Excellence of Charity – and its Danger

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

Excellent means of great virtue, of great worth, of great dignity; eminent in any good quality.  The way of charity is much better than the seeming importance of possessing spiritual gifts.

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1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

We should excel in proper attitude, not in fancy talk and spiritual showiness.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

We gauge status on ability to know and do great things, but from the eternal perspective, this is incorrect.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Giving away and martyrdom – by themselves – are acts of self-abasement only. They don’t necessarily entail the right attitude toward others.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind;

Willing to endure discomfort to treat others with benevolence and care.

Charity is essentially the 2nd great commandment that Jesus spoke of: ” Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

Believing this rule, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,” is charity.

I am not more important than others. Others are not less important than me. That others might benefit I can suffer awhile, I can wait my turn.

…charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, 

Unseemly means indecent, unbecoming, obnoxious. I don’t need to penalize others with a scene of unpleasantness to announce my own importance.

… is not easily provoked,

It says “easily” and “long” suffering, which is to say, within reasonable bounds. Charity has done its job if we endure a reasonable amount of time and wait until we are greatly provoked. Since we often make mistakes and then turn and repent when we realize we were wrong, it is reasonable that we extend to others the same patience. But it’s charitable to rebuke and oppose evil rather than let it fester on our neighbour or spread to others. There is a reasonable limit to long-suffering: silent martyrdom isn’t charity.

… thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

The first great commandment can never be compromised in service to the second one.  “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God” means truth and righteousness is much more important than charity.

True charity never entails evil and never extends beyond the bounds of truth and righteousness.

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

That is, all things that are good, wholesome, right, true, etc.

8 Charity never faileth:

It is an enduring principle that will last forever.

but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

This is not “knowledge” in the sense of knowing God and Bible. It is talking about the gift of having a “word of knowledge” – mentioned in 1 Cor 12:8 – which is supernatural insight into a particular situation. This gift’s importance passes away because once that situation is past, the gift of knowledge about it is no longer relevant. So with the other showy gifts that only had importance in confirming to the Corinthians and other churches the supernatural verity of the apostles and their gospel (i.e., the New Testament).

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Charismatic gifts had their place, but mature faith doesn’t require constant magic tricks. Supernatural proofs have already established that the word of God is true, and now we move forward in faith.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

It is greater since faith and hope will one day see their fulfilment, but charity’s fulfilment goes on forever. But it will go on forever in the secondary place of submission to God’s righteousness.

Chapter 14
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Charity is our heart’s attitude to love our neighbour as our selves – but doing this isn’t the primary function of the Church in this age. We must preach the word and announce the gospel of salvation by Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 4:2; Mark 16:15).

The saying, “preach Christ, and use words only if necessary” is a diabolical lie. Paul says, “rather that ye may prophesy” because people need to know the exact truth. Jesus Christ is the truth and the word of God, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 (John 1:1, Revelation 19:11). Just being a “nice person” without proclaiming the words of God, and exclusivity of salvation in Jesus Christ alone, is not real Christianity.

Some great evils are promulgated by people who misuse this “Charity” chapter: #1 that the emphasis is put on loving our neighbour while ignoring the greater duty to obey God; #2 that feelings and emotions become our standards, rather than the word of God; #3 pretending that the chapter and its promises apply to non-Christians; #4 that charity is a means of salvation instead of being a manner of Christian living.

How do we have more charity and put this chapter into practice? Is it within ourselves to have this sort of attitude? No one is perfect, but by God’s help, yes, this chapter is about deciding to have the right attitude – and that is something we can always strive to do.

” Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13

The Holy Spirit within us reminds our “will” and coaxes us to desire to do the right thing, but we must chose accordingly, adopting this attitude ourselves, and must not resist his draw. And when we decide to make our “will” obey that call, then he also helps us within, and without, to do accordingly. So God is with us to think properly and to do properly, according to his will. We can love others as we love ourselves, while always putting God in first place.

Conclusion.

One day far in the future, basking with all the saints in eternal glory, I will not look back on my present lack of grand spiritual gifts with any regret, but of my present lack of charity, perhaps I will. Have charity!


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Utterly detest it

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Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house,
lest thou be a cursed thing like it:
but thou shalt utterly detest it,
and thou shalt utterly abhor it;
for it is a cursed thing.
Deuteronomy 7:26


Free Christians are Armed Christians

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An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown” also known as the Bill of Rights of 1689:

Subjects’ Arms. That the Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law.

Freedom depends on armed freemen.

Buy yourself firearms for self-defence, buy enough ammo, and keep your powder dry!

(Luke 22:35-38) “And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.”

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Lefties like to say that our Constitutional rights are not absolute, for example, you can’t cry “fire!” in a crowded theatre. But this analysis is totally incorrect when it comes to the 2nd Amendment because it is contradicted by the very text of the Constitution  that says the right to keep and bear arms is an absolute right that “shall not be infringed” !!

No other Constitutional right, including free speech, has this expansive prohibition attached to it, that is “shall not be infringed” !!

Obey the Lord’s command to obtain weapons. Go buy yourself guns and ammo while you can. Don’t delay. Start with whatever small collection of arms your budget can afford.

And remember: Your life and liberty may soon depend on them!

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Quote: “How we burned in the camps later …” by Solzhenitsyn


Contagious Uncleanness

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“12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. 13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. 14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.” (Haggai 2:12-14)

Very important concept explained here in Haggai chapter 2. Essentially it says that uncleanness spreads to whatever it touches, but holiness does not.

Pagans don’t understand this – they use “holy” water and “holy” relics and other “holy” items as fetishes in the vain hope that it will disperse holiness to the unclean. This can never work.

How then is holiness spread if uncleanness is contagious to everything it touches, but holiness is not ?

Holiness is the absence of uncleanness. Holiness is imparted after all uncleanness has been purged away.

Mankind does not need trinkets and religious gimmicks – he needs the precious blood of Jesus Christ to purge away his sin and guilt.

“3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:3)

“22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22)


Rex 84 = William V = 666

Rex 84 stood for “Readiness Exercise 1984” – a mass round-up contingency plan that the US government developed in the 1980’s. But the word rex means king – and who is King 84 ?? Prince Harry was born in 1984 – but the regal name “William V” is the one that adds up to 84 using English gematria (which is a simple 1 through 26 for each letter of the alphabet).

1984 was the title of the famous book by British spook George Orwell showing a world dictatorship under ‘Big Brother’. It was the year the Pope tried to perform a Fatima magic ritual to dedicate Russia to “Mary’s sacred heart” in an attempt to win Russia to Catholicism. It was the year the USA re-established diplomatic relations with the Vatican that had been broken off since the time of their involvement in the Abraham Lincoln assassination.

The number 84 is 48 in reverse … in 1948 Prince Charles was born, the British Empire died, and the modern state Israel was born. In 70 years later is the year 2018 — and prince Harry is 33 years of age until September 15, 2018, which falls between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur). This is significant because the Tyre corresponds to England and this is what the Bible says:

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.” (Isaiah 23:15)

So the British Empire dies in 1948 as the Commonwealth countries have left of broken direct political ties – the year Charles is born. Charles lives 70 years and then Tyre returns to political greatness:

“¶ And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.” (Isaiah 23:17)

Recall that in 1784 the Treaty of Paris was signed by King George III – and he knew that the disloyal American colonist had ambitions to build their own empire:

“The rebellious war now levied is become more general, and is manifestly carried on for the purpose of establishing an independent empire. I need not dwell upon the fatal effects of the success of such a plan. The object is too important, the spirit of the British nation too high, the resources with which God hath blessed her too numerous, to give up so many colonies which she has planted with great industry, nursed with great tenderness, encouraged with many commercial advantages, and protected and defended at much expence of blood and treasure. (King Geo III, 1775)

That king lost his empire officially in 1784 when he signed his own name to the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War. You count exactly 200 years until 1984 – his descendant Prince Harry is born – perhaps to recover it? If so, he would be the White Horse rider of Revelation 6 and lion-hearted king of Daniel 8.

Now let’s do what the Bible says and count the number of the names of all the rulers who followed after George III – adding the numbers for each English letter plus their corresponding number:

George 4  = 61
William 4 = 83
Victoria 1 = 98
Edward 7 = 62
George 5 = 62
Edward 8 = 63
George 6 = 63
Elizabeth 2 = 90

Total (so far) = 582

(You can confirm at  Simple English Gematria)

How far short are we currently from exactly reaching 666 ? We are only 84 units short. What king name next would add up to 84 ??

WILLIAM 5 = 84

That’s Rex 84!

We do not merely count the number of just one man’s name – we must count along a list of names until we get to the total number adding up to 666 by his name.

“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Revelation 13:18)

So the beast – the white horse rider – is going to assume the throne of England under the name “William” which will make him William the 5th. Notice that the “number of his name” is either 84 for the total gematria of his name, or just the number 5 for his ending number. That number is the Roman letter V —

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:17)

So you don’t necessarily get ‘666’ on your hand – although the biometric number system is probably going to based on that (like Bar-codes are currently). But it is enough to damn your soul if you just get the mark, name, or number – which could be a 5, or the shape V, or some other symbol.  The V shape can be represented by the two fingers held in a symbol of so-called “peace” – and by the Vulcan salute, a gesture the ‘Spock’ actor derived from Jewish mysticism.

The person who takes the title “William V” could be anybody in the line to the British throne – the birth year 1984 makes it seem like Harry will, but it might be Charles or Prince William.

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Remember, this is only one of the 4 antichrists described in the Bible. The other 3 – if we are willing to speculate/guess [!!] at this point – seem to be lining up as Obama, Pope Francis, and Putin.

  • World’s King: William V (White horse rider)
  • World’s Servant: Obama (Black horse rider – South)
  • World’s Priest: Francis (Pale horse rider)
  • World’s Man: Putin (Red horse rider – North)