God Breathed Words

19 04 2023

Every Scripture Jesus ever quoted was from the Hebrew Old Testament. The same is true of the writers of the New Testament. This is critical for every believer to understand, to submit to. Many Christians use only the New, thinking it is better or has replaced the Old. That is a serious error. The Apostle Paul was as clear and as strong as could be when he insisted this to Timothy, his protégé.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

When Paul said “All Scripture” he meant all. Most of the New had not even been written yet. There are 283 direct quotes from the Old Testament in the New. I like to put it like this: “Jesus quoted the Old Testament like it was Scripture!” Who knew? He did not diminish it, but rather confirmed it. He quoted it as Bible truth.

Notice the next phrase revealing that is was “breathed out by God” or God breathed. It is often translated “inspired by God.” That is the same thing. Here is further confirmation.

“knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  2 Peter 1:20-21 ESV

Finally, look at what the Holy Spirit through Paul emphasized in the rest of the verse to Timothy. Every bit of Scripture is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. What is the purpose, the end result that we should expect? “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 

So, when you read the Bible (All of it!), read it not as man’s experiences, but as Yehovah God Himself speaking His words to us. He spoke these words by the breath of His mouth (the Holy Spirit) directly to men to write down for the rest of us for our profit. Hallelujah! Thank you Father God.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for life giving rains.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists                       (Read more)

Pope Rejects Capital Punishment

4 08 2018

Pope Francis 2This is real news. It’s official. The Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis this week formally declared the death penalty “inadmissible.” What is wrong with that?

Pope Francis officially updated Catholic teaching, calling the death penalty “inadmissible” – The Catholic Catechism will argue that “dignity of the person” prohibits capital punishment.

Pope Francis Says No to Centuries of Church Teaching – His announcement that the death penalty is now ‘inadmissible’ has no basis in Scripture or the Church Fathers.

The pope’s death penalty announcement reminds us what is pure and holy – And since the goodness in us — the humanity — is worth preserving, we ought not inflict death as a punishment

So, again, what is wrong with that? Let’s consider just three contradictions to the Pope’s declaration.

Scripture teaches capital punishment. Pope Francis rejecting the death penalty contradicts the Bible. He is wrong.

Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. ​​“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God ​​He made man. Genesis 9:5-6


All humans are unrighteous. The Pope presupposes that humans are basically good and “dignified.” He is wrong.

As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:10, 23   In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10

No man is above Scripture. Roman Catholic doctrine places the Pope above the Bible. That is wrong.

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:16-21

As soon as we put man over God we lose. All reasoning is circular. If you start with man, you will end with man. If you start with God, you will end with God.

“And if it seems evil to you to serve Yehovah, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve Yehovah. Joshua 24:15

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)

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