Advocating God’s Truth

The world in which we live is getting darker, more depraved and full of evil as every year passes.  There is a sense of urgency in what God is wanting to say to those who will hear.  His heart longs for His people to hear His voice and heed His warnings… before it’s too late.

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.   You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5 – 6)

Much of the Church is sleeping, unaware of what is unfolding.   Additionally, the church is full of broken, damaged people, desperately in need of freedom and healing as  false doctrine abounds.   Emmaus seeks to speak for God, urging His sons and daughters to hear and respond to what He is saying, to learn and discern the truth, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and become obedient disciples and ambassadors for Christ.

 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

WALKING BY THE SPIRIT IN THE COMMANDS

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) This piece continues in the same vein as the previous article, which provoked not a little controversy as we expected. But, nonetheless, it is a matter greatly overlooked in church doctrine and must be considered as our salvation is connected to it. Jesus in His conversation with Nicodemus said that unless a man is born again of water and the spirit he cannot either see, or enter, the kingdom of heaven. One cannot enter what one cannot see. A blind man cannot enter a room if he cannot see the door. The kingdom of heaven is not of this fleshly world, which will pass away and burn up. It is eternal and spiritual. So unless one is truly born again, one cannot see or understand according the ways of the Spirit. If we are born again of the Spirit, we are no longer slaves to this fleshly world, which we are sojourning through, but on the contrary, we are able to bring our flesh into submission to the Spirit. This ability is given freely through faith and grace. If we walk according to the flesh then we are slaves to the law of sin and death, because it is impossible to bring our flesh into submission to the law of the Spirit, except through the power of the Holy Spirit. If we walk according to the flesh we gratify the flesh, which is in opposition to the Spirit and therefore the will of God. And herein lies a very important point for those who feel that the commands, ordinances and precepts of God are not...

WARNING! THE LAW OF MOSES APPLIES TO GENTILE BELIEVERS

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Warning: The Law of Moses Does Apply To Gentile Believers! “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?  For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king….”  1 Samuel 15:22/23 The prophet Samuel spoke these words to King Saul after he disobeyed God, proving rebellion can be extremely costly – in Saul’s case he lost his kingdom!  Refusing to obey God is considered equal to the sin of divination, and such insubordination is also considered equal to iniquity and idolatry.  The King James translation uses the word stubbornness for insubordination.  It says; rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness as idolatry.  Why idolatry?  Because refusing to obey God means by default placing someone else’s ways  before His, in other words one worships another before God’s – that is idolatry.  However: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.  But outside are dogs (unclean people) and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”  Revelation 22:14-15 God frequently called the early Israelites a stiff-necked people.  People with stiff necks cannot (or will not) turn their heads to see things differently.  The Israelites were stiff-necked by choice, not wanting to change their old ways so they rebelled.  Like Saul, they too lost their place in the Promised Land....

ROMANS 11 & THE 2 OLIVE TREES

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Those who understand Paul’s teachings in Romans 11, know he likened Gentile disciples of Christ to wild olive branches, who through Christ, are grafted into a cultivated tree, a symbol of ‘spiritual Israel’. In the Middle East and southern Europe where olive groves abound, it’s very noticeable how harshly cultivated trees are pruned in order to produce better fruit.  Cultivated olive groves have lines of well-ordered and pruned trees, whereas wild trees grow everywhere on the hillsides, straggly and wild, producing lesser fruits.  The harshness with which cultivated trees are pruned, even using chainsaws to cut off major branches is significant when considering Paul’s parable in Romans 11. Why, because Gentile branches should expect to be pruned and trained as the host tree is.   If Gentile believers are grafted into the cultivated tree, becoming spiritual citizens of the commonwealth of Israel, they too should expect to do as the Lord requires of Israel.    Otherwise we risk falling into the trap of wanting to have our proverbial cake and eat it.  We want the blessings that Israel receives without paying the full price of commitment and obedience. Jesus makes clear: love = obedience to His word, all of it!   This is not out of legalism (a trap into which Israel has fallen) but out of love for our Father in Heaven. God placed laws and commandments for the Israelites to follow with the counsel that great blessing or cursing would come too, depending on whether they obeyed or rebelled.   The Western church majors on the doctrine of grace, a doctrine which has been placed on such...