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The Family, chapter 3

Friday, May 7th, 2021

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    People are coached to say, ‘Jesus is the Son of God’, ‘they love God’ etc, are speaking without understanding. Coaching is likely from sources whose god condones many imaginary beliefs, ‘unless the ways of God are revealed practiced and loved.’ It’s what Jesus’ apostle John communicated to God’s church when Jesus is revealed. 

    (1John 4:15-19; If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him, and he in God, and we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love, resides in God, and God resides in him. By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the ‘day of judgment’, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.)

   As Jesus is, so are we in this world? That is, if He resides in us, we are as Jesus, meaning our practices mimic His.  Protestant Christendom folk teach, (do a public confession, ‘say you believe in Jesus as Savior, turn from sin, and you are saved.’) What’s omitted? (Understanding, Jesus’ past, present and future deity, knowing God revealed the Holy Scripture; ‘opposed to simply believing Jesus lived and died for the remission of sin.’) (Believing in Jesus begins with looking to Him as Lord over your life practices, Originator of life, Re-creator, Creator, Deliverer, Redeemer, Mediator, and coming King of Kings. Such a belief produces a loving desire to please and obey Jesus as He God the Father.

    Christendom’s believe, and confess your sin crowd, teach a latitude of life choices. Called gifted to believe in people accepts the reality that God’s inspired word is absolute, and to be practiced out of a loving respect. These know Jesus as Lord, don’t desire alternate choices regarding practices, ‘what to turn from, what to turn to’, because it’s revealed to the mind, ‘knowing they’re bought with the price of Jesus’ shed blood.’ Know Jesus nourishes as a Vine the branch, and leads as a Shepherd the sheep.

Denominations practice many divisonary ways, according to what seems right to their fleshly nature - intellect, don’t define one being Christ Like, only a religion with choice ways.  According to Jesus it’s a must that His followers practice His truth, not many, but one truth. His aren’t evolving traditions, and not popular with the world. He told us who this world’s system of things worshiped, defining religions as ‘the blind leading the blind.’ Even people who only read the Holy Scriptures know that Jesus taught, ‘it’s the many that are deceived.’ He inspired Matthew, Mark and Luke to record His word in this regard.

(Luke 21:8; Watch out that you are not misled. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and time is near. Do not follow them!) (Mark 13:5-6; Watch out that no one misleads you. Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and they will mislead many.) (Matthew 24:5; For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.) We should know to, watch out, for the most popular doctrines, traditions, and practices. (When one is led to believe IN God, “practicing His Way rather than what may seem right, demonstrates believing IN.” Religions teach a belief in a god of personal choice, make manufactured deities out to be one fitting their personal ideas. Many denominations allow membership to people practicing life styles that are an abomination to our Creator. Differing the revelations Jesus gave His apostle Paul.)

(Rom 3:4; Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.) A quote from Psalms 51:4.

(John 3:18-21; The one who believes Jesus is not condemned. The one who does NOT believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed IN the name of the One and only Son of God. Now this is the basis for judging: that the Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.)

    Coming to The Light is practicing of truth. We must consider every human teacher a liar, until proven in Jesus’ light. How many professing Christians are led to this mind set? John recorded Jesus’ words on this subject, recording Jesus saying; “seeing Me is to see the Father.”

(John 12:44-50; But Jesus shouted out, The one who believes IN Me does not, believe in Me, but in the One who sent Me, and the one who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I have come as a Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me should not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day. For I have not spoken from My own authority, but the Father Himself who sent Me has commanded Me what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told Me.)

Jesus taught nothing His Father had not approved! Likewise, we must only teach what’s approved by Jesus.

Practices according to what seems right is idolatry, and makes a person their own god, which is what we’re prone to do, until His truth is revealed, miraculously.

Jesus teaches that Satan is real, and has many followers. Following any, other than Jesus, as He’s manifested to be, is idolatry. Satan leads some to make gods of the law by idolizing it. God’s ten commandments can be misused when His spiritual intent isn’t understood. Some religions make their own laws, some as an allegory symbolizing God’s commandments. Such feel good about developing their own standards, when in the name of Jesus it’s viewed as, committing spiritual adultery. Consider Paul’s explanation to the Galatians regarding laws, covenants, God’s promise and freedom.

(Gal 4:21-31; Tell me, you who want to be under the law, do you not understand the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. The son by the slave woman, was born by natural descent, while the other, the son by the free woman, was born through the promise. (These things may be treated as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants.) One is from Mount Sinai bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar. Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.

    But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written: “Rejoice, O barren woman who does not bear children; break forth and shout, you who have no birth pains, because the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband.)

Children of the desolate woman are numerous and enslaved to their personal views, children of the woman with a husband is free, saved by promise.

But you brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac. But, just as at that time the one born by natural descent persecuted the one, born, according to the spirit, so it is now. But what does the scripture say? “Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son” of the free woman. Therefore brothers and sisters, we ARE NOT children of the slave woman but of the free woman.)

Freedom in Christ is by promise as was Isaac’s birth. Christians are called by promise, as a predestined wife, ‘Jesus’ church’ and head of the church is Jesus. Christians are Believers IN God, and spiritually law abiding. Christians love God’s Law, and obey in His spiritual intent. Practicing truth shows a belief in Jesus, God the Father and His promises, as did Abraham. (Gal 3:29; If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

From the beginning, Satan’s purpose is, “cause people made in God’s image, doubt their Creator, regarding right, wrong good and evil. Consider Genesis 2:15-17; The Lord God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it. Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.)

Its God’s prerogative to establish rules for, “what’s right, wrong, good, and evil.” Self serving people can’t know, nor discern these things from within their fleshly animalistic nature. Satan knew they’d desire knowledge independent of God, so he sold disobedience. Result: all people inherited Adam’s sin nature, that payoff is eternal death. Thus Jesus inspired Paul to write the following.

(Rom 6:23; For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.) The originator of life, ‘Jesus’ created life to be in the blood, so, eternal life can only be through believing in Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of sin, planned before the foundation of the world. Satan wants people’s thinking independent of God for his destructive purpose.

(Genesis 3:4-5; The serpent called God a liar, saying to the woman, surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.)

    People can’t practice Jesus’ truth, and live Satan’s lie simultaneously; thinking people are born to live forever someplace, “that is have immortality from birth is a twist of many truths. Worshipfully yielding to imaginary gods, including one’s intellect is spiritual adultery.

    (Luke 16:10-13; The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches? And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.)

Abominable to Jesus, things, ways, and practices are abominable to His followers. To practice truth one must be gifted to know truth.

The Family, chapter 2

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

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    All people have instinctive, fleshly love, for ‘me, mine and ours.’ Instinctive love differs from Godly love, it isn‘t altruistic, God’s altruistic love considers others’ benefits more than their own. God is love, and when born from above, we’re ‘supernaturally gifted with a new nature’ we consider all things from God’s view.

    Only Jesus was a, ‘born of the spirit person.’ Impregnated by God’s spirit, in the womb of His mother ‘Mary’, purposely allowed to overcome the flesh and grow spiritually so people’s sins could be remitted through His shed blood.  

    (Heb 4:14-16; Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.)

    Before His fleshly birth Jesus was the Son of God, the Alpha & Omega, Re-creator, Creator, and One through whom all things were allocated. Jesus had His apostle Paul explain; (Col 1:15-20; He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by Him — all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers — all things were created through Him and for Him. He Himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that He Himself may become first in all things. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in the Son, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross — through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.)

    The Son of God ’Jesus’, originator of life, willingly served in the flesh, and willingly became the sacrificial Lamb, who’d die for the sins of the world. He left us a historical legacy for our learning.  The Noah day flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Israel’s history for all to see. (See ‘Acts of the Apostles’, chapter 7: (a young deacon named ‘Stephen’ presented an over view of Israel’s history up to the time of Jesus.) One who’d become Jesus’ apostle witnessed his stoning, condoned his murder, ‘then Jesus revealed Himself to him as he travel to Damascus to murder and persecute more followers of Jesus.

    Jesus giving sin laden countries to the Israelites was the loving thing to do, as was His coming in the flesh as the ‘Son of God - Lamb of God’ to demonstrate Godly attributes, and give of Himself, with no thought of usurping His Father’s position. He’s our Mediator, demonstrating Godly love that isn’t understood from within our inherited from Adam, animalistic intellect.

      (Philippians 2:3-11; Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled Himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross!

    As a result God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.)     

     People don’t naturally inherit altruistic love for one another. Godly love is gifted supernaturally from above. Only through His abiding spirit, are people able to love as Jesus loved. That is, ‘only when fathered by the Holy Spirit are people gifted with Godly love; even for enemies.

    Followers of Jesus love less by comparison, ‘the unrighteous.’ His followers have a gifted love for each, ‘but hate ourselves, and others inherited self serving way. Followers of Jesus are given to understand, ‘from where God has supernaturally brought us.’ Recognize that we each once yielded to what seemed right to that inherited from Adam nature.

    Instinctively most have fleshly love of spouse, children, next of kin, and our stuff, through our sin nature inherited from Adam; that is, ‘we tend to desire our own way,’ the way that seems right, to our fleshly mind. We’re prone to be self centered, self righteous, and love dominance. Fleshly love leads each down the broad destructive road, until God is supernaturally revealed, and imputes a nature change. Jesus referred to this change as, ‘being born again’, ‘born from above’, or ‘Fathered by God.’

      LOVE, the word; is thrown around habitually in daily speech, its intended meaning from God’s View is lost in these modern times. (The love chapter in Holy Scripture is, ‘first Corinthians 13: and its last sentence reads; (Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.)

   Without gifted Godly love imputed to our minds, ‘faith and hope prayers amount to what‘s good for, ‘me, mine and ours.’ People like to define words like ‘love’ and ‘truth’ from within what seems right, rather than what God says is right. In other words, it’s in our instinctive nature to be gods to ourselves. This makes unbelieving people deny creation, reject God’s way, and, live an idolatrous life of deciding for self, ‘thus a god to themselves.’

    We use words like, ‘imputed to the mind’ because Godly love is a gifted imputation, a supernatural opening of understanding! Love is understood by a, ‘peculiar to the world people’, ’God‘s choosing.’ Consider Jesus’ apostle John’s definition of Godly love, obviously its more than fleshly love.

   (1John 4:7-14; Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent His One and only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. In this is love; not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

    Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we reside in God and He in us; ‘in that He has given us of His Spirit.’ And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.)

    These aren’t mere words, nor without truth understanding. TRUTH to people, ‘without imputed revelation is mere words.’ A coined term, ‘spiritual DNA’ may apply. Consider that as we look at John’s next five verses.

    (1John 4:15-19; If anyone confesses, that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him, and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. One who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. We love because He loved us first.)

      The foundation of knowing faith is to know we’re created in God’s image and for His purpose. We learn to make our speech pure in meaning, as His word is understood.

    We should note in these verses, that Jesus’ inspiration to John includes, God the Father and God the Son. He sent His Son and His Son was totally yielded to His Father.

    Jesus teaches us through His sample prayer, address His Father. In Jesus’ prayer, ‘during His ministry on earth’ (it’s clear that God the Father and God the Son are ONE in purpose, and Jesus is now with His Father at His heavenly throne. They’ll each reside in New Jerusalem, there’ll no longer be any curse, the throne of God and the Lamb will be New Jerusalem. See Rev 22:3) For this study consider chapters 21 & 22)

      (Mark 12:28-34; Now, one of the experts in the law came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, Which commandment is the most important of all? Jesus answered, the most important is: (listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.) (The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” The expert in the law said to Him, that is true Teacher; you are right to say that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him. And to love Him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, He said to him, you are not far from the kingdom of God. Then no one dared any longer to question Him.)

     To love God with all our being, love neighbor as ourselves, must be gifted from above. Jesus is speaking of Godly gifted love, and revealed the same to John. Not instinctive inherited fleshly love, that’s mere words. Jesus inspired His prophet Micah to pen.

    (Micah 6:8; He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, (KJV “love mercy”) be faithful, and to live obediently before your God.) To the Israelites Jesus spoke through Moses. 

    (Deuteronomy 7:7-11; It is NOT because you were more numerous than all the other peoples that the Lord favored and chose you – for in fact you were the least numerous of all peoples. Rather it is because of His love for you and His faithfulness to the promise He solemnly vowed to your ancestors that the Lord brought you out with great power, redeeming you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So realize that the Lord your God is the true God, the faithful God who keeps covenant faithfully with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations, but who pays back those who hate Him as they deserve and destroys them. He will not ignore those who hate Him but will repay them as they deserve! So keep the commandments, statutes, and ordinances that I today am commanding you to do.)

    Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are perpetual and will be carried out during Jesus’ millennial rule on earth.

      God is still in the business of choosing, and redeeming from the slavery of sin. The LORD’S loving promises to Abraham are extended to Believers. Jesus’ apostle Paul explained to the Galatians.

      (For in Christ Jesus you are all Sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.) Gal 3:26-29.

      Believers are one in Jesus! ONE in the same way that God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are ONE! AT ONE in righteousness, is Godly love. All people have a degree of instinctive love for self, we love ourselves and ours.

      (John 3:5-8; Jesus answered, I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must all be born from above.’ The wind blows wherever it will, and you hear the sound it makes, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.)

      We don’t know all the whys. We know we’re creation, and all things are at God’s prerogative. We know, ‘born from above is likened to wind’ we know if we have a changed outlook. It’s God’s love in action. Study John 3:

The Family, chapter 1

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

   T0: 32,564 ‘Church of God teaching.’ God’s 2nd Mo. Lyyar 19, 5,781, 5/1/21.   Maturity and Godly faith is needed in marriage and child rearing. Light heartiness and youthfulness in marriage relations is good; but, not a good mix in child rearing. Children are born with a, ’me first mentality.’ In need of Godly correction and discipline with love. They’re quick to pick up on parental and societal hypocrisy, and likely to mimic these hypocrisies when God’s truth isn’t taught. The mark is missed when the ten commandments and oracles of God aren’t taught.

Satan’s influence on modern world thinking is; confusion but God isn’t the author of confusion/disorder. (See 1Cor 14:33 - KJT) Confusion’s result is, unhappy homes, unfaithful marriages, lack of loyalty and disruptive children. (Satan’s is the get way, and (giving children an abundance of stuff in place of loving discipline is counterfeit love.) God’s is the ‘way of give’, giving of time, and self with outgoing love, fashions godly children.) Parents exercising self discipline with discipline are mimicked by children. Our Creator’s attributes that need to be mimicked is that of love, mercy, grace and practice. Parent duty is, (be consistent in teaching discipline with love.) Intended result should be; (respect of authority, concern for others and knowledge of God’s way. These are a few things people will learn and practice when Jesus returns, communities will understand children’s needs.

Today Jesus is still teaching through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joseph, His apostles and prophets’ examples. Godly principles don’t change; Peter shares God’s loving attributes by His destroying un-godliness during Abraham and Lot’s day.

    Abraham and nephew Lot accumulated animal herds, wealth and servants, they decided among themselves to separate because of arguments between their servants. Abraham had the mind to stay in rural areas; Lot’s choice put him among many unbelievers. Lot, his wife and children were exposed to and influenced by bad examples, and false teachers.

    Jesus’ apostle Peter used Lot’s family example for our learning in this latter age, this age in which Satan is the world’s god.(See 2Corinthians 4:3-4)

(2Peter 2:1-3; But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves. And many will follow their debauched lifestyles. Because of these false teachers, ‘the way of truth will be slandered.’ And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation pronounced long ago is not sitting idly by; their destruction is not asleep.)

Architect; ‘our Creator, Lord and Savior Jesus’, foreknew all things, and pronounced the result of people’s learning the false way. The many are destined to follow the broad false way; lacking understanding and yielding to false teachers. Few are led to question, and meditate on their chosen way of living. Few are led to independently look to God and His Word for individual guidance. The majority practice the way of sin, ‘lawlessness in God’s view’ regarding their conduct, in marriage, and training their children.) RESULT of such worship has been pronounced in advance! The question? Who has the mind to pay attention to their Creator’s laws given for their good?

(2Peter 2:4-10; For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into HELL (Greek – TARTARUS - study the meaning below,) and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment, and if He did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, when God brought a flood on an ungodly world, and if He turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when He condemned them to destruction, having appointed them to serve as an example to future generations of the ungodly, and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless men, (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) – if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment, especially those who indulge their fleshly desires and who despise authority.)

(TARTARUS, in Greek, is as in casting into, or holding captive.) This Greek verb - occurs only here in the New Testament, but its meaning is clearly established in both Hellenistic and Jewish literature. (Tartarus was thought of by the Greeks, ‘as a subterranean place lower than Hades where divine punishment was meted out, and so regarded in Israelite apocalyptic as well.) (BDAG 991 s.v.) Grammatically, it has been translated as an indicative because it is an attendant circumstance participle.)

The characteristics and plight of such leader’s of people, are described in Peter’s later part of verses 10-15.) (The “hell, hades, tartarus teaching” became a part of all demonic inspired religions, from the foundational lie Satan spoke to Eve, calling God a liar.) Saying, God knows that you will not surely die, but be as divine beings. The idea; you would not surely die, transpired into the thinking, ‘that all people are born immortal.’ Meaning, at death, there’s a final separation, of good and bad people living forever, but in separate place.

(2Peter 2:10-16; Brazen and insolent, they are not afraid to insult the glorious ones, yet even angels, who are much more powerful, do not bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord. But these men, like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed – do not understand whom they are insulting, and consequently in their destruction they will be destroyed, suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, they are stains and blemishes, indulging in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. Their eyes, full of adultery, never stop sinning; they entice unstable people. They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, yet was rebuked for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, speaking with a human voice, restrained the prophet’s madness.)

BALAAM was one knowing the ways of God, but loved the, preeminence – status, or position” a Gentile government could offer. God allowed Balaam to lead His people to inner-marry with unbelieving gentiles.

(2Peter 2:17-22; These men (likened to Balaam) are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness have been reserved. For by speaking high-sounding but empty words they are able to entice, with fleshly desires and with debauchery, (immoral behavior) people who have just escaped from those who reside in error. Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first. For, it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. They are illustrations of this true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and A sow, after washing herself, wallows in the mire.)

Peter is describing this world’s populations. The lesson for families in this age of immoral behaviors is, ‘LOOK TO GOD rather than people for the correct life style God blesses. Look to God, rather than modern day psychologist, regarding the training of children. (For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.)

At the time of Peter’s writing, all the apostles were very concerned about false teachers entering God’s churches and confusing the people. Consider Peter’s continued words at chapter 3: written to this converted to God’s Way congregation.

(2Peter 3:1-7; Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder: I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the Word of God heavens existed long ago and this earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same Word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment, and destruction of the ungodly.)

Jesus and each apostle taught the destruction of ungodly people, ‘a burning up.’ Satan’s successes are many; he literally has this earth’s populations upside down, confused about a multitude of things. He has succeeded through this world’s education system, how families should live, and rear their children. We are truly in a time much like, Lot experienced. Divorce, unfaithfulness, homosexuality is all around us, and condoned by the majorities. The only answer is the return of our Lord, Shepherd and Savior, Jesus Christ. (His View Assemblies)