Archive for December 2011

Contradictions?

THE.REVELATION.OF.JESUS.CHRIST – CHURCH.AGE.BOOK CPT.1
“Now remember this. Christ in the True Church is a continuation of the Book of Acts. But the Book of Revelation shows how that the antichrist spirit would come into the church and defile it, making it lukewarm, formal and powerless. It exposes Satan, revealing his works (attempted destruction of God’s people and the discrediting of God’s word) right down to the time he is cast into the lake of fire. He fights that. He cannot stand it.”

I’m not intending for this post to be controversial.

It probably will be for some. I’ve decided I can live with that. It’s been on my heart for quite some time.

I want to deal with this subject from the eyes of a parent.

You see, I’ve known some who have had children come across issues of “contradictions” that they see either in the Scripture or in the Message. I know one such who has totally left the faith. (although I pray the faith hasn’t left them!) They claimed that Bro Branham contradicted himself all the time.

So what do we do when our children notice an apparent contradiction? The easy answer for many of us is to say something very spiritual sounding: “I don’t understand it, I just believe it”.

Now, I understand that sentiment, and I agree with it. It’s often just not enough for a smart child. It becomes an easy excuse for the parent to remain ignorant and not search the Scriptures. The children see this as the “easy out” that it is. They see the uncertainty underlying our own understanding or they see that we’ve taken our doctrine out on a limb, and we don’t believe the FULL Word of God ourselves.

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Let’s just deal with the toughest one out there. One I personally know has happened to some.

62-0531 THE.CONFLICT.BETWEEN.GOD.AND.SATAN_ CLARKSVILLE.IN THURSDAY_
« 180 † Noah went in. He followed the will of God. God shut the door behind him, but it never rained for seven more days. Wonder what Noah thought, all that time in there? Noah setting in the ark, the door shut. He thought, “Just any time, children, you’ll hear it. We’ll pull the door, the lid up here on top.” They was up on the top floor, you know. The animals on the bottom, the birds in the next, and they was on top. That sun… “Oh, in the morning, there’ll be–there’ll be something over there, a darkening, the rain will come.” But, the next morning, up come the sun.

181 Maybe some people, that kind of half way believed Noah, might have went up there and stood around the ark, said, “You know what? That old man might have been right. We better stand here.” Well, then they “seen a mistake.”

God’s prophets make no mistake. God’s Word can’t fail.

182 You heard me preach on, about Jonah going to Nineveh. They said he was backslidden. He sure wasn’t. He was right in the will of God. Exactly. He had the Word of the Lord, and he walked in It.

Surely we’ve all heard this one. How many times have we been told that “God’s prophets make no mistake!”

This is as true as any other part of the Word of God. I am in NO WAY denying this, downplaying this, or otherwise contesting this quote. I believe this fact wholeheartedly!

Yet, what happens when in church or in personal study, our children come across the following quote?

61-0611 REVELATION.CHAPTER.FIVE.1_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN ROJC 717-746 SUNDAY_
I don’t know where our Lord will lead me to, and that I have no control of, or whatever He will have for me to do. But I am thinking at the end of the road where I must come. And down along life’s journeys I have made so many mistakes that I am very sorry from my heart of, because of, I guess, being human and in weakness and so forth, causes a person to do things or say things that… and even act that they would not want to act otherwise. But being the weakness of a human being, why, we–we have those times.

Or like this one:

53-0403 THE.CRUELTY.OF.SIN.AND.THE.PENALTY.THAT.IT.COST.TO.RID.SIN.FROM.OUR.LIVES_ JEFFERSONVILLE.IN V-25 N-4 FRIDAY_
Lord, while I’m here at this pulpit tonight, this little old concrete structure, I consecrate my life to You. I thank You for what You’ve done for me. And I consecrate myself anew, at this crucifixion night memorial to You. Take me, Lord. Forgive me, all my mistakes and troubles. Make me strong and powerful, Lord, in the Spirit of God, that I might win souls to You.

Or finally:

64-0617 THE.IDENTIFIED.CHRIST.OF.ALL.AGES_ TOPEKA.KS V-20 N-1 WEDNESDAY_
« 148 † Now just one moment for the prayer line. We’ve got exactly fifteen minutes, to get out on time. Now all I could say, I’m a man, my words can just fail just like any other man, all of us. I’ve proved to you tonight, that every prophet, everything else, they made their mistakes. But God makes no mistakes. His Word is the Truth. How many believes that He is the Word? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.] God bless you. That’s where my faith is built, on nothing less than Jesus’ Blood; and, right, Jesus is the Word.

Of course the mind must then ask itself, “Was Bro Branham a prophet? Didn’t Bro Branham just say right here he has made mistakes. And did He not say God’s prophets make no mistake?” The child will then ask, “Daddy, I thought you said God’s prophets don’t make mistakes?”

So then, you have an apparent contradiction. What will you tell your child? Will you say “Amen” to all quotes with equal gusto? Or will you downplay some, not quite calling them inaccurate, but not really sure what else to do?

They are either ALL God’s Word, or none of them are. If they are ALL God’s Word, than we must say “Amen” and we have to be able to reconcile them together.

2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We have to then be able to somehow EXPLAIN to our searching children, where the truth lays in ALL the quotes and scriptures. Make no mistake, the devil would LOVE to drive a wedge in this area. Satan wants to “discredit God’s Word”.

I could tell you what I believe makes these quotes line up perfectly; merely the angle you look at them in, but that’s not really the point of this post. The point is: what do you do when you see ‘apparent contradictions’? Do you look the other way? Do you try to downplay the part you don’t like or understand? Do you tell your children,“Don’t worry, just believe“?

For me, I’d rather tackle these things head on. My children have enough to worry about in this old world we live in. I want to arm them with as much as I can arm them with. If they see a contradiction, and I don’t understand, I want to go to the Word with them, and I want to be in prayer with them, for God to reveal it to all of us. “With true revelation in our lives, the gates of hell cannot prevail against us, but we will prevail over them.

JAMES 1:5 – 8
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Diary Of A Message Dad (Is Santa Claus Real?)

Lord, take away the fiction of Santa Claus
and bring to them the real Christmas gift.”
The Great Shining Light‘ (57-1222

Millions of people around the world teach their children not to talk to strangers (or accept gifts from strangers), but the majority of them seem to make one exception; Santa Claus. They teach their children of a mysterious, chubby, jolly, old man dressed in red who will magically deliver toys around the world via his flying specie of ‘Rangifer tarandus’ (aka ‘caribou’, or ‘reindeer‘).

In our society parents live in fear of pedophiles & child predators, yet somehow millions of them will stand in line this holiday season at malls around the world so their children can sit on the lap of a total stranger to get their picture taken.

One has to ask; could someone ‘of that nature‘ think of a more convenient job to apply for?

A few lyrics to the old song go:

“He sees you when you’re sleeping,
He knows when you’re awake.

“O! You better watch out!”

“I’m telling you why;
Santa Claus is coming to town.

 

 St Nicholas 
from The Boyana Church in Bulgaria

Saint Nicholas was a fourth century bishop (known for giving to the poor) in what is now Turkey. He is known best as being the inspiration behind the fictitious character of Santa Claus.

So what should we tell our children about Santa Claus? As with any topic; we always want to point you to what the Message of the hour says about it:

(59-1219) Questions And Answers On The Holy Ghost (Jeffersonville, IN)
Q99. What about a Christmas play in a Holy Ghost church?
Well, if it’s about Christ, it might be all right. But if it’s about Santa Claus, I don’t believe in him. I–I done growed–I done growed away from that. I don’t believe in Santa Claus at all. See? And some of these little Christmas things they have, I think is ridiculous. And… But I think they’ve took all Christ out of Christmas and put Santa Claus in it.
And Santa Claus is a fiction story. (I’m not hurting any of your feelings, I hope, about the children.) But I’ll tell you. Here not long ago, about twenty-five, thirty years ago, when a minister here in this city, the pastor of–of a certain big church here in the city, that I knowed real well, a bosom friend of mine, he walked to me. And Charlie Bohanon (Brother Mike, you remember Charlie Bohanon, a good friend of mine.)… Set there in his office and said, “I’ll never tell my kids or have my grandchildren told that lie no more.” He said, “My own little boy walked up to me after he got about twelve years old, and talking about Santa Claus…” And he said, “Why… Honey, I’ve got something to tell you,” Said, “Mommy…” You know, and go ahead telling him what he did.
Then after he come back, said, “Then, daddy, is this Jesus the same thing?”
Tell the truth. Santa Claus is a Catholic getup about a fellow, a Kriss Kringle or Saint Nicholas, an old German Catholic saint of many years ago who went around doing good to children. And they’ve carried it down as a tradition. But Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He’s real, and He lives.
Now, here’s a question, the last one, which is a very…
Now look. You might disagree with me at that. But if you do disagree with me, remember, let it be friendly, will you? I love you, and I don’t want to–don’t want to hurt you. I’m just–I’m wanting to be honest. If I can’t–if I tell my boy a lie, then I’m a liar. See? I want to tell him the truth.
Now, I tell him about Santa Claus; I say, “Yeah, sure, there’s Santa Claus. Watch daddy on Christmas night.” See? Yeah.
You know, the other day I was down there, and I tried that on a little girl just to see. I sure got paid back day before yesterday. I was in the building. And they was standing there, down here at the Quaker Maid. And I went down there to get the groceries. And so we, wife and I, was in there. And there was a little bitty girl, wasn’t over about eighteen months old, and she was standing there going–singing, “Dingle Bells, Dingle Bells…”
And I said… In her little stand, you know, setting in the back of the little cart. I said, “Are you looking for Santa Claus?”
She said, “That’s my daddy, mister.”
I said, “Bless your little heart, honey. You got wisdom.”

Known as ‘Sinterklaas‘ in Dutch folklore

What’s any more of a myth than Santa Claus? Never was such a thing. Telling children lies, you’ll be responsible for it at the day of the judgment. Yes.
No wonder people don’t know what to do. They’re… They–they just don’t want the real thing. They’ll take anything artificial, but they don’t want the real thing. They don’t want the gifts of God.”

God’s Wrapped Gift‘ (60-1225)
“(Santa Claus) is a figure with legendary, 
mythical, historical and folkloric aspects…” 
(wikipedia.org)
Give your children the gift of Truth this Christmas,
Bro. Nathan

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