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Let's Kick The Rock...

Let Us Go and 'Kick the Rock'...
Persecuters of the Church that Jesus Christ Founded, Take Heed...

And He (Paul) Said, "Who Art Thou Lord?" And HE said, "I AM JESUS, WHOM THOU ART PERSECUTING." Acts 9:5.

" I (Paul) Am The Least Of The Apostles, And Am Not Worthy To Be Called An Apostle, Because I Persecuted The Church Of GOD." 1Cor 15:9, Gal 1:23...

Why do some people ignore such powerful verses as these of Holy Scripture? Why do they expend so much energy in trying to 'Kick the Rock' and to no avail, when they could be using that same energy to preach love to their flock? People have been kicking the 'rock' for centuries and what has it proven? Only that if you kick the 'rock', the 'rock' will not budge, but you will hurt your foot. Some might prefer to butt their heads against the 'rock', but this will only give them a headache. This is proven in the indisputable fact that the Catholic Church has grown in membership over the centuries to over one billion members. All of the Ellen Gould Whites, and Charles Taze Russells combined, have not been able to deter the growth of the Catholic Church. Instead, all of the 'kickers' have lost 'market share' while the Catholic Church has gained it. So, of what use is it to 'kick the rock'?
Is there a reason why 'kicking the rock' is a waste of energy? Yes, there is a very good reason. It is because, truth always wins in the end. You must remember what Abraham Lincoln said about 'fooling' the people. He said, "You can't fool all of the people all of the time."
You can prove a truth, but you cannot prove a lie. For those who enjoy 'kicking the rock', here are some indisputable facts:

1. Jesus Christ founded 'A' Church in Mt 16:18.
2. Jesus Christ also said in Mt 16:18, that "The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against It."  That means, Jesus Christ Himself will defend His Church from Without and From    Within. That verse applies to the detractors and to the 'rock kickers'. You will NOT prevail    because Jesus Christ said you wouldn't. History has shown this to be true. Why do    some simply do not believe the words of Jesus Christ?
3. In Mt 28:20, Jesus Christ said He would be with His Church until the end of the world. If you    think your church is the church He was talking about, was it in existence at the time He said these    words? If not, then how could He be talking about your church? Was Jesus Christ telling the truth    when He made this statement? Apparently the detractors and 'rock kickers' do not believe He    was.
4. Name 'A' Church that you can trace all the way back to Mt 16:18. It should be easy as you only  have one choice.
5. ALL protestant churches were founded by mere men over 1400 years after Jesus founded His    Church in Mt 16:18.
6. In Jn 14:15-17, Jesus said, "I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate to dwell  with you forever, the Spirit of TRUTH whom the WORLD cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But YOU shall know Him, because He will dwell with you and be in you." Jesus said here that a permanent Advocate will come and be with His disciples forever. Who are His disciples? Was Jesus telling the truth here also?
7. The Church which Jesus Christ founded is what and where? His Church, or His 'Body' are the    people and He is the head, 1Cor 10:17, Eph 1:22-23, Col 1:24. Since His Body is the people of    the Church, then the detractors and 'rock kickers' are kicking me, and the other members of    Christ's Church. If anyone would like to refute these factual truths I have listed, I would certainly    like to hear from you... 

****************************************************************** A CHALLENGE TO 'ROCK KICKERS' AND DETRACTORS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH...
Love comes from GOD, and hate only comes from satan. These people think they are doing the world a service. When instead, it is a disservice and reflects on themselves and not on the 'Rock'. Now what does the Bible have to say about detractors, calumnizers, liars, 'rock kickers', and 'sins of the tongue'?
1. Start with Prov 6:16-19. "Six things there are which the Lord hates, and the seventh His soul detests: haughty eyes, A LYING TONGUE, hands that shed innocent blood (abortion), A HEART THAT DEVISES WICKED PLOTS, feet that are swift to run into mischief, A DECEITFUL WITNESS THAT UTTERS LIES, and HIM THAT SOWS DISCORD AMONG BRETHREN. " Hey, any 'rock kickers', do you see yourselves here? Seems to me if you do any of these things, you are betting your soul with where you will spend eternity. These verses should be enough to make any thinking, and GOD fearing person to think twice before kicking the rock, but there are many more verses on these subjects.
2. Lying: Jer 7:8, "Behold, you put your trust in lying words, which shall not profit you." Jer 9:3-9, "They have bent their tongue...for lies and not for truth...and a man will mock his brother, and they will not speak the truth, for they have taught their tongue to speak lies...thus says the Lord of Hosts, I will melt them and try them." Ez 13:8, "Because you have spoken vain things, and have seen lies, ...I come against you." Jn 8:44, "...the devil...When he tells a lie he speaks from his very nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." Acts 5:1-10, Ananias and his wife both lied about the price they got for their land and both were immediately struck down and died. Rom 1:25, "They who exchanged the TRUTH OF GOD FOR A LIE." Eph 4:29, "Let no ill speech proceed from your mouth..." "Col 3:9, Do not lie to one another..." There are many more if you want to check them out, Job 13:4, Dan 11:27, Mic 2:11,6:12, Hab 2:18, Rom 3:13, 2Thes 2:3-12, 2Tim 4:3-5, Tit 1:9-14, and just see what will happen to liars in Rev 21:8.
3. Calumny: A false statement maliciously made to ruin anothers reputation. Harming the name and good reputation of persons by lies. Wis 1:11, (see separate file on the deuterocanonicals), "Keep yourselves from murmuring which profits nothing, and refrain your tongue from detraction."
Sir 5:15-16, "...the tongue of the fool is his ruin." Sir 28:12-26, see what happens to calumnizers.  Mt 5:11, 11th beatitude. Mt 5:44, "Pray for those who persecute and calumniate you." Again there are many more, Eccl 10:20, Mt 10:25-31,11:16-19, Mt 12:24-37, Lk 6:28,
2Pet 2:12,3:16.
4. The Tongue: Prov 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: They that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof." Sir 28:15, "The whisperer and the double tongued is accursed, for he has troubled many that were at peace." James 3:1-12, "...the tongue is a little member...that can defile the whole body and setting on fire the course of our life, being itself set on fire by HELL....but the tongue no man can tame, a restless evil full of deadly poison..." Again, there are many more verses, Sir 4:20-31, Sir 5:16,14:1,20:1-20,23:7-15.
5. Rock Kicking: "Do not be a stumbling block to the Church of GOD," 1Cor 10:32. Hey 'kickers'! Did you gloss over this one?

In order to be a true Christian, you have to pattern your life after what Holy Scripture tells you. If it says it is wrong to do something, then it is against Scripture to do it, and you will be judged accordingly.
Does Scripture tell you to speak ill of another person or group?
Does it tell you to attack another Church?
Does it tell you to judge others?
Does it tell you to propagate 'stories' about another individual group, or person, without knowing if the story is true or a lie?
Does Holy Scripture tell you to hate others, to try to destroy their reputation, to disparage their name?
NO! None of this is in Scripture. In fact, Scripture implores you to do just the opposite.
The entire Bible can be summed up in One Word...Love, Gal 5:14.
The first three of the ten commandments concern love of GOD, and the last seven are love of your fellow man. Jesus Christ summed the ten commandments into just two, Love of GOD, and Love for each other, Matt 22:34-40.
"Love is the fulfillment of the law," Rom 13:10.

Okay, 'rock kickers', detractors, disparagers, calumnizers, show me your justification for what you are doing. Show me where the Bible preaches hate. Show me where it says 'Be Thou the Judge of Others'. You can't find it? Well here is a list I found that you can use...
1. ...........hmmm, guess what, I didn't find any justification for those actions either...!

Now do some soul searching.
1. Read what Scripture says to do, and do it.
2. Then read what happens to those who do just the opposite.
3. Ask yourself if you are doing what I have shown that Scripture forbids.
4. Examine your conscience.
5. Eternity is a long long time. Each decides for himself where he will spend it.

Written by Bob Stanley, May 25, 1997

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