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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ascension Day and The Sunday after Ascension Day and Mothers Day

Sunday Report

There is a lot this week, Thursday was Ascension Day, Sunday was not only the Sunday after Ascension Day, but Mother’s Day.  There are parts following for each!

Ascension Day

The Ascension Day Propers[1]
The Collect
RANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

 ¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout the Octave.

For the Epistle. Acts i. 1.
HE former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: to whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: and, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The Gospel. St. Luke xxiv. 49.
ESUS said, Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.

Ascensiontide Messsage from the Presiding Bishop
We live in an age of sensationalism and fantasy which often passes, among the naïve and spiritually gullible, for reality. On today’s charts there are books and DVDs claiming their authors to have made visits to either Heaven or Hell, and then returned to tell us of the fabulous experience they enjoyed there. Unlike the writings of CS Lewis such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which derive from higher Gospel truth, these fables have no authority in biblical truth and openly violate that truth.

      The modern apostate churches have ventured into like error and open defiance of Gospel truth. Is there nothing sacred to the spiritual scoundrels of our day – not even Heaven itself? Reflecting on that great Creed of the Church, whose every claim is profoundly biblical, we aver Sunday after Sunday that Christ is the Son of the Father who came down to us by assuming a carnal body through the agency of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin, lived a sinless life marked by miracles and holiness, died a substitutionary death on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose the third day according to the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father. Do we believe this? Do we believe that Christ is uniquely the Son of the Father. Do we believe that his descent and ascension distinguish Him from all us mortals? Or was Christ wrong in His description of Himself as the Bread that came down from Heaven? If we believe Christ (and our mortal souls depend on that belief), He is the only Man who descended from Heaven and ascended again. If we believe, then all the popular claims of the sensationalists are egregious lies from the pits of Hell.

      Christ is distinct and different in His Office as Son of God and, even Himself, very God. He descended for us mortals, and ascended on High where He intercedes for us with the Father. And He will come again in like manner of his ascent to receive His Bride, the Church. Where will we own our estate if we have not believed in the immutable Word of God for He it is who bought and paid for us.

     At this Ascensiontide, let us reaffirm that biblical faith once delivered to the saints and reject the fables and myths of ungodly men.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Most Rev. Jerry L. Ogles
Presiding Bishop
Anglican Orthodox Church
Sign over the Door
Whosoever thou art that entereth this church, remember it is the House of God; be reverent, be silent, be thoughtful & prayerful; and leave it not without a prayer to God for thyself, for him who ministers, and for those who worship here.

The Sunday after Ascension Day
Mothers Day

Before we go on, a little on mothers
On this Mother’s Day, it is very easy for us to look back at our mother’s life and think of all the things we like about our mother.  We like, it is all about our mother and what she did for us.  The pivotal thought seems to be us.  It is not about us, our / us is merely an adjective to describe a particular mother.  For motherhood is about self-sacrifice.  Putting the child’s welfare above that of the mother.

The love of the mother for her children comes with a price.  The price paid is not without return.   The last words of almost all soldiers who die in battle are either “Mom” or “Jesus.”  There is a lesson all in of itself.

What did your mom chose?  An extra child or an extra home or trailer?  Your schooling, or her vacation without you?  Dental work for you or a new car for her?  Shoes for you or a fancy dress for her?

Jesus commanded us to follow Him, He who put our lives before His.  Who on this earth does this more consistently than mothers?

Saint James tells us in his Epistle, “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only.” Who on this earth does this more consistently than mothers?

As Christians we need to uphold and recognize the example of sacrifice in motherhood so that we might understand the sacrifice made by God on our behalf in Jesus’ death for our sin.

On Point
Someone asked, where do the quotes come from?  The answer is from the people who uttered them.  But, how did you find them?  Oh, that.  Some from Bishop Jerry, others from Rev Bryan Dabney, a few from other places, but mostly from Bryan.  He always has a few great ones to share.  So, on to the On Point quotes –

"A new race of men is springing up to govern the nation; they are the hunters after popularity, even ambitious not of the honor so much as of the profits of office - the demagogues, whose principles hang laxly upon them, and who follow not so much what is right as what leads to a temporary vulgar applause."
Joseph Story
Law Professor, Harvard, 1829-1845
and you thought this was news – Bp Jerry

Take heed that, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
St. Mark 13:33

Verily, I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
St. Luke 18:17

Known unto God are all his works form the beginning of the world.
Acts 15:18

Church leadership must decide who is going to grow their church. You either grow it with man or with God. God’s way produces disciples changed for life; man’s way produces attendees that come as they are and leave as they were.
Ray Baumann
21st century Christian commentator.

A cyclical view of time precludes any singular beginning of the world. So Buddha says, ‘no origin can be perceived.’ Corresponding to this, the new [Bible] versions have no ‘beginning of the world’ but present instead a series of ‘ages’. In place of In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1), one new version begins with ‘By periods God created’, showing the author’s belief in progressive ages. ‘New’ Greek editor B. F. Westcott writes, ‘No one now... holds that the first three chapters of Genesis give a literal history... I could never understand how anyone reading them with open eyes could think they did.’... In the new bibles, the world doesn’t end... If the world ends, the sinner has nothing to stand on; if the age ends, he merely changes his calendar.
Gail Riplinger
20th and 21st century American Bible scholar and author
(New Age Bible Versions, pp. 284-285)

The reason that Mary, the saints or angels cannot act as our priest or mediator is because they have no sacrifice, nothing to offer in behalf of our sins. Only a priest with a true sacrifice can serve as mediator between God and men. Christ alone has a true sacrifice, and he alone can act as our priest.
Dr. Loraine Boettner
20th century American Reformed scholar and author
(Roman Catholicism, p. 149)
Each Sunday there are Propers: special prayers and readings from the Bible.  There is a Collect for the Day; that is a single thought prayer, most written either before the re-founding of the Church of England in the 1540s or written by Bishop Thomas Cranmer, the first Archbishop of Canterbury after the re-founding.  

The Collect for the Day is to be read on Sunday and during Morning and Evening Prayer until the next Sunday. The Epistle is normally a reading from one of the various Epistles, or letters, in the New Testament.  The Gospel is a reading from one of the Holy Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  The Collect is said by the minister as a prayer, the Epistle can be read by either a designated reader (as we do in our church) or by one of the ministers and the Holy Gospel, which during the church service is read by an ordained minister.

The propers are the same each year, except if a Red Letter Feast, that is one with propers in the prayerbook, falls on a Sunday, then those propers are to be read instead, except in a White Season, where it is put off.  Red Letter Feasts, so called because in the Altar Prayerbooks the titles are in red, are special days.  Most of the Red Letter Feasts are dedicated to early saints instrumental in the development of the church, others to special events.  Some days are particularly special and the Collect for that day is to be used for an octave (eight days) or an entire season, like Advent or Lent.

The Propers for today are found on Page 179-180, with the Collect first:

The Sunday after Ascension Day.
The Collect.

 GOD, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us un-to the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.  Amen.

The Collect for Ascension Day, found on Page 177, is also read due to the rubric:

The Collect for The Ascension Day.
The Collect.

RANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.  Amen.

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout the Octave.

Dru Arnold read this morning’s Epistle, which is written in the Fourth Chapter of the First Epistle of Saint Peter beginning at the Seventh Verse.  Peter reminds us of the shortness of our lives, the eternity of the next world and implores us to live as if we were eternal now, not wait until we die. For the, eternity will be a bit late.

HE end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Hap Arnold read today’s Holy Gospel came from the Fifteenth Chapter of the Gospel according to Saint John beginning at the Twenty-Sixth Verse.  The Gospel talks about the origin of the Holy Ghost and the reason for which He is being sent.  It also foretells the enmity that Christians will find from those of this world who do not share their understanding of God and His Will:

HEN the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.

Sermon – Reverend Deacon Jack Arnold - Time and Action
Today’s sermon brought the Collect, Epistle and Gospel together and is partly contained in the forewords above. 

Once again the propers for this week come together very well, their focus is narrow, thus powerful.

Consider these words from the Collect:

We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us un-to the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before

The Ascension having just happened, Jesus having ascended in to heaven, we are alone and separated from God who gives us strength.  Like Peter, the further we are from God, the weaker we are.  Thus, we are looking towards Pentecost and the arrival of the Holy Ghost.  We ask for God’s help that we might have the true belief, courage, knowledge and strength to follow Jesus to heaven for all eternity.

While the end of the earth and this world may come at any time, for 285,000 people each day, their time here is up.  Thus, in a very real sense as Saint Peter put it, “The end of all things is at hand…”  So, how should we act?  We are to do what we can with a smile on our face.  To work hard, take care of those who cannot and be good stewards of the considerable grace God has given us.  This does not just refer to spending MONEY, but rather to giving of our time and effort to bring the Gifts of God to others. We must give ourselves entirely to help others, so that we may share the benefits of the Gift of God truly. Then we will know the grace of God’s love truly.  We are to share the LOVE in our hearts with those we encounter, for Love is of God.

But, without the Holy Ghost, the needed action on our part is impossible.  We need God’s help and He sent it in the form of the Holy Ghost. He sent it as the “Comforter”, that is to Comfort us and to Guide us on the journey on the narrow uphill path towards heaven. The Holy Ghost is that portion of God who can enter our hearts bringing understanding, hope and most of all the courage and determination to do what needs be done.  Those who will not have Him in their hearts can never understand God and His Will.  That is why they cannot understand or fathom the plan He has for us. The end of time is nearer each day than the day before, of that we can be certain.  The current climate in the world and even in this country is less hospitable than in centuries to Christians.  There is a reason for this which only God understands and not us. But what it is doing is solidifying the faith of true believers around the globe, and forming the Army of Light together, ready to battle against the malicious forces of Satan. We cannot make this journey alone.  We must have the close and continuous presence of God.  That presence is the Holy Ghost.  That is why He is here.

Pray for His continual presence in your heart.

Heaven is at the end of an uphill trail.  The easy downhill trail does not lead to the summit.

The time is now, not tomorrow.  The time has come, indeed.  How will you ACT?

It is by our actions we are known.

Be of God - Live of God - Act of God

Bishop Ogles’ Sermon
We are oft fortunate to get copies of Bishop Jerry’s sermon notes.  Today is not one of those Sundays.  He will not be sending sermon notes today as he preached at a Korean Church and the sermon is 50% Korean language and script.  Next Sunday for sure! [2]

Bishop Dennis Campbell’s Sermon
Bishop Dennis is a brilliant speaker.  He is able to take biblical precepts and make them perfectly understandable, even to me.  Oft he provides the text of his sermons and I take the utmost pleasure in passing them on:

Why We still Believe[3]
1 Peter 4:7- 11, John 15:26-16:4
Sunday after Ascension
May 12, 2013

The Christian faith is either revealed truth from God, or it is just one of many made up stories that we can identify with or not as we choose.  Christian morality is either God's law binding upon all people at all times, or it is just another competing human view which we are free to accept or reject as we please.  Yet billions of people down through history, many of them the brightest lights of humanity, have earnestly believed the Christian faith is truth from God.  Even today billions of people still believe.  The  World Council of Churches claims to have 590 million members. There are over 330,000 protestant denominations. 300 million people are part of the Eastern Orthodox Church.  1.2 billion people are Roman Catholics.  I personally have problems calling some of these people Christians, but the fact is, they believe they are, and that raises a question; why, in this, "enlightened" age, do so many still believe?  Why do we still cling to Christianity?

We still cling to Christianity because we believe it is the faith given by God.  We say this because we believe Jesus Christ brought the Christian faith to us, and we believe Jesus Christ was is and forever will be, God.  We believe He is the word who was with God and who was God in John 1:1.  We believe He is the word who became flesh in John 1:14.  We believe Him when He said in John 10:30, "I and my Father are one, " and in John 8:18, "the Father that sent me beareth witness of me," and, "he that hath seen me hath seen the Father" in John 14:9.  Thus we agree fully with Hebrews 1:1 and 2, "God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son."

How did God speak to us in His Son Jesus Christ?  He spoke to us in the teaching of Jesus.  Jesus came to teach us about God.  He said,"I do nothing of myself; but as the Father hath taught me, I speak these things"  (Jn. 8:18).  Looking through the Bible we see Jesus spending most of His time teaching about God.  We see the Sermon on the Mount.  We see Him teaching in the synagogues and in the Temple.  We especially see Him teaching the men who would become His Apostles.  We see Him taking them aside for special times of private instruction.  He even spent time teaching them after His resurrection.  Thus, on the Emmaus road, "beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself" (Lk. 24:27).

It was these same men that He commissioned to be His witnesses, preaching the same faith He gave to them.  They were "ambassadors for Christ" (2 Cor. 5:20),  and "stewards of the mysteries of God" (1 Cor 4:1).   They were to proclaim only what they had received from Christ, the very same faith He taught, the very word of Christ..  They were to "preach the word," as the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (2 Tim 4:1).  And they were to pass that same word on to others, who were to pass it on to others,  and so it will continue down through the generations (2 Tim. 2:2).

So we believe the Christian faith is given to the world by God, and taught in the Church from the time of Christ to this very moment.  It was preserved by God through the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enabled the Apostles to understand and preserve the faith.  They preserved it by teaching it, and commissioning others to teach it.  They also preserved it by recording it in the books and letters we now call the New Testament.

We believe God established a people, a kingdom, an organization called the Church, and a major part of its purpose is to preserve and proclaim the faith. given to it.  We believe the Church was established by God, for Christ Himself said, "on this rock I will build my church."  We believe all Christians are to be active and faithful members of the Church.  For Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to absent ourselves from its meetings.  Christ gave the faith to the Church and the Bible calls Christianity the faith once delivered to the saints.  This is why St. Paul calls the Church the pillar and ground of truth, because it preserves the faith given to it by Christ.

For two thousand years the Church has struggled to preserve the faith.  It has been persecuted by enemies, and untold numbers of her people have died in Coliseums and dungeons and on crosses, rather than give up the faith.  It has been torn by heresy.  I said earlier that I have a hard time calling some people Christians.  That is because so many of them have adopted other gospels and given up on the faith given by Christ.  This is not surprising to us, for the Bible itself says the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, and will turn away from the truth to fables.  I submit to you that many who call themselves Christians today are actually following fables rather than truth.  Yet God has His remnant, His people who have not bowed the knee to other gods or departed from the faith.  It is this Invisible Church within the Church that is the true Church.  And, though not perfect in either faith or practice, not even close to perfection, this Church continues in the faith, and always will.

That brings me to this present moment and this very place.  It brings me to we who call ourselves Christians here and now.  The faith has been given.  It has come to us at great cost and much suffering.  It is ours to believe, to treasure, and to preserve, and to hand down to future generations.  Having it makes us stewards of the manifold grace of God, as the Apostle Peter wrote in the passage we read earlier this morning.  But I note that Peter didn't just call us stewards of the grace of God.  He told us to do certain things, "as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."  He is saying that having the grace of God makes us its stewards.  Now we must decide to be bad stewards, or good stewards.  God help us to be good stewards.
+Dennis Campbell

Bishop, Anglican Orthodox Church Diocese of Virginia
Rector, Holy Trinity Anglican Orthodox Church
Powhatan, Virginia

Rev Bryan Dabney of Saint John’s Sunday Sermon
We are fortunate to have Bryan’s Sunday Sermon.  If you want people to come to The Truth, you have to speak the truth, expouse the truth and live the truth.    This is really a good piece and I commend it to your careful reading.

Sunday after Ascension Day

In his Gospel writing, Chapter Three, verses 16-18, John, the beloved disciple of our Lord, drew a clear distinction between those who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and those who do not. His words bear out the exclusivity of the Christian religion when he said, He that believeth on him (the Christ) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (v.18).
Now, you may not be aware of it, but there has been an on-again-off-again controversy concerning that phrase, only begotten Son of God. The noted bible scholar, Gail Riplinger, put it this way: “Christians have held tenaciously to the doctrine that Christ is God and co-eternal with the Father. The term ‘begotten’... is used in reference to the body of ‘flesh’ [seen] by mankind... the Greek word preceding ‘Son’ or ‘God’ is always monogenes, a two part word in which mono means ‘only’ or ‘one’ and genes means ‘begotten’, ‘born’, ‘to come forth’... All interlinear Greek-English New Testaments translate it as such [that is, only- begotten]. However, most new [bible] versions do not translate genes, the second part of the word... Hence we see ‘only Son’, ‘one and only Son’, and ‘unique Son’...The word [monogenes or ] ‘only begotten’ emphasizes too strongly the distinction between Jesus Christ, the begotten Son, and believers who are adopted sons. ‘Only begotten’ also flattens any New Age assertion that Jesus is one in a long line of avatars [or physical representations of a deity].”
And herein lies the problem. If Christians can be persuaded to adopt the new language and regard as unfamiliar the true wording of the Scriptures, then their faith will not be grounded upon the true Christ— the rock of our salvation— but upon a false notion of Christ.
Through the devil’s hirelings in both the pulpit and academia, Christianity is fast becoming an inclusive faith which has reduced itself to a mere choice among other choices. The forces of inclusion have accomplished this travesty in several ways, most notably through their abandonment of the Nicene Creed as it clearly expresses the particulars of the Christian faith. They have also advanced their cause per their use of the numerous unsound bible versions that have been crafted by men and women who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
It is indeed unfortunate that so many Christians have been fed the pabulum of the New Age and are totally unaware of this great deception. Ever since the Bible came to be, Satan has continually challenged its veracity as God’s true and inspired word. And in light of that, we should not be surprised to find his minions peddling his lies as God’s word written. St. Paul advised the Ephesian elders to, Take heed, therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears (Acts 20:28-31). And agreeable to that warning, born-again churchmen have— over the centuries— noted the efforts of Satan’s minions to sow confusion and uncertainty within the body of Christ. The agents of the evil one have sown the tares of higher criticism amongst the wheat of sound bible doctrine. These so-called “learned” souls regard the Bible as merely a set of words whose meanings can be shaped to fit any mold they choose much like potter’s clay. Through their new bible versions, as well as through their positions of influence within the church, these false teachers have feigned an appearance of faith in Christ, all the while denying him as the very Lord who bought them.
Bible-believing Christians over the millennia have acknowledged God spoke to the patriarchs, prophets and apostles of old. His words contain specific messages on a variety of issues, and were given for the edification of all who would hear them. We ought not to treat God’s words as mere human constructs, or— as the Modernists teach— to regard them as subjective in their meaning. As a matter of linguistics, words are the means by which we communicate our ideas, thoughts and intentions to others. With them we conduct business, express our feelings to one another, as well as to give praise and worship to God. Through them we receive the messages of God as found within the pages of Scripture.
And so it follows that if the words we receive are given to mean something different than what we have learned in the past, then we will question the veracity of any thing presented to the contrary. God was well aware of this when he gave us his word written. For it is through the Scriptures that we are informed of the wonderful and condescending love of God for us. That is why we ought to regularly read and study the Authorized Version of the Holy Bible. If we wish to receive the truth concerning God’s word, then we ought to read the most authoritative source available in the English language. And we would also do well to seek out godly teachers and ministers who hold to those doctrines and tenets of the Christian faith as communicated in Scripture. How else can we truly know Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God? How would we know him as the way, the truth and the life? How could we ever come know of the exclusive nature of the Christian faith without learning from our Lord that, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (St. John 14:6)? How would we know what he meant when he said, I am the door (St. John 10:9)? How could we truly accept him as our Good Shepherd (St. John 10:11) if he is but a deity among many others? How could we distinguish between the bad seed of Satan and the good seed of the children of kingdom (St. Matthew 13:37-43)? The new bible versions omit the names of Jesus and Christ on numerous occasions as opposed to where those names appear in the Authorized Version and to what end? They removed the words to repentance from St. Mark 2:17 which is all about our Lord’s calling out to those who would be saved. They are called to repentance.
I do not mean to sound callous, but I care not that the Modernists have their own bibles. They are welcome to them. They revel in their apostate natures. They want religion their way much as Cain wanted God to accept whatever he offered him in sacrifice (Genesis 4:5). They want God on their terms, and will not come to him on his. This is not about the specifics of worship, or what hymns you care to sing. No, this is about living according to what God has set forth in his word. You are free to join whatever denomination you choose, but you cannot compel God to accept you into the body of Christ if you— and the church that you belong to— will not be obedient to his word and commandment. To paraphrase a modern Bible scholar, “God did not give us his bible to be edited by us. He gave us his word that we might be edited by it.”
Unfortunately, this is not a “live and let live”situation. Satan desires complete control over all that God has made, and that is what makes those new bible versions problematic for the faith of many new Christians. Satan’s amended translations have been peddled as “easy to read”; “simple to understand”; and last but not least, they contain the lie that they have been crafted using the “earliest manuscripts.” Through the use of the aforementioned advertizing jingles, these ersatz bibles have been accepted within evangelical churches at an alarming rate.
If we are true and faithful Christians, we will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is our Saviour for such is the work of the Holy Ghost who leads us into all truth (St. John 16:13). We will love God and in that love, we live according to his word and commandment. We will accept him as the only Lord— the only begotten Son of God. We will avoid demonic deception by steering clear of any false views of Christ and of God (Galatians 1:6-9).We will avoid the unequal yoke with those who do not follow the truth of God’s word written as that is a telling sign that their understanding has been darkened by the evil one (II Corinthians 4:2-4; 6:14-18).
Let us close with the following verses from St. Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthians: Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: to the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ (2:14-17).
The false professors and clerics will not heed the warning which the apostle presented in II Corinthians 2:14-17. They will not because they do not believe in the Christ of Scripture— the only Saviour— who is the way, the truth and the life. Therefore, as our Lord spoke in our gospel lesson today, He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (St. John 3:18).
So let us then have faith and believe upon that name which is above every name. And let us also accept his word written as found within the pages of the Authorized Version as the truth by which we might learn of him, and teach others as God gives us leave to do.
Let us pray,
ather, keep us from all false doctrine, heresy and schism, as well as from all deception by our adversary; for this we ask in the name of him who is thine only begotten Son, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Have a blessed week, Bryan+

[1] The propers are the Collect (prayer) for the day and the Bible readings appointed for the day.  They are selections based on the Christian Year and make a particular point.  Their selection is important.  The propers have been more or less the same since the beginning of the Church of England and a large portion precede the founding of the Church of England.
[2] The Holy Ghost is coming soon, help is on the way.  Happy Sunday after the Ascension.
[3] The short answer is because nothing has changed.  God made the world and all that therein is.  He made us.  He is our God.  We are His people.  He sent His Son to die for our sins.  That is why we ‘still’ believe!  More than believe, this all we know to be fact, courtesy of the Holy Ghost.

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