Welcome to the Dark Age of Designer Babies

by Carly Andrews


[A sobering 2014 article on alteration of the human gene pool which will have unknown consequences for the human race.  Once invoked, how can this be undone? Is this really what we want genetic science to be? ED]


As FDA holds hearing on new controversial fertility technique, Aleteia expert insists it’s a moral no-go.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is holding a hearing this week in the US to consider a controversial new IFV technology that would involve the creation of test-tube babies, using the DNA from 3 separate people.  The procedure aims at preventing potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases. [emphasis - DNI]
 
Troublesome cells

Mitochondria are organelles (or tiny power stations) found in every cell of the body except for red blood cells, generating energy for the cell. They are passed from mother to child through her egg.
 
There are around 5,000 children in the US suffering from the illness.  Mitochondrial diseases are often caused by mutations – inherited or acquired – in mitochondrial DNA.  The effects can include cerebral developmental delays, muscle weakness, seizures, strokes, dementia, diabetes, blindness, deafness, short stature, respiratory problems and in the worst cases, death.
 
This latest IVF research has discovered that exchanging the defective mitochondria of the parent egg/embryo with mitochondria from a healthy donor egg/embryo, avoids passing on the disease to the infant. 
 
There are two different methods for mitochondrial repair:
 
First – intervention by embryo: 
1. The sperm fertilises two eggs; one embryo is created using the egg of the parent, and another with the egg of the donor. 
2. The nucleus (containing the genetic information) from the donor embryo is removed and destroyed.
3. The nucleus from the parent embryo (which has the unhealthy mitochondria) are removed and the remains destroyed.
4. The parents’ nucleus is inserted into the donor embryo to create a healthy embryo.
 
Second - intervention by egg:
1. A healthy donor egg and the mother’s egg with defective mitochondria are collected. 
2. The donor’s nucleus (containing most of the genetic information) is removed and destroyed.
3. The nucleus from the mother’s egg is removed and the remains destroyed. 
4. The mother's nucleus is inserted into the donor’s healthy egg, and it may now be fertilised by sperm.

The consequences of either of the above procedures mean that the child would have around 20,000 genes from their parents and about 37 mitochondrial genes from a third-party donor. The genetic inheritance of the infant would be irreversibly moderated. 
 
Moral dilemma
 
Antonio G. Spagnolo, Director of the Institute of Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, at the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore, Rome, has spoken to Aleteia about the moral implications of this highly controversial procedure. 
 
“Undoubtedly the efforts of the researchers in attempting to eliminate pathologies of this type are commendable” he says. “Unfortunately the manner in which they proceed to resolve illnesses is very problematic and numerous moral questions must be confronted."
 
“First of all, at the heart of the matter is the unavoidable problem - which is morally negative in itself - of IVF which is what actually enables the realisation of this new procedure.”
 
The Church is very clear on the moral depravity of IVF practices, in which many human embryos are experimented on and disposed of.
 
“Respect for the dignity of the human being excludes all experimental manipulation or exploitation of the human embryo." [Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith]
 
Besides the many risks involved for both the mother and infant, the big moral problem is that the human embryo is treated as mere disposable biological material, instead of a human person.

The Church explains that the human person is a unified whole, which is “at the same time corporal and spiritual. By virtue of its substantial union with a spiritual soul, the human body cannot be considered as a mere complex of tissues, organs and functions...” 
 
Therefore “the fruit of human generation, from the first moment of its existence...from the moment the zygote has formed, demands the unconditional respect that is morally due to the human being in his bodily and spiritual totality.”
 
If the human embryo must be treated as a human person, then it is “not in conformity with the moral law deliberately to expose to death human embryos obtained 'in vitro'.”
 
But then, wouldn’t the second form of IVF be morally permissible, since it only modifies the egg and not the embryo? 

Professor Spagnolo answers that “the procedure cannot be morally permissible.”
 
Consequences unknown
 
Firstly, in addition to the foundational problem of IVF in itself being morally wrong, Spagnolo emphasises the problem of consequences.
 
“Even for those who retain that in vitro fertilisation does not have any moral problems” he explains that “they still could not help but recognise that this new procedure is, in itself, loaded with unknown elements with regards to its results."
 
Indeed there is no way to tell, from supposed initial ‘success’ in experimentation, what the long-ranging consequences of this procedure could be for the child and what physiological or psychological problems it may cause further down the line. 
 
Gene therapy
 
Secondly, Professor Spagnolo considers the risks involved with understanding the procedure in terms of “gene therapy.” 
 
He explains that the scientific community has “always considered gene therapy on germ cells in the negative sense.” 
 
The practice “deals with inserting correct genes into a germ cell before IVF” he says. “Germ gene therapy is loaded with risks since any possible harm transmitted would be done not only to the embryo in question, but also to the descendants of the embryo.”
 
Here Spagnolo brings our attention once again to the teachings of the Church. 
 
“The Catholic Magisterium reminds us: ‘because the risks connected to any genetic manipulation are considerable and as yet not fully controllable, in the present state of research, it is not morally permissible to act in a way that may cause possible harm to the resulting progeny. ...For these reasons, therefore, it must be stated that, in its current state, germ line cell therapy in all its forms is morally illicit.’” [Dignitas Personae, 26]
 
So basically, 3-person IFV treatment is a moral no-go.

"It is not enough merely to discipline by law the ways in which it is brought about" Spagnolo asserts, "since its fundamental meaning remains the same."



[Note:  Better analysis than most.  Yes, both the end/goal and the means used to reach it must be ethical.  The ends do not justify the means.

(1)  He identifies one of the major scientific consequences that seems the media wants to ignore:  the genetic engineering does not just affect the child born, but because those “foreign” genes become integrated into her germ cells (female oocytes) then those foreign genes will ALSO be passed down through the child’s future generations -- genetically altering not just the child’s genome but all her descendants and the human gene pool as well.  Thus not just one child’s problems are the issue, but also the cloning of those foreign genes down through the generations. 

(2)  I might also add that the fact that mitochondria have fewer genes than the nucleus does not therefore mean that they are “incidental” -- as demonstrated by the various mitochondrial diseases themselves. 

(3)  Approving this research -- much less clinical trials with human patients -- would thereby also approve killing the normal living human embryos used as the source of the healthy mitochondria.

(4)  How can patients in clinical trials give ethically or legally valid “informed consent” when the researchers don’t know the critical “information” they need to inform their patients -- e.g., the scientific facts, the risks and benefits, etc.?

(5)  Scientifically they don’t have a clue as to what genes are causing the problems in mitochondrial diseases.  (a)  As there are many different kinds of mitochondrial diseases, there are probably many different genetic mutations causing them.  (b)  By what genetic criteria will they determine the guilty genes when scientists still don’t know any more that 50% or less of the coding of THE Human Genome Project (which used only nuclear genes, and derived them from samples from people around the world and pooled them all together!).  Answer:  They don’t know, and can’t know.  Thus they are incapable of anticipating any dangerous consequences to the child or her descendants -- or explaining them scientifically.

(6)  A lot of research by many different scientists have shown that the normal “communication” between the nuclear genes and the mitochondrial genes is badly damaged when “foreign” mitochondrial genes are substituted for the natural mitochondrial genes -- and that causes serious damage to the organism.

(7)  And what appears to be a “beneficent” technique can also be used for maleficent purposes as well.  What if they use the same technique to inject non-human animal mitochondrial thus forming a chimera?  Or inject foreign genes desired by researchers into the donor mitochondria before injecting them into the human oocyte/embryo?  Same technique, different foreign genes.  Opens the door to all sorts of genetic engineering of human beings and their descendents.

(8)  My only pause was when he used the term “zygote”.  According to the Carnegie Stages of Early Human Embryonic Development (instituted in 1942 and updated continuously since then to the present), the formation of the human “zygote” is not when the new human being begins to exist.  The “zygote” is Stage 1c;  the embryo already exists before that point at Stages 1a and 1b.  That is, the new sexually reproduced human being begins to exist at the beginning of the process of fertilization, when the sperm penetrates and fuses with the oocyte -- not at the end of the process.  If the “zygote” is claimed to be when the human being begins to exist, that would justify using (and killing) the already existing embryo at Stages 1a and b -- which is when a great deal of human genetic engineering is performed!  Well, at least he didn’t say “conception”. The article first appeared here.  -- DNI




Oswald Chambers: The Spirit of Truth

by Oswald Chambers


To be an Uncommon Believer….Let the “First Voice” You Hear in the Morning….Be the Voice of the LORD. The Spirit of truth Who lives in me will reveal that which is false, deceitful and counterfeit. The Spirit of God has spoiled the sin of a great many, yet there is no emancipation, no fullness in their lives. The kind of religious life we see abroad to-day is entirely different from the robust holiness of the life of Jesus Christ. "I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil." We are to be in the world but not of it; to be disconnected fundamentally, not externally.

{In the Gospels, it is often recorded that when His Disciples tried to find Him early in the morning, He was off in the distance, (in the wilderness), praying and fellowshipping with His Father. I couldn’t make it, if it wasn’t for the Cross and my Father’s early morning presence and voice. - Pastor Jim Menke}

"By whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." - Galatians 6:14

If I brood on the Cross of Christ, I do not become a subjective pietist, interested in my own whiteness; I become dominantly concentrated on Jesus Christ's interests. Our Lord was not a recluse nor an ascetic, He did not cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time. He was not aloof, but He lived in an other world. He was so much in the ordinary world that the religious people of His day called Him a glutton and a wine-bibber. Our Lord never allowed anything to interfere with His consecration of spiritual energy.

The counterfeit of consecration is the conscious cutting off of things with the idea of storing spiritual power for use later on, but that is a hopeless mistake. "The Spirit of truth Who lives in me will reveal that which is false, deceitful and counterfeit."

The Spirit of God has spoiled the sin of a great many, yet there is no emancipation, no fullness in their lives. The kind of religious life we see abroad to-day is entirely different from the robust holiness of the life of Jesus Christ. "I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil." We are to be in the world but not of it; to be disconnected fundamentally, not externally.

We must never allow anything to interfere with the consecration of our spiritual energy. Consecration is our part, sanctification is God's part; and we have deliberately to determine to be interested only in that in which God is interested. The way to solve perplexing problems is to ask 'Is this the kind of thing in which Jesus Christ is interested'or the kind of thing in which the spirit that is the antipodes of Jesus is interested?

The springs of love are in God, not in us. It is absurd to look for the love of God in our hearts naturally, it is only there when it has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is go­ing to become of us as a nation. If truth be not dif­fused, error will be; If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy; If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitiga­tion or end. " - Daniel Webster




Republished from the old Eponymn site. The message applies equally to today's America just as it did in Oswald's era in Britain.


Christmas 1881..

by Anonymous


Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving.
 
It was Christmas Eve, 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn't been enough money to buy me the rifle that I'd wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible.

After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Pa to get down the old Bible. I was still feeling sorry for myself and, to be honest, I wasn't in much of a mood to read Scriptures. But Pa didn't get the Bible, instead he bundled up again and went outside. ...

I couldn't figure it out because we had already done all the chores. I didn't worry about it long though, I was too busy wallowing in self-pity.   Soon Pa came back in. It was a cold clear night out and there was ice in his beard. 

"Come on, Matt," he said. "Bundle up good, it's cold out tonight."

I was really upset then. Not only wasn't I getting the rifle for Christmas, now Pa was dragging me out in the cold, and for no earthly reason that I could see.

We'd already done all the chores, and I couldn't think of anything else that needed doing, especially not on a night like this. But I knew Pa was not very patient at one dragging one's feet when he'd told them to do something, so I got up and put my boots back on and got my cap, coat, and mittens. Ma gave me a mysterious smile as I opened the door to leave the house Something was up, but I didn't know what.
 
Outside, I became even more dismayed. There in front of the house was the work team, already hitched to the big sled. Whatever it was we were going to do wasn't going to be a short, quick, little job. I could tell. We never hitched up this sled unless we were going to haul a big load. Pa was already up on the seat, reins in hand. I reluctantly climbed up beside him. The cold was already biting at me. I wasn't happy.

When I was on, Pa pulled the sled around the house and stopped in front of the woodshed. He got off and I followed. "I think we'll put on the high sideboards," he said. "Here, help me." The high sideboards! It had been abigger job than I wanted to do with just the low sideboards on, but whatever it was we were going to do would be a lot bigger with the high side boards on.
 
After we had exchanged the sideboards, Pa went into the woodshed and came out with an armload of wood - the wood I'd spent all summer hauling down from the mountain, and then all fall sawing into blocks and splitting. What was he doing?

Finally I said something. "Pa," I asked, "what are you doing?" "You been by the Widow Jensen's lately?" he asked. The Widow Jensen lived about two miles down the road. Her husband had died a year or so before and left her with three children, the oldest being eight. Sure, I'd been by, but so what?

Yeah," I said, "Why?"
 
"I rode by just today," Pa said. "Little Jakey was out digging around in the woodpile trying to find a few chips. They're out of wood, Matt." That was all he said and then he turned and went back into the woodshed for another armload of wood. I followed him. We loaded the sled so high that I began to wonder if the horses would be able to pull it.
 
Finally, Pa called a halt to our loading, then we went to the smoke house and Pa took down a big ham and a side of bacon. He handed them to me and told me to put them in the sled and wait. When he returned he was carrying a sack of flour over his right shoulder and a smaller sack of something in his left hand. "What's in the little sack?" I asked. Shoes, they're out of shoes. Little Jakey just had gunny sacks wrapped around his feet when he was out in the woodpile this morning. I got the children a little candy too. It just wouldn't be Christmas without a little candy."

We rode the two miles to Widow Jensen's pretty much in silence. I tried to think through what Pa was doing. We didn't have much by worldly standards. Of course, we did have a big woodpile, though most of what was left now was still in the form of logs that I would have to saw into blocks and split before we could use it.

We also had meat and flour, so we could spare that, but I knew we didn't have any money, so why was Pa buying them shoes and candy? Really, why was he doing any of this? Widow Jensen had closer neighbors than us; it shouldn't have been our concern.
 
We came in from the blind side of the Jensen house and unloaded the wood as quietly as possible, then we took the meat and flour and shoes to the door.We knocked. The door opened a crack and a timid voice said, "Who is it?"

"Lucas Miles, Ma'am, and my son, Matt... could we come in for a bit?"

Widow Jensen opened the door and let us in. She had a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. The children were wrapped in another and were sitting in front of the fireplace by a very small fire that hardly gave off any heat at all. Widow Jensen fumbled with a match and finally lit the lamp.

"We brought you a few things, Ma'am," Pa said and set down the sack of flour. I put the meat on the table. Then Pa handed her the sack that had the shoes in it. She opened it hesitantly and took the shoes out, one pair at a time. There was a pair for her and one for each of the children, sturdy shoes, the best... shoes that would last. I watched her carefully. She bit her lower lip to keep it from trembling and then tears filled her eyes and started running down her cheeks. She looked up at Pa like she wanted to say something, but it wouldn't come out.
 
"We brought a load of wood too, Ma'am," Pa said. He turned to me and said, "Matt, go bring in enough to last awhile. Let's get that fire up to size and heat this place up"

I wasn't the same person when I went back out to bring in the wood. I had a big lump in my throat and as much as I hate to admit it, there were tears in my eyes too. In my mind I kept seeing those three kids huddled around the fireplace and their mother standing there with tears running down her cheeks with so much gratitude in her heart that she couldn't speak.

My heart swelled within me and a joy that I'd never known before, filled my soul. I had given at Christmas many times before, but never when it had made so much difference. I could see we were literally saving the lives of these people.
 
I soon had the fire blazing and everyone's spirits soared. The kids started giggling when Pa handed them each a piece of candy and Widow Jensen looked on with a smile that probably hadn't crossed her face for a long time. She finally turned to us. "God bless you," she said. "I know the Lord has sent you. The children and I have been praying that he would send one of his angels to spare us."
 
In spite of myself, the lump returned to my throat and the tears welled up in my eyes again. I'd never thought of Pa in those exact terms before, but after Widow Jensen mentioned it, I could see that it was probably true. I was sure that a better man than Pa had never walked the earth. I started remembering all the times he had gone out of his way for Ma and me, and many others. The list seemed endless as I thought on it.
 
Pa insisted that everyone try on the shoes before we left. I was amazed when they all fit, and I wondered how he had known what sizes to get. Then I guessed that if he was on an errand for the Lord, that the Lord would make sure he got the right sizes.
 
Tears were running down Widow Jensen's face again when we stood up to leave. Pa took each of the kids in his big arms and gave them a hug. ... They clung to him and didn't want us to go. I could see that they missed their Pa, and I was glad that I still had mine.
 
At the door Pa turned to Widow Jensen and said, "The Mrs. wanted me to invite you and the children over for Christmas dinner tomorrow. The turkey will be more than the three of us can eat, and a man can get cantankerous if he has to eat turkey for too many meals. We'll be by to get you about eleven. It'll be nice to have some little ones around again. Matt, here, hasn't been little for quite a spell."

I was the youngest... my two brothers and two sisters had all married and had moved away
 
Widow Jensen nodded and said, "Thank you, Brother Miles. I don't have to say, may the Lord bless you, I know for certain that He will."Out on the sled I felt a warmth that came from deep within and I didn't even notice the cold. When we had gone a ways, Pa turned to me and said, "Matt, I want you to know something. Your Ma and me have been tucking a little money away here and there all year so we could buy that rifle for you, but we didn't have quite enough.

Then yesterday a man who owed me a little money from years back came by to make things square. Your Ma and me were real excited, thinking that now we could get you that rifle, and I started into town this morning to do just that, but on the way I saw little Jakey out scratching in the woodpile with his feet wrapped in those gunny
sacks and I knew what I had to do. Son, I spent the money for shoes and a little candy for those children. I hope you understand."
 
I understood alright... and my eyes became wet with tears again. I understood very well, and I was so glad Pa had done it. Now the rifle seemed very low on my list of priorities. Pa had given me a lot more. He had given me the look on Widow Jensen's face and the radiant smiles of her three children.
 
For the rest of my life, whenever I saw any of the Jensens, or split a block of wood, I remembered, and remembering brought back that same joy I felt riding home beside Pa that night. Pa had given me much more than a rifle that night, he had given me the best Christmas of my life.
 
Don't be too busy today... share this inspiring message. Merry Christmas and God bless you!

 





Reprinted for the season from the Old Eponymn site.


The Drawing Of The Father

by Oswald Chambers

To be an Uncommon Believer….Let the “First Voice” You Hear in the Morning…. Be the Voice of the LORD


“Never forget that our capacity in spiritual matters is measured by the promises of God. Is God able to fulfil His promises? Our answer depends on whether we have received the Holy Spirit.”

"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him." John 6:44


When God draws me, the issue of my will comes in at once - will I react on the revelation which God gives - will I come to Him? Discussion on spiritual matters is an impertinence. Never discuss with anyone when God speaks. Belief is not an intellectual act; belief is a moral act whereby I deliberately commit myself. Will I dump myself down absolutely on God and transact on what He says? If I will, I shall find I am based on Reality that is as sure as God's throne.

In preaching the gospel, always push an issue of will.  Belief must be the will to believe. There must be a surrender of the will, not a surrender to persuasive power, a deliberate launching forth on God and on what He says until I am no longer confident in what I have done, I am confident only in God. The hindrance is that I will not trust God, but only my mental understanding. As far as feelings go, I must stake all blindly. I must will to believe, and this can never be done without a violent effort on my part to disassociate myself from my old ways of looking at things, and by putting myself right over on to Him.

Every man is made to reach out beyond his grasp. It is God who draws me, and my relationship to Him in the first place is a personal one, not an intellectual one. I am introduced into the relationship by the miracle of God and my own will to believe, then I begin to get an intelligent appreciation and understanding of the wonder of the transaction.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for strengthening my inner man with the power and might of Your Spirit. Thank You for dwelling in my heart by faith. Daily, through the work of the Holy Spirit, I am being rooted and grounded more deeply in Your love. It’s Your love that makes every other area of life function to the maximum potentnial. Teach me Your ways of love in dealing with all people, Lord – whether it’s with the heathen, my brothers and sisters in the Lord or natural, my parents, mate, or children, spiritual or natural leaders, or kings, presidents and world leaders. Thank You!” Ephesians 3:16-21.





Approved Unto God

by Oswald Chambers

ISAIAH 50: 4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.  5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.


To be an Uncommon Believer….

Let the “First Voice” You Hear in the Morning…. Be the Voice of the LORD


"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

“The majority of present day preachers understand only the blessings that come to us from the Cross, they are apt to be devoted to certain doctrines which flow from the Cross. Paul preached one thing only: the crucified Christ, “Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”

If you cannot express yourself on any subject, struggle until you can. If you do not, someone will be the poorer all the days of his life. Struggle to re-express some truth of God to yourself, and God will use that expression to someone else. Go through the winepress of God where the grapes are crushed. You must struggle to get expression experimentally, then there will come a time when that expression will become the very wine of strengthening to someone else; but if you say lazily - "I am not going to struggle to express this thing for myself, I will borrow what I say," the expression will not only be of no use to you, but of no use to anyone. Try to state to yourself what you feel implicitly to be God's truth, and you give God a chance to pass it on to someone else through you. 

Always make a practice of provoking your own mind to think out what it accepts easily. Our position is not ours until we make it ours by suffering. The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.




The Great Life

by Oswald Chambers 

To be an Uncommon Believer….

Let the “First Voice” You Hear in the Morning….

Be the Voice of the LORD

If you only take your own ideas, you will never know the truth. The whole truth is the only truth, and the whole truth is Jesus Christ—“I am . . . the Truth.” Any bit of truth is an error if taken alone.  


"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: . . Let not your heart be troubled." John 14:27


Whenever a thing becomes difficult in personal experience, we are in danger of blaming God, but it is we who are in the wrong, not God, there is some perversity somewhere that we will not let go.

Immediately we do, everything becomes as clear as daylight. As long as we try to serve two ends, ourselves and God, there is perplexity. The attitude must be one of complete reliance on God. When once we get there, there is nothing easier than living the saintly life; difficulty comes in when we want to usurp the authority of the Holy Spirit for our own ends.

Whenever you obey God, His seal is always that of peace, the witness of an unfathomable peace, which is not natural, but the peace of Jesus. Whenever peace does not come, tarry till it does or find out the reason why it does not. If you are acting on an impulse, or from a sense of the heroic, the peace of Jesus will not witness; there is no simplicity or confidence in God, because the spirit of simplicity is born of the Holy Ghost, not of your decisions. Every decision brings a reaction of simplicity.

My questions come whenever I cease to obey. When I have obeyed God, the problems never come between me and God, they come as probes to keep the mind going on with amazement at the revelation of God. Any problem that comes between God and myself springs out of disobedience; any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.



The Impartial Power Of God

by Oswald Chambers

To be an Uncommon Believer….Let the “First Voice” You Hear in the Morning….Be the Voice of the LORD

"For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." Hebrews 10:14

We trample the blood of the Son of God under foot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only explanation of the forgiveness of God and of the unfathomable depth of His forgetting is the Death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the outcome of our personal realization of the Atonement which He has worked out for us. "Christ Jesus . . . is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." When we realize that Christ is made all this to us, the boundless joy of God begins; wherever the joy of God is not present, the death sentence is at work.


It does not matter who or what we are, there is absolute reinstatement into God by the death of Jesus Christ and by no other way, not because Jesus Christ pleads, but because He died. It is not earned, but accepted. All the pleading which deliberately refuses to recognize the Cross is of no avail; it is battering at another door than the one which Jesus has opened. I don't want to come that way, it is too humiliating to be received as a sinner. "There is none other Name . . ." The apparent heartlessness of God is the expression of His real heart, there is boundless entrance in His way. "We have forgiveness through His blood." Identification with the death of Jesus Christ means identification with Him to the death of everything that never was in Him.

God is justified in saving bad men only as He makes them good. Our Lord does not pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The Atonement is a propitiation whereby God through the death of Jesus makes an unholy man holy.

When we know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, it means we are free from anxiety, free from carefulness, so that, during the twenty-four hours of the day, we do what we ought to do all the time, with the strength of life bubbling up with real spontaneous joy.

 


The Offering Of The Natural

by Oswald Chambers

"Nothing has any power to alter a man save the incoming of the life of Jesus

and that is the only sign that he is born again.

 

"Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman." Galatians 4:22

Paul is not dealing with sin in this chapter of Galatians, but with the relation of the natural to the spiritual. The natural must be turned into the spiritual by sacrifice, otherwise a tremendous divorce will be produced in the actual life. Why should God ordain the natural to be sacrificed? God did not. It is not God's order, but His permissive will. God's order was that the natural should be transformed into the spiritual by obedience; it is sin that made it necessary for the natural to be sacrificed.

Abraham had to offer up Ishmael before he offered up Isaac. Some of us are trying to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God before we have sacrificed the natural. The only way in which we can offer a spiritual sacrifice to God is by presenting our bodies a living sacrifice. Sanctification means more than deliverance from sin, it means the deliberate commitment of myself whom God has saved to God, and that I do not care what it costs.

If we do not sacrifice the natural to the spiritual, the natural life will mock at the life of the Son of God in us and produce a continual swither. This is always the result of an undisciplined spiritual nature. We go wrong because we stubbornly refuse to discipline ourselves, physically, morally or mentally. "I wasn't disciplined when I was a child." You must discipline yourself now. If you do not, you will ruin the whole of your personal life for God.

God is not with our natural life while we pamper it; but when we put it out in the desert and resolutely keep it under, then God will be with it; and He will open up wells and oases, and fulfill all His promises for the natural.




Jesus Christ was Not Resurrected on Easter Sunday

by Allen Williams


The Christian faith has adopted many pagan practices and rituals over the centuries in its mission to carry out the great commission. This has given rise to a number of religious myths, which have been counter productive to the church's mission to spread the gospel. People sense the phoniness.

The best recognized Christian myth is that Christ died on Good Friday and was resurrected on Easter Sunday. But, how can Christ's raising from the dead be a myth, you ask? The resurrection is a well-documented and witnessed event that is not in question but rather the Church's Easter Sunday resurrection claim.

There is not a shred of evidence to support the church's Easter resurrection story despite the biblical account. In fact, Christ's own words contradict what most churches teach about his death and resurrection.

The Pharisees had asked Jesus to give them a sign that he was the long awaited messiah. His response was "This is an evil generation; they seek a sign; and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonas" the prophet." - Luke 11:29 (KJV). So how does the prophet Jonah prove that Christ was Messiah?

We know from the book of Jonah that he spent 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the great fish God had prepared. (Jonah 2:17)

The bible gives us a clue with Christ's statement in Matt 12:40: " For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly of the great fish, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" . In this verse, Jesus makes the claim that he will be in the tomb of the earth for 3 full days and 3 full nights, the same length of time that Jonah was in the whale's belly.

Remember "..man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." (Luke 4:4) In order to be God, any timetable predicted must be precise.

If God's word is truth, then Christ's claim of being in the belly of the earth for 72 hours must be taken as a literal not a metaphoric interpretation. But there is a problem with the traditional Easter story that claims Christ was in the grave just two days and one night, counting from the sixth hour on Friday afternoon until sunrise Easter morning. Some apologists have claimed that He wasn't in the tomb as long as He thought, so then how could he be God? Clearly the traditional account does not fulfil the 72-hour prophetic sign that must occur for Christ to be Messiah.

The Pharisees of the day clearly understood the prophesy that Jesus gave, as the bible states that the day following the day of preparation, they came to Pilate asking for guards to make sure his disciples did not steal the body on the third day. (Matt 27:v62-63) So, if Jesus was in the grave as he claimed for 72 hours, then what day was he crucified on?

The bible gives a clue to the actual day of crucifixion when it mentions the 'day of preparation', a term used to denote the day before a high Sabbath. High Sabbath's only occur in the annual Holy days laid out by God's Master Plan in Leviticus 23, which are separate and distinct from the weekly Sabbath. This means that the crucifixion had to have occurred during the week of one of the biblical holy feasts but which one?

To answer that we look to the book of John: "Now before the feast of the Passover when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the father.." This statement establishes the crucifixion occurring during the week of Passover. (John 13:1) "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)

These passages indicate that Christ was the Passover lamb symbolized by the lamb without blemish in the old testament ritual (Exodus 12:v5-7). The lamb's blood was to be placed on the side posts and lintel of the door so that God would spare Israel's firstborn in His final plague on Egypt. This lamb was to be killed on the night of the 14th of the month as commanded in Leviticus 23.

Christ and his disciples celebrated the last supper on the 14th day of the seventh month, which places his crucifixion on the following day, Wednesday the 15th of Nisan, a day of Preparation. The Jews celebrate Passover the evening of the 15th.

The 1st day of unleavened bread occurs on the 16th and is a High Sabbath. So the week of Christ's crucifixion had two Sabbaths, the weekly one and one from the annual holy days. No work could be done on any Sabbath so food preparation for the holy day must occur on the preparation day. Neither Mary nor anyone else could have possibly gotten to the tomb before early Sunday morning because of the preparations required before the two Sabbaths that week.

In 33 AD, Tuesday night was the 14th of the month. About the 6th hour on the 15th, Jesus died.

God counts time from 'even to even' as one 24-hour day as defined in Genesis 1:5. So, Christ was in the tomb Wednesday even (sundown) to Thursday even (sundown) which is one day. Then from Thursday even until Friday even for a second day. And finally from Friday even until Saturday even for a third day as well as the nights of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

This satisfies the exact 72-hour requirement in the heart of the earth that Christ prophesied, fixing the Resurrection on the biblical Sabbath, just before sundown and confirming Him as the long awaited Messiah.

But, the bible clearly states that "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre", which was definitely Sunday morning.

The earthquake and the appearing of the Angel as recounted in (Matt 28:v2-6) was NOT to let Christ out of the tomb because he was already risen (not at dawn that morning but before sunset the previous day. Otherwise, the sign of Jonah could not have been fulfilled.)

Easter sunrise services are simply another myth perpetuated by Christianity's mixed pagan teachings.

"There was no "Easter sunrise service" in the early Church—even according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica: "The name Easter… is derived from Eostre, or Ostara, [ISHTAR] the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring… There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament." (1911 ed., p. 828). - Tomorrow's World - the Sign of Jonah

So why does Christendom teach such nonsense? Christ provides the answer in Mark 7:9, "Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. " My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27). His voice of truth stands out from the malaise.

So, do you believe the God of the Bible and follow his command 'to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.." (Matt 28:20) or do you choose to believe Christendom's pagan fables?


When the Towers Fall (Updated)

by Blog Administrator


Eight years ago on September 11, 2001, a plane piloted by 33 year old Mohammed Atta, was the first to crash into the north tower of the World Trade Center. He was the ringleader of 19 Muslim extremists responsible for attacks on New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. Three other hi-jacked aircraft were involved in the attack, a second hitting the south Tower of the trade center, one crashing into the Pentagon and another intended for the White House smashed into a Pennsylvania field, thanks to the heroic efforts of its passengers.

Photo: A $20 Dollar Bill - First Fold

A few years after the suicide attack on the Twin Towers by this Islamist terror group, an amazing series of scenes, developed from folded U.S. currency, began to show up across the Internet.

A U.S. twenty dollar bill was folded in a manner that revealed the two burning towers set as the highest point among other buildings of a city, an interesting coincidence or an ancient warning? The same picture appears on either the old or the new 20-dollar bill but is more readily seen on the newer bill.


Photo:
2nd fold -The bill is folded into a simple triangular shape

The engraving detail of the $20 bill aligns to show two large plumes of smoke emanating from the twin towers.   Depending on the time sequence of the tower photos, the plumes depicted on the twenty align in an uncanny representation of the smoking disaster.

Photo: The representation of the smoke plume on the $20.00 bill to the towers (right) is uncanny....

In Isaiah 30:v25, the prophet Isaiah warned Israel, "And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall."

The Biblos reference interprets the words of the passage: "And there shall be upon every high gaboahh (gaw-bo'-ah) elevated (or elated), powerful, arrogant -- haughty, height, high(-er), lofty, proud, exceeding proudly."

The World Trade Center was certainly an indication of America's economic strength but its height was a symbol of her pride and arrogance.

The concordance suggests that the waters would be 'lifted up'. "and upon every high nasa' (naw-saw') to lift, in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, absol. and rel." This necessarily includes the waters 'lifted up' on the tower in the Trade Center's potable water and sanitation systems. A sufficient condition to suggest a modern fulfillment of the prophecy.

Isaiah's prophecy does not fit the Assyrian or Babylonian sieges nor does it fit the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans. "Against the protestations of Jeremiah, years later Zedekiah rebelled against Babylon (2nd Babylonian seige). This time the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar's armies lasted eighteen months, at which time the Babylonians broke through the walls-a day that is still commemorated in Judaism with a day of fasting and mourning."

Although the 70 AD Roman siege levels all of Jerusalem, it fails to meet the condition of rivers and streams of waters on every high hill. {12-21-09 Some translations say 'channels of water' that infers piping or ductwork, a condition only observed in modern times. - Ed} Additionally, the Tower defenders retreat underground during the battle: "After about three weeks of siege the third wall was breached by Roman forces, the Zealots immediately formed a new defense line around Herod's Palace, which was centered between three towers. When the Romans breached this line the soldiers in the towers fled underground.."

The Biblos continues: "in the day yowm (yome) a day (as the warm hours).." This portion of the passage predicts the Towers would fall during the daylight hours.

"of the great rab (rab) abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality)" The 3000 lives lost when the Towers collapsed are not a great quantity by ancient standards but were nearly 600 more lives than those lost during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The Twin Towers held the cream of the crop of the financial world and additionally support the word's allusion to rank and quality.

"fall naphal (naw-fal') to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative)" Failure of the structural steel from thermal fatigue due to the burning jet fuel would cause the Towers to fall and fits the usage of this passage.

Photo: The burning Pentagon

On the opposite side of the folded twenty is the burning Pentagon building.

The prophesy predicts more than one tower would fall during the warm daylight hours at a time when streams of water would inhabit the high hills, conditions which the twin towers of the World Trade Center fit quite well.

In Genesis 22, v16-18 God states: "By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son...I will bless thee...and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.. and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. "

This is not a generic blessing, i.e. available to any and all that obey God or simply because they're Christian; otherwise Lebanon, a former Christian nation would not have been swallowed up by Islam.

The Jews also obey God, keeping Old Testament law and observing the biblical holy days. When have the Jews possessed the gates of their enemies? The sea gates of Gibraltar, the Suez and Panama canals, the Falklands, and the straits of Hormuz?

Although God has orchestrated the rebirth of Israel in May of 1948 in fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38 {Correction 10-24-09 - Ezekiel 37 - Ed.} prophesy and ensured the survival of the nation in military victory after victory. ".. and his horns are like the horns of unicorns with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth; and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasseh" - Deut 33:17 Nevertheless, the Jews do not have an unbroken line of success nor the great material wealth promised to Abraham's seed.

"Because of its combination of agricultural and mineral wealth, America was destined to lead the world in per capita wealth. Whether in grain or cattle or in its coal iron and petroleum production, America has had matchless bounty." - Tomorrow's World - 'United States and Britain in prophesy', p36.

God's promise to Abraham was passed down through Isaac to Jacob and to Joseph's two sons Ephraim and Manasseh. In Genesis 35:11, God tells Abraham that "..a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee.." In Genesis 48:19, Jacob passes the blessing onto Joseph's two sons with ascendancy given to Ephraim: "..but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations."

Photo: The name of the Terrorist mastermind - Osama Bin Laden

Jacob had four wives. Joseph is the elder son of Rachel while the Jews descend from Leah, her sister. So clearly God's blessing has been passed on to 'non-Jews' but yet the inheritors remain the seed of Abraham.

In Gen 27:29, we find that only two nations fit the biblical prophesy: "Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren.." Only America and Britain satisfy the necessary boundary conditions spelled out in God's complete promise to Abraham.

For the skeptics, what do you suppose the statistical probability is that any piece of paper in general circulation, engraved and printed decades before '9-11' could be folded into a series of depictions of a real event that shows three of the four actual targets and the name of the mastermind who planned it, as mere happenstance?

"..for I am God and there is non else...Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not not yet done.." - Isaiah 46:9,10

God warns Jacob's sons in Leviticus 26, v15-16: "And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror.."

The hidden message on the $20 dollar bill affirms the warning from a benevolent God to the wayward and disobedient sons of Joseph and suggests the beginning of Jacob's trouble.

"Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statues, and his judgements and his commandments, alway." - Deut 11:1.