God Cannot be Tempted

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Hi F______,

It is good to hear from you again.

To answer your question, I would never presume to tell any one who is called to preach and who isn’t. As far as I am concerned, any who are preaching Christ are called to preach Christ. Here is my scripture for that statement:

Php 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Php 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
Php 1:16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
Php 1:17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.
Php 1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Preaching Christ does not equate to being the elect of God. As you seem to realize, the elect are called out of the called. The ‘many called’ are where the ‘few chosen’ are called out. Babylon is the ‘many called.’ Babylon is the seven churches of the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Revelation. The church of Laodicea pretty well describes the ‘woman ‘ of Rev 17 and 18.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Yes, in Christ, we are the 144,000. We are also the ‘two witnesses;’ we are also the ‘bride adorned for her husband;’ we are ‘the new Jerusalem;’ ‘lively stones’; the adoption’; the ‘son of the freewoman’; the ‘seed of Abraham’ and I could go on and on. But here is a scripture that sums it all up. If you can get your spiritual vision around the depth of this verse, you will do well:

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

I am inspired that you receive so much from the web page, and I appreciate hearing from you, so please don’t be offended when I point out that your phrase ‘God’s evil,’ is not a scriptural phrase, even though it is certainly a fact that:

Rom 11:36 … Of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Yet James is telling the Truth when he says:

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

As you already know if you have read After The Counsel of His Own Will, God always sends evil spirits to accomplish the evil that we fight every day of our lives, be it personal, national, or otherwise. For example:

1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
1Sa 16:15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
1Sa 16:16 Let our lord now command thy servants, [ which are] before thee, to seek out a man, [ who is] a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.

… Which agrees with Paul’s statement:

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This is simply a matter of “having a pattern of sound words.”

You keep opening up God’s word to as many as God sends to you!

Your brother,

Mike

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