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Attention "Sister Rem"!

A woman wrote to us, and we sent a reply, but the address bounced as undeliverable: "This user doesn't have a[n] ... account." We put our reply here, in hopes that "Sister Rem" will check our site again.

Hi Rem,

You are hearing the answer you need to hear: “I am still praying for God to reveal where I can worship but a small voice keeps on saying worship me in spirit and truth.

John 4:20-24 MKJV
(20) "Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."
(21) Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither worship the Father in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem.
(22) You worship what you do not know, we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
(23) But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him.
(24) God is a spirit, and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth."

There’s much at our site to confirm what you’ve been hearing from His still, small voice. That’s why He has brought you here.

Hebrews 13:12-15 MKJV
(12) Therefore Jesus also, so that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
(13) Therefore let us go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
(14) For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
(15) By Him, then, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, confessing His name.

Read avidly, steadily, and repeatedly, asking the Lord to guide you, and He will. He already is; take heed lest you should stray from the path He urges you to take now.

Victor and Paul

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Subject: Christian Urgent Question
From: fun...yo <fun...yo@....com>
To: ask@thepathoftruth.com <ask@thepathoftruth.com>
Date: 8/9/2014 4:58 AM

Dear sir,

God bless you. Amen

I am totally surrendering to God Almighty and ask for forgiveness of my sins.

I love God I do not want my soul to perish and I need to preach the truth. Plus I have been looking for a place to worship, I get so confused as I have been to so many churches and each church The Holy Spirit has revealed what goes on but I still attend the services.

I am worried and think what do I instal into my only child or to brethren I meet, so many people think it is just about this world eg cars,wealth , houses, career but there is something more to life, I do not want to against the doctrines of God.

I pray for the Holy Spirit to lead and direct me.

I have been in so many spiritual battles, I wonder each time I go to these churches I am attacked why I do not know, I enjoy listening to the biblical verses and teaching..

I am still praying for God to reveal where I can worship but a small voice keeps on saying worship me in spirit and truth.

Your suggestions will be highly appreciated.

I live in the UK Outside London.

Thanking God for your research.

Best regards,

Sister Rem

- August 12, 2014

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Was Melchizedek the Lord Jesus Christ?

1) A friend asked: “Melchizedek (Prince of Peace) was that Lord Jesus?

We believe, according to the Scriptures, that Melchizedek was a man, not the Lord Jesus Christ or the Angel of the Lord. Introducing Melchizedek, the Scriptures say: “And Melchizedek the king of Salem brought forth bread and wine. And he was the priest of the most high God” (Genesis 14:18 MKJV).

There’s no indication given that allows us to jump to the conclusion that Melchizedek was the LORD or His Angel. Nothing is said that indicates anything other than Melchizedek being a man, serving as the priest of God. Isn’t that what is written in the epistle to the Hebrews?

“Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils” (Hebrews 7:4 MKJV).

When the LORD appeared to Abraham in the form of a man, the Scriptures very plainly say so:

“And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre…” (Genesis 18:1 KJV).

The Scriptures don’t say it was Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, because Melchizedek was a man who lived on the earth, and wasn’t God Himself or His Angel.

At the time of Abraham’s trial, when he was offering up Isaac, the Angel of the Lord spoke to him from the Heavens:

“And the Angel of the LORD called to him from the Heavens and said, ‘Abraham! Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here am I’” (Genesis 22:11 MKJV).

The Angel of the LORD doesn’t live on earth as a man, as Melchizedek did.

The confusion about Melchizedek comes from a passage in Hebrews that describes him as follows: “…without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3 MKJV).

Note that Melchizedek was made LIKE the Son of God, which means he wasn’t THE Son of God. And the fact that he was made means he wasn’t God, because God the Creator has always been. How do we explain the words, then, that Melchizedek had no father or mother or genealogy (descent)? Those words refer to his priesthood - “he remains a priest continually” - not to having an eternal existence on earth.

The context of the letter of Hebrews is comparing the Melchizedek priesthood to the Levitical, the latter being based on genealogy. All of the Levitical high priests came from the lineage of Aaron. Individually, they had a beginning and end, as did their collective priesthood, which ended with the death and resurrection of Christ and razing of the Temple.

Melchizedek’s priesthood was not transferable by physical life, but by the life of the Son of God. The children of faith have always lived by Him. Speaking of Israel in the wilderness: “…and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank of the spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:3-4 MKJV).

David’s kingship is a similar example. God promised David to always have a man on the throne of Israel, and for a time, the kingdom was passed down by physical lineage. But that kingdom ended, and even today, with Israel raised from the dead, there is no throne of David. That’s because the fulfillment of God’s promise doesn’t come by physical inheritance, but by the spiritual inheritance of the sons of God through Jesus Christ, the “Son of David.”

2) Another friend asked:

At the last meeting, you were talking about Melchizedek, whether he's Christ or not, in the Book of Hebrews. I thought the Scripture was about Christ since I had read it in your reply to Rory, a JW (How Jehovah's Witnesses Are Wrong). Actually, I also used it when trying to refute the notion that Christ was a mere man when I wrote to a JW friend. She replied that it was about Melchizedek, not Jesus. But I still thought that the Scripture talked about Jesus, only comparing Him to Melchizedek, until I read the last Sabbath meeting transcript. Now I'm a little confused. If the Scripture is not about Jesus, but about any son of God or only Melchizedek, why did Paul use it as a proof that Christ wasn't created?

The Hebrews writer described Jesus as a priest after the likeness of Melchizedek’s priesthood. I don’t see us saying Melchizedek was Christ or vice versa, although more could be said to avoid that appearance. What Paul Cohen had written was only focusing on what the Scripture said about Christ:

But the Scriptures say that the Son of God has no beginning of days:

‘...without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, He remains a priest continually’ (Hebrews 7:3 MKJV).

The Scripture is about both Melchizedek and Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The point Paul was making to Rory was how the Scripture clearly declares, contrary to JW doctrine, that the Son of God (to Whom Melchizedek in his priestly position is compared) has no beginning.

Your JW contact was right; the passage is not about Christ, only of someone to whom Christ was compared. Christ is compared to many things, whether by Himself or by others. He is known as the Rock, the Water and Bread of Life, Shiloh, the Light of the World, the Son of David, the Lamb, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and so forth.

Further notes:

We believe the Lord gave a certain man revelation about Melchizedek, that he was Shem, or that Shem was Melchizedek. Shem was an ancestor of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He came with his father, Noah, from the other world, the world before the Flood.

Shem outlived 10 generations after him, right down to Jacob’s time. (Shem was 11th from Adam, while Jacob was 22nd.) People referred to him as “the mourning one,” seeing he was witness to the death of so many of his offspring. Shem seemed as a man who lived forever and whose beginning was not in the post-Flood world (hence, no beginning).

History tells us he was the one who withstood Nimrod and finally destroyed him by the Word of God or prophecy he spoke (Read The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop). Truly, Shem was a priest of God and an extraordinarily aged man among future generations, highly respected.

“The LORD has sworn, and will not repent, You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at Your right hand shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill them with dead bodies; He shall shatter heads over much of the earth” (Psalms 110:4-6 MKJV).

Shem struck through kings by the power of God. Nimrod was the greatest of them, eventually becoming the anti-Christ, the one stealing Christ’s identity, later known by many names in many cultures, like Baal, for example. Shem judged among the nations in his day and there was great warfare between those Shem led against Nimrod’s peoples and armies. There were many dead bodies. Nimrod’s body was dismembered in the end, pieces of it sent far and wide throughout the then-known earth.

It is no different from the Lord. Many are falling because of the Word of God spoken in this, His Coming, His Day of Wrath. The nations are filled with dead bodies, with “heads shattered over much of the earth.”

Victor Hafichuk

- July 15, 2014

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Who Shall Rebuke and Correct?

A believing woman asked us: “I wanted to ask, if we, as women, have the right to rebuke or correct anyone in the Lord?

Hi Marina!

To begin with, as a mother, you certainly have the right to rebuke and correct your children, and not only the right, but the duty. You have the right to do so with younger women and men, Lord willing, depending on what responsibility and authority the Lord has given you with them. And you mustn’t judge by physical age, which would be by appearance, but by your relevant status as well as that of those persons. Where are they at, and where are you at? Is it given to you to rebuke or correct, no matter who the subjects are, whether your children or younger people, male or female, authorities in the world, believers or unbelievers?

You may or may not have the right to rebuke and correct even when blatant evil is done or spoken, Lord willing. That right must be qualified and is limited, depending upon your social and spiritual status and upon who is doing the evil or needs the correction. Rulers may do evil, but is it for women to take it upon themselves to rebuke them? I don’t think so… unless the Lord gives express command to do so, but I know of no such testimony or teaching in Scripture. Does anyone? Of course, it isn’t for all men to rebuke rulers at any time, either.

Perhaps the most relevant setting for your question is our fellowship in the Lord at The Path of Truth. You may ask, “Do I have the right, or am I allowed to, rebuke or correct anyone here?” Good question, and one that needs answering, especially as we grow in numbers and have newcomers, both believers and unbelievers. You may be asking, “Do I, as a woman, have the right to rebuke or correct a new-coming man, for example?” I say that if the Lord has given you understanding of matters at hand, whether they are happening or are being discussed, you may (not should, necessarily) be able to bring forth what you have.

Certainly, in many instances, you ought to bring these things to the elders first to confirm their accuracy and validity so that you don’t complicate situations with input that may be inadvisable. You may not be aware of things that Paul and I are aware of, or you may need more understanding we might give you before you speak. Or it may be things you bring forth to elders, leaving it to them to speak to the person(s) in need of correction or rebuke. There are several possibilities.

It’s good to receive counsel before taking steps to rebuke or correct. It’s also good to receive counsel from the right persons, those who are in authority and who understand, too. Listening to the wrong people can be unproductive and even disastrous.

Most importantly, you ultimately need to have your own oil and receive wisdom personally from the Lord to know what to do.

Marina, you are an outspoken person. Sometimes that can be good, but often it can be detrimental. And while the “older and wiser” may understand and deal with those things spoken appropriately, younger souls might have a more difficult time dealing with them. It’s good to have order, consideration, discretion, and temperance for all parties involved.

For all of you, men or women, I would say be careful to consider and seek advice before you rebuke or correct. Discuss, explain, and give your understanding or knowledge where called for. “Be swift to hear and slow to speak.” It isn’t for women to lead and teach men, much less correct or rebuke them, particularly those in authority over them, be they spiritual elders or husbands or older brothers in the spirit or flesh.

Nor is it for men who are new in the Lord to speak in a congregation of saints as though they already know it all. If any speak out of turn with a know-it-all attitude when apparently just new to the things of God, I would question whether they truly have anything from the Lord, after all. At the least, I would say they have fires coming to chasten and refine. The mark of experience with the Lord is manifest more in the attitude and spirit of a person than in their knowledge of doctrine, profession of faith, and claim to a relationship with the Lord.

One more thing for now, though so much more could be said about who is allowed to “rebuke and correct,” using your words, Marina. You should often first approach people privately, as Jesus advised:

Matthew 18:15-17 MKJV
(15) But if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
(16) But if he will not hear you, take one or two more with you, so that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
(17) And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the Church. But if he neglects to hear the Church, let him be to you as a heathen and a tax-collector.

Whether or not you approach someone privately first depends on a few factors… whether or not that person’s wrong is private or public, whether or not that person has been corrected on those same matters before, who the bystanders witnessing the procedure are, and what those bystanders are aware of in the situation. Always have the person’s best interests at heart.

To summarize for women, normally speaking, it isn’t for women to bring forth correction and rebuke publicly, certainly not those in Christ older than them, and certainly not elders by authority in the Lord. But of course, these laws or guidelines also apply to men, as well, although some men may have more freedom to correct or rebuke, as with, for example, when Stephen, a young man full of the Holy Spirit, was given to rebuke none other than the Sanhedrin of Israel (Acts 7). However, you wouldn’t have found Stephen led of the Lord to do any such thing with the assembly/congregation of God and the apostles and elders.

Have I helped or confounded you? Give me more questions, perhaps more specific ones, if necessary, and Lord willing, we’ll answer. Others may have questions and comments to make. The question Marina asks is an important one, for it pertains to how we ought to conduct ourselves with one another and with those who happen to come by for a time. We would like to avoid strife and misunderstanding, presumption and disorder. Much better to be nurturing love and understanding, instead of each trying to have his or her own way, “every man (and woman) doing that which is right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

Victor

- June 10, 2014

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What about Mother's Day?

Many people are aware of the pagan origin of Christmas and Easter (which isn’t Passover), but what about holidays of recent invention, such as Mother’s Day? There’s no heathen religious history associated with it, and there isn’t anything wrong with honoring our mothers on a particular day, is there? Well, yes, there is for the children of God who are called out of men’s artificial ways of honoring themselves in corruption. For more on this, read the following portion of an online meeting from 2010.

What about Mother's Day?

Note: During the meeting Walter twice referred to the “pagan origin” of Mother’s Day without specifying what that was. I looked up the history of Mother’s Day and discovered it was started, not in honor of mothers, but mothers rising up after the US Civil War to put an end to all wars of bloodshed. Here is part of “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” by abolitionist Julia Ward Howe (1870 – author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”).

Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Later, another woman, Ann Reeves Jarvis, organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to educate poor women about health and hygiene. Her daughter, Anna Jarvis, began to organize the first Mother’s Day celebrations in the US, which eventually was declared a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Nine years later, Jarvis protested against what Mother’s Day had become, even calling for boycotts: “This is not what I intended. I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit.” So much for the best intentions of man, which cannot overcome the nature of man to serve himself and not the Lord, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Paul Cohen

- May 11, 2014

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Sexual Urge and Temptation

A letter to a friend:

E., as has often been the case, I appreciate what you have to say in these kinds of matters and the way you say it. I’m thankful for your honesty, a token of God’s blessing on you, which was working in you even before you came to us, though the Lord needed to chasten you.

I can look at a delicious plate of my favorite food and be excited, particularly when hungry. I can appreciate beautiful scenery or anything that excels in power or beauty or some desirable characteristics. I’ve been very impressed with writers who have such wonderful abilities to express themselves. I often wish I could write like them. But these excitements and desires, while legitimate or neutral in themselves, can’t be allowed free rein. I can’t allow myself to covet my neighbor’s goods or any other thing, though I may appreciate what’s there.

So with women. Let’s face it - we all know women can be beautiful and desirable to any healthy man; it’s a fact of life; it’s nature; it’s the way God has made things. How can we deny it? How shall we deny that we find beauty desirable in whatever form it takes? I I can’t. Can you? Can any man?

Our problem is that we’ve been corrupted in the lusts of our flesh. We’ve known ourselves to be given over to eating forbidden fruit and even enjoying it in our lusts. We also know that in our flesh dwells no good thing; we know it’s contrary to God and how He would have us conduct ourselves in all aspects of His creation. He brings the Law and teaches us temperance, constraint, discipline, and judgment. He enables us to manage ourselves and those things around us with His Mind and Attitude.

I confess I look at women, especially when they’re dressed seductively, as with everything else the flesh finds attractive. But by God’s grace, I’ve been able to control myself and not entertain those things, knowing full well I can’t have them and that it wouldn’t be good for me to have them. Boundaries have been set, and to trespass those boundaries is never wise. So why go there?

But will logic win the day? Not at all! We can tell ourselves right and wrong all we want, but the lust is there in the flesh, isn’t it? In fact, the more we try to instruct and control ourselves in the right and wrong of things, the more it seems we’re vulnerable. So what’s the answer? The Lord and His grace to us is the answer, the only answer. So while temptations are there, and while our carnal natures are so perfectly willing to indulge in things we ought not indulge in, and while we can’t escape those facts, we do have the Lord to keep us, in spite of ourselves. Any man who thinks a good-looking woman isn’t appealing isn’t honest with himself or anyone else.

Our virtue, apparently real or potential, isn’t our hope, is it, E.? It is Christ Who keeps us. It’s His righteousness, never ours.

That’s my understanding of things. Perhaps some may say I’m living by the Law. Could be. Or is it that I make the effort to keep my body under, lest after preaching, I should be discarded? I recall someone saying, “Look, but don’t touch,” but I’ve learned that looking too well or too long is as good as touching, so, “Don’t look,” is most advisable. I’ve also been keenly aware that if I look, others see me looking, and therefore I cause them to stumble.

But what if no one sees me looking, like on the internet, for example? We’re aware that while man may not see, God does, always. Furthermore, we can ask, “Does God care? He knows our natures; He understands,” but I know that what we say, think, and do is built into us. Nothing occurs without affecting our natures, to whatever degree. So why should I damn myself by thinking God won’t mind? He minds! All of nature, and how He has set things up, minds, always.

Law, law, law! Temptations, difficulties, capitulations, consequences… these are all facts of life. This is the way the Lord has formed everything. We know, however, there’s sure hope of perfection and victory in Him, and as Paul exhorted, let’s “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 MKJV). Our hope is sure.

Summing it up: Let’s not condemn ourselves for the temptations that are there or for our fleshly inclinations to indulge in those temptations. Those are facts we can’t avoid, being made subject to them and to all vanity. But let’s rejoice that the Lord has given us the way out, thus demonstrating His power and glory.

“No temptation has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 MKJV).

I’ve felt a need to express these things, particularly in the sexual context, for some time now. I hope I’m right and that this will help many.

Victor Hafichuk

- May 10, 2014

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What Can and Will Be

A note from Victor:

Hi everyone,

We’re constantly bombarded with the fact that our bodies and minds are being inescapably assaulted with chemicals, GMO’s, fluoride, glyphosate, etc. And merchandisers have much to gain by such publicity, yes, even people like Mercola, Barron, and Adams (not saying they aren’t doing some good things). But how much mind, in faith, do we pay to how our Divinely-designed bodies are quite able, even when given half a chance, to deal with these toxins? Firstly, we have the Lord; secondly, we have our natural bodies and their intelligence and powers He created to deal with these elements; and thirdly, He has given us the earth and good things in it to counter the harm made by man in all his unbelief. We can have faith on the other side of the scales that God has provided and does provide a way out in all things.

You might argue that God never intended for us to have to contend with things like GMO’s, and you’d be wrong. He knew all things from the beginning. He knew man would work the ground by the sweat of his brow and that the ground would produce thistle and thorn. “For every problem man ‘solves,’ he creates ten others”? GMO’s, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, synthetic fertilizers, nuclear radioactivity… aren’t these from the ground? Aren’t they thistles and thorns? Yes, they are. But for those who have faith, God keeps the Israelites (believers) through pestilence, the Davids through sword and wild beast, and the Elijahs through famine.

And He destroys the Egyptians and the Goliaths - the mighty, healthy, and wise of this world. Nobody escapes His judgment that comes to every man. Evil will not escape, and good will not go unrewarded.

I’ve said that we won’t be able to escape or neutralize all the known dangers that surround and invade us everywhere we turn and that our only hope and refuge is in the Lord. Don’t the Scriptures declare Him to be our Refuge, our Fortress, Buckler, and Shield? Where else can we go? What else can we do?

As our bodies and minds are able to deal with such invasions, so the earth will deal with manmade chemicals and GMO’s. “Once GMO’s escape into the environment, we’re doomed,” it’s said. I don’t think so. God has other ideas, though men have to suffer the consequences of their folly for a time. How else will they learn?

This link is one little example of how the Lord grants us inherent power in the natural to deal with Satan’s (men’s) ill-advised concoctions. Know that He takes care of all things all the time, one way or another, naturally or supernaturally. And if He permits the hedge to come down for a time and leave us vulnerable, it is also for good, isn’t it? Didn’t Job prosper in his great losses and sufferings? How about Jesus Christ? How about those whose faith is in Him?

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Paul’s reply:

Amen! So true! Praise the Lord! When this matter came up, the Lord confirmed to me that GMO’s aren’t going to win the day or the environment. He is greater and wiser in His creation and administration of it.

Faith in Him is definitely the way to go, always. Do we fear Him, or do we fear man? It’s one or the other.

“In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid of what man can do to me” (Psalms 56:11 MKJV).

Paul Cohen

- April 23, 2014

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A Question about Fear

We got this request for clarification:

Hi I just read your article on the wrath of god and at the end you say that those who have been defiled would be saved with fear, pulled from the fire at the last moment and shown mercy. I was just wondering if you could go into a little more detail of what you mean here because I was under the impression that god did not use fear to save people.

Please write me back.

Thank you.

Paul replied:

Hi Mike,

You ask about the following portion at the end of The Wrath of God:

For those who have ears to hear, repent, quickly. The time is at hand. For many it’s too late; that invisible fine line has been crossed when they were unaware. When God called, they wouldn’t answer, and now He won’t answer when they call in their calamity. Others who are defiled will be saved with fear, pulled out of the fire and shown mercy at the last moment.

'I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion' (Romans 9:15 MKJV).

Specifically, you ask us to go into more detail about the defiled who are saved by fear, because you’ve been “under the impression that god did not use fear to save people.
No, God doesn’t save people by fear of death or consequences alone, whether real or imagined (never-ending torment), but He does save them by the fear of Him:

“Now therefore let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of bribes” (2 Chronicles 19:7 HNV).

“He charged them, saying, 'Thus shall you do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart'” (2 Chronicles 19:9 HNV).

“And to man He said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom! And to depart from evil is understanding!'” (Job 28:28 MKJV)

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” (Psalms 111:10 ESV)

Proverbs 1:29-32 ESV
(29) Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,
(30) would have none of My counsel and despised all My reproof,
(31) therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.
(32) For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them.

“If you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:3-5 ESV).

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27 KJV).

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil” (Proverbs 16:6 KJV).

“The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm” (Proverbs 19:23 ESV).

So wouldn’t you say that a proper fear of God is necessary for salvation? Didn’t Jesus say the same thing, even with words that sounded threatening?

“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you of Whom you shall fear: Fear Him Who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear Him” (Luke 12:4-5 MKJV).

Not that it should be hell that is feared, but Him.

Finally, the wording from the paper on our site hearkens to what Jude wrote:

“But save others with fear, snatching them out of the fire; hating even the garment having been stained from the flesh” (Jude 1:23 MKJV).

There’s nothing wrong at all with using fear to save some, the right kind that reverences God through the hearing of faith. We warn everyone that God is not to be trifled with; He is indeed to be feared. Those who believe take heed and are saved:

Malachi 3:16-18 HNV
(16) Then those who feared the LORD spoke one with another; and the LORD listened, and heard, and a book of memory was written before Him, for those who feared the LORD, and who honored His Name.
(17) They shall be Mine, says the LORD of Armies, My Own possession in the day that I make, and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.
(18) Then you shall return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who doesn't serve Him.

How about you, Mike? Do you have a healthy fear of God? I believe if you properly feared Him, you wouldn’t lump Him in with the idols of men, writing of Him as a lowercase “god.” Lack of reverence = lack of godly fear.

Paul Cohen

- April 13, 2014

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A New (Working) Feature

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- October 11, 2013

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Loving Your Neighbor

A reply from Paul on an interesting question:

Hi Marina,

You ask about Galatians 5:14:

“For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14 MKJV).

Does it mean that if the second command is fulfilled, the first one is automatically fulfilled too? And vice-versa?

We would say that the Second Commandment is fulfilled because the First Commandment has been fulfilled. After all, doesn’t everything hinge on loving God with all our hearts and having no other gods before Him?

Mark 12:28-31 MKJV
(28) And coming up one of the scribes heard them reasoning, knowing that He had answered them well, he asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”
(29) And Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord;
(30) and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
(31) And the second is like this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

You can see in Galatians that Paul is speaking to fellow believers. In the verse previous to the one quoted above, he says:

“For, brothers, you were called to liberty. Only do not use the liberty for an opening to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13 MKJV).

In another place Paul says to them:

“This only I would learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the Law, or by hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, do you now perfect yourself in the flesh?” (Galatians 3:2-3 MKJV)

Now we know that those who love (obey) God (by His grace) receive His Spirit. So Paul is exhorting his brothers to walk in the Spirit, serving one another in the love of God.

Romans 8:12-14 MKJV
(12) Therefore, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
(13) For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die. But if you through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.
(14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

We need to be diligent to follow through on what God has given us, and He will take us all the way.

1 John 4:7-11 MKJV
(7) Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God.
(8) The one who does not love has not known God. For God is love.
(9) In this the love of God was revealed in us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.
(10) In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation concerning our sins.
(11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

God teaches us how to love Him and one another by faith, but in the realm of the new creation in Christ, not in the flesh. The flesh can’t love God, and the new creature in Christ can’t but love God. Our job is to trust Him by doing our part, whatever He gives each of us for today.

If you worship God, you’ll obey His Commandments. If you obey His Commandments, you’ll find yourself loving your neighbor as yourself. And love has nothing to do with emotion. It is a matter of desire, motive, and will.

Paul Cohen

- August 16, 2013

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The Fight Against Fluoride

“And the nations were full of wrath, and Your wrath came, and the time of the judging of the dead, and to give the reward to Your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to the ones fearing Your Name, to the small and to the great, and to destroy those destroying the earth” (Revelation 11:18).

The Lord has given us to fight against the practice of poisoning drinking water in the name of health, also called “water fluoridation.” Our battle has been specifically taking place in Lethbridge, Alberta, but by extension, everywhere this egregious practice is in effect. (If you aren’t familiar with the facts about this toxic assault on humanity and the environment, see 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation and our website, www.FluorideFreeLethbridge.com.)

Everyone should be informed of the facts, but facts alone don’t change the disposition of pride and sin that insists on maintaining this destructive practice. Our battle is primarily with spiritual wickedness in high places, against the rulers of the darkness of this world that blinds people to the reality of such misbehavior. The Lord would have all repent and cease the destruction. To that end, He has given us light to shine on the issues of the heart in this matter and all others. When the heart is turned, men will abandon their stratagems for self-enrichment and empowerment at the expense of others, and will instead become producers of goodness towards all.

“And He shall judge between many peoples, and will decide for strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, And they shall not still learn war” (Micah 4:3).

- June 23, 2013

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Some Thoughts Sparked by Easter

The name “Easter” is the name of the pagan goddess, known as Easter, Ishtar, or Ashtoreth, the “many-breasted one,” the goddess of sex, fertility, prosperity, fruitfulness, success, and happiness. Hence, people use bunnies and eggs to celebrate Easter, things prolific and fertile.

Did you know they had female priestesses and religious sexual orgies in honor of her, the “queen of Heaven”? Do you really want to be identified with these devilish origins and activities in any way? See what Jeremiah had to say about such practices in Jeremiah chapter 44. God hates mixture, you know; if you don’t, you will.

Many nominal Christian churches preach a Jesus of physical prosperity and fertility. Such is the Word-Faith doctrine - “Name it and claim it” - propagated by Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and countless other prosperity preachers. Such diabolical doctrines nurture a selfish attitude of giving to get (the “seed faith” doctrine made popular by Oral Roberts and proclaimed by thousands).

The world churches love and praise a god of comeliness. They lawlessly display forbidden images, depicting Jesus as a handsome man, when, truly, the Word of God by Isaiah describes Him quite differently (Isaiah 53:1-5). In spirit and essence, they preach Attractive Ashtoreth, the mythical many-breasted succulent sex beauty. It is another Jesus they worship, and they give His Name to a pagan deity. Thus, there is great confusion, which is the meaning of the words “Babel” and “Babylon.”

“[God] also said to me, ‘You turn again, and you shall see greater evils that they are doing. And He brought me to the opening of the gate of the LORD’s house, toward the north. And behold, women were sitting there, weeping for Tammuz” (Ezekiel 8:13-14 MKJV).

Lent happens to be the period of weeping for Tammuz 40 days, one day for each year he had lived. The parallels to the Lord’s life and events thereof are stunning, aren’t they (I speak tongue-in-cheek)? Yes, He was 40 days appearing and disappearing on earth after His resurrection, but He appeared to those who believed, and they were rejoicing, not weeping. Tammuz went to his grave and remained there. Not so with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The confusion and abominations don’t end there. While the Lord Jesus is the Lamb (a clean animal) of God, the “Christian” world celebrates Easter (supposedly celebrating the time of Jesus’ resurrection) with ham, the carcass of a pig (an unclean animal). Subtly, the world calls the Messiah, “the pig of God.” It was a boar that killed the pagan god, Tammuz (some god!), and so they eat a pig in his honor at the event named after his mother, Semiramis –Ishtar or Easter.

It is an intentional insult to Jews to be eating ham, a meat God declared unclean for His people, at Passover. In contempt of the Jews, Gentiles partake. Why do nominal Christians despise the Jews so much that they would be willing to malign Jesus Christ in the process, the One they presume to worship?

It’s hard to comprehend how intelligent, educated people fall prey to this nonsense. But such is the power and mystery of iniquity. Truly, the masses are insanely stupid by sin. It has nothing to do with carnal intelligence.

Paul the apostle said of the flesh and blood Jews, “Concerning the Gospel, they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election, they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:28-29).

I don’t care who you are; if you despise the Jews, you despise the fathers - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - whom you deem to be men of faith and of God. Indeed, you despise God, Who has long ago determined not to cast them off forever. (Dare read the books of the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel for yourself; read Romans chapters 9, 10, and 11 if you insist on the New Testament.)

Hitler, where are you now? Babylon, where are you? Alexander the Great and your empire, mighty Rome, where are you? What happened to you, Eastern Europe? What is now happening to you, Western Europe? Are you not in great turmoil? You slaughter the Jews and expect to get away with it? Now you have them replaced by murderous Muslims who take everything away from you!

How you reap and will reap for what you’ve sown and still sow!

And where will you be when all is said and done, Arabs and Muslims who vow the destruction of Jews and Israel? Will you fare any better than Hitler? Don’t count on it. Truly, count otherwise; it is guaranteed. It is written: Those who curse the Jews curse themselves. (Read A Word to the Enemies of Israel.)

It had been my conviction that Canada was in dire trouble because it shut the doors to the Jews who sought a haven during World War II when the Nazis sought to destroy them. But not many years ago, there was a prayer movement in Canada wherein a group of believers confessed this nation’s sins against Israel and asked forgiveness of God for what Canada had done half a century ago. I believe God heard their confession and honored their public repentance, not because of any righteousness on their part, but for His Name and glory.

Today we have Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government standing strong on Israel’s side, something we’ve not ever seen in Canada before. This is despite intense international pressure and pressures within Canada. Sometimes Canada is the only nation to stand with Israel. For this, as Mr. Harper acknowledges, he has had to pay a price, but I believe God will bless and keep Canada for his stance. I know He is doing so. Indeed, God is blessing Canada by giving us a government willing to identify with Israel in its great trials in this last great day of history. We stand in awe.

The Lord Jesus Christ, raised from the dead three days after being offered up on the Passover as the Lamb of God, will yet save His people, as promised.

“And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, ‘There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this is My covenant with them, when I have taken away their sins’” (Romans 11:26-27 MKJV).

Victor Hafichuk

- March 24, 2013

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“Israel’s Only Friend”?

Ed Koch, former mayor of New York, recently died, and it reminded us that we wrote to a website that published his article in September 2011. Here is the letter:

I most certainly have a question, if not a comment, of Mr. Koch. I have appreciated his articles, reasoning, and stance for Israel. But in this article, he says, “The U.S. is Israel’s only friend and ally.”

Is this true? Is he qualifying that statement with the idea that America is the only friend and ally that seems powerful enough to help Israel in any significant way? Because I see Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada standing up for Israel. I have seen Minister Jason Kenney of Harper’s cabinet standing up for Israel. Does the present Canadian government not get any credit with Mr. Koch for its stance, for which it has paid the price in many ways, one of those being the loss of a seat on the U.N. Security Council, which Germany and even Portugal won instead?

I understand that most Jews are Liberals and Democrats. Traditionally, that has certainly been so.

Wasn’t it a Liberal, Mr. Michael Ignatieff, Opposition Leader to Harper, who criticized Harper’s support for Israel, and who may have been a cause of the loss of that seat at the U.N.?

Isn’t Ignatieff the man who, before entering Canadian politics and while reporting in Lebanon, criticized Israel and supported the Muslim Arabs in the war, while all Israel was doing was defending herself?

Isn’t it a Democrat who, as President of the U.S., stands ready to throw Israel under the bus - with fiendish relish, I might add? And this is a man whom the Jews significantly helped bring to power.

Are Jews like Mr. Koch so politically partisan that they don’t recognize a friend when they have one in the present Conservative government of Canada?

Do Jews encourage further support from Canada and other nations by Ed Koch’s insulting, dismissive remark? Can he, as a Jew, afford to publicly “schmooze” with a power Jews assume or hope to be their friend, while publicly disregarding those who pay a price to be their friend?

We have been supporting Mr. Harper and his government in his support of Jews and of Israel. Maybe Mr. Koch knows something about Canada’s government and Prime Minister Harper concerning present-day relations with Jews and Israel that we don’t. If so, enlighten us. I would like to hear what he knows that we don't, and would gladly take revelations into consideration.

Mr. Jolkovsky, I'd like to hear from both you and Mr. Koch on this one.

Victor Hafichuk

Nobody responded.

- February 8, 2013

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Etiquette Used to Conceal the Sin of the Religiously-Correct

“They tell the prophets to keep quiet. They say, ‘Don't talk to us about what's right. Tell us what we want to hear. Let us keep our illusions. Get out of our way and stop blocking our path. We don't want to hear about your holy God of Israel’” (Isaiah 30:10-11 GNB).

Barb Hallgrav, a commenter in the previous Notice Board posting (“What about ‘Keeping Christ in Christmas’?”) sent this note to Marilyn Hafichuk:

Hi Marilyn, I just discovered that you have used My name and My posts on facebook re Christmas on your husbands's website Without my permission. I'm asking you hereby to please remove that. People cannot legally publish to their own website another person's words or name Without their permission and I do not give it. Please remove it, thank you.

Barb

Marilyn responded:

Hi Barb,

I shared your concerns with Victor and Paul, Victor's co-worker at The Path of Truth. This is his reply.

Hi Barb, Paul Cohen here from The Path of Truth,

Whether or not it’s legal to publish the correspondence Victor had with you and others on Facebook, a public forum, is something lawyers may debate, but there’s no question in our minds that doing so is kosher with God. You and your friends publicly and openly expressed your views about things pertaining to Him, and Victor openly answered them. So what’s wrong with publishing these unedited remarks? You are most certainly welcome to post our comments anywhere you please, provided you quote completely in context, give credit (or “blame”) where due, and don’t charge.

Why are you ashamed or afraid of people hearing what you believe about God? Do you speak truth? Has the Lord spoken to you and taught you the things you speak? If so, why would you be reticent to have it shouted from the housetops? Did you think you can talk about God publicly, but He can’t send anyone to answer you publicly? How are you any different than those who crucified the Lord, because you’re speaking according to their mindset?

In one of your posts you wrote: “I doubt if anyone really knows what our Lord hates other than sin & I cannot see anything with His name in it as sin.

What do you think “taking His Name in vain” is, if not sin? Have you not red this Scripture?

“For the Name of God is blasphemed among the nations because of you, as it is written” (Romans 2:24 MKJV).

We had no agreement with you to confidentiality, Barb, and the matter is certainly a public one. We won’t be removing what we published, unless the Lord tells us otherwise. Is there anything you want to change in what you wrote? If you have anything to add or edit, we would consider publishing that too, Lord willing. Above all, we would love to see a retraction, not for our sakes, but for yours. Your religion and self-righteousness are killing you.

Barb's response:

Marilyn, my comments were in reply to your post on facebook, between friends, and I did not give you permission to publish it elsewhere especially with My name attached. I believed I was speaking to a person not a group and you should have asked my permission first, out of simple etiquette.

I stopped replying and reading replies to that particular post because I've learned that arguing between Christians is wrong and that unity in Christ is more important, esp in these last days.

Marilyn, this has been a big breach of trust and I'm very disappointed in you. My faith in my Lord Jesus Christ is the most precious thing in my life and to have my beliefs mocked by a fellow Christian who believes somewhat differently is just sad.

But if your friend needs to use my words to prove his own beliefs on his website then so be it, but do me the courtesy of removing MY name.

*Colossians 2:16 "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days"

Barb

Barb then unfriended Marilyn, allowing no opportunity for response. Paul and Victor respond here, at The Path of Truth, for Barb and everyone else:

Barb, Paul and Victor answering you on our site since you replied to Marilyn through Facebook and then unfriended her, cutting off our means of communication.

You say “arguing” between Christians is wrong and “unity in Christ” is more important in “these last days.” You sound like the pope or any other ecumenical preacher of the harlot church, to which you manifestly belong. What does the true Church of Christ, the Assembly of His saints, have to do with the works of men, that we should be united with them?

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 MKJV
(14) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship does righteousness have with lawlessness? And what partnership does light have with darkness?
(15) And what agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever?
(16) And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said, "I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
(17) Therefore come out from among them and be separated, says the Lord, and do not touch the unclean thing. And I will receive you
(18) and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

It’s in the gatherings of idolatrous churches where you learned to celebrate “Christmas,” along with many other damnable lies. And you don’t want us to publish God’s argument against those things presented in His Name? We aren’t bound like you to hold those phony works together as representative of Christ, but are here in His Name to expose them as the paths of the destroyer, Satan.

One of Satan’s greatest lies is that, because men have called themselves by the Name of the Lord, they are His people. Haven’t you heard of “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and “tares”? Both terms describe those who appear to be something they aren’t. That’s you. The Lord said of such:

“Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your Name, and through Your Name throw out demons, and through Your Name do many wonderful works?' And then I will say to them, 'I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!'” (Matthew 7:22-23 MKJV)

You haven’t answered any of our questions, Barb, trying instead to validate your lawlessness by disguising it as lawful etiquette, which is pleasing to people who want to hide themselves in darkness, but not pleasing to God and His saints walking in the Light. If everyone were to follow your suggestions and ways, there wouldn’t be a Bible today, because those who wrote it named names and didn’t hold back on telling people their sins.

You call speaking the Truth “mocking” your beliefs and a “breach of trust.” We were not mocking you; rather, it is the Truth speaking against you, and so you are offended. You’ve put what you believe above God, because that’s where you’ve seated yourself. You’re altogether walking in the spirit of anti-Christ, the man of sin:

“Let not anyone deceive you by any means. For that Day shall not come unless there first comes a falling away, and the man of sin shall be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself forth, that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 MKJV).

That’s you and your demand to have your etiquette honored. But we come with the Lord to put you away:

“And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of His mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:8 MKJV).

Shame on Isaiah, who went naked before the people for years - how he lacked etiquette (Isaiah 20:2-3).

Shame on John the Immerser, who addressed the multitudes coming to him as a brood of vipers – how he lacked etiquette (Luke 3:7).

Shame on Peter, who rebuked Simon (Acts 8:20-23), and Paul, who rebuked Elymas (Acts 13:8-12).

And most of all, shame on Jesus, Who, while a guest in a man’s house, rebuked him for his wrong. How the Lord lacked etiquette (Luke 7:36–47)! You, Barb, worship another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4), one who prizes unity at the cost of the Truth. While we lack your etiquette prized by the prince of this world, you lack the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, your etiquette replacing worshipping Him in spirit and in truth.

“Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men, saying, 'Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment against all, and to convict all the ungodly among them about all their ungodly deeds which they have committed impiously, and about all the harsh words which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him'” (Jude 1:14-15 EMTV).

Let the Lord be manifest and praised by all. Amen.

Paul and Victor

- January 22, 2013

 

 

 

 

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