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Author's thoughts

  

     At 64 years of age I would like to think I have learned some knowledge, wisdom and understanding. According to the wisdom of King Solomon, these three words are abundant and interwoven throughout the book of Proverbs. 

     I have learned that knowledge is the ideal that is attainable, but only from on high. I have also learned that the only path to this ideal is through the guidance, influence and indwelling of Christ’s Holy Spirit. When knowledge is applied to real life circumstances and we ‘get it’. . . That is when knowledge becomes wisdom. The ‘getting it’ is known as understanding. Understanding therefore, is the connecting link between knowledge and wisdom. Without it, we remain stunted in our development as human beings and our hopeless, random, and miserable fate is destined to darkness and separation from anything good and anything God. 

     Remember, however; the pursuit of this path is impossible for any man. It is independent, lies outside the individual, is supernatural, is something that cannot be physically grasped, is profoundly eternal in its impact, and finally is transformative in its capacity to change man’s thoughts, direction and purpose in life.  It happens once and is known in the New Testament as baptism by Christ’s Holy Spirit.

     Its ramifications on the individual are first noticed in the spiritual realm and all things eternal. Once embraced on this level, then its application to the remainder of life’s everyday circumstances enhance one’s purposefully directed and fulfilling life. This is the abundant life Christ mentions in John 10:10.  This life is available to all who believe in the Savior.

     In closing I would just like to say why I do not attend church, even though I had previously attended Protestant denominations for over thirty years. I stopped going because of the following: 

  

  1. The heresy of works, conditional election, universal redemption, resistible grace, and lack of eternal security as taught, promoted, and implemented in churches (Five Tenets of Arminianism). This is the justification for the modern birth and development of sectarianism or denominationalism
  2. That ‘churchianity’ is equivalent to redemption or salvation in Christ
  3. The church’s rejection of the K.J.V. as Jesus’ words along with the promotion of the counterfeit bibles as the word of God
  4. The damnable heresy of man’s ‘free-will’ with its clear repudiation of the doctrines of election and predestination
  5. The heresy of an inclusive gospel NOT the exclusive message Jesus taught in such parables as the sower and the seed (Matt. 13:11-16) and elsewhere
  6. The introduction of ‘Christian’ psychology and the feminization of the church through subjective feeling, experience, intuitivism, sincerity, and intention as it seeks to justify man’s sin through blame
  7. Worldliness and carnality rampant within the church with its rejection that  believers are not a peculiar people
  8. Non-dispensationalist teaching suggesting that no difference exists between the ‘church’ of today and the apostolic church of the past
  9. The perpetuation of a clerical hierarchy that employs all sorts of manipulative, psychological tactics in keeping its members spiritually captive and in prison, rather than believing that the Holy Spirit is our teacher and the inerrant words of the scriptures as the believer’s ultimate and final authority 

  

     If my words have piqued your attention, I can assure you one thing as you read on, I will not captivate, nor will I seek to retain you as my audience . . . That is up to the Holy Spirit. I will give you the truth. This virtue of integrity is echoed in Paul’s farewell address to the church at Ephesus from Acts 20:27, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”  This is my personal commitment to you as my readers.

     May God bless you as you seek his enlightenment through the inerrant scriptures as well as the pages that follow. As a student of the scriptures for the last forty-four years, I would like to think the Lord has showed me something.  My intent is to glorify my Savior. I will pray that in your life’s journey, your intent will be the same.