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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Reformation October 29, 2017
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Thursday, 26 October 2017

I am copying Dr Kenyn Curetons article on The Reformation. He is the Vice President for Church Ministries with Family  Research Council I felt needed too be posted on 2forgive.org.

"Reformation Sunday: 500 Years of Biblical Faith" 
All know something of our own family heritage, but when it comes to our collective religious roots, well that's another story. For example, many know dates like October 12, 1492, Columbus reached America and July 4, 1776, 1st Independence Day and certainly September 11, 2001. ISIS Twin Towers  But how many of us know the significance of May 4, 1415  Jon Haus condemned as a Heretic along with John Wycliffe then October 31, 1517. Martin Luther Posted 95 theses on a Church door at Council of Constance. We may know trivia tidbits like the names of 3 ships that Columbus sailed to the new world: the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. But many if not most have never even heard of John Wycliffe, John Hus, Martin Luther, John Calvin, or John Knox. And yet, these names are far more important to our Protestant faith. 
Well this is Reformation Sunday, commemorating the day 500 years ago when a monk named Martin Luther nailed those 95 Theses to the wooden doors of the Wittenberg Chapel, protesting the excesses of the Church. It was a world-changing moment in history that ultimately impacts the way we view and practice the Christian faith. So ,    I think we need to do more than just sing theaobligatory verse or two out of Luther's "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." Let’s spend some time considering our Reformation heritage and let’s start with the Scripture that changed Luther’s life, Romans 1:16-17: 
Stand please for the reading of God’s word: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:16-17 ESV). Prayer. 
A Bohemian Psalm Book dating from 1572 and preserved in the Prague Library contains a hymn to a Martyr’s memory and three medallions depicting three key figures of the Reformation. In the first, a man is striking sparks from a stone. Below it in the second medallion is a man kindling a fire from the sparks. In the third medallion, a man is holding high a flaming torch. This old Psalter gives a visual survey of the Reformation. The one who struck the spark was John Wycliffe in England. The one who kindled the coals was Jan Hus in Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic. And the one who picked up the blazing torch and lit up the world was Martin Luther in what is now Germany.1 
The historians refer to the time before the Reformation as the “Dark Ages.” And surely that was so because of the shroud of spiritual darkness and ignorance that hung over the world. The Church was in need of a correction, a change, a reformation, a revival! The Christian religion of the Church was a polluted mixture of legalistic piety, gross hypocrisy, material greed, sexual immorality, and biblical illiteracy. In the Cathedrals and churches across the land, the Scriptures were read in a dead language, known only by the clergy and the elite, so precious few who heard the Scriptures could understand them. Scandals among the priesthood, and even the papacy abounded. Historian Stuart Garver describes the situation: 
“Sunday and Holy Day Masses drew large crowds while priests and friars hawked their relics and indulgences as they mingled with the multitudes in the streets - having no higher motive than to increase the wealth of their already rich monasteries.”2 
A Spaniard of that time wrote: ““I see that we can scarcely get anything from Christ's ministers but for money; at baptism money, at bishoping money, at marriage money, for confession money—no, not extreme unction without money! They will ring no bells without money, no burial in the church without money; so that it seemeth that Paradise is shut up from them that have no money.”3 It was a dark time. And it was in this time that God raised up a man called John from Wyclif in England to strike the spark. 
I. JOHN WYCLIFFE: STRIKING THE SPARK 
You open your Bible today or pull out your smart phone and open your Bible App and read a passage of Scripture in your language (or any language) and probably never give it a second thought as to the instrument God used to make that possible and even permissible. John Wycliffe was the one God used to provide you with a Bible that is in your own language. Because if you had lived 600-700 years ago, you would have had to have a university education or be in the ministry to understand the language of the official version of the Bible: The Latin Vulgate. John Wycliffe was one of the first to protest this situation. He was the first of a long line of protest-ants, Protestants, of which we are a part. 
The future reformer was born about 1324 near the village of Wyclif, Yorkshire, in the diocese of Durham. He was educated at Oxford, earning a doctor of divinity. He became a towering intellectual force at Oxford, writing some 200 works during the course of his career. For most of his life he was a staunch and orthodox Catholic, but the more he studied Scripture, the more he was grieved at the corruption of the Catholic Church. 
There was a papal schism, with rivals claiming to be the legitimate Pope, that happened during Wycliffe’s career and had an important bearing on his views of papal authority. Wycliffe discovered that Peter in the New Testament was nothing like the medieval popes with their pomp and worldly power, but a man of humility and true spiritual power. Peter wore no tall hat, no expensive robes, carried no golden staff, and exercised no political power. Wycliffe argued in his pamphlet De Potestate Papae, “that no man should be pope unless he is the son of Christ and of Peter, imitating them in deeds.”4 
The Bible was a far more trustworthy authority than papal pronouncements or church tradition. Wycliffe held that the Bible is “one perfect word, proceeding from the mouth of God,” and is “the basis for every Catholic opinion.” Wycliffe also claimed that “All law, all philosophy, all logic and all ethics are in Holy Scripture.” Further, to “ignore Scripture is to ignore Christ.” 5 Indeed, Christ as the foundation of all salvation and sole redeemer of man is the subject of the Bible in all of its parts.6 So Wycliffe's approach ran counter to medieval scholasticism, which considered Church tradition as co-equal in authority with Scripture. In fact, many saw the Church as the primary and ultimate authority. As Guido Terreni put it, "the whole authority of Scripture depends upon the Church." However, Wycliffe argued the opposite: "In Holy Scripture is all truth." 7 
He was grieved that the Bible and the true Christian faith were so far removed from common people. What was worse is that instead of instructing the people, the priests kept the people in spiritual ignorance. Wycliffe seethed: "They run fast, over land and sea, in great peril
of body and soul, to secure rich benefices, but they will not go a mile to preach the Gospel, though men are running to hell for lack of the knowledge of God" (cf. Hos. 4:6; Matt. 23:15).8 
As he saw it, the priest's job was to communicate God's Word in a way the people could understand but to make matters worse, the Bible was written in the dead language of Latin and often chained to the pulpit. Wycliffe saw the situation as unacceptable: “Would to God that every parish church... had a good Bible and good expositions on the Gospel, and that priests studied them well, and truly taught the Gospel and His commandments to the people!.. God bring this end to his people.”9 
Well the longer Wycliffe served the Lord, the more it dawned on him that nothing would change until the people had God's word in their own language. So Wycliffe decided to do something about it, and he struck the spark of reformation by taking on the enormous task of translating the Latin Vulgate into the English language during the late 1370's and early 80's. 
He not only worked alone, he was abused, slandered, hated, and viewed as a heretic. He was stripped of his Professor of Divinity he earned at Oxford University. He was branded: “An instrument of the Devil, enemy of the Church...an Author of Schism.”10 But he persevered in this task, fighting against time and death. 
This man who had a heart for God and a mind that was exceedingly brilliant, was the first to translate the New Testament into English in 1382. On the flyleaf, are written these immortal words: "The Bible is translated, and shall make possible a government of the people, by the people, and for the people."11 He didn't have the privilege of knowing that some 500 years later on a blood drenched battlefield in a land yet to be discovered, that an American president would use those very words in his Gettysburg Address. These were first the words, not of Abraham Lincoln, but of John Wycliffe, the man who struck the spark. 
Although he was discredited, he died a peaceful death, but he was not allowed to rest in peace. Some 30 years after Wycliffe's death, a decision was made at the Council of Constance on May 4, 1415 to officially condemn him as a heretic. Wycliffe's remains were exhumed by Papal command, and the bones of his skeleton were burned to ashes as a public act of condemnation. This from a chronicler of that day: 
“They burned his bones to ashes, and cast them into the Swift, a neighboring brook, running hard by. Thus, this brook hath conveyed his ashes into the river Avon. And on into the Severn, and the Severn into the narrow Seas, and they into the mighty ocean. And so the ashes of Wycliffe are the emblem of his doctrines which now are dispersed the world over.”12 
Yet the burning of his bones, nor the scattering of his ashes in no way silenced his message. By that time the protest-ants were growing in number. And instead of persecution discouraging their growth, it only purified and accelerated it. So there was a growing number of men and 
women who were determined to stand alone even if it meant death, and indeed it did. Now the Bible was in the language of the people. Now there was a cause to fight for that was readily understood. And there was a need for someone to kindle the coals of Reformation. And God raised up John Hus as his instrument. 
II. JOHN HUS: KINDLING THE COALS 
John Huss was born of Czech parents in 1369 at Husinec in Southern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). The word Hus means goose, and its distinguished bearer often applied the literal meaning to himself. For example, he wrote from the same Council of Constance that condemned Wycliffe, expressing the hope that the Goose might be delivered from prison, and he exhorted the Bohemians, "if they loved the Goose," to secure the king’s aid in having him released. His parents were poor and, during his studies in the University of Prague, he supported himself by singing and manual labor jobs. He was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1393, of Divinity a year later, a Masters in 1396, and in 1398 began delivering lectures in the university. 
If Wycliffe was the mind of the reformation, Hus was the heart. Hus was sharp but not the scholar Wycliffe was, yet God blessed him with an unmatched authority and eloquence in the pulpit. Hus preached with fiery passion. Hus kindled the coals.
Now Hus was not only a professor at the university, he was also a Roman Catholic priest, ordained in 1402 as Rector at the Chapel of Bethlehem, which was Prague's national church sanctuary. That ancient cathedral seated 3,000 people, and they packed it out every Sunday to hear Hus preach. And he so in Czech, in their language, not in Latin, which was the official language of the Church. And there are still those in our day who insist that the "official" Bible is the King James Version, which most Americans cannot read and understand. Strikingly similar situation. That's why we need to know history, so we don't make the same mistakes that the Catholic church made. But Hus got into trouble for preaching in the language of the people. 
However, John Hus not only took the heat, he turned up the heat. He spoke of the church being poisoned by greed and materialism. He exposed the scandals and the arrogance of the papacy and the priesthood. And when he was confronted, instead of retreating and recanting, he simply became more determined and more dogmatic. Here's a sample: When Pope John XXIII urged the sale of indulgences (paying to reduce punishment for sin in purgatory and for better “standing” with God), the papal legate went so far as to auction off diocese, deaconships, and parishes. "They were sold," Hus thundered from his Bethlehem pulpit, "to incompetent priests, debauchers and gamblers guilty of scandal, but marvelously skilled in taxing penitents from whom they extorted to enrich themselves quickly." 
When he was confronted by representatives from the Pope sent to silence him, Hus said in their presence: "So far as the commands of the Pope agree with the commands and doctrines of the apostles, and are after the rule of the law of Christ, so far I am heartily prepared to render them obedience. But if I see anything in them at variance with this, I will not obey, even if you kindle the fire for the burning of my body before my eyes.”13 
Well Hus got what he asked for. God used John Hus' message to cause a serious business slump for the Church in Bohemia. The sale of indulgences fell off sharply. Ecclesiastical privileges were openly mocked. And students began to riot on the university campus in protest against the excesses of the Church. The coals were getting hot and were about to burst into flame. 
Finally, John Hus was excommunicated, he was “churched,” as some might put it. He was ordered to report to the Council of Constance, but was jailed for months and his health was broken. Starved and sick, Hus stood trial and he was given ample opportunity to recant. His crime? Church inquisitors called it Wycliffism. He was guilty of preaching the Bible as the ultimate authority. His defense. Simply this: "If you can show me from the Scriptures my error, I will immediately recant. If you cannot, I will not." They could not. And he did not. 
He was publicly declared a heretic, stripped of his pulpit and priesthood, and condemned to die by being burned at the stake. You’ve heard the saying: “His goose was cooked.” Well this is where it came from. Given one last chance to repent, he declared: “God is my witness that the things charged against me I never preached. In the same truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and preached, drawing upon the sayings and positions of the holy doctors, I am ready to die today.”14 
On July 6, 1415, at 5:00 in the afternoon, John Huss was led to the stake to be burned alive, led by three trumpeters riding on black horses, the procession wound its way thru the narrow streets of Constance. Some cried, some mocked, others prayed for Hus, who bravely sang the words of Psalm 31: “In Thee O God I put my trust, bow down Thine ear to me.” The executioner tore his clothes from him and placed a shirt soaked with pitch upon his back. Then with his hands tied firmly to the stake, the executioner squeezed oil drenched wool between his legs and dumped so much oil on his head that it dripped from his beard. As the fire was lit and the smoke began to choke the dying martyr, the hushed mob heard him pray: “O Lord, Sabbaoth, take this sin from them, Lord Jesus Christ, thou Son of the living God, have mercy on me.” 
John Hus, the Goose, was burned alive at the stake for preaching the word of God. Two hours later, his body was fully cremated and his ashes dumped into the river Rhine. But John Hus kindled the coals.

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The question of what is sin!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 06 October 2017

I realize we are in a world that God seems to be letting Satan have more authority and know without a shadow of doubt, we are all living in a world that is out of order. Education, government, our economy and religion is not able to saves from the addictions of sin.

Life requires we all work to fight sin that wants to abuse us and cause us to be addicted to wrongs that are destroying civility and breaking up countries from within. We all have natural bodies that want to be normal doing what is wrong for we are born sinners. God created us good, but make choice to eat what God told him not to, so God placed a curse upon men and women called sin. Sin is simply doing what we are told not to do. So, sin is anything that we do that brings addictions to where we can’t help from dipping into it. Flip Wilson used the Phrase, “Satan made me do it.” No Satan did not, sin happens normally. When I do not listen to God, for God gave us a law in the Old Testament and when we broke the law we would have to offer a sacrifice to be forgiven, then not do it again, or we would have to offer a sacrifice again. Then Jesus came to this earth as a baby and went through all we will ever go through, yet without sin. He was tried and found to be at fault and Barabbas the criminal was released and Jesus was crucified. What an injustice, but yet Jesus, died and was buried and after three days, He arose from the grave and appear to man for 40 days showing He was alive. Then He said to the Disciple to wait in the upper room for the Holy Spirit that will be just like me without limitations who will be present to empower us to not continue in sin, once we were willing to abide in the vine; Jesus.

We like to misuse or abuse our lives and it brings emotional mental addictions. These abuses bring change in the way we deal with life and others for we can’t see reality of what sin is doing. We become dependent upon sin to survive, as it causes us to develop tolerance and we keep; on sinning. Thinking it is ok, only to find we can’t quit, or stop for we have been addicted without any sense of wrong doing. So, all relationship with family and loved ones suffers and it brings forth a poor self-image, to where it affects our health, personal finance, and security of jobs.  Even our pride of ownership become sloppy and junkie, for we cannot see the need for order of what the truth really does or is. So, we are living in a world of, I wish, rather than I can, let’s do not deny we have a sin, but see the need we all have of being a blessing and not a curse.

I hope as you look at yourself you know who you are? Where you are, on this great big planet and where you’re going to go after you die? God created good and evil, wrong and right, heaven and hell; healthy and sickly and it is up to us to make good positive choices that give us assurance, we are created by God, to become better and better, as we learn the consequences of sin. Sin hurts and that is the job of Satan who was cast out of heaven and he is still mad and wants to take you with him. So be careful you know the answers to the reason we sin and resist serving your addictions to wrong and give God a change to rule and reign over your life, so you can be set free of the addictions of sin.

I am saddened by what happen in Los Vegas when Stephen Paddock committed the biggest mass murder in American history. Then to see the destruction caused by the Hurricanes, volcanos, earthquakes, flooding, forest fires, lawlessness and killings of innocent people give reason to wonder where is God? Yet it is the heart of a man that is disparately wicked that needs to watch, wait and see what God wants to do in our lives, so we can abide in Him and begin to bear goodwill and peace in our area of influence.

Sin is what God calls an act of rebellion that is a transgression against Gods Divine law. Sin can be viewed as any thought, or action that endangers the ideal relationship between an individual and their God or Gods, or as any diversion from the perceived ideal order for human life. The bible says it is missing the mark or target. There are sins of ignorance, and sins of omission.

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Last of the 12 Step Ladder of Success
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 30 September 2017

Here we are alive to what is going on as we abide in the vine; Jesus for as long as we have life we have to remember who we are and what God wants to give us as we resist Satan and cling to the old rugged cross.
We have admitted we are sinners and need to be saved for we are powerless in ourselves to resist sin, yet God can forgive and forget and gives us the ability to start living now for him is the first step we take as a new born child in the Kingdom of God. So the second step is realizing God can restore us to sanity as we continue to have faith now in God and not things. Now we are realizing we are in a battle and it is not against one another, or things, but against the enemy of our souls Satan. We do not need to fear him, but fear Gods love, mercy and grace, so we want to please our Creator God. So, the third step is being aware of Gods Holy Spirit to empower us as we abide in Him, for now we are walking in the way, truth and life that is found in the Bible as we continue to turn all our problems over to the Lord. Now it’s a daily walking, communicating with the Lord and doing His will. This happens as I remember I have to search my heart daily for sins that are able to destroy. What I do now is practice number four making a searching and fearless inventory of what I am doing to please and obey the Lord, this now is a way of life for me now, as I am walking and talking with the Lord about my needs, not my wants. Number 5 is admitting to myself my need of needing help in my wrong behaviors and attitudes on a daily bases, for I am walking in and out of trouble all the time and the joy of the Lord is needed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Number 6 is needing the Lords help all the time, so these defects of sin do not destroy my relationship with God and others. Number 7 is always at work for I am humbling myself to His will so all my short coming is removed as I confess my sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9. Now step eight becomes reality as I have to forgive all who have harmed me and be willing to make wrongs right. They can’t I can and will do all I can to keep all safe and sound, as all are important to God. Yes, step nine needs to be practiced all the time for people want to be safe and sound so no one is injured. This is seeing step ten become also a daily concern for we have to constantly make sure our inventory is corrected and admit it when we are wrong. Living in the arms of the Lord is practicing step 11 as I pray and meditate upon the word of God, so I have the understanding and the knowledge to us wisdom to do His will, now I am walking and talking what God wants from me as a follower of the Lord.

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