HELLO EVERYONE, BLESSINGS AND LOVE TO ALL IN THE NAME OF YHVSHA AGAIN IT IS TRUTH-TIME.
THERE ARE MANY MANY PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE 'BELIEVERS'; WHO CLAIM TO 'BELIEVE' IN THE HEAVENLY FATHER, AND MESSIAH. WORLDWIDE YOU WILL FIND MILLIONS WHO COMMONLY WOULD ANSWER THIS QUESTION; "DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE CREATOR"? THEY WILL RESPOND WITH A RESOUNDING 'YES', OR SOME OTHER POSITIVE COMMENT. YET THE CHURCH HAS SEEN A STEADILY DOWNWARD DECLINE FOR MANY YEARS NOW.
EVEN THE SCRIPTURES SPEAK OF THE SAME KIND OF THING. A POSITIVE SPOKEN WORD FROM INDIVIDUALS, BUT---AS ISAIAH 29:13 SAYS, "Wherefore YHVH said, Forasmuch as this people draw nearme with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:”
Matthew 15:8--“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Please see Hearts In Deception
6 -He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me 7 -Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8-For laying aside the commandment of the Father, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 --And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of the Father, that ye may keep your own tradition.
These verses are just as applicable today as they were, when they were spoken. Overall, Submission to the Almighty Father Creator, and Messiah is rarely seen, because the ""Heart"" is not 'Submitted" through Real Love. Many words are spoken, but the 'life seen, is evident' of the lack of "Spiritual Brokeness". A haughtiness has taken its place, often very active, busy with 'doing good works", Community and Church activities; but the "Prayer Closet" is empty, and "Love for Messiah" has either grown cold; or perhaps was never genuinely there to start with. Its Honest time, folks; enough of the "Cinderella" messages. (BY THE WAY, the glass slipper 'FOOT' is still missing; A GOOD COMPARISON TO THE 'UNADORNED BRIDE, UN-READY TO MEET HER BRIDEGROOM.")
Without REPENTANCE: FIRST: THEN whole-hearted Submission and a HUNGER, A true desire for the close relationship with our Blessed Redeemer, there will be no change for the Church, The Home, THE COMMUNITY, OR THE NATION.
TALK ABOUT CARING FOR AND PROTECTING ONE ANOTHER, IN THIS NATION ?___THIS IS THE ONLY TRUE PRESCRIPTION FOR ANY OF US. THE 'SHOT' OF TRUTH HAS TO START HERE, IN FULL HONESTY AND COMMITMENT; WITH LOVE FOR OUR CREATOR AND OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES.
No; we are not being judgemental. There has always been the same problem with the greater part of a believers community. it was apparent in the time of Messiah, as He strongly came against the hypocrites, (Mark 7:6) for their lack of "LOVE" right through to the Church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7. So many good works and other 'good characteristics, but Messiah condemned them as they had "LOST THEIR FIRST LOVE". WITHOUT THE LOVE, THERE CAN NEVER BE A TRUE SUBMISSION.
YES, Faith without works is dead, but so is ""Works" Not based on Love. Works will gain no one entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Without a whole-hearted LOVE for the Heavenly Father and Messiah, THERE WILL BE NO SUBMISSION to His Commandments, and Torah Law. Messiah made it very clear He did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfil the Law. Paul wrote also, we do not make void the Law but rather we establish it. (Romans 3:31) AND SO WORKS ARE NECESSARY, but only count as being a result of Love, Submission and Obedience to His Commands.
Messiah's finished work st Calvary set us free, "from the Curse" of the law, "Free to be Obedient to the Word and Good Works'' as mentioned by James 2:18--''18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.