KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY

KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Letters from Emmaus ‘Keep The Sabbath Holy’ It’s hard to imagine a disciple of Jesus Christ not agreeing with the Ten Commandments. They are probably the most famous passage of scripture, yet frequently their deeper meanings are unappreciated.   No disciple of Christ would disagree that stealing, murdering, coveting, committing adultery and lying are wrong, yet for some reason we ignore the command about the Sabbath? Our Father in Heaven is explicitly clear about this matter – keep the Sabbath Holy. (eg Exodus 20:8 & Deut 5:12)  The Sabbath/Shabbat is Saturday, not Sunday (God rested on the seventh day and made it holy – Gen 2:2-3).  If you visit Jerusalem there is a siren that sounds every Friday, close to sunset, to advise people the Sabbath is soon to begin.  People everywhere scurry home from their busy weekday lives to share in the Lord’s day of rest. The early church kept the Sabbath until the time of Emperor Constantine and the notorious Council of Nicea, who wilfully rejected the church’s Hebraic roots and many of God’s precepts, including replacing Saturday with ‘Sun-Day’.  This was done in part to appease the dominant pagan cultures, (for whom sun worship was prevalent, dating back to Babylonian times) by blending Christian doctrine with pagan practices, which included sun worship.   Constantine Canon XXIX states: “Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.”  And in his ‘Sun-Day...
ABORTION – MURDER OR MERCY?

ABORTION – MURDER OR MERCY?

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Abortion – Murder or Mercy? In recent months the head of the midwives’ union, Cathy Warwick, caused controversy by stating that abortions should be allowed to be performed at full term. In other words, a baby could be aborted right up to the hour before its natural birth. This controversy has become a catalyst for bringing this subject into the light, by examining it through the lens of God’s word, to consider whether abortion is an act of mercy, or simply murder in disguise. The secular worldview is reinforced by such statements as: The BPAS’s “We Trust Women” campaign was launched in February and proposes, “the abortion time limit be removed from criminal law”.[i]  RCM Chief Executive, Cathy Warwick, has come out in support of a campaign calling for abortion to be completely decriminalised and for the 24 week abortion limit to be “relegated to history”[ii]. Royal College of Midwives backs abolition of abortion law that could see women terminate unborn child at any point[iii] The Emmaus Group doesn’t seek to judge or condemn, but we do seek to honour God’s word by highlighting His view on children, who are described as ‘gifts of God.’[iv]   On the Day of Judgment, man’s ideas and thoughts on this subject will count for nothing when weighed against God’s. For He is a God of justice, who sits upon His throne in the kingdom of heaven, and kingdoms are not democracies! His laws, precepts and statutes are non-negotiable. So when man violates them there are consequences and if abortion is murder – there will be consequences. Let’s remind ourselves...
EXERCISE YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST!

EXERCISE YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST!

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) In recent weeks we at Emmaus have had to exercise our authority in Christ over various situations with victorious outcomes every time: whether with authorities seeking to cause mischief or in ministry over the forces of darkness, every time our God is faithful and true. Yet sadly, many parts of the church have been emasculated, losing the power and authority that exist in Christ because of doubt, unbelief and deceptive theology.   Yet the bible says followers of Jesus Christ hold the keys to the kingdom of heaven: “And I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 As fellow disciples of Christ, like the apostle Peter, we still hold these keys if only we knew it. The days are darkening and times are changing, now is the season for all true sons and daughters to arise and speak out, binding and loosing in the all powerful name of Jesus. Binding the works of Satan and loosing truth and light into the world. The Father gave all authority in heaven and on earth to Jesus and He in turn, through the Holy Spirit, gave this power to us. Did He not say: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father...
THE ROYAL WEDDING – PART 2

THE ROYAL WEDDING – PART 2

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) In part one of this series we considered two points. First, that Jesus was sent to earth as a Jewish Messiah and King. “For unto us (the Jewish people) a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Might God, Everlastings Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgement and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the lord of hosts will perform this.”[i] “Where is He that has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” [ii] “Then Pilate asked Him, “are you the King of the Jews”? He answered and said to him, “it is as you say.”[iii] Second was the question God posed to the Emmaus Group: “will the Groom (Jesus) come back for a bride that despises his own family (the Jewish people/house of Israel)”? In part two, we begin unpacking aspects of ancient Jewish wedding customs that we hope will paint an interesting picture for you and help answer the question above. In Genesis 24 we read that Abraham sent his servant to find a wife, Rebekah, for his son Isaac. So Abraham said to the eldest servant of his house, who had ruled over all that he had, “please put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you...