“The NT Born Again & the 12 Step Recovery Program – 201” …Blog.
*** (Psalms 138:2) I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth's sake; for You [GOD] have magnified = Your Word = above ALL Your name.
*** (Acts 17:11) And these were more noble = than those of Thessalonica, = in that they received = the Word = with all readiness of mind = and = searched the Scriptures = “DAILY” = to see if those things were so [or Not].
*** (Romans 6:16) Don't you know; that when you offer yourselves to someone; as obedient slaves; you are slaves of the one you ‘Obey’ –> either of Sin; which leads to Death; or of ‘Obedience’ –> which leads to Righteousness? [John 7:38-39]
*** (James 1:13-to-16) When someone is Tempted; he should ‘NOT’ say, “I am being tempted by God,” –> Because God cannot be tempted by evil; Nor does He tempt anyone.
(Jas 1:14) Instead, each person is tempted by his own desire [lust]; being lured and trapped by it.
(Jas 1:15) When that Desire [Lust] becomes pregnant; it gives birth to Sin; and when that Sin grows up [matures]; it gives birth to Death.
(Jas 1:16) Do ‘Not’ be deceived; my dear brothers.
Yesterday, I began this discussion… and have had several inquiries. In doing so, I will take their published “12 Steps” and examine simply compare them with the Bible. As we do this, I simply ask everyone, several questions? Will any of those “12 Steps” be used by Christ Jesus: when we ALL stand before Him to be Judged…? Please answer, “Yes or NO”…? Yesterday, did You ‘read & understand’ all the Bible Verses; and their ‘Application’ to the topic? Did You carefully examine those extra informational links, provided in the blog? Did You pick it apart and then “TEST”: any of the “12 Steps” to see IF there was a Conflict: with what I had posted? Ultimately, Christ Jesus is the… “LIVING HOLY WORD of GOD!” The God Man, came as the “Passover Lamb of God!” His finished work of redemption is “CONDITIONAL! [John 7:38-39]” True Saving Faith, is also Conditional [Acts 15:8-9]: based ONLY on His Holy Word! He, Christ Jesus: will NOT use any of the “12 Steps” to “Judge Mankind!” He will ONLY use His Holy Word… just as He said, “John 12:48”…!
*** (John 15:22-23-24) If I [Jesus] had Not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have “NO Excuse” for their sin.
(John 15:23) He who hates Me [Jesus]: hates My Father [God] also.
(John 15:24) If I [Jesus] had not done among them the works which No other did; they would not have had sin. But now they have both seen and hated Me [Jesus] and My Father [God].
*** (John 12:48) He who rejects Me [Jesus] and does not receive My Words; has One who judges him; the Word that I have spoken; the same shall ‘Judge’ him in the “Last Day”.
*** (James 2:19) You believe that there is one God. That's fine! Even the demons believe that and tremble with fear.
Believing “about GOD”… is “NOT” Believing: IN God…! That is what “James 2:19” says in the preceding Bible verse! Since MOST of those using the “12 Steps” believe in God: their belief about God: does Not constitute “Saving Faith!” Their speaking using “God”: does Not indicate a “True Bible Belief”… that “Christ Jesus is GOD!” They speak about Prayer, which is “Conditional!” They speak about “Character Defects”: which are actually, “Sin & Lawlessness!” All these human conditions are just like any other: of the other sinners, here on earth. Does their dependency on Alcohol or Drugs, make them: “Any Different?” Absolutely NOT! We are ALL: “Born Sinners”… and so we ALL: “Need the ONLY Savior!” Christ Jesus, the Lord of Lords & King of Kings! Just Who is this “God Man”…? He is the Living Holy Word of God… come as the Passover Lamb of God!
*** (Romans 5:12) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, so death spread to everyone, “Because ALL have sinned.”
*** (Proverbs 30:4) WHO has gone up to Heaven and has come down? WHO has gathered the wind in His fists? WHO has bound the waters in His garments? WHO has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name? Surely you know?
“Who is = The Word – 101?”…Blog.
*** (Jeremiah 23:29) Is not My Word like a FIRE? Says the LORD Jehovah; and like a Hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? [Hebrews 4:11-12-13]
*** (2Corinthains 11:4) For if someone comes along and preaches Another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a Different Spirit from the one you received or a Different Gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen.
*** (Hebrews 1:5-to-8) For to ‘which’ of the angels [None!] = did He [God] = say at ‘any’ time, = “You are My Son, = this day I [God] = have ‘begotten’ You [Jesus]?” = And again, = “I will be to Him [Jesus] a Father [God], = and = He [Jesus] = shall be to Me [God] = a Son?"
(Heb 1:6) And again, = when He [God] = brings in the First-born [Jesus] = into the world, = He [God] says, = “And let ‘all’ the angels of God = “WORSHIP” = Him [Jesus].”
(Heb 1:7) And of ‘the angels’ = He [God] says, = “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”
(Heb 1:8) But to the Son [Jesus] = He [God] says, = “Your throne, = O God [Jesus], = is forever and ever. = A scepter of ‘righteousness’ = is the scepter of = Your [Jesus] kingdom.
“Is ‘Jesus’ God? – 101”…Blog.
*** (John 1:1-to-5) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(John 1:2) He was in the beginning with God.
(John 1:3) All things came into being through Him, and without Him Not even one thing came into being that has come into being. [Colossians 1:13-14-15]
(John 1:4) In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
(John 1:5) And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.
*** (Hebrews 5:8) though being a Son, yet He [Jesus] learned obedience by the things which He Suffered. [1Corinthians 5:7 Christ our Passover]
“The ‘Only Begotten’ Son of God – 101” …Blog.
If You will simply take the time and study these Blogs… they will “Reference Bible Verses” to validate this premise. The “12 Steps” program does “NOT” use these Bible Verses! A “Finite Sinful Human Being”… cannot understand an “Infinite Holy GOD”…! And without the Holy Scriptures, those using the “12 Steps” are “Spiritually Blind!” Only when ‘One’, is Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God: can they even “Begin to understand the Scriptures! It is the Indwelling Holy Spirit, Who teaches God’s Truth, found in His Holy Word! These blogs will only point You toward His TRUTH [His Word]! I may share GOD’S TRUTH… but again, it is ONLY His HOLY SPIRIT… that will enlighten your ‘mind & understanding!’ All other understanding of His Truth is… “Only Academic!”
*** (Proverbs 4:7) Wisdom is the main thing; get wisdom; and with all your getting get Understanding.
*** (Psalms 119:11) I have hidden Your Word in my heart; so that I might Not sin against You [Lord].
*** (James 3:12) Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? So can NO fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
*** (John 6:63-to-66) It is the [Holy] Spirit that makes alive, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I [Jesus] speak to you are Spirit and are Life. [Eternal]
(Joh 6:64) But there are some of you who do ‘Not’ believe. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe; and who is the one betraying Him.
(Joh 6:65) And He [Jesus] said, Because of this I said to you that no one can come to Me unless it was given to him from My Father [God].
(Joh 6:66) From this time “MANY” of His disciples went back into the things behind, and walked no more with Him [Jesus].
*** (John 7:38-39) The one who believes in Me [Jesus], as the Scripture has said, will have rivers of living water flowing from his heart." [Romans 8:9]
(John 7:39) Now He [Jesus] said this about the [Holy] Spirit, Whom those who were believing in him were to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit was Not yet present, because Jesus had Not yet been glorified. [Acts 2:1-5]
“Rivers of Living Water – 101” …Blog.
These are the original twelve steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous:
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
All Prayer is Conditional…! Does GOD hear Your Prayers…? Why…?
*** (Proverbs 17:15) He that justifies the wicked; and he that condemns the just; even they both are abomination to the LORD.
*** (Psalms 66:18) If I regard iniquity in my heart; the Lord will ‘Not’ hear me:
*** (Proverbs 28:9) He that turns away his ear from hearing the law; even his prayer shall be Abomination.
“Prayer Requests? – 101” …Blog.
*** (Jeremiah 11:14) And you: do “Not” pray for this people, “Nor” lift up a cry or prayer for them. For I [God] will “Not” hear them in the time; they cry to Me for their trouble.
*** (Ezekiel 14:14) And though these three men: –> Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it: –> they should Deliver: “Only” their own souls by their righteousness; says the Lord Jehovah.
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Love; in Christ, Roger // “Psalms 138:2”…!