The Present Truth #45

We don’t have a weekly posting from False Prophet Ronald Weinland.  Perhaps Bubba was tired of hearing the scratching of nonsense on paper with  his #2 pencils and broke them.  We are treated to a sermon from Deputy Sheriff Wayne who proclaims:

All these ways of governing are from human reasoning and are not based on God’s word. God’s way of government is based on God’s spirit and that’s what really separates mankind’s government from the Church of God – PKG’s government. God’s government is from the top down, and it is based on love.

Ron’s ever changing Present Truth(TM) gets ahead of editing the church website.  Recently, his 45th Truth was updated.  Showing two versions below, with edit marks to show what changed.

Here’s how the 45th Truth read earlier last year, with deleted words shown with strikeouts:

45 (24)    Not all baptized members, including many in the remnant, will be part of the 144,000. Once the sealing of all the 144,000 has been completed on Trumpets of 2008, the larger portion of those who are in the Church of God will continue on in their physical life, into the millennial period. They will constitute a continuation of God’s Church. Many more new people will be added to the Church during the final 3 1/2 years of tribulation. Once the Fifth Trumpet of the Seventh Seal is blown, God will begin awakening most who will make up the actual remnant of those who were once part of the scattering from the Worldwide Church of God. Of the remnant that is awakened, only those who have been awakened before Trumpets will be able to be sealed.

And here’s how it reads now, with added words underlined:

45 (24)    Not all baptized members, including many in the remnant, will be part of the 144,000. The final sealing of those yet alive (which began on Trumpets of 2008) concerning Daniel’s prophecy of the 1335 days was completed on Pentecost of 2012. Those few who were alive and sealed by that date will be resurrected (changed) to Elohim at Christ’s coming.

Those of the vast majority who are in the Church of God will continue on in their physical life, into the millennial period. They will constitute a continuation of God’s Church into that new age. Large numbers of people also will be added to the Church during the “final” Day of the Lord. In addition, once the Fifth Trumpet of the Seventh Seal begins to be physically fulfilled, God will begin awakening most of the people who were once part of the scattering (after the Apostasy) from the Worldwide Church of God. However, only some of those who had been awakened before Trumpets of 2008 are part of the final sealing.

The last edit is the most relative.  With the many delays of Christ’s return, many of those “awakened” on Trumpets of 2008 have awakened to realize what a scamming False Prophet Ronald Weinland is and are departing PKG and all that love.

Lies and Broken Promises

The rhetoric against False Prophet Ronald Weinland and his family can get pretty fierce in comments to blog posts.  And the posts themselves cover events over a period of several years.

This blog has static pages linked in the banner at the top of every page on this blog.  I have just added a new one

Lies and Broken Promises

The purpose of this new page is to summarize statements by Weinland that turned out to be false at the time or broken promises later on.  Comments on that page are disabled, if you have any please leave them on this post.


True Fellowship Part 8

Here’s the latest from someone experiencing judging first hand, False Prophet Ronald Weinland.

——————–  Ronnie’s post ——————————————-

Learning to Judge: When covering the subject of disfellowshipment, one of the most disheartening and difficult challenges to address is when someone in one’s own family decides to “leave” the Church. The task of “judging” the numerous and varying situations that this produces is not easy.

This post will begin to more closely examine God’s purpose, plan, and instruction in matters pertaining to disfellowshipment in order to establish a framework whereby one can become better equipped to make sound judgments that pertain to family when this occurs.

The post that follows will give guidelines that God’s people should follow in making decisions (judgments) in how to address this subject of disfellowshipment that occurs in one’s own family as well as with others we have come to love and know so well. This series has become longer than it was originally thought to be, as God is revealing much more about this entire subject; however, in all that is being covered, above all things, it is important to remember that God is to be kept first. All that God gives us in the instruction and guidelines that follow are to be upheld in order to uphold and keep God first. This also means that we are to uphold and be faithful to His Family – the Church.

Due to a high degree of lack of understanding, there have been some in times past who have challenged the disfellowshipment of a family member, of a close friend, or even of themselves by saying, “They did not ‘leave’ God’s Church, but were put out (disfellowshipped).” When a formal declaration of someone’s disfellowshipment is made, it is only a formality and notice to others (who generally do not know the truth of what led to such action). However, when such a declaration is made, it is only an administrative procedure to something that has already happened, and most often, long before.

During my 44 years in God’s Church, there have been large numbers of people who have been disfellowshipped, even into the multiple thousands. John spoke of this when he said that “many deceivers (imposters, misleaders) have entered into the world” (2 Jn. 7). As it has already been explained, these people did not begin this way, but somewhere along the line they began to change and “tolerate” (allow) sin into their life of which they would not repent. This often begins by giving into some lust of the flesh or lust of the eyes. However, it will always involve the pride of life that enters the mind when one decides (chooses) to believe something that is not in unity with the truth.

One may keep such disagreement internally for a long time, but at some point will begin to make divisive comments to others. Such comments are often shrugged off by others. Some may react by being uncomfortable with what they have heard, but may not feel it is important enough to address or don’t want to upset the person more than they are already. Others may simply feel the person is only weak and doesn’t clearly see what is true and that they will hopefully grow and come into unity later. There are other reasons why such people are ignored or shrugged off, but sometimes there is also the feeling of empathy for someone’s disgruntlement or even agreement with some of what they spew out. Divisive comments are a lack of unity and can grow quickly into far greater outward divisiveness if given a receptive audience. Most often, people initially just don’t “see” the incredible danger and true spirit behind divisive talk – whether it is divisive and negative toward doctrine (teaching, truths) or even toward the leadership of the Church.

People who become negative and divisive by what they are living and/or saying that is contrary to doctrine (Church teachings, the 57 Truths, etc.), without repenting, do become imposters who begin to live misleading (false and lying) lives within the environment of the fellowship in the Church. However, such unrepentant individuals who are still in actual fellowship with members in the Church are not in actual “true spiritual fellowship” as they have already been cut off from –disfellowshipped – from God by God Himself.

In actuality, they did “leave” God’s Church as a result of their own choice to turn against His ways. Although God disfellowships someone from His presence, in that He and His Son will no longer “dwell” in them, He often “allows” such a person to continue for a time in the midst of His people in the environment of the Church before He finally makes it fully manifest to His Church in order to have them completely disfellowshipped from His presence. Well before a person is formally disfellowshipped, they have already “entered into the world.” When John speaks of such people by saying, “They went out (went away) from us, but they were not of us” (1 Jn. 2: 19), he is not speaking of an immediate physical observation. He is speaking of a spiritual change in the lives of such people that begins well before it is actually manifested (revealed) that they have already disfellowshipped themselves from God spiritually by their unrepentant sins.

Some may wonder why God would “allow” such a thing to continue in His Church for any length of time before He has it revealed to His Church that He has already disfellowshipped (removed the holy spirit from coming into) a person. That time period may last a few days or a few years. That is a matter of God’s purpose in allowing it in the first place. The reasons why God allows it are many. It is allowed for the purpose of training, giving experience (that cannot be substituted by instruction alone), trying and testing, development of growth in spiritual discernment, learning deeper matters concerning the administration of government, and numerous other reasons.

God even “allowed” His entire Church that numbered into the tens of thousands to be completely removed from His presence – disfellowshipped – when the Apostasy occurred in December of 1994. However, through some few experiencing this Apostasy, He quickly began to bring them to deep repentance in order to reestablish a remnant upon which He would do a final “work” before He would send His Son to be the Messiah over the earth.

God allowed the entire Church to experience this Apostasy in order to teach billions in the future one of the most important lessons yet, concerning the assurance (guarantee) that His way will always be lived and administered toward others. All humans, even with the begettal of God’s holy spirit, have the capacity to be lifted up in spiritual pride – to become rich and increased with goods (spiritually) – to the degree they “cannot see” their true spiritual state. For all who have and will become begotten, if they had lived just prior to and through the time of the Apostasy, they would have done the same thing as those who lived it. They would have become lukewarm, spiritually rich (in self perception – lifted up in pride) and increased with goods, and then separated from God’s presence. Being begotten and in the Church as a physical human being is not enough to insure (guarantee) absolute unity, even living God’s way in truth and in spirit, and continuing peace. Only when “in” Elohim, when fully born into God’s family (fully composed of spirit), can such life be insured – guaranteed to continue without end. As long as human nature exists – sin is ever present and must be continually fought against, repented of, and forgiven.

God first revealed that a special called out nation of people, physical Israel, who were shown His ways and able to receive of His special intervention in life, is not enough to insure peace, unity, and obedience to one way of life. Through the experience of the Apostasy, God revealed that a Church, spiritually begotten Israel, composed of spirit-begotten individuals, does not insure that “His ways” will always be lived. It is not enough! Only when literally born into Elohim, finally can God’s ways be insured to be lived by others for all ages to come. The Church is the beginning of that process. But the truth is that if the Church were allowed to grow into the hundreds of thousands worldwide, let alone into the millions or billions, it would simply never survive UNLESS Jesus Christ, along with a Church that had a government structure over it of 144,000 spirit born beings, were literally present to actively lead and govern it. What a remarkable thing that this IS God’s awesome plan!

Purpose for Formal Disfellowshipment
There are many reasons why God disfellowships individuals from His presence and His Church. We have already covered how God cannot and will not dwell in or with sin (darkness), so that those who are unrepentant of sin must be removed from His immediate presence (spiritually). It would also be good to consider a few other important reasons for disfellowshipment.

God has established the process of disfellowshipment in His Church as an administrative procedure and formality. We are to learn from what this process should teach us. Overall, this administrative function is designed to be outwardly seen so as to be a sobering factor for the Church in order to stir each person to be ever watchful, alert, spiritually on guard, and spiritually fearful of turning away from God (a healthy fear from staying in sin and becoming unrepentant, which leads to being cut-off from God).

Disfellowshipment is also given in order to help protect the Church from excessive harm, yet even in this, God is in full control and works to mold and fashion those in His Church according to His overall plan and purpose.

The public formality of disfellowshipment also serves as an extremely important and powerful means to magnify one of the greatest lessons in life to be learned, which is the need for everyone to become in unity and oneness with God. To be separated (disfellowshipped) from that unity and oneness, without change, leads only to death – a total end of life and existence.

Yet to disfellowship someone from God and from His spirit to live in them is done for a most powerful and meaningful purpose for their individual life. It is done as part of a means to eventually bring them to repentance so that they might be saved. This is not a simple statement that has just been made. It goes far deeper than anyone has truly known or understood. God’s Church has only understood this in a most basic manner, but the complete truer purpose goes much deeper.

The key to understanding this in its deeper and most important purpose “concerning the individual” that is disfellowshipped is contained in an area of scripture we reviewed earlier in this series. It is contained in a statement Paul made concerning the individual he told the Corinthians to remove from their fellowship.

Paul instructed them, “To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1 Cor. 5:5).

Before someone is called, they are in bondage to Satan’s system and his world where he deceives, wrongly influences, and perverts. When brought into the Church, God begins the process of deliverance and protection from that being and his demons. Although all human beings will suffer in this world, both in the Church and out of it, only those within the Church does God give the only means for deliverance, answers, and transformation that is able to lead them to permanent change and peace that gives true fullness of life.

Yet when someone in the Church is severed (cut off) from the continuing flow of God’s spirit in their life by becoming disfellowshipped, they are then separated from God’s continuing flow of spiritual nourishment that is given with the spiritual help (means and inspiration) to receive (see) it. They no longer have access to the unleavened bread of life. They are actually cast back into Satan’s world without God’s grace, help, protection and favor in life. Not only that, but in many ways they now become targets of harassment, turmoil, and deception from that demonic world. The ability for that evil spirit world to now have open access to such individuals is taken as a kind of perverted sense of victory against God. However, God has a plan whereby He will still work during “another time” to deliver those who have become permanently disfellowshipped.

A Greater Purpose
Some of the reasons for formal administrative disfellowshipment have been covered and that has primarily been done in the context of its purpose in relationship to its affect upon the Church. However, there is a greater or deeper purpose regarding the actual individual that has not been understood in the past. It is certainly understood that becoming disfellowshipped is the penalty for unrepentant sin. It has also been understood that the action of such an administrative formality will hopefully sober and stir up a healthy fear that will lead to repentance.

My experience as a minister for nearly 33 years is that such a response is quite rare. Even when some have shown some repentance and have become reinstated, most of those became disfellowshipped again – permanently. Although there are many who have been permanently disfellowshipped over the past 1,900 plus years, God still has a plan for most of them to be able to yet be saved. God is revealing this purpose more fully through what Paul wrote in the second half of the verse we have been covering.

“To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh (to suffer again in the world without God’s help), that (so that) the spirit might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1 Cor. 5:5).

The second half of this scripture needs to be broken down in order to better understand what God is saying. God’s desire is to grant salvation to all who can potentially receive it. Not all who become disfellowshipped can receive what God will offer most of them at a future time. God knows who can potentially receive His future offer of repentance and salvation and those who cannot.

During the era of Philadelphia, due to a great lack of understanding in this specific subject matter, there was the belief that if someone was disfellowshipped in this age of Satan and they did not repent that this constituted an “unpardonable sin.” An unpardonable sin is simply sin of which someone will not repent, and therefore, cannot be forgiven – unpardonable. What will actually happen with such disfellowshipped individuals was not understood more deeply for the very simple reason that God had not yet given it.

It was also believed that such individuals were to receive the “second death” as punishment, which means they would be resurrected again to physical life for the sole purpose of being given a final punishment of this second death. This would be death for all time, never to be resurrected to life again – an eternal punishment. It is true that the second death is indeed an eternal punishment, but not being eternally punished as much of the world believes concerning their belief in hell.

Part of the belief at that time (which many in the scattered groups still believe concerning these things) also stated that such individuals who were begotten, later disfellowshipped, and then died in that state (still disfellowshipped – unrepentant) could not be given a “second chance.” That belief meant that they could not be resurrected during the beginning of the final 100 years when most of mankind would be resurrected into a second physical life, since this was considered a “second chance.” Indeed, there is no such thing as a true “second chance,” but God does grant the potential for some to receive a continuation of their first chance, of their first calling (as there is no second calling), of their first and original begettal (as there is no second begettal).

So what is God revealing through Paul’s words in this verse? It clearly reveals God’s purpose that someone disfellowshipped “might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” This undisputedly shows that a repentant, disfellowshipped person might still be able to be saved at another time – the day of the Lord Jesus. So God does grant that many will be able to repent in a different time and that they have, therefore, not committed the unpardonable sin. This is a continuation of their original calling and begettal and not a “second chance” as it has been looked upon in the past.

When speaking of the day of Christ or the day of the Lord Jesus, it is always in the context of the “time” of his reign over mankind as Christ, the Messiah – the one anointed to be King of kings for 1,100 years. That is his day (time) to reign; however, most verses are simply looking forward to the coming or beginning of that time (day) to commence.

So when Paul is giving this instruction to the Corinthians that they should disfellowship this individual, the only period such a person still “might be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus” is in the second resurrection of the final 100 years of Christ’s reign. Such a person will not be resurrected at the beginning of the Millennium. Those in Paul’s day have been dead for well over 1900 years. None of these who Paul is referring to who can potentially be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus are to be resurrected at the beginning of the Millennium (except those who will be part of the 144,000), but at the end of it.

God’s Revelation Through Paul
God is revealing two important matters in the latter part of this verse. Many who have been disfellowshipped over the past 1,900 years plus will be resurrected in the final hundred years. God’s Church has known this truth for several years now, but those who are scattered have not. These formerly disfellowshipped individuals (from over the past 1,900 years) will have an opportunity to repent at that time (the last hundred years), during a time they can be more readily saved.

During that time, those who are resurrected will not have to “live by faith” of God’s coming Kingdom (as they did before becoming disfellowshipped), but they will be able to literally see what it already has produced after being on earth for 1,000 years. These individuals will not need to “live by faith” concerning the great resurrection of most of mankind who have died over the millennia, for they will have experienced it themselves, knowing they had been dead and now resurrected to physical life a second time. In addition, they will not only be able to witness a world filled with great peace and prosperity, but they will also experience the absence of Satan and the demons.

Although such individuals could not be saved during the time of Satan’s reign over mankind (after they had first been called), they now have a far greater potential to do so. However, not all who have ever been disfellowshipped through time will be resurrected to a second physical life. God knows the mind – the true spirit of every person! Some have already permanently chosen that they do not want God’s ways. Even if offered repentance during the Great White Throne in the final hundred years, they would not repent. God knows who such people are. He knows those who have already committed the unpardonable sin – those who will never repent, no matter when they might be given life.

There are even people who have lived over the past 6,000 years who will not be offered begettal during the final 100 years, as God knows such minds that are fully set against him and will not respond in true repentance even if offered His spirit to transform them. Of those who have lived during the past 6,000 years, whether begotten or not, there are minds that became fully “set” against God and will never repent of their own free will. Just as there were those in the angelic realm who rejected God’s ways, so have there been many among mankind who have rejected God and will not change, regardless of the magnitude of grace God might grant them.

To Save the Spirit
God is now far more fully revealing what He means by the statement that the “spirit might be saved.” God’s desire is to save all and to offer salvation to all, but “not all” will or would (if offered) choose to receive it. God’s desire for those who have been begotten and then disfellowshipped is that they still might be able to be saved in a different time than in the one during Satan’s reign.

The “spirit” God is speaking of in this verse is not just about a human spirit. Billions who have only experienced life with the human spirit that God has given all mankind will be resurrected in the Last Great Day – in the final 100 years of mankind. However, those who have been impregnated with God’s spirit in their human spirit are most unique. That state of existence is far more critical to God’s creation of Elohim, as it is in this stage of a kind of spiritual embryo that determines whether or not one will actually be born into Elohim as a spirit being. However, the analogy of a kind of spiritual “embryo” has some big differences when compared to a physical embryo.

God is showing through what He inspired Paul to write, “So that the spirit might be saved,” that He is referring to the spiritual embryo of the “spirit in man” that has been impregnated by His holy spirit. That “new spirit essence” begins to develop (grow) and as it does it works to transform (change) the mind (thinking) of the individual that is begotten. That new life that is being created is being developed (fashioned, molded) by God through the power of His holy spirit. It is that “new spirit essence” that is likened to a spiritual embryo that God seeks to save.

That “new essence” being developed by God is growing “in” or “within” the “spirit in man” that each individual has which enables all thinking, reasoning, memory, individuality, creativity, etc. Yet that spirit-begotten essence is still functioning within a human (physical) brain. The mind of man is composed of both a physical brain and that spirit essence that is this “spirit in man.”

God inspired Herbert W. Armstrong to “see” that mankind was different from the animal kingdom in that God had given man an essence of spirit (not God’s holy spirit) connected with the human brain that enables man to think, reason, use memory, plan, and have creative ability on a physical plane. Around 1972, Mr. Armstrong published a book entitled, The Incredible Human Potential, that explained this new understanding about this “spirit in man.” The animal kingdom was not given such capacity, but it was simply “programmed” by God with instinct, specific behavior, and unique life that pertained to each creature according to God’s will for what He wanted each kind of created life to be.

Mankind was created differently with the ability of thinking, reasoning, free choice of an individual mind – “free moral agency” – as Mr. Armstrong explained. It is God’s purpose to “save” the impregnated spirit in man by transforming it into a “new creation” – a new spirit essence – that with time can potentially be created to come into complete unity, oneness, and agreement with God as a matter of one’s “own will” and free choice in life – a mind fully subject to God and His one true way of life.

(Pt. 9 will follow)

True Fellowship Part 7

A little break in my dancing, Ronnie’s latest up in the last couple of hours.  Seems that antichrists and breakers of all 10 commandments are rampant.  And Ronnie has decided this is not the last of the series after all.

—— Weinland’s Post —————-

Antichrist: Most everyone in the organizations of those who were scattered after the Apostasy have the belief that when the apostle, John, spoke of antichrist that he was referring to a single individual who is the leader of a great false church. This, however, is false.

Although most of God’s Church today knows the truth of what John is saying, many who read this post do not. It is, therefore, necessary to explain some things about this subject as it has much to do with identifying those who are in true fellowship with God and those who are not.

When John spoke of antichrist it is important to understand that he was not speaking of a single individual: “Little children (John’s way of referencing those ‘in’ the Church), it is the last time, and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time” (1 Jn. 2:18). In this verse, John clearly states that at the current time of his writing this there were “many antichrists.”

John had already been preaching about antichrist before this, as he also stated that they had already heard (been told) “that antichrist shall come.” The Church that was being led by John believed that they were living in the last times (as stated twice in this verse). They longed for Christ’s coming, and as far as God’s 6,000-year plan was concerned, they were indeed living in the last times. They were actually living in the final third (the beginning of the final 2,000 years) at the end of an age that would lead up to Christ’s return; however, they did not know there was that much time remaining before he would come as the Messiah. God allowed them to believe as they did – that Christ’s coming was soon.

John is actually referring to what Paul had taught. God revealed to Paul that before Christ would return, a man of sin, a son of perdition, would arise within the Church. They were looking for the manifestation of a man who would betray Christ – who would turn against him and be revealed as this antichrist. They were looking for this to happen as a kind of sign that Christ was coming, and they knew that it would be at a time of a great falling away from the truth – an Apostasy within the Church. They looked for this to occur just as the Church did in a similar manner during the time of Philadelphia and Laodicea, knowing there would be a time when God’s two witnesses would appear on the scene and this would serve as a kind of sign that indeed Christ was very soon to return.

So when God made it clear to John that many antichrists were already on the scene, he warned them about their true relationship (fellowship) with God because he saw this accumulation of those who had become antichrist as a precursor of the Apostasy and the emergence of a single more powerful antichrist who would fulfill what Paul taught in 2 Thessalonians 2. It is also important to note that this lack of understanding on John’s part, due to God not fully revealing the understanding, did not diminish from John’s responsibilities and work as an apostle or prophet.

It bears repeating that John is writing to the Church as he made that clear in earlier verses: “My little children (the Church under his care), these things I write unto you, that you do not sin. And if anyone sin, we have an advocate (same word as ‘comforter’ in Jn. 14:16, which is the word for ‘intercessor’) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 Jn. 2:1). John is addressing sin and how we are to have it removed from our life, which is through our intercessor Jesus Christ by his role as our Passover.

By going back a few more verses, the context of what John is writing about concerning the emergence of antichrists becomes even clearer.

“This then is the message which we have heard of (from) him (Jesus Christ), and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is not darkness at all” (1 Jn. 1:5). He is stating that there is NO darkness in God. God does not dwell (live) with (nor in) any darkness. John is emphasizing that God does not dwell (live) with (in) sin.

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we are lying, and not doing (not practicing, not living in) the truth” (1 Jn. 1:6). John is getting ready to explain that sin must be repented of and forgiven, for if it is not repented of, then one is walking in darkness (living and dwelling in darkness) and not in God. Refusal to repent (usually through some form of justification) is actually a refusal to accept Christ as one’s Passover because a person is not applying (doing, living by) those things necessary to be cleansed of sin – the acceptance and partaking of Christ as our Passover. Such a person is not in true fellowship with God and He will disfellowship them for rejecting His Son in their life. God will not dwell “in” (nor with) sin, darkness, a lie (liar) – in someone who refuses to repent (of disobedience, of sin against His truth) and accept Christ as their Passover. This means that such a person has chosen to dwell in sin and not “in” God.

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another (true fellowship with God, Christ, and the Church), and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son (as our Passover) is cleansing us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:7). A person who is actively repenting of sin (doing, practicing, living repentance) is able to continue walking in the light because they are looking to Christ (accepting him) as their Passover and they understand that they have sin of which they must be continually repenting.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 Jn. 1:8). However, “If we confess our sin (acknowledge and repent), He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9). The whole context that leads up to John having to address the matter of antichrists is in regards to whether one is living in the truth concerning our Passover. It is about whether one is being cleansed of sin in order to walk in the light, which is to live in, abide in, continue in, God, in Christ, and in the truth.

Purpose of Passover
The very reason Jesus Christ suffered, spilled his blood upon the earth, and then died, is to make repentance and forgiveness of sins possible. However, many have failed to go beyond this basic understanding to the overall greater purpose for why God has given us the ability to be forgiven of sin through our Passover – the greater purpose of why Christ gave his life as he did. It is for the purpose of God and Christ to be able to “dwell in” us on a continuing basis once we have been impregnated with a spirit begotten from God. From that moment forward, that newly begotten life must have a continual indwelling and flow of God’s spirit into it. It is much like the need of an umbilical cord that supplies a continuing flow of life’s blood into a fetus. If the flow of that blood ceases, a fetus will die.

A spiritual begettal is similar in that a continual flow of God’s spirit is necessary for spiritual nourishment, growth, and an ongoing relationship with God (true fellowship). Without this, one is incapable of “remaining in” the truth. The ability to grow and continue in the truth is accomplished only by God and Christ “dwelling in” a person, but that indwelling ceases when unrepentant sin exists in a person. God will not dwell in (with) darkness – in (with) sin. That is why sin must be repented of quickly.

It is because of this exact subject matter that Christ addressed the very purpose of himself fulfilling the Passover on the very night of Passover, on the exact day he would die as our Passover. He revealed that the purpose for his death was so that he and his Father could “dwell in” (the same Gk. word is also correctly translated into English to mean “abide in, continue in, and remain in”) those who are called and begotten.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without (Gk. – ‘separately from,’ which in this context is to be severed from Christ – to be disfellowshipped from) Me you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:4-5).

Earlier, it was stated in this series, “The only reason anyone becomes disfellowshipped from God, His presence, and His Family is because of unrepentant sin where someone has ‘lifted up’ their own ideas and ways about what God has revealed as His one and only true way (truth) to live life.” A person who will not repent has made a conscious choice not to dwell in some truth or truths that God has given His Church (as in the 57 Truths). That choice to reject some truth is a choice to dwell in sin, and since God does not dwell in sin, they are separated from Him.

Working Against Christ
Christ spilled his blood upon the earth and died so that people could be forgiven of sin upon genuine repentance. This in itself was for a greater purpose, which was for God and Jesus Christ to be able to “dwell in” those who are the begotten children of God. This would not be possible if sin remained in a person – if they were not cleansed of it. Therefore, a person who chooses not to obey God’s truth and His commandments that He has revealed to His Church, is in sin and will “remain in” sin (darkness) if they do not repent. This action of continuing disobedience (if one will not come to repentance) works against the very purpose Christ died as our Passover, which is so He and His Father can “dwell in” us in order to transform us and have fellowship with us. Those who remain in sin (continue in, abide in sin) are therefore removed from the Body of Christ and become disfellowshipped. Rather than their life reflecting that Christ and God dwell in them, they reflect that they are actually working against Christ (His purpose as our Passover). Therefore, they become antichrist.

“And he who keeps His (God’s) commandments dwells in Him, and He in him. Hereby we know that He abides in us, by the spirit which He has given us” (1 Jn. 3:24). Those who “dwell in” God believe and obey His ways and their lives reflect that they are repenting of sin and being changed – transformed as a result of Christ and God dwelling in them, as they are in unity and speak and live the same with the Church.

John revealed what should be exceedingly sobering to any who are called and begotten of God who begin to “work against” Christ’s purpose for being our Passover. Those who work against Christ no longer yield to Christ “coming into” (abiding in and dwelling in) their life as John went on to magnify in the Book of Second John.

“For many deceivers have entered into the world, who do not confess (reveal or reflect) that Jesus Christ is coming (the Greek for this is similar to present progressive in English which shows Christ is currently or presently ‘coming into’ and ‘continues to come in’ – ongoing or progressing forward – in one’s life) in the flesh (not that Christ came to man in human flesh, but meaning that Christ, through the holy spirit, is coming into one’s life – abiding in their fleshly existence). This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 Jn. 7).

This is not speaking about people in the world, but about people in the Church who had God and Christ “dwelling in” and continually “coming into” them (in their fleshly bodies). However, in time, some cease to repent of sin and the process of Christ “continually coming into them” also ceases. When this begins to occur, such a person begins living a lie as they continue on and act as though they are “in” agreement with God and His Church – that they are of the same mind. Instead, they begin living as a deceiver.

John stated that such a person who becomes a deceiver is one who does not confess that Jesus Christ “is coming” into their life. This is not a good translation into English. It simply means that their life ceases to truly reflect (reveal) that Christ is dwelling in them, because their life ceases to reflect that the truth dwells in them.

This word translated from Greek into English as “confess” is very revealing in Greek. It is a compound word. The first word means “with” and is translated into English in scripture as “together,” but should be better translated as “together with.” The second part of this compound word is the Greek word “logos.” John was literally saying that many deceivers have left because they have entered back into the world since they are no longer “together with the logos (the word)” of Christ coming into their life. They are no longer in agreement with the word of Christ that should otherwise be dwelling in them. They have become antichrist. Their choices and actions “deny” Christ to dwell in them.

It is important for newer readers of this post, especially those who are of the scattering that occurred after the Apostasy, to know that only someone who has been part of the fellowship of the Church can become antichrist. This term that was used by John is emphatically not about anyone in the world. John describes these people as “many deceivers (who) have entered into the world.” God had called them “out of the world” and into His Church. Instead of remaining faithful to the truth delivered to them from the beginning, they chose another way that was contrary and opposed to (against) the truth and Christ. They chose to “leave” the truth and “in spirit” they went away from it to embrace other ideas and beliefs. At this point, it would be good to repeat a scripture that was previously covered and add more context that is contained in the following verse:

“Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out (away) from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued (same Greek word that is used as abide, dwell, remain) with us (they would have continued in true fellowship, unity, and agreement of the truth). But they went out that they might be made manifest (revealed, made known) that they were not all of us” (1 Jn. 2:18-19).

It is also important to look at the compound word for antichrist, where “anti” means “against” or an “opponent” in the Greek, but it is also used to convey even more in the context of how it is being used together as a compound word with the word “Christ.” The word “anti” in Greek conveys more than simply being an “opponent” or “being opposite,” but is often used to show the contrast of what is actually occurring in order to produce such opposition. This is often used to show requital or substitution, which in this case is to “make up something different” or “in place of” Christ.

To become antichrist does not mean the person “believes” they are actually against Christ. On the contrary, they believe they are still following Christ, although from “their own thinking” (own ideas, personal beliefs, or “accepted” beliefs of others). They have made up something different (or accepted something different) and have substituted that as being what they have come to believe rather than the truth God had given them through Jesus Christ to the Church. They begin to believe an anti-truth – a “different (substituted) truth,” which is not true at all and in reality is actually against what is true.

(This series has grown as God is revealing more that is to be given to the Church. There will be at least two more parts to follow in this series.)

True Fellowship Part 6

Update 1/10/14: Looks like word got back to Ron that he was missing a commandment, as his post was updated to include the following:

8th Commandment
“You shall not steal” (Ex. 20:15).

To decide for oneself to turn against God’s clear instruction and then fellowship with someone disfellowshipped is to “take” something that is not theirs to take. God clearly reveals it is not theirs to take, just as he told Adam and Eve not to take of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They also rob themselves of the true purpose and true fellowship God created them to have, which can even potentially rob others as well if they follow such a wrong example.

So.  Withholding from Caesar that which is his is not stealing.


False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s post out overnight, not as late as last week’s posting.  A couple of comments left about it on the prior post while I was sleeping.

Paula said: “He can’t even get the commandments right.  Ron honor you parents is the 5th one not the 6st.  And I guess you would leave out dot not steal.”

Apparently Greg Chipps noticed the error or Paula’s comment, because that was corrected by this morning when I read it.

Avalo said:

Ron says: “9th Commandment – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour” (Ex. 20:16). This commandment is quite simple. It means we are to speak only what is true and not to lie. We are not to carry (bear) anything that is untrue to another person or about another person…”





When are you going to apply ANY of the Commandments to YOURSELF you lying sack of s**t?

Somehow, associating with someone who is disfellowshipped breaks all of the ten commandments.  But most of all it breaks the zeroeth commandment, which is “Thou Shalt Believe Everything Ron Says (even if it’s different from what he said before).”

————— Ron’s silliness for your own perusal and commenting ——————————————

True Purpose of the Commandments: As it has already been mentioned, when God first gave the Ten Commandments, He did so by making a most profound statement – one that is not quoted by the world when they make mention of these commandments.

“I am the Eternal your God (Heb. – Elohim), who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage” (Ex. 20:2).

It is important to now quote two paragraphs of what has already been written in this series regarding this first statement God made, which is not only part of the First Commandment, but it also sets the stage for the rest that follow.

“When giving these commandments, God began by revealing Himself as the authority and power to deliver ‘Israel’ (both physical and spiritual) from Egypt – from bondage. But God actually revealed much more in that first sentence. He referred to deliverance from the ‘house’ of bondage. This word for ‘house’ has a specific meaning in the context as a ‘household’ or ‘family.’ God is revealing that His deliverance is from a household (of Egypt) that holds its servants captive.”

“God begins by revealing that He is the Eternal – the Ever-lasting Self-existing (Yahweh) God. The Eternal then states that He is the one who has delivered us out of the household (family) of Egypt into His household or family – Elohim. He said, ‘I am… your Elohim.’ Once we are called out of this world, God begins to deliver us out of spiritual Egypt – out of the household (the family) of bondage into a new relationship and into a new family – into a new fellowship.”

The first four commandments that have already been covered show how one must live in order to have a right and true fellowship with God. All the commandments are about relationships – about how to have true fellowship with God and His begotten family. The commandments are first and foremost for God’s Church – spiritual Israel. They are not for the world, but they reveal a moral code for the world of which some few use to guide part of their conduct in life. The commandments do, however, reveal the very law by which God judges mankind.

In short, the world is not capable of keeping the commandments, nor do they want to do so. Even Israel did not keep the basic physical application of God’s commandments. Their whole history is one that is witness to this truth. Until mankind is “called out of” spiritual Egypt – out from the bondage (captivity) of sin, they cannot “keep” the physical application of God’s law. The reason this is true is because the law is spiritual. It requires access to, and help from, God’s spirit to keep the physical and spiritual application of God’s law.

Except for a very few whom God called and gave of His spirit, physical Israel had the spirit of the world – the spirit of carnal human nature that is void of God’s spirit. Only when someone is called into a true relationship with God (called into His Church) can one begin to truly keep not only the physical application of the law, but also the spiritual.

“Now we have received (those called into the Church), not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God, which things we also speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the holy spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural (carnal, physical) man (which included physical Israel) receives not the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them (even the Ten Commandments), because they are (only) spiritually discerned (received and understood)” (1 Cor. 2:12-14).

Again, the commandments are first and foremost for God’s Church – spiritual Israel. Physical Israel did benefit from God’s law to the degree they applied it to their life, using it as a moral guide in a limited physical relationship toward God and in their physical behavior toward others.

True fellowship with God and those in His family is spiritual – can only exist on a spiritual plane. God’s law – the Ten Commandments – reveal how we (those in God’s Church) are to live toward others. This is first in how we live in our relationship (fellowship) toward God who is the Father of His family and toward our elder brother Jesus Christ.

Last Six Commandments
The last six commandments reveal how we are to think and live toward all other people. Though we (the Church) are to think and live toward others as God reveals by these commandments, the reality is that “true fellowship” can only be experienced among those who live the same way in return toward us. This obviously means that this can only be experienced within the environment of Church fellowship itself with those impregnated with God’s spirit and who have God’s spirit continually living (dwelling, abiding, remaining) in them. Those in the world around us cannot be expected to live toward us in the same way God requires that we live toward them.

So those who become disfellowshipped from a spiritual relationship with God, His Son, and His Church are separated from the one and only “true fellowship” that man can be offered in life. As we have already covered, anyone (in the Church) who then chooses to fellowship with someone whom God says not to – one disfellowshipped – then they break each of the first four commandments concerning how to have a right relationship with God. They also break each of the last six commandments, which reveal how we (in the Church) are to live in a right relationship toward anyone among mankind – that which we are to practice (live) toward them.

5th Commandment
“Honor your father and your mother so that your days may be long upon the land which the Eternal your God gives you” (Ex. 20:12). The physical application of this is basic in how a child is to treat (honor) their physical parents or guardians (those who are as parents to them). Yet spiritually, even people in God’s Church have not fully grasped this commandment. Understanding how to apply this commandment or any commandment is to remember and live the 1st Commandment and the primary principle that one must learn from it – that God is to be first.

How is God first in this commandment? We are to first honor God as our Father and His Church (spiritually begotten Jerusalem/Zion) as our spiritual mother (Gal. 4:26, Rev. 21:10). The very best way to honor a father and mother is to honor God first through living His ways (being obedient to His laws). In doing so, one will bring (give) honor to the physical family (parents). However, such honor cannot be meaningfully received by them (the mother and/or the father) until the parent or parents are brought into a true fellowship with God.

So someone who chooses to disobey God by deciding to have fellowship with someone disfellowshipped has then dishonored God, the Church, and even their own physical parents (whether affecting them immediately, in the Millennium, or in the Great White Throne period).

6th Commandment
“You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13).

Someone who flaunts disobedience before others in the Church acts carelessly toward the possibility of causing another to stumble and thereby turn from God. If someone is the cause of another person stumbling and potentially dying spiritually, then this becomes murder of the very worst kind. Such a person who chooses to fellowship with someone disfellowshipped shows no care or concern (no true love) toward their spiritual brother or sister. Instead, they show hate (loving them less by comparison than the one disfellowshipped) toward the ones who are supposed to be their true family. God is quite clear about such a spirit and attitude that breaks this commandment.

“We know we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love (fails to love) his brother abides in death. Whosoever hates (by failing to show love in the way God commands) his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 Jn. 3:14-15).

Such a person, who shows by his actions that he hates his brother, has already been cut-off from God’s spirit – disfellowshipped by God.

7th Commandment
“You shall not commit adultery” (Ex. 20:14).

The act of adultery is an act of deep betrayal. This highly repugnant act reveals the highest level of unfaithfulness to one’s own physical family. To a very large degree it reveals the “depth” of one’s own true selfishness. It is a great love of self to place (in a deeply uncaring and unloving manner) one’s own wants (desires, lusts) so far ahead of family (at their expense), that one is able to show little regard for the pain, suffering, and deep emotional scars that their actions will cause.

Christ even revealed that if a person “thinks” (that which begins in the mind) in a wrong manner so as to lust after (to covet) someone else than the one to whom they are married, then they have already committed adultery. However, this has more to do with the last commandment, which is yet to be covered.

This wrong “thinking” Christ spoke of is about a spirit of adultery that occurs first before the actual physical act. However, spiritual adultery is about spiritual betrayal toward God and His Family. It is about unfaithfulness exercised toward God. When someone chooses to have fellowship with anyone disfellowshipped, then they have chosen a “relationship” that is akin to adultery, which is indeed highly repugnant and horribly selfish. Anyone who embraces any other way than what God has revealed is true and right commits spiritual adultery as well as spiritually idolatry. An act of spiritual adultery is an act of great selfishness that reveals the true lack of concern or care (love) one actually has for the suffering, pain, and hurt that their actions will cause to God’s Family.

9th Commandment
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Ex. 20:16).

This commandment is quite simple. It means we are to speak only what is true and not to lie. We are not to carry (bear) anything that is untrue to another person or about another person.

For someone who chooses to fellowship with any disfellowshipped, they break this commandment on a physical and spiritual plane. The conversation and the spiritual act of defiance (a lie and a false witness) they portray to both the disfellowshipped and to those in fellowship is twisted, distorted, and in complete disunity with God. It sets an example to both (the disfellowshipped and those in fellowship) that something (being in fellowship with those disfellowshipped) is okay, which is in actuality, false – a lie.

10th Commandment
“You shall not covet (wrongly desire, lust after) your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s” (Ex. 20:17).

The Hebrew word that is translated here as “covet” simply means “desire” or “to want.” This can be used in a positive sense or a negative sense. It is all a matter of the way it is used in context of whether God has established something as a right desire or has shown something to be a wrong desire for one to have.

It is clearly used in this commandment and in numerous other places as being a “wrong desire” for someone to have. This “wrong desire” is sometimes translated as “covet” or “lust,” which is more descriptive of the kind of thinking (spirit) that is at work.

This same word can be used in a positive manner when God is revealing a “right desire.”

“The fear of the Eternal is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Eternal are true (truth) and righteousness altogether. They are more to be ‘desired’ than gold, yes, than much fine gold and sweeter also than honey and the dropping of honeycombs” (Ps. 19:9-10).

“There is treasure to be ‘desired’ and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man spends it up” (Prov. 21:20).

This 10th Commandment is actually a key to understanding the spirit of matters, as it shows that the origin of the sin is in the thoughts and thinking of one’s mind. Even the use of the Hebrew word we have just covered reveals that God is the authority who establishes whether something is right or wrong, true or false.

Someone who has fellowship with any who are disfellowshipped has broken this law on a spiritual plane against God. They “wrongly desire” fellowship with those who God commands they shouldn’t – the disfellowshipped – with that which is antichrist.

When people sin, the depth of the seriousness of the sin is rarely considered. Every sin that one commits actually breaks each and every one of the Ten Commandments on a spiritual plane.

(Next week, Pt. 7 will conclude this series)

True Fellowship Part 5

Looks like False Prophet Ronald Weinland’s minions were waiting for me to give up on a posting from him this week.  This came out shortly after I left a comment about that.

Ronnie is reinterpreting the ten commandments.  Apparently the third does not include taking God’s name in vain by claiming to be his prophet.

——- Ronnie’s First Post of the New Year (not to be confused with the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord )——————-

Third Commandment “You shall not take the name of the Eternal your God (Elohim) in vain” (Ex. 20:7). This commandment is used in a very shallow way by most who profess to obey it. Most of Judaism and traditional Christianity only interpret this to apply to a misuse of the “names” of God (and Christ) in a cursing manner, as in swearing in anger or in vile speech that includes some name of God. This commandment is often seen in the narrow context of the misuse of God’s name(s) in a profane or blaspheming manner. Some will expand such misuse to include euphemisms relating to the names of God and Christ, such as gee wiz (believed to be from Jesus wizard), golly, and gosh.

Indeed, no one should use any such words that misuse, demean, degrade, or debase the names of God or Christ, but this is only elementary to obedience to this third commandment. It actually goes much deeper than this in meaning, purpose, and application (how it is to be lived).

For several years now, God’s church has come to understand that the spirit of this law applies to how each member of the Body of Christ lives their life, as each carries the name of God in their life. Having been baptized into the Church of God, each has been begotten of God’s spirit into the embryo of Elohim and awaits actual birth into Elohim. Such a person that is begotten of God’s spirit is to then carry the continual indwelling of God and Christ through the power of God’s spirit living in them and not being cut-off (from that life) due to unrepentant sin. Indeed, each is to carry the name and the indwelling of God in their life. When such a person sins, they take God’s name in vain as a member of the Church of God and the Body of Christ.

However, there is still more to be understood in this commandment. To more deeply understand it, it is necessary to look more closely at the definitions and actual use of some of the words in scripture.

When it says, “You shall not take,” the word translated into English as “take” is far more meaningful in Hebrew. It literally means “to lift” in a great variety of applications and is often translated into English as, “bear, carry, and lift up.” A verse in Exodus helps magnify the meaning of this third commandment. The translation of this same Hebrew word is used here as “raise.”

“You shall not raise a false report (something spoken, stated, expressed). Do not put your hand (join together) with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness” (Ex. 23:1).

This returns to the principle of not committing spiritual idolatry by “lifting up” something in our speech (or actions) that is not true – that is false. This scripture is specific in that it addresses what we speak, and it also applies spiritually to our actions. Our words and actions should always be true (righteous), especially when speaking about God’s truth. We should always be living in unity with God in our words and actions. This is also true about the third commandment and what it is actually addressing.

The word “name” in this third commandment (“You shall not take the name of the Eternal…”) carries with it in Hebrew the idea (meaning, thought) of the honor, character, authority, renown, and or description of the one being mentioned. When speaking of God, it is very similar to the use of a word in Greek (translated as “praises”) that is used to describe how a person in God’s Church should be living their life.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a special people, that you should show forth (in how one speaks and lives) the praises (Gk. – virtues, character, moral excellence) of Him (God) who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9).

To speak or live otherwise is to disobey the third commandment, as it would be to “take” (raise, lift up, carry) some other way (speech, action) than that which we are to uphold and carry in our lives as members joined together (fellowship) in God’s name – the Church of God.

The word “vain” in this third commandment is also very interesting as the Hebrew word means much more than this simple English translation. This word comes from a Hebrew word that means “devastation, desolate, destroy, and destruction.” This specific Hebrew word that is taken from these words having to do with the act of destroying is used in the sense of “desolating” something as a destructive evil. In context, it carries the spiritual sense of an underlying false and destructive motivation where one thing is being torn down in order to raise up another. It is used in context of things or individuals. An excellent use of this word has already been quoted when looking at the word “take” in this commandment. This verse that has already been quoted is actually a magnification of the third commandment that helps to open the door to the spiritual understanding of it.

“You shall not raise (Heb. – take, bear, carry, lift up) a false (Heb. – vain, in the sense of being destructive and tearing down) report (something spoken, stated, expressed, or even lived). Do not put your hand (to join yourself together/fellowship) with the wicked to be an unrighteous (against God’s ways) witness (by the actions of one’s life that attests to how one is actually living)” (Ex. 23:1).

So we are commanded not to take (carry, bear, lift up) the name (the character, the identity, reputation, or even the truth, word, and way that describes God) of the Eternal our God in vain (in a false way, a destructive manner that is actually against what is true).

Those who choose to disobey God and engage in fellowship with those disfellowshipped carry a false message (a spoken or unspoken statement conveyed by one’s actions that conflicts/disagrees with what is true) that they have chosen to “lift up.” This message states that they can decide for themselves who they can or cannot fellowship with and no one, not even God, will tell them otherwise. They take (raise up, carry, lift up) God’s name (His way, reputation, truth, word, character) in vain (in a false and destructive manner toward the truth, as they go about tearing down what is righteous in the way true fellowship is to be lived).

Fourth Commandment
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (sanctified – set apart for holy use and purpose). Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the seventh day (with Sunday being the first day of the week) is the Sabbath of the Eternal (Yahweh) your God (Elohim). In it, you shall not do any work; not you, nor your son, nor daughter, nor male servant, nor female servant, nor your animals, nor the visitor that is within your property. For in six days, the Eternal (Yahweh) made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Eternal blessed the Sabbath day, and sanctified it (set it apart for holy use and purpose)” (Ex. 20:8-11).

As with all the commandments, most who profess them only see them in the strictest physical sense and do not grasp their true spiritual meaning, intent, and purpose. God set apart a specific day that was to be sanctified by those who would observe it, as they must choose to “set” it aside for the holy use and purpose that God commands. The seventh day is a weekly Sabbath that God declares is to be observed perpetually by mankind. God established it as a sign (Ex. 31:13-17) between Himself and His people (an identifying sign for physical Israel and now for spiritual Israel – the Church). It is a continual reminder to God’s own people that He is the Almighty Creator God of all things. It is a day to be honored as different from all others, as it is set aside as a day to honor God, His plan, and His purpose.

Part of that honor and weekly remembrance is to cease from activities of work that are to be done on the other six days of the week. This includes such things as employment (whether self-employed or working for others), or other personal laboring, such as laundry, house cleaning, yard work, maintenance, etc., that can be done on other days of the week. Sometimes it is difficult for the carnal human mind to grasp these simple principles associated with proper Sabbath observance because our thinking is first and foremost physical in nature. Therefore, there is often confusion on just how to keep the physical aspects of this law, such as those associated with the daily need for food and the preparation of it. God does not forbid the work associated with cooking, washing dishes, and those things that are necessary daily functions of life and cleanliness, just as in personal hygiene and care.

That which can ease the burden (work load) on a Sabbath should be done ahead of time, such as heavy baking, purchasing of groceries, or other tasks requiring more work and time than normal. That is why Friday (the sixth day of the week) is so often referred to as the “preparation day.” This is a time one should work to accomplish such tasks that require more labor than usual (as in certain food preparation) when it is something that can be done ahead of time for the Sabbath.

These are areas for growth which some can struggle with for years (being unbalanced) while being led, molded, and taught a better balance, soundness of mind, and understanding of how to more properly address and live such matters in their life. It is a good thing to sometimes revisit our actions on a Sabbath and examine whether we are letting down in some areas where we should not be.

However, these things mentioned so far are very elementary, just as we have mentioned the very basic comprehension that so many have of the other commandments. These elementary matters are necessary in understanding proper observance, but they are largely very physical in nature as in physical “do’s and do not’s” for the Sabbath. These must indeed be addressed and become properly established as part of one’s Sabbath observance. Yet the purpose and intent of the Sabbath is far greater in importance and observation because that is what gets to the heart and core of the commandment – the true spiritual need and purpose for the Sabbath.

The first four commandments tie together in a most powerful way. They reveal how we can grow in our relationship with God (and His Son, Jesus Christ) with the desire that we come to love Him with all our heart, with all our life, and with all our mind – that God is indeed first in our life! God reveals that He is our Family, Elohim. He calls us into (to become part of) His Family so that we can become joined together in it – in true fellowship.

The Sabbaths of God (weekly and annual) are the “times” that God has set apart and called us to meet with Him so that He can more fully build that relationship with us as He leads us and works to transform us into Elohim. On His Sabbaths, He pours out more of His power (spirit) to teach, lead, correct, inspire and communicate His way to us. It is the time He has set aside to have more direct fellowship with us through His word that He gives to us on those occasions. In the time of His Sabbaths, He communes (communicates, inspires His word to us, fellowships) much more with us during that time than at other times, and He gives us the added blessing of spiritual fellowship with others whom He has called (in those areas where people have been called along with others who can physically meet together).

While going through this specific commandment, and for those who are newer, it would be good to also mention some of the interesting things God has said about His Sabbaths in Leviticus. God has placed great emphasis on the fact that He has established and appointed specific weekly and annual times in which His people are to meet with Him. As these verses are quoted, the actual Hebrew meaning of some mistranslated words will be given in parenthesis.

“Speak unto the children of Israel and tell them of the feasts (Heb. – ‘appointed times’ – this is not the Hebrew word for ‘feast’), which you shall proclaim to be holy (sanctified – set apart for holy use and purpose) convocations (assembling or called together meetings). These are my feasts (Heb. – ‘appointed times’). Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work therein. It is the Sabbath of the Eternal (Yahweh) in all your dwellings. These are the feasts (Heb. – ‘appointed times’) of the Eternal, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons (Heb. – same word for ‘appointed times’). In the fourteenth day of the first month at even (when the new day of the 14th begins – at evening – after sunset on the 13th) is the Eternal’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month (after sunset on the 14th, from when the new day of the 15th begins) is the Feast (this is the Hebrew word for ‘feast’) of Unleavened Bread unto the Eternal (Yahweh). Seven days you must eat unleavened bread” (Lev. 23:2-6).

These verses go on to list the rest of the annual Sabbaths that God commands, along with the weekly Sabbath mentioned earlier. These are God’s appointed times that we are to observe at those specific times that He has set aside (holy convocations) for holy use and purpose.

The weekly Sabbath is a type of memorial of God’s purpose to create Elohim (age-lasting spirit life in God’s Family) through physical human beings who can become begotten of God’s spirit. It is at the point of begettal of God’s spirit that one enters a state likened to a spiritual embryo – begotten and growing within the Church, but not yet born into Elohim as fully spirit in mind and composition. The annual Sabbaths expand and expound upon the specific stages and development of the entire 7,100-year plan of God whereby mankind can potentially enter Elohim.

These first four commandments mightily magnify God’s great desire (His will), design, plan, and purpose that He has to create and have “true fellowship” with those who are called to become part of His God Family. Better understanding of these commandments also magnifies the ugliness of the spirit, attitude, and actions that lead to becoming disfellowshipped from God, His Family, and His presence. Becoming separated from God due to sin is what happened to Satan and the demons in God’s angelic family, and it is what happened to the first two humans, Adam and Eve. When offered true and meaningful fellowship with the Almighty Self-existing God for all ages to come, it is indeed an ugly thing to “turn against” God’s offer to become a part of His family and His love that He extends to those whom He calls.

The only reason anyone becomes disfellowshipped from God, His presence, and His Family is because of unrepentant sin where someone has “lifted up” their own ideas and ways above what God has revealed as His one and only true way to live life. God clearly instructs His people not to have fellowship (spiritual) with those who have been disfellowshipped. Sometimes people have family (immediate or closely related) who become disfellowshipped. This sometimes causes misunderstandings and confusion when it comes to knowing how to apply God’s instruction that concerns such people who have been separated in fellowship from God’s Church. These specific areas are planned to be addressed in the next post.

So when someone chooses to have fellowship with those disfellowshipped then they have sinned against God and His instruction regarding such action. When a person who has committed such a sin (and does not repent) then enters into fellowship on the Sabbath in order to “supposedly” continue “in” the Church, in a way they have judged as okay, they bring their sin into God’s Temple and work to defile the Temple and the true fellowship that is in the Church.

As we have already covered the story in 1 Corinthians about the man Paul said should be disfellowshipped, it would be good to look at more of the context of what Paul was addressing throughout Corinthians. Paul was leading up to the instruction and correction that was going to be given concerning keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover.

In preparing for the Passover, he instructed them, saying, “The cup of blessing which we bless (of wine taken on Passover), is it not the communion (Gk. – fellowship, sharer together in relationship) of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion (Gk. – fellowship, sharer together) of the Body of Christ? For we being many are one bread (becoming unleavened in Christ and cleansed of sin), and one body (the Body of Christ – the Church), for we are partakers (Gk. – sharers) of that one bread (the word – the unleavened bread of life that is from God through Jesus Christ)” (1 Cor. 10:16-17). Paul added more by saying, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons” (1 Cor. 10:21).

It is a basic matter to know that the primary time in our life when we are able to be fed spiritually at the “Lord’s table” is when God gives us the spiritual food we are able to eat and drink in of on the Sabbath. It is also basic to understand that no one can expect to live spiritually (in a true spiritual relationship with God, with God dwelling in them) if they are also choosing to be nourished from the table of demons (the ways that are adversarial to God’s). The two do not mix and are fully opposed to one another. Yet the human mind can deceive itself into believing it can have both. God reveals through the very use of disfellowshipment that sin is not to be brought into the environment of the church because it can spread and defile others who have been called to His Family.

“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven (sin) leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven so that you may become a new lump, even as you are unleavened (even as they have put out physical leaven for the Feast of Unleavened Bread). For even Christ our Passover is slain for us (to get rid of sin). Therefore let us keep the feast (of Unleavened Bread), not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:6-8).

Sin can spread quickly in one’s life as well as in the Church. It is in the context of fellowship within the Church, in the Temple of God, that Paul drives home the point that one cannot mix (bind) any other way (sin) with God’s way, whether individually in one’s spiritual relationship with God or collectively within the Temple of God – the Church.

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (whether in the Church with those who begin to bring in sin or individually in our life in how we live it in the world around us), for what fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness and light with darkness? What concord does Christ have with Belial? Or what part (as a way of living life) has he who believes with an infidel (one opposed to God’s way)? And what agreement does the Temple of God have with idols? For you are the Temple of the Living God, and as God has said, I will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from among them (as a way of life one lives), and be you separate, says the Lord, and do not touch the unclean (keep sin out of your life and do not mix any of those other ways with God’s one true way of life), and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

So if someone decides for themselves to fellowship with those disfellowshipped and then brings that defiant, disobedient, and pride-filled spirit into the environment of God’s Church in a flaunting manner on the Sabbath, as though they are justified in doing so, then their very actions work to destroy what God is building. It is indeed a grievous sin to try to bring sin into the Temple of God – into God’s Church.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defiles (works to destroy) the temple of God, him will God destroy (remove from all fellowship, which if never repented of in the future will lead to death), for the temple of God is holy (set apart for holy use and purpose), which temple you are” (1 Cor. 3:16-17).

(Pt. 6 will follow)