June 2013 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013
"LOST BOOKS" OF THE BIBLE
Here's the Truth about the supposed "lost books" of the Bible:
They were NEVER "of the Bible", nor were they ever "lost".
The entire New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation, was written in the FIRST CENTURY A.D., soon after Jesus' death and resurrection.
The apocrypha (or deuterocanonical) books like Maccabees are NOT divinely inspired. Hence, they are NOT part of the SACRED TEXT and DO NOT belong in the Bible.
They’re valuable HISTORIC sources which fill in some important details about what happened in and to Israel during the four centuries that separate the Old and New Testaments.
For that reason, they are INCLUDED in some Bibles, but are usually labeled as “Apocrypha”.
The pseudepigrapha (books with FALSE titles) are neither divinely inspired, nor written by the people they're named after. WHOEVER wrote them, did so at a MUCH LATER DATE than the Sacred Text.
They most definitely ARE NOT part of sacred Scripture.
For instance, the so-called "Gospel of Thomas" couldn't have been written by the apostle Thomas, who lived in the first century, since this book was written late in the second century, long after Thomas had died.
Other false books with FALSE titles and FALSE authors include the so-called "Gospel of Judas", a damnable heresy if there ever was one, the so-called "Gospel of Peter", the so-called "Books of Adam and Eve" and the "Acts of Phillip”.
These books often CONTRADICT God's Holy Word, and CONTRADICT the New Testament: To put it bluntly, they are HERETICAL.
I advise every Christian to study the New Testament deeply, and LEARN THE NEW TESTAMENT, WHICH IS THE INSPIRED, INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD, before they launch into reading something by a false author, with a false title, containing false information which will CONFUSE its readers, CONTRADICTS God's holy, inspired Word and sends people to hell.
Lest anyone misunderstand, the Old Testament is God's Word, too. However, we're no longer living under the Old Testament, but under the New. The New Testament has REPLACED the Old, which became obsolete when Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Luke 16:16).
There WERE NO CHRISTIANS UNDER the Old Testament.
Repeat: THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A "CHRISTIAN" UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT.
Therefore, those who insist in STILL living under the Old Testament are UNSAVED and ARE NOT REAL Christians... I don't care WHAT they call themselves.
The Old Testament has never saved a single soul. The NEW Testament has saved billions and is still saving them.
REAL Christians are found ONLY in the New Testament. REAL Christians LIVE ONLY UNDER the New Testament.
There's NOTHING missing from the Bible.
So every time you see a catalog that offers “lost books of the Bible”, or see some sensationalist TV show with ENEMIES OF CHRIST posing as “scholars” touting these books as "banned", or some YouTube video that offers “secret” or "forbidden" information about the Bible, IT’S PURE TRASH.
That’s NOT the Word of God, NEVER has been, and NEVER will be.
God has NEVER lost anyone or anything that BELONGS to Him (John 18:9; 2 Timothy 1:12).
Jesus has NEVER lost ANYONE who TRUSTED Him (John 17:2).
(Pause and meditate ON THAT).
Which begs the questions:
Who DO YOU belong to?
WHO COMES FIRST in your heart?
Do you belong to a DENOMINATION?
Do you belong to some man-invented or woman-invented DOCTRINE?
Or, do you belong to Jesus?
SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013
Oh, foolish Galatians WHO HAS BEWITCHED YOU, that you should not obey the truth... Did you RECEIVE THE Spirit by the works of the law (Torah) , or BY... FAITH?
Are you SO FOOLISH? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:1-3).
There’s a growing and alarming trend in Christendom to go back to the Old Testament and live under the law.
NOBODY appreciates and loves Israel more than I. For many years, I’ve encouraged believers to become acquainted with Jewish culture, Jewish history, and the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, in order to get a better and deeper understanding of God’s Word.
I attended a Messianic congregation for many years, and was even baptized in water by a Messianic rabbi.
There’s nothing wrong with attending services on Saturday.
There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the Jewish Holy Days.
There’s nothing wrong with eating kosher.
Let me tell you what IS wrong: It’s wrong, and contrary to the very foundation of Christianity, TO VIEW THESE THINGS AS REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION, as MEANS OF ATTAINING RIGHTEOUSNESS.
IT’S WHEN YOU START TRUSTING THESE THINGS TO MAKE YOU RIGHTEOUS, INSTEAD OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS, THAT MAKES such practices EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
You can congregate on Saturday, remember the Jewish Holy Days, and eat kosher, IF YOU WANT TO.
It’s one thing to do it VOLUNTARILY, by CHOICE. It’s quite another when someone tells us WE HAVE TO observe such things to have right standing with God.
ANYONE WHO TEACHES THAT IS TEACHING BOTH A LIE, AND A DAMNABLE HERESY.
What this teaching basically implies is that the Blood of Jesus WASN’T ENOUGH to CLEANSE US AND MAKE US RIGHTEOUS:
“Yeah, Jesus died, PAID FOR SINS, and rose from the dead, BUT.... THAT’S NOT ENOUGH: YOU HAVE TO “ADD” Sabbath keeping, and a kosher diet, and the 10 commandments”...
Forgive me, but that’s EXACTLY what it is: A LOAD OF CRAP that will bring nothing but BONDAGE, hinder life in the Spirit, and SEND YOU TO HELL.
A dear and, I’m sure, well-intentioned lady wrote me a while back that the scariest verse for her, in the entire Bible, is Matthew 7:23 where Jesus says: “Depart from me, you workers of iniquity”. She correctly pointed out that the word for “iniquity” is “lawlessness”, or “torahlessness” in Hebrew.
Does that mean Christians are to live under the law (torah)? Hell no!
Here’s what Jesus DIDN’T SAY:
He DIDN’T SAY “depart from me, you lawless [torah-less] ones because you didn’t keep the Sabbath”.
He DIDN’T SAY “you’re lawless because you didn’t eat kosher”.
He DIDN’T SAY “you’re lawless because you didn’t keep the 10 commandments”.
He DIDN’T SAY “you’re lawless because you were never physically circumcised”.
He said “I NEVER KNEW YOU”!!!
They were “LAWLESS” because HE NEVER KNEW THEM.
They NEVER HAD SPIRITUAL INTIMACY WITH HIM.
They never received Him into the DEEPEST RECESSES OF THEIR HEARTS AND THEIR BEINGS, SURRENDERED TOTALLY TO HIM AND TRUSTED HIM.
THE ONLY REASON they were in “iniquity” (lawlessness) is because they DIDN’T KNOW HIM.
They never had intimate spiritual communion (SPIRITUAL INTERCOURSE) with Him.
THAT’S what made them lawless (Torah-less) (Romans 2:28.29).
Our righteousness is based not on what we do [or fail to do] but ON WHAT JESUS ALREADY DID.
IT’S OUR FAITH IN HIM, IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE, IN HIS COMPLETE AND FINISHED WORK OF REDEMPTION, NOT ON OUR WORKS, THAT’S COUNTED TO US AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
JUST AS ABRAHAM’S FAITH WAS COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS 430 YEARS BEFORE THE LAW [TORAH] WAS EVEN GIVEN (Genesis 15:6; Romans 3:24, 28; 4:3,22-24; 5:1,9,10; Ephesians 2:8).
Abraham NEVER KEPT THE LAW (Torah), since THE LAW HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN AND WAS NOT KNOWN.
Abraham NEVER ATE KOSHER.
Abraham NEVER KEPT THE SABBATH.
And Abraham and the males in his household had NOT YET been circumcised.
We are justified ONLY by faith in Jesus Christ and NOT by the works of the law [Torah] . “ by the works of the law [Torah] NO ONE IS JUSTIFIED” (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
If we try to attain righteousness thru the law [Torah] WE FALL FROM GRACE and Jesus becomes of NO EFFECT TO US (Galatians 5:4).
If Jesus becomes “of no effect” to us, WE’RE NOT SAVED. We’re eternally doomed. THAT, to me, IS THE “SCARIEST” VERSE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE.
WE ARE TO TRUST JESUS’ FINISHED WORK AT CALVARY. WE ARE TO CEASE FROM OUR OWN WORKS and REST IN THE ASSURANCE THAT HE PAID THE PRICE FOR SIN IN FULL and FOR ALL TIME (Matthew 11:28).
By one Sacrifice He made us perfect FOREVER (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
Stop being bewitched by artificial “works” ON THE OUTSIDE. Salvation is HAVING God’s Holy Spirit LIVING INSIDE (Romans 8:9; 1 John 5:12).
FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
WHAT GAYS NEED MOST
Most Evangelicals think what gays need most is TO STOP BEING gay.
God's Word says that what gays -- or ANY OTHER SINNER -- needs most, IS TO KNOW JESUS AND HAVE THEIR SINS FORGIVEN (Matthew 6:33; Luke 10:42; John 1:12; Romans 10:9).
June 2013 has been a significant month for homosexuals in various ways:
The Supreme Court of the United States just issued two rulings in their favor.
Additionally, Exodus International, an interdenominational Christian organization that claimed to help gays change their proclivities, closed down and its founder issued an apology for "the harm their pursuit has caused to LGBT people".
I have no doubt that this organization's original intent was good, but as so often happens in Christian circles, we put the cart before the horse.
You can go through all the exercises and "reparative therapy" you want, but the homosexuals I've known and ministered to, who truly hate being gay and want to change, have issues deeply rooted in their subconscious.
While NO ONE IS BORN HOMOSEXUAL, those tendencies begin to manifest at a very early age.
Jesus knows EACH INDIVIDUAL HEART.
If a gay or lesbian gives his or her heart to Jesus and is born again, HE OR SHE IS SAVED, like any other sinner saved by Grace.
If he or she EARNESTLY DESIRES DELIVERANCE FROM HOMOSEXUALITY they can be INSTANTLY delivered by the Grace and power of God.
But in the vast majority of cases, it's a one-day-at-a-time PROCESS.
Generally speaking, there are no "push button" answers.
Every one of these gays who DESPERATELY WANT DELIVERANCE will have to TRUST Jesus from day to day, and if they slip and fall into sin, LIKE usually happens to THE REST OF US, confess it, receive His forgiveness, KEEP TRUSTING HIM, and MOVE ON.
Homosexuals are sinners. So are heterosexuals.
Engaging in homosexual acts IS SIN.
It is labeled "sin" in both the Old and New Testaments.
So are fornication and adultery.
In order to sin, these acts DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO BE CARRIED OUT PHYSICALLY. According to Jesus, if we LUST sexually for another person we've already committed adultery (or sexual sin) IN OUR HEARTS (Matthew 5:28).
Gays are human and deserve the same rights as any other law abiding citizen of this nation, or any other nation.
The line should be drawn at marriage and ordination.
God's Word is crystal clear that MARRIAGE is strictly between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Ephesians 5:31).
Likewise, MINISTRY is supposed to be carried out by men who are "the husbands of ONE wife" or, conversely, by women who are single or married to ONE husband (1 Timothy 3:2,12; 5:8-10).
A very important part of leadership is SETTING THE EXAMPLE. Ministers (shepherds) are held TO A MUCH HIGHER standard than the flock (James 3:1).
As Jesus said "to whom much is given, of him MUCH SHALL BE REQUIRED" (Luke 12:48).
Being gay, or having gay inclinations, IS NOT the "unpardonable sin".
Jesus said in Matthew 12:31-32 that "ALL SINS would be forgiven men".
Last time I checked "ALL sins" meant "ALL SINS".
Homosexuality is sin, but glory to Jesus, we have A SAVIOR WHO IS GREATER THAN SIN.
We have a Savior who REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26).
Jesus said "WHOEVER comes to me, I will IN NO WAY REJECT" (John 6:37).
If you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transvestite, OR ANY OTHER KIND OF sinner,COME TO JESUS NOW.
RECEIVE JESUS INTO YOUR HEART, NOW.
WHAT GAYS NEED MOST - what ALL SINNERS need most - is JESUS IN THEIR HEARTS.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013
Faith is wonderful. RELIGION IS EVIL.
Aren’t they the same?
Faith is TRUST in Jesus, the Living God.
RELIGION is a set of man-invented rules and regulations that repress individuality and do not inspire trust, but FEAR.
ALL RELIGION is FEAR-based. All religion, including all forms of so-called "Christian" religion, ALIENATES US from the very God to whom it claims to bring us closer.
Religion BRINGS BONDAGE: it tells followers how to dress, how to wear their hair, how look, act, speak and THINK.
It even tells them WHEN TO WORSHIP!
The very word “religion” means “TO RETURN TO BONDAGE”.
Religion doesn’t allow dissent.
Religion is INTOLERANT.
Religion circumvents the Word of God and CLAIMS that it, not Him, is ULTIMATE AUTHORITY.
Dreamers have their religion, too. While repeating John Lennon's mantra of "imagine no religion", they have as much religion as Islamic extremists and, although theirs isn't quite as brutal or lethal, they are JUST AS LOST.
The Dreamer's theology goes like this:
GOD = LOVE
Imagine a world where we all lived by that equation... NOT FOR OURSELVES, BUT FOR OTHERS . . .
...A world where we are patient, compassionate, humble towards one another. No longer in a hurry to get somewhere, finish everything on our "to do" list, and just paused for a moment to feel what it is to be alive. To have the opportunity to do something for someone else, another kindred spirit before we think of our own needs.
Hold the door for a stranger, smile at the cashier, carry a heavy bag for the elderly, or visit a neighbor who is lonely.
According to Dreamers, God is NOT "just" a man who lived and died over 2000 years ago, GOD is in EVERYTHING. GOD is the Universe, GOD is all around us. God lives in all of us.
They claim that seeking Salvation [Jesus] is to live in fear.
That it's fear to believe we will be lost UNLESS we believe that only one man walked as God on this earth, paid for ALL SIN, and UNLESS we invite and RECEIVE that man into our hearts.
They claim to be FEAR-FREE as they seek NO REWARD, NO ETERNITY.
Their message SOUNDS GOOD and, at first glance. After all, what Christian would NOT believe that God IS love?
What rational person would not believe this would be a far better world, if everyone lived and ACTED in love, instead of in fear?
It SOUNDS so noble and “unselfish”. After all they claim to “seek no reward” and NO ETERNITY.
But ETERNITY is there, whether we like it or not, whether we seek it or not.
In fact, Love IS eternal (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Good as it may SOUND, the dreamers’ message IS DECEITFUL and satanic to the core.
NO ONE'S ever accused Satan of being a mediocre liar. He's the MASTER OF deceit.
For starters, DREAMERS are full of baloney, since they themselves DO NOT live up to, and are UNABLE TO live up to, the very standard of "love" they preach.
The ONLY individual to ever live AND DIE “not for Himself but FOR OTHERS” IS NAMED JESUS CHRIST (John 15:13).
NO ONE ELSE – IN ALL OF HISTORY -- can make that claim.
The reason they don't and can't is that, like the rest of humanity, dreamers HAVE FALLEN, UNREGENERATE, SINFUL natures which are INCAPABLE of producing, let alone SUSTAINING, such Love.
In fact, they CANNOT ABIDE IN Love, or act IN love, because they don't know Jesus, who IS the ONLY TOTAL Personification of Love (1 John 4:16).
True Love is A FRUIT OF THE Spirit of Christ (Galatians 5:22).
It doesn’t come from ANYWHERE OR ANYONE ELSE.
True Love IS NOT some human emotion that we can conjure up at will.
And contrary to fallible human opinion, TRUE LOVE – while merciful and compassionate -- IS CAPABLE OF EXPRESSING ANGER AND OFTEN DOES (Matthew 23:13-36; John 2:13-17).
Their message SOUNDS GOOD, in theory, but TOTALLY FAILS, IN PRACTICE.
Their message is not only woefully misguided, but extremely naive.
I would love to believe that God "lives in everyone".
Did God live IN Hitler? In Charles Manson? How about Ted Bundy? Jeffrey Dahmer? Osama Bin Laden?
Does God LIVE IN Satan worshipers? Does He LIVE IN pedophiles?
If that were true, then Jesus was A FOOL, who suffered and died FOR NOTHING, since we ALL had God already IN us.
If that were true, then evil would not even EXIST, since Love is INCAPABLE OF evil.
And even the most fanciful dreamer would have to concede this world is LOADED WITH evil.
If that were true, then God would NOT be love at ALL, since Love, by His very Nature, is INCAPABLE OF SINNING.
Dreamers, in fact, are NOT in a position to judge Perfect Love, let alone what He would or wouldn't do, since they are NOT Perfect Love, and since they DON’T KNOW Perfect Love.
How can they possibly judge something they have NEITHER EXPERIENCED, nor FULLY understand?
Fact is, it would be grossly UNJUST for God (Love) to ARBITRARILY forgive Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, or Muammar Gaddafi the same way He forgave a born-again Christian who willingly gave his/her life to Him, and received Jesus, and His Holy Spirit into their hearts.
Fact is, if God just "forgave" EVERYONE, even those who REJECT HIM and DON'T WANT His forgiveness, He would be AN autocratic TYRANT, who dishonors the free will He gave His Creation, and would NOT be Perfect Love AT ALL.
So, the dreamers' basic premise CONTRADICTS ITSELF, and CONTRADICTS God's very Love nature.
Manifesting Perfect Love requires a NEW, regenerate Nature, not only in our spirits but IN OUR SOULS.
Perfect Love requires Perfect Justice. That's the part of the equation that all dreamers leave out.
But all the WISHFUL THINKING in the world is not going to do away with God's Justice.
That's WHY God Himself became human and PAID IN FULL the price required in order to eternally satisfy His own Divine Justice.
Yes, He's a loving God, who wants everyone saved.
But it's His Way or NO WAY.
So, I got two words for all Dreamers, and for ALL who THINK they'll be saved APART FROM Jesus:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013
What goes on in evangelical circles WOULD BE COMICAL, if it weren't so blasted carnal (1 Corinthians 3:3).
In one corner you have an evangelical stiff holding a conference on "Strange Fire" denouncing the evils of Pentecostalism.
That seems to be THE RELIGIOUS ANSWER TO EVERYTHING today: hold a conference.
Such conferences are A JOKE: They change nothing, persuade no one, and are akin to political conventions: mere throwing raw meat at hungry, blood-thirsty, fanatical supporters.
All they do is preach to the choir and line the speaker's pockets with $$$.
In the other corner we have a hyper-Pentecostal calling himself the "Holy Ghost Bartender" who says if you're going to expose the gifts of the Spirit as "fake", you better produce THE REAL THING.
He also accused the stiff of bordering on blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
How utterly pathetic is that?
The stiff claims that the gifts of the Spirit ENDED in the first century A.D. as if God's Eternal Spirit could be RESTRICTED by something as finite as "time".
The gifts shall cease ONLY WHEN we manifest God's Perfection (1 Corinthians 13:10).
Since we haven't manifested it yet, they HAVEN'T CEASED.
However, the stiff IS RIGHT about ONE THING:
The gifts of the Spirit have been used and abused by greedy, opportunistic PERFORMERS who regularly FAKE THEM because they know their fickle, adulterous AUDIENCE WILL PAY FOR A GOOD SHOW.
The gifts ARE real.
The gifts ARE MANIFESTING TODAY.
Unfortunately, 90% of what passes off as "gifts of the Spirit" is FAKE, and 99.9% of the "gifts" displayed on "Christian" TV are STAGED.
Case in point: the so-called "Holy Ghost Bartender".
This man came up with A RELIGIOUS GIMMICK that HAS SERVED HIM, if no one else, well.
He was almost penniless when he arrived in the U.S. But he knew that dumb American Christians will throw money at ANY NEW charismatic FAD. And, sure enough, they have.
It took very little time for the gimmick to work and for him to acquire groupies.
A New Hampshire fan was not even embarrassed to tell a major newspaper that she had moved to Florida (some 1,500 miles away) "JUST TO ATTEND HIS CHURCH":
"When he prays for me, there's such a power from God that flows through him that it overcomes me and I can't stand on my feet."
THAT is THE PROBLEM plaguing the Evangelical community today:
We are up to our eyeballs in gimmicks, we got people falling like dominoes (supposedly) "under the power", we got Kristian entertainment galore, but there's NO SOUND DOCTRINE AND NO FOUNDATION.
We've seen time again how STUPID KRISTIANS RUN AFTER all these sensationalist performers: the bartender, the guy with the tattoos, the little creep who throws his anointed jacket at dumbstruck idiots, the smiling "I wanna be popular, so I won't tell the truth lest I offend prospective buyers", the big, fat "thou art loosed" MERCHANT TO FEMALES, the prosperity pushing jackass seducing young boys, the former leader of the NAE who condemned homosexuality, while engaging in it himself, etc. etc.
But Christians NEVER LEARN.
The moment they become disillusioned with one performer, THE MOMENT some network has a field day exposing their deception, they're already seeking A NEW IDOL to worship, a human Baal with whom to cheat on Jesus.
Remember the guy who dressed in army fatigues and asked people to rise early in the morning and join him in "spiritual warfare"?
That gimmick worked until - as we've seen in so many cases before where IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PREACHER, and very little about Jesus - ABC did an exposé about his lies and fraudulent schemes.
The bartender claims to have special anointing to get people "drunk" in the Spirit and inspire them to laugh uncontrollably.
Is such thing even found in Scripture?
The gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, DO NOT mention "holy laughter".
The fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22 include JOY.
Joy means intense, ecstatic gladness or happiness.
But it says nothing about rolling in the aisles, giggling or laughing uncontrollably.
Matter of fact, the fruit also includes SELF-CONTROL, so it couldn't possibly mean the alleged "drunkenness" that this dude promotes.
The apostles and other disciples who were in the Upper Room on Pentecost 33 A.D., were joyful and many thought them to be drunk because they HEARD THEM SPEAKING in unknown tongues.
But when the Holy Spirit filled them they were SITTING. Read it for yourself in Acts 2:2.
There was NOTHING DISORDERLY or gimmicky about their demeanor.
They were not rolling in the aisles, they were not giggling and they did not engage in uncontrolled laughter.
Ephesians 5:18-19 says not to be drunk with wine but to be being filled with the Holy Spirit, "singing and making melody IN OUR HEART to the Lord".
Again, NOT A WORD about the giggling and incessant laughter.
The "bartender" is fond of using Psalm 126:1-3 to justify his show:
"When the LORD turned again THE CAPTIVITY OF Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then WAS OUR MOUTH FILLED WITH LAUGHTER, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the nations, The LORD has done great things for them.
The LORD has done great things for us; and we are glad".
This Psalm is talking about Jews returning FROM CAPTIVITY (SLAVERY) TO JERUSALEM.
It says nothing about attending a meeting and laughing uncontrollably.
It also EXALTS GOD and NOT any preacher.
IT WAS GOD who caused them to laugh when He turned their captivity, not some "super anointed" preacher.
I'm all in favor of LAUGHTER and joy that truly comes from the Spirit.
THERE IS "holy laughter", since God Himself laughs (Psalm 2:4; 59:8).
But to base one's ENTIRE MINISTRY ON THIS is SELF-EXALTING, UNBIBLICAL NONSENSE.
WHEN LAUGHTER ITSELF becomes THE FOCUS, and NOT JESUS, you KNOW we're in trouble.
How can this man claim to have "turned the captivity" of his congregation, when they are CONFUSED and CAPTIVE to all manner of wrong doctrine?
How can he claim to have SET THEM FREE when half of them are AFRAID TO LOSE THEIR SALVATION?
How can this man claim to have "turned their captivity" when they are SLAVES TO HIM, his gimmick, and his so-called "ministry"?
WHEN will you GROW UP, Body of Christ, and PUT AWAY childish things?
There's REAL laughter all right, but it's not coming from evangelicals:
The ONLY ONE laughing at this religious circus, with good reason, IS SATAN.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
"And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out THE SAINTS of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and THEY SHALL BE GIVEN INTO HIS HAND until a time and times and the dividing of time" (Daniel 7:25, KJV).
"He (Antichrist) was given power to make war against THE SAINTS and TO CONQUER THEM. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation" (Revelation 13:7, NIV).
Will the Church go thru the tribulation JUDGMENTS? NO.
The word "church" or "churches" appears 19 TIMES in the first three chapters of Revelation, BEFORE the tribulation begins.
In Revelation 7:9, she appears SUDDENLY in heaven, as an innumerable multitude which has been raptured BEFORE the tribulation judgments even begin.
Tribulation judgments begin in chapter 8, verse 2.
The Church is raptured UNDER THE 6TH SEAL. The tribulation JUDGMENTS are poured out when THE 7TH SEAL is opened.
The Church is conspicuously ABSENT from all the tribulation chapters.
The word "church" is NOT EVEN MENTIONED ANYWHERE in chapters 4-19 of Revelation.
You DON'T find THE CHURCH ANYWHERE on earth AT ANY TIME, DURING the tribulation and reign of Antichrist.
Who are "THE SAINTS" mentioned in these verses then?
WHAT SAINTS does Antichrist war against, conquer, and "wear out"?
"Saints" aren't JUST Christians. There were saints in the Old Testament, BEFORE there were ANY Christians (before Jesus appeared, died and resurrected).
2 Chronicles 6:41; Job 15:14; Psalms 16:3; 30:3; 106:16; Proverbs 2:8 are just a few examples of this.
Many of those Old Testament saints received Jesus as Lord and God when He spent THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS in the center of the earth, rose from the dead themselves, and were taken to heaven by Him, AFTER His Resurrection (Matthew 27:52; Ephesians 4:8-9).
The word "saint" (kadosh or kodesh in Hebrew and hagios in Greek) simply means one who is CONSECRATED, SET APART or SEPARATED, unto the Lord.
Saints (separated ones) who ALREADY ARE saved are taken to heaven at the Rapture, and BEFORE the tribulation judgments begin.
However, during the reign of Antichrist many people will come to faith in Christ (Revelation 14:6, 13).
When they do, they BECOME saints.
Well, to whom is Revelation 12:17 referring when it says:
"And the dragon was angry with the woman, and WENT TO MAKE WAR WITH THE REMNANT OF HER OFFSPRING, WHO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST".
It's referring to natural Israelites, since they are THE ONLY ONES to whom "the commandments of God" were given and they HAVE THE WITNESS (testimony) of Jesus (Matthew 15:24).
What that verse DOESN'T SAY is that they have "THE FAITH OF" Jesus.
If they had saving faith, they would have left with the Church under the 6th seal and WOULD NOT BE ON EARTH SUFFERING SATAN'S AND ANTICHRIST'S PERSECUTION.
The natural descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Israel have always been God's saints, or His Special People, chosen by and SEPARATED UNTO God.
The saints that will be given into the Antichrist's hand are natural Jews who will turn to Jesus when they see Him coming in the clouds to rapture His Church (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 12:6, 14-17).
They're also Gentiles who turn to Christ during the three and a half year reign of Antichrist (Revelation 14:6).
Those who BECOME saints through faith in Jesus Christ during the tribulation will be saved; however many of them will be persecuted and beheaded for their faith ([Revelation 20:4).
They are resurrected after the Second Coming of Christ to rule and reign with Him on the earth.
They are NOT, repeat, NOT the Church.
That's why during the tribulation you'll find "saints" (SEPARATED ones) both in heaven (Revelation 8:3; 15:2)) and on earth (Revelation 13:10; 14:12, 14-16).
EVERYONE in the Body of Christ (Church) is a saint.
Those who are saved during the tribulation BECOME saints AFTER the Church is gone.
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
Someone recently asked me how they should deal with the sadness or disappointment of waiting and waiting and waiting... for our Lord to appear and take us Home.
The Holy Spirit INSTANTLY "arose" within me and gave me this answer:
Take your eyes OFF yourself and put them ON Jesus.
It's only NATURAL for believers to want to see our Lord and put ALL OF THIS WORLD'S suffering BEHIND ONCE AND FOR ALL.
However, the underlying cause for the sadness or despair that He still hasn't appeared is SELFISHNESS.
In that department, I'm probably THE WORST offender of all.
I WANT TO SEE JESUS. I WANT JESUS with NO BARRIERS of ANY kind - whether real or imagined -- in between.
And I WANT HIM NOW.
Our Savior KNEW that many of us would feel that way, and He told us THE ONE AND ONLY REASON for "delaying" His promise:
TO SAVE MORE SOULS:
He's not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Is EVEN ONE SOUL WORTH spending a week longer, a month longer, or A YEAR LONGER on this earth?
Based on Mark 8:36, I'd have to say "YES":
According to Jesus, ONE human soul is WORTH MORE THAN the whole world.
Humanly speaking, it's natural to feel disappointed as each month, week, day, hour, minute, or SECOND goes by and Jesus hasn't appeared.
But the fact is, He hasn't appeared (at least collectively) in TWO THOUSAND YEARS.
Think of all previous generations of Christians who WANTED to see Him, longed for the Rapture, and never got to see it during their lives.
Of course, since they've been waiting so long, they get RAISED FROM THE DEAD FIRST then we are transformed and go up TOGETHER WITH them to meet our Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
We are the blessed generation that will experience His appearing, while most of us are still ALIVE. There's NO DOUBT whatsoever about that. Glory to His Name!
The remainder of our stay here becomes more bearable when we know that each moment we linger, SOME SOUL(s) is/are getting saved SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD.
I know that the spiritual condition of many here in America seems bleak.
I know it may seem that any more delay is "a waste of time".
I know it seems like some people will have to stay behind AND SUFFER TRIBULATION in order to to come to their senses and receive Christ...
But remember that America is NOT the entire world, neither is England, South Africa, Australia, India, Jamaica, or wherever you're reading this.
I assure you that there are THRIVING Christian communities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, even Central and South America, where NEW BELIEVERS ARE ADDED to the Church, to His Collective Body, EACH AND EVERY DAY.
In our own ministry we see souls coming to Jesus CONTINUOUSLY.
Would you send those souls to hell, or through the horrors of the tribulation with no certainty of Salvation, SO YOU COULD ESCAPE THE TRIALS and CHALLENGES OF THIS WORLD A BIT SOONER?
We need to stop focusing on "self", stop BEING SELFISH, stop having a pity party ("oh, gee, it's June already and Jesus hasn't shown up"), and say:
"THANK YOU, Lord, that MORE and MORE SOULS are coming into your Kingdom".
THAT'S what it's about.
We're not looking at "years" but rather months.
Once Jesus does appear WE'LL NEVER EXPERIENCE SUFFERING -- in ANY way, shape or form -- EVER AGAIN. Glory to His Name!
If we have to "suffer" and PUT UP WITH THE DECAY AND SINFULNESS OF THIS FALLEN REALM A BIT LONGER, JESUS IS WORTH THE WAIT.
The SOULS that will COME TO KNOW JESUS during that "extra time" - who were predestined in Him before the foundation of the world to come into His Kingdom (Ephesians 1:4) are worth the wait, too.
I know it hard to believe based on some of our earthly performances but THEY ARE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE ETERNAL GOD, TOO.
Very soon they will ALL MANIFEST their TRUE Selves which are FACETS OF HIS sparkling and INCOMPARABLE PERFECTION.
Hang in there, brothers and sisters. Don't let ANYONE or anything STEAL YOUR JOY (Nehemiah 8:10).
I assure you, in Jesus' Name and based on His Holy Word, that you have A BRILLIANT, MARVELOUS Destiny just ahead.
Amen and amen.
Our Jesus made a promise, and HE WILL KEEP IT.
His timing is always PERFECT.
His Kingdom WILL come, His WILL (NOT OURS) BE DONE.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013
"Send me some material to help me grow spiritually" is a request that we usually get either from new believers or from those who've turned from cults to true faith in Christ.
Of course, we have material that we provide to both groups free of charge:
We have material to guide new believers in developing their relationship with Jesus and in taking those first steps in their communion with the Lord.
We also have material to help those who want to break free of religious legalism.
We even dig into our archives and send material to those who ask about specific topics.
We also share our teachings with ministries abroad.
But there are those who get those materials, and STILL WANT US TO SEND MORE.
They think we have some magic formula that'll make people INSTANTLY grow spiritually.
Invariably, we refer them to the New Testament.
There isn't a "one size fits all" spiritual growth program because there aren't two people on this planet who are at the same place or the same level of spiritual development.
If you're a new believer who recently invited Jesus into your heart, there isn't a better guide or faith-producing "instruction manual" IN THE ENTIRE WORLD than your Bible, especially the New Testament. In fact, it's a "MUST READ".
Likewise, if you're someone who has forsaken some man-invented religion in favor of the true Gospel of God's Grace, there's NO BETTER resource on this planet to strengthen your faith, and TO DEVELOP YOUR TRUST in God's undeserved Goodness (Grace), than that New Testament.
We can provide BASIC guidance on both, but the bottom line is:
I CAN'T IMPROVE ON what GOD SAID.
Spiritual development TAKES TIME and REGULAR CONNECTION with Christ.
There are no "short cuts". There is no MAGIC FORMULA that turns people into spiritual or faith giants OVERNIGHT.
As much as Saul of Tarsus had studied the Torah and Tanach, even he had to take some time to meditate God's Word, commune with Christ and get fresh revelation BEFORE he became the Apostle Paul, the greatest evangelist the world has ever known (Galatians 1:13-20).
In Mark 4:26-29 Jesus compared spiritual development in the Kingdom of God to a seed that man scatters into the ground. Then, without really knowing how, that seed sprouts and grows BY ITSELF night and day, first the stalk, then the head, then the full ripe kernel in the head.
However, seeds need to be watered and fertilized REGULARLY, then they grow and produce grain or fruit.
The New Testament must be THE BASIS OF our faith.
Had you KNOWN the New Testament, had you known DIRECTLY what Jesus and His disciples believed and taught (instead of what some SINFUL MORTAL CLAIMS they said)-- had you PERSONALLY KNOWN the Jesus of the New Testament -- many of you would have never been deceived into following some legalistic, man-invented, fear-based religion.
God doesn't want His children living in fear, or filled with insecurity and anxiety. He wants them to ENJOY Him.
Communion with God is NOT a "task" as religion makes it sound. It's an UNSPEAKABLE BLESSING and wonderful, joy-filled EXPERIENCE.
Part of such communion includes studying the New Testament. Every believer MUST KNOW what Jesus did, said and taught.
You can't read God's Word in a hurry. Spirit revelation can't be rushed.
You need to take it in slowly, meditating on it deeply, to the point you're still thinking about it AFTER you closed the Bible and are doing something else.
You need to spend LOTS OF TIME in communion (spiritual COMMON UNION) with Jesus.
And you need to seek and ask the Holy Spirit's guidance and revelation.
He inspired the Word. He's THE ONLY ONE who can reveal ITS TRUE MEANING.
If you run into some portion that you don't understand, of course we're willing to help to the best of our God-given revelation. But NO ONE in this world can REVEAL Scripture and spiritual Truth like the Holy Spirit.
God's Word is exceptionally precious and filled with marvelous promises.
However, if we DON'T KNOW those promises, we can't trust God to deliver on them.
Scripture we DON'T KNOW won't do us ANY good.
Scripture that DOESN'T STAY WITH US is USELESS to us.
Those who've entered into relationship with Jesus Christ NEED TO KNOW what Christ said and thinks.
And there is NO SUBSTITUTE FOR individual, one-on-one spiritual connection and communication with Jesus.
When we enter into relationship with anyone, when we care for that person, we SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE WITH THEM and we FIND OUT their innermost thoughts, opinions, likes and dislikes.
HOW MUCH MORE should that be true in our relationship with our God and Savior?
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013
COMMANDMENT OR CUSTOM
The Bible DOES NOT command ANYONE to gather in a building on Saturday.
The Bible DOES NOT command ANYONE to gather in a building on Sunday.
You can search the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation and you won't find such commandment(s).
Yet this SILLY issue has divided the Body of Christ for TWO THOUSAND YEARS!!!
Entire denominations have been FABRICATED based on this idiotic fallacy.
Thousands of books have been written and sermons preached about why Sunday and NOT Saturday is the "right day" to congregate or worship.
Myriad books have also been written and sermons preached denouncing the "evils" of worshiping God on Sunday.
One false prophetess in particular went so far as to brainwash her groupies 150 years ago with THE LIE that the "mark of the beast" will be a so-called "Sunday law" that will mandate worship of God on Sunday.
Never mind that NO SUCH THING IS FOUND IN Scripture.
Never mind that God should be worshiped EVERY SINGLE DAY (Psalm 113:3; Malachi 1:11).
Never mind that there's NO SUCH THING as a "wrong day" or "wrong time" to worship God (Psalm 20:5; 90:14; 118:24).
And never mind that Scriptures are clear that THE ONLY WORSHIP allowed during the tribulation will be that of Satan and his Antichrist (Daniel 11:37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:4, 15).
Religious minds ON BOTH SIDES of this issue are too busy spinning their web of religious deceit to even bother with BIBLICAL Truth.
But what about the 4th Commandment?
A. Christians DON'T LIVE by the 10 Commandments, we live under Grace NOT LAW (Romans 3:20; 10:4; 11:6; Galatians 2:16; 5:4).
B. EVEN IF we were still under law, the 4th commandment ORDERS natural Israelites (NOT Christians) TO STAY HOME AND REST.
It ORDERS THEM NOT TO do ANY work on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-10).
It says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about gathering in a building to worship.
THERE WERE NO SYNAGOGUES OR CHURCH BUILDINGS ANYWHERE in 1,450 B.C. when the 4th commandment was given.
Such buildings simply DID NOT EXIST.
Consequently, the Sabbath commandment COULDN'T POSSIBLY REFER TO gathering in those buildings: That's UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE.
Well, what about Luke 4:16 which says Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth on Saturday as "was His CUSTOM"?
Aaaah... now we're getting somewhere.
Gathering at the synagogue on Saturday was NEVER A COMMANDMENT.
It BECAME Jewish CUSTOM in the 6th century B.C. while Jews were in Babylonian exile.
That was also when those buildings called "synagogues" were INVENTED.
Jesus, being Jewish, simply followed the Jewish CUSTOM of His day.
NOWHERE are we told that it is WRONG, or SINFUL, NOT to attend synagogue on Saturday.
As for those Christians who want to use Jesus as "example", those religious buildings you call "church" ARE NOT JEWISH SYNAGOGUES.
If you REALLY want to follow Jesus' example then you need to gather on Saturday WITH JEWS at a JEWISH synagogue, NOT A "Christian" church building.
If you want to use Jesus as "example" then YOU MUST DO EXACTLY AND PRECISELY WHAT HE DID, COMPLETELY AND IN EVERY DETAIL.
You can't simply take THE PORTION that "FITS" YOUR INVENTED THEOLOGY AND DISREGARD THE REST.
Those who do are SELF-SERVING HYPOCRITES.
O.K., but what about Hebrews 10:25 which says:
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching".
That LONE verse in the New Testament:
1. DOES NOT tell anyone to gather on Saturday.
2. DOES NOT tell anyone to gather on Sunday.
3. DOES NOT even specify a particular day on which believers should gather.
4. DOES NOT even specify HOW OFTEN they should gather.
5. COULD NOT POSSIBLY refer to gathering in any "Christian church building" since Paul wrote Hebrews around 64 A.D.
At the time, Church buildings DID NOT EXIST.
They would not exist UNTIL 400 years AFTER the Book of Hebrews was written.
Therefore, IT'S DOWNRIGHT IMPOSSIBLE for that verse to refer to gathering in one of those "Christian" buildings commonly called "church".
The New Testament speaks of Jews persisting in their CUSTOM to gather at the local synagogue on Saturday, while Gentile believers acquired THE CUSTOM of gathering in INDIVIDUAL Christian homes -- NOT INVENTED "church" BUILDINGS -- on Sunday (John 20:19; Acts 13:14,42; 17:2; 18:4; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2).
There is NO WRONG DAY or TIME to worship God.
He should be worshiped EVERY SINGLE day from the rising of the sun to its going down (Psalm 113:3).
I have worshiped Jesus with Messianic Jews on Saturday and with Christians the very next day (Sunday).
The world didn't end, lightning didn't strike, God didn't get angry at me, and I was JUST AS SAVED when I was among Messianics on Saturday as I was among Christians on Sunday.
It's time to put THIS SILLY ISSUE TO REST.
Esteeming one day above another CONTRADICTS New Testament doctrine (Romans 14:5; Colossians 2:16-17).
EVERY DAY is the "right day" to adore Jesus.
There's nothing wrong with WORSHIPING JESUS, or with congregating TO WORSHIP HIM, on Saturday, on Sunday, or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
WHAT IS wrong, AND WILL SEND PEOPLE TO HELL, is thinking that SALVATION DEPENDS ON gathering in a building - Jewish or Christian - on ONE PARTICULAR DAY.
True Christian faith, true SAVING faith, is NOT about days of the week, man-made CUSTOMS, or man-invented buildings: IT'S ALL ABOUT KNOWING AND ADORING JESUS HIMSELF (John 1:12), ALL THE TIME, EVERY SINGLE DAY.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013
DOES JESUS EVEN EXIST ?
There's this myth circulating recently that there's no evidence Jesus ever lived.
That there's nothing, apart from the New Testament account, no historical evidence of any sort, to indicate there was a Jesus of Nazareth.
I've heard it on TV, and seen ads on the internet, including on a couple of Christian sites (go figure...) advertising a DVD set that, supposedly, offers "proof" that Jesus never existed. He's merely the invention of some religious loons.
Well, if someone INVENTED Jesus, and His marvelous, unparalleled teachings, they weren't loons at all... they were GENIUSES.
If someone just "invented" the notion that God so loved sinful humanity, that He decided to become human, and DO THE JOB of redeeming us HIMSELF... there's nothing in literature anywhere that even REMOTELY comes close to it in sheer greatness, idealism, loftiness and perfection.
However, let me stop right there and say, this sudden "discovery", 2,000 years after the fact, that Jesus "never existed", and that He was merely "invented", is nothing but pure trash, and not worthy of anybody with half a brain to even consider.
FOUR REPUTABLE, CONTEMPORANEOUS, SECULAR HISTORIANS, namely, Josephus, Tacitus, Suetonius and Pliny the Younger, all wrote and testified as to His Existence, his earthly Life, His ministry, His crucifixion, His claim to Resurrection, and His having an ever-increasing number of followers:
So much for the stupid, ludicrous, UNFOUNDED, "no evidence apart from the New Testament" argument.
Not to mention that THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE who lived in Israel and Jerusalem saw Him, heard Him, touched Him, were taught by Him, believed in Him, witnessed His crucifixion, and over 500 SAW HIM RESURRECTED AT THE SAME TIME (1 Corinthians 15:6).
They believed in His Resurrection to the point they were WILLING TO DIE very gruesome deaths, rather than deny His Existence.
So, in addition to FOUR secular historians, we have THOUSANDS of contemporary eyewitnesses, who were so sure of Jesus' Existence and who He is, they chose martyrdom, rather than saving their own lives, by denying the Undeniable.
But let's, for one nanosecond, PRETEND that He never existed.
That a "non-existent" individual could inspire such devotion, from people who KNEW He didn't exist, and that faith in Him would spread throughout the world, to the point it would change history, the calendar, and society in general...
That millions throughout the world are able to EXPERIENCE that "nonexistent" Person, and have a PERSONAL, JOYOUS, LIFE- CHANGING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM (who, supposedly, doesn't exist), then love and worship Him...
That would be an EVEN GREATER MIRACLE.
So great, in fact, that there's no explanation for it OTHER THAN SUPERNATURAL, DIVINE INTERVENTION.
So, ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT IT, NAYSAYERS LOSE.
Oh, foolish atheists! I pity your miserable, blind hatred!
You feel THREATENED by someone who, according to your unsubstantiated crap, and irrational fear, DOESN'T EVEN EXIST.
If there's NO JESUS, then WHO OR WHAT are you SO AFRAID OF?
You won't admit it, but deep down inside YOU KNOW HE'S REAL. That's WHY you keep coming up with all sorts of nonsense in futile attempts to discredit the EVER EXISTING ONE:
You're TERRIFIED of coming Face to face someday with the ALMIGHTY, LIVING GOD.
This isn't the first time it's been tried. In the past two millennia, THOUSANDS have tried, in various ways, to discredit Jesus.
Guess what? Nobody remembers them.
Just like nobody will remember you.
Jesus, on the other hand, has more followers today than He ever did!
Unless you repent and have the courage to receive the LIVING Christ into your heart, it's YOUR EXISTENCE that people will question, NOT HIS.
From EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING HE IS GOD (Psalms 90:2).
That's A FACT. And there's NOTHING you can do about it.
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
It happens much too frequently:
Some scared Christian wants help because he or she is "backslidden".
He or she fears "losing" their Salvation because of some sin(s).
These poor people DON'T HAVE A CLUE what they're talking about, but their "Christian" religion did not hesitate for one second to heap condemnation on their heads.
Religion MADE SURE they felt GUILT for the VERY SIN(S) THAT JESUS REMOVED,DESTROYED, ERASED, FORGOT AND CLEANSED 2,000 YEARS AGO (Psalms 103:12; Hebrews 9:26,10:17).
They even borrowed an ominous sounding biblical term AND MISAPPLIED IT to make their false doctrine seem more credible: "backsliding".
It's hard to associate any good thing with the coming tribulation, but one benefit it will bring to all mankind is that God will OBLITERATE religion - ALL religion, Christian and pagan - from the face of the earth (Daniel 11:36-37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
Not a moment too soon.
But isn't the term "backsliding" found in Scripture?
AND EVERY SINGLE TIME it refers to Israelites abandoning the worship of Yahweh in favor of worshiping THE IDOLS du jour like Baal or Ashtoreth.
NOT ONCE does it refer to "falling into old sins", OTHER THAN the sin of idolatry (Proverbs 1:32; Isaiah 57:5-13; Jeremiah 3:6-13; Hosea 11:2-7).
So, unless you were once a believer in Jesus, forsook Jesus, and are now worshiping Buddha, Krishna, Allah or some other FALSE "deity", YOU'RE NOT BACKSLIDDEN.
And if you did "forsake" Jesus, it's because YOU NEVER KNEW HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE.
You may have HEARD ABOUT Him and acquired some form of "Christian" religion, BUT YOU NEVER EXPERIENCED HIM PERSONALLY AND INTIMATELY IN YOUR INNERMOST BEING.
Those who REALLY know Him CANNOT forsake Him anymore than He can forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5).
So, the FIRST thing that I do with poor sinners who seek help for "backsliding" is GET THEM TO REPENT (change THEIR THINKING).
They're NOT backslidden at all:
They're either individuals who HAVE NEVER RECEIVED JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS and NEED TO DO SO and have ALL THEIR SINS ERASED (some in this category ARE RELIGIOUS, some AREN'T).
Or, they know Jesus, ARE SAVED, and simply fell into sin because of human weakness, and because they're minds haven't been renewed. That's all.
In any case, GUILT won't help them at all. It will make matters WORSE, not better.
The ONLY REMEDY for sin is Jesus.
Repeat: THE ONLY REMEDY FOR SIN is Jesus.
Make sure HE LIVES IN your heart (Ephesians 3:17).
If He does, ALL your sins (past, present, and future) are forgiven and HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN since 2,000 years ago in earth "time", and SINCE ETERNITY in God's reckoning.
GUILT doesn't make anyone LESS of a sinner, IT MAKES US SIN ALL THE MORE!
If you feel badly about sinning, CONFESS that/those sin(s), receive God's forgiveness AND STAND ON IT.
Then FORGIVE YOURSELF.
Confessing sin DOESN'T NOTIFY God about your sin(s). He knew about that/those sin(s) LONG BEFORE you committed it/them in space-time.
What is does is RELEASE OUR CONSCIENCE FROM THEM.
If the sin or sins involve harm to another person, either directly or indirectly -- and if it's possible -- without harming yourself in the process --apologize to him or her.
Tell them how sorry you are and ask THEIR FORGIVENESS.
MEDITATE ON GOD'S TOTAL FORGIVENESS UNTIL YOUR MIND BECOMES TOTALLY RENEWED and YOU BECOME FULLY CONVINCED AND GROUNDED ON THE MARVELOUS TRUTH that Jesus HAS REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME.
As long as you carry guilt around, as long as your faith wavers every time you sin, as long as religion sells you the lie that you've fallen OUT OF FAVOR with God because you did WHATEVER, Satan will have you wrapped around his little finger and will toss you to and fro like a beach ball.
He'll manipulate you and get you into a vicious cycle where you sin even more, then feel even guiltier, then sin even more, then feel more guilt, and so on.
Jesus has FOREVER set us free FROM BONDAGE to sin, to Satan, to guilt, and TO HIS OWN LAW (John 8:36).
He who THE SON SETS FREE is FREE INDEED.
Shove ALL GUILT ASIDE and MEDITATE ON THAT.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013
PRAYER IS PRIVILEGE
I'm often asked how much time I spend in prayer each day.
The answer? I honestly DON'T KNOW.
I've never timed myself.
I'm NOT one of those super-disciplined individuals, who always gets up at 5:30 A.M., does 10 laps around the block, then spends 30 minutes, or an hour, in prayer, then has a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast (yuck!).
You can't "force" prayer.
The Spirit moves when He wills, and Lord knows He's not confined to "time".
You can't tell the Spirit "oh, it's 6:15, time to pray". Prayer IS NOT as structured as all that.
The moment you assign a specific time allotment for prayer, it instantly loses its spontaneity. That, in turn, makes it lose its effectiveness.
And if it loses its effectiveness, it's pretty much a WASTE of time.
ANY prayer that DOESN'T come from the heart is exactly that.
I don't have ANY allotted time for prayer. I pray when I'm moved to do so. When I do, 99% of the time, it's for other people.
Very, very rarely do I ask anything for myself.
I do keep a special folder with your prayer requests, and present them before the Lord whenever His Spirit moves me.
Sometimes He moves me ONCE a day, and sometimes 20 times a day.
I simply DECIDE to live each day in communion (connection, dialogue with) God's Holy Spirit, and not just talk, but also spend time LISTENING.
I CHOOSE to retain consciousness of His Presence, and His Voice, during the day and at night.
I lean very heavily on His incomparable Wisdom and Guidance.
Without Him, I'd be lost and clueless.
I follow His lead.
When He says "pray", I do. When He moves me to intercede for others, I do so wholeheartedly, when He says "be silent", I am. AND WHEN HE SPEAKS, I LISTEN.
When He floods my spirit with love and gratitude for Himself, I love to spend HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES adoring Him and praising Him.
Prayer's not a "Christian duty" or an OBLIGATION, as religion would have us believe.
It's A GREAT HONOR: An enormous PRIVILEGE.
Hence, it's not to be taken lightly, OR RESTRICTED TO something as ephemeral as "time".
Paul instructed believers at Thessalonica to "pray WITHOUT CEASING" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
The Christian walk should be one of CONSTANT CONTACT and COMMUNION with our Savior and constant attention to Him.
Prayer is NOT A MONOLOGUE: It's TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION with the Greatest, Highest, Wisest, and Most Creative Mind in the universe.
Hence, we should all be at His beck and call.
How long, and how often, should you be at it?
ALL THE TIME:
As long as He wants, WHENEVER He wants.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013
CAN YOU READ?
A couple questions often asked by newcomers to this ministry are "how come I haven't heard this before? and "WHERE did you get all that revelation"?
Where EVERYONE ELSE should get theirs: from the Spirit of God and the Word of God.
A grave problem in the Church today is that NOBODY WANTS TO READ: And when they do, they READ FICTION rather than Truth.
We've become accustomed to OTHERS TELLING us WHAT THEY SAY THE BIBLE SAYS, as opposed to what it ACTUALLY says.
Unfortunately, this has become the norm, from seminary on down the respective religious hierarchies.
The professor tells us WHAT HE SAYS the Bible says and we believe him.
The theologian tells us WHAT HE SAYS [or THINKS] the Bible says and we accept it, no questions asked.
The pastor or evangelist tells us WHAT HE SAYS the Bible says, and we buy it (even when the Bible DOESN'T SAY IT).
The prosperity guru writes a book where he tells us WHAT HE SAYS THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT SOME MAGICAL FORMULA that will make us zillionaires overnight and we swallow it, hook, line and sinker.
Never mind that we've been BUYING their magic formulas for 60 years and NO ONE'S prospered except the gurus THEMSELVES. We're too spiritually lazy to pick up the Bible and read WHAT IT SAYS about finances.
We've become so apathetic where the Word of God is concerned that we don't even BOTHER to check their statements against other scriptures, and see if they stack up.
The prophecy guru SELLS US a book full of lies where he tells us WHAT SCOFIELD SAID THE BIBLE SAYS about the Rapture, tribulation or Antichrist, and we don't even bat an eye.
(I love Scofield, greatly value some of his contributions, and I'm sure he didn't teach error intentionally, but was he right about everything?Heavens, NO!).
We don't even take 30 seconds to study the passages for ourselves and see if THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE BIBLE says.
We don't spend even 10 Seconds meditating some of God's prophecies and allowing the Spirit to EXPOUND ON THEM.
We value THE WORD OF MAN above THE WORD OF GOD.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out WHY there's so much confusion, false teaching and division in the Body of Christ.
I stopped LISTENING TO MAN years ago. I stopped reading THE WORD OF MAN years ago. I stopped reading RELIGIOUS FICTION years ago. That's HOW I got these revelations, to Jesus be ALL the glory.
I shoved all of man's OPINIONS aside, IN FAVOR OF direct study of God's Word, ALLOWING GOD TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO ME THRU HIS WORD, and listening to God's Holy Spirit within.
If you want unadulterated Truth, if you want deep revelation, if you want to know WHAT GOD REALLY SAID, you don't need to be "holier", or smarter than anyone else.
It all boils down to this one, tiny thing:
CAN YOU READ?
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013
CONQUERING AND TO CONQUER
Of all this ministry's teachings, one of the most often and most fiercely debated, concerns the WHITE HORSE in Revelation 6:2.
I have consistently taught, for over 10 years, that it represents Jesus, who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER".
He CONQUERS for the ultimate purpose of establishing The Kingdom of God on earth.
NOWHERE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE is the Antichrist depicted on a white horse. And we know from history, that the Antichrist's horse, named Bucephalus, was BLACK not white.
Jesus, on the other hand, UNEQUIVOCALLY appears on A WHITE HORSE in (Revelation 19:11).
Many of the Early Church fathers and theologians, including Irenaeus, correctly understood and taught that the rider on the WHITE horse in Revelation 6:2 is Jesus.
This great Truth was "unsealed" back in the first century A.D. and will manifest on earth very shortly, when the 7th seal is opened and the 7th Trumpet, which is the Trumpet of Jubilee, is sounded, heaven OPENS and Jesus RETURNS TO EARTH IN TANGIBLE, BODILY FORM.
That's what the Book of Revelation is ALL about: the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
It's NOT ABOUT the establishment of Antichrist's reign on earth.
Although that must happen, his reign will last ONLY 42 months (Revelation 13:5).
Jesus' Kingdom IS ETERNAL (Luke 1:33).
That's why THE SEALS BEGIN WITH JESUS going forth victorious in His Resurrection (in the FIRST century) and END with Jesus ultimately returning on that same WHITE HORSE to establish His Kingdom on earth IN OUR CENTURY.
Glory to His Name!
The SEALS BEGIN WITH Jesus and END WITH Jesus:
He is the Alpha and the Omega: THE BEGINNING and THE END.
That's WHY, by the time the 7th trumpet sounds (under the 7th and FINAL seal), "the kingdoms of this world... become the kingdoms of our Lord and OF HIS CHRIST" (Revelation 11:15).
It's Jesus, NOT Antichrist, who reigns "forever and ever".
That's WHY it's Jesus who goes forth conquering and TO CONQUER.
You would think that Christians would REJOICE in this great and VERY BIBLICAL Truth. I'm certain many do.
But not ALL Christians...
I sometimes wish I could share some of the idiotic, blasphemous e-mails I receive from supposed believers vehemently arguing this is the Antichrist.
They have little interest in the Bible, except to take it out of context or use it "selectively" in a desperate and futile attempt to "prove" their warped eschatology.
NO ONE can prove a lie.
NO ONE can EVER disprove Truth.
The false "white horse antichrist" theory did not emerge until the 19th century when it was invented by Charles Nelson Darby, advanced by C.I. Scofield, then picked up and popularized by 20 and 21 century prophecy traffickers.
Let's indulge their prophetic fantasy for just a moment:
If this WERE the Antichrist who goes forth "conquering and TO CONQUER", that would mean he'd be VICTORIOUS at Armageddon.
That would mean Antichrist would defeat Jesus (perish the VERY THOUGHT).
That would mean Jesus would never establish His Eternal Kingdom on earth.
That would mean the whole Bible is a lie.
You can't say on the one hand that the Antichrist goes forth TO CONQUER, and later say he's defeated at Armageddon and that it's Jesus who will reign on earth.
That's A DIRECT CONTRADICTION.
Make up your minds, "Christians": It's one or the other.
All "christians" [small "c"] who want to fight tooth and nail on behalf of the Antichrist, I got two words of advice for you:
1) Start looking for a place to hide. And,
2) REPENT and GET SAVED, while you still can.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
SEPARATION FROM GOD
Does SIN separate us from a HOLY God?
The answer will surprise most people:
I can almost hear the thousands of religious gasps reverberating through cyberspace.
The answer is STILL "NO".
ORIGINAL sin, the sin that Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden and passed down to ALL their descendants (us) DID INITIALLY "SEPARATE" US FROM OUR HOLY CREATOR AND GOD:
It caused His Glory (manifest Presence, Shekinah) to LEAVE.
It left man destitute, VULNERABLE and NAKED and I don't mean just physically.
Such "separation", thank Goodness, was ONLY TEMPORARY:
It would last ONLY until God could send the UNIFIER Savior to FIX THE PROBLEM.
Once the Savior REMOVED sin, THERE WAS AND IS NO MORE SEPARATION:
"Behold the Lamb of God (Jesus) WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD" (John 1:29).
If He TOOK AWAY THE SIN that caused the separation in the first place, THERE'S NO MORE SEPARATION!
Well, Jesus MAY have taken care of ORIGINAL sin as you say, but He DIDN'T take care of ALL THE OTHER SINS WE COMMITTED AFTERWARDS.
He didn't remove the sins we commit AFTER we receive Him.
If He DIDN'T, you can kiss Salvation, good-bye.
If He DIDN'T you're eternally lost, with NO HOPE OF REDEMPTION... EVER.
THAT LIE was invented BY RELIGION. You won't find such teaching in the New Testament.
ALL your sins, in fact, WERE DEALT WITH 2,000 years ago AT CALVARY and HAVE NO POWER AT ALL TO SEPARATE YOU FROM God.
Jesus doesn't FIND OUT about our sins WHEN WE COMMIT THEM. He KNEW ABOUT THEM before He even created us (Ephesians 1:4; Revelation 13:8)
SIN IS DEAD.
ONLY RELIGION wants to keep sin alive.
ONLY RELIGION wants to perpetuate "separation" as though Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection MEANT NOTHING AND HAD ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING.
Religion has never fully embraced the New Testament.
All religionists are still stuck in Old Testament separation and condemnation.
O ye of little faith and even LESS UNDERSTANDING!!!
Who have MORE FAITH IN SIN'S ABILITY TO SEPARATE YOU FROM CHRIST, than ON HIS ABILITY TO CLEANSE YOU FROM SIN and RECONCILE YOU WITH THE FATHER!
But WHAT ABOUT Isaiah 59:2:
"But YOUR INIQUITIES HAVE SEPARATED YOU FROM YOUR GOD; YOUR SINS HAVE HIDDEN HIS FACE FROM YOU, SO THAT HE WILL NOT HEAR".
And WHEN did Isaiah utter those words?
He wrote them while the OLD Testament was still in effect.
He wrote them 800 YEARS BEFORE the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
And even then, he pointedly spoke IN PAST TENSE.
THAT WAS BEFORE CALVARY, dummy!
Yes, THERE WAS separation caused by sin UNTIL Calvary.
There's NO SUCH THING AFTER Calvary.
Unless, of course, you think that NOTHING'S CHANGED, that Jesus' Death and Resurrection, that the shedding of His SINLESS Blood MADE NO DIFFERENCE, you haven't got A CHANCE in heaven or hell to make a case for PRESENT "separation" based on THAT.
The sins that Jesus DIED for, the sins that He TOOK UPON HIMSELF, the sins HE KILLED AND NAILED TO THAT CROSS, have NO POWER WHATSOEVER TODAY to separate us from God.
In fact, they NO LONGER EXIST.
Jesus POINTEDLY said in Matthew 12:32 THAT ALL SINS WOULD BE FORGIVEN except rejection of Him.
And Romans 8:38-39 says CLEAR AS DAYLIGHT THAT NOTHING AND NO ONE can SEPARATE US FROM Christ and His love.
So either Scripture contradicts itself (which means that GOD LIED), or Jesus made A HUGE AND PERMANENT DIFFERENCE.
How sad that your congregation doesn't teach this GREAT TRUTH, which is the BASIS OF OUR FAITH!
What a pity that you've frittered away countless hours on the internet LISTENING TO "DOCTRINES OF MEN" INSTEAD OF SPENDING TIME ON THE WORD OF GOD!
You need to find out FOR YOURSELF, what Jesus and His Apostles ACTUALLY SAID, instead of believing WHAT MAN-INVENTED RELIGION SAYS that "He said".
THERE'S A HUGE DIFFERENCE.
AFTER Calvary sin HAS NO MORE POWER to separate ANYONE from God, because sin HAS BEEN REMOVED FOREVER (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26): WHICH PART OF "FOREVER" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?
"Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But HE HAS APPEARED ONCE and FOR ALL at the culmination of the ages TO REMOVE sin by the Sacrifice of Himself" (Hebrews 9:26).
"God was in Christ RECONCILING (REUNITING, bringing back TOGETHER) the world UNTO HIMSELF,NOT COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM" (1 Corinthians 5:19).
"For by ONE SACRIFICE He has PERFECTED FOREVER ALL who are SANCTIFIED" (Hebrews 10:14).
You CAN'T say it ANY CLEARER THAN THAT.
Born-again BELIEVERS are NOT SEPARATED FROM Jesus. We're SEPARATED (sanctified) TO Jesus!
There is NOW, glory to His Name, NO SEPARATION:
We belong to Him and He (glory, glory, glory) BELONGS TO US.
Jesus FIXED THE SIN PROBLEM - ONCE AND FOR ALL - 2,000 YEARS AGO!!!
DEAL WITH IT!
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013
WHY DID GOD GIVE THE LAW?
WHY DID God give the children of Israel the Law KNOWING IN ADVANCE THAT THEY’D NEVER BE ABLE TO KEEP IT?
WHY did He give THEM the law, when ONLY HE could fulfill it?
Because He wanted to show that sinful, MORTAL humans CAN NEVER MEASURE UP TO GOD’S STANDARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
He wanted them to realize the TOTAL FUTILITY of trying to produce THEIR OWN righteousness (Isaiah 64:6).
He wanted His people to ACKNOWLEDGE their COMPLETE HELPLESSNESS to save themselves, no matter how hard they tried to keep COMMANDMENTS and no matter how much blood of innocent animals they offered to temporarily cover their sins.
God wanted them to realize their TOTAL DEPENDENCE ON HIM for Salvation.
Thank God for every born again child of God who realizes that Salvation IS A GIFT: A GIFT WE DO NOT DESERVE, a GIFT WE CANNOT EARN, from beginning to end.
However, to some extent, God’s plan has backfired.
Instead of throwing themselves helplessly on His mercy, instead of realizing they have ZERO righteousness, some sinners have become ADDICTED TO the law, to the point that even after Jesus came and FULFILLED EVERY JOT AND TITTLE, they REJECT His SACRIFICE, DEEM IT “INSUFFICIENT”, REJECT HIS GIFT OF SALVATION, AND ARE HELL-BENT ON BEING SAVED BY THEIR OWN “MERIT”.
PRIOR TO THE LAW, people lived 2,500 years or longer WITHOUT the law. Yet some people today CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT.
Abraham was saved BY FAITH, the same way we are saved today, 430 years BEFORE the Law was given or even known (Genesis 15:6; Galatians 3:15-17).
Yet 3,500 YEARS AFTER God gave the law they STILL CLING TO THE LAW, as though IT HAD SHED ITS BLOOD FOR THEM.
They still worship THE LETTER OF A DEAD Law that Jesus NAILED TO THE CROSS, along with His perfect, sinless body (Colossians 2:13-14).
They are OBLIVIOUS TO THE SPIRIT who wrote the Law.
The law's INABILITY to make ANYONE RIGHTEOUS was PROVEN when, 450 years after the Law was given, King David said there WERE NONE righteous among the Israelites, NOT EVEN ONE!!! (Psalm 53:1).
1,500 YEARS LATER Jesus Himself said NO Jew ever kept the law (John 7:19).
Never mind that JEWS and other Israelites to whom the Law WAS given NEVER KEPT IT, today MILLIONS of supposed “Christians” – to whom the Law WAS NEVER GIVEN -- CLAIM TO KEEP IT.
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM IS LYING.
NO SINFUL MORTAL can keep it.
Yet their false religion has brainwashed them to the point that they are TOTALLY CONVINCED that they “keep” God’s law.
Even BORN-AGAIN believers CANNOT keep THE LETTER of God’s law.
Yet, there are MILLIONS OF “Kristians” WITH UNREGENERATE HEARTS who THINK they can.
Those who KNOW Jesus can’t keep it, but those who’ve NEVER KNOWN Jesus ARE CONVINCED that they do.
ALL LAW ADDICTS are going to hell.
That’s a fact.
You can cling to the Law all you want. You can INVENT all the false doctrine you want, but YOU’RE LOST.
Unless you REPENT of your presumptuousness, humble yourself before God, ADMIT YOU SIN AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE, and RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART AS GOD AND SAVIOR, YOU’RE GOING TO HELL, BUBBA.
The Law has never LED ANYONE INTO the Kingdom of God.
It couldn’t even get MOSES into the Promised Land.
The ONLY door INTO the Kingdom of God IS JESUS (John 10:9).
If you try to enter God’s Kingdom through the Sabbath Gate, the Law Gate, the Circumcision Gate, the Kosher Diet Gate, the 10 Commandments Gate, OR ANY OTHER “GATE” BESIDES JESUS HIMSELF, YOU’RE HEADED FOR DAMNATION.
You can call yourself “Christian” ‘til your face turns pink, purple and yellow:
You’re NOT A CHILD OF GOD, but a poor, illegitimate, religious bastard.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
EVERYTHING'S NOT A DEMON
Yes, Satan's real and more evil that words can express.
Yes, there are demons and evil spirits that serve him and they are extremely wicked as well.
Yes, I'm the first to say that Satan HAS HUMAN "secret agents" that infiltrate our congregations, prayer groups, Sunday schools, media, ministries, etc.
Like their puppeteer master, all they seek to do is steal, kill, destroy and CONFUSE.
If they can't steal your money, they'll do their best to steal your time.
They ENJOY being THE CENTER of attention.
They're SELFISH LEECHES whose entire universe consists of "me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me and ME".
I know firsthand because Satan not only FOLLOWS THIS MINISTRY PERSONALLY, but always has not one but SEVERAL of his puppets hanging around.
And the Holy Spirit ALWAYS exposes them sooner rather than later.
However, NOT EVERY PROBLEM Christians face is caused by Satan or demons.
There's this tendency in Christendom, especially among hyper-charismatics, to BLAME EVERYTHING on "demons".
Every problem IS NOT CAUSED BY demons.
Yes, they're out there. But I've often said that the creep and his creepers get FAR MORE CREDIT than they deserve.
The existence of Satan, satanic angels, evil spirits and demons DOES NOT EXEMPT US FROM PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
A LOT of the problems in this world, and especially IN CHRISTENDOM, are SELF-INFLICTED.
We needed no "help" from Satan or demons: we MESSED UP ALL ON OUR OWN.
God gave each of us FREE WILL which NO demon, NO Satan, NOT EVEN GOD HIMSELF will override.
No demon can POSSESS a born-again child of God: NO WAY, NO HOW.
Demons can harass, confuse and wreak havoc IN OUR LIVES, but they CANNOT POSSESS Christians.
They can bother us ONLY, ONLY, ONLY... if we LET them.
They operate in our lives when WE OPEN the door.
There are a millions of fun games in cyberspace, WHY must you engage in THAT SATANIC ONE?
It wasn't a demon that got you hooked on porn. You did that ALL ON YOUR OWN.
That some demon saw AN OPPORTUNITY ONCE YOU WERE HOOKED, and has aggravated the problem even more, is a different matter altogether.
If you're so worried about demons operating in your life, then why DO PARTICIPATE IN SÉANCES WHICH OPEN THE DOOR TO THE SPIRIT WORD OF THE OCCULT?
Before you blame Satan or demons for all your problems, at least have THE HONESTY and MORAL INTEGRITY to take a long, deep and REALISTIC look AT YOURSELF.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013
WRONG WAY TO RECEIVE JESUS
Is there A WRONG WAY to receive Jesus into one's heart?
People receive Jesus for A VARIETY OF reasons:
Some people come to Christ out of FEAR of going to hell.
Others because they realize they're sinners and need a Savior.
Others because they grew up in a Christian home, heard the Gospel many times, and it eventually got through and impacted their souls.
Others, because they LOVE JESUS, have ALWAYS LOVED Him, cannot HELP loving Him, and COULD NOT HELP giving every ounce and particle of their beings to Him at some point.
They CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE life without Him.
It would be simply empty, meaningless EXISTENCE.
Some people come to Him for a combination of two or more of the above.
Others come to Him FOR ALL of the above.
If we lived in a perfect world, filled with perfect people, EVERYONE WOULD RECEIVE HIM BECAUSE HE IS GOD, HE LIVES FOREVER, HE is MORE WONDERFUL that words can express, and is ETERNALLY WORTHY of OUR COMPLETE, UNRESTRAINED, SPONTANEOUS LOVE, ADORATION, PRAISE, WORSHIP, GRATITUDE AND THANKSGIVING:
But we DON'T live in a perfect world...
There is NO SUCH THING AS "a wrong way" to come to Jesus.
EVERYONE, in fact, SHOULD come to Him, since we all CAME FROM Him (John 1:3).
No one can come to Jesus UNLESS the Father draws him or her (John 6:44).
EVERYONE should come to Jesus "as they are" and FOR WHATEVER reason.
The important thing is that WE RECEIVE HIM and GIVE OURSELVES TOTALLY TO HIM.
Just DO IT.
Your "motive" can always be refined AFTERWARDS.
If you haven't experienced Jesus IN YOU, you're CHEATING YOURSELF of the greatest and most joyous experience possible.
You haven't "lived" until you EXPERIENCE the Presence, the Love, the sheer Wonderfulness of our lovely Savior in your INNERMOST BEING.
It's an EXPERIENCE that you'll cherish and want to RE-LIVE time and again and again... FOREVER.
Go ahead, open the door of your heart and INVITE HIM IN.
"ALL THOSE that the Father gives me WILL COME TO ME. And he that comes to me, I will IN NO WAY reject".
Thank you, Lord Jesus.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013
DON'T TALK TO US, GOD
Can you imagine someone REJECTING God's Voice?
Can you even comprehend the Creator of the universe, the Almighty, SPEAKING and people NOT listening?
Oh, come on, you're out of your mind. That would never happen.
Really? THAT'S WHY you need to stop reading those STUPID websites with man-invented fantasies.
THAT'S WHY you need to stop watching those EVEN MORE STUPID and FALSE "Christian" videos.
THAT'S WHY you need to shun "Christian entertainment" and seek SOLID Truth.
THAT'S WHY you need to study His Word, the Bible.
THAT'S WHY you need to SEEK JESUS WITH ALL YOUR HEART, not just for 5 minutes on Sunday morning, BUT EVERY SINGLE DAY.
God's Word is JESUS!!! (John 1:1).
You'd think that those who claim to believe in Jesus would seek Him, seek His Face, and seek His Knowledge, which is SO SUPERIOR TO ours (Isaiah 55:9).
When the children of Israel came out of Egyptian bondage and camped around Sinai, God SPOKE TO THEM CLEARLY, DIRECTLY, AND OUT LOUD.
He spoke to them in an AUDIBLE Voice.
But THEY REJECTED HIM!!!
They told Moses "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But DO NOT have God speak to us or we will die" (Exodus 20:19).
God had already spoken and they HADN'T died.
But that's what religion AND FEAR do to people.
RELIGIOUS FEAR caused them TO REJECT HIS WORD.
They'd rather get it FILTERED THROUGH MOSES.
And, sure enough, they've been listening to Moses, and NOT to the God they claim to serve and believe in, EVER SINCE.
It's no wonder, then, that some 1,400 years later, when THAT SAME GOD appeared to them in human form, when THAT same Word of God became incarnate, THEY STILL REJECTED HIM.
They still REFUSED His Word. They still turned a deaf ear to His Voice.
And they're still doing it 2,000 years later.
By the first century A.D., their ears had become so dull and their hearts so hardened, that they NO LONGER FEARED DYING from hearing God's Word: they wanted Him CRUCIFIED!!!
They no longer feared being killed BY the Word, they'd completely turned the tables and now WANTED TO KILL Him!
They were stubbornly resolute in their decision NOT TO LISTEN to Him.
No wonder Jesus repeated time and again "He who HAS EARS, let him hear" (Matthew 11:15; 13:9,43; Mark 4:9,23; Luke 8:8; 14:35; Revelation 2:7,11; 3:6,13; 13:9).
God's people are destroyed for LACK OF KNOWLEDGE (Hosea 4:6).
Rejecting the Word of God IS rejecting God (John 1:14).
He IS His Word.
But it's not JUST the children of Israel who, for the most part, reject Him.
Those who claim to be His followers, who profess to be Christian, ALSO REJECT HIM.
They have both His RECORDED Word in the Bible, and they supposedly have the Living Word, JESUS, living IN THEM.
But they'd rather NOT hear Him.
They'd rather NOT seek Him, or have Him speak DIRECTLY TO THEM.
They'd rather get Him FILTERED THROUGH some fearful religion, through some demonic cult, some false preacher, some confused religionist, or some greedy televangelist.
They'd rather get Him FILTERED THROUGH some nitwit who posted a video which no more contains God's Word than Mein Kampf.
Or from some biased website with a preconceived agenda and utter disregard for The Truth.
When all the while Jesus Himself is available to them 24/7.
When all the while their Bible is sitting on a shelf, TOTALLY NEGLECTED and collecting dust.
We've become TOO LAZY AND TOO INDIFFERENT to SEEK Jesus ourselves.
We want SOMEONE ELSE to do "the work" for us.
Seeking the One we're supposed to KNOW and LOVE has become toilsome. It's become A BOTHER.
So, we'd rather hear MORTAL MEN'S BIASED AND OFTEN DISTORTED VERSION of what He supposedly says.
Are you rejecting the Word of God?
Are you REJECTING JESUS, without even realizing it?
How can you REJECT HIS WORD and call Him your Lord?
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
"These signs SHALL FOLLOW them THAT BELIEVE: IN MY NAME shall they CAST OUT DEMONS"... (Mark 16:17).
NO ONE HAD EVER CAST OUT DEMONS before Jesus came along.
That's why Jesus' contemporaries were ASTONISHED at His authority and called it a "new doctrine" never before seen or heard (Mark 1:27).
Even the greatest prophets of the Old Testament HAD NEVER done this:
Abraham never did it: Nor did Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, or ANYONE ELSE.
The CLOSEST THING that we find PRIOR TO Jesus is when David played the harp for Saul and the evil spirit that afflicted Saul would leave him, only TEMPORARILY (1 Samuel 16:23).
Eventually, the bad spirit would return and bother Saul until David played his anointed harp AGAIN.
Jews were wondering if Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah (Son of David).
The casting out of demons BEGAN with Jesus and He passed it down to His disciples (us).
However, exorcising demons is NOT what religion has INVENTED, or as Hollywood portrays it in movies like The Exorcist, or as some CON ARTISTS PRETEND for the BENEFIT OF their audience and THEIR OWN POCKETS.
It's also NOT some group of hyper charismatic clowns who couldn't cast out AN ANT, let alone a demon, and feel they must all gang up on some usually IMAGINED "demon".
As the above Scripture indicates, ALL it takes is the Spirit of God and ONE true, firmly established believer TO CAST "it" or "them" out.
It's also NOT for new believers or even for OLD believers who are NOT FIRMLY ESTABLISHED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE SCRIPTURES.
And don't even THINK of "trying" this if you DON'T KNOW JESUS.
THIS is SERIOUS business and it's NOT for AMATEURS.
You better be 100% CERTAIN OF WHO YOU ARE, AND WHOSE AUTHORITY YOU HAVE, BEFORE you even THINK of casting out evil spirits.
In Acts 19:13-16 we have a most unfortunate incident with a group of 7 Jewish brothers who peddled supposed "exorcisms" on the street:
"Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, TOOK UPON THEMSELVES TO CALL OVER THEM WHO HAD EVIL SPIRITS THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, saying, "We adjure you by Jesus WHOM PAUL PREACHES".
And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and CHIEF OF THE PRIESTS, who did so.
And THE EVIL SPIRIT ANSWERED... "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; BUT WHO ARE YOU"?
And THE MAN IN WHOM THE EVIL SPIRIT WAS, LEAPED ON THEM, AND OVERCAME THEM, AND PREVAILED AGAINST THEM, SO THAT THEY FLED OUT OF THAT HOUSE NAKED AND WOUNDED".
A Rabbi was recently trashing the Brit Hadasha (New Testament) on YouTube and saying that the "Christian" New Testament portrayed Pontius Pilate as a Caspar Milquetoast character (it DOES NOT).
After REMINDING the good Rabbi that the Brit Hadasha is hardly "Christian" since it is written IN ITS ENTIRETY BY JEWS, reminding him of what Luke 13:1 and Mark 15:15, said about Pilate, which in NO WAY fits his Caspar Milquetoast allegory... I said:
"Well then, you MUST ALSO believe in Jesus' miracles INCLUDING His casting out of demons".
He answered that he "didn't necessarily believe EVERYTHING the New Testament says about Jesus".
And I replied: "Well, then, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO QUOTE THE NEW TESTAMENT".
You can't present the portions YOU LIKE as "TRUE EVIDENCE" to make your point, and then turn around and SAY "OH, BUT I DON'T BELIEVE THE PARTS THAT REFUTE MY POINT. Those ARE NOT TRUE".
"Can't have it both ways, Rabbi. Either ALL of it is true, or NONE of it.
That's a double-standard, which in turn PROVES YOU DISHONEST and undermines your credibility".
Haven't heard from the Rabbi since.
And, of course, he would not allow my comments to appear on his YouTube channel, which is understandable.
But I made MY POINT and gave him something to think about.
The rabbi in question knew EXACTLY where I was coming from, that's why he HAD TO BACKTRACK.
There are a few vague and unsubstantiated references to casting out demons in EXTRABIBLICAL Hebrew literature, but most of it was written in the 2nd century A.D. and NONE of it was ever deemed remotely credible or divinely inspired.
Even then, their alleged "exorcisms" all involved amulets, potions, incantations, or some combination thereof.
Jesus cast demons out FOR GOOD, in front of EVERYONE so it was UTTERLY UNDENIABLE, by the sheer SPOKEN WORD.
The RELIGIOUS LEADERS (Pharisees) of Jesus' day also understood WHAT THIS MEANT.
Heck, ALL Jews knew what it meant SINCE ONLY GOD CAN CAST OUT DEMONS.
They realized the common people were about to receive Jesus as Messiah.
THAT'S WHY Pharisees IMMEDIATELY stepped in and ANNOUNCED that IT WASN'T BY the Spirit of God that Jesus cast demons out but by Beelzebub, the prince of demons.
They had NO EVIDENCE or scriptural basis WHATSOEVER for their statement, mind you.
They were so hell-bent and ADAMANT in their REJECTION OF Jesus that, even WHEN FACED with UNDENIABLE EVIDENCE, they INVENTED some lame excuse (that's ALL RELIGION EVER DOES) TO DISMISS JESUS' AUTHORITY and "explain it away".
In fact, they WENT TO THE EXTREME of saying it was SATAN HIMSELF (or Beelzebub) WHO HAD CAST HIS OWN EVIL SPIRIT OUT.
Jesus who IS the Word manifested in flesh and knows the Torah INFINITELY BETTER THAN THEY, argued that Satan doesn't cast out Satan: That He and His disciples COULD ONLY DO THIS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD (Matthew 12:28; Mark 1:32: 16:17; Luke 10:17).
ONLY TRUE believers can cast out demons.
Like Jesus, we do it by the Spirit and the SPOKEN Word.
Like Jesus, we better be 100% CERTAIN that GOD HIMSELF LIVES and IS IN US.
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013
GIFTS AND FRUIT
The New Testament talks about GIFTS of the Spirit and FRUIT of the Spirit.
EVERY BELIEVER SHOULD WELCOME AND MANIFEST both the gifts and fruit of the Spirit.
However, Satan and his agents can MIMIC the GIFTS. They CANNOT MIMIC THE FRUIT.
The 9 GIFTS are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10:
1. For to one is given by the Spirit THE WORD OF WISDOM
2. To another THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE by the same
3. To another FAITH by the same Spirit;
4. To another the GIFTS OF HEALING by the same Spirit;
5. To another THE WORKING OF MIRACLES;
6. To another PROPHECY;
7. To another DISCERNING OF SPIRITS;
8. To another VARIOUS KINDS OF TONGUES;
9. To another THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES:
The 9 FRUIT are mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23:
THE FRUIT of the Spirit is:
8. MEEKNESS (HUMILITY)
THERE IS NO LAW AGAINST SUCH.
Both THE GIFTS AND FRUIT are MANIFESTATIONS of the Holy Spirit who LIVES IN the innermost being of EVERY born again believer WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
ANYONE who DOES NOT HAVE the Holy Spirit of Christ INSIDE is NOT SAVED and is NOT of God (Romans 8:9).
REPEAT: Satan and his agents can MIMIC the GIFTS. They CANNOT MIMIC THE FRUIT.
Performers on Kristian TV can likewise MIMIC the GIFTS, but NOT the fruit.
Sorry Pentecostals, but THE ONLY REASON you STAGE THE GIFTS is because YOU HAVEN'T GOT THE REAL THING.
I'm Spirit filled and I love you, but most of you are a bunch of TWO-FACED, HYPOCRITICAL MANIPULATORS, who COUNTERFEIT GOD'S GIFTS FOR PERSONAL GAIN.
And I'll tell you so IN CHRISTIAN LOVE until your phony comb-overs and fake eyelashes WILT under those TV studio lights you're so fond of.
But one of the gifts IS HEALING, are you saying that Satan can MIMIC THAT?
UNDERSCORE the word "MIMIC".
Satan does not have REAL healing. But I know of people who have gone to Satanists and have SUPPOSEDLY been "healed" of certain conditions, only to have another malady (USUALLY WORSE THAN THE PREVIOUS) pop up elsewhere, AND USUALLY AT THE EXPENSE OF THEIR SOULS.
That Satan can do DECEPTIVE "miracles" is no secret since the Bible is clear that he will do them through his Antichrist and False Prophet (Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:13-14).
Satan and his agents can also IMITATE prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, word of knowledge, etc.
But Satan CANNOT imitate THE FRUIT.
He has NO LOVE, can give NO JOY, NO PEACE, no GOODNESS and NO HUMILITY.
TALK IS CHEAP: ANYONE can CLAIM to be "Christian".
ANY THORN BUSH can CLAIM to be a "fig tree".
But if it DOESN'T PRODUCE FIGS at some point, IT'S NO fig tree AT ALL.
None of us is perfect. We can all "lose it" at a given moment and produce ABERRANT FRUIT every now and then:
However, when you observe someone OVER MONTHS OR YEARS, who they REALLY ARE - their TRUE NATURE -- will become EVIDENT:
Jesus gave us THE TEST of ONE'S TRUE NATURE in Matthew 7:16:
"You will RECOGNIZE THEM BY THEIR FRUIT".
SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013
In Matthew 24:4 when asked by the disciples what THE SIGNS of His Coming and OF THE END OF THE AGE would be, THE FIRST WORDS out of Jesus' lips were:
"SEE THAT YOU (believers) ARE NOT DECEIVED. For MANY will come IN MY NAME (In Jesus' own Name) saying that I (Jesus) am Christ and SHALL DECEIVE MANY".
Jesus' warning has not only come true, and is not only PAINFULLY EVIDENT EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, but it's actually turned out to be A GROSS UNDERSTATEMENT.
Religious deception IS RAMPANT and comes IN MANY FORMS.
We've often talked about deception in the form of heretical sects like the Church of God or the Jehovah's Witnesses who teach "another gospel" and WHICH LEAD THEIR FOLLOWERS STRAIGHT TO HELL.
We've also talked many times about GREEDY "evangelicals" who, although they BASICALLY, at some point, preach Salvation through Christ alone, ARE TOTALLY FOCUSED ON, AND ONLY TALK ABOUT, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, AND MORE MONEY and have turned our faith into A SHADY, STRICTLY FOR-PROFIT BUSINESS. I often refer to them as "prosperity gurus".
And we've talked about "prophecy gurus" who basically HAWK "biblical prophecy" NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE, and which is, therefore, UNBIBLICAL.
But there's yet ANOTHER TYPE OF DECEPTION going on SUPPOSEDLY "in the Name of Christ" which TRUE believers should be aware of:
I'm talking about INFILTRATORS.
I'm talking about AGENTS OF SATAN MASQUERADING AS CHRISTIANS.
Some are pitiful, laughable and downright STUPID.
Let's face it: YOU GOTTA BE STUPID in order to reject Jesus and follow THE LOSER, Satan (Revelation 20:10).
But SOME are VERY CUNNING, CLEVER and VERY WELL TRAINED:
They "look" Christian, "act" Christian, and even "SOUND" Christian, at least IN FRONT OF YOU.
They KNOW Christian lingo, congregation protocol, they KNOW Scripture quite well, and even quote it!
Sadly, really capable impersonators QUOTE Scripture MORE ACCURATELY THAN MOST CHRISTIANS!
They IMITATE THE gifts of the Spirit TO PERFECTION, to the point that, APART FROM the Holy Spirit's REVELATION and DISCERNMENT, they are INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM the REAL thing,
Paul warned about such in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15:
"For such are FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO 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 WORKS".
That's also why Paul warned in Galatians 1:8 that EVEN IF an "angel from heaven" came and preached ANOTHER Gospel, different from the original (the Gospel Christ and His disciples preached) that he/she or it IS TO BE ANATHEMA, meaning ACCURSED.
That's why John also WARNED US TO TEST THE SPIRITS to see IF THEY REALLY ARE OF God:
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but TEST THE SPIRITS WHETHER THEY ARE OF God: because MANY FALSE PROPHETS ARE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD" (1 John 4:1).
Don't fool yourselves: the internet is REPLETE WITH WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING MASQUERADING as "ministers" of Christ,so is YouTube, SO IS "Christian" TV and, chances are, SO IS YOUR CONGREGATION.
Many a believer has been "taken" into fraudulent business deals where they've lost EVERYTHING, improper or destructive relationships and, worse, FALSE DOCTRINE that shipwrecks their faith.
That "nice Christian" who always says "hello" and sits in your pew every Sunday, knows all the hymns, and religious clichés, could be A PRETENDER, AN INFILTRATOR.
I've warned repeatedly that OUTWARD appearance and demeanor are DECEIVING and no more determine who's a real Christian that wearing Armani determines who's a designer.
It's WHO LIVES INSIDE that individual that determines if he or she is a TRUE born-again believer, or not.
By THEIR FRUIT you shall know them.
Every TRUE believer in Christ will sooner or later manifest the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
If such fruit are NOT evident, I'd be very cautious about entering ANY sort of relationship, whether business, personal, or both, with "him" or "her".
OPEN your SPIRITUAL EYES, brothers and sisters.
DON'T GET PARANOID and look for servants of Satan under every bush. But make no mistake: Satan's agents ARE OUT THERE AND AMONG YOU, so KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN.
My point is this: ALL THAT GLITTERS is NOT gold.
Ask the Holy Spirit for DISCERNMENT. Observe people, and look for the evidence (fruit) that He LIVES IN those individuals over time (MONTHS, not days), and PRAY about any important decision BEFORE you make it.
Don't be hasty and JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET into a partnership, investment, personal relationship, or some other commitment just because they CLAIM to be "Christian".
All that poses as "Christian" ISN'T.
All who CLAIM to "believe in Jesus" and "be saved" AREN'T.
IF SATAN CAN TRANSFORM HIMSELF INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT, AND HIS MINISTERS (the truly capable ones) can make a convincing case for being EVEN APOSTLES OF Christ, NONE OF US IS 100% exempt from deception, as Jesus Himself warned us.
The more and the better we serve our Lord, the BIGGER THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE IN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES, the more that Satan will assign IMPERSONATORS to you and your ministry.
Some of his puppets become downright OBSESSED.
And if the creep DOESN'T HAVE ANY infiltrators in your ministry or congregation, either Jesus NEVER called you into the ministry, or YOU MUST NOT BE DOING what Jesus called you to do.
We are NOT to fear Satan: Satan SHOULD FEAR US.
He CAN'T devour you, UNLESS you LET him.
As Peter said:
"BE WATCHFUL, BE VIGILANT: for your adversary the devil AS a roaring lion walks about SEEKING WHOM he MAY devour".
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013
Christendom has more than its fair share of self-absorbed, sanctimonious religionists.
What is a religionist ? An inwardly decaying professed "Christian" steeped in religion, who believes himself to be "holier" than anyone else and spends his or her life nit picking and "correcting" others.
Religionists consider THEMSELVES, NOT the Word of God, the FINAL ARBITERS of what is right or wrong.
Religionists overlook what really matters, which is the condition of a person's heart, but would rather focus on the insignificant.
They GORGE themselves with the Word for months or years, FOR FREE, and NEVER send a note of appreciation or encouragement. But, HEAVEN HELP US, if one day we mention some minor issue they THINK they can attack: they immediately send a condemning email at 4 in the morning!!!
They LOVE to "correct" me on the teaching that land animals will be raptured WHICH IS VERY SCRIPTURAL (WHY ON EARTH would anyone bother about THAT?) but dismiss significant Bible-based teachings like ABSOLUTE PROOF of the pre-trib Rapture, the identity of Antichrist, the revelation about Christ's Second Coming, or THE SIGNS that will precede the Church's Rapture.
They OVERLOOK 9 pages filled with rock-solid, NEVER BEFORE HEARD biblical teaching, but nitpick the use of the word "pissed", WHICH GOD HIMSELF USES IN THE HOLY BIBLE.
Jesus said it well: they "strain out A GNAT but swallow A CAMEL" [Matthew 23:24].
Religionists believe that holiness is ON THE OUTSIDE.
They THINK that because they never cut or color their hair, don't wear makeup, don't wear jewelry, or because they wear ugly clothes, or just plain LOOK ugly, that makes them "holy".
They THINK that because they always speak or act in a "measured" and "proper" manner IN FRONT OF OTHERS, God doesn't see or hear WHAT THEY REALLY SAY AND DO BEHIND OUR BACKS.
Religious bigots are NOT satisfied with someone being born again and having Jesus ON THE INSIDE. They want us to conform, not to the Image of God, but to THE CORRUPT IMAGE IN THEIR MINDS.
They CAN'T STAND IT when someone BREAKS OUT OF THE MOLD that their self-righteous mind considers "acceptable."
NOTHING in this world is MORE BORING -- or LOST -- than a sanctimonious religionist.
Give me a Christian who says "I HAVE THOUSANDS OF DEFECTS, I am a poor sinner redeemed by the Grace of God, not because I deserve it."
"By grace, God accepts me, forgives me, and loves me AS I AM".
A Christian, like the publican, who says "God, have mercy on me a sinner" [Luke 18:13].
Before A MILLION sanctimonious bigots who like the Pharisee say "Thank God I'm not like the others: swindlers, unrighteous, adulterers, thieves. I fast twice a week and tithe of all I possess "[Luke 18:11, 12].
Or (paraphrasing) "thank God I'm not like those disobedient Christians who think Jesus DID IT ALL for them, and that they're eternally saved: I observe the weekly Sabbath, follow the law and the 10 Commandments (THEY'RE LYING) and, besides, I belong to _______, which is "the only true denomination".
Jesus said the publican went home justified, but that the smug, self-righteous Pharisee was not, and would be judged [Luke 18:14].
Religionists need to REPENT, acknowledge that THEY ARE AS SINFUL as the rest of us, and trust not their works, demeanor or OUTWARD APPEARANCE, but THE GRACE OF GOD, AND THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS [Revelation 7:14].
NO ONE deserves salvation [Ephesians 2:8].
The ONLY thing that saves us is WHAT Christ HAS ALREADY DONE, NOT what we do.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013
The Bible says that "without holiness", NO ONE will see God (Hebrews 12:14).
What IS holiness?
First let me tell you what it ISN'T:
It's NOT shunning jewelry.
It's NOT avoiding nice clothes.
It's NOT refraining from wearing make-up.
It's NOT looking like "the Church Lady" on Saturday Night Live.
It's NOT never styling your hair, wrapping it into a grey bun, and wearing drab dresses down to your ankles.
That'll just make you UGLY, DEPRESSED and RELIGIOUS.
Holiness ISN'T anything EXTERNAL.
How you LOOK (OUTSIDE) has NOTHING to do with holiness.
Holiness is on the INSIDE.
Holiness is INTERNAL. It's a CONDITION of a person's heart.
The Greek word for "holiness" is hagiasmos, derived from the verb hagiazo, which means to "set apart".
Does that mean, in order to see God, we have to become hermits, or join a religious cloister?
Jesus Christ, THE HOLIEST BEING in the universe, was no hermit.
He walked around, in public. He talked, ate, drank, and hung around prostitutes, publicans, and sinners.
Yet He is HOLY (SET APART FROM) sin. Which means, He can't even LOOK upon it (Habakkuk 1:13).
Jesus imparts His Own Holiness to US, by His Spirit, when we receive Him into our hearts (1 Peter 1:2-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 12:10).
Holiness ISN'T anything YOU DO.
Holiness ISN'T anything you DON'T do.
Holiness HAS BEEN DONE FOR you.
Holiness IS DONE TO YOU, when you receive Jesus Christ into your HEART, as Lord and God, AND TRUST HIM to make you, NOW AND FOREVER, holy (Hebrews 10:14).
From that moment you are SAVED AND SET APART unto God.
You CANNOT produce your own holiness PRIOR to Salvation.
You CANNOT produce your own holiness AFTER Salvation.
I don't care what man-invented RELIGION SAYS, THAT'S WHAT GOD SAYS.
Holiness NEVER COMES FROM YOU. Holiness COMES ONLY FROM JESUS.
Jesus IN you is ALL THE HOLINESS YOU NEED.
JESUS IN YOU is ALL THE HOLINESS THERE IS.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013
THE UNPARDONABLE SIN
The Bible talks about a particular sin which cannot be forgiven "in this world, or the next". It's often referred to as "the unpardonable sin" or "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit"?
Not only are we constantly asked what it is, but we have heard the most incredible descriptions of what this sin is supposed to be from ministers and religious groups.
WHAT IS the unpardonable sin?
Blasphemy AGAINST the Holy Spirit is rejecting the Holy Spirit’s Witness about Jesus, hence it’s REJECTING JESUS.
Jesus’ words are found in Matthew 12:22-32:
Jesus had just cast out a demon from a blind and mute man.
NO ONE HAD CAST OUT DEMONS before (Mark 1:27).
Even the greatest prophets of the Old Testament HAD NEVER done this:
Abraham never did it: Nor did Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, or ANYONE ELSE.
Jews were wondering if Jesus was, indeed, the Messiah (Son of David).
The RELIGIOUS LEADERS (Pharisees) IMMEDIATELY stepped in and ANNOUNCED that IT WASN'T BY the Spirit of God that He cast out demons but by Beelzebub, the prince of demons.
They had NO EVIDENCE or scriptural basis WHATSOEVER for their statement, mind you.
But they DID NOT HESITATE to offer their BIASED OPINION:
They were so hell-bent and ADAMANT in their REJECTION OF Jesus that, even WHEN FACED with UNDENIABLE EVIDENCE such as this, they INVENTED some lame excuse (that's ALL RELIGION EVER DOES) TO DISMISS JESUS' AUTHORITY and "explain it away".
In fact, they WENT TO THE EXTREME of saying it was SATAN HIMSELF (or Beelzebub) WHO HAD CAST HIS OWN EVIL SPIRIT OUT.
They were SO BLIND and OBSTINATE in THEIR REJECTION OF JESUS that they PREFERRED TO CREDIT SATAN for the deliverance of the blind/mute man than the Holy Spirit (God) Himself.
Hence, Jesus argued (verses 25-29) that Satan doesn't cast out Satan: That He and His disciples COULD ONLY DO THIS BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD (Matthew 12:28; Mark 1:32: 16:17; Luke 10:17).
Then Jesus added:
"And so I tell you, EVERY KIND OF SIN AND SLANDER CAN BE FORGIVEN, but blasphemy against the Spirit WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN.
Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come".
Thus"sinning AGAINST the Holy Spirit", or "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" IS NOT RECEIVING JESUS AS GOD and SAVIOR, which ONLY LEAVES ONE OTHER OPTION:
That Jesus was (God forbid the VERY THOUGHT) DEMON POSSESSED and His works and teachings came from demons or from Satan himself.
THAT’S exactly what the Pharisees were claiming.
Jesus Himself said that ALL SIN will be forgiven (Matthew 12:31).
Hence, those who RECEIVE Jesus into their innermost beings as God and Savior have their sins INSTANTLY AND FOREVER ERASED:
THE ONLY SIN that has NO FORGIVENESS in this life or the next IS STEADFAST, ADAMANT REJECTION of Jesus as God and Savior.
If you don’t believe Jesus came FROM God, if you DON’T BELIEVE that Jesus IS God, then you believe that He was an instrument of Satan and a master of deceit:
NOT RECEIVING Jesus is THE ONLY SIN that sends people to hell.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013
DANIEL & THE RAPTURE
There are numerous verses in Scripture that depict the Rapture, in both Old and New Testaments:
Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:1-11; Song of Solomon 2:10-13; Isaiah 13:2-3; Isaiah 26:21; Joel 2;16; John 14:3; Luke 21:25-27, Luke 21:34-36; 1 Corinthians 15;50-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:3: Revelation 7:9 and Revelation 12:1-5.
However, since the Book of Revelation is the UNSEALING OF the Book of Daniel, people often ask “how come there’s no mention of the Rapture in Daniel”?
Actually, THERE IS.
One must simply look closely in our English Bibles to find it.
The Rapture (ESCAPE, DEPARTURE of believers from the UNPRECEDENTED 3½ year tribulation) is found in Daniel 12:1-3:
“And AT THAT TIME shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and THERE SHALL BE A TIME OF TRIBULATION, SUCH AS NEVER WAS SINCE THERE WAS A NATION EVEN TO THAT SAME TIME: and AT THAT TIME your people SHALL BE DELIVERED, every one that shall be found written in the book.
And MANY OF THEM THAT SLEEP IN THE DUST OF THE EARTH SHALL AWAKE, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And THEY THAT ARE WISE SHALL SHINE AS THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE FIRMAMENT; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever”.
The word for “delivered” in Daniel 12:1 is yimmalet, from malat in Hebrew which actually means “TO SLIP AWAY” OR “TO ESCAPE”.
Are you saying that word is mistranslated in most English Bibles?
No. If you escape or slip away you ARE DELIVERED.
What I’m saying is that “delivered” is NOT THE BEST translation.
The VERY SAME WORD is used in Genesis 19:17 and 19:19-20 when Lot and his daughters ESCAPED from Sodom into nearby Zoar and were spared from destruction.
In Genesis, it was TRANSLATED MORE ACCURATELY as “escape”.
It’s also used at least A DOZEN times in 1 Samuel with regards to David ESCAPING from the wrath and persecution of Saul.
In Daniel 12, verse 1 we have THE ESCAPE (Rapture) of Daniel’s people (ALL SPIRITUAL Jews, whether Jew or Gentile in the flesh).
In verse 2, we have further description of the ESCAPEES, as the “dead in Christ” RISING FIRST.
In verse 3, we have LIVING BELIEVERS transformed into glorified, IMMORTAL, BODIES OF LIGHT.
It COULDN’T BE clearer.
This CANNOT be referring to NATURAL (unregenerate) Jews since they will neither escape, nor be raised from the dead, nor be transformed AT THAT TIME.
Therefore, it could ONLY REFER TO SPIRITUAL (BORN AGAIN) Jews who believe (trust) IN THE JEWISH MESSIAH.
Would you like to escape the coming tribulation?
Would you like to be spared from the JUDGMENTS that will soon fall on this rebellious planet?
Then YOU – yes, YOU – need to receive the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ, into your heart as ONLY God and Savior.
The tribulation described in Daniel chapters 7, 8, 11 and 12 is ONLY FOR THOSE who DO NOT receive God’s Messiah.
It’s ONLY for those who REJECT God’s Salvation, and INSIST ON SAVING THEMSELVES.
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
IN ALL HISTORY
In all history there have been great military leaders, great kings and queens, great philosophers, great men of science, historians, athletes, orators, and influential founders of religions, but there's only been ONE PERSON who DIED for the sins of mankind.
NO ONE ELSE has CLAIMED TO.
NO ONE ELSE has WANTED TO.
NO ONE ELSE has TRIED.
NO ONE ELSE was QUALIFIED.
NO ONE ELSE could.
It's one thing to invent a religion, formulate ideas and principles, tell others what they should and shouldn't do, what to eat or not to eat, where to pray, whom to pray to, and how often to pray, but after all is said and done, NONE OF THE ABOVE CAN REMOVE SIN.
NONE OF IT can reconcile mankind to its Creator and God.
After all is said and done, it's nothing but empty rhetoric and meaningless ritual.
It may SOUND good.
It may LOOK good.
But THE BEST you can hope for is a more "moral" lifestyle.
THE BEST you can hope for is that you'll die, and REMAIN DEAD, just like the founders of THOSE RELIGIONS.
You can modify the way you act, talk and look, ON THE OUTSIDE, but your heart will stay the same.
Dead people can't renew your heart.
Dead people can't renew your mind.
Dead people can't give you ETERNAL LIFE since THEY
THEMSELVES DON'T HAVE IT.
All of which sets Jesus Christ FAR ABOVE every king, queen, emperor, military leader, philosopher, historian, scientist, athlete, orator, and religious leader.
NONE OF THEM died for your sins.
NONE OF THEM shed His Blood for you.
NONE OF THEM was sinless.
NONE OF THEM is God.
NONE OF THEM is alive.
ALL OF THEM ARE DEAD.
ONLY Jesus paid for our sins.
ONLY Jesus ROSE from the DEAD.
ONLY Jesus can ERASE your sin.
ONLY Jesus LIVES FOREVER.
ONLY Jesus can CHANGE your heart.... permanently and eternally.
ONLY Jesus can reconcile you to God.
SINCE HE IS THE ONLY ONE IN THE WHOLE BUNCH WHO IS ALIVE, ONLY Jesus CAN GUARANTEE YOU eternal life.
Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, New Ager, Hare Krishna, agnostic, Mormon, Christian Scientist, Jehovah's Witness, Adventist, Scientologist, WHAT are you waiting for?
Put ALL those dead men and women behind you, put all that DEAD RELIGION behind you, and embrace THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOU.
Receive into your heart Him WHO IS ALIVE:
"I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" [Revelation 1:18].
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013
“For thus says the LORD, You have SOLD YOURSELVES FOR NOTHING; and YOU SHALL BE REDEEMED WITHOUT MONEY” (Isaiah 52:3).
“Hey, EVERYONE THAT THIRSTS, come to the waters, and HE THAT HAS NO MONEY; COME, BUY, AND EAT; yea, come, buy wine and milk WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT PRICE” (Isaiah 55:1).
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And LET HIM THAT IS THIRSTY COME. And WHOEVER WILL, let him TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE FREE OF CHARGE” (Revelation 22:17).
Redemption is FREE.
It DOESN’T COST ANYTHING.
It CANNOT be BOUGHT for ANY amount of money.
Salvation is FREE.
The Gospel is FREE.
ANYONE who wants Salvation (Jesus) can RECEIVE HIM (it) FREE OF CHARGE.
Even the poorest of the poor…
Even if you don’t have A PENNY.
Even if you don’t own ANYTHING.
Even if you’re UNEMPLOYED.
Even if you’re HOMELESS.
Even if you’ve sinned NON-STOP ALL YOUR LIFE, from the moment you were born.
Do you KNOW WHY it’s FREE?
Because AT THE CROSS JESUS PAID THE PRICE for that Redemption, Salvation, Eternal Life -- IN FULL and FOR ALL ETERNITY.
Glory to Him for all eons of eternity, amen!
But you WOULDN’T THINK THAT Salvation is FREE by listening to today’s Kristian “leaders”.
Today Jesus, Salvation, His Word, His Message, COME WITH A PRICE TAG ATTACHED.
Today God’s blessings COST MONEY.
Today the CHILDREN OF THE KING are told that the King won’t give His OWN kids and heirs ANYTHING UNLESS they BUY IT FIRST by giving money to SELF-APPOINTED “ministers” who preach such falsehood IN HIS NAME.
Out of ONE SIDE of their mouths they say that “salvation is FREE”, but out of THE OTHER SIDE they say THAT LESSER blessings (like prosperity, health, success, etc.) ARE CONTINGENT ON YOUR GIVING, not to God, BUT TO THEM!!!
If we HAVE TO PAY FOR FAR LESSER blessings, does it NOT follow that we HAVE TO PAY EVEN MORE for the greatest blessing of all, Salvation?
That is why teachers of the so-called “prosperity gospel”, that’s why teachers of the so-called “word of faith”, are DEAD WRONG.
They are GREEDY, self-serving LIARS.
As such ,they SPAWN more of THEIR OWN KIND.
They DO NOTHING to strengthen anyone’s faith.
On the contrary: they UNDERMINE IT.
NOT ONE person has ever prospered from following their FALSE DOCTRINE.
THE ONLY ONES who have prospered under their false teaching ARE THE FALSE PREACHERS THEMSELVES.
The ONLY "cost" involved in Salvation is YOUR WHOLE HEART AND LIFE.
Salvation is FREE because Jesus paid FOR IT IN FULL.
And so are ALL His blessings.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013
WHAT SATAN LOVES MOST
I'm obviously using the word “love” figuratively since it's hard to imagine the words "Satan" and "love" in the same sentence,
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 (John 8:44):
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 LIARS: The Truth is THEY SIN AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE (1 John 1:8).
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 God and 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 VERY 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.
It's by trying to "IMPROVE" 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".
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