Sunday, July 24, 2016

Video: Instant Pot Water Test

I thought my Instant Pot was broke because I did the water test they recommended and it took longer than 15 minutes, it took over 30!  However, I, like many others, found the directions to be misleading.  It says fill to the 3 mark - but they meant CUPS not LITERS - silly me had filled to the liters mark.  So, I redid the test and it worked great and I videoed it in hopes of helping someone else out there with this test!

I'm still not sure why my food is having issues cooking in the recipe times.  I did read that unless you are at sea level, you will need to add a few minutes the higher up you are.  I have no idea what altitude we are at, but I'm going to find out and see if that might add on 2 minutes or so of cooking time to the recipes.  I'm still not giving up on the Instant Pot yet - more tests to come!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Problems with My Instant Pot

The first day I got my Instant Pot, I followed a recipe and it turned out great - except the rice was a bit overdone to me and the pot would never do a natural release (after waiting 30 minutes).  Then, I tried frozen chicken breasts in the time a recipe stated but they didn't get done in that time, so I put them for more until they were done.  I thought maybe it was because I didn't cut my chicken breasts up.  Then, I started noticing that the valve would not fall down on its own after the pressure went down in the pot and I would have to jiggle it a bit.

We made the same meal we made the first day, a few more times over the past couple of weeks and it was worse each time.  When I made beans for the 4th time (I think it was), they didn't even cook all the way!  Then today, I was doing a video for my blog here for chicken alfredo pasta.  I followed the recipe almost exactly - except my chicken was fresh, not frozen.  It was still pink when it was done and some of the noodles were not cooked all the way through.  I did a few more minutes and then the noodles were a soggy mess and the chicken was still pinkish.

It seems to me that the more I use the IP, the worse it is getting.  So, I started reading the 1-star reviews and saw a lot saying what I've been going through.  Some said it worked great at first and they got all excited and told friends about it (yep, did that!).  Some said it wouldn't pressurize properly inside and one lady checked the temperature and it wasn't right for cooking meat.

I'm not sure if I got a bad one or what?  Really frustrated but good thing is I can easily get a refund with Amazon.  I may try another pressure cooker - they have other brands that are cheaper.  Had to let you all know - I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or these pots are just bad.  I'm going to try a few more things and make sure I'm cooking right - but I will let you guys know how it works out!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

**Please read my post on problems with this pot here: **

Something has seriously changed my life.  I didn't realize it would so much but since I got my Instant Pot, I have hardly even touched my stove!  This has been what I've been waiting on all my life - I know that sounds out there but I'm for real!  I make NO commission and as you all know, I don't even advertise on my blog or allow pay for anything.  You can take my word for it - the Instant Pot is amazing and I think everyone should own one.

The Instant Pot (IP) is an electric pressure cooker.  It is more than that - it is 7-in-1 machine, it is a rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, sauteing/browning, steamer and warmer.  Growing up, my mom would have a pressure cooker on the stove and we were all scared of it because she wouldn't even let us walk through the kitchen when it was on.  If we had to go to the bathroom, she made us tiptoe through the kitchen and I remember thinking it was going to kill me.  Well, this is NOT my mother's pressure cooker!  It is safe, it is electric and it isn't going to blow off and you don't have to tiptoe past it or be scared when using it.  You can't do canning in it like a stovetop pressure cooker but you can do just about everything else.

I have put FROZEN chicken breast in this thing and in 12 minutes have juicy, tender, chicken ready to eat.  Meals I've made in the crockpot that would cook all day - can not even compare to how they taste in my IP after just minutes.  One was our chicken BBQ sandwiches that I normally let cook in the crockpot all day to really soak in that sauce.  Well, in less than 30 minutes, the IP made it and it tasted better than I've ever made it before - almost like it had been cooking all day!  Our beans and rice are awesome too and we have been eating a lot of beans and rice lately.  Not only do they cook in 28 minutes but they cook together and I only have ONE pot to clean after dinner!  I told you guys this thing has changed my life!

Not only does it save energy being electric and only being on for a short time but it is actually better for you because it keeps more nutrients in your food than cooking on the stove, crockpot or microwave.  It holds in more water in the foods and thus, the nutrients.  WHY don't more know about these?  I had heard of them about 6 months ago and wasn't even sure what it was until I did some research and just bought one and learned for myself.  I bought the 6 quart and it seems to be enough for us.

I got a cookbook for the IP, I haven't tried the recipes in it but it looks great:

My issues with getting dinner on the table some nights have been things like forgetting to thaw meat or plan ahead to cook beans - these things are NO LONGER!  I can forget dinner altogether until an hour before, when I can throw anything pretty much in the pot and cook.  I also love how I don't have to babysit the food, especially beans, no stirring or waiting 2 hours for them to cook.  Did I mention I only have ONE pot to clean after dinner!?  It boils eggs in minutes too... yes, I could go on and on and on!  Roasts in an half hour cooking time..  Baked potatoes in minutes...  mac and cheese in minutes...

I plan on making a post of recipes we have tried and also some of our recipes we have converted to the IP.  I'm able to write this post because my dinner is cooking in my IP and I have free time - woohoo!  Lots more to try in the coming months - yogurt being one in the near future.

Websites for cooking with the IP or any electric pressure cooker:

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Everyone is a Winner!

Surprise you guys - everyone is a winner that entered the blog reader appreciation gift!  I saw that 87 people clicked on the post but only 6 of you actually entered.  Thanks for your comments and readership!  I hope you enjoy the journals.

I'm going to offer a choice - you can either get the original prayer journal OR you can get the bible study journal.  I hadn't seen the bible study journal till later.  Amazon has previews of each.  So let me know which one you want!

Pick one:

Those that entered:


Please email me your mailing addresses - Twocans, I can just give you yours in person and DeNiece, I have yours already, just let me know which one you want.  My email is christianhomekeeper (at) gmail (dot) com

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Blog Reader Appreciation Gift

I know I've been missing for a while but life is busy with the important things - God, family and home!  I do want to post so many things that I've been doing lately (new recipes with my Instant Pot, organizing, etc.) but time is limited.  To show my appreciation for all my blog readers that have stuck with me all these years (or even days if you are new!), I want to give a special gift to one reader.

My daughter and I ordered these journals and are going to start using them daily in our time with the Lord and I thought what an awesome journal and I want to give one away!  It is called "Quieting Your Heart: 6-Month Prayer Journal."

This is for blog readers only - so if you have been a longtime reader or even if you just signed up yesterday, feel free to enter!  I will draw a winner this Sunday and you must contact me with your mailing information.  If you don't within 48 hours, I will have to pick another winner.  Simply leave a comment to be entered!  Comment entry period is now over.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Illogical Conclusions Christians Make

Some Christians repeat phrases and sayings without really thinking about them.  Then, some also think about them and still say them!  Let's review some of these illogical conclusions people come up with and expose them for what they are - myths.

  1. I made --- an idol, therefore, I'm going to stop doing it - how many times have we heard this?  The truth of the statement is that ANYTHING can become an idol.  The myth of the statement is that just because you let it become an idol, you must stop doing it (referring to the thing, not the idolization).  Example - I made paying tithe an idol, therefore, I will stop paying tithe.  Really?  How about just STOP making tithe an idol?  If you must stop doing the thing you made an idol, then what about people who made food an idol?  Should they stop eating food?  What about if sleep is your idol, should you stop sleeping?  Of course not, that would be ridiculous - just about as much as this type of thinking.  We stop the idolization of the thing, not the thing, unless of course it is sin.
  2. I spend more time doing --- than with God, so it must be wrong - I hear this way too much and always laugh at how illogical it is.  Example - I spend more time online than with God, so it must be wrong.  Is it really wrong?  If it is with that thinking, than anything is wrong if you spend more time doing it than you do with God.  Sleeping is wrong!  I mean you spend 8 hours sleeping and only 1 hour with God - oh the shame!  Eating is wrong!  Some people even drive longer than they spend time with God!  I know many that talk more than the time they spend with God!  I hope you see this myth being ripped apart.  If you truly had to spend more time with God than other things - you might not be a human.
  3. Don't have children if you can't afford them - this is probably the most-believed illogical conclusion there is.  It is a very convenient one in our abortion-laden, sex-crazed, responsibility-shunning society to view children as a financial expense that must be planned.  What is even sadder is that Christians have adopted these worldly ideals, ignoring God's Word of provision and children being a blessing.  Isn't it funny how we AFFORD things we really want?  I know many that can't AFFORD a home, but they find a way through a mortgage loan.  I know others that can't AFFORD a car, but they get them new every few years with leasing or a car loan.  See, it isn't about affording anything!  It is about giving ourselves an excuse to delay or put off having children because we really don't want them.
  4. Homeschooling will make your kids be a sociopath or psychopath - Actually, most (if not all) socio/psycho paths were public-schooled.  I don't know of even one that was homeschooled.  This is an easy argument to shoot down and it is one that is given by people who knew "someONE" that was homeschooled and they viewed everything they did through their spectacles of criticism to find fault.  Truth of the matter is, homeschooled kids are generally well-rounded kids and able to talk to all ages.  They are less likely to do any of the socio/psychopath behaviors because they aren't trying to "fit in" like you do in public school and they aren't being bullied all day long.  The school behavior that reigns in our public/private schools today breeds hatred, division, bad behaviors, rudeness, etc.  In all actuality, you could make a more logical statement of "Public schooling will make your kids be a sociopath or psychopath" and be closer to the truth - but still a myth because schooling choices don't necessarily make these.  I don't know anyone who has been able to find exactly what makes them.  So the jury is still out and they aren't that way because of their parents or their schooling most likely - they could be missing some crucial brain chemistry and have a genetic disorder that no one caused.
  5. If you disagree with homosexuality, you are a bigot - Yes, Christians even make these statements today.  Just because you disagree with someone's sexual perversion, doesn't make you a bigot.  If it did, then the same saying would be true: If you disagree with pedophilia, you are a bigot.  However, you don't hear that, THANK GOD, today but you might eventually, as so many perverted things are being accepted.  No, if you disagree with sexual perversion, you are NOT a bigot, you are like God, as He hates it, as He does all sin.  I don't agree with murder, lying, stealing, etc. and just like that, we can also include homosexuality, as it is a sin and always will be.  This statement is actually a bully's way of trying to get people to AGREE with homosexuality and true Christians never will.  Very juvenile statement if truth be told and reflects of the maturity of the one saying it.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Is Renting Really Throwing Your Money Away?

The old phrase about renting is that you are throwing your money away but how come some people that rent have way more money and assets than those that have a mortgage or even own their home?  We recently set out to buy a home because we really wanted something to show for our money every month.  However, as I really thought about it, if we just stay where we are, we will save so much money that in 10 years, we will have the same amount the house cost but in CASH.  Paying on that mortgage for 10 years, we wouldn't even break half-way to having that.  If anything, when I looked at our closing disclosures for the mortgage - we were paying $172,000 in interest over 30 years for that house!  If we just waited 10 years and buy it with cash - we will save ourselves NOT JUST the $172K in interest but the next 20 years in NO payments.

So in all actuality - a mortgage IS throwing your money away technically - like $172,000 away!  You are basically saying that your impulsive got-to-have-it-now American mentality is worth paying $172K + 20 years extra for.  However, can you rent for the amount of time you would need to in order to pay with cash?  That is the hard part.  I want a home while our daughter is with us but if we wait till we have cash, she will probably be married and gone.  Is it worth the extra money thrown away on interest to have it NOW - or is it better to delay it when it will be an absolute blessing and we will have money to spoil our grandkids and then go on trips with our son as he will be a teenager in 10 more years.  Things to think about.  If it is worth it, then you make that decision to go ahead and pay more for 30 years and then have something later - albeit probably an outdated, old home but at least you got something right?

What do you miss out on when you rent?
  1. Property taxes - well you do pay them as they are factored into your rent but you don't have to worry over paying them or setting aside money for them - the landlord does that.
  2. Homeowner's insurance - don't need it when you rent!  You only need to cover your stuff with rental insurance and that is like $15 a month, no biggie!
  3. Home maintenance - You don't have to keep up anything, except maybe mowing and weed-eating.
  4. Home repairs - No worries here for the renter!!  No sleepless nights wondering where the money will come from to fix the broken furnace or water heater or the pest infestation - no worries at all because you simply make a call and tell the landlord to fix it and then you go on and sleep! ;-)
  5. Remodeling/Updating - if you rent long enough, the landlord will update as necessary or you can just live with it the way it is.  If it is really outdated and you can't stand it after 10 years - you can just pick up and move to rent a nicer, newer place.
  6. Septic - don't have to worry about getting that thing pumped or repaired - landlord takes care of that!
  7. Appliances - don't have to ever buy these, as a renter the landlord takes care of them when they go bad or need replacing.  I've actually never bought an appliance other than our washer/dryer - which we bought 10 years ago used from the 80's and they still work great.
  8. Outdoor supplies - no need for a wheelbarrow, yard tools, weed/feed, etc. the landlord takes care of all that and you may have to buy a lawnmower if that isn't something your landlord has done for you, that and gas for the mower but still way cheaper than landscaping the landlord takes care of.
  9. Misc. - everything from association fees to trash and utilities can be taken care of by your landlord.  Ours provides fee TV, though we don't use it, it does allow us to get a huge discount on phone/internet.

Think of the money you don't have to spend on the above things as a renter!  If you do the math, you may end up having more at the end of 30 years than you would have if you had a mortgage - you could have more cash on hand than the amount your home would be worth at the end of 30 years.

The best thing about renting is you can move anytime you want!  You have less stress because all you really worry about is rent increasing every now and then, car issues and life - but no worries about the home, repairs, etc.  You don't need a home maintenance fund!

Are we going to continue renting or find another home to buy?  I'm not sure but this post is a reflection of my thoughts right now - who says you can't rent forever?  If it allows me to travel, buy whatever I want, have a retirement by the time I'm 65 - then why would it be throwing my money away?  I see a lot of family and friends constantly putting money (not to mention TIME) into their homes - money and time they don't have to spend living life.  It has me thinking!

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

We Got Had

We are not moving, not getting the house and just thanking God that He uncovered the truth before we closed on the house!  It would be a long story but basically there were cover-ups about mold and the undrinkable water (which we were told tested fine but that was not the truth).  I had felt all along that I didn't trust a lot of things but thought it must be normal for a first-time home buyer to feel that way because everything is new to you.  I should have listened but I'm SO glad God pulled the cover off the whole deal and exposed it all!

The lawyer said we could fight and get our money we put down back but we would pay a LOT of money (not to mention time and stress) to get just $1,000.  We prayed and suffered the wrong and let them have our money and walked away.

It hurt and we are so down, especially the kids.  Our house is about 75% packed and we have no place to go.  Not sure where we go from here.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Video - Me on Dave Ramsey - Renting or Buying?

We have been pursuing buying a home because we have rented for 16 years and have grown out of our space with the homeschooling materials.  Rent in our area for a 3 bedroom with a yard is about $1500 right now but our rent is VERY cheap in our mobile and as one local financial guy said it is impossible we have such low rent.  Yes, it seems so but we do and we know it won't last forever as our owners are nearing their 90's and who knows if they will sell the mobile park and our rent would go up.  A mortgage in our area for a decent 3 bedroom with a yard, including property taxes, homeowner's insurance and HOA's is around $1350-$1550 at the current low interest rate we would get.  So, it makes sense to buy as it is currently cheaper to buy than rent but I know Dave Ramsey is dead-set on having a down payment and only getting a 15-year mortgage - that is basically impossible in our area unless you save over $100K to get a home that low for a 15-year.  We are approved for VA, with no down payment and we don't have to pay PMI and our interest rate is very low - so it seems like an door of opportunity for us but we have put offers on 4 homes and they all didn't work out, so we are re-evaluating our next move.  We just want to do what is right and not a mistake - we have seen so many make the mistake and be deep in debt and chained all for just "owning" a home. 

So, I decided to call - although, I didn't get to go into detail like I wanted, I also didn't get to tell him we have a funded HSA for medical and that is part of our emergency fund but I didn't include it.  According to his advice, we should rent until we can save $100K - I'm thinking that is going to be many years down the road and doesn't count that we will need a car, daughter needs braces, she will be getting married probably in another 6 years or so, etc.  I don't see us ever saving that much cash but maybe we could.  Right now, since the medical drama is mostly over - we can save a TON of money - so maybe we should.  I'm not a person that needs to buy a house - I can make do with what I have - you guys know that!  I like living modestly and only need 1500sq ft or less just to have room to move around - not asking for a palace here LOL! ;-)  However, we don't have a garage and I'm thinking that would help if we did with storing homeschool materials since I'm saving it all for my son when he starts in 2 years.  I could just buy another bookcase and start putting things under beds, etc. and live cluttered for a while haha - I guess that is better than getting in over our heads.

Here is my call today:

What do you all think?  I would love to hear more opinions on this.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

You Dress Like a Man

How timely for such a news story to illustrate my last post on cross-dressing.  This woman, who is clearly cross-dressing, was upset that a man followed her into the bathroom because he thought she was a man and he was concerned about his mother, who was using the restroom.  He did the right thing!  Although, they made him look like a criminal but he wasn't!  If you don't want to be mistaken for a man, it is time to stop looking like one.

The closing remark at the end of the video, pretty much sums up some of the "Christian" world today and how skewed their minds are that are of the world and not of God:

You can't make assumptions by a person's gender, just by the way they look.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cross-Dressing "Christians" Promote Transgenderism

I don't know what all the hoopla is about when a man says he is a woman and puts on a dress and long hair and then a "Christian" woman in her pants and short hair say that is not normal.  I hate to be the one to fill you in honey but you are cross dressing too!  At least the transgender man/woman knows how a woman should dress.  A transgender woman that says she is a man - wears pants and cuts her hair short.  They aren't confused on the proper look of the sexes but some "Christians" have been for quite some time.

I'm so glad that things are getting this way because it will show us how cross-dressing is wrong and always has been.  Have you seen a gender neutral bathroom sign?  It still has a man in pants and a woman in a skirt - there is a still a difference.  You can't judge transgender people when you yourself are dressing like the opposite gender.  No wonder the world thinks we are a bunch of hypocrites!  God's abominations haven't changed - cross-dressing is STILL abominable to our Creator!

Deut. 22:5
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

The Geneva Bible's notes on this verse:

For that alters the order of nature, and shows that you despise God.

Matthew Henry's thoughts:

If we would prove ourselves to be God's people, we must have respect to his will and to his glory, and not to the vain fashions of the world. Even in putting on our garments, as in eating or in drinking, all must be done with a serious regard to preserve our own and others' purity in heart and actions. Our eye should be single, our heart simple, and our behaviour all of a piece.

Some so-called Christians have brought shame and reproach to the gospel by allowing the world to come in to all facets of their churches.  Proclaiming Christ while looking, acting, thinking, talking and being like the world - you aren't fooling anyone, I know Satan isn't fooled.  The Bible has told us in many areas to NOT BE DECEIVED - there will be those that will tell you everything is ok.  There will be those that say dress doesn't matter.  There will be those that say you don't have to follow the Bible - once saved, always saved, no matter if you sleep with everyone in town, show your body, lie, cheat, steal and skip church altogether.  Wow, sounds like a religion made by the devil himself as it goes against God's Word.  God clearly said such and such would not inherit the Kingdom of God - yet Billy Bob Joe down the street will tell you as long as you prayed that prayer, it don't matter if you wear daisy dukes and paint your face, your ready to go.  Are you really THAT stupid!?  I guess when you want to sin bad enough, you will believe anything and find any church to tell you exactly what you want to hear.

What is the first thing that a lot of women who leave the truth do?  They put on those pants and cut their hair and paint their faces.  It is to make them more like Christ right?  Or is rather to make them more like the world?  I think you know which one.  It serves no purpose in God - it is all carnal, fleshly and serves vanity and pride and selfishness.  Then, you get people patting them on back for sharing their new, sinful, worldly selves on Facebook - you know why?  Because they want it too and they rejoice in others being licentious.

It is time to look like a woman ladies - give the men their pants and hair back and wear the glory (long hair) that nature itself (of course God) has already taught us is right.  It is time to self-identify as a real woman.  Otherwise, maybe you should be using the men's restroom, p.s. it's the sign with the pants on.

After I wrote this post, a news story came up the following day about this very topic.  Watch the video here:

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Garden: Tulips

The tulips started blooming the week after Easter Sunday and they are so beautiful to look at, I wonder why I've never had any before!  I love the yellow ones as yellow is my favorite color and there is an even an orange one.  I also noticed today one that was yellow and red, so pretty!  They aren't even all bloomed yet.  I love how they make me smile in the morning when I open the curtains - the beauty of God's creation can take your breath away!

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Star String Lights on Bed Headboard

My friend had some cute star string lights draped across her headboard on her bed and I was in love and set out to find some to match my decor.  I found these beautiful metal silver stars with a brown cord at Bed Bath & Beyond for $12 and I love it!!

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

What I've Been Up To

I've been cooking a lot of recipes from one of my anti-inflammatory diet cookbooks and here is a recent one the whole family loved:

I spent a week doing a deep decluttering of our bedroom, and ended up with bags full of things to give away!  The only thing I didn't go through was under my bed because I got hit with either the flu or a really bad cold.

When my parents came to stay with us for 5 weeks in September, my dad cleaned out my old garden beds (I no longer garden) and planted tulip bulbs.  In one bed he did rows and the other he planted them in a shape of a cross.  What is so amazing is that they are growing big and looks like they may even open their blooms on Easter - how cool would that be?  I guess we will check them tomorrow and see.  I weeded the garden bed with the cross tulips but haven't weeded the other one.

Other than that I'm spending my time keeping house, raising kids, homeschooling and working on my health.  I would like to share videos of new ways I've learned to cook, natural medicine that I have delved deeply into and experienced amazing results and even all about how physical therapy is what most people need more than exercise.  Lots I would like to share but a lot of more needful things that I must do may not allow for much time - we will see how the next few months go.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Holiness - Separates and Unites

I was reading over some things by A. Philip Brown II and this was so amazing I had to share.  I don't know who this man is, nor therefore do I agree with everything he writes, but he has some good stuff and this was most especially good.

Holiness is both a negative and positive principle in relation to the Body of Christ. There is no true unity, biblical unity, that does not have truth as its center and holiness at its gates. Holiness separates and it unites.

I. From the World
II. From False Teachers and Factitious Men
III. From Disobedient Brethren

Is it not interesting that what those who emphasize unity decry the most–separation– is the very means by which Scripture says unity is to be preserved?

Notice his last statement about separation - those who put a big deal on uniting are the same ones who cry out against those that separate - they are actually crying out against unity!  Who wouldn't want to separate?  Those that want to remain of the world, under false teachers or those with itching ears (tell me like I want to hear it preacher) and those who willfully are disobedient against God in separating from disobedient brethren and thereby are disobedient themselves.  They will mock those that separate as the Bible instructs, yet they are mocking God and despising those that are good.

He states the purpose of separation is purity of the gospel, preservation of unity and protection of saints, preservation of unity among the brethren, protecting the purity of the Body of Christ and that the disobedient brethren may be ashamed and repentant of his sin and return.

So if we don't separate as God instructs from these things (world, false teachers, disobedient brethren) - we are therefore, in essence, destroying the purity of the gospel and the Body of Christ and the unity and protection of the saints and ultimately are partakers in the disobedient brethren's demise for eternity because we deny him the shame, for which his sin should bear to draw him to repentance!  You can become the very reason someone doesn't return to God because you don't let them feel the sting of shame for their sin.

This is why those that don't want holiness do all 3 of the things that holiness requires separation from!  They UNITE with the world.  They UNITE with the false teachers.  They UNITE with the disobedient brethren.  They do the opposite of what true holiness does and thereby, they reveal they are not of God.  So think about that the next time someone you know gets a stink about separation - they are looking to unite back with what they were once separate from!  It won't be long they will show their true desires, which is to be unholy.

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