July 2015 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015
It happens much too frequently:
Some scared Christian wants help because he or she is "backslidden".
He or she fears "losing" their Salvation, or missing the Rapture, because of some sin(s).
These poor people DON'T HAVE A CLUE what they're talking about, but their "Christian" religion did not hesitate for one second to heap condemnation on their heads.
Religion MADE SURE they felt GUILT for the VERY SIN(S) THAT JESUS REMOVED, DESTROYED, ERASED, FORGOT AND CLEANSED 2,000 YEARS AGO (Psalms 103:12; Hebrews 9:26,10:17).
They even borrowed an ominous sounding biblical term AND MISAPPLIED IT to make their false doctrine seem more credible: "backsliding".
It's hard to associate ANY GOOD THING with the coming tribulation, but one benefit it will bring to all mankind is that God will OBLITERATE religion - ALL religion, Christian and pagan - from the face of the earth (Daniel 11:36-37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
Not a moment too soon.
But isn't the term "backsliding" found in Scripture?
AND EVERY SINGLE TIME it refers to Israelites abandoning the worship of Yahweh in favor of worshiping THE IDOLS du jour like Baal or Ashtoreth.
NOT ONCE does it refer to "falling into old sins", OTHER THAN the sin of idolatry (Proverbs 1:32; Isaiah 57:5-13; Jeremiah 3:6-13; Hosea 11:2-7).
Backsliding refers EXCLUSIVELY to idolatry: To the worship of false "gods".
So, unless you were once a believer in Jesus, forsook Jesus, and are now worshiping Buddha, Krishna, Allah or some other FALSE "deity", YOU'RE NOT BACKSLIDDEN.
And if you did "forsake" Jesus, it's because YOU NEVER KNEW HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE.
You may have HEARD ABOUT Him and acquired some form of "Christian" religion, BUT YOU NEVER EXPERIENCED HIM PERSONALLY AND INTIMATELY IN YOUR INNERMOST BEING.
Those who REALLY know Him CANNOT forsake Him anymore than He can forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5).
So, the FIRST thing that I do with poor sinners who seek help for "backsliding" is GET THEM TO REPENT (change THEIR THINKING):
They're NOT backslidden at all.
They're either individuals who HAVE NEVER RECEIVED JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS and NEED TO DO SO and have ALL THEIR SINS ERASED.
Or, they know Jesus, ARE SAVED, and simply fell into sin because of human weakness, and because they're minds haven't been renewed. That's all.
In any case, GUILT won't help them at all. It will make matters WORSE, not better.
The ONLY REMEDY for sin is Jesus.
Repeat: THE ONLY REMEDY FOR SIN is Jesus.
Make sure HE LIVES IN your heart (Ephesians 3:17).
If He does, ALL your sins (past, present, and future) are forgiven and HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN for 2,000 years.
Why you insist on feeling guilty FOR SINS THAT GOD HAS LONG FORGOTTEN is beyond my comprehension.
GUILT doesn't make anyone LESS of a sinner, IT MAKES US SIN ALL THE MORE!
If you feel badly about sinning, CONFESS that/those sin(s), receive God's forgiveness AND STAND ON IT.
Then FORGIVE YOURSELF.
MEDITATE ON GOD'S TOTAL FORGIVENESS UNTIL YOUR MIND BECOMES TOTALLY RENEWED and YOU BECOME FULLY CONVINCED AND GROUNDED ON THE MARVELOUS TRUTH that Jesus HAS REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (Psalm 103:12; John 1:29: Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5).
As long as you carry guilt around, as long as your faith wavers every time you sin, as long as religion sells you the lie that you've fallen OUT OF FAVOR with God because you did WHATEVER, Satan will have you wrapped around his little finger and will toss you to and fro like a beach ball.
He'll manipulate you and get you into a vicious cycle where you sin even more, then feel even guiltier, then sin even more, then feel more guilt, and so on.
Jesus has FOREVER set us free FROM BONDAGE to sin, to Satan, to sin, to guilt, and TO HIS OWN LAW (John 8:36).
He who THE SON SETS FREE is FREE INDEED (John 8:36).
Shove ALL GUILT ASIDE and MEDITATE ON THAT.
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015
NO OTHER GOSPEL
Jesus answered: "Watch out THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU. Because MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, saying that I AM THE CHRIST, and will deceive many" (Matthew 24:4,5).
"But even if WE or AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN should preach a gospel OTHER THAN the one we preached to you, let him be ETERNALLY CONDEMNED"! (Galatians 1:8)
I have to admit that sometimes, in the natural, I feel sad, disheartened and angry.
I feel like A DROP of Truth in AN OCEAN of RELIGIOUS DECEPTION.
I have warned, time and again, to the point that some of you are probably sick and tired of reading it, that the internet in particular is TEEMING WITH LIES presented, supposedly, "in the Name of Jesus".
Yet it seems to go in one eye and out the other.
And DECEPTION is NOT abating, mind you, BUT GROWING and SPREADING, just as Jesus predicted.
The latest fad in the deception camp is to attack the apostle Paul.
They figure if they can DISCREDIT Paul's writings, they can IMPOSE THEIR FALSE, LEGALISTIC DOCTRINE.
They can get Bible illiterates (which, unfortunately, is about 80% of professed Christians) to trust LAW KEEPING, INSTEAD OF the Blood of Jesus for Salvation, thus dragging you to hell ALONG WITH themselves.
This deception has spread like wildfire:
Three years ago, THESE APOSTATES had TWO DOZEN videos, and about half a million websites, promulgating that lie.
Now (3 years later) they have 87,000 videos and ALMOST TWO MILLION WEBSITES.
This prompted us to produce a video PROVING, with non-Pauline Scriptures, that Salvation is ONLY by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His perfect, ETERNAL, once for all, Work of Redemption:
To my knowledge, ours is THE ONLY video directly refuting that false teaching.
What breaks my heart even more is when I read the messages posted by Kristian nitwits PRAISING the FALSE TEACHING THAT WILL LEAD TO HELL ITSELF, and thanking the instrument of Satan who's deceiving them, for "how much they've learned".
Brothers and sisters, wake up... PLEASE.
Just because "you've never heard it before" doesn't make the teaching is true.
There's ONLY ONE true Gospel.
The Word of God says ANY OTHER teaching, ANY OTHER "gospel", is TO BE REJECTED.
God's Word says that WHOEVER preaches ANY OTHER "gospel", EVEN IF IT'S ONE OF THE APOSTLES OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, he/she/it IS TO BE ANATHEMA, meaning ACCURSED.
God's Word also says that those who TRUST LAW KEEPING have FALLEN FROM GRACE and Christ has become OF NO EFFECT to them (Galatians 5:4).
If Christ becomes OF NO EFFECT TO US (heaven forbid) WE'RE NOT SAVED.
Those who trust law keeping for salvation ARE GOING TO HELL (Galatians 2:16).
Those who teach law keeping as a means of Salvation ARE INSTRUMENTS OF SATAN.
That's why Jesus warned us NOT TO BE DECEIVED by people who FALSELY CLAIMED, to preach "in His Name" (Matthew 24:4; Mark 13:5,6; 1 Timothy 4:1,2; 2 Timothy 4:3,4; Titus 1:10-16; 2 Peter 2:1-3).
That's what prompted Him to warn the Philadelphian Church "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that NO ONE may TAKE YOUR CROWN" (Revelation 3:11).
Just because someone CLAIMS to follow Jesus, just because they CLAIM to teach or preach in His Name, just because they grow a beard and don some funny costume, just because they CLAIM to be "one of the Two Witnesses", DOESN'T MAKE THE TEACHING TRUE, NOR DOES IT MAKE THE TEACHER(S) SAVED.
Salvation HAS ALWAYS BEEN by Grace through faith - NO WORKS INVOLVED (Genesis 15:6; Habakkuk 2:4; John 3:16; Acts 15:5-11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
But don't believe it because I tell you.
Believe it, and HEED IT, because Jesus TOLD YOU.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015
SECRETS OF EDEN – FINAL PART
Satan COULD HAVE NEVER used the serpent to deceive Eve WITHOUT Adam's EXPRESS CONSENT.
Again: Satan COULD HAVE NEVER used the serpent to deceive Eve WITHOUT Adam's PERMISSION.
God had given SINGLE Adam ABSOLUTE dominion OVER ALL THE ANIMAL KINGDOM, over "everything that moves on the earth", and over the whole planet (Genesis 1:27-28).
And SINGLE Adam had been exercising and enjoying that dominion for quite some time.
Therefore, Satan COULDN'T HAVE POSSESSED the serpent, or used it to deceive Adam's feminine duplicate, Eve, had Adam NOT AUTHORIZED IT.
That is why there is ENMITY between Satan and the woman (Genesis 3:15), but NOT between Satan and man, even though Satan actively seeks to destroy all humans: Because Adam and Satan, at one point, WERE ALLIES.
That is why when God calls Adam into account, Adam DOES NOT blame Satan, DOES NOT EVEN MENTION Satan, or the serpent, or the role the devil played in the fall, even though he knew fully well what the creep had done AND HAD WITNESSED the entire event:
Instead, he LAID THE BLAME ENTIRELY on Eve and ON GOD:
"THE WOMAN YOU GAVE ME"... (Genesis 3:12)
"Hey God, I DISLIKE what you've done, and won't share dominion with that ‘other human' you made, so I'm joining Satan. I'll get WHAT I WANT FROM HIM, NOT from you. You should have left well enough ALONE".
In an amazing act of Divine Love God had created man in His own Image, and just a little below Himself (Psalm 8:5).
Only Divine Love can be so generous as TO ENTRUST and SHARE His own Nature, power and authority with another.
Yet when God put Adam TO THE TEST expecting him to be as gracious to his wife, taken from his own body, as God had been toward him, AND SHARE DOMINION OF THE EARTH WITH HER, Adam DIDN'T LIKE IT.
He didn't mind when the feminine Adam was WITHIN HIS OWN human body.
But when God pulled her out of him and placed her IN A DIFFERENT BODY (much the same way God had pulled Adam from Himself and placed him in a human body), Adam RESENTED IT.
He no longer saw feminine Adam as being PART OF him, and ONE with him, but as "separate".
He plotted to torpedo Eve and SINK HER into oblivion.
THE ONLY PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION for Adam's INCOMPREHENSIBLE PASSIVITY...
THE ONLY PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION for HIS SILENCE, when all it took was A WORD FROM HIM to stop the deception.
THE ONLY PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION for his FAILURE to instruct his wife --OR TO PROTECT and DEFEND HER when Satan approached with premeditated intent to deceive her -- IS THAT HE WAS IN CAHOOTS WITH SATAN to get Eve to disobey God's commandment and die so he could have the earth ALL TO HIMSELF.
That's why God ULTIMATELY held Adam responsible for the whole debacle (Genesis 3:17-19).
Even though HIS MOTIVE WAS SINFUL, SELFISH AND IMPURE, Adam thought he could "get away with it" because at that point God's ONLY commandment was NOT TO eat the fruit of that particular tree.
Adam actually sinned BEFORE he bit the fateful pomegranate because he HAD NO FAITH in God.
EVERYTHING that does not come from faith IS SIN (Romans 14:23).
That's why we are saved ONLY through FAITH (Ephesians 2:8-9).
That's why when Eve offered the forbidden fruit Adam ate it.
He HAD TO.
At that point Adam LACKED THE MORAL AND SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY to refuse it BECAUSE HE HIMSELF HAD PLANNED and AUTHORIZED the deception that led to her disobedience (Genesis 2:24).
His eating the forbidden fruit was merely the OUTWARD MANIFESTATION of the sin he'd already committed IN HIS HEART.
Adam was trapped by his own tricky scheme which backfired, and Satan TEMPORARILY got what he wanted.
Adam WAS UNFAITHFUL to God and to his wife.
He was UNFAITHFUL to God because he DIDN'T TRUST God's Wisdom in giving him a perfectly suited helper.
He was UNFAITHFUL to Eve because he plotted against her BEHIND HER BACK.
Yet he PRETENDED nothing was wrong SO SHE WOULDN'T SUSPECT what he was up to.
Eve was, evidently, CLUELESS as to her conniving husband's true intent, or what he was planning against her.
She trusted her husband and DIDN'T SUSPECT ANYTHING. That's why Satan so easily deceived her.
Adam KEPT HER IGNORANT ON PURPOSE, so he could have SOLE dominion of the earth.
As a result, he lost Eve, LOST HIS GLORY, lost his authority, lost the earth and, most importantly, became LOST from God.
Instead of welcoming Eve as his God-given, perfectly suited helper, Adam ENLISTED SATAN'S "HELP" to deceive her, get her to sin, and die.
Adam BETRAYED both God and his partner.
Some 4,000 years later Jesus (as Last Adam) would suffer the "payback" for Adam's betrayal, when He was betrayed by His close friend Judas, denied three times by His chief apostle Peter, and abandoned by the rest.
And just as Adam had watched the whole deception take place in Eden -- AND HAVING ALL THE AUTHORITY IN THE WORLD TO STOP IT, YET ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN -- he had to watch, this time helplessly, as Jesus PAID IN FULL the penalty for his betrayal.
Bottom line: Eve was deceived because her soul was ignorant and underdeveloped, since she HAD NOT RECEIVED PROPER INSTRUCTION FROM HER SELFISH HUSBAND.
Adam, on the other hand, KNEW EXACTLY what was going on. In fact, he was BEHIND the whole deception plot.
He simply DIDN'T TRUST God's Choice of Eve as his helper, partner, joint ruler, and joint heir.
Which is to say: he simply DIDN'T TRUST God.
SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015
APOSTLES AND PROPHETS
The Bible tells us to render honor to whom honor is due.
Today I want to honor the faithful, brave, wonderful men and women who made it possible for the Christian faith to reach you and me.
Most Christians have no idea what it took to bring the message of free Salvation to us.
The Church of Jesus Christ is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Himself being the chief corner stone (Ephesians 2:20).
Few Christians can name all 12 apostles, let alone have any idea what they sacrificed to spread the Gospel and leave an enduring spiritual legacy of which we are the beneficiaries.
Same goes for the prophets. Few know the hardships and persecution these men endured.
The details are pretty horrible, so I'll spare you those.
Suffice it to say that all the apostles, except for John, died a martyr's death. They endured all sorts of horrific, excruciating suffering rather than renounce their Lord, or deny his Deity or Resurrection.
The prophets of old also endured martyrdom at the hand of wicked kings, and politicians WHO DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH:
Isaiah was sawed in half by wicked king Manasseh, Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon, and had to lay on his side 430 days, Daniel was also taken captive and thrown into a lions' den, and Jeremiah was thrown into a cistern, where he would have sunk into the mud and died of suffocation, had God not intervened miraculously.
As Stephen, a martyr himself, asked in Acts 7:52 "WHICH OF THE PROPHETS DIDN'T your fathers persecute?
Last, but not least, I want to honor our brothers and sisters in the early church, especially the first 300 years.
They COULD HAVE taken the easy way out. Yet, they were unflinchingly willing to pay the ULTIMATE price.
They COULD HAVE renounced the Lord. After all, they were being threatened with horrible deaths.
Had they done so, chances are Christianity would have disappeared, and you and I today wouldn't be saved.
We owe these apostles and prophets, as well as the men and women of the early Church, an eternal debt of gratitude.
Seeing how they were willing to pay ANY price, even if it meant HORRIBLE DEATHS, for their Savior, WHAT'S KEEPING YOU FROM RECEIVING Christ?
What's keeping YOU from giving your heart to Jesus?
NOBODY'S persecuting YOU.
NOBODY'S accusing YOU.
NOBODY'S threatening YOU.
And YOU'RE afraid to give yourself TOTALLY to Him?
Are you BRAVE ENOUGH to entrust your heart and LIFE to Jesus
SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015
THE ENDLESS DAY
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY God ended his work which he had made; and HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY from all his work which he had made. And God BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made". (Genesis 2:1-3)
Time is NOT absolute. It's relative.
To achieve the notion of "time' one must have A COMBINATION OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS at regular intervals.
In Genesis chapter 1, as we read the account of God's Creation, we find the following phrases:
"And the evening and the morning were the first day" (Genesis 1:5).
"And the evening and the morning were the second day" (Genesis 1:8).
"And the evening and the morning were the third day" (Genesis 1:13).
"And the evening and the morning were the fourth day" (Genesis 1:19).
"And the evening and the morning were the fifth day" (Genesis 1:23).
"And the evening and the morning were the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31).
However, as we can see in the anchor verse above, NO SUCH STATEMENT IS MADE WITH REGARDS TO THE SEVENTH DAY.
After being so meticulously careful to say it over and over with regards to the previous six days, there MUST BE an important reason for God to DELIBERATELY OMIT the phrase "and the evening and the morning were the seventh day" with regards to the Sabbath.
The seventh 24-hour day of the 168-hour week is Saturday.
The Sabbath or day of rest, as expressed in the fourth of the 10 Commandments, is Saturday.
There is NO QUESTION WHATSOEVER about that.
However, in Colossians 2:16 Paul instructs Christian believers NOT TO ALLOW ANYONE TO JUDGE THEM with regards to Sabbaths (Saturdays).
Furthermore, in the very next verse, Colossians 2:17, he refers to the 10 Commandments' weekly Sabbath (Saturday) as A MERE SHADOW.
He then ADDS that THE REAL THING, the SUBSTANCE, THE TRUE SABBATH(of which the weekly Sabbath is but a shadow) IS Christ Himself.
Shadows are NEVER the real thing.
Repeat: SHADOWS are NEVER the REAL thing.
Your shadow is not you and my shadow is not me.
Shadows are mere reflections or representations of SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER AND REAL.
The reason God DIDN'T say that limiting phrase "the evening and the morning" with regards to the Sabbath is this: the TRUE SABBATH OF THE LORD NEVER ENDS.
If we think in terms of FINITE, 24-hour days, the Sabbath day is Saturday.
If we think NOT IN TERMS OF TEMPORARY, FINITE EARTHLY SHADOWS but OF ETERNAL Truth, as in PERMANENT REALITY, the REAL Sabbath is NOT a 24 hour day.
Never has been, never will be.
THAT'S WHY God NEVER SAID "the evening and the morning were the seventh day":
The REAL Sabbath NEVER ENDS.
The REAL Sabbath has NO EVENING or MORNING.
The 7th Day is ETERNAL.
Zechariah 14:6-7 describes the true, eternal Sabbath:
"And it shall come to pass IN THAT DAY, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be ONE DAY which shall be known to the LORD, NOT DAY, NOR NIGHT: but it shall come to pass, that AT EVENING TIME IT SHALL BE LIGHT"...
THE DAY which has NO EVENING AND NO MORNING, the DAY in WHICH there IS ONLY LIGHT, is THE TRUE SABBATH.
God is light. In Him is NO DARKNESS at all (1 John 1:5).
Hence, there is no "evening" and no "morning" in His Presence.
In His Presence, there is no "time" as we know it.
The true Sabbath, in which there is ONLY light, is Jesus and is ETERNITY .
The true Sabbath is God Himself.
The 24-hour TEMPORARY day (or shadow) gives us ONLY TEMPORARY rest.
The true Sabbath is the ONLY ONE that can give us ETERNAL REST:
Jesus Christ IS the true Sabbath (Matthew 11:28).
STOP FOCUSING ON the 24-hour day, which is the shadow, and FOCUS ON Jesus, who is THE REAL:
"There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever". (Revelation 22:5)
FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015
ORIGIN OF EVIL
If God is good, then why did He create evil?
He didn't. Everything God created was VERY good (Genesis 1:31).
Good can exist without evil. But evil can't exist without good.
Evil is PERVERTED GOODNESS. Evil, therefore, is a parasite of good.
Evil is the ONLY THING Satan's ever INVENTED.
But didn't God create Satan?
No. He created Lucifer. Lucifer was an angelic being, a cherub. When he was created by God, he was sinless (Ezekiel 28:15). Just like when man was created by God he was good and sinless.
God is love. Love does not force Himself on anyone. True love involves free will.
When God created beings lower than Himself, and gave them free will, it carried the inherent risk that His own Creation might reject Him.
Indeed, some of them did.
Lucifer became Satan when he rejected God, coveted God's Throne for himself, rebelled against God and tried to attain Godhood BASED ON HIS OWN REBELLIOUS WORKS (Isaiah 14:13-14).
THAT's when he became evil.
THAT's when evil entered the world.
Satan can blame NO ONE but himself.
The name Satan, ha Satan in Hebrew, means "the enemy".
Satan didn't trust God's Goodness. Therefore, instead of ASKING to sit on God's Throne, he selfishly decided to STEAL IT.
That's why Jesus called him, among other things, "the thief" (John 10:10).
THE ONLY REASON a thief steals is because HE DOESN'T BELIEVE he can get what he wants by simply ASKING.
He has NO FAITH.
So goodness was perverted into evil when Satan rebelled against God.
When he decided God COULDN'T be trusted.
When he determined that if he wanted God's Throne, he'd have to take it away from God.
He'd have to get it himself, BY HIS OWN EFFORT.
That's why Salvation is by TRUST (faith) ONLY.
Do you want to sit on God's Throne? Do you want to rule and reign with Jesus?
If you do, it's free. His Kingdom, EVEN HIS THRONE, is yours for the ASKING.
THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015
HAIL, AUNT MARY
The "perpetual virginity" of Mary was invented in the fourth century of the Christian era.
It was then that the Christian faith was altered and transformed from INTIMATE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THE LIVING CHRIST - in the very depths of our being...
...TO A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION FULL OF PAGAN RITES AND TRADITIONS.
In Luke 2:6 we are told that Mary "gave birth TO HER FIRST BORN SON."
If Mary DID NOT GIVE BIRTH TO ANY MORE CHILDREN, WHY DOESN'T the Holy Spirit say "she gave birth to her ONLY son"?
"The birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When Mary his mother was betrothed to Joseph, BEFORE THEY CAME TOGETHER, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 1:18).
The same Greek word for "CAME TOGETHER" erchomai is used in 1 Corinthians 7:5 to say that the husband and wife must cohabit sexually.
"BEFORE they CAME TOGETHER" CLEARLY INDICATES that, at some point, Mary and Joseph DID "come together" and consummate their marriage.
Matthew 1: 24-25 COULD NOT BE CLEARER:
"When Joseph woke from sleep he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and TOOK MARY AS HIS WIFE, and DID NOT KNOW HER (he did not have sex with her) UNTIL she gave birth to her firstborn son; and he called his name Jesus."
In an effort to deify Mary, the Roman religion does all kinds of mental gymnastics to "explain" and "ADAPT" the very clear meaning of these Scriptures - INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT - TO WHAT THEY- against all odds - WANT TO BELIEVE.
They can call it "veneration" all they want, but the sad reality, for many Catholics (though NOT ALL) is that it's ADORATION.
When you kneel before a statue, pray to it, make supplications to it, ask it to do miracles (for the record, Mary did not perform A SINGLE MIRACLE in the Bible), pray entire rosaries and novenas to it, sing hymns to it, light candles to it, and utter words of exaltation and praise... THAT is worship. THAT is adoration, which belongs TO JESUS ALONE.
If God the Holy Spirit WANTED TO TELL US that Mary was "perpetually virgin", He would have NEVER used language like "BEFORE THEY CAME TOGETHER," or that Joseph "TOOK Mary as his wife", much less than he "DIDN'T HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH HER UNTIL" she gave birth to Jesus.
He would have simply said:
"And Joseph NEVER KNEW HER."
But the Holy Spirit DID NOT SAY THAT -- EVER!
You can search the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and you won't find the "perpetual virginity" of Mary ANYWHERE.
In contrast, 1 Kings 1:4 tells us about King David and Abishag the Shunammite:
"And the damsel was very fair; and she was of service to the king, and ministered to him; BUT THE KING KNEW HER NOT."
Are you going to tell me that God bothered to tell us this about Abishag, a young woman whose only function was to keep David warm in his old age, and NOT about the "mother of God"?
But there is more evidence - PROVIDED by God Himself:
After the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary had sexual relations that produced four sons and AT LEAST TWO DAUGHTERS.
The names of their sons, according to the Gospels, the book of Acts and the Epistles, were James, Joseph, Simon and Judas (Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3, John 7:2-10; Acts 1:14 Galatians 1:19).
In John 2:12, the end of the wedding in Cana, Jesus "went down to Capernaum with his mother, HIS BROTHERS and his disciples."
In John 7: 2-10 JESUS' BROTHERS challenge Jesus to appear publicly on the upcoming holiday of Sukkot, because "NEITHER DID HIS BRETHREN BELIEVE IN HIM."
This only makes sense if they are ACTUAL BROTHERS.
That His "cousins" did not believe in Him is one thing. That HIS OWN BROTHERS, as this Scripture says, DID NOT believe in Him is quite another matter.
In Acts 1:14, we find to THE BROTHERS of Jesus with Mary and the other disciples in the Upper Room.
In 1 Corinthians 9: 5, Paul asks the rhetorical question: "We have no right to take along a believing wife, as well as the other apostles AND THE LORD'S BROTHERS and Peter?
Galatians 1:19 clearly refers to James as "the Lord's BROTHER."
Even Josephus, the Jewish historian, refers to James as the "BROTHER OF Jesus" (Antiquities, Book 20, Chapter 9, and Paragraph 1).
"BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES SHALL EVERY MATTER BE ESTABLISHED." (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1).
WE HAVE not one or two but 12 WITNESSES -INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT - that Joseph and Mary had sex, and procreated SONS AND DAUGHTERS who WERE NATURAL BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF JESUS:
Matthew 1:18,25; 12:46; 13:55-56; Mark 6:3, 13:55; Luke 2:6; John 2:12; 7:2-10; Acts 1:14; 1 Corinthians 9:5; Galatians 1:19).
WHAT WE DON'T HAVE is EVEN ONE Scripture saying that Mary was "perpetually virgin."
Therefore, ACCORDING TO God - "the case" that Mary had NATURAL children after Jesus, and WAS NO LONGER VIRGIN, has been ESTABLISHED BEYOND DOUBT.
Based on this evidence:
The religion of Rome would lose its case WITHOUT RECOURSE, in an earthly court of law.
And OVERWHELMINGLY LOSES before GOD.
But let's look at it from yet another perspective:
Roman Catholic theology asserts that Jesus' brothers were really his "cousins".
We have to ask WHY they want us to take the word "mother" LITERALLY in all these passages, but the word "brothers" is to be understood FIGURATIVELY as "cousins"?
We have to ask WHY the New Testament calls them BROTHERS (adelphos) 10 TIMES, which means "brothers" NOT cousins.
In fact, adelphos means "out of the same womb."
If they were "cousins" WHY DIDN'T the Holy Spirit EVEN ONCE, use the word anepsioi which STRICTLY means "cousins"? (Colossians 4:10).
FINALLY, we HAVE MARY'S OWN TESTIMONY:
The Gospel of Luke gives us details about the birth and childhood of Jesus that are not found in any other Gospel.
Roman Catholicism acknowledges that Luke OBTAINED THOSE DETAILS DIRECTLY FROM Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Luke 2:41-45 tells us that when Jesus was 12 years old they went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.
As they returned, A WHOLE DAY went by BEFORE Mary EVEN NOTICED that Jesus was not among them or their relatives.
We must ask: WHAT KIND OF MOTHER abandons her 12 year old son for A WHOLE DAY, and not even notice he is missing? (Luke 2:44)
There are ONLY THREE possibilities:
1) That Mary DIDN'T CARE about Jesus in the least.
2) That Mary CARED MORE about HER "nephews" and "nieces" than about HER OWN SON.
3) That Mary was EXTREMELY BUSY caring for her younger children (who were at least 6 in number), who were born after Jesus.
The ONLY objective - and HONEST- ANSWER is #3 .
1. Matthew 12:46 Mary and the Brothers of Jesus were outside the house where Jesus was preaching, and were calling Him.
2. AGAIN, they were together in Matthew 13:55-56
3. AGAIN together in Mark 13:55.
4. Again in John 2:12
5. And again in Acts 1:14, we find the brothers of Jesus with Mary.
THEY WERE INSEPARABLE!
ISN'T it a bit ODD that Mary WAS CONSTANTLY ACCOMPANIED BY Jesus' "cousins"?
When HER OWN 12 year old son WAS GONE FOR A WHOLE DAY, and she DIDN'T EVEN realize He was not with them?
I love my aunts, I like to spend time with them ONCE IN A WHILE, but I've never hung around them CONSTANTLY, have you?
Also, if they were at least 6 "COUSINS" they must have had OTHER AUNTS besides Mary.
HOW COME they WERE ALWAYS WITH Mary?
And why DID Mary HERSELF give this information to Luke?
If what the Roman religion says is true, then Mary was THE WORST MOTHER in the Bible.
AND THE BEST "AUNT"in history.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2015
THE IMPOSSIBLE VERSES
"Was not Abraham our father JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar?
You SEE how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture WAS FULFILLED which said, Abraham BELIEVED God, AND IT WAS IMPUTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS: and he was called the Friend of God.
You SEE then that A MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, and not by faith only." (James 2:21-24)
That is how this Scripture reads in most English translations of the Bible.
Problem is: that IS NOT what it says in the original Greek.
Repeat: that is NOT what the ORIGINAL Book of James says.
English Bibles did not exist until the 14th century A.D.
That means there were NO ENGLISH BIBLES UNTIL some 1,300 years AFTER the New Testament was written.
By then, Rome had made its own "translations" of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek into Latin.
Their main translator, Jerome, commissioned by Pope Damasus, REVISED his translation to conform to official Church doctrine.
Later, Jerome's translation would be further "edited" by various translators who CAPRICIOUSLY inserted punctuation marks - NONEXISTENT in the original text - WHERE THEY BEST SUITED the BIASED, UNILATERAL interpretation of religious hierarchy.
When Protestant Reformers took a crack at translating --1,000 years AFTER Jerome performed his magic - they blindly accepted the punctuation marks and, for the most part, his translation.
The DISASTROUS RESULTS remain with us to this very day.
According to the English translation of this passage, QUOTED ABOVE, Abraham was declared righteous by God BY HIS WORK of OFFERING UP Isaac.
However, when we go back to the Old Testament, we see THAT that IS FALSE and UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE.
Abram believed God and HIS FAITH ALONE WAS COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS - SOME 26 to 33 years BEFORE Isaac was even BORN (Genesis 15:6).
How, then, could he have been JUSTIFIED (declared righteous) BY offering Isaac?
Again: Abram was DECLARED RIGHTEOUS by God LONG BEFORE there was any Isaac.
That is UNDISPUTED, BIBLICAL FACT.
Therefore, if the Vulgate is correct, and if our English translations are correct, God LIED.
We know, of course, that it's IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie (Romans 3:4; Hebrews 6:18).
Therefore, it's ALSO IMPOSSIBLE for MOST English translations of these verses TO BE CORRECT.
Pause for a moment - re-read the last 7 paragraphs, and let this Truth sink in.
It's RELIGION that HAS LIED.
God had declared Abram righteous, BY FAITH ONLY, LONG BEFORE Isaac was BORN, in fact, BEFORE Isaac had even been CONCEIVED by Sarah (Genesis 15:6).
HOW, THEN, can this passage say that Abraham was justified BY WORKS - when he offered up Isaac?
It CAN'T say that.
It DOESN'T say that.
The original NEVER SAID that.
Abraham was NOT justified BY WORKS.
Abraham SHOWED the righteousness (faith, salvation) that HE ALREADY HAD by his "work" of offering Isaac.
Abraham PROVED his faith (trust) in God BY OBEDIENTLY OFFERING UP HIS ONLY SON, Isaac, as God had asked.
By his ACTIONS (work of offering his only son) he DEMONSTRATED THE RIGHTEOUSNESS HE ALREADY HAD THROUGH FAITH ONLY.
Hebrews 11:17-19 tells us that Abraham TRUSTED GOD to the point that HE BELIEVED that even if he offered Isaac in sacrifice, God WOULD RAISE HIS SON FROM THE DEAD.
Since FAITH and RIGHTEOUSNESS ARE INVISIBLE, Abraham DEMONSTRATED (SHOWED) both his faith and the righteousness he already had BY THE VISIBLE ACT of offering his only son.
This is PROVEN BEYOND DOUBT by verse 22 which says:
"You SEE that Abraham's faith and what he did worked together. His faith WAS SHOWN TO BE GENUINE BY WHAT HE DID." (James 2:22, God's Word Translation).
And again in verse 24:
You SEE that a man IS SHOWN TO BE RIGHTEOUS BY WORKS and NOT by faith alone.
James was simply saying: FAITH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS ARE INVISIBLE.
The ONLY WAY TO PROVE THEM,the only way OTHERS CAN "SEE" THEM, is THROUGH OUR ACTIONS.
That is ALL that James was saying.
We SEE a SAVED person's (invisible) RIGHTEOUSNESS -- which he/she already has through Jesus ONLY, BY Grace through FAITH -- by HIS/HER WORKS.
There's NO OTHER WAY we can "SEE" someone's FAITH.
Which part of "you SEE" DON'T RELIGIONISTS get?
Which part of "you SEE", DIDN'T THEY WANT TO understand because THEY'D ALREADY DECIDED - CONTRADICTING SCORES OF SCRIPTURES THAT STATE OTHERWISE - that works played a role in Salvation?
This is the CORRECT translation of James 2:21-24:
"Was not Abraham our father SHOWN TO BE RIGHTEOUS BY WORKS, when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
You SEE how faith COOPERATED WITH his works, and by works was faith EXPRESSED and CONSUMMATED.
And the scripture WAS FULFILLED which said,Abraham BELIEVED God, AND IT WAS IMPUTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS: and he was called the Friend of God.
You SEE then that A MAN SHOWS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS he ALREADY HAS BY WORKS, and not by faith only." (James 2:21-24)
Jesus taught salvation through FAITH ONLY (John 3:16; 5:24)
So did Peter (Acts 15:7-11).
So did Paul (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5).
So did John (1 John 5:12).
So did Phillip (Acts 8:37)
So did Jude (Jude 1:3)
And SO DID JAMES (Acts 15:13-20; James 1:2-4; 2:8).
There is NO DISCREPANCY WHATSOEVER between James -what he REALLY said -and the TRUE and ONLY Gospel of Grace.
According to Proverbs 30:6 all those who ADD or change God's Word ARE LIARS.
According to Galatians 1:8 ALL those who preach "ANOTHER gospel" and ADD WORKS as "requirement" for salvation are ACCURSED.
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2015
Yesterday, July 20, 2015 the UN Security Council voted 15-0 in favor of the recently announced Iran nuclear deal.
We VERY SELDOM see such unanimity among its members.
Last week, as the details of this SECRET agreement began to emerge, President Obama tried to calm everyone down by asserting that it would make "the world safer".
I can almost hear the Iranians and Russians laughing.
And Vladimir Putin must be grinning from ear to ear:
"Those stupid Americans and Western Europeans ACTUALLY BOUGHT IT!"
Perhaps the most overlooked part of the agreement is that Russia will be able to sell arms to Iran, including long-range missiles CAPABLE OF HITTING THE U.S.A.
Read in Isaiah 13:9-18 HOW THE DAY OF THE LORD (tribulation) begins:
"Behold, THE DAY OF THE LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy its sinners out of it.
FOR THE STARS OF HEAVEN AND ITS CONSTELLATIONS SHALL NOT GIVE THEIR LIGHT: THE SUN SHALL BE DARKENED IN ITS GOING FORTH, AND THE MOON SHALL NOT CAUSE ITS LIGHT TO SHINE.
And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the ruthless.
I will make a man more rare than fine gold; even a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Therefore I WILL SHAKE THE HEAVENS, AND THE EARTH SHALL REMOVE OUT OF HER PLACE, IN THE WRATH OF the LORD of hosts, and in THE DAY OF his fierce anger.
And it shall be as the hunted gazelle, and as a sheep that no man gathers up: every man shall return to his own people, and flee everyone into his own land.
Everyone that is found SHALL BE THRUST THROUGH; and everyone THAT IS CAUGHT SHALL FALL BY THE SWORD.
Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be plundered, and their wives ravished.
Behold,I WILL STIR UP the Medes (Iran) AGAINST THEM, who shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
THEIR BOWS also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children".
This agreement DOESN'T make the world safer, DOESN'T make the U.S. safer, and DOESN'T make Israel safer.
It makes the world FAR MORE DANGEROUS, and our very existence much more precarious.
The U.S. and Europe will pay dearly for their folly (Isaiah 2:12-19).
It brings to mind yet another verse from the Bible:
1 Thessalonians 5:3:
"When THEY SAY "peace and safety' then SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMES ON THEM, as labor pains on a pregnant woman -- and THEY WILL NOT ESCAPE".
By God's Grace, born-again believers WILL escape.
"THEY" will have to live AND DIE with the CONSEQUENCES of their delusion.
MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015
THE MONTHS OF TAMMUZ & AV
The 4th and 5th months on the Hebrew calendar, roughly corresponding to July-August in the Gregorian calendar, are the most mournful in Jewish history.
According to Jewish tradition, as the month of Av begins their "JOY IS DIMINISHED".
Some of the darkest events in Jewish history have occurred in the months of Tammuz-Av including:
6 Tammuz - (1976) - Entebbe Rescue, where Prime Minister Netanyahu's brother lost his life.
9 Tammuz - (423 BC) - Jerusalem Walls breached by the Babylonian armies of King Nebuchadnezzar.
THREE WEEKS LATER the capture of Jerusalem was finished with the destruction of the Temple and the exile of most Jews to Babylon.
17 Tammuz - (1312 BC) - Golden Calf offered by the Jewish people, ONLY 40 DAYS AFTER receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai.
17 Tammuz - (70 AD) - Jerusalem Walls Breached this time by the Romans.
1 Av - (1273 BC) - Death of Aaron, Moses' brother and Israel's first High Priest.
According to Torah, he died at 123 years of age (Numbers 33:38).
1 Av - (2015 AD) Nuclear Agreement with Iran reached.
Strongly opposed by Jews and Arabs,
Prime Minister Netanyahu emphatically stating that Israel is not bound by this agreement, and that Israel will defend itself.
7 Av - (1492) - The Spanish Inquisition
The Jews of Spain were expelled by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, destroying many centuries of Jewish life there.
9 Av - (586 BC and 70 AD) - First and Second Temples Destroyed by Babylonians and Romans.
9 Av - (133 AD) - Betar, the last stronghold of the Bar Kochba rebellion, fell to the Romans after a three-year siege. 580,000 (half a million) Jews died by either starvation or the sword, including Bar Kochba, the leader of the rebellion.
9 Av - (1290 AD) - Jews were expelled from England
10 Av - (2005) - Gaza Disengagement.
Thousands of Israelis were evacuated from 25 towns and settlements in the Gaza Strip including 16 settlements in "Gush Katif".
This paved the way for terrorist Hamas to rule Gaza and surroundings, including historic Bethlehem, where our precious Jesus was born, resulting in the persecution of Christians, their lives and businesses destroyed, forced into exile, almost daily firing of rockets toward Israel and last year's all-out war.
According to Scripture, it will be in the month of Av that the Antichrist will enter the third temple, declare himself "God" and place the Abomination of Desolation (a statue of himself) in it (Daniel 8:13-14).
The month of Av is followed by Elul and then Tishri, the 7th month, which begins with 10 "days of awe" and culminates with Sukkot known as "the season OF OUR REJOICING".
It is on Sukkot when the Second Coming of Christ MUST happen (Deuteronomy 31:10).
When Messiah Jesus returns ALL ISRAEL will rejoice, each and every day, each and every month.
SUNDAY, JULY 19 2015
DEAL WITH IRAN
Headlines this week have been real downers.
First the lame Iran deal, which favors that nation which infamously exports terrorism and aspires to world domination and the obliteration of the Jewish State.
Then the senseless shooting at the U.S. training center, of 6 innocent people - 5 of whom are dead, one injured) by a HOME GROWN, NATURALIZED, Muslim terrorist.
We've been saying for over 10 years that Iran will get nukes, and that it will be UNSTOPPABLE, UNTIL it faces Antichrist.
We've also addressed that topic several times in these daily messages.
We have also discussed that terrorists have infiltrated our very porous, virtually NONEXISTENT "borders", that they have more people poised to attack at a moment's notice than they're letting on, and that it's only A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THEY make a big hit somewhere.
As a student of Bible prophecy, I can't say I'm surprised by either event.
As American, and freedom loving human being, I am extremely disappointed and saddened by the grim news.
I know that certain things MUST HAPPEN, but that doesn't mean I'm not heartbroken at seeing our once great country diminished and DRIVEN INTO THE GROUND by INCOMPETENT ideologues.
Just like I don't like to see our closest ally Israel thrown under the bus.
THAT is the ONE SURE, BIBLICAL way to bring God's judgment on a nation.
After nearly 23 months of secret "negotiations", the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council-China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States-plus Germany), and the European Union reached a "comprehensive" deal with Iran to allegedly curb its nuclear ambitions.
A deal that, for all intents and purposes, is WORTHLESS AND UNVERIFIABLE.
That all but GUARANTEES that Iran will get nuclear bombs in the near future.
Makes you wonder WHAT THE HECK their reps were "negotiating" for the past two years.
What "concessions" did they get from Iran?
24-DAY ADVANCE NOTICE to inspect their nukes?
WHAT would they have gotten otherwise, THREE MONTHS NOTICE ?
It seems that Iran outsmarted the feckless "negotiators" and GOT WHAT IT WANTED.
The alleged agreement is A JOKE.
No wonder they kept the public and elected officials IN THE DARK about the negotiations until the very end.
And while Congress can now review the agreement and, potentially, oppose it, the Surrenderer in Chief in the Oval Office has already stated he will veto any such attempt.
Chances of getting a two thirds majority in Congress to override his veto are slim to none.
The Bible indicates that THE ONLY significant opposition the Antichrist will encounter during the upcoming tribulation WON'T COME FROM the U.S., Russia, China, the U.K., France or Germany, but rather from Iran.
Antichrist will accomplish what the P5+1 COULDN'T: CONQUER Iran, thereby pretending AT FIRST to be Israel's "savior".
It's rather telling that this agreement was finalized IN THE THREE WEEK PERIOD THAT LEADS TO the 9th of Av, the gloomiest day on the Hebrew calendar.
The darkest events in Jewish history have taken place in the months of Tammuz-Av.
That brings us to Chattanooga:
Can it be mere "coincidence" that this happened THE DAY AFTER the Iran agreement was concluded?
We have known FOR A LONG TIME (months and months) that Muslim terrorists ARE TARGETING OUR MILITARY FACILITIES AND PERSONNEL.
ALL OF THEM were supposed to be "on high alert" to prevent any attacks.
That ONE armed terrorist can gain such easy access, start shooting our recruits, kill or wound them at will, then GO TO A SECOND U.S. FACILITY BEFORE he's caught or killed -- is UNCONSCIONABLE.
That there wasn't even ONE U.S. guard at the premises to take the murderer out BEFORE he could go on a deathly rampage is INCOMPREHENSIBLE.
WHAT would have happened IF they HADN'T BEEN on "high alert"?
Would they have handled marine recruits OUTDOORS?
This tragic event was TOTALLY PREVENTABLE!!!
Yet the four marines and one navy officer killed were easy targets, basically SITTING DUCKS.
They were COMPLETELY UNPROTECTED!
They even had A SIGN at the recruitment office WINDOW ADVERTISING it's a "GUN FREE area".
You might as well hang up a sign that says "WELCOME, TERRORISTS. WE'RE ALL UNARMED. JUST COME AND SHOOT US WHENEVER YOU LIKE".
WHAT were those in the upper echelons of our military THINKING?
How STUPID and NAÏVE can Americans be?
No wonder we have a worldwide reputation for being good only on economic and technological issues, but TOTALLY INEPT (except for the FBI and CIA) at predicting or preventing terrorist ingenuity.
Heaven help us.
Needless to say, our hearts go out to the victims and their families, along with our prayers.
SOMEBODY in Washington better WAKE UP.
SOMEONE up there needs to START THINKING like these assassins think, and DO SOMETHING to PREVENT such incidents.
Otherwise NO ONE in this nation will be safe.
Otherwise we're in for one HELLUVA RUDE AWAKENING.
SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2015
"You believe that there is ONE God; you do well: THE DEMONS ALSO BELIEVE, and tremble" (James 2:19)
Man invented religion maintains that faith in Christ ISN'T ENOUGH for salvation. That we MUST add works.
Such "works" invariably involve being member of their FALSE man-fabricated denomination, and following their FALSE, man-concocted precepts.
It also involves LEGALISM: a return to the Law given at Sinai to a bunch of former slaves, who DIDN'T have Jesus, DIDN'T have His Holy Spirit, and had LIVED 400 YEARS in CRUEL BONDAGE, doing FORCED LABOR, hence HAD NO CLUE HOW TO GOVERN THEMSELVES.
Legalists OVERLOOK AT LEAST 50 New Testament verses that say, in every possible way, from every possible angle, that Salvation is BY GRACE ALONE, THROUGH FAITH ALONE, and DESPERATELY CLING to that ONE New Testament verse to promote their lie.
They claim, FALSELY, that this one verse PROVES that Salvation ISN'T by faith ALONE.
After all, demons believe but they are not saved.
First of all, James is NOT talking about SOUL SALVATION. He was writing to ALREADY SAVED believers in Christ (James 2:1).
James was writing about SAVING BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN JERUSALEM FROM DYING OF HUNGER, SINCE THERE WAS SEVERE FAMINE AND DROUGHT, as attested by both the Bible and secular history.
His point was that FAITH ALONE won't feed them and save them from physical death.
Hence, these brothers who lived OUTSIDE JERUSALEM needed TO SHOW their faith WITH PRACTICAL ACTIONS like providing money and food.
Secondly, that verse says that demons believe that there is ONE God.
It says NOTHING about demons believing in Jesus.
Repeat: it says NOTHING - not a word - about demons TRUSTING Jesus Christ for salvation.
ALL it says is that demons are MONOTHEISTS.
So are Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
If Salvation could be achieved through monotheism, then ALL MUSLIMS, INCLUDING ALL THE WICKED TERRORISTS, WOULD BE SAVED.
Thirdly, demons believe ONLY with their minds, IT SAYS NOTHING - not a word - about their hearts.
It says NOTHING about demons being BORN-AGAIN.
It says NOTHING about demons believing Jesus died for their sins.
It says NOTHING about demons receiving Jesus Christ INTO THEIR HEARTS as Lord, Savior and ONLY God (Romans 10:9).
It says NOTHING about demons TRUSTING Jesus and His PERFECT, FINISHED Work of Redemption AS ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT for Salvation (Hebrews 9:12; 10:14).
So much for that LAME, RIDICULOUS argument...
Demons KNOW there's ONE God.
That's ALL it says.
So do Muslims and non-Messianic Jews and THEY'RE NOT saved either.
Why? Because they DO NOT believe that that ONE God is Jesus.
Because they've never been BORN AGAIN OF His SPIRIT (John 3:3-5).
Because they've NEVER INVITED Jesus Christ into their hearts and received Him as their ONE AND ONLY Lord, Savior and God (John 1:12).
Because, consequently, they are NOT MADE PARTAKERS OF His Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4).
Neither are demons.
That's why NONE OF THEM are saved.
They ALL have UNREGENERATE HEARTS.
So do ALL THOSE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN BORN AGAIN, INCLUDING so-called "Christians".
Unregenerate hearts are DEGENERATE (UNSAVED) hearts.
THE ONLY SAVED BEINGS are those whose hearts HAVE been regenerated (BORN AGAIN) by the Spirit of Christ, and thus are CONNECTED by Spirit with Jesus Himself (Romans 8:9).
The New Testament COULDN'T BE CLEARER about HOW Salvation is attained:
"If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART that God has raised Him from the dead, YOU SHALL BE SAVED" (Romans 10:9).
Show me JUST ONE "BORN-AGAIN demon" and I'll become THE GREATEST ADVOCATE of "faith plus works" the world has ever seen.
Works HAVE NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL (Titus 3:5).
Belief in ONE God HAS NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL.
Trusting Jesus Christ to wash away our sins by His holiest and MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD (Revelation 7:14; 12:11) and receiving His Spirit into our hearts... HAS SAVED MILLIONS.
FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015
EVERYTHING'S NOT A DEMON
Yes, Satan is real and more evil that words can express.
Yes, there are demons and evil spirits that serve him and they are extremely wicked as well.
Yes, I'm the first to say that Satan HAS HUMAN "secret agents" that infiltrate our congregations, prayer groups, Sunday schools, media, ministries, etc.
Like their puppeteer master, all they seek to do is steal, kill, destroy and CONFUSE.
If they can't steal your money, they'll do their best to steal your time.
They ENJOY being THE CENTER of attention.
They LOVE to distract us and make us take our eyes off Jesus.
They're SELFISH LEECHES whose entire universe consists of "me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me and ME".
I know firsthand because Satan not only FOLLOWS THIS MINISTRY PERSONALLY, but always has not one but SEVERAL of his puppets hanging around.
And the Holy Spirit ALWAYS exposes them sooner rather than later.
However, NOT EVERY PROBLEM Christians face is caused by Satan or demons.
There's this tendency in Christendom, especially among hyper-Charismatics, to BLAME EVERYTHING on "demons".
Every problem IS NOT CAUSED BY demons.
Yes, they exist. And since Jesus' Resurrection they're mostly imprisoned in the abyss. But I've often said that the creep and his creepers get FAR MORE CREDIT than they deserve.
The existence of Satan, satanic angels, evil spirits and demons DOES NOT EXEMPT US FROM PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
A LOT of the problems in this world, and especially IN CHRISTENDOM, are SELF-INFLICTED.
We needed no "help" from Satan or demons: we MESSED UP ALL ON OUR OWN.
God gave each of us FREE WILL which NO demon, NO Satan, NOT EVEN GOD HIMSELF will override.
No demon can POSSESS a born-again child of God: NO WAY, NO HOW.
Demons can harass, confuse and wreak havoc IN OUR LIVES, but they CANNOT POSSESS Christians.
They can bother us ONLY, ONLY, ONLY... if we LET them.
They operate in our lives when WE OPEN the door.
When we allow FEAR -- in one form or another -- into our lives.
There are a millions of fun games in cyberspace, WHY must you engage in THAT SATANIC ONE?
It wasn't a demon that got you hooked on porn. You did that ALL ON YOUR OWN.
That some demon saw AN OPPORTUNITY ONCE YOU WERE HOOKED, and has aggravated the problem even more, is a different matter altogether.
If you're so worried about demons operating in your life, then why DO PARTICIPATE IN SÉANCES, play with ouija boards, and dabble in New Age, WHICH OPEN THE DOOR TO THE SPIRIT WORD OF THE OCCULT?
Before you blame Satan or demons for all your problems, at least have THE HONESTY and MORAL INTEGRITY to take a long, deep and REALISTIC look AT YOURSELF.
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and WITH THE MEASURE YOU USE, it will be MEASURED to you.
Why do you look AT THE SPECK of sawdust in your brother's eye and PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE?
HOW CAN YOU SAY TO YOUR BROTHER, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time THERE IS A PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE?
YOU HYPOCRITE, FIRST TAKE THE PLANK OUT OF YOUR OWN EYE, and THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY to remove the speck from your brother's eye" (Matthew 7:1-5).
Did Jesus say WE CANNOT JUDGE ANYONE OR ANYTHING, ever?
Did He say we CANNOT JUDGE wrong doctrine based on His Word?
Did He say we CANNOT JUDGE heresies that lead lost souls straight to hell?
Is THAT what our Lord was talking about?
Because if it was, then Jesus (perish the thought) was A LIAR, who contradicted Himself COUNTLESS TIMES and DID NOT practice what He preached.
He JUDGED the Pharisees and TEACHERS OF THE LAW rather harshly in Matthew chapter 23.
In verse 33 of that chapter He flat-out told them THEY WOULD NOT ESCAPE THE JUDGMENT OF the lake of fire (Gehenna).
In Mark 11:17 and John 2:14-16 He JUDGED the sellers in the temple, overturned their tables, loosed their doves, and called them THIEVES.
"Oh, but that was holy, perfect Jesus".
O.K. What about IMPERFECT Paul who JUDGED Galatians who wanted to get back under the law after being set free by Grace? (Galatians 3:1-3)
What about John who JUDGED those who denied that Jesus came in the flesh as "antichrists"? (2 John 1:7)
What about imperfect Jude, Jesus' half-brother, who JUDGED heretics and called them "clouds without rain, TWICE DEAD AND PLUCKED UP BY THE ROOTS"? (Jude 1:12)
An Adventist heretic recently quoted that Scripture and told me that I "SHOULDN'T JUDGE their doctrine" and that I "should only talk about the love of Jesus".
I told her that she must be HOLIER than Jesus because even He, THE PERSONIFICATION OF Divine Love, DID NOT ALWAYS talk about "God's Love".
I also told her SHE IS A HYPOCRITE because she HAD NOT CONTACTED HER OWN RELIGION AND TOLD THEM to talk "ONLY ABOUT THE LOVE OF JESUS" AND STOP JUDGING Catholics and Evangelicals as they continually do, since they brag about being "God's true church".
A religion invented a mere 150 years ago cannot be "God's true church" when His Church has been in existence since the first century A.D.
The Bible says we are to JUDGE THE ANGELS (1 Corinthians 6:3).
So, if Christians cannot judge things OF THIS WORLD based on God's Word, we're in big trouble.
WHAT WAS JESUS TALKING ABOUT?
He was talking ABOUT NITPICKING.
He was talking about religious hypocrites WHO STRAIN OUT A TINY GNAT but SWALLOW A WHOLE CAMEL.
They're not the least bit interested in the millions of damnable doctrines that affect a person's salvation.
They never bother TELLING THEM "hey, what you're teaching is NOT the Gospel and CONTRADICTS God".
They're NOT even grateful for SPECIAL revelation from God's Spirit and Word.
ALL THEY CARE about is removing that "little speck" out of their brother's eye.
I encounter them EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE.
Jesus wasn't saying NOT to judge anything, ever.
He was saying DON'T FOCUS ON SMALL, UNIMPORTANT things, TO THE NEGLECT of larger, CONSEQUENTIAL ones.
Don't split theological HAIRS, when you're letting HUGE LOGS get by WITHOUT EVEN A WORD OF PROTEST.
Don't CRITICIZE inconsequential stuff.
JUDGE WHAT REALLY MATTERS, based on His word.
Those things that AFFECT an individual's ETERNAL DESTINY ARE WHAT REALLY MATTERS.
THAT is a doctrinal PLANK.
All else is "speck".
Leave it ALONE.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE WORD
"AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH, SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS AND MY THOUGHTS THAN YOUR THOUGHTS...SO IS MY WORD THAT GOES OUT FROM MY MOUTH: IT WILL NOT RETURN TO ME EMPTY, BUT WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT I DESIRE and ACHIEVE THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH I SENT IT" (Isaiah 55:9-11).
Again and again people ask about someone they're trying to bring to saving faith in Christ:
WHAT can I do?
WHAT would you say?
HOW would you present the Gospel?
The answers are:
1) ALL you can do is present the true Gospel of Grace, which offers FREE, UNCONDITIONAL salvation TO EVERYONE who receives Christ into their hearts and TRUSTS His Goodness, instead of their own.
2. We CANNOT FORCE ANYONE to receive Christ.
They - and they ALONE - can make that decision.
3) I would present the Gospel the same way I've been presenting it on this website for almost 11 years, the same way I state it above.
We tend to think "it's our fault" when someone does not receive Christ immediately: that we "did something wrong" in presenting it, didn't go a "good enough job", left something out", or "should have said this or the other."
Scripture tells us THAT NO ONE can come to Christ unless the Father draws them (John 6:65).
It also tells us every human has THE GOD GIVEN RIGHT to receive Jesus or REJECT Jesus (Revelation 22:17).
We can present the clearest gospel and/or greatest evangelistic message and they STILL have that right.
If they WON'T receive Jesus, there's NOTHING we can do.
How many people rejected Jesus BACK IN THE FIRST CENTURY, despite His tremendous teaching which He backed up with GREAT MIRACLES?
NO ONE will ever present the Gospel better than He did, nor DEMONSTRATE IT more convincingly.
'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they LISTENED TO my teaching, they will LISTEN to yours also" (John 15:20).
All we can do is sow the Word, the Gospel of Salvation. The rest is in God's hands and theirs.
The other thing to keep in mind is that NOT EVERYONE comes to Christ WHEN WE WANT.
And while it would be great if everyone came to Christ TODAY, and even though "today" IS THE DAY of Salvation, every individual has a different "today" (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE the power of God's Word.
Once you put Him OUT THERE, He will NOT return empty.
He will do what He set out to accomplish.
He will ACHIEVE HIS PURPOSE.
We must NEVER give up on God's Word.
I have sown the Gospel and, admittedly, nearly given up on bringing that soul to Salvation.
I have sown Gospel seeds 30 years ago, that have only sprouted (praise Jesus!) JUST RECENTLY.
They remained "dormant" ALL THOSE YEARS, until... BOOM!
Our assignment is TO PREACH THE GOOD NEWS.
Once we do our part, we must allow the Holy Spirit to do His.
Once we do our part, it's in His hands.
And God's "timing" is always PERFECT.
TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015
As believers in Jesus Christ, what should be our #1 priority?
ON WHAT should we focus our attention, ABOVE ALL ELSE?
Should our first priority be studying God's Word, perfecting God's Love, growing in faith? Should it be prayer?
As important as all these things are, they are not the #1 priority for Christians.
Our Lord Jesus Christ told us what our first priority must be.
Amazingly, He didn't say it was studying God's Word. He did say you should "search the scriptures". But as precious as the written word is, that's not it.
Even though God is love, he didn't say priority number one was love.
Even though without faith it's impossible to please Him, He never said priority number one was growing in faith.
So, what is every Christian's number #1 priority? Here are Jesus' words:
"SEEK FIRST (before anything else) the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and ALL THESE THINGS will be ADDED unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
Priority number one for every Christian (it should be priority number one for non-Christians, as well) is to seek FIRST God's kingdom.
We are to seek His KINGDOM (within us) and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, NOT OUR OWN.
When we do, God's OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS is added unto us (2nd Corinthians 5:21).
"All these things" which, in context, refers to the basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing will also be "added".
WE ARE TO SEEK God's KINGDOM INSIDE OF US, EVERY SINGLE DAY OF OUR LIVES - BEFORE seeking ANY THING ELSE.
WHY is that THE MOST IMPORTANT thing for us to do?
Because when we receive Jesus as Lord His Kingdom comes into us, into our spirits.
Because it's in that Kingdom inside our spirits, where we find and manifest His Righteousness.
Because that's where our born-again Nature is located.
Because that's where God Himself lives by His Holy Spirit and in the Person of Jesus.
Because love and faith are the fruit of the spirit. They come from the Kingdom of God inside our spirit. They don't come from anywhere else.
Trying to manifest God's perfect love, or the faith of God, IN OUR OWN STRENGTH, APART FROM his HOLY Spirit, is an exercise in futility.
These attributes of God come from only one source, God Himself.
Can't get them any other way.
Now that we have Almighty God, the Holy One Himself, Love Himself, Faith Himself, Righteousness Himself, living in us, OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS TO FOCUS ON HIM. On HIS Kingdom, on HIS Presence, in the deepest, innermost parts of our being.
SEEK JESUS, HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, BEFORE you seek anyone or anything else.
Our God is A REWARDER OF those who DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM (Hebrews 11:6).
MONDAY, JULY 13, 2015
GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Righteousness is AWESOME.
It's tremendous and PRICELESS.
Ephesians 6:14 tells us to put on the BREASTPLATE of righteousness.
Paul uses the analogy of Roman armor which was the most advanced defensive and offensive weapon at the time.
The breastplate is what covers the vital organs in the human body: the heart, the lungs, the stomach, the liver, the intestines.
WITHOUT THE BREASTPLATE a soldier would be virtually NAKED AND VULNERABLE.
There are millions of "Christians" who quote that Scripture, "put on the breastplate" of righteousness, and they are defeated.
Many are even UNSAVED.
Here's the problem: they put on THEIR OWN "righteousness".
Problem is, THEY HAVEN'T GOT ANY.
Hence, they have NO BREASTPLATE.
Hence, their vital organs are EXPOSED.
Hence, they're fair game for Satan not only to wallop but also to use for target practice.
I don't care WHAT you've done or haven't done, YOU HAVE NO RIGHTEOUSNESS OF YOUR OWN.
Before God's PERFECT righteousness ALL our righteousness is AS FILTHY RAGS (Isaiah 64:6).
ALL the righteousness in the universe BELONGS TO JESUS.
THERE IS NO RIGHTEOUSNESS Besides His Perfect Righteousness,.
Brothers and sisters you can scour the entire, ever expanding universe in search of righteousness and YOU WON'T FIND ANY RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE (Psalm 53:1,3; Romans 3:12; Titus 3:5).
The ONLY righteousness that exists, the only righteousness there is, the ONLY righteousness you'll find, and the only righteousness YOU NEED is Jesus' OWN righteousness.
He gives us THE GIFT of HIS OWN PERFECT righteousness when we give Him ALL our hearts (2 Corinthians 5:21).
THAT'S the only righteousness you'll ever find.
And, I got news for Satan, terrorists, religion, and everyone else:
Against Jesus' Righteousness THERE IS NO LAW.
NOTHING and NO ONE on this earth, or in the entire universe, can STAND AGAINST Jesus' Righteousness!
That is why Paul (who had murdered hundreds of Christians prior to his conversion) can CONFIDENTLY AND BOLDLY SAY:
"There is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).
If Christ Himself has MADE US righteous -- with His own RIGHTEOUSNESS -- WHO will accuse His elect? (Romans 8:33)
There is NO ACCUSATION, no guilt and NO CONDEMNATION that can stand against JESUS' PERFECT, INFINITE, ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
THAT'S THE BREASTPLATE of which you need to be THOROUGHLY convinced:
ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that Jesus has given it to you as His UNCONDITIONAL GIFT.
THAT'S THE BREASTPLATE that you need to strap on. And KEEP ON -- at ALL TIMES.
SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2015
FRANCIS & THE DONALD
The current Pope and the leading Republican candidate for President seem to share one trait, if nothing else:
They both love to hog the limelight.
It's fascinating to see how the media treats these two otherwise VERY DIFFERENT individuals:
They lavish praise on Francis turning him into a media superstar because he promotes their leftist, "wealth is evil, capitalism is evil" socialist agenda.
They assail Trump branding him a racist and hate monger because he promotes capitalism, restoring GREATNESS to America - which, in their contorted worldview is probably one of the greatest "evils", if not THE greatest - and, most of all, BECAUSE HE REFUSES TO PLAY BY THEIR RULES.
He also refuses to play by WASHINGTON'S rules.
While Europe was preoccupied with tumbling markets and the possible Grexit (exit from the EU by Greece, which is up to its eyeballs in debt, yet defiantly refuses to abide by any "austerity measures" imposed by the EU), Trump and Francis dominated the headlines.
Francis was at it again this week, visiting several countries in his native South America, preaching the evils of capitalism, calling it "the devil's dung", and commiserating with that "champion of human rights", cocaine trafficker and Bolivian communist dictator Evo Morales, who presented Francis with a rare and rather appropriate "gift" OF A CRUCIFIX MOUNTED ON THE COMMUNIST SYMBOLS OF THE HAMMER AND SICKLE.
I will say ONE GOOD THING about Francis, though: he did apologize for the "great evils" committed "in the Name of God" by his religion on the indigenous people of the Americas.
Some might argue it's WAY TOO LITTLE for the horrendous atrocities committed, and 500 years TOO LATE, but recognizing one's sins is always the first step toward redemption.
But it was THE DONALD who carried the week: media guys just COULDN'T STOP talking about him.
He practically monopolized both the airwaves and print media.
He got exposure YOU COULDN'T BUY.
And their assault on Trump (not to mention that of Hollywood celebrities and quasi-celebrities) HAS BACKFIRED.
The more they piled on him, the more he's risen in the polls, sending Jeb Bush down to second place.
I've never cared much for Trump of his personal lifestyle, but the reason for his rise in popularity is not just Celebrity Apprentice, or Miss Universe, or the fact he owns vast real estate holdings and is worth billions.
Nor is it his comments about ILLEGAL immigrants (which part of ILLEGAL- ILLEGAL - ILLEGAL don't these people get?)
Nor is it as some leftist clown proposed on Huffington Post that he's tapped into an underlying racist streak in Republican voters.
It's because of the 20 or so Republican aspirants to the presidency, he's THE ONLY ONE who's saying WHAT MANY AMERICANS WANT TO HEAR:
That our country's going down the tubes FAST, and we'd like to see it restored to greatness.
It remains to be seen whether Trump's actions match his rhetoric, but AT LEAST HE SEES the problems (from a political point of view) and PROPOSES TO SOLVE THEM.
Though I'm not affiliated with either party, I like and could see myself voting for a few of the Republican candidates - I could never, under any circumstance, vote for Hillary - BUT NONE OF THESE GUYS SEEM TO GET IT.
They're ALL SLAVES TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.
I just don't see ANY GUY or GAL among the potential candidates with the INTELLIGENCE, NEGOTIATING SKILLS, and STRENGTH OF CHARACTER to confront and defeat the many evils we face.
And for God's sakes STOP TALKING about Ronald Reagan!
He was President in 1980. It's 2015. We're living IN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT WORLD that poses TOTALLY DIFFERENT CHALLENGES.
The main reason Trump is rising in the polls is because he's THE ONLY ONE IN THE BUNCH with the guts TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS.
SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015
WHY DO YOU CALL ME GOOD?
I love Jesus, I love Jesus, I love Jesus...
He could SEE right through the DIM VEIL OF religious pretense, cut to the chase, and hit people right between the eyes with incontrovertible Truth.
Truly, as John so clearly said, "He KNEW what was in man" (John 2:25).
We have a beautiful example of this in the Gospel of Mark 10:17-22 where a rich young man goes up to Jesus, falls on his knees before Him and asks "GOOD TEACHER, what MUST I DO to inherit eternal life"?
NOT only did Jesus answer his question brilliantly, He PREEMPTED this young man's self-righteousness as well as the idolatry in his heart.
Jesus KNEW IN ADVANCE that the young man would CLAIM to have KEPT ALL the 10 Commandments (Mark 10:20).
Jesus, of course, KNEW BETTER.
He had already stated that NO ONE had kept the Law (John 7:19).
In fact, by telling the young man that "he lacked ONE thing" which was to SELL EVERYTHING, GIVE IT TO THE POOR AND FOLLOW HIM, He was clearly showing that the young man was VIOLATING THE VERY FIRST COMMANDMENT by having "other gods" before Him.
In HIS PARTICULAR CASE, it was Mammon, the "god of wealth".
That this is TRUE was proven by the fact the rich young ruler went away SAD.
He NEVER EXPECTED Jesus to answer that way.
He expected Jesus to COMMEND him for his religious zeal, pat him on the back for ALLEGEDLY "keeping" all the commandments, and assure him that he had EARNED eternal life.
He wanted to EARN his salvation through HIS OWN DEEDS.
Hence, his question "WHAT MUST I DO"...?
Jesus told him: FORGET IT!
"WHY do you call me good?" NO ONE IS GOOD-EXCEPT God ALONE" (Mark 10:18).
Oh, that people of ALL RELIGIONS - including "Christian" religions - would understand THAT GREAT TRUTH!
NO ONE IS GOOD, EXCEPT GOD.
There's no GOODNESS, NO RIGHTEOUSNESS, ANYWHERE, except God's.
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through ANY religion.
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation - as this young man wanted - through WHAT WE DO, or DON'T do.
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through keeping the law (Torah).
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation though "commandment keeping".
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through "good works" or through "obedience".
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through 24-hour Sabbath keeping.
That's WHY it's USELESS to try to gain salvation through ANYTHING OR ANYONE -- OTHER THAN -- God Himself.
That's WHY Jesus is THE ONLY WAY of Salvation!!!
Not ONE of the "ways", but THE ONLY WAY.
Because JESUS IS GOD!!! Hence, Jesus IS GOOD!
Because there is NO GOODNESS but His!!!
That's why THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED IS TO GET JESUS AND HIS GOODNESS CREDITED TO you.
Jesus was telling the young man UP FRONT:
"Baloney! You CLAIM to have kept all the Commandments, but I KNOW YOU HAVEN'T.
I know your heart, and you're breaking THE VERY FIRST commandment right now. Your god is wealth and you prefer wealth OVER me.
Eternal Life is A GIFT that I freely bestow on those who TRUST ME.
There's NOTHING YOU CAN DO to merit eternal life. NOTHING!!!
Despite claiming to follow the law and keeping the "10 Commandments", YOU ARE NOT RIGHTEOUS:
THERE ARE NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE! (Psalm 53:1).
THERE'S ONLY ONE THAT IS GOOD.
ONLY GOD IS GOOD".
That's why ONLY JESUS (God Himself) IS "GOOD ENOUGH" TO SAVE US.
We're raptured NOT BECAUSE WE'RE "SO GOOD" that we "deserve it"...
We're saved NOT BECAUSE WE'RE GOOD...
But BECAUSE JESUS IS GOOD!!!
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015
EYES ON JESUS
At a time when the Body of Christ should be FIXATED on its Head (Jesus), our attention is on EVERYTHING BUT...
What is the Church focused on?
- Invented "conspiracy theories".
- A nebulous "new world order", which is NOT FOUND ANYWHERE in the Bible.
- An Islamic Antichrist. NOT!!!
- Islamic world domination. An even more emphatic NOT!!!
- An UNBIBLICAL "7-year peace treaty".
- A nonexistent "Planet X" or "Nibiru"
- Islamic Eschatology
- The Islamic Mahdi
- So-called "blood moons"
- Gog and Magog, which the Bible clearly states won't happen until AFTER the Millennium (Revelation 20:8-10).
- Some idiotic FEAR BASED thing they watched on YouTube
- Gay Marriage
- "Taking America Back" (too late)
- The latest sensationalist news item being pushed on TV or the internet.
We can blame SOME of this on relentless conditioning by the Kristian media, which has fostered this religious "entertainment" mentality.
But we can't blame OTHERS for OUR CHOICES.
Ultimately, WE must take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Nobody forces us to read a silly book about Islamic world domination, or watch an even sillier video on some "secret society" taking over the planet.
Nobody forces us to search the internet for Nostradamus or the "blood moons".
We do that all ON OUR OWN.
You realize what you're doing, don't you?
YOU'RE TAKING YOUR EYES OFF JESUS!
Every moment, every SECOND you devote to such things which have an APPEARANCE of "godliness", but deny the power thereof, IS A MOMENT YOU'RE TAKING AWAY FROM JESUS.
If you really belong to Jesus, if He really IS your Lord, YOUR TIME belongs to Him.
Your ATTENTION belongs to Him, and Him ALONE.
If most Christians spent HALF the time they devote to such UNFRUITFUL pursuits communing with the Savior inside themselves...
If they spent half the time they spend searching for some religious fantasy on the internet, searching the New Testament...
If they spent HALF that time seeking a deeper relationship with Christ...
If they spent that time, seeking the INNER Jesus, with whom they're already ONE SPIRIT...
We'd have a VERY different Church.
We'd have a strong, unmovable Church SOLIDLY built on the Rock.
Instead, we have a Church built on sand and blown about by "every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14).
Christians SAY they "want the Rapture", yet they're focused on everything BUT the One who WILL Rapture them.
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015
WOMEN AND RELIGION
"Husbands... BE CONSIDERATE as you live with your wives, and TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT as the weaker partner and AS JOINT HEIRS WITH YOU of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers." (1 Peter 3:7)
"woman is THE GLORY OF man" (1 Corinthians 11:7)
A while back we heard from a man who had been unfaithful to his wife, said he had repented, and wanted to know if his pastor had the right to tell him to move out of the house and live elsewhere until he deemed it appropriate for the cheating husband to return home.
I replied that no such thing is taught in Scripture.
I also said that while the pastor had NO BIBLICAL GROUNDS to give such order, or expect anyone in his congregation to follow it, I could see him intervening in such way and being ADAMANT about it ONLY if there was some real heinous crime committed in order to protect the victim(s).
Harry (not his real name) assured me he had "just" had a few "dates" with a woman who isn't his wife - and that that was the full extent of his sin.
He'd been told by the pastor to move out of the house for an INDEFINITE PERIOD.
He kept asking questions and whining about his situation, and I kept answering that the Bible gives no authority to a pastor to control when a husband can live in his own home, with his own family, and when he can't.
When we'd gone back and forth about 4 rounds, I couldn't take it any more and said:
"You've told me WHAT THE PASTOR says and how YOU FEEL, WHAT DOES YOUR WIFE have to say about it?"
After all, SHE IS THE INJURED PARTY:
SHE is the main victim. SHE is the one whose trust you betrayed, the one whose marriage vows you broke, and the one whose feelings you hurt really badly.
Does SHE want you back home? How does SHE feel about this painful incident?
I haven't heard a word from Harry since.
Even when we sent a follow up letter couple of weeks later saying we were praying for his situation to be resolved and were ready to help with pertinent advice, if needed, we got stone cold silence.
Not even a "thank you".
This guy had cheated on his wife and HE AND THE PASTOR were trying to manipulate each other, outmaneuver each other, engaging in a power struggle, a religious "rules and regulations" war, WHILE THE INJURED WIFE'S NEEDS AND FEELINGS WERE BEING TOTALLY IGNORED.
They DIDN'T CARE how she felt, or what she thought.
HER needs, feelings and wishes HAD NOT EVEN BEEN CONSIDERED.
Evidently, neither the husband nor the "pastor" HAD EVEN BOTHERED TO ASK how she felt or what she wanted.
It was all a battle of wills between the pastor and the husband!!!
With husbands and pastors like that, WHO NEEDS SATAN?
I still wish well to all involved in this unpleasant and difficult situation.
I still hope it has a peaceful and beneficial resolution for everyone, including the children, and particularly for the poor wife.
Unfortunately, this is NOT an isolated case.
Granted, it's rather unusual for a pastor TO DEMAND that a husband move out and REMAIN out of his own home indefinitely, while receiving "counseling", and pending the pastor's APPROVAL to return.
However, while all pastors do not go to such extreme, this is how "Christian" religion treats women, and has treated women since the 4th century.
And the same hypocrites that condemn the religion invented in the 4th century, STILL FOLLOW ITS UNBIBLICAL MODEL and treat women as insignificant DOORMATS, whose feelings, words, opinions and wishes are deemed IRRELEVANT - even under circumstances that affect them DIRECTLY, even when women are the victims.
They take Scripture OUT OF CONTEXT not only to subjugate women, not only to KEEP THEM (horror of horrors!) from preaching the Gospel, WINNING SOULS to Christ, and teaching God's Word, but to treat them as worthless, INCONSEQUENTIAL, fourth rate believers, who should submissively "do as they're told" and NEVER express ANY opinions.
... All the while COMPOUNDING THEIR HYPOCRISY -- by taking THEIR MONEY!!!!
It's women, NOT MEN, who support 70% of so-called "ministries".
If it WEREN'T for the very women that STUPID, ARROGANT, INSECURE, Misogynist "pastors" dismiss and belittle, they WOULDN'T HAVE ANY ministry.
Keep trampling YOUR GLORY, fools...
That's WHY you have NO GLORY.
Thank God, THERE ARE exceptions.
Not every Christian pastor, husband, or congregation holds such views.
Unfortunately, TOO MANY STILL DO.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015
Does being nice and humble preclude speaking out against abuses and heresies?
Are Christians supposed to say ONLY nice things about other professing Christians?
Are we supposed to stick our heads in the sand, like the proverbial ostrich, and PRETEND none of the ugly stuff is going on?
Are Christians ever allowed to express righteous anger?
And is it true that Jesus would never use "such language"?
We will let the Scriptures speak for themselves.
Sweet, lovely, wonderful Jesus, the Personification of Love, is ON RECORD calling His fellow Jews "HYPOCRITES, generation of vipers, children of hell, blind guides, unclean and full of iniquity" [Matthew 23:14-33].
For good measure, He added that thieves and whores would enter the Kingdom ahead of them [Matthew 21:31].
Not only did Jesus get angry at the Scribes and Pharisees of His day, but actually made a whip out of cords and THREW THEM OUT OF HIS TEMPLE [John 2:15; Matthew 21:12; Mark 11:15].
I haven't driven anyone out with cords yet, although I admit being tempted to...
I WISH the Church behaved in such exemplary fashion, and that its purported leaders were so spiritual that I NEVER had to say anything.
I WISH there were no greed, manipulation, hypocrisy, and scamming going on.
I WISH Jesus was THE FOCUS of attention, instead of Mammon.
Until that happens, true ministers of Christ have the right, indeed THE OBLIGATION to speak out against evil.
It's the shepherd's duty to PROTECT THE FLOCK, and not let it be devoured by hirelings or wolves in sheep's clothing.
Every true man of God in the Bible, from Samuel to Nathan, from Jeremiah to Ezekiel, from John to Paul did JUST THAT.
Jesus Himself, who is our Supreme Example, did it.
This is what sweet, lovely Jesus said PUBLICLY and OUT LOUD to some of His Jewish brethren:
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation" [Matthew 23:14].
If Jesus said all that BACK THEN, I wonder WHAT He'd say TODAY after watching 10 minutes of "Christian" television.
TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2015
BODY OF MOSES
In Jude 1:9 we have the following narrative:
"Yet Michael the archangel, WHEN CONTENDING WITH THE DEVIL AS HE DISPUTED ABOUT THE BODY OF Moses, DID NOT BOLDLY BRING AGAINST HIM A RAILING ACCUSATION, but said, The Lord rebuke you".
Much has been made of this cryptic passage.
WHAT did Satan want with Moses' body?
WHY would he dispute with Michael about it?
Some, like Origen, claim that Jude was quoting from an extant extra-biblical text called The Assumption of Moses.
That's possible, but we'll never know for sure, since only a portion of the manuscript has survived.
Some have suggested that Satan wanted Moses' physical body so he could possess it.
Possession comes BY INVITATION:
Someone has opened the door wide to Satan and demons, OUT OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL.
That WAS NOT THE CASE with Moses, who was/is a prophet of God.
Others say that Satan wanted to disclose the location where God had buried Moses' body to turn it into a shrine and bring Israelites into idolatrous worship of Moses (Deuteronomy 34:5-6).
That's a bunch of baloney. Moses had given them a Law that EXPRESSLY FORBIDS such worship under penalty of both physical and spiritual death (Exodus 20:3).
And, besides, even though Jews DON'T KNOW - or for that matter, NO ONE ELSE KNOWS -the precise location where Moses was buried, SOME OF THEM WORSHIP Moses ANYWAY -- although they won't openly admit it.
According to Daniel 12:1 Michael is "THE GREAT PRINCE WHICH STANDS FOR THE CHILDREN OF YOUR PEOPLE".
In context "your people" (He was talking to Daniel) are the Israelites and Jews.
1 Corinthians 10:2 says, regarding the Israelites:
"THEY WERE ALL BAPTIZED INTO Moses in the cloud and in the sea."
Thus natural Israelites BECAME "THE BODY OF Moses".
Same way we Christians are ALL baptized by one Spirit into Christ and thus become "the Body of Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
Thus Michael and Satan were contending over Israel (the body of Moses), WHICH SATAN -- NO DOUBT-- WANTED TO ACCUSE and DESTROY.
By doing so, he would have made it impossible for the Messiah to appear, since God had promised He would be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name God later changed to "Israel" (Genesis 35:10-12; Numbers 24:17-19; Matthew 1:2).
Had Satan succeeded, there would be NO REDEMPTION for Israelites, OR ANYONE ELSE.
We have a similar incident in Zechariah 3:1-2 where Satan is standing before THE ANGEL OF the Lord (Michael) TO ACCUSE Joshua the high priest.
There, the Lord (through Michael) also says to Satan "the LORD, WHO HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM, REBUKE YOU!"
Both these incidents took place BEFORE JESUS APPEARED, WENT TO CALVARY, DEFEATED SATAN, ROSE FROM THE DEAD and ascended to heaven.
Some use these passages to say that ALL we can do with regards to Satan is to "rebuke him" in Jesus' Name.
We can definitely do that, but we are to live, act, and speak in Jesus' Authority (Matthew 28:18-19;1 Peter 4:11).
And Jude is SPECIFICALLY REFERRING TO THE UNGODLY who speak disrespectfully of authorities, NOT to Christians (Jude 1:4; 5-14).
While we DO NOT engage in so-called "SPIRITUAL WARFARE" (NEWSFLASH to many Pentecostals: JESUS ALREADY WON the war and DEFEATED SATAN - DECISIVELY - ONCE AND FOR ALL), the New Testament says we STAND against Satan (Ephesians 6:10-13), we RESIST Satan (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9), and WE SPEAK to him when necessary IN JESUS' AUTHORITY (Luke 10:19; Acts 1:8; 16:16-18).
The Word assures us that when the Church GOES UP Satan and his angels COME DOWN (Revelation 12:5).
At that time, Michael won't be quite so "polite" and will do A LOT MORE than saying "the Lord rebuke you":
He will LITERALLY AND FORCIBLY kick Satan and his angels' behinds out of heaven (Revelation 12:7-9).
Since God is God, and His Word ALWAYS HAPPENS, there's a time for Him to pronounce judgment against Satan and a time to simply say "the Lord rebuke you".
There is A SPECIFIC TIME designated for God to judge Satan, first by EVICTING HIM and his angels from heaven, casting them down to the earth, and BANISHING THEM from the heavenly realm forever (Revelation 12:7-9)
Secondly, by LOCKING HIM IN THE ABYSS FOR 1,000 YEARS during the Millennium (Revelation 20:1-3).
And, FINALLY, by SENTENCING HIM TO THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ALL ETERNITY (Revelation 20:10).
Until that happens, it should be very comforting to Jews and Christians to know that GOD HAS REBUKED the creep both in regards to the Body of Moses (natural Israel) and the Body of Christ (spiritual Israel), a/k/a THE CHURCH.
In other words, He is IN COVENANT with us, and has us COVERED.
Glory to Jesus for all eternity! Amen and amen.
MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015
"Jesus answered: WATCH OUT THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU. For MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, CLAIMING I AM the Messiah, and WILL DECEIVE MANY" (Matthew 24:4-5).
As always, Jesus is THE Truth.
This statement has double meaning: it means that many would come CLAIMING to be the Messiah.
But also that many would come (supposedly in Jesus' Name, supposedly Christian) PROFESSING "faith" in Jesus as the Messiah AND WOULD DECEIVE MANY.
Although Jesus warned repeatedly of such deception, His warning seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
In the 20th century alone, 23 individuals claimed to be either the reincarnation of Jesus, the Second Coming of Jesus, or both.
Among them were the infamous Jim Jones, Haile Selassie, former Emperor of Ethiopia and the Rastafari "messiah", Sun Myung Moon, David Koresh, and Puerto Rican deceiver and religious opportunist Jose Luis Miranda.
All these false prophets and antichrists have died and gone to hell for their unbelief, and for preaching a false gospel.
And we got 5 new "messiahs", so far, in the 21st century.
That means some new "messiah" is emerging every three years.
This begs the question, HOW can all these self-anointed "messiahs" DECEIVE SO MANY SO EASILY?
HOW do these deceivers GET SO MANY PEOPLE to BLINDLY follow them, give them EVERYTHING - and I mean EVERY thing - money, possessions, children, families, soul and body?
HOW do they get them to become SO SUBSERVIENT that they'll follow THE DECEIVERS ANYWHERE, leaving everything behind, without any objection, no questions asked?
All 909 people could have refused to follow Jim Jones to Guyana.
Had they done so their lives would have been spared.
BUT they DIDN'T.
Jim said "let's go" and THEY SUBMISSIVELY followed, taking over 300 innocent children with them who were also murdered in this awful tragedy.
There are multiple factors that contribute to this rampant deception. However, the PRINCIPAL REASON these individuals are deceived is:
They DON'T KNOW the Bible.
Hence, they DON'T KNOW the REAL Christ.
In case you're thinking "well, that COULD NEVER happen TO ME", think again.
It COULD happen to ANYONE who doesn't know Jesus PERSONALLY and INTIMATELY, and who doesn't know His written Word.
It may not always END in mass murder, the way it ended for most of these hapless idolaters, but you can be just as deceived by THE MANY DECEIVERS -- that (unfortunately) OUTNUMBER the preachers of the true Gospel of Grace-- and GO STRAIGHT TO HELL.
Taking Jones as an example, I have read his bio, and have watched numerous documentaries about him on PBS, History Channel and, more recently, on CNN.
Every time one of the Jonestown survivors is interviewed, he or she invariably says that they thought THIS GUY ACTUALLY WAS Jesus Christ in His Second Coming.
They're NOT the least bit embarrassed to say that in front of the cameras, for everyone to hear.
Of course, secular reporters will never ask them:
"HOW could you even remotely think this guy was Jesus? Are you really THAT STUPID?"
All predatory cult leaders like Jones, Charles Manson, and David Koresh, actively pursue, attract and take advantage of the marginalized, dysfunctional and disenfranchised.
However, the MAIN REASON groupies buy their lies is THEY DON'T KNOW JESUS and they DON'T KNOW HIS WORD.
This is WHY it's SO IMPORTANT - especially in this day and age of galloping deception -- that we study God's Word FOR OURSELVES, commune DIRECTLY with Him in Spirit, and compare ANY TEACHING we hear or read WITH JESUS' WRITTEN WORD.
That's why He gave us the Bible to begin with: So that we would know WHO HE REALLY IS, WHAT HE REALLY SAID and DID - and NOT be easily deceived (Acts 17:11).
HOW could these individuals believe Jim Jones was Jesus in His Second Coming when HE HAD NO KINGDOM on earth?
When HE WASN'T RULING THE WORLD but merely a rather small group of dysfunctional, emotionally needy people?
When nations were NOT subject to him?
When he made predictions that NEVER HAPPENED?
When the earth was not restored to Edenic condition, as will be the case, according to Scripture, when Jesus returns?
When the guy voraciously engaged in extramarital and homosexual activity with members of his cult?
When he was A HATEFUL TYRANT?
When he promoted FEAR, not love? (1 John 4:16-18).
When he manipulated and blackmailed others into SUBMISSION (Revelation 22:17).
When he abused men, women and children?
When he outlawed free will?
When he was a drug addict?
When members of his cult were being physically, emotionally, mentally and sexually abused?
When he OPENLY REJECTED the Bible, which is where we learn about Jesus in the first place? (Matthew 4:4).
When NO ONE ever saw him perform ANY miracle?
I could go on and on.
ALL of these things are stated in the Bible.
Jones contradicted ALL OF THEM.
Yet these poor, misguided souls REALLY, TOTALLY and BLINDLY BELIEVED he was Jesus.
That proves THEY DIDN'T KNOW the Bible. And, even more importantly, that THEY DIDN'T KNOW Jesus.
Since that fateful day, Joneston survivors have either turned to paganism, or shunned religion, although some still claim to "believe in God" and "believe in Christ".
I genuinely feel sorry for these pitiful, gullible, utterly deceived individuals. And it's not my intention to attack or criticize them.
They all lost loved ones, have been totally traumatized by the Jones experience and, as a result, are emotionally scarred for life.
As great a tragedy as the November 18, 1978, mass murder of over 900 members of People's Temple was, here's AN EVEN GREATER tragedy:
I have NOT HEARD ONE Jonestown survivor say:
"Wow! I look back on it now and ask myself: HOW could I have bought Jim's act, and all his lies which CONTRADICT the real Christ again and again?"
"How could I have been SO DECEIVED WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS ________ about Jesus, and Jim was THE EXTREME OPPOSITE?"
These people HAVE NOT LEARNED ANYTHING from this painful experience, and would be just as easily deceived today as they were four decades ago.
They STILL DON'T KNOW God's Word.
They DIDN'T KNOW Jesus then, and DON'T KNOW Jesus today.
SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015
STRAIGHT AND NARROW
In Matthew 7:13, 14 Jesus says the following:
"Enter in AT THE NARROW GATE: for WIDE is the gate, and BROAD is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be who go in there: Because strait is the gate, and NARROW IS THE WAY, WHICH LEADS TO LIFE, and few there be that find it".
He made a similar statement in Luke 13:24:
"Strive to enter in at THE NARROW GATE: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able".
This, according to religious legalists, means that we are to live life constrained by all sorts of "don'ts".
That we are supposed to observe the law (torah), the 10 Commandments, the weekly Sabbath, Old Testament dietary laws, or a combination thereof.
That we are to belong to a certain religion or denomination, and live dull unexciting lives, following ts precepts, like circumcision or good works, in order to be saved...
Actually, you can read either passage and you'll find NO MENTION WHATSOEVER of any of the above: NO law keeping, NO 10 Commandment keeping, NO Sabbath keeping, NO dietary laws, NO circumcision, no "good works" and NO RELIGION.
So, WHAT was Jesus talking about?
It's not "what" but "WHO".
He was talking about Himself.
He is THE NARROW WAY...
He is THE ONLY WAY that leads to Salvation.
In fact, there is NO OTHER WAY, apart from Jesus Himself, that LEADS TO Salvation (Acts 4:11-12).
Didn't He SAY in John 14:6 "I AM THE WAY, the Truth and the Life: NO MAN comes unto the Father EXCEPT through me"?
Jesus is the NARROW GATE.
Didn't He ALSO say in John 10:9 "I am THE Gate; whoever enters through me WILL BE SAVED"?
You really need ALL KINDS OF religious intervention to mess that one up.
Didn't He also say in John 10:1 "I tell you the truth, the man WHO DOES NOT ENTER the sheep pen BY THE GATE, but climbs in by SOME OTHER WAY, is a thief and a robber"?
The NARROW Gate and NARROW Way is Jesus.
Jesus -- and ONLY Jesus -- leads to Salvation.
Religion tries to BROADEN the Gate and Way by SUBTRACTING from Jesus' PERFECT, COMPLETE work of Redemption, and ADDING ALL THE OTHER STUFF LISTED ABOVE.
Law keeping, 10 Commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping, dietary laws, good works, circumcision and membership in a denomination and religion ALL LEAD TO DAMNATION.
All who teach and preach that ALL THOSE "OTHER WAYS" ARE NECESSARY are thieves and robbers.
They have no right to even TALK about Salvation, since they themselves ARE LOST.
I'd CHOOSE the strait and narrow (Jesus ONLY) if I were you.
SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2015
"Stand firm therefore IN THE LIBERTY with which Christ has made us free, and DON'T BE ENTANGLED AGAIN WITH THE YOKE OF BONDAGE" (Galatians 5:1).
Entire nations have sacrificed - and are sacrificing - life and limb, even as we speak, for the sake of freedom.
Who ever heard of any individual or group that won a DECISIVE battle and, then, instead of rejoicing in that freedom, treasuring it, and PRESERVING IT, decided - OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL - to GIVE IT UP and go back TO BONDAGE and OPPRESSION?
NO ONE, in their right mind, would EVER do that.
NO ONE, in their right mind, HAS EVER done that.
NO ONE except so-called "Christians".
2,000 years ago JESUS WON THE BATTLE - OVERWHELMINGLY and DECISIVELY- OVER SIN, Satan, hell and death (Colossians 2:15).
He made us FOREVER FREE.
HE REMOVED - ONCE AND FOR ALL - THE SINS OF MANKIND - as far from us as east from west (Psalm 103:12; John 1:19; Hebrews 9:12,26; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).
And yet there are MILLIONS of self-professed "Christians" WHO DENY ALL THAT JESUS ACCOMPLISHED ON THEIR BEHALF - live as though it never happened - and insist on going back into bondage to a Law that has never saved ANYONE, and NEVER WILL (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
They and their puppeteer masters REFUSE the TOTAL FREEDOM of the Spirit that Jesus PAID SO HIGH A PRICE to procure (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
They WANT bondage.
They LIKE bondage.
Because bondage REQUIRES its SLAVES to WORK.
Because BONDAGE imposes FORCED LABOR on its slaves.
RELIGIOUS SLAVES WANT FORCED LABOR because THEY WANT CREDIT for their own salvation.
THAT'S to what it all boils down.
They want to go DEFIANTLY in front of God and say: "I don't care WHAT YOU DID, or the PRICE YOU PAID to free me. I'm saved BECAUSE I EARNED IT":
I EARNED IT because I "observed" a 24-hour unit of FINITE, RELATIVE "time" named Saturday.
I EARNED IT because I belonged to X denomination.
I EARNED IT because I congregated every Saturday or Sunday in that man-invented building.
I EARNED IT because I never got a blood transfusion.
I EARNED IT because I never saluted the flag.
I EARNED IT because I got dunked in water and someone uttered some magical words that will HELP JESUS save me.
I EARNED IT because I blindly followed the teachings of Charles, Joe, Mary, Alex, Herbie, Ron, or Ellen.
I EARNED IT because I did many "righteous works".
I EARNED IT because I am a "good person"
(Ha! I'd like to hear you utter THAT PIECE OF MANURE to God's Face).
I EARNED IT because I always ate kosher.
I EARNED IT because I had my penis circumcised.
I EARNED IT because I never celebrated those "pagan" holidays called Christmas and Easter.
I EARNED IT because I "kept" the 10 Commandments
(No you DIDN'T. LIAR!!!) John 7:19
That's WHY they REJECT - ON PURPOSE- the FREEDOM that Jesus bought them WITH HIS BLOOD.
If they accepted Salvation ON HIS TERMS THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO TAKE ANY PERSONAL CREDIT for it.
They'd have to fall on their faces and say:
LORD, there's NOTHING I can do -- or abstain from doing - in order to be saved. YOU DID IT ALL!!!
Salvation is ENTIRELY your GIFT OF LOVE to me.
All I can "do" is receive it.
Those who TOTALLY CREDIT JESUS for Salvation, HAVE IT ETERNALLY.
Those who WANT CREDIT for their own salvation, NEVER HAD IT and NEVER WILL...
THEY ARE HEADED FOR HELL, I don't care HOW MUCH SELF righteousness they THINK they got.
Unless they REPENT, STOP trusting their "own" righteousness, RECEIVE Christ into their hearts, and TRUST JESUS' RIGHTEOUSNESS 100%...
They aren't REAL Messianic Jews, nor REAL Christians.
They don't know the Messiah. They DON'T HAVE Christ (1 John 5:12).
All they got is DEAD RELIGION.
FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015
AS A THIEF
What did Jesus, Peter and Paul mean when they said the Day of the Lord would come "as a thief"?
Thieves DON'T ANNOUNCE THEIR ARRIVAL. No thief is ever going to say "hey, I'm coming to rob your house next Tuesday".
Thieves come, suddenly and unannounced.
Thieves seize what they came for, as quickly as they can, and leave.
They don't linger, or have second thoughts. They know what they're after. When they see it, they grab it and run.
Thieves come WHEN LEAST EXPECTED, usually when it's dark.
The world we're living in, is dark indeed. The only light, right now, are God's children, and God's Word.
Jesus is NOT the thief. He will come AS a thief, to quickly remove His Church from the earth, WHEN THE LIGHTS (sun, moon, stars) go out (Revelation 6:12).
The REAL thief, Jesus said, comes not but for to kill and steal and destroy (John 10:10).
For those who remain on earth, it will be very, very dark indeed.
Why? Because as the Church goes up, the REAL thief, Satan, will be cast down to earth, and will wreak havoc to the point of destroying many people and nearly destroying the planet (Revelation 12:9,12).
What'll follow will be death and destruction on an unfathomable scale.
Thank God, we who KNOW Jesus are NOT in darkness, that that day SHOULD OVERTAKE US AS A THIEF (1 Thessalonians 5:4).
He will come "AS a thief" only for those who REFUSE TO RECEIVE HIM.
For believers in Jesus Christ, the prospect of His APPEARING is the BEST, MOST JOYOUS NEWS THERE IS!
For the enemies of Christ, it's the most ominous and most frightening.
THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015
THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE
The standard teaching in both, evangelical circles, and by the prophecy establishment, is that these symbolic horses are in our future.
I'm not a preterist (God forbid, far from it), however, these horses are IN OUR PAST.
MOST of the events in the Book of Revelation are still in our "future".
The events in Revelation CHAPTER 6 are IN OUR PAST (the four horses), OUR PRESENT (the 5th seal) and OUR FUTURE (the 6th seal) which brings the beginning of the 3½ year tribulation and the Rapture (Revelation 1:19).
All the confusion about the timing of the horses stems from the fact that the prophecy establishment GETS THE FIRST HORSE WRONG.
Since they THINK it's the Antichrist - and he's in our "future" because he hasn't appeared yet - then THE HORSES THAT FOLLOW MUST ALSO be in our future.
The ENTIRE Book of Revelation is THE REVELATION OF Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1).
It's NOT the revelation of Antichrist.
The Antichrist is mentioned ONLY because Satan will be allowed to bring him out of the abyss to rule the earth 42 months (Revelation 13:5; 17:8).
Revelation BEGINS with THE RISEN JESUS who CONQUERED sin, Satan, death and hell (Revelation 1:18).
It ENDS with His TOTAL VICTORY over every enemy, His ETERNAL Kingdom on earth, followed by new heavens, new earth and New Jerusalem.
THE FIRST SEAL brought the white horse whose rider went forth "CONQUERING AND TO COME OFF VICTORIOUS".
This rider is NOT - repeat, is NOT - the Antichrist.
Unless, of course, we are dumb enough to think that Alexander WILL COME OFF VICTORIOUS at Armageddon and Jesus will be defeated (perish the very thought).
It's JESUS, therefore, who went forth CONQUERING (even death itself) and TO COME OFF VICTORIOUS.
Once we pin that down, the rest is easy:
King Jesus rides the WHITE HORSE which represents the first 400 years of Church history (each leg representing approximately a century) during which, His Church, peacefully, WITHOUT WEAPONS, by the sheer power of the Spirit of God and the Word of God CONQUERED the mightiest empire known to man, namely the Roman Empire.
The RED HORSE represents the next 400 years, from roughly 400-800 A.D. a turbulent period MARKED BY CONTINUOUS WARS, exactly as described.
DUE TO THE NUMEROUS WARS the Western portion of the Roman Empire collapsed during that time.
The BLACK HORSE represents the Dark Ages, the period from 800-1200 A.D. (from the 9th to the 13th century).
It was characterized by spiritual darkness, paganism infiltrating the Church, restricted access to the Bible, the feudal system, GRAIN EMBARGOES AND INFLATED PRICES, exactly as described.
The PALE HORSE runs from approximately 1200 to 1600 A.D.
During this time "The Plague" or "Black Death" killed THE FOURTH PART OF Europe's population (over 100 MILLION PEOPLE), EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED.
The Plague also affected most countries in northern Africa and the Middle East, and their populations.
The Black Death, as it turned out, was caused by "THE BEASTS OF THE EARTH" (rat's fleas).
It's a PERFECT fit.
The first 4 seals have already taken place, we are living the final moments of the 5th seal, and seals 6 and 7 are still in our "future".
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015
THE HUMAN TRINITY
"May your whole SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
In Genesis 1:28-28 we read that God made man in His Image and likeness.
God reveals Himself as ONE God who, at the same time, contains A PLURALITY within Himself.
Hence His Name Elohim ("gods").
Since man is created in God's Image, we find something similar in man.
The human "trinity" is comprised of spirit, soul and body.
There's ONE YOU:
Your spirit is totally you, yet it is different from your soul and body.
Your soul is totally you, yet it is different from your spirit and body.
And your body is totally you, yet it is different from your spirit and soul.
Everyone knows what the body is, since it's the visible part of our being.
However, there is much confusion about the spirit and the soul.
I have heard some "BIG names" on Kristian TV -- that, if I mentioned, you'd recognize instantly - say that the spirit and soul are "the same thing".
If they are, they need to correct God.
Because He clearly says in the verse quoted above that these three components make up the WHOLE of an individual.
"Therefore my heart is glad and MY SPIRIT REJOICES; MY BODY also rests securely:
because YOU WILL NOT LEAVE MY SOUL IN HELL or allow your holy one to decay" (Psalm 16:9-10).
And Hebrew 4:12 leaves no doubt whatsoever that the spirit and soul ARE DIFFERENT parts of the same human being:
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing EVEN TO THE DIVIDING ASUNDER OF SOUL AND SPIRIT, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart".
God is spirit. Therefore, when we receive Christ into our inner being, He is joined to our spirit and we become SPIRITUALLY born-again.
Your born-again spirit is INCAPABLE OF sinning.
The part of us THAT IS NOT YET BORN-AGAIN IS THE SOUL.
The soul (mind, will, emotions) is the part of us that IS CAPABLE OF SINNING.
It's THE SOUL that sins (Leviticus 5:1; Numbers 15:27; Ezekiel 18:4, 20).
Since the wages of sin is death, it's the soul that causes death.
The soul is the trouble maker.
It's the soul that needs to get saved.
It's the soul that needs to be born again.
The spirit is born-again when we receive Christ (and His Spirit) into our hearts (Romans 8:9).
The soul is born-again when we see Christ as He is, Face to face (1 John 3:2).
When the soul is born-again, it causes the transformation of our bodies from mortal to immortal (1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
1 Peter 1:9:
The end of our faith is the Salvation OF OUR SOULS.
That is the hope of every spiritually born-again child of God.
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