July 2013 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013
WHAT’S IN A NAME ?
The NAMES of the 7 Churches in Revelation have prophetic significance as well:
Thyatira: continual offering
Philadelphia: brotherly love
Laodicea: righteous people.
This is the prophetic progression :
The Church becomes DESIRABLE (Ephesus) when Jesus, by Grace, presents her to Himself “glorious, without spot or wrinkle” (Ephesians 5:27).
She is raptured (comes out of) the great tribulation or suffering (Smyrna) as the sun turns black, the moon blood-red, etc. but is removed PRIOR TO the tribulation (trumpet) judgments (Revelation 7:9).
When she is raptured the Marriage (Pergamum) between the Bridegroom and His Bride takes place.
Back on earth, CONTINUAL OFFERINGS (ha tamid) are reinstated (Thyatira) by Jews. These are the offerings that the Antichrist will STOP as he sets up the abomination of desolation in the third temple (Matthew 24:15).
There’s a faithful remnant (Sardis) of Jews who, along with the 144,000, will instruct many (Daniel 11:33).
The faithful to Christ during the tribulation are either raptured (Revelation 14:1-3, 13-16) or killed.
Brotherly love (Philadelphia) finally takes place among ALL believers in heaven and among the tribulation martyrs who are resurrected at His Second Coming.
Those who have been saved (imputed Jesus’ own Righteousness), are the overcomers who rule and reign with Him in the Millennium, as “the righteous people” (Laodicea).
There you have it:
The churches’ names reflect the stages of Church growth from her departure to her REIGNING.
TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
WILL JESUS VOMIT YOU?
Unlike the other six churches in Revelation, which received both rebuke and praise, the Laodicean church receives no praise at all. Jesus had nothing good to say about Laodiceans. In fact, He warned them that He was about to VOMIT THEM.
What was it about Laodiceans that Jesus found so revolting?
Here are Jesus' exact words: "I know your works, that YOU ARE NEITHER COLD NOR HOT: I WISH YOU WERE cold or hot: So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I WILL VOMIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH" (Revelation 3:15-16).
That statement should send chills down every one of our religious spines. Why? Because if our Lord were to "vomit" someone, that would mean THEY WERE NO LONGER IN HIS BODY.
Those OUTSIDE His Body are, to put it bluntly, LOST.
It was their lukewarmness. It was their tepid complacency. They were neither cold (totally indifferent to Him), or hot (totally sold-out to Christ).
Why? Because they DIDN'T KNOW Christ.
They wanted to be perceived as Christian. They passed themselves off AS Christian, but THEY DIDN'T KNOW JESUS.
When we KNOW Jesus and He KNOWS us, it's UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE to be lukewarm.
Jesus IN us will ignite spiritual passion, the fire of which is inextinguishable.
Jesus IN us will make us BLAZING HOT for Him, ALWAYS.
Laodiceans were RELIGIOUS, though. They had A FORM OF godliness ON THE OUTSIDE. They were, by world standards, "good, clean, decent, church-going" people.
They were smug in their own little "Christian success club" but DIDN'T HAVE JESUS LIVING ON THE INSIDE.
How do we know? Because Jesus was STANDING OUTSIDE KNOCKING, WAITING TO BE INVITED IN (Revelation 3:20).
Forget about asking Him TO ENTER: According to that verse, they had NOT EVEN OPENED THE DOOR TO the One in Whom they CLAIM to believe.
These "Christians" had never even asked the Savior into their CONGREGATION, let alone INTO THEIR HEARTS!!!
Laodiceans were self-absorbed to the point that they each said "I have NEED OF NOTHING" (Revelation 3:17).
They didn't even recognize THEIR CRITICAL, URGENT NEED FOR THE SAVIOR.
Jesus' assessment of their spiritual condition was completely DIFFERENT to their own:
Despite all their boasting, their wealth, emphasis on the material, AND HOW PLEASED THEY WERE WITH THEMSELVES, Jesus found them SPIRITUALLY DESTITUTE. So much so, that He describes them as being "WRETCHED, MISERABLE, POOR, BLIND, AND NAKED".
Laodiceans were SO PROUD OF their religious achievements and of their OWN righteousness, that they thought IF ANYONE on earth was a shoo-in to enter the Kingdom of God, they were "it".
They were so focused on religious correctness and material things, that - according to the Savior Himself -- they were BLIND TO their own wretched spiritual condition.
They saw GOOD BEHAVIOR and MATERIAL SUCCESS as signs of "superior spirituality". ANY OF THIS sound familiar?
The word "Laodicea" comes from two Greek words: laos, meaning "people" and dike, meaning "righteous".
Laodiceans were, by their own assessment, THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS self-professed "faith giants", "more obedient and deserving than the rest".
I ask you: WHAT IS the principal message today's Church puts out?
Is it Salvation? Spiritual growth? Walking in the spirit? The preeminence of Jesus? Honoring the written Word ABOVE mortal's opinions? Manifesting the image and fullness of Christ? Seeking Jesus with ALL our hearts? Becoming perfected in His love? Ascending ever higher and deeper into His infinite Perfection?
Or is it ALL about "we're HOLIER THAN everyone else because we keep the 10 commandments and observe the weekly Sabbath"?
Or is it ALL about prosperity, airplanes, luxury cars, mansions, $23,000 gold plated toilets, and money, money, money, money?
No wonder Laodiceans make Jesus SICK TO HIS STOMACH!
Laodiceans THINK they're saved, but are LOST. Jesus, in His great mercy, is calling them to Himself and giving them A FINAL CHANCE to repent and be added to HIS TRUE CHURCH (Philadelphia), which is NOT a denomination or earthly group, it's a SPIRITUAL ENTITY.
The message to Laodicea should make EVERY believer do some deep, honest soul searching.
Those in Laodicea can open the door, receive Jesus into their hearts, KNOW HIM, and become part of Philadelphia.
Or they can remain in Laodicea, BE IN LOVE WITH THEMSELVES AND THEIR DOCTRINE -- instead of being in love with Jesus -- and get vomited into outer darkness.
MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013
THE 7 CHURCHES
The Book of Revelation (which every believer should study for himself) contains seven letters to seven churches.
We know these letters were sent to 7 REAL churches that existed in the first century A.D., at the time John wrote the Revelation:
Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea were actual Christian congregations that existed in Asia Minor (present day Turkey).
While the letters had literal meaning, they also paint a picture of the end time Church as a whole, since seven is the number of completion in the Bible.
Today we can find “Smyrna” churches in certain parts of the world, we can find “Thyatira” churches and, boy can we find “Laodicean” churches!
These letters also have chronological meaning: the seven churches also depict the prevailing characteristics of the Church thru history, from the day of Pentecost to the present.
That would make the Church at large today predominantly “Laodicean” in nature.
All churches received both, criticism and commendation, except for the Laodiceans.
Jesus had nothing good or positive to say about that particular church.
Jesus COMMANDS all churches TO REPENT, except for Smyrna, the persecuted Church, and Philadelphia, the Church of brotherly love.
The 7 Churches are represented in chapter 1 as a "7-branch candlestick" or menorah, which is also highly symbolic (Revelation 1:12-13, 20).
And Jesus is standing IN THEIR MIDST (Revelation 1:20).
Lord willing, we will learn in the following messages that THE NAMES OF THE CHURCHES also have prophetic meaning.
Don't miss Part Two tomorrow...
SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013
ALL THE NAMES IN THE WORLD…
Of ALL the names in the world, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a/k/a Prince William and Kate Middleton decided to name their newborn George ALEXANDER Louis.
The minute I heard it, I knew there’d be A VIRTUAL AVALANCHE of questions and SPECULATION that this innocent baby would be the feared Antichrist.
The ominous tag has been given by various know- nothing “experts” to Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry, and now little Prince George.
There are MILLIONS of websites and videos claiming to offer “proof” that one of these men is the Antichrist.
Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time, and BLATANT IGNORANCE, before speculation about this baby also goes viral.
That just proves the lack of knowledge and gross misinformation of the prophetic Word that abounds in Christendom.
It would be LAUGHABLE if it weren’t so widespread.
Let me KILL this senseless theory right from the start:
1. Prince George Alexander Louis is NOT the Antichrist.
2. Prince George Alexander Louis is NOT Alexander the Great.
3. Alexander the Great – AND NO ONE ELSE –according to Scripture, IS the Antichrist (Daniel 7:6; Revelation 13:2).
4. The Antichrist WILL NOT BE BORN. You may have gotten the belief that he’ll be born into this world from Hollywood or Jeanne Dixon, YOU DIDN’T GET IT FROM the Bible.
5. Antichrist, according to Scripture, WILL RISE and emerge ALIVE from the abyss or bottomless pit shortly after the Rapture, as a full grown ADULT (Revelation 11:7; 17:8).
6. People on earth will RECOGNIZE HIM and be TOTALLY AMAZED to see him alive again, 2,300 years after his death (Revelation 13:4).
7. THAT, plus his well deserved reputation of “invincible warrior”, will CONVINCE UNBELIEVERS that he can defeat Christ and PREVENT Christ’s Second Coming, and the establishment of Christ’s Kingdom on earth:
Hence, the title ANTI-Christ.
But don’t you think IT’S TOO MUCH OF A COINCIDENCE that they chose that as the second name for their baby?
Alexander is A WIDELY USED NAME and has been for many years.
It’s very common in Europe where many kings and emperors (including several of the Russian Czars) were named Alexander.
In Israel, many people name their third son Alexander in honor of ATG, who showed uncharacteristic favor to Jews in his first coming.
Many Popes have adopted the name Alexander, as well.
Other famous Alexanders that come to mind are the inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell, British poet Alexander Pope, and French author of The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas.
But HOW WILL PEOPLE RECOGNIZE Alexander 2,300 years after his death?
He was careful to leave his image to posterity through numerous paintings, busts, statues, coins and carvings.
Alexander the Great was a master at self-promotion and had his own personal painter Apelles, and sculptor, Lysippos, portray him in various ways that enhanced his image and showcased his legendary skills in battle.
But isn’t God THE ONLY ONE who can raise people from the dead?
God is God and He can raise WHOEVER He chooses.
He will raise ALL THE WICKED PEOPLE who ever lived at the end of the Millennium BEFORE they’re sent to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:12-15).
Since He IS God, He can also allow Satan to bring THIS WICKED ONE back out of the pit alive, ahead of the rest.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 very clearly says that the Antichrist WILL BE ENERGIZED BY Satan: his coming will be “after the working of” Satan.
And if you really want to blow your mind, Revelation 13:15 says VERY CLEARLY that the False Prophet will be given the ability to instill life to the image (statue, idol) of Antichrist and MAKE THE IMAGE TALK.
God WILL ALLOW this STRONG DELUSION for HIS purpose, if only once in human history, (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12).
The baby’s name is JUST A NAME, like any other.
I don’t really know how the parents chose it and, frankly, I don’t care.
Leave this blessed baby alone and, if you really want to know who the Antichrist is, SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES.
SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013
Ezekiel has always been one of my favorite prophets.
He laid it ALL on the line for God, and was obedient even under the most unbearable circumstances.
He was also the recipient of breathtaking visions and revelations recorded in his marvelous Book for all eternity.
One of those revelations is found in chapter 44, verses 1-2:
"Then he brought me back the way of THE GATE of the outward sanctuary (temple) which looks toward THE EAST; and IT WAS SHUT.
Then said the LORD to me; THIS GATE SHALL BE SHUT, it shall NOT BE OPENED, and NO MAN SHALL ENTER IN BY IT; because the LORD, the God of Israel, HAS ENTERED IN BY IT, therefore IT SHALL BE SHUT".
While the temple itself was located SOUTH OF this gate and of the so-called "Temple Mount", this gate was THE MAIN ENTRANCE into Jerusalem, as well as unto the temple compound, from the East.
It was thru this gate that the Divine Presence (Shekinah) used to appear in the temple (Ezekiel 43:2-4). That's why it's also known as the Golden Gate.
In Jewish tradition this is the gate thru which the Messiah will enter Jerusalem.
It was thru this gate that Jesus entered Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives on Palm Sunday 2,000 years ago (Luke 19:28-45).
Ezekiel's prophecy was marvelously fulfilled in 1541 when Sultan Suleiman I, a/k/a Suleiman the Magnificent, well aware of the long standing Jewish tradition, ordered the gate sealed, in order to prevent the Messiah's entrance.
As it turned out, HE WAS 1,500 YEARS TOO LATE.
The Eastern Gate has remained shut ever since, in amazing fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy.
Beware, Satan: God uses even his enemies to accomplish His Purpose.
But the story doesn't end there:
In 1967, Jordan's King Hussein made plans to build a luxury hotel in front of what is commonly known as the Western (Wailing) Wall. The building of this hotel would have necessitated the closing of the Mughrabi Gate.
Hussein, therefore, made plans to OPEN the Eastern Gate.
Had he succeeded, it would have negated Ezekiel's prophecy that once sealed, the gate would REMAIN SHUT and NO MAN WOULD ENTER THRU IT.
Dirt moving equipment, including air hammers and cranes had been positioned inside the gate in preparation for its demolition.
Work was scheduled to begin on June 7, 1967.
It was on that VERY day that biblical Jerusalem was recovered by Jews, during the Six-Day War, after 1,930 years of UNINTERRUPTED Gentile occupation, thus putting an end to Hussein's unbiblical plans.
What's even more ironic is that, foreseeing what was about to happen, Israel had contacted Hussein a few days before the war, asking him not to take part in the Arab coalition against Israel, and guaranteeing that, if Jordan stayed out of the war, Israel would not attack Jordanian forces.
Hussein turned them down.
Had he complied with Israel's request, East Jerusalem would be in Jordanian hands to this day, and the Eastern Gate WOULD HAVE been opened.
Is God AWESOME, OR WHAT?
Suleiman was a fool. If a large stone couldn't prevent the Messiah from coming out of the grave, if hell itself, Satan and all his demons, couldn't prevent His Resurrection, whatever made this clueless heathen think a few puny bricks will prevent Jesus from RE-ENTERING?
Someone should have read him Psalm 24:7-10:
"Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who IS this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who IS this King of glory? The LORD Almighty- HE IS the King of glory. Selah".
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013
Of all the fundamental teachings of the Christian faith, the Trinity is probably the most difficult to understand and to explain.
For one thing, the natural mind "receives not" the things pertaining to God, Who is Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Hence He must be experienced and understood BY SPIRIT.
For another thing, our natural mind is limited and finite.
God is infinite, eternal.
It's, therefore, downright impossible to fully comprehend the totality of the Almighty solely with our intellect.
That's why the Divine One MUST BE EXPERIENCED.
Each individual MUST experience Him intimately, in what is usually referred to as "the born again" experience.
And that's NOT THE END of our spiritual journey, but merely THE BEGINNING.
"In the beginning God"...
He is both the beginning AND THE END of all things, including our spiritual walk (Revelation 22:13).
How can God be "One" and yet be THREE DIFFERENT Persons?
The word "Persons" is a little misleading. We think: one person plus one person, plus one person, equals 3.
It may help us to think of one God (just one, not three) who manifests to us (to His Creation) in three MAJOR different manifestations, plus billions, trillions (?) of lesser ones.
Those three MAJOR "manifestations" of God are "Father", "Son" and "Holy Spirit".
From the very moment we read the word "God" in the Bible (Genesis 1:1) the Hebrew word elohim, denotes plurality WITHIN that One and only God.
The best way I can illustrate Him in the natural world is through the use of collective nouns:
We use the word "family". It's only ONE family, yet it's made up of several members: parents, children, siblings, etc.
Or the word "cluster". It's ONE cluster, but it contains more than one grape.
Or the word "army": It's ONE army but comprised of thousands of soldiers.
God is ONE, but that ONE God, contains a plurality within Himself.
Do you still have trouble understanding the Trinity? Join the club!
My natural mind can't fully understand it either.
The carnal mind "exalts itself AGAINST the knowledge of God" (2nd Corinthians 10:5).
Its imaginations are vain and anti-God. They don't want to know God, or have anything to do with Him (Romans 8:7).
That's why for those who've been born again the next step in our ascension to God (from Whom we came) is to have our carnal, sinful mind renewed with the Mind of Christ.
That renewal of the mind is what triggers our transformation from mortal to immortal and what translates us into the heavenly realm, or "raptures" us (Romans 12:2).
All born again believers should commune with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in our born-again spirit, which is located in our mid-section (stomach area) (Daniel 7:15).
It's also from there that we should worship our God, Creator, Lord, Master, Savior, Comforter... spirit to Spirit (John 4:24).
When we know Him intimately, in our spirits, in the deepest recesses of our beings, those technical explanations of the Deity that our human mind seeks vanish into oblivion at the sheer Magnificence of His unending Greatness.
There aren't enough superlatives in human language to adequately explain His Greatness.
This much I know: The Father is God. The Son (Jesus) is God. The Holy Spirit is God.
Yet "They" are ONE God.
God is ULTIMATE Truth.
Hence, this is true whether our finite human mind understands it or not.
God is ONE: Besides Him there is NO OTHER.
He is Holy, Holy, Holy... and totally Wonderful... In every sense of THE WORD (John 1:1).
In every sense of THE Word, get it?
THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013
ALL THINGS HEBREW
I am so tired of hearing from supposed believers in Jesus, claiming that Jews have a monopoly on Scriptural Truth.
Some Johnny-come-lately, who has recently discovered the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith and immediately went overboard, getting on my case that I should shun everything else.
This humble servant attended a Messianic Jewish congregation many years ago, BEFORE Messianic Judaism became popular.
This humble servant was BAPTIZED IN WATER as a baby by a Roman Catholic priest, and as an adult by a Messianic Jewish rabbi.
I talk with Jews all the time, I've worked with Jews, I've friends who are Jewish, and I've had the great pleasure of bringing some of God's Chosen to knowledge of their Messiah.
To be brutally honest, I'd rather hear even A TRADITIONAL (non-Messianic) rabbi teach than a Christian pastor.
For the record, that doesn't mean that the traditional rabbi is always right, or that I believe EVERYTHING he teaches.
I know and understand Hebrew culture and thought better than most people and A LOT BETTER than all the morons who keep telling me that I should ONLY consider the Hebrew view, TO THE EXCLUSION OF the Greek and everyone else's.
Our God and Savior IS Jewish.
The God of Israel IS our God.
Of course I have ENORMOUS appreciation for all things Jewish.
And I know Israel's history, both ancient and modern, extremely well.
But let's NOT throw the baby out with the bathwater, shall we?
Jews AREN'T ALWAYS RIGHT.
Repeat: JEWS AREN'T ALWAYS RIGHT.
Without doubt, the Jewish people have influenced the world more than ANY OTHER.
They have made OUTSTANDING contributions in literature, science, technology, education, the arts, you name it.
But if their history PROVES anything it's that when they MESS UP, they REALLY outdo themselves.
Forget the New Covenant, I can show you from the Tanach HOW THEY SCREWED THINGS UP WITH God time and again:
They did it LONG BEFORE there was a single Christian on the face of the earth.
Their BIGGEST screw up has been, of course, their rejection of Jesus - by the majority - to this very day.
So spare me the sanctimonious B.S. that "the Bible should ONLY be studied from a Hebrew perspective" and that if we read the New Testament's Greek text "we're getting farther and farther from the Truth".
I'm not particularly fond of Greeks. But I'd be a complete idiot - like some of those who write - AND A LIAR, if I didn't acknowledge that Greeks, too, have made significant contributions to civilization.
And, like it or not, Greek was the predominant language spoken in the Roman Empire - including Israel -- and throughout what became the Gentile Christian world.
The New Testament was written by Jews. No question about that.
You can SPECULATE all you want that they wrote it in Hebrew, but there's NO SOLID EVIDENCE ANYWHERE about that.
The earliest manuscripts available were written in Aramaic and Greek.
That's a fact.
So, I will use all means available to arrive at the Truth - whether they're written in Hebrew or not - and I don't give a damn who likes it and who doesn't.
The inspired Word of God IS the inspired Word of God: His Word is INFALLIBLE REGARDLESS in which language it is written.
I love Israel with all my heart.
I love the Jewish people with all my heart.
But if there's ANYTHING that history teaches us it's they're NOT infallible.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013
THE JEREMIAH PROBLEM - PART 3
For Judaizing legalists, Jeremiah 31:31-34 presents a different problem.
Judaizing legalists are either Messianic Jews or "Christians" who profess to believe Jesus is the Messiah, yet Jesus "isn't enough" to save them.
They CLAIM TO BELIEVE that Jesus died for the sins of mankind, and yet JESUS' SACRIFICE ISN'T SUFFICIENT.
Salvation, according to their perverted view, is an impure MIXTURE OF JESUS PLUS...
JESUS PLUS CIRCUMCISION
OR JESUS PLUS LAW
OR JESUS PLUS 10 COMMANDMENTS
OR JESUS PLUS 24-HOUR SABBATH
OR JESUS PLUS KOSHER
JESUS PLUS WATER BAPTISM
OR JESUS PLUS DENOMINATION
OR JESUS PLUS "ALL OF THE ABOVE".
Salvation is Jesus PLUS NOTHING.
Salvation is "JUST" JESUS
God said, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, that His New Covenant or New Testament would NOT BE based on the covenant He made with Israel when they left Egypt, which is the Torah.
THAT is UNDISPUTED.
He also said, very clearly, that HIS NEW COVENANT would be BASED ON KNOWING HIM, PERIOD.
It WOULD NOT, AND COULD NOT, BE BASED ON WORKS or COMMANDMENTS BECAUSE IT SAYS UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT HE WON'T EVEN REMEMBER OUR SINS ANY MORE.
WHY WOULD WE NEED COMMANDMENTS IF GOD IS NOT REMEMBERING OUR SINS?
WHEN ALL COMMANDMENTS DO IS REMIND US OF SIN? (Romans 7:7-8)
Lord knows they've NEVER kept ANYONE FROM sinning....
And Lord knows NO ONE BUT JESUS HAS EVER KEPT THEM... (John 7:19)
Judaizing legalists call themselves "believers in Jesus", yet their doctrine PROVES they do not trust Jesus to save them.
Hence, JUDAIZING LEGALISTS ARE LOST.
I don't care WHAT they CALL THEMSELVES, OR WHAT religious label they wear.
They CLAIM TO "believe in Jesus" yet REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT JESUS MADE A NEW COVENANT 2,000 YEARS AGO.
JUDAIZING LEGALISTS ARE HELL-BENT ON CLINGING TO THE OLD TESTAMENT.
They PREFER BONDAGE TO FREEDOM.
THEY WANT TO ENSLAVE PEOPLE UNDER THE TORAH'S 613 IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP COMMANDMENTS.
OR UNDER THE EQUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP 10 COMMANDMENTS...
When JESUS ABOLISHED them as a means of justification, by nailing them to the cross and FULFILLING HIS OWN LAW, DOWN TO THE LAST JOT AND TITTLE (Matthew 5:17-18; Colossians 2:13-14).
They KNOW that Jesus made a NEW COVENANT, THEY KNOW THAT NEW COVENANT IS NOT BASED ON THE LAW, YET THEY INSIST ON LIVING UNDER THE LAW.
THERE'S YET ANOTHER HUGE PROBLEM WITH THEIR DOCTRINE:
THERE NEVER WAS a CHRISTIAN UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT.
REPEAT: THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A CHRISTIAN UNDER THE OLD COVENANT.
THERE'S NEVER BEEN A SINGLE CHRISTIAN UNDER THE TANACH, UNDER THE TORAH, OR UNDER THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.
MUCH LESS A BORN-AGAIN PERSON WITH A NEW NATURE and REGENERATE HEART...
The Torah and the 10 Commandments are UTTERLY INCAPABLE OF GIVING ANYONE A NEW NATURE.
Therefore, those who insist in STILL living under the Old Testament are UNSAVED and ARE NOT REAL believers... 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 LIVE ONLY UNDER the New Testament.
DON'T KID YOURSELVES, JUDAIZING LEGALISTS:
There's NO SALVATION under the Law.
SALVATION is FOUND ONLY in the New Testament that God promised 2,600 years ago.
TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013
THE JEREMIAH PROBLEM - PART 2
Had the Covenant at Sinai gotten the job done in reconciling sinful man to God, Yahweh WOULDN'T HAVE NEEDED TO PROMISE A NEW COVENANT WHEREBY EVERYONE WOULD KNOW HIM.
Traditional Jews say that the Brit Hadasha has not taken place yet.
If it HASN'T, HOW COME ANIMAL SACRIFICES, GRAIN offerings and LIBATIONS, AS REQUIRED BY THE TORAH, HAVEN'T BEEN OFFERED IN NEARLY 2,000 YEARS?
GEE, I WONDER WHAT HAPPENED IN ISRAEL 2,000 YEARS AGO THAT CHANGED HISTORY, CHANGED THE WORLD, AND EVEN CHANGED THE CALENDAR?
TRADITIONAL JEWS SAY THEY HAVEN'T OFFERED SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS IN 2,000 YEARS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO TEMPLE.
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, DEAR JEWISH FRIENDS, THAT'S A BUNCH OF BALONEY.
SACRIFICES REQUIRED BY TORAH WERE OFFERED IN THE TABERNACLE (MISHKAN) FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS BEFORE YOU EVEN HAD A TEMPLE. (Leviticus 16:6-17; Numbers 7:1-7; 19:1-10).
THAT'S A LAME EXCUSE.
You can't use Jerusalem as an excuse either, BECAUSE YOU'VE HAD JERUSALEM SINCE 1967.
AND STILL NO KORBANOT!
And, coincidentally, it is the Brit Hadasha - Jesus speaking - and NOT the Tanach, that PREDICTED 2,000 YEARS AGO THAT JEWS WOULD RECOVER JERUSALEM (Luke 21:24):
"Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles UNTIL the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Luke 21:24).
You can't even use the Dome of the Rock (Haram al Shariff) as excuse because in Ezra 3:1-6 YOU OFFERED SACRIFICES on Mount Moriah BEFORE the Second Temple's foundation was even laid.
Could it be that Yahweh NO LONGER ACCEPTS THOSE SACRIFICES, SINCE ETERNAL ATONEMENT FOR SIN
HAS BEEN MADE?
Judaism says that God's Brit Hadasha (New Covenant) DOES NOT replace the previous covenants He made with Israel.
Actually, IT DOES.
Jeremiah 31:32 pointedly says that the New Covenant WOULD NOT BE BASED ON the Mosaic Covenant or Torah.
However, they are right about ONE THING:
THE NEW COVENANT DOES NOT REPLACE THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT.
How do we know?
Because the Abrahamic Covenant, LIKE THE BRIT HADASHA, was NOT BASED on the Torah, since the Torah had not yet been given AND WASN'T EVEN KNOWN.
The Abrahamic Covenant is ETERNAL (Genesis 17:7).
The New Covenant STRENGTHENS (CONFIRMS) IT (Daniel 9:27).
However, the Abrahamic Covenant WAS NOT MADE WITH ISRAEL ONLY.
God promised Abraham that he would be "the Father of MANY NATIONS" (goyim OR GENTILES) (Genesis 17:4).
That in Abraham's Seed ALL NATIONS (GENTILES) WOULD BE BLESSED (Genesis 12:1-3; 26:4).
In fact, when God made THE ETERNAL COVENANT WITH Abraham, THERE WAS NO ISRAEL.
Jacob (Israel) HAD NOT EVEN BEEN BORN (Genesis 25:26).
His descendants didn't become a NATIONAL ENTITY UNTIL they left Egypt 430 YEARS LATER.
In Genesis 15:6 God's Covenant with Abraham is BASED ENTIRELY ON FAITH:
"Abraham BELIEVED (TRUSTED) God and God COUNTED HIS FAITH (trust) AS RIGHTEOUSNESS".
There was NO OTHER CONDITION TO ABRAHAM'S RIGHTEOUSNESS BUT BELIEF:
NO circumcision, NO Torah, NO 10 Commandments, NO 24-hour Sabbath, NO kosher anything, and NO SACRIFICES OR OFFERINGS!
Same thing happens under the New Covenant: We receive God into our hearts, WE KNOW HIM, WE TRUST HIM (PUT OUR FAITH IN HIM), and He forgives our iniquities, DECLARES US RIGHTEOUS, and REMEMBERS OUR SINS NO MORE..
Glory to His Name!
Traditional Judaism teaches that the Brit Hadasha (New Covenant) CANNOT BE MADE UNTIL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL (10 LOST TRIBES) AND THE HOUSE OF JUDAH ARE REUNITED in the Holy Land (Eretz Israel).
While God did promise that He would reunite Israel and Judah.... (Ezekiel 11:17-21; 36:24-32).
While Jeremiah 31:31-34 does say that the New Covenant will be with Israel and Judah...
It says NOTHING about their reunification in the Holy Land BEING A PREREQUISITE TO THE NEW COVENANT.
Therefore, making THAT a "condition" for His Brit Hadasha to take place is UNSCRIPTURAL.
Jews HAVE NO IDEA WHERE the "10 LOST TRIBES" are today.
ONLY GOD KNOWS THEIR EXACT WHEREABOUTS.
HOW, THEN, DO THEY KNOW that believers in Jesus the Messiah ARE NOT from the "10 Lost Tribes"???
I COULD BE FROM THE 10 TRIBES, AND THEY WOULDN'T KNOW IT!
BUT GOD KNOWS, or He COULDN'T HAVE PROMISED
TO EVENTUALLY REUNITE THE 12 TRIBES (Ezekiel 37:21-38).
You see "THE PROBLEM"...
Traditional Jews DON'T EVEN KNOW THE GOD who PROMISED THE BRIT HADASHA.
Hence, they CANNOT KNOW, AND DO NOT KNOW, WHETHER THE BRIT HADASHA HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE.
Consequently, they MUST ADMIT AT LEAST THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE BRIT HADASHA IS ALREADY IN FORCE.
Could it be?
Since the Brit Hadasha is NOT BASED ON TORAH (commandments) but ON PERSONAL, INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF God, by deferring it to the future all they PROVE is that THEY DON'T KNOW the God of Israel.
Whether you're Jew, Gentile, or "unknown", seek the God of Israel with ALL YOUR HEART.
A. Has He made a NEW Covenant?
B. HOW does one ENTER SUCH COVENANT? And
C. IF YOU REALLY WANT HIM TO LIVE IN YOUR HEART, ASK HIM TO ENTER AND REVEAL HIMSELF TO YOU.
In Jeremiah 29:13 He gave this ASSURANCE:
"You will seek me AND FIND ME WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART".
MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013
THE JEREMIAH PROBLEM
Despite LAME ATTEMPTS to "explain it away", Jeremiah 31-30-34 is VERY PROBLEMATIC for traditional Judaism.
This is what Jeremiah wrote in the 6TH CENTURY B.C.
"Behold, the days come, says the LORD, THAT I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: NOT ACCORDING TO THE COVENANT THAT I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS IN THE DAY THAT I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO BRING THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; because THEY BROKE MY COVENANT, although I was a lord over them, says the LORD".
God said, clear as crystal, that His NEW COVENANT WOULD NOT BE THE COVENANT He made with Israel when He brought them out of Egypt.
AND WHAT COVENANT DID GOD MAKE WITH ISRAEL WHEN HE BROUGHT THEM OUT OF EGYPT?
The Mosaic Covenant.
The Torah (Exodus 20:1-17; 24:3-7).
His New Covenant WOULD NOT BE BASED ON the Torah.
Instead of having the Torah ON THE OUTSIDE written on leather scrolls or tablets of stone, as OUTWARD "commandments," 613 of them to be exact...
HIS NEW COVENANT would be based ON KNOWING HIM, PERSONALLY AND INTIMATELY (IN THE BIBLICAL SENSE)...
His Law (Torah) would be written IN THEIR HEARTS:
"But THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD, I WILL PUT MY LAW IN THEIR INWARD PARTS, AND IN THEIR HEART WILL I WRITE IT; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people; and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying: 'Know the LORD'; for THEY SHALL ALL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST OF THEM UNTO THE GREATEST OF THEM, SAYS THE LORD; FOR I WILL FORGIVE THEIR INIQUITY, AND THEIR SIN WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE".
UNDER THE NEW COVENANT GOD WOULD NOT EVEN REMEMBER HIS PEOPLE'S SINS ANYMORE.
That, in turn, would mean that ANIMAL SACRIFICES WOULD NO LONGER BE OFFERED OR NEEDED TO ATONE FOR ISRAEL'S SINS (Leviticus 9:7,15,18; 16:11,15).
According to traditional Judaism this portion of Scripture refers to the Messianic Era.
To that extent, they are correct.
According to them, however, it DOES NOT REFER TO the "Christian" New Testament.
The "Christian" New Testament?
Every Book contained in the Brit Hadasha was WRITTEN BY A JEW.
Matthew, also known as Levi, was Jewish: so were Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James and Jude.
The Brit Hadasha is JUST AS JEWISH AS the rest of the Bible.
THE ONLY PROBLEM they have with the Brit Hadasha is that it speaks about Jesus.
They say THERE'S NO WAY this could refer to the NEW COVENANT which Jesus made and sealed in HIS OWN BLOOD.
Judaism relegates this passage to some Messianic Age IN THE DISTANT FUTURE...
SINCE THE NEW COVENANT IS BASED ENTIRELY ON KNOWING GOD, BY DOING SO THEY ALL BUT ADMIT THAT THEY DON'T KNOW THE VERY GOD WHOM THEY CLAIM TO WORSHIP.
AGAIN: SINCE THE BRIT HADASHA IS BASED ENTIRELY ON KNOWING GOD, BY RELEGATING IT TO THE DISTANT FUTURE TRADITIONAL JEWS ADMIT THAT THEY DON'T KNOW THE VERY GOD WHOM THEY CLAIM TO WORSHIP.
They may know HIS NAME.
But they ALSO KNEW IT WHEN they came out of Egypt, 3,500 years ago.
After God sent plague after plague on the Egyptians, while the Hebrews were unscathed...
After He led them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night...
After He miraculously delivered them from Egyptian bondage and brought them out A FREE PEOPLE.
After He parted the Red Sea so they could cross on dry ground, and drowned all the Egyptians who were in pursuit...
It took them EXACTLY 40 DAYS to FORGET ALL ABOUT HIM and BUILD THEMSELVES A GOLDEN CALF.
Because THEY DIDN'T KNOW HIM.
Because NO ONE GETS TO KNOW GOD by following the Torah.
They may have known ABOUT Him, but they DON'T KNOW Him.
They'd HEARD OF Him.
They'd WITNESSED His mighty works...
But God DID NOT LIVE IN THEIR HEARTS.
God DID NOT LIVE IN THEIR HEARTS WHEN THEY LEFT EGYPT AND, SINCE TRADITIONAL JEWS DO NOT BELIEVE THE BRIT HADASHA IS PRESENT REALITY, HE DOES NOT LIVE IN THEIR HEARTS TODAY.
DON'T MISS PART TWO...
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013
WHAT JAMES DIDN'T SAY
"For as the body WITHOUT THE SPIRIT is dead, so faith WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD" (JAMES 2:26).
Engage in dialogue with any heretic and THE FIRST THING he will say, like a lobotomized parrot from hell, is "faith without works is dead, faith without works is dead, faith without works is dead".
James, in fact, says that in several verses of his epistle's second chapter.
Here's what James DIDN'T SAY:
"Faith without works DOESN'T SAVE".
James DIDN'T SAY THAT.
James COULDN'T say that.
Why? Because faith WITHOUT WORKS DOES SAVE!
Peter said it saves (Acts 15:11), John said it saves (John 1:12; 1 John 5:12), and Paul said it, clear as crystal, in verse after verse after verse, including Romans 3:28:
"...we conclude that A MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY FAITH WITHOUT the works of the law".
James himself (Jesus' half brother and THE VERY SAME GUY WHO WROTE the Epistle of James), said to new believers in Acts 15:28-29:
"It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us NOT TO BURDEN YOU WITH ANYTHING BEYOND the following: abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell".
Notice THE TOTAL LACK OF MENTION OF the 10 Commandments, including the 24-hour Sabbath.
Even those MINIMAL guidelines were JUST THAT, guidelines. Nowhere does it say that those were "requirements for Salvation".
JESUS HIMSELF said time and again that Salvation is BY FAITH IN HIM ONLY (Matthew 11:28; 12:32; Mark 16:16; Luke 7:48-50; John 3:16-17; 5:24; 6:37, 40).
James himself had been saved BY FAITH ONLY, without ANY WORKS.
Even though he was Jesus' half brother, there was a point when HE DIDN'T BELIEVE IN Jesus. None of his brothers believed in Him (John 7:5).
Fortunately, James did come to faith AFTER JESUS DIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
It would be pretty hard NOT TO believe in Jesus after He showed up ALIVE three days and nights following His VERY PUBLIC Crucifixion.
So, did James contradict himself?
No. James was NOT talking about SOUL SALVATION in chapter two of his Epistle.
Repeat: James was NOT TALKING ABOUT SALVATION OF ONE'S SOUL in James chapter two.
He was talking about SAVING Christian brothers and sisters FROM DYING OF STARVATION.
His whole point was that you can be saved, and have all the faith in the world, but if you DON'T DEMONSTRATE THE FAITH YOU HAVE WITH practical actions (sending money, food, clothing to help the poor) YOUR FAITH WON'T SAVE THEM FROM PHYSICAL DEATH.
Faith ALONE WILL SAVE YOU FOR ETERNITY.
But FAITH ALONE won't save SOMEONE ELSE from dying in this temporary world, BECAUSE YOUR FAITH ALONE won't feed them, clothe them, care for them, OR SUPPLY THEIR TEMPORAL NEEDS.
THAT'S what James meant by "faith without works is dead".
Your faith ALONE won't do a needy brother or sister ANY GOOD.
Your faith ALONE will DO YOU and your soul AN ETERNITY OF GOOD.
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2013
THE WILL OF THE FATHER - PART 2
"Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, HAVE WE NOT PROPHESIED in your name? and IN YOUR NAME HAVE CAST OUT DEMONS? and in your name DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS?
And then will I profess unto them,I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, you THAT WORK iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23).
The people mentioned in this passage HAD DONE ALL KINDS OF "GOOD WORKS" SUPPOSEDLY in Jesus' Name:
They CLAIMED to have "prophesied" in His Name (hello Ellen White, Herbert Armstrong, Joseph Smith).
They had CAST OUT DEMONS, and done "MANY wonderful WORKS" (Matthew 7:22).
Yet WORKS couldn't get them INTO God's Kingdom.
Jesus called them "WORKERS of iniquity" (Matthew 7:23).
Works COULDN'T GET THEM into God's Kingdom then, and they can't get ANYONE into God's Kingdom today.
WHAT KEPT THESE INDIVIDUALS from entering the Kingdom of Heaven?
Jesus tells us what in verse 23: THEY NEVER KNEW HIM!!!
They never TRUSTED HIM and had an INTIMATE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST (Matthew 7:23).
Isn't that EXACTLY what John 3:3-5 tell us?
That UNLESS a person is BORN AGAIN, he, she or they CANNOT SEE NOR ENTER the Kingdom of God?
We are born again when we GET INTIMATE WITH JESUS.
We are born again when we RECEIVE HIM INTO our hearts and He penetrates the deepest recesses of our being BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT (Romans 8:9).
That IS the "Will of the Father".
That is THE ONLY WAY to enter God's Kingdom.
"For THIS IS THE WILL OF MY FATHER: that EVERYONE that sees the Son, AND BELIEVES ON HIM, should have ETERNAL LIFE"...
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
THE WILL OF THE FATHER
A certain individual recently wrote "Jesus warned that only those who do His will -- will inherit the kingdom".
We replied: "No. Jesus said that "only those WHO DO THE WILL OF His Father will enter the Kingdom".
The EXACT quote is found in Matthew 7:21 and it's ONE OF THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD verses in the New Testament:
"Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in heaven".
The question, then, becomes: WHAT IS the "will of His Father".
A HOST OF MAN-INVENTED DENOMINATIONS have been forged on the idea that "the will of the Father" is that:
a) We obey the Law.
b) We observe the 24-hour Sabbath.
c) We observe the 10 Commandments.
d) We abstain from certain foods.
e) Get physical circumcision.
f) Adhere to a particular RELIGION or denomination.
g) Are baptized in water.
h) Some combination of the preceding.
Besides being FALSE doctrines INVENTED BY mortals, there's one tiny problem:
You can't find A SINGLE VERSE in the Bible that tells us that God's Will is for ANYONE to do a, b, c, d, e, f, g, or h.
NOT A ONE!
God told us UNEQUIVOCALLY what His Will is.
Had your denomination's founder taken the time to read THE WHOLE New Testament, instead of only those portions that he or she liked because they APPEAR TO SUPPORT his or her agenda, he or she wouldn't have had ANY TROUBLE knowing what the "Will of the Father" is.
Had YOU taken the time to OBJECTIVELY read the ENTIRE New Testament, instead of BLINDLY and UNQUESTIONINGLY following your denomination's teaching, you would know "the will of the Father", too.
Jesus Himself TOLD US what "the Will of the Father is":
"For THIS IS THE WILL OF MY FATHER: that EVERYONE that sees the Son, AND BELIEVES ON HIM, should have ETERNAL LIFE"... (John 6:40).
Please note what the verse DOESN'T SAY.
It doesn't say "that EVERYONE that sees the Son, and BELIEVES ON HIM, should have TEMPORARY life".
Likewise, it doesn't say that "EVERYONE that sees the Son and BELIEVES ON HIM, should have ETERNAL LIFE AS LONG AS...
There are NO CONDITIONS!!!
THE ONLY CONDITION to eternal life IS THAT WE BELIEVE IN (TRUST) THE SON OF GOD.
Jesus Himself said so!
WHO are YOU going to believe?
Jesus, OR YOUR PASTOR?
Jesus, OR YOUR DENOMINATION?
Jesus, or YOUR DENOMINATION'S FOUNDER?
In Acts 5:29, the Apostle Peter gave us a FOOLPROOF principle:
"WE MUST OBEY God,RATHER THAN men".
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013
WAS JESUS BORED?
According to a recent survey by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life 4 out of 5 Catholics and two (2) out of 5 Evangelicals believe people can be saved APART FROM Jesus.
I don't know about you, but I have trouble believing that ALMIGHTY God would send His Son to suffer so much, endure such agony, be mocked, despised, ridiculed, slapped, spit on, punched, struck with a rod, crowned with thorns, savagely lashed, crucified, and then - as if ALL THAT weren't enough - SPEND THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS IN HELL ITSELF...
When all the while people can be saved SOME OTHER WAY!!!
Could God really be THAT STUPID?
He wouldn't be much of a God, would He? In fact, He WOULDN'T BE God at all.
If people could be saved by simply being "good, decent" folk, or simply by being "religious" -- if they could be saved through Moses, Buddha, Allah, Mohammed, Krishna or Lao Tzu, WHY IN THE WORLD would God make Jesus ENDURE ALL THAT HORRIFIC TORMENT?
Matter of fact, if I were Jesus I'D PROTEST:
"Hey, Father, you made ME go through that unspeakable agony, allowed Satan to clobber me with everything he's got, yet Buddha and Mohammed didn't have to suffer anything!
Look at ALL THEY PEOPLE THEY'VE SAVED... You let them off so easy! WHY ME? You're SO UNFAIR"!!!
In fact, I'd want to know myself.
I won't even go into HOW STARKLY DIFFERENT the teachings of these men are: That's another subject in and of itself.
So, either God HAD IT OUT for Jesus, and is grossly unfair...
Or, the only other possible explanation I can come up with is that Jesus was bored.
Yes, that MUST be it!
Jesus MUST have gotten bored Being God, Being One with the Father, ruling and running the universe, of the heavenly realm's sheer delights, and of His own Magnificence and splendor.
He wanted a break from that "insufferable" status quo and He decided to TAKE OFF HIS GLORY, come down to this fallen, corrupt, unreal, sin-laden, INFERIOR realm and allow His own Creation, the religious establishment, as well as Satan and his pawns to assault Him to their hearts' content.
Everyone knows, after all, that Jesus has a sadomasochistic streak and enjoyed becoming Satan's personal punching bag, if only temporarily.
Oh, God in heaven... HOW EMBARRASSED will this spineless, gutless generation be when we stand next to those brave saints in the Early Church WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES, THEIR POSSESSIONS, THEIR FAMILIES, EVERYTHING... WILLINGLY DIED HORRIBLE DEATHS because THEY KNEW that Jesus is THE ONLY WAY to the Father, and they would neither deny Him, renounce Him, or budge one millimeter on the Truth of the Gospel.
Salvation is found IN Jesus ALONE.
NO ONE DIED FOR YOU AND YOUR SINS BUT JESUS (Isaiah 53:3-7; 1 Corinthians 15:3).
No one else did, or even CLAIMED TO.
NO ONE ELSE can reconnect sinful you to Holy God (1 Timothy 2:5).
NO ONE ELSE can give you A NEW NATURE or make you BORN-AGAIN (2 Peter 1:4).
There is NO OTHER WAY to the Father (John 14:6).
There is NO OTHER WAY of Salvation (Acts 4:12).
You can CALL YOURSELF Roman Catholic or Evangelical Christian ALL DAY LONG. If you DON'T BELIEVE THAT JESUS ALONE IS SALVATION, YOU'RE NOT A CHRISTIAN, AND YOU'RE NOT SAVED:
Which means that YOU AND YOUR STUPID RELIGION ARE BOTH GOING TO HELL.
Go ahead, MAKE SATAN'S DAY with your cowardice, and self-serving compromise.
If you can't trust the Person WHO DIED FOR YOU, who can you trust?
And if He WHO DIED FOR YOU can't even COUNT ON YOU to stand for Him, WHO CAN TRUST YOU?
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013
THE TRUE CHURCH
With an ever growing list of over 200 confusing and disputatious “Christian” denominations to choose from, new believers often wonder which one they should join.
Which, they ask, is the true Church?
First let me tell you what the true Church ISN’T:
Jesus established His true Church 2,000 YEARS AGO:
“Upon this rock I will build MY CHURCH and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:13-19; Acts 2:1-4).
Any group INVENTED in the PAST 200 YEARS (1,800 YEARS AFTER Christ founded His true Church) CANNOT, therefore, be the true Church (1 John 2:18-20).
Consequently, the so-called Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, LDS (Mormons), Seventh Day Adventists, Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witnesses, or Church of God, CANNOT be the true Church.
I don’t care if they call themselves “the true Church” UNTIL THEIR LYING FACES TURN LILAC.
It’s UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE.
Likewise, Jesus’ true Church is NOT TO BE CONFUSED with any BUILDING.
Those buildings where Christians congregate today DIDN’T EVEN EXIST when Jesus founded his true Church.
Christ’s true Church is NOT ANY DENOMINATION INVENTED BY MAN.
And ALL DENOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN INVENTED BY MAN.
Jesus founded His true Church on the CONFESSION THAT He is THE Messiah, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:18).
He founded His true Church on the premise that Salvation is BY FAITH in Him ALONE, NOT BY WORKS (Mark 16:16; John 3:16-18, 5:24, 6:40; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
He founded the true Church on Himself and on His apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20).
Everyone who DENIES Jesus is the Messiah, that Jesus is God, or that Salvation is BY FAITH IN HIM ALONE, is a son or daughter of Belial, IS NOT your spiritual brother or sister, and IS NOT part of Christ’s true Church.
His TRUE CHURCH is comprised of ALL BELIEVERS IN WHOSE HEARTS JESUS LIVES (John 14:23; Romans 8:9; 1 John 15:12).
Whatever those believers choose to call themselves, besides “Christian”, is up to them.
THE DAY on which they congregate (or not) DOES NOT AFFECT THEIR SALVATION ONE IOTA.
Wherever those believers choose to congregate (or not) is up to them.
As long as it’s not with one of those heretical sects named above and invented in the past two centuries.
There’s NO FELLOWSHIP between light and darkness or between Christ and Belial (demons) (2 Corinthians 6:14-15).
And EVERYONE who denies Jesus is the Messiah, who DENIES that Jesus is God, or who says Salvation is NOT by faith alone, but by our own “merit” IS A LIAR, A CHILD OF SATAN, and FULL OF CRAP (Mark 10:18; 1 John 2:22).
The true Church gets to spend ETERNITY with Jesus.
The fake church gets to spend ETERNITY in the lake of fire.
The true Church will soon be translated to heaven.
The fake church is going nowhere.
TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013
ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
Today is the gloomiest day in the Jewish Calendar, known as Tisha B'av.
It commemorates the day when both the Babylonians in 586 B.C., and the Romans in 70 A.D., destroyed the temple.
It also marks the expulsion of Jews from Britain in 1290, from Spain in 1492, and the day Jews were evicted en masse, by their own government, from the town of Gush Katif in 2005, as it was turned over to the Palestinians.
The Bible predicts that a third temple will be built in Jerusalem (Revelation 11:1-2).
For years, there were rumors circulating of a pre-fab temple being built, and that special stones had been shipped to Israel from (take your pick) Indiana or Arizona. All these turned out to be hoaxes.
But The Temple Institute in Jerusalem is for real: www.templeinstitute.org
For some time now, they've been busy preparing everything from priestly garments, to silver trumpets, to sea of brass, to golden menorah, in preparation for the third temple's construction.
Four years ago, in precise fulfillment of Bible Prophecy, they built the altar of sacrifice.
It was precisely this altar that was profaned in the Second Temple by wicked Antiochus Epiphanes around 165 B.C.
He placed a statue of himself on top, and then forced the priests to sacrifice swine, and sprinkle their blood, and a broth made from their flesh, all around the altar.
This desecration became known as the "abomination of desolation".
In Matthew 24:15-21 Jesus told the Jews that there will be a FUTURE "abomination of desolation" in the FUTURE temple.
He warned those in Judea that when they saw such abomination take place, they were to flee to the mountains at once, forsaking all their belongings, and not even look back (Matthew 24:15).
He also stated that this would signal the greatest period of tribulation the world has ever known.
Furthermore, the Book of Daniel tells us the abomination of desolation will be standing during most of the tribulation, for 1,150 days (Daniel 8:14; 12:11).
The very altar that was built 4 years ago today is THE ONE that Antichrist will profane, by placing on it a statue of himself, as Antiochus did.
All the temple artifacts are already in existence. As for stones, Israel doesn’t require any special stones from anywhere else, since they have quarries dating back to the first and second temples, and all the building in Jerusalem is done with indigenous stones.
All that remains is for the Rapture to occur, the two witnesses to show up, and the temple's construction to begin.
MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
CAN'T STAND PHONIES
Christendom is filled with phonies.
Most members of cults are phonies. The few who AREN'T, those whose hearts EARNESTLY seek Truth, will find Jesus sooner or later and FORSAKE those damnable heresies.
But there's A LOT OF PHONINESS in evangelical circles.
Unfortunately, I deal with it every day.
I got a two-word message for ALL religious phonies:
You may be able to pull the wool over a lot of dumb Christians' eyes.
You may be able to pull it over your pastor's eyes (most pastors belong in the phony category themselves).
You MAY even be able to fool me for A LITTLE while (usually not very long, because the Spirit of God will POINT YOU OUT AND EXPOSE YOU sooner rather than later).
But you CANNOT FOOL JESUS.
He knows WHAT YOU REALLY THINK AND FEEL BEFORE you even think it or feel it.
He KNOWS what you're really made of, and He KNOWS the TRUE intent of your heart, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU TRY TO "PRETEND".
You may be able to fool your peers, bosses, co-workers, friends, family, neighbors, members of your congregation, and even me for a little while.
But you're NOT fooling Jesus FOR ONE MICROSECOND.
He KNOWS your heart: the good, the bad, the ugly, the in-between, and EVERYTHING ELSE.
He KNOWS the TRUE MOTIVES buried deep in your heart and mind.
He sees right through you!
He'll forgive you, He'll cleanse you and He'll save you.
But you gotta BE HONEST; you GOTTA GET REAL, you gotta lay it ALL out in the open, if you're going to get ANYWHERE WITH HIM.
Likewise, you better be REAL if you want to get along with me and this ministry.
I can smell phonies A MILE AWAY.
Jesus CAN'T STAND PHONIES and neither can I.
PRETENDING TO BE something you're not, pretending to be "perfect" and "pious", "more concerned" or "a better Christian than anyone else" isn't going to win you any brownie points with Him or with me.
The SECOND someone approaches me with a holier-than-the-rest attitude A RED FLAG goes up in my spirit.
Those who TRUST their own "righteousness" are phonies.
There is NO SUCH THING.
We have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS. NONE. ZERO.
The ONLY righteousness in the universe - from the Big Bang to infinity - is Jesus'.
You wanna be righteous, then you better receive HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
There is NO OTHER.
Jesus isn't buying your act, and neither am I.
Phonies may fool SOME people SOME of the time:
They may fool others MOST of the time:
But the person THEY FOOL MOST is THEMSELVES.
SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
For all the talk about the Gospel that is heard in Christendom, there’s much confusion as to WHAT THE GOSPEL IS.
The Greek word evangelion means “Good News”.
But WHAT IS the “Good News” that Jesus and His disciples preached? WHAT IS the Message OF the Gospel?
Is the Gospel “Jesus came, died and rose, BUT NOTHING’S REALLY CHANGED: you still MUST follow the 10 Commandments and the law (613 commandments) OR ELSE”?
Is the Gospel Message “BE CAREFUL, God is STILL holding our sins against us and if you sin, you’ll be lost”?
Is the Gospel “God is angry at your sins and UNLESS you comply with ALL THESE CONDITIONS (A, B, C, D & E) you’re lost?
WHERE, exactly, is the “Good News” in ANY of that?
In Matthew 4:23, after being baptized by John, spending 40 days and nights in the desert, with no food or water, and overcoming every temptation that Satan threw at Him, Jesus went forth preaching the GOOD NEWS (the Gospel) of THE KINGDOM of God.
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, REPENT: for THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is NEAR”.
In Mark 1:14-15 we read:
“Jesus came into Galilee, PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and saying, the time has come, and THE KINGDOM OF God is NEAR: REPENT, AND BELIEVE the Good News”.
Clearly, the Gospel or Good News of the Kingdom of God is that God’s Kingdom IS NEAR.
NEAR? HOW COULD JESUS SAY IT’S NEAR when He preached the Gospel 2,000 YEARS AGO and we have yet to see HIS KINGDOM?
As Jesus Himself told Pilate: “my Kingdom is NOT OF THIS WORLD” (John 18:36).
His Kingdom is not yet manifested in this physical, TEMPORARY world.
In another instance He said that His Kingdom DOES NOT COME WITH OBSERVATION and that we won’t say “here it is” or “there it is” BECAUSE THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN US” (Luke 17:20-21).
His Kingdom IS NEAR, as near as our breath, but IN ANOTHER DIMENSION.
That dimension is NOT visible to the naked natural eye, nor is it discernible with the 5 physical senses.
That dimension is the realm of ULTIMATE TRUTH, the ETERNAL PRESENT, the realm of SPIRIT, WHERE JESUS IS KING FOREVER.
His ETERNAL Kingdom COMES into us WHEN WE RECEIVE King Jesus INTO OUR HEARTS as God and Savior.
When the disciples asked Him “teach us to pray”, what did Jesus say?
“Our Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be Your Name”…
And what was THE FIRST PETITION that, according to Jesus, we are to make to the Father?
“YOUR KINGDOM COME”…
Then, and only then, will His Will “be done ON EARTH as it is IN HEAVEN”.
When King Jesus COMES INTO us, His whole Kingdom COMES INTO US, TOO!
THAT’S WHAT WE’RE PRAYING FOR, that’s what we’re asking God to do, WHEN WE PRAY THE “OUR FATHER”.
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus reiterated that receiving the King and His Kingdom into our hearts is the NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, by saying:
“SEEK FIRST (NOT second, NOT third) THE KINGDOM OF GOD”…
Back to the ORIGINAL QUESTION: WHAT IS THE GOSPEL, WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS WE ARE TO BELIEVE AND PREACH?
The REST OF the verse (Matthew 6:33) tell us:
God’s OWN righteousness – and ALL THESE THINGS – (in context, daily necessities) WILL BE ADDED UNTO US.
The Gospel or Good News is that when we receive King Jesus into our hearts, HIS KINGDOM COMES INTO US, we are born-again and, FROM THAT MOMENT FORTH, ALL our sins are ERASED FOR ALL ETERNITY AND GOD’S OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS IS CREDITED TO US!!!
From that moment forward we don’t have to worry about sin ANY MORE!
From that moment forward we don’t have to worry about Salvation!
Salvation Himself, Salvation PERSONIFIED, HAS COME TO LIVE, AND IS LIVING IN US!
You don't have to struggle and strive to get to heaven: HEAVEN HAS COME INTO YOU!!!
There is NO BETTER NEWS in the ENTIRE COSMOS!
God’s NOT ANGRY WITH US.
He LOVES US:
UNCONDITIONALLY!!! (John 6:37)
He’s NOT COUNTING ANY SINS AGAINST US, glory to His Name! (2 Corinthians 5:19).
We’re children of the King, we’re His legal heirs, He BELONGS TO us, HIS ENTIRE KINGDOM BELONGS TO us and, in Daddy’s eyes, WE CAN DO NO WRONG!!!
Glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory…
Yes His Kingdom WILL EVENTUALLY BE VISIBLE and TAKE OVER THIS ENTIRE PLANET (Isaiah 2:1-4; Zechariah 14:9: Revelation 20:4).
But we don’t have to wait ‘til the Millennium TO KNOW JESUS, OR TO ENJOY JESUS, OR TO TALK TO JESUS, OR TO BE FORGIVEN OF ALL SIN, OR TO BE SAVED.
His Kingdom CAN COME INTO YOU RIGHT THIS MOMENT.
The King Himself WILL COME INTO YOU RIGHT NOW.
Just ask Him!!!
You’ll NEVER regret it.
This world, and everything you see, is temporary. His Kingdom is ETERNAL.
You’ll THANK Jesus for ALL ETERNITY.
SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
Religion has INVENTED the lie that UNCONFESSED sins remain unforgiven.
There isn’t ONE Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation that teaches such nonsense.
God's word teaches we should confess our sins to God, and to one another (Psalms 32:5; Daniel 9:20; James 5:16).
Such confession RELEASES OUR INDIVIDUAL CONSCIENCE from sin but it is NOT a “condition” for forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 says "if we confess (ADMIT) our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to CLEANSE US from ALL unrighteousness".
Does that verse say we have to confess EVERY SINGLE SIN?
Does it say we have to come before God with an ITEMIZED LIST of every sin we've ever committed?
Does it say that UNCONFESSED SINS are NOT forgiven?
Only lunatics on the religious fringe believe that.
Yet, believe it or not, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT CERTAIN heretical sects teach.
Consequently, some Christians LIVE IN FEAR that they may have some "unconfessed sin" hidden somewhere, that's hindering their success, or their spiritual walk, or worse, that may keep them from heaven.
Such doctrine is A TOTAL PERVERSION OF 1 John 1:9 (quoted above).
1 John 1:9 SAYS NO SUCH THING.
Let’s look at THE CONTEXT:
“IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO SIN, we deceive ourselves, and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US.
If we confess (admit) our sins, he is faithful and just TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (1 John 1:8-9).
This passage is clearly referring to individuals who CLAIM they have NO SIN.
The Greek word translated “confess” in verse 9 (omologōmen, a derivative of homologeo) means TO ADMIT or TO ACKNOWLEDGE.
John merely says that those who claim to “have no sin” are self-deceived liars, who CONTRADICT JESUS.
If, on the other hand, THEY ADMIT or ACKNOWLEDGE that they have sinned, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive them and cleanse them FROM ALL SIN, FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
Nowhere does it say that confession of EACH AND EVERY SIN is NECESSARY to obtain forgiveness.
John was talking about holier-than-thou LEGALISTIC “Christians” who SAID that they never sinned.
Who CLAIMED to ALWAYS “follow the law”.
In case you’re wondering who, in their right mind, would make such claim, there are MILLIONS today who claim to “keep” God’s Law and BOAST of “not being like those SINFUL evangelicals who TRUST Jesus completely and DON’T LIVE UNDER the law”.
I encounter them EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE.
Jesus Himself had at least ONE such encounter with the rich young ruler, who told God, to His Face, that he’d “kept ALL the commandments since childhood”.
Jesus (God) answered him (paraphrasing): “Baloney! NO ONE IS GOOD, EXCEPT GOD ALONE” (Mark 10:18).
Do you think the thief who hung on the cross next to Jesus had time to itemize every sin he'd ever committed? Of course not!
Yet Jesus ASSURED HIM, he'd be with Him in Paradise (Luke 23:43).
Do you think if some born-again Christian dies, and "missed" confessing a certain sin, that sin won't be forgiven?
That's ridiculous and absurd!
That sin was forgiven BEFORE it was even committed.
That sin was forgiven THE MOMENT he/she gave his or her heart to Jesus.
I'm sure I've committed sins that I've forgotten about, or that I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE I WAS COMMITTING. The same can be said for everyone else.
That verse doesn't say we are to CONFESS EVERY SIN.
That verse doesn't say we need to come before God with an ITEMIZED LIST of every sin we've ever committed.
That verse doesn't say we need to confess every single sin we've committed AFTER RECEIVING Christ.
It just says that we need to ADMIT or ACKNOWLEDGE that we have sinned.
All God wants from us is to ACKNOWLEDGE we have sinned and RECEIVE HIS FORGIVENESS.
We should all humble ourselves before God regularly, acknowledge our TOTAL DEPENDENCE on Him, confess that by His Blood we're redeemed from ALL sins, and THANK HIM FOR IT.
Confessing sins is NOT done for His sake, but for our sakes.
My sisters, my brothers, God DOESN'T WANT YOU TO LIVE IN FEAR (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18).
God wants you to have His Peace.
He wants you to REST IN HIM, and TRUST HIM (Matthew 11:28; John 14:27).
God KNOWS you've sinned. He knows HOW MUCH, HOW OFTEN, AND EVERY DETAIL INVOLVED.
He loves you UNCONDITIONALLY.
He's already PAID FOR ALL your sins, for ALL ETERNITY.
He's already FORGIVEN YOU.
He's ERASED every sin from your record, and even from His memory (Hebrews 8:12).
He expects you to receive His forgiveness, and forget about them, too.
God doesn't want you to be sin conscious.
He wants you to be Jesus conscious.
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013
DID HE OR DIDN’T HE?
In case you missed yesterday’s message we posited the questions:
1. Did Jesus TAKE AWAY THE SIN of the world?
2. Or did He ONLY remove ORIGINAL sin?
3. Did He ONLY remove sins up to the moment we turn to Him in faith?
4. Did He, from Salvation onward, leave His children “on their own” and responsible for the sins they commit afterwards?
5. Does He ONLY remove the sins we confess?
6. Or, did He remove ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME?
The answers are: yes, no, no, no, no, and YES.
Religion INVENTED THE LIES that either Jesus ONLY removed original sin, or that He ONLY removed the sins up to the moment to come to Him in faith, or that He ONLY removes the sins we confess.
The Truth is that Jesus has REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME:
“Behold the Lamb of God, who TAKES AWAY THE SIN of the world” (John 1:29).
“But now once in the end of the world hath He appeared TO PUT AWAY SIN by the Sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26).
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS:WHO FORGIVES ALL YOUR INIQUITIES; who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:1-3).
“But HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS (SINS), HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him THE INIQUITY (sin) OF US ALL” (Isaiah 53:5-6).
“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but WITH HIS OWN BLOOD he went into the Most Holy Place ONCE FOR ALL having obtained ETERNAL REDEMPTION for us” (Hebrews 9:12).
“By one sacrifice He HAS PERFECTED those who ARE SANCTIFIED BY HIM FOR ETERNITY” (Hebrews 10:14).
“AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HAS HE REMOVED OUR TRANSGRESSIONS (SINS) FROM US” (Psalm 103:12).
God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself NOT COUNTING MEN’S SINS AGAINST THEM (2 Corinthians 5:19).
I don’t know with HOW MUCH MORE CERTITUDE, or HOW MUCH CLEARER, it can be stated.
Since Jesus REMOVED SIN altogether and PAID FOR ALL SIN for ALL time, does that mean EVERYONE will be saved?
Those who INSIST ON NOT RECEIVING the One who PAID FOR EVERY ONE OF their sins, those WHO REFUSE TO accept His REMOVAL of ALL their sins, WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM.
They will ANSWER FOR and PAY FOR those sins THEMSELVES.
That is their right, if they so choose.
It’s a STUPID CHOICE.
Matter of fact, it’s THE MOST STUPID choice anyone can make, BAR NONE…
But HUMANS have the God-given right to make it.
Jesus is MUCH BIGGER THAN your sins.
Those in whose hearts Jesus lives NEED NOT FEAR, and WILL NEVER SEE CONDEMNATION.
Those in whose hearts Jesus DOES NOT live – I don’t care how “Christian” they CLAIM to be – are going to hell.
It’s as simple as THAT.
THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013
Did Jesus TAKE AWAY THE SIN of the world?
Or did He ONLY remove ORIGINAL sin?
Did He ONLY remove sins up to the moment we turn to Him in faith?
Did He save us, then leave His children “on their own” and responsible for the sins they commit afterwards?
Does He ONLY remove the sins we confess?
Or, did He remove ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME?
Fortunately, THE ANSWER to all these questions is found in Scripture.
Unfortunately, it’s NOT FOUND or heard in 99% of pulpits.
And I’m not talking about the pulpits of CULTS INVENTED by LOST, SINFUL MORTALS in the past two centuries. I’m talking about EVANGELICAL pulpits.
To say there’s ENORMOUS confusion in this area, even among born-again Christians, would be a gross understatement.
Yet this topic is SELDOM, if ever, addressed by so-called pastors.
They’ll preach USELESS, forgettable drivel like “facing life with God’s help”, “what to do with your burdens”, “overcoming anger”, or “defining discipleship”.
But they NEVER ADDRESS THE ISSUE AT THE VERY HEART OF OUR FAITH.
They preach AN AMBIGUOUS “GOSPEL”, an IMPURE MIXTURE of 80% condemnation and 20% Grace.
That, coincidentally, is ONE REASON (though certainly not the only one) why so many sheep are misled from the TRUE, ORIGINAL Gospel of God’s Grace and entangled in damnable heresies and cults.
Cults may give THE WRONG answers, but at least THEY PROVIDE ANSWERS.
Evangelicals DO NOT.
We hear regularly from individuals who’ve been saved FOR YEARS AND YEARS, ATTENDED CHURCH SERVICES FOR DECADES, yet DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER to these questions and are TOTALLY CONFUSED about the MOST FUNDAMENTAL of doctrines which is Salvation.
Shame, shame, SHAME on you, HIRELINGS, who pass yourselves off as “pastors”!!!
HOW can you be a pastor (shepherd) WHEN YOUR SHEEP DON’T EVEN KNOW THE WAY, nor are TRAINED IN IT?
That’s why YOU’RE SCARED TO DEATH of cults.
Because YOU KNOW that your congregation couldn’t withstand their arguments FOR TWO SECONDS!!!
Instead of having stupid conferences on “Strange Fire” to attack your Evangelical brothers, WHY DON’T YOU GIVE THEM THE TRUE FIRE???
If they knew the TRUE, HOLY, CONSUMING fire of God, if they were given clear, solid doctrine, IF THEY REALLY KNEW WHERE THEY STAND SPIRITUALLY, they wouldn’t have any trouble recognizing counterfeit fire and YOU WOULDN’T NEED TO HOLD THOSE barren CONFERENCES!!!
Of course, just think how your KRI$TIAN BU$INE$$ would suffer because you would no longer PROFIT from registration fees, or from taking incessant “offerings”, you wouldn’t get a cut from the hotel chain where your dumb audience is staying, and YOU’D LOSE A TON OF CASH from the sale of those useless books, CD’s and DVD’s you PEDDLE.
So-called “pastors” and “church leaders” are THE MAIN CULPRITS of the PITIFUL, DISMAL spiritual condition in which the Body of Christ finds itself.
You pastors have no business looking down your sanctimonious noses at prostitutes or ANY OTHER SINNER:
At least prostitutes ONLY SELL THEIR PHYSICAL BODIES…
You’ve SOLD OUT the BODY OF CHRIST, and Christ Himself, FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013
TOO PERFECT FOR GOD
"Jesus answered them, "It is NOT THE HEALTHY who need a doctor, BUT THE SICK. I HAVE NOT COME to call the righteous, BUT SINNERS to repentance (Luke 5:31-32)."
The world is FILLED WITH self-righteous people.
They TAKE PRIDE IN their professed adherence to man-manufactured principles.
They TAKE PRIDE IN belonging to A CERTAIN GROUP or RELIGION.
They boast about their “good behavior”, their squeaky clean “Christian” life and about how much they pray.
They WORSHIP their own human logic and intellect.
They consider themselves THE ELITE of God.
They THINK they can SAVE THEMSELVES based on their religious SUPERIORITY and impressive "merits".
If you're one of those "perfect" individuals who always acts right, thinks right, speaks right, looks right, whose outward demeanor and appearance are flawless, and even follows A PERFECT and "ONLY TRUE" RELIGION, Jesus DIDN'T COME FOR YOU.
YOU'RE "TOO PERFECT", even for Jesus.
He came for IMPERFECT people.
He came for those who DO NOT act right, who DO NOT think right, who DO NOT speak right, or look right.
He came for those whose demeanor and appearance AREN'T always perfect.
He came for those with IMPERFECT beliefs -- or, better yet -- NO RELIGION AT ALL.
He came for those who aren't always the smartest and who haven't always done what human "logic" dictates.
For those who've "stepped in it" and made a mess of their own lives, time and again.
He came for those who ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR IMPERFECTION and THAT THEY ARE POWERLESS TO SAVE THEMSELVES.
Who, like the publican of old, THROW THEMSELVES helplessly at the Mercy of God, and cry out:
"Lord, have mercy on me, A SINNER!" (Luke 18:13).
Are you TOO PERFECT for even Jesus to save?
Hell is FULL OF "PERFECT" PEOPLE even as we speak.
Their "perfect" demeanor COULDN'T save them.
Even their PERFECT and "ONLY TRUE" religion COULDN'T save them.
The religious leader they BLINDLY FOLLOWED, AND WHOSE WORD THEY BELIEVED OVER AND ABOVE JESUS', COULDN'T SAVE THEM.
Matter of fact, he/she COULDN'T EVEN SAVE HIMSELF OR HERSELF.
Heaven, on the other hand, IS FULL OF formerly SINFUL, wretched, IMPERFECT individuals who HUMBLED THEMSELVES, acknowledged their inability to make it there on their own, invited Jesus' into their hearts, received His mercy, and were washed SPOTLESS by His magnificent and most precious Blood.
They didn’t GET THERE because of their “good behavior” but because OF HIS EXCELLENT GRACE.
Those who REALIZE their own shortcomings and their sinfulness have A GREAT CHANCE to reach heaven.
Those who are FULL OF RELIGION, FULL OF THEMSELVES -- or just "FULL OF IT" -- HAVE NONE.
TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013
BROTHER vs. BROTHER
“And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and THEY SHALL FIGHT EVERYONE AGAINST HIS BROTHER, AND EVERYONE AGAINST HIS NEIGHBOR; city against city, and KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM" (Isaiah 19:2).
Someone recently asked me why I am so sure that Jesus referred in Matthew 24:4-8 to the Arab Spring and other events going on in the world.
That’s a fair question. After all, we’ve seen SOME of the conditions described in that passage before.
We’ve always had religious deception – to one degree or another – and there have always been wars and earthquakes.
The reasons that I’m sure we’re living the birth pangs that Jesus described are the following:
1. We’ve never seen such things happening TO SUCH DEGREE before, at least not in my lifetime.
There may have been A FEW Elmer Gantry like characters 50, 60, or 80 years ago, BUT NOTHING REMOTELY COMPARABLE to what we’re seeing today, when religious deception has reached PANDEMIC proportions.
Today, such preachers are NOT the exception, they’re THE NORM.
We have MASS MEDIA that didn’t exist even 20 years ago and 80-90% of what is being propagated, supposedly “in Jesus’ Name”, is PURE DECEIT.
Jesus pointedly stated that such deception would not come in Satan's name, BUT IN HIS OWN NAME, by people who professed that He is the Christ, the Messiah.
2. Seismic activity (volcanoes and earthquakes) have, likewise, INTENSIFIED DRAMATICALLY in the past few years. Anyone with an open mind and access to pertinent data can see that.
3. According to Psalm 102:16, Luke 21:27 and Daniel 9:25, we’re living VERY CLOSE to the end (Second Coming of Christ).
Daniel 9:25 calls for a 7-week period (49 years) FROM the rebuilding of biblical Jerusalem TO Messiah Prince.
Those 49 years will expire around 2017.
4. Scripture must always be taken IN CONTEXT.
Jesus uttered that prophecy around 33 A.D.
He was referring PRIMARILY (underscore the word “PRIMARILY”) to the world known in His day, which was basically the Roman Empire (Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa) or, if you prefer, the Mediterranean Basin.
The American Continent WAS NOT KNOWN and would not be discovered until 1,460 years later.
I am not saying this passage cannot have a secondary application to the American Continent, but IT CONCERNS PRIMARILY the world of Jesus’ time.
Is it MERE COINCIDENCE that the nations involved today, in this UNPRECEDENTED chain reaction known as the Arab Spring, are THE VERY SAME NATIONS of Jesus’ day, those around the Mediterranean?
5. Most Christians are blissfully and ignorantly UNAWARE that MUCH (NOT ALL) of what Jesus said was taken from the Old Testament.
When our Lord spoke of “nation against nation and KINGDOM against KINGDOM” He was borrowing the phrase from Isaiah chapter 19 (quoted above), with which He was doubtlessly familiar (Luke 4:17).
As you can see, it’s used in Isaiah in direct reference to Egypt and, sure enough, Egypt has PLAYED A VERY PROMINENT ROLE in the Arab insurrection.
It has been in turmoil for the past three years, and (humanly speaking) NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE WHERE IT GOES FROM HERE.
There have been wars in the Middle East since the dawn of history, where one nation fought against another. But NEVER BEFORE IN HISTORY have we seen this domino effect brought about by turmoil WITHIN EACH NATION: Egyptian against Egyptian, brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, as the passage above–which our Lord was alluding to – clearly describes.
NO ONE has to agree with my analysis. People are free to believe WHATEVER they like.
But someone would have to make ONE HECK OF A BIBLICAL case to convince me otherwise.
And, frankly, having studied the Bible for many years – prophecy in particular – I don’t see HOW they could.
MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
I call the words in Matthew 24:29-30 "the GREAT mistranslation".
In most English Bibles they read "Immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken :
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven... and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory".
The Word of God, as originally written, is inerrant. Translations of His Word AREN'T.
Intentionally or not, the translators' theological bias ends up influencing their translation.
This is one CLEAR instance where that happened.
Here's the problem: ALL THE OTHER VERSES OF SCRIPTURE that talk ABOUT THESE SAME SIGNS, clearly state they happen BEFORE the tribulation.
Isaiah 13:10, Joel 2:10-11,31 and Revelation 6:12 all tell us these signs PRECEDE THE TRIBULATION:
THEY take place JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE RAPTURE (Revelation 6:12).
They occur AS SOON AS THE TRIBULATION BEGINS, NOT "after".
The whole discourse in Matthew 24 is given in answer to the disciples' question: "tell us... WHAT SHALL BE THE SIGN OF YOUR COMING, and of the end of the age? [Matthew 24:3].
SIGNS ARE ALWAYS GIVEN BEFORE an event.
The whole purpose of signs is TO WARN US that SOMETHING is ABOUT TO happen.
WHAT WOULD BE THE PURPOSE of giving us signs AFTER the tribulation's already ENDED?
BY THEN, EVERYONE WOULD KNOW IT HAS HAPPENED!!!
WHY ON EARTH would anyone need ANY SIGNS at that point?
If the most severe catastrophic judgments in history are taking place, if the Antichrist has been reigning for 3½ years, if people have been FORCED to worship him and Satan, if they have been REQUIRED to take his mark in order to buy or sell, EVERYONE WOULD KNOW THE TRIBULATION IS UNDERWAY.
After experiencing ALL THAT, WHAT MORON would need FURTHER “SIGNS” that THE TRIBULATION HAS HAPPENED?
If these "signs" were given AFTER the TRIBULATION is ALL OVER... they'd be pretty USELESS.
There's NO WAY those signs happen AFTER the tribulation.
There’s NO WAY these signs point to Christ’s Second Coming. They signal the Rapture.
Jesus gave us the sign of the sun turning dark, etc. as an indication that the Rapture's ABOUT TO happen, FOLLOWED BY THE AWFUL TRIBULATION (Luke 21:27-28).
The Greek words eutheos meta, erroneously translated as "immediately after", actually mean "immediately WITH":
eutheos = immediately, at once.
meta = WITH, accompanying
Matter of fact, the VERY SAME WORD “meta” is CORRECTLY translated as “WITH” in the TWO VERSES THAT FOLLOW (verses 30 and 31).
So, we must ask ourselves: WHY was it CORRECTLY translated “WITH” in verses 30 and 31, but ONLY translated “after” in verse 29?
Do you suppose it may have something to do with the fact that WHEN THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS of the Bible were made in the 14th century A.D. the MENACING RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENT DICTATED DOCTRINE?
If we read this portion correctly "IMMEDIATELY WITH the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened"... there's NO CONFLICT whatsoever with the other scriptures that mention these same signs.
The correct sequence therefore is: the sun gets dark, or the moon turns blood-red, there will be some sort of meteor shower, or asteroids hitting the earth, or both, the atmospheric heavens will shake, the Rapture takes place, then the tribulation JUDGMENTS begin.
The Rapture IS PRE-TRIB (Revelation 7:9).
God's getting His children out of here under the 6th seal, BEFORE He pours out His judgments (Revelation 8:1-2).
NO AMOUNT OF ESCHATOLOGICAL BIAS, NO AMOUNT OF UNBELIEF, AND NO MISTRANSLATION CAN CHANGE THAT.
SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013
WHAT THEY DIDN'T DO
ACTIONS won't send anyone to hell.
Huh? You heard me: ACTIONS won't send ANYONE to hell.
For all the years I've ministered the Word, others have preached it and taught it, for all the "Christian" media and "Christian" resources at our disposal, there is still a very large number of people who believe, or FEAR, that their ACTIONS will either earn heaven, or send them to hell.
They THINK that drinking a few beers, smoking, watching porn, using drugs, ADULTERY, FORNICATION, and other such practices, will send them to hell.
There are even professing Christians who fear this.
That's HOW BADLY THEY'VE BEEN DECEIVED by religion.
Lest there be any misunderstanding, ALL OF THESE [except for drinking beer] are sin.
These practices ARE SINFUL and have VERY SERIOUS consequences IN THIS LIFE.
That's why I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT Christians live and walk in the Spirit so they can live free of all forms of carnal bondage.
All I'm saying is that DOING these things, SINFUL AS THEY ARE, is NOT what sends someone to hell.
What sends people to hell ISN'T action, but INACTION.
It's hearing the Good News that Jesus died for your sins, poured out His Blood to cleanse you, PAID IN FULL THE PRICE OF YOUR REDEMPTION, rose from the dead, and NOT RECEIVING HIM INTO YOUR HEART.
Actions CANNOT get you into heaven. Nor can they send you to hell.
INACTION is what sends people there:
SITTING ON THE FENCE and NOT inviting Jesus into your heart, IS THE ONLY SIN that sends ANYONE TO HELL.
Jesus Himself said that ALL SINS will be forgiven to men (and women) EXCEPT NOT RECEIVING HIM (Matthew 12:31-32; John 14:6).
Many will be shocked when they find themselves in hell and realize IT WASN'T ANYTHING THEY DID that got them there:
They went there because of WHAT THEY DIDN'T DO.
SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013
JESUS' SECRET YEARS
Did Jesus ever travel outside Israel?
Did He travel as a young boy with Joseph of Arimathea and visit Scotland?
Did He sojourn into India, or the Far East?
NO, NO and NO.
While there are legends circulating about such journeys, there ISN'T ONE smidgeon of scriptural OR HISTORICAL evidence, that Jesus traveled ANYWHERE outside Israel.
Those who spread such myths HAVE NOTHING, biblical or secular, to stand on, except UNSUBSTANTIATED, PAGAN folklore.
Those who spread such myths are only DEMONSTRATING THEIR TOTAL IGNORANCE of the Scriptures.
Other than a brief trip to Egypt as a toddler, to escape Herod's death decree, Jesus never traveled outside Israel.
As He Himself said "I was sent ONLY to the lost sheep of Israel" (Matthew 15:24).
Can't say it any clearer than THAT.
The Scriptures clearly tell us He grew up in Nazareth, in Galilee (northern Israel) (Matthew 2:23).
His so-called "secret years" are no secret. The Bible tells us he "went down to Nazareth with them (Joseph and Mary) and was obedient to them" (Luke 2:51).
We know He STAYED in Nazareth, and didn't travel anywhere until He became an adult, except to Jerusalem to celebrate the pilgrimage Feasts (Luke 2:41, 42).
This is undisputed since people in His home town of Nazareth KNEW HIM very well (Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3).
Had he left as a young boy and then returned after many years as a full grown adult, as some idiots claim, NOBODY WOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED HIM.
Jesus lived in Nazareth, and worked quietly as a carpenter, UNTIL it was time for His PUBLIC ministry to begin, which was at age 30 (Luke 3:23).
Additionally, there's NO RELIABLE HISTORIC EVIDENCE ANYWHERE that He EVER traveled outside Israel. There are a couple LEGENDS floating around, but that's ALL they are: unsubstantiated MYTHS.
He NEVER ventured INTO India, or the Far East to learn Eastern mysticism, or Eastern religions, as some fools claim.
Indeed, that's IMPOSSIBLE because Jesus' teachings ARE TOTALLY CONTRARY TO such false, PAGAN, SATANIC religions.
Those who proclaim such LIES can't produce EVEN A SHRED OF EVIDENCE to support their claims.
We can believe solid, time-tested, PROVEN Truth, or we can be swept by every wind of doctrine that wishful thinkers INVENT.
Truth leads people to heaven.
Winds of doctrine are FULL OF HOT AIR, and sweep the fools who follow them STRAIGHT INTO HELL.
FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013
MIDDLE EAST ABLAZE
It isn’t over yet. The so-called Arab Spring has sprung yet again :
There are continued protests in Turkey, Syria is in the midst of full-fledged, bloody, civil war, and Egypt’s in turmoil again.
Turkey is the ONLY Islamic member of NATO.
After the Arab Spring exploded 2½ years ago, it had managed to stay above the fray and keep its population in check. That is no longer the case.
Since May 31 people have taken to the streets daily in protests against the decade long government of dictator Recep Erdogan.
Due to vigorous opposition, mainly from France and Germany, Turkey was denied membership in the EU.
Erdogan is engaged in a delicate balancing act, trying on the one hand to please NATO and the EU, yet also portraying himself as supporter of those who’ve toppled totalitarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and still trying to depose Assad in Syria.
Syria, on the other hand, has been constantly in the news for the past two years, amidst civil unrest, daily death, violence and destruction, with barbarian Hafez Al-Assad using chemical weapons against his own people and refusing to step down.
In an interview given two days ago, HE ACTUALLY BOASTED about his government’s resilience, declared that his opponents had failed to oust him, and PRACTICALLY DARED the West to intervene militarily by saying that the only way he could be toppled would be through foreign invasion.
For years, students of prophecy have wondered about the fulfillment of Isaiah 17:1 which plainly states that Damascus will no longer be a city but will turn into a pile of rubble.
It doesn’t say HOW it becomes a heap of ruins, or WHO gets the job done.
The verses that follow give two important clues:
Isaiah 17:4 says that “in that day the glory of Jacob (Israel) will fade”.
And Isaiah 17:7 says that “in that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel”.
Both of these verses fit with the end-time scenario that is unfolding before our very eyes.
God’s Word DOES NOT say that Damascus will be destroyed ALL AT ONCE.
There’s a similar prophecy in Isaiah chapter 13:19-22 and 14:22-23 with regards to the utter destruction of ancient Babylon.
God said it would be TOTALLY destroyed and NEVER AGAIN rebuilt or inhabited.
The prophecy WAS fulfilled. But Babylon wasn’t destroyed all at once. It happened gradually, over centuries. By the first century B.C. it had become nothing but ruins and has remained that way for the past 2,000 years.
I’m not saying it will take centuries for Damascus to be destroyed, but possibly a few years?
We cannot rule out some sort of foreign military action which Assad has practically invited, but Syrians seem to be doing a bang-up job of gradually decimating their own capital.
All of which brings us to Egypt:
Barely a year after the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, the FIRST elected President in Egypt’s LONG and intricate history was just toppled in a military coup.
The situation is precarious and fraught with uncertainty.
There are more questions than answers.
The BIGGEST question being:
Will the Camp David Peace Treaty of 1978-1979 hold up?
Egyptians seem to be divided, some wanting freedom and economic opportunity, while others want Islamic rule and Sharia law.
It’s hard for Westerners to understand that certain people would NOT WANT DEMOCRACY, since the very term means “government BY the people” but, unbelievable as it may sound, many in the Middle East LIKE and WANT DICTATORSHIP:
Just as long as that DICTATORSHIP IMPOSES Islamic law BY FORCE…
Right after the ouster of Mubarak MANY Egyptians showed their true wishes by killing a number of Coptic Christians -- JUST for BEING Christian -- attacking the Israeli embassy, and expressing their desire to break the Camp David Accords and go back to the “good old days” of war with Israel.
Of course, if they did that, they’d lose the 1.5 billion dollars in U.S. foreign aid that they get each year (Egypt presently ranks fifth among U.S. foreign aid recipients, behind Israel, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan), but many Egyptians seem to be O.K. with that.
After all, U.S. aid seems to be doing little more than BUYING TEMPORARY peace with Israel and lining the pockets of the current ruling dictator. NONE OF IT seems to be reaching the people, or improving the quality of their lives. So what do they care?
Let’s not forget that, in modern times, PRIOR to the Camp David Accords of 1978, Egypt and Israel fought three major bloody wars: the Arab-Israeli War (1948), the Six-Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973).
That’s not counting relatively minor military conflicts in 1954, 1955, 1956, and the so-called War of Attrition in 1968-70.
As unlikely as it may seem, God’s Word says that Egypt will eventually turn to Jesus and will be totally at peace with Israel and serving the Lord during the Millennium (Isaiah 19:19-22).
Bottom line: the birthpangs are still going strong. They’ve been going on for the past 3½ years (Matthew 24:4-8).
That points to one inevitable conclusion:
The Rapture and tribulation cannot be far behind.
THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013
OUR LAST 4TH OF JULY?
"Our fathers' God, to thee,
Author of liberty, to Thee we sing;
long may our land be bright
with freedom's holy light;
protect us by Thy might,
great God, our King".
From "My Country ‘Tis of Thee", Lyrics by Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895
What if THIS were the LAST 4th of July you got to celebrate?
I know, I know... People just want to have a good time, watch some spectacular fireworks and enjoy some BBQ.
Nobody wants to hear or even THINK about birthpangs, tribulation, prophecy or anything else today.
I'm no exception.
I don't want to hear about such things, or think about the possibility of THIS being the last time the U.S. celebrates its independence...
The last time we get to commemorate this 237-year old bastion of freedom and democracy.
But WHAT IF IT WERE?
What if you woke up one morning and America was no longer the world's foremost superpower?
What if whatever was LEFT of it was ruled and dominated by dark, antagonistic, evil forces?
What if all born-again Christians were gone and you found yourself on a planet full of VIOLENT Christ-haters?
This may SOUND far-fetched, but it will happen sooner than anyone - myself included - wants to accept.
So, go ahead, enjoy the festivities, enjoy your ribs, hamburgers and whatever else... but don't forget Jesus and DON'T PUSH HIM ASIDE.
If you haven't INVITED HIM to enter your heart, if you haven't RECEIVED HIM as God and Savior, please DO IT NOW. Don't put it off for another second.
The freedom we've enjoyed for over two centuries COMES FROM HIM.
There's NO FREEDOM APART FROM Him (John 8:36; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
One would have to be BLIND not to see that this world is about to go up in smoke.
Enjoy it while you can, because THIS Independence Day may well be our last.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013
Lest some of you think I exaggerate when I lament the DISMAL spiritual condition of the Church at large, let me offer a SMALL sample of what I face each day.
We will call this young woman Sheila (not her real name) and here’s what she wrote from her IPhone:
“I appreciate your website very much. And don't want to nullify anything really. It is really all about relationship with Him. I love Him too and don't want to 'fall from Grace'. Please expound on Christians being 'lukewarm' which Christ hates along with His letters to the churches and the bride preparing for the rapture. Jesus warned only those who Do his will inherit the kingdom and many Christians have been lulled to sleep. Repentance is also commanded in Revelations. I want His presence. Like in marriage, sin separates us, hurts the relationship. After reading this website, I abhor my self works. Intimacy even in marriage is difficult. And Jesus did say narrow is the way and few be that find it. I have read testimonies about people in hell including the backslider. Please be sensitive to those issues. The Word does say that The Lord does blot names from the book of life. What is our love commandment? To also be our brothers keeper. Our sin nailed Jesus to the cross. I hate always fighting those religious spirits that put more burdens on people. Thank you for exposing false doctrine. My head is still twirling about Alexander. Also, many Christian have not even prepared to stand before the Son of man where our works shall be tried by fire and rewards given. Could you expound on your website? Thank you brother for your passion and love for our King. Bless you and this website”.
I wish I could say this type of email is RARE, but I can’t.
On the contrary: It’s TYPICAL.
This poor confused soul, steeped in religion, DOESN’T REALLY KNOW WHAT she believes.
For starters, she MISQUOTES Scripture, by my count, at least FIVE TIMES.
She’s ALL OVER THE PLACE, rambling on and on first about Salvation being all about “a relationship with Jesus”, and TWO LINES LATER contradicting herself and PUTTING ALL KINDS OF “CONDITIONS” to “KEEP” and “NOT LOSE” that Salvation.
As if God were such dirty, pitiful lowlife (perish the thought) that He would give HIS CHILDREN A GIFT, and then TAKE IT AWAY.
As if He drew pleasure from us living UNDER THE CONSTANT THREAT of LOSING that gift.
As if He enjoyed having some draconian sword of Damocles HANGING OVER OUR HEADS ready to fall at any moment for a number of reasons, to decapitate us from His Kingdom.
God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL (John 6:37).
Salvation in Christ is A SURE THING (John 1:12; 3:16).
But even UNSAVED people with two ounces of common sense know that ANY personal relationship that has ALL kinds of “conditions” attached to remain in good standing is WORTHLESS.
Saddest of all, this isn’t some formerly lost soul that just got saved last week. This is A REGULAR CHURCH GOER.
This is someone who’s been attending religious services every week for a long time.
This is someone who’s been fed a regular diet of FEAR, religious contradiction and unbiblical nonsense.
This is (in all probability) a “tither”, who PAYS 10% of her INCOME each week for the “privilege” of belonging to her religious country club, also known as “local church”.
My heart goes out to her and all the millions of “Sheilas” who are mired in confusion, have been Christian for YEARS AND YEARS, and can’t even tell their @ss from their elbow where Salvation is concerned.
If I’d been attending “church” all that time, singing all those boring hymns, listening to those lethargic sermons, participating in all those rummage sales and bake sales…
If I’d been GIVING AND GIVING AND GIVING AND GIVING and that’s ALL I had to show for it…
I’d keep my money from now on.
You’ve been cheated and misinformed, Sheila.
If I were you, I’d ask for a REFUND.
TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013
WHEN TRUTH IS COMPROMISED
I have to give cults and heretics dubious "credit" for ONE thing:
They pound false doctrine into their followers' heads TO THE POINT OF BRAINWASHING.
If EVEN ONE THIRD of born-again Christians were THAT well prepared and THAT CONVINCED of THE Truth, we would turn this world upside down with the Gospel as did the Apostles and the Early Church in NO TIME (Acts 17:6).
I deal with heretics EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE and have dealt with them for many years.
What they all have in common, besides being lost, is TOTAL CONVICTION and STUBBORNNESS about their false doctrine.
I've never found a heretic who is NOT TOTALLY CONVINCED that "their doctrine" is NOT ONLY CORRECT, BUT THE ONLY ONE that's 100% correct.
EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY TRAINED, and is prepared to give well-rehearsed, SEEMINGLY "BIBLICAL" answers to nearly every opposing argument.
Even when you PROVE their doctrine wrong, even when they're pushed against the wall with NO WAY OUT and RUN OUT OF "answers", they WON'T GIVE IN AND WON'T LET GO of their dogged determination and BLIND LOYALTY to their cult.
That's why it's MUCH HARDER to bring a heretic to true knowledge of Christ than it is to win an unbeliever or non-religious person.
What really tears my heart is that THOSE WHO BELIEVE THE LIE are SO PREPARED and SO STEADFAST IN THEIR BELIEFS, while REAL believers are so ill-prepared and FEW hold ANY CONVICTIONS about ANY thing, including the ESSENTIALS of our faith.
If you doubt it, just surf YouTube for 15 minutes, and see THE ROYAL MESS that Evangelicals - not cultists - have made of the Gospel, Bible prophecy and BIBLE Truth.
I mean, don't they teach you ANYTHING in Sunday school?
Don't you LEARN ANYTHING, and don't they equip you to face the questions, challenges and skepticism from unbelievers and cults at that Christian SOCIAL CLUB you frequent on Sundays?
It's really none of my business if you're "happy" there.
It's really none of my business if you WANT TO PAY a 10% RELIGIOUS TAX or MEMBERSHIP FEE FALSELY called "tithe".
But, dear God, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU GETTING IN RETURN???
According to a recent survey by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life 57% of evangelicals believe people can be saved APART FROM Jesus Christ.
They DO NOT believe Jesus Christ is THE ONLY WAY of Salvation.
57 freaking percent!!!!
Need I say MORE?
That goes TO THE VERY HEART, THE VERY FOUNDATION OF the Christian faith.
Which begs the question: If you claim to KNOW Jesus INTIMATELY and have a personal, one-on-one relationship with Him, HOW CAN YOU NOT KNOW, HOW CAN YOU NOT BE TOTALLY CONVINCED, that there is NO SALVATION IN ANY OTHER??? (Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5).
How can you even CONSIDER the "possibility" that people could be saved SOME "OTHER" way?
Which brings me to our Catholic brothers and sisters:
I've called Evangelicals to account on this, but I'm not letting you Catholics off the hook so easy.
According to that same survey, a WHOPPING 79% (or 4 out 5) Catholics believe people can be saved WITHOUT JESUS, SOME "OTHER" WAY.
That's not only alarming, it's downright UNBELIEVABLE!
I grew up in a Roman Catholic home.
Roman Catholics claim to be THE OLDEST Christian denomination on earth (and you are).
You've had 1,600 years to consider Jesus and His Message from every conceivable angle. How come your faith, instead of becoming stronger, seems to be on verge of EXTINCTION?
You claim APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION.
You claim that Peter was your FIRST Pope.
HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU REMOTELY CONTEMPLATE that Salvation could be attained SOME WAY OTHER THAN JESUS?
When Peter, your FIRST Pope, Jesus' hand-picked leader of the Early Church, TOLD YOU THERE'S NO OTHER WAY!!!
When your "first Pope" said, clear as crystal, in Acts 4:12 that:
"There is Salvation IN NO OTHER. For there is NO OTHER NAME (except Jesus) under heaven given among men BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED" (Acts 4:12).
When your FIRST POPE was crucified upside down FOR THAT belief?
Never mind that JESUS HIMSELF told us:
I AM THE WAY, THE Truth and THE Life: NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME (John 14:6).
Which part of "NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME" don't you understand?
Today's Church is NOT built on THE ROCK (Jesus) because we neither believe His Words, NOR OBEY THEM, NOR ARE FIRMLY GROUNDED ON HIS DOCTRINE.
Jesus warned that those who built their spiritual houses ON SAND would be TORN APART and SWEPT AWAY by this world's rain, floods and winds (Matthew 7:24-27).
He said their house would FALL and that ITS FALL WOULD BE GREAT.
Breaks my heart to say it, but today's Church isn't even built ON SAND, it's built ON QUICKSAND.
That's WHY YOU CAN'T STAND for Jesus or the true Christian faith.
That's WHY you FALL FOR ANYTHING.
That's WHY you COULDN'T STAND TWO SECONDS against a Jehovah's Witness, or a Mormon, Church of God Armstrongnist, or a 7th Day Adventist.
They'd have you for lunch!
That's WHY YOU CAN'T EVEN STAND for the One you FALSELY call "your Lord".
For the One who created you, put up with your rebellion, and WHO was NAILED TO THE CROSS, DIED AND POURED OUT HIS BLOOD to buy you back.
That's WHY YOU COMPROMISE Him, His Message, BETRAY HIM and SELL HIM OUT, LIKE JUDAS, for "30 pieces of silver" like popularity, convenience, or what "others will think".
Because your spiritual house is NOT built on the Rock, it's NOT built on the sand, but on QUICKSAND.
NO ONE can STAND on QUICKSAND.
QUICKSAND won't support ANYTHING OR ANYONE.
That can only mean one thing:
UNLESS SOME OF YOU REPENT AND GET SERIOUS about Jesus, you're GOING DOWN.
MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013
Romans 8:29 makes the most awesome, marvelous promise: We are PREDESTINED to CONFORM [adapt our form] to the Image of God's Son.
The same promise is repeated in 1 John 3:2:
When He appears, we shall be LIKE HIM.
We will be TRANSFORMED, in an instant, from corruptible to incorruptible, from mortal TO IMMORTAL [1 Corinthians 15:51-55].
If you have received Jesus Christ as God and Savior, if His Holy Spirit resides in your heart, THAT'S YOUR GLORIOUS AND UNAVOIDABLE DESTINY.
We already ARE His children, but our true Self in Christ has not yet manifested.
When that happens, we will MANIFEST, and see ourselves, as we really are.
More importantly, we shall see Jesus as He is.
BUT I’ve EVEN BETTER news…
Our Destiny in Christ is NOT really “future”, it’s PRESENT REALITY.
We need not “wait” for it. It’s ALREADY HERE!
All of God’s promises ARE TRUE… ALL THE TIME.
What we need is a Holy Spirit orchestrated SHIFT in Christian consciousness, where we become AWARE of what HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR US.
Where we HAVE MORE FAITH and are MORE CONVINCED of PRESENT REALITY, which is ETERNAL Truth, than of the stuff our 5 physical senses detect.
No matter what may be going on in your life today, no matter how bleak everything around you may seem, remember all of this is just TEMPORARY.
Our destiny in Him is ETERNAL.
Don't let ANYTHING or ANY ONE, distract you from your destiny in Christ.
Don't allow anything or ANY ONE, rob you of or take your eyes off THE PRIZE.
You got a glorious, happy “future” ahead.
I've seen you're “future” in the Scriptures... AND NOT ONLY IS IT PERFECT… IT’S PRESENT !!!
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