April 2012 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012
KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
There's a whole webpage on this site devoted to debunking legalism : www.christconnection.net/id4.html
Every time I hear from some legalistic fool who wants to impose the law, Sabbath keeping, or the 10 Commandments on Christians, they invariably MISQUOTE John 14:15 where Jesus said "if you love me, keep MY commandments".
Notice what Jesus DIDN'T SAY:
He DIDN'T say "if you love me, keep the 10 commandments".
What commandments was He referring to?
What are His commandments?
The answer is found Mark 12:30, 31 (Jesus speaking):
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart... and love your neighbor as yourself. There are no greater commandments than these".
Romans 13:9 is crystal clear that all 10 commandments, OR ANY OTHER COMMANDMENT, are summed up in the LOVE commandments.
It goes on to say that LOVE is THE FULFILLMENT OF the WHOLE LAW.
Even James admits the ONLY commandment we're under is to love our neighbor (James 2:8).
Even James ADMITS that if we kept ALL the commandments, ALL OUR LIVES, and break JUST ONE the entire LAW comes crashing down on our heads, and we become GUILTY OF breaking THE WHOLE LAW (James 2:9,10).
As for those who claim that we are to keep the 10 Commandments, not for Salvation, but to "please God", the above verses RENDER THAT THEORY NULL AND VOID.
The only thing that "pleases God" in the New Testament is FAITH (trust) which works by Love (Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 5:6).
The love commandments are the ONLY "commandments" Christians are under.
The other ludicrous argument is that THE REASON most Christians DO NOT observe Saturday is because Roman Emperor Constantine passed a law forbidding observance of the Sabbath.
THAT'S A LIE.
While Constantine did pass such law throughout the Roman Empire in the 4th century A.D., the Bible makes it clear that Christians are to view all days alike [Romans 14:5].
It also makes it clear that THEY HAD STOPPED OBSERVING the weekly Sabbath LONG BEFORE Constantine even existed.
Moreover, as I demonstrate UNEQUIVOCALLY with the Scriptures in this video, the Sabbath IS NOT a 24-hour day : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvLZ5Dtpsug
Hence, Christians can and SHOULD worship God EVERY SINGLE DAY, including Saturday.
The apostles were gathered together, and Jesus appeared to them, on a Sunday [John 20:19].
The disciples gathered together to take communion and hear Paul preach on a Sunday [Acts 20:7].
All of this took place 300 years before Constantine was even born.
Paul referred to the weekly Sabbath merely as "a shadow" [Colossians 2:16,17].
Shadows are NEVER the REAL thing.
Shadows, by their very nature and definition are destined to VANISH.
Even Exodus 31:13 calls the Sabbath "a sign".
Show me a sign that points to itself and I'll be the most ardent Sabbath keeper on earth.
The weekly Sabbath was A SIGN that pointed to the REAL Sabbath: Jesus Christ who is our REST.
The weekly Sabbath was the day when Jews were commanded NOT TO WORK.
Jesus is the true Sabbath of REST, the One we TRUST completely and REST in, NOT TRUSTING IN OUR OWN WORKS, BUT ON HIS FINISHED WORK.
If you REALLY WANT TO keep the Sabbath, you need to TRUST JESUS, AND JESUS ALONE, with all your heart.
That's why He said "come unto me all you WHO WORK and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST" (Matthew 11:28).
A FINITE unit of time can't save anyone.
The Eternal One can and does.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012
"A friend loves AT ALL TIMES, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs17:17).
Loyalty is A VIRTUE seldom spoken of.
Loyalty is faithfulness (fidelity). It means devotion or steadfast commitment to a person, country, group or cause, REGARDLESS what that person, country or group may be experiencing - good or bad.
Loyalty is A MUST in anyone you would even consider as a friend, let alone as spouse.
We have some examples of this RARE virtue in God's Word:
Abraham was loyal to God, and God was and IS (praise His Name) ETERNALLY loyal to Abraham and to Abraham's Seed (us) (Galatians 3:29).
Joseph -- a picture of Jesus if there ever was one -- remained loyal to his brethren EVEN AFTER they DISOWNED him, BETRAYED him, ruined his young life, and SOLD HIM into slavery (Genesis 45:9,10).
Ruth was loyal to Naomi, even after her husband's death, which forever put her in King David's, hence in Jesus', genealogy (Ruth 1:16).
Jonathan was loyal to David, Elisha to Elijah, and John the Baptist to Jesus (1 Samuel 20:17; 2 Kings 2:1, 4, 6; John 3:30).
The apostle John remained loyal to His Lord, even when the rest of the disciples fled, and even stood before the cross, being the only eyewitness among them to His Crucifixion (John 19:25,26).
Likewise, we have examples of DISLOYALTY in the Bible, the two most egregious ones being Lucifer's betrayal which led to his rebellion AGAINST God which forever turned him into hasatan, the ENEMY, and Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus.
Loyalty is glaringly LACKING in modern society, including in Christian circles. In fact, some of the most blatantly DISLOYAL people I've known are self-professed "Christians":
Someone starts a congregation, makes all kinds of personal sacrifices, devotes a large portion of his or her life to serving the brethren, seeking God, ministering to their needs, teaching them the word, offering counsel and encouragement. The congregation thrives and, suddenly, because the pastor isn't always perfect (and WHO, besides Jesus, EVER IS?) or because we "disagree" with him or her on some SILLY ISSUE that could be resolved through honest dialogue, and seeking the Lord earnestly (without bias) IN SPIRIT, the pastor finds out that SOME OF THE PEOPLE HE'S HELPED THE MOST have been stirring up members of his own congregation - the congregation he built from scratch -- AGAINST HIM.
Instead of OPENLY discussing the issue, they've been talking behind his back, gossiping, making all sorts of mostly unfounded accusations, until the situation becomes unbearable for all involved.
Next thing you know, those "other" members have turned into a SPLINTER GROUP that has divided the brethren and which inevitably ends up as a sad statistic in the annals of ministerial casualties.
THAT is being disloyal.
We make a LIFETIME commitment to someone through marriage, then after the initial thrill wears off, when things don't go as well as we had planned, or when someone we consider more PHYSICALLY ATTRACTIVE crosses our path, we promptly cheat and/or file for divorce.
Much to our shame, the divorce rate is ACTUALLY HIGHER among self-professed "Christians" than among unbelievers.
THAT is being fickle and TOTALLY disloyal.
Before I get 500 letters from insecure readers:
Yes, THERE ARE biblical grounds for divorce, but those are rather EXTREME. Yes, it takes TWO people to keep a marriage going: if one spouse is UNWILLING, there's not much the other spouse can do. Yes, Jesus will forgive those who have divorced for WHATEVER reason, and NO, NO ONE will go to hell because they divorced their spouse or because they cheated on him or her.
However, we're discussing LOYALTY.
We often experience disloyalty within our own families: You were there for cousin Bob, aunt Cinthia, and brother Ed in THEIR TIME OF NEED, but when YOUR TIME OF NEED comes along, they TURN THEIR BACKS.
That is being ungrateful and UTTERLY DISLOYAL.
We experience it with our "friends" who loved to hang around us when things were going well and we were prosperous.
Aaaaah, but when you lost your job, your savings, your home, your business, when finances dried up and you could no longer afford the fancy restaurants, the luxury cars, the yachts, or the glamorous lifestyle, they disappeared faster than Buffalo wings at a Super Bowl party.
Those were NEVER your friends to begin with.
I often see disloyalty in my own ministry. And what I find most disturbing is that it comes from those who SHOULD BE most grateful and loyal:
From the ones I spent hours answering every silly question imaginable, until all their doubts and fears were laid to rest.
From the ones who asked for, and received, TONS of materials from us, FREE OF CHARGE.
From those I stayed up with ‘til the wee hours of the morning because of some heart-wrenching situation they were experiencing, or because they were seeking deliverance from addiction, or because they were wrestling with their own salvation.
Never mind that they never even bothered to say "thank you".
Never mind that they never even offered a word of appreciation or encouragement.
THEY ARE THE FIRST to surge out of the shadows AT THE DROP OF A HAT and viciously attack me and this ministry, often SIDING WITH our enemies, and "defending" people THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW.
That's DISLOYALTY and Jesus - who knows ALL THINGS - even the deepest secrets in the human heart and mind, IS WATCHING.
On the other hand, there are SOME loyal brothers and sisters, and I praise Jesus for each and every one of you.
Generally speaking, humans are notably DISLOYAL.
Loyalty, however, IS A CHOICE.
NO ONE can force us to be loyal or disloyal. We determine that ON OUR OWN.
He who finds ONE loyal friend, spouse, brother or sister is VERY BLESSED, INDEED.
If you find MORE THAN ONE, you're EXTREMELY blessed.
So, if you find one or more, appreciate them, and return the favor by being loyal to, and grateful for them.
Above all, BE LOYAL TO JESUS, NO MATTER WHAT.
You can be like Judas who betrayed Him for 30 measly pieces of silver, or you can be like John and STICK WITH HIM TO THE VERY END.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012
Gentiles and male prostitutes are often referred to in the Bible as "dogs" (Matthew 15:26; Revelation 22:15).
In Middle Eastern culture dogs are often unappreciated.
It's AN INSULT to call someone "dog".
This is gradually changing in Israel, since many of its citizens have lived in, or been exposed to, Western culture, where dogs are generally appreciated.
In Western society we value dogs for their many qualities, not the least of which is LOYALTY.
We don't call them "man's BEST FRIEND" for nothing.
In popular culture, particularly among African Americans, calling someone "dog" or "dawg" is like calling them "friend" or "buddy".
American Idol's Randy Jackson notwithstanding, dogs make THE BEST of friends.
They are warm, affectionate, and make wonderful companions.
Dogs love UNCONDITIONALLY.
They love us when we're nice to them, and when we aren't.
They stay with their owner through thick or thin, won't abandon you, whether you feed them much or little.
They APPRECIATE every little thing you do for them.
They are sensitive animals who often detect and reflect our moods.
They alert us to potential danger, and won't allow strangers near us.
They can even tell when someone is "friendly" or isn't.
All dog owners know EXACTLY what I'm talking about...
Dogs are VERY PROTECTIVE OF their owners.
ALL HUMANS could learn something from dogs.
Which reminds me of an old French saying:
"Mieux je connais les hommes, plus j'aime mon chien":
The better I know humans, THE MORE I LOVE MY DOG.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
MODERATING THE MODERATOR
As you might imagine, we received considerable feedback from our recent message, "If Jesus called you a DOG", most of it positive.
But what struck me as comical were the comments (forwarded to us by one of our readers) made in one of the moronic "prophecy forums" that abound on the internet.
It said, among other things (verbatim):
"The entire article is "over the top". In fact it is error. And so is the majority of the site... we had previously decided among the admin/mod team NOT TO ALLOW that link on this site. THE SITE (meaning OURS) IS SO FULL OF ERROR... that THERE IS NO REDEEMING VALUE IN POINTING PEOPLE TO IT".
Ah, yes, I've seen some of the links and "error free" comments WHICH ARE DEEMED to have "REDEEMING VALUE" AND ARE ALLOWED on such self-righteous forum:
like the myth of Islamic world domination, the myth of the so-called Mahdi, President Obama or the Pope being the Antichrist, all kinds of loony conspiracy theories, divination based on the dream of some religious nerd, the Rapture or Salvation being CONTINGENT ON "proper religious behavior" (as opposed to Grace ALONE) thus rendering Jesus' Blood INSUFFICIENT, some mysterious non-existent comet colliding with the earth and triggering the Apocalypse - ALL DOWNRIGHT UNBIBLICAL since NONE OF IT is FOUND IN Scripture - and (my personal favorite) REPEATEDLY CONTRADICTING Jesus by trying to GUESS THE PRECISE DAY when the Rapture will occur based on the IDIOTIC and unbiblical calculations of one or more of its "sage" members (Matthew 24:36).
Matter of fact, I THANK GOD they DON'T ALLOW any links to this website on that STUPID FORUM. I'd be VERY CONCERNED if they DID.
It's only natural that the forum's directors view me as a threat since my teaching COMPLETELY UNDERMINES theirs.
I take their exclusion as A HUGE COMPLIMENT.
Then there were the comments made by the forum's "moderator":
"I disagree that Jesus was rude. He simply stated what current Jewish teaching was regarding Gentiles"... Really?
The moderator shows GROSS intellectual DISHONESTY, GROSS IGNORANCE, or both.
Even if it was "current Jewish teaching regarding Gentiles", IT WAS STILL RUDE, in fact, IT WAS AN INSULT.
Anyone EVEN REMOTELY familiar with Middle Eastern culture KNOWS that in Israel, as well as all over the Middle East, it was an INSULT to call someone "dog" in the first century A.D., as it still is TO THIS VERY DAY.
So, to claim that "it wasn't rude" based on it being "current Jewish teaching" TOTALLY LACKS VALIDITY: That's like saying that it's NOT AN INSULT for Muslims to calls Jews "apes" or "pigs" today simply because it reflects "current Islamic teaching".
The "moderator" goes on to say: "Jesus was testing the woman, not being rude to her".
The "moderator" IS LYING : NOWHERE does Scripture say Jesus was "testing the woman".
And I flat-out DARE this LIAR to produce ONE VERSE of Scripture that says Jesus was "testing her".
He goes on to say: "Her response-the response He knew she would give-was provoked for the purpose of demonstrating her faith and showing that faith is the way to God".
This "moderator" CONTRADICTS HIMSELF: If Jesus KNEW what her response would be - as the idiot himself ADMITS -- THEN WHY WOULD HE NEED TO "TEST HER"?
The "moderator" further states: "To suggest that Jesus was rude and thus implicitly saying that the woman responded to His rudeness by essentially putting Him in His place with her answer is false. It totally misses the point of Scripture there".
NOWHERE did our message say - or even IMPLY -- that the woman in question was "responding to Jesus' rudeness", let alone "putting Him in His place".
That was ADDED (invented) by this LYING "MODERATING" HYPOCRITE who IS EXHIBIT "A" of the VERY KIND of prevailing religious hypocrisy -- which CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH -- that I was exposing.
What we did say is that she was RESOLUTE and would not allow anything, including Jesus' INSULT, to deter her from TRUSTING Him and receiving deliverance for her daughter.
And that the REAL Jesus is not the "always sweet", milquetoast character that religion portrays Him to be.
It's the "moderator" who TOTALLY "misses the point".
The hypocrite then proceeds to accuse me of "careless exegesis", of "eisegesis" (misinterpreting the text ON PURPOSE to suit my agenda), and of "defaming Jesus".
Talk about "the pot calling the kettle black"...
At least I didn't put words in Jesus' mouth WHICH HE NEVER SAID, as this charlatan did.
ALL this ministry does is GLORIFY JESUS. ANYONE who's familiar with this ministry and says that I "defame Jesus" IS A MORON and A FRAUD, pure and simple.
He then pontificates about "gentleness" and that "Jesus was God and God is love and love is "never rude".
Has this MORON even READ the Bible???
God is NEVER rude? God is ALWAYS gentle? The same God who said "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth"? (Exodus 21:24).
The same God who commanded the eradication of entire cities, including women, children and animals? (Deuteronomy 20:16-18).
The same Jesus who said "oh FAITHLESS and PERVERSE generation", how long must I suffer you? (Luke 9:41).
The same Jesus (Love Personified) who made A WHIP, THREW THE MONEY CHANGERS FROM HIS TEMPLE, OVERTURNED THEIR TABLES, and called them "THIEVES"? (John 2:14-16).
Doesn't sound very "polite" or "gentle" to me...
Apparently, by this imbecile's fabricated criteria, EVEN JESUS HIMSELF DOESN'T MEASURE UP!!!
The hypocrite falsely claims that "love is never rude", and that the Greek word aschemoneo, used in 1 Corinthians 13:5 is frequently rendered in modern translations as "rude".
He adds "As Findlay puts it: "Love imparts a delicacy of feeling beyond the rules of politeness." In other words, "Love", first of all, "is never rude."
A) The Greek aschemoneo DOES NOT mean "rudeness". It may be rendered "rude" in more liberal, modern translations, but the word itself MEANS "deformed" or "without proper form". It DOES NOT mean "rude".
B) Consequently, that's the moderator's OWN BIASED interpretation, and NOT what the Bible ACTUALLY SAYS.
C) If the Bible ACTUALLY SAID "Love is never rude", he would NOT NEED TO RELY ON Findlay -- a mere mortal -- and give Findlay's FALLIBLE OPINION as basis or "proof" of what constitutes "appropriate Christian behavior".
He would be able to QUOTE THE BIBLE and provide CHAPTER AND VERSE to back up his false claim.
Evidently, he CAN'T.
Don't you just love it when some hapless, self-deceived religionist tries to confine Jesus, putting Him in a box, THINKING he can DICTATE TO Jesus WHAT He can or CAN'T say, OR HOW HE CAN OR CANNOT ACT?
Don't you find it HILARIOUS that he's SO FULL OF HIMSELF (or just "full of it") that he thinks Jesus needs his puny mind's "approval", when Jesus Himself is THE STANDARD OF righteousness?
What this cretin's circumscribed and corrupt mind DOESN'T GET is that Divine Love is BOTH, mild and benign, but ALSO A CONSUMING FIRE.
Divine Love and Divine Wrath ARE NOT mutually exclusive. Gentleness and abrasiveness ARE NOT mutually exclusive, as clearly demonstrated throughout the ENTIRE Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
That's why Jesus is portrayed as both a meek Lamb and a ferocious Lion (John 1:29; Revelation 5:5).
The SAME Divine Love which can be the gentle and sweet Redeemer, lover of our soul, who gave His Life for us, can also DESTROY and CONSUME its enemies and send them into EVERLASTING TORMENT (John 3:16; Revelation 20:10-15).
THANK God Jesus and the apostles DID NOT abide by this fool's man-invented criteria; otherwise the Church would never have survived the first century A.D. and THERE WOULD BE NO CHRISTIANS TODAY.
Indeed, it's this man's brand of MAN-FABRICATED Kristianism that's responsible for spawning a generation of ineffective religious weaklings who are content to merely "preach to the choir", who never bring ANYONE to saving knowledge of Christ, have zero influence on society and whom THE WORLD DOESN'T EVEN RESPECT.
In fact, the VERY APOSTLE PAUL who penned those words about being "gentle" is ON RECORD as saying:
"Oh FOOLISH Galatians, who has bewitched you"...? (Galatians 3:1).
"Let him be ACCURSED" (Galatians 1:8), and
"I wish those troublemakers WOULD CASTRATE THEMSELVES" (Galatians 5:12).
Doesn't sound very "gentle" to me...
That's BLUNT LANGUAGE ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT IT.
If Divine Love were ONLY "gentle", there would be NO NEED FOR THAT SAME APOSTLE PAUL TO WARN THAT He (Divine Love, God) is "a consuming fire" or that "it's a FEARFUL thing to fall into the hands of the Living God" (Hebrews 10:31; 12:29).
So, in order to accept what this religious hypocrite CLAIMS, we would have to believe that:
1) Paul was a lying hypocrite, who DIDN'T practice what he preached and often CONTRADICTED himself.
2) That the Bible (God) is A LIAR, who repeatedly CONTRADICTS HIMSELF (perish THE VERY THOUGHT).
3) That this idiot is right and BOTH 1 and 2 above are true.
Actually, it's THE VERY OPPOSITE: this arrogant idiot is wrong. He is the LYING, BIASED FOOL, brainwashed by MAN-INVENTED RELIGION, who KNOWS NOTHING about Jesus or the written Word of God.
He - not God or the apostle Paul - is THE LIAR.
Since we've ALREADY PROVEN HIM A LIAR, who repeatedly ADDS TO the Word of God things that God NEVER SAID, anything else he says TOTALLY LACKS CREDIBILITY.
Go ahead, pathetic LOSER: "moderate" THAT.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012
TRUTH AND FICTION
For the love of money is a root of all evil: which while some have coveted, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows [1 Timothy 6:10].
There's only ONE place where you'll find absolute Truth and that's the holy, infallible Word of God.
EVERYTHING ELSE is, to one extent or another, FICTION.
Which brings us to the genre of Christian fiction.
What? Isn't that a contradiction in terms? Isn't Christianity supposed to be ALL about The Truth?
Yes and yes.
It's SUPPOSED TO BE ALL about The Truth. Unfortunately, it ISN'T.
Paul told us that the love of money is a root of ALL evil. And NOWHERE is that Truth more evident that in the Christian publishing BUSINESS.
Most Christian books sold today are pure FICTION. Most Christian prophecy books are TOTAL FICTION.
And, worst of all, Christian readers are so disconnected from the Word of God [Jesus] that they can't tell the difference between BIBLICAL TRUTH and INVENTED, UNBIBLICAL MYTH.
There are so-called "Christian prophecy" series presented in some semblance of biblical context, which promote falsehood and even DANGEROUS doctrine.
There are so called "Christian comics" with biblical undertones that present wrong doctrine and biased, revisionist view of history.
But 90% of the Christian public that buys or reads such publications BELIEVES EVERYTHING they read, and DOES NOT realize that if the characters are FICTIONAL, much else in the content is also FICTIONAL.
Just like 90% of nonbelievers who read A TOTAL WORK OF FICTION like the so-called Da Vinci Code, will swallow its contents hook, line and sinker, and DO NOT realize that they're merely reading A NOVEL, FABRICATION NOT FACT, and that such work lacks ANY solid historical basis.
Such publications do more harm than good: NO ONE, except the authors and publishers, benefits from them. They undermine Truth, and wreak havoc with the already fragile faith of undiscerning believers.
They breed CONFUSION, which we know God ISN'T the author of [1 Corinthians 14:33].
Just so we're clear, I'm not talking censorship: the people behind these fictitious works have every right to publish them.
The public has every right to buy them.
But Christians also have the right, indeed, THE OBLIGATION, to be discerning, to question their content, and to examine them critically against the LIGHT of the Scriptures, and reputable historic sources.
Christians should form doctrine FROM THE BIBLE, and NOT from some fantastic tale someone concocted.
I don't care if it sold 62 million copies, that doesn't make it true anymore than Harry Potter is true because it's sold over 400 million copies.
There's NOTHING in the Bible about Antichrist drugging anyone in order to give them his mark. On the contrary, he will want people to be VERY CONSCIOUS of what they're doing; since the WHOLE PURPOSE of the mark is CHOOSING Antichrist and his father Satan OVER Jesus Christ.
The love of $$$ has lined the pockets of many greedy, unscrupulous Christian authors.
The jury's still out on whether they've changed any hearts.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
WHAT SATAN LOVES MOST
While it's hard to imagine the words "Satan" and "love" in the same sentence, I'm obviously using the term figuratively.
What do you think brings most gratification to his wicked heart ? Sinners ? Occultists ? Satanists ?
It's RELIGIOUS CULTS AND LEGALISTS that thrill him the most.
Satan is father of lies and master of deceit. What better way is there to damn a soul to a Christless eternity, than getting them to THINK that they're "Christian" because they belong to the "ONLY TRUE RELIGION"?
That THEY ARE the ONLY "REAL" Christians?
That THEY are the ONLY ONES "REALLY SAVED" BECAUSE they keep the commandments?
[ALL who CLAIM to keep them ARE boldfaced LIARS].
That THEY are the ONLY ONES who keep the Sabbath?
That THEY are the ONLY ONES who have some "lost" EXTRABIBLICAL revelation, NOT contained in the Bible [probably, the BIGGEST LIE of all]?
That the founder of their CULT is THE ONLY PERSON who ever got the "full revelation" that God intended for humanity, EVEN THOUGH THAT "REVELATION" frequently CONTRADICTS the Bible?
Or, that the Bible ISN'T the Holy, INFALLIBLE Word of God?
Or, that you can be "Christian" without believing that Jesus is God, who came to redeem us Himself?
What BETTER or CLEVERER way to keep souls alienated from AN INTIMATE, PERSONAL, HEART RELATIONSHIP with Jesus, THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE THEM, than to offer them ALTERNATIVE "Christian" religion?
Cultists THINK they have right standing with God.
They have A FORM OF "godliness", while they REMAIN LOST, and alienated from Jesus who is the Life.
Cultists are those who DON'T TRUST JESUS, but rather TRUST THEIR OWN RELIGION and THEIR OWN WORKS.
They're the ones who will hear Jesus say "I NEVER KNEW YOU" [Matthew 7:22,23].
THE ONE SURE WAY TO END UP IN HELL is BECOMING RELIGIOUS, then trusting your own works, before or after you become "Christian".
It's by trying to "IMPROVE" on what Jesus already accomplished.
When you do, you FALL FROM grace, and Jesus becomes OF NO EFFECT to you [Galatians 5:4].
We are NEVER saved by what we do ON THE OUTSIDE, BUT BY WHO LIVES INSIDE.
People erroneously THINK that hell will be full of pimps, prostitutes, drug pushers, thieves, homosexuals and adulterers. They're wrong. Jesus paid FOR ALL THOSE SINS.
It'll be full OF RELIGIOUS PEOPLE.
Hell will be full of FALSE "CHRISTIANS", who THOUGHT what Jesus did WASN'T ENOUGH, so THEY NEEDED TO ADD THEIR OWN "PERFORMANCE".
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
DON'T HELP GOD
Religion is hell-bent on "helping" God.
There are millions of religious fools throughout the world who practice the religion of Kristianism.
They LOOK Christian, ACT (in front of others) Christian and TALK (in front of others) Christian.
They are GREAT PRETENDERS.
Of course, when NO ONE'S LOOKING, that's a different story...
They PRETEND to be REAL Christians, and got their act down to a T.
In fact their act is SO CONVINCING that they've CONVINCED THEMSELVES they are true Christians.
As I often say, NO ONE has ever accused Satan of being a bad liar, or a bad impersonator.
However, a TRUE Christian TRUSTS Jesus Christ COMPLETELY for Salvation, has received Jesus into his/her heart, been spiritually BORN AGAIN, and hence Jesus' Holy Spirit has TAKEN RESIDENCE in his/her heart.
He or she who DOESN'T have the Holy Spirit LIVING IN THEM is not Christ's (Romans 8:9).
Note: I DID NOT SAY anyone who DOESN'T SPEAK IN TONGUES is not Christ's, I said anyone "who DOESN'T have the Holy Spirit LIVING IN THEM" and those are TWO very different things.
Although speaking in GENUINE tongues is very desirable, you CAN have the Holy Spirit LIVING IN you and NOT speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:30).
Religion BELIEVES THAT JESUS ISN'T SUFFICIENT to save anyone. Hence, He needs "their help".
According to Kristian religionists, Jesus' atoning death, His supremely precious Blood, His awesome Resurrection, Ascension and Intercession AREN'T ENOUGH to save us.
So, they must SUPPLEMENT WHAT JESUS DID WITH THEIR OWN "GOODNESS" IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.
Such self-proclaimed "goodness" invariably consists of THEIR OWN SELF-RIGHTEOUS ACTS like "NOT committing adultery", or "NOT drinking alcohol" or NOT eating certain foods, or cutting off the foreskin of the male penis, or CONGREGATING on the 7th day of the week, or trying to "keep" the 10 Commandments, or some COMBINATION thereof.
Give me a break, even Moses DIDN'T keep the 10 Commandments, and you think YOU will? (Exodus 2:12).
Jesus has FOREVER put those who TRUST HIM COMPLETELY in right standing with God (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
He has FOREVER made US RIGHTEOUS.
And if He "needed our help" FOR ANYTHING, you, me, and the ENTIRE UNIVERSE would be in deep manure.
When you try to help God, you don't "help" Him at all.
When you try to help God, you don't help ANYONE, including yourself.
In fact, trying to "help" Him merely PROVES you DON'T TRUST HIM.
Hence, it PROVES you're NOT saved.
If Jesus could write a short note to His alleged followers today, it would go like this:
Dear Church, STOP trying to help me. I DON'T NEED your help. I'm ALL-MIGHTY.
DON'T ADD to what I did.
"IT" IS FINISHED!!!
STOP trying to help God.
He DOESN'T WANT or NEED your "help".
He is able to SAVE TO THE UTTERMOST those who come to Him through Jesus (Hebrews 7:25)
The ONLY ONE who benefits from your FEAR-induced "help" is Satan.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012
EYES ON JESUS
At a time when the Body of Christ should be FIXATED on its Head (Jesus]) our attention is on EVERYTHING BUT...
WHAT is the Church focused on?
- Invented "conspiracy theories".
- A nebulous "new world order", which is NOT FOUND ANYWHERE in the Bible.
- An Islamic Antichrist. NOT!!!
- Islamic world domination. An even more emphatic NOT!!!
- An UNBIBLICAL "7-year peace treaty".
- A nonexistent "Planet X" or "Nibiru"
- Islamic Eschatology
- The Islamic Mahdi
- The Mayan Calendar
- Gog and Magog, which the Bible clearly states won't happen until AFTER the Millennium [Revelation 20:8-10].
- Some idiotic FEAR BASED thing they watched on YouTube
- "Taking America Back" (too late)
- The latest sensationalist news item being pushed on TV or the internet.
- Who some stupid airhead slut "celebrity" is sleeping around with.
We can blame SOME of this on conditioning by the Kristian media, which has fostered this religious "entertainment" mentality.
But we can't blame OTHERS for OUR CHOICES.
Ultimately, WE must take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
NOBODY FORCES US to read a silly book about Islamic world domination, or watch an even sillier video on some "secret society" taking over the planet.
NOBODY FORCES US to search the internet for Nostradamus or the Mayan Calendar.
NOBODY FORCES US TO NEGLECT intimate communion with Jesus.
NOBODY FORCES US NOT TO read our New Testaments.
We do ALL that ON OUR OWN.
You realize what you're doing, don't you?
YOU'RE TAKING YOUR EYES OFF JESUS!
Every moment, every SECOND you devote to such things which have an APPEARANCE of "godliness", but deny the power thereof, IS A MOMENT YOU'RE TAKING AWAY FROM JESUS.
If you really belong to Jesus, if He really IS your Lord, YOUR TIME belongs to Him.
Your ATTENTION belongs to Him, and Him ALONE.
If most Christians spent HALF the time they devote to such UNFRUITFUL pursuits communing with the Savior inside themselves...
If they spent HALF the time they spend searching for some religious fantasy on the internet, searching the New Testament...
If they spent HALF that time seeking a deeper relationship with Christ...
If they spent that time, seeking the INNER Jesus, whom they're already ONE SPIRIT with...
We'd have a VERY different Church.
We'd have a strong, unmovable Church SOLIDLY built on the Rock.
Instead, we have a Church built on sand and blown about by "every wind of doctrine" [Ephesians 4:14].
Christians SAY they "want the Rapture", yet they're focused on everything BUT the One who WILL Rapture them.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012
BEFORE JEWS EXISTED
There were Jews BEFORE Jews even EXISTED.
Repeat: There were Jews BEFORE Jews even EXISTED.
What? I KNEW you were a false prophet!
Whether you're PHYSICAL or SPIRITUAL Jew, or both, this message will bless you.
The Bible is clear that the descendants of Abraham THRU Isaac and, later, thru Jacob, are God's CHOSEN people (Deuteronomy 7:6; 14:2).
Although the term "Jew" is often applied to ANY physical descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, technically speaking, from a NATURAL standpoint, a Jew is a physical descendant of the tribe of Judah, whereas an Israelite is a physical descendant of ANY OF the 12 tribes.
However, BEFORE there was a nation named Israel, BEFORE Moses and the 10 Commandments, BEFORE Jacob's name was changed to Israel, BEFORE he had his 12 sons and one daughter, BEFORE the tribe of Judah came into being, BEFORE Abraham and Isaac were born, BEFORE THIS WORLD EXISTED, and BEFORE there was even ONE NATURAL JEW ON EARTH, there ALREADY WERE SPIRITUAL JEWS.
"... He (God) CHOSE US (believers in Yeshua) in Him (Yeshua) BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we would be holy and BLAMELESS before Him in love".
God CHOSE US, who have come to trust the Jewish Messiah COMPLETELY for Salvation, BEFORE He even created the world, regardless of WHAT PHYSICAL ETHNICITY we manifest on the earth.
We were His CHOSEN before there were any CHOSEN (Jews) on earth, and before the earth even EXISTED.
God CHOSE US in Him BEFORE any of us had been born, before we even had a chance to act ugly or act righteously.
Which PROVES that WORKS (outward behavior, good or bad) HAVE NOTHING (repeat, HAVE NOTHING) to do with Salvation.
Which, in turn, PROVES beyond the shadow of a doubt that TRUE JEWS are not those who are PHYSICAL descendants of Abraham, but SPIRITUAL DESCENDANTS of him who TRUSTED (had faith) in God and HIS FAITH (trust) was accounted to him FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Genesis 15:6).
Abraham did NOT trust his own works, or his religion, or HIS OWN "righteousness", or his torah keeping, since the torah had not even been given, or his physical circumcision, SINCE HE HAD NOT YET BEEN CIRCUMCISED.
Yet the Almighty (His Holy Name be praised) DECLARED ABRAHAM RIGHTEOUS...
He CHOSE US (made us SPIRITUAL Jews) and declared you and me RIGHTEOUS, in Yeshua, BEFORE HE EVEN CREATED THIS WORLD.
Glory to Him forever more!
How's THAT for ETERNAL SECURITY?
My dear Jewish brethren, who insist that the Messiah HAS NOT yet come, and that "in every generation there is at least ONE possible candidate to be the Messiah, but that the generation in which Messiah appears must MERIT him"... YOU WILL NEVER "MERIT" ANYTHING from God.
Or, if it makes you feel better: YOU WILL NEVER "MERIT" ANYTHING from G-d.
EVERYTHING G-d does is based on His GOODNESS, not OURS.
His GOODNESS CAN NEVER BE EARNED, DESERVED OR MERITED.
He BLESSED Abraham, Isaac and Jacob BECAUSE THEY TRUSTED HIM. They put their FAITH (trust) in Him, PERIOD.
It COULDN'T POSSIBLY have been through observing the torah, since NO ONE EVEN KNEW WHAT THE TORAH WAS, as it had not yet been given.
It COULDN'T POSSIBLY have been that they somehow "MERITED" His favor, since Abraham was an IDOL WORSHIPPER BEFORE G-d appeared to him, Isaac never did anything outstanding, and Jacob (Israel) was a conniving trickster who DECEIVED HIS OWN AGING FATHER and STOLE the birthright FROM HIS OWN BROTHER.
It was God's SOVEREIGN, unearned and UNDESERVED Goodness that led Him to LOVE YOU and CHOOSE YOU, DESPITE your forefathers' MANY shortcomings, His Name be ETERNALLY PRAISED.
You DIDN'T "merit" ANYTHING. And YOU NEVER WILL.
The fact is the Messiah ALREADY APPEARED ONCE, rose from the dead, and WILL RETURN TO THE EARTH less than 5 years from now.
You need to TRUST G-d's Messiah Yeshua, WITH ALL YOUR HEART as did your forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
There is NO OTHER NAME and NO OTHER WAY whereby you can be saved.
As Rav Shaul so clearly said in Romans 2:28, 29:
"For he is not a Jew, who is one OUTWARDLY... But he is a Jew, who is one INWARDLY; and CIRCUMCISION IS THAT OF THE HEART, IN THE SPIRIT, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God".
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
The "Christian television" generation has produced a bunch of spineless, gutless cowards who are too preoccupied with getting rich to bother preaching, believing, or living the true Gospel.
They are too preoccupied with their own greedy, corrupt public image, to proclaim His Incorruptible One.
They provide third-rate "entertainment" to their equally effete audience.
Which, in turn, lacks the personal conviction, not to mention spiritual gumption, to take a firm stand for the Word of God, and the integrity of His Gospel.
This explains why there are thousands, if not millions, of Christians lacking a firm spiritual foundation, living a life of worldly compromise, and blindly and irresponsibly running after the latest "Christian" gimmick concocted by a phony "Christian" entertainer, ALL IN THE NAME OF "DEEPER SPIRITUALITY".
We are NOT to follow gimmicks, nor seek signs and wonders, EVEN REAL ONES.
I hate to burst your religious bubble, but 98% of so-called "signs and wonders" today are STAGED. THEY ARE FAKE.
If your loved one is ill, you're much better off seeking some obscure Christian, who lives in the spirit, is totally sold out to God and on call for Him 24/7, to pray for them, than some flashy "Christian" celebrity.
Not to mention that you'd have to get past the "Christian" celebrity's security -- and GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.
And why do you have to seek someone else, anyway?
Aren't YOU a Christian? Don't YOU have the same God, the same Holy Spirit who performs miracles LIVING IN YOU as do I, or any other believer?
Are there real miracles? Yes!
Does God heal and perform wonders today as He did 2,000 years ago? Absolutely!
He does it, as He always has, thru people who seek no attention for themselves, or worldly gain.
Read for yourself how REAL men and women of God always shunned the limelight:
How "popular" Elijah was, how many airplanes Paul owned, or, how many copies of Peter's best-seller "How to Walk on Water" were sold, or of Thomas' "How to Overcome Doubt".
Better yet, how Jesus Himself was in constant danger, and under constant criticism, for His miracles. And His MIRACLES -- unlike the shameful theatrics of today's religious scammers -- were REAL AND UNDENIABLE!
Signs and wonders are to follow believers, NOT the other way around.
This is the great truth that nobody preaches:
IF YOU REALLY WANT A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST, YOU WON'T FIND IT IN ANY FAMOUS PREACHER'S MEETING, YOU WON'T FIND IT IN THEIR SHOWS, YOU WON'T FIND IT IN their BOOKS OR CD'S.
You won't even find it SOMEWHERE HIGH IN THE SKY (if you don't believe me, ask any astronaut).
YOU WON'T FIND IT IN ANYTHING EXTERNAL.
THAT DEEPER RELATIONSHIP IS ALWAYS INTERNAL.
THE ONLY PLACE YOU'LL FIND IT -- the ONLY PLACE YOU'LL FIND JESUS -- IS INSIDE YOURSELF.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
There is loneliness and deep longing in each human heart that man tries in vain to fill:
For 6,000 years he has tried to fill it with EVERYTHING his corrupt imagination could invent - and then some - to no avail.
Some of those artificial FILLERS include power, greed, fame, wealth, sex, food, drink, drugs, alcohol, entertainment, intellectual achievements, material possessions -- and the greatest artificial FILLER ever invented by the rebellious human mind -- RELIGION.
Human desperation to fill such loneliness has taken them from the mundane to the extravagant to the ridiculous.
Hence, we have talentless "celebrities", shallow entertainment, overall moral bankruptcy and millions of dollars blown on sham weddings that last 72 hours.
NONE OF THESE has done the job. In fact, all of them have failed miserably.
People are as unfulfilled today as they've EVER BEEN.
WHY? Because your loneliness, your dissatisfaction and your fear are NOT CAUSED by lack of ANY of the above:
The REAL CAUSE is LACK OF Jesus.
The ONLY reason humans experience all that loneliness, dissatisfaction and fear is they are JESUS DEPRIVED.
NOTHING and NO ONE can fill the yearning in your heart, besides Jesus Himself.
NOTHING this world offers can fulfill it.
NO ONE but Jesus can root out the fear.
Wouldn't it be tragic to reach the end of your journey on earth and realize that you've sought fulfillment in EVERYTHING except in the ONLY One who CAN fulfill you?
Wouldn't it be disastrous to have squandered all that time, energy and attention on stuff that has left you emptier and MORE ISOLATED than you ever were?
Wouldn't it be ironic to discover - after you've tried EVERYTHING ELSE -- that Jesus is WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED?
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012
Most of you won't like this message. However, it's long OVERDUE.
The condition of most of the modern Church is one of spiritual malnutrition. But it's not enough to criticize its shortcomings: we must state, boldly and clearly, the way to spiritual health and strength.
Here's Dr. Martel's spiritual prescription:
1. Spend time ALONE, in deep spiritual communion with Jesus each day.
I don't care if you start with 5 minutes a day, you gotta start SOMEWHERE!
This time is SACRED. It's SANCTIFIED [SET APART] from every THING AND EVERY ONE ELSE! No phone calls, no cell phones, no text messaging, no TV, NO RADIO, NO COMPUTER, no I Pads. No friends, no husband, no wife, no children, no girlfriend, no boyfriend, no dog, no cat, no pets. "JUST" JESUS AND YOU!
2. Get in deep communion with the Spirit and spend time in God's Word. Begin with the New Testament. As you do, listen to the Spirit, be sensitive to Him, allow Him to communicate and reveal His Word to you. Again, you can begin with 5 or 10 minutes, and build from there.
You'll find just how wonderful and EXCITING [YES, I SAID "EXCITING"!!!] the Bible can be.
3. NO SUBSTITUTES! NO FILLERS! Forget Christian TV, Christian radio, Christian CD's, Christian Recordings, Christian books, Christian meetings, "Christian" everything: FOCUS SOLELY ON JESUS, HIS WORD, AND HIS SPIRIT [inside you].
4. STOP GIVING MONEY TO TV PREACHERS!!! It's largely the audience's fault these guys and gals are the way they are! They know they can sucker you into giving and giving and giving. Stop. You'd be surprised how resourceful they can be when they put their minds to it.
If they're REALLY called of God to preach, and donations dry up, they'll figure out a way of being self-supporting and get the message out. It may also work wonders in purifying their message.
5. Don't you dare try to "buy" ANY blessing from God... EVER!!!
If you want to give, find some poor person in your community and help them out, and preach the Gospel to them while you're at it. Or support some obscure Christian missionary who's risking life and limb in a foreign country to win the lost to Christ, instead of the sissy prima donnas on TV.
6. When you do give, expect NOTHING [NOTHING!!!] IN RETURN. Give out of love and for the sheer joy of it!
7. EXPECT BLESSINGS FROM GOD, not because you gave or didn't give, but because He's your loving Father. He IS LOVE, AND HE IS EXCEEDINGLY GOOD AND EXCEEDINGLY GRACIOUS. TRUST HIM TO BLESS YOU!
Do I practice these things myself? Absolutely! The only difference being, I don't set ANY time limits [or, for that matter, any OTHER kind of limits] on God. I'm on call 24/7. If He wants to get me out of bed at 3 or 4 in the morning, He can do it [and has done it] as often as He wants. I commune with Him and I totally lose track of "time"!
I'm faaaaar from perfect, and can only take you to the level I've reached. As I ascend higher and deeper into Him, I'll be glad to take all those who are willing along into my First Love.
With regards to #3, I occasionally watch a Christian show, or portion thereof, mostly to gauge what's being taught and preached, rarely pick up a "Christian" book, unless it's some sort of reference like a concordance, or scholarly work like Josephus, and very rarely listen to "Christian" music.
Under no circumstances, do I allow any of these to become substitute "fillers" for what only God Himself can and MUST FILL.
TAKE TWO [OR MORE] OF THESE, AND E-MAIL ME IN THE MORNING.
Better yet, FOLLOW THIS SPIRITUAL PRESCRIPTION FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS... THEN E-MAIL ME AND TELL ME HOW YOUR SPIRIT'S DOING, HOW YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS IS DEVELOPING, AND HOW INCREDIBLY LIBERATING THE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN.
It will do WONDERS for your spirit..
You can thank me later... : )
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012
People who come to faith in Jesus Christ often need guidance as they take the first steps in their new found faith.
It's a bit difficult to explain the different "types" of Christianity, and which Christians they should seek fellowship with.
Since we believe in the unity of spirit among all true believers, we do not endorse any particular denomination.
We do, however, give them certain guidelines, as to what they should look for in the pastor, congregation and/or denomination they associate with.
While these are "the FUN-damentals", you'd be surprised HOW MANY long-time Christians ARE NOT familiar with them.
So, in today's "Word", I thought it would be nice to take A VERY CONCISE "Refresher Course" on what constitutes THE BASIS OF OUR Christian faith:
1. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God and is the final authority ON EVERYTHING.
2. There's One Almighty, eternal God, who manifests as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus Christ is God Incarnate [God manifested in human form].
4. Jesus was born of a virgin.
5. Jesus was and is SINLESS, lived, died, was buried, and physically rose from the dead.
6. Jesus in your heart = salvation. There's no salvation in any other person, or by any other means (Acts 4:12). Salvation is faith (TRUST) in Jesus ALONE, not faith in Jesus "PLUS" something else.
7. Jesus will, someday, RETURN TO EARTH to set up His everlasting Kingdom right here.
I would encourage every new believer to seek SPIRITUAL fellowship with those who share these 7 basic [fundamental] beliefs.
Apart from these basics, Christians differ in many ways about many things, including styles of worship.
Therefore, the minister, congregation or prayer group you choose depends to a large extent on your personal preference. Just make sure they at least comply with these "Seven Basics".
The last thing I would counsel every believer to do, whether you've walked with the Lord for hours or decades, is study His Word, particularly the New Testament.
When you do, and even when you don't, SEEK HIS HOLY SPIRIT'S GUIDANCE, seek Communion with Him who NOW LIVES IN you.
Christians shouldn't rely only on preachers or ministers to develop in their faith, but should seek God's Face and Wisdom for themselves.
Ask the Holy Spirit's guidance and revelation, open your heart, and let Him, who IS the Word, speak directly to you.
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012
WHAT SATAN CAN'T DO
Beware of false prophets, who COME TO YOU IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, BUT INWARDLY THEY ARE RAVENING WOLVES (Matthew 7:15).
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing IF HIS MINISTERS also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; WHOSE END SHALL BE ACCORDING TO THEIR WORK (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
For starters, there are LOTS OF THINGS that Satan CAN'T do. God is Almighty, Satan ISN'T.
But today's message deals primarily with SPIRITUAL DECEPTION.
It's time for the Church to face reality: Satan and his minions HAVE infiltrated our ranks.
Jesus and His apostles warned that this would happen.
But the Church - for the most part - is blissfully UNAWARE OF this fact.
And - as usual - since it's not a popular message, most ministers just sweep it under the rug.
They'd rather write books about getting rich schemes, none of which work except for the liars who write them, or about a "Jezebel spirit", than deal with THE DEVIL HIMSELF.
NO ONE has ever accused Satan of being a bad impersonator. He's evil, but the only thing he's "good" at is PRETENDING.
Just because someone CLAIMS to be "Christian" DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE.
Just because someone QUOTES SCRIPTURE DOESN'T MEAN they're saved.
Satan KNOWS the scriptures better than 99.9% of Christians, and had the unmitigated gall of quoting the Bible TO JESUS!!! (Matthew 4:4).
If he QUOTED IT TO JESUS, don't think for a minute he won't QUOTE IT TO YOU.
Just because someone carries a Bible, sings in the church's choir, attends services or SAYS they're "Christian" DOESN'T MAKE THEM CHRISTIAN.
Don't be so quick to believe what they CLAIM to be.
As for those who claim that "Satan isn't bothering them", they MUST NOT BE DOING THE LORD'S WILL, and their so-called ministries, lives or witness for Christ MUST BE rather ineffective.
I can tell you from personal experience that WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING FOR CHRIST, when you ARE effective, when you DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WHEN YOU EXPOSE HIS LIES, and tell the world in advance who his Antichrist will be, Satan's pawns will come OUT OF THE WOODWORK and ZERO IN ON YOU, pretending all the while to be "Christian".
There are MILLIONS of ministries and MILLIONS of websites, literally, that teach a pre-trib Rapture, but they PICK ON THIS ONE.
They become OBSESSED WITH this ministry and attack, threaten, lie, harass and, if we let them, GO OUT OF THEIR WAY to rob us of our time serving Jesus.
Satan wants ATTENTION. And when he doesn't get it, he'll throw a fit.
When someone starts off with LIES, and CAN'T EVEN KEEP HIS OWN LIES STRAIGHT, he is a servant of Satan.
When someone seeks to harass those who truly serve the Lord, they are SLAVES OF Satan.
When someone seeks to rob you of precious time with worthless intrigues, he/she is nothing but Satan's puppet.
When they got NOTHING BETTER TO DO at 1:30 A.M. each night than write some STUPID email, they're DEMON POSSESSED and Satan's stool pigeons.
They can tell me they're "Christian" til their evil faces turn green, I KNOW BETTER.
I've been down that road before.
Let's give credit where credit is due: Satan IS a "good" deceiver. But here's WHAT SATAN CAN'T DO:
He CANNOT - under ANY circumstance - produce THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, PEACE, longsuffering, gentleness, GOODNESS, faith, MEEKNESS, SELF-CONTROL: against such there is no law" (Galatians 5:22,23).
Satan can't produce that NO WAY, NO HOW.
Why? Because such fruit comes ONLY FROM the Spirit of the Living God.
Only those indwelt by God's Holy Spirit, only those who truly ARE born-again, can produce such fruit.
If such fruit is ABSENT from an individual's life, attitude or rhetoric, he/she/they ARE NOT servants of Christ, but spawns of the devil MASQUERADING AS "Christians".
As Jesus said in Matthew 7:16:
"You will know them BY THEIR FRUITS".
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012
I am SO TIRED of silly religionists who strain one tiny gnat but swallow one huge camel after another.
They write trying to "correct me" saying that the Antichrist mentioned by John in his letters is NOT THE SAME AS THE BEAST in Revelation.
Oh yes, HE IS!
The word "antichrist" means ANTI-Christ. So, technically, ANYONE who is ANTI (AGAINST) Jesus IS anti-Christ; but that DOESN'T PRECLUDE THE INDIVIDUAL Antichrist from being a reality.
The Bible gives at least FOUR definitions of "antichrist", all found in John's epistles:
1. According to 1 John 4:3 and 2 John 1:7, anyone who denies that Jesus came in the flesh is antichrist.
The Gnostics of old were "antichrists" who spiritualized EVERYTHING and taught that Jesus is merely A SPIRIT and that He died and rose ONLY spiritually.
Likewise, we have modern antichrists like ugly, bony Elaine Pagels, or that old, EVEN UGLIER buzzard Dominic Crossan -- either one would make a great Halloween mask, and I don't mean just physically -- that CONTRADICT SCRIPTURE AND REALITY by claiming Jesus only rose "spiritually".
2. According to 1 John 2:22, ANYONE WHO DENIES that Jesus is the Christ IS antichrist.
Sadly, most Jews today -- except for Messianic ones -- are antichrist because they deny He is the Messiah or Christ.
3. According to 1 John 4:3 there's the SPIRIT OF antichrist which was already in the world back in the first century A.D. and, if you really want to trace it back to its origin, since the Garden of Eden.
4. There is, however, A PERSON, AN INDIVIDUAL Antichrist, which was predicted in Genesis 3:15, who is the Seed of Satan, and will face off AGAINST Jesus at Armageddon.
This IS CLEARLY EXPRESSED in 1 John 2:18:
"Little children, IT IS THE LAST TIME: and as you have heard that THE ANTICHRIST shall come, even now are there MANY antichrists; by which we know that IT IS THE LAST TIME".
The Greek unmistakably renders it as ho antichristos, referring to A SPECIFIC, SINGULAR Antichrist, while contrasting him with the antichristoi polloi or "many" antichrists who were already around.
This passage clearly indicates that although there have been -- and ARE-- many "antichrists", THERE IS ONE IN PARTICULAR WHO WILL COME as Jesus' archenemy, AT THE TIME OF THE END or at "THE LAST TIME".
And THAT PARTICULAR Antichrist is the one that in popular culture today is referred to simply by that title.
When I say that Alexander the Great is the Antichrist who will rise from the dead during the tribulation and confront Jesus at Armageddon, EVERYONE with a speck of common sense KNOWS WHO and WHAT I'm referring to. I see no point in splitting theological hairs or writing a 300-page dissertation on the term "antichrist".
He is the same one who will oppose Jesus, blaspheme His Name and, ultimately, try in vain to PREVENT HIS Second Coming and subsequent establishment of God's Kingdom on earth (Revelation 19:19,20).
It DOESN'T get much more "ANTI" Christ than THAT.
He is EXACTLY the same as "the beast" described in the Books of Daniel and Revelation.
He is described as the "seed of the serpent" in Genesis 3:15.
He is described as the "son of perdition" and "man of sin" in 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
He is called that "Wicked One" or that "lawless One" in 2 Thessalonians 2:8.
The ONLY REASON he's called "the beast" throughout Revelation is because he's described as A BEAST (either a leopard or a goat) in the Book of Daniel, and Revelation is the UNSEALING of Daniel (Daniel 7:6; 8; 8:5,8; Revelation chapters 5-7).
I would add a FIFTH antichrist, which is the mental antichrist THAT SATAN PLANTED IN man's natural mind in the Garden (Romans 8: 7).
So, please spare me the "lectures", because I know this topic FAR BETTER than anyone else on earth (to Jesus be ALL THE GLORY).
That's WHY I wrote the DEFINITIVE book about the Antichrist's identity and YOU DIDN'T.
THAT - Jesus be praised - is MY CALLING and AREA OF EXPERTISE.
ANYONE who uses John's three definitions to deny John's FOURTH, is CONTRADICTING God, and is himself or herself anti-Christ.
ANYONE who tries to "correct" A REAL EXPERT is, by definition, A SELF-DELUDED FOOL.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
Image can make or break a business, a political candidate, a celebrity, an individual.
Any publicist will tell you the importance of projecting the right image in worldly affairs. This is even truer where spiritual matters are concerned.
Knowing the Image you carry inside your spirit, and projecting that Image can make a world of difference. Furthermore, it's the Incorruptible Image of God that will make the difference between victory and defeat, between salvation and damnation.
This is a great spiritual Truth: All the evil in the world [ALL of it] is caused by a corrupt image placed by Satan in man's subconscious mind. Once that corrupt seed takes root, it's only a matter of time before it manifests in some evil form.
That corrupt image was planted there surreptitiously, so you may not even be aware that its embedded in the recesses of your natural mind.
Some of its manifestations are sin, sickness, financial adversity, failure, problematic relationships, addictions, oppression, depression, uncertainty, envy, jealousy, fear, terrorism, just to mention a few.
The Church's attitude toward these has either been one of DENIAL [pretend it's not happening and maybe it will just go away], or VERBAL ASSAULT, as in constantly binding and rebuking Satan. Neither strategy has yielded satisfactory results.
So, what is the solution? How, you may wonder, can you destroy an image? Specially a spiritual one, which you cannot see, touch or perceive with your natural senses? How do you overcome that corrupt image?
With THE Greater Image.
Incorruption is greater than corruption. The only way to destroy a corrupt image is with The Incorrupt Image of Almighty God. His Image, my brother, my sister, is the Image you have in your spirit from the moment you made Jesus your Lord.
Jesus Christ is the very brightness of His glory, and the express Image of His Person (Hebrews 1:3).
He IS the Image that created the world. He IS the image [Word, logos] that sustains the cosmos. He IS the Image that destroys ALL THE WORKS OF SATAN, and ALL THE EVIL IMAGES HE HAS SURREPTITIOUSLY PLACED IN HUMAN MINDS.
We MUST all see Jesus Face to face. When we do, His Incorruptible Image will CONSUME all the corruption is us TRANSFORMING US into Manifest Sons of God.
Are you holding up the Rapture?
Are you POSTPONING the Appearing of Jesus?
Seek Him with ALL YOUR HEART.
Don't postpone His Appearing until "some day in the future when the Rapture happens".
His Appearing to you is NOW.
2 Corinthians 6:2: TODAY is THE DAY of Salvation (Yeshua).
NOW is God's ACCEPTED "TIME".
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
LORD, LORD, DIDN'T WE... ?
One of legalists' pet portions of Scripture is Matthew 7:21-23, which reads:
"Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER who is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out demons? And in your name DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS?
And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, you that WORK INIQUITY"...
According to religionists, this passage says that UNLESS you do good works and ALWAYS OBEY GOD'S LAW, you won't make it into heaven.
Never mind that, if it were true, NO ONE would EVER make heaven...
That's NOT AT ALL what the passage says. Matter of fact, it says THE VERY OPPOSITE.
In fact, these people HAD DONE all kinds of wonderful even miraculous works (supposedly) in Jesus' Name.
In fact, they had HOPED TO impress Jesus with the "good works" they'd done, allegedly, "in His Name".
In fact, Jesus WASN'T IMPRESSED AT ALL by their works -- even their so-called miraculous works -- and called them "WORKERS of INIQUITY" or "WORKERS of EVIL".
Their problem WASN'T that they DIDN'T DO ENOUGH "good stuff".
Their problem WASN'T that they HADN'T kept the torah. NO ONE, except Jesus, EVER HAS!
Their ONE AND ONLY PROBLEM WAS (verse 23) that THEY DIDN'T KNOW JESUS !!!
Like God, I want EVERYONE to be saved... yes, even the idiots that dislike us and write ugly things about me. Yes, even YOU... But the day will come when A LOT OF "Christians" will ask Jesus:
Haven't we published websites and blogs in your Name?
Haven't we posted YouTube videos in your Name?
Didn't I have a popular show on Kristian TV in your name?
Didn't I hold huge rallies or "crusades" in your Name?
Didn't I give concerts in your name?
Didn't I sell tons of books, CD's and DVD's and other trinkets in your name?
Didn't I offer Success Seminars in your Name?
Didn't I post all kinds of stuff in all those religious forums in your Name?
Didn't I sing in the church choir in your Name?
Didn't I join that denomination in your Name?
Didn't I attend services in that building we incorrectly call "church" in your Name?
Didn't I attend "spiritual retreats" in your Name?
Didn't I study at Hubba-Bubba Seminary in your Name?
Didn't I get 18 theological degrees in your Name?
And He will answer "I NEVER KNEW YOU".
If the mere thought of Jesus uttering those ominous words doesn't send a chill down your religious spine, IT SHOULD.
No one on this earth appreciates, studies and meditates God's Word more than yours truly.
But I can tell you that ALL THE HEAD KNOWLEDGE about the Word of God IN THE WORLD, WON'T SAVE YOU.
It's THE SPIRIT of Him who IS the Word that must ENTER your heart (Romans 8:9).
Unless you receive Jesus Christ into your heart, unless He KNOWS YOU (in the biblical sense), unless His Holy Spirit PENETRATES YOUR BEING and you experience a new birth FROM ABOVE, you can have the knowledge of 10 seminary professors combined and you're not saved.
The Early Church DIDN'T HAVE ANY of the above.
They had NO TRICKS, AND NO GIMMICKS.
But they KNEW Jesus.
All they had was JESUS. They had ALL they needed.
Do you KNOW Jesus?
Or, do you only know ABOUT Jesus?
What will Jesus tell you on that fateful day when YOU appear before Him?
"Enter into the joy of your Lord"?
Or, will He say "I NEVER KNEW YOU"?
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012
1. THE PARTIAL RAPTURE - the internet is teeming with false teaching that ONLY a select group of Christians will be translated to the heavenly dimension.
I got one Scripture for them 1 Corinthians 15:51:
"Behold I show you a mystery: we will not all sleep (die) but WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye at the last trump".
We (Christians, since the letter is addressed TO THE CHURCH at Corinth) SHALL ALL BE CHANGED.
Last time I checked, "all" means "ALL". Everybody!
2. RAPTURE ONLY FOR "SPIRITUAL" CHRISTIANS
I don't know what genius came up with that term, but it's a TOTAL MISNOMER.
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS a "non-spiritual" Christian.
The definition of "Christian" is someone who has Jesus living in his or her heart THROUGH His Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9).
Hence, EVERY born-again Christian IS a spiritual Christian, since they've been spiritually reborn FROM ABOVE.
3. RAPTURE ONLY FOR CHRISTIANS WHO MERIT IT
Like ALL OTHER manifestations of God's Grace, the Rapture CANNOT BE "merited" or "earned" (Ephesians 2:8,9).
If you're born again, you're leaving. If you're NOT born-again, you're NOT. It's as simple as that.
4. THE FOOLISH VIRGINS "RAN OUT OF OIL"
No, they DIDN'T. They never had ANY oil. Matthew 25:3 says, clear as a bell, that "they TOOK NO OIL".
The only reason they didn't go into the marriage feast is THEY DIDN'T KNOW the Bridegroom (Matthew 25:12).
5. THERE'S NO RAPTURE
Really? Please explain 1 Corinthians 15:50-55, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, Hebrews 11:5, and Revelation 7:9-16.
There's Rapture, alright. In fact, the Bible mentions at least 7.
Just because the word "rapture", AS SUCH, doesn't appear in the Bible doesn't make THE CONCEPT OF the Rapture unbiblical.
Neither "Christmas" nor "Nativity" is found in the Bible, either. Does that mean Jesus was NEVER BORN?
The words harpazo meaning "catching away", metamorpho meaning "transformed", and metetethē meaning "translated" ARE FOUND in the Bible.
According to Romans 3:22-26, 8:10; Ephesians 1:3-14; 4:30 and Colossians 1:12-14, EVERY BELIEVER IS SEALED with the Holy Spirit as A GUARANTEE OF the full redemption of their spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
At the Rapture ALL TRUE, born-again Christians WILL be transformed and translated into the heavenly dimension.
The ONLY "Christians" left behind are those who AREN'T CHRISTIANS AT ALL.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
BATTLE OF THE SEEDS
The protoevangelium, in Genesis 3:15, states that there will be a final showdown between two seeds: the seed of Satan and the seed of the woman.
God foretold that He would place His own Seed in a woman, a virgin, and incarnate thru her.
Likewise, Satan would incarnate in his seed, the Antichrist.
Just like God placed His Holy Seed in Mary's virginal womb, so did Satan place his UNHOLY seed in Olympias' unchaste matrix causing her to conceive the son of perdition.
The two seeds will face off at Megiddo.
God also stated the outcome of the confrontation: The Seed of the woman, Jesus Christ, would CRUSH the head of the serpent AND the head of the serpent's seed.
Almost makes you feel sorry for Satan.
Can you imagine having that sentence hanging over your head for 6,000 years?
No wonder Revelation 12:12 tells us he KNOWS he has little time left.
Jesus Christ has FOREVER defeated Satan. It's a done deal.
Satan hasn't got a chance against God, and he KNOWS IT.
Sadly, those who've fallen for his lies, THINK he does.
[I was gonna say "he hasn't got a prayer", but I don't think the slimy bastard ever prays].
2 Thessalonians 2:8 calls it "STRONG DELUSION".
You gotta be REALLY DECEIVED, completely DELUSIONAL, in order to believe the creep's got a chance. Yet, according to Revelation 13:4, millions and millions will believe just that.
They'll believe that Satan's Antichrist, actually WILL defeat Jesus.
Moreover, when they see the Antichrist, raised from the dead, they'll THINK Jesus has NO CHANCE of defeating him.
Since Antichrist is the greatest military genius in history, who never lost a battle, they'll defiantly ask "WHO is able to MAKE WAR with him"? [Revelation 13:4].
Truth is, Alexander, along with his false prophet, will be unceremoniously tossed, ALIVE, into the lake of fire [Revelation 19:20].
Their father Satan will join them 1,000 years later, after being incarcerated, during the entire Millennium, in the bottomless pit.
I don't know about you, but I want a "ringside" seat for that delightful event.
Will Armageddon live up to its hype? No.
Matter of fact, it will be AN INSTANT K.O.
The greatest, most humiliating, ONE-SIDED DEFEAT in history.
For those who remember the Ali-Frazier and Ali-Foreman fights... This won't be the Drama in the Bahama, the Rumble in the Jungle, or the Thrilla' in Manila.
It will be the "Defeat-o at Megiddo".
TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Morons have come out IN FULL FORCE this past week. Can't say I'm altogether surprised.
Because this ministry, unlike MOST others, offers TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION, I need to set some rules.
Those, to whom this DOES NOT apply, please bear with us. Thank you.
We keep receiving links to buy Viagra, Cialis, Extenze, penis enlargement formulas, sexual paraphernalia, "all night erection" pills, creams or whatever; also with porn links and "work at home" scams. The reference line in these emails usually reads "No subject".
We don't know whether it's some sort of virus going around, or whether it's being done intentionally.
Either way, when this happens, the sender will usually get ONE email warning from us asking them to EITHER correct the problem (get rid of the virus, etc.) or remove us from their mailing list.
If the problem persists, WE WILL BLOCK THE SENDERS, I don't care WHO they are.
When we start receiving SEVERAL such letters from 40 to 50 different people each week, you can just imagine how tedious, aggravating and TIME-CONSUMING it becomes, since each email must be opened, read, and properly routed. The aforementioned emails are invariably DELETED.
So, if you're one of these senders, act appropriately or YOU WILL BE BLOCKED and UNABLE TO communicate with us.
2. WE DON'T HAVE TO
Certain people seem to think that because we have a website and because we allow most readers to communicate with us, that we're OBLIGATED TO answer their questions and put up with ANY thing they say.
I got TWO WORDS for these morons: THINK AGAIN.
We welcome and will answer LEGITIMATE questions about LEGITIMATE topics, prayer requests, counsel requests, requests for materials, and LEGITIMATE challenges, BASED ON THE BIBLE and PUT FORTH IN A CONCISE and POLITE MANNER.
What neither I nor my staff will put up with is OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE.
If you got nothing better to do with your sorry existence than write making some IMPERTINENT COMMENT, calling me "false prophet" or, if your lofty mission in life is telling us that we should "remove our website" from cyberspace, a) YOU'RE A MORON, and b) do us both a favor and GET A LIFE.
We DON'T HAVE TO take your crap, and WON'T.
3. CONSIDERATION AND COMMON SENSE.
If you want to give A BRIEF testimony, fine.
But please don't tell us your entire life's story. I don't need to know - OR WANT TO KNOW - when you get up, how many glasses of juice you had for breakfast, or how often you go to the bathroom, for Pete's sake!
Likewise, don't send us a 35-question INTERROGATION and expect an answer.
We minister to REAL people, with REAL needs in REAL time. I can't begin to tell you HOW FRUSTRATING it is WHEN I JUST got through counseling and comforting someone who spilled their guts out over some tragedy or difficult situation in their lives, is desperate or even suicidal, and then I read some fool's email that sends a 15-page article and says "what do you think about this"?
Be CONCISE and SPECIFIC. Don't send us lengthy attachments, or links to another websites or videos. We DO NOT HAVE TIME to read such material, inspect THE TEACHINGS on another website, or sit and watch a 45-minute video, then give a point by point rebuttal.
Since YOU CHOSE to watch it, and YOU KNOW what it says, the question should be: "I read thus and so based on (Scripture), or I watched a video that says thus and so based on (Scripture), WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY about it?
Those questions we can answer. We CANNOT, and WILL NOT, answer ANY OTHERS.
4. DON'T ASK US TO CRITICIZE OUR BROTHERS
Don't tell me that "Jack Van Impe says" or "Hal Lindsey says" or "Grant Jeffrey says"... and expect me to correct and/or critique their teachings. I answer for my own teachings, NOT THEIRS.
While I AM CRITICAL of the prophecy establishment IN GENERAL for teaching and SELLING worthless unbiblical LIES, I will not attack a brother personally.
Where the Gospel is concerned, these men teach the same Salvation by Grace and through Jesus Christ alone that I teach.
If you have a question about THEIR teachings, you should ask THEM.
The only time I will criticize someone PERSONALLY is when THEY'RE HERETICS and are teaching you a FALSE PATH to Salvation. But then again, those AREN'T our brothers.
5. YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS
Communicating with us IS NOT YOUR RIGHT.
It is your PRIVILEGE.
As such, we reserve the right to REVOKE THAT PRIVILEGE and BLOCK YOU.
You have NO RIGHTS, since you contribute ZERO.
6. DON'T PATRONIZE ME
Don't talk to me condescendingly like I'm some idiot and you have SUPERIOR knowledge. You DON'T.
Likewise, don't ask me some question, with 4 or 5 follow-ups and, after I invest my valuable time and knowledge answering them in detail, TURN UGLY ON ME.
You're free to believe WHATEVER YOU WILL. I'm NOT trying to CONVINCE YOU of ANYTHING.
You came to me seeking information and I obliged. Take it or leave it.
It's not my fault that you're an ungrateful jerk, who doesn't even say "thank you".
7. YOUR OPINION MEANS ZERO
Can't say it any clearer than THAT.
"Correct" my teachings based SOLELY on YOUR OPINION, and you're going to get YOUR BUTT KICKED from here to eternity.
We welcome LEGITIMATE challenges based on HONEST, UNBIASED understanding of the Scriptures.
However, when someone makes a statement and THEN DENIES THEY MADE IT; Or, when they CONTRADICT THEMSELVES by claiming to have said something, WHEN THEY SAID SOMETHING ELSE, that is flat-out DISHONEST and I'm not going to waste my time on LYING FOOLS who pose as "Christians".
Likewise, when someone TRIES TO IMPOSE their religious agenda, or their religious or eschatological bias, then FALSELY ACCUSES us of "compromising" the Word or teaching false doctrine, because we DO NOT SEE IT "THEIR WAY", they will be BANNED.
We share the BASIC TENETS of the Christian faith WITH ALL TRUE believers.
EVERYTHING ELSE, including Bible prophecy, we can have HONEST disagreements on, and still be brothers.
If you're so immature that it's either "your way or NOWAY",DON'T EVEN BOTHER WRITING IN.
The ONLY WAY you'll EVER get me to budge on ANYTHING is PROVING IT TO ME -- UNEQUIVOCALLY -- with the Scriptures.
If your beliefs AREN'T BASED ON the Bible... if they merely reflect YOUR PERSONAL OPINION, SOME MAN-INVENTED RELIGIOUS FANTASY or prophetic fad (like President Obama being the Antichrist, a Muslim Antichrist, Islamic world domination, the Mahdi, the Pope being the Antichrist OR SOME LOONY CONSPIRACY THEORY) YOU'RE WASTING YOUR TIME.
I'm simply NOT INTERESTED.
9. I ANSWER TO JESUS, NOT TO YOU
You don't get to decide -- MUCH LESS TELL ME -- what I can or cannot teach.
If Jesus ISN'T pleased with my teachings, He can tell me so HIMSELF.
He WON'T GO THROUGH YOU, since He and I commune daily.
If you disagree with my teachings, that's your right. There are THOUSANDS of other websites THAT BELIEVE AS YOU DO. You need to go visit THEM, and LEAVE US ALONE.
10. DON'T NITPICK
A sure-fire way of being blocked is when you have NOTHING BETTER TO DO than write in saying "you misspelled whatever", or "you posted John 8:35 when it should have been John 8:36", or you said "thus and so" in your daily message, but your website says ____ elsewhere.
Well, give us a couple days, GENIUS.
We're HUMAN. We MAKE MISTAKES.
UNINTENTIONAL ONES, but we MAKE OCCASIONAL MISTAKES, O.K.?
I'm NOT PERFECT. Not even close; and I'VE NEVER PRETENDED TO BE.
There's a tremendous amount of material on this website.
Although we proofread before we post, even the best proofreader in the world can miss a typo here or there, especially when they get very little sleep and their mind and eyes ARE TIRED.
We're understaffed, overworked and NONE OF US GETS PAID.
We ALL have regular jobs and VOLUNTEER our time and talents to serve Jesus, our neighbors, and our brethren in the faith.
Therefore, we PRIORITIZE. We're FAR MORE INTERESTED in the salvation of a soul, or comforting someone who's hurting, or counseling someone in despair, than in updating the content on the website.
You may have the luxury of going through everything with a fine tooth comb whenever you want, WE DON'T. We get to it WHEN WE CAN.
Is that CLEAR ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE?
This message will be PERMANENTLY POSTED on the website for future reference. These are my "10 Commandments".
Abide by them, and we will all get along. IGNORE them AT YOUR OWN PERIL.
Those who do WILL LOSE their ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH US. Enough said.
MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
As I checked the TV listings over Resurrection Weekend, found out that the so-called "Christian" channels mostly had the same old, boring fare, while the secular channels had some interesting-sounding programs that, for the most part, turned out to be one attempt after another to discredit and "explain away" the Christian faith.
I heard EVERY IMAGINABLE THEORY -- and some rather hard to imagine -- as to how Christianity was based on ancient myths (not!).
How Constantine's vision about Jesus wasn't real, with some Academy award winning producer claiming he had "proof". How can you "prove" whether someone else had a vision or not? It was, after all, THEIR vision, NOT YOURS.
There's even a stupid book out whose author, having previously denounced the Shroud of Turin as a hoax, now claims the Shroud IS REAL, after all, and that it WAS the burial cloth in which Jesus' body was wrapped.
However, according to said author, it was THE SHROUD that the women saw when they came to the tomb. It was the Image on the Shroud that made them believe He had resurrected "spiritually".
And, of course, it was FOR THIS PIECE OF CLOTH WITH AN IMAGE THAT CAN HARDLY BE SEEN WITH THE NAKED EYE, and NOT FOR THE REAL JESUS, that thousands of martyrs gave their lives.
THANK God that the Holy Spirit led me to focus Sunday's message on the EMPTY TOMB!
What it all boils down to is this:
People can INVENT all the false theories they want to discredit Christianity, but after ALL IS SAID AND DONE, after ALL their dubious scholarship can concoct, after they blow all the smoke they want by trying to impress you with their alleged archeological or mythological "knowledge", we're left with ONE inexorable fact:
THE EMPTY TOMB.
NO ONE can explain HOW a tomb, right across one of Jerusalem's MAIN GATES could have Jesus' Body on Wednesday evening, but BY Sunday morning, if not sooner, IT HAD DISAPPEARED.
They can't explain WHAT HAPPENED TO His Body.
In a tiny city ONLY ONE SQUARE MILE IN SIZE, it was put in the tomb Wednesday evening, the tomb was sealed with Caesar's seal, a huge, very heavy stone covering the entrance, a 16-man ARMED Roman guard posted outside AROUND THE CLOCK.
Yet, by Sunday morning, His Body WAS GONE.
If it was only a "spiritual" resurrection, as these morons claim, THE BODY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE.
But IT WASN'T.
I don't appreciate ANYONE badmouthing my Jesus.
I don't appreciate ANYONE trying to discredit Him, in ANY way.
Blow all the smoke you want, unbelieving idiots, write all the stupid fantasies you like, and waste your time and money on whatever mockumentaries you think will deal a death blow to Christianity.
You'll NEVER be able to explain THE EMPTY TOMB.
You'll NEVER be able to explain what happened to Jesus' PHYSICAL body, if He only resurrected SPIRITUALLY.
A spirit, Jesus said after His PHYSICAL resurrection, does not have FLESH AND BONE as you see me have (Luke 24:39).
SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012
SHOW US THE BODY
To walk down the narrow streets of Jerusalem's Old City is to transport oneself back 2,000 years to the era when our wonderful Lord walked those streets, talked, preached, taught, healed, died and resurrected.
The Jerusalem that existed in Jesus' time is only about one square mile in size. It's so small that you can WALK from one end to the other in less than an hour.
Therefore, when Jesus was crucified, EVERYONE in the city knew it, heard it, talked about it, and SAW it.
EVERYONE saw His bloody and battered body hanging from the cross, right across one of the tiny city's main gates, the Damascus Gate.
EVERYONE heard and saw Him gasp His last breath.
It's not like Romans crucified people IN SECRET. They did it OPENLY and PUBLICLY so it would serve as deterrent to anyone who even considered challenging their oppressive and brutal rule.
EVERYONE also knew WHERE Jesus' body was laid, about a block away from the crucifixion site.
EVERYONE KNEW that the tomb had been sealed with the seal of Caesar, which meant instant death for anyone who dared try to "unseal" it.
A huge, 8-ton, round stone was placed to cover the entrance to the tomb. It would have taken SEVERAL VERY STRONG, BRAVE men to break the seal, and roll it away. It also would have made A LOT OF NOISE.
Not to mention that, in order to even ATTEMPT such feat, they would have had to OVERCOME the Roman guards posted outside (Matthew 27:65).
A permanent, 16-man Roman guard had been placed directly outside the tomb to make sure it remained undisturbed.
These were professionally trained, ARMED warriors of the most destructive and efficient military machine known to man, who would have pounced on, and destroyed, ANYONE who even attempted to approach the tomb.
Jesus' disciples had fled and were in hiding in fear of both the Jewish and Roman authorities.
One would, therefore, have EVERY REASON to EXPECT that, after three days and nights, Jesus' dead body would still be there for everyone to see.
But it WASN'T.
Even worse, neither Roman nor Jewish authorities could explain His disappearance.
They simply COULDN'T.
Moreover, 2,000 years later they STILL CAN'T EXPLAIN it.
What happened to His Body? WHERE did it go?
What makes it EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT is that Jesus HAD PREDICTED that He would rise "on the third day" [Matthew 17:23; 20:18,19; Matthew 27:63-66]. Praise Him forevermore!!!
Had the Jewish or Roman authorities produced Jesus' dead body on day 4, there would be NO CHRISTIANITY.
The Christian faith wouldn't even EXIST, PERIOD.
Why, then, DIDN'T THEY?
BECAUSE THERE WAS NO BODY!
Because He ROSE FROM THE DEAD!!!
And those who believed in Him, not only SAW HIM risen...
Not only did they talk with Him, touch Him, eat with the RISEN Lord and interact with Him during 40 additional days after the Resurrection...
The same guys who days earlier had DESERTED HIM and gone into hiding in fear of the Romans, were SUDDENLY WILLING AND ABLE TO FACE THOSE SAME ROMANS without fear, AND EVEN WILLING TO DIE horrible deaths rather than renounce Him or deny His Resurrection.
Two thousand years have come and gone, and Jesus has more followers today than any time in history. Why?
Because anyone who looks at these events OBJECTIVELY realizes, there is NO OTHER POSSIBLE EXPLANATION.
No other leader in history -- military, political, philosophical or religious -- has ever claimed resurrection.
If all Jesus wanted was to establish a world-class religion, His teachings ALONE would have done the job.
Indeed, no other leader, has made his claim to greatness CONTINGENT ON rising from the dead.
Either HE KNEW He could and would rise, or He's the biggest fool who ever lived.
Jesus rose from the dead. And, since He rose, He is God.
And since He is God, ALL OF US are accountable to Him.
Since He is God, you owe it to yourself to KNOW HIM, to have a personal and intimate relationship with Him.
And, since you didn't live 2,000 years ago, Jesus will PROVE to you THAT HE'S ALIVE TODAY.
He will PROVE IT BEYOND ANY DOUBT, if you HONESTLY tell Him "Jesus, if you REALLY ARE ALIVE, come into my heart right now".
A dead person can't do anything, let alone MANIFEST HIMSELF TO YOU AND IN YOU.
Only the LIVING -- only God Himself -- can do that.
Do you HAVE THE GUTS TO find out?
Do YOU WANT TO see Jesus' Body?
Look around you! TWO THOUSAND YEARS HAVE COME AND GONE and the ONLY "BODY" of Jesus that you'll find, IS STILL ALIVE.
It is that comprised of His BILLIONS of followers:
Of all those who, like their Lord and God, have passed from death UNTO ETERNAL LIFE.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012
NO OIL !
"Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall ALL be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and WE SHALL BE CHANGED (1 Cor. 15:51-52).
Jesus' parable about the 10 virgins given in Matthew chapter 25 has become one of legalists' favorite passages.
They LOVE to DISTORT that parable and claim that the foolish virgins "DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH OIL" in their lamps; therefore, they didn't go into the Marriage Feast.
In their twisted world, oil stands for "holy living", whatever their warped and corrupt minds perceive THAT to mean.
These fear-mongering nitwits keep saying the foolish virgins "ran out of oil". That they were Christians who FAILED TO IMPRESS JESUS WITH THEIR "GODLY LIVING", and thus were "left behind" when the Rapture happened.
They ARE LYING.
I know this is a favorite topic of discussion in moronic religious forums because more than one frightened Christian HAS PICKED IT UP THERE, then written us PANICKING that they lost their salvation because they AREN'T "holy enough".
Well, if YOU DON'T THINK that Jesus can handle your sins, then you have A MUCH BIGGER problem than just "holy living".
If you haven't figured out by now that you have NO HOLINESS OF YOUR OWN AND NEVER WILL, you have a HUGE problem.
The ONLY HOLINESS in the UNIVERSE is God's.
Works (doing or NOT doing certain things) have NEVER, and WILL NEVER, make us holy (Galatians 2:16).
The ONLY ONE who is "holy, holy, holy" is Jesus.
So, unless Jesus IMPARTS His OWN HOLINESS to us, we're in deep, deep you-know-what:
1. For starters, you CAN'T FIND A SINGLE Scripture - Old or New Testaments - that equates "oil" with "holy living". NOT ONE!!!
So, that premise is WRONG to begin with.
Oil ALWAYS stands for God's Anointed One (or Messiah, or Christ) and His Anointing.
(1 Chronicles 14:8; Psalm 23:5; 45:7; Isaiah 61:1; Zechariah 4:2,3, 12-14; Luke 4:18).
2. The "lamps" represent the human (virgins') hearts, as Proverbs 20:27 clearly says "THE SPIRIT of man is THE LAMP of the LORD".
The foolish virgins DIDN'T HAVE THE ANOINTED ONE, Jesus Himself, LIVING in their hearts or "lamps" through His Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus NEVER SAID the foolish virgins took LITTLE OIL in their lamps and, therefore, RAN OUT of oil. NEVER!!!
Matthew 25:3 says, clear as daylight, that THEY TOOK NO OIL -THEY TOOK NO OIL - THEY TOOK NO OIL - THEY took NO OIL - They took NO OIL.
Which part of "NO OIL" don't religious fear-mongers understand?
NO OIL means ZERO OIL.
The foolish virgins took NO OIL (ZERO OIL) in their lamps.
It's not that they "ran out", THEY HAD NONE! THEY NEVER HAD ANY.
4. You can read Matthew 25 up, down or sideways...You can read it in the original Greek, in Aramaic, Hebrew, English, Spanish, French, German Swahili, or ANY OTHER LANGUAGE you like.
You won't find the words "RAN OUT OF OIL" ANYWHERE.
They simply AREN'T in the passage.
What Matthew 25:8 does say is:
"Our lamps are GONE OUT"...
The Greek word used is sbennuntai meaning "to quench or extinguish".
What bothers me most is that THE SAME RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES who go around calling everyone who doesn't ALWAYS use the KJV Bible a "heretic", HAVE NO QUALMS IN BUTCHERING this passage and ADDING to the Word of God something that HE NEVER EVEN SAID.
What good is it to use the KJV if you MISQUOTE IT?
I'm mindful that we're living 2,000 years AFTER the fact, but if you're going to PRETEND to be a "scholar", at least DO YOUR HOMEWORK and RESEARCH before making A COMPLETE FOOL of yourself.
This is what an oil lamp in the first century A.D. looked like:
Obviously, electricity had not been discovered back then and wasn't available. Nor were candles readily available in the Middle East. So this is what people relied on to keep their homes lit at night.
As you can see in the pictures, the lamp was basically a pottery vessel with a fairly long wick.
They would light the wick and, if the lamp contained oil inside, as you see in the picture on the left, the lamp WOULD REMAIN LIT for a long time, UNTIL THE OIL was consumed.
Or, potentially, you could keep pouring oil in it and replacing the wick at regular intervals, and it would stay lit PERMANENTLY.
However, EVEN IF the lamp had NO OIL (see picture on the right), you could still light the wick or light the lamp.
You would have light ONLY UNTIL the wick was consumed.
When the wick was consumed by the fire, which would not take very long - and since there was NO OIL inside the vessel -- THE LAMP WOULD GO OUT, meaning the fire or LIGHT would be quenched or extinguished, since it had NOTHING INSIDE (like oil) to fuel the fire and KEEP IT ALIVE.
THAT'S what Jesus was talking about. THAT'S what happened to the foolish virgins.
The oil represents THE PRESENCE OF Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, in our hearts.
This is CLEARLY stated by Jesus Himself in Matthew 25:12 when He turns to the foolish virgins and says "I NEVER KNEW YOU".
That's WHY they DIDN'T go into the Marriage Feast.
They DIDN'T KNOW the Bridegroom.
Would you expect to be invited to the wedding of someone you DON'T KNOW?
Their "lack of oil" simply stands for LACK OF JESUS.
They were virgins, all right. They had RELIGION; they had AN OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF "Christianity", they CALLED THEMSELVES "Christian" but, like the lamp on the right, they were EMPTY, THERE WAS NOTHING, ZERO Jesus, ON THE INSIDE.
THE REASON they were "left behind" and DIDN'T go into the Marriage Feast is BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE JESUS (the Anointed One) INSIDE, THEY NEVER KNEW JESUS (1 John 5:12).
It had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with "works", good or bad.
Matter of fact, the word "works" IS NOT EVEN FOUND IN the passage.
So much for that stupid, faithless, GODLESS HERESY...
Do you want to go in the Rapture?
Then FORGET RELIGION, forget works, forget "godly living", forget what legalistic, fear-mongering, boneheaded religionists say, and GET JESUS INSIDE YOUR HEART.
The ONLY WAY to get Him INSIDE is TO INVITE HIM IN.
Invite Jesus in and receive Him into your heart as Lord, Savior and God.
CONNECT WITH HIM within yourself.
KNOW HIM in your heart, deeply and intimately.
You'll NEVER be WITHOUT OIL.
His Word GUARANTEES you'll go in the Rapture.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
HEAVEN WORE BLACK
1,979 years ago today it was NOON in Jerusalem, and there, as all over the world, the sky suddenly turned dark.
It was Passover 33 A.D. as the Son of God, hanging from a wooden cross, mercilessly beaten and bleeding to death for the sins of mankind, finally gave up His spirit and commended it to the Father.
When He did, all nature donned sackcloth as it mourned the death of its Creator:
The earth shook, the graves opened, saints arose, the rocks split, the veil of the temple was ripped from top to bottom and there was BLACKNESS in Jerusalem and all over the Middle East, FROM NOON TO 3 P.M., for THREE SOLID HOURS.
When the Son of God died, heaven wore black.
Eusebius, describing the supernatural event, quoted Phlegon, another historian, of the second century A.D.:
"On the whole world there pressed the most fearful darkness. AT THE SIXTH HOUR (noon) day turned into night so that the stars of the heaven were seen and there was an earthquake. The rocks were rent by an earthquake... THIS DARKNESS WITHOUT REASON seemed like and eclipse of the sun".
We know, however, that this was no natural eclipse, since it's impossible for a solar eclipse to occur during a full moon, and there's always a full moon at Passover.
Besides, the longest eclipses last about 7 minutes, this darkness lasted THREE HOURS, until 3 P.M.
That was then, this is now.
Since then, Jesus has taken the cross, the greatest symbol of humiliation and defeat, the VERY INSTRUMENT on which He was put to death, and transformed it into THE GREATEST SYMBOL OF VICTORY THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.
The Cross has become a PLUS SIGN.
The most feared instrument of death has become THE GREATEST GIVER OF ETERNAL LIFE.
In less than 5 years, the Son of God will return, with power and great glory, prove to everyone He's ALIVE, and set up His eternal Kingdom on earth.
When He does, ALL Creation will rejoice.
The mountains and hills shall sing...
The trees will clap their hands...
The rivers will rejoice...
Earth and the animal kingdom will be renewed.
LIFE will reign supreme...
And heaven will dress in golden splendor, as God and His Creation are forever reunited.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
The traditional view in Christianity is that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday.
This is based on the Gospels' statement that, when His body was taken down from the cross, the Sabbath was approaching. Hence, theologians reason, it must have been Friday [John 19:31].
A closer look at the Scriptures reveals something else.
When the Pharisees asked for a "sign", Jesus stated that the only sign given to that generation would be that of the prophet Jonas: as Jonas had remained three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so the Son of Man would remain THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the earth [Matthew 12:38-40].
I have read and heard all the convoluted theories about how "in Hebrew thinking" just PART OF a day is reckoned as a day.
I might buy that argument if Jesus had only said He would be "three days" in the belly of the earth.
However, Jesus was very specific in His statement: not simply three days, but THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS.
Had Jesus been placed in the tomb on Friday evening to Saturday evening, which is when He rose from the dead -- hold your horses, read the rest BEFORE you jump to conclusions - He would have been in the "belly of the earth" ONLY ONE night and ONE day.
There's NO WAY you can get three days and THREE NIGHTS from Friday to Saturday, or even from Friday to Sunday.
So, WHEN did the crucifixion actually happen?
According to Daniel 9:27, Messiah Prince would CONFIRM the (Abrahamic) Covenant and put an end to sacrifices and offerings (korbanot) -- by dying for our sin as the ULTIMATE Sacrifice (Hebrews 10:14) -- "in the MIDDLE OF the week".
The MIDDLE OF the week is Wednesday!!!
That means the Crucifixion took place on Wednesday.
Jesus was nailed to the cross on Wednesday around 9 A.M. [the third hour, Mark 15:25].
There was darkness all over Jerusalem from noon [the 6th hour] to 3 P.M. [Mark 15:33; Matthew 27:45].
He died at 3 P.M. [the 9th hour], at the same time the lamb for the sin offering was slain in the temple.
His body was brought down from the cross, and buried in a nearby tomb, prior to 6 P.M. [the 12th hour].
Therefore, His body was in the tomb Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, one day and one night, Thursday evening and Friday morning, two days and two nights, and Friday evening and Saturday morning, 3 days and 3 nights.
His resurrection, therefore, took place on Saturday evening [for Gentiles], and on Saturday/Sunday for Jews since the Jewish day begins at 6 P.M.
Of course, the weekly Sabbath being the day of rest under the law, the Jewish women DIDN'T GO to the tomb on Saturday. Hence, they only discovered He'd risen EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
It was in the early hours of Sunday morning that the women FOUND the tomb already empty. He had ALREADY RISEN [Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1-3].
This means Jesus died on Passover, Wednesday, Aviv [Nisan] 14 in the Hebrew calendar.
His Resurrection took place on the Hebrew Feast of First Fruits, Saturday Aviv 17.
What about the statement in Luke 23:54 about "the Sabbath approaching"?
The Hebrew calendar contains two types of "Sabbaths", the regular weekly Sabbath [7th day of the week] and High Sabbaths. Any of the seven major feasts in the Hebrew calendar is considered a High Sabbath.
John 19:31 unequivocally tells us that Sabbath day "was a High day", meaning not the regular weekly Sabbath, but one of the MAJOR feasts.
Which feast was it? Since we know Jesus died on Passover, the following day [High Sabbath] was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot).
This is highly symbolic, since leaven is understood in the Old Testament to represent sin. Jesus is "the Lamb of God" WHO TOOK AWAY the SIN of the world. Unleavened bread would signify, therefore, that our sin has been removed by the Jewish Messiah. Indeed it was.
Of course, most Christians will continue to keep the tradition of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. That's fine.
What's important is that they remember what Jesus DID in order to save us.
What's most important is that He died for our sins and He rose from the dead.
And THE WORLD, since then, HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME.
Everyone who wishes to participate in Holy Communion should have ON HAND whatever form of "bread" and whatever form of "wine" you use (PLEASE HAVE IT ALREADY IN the cup), and preferably (though not absolutely necessary) your Bible or New Testament. Thank you. Service begins at 10:00 P.M. (EDT) SHARP.
As you read (participate in) this service, DON'T WORRY ABOUT being "out of sync" (reading too fast or too slow). Let God's Peace fill your heart. Just FLOW in the Spirit: Trust the Holy Spirit to orchestrate the "timing". His timing is always perfect. Amen.
Greetings, brothers and sisters: I greet you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and God, the Light of the world, the Light and Love of our lives. He is The ONLY Way to the Father, the ONLY Truth and the ONLY Life. Amen.
Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we join in spirit with you and with our brothers and sisters throughout the world, and worship you from the depths of our being.
We THANK YOU for your Presence in our midst as well as IN OUR HEARTS. We welcome you, Holy Spirit, to guide and be in complete control of this service.
Almighty God, we ADORE YOU in Spirit and in Truth.
We HUMBLE OURSELVES before you, and acknowledge our TOTAL DEPENDENCE on you.
We REST CONFIDENTLY trusting and knowing that you ESTABLISHED "the end" since "the beginning" and that "it" (your plan of Redemption -- down to every minute detail) -- IS FINISHED.
We set aside this time of special intimacy with you and seek you with ALL OUR HEARTS.
We offer by the Eternal Spirit LOVE, WORSHIP, ADORATION, THANKSGIVING, PRAISE AND GRATITUDE.
We acknowledge you as our ONE AND ONLY God - besides Whom there is NO OTHER -- and Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior and God, besides Whom there is NO OTHER Savior.
We exalt and give glory to your most Holy Name.
We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for this time of communion and for ALL that you've done for us.
We praise you for your Goodness, Mercy and Grace. We THANK YOU FOR SO GREAT SALVATION.
Thank you, Jesus, that you have saved us to the uttermost.
Thank you, Lord that IT is FINISHED.
Our spirits rejoice in anticipation of that blessed hope, that moment when we are TOTALLY AND FOREVER reunited with you from Whom we came.
That moment when your Holy Presence envelops us from within and we are transformed and translated into heavenly dimensions beyond the natural senses.
We joyously and excitedly look forward to your DRAWING US deeper and deeper into Yourself, and to ASCENDING evermore into your unspeakably glorious Presence. Amen.
Your Church loves you and worships you, Jesus.
Jesus, your Bride LONGS FOR you.
Come into our hearts, FILL us with your Spirit and your Holy Presence TO OVERFLOWING.
Please, Lord, do not tarry. WE WANT YOU NOW.
From the depths of our hearts we say to you:
"Come to us, Lord Jesus".
The Spirit and the Bride say, in unison, "COME, Lord Jesus". Amen.
Our Scripture Reading is from the Psalms of Ascent which were written by King David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
These 14 Psalms (120-134) were sung by the children of Israel as they ASCENDED TO the temple in Jerusalem during the pilgrimage Feasts of Passover, Pentecost and Sukkot (Tabernacles).
That's why they're called "songs of ASCENTS".
I'm going to read (quote) THREE of them.
I'm reading from the King James 2000 Bible
<< Psalm 121 >>
A song of ascents.
Help Comes From the LORD
1I will LIFT UP MY EYES unto the hills, from which comes my help.
2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade upon your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve you FROM ALL EVIL: he shall preserve your soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve YOUR GOING OUT AND YOUR COMING IN FROM THIS TIME FORTH, AND EVEN FOREVERMORE.
<< Psalm 126 >>
A song of ascents.
The Return to Zion in Joy
1 When the LORD TURNED AGAIN THE CAPTIVITY OF Zion, we were like them that dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the nations (gentiles), The LORD has done GREAT THINGS for them.
3 The LORD has done GREAT THINGS FOR US; and we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
<< Psalm 133 >>
A song of ascents. Of David.
The Blessing of Unity
1 Behold, HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT it is for brethren to dwell together IN UNITY!
2 It is like the precious ANOINTING upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 (It is) As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded THE BLESSING, EVEN LIFE FOREVERMORE.
Hallel u Yah! Glory to you, Lord Jesus!
Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.
We're also reading briefly from the Gospels, the Epistles, and the Books of Joel, Daniel and Revelation.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM should not perish, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.
For God DID NOT send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED".
"All things are given unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son will reveal him.
28 COME UNTO ME, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will GIVE YOU REST.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you SHALL FIND REST unto your souls".
Romans 10:9 "...if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus,and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED".
Before we go any further, if there's ANYONE reading this who has never received Jesus into his or her heart, or ANYONE who is NOT SURE, for whatever reason, about their Salvation, YOU CAN BE SURE TODAY, THIS VERY MOMENT.
I INVITE YOU to receive Jesus INTO YOUR HEART RIGHT NOW.
God's Word ASSURES US that "to ALL that receive Him, to them He gives power to become SONS OF GOD" (John 1:12).
Please DO NOT let this opportunity pass you by. The "time" to receive Jesus and HAVE ALL YOUR SINS ERASED IS RIGHT NOW.
If you have "backslidden" you can be INSTANTLY RESTORED. C'mon! DON'T LET ANYONE OR ANYTHING COME BETWEEN YOU AND JESUS.
I want everyone to pray from the DEPTHS OF YOUR BEING:
"Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I receive you as my only Lord, Savior and God. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. Please cleanse me from all sin. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. I give you my whole heart and my entire life. I believe I'm saved from this moment forward.
Thank you, Jesus". Amen.
Father, we remember all those who face physical challenges and health issues. You know who they are, and we lift them up before you and declare, in the Name of Jesus, that by His stripes they are healed (1 Peter 2:24).
We judge that SICKNESS has NO PLACE in the Body of Christ. Amen.
We also remember our brothers and sisters throughout the world that are being persecuted for their faith in you, Jesus. We know you take this PERSONALLY (Acts 9:4).
And we judge and decree "ENOUGH!" It's time for your children to be LIBERATED and for the wicked to be JUDGED.
We decree Divine protection over each of them, their lives, their families, and their possessions.
Thank you, Lord.
Father, we examine ourselves, as your Word commands us to do, and repent of all sin.
I repent of every time when I have fallen short of Divine Love (you) and of every time that I may have, intentionally or unintentionally, hurt my brothers and sisters in Christ in any way.
Lord, I ask and receive your forgiveness.
Brothers and sisters, I repent and humbly ask your forgiveness.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be ANY wicked way in me, and lead me in THE WAY everlasting (Psalm 139:23).
We, as your Body, JUDGE OURSELVES, confess our sins, and humbly ask and receive your forgiveness, Lord.
We judge ourselves, in spirit, by faith, TO BE IN Christ Jesus. We trust that through His Blood ALL our sins are FOREVER ERASED, never to be remembered AGAIN by ANYONE, including ourselves (Hebrews 10:17).
We discern the Lord's Body: That we are both individually and collectively YOUR TEMPLE (1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 4:4-16).
That ALL THE TEMPLE PARTS -- though we may look different, act, different, talk different and at times think different -- we are all PARTS OF your Body, your Church, and ALL ARE NECESSARY.
The eye cannot say unto the hand, "I have no need of you": nor again THE HEAD (Jesus) to the feet, "I have no need of you" (1 Corinthians 12:21).
By faith we say: How beautiful are your tents, o Israel! How lovely are your parts, Body of Christ!
And now it is my privilege to bring you this brief message:
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loves is born of God, and knows God" (1 John 4:7).
The love spoken of in the Bible, particularly in the New Testament, is a love that transcends human emotion. It's not a feeling. It's a STATE OF BEING.
Love is Eternal Being (I AM). Love is a SPIRITUAL force. It's the force that created and SUSTAINS the universe. It's the energy that holds us together and keeps us alive.
Love is Eternal Life. Love is Eternal Light.
Love is immortal. Love is Almighty. Love IS God.
Since it's NOT human emotion, this SPECIAL LOVE cannot be conjured up. Nor can it be, or should it ever be, measured OR JUDGED by human logic or human standards.
There's ONLY ONE WAY to get Him and it's by INVITING HIM (the Personification of Divine Love, Jesus Christ) into our hearts and RECEIVING Him as Lord, Savior and God.
When we do, we become PARTAKERS OF God's Divine Nature, which is Supernatural Love.
When we do, His Holy Spirit joins our Spirits and PUTS THIS SUPERNATURAL LOVE in our hearts.
Henceforth, it's up to each of us to eagerly seek that Divine Love (Jesus) within our hearts, allowing Him to draw us deeper and deeper into Himself.
Or, we can simply ignore Him and pretend He's NOT EVEN THERE.
We can be saved and still live a LOW life, where we think, speak and act like the world, still alienated from God who is that Divine Love BURIED somewhere inside our hearts.
Or, we can live the HIGH life, where we seek to be ever more conscious of (awake to) this Divine Love, who is God Himself, and ALLOW Him (Divine Love) to LIVE and MANIFEST (express Himself) in our words, actions and deeds.
Manifesting Divine Love is a GRADUAL process this side of heaven.
It involves TOTAL SURRENDER. Total surrender means we SURRENDER our own wills and desires and WAIT on God to manifest His Perfect Will, His Divine, Supernatural Love, through us.
When we SURRENDER TO Divine Love, we are Manifestations of God, or at the very least, Manifestations of FACETS of His Great, never-ending love.
We are called and predestined to become PERFECTED IN His Love.
That's what the Bible refers to as the High calling of God in Christ Jesus.
That's what ALL OF US are DESTINED TO BECOME. Amen.
Please open your Bibles or New Testaments to 1 Corinthians 11:23-26:
"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered to you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me".
Let us, in Divine Love, in Jesus Himself, without fear, PARTAKE OF OUR Lord's Body (the bread before you).
25 "After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my Blood: this do you, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death till He come".
Let us drink the wine, which in the spirit realm is the precious Blood which the Lamb of God shed for our sins.
Hallelujah. Glory to God: Praise you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Thank you, Jesus, for your Body and Blood.
Thank you for imparting your perfect Righteousness to us.
Thank you for making us partakers of your very own Divine Nature.
Thank you for your FAITHFULNESS.
You are Faithful and True, Wonderful Lord.
We join the heavenly hosts, and all free will beings in the heavenly realms, in praising you and saying:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, who IS and IS TO COME: heaven and earth are FILLED WITH your Glory.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, who IS and IS TO COME: heaven and earth are FILLED WITH your Glory.
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, who IS and IS TO COME: heaven and earth are FILLED WITH your Glory.
And now we conclude this service with the reading of the prophetic Word from the King James 2000 Bible:
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And I WILL SHOW WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 THE SUN SHALL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS, AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.
32 And it shall come to pass, that WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE DELIVERED: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call".
<< Revelation 7:9-17 >>
The Great Multitude Out of the Great Tribulation
"After this I beheld, and, lo, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, OF ALL NATIONS, AND TRIBES, AND PEOPLE, AND TONGUES, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation (belongs) to our God who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four living creatures, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, Who are these who are arrayed in white robes? and where did they come from?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they WHO CAME OUT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB".
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: AND HE THAT SITS ON THE THRONE SHALL DWELL AMONG THEM.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun strike them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES".
"Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. HIS KINGDOM WILL BE AN EVERLASTING KINGDOM, AND ALL RULERS WILL WORSHIP AND OBEY HIM.'
Daniel 7:13, 14:
"I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: HIS DOMINION IS AN EVERLASTING DOMINION, WHICH SHALL NOT PASS AWAY, AND HIS KINGDOM THAT WHICH SHALL NOT BE DESTROYED".
His Kingdom is YOUR Kingdom, SAINTS OF GOD (Daniel 7:27: Luke 12:32; Hebrews 12:29).
You have an eternal and GLORIOUS Destiny, Body of Christ.
Blessed are those who PLACE THEIR TRUST not in man-made institutions, or man-invented doctrine, but on the Redeemer of Israel.
Blessed are those who eat the Flesh and drink the Blood of the Lamb of God.
And now, brothers and sisters, allow the Lord's Peace, His Rest, to settle in your hearts and minds. STAND FIRM IN SPIRIT, UNMOVABLE, TOTALLY TRUSTING OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS FINISHED WORK ON OUR BEHALF. Amen.
Thank you for sharing the Eucharist with me.
I look forward to seeing all of you VERY SOON in the heavenly dimension. Amen. This concludes our service.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012
THE DAY JESUS PROPOSED
Did you know that Jesus -- our precious, lovely Jesus -- ACTUALLY PROPOSED to someone?
Don't look so shocked...
Contrary to what has been stated in recently published, fantasy-laden, unsubstantiated trash, it wasn't to Mary Magdalene.
Jesus proposed to His Church.
If you're a born-again believer in Christ, He proposed TO YOU!
WE ARE THE LUCKY BRIDE!
The proposal took place during the Last Supper, when Jesus ate Passover with his disciples at the Upper Room, in Jerusalem.
In Jewish tradition, the Groom acquired his Bride by offering money, or some object of value, then entering into a binding contract called the ketubah. Once the Bride accepted, the Groom would go away to "prepare a place for her".
Before leaving, however, he would offer her a cup of wine. If she accepted that cup, she was accepting his proposal.
The bride would veil her face and wait for the groom to return and take her to that place he'd prepared. Then the marriage would be consummated.
This is EXACTLY what took place during the Last Supper. Jesus promised to go prepare a place for us [John 14:2].
He offered THE BIGGEST dowry IN HISTORY -- NO LESS than His precious Blood -- His VERY OWN LIFE (Hebrews 9:11, 12).
He presented a wedding contract called Brit Hadasha, (The New Testament), which is our ketubah (or prenup) (Matthew 26:26-28).
He then offered the cup of wine, which represented the indescribably precious Blood he poured out for us [Matthew 26:27,28].
The disciples accepted the cup and drank the wine on behalf of His entire Church, since it's built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Himself being its Chief Cornerstone, as well as its Capstone (Ephesians 2:20).
Shortly thereafter He ACTUALLY PAID this unimaginable price for His Bride, namely His own Life.
Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us, with the promise He will return and "receive us unto Himself" [John 14:2, 3].
Every time we take Communion, as they did at the Last Supper, it's a reminder of our betrothal (engagement) to Him.
It's also a reminder of the ENORMOUS, INCALCULABLE PRICE [dowry] He paid for His Bride.
It's a reminder that WE BELONG TO Him and are supposed to BE READY, eagerly and excitedly awaiting His Appearing.
The Church has been betrothed to our Lord FOR 2,000 YEARS!!!
Now, that's A LONG engagement!
TOO LONG, if you ask me.
Our Lord's return to bring His Bride home is overdue, which means it WILL happen in the VERY near future.
For all intents and purposes, our marriage to Him, is A DONE DEAL.
All that's left is THE CONSUMMATION.
MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012
"I am THE LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and THE BREAD THAT I WILL GIVE IS MY FLESH, WHICH I WILL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, HOW CAN THIS MAN GIVE US HIS FLESH TO EAT?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, EXCEPT YOU EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN, AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, you have no life in you.
54 Whosoever EATS MY FLESH, AND DRINKS MY BLOOD, HAS ETERNAL LIFE; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For MY FLESH IS FOOD INDEED, and MY BLOOD IS DRINK INDEED.
56 He that EATS MY FLESH, AND DRINKS MY BLOOD, DWELLS IN ME, AND I IN HIM.
57 As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so HE THAT EATS ME, even HE SHALL LIVE BY ME.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this bread shall live forever" (John 6:51-58).
If there was ever a doctrine that divided the Church, and stirred religious bias, it's transubstantiation.
I have heard every ludicrous ACCUSATION you could ever imagine AGAINST this doctrine, which was taught by Jesus Himself.
Yes, you HEARD ME: THIS DOCTRINE was TAUGHT BY Jesus Himself.
Please READ this whole message BEFORE you send your angry emails.
And, if you do send an angry email, you better have SOLID Bible teaching behind it and SOLID Church history behind it, because by God's Grace I'm extremely well-versed in both of these.
Jesus' OWN DISCIPLES had trouble with this doctrine back in 32-33 A.D. And, because of it, many forsook Him (John 6:60, 66-67).
By forsaking Him, they PROVED they WEREN'T FOR REAL.
In the first to 4th century A.D., Christians were often accused by pagan, idol worshipping Romans of "cannibalism" because they HEARD that Christians "partook of the FLESH and BLOOD" of Jesus at Communion services, and they (in their spiritual blindness) took it to mean LITERAL human flesh and LITERAL human blood.
When we denounce of criticize this Bible doctrine, we're talking and acting LIKE FREAKIN' PAGANS.
I have never heard any believer say that the bread and wine BECOME the literal Body and Blood of Jesus in the PHYSICAL realm (although they MOST CERTAINLY DO IN THE SPIRIT REALM).
Or that Jesus is dying "over and over again".
The Scriptures are CLEAR that "By ONE Sacrifice He has PERFECTED FOREVER those who are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:14). (Praise you, Jesus!).
Meanwhile, I have heard many Christians say "we don't believe in transubstantiation" and that Jesus ONLY intended the sacrament of Holy Communion to be done "in remembrance of" His all-sufficient Sacrifice.
They then, very conveniently, SWEEP John 6:51-58 (quoted above) UNDER THE RUG, and PRETEND it's not even IN the Bible.
This ministry has never swept and, by God's Grace, will never sweep, ANYTHING found in Scripture "under the rug".
We face spiritual reality HEAD ON. I'd rather flat-out tell you that I DON'T KNOW what some passage of Scripture means, than PRETEND it's NOT EVEN THERE.
Yes, Jesus wants us to partake of Communion "in remembrance of Him". That much is true.
But that's NOT the end of the story.
He very pointedly said, and REPEATED several times -- as quoted above from the Evangelical King James Version of the Bible -- THAT WE MUST EAT HIS FLESH AND DRINK HIS BLOOD.
WHAT was Jesus referring to?
While His PHYSICAL Body was crucified and ROSE FROM THE DEAD, and His PHYSICAL Blood poured out for our sins, His Body and Blood TRANSCEND this material, 3D world, and reach into the ETERNAL REALM OF THE SPIRIT.
HOW do you think He obtained ETERNAL redemption for us with His One Sacrifice?
When Jesus broke the bread at the Last Supper (Erev Passover) back in 33 A.D. and gave the cup, THE BREAD DIDN'T TURN INTO HIS PHYSICAL FLESH NOR THE WINE INTO HIS PHYSICAL BLOOD.
But they DID IN THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION.
Likewise they DON'T become His flesh or His Blood IN THE MATERIAL REALM when Catholic Mass is celebrated, or when Evangelicals partake of the Lord's Supper.
If you take the Communion wafer, bread, or wine to a lab, I guarantee they'll still be flour and wine IN THE NATURAL realm.
My question to you is "do you think Jesus is ONLY a PHYSICAL Being?
'Cause if He were ONLY physical, perish the very thought, YOU'RE NOT SAVED.
How many times have you heard me teach that JESUS IS GOD?
God is, first and foremost, SPIRIT (John 4:24).
That's why He MUST BE worshipped in Spirit. That's WHY He MUST BE EATEN IN SPIRIT.
That's why His most precious Body and Blood aren't merely PHYSICAL but SPIRITUAL as well.
The "eating of His flesh and drinking of His Blood" that Jesus was talking about was meant to take place SPIRITUALLY, the bread and wine in the PHYSICAL realm being merely AN OUTWARD REPRESENTATION (remembrance) of WHAT TAKES/TOOK PLACE IN THE SPIRIT REALM WHEN WE PARTAKE/PARTOOK OF OUR LORD'S FLESH AND BLOOD by RECEIVING HIM into OUR HEARTS as our only Lord, Savior and God.
When we RECEIVE Jesus INTO US, we SPIRITUALLY drink His Blood and partake (EAT) of His ETERNAL Spirit Substance.
Hence, we BECOME "members of His Body, of His flesh and of His bones" (Ephesians 5:30).
His Life (Blood) ENTERS INTO US and becomes OUR Eternal Life.
Hence, we BECOME His Spiritual (Mystical) Body (Ephesians 5:30-32).
Jesus made this clear in that very chapter (John 6:63) by saying: "It is THE SPIRIT THAT GIVES LIFE; the flesh profits nothing: THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU (about eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood), THEY ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE".
When we, in spirit, EAT the precious Lamb of God and drink His Holy Blood, we become His VERY spiritual DNA.
Thus, God sees us IN Christ, as Righteous as Jesus Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The thief on the cross next to Jesus never had the chance to participate in Holy Communion, he never ate the PHYSICAL bread or drank the PHYSICAL wine, yet by repenting at the last minute and RECEIVING Jesus into his heart HE IN THE SPIRIT REALM DRANK OUR LORD'S BLOOD AND ATE, our Lord's Eternal Spirit Substance (flesh) which, as Jesus Himself said, IS INDEED "REAL FOOD AND REAL DRINK".
The Communion service is merely an OUTWARD representation, of what has taken place INWARDLY in our hearts, namely THAT by INVITING JESUS TO ENTER OUR HEARTS, WE HAVE TRADED our own, corrupt, fallen, sinful nature for God's Own, Holy, Perfect, Sinless, Incorruptible and Divine Nature.
Just like Adam passed his sinful nature to us through his contaminated blood, Jesus passed His own PERFECT, Divine Nature to us through His Holiest Blood.
Just like Adam passed the tendency to sin to us through his CORRUPT human flesh (DNA), Jesus passed His Righteousness, INCORRUPTION AND IMMORTALITY to us through His SINLESS flesh.
Even the Scriptures tell us that Jesus' Blood IS ALIVE and that, in the SPIRITUAL DIMENSION, IT SPEAKS better things than that of Abel (Hebrews 12:24).
This sacrament is done in remembrance of Jesus' Eternal Sacrifice, and WHAT IT PROCURED FOR ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVE HIM who, by faith, IN SPIRIT, have EATEN His FLESH and DRUNK His Blood which are not just physical but REAL, ETERNAL SPIRIT SUBSTANCE.
That's why He/we/they LIVE FOREVER.
The bottom line is, as Jesus Himself stated, that UNLESS we (in spirit) EAT HIS FLESH AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, by receiving Jesus into our hearts not just as a physical human but AS GOD HIMSELF WHO IS SPIRIT, we have NO LIFE and are NOT saved.
That's why Jesus also said "unless you believe that I AM (God), you will die in your sins." (John 8:24).
You would think that, by now, the Church WOULD HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING and gained some DISCERNMENT.
Give it up, religious bigots; you've had 2,000 YEARS to mull this over, and YOU STILL DON'T GET IT.
If you DON'T LIKE the term "transubstantiation", then CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE.
When we take Holy Communion, we are not to focus PRIMARILY on the MATERIAL BREAD and MATERIAL WINE BEFORE US, BUT on the REAL FLESH AND BLOOD of Jesus AND His Very Self, His Divine Nature, which we're partaking of and RECEIVING INTO our spirits.
Jesus' physical flesh and blood, which were sacrificed for us in space-time, TRANSCEND this physical dimension and are ETERNAL, INCORRUPTIBLE Spirit SUBSTANCE.
SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012
One of the things that shocked me many years ago, when I was called into the ministry - and that still bothers me today - is the competitive attitude that some Christians have toward their fellow believers and ministers of the Gospel.
And I don't mean "healthy competition", either.
I'm talking about a vicious, vindictive desire to "find fault" and to see their brothers FAIL.
I'm talking about the stubborn, CARNAL "I'm right and you're wrong" mindset that wants "us" to be right and "them" to be wrong, EVEN WHEN our teaching CONTRADICTS the Scriptures.
When we CONTRADICT the Scriptures, we CONTRADICT God.
And, for the record, the FIRST to ever CONTRADICT God was Satan (Genesis 3:3-4).
Needless to say such competitive spirit DOES NOT COME FROM God.
It comes from Satan, the deceiver, who loves nothing more than to divide the Body of Christ.
It's also the result of spiritual and emotional IMMATURITY and religious prejudice.
We find a born-again brother or sister with a REVELATION we've never heard before, and we immediately ATTACK him or her without even taking the time to examine their biblical basis, if any, OR EVEN WHETHER SUCH DOCTRINE MAY BE CORRECT.
Spiritual immaturity causes us to feel "threatened".
We FEAR that "they" may be right and WE may be wrong.
We FEAR that "they" may have found something in the Bible to topple one of our religious system's SACRED COWS.
We FEAR "they" may expose it as UNBIBLICAL.
Conversely, there's the other end of the spectrum, which is INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY.
A born-again Messianic attacked my teaching that there's NO SUCH THING as a "7-year peace treaty" in the Bible.
I patiently and lovingly explained why this is true, gave the appropriate Scriptures, explained the historic context, showed him such teaching is NOT FOUND ANYWHERE IN Scripture, went back and forth with this brother about 8 rounds of emails, answered ALL HIS QUESTIONS to his full satisfaction, and, FINALLY, he ADMITTED that it's sheer fabrication and that no such thing is found in God's Word.
I still have his email archived.
About TWO MONTHS LATER I received one of his newsletters and found out, much to my dismay that - despite his outright admission that such teaching was wrong and unscriptural -- HE WAS STILL TEACHING A 7-YEAR PEACE TREATY.
I know how difficult it is, in the natural, to part with religious tradition, not to mention religious brainwashing.
I prayed for him, felt sorry for him, and asked the Lord to have mercy on him.
He, however, was being BOTH spiritually and intellectually DISHONEST.
Lest anyone misunderstand, what I'm saying DOES NOT apply to heretics. Heretics are those who DENY one or more of the BASIC (foundational) tenets of the Christian faith.
Heretics ARE NOT SAVED, and we have EVERY RIGHT TO ATTACK THEIR FALSE DOCTRINE WHICH IS LEADING THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS, TO HELL.
NO ONE is more ruthless with heretics than this preacher.
They are NOT our brothers and sisters. They are wolves in sheep's clothing leading countless misinformed sheep to the slaughter.
I don't mince words with them: I go "for the jugular", DESTROY THEIR FALSE DOCTRINE, and make NO BONES ABOUT IT.
God's Word makes it crystal clear that the Church is THE BODY OF Christ. As a Body, we are made up of MANY DIFFERENT parts. And ALL THE PARTS are NECESSARY.
It's also crystal clear about the fact that NONE OF US has 100% of the Truth, though some have A LOT more truth than others.
We all know IN PART and prophesy IN PART.
Anything that's done IN PART is, by definition, INCOMPLETE and, therefore, IMPERFECT.
Another word for "imperfect" is FLAWED.
Can we ALL AGREE on at least ONE THING, that NONE OF US is infallible?
That NONE OF US is correct 100% of the time?
And that Jesus is ALWAYS right?
Only when we KNOW as we are KNOWN will that which is IN PART be done away with and give way to His Perfection.
But 99% of us aren't there... yet.
Brothers and sisters, please STOP trying to make Christ's Body into ONLY an eye, or ONLY a hand, or ONLY an arm.
STOP seeing OTHER PARTS of His Body as "your enemies".
Stop attacking them or accusing them of "NOT being Christian" just because they don't see eye to eye with you on some NON-FOUNDATIONAL doctrine.
Those OTHER PARTS are beneficial and NECESSARY.
Those OTHER PARTS BELONG IN THE SAME BODY.
WITHOUT those OTHER PARTS, you're not A BODY but a dismembered stump.
It's O.K. for the time being (until Jesus renews our minds with His Appearing) to disagree with other parts on NON-FOUNDATIONAL doctrines.
But please don't view those parts AS NOT BELONGING in the same Body.
In the natural, if you didn't like your nose, or your legs, you wouldn't cut them off.
Yet that's what we do to Christ's spiritual Body.
You can't harm another member of Christ's Body without harming yourself spiritually in the process.
The ONLY thing we accomplish with such puerile, counterproductive attitude is SELF-MUTILATION.
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