Some false assumptions can kill. Do the traditions we hold possibly include erroneous presuppositions?
Storytelling (using one, more insignificant matter – as opposed to a crucial one) to make our point …
One recently – in a kind, casual manner – called me on my use of the abbreviation, “Thes.” – short for Thessalonians. “Why don’t you use the correct abbreviation: ‘Thess.’ in your writings?” I was asked.
I thanked the person for expressing her concern and didn’t make a big deal about it. As I pondered her concern, I was led to investigate. Was I surprised by what I found!
Because abbreviations are typically based on word syllables, I looked up the word “Thessalonians” in the dictionary. This is what I found in Webster’s and in The American Heritage dictionaries:
Thes ə lo ne ənz NOT Thess ə lo ne ənz
If one wants to get technical, I would guess BOTH ways of abbreviating Thessalonians would be acceptable. Yet, in our dogmatic, tradition-rich Christian culture, some would say the only correct way to abbreviate “Thessalonians” is “Thess.” because there are two S’s in the early part of the word.
We would suggest this: There are multiple ways one can abbreviate the word, “Thessalonians.”
My points – moving from a less significant example to wise, life-action principles:
1. It’s important we avoid dogma if we don’t have grounds to support it. When we do not have sufficient warrant, we should take a softer stand (in this case, on the matter of abbreviation; in general, on traditions as a whole).
Related Appeal: Traditions aren’t always true.
2. Let’s not judge others (who hold different views) as “wrong” if we don’t have sufficient evidence to reject their ideas. Let’s not label them as untrustworthy simply because they do not see it as we see it.
Appeal: Don’t automatically write off someone if that someone doesn’t hold to our opinion or standard of right and wrong.
In application tied to my illustration …
Please don’t write me off as incredible simply because I chose to use a different abbreviation for Thessalonians.
Fair enough? Point made?
When we don’t have sufficient grounds to hold a dogmatic view or what we believe to be an uncontested tradition, let’s not be judgmental.
On the other side of the coin, if we find traditions to be poorly evidenced, let’s be willing to contest those traditions, or at the very least, be Berean-like in response.
Closing this blog with a more significant appeal …
To date, no pastor, theologian, friend, Family member in Christ nor foe has shown Bible warrant for rejecting the eschatological proposal called The Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering of the Church (as defined in our Endurance Ministries materials). IF you feel you have grounds to reject this possible end-time view, would you be so kind as to share your evidence with us? Please use email@example.com to do so.
IF there are not Bible grounds for continuing to herald the Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering, then we will DISCONTINUE doing so. As you have noticed (if you’ve read over our materials), we DO find explicit Bible evidence for the themes and chronology we highlight. May God be glorified in this end of days discipleship effort.
CB9A – September, 2021
Anticipating Further Darkness
Have you ever considered the event of 911 in the setting or context of betrayal ?
Mt. 24:10 states falling away, betrayal and hate will be characteristic of the days which follow (“then” – vs. 9) the birth pains/time of sorrows.
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:9-14 ; NKJV
We are in these days (of Mt. 24:9-14).
This blog anticipates one expression of “betrayal.” Read on for details BUT please note: The threat of accusatory attack in order to foster betrayal in a marriage relationship context is only one of many possible battle fields. Local church encounters (i.e., confrontations between church attendees), neighborly engagements, betrayal in the work place (the old stab in the back) among peers, etc., also provide contexts where false accusations could contribute to relational betrayal.
Darkness gleans from Bible information. Even today it seeks to maximize betrayal to its advantage.
Let’s take time to ponder some of the ways it – evil – may go about this effort. We’re not going to exhaust this upcoming wave of darkness for you. Instead, you give this coming storm some further thought. We’ll simply bring one possible example of betrayal efforts. Our suggestion will hopefully get your creative juices flowing.
So we ask: How might we, as those in Christ, anticipate dark efforts on these battle fronts of betrayal?
Here’s our specific, contemporary example …
My wife and I know and trust each other. There may come a time when false accusations are uttered against my wife (and/or visa versa). She may be told terrible things her husband has done. Or, folks may tell me my wife has done this or that. Question: How will we respond to these accuser of the brethren lies?
As in the but God responses through Scripture, my wife and I know to doubt the accuser(s), not our beloved. The Supreme Court nomination process has some insight for us. As the process of the nomination unfolded for Brett Kavanaugh, false accusations were thrown against him. Only later did we know these were clearly false claims.
My wife and I, if we were to experience false charges against us – ones which seek to bring about betrayal against each other, will, by the grace and mercy of our God Most High, respond wisely. We will evaluate what’s being said in light of the nature of the accuser(s) and with a Christ-centered worldview. We will discern their lies and continue trusting one another.
We will not trust the liars who bring false accusation but will trust our Truth-walking spouse. In this, with God’s help, we will find victory. But others, sadly so, will fall prey to various forms of this dark attack.
Thankfully, in the setting of college campus ministry, I’ve learned a great deal about attacks of betrayal from some who call themselves Christian – family in Christ. Some are not. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing – Mt. 7:15-20
Entrapment efforts will continue. False report and misrepresentation will escalate. This form of persecution will only grow as the satanic darkness grows.
May we follow in our Lord’s footsteps as we continue walking through the challenges ahead. And, dear Church, let’s keep smiling as we go knowing, by faith, our Lord Jesus will give us His words in response during evil interrogation.
He will lead us just as He’s promised:
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before gov- ernors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they perse- cute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. Matthew 10:16-23 ; NKJV
As the song goes, “victory is mine.” Victory is indeed ours if we press on in walking in God’s Spirit, if we persist in abiding in the Vine.
CB8B - August, 2021
The following is an excerpt from "Better SAID Than NOT SAID" (blog CB6D - June, 2020):
[ A principle in the biblical book of Ezekiel is driving this pressing warning. We know things. But by the grace of God, we share some of His critical insights with you ... because love, as defined in I Cor. 13, impels us and because we are accountable before God to do so. ]
If one knows a kayaker was about to meet her doom (as she, unaware of the threat ahead, was about to encounter a 40-foot fall), is it not incumbent on the individual who knows there's danger ahead to warn the one in the kayak? In like manner ...
If a neighbor sees a fire burning in the basement of a home across the street - where a family of four is playing cards on the second story of their residence - is it not right for the neighbor to warn them they are in imminent harm's way?
Of course those [in the know] should speak out and bring warning!
One additional appeal tied to this expression of care ...
[ An excerpt from Now The Rapture (Part 2) follows. View a complete "pre-release" of this booklet by going to our "Gift Page" at www.currentmatters.org/gifts-from-em. ]
If you knew your beloved parents were about to suffer great loss as a result of a certain action, wouldn't you respond appropriately in order to try to prevent that great tragedy?
We are talking about eternal tragedies as a result of people being willfully ignorant concerning what God has clearly said about our days. 'If we neglect the passages God has graciously given us for the purpose of better discerning the many false teachings currently being propagated today, will we not be making a conscious choice toward casting aside one crucial means He has provided to help us avoid becoming deceived?'
The love of Jesus Christ moves us to raise these contemporary concerns. We care. May our Lord be praised in all of our Mark 12:28-31 expressions of love for God and mankind.
CB8A - August, 2021
With CARE In Jesus Christ ...
While this is not a "frequently asked question" by our reading audience, it has been asked:
Q: Why don't you put more emphasis on present social matters as opposed to an end-time chronological focus?
A: Fact of the matter, the Word of God emphasizes both chronological and thematic aspects of the end of days prior to Jesus Christ's initial appearing. As a result, we do both - we address social concerns and chronological matters so as to help mankind better discern today's worldly climate.
We don't use our opinion as our truth foundation but instead use the Word of God (Who fully knows what is happening and what will take place this next decade).
By God's mercy and grace, our Truth foundation is solid. If you'd care to enjoy enlightenment from our Creator God, please look over His Counsel as to guidance for living in these days of the end. Read our devotional blogs and the passages found posted on our end-time Bible reading schedule.
We love you, sincerelywe do.
CB7B - July, 2021
Further Discerning Our Day
When we first made appeal – now decades ago – that we are in the early stages of the tail end of the end of days, some folks laughed. Yet, the end-time signs highlighted in the Word of God (the Bible) continue to increase.
Bible prophecy is most accurate indeed. The following blogs (now turned into handouts) are linked so as to provide further help in discerning our day:
Isaiah 5:20 – Deception run amuck … TODAY! II Thes. 2:1-12 – Rejection of the love of the Truth brings the deceived further delusion
IF you watch films tied to the Holocaust and WWII, you will find a common theme in many movies: The Nazis used false appeal (e.g., the Jews are evil due to their economic and monetary influence in our German culture) to justify their murderous actions.
Today, if you listen carefully to the Black Lives Matter and Critical Race Theory* advocates, you will also find false appeals, ones which, in their eyes, justify evil actions toward some.
Satan's repetitive, anti God efforts continue. They do so in contemporary expressions (similar to past efforts) as he knows his days are numbered.
Please discern just how far we are into the end of days because the public emergence of the antichrist and the war against the Saints is right around the corner. The majority of the world is now very satan-like. While they scoff at this observation – which is evidenced in who satan is and what he is like and which is most frequently expressed in our present global society today – they go on to deny the reality of our present culture.
How can this be ?! And, how can it be that the quiet majority is tolerating these satanic actions?
Dear Truth seekers, please go to God’s Word for accurate insight second to none as these dark days increase. We trust you are enjoying our blogs which continue to be posted here on www.truthfoundations.org.
One closing word of counsel as we conclude this short warning: While we have posted a Bible reading schedule for this third quarter of 2021, we also go on to suggest this: Read through the book of Hebrews and note the MAIN theme of this book: Endurance in Christ Jesus is a part of Life-giving faith.
May you be protected against apostasy in further contemplating this discipleship handout: CLICK HERE.
* A dear Brother in Christ recently sent us an email communicating sorrow as his past church has been deceived into committing to the injustices of anti- biblical Critical Race Theory. What a day to be alive in man’s only Hope: Jesus Christ our Vine.