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3. The Tribe of Gad

By John Thiel, The Characteristics of the Twelve Tribes of the 144,000 Conference, study 3, mp3

To Be Among The 144,000

There is an item that frightens many Seventh-day Adventist believers and prevents them from believing the truth about the 144,000. It is the truth that there will be a people dwelling on earth such as are described in the following words:

Revelation 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

These 144,000 have been purged and cleansed from all their sins. Here is yet another reference about these people: Read the rest of this entry

7. The Delusion of Immunity to the Flesh

By John Thiel, Removing Delusions and Fallacies Series, mp3

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.   

Am I immune to my flesh if I am a truly born again Christian? The object of this series is to remove delusions. This was triggered by an important statement of the Spirit of Prophecy:

Let those who have been deluded give up all their fallacies. The love of Jesus will not endure such rivals. {20MR 307.5} Read the rest of this entry

Besetting Sins

By John Thiel

Hebrews 12:1. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

What are besetting sins? This is our first point to consider.  How is it that we can lay them aside? The first point of this scripture is how sins easily beset us. One meaning of besetting is to be surrounded, besieged, sins that surround us and besiege us. Because they besiege and plague us, they harass us, they hound us, and they annoy us. That is what a besetting sin actually is. What are these pesky sins that niggle and annoy us so badly? What are these? Smoking, alcohol, theatre, murderer, adultery? Are these the things that niggle us? These and many crass sins are what Gods people would not consider. What are then, besetting sins that keep on hounding and plaguing us? Read the rest of this entry

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