Lesson #1 – “Who Is the True and Living God?”
1 John 4:16 – “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. GOD IS LOVE. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.“
Psalms 83:18 – “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”
John 4:24 – “GOD IS SPIRIT, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.“
How did the world learn of God?
2 Timothy 3:16,17 – “ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD – BREATHED and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Is Jehovah God human?
John 4:24 – “GOD IS SPIRIT, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth.”
What did God, who is perfect, purposed when he created heaven and earth and all living creatures?
Genesis 1: 26-31 – “Then God said, “Let US make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness, and let THEM RULE over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, OVER ALL THE EARTH, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in HIS OWN IMAGE, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. GOD blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. GOD saw all that HE HAD MADE, and it was VERY GOOD. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.”
Does God always get what he purposes?
Isaiah 55:11 – “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and ACHIEVE THE PURPOSE for which I sent it.”
Why then has God allowed mankind to live under and suffer through such atrocious (consider past and present global living conditions) human mismanagement for so long?
Romans 5:12 – ” Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned – ….”
The original sin by the first human couple caused sin and death to be passed on to all their decendants (mankind – humanity – their offspring).
Where did the different variations of human flesh and language come from?
Genesis 11:6-9 – “The Lord said, “If as ONE PEOPLE speaking THE SAME LANGUAGE they have begun to do this, then NOTHING they plan to do will be impossible for them. ( consider planetary travel and human cloning ) Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the Lord SCATTERED them from there OVER ALL THE EARTH, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel – because there the Lord CONFUSED THE LANGUAGE OF THE WHOLE WORLD. From there the Lord SCATTERED THEM over the face of the WHOLE EARTH.”
The account of the Tower of Babel near the beginning when mankind was of one color (One People) and language.
You can agree that every living organism in the realm of the earth possess an body! A physical form of some sort! For this existence, it’s required. So it’s reasonable to think that Adam, mankind’s first father, also possessed a fleshy body! And it’s also reasonable to think that that flesh’s pigment had color! And it’s also reasonable to think that following mankind’s dispersion at the Tower of Babel, they developed different physical characteristics such as hair, and fleshly features.
Surely Jehovah God only created one man and woman! One family! His purpose will never change! The HUMAN RACE!! The CHILDREN OF GOD!! HALLELUJAH!!!
Did God provide a provision for the first perfect human couple decendants to regain everlasting life lost by their father Adam?
1 Corinthians 15:45 – “So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam (Jesus Christ), a Life – Giving Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 15:47 – “The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.”
The redemption of the first perfect human life lost by mankind’s earthly father Adam.
Lesson #2 – “Christians and Intoxicants: The “Real” Deal”
The Bible states this concerning “intoxication”, or “getting drunk”; 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor DRUNKARDS nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Ephesians 5:18 also states; “Do not get DRUNK on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”
So it’s not the drinking or consumption of an intoxicant that we’re instructed to avoid but the over consumption or gluttony of intoxicants that’s prohibited. In general speech, “Losing control while engaging in the act itself.”
This would make sense, since one of the fruits of the Spirit is “self control” and an intoxicated or “high” person could not possess the Holy Spirit and be acceptable in God’s eyesight.
The bible says this also concerning wine; Psalms 104:14,15 – “HE MAKES grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate – bringing forth food from the earth: WINE that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.”
The Perfect “Teacher” and Architect of our faith also enjoyed an intoxicant during his stay on earth and suffered the same labeling and abuse by being called a “Drunk”, simply because he partook of an intoxicant often when in the company of sinners socially.
Matthew 11: 18, 19 – “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon.” The Son of Man (Jesus Christ), came eating and DRINKING, and they say, “Here is a glutton and DRUNKARD, a FRIEND of tax collectors and “SINNERS.” But wisdom is proved right by her actions.”
“WISDOM” – “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise” is PROVEN to be right by the ACTION one takes after engaging in the act of moderately enjoying an intoxicant! Their pre and post behaviors will determine how Jehovah views their actions once under the influence.
So Christians today should not feel SCARED, isolated, ashamed or embarrassed to occassionaly enjoy a mild intoxicant, remembering that they accused Jesus Christ of getting “drunk” or “high” too, because evidently he enjoyed an occasional intoxicant himself. The scriptures clearly speak against Christians having any appearance of drunkeness or “getting high” assuring us that CHRIST EXEMPLIFIED HOLINESS IN ALL OF HIS SOCIAL (FRIENDS) INTERACTIONS AND SETTINGS!
The “confidence” we have in Jehovah God’s Love for us is expressed clearly in Ecclesiastes 7:20, which states – “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and NEVER SINS.” yet Psalms 32:2 reads – “Blessed is the man whose SIN the Lord does not count against him and IN WHOSE SPIRIT IS NO DECEIT.”
This reassures us that as long as the intent in our hearts resulted in an “good” outcome or non-adverse result, Jehovah God will treat it as if it had never even occurred. Like when many societies around the world practice telling their young about the existence of “Saint Nicholas” or Santa Claus at the North Pole for Christmas! Once they reach an age to understand the “truth” of its origins and celebrations, they are corrected in that belief so they can properly simulate within their society. “No Harm, No Foul”, so to speak. These promises are guaranteed because of the love Jehovah God has for us in his son Jesus Christ. – Romans 8:1,2 states – “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 5:6-8 – “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
John 10:10, states – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I HAVE COME that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jehovah God loves us and wants his children to rejoice at all times and in all circumstances – Philippians 4:4,5 (KJV) – “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say Rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
Romans 5:1-5 – “Therefore, since we have been justified through Faith, we have Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by Faith into the grace in which we now stand. And we REJOICE in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also REJOICE in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope. And HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom HE has given us.”
1st Timothy 1:11 NWT (1984), describes Jehovah as the “Happy” God and he desires his children to be continually filled with Joy and Happiness too.
But what then are considered to be “Acceptable” intoxicants?
2 Corinthians 7:1 states, “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us PURIFY ourselves from EVERYTHING THAT CONTAMINATES (DEFILES) BODY AND SPIRIT, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
Since we’ve seen where wine (alcohol), in moderation is allowed for Christians, creation derivatives void of any synthetic additives or processing should also be acceptable for Christians to enjoy as well.
1 Timothy 4:4 states, “For EVERYTHING GOD CREATED IS GOOD AND NOTHING IS TO BE REJECTED IF IT IS RECEIVED WITH PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING,…” This would exclude tobacco however from being able to be consume because extensive scientific research and user analysis has shown it to be harmful even deadly to humans when it is smoked but possess other beneficial applications which evidently are FAR LESS PROFITABLE COMMERCIALLY AND IN THE FINANCIAL MARKETS GLOBALLY!!
Job 34:10 states this also regarding Jehovahs works, “So listen to me, YOU MEN OF UNDERSTANDING, FAR BE IT FROM GOD TO DO EVIL, FROM THE ALMIGHTY TO DO WRONG.”
So this should however clear the creation marijuana (**), in its natural flower state to be moderately consume when its user doesn’t allow themselves to get “high” or “intoxicated“, because according to Jehovah God, it’s neither bad, evil, nor dangerous!
And young Christians, young Christian adults, and the entire association of brothers must acknowledge that “OUR ARCHITECT” and “OUR TEACHER” modeled our position on Intoxicants and
1 Corinthians 14:40 states: “But EVERYTHING should be done in a FITTING And ORDERLY WAY.” Also
Galatians 5:22,23 states: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. Against such things THERE IS NO LAW.”
“Gentleness and Self-Control”, Therefore showing us that it’s possible to remain “Holy, Righteous, and Acceptable” while enjoying an occasional intoxicant if you want to!
Having “any creation that the governoring authorities have justifiably cleared for citizen pocession and that has been shown to be of normal effect upon consumption by the average person, SHOULD AS WELL BE ALLOWED FOR CHRISTIAN ENJOYMENT.”
Dangerous and Harmful MAN-made derivatives and synthetics such as COCAINE, CRACK COCAINE, HEROIN, OPIUM, METHAMPHETAMINES, LSD, PCP, MDMA – ECSTASY, ETC are all wickedly and imperfectly design so that they create an intense euphoric sensation while destroying the soul of its user which equates to ADDICTION OR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY , and are therefore NOT ALLOWED for Christian enjoyment. SHROOMS, MESCALINE, AND PEYOTE SHOULD also be allowed as long as the user understands and apply the same principles of MODERATION and RESTRAINT AND IS CAPABLE OF REMAINING IN CONTROL AND FUNCTIONAL WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE!
Creations that are shown to benefit the body through consumption are allowed and derivatives of creations without synthetic additives or processing should also be allowed as long as the user doesn’t over indulge and allow themselves to again get “high or intoxicated”!
So Christians can be at “Peace and Rejoice”, continually understanding that the Moderate enjoyment of Acceptable Intoxicants should be allowed. Therefore, Be Blessed and Forever Praise God with your life!!!
(**) Brother Pryer, the publisher, editor, and author of this website acknowledge understanding through usage of only Marijuana which is a creation and Alcohol which is a derivative but trust The Holy Scriptures explanation of applying and utilizing Biblical principles and practicing proper etiquette and standards when enjoying yourself of Acceptable Intoxicants AT ALL TIMES! **
LESSON #3 – “How does the scriptures identify “The Last Days?”
2 Timothy 3: 1- 5 – “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. PEOPLE will be lovers of themselves, lovers of MONEY, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, UNHOLY, WITHOUT LOVE, unforgiving, SLANDEROUS, WITHOUT SELF-CONTROL, brutal, NOT LOVERS OF THE GOOD, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having A FORM OF GODLINESS but DENYING its POWER. Have NOTHING to do with them.”
Luke 21: 9 – 19 – “When you hear of wars and revolutions do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away. “Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be GREAT EARTHQUAKES, FAMINES AND PESTILENCES in various places, and FEARFUL events and GREAT SIGNS from heaven.“
Luke 21:26 – “Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”
Can you recall anytime in recent history where we’ve witnessed some of these events?
YES! Quite frankly it almost seems as if announcements of some or all of these are almost weekly if not daily occurrences, wouldn’t you say so?
Additionally Matthew 24: 9-12 states this concerning this period of time, “Then PEOPLE will hand you over to tribulation and will KILL you, and you will be hated by ALL THE NATIONS on account of my name. Then, too, many will be stumbled and WILL BETRAY ONE ANOTHER AND WILL HATE ONE ANOTHER. MANY FALSE PROPHETS (x) No, I am not a false prophet – H.O.E.), will arise and mislead many; and because of the increasing of lawlessness, THE LOVE OF THE GREATER NUMBER WILL GROW COLD.”
Wouldn’t you agree, doesn’t it seem like the World, even the Body of Christ, The Church (Congregation), has just become a LOT MORE COLDER, SELFISH, MEAN, HATEFUL, AND SEEMINGLY COULD CARE EVEN LESS!
Since 1914, the appointed time of Jesus Christ coming into Authority in the Heavens as King of God’s Kingdom and Satan and his demons restriction to the vicinity of the earth (Psalms 110:1), these events have only multiplied exponentially! From the Spanish Flu in 1918 to Covid-19 today, there has been in excess of 93 million deaths worldwide resulting from pestilences alone!!
Another indicator of OUR NEED at this time to draw close to our Heavenly Father so he can draw closer to YOU!
LESSON #4: WHAT PROTECTIONS DO CHRISTIANS HAVE FROM SATAN THE DEVIL AND THE ENEMIES OF GOD?
James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do everything through him that gives me strength.”
Hebrews 2: 14-18 – “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their HUMANITY so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil -, and free those who were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to HELP those who are being tempted.”
Psalms 34:7 – “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
Psalms 91:11,12 – “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Psalms 103:20 – “Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.”
Psalms 18: 17,18 – “He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.”
Psalms 18:32 – “It is God who arms me with strength (physical and MENTAL) and makes my way perfect.”
Psalms 20 – “May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you HELP from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. MAY THE LORD GRANT ALL YOUR REQUESTS. Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he answers him from his Holy Heaven with the SAVINGS POWER OF HIS RIGHT HAND. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. O Lord, save the king! Answer us when we call!
Psalms 18:46 – 50 – “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me, who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from VIOLENT men you rescued me. Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to your name. He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his DESCENDANTS forever.”
Isaiah 40:29 – “He gives STRENGTH to the weary and INCREASES THE POWER of the weak.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 – “The WEAPONS we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have DIVINE POWER to demolish strongholds.”
Our HELP when we feel threatened by evil. The PROMISED PROTECTIONS of our FAITHFUL AND LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER!
(All Scriptural quotations unless otherwise identified taken from Zondervan New International Version 1996)