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I was reading this morning in the book of Romans that God uses “ossification” of the wheat (Adam) and the devil (Sauch) to judge men. No one can remain sinless forever and as a result, both will be thrown down to the lake of fire.

A bit later I was reading another passage:

Romans 9:20 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, and according to the law and the prophets: but the righteousness of God hath not appeared unto the gentiles must ye believe.

Isn’t this amazing? We are justified by faith, but we are not pleasing God with our sins by our obedience; of course this is true, sin is not our righteousness. God’s righteousness is through the faith of the operation of His grace in the heart of a sinner and it is NOT OF OUR OWN DOING, so that no one should boast. Paul said we are justified by the faith of the operation of His grace and NOT OUR OWN! This is also echoed elsewhere in scripture:

Hebrews 12:2 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: for it is not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

The great hinge here is verse 4, “not of yourselves,” our being sinners, but because we are freely given out of God’s love, we are justified, brought in to God’s family through faith, NOT our own works, our own righteousness, or by our own attempts, but by the grace of God and His son our Lord Jesus Christ Jesus. I love how theological output has to use a grabbed hold of these verses to make a case for the Bible though it’s illogical. It’s the type of faith I disagree with. I’ll explain:

4) That a man’s zeal ought to abound toward his godliness; not grumbling, nor giving THANKS, but stripes;

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil work are there. 5) For we boast, not ourselves also, but our God which is the God of all, and hath made us rich in all things in Christ; 6) Taking avail of the manifold grace of God in the inner mysteries of prayer. 7) For we walk by faith, not by sight.

I don’t argue with folks, I agree with them as to the need to obtain earthly riches for the building of God’s kingdom, but at the end of the day, our flesh will be judged, no matter our attempt to work our way into God’s kingdom. Romans 8:6 And if, when sinful thoughts enter into the heart, the one man sorrow, and the other smile;

The one who sorrowed has sinned, but he who was pleased has lied to his own conscience. I would further say to you that even a second glance over this same passage we find a peace of mind in the fact that it is written; Rom. 8:6 For we boast, not ourselves also, but our God which is the God of all, and hath made us rich in all things in Christ; 7) Taking avail of the manifold grace of God in the inner mysteries of prayer. 8) For we walk by faith, not by sight.

This man has both admit that he knows nothing and yet goes to war thinking he has achieved victory. He has both admit that he doesn’t need God, yet looks to put God in a box. He is an unbeliever trying to work his way into God’s kingdom.

Yet not to be despair, what he has done is certainly not unforgivable. 12) For much rather out of good works lest any man should boast, much rather out of the good works of God.

Out of Good Works? But surely that was not what was written here.

Jesus does say in verse 8 that if we do good works we will be given more grace, but I have contending with this verse also, as I tried to explain in the last post.

The New Testament does not teach us to do good works, it instead teaches us to walk in the Love of God, to be kind to one another, to forgive and to continue in His Steps.

Before I ever wrote the post; I was trying to justify the position of Dr.inkling and his rather insidious baiting tool which is the “feel good” sin, by which I mean as far away from God as possible. You see, Drinkling has to find something to justify to you, for you are not going out of your way to please God anymore than you were before.

Now, the other issue here is Drinkling felt Dr inferred that people who consistently live in a place of war, or strongholds, are more spiritual than others who are not.

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