The Core of Truth

By Trudy A. Martinez

Getting to the core of the Truth is like peeling an onion.

As you peel away the dead skin,

You may feel a little tinge.

However when you slice/chop to get to the center of the matter,

So you may savor the flavor,

The tinge begins to sting as tears swell.

Seeing through the tears is difficult

Because everything is out of focus,

Causing us to dwell on the effects of an action,

Instead of waiting to savor the flavor we originally sought.

Trudy A. Martinez

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Food for Thought

SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1. 3-6)

The majority of the religious world feels their acts earn them the blessings of God.  They feel they earn the blessings of God of their own free will, making God a debtor who must reward them for their righteousness.  When in actuality we are all debtors because we are all sinners and because God’s word tells us  “…We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities , like the wind, have taken us away (Isaiah 64.6).”

God does not have us work for his blessings.  God does not give  rewards for  our obedience, nor does he set a definite time-table for salvation.  Instead, good works and obedience reveals the will of God . Good works and obedience is the evidence and the fruits of a true living faith.  The children of God merely reveal their gratitude by glorifying God who has saved them by His grace,  by encouraging the brethren,  and by their profession of the gospel.

Another Point of View

The following is an excerpt from a beautiful letter sent to the The Bible Based Ministries, South Africa.  The author is a black woman from the United States.  She presents another point of view:

.  .  .  As I read [your personal testimony], I could relate to many, many things that you wrote about; and I also marveled about certain similarities in our lives.  .  .  .  But although my race and gender is different from yours (I.e. I am a black woman); and the Lord converted me far later in life (age 35) than you; there were quite a few similarities that I could identify along with you. The first one being: coming out of that terribly destructive Charismatic Arminian error, losing friends along the way, and longing for fellowship amongst true believers who share the same desire to separate from the evils of worldliness and compromise…

For me it can be a particularly lonely walk from the standpoint that many people do not understand that when it comes to standing firmly on the side of Christ verses going the way of cultural “traditions” (so to speak) – I have to roundly reject “tradition” if it contradicts God’s clear teaching. This is because the Lord (in His amazing grace) has so deeply changed my heart to love and serve Him; and to see things much differently than ever before. Let me give you an example. Here in the USA, I know many blacks who claim to be Christian but who are supporting Obama just because of his skin color. The expectation is – I should be supporting him, too. But as a Christian there is no way I can support this man who is pro-abortion, pro-sodomy; not to mention his socialist/communist leanings, etc., etc., and other problems. In fact, Obama stayed in a church that was preaching Liberation Theology. It caused a huge controversy because of ugly statements his “pastor” made. Obama only left this “church” (which is filled with heresy and lies) because of political expediency. Clearly, by his fruit he’s not a true Christian – though he claims to be.

Another example is Martin Luther King, Jr. – whose real name was Michael King. I learned the shocking truth about this man a few years ago and there is no way I could “celebrate” his birthday or his memory or anything else. The things I found out about him were (and are!) so filthy. And (from what was documented in his own writings) King wasn’t at all a true Christian, as he denied almost every single foundational teaching of Christianity. Yet just because we share the same color (and because of the “civil rights” issues), many expect that I should overlook these things. Here in America it is like a “sacred cow” (if you will) to say anything against the “great” “Rev. Dr.” Martin Luther King, Jr.!! However, as a true believer I cannot in any way overlook who this man really was. As it is written in God’s Holy Word (in 2 Cor. 5:17), “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This is so true!

Thank you for “Rehearsing What God Has Done.” The newsletter greatly encouraged me. Please know that I continue to pray for your country and the brethren in SA. I know there are many difficult things going on, particularly regarding the racial conditions in SA. These have not always been easy to read about. Still, I understand the truth must be expressed. As you said in one of your messages that I’m listening to right now, entitled “Zion, City of God” (referring to the verse in Jer. 13:23), it is not the color of the skin that matters. It is the condition of the heart that must be dealt with. The heart of depraved mankind is black with sin until the Lord so graciously and mercifully washes it “as white as snow” (Is. 1:18).

I am grateful that the Lord, in saving my soul and forgiving my sins, has not only given me a heart to love Him and serve Him; but He’s given me a brand new heart to love others (especially Christian brothers and sisters) regardless of their skin color. When I say love I am not talking about turning a blind eye to error and not addressing sin. I mean as believers the truth is (as it is written in Gal. 3:28): “There is neither Jew nor Greek…for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Yet sometimes people will abandon this verse when family ties or skin color or nationality or past history or tradition or other things are involved…

Meanwhile, I will pray along with you (as you wrote in your article entitled “Witchcraft and Crime in South Africa”) that the “Spirit of God can change the hearts of black South Africans.” In addition, I will pray that it would please the Lord to change the hearts of all kinds of men and women, who are in bondage to sin and Satan, regardless of their skin color so that they may believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. Only God can do it…!

No way am I saying that the system of slavery in the USA (which was marked by brutality in many instances) was good. Not at all. Many terrible things were done. But it’s long been over with and it’s long been time to move on. So many blacks are still harping about slavery and/or racism as an excuse for almost every single problem in their lives; and/or for the problems among the races. The fact is many of the deep down problems have to do with the personal sin in their lives. As Christians we are called to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14); not whine or blame others for past hurts…

Again, thank you for such a beautiful 25th Anniversary edition. Please take care – you and your family. I pray that you are all well and safe.

United States

A Concept of Truth: The Truth–Nothing But theTruth

By Trudy A. Martinez

“Put your right hand on The Holy Bible,” the bailiff says. Then he continues, “Repeat after me: I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” In this scenario if a factual statement of things is not made and instead, an untruth (a lie) is communicated, the untruth is referred to as perjury, a voluntary violation of an oath to tell the truth; therefore, it is punishable by the law.

A friend asks, “How do you like my new dress?” She smiles and twirls around, allowing the dress to billow out. Her eyes are beaming with excitement, anticipating an affirmative answer. Before I am able to reply, she adds, “Tell the truth.”

My mind regurgitates:” . . . the truth . . . nothing but the truth.” Then I blurt out, “I don’t like it–the print is too bold–the color doesn’t flatter you skin.”

“How could you! How could you–What did I ever do to you?” She stammers as tears fill her eyes.

“You said to tell the truth. Is it my fault sometimes the truth hurts?” I ask, defending my answer. Under the circumstances, it is evident to me the truth is not what she wants, at least not in the sense I imagine. Instead, the truth is something that is acceptable as true to her.

The concept of truth is difficult to explain and to teach children. Everything around us seems to lie. As a result, our actions speak louder than words.

For instance, when my daughter attempts to teach Chandra, my granddaughter, about traffic signals (they are in the car), every time they come to a light my daughter explains and then reacts. “The red light means stop,” she says to Chandra as her foot presses on the brake to stop the vehicle. “The green light means go,” she says as she removes her foot from the brake and places it on the gas pedal and then presses downward to accelerate the vehicle. Then my daughter explains the yellow light. “The yellow light means slow down – get ready to stop.” she says.

“That’s not true, mommy!” Chandra blurts out quickly. Then she continues, “The yellow light means hurry and go fast!” She looks up at her mommy with her big brown eyes fixed in a stare, confronting her. “You step on the gas when you see the yellow light.” Then she says as she continues to justify herself, “Remember when we are walking across the cross walk, mommy?”

“Yes.”

“The green light tells us to go. We went-we start walking.” She smiles and then continues. “Before we get across–the yellow light comes on.” Chandra continues, as a smile forms on her Mommy’s face. You said, “Hurry up–we have to go fast and get to the other side before the red light comes on,” she stammers. “So the truth is, Mommy,” she says as her eyes beam with delight, “the yellow light means hurry up and go fast!”

In an attempt to prepare my two oldest daughters for the world, I tell them to always tell the truth–the whole truth–no matter what; they are warned that if they do not tell the truth–the whole truth, they will be punished.

My youngest daughter is four. Her sisters are eleven and nine. The four-year old is very impressionable and wants to be just like her sisters. She follows them around everywhere. Then one day, she came running into the house, crying: “I got a big ow-w-ie!”

“Oh honey,” I say, “let me kiss it and make it feel better.”

“No,” she says. “I need a big bandage.”

“I’ll get you one.”

“No,” she replies. “I-I–do it.”

“Are you sure you can reach them?”

“Yes,” she answers. “I’m a big girl.”

“Okay, go ahead–if you have any trouble, call me–okay?”

“Okay,” she stammers as she stumbles out of the room, limping and holding her knee.

A short time passes. I hear her coming down the hall. I am in the kitchen, peeling potatoes for dinner. I didn’t bother to turn around. I just ask, “Did you manage okay by yourself?”

She replies, “Yes, Mommy,” as she hurries past me toward the living room where her sisters are sitting on the living room floor playing a game of Monopoly with a couple of boys from the neighborhood.

All of a sudden, screams fill the air.

“Mom!” exclaims one.

“How could you–you little brat!” Says another.

Laughter begins. The laughter nearly drowns out the screaming.

“What is going on in there?” I think as I drop what I am doing and make my way to the living room to find out. The laughter gets louder. The two girls are still screaming.

“Mom!”

When I enter the room, the little one is standing with her back to me. Her hands are over her ears; her tiny fingers are spread apart, covering as much of her head as possible. The boys are rolling on the floor, laughing as hard as they can. “What is going on here?” I ask.

“Look at her–just look at her,” the two oldest girls yell in unison.

“I-I–got a big bandage.” The youngest replies softly.

I look. There on her knee, tied in back, is a sanitary napkin, a Kotex to be exact. “Where did she get the idea that this is a big bandage?” I ask.

The two older girls look at each other. Then blurt out, “It was easier to tell her it is a big bandage-then–to explain the truth.”

“Then,” I say, “You got your just reward–leave her alone–she has a big owwie!”

I took the little one’s hand and we left the room as the laughter echoes behind us.

I add a remedy, saying, “The way to avoid embarrassment or disappointment in the future is to tell the truth–the whole truth!”

No, I am Not Too Busy!

By Trudy A Martinez
 
My time is spent these last days and years of my life asking forgiveness for the sins I so foolishly justified in my mind at the time of occurrence.  Some were small “little” white lies as they are so frequently called.  We all know there is no such thing as a small “little” lie.  One lie leads to another and another and another as it grows and grows and grows.
To stop the vicious cycle and to accept the TRUTH one must be humble, omitting and bearing his sins openly with raw emotion before God through His son, Jesus Christ.  It is God who takes control with His Grace, a Gift of Faith in His son, Jesus Christ.  As such His elect are prisoners in Jesus Christ.  “the communication of faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus . . . Yet for Love’s sake . . . Now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ (Philemon 1:6-9).  If we are a prisoner, we have no free will.  A prisoner follows the commands of his master.
God does not test His elect through chain letter e-mails, which proclaim God’s love to everyone.  God loves His elect.  His elect do not earn or need to prove their faithfulness to His son, Jesus Christ.  It is not “with him I can do all things” as those e-mails proclaim.  We are not in a partnership with Christ.  The Holy Scripture says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me “(Phil. 4-13).  As such His elect are prisoners in Jesus Christ.  The elect are the body of Jesus Christ who live through Him.
God does not love everyone as the memos imply.  After all, did not He love Jacob and hate Esau, who sold his birthright to Jacob? (Genesis 25: 23-34).  Think about it!
” . . . According to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie, promised before the world began: [a believer must {Hold}]. . . fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.  For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, . . . Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not . . . Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth (Titus 1:1-14).
The memos forwarded do not put God at the top of the list!  The memos turn from the truth.  They do not state the Truth:  Man’s words twist the truth!
“Unto the pure all things are pure:  but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure:  but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  They profess they know God, but in works they deny him, being abominable and disobedient . . . (Titus 1: 1-16).
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:  That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.  The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.  That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.  To be discreet, chaste, keepers of the home, good, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.   Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded.  In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works:  In doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned:  that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.  Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again (Titus 2: 1-9).”
“Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.  For the Grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. (Titus 2: 10-11).”
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority.  Let no Man despise thee” (Titus 2: 10-15). 
The works of Satan keep the memos (e-mails) going, seeking to turn the elect from the path, Jesus said to Satan:  It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:1).
The words of the e-mails forwarded, asking that the memo be forwarded to others to earn God’s blessings, do not come from the mouth of God; they come from the mouth of Man, twisting the truth for his own gain!  For God does not Test His elect.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of this prophecy of this book, If any shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  He which testifieth these things saith, SURELY I COME QUICKLY.  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelations 22: 18-21).