beauty, yet the eye of my soul  rends the veil. I see the angelic choirs giving You honor without cease, and all the  heavenly Powers praising You without cease, and without cease they are saying: Holy, Holy,  Holy.  
Oh, who will comprehend Your love and Your unfathomable mercy toward us! O Prisoner of  Love, I love up my poor heart in this tabernacle that it may adore You without cease night  and day. I know of no obstacle in this adoration: and even though I be physically distant,  my heart is always with You. Nothing can put a stop to my love for You. No obstacles exist  for me...  
O Holy Trinity, One and Indivisible God, may You be blessed for this great gift and  testament of mercy. Amen.  
I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for  all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord.  You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even  though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty.  And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed your beauty, my eye, enlightened by  faith, reaches You and my souls recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is  completely immersed in prayer of adoration.  
My Lord and Creator, Your goodness encourages me to converse with You. Your mercy  abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature. To converse with You, O  Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire.  Here Your light illumines my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here  streams of grace flow down upon my heart. Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and  Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts, give Your own self to me and unite Yourself  intimately with Your miserable creature.  
O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory  proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and  mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my  heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on  my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable  mercy. Amen.  
(by St. Faustina)
Lauda Sion
By St. Thomas Aquinas      
     Laud, O Sion, thy Salvation      Laud in songs of exultation      this thy Shepherd and thy King:      All thy might in triumph raising      Praise Him Who surpasses praising      Far beyond thine honouring.      
Be our theme of high thanksgiving      Living Bread and source of living      Set to-day before us here:-      Broken at that Supper blessed,      As by every mouth confessed,      For the brethren gathered there.      
Laud be lifted, sweet and sounding,      Ringing from an heart abounding,      Rising into jubilee!      Laud in duteous celebration      Of this Table's consecration      For such high solemnity.      
Lo, the King His Law revises;      Newer truth from elder rises,      Newer Law and Paschal rite.      Ancient truths their room surrender,      Glows the twilight into splendour,      Darkness vanishes to light.      
That He wrought at supper lying      In remembrance of His dying      Christ hath bid His Church renew;      We the ordinance obeying,      Earthly bread and wine displaying,      Consecrate the Victim due.      
Now the sacred truth receiving      We,- the Bread His Flesh believing      and the Wine His Blood to be,      What tho' eye and mind be failing,      Nature's order countervailing -      Grasp by faith the mystery.      
Under diverse kinds concealed      While to sense yet unrevealed      Lies a wonder all-divine.      Flesh and Blood hath each its token      Yet abides there Christ unbroken      Hidden under either sign.      
Perfect to the priest who breaks It,      Perfect in the hand who takes It,      Christ is undivided there.      One or thousands may receive Him      Yet true hearts in truth believe Him      Unconsumed everywhere.      
Good and bad alike partaking      Each, by diverse lot, is making      One to woe and one to weal,      Each from each is set asunder:      Mark the word of grace and wonder -      One to hurt and one to heal.      
Thus the Lord His Presence hiding      Dwells in many parts abiding, -      Every soul in Him confiding      Doubts not that the Whole is there.      He the One remaineth ever      Under every part: for never      Aught can Christ from Christ dissever,      still abiding everywhere.      
The Bread of Angels, lo! is sent      For weary pilgrims' nourishment;      The children's Bread, not to be spent      On worthless dogs profane;      In types significant portrayed,      Young Isaac on the altar laid,      And paschal offerings duly made,      And manna's fruitful rain.      
O Thou good Shepherd, Very Bread,      Jesu, on us Thy mercy shed;      Sweetly feed us,      Gently lead us,      Till of Thy Fullness us Thou give      Safe in the Land of those that live.      Thou who can'st all, and all dost know      Thou who dost feed us here below,      Grant us here to share      Thy banquet there,      Co-heirs and partners of Thy love      With the blest citizens above.      
"Do grant, oh my God,  that when my lips approach Yours to kiss You,  I may taste the gall that was given to You;  when my shoulders lean against Yours,  make me feel Your scourging;  when my flesh is united with Yours, in the Holy Eucharist,  make me feel Your passion;  when my head comes near Yours,  make me feel Your thorns;  when my heart is close to Yours,  make me feel Your spear."  
-St. Gemma Galgani
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament  
O Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the glory of Christians, the joy  of the universal Church, and the hope of the world, pray for us. Kindle in all the  faithful a lively devotion to the most Holy Eucharist, so that they may all be made worthy  to receive Holy Communion every day.  
V. Pray for us, O Virgin Immaculate, our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.  R. That the Eucharistic Kingdom of Jesus Christ may come among us!
Totus tuos  Totally yours,  Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother,  Live in me,  Act in me,  Speak in me and through me,  Think your thoughts in my mind,  Love through my heart,  Give me your dispositions and feelings,  Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus,  Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior,  Posses my soul,  Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself,  Incline me to constant adoration,  Pray in me and through me,  Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  
- The Holy Father  
   Hail full of grace!
Hail full of grace!  With every virtue was the Virgin adorned who as a lamp carried the unquenchable Light more  splendid than the sun.  Hail, full of grace, golden urn containing the heavenly Manna!  Hail, full of grace, quenching the thirst of men with the fresh water of the eternal  fountain!  Hail, full of grace, spiritual ocean in whom was found the heavenly pearl, even Christ!  Hail, full of grace, glorious heaven containing the God whom the heavens cannot contain!  Hail, full of grace, excelling the cherubic throne of godly splendor!  Hail, full of grace, pillar of light containing God who leads His people through the  desert!  
You are blessed, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise, since from you has  risen the Sun of justice, Christ our God.  
V. In your glory and your splendor.  R. Go forth, advance with victory and reign. 
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maximuses · 19 days ago
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Been developing the Father of Revelations AU with @vendettacanons , and a lot of our talks are about how everything plays out from the beginning. Since there isn't too much info on what John was like when he was a big shot in Atlanta, I'm going to share headcanons for that.
These will apply to any pre-Far Cry plots with him though!
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DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed medical professional or psychiatrist, this post is just based off of research I have personally done!
TW / CW for: Sex Addiction Mention, Drug Addiciton Mention, Religious Trauma Mention, Abuse Mention
A little background, this is what we know about John's life (according to Joseph):
After the separation of the Seed family, he was adopted by the Duncan family, a wealthy and highly religious family from Atlanta. According to The Book of Joseph, the Duncans considered John’s soul to be tainted, and they psychologically tortured John in confessing all and any sins through interrogation and a series of fundamentalist pastors. Joseph says that when he was a child, John was kind and loving, which made him an easy target for abuse and exploitation. John came to understand that even if he had nothing to hide, he would need to make something up, and became extraordinarily skilled at disguising himself with what others wanted to see. As a result, he became skilled at psychological manipulation and used this skill to acquire secrets about others to his own advantage. John believed that he - like all sinners - deserved his punishment and even held a degree of gratitude for them teaching him “the Power of Yes.“ John has made it his life mission to bestow that power on himself and others, initially through his own vices, until Joseph helped him turn that sadism into helping others find absolution and atonement so that they could be worthy of being sheltered from the Collapse and brought into Eden.
After attending a prestigious East Coast University and graduating at the top of his class, John became one of the fastest rising real estate lawyers in Atlanta, inheriting a small fortune upon the death of his parents. He became extremely wealthy and well-connected, apparently portraying himself as a physical sign of success. Despite this, he disliked himself and society for what it had done to his childhood and wished for its destruction.
Plus a notable mention:
At some point in his life (most likely as an up and coming socialite), John battled with both drug and sex addiction.
I'm personally going to go out on a limb here and suspect that John was an avid cocaine user.
Cocaine, in its purer forms, as an illicit substance is usually associate with a 'richer' environment. When we think of big cities and big business, we tend to think of elusive CEOs snorting powder alongside the younger crowd. This isn't always the case, of course.
That being said, cocaine abuse can lead to some long-term effects depending on how it's consumed. Again, going with popular consensus, I imagine John ended up snorting coke. When it comes to abusing cocaine in this context, some long-term effects include:
Loss of Smell
Frequent Runny Nose
Problems with Swallowing
And this excludes the likelihood of it being laced, which street dealers tend to do. To quote the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
" They may also mix it with other drugs such as the stimulant amphetamine or the synthetic opioid fentanyl. "
I couldn't find much on exactly how long these long-term effects last after recovering from the abuse (which to be fair, John most likely went cold turkey after meeting Joseph and that opens another can of worms), but know at any point during this era of John's life, he would be prone to nosebleeds (and may still be throughout Far Cry 5).
In terms of his sex addiction, I believe it's most likely a by-product of his substance abuse.
Looking over some ICD-10 criteria, it is noted that the reason sex addicts compulsively perform sexual acts is to achieve the same "fix" that a person with alcohol use disorder or opiate use disorder gain.
Also note that this may not necessarily mean John had multiple sexual partners. Other forms of sex addiction can manifest through a compulsive need to masturbate, view pornography, or be in sexually stimulating situations. In my personal headcanon, I imagine he exhibited a combination of these behaviors with seeking sexually stimulating situations being his most prominent.
Something about sex addiction is that it's not really... discussed or understood. Speaking from an American perspective, being in such a sexualized culture it's often hard to discuss the harmful side of things. So here are some signs that could, but will not always, indicate a sex addiction:
Chronic, obsessive sexual thoughts and fantasies
Compulsive relations with multiple partners, including strangers
Lying to cover behaviors
Preoccupation with having sex, even when it interferes with daily life, productivity, work performance, and so on
Inability to stop or control the behaviors
Putting oneself or others in danger due to sexual behavior
Feeling remorse or guilt after sex
Experiencing other negative personal or professional consequences
The bolded symptoms are ones I feel, based on my perception of John's character, would have most likely struggled with the most.
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truthasgodsays · 27 days ago
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dlabsworld · a month ago
Simple answer: NO.
In Ephesians 2:8 & 9 Jesus Christ says, via Paul the apostle for the body of Christ [in this current dispensation of the grace of God],  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Jesus Christ says in Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In Colossians 2:13 we read this: “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.”
So, we get saved and justified by faith and not works. We get all our sins forgiven.
Faith in what? Faith in the finished work Jesus Christ did on the cross to establish forgiveness of sins and justification for those who believe and trust in this gospel of salvation, the finished work of Christ on the cross.
This gospel of salvation, for this current dispensation of the grace of God, to be baptized into the body of Christ, is found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. The apostle Paul further expounds on it in Romans through Philemon.  
To summarize. Jesus Christ (the Only Begotten Son of God/God in the flesh) came to earth and lived a sin-LESS life, and then took the burden, the consequences, the punishment, the anger and wrath of God the Father for the sins of the world upon Himself, so that when we believe and trust this gospel we don't have to bear it ourselves and be thrown into the fires of hell as punishment for our sins. Jesus Christ did this so that we can receive FORGIVENESS of ALL our sins and be covered by the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God [Romans 3:25-26, 2 Corinthians 5:21].
Jesus Christ died on the cross on Golgotha and He shed HIS BLOOD so that we may have eternal life. Jesus Christ was our perfect blood sacrifice for the complete forgiveness of our sins [Ephesians 1:7]. This way He effected substitutionary / vicarious / blood atonement for us unto God The Father.  
After Jesus Christ died, He was buried and rose up from the dead back to life on the 3rd day, for our justification [because His blood sacrifice and death for your sins were accepted by God the Father.]
Jesus Christ said on the cross “it is finished” knowing that all things were accomplished [John 19:28 – 30].
When you believe and trust that Jesus Christ did that for you personally you will get forgiveness of your sins [past, present and future] and be covered by the righteousness of God. You will be saved from an eternal hell-fire!! Your eternal destination will be glorious Heaven with Jesus Christ.
Read Colossians 2:10 – 14 “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Ephesians 4:30 says, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Thus we see that when we believe and trust the finished work done by Jesus Christ for our salvation, we get forgiveness of all our sins, we get covered by the righteousness of God and we get sealed by the Holy Spirit [eternal security]. We are complete in Christ.
Thus, once we are saved, we don’t need to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness in order to either get saved, stay saved or stay in favor with God.
However, denominational churches [including even the Independent Fundamentalist Baptists] teach that one has to apply 1 John 1:9 to either get saved, stay saved or stay in favor with God. They use language like “keeping short accounts with God”, or the like.
This is going to seem harsh, but it is essential that we address this matter directly.
They are wrong. They are being disobedient to the command from Jesus Christ to “rightly divide the word of truth … the gospel of salvation” [2 Timothy 2:15 read with Ephesians 1:13].
Keeping “short accounts with God” is not sound Pauline doctrine. This is the kind of made-up non-scriptural pseudo-doctrine that people come up with when they don’t rightly divide the word of truth [2 Timothy 2:15] correctly.
Only Romans to Philemon is written to the body of Christ. Romans to Philemon is written to us living in this current dispensation of the grace of God, and for our learning, understanding and obedience in faith. Scripture outside of Romans to Philemon is for our learning and understanding, but not for our obedience in faith. Scripture outside of Romans to Philemon is written to Israel for their obedience in faith. It is kingdom doctrine.
1 John 1:9 is written to Israel. 1 John is written to the lost Jews who have not confessed that Jesus is the Christ.
Notice that 1 John chapter 2 begins with “My little children” and now he address his converts. He does not tell them to confess to get forgiveness, he tells them they have an advocate and their sins are forgiven (see verses 1,2,12).
Applying 1 John 1:9 to this current dispensation of the grace of God is confounding the sound doctrine of the body of Christ. When we mix the doctrines and gospels of the different dispensations, we mix the messages and pollute grace.
We all should make sure that we believe the truth. Right Division and mimicking the Bereans [searching the scriptures] is the only proper way to study the Bible and keep the truths of “grace” pure.
Do you want to know more about the Biblical truth of Rightly Dividing and Dispensationalism? Here are some links to guide you:
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christophe76460 · a month ago
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D’une manière générale, la théologie réformée englobe tout système de croyances dont les racines remontent à la Réforme protestante, au XVIème Siècle. La doctrine des Réformateurs eux-mêmes est évidemment fondée sur les Écritures, comme l’indique leur credo « sola scriptura » ; la théologie réformée n’est donc pas un système de croyances « nouveau », mais une continuation de la doctrine apostolique.
Dans son ensemble, la théologie réformée est fondée sur l’autorité des Écritures, la souveraineté de Dieu, le salut par grâce au travers de Jésus-Christ et la nécessité d’évangéliser. Elle est parfois appelée théologie de l’alliance, parce qu’elle met particulièrement l’accent sur l’alliance que Dieu a établie avec Adam, ainsi que sur la Nouvelle Alliance instituée par Jésus-Christ (Luc 22.20).
AUTORITÉ DES ÉCRITURES. Selon la théologie réformée, la Bible est la Parole inspirée de Dieu, qui fait autorité ; elle est suffisante pour toutes décider des questions relatives à la foi et à la vie.
SOUVERAINETÉ DE DIEU. Selon la théologie réformée, Dieu est souverain et exerce un contrôle absolu sur toute la création. Il a décrété tous les événements à venir et n’est donc jamais surpris par les circonstances. Cela ne limite en aucun cas la volonté de la créature, pas plus que cela ne fait de Dieu l’auteur du péché.
SALUT PAR LA GRÂCE. Selon la théologie réformée, Dieu, dans sa grâce et sa miséricorde, a choisi de racheter un peuple pour qu’il lui appartienne, en le délivrant du péché et de la mort. La doctrine réformée du salut est couramment représentée par l’acronyme anglais « TULIP » (connu également comme les cinq points du calvinisme).
T - Dépravation totale (Total depravity). L’homme est totalement impuissant dans son état de pécheur, il est sous la colère de Dieu et ne peut rien faire pour lui plaire. La dépravation totale implique aussi que l’homme ne cherchera pas de lui-même à connaître Dieu, jusqu’à ce que celui-ci l’y incite par sa grâce (Genèse 6.5, Jérémie 17.9, Romains 3.10-18).
U - Élection inconditionnelle (Unconditional election). Dieu, de toute éternité, a choisi de sauver une grande multitude de pécheurs que personne ne peut compter (Romains 8.29-30, 9.11, Éphésiens 1.4-6, 11-12).
L - Rachat limité (Limited atonement), appelé aussi « rédemption particulière ». Christ a pris sur lui le châtiment des péchés des élus, payant ainsi le prix de leur vie par sa mort ; autrement dit, il n’a pas seulement rendu « possible » le salut, mais l’a acquis pour ceux qu’il avait choisis (Matthieu 1.21, Jean 10.11, 17.9, Actes 20.28, Romains 8.32, Éphésiens 5.25).
I - Grâce irrésistible (Irresistible grace). Dans son état de chute, l’homme résiste à l’amour de Dieu, mais la grâce de Dieu agissant dans son cœur le pousse à aspirer à ce à quoi il résistait précédemment. Ainsi, la grâce de Dieu ne manquera pas d’accomplir son œuvre de salut dans le cœur des élus (Jean 6.37, 44, 10.16).
P - Persévérance des saints (Perseverance of the saints). Dieu protège ses saints de la chute ; ainsi, le salut est éternel (Jean 10.27-29, Romains 8.29-30), Éphésiens 1.3-14).
La nécessité d’évangéliser. Selon la théologie réformée, les chrétiens sont dans le monde pour faire une différence, sur le plan spirituel, par l’évangélisation, et sur le plan social, par leur vie sainte et leur engagement humanitaire.
D’autres caractéristiques de la théologie réformée incluent généralement la pratique de deux sacrements (le baptême et la communion), une attitude « cessationiste » concernant les dons spirituels (selon laquelle ces dons spirituels ont cessé dans l’Église aujourd’hui) et une interprétation non-dispensationnaliste des Écritures. Les églises réformées tiennent en haute estime les écrits de Jean Calvin, John Knox, Ulrich Zwingli, et Martin Luther. La Confession de Westminster incarne la théologie de la tradition réformée. Les églises modernes de tradition réformée incluent notamment les presbytériens, les congrégationalistes et certains baptistes.
Source: Got Question
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infinitefaithposts · a month ago
3/17/2021 Devotional.
Daily Devotional
March 17
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; - Heb 10:10-12 (KJV)
Jesus didn’t just forgive our sins until the next time we sin, but He sanctified us and cleansed us from all our sins, past, present, and even future ones. This verse is not only saying He did it for all people, but for all times. It is fulfilling the prophecy in the Old Testament (Psalms 40:6-8), showing that the animal sacrifices were not what God wanted.
The Old Testament sacrifices could never really atone for the sins of the people, but were used to testify to the upcoming sacrifice that Jesus made for us. That is why the animal sacrifices had to be made continually, as they really never worked, but were just symbols of what was to come.
This verse shows that the sacrifice of Jesus took care of sins forever, for all people and for all time. By His sacrifice Jesus sanctified us, by forgiveness of all our sins, and once sanctified, we are perfected forever (Hebrews 10:14), in the sight of God. Jesus, through His death on the cross, has taken sin out of the way, and we should not ever feel condemnation over sin anymore (Romans 8:1). The teaching that you have to get every sin “back under the blood”, by confessing it, is not what the bible teaches. You should confess, and turn from any sin (1 John 1:9), but only because sin opens a door to the devil, and he comes only to steal, kill, and destroy you (John 10:10). Praise God for His sending Jesus to be our perfect Lamb of sacrifice!
Devotional by Pastor Joe W. Green,
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madewithonerib · a month ago
1 John 2:1-29 | CHRIST our Advocate
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      ¹ MY little children, I am writing these things to you so       that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have       an advocate before the FATHER— JESUS CHRIST,       the Righteous One.
      ² HE HIMSELF is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,       & not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole       world. ³ By this we can be sure that we have come to       know HIM: if we keep HIS commandments.
      ⁴ If anyone says, “I know HIM,” but does not keep         HIS commandments, he is a liar, & the truth is         not in him.
      ⁵ But if anyone keeps HIS WORD,         the love of GOD has been truly perfected in him.
      By this we know that we are in HIM:
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          ⁶ Whoever claims to abide in HIM             must walk as JESUS walked.
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      ⁷ Beloved, I am not writing to you a new commandment,         but an old one, which you have had from the beginning.
        This commandment is the message you have heard.
      ⁸ Then again, I am also writing to you a new         commandment, which is true in HIM & also in you.         For the darkness is fading & the true light is         already shining. ⁹ If anyone claims to be in the         light but hates his fellow believer, he is still in         the darkness.
      ¹⁰ Whoever loves his fellow believer remains in the light,           & there is no cause of stumbling in him.
      ¹¹ But whoever hates his fellow believer is in the           darkness & walks in the darkness.
          He does not know where he is going, because the           darkness has blinded his eyes.
      ¹² I am writing to you, little children, because your sins           have been forgiven through HIS name.
      ¹³ I am writing to you, fathers, because you know HIM           who is from the beginning. I am writing to you,           young men, because you have overcome the evil one.
          I have written to you, children, because you know the           FATHER. ¹⁴ I have written to you, fathers, because           you know HIM who is from the beginning.
          I have written to you, young men, because you are           strong, & the WORD of GOD abides in you, & you           have overcome the evil one.
      ¹⁵ Do not love the world or anything in the world.           If anyone loves the world, the love of the FATHER           is not in him.
      ¹⁶ For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh,           the desires of the eyes, & the pride of life—is not           from the FATHER but from the world.
      ¹⁷ The world is passing away along with its desires,           but whoever does the will of GOD remains forever.
      ¹⁸ Children, it is the last hour; & just as you have heard           that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists           have appeared.
          This is how we know it is the last hour.
          ¹⁹ They went out from us, but they did not belong to us.           For if they had belonged to us, they would have           remained with us.
          But their departure made it clear that none of them           belonged to us. ²⁰ You, however, have an anointing           from the Holy One, & all of you know the truth.
      ²¹ I have not written to you because you lack knowledge           of the truth, but because you have it, & because no lie           comes from the truth.
      ²² Who is the liar, if it is not the one who denies that           JESUS is the CHRIST? This is the antichrist, who           denies the FATHER & the SON.
      ²³ Whoever denies the SON does not have the           FATHER, but whoever confesses the SON           has the FATHER also.
      ²⁴ As for you, let what you have heard from the beginning           remain in you. If it does, you will also remain in the           SON & in the FATHER.
      ²⁵ And this is the promise that HE HIMSELF made to us:
          eternal life. ²⁶ I have written these things to you about           those who are trying to deceive you.
      ²⁷ And as for you, the anointing you received from HIM           remains in you, & you do not need anyone to teach           you. But just as HIS true & genuine anointing teaches           you about all things, so remain in HIM as you have           been taught.
      ²⁸ And now, little children, remain in CHRIST, so that           when HE appears, we may be confident &           unashamed before HIM at HIS coming.
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      ²⁹ If you know that HE is righteous, you also know that           everyone who practices righteousness is born of HIM.
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nightwingshero · a month ago
Your fave "not now boner" moment with John Seed
Okay, I guess this is where Wren and I are dragged on main and seen as the basic John thots we are. Thank you for your ask, love!!!
So...there are two major ones. And while yes, attention was caught in the church during the arrest, the first moment was the Confession (mostly because Wren was ready to kill during the Cleansing--she straight up spits water in his face.) Now, don’t get me wrong, she’s pissed as hell being tied up in the bunker after getting her ass handed to her. But uh...Johnny Boy straight up rips her shirt open, okay? Wires get confused from time to time. 
The other moment...I think is more of a “what-if moment”, and that moment is the Atonement. In different circumstances, I’m sure that would have turned out differently, and here’s why: Wren loves getting tattooed. It’s honestly very common for one to get uh...excited while getting tattooed, and Wren is one of those people. She reacts as such when John tattoos Lust between her hip and belly button--running up along the natural curve and dips of her body, the L kinda playing peek-a-boo with her pants line. That was a perfect example of Wren getting tattooed normally, because she loves it--and will bang after it. Wren is absolutely furious when John tattoos Wrath on her chest (both from their previous argument/falling out and because he did it without her consent.) So it’s like “are you really doing this right now?” to herself when her body is look “oh” and she’s like “fuck you, you Baptist fuck.” But alas, humans are complex beings, and such, so are their emotions.
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mrspaigeomega · 2 months ago
Eden’s Gate: The Mother Chapter 12 - The Ballet of Amanda and Joseph Seed
Warnings: Mentions of infantcide, and Mandy being a mom to John. [not really a warning]
Word count: 2.1k
Where it all began. 
Summary: With everything falling into place, Mandy continues with her role as The Mother until the New Moon.  
Guest OCs: Dawana Floyd (FC: Anna Diop)
Guest Characters: Raphael [Supernatural; female vessel], God/Chuck [mentioned], Metatron [mentioned]
Note: I made up the names for Joseph’s wife and daughter. This is gonna be a somewhat short chapter.
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With everything falling into place, Dawana has Mandy continue her duties as the Mother until the New Moon. Raphael agrees and wants her to keep her role until they can properly do the Invocation of Invisibility to shield her from God and help get her out of the Cult. 
With the help of the Whitetail Militia they can help her get out, and also play the role as an FBI agent to keep her undercover. 
So not being seen with any of the Project’s enemies will help her out, and make sure she is committed to her position, or at least make her look like she’s committed. 
A week has passed, Mandy has been the Mother for 3 in a half months, and time has seemed to move by very, very slowly with everything that has happened. 
“You must play your part” Dawana tells her. 
“I know” Mandy responds, “I have to. Raphael told me that I must, until we get to the New Moon and do the Invisibility spell. Hiding me from Chuck”. 
Because he is God and he can see everything, and everyone. He’ll still see her playing her part as The Mother, but that will all be an illusion to him while the real Mandy will be plotting against him and the Project. Along with the Archangel and the Voodoo Priestess.
“Good” she responds, “It’s still a long time until the New Moon".
Being cleansed by Joseph, confessing and reaching atonement. To top it off marrying Joseph Seed. 
She spends time with Joseph, pretty much every second of every day they spent. She decides to check up on John since she hasn’t seen, or even heard from him since her atonement and her “wedding” to The Father. 
Driving to his ranch house in Holland Valley, she pulls into the huge driveway and approaches the gigantic house. 
John steps out and sees her. “Amanda” he says, surprised, putting emphasis on the A, “I wasn’t expecting you to come over”. 
She lets out a soft exhale, “Well I haven’t seen or heard from you. I just wanted to check up on you”. 
He tilts his head to the side, eyebrows furrowed “Really? Why?”. Surprised that she would even care about his well-being. 
She shrugs, “No reason, I check up on Faith all the time. Jacob doesn’t really need to be checked on, and I live with Joseph, I pretty much see him everyday. I just wanted to see how you’re doing”. Putting on her caring, loving mother act, it’s not really much of an act, it’s just the type of parent she is. 
He lets out a soft chuckle, “Well that’s very sweet of you”. He takes a few steps closer to her, “I’m doing great. Thank you”. 
She smiles at him, “That’s great to hear”.
“So is that all you came over here for? To check on me?” he asks. Crossing his arms.
She nods, “Well I was in the area. Also I haven’t been in Holland Valley in quite a while. Kinda forgotten what everything looks like”. She chuckles, making the youngest Seed brother chuckle as well. 
She crosses her arms, putting on her best typical mom voice, “So, have you been taking care of yourself?”. 
He laughs, scratching his beard, and sarcastically says, “Yes, mother I have”. 
“Good, I ask Faith the exact same questions” she tells him, “She knows my route already”. 
She stays at John’s house for another 20-30 minutes before going back to the church. She got to know a little more about John, and his upbringing with the Duncan’s, and him going to Law school. John also got to know a little more about Mandy as well. She’s half Italian, was married before, lived in several states before moving to Montana, and she can speak 3 languages. 
"Really? Say something then" he asks her. Looking at her in amusement.
"Prendersi cura di se stessi" [Take care of yourself] she responds in Italian.
He looks at her in confusion, he in a way wasn't expecting her to actually respond back in another language. She laughs at his reaction to her speaking another language.
Back at Joseph’s compound, one of the Cult’s followers approaches Mandy once she arrives at the church grounds.
“Mother Amanda” he tells her, “Joseph is inside the church waiting for you”. 
She nods her head, “Thank you” and proceeds to enter the church. 
The dark church with a few candles lit inside, Joseph has his back to her, facing the wall in front of him. 
“You were waiting for me” she tells him, standing a few feet away from him. She can hear him take a deep breath before saying, “I haven’t been entirely honest with you”.
Tilting her head sideways, confused. “What do you mean?”. He faces her, “I haven’t told you everything about me. There are things from my past, I feel the need to tell you”. 
She stands before him, with her hands clasped in front of her, wearing white blouse, dark jeans and black boots. Her hair is down in its natural style, wavy. 
Looking up at him, her eyes pointed up at him. Anticipating what he’s gonna tell her. He places his right hand on the back of her neck, while his other hand is caressing her cheek. He goes on to tell her that he was once married, and had a daughter. 
“Did you know I had a wife?” he asks her, showing her his tattoo of his wife, “So beautiful, isn’t she?. We were pregnant with our first child. We were just babies ourselves, and I was terrified.Becoming a father, mostly about money”. 
She stares up at him as he tells her the story about his wife and child. 
“She wasn’t worried, she had faith that things were going to work out. She always had faith, and then one day. She was going to visit a friend. There was an accident, and The Lord Taketh”. Seeing the pain in his eyes, Mandy knows the same pain losing a significant other, she knows that pain too well. 
“They rushed me to the hospital and put me in a room with this little pink bundle stuffed with tubes, and they said I had to be strong because my little girl was going to live. God was looking out for our daughter” he continues to tell her. 
Feeling like time had stood still, painfully still. Almost like the whole church got darker as he tells her this, “And they left me alone in a room with her. I just stared at my daughter. So helpless. So innocent, and all she had in the world was me. A nobody from nowhere with nothing, and in that moment I knew that God was testing me”. 
He moves his hands, both his hands on the sides of her face. Cupping her face, standing very close to her. 
“He was laying out a path before me and all I had to do was choose. So I put my hand on my little girl's head, and I leaned in and I could smell”.
Finding out that this man was once married, and had a child at some point, made her think how he could’ve turned out. Would the Cult still be a thing? Would he still be a lunatic that she married?. Getting lost in her thoughts the next thing he said made her snap back into reality. 
Joseph continues to tell her about his past life and everything before the Cult grew, “And we prayed together, prayed for wisdom. Prayed for strength then I knew. I heard God’s plan for me, and I took my fingers and I put them on that little plastic tube that was taped to her angelic face, and I pinched it shut”.
She looks up at him in horror, this man killed his infant daughter because Chuck told him to do it. Mandy is no saint herself, and she’ll tell you that she has killed innocent people to protect her own family, it may not be the same thing, they both have skeletons in their closets. 
Joseph might have more in his closet than she does, she witnessed him killing an innocent man several weeks ago in front of 30 other people. Gouging out his eyes.
“And after a little while her legs began to kick and kick, and then nothing. Stillness. Release. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh. Pain. Sacrifice” he finishes off. 
Looking up at this man in horror, standing in the middle of the church, frozen in fear. Giving her chills throughout her body. 
“Raphael I need you here now!” she prays in her head. Internally panicking 
Within a few seconds Raphael makes himself present, in his female vessel, only visible to Mandy and not Joseph. 
“You prayed?” he asks. Seeing what’s happening. Look of concern on his/her face. 
“Is what Joseph said true?!” she asks him in her head, while looking up at Joseph pretending that she’s listening to him, “Did he really kill his infant daughter because Chuck told him to?!?”. 
Joseph steps away, and continues to talk to Mandy about his life and upbringing with his brothers. Trying to listen to both her “husband” and her Archangel. 
Raphael sighs, “Yes, it’s all true. Joseph was married. His wife Anna, and their daughter Mary. The accident Anna was in, was orchestrated by God to put him on this path, and also to make him start the Project”. 
Mandy looks over at her Archangel with wide eyes and back to Joseph who is still telling her about his upbringing. His voice is basically a background noise to her and the Archangel’s conversation. 
“So all this has been happening for several years?!?!” she asks in her mind. Raphael snaps his fingers, freezing time. Allowing Mandy to actually speak with him, freezing Joseph. 
“Yes, everything is on Chuck” he tells her, “I can’t say no more”. 
“But, but. But why is Chuck doing this?!?” she asks him, voice shaken “Why is Joseph so important to Chuck?”. 
Taking a few steps closer to her, “He’s not. That I know of, Joseph Seed is not that important to God, the only thing Chuck wants is for someone to spread his word. Prepare for the end”.
She looks at him confused, “What?!? What does that even mean?!”. 
He breaks it down for her, “Think about it. When the world ends, and very few people survive. What’s the first thing that comes to mind?” he asks her. Walking around the somewhat dark church.
She shrugs, “I don’t know!”. Looking confused at the Warrior of God.  
“An act of God” he tells her, “I really can’t say more because that’s all I have on this whole situation. I wish I had more, but I’m sure Metatron has all that information, but If I were you, I wouldn’t waste my time trying to get it. He won’t give it to anyone”. 
He snaps his fingers to unfreeze time, but before he does, he gives her a slight chance of hope. 
“And one more thing Mandeline” he says, she looks over at him, “I believe in you. I know you can get yourself out of this, and I left you something that can help you. I left it under your pillow in your room”.
He disappears from the church. Leaving Mandy alone with Joseph. She looks over at Joseph, he is unfrozen, and continues his talking about his life. Having to pretend she was listening to everything he had said. 
“Now that I have told you about your past” he says, turning around to face her, “What do you have hidden from me?”. 
She looks down at the floor, “There’s too much for me to say” she responds, “I have lived through a dark past. That I wish to forget about”. Looking and sounding ashamed, reminding herself about the horrible things she has done in her lifetime. 
He approaches her, placing his hand on her cheek, caressing it. “I wish to know your past” he tells her, “I want to be the savior for your regrets. For your mistakes, for your sins”. 
She rests her head against his chest, as he holds her close. Hearing his heartbeat slowly, his slow, soft breathing
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infinitefaithposts · 2 months ago
3/5/2021 Devotional.
Daily Devotional
March 5
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. - Heb 10:1-2 (KJV)
The law given Moses by God was only a shadow of what was to come through the atonement of Jesus. Because all the sacrifices and atonement’s of the law were only shadows, they never really did away with the sins, but only covered them. They could never accomplish forgiveness of the sins, as only the sacrifice of Jesus could do that (Hebrews 9:12). The atonement of Jesus did make us, who accept Him, perfect (Hebrews 12:23) in the sight of God, as He fulfilled the entire law for us, then gave us His righteousness as a gift. We, who are born again, now can come to God boldly (Hebrews 4:16), as we have the righteousness of Jesus – Praise God.
As this scripture says, if the sacrifices could have truly atoned for the sins, then they would have quit offering them, as once purged, you should not be sin conscious. The sacrifice of Jesus did work, and we have been made righteous and truly holy through His sacrifice, so the born again Christian should never feel any condemnation from sin (Romans 8:1). The church makes the mistake of teaching us to be sin conscious at all times, and tells us we must do certain works to be right with God, and that is not what the bible teaches. If we do sin, as a Christian, we should recognize it, and turn from it, and confess it so that our spirit can cleanse our bodies of its effect (1 John 1:9). This keeps the devil from coming in and trying to destroy our bodies, as he comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Thank you Lord for deliverance from the devil!
Devotional by Pastor Joe W. Green,
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thelallybrochlibrary · 2 months ago
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Category List: Sick & Injured Jamie
Well folks, here it is! Another category list. We all know how often Claire is either sick or injured in some of our favorite duo’s adventures, but we wanted to explore a list where the tables were turned. In this category list you will find stories where Jamie is the one who is either sick or injured. These stories are a mix of canon compliant and alternative universe! 
This category has the potential to be simply massive, knowing how accident-and-chaos-prone our lad is. We’ve tried our best to include as many as we can, but as always, please let us know if we should be adding any to our list.
XX, The Librarians
American Pie  by @jesuisprest747
A continuation of Blood Sugar, American Pie covers the ups and downs of the two years following Jamie and Claire's wedding.
An Endless Night  &  Vergangenheit by @phoenixflames12​
Captain James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser, late of the 51st Highland Division and prisioner in Oflag VII Cprison Camp, Salzburg writes home to his wife Claire in a desperate attempt to remember his homeland.
Be sure to check out the accompanying fics and ficlets right here.
An Outlander Affair to Remember  by  AbbyDebeaupre
Jamie and Claire’s lives change course when fate brings them together.   Blindsided, in more ways than one, will they find the courage to let go of their past fears and illusions and learn once again to trust what their hearts tell them is true?
Atonement by @smashing-teacups
Jamie Fraser suffers a horrific car accident and wakes up in the hospital to find his life forever changed. His sole comfort comes in the companionship he finds with Claire Beauchamp, a nurse who understands his suffering more than he knows.
Appetency by @lallybrochloser
appetency- (n.) intense desire or a strong, natural craving; chemical attraction
While Claire Beauchamp thrives as an A&E doctor at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, she knows something is missing in her life. Something simple, yet crucial. Her life outside the hospital is sparse, save for the few fellow workers she calls friends. That changes when she finds herself staring into the ocean blue eyes of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s newest paramedic.
Bean sídhe by @kalendraashtar
Claire is the Bean sídhe, a legend in the Scottish Highlands. Loved by some and feared by many, she leads a mysterious life. But when her path crosses Jamie's, both their lives and the clans are forever changed.
Closing Time @abreathofsnowandwaffles
Claire Beauchamp is a second year medical student. Due to many late nights with her clinicals, and studying for her pharmacology class, she’s at wits end. One Friday night she decides not to join Joe Abernathy and her other friends out at Church, their local hangout spot, but instead winds up in a dive bar close to her flat with a very nice whisky selection. In fact, one of the best one she’s ever seen. When the bartender calls her ‘Sassenach’ and pours her a double, Claire gets a feeling in her chest she’s never felt before.
Colder Weather by @abreathofsnowandwaffles
3 years he had been gone - and oh, had things changed.
Come Back To Me by Jade2010
An Outlander modern AU set in 2020  where Jamie and Claire are a married couple. And and Jamie is comatose after an accident.
Dr. B Medicine Woman by @crossinginstyle
Claire Beauchamp is trying to make her way as a woman doctor in the 19th century. After the death of her uncle and only supporter, she decides to risk everything to travel to a small frontier town in Colorado in need of a doctor. There, she meets Mac, a mysterious, quiet man who lives among the Cheyenne, and becomes a sudden mother to three orphaned children.
First Time Here? by @crossinginstyle
Inspired by that one tweet I saw posted on Tumblr, the one that says;
"Shoutout to my bartender. I've been here on dates with 4 different dudes in the last 6 months and he hits me with "Ma'am, is this your first time here? every time. #GoodLookinOutMyMan"
Or, the one where Jamie is a bartender and Claire is a long-time customer who keeps bringing in disappointing dates in the months after dumping Frank.
For Every Season by  duskwatcher
Can a Great Love ever truly end? When Claire's worst fears are realized, can she face the sunset of their lives with grace? "Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion."
For the Last Time by @jesuisprest747
A continuation of the unfinished fic For Every Season in which Claire diagnoses Jamie with a terminal illness.
let us not talk falsely now by @gotham-ruaidh
Imagine if Jamie was a wounded soldier and Claire a combat nurse who met in a field hospital during the Vietnam War.
Love In The Time Of Quarantine by @holdhertightandsayhername​
Jamie and Claire both live in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, they only went out once before the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced. This is a sneak-peek of their text messages...
Punishment by @lenny9987​
What if Jamie decided not to intervene on Laoghaire’s behalf? He does not take a beating for her? Would Geillis keep Claire from intervening? What if Claire did intervene?
Red Jamie and the White Lady by @diversemediums and @takemeawaytocamelot
Claire Beauchamp is dragged by her best friend and flatmate, Geillis Duncan, to go visit a powerful psychic to prove once and for all that true love exists. Claire is a practical woman and finds the idea of true love pointless. Jamie Fraser is a powerful psychic who can glimpse the future. When he meets Claire, something changes. Like they were destined to find each other.
Safe by  @sbstevenson2
Six years after her husband's death, Claire Fraser and her daughters are on vacation when they're met with the surprise of their lives.
Safe With Me by  luvofmylonglife
Claire Beauchamp finds most of her sexual fulfillment with the porn videos of a hot Scot called Mac Dubh, despite 10 years of marriage to Professor Randall. But then one day she comes face to face with her fantasy man who is now an EMT at her hospital, and Claire struggles to find her footing when everything she thinks she knows about love starts to change.
The Long Way Back by @holdhertightandsayhername
In the summer of 1917, Claire Fraser finds a way back to her husband Jamie, haunted by his memories of the Great War in France.
The Midwife by @magnoliasinbloom
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Claire’s skills as a midwife take her to France and Scotland. When her journey leads her to James Fraser, she will have to decide if she will follow her calling or her heart.
the one thing older than war by @iihappydaysii
While on a bison hunt with Lord John Grey, Jamie Fraser gets bit by a venomous snake. With death just around the corner, Jamie makes a long-held confession. (A rewrite of 5x09.)
Once again, we tried our best with this one, but we are sure that there’s fics that have fallen through the cracks or ones that we forgot. Let us know if you know of any that fit this category that we missed!
xx The Librarians
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blissfulalchemist · 2 months ago
Six Sentence WIP
I was tagged by @strafethesesinners to post six(ish) sentences of a WIP. I am still trying to get something done for Salvation’s done but it is slow going. Anyway here’s more from her confession.
“You don’t have a choice,” John made his way back to the workbench assembling the tattoo gun, “You’ve confessed and now it's time to bare your sin so that you may atone.”
Cat shook her head, legs kicking out as he came near her, “I said no!” His tattooed hands moved to hold her still, Cat attempting to bite him. She’d never wanted to be marked. The minute she was, was the moment she’d never have herself again. She’d be theirs for the rest of her life. All agency lost. It was one thing to be held hostage and play to survive, it was another thing to be forced to bear the symbols of their faith, no one would take her in if she left. Cat thrashed against him, doing anything she could to get him away from her.
This made the rounds so I’m not tagging anyone really. But please feel free to do so if you want too!
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mrspaigeomega · 2 months ago
The Seeds: Join us at Eden's Gate
Me/The Deputy:
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John Seed: Are you going to confess and atone?!
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lulu2992 · 2 months ago
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“Sin must be exposed so it may be absolved. If we hide our sin, we hide ourselves… You will not hide any longer. Your true self will spill out on this floor for all to see.”
This, right here, is one of my favorite John Seed moments.
Here, he’s busy tattooing the Deputy in the church in Fall’s End. And what’s interesting is that, even though there are other people around them, gathered here - willingly or not - for a ceremony, he’s entirely focused on one. He’s not giving a speech to everyone else in the church (not yet, at least). He could speak louder so that their audience can hear, but he’s just talking to the Deputy personally, calmly, in a low voice, and keeps his back and face turned to the others.
He’s explaining, one last time, what Atonement is about and why he believes it’s important. Obviously, a lot can be said about the Seeds’ actions, but the faith they have in said actions is genuine. They all sincerely think they are doing what’s right, that they are helping people and the Project. John really believes people need to be Cleansed, to Confess, to receive a tattoo, and to have it removed in order to Atone, to be free from sin and worthy of becoming part of the Project. He also firmly believes that there can be no freedom without pain and that it must be an integral part of the process. As he’s said before, “It will be difficult and it will be painful but... it will be worth it”.
What gets me in this scene is the nod and the tiny smile he gives after saying (whispering, almost), “You will not hide any longer”. This moment is unusually soft and you can see it’s sincere, that John wants to be reassuring. He’s making a promise. He wants the Deputy to reach the Atonement because he knows it’s the only way the two of them can be saved. He wants to help them, he wants them to be free, he wants them to understand that he’s doing this for their good, that he cares. When he briefly makes eye contact with the Deputy and smiles, almost shyly, it’s like he’s saying, “Don’t worry, I’m going to save you. Everything is going to be okay, I promise. This is the last time you’ll ever have to suffer”. And he means it.
Before he reprises his role as the master of ceremonies and starts speaking for the whole room again, he wanted one last moment with the Deputy. He wanted to plead with them one last time to listen to him, to trust him, to cooperate, and to believe in him as he believes in them.
There’s so much meaning behind this fleeting, yet genuine and kind smile. I love this moment.
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heartsings77 · 2 months ago
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1 John 1:7-10, 2:1-2 NLT 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
2 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
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carolap53 · 2 months ago
Who Do Men Say That I, the Son of Man, Am? When Jesus asked His disciples this question, they were quick to respond: “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (Matthew 16:14). They had just come from galilee where crowds had flocked by the thousands to see and hear Jesus of Nazareth. The disciples had listened to the views of the people, collected their own polling data, and found that popular opinion about Jesus was divided. Things haven’t changed much. Two thousand years later people still do not agree on who Jesus is.
Consider some of the opinions then and now. In Jesus’ day, some folks thought that the spirit of John the Baptist—the recently beheaded prophet and Jesus’ cousin—had entered Jesus. After all, both men preached the message of repentance. Other people said that Jesus was a reincarnated Elijah, and the Jews regarded Elijah as among the greatest of the prophets and teachers. In fact, to this day people have an empty chair at every Jewish Seder meal in honor of Elijah. Still others thought Jesus was the weeping prophet, Jeremiah. And then there were those who said He was just another in a long line, just another “one of the prophets” (v. 14). Ask your Islamic friends who Jesus is, and they will say He was a prophet.
So even today one of the greatest challenges believers face is how people answer the question Jesus asked in Matthew 16:13. What men say tends to carry more weight than what God says. Most often the opinions of anyone and everyone are more highly respected than the convictions of believers in Jesus Christ. The proof of this is all around us. Pick up a newspaper and you will find an “Opinion Section.” I’ve always thought how wonderful it would be to read a “Conviction Section.” But we live in a world that is much more attuned to what men say about anything and everything than to what God says about how to live life. Television talk shows lead the ratings in today’s media-crazed, celebrity-obsessed world, further evidence that we care more about what so-called celebrities and experts think than about what our Creator, our Almighty, our Sovereign God says.
This preoccupation with what men think and say—and the disregard for what God says—always results in two things: pluralistic compromise and political correctness.
Pluralistic Compromise
A pluralist believes that all human beings are en route to the same place, but we are just taking different roads to get there. Muslims take one road, Jews choose another, Buddhists go on a third road, Mormons have their own road, and we born-again believers follow the road we believe the Bible out-lines for us. In other words, popular opinion argues that we can choose from among a plurality of ways to get to heaven.
Understandably, pluralism characterizes a society that is more interested in what men say than in what God says.
In an effort to reach those listening to men, some mainline Christian groups have taken their theological remote controls and pushed the mute button when it comes to such topics as the wrath of God, His judgment, the sole authority of Scripture, and the exclusivity of the gospel message. Ironically—and parenthetically—one seldom ever finds these same individuals challenging other religions about their exclusive claims.
Pluralistic compromise results when what men say matters more than what God says.
Political Correctness
Another result of today’s obsession with the opinions of men and women is political correctness. To be politically correct in our current culture, one must adhere to inclusivism. This view holds that God’s salvation applies even to men and women who have not explicitly believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Inclusivism argues that since Jesus died on the cross for all people, everyone is included in atonement for sin accomplished by His crucifixion and resurrection. Again, whether your personal faith is in Christ alone is irrelevant.
In Acts 16:30, a Philippian jailer asked Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” Had the apostle been an inclusivist, he might have answered, “Relax! You’re already saved. Everyone goes to heaven.” But Paul’s reply was pointed and exclusive: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (v. 31).
Why should we, as followers of Christ, be concerned about pluralism and inclusivism? Because these perspectives—these value systems—can dramatically impact the perceptions and practice of our Christian faith. Pluralism runs absolutely counter to our doctrine, to what we believe, to the Bible’s message that Jesus is “the way” (John 14:6, emphasis added). If we believe that everyone is going to heaven, and that people simply travel on different roads to get there, then what do we do with the doctrine of the virgin birth, of Jesus’ sinlessness and His role as Lamb of God, of the fundamental teaching that we are saved by God’s grace through the faith we place in Him (Ephesians 2:8)? On the other hand, inclusivism affects our duty; how we behave and our mission as God’s people. If we in fact believe that everyone is going to heaven, then we in the church no longer need to work on evangelism and missions. The church then loses its sense of urgency and passion to reach a lost world with the saving news of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
Again, we are living in a world today that is far more interested in what people say and do than in what God says and commands. Aware of this, Jesus moved beyond His question of public consensus to the real heart of the matter. In His next breath He asked His disciples this question of personal conviction: “who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15, emphasis added). And that’s the question we’ll look at next.
Q & A: “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” The answer is the same today as it was when Jesus uttered these words: there is no consensus. What God says is most important; the truth He proclaims will matter throughout eternity. Man’s opinions fade into insignificance next to God’s infallible and eternal word. Peter had the right answer to Jesus’ very important question, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” Peter responded, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Have you joined Peter and made this great confession?
Content drawn from The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, Padded Hardcover.
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pamphletstoinspire · 2 months ago
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First Sunday in Lent - February 21, 2021
Lent (the word “Lent” comes from the Old English “lencten,” meaning “springtime) lasts from Ash Wednesday to the Vespers of Holy Saturday — forty days + six Sundays which don’t count as “Lent” liturgically. The Latin name for Lent, Quadragesima, means forty and refers to the forty days Christ spent in the desert which is the origin of the Season.The last two weeks of Lent are known as “Passiontide,” made up of Passion Week and Holy Week. The last three days of Holy Week — Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday — are known as the “Sacred Triduum.”
The focus of this Season is the Cross and penance, penance, penance as we imitate Christ’s forty days of fasting, like Moses and Elias before Him, and await the triumph of Easter. We fast (see below), abstain, mortify the flesh, give alms, and think more of charitable works. Awakening each morning with the thought, “How might I make amends for my sins? How can I serve God in a reparative way? How can I serve others today?” is the attitude to have.
We meditate on “The Four Last Things”: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell, and we also practice mortifications by “giving up something” that would be a sacrifice to do without. The sacrifice could be anything from desserts to television to the marital embrace, and it can entail, too, taking on something unpleasant that we’d normally avoid, for example, going out of one’s way to do another’s chores, performing “random acts of kindness,” etc. A practice that might help some, especially small children, to think sacrificially is to make use of “Sacrifice Beads” in the same way that St. Thérèse of Lisieux did as a child.
Because of the focus on penance and reparation, it is traditional to make sure we go to Confession at least once during this Season to fulfill the precept of the Church that we go to Confession at least once a year, and receive the Eucharist at least once a year during Eastertide. A beautiful old custom associated with Lenten Confession is to, before going to see the priest, bow before each member of your household and to any you’ve sinned against, and say, “In the Name of Christ, forgive me if I’ve offended you.” One responds with “God will forgive you.” Done with an extensive examination of conscience and a sincere heart, this practice can be quite healing (also note that confessing sins to a priest is a Sacrament which remits mortal and venial sins; confessing sins to those you’ve offended is a sacramental which, like all sacramentals one piously takes advantage of, remits venial sins. Both are quite good for the soul!) 
by Abbot Gueranger
This Sunday, the first of the six which come during Lent, is one of the most solemn throughout the year. In common with the other Sundays of Lent, it has the privilege of taking precedence over all feasts, even that of the patron, titular saint, or dedication of the Church. In the ancient calendars, it is called Invocabit, from the first word of the Introit of the Mass. In the middle ages (more especially in France), it was called Brand Sunday, because the young people, who had misbehaved during the carnival, were obliged to show themselves today at the church with a torch in their hands, as a kind of public satisfaction for their causing disturbance and excess.
Lent solemnly opens today. We have already noticed that the four preceding days were added since the time of St. Gregory the Great, in order to make up the forty days of fasting. But we cannot look upon Ash Wednesday as the solemn opening of the season, for the faithful are not strictly bound to hear Mass on that day. Holy Mother Church, seeing Her children now assembled together, speaks to them, in Her Office of Matins, these eloquent and noble words of St. Leo the Great: “Having to announce to you, dearly beloved, the most sacred and chief fast, how can I more appropriately begin, than with the words of the Apostle, in whom Christ Himself spoke, and by saying to you what has just been read: Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. For although there be no time which is not replete with divine gifts, and we may always, by God’s grace, have access to His mercy, yet ought we all to redouble our efforts to make spiritual progress and be animated with extraordinary confidence, now that the anniversary of the day of our redemption is approaching, inviting us to devote ourselves to every good work, that so we may celebrate, with purity of body and mind, the incomparable mystery of Our Lord’s Passion.
“It is true that our devotion and reverence towards so great a mystery should be kept up during the whole year, and we ourselves should be at all times, in the eyes of God, the same as we are bound to be at the Easter solemnity. But this is an effort which only few among us have the courage to sustain. The weakness of the flesh induces us to relax our austerities; the various occupations of every-day life take up our thoughts; and thus even the virtuous find their hearts clogged by this world’s dust. Hence it is that Our Lord has most providentially given us these forty days, whose holy exercises should be to us a remedy, whereby to regain our purity of soul. The good works and the holy fastings of this season were instituted as an atonement for, and an obliteration of, the sins we commit during the rest of the year.
“Now, therefore, that we are about to enter upon these days, which are so full of mystery, and which were instituted for the holy purpose of purifying both soul and body, let us, dearly beloved, be careful to do as the Apostle bids us, and cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit: that thus the combat between the two substances being made less fierce, the soul, which, when she herself is subject to God, ought to be the ruler of the body, will recover her own dignity and position. Let us also avoid giving offense to any man, so that there be none to blame or speak evil things of us. For we deserve the harsh remarks of infidels, and we provoke the tongues of the wicked to blaspheme religion, when we who fast lead unholy lives. For our fast does not consist in the mere abstinence from food; nor is it of much use to deny food to our body, unless we restrain the soul from sin” (Fourth Sermon for Lent).
Each Sunday of Lent offers to our consideration a passage from the Gospel, which is in keeping with the sentiments wherewith the Church would have us be filled. Today She brings before us the temptation of Our Lord in the desert. What light and encouragement there is for us in the this instruction!
We acknowledge ourselves to be sinners; we are engaged, at this very time, in doing penance for the sins we have committed—but how was it that we fell into sin? The devil tempted us; we did not reject the temptation; then we yielded to the suggestion, and the sin was committed. This is the history of our past; and such it would, also, be for the future, were we not to profit by the lesson given us today by our Redeemer.
When the Apostle speaks of the wonderful mercy shown us by our Divine Savior, Who vouchsafed to make Himself like to us in all things save sin, he justly lays stress on His temptations (Heb. 4: 15). He, Who is very God, humbled Himself even so low as this, to prove how tenderly He compassionated us. Here then, we have the Saint of saints allowing the wicked spirit to approach Him, in order that we might learn, from His example, how we are to gain victory under temptation.
Satan has had his eye upon Jesus; he is troubled at beholding such matchless virtue. The wonderful circumstances of His birth; the shepherds called by angels to His crib, and the Magi guided by the star; the Infant’s escape from Herod’s plot; the testimony rendered to this new Prophet by John the Baptist: all these things, which seem so out of keeping with the thirty years spent in obscurity at Nazareth, are a mystery to the infernal serpent, and fill him with apprehension. The ineffable mystery of the Incarnation has been accomplished unknown to him; he never once suspects that the humble Virgin, Mary, is She who was foretold by the prophet Isaias, as having to bring forth the Emmanuel (Is. 7: 14); but he is aware that the time has come, that the last week spoken of to Daniel has begun its course, and that the very pagans are looking towards Judea for a deliverer. He is afraid of this Jesus; he resolves to speak with Him, and elicit from Him some expression which will show him whether He be or not the Son of God; he will tempt Him to some imperfection, or sin, which, should He commit it, will prove that the object of so much fear is, after all, but a mortal man.
The enemy of God and men is, of course, disappointed. He approaches Jesus; but all his efforts turn only to his own confusion. Our Redeemer, with all the self-possession and easy majesty of a God-Man, repels the attacks of Satan; but He reveals not His heavenly origin. The wicked spirit retires without having made any discovery beyond this—that Jesus is a prophet, faithful to God. Later on, when he sees the Son of God treated with contempt, calumniated and persecuted; when he finds that his own attempts to have Him put to death are so successful; his pride and his blindness will be at their height; and not till Jesus expires on the Cross, will he learn that his victim was not merely Man, but Man and God. Then will he discover how all his plots against Jesus have but served to manifest, in all their beauty, the mercy and justice of God: His mercy, because He saved mankind; and His justice, because He broke the power of Hell forever.
These were the designs of Divine Providence in permitting the wicked spirit to defile, by his presence, the retreat of Jesus, to speak to Him, and to lay his hands upon Him. But let us attentively consider the triple temptation in all its circumstances; for our Redeemer suffered it only in order that He might instruct and encourage us.
We have three enemies to fight against; our soul has three dangers; for, as the beloved disciple says, all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life! (1 John 2: 16) By the concupiscence of the flesh, is meant the love of sensual things, which covets whatever is agreeable to the flesh, and, when not curbed, draws the soul into unlawful pleasures. Concupiscence of the eyes expresses the love of the goods of this world, such as riches and possessions; these dazzle the eye, and then seduce the heart. Pride of life is that confidence in ourselves, which leads us to be vain and presumptuous, and makes us forget that all we have, our life and every good gift, we have from God.
Every one of our sins comes from one of these three sources; every one of our temptations aims at making us accept the concupiscence of the flesh, or the concupiscence of the eyes, or the pride of life. Our Savior, then, Who willed to be our Model in all things, deigned to subject Himself to these three temptations.
First of all Satan tempts Him in what regards the flesh: he suggests to Him to satisfy the cravings of hunger by working a miracle, and changing the stones into bread. If Jesus were to consent, and show an eagerness in giving this indulgence to His Body, the tempter will conclude that He is a frail mortal, subject to concupiscence like other men. When he tempts us, who have inherited evil concupiscence from Adam, his suggestions go further that this: he endeavors to defile the soul by the body. But the sovereign holiness of the Incarnate Word could never permit Satan to use upon Him the power which he has received of tempting man in his outward senses. The lesson, therefore, which the Son of God here gives us, is one of temperance; but we know that, for us, temperance is the mother of purity, and that intemperance excites our senses to rebel.
The second temptation is to pride: “Cast Thyself down; the angels shall bear Thee up in their hands.” The enemy is anxious to see if the favors of Heaven have produced in Jesus’ soul that haughtiness, that ungrateful self-confidence, which makes the creature arrogate God’s gifts to itself, and forget its Benefactor. Here, also, he is foiled; our Redeemer’s humility confounds the pride of the rebel angel.
He then makes a last effort: he hopes to gain over by ambition Him Who has given such proofs of temperance and humility. He shows Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and says to Him: “All these will I give Thee, if falling down, Thou wilt adore me.” Jesus rejects the wretched offer, and drives from Him the seducer, the prince of this world (John 14: 30); hereby teaching us that we must despise the riches of this world, as often as our keeping or getting them is to be on the condition of our violating the law of God and thereby paying homage to Satan.
But let us observe how it is that our Divine Model, our Redeemer, overcomes the tempter. Does He hearken to his words? Does He allow the temptation time, and give it strength by delay? We did so, when we were tempted; and we fell. But Our Lord immediately meets each temptation with the shield of God’s Word. He says: “It is written: Not on bread alone doth man live. It is written: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. It is written: The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and Him only shalt thou serve.” This, then, must be our practice for the time to come. Eve brought perdition on herself, and on the whole human race, because she listened to the serpent. He that dallies with temptation is sure to fall. We are now in a season of extraordinary grace; our hearts are on the watch, dangerous occasions are removed, everything that savors of worldliness is laid aside; our souls, purified by prayer, fasting, and almsdeeds, are to rise with Christ to a new life; but shall we persevere? All depends upon how we behave under temptation. Here, at the very opening of Lent, the Church gives us this passage of the holy Gospel, that we may have not only precept but example. If we be attentive and faithful, the lesson She gives us will produce its fruit; and when we come to the Easter solemnity, we shall have those sure pledges of perseverance: vigilance, self-diffidence, prayer, and the never-failing help of divine grace.
The Greek Church, in spite of her principle of never admitting a feast during Lent, celebrates today one of her greatest solemnities. It is called Orthodoxia, and was instituted in memory of the restoration of sacred images in Constantinople and the eastern empire, in the year 842, when the Empress Theodora (image at left), aided by the holy patriarch Methodius, put a stop to the Iconoclast persecution, and restored to the churches the holy images which the fury of the heretics had taken away.
The Station for the Mass at Rome is the patriarchal basilica of St. John Lateran. It was but right that a Sunday of such solemnity as this should be celebrated in the church which is the mother and mistress of all churches, not only of the holy city itself, but of the whole world. It is here that the public penitents would be reconciled on Maundy Thursday; it is here also, in the Baptistry of Constantine, that the catechumens would receive Baptism on the night of the Easter Vigil. No other basilica could have had such a claim for the Station of a day like this; for it is there that the Lenten Fast had been so often proclaimed by Saints Leo and Gregory.
The Introit, Gradual, Tract, Offertory and Communion are all taken from Psalm 90. We have elsewhere spoken of the appropriateness of this beautiful psalm to the spirit of the Church during the season of Lent. It bids the Christian soul to confide in the divine aid. She is now devoting her whole energies to prayer; she is engaged in battle with her own and God’s enemies. She has need of support. Let her not be afraid, God tells her; she is under His protection as well as that of the holy angels. It was this passage that Satan attempted to abuse in his second temptation:
He shall cry to Me and I will hear him: I will deliver him, and I will glorify him: I will fill him with length of days. He that dwelleth in the aid of the Most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Heaven… God hath given His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone…
In the Collect, the Church prays for Her children, that their fast may not only purify them, but also obtain for them that divine assistance, which will secure their salvation by enabling them to abound in good works:
O God, Who dost purify Thy Church by the yearly observance of Lent: grant to Thy family that what we try to obtain of Thee by abstinence, we may secure by good works. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…
There follows a Lesson from the sixth chapter of the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians:
Brethren: We entreat you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard thee, and in the day of salvation I have helped thee.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation! We give no offense to anyone, that our ministry may not be blamed. On the contrary, let us conduct ourselves in all circumstances as God’s ministers, in much patience; in tribulations, in hardships, in distresses; in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults; in labors, in sleepless night, in fastings; in innocence, in knowledge, in long-sufferings; in kindness, in the Holy Ghost, in unaffected love; in the word of truth, in the power of God; with the armor of justice on the right had and on the left; in honor and dishonor, in evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet truthful, as unknown and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastised but not killed; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing all things.
These words of the Apostle give us a very different idea of the Christian life from that which our own tepidity suggests. We dare not say that he is wrong and we are right; but we put a strange interpretation upon his words, and we tell both ourselves and those around us that the advice he here gives is not to be taken literally nowadays, and that it was written for those special difficulties of the first age of the Church, when the faithful stood in need of unusual detachment and almost heroism, because they were always in danger of persecution and death. This interpretation is full of that discretion which meets with the applause of our cowardice, and it easily persuades us to be at rest, just as though we had no dangers to fear, and no battle to fight; whereas we have both; for there is the devil, the world, flesh and blood. The Church never forgets it; and hence, at the opening of this great season, She sends us into the desert, that there we may learn from our Jesus how we are to fight. Let us go; let us learn from the temptations of our Divine Master that the life of man upon earth is a warfare (Job 7: 1), and that, unless our fighting be truceless and brave, our life, which we would fain pass in peace, will witness our defeat. That such a misfortune may not befall us, the Church cries out to us, in the words of St. Paul: Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation! Let us, in all things, comport ourselves as the servants of God, and keep our ground unflinchingly to the end of our holy campaign. God is watching over us, as He did over His beloved Son in the desert.
The Holy Gospel is taken from the fourth chapter of St. Matthew:
At that time, Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit, to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If Thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Not by bread alone does man live, but by every words that comes forth from the mouth of God’.” Then the devil took Him into the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If Thou art the Son of God, throw Thyself down; for it is written, ‘He has given His angels charge concerning Thee; and upon their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest Thou dash Thy foot against a stone’.” Jesus said to him, “It is written further, ‘Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God’.” Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. And he said to Him, “All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan, for it is written, ‘The Lord thy God shalt thou worship and Him only shalt thou serve’.” Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Let us admire the exceeding goodness of the Son of God, Who, not satisfied with atoning for all our sins by dying on the Cross, deigns to suffer a fast of forty days and forty nights, in order to encourage us to do penance. He would not that the justice of His heavenly Father should exact any punishment from us, unless He Himself first suffered it, and that too, a thousand times more severely than we could. What are all our penances, even were they done thoroughly, when we compare them with the severity of this fast of Jesus in the desert? Can we dare to be ever asking for dispensations from the little which Our Lord asks of us in atonement for our sins, which deserve such rigorous penance? Instead of complaining at our feeling a slight inconvenience of a few days’ duration, let us compassionate our innocent Jesus, Who subjects Himself to forty days of most rigorous privation of food and drink.
What was it that supported Him? Prayer, devotedness to us, and the knowledge of the exigencies of His Father’s justice. And when the forty days were over, and His human Nature was faint from exhaustion, He is assailed by temptation; but here again He thinks of us, and sets us an example: He triumphs over the temptation, calmly and resolutely, and thereby teaches us how to conquer. How blasphemous the boldness of Satan, who dares to tempt the Just One! But how divine is the patience of Jesus, Who permits the hellish monster to lay his hand upon Him, and carry Him from place to place!
The Christian soul is oftentimes exposed to the vilest insults from this same enemy; nay, at times, she is on the point of complaining to her God, for permitting her to have such humiliations. Let her, on these occasions, think upon Jesus, the Saint of saints, Who was given over, so to speak, to the wicked spirit; and yet, He is not the less the Son of God, the Conqueror of Hell; and all that Satan gains by his attack is utter defeat. In the same way, if the soul, when under the violence of temptation, resists with all her energy, she is not one jot less dear to God, and Satan retires with one more eternal shame and chastisement upon him.
Let us take part with the holy angels, who, as soon as the tempter is gone, come to our Redeemer, and respectfully administer food to Him. How affectionately do they compassionate His hunger and thirst! How zealously they make amends, by their adorations, for the frightful outrage the charity of their God, Who, out of His love for man, seems to have been forgetting His own dignity, in order to provide for the wants of the children of Adam. 
by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876
Then Jesus said to him: Be gone, Satan!”–Matt. 4 : 10.
There is but one evil, and that is sin. This evil has many different paths by which it approaches us. These paths are called temptations. It is true that of themselves temptations can not injure us. On the contrary, Holy Writ says: “Blessed is the man that endureth, for when he hath been proved he shall receive the crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love Him.” All depends upon our withstanding them, and to be able to do this we must heed the admonition of Christ, we must watch and especially guard ourselves against those temptations through which Satan most frequently approaches man.
There are in particular three temptations to which today’s Gospel refers, and to which a large portion of mankind fall victims; the three temptations, namely, with which Satan dared to tempt Christ, our Lord, Himself.
Let us see, today, what sort of temptations these are. Mary, thou mighty stronghold against the hosts of the tempter, give us thy assistance, that we may come forth victorious from the fight! I speak in the most holy name of Jesus, to the greater glory of God!
And the tempter approaching Him, said: “Command that these stones be made bread!” To what temptation do these words refer? I say to that temptation with which Satan assaults man when he enters upon life–the immoderate care for the goods of this world. It is the temptation of excessive labor, and anxiety after a business profession in order to gain a position in society. Yes, for a great number, even for many who otherwise seem to live piously, this is the net which entangles them in numberless temptations.
This regard for the world frequently causes men to forget their last aim and end. Instead of thinking only of what is requisite; for salvation, and pursuing it with their whole heart and the entire strength of their will, they live altogether for earthly things, and think seriously of nothing else. This worldly care extinguishes all their longing after perfection, and causes them to neglect those means of divine grace which are placed within their reach.
The man who is a prey to this inordinate care begins the day without prayer, and without a right intention; he neglects Mass, pious reading, and the holy Sacraments. His excuse is that his business leaves him no time for devotion, while in his intercourse with the world temptations approach him by countless roads. He hopes to satisfy the cravings of his heart with temporal wealth and pleasures; he expects to change the hard and tasteless stones of worldly enjoyment into bread which will nourish his soul but he is mistaken.
These perverse sentiments of the heart open wide the gate to all kinds of temptations; egotism, envy, anger, enmity, intemperance, deceit and injustice enter, and the wretched man endeavors to serve two masters, God and the world. But the world, at last, completely ensnares him, and, instead of conquering temptation, he is vanquished by it.
Satan said to Jesus after he had carried Him to the pinnacle of the temple: “Cast thyself down !” To what temptation do these words refer? To that dangerous state of the heart which causes man through presumption to fall a victim of his own foolhardiness.
And how? He neither fears God, nor the possibility of committing sin; he trusts in himself too much, and thinks that there is no danger of his swerving from the right path, and, while thus feeling secure, instead of avoiding temptation, he runs into it.
To this class of tempted persons belong those who are satisfied with being nominal children of the true Church, and who think that, because they are members of that Church out of whose pale there is no salvation, they will, without doubt, gain heaven. In a word, they are strangers to that fear of which St. Paul speaks when he says: “Work your salvation with fear and trembling.” To such people Satan need not go, they themselves seek him!
To this class belong also those who, in the selection of their place of business or their home, pay no attention to facilities for hearing Mass and receiving the Sacraments.
Finally, to this class belong those who are addicted to drinking, visiting bar-rooms, gambling; those who think only of pleasure, frequent dangerous company, read immoral books, and imagine that all this, in reality, has no evil consequences, and will not lead them into sin. Woe to these! They love the danger and will perish in it.
Lastly, Satan showed to Christ from the summit of a mountain all the kingdoms of the world, and said to Him: “All these will I give Thee if, falling down, thou wilt adore me.” What temptation is this? It is the temptation of self-love, of vanity, of pride in all its forms, a sin which deprives even virtuous actions of their merit. It is that self-adoration which causes man, even in a life devoted to piety, to seek more his own honor than the honor of God.
And yet how small, how trivial, is the honor which the world can give to man. Even were it to bestow all its glory and applause; how infinitely small would this be, when compared to God and the kingdom which He has promised and will give us! Those who are convinced of this truth will doubtless meet the tempter with an energetic: “Be gone!”
But it is in this determination, in this energy, that man is most deficient. Were this not the case, did he not waver, Satan would not hope, by again and again renewing his temptations, to succeed in the end; he would not even dare to tempt us. He knows well that he can do us no harm by tempting us, provided we remain firm, but that, on the contrary, he would only give us occasions to merit and adorn our crown of victory with jewels of virtue. St. Ignatius says: “Courage on our part discourages Satan.” If, however, he sees that we are in the least inclined to yield, then he is most persevering, and, tempting us again and again, attacks us on all sides and in all possible ways. Perceiving that he does not succeed in one attempt and through the instrumentality of one person, he makes a second attempt and seeks more efficient auxiliaries. He knows from experience how to undermine the foundation of great virtues and destroy them.
The one thing which frightens him and causes him to retreat is a decided: “Be gone!” In order, however, to feel strong and resolute, we must think daily and continually on the certainty of death, and on judgment, which one day will decide whether we are to dwell for evermore in heaven or in hell. If in temptation we turn to our crucified Saviour, and, making the sign of the cross, call on Jesus with the lips and the heart, Satan will flee, victory will be ours, and angels approaching us will console us with sweet thoughts of heaven! Amen!
“And the tempter coming, said to Him.”–Matt. 4 : 3.
God wills that all men should be saved, as St. Paul assures us, and Lent reminds us emphatically of the truth of these words. Many of the mysteries of the life of Christ, to which the Church refers during Lent in the Gospels at Mass, are evidences that Christ came into the world to teach men how to live in order to gain salvation, especially the mysteries of His apostolic life, which ended with His suffering and death upon the cross.
God, it is true, allows Satan to tempt us, but only in order to prove our fidelity, and to recompense us the more in the world to come. If men fail in this trial of liberty, then they have not employed the means God offers them to issue victorious from the strife. What means are these? A glance at the manner in which the: Church observes Lent will answer this question.
Mary, Mother of the elect, pray for us that we may be of the number of those who stand victoriously the test of temptation! I speak in the most holy name of Jesus, to the greater glory of God!
At the commencement of Lent the Church puts ashes upon the heads of her children, saying: “Remember, man, that thou art dust, and that into dust thou shalt return.” The Church desires to keep the thought of the certainty and proximity of death alive in the hearts of her children. One of the chief reasons why so many souls, though ransomed by the blood of Christ, are lost, is their incomprehensible forgetfulness of death. If all men possessed that consciousness of death of which the Apostle speaks, and remembered its certainty, its nearness, they would never be lost for eternity. What is it that generally leads men into temptation and takes from them all strength and courage to withstand it?
His sinful inclinations, his desire for the goods, honors, and pleasures of this world, together with the forgetfulness of the certainty and nearness of death. Oh, that all men would each morning put ashes on their heads in spirit, and repeat the words of the Church on Ash Wednesday: Remember that thou art dust, and that to dust thou shalt return. Think that this day is perhaps your last! How many of those who in the morning go bright and happy to their labor, are brought home at night corpses! If this should be the case with you, what then? As ashes placed upon burning coals deaden and even extinguish their glow, so this recollection will reduce and stifle the fire of passion.
If men would occasionally take a solitary ramble in some cemetery, and thus awaken within themselves the recollection of the certainty and nearness of death, they would gain strength for the fight against temptations of selfishness, ambition, and worldliness. How wealth, honors, and pleasures lose their attraction in the silent cities of the dead! Smoke they are and vapor, viewed from the brink of the grave.
Is it not astonishing to see how anxious men are to render their condition in life as favorable to ease and comfort as possible, how careful they are to evade anything that might endanger their welfare in this world? They never give a thought to the shortness and uncertainty of this life, to the dangers that always hang over their heads; they do not consider that daily and hourly men die, and that soon they, too, must say to themselves: My turn has come.
They hear and know that nothing is so sure, nothing as inevitable as death, and yet as a saint of latter times, the blessed Hofbauer, whose canonization is now in progress, said: “Men know that they must die, and yet they do not believe it, but live as if this life were the only one they would ever possess, the only one for which they need care. Hence their negligence in all that pertains to their salvation, and hence also their eternal destruction.”
The Church requires her children during Lent to mortify themselves by observing the laws prescribed for this season. She not only demands of them to abstain from meat and partake of only one meal a day, but she desires above all to awaken and strengthen in their hearts the spirit of self-abnegation. Holy Writ says: “The life of man upon earth is a warfare.” To conduct it properly and victoriously we must follow the admonition of Christ and mortify our selves.
The second cause of so many being lost is the want of the true spirit of repentance, and self-humiliation. Christ sent His Apostles as missionaries into the world with this message: Tell the people that if they do not repent they shall all perish. And St. Paul says: “And they who are Christ’s have crucified their flesh with its vices and concupiscences.” Man craves happiness; while here below he wishes to enjoy the pleasures of an earthly paradise, and hopes one day to share, besides, the joys of heaven.
How many there are to whom the reproach of the Apostle may be justly addressed: “Whose god is their belly!” The desire of pleasure and excitement leads man into temptation, and causes him to indulge sinful inclinations, to commit mortal sin, and so lose eternal life.
The Church exhorts her children to live in retirement and meditation during Lent, and to devote more time to prayer and religious exercises. Why are so many souls lost even among the children of the Church? I answer, because they have not the spirit of prayer and contemplation, because they have not recourse to pious books for holy thoughts. Men live thoughtlessly, and do not take time to say a daily prayer or think with recollected minds of God and the eternal truth of His Word. They do not reflect or meditate upon what they believe. They do not reduce to practice the teachings of their faith, but live, although members of the Church, like Pagans. It is for this reason that Christians as well as heathens are lost. Jeremias has said: “With desolation is the land made desolate; because there is none that considereth in the heart.” Would to God that this reproach could not be referred to Christians!
St. Teresa says: “I fear not for a soul who prays.” But how few really pray while they are going through their devotions! Only too many deserve the reproach of the Lord: “This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.” We either pray not at all, or fail in the manner, frequency, and perseverance of our aspirations to God, especially in time of temptation. Hence so many are powerless to resist the attacks of passion, and miserably fall.
The Church desires that her children, during Lent, should frequently and attentively hear the word of God and endeavor to profit by it. All, however, do not listen to her. But too many read their reproach and their condemnation in the words of Christ to the Jews. Christ Himself reproaches them, saying: “You hear not the words of God, because you are not of God.”
There are many Christians who, throughout the year, never hear a sermon, or who, if they hear one, listen to it not as to the word of God, and as if God Himself were addressing them, but regard it merely in its human element; hence their indifference to profit by it for the life to come, and hence also their eternal destruction.
The Church wishes her children to meditate, especially during Lent, upon the passion and death of Christ, in order that the love of the cross may fill their hearts. Christ says: “He who will follow me must take up his cross daily;” and the Holy Ghost: “In your patience you shall possess your souls.”
How many Christians neither love nor esteem the cross! yet they must endure the trials and afflictions of life. Their aversion to suffering only makes their burden heavier and more irksome. Murmuring against the decrees of Providence, they carry their cross as did the thief who was crucified at the left of our Lord. They forget that they can only enter the abode of the blessed by following Christ who walked before us the road of the cross to open for us the gates of heaven. Hence their weakness and faithlessness under trials and tribulations; hence, too, their eternal destruction.
The Church further desires her children during Lent to confess their sins and receive the Most Blessed Sacrament devoutly and worthily. That all do not comply with this wish, is evident from the fact, that the Church, to our great shame, has been obliged to give the following precept: “Confess your sins at least once a year to a priest duly authorized, and receive holy Communion at Easter or thereabout.”
They are in the greatest danger of making it the occasion of still greater evil. People who can only be prevailed upon by the most positive order to have recourse to the Sacraments, run a great risk of receiving them unworthily. Human respect may drive them to the confessional and the holy table:, but the chances are that they return from them more wicked, more laden with guilt than before.
Were the children of the Church to receive the Sacraments frequently and worthily, the consoling words of Christ would be fulfilled in them: “He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath everlasting life;” he “abideth in Me and I in him.” Yet how many men neglect to receive the blessed Sacrament, or else receive it without preparation or unworthily. This is the cause of the loss of many souls among Christians. Therefore, let us live, not only during Lent, but all our days, in the spirit in which the Church observes Lent, and let us practise those pious exercises which she recommends in order that after the Good-Friday of our life here below, we may celebrate Easter in the joys of life everlasting! Amen! 
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christianstevefinnell · 2 months ago
Yes, 95%, more or less, of all Baptists are Calvinists, however, many of them do not realize that fact or simply deny it.
Some tenets of Calvinism.
1. Once in grace always in grace aka know as eternal security and perseverance of the saints. [NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
2. The doctrine of original sin. That being, that because Adam sinned all men have inherited Adam's guilt and a sin nature at birth. [NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
3. Unconditional Election. God selects a certain few for salvation and selects all other to burn in hell. [NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
4. God imputes faith so the elect can believe and be saved.[NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
5. Limited Atonement. Jesus died only for the elect.[NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
6. Irresistible Grace. God selects His chosen few and they cannot resist His calling.[NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
7. Total Depravity. Men are born unable to keep from sinning. Men are not able to believe the gospel unless God forces them to believe.[NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
8. Men are saved by grace alone. Men have no responsibility to believe and be saved.[NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
9. Men are saved by faith only. Immersion in water is not essential in order to be saved. [NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
10. The minute a person believes that Jesus is the Son of God and confesses Him as Lord his sins are forgiven. Men's sins are forgiven and then they are baptized in water as a testimony of their faith.[NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
11. God predestined some individuals to be saved and predestined all others to be lost.[NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE]
If you believe like a Calvinists. If you teach doctrine like a  Calvinist. You are a Calvinist.
   A Controversial Newsletter “The Printed Voice of Summit Theological Seminary” ~ All articles are written by George L. Faull, Rel. D. unless otherwise stated ~ Vol. 28 No. 4 October 2015 George L. Faull, Editor
The Irrationality of Calvinism --By Terry Carter
The following quotes are from the book The Five Points of Calvinism by Edwin H. Palmer. Edwin Palmer was the Executive Secretary of the NIV and General Editor of the NIV Study Bible. He was a very strong Calvinist. The following quotes from his book demonstrate that as a strong defender of Calvinism, he was honest enough to admit that it is an irrational and contradictory belief system. His statements speak for themselves.
“By way of anticipation, it should be pointed out that the Calvinist keeps both God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, even though he cannot rationally reconcile the two.” (Page 35)
“Contrary to what most people think, the Calvinist teaches that man is free – one hundred percent free – free to do exactly what he wants…And just because man is free, man is a slave…In other words, the Christian does not have free will.” (Pages 35-36)
“Here we stand before a fundamental mystery. On the one hand, the Bible teaches that God intends that salvation will be for only certain people. On the other hand, the Bible unequivocally declares that God freely and sincerely offers salvation to everyone…Peter writes with unmistakable clarity that the Lord is ‘Longsuffering toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’ (II Peter 3:9)…Here we come again to that fundamental problem of God…To man it seems impossible to reconcile both truths. They seem to contradict each other.” (Page 51)
“Although it is true that none would be saved were it not for the irresistible grace of God, no one may ever fall into the rationalistic trap of saying that he has nothing to do…The Bible never allows that. It comes with only one command: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ…So believe. God commands you to. But if you do, thank God for causing you to do so.” (Page 66)
“It is even Biblical to say that God has foreordained sin. If sin was outside the plan of God, then not a single important affair of life would be ruled by God.” (Page 82)
“In other words, God made it absolutely certain that Joseph’s brothers would sin; yet He did it in such a way that the brothers and not God are to blame…In other words, sin is ordained by God.” (Page 83)
“But if anyone has really been thinking, he has probably raised a serious objection many times…For, where is God’s holiness? If He ordained the sin of Joseph’s brothers and the sin of Judas, how can any rational person say that God is holy? Isn’t God to blame?” (Pages 83-84)
“He correctly sees the problem: reconciling the two opposing forces of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility…He reasons that he cannot logically reconcile these two apparently contradictory facts. So he holds to one set of facts and denies the other. He holds to man’s freedom and restricts God’s sovereignty. In this way, he has no rational problem. The contradiction dissolves.” (Page 84)
“…the Calvinists accept both sides of the antimony. He realizes that what he advocates is ridiculous. It is simply impossible for man to harmonize these two sets of data. To say on one hand that God has made certain all that ever happens, and yet to say that man is responsible for what he does? Nonsense! It must be one or the other, but not both. To say that God foreordains the sin of Judas, and yet Judas is to blame? Foolishness! Logically the author of The Predestined Thief was right. God cannot foreordain the theft and then blame the thief. And the Calvinist freely admits that his position is illogical, ridiculous, nonsensical, and foolish…The Calvinist holds to two apparently contradictory positions. He says on one hand, God has ordained all things. Then he turns around and says to every man, ‘Your salvation is up to you. You must believe. It is your duty and responsibility. And if you don’t, you cannot blame God. You must only blame yourself’”. (Page 85)
“In the face of all logic, the Calvinist says that if a man does anything good, God gets all the glory; and if man does anything bad, man gets all the blame. Man can’t win. To many people such a position seems foolish. It seems unreasonable…he [the Calvinist] accepts this paradox of divine sovereignty and human responsibility. "From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth, from the laziness that is content with halftruths, from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth, O, God of Truth, deliver us." 2 THE GOSPEL UNASHAMED October 2015 He cannot reconcile the two; but…he accepts both.” (Pages 85-86)
“…although sanctification is a gift of God, and it is God who works in us to do good things, nevertheless, it is our responsibility to use the means of grace, and not wait for God to move us.” (Page 87)
“It’s up to you. But if you do believe, than (sic) thank God for making you want to believe.” (Page 93)
“Many Christians…cannot bear to think that God has ordained sin. It sounds nonsensical, especially… [since] …God is holy and the antithesis of sin…This does not make sense…” (Page 97)
“To say it another way, God willingly permits sin…In the final analysis, we cannot really understand…We may not be able to reconcile these two theses.” (Page 99)
“Although all things – unbelief and sin included – proceed from God’s eternal decree, man is still to blame for his sins. He is guilty; it is his fault, not God’s.” (Page 106)
“As Calvin said, ‘Although God and the devil will the same thing, they do so in an entirely different manner.’” (Page 106)
“How [says the non-Calvinist] can you read it other than as a total contradiction, a yes and no on the same point? The question that is being asked is not: What does the Bible say? But rather: What can my finite reason understand? What is contradictory and what is not?” (Page 107)
“John Murray takes the same humble [I, Terry, say irrational] attitude…even though to his mind there is a contradiction…’it cannot be gainsaid that God decretively [ultimately] forbids what he perceptively [directly] commands…If I am not mistaken, it is at this point that the sovereignty of God makes the human mind reel as it does nowhere else in connection with this topic.’” (Pages 108-109)
Now consider some statements by Robert A. Peterson and Michael D. Williams from their book, “Why I am not an Arminian”.
“Notice that sovereignty and freedom don’t cancel each other out…Rather, in a way that we cannot fully comprehend, God is absolutely in control, and we are genuinely responsible.” (Page 64)
“God does not save all sinners, for ultimately he does not intend to save all of them. The gift of faith is necessary for salvation, yet for reasons beyond our ken, the gift of faith has not been given to all.” (Page 128)
“Yet people cannot be saved without God’s powerful work in them. God wants all to hear the gospel, but he intends to save only some. Why that is the case, we do not know.” (Page 129)
“Scripture constrains us to say that God is not the cause of sin, yet somehow, in ways we cannot fathom, His sovereign plan includes the sinful acts of human beings. ‘To put it bluntly,” writes Carson, ‘God stands behind evil in such a way that not even evil takes place outside the bounds of his sovereignty, yet evil is not morally chargeable to him.’ Exactly how God relates to the sinful behaviors of human beings we do not know…We do not know how it is that God sovereignly directs and ordains our freely chosen paths and, yes, our sinful acts as well as the good that we do.” (Pages 160-161)
“For reasons known only to God, He has not chosen to save all human beings.” (Page 190)
“But John 3:16-17 teaches that God loves all sinners, a truth unfortunately not endorsed by all Calvinists…When asked how we reconcile these passages with those that teach God’s special love for the elect, we admit that our theology contains rough edges. But we would rather have an imperfect theology and be faithful to the whole witness of Scripture than to mute the voice of some texts as Calvinists have sometimes done…Furthermore, we do not regard this problem as insoluble for the mind of God…But we admit that our present state of knowledge prohibits us from explaining how God can love all persons savingly in the one sense and only love some savingly in another sense.” (Pages 211-213)
“We also affirmed that the Bible teaches two seemingly contradictory, but ultimately complementary truths (1) God loves a sinful world, and (2) he has a special effective love only for the elect. Only by affirming these two truths simultaneously do we do justice to scriptural teaching.” (Page 214)
Interestingly, Palmer has the following, somewhat inconsistent, things to say about logic and the Bible. “And sometimes logic – to the dismay of some Biblicists - has to be used. But there is nothing wrong with using logic if we do it properly.” (Page 109)
“The temptation is to accept only what our logic approves rather than what the Bible teaches.” (Page 111)
Palmer repeatedly presents a false dichotomy as though we must choose between what is logical and rational or what the Bible teaches. This, in reality, is a claim that the Bible is irrational, illogical, and contradictory. At the same time it is an admission that Calvinism is illogical, irrational, and contradictory. Yet, Peterson and Williams admit that a doctrine needs to pass the logic test as well as the Biblical test.
“To be true, a doctrine must pass not only a test of logical coherence but also a test of empirical fit with the Bible’s data.” (Page 202)
The real choice is not between logic and Scripture, but between an irrational theology and the truth of what the Bible teaches.
God is not irrational, illogical, or contradictory, nor is He the author of confusion.
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” --I Corinthians 14:33Posted by
A Look at
Acts 2:39 by George L. Faull
I thought it might
be well for me to
comment on a
verse-Acts 2:39.
Though we often
refer to verse 38
of Peter’s sermon on Pentecost, we would do well to read
the context. Verse 39 is abused by many. Let’s look at
verses 37-41.
“37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their
heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles,
Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said
unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise
is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And
with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then
they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three
thousand souls.”
The 39th verse is an abused text by four major religious
factions to prove their particular heresy.
THE PENTECOSTALS use the verse to prove that the
Holy Spirit’s miraculous power is available to all men
today. They consider “the Promise” to refer back to
verses 16-21.
These verses are a quote of a prophecy of Joel, which
states that wonders will be done in the last days by those
of “all ages”, old and young, “all genders”, sons and
daughters, “all social status”, my servants and
handmaidens, and “all nations”, all flesh.
They ignore a sermon had been completed and Christ
was shown to be both Lord and Christ and they had killed
Him. The listeners asked the question, “Men and
brethren, what shall we do?” Peter’s answer in verse 38
shows the question was not what shall we do to get these
miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit. Rather, what do we do
to be forgiven for our killing our Messiah? It was a
specific question about salvation and not about speaking
in tongues or the wonders and signs of Joel’s prophecy.
The question preceded the offer of salvation and the gift
of the Spirit. Acts 2:39
THE ROMANISTS who favor infant baptism make their
emphasis on the inclusion of children receiving the
promise offered by Peter. On the contrary, it is a promise
to the descendants of the listeners who could enjoy the
promise of salvation and the Holy Spirit if they too repent
and are baptized.
It is ludicrous to get out of this text that there is grace
bestowed in baptizing unbelieving babies who need no
repentance. There is no water regeneration taught in
verses 38 – 39. There is no merit or dispensing of grace
by baptizing infants who can neither believe nor in need of
Even Albert Barnes, who advocated infant baptism,
rebukes those who try to use this verse to advocate infant
baptism. “It does not refer to children as children, and
should not be adduced to establish the propriety of infant
baptism, or as applicable particularly to infants. It is a
promise, indeed, to parents, that the blessings of salvation
shall not be confined to parents, but shall be extended
also to their posterity. Under this promise parents may be
encouraged to train up their children for God; to devote
them to his service; believing that it is the gracious
purpose of God to perpetuate the blessings of salvation
from age to age.”
THE CALVINISTS are the third group that abuses this
text. They take their clue from the expression, “even as
many as the Lord our God shall call.” The word, “call”, is
the trigger word for a Calvinist. Their doctrine is that God
calls specific persons to salvation to the exclusion of
When they hear the word “call”, it conjures up in their
mind the whole theory of election, predestination, and
eternal security. They like to point out the last phase of
verse 39 is in the middle voice and this means God is
doing the calling.
In Robertson Word Study (he is a Calvinist) writes, “It is a
first aorist middle subjunction with ‘an’ in an indefinite
relative clause, a perfectly regular construction. The Lord
"From the cowardice that shrinks from
new truth, from the laziness that is content
with half truths, from the arrogance that
thinks it knows all truth, O, God of Truth,
deliver us."2 THE GOSPEL UNASHAMED April 2010
calls men of every nation, anywhere, whether Jew or
Gentile.” We have never read the verse any other way
than the Lord is calling men to Himself.
THE BEREAN BIBLE SOCIETY is the fourth group that
abuses the text and are the successors of E. W. Bullinger,
Corneluis Stam, and J. C. Ohair. They teach that the
Gospel invitation offered here by Peter was for Jews only.
They are hyper or ultra-dispensationalists in that they
believe this offer by Peter was for a Jewish millennial
They believe baptism is a Jewish ordinance and has been
phased out for today and not a requirement for this
They ignore that those who are “afar off”, in verse 39, are
the Gentiles as Ephesians 2:12-16 plainly affirms.
They pretend that the gospel of Peter and Paul differ and
that Paul, as the apostle to the Gentiles, revealed a
different Gospel than Peter.
Such alleged scholars wrest this Scripture as they do all
the Scriptures.
II Peter 3:15-16: “15 And account that the longsuffering of
our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul
also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written
unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them
of these things; in which are some things hard to be
understood, which they that are unlearned and
unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures,
unto their own destruction.”
The listeners and their children and those who were “afar
off” (Gentiles) are all made the promise of the remission of
sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit when they repent and
are immersed. This agrees perfectly with other Bible
1. The Gospel call is for the Jew first, also to the
Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the
gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew
first, and also to the Greek.”
2. Those who are “afar off” are the Gentiles.
Ephesians 2:12-13: “12 That at that time ye were
without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the
covenants of promise, having no hope, and
without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ
Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are
made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
3. The Lord calls men to Himself by the Gospel.
Listen how it is done.
II Thessalonians 2:13-14: “13 But we are bound
to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren
beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the
beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the
obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
4. Why does God send out this call? He wants
all men to come to repentance and not perish.
II Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning his
promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to
5. The call to the Father is offered to “whosoever
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.”
Revelation 22:17: “And the Spirit and the bride
say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever
will, let him take the water of life freely.”
So our Pentecostal, Romanist, Calvinist, and Berean
friends have twisted or perverted this text. It is very
simple to understand the meaning.
In verse 37 a question is asked, “Men and brethren, what
shall we do?” (Since we killed the Christ.)
In verse 38 an answer is given. There are two
commands, “Repent and be baptized” and two results
promised “the remission of sins and the Gift of the Holy
In verse 39 we are told who can repent and be baptized
and enjoy the promise of salvation. “For the promise is
unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
In verse 40 an offer was made, “Save yourselves (it is
passive) from this untoward (perverted) generation.”
In verse 41 we are told the response to the offer that
Peter made in his sermon, “Then they that gladly received
his word were baptized: and the same day there were
added …about three thousand souls.”
Do not be misled by the theologies of men. A text out of
context becomes a pretext.
Those who responded had heard the call of God and they
came to Him and obeyed the offer.
God does the saving if we do not refuse His call.April 2010 THE GOSPEL UNASHAMED 3
Joel had said, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever
shall call on the name of the LORD shall be
delivered:….” Joel 2:32a
Paul was told, “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be
baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the
name of the Lord.” Acts 22:16
God has called you by the Good News of the Gospel and
now you need to call upon Him. God has always planned
that Abraham’s seed, which is Christ, be a blessing to all
nations, not just the Jews. The promise to all was made
in Peter’s sermon on Pentecost in verse 39.
What says the Scripture? Galatians 3:8: “And the
scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen
through faith, preached before the gospel unto
Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.”
Galatians 3:27-29: “27 For as many of you as have
been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There
is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in
Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Won’t you, like the 3,000 on Pentecost, gladly receive the
Word and be baptized and let the Lord add you to His
He will keep His promise. That has been His desire for all
men from the foundation of the world.
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