Published by Messengers of Christ Ministries
P.O. Box J Hico, TX 76457
Vol. 10, Number 2. March-April. 2004
Editor: Andy Neckar
INSIDE THIS NEWSLETTER -
1-CHURCHES REDEFINING MARRIAGE
3-THE LONELINESS OF THE CHRISTIAN
4-A HOPELESS SITUATION
CHURCHES REDEFINING MARRIAGE
By Andy Neckar
Are you concerned about the new Sodomite movement here in America and across the world?
Are you concerned that judges, from County to State to Federal, are ruling favorably in homo cases brought before them by the “we the people”?
Are you concerned that mayors of cities, district judges and state legislators are ” redefining” marriage?
Are you a Christian? Do you go to “church”.
Well, then it may be YOUR FAULT that all this mess is going on. It is FOR SURE the fault of SOME OF YOU.
It is ABSOLUTELY the FAULT of the CHURCHES.
Folks, listen up.
The “churches” have been redefining marriages long before the sodomites ever thought of it. I believe it was the “churches” that gave them the idea that they had a very good opportunity of carrying on this redefining of a God Instituted Marriage one step further than the churches, that have “for years”, been redefined marriage
Prominent pastors of prominent churches to average pastors to average churches have been “openly” divorced and remarried for reasons other than fornication. Deacons, Bible teachers and youth leaders have been doing this FOR YEARS, and the people in those churches put up with this abomination and support these leaders.
Because from the pulpit to the pew, the churches are FULL of people that have been divorced and remarried for every reason in the world, but for the ONLY ONE God given reason; that’s why.
SEE; now you know.
A “loophole” the churches have is the question; Is adultery a “state” or an “act? If it is an act , that we can be remarries , confess the sin, and continue living together free from sin.. But Romans 7:3 definitely says, She shall be called an adulteress”, which denotes/refers to a “continuous state”
The first marriage is still binding, which makes the second marriage adulterous.
The Southern Baptist preacher that baptized me in Nov 1991 told me “early on” that “unlawful” divorce and remarriage was a ONE TIME ACT that could be repented of, and that sin forgiven. We had a falling out over that. Folks, the Lord gave me a heart/burden to earnestly contend for the faith from salvation “day one”.
THUS SAITH THE LORD.
I have authority to say thusly because I merely say what HE ALREADY SAID.
THIS is what he already said.
II Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
“a falling away” Strongs Greek/Hebrew Dictionary #646 apostasia (ap-os-tas-ee'-ah); feminine of the same as 647; defection from truth (properly, the state) ["apostasy"]:
Translated in the KJV as; falling away, forsake.
647 apostasion (ap-os-tas'-ee-on); neuter of a (presumed) adj. from a derivative of 868; properly, something separative, i.e. (specially) divorce:
Translated in the KJV as; (writing of) divorcement.868 aphistemi (af-is'-tay-mee); to remove, i.e. (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.:
Translated in the KJV as depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdrawself.
The GREAT and FINAL divorcement from the Creator & Savior.
As the Father sent Him, He sent me. (John 20:21)
A messenger of Christ
Almost 30 percent of British people think the world would be more peaceful if
no one believed in God, according to a recent international survey of religious belief. Interestingly, 30 percent of atheists in the 10 countries surveyed admitted that they sometimes pray. (BBC News, 2/26/04)
[Editor] Folks, the way I look at it, we are about to have world peace judging by these standards.
Tom Harpur, who calls himself “Canada’s best known spiritual author, journalist, and
TV host,” believes that conservative Christians have it all wrong: Christ didn’t
rise physically from the dead. He complains that these same believers accuse him of being outside the fold because of his alternative view. He goes to 1 Corinthians
15 to prove his point, alleging that Paul “never mentions an empty tomb” because
“he knew nothing of it.” Harpur says that for Paul, “the resurrection was an entirely
spiritual matter. He knew nothing of the later resurrection stories in the Gospels
about Jesus eating fish or walking about talking to fishermen. All of that was added
as the demand for a more literalistic, made for- the-lowest-common-denominator
version imposed itself upon the original story.” (Toronto Star, 1/25/04)
[Editor] Strange. Some believe nobody but Paul, and the liberated women, divorcees and sodomites believe everybody but Paul. How ‘bout that?
Please explain, ‘cause I’VE HAD IT.
A messenger of Christ
THE LONELINESS OF THE CHRISTIAN
By A.W. Tozer
The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.
The man [or woman] who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.
It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.
[Editor] You ever feel that way, folks? I almost always do.
A HOPELESS SITUATION
Written by me, Andy Neckar, in early 1981. I took my last drink Oct 21 1981.
I found the note on a piece of paper in with a bunch of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 30-day sobriety chips.
I just thought I would send it out. I was trying HARD to stop drinking for the past three years and then, one day, going about my business as usual, AA took hold.
I was ashamed of myself, and I knew I was not worthy of my family. Mom (wife) would go into the room I was in, and I would go into another. I was ashamed to be in the same room with her.
I checked myself into a place called “Souls Harbor”. They had AA meeting nightly and a Protestant minister come out each Sunday. I was Roman Catholic until 1991.
After a few weeks they put me on a work detail, and the thought hit me that if I could work for them, why couldn’t I work to support my family?. (Wife & three kids) This was early 1981. I came back home, got a job (good paying) and sobered up soon after.
I remember her telling me that year, “Andy, your children are growing up all around you, and if you don’t sober up pretty soon, you’re gonna miss out on all of it”
Anyway here is the poem I found recently. A lot of water under the bridge since then, and Jesus the Christ in my heart and on my mind, with the Spirit influencing my behavior.
GOD is good.
A HOPELESS SITUATION
It all seems so hopeless
Your bills are all past due
Your family’s getting tired
Of putting up with you.
And even though you love them
As you know love to be
Your selfish mind keeps telling you
What can I do for me?
Momma’s holding things together
As best as she can do
She’s bringing up the children
Without any help from you.
There were some precious moments
But somehow I can’t recall
It’s a hopeless situation
Brought on by alcohol.
Andrew Neckar, they’re calling your name
They’re gonna get you, you’re to blame
They see through the stories that you tell so fine
They’re gonna gets you this time.
Ten years later (1991) I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Read my on-line testimony, or ask for it if you have e-mail only.
Gratefully and Earnestly Contending For The Faith-Jude 1:3
We Must Earnestly Contend For The Faith - Jude 1:3
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