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    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    Indeed, this has been one of the intended points for my "thought-question" postings above. There is a great spiritual error made when we create a DIVISON between obedience unto our Lord God's commands and following after the Holy Spirit's direction. These two things are NOT divided in their true Biblical reality. On the other hand, when a doctrinal position begins to divide them, that position will likely disregard one of the two "sides," while heavily pushing the other "side." Either extreme will result in doctrinal and behavioral falsehood. (Note: I do indeed believe that the independent Baptist movement has indeed fallen into the trap somewhat of pursuing one side extreme at the expense of the other.)
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    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    Here is something else to ponder -- Is there a New Testament "law" for which the New Testament believer is responsible before the Lord our God? What I mean is this -- Without considering any part of the Old Testament Scriptures at all, does the New Testament record any number of commands, statutes, precepts, requirements, standards of righteousness and holiness, for the New Testament believer to obey in order to walk aright with the Lord our God? (Note: Having actually done a study through the New Testament Scriptures on just the "command statements" of the New Testament, I would contend that there are upwards to 300+ such commands, statutes, precepts, requirements, standards of righteousness and holiness for the New Testament believer to obey in order to walk aright with the Lord our God.)
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    How to Understand Revelation and Daniel

    Concerning Matthew 24:1 - 25:46, Mark 131-37, Luke 21:5-36 (Part 2). So then, the TWO sets of questions by the disciples were as follows: 1. Set #1 – Concerning the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem A. WHEN shall these things [the destruction of the temple] be? B. WHAT SIGN will there be when these thing [the destruction of the temple] shall come to pass? 2. Set #2 – Concerning the Lord’s coming and the world’s end A. WHAT shall be the SIGN of thy coming? B. WHAT shall be the SIGN . . . of the end of the world? In answer to the disciples’ two sets of questions, our Lord provided a broad time-line of events. As we unify the parallel passages of Matthew 24:1 – 25:46, Mark 13:1-37, and Luke 21:5-36, we are able to discern the ordering of this time-line, as follows: I. Question Set #1 – Concerning the Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem A. Nation against Nation & The World against Christ’s Servants Matthew 24:4–14 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Mark 13:5–13 5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. 9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. 11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. 13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Luke 21:9–19 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. 18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls. (Note: According to our Lord’s teaching in Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7, Luke 21:9, these wars and persecutions are NOT a sing of the end. They are only “the beginning of sorrows.” On the other hand, throughout this time period, our Lord intends for the gospel to be “published among all nations” of the world and for us to walk in patient endurance unto the end.) B. Vengeance against Jerusalem & The Scattering of the Israelites Luke 21:20–24 20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (Note: This encompassing and desolation of Jerusalem by the armies of Rome is now a historical even that occurred in 70 AD. At that time also the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. Thus we are able to understand Luke 21:20-24 reveals our Lord’s answer unto the first set of questions by the disciple – When shall the destruction of the temple be, and what sign shall there be when the destruction of the temple would come to pass? Yet the desolation of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple is not the end of all. Rather, according to our Lord’s teaching in Luke 21:24, following this desolation and destruction shall be a time wherein the Israelites are “led away captive into all nations” and wherein “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles.” In fact, according to our Lord’s teaching in Luke 21:24, this time period will extend over periods (plural) of time “until the times [plural] of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”) II. Question Set #2 – Concerning the Lord’s Coming and the World’s End A. The Abomination of Desolation & The Greatest Tribulation of All Time Matthew 24:15-51 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Mark 13:14–23 14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: 15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: 16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. 17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. 19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. 20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. 21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. 23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. B. The Powers of Heaven Shaken & The Coming of the Lord Matthew 24:29-31 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Mark 13:24–27 24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Luke 21:25–28 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. C. The Judgment of the Sheep and of the Goats Matthew 25:31-46 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
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    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    Here is something to ponder -- 1. The character of God's Law is holy. Thus it is in perfect unity with the perfect holiness of the Lord our God. 2. The character of God's Spirit is holy. Thus he is in perfect unity with the perfect holiness of the Lord our God. 3. If by character God's Law directs us in a perfect standard of holiness, and if by character God's Spirit directs us in a perfect standard of holiness, in what manner does God's Law and God's Spirit contradict each other?
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    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    This subject is so easily complicated because so many things are either mis-defined or mis-combined. For an example of mis-defined -- With some the Law of God now seems to referenced as if it were a "bad thing." Yet the New Testament Scriptures clearly teach that the Law of God is holy, and that the commandments of God's Law are "holy, and just , and good." (See Romans 7:12) For an example of mis-combined -- With some the commandments of men are sometimes referenced as if they were the Law of God. Yet our Lord Jesus Christ clearly taught that following after the commandments of men can cause our religious walk to be spiritual vanity. (See Matthew 15:9) For another example of mis-defined -- With some the New Testament truth that we have freedom in Christ is employed to teach that we may now do whatever we desire. Yet the New Testament Scriptures clearly teach that our liberty in Christ is NEVER to be used for an occasion to our selfish flesh. (See Galatians 5:13) For another example of mis-combined -- With some the New Testament truth that we are to walk after the Spirit, not under the Law, is employed to teach that the righteousness of the God's Law no longer matters in our Christian lives. Yet the New Testament Scriptures clearly teach that walking after the Holy Spirit will LEAD us to fulfill the righteousness of God's Law. (See Romans 8:4) So then, do the commands of God matter for the New Testament believer? Most certainly! For we can only walk in loving fellowship with the Lord our God AS we walk in obedience to His commandments. (See John 15:9-11) (Note: Not ALL of the Old Testament commandments are applicable unto the New Testament believer. Some ARE, while others are NOT. Biblical and Spirit-filled discernment is definitely required in this matter.)
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    Suggestions and/or Ideas?

    1. Would you be willing to take a donation of books from Pastor Scott Markle. I know him personally, and could talk to him about it. 😁 2. Concerning Sorenson, I do not believe that he is covenant/reformed. Would be interested to learn how you concluded that, and would suggest a recheck of the information.
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    What would you do?

    Sister, I am not Brother "Swathdiver" and do not claim to speak on his behalf; however, having followed each part of this thread discussion, I do NOT believe that this comment was directed against you.
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    What would you do?

    Indeed, one of the ways in which the light is able to reveal and reprove the darkness is simply by shining faithfully. (See Ephesians 5:8-13)
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    What would you do?

    Amen, and AMEN!!!!! My comment above was NOT intended at all to discourage, only to explain.
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    What would you do?

    Sister, Please understand that I myself do NOT stand in complete agreement with Brother Stafford on this matter. Nevertheless, I would recognize that your comparative examples above are something like comparing "apples to cucumbers." Smelling badly is NOT a moral issue. Dressing immodestly (toward that which God's Word defines as "nakedness") IS a moral issue. The two issues are NOT an equivalent comparison.
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    What would you do?

    1 Corinthians 14:23 Also maybe James 2:1-3
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    What would you do?

    Well, the emboldened part of your quote above is where you have your failure in relation to my earlier posting. My earlier posting NO WHERE indicated that a woman's immodest dress CAUSES a man to sin, or that she is AT ALL responsible for his sin. I have NO NEED to support that opinion, specifically because it is NOT my opinion. Rather, my earlier posting indicated that a man is at fault for sin against the Lord his God through lust REGARDLESS of the woman's behavior. You might want to read again, as follows: Furthermore, my earlier posting also indicated that a woman is at fault for sin against the Lord her God if she wears immodest apparel, REGARDLESS of whether a man chooses to lust after her or not. You might want to read again, as follows: My additional posting, as per your request, provided the two Biblical passages wherein the two Biblical commands are provided for the two positions that I presented in my previous posting. The man in point #1 has committed sin because he transgressed the command of Matthew 5:28. The woman in point #2 has committed sin because she transgressed the command of 1 Timothy 2:9-10. It really does not matter what any other person may or may not do. Breaking the respective command in each case IS SIN. By the way, in my earlier posting there was also NO hint of BLAME SHIFTING. Each individual is responsible before the Lord God for his or her OWN behavior, whether it be obedient or disobedient to the respective command of God's Word.
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    What would you do?

    Sin by character is wicked. Sin by definition is any transgression against the will or Word of God. 1. Matthew 5:27-28 -- "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in her heart." Herein our Lord Jesus Christ was NOT cancelling the prohibition against adultery, as if it no longer applied. Rather, herein our Lord Jesus Christ was revealing that sexual lust in one's heart is equally as offensive in the sight of God as sexual adultery in one's actions. Clearly the emphasis that our Lord provides is upon the behavior of the male gender (although this does not exclude the application of the principle from the female gender). Furthermore, the emphasis that our Lord provides is upon the HEART-behavior of the individual, not just upon the outward-behavior of the individual. The specific HEART-behavior that our Lord confronts and condemns is that of lusting after a woman. This sinful scenario begins with a look, that carries a purpose or result of lusting within after a woman. No further action is necessary. Our Lord clearly states that this internal lusting after the woman is in the sight of God a commission of ADULTERY with her ALREADY in his heart. She does not have to agree. She does not have to even know. How she is attired does not matter. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not grant any avenue of excuse for the man. He has already committed a wicked sin against the Lord his God. Culture is irrelevant; it is a matter of the heart in the sight of the Lord God. 2. 1 Timothy 2:9-10 -- "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." Herein we find a New Testament instruction that clearly places its emphasis upon the behavior of the female gender (although this does not exclude the application of the principle from the male gender). Furthermore, the emphasis of this instruction concerns the external apparel and attire of women professing godliness. Women of God are required by the Lord our God to adorn themselves in a modest manner. This is the opposite of a "show-offish" manner. In that time the most common purpose for showing-off concerned one's material wealth or physical beauty. Thus the passage provides such examples of showiness as "broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." However, the precept for "modest apparel" is all inclusive, encompassing any manner of showiness. Even so, in our time another common purpose for showing-off concerns one's sexiness and sexual attraction. This also would be contrary to the precept for modest apparel. Yet the passage does not emphasize only the matter of external apparel, but also indicates that a woman's choice of modest apparel should be founded upon a modest spirit, "with shamefacedness and sobriety." Such would be equivalent to the "meek and quiet spirit" of 1 Peter 3:4, "which is in the sight OF GOD of great price." Finally, the passage emphasizes that women of God are to pursue the spiritual adornment and attractiveness of good, godly works. Thus a woman of God is to be filled with a Spirit-filled attitude of modesty and meekness, to be externally adorned with modest apparel and attire, and to be spiritually adorned with good works. Certainly, the culture may change its fashions of showiness; however, the precept against showiness remains in any cultural setting. For a woman of God to transgress any part of this instruction is for her to commit a wicked sin against the Lord her God.
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    What would you do?

    Let us get this Biblically correct: 1. If a saved man lusts after a woman (that is not his wife), it is a wicked sin against the Lord his God and Savior. It does not matter if the woman is dressed immodestly or modestly. That man committed sin against the Lord, and HE is at fault before the Lord. (This principle would be true in reverse for a saved woman who lusts as well. However, the specific passage of Scripture in mind sets its focus upon men; therefore, I have done the same.) 2. If a saved woman dresses immodestly within a public arena (not in the privacy of her relationship with her husband), it is a wicked sin against the Lord her God and Savior. It does not matter if a man lusts after her or not, or even if a man is actually present who might lust after her. That woman committed sin against the Lord, and SHE is at fault before the Lord. (This principle would also be true in reverse for a saved man who dresses immodestly. However, the specific passage of Scripture in mind sets its focus upon women; therefore, I have done the same.)
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    Leadership conferences?

    Seriously now - For such a conference to be SPIRITUALLY successful, the speakers would have to be the most BIBLICALLY (TRULY) humble individuals that could be found. Not necessarily one of the "well-knowns" who has a supposedly "successful" ministry, but very possibly some of the "un-knowns" who have a truly humble walk with the Lord.
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