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03rd JUNE 2018
BEING OUT OF FELLOWSHIP
QUESTION: On the subject of prayer, you have written that we can’t petition the Lord while we’re out of fellowship, except to ask for forgiveness and receive restoration. I was wondering if you could expand on that further.
ANSWER: I believe our relationship with God consists of two levels. When we are saved we not only inherit eternal life, but we’re also adopted into God’s family and become one of His children (John 1:12-13, Galatians 4:4-7). Nothing can ever change this. It’s the first level of our relationship with God and it’s eternal and unconditional.
But when we sin as believers and have either refused or neglected to ask for forgiveness, we become estranged from God. I call this being out of fellowship with God. It’s the second level of our relationship with Him and it’s earthly and conditional. We don’t lose our salvation over this, but our relationship can be interrupted, and we may miss out on blessings we would have otherwise received. We remain in this state until we confess and receive forgiveness at which time we’re immediately purified from all our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) and restored to fellowship. Staying in fellowship with God requires that we confess when we sin so we can be forgiven.
The parable of the Prodigal Son explains this (Luke 15:11-31). When the son went off and lived a life of sin, he didn’t stop being the child of his father but he did lose the benefits of the relationship. When he realized the error of his ways and asked for forgiveness, he was immediately restored. But until he did so, he was on his own. So it is with us. This is why I said when we’re out of fellowship our communication with God is limited to asking for His forgiveness.
STAYING IN FELLOWSHIP
QUESTION: I know I must sin a thousand times a day. Even the best I do is like filthy rags, so it seems that my very being, the fact that I live and breathe on this earth, is an offense to God. Even the best I do is a sin. When I confess, what happens if I forget the sins I do all day long? I’m sure I have a closet full of sins I’ve never confessed because there are so many I can’t even remember them. So, with so many unconfessed sins, how can I get and maintain fellowship with God?
ANSWER: Fellowship is the second level of our relationship with God, beyond salvation. It’s where we begin enjoying the blessings and protections in the here and now while we’re waiting to be taken to Him. Staying in Fellowship requires that we confess when we sin as directed in 1 John 1:9.
The Lord judges us on the motives of our hearts when confessing, not our ability to remember every little detail of our lives. As long as we’re sincere we’re forgiven for all of our sins, whether we specifically refer to them or not.
King David developed a great prayer of forgiveness to help him cover himself completely. He wrote it as part of Psalm 19.
Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:12-14)
Praying these verses takes care of both the sins we remember and the ones we don’t.
OUT OF FELLOWSHIP BUT IN THE RAPTURE?
QUESTION: I have read your Union and fellowship theory, but am still bothered. When you are in the unchangeable union with God and the Holy spirit is bestowed upon you as he promised, but your fellowship is infrequent (being human) will you still be raptured considering the fact that you are not holy as a result of sin? If yes, people would have the idea that they can sin but would still be raptured. Please explain. I find this disturbing.
ANSWER: As humans, it makes sense to us that only those who’ve demonstrated by their behavior that they deserve such a blessing as the rapture should be allowed to go. But that’s applying human logic to a divine issue. The Bible is very clear in stating that our righteousness is imputed to us by faith (Romans 3:21-24) and because of our faith God sees us as being a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) perfect forever (Hebrews 10:14) as righteous as He is (2 Cor. 5:21). Making our behavior part of the equation would contradict these statements. Remember we don’t become a new creation because of our behavior, we are a new creation because of our faith.
In actuality, where participation in the rapture is concerned, the opposite is true. Those who call themselves Christian but don’t believe Jesus died for all their sins (either because they don’t think Jesus is who He claims to be, or because they think they’re finishing the work of salvation by their own efforts) are the ones who risk being left behind.
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BILDERGERG GROUP: WHAT IS THE SECRETIVE GATHERING AND ARE IT’S MEMBERS REALLY PLOTTING THE NEW WORLD ORDER?
Annual meeting of American and European Elite attracts a huge amout of suspicion and paranoia but is it really just an “occasional supper club”?
The secretive Bilderberg Group gathers for its annual meeting next week, which this year takes place in Turin, Italy.
A collective of elite North American and European politicians, business leaders, financiers and academics, the group has attracted a good deal of suspicion over the last half-century, with conspiracy theorists confidently asserting that its members are plotting the New World Order and are hell-bent on global domination.
Protesters who believe the Bilderbergers represent a “shadow world government” regularly picket their yearly meet-ups, creating a need for high security at all times, but attendees insist the group is simply a debating society taking place outside the glare of the political spotlight.
The group publishes its guest list the day before its annual get together – between 120 and 150 are invited by its steering committee – along with a list of the subjects they intend to discuss as a gesture towards transparency. This typically consists of broad issues like macroeconomic concerns, the threat of terrorism and cyber-security.
No minutes are taken, however, and the outcome of their discussions are not made public, hence the assumption that they are a sinister cabal of the rich and powerful with something to hide.
The Bilderberg Group take their name from the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands, where its members first convened on 29 May 1954 at the invitation of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld.
Its founders – including exiled Polish politician Jozef Retinger, ex-Belgian prime minister Paul van Zeeland and Paul Rijkens, former head of consumer goods giant Unilever – were concerned about a prevailing atmosphere of anti-American sentiment in post-war Europe in a moment when the US was enjoying a consumer boom while holding the fate of the recovering continent in its hands through the Marshall Plan.
The group hoped to revive a spirit of transatlantic brotherhood based on political, economic and military cooperation, necessary during the Cold War as the USSR tightened its iron grip on its eastern satellites.
Sixty-one delegates, including 11 Americans, from a total of 12 countries attended the inaugural conference, with candidates chosen to bring complimentary conservative and liberal points of view, future Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell among them. Its success meant subsequent meetings were held in France, Germany, Denmark before the first on American soil at St Simons Island in Georgia.
The Bilderberg Group’s primary goal has reportedly been expanded to take in a more all-encompassing endorsement of Western free market capitalism over the years, although the conspiracy theorists believe their agenda is either to impose pan-global fascism or totalitarian Marxism. They’re just not sure which.
Although members do not as a rule discuss what goes on within its conferences, Labour MP and onetime party deputy leader Denis Healey, a member of the steering committee for more than 30 years, did offer a clear statement of its intentions when quizzed by journalist Jon Ronson for his book Them in 2001.
“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair,” he said. “Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”
Other notable British politicians to have accepted the group’s invitation include Conservatives Alec Douglas-Home and Peter Carrington – who chaired the committee between 1977 and 1980 and between 1990 and 1998 respectively – and Margaret Thatcher, David Owen, Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson, Ed Balls, Ken Clarke and George Osborne. Princes Philip and Charles have also been.
Henry Kissinger is a regular, while Helmut Kohl, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Christine Lagarde and Jose Manuel Barroso have all attended among the billionaires and executives from leading banks, corporations and defence industry bigwigs. Perhaps most surprisingly, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary attended 2015’s event in Telfs-Buchen in the Austrian Tyrol.
Rather than a SPECTRE-like organisation reinforcing its interests by choosing presidents and controlling public opinion through the media, the Bilderberg Group is nothing more sinister than “an occasional supper club”, according to David Aaronovitch, author of Voodoo Histories (2009).
But even if the Bilderberg Group are not David Icke’s slavering lizard men in silk hoods, the idea that they might be grouped in with the Illuminati has provided a convenient cloaking device, says journalist Hannah Borno.
“Conspiracy theories have served the group quite well, because any serious scrutiny could be dismissed as hysterical and shrill,” she said. “But look at the participant list. These people have cleared days from their extremely busy schedules.”
American alt-right “shock jock” Alex Jones has been one of the loudest proponents of such theories, stating on air: “We know you are ruthless. We know you are evil. We respect your dark power”.
He appeared on Andrew Neil’s Sunday Politics show in 2013 to discuss the Bilderberg Group’s meeting at a hotel in Watford, ranting wildly about them as “puppeteers above the major parties” and insisting on their role in the founding of the EU. “A Nazi plan”, according to Mr Jones.
He has more recently attended protest camps, sent InfoWars pundit Owen Shroyer to try and invade their 2017 gathering in Chantilly, Virginia, and accused them of plotting to overthrow US president Donald Trump.
That might all sound alarming but is fairly mild by Mr Jones’s standards. He also believes Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are demons and that the Pentagon has a secret “gay bomb”