Friday, March 01, 2013

GOD JUDGES PEOPLE BY THEIR MORAL CHARACTER!

A Personal Rebuttal by
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry (POEM)

Psalm 15, Proof That God Judges People By Their Character
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PLEASE NOTE: 
This article was revised and updated on March 3rd, 2018 
with the addition of many quotes and 
links to Scriptures at Bible Gateway.


Not long after I wrote the article entitled “HOW SOMEONE DEFINES GOD MATTERS GREATLY!”, which condemns Mormonism and Islam based on how they define God’s Character, Yahweh God convicted me that I was wrong to carry my highly negative stance toward 2012 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney. God did so through a vivid dream in which He showed me that Mitt Romney was a man with a more godly character than Barack Obama, and therefore was more desirable to God as a leader - even if the Mormon theology that he adheres to is terribly skewed on some areas. God did this to try and show me an important point about how He judges people, even those who may not have a full personal relationship with Yahshua and the Holy Spirit yet.

After sharing that dream and its spiritual message on this blog, however, people accused me of being a liar, or said that I must be possessed by a demon if I could endorse Mitt Romney for any reason. After Mitt lost the election, people also accused me of being a false prophet, though I never said that Mitt would win the election when I shared my dream. Unfortunately, due to all the bad press it received, I eventually deleted my blog article about the Mitt Romney dream episode. But I am glad that I failed to delete the article linked to in the first paragraph of this article, so that I could add this much-needed rebuttal to it. 

When I shared my dream about the more godly character of Mitt Romney in comparison to Obama, I never said that he would win the election, but only that God had shown me that Mitt was a far better choice for US President than Barack Obama, who would definitely win if most of the conservative base in America failed to vote for Mitt. Unfortunately, the fact that Mormonism teaches some really bad Theology along with the truth of the Gospel led too many Christian conservatives to do exactly as I predicted in the above article that I linked to. They refused to vote, or voted for lesser known candidates that had no chance of winning, thereby ensuring that Obama would win the election.

Nonetheless, I am no longer gullible enough to believe that the voting apparatus in this country isn’t being tampered with. In fact, I have no doubt that Obama won his second term in the White House by such a landslide simply because the Illuminati made sure that he did by tampering with the vote counts in several key states. I also now fully believe that, even though Yahweh God knew that Mitt Romney would NOT win the 2012 US Presidential Election, that He still showed me what the proper response of conservative Americans toward Mitt should have been.

Just as Christians and Messianic Jews should know how to judge a monotheistic religion by how they define the One True God that they purport to follow and worship, they should know how to judge a person by their character, or lack thereof when they are judged by God's Moral Law. In the article linked to above that this article is a rebuttal to, I showed how the character of Mormonism is tarnished by bad theology. I thereby showed that, as a purportedly Christian denomination that has cult leanings, Mormonism leaves much to be desired.

But the issue in the 2012 Presidential election shouldn’t have been the serious shortcomings of Mormon Theology, but the personal character of Mitt Romney. In truth, Christian and Messianic Conservatives should have voted for Mitt based on his more upright character rather than on his theology. They should have judged him BY HIS STATED VALUES, and not condemned him as unworthy due to his supposed ties to known Illuminati bloodlines, his skewed theology, or by his Mormon faith. Not that these are areas that we shouldn’t be concerned about, because they seriously matter to God. But if a Mormon or a Freemason believes in the God of the Bible and His Son Yahshua, having ascribed to some bad theology doesn’t mean that they can’t have a godly or upright character. This is what God showed me in my dream about Mitt, despite the fact that so many Christians and Messianics reviled this truth. 

To their credit, despite their bad Theology in other areas, Mormons do faithfully teach this core truth, that God is Love, and God loves humble-hearted and repentant people. So it is my firm belief that those who accept the love of God without even knowing God, and consistently give God's blameless and perfect love to others, can find salvation in Christ at the Last Judgment, when they will surely agree to accept, thank and worship Yahweh as their God and Accept Yahshua as their Messiah because Yahweh is the one and only God of Love, and Yahshua is the only real Savior and expression of God's perfect Love for humanity. 

Despite the other beliefs that people may espouse to under a particular Church, Mosque or Temple that may not be in agreement with the Bible, they can and will be redeemed in the end if they choose to listen to their conscience and not do evil, but choose to be loving and kind to everyone, and to repent and make sincere amends when they do evil to anyone. Because they are showing mercy and giving love, those who do not know God by Name will be given mercy and love by God the Father because they understand Him and know Him without knowing His True Name. This is why the Apostle Paul said: 
Romans 2:12-16 ~ “For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ (Yahshua the Messiah), according to my gospel.”
Paul's Gospel was this: Salvation and Grace come ONLY through belief in, and emulation of Yahshua the Messiah or Jesus the Christ, who expressed the Word or Will of the God of Love to humanity, and gives us the Spirit of God to direct us when we ask God for direction and correction, and desire to pursue love and righteousness wholeheartedly. So keep in mind that I am NOT saying that everyone can believe what they want and be seen as someone who is blameless in character! Far from it! People must be operating with a full appreciation of godly, selfless love, and must act with loving-kindness and mercy toward others to be considered to be a person of upright character. 

People who display a fallen or evil character will NOT act in selfless love, but are selfish and only do what pleases themselves. As an example of this, even though they are monotheists, some devout Muslims and Orthodox Jews adhere to hateful and merciless Anti-Gentile teachings that they say can be found in the Koran or Talmud. Furthermore, unlike Christians, neither devout Jews or devout Muslims truly believe that freedom and liberty are God-given principles, and they are both seeking to take over the world, and impose their religious intolerance on everyone. 

This type of behavior is abhorrent to God because it does not encourage people to freely choose to come to Him in humble repentance and ask Him to help them to change, but only to follow an external set of laws that do not impart true righteousness on anyone. This is why salvation CANNOT be found through good works, but only by a sincere desire to show true mercy, and give love and kindness, which comes from having a godly character - a godly character that can sometimes be found in those who do not even know the one true God of Love by Name.

Nonetheless, too many American Christians and Messianics don’t understand that God is very merciful, and that He judges all of us by our character rather than our theology or our bloodline. This is why many will be left behind when the Rapture happens. Too many believers are not only proclaiming a false Calvinistic Gospel of Cheap Grace, but are living as though repentance from sin and loving others as Yahshua did doesn’t matter. Too many are refusing to preach against sin, and too many fail to see that they are potentially sending a person to Hell by failing to love them and show them God's mercy and compassion. In fact, the refusal to tell sinners to repent and turn away from their rebellion against the Love and Mercy of God in order to embrace the love of God and His love for mankind is an act of pure hate and ignorance!

Without assessing someone’s moral character on a person by person basis, and by not looking at their actions and behavior as spiritual fruits that show their true heart, many believers are also condemning fellow Christians that have loving characters if they adhere to any disturbing or challenging doctrinal differences from the mainstream, such as the Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormons. Though it is often overlooked, the Bible teaches that a person’s character - and how well their character reflects Christ's character (whether they truly know Him or not) - does have a good deal to do with determining whether they will be able to dwell in God’s Kingdom in eternity or not. This is most clearly shown in Psalm 15:

~*~ Psalm 15 ~*~

The Character of Those Who May Dwell with Yahshua,
or Adonai, per the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB).

A Psalm of David.
“Adonai, who can rest in your tent?
Who can live on your holy mountain?
2 Those who live a blameless life,
who behave uprightly,
who speak truth from their hearts
3 and keep their tongues from slander;
who never do harm to others
or seek to discredit neighbors;
4 who look with scorn on the vile,
but honor those who fear Adonai;
who hold to an oath, no matter the cost;
5 who refuse usury when they lend money
and refuse a bribe to damage the innocent.
Those who do these things
never will be moved.”

Note that this psalm very clearly says that the ability to dwell with Yahweh God on His Holy Mountain in the New Jerusalem is based on ones’ character, NOT on ones’ theology! These saving character traits are listed in this Psalm, and include speaking the truth about the existence of God to others, and showing them that He is the one and only God of Love that never advocates hating anyone, or doing evil toward anyone via slander, false accusation, or false representation. 

In verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 15, it says that anyone who lives a blameless life can live on God's Holy Mountain, which is a metaphor for Zion, which is the City of God that Abraham sought, and the New Jerusalem that born again disciples of Yahshua are promised. This psalm defines what living a blameless life is like, and that being blameless before God is indeed possible when people are repentant, merciful and full of love! Nowhere in this psalm does it say that a person must give tithes, attend Church regularly, read the Bible often or believe that Yahshua is the Messiah. It speaks only of someone who possesses an unyielding moral uprightness and a truly kind, loving, merciful and honorable character. This type of character is taught and sought in the pages of the Bible, and God specifically says that He desires for us to show mercy, and not to make the mistake of blaming the guiltless:
Hosea 6:6 ~ “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” 
Matthew 9:13 ~ “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 
Matthew 12:7 ~ “But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.”
Though the prospect of being guiltless or blameless before God is rarely encountered in people unless they are born-again by the Spirit of God, those who see the Bible's moral teachings as good philosophies to live by, and who strive to follow them even if they fail at times, are capable of being judged worthy by God for salvation, although they will NOT be judged worthy of protection. In fact, anyone who does not accept Yahshua as their Messiah will NOT escape the Great Tribulation and will suffer calamity along with the wicked who hold evil in their hearts and revile love. But, though those who do not accept Yahshua as the Way, the Truth and the Life will suffer in this life and will not be protected from demonic attack or oppression, God will ultimately judge all people by their character at the Last Judgment, and NOT by the religious doctrines that they may or may not have been forced to accept.

A blameless character can be achieved by people who are full of love, mercy, compassion and kindness, and this is most readily possible when people are familiar with, and have a hearty respect for the teachings of the Bible. Even if people only see the Bible as a great philosophical work, do not believe in God or Yahshua, or may never have read the Bible, God will spare people if they strive to be morally blameless, and they act with loving-kindness in all their dealings. Indeed, because God is Love, and Yahshua is the expression of God's Love for us that gives us God's Grace or Unmerited Favor, I have been shown that there will be many that will receive a full pardon and full mercy and compassion from God on Judgment Day - even if the dogmas and doctrines of the Church or Temple or Mosque they attended in life was skewed, or if they never even believed in God in the first place. The key to understanding this comes from accepting the Gospel message that: 
John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him (as the expression of God's Love) should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him (as the power of the Love that God has for us) is not condemned; but he who does not believe (in the power of love and forgiveness) is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of (or in the perfectly loving character of) the only begotten Son of God.”
As can be seen in the above quote, I have given some definitions of what God is asking us to believe in within the above Scripture. Because God is Love, and Yahshua is the expression of God's Love for us, people that believe in the power of love and forgiveness to heal broken hearts and bring about healing miracles without initially accepting the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross for our sins can still be saved from damnation. But in order to find peace, healing, love and forgiveness, and to experience the Rapture and the Millennial Kingdom, people do need to know and receive Yahshua as their Savior. So, the Gospel message of Salvation in the Kingdom of God through Yahshua is centered around believing in, and having faith in the power of the pure agape love that Yahshua gave, inspired and taught to everyone that He spoke with. 

If a person does not believe in Yahshua as the Messiah due to poor Theology, or in never having heard the true Gospel of Salvation by Grace through Yahshua's Love and Mercy rather than through works, but they still act uprightly by embracing and giving love instead of hate, they can still be saved in the end due to God's mercy and compassion. The power of God's mercy, compassion, love and forgiveness is so great that many relatively humble and selfless people will ultimately be forgiven by God and saved in the end - even though they had not known Yahshua until then. 

In addition, Because of our love for lost people, and because of our sorrow over the thought that any of them might perish forever, I have been shown that God will also extend mercy to many who would never have obtained mercy otherwiseI also believe that the Holy Spirit can be found in the voice of the conscience that every human being initially possesses, and that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is rejecting the conscience or voice of God in all of us, and instead seeking to do the evil that our consciences warn us away from. This is why Yahshua said:
Mark 3:28-30 ~ “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” - 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”” 
The Pharisees in Ancient Judea were saying that Yahshua was performing miracles with an unclean spirit - even though Scripture declares that Yahshua was without sin, and lived a morally perfect and upright life. The unpardonable sin in this case was that fact that the Pharisees falsely declared that the healing miracles of God that Yahshua wrought were demonic counterfeits performed by demons. But the truth was that Yahshua was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and He could perform miracles because He had total faith that God would do whatever He asked. 

Though they may not yet be born again, all people do have a conscience, or the conscious sense of right and wrong, and they all can either heed it or reject it with their own free will. When people do decide to reject the righteous voice of their conscience, and instead consistently choose to do what is contrary to it, they lose any hope of redemption, and their rejection of the power of love and goodness is the Unpardonable Sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Those who do heed their conscience and do not condemn those who listen to God's voice have a chance to be saved even if they reject Yahshua, who is the Son of Man spoken of in Matthew 12:32, which is quoted below:
Matthew 12:31-32 ~ “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”
Since rejecting the Son of Man is not grounds for NOT being forgiven, God must have a different standard by which He will judge those who do reject Yahshua but do not blaspheme the Holy Spirit. So, if the conscience voice of the Holy Spirit is heeded in those who are not saved by Grace, then they will be judged by another standard, which Scripture says is the ability to give pardon or forgive others. In fact, Scripture teaches us that God will judge everyone - even those who are saved - by the measure they use to judge others, and will only give mercy and forgiveness to those who show and give it, as all born again saints definitely should be doing:
Matthew 6:14-15 ~ “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Mark 11:24-26 ~ “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. 25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
These Scriptures about forgiveness suggest that - if a person's actions truly reflects their desire to love others, live in peace, and not harm anyone - God will note their desire to love and forgive others, AND THEY WILL BE FORGIVEN. This means that they will inherit everlasting life in the end! So, though those that do not accept Yahshua as the Son of God and Messiah will be excluded from the Rapture and the Millennial Kingdom, many who are consistently kind and loving to others in their mortal lives - and those who are not beyond redemption and would be sorely missed by a born again believer - will be spared from everlasting Hell-fire. Due to God's desire for mercy instead of sacrifice, many will be shown mercy, offered the gift of salvation through Yahshua at the Last Judgment, and allowed to live forever with the saints who did know and love Yahshua before they died. 

Part of the reason for God's great mercy stems from the fact that many believers would rather die than miss their loved ones for eternity, and so they are constantly appealing to God in prayer for His mercy upon them. Don't you think that God hears and heeds these prayers? Don't you think He hears His beloved Saints begging Him for unwarranted mercy and forgiveness? I do, and I think it moves Him to give great compassion and forgiveness to many who are truly unworthy of it. After all, this is the essence of GRACE, which is UNMERITED FAVOR! And isn't that what Yahshua did for all of us on the Cross - even when His brethren were still unworthy and full of unrepentant sin? My reading of God's Word in Romans Chapter 5 says that this is exactly what Yahshua did:
Roman 5:6-11 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
So Yahshua died for everyone, and He did so regardless of whether or not they are ever saved by receiving and believing in Him. Yahshua died for all those that were not yet redeemed by the covering of His Name and Blood. So, although those who do not learn to love and follow Yahshua by faith may not be saved from judgment and Wrath because they do not believe in Him, they COULD be saved from the punishment of eternal damnation because they did their best to live a blameless life, and succeeded enough to please God and to receive His GRACE - despite whether or not they held erroneous views of who God is, or whether or not they rejected Yahshua, who is the Son of Man being spoken of in Matthew 12:32. 

During my times of worship and prayer to God over the past 30 years, God has spoken to me with visions and words of knowledge, and He has made it clear that He will have great mercy on those who don't profess to know Him, but who live like they do because of their obvious love for others - even their enemies. There are also events recorded in the Bible where Yahshua showed this same kind of mercy and forgiveness to outright sinners instead of judgment because they were repentant of their sins and wanted to make amends. As good examples, think of Zacchaeus the tax collector in Luke 19:1-10, and the unnamed adulteress in John 8:1-20. It is clear in both instances that Yahshua loved and accepted the tax collector and the adulteress as they were, and did not judge them, but instead forgave them because of their repentant hearts, and their desire to make amends to men and God. 

Before the 2012 election, through the writings of others, God showed me that Mormons tend to be winners in the godly character department over many Evangelicals, even if their theology is questionable, or is outright wrong in some key areas. In fact, Mormons tend to live far more godly lives than the majority of Christians, and most of them take the Gospel surrounding the teachings of Christ very seriously. As part of their devotion, they abstain from sex outside of marriage, and avoid addictive substances of all kinds like coffee and alcohol. They also preach against abortion and homosexuality. Their religious graphic artists such as Greg Olsen are virtually unparalleled, and their Judeo-Christian teachings are also clearly in evidence on the holidays of Easter and Christmas, which they celebrate along with the rest of Orthodox and Apostate Christianity.

Politically, devout Mormons are true conservatives, and they are highly motivated to remain so. Part of the reason why they love the US Constitution and the United States of America so much, and teach this love to their children, is because they can freely worship God as they choose here, without fear of severe persecution. Of course, this last election proved that most conservative Americans do not value that religious freedom granted in the US Constitution as highly as Mitt Romney, who was heavily persecuted for his beliefs - even though the product of those beliefs are mostly in line with universal, non-religious conservative values.

The sad truth is that Mormons probably understand better than most Christians and Messianics that America’s Constitution was designed to govern a nation under God, meaning one that is governed by the morality of the Bible. Unlike many conservatives, they also understand that our Constitution is wholly inadequate to govern a nation that is in complete rebellion and anarchy against God - like so many young people in America are today.

Due to this, teaching biblical morality through legislation has become a necessary evil. But it can only temporarily serve to preserve our freedom under the Constitution as the divide between the righteous sheep and the unrighteous goats deepens. Under President Obama, the trend against legislating morality seems to have deepened beyond repair, and this factor is part of the reason for the great political divide in America, which is also a necessary evil as God sifts through the populations of the world, and weeds out the useless tares from among the choice wheat. It also spells America’s certain doom - unless there is a major national spiritual revival before the Tribulation’s final Battle of Armageddon in Israel’s Valley of Megiddo.  

Thankfully, God has shown me that the First Rapture of the saints will bring this great revival about, and many Americans will survive to see the Second Coming of Christ after the Rapture due to their strong desire to express their spiritual liberty, and stay free from all political oppression. For this reason, I firmly believe that America WILL figure prominently in End Time Prophecy, and it will never be fully destroyed. Its current wicked administration and their followers WILL be destroyed, but not that part of the nation that loves the US Constitution, which is fully based on the biblical principles of freedom and liberty that Yahshua and the Apostle Paul repeatedly taught.

I fully believe that a blessed revival in America is coming after the Rapture, and due to it, God has shown me that America will NOT cease to exist as a nation! It WILL be invaded, attacked, and gravely wounded, but it will never FALL to the Antichrist. Those left behind after the Rapture that come to Christ will fight the Antichrist until Yahshua’s Second Coming, and many of them will cry tears of joy when they see the arrival of their True King and His Bride! Praise God for that!

As for the Mormons in America and abroad, I have no doubt that many of them will be among the Tribulation Saints that will witness the Second Coming of Christ. Regardless of all the bad press that they receive, Mormons are NOT completely off base because the King James Version of the Bible has ALWAYS been one of their core religious documents, and the US Constitution that is based on that same Bible is their chosen political platform. I also have no doubt that many of them will finally know the full truth of the Gospel, will develop a true and loving relationship with Christ, and will find their place in the Kingdom of God and Christ one day.

But that won’t happen unless all those lost sheep hear the True Gospel of the Love of Yahshua Ha Mashiach and the gift of His Kingdom in the Spirit that we can ONLY enter when we embrace the commandments to love one another fully. This is especially true of those of us who are supposed to know Christ personally, and love Him above all else! Personally, the Holy Spirit has impressed on me many times that our God Yahweh Elohim is full of MERCY that is connected to His Love, and those who express God's love and forgiveness will receive His mercy and forgiveness into eternity - whether they knew Him personally or not before the Last Judgment

So please get out there and start preaching to all the spiritually lost sheep that you know who do not know God's love whenever you can, and while there is still time. Remember that God is Love, and God's expression of Love is Yahshua, and He is coming very soon to rescue those who love and follow Him, and who also love one another as He loves us.

As for the arrival of that day, I truly long for it! Maranatha!

With Love From
Your Sister In Yahshua
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry