“Then Abraham drew near and said to Him, ‘Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose I can find fifty good people within the city. Will you then sweep it all away, and not spare it for the sake of the fifty good ones who are in it?…
And then Abraham said again, ‘Oh Lord, do not be angry, and I will ask this again but this once: Perhaps [not fifty but] just ten good people shall be found in that city. And God said, then I will not destroy it, for sake of those ten good people…
And so it came to pass that the Lord rained fire and brimstone out of the highest heavens, down upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. He overthrew those cities in His judgement, and so all of their surroundings, and all of their inhabitants, and even all which moved and grew upon the ground around them.”
Genesis 18: 23-32, 19: 24-25
“So let us stop debating the basic teachings again and again. Let us go forward instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds, and placing our faith in the Lord. You don’t need further instruction and debate about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding. For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened – those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come – and who then turn away from God.
It is impossible to bring such people who were given the grace to see and then fallen away, back again to true forgiveness – for by accepting Him with their words, and then rejecting Him with their actions and in their hearts, they themselves have nailed him back on to His cross, and held Him publicly to shame.”
Hebrews 6: 1-6
This is what is called the sins against the Spirit – those who turn the good word to ill and to a temptation, who dwell in the words but not in the Spirit, who have the leaven of the pharisees, who may appear good and whole to the eye, but who inside are but hollowed tombs, filled with every evil and corruption.
Stocks sold off this morning, but the volumes being light, it was lacking in conviction, and equities spent the rest of the day drifting back higher.
Gold also took out the 1200 level this morning, but could not quite hold on to the 12 handle.
This post was published at Jesses Crossroads Cafe on 12 JANUARY 2017.