How to Correctly Study the Bible.... Eisegesis or Exegesis?

As discerning people; when we go to God's Holy Word for our spiritual truth we must understand how to extract that truth correctly lest we fool ourselves into false doctrines and lies.

There are two forms of extracting information and fact from the bible. One is correct, leading to all truth and knowledge while the other is false, leading to error and man-made theology. Let's look at them both in detail.

Exegesis (or hermeneutics)
analysis of texts: the explanation or interpretation of texts, especially religious writings
interpretation of specific text: an explanation or interpretation of a specific text

Eisegesis
an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.

As you can see from the meanings above; Exegesis would be the true and correct way to read and gain truth from the bible. It is the analysis of God's Word to see what it really says and means in full  vs Eisegesis that would have a person trying to pull out only "what they want it to say" for their own beliefs and traditions.

The bible teaches us to use Exegesis in various verses such as :
“Present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2;15

Correctly handling the Word means..... using Exegesis techniques.

We also see in Acts 17 the Bereans were testing all that Paul said to them by studying the scriptures and not just taking his word for it. If Paul had used Eisegesis; those Bereans would have found him out indeed and Paul praised them for this approach to study. Don't ever be afraid to test or challenge anyone (especially modern pastors) in the truth of God's Word as your eternity and walk in Him is on the line.

Let me give you an example of the two different approaches to the study of God's Word that we commonly see most often.

Today we have many false modern pastors trying to promote and teach the tithe (giving 10% to them)  to their people as the biblical norm. To do this they wrongly use Eisegesis and run to the Old Testament and pull out Malachi 3 where God told the Israelites to give His temple a tenth of their harvest of produce (not money) or they would be stealing from Him. These hireling pastors use that lone verse and pull it out of its context of being for the Israelites and for the Temple only. If they would use the correct Exegesis method and searched for what else God's Word says about giving; they would have to admit the New Testament doesn't teach the tithe for Gentiles as Paul says give out of ones own heart. (see our link HERE that goes into the tithe in great detail:)

Another example would be the commonly misquoted verse of 2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Many people will try to claim this verse for America when in context it was given to the land of Israel.  American is NOT God's chosen people and He did not promise to watch over us as He did the land of the Israelites.

Please go read Romans 1 where God talks about handing over a sinful evil nation to its own ways that will lead to its destruction. That is more like America's fate and future indeed!

Now could someone try to bend it to mean it could be for Christian believers today as we are grafted into the Jews? Perhaps or perhaps not! But we must always be careful to not add to the Word and make it say what it does not really say. The correct Exegesis and context would have them avoid making this error.

The other very important aspect of correct bible study is CONTEXT.
This means we must understand who it was said to, where and when it was said and does it still apply today or was it just for that time or people? A very good habit to get into is always read many verses before and many after the verse your looking at to better understand what is that true context.

Rev 22:18 warns of adding to God's Word
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book

A good example of this being misused would be 1 Corinthians 11 and the teaching on ladies head coverings. Most everyone we deal with and talk to about this important teaching will quickly run to it read and it and say "oh that was in a cultural context and only given to the churches at that time". Paul clearly explains in the beginning of the book that those cultural explanations cannot be true when we read in context as he said it is for all churches "everywhere". He also references the beginning of man and woman in other verses as well shooting down the cultural argument. (see our head covering post HERE with great detail on that subject)

Some people (out of ignorance) use these wrong techniques. But we can tell you for sure that most use it on purpose to exploit, deceive and to make their own man made theology work. How do we know this? Because we have gone back many times to biblically correct men in this ( like with the tithe or head coverings ) and they refuse to correct themselves or use Exegesis for a correct biblical understanding. Clearly they use it here to wrongly usurp money to support and run their unbiblical modern denominational system of mans religion. These men are to be rebuked (Prov 9:8) exposed (Eph 5:11) and then avoided (Rom 16:17) if they don't repent of such ways for God's glory.

So let us encourage you to go to the Word daily and do it not with your own spiritual ideas or what man has wrongly taught you  to prove those views using poor Eisegesis. You must dig deep into God's Word to find all of the truth and verses regarding that topic and do it in context. Then build your theology on what God has said to be in a spirit and truth worshipful life. (John 4:24)

Jesus said in Matt 4:4 we live by every word from the mouth of God. 

So use all of His Word and use proper "Exegesis in context" to set your feet and spiritual training fully on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ; lest you be deceived. (2 Cor 13:5)

God be praised

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Baptist or Biblical?


It seems of late we have run into many people who claim Christ but they are part of the man made unbiblical Baptist religious system. The truth is that Baptist ways originate in the early 1600's and they are of men (the unbiblical protestant movement) not God's true New Testament church. We care so we speak out boldly to help people out of its lies and into the Lord's truth.

The question we have to people in the baptist pews is this:

Are you a Baptist or are you biblical?

This matters as Jesus said to worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24) and not lies and man made error.

In our testing of them (1 Thessalonians 5:21) we have found they are VERY unbiblical having left many of the Lord's true ways for vain traditions. We would like to prove this to you using biblical articles we have on our website to help guide those who have an ear to hear out of their man made baptist trap and into the light of God's truth. The following links will help people see the baptist false ways vs God's Holy Word.

This link clearly shows what are the true biblical characteristics of God's New Testament church
http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/search/label/Characteristics%20of%20a%20New%20Testament%20Body
(Baptist places do not hold to all of these biblical ways.)

This link is a 10 point biblical test of a religious body.
http://www.dontperish.com/10-point-biblical-test.html
(Baptist places fail it.)

Baptists practice false pagan holidays like Christmas and Easter when Gods true people and the early NT body NEVER did. 

Baptists are often worldly and carnal minded as they love the things of the world like sports, movies, secular media/politics, music and many ungodly things the bible says to avoid if your of God. 


This link teaches on the false ways of a one man lording over modern Baptist pastor which is very unbiblical.
http://www.dontperish.com/is-your-modern-pastor-deceiving-you.html

(Baptist pastors are unbiblical in their current role.)

Many Baptist people are false converts as their system uses an unbiblical gospel ( once saved always saved lies ) and emotional alter calls that are not of God. These links expose that: http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/search/label/Altar%20Calls%20are%20Unbiblical 

http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/2015/01/can-you-spot-erroneous-gospel.html
(Baptists create many false converts today and it is very sad.)

Many Baptists love to call others "cult like" but yet they themselves have MANY cult like ways.  This link helps expose that clearly.
http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/2015/09/what-is-cult.html
(Baptists do have cult ways indeed.)

Baptists love to collect people's money (we don't take ANY money at dontperish.com) using the Old Testament tithe as their battering ram. This link teaches the tithe is not for today at all.
http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/search/label/Tithing
(Most Baptist pastors are nothing but hirelings who love to take money and they do it unbiblically.)

The facts are in and it does not look good for the these Baptist places per God's Holy Word. 
Did you know God hates false worship and will reject yours unless it is done biblically?
See this link on fasle worship:
http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/search/label/Worship%20in%20Truth%20or%20Good%20Intentions


Praise Report:
We have run into some recently that have repented and come out of the ill Baptist systems of men and we rejoice in that! God is glorified when people repent and seek His ways and we were thankful to be a very small part of that indeed. (God gets all the glory for sure.)

Please know... if the previous biblical articles loaded with God's Word have not shown you that your Baptist ways are unbiblical; your fruit shows you clearly are NOT born of God and sadly you belong in the Baptist pews. God's truth is for His sheep only and not the goats (unconverted people) of man's pews.

We care about you and if you would like to be born again and come out of man's false ways please go here and listen to or read the biblical gospel.
 http://www.dontperish.com/the-gospel.html
You will then truly see the truth and find your way to God (new life) through faith, repentance and biblical regeneration. This means you leave man made religion as well. As always here is our phone number for anyone who needs help or if you contest what we are teaching about baptist ways. 

Please do not be like the MANY sad Baptist men we have known recently who hide in the dark, tell many lies as they are too afraid to come into the light of ALL of God's Word and reason face to face.  (We pray for them and love them; even as our enemies. They know who they are!)

Jesus exposed false man made religion. (See Mark 7:6-9) and His true people come out of it. (See Col 2:8)

In the end it is sad but true....
the Baptist ways are NOT biblical and we want better for you....IF you love the truth and are indeed Christ's true church!

Let us know how we can help you in anyway.

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Trinity ( 3 in 1 ) Defended

This article is under construction.... stay tuned for it soon

God be praised

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Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall Eldon Mo Exposed

                                        EXPOSED

See below a link to a biblical testing of this false teaching cult called 
Jehovah Witness and my recent experiences witnessing to a man who 
attends the Eldon, Mo. branch of this man made heretical system.

http://bewareoffalse-unbiblicalteachers.blogspot.com/2018/01/jehovah-witness-eldon-missouri-exposed.html

God be praised

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Jeffrey Wallace Living Faith Christian Fellowship Gets Hebrews 10:25 Wrong

Go here to see a article that shows the common errors of man made religion these days. Gathering yourselves together / Hebrews 10:25 and teaching it means Sunday church is one of their many errors.

http://bewareoffalse-unbiblicalteachers.blogspot.com/2018/01/jeffrey-wallace-living-faith-fellowship.html


God be praised

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Gaia Worship and Its Pagan Ways

Romans 1 is a tell tale passage about the wretched direction humankind is headed and included is: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (vs 25)

This article is to expose the lie of Gaia Worship, a New Age movement of a pagan religion that has been around since before Christ Jesus and is now revived and increasing tremendously in popularity especially among femninist groups. It is the worship of the creature (earth) and not the true creator (God).  The founder of this revived religion is James Lovelock who has the hypothesis that the earth is alive and every living thing in it is responsible for regulating the conditions of life, all based in the lie that there was a goddess (gaia) that created the earth and all in it.
They claim that from chaos (Mother Earth or Earth Mother who is essentially a mythical goddess) birthed or created the earth and everything in it as a type of uni soul (one soul, all encompassing energies  or forces etc)  all sharing from it and therefore each has a part in the outcome. 

Gaia worship rejects Christianity and claims it an enemy to their cause of uniting all life forms around Mother Earth.  It's a combination of eastern mysticism, paganism, science and feminism and it's popularity is growing fast, see 'global warming' in the UN.  

Satan, the god of this earth, has created this theory and religion contrary to the truth of a creator God.  
God is referenced in the male form (Father)  and satan and his followers have 'Mother Earth'.  
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. (1 Corinthians 8:6) The bible is loaded with more reference verses.

God created the earth and all in it, Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 
(Read the entire book as it's specific that God created everything.  Not a mythical 'Mother Earth'.)

God breathed life into the man that he created:
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)  

This is referring to an individual soul, not all souls connected through some energy or life force as Gaia worshippers claim.  Also see that man (male) was created first and the female crated FROM the male.  (Not male being created from a female 'mother earth'.)

God is in control of this earth, not a mytical female force.  
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1:16-17)
Feminism is the basis of this cult as it claims a female creator, thus breeding tremendous amounts of feminism in the followers going directly against God's Word in the creation /  headship order.  Read many articles about feminism here:
(http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/search/label/Feminism)
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3)
Many pagan gaia worshippers are vegans (who eat no meat or animal products) because they do not want to eat anything living as they claim it has a life force that is interconnected with every living being.  They are instructed to be mindful as they are eathing so as to be more connected with and giving thanks to 'mother earth'.  God's Word says we are to thank Him:
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17)

Pagans claim that crystals have mystical healing powers but God's Word warns about witchcraft (magic):
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. (Dueteronomy 18:10-12) 
(Also see: Zecharaia 10, Isaiah 8,2 Chronicles 33, 2 Kings 21 and more, keep reading all through the Old Testament.)
(Read an article here about witchcraft http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/p/test-your-faith-here.html)

Pagan gaia worshippers use transcendental meditation (through yoga) as a means to empty themselves into nothingness so they can become one with mind and body.  
This aids in enlightenment and awakening chakras (what they claim are energies or life forces in the body) which elevates them up the ladder of enlightenement bringing them into a closer union with their 'creator'.  God's Word says we have righteousness of God through Jesus. 
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

And He also warns about emptying ourselves:
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (Matthew 12:43-45)

God shows us in His Word that He is ruler of this earth...
But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.  When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. (Jeremiah 10:10-15)

God also sends stark warnings to those who worship gods and goddesses, see the following scriptures: 1 Kings 11:5, 1 Kings 11:33, Acts 19:27 and:
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. (Exodus 34:14-17)

It's clear to see that for what God has said and directed there is a direct opposition in the dark occult of gaia worship which is leading many down the wide road to destruction:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:23-14)

There is much more that can be said but this gives a good idea of how dangerous this new age movement is.  You will not find eternal life through it as Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 13:26)

Gaia worship is in direct enmity toward God and should be avoided.
Please read a biblical gospel to learn the way to eternal life:

Let us know how we can help you.

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Should Christians Keep the Festivals?



This question is often raised by those who have left man made denominational religion and begin to read the scriptures more for themselves and question all things. Also there has been a rise in the heretical false system of faith called Hebrew roots that is telling people they must keep the Old Law to serve God and they are confusing many ( see a link at the end of this  article that refutes them ).

As always, the answer to this question lies in the Word of God and His revelation to us when, we take it in context. This question about festival keeping is very much like the question: "Should I tithe today" so I will approach it in the very same manner. 

Tithing 

The question about tithing comes up often as modern hireling pastors beat people up with it to extract their money from them. It can be answered easily if we look at the facts from God's Word. 

1) Tithing is NEVER taught to or practiced by the gentiles believers in the NT bible.

2) Tithing was given by God to "Israel" in the Old Covenant.

3) The tithe was food and crops (not money) given to Levitical priests in the temple in Israel that God Himself ordained to be built. 

4) People in the New Testament Word ( like Jesus ) did tithe but they were Jews where from and in the OT ways at that time so that is understandable.

5) Apostle Paul instructs us how to give now in the NT and it is not tithing. 

Tithing is NOT for gentiles today though, you are free to give 10% or any amount you desire unto the needy or for the Lord and His work.

Go to this link and read our article why tithing is NOT for today and it has scripture to support it. 
https://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/2014/02/tithing-is-it-for-today.html



Now lets look at the Old Testament festivals of which there were 7 of them:

The Feast of Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, The Feast of Firstfruits,  The Feast of Pentecost,   The Feast of Trumpets, The Feast of Atonement ,   The Feast of Tabernacle

For the following reasons gentiles today are NOT under the Old law and are not compelled to keep the festivals. 

1) All of these festivals were given to Israel ( like tithing ) or anyone journeying with them at that time not the gentiles in the New Covenant.

2) These fests were linked to harvests and events in Israel not anywhere else making it impossible to do them correctly. 

3) Festivals involved the temple and sacrifices which cannot be done today since there is no temple and Christ ended the blood sacrifice system.

4) The festivals called Israelite men to Jerusalem/the temple 3 times a year which was the center of the spiritual life/holy place for them at this time. 

5) Some say the fests are forever but when you study that Word ( olam ) you will see it is not what is seems. See our article that teaches in that here: https://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/2014/09/is-sabbath-keeping-for-today.html

6) There is evidence in scripture Paul did NOT always keep the festivals himself. 

7) There is ZERO teaching from the Apostles for the gentiles to keep these festivals or the OT law. 

The last point alone should put your mind at rest on this issue but now to prove what I am saying, lets look at some scriptures that back up why festivals are not for gentiles today



For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Romans 14

Here Paul is explaining to Israelites ( some still keeping OT ways) and gentiles that some may keep the Sabbath, eat pork or practice fests and it is left to each man to do or not to do. ( Paul did NOT teach gentiles to keep the Old Law including festivals.)



Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Colossians 2:16-17

Here Paul again is saying do not judge each other for these things as some Israrelites were still doing the OT traditions and others (gentiles ) did not.  The point is the old is gone and the focus is now Christ!!


Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:7-8

In this section of scripture Paul is talking about the old to the new. What was once Passover has now become the Lord's Supper fest. Passover had a lamb and Christ is our sacrificial lamb of God. If you doubt that is what he meant, go read 1 Corinthians 11 and see what they celebrated as a body: the Lords Supper!


And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
1 Corinthians 9:21

Again Apostle Paul makes the distinction from Jew to gentile and that we gentiles have the law of Christ, not the OT law over us.


For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:2-4

Paul makes it very clear here that the OT law and all its ways could NOT do what man needed and it was Christ that made the way in the NEW. 


But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Galatians 4:10-11

Paul reminds the Jews trying to go back (and take gentiles with them) to the old law for salvation that it is in vain to do that. Why? The NEW has come!


For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 1:17

Here we see the separation being made. The law came under Moses and grace came via Christ. We still live by law today but it is Christs law, NOT the OT ways or fasts that we cannot keep today anyway. 


And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Matthew 26:26

Jesus here takes us from one Old covenant to the NEW covenant. 
It was all pointing the way to Him and His coming. He is the One to now focus on NOT festival keeping that was a shadow of things to come. 

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:29

John the Baptist helps us to see while the OT law was about lambs offered for sins over and over, our Creator has sent us the FINAL lamb of God in Christ. The fests pointed and reminded Israel of this and now He is here! 


Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Ephesians 2:15

I am not sure how anyone could misunderstand Paul here? Jesus abolished in His perfect fulfillment the OT law and all of its laws men had to keep. Via the cross we are reconciled, not via festivals or OT ways for gentiles.  


Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Matthew 27:50-51

Many people miss this most important verse. When Christ died he cried out it is finished! What was finished? His perfect fulfillment of the OT law. The veil that was commanded by God to be there in the temple to separate the Holy place where God dwelt from anyone but a Levite priest, was torn. This meant we all now have access to God via Christ. He is our priest. It shows the OT was pushed aside like a shadow for the NEW light/covenant and with it went the OT law/commands including festival keeping for gentiles.  

In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews 8 

Again the write is clear here. The Old law was ready to go for the NEW and with it goes the commands of doing to OT law including festivals for gentiles. 

Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Acts 15

I have saved what I think is the most damning evidence against keeping festivals or OT law for gentiles today. In Acts 15, a counsel was called to address Jews telling gentiles they had to keep the law to be saved. In this counsel the Apostles make it VERY clear. They give some rules for the gentiles and then they say, we gave NO such command for gentiles to keep the law. That would have surely included.... festivals.  

One more very damning scripture for those who would tell you to keep the law as a Christ follower in the NEW covenant. Apostle Paul was the post boy for the perfect law keeping Jew. What does he say about keeping the OLD law vs seeking after and knowing Christ? See his words....

Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
 Philippians 3

Yes, Apostle Paul called to preach by Christ Himself, viewed all of his law keeping, training and striving in the OT as dung ( manure ) vs knowing Christ. That says a lot does it not?

Note:
Keep in mind while I used the term gentile in my article to show the contrast Paul had between gentiles and Jews, once your born into God's family via the gospel; you are no longer a Jew or a Greek at all but you are now in Christ, as a new creation. 

I do need to say that there are some scriptures in the Old Testament that some say point to a time when God may have His festivals again "in Israel". No one including me can say 100% dogmatically that is for sure so or how it will all come down in the last days. But let me be clear, God having His festivals in the Israel ( Christ will be ruling over in power) is a far cry from you and I trying to keep a cobble up festival from Rocky Mount, Missouri or any other town in America.  I will gladly go to Israel to honor the Lord if He Himself brings His festivals back when He returns. Today, it is NOT for the gentiles to do per His Holy Word to the saints in the New Testament. 

Hebrew root false teachers will try to tell you that you must keep the old law and when questioned, they can NEVER tell you just what to keep or how to keep it. Why? Because they CANNOT keep the full law without a priesthood or the Temple in place.  

See Hebrew Roots exposed here:
https://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/2014/09/refuting-hebrew-root-theology.html

James says if you break one law you have broken them all so please, do NOT go back to the Old law. Look to the Light Jesus that is Christ Risen and NOT the shadows of what NO man could keep anyway. ( Hebrews 10 ) You will shipwreck your faith/salvation if you try to please God under the Old when His Son, brought us a NEW and better covenant. 

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Hebrews 8

Last point:
If you desire to gather on a Saturday, not to eat pork or keep a OT festival as a point of history, there is NO sin in doing so, IF your NOT linking your obedience to God or your salvation to it. The moment you say or teach that one MUST do such things, you are in heresy, you have left Holy scripture and the full truth is not in you or your theology. We desire better for all men so, please do not go there! Serve God in the NEW and be a obedient saint unto the Lord via His New covenant, the death burial and resurrection of Christ. 

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Be Bold or Be Beaten



I have noticed in my Christian walk over the years a simple but very true bit of wisdom. 

Be BOLD.... or be beaten.

In short, it simply means that unless you are BOLD in the Word of God ( believing it, learning it, living it, proclaiming it and standing on it always ) you will be defeated ( beaten down ) in your walk by your flesh, false faith and this world. You cannot obey God and live out His Word in holiness unless you're ready to be BOLD in His truth. By bold I do not mean you must be on a street corner preaching it out loud to others. No, not at all. We do not all have the same calling or gifts. The BOLD I speak of is just knowing and standing on His Word as fruit you are born of Him, each day as you live your life before God. 

Some examples:

*If you're called to go and witness in this dark world the gospel on a street or at a false religious place, that is BOLD.

*If you're a house wife and a neighbor lady makes the statement she is for abortion ( killing the unborn ) and you simply state in love what God's Word says murder is sinful, that is being BOLD in Christ and His truth.

*How about if you see sin / doctrinal error in a close brother but you decide you won't raise the topic as it is minor, he might get mad so you over look it. You are not being bold but weak and it will end up affecting you and him in the long run. 

*Or how about if you are convicted by God's Word how you should dress or change your worldly habits but you decide to stay in them / sin as others may ask why are you doing that and you fear losing your family and friends. You're not bold but weak and you will pay the price in your faith, maybe in eternity as well?

We just encourage you to embrace BOLD-ness as a daily way of Christian life as long as it lines up to the Holy Word.  Note: BOLD-ness should always be done in godly love, not harsh mean speech ( stern rebukes with names are reserved for rebuking false teachers as exampled by Paul and Jesus.)

The truth is I do see much lacking in the so called Christian world today when it comes to boldness or the major lack of it. It is an issue that leads right into sin no matter how small an issue it is. Both God's Word and my experience have taught me that when I am bold and unwavering in His truth, my walk is powerful and strong. It is when I compromise ( sin by laying down my BOLD-ness ) and allow a timid, weak, compromised approach to His Word and Ways that I get into trouble. The lack of BOLD ways leads to leaven ( sin ) and it is a cancer to your walk, no doubt. Sadly man made denominational religion discourages BOLD ways in His Word as they teach you to accept / bend to their many false man made traditions to fit in and that is sinful. 

My main point is either focus on BOLD walks and have victory in Christ or we will live beaten and defeated in error/sin.

As you study God's Word, it clearly teaches that BOLD ways (whatever that means to you, your gifts and calling ) is a fruit of having God's spirit / truth within you after new life.  Please ponder this in your own life today as I leave you with God's Word that speaks of BOLD ways. 

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. 
Proverbs 28

But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
John 7

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word
Acts 4

And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
Acts 9

Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,
Romans 15

Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
2 Corinthians 7

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Ephesians 3

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel
Ephesians 6

And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Philippians 1

But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
1 Thessalonians 2

For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 3

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Hebrews 13

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
1 John 4


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