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Jul
04

A religion is when someone goes to church religiously every Sunday knows the bible inside out, knowing every chapter, verse, but for most of these people that’s were Christianity ends. They don’t understand the words in the bible they see God as someone to fear and this has been passed down for centuries. They are usually unhappy people and sometime not nice people and wouldn’t lift a finger to help anyone. Were a Christian is someone willing to help anyone even if it meet they would miss going to church to help if it could not be avoided.

True Christianity is to have a personal relationship with God to read the word and understand that he is an Amazing, Almighty God, but he also wants us to see that he is a loving father. He wants us to obey him as a child would his/her father. God only wants the very best for us just as a loving father would and by reading, understanding the true meaning of the word in the bible and obeying his rules that are for our own good, we will become better people understanding, patient, caring, loving. You will know a true Christian by their happy everyday attitude towards live and people.

There are a lot of new churches today and some older ones with this view of God and it is growing rapidly, more and more people are returning to Christianity because of the change of attitude towards God seeing him for who he really is (A loving Father) and if you read the bible you will understand too. The new churches are not old and stuffy they are lively enjoyable places to be, enjoying the time of worship, fellowship and singing to music that inspires your soul.

We are all God’s Children but it is up to us to choose to be his child. God has promised us eternal life with him all he wants from us is to be a good witness to his word while we are on this earth and to love him with all our heart.

If you attend a church and you are not happy you may be in the wrong place, look around as there are thousands of church find one where you can be happy, don’t settle for second best as you will not grow in your faith if you don’t have a true understanding of God and support from other Christians. You need to be with people who love God and are good witness to the word of God.

Heavenly Father Loving Dad is a new website to help people find help and information on God and where Christians can share their Testimonies, stories of faith, miracles, prayers answered and lots more.

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About the Author

Born in 1955 in Redruth, Cornwall UK. Attended College in my 40’s part-time and acquired a Diploma in Anatomy, Aromatherapy and Reflexology. After this got interested in Computer programming and developed software programs. In the past five years I have learned to develop website’s and have developed a website for Christians and non-Christians to learn about God also so they can ask question in our forum and help each other to grow spiritually.

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Jun
27

Grace is one of those elusive terms used in Christian circles to describe a wide range of ideas and beliefs. Honestly, I don’t have a problem with any of them. However, when studying exactly what grace is, I’ve discovered it has a more concrete and direct meaning. This article explores a biblical view of grace that provides you with a much more thorough understanding of the word grace and a more solid way to apply it directly to your life.

It is curious to me that one of the most significant aspects of God is largely misunderstood and, if I may, misused. Not that the typical definitions of grace are in any way demeaning of God, they aren’t. But as far as application of grace to our own life, the typical definitions remain somewhat elusive.

God has many aspects that are for our benefit.

1. Mercy. God is a merciful God. He says we don’t have to go to hell.
2. Love. God loves us. God is love. This is powerful.
3. Not a Respecter of Persons. God wants loves you as much as He loves David, Moses and Abraham.
4. Holy. God’s holiness is the key to who God really is. Above all He is Holy. Holiness isn’t so much an aspect as it is God’s nature.

Then of course there is Grace. But exactly what is Grace?

There have been entire books written on the subject. There have been millions of sermons preached on it. It shows up over 120 times in the Bible. It is firmly attached to salvation:

Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace are ye save, through faith…

And yet there is so much controversy that surrounds it.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

So we are living ‘under’ grace. Or rather we are living under the dominion of grace rather than the dominion of the law. This notion alone has been the source of books, sermons, debates, and even, unfortunately, conflict.

The typical definition of grace is this: Unmerited Favor.

Another defined it this way: Mercy is not getting what you may deserve (in a bad sense) and grace is getting what you do not deserve (in a good sense).

But then what does it mean when we get ready to eat and someone says, ‘Don’t forget to say grace’? All of these carry different connotations, thoughts, ideas, and ultimately doctrine. If we say that grace is completely unmerited then why does the Scriptures say that Noah found grace in the eyes of God when he was the only one that was perfect in his generation (Genesis 6:8-9). Why him and no one else? It seemed he merited it in some way, don’t you? Then there is this verse:

James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

According to this verse, grace can be achieved through humbleness. Is it therefore unmerited? I suppose you could argue that nothing we ever do no matter how good would ever merit any grace from God. That’s fine, and I don’t necessarily disagree, but it just doesn’t seem to match the verses.

My point is that we seem to struggle with the idea of grace. It doesn’t seem to be clear. These are nice definitions, but they don’t fit every known use in the Scriptures.

I’ll make a closer examination of what grace is, by looking at four verses. These four verses help to explain the purpose and idea of Grace.

EPHESIANS 4:7

Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

This is an interesting verse, simply because it tells us that not everyone has equal grace. In fact, it is measured to people differently. So whatever grace is, it is not something that everyone gets equally.

Paul made mention of this… when he said in Galatians 2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

In the above verse he is referring to his calling to the gentiles. He called it grace that was given to him. He implies that what he got no one else did, or that no one else received in as he did.

The Bible is very clear that you can receive more grace:

James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

According to Ephesians 4:11-12, we find that the amount of grace given to us is measured out according to the gift of Christ. He then lists different offices, or jobs, or callings, that get different measures of Grace. They are:

1. Apostles
2. Prophets
3. Evangelists
4. Pastors
5. Teachers

Each one of these different positions, with different authority and jobs, receive a different measure of grace. The grace, apparently, is give so that the work can get done.

ROMANS 12:6

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

This is very similar to the last verse. Note these thoughts:

1. We all have gifts from God.
2. These gifts differ from person to person.
3. These differing gifts are a measure of grace given to us.

He is saying that God’s grace provides us with the ability and power to do what God wants us to do!

2 CORINTHIANS 9:8

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

In this verse, note the phrase ‘abound to every good work’. God gives us grace so that there will be sufficient strength and ability to do the work that God wants us to do! Grace is God stepping in when we lack the strength, ability, knowledge, wisdom, or talent to get something done.

Thus we get to a better, more accurate, definition of what grace is:

Grace is God’s Provision for our Insufficiencies.

This is certainly true in salvation! We are saved by grace. We are not saved by ourselves that is impossible, because we lack the means, thus salvation is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).

It isn’t unmerited favor, so to speak. Rather it is God’s provision for where we become incapable, or lack. Here is another example of grace and salvation.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

What a perfect example of grace. God gave them grace (power) to do what they could not do on their own! Ye are saved by grace!

2 CORINTHIANS 12:9

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Again note how the words ‘grace’ and ‘sufficient’ are tied together in this verse.

Paul learned that grace is all he needed. He wanted the thorn in the flesh to depart from him, which would allow him more strength to do what God wanted. God, however, taught him an invaluable lesson. True power is not within ourselves, it comes from the grace that God gives us. When you find yourself lacking, that is when you need the grace of God. Every parent, every Christian will find themselves in positions that only the grace of God can overcome and conquer.

This changed my prayer life. I no longer pray that God helps my children to behave. Instead, I ask God for the grace I need as a father to teach and rear my children correctly. Where I fail as a father, God has grace to succeed. No matter what your deficiency is, grace is your answer. If God has called you do something and you don’t see how you have the personality, ability, or strength to accomplish it, that is what grace is for.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Grace is God’s provision for our insufficiencies.

About the Author

Greg S. Baker is a Pastor, Counselor, and Author specializing in building and strengthening relationships.

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Jun
24

What is sin and salvation?

Dictionary.com defines salvation as the act of saving or protecting from risk, harm, or destruction. God offers to save all who will accept Him and repent of their sins. He has opened up His arms and offered to protect us. Protect us from what? Protect us from being judged for our sins. If someone breaks the law in your local city and the person is brought to justice, that person must suffer the consequences of breaking the law. Just as there are laws in society, God has given us moral laws, that if broken will result in an eternity in hell.

When we break God’s laws, that is called sin. Where are God’s laws? God’s law is written in the bible. The ten commandments are an example of God’s laws. Exodus 20:1-17 lists all 10.

1. You shall not have other Gods before Me.
2. You shall not make any idols to worship.
3. You shall not take God’s name in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. You shall not murder
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet what belongs to your neighbor.

When we are exposed to the laws in the bible, we must acknowledge that we have broken the law. Romans 3:20 says that through the law comes the knowledge of sin. I wouldn’t have known I sinned unless I knew what the law was.

When we break God’s law, that is an act of rebellion against Him. But sin goes further than breaking the law. It starts in the heart. In Matthew 5, Jesus reminded the people of the law not to commit murder, and then He said that anyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable. If that person goes even farther by saying, “you fool”, he is guilty to go into the fiery hell. He also reminded them of the command not to commit adultery. And then He stated that if a man looks at a woman to lust for her he has committed adultery in his heart. Jesus made it clear that sin isn’t just found in our actions, but in our heart and thoughts.

Rebellion against God sometimes manifests itself in refusing to acknowledge that He exists.

Romans 1:18-20 says:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in righteousness,because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have clearly been seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

God’s power and character can be seen in His creation. This passage says that no one has a good excuse to suppress the truth or refuse to acknowledge God because all we have to do is look around at the world, the animals, the plants, the people, the universe, and see that there is a God.

God has given us a conscience, so that we know the difference between right and wrong. We know when we have done something wrong because we feel guilt.

Romans 2:15 says:

“In that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.”

So, the good people go to heaven and the bad people go to hell….right? Wrong.

Everyone has broken the law. Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Everyone has broken the law and fallen short. People may do good things, but the good will never out weight the sin that has already been committed in actions and in the heart.

What is the punishment for sinning? Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Death refers to eternal death in hell. Just as a judge in a court room would be considered corrupt if he let a criminal go free, God is holy and He must punish sin. But He provided a way of escape for us. He demanded a payment for the sin and provided it through Jesus. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Why did Jesus have to die? Couldn’t God have just forgiven sin without the death of Jesus?

Restoration has to be made. If a family member was killed, you would want the murderer to pay for what he or she did. Just as we all understand that it is important to have justice on earth, God won’t allow sin to go unpunished. But He will provide payment on our behalf. The sacrifice of Jesus is the payment.

Romans 5:9,10 says, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him, for if while we were yet enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

How can someone be saved?

Salvation boils down to faith and repentance. Faith is believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and that He rose again. Repentance is turning away from sin and turning towards God in obedience.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you shall be saved.”

Mark 1:14,15 says, “And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Is there anyone who is so bad that this doesn’t apply to him or her? No

Romans 10: 13 says, “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Do you believe? If you do, then call upon the name of the Lord. Confess your belief and ask for forgiveness of your sin. Turn away from your sin and begin to obey God.

About the Author

Jeanine loves God and desires to share God’s word with all who will listen. Her blog, Walk in Light can be found at http://www.walk-in-light.com

Jun
19


Here is a great Christian Video called”Here I am to Worship”.I like these videos especially with the lyrics with and the singing.Does anybody here like these type of videos as much as I do?I will be putting more of these videos up here on my blog in the future

Jun
16

Should Believers in Jesus Christ explain to atheists some truths of the Bible that the atheists seem to overlook? Or should Believers let it go?

God loves atheists as much as He loves you and me.

When we are truly doing God’s will, we need to be concerned about the salvation of everyone. Not just the people with whom we are comfortable.

God sent His Son to die for us all (John 3:16). Atheists. Jews. Muslims. Gentiles. It doesn’t matter who we are, God died for us.

If God didn’t discriminate when He sent His Son to die, we can’t either. We must give everyone the opportunity to hear about Christ.

When we approach people who are not receptive to Jesus, we should avoid arguing with them or hitting them over the head with our point of view.

Instead we must show them how we believe by the way we live our lives (Matthew 5:13-14).

Most people believe Christians are supposed to be perfect, which we aren’t. People are convinced that Christians are hypocrites because of this belief. We aren’t hypocrites. We are just human.

However, we should always strive to model God in everything we do. From the way we react in situations to the way we pray before meals. We need to reflect our values in every area of our lives.

Watch for opportunities to speak about God. When people are in crisis, we can tell them we are praying for them.

Our witness must start with our actions and not our words. As the old adage says, “Actions are louder than words.”

When we receive bad news, and we still praise and trust God, others see that and respond. They will want what we have.

If we, as Christians, give them a taste of what everyone else does–throwing things, cursing, crying and getting upset–they won’t see anything new. Just another Christian who talks the talk without walking the walk.

We have a bad reputation as Christians on the whole because there have been those who believe they are superior to non-Believers.

They spout Christianity and the Bible when it is convenient for them to attack, or in their mind, correct, someone else.

They never apply the Bible to their own lives, though. They still live with their significant others without marrying them. They lie, cheat on their spouses and curse. Then they wonder why no one wants their brand of Christianity.

We are not selling religion, rules and regulations. We are offering a relationship with the Creator of the Universe, the True and Living God.

Can we have a relationship with Allah? No. Mohammed? No. Buddha? No. We can only have a relationship with the One True God.

The people of this world know there is something missing in their lives. They know they have a void that they have tried to fill with human relationships, one-night stands, drugs and alcohol. Deep down they know Someone created them for a greater purpose (Jeremiah 29:11), but they got off-track.

The world has swayed them, and it is our job to show them what having a relationship with God is really like. We need to show them what is missing in their lives.

Before we accepted Christ, let’s say a self-righteous person harped on us about their religion and their church. When she told us about Jesus, would we have accepted Him? No.

If someone, however, showed us Christ by being kind and helpful, would we have listened? Yes because we saw how God had transformed her life.

Take every opportunity to teach people about God. Whether it be in our writing, our art, our actions, our demeanor. We should let God’s light shine through us.

We must take the time to pray for the people we are seeking to witness to. When we pray for salvation for others, we are sowing seeds in their lives.

As soon as someone prays for a person, they give God permission to work on his behalf. Then God will orchestrate it so he will come across people who will teach him about Christ.

Maybe we are only supposed to pray for her. Someone else could be the person needed to witness to her. Perhaps she will be more receptive to someone other than us. It doesn’t matter how she accepts Christ, whether it is through us or not, only that she does.

Now if people ask us questions about God, we should answer them according to the Word while limiting our commentary to what is Biblically sound.

We never see Jesus condemning anyone in the Bible for their sins. Not the woman caught in adultery (John 8:4-11). Not Mary Magdalene who had seven demons (Luke 8:2). He instead showed them grace, compassion and mercy, and if we want to reach people as Jesus did, we have to do the same thing.

By showing grace, love, compassion and mercy toward people, Jesus put them in a more receptive state to hear what He had to say.

Pray first. Then take every opportunity to witness. Address their questions. Then lead them to Christ when they are ready.

About the Author

Annagail Lynes is the author of many e-books, such “Wisdom From The Word”, “Do You Have Issues?” and “The Heart Of God Devotional.” Find out more by visiting http://www.annagaillynes.net or email us at publisher@annagaillynes.net

Jun
12

How brightly beams the Morning Star!
What sudden radiance from afar
Doth glad us with its shining,
Brightness of God that breaks our night1
And fills the darken’d souls with light
Who long for truth were pining!
Thy Word, Jesu, only feeds us,
Rightly leads us,
Life bestowing;
Praise, oh praise such love o’erflowing.

Thou here my Comfort, there my Crown,
Thou King of Heaven, who camest down
To dwell as man beside me;
My heart doth praise Thee o’er and o’er,
If Thou art mine I ask no more,
Be wealth or fame denied me;
Thee I seek now; None who proves Thee,
None who loves Thee
Finds Thee fail him;
Lord of life, Thy powers avail him!

Through Thee alone can I be blest,
Then deep be on my heart imprest
The love that Thou hast borne me;
So make it ready to fulfil
With burning zeal Thy holy will,
Though men may vex or scorn me;
Saviour, let me Never lose Thee,
For I choose Thee,
Thirst to know Thee;
All I am and have I owe Thee!

O God, our Father far above,
Thee too I Praise, for all the love
Thou in Thy Son dost give me!
In Him am I made one with Thee,
My Brother and my Friend is He;
Shall aught affright or grieve me?
He is Greatest, Best, and Highest,
Ever nighest
To the weakest;
Fear no foes, if Him thou seekest!

O praise to Him who come to save,
Who conquer’d death and burst the grave;
Each day new praise resoundeth
To Him the Lamb who once was slain,
The Friend whom none shall trust in vain,
Whose grace for aye aboundeth;
Sing, ye Heavens, Tell the story
Of His glory,
Till His praises
Flood with light Earth’s darkest places.

Christian Poetry by Johann Adolf Schlegel
Translation by Catherine Winkworth
Public Domain

Jun
06

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

At His Word the worlds were framèd; He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean in their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
Of the moon and burning sun, evermore and evermore!

He is found in human fashion, death and sorrow here to know,
That the race of Adam’s children doomed by law to endless woe,
May not henceforth die and perish
In the dreadful gulf below, evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessèd, when the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face, evermore and evermore!

This is He Whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long expected,
Let creation praise its Lord, evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heaven adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him, and extol our God and King!
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert sing, evermore and evermore!

Righteous judge of souls departed, righteous King of them that live,
On the Father’s throne exalted none in might with Thee may strive;
Who at last in vengeance coming
Sinners from Thy face shalt drive, evermore and evermore!

Thee let old men, thee let young men, thee let boys in chorus sing;
Matrons, virgins, little maidens, with glad voices answering:
Let their guileless songs re-echo,
And the heart its music bring, evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory, evermore and evermore!

Christian Poetry by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius
Translation by John Mason Neale
Public Domain

Jun
02

The Christian networks refer to a web of connections through which people of Christian beliefs can stay in touch with each other. In a cosmic world like today, people can use Internet to communicate in terms of building a relationship – be it a professional or personal. And what’s better than communicating with an individual of similar belief. For many, Christian networks exist as an effective platform to interact and communicate with each other.

Be it in the form of Christian forums or social networking groups, people of similar faith can converse with each other; share thoughts; and even work towards generating business leads. No wonder, chat, view videos, send emails, e-cards, and sometimes offer some events like cruise offers.

Some Christian networks are devoted entirely to business, while others exist for developing friendships. Whatever is the reason and the respective way of pursuing the same, these sites are important to form network and forge relationships with like-minded individuals. If these people are Christian, then Christian business networking forums can provide an ideal way of making these connections.

Besides online networking relations, clubs and local organizations make excellent single Christian networks also. Christian clubs help members to effectively interact in person by holding conventions. Such gatherings work as the platform for effective communication. So, be it about business, philosophical, religious or social reasons people get to share themselves best.

Similarly, in every country, local Christian associations invite Christian people to be a part of their events that comprise of dinners, Bible study, discussions and much more. Christian Cafe, Confidential Christian Introductions, and Solid Rock Singles are some of the forums of such organizations.

Online Christina networks work in the similar way. The virtual platform only adds to the interest of the entire process. Now, people can share freely without being represented with a physical identity.

About the Author

I webmaster of http://www.true2ourselves.com a Christian community website that features the Christian Forum,Christian groups, Christian news, church jobs and group of ministers belonging to different faith that share their wisdom.

May
24

When most people fall in love, they are so happy because they finally found the right person. The kind of person you fall in love with, may not be perfect, but you are still in love with them. It’s hard to look at the some ones bad side when there is so much on the good side.

As perfect as it would be to find and marry a Christian, it may not have worked out that way. But, just because this person is a non- believer doesn’t mean they will stay that way forever.

1 Corinthians: 12-14 (NIV) (12)To the rest I say this(I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a beliver and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. (13) And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce her. (14) For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy.

You see… God’s ideal is that you stay married.

When you get married, you need to continue to go to church every Sunday and every Wednesday. Don’t let your marriage and your spouse stop you from going.

Stand your ground and stick to your faith. Continue to go to church and participate in church activities just like you did before you got married. Continue to tithe and continue to stay after church and visit. Go to activities and Bible study as well. When your spouse sees how important this is to you and when they see that you are not giving it up because they don’t believe, they might want to check it out for themselves.

Be loving and kind in your faith and do not make your spouse wrong for not being a believer. Invite them to a special service or an event that your church is putting on. If they decide to go then great, but don’t be upset or angry with them if they say no, because it may take time. Continue to put the offer out there and see what happens. You might be surprised because one day the answer might be yes.

If you do Bible study every day, don’t stop because your spouse doesn’t do it with you. Make sure you plan your time so it doesn’t interfere with activities that your spouse is doing, but also make sure you set a time so your spouse doesn’t plan activities while you do your studies. Doing your studies at the same time every day will help with this process. Also make sure you ask your spouse if they would like to study with you. When they say yes, make sure you study something that is easy to understand and explain anything that they don’t understand. Making them feel stupid will make them want to stop and never do it again.

Marriage is a special time and wonderful when you find the person of your dreams. Don’t worry if your special someone is a non-believer, because there are ways around it. The first thing you need to do is continue to go to church. Don’t stop just because your spouse doesn’t go with you. Stand your ground and continue to go because it’s important. God will help you to stand strong and he will show you the way to show your spouse the reason why you go and that it’s important that they go as well.

About the Author

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May
13

The Early Church Father Commodianus 250 A.D.

XLI.—Of the Time of Antichrist.

Isaiah said:  This is the man who moveth the world and so many kings, and under whom the land shall become desert.  Hear ye how the prophet foretold concerning him.  I have said nothing elaborately, but negligently.  Then, doubtless, the world shall be finished when he shall appear.  He himself shall divide the globe into three ruling powers, when, moreover, Nero shall be raised up from hell, Elias shall first come to seal the beloved ones; at which things the region of Africa and the northern nation, the whole earth on all sides, for seven years shall tremble.  But Elias shall occupy the half of the time, Nero shall occupy half.  Then the whore Babylon, being reduced to ashes, its embers shall thence advance to Jerusalem; and the Latin conqueror shall then say, I am Christ, whom ye always pray to; and, indeed, the original ones who were deceived combine to praise him.  He does many wonders, since his is the false prophet.  Especially that they may believe him, his image shall speak.  The Almighty has given it power to appear such.  The Jews, recapitulating Scriptures from him, exclaim at the same time to the Highest that they have been deceived.

 

John Chrysostom (c. 347–407) His commentary on “The Book of thessalonians”.

“And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of His mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of His coming: even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan.”

One may naturally enquire, what is that which withholdeth, and after that would know, why Paul expresses it so obscurely. What then is it that withholdeth, that is, hindereth him from being revealed? Some indeed say, the grace of the Spirit, but others the Roman empire, to whom I most of all accede. Wherefore? Because if he meant to say the Spirit, he would not have spoken obscurely, but plainly, that even now the grace of the Spirit, that is the gifts, withhold him. And otherwise he ought now to have come, if he was about to come when the gifts ceased; for they have long since ceased. But because he said this of the Roman empire, he naturally glanced at it, and speaks covertly and darkly. For he did not wish to bring upon himself superfluous enmities, and useless dangers. For if he had said that after a little while p. 389 the Roman empire would be dissolved, they would immediately have even overwhelmed him, as a pestilent person, and all the faithful, as living and warring to this end. And he did not say that it will be quickly, although he is always saying it—but what? “that he may be revealed in his own season,” he says,

For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work.” He speaks here of Nero, as if he were the type of Antichrist. For he too wished to be thought a god. And he has well said, “the mystery”; that is, it worketh not openly, as the other, nor without shame. For if there was found a man before that time, he means, who was not much behind Antichrist in wickedness, what wonder, if there shall now be one? But he did not also wish to point him out plainly: and this not from cowardice, but instructing us not to bring upon ourselves unnecessary enmities, when there is nothing to call for it. So indeed he also says here. “Only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way,” that is, when the Roman empire is taken out of the way, then he shall come. And naturally. For as long as the fear of this empire lasts, no one will willingly exalt himself, but when that is dissolved, he will attack the anarchy, and endeavor to seize upon the government both of man and of God. For as the kingdoms before this were destroyed, for example, that of the Medes by the Babylonians, that of the Babylonians by the Persians, that of the Persians by the Macedonians, that of the Macedonians by the Romans: so will this also be by the Antichrist, and he by Christ, and it will no longer withhold. And these things Daniel delivered to us with great clearness.

And then,” he says, “shall be revealed the lawless one.” And what after this? The consolation is at hand. “Whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of His mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of His coming, even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan.”

For as fire merely coming on even before its arrival makes torpid and consumes the little animals that are afar off; so also Christ, by His commandment only, and Coming. It is enough for Him to be present, and all these things are destroyed. He will put a stop to the deceit, by only appearing. Then who is this, whose coming is after the working of Satan, “With all display all power,” but nothing true, but for deceit. “And lying wonder,” he says, that is, false, or leading to falsehood.

The funny part about these two Early Christian writers, is that they make references to the Emperor Nero (37 A.D.-68 A.D.). in their writing connecting him with the Antichrist.There are some Christian who believe that the The Emperor Nero will come back at the end of time as the future Antichrist.