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Thursday, September 22 2016
Titus 2: High Fidelity Christianity
"Not every one that saith unto Me, LORD, LORD, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity"
The English-language word "fidelity" originated from a Latin word, fidelitas, that meant faithful - not as a state of mind alone, but as a way of life of being true to something or someone, without betrayal or perversion.
"High fidelity" is a modern-era electronics term that refers to fully reproducing what was actually recorded - without distortion or omission. The principle originated however with the Word of God in the Garden of Eden (see also Will You Return To The Tree Of Life? and Was The Garden Of Eden At Jerusalem?).
Notice the difference between the pure sound of the Word of the LORD and the twisted (see What Does Wicked Mean?) noise of the Devil's playback (see also the Fact Finder question below).
"2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17 KJV)
The crystal-clear and perfect recorded Word of God was given to humanity as the basis of living a life that is truly faithful to the Creator (see also God, Who Created All Things By Jesus Christ and Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?). The Messiah made plain that distortions and neglect of His Word isn't faith - it's just noise that will, in due time, be silenced forever.
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The apostle Paul (see Paul, The Apostle To The World) was a real person who taught real people (see The Men And Women Who Made It Happen). No one is yet perfect (see Perfecting Your Perfection). No one is yet without sin (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
But everyone, in their due time (see The Harvests Of Salvation), is capable of being a "high fidelity Christian" ("sound in faith," verse 2 below) by allowing the true Word of God to be the sight and sound of their journey to eternal life: "Shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things."
"2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
Fact Finder: How has Satan distorted and perverted the sight and sound of God's Word?
This Day In History, September 22
904: The Chinese warlord Zhu Quanzhong executed Emperor Zhaozong after seizing control of the imperial government.
1499: The Peace of Basel ended the Swiss (also known as the Swabian War) between the Holy Roman emperor Maximilian I and the Swiss Confederation.
1530: The first version of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession was presented to Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) after the Emperor had declared that the Confutation (August 3 1530) prepared by the Catholic theologians to refute the Augsburg Confession (June 25 1530) properly presented his Catholic faith. The Emperor demanded that the reformers return to the Catholic church and refused to accept the Apology when it was presented to him. See Emperors and Popes to understand that emperors always (past and yet future) claimed superiority to popes (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1556: Johann Agricola died at age 72. The "protestant" reformer, a friend of Martin Luther (he convinced Luther to study Roman theology instead of medicine) was an advocate of antinomianism (anti = "against", nomos = "law") - a Satanic blasphemy that falsely claims that Christians are "freed by grace" from the need to obey The Ten Commandments (see Antinomianism).
1692: The last official executions for witchcraft (see What Is Sorcery?) in Massachusetts. During the Salem Witch Trials, 8 people who been falsely accused of witchcraft were hung, bringing to a total of 13 women and 7 men who were put to death over the course of the brief witch-hunt era (see also What Does Wicked Mean? to understand how the word for witchcraft, wicca, is the same as the word for those who make false accusations against innocent people).
1761: George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of Great Britain.
1784: A Russian colony was established in what is today Alaska. Russia sold the territory to the U.S. in 1867.
1862: Abraham Lincoln issued his first Emancipation Proclamation attempt to free U.S. slaves.
1888: The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published.
1896: Queen Victoria surpassed King George III (her grandfather) as the longest reigning monarch in British history. Queen Victoria reigned 63 years and 7 months. Queen Elizabeth II, the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, became the longest reigning in British history in 2015.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the German submarine SM U-9 torpedoed and sank the British cruisers, HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy on the Broad Fourteens off the Dutch coast. Over 1,400 men were lost.
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), British forces in Israel (then known as "Palestine," an English rendering of "Philistine") captured Nazareth and Haifa from the Ottoman (Turkish) forces (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1949: The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb, ending the U.S. monopoly of atomic weapons.
1965: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 (also known as the Second Kashmir War) between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, ended with a UN sponsored cease-fire.
1975: Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.
1980: Polish workers won the right to form independent unions, from which came the Solidarity movement with Lech Walesa as its elected leader.
1980: The Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war.
1991: The Dead Sea Scrolls were made available to public viewing for the first time (listen to our Sermon The Dead Sea Scrolls).
2011: CERN scientists claimed a discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light.