Published Dec. 20, 2023, 9:06 a.m.
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Thank you. Good morning. Welcome to Brandenburg News Network. I am Ralph, the IT guy, filling in for Donna this morning. And today we've got Bill Moore with Liberty Essentials. How are you doing, Bill? Good, Ralph. Good. Good. We're having a few technical difficulties on here this morning. We tried to get Donna on here earlier and she's she's traveling and apparently StreamYard did not really like that that well. So things happen. You can't expect perfection all the time, unfortunately. Yeah. So, uh, what are we talking about today, Bill? Well, it is, uh, it is the Christmas season again. Um, I think this is the last time we're going to, uh, to meet for Christmas. So, uh, Merry Christmas to everybody watching and to you as well, Rob, Ralph, and, uh, and I'll get to Donna, uh, next time I see her, I guess. But, uh, but this season we, uh, We're pretty fortunate in America here with what we've been given, not only as a nation, but as families, children. And we like to indulge ourselves in some of the more finer things because of the luxuries that we've come accustomed to in America, whether that be trees or lights or presents, and all that is fine and good. But the basis for why we celebrate our Christmas is the birth of our Savior. And I would hope everybody here understands that. But it's very clear that as man, just as Adam had sinned, man has also fallen, has passed from one to another. so that we've all sinned and fallen short. And it was this day that was set up, and there's a lot of discussion around why or who established December 25th as Christmas Day, as we know that Christ's birth is probably not right about now, but it was either earlier in the springtime or later in the fall. But... That besides the point, he was sent by our creator. And you can read about our creator all through our governing documents as well. We did a whole show on that. But he was sent by our creator to redeem us unto himself. That's not for our own glory. That's not for anything we can do. That's not for... Oh, how else can I say this? It is for his glory and his purpose alone, for his will. And we need not forget that during this time. So as we send off gifts to children and family and loved ones, we need to remember the ultimate gift that we've been given, and that is redemption from our own fallen nature, from our sins, to better serve him and to... become back in fellowship with him from where we once were. But that being said, I got an article that was written by a good friend of mine just the other day. And I wanted to read through this because it kind of points to that direction as far as what we've forgotten about what we've been given and what we are to do with it. So that being said, let's start in Ephesians 2, 8 through 10, a common familiar passage that we know, not common, but a familiar passage that we know. It says, For by grace ye have been saved through faith, and this is not of your own doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of work, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Since the beginning of mankind, we've all had a purpose. We're not just floating around on this giant ball traveling millions of miles an hour through space in hopes that we don't crash into another flying ball through space, right? Recently, there was a man who did a media piece, and he started out saying a lot of good things, but it ended up, it turned south really quick. And this is a common thing that I hear about in not only churches, but amongst the believers in general in the body of Christ. And Preface this by saying it's been said when somebody plays on a piano and they play a good piece of Beethoven, but they play it poorly, who do we blame? Do we blame the piano? Do we blame Beethoven? Or do we blame the player? You there, Ralph? Yeah, I wasn't sure if that question was for me. Sure, sure. Yeah, generally we'd blame the player. That's right, that's right. So bringing it into the spiritual sense, when somebody professes that they are a Christian and professes that they know and follow Christ, but you can see by their actions that they do it poorly... Do we blame the Christ, or do we blame the person who is acting like Christ poorly? Yeah, good parallel. So, just like we hear a lot in the American church today, This man who did this media piece, and I'm not going to bring it up or mention his name here, but instead of correcting himself and repenting of the transgressions in his parable, because he used that same analogy, that same parable in his post, he goes on to make excuses for his lack of obedience to the God that he says he loves by saying, none of us as Christians play Christ perfectly. Now, in its sense, just as that phrase, he may be correct, because we as Christians are constantly being perfected, and especially early Christians, we may be led astray based on a lack of knowledge. But herein lies his first mistake. So we are saved by grace, right? We do not save ourselves by works. It is because we are saved that we do the works that Christ mentioned. And this guy has it backwards. And a lot of that comes from the modern day gospels. He says we are fallen. If we weren't fallen, we wouldn't need a Savior. And that's correct. But the Scripture does not teach us if we are saved by grace that we should succumb to our sins, but rather that we are saved by the grace that overcomes our sins. In 1 John 2.14, he says, And the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. There's many scriptures in the New Testament that refers to that. Even Christ says that he has overcome the world. And as such, we are to do if we are to follow him. In 1 John 3, 5-10, he says, And ye know that he was manifest to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not. Whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you. He that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. There's a clear line drawn in the sand to determine who one serves based on their actions and their following of Christ here. He says, Christ is not glorified by those who remain in a state of reprobate, as Romans 1 tells us, or as is defined in Webster's 1828, it's one abandoned to sin. Just the opposite, we're told, that he's glorified in those who follow him. Romans 20 and 21 says, Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. In Titus 2, 11 through 14 says, It says, for the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Everybody knows that there is a God. Romans 1 also says that. Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity. and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise them. The article goes on to say, Jesus, he who brought forth grace and truth, in John 1.14, and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of graces, Jesus is a Savior from our sins, not in our sins. Matthew 1.21, the last part of that verse says, For he shall save his people from their sins. We are called, while we were in our sins, Christ died for us, right? But we are not to remain there. We are to be pulled out of that, and that's done by the Spirit's working, right? When a man truly comes to know the Savior, he will be at war with sin constantly. It's an indignation that we're given. He says, in fact, this apostate, referring to the man who did this media post, he went on to say, said to a man inquiring about Christianity during a debate, he said, I'm a hypocrite. I can't live up to what Jesus said. But if I could, I wouldn't need it. Now, I want to address that because has Christ ever given us a command that we cannot follow? No. If he did, it's just this hierarchy that has been set up in religion to say that nobody will ever get there, right? It's the opposite of what you see in some Hindu and Buddhist-type religions where everybody will get there. It's just there's different levels that you make it. But Christ has never given us a command that we cannot follow. It is because I need him... that shows me that I am born and led by his spirit. John 3.3, he says, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. And then in 10.14, Christ goes on to say, I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and am known of mine. In verse 27, he says, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I will give unto them eternal life, that they shall never perish. Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. Those who follow Christ know him. They know his voice. And as such, they are called out from their old lives and given a new life and are made a new creature. Grace, he writes in this article, he says, grace is his grip upon me, not my grip upon him. And that's twisted a lot in modern day gospels to say that grace is just an unmerited favor of God. But it's so much more than that. It is, in fact... God's ability, he gives us the desire and the power to do his will. It is, in fact, his hold upon his children. Nothing that we can have to hold on to him. 1 Corinthians 15, 13-17 says, But if there be no resurrection from the dead, then is Christ not risen? And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain? And your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ whom he raised not up. If so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain, ye are yet in your sin. So there's a resurrection that happens, not only at Christ's time, but in our bodies as well. And this is not a physical resurrection at the time, but we are called to be renewed by the Spirit, right? The regeneration power. The article goes on to say the hypocrite, the one speaking in the media post here, is still in his sins, is dead in his sins, no doubt. But one must ask themselves, what translation is this man reading? Because in John 8, 11, Jesus tells us, them that have been driven by the law to grace, referring to the woman, he says, go and sin no more. He gave her a command to say, I don't condemn thee. but go and sin no more. Not try to live your best life. He gives the command to sin no more. Is Jesus giving commands that we cannot keep? Not at all. For then it would counter Scripture, which He will not do. In 1 John 2.4, Jesus said, He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. There's a conflict between this post that I'm referring to and what the Scripture says. He goes on to say, grace leads one to glorify Christ, not the devil. In John 15, 8, it makes it clear. Let's see here, where am I at? It says, Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit. So shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you. Continue ye in my love. There's no wonder why people look at professed Christians the way that they do today. It is clear that this man has never repented of his sins, referring to the man in the media post, and yet he is leading a church. In response to his analogy, he is not being played by the Holy Ghost or Christ. He is being played by the devil that he serves. And that's saying that making excuses for our sins That is not what we are called to do, but like I said, we are called out of our sin. We're not to remain there, we're to repent and turn from them. Jesus was manifested to destroy the very works of the devil for which he is attempting to make excuses. It is important for all genuine Christians to know the difference, or to know the relevance of Jude 3-4. It tells us, beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares who were before of old, ordained to his condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. How many times have we seen people blame the hypocrites in the church for the very things that Christ condemned? It happens more than I can count. It's innumerable. It is not Christians that do the things that Jesus condemned. Those that do such things are children of the devil. we know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not. Again, 1 John 5.18. But he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. So, all that being said, just to reiterate, we are not saved by obedience, for obedience is the result of salvation. We are saved by grace through faith because faith leads us to obey, to keep His commandments. And by His grace, He empowers us to do so. That was just a short article I wanted to point out today because I see it more and more across America. We've become so indoctrinated into living the best life we can here. And... And doing what we can in the physical sense. But as we come into the Christmas season. We need to realize that we are not our own. We have a creator. And we did fall from that. But he did come back to redeem us unto himself. And it is that redeeming power. The regeneration of our spirit. That we are able to. continue on in his word, in his works, with the hope of the same resurrection that was given to Christ on Easter Sunday, right? Same day we celebrate that. But that was just a short article I wanted to bring up this morning. I really didn't have a whole lot more, being that Donna wasn't here. I wasn't going to do a lot of back and forth discussion like we normally do, but Is there any questions or anything you had, Ralph, or maybe anything in the comments that came up along the way? Oh, no. I think one of the things that kind of came to mind with this is how we do have to always be kind of diligent as to weighing the... words and actions of the religious establishment because you know jesus preached many times about uh you know regarding the pharisees the sadducees and the teachers of the law and those were very much the religious establishment at the time and i think it's important that people stick with the bible and you know read what's in there For themselves, you know, and not because, as you said, there's there's an awful lot of apostasy among not all, but some of the religious establishment. And, yeah, it's important to kind of watch out for that. Yeah. And nobody rebuked the religious hypocrites more than Christ, right? We read about that in the New Testament, even as far as overthrowing the tables in the temple to chase out the money changers and such that were making his father's house a den of thieves. But that's the same standard that we need to keep. And this is something that I didn't learn until a few years ago, actually. I was kind of just going along in the same doctrines that I was taught. But as things changed and progressed and my understanding of this all grew, we are called to do the same works. And I have become more and more indignant when I see false doctrines being teached and the professed children of God being led astray it's weighing heavier and heavier every time I see it but this is the Christmas season so we need to focus on who our God is and what he's done for us in sending his only son that we might be saved through faith alone in that and then get to work Whether that be in our own households first or our family or communities or government, we are tasked with all of those duties and it is our job to keep them. I think too, as far as the Christmas season is concerned, I kind of like trying to go back and study the Bible kind of in the context of the time period, you know, in the actual historical context. And one of the things I found pretty interesting is that, you know, he was born in a manger, right? Well, that's not like a modern Western depiction of a manger with nice soft straw and in a nice warm barn or anything like that. You look at the time period and the way that sheep were kept at the time, the manger was generally a cave, right? And it was used for like thousands of years. These caves were used for like thousands of years at a time. And so the, basically the entire floor of these caves was basically like six feet deep of manure from just, you know, hundreds or thousands of years of not being cleaned out, just having sheep in there all the time. And so when, uh, When Jesus came here, he started out life in a disgusting, poop-filled cave. And it's kind of a good allegory for the way that he comes into our hearts. Yeah, that's right. It was not clean by any means, and it wasn't necessarily warm by any means either. No. And, uh, you look at it and you know, why, why in the world would he have to do that? Um, knowing that God could, could, uh, do anything he wants and be justified in doing so. Um, he could have wiped us off the planet. He could have destroyed creation, been done with sin completely. Uh, he could have done this by so many different means, but, uh, I like to look at the physical and try to make sense of this. If you leave a window open in your house and a bird comes flying into your home, I don't know of anybody that wants to just kill the bird and throw it in the trash can, but we care enough for creation that we want to catch the bird and then hold it captive while we bring it outside. to free it, right? The thing is, the bird wants nothing to do with us because it constantly sees us as a threat. Though we're trying to save its life, it constantly sees us as a threat, keeps flying haphazardly around the room. But looking at that, bringing that into the spiritual sense, we as that bird, We were just flying haphazardly around, not knowing what's going on, not knowing how we got here, not knowing how to get out. And the one who wanted to save us, that being God, is so big, we can't understand that. what he was doing uh we we can't wrap our minds around the fact that he was trying to hold his hand out not to hurt us but to save us and set us free and uh and i use that that same picture to to say that if we could if we could have been brought down to bird size as another bird we could have easily helped that bird and shown it the way out right And that's exactly what Christ did for us. He was so big, so immaculate in the realm of glory that to be able to show us the way, he had to become like us so that he could lead us out of our sins. And lead by example. That's right. That's right. The same thing goes with little ants too. I love watching ants. We're told in Proverbs to take note of them and how they act, how they store up food for the winter and such. There's a lot of wisdom in an ant. But even as an ant, they are so small, I don't think they comprehend us at all. We walk around them and we don't notice them and they don't notice us. But if you want to try to rescue an ant, You literally have to get down to its level and kind of push it around to get it where you want to go. And it's just the same kind of metaphors and analogies I like to use in regard to spiritual salvation. It's amazing how many things he learned from observing God's creation. He left his fingerprints all over everything. Yep, that's the truth. Even nature itself declares the glory of God. Yep. But that being said, I don't really have anything else today. That was kind of just what came to me this morning, and I wanted to touch on that and wish everybody out here a Merry Christmas, because I don't know if we're going to be on next week or not. I haven't talked to Don about that yet. Yeah, I believe she's taking off the rest of this week. But next week, I believe, yeah. We'll have to keep an eye on her telegram and see what she's got up there. Because, yeah, we do have, I know, you know, Christmas coming up here. And so I'm sure there's a lot going on there. Yep. Yep. So until that time. Merry Christmas to everybody, and don't forget what it is that we came from. And here I can tie it all together. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there's liberty. Outside of Christ, there is nothing but bondage and sin. That is the liberty essential of this morning. Very good. Well, I guess if we're... Do you want to close us out in prayer? Certainly, Ralph. Father, we thank you for this day. We thank you for the days to come and your blessings of the past and the blessings that you have for us in the future, Father. The almighty God who would take notice of a creature of the dirt created by you and care and love enough for us that you would send your only begotten son, Father, to redeem us unto yourself. Nothing that we can do to get there, but everything that you did to get us there. Father, now I ask that you would encourage us by the words of your book that you've left us, Father, and direct us and guide us into an ever-increasing knowledge of you by the Spirit. Give us discernment in the days to come. Father, give us strength and courage to stand up in the midst of trials and tribulations that may befall us. Whether to tempt or to strengthen us, Father, I ask that you would give us the overcoming power that you clearly showed us through Jesus Christ. Father, I ask that you would bring it to the hearts and minds of every individual who of what this season truly means, that there's nothing that we can do to even remotely come close to what you've done for us, Father. But as we show small gifts of love and kindness one to another, I ask that you would also give us the strength to show it, not only in gifts, but in action. Give us the opportunity. Bring those who you would have us to proclaim to, to proclaim liberty to, Father, that you would bring them to us and help us to make note of that and to not stray away from. But, Father, hit each one head on that we may better glorify you. We pray these things in Christ's name. Amen. Amen. Cool. Well, I guess any other closing thoughts? Oh, not too much. We need to get back to the old ways of doing things here. I say it quite often on this show every time I'm on here. If we want the results we used to get, we have to do the things we used to do. Let's not forget the old path, as Jeremiah says. We're in this a good way, but we need to press on towards the mark that we're called for. So I thank you for doing this, Ralph. This was a little bit of struggle this morning, but we got it worked out. Yeah, yeah. Sorry for my unfamiliarity with things, but I think this worked out pretty good. That is good. Well, anyway, everyone, have a Merry Christmas, and God bless you. God bless everyone you love, and God bless America. And keep an eye on Donna's Telegram so we can figure out when the next show is going to be. And have a great day. Thank you.