OL Sit-Rep 2018
Vol: 28 Issue: 25 Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Dear Omega Letter Family: On the 18th of September we announced that we will be closing this Omega Letter site. We will keep the site up until October 13th closing on October 14th, our 17th anniversary. We know that Jack would want us to thank you all and tell you just how blessed and inspired he was by the OL family.
We have received an outpouring of love by those who have wrote in to express their sadness at the news and words of encouragement for “a job well done”. We have not taken any of it lightly. You have certainly surprised all of us by keeping Jack’s mission alive these past five years.
Our heartfelt thanks cannot adequately express how we really feel. We could not have done this without your prayers, support and generosity over these 17 wonderful years.
We are truly grateful for the contributing authors who have gone far and above the call of duty to share their insight and talent with us, that has continued the mission to equip the saints. Many of them have websites they are either working on, or already have up and ready for you. Please continue in your prayers and visit them there. We will share a list with you to their websites so you can still get your daily inspiration from them.
The webmaster is retiring, our website is out dated, security would be compromised and with the short notice our choices are limited and some unattainable in this time frame. So these factors have lead us to the conclusion that to rebuild the website and keep it up and running as is, is not doable. We will continue to pray that Jack’s legacy, the contributing author’s work, and the wealth of info within the OL site will find a way to continue to be accessible to all who seek it but as this time we can’t make promises. We can only wait and pray.
This decision has been reached with many tears and prayers, seeking God’s direction in this situation. We can’t thank you all enough for the wonderful years that you have supported us with your prayers and generous support financially. Writing the OL was a mission of love that Jack got up every morning to do, he looked forward to sitting down to write the daily brief and fulfilling the mission that God set before him to do. He accepted the assignment like a good soldier and took the battle on with enthusiasm.
All subscription membership recurring plans have been cancelled and refunds will be made on request.
If we haven’t addressed your concerns please email us. It’s been a whirlwind of a week but we know that our Redeemer lives. The battle is not ours, we look to God above and He will guide us safely through and guard us with his love.
Now a word from Jack’s Letter from 2005:
Humans know right from wrong because right and wrong are relative to actions. One can do right, or one can do wrong. Saving a person from being hit by a streetcar is a right thing. Pushing him in front of one is wrong — one might even say, ‘evil’.
But good and evil are outcomes — and the outcome of our actions is known only to God. Allow me to illustrate.
You are in Vienna, Austria, and the year is 1905. A man is painting a landscape portrait of downtown Vienna and doesn’t realize he has stepped back into the path of a street car. You see him, and push him to safety.
You did the right thing, right? It was a ‘good’ thing that you did, and not ‘evil’, right?
If you knew what the outcome of your good deed in 1905 would be — that is, if you knew at the time that you had just saved the life of Adolph Hitler and knew what he would become — did doing ‘the right thing’ result in a ‘good’, or ‘evil’ outcome?
The first lie of the Garden of Evil was that man should trust in himself and on his own understanding. The Scriptures teach the precise opposite.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
The doctrine of eternal security flies in the face of that first lie by removing man from the equation altogether. Eternal security says that human righteousness is as ‘filthy rags’ before the Lord, therefore, Jesus paid the FULL penalty for sin.
It teaches that man plays no greater role in his salvation than that of accepting the gift of Pardon offered him by repenting (which means to change one’s mind) about his sin and trusting in the shed Blood of Christ as a completed work.
The Scriptures teach us we can be;
“confident of this very thing, that He which hath BEGUN a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phillipians 1:6)
One doctrine, that of salvation plus works, teaches that once He hath begun a good work in me, it is up to ME to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
The other, that of eternal security, teaches that, once He hath begun a good work in me, HE will continue to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Which doctrine lines up best with the main theme of the revealed Word of God?
We return to the message of salvation, but presented WITHOUT the implicit promise of eternal security for the believer.
“You are lost and deserve to go to hell. But Jesus has made a way for you to be saved. All you have to do is believe in Him and not sin again. Go to church, learn the Bible, quit smoking, drinking, swearing, having lustful thoughts, avoid all your old sinful friends, do good and don’t sin, and you shall be saved. But if you continue in sin after trusting Jesus, you will go to hell anyway.”
If one discounts the doctrine of eternal security as some kind of Satanic lie, then giving the Gospel in any manner differently that the one above is deceptive advertising.
But the Scriptures teach;
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17)
If one is turned into a ‘new creature’ through God’s extension of Sovereign grace accepted through faith, how then does one turn ONESELF back to the old creature by an act of human will (sin)?
Finally, there is the logic argument, as further advanced the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians.
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28)
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