May 2014 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014
WHO'S YOUR GIANT?
In the Book of Numbers chapters 13 and 14 we have the account of the Israelites approaching the Land of Promise, after being LIBERATED FROM SLAVERY in Egypt.
God tells Moses to send a representative from each of the 12 tribes to explore the land and report back on what they saw.
When the 12 spies returned, Caleb from the tribe of Judah said:
"Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to conquer it" (Numbers 13:30).
He and Joshua, from the tribe of Ephraim, TRUSTED God, that He would deliver Canaan into their hands.
The OTHER 10 spies, however, said JUST THE OPPOSITE:
"We CAN'T attack those people; they are stronger than we are."
And they spread among the Israelites AN EVIL REPORT about the land they had explored.
They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. ALL THE PEOPLE WE SAW THERE ARE OF GREAT SIZE. And there we saw THE GIANTS, the descendants of Anak... WE SEEMED LIKE GRASSHOPPERS IN OUR OWN EYES, and we looked the same way to them" (Numbers 13:21-33).
Even though God had supernaturally protected and provided for them time and again...
Even after He'd send plague upon plague on the Egyptians while the Hebrews were untouched...
Even after He opened the Red Sea so they could cross ON DRY GROUND...
Even after He drowned the pursuing Egyptian army IN THAT SAME SEA...
Even after He'd descended mightily upon Mount Sinai on Pentecost and gave them His Law...
Even after He'd led them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night...
Even after He'd fed them with manna from heaven day after day, where they did not have to work, plow, plant, harvest, or cook...
They had MORE TRUST in the power of Canaanites and giants to kill them THAN in God to SAVE THEM and GIVE THEM the Land He promised.
In the following chapter we read that, upon hearing this evil report, all the people cried and wept the whole night, saying they wished they had died in Egypt or in the desert. They questioned why God had brought them there to die and for their wives and children to become prey to their enemies (Numbers 13:1-3).
They threatened to stone Moses and Aaron (Numbers 14:10).
They wanted to replace Moses with another leader that would take them back TO THE SLAVERY OF EGYPT from which God had so marvelously delivered them.
Had God NOT intervened, they WOULD HAVE killed Moses and gone back to BEING SLAVES (Numbers 14:4).
God was VERY DISPLEASED and said that they would NEITHER SEE NOR ENTER the Promised Land.
Because of their DISTRUST (unbelief), they would wander in the desert for 40 years.
Their carcasses would fall and die in the desert and, instead, their children, whom they feared God COULD NOT save from their enemies, WOULD ENTER and enjoy the Land of Promise (Numbers 14:27-35).
Today there are MILLIONS of self-professed "Christians", who HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM SLAVERY TO THE LAW by Jesus Christ, ONCE AND FOR ALL.
He has purchased COMPLETE REDEMPTION AND ETERNAL LIFE FOR THEM, with His magnificently precious Blood.
And yet, these so-called "Christians" DESPISE the Blood of Jesus, DESPISE His atonement, DESPISE His death on the cross, His Resurrection and Ascension, and WANT TO GO BACK INTO SLAVERY (Galatians 5:1).
Just like that wicked and UNBELIEVING generation of old TRUSTED EGYPT more than they trusted THE GOD WHO'D DELIVERED THEM FROM slavery, we have millions of "Christians" today WHO PLACE MORE TRUST in their purported "observance" of the Law (Torah), or the Ten Commandments, than they trust Christ (Galatians 5:4).
They believe that their denomination HAS MORE POWER TO SAVE than the Blood of Jesus.
They believe that their observance of a TEMPORARY, 24-hour shadow called Saturday has MORE POWER TO SAVE than Jesus Himself.
They believe the Torah or the 10 Commandments HAVE MORE POWER to GET THEM INTO HEAVEN than Jesus' pure, sinless Blood.
They have MORE FAITH in "THEIR OWN" IMAGINED "righteousness" than in Jesus' REAL and PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Therefore, like that wicked, FAITHLESS and perverse generation of old, who wanted to replace Moses and APPOINT SOMEONE ELSE to LEAD THEM BACK TO SLAVERY IN EGYPT, they've APPOINTED THEMSELVES NEW "LEADERS" to bring them back into SLAVERY (bondage) to the Law:
Leaders like William Campbell, Helen G. White, Joseph Smith, Charles T. Russell, and H.W. Armstrong.
And God is saying to their followers "REPENT".
But if you PERSIST in returning TO THE SLAVERY OF THE LAW, as that evil generation wanted to return to the SLAVERY OF EGYPT, YOU WILL DIE, YOUR CARCASSES WILL FALL everywhere DURING THE COMING TRIBULATION, AND YOU WILL NEVER SEE NOR ENTER heaven (Hebrews 3:19).
I don't care WHAT "good" Christians you claim to be.
Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the "churches".
FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
JOHN WYCLIFFE : HERO OF THE FAITH
"TRUST WHOLLY IN Christ; rely altogether on his sufferings; BEWARE OF SEEKING TO BE JUSTIFIED IN ANY OTHER WAY THAN BY HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ IS SUFFICIENT FOR SALVATION." John Wycliffe (1320-1384)
In the 14th century, 150 years before Martin Luther, God raised John Wycliffe, who some consider THE GREATEST among the reformers.
Martin Luther's reliance on Scripture alone was not a novel idea.
A fact not well known in Christian circles is that even before Luther, there had already been a long line of Bible believers, who opposed false doctrine that was NOT based on God's written Word.
John Wycliffe stands tall among them and is often called the Morning Star of the Reformation because he was THE FIRST PERSON to publicly prefer the Word of God ABOVE the dictates of religious despots in Rome.
He was a prominent theologian at Oxford University in England, from which he was expelled in 1381 for his criticism of the religious institution in Rome.
He was THE FIRST TO TRANSLATE the Bible into English in 1382-84 and his eponymous translation, known simply as Wycliffe's Bible, is still with us today.
That fact, alone, makes him a BIG HERO in my eyes.
His followers were known as the Lollards.
His two most important contributions were the teaching of Salvation BY FAITH IN CHRIST ALONE, and that the Church is a SPIRITUAL body of believers and NOT a religious institution.
Wycliffe, like Luther after him, also denounced the sale of indulgences and the corrupt system into which the religion of Rome had deteriorated.
He wrote many books and tracts exposing that corruption and calling for reform.
His teachings cost him his position at Oxford, temporary imprisonment, and temporary excommunication.
His fate, like that of most who were branded "heretics" by the religious establishment, would have been much worse, had he lived longer, and had he not enjoyed great favor with the British court and Parliament.
His teachings influenced many others, most notably John Hus.
Wycliffe died of a stroke on December 28, 1384, shortly after completing his English translation of the Bible.
On May 4, 1415 the Council of Constance declared Wycliffe a heretic and banned his writings.
They would have never bothered to make such declaration had Wycliffe's teachings NOT impacted the consciousness of many believers who earnestly sought Truth.
Their religious hatred could not forgive Wycliffe for preaching the Truth, and not compromising God's Word.
They didn't just ban his writings they also decreed THEY SHOULD BE BURNED.
Not satisfied with his death 30 years earlier, they also decreed that his corpse be exhumed, and then burnt to ashes.
This revolting, vindictive and desecrating act was carried out in 1428, at Pope Martin V's command.
But what unsaved religious hierarchy tried to destroy, God's Holy Spirit has miraculously preserved.
Jesus knows where every particle of Wycliffe's mortal body is and will raise him in a glorious, immortal body when He appears.
It's those who condemned and vilified Wycliffe who are in hell today.
Despite being banned by religious decree, his teachings have influenced many generations of TRUE Christians.
We are the beneficiaries of his spiritual convictions, his public stand for Truth, and his single handed opposition to the totalitarian religious hierarchy of his day.
We thank Jesus for causing His Light to shine in the midst of medieval darkness.
And we honor John Wycliffe and his enduring legacy to the Church at large.
Wycliffe's works, and his stalwart, resolute stand for the Gospel, were not in vain.
THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014
WHO GOES TO HELL ?
"Therefore He (Jesus) is able also TO SAVE TO THE UTTERMOST they that come to God by Him, seeing that He ever lives to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25)
Sin doesn't send ANYONE to hell.
Repeat: Sin DOES NOT send ANYONE to hell.
But I thought...
Jesus TOOK AWAY THE SIN of the world (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:12, 27; 1 John 3:5).
He removed ALL sin for ALL time.
Not only did He remove sin FOREVER, Jesus gave us HIS OWN, perfect righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
God is NOT COUNTING sins against those of us who are IN Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19).
He is COUNTING His OWN Righteousness TO US.
If He's NOT COUNTING sins, but only counting His own righteousness, then sin is NO LONGER A PROBLEM with regards to salvation.
NO ONE, therefore, SHOULD go to hell.
NO ONE, therefore, goes to hell because of sin.
Again: NO ONE goes to hell because of sin.
SIN is DEAD.
Jesus DIED FOR EVERY sin ever committed, and sin died with Him.
Jesus KILLED SIN FOREVER when He took ALL THE SIN, OF ALL THE AGES, upon His body on the cross (Romans 8:3).
WHAT, THEN, sends people to hell?
Unbelief (Hebrews 3:19).
LACK OF CONFIDENCE in Jesus.
Lack of CONFIDENCE that His eternal Sacrifice in payment for sin IS ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT TO SAVE US TO THE MAX.
Since Jesus rose from the dead, sin has NO POWER to send ANYONE to hell.
Those who think that payment for sin wasn't/isn't necessary...
Those who think that Jesus DIDN'T remove sin once and for all...
Those who think they can pay for sin THEMSELVES...
Those who INSIST on "helping" Jesus pay for their Salvation, in whole or in part.
Those who believe that being members of THAT RELIGION, and following MORTAL-INVENTED precepts WILL "HELP" SAVE THEM.
Those who THINK that observing a temporary, 24-hour shadow called the Sabbath will save them...
Those who THINK circumcision of the flesh will save them...
Those who THINK Old Testament dietary laws (kashrut) will save them...
Those who THINK the Law or the 10 Commandments will save them...
Those who THINK Salvation is Jesus PLUS ANY THING... instead of JUST JESUS...
Are ALL going to hell.
Why? They all deem Jesus' Sacrifice (His death, Resurrection and Ascension) INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE.
They have NO CONFIDENCE in Him or His Perfect Work of Redemption.
If they HAD CONFIDENCE (faith) that He is sufficient to save, they WOULDN'T ADD ANYTHING to what Jesus already did in order to save us.
They WOULD NOT INSIST that "other things", such as those mentioned above, are ALSO NECESSARY for Salvation.
All these individuals are LOST, AND HEADED FOR HELL.
I don't care how often they attend religious services, how well they behave externally, or how "Christian" they may claim to be.
They are ALL in unbelief.
THEY DO NOT TRUST JESUS.
THEY HAVE NO FAITH, NO CONFIDENCE, in Him.
Salvation has always been, and will always be by faith-trust-confidence (Genesis 15:6; Ephesians 2:8-9).
Just like that faithless generation of old that wandered 40 years in the desert was UNABLE TO enter the Promised Land, these people won't enter the Kingdom of God, but WILL DIE in their sin and GO TO HELL (Numbers 32:13; Deuteronomy 1:31-32; Psalm 78:22; Hebrews 3:17; Jude 1:5).
Unless they REPENT (change their thinking) and receive Jesus WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS, as ONLY God and Savior, into the deepest parts of their beings.
TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN JESUS = Salvation
Anything LESS, will send you to hell.
So, WHO GOES TO HELL?
Those who think that JESUS ALONE ISN'T ENOUGH to save.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014
IF I FORGET THEE...
"By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion...
For there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
HOW can we sing the songs of the Lord WHILE IN A FOREIGN LAND?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy" (Psalm 137:1-6).
This Scripture shows how Israel's national identity, as well as Jewishness itself, is inextricably linked to Jerusalem.
The conquering Babylonians had just attacked and destroyed Jerusalem. They had taken many of its citizens captive. They were demanding they sang HAPPY songs.
Even in the midst of heartbreak, defeat and despair, what was THE FIRST THING that came out of their captives' mouths?" If I forget thee, o Jerusalem"...
Some translations render the passage "let my right hand forget its skill". Others, like the KJV, say "let my right hand forget its cunning".
Actually, the original Hebrew doesn't mention any skill or any cunning. The original Hebrew says "if I forget you, Oh Jerusalem, let me forget my right hand", meaning that which is CLOSEST to me, and what I rely on most (since most individuals are right handed).
It was 47 years ago today that Jerusalem was recaptured by Israelites.
2,600 years after that Psalm was written they HADN'T FORGOTTEN.
In fact, the word "Jerusalem" is mentioned throughout the Bible 767 times.
That's not even counting the times it's referred to by some other name such as "Zion", "Salem", or "Ariel".
By way of comparison, do you know how many times this SO CURRENTLY DISPUTED piece of real estate is mentioned in the Koran?
That's right. You can read the Koran from cover to cover and NOT ONCE find any mention of "Al Kuds" (as Jerusalem is called in Arabic).
Jerusalem was chosen by King David as the capital of Israel, over 3,000 years ago.
The Bible tells us over and over that Jerusalem is the city in which God chose to "put His Name" (Psalm 132:13; Daniel 9:18,19; Zechariah 3:2; 1 Kings 11:32; 2 Kings 23:27; 2 Chronicles 6:6,34; 12:13; Ezra 6:12; Nehemiah 1:9).
God's temples were built there (1 Kings 8:43-48).
It's known as the "city of the Great King" (Psalm 48:2; Matthew 5:35).
Paul refers to it in Galatians 4:26 as "the mother of us all" (who know Christ).
It's in Jerusalem that Jesus will set up His Millennial Kingdom (Psalm 2:6).
It's FROM Jerusalem that Jesus and His saints will rule the world.
But Jerusalem is more than the PHYSICAL city that bears its name. Jerusalem is A HEAVENLY CITY (Hebrews 12:22).
There's a HEAVENLY DIMENSION TO Jerusalem.
How appropriate, then, that EARTHLY Jerusalem should have been liberated ON THE VERY DAY (Iyyar 28) that our precious Lord ASCENDED TO HEAVENLY Jerusalem.
Every born again believer, regardless of what citizenship he or she may bear in this temporary world, is A CITIZEN OF heavenly Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is our SPIRITUAL Home.
Every child of God who visits Jerusalem may leave it physically, but CAN NEVER LEAVE it spiritually. It's embedded in our hearts.
I've NEVER left Jerusalem, and Jerusalem has NEVER left me.
It seems, in light of recent events, that much of America has forgotten Jerusalem.
Our political leadership definitely has. Some of our religious leadership has.
They might as well forget their right hand.
I've NEVER forgotten Jerusalem.
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
While the Pentecostal movement did open the door to the gifts of the Spirit, for which we're grateful, it has also done MUCH HARM with some of its abusive, manipulative and UNBIBLICAL practices.
My problem with most Pentecostals is NOT that they speak in tongues, since I myself pray in tongues PRIVATELY.
Nor the other gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 in which I TOTALLY BELIEVE.
To be fair, there are many wonderful, REAL Christians within the Pentecostal movement to which NONE of what I'm about to say applies.
My problem is with ALL THE FALSE DOCTRINE AND UNBRIDLED EXCESS that this movement, and its so-called "leaders" have spawned.
Their over-the-top EXCESSES have produced scandal after scandal and, in the process, made the Christian Message lose credibility in the eyes of the world, who mocks some of their ridiculous antics.
In Matthew 24:4, Jesus SPECIFICALLY WARNED ABOUT religious deception being the hallmark of the time of the end.
He warned HIS OWN DISCIPLES NOT TO be deceived, adding that many would come IN HIS NAME (supposedly in Christ's Name, saying that Jesus IS the Christ) and WOULD DECEIVE MANY.
Most of the religious deception going on in the Church today has come from Pentecostalism:
From the now mostly defunct "holiness" teaching that said if women cut their hair, wore make-up, slacks, or jewelry, they were not saved...
To the "spiritual warfare" nonsense which is an affront to Jesus' TOTAL VICTORY at Golgotha...
To the "you can lose Salvation if you don't act right" heresy... which implies that JESUS IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO SAVE, that he is such a pitiful "Savior" that He needs THE HELP OF MORTAL SINNERS to finish the job, and that we can have Jesus (who IS Salvation) one moment and lose Him the next...
To the Kristian TV fiasco which COULD HAVE BEEN used to preach Salvation TO THE LOST, NOT THE SAVED, inform, spiritually nourish, and intelligently share biblical Truth...
And which, instead, has produced a whole generation of confused spiritual weaklings, constantly seeking vacuous religious "entertainment" instead of deeper communion with Jesus, and which, ultimately, has BECOME A SUBSTITUTE for Christ Himself.
From the FALSE Seed Faith, give-to-get, name it and claim it, motivated by GREED word of faith scam, to the sensationalist "faith healer" STAGED "miracles" that only a moron would fall for...
That should give you a rough idea HOW MANY MORONS there are in the Church...
Thank God that even morons can get saved.
Now, before you send that antagonistic email, I TOTALLY believe in Divine Healing.
What I DON'T BELIEVE IN is FAKE healings !
Jesus performed many healings. He never had anyone run back and forth on a platform as these scam artists do.
He never had them dramatically "get up from a wheelchair", then push their own wheelchair around, as these clowns do.
Wheelchairs can be easily bought or rented, and those cheap actors and actresses who "miraculously" get cured, were not healed at all.
They, in fact, COULD WALK all along! It was all pretend, staged for TV baloney.
Jesus never had them cover up one eye and follow them around the platform as these shameless buffoons do, to "prove" that the OTHER formerly "blind" eye can now "see".
He never declared someone "healed" of a deadly disease ONLY TO HAVE THAT PERSON DIE two months later, AS THESE IMPOSTORS regularly do.
Of course, the only part of the story you'll see on Kristian TV is when the person was declared "healed".
They will NEVER follow up and say, "you know what? That person we showed you on that particular program died a month later".
So much for credibility.
Jesus' DIDN'T HAVE TO SENSATIONALIZE his Miracles, because they were REAL.
Again: Jesus' DIDN'T HAVE TO SENSATIONALIZE his Miracles, because they were REAL.
They already WERE sensational.
They were also UNDENIABLE.
So, don't send me any stupid emails, cause I'm telling the truth, AND YOU KNOW IT.
With the possible exception of the pedophilia plague sweeping the Roman denomination, EVERY CHURCH SCANDAL in the last 100 years has come from Pentecostals: from Amy Sempel McPheerson, to Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts, Richard Roberts, Bob Tilton, Peter Popoff, Benny Hinn, Paula White, Todd Bentley, the Crouch Family, Juanita Bynum, Steve Munsey, Ted Haggard, Carlton Pearson, Marcus Lamb, Earl Paulk, Eddie Long... and COUNTING.
There are a bunch of OTHER CROOKS in that movement who, so far, haven't gotten officially caught.
The six televangelists who were the focus of a recent senate investigation for their lavish lifestyles "of the rich and famous" were ALL Pentecostal.
While the investigation was finally declared "inconclusive", it should have raised ALL KINDS OF RED FLAGS about what goes on in these so-called "ministries".
Your generous gifts don't go to "preach the Gospel" as these liars claim.
They go to buy mansions, luxury cars, designer duds, expensive gold watches and jewelry, private airplanes (sometimes a whole fleet of them), body guards, entourages, and huge salaries not just for the liars themselves, but for their extended families.
The rest goes to buy airtime SO THEY CAN DECEIVE MORE DUMB CHRISTIANS, WHO ALREADY ARE SAVED, and solicit MORE MONEY FROM THEM to MAINTAIN that lifestyle.
The gifts of the Spirit were given to the Church TO GLORIFY JESUS and for its own edification, NOT to promote GREED or to be mimicked in order to fleece God's dumb sheep, through deception and manipulation.
Jesus is about to appear.
It's high time these con artists clean up their act.
MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014
HEROES OF THE FAITH
Most believers are blithely unaware of their spiritual heritage.
They haven't got a clue about Church history, and what it took to bring the written Word and the Message of the Word Incarnate (Jesus) to each of us who are saved.
Most of our heroes, and there were many, have been all but forgotten.
They've been relegated to obscurity, mentioned only in some dusty manuscript, hidden in some remote library in Europe or the Middle East.
I've determined, by the Grace of God, to change that before we leave this earth.
There are many saints that need to be REMEMBERED and HONORED for the great sacrifices they made.
Hebrews chapter 11 mentions the heroes of the Judeo-Christian faith.
Some refer to this chapter as the "hall of faith".
I love Hebrews 11, but that was written 2,000 years ago.
A LOT has transpired in Christendom since then, and new heroes have emerged that deserve our eternal gratitude and recognition.
They weren't perfect and they were not 100% doctrinally correct.
After all, they'd been subjected to many centuries of religious brainwashing that tolerated NO OPPOSITION.
THEY WERE CORRECT, however, about the three most important and consequential doctrines: Christology (the doctrine of Christ), Soteriology (the doctrine of Salvation), and Ecclesiology (the doctrine of the Christian Church).
Just like WE SHOULD honor those faithful Old Testament pioneers in Hebrews 11, we need to honor those that have exercised and exemplified faith in the NEW Testament.
From time to time, as the Spirit leads and time permits, we will be talking about some of those trailblazers THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU AND ME, and SO MANY OTHERS, TO HEAR the true Message of Salvation through Jesus.
In a world that is spiritually bankrupt, whose "heroes"are the likes of Kim Kardashian, that thug named West, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and JZ, believers and unbelievers alike desperately need some LEGITIMATE role models.
We remember and honor all the heroes, past and present, who have served our country.
And we also honor Christ's martyrs and saints, past and present, who stood for Gospel Truth and never sold out their Master.
SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014
POPE IN "PALESTINE"
There has never been a country or State named Palestine.
There will never be a country or State named Palestine.
There's always been bad blood between Rome and Jews.
It was the Empire of Rome that temporarily named THE REGION Syria-Palestina in a deliberate attempt to further humiliate Jews in the aftermath of the failed Bar Kokhba Revolt (132-136 A.D.).
Emperor Hadrian, who's been burning in hell for the past 1,800 years, tried to eradicate both Judaism and Christianity, and chose the Latinized name Palestina after the ancient Philistines, who were considered Israel's most hated and persistent enemies.
Therefore, it's only natural that a religious institution based in Rome, and CREATED BY Rome in the fourth century A.D., would be antagonistic toward Jews and sympathetic toward Arab "Palestinians".
While the Vatican has insisted that the Pope's visit to the Holy Land is "religious, not political", one would have to be extremely naive to think that there is no political agenda behind it.
In fact, the Vatican already recognized the "State of Palestine" at the United Nations in 2012.
If THAT'S NOT political, if visiting a so-called "Palestinian refugee camp" isn't political, and if CALLING FOR A SOVEREIGN STATE named Palestine on what has been Israel for the past 3,500 years ISN'T "political", then WHAT IS?
If you're new to this website, I am not anti-Catholic. Far from it, since I was raised in a Roman Catholic home.
I love Roman Catholics. It's RELIGION that I hate.
Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has announced, ahead of the Pope's visit, that "the Pope is going to a particularly suffering land".
He wasn't talking about Israel.
He was referring to those "poor" Palestinians whose hatred for Jews is so INTENSE and SATANIC that they regularly blow themselves up in public places, just so they can kill or maim ANY Jews in the process.
Of course, Francis isn't expected to say A WORD about their acts of terror and other atrocities.
Those will be ignored and conveniently swept under the red carpet that will welcome him into occupied Israel.
But I sincerely hope that won't be the case with the plight of many Arab Christians, most of them Roman Catholics or Eastern Orthodox, who have systematically been threatened, persecuted and killed in Gaza, and other areas occupied by those "good, decent and peace loving" "Palestinians".
The suffering of these Christians was TOTALLY IGNORED by both John Paul II, and Benedict XVI, during their respective visits.
They chose, instead, to COMPLETELY OVERLOOK OPPRESSION OF Christians and voice their support for "suffering Palestinians".
As head of Roman Catholicism, it's the Pope's DUTY to AT LEAST defend and protect HIS OWN FLOCK.
It's HIS DUTY to EXPOSE the hatred and violence that's been perpetrated against HIS FELLOW ROMAN CATHOLICS.
I pray that God gives him the courage to do so.
Before criticizing Israel, I wish Francis would read the third chapter of Joel, where the Messiah will EXILE and RELOCATE EVERY SO-CALLED "Palestinian" OUT OF ISRAEL and into Saudi Arabia, where there's PLENTY OF ROOM for them to dwell among OTHER ARABS.
One last thing: some rabbis are claiming that the Pope intends to define himself as the "Che Guevara of the Palestinians".
As much as I dislike the Vatican's steadfast support of Arab terrorists who occupy parts of Israel (that's what most so-called "Palestinians" really are) to compare Francis with Che Guevara on the basis that they're both Argentine is a bit excessive.
Che Guevara was ATHEIST, COMMUNIST, and a HATE-FILLED, BLOOD-THIRSTY, COLD-BLOODED CRIMINAL who murdered thousands of civilians without so much as a trial.
Francis, to my knowledge, hasn't murdered anyone.
And, to his credit, he has taken steps toward reconciliation with other Christians and implemented some much-needed reforms.
He has also shown LOTS OF COURAGE by his decision to drive through the West Bank not in the traditional bullet proof Pope mobile but in an open top car, so he can greet "well-wishers".
THAT, any way you look at it, TAKES GUTS.
I, for one, will pray for Divine protection (he'll need it) and that he is equally as brave in DENOUNCING and CALLING FOR AN END to atrocities perpetrated against Roman Catholics and OTHER Christians in what he calls "Palestine".
SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014
TOLERATION AND FORGIVENESS
Christians and non-Christians alike seem to get these two terms confused.
Forgiveness means "TO PARDON or excuse for a fault or offense"; "to renounce anger or resentment against".
Toleration means "to ALLOW something one does not approve or agree with".
Clearly, the TWO are VERY DIFFERENT.
Because we reserve the right to BLOCK unwanted emails, we are sometimes called "unforgiving" or accused of "holding a grudge".
Those who do either:
A. Are not too smart, if they think we have nothing better to do than sit here fuming about someone WE DON'T EVEN KNOW and whom, in all probability, we don't even remember.
B. Are too full of themselves: How can I possibly hold a grudge against someone I DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT?
C. Need to get a life. Or,
D. Some combination of the above.
One can be TOTALLY FORGIVING and yet NOT tolerate certain things.
Again: one can be TOTALLY FORGIVING and NOT TOLERATE certain things.
We can, by the Grace of God, COMPLETELY FORGIVE people who have criticized us, lied to us, attacked us, try to hurt us, or offend us.
We HAVE FORGIVEN THEM. That doesn't mean we HAVE TO TOLERATE them.
The fact WE HAVE forgiven them, does not necessarily mean WE WANT THEM AROUND.
And toleration, by the way, is NOT always good.
In fact, very often IT IS NOT.
You may TOTALLY FORGIVE someone who stole something from you, but would you want THE THIEF near you so he could steal AGAIN?
Should we TOLERATE heretics expressing their views, CONFUSING and leading COUNTLESS THOUSANDS to hell ?
Dear God, they ALREADY HAVE 90% of the internet !
Should we ALSO GIVE THEM the remaining 10%?
Should we TOLERATE some ungrateful, immature jerk who's corresponded with us over time, asked for prayer, received FREE MATERIALS from us, asked a dozen or more questions we've answered thoughtfully, courteously, AND BIBLICALLY, and then, out of the blue, decides TO ATTACK OR INSULT us ?
We'll FORGIVE the jerk.
We'll PRAY FOR the jerk.
But we WON'T TOLERATE him or her.
Should we tolerate dishonest religionists who turn a blind eye and ear to scriptural Truth, and are only interested in pushing THEIR unscriptural agenda, to eat up our time and clutter our mailbox, when there are HUNDREDS of people IN NEED OF SALVATION, searching and hurting?
Should we tolerate boastful know-it-alls ONLY INTERESTED in singing their own praises and bragging about "HOW MUCH" THEY KNOW?
Should we allow some LIAR to assault our mailbox, or some blabbermouth who doesn't know WHEN TO SHUT UP, to monopolize our attention with their unrelenting "wisdom"?
I think not.
I'm just as human as the next person.
Sure, I don't suffer fools gladly and I can get angry at a given moment, but I DON'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO "hold a grudge".
Just because we block someone DOESN'T MEAN WE HAVEN'T FORGIVEN THEM.
ALL IT MEANS IS we won't put up with their crap.
FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014
HAVE YOU FORGIVEN GOD?
You mean "has God forgiven me"?
NO. I KNOW, beyond any doubt, that God, through Christ, HAS FORGIVEN YOU (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Whether you CHOOSE TO RECEIVE Jesus and His forgiveness is a different story.
I'm talking to a whole bunch of people today WHO NEED TO FORGIVE GOD.
They may not openly admit it, but they're HOLDING A GRUDGE AGAINST God.
They consciously or subconsciously BLAME GOD for some mishap, something in their lives that has gone awry, the loss of something or someone, mistakes they've made that ended up "costing" them, or certain experiences that have left them emotionally and mentally scarred.
It's easy, in the natural, to get angry at God.
After all, He IS God.
He has ALL POWER in every realm and is ultimately IN TOTAL CHARGE of the universe.
Why does He allow certain things?
Why does He allow SO MUCH EVIL?
When we hear of some atrocity like some deranged individual walking into a school and murdering innocent children...
When we hear about some terrorist killing himself or herself for the sheer pleasure of taking Jewish or Christian lives...
When we read about the kidnapping of precious school girls in Nigeria and those evil bastards bragging by invented, non-existent god "allah", that they will sell them into slavery...
It's SO HUMAN, and SO EASY to feel helpless and just cry out "WHY, God, WHY"?
I know ‘cause I've BEEN THERE.
Not once, but MANY, MANY times.
Even Jesus, in His humanity, as He hung on the cross, became SIN (EVIL) ITSELF FOR US, killed sin in His own body, and PAID IN FULL the penalty for our rebellion, felt compelled to shout:
"My God, My God, WHY... have you forsaken me?"
I don't have all the answers, but I know that IN LARGE PART God allows evil because He gave man free will to do as he chose on this planet.
Unfortunately, wrong choices were made in the Garden of Eden that plunged mankind and everything under his dominion (the earth, nature, the animal kingdom) into sin and spiritual darkness.
We've been living with the disastrous consequences ever since.
Technically, God being All Mighty, COULD step in and say "that's it! I gave you all free will and now I'm taking it away".
"Look at the total mess that you've made!"
But... if He did that, He'd be CONTRADICTING Himself (i.e., lying).
God CAN'T lie.
That is why, in His Infinite Wisdom, and KNOWING IN ADVANCE that man and mankind would screw things up, He only gave us dominion over this planet in "time".
That "time" is ABOUT TO EXPIRE.
The Good News is that in His "time" (the Millennium and ETERNITY) it's THE MEEK that will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).
Even BETTER News is that Jesus has eradicated evil, that He will RENOVATE this planet, and will establish A PERFECT ORDER during that Kingdom on earth Era (Acts 3:21; Revelation 21;5).
He has promised that this nightmarish earthly experience,all the evil and suffering we've experienced, will be TOTALLY FORGOTTEN.
Completely ERASED FROM our consciousness... Like it never even happened... (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:4).
We all need to forgive God. Then, we need to ask His forgiveness for placing ALL THE BLAME ON Him,and NOT ACCEPTING ANY personal responsibility for the ungodly chaos we've made.
We need to TRUST HIM, that NO MATTER what it FEELS LIKE, or LOOKS LIKE right now, He has THIS WHOLE THING UNDER CONTROL, and will ultimately RIGHT all the wrongs, and ALL EVIL will vanish into oblivion.
WHATEVER you may be facing, CLING TO JESUS with everything you've got.
Don't LET GO OF HIM, EVER, for ANY reason.
He IS WORTH every crappy thing you may have to endure for A LITTLE while longer.
And Jesus has promised to PERSONALLY wipe ALL TEARS from our eyes (Revelation 7:17; 21:4).
Praise you, Jesus!
All I can say is: there better be a HUGE Kleenex factory in heaven.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
The Holy Spirit DIDN'T inspire God's Word so that SINFUL mortals would take turns rendering THEIR OPINION about it.
Nor did it take THE BLOOD OF MANY Jewish and Christian MARTYRS to preserve it in written form, so that someone would come along, 2,000-3,500 years AFTER the fact and capriciously say "I THINK that MEANS"...
God doesn't need "INTERPRETERS".
He said what He meant, and MEANT what He said.
The Bible is to be understood LITERALLY:
Except in instances where THE CONTEXT CLEARLY INDICATES it's to be taken allegorically.
UNLESS THE CONTEXT UNEQUIVOCALLY indicates it's a metaphor, Scripture is to be taken LITERALLY, WORD FOR WORD.
When Isaiah 63 or Revelation 19 say that Jesus "treads the wine press of Almighty God", does that mean that Jesus WILL ACTUALLY STOMP GRAPES ON AN ACTUAL WINE PRESS?
Of course not!
THE CONTEXT clearly indicates it's a metaphor, since it says that He "trampled the people in His fury" and that THEIR BLOOD "stained His garments".
He is merely indicating that He WILL CRUSH His enemies at Armageddon, LIKE a person would crush grapes under his/her feet.
Just like grape juice (blood of grapes) flows down a real wine press, their blood will run down the Kidron Valley when that happens.
Similarly, when Revelation 13:2 describes "the beast" (Antichrist) having "7 heads and 10 horns", does that mean the Antichrist will be A REAL 7-HEADED MONSTER that will come out of the abyss?
We are told elsewhere in Scripture that he is A MAN.
We are also given THE MEANING that the 7 heads and 10 horns symbolize ELSEWHERE in Scripture (Revelation 17:8-10).
UNLESS SUCH SYMBOLISM is used and CLEARLY DEFINED AS SUCH, it's not an allegory, IT'S LITERAL.
Most doctrinal error is the result of people who have foolishly and arrogantly tried to "super spiritualize" what Scripture says, or allegorize what God ACTUALLY said.
When do this, we can MAKE the Bible "say" nearly ANY THING our VAIN AND CORRUPT IMAGINATION WANTS IT to say.
That, however, DOES NOT MAKE our "interpretation" TRUE.
God's written Word repeatedly warns of the dire and terminal consequences of ADDING OR SUBTRACTING to it (Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).
It's one thing to make AN HONEST, UNINTENTIONAL mistake because we are, after all, humans.
It's ANOTHER THING to do so INTENTIONALLY, NEGLIGENTLY AND/OR GRATUITOUSLY.
God's Word is to be approached with GREAT RESPECT:
It's better to play it safe and say "I don't know" than TO LIE, CONTRADICT ABSOLUTE TRUTH, add, subtract, OR CHANGE WHAT the Bible SAYS.
DON'T ADD. DON'T SUBTRACT. DON'T CHANGE.
DON'T SAY "the Bible says" WHEN IT DOESN'T.
According to Revelation 21:8 ALL LIARS, who contradict ABSOLUTE Truth, will have their part in the Lake of Fire.
I wouldn't mess with God, or His Word, if I were you.
TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
If you missed yesterday's message, we are looking for INTERCESSORS and COMMUNICATORS.
Strong believers who approach God's Throne of Grace in Jesus' Name, in spirit and in Truth, and DEDICATE 15 MINUTES A DAY to intercede for:
1. ISRAEL. Or,
2. SALVATION OF LOST SOULS, including those trapped in false religions, satanic cults, the occult, and so-called "Christian" cults. Or,
3. COMMUNICATE the Good News to ONE UNSAVED individual. Make him or her your "project" and determine, by the Grace of God, to BRING THAT ONE SOUL to Salvation and PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF Jesus Christ between now and the Rapture.
We don't want you to do all three, JUST ONE.
Choose whichever one the Spirit leads you to do, and ONLY IF the Spirit leads you.
We want you to FOCUS ON THAT ONE thing and GIVE IT "ALL YOU'VE GOT" for 15 minutes a day from now until Jesus appears.
Intercession is AN ART, not a science.
Therefore, we must do it IN SPIRIT and allow the Holy Spirit TOTAL FREEDOM to move, use us, guide us, pray the perfect will of God through us, and HAVE HIS WAY WITH US.
Having said that, here are the GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:
Pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters to know their Messiah and experience Salvation.
Pray Divine Wisdom for Israel's leaders, Prime Minister Netanyahu in particular.
For protection of Israel and Jews throughout the world now and in the coming days.
Plead the Blood of Messiah over His Chosen People.
2. Salvation of the UNSAVED:
Pray for Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Kabbalists, New Agers, Satanists, Scientologists, Hare Krishnas, Moonies, Jehovah's Witnesses, Adventists, Christian Science, Mormons, those who HAVE RELIGION BUT DON'T KNOW CHRIST, and ALL UNSAVED SOULS to experience Jesus personally and be born-again of the Spirit.
Pray that God in His Mercy will shine the Light of His Gospel of Grace and FREE SALVATION to them.
That they may come to know that Jesus IS THE ONLY SALVATION THERE IS, and that He offers Himself and ETERNAL SALVATION to them FREELY, in exchange for their WHOLE HEART and their COMPLETE CONFIDENCE in Him.
Call them forth, by the Spirit, INTO SAVING FAITH in His Holy and Highest Name.
Let's join in spirit and agree for A HUGE, UNPRECEDENTED TIDAL WAVE of SPIRITUAL REBIRTH TO SWEEP THE EARTH.
3. SOUL WINNERS
Bringing a soul to Jesus can happen, and often does happen, instantly.
But in most cases, it's A PROCESS.
If you chose this category (and I hope many have), we have a brief package that you can download FREE OF CHARGE.
It will guide you step-by-step.
The Body of Christ is GIGANTIC.
Unfortunately, up to now it's been A DIVIDED AND SLEEPING GIANT.
C'mon, sisters and brothers!!!
In Jesus' Name, WAKE UP!
C'mon Roman Catholics!
There's A BILLION OF YOU out there. If you can't impact this world for Jesus, WHO CAN?
Is OUR JESUS worth 15 minutes of your time?
Awake from your slumber and SPIRITUAL APATHY.
All that time you WASTE roaming the internet in search of some fanciful theory that you'll forget in a few days or hours...
Can you find JUST 15 MINUTES to make a difference for the Kingdom of God?
Come on, Charismatics!
What better way to use those SPIRITUAL GIFTS, than to pray souls into His Kingdom?
C'mon Christian WOMEN!!!
We want men, too. But WOMEN tend to be more spiritually sensitive and, thus, make GREAT intercessors.
We all want unity in the Body of Christ, HERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON: SOULS FOR JESUS.
If I can get EVEN A FRACTION of you to intercede or bring one person to Christ, we will turn this world UPSIDE DOWN with the Gospel, as our spiritual forefathers did.
Let's NOT appear before our Jesus empty-handed.
He doesn't want gold, silver or money...
He VALUES SOULS above all else... (Mark 8:36)
There's NOTHING MORE PRECIOUS on this earth that re-routing TO JESUS a soul that was headed for hell.
You HAVEN'T LIVED until you experience THAT THRILL!
Come on, Christians... help us spread the Word, let's put this on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Photobucket, My Space, YouTube and EVERYWHERE ELSE.
ONLY 15 MINUTES TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
Can Jesus COUNT ON YOU?
MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014
"After this I looked, and there before me was A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD COUNT, FROM EVERY NATION, TRIBE, PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands" (Revelation 7:9).
"MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION: FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR...
THE SUN AND THE MOON SHALL BE DARKENED, AND THE STARS SHALL WITHDRAW THEIR SHINING.
The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH SHALL SHAKE: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel" (Joel 3:14-16).
Today I'm going to ask SOMETHING OF YOU.
As many of you know, we have ministered to MANY, MANY, MANY THOUSANDS for over a decade (glory to Jesus!).
To God be the glory, in all that time we have NEVER asked anyone to donate, we've never solicited or bothered anyone, or tried to sell anyone anything. Matter of fact, we have turned away, with our sincere thanks, many who have VOLUNTARILY offered to donate.
The only time this ministry mentions money is to warn the sheep about the many greedy wolves in sheep's clothing who fleece them with false promises of "prosperity", "blessings" and "answered prayer" if you SEND THEM money.
If you came to know Jesus through this ministry, if you've been delivered from a cult, if you've been nourished spiritually, if it has made you stronger in the faith, if you've requested free materials and received them free of charge and postage paid, if we have been there for you in your hour of need, if we have provided timely answers, or helped you in any way, I'm going to ask ONE THING of you, and it DOES NOT involve money:
All I want is 15 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME EACH AND EVERY DAY.
For how long?
UNTIL Jesus appears, which will happen not long from now.
Here's what I'm asking you to do during those 15 minutes each day (CHOOSE ONLY ONE):
1. Intercede for Israel.
2. Intercede for lost souls, including those trapped in false religions, satanic cults, the occult, and "Christian" cults.
3. Pick ONE UNSAVED individual and make him/her your "soul winning project" during the time we have left on this earth which, I promise, is LESS THAN most people think.
I don't want ANYONE to engage in this out of a sense of "guilt" or "obligation".
I only want those to whose hearts THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SPEAKING RIGHT NOW.
This request has NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH SALVATION. It won't affect your Salvation IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.
If you KNOW JESUS, you're saved REGARDLESS of how you act outwardly.
If you CHOOSE TO participate, you must pick ONLY ONE of the three.
I don't want your attention and energy DIVIDED. I want you TOTALLY FOCUSED ON THAT ONE THING.
I want you to GIVE IT "ALL YOU'VE GOT" FOR 15 MINUTES EACH DAY.
We will give proper instructions on how to go about THE ONE ITEM YOU PICK in coming days.
There are "multitudes, multitudes" in the VALLEY OF DECISION even as we speak.
Let's help them OUT OF THE VALLEY and into the Kingdom of God's dear Son: the ONE AND ONLY Savior who IS, WAS, and EVER WILL BE.
Body of Christ, the "finish line" is CLEARLY VISIBLE now, and straight ahead. Let's not squander the time we have left on this earth.
What LITTLE time we have left will seem to go by A LOT FASTER if we're doing something, in spirit, for Christ and others.
If you're not doing anything for Christ, it will seem "endless".
Yes, there will be a "great multitude THAT NO ONE CAN NUMBER" standing before God's Throne REGARDLESS of what we do...
Let's make that MULTITUDE, even GREATER and MORE INNUMERABLE for Jesus' glory.
What do you say, brothers and sisters?
Is Jesus WORTH 15 minutes of your time?
No need to write in. Jesus knows who you are. We will give instructions for each group in coming days. Thank you.
SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014
"And THEY WORSHIPED THE DRAGON (Satan) who gave power to the beast: and THEY WORSHIPED THE BEAST, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:4)
Oh, come on... that could NEVER happen in America. This is a "Christian" nation.
A "satanic mass" was almost held recently not in secular, liberal Europe, or in some demon-worshiping, remote tribal area of Africa.
But in one of the most prestigious Ivy League and world-famous American institutions, Harvard University.
That's right: good, old Harvard.
The New York-based Satanic Temple - which describes itself as "a humanist group opposed to superstition and organized religion", specifically the Christian faith - came "this close" to holding a satanic ritual in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which could be considered the backyard of our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.
Were it not for the vehement PROTESTS of Massachusetts' Roman Catholics, specifically the Archdiocese of Boston, and that Harvard's President spoke out against the macabre ritual, SATAN WOULD HAVE BEEN EXALTED AND WORSHIPED 390 miles from the U.S. Capitol, where Congress - supposedly your ELECTED representatives and mine - meets.
If THAT doesn't send chills up and down your spine, it SHOULD.
You THINK that "could NEVER happen in the U.S.", but God says IT WILL.
In fact, it's ALREADY going on in many of our States and cities. It simply isn't out in the open... YET.
A few observations:
God bless our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters for VOICING THOSE PROTESTS, and announcing AN HOUR OF PRAYER FOR participants in the "black mass".
Just goes to show that, given the right circumstances, Catholics can BECOME "PROTESTANTS", too.
O.K. that was a joke...
There's NOTHING FUNNY about worshiping the devil.
As a result of Catholic prayers and protests, the satanists decided to conduct their sinister ceremony privately at an undisclosed location.
Where the hell WERE EVANGELICALS?
I didn't hear so much AS A WHISPER of protest FROM THEM...
Where was the so-called Christian right?
Where was TBN and Daystar and all those "Christian" networks, for Pete's sakes!!!
Special thanks to Boston's Archdiocese for their staunch opposition to this scandalous ritual.
They issued a statement that "This activity SEPARATES PEOPLE FROM God and the human community, IT IS CONTRARY TO CHARITY AND GOODNESS, and IT PLACES PARTICIPANTS DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO DESTRUCTIVE WORKS OF EVIL".
Special thanks to Harvard President Drew Faust who, for her part, called it "deeply regrettable that the organizers of this event, WELL AWARE OF THE OFFENSE THEY ARE CAUSING SO MANY OTHERS, have chosen to proceed WITH A FORM OF EXPRESSION THAT IS SO FLAGRANTLY DISRESPECTFUL AND INFLAMMATORY".
She also had the courage to voice her support for campus Catholics.
Here's YET ANOTHER sign of the end times in which we're living.
Open Satan worship in one of our nation's most revered institutions was averted THIS TIME. The day is coming soon when it will become mandatory (Revelation 13:15).
Wake up, Christians!
God has given us A LITTLE extra time to intercede (pray) for lost souls, and TO SPEAK TO OTHERS about Jesus.
Use it wisely.
You say that "COULD NEVER happen", that Satan COULDN'T POSSIBLY be worshiped, in a "Christian nation" like the U.S.?
It will happen SOONER than most people think.
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
In Matthew 20:1-16, Jesus tells the parable of the WORKERS.
He compares the Kingdom of God to the owner of a vineyard, who goes out early in the morning to hire workers.
He agrees to pay them a certain sum for a day's work.
Then he goes out again, three hours later, and hires some more workers. Three hours after that, he hires even more.
Finally, AT THE 11TH HOUR, WHEN THERE'S HARDLY ANY WORK LEFT, he hires more workers.
When evening came, He paid EXACTLY THE SAME WAGES TO THOSE WHO'D WORKED FOR ONLY ONE HOUR as TO THOSE WHO'D WORKED SINCE 6 A.M.
In fact He paid the LAST WORKERS FIRST, and the first workers (those who'd toiled since 6 a.m.) last.
The first workers then complained that they should have received more than the last workers, since they had WORKED a lot longer AND HARDER.
But the owner of the vineyard told them (PARAPHRASING) "hey, didn't I pay you what you agreed to work for? What business of yours is it if I WANT TO pay these last guys the same as you guys? It's my money. I can do with it, whatever I want. YOU'RE JUST UPSET BECAUSE I'M GOOD".
The first WORKERS are an allegory for those who try to EARN THEIR WAY into the Kingdom thru WORKS. They THINK they're more "deserving", and "entitled" to "more pay" ("MORE SALVATION") because they've borne the "burden and heat" of the day.
They THINK keeping the law and the 10 commandments, and going to a building they INCORRECTLY call "church" on Saturday, will get them Salvation and a better place in the Kingdom.
But Jesus unequivocally stated THAT WASN'T THE CASE: Those WHO HARDLY DID ANYTHING, WHO SIMPLY TRUSTED (HAD FAITH IN) THE OWNER'S WORD, AND HIS UNDESERVED GOODNESS TOWARD THEM, got paid the same, AND GOT THEIR PAY FIRST, which means they ENTERED INTO THE KINGDOM AHEAD OF THE "WORKERS".
Then, the Lord makes the astounding statement "the last shall be first, and the first shall be last: for many are CALLED, but few are CHOSEN".
God didn't call his children to toil and labor for the Kingdom; He called them, and CHOSE THEM, to REST IN HIM.
The TRUE SABBATH, according to Hebrews 4:10, is CEASING FROM OUR OWN WORKS, and TRUSTING JESUS' FINISHED WORK OF SALVATION ON OUR BEHALF.
It's resting in Him, and WHAT HE DID for us.
THAT REST is what the Old Testament Sabbath was merely a shadow of: It's what the 24-hour Sabbath REPRESENTED [Colossians 2:16-17].
Salvation is NOT what WE DO, it's WHAT HE DID.
Here's Jesus' personal invitation to ALL "workers":
STOP WORKING FOR SALVATION: Cease from YOUR OWN WORKS, and TRUST (have faith in) His finished Work.
"Come unto me, ALL YOU who WORK and are HEAVY LADEN, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST" [Matthew 11:28].
All "WORKERS" would do well to heed Jesus' Words.
FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014
WHO'S THAT STUPID ?
One question that's come up lately is: who'll be stupid enough to take Antichrist's mark during the coming tribulation.
Most people have heard that there's an Antichrist that will show up soon, but they've never taken the time to CHECK OUT WHAT THE BIBLE (God) says about this individual or about those who'll follow him.
This is especially true of the younger generation who has gotten their eschatology from YouTube.
It's easy to see why there already are HALF A MILLION websites, and A QUARTER OF A MILLION videos, presenting Pope Francis as the Antichrist and another 4 MILLION claiming it's President Obama.
They hear something about this person requiring his followers to take a mark on (or in) the right hand or forehead, that taking his mark will damn a soul for all eternity, and think: WHO'D BE THAT STUPID?
Well, for starters, those who DO NOT believe in Christ will take Antichrist's mark.
Unless, BY THE START OF THE TRIBULATION, and by the Grace of God, they somehow repent and receive Christ into their hearts, they will remain on earth for the coming tribulation.
Those who remain during the tribulation will, at some point, be REQUIRED to take the mark in order to buy or sell.
Rejecting the mark will mean either being beheaded, or having to hide and UNABLE TO buy food, water, medicines, and other BASIC necessities.
When people are faced with the choice of taking the mark, or STARVING TO DEATH, it won't be an easy choice.
The majority of those who reject the mark will go hungry, thirsty, sick, and die.
The rest will undergo extreme hardship and will need every ounce of ingenuity and resourcefulness in order to survive.
That, coincidentally, in THE MAIN REASON that God gives THE SIGNS of a huge quake, the sun turning black, the moon blood-red, millions of stars falling, etc., AS THE TRIBULATION BEGINS, in order to give these people ONE FINAL OPPORTUNITY to call on Jesus BEFORE all hell breaks loose on earth.
That is also why He, in His great mercy, SENDS A SPECIAL MESSENGER ANGEL through the sky TO WARN EVERYONE ON EARTH about the terminal and irreversible consequences of taking the mark, JUST BEFORE that system is implemented (Revelation 14:9-11).
All of which begs the question: WHO'D BE STUPID ENOUGH to reject Jesus when they see those awesome signs and SEE HIM APPEARING IN THE CLOUDS in great power and glory?
Believe it or not, many will turn to Him during those final moments, but there will also be many WHO WILL STILL REJECT HIM and, as Revelation 12:15-16 tell us, will RUN AND HIDE under rocks and in caves.
Throughout the Book of Revelation we see, that THE MORE God's judgments intensify, THE MORE that certain people harden their hearts and remain ADAMANT in their rejection of Christ.
At one point, in Revelation 16:2-10, when they're scorched by the sun, covered with painful blisters, and there's NO WATER TO DRINK, they chew their own tongues from the pain, AND STILL CURSE God.
Gee, Martel, it's hard to believe there are people like that around...
You should sit where I sit for a day or two.
That would open your eyes in a hurry.
There already are people putting Jesus down and touting Alexander as the "true" son of god.
Many have berated me for saying that "their hero" Alexander is the infamous Antichrist.
And I've ALREADY had others flat-out tell me that if they had to choose between Jesus and Alexander, they would choose the latter.
I pray that God will be merciful to their deceived souls and SOME LIGHT OF TRUTH will get through.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 leaves no doubt that God (who KNOWS what's in each individual heart) will send many of these people STRONG DELUSION.
He will do this INTENTIONALLY so that they will be damned (2 Thessalonians 2:12).
Our heavenly Father is exceedingly gracious and merciful.
For those who seek Him and honor Him, His mercy ENDURES FOREVER (Psalms 106:1).
Praise His marvelous Name!
But for those who steadfastly REJECT HIM, He will only extend Grace and Mercy TO A POINT (Genesis 6:3).
Those who've BLASPHEMED His Holy Spirit by persistently rejecting Christ, those who KEEP REJECTING His Grace by NOT trusting Him, whom God in His FOREKNOWLEDGE KNOWS will continue rejecting Him, NO MATTER WHAT, are those on whom SUCH STRONG DELUSION will fall (Matthew 12:31-32).
They're the ones who'll reject Jesus UNDER ANY AND ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Who will support and blindly follow Alex when they SEE HIM risen from the dead.
Since he, like Jesus, will also appear risen, and he's the greatest tactician and military hero IN HISTORY, they will see in him their "golden opportunity" to topple Jesus, and replace Him with a "god" made in the corrupt image of their own corrupt minds: the son of Satan incarnate.
And, make no mistake, they WILL BE DAMNED and spend eternity in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 14:9-11).
The earth will be greatly depopulated during that time through Rapture, judgments and persecution (Isaiah 13:12).
The Bible makes it clear that there will be SOME tribulation survivors who refuse the mark, but they will be VERY FEW.
Those who REJECT Antichrist and survive will be judged by Jesus ACCORDING TO THEIR TREATMENT of natural and spiritual Israelites (those who put their faith in Jesus during the tribulation, Joel 3:11-12).
Some will go straight into the lake of fire, along with Alexander and Judas.
Those who showed kindness toward natural and spiritual Israel, will get to populate the earth during the Millennium.
THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014
ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS ?
I've just about had it with self-righteous religionists who read the "10Lies" posted on this website, and feel it is their lofty mission in life to "correct me".
They'll write some email saying that they "agree" with most of what we say, BUT...
Really ? YOU DON'T AGREE, wholly or partially, with our teachings?
WE DON'T CARE.
YOU DIDN'T CALL ME into the ministry.
As long as Jesus AGREES, or better stated, as long as our teaching AGREES WITH HIM, I don't give a rat's behind who agrees or disagrees with what we teach.
We're not conducting a Stupid Christian Opinion Poll.
What we teach IS BASED ON God's WORD, NOT on brainwashed people's OPINIONS.
How do you like them apples?
If you don't like our content, GET THE HELL OFF OUR WEBSITE, GO FIND SOME STALE, STAGNANT religious blog FULL OF WRONG DOCTRINE and DEAD TRADITION... OR JUST "FULL OF IT", and you can pat each other on the back.
I'm sure you'll be happy there.
I'm sure you'll enjoy THEIR teaching.
I'm tired of STUPID, FAITHLESS "Christians" DEFENDING THE FALSE DOCTRINE of "spiritual warfare".
There ISN'T A WORD in either Old or New Testaments about us DOING WAR AGAINST SATAN.
The term "spiritual warfare" IS NOT FOUND in the Bible.
And don't you dare quote 2 Corinthians 10:4 to me 'cause I'LL TURN YOUR HYPOCRITICAL ARGUMENT INTO RELIGIOUS CONFETTI.
You're reading A RELIGIOUS RENDERING in English, done 1,300 years AFTER Jesus walked the earth.
A rendering that REFLECTS over ONE THOUSAND YEARS OF DEAD RELIGION and FALSE DOCTRINE IMPOSED BY UNSAVED HIERARCHY.
The original Greek does not contain ANY warfare of ANY sort.
It talks about toppling thoughts, IMAGINATIONS and mental strongholds in OUR OWN MINDS, NOT ABOUT MAKING SPIRITUAL WAR WITH ANYONE.
Moreover, Satan isn't even MENTIONED in that passage.
But in 2 Timothy 2:3-4 Paul calls Timothy "a soldier of Christ"...
Yes. And Paul SAID ZERO to Timothy about engaging in any sort of war with Satan or demons.
Paul merely told Timothy to be OBEDIENT AND DISCIPLINED in his service to Christ, like a well-trained soldier, hence the "soldier" analogy.
This is PROVEN by his admonition to Timothy to "ENDURE HARDSHIP".
Spiritual warfare is NOT even MENTIONED.
Give me a break! You're sitting on a padded, air conditioned pew every Sunday, criticizing what others are wearing, DOING NOTHING FOR NO ONE, and you're lecturing me about hardship?
Revelation 12:11 couldn't be clearer:
We OVERCOME SATAN by the Blood of the Lamb (which was ALREADY SHED), by THE WORD of our testimony (sharing Christ with others), and NOT LOVING our temporal earthly lives unto the death.
ALL that Christians are told to do in the New Testament with regards to Satan and satanic forces is TO PREACH THE GOSPEL,STAND ON THE VICTORY THAT JESUS ALREADY WON, AND ENFORCE THAT VICTORY IN HIS EXALTED NAME.
When Alexander won the deciding battle at Gaugamela did he send Parmenio TO RE-FIGHT the war?
NO. It was A DONE DEAL.
They were the victors. All they had to do was ENFORCE that victory.
All of Persia HAD TO submit to Alexander's rule.
When Julius Caesar conquered Gaul, did he command his legions to go back and re-fight the Gallic wars?
They had ALREADY gained control of the territory up to the English Channel and the Rhine. It was THEIRS.
All they had to do was ENFORCE their victory and keep all THEIR SUBJECTS, yes, I said "SUBJECTS", IN LINE.
And those were MORTAL generals.
Why DO STUPID, FAITHLESS Christians insist ON RE-FIGHTING and RE-CONQUERING what Jesus HAS ALREADY CONQUERED?
Hypocrites! If you REALLY CARED about defeating Satan YOU'D BE OUT THERE PREACHING THE GOSPEL, WITNESSING TO OTHERS, telling them how wonderful Jesus is, and delivering them from Satan's clutches, instead of pointing the finger!
Dear God!!! Don't these losers have ANYTHING BETTER TO DO?
Why DON'T YOU BRING SOME LOST SOUL to Christ, instead of criticizing those WHO DO?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014
"I believe this" and "I believe that".
This is what we hear constantly from pulpits, from behind TV cameras, in other media, and from Christians in general.
Belief is certainly BETTER THAN unbelief.
Belief, in most instances, is BETTER THAN doubt.
But beliefs can be, and often are, wrong.
KNOWLEDGE, on the other hand, is ALWAYS RIGHT:
KNOWLEDGE is CERTAIN.
Belief can come from a number of sources: from what others, religion included, have taught us.
From what we've read, that seemed pretty convincing at the time.
From what we've heard that SOUNDED good.
From what others have shared based ON THEIR belief.
Beliefs can, and often do, CHANGE.
KNOWLEDGE (I'm speaking strictly in spiritual terms) NEVER CHANGES.
KNOWLEDGE comes from WITNESSING AND EXPERIENCING things FIRSTHAND.
KNOWLEDGE CANNOT BE SHAKEN.
KNOWLEDGE comes from God.
In Him (Jesus) are hidden ALL THE TREASURES OF Wisdom and Knowledge (Colossians 2:3).
KNOWLEDGE comes from KNOWING Jesus.
In the biblical sense, INTIMATELY...
I must warn you, though, experiencing Jesus YOURSELF - not what OTHERS say about Him - is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE:
Those who KNOW Jesus CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH OF Him:
The more and the deeper we EXPERIENCE HIM, the MORE WE WANT.
I have to wonder if those who constantly surf the web in search of the latest "I believe", some religious novelty to tickle their fickle hearts and ears, or some vacuous form of religious "entertainment", REALLY KNOW JESUS.
Those who only "believe in" Jesus can potentially be convinced NOT TO believe in Him.
They can be persuaded TO CHANGE THEIR BELIEFS.
Those who KNOW Jesus can never leave Him nor forsake Him.
Show me a person who "used to be" Christian, then SWITCHED TO traditional Judaism, Islam or some other "belief" and I'll show you a person WHO NEVER KNEW Jesus.
All they had was "belief".
All they had was DEAD RELIGION.
They just changed FROM ONE DEAD RELIGION TO ANOTHER. (Pause & meditate).
That's why those precious apostles and martyrs in the Early Church endured persecution, untold hardship, and even torture and death, rather than forsake Jesus.
Their FAITH was not based on "hearsay".
They HAD EXPERIENCED Christ THEMSELVES, PERSONALLY and INTIMATELY.
NOTHING this corrupt world offers can REMOTELY COMPARE with the thrill and ABSOLUTE DELIGHT of KNOWING Him and EXPERIENCING HIS ALL-FULFILLING LOVE.
Let's step BEYOND belief and GET TO KNOW the Savior from Whom ALL KNOWLEDGE flows.
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
TO WHOM SHALL WE GO ?
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO?YOU HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE (John 6:68).
Are you disillusioned about life in general?
About religion IN PARTICULAR?
Have you had bad, hurtful experiences in Church or with Christians or Christian groups?
Are there LOTS OF THINGS in this transient world that seem unfair and don't make any sense?
Is it HARD to understand HOW OR WHY a loving God would allow certain awful things to take place?
A. Join the club.
B. TO WHOM SHALL YOU GO?
ALL forms of religion, including Christian denominations, were INVENTED by humans.
Jesus ISN'T religion.
Jesus is A PERSON.
And although He lives IN those who are born again (hard to believe by the way we act sometimes), we still do not manifest His Perfection, hence we will all fail you and disappoint you at some point.
Jesus is THE ONLY ONE who will never leave you nor forsake you, nor fail you, nor betray you...
He's THE ONLY ONE you can ALWAYS count on.
He's THE ONLY ONE who will never disappoint you or fail to meet your expectations.
He far exceeds the grandest, noblest longings of the human heart and mind.
He's THE ONLY ONE WHO IS ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE.
He's THE ONLY ONE who CAN and WILL save you.
WHERE ELSE would you go?
To Confucius? He can't offer you ANYTHING. He's dead.
To Buddha? He's dead, too.
To the Dalai Lama? He's headed for hell, not nirvana.
To Allah? He doesn't exist.
To Mohammed? He's dead and couldn't even save himself, let alone his followers.
To Hare Krishna? Please. All demons are doomed. They TREMBLE at the Name and Presence of our Jesus (James 2:19).
Perhaps become atheist? Impractical.
You can deny the existence of God all you want, but the fact remains that He is eternal, having NO BEGINNING AND NO END.
And NOTHING you choose to "believe" or disbelieve will ever change that.
You can LIVE IN DENIAL, until He decides it's time for a REALITY CHECK, and you stand like a tiny ant before the INFINITE, ALL-POWERFUL Being.
So, TO WHOM SHALL YOU GO?
The decision is entirely yours, of course, but THE ONLY ONE who is ALIVE, and thus GUARANTEES YOU ETERNAL LIFE, is Jesus.
THE ONLY ONE WHO LOVES YOU - totally and unconditionally - yes, REGARDLESS OF how lousy this temporary life has been for you, is Jesus.
The ONLY ETERNAL God is Jesus.
The ONLY ONE before Whom every knee shall bow is Jesus.
The ONLY ONE that every tongue will have to confess as Lord is Jesus.
The ONLY ONE whose Kingdom is ETERNAL is Jesus.
So, no matter how awful or miserable your temporary life here on earth has been you have two choices:
You can side with dead losers, and be MISERABLE FOR ETERNITY.
Or you can RECEIVE the Winner, INVITE HIM INTO YOUR HEART, have all those bad experiences and memories ERASED, all your sins FORGIVEN, and ENJOY A BRILLIANT WONDER-FILLED DESTINY FOR ALL ETERNITY.
Simon Peter had a big mouth which often got him in trouble, but even he realized that - even when he didn't like or fully comprehend some of Jesus' teachings -- THERE'S SIMPLY NOWHERE ELSE TO GO.
TO WHOM SHALL YOU GO ?
There's ONLY ONE who gives -- AND WHO IS -- ETERNAL LIFE.
MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014
I know I tend to be tough on most believers because I just can't stand how religion has distorted Truth and spawned spiritual weaklings. I think our precious Jesus DESERVES BETTER.
However, there are times to expose deception and there are times to inspire.
I want to inspire and encourage you today.
If you know Jesus you have a FANTASTIC DESTINY that lies JUST AHEAD.
If you don't know Jesus, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING!
You'll be thanking Him for eternity.
No matter WHAT you're facing, no matter WHAT situation you may find yourself in, no matter HOW circumstances may LOOK, and NO MATTER WHAT "OTHERS" MAY SAY OR THINK...
If you're a believer, YOU NEED TO REJOICE AND PRAISE JESUS EVERY SINGLE DAY.
You need to THANK HIM for the marvelous Destiny He has in store FOR YOU.
Whatever this earthly existence may have brought, REMEMBER IT'S TEMPORARY.
If you are born-again, if Jesus LIVES IN you by His Holy Spirit, all your struggles AND ALL SUFFERING for you WILL SOON BE OVER.
As in FOREVER.
Our God and Savior made us some wonderful promises and He will keep His Word.
How do we know? Because He has ALWAYS kept His Word.
Glory to Him from everlasting to everlasting! Amen.
One of the reasons that I so love the Word, both the Incarnate and the written Word, and Bible prophecy, is that there are over 2,000 promises our God made that have been fulfilled PRECISELY and in painstaking detail.
We have a "more sure Word of Prophecy" that WE CAN ABSOLUTELY, 100% COUNT ON (2 Peter 1:19).
I get SO EXCITED when I think of the shift in consciousness that will REUNITE all of us with each other, and with the very God from Whom we came.
Think about it: No more divisions, no more quarrels among brethren, no more disagreements, no jealousy, no competition...
No more sickness, poverty or death...
No more prejudice or inequality.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.
Which is another way of saying: JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS.
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God HAS PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM.
But God HAS REVEALED THEM TO US by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
As Paul put it in Romans 8:18-19:
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us...the manifestation (REVELATION, UNVEILING) of the sons of God".
So, hang in there.
For Christians, the "finish line" lies just ahead.
This nightmarish existence IS TEMPORARY and about to END.
Glory to Jesus! Glory to Jesus! Glory to Jesus!
Your REAL Life, which never ends, will begin SOONER THAN MOST PEOPLE THINK.
SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014
THE FIRST PREACHERS
We know from the Gospels that Jesus had 12 main disciples, plus 70 which He sent to preach, two by two, plus thousands of followers.
His disciples could only preach that the Kingdom of God was "near". They couldn't preach that His Kingdom had "come" until Jesus' Resurrection had taken place.
The Kingdom OF A DEAD KING can't ever "come". The Kingdom can only "come" into our hearts when the King Himself is ALIVE.
Do you know who were THE FIRST TO PREACH that His Kingdom had come?
Do you know who were THE FIRST to ANNOUNCE (PREACH) His Resurrection?
Not Peter, John, or James. Not any of the other apostles or disciples. Not any Pharisee, Sadducee, or member of the Sanhedrin. Not Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathea.
The first to proclaim His Resurrection, the first to announce that His Kingdom had indeed "come", WERE WOMEN.
It was women who came very early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, to the empty tomb (John 20:1).
It was women who announced His Resurrection TO the disciples (Luke 24:10; John 20:2).
And we all know WHEN WOMEN FIND OUT about SOMETHING WONDERFUL..., be it a dress on sale, a new pair of shoes, or a great place to get a facial, THEY'RE GOING TO TELL EVERYBODY.
THE WHOLE WORLD is going to know!
Jesus is no fool. He KNEW what He was doing.
It took religion 400 years to BECOME "SMARTER THAN JESUS" and BAN WOMEN from preaching.
If it wasn't for Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women who followed His ministry, the disciples wouldn't have known that He rose.
Peter and John wouldn't have gone running to the tomb, only to find it empty, with the linen cloth (Shroud of Turin) which had wrapped His body just lying there, and the large handkerchief (Sudarium of Oviedo) around His Face, neatly folded next to the Shroud itself (John 20:6-7).
When I hear all the debate within various denominations as to whether there should be women priests, women pastors, or women ministers, it makes me cringe.
Jesus DIDN'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM with women preaching His Message.
Religious hierarchy must think they're BETTER than Jesus.
They're also unbelievably stupid. If women had been allowed to preach and evangelize EVERYONE - and I mean EVERYONE- in THE WHOLE WORLD - WOULD HAVE HEARD THE GOSPEL BY NOW.
What better time, then, to honor women than on Mother's Day?
Ladies, don't let any stuffy, spiritually stagnant, old RELIGIOUS curmudgeon (or even a young one) tell you THAT YOUR PHYSICAL GENDER prevents you, or disqualifies you, from preaching the Good News.
That is an unbiblical lie, from the devil himself.
Fact is, the Church is FULL of INSECURE religious misogynists WHO WANT YOU TO GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY, but KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT.
But NOT my Jesus!
Jesus LOVES YOU, and values your witness and your ministry as much as ANY man's.
When you win a soul to Christ, that person is JUST AS SAVED as if he or she had heard the Gospel from Peter, Paul, or even from Jesus Himself.
So, preach away, sisters! Your SPIRIT is neither male nor female.
SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014
STOP THE PITY PARTY !
Every once in a while I hear from Christians who are at their wits end.
They feel TOTALLY DEFEATED.
They feel they "can't go on any longer".
They have sunk deep into depression, often to the point of being suicidal.
They don't even live. They VEGETATE.
Their existence has turned into a rut where all they do is get up, eat, go to the bathroom, do drugs, go to sleep.
Only to go through the same vicious cycle the next day, and the next, and the next...
They feel USELESS and that their lives have NO PURPOSE.
And every email they send is all about "poor me", "woe is me":
"I've no friends, no family, I WANT JESUS TO COME ASAP SO I CAN ESCAPE THIS DEAD-END EXISTENCE".
It's not that I'm insensitive. It's not that I can't sympathize.
It's not that I haven't been where some of these people are.
It's not like I do not counsel or pray for these individuals and give them USEFUL, practical advice.
But let me tell you what they ALL have in common:
They are TOTALLY SELF-CENTERED.
They are SO WRAPPED UP IN THEMSELVES that they think it's ALL about "me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me and ME".
It's ALL about Him, Him, Him, Him, Him, Him, Him and Him!
"Him" meaning JESUS.
The reason they feel "useless" and that their life HAS NO PURPOSE is that THEY'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR ANYONE.
Repeat: THE REASON they feel "useless" and that their life HAS NO PURPOSE is that THEY'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR ANYONE.
These individuals wouldn't feel SO BADLY if they were busy HELPING AND SERVING OTHERS.
Serving Jesus and helping others is THERAPEUTIC.
If nothing else it helps us forget about our own problems.
They need to take their eyes OFF THEMSELVES and focus ON JESUS.
Ask Jesus (IN EARNEST, FROM YOUR HEART) what He would have you do in the time we may have left on this earth.
He never said to sit around smoking pot, doing drugs and feeling sorry for ourselves. He said TO OCCUPY UNTIL He comes (Luke 19:13).
My God, with Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up, there are HUNDREDS of local nursing homes where elderly people would just love to get a visit from someone!
These poor folk who feel forgotten would love to have someone show a little interest in them, talk to them for a while, ask them what they like, watch a little TV with them, or read them a book (great way to introduce them to the Bible, preferably the New Testament), bring them some cookies, or chocolates, or a few flowers, fluff their pillows, ask them how they feel...
You think that life stinks and that it's dealt you A LEMON...
You complain about WHAT YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH...
WHAT ABOUT JESUS?
To take off His glory and come to sinful world, full of stupid, selfish, SIN-INFECTED, UNGRATEFUL MORTALS, and then to be criticized and unappreciated, SAVAGELY LASHED, MOCKED, SLAPPED, SPIT ON, AND CRUCIFIED.
Give me a freaking break!
Anything any of us may have been through is A PICNIC, A WALK IN THE PARK, compared to what our precious Lord endured!
Get busy SERVING Jesus and OTHERS, even if it means volunteering at a local soup kitchen.
I guarantee you won't feel "useless", OR WITHOUT PURPOSE, any more.
You've COME TOO FAR to throw in the towel.
You have TOO MUCH TO LIVE FOR.
No matter WHAT this TEMPORARY life looks like, you have a GLORIOUS Destiny JUST AHEAD!
We are THE PRIVILEGED GENERATION that gets to SEE Jesus reappear and take us Home ALIVE!
Man, I wouldn't MISS THAT for the world!
How pitiful it would be for you TO MISS THAT MOST BLESSED EVENT because YOU COULDN'T TRUST JESUS for another day, week, month or year!
Spend all those HOURS thinking ABOUT Him, not yourself!
Put your eyes on Jesus and DO SOMETHING FOR your fellow man, and I promise the "pity party" WILL END.
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
SPIRITUAL WARFARE - PART TWO
All that a policeman needs to do is SAY "YOU'RE UNDER ARREST" and he has the authority and legal right TO TAKE ANYONE into custody.
He doesn't have to call a hundred other police officers, to enforce the arrest.
He doesn't have to FIGHT, SHOOT, or struggle.
Why? Because he has the City or County's AUTHORITY to do so.
Born again believers have INFINITELY HIGHER AUTHORITY to "arrest" anyone who steps out of line in the spirit realm (Luke 10:19; Ephesians 1:22-23).
Unfortunately, 99% of believers don't have a clue of the spiritual authority that is theirs BY BORN-AGAIN NATURE and DIVINE BIRTHRIGHT.
The few who try to exercise that authority, lack the scriptural knowledge, spiritual development, and emotional maturity to handle it.
God's Authority is EXTREMELY POWERFUL.
Abusing or misusing His Authority is serious business.
It's not for spiritual children, but for fully-grown SPIRITUAL adults.
If you don't know what you're doing, if you're NOT THOROUGHLY CONVINCED of the inner Christ, if you cannot AUTHORITATIVELY and UNWAVERINGLY speak in His Name, it's better that you LEAVE IT ALONE.
Well what about Ephesians 6:12 "for we WRESTLE NOT"...
The word "wrestle" is NOT FOUND in the original text.
The word pallo is MISTRANSLATED AS "wrestle" or "struggle" in most translations, including the KJV.
It literally says we "throb" or we "VIBRATE" NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, but AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS.
There's NOTHING about fighting or struggling.
Verses 11, 13 and 14 of that same chapter tell us -- FOUR TIMES -- TO STAND against the adversary.
It would be rather difficult, not to mention IMPOSSIBLE, to "fight" or "wrestle" someone WHILE YOU'RE STANDING STILL IN ONE PLACE, WITHOUT BUDGING.
Well, what about when we intercede for others ?
Intercession is all about requesting (praying for) God's favor and intervention on the behalf of a specific person or people, and STANDING AND EXERCISING your Authority in Christ on their behalf.
There's NO "WARFARE" of any sort involved.
Well what about 1 Corinthians 10:4 "for the WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE..."?
The word translated "weapons" is opla which means "tools" or "instruments",
The word "war" (polemos) is NOT FOUND in the original Greek text.
The word that IS FOUND is strateias which means "expedition". We get the English word "strategy" from it.
In modern English we would say "the tools of our expedition (or strategy) are not carnal".
It's the very same word used in 1 Timothy 1:18 which tells us to "fight the good fight of faith".
Or to carry out (the strategy of) our earthly journey in faith.
All those who WORSHIP the KJV translation, take note.
I use the KJV more than any other translation, and like it a lot.
Is it ERROR FREE, as some of you claim?
The ORIGINAL Bible TEXT (in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) is error free. All translations into modern languages like English, INCLUDING the KJV, contain errors.
Those errors are relatively few and relatively minor, but to claim they're error-free is IN ERROR.
Bottom line is:
The showmen and show women who appear on Kristian TV especially when it's fund-raising time, fighting, rebuking and struggling with mainly IMAGINARY "demons", are ONLY PUTTING ON A SHOW for the benefit of the DONATING AUDIENCE.
DO NOT IMITATE those clowns.
What they do and say IS STAGED - from beginning to end.
It has little or NOTHING TO DO with the Bible or with TRUE New Testament Christian faith.
The only FIGHT in which the New Testament tells us to engage is "the good fight OF FAITH" (1 Timothy 1:18):
We trust (have faith in Christ's FINISHED work), in His Holy Name we speak, and on His Authority WE STAND.
THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014
"Comfort, O comfort My people," says your God. Speak kindly to Jerusalem; ... that HER WARFARE HAS ENDED, That HER SINS HAVE BEEN REMOVED"...(Isaiah 40:1-2)
When some misguided, feeble sheep asks about this religious cliché, this ABOMINATION that some preachers call "spiritual warfare", I'm usually very patient and gentle.
I don't blame the sheep for this: I blame the so-called "shepherds".
FOR DECADES they've taught the poor sheep to "do battle" against Satan, against demons, and against forces of evil.
The VERY SAME Satan, demons, and evil forces that Jesus DEFEATED - ONCE AND FOR ALL - 2,000 YEARS AGO.
DID He defeat them, or DIDN'T He?
He most certainly DID:
(Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20; 1 Corinthians 2:8; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14).
Yet some preachers, some supposed "shepherds", CAN'T SEEM TO MAKE UP THEIR MINDS.
One moment they tell the sheep that Satan's defeated and "under our feet", the next they're rebuking him, binding him, shouting at him to "get behind them", FIGHTING him, and all kinds of (mostly imaginary) demons, and asking OTHER CHRISTIANS to join them in their struggle.
All this conveys TWO VERY SERIOUS and CONSEQUENTIAL ideas:
1. That Jesus DIDN'T FINISH the job, after all (i.e., that He LIED). And,
2. That ONE Christian ALONE has no authority over Satan, hence he or she MUST CALL ON A WHOLE BUNCH of OTHER "Christians" to join them in the "fight" and then - PERHAPS - win.
God forbid Satan should attack ONE of you when there are NO OTHER CHRISTIANS AROUND, what on earth are you going to do?
Suppose for a moment that Jesus HADN'T defeated Satan and demons... Do you honestly think you, OR A BILLION OF YOU, can do it BETTER than He?
If He DIDN'T DEFEAT SATAN ONCE AND FOR ALL, it would mean THAT SATAN WON!!!
If "Satan won" then we might as well throw in the towel and forget about the Rapture, heaven, the Second Coming, the Millennium, and all the rest.
You might as well stick a fork in ALL OF US ‘cause we're DONE.
I know firsthand how hard it is to overcome religious habits and wrong thinking, especially when our minds and ears have been SATURATED AND BOMBARDED WITH THEM for years and years.
"Warfare" means TO FIGHT or to engage in ARMED COMBAT with someone.
Jesus as we read in Isaiah chapter 40 above, ALREADY FOUGHT and WON.
If He already WON, if the WARFARE for God's children HAS ENDED:
WHICH WAR DO YOU WANT TO FIGHT?
There is NO PLACE in the New Testament that tells us to "fight" or do "warfare" against Satan and evil spirits. NOT ONE!
(I'll address 2 Corinthians chapter 10 and Ephesians 6, Lord willing, in the next message).
All that the New Testament tells believers to do is STAND.
STAND FIRMLY on the FULL ASSURANCE and TOTAL CONVICTION that Jesus gave us His Name and His Authority.
And that at His Name EVERY KNEE MUST BOW of things in heaven, on earth, and even UNDER the earth (Philippians 2:10).
That includes Satan, Satan's angels, demons, and EVERY SATANIC FORCE that exists.
Listen up, Pentecostals, since you are the primary disseminators of this UNHOLY PIECE OF RELIGIOUS MANURE:
We DON'T "fight" or do "warfare" against Satan or demons.
We STAND on Jesus' Authority, in His Spirit, and in His EXALTED Name WE COMMAND THEM!
There is NO STRUGGLE or FIGHTING or "warfare" OF ANY SORT.
Those who HAVE CHRIST, STAND on His Authority, enforce His Word, and GIVE ORDERS, as Jesus did, AND DEMONS OBEY (Matthew 4:10-11; Luke 4:36).
Warfare (praise Jesus!) HAS ENDED.
As Christ-ians, we get to ENJOY THE VICTORY.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014
Last year Pope Francis granted indulgences to those who'd follow his Tweets from Brazil on World Youth Day.
"Papal indulgences", supposedly, would shorten the time those people spend in "Purgatory", after they die.
For those unfamiliar with Roman Catholic theology, "purgatory" is supposed to be "a place of temporary punishment for those who have not fully paid for their sins".
This teaching is sheer unbiblical heresy.
More than that, IT'S AN ABOMINATION.
Why would A CHRISTIAN PAY for his/her sins WHEN JESUS ALREADY SATISFIED DIVINE JUSTICE AND PAID FOR ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME? (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).
Why would we pay for sins THAT JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR?
For sins that Jesus ALREADY REMOVED from us as far as the East is from the West? (Psalm 103:12)
Such teaching implies that Jesus' payment, through His shed Blood, death and descent into hell itself, resurrection and ascension, is INSUFFICIENT to remove sins.
That Jesus DIDN'T GET THE JOB DONE.
If His finished Work of Redemption was insufficient (perish the very idea), you and I are HOPELESSLY and ETERNALLY lost.
How can sinful mortals satisfy God ANY BETTER than the Blood of His sinless Son?
NO ONE CAN EVER FULLY, OR EVEN PARTIALLY, "PAY FOR THEIR SINS".
THE ONLY ONE who can, and ALREADY PAID FULLY FOR ALL YOUR SINS is Jesus Christ.
Jesus REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME.
Why would ANY BELIEVER IN Christ pay for sins that Jesus ALREADY REMOVED?
There is no "Purgatory". There are no "indulgences".
There's heaven and hell.
Heaven is for born-again people, hell for unbelievers.
Whether you're on this earth or in the deepest hell, the ONLY WAY you can be saved is to RECEIVE Jesus into your heart, and TRUST HIS FULL PAYMENT ON YOUR BEHALF.
There's NO OTHER WAY TO BE SAVED... EVER.
For a Christian, to be "absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8).
It doesn't say that to be absent from the body IS TO BE PRESENT IN PURGATORY, and then, after you've taken enough "punishment" there for your sins, you'll be present with the Lord.
For a true Christian, there is no fear in death. As the apostle Paul said, "to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).
There is NO CONDEMNATION to them who are IN Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
"No condemnation" means just that.
Those who DON'T TRUST JESUS and THINK they can "pay for" their own sins in the afterlife will do so, not temporarily... but ETERNALLY.
TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
CHINA IN PROPHECY
China is the largest nation on earth and contains one-fourth of the world's population. Yet precious little is said about China in prophecy circles, and what little they do say about it IS WRONG:
The MYTH that China will send a 200-million man army to destroy one-third of the world's population is thoroughly debunked on this website, (check out Myth #23):
If China represents about one-fourth of the population on earth, and they sent an army that, according to Revelation 9:18, destroys ONE THIRD OF MANKIND...
There would be ONLY CHINESE PEOPLE LEFT for the Antichrist to rule over!
Jesus loves the Chinese, just like He loves everyone else. He died and shed His Blood for them, just as much as for Americans, Native Americans, aborigines, Africans, or Europeans.
So, what's in China's future? Although there is a vibrant, growing and threatened underground Church, it will remain predominantly atheist.
Chinese Christians will, obviously, go in the Rapture like all other Christians.
China will go thru the tribulation.
China will be subject to the Antichrist.
China, and other nations from the Far East, will join Antichrist's coalition at Armageddon in a futile attempt to prevent the Second Coming of Jesus and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth (Revelation 16:12-16).
While we're not told specifically which other nations from the Far East will join Antichrist, the New Testament text undeniably says "kings" (plural) from (literally) the "rising of the sun" or from the Far East.
Perhaps Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and other surrounding nations will be included as well.
This explains in large part the veritable "river of blood" that according to Revelation 14:20 will run down the Kidron Valley.
It also explains in large part the "MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES in the valley of decision" described by Joel IN THAT SAME VALLEY (Joel 3:9-14).
God will even cause the Euphrates, which a short time earlier had turned to blood, to dry up so they can come to Armageddon by land (Revelation 16:4, 12).
But, there's Good News for China in the Millennium.
Unlike Russia, who rebels against Jesus, at the end of the Millennium, follows Satan, and is destroyed at the battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 39:11; Revelation 20:8), China WILL TURN TO JESUS.
There's a wonderful prophecy in Isaiah 49:12 that refers to China and says (in context, after the 12 tribes are restored to Eretz Israel):
"Behold, these shall come from far, and behold, from the north and the west, and these from the land of Sinim (China).
Sing, heavens. Rejoice, earth. And break forth into singing, mountains (I didn't know mountains could sing, did you?) for Yahweh has comforted His people, and will have compassion on His afflicted."
It specifically singles out the Chinese coming to Israel to pay homage to King Jesus and celebrate Tabernacles, the Jewish Feast on which He was born, on which He began His public ministry, and on which He will set up His everlasting Kingdom on earth.
The tribulation notwithstanding, long-term there's a HAPPY future for China.
And that didn't come from a fortune cookie, but from God's SURE Word.
MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014
THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
"O Lord, RIGHTEOUSNESS BELONGS TO YOU, but unto us shame of face" (Daniel 9:7)
"...but also FOR US, TO WHOM God WILL CREDIT RIGHTEOUSNESS --for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. (Romans 4.24)
"In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name by which He shall be called,THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jeremiah 23:6).
For 6,000 years man has been trying to produce HIS OWN righteousness.
All attempts at righteousness HAVE FAILED.
Religion (no matter WHAT it's called) is man's futile attempt to PROCURE HIS OWN righteousness, because he's much too stubborn, hard of heart, and LOST to accept God's.
Israelites tried for 1,500 years to attain righteousness by ATTEMPTING TO follow God's Law.
They failed miserably.
At the end of those 1,500 years their own King David threw up his hands in despair and exclaimed:
There are NONE righteous. Not even one! (Psalm 53:1)
But at least he was wise enough, because of his own sin, to realize that THE ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS there is COMES FROM God.
He came to realize that righteousness is A GIFT.
That righteousness is not attained through works, law keeping, commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping, diet, circumcision, religion, or anything else.
200 years after David, the prophet Isaiah told rebellious Israelites, who were about to go into exile (where they remain to this very day), that:
ALL their "righteousness" is AS FILTHY RAGS (Isaiah 64:6).
Since God does not accept FILTH, needless to say, man has a problem: a HUGE problem.
How to reunite with a RIGHTEOUS God with NO RIGHTEOUSNESS of our own, only FILTH.
Enter Jesus, the problem solver.
Jesus is God. He has NO PROBLEMS.
Unlike the rest of us, He is Righteousness Personified.
He has HIS OWN righteousness which is THE ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS THERE IS.
...In the ENTIRE UNIVERSE...
When we receive Jesus, we become in God's eyes AS RIGHTEOUS AS JESUS - REGARDLESS of outer behavior.
Regardless of what we've done, are doing, or will do.
It's THE BEST offer in this realm or any other:
Our filth in exchange for His ETERNAL Righteousness.
If you come to Him NOW, FILTH AND ALL, He'll cleanse you and give you His own PERFECT righteousness.
If you try to get your own righteousness, YOU'LL NEVER GET HIS.
Repeat: if you try to GET YOUR OWN righteousness, through religion (no matter what it's called), or any other way, YOU WON'T GET JESUS' RIGHTEOUSNESS.
You'll never make it to God's Throne.
You'll never be saved.
Receive Jesus into your heart RIGHT NOW. Don't postpone, don't procrastinate.
Because NO OTHER RIGHTEOUSNESS EXISTS.
There's NO "RIGHTEOUSNESS" THAT a righteous God will accept, except HIS OWN.
SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014
What the religious system in the United States calls "accountability" is A JOKE.
TO WHOM are the heads of 501(c)(3) corporations accountable? To some feckless "board of directors" made up of members OF THEIR OWN FAMILY?
To a few butt-kissing opportunists, who'll rubber stamp and help cover up EVERYTHING they do?
Jim Bakker was, SUPPOSEDLY, accountable to a "board of directors".
Forget his affair with Jessica Hahn, WHERE WAS the accountability when he committed fraud?
Who, in that so-called "board of directors" was looking out for the MILLIONS OF STUPID Christians who sent in MILLIONS of DOLLARS for something THEY NEVER GOT?
Where was Jimmy Swaggart's "board" when he was soliciting prostitutes?
Where was Ted Haggard's "board" when he was soliciting homosexual sex (while condemning homosexuality from the pulpit) and doing drugs?
Where was Eddie Long's "board" when he was MARCHING AGAINST GAY RIGHTS while soliciting sex from young boys that he supposedly "mentored"?
Where was Earl Paulk's "board" when he was screwing nearly every married woman in his congregation, including his own sister-in-law?
The first three, by the way, are back to their old tricks, in one way or another.
Jim's still begging for money in Branson, selling fake jewelry and "tribulation survival kits", while his son (Jamie Charles), who now goes by the name "Jay", is questioning Christ's Atonement for sin and the existence of an afterlife.
Look, I believe in Redemption. I don't say these things to condemn these people.
Lord knows, everyone reading this, myself included, is a no-good sinner saved by the sheer Grace of God.
All I'm saying is that the religious system is C-O-R-R-U-P-T to the core.
They ONLY become "accountable" when they GET CAUGHT.
That proves that 90% of its participants ARE NOT CALLED BY God.
And the FEW which ARE called, simply got trapped in the religious system and never questioned its structure or validity.
Those who really ARE CALLED of God, ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO God.
And, brother, there's NOTHING MORE SOBERING and AWE-INSPIRING than realizing it's the Lord Himself to whom we'll have to answer for what we do, what we teach, and how we portray Him to others.
To whom much is given of him much will be required (Luke 12:48).
There's NO BIGGER RESPONSIBILITY ANYWHERE than answering DIRECTLY TO Jesus.
If certain individuals don't realize what ENORMOUS ACCOUNTABILITY that entails, it's because they haven't been called by Jesus to preach or teach anything.
What non-profit corporation did Jesus have?
To which Board of Directors did He answer?
When did He or His disciples beg for money?
When did they EVER ask for "tithes"?
When did they ever SELL anything?
What "church buildings" did they build?
When did they ever utter the words "if you don't support this ministry, it will cease" (or go off the air)?
Jesus and His apostles, with the exception of Judas, KNEW to whom they were accountable and conducted themselves and their ministry accordingly.
They were THE REAL THING.
They were CALLED and CHOSEN.
They NEVER LIVED lives of luxury and rampant excess as the scam artists that profess to be in "ministry" today.
What the religious system calls "accountability" is only for those WHO NEED ACCOUNTANTS.
SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014
"GOD SPOKE TO ME"
"I FELT that the Lord spoke to me and TOLD ME that everyone (whether they receive Jesus or not) will go to heaven".
Unless you repent, you and your "feelings" are going straight to hell, Carlton Pearson.
So is everyone else whom you've DECEIVED.
"I FELT like the Lord spoke to my heart and said homosexuality is not sin".
Oh, yeah? You're either DELUDED, LOST, or BOTH, Jay Bakker.
(Although I'll cut you some, not much, but SOME, slack for being the offspring of Jim and Tammy Faye).
Now, READ THE REST BEFORE jumping to conclusions.
This ministry is NOT anti-gay. On the contrary: I've taught many times, and reiterate now, that Jesus will save ANY INDIVIDUAL, ANY SINNER (and we're ALL SINNERS): gay, bisexual, transgender, or straight, who REALLY RECEIVES Him into his or her heart as God and Savior.
But to say that homosexuality ISN'T sin, flat-out CONTRADICTS God.
One could just as easily say "God spoke to me that ADULTERY is not sin".
Or, "God spoke to me that STEALING is not sin".
Heck, why stop there? "God spoke to me THAT MURDER is not sin".
"God told me that Jesus ISN'T the ONLY WAY to heaven".
"God spoke to my heart that we can be saved APART FROM knowing Jesus and being born-again".
Therefore, UNLESS one wants to call God "a liar" who said one thing in His written Word and NOW - all of a sudden - changed His Mind, it's those who "felt" He "spoke to them" and CONTRADICTED Himself that are lying.
ANYONE can wipe 2,000 years of Christian DOCTRINE in an instant with capricious and RIDICULOUS CLAIMS such as these:
That's why the Bible NOWHERE tells us we are to live by "feelings", or "experiences" but BY WHAT GOD SAID.
In fact, that directive came FROM JESUS' OWN LIPS (Matthew 4:4).
Every heresy, every hell-leading cult, CAME INTO EXISTENCE as a result of some individual who DELIBERATELY CHOSE to DISREGARD THE WORD OF GOD in favor of what he or she "felt", or "experienced".
Charles Taze Russell, Ellen White, Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, William Campbell, and Herbert Armstrong ALL "FELT" that God "spoke" to them and (perish the thought) that He CONTRADICTED His own Word.
That's why they ALL ADDED and/or SUBTRACTED from what God said by writing various heretical books to "correct" Scripture.
That's why they are all in hell today, and why those who follow these lying "leaders", will go there, too.
God's INSPIRED, INERRANT, written Word (the canon of Sacred Scripture) ended at the close of the first century A.D. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19).
ANYONE who tries to "correct" God some 2,000 years after the fact IS A LIAR.
ALL LIARS, according to Revelation 21:8, will have their part IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.
God does speak directly to our hearts.
KNOWING Jesus and communing intimately with Him does open the door to wonderful experiences of the Divine.
But those words and those experiences (if they TRULY come from God) WILL NEVER - UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE - CONTRADICT His written Word, the Bible:
That's why Jesus never taught us to LIVE BY feelings, experiences or hunches, but "BY EVERY WORD that PROCEEDS out of God's mouth".
By EVERY WORD that "is WRITTEN".
FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014
Why are there so many divisions and misunderstanding among Christians, and SO MUCH false teaching?
Because people - religious people in particular - are FUNDAMENTALLY DISHONEST.
Most people DON'T WANT TRUTH.
First century Pharisees BOASTED about keeping the law and the 10 Commandments. They bragged about having and KNOWING The Truth (John 9:34).
When Truth APPEARED before their eyes, not only did they REJECT HIM, they DIDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE Him.
At least Pontius Pilate, a total pagan, dared to ask "WHAT IS Truth?"(John 18:38)
But the Pharisees of His day WERE NOT INTERESTED IN TRUTH.
And MODERN Pharisees AREN'T interested, either.
When faced with THE TRUTH, like Adam of old, they run and hide, then - as if THAT weren't bad enough -- cover themselves with fig leaves, to boot.
They want A LITTLE Truth: Just enough to make them FEEL "religiously righteous", but DON'T GIVE THEM THE WHOLE TRUTH.
Aim a spiritual flashlight at us, once in a while, but - whatever you do -DON'T TURN THE FLOODLIGHTS ON OUR DENOMINATION, or ON US.
We don't want THAT MUCH light.
We don't want you to EXPOSE the falsehood behind the traditions we hold sacred, LET ALONE DESTROY THEM BY SHINING GOD'S WORD ON THEM.
I see this in ministry ALL THE TIME.
People will LIE THROUGH THEIR TEETH in order to cling to some dead, decaying tradition, or to AVOID facing the Truth.
People ONLY believe WHAT THEY WANT, and even when you PROVE - with the Scriptures, and beyond any doubt - that their teaching is wrong, they stubbornly cling to it and turn angry at you for EXPOSING THOSE LIES.
Even when exposed, they STILL WANT TO IMPOSE THEIR FALSE TEACHING ON US.
"BECAUSE I SAY SO" has never worked with this ministry, and never will.
Hurling insults at us because you don't like our teaching won't work, either.
ALL IT PROVES is that YOU LACK THE INTELLIGENCE to make a cogent, biblical argument.
IF YOU WANT TO CONVINCE ME OF ANYTHING, you'll have to base your case on the Scriptures - without prejudice, partiality, or distortion.
You will NEVER convince me of ANYTHING by contradicting God.
I have ZERO RESPECT for those who DISRESPECT God, either by contradicting Him, or by turning a blind eye TO WHAT HE SAID.
That's why religion brings BONDAGE (the very word MEANS "TO BIND"):
Because religion REFUSES TO FACE THE TRUTH WHICH SETS PEOPLE FREE (John 8:32).
For those who want Salvation, and those who want to be raptured, FACING THE TRUTH is NOT an option.
It's absolute MUST.
THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
MOVE OVER, U.S.A.
Did you know that the U.S. economy grew by LESS THAN 1% in the first quarter of 2014?
That's practically ZERO growth.
Do you know that at a time when Russia is threatening to grab more territory, intent on rebuilding the former Soviet Union, and reigniting the Cold War, our formerly robust economy is on the skids?
Do you know that China, yes COMMUNIST CHINA, is poised to overtake the U.S. in the fall as THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE ECONOMY?
You'd never know it from today's so-called news services which specialize in infotaining.
They give SOME information, mixed with ENTERTAINMENT and often the lines between the two are blurred beyond recognition.
All I've heard or read about in recent days are the attempts to locate the remains of flight 370, who's going to run in 2016, Kim's upcoming wedding to her lover and father of her baby (let's hope it outlasts the 72 hours of her previous marriage), George Clooney's latest paramour, about the owner of the L.A. Clippers' alleged racial remarks, and about the remake of Lindsay Lohan's movie "Mean Girls".
Racial slurs are wrong, unjustified and totally uncalled for.
And the assumed loss of flight 370 is a tragic event, to be sure. We should pray for those who lost loved ones in that awful incident. I, for one, support any effort and technical aid provided by the U.S. or any other nation, to locate the supposed wreckage.
Those affected by this tragedy deserve answers and some sort of closure. Our hearts go out to them for their irreparable loss.
But the amount of coverage a Malaysian flight has gotten on American news channels seems just a tad excessive.
Meanwhile, hardly anything has been said about the stagnant American economy.
Saying that it's been downplayed in the media, would be a blatant understatement.
Of course, if someone other than an ultra-liberal were sitting in the White House, they'd be all over this story like a chicken on a June bug.
Just like our DISASTROUS foreign policy, which pressures Israel to make unreasonable UNILATERAL concessions with NOTHING to show for it, yet has emboldened the likes of Vladimir Putin, North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Iran's Hassan Rouhani, PA's Mahmoud Abbas, and Syria's Bashar Assad, to act abusively and with impunity, is being largely swept under the rug.
These things, however, are just another sign of the perilous end times in which we're living.
All major world powers, and the U.S. in particular, MUST be severely curtailed by, or shortly after, the start of the tribulation.
That gradual, THEN SUDDEN decline, will leave Israel without the "protection" of its supposed "greatest ally", the United States.
(A decade ago, I would have left out the quotation marks, PERHAPS).
This will clear the way for Antichrist to rule the world and to conquer Israel, as God's written Word of Prophecy unquestionably indicates (Daniel 7:25).
I don't like it AT ALL and take NO PLEASURE WHATSOEVER in reporting these things.
Unfortunately, most Americans are asleep at the switch and totally OBLIVIOUS as to what's going on around them.
Heartbreaking as it is to even contemplate, America's days as a world superpower are numbered.
Forget about who'll run in 2016: Let's just pray there will be SOMETHING LEFT OF the United States by then.
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