Who is a Liar?

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

falseministerIs a Pastor, a Priest, A Bishop, a Pope, an Evangelist, a Minister or some other who professes to be a man of God, that does not preach the true Gospel because of ignorance, a liar? The Word of God says that he is.

1 John 1:6 – If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.

1 John 1:4 – He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

The Bible is clear that ignorance of the truth is not a defense.  There is a great and grave responsibility placed upon any man that proclaims to speak for God. A man that proclaims a false doctrine, whether he knows it or not, does great harm to those that would hear and believe him.

Matthew 7:15 – Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Only the Gospel message found in the books of Acts is the true Gospel.

Acts 2:38 – “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” 

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” 

That is the gospel. But how do we obey a historical event?  Simply He does not ask us to die a natural death, but rather to die to our will through repentance.  He does not ask us to be buried in a tomb, but rather we are buried with him in the waters of baptism, and in His Name (Matthew 28:19).  Then He promises that the same Spirit that raised Him from the grave will also raise our mortal bodies when He comes to take us Home.

Galatians 1:8 says;  “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Revelations 2:2 – “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.

Revelations 21:8 – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Any man that preaches that all you have to do to be saved is to “accept Jesus as your personal savior” or just pray some “sinners prayer” to be saved is a liar.  He will have his part in the lake of fire except he repent.  If you then believe him you will have you part in the lake of fire as well, except you repent and obey the Gospel.

The Gospel must be obeyed.  Do not believe the lie that obedience is a work, saying that we are saved by grace and not by works.

1 Peter 4:17,18 – For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

2 Thessalonians 1:7,8 – “…the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” 

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Offended Friends & Embarrassed Family

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

Embarrassed FamilyI have occasionally considered quitting Facebook (I actually did in 2012).  I happened to mention this to a family member recently to which they replied; “Great, I won’t have to read your posts anymore”. When I asked why they had made such a statement they told me that they did not agree with my telling people that they were wrong when it came to what they believed about salvation.

They went on to say that they felt that I would not win anyone that way and that it is better just to be an example to people, and that people would become interested because how they see me live my life. That’s not word for word, but pretty close.

So how should we as Christians live?  Should we just be a quiet example so that we don’t offend people and embarrass family?  I was asked how that was working for me?  Had I won anyone by this method?  The answer is, yes I have actually.

We need to speak the truth in love, and we need to preach the Gospel.  The Word of God is clear that one may plant, another may water, but it’s God that gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6,7).  We may not always see the fruit of our labor, but we still need to do the work that we were called to do. I guess I would like to ask the question back; How many have you won by just being a quiet example?  No answer is required, I already know. Satan would love to silence those that would preach the truth.

The world in general, and many of our unsaved friends and family and others would like us to; “Just be a quiet example.” . . . “Don’t profess something contrary to what I believe” . . . “Don’t embarrass me!” Did John the Baptist live a quiet example?  Did Jesus just live a quiet example?  Did the Apostle Paul just live a quite example?  Did the early Church just live a quiet example?  No, they didn’t!

I am not mean to people.  I do not call people names.  I don’t even like debate.  We don’t need to defend the gospel, but we are to contend for the gospel.So I will continue to preach the truth and the gospel to anyone that will listen. Charles Spurgeon once said; “Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion!” You don’t need to defend a lion, you just turn it loose and it will defend itself.

If someone believes a false gospel and is not saved, I’m going to tell them, and use Bible to back up every word I say. Listen, it would be easier for me to just go along with the program and itch their ears and tell them how wonderful they are and agree with their false salvation doctrine.  Think of the friends I could have! So what on earth would motivate me to do something that many find offensive or embarrassing?  Simple. . . souls! I want to see people saved, regardless of what they think of me.

Listen my friends, the Bible does not contradict the Bible.  All of the Word of God is in agreement. If you find something in the Word of God that you think contradicts another scripture, then you do not understand that scripture. Jesus said; “Except an man be born or the water and of the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven (John 3:3-5). The Bible says that baptism saves us (1 Peter 3:21)! The Bible says that everyone was baptized in Jesus’ name, not in the titles of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. They obeyed the command and didn’t just repeat it. If you think thats just semantics then we need to talk.

If I wrote you a check and signed it father, or son, or brother, or grandson, or husband, do you think that you could cash it?  Those are just titles, or roles of relationship that I hold or have held. They are not my name.  Matthew 28:19 says to baptize in the NAME (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Look at every account that follows in the book of Acts.  The Apostles knew what that name was, and they baptized in Jesus’ name!

The Bible says that the Gospel must be obeyed or face the judgement (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).  That would contradict this false gospel that says that our obedience is a work.  Obedience is not a work! What is the gospel? Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: Thats the gospel, the good news, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day.

2 Thessalonians 1:8 says that we will face a terrible judgement if we do not obey the gospel. Question: How do we obey what appears to be a historical event?  I’m glad I asked that question! Repentance (death to ourselves), Baptized in His Name, which is to be buried with Him (Romans 6:3-11), then God promises to fill us with His Spirit (Acts 2:38).  It is this same Spirit that raised up Jesus on the third day and will likewise raise us up when He returns to take up His Church. Death, Burial, Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) = Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism” (Ephesians 4:5).  One Salvation, Hallelujah! Come on friends.  Check it out!  Stop believing the lie!  I don’t mean to be offensive, I’m just telling you the truth!

Most of what the world calls Orthodox Christianity is a lie and part of the  broad way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14).

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All of the Church is in the Ministry!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

There is no such thing as a laity/clergy division in the Word of God. There is such a thing as the ministry of the saints (1 Corinthians 16:15).

In Acts 8:4 we read that “…they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.” Who preached the word? . . . Those that were scattered.

But if we back up to Acts 8:1 we read “…they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.” Who was scattered? The Church! . . . Except for the apostles!

The Church went everywhere preaching the word!

In Ephesians 4:11,12 we read:
11*And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12* For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Ephesians 4:12 is one sentence broken into three parts. Part number one states that these gifts are for the “perfecting of the saints”. Part number three also says that these gifts are for the benefit of the saints. . . “for the edifying of the body of Christ”. It then stands to reason that part two would not be redundant, or state the obvious, but also refer to the benefit to the saints, “for the work of the ministry”.

In fact no where does the Word of God declare that these are “gifts of the ministry”, only that they are gifts (Ephesians 4:8).

The truth is that all that have obeyed the gospel having repented of their sins, having been baptized by immersion in the Name of Jesus, and have been filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance, as clearly laid out in the New Testament book of Acts, are in the ministry!

Some teach that only those with these “gifts of the ministry” are in the ministry.  That is false!  These gifts are given to some of the Church for the edifying of the Saints and perfecting of the Church for the work of the ministry.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

Friday, October 14th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

Christmas is supposedly the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In our day this is very popular and it is associated with beautiful music, beautiful decorations, and religious zeal and of course, last but not least, with commercial zest. A prominent figure in the Christmas celebrations, sometimes even more prominent than the babe in a manger, is Santa Claus who almost assumes a divine character, and a jolly old man, who mysteriously brings gifts to all the children. This is also a time when families can share closeness together—which they may not have for the rest of the year.

No one can really deny that all of these characteristics seem beneficial and wholesome. The ornamentalism is really beautiful, often spectacular and breathtaking. Some of the music is actually very beautiful, sober and even spiritually minded. And who would deny that families need such an invigorating association as this day seemingly provides? And who would deny that we should honor the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world? Certainly this is one time in the year when the world must recognize the supremacy of Jesus.

Anyone who would oppose this celebration is categorized as an old Scrooge who, as the story goes, had no close family and was only a self-centered, unloving miser. However, there are obvious incongruities in this celebration. Most everyone realizes and even openly admits that commercialism has stripped away a lot of the soberness of any spiritual benefit. In reality the sound of the cash registers seems more pronounced in stressing selfish values than real lasting family values. Therefore, we would ask, what are the real facts about this celebration? Does it really glorify Jesus Christ? Is it ordained by God? Are there hidden dangers in it?

Many people are surprised to find out that early colonial America forbade the celebration of Christmas. Yes, the Pilgrims who first settled in America understood the Bible very literally, and since there was nothing in the Scriptures about this celebration, they believed it was of the devil. In fact the Pilgrims and the Puritans affected laws to be established that prohibited the celebration of Christmas in the early colonies and some of those laws remained on the books for well over a hundred years and even longer. They considered the celebration a “Popish-Pagan fraud,” and a “dreadful work of Satan.” The Massachusetts Bay Colony legislature made Christmas illegal: “Whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas…shall pay for every offense five shillings.” One stern judge loudly proclaimed that “persons who even made mince pie or plum pudding over the holiday period would surely be cursed by God for all eternity.”

Probably the most serious charge against Christmas was that it “smacked of Roman Catholicism”. Though many of the harsh laws were dropped from books within the first sixty years, yet the unwritten prohibitions against it remained in Protestant American society for another hundred and seventy-five years. Even school children in New England were made to attend school on Christmas day. This continued in Massachusetts up until 1856. In addition, the New York Daily Times for Dec. 26th, 1855 read, “The churches of the Presbyterian, Baptists, and Methodists were not open on December 25th.” The only churches open were the Catholic, Episcopal and Germanic, and they were decorated accordingly. Actually, when the Protestant Reformation was taking place, the churches that were separating from under the domination of Rome were called “Protestants” because they were protesting the apostasy of Roman Catholicism and they wanted to return to Biblical Christianity. Most all these churches, with the exception of the Lutheran, rejected the religious holy days celebrated under Catholicism, including the celebration of Christmas. This carried over into the new world as America came to be populated primarily by Protestants, beginning with the Pilgrims and Puritans.

1.) Christmas celebrations are nowhere to be found in the Bible. The early Christians did not celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. They honored Christ to be sure, but not by celebrating His birthday. In fact, the Scriptures are not even specific as to the date of His birth. In other words, the Scriptures are silent as to any such celebration as Christmas. (Actually we shall see that the Scriptures forbid its celebration.)

2.) Christmas was born out of Paganism. Long before Christ was even born, the Pagans celebrated the “Birth Day of the Sun.” This was called “Natalis Invicti Solis”—“The birthday of the unconquered Sun.” For most of the pagan world this took place at the winter “Solstice”—the time of the year when the sun was lowest in the heavens. This was on approximately December 25th. The Roman celebrations were called “Saturnalia.” This was after the god Saturn and it consisted of great revelry at this time of the year.

3.) Christmas is of Popish tradition. About 350 A.D. the Imperial Church (The form of Christianity authorized by the Roman government), in order to win more of the pagans to Christianity, kept the pagan feast day celebration but changed its object of worship from the sun to the Son of God. They reasoned what easier way could they win the pagans than by adopting their own festivities and convert them into the celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ. At that time “the Church” called it “The Feast of The Nativity.” It was not until about 450 A.D. that it came to be called “Christi-Masse” (the Mass of Christ), hence “Christmas.” Thus, Christmas came to be called a “Popish” tradition by the Protestants who were endeavoring to return to Biblical Christianity.

As to Number 1-3 all historical authorities, secular, Roman Catholic or Protestant are in perfect agreement. See any Encyclopedia or historical reference work.

4.) The Scriptures do not authorize the celebration of Christmas.  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16,17).  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.… for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 10:17 & 14:23).  In fact the Scriptures warn against the celebration of holy days—

“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 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 4:7-11).

5.) “Christ-mas” is blasphemous. When one realizes what they are saying when they wish a person “Merry Christmas,” they would never say it again. The word Christmas means “the Mass of Christ.” The Roman Catholic dictionary says, “The Mass is the same sacrifice of the cross, because Jesus is the innocent victim. The difference between the sacrifice of the cross is that the sacrifice of the Mass is not a bloody sacrifice. It is under the appearance of bread and wine.” (A Practical Catholic Dictionary, All Saints Press). In other words, when a person says “Merry Christmas” he is literally saying “Merry sacrifice of Christ.” Therefore the very first Christ-Mass was not at the little town of Bethlehem, but rather at Pilate’s judgment hall and Golgotha where the world was having merriment at Jesus’ expense.

6.) The world does not honor Jesus Christ! In John 5:40 & 41, Jesus said “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men.” Again Jesus said, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil” (John 7:7). “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not” (John. 1:10). And in finality Jesus said, “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9).

7.) Christians are not to follow the world’s religious traditions. Jesus said, “…Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). “You shall not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8). “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1,2). Jesus said, “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition” (Matthew 15:2)?

Most of the celebrations conducted by the pagans this time of year, which were not originally celebrated by the Christians, provided the model for the merry-making customs of Christmas. These were the elaborate feasting celebrations, the lighting of candles, and the giving of gifts. Lights also played an important part. The Yule feasts played an important part for Christmas festivities such as the Yule Log.

The Christmas tree became widely used in the 18th century. The Saxons began with the use of ivy, holly and mistletoe in such festivals as the Celtic Remnant. In the 13th century Nativity plays, marriage songs and religious themes began to become a part of these celebrations, which began to turn them into a religious activity.

The representation in the Church is said to have been begun by Saint Francis. The sending of Christmas cards by way of friendly greeting and remembrance is grown up since the 19th century.

In the United States the customs and traditions of many nationalities and faiths have blended together into a new tradition.

Merry Christmas everybody! Christi-Masse! . . . The Merry sacrifice of Jesus. Does that sound good?

Ironically the Christmas holiday is also celebrated by most atheists. Many educated and knowledgeable atheists will tell you that the holiday has pagan Roman roots such as the Saturnalia Festival, as well as the Celtic Winter Solstice, and the Yule celebrations.

Saturnalia was associated with the Roman pagan God Saturn. Ironically Saturn was also a god that the Romans equated with the God of Israel, whose Sabbath (on Saturday) he shared as his holy day, Saturn’s day.

The first official mention of December 25 as a holiday honoring Jesus’ birthday appears in an early Roman calendar from 336 A.D.. Prior to this most of Rome worshipped pagan gods.  The then Roman Emperor Constantine had made Christianity the official religion of Rome.  To win over the pagans he made December 25th a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus converting what was a very favored pagan traditional holiday celebration to a Christians one in an attempt to win them to the new religion.

You can call me the spoiler of celebrations, but I want to tell you something; The spirit that goes with Christmas is not the Spirit of the Lord. All this partying and the buying and the selling and frivolous spending is not of the Lord. People will spend money they don’t have because it’s expected. They get drunken, they feast and feed their bodies with all of these things centering around pagan activities.

This is all now laid to the account of a very beautiful story in the Bible called the birth of Jesus. There is nothing wrong with celebrating His birth. There is nothing wrong with celebrating His life. There is nothing wrong with rejoicing over the fact they He paid the price for our sins in our stead, and provided a way for each of us to have eternal life. I’m excited about that!

We have communion in remembrance of His death. He said as often as ye do this, ye do it in remembrance of me. But in my opinion, what is wrong is that the devil has very subtly taken Godly things and woven them around his own satanic devices and pagan ideas. He has offered them back to the Christian Church and we have swallowed them hook, line, and sinker. Then we go forward full throttle on the worship and the merriment in something that is not from the Lord.

No one that considers themselves a Christian wants to be an idolater. Don’t stand in defense of something you love, just because you hold it as tradition. First of all check what it is that you love. Don’t turn away from the truth because you have enjoyed something. There is a manner of enjoyment in the world. People enjoy getting drunk or they wouldn’t do it. They enjoy lustful activities or they wouldn’t do them.

I am of the opinion that Merry Christmas, in a sly way, is a mockery of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I think the devil has fooled us into making fun of the cross.

8.) The Christmas Tree:  “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good” (Jeremiah 10:2-5).

9.) Santa Claus is a mockery of Jesus Christ.

a.) Santa wears red. “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews”. And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him” (Matthew 27:27-31).

b.) Santa likes for the children to come to him a sit upon his lap. “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:14-16).

c.) The lie is that Santa gives us gifts. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him” (Luke 11:13)?

d.) Santa sees you when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Hebrews 4:13). “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Proverbs 15:3).

e.) When does Santa come? He sneaks in as a thief in the night when we are sleeping. ”For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2).

f.) Where does Santa live? He lives UP at the North Pole. He somewhere unreachable and hidden, preparing good things for the children of the world. Parents teach their children this fairy tale. . . At least until, hopefully someday they will realize that it was a fairy tale. When they do they may lump them all together with all the other tales that were presented as truth. The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, David & Goliath, Noah & the Ark, and rest of the Word of God. . . . It’s just another fairy tale, right?

Sources: The Word of God – King James Version, Encyclopedia Americana, A Practical Catholic Dictionary, All Saints Press, Various Online Documents, Added to my own prayerful thoughts and comments.

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Holy Ghost AND with Fire?

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

fireI have heard many preachers over the years talk about how we are baptized with the Holy Ghost and with Fire. It was just ingrained in me over the years and I never really questioned it.

I was getting ready to preach an evangelistic message and was testing the look of a Powerpoint presentation on the the platform screen. My title had something to do with the Holy Ghost. The background for the title page was fire. A pastor friend who saw it said. “What’s with the fire?” Then he gave me a quick little Bible study. It took about sixty seconds for me to see it.

If you read the verse before and after Matthew 3:11, I think you will see that the Church is baptized with the Holy Ghost, but never with fire. Please do a word study of the word fire in the New Testament. Fire always refers to the punishment and not to the Church.

John the Baptist said that “He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” because he was talking to those that would be saved, as well as those that would not be saved. Those that are lost will be baptized (submersed) in the lake of fire. Fire has nothing to do with the Church.

We cannot take it out of context and just quote verse number eleven.  If we read also verse ten and verse twelve, now we can see indeed that we do not want to be baptized in fire. . .

Matthew 3:10-12
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

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The Athanasian Creed

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

©2011 Stan Hallett

The Athanasian Creed is a statement of belief, focusing on Trinitarian doctrine. It is credited to Athanasius of Alexandria, a famous defender of Nicene Theology. However it was most likely not written by Athanasius for several reasons. Athanasius wrote all of his many known writings in Greek and it would appear that the Athanasian Creed was written in Latin.

It would be more easily attributed to Tertullian since Tertullian was considered the father of the Trinitarian doctrine and that Tertullian’s writings were in Latin.

There is no record of either men taking credit for this writing. It could have been written by anyone wanting to promote the doctrine of the trinity.

In any case this doctrine would definitely not have been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). It was the false teachers and damnable heresies that Peter warned about (2 Peter 2:1).

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Hair Doctrine?

Saturday, March 3rd, 2001

© 2001 Stan Hallett

Hair Doctrine?

I need to tell the truth in an effort to put an end to what I believe is false teaching, legalism and persecution in the Church.

I firmly believe that any Saint of God of that can separate themselves from the prejudices and man-made traditions for long enough to prayerfully study out what Paul was actually saying to the Corinthians, will see the truth of the matter.

1 Corinthians 11:6 – “For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”

Some Church assemblies teach that this means a woman cannot “cut” her hair, ever.  Many teach that if she cuts her hair that is is condemned to hell.  This is ludicrous!

A close study reveals two things here.

1. Paul is speaking of a woman not being covered while praying or prophesying as shameful to a woman as it would be if she were shorn or shaven.

2. He is using the terms shorn or shaven as though they were the same or similar things and indeed they are.

Shorn = 3 times, Cut = 308 times

The word “shorn” is used only 3 times in the entire collection of books and letters we call the Bible. Each time it is used it is referring to, or relating to something as sheep are shorn. Paul uses “shaven” or “shorn” here as though they were similar or the same thing. Shaving is the removal of all hair to the skin’s surface by shaving with a sharp razor-like instrument. Shorn refers to removing all hair or wool by using sheers, cutting as close to the skins surface as possible therefore removing all the hair or wool possible.

Song of Solomon 4:2 – “Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.”

This scripture refers to the evenness as when sheep are shorn because they are no longer wooly and uneven but shorn and smooth and even to the appearance having been shorn with all wool removed.

Acts 18:18 – “And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.”

I think we can agree that in this passage Paul has shorn his head as sheep are shorn and therefore removed all his hair with sheers. I don’t think anyone would say that he simply trimmed his hair or cut off his split ends. No, he cut off all of his hair with sheers because of his vow.

1 Corinthians 11:6 – “For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”

This is the third and last place this word shorn is used in the Bible. Any astute Bible scholar looking for the truth can see that Paul is using the terms or actions shorn and shaven as though they were the same or very similar things.

If we want to just find the definition we like that agrees with our own doctrine it is not hard to do. If you look up the word “shorn” in most modern dictionaries you will indeed find as one of the definitions that it means to cut. You can accept this as a vindication if you wish and say “see, I was right” but you would be wrong. Certainly cutting is being done, but the word shorn had a definite meaning in both the Old and New Testaments.

In the Old Testament the word shorn is translated from the Hebrew word “qatsab” pronounced kaw-tsab’. It’s meaning according to Strong’s means to cut down or to cut off as in the removal of all. In the New Testament the word shorn is translated from the Greek word “keiro” pronounced ki’-ro. It’s meaning according to Strong’s is 1) to sheer: a sheep 2) to get or let be shorn 3) of shearing or cutting short the hair of the head.

Shorn is used in the Bible 3 times, however the word cut is used in the Bible 308 times. If Paul meant that it was a shame for women to cut their hair in any fashion he would have said “cut”.

He was not speaking of cutting the hair. He was saying only that a woman should keep her hair long and that it was a shame for women to shave or sheer off all of their hair. Likewise it was a shame for a man to have long hair.

The question arises then, what is long?  I believe this is a very natural thing to for the individual saint to discern for themselves.

hair1Take this first silhouette. If a man’s hair would be this length, I think that we can all agree that we would say it is good.  However I think that most of us would also agree that it would be way too short for a woman.

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In this silhouette, again I think we would all agree that it would be way too long and effeminate for a man, but long and very appropriate for a woman.

 

 

hair2How about this one?  I think for most of us would say that it is too long and effeminate for a man.  Yet, it would also be considered short, and not long as Paul instructs, for women making a fairly wide and distinct, natural separation. It’s really a very natural thing for a Spirit filled saint of God to discern for themselves without imposing any rules or laws.

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