It is said that the memory of God is long, and perfect. European history is filled with the actions, habits, and nature of the early Christian Popes in Rome, including much of Europe in the middle ages.  But let us read from parts of the Epistle of Paul, in the Bible, Romans, chapter 1.

1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

1:18  For the earth of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. [God gave Man Conscience and discretion].

1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. [Ego trumps Conscience]

1:23  And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. [The image of Christ is of the physical body of Christ, not the Spirit of Christ: God is Spirit]

1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and seved the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:  for even their women did change the natural use  into which is against nature:

1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. [Does anyone imagine that AIDS is unintentional]?

1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.

_____________  And now relate these  2,000 year-old verses to what is taking place today.

1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; fulll of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

1:31  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

1:32  Who knowing the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. [This is no doubt difficult for parents, or siblings to abandon the evil of relatives… but the alternative is death of of one’s Soul.  Surely no person is worth loss of ones own Soul?]

So, when I suggest that one resist evil [in all its forms] I am merely repeating what Paul admonished some 2,000 years ago.  God and Truth are permanent, and unchanging.


Brother James


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