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I am a web developer living in Cape Coral, Florida. I was a carnal christian for 40 years before I became a kingdom child. God has called me to be a Evangelist, spread his "Good News" to the ends of the world. I bring a message of Gods Grace, to where it is not known. I teach it lovingly to unbelievers and believers. I am in love with comments if you want to make my day 🙂
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Posts by Erik Dattwyler
I am sorry if you believe that you are a good person and you will go to heaven
I am sorry if you think all your Christian good deeds will get you into heaven
I am sorry if you became a Christian because you thought it would make you rich and prosperous
I am sorry if you think your “favorite” sin is ok in Gods eye (more…)
When I was younger and in the US Navy, There were some guys on my ship who were considered “Salty”. These guys were in for almost 20 years, and been around the block when it came to being a sailor. We called them “old salts”. They would joke about the days of “Wooden ships and Iron men”. I had serious respect from them. They were mature and knew what they were doing. (more…)
I was looking at it and thought to myself….”Pretty car! Man, I wish I had that!”, as I typed a comment saying, “Looks Great Chris, Merry Christmas”
You have to admit, its a pretty car!
Why am I telling you this. Well, got me thinking about sin.
My bible tells me in Exodus 20:17
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house,
thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife,
nor his manservant, nor his maidservant,
nor his ox, nor his ass,
nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
We all sin. Every single one of us.
How do we know what sin is?
God has written on everyone’s heart a conscience. That little voice inside you that tells you the difference between right and wrong.
14 “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.”
Whether we ignore our accusing conscience or not is up to us. Some people get quite good at ignoring it, or the self accusing guilt that comes with it.
Some People will even say to justify peoples actions…That guy has no conscience…well he does, we all do.
Some people like to look at sins as BIG sins and small sins
They will start to compare sins, saying Killing is worse than not Honoring your mother and father
Or Wishing you had your neighbors Camero is not as bad as Stealing
or “Its only a white lie…its ok”
They will bring sin down to a manageable level.
Then they can say the famous last words. “Ill be ok, Im a good person deep down. Im going to heaven”
This is called Self Justification
Let me quote something I found that really nails this point:
“At the heart of all sin is a lie. The lie says to all of us in our sin, “The act you are now doing, the desire or attitude you are now feeling is not very bad because there are much worse things, not very bad because everyone else experiences the same things, not very bad because you can’t help it, not very bad because there is no God, or, if that won’t work, God knows you are but frail and weak and he will tolerate and pity your sin.” There are a thousand distortions of the truth which sin brings with it into the human heart, so that Jeremiah cries out, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately corrupt; who can understand it?” (17:9).”
Well, We are all sinners, I committed “coveting” just this morning, with my friends Camero
That sin is just as bad as killing someone in Gods eye
Jesus drove this point home in Mathew 5:21-22
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’
22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”
Sin is Sin. Nothing subjective about it, and its wages are death.
Meaning, it will cause death in your life.
(Take that statement as deep as you want)
If you are reading this and feeling guilty about something….
Say “Hello” to your conscience for me!
However, let me start telling you the Good News about all of this
1. God has reconciled all sins: mine, yours, even that guy on death row!
2. God will Justify you by his Grace If you believe what Jesus did
3. Jesus handled the issue of sin for us in one fell swoop all we have to believe in him
4. Once you believe in what Jesus did and receive the Holy Spirit. God no longer sees your sin.
God Loves us so much that he did this for us. God is not at war with man or sin anymore.
When Jesus was born, Angels Announced:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)
Its all handled, God is not keeping track of your sins, He is not checking his list, or checking it twice. whether you been naughty or nice
The only thing God is looking at is whether you accept, and believe that Jesus handled this
I didn’t deserve it, Either do you.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus at his word….what are you waiting for?
God is waiting for you with open loving arms. He will meet you right where you are, no matter what you have done or havent done.
Once you do He will give you life and purpose and joy.
There are actually many more.
Moral laws, Social Laws, Food Laws, Purity Laws, Instructions on Feasts, Regulations on Sacrifices, and so on and so on.
(Read Leviticus for a while , you might not make it through them all!)
This Law was given to the Jews to show them that no-one is and no-one can be right with God
Because it was not keep-able, the yearly sacrifices were needed to atone for the sin committed for the year
This was required every year to handle the sins of the past years.
The ritual of the sin offering began with the offerer confessing unintentional sin while placing hands and pushing full weight over the head of the animal.
The animal was then killed and the blood was sprinkled and poured, OVER EVERYTHING.
The offerer transferred his sin to the beast and the blood covered it
God never changes, Why don’t we sacrifice animals anymore to atone for sin?
At the cross Jesus fulfilled the law of Moses
His last words on the cross were. “It is finished”
All sin, past and future, were transfer to Jesus and He became sin.
His blood covered all sin
Jesus in effect makes it look like, in God eye, that we have never broken any of the 10 commandments or the 600+ rules and regulations
We are seen by God as Holy and Blameless. We wear white robes in his presence!
Jesus resurrection 3 days later to atomic bomb sin once and for all!
So what now?
Jesus only has a few suggestions for us for living now:
- Love your neighbor as yourself
For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Jesus has given us the Great Commission:
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.
Love everyone, and spread his Good News
Thank you Jesus, you made everything much simpler now 🙂
When life gets hard:
Life threatening moments
Cancer and other diseases
Death of loved ones
Rock bottom from addictions
Even Atheist can be known to cry out to God
Because deep down inside every heart, God Signature is there.
Take for example the following study
It basically says that if you put children on a deserted island, that as they grow, they will develop naturally a belief in God
I’m not one myself to just believe any study that comes down the road, however it does make the question interesting
My Bible tells me in Romans 1:
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
“so that they are without excuse”
Powerful yet simple. Science has tried to explain the mysteries of the universe
They have tried to bring Gods creation down to mans level of thinking, and call themselves wise, while offering no explanation that is valid
Let me give you a simple example
Such a simple thing, yet it throws science on its head.
It starts off life born as a caterpillar. Has the DNA of a caterpillar. Has ony one function hardwired in its caterpillar brain.
as it grows, as everyone knows, it enters its chrysalis and begins to transform
As it is transforming, Its internals are dissolved, liquified…Actually it dies
It is then transformed with an entirely new DNA and entirely new functions in life.
Breaks free an is a scientifically new creature.
Can science explain how a beautiful butterfly , or any creature for that matter, change its DNA structure on its own?
This simple example shows that the more science knows, the more they do not have excuse as written in Romans 1
If creation was a Big Bang, or other theory, how is that Butterfly transformation explained.
Big Bang in the chrysalis?
Mans wisdom can not hold together the fabric of our lives. To view our world is to see God him self.
The question is not whether you see it, its whether you deny it or not
“so that they are without excuse”
Soften your heart, and transform into a new creature.
I am the new Kingdom Child Contributor, Erik Dattwyler. Id like to thank Steve for allowing me a spot to place some of my writings
I hope they are relevant to you and your life in some way.
Feel free to leave a comment.
I came to the point where I questioned a God who hated me because I was not good enough. It is an evil cycle of needing God’s help to stop sinning, but Him withholding it because you sin too much.
I only mentally agreed with the concept of Jesus, but went about trying to earn God’s favor with my behavior, or doing things for the church, or saying to myself “I am deep down a good person.”
I knew my spiritual problem had to have a spiritual solution! Standing there on the brink of giving up on God. He got this 100% Grace view of the Gospel to me.
Then……………………I discovered I had never been saved in the first place!
The proof is in the life change.
The proof is by the fruit the Holy Spirit produces in me.
The blackness was gone,
The want to sin is gone,
The NEED to sin is gone,
and now I laugh at all the things I used to do because I couldn’t stop doing them, even though , I wanted to stop doing them, but couldn’t stop doing them
I had people asking what had changed me!
There was a veil over my eyes
I could not see clearly
2 Corinthians 3:14
But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read (Preached), the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ (fulfilled the old covenant).
Now the veil was removed through the revelation from the Holy Spirit
1. That I was Completely FREE
- Free from needing or wanting to sin (And shockingly you wont miss it either)
- Free from performance anxiety (doing enough good for God, to pay for my salvation. I owed God back for what he did for me.)
- Free from church/religion rules (what to wear, what to give, how to help,when and where to attend, how to socially act)
2. That I was broken, am I still broken
- I was a mess, my life was a mess, and on my own power….I made it a mess
- I was not, and I still am not strong enough to fix my life
- That only with giving Jesus every decision in my life…..that God can fix my life…And to always give it to him, cause ill screw things up for sure (I have a track record to prove it)
3. That God’s Grace and Love is unfathomable to me
- He loved me, for the 30 years I sinned, I disobeyed, I did my own thing…HE waited patiently for me
- He loves me, even when I fall for temptation now…Like a father He picks me up and brushes me off, and encourages me
- He will love me for eternity…He has made me a heir, a family member, a son, promising me he will never take it from me. Allowing me to have 100% confidence.
- He sees me blameless and holy all the time, He answers my prayers, He protects me, He favors me, I am his special one.
If you were me….allow me to help you get Religion out of the way of your relationship with God
If the veil can be removed for a guy like me…I’m sure it can be for you as well
For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.
Written with Love,