Random selections from your letter (I expect I'll be repeating some from former correspondence):
“Only God is the judge of hearts.
Of course, we know God is the ultimate
Judge of hearts and as Abraham said, He is “Judge of all the earth.” However, He doesn't judge alone but imparts judgment of all things to His sons and daughters, those who have received His Spirit. I have received His Spirit...Jan. 1, 1975. Here's what Paul has to say of me and the many who have been born again (first repeat):
1 Corinthians 2:12-16 MKJV
(12) But we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit from God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God.
(13) These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
(15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no one.
(16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Jacob, you are a natural man until Christ comes to live within. As a natural man, you can't get what I'm saying; it's impossible. I know these things not by any virtue of my own, but by a new birth and revelation, by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“He is the only one who knows who is deserving of eternal punishment.
By eternal, I'm sure you mean punishment with no end at all, ever. You're wrong. That is about the most evil thing you could ever say about The One Who gave His Only Begotten Son for us. I can't think of a more heinous lie told and the spirit of your church is the mother of it.
I repeat (are you reading our links, Jacob?
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- not what you, by the title, may expect to read.
“It is reason that largely separates Adam from the animals in Genesis.
You love your reason, don't you, Jacob? What makes you think I'm against reason? I reason with you now. All normal humans reason, and perhaps the smarter and more educated they are, the more they reason. But here's what the Lord had to say of the wise and sophisticated (like you):
“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank You, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the sophisticated and cunning, and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight” (Matthew 11:25-26 MKJV).
And Paul (who also reasoned) said:
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 MKJV
(26) For you see your calling, brothers, that not many wise men according to the flesh are called, not many mighty, not many noble.
(27) But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
(28) and God has chosen the base things of the world, and things which are despised, and things which are not, in order to bring to nothing things that are;
(29) so that no flesh should glory in His presence.
(30) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
(31) so that, according as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord."
Yes, there is reason...man's carnal and God's spiritual, as I've said, but Jacob, you don't have spiritual reasoning; Paul says so:
(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Not to put you down; just giving you the facts.
As for animals, they too can reason; you might be surprised. The greater difference between the animal kingdom and man is...FAITH. Without faith, the reasoning man is but a beast - Psalm 73.
“I am not against personal revelation. In fact, the Catholic Church has for hundreds and hundreds of years and still does teach that personal revelation is possible and a great gift from God. This teaching is still in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the compilation of the truths handed down from God to humanity.
It can be said the Catholic Church does have truths in its doctrine, be it acknowledgment of faith, declaring Jesus Christ is Lord and raised from the dead, and so forth. I am saying that Catholics haven't received and experienced these truths (the difference between “peshet” and “pesher” - Hebrew, knowing and knowing). If they did, they would and could no longer be Catholics.
“She is not okay with private revelation that opposes clear truths found in Scripture.
Jacob, that is outrageously untrue. “She” (Mystery) doesn't have a clue, being filled to overflowing with pagan customs, thoroughly unclean inside and out. Read:Diabolical DoctrinesThe True Marks of a Cult
“Victor, I grew up with anti-Catholic history books. I have read several histories concerning the early Christians and the compilation of Scriptures. I have not come across anything that denies that it was the Catholic Church that formed the canon of Scripture.
To read, one must be alive and have open eyes. However, the history of the Roman Catholic Church matters little to me. I judge her not by her past as by revelation of her fruits, nature, practice, and doctrine. In the sight of God and all holy residents of Heaven, Rome is a horrid abomination. You'll see the truth of that soon enough.
“True revelation is above all earthly knowledge; however, in so far as it is true Revelation, then it does not oppose historical fact and human knowledge. True Revelation is above and fuller than human knowledge, which does NOT mean contradictory to it. True Revelation is a truth which per se (through itself and by definition) does not and cannot contradict other truth. They are complimentary.
In this, you're preaching to the choir, Jacob. I couldn't agree more. Have you seen me disagree?
“Again, logic is not contrary to revelation or truth, it is a rational and valid means by which truth ought to be conveyed to others.
And, again, I absolutely agree, in the context described.
“Is it not possible that he had converted, but this conversion is a journey, a process, rather than a single moment.
No, Jacob, there is a specific, momentous, revolutionary, earth-shaking event
, and yes, it develops and expands from there. Read my testimony again...and again.... Your notion of a gradual process without a significant beginning is erroneous; it comes from one who has never experienced the initiatory gift of repentance direct from God's throne (we aren't speaking contrition
here - a big difference). This gift is as spiritually tangible and identifiable as a parcel from UPS placed on the doorstep ready to be opened.
When I turn on a light, it doesn't gradually come on over time. When I light a match, it lights instantly, completely - for the first time, and burns thereafter. When I begin a journey by car, I take the key and engage the ignition; the car starts, I put it in gear, and I drive off.
Your match has yet to be lit. You have yet to start your car; indeed, you have yet to purchase a car. You've never experienced the grace of being born of water, being washed by His Word. You have yet to be conceived (born of water), much more born of the Spirit. Not saying you haven't had some emotional highs or “epiphanies,” or that you haven't made significant decisions by reason about your life, and not saying you have. But that's not what I'm talking about.
An example of what I'm saying from the Scriptures is Zacchaeus. Saul is another (Acts 9), Lydia is another (Acts 16), the Philippian jailor (Acts 16) the Samaritans (Acts 8), Cornelius and his house (Acts 10), and others.
The apostles first experienced repentance at some significant point not recorded or explained in detail; they were also chosen to be His apostles, but were ultimately “converted” at Pentecost, as appointed. Here's what Jesus said to Peter:
“But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not. And when you are converted
], strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32 MKJV).
Saul of Tarsus was “turned on a dime” - a process beginning with a dramatic introduction into an entirely new dimension, akin to crossing a threshold into a room never seen. Not that all experiences are identical, but in general nature, you've never had that momentous event, Jacob. I speak of something you've never known. Am I pulling rank or being condescending? I hope not. Whatever my motive is - and I'll leave that with the Lord, I know what I'm saying is true and applicable to you.
Heaven would greatly rejoice at your entrance. Angels would sing; I would sing and rejoice; all those with me would do so; the prophets and apostles and all saints would be overjoyed. You have no idea.
Be informed: In any conversion case, it's a work of God and not something anyone can simply decide to do on his own, not for himself or for any other.
Jacob, you don't know it, but you're fighting for your life now; you have a lot at stake.
“Christianity is a RELATIONSHIP with God. This means growth, failure, repentance, and ideally a journey further and further toward Him. It does not mean instantaneous perfection where mistakes are rarely made.
True...in a measure. Christianity, not in the sense the world or the Catholic Church knows it, is a relationship with God, yes, and more than that - it is knowing Him and being one with Him. It is Christ within.
Yes, in the walk by and of the gift of faith, there are
those things you list (growth, failure, repentance
) on a very real journey, not toward, so much as IN, Him. Your words consistently tell where you are...and where you aren't. Not condemning or criticizing you.
Perfection isn't completed at the start, very true, but perfection does come for saints...in this life for several. However, that journey, that process of perfection, needs a starting point, like any journey. You have yet to begin before you can proceed. You must experience the precious gift of repentance by the gift of faith, a work of grace:
Ephesians 2:8-10 MKJV
(8) For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
(9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.
(10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
Jacob, you have doctrine and theory; you have indoctrination and reason; you have the faith of men, but you don't have the supernatural faith of God. Your faith is the counterfeit, of fallen man, a carnal conviction, a system of belief, that which men savor, and which displaces the faith of God. You're seduced, deceived into thinking you have understood, or apprehended, or are apprehending God's will for you; you don't have it. I was there many years ago as a Catholic; praise God He had mercy on me and many others.
I can only speak these things because I've been where you are and because I am where I am now, in the True Place of the Light of Jesus Christ, the Light of men, in the Kingdom of God. You are only in the Catholic Church. That will never suffice for you or for God. I was perishing there long ago as you are now.
“This is Christ commissioning Peter and others to go out and spread His word. It seems that Christ trusts the apostles enough to do his work; yet, you argue that Peter had not converted at this time.
Do I argue in error? Try taking this up with the One Who speaks these things. I've given you the passage where the Lord Himself spoke of Peter's conversion in the future (Luke 22:32), after the work they had been given to do. As Jesus said to the Jews, “You err, not knowing the Scriptures or the power thereof.”
You try to demonstrate knowledge and skill with the Scriptures. Give it up already; you don't have what you presume or pretend to have. No matter the study and education, no man can understand the Scriptures but by His grace. You may agree with me on that point but you don't really believe it; you only acknowledge and hope it may be true you have His grace. Isn't that so?
Such assumptive belief would serve to tell you you're on the right track; it would absolve you of the cross, which you think to be taking up by your vocation. Your presumption keeps you from believing the truth and taking up the cross, the only way to receive Christ and His power over sin and death.
Read: The Cross - Only the Death Sentence Will AvailTaking Up the Cross: “What Is Required of Me?”
More error on your part: Jesus Christ didn't trust the apostles or any man. The seventy disciples abandoned Him after tasting those powers, Judas betrayed Him at the end, the disciples couldn't accompany Him in prayer in His last hours of great trouble, Peter denied Him repeatedly and all His followers fled. This tells us Jesus Christ had no call to trust any man. You blindly place faith in man's ability and righteousness. The Kingdom of Heaven doesn't work that way because no man is trustworthy, not one. Here's a Scripture to consider in this regard:
John 2:23-25 MKJV
(23) And as He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, at the feast, many believed in His Name when they saw the miracles which He did.
(24) But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all
(25) and did not need that anyone should testify of man
]. For He knew what was in man
This includes all men, Jacob. You see you don't understand, whether they be things of the flesh or spirit. You have no comprehension of the things of God; admit it; forsake the works of men and surrender to His Work.
“Because Christ's mercy and sacrifice has no limitation, Peter's sin can be forgiven when true repentance accompanies a sincere request. Try not to judge Peter's heart or the exact moment of his conversion. That is a job for our Lord.
Peter was baptized in the Holy Spirit (converted) at Pentecost along with close to 120 others. That day, he was a new man and preached by the power of the Holy Spirit whereby about 3000 souls were added to the Body of Christ. No “judging” here, Jacob.
My wife and I were converted January 1, 1975. Since that time we have witnessed others receiving the Spirit; no need to “judge.” Look in the Scriptures and you'll find clear testimonies of people receiving the Spirit at set times, no long drawn out processes... The Samaritans (Acts 8), Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9), Cornelius and his house (Acts 10), the Ephesian disciples (Acts 19). To you these things are gray or don't exist for this day because you've never experienced the reality.
I've already shown you the clear Scriptural declaration that those who have the Spirit judge all things. Are you denying these Biblical truths? Why?
“I try not to disagree or contradict Christ. Especially when He is that clear. I'm not the one that called Peter 'Rock' first; I simply repeated what Christ says.
That's very righteous of you, but you're wrong by indoctrination. Are you aware the man without the Spirit of God can do nothing but disagree with or contradict Jesus Christ, though he pretends to agree with Him? Why else did Jesus Christ have to lay down His life, if not to reconcile the man of sin who is at enmity with God?
“Call no man 'Father;' 'Don't use repetitious prayers...'” like your rosary beads, which pray more to a human being than to God. No images, no pretentious positions, garments and titles...the list is a very long one, a list you defend to the detriment of your soul. The Catholic Church and its Pope are admired by men, highly esteemed. Do you not see the abomination Jesus says it is? No, because in your trying to not disagree with the Lord, you miserably fail, breaking every one of His Commandments.
“And He said to them, You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15 MKJV).
Jacob, does His mercy “have no limitation” in the sense that men can continue in sin without consequence and destruction? Not a chance, nor are confession and contrition nearly sufficient. He said, “Except you repent
you shall likewise perish.” He said, “Go and sin no more lest something worse befalls you.” The admonitions are many. You deceive yourself with your false doctrines, superstitions, and vain hopes.
Jesus Christ has absolutely nothing to do with your organization. If you think He was angered and energized at the cleansing of the Temple, just consider what He would do should He enter the Vatican premises. The day and power of the “Holy Roman Apostolic Catholic Church” has come to an end. In a generation, it will be utterly destroyed to rise no more, and it will be the Great Wrath of God that accomplishes the destruction.
Run for your life to Him while you can, unless it's already too late, which I suspect it isn't, or you and I wouldn't be having this conversation.
“The men in the present age that have been given this gift by the Holy Spirit through the authority of Christ Himself are the Catholic priests. It is an unbroken tradition. It is historical fact. It is only possibly by the grace and power of God.
Historical fact? No, Jacob, you are wrong. I have known many priests; I was an altar boy, solo singer in the choir, president of the youth club, and I attended a minor seminary for a year and lived, so to speak, with several priests. No Catholic has priestly grace with God; no Catholic priest can forgive sins or pass the gift of the Holy Spirit on to any man.
It was men from outside the Catholic Church whom God sent to me that I might receive the Spirit of the Lord, and when it happened, Heaven opened, I was freed from the powerful tyranny of the prince of this world and of sin and guilt; it's been over 40 years since that happened. No priest even suggested he could do that for me, not before or since.
Nor is there one Catholic I've known who has experienced this gracious work of God and remained Catholic. You are sorely misled and gravely mistaken, Jacob...and in rather “beautiful” ways, I add.
“Why would you bring up John and Peter and Paul. I am a Christian. I follow Christ, not Paul or Peter or John.
You misunderstand. See the context of my question replying to you; consider and you should easily understand why.
Teresa] saw Christ in the poor as Christ tells us to do. Do not pretend to have the authority or ability to judge her heart when God alone knows her true intentions and desires.
No pretense here, Jacob, only realities foreign to you, and you'll know it by and by.
“the term 'anti-Christ' does not mean 'against Christ,' but 'in place or instead of.': Could you please cite your source for your definition of 'anti'. This prefix comes from the Greek. The work literally means 'against' or 'opposite'.
Allow me to qualify what I said; I wasn't entirely accurate. Not only
, I should say, does the preposition mean “against,” or “opposite to,” but also, and more so, “instead of” or as substitution (copy, counterfeit):
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the KJV Bible:G473
a??t?´ anti an-tee'
A primary particle; opposite, that is, instead or because of (rarely in addition to): - for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, correspondence, etc.
The enemy's shrewd and subtle strategy is often not coming out directly in opposition, but to come AS or instead of, pretending to be. Here's what Paul said in support of this truth:
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 MKJV
(13) For such ones are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
(14) Did not even Satan marvelously transform himself into an angel of light?
(15) Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.
The angel of darkness doesn't come as one of darkness but as an angel of light. Yes, He's anti, or against, but his preference is to come “as” or “instead of.” Just like the Catholic Church, the Pope, the nuns, priests and all those who even sincerely believe they serve God but are gravely mistaken, as the Lord said:
“They shall put you out of the synagogue. But an hour is coming that everyone who kills you will think that he bears God service” (John 16:2 MKJV).
Your reference to the word “anti” also supports what I'm saying:
word-forming element meaning "against, opposed to, opposite of, instead, "from Old French anti- and directly from Latin anti-, from Greek anti" against, opposite, instead of,"
“A true Christian follows Christ. He died in utter poverty on a cross. Although Mother Teresa was not crucified, she died in this poverty proclaiming His name and begging people to know Him and serve Him. She does not promote or draw attention to herself.
You mean like the Pope, cardinals and the Vatican bankers, Jacob?
As for Teresa, it's written:
“And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me” (1 Corinthians 13:3 BBE).
Had she followed Christ instead of being a devotee of Mary, she would have swiftly fled the organization to which she was apparently faithful, running to God:
2 Corinthians 6:14-16 MKJV
(14) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship does righteousness have with lawlessness? And what partnership does light have with darkness?
(15) And what agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever?
(16) And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
“This is just a tiny fraction of the holiness you fail to see in the Church. Any and all of that holiness is simply because God is present in the Catholic Church. This is not to say that He is not present in other denominations… Christ is truth; therefore, where truth is, there Christ is in some way and to some degree.
The Pharisees had some good doctrine you would call “truth.” For example, they believed in the resurrection and in the existence of angels and spirits. They prayed, fasted, gave alms, tithed, offered sacrifices, attended Temple and synagogue worship services, studied the Scriptures and told others about the God of Abraham and Moses. But there they were, full of hatred for The Truth when He presented Himself to them, so much so that they crucified Him.
And what did Jesus say of them?
John 8:37-45 MKJV
(37) I know that you are Abraham's seed, but you seek to kill Me because My Word has no place in you.
(38) I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you, then, do what you have seen with your father.
(39) They answered and said to Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus answered them, If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
(40) But now you seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth which I have heard beside God; this Abraham did not do.
(41) You do the deeds of your father. Then they said to Him, We are not born of fornication; we have one father, even God.
(42) Jesus said to them, If God were your father, you would love Me, for I went forth and came from God; for I did not come of Myself, but He sent Me.
(43) Why do you not know My speech? Because you cannot hear My Word.
(44) You are of the Devil as father, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and did not abide in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it.
(45) And because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me.
Do you see how much in a muddle you are, according to the Lord? No? No.
I have never said the Roman Church hasn't done some good works, or that many of their adherents, priests, nuns or otherwise haven't sacrificed, several of them in great ways, perhaps even to the shedding of blood. But I will as much declare that unless one makes a difference between the holy and unholy and ceases to mix the two, that one will perish:
“So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16 MKJV).
Jake, wake up from the dead. The Lord is speaking to you.