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Laws are made for law breakers. If we virtually unconsciously, routinely observe the laws of man, it is common knowledge that we have nothing to fear from the law.

If we observe the law of God routinely, attesting that we have passed from death unto life, why devote attention to it? Isn’t it enough that we finally “get it,” that we finally realize the “how to” of righteous living?

There exists two good reasons for devoting attention to this matter.

First, many have not entered into that blessed state, and we earnestly desire that they do so. This is not as arrogant as it appears on the surface. When we understand the ”how to” of righteous living, we realize that we get our righteousness from living in Jesus, by abiding in Him. So it is not a statement of what we can do. It’s actually a praise statement of our indebtedness to the real Jesus, for what He can do in us—when He is really, truly living out His life in us.

Second, we are keenly aware of the consequences of sin, having new knowledge of the character of God. We tremble as we see the condition of the earth and know the consequences she faces, when God is obliged to release earth, into the hands of Satan, her chosen master. All this because humanity refuses to obey God.

It has been said that there is no salvation merit in obedience to God’s law. So why obey? There are virtually a million things that have no salvation merit, but we are still well advised to do them.

There is no salvation merit in tying our shoes. But is there wisdom? Yes. If we have shoes with laces in them, isn’t it wise to tie them up? And what of washing our car. Do we wash our car? Do we mow the lawn, eat, go to work, take a bath, brush our teeth? Yes, indeed we do, unless we want to appear slovenly. But there is no salvation merit in any of them. Can we entertain the idea that while there is no salvation merit in doing any of these things, there is indeed wisdom.

And what of obeying God? Is there wisdom in obeying God, although there is no salvation merit in it? What is the opposite of obedience. What are we doing if we are not obeying God? Answer: Disobedience. Is there salvation merit in disobedience? Most definitely No! But if we are not obedient, it follows that we are disobedient; there is no middle ground. But Satan wants to assure us, by twisted theology, that it’s okay to disobey, because there is no salvation merit in obedience. But is there salvation merit in disobedience? No. In disobedience there is most definitely loss of soul. Let’s streamline our thinking where obedience is concerned, because it is still true, if we love Jesus, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). It’s elementary.

Will anyone go to heaven who doesn’t love Jesus? I hope you said No! Isn’t obedience the way God can tell whether we love Him or not? If you say you can’t obey, you’re admitting that you don’t love Jesus, for that’s what He looks for to divide the sheep from the goats. When He returns, it will be an easy task for Him to recognize who are His, in spite of all their pretensions. It is by their obedience.

Therefore, let us put away our sin, and we shall go happily forward, never again giving excessive thought to sin but instead praising our beautiful God throughout eternity.

 

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Last week I spoke of my conversion—for a purpose. I wanted to establish the vital necessity of really knowing God, the outgrowth of which is obedience. Satan has engineered an attitude where any time we speak of obedience, confusion breaks out, and someone is sure to raise the specter of legalism. I wanted to fully establish that, when I speak of obedience I am not speaking of legalism. I do know the difference and practice righteousness by faith. We’ll talk more about that in another blog.

However, whether we practice rxf or legalism there is still something about obeying God that needs to be emphasized, and we so seldom hear about it any more. But it is of vital importance to our life today.

If we, knowing truth from error, do not obey God, the time will come when He will have to let us go. If the character of God message teaches anything, it teaches this. Brothers and sisters, we must put our sins away. We know what they are. The sin of having anything in our life ahead of God. The sin of ignoring our neighbor’s best interest. If we wish to break these commandments down further, the first four commandments support the first item, and the second six support the second. In all the Bible has He made anything more clear? Yet who speaks about it today? Is it not the most loving thing we can do to warn the world of the catastrophe that awaits somewhere down the line, if we continue with our indifferent attitude toward sin? How often did Jesus say, “Go and sin no more, lest a worst thing come upon you”?

No message has ever been given that spells out the future in such alarming terms as this message. Yes, it is a wonderful, heartwarming message. God doesn’t “steal, kill . . . [or] destroy.” He will never, never, never, never hurt us.

But there is a great controversy going on. God has committed Himself to the terms of the conflict. If man’s behavior aligns him on the side of Satan, the time will come when God will have to back off and let him go. This brings unbearable sorrow to the heart of God. We cannot measure nor plumb the depths of this sorrow. It is a sorrow we can but faintly understand. But God will be true to His word. He will honor our free will. He will release us into the hand of our chosen master. Humans get the master they choose to obey.

For this reason I believe Satan has intimidated us about speaking of the need for obedience. He likes–looks forward to—the release.

Oh, I know the difference, so don’t email me about it. I know that when Jesus comes into our heart, the heart changes. Suddenly, what use to attract us attracts us no more. Jesus lives out His righteous ways in us.

But there is a progression in our Christian walk. God reads the heart. He knows if we have committed to obedience or not. Whether our growth toward God is through legalism or true rxf, the character of God message tells us that we need to devote some thought and energy to this question: Have I put my sins away?

 Anything else going on in the church today must take a sobering second place to this question.

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My second appearance on Conversations Live with Cyrus Webb took place at 6:30 pm on April 12. It was less eventful than the first appearance, in which my phone decided to act up shortly after we had begun our Conversation. This time, new phone in hand, we quickly began our discussion of my books.

Cyrus seemed to want to talk about the fact that I am a woman of faith and what my faith has meant to me in writing and promoting my books. I got in a few points from time to time; for example, when I mentioned that God doesn’t destroy. Never has, never will. But sinners will perish—the last, to protect against being accused of teaching universalism. He talked too about my stroke. How has my faith enabled me to continue my work in spite of having a stroke?

Humm? What? I could only respond something like, Do cows eat grass? Do dogs bark? I am promoting the most beautiful message ever to come to planet earth. I suppose I’ll be promoting it with my dying breath, much less a disabling stroke. (Actually, I’m not so disabled; I just have a little trouble talking.)

And I suppose it’s newsworthy that we didn’t talk about Rob Bell and his book, Love Wins. A comparison might be that both our books ask similar questions. But my answers are definite. Bell asks the same questions, but has very few answers. According to the reviews I have read, he seems to lean in the direction of universalism, which he denies. But Cyrus didn’t ask any questions about that, so obviously I couldn’t answer them.

In summary, it was a “fair to middlin” interview; it got the name of the books out and where to get them, but the point that really stands out about the whole thing is that Cyrus Webb is the kindest, most considerate man interviewing on the radio today. And, yes, you may quote me.

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“The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His [God’s] character of love” (COL 415). This prophecy, which has so blessed us and which we long to see go forward to bless the people of the world, has, since the days of Ellen White, seemed an impossibility. But I heard something on the radio the other night that thrilled my soul as nothing else could and says that God is doing the impossible.

On the radio I heard a minister (not SDA) saying that there is another way to understand the wrath of God. And he described it just as we do—described the Bible’s way of defining the wrath of God. It is when God goes away, when His hands are tied because we choose to disobey Him, when He can no longer protect.

Many of my books have gone out, mostly as free gifts, to ministers and parishioners of other denominations. This tells me that they are being read, and they are having an influence.

This may seem like a small thing, and it is. But it is also a harbinger of that soon-coming day when we shall “Arise, shine, for (our) light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon” us. (Isaiah 60:1).

 

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There are some who are confused about last week’s blog, because it speaks about the “wrath of God,” which they interpret as God’s coming out “swinging,” while at the same time it speaks about his withdrawal. They cannot make these two things come together in their mind so as to give a coherent picture. What does God do when humans do not chose His ways–beat them up or simply leave?

Here are six places in Scripture that tell what the “wrath of God” is:

“My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’ And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other gods” (Deuteronomy 31:17, 18).

“I will slay in My anger and My fury all for whose wickedness I have hidden My face from this city” (Jeremiah 33.5).

“For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the Lord our God . . . Therefore the wrath of the Lord fell upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he has given them up to trouble . . .” (2 Chronicles 29:6, 8).

“They caused their sons and daughter to pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. Therefore, the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them from his sight. . . . The Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them from His sight” (2 Kings 17:17-20).

“For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry” ((Isaiah 57:17).

“For the Lord will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the River, because they have made their wooden images provoking the Lord to anger. And He will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who sinned and who made Israel sin” (1 Kings 14:15, 16).

Do these Biblical quotations support that the wrath of God is entirely different from what we have thought in the past? Do they say that God goes away and leaves the arena, which has committed itself to sin, exposing it to the destructive acts of Satan? Always before, we couldn’t tell whether it was God or Satan inflicting the damage to the earth and humans who live on it. We wondered if it is the design of God, to teach us a lesson. Or is it Satan who is doing it? We have believed and the church has taught AWFUL things about God. We have forgotten that Satan is a murderer and a liar, and if God does not protect, Satan will express his basic character–murderer [and liar].

Here is an interesting exercise you can do with the above quotations. Copy them out on a separate sheet of paper, and code them as follows:

1. [Because sin is chosen]

2. God withdraws

3. Results in trouble

4. /Equals His wrath/

Go ahead, do it. You’ll never see God’s character quite the same way again.

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Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the people of Japan who have been devastated by the terrible earthquake(s), tsunami(s), and now face the grim prospect of a nuclear meltdown. Our horror as we watch these scenes can only be exceeded by that of those who have lived through them. At time such as this our minds turn to God.  Does He have a role in it? Apparently, He has a role to play, but we have been so mistaken as to what that role is.

Listen carefully as Jesus talks about disasters that occurred in His day, He asks, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:4, NIV).

Disasters occur because God is not there to  protect; He has been pushed out, and we have the Biblical data to prove it. God does not kill, but sinners perish. The Japanese people are not more or less guilty than the rest of the world. In their disaster we see a picture of our own fate, unless we repent.

Here are just a few statements by Ellen G. White that seemed appropriate for us to think about at this time:

“John [the Revelator] was a witness of the terrible scenes that will take place as signs of Christ’s coming. He saw armies mustering for battle, and men’s hearts failing them for fear. He saw the earth move out of its place, the mountains carried into the midst of the sea, the waves thereof roaring and troubled. He saw the vials of God’s wrath opened, and pestilence, famine, and death come upon the inhabitants of the earth.

“Already the restraining Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed, but, when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture” (Ms. 84, undated)

“Already sprinklings from the vials of God’s wrath have been let fall upon land and sea, affecting the elements of the air. The cause[s] of these unusual conditions are being search for, but in vain.

“God has not restrained the powers of darkness. . . .These things are the result of drops from the vials of God’s wrath being sprinkled on the earth” (Ms. 24, 1/1891)

“The enemy has worked, and he is working still. He is come down in great power, and the Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the earth. God has withdrawn His hand. We have only to look at the Johnstown [Pennsylvania] flood. He did not prevent the devil from wiping that whole city out of existence. And these very things will increase until the very close of this earth’s history” (Ms. 5, 6/19/1889).

“The vials of God’s wrath and the sprinkling of them are already coming. . . . You hear of calamities by land and sea, and they are constantly increasing. What is the matter? –the Spirit of God is taken away from those who have the lives of men in their hands, and Satan is coming in to control them” (Ms. 1, 2/1/1890).

“Satan has charged God with Satanic attributes” (Ms. 39, 10/9/1894).

“When God’s restraining hand is removed, the destroyer begins his work. . . . The Lord puts constraint upon His own attributes. Omnipotence is exerted over Omnipotence Himself. . . . Ere long there will be a sudden change in God’s dealings. . . . God’s Spirit will not always strive with men” (Ms. 127, 11/22/1897).

 

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I have several matters to share with you today: God is making this testimony regarding Himself s-o-o-o appealing before it flashes. My new chapter 12, the others out there who have written regarding God’s character, the new people who are coming on board with it. It is nearing the time when it can go “like fire in the stubble,” “like lightning among the wheels of Ezekiels chariot.”

1. You may be interested in reading Paul Cinquemani’s O My God. I have read in it but have not read the entire work. (Busy, you know.) But I understand that this is a great defense of God, and it surely will add to your store of knowledge about His beautiful, wonderful character.

http://www.heavenlysanctuary.com/file_system/OhMyGodCompleteWCovers.pdf

2. A  new collegiate group has formed in Collegedale, Tennessee to promote the truth about God’s character of love. It is called Illuminating Ministries, and you may read about it at http://www.illuminatingministries.com/

3. I know of a few high-profile SDA ministers who believe the COG message, but I must let them “un-closet” themselves.

4. I am learning about how to get Internet traffic. I will soon have either myself or someone else doing video sermons, putting our treasured beliefs in a series teaching the character of God message.

We are joining the Lamb on Mt. Zion. Each day more and more are gathering to Him. Each day this message is growing stronger, getting louder, and soon, by the sure word of prophecy, it will be heard by everyone.

Kevin Straub had an amazing experience a few weeks ago. Here is the testimony as he wrote it.

“I was given an opening to speak during the worship hour at a small northern Alberta town SdA company today. Whitecourt. I was presenting on the Generation Concept as applied to Adventist history as it pertains to the cycles of sowing and reaping, time and judgment, the decline into apostasy and coming restoration. Not an easy message to cover with a mainstream group, although these being more conservative I felt would receive it more readily than a metro church, for sure. Even so, I was feeling some trepidation just before the service, today, going in cold turkey. I had not met any of these people although Nic [Nicola, his wife] has been administering a cleanse program to a lady in this congregation – our contact into the group. So, I was having an unsure moment and as they took up the offering I felt the Lord prompting me to receive a word by opening the Bible. I don’t normally recommend or practice the ‘Bible-falling-open’ thing…smacks of ‘divination,’ you know, but anyway, not that I was doing that…I didn’t know what to look for, where to go in the Bible, but I opened it to begin and the very first text my eyes happened to light upon [was]:

Jer. 5:20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah…

“I was stunned. As I got up, I told the people that I had a very serious message and how I was feeling and what just happened. I read them the text and I said, ‘but I don’t want to read the rest of that chapter to you’ It isn’t flattering at all. I was floored, actually, because I am presenting under the ministry name ‘4th Angel Publications.’ I was also just explaining to my children that publishing was not just printed materials but it was making a thing known, telling it to the people. So God had His angel jog those pages and my eyes to come to that text exactly, with that word ‘publish,’ for its significance to me especially, at this time. One other thing interesting about that particular text coming to me there, too, is that in this presentation, I am showing various parallels between ancient Israel and the Advent movement, modern Israel. One of those parallels is that there was a division in the third (functional, 40-year) generation into north and south kingdoms and in Adventism, same thing, a split in the third generation as it became divided in theology due to the Evangelical conferences in the 50’s and all the muddying of true Adventism. Now we have the liberal/conservative dichotomy with all its infighting. Anyway, this text also spoke to me on that level: the two houses both need the righteousness of Christ, the liberals and the conservatives; they both need this prompt to get back to 1888, pick up the message and run with it. The Lord had me lay it down heavily, for if they are really wanting the Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit, they were told, they have to go back to the place where it was beginning to rain and leave their umbrellas at home!

“There’s just nothing like a direct, personal communication from God. I have absolutely NO doubt that the God of heaven gave me an affirmation there, let me know that He was in the thing and would attend the giving of this message. Talk about a boost! I was able to move forward in confidence and strength and actually thrill with the power of God attending to the message.”

 

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