November 2011 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011
ADDICTED TO JESUS
Jesus Christ is highly addictive.
I might as well warn you that once you experience Him, you'll be hooked for the rest of your life.
Since He IS eternal Life, that means you'll be hooked on Him for eternity.
There's NO CURE for Jesus addiction.
Actually, mind altering drugs are nothing but a poor imitation, a mere shadow, of the SPIRITUAL HIGH we get when we connect with our Savior.
They are man's futile attempt TO FILL THE SPIRITUAL VOID caused by Jesus deficiency.
Religion, on the other hand, is dull and a pain in the butt. Why do you think as children we have to be FORCED to attend those boring religious services, full of rote ceremony?
Cause NOBODY gets high on those. They're a drag.
If you got high at your congregation, you'd be there ALL THE TIME, without any coercion.
Hooking up with Jesus in spirit is the most exciting journey you can embark on, bar none.
When we connect with Him, we KNOW Him.
When we KNOW Him, we cannot help but praise Him.
When we praise Him we lift Him up.
And we CANNOT lift Jesus up WITHOUT LIFTING OURSELVES UP IN THE PROCESS, because He lives IN us.
The more you KNOW Him, the more you'll lift Him up, and the more you lift Him up, the more YOU LIFT YOURSELF UP (ascend) into Him.
Oh, BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS ALIKE, you don't know what (or should I say "WHO") YOU'RE MISSING!
Go ahead, GET HIGH on Jesus!
There's NO HIGHER "HIGH" in the entire universe.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011
Being born again, born of the Spirit, or born from above,is NOT an option.
It is an absolute must (John 3:3-5).
The born again experience, when Jesus comes to live IN us, IS THE PORTAL (entrance) into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-5).
Thank God that many congregations and ministries AT LEAST teach that experience.
Only problem is they make what was intended to be OUR INITIATION INTO the Kingdom of God, THE END rather than the beginning.
Some churches teach born again to people who already ARE born again.
What they DON'T teach, sadly, is what we are to do with that New Creation THAT WAS JUST BORN.
In the natural, anyone who deprived a baby of his physical senses, would be thrown in jail for life, and rightly so.
Yet that's exactly what we do in Christian tradition.
We move heaven and earth to get someone born again, and then,instead of nourishing that new born babe, teaching him to suck the Spirit's breast (He's not called El Shaddai for nothing) and get the sincere milk of the Word so he can develop into a strong and healthy spirit being...
Instead of allowing that spiritual babe to develop his spiritual senses,we suffocate him with religious tradition.
We get people born again, and then we leave them to die of malnutrition and spiritual atrophy.
That, brothers and sisters, is A CRIME.
That's why we have a bloated yet spiritually emaciated Church.
A Church that constantly feeds on religious fluff and junk food, but never chews on the meat of the Word.
We have 5 physical senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
We have MANY MORE spiritual senses, which we never tap into because no one tells us we're supposed to.
Or, in some cases, because we're too lazy or lukewarm to even try.
Hence, our spiritual senses are as foreign to us as someone speaking Swahili.
Fortunately, the Spirit has that covered, too. That's why He gave us the gift of tongues.
Religion, including all forms of "Christian" religion, is man-invented.
Religion gives us a set of do's and don'ts: A bunch of rituals and EXTERNAL ordinances which have AN APPEARANCE OF godliness, but deny the power and experience thereof.
God is Spirit.
Religion is man's carnal, fearful attempt to "pacify" whom they perceive to be "an angry God".
Real Christianity is EXPERIENCING the Spirit of God, the God that has come to LIVE IN us when we're born again. The God we HAVE INSIDE, who is our true Self and our true Nature (2 Peter 1:4).
No wonder Paul had to set aside EVERYTHING he'd learned at Pharisee seminary, everything the "great scholar" Gamaliel taught him, and regard it AS DUNG.
Paul didn't learn from Jesus at seminary. Saul EXPERIENCED the RISEN Jesus on the way to Damascus, and thereafter.
It turned him from a condemning, Christ hating, religious zealot and persecutor of the Church, into the greatest evangelist and soul winner, the greatest preacher of God's Grace, and the greatest teacher of life in the Spirit, that the world has ever seen.
The Christian religion has taught the UNSCRIPTURAL LIE that we are to pay ("tithe") 10% of our incomes to keep their man-invented traditions afloat, and that we are to attend their man-invented buildings twice on Sunday (or Saturday) plus Wednesday night.
I'm not telling you to quit congregating but, frankly, your time would be far better spent STAYING HOME, locking yourself in a room where there's no phone, no cell phone, no computer, no TV and no distractions, and spending time ALONE WITH the Spirit of God and, as He guides, on His written Word.
If Christians spent time with God's Spirit, getting acquainted with Him, exploring their spiritual senses and experimenting with them, we would have a strong and enthusiastic Church, instead of a slothful, dormant hag.
Wake up, Bride! You haven't seen the Bridegroom in 2,000 years.
How do you expect to even RECOGNIZE Him, when you never spend time with Him?
How do you expect to go into the marriage feast, when many of you DON'T REALLY KNOW HIM?
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011
RUMORS OF WAR
To say the Middle East has been sizzling lately would be an understatement.
The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) recently reported that, despite U.N. sanctions, despite delays caused by the Stuxnet virus attributed to Israel,Iran is ON THE BRINK of producing a nuclear weapon.
According to the report, scientists from Russia, North Korea and Pakistan have offered considerable assistance in advancing Iran's nuclear program.
Rumors of either a joint U.S.-Israel strike or a unilateral Israeli strike on their facilities -- and of possible Iranian retaliation -- are growing louder and louder.
Today Iran threatened to attack both Israel and U.S. military interests in Turkey should the aforementioned nations attack their nuclear facilities.
It also asked Britain to recall its ambassador from Teheran, threatening to start another hostage crisis like the one back in 1979.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the news broke this past week that as many as 12 spies working for the CIA in both Iran and Lebanon, were recently captured by Iran and are feared dead, or about to be executed.
This, in turn, means that U.S. intelligence of what goes on in Iran, with Hezbollah, and the region has been severely curtailed.
For its part, Russia announced it would defend Iran against any Western aggression.
But the bad news doesn't end there. It appears that some Pakistani soldiers (from our supposed "ally", no less) are aiding the Taliban at the Afghanistan border, and they attacked NATO forces which, in turn, fired back.
The incident resulted in A NATO air assault which apparently killed 20 Pakistani soldiers, wounding several others.
Pakistan has asked the U.S. to vacate its air base in that country as well as halted supplies previously coming in to our troops through two border crossings.
Violence and inherent casualties continue in Iraq. All U.S. troops should be removed from that country in the next 30 days. No telling what will happen once they leave. But it's a good bet that neighboring Iran will try to take over and turn it into a puppet state as they already exert considerable control over Lebanon and Syria.
And, there's more: Syria continues its rampage against protestors demanding the removal of Bashar Assad. The Arab League has imposed sanctions as of yesterday, and it's looking more and more like Assad's fate will be similar to Gaddafi's.
The leader of another U.S. ally in the region, Yemen, has offered to step down in response to increasing pressure by his people. He was already the target of an assassination attempt earlier this year, which sent him temporarily into exile and almost ended his life.
No telling who might succeed him, and whose side he'll be on.
Yemen, as you might recall, has been a breeding and training ground for terrorists in the recent past.
And last, but not least, Egyptian protesters who outsted the ailing Hosni Mubarak a few months ago, are back at Tahir Square for a reprise, now demanding the removal of the interim military regime, all instigated by the so-called Islamic Brotherhood who is hell-bent on imposing Sharia rule on that nation.
Today Egypt's gas line which supplies Israel and Jordan was blown up for the 9th time since the protests began.
Yet, the Western world (including most of the Church) goes about its regular routine, steeped in spiritual stupor, unaware of what lies ahead, buying and selling, marrying and giving in marriage, worrying about Black Friday, who won Dancing with the Stars, and that untalented airhead Kim what's-her-name's marriage only lasted 72 days.
I hate to be the bearer of grim news, especially at this time of year, but it's gonna get A HELL OF A LOT WORSE, before it gets better.
The ONLY Good News is that when it does get better, it'll be God-good.
And it doesn't get any better than THAT.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011
There's no righteousness but God's.
You have no righteousness of your own, and neither do I have ANY of my own (Romans 3:10).
The ONLY Righteousness we can ever hope to get is God's.
Yet, day in and day out we hear from religious people trying to produce their own righteousness.
They feel they have to "HELP" God in order for Him to make them righteous.
That demonstrates HOW SMALL they perceive God to be.
It proves they have a VERY LOW concept of Jesus.
You know, the Jesus they CLAIM to believe in.
Why would God need ANYTHING from us?
He MADE us.
He CREATED everything that exists, has existed, or will ever exist.
If He needed our "help", He couldn't have made any of it.
If He needed our help, I'd feel sorry for Him, cause all we've ever done is screw up (Psalm 53:1; Romans 3:23).
If He needed our help to save us or to rapture us, then we're all hopelessly lost, because we have no righteousness and are INCAPABLE OF producing any.
If He needed our help, He WOULDN'T BE God.
People can CLAIM to be "Christian" till they turn aqua. There's NO SUCH THING AS a Christian who doesn't COMPLETELY TRUST Jesus and what He did in order to save us.
Repeat: being Christian means that we do not trust our own works, or our own righteousness, since we have none, BUT TRUST COMPLETELY that God is SO GOOD and SO MERCIFUL that He WILLINGLY (of His own volition) CHOSE to pay for our sins and give us His Righteousness.
If that doesn't make you - whoever you are - well up with gratitude and joy, then we need to check your pulse to make sure you're alive.
Salvation is realizing that we are HELPLESS to save ourselves.
We are HELPLESS to "help" save ourselves.
We bring NOTHING to the table, except our heart and our willingness to receive God's GIFT -- which we DO NOT DESERVE and WILL NEVER DESERVE -- of Salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Salvation is THROWING YOURSELF HELPLESSLY into His loving arms.
If you want to be saved, if you want to EXPERIENCE Salvation (Jesus) CEASE FROM YOUR OWN LABORS.
STOP trying to impress God with your "good works" which are as filthy rags in His sight (Isaiah 64:6).
Trust WHAT JESUS DID on the cross to save you COMPLETELY and for all eternity.
Trust His PERFECT Work, not your works.
Receive Jesus into your heart and TRUST Jesus ALL THE TIME.
That's what Salvation is.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2011
WHY DO YOU CALL ME "LORD"?
According to a recent survey by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life OVER HALF (57%) of evangelicals believe people can be saved APART FROM Jesus Christ.
Among Roman Catholics the rate was even higher, a whopping 79%.
They believe you can be a Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, New Ager, and Lord knows what else, and still make it to heaven. Or you can just be "a good person" [however one defines "good"], and be saved.
I knew there was widespread lukewarmness in the Laodicean Church, but the extent shocked even me.
How can ANYONE call themselves "Christian" and NOT BELIEVE Christ?
How can someone SAY He's their Lord,when they REJECT HIS TEACHING?
LET'S SEE. .. Jesus said He is THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER, but HE WAS WRONG. We KNOW MORE ABOUT IT THAN HE DOES.
JESUS, consequently, DIED IN VAIN, SINCE WE CAN GET TO THE FATHER THRU MOHAMMED, BUDDHA, OR KRISHNA.
WHAT A FOOL HE WAS! TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR US, AND SUBMIT TO ALL THE SUFFERING, PAIN AND HUMILIATION, WHEN WE CAN GET TO THE FATHER SOME OTHER WAY!
I'm being sarcastic, of course, but you get the point.
JESUS COMMANDED US TO PREACH THE GOSPEL SO THE WORLD COULD BE SAVED, BUT HE WAS WRONG [Mark 16:15,16].
WHY SHOULD WE EVEN BOTHER PREACHING THE GOSPEL, when PEOPLE CAN BE SAVED IN MANY OTHER WAYS?
Try telling THAT to the thousands of martyrs who allowed themselves to be tortured and killed, who spilled their blood so they could preserve the integrity and preach the absolute necessity of the Gospel... So YOU could hear it and BE SAVED.
Try telling that to your brothers and sisters in other nations who are being persecuted, tortured, jailed and killed, even as we speak, rather than renounce the Savior.
What absolute idiots they are, when they can accept Allah and Muhammad, renounce Jesus, and still be saved!
Do you know WHY they RISK THEIR LIVES DAILY? WHY THEY ENDURE UNTOLD HARDSHIP? BECAUSE THEY KNOW THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO BE SAVED.
They'd rather DIE in this temporary world, and be saved in the eternal one.
In America, it's far too easy to be "Christian". Maybe God should allow persecution, so the wheat can be separated from the chaff.
Sort of makes me wonder, of all the people who CLAIM to be "Christian", how many REALLY ARE.
"Oh, you're just being intolerant". WRONG. This has NOTHING to do with tolerance. We tolerate other faiths. Always have. It has to with UNBELIEF.
"Well, we interpret Jesus' words differently". Oh, REALLY? Let me ask you:
"I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THRU ME" [John 14:6].
Which part of that statement do you need to "interpret"?
Exactly which part don't you understand?
LAST TIME I CHECKED, "NO ONE" MEANT "NO ONE".Nobody!
To Catholics, who claim Saint Peter as their "first Pope", which part of your first Pope's words don't you understand?
"There is NO OTHER NAME, given among men, by which WE CAN BE SAVED" [Acts 4:12].
NO OTHER NAME, MEANS NO OTHER NAME.
There's ONE MEDIATOR [not two, not three, not ten] between God and man, the man Christ Jesus [1 Timothy 2:5].
Which part of that statement needs interpretation? It's as clear as daylight.
EITHER GOD KNOWS WHAT HE'S SAYING, OR we KNOW MORE THAN GOD.
Anyone who thinks he or she knows more than God is a COMPLETE MORON.
If we don't REALLY believe what Jesus said, it's false and hypocritical to call ourselves "Christian".
NO ONE has the right to call themselves "Christian" unless they TRULY believe EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God [Matthew 4:4].
It's ALL or NOTHING with Jesus.
Either stop calling yourself Christian, or START BEING ONE.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
TIME WITH GOD
How much time do you spend with God? Do you ever spend quality time with Him, just the two of you?
I can tell from some of your facial expressions, that you're wondering what I'm talking about.
Many people, even Christians, have no idea they're supposed to spend time with their heavenly Father. And, even if they do, they have no idea how to go about it.
You wouldn't have much of a relationship with your earthly father if you never got together and just hung out with him, would you? Same goes for our Heavenly Dad.
God enjoys His children's company, and you should enjoy His.
Most Christians talk to God only when they need something.
They treat Him as a heavenly ATM, which they only approach when it's absolutely necessary.
Although you should ask and pray about your needs, by spending time with Him, I mean more than just in [formal] prayer. I mean, talking back and forth, carrying on a conversation with Him, as you would with your closest friend.
Enjoying His Presence. Talking to Him, listening to Him. Asking Him about certain things you'd like to know. Asking His opinion [I promise you, from personal experience, that God's pretty spunky. He's not the boring fuddy duddy religion portrays Him to be. You may be surprised what He says].
His Presence is not in some distant, mysterious realm, millions of light years away. His Presence is IN YOU.
Do you realize, if you've given your heart to the Lord, that HE LIVES IN YOU?
Think about it: the most awesome, most powerful Being, the Creator Himself lives IN YOU, LOVES YOU AND WANTS TO HAVE A CLOSE, ON-GOING, INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.
HE IS EVER PRESENT IN YOU.
If Christians spent time with Him on a regular basis, they would realize He's closer than our breath. The reason we perceive Him as "distant" is because, for the most part, we ignore Him.
We neglect Him, and only call on Him in times of desperation.
So, how about setting some time aside just for Him?
Just push everything else aside. Turn off the cell phone, computer and TV and concentrate on Him. You're in for an exciting adventure.
You already have God's attention. Does He have yours?
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2011
AND YOU'RE THANKFUL FOR...
"Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights" (James 1:17)
On Thanksgiving many people thank God for their temporal blessings: home, family, friends, health, job, food, etc.
It's quite RIGHT to thank our heavenly Father for such things.
All blessings come from Him.
But how about thanking Him for ETERNAL blessings?
Like our brothers and sisters in Christ. You will get to spend eternity with them, you know... whether you realize it or not.
And, HOW ABOUT for THE GREATEST BLESSING OF ALL, our Lord Jesus Christ?
How about for His once-for-all ETERNAL Sacrifice that procured our Redemption?
How about for ETERNAL Life WHICH He purchased for us with His own Blood?
How about for His most precious Blood that washes away ALL (and I mean, ALL) our sins?
How about for the privilege of receiving Him into our hearts, EXPERIENCING and KNOWING Him, who is our Salvation?
There is NO GREATER BLESSING.
The Thanksgiving-Christmas season is a time when many are happy and blessed, while many others are depressed.
Among them, the needy, the homeless, the sick, the jobless, widows, divorcees, those who've lost loved ones or are estranged from their families... the list goes on and on.
It may seem like YOU don't have ANYTHING to be thankful for.
However, no matter how bleak things around you may LOOK, you still have something to be thankful for...
How about thanking Jesus for your life?
How about thanking Him for HIS Life?
I'll tell you something else, PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING ARE THERAPEUTIC.
You simply CANNOT offer sincere, heartfelt, sustained praise to God and remain depressed.
If you want A SURE WAY of overcoming the holiday blues, A SURE WAY of beating depression, THANK HIM AND PRAISE HIM, not for 5 seconds, but for at least SEVERAL MINUTES.
Praise and thanksgiving LIFT US UP to Him who is ALMIGHTY and EMPOWER US TO OVERCOME whatever circumstances we're facing.
You simply CANNOT praise Jesus and STAY depressed.
Praise is THE ANTIDOTE FOR depression.
The JOY OF THE LORD is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Last but not least, if you've never made Jesus Lord and God over your life, what better day to do it than on Thanksgiving?
Invite Him, thankfully and gratefully, to enter your heart and life. Receive Him into your heart and BE SAVED.
You'll be thanking Him not only on this day, BUT FOR ALL ETERNITY.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011
The Bible says that "without holiness", NO ONE will see God [Hebrews 12:14].
What IS holiness?
First let me tell you what it ISN'T.
It's NOT shunning jewelry.
It's NOT avoiding nice clothes.
It's NOT refraining from wearing make-up.
It's NOT looking like "the Church Lady" on Saturday Night Live.
It's NOT never styling your hair, wrapping it into a grey bun, and wearing drab dresses down to your ankles.
That'll just make you religious, UGLY AND DEPRESSED.
Holiness ISN'T anything EXTERNAL. How you LOOK (OUTSIDE) or even how you ACT (OUTSIDE) has NOTHING to do with holiness.
Holiness is on the INSIDE.
Holiness is INTERNAL. It's a CONDITION of a person's heart.
The Greek word for "holiness" is hagiasmos, derived from the verb hagiazo, which means to "set apart".
Does that mean, in order to see God, we have to become hermits, or join a religious cloister? Hardly.
Jesus Christ, THE Holiest Being in the universe, was no hermit.
He walked around, in public. He talked, ate, drank, and hung around prostitutes, publicans, and sinners.
Yet He is HOLY (SET APART FROM) sin. Which means, He can't even LOOK upon it (Habakkuk 1:13).
Jesus imparts His Own Holiness to US, by His Spirit, when we receive Him into our hearts (1 Peter 1:2-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 12:10).
Holiness ISN'T anything YOU DO.
Holiness ISN'T anything you DON'T do.
Holiness HAS BEEN DONE FOR you.
Holiness IS DONE TO YOU, when you receive Jesus Christ into your HEART, as Lord and God, AND TRUST HIM to make you, now and forever, holy.
From that moment you are SAVED AND SET APART unto God.
You COULD NOT produce your own holiness PRIOR to Salvation.
You CANNOT produce your own holiness AFTER Salvation.
I don't care what man-invented RELIGION SAYS, THAT'S WHAT GOD SAYS.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011
AS A THIEF
What did Jesus, Peter and Paul mean when they said the Day of the Lord would come "as a thief"?
Thieves don't announce their arrival. No thief is ever going to say "hey, I'm coming to rob your house next Tuesday".
Thieves come, suddenly and unannounced.
Thieves seize what they came for, as quickly as they can, and leave.
They don't linger, or have second thoughts. They know what they're after. When they see it, they grab it and run.
Thieves come when least expected, usually when it's dark.
The world we're living in, is dark indeed. The only light, right now, are God's children, and God's Word.
Jesus is NOT the thief. He will come AS a thief, to quickly remove His Church from the earth, and the lights [sun, moon, stars] will go out [Revelation 6:12].
The REAL thief, Jesus said, comes not but for to kill and steal and destroy [John 10:10].
For those who remain on earth, it will be very, very dark indeed.
Why? Because as the Church goes up, the REAL thief, Satan, will be cast down to earth, and will wreak havoc to the point of nearly destroying the planet [Revelation 12:9,12].
What'll follow will be death and destruction on an unfathomable scale.
Thank God, we who KNOW Jesus are NOT in darkness, that that day should overtake US as a thief [1 Thessalonians 5:4].
For believers in Jesus Christ, the prospect of His Appearing is the BEST, MOST JOYOUS NEWS THERE IS!
For the enemies of Christ, it's the most ominous and most frightening.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011
WHAT IS FAITH ?
Faith is supremely important.
The Word of God tells us that "WITHOUT faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God" (Hebrews 11:6).
Romans 1:27, the Bible verse than launched the Reformation, says "the just SHALL LIVE by FAITH".
Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 say the same thing.
The Bible also says that "WE ARE SAVED... THROUGH FAITH" (Ephesians 2:8).
If our pleasing God, our life, and Salvation itself HINGE ON faith, you would think that the Church would be able to explain what it is, especially after having had 2,000 years to think about it.
Yet even many pastors and ministers CANNOT explain it.
And if we listen to some of televangelism's superstars, we're MISLED into thinking that it's believing something is true and confessing it with our mouths long enough and often enough until it manifests in the form of money, luxury homes, cars, airplanes, Rolexes, and fancy clothes.
The Greek word used throughout the New Testament for "faith" is pistis.
It means "TO TRUST". To be TOTALLY PERSUADED.
That's what faith IS.
TRUST is ALL God has EVER wanted.
It was LACK OF TRUST that got us into the MESS we're in.
At the Garden of Eden, Satan came to TEST man's TRUST in God.
The first one to fail the TRUST TEST was Eve.
She stupidly listened to the deceiver, DID NOT TRUST GOD, and was deceived into thinking God was withholding something desirable (like godhood) from her (Genesis 3:5).
Adam, on the other hand, wasn't tempted by Satan or deceived (1 Timothy 2:14). He CHOSE TO disobey God.
Neither one TRUSTED God's Goodness, God's forgiveness, or God's Grace.
That's what got us into this mess.
That's WHY Salvation is BY TRUST (faith) in God's Grace (undeserved Goodness).
Unfortunately, cyberspace and Christendom are INFESTED with carnally minded, religious liars, WHO EXIST IN FEAR, and insist that TRUST in Jesus ISN'T enough but that we have to ADD "good works", we have to ADD "good behavior", we have to ADD commandment keeping, we have to ADD Sabbath keeping, we have to ADD performance or "obedience" of some sort in order to be saved.
They're the same ones who teach that only "spiritual" Christians will be raptured, and that "carnal" or "lukewarm" Christians will go through the tribulation.
They're the ones WHO INSIST on EARNING Salvation or EARNING being raptured.
They are the VERY ONES that WILL NOT be raptured.
They are THE ONES headed for hell.
They are the VERY ONES that Jesus spoke about when He said that "thieves and prostitutes would enter into His Kingdom AHEAD OF them" (Matthew 21:31).
They are the VERY ONES who ARE LOST.
Why? For the same reason Adam and Eve became lost.
They HAVE NO FAITH.
They DO NOT TRUST.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011
The Crystal Cathedral, Robert Schuller's monument to the "power of positive thinking", has been purchased by the Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California.
This is a sad, sad story of greed, ego, religious manipulation, politicking, family feud and sibling rivalry.
I wish I could tell you this was the exception in the televangelistic world, rather than the rule.
Unfortunately, it's merely a microcosm of what REALLY goes on behind the scenes, when you, the foolish Christians who "buy the message" and send your $$$, ARE NOT LOOKING.
It all began in 2008 with the onset of the recession. The aging Schuller Sr. had decided two years earlier to pass the torch to his son and namesake, Robert Jr.
To Jr.'s credit, he tried to preach a much more evangelistic (as in "Salvation ONLY through Jesus Christ") message than his father.
The church board and, apparently, many in the congregation, didn't like it.
They weren't used to hearing THAT sort of message.
That's right... THE GOSPEL didn't sit well with the professed "Christian" congregation.
Donations to the Garden Grove Community Church and church membership began to dwindle. The ministry's board blamed Robert Jr.'s message, instead of the bad economy, for the drastic drop in donations.
The younger Schuller was ousted and the rift between him, his father, and the rest of the Schullers remains to this day.
The OFFICIAL reason given by Schuller Sr. for removing his own son from the position of Senior Pastor was "lack of shared vision".
Schuller Sr. was brought back to share pastoral duties with his eldest daughter.
Unbeknownst to Schuller, the daughter had ideas of her own.
Against her father's all-inclusive, possibility thinking message, she required that all members of the choir sign a "covenant" that they would adhere to a biblical lifestyle and abstain from homosexual behavior. The covenant also required that all church leaders and choir members be Christians.
A feud between father and daughter ensued.
Again, it was left to the church's board to decide the outcome, which resulted in the older Schuller, the visionary founder and inventor of the California landmark, being OUSTED FROM the ministry which he himself had built from scratch.
I've never been a fan of Schuller, quite the opposite, but I must confess that even I couldn't help feeling some measure of sympathy for the guy.
Imagine seeing his lifelong dream, of inspirational and architectural "success", which he devoted HIS ENTIRE LIFE TO, go up in smoke.
That HAD TO hurt him badly... especially when the OUSTERS, motivated by their lust for power and a large piece of the financial pie, were members of his own immediate family.
Long story short, donations continued to drop, membership sank to an all time low, the daughter, board and ministry, were forced to file bankruptcy, and the famed Cathedral had to be sold to satisfy some of the creditors.
Badly as Schuller Sr. may feel, imagine how the poor and deceived members of the congregation must have felt, after donating their hard earned money for years and years to build and maintain their Cathedral dream, their enduring tribute to SUCCESS THROUGH "POSSIBILITY THINKING" which they so steadfastly believed in, only to see it become both A SYMBOL OF ABJECT FAILURE, and PERMANENT PROOF of JUST HOW FALSE the DOCTRINE they were subjected to was and is.
What a sad end for a ministry which began as an innovative drive-in service to bring people to Christ, degenerated into a philosophy, reached its financial peak in the affluent 80's, and ended in ruin.
But the Cathedral hasn't been a complete waste of time, energy and money.
It can serve as reminder to all of us of Jesus' words in Matthew 6:24:
"NO ONE can serve TWO masters".
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011
HELP! I'VE SCREWED UP MY LIFE- Part Two
WARNING: Today's message contains ADULT SUBJECT MATTER and is intended for MATURE individuals. It is not suitable for children or young teens. Read at your own discretion.
DON'T be unequally YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS: for WHAT FELLOWSHIP has righteousness with unrighteousness? And WHAT PARTNERSHIP has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14).
Short of running away to some remote location, severing all communication with friends and relatives, and covering their tracks or living under an assumed name -- all of which is easier said than done -- what PRACTICAL advice can I give women who are TRAPPED in an ungodly relationship with an unbeliever?
If they call the police, they may throw him in jail for a few days, and then what?
When he comes OUT OF jail, he'll be EVEN ANGRIER, and he's coming after you.
If I tell you to move in with your son, daughter or relative, he knows who they are and where they live. He can still get you AND THEM.
Sure, you can get a lawyer, take him to court and get a restraining order.
But the history of restraining orders is that ANYONE WITH ENOUGH HATRED AND DESIRE TO "GET YOU", WILL.
And these wicked men are NOTORIOUS for their SUSTAINED HATRED.
After they get you, they can go to jail IF there's enough evidence to convict them, or they may get away with it and go scot free.
If you're being subjected to physical abuse, you can go to a battered women's shelter or rehab center, but that's only going to help for a limited time.
They're not going to allow you to stay there forever.
So, my advice to Christian women is DON'T!!!
DON'T MARRY these guys.
Don't Marry Muslims, or men of OTHER faiths.
DON'T LIVE WITH them, either. The minute they MOVE IN with you, whether you're legally married or not, you're trapped.
They will IMPOSE what they perceive to be their religious "rights" on you. And, in the natural, it's almost impossible to find a way out.
And for God's sake (and YOUR OWN), DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT HAVING CHILDREN with these evil men !!!
It's bad enough YOU'RE in this situation. Don't COMPOUND the problem by adding children into the mix.
Unless, of course, you want your children to be raised in a totally dysfunctional, Christ-hating, hate-filled environment... Not to mention that your husband or live-in partner can take them away from you and ship them to one of their countries where you may NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN.
There's also the possibility that he will take you and the children to "visit relatives" or "on vacation" to his native country, and keep you there for the rest of your lives AGAINST YOUR WILL, WITH NO possible RETURN TO THE GOOD, OLD U.S.A.
My dear, precious Christian sisters, the 15 minutes of sex -- which 99.9% of the time is nowhere near as good as you fantasized -- ARE NOT WORTH the nightmarish, HELLISH EXISTENCE you'll have to endure.
Forgive the bluntness, but NO PENIS is WORTH such TORMENT.
NO PENIS is WORTH compromising your relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you're considering such relationship because he's "a good provider", FORGET IT.
Better to live in a smaller home or apartment, but LIVE IN PEACE.
Better to flip burgers at McDonalds, clean houses, have two part-time jobs, or get government help -- if that's what it takes to make ends meet --than live in FEAR and BONDAGE to these instruments of the devil.
If you already find yourself in such unfortunate situation, Jesus is YOUR ONLY HOPE.
While it may seem impossible, in the natural, to find a way out of your predicament, He is THE WAY. He is THE ANSWER and THE WAY OUT OF your seemingly hopeless situation.
He can supernaturally MAKE A WAY for you to escape.
First and foremost, you need to repent.
Marrying someone from ANOTHER FAITH (whether he is Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, Scientologist, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or whatever) is BETRAYAL OF our spiritual Bridegroom.
Secondly, seek Jesus with ALL your heart, and ask for His deliverance.
Thirdly, make Him #1 in your life. If He were number one, you would have never even CONSIDERED getting into such toxic relationship.
Fourthly, PLEASE promise Him (and me) that when He does deliver you supernaturally YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN -- under ANY circumstance -- GET INVOLVED WITH one of these oppressive monsters.
That's your SOLUTION. That's YOUR WAY OUT.
As for those who would call me prejudiced, they're right. Where my Jesus is concerned, I am.
I REFUSE to sacrifice Truth on the altar of political or religious correctness.
If you're looking for either of those, don't seek answers or counsel from me.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2011
HELP! I'VE SCREWED UP MY LIFE
WARNING: Today's message contains ADULT SUBJECT MATTER and is intended for MATURE individuals. It is not suitable for children or young teens. Read at your own discretion.
I WISH I could always talk about nice things, how wonderful Jesus is and the marvelous joy of experiencing His Presence.
But ministry includes the stark realities of everyday life and, frankly, can be quite frustrating.
So, every once in a while, contrary to my wishes, I'm forced to give PRACTICAL advice.
As usual, that advice will be BLUNT and DIRECT.
I'm often contacted by some dear Christian lady (although I did have two guys with similar complaints) who has wrecked her life by marrying or living together with a man of a different faith.
For instance, there was a "Christian" lady who married a Mormon and got hysterical when she read about the Rapture on this website.
I would think that being raptured by Jesus is every true Christian's dream.
But this supposed "Christian" was TERRIFIED that her Mormon husband would be left behind, and got angry at God and me because HOW DARE HE INTERRUPT HER LIFE and rapture her before she'd had a chance to enjoy watching her children grow up ?
Worse, she ran everything we teach by her mom, who is A REAL Christian, and her mom "sided" with me.
Well, in her case (while only God knows her heart), chances are that when the Rapture does happen, her children will leave and both she and her husband will stay behind.
While God wants EVERYONE to be saved, He's not about to rapture someone against their wishes, kicking and screaming.
Then there's the growing and alarming problem of Christian women marrying or living together with Muslims or Middle Eastern men.
When I say "Middle Eastern men" I'm EXCLUDING Jews, although that form of intermarriage also has its problems, but nowhere near on the scale that we're talking about.
While most people in the Middle East are Muslim, there are also small pockets, like the Kurds, who practice some ancient religion like Zoroastrianism.
Western women are so ignorant and naive that they THINK because these guys are living in the U.S., England, Australia, or wherever, that they THINK like most Westerners and ACT like most Westerners. They are WRONG.
How many times have we heard or read about some sort of "honor killing" being carried out by one of these nuts?
Here's something EVERYONE needs to understand about Muslims and other Middle Eastern religions:
1. They DO NOT believe in forgiveness as Christ taught.
2. They DO NOT believe in loving your neighbor.
3. They DO NOT believe in loving your enemies.
4. They DO practice HATE, murder, violence and REVENGE.
5. In their eyes women have NO RIGHTS and are mere DISPOSABLE PERSONAL PROPERTY.
The Muslim religion, in particular, considers that men have the "right" and, indeed, that they are rendering a service to their non-existent god allah, by TAKING "JUSTICE" INTO THEIR OWN HANDS and carrying out "honor killings" should the wife/girlfriend practice ANOTHER FAITH (like Christianity), and for adultery or fornication, WHETHER REAL OR IMAGINED.
Did you get that, Christian women?
You don't have to ACTUALLY COMMIT adultery. If the husband or live-in boyfriend gets jealous and/or CHOOSES to accuse you of adultery (even if you've always been faithful) you're as good as dead.
It is also COMMON PRACTICE, and even encouraged by some of their imams,to batter women and ABUSE THEM verbally, emotionally AND PHYSICALLY in order to bring them into "submission".
Many women live under the CONSTANT THREAT of physical abuse, permanent physical injury, or DEATH by these abusive bastards, who also THREATEN to harm their children.
These are extremely evil, SATANIC religions with hate-filled followers.
Christian women get themselves in these unfortunate situations, then write asking for my counsel, expecting me to wave some magic wand and make the problem go away.
My heart breaks for them. I wish I could. But there's NO MAGIC in the Christian faith.
They should have contacted me, or some Christian pastor, PRIOR TO getting themselves into such relationships.
What advice can I give them when they've gotten in so deep?
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011
ON A FEAST ? MAYBE
In recent days we have heard from dejected Christians, who feel that because the major Hebrew Feasts in Gregorian calendar year 2011 have passed that the Rapture CANNOT occur in 2011.
Let me set everyone straight about something:
The Rapture DOESN'T NECESSARILY have to happen on a major Hebrew Feast.
Repeat: While it MAY happen during a Feast, it DOES NOT NECESSARILY HAVE TO.
Not only did Jesus say that NO ONE (including Himself at the time) KNOWS the day and hour, He also said that "you DO NOT KNOW ON WHAT DAY your Lord will come" (Matthew 24:42), and He was talking to the disciples when He said it.
So, while we are supposed to know the APPROXIMATE time, we're NOT supposed to KNOW the EXACT DAY.
If He appeared on a Hebrew Feast, would we not know THE EXACT DAY?
I know there's a set of DVD's promoted over the internet and Christian TV that says it must happen on Rosh Hashanah where he argues it's a two-day feast.
It was followed by another DVD set, from the same person, that says it must happen on a year where there are 4 consecutive lunar eclipses.
That is SHEER SPECULATION and the author of those DVD's would be the first to cover his heiny and tell you he CANNOT CONCLUSIVELY AND CATEGORICALLY say that.
Thus, HE'S SPECULATING.
When we speculate,it means WE DON'T KNOW.
But didn't Jesus fulfill the prophetic meaning of the spring Feasts in His First Coming? Yes. And He will fulfill the prophetic meaning of the fall Feasts in His Second Coming, NOT NECESSARILY in the Rapture.
The Rapture and Second Coming are SEPARATED by an uncertain period of time, which appears to be AROUND 5 years in length.
So, don't despair. If He doesn't rapture us unto Himself in the remainder of 2011, there's always (God willing)winter and spring 2012.
Several individuals have asked us WHAT MUST HAPPEN before the Rapture takes place.
In the material world, NOTHING.
EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING, that Jesus predicted would precede it is taking place, as we speak (Matthew 24:4-8).
In the spiritual realm, a couple of things must take place. God has revealed these things, but I have NO CLUE how far along they are. So, there's no point in even discussing it.
Judging by what the Scriptures say about the Second Coming and what MUST TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO IT, and that our Rapture into Jesus should PRECEDE all of the above, we could be weeks, days, hours, minutes or seconds from His appearing.
We should not be looking for "it" (as an EVENT), we should be looking for Him every moment of every day.
In order to be raptured (1 John 3:2), Jesus MUST VISIBLY APPEAR to each of us.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011
GOD CAN'T DO THAT !!!
"CLAIMING to be wise, they became FOOLS" (Romans 1:22).
This website, for various reasons, often becomes the topic of discussion in one of the prophecy forums that abound on the internet:
You know, where any nitwit can participate and pose as "expert"...
Where the Bible is rarely quoted and, when it is, it's usually misquoted or TAKEN TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT...
Where instead of busying themselves with reaching the LOST for Jesus, as He commanded, would-be experts are content to preach to the choir... (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).
Where everyone is only interested in "impressing" everyone else with their professed "knowledge"...
Where participants, who obviously have too much free time on their hands, render ill-informed opinions that showcase their CARNALITY and sheer IGNORANCE of the Scriptures...
And where material from our website is often plagiarized by expert wannabes, only interested in stroking their own egos, basking in the accolades, and boasting to the other religious nitwits about HOW MUCH "THEY" KNOW.
Someone sent an excerpt from such a forum where my book Seed of Satan -- which unequivocally proves WITH THE BIBLE, not human speculation, the identity of the Antichrist -- was being discussed.
One of the "experts" reasoned (if you can call it THAT) that he cannot be Alexander because "the Bible is clear" that when a person dies, they go to hell and don't come back.
That "nowhere" does the Bible say that God will allow anyone to be raised from hell during the tribulation.
Evidently, this "expert" has never read Isaiah 14:18, 19, Revelation 11:7, or Revelation 17:8, WHERE IT SAYS PRECISELY THAT.
Or Matthew 12:40, Ephesians 4:9-10 or Isaiah 26:19.
Or 2 Thessalonians 2:9 where it says Antichrist's COMING will be by the working (Greek word energeia) or ENERGIZING of Satan, and CALLS IT "A WONDER".
The very term "his COMING" indicates that HE CANNOT BE HERE ON EARTH LIVING INCOGNITO among us, otherwise he wouldn't "COME" at all, he'd just REVEAL himself.
So much for the "expert's" knowledge of the Bible...
The BIBLICAL evidence for Alexander being the Antichrist is overwhelming and UNEQUIVOCAL.
NO ONE can disprove it.
But all that aside, the Bible contains many mentions of people who already lived and died, appearing PHYSICALLY on earth during the time of the end:
King David (Ezekiel 37:24, 25)
Daniel (Daniel 12:13)
Elijah (Malachi 4:5)
Old Testament saints (Matthew 27:52)
The dead in Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
The tribulation martyrs (Revelation 20:4), just to mention a few.
I guess our "expert" hasn't read ANY of those passages either.
So, the Bible ISN'T AT ALL "clear", as this "expert" claims, that when someone dies they don't come back,quite THE OPPOSITE.
Just because THEY HAVEN'T READ IT OR HEARD IT - just because their local Nicolaitan congregation doesn't teach it, just because the "experts" DON'T KNOW the Word of God -- doesn't make it untrue.
But let's be kind to the "experts" and PRETEND that there were no precedent in the Bible for those who already lived to make A PHYSICAL comeback.
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for the pit being opened and millions of scorpion-like demons coming out and stinging ONLY unsaved men. But, according to Revelation 9:1-6, IT WILL happen.
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for ONE THIRD of mankind simultaneously dying. Yet, according to Revelation 9:15, 18, IT WILL HAPPEN during the tribulation.
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for the ENTIRE sea turning to blood, and every living being in the sea dying (Revelation 16:3). But IT WILL HAPPEN.
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for NO DRINKING WATER anywhere, but IT WILL HAPPEN (Revelation 16:4-6).
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for 100-pound chunks of hail to fall (Revelation 16:21), but IT WILL HAPPEN.
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for all the large cities in the world being destroyed by a humongous quake, BUT IT WILL HAPPEN (Revelation 16:18, 19).
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for a system of commerce that requires a mark in the right hand or forehead in order to buy or sell, but IT WILL HAPPEN (Revelation 13:16-18).
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for GIVING SPIRIT TO AN IMAGE so it will come to life, SPEAK and cause people who don't worship it to be killed... Yet that's EXACTLY what WILL HAPPEN during the tribulation according to Revelation 13:15.
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible about Christ and Antichrist facing off at Armageddon, but IT WILL HAPPEN (Revelation 20:11-20).
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible for the SIMULTANEOUS turning black of the sun, the moon turning blood-red, a huge meteor shower, a shaking of both earth and sky, the sky splitting in the middle and rolling unto itself on either side as a scroll, and Jesus appearing in the clouds, BUT I'LL STAKE MY VERY LIFE, based on His Word, that IT WILL HAPPEN (Revelation 6:12-16).
There's NO PRECEDENT in the Bible about Jesus reigning on earth for 1,000 years of perfect, utopian peace... but (praise God) IT WILL HAPPEN (Revelation 20:4).
I guess the "experts" haven't read Matthew 24:21 either where it clearly states:
"For then there will be GREAT DISTRESS, UNEQUALED from the beginning of the world until now, and NEVER TO BE EQUALED AGAIN".
Apparently, the "experts" are SO DUMB that they THINK God is restricted by their dim-witted opinions.
I hate to break it to the "experts", but God DOESN'T require their "agreement" to do (or allow) WHATEVER He damned well pleases.
He DOESN'T require their approval, or even their dubious UNDERSTANDING.
Based on these UNDISPUTED BIBLICAL FACTS, we now know what the "experts" can do with their alleged "expertise"...
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
One of the most disturbing passages in the Old Testament is found in the 11th chapter of the Book of Judges.
It speaks of a judge named Jephthah (this took place before there were any kings in Israel) who made a rather impulsive vow to God: he vowed that if God gave him victory over the Ammonites "WHATEVER first came forth from his house to meet him" upon his victorious return, would be God's or that he'd offer it as burnt offering (Judges 11:31).
Much to his dismay, the first one to come out to meet him in celebration of his victory was his own daughter (Judges 11:34).
Many Jewish and Christian scholars claim that this was included in the Bible to teach us the folly of making rash vows to God.
They teach -- horror of horrors -- that Jephthah offered his daughter AS A BURNT OFFERING.
They argue that this was the interpretation of most scholars until the Middle Ages and that Jephthah lived in a very corrupt time, therefore he would have carried out the HUMAN sacrifice of his own daughter, as did the pagan nations of that period.
They even allege that the grammatical construction of this passage (verse 31) ONLY allows HUMAN SACRIFICE, and not an animal.
Oh, I see... so Jephthah COULDN'T have broken the vow because doing so would break God's law, yet he WOULD HAVE broken God's law by offering human sacrifice (his own daughter, no less!!!) which the law EMPHATICALLY FORBAD?
Make up your amoeba-sized minds, overeducated scholars!
You CAN'T have it BOTH WAYS.
Either he obeyed the law, or he didn't.
You can't have him obeying it with regards to not breaking a vow, yet BLATANTLY DISOBEYING IT with regards to offering HUMAN SACRIFICE (Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13; Leviticus 18:21; 20:3; Deuteronomy 12:31; 18:10).
This may explain, at least in part, why Jesus didn't pick A SINGLE trained theologian among the 12 disciples. Had He chosen theologians, they would have messed up His Word so badly the Christian faith probably wouldn't even exist.
What none of these "scholars" will tell you is that the TWO PREVIOUS VERSES (Judges 11:29-30)EXPLICITLY state that Jephthah made such vow LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD!!!
That's right. Read it for yourselves.
It's "only" been in the Bible for 3,500 years!!!
Did God want HUMAN sacrifice in violation of His OWN Word and law?
(See 2 Kings 16:3; Psalm 106:38; Jeremiah 7:31; Ezekiel 20:31; 19:4-5; Micah 6:7, 7).
"But the Talmud says"...
WHO CARES? The Talmud is NOT the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
While it's helpful in understanding Hebrew culture, rituals and traditions, IT IS NOT absolute authority.
The Bible -- Old and New Testaments -- IS.
The Talmud was written by men with CORRUPT MINDS filled with dead religion. That's FACT.
Jephthah DID NOT offer his daughter as burnt offering.
HAD HE performed such evil, barbaric act, God COULD NOT, AND WOULD NOT, HAVE ACCEPTED IT.
How could God accept something in sacrifice which He Himself FORBAD?
To do so, He would have had to BREAK HIS OWN LAW!!! (Perish the VERY idea).
And do you think the other God-fearing Israelites would have allowed such atrocity?
Would Jephthah have been allowed to remain Judge had he committed such horrendous act?
The law, in fact, DEMANDED THE DEATH PENALTY FOR ANYONE who sacrificed one of his children (Leviticus 20:2).
Wouldn't Jephthah have been put to death, right after offering his daughter in sacrifice? How, then, could he have continued (Judges 12:1-7) as judge?
And do you think that God, WHO KNEW IN ADVANCE THAT IT WOULD BE JEPHTHAH'S DAUGHTER THAT WOULD FIRST COME OUT TO GREET HIM, GRANT HIM VICTORY over the Ammonites, if He knew that it meant that HUMAN SACRIFICE would be offered Him?
Do you think the Spirit of God would have MOVED Jephthah to make SUCH a vow, knowing this IN ADVANCE?
NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!
Clearly, God wanted Jephthah's daughter DEDICATED TO Him.
The spirit-led vow he made in verse 31 clearly says that whatever came out of his house WOULD EITHER BE GOD's OR would be offered as burnt offering.
The Hebrew vau of verse 30, usually translated as "and" can also mean "or".
Indeed that's how it's used in Exodus 21:15 "he who curses his father OR his mother shall be put to death". Also, in Deuteronomy 27:16.
So Jephthah, not knowing WHO OR WHAT would first come out of his house, promised he would either GIVE IT ENTIRELY TO GOD OR offer it as burnt offering.
Jephthah fulfilled his vow by DEDICATING (consecrating) his daughter to God, as he'd promised.
This meant that his daughter would be totally devoted to God's service ALL HER LIFE AND THUS, WOULD REMAIN A VIRGIN FOREVER.
Judges 11:37 confirms this by saying that the girl went into the mountains to bewail HER VIRGINITY, NOT HER IMPENDING death.
That is what the biblical text clearly says.
He DIDN'T KILL HER. He dedicated her to God as A LIVING sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
Jephthah, in fact, is praised in the Book of Hebrews (11:32) for his faithfulness in fulfilling his vow EVEN WHEN HIS DAUGHTER WAS HIS ONLY CHILD (Judges 11:34).
This meant, he WOULD NOT have had any grandchildren, and thus NO PHYSICAL POSTERITY in Israel (Judges 11:35).
Had Jephthah committed such horrific deed in FLAGRANT VIOLATION of God's law, he would have never been mentioned in the 11th chapter of Hebrews along with FAITH GIANTS like David and Samuel.
The ONLY HUMAN Sacrifice God has EVER accepted, and will ever accept, is the Sacrifice of His perfect, SINLESS Son, Whose precious Blood has forever WASHED AWAY our sins (Revelation 7:14; 12:11).
This is a prime example of WHY God's Word which is spiritual CANNOT be comprehended with the natural mind alone (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Some of the most absurd "explanations" of Bible passages I've ever heard (or read) have come from theologians.
God's Word can be fully understood ONLY in spirit, with the Mind OF Christ
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011
By all world standards, Jesus' 12 disciples were an odd bunch.
They consisted of a tax collector, a zealot, 9 fishermen, and one thief.
Hardly sounds like the sort of people any leader would pick to start a movement that would change the world.
They didn't even come from a sovereign nation, but from a part of the world that had been conquered and was being despotically ruled by the most godless and ruthless military machine known at the time, the Roman Empire.
By religious standards, they were utterly uneducated and unqualified to preach, let alone take Jesus' Message across the globe.
Modern Christians and today's religious establishment wouldn't have given them the time of day or paid them any attention.
For sure, NONE OF THEM would have been invited to appear on "Christian" TV.
But CHANGE THE WORLD THEY DID.
Their qualification for ministry consisted ONLY of KNOWING Jesus and being INDWELT BY His Holy Spirit.
The ONLY PERSON Jesus ever called into ministry who had formal theological training was Saul.
And Jesus had to MESS UP his theology BIG TIME before He could use him as the Apostle Paul.
That's right. Paul had to UNLEARN a lot of the junk he'd learned at Pharisee Seminary. Selah.
In Philippians 3:4-11 he put it this way:
"If anyone thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
CIRCUMCISED on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; with regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, FAULTLESS...
But WHATEVER WAS TO MY PROFIT I NOW CONSIDER LOSS for the sake of Christ.
...I consider EVERYTHING a loss compared to THE SURPASSING GREATNESS OF KNOWING Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost ALL THINGS.
I CONSIDER THEM RUBBISH, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, NOT HAVING A RIGHTEOUSNESS OF MY OWN that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COMES FROM God and is by faith.
I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection... becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain the resurrection from the dead".
Jesus' disciples were a bunch of ordinary guys who, through intimate spiritual communion with their Lord and God, manifested His Wisdom and Power and became EXTRAORDINARY.
What they accomplished in His Name is unparalleled in history (His story), and affects the lives of billions of people the world over even 2,000 after they walked this earth.
Paul explained God's plan of Salvation this way:
"For the message of the cross IS FOOLISHNESS to those that perish, but to us who are saved IT IS THE POWER OF God.
For it is written: "I will DESTROY the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will bring to nought."
Where is the wise man? WHERE IS THE SCHOLAR? Where is the philosopher of this age? HAS NOT GOD MADE FOOLISH THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD"? (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).
He concludes in verse 25 with the following statement:
For the foolishness of God IS WISER THAN man's wisdom".
Whose wisdom do you rely on for ministry, professional preacher?
The wisdom of mortal, corrupt, sin-infested men, or the Wisdom of God?
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2011
PASTOR OR HIRELING
The pastor of the largest church in the U.S. recently appeared on the Piers Morgan show to promote his latest "feel good, I'm O.K., you're O.K., this world is a great place, just smile and everything will be all right" PIECE OF JUNK.
Piers Morgan, as most of you know, is the guy who replaced Larry King on CNN when the latter retired.
When asked to give his assessment of various republican candidates for President, as usual, the "pastor" gave one of his typical, NONCOMMITTAL answers.
I didn't care for his non-answer, however, trying to view it in the most positive light possible, I said to myself "fair enough. After all, pastors aren't politicians".
What really bothered me is what happened afterwards:
Piers, as any halfway competent interviewer would do,then pressed him about perennial "front runner" Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon.
Again, the pastor gave an EVASIVE answer.
Piers pressed further, no longer asking as a politician or aspirant to the presidency, but as a matter OF FAITH, what the "pastor" thought about the Mormon cult.
The pastor's self-serving reply and pathetic excuse for not rendering an opinion was that "he didn't know enough about the Mormon religion" to answer the question.
He said it AT LEAST TWICE.
And this bland, dismal wuss has the gall to call himself "pastor"???
Maybe he doesn't know what "pastor" means either.
Pastor means "SHEPHERD".
A LARGE part of the shepherd's job is to LEAD THE SHEEP in the right Way.
To PROTECT the sheep from wolves and predators that can devour them.
How can he ADMIT on national TV that he "doesn't know enough" about A CULT that sends people TO HELL, and lead God's sheep?
How can you shepherd the sheep when YOU ADMIT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS OR ISN'T GOOD FOR THEM?
How can you call yourself "shepherd" (pastor) when you don't even KNOW WHO THE WOLVES ARE, smilin' WIMP?
This pretender is no shepherd; he's NOTHING BUT a HIRELING; and a LOUSY ONE, at that.
Hirelings, according to Jesus Himself, and as their name indicates, only hang around the sheep FOR MONEY (John 10:3).
Hirelings, according to Jesus Himself, see the wolves coming and RUN, as this coward did, ALLOWING THE WOLVES TO DEVOUR THE SHEEP (John 10:12).
Hirelings, according to Jesus Himself, CARE NOTHING FOR the sheep.
Can't say I'm surprised since this is the same idol shepherd who lacked the spiritual gumption to say that Jesus Christ is THE ONLY WAY to be saved.
This creep's church should be EMPTY.
No sheep in his/her right mind should even CONSIDER congregating there, let alone PAY "tithes", or buy anything this useless idiot writes.
Yet this is the LARGEST congregation in the United States, ladies and gentlemen.
Not ONE of the largest, THE largest.
If that isn't a sad, sad, DEPRESSING commentary ON THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION of Christendom, pray tell me WHAT IS???
Unfortunately, this fool isn't the only hireling, just one of the most visible.
There are MANY hirelings, whose ONLY interest in the sheep is HOW MUCH JUNK they can SELL THEM and HOW MUCH MONEY in the form of "tithes" and donations they can squeeze from them.
Open your eyes, sheep!
Stop practicing the cult of celebrity.
Stop worshipping religious idols.
Stop RUNNING AFTER hirelings.
REAL sheep DON'T FOLLOW HIRELINGS (John 10:4, 5).
God's flock ONLY FOLLOWS the Good Shepherd.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2011
"SPIRITUAL" CHRISTIANS ONLY
There's this theory being bandied about that only "spiritual" Christians get to go in the Rapture, while "carnal" Christians stay behind to endure the tribulation and the Antichrist.
This teaching is totally UNSCRIPTURAL.
It's pure hogwash concocted by religious legalists who want to SCARE PEOPLE into observance of the law or the 10 Commandments under THE THREAT that, if they don't, they won't go in the Rapture.
There isn't ONE Bible verse from Genesis to Revelation that teaches such HERESY.
Yet this question is asked, again and again, by TERRIFIED Christians who, INSTEAD OF STUDYING THE BIBLE, AND BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS, would rather COMPOUND THEIR CONFUSION and get their messed up theology from YouTube.
First of all, the term "spiritual Christian" is a misnomer.
There's NO SUCH THING AS a NON-spiritual Christian.
Since being Christian requires A NEW BIRTH OF THE SPIRIT (John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23), EVERY born again Christian IS a SPIRITUAL Christian.
There's NO OTHER KIND.
Those who call themselves "Christian" but DO NOT have the born again experience AREN'T CHRISTIANS, period.
Those who trust THEIR OWN WORKS, like keeping the law, the 10 Commandments or the Sabbath, AREN'T SPIRITUAL or Christian. They're as CARNAL and UNSAVED as can be.
Those who've never invited Jesus into their hearts, and received Him as Lord, Savior and God, are TOTALLY DISCONNECTED from God SPIRITUALLY and ARE LOST.
I don't care WHAT they call themselves.
They can call themselves "Christian" till hell freezes over, they're NOT saved and they're NOT Christian.
The correct question, then, is: "is the Rapture only for WELL-BEHAVED Christians?"
If it were, heaven would be empty.
If Salvation is PURELY BY GRACE THRU FAITH, NOT BY WORKS (Ephesians 2:8,9), WHY ON EARTH would going in the Rapture REQUIRE GOOD WORKS OR GOOD BEHAVIOR?
That's totally ILLOGICAL.
In fact, the Rapture is PART OF the Salvation package.
Salvation INCLUDES being raptured into Jesus whether we're physically dead or alive (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
The Rapture is for ALL THOSE who place their TRUST in WHAT JESUS DID (His death and Resurrection) and NOT in what THEY do.
So, if eternal Life has NOTHING to do with your works, but is A GIFT, from beginning to end,why would we need to "qualify" for the Rapture through our works?
It doesn't make ANY sense.
Revelation 7:9 describes the raptured Church which appears suddenly in heaven, as "A GREAT MULTITUDE that NO ONE could number".
If being raptured DEPENDED ON our "good" religious behavior, instead of seeing that innumerable MULTITUDE, John would have seen 5 people... if he was lucky.
ALL BORN AGAIN Christians are going.
The WHOLE Church is going.
Those who stay behind were NEVER Christian, and were NEVER part of His true UNIVERSAL Church.
They stayed behind for ONE REASON:
HE NEVER KNEW THEM.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
TOMB OF ALEXANDER
During the past 24 hours we have received countless emails with links to a news report that claims the tomb of Alexander the Great was found in the Greek island of Thasos, off the coast of Macedonia.
What makes the account even more intriguing is that archeologists claim to have also found the Ark of the Covenant at that location.
First of all, THANKS to all who immediately thought to notify me. Much appreciated.
Needless to say, I share your excitement.
Before any of us jumps to unsubstantiated conclusions, though, let me offer a few comments:
1. While the news is VERY EXCITING and TIMELY, further corroboration that this is indeed Alexander's tomb is needed.
So far we've only read the alleged claims made by an obscure amateur archeologist (Nikolaos Kumardzis) from an even more inconspicuous Russian news source.
We haven't heard any details, and we DO NOT know, how reliable (or not) these sources are.
Let's all remember that last year it was reported in some of the MAJOR news agencies that Noah's Ark had been found by a team of explorers from China, and even alleged pictures of the find were provided and published,and it all turned out to be a massive hoax.
So, before we get TOO excited, let's wait and see until at least Reuters, UPI, Associated Press, or some of the major news sources report it.
Let's also wait until SPECIFIC DETAILS are provided, credible evidence is presented, and some reputable team of archeologists has had a chance to evaluate it.
If any of it is true, given the harrowing economic situation in Greece, I would think that THIS would be the time to produce all the evidence, and make it available, since it would undoubtedly bolster tourism and help the Greek economy.
2. To my knowledge NO ONE thus far has even explained HOW they know this was Alexander's tomb, or WHAT the Ark of the Covenant would be doing there.
The Ark, by all accounts, had disappeared before the Babylonian captivity (around 605 B.C.), long before Alexander was even born, and its whereabouts unknown.
By all historic accounts, the second temple, which Alexander visited in 332 B.C., where he offered sacrifices,and expressed interest in entering the Holy of Holies, CONTAINED NO ARK.
When Roman General Pompey arrogantly ENTERED the Holy of Holies, some 270 years later, he was shocked to find the room EMPTY.
3. According to the apocryphal, but historically reliable, book of 2 Maccabees 2:4-7 Jeremiah, who knew in advance about Jerusalem's impending destruction, would have secreted the ark away, before the destruction of the first temple, to an undisclosed location.
He said its location would remain "unknown until the time that God gather his people again together, and receive them unto mercy" (2 Maccabees 2:7).
I am personally convinced, though I cannot prove it with the Bible, that the Ark never left Jerusalem, and is hidden underground in one of the caves that abound in that most holy and fascinating city.
So, if there is some sort of Ark replica found at Thasos, I seriously doubt it would be the REAL Ark.
But the HUGE QUESTION is WHY would the Ark - whether real or fake -- even be there? What does the Ark have to do with Alex?
If you've studied your Bibles you know that the Ark is considered God's Throne on earth, His Mercy Seat. The ONLY way it would make any sense for Alex to possess it, or a copy of it, is because HE EXPECTS TO BE THE ONE TO PUT IT BACK IN THE THIRD TEMPLE, thus staking his claim to Deity, and PROCLAIMING HIMSELF God as prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 and Daniel 11:36,37.
4. IF this turns out to be true (UNDERLINE "IF"), the implications would be ENORMOUS.
As I point out in my book Seed of Satan, Isaiah prophesied about Alex :
"All THE KINGS of the nations, all of them, lie in glory, everyone in his own tomb. But YOU ARE CAST OUT OF YOUR SEPULCHER like an abominable branch"... (Isaiah 14:18, 19).
Since according to Revelation 11:7 and 17:8, Alex must come out of the abyss as the risen Antichrist, it would make A LOT of sense that his "empty tomb" would be discovered PRIOR TO such momentous event.
Revelation 13:1 says he emerges from the sea, which in context would be the Aegean Sea in the Mediterranean. That's precisely were the island of Thasos is located.
With everything that's been going on in the Middle East of late, we are seeing biblical prophecy fulfilled, on a daily basis.
IF this turns out to be true, THE PROPHETIC CLOCK HAS JUST TAKEN A QUANTUM LEAP FORWARD.
Keep your fingers crossed.
Let's wait and see.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
There are NO PRECONDITIONS to receiving Christ.
Despite organized religion's best attempts to place all kinds of ROADBLOCKS on your way to The Way(Jesus), there are NONE.
You CAN come to Jesus and get saved, JUST as you are.
You MUST come to Jesus and get saved, JUST as you are.
You DON'T HAVE TO "quit" anything.
You DON'T HAVE TO "stop" anything.
You DON'T HAVE TO "change" anything.
Come to Jesus AS YOU ARE.
He DOES the CHANGING.
He DOES the CLEANING.
He DOES the SAVING.
He DOESN'T need your "help".
ALL He needs is YOUR HEART.
NO SIN can keep you from getting saved.
Repeat: NO SIN that you have committed, ARE COMMITTING, or will commit, can KEEP YOU FROM getting saved.
The ONLY SIN preventing your Salvation is NOT receiving Jesus into your heart RIGHT NOW.
Salvation's yours FOR THE TAKING.
Invite Jesus into your heart, THIS VERY MOMENT.
You'll NEVER regret it.
Give Him your messed up life, and He'll give you His ETERNAL Life.
There's NO BETTER DEAL in the entire universe.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011
ALL YOU DO IS QUOTE THE BIBLE
This accusation has been leveled at us more than once by critics of this ministry.
Such accusation ALWAYS makes me smile. Frankly, it "makes my day".
These fools don't realize they're paying me A HUGE COMPLIMENT.
But they don't INTEND IT AS compliment, but as CRITICISM.
I proudly, yet humbly, plead GUILTY as charged.
They claim ALL I do is "quote the Bible" and that "ANYONE can do that".
They're right. ANYONE can.
Unfortunately, FEW quote it ACCURATELY.
And that's what this ministry does: quote and teach the Bible ACCURATELY.
Not just the portions we like, but the ones we DON'T like.
Not just the portions our denomination's hierarchy "approves of", since we don't belong or answer to ANY denomination.
Not just the portions that "fit" our favored doctrine, while sweeping under the rug the portions that DON'T.
We have no "favored" doctrine. We want Truth AT ALL COSTS, even when we dislike it.
We take into account THE WHOLE COUNSEL of God, i.e., EVERYTHING God says on a given subject, not just the parts that fit our agenda.
We quote Scripture IN CONTEXT.
And we quote WHAT IT REALLY SAYS, not what MAN SAYS IT SAYS.
And THAT -- Jesus be eternally praised -- MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.
How many times have you heard some prophecy guru say "according to Daniel 9:27 the Antichrist will sign a 7-year peace treaty"?
They're "quoting Scripture". But they're NOT quoting it accurately. Daniel 9:27 SAYS NO SUCH THING.
How many times have you heard them quote portions of Revelation chapters 17 and 18 and say it's describing the U.S.A. as "Mystery Babylon"?
They're "quoting Scripture" but taking it TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT. Those chapters UNEQUIVOCALLY identify Mystery Babylon as Rome.
How many times have you heard SOME HERETIC quote Matthew 5:18 that "not one jot or tittle of the law will pass away til ALL be FULFILLED" as "proof" we are to still live under the law?
They ARE "quoting Scripture".
But they NEVER quote the PREVIOUS VERSE (Matthew 5:17) where Jesus pointedly says He didn't come to abolish the law BUT TO FULFILL IT.
If the law WILL NOT PASS AWAY UNTIL it's fulfilled, and if Jesus CAME TO fulfill it, and DID FULFILL IT, then it's been FULFILLED and HAS PASSED AWAY as far as believers are concerned.
Quoting Scripture, in and of itself, doesn't make any teaching true.
Satan himself had the gall to quote Scripture... to Jesus NO LESS!!! (Matthew 4:4-7).
Evidently, he was WRONG.
Only when it's quoted CONTEXTUALLY, ACCURATELY, and IN CONCERT WITH the REST of the Bible, does it benefit anyone.
Our critics are right: quoting Scripture is nearly ALL we do.
Who better to quote THAN GOD?
And WHO would they have me quote anyway, J.K. Rowling?
It's BECAUSE I QUOTE GOD that you will never find some absurd, unbiblical teaching on this website like conspiracy theories, some rogue meteor or asteroid triggering the apocalypse, or the non-existent Mahdi being the Antichrist.
When EVEN OUR CRITICS ADMIT that what we teach IS BIBLICAL, it doesn't get much better than that.
Those who level such "accusation" against us ARE TOO STUPID TO REALIZE THEY'RE VALIDATING THIS MINISTRY!!!
When even our harshest detractors AUTHENTICATE our teaching, we MUST be doing something right.
Jesus be praised.
Those who ACCUSE me of "JUST quoting the Bible" are merely trying to COVER UP their own IGNORANCE OF the Scriptures.
They're the very ones who publish some stupid website or blog posing as "Bible experts" when their teaching IS NOT EVEN FOUND IN the Bible.
I've said it before, but it bears repeating:
If it's NOT IN the Bible,it's NOT BIBLICAL, duh.
If it's NOT IN the Bible, it's NOT Bible ANYTHING.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011
I thought THE WORST actors and actresses in the world were those on Hispanic telenovelas. I was wrong.
The WORST actors and actresses are in Church.
If you ever want to catch their act, just attend the local congregation of your choice next Saturday or Sunday.
You'll see hundreds, if not thousands, of "good Christians", with ARTIFICIAL "Christian" grins on their faces, perfect "Christian" demeanor, perfect "Christian" rhetoric and perfect "Christian" APPEARANCE.
They LOOK "Christian", TALK "Christian" and ACT "Christian".
They got THEIR RELIGIOUS ACT down to a "t".
Or, so they THINK.
They perform THEIR ACT during religious services EVERY WEEK, like clockwork.
All they're doing is ACTING.
The pastor may buy it, since he probably ACTS MORE than the rest of the congregation combined, the dumb members of the congregation may buy it, BUT THE WORLD AIN'T buying ANY of it.
The unsaved world can spot a fake A MILE AWAY.
That's why they're NOT the least bit impressed or swayed by their stupid act.
That's why they have NO RESPECT FOR Christians.
That's why they MAKE FUN OF and RIDICULE their act.
It DESERVES to be RIDICULED.
I'll tell you WHO ELSE ISN'T BUYING IT:
Do you think, "nice Christians", that God doesn't see and know WHAT YOU'RE LIKE when church services END?
Do you think, even for a split second, that He doesn't know what goes on "behind the scenes"?
Do you think for a moment that your counterfeit ACT covers up your insincerity IN God's EYES, or your true feelings, your behavior the rest of the week (you know, when "no one is looking?") your carnality, your HIDDEN SINS, and your overall phoniness?
Do you think, for an instant, that our Heavenly Father FALLS FOR your pious, POLISHED EXTERIOR?
Do you think He doesn't know WHAT YOU'RE REALLY LIKE?
What's even sadder is that if you really KNEW Jesus, if you HAD Jesus in your heart, YOU WOULDN'T NEED TO ACT.
The reason YOU ACT, the only reason you find it necessary to "FAKE IT", is because you're trying to OVERCOMPENSATE for the NON-MANIFESTATION OF Christ in your life.
Somewhere in the deep recesses of your being, you KNOW that as a Christian, you're supposed to MANIFEST Christ (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2).
Jesus who LIVES IN you is supposed to MANIFEST THROUGH YOU.
You are, after all, His temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).
Instead of stepping aside and allowing Jesus to BE and MANIFEST through us, religion has taught us that we are to PRETEND (ACT) LIKE He does.
NO ONE but your little "social club" is buying it.
If the REAL Jesus were manifesting through you, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO FAKE IT.
Seek the INNER Jesus with ALL your heart, seek His Face, until He APPEARS to you and IN you.
When He does, the world will see who you REALLY ARE and, MORE IMPORTANTLY, who He IS.
I got 7 words for you, "GOOD Christians":
Drop the ACT, and BE THE REAL.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
JESUS IS NOT NICE
I'll give those who just fell off their chairs a moment to get up, and massage their sore behinds...
I can almost hear them pointing the finger and shouting "blasphemy!!!"
Oh, yeah? If it AGREES WITH what God says about Himself,it CAN'T POSSIBLY BE blasphemy.
I'll tell you what blasphemy is: it's portraying Jesus as something He ISN'T.
That's also IDOLATRY.
I'm sick and tired of religion presenting a FALSE image of Jesus. I'm repulsed by their FALSE portrayal of a mousy, wimpish, sissy Jesus, a pitiful doormat that only speaks in soft, whispery tones, never makes waves, and lets everyone step ALL OVER HIM.
That's NOT the Jesus of the Bible.
That's NOT the Jesus I KNOW.
I'm determined, by the Grace of God, to ERADICATE that blasphemous myth and FOREVER DESTROY that false, idolatrous image.
Jesus WASN'T ALWAYS "nice".
Jesus was nice and merciful TOWARD SINNERS, especially repentant sinners.
But He was RUTHLESS with the hypocritical self-righteous religious establishment of His day.
Yes, Jesus can be supremely meek, loving, tender and gentle.
That SAME Jesus can also be FEROCIOUS.
Religion CANNOT PROCESS that the same Jesus who taught to "turn the other cheek", took a makeshift whip and herded the RELIGIOUS TRAFFICKERS OF HIS DAY (money changers) OUT OF HIS TEMPLE.
He THREW THEM OUT!!!
That WASN'T very "nice" of Jesus.
But it was RIGHT.
He also had a number of "UNKIND" THINGS to say about the Pharisees OF HIS DAY (Matthew 21:21; 23:14-33). Lord knows they're still going strong today!
Does ANY of that sound wimpish to you?
Does ANY OF THAT sound like the feeble, spineless, goody-goody jellyfish your religion preaches?
Like Jesus,I'm NOT always nice.
I'm nice, supremely patient and gracious toward repentant sinners and earnest seekers of Truth.
I'm just as RUTHLESS with self righteous religious hypocrites as Jesus is.
Can't stand them!!!
I freely admit that I have ZERO TOLERANCE for them.
So, if you're looking for a "nice" preacher, who always speaks in religiously correct, "loving" "Kristian" tones, you've come TO THE WRONG PLACE and TO THE WRONG PREACHER.
The pretentious hypocrites you seek, who put up that "good Christian" FAKE FRONT, have no more REAL LOVE in their hearts than Judas.
Like him, they're just waiting for you to turn your back so they can BETRAY YOU and STAB YOU.
I tell you the Truth UP FRONT, whether you like it or not.
Those who are more interested in proper religious etiquette than in Truth, SHOULD NOT EVEN BOTHER reading this website, let alone writing us.
Likewise, those who care more about LOOKS, FORM or DEMEANOR than CONTENT, SHOULD take their sanctimonious phoniness ELSEWHERE.
They're wasting their time. This ministry is NOT for them.
They belong in one of those "NICE ministries" that are ALWAYS BEGGING FOR MONEY, speak perfect, MAN-MANUFACTURED Christianese, teach UNBIBLICAL GARBAGE and promote stale traditions of men.
If you're one of them, leave us alone.
Go get WHAT YOU DESERVE.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011
"I know your works, that YOU ARE NEITHER COLD NOR HOT: I would that you were cold or hot. So, then BECAUSE YOU ARE LUKEWARM... I will VOMIT you out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:15, 16).
C.S. Lewis' Trilemma postulates that:
"Christ either deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or He was Himself deluded and self-deceived, or He was Divine. There is no getting out of this trilemma. It is inexorable."
I'm mindful that Lewis was directing his remarks primarily to unsaved, skeptical intellectuals, and thus leaving Jesus' miracles out of the equation.
However, there were THOUSANDS of eyewitnesses to His miracles, and HUNDREDS to the greatest miracle of all, His Resurrection.
Someone COULD, through "conscious fraud" deceive millions, that's true. Televangelists do it every day. But HOW can someone through conscious fraud heal someone who everyone in town knew hadn't walked in 38 years? (John 5:5) Could that guy PRETEND to be lame 24/7 for almost 40 years, and then all of sudden start walking? I think not.
How do you thru "conscious fraud" multiply two loaves and fish into enough food to feed A MULTITUDE, with thousands of eyewitnesses looking on? You CAN'T.
Likewise, if Jesus were a SELF-DECEIVED LUNATIC, that might lead Him to believe He is God, but it WOULDN'T give Him the power to instantly heal a withered arm, give sight to someone blind from birth, or raise someone from the dead who had already BEGUN TO DECOMPOSE, as Lazarus (Luke 6:6-10; John 9:1-30; 11:38-43).
HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING, the Pharisees were right:
Christ was either TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY DEMON-POSSESSED AS THE LYING PHARISEES CLAIMED (perish the VERY thought), OR HE IS GOD.
After all, His ministry thrived on the supernatural: He healed, cast out demons, performed all sorts of miracles, overrode natural laws, forgave sins, accepted worship, CLEARLY STATED SALVATION IS ONLY THROUGH HIM, that He is the Resurrection and THE Life, and claimed to BE the One and ONLY God.
It's hard, if not IMPOSSIBLE, to imagine that anyone with SUCH POWERS would do SO MUCH GOOD, AND ONLY GOOD, NEVER DOING ANY EVIL, and be "demon possessed".
It's even harder, and UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE, for Someone with SUCH POWERS who was "demon possessed", to lay those powers aside and WILLINGLY OFFER HIMSELF as Sacrifice for man's sin.
And, for the record, in ALL OF HISTORY, NO ONE ELSE has EVER offered himself as Sacrifice for sin, or to redeem mankind and reconcile it with God (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Jesus either IS or ISN'T.
NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT:
If He wasn't God Incarnate, He'd be Beelzebub THE FATHER OF lies, the greatest DECEIVER and worker of LYING signs and wonders the world has ever seen.
If He is God - and HE IS!!! - He's THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, the ONLY WAY to be saved.
EVERYONE needs to make up their minds as to WHO Jesus was and is:
There's NO "MIDDLE GROUND".
He's GOT TO be "ONE" or "THE OTHER".
Is He the ONE AND ONLY God, or is He THE WORST of demons?
Make up your mind, ONCE AND FOR ALL:
WHO is Jesus TO YOU ?
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2011
THE UNPARDONABLE SIN
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is often referred to as "the unpardonable sin" based on Jesus' words in Matthew chapter 12:
"... every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST the Holy Spirit SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN UNTO MEN.
And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit,it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come" (Matthew 12:31, 32).
What IS this "blasphemy AGAINST the Holy Spirit"?
WHAT was Jesus referring to?
And WHY would Jesus say this when the Pharisees HAD NOT UTTERED A WORD DIRECTLY AGAINST the Holy Spirit, or even MENTIONED the words "Holy Spirit"?
O.K., you've heard me say it time and again: WHAT IS of PARAMOUNT importance to understand ANY portion of Scripture?
The OTHER critical component is NOT isolating the verse from THE REST OF the Bible, but taking into account EVERYTHING it says about a given subject.
In verses 22-24 of this chapter we're told that Jesus had just healed a demon possessed man who was blind and mute.
He healed and delivered him SO COMPLETELY that the man was now able to both see and speak.
Jerusalem being as small as it is, and being even MUCH SMALLER back then, the Pharisees and EVERYONE ELSE DOUBTLESSLY knew this man and that he'd been afflicted for quite a while.
They simply COULD NOT deny that Jesus had TOTALLY healed and restored him.
Yet, they would NOT RECEIVE Jesus. They would not even acknowledge that He CAME FROM God, let alone that He IS God.
They would NOT ACCEPT the Witness of God's Holy Spirit who had CONFIRMED Jesus as the Messiah by performing such miracles through Him (Isaiah 61:1-3).
So, they needed an excuse to "justify" their rejection of Him. Hence, they MANUFACTURED ONE by FALSELY CLAIMING (in direct violation of the torah's 9th commandment about bearing false witness) that Jesus was Himself demon possessed and that the only reason He'd cast out the demon and healed this man is because He was indwelt by Beelzebub the prince of demons.
Those religious hypocrites would rather give the credit and glory TO SATAN, than TO GOD.
Hence, they had SPOKEN AGAINST the Holy Spirit.
Pharisees were extremely well versed in the Hebrew Scriptures. They KNEW what was written in the Spirit-inspired Word of God. Yet they REJECTED the witness of the SPIRIT and of His written Word, basically calling the Holy Spirit a LIAR.
Jesus returned from His baptism in the Jordan "IN THE POWER of the Spirit" (Luke 4:14).
It was the Spirit who performed miraculous deeds through Him (Matthew 12:28).
He has the Spirit WITHOUT MEASURE (John 3:34).
It's the Holy Spirit which TESTIFIES about Jesus:
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, who proceeds from the Father,HE SHALL TESTIFY OF ME" (John 15:26).
They were blaspheming the Holy Spirit by REJECTING His WITNESS ABOUT JESUS -- which He'd so beautifully and supernaturally confirmed by healing the blind-mute man - which resulted in their REFUSAL TO RECEIVE Jesus as Messiah, Lord, Savior and God.
Hence, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is NOT RECEIVING the Holy Spirit's Witness about Jesus, hence, IT'S NOT RECEIVING JESUS.
The ONLY sin that will not be forgiven, the ONLY sin that brings damnation, is NOT RECEIVING JESUS as Lord, Savior and God.
This Jesus made ABUNDANTLY CLEAR in John 3:16 and Mark 16:16.
Those who DON'T receive Him, reject God, who is Spirit, and BLASPHEME HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
They basically call the Holy Spirit "LIAR".
That's the ONE and ONLY sin for which there's no forgiveness: REJECTION OF THE TRUTH, REJECTION OF JESUS' DEITY AND SALVATION.
Those who DON'T receive Him... ARE TOAST…
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
FAITHFUL OVER LITTLE
"...Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord" [Matthew 25:21].
When we compare the leaders in the Early Church vs. today's Laodicean "leaders", the latter don't stack up very well.
In fact, they're an embarrassment.
I recently watched a video on YouTube where a certain famed televangelist accuses the pastor of a large congregation of being a "demon possessed coward" for refusing to say on national TV that Jesus is the only way of salvation.
The televangelist is right on this, if on nothing else.
The "pastor" retaliated with a YouTube video of his own where he shows clips of predictions made by the televangelist, which never came to pass, and accuses him of being "a false prophet".
Since both their "ministries" are based in Texas, I call it "Showdown at the Televangelist Corral".
This is both puerile and pathetic.
Materialistically speaking, leaders in the Early Church had NOTHING.
No cars, no planes, no TV studios, DVD'S, CD's, internet or infomercials; no publishing companies, no printing press, not even so much as a business card.
All they had was A MESSAGE.
Of course, they also had A RISEN SAVIOR.
The Savior is just as risen today as He was back then.
And His message hasn't changed.
It's the leaders who have changed.
It's the "leaders" that are too cowardly to even ARTICULATE that Message.
It's the leaders who have COMPROMISED the integrity of The Gospel.
It's the leaders who have INVENTED a false Gospel of GREED.
It's the leaders who have turned Jesus and Christianity into A BUSINESS.
Instead of using TV, radio, internet, and publications to SPREAD THE TRUE GOSPEL, and strengthen the fundamentals of the faith, they have used it for self-indulgence: to become zillionaires, live like mega celebrities, peddle their wares, and provide third-rate "entertainment" in the form of religious fluff.
It's no wonder, then, than confusion and false doctrine run rampant.
It's no wonder, then, that one can hardly tell the difference between evangelical Christianity and CULTS.
It's no wonder, then, that it's THE WORLD that has gotten INTO the Church, instead of the Church going INTO the world, as our Lord commanded [Mark 16:15].
If I were any of today's "high profile" church "leaders", I'd start repenting now, before they're FACE TO FACE WITH THEIR LORD.
No one ever said it was "easy" to follow Jesus.
But if the apostles accomplished SO MUCH with SO LITTLE, He's got EVERY RIGHT to expect A LOT MORE from people who've been given SO MUCH.
"... to whom much was given, of him much will be required"
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
CUT THE MIDDLEMAN
Never a week goes by that we don't hear from several "Christians" who CLAIM to be conveying a message from God.
"God" is usually telling them to tell me that I shouldn't teach the Rapture is pre-trib, or that Christians are not under the law or the 10 Commandments, or that Saturday observance is no longer required, or that Christians aren't supposed to tithe.
These "Christians" are lying.
How do I know? Because God called me directly, clearly and UNEQUIVOCALLY to teach exactly what I'm teaching. Why would He contradict Himself?
If He did, He would be the liar, perish the very thought.
Chances are, if you've been Christian for more than 24 hours, that you've already encountered one or more individuals who claim to be speaking on God's behalf.
Let me give you some guidelines that will help you separate the wheat from the chaff.
If you're Christian, you have God Himself living in your heart and joined to your spirit.
That means He's got a DIRECT LINE of communication.
He doesn't need to go thru a third party.
If God's got something to tell you, He's well able to do so Himself.
There's ONLY ONE MEDIATOR between God and us and His Name is Jesus Christ.
Are there times when God will speak to us thru a brother or sister? Yes, but those times are rare.
When He does, He will NEVER, EVER contradict Himself.
When He does, His Word will bear witness with your spirit. You will KNOW, deep within you, that it did in fact come from God.
When He does, God will use someone who is TOTALLY impartial, who has NO RELIGIOUS agenda, no axe to grind.
Anyone who claims "God said to tell you" and then pushes some unbiblical doctrine, or their own religious bias, is a BOLD-FACED LIAR. You can quote me on that.
Don't be so quick to believe that "Christian" who claims God said to tell you to be a missionary to India.
Every time God calls someone into ANY type of ministry, He calls them DIRECTLY.
As precious as missionaries are, God did NOT call everyone to be one. It takes a SPECIAL CALLING of God to be a good and effective missionary.
And for God's sake don't fall for the "God told me someone watching is supposed to send $10,000 right now" scam.
More than one naive Christian has had his or her life ruined by some religious manipulator pretending to have "a word from God".
Please don't let it happen to you.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011
If you want to irritate me, just say we need "balance" in the Church.
Those who push "balance" are promoting restraint, apathy and compromise.
The only ones who preach "balance" are religious wimps, who wouldn't have the nerve to talk about Jesus outside the four walls of the church, or outside the confines of "Christian" media.
There was NOTHING "BALANCED" ABOUT JESUS.
He neither taught nor practiced "balance" in any way, shape or form.
Read the Gospels, for Pete's sake! His own family accused Him of being "UNBALANCED"! [Mark 3:21; John 10:20].
JESUS WAS EXTREME.
HIS DISCIPLES WERE EXTREME.
DO YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE LOVE IS EXTREME.
THERE'S NOTHING BALANCED ABOUT LOVE. THAT'S WHY IT DOESN'T EVEN MAKE SENSE TO THE NATURAL MIND.
LOVE IS TOTALLY IRRATIONAL.
Balance is LUKEWARM.
Religion INVENTED the fearful concept of "balance", and IT'S TOTALLY FEAR-BASED: let's stay "in the middle" so we DON'T OFFEND anyone.
Well, excuse me, but some in the world, as well as in the religious establishment, NEED TO be offended.
God doesn't want or even like balance. He likes extremes.
He's extremely [exceedingly] good.
He's extremely loving, extremely gracious, extremely kind, extremely generous, patient, merciful, faithful, extremely passionate, extremely jealous. That's why you don't mess with Him!
We have way too much "balance" in the Church. Oh, I wish we had MILLIONS of unbalanced, sold-out, RED-HOT, FANATICAL Christians.
If we did, we would have turned our world UPSIDE DOWN with the message of Jesus, just like the early Church.
It takes a SERIOUSLY UNBALANCED person to teach "LOVE YOUR ENEMIES" (Matthew 5:44).
It takes totally UNBALANCED individuals to say "I don't care what you do to me, burn me, skin me, chop me to pieces, crucify me... KILL ME, I won't deny my Lord". He's WORTH it all, even my life!
Oh, that we would have UNBALANCE LIKE THAT in the Church today!
So, call me "unbalanced" if you like [I've been called worse], but NEVER, EVER call me "balanced".
IT OFFENDS ME.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011
WHAT HAPPENED TO JUDAS ?
This is a question we get from time to time, but often enough that, obviously, there's confusion on the subject which merits clarification.
We have two SEEMINGLY conflicting accounts of Judas' demise after he betrayed Jesus.
The first is found in the Gospel of Matthew 27:3-10:
"When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders."I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood."
"What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility."
So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then HE WENT AWAY AND HANGED HIMSELF.
The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money." So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the Lord commanded me."
That's religion for you: these hypocrites didn't give a damn about the ABSOLUTE UNLAWFULNESS of spilling innocent Blood, however, they were careful to ABIDE BY the LEGAL requirements of their DEAD RELIGION and not put the money in the temple treasury.
The other account is given in Acts 1:18-20:
With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; THERE HE FELL HEADLONG, HIS BODY BURST OPEN AND ALL HIS INTESTINES SPILLED OUT. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.
"For," said Peter, "it is written in the book of Psalms, "‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it, and, "‘May another take his place of leadership".
The biblical account APPEARS to say in one place that Judas hung himself and, in another, that he fell headlong and his bowels spilled out.
So, what REALLY happened to Judas? Which account is correct?
This is much ado about NOTHING.
There's NO DISCREPANCY WHATSOEVER between the two accounts.
After betraying Jesus and returning the money, Judas went to the place in the Valley of Hinnom (pictured below) that became known as Akeldama.
There he HUNG HIMSELF.
He tied the rope to a tree limb, placed the noose around his evil neck and flung himself down. As he jumped, the rope either broke or broke loose (got untied) and instead of dying by hanging, as he had planned, his body fell head first unto the ground. The impact of the fall caused his bowels to burst and gush out unto the earth.
This had been foretold in verse 18 of Psalm 109, the very Psalm Peter quoted in Acts 1 when seeking a replacement for Judas :
"As he clothed himself WITH CURSING like as with his garment, so LET IT COME INTO HIS BOWELS like water, and like oil into his bones".
That's why Revelation 13:11 tells us that when Judas reappears as the false prophet, he will come "out of the earth", since it was there, in the land of Israel where his treacherous bowels were SPILLED LIKE WATER unto the ground, in precise fulfillment of Psalm 109:18.
So, there's no ambiguity whatsoever as to what happened to this son of perdition, just like there's no ambiguity at all about his final destination.
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