God cannot lie! God says, “Keep my commandments AND LIVE!” Why have church elders in thousands of congregations forsaken the scripture injunction to pray over the sick, anointing them with oil? Why has this apostolic COMMAND fallen into disrepute and disuse in most congregations? Is it because they realized long ago that their prayers for the sick were not being heard and answered? Did they overlook the part that says, “The effectual fervent prayer of A RIGHTEOUS MAN availeth much”? Did they fail to see that the text said plainly, “The prayer OF FAITH shall save the sick”? (See James 5:13-16).
Why is it so many “believers” refuse to believe the Lord? Jesus said, “EVERYONE that is of the truth hears my voice.” He said that His sheep follow Him and know His voice, fleeing from the voice of strangers. Jesus said, “If thou wilt enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!” That IS His voice. Those ARE His words. That IS His counsel. It is Jesus who said, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” That wasn’t a Seventh Day Adventist who said that. That wasn’t Herbert W. Armstrong who uttered those words.
If Sabbath keepers and Sunday observers were to compare which congregations has the most miracle healings in their midst, I am certain the Sabbath keeping congregations would produce the most miraculously healed members.
Do you know what one thing led the Pharisees to believe Jesus was a charlatan and a fraud? “Therefore said some of the Pharisees, ‘This man is not of God, BECAUSE HE KEEPS NOT THE SABBATH DAY!” (See John 9:16). Of course they were wrong in their appraisal. They thought that because Jesus healed on the Sabbath He was therefore breaking the Sabbath and, hence, could not be of God, could not possibly be the Messiah! They did know true Sabbath breakers were not being led of God, though.
Scripture passages that SEEMINGLY set aside the sacredness of God’s eternal Sabbath day need to be looked at a bit more closely and examined with an unprejudiced eye. But a Sunday observer has an extremely difficult time doing this, especially if that Sunday observer is the pastor of a Sunday keeping congregation. All such folk are quite effectively locked-in to their error and will most likely continue to spurn God’s Sabbath and honor Sunday as a “holy” day right up until they breathe their last.
“The Lord preserves ALL them that love Him” (Psalm 14:20). “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous (a burden, a yoke of bondage)” (I John 5:3). That is New Testament doctrine, friend! God preserves me and continues my days, because I love Him by keeping His commandments. It is that simple and that plain in scripture. Human doctors cannot knock that down or set it aside or prove God wrong, saying, “Aha, this commandment keeper is dying!” While it is true I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May of 2016 and a biopsy showed that some of my cancer cells were of the virulent kind that tend to metastasize, and while it is true I have had no chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery, still I live on in good health. Oh, I will yet die, for it is appointed unto all men to die once, but not now, not any ways soon. God is using me too greatly to terminate my life at this point. “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive….” (Psalm 33:18-19). God is my Healer, not man.
Jesus said, “The scripture cannot be broken…” It says what it says. It means what it says. It can be trusted wholeheartedly by one and all, and those who do not believe that pay a heavy, heavy price for their disbelief. They suffer needlessly just as I suffered needlessly for thirty years. But God restores the wasted years when we turn to Him, forsake our sins, and trust Him to bless us and keep us. He then shows Himself strong on our behalf. Think on these things – and take full advantage of what your Creator offers you in Christ Jesus. Read Psalm 103:1-3 WITH verses 17 and 18.
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