The Sweet Peace Of A Clean Conscience Toward God And Man
By David J. Stewart | March 2014
Acts 24:16, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
I bought a fascinating book in October of 2013 titled, “KILLING JESUS,” by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. I have been wanting to write and publish a book review every since reading it, and am finally getting around to it. It is well worth the money. I really like the book because it provides incredible secular history which parallels the end of the Old Testament and New Testament times in secular history. If you have an interest in history, you'll really like the book. To my surprise, the book is an accurate historical record and superbly written to keep the reader's interest. However, keep in mind that Bill O'Reilly is an unsaved Roman Catholic who believes that water baptism is the way to get saved.
I was shocked when I read “KILLING JESUS” by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, where the life of Tiberius is documented. TIBERIUS WAS A SICKO MONSTER!!! Here is a somewhat lengthy quote from chapter 7 of “KILLING JESUS,” titled, “VILLA JOVIS CAPRI” . . .
Far away from GALILEE, THE ROMAN WHO CONSIDERED HIMSELF to be the stepson of god is on the move. Life in Rome has been hard on Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus—or so he thinks. So he has exiled himself to this mountaintop island fortress on Capri to live out his days in pleasure and privacy. Now he reclines in his bedroom as nude handmaidens and young boys copulate in front of him. They were handpicked for their beauty and brought from the far-flung reaches of the Roman Empire against their will to perform erotic sexual acts for “the old goat,” as the sixty-eight-year-old Tiberius is called behind his back. Some days the children might be asked to dress like Pans and nymphs, then flit about the royal garden, offering themselves to one another and to the emperor's invited guests.
Tonight the orgiasts remain inside this sprawling palace with its marble floors, erotic statues, works of art, and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea far below. In case the performances of the young girls and boys ordered to submit to the jaded, pock-marked emperor lack imagination, explicit sex manuals from Egypt are on hand for instruction.
The young performers can't help but sneak a glance at Tiberius. If all goes well, he will join in, perhaps selecting one of the teenaged boys or girls for himself. But if they fail, and if Tiberius doesn't find their contortions stimulating, the emperor will not simply leave the room. He will do something far worse. There is a good chance he will hurl their bodies off “Tiberius Leap,” the thousand-foot cliff alongside the palace. From that height, it doesn't matter if a person lands in the sea or on the rocks jutting out into the Gulf of Naples. There is no surviving the fall.
Which is just as Tiberius designed it. Perversely, just as he enjoys sex and watching others have sex, he also finds delight in watching his victims scream for their lives.
The truth is, almost all of tonight's players will suffer the terrifying fate of being thrown off the cliff. Tiberius cannot abide the thought of rumors about his debauchery making their way back to Rome. The best way to keep these children silent is to kill them after he uses them.
But the young players don't know this. They actually believe they will one day make it out of Villa Jovis alive and return home to their villages. So they perform as if their lives depend upon it, succumbing to any whim or want of the vile Tiberius.
Meanwhile, the aging emperor—a man who once knew true love and happiness—reclines on a pile of pillows, a cup of wine always within reach, his eyes glazed and his skin mottled from eczema and boils. Tiberius is a man without a conscience.
SOURCE: KILLING JESUS, chapter 7, pages108-109; a book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard; copyright 2013; publishers: Henry Holt And Company, LLC; ISBN: 978-0-8050-9854-9 (hardback); ISBN: 978-0-8050-9855-6 (electronic book).
If that's not shocking enough, here's what pages 99-100 says about Tiberius . . .for the coming of the Lord—Antipas named the capital city of a devout Jewish province after a sixty-eight-year-old pagan who hosts orgies in his private villa and dispatches his enemies by throwing them off a thousand-foot cliff.
Antipas has named the new city in honor of the Roman emperor who succeeded the late Caesar Augustus twelve years ago. Tiberius was once a great general, defending Rome from Germanic barbarians. But a lifetime of personal sadness has turned him into a horrible man. Tiberius knows no boundaries. One of his amusements is swimming with handpicked “tiddlers,” naked young boys whose job is to chase him around the imperial pool and nibble between Tiberius's legs.
The swimming sessions are the least of the emperor's considerable depravities, but Antipas knows better than to pass moral judgment. Even after more than two decades on the throne, he rules solely at the pleasure of Rome. And indeed Antipas has his own depraved resume. He has divorced his own wife and married that of his brother, an act of abomination to the Jewish people
So it is that even as he began making plans to kill John the Baptist—a man whose only crime is an outspoken passion
SOURCE: KILLING JESUS, chapter 7, pages 99-100; a book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard; copyright 2013; publishers: Henry Holt And Company, LLC; ISBN: 978-0-8050-9854-9 (hardback); ISBN: 978-0-8050-9855-6 (electronic book).
Without Jesus Christ anyone can become a monster! Do you think wicked men like Tiberius aren't lurking in high positions of power around the world? Think again! Have you ever heard about the infamous BOHEMIAN GROVE! How about the rape of little boys from BOYS TOWN in Nebraska by high-power politicians in Washington D.C.! It was all exposed publicly, but as many angry Americans quickly learned, The White House is above the law.
Bill Clinton was impeached (then wrongfully acquitted) while in office and they still honor him today over a decade later as some kind of hero, when in reality he is a despicable and wicked person.
The Bush administration got away with the 911 attacks and murdering 1.4 million innocent people in Iraq. No one was arrested or indicted. Based upon the overwhelming preponderance of evidence, any grand jury would have indicted such criminals if it weren't for the secret Masonic powers behind the American newsmedia, the entire legal system, The White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, et cetera. The planet is being taken over by fraudsters!
President Barack Obama is violating the U.S. Constitution, breaking one law-after-another, and he has been caught lying repeatedly. Mr. Obama's re-election was a fiesta of lying and deception. Barack Obama lies on impulse without reservation, and the dumb public believes him every time. America is literally being dismantled before our very eyes and replaced with a Godless, Marxist, global, communist, fascist, tyrannical, totalitarian form of psuedo-government. Senator Rand Paul Is Concerned About Who's Really In Charge Of Our U.S. Federal Government. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney says a criminal syndicate has hijacked OUR government. U.S. President John F. Kennedy tried to warn the American people and 10-days later he was assassinated! Evil is alive and well in the world, and so also is Satan, the god of this reprobate world.
Research the internet and you'll be shocked how much the Pentagon, NSA, CPS
and other government agencies have been busted for smutty images and the
exploitation of children.
SEX ABUSE AND THE WORLD ELITE!
Purpose In Your Heart To Have A Clean Conscience
The Apostle Paul had years earlier, before he got saved, wasted the Church of God. Paul's name was Saul before He was saved. Saul used to break-down the doors of Christian homes and drag the family members to Rome for prosecution and even execution. Saul was greatly feared by the early Church. When Stephen was stoned to death for preaching the Word of God in Acts chapter 7, Saul was present, holding their coats while they murdered the Apostle.
Anyone is capable of committing any sin or crime under the right circumstances. As Christians we must strive to avoid those circumstances. Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” 1st Thessalonians 5:22, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Psalms 119:9, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Abiding in the Word of God makes sin exceedingly sinful (Romans 7:13), which helps us to keep a proper perspective; whereas, television desensitizes people to sin, and you'll be allowing sinful things into your personal life in no time because of the worldly influence of TV. I don't watch television in my home for that reason. Stay out Devil, you're not welcome!
Ah, but now Saul (Paul) has been saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (recorded in Acts 9:1-5) and we see Paul serving the Lord faithfully. Paul has a burning desire to live with a clean conscience toward God and men alike . . .
Acts 24:16, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. used to say, “BEHIND EVERY TRAGEDY IN HUMAN CHARACTER IS A SLOW PROCESS OF WICKED THINKING!” We plainly see this true statement in the Godless life of Tiberius. This is why quitting church is the first step downhill in a Christian's life, because you are getting away from the PREACHING that keeps you right with the Lord. WE ALL NEED BIBLE PREACHING!!!
The only group more at risk for backsliding than people who don't attend church are full-time Christian workers who work at Bible colleges and on church staff full-time, because they hear preaching so much that it doesn't affect them anymore, and they have effectively become immuned so-to-speak to the Bible. There is no escaping backsliding, for we all do it at times, but we need to limit our backsliding to a few hours or days instead of months or years. Only a self-righteous hypocrite claims to never backslide!
So that we may please our Maker, may we all as Christian believers obey
Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the
issues of life.” We are not commanded to GROW, but we are all
commanded to OBEY. God is responsible for everything that HAPPENS
to me, but I am responsible for everything that I DO. God's way is
found at the intersection between human responsibility and divine
Come To Jesus And He Will Give You Rest!
Tiberius allowed life's hardships to turn him into a monster. Behind nearly every tragedy in the news is a long and sad story of broken families, abusive childhoods and painful life's experiences. There is a better way my friend!
One of the most comforting and encouraging MP3 sermons I've ever heard is by Dr. Jack Hyles, titled “IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW YOU GOT THERE.” Whether you've loaded yourself up with burdens and it's all your fault, or whether someone else has placed the burdens upon you—God is not moved by how you got there, but that YOU'RE THERE!!! Jesus said to take His yoke upon you in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” It is not what causes you to hurt that moves God, it is that you hurt. How you got there doesn't matter, you are heavy laden, and God wants to change your harness,
There needs to be a revival amongst fundamentalists of the same compassion of those who hurt because they cause the hurt, as those that hurt because they did not cause the hurt, and when you get that way you'll be like Jesus because Jesus said, “Come unto all ye that are heavy laden!” Whether someone else placed the weight upon you, or whether you placed the weight upon yourself, God DOESN'T want to remove your burden; but rather, to change your yoke and help you IN YOUR BURDEN to bear it. God never promises rest FROM OUR BURDEN; but rather, IN OUR BURDEN.
Jesus didn't say to go to the psychiatrist, psychologist or Alcoholics Anonymous; but rather, He said, “COME UNTO ME!” God loves you just as much, whether you caused the hardships in your own life, or whether you didn't cause them. Either way, God offers you rest IN YOUR BURDEN through Christ Jesus. Some of you have been scoundrels, sinning and making your own bed; but others, your bed was made for you, beyond your control. God extends the same love, reward, compassion and invitation to both of you if you rest in Jesus! God doesn't come to you and ask how you got your burden; but rather, He asks if you have a burden, and He wants to help you bear it. We cannot get rid of our burden, but God can change our harness and put us in the same yoke with Jesus, and He'll help us carry our burden.
Jesus says, “TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN OF ME!!!” He says, “FOR MY YOKE IS EASY, AND (OR SO) MY BURDEN IS LIGHT.” There are always two people (or animals) in a yoke. Our blessed Savior is “MEEK” and “LOWLY” of heart. He wants to help you if you'll COME TO HIM by faith. Do it now and find rest for your souls. God won't remove your burden, but He will comfort you in your burden. We need a burden! It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth. Lamentations 3:27, “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” We all have to bear burdens in life, but it is sweet to know that God is with us every step of the way if we get into the same yoke as Jesus! Amen and amen!
IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW YOU GOT THERE (MP3 by Dr. Jack Hyles)
They Knew Not Until The Flood Came
Luke 17:26-27, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”
IMPERFECT PEOPLE IN HEAVEN
(We owe it to those who've gone before us into Heaven to continue their work for Christ - MP3 by Dr. Hyles)
Repent And Believe To Be Saved
Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Mark 1:15: “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me." —John 5:39
HELL FIRE (you'd better get saved before it's too late! by Pastor Danny Castle)
Proverbs 4:18, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
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