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HOLY SPIRIT PART TWO

March 14, 2011

Have I Ever Committed The Unpardonable Sin?

There is much that can be said about this topic under discussion, and because of this, this piece will not be all-inclusive. However, paramount to our understanding of Christ’s words: “And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come,” is our comprehension of God the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. This will be my focus.

Greek Scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates:

It is to be noted that these words of the Lord were spoken immediately after the accusation was made against Him that the works He was doing were done by the power of Beelzebul, the chief of the demons. The words of Christ become far more understandable if we examine what occasioned them. What the Lord wanted to teach after this discussion regarding the activity of the devil among men was this: The devil is really not the countertype of the Lord Jesus in the plan of man’s salvation, but he is the countertype of the Holy Spirit whose function is to convict unto repentance or reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:7, 8). The devil counteracts this conviction. The Holy Spirit brings judgment upon the devil. The two are counteracting each other.

In order that we may be convicted of our sin, it is necessary for us to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. In other words, any sin that we confess to the Lord He will forgive, being able and ready to remove it from us. But, if an individual has not been convicted of sin, how can he confess Christ? And this is what makes our Lord’s statement understandable, “But whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him.”

As to the relationship of the sin of blasphemy to the Holy Spirit in Matthew 12:32, “But whoever shall speak against (Kata, 2596) the Holy Spirit.” In Mark 3:29, “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit.” In Greek it does not say “against” but “unto” (eis, 1519), which means “unto or in the face of.” In Luke 12:10 the same preposition is used. Actually the use of this preposition, eis, makes the blasphemy worse. With kata, “against” we may understand that the blasphemy is spoken against the Holy Spirit to others, but with the preposition eis we may understand that the blasphemy is hurled directly in the face of the Holy Spirit. It is as if man is defying the Holy Spirit and says, “There is nothing you can do to divert me from my present sinful course. I am going to have my own way regardless of the shame brought upon the name of Christ.” If one does not submit to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and repent, in the future God is not going to grant that person exemption from the consequences of his failure during his earthly life. The bed that one makes in his life will be the one he must lie in for eternity!

Eternal judgment is based upon the judgment of sin on this earth. In eternity God is going to respect our will which we have exercised in the here and now. If we chose to defy God here and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, then God is going to defy us in eternity and let us reap the results of the choice we made.

Conclusion by Cochise

Jesus Christ said that God the Holy Spirit would come and convict the world of sin. If an individual has not been convicted of sin, how can he confess Christ? Without the confession of Christ (“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” Romans 10:9), eternal sin, then, is realized. Therefore, eternal judgment is received. Let us then, allow, the Holy Spirit to do His work, in us, so that we can repent and receive eternal life. Let us never resist Him! Let us never blasphemy Him (the word blasphemies means to say something which hurts a person). Let us never say to Him, “There is nothing you can do to divert me from my present sinful course. I am going to have my own way regardless of the shame brought upon the name of Christ.”

Let us, never, exhibit the same mentality of the Pharisees or any who oppose or reject the Holy Spirit’s convicting power of sin.

Note:

The source material here presented (quotation marks excluded), was taken from the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible, by Greek Scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates.

HEAVEN’S GATEWAY

March 3, 2011

 


Stop Fearing Death!  

  

 “And He said to him,

‘Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise’” 

(Luke 23:43)

 

Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior have nothing to fear from death.  Although the mere thought of death (the unknown) creates immeasurable amounts of anxiety and fear, the words of God the Son, Jesus Christ, above, assures the believer that death is nothing more than a gateway to Paradise.  Our Lord’s words caress and comfort the troubled heart.  In other words, death for the believer is not an unknown.  Once our eyes close for the last time here on earth, they reopen the same day above, in Paradise.  Death is merely a gateway or door; as one closes, another opens.  

Let us look at Paul’s attitude toward death (he knew it was a gateway to heaven).  Paul preferred death (Paradise) over life, considering it great gain.  Notice this in his letter to the Corinthians and Philippians, below:   

 “we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord”  (2 Cor. 5:8)   

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose.  But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sakes.”  (Philippians 1:21-24)

“What is this place called paradise?  The word paradeisos, ‘paradise,’ originally comes from the ancient Iranian, pairidaeza, and means ‘a garden with a wall.’  The Greek word is used for the first time by Xenophon for the gardens of the Persian kings.  The Septuagint translation of the Hebrew word for garden in Gen. 2:8 is paradeisos.  In the New Testament the word occurs only three times: 2Cor. 12:4; Luke 23:43; Rev. 2:7.  It was indicated as the place where the spirits or souls of men go immediately after death, which is also the place that Christ was going to once His spirit was separated from His body.  The continuation of the existence of the personality is also clearly intimated in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.  The paradise of 2Cor. 12:4 is the same as that spoken of by Christ in Luke 23:43.  In Rev. 2:7 the word is spoken of in an eschatological sense as being a gift to be given to the one who overcomes.  It is evidently the place where the disembodied personalities as spirits or souls of the believers go immediately at death to be with Christ.”  (Greek Scholar, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates – “The Hebrew-Greek Greek Key Study Bible,” pg. 1545)

At death, our disembodied personalities as spirits or souls arrive in heaven.  They are seen given white robes to wear:  

“And when He broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?  And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, should be completed.”  (Revelation 6:9-11)

Our brother Stephen, too, knew where his disembodied soul or spirit was destined:  

 “And they went on stoning Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!’ (Acts: 7:59) 

In the Gospel of Luke, the continuation of the existence of the personality is clearly intimated in the story of the rich man and Lazarus:

“Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day.  And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.  Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.  And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’  But Abraham said, Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise, Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.  And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, in order that those who wish to come over from here to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.  And he said, ‘then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my father’s house – for I have five brothers that he may warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’  But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’  But he said, ‘No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’  But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”  (Luke 16:19-31)

The account in Luke paints a vivid picture of both destinations.  This is not a fairy tale.  This is as real as it gets.  Jesus Christ is giving us a sneak-preview into the future.  The spirits or souls who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior go directly to heaven.  On the other hand, those spirits or souls failing to do so go directly to hell.  As the disembodied souls in heaven (Rev. 6:9-11) cry out and are given white robes to wear, the rich man’s soul or spirit, too, discovers his new and eternal abode.  However, while his future (not Paradise) is far less pleasant, all those who reject God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior will experience the rich man’s fate.    

The dead do not praise God but go down into silence.  The believers, however, dead or alive praise their Lord forever:    

 “The dead do not praise the LORD, Nor do any who go down into silence; But as for us, we will bless the LORD From this time forth and forever.  Praise the LORD!”  (Psalm 115:17-18) 

For all of us who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, His words in Luke remove all fear of death (the unknown), and bring peace to the living.  Our eyes will close but reopen in Paradise: 

 “And He said to him,‘

Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise’” 

(Luke 23:43)

 

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Daniel 9 “70” Week Prophecy Beginning and End?

February 3, 2011

Book: “Chronological Aspects of The Life of Christ”   

By: Dr. Harold W. Hoehner, Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies

According to Dr. Hoehner, of all the decrees, (the decree of Cyrus, 539 B.C. (Ezra 1:1-4); the decree of Darius, 519 – 518 B.C. (Ezra 5:3-7); the decree of Artaxerxes to Ezra, 457 B.C. (Ezra 7:11-16); the decree of Artaxerxes to Nehemiah, 444 B.C. (Nehemiah 2:1-8) 68/121ff); the decree in Nehemiah according to Dr. Hoehner: “In conclusion, this is the only decree that adequately fits the strictures given in Daniel 9:25.  Hence this decree of Artaxerxes is considered the terminus a quo of the seventy weeks.” (P. 127, par. 1)

“Calculation with the 360-day year.  The solution that is most plausible is the one introduced by Anderson.  He proposed that the length of the year should be calculated as 360 days.  He called these 360-day years ‘prophetic years’.

This makes good sense for several reasons.  First, with modern astronomy one can reckon a year very precisely as being ‘365.24219879 days, or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 45.975 seconds.’”  (p.135, par. 2, 3)

“Using the 360-day year the calculation would be as follows.  Multiplying the sixty-nine weeks by seven years for each week by 360 days gives a total of 173,800 days.  The difference between 444 B.C. and A.D. 33, then, is 476 solar years.  By multiplying 476 by 365.24219879 or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 45,975 seconds, one comes to 173,855.28662404 days or 173,855 days, 6 hours, 52 minutes, 44 seconds.  This leaves only 25 days to be accounted for between 444 B.C. and A.D.33.  By adding the 25 days to March 5 (of 444 B.C.), one comes to March 30 (of A.D. 33) which is Nisan 10 in A.D. 33.  This is the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.” (pg. 138, par. 1)

“As predicted in Zechariah 9:9, Christ presented Himself to Israel as Messiah the king for the last time and the multitude of the disciples shouted loudly by quoting from a messianic psalm: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord’ (Ps. 118:26; Matt. 21:9; Mark 11:10; Luke 19:38; John 12:13).  This occurred on Monday, Nisan 10 (March 30) and only four days later on Friday, Nisan 14, April 3, A.D. 33, Jesus was cut off or crucified.” 

“The seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.  When that is accomplished, Daniel’s inquiry will be fully realized for Israel will be back in her homeland with her Messiah.”  (p.139, par. 1, 2)

Bible vs Watchtower Disfellowshipping

January 8, 2011

This is a very short post.  I have written an article on the biblical procedure to disfellowshipping.  You may copy this article free of charge at my website address:  http://thebiblevsthewatchtower.com

God Said, “Listen To My Son” … Luke 9:35

August 8, 2010

During the Transfiguration found in Luke 9:35, God the Father said: “And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!'”

The Watchtower pride themselves on obeying Jehovah God. They boast to the world that they alone (their Organization) worship and serve the God of the Bible, Jehovah, in the manner He ascribes; however, after taking a closer look into their theology, it becomes apparent that their boast is not biblically founded, lacks credibility, and is misleading.

God The Father told the world in Luke 9:35 how to win His approval. Listening to His Son, Jesus Christ, is the only way that our worship is accepted. The Watchtower not only fails to listen to Jehovah’s Son, but contradicts His teachings.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has already given the world the recipe for salvation. It is found at John 14:6 quoted here: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no on comes to the Father but through Me.” The Watchtower, however, not only contradicts Jesus Christ, but usurps His authority by their published statement in 1981: “… come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation … ” Watchtower 11/15/1981, p.21.

Jesus Christ is the Person we must come to for salvation. He is the way … He is the Truth … He is the life … not the Watchtower, not the Mormons, not any organized religious or non-religious organization or person. Salvation has nothing to do with anything man-made.

We must listen, believe, obey, and follow our Lord Jesus Christ, because Jehovah God told us to do so. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  John 3:16.

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God’s Purpose For You

July 24, 2010

Many of us go through life wondering  … why … why am I here … what is the purpose … what is my purpose … how do I fit in?  If I have a purpose at all, what can I do to make a difference?  Better yet, what is God’s purpose for me?

We all need purpose in life, because without it life becomes meaningless.  This begs the question:  What Is My Purpose?  Each of us must answer that question individually, as God has given each of us our own.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  How can God use you today to further His will and express His love to the world?  Our Lord Jesus Christ made you for a very special purpose.  Think!  How can He use your abilities to build up the body of  Christ?  He gave each of us an assignment … He gave us, individually, a gift that no one else has.  What is your gift?  Think!

I would say that this is the most important search/ inquiry of your life.  First, our Lord made you to reflect Him.  Allow that to happen.  If you truly want to know what God’s purpose for your life is … just ask Him!  He will reveal it to you and when He does, follow His lead.  In the meantime, however, there is one thing I can tell you, and it is this: God’s purpose for all of us is that we love Him!  How are you on relationships?  I ask that because He wants one with you.

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Where To Now?

July 11, 2010

After leaving the Watchtower after 18 years of indoctrination, and feeling all fuzzy/protected, where to now I asked?  Where shall I go … Who shall I believe … What should I believe … Who should I trust, and why … Where am I going to get the answers?  These are all questions that perplexed me for years.

My name is Cochise Pendleton.  After leaving the Watchtower organization and drifting for some time, I never ceased in my efforts to search-out and hopefully discover who God was … but more importantly, what did He want of me.

Once I came to realize the importance of God’s son, Jesus Christ, was baptized again in Christ, I then wrote a book.  The title of the book, “The Bible vs The Watchtower (The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Authority) YOU DECIDE.”

I wanted to do more than just write a book and share it.  There had to be more!  That said, however, what could I do?  I knew my book would become a tool helping my former brothers and sisters with their Watchtower addiction/theology, but there was something even more critically needed.

Once you leave the bubble effect (pseudo spiritual protection) of the Organization, you will experience for lack of a better word, a hole … vacuum.  This hole needs to be filled.  If unattended, I have found that many who have left the Organization become either agnostic or atheistic (a side effect of leaving the Watchtower).

Rick Fearon, former member of the Watchtower, now Christian, hosts the SixScreensOfTheWatchtower.com  One of the programs, “Christianity 101” hosted by yours truly, in hopes to fill that proverbial hole caused by Watchtower removal. In other words, what does the Bible really teach on the subjects taught by the Watchtower?

Come and join the discussion. This is an open forum after the teaching is complete. I invite everyone to listen-in, participate, ask questions, and just be part of our Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible discussions. Allow God’s word to fill your hearts without the Watchtower or religion telling you what to do.

My next program is July 18th at 5pm PST, and two weeks thereafter. The number to call is (712) 432-8710 pin# 9925.

You may contact me by phone (949) 678-7378, by email at youdecide@cox.net, or through my website:
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Life After The Watchtower

July 4, 2010

What happens to those who leave the Watchtower after years of disillusionment?  Perhaps they were dis-fellowshiped or they just disassociated themselves to begin a new life.  Whatever the reason for their leaving, the question becomes … where are they now and what do they believe?

I am writing this blog because many of those who have left the Watchtower organization are still haunted (the effects of Watchtower brainwashing is a serious issue as personal experience has taught me) and perhaps lost.  There are some who have become agnostic or even atheists.  This of course is understandable and is one major side-effect of Watchtower mind-control. It is for this reason that my ministry has launched, and why I am writing this material.

There is a program that I host every other Sunday called, “Christianity 101.”   As a former member of the Watchtower organization for over 18 years, my ministry, today, is actually two-fold.  First, to help reverse the effects of Watchtower brainwashing, and second, to fill the void and hole that people experience once leaving the Organization.

I invite everyone who wishes to learn who God really is without someone looking over your shoulder policing what you do on a day-to-day basis.  Bring your bibles and get ready to learn how you can be saved, today, by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  The number to call and listen-in, ask questions, or just enjoy the program twice-a-month is: (712) 432-8710 pin# 9925 … Our next program is July 4th at 5pm PST.  All programs are recorded for your listening pleasure.  You may listen to each recorded program on this website.   You may also ask questions by text … my personal cell: (949) 678-7378 … or email me at: youdecide@cox.net … My name is Cochise Pendleton and I hope to see you there!

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How Does The Watchtower Control Their Membership And Create WT Addiction?

May 8, 2010

Discover how the Watchtower creates member addiction … Why Pastors, Christians, and the world, must become aware! Take a free-look inside, but first, allow me to share my mission statement to the world by clicking here: https://thebiblevsthewatchtower.wordpress.com/mission-statement/

Does God Use The Watchtower As His Instrument Of Communication To The World?

April 30, 2010

Here are a few quotes from Watchtower literature that establishes their position regarding God using them as His vehicle:

“Respond to the directions of the organization as you would the voice of God.”

“Failure to respond to the direction of the organization indicates a rejection of Divine rulership.”

“The truths I present as God’s mouthpiece.”

“The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society is the greatest corporation in the world, because from the time of its organization until now the Lord has used it as His channel through which to make known the glad tidings …”

“God uses The Watchtower to communicate to his people; it does not consist of men’s opinions.”

“… come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation …”

These quotes (all of which are in my book along with their referenced material) establish the true claimed position of the Watchtower organization. There is no ambiguity here. However, that said, the question still remains: Does God use the Watchtower as His vehicle to communicate with the world?

This question needs to be answered. It is my belief that if God actually speaks through the pages of the Watchtower … the world should be notified. However, conversely, if that wasn’t actually true, that too would need world attention.

You may find the answer to that question along with many others in my book, entitled: The Bible vs The Watchtower (The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Authority) You Decide …

https://thebiblevsthewatchtower.wordpress.com/mission-statement/