Aug. 28, 2022 (1st day of 6th biblical month)
Matt. 5:13-16 You (true Christians) are the salt of the Earth.
Matthew 5:13-16, the context shows that we shouldn't hide from the world. We should share what we have to offer. Salt and light are both very important things that the world must have in order to live. You can't live without either of these.
But we can also carefully examine why salt and light is extremely important to the world. For today's purpose, we'll focus on the properties of salt.
Romans 12:1-2 Salt/We can be defiled contaminated
Don't be conformed to this world (don't become robots, nor blind ignorant sheep), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Salt/We can be defiled contaminated by over focusing on sports, bad music, bad movies, society, brainwashing and religious programming.
2 Peter 1:1-12 Other spiritual "minerals" in salt/Christians:
These other minerals spiritually can be called faith and perseverance and love, etc.
-Adds flavor, as a spice.
-Purifies and disinfects
Adds flavor, as a spice.
Wars have been fought over spices! Cinnamon, for example, has at times been considered more valuable than silver.
(By the way, I absolutely love a cup of hot water with cinnamon and honey, and is extremely beneficial for health, and helps with a bloated stomach.)
We add flavor into the world. Our Christian flavor shouldn't be bland, dull and depressing and boring but rather excitement and rejoicing and celebration. We add spice to the world.
Our worship services don't need to be boring.
Our life doesn't need to be boring.
Legalism is the opposite of good flavor.
We can add flavor to the world by giving compliments and giving smiles.
-by teaching truth that makes sense. False doctrines don't taste good.
The "feast days" or "holy days" are more appropriately called "Fiestas" because that word is more indicative (defines) what they are, as lively celebrations. It doesn't mean "a large meal", but rather, "a party, swinging back and forth in drinking".
I think of David dancing with feeling, instead of being fake, choreographed.
Our worship should be closer to what some of the Pentecostals do, rather than the fake Baptist churches. However, without the legalism.
Deut. 14:22-27 The 2nd tithe and alcohol for the fiesta, and a gift offering. Feasting included and buying things to enjoy.
Preserves/protect: Luke 22:36 Buy a weapon of self defense.
Many other verses speak of war against the wicked.
We preserve freedom and righteousness in the world as well as family and masculinity and femininity.
Contrary to what many think, true Christians should be involved in politics and in the community, to preserve Christian values and principles.
We shouldn't be pacifists. Sometimes the action of preserving requires the action of fighting parasites, infection, etc.
We also preserve the original scriptures.
Purifies/Disinfects, remove infection:
Removes infection: Willing to disfellowship and forsake.
1 Cor. 5:1-5
We purify/disinfect by evangelism. But also by fighting and destroying the infection of evil.
(Forgot to say in the sermon:) Salt burns when poured onto a wound/sore. It's not the most pleasant taste as a mouth wash, etc. But it does the job.
As we witness to the world, the word of God often hurts and burns, as it reaches the infection. But the burning brings healing via disinfection.
:5 proves 2nd Resurrection as an opportunity for people to be saved.
(Added to sermon) :8 proves the keeping of the fiestas, holy days, in the New Covenant time frame.
Heals: Luke 4:18
We heal people physically, mentally and spiritually. We provide the necessary nutrients, the truth, to the world.
We set the example of natural health.