sermon: Faithful, Following Firstfruits
Prominent Traits of True Christians
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 24-May-15; Sermon #1269A; 80 minutes
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the apostasy and diaspora of our previous fellowship in the 1990s, observes that those reveling in the new 'freedoms' cannot be persuaded to return to former beliefs because they no longer believe in the sanctified Word of God. Instead, many seek scholarly 'higher' criticism of the Scriptures to provide license to various varieties of sin. Like Thomas Jefferson's redaction of Scripture, modern biblical scholars, much further away (in time and understanding) from the original intent of the Scripture than contemporaries of the apostles, presumptuously pontificate, without accurate knowledge, on the intent of the Scriptures. Consequently, 'biblical' scholars, steeped in post-modernist deconstructionism, pick and choose what they pompously believe to be significant. Today, the main representatives of nominal Christianity (Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant) may believe God exists and may believe in various aspects of His character, such as omnipotence, omniscience, omnipotence, love, and grace; nevertheless, they do not want to do what He says, discarding the Old Testament (and much of the New Testament) and that 'horrible' Jewish Sabbath as well as God's commanded Holy Days. Unlike the majority of nominal Christians who believe in God, the First-fruits (a select group of individuals called and set-part by God), as depicted by the Holy Day of Pentecost, faithfully follow Christ's example, allowing God to knead, pound, shape, and bake them in the intense heat of trials, making them acceptable to God, with the goal of becoming the 144,000, redeemed from the earth who will follow Christ as His collective Bride. As we grow toward that goal, we are commanded by Almighty God to live a life of obedience to His Commandments, walking as Christ walked, practicing righteousness until we get it right, and knowing that faith without works is stone dead.
Acts 11:26 Apostasy Baked with leavening Break-up of the Worldwide Church of God Doing as well as assenting doing what God says Feminist philosophy I John 2:3-6 I Peter 2:21 50 year conversion process First-fruits Heroes of faith James 1:17-19 Kaufmann's Bible Commentary Leviticus 23:9-11 Living sacrifice Heat symbolic of trials Hebrews 11 law of primogeniture Male chauvinism Matthew 4:18-22 ; 16: 24-27 Meekness as a learned trait New Testament saints Offering in tandem Old Testament saints Picking and choosing Post modernist deconstruction Proverbs 3:5-7 Psalm 25; 119Rahab the harlot Righteous living Romans 12: 1 The Prodigal Son in "F" - Fred Frank - YouTube Thomas Jefferson's Bible Trials