August 2015 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
Visions come from TWO sources: God and Satan.
In recent decades, the charismatic movement has brought visions to the forefront.
Unfortunately, like speaking in tongues, healing, and other manifestations of the Spirit that CAN BE real, ALLEGED "visions" have been used time and again TO DECEIVE AND MANIPULATE.
Every time some charlatan wants to push some ungodly and unbiblical doctrine he or she CLAIMS to have had "a vision".
Those on YouTube and Kristian TV who claim all kinds of "visions" from God ARE LIARS.
99% of CLAIMED VISIONS ARE LIES.
Again: 99% of purported "visions", by supposed "Christians", ARE LIES.
THE LIARS who CLAIM to have had those visions, DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING.
All they want is to manipulate dumb Christians into believing and following THEIR religious agenda.
Or to manipulate them into SENDING THEM MONEY.
HOW do I know they're liars?
God will NEVER give anyone a vision that CONTRADICTS His Word.
Again: God will NEVER give anyone a vision that CONTRADICTS His Word.
There ARE visions that come from God.
When they come from Him they ALWAYS - ALWAYS!!! - line up with His Word.
When someone writes me that they had a vision from God where He showed them the Rapture of the Church takes place in stages ("busloads") where those who merit it the most go in first, followed by the next in merit, and so on... I KNOW they're lying.
There is NOTHING in the Bible that says the Church gets raptured by order of merit.
According to Revelation 7:9 we ALL SHOW UP in heaven AT ONCE, as an INNUMERABLE MULTITUDE.
And according to Revelation 7:14 showing up there has NOTHING to do with personal merit:
The ONLY THING that qualifies us for that marvelous experience is that we "have washed our robes and MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB".
Glory to Jesus forevermore!
I KNOW, therefore, that God didn't give them ANY vision about the Rapture.
If they saw anything, that "vision" came from Satan, NOT FROM GOD (Matthew 4:8-10).
Prophets in the Old Testament were often called "seers" (1 Samuel 9:9; 1 Chronicles 29:29) .
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, Baalam, all had tremendous visions from God. So did Peter, Paul, John and Stephen.
From time to time, the Spirit of God would manifest and they would "see" certain things, which ALWAYS came to pass.
They sought God, NOT visions. God gave them visions sovereignly WHEN HE WILLED.
I have never had a vision.
Once in a while, I have caught FLEETING GLIMPSES (images) of certain things IN A FRACTION OF A SECOND.
These mental images HAVE ALWAYS BEEN consistent with the Bible.
If they HADN'T BEEN in line with the Bible, I would have REJECTED THEM quicker than you can say "amen".
And I was NOT SEEKING THEM.
Visions from God are given AT HIS WILL and SOLE DISCRETION.
Christians, therefore, are NOT to seek visions.
We DO NOT WALK OR LIVE by visions, but BY FAITH (2 Corinthians 5:7).
We must, however, remain open to the move of the Holy Spirit, and sensitive to His impressions.
Those who seek "visions" ON THEIR OWN, just for the sake of having visions, open themselves up to evil spirits, and usually end up in Satan's cutches.
I WOULDN'T GO THERE, if I were you.
Be OPEN TO and focused on the HOLY Spirit, and WHATEVER HE WANTS TO DO in your life, but DON'T SEEK visions for their own sake.
Psalm 24:6; 27:8; 105:4; 1 John 3:2:
THE ONLY "vision" that a Christian should seek is JESUS, AS HE IS, FACE TO FACE.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2015
READING VS. STUDYING
Every week people write claiming to have "studied the Bible" or Bible prophecy for 20 or more years, "LIKE ME".
These individuals express interest in "exchanging ideas".
I don't recall EVER TELLING ANYONE how long I've studied the Bible, or how long I've studied Bible prophecy.
But be that as it may...
A person's KNOWLEDGE of the Bible or Bible prophecy is NOT - repeat, IS NOT -
dependent on the length of time one engages in such pursuits, but ON THE GRACE OF GOD, and the ATTITUDE in that person's heart.
God CANNOT be fooled. He KNOWS EXACTLY what is in a person's heart and mind, and the INTENT behind their so-called "Bible study".
He KNOWS whether we "study" the Bible SELECTIVELY, emphasizing only the portions that APPEAR to support our agenda, while DELIBERATELY IGNORING the portions that DISPROVE IT.
He also KNOWS when we study His Word WITHOUT ANY AGENDA, seeking ONLY Truth, whatever Truth may be - and WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT.
He KNOWS when our heart's desire is to know and accept His Will - whatever it may be - and NOT OUR will.
What these correspondents actually want is to EXCHANGE OPINIONS.
I don't know HOW anyone can read this website, or these daily messages, and FAIL TO REALIZE that I'm NOT INTERESTED in opinions.
That goes for THEIR opinions, as well as MY OWN.
I'm interested in ONLY ONE opinion:
Their opinion or mine WON'T MAKE ONE IOTA OF DIFFERENCE in how things will play out.
So WHY would I invest even ONE second of my extremely valuable time considering MORTAL OPINIONS?
It's a FRUITLESS pursuit, a complete waste of time that leads NOWHERE, and PROVIDES NO ANSWERS.
I want ANSWERS.
And ANSWERS come from God.
Additionally, these individuals are MISSTATING what they've done.
They HAVEN'T studied the Bible or Bible prophecy for 20 or more years.
What they've done is BOUGHT AND READ every stupid "prophecy" book written by every GREEDY, DISHONEST PROPHECY TRAFFICKER and called THAT unholy activity "studying the Bible".
THAT is NOT "studying the Bible".
THAT is the blind being led BY THE BLINDER, and the GREEDIER.
How do I know? Because they invariably demonstrate THEIR INABILITY to make A BIBLE-BASED argument.
What they do is talk about what they read or heard some prophecy guru say, or what they heard or read some supposed "Bible teacher" say.
In the interest of HONESTY, I also read some of those dumb books MANY years ago, when I was A BABY in Christ.
Mostly because it's what I heard and saw others - who had been Christian FOR A LOT LONGER than I - do.
However, it didn't take me long to figure out that NOT only were these guys copying and plagiarizing one another - not to mention COMPETING WITH one another - but that they are, TO PUT IT KINDLY, full of baloney.
As soon as I began to realize the lies and inconsistencies in their teaching, which often CONTRADICT GOD, I set myself apart and sought Truth DIRECTLY FROM the Spirit of God and the Written Word of God.
It was sometime after that when Jesus called me - PERSONALLY and UNEQUIVOCALLY - into His Ministry, to Him be all the glory forever and ever! Amen.
My point is this: studying the Bible MEANS ACTUALLY STUDYING the Bible.
Studying the Bible means OPENING THE HOLY BIBLE, reading what it says and MEDITATING ON IT, while SEEKING the Holy Spirit's revelation, and ALLOWING the HOLY Spirit to reveal HIS WILL - NOT our own.
It means that we CONTINUE MEDITATING what we've studied, and COMMUNING with God's Spirit about it, long after we've closed the Holy Book for the day.
When we're HONEST before God, when He knows that we seek HIS WILL - ABOVE ALL ELSE - He will reveal Truth IN HIS OWN TIME, and according to His Divine Will and Purpose.
ANYTHING that DOES NOT fit this criteria is NOT "studying the Bible".
Reading or watching WHAT SOMEONE ELSE CLAIMS that "the Bible says" IS NOT"studying the Bible".
And there's A HUGE DIFFERENCE between the two.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015
DID JESUS KEEP THE SABBATH?
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days SHALL YOU LABOR, and do ALL YOUR WORK:
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God:in it YOU SHALL NOT DO ANY WORK, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates" (Exodus 20:8-10).
Sabbatarian cults love to say that Jesus "kept the Sabbath" and offer as example that He often visited the Jewish synagogue on Saturday (Luke 4:16).
Only one tiny problem with their false teaching:
There's NOTHING in the fourth commandment (quoted above) ABOUT CONGREGATING in a synagogue, a Christian worship center, OR ANYWHERE ELSE on the Sabbath.
Matter of fact, THERE WERE NO SYNAGOGUES ANYWHERE when the fourth commandment was given.
Synagogues were INVENTED by exiled Jews 1,000 years later.
And Christian worship centers (INCORRECTLY called "churches") were INVENTED almost 2,000 years later.
Like the rest of their heretical doctrine, the "Jesus kept the Sabbath" myth is nothing but A BIG, FAT LIE.
During His public ministry Jesus NEVER KEPT the 24-hour Sabbath.
His disciples PICKED GRAIN on Saturday (Matthew 12:1-2), which Exodus 20:8-10
They TRAVELED on Saturday (Matthew 12:1-15), also forbidden by the 4th commandment.
They CARRIED STUFF on the Sabbath (John 5:8-11).
He HEALED on Saturday (Mark 3:1-6; Luke 13:1-16).
And here's the Scripture that NO LYING Sabbatarian will EVER QUOTE:
"For this reason the Jewish leaders were trying even harder to kill Him, because NOT ONLY WAS HE BREAKING THE SABBATH, but He was also calling God his own Father, thus making Himself equal with God" (John 5:18).
That verse says, clear as daylight, that Jesus WAS BREAKING the Sabbath... again and again.
Which part of "Jesus was BREAKING the Sabbath" don't these deluded souls understand?
Yet for Sabbatarians it's AS IF that verse wasn't in the Bible.
Why? Because that verse TOTALLY DESTROYS their lie that "Jesus kept the Sabbath".
It's easy and expedient to just sweep it under the rug.
It's certainly EASIER than FACING THE TRUTH which they DO NOT WANT TO face.
That just proves their hypocritical bias.
Jesus DIDN'T observe the 24-hour Sabbath because the 24-hour Sabbath is ONLY a shadow (Colossians 2:16-17).
Shadows are NEVER the real thing.
Your shadow is NOT the real you.
And Saturday, the weekly 24-hour Sabbath, is NOT the REAL Sabbath.
Jesus didn't observe the 24-hour Sabbath because He is THE REAL Sabbath.
He is THE ONLY ONE that can give us true, eternal REST.
And RESTING in the Lord is what the fourth commandment has always been about.
CEASING from OUR OWN WORKS, and TRUSTING God's FINISHED work:
"And on the seventh day God FINISHED HIS WORK which he had made; and he RESTED ON the seventh day FROM ALL HIS WORK which he had made" (Genesis 2:2).
That's something, coincidentally, that Sabbatarians NEVER DO.
They have NO REAL REST, because they DON'T TRUST Jesus,they trust THEIR OWN "works"which are filthy rags before His eyes(Isaiah 64:6).
That's why Jesus said "come UNTO ME (not unto a 24-hour day) and I (not some transient 24-hour day) WILL GIVE YOU REST (Matthew 11:28).
Jesus will give us the REAL Sabbath of rest because HE FINISHED THE WORK OF OUR REDEMPTION, and because He IS the REAL, and ETERNAL Sabbath.
NO ONE NEEDS TO "OBSERVE" A SHADOW AFTER THEY'VE SEEN THE REAL.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015
JOHN THE BAPTIST & THE ESSENES
Leave it to the prophecy traffickers to keep inventing feeble theories in order to SELL MORE WORTHLESS BOOKS to DUMB Christians.
The latest crap to hit the Kristian marketplace suggests that John the Baptist was a member of the Essenes, and that they held the belief that each verse in the Torah counts for one year of Israel's history.
Presently, there are 5,845 verses in the Torah (the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible).
We are (supposedly, if you believe the rabbis) 18 days away from year 5776 in the rabbinic calendar.
If that theory is EVEN REMOTELY accurate, that would mean we're some 69 years away from THE END OF Israel's history.
There's a huge problem with that ABSURD IDEA - which should be instantly apparent to anyone with even the slightest grasp of prophecy: Israel's history DOES NOT END with the Rapture or the Second Coming.
Again: Israel's history DOES NOT END with either the Rapture or the Second Coming.
Israel's history will CONTINUE for AT LEAST 1,007 years after the Second Coming of Messiah Jesus (Revelation 19:11; 20:1-4).
And it began some 1,500 years BEFORE He was born.
But the problems with this stupid theory, DO NOT END THERE.
By the time the Essenes came along, the Torah - and all the other books of the Tanach - had been translated into Greek, in what we know today as the Septuagint.
Problem is, THE ORIGINAL Torah, as it was given to Moses by God, DID NOT CONTAIN "verses", but was all ONE LONG, CONTINUOUS, as we would call it it today, "run on" text.
It was divided into "verses" many centuries later, at the SOLE DISCRETION of the translators.
Verse divisions, therefore, were not in the original text, and are SUBJECT TO HUMAN ERROR.
Ooops! There goes that theory down the drain...
One final point: It's long been held by many scholars that John the Baptist was an Essene.
The basis for such belief is John's ascetic lifestyle, plus the fact he preached in the desert (Negev) and that he baptized in the Jordan, both of which are near the Qumran caves, where the Essene community dwelt and stored what we now know as the "Dead Sea Scrolls".
That is A THEORY, which may or may not be correct. We DO NOT KNOW for sure.
John may have been a member of that religious sect, or he may have been AN INDEPENDENT prophet, who just happened to live under similar conditions.
However, and for the sake of argument, EVEN IF we could prove WITH TOTAL CERTAINTY that John was a member of the Essene community, THAT DOES NOT MAKE the Essenes infallible on doctrinal issues, and does not mean all their teachings and traditions were/are accurate.
John the Baptist was foretold in the Old Testament (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 4:5-6), the Essenes were not.
John the Baptist was sent by God, the Essenes were not (John 1:6).
John the Baptist, was called by God from his mother's womb (Luke 1:12-17). The Essenes were not.
John the Baptist was a prophet of God, the Essenes were not (Matthew 11:9).
John the Baptist came in the "spirit and power of Elijah" (Luke 1:17), the Essenes did not.
And John the Baptist was ENDORSED BY JESUS who said there is "none greater" than John among humans (Matthew 11:9-11), the Essenes were not.
These facts SET JOHN THE BAPTIST APART from all of them.
Therefore, EVEN IF we could ascertain that John belonged to the Essenes, that DOES NOT MAKE the ESSENES CORRECT ABOUT EVERYTHING anymore than Moses belonging to the Israelite community MADE ISRAELITES RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING.
There's this unfortunate fad among Evangelicals to accept EVERYTHING "Hebraic" as sacrosanct.
I mingled with Messianic Jews before most Christians KNEW about Messianic Judaism.
I will match my love for Israel against anyone's.
However, I have never fallen for that ASTONISHINGLY STUPID religious gimmick for one simple reason:
Most Jews ARE DEAD WRONG about the identity of their own Messiah.
If they ARE WRONG about THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCTRINE OF ALL, WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE CONSIDER THEM "INERRANT"ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE?
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because THEY WERE BEWILDERED AND HELPLESS, LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD" (Matthew 9:36)
Can TV make one a leader?
Does appearing on TV magically imbue someone with leadership ability?
Does appearing often on secular or Kristian TV mean that individual has SPECIAL ANOINTING from God?
Does it mean that God has EVEN CALLED him or her into His ministry?
Does it mean that what they SELL, teach or write IS TRUE?
The answer to all these questions is a RESOUNDING "NO".
If you THINK it does, then we're in deeper trouble than even I thought.
If you THINK it does, then our "leaders" (heaven help us) are Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian.
By the same token, does selling 30 MILLION copies of a "Christian" novel which, by very definition, is FICTION, make one a leader?
Does it make one AN EXPERT on eschatology?
Does it even mean that person was CALLED BY GOD to teach or minister?
And yet, this is how most Christians assess "leadership".
This is how the Church of THIS FINAL generation perceives leadership.
What is TV?
A MONEY-MAKING medium, PERIOD:
A momentary mirage, an optical illusion that DECEIVES its viewers into believing EVERYTHING IT SAYS.
TV DECEIVES people into thinking that EVERYTHING IT SAYS IS TRUE because they "saw it" or "heard it" in that mercurial medium.
But Christian TV is non-profit...
Really? The non-profit status that so-called Christian networks claim for themselves, and enjoy, is one of the greatest financial gravy trains ever allowed under U.S. law.
Do you HONESTLY think they don't make A VERY LUCRATIVE LIVING off their "non-profit" enterprise?
Then HOW COME all heads of "Christian" networks live IN RUNAWAY LUXURY?
How come they all have multiple mansions, private airplanes, and other luxury perks?
But they don't sell commercials...
That's right, DUMB Christians.
Instead of charging ADVERTISERS for airtime, THEY CHARGE YOU:
Hence, the INCESSANT pleas for money, all the INVENTED, UNBIBLICAL scams, and FALSE PROMISES of "prosperity", in exchange for your hard-earned $20 or $50.
In fact, so-called Christian TV is first and foremost A BIG, MONEY-MAKING MACHINE.
Preaching the Gospel and teaching God's Word is NOT EVEN THEIR MAIN OBJECTIVE.
Their main objective is TO GET YOU, THE DUMB VIEWER, TO FALL FOR THEIR DECEPTION, SO THEY CAN RAISE THE MONEY TO STAY ON THE AIR. AND KEEP BEGGING FOR MONEY
They may CALL THEMSELVES "non profit".
They REALLY ARE FOR PROFIT.
All else, including whatever bits and pieces of the "gospel" you may get from it, COMES SECOND, or third or fourth.
They may not sell conventional commercials, BUT THEY DO SELL airtime to all those unscrupulous preachers TO PRESENT THEIR INFOMERCIALS.
So, don't kid yourselves that THEY DON'T MAKE ANY MONEY UNLESS YOU "support" them.
Then they have the gall to TELL YOU, the dumb viewer, that unless you send your donation or "love gift", they'll have to "go off the air".
Maybe THEY SHOULD be off the air.
If they can't tell the truth, if they're SO DISHONEST that they can't even come clean and say, "look, we may TALK about Jesus and the Bible, but we're PRIMARILY A BUSINESS", they shouldn't pass themselves off as a ministry, let alone as "Christian".
This unfortunate exploitation has negatively affected both believers and unbelievers:
Believers have ended up following people who are NOT called by God and, therefore, HAVE NO BUSINESS LEADING THEM.
They have fallen prey to unbiblical heresies like the "give in order to get", "name it and claim it", the tithe lie, and the absolute mockery into which some have turned the gifts of the Spirit BY IMITATING THEM.
Unfortunately, it's UNBELIEVERS that have been ALIENATED THE MOST.
MOST UNBELIEVERS have come to associate Jesus, the Bible, and the Christian faith itself, with these crooks and their antics, lumping us all together, and thereby DISMISSING the Gospel entirely.
Televangelists CLAIM to be "reaching the world" with the Gospel.
What they're ACTUALLY DOING is reaching DUMB CHRISTIANS - who already believe the Gospel - and manipulating THEM into parting with their money.
Charlatan preachers cheat millions out of millions.
But THEIR GREATEST CRIME is ALIENATING the lost FROM Jesus
It's THE LOST who are deprived of ETERNAL Salvation, in this life and the next, through their deceit.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015
Even though Jesus personally called me to teach His Word of Prophecy, I'm the first to admit that belief in the Rapture is NOT essential to one's Salvation.
Nor is belief in a PRE-TRIB Rapture essential.
It's not belief in a post-trib, or mid trib (a/k/a pre-wrath) Rapture that makes people lost, it's not even LACK OF BELIEF IN the Rapture itself, that makes supposed "Christians" lost.
THE REASON BEHIND those beliefs is what makes most of them UNSAVED.
The pre-trib Rapture of true believers (TRUSTERS) in Jesus was taught IN THE FIRST CENTURY of the Christian Era by Peter, Paul, John, and by Jesus Himself.
We have extra-biblical sources, like the Epistle of Barnabas, written in the second century A.D., and Ephrem the Syrian in the fourth century that speak of a pre-trib gathering of believers unto Christ.
The POST-TRIB Rapture was INVENTED in the 4TH CENTURY A.D.
THE REASON it was invented is that the Christian faith had become organized, State-sanctioned religion.
The choice was simple: please the emperor, or risk losing his favor, and risk going back to being persecuted.
Religious hierarchy needed to court the Emperor's favor, and ALL HE ASKED in return for all the sudden advantages and privileges being "Christian" afforded, was ONE UNIFORM RELIGION throughout his empire.
In order to do so, organized Christianism needed to accommodate Roman society which was predominantly pagan.
The concept of GRACE (the UNDESERVED Goodness of God toward His people) is foreign to ALL pagans.
Pagans WANT TO -- and NEED TO -- appease their "deities" through some sort of SELF-INFLICTED SUFFERING OR SACRIFICE.
What ALL pagan religions, without exception, have in common is they all NEED TO "EARN" (MERIT) THEIR DEITY'S FAVOR.
That's how Christian theology changed from grace and faith ALONE to "Grace PLUS works" which is an oxymoron (Romans 11:6).
That's how the teaching of "penance" (self-inflicted punishment or suffering to gain favor, supposedly, from "God") became part of Roman doctrine - and UNFORTUNATELY remains part of its doctrine to this very day.
That's WHY "Purgatory" was invented: PAGANS who became "Christians" -- NOT IN HEART but IN NAME - just couldn't accept Salvation being A GIFT WE DO NOT DESERVE AND CANNOT EARN.
Therefore, let's have believers go to a temporary place of torment called "purgatory" so THEY can PAY for "residual" sins.
Never mind that JESUS PAID FOR EVERY SIN EVER COMMITTED, and removed ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME - as far from us as the east is from the west (John 1:29; Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5).
The post trib Rapture ALLOWS them PLENTY OF TIME to "PAY" for their own sins either in "Purgatory" or by suffering horrendous tribulation here on earth.
The same holds true for mid-trib (pre-wrath) adherents.
Theirs is a "compromise" position that seeks to find "middle ground" between pre and post trib.
THE MOTIVE behind it is essentially the same as post-trib: THEY DON'T WANT TO GIVE JESUS ALL THE CREDIT AND ALL THE GLORY for Salvation.
THEY WANT AT LEAST PARTIAL "CREDIT" FOR THEIR "SALVATION".
Under this UTTERLY RIDICULOUS theory, Christians (supposedly) suffer 3½ years of "Satan's wrath", thus making "PARTIAL ATONEMENT" FOR THEIR SINS, and are raptured at mid-trib, 3½ years PRIOR TO the Second Coming, thus being spared of "God's wrath".
Neither position is biblical.
And there's NO SUCH THING AS a 3½ year "mid trib" Rapture, since the ENTIRE tribulation lasts 3½ years (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 11:2; 12:6.14; 13:5).
There isn't A SINGLE SCRIPTURE from Genesis to Revelation that speaks of a 7-year tribulation.
And those who seek ANY "credit" for THEIR own SALVATION - ARE LOST.
No ifs, ands or buts.
If you want IRONCLAD, IRREFUTABLE, BIBLICAL PROOF of the pre-trib Rapture, please click on "Rapture: Quick & Easy" on the TOP LEFT of this page.
In the holy Name of Jesus, I DARE any post-tribber or pre-wrath proponent to refute this Truth with the Scriptures.
Besides being UNBIBLICAL, besides BEING LIES that CONTRADICT GOD, the MOTIVE behind the post trib and mid trib (pre wrath) raptures IS ABOMINABLE.
These false teachings are slaps to the Face of our precious Savior who paid AN UNIMAGINABLE PRICE to SAVE US FOREVER, and TO THE UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25).
MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015
One can watch any number of Jesus movies, and movie directors always try to provide some extra-biblical "explanation" for Judas's betrayal:
He was confused, he thought Jesus would free Jews from Roman oppression, he expected Jesus to lead an insurrection against Roman authorities but was disappointed when he realized Jesus was a man of peace, he misunderstood Jesus, he was manipulated into betraying Him, etc. etc.
That's one reason why I no longer watch Jesus movies.
Except for Passion, they're all a bunch of crap.
God's Word tell us EXACTLY WHY Judas betrayed Jesus:
1. He WAS A THIEF, like his father Satan, and he WAS OFFERED MONEY for the betrayal (John 10:10; 12:6).
2. He was never a true believer, only PRETENDED to be (John 13:2, 11; Revelation 13:11).
3. He was A CHILD OF SATAN, AND SON OF PERDITION (John 6:70-71; 17:12).
4. He was POSSESSED BY the devil (Luke 22:3; John 13:27).
This more than explains his treason.
No further "explanations" are needed.
Judas will make a return appearance during the tribulation as the infamous false prophet who will promote worship of Antichrist and his image.
Just as he handled finances when he traveled around with Jesus, HE'LL BE IN CHARGE OF BUYING AND SELLING, AND WILL INSTITUTE THE SYSTEM OF THE MARK of Antichrist, which will damn all those who receive it (Revelation 13:16-18; 14:9-11).
He will also be allowed to perform great wonders, including calling fire down from heaven (Revelation 13:13).
Satan will be allowed to bring Judas back "from his own place", the field of Akeldama, purchased with his own blood money, where he fell headlong and his bowels gushed out (Psalm 69:25; 109:6; Acts 1:16-20, 25).
Zechariah chapter 11 gives this amazing prophecy about Judas:
"In that day... I said to them, if it seems right to you, give me my price...so THEY WEIGHED OUT FOR MY PRICE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER (Matthew 26:14-15 & Matthew 27:3,9).
And the Lord said to me, CAST IT TO THE POTTER, the miserable sum at which I am priced by them. And I took THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER and CAST THEM TO THE POTTER IN THE HOUSE (TEMPLE) OF THE LORD" (Zechariah 11:11-17; Matthew 27:5).
Judas fulfilled these verses in his "first coming".
He will fulfill THE REST of this prophecy in his (Judas') second coming:
"Woe to THE IDOL SHEPHERD who LEAVES the flock!" (Zechariah 11:15-17)
This FALSE SHEPHERD "left the flock" (forsook Christ) and will lead others in worshiping AN IDOL (IMAGE) of Antichrist (Revelation 13:14-15).
What utter foolishness to have walked with THE REAL Christ, and settle for an imitation!
What TOTAL TRAGEDY to become Satan's disposable puppet, after having WALKED WITH GOD.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015
Dominion theology is the theory that Christians ARE SUPPOSED TO WORK TOWARD the establishment of a theocracy on earth.
This false movement began in the 1970's and has regaled us with religious abominations like "spiritual warfare", so-called "Apostolic Reformation", and the absurd notion that Christians should mimic the world.
That's NOT how the Early Church prevailed.
Bolstered by Kristian TV, it gained momentum in the 1980's, especially among Pentecostals.
Its most prominent branch is known as Kingdom Now.
Kingdom Now adherents believe that God is looking for people WHO WILL HELP HIM TAKE BACK DOMINION OVER THE EARTH.
They theorize that those who submit "to the authority of God's apostles and prophets" will take control of the kingdoms of this world.
Those kingdoms are often referred to as the "Seven Mountains".
This term is A PERVERSION OF the "7 mountains" mentioned in Revelation 17:9.
According to Dominionists, the Seven Mountain Mandate refers to bringing "the message of Christ" into these areas or "kingdoms" and thus INFLUENCING them:
It sounds good, in theory.
That their message has been a dismal failure should be evident to anyone with half a brain:
The family unit has all but disintegrated.
Most children today are raised in single-parent homes.
Our schools and universities are more secular and godless each day, so is media and entertainment.
Gay marriage just became the law of the land.
There's appalling lack of both Christian and political leadership.
Our government is falling apart.
God has been excluded from nearly every area of government, and the world at large is a mangled mess.
Needless to say that Dominionists POSTPONE the Rapture - which is the Face to face encounter with the risen, ascended Jesus - TO THE DISTANT future.
As far as they're concerned, THE MORE "DISTANT", THE BETTER.
The Dominionist message IS NOT "the message of Christ".
The "message of Christ" is the Gospel of Grace (Mark 16:15).
The Gospel of Grace is that God was in Christ RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, NOT COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM (2 Corinthians 5:19).
God doesn't need our "help" to take over ANYTHING.
If He needed it, He WOULDN'T BE God.
Furthermore, these OPPORTUNISTIC, SELF-APPOINTED "apostles and prophets" want everyone to submit TO THEM.
They WERE NEVER CALLED BY God.
Were they called by God they would preach His Gospel.
Jesus will take over the Kingdoms of this world, as soon as earth's 6th millennium ends.
He could do it sooner, but that's when He CHOSE to wrap up this age.
And He will do it ALONE (Isaiah 63:3-5) - with NO "HELP" FROM ANYONE.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2015
Religion has INVENTED the lie that UNCONFESSED sins remain unforgiven.
There isn't ONE Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation that teaches such nonsense.
God's word teaches we should confess our sins to God, and to one another (Psalms 32:5; Daniel 9:20; James 5:16).
Such confession RELEASES OUR INDIVIDUAL CONSCIENCE from sin but it is NOT a "condition" for forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 says "if we confess (ADMIT) our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to CLEANSE US from ALL unrighteousness".
Does that verse say we have to confess EVERY SINGLE SIN?
Does it say we have to come before God with an ITEMIZED LIST of every sin we've ever committed?
Does it say that UNCONFESSED SINS are NOT forgiven?
Only lunatics on the religious fringe believe that.
Yet, believe it or not, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT CERTAIN heretical sects teach.
Consequently, some Christians LIVE IN FEAR that they may have some "unconfessed sin" hidden somewhere, that's hindering their success, or their spiritual walk, or worse, that may keep them from heaven.
Such doctrine is A TOTAL PERVERSION OF 1 John 1:9 (quoted above).
1 John 1:9 SAYS NO SUCH THING.
Let's look at THE CONTEXT:
"IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO SIN, we deceive ourselves, and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US.
If we confess (admit) our sins, he is faithful and just TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS (1 John 1:8-9).
This passage is clearly referring to individuals who CLAIM they have NO SIN.
The Greek word translated "confess" in verse 9 (omologōmen, a derivative of homologeo) means TO ADMIT or TO ACKNOWLEDGE.
John merely says that those who claim to "have no sin" are self-deceived liars, who CONTRADICT JESUS.
If, on the other hand, THEY ADMIT or ACKNOWLEDGE that they have sinned, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive them and cleanse them FROM ALL SIN, FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
Nowhere does it say that confession of EACH AND EVERY SIN is NECESSARY to obtain forgiveness.
John was talking about holier-than-thou LEGALISTIC "Christians" who SAID that they never sinned.
Who CLAIMED to ALWAYS "follow the law".
In case you're wondering who, in their right mind, would make such claim, there are MILLIONS today who claim to "keep" God's Law and BOAST of "not being like those SINFUL evangelicals who TRUST Jesus completely and DON'T LIVE UNDER the law".
I encounter them EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE
Jesus Himself had at least ONE such encounter with the rich young ruler, who told God, to His Face, that he'd "kept ALL the commandments since childhood".
Jesus (God) answered him (paraphrasing): "Baloney! NO ONE IS GOOD, EXCEPT GOD ALONE" (Mark 10:18).
Do you think THE THIEF who hung on the cross next to Jesus HAD TIME TO ITEMIZE EVERY SIN he'd ever committed?
Of course not!
Yet Jesus ASSURED HIM, he'd be with Him in Paradise (Luke 23:43).
Do you think if some born-again Christian dies, and "missed" confessing a certain sin, that sin won't be forgiven?
That's ridiculous and absurd!
That sin was forgiven BEFORE it was even committed.
That sin was erased THE MOMENT he/she gave his or her heart to Jesus.
I'm sure I've committed sins that I've forgotten about, or that I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE I WAS COMMITTING. The same can be said for everyone else.
That verse DOESN'T SAY we are to CONFESS EVERY SIN.
That verse DOESN'T SAY we need to come before God with an ITEMIZED LIST of every sin we've ever committed.
That verse DOESN'T SAY we need to confess every single sin we've committed AFTER RECEIVING Christ.
It just says that we need to ADMIT or ACKNOWLEDGE that we have sinned.
All God wants from us is to ACKNOWLEDGE we have sinned, realize our need for A SAVIOR, and RECEIVE HIS FORGIVENESS.
We should all humble ourselves before God regularly, acknowledge our TOTAL DEPENDENCE on Him, confess that by His Blood we're redeemed from ALL sins, and THANK HIM FOR IT.
Confessing sins is NOT done for His sake, but for OUR sake.
My sisters, my brothers... God DOESN'T WANT YOU TO LIVE IN FEAR (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18).
God wants you to have His Peace.
He wants you to REST IN HIM, and TRUST HIM (Matthew 11:28; John 14:27).
God KNOWS you've sinned. He knows HOW MUCH, HOW OFTEN, AND EVERY DETAIL INVOLVED.
He loves you UNCONDITIONALLY.
He's already PAID FOR ALL your sins, for ALL ETERNITY.
He's already FORGIVEN YOU.
He's ERASED every sin from your record, and even from His memory (Hebrews 8:12).
He expects you to receive His forgiveness, and forget about them, too.
Only man-invented religion insists on "KEEPING SCORE" of sins, which God NO LONGER COUNTS against us (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Jesus has removed ALL sin for ALL time, as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5). Praise His Name forever!
If God is FOR US, WHO(or what) can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
WHO shall lay ANYTHING to the charge of God's elect? (Romans 8:33)
God doesn't want you to be sin conscious.
He wants you to be Jesus conscious.
He wants us to be conscious OF HIS VERY OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS IN US.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015
KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
There's a whole webpage on this site devoted to debunking legalism: www.christconnection.net/id4.html
Every time I hear from some legalistic fool who wants to impose the law, Sabbath keeping, or the 10 Commandments on Christians, they invariably MISQUOTE John 14:15 where Jesus said "if you love me, keep MY commandments".
Notice what Jesus DIDN'T SAY:
He DIDN'T say "if you love me, keep THE 10 commandments".
What commandments was He referring to?
What are Jesus' commandments?
The answer is found Mark 12:30, 31 (Jesus speaking):
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart... and love your neighbor as yourself. There are no greater commandments than these".
Romans 13:9 is crystal clear that all 10 commandments, OR ANY OTHER COMMANDMENT, are summed up in the LOVE commandments.
It goes on to say that LOVE is THE FULFILLMENT OF the WHOLE LAW.
Even James admits the ONLY commandment we're under is to love our neighbor (James 2:8).
Even James ADMITS that if we kept ALL the commandments, ALL OUR LIVES, and break JUST ONE the entire LAW comes crashing down on our heads, and we become GUILTY OF breaking THE WHOLE LAW (James 2:9,10).
As for those who claim that we are to keep the 10 Commandments, not for Salvation, but to "please God", the above verses RENDER THAT THEORY NULL AND VOID.
THE ONLY THING that "pleases God" in the New Testament is FAITH (trust) which works by Love (Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 5:6).
The love commandments are the ONLY "commandments" Christians are told to follow.
The other ludicrous argument is that THE REASON most Christians DO NOT observe Saturday is because Roman Emperor Constantine passed a law forbidding observance of the Sabbath.
THAT'S A LIE.
While Constantine did pass such law throughout the Roman Empire in the 4th century A.D., the Bible makes it clear that Christians are to view ALL DAYS ALIKE [Romans 14:5].
It also makes it clear that THEY HAD STOPPED OBSERVING the weekly Sabbath LONG BEFORE Constantine even existed.
Moreover, as I demonstrate UNEQUIVOCALLY with the Scriptures in this video, the Sabbath IS NOT a 24-hour day:
Hence, Christians can and SHOULD worship God EVERY SINGLE DAY, including Saturday.
The apostles were gathered together, and Jesus appeared to them, on a Sunday [John 20:19].
The disciples gathered together to take communion and hear Paul preach on a Sunday [Acts 20:7].
All of this took place 300 years BEFORE Constantine was even born.
Paul referred to the weekly Sabbath as MERELY "a shadow" [Colossians 2:16,17].
Shadows are NEVER the REAL thing.
Shadows, by their very nature and definition are destined to VANISH.
Even Exodus 31:13 calls the Sabbath "a sign".
Show me A SIGN THAT POINTS TO ITSELF and I'll be the most ardent Sabbath keeper on earth.
The weekly Sabbath was A SIGN that pointed to the REAL Sabbath: Jesus Christ who is our REST.
The weekly Sabbath was the day when Jews were commanded NOT TO WORK.
Jesus is the true Sabbath of REST, the One we TRUST completely and in Whom we find permanent REST by NOT TRUSTING OUR OWN WORKS, BUT HIS FINISHED WORK.
If you REALLY WANT TO "keep the Sabbath", you need to TRUST JESUS, AND JESUS ALONE, with all your heart.
He said "come TO ME all you WHO WORK and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST" (Matthew 11:28).
A FINITE unit of time called Saturday CAN'T SAVE ANYONE. Nor can it give ETERNAL rest to anyone, since it's TEMPORARY.
ONLY the Eternal One can and does.
THURSDAY AUGUST 13, 2015
WERE THEY SAVED ?
Christians often question the Salvation of certain Bible characters like Adam, Esau, King Saul, Solomon, Ananias and Sapphira.
I've even heard supposed "ministers of the Gospel" WONDER OUT LOUD.
What these individuals had in common is that they all BLEW IT at some point and fell into sin.
We know for instance that Saul INTENTIONALLY DISOBEYED God's Torah directive which forbade consulting witches, diviners, or talking to the dead (1 Samuel 28:7-19; 1 Chronicles 10:13).
We know that Solomon, whose kingdom began in wisdom and splendor, fell into gross idolatry toward the end of his life (1 Kings 11:3-4).
We know Esau sold his birthright for a pot of lentils, since they didn't have fast food in 1978 B.C., (Genesis 25:29-34).
And we know that Ananias and Sapphira LIED to the Holy Spirit and dropped dead at Peter's feet (Acts 5:3-10).
Were these people saved?
When Christians ask these questions, they're consciously or subconsciously SUPPOSING that WORKS have ANYTHING to do with anyone's Salvation.
They figure that, because these individuals were REBELLIOUS AND DISOBEDIENT, such ACTIONS automatically disqualified THEM from being saved.
If that were the case, there wouldn't be even a glimmer of hope of Salvation FOR ANYONE:
EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THIS PLANET WOULD BE HOPELESSLY AND IRRETRIEVABLY LOST.
What, you don't think we have IDOLATERS in the Church today?
You think we don't have diviners and familiar spirits operating within Christendom?
Forget birthrights and double-portions, you don't think there are Christians who'd sell Jesus out for a Big Mac?
You think our churches and "Christian airwaves" are not filled with people who LIE in Jesus' Name, LIE to the Holy Spirit, LIE ABOUT the Spirit, and ATTRIBUTE to the Spirit A LOT OF GARBAGE which He never said or DID?
The reason Christians harbor such doubt is that FOR DECADES we've been hearing an ambiguous "gospel" of grace plus works:
The same preachers who say out of one side of their mouths that "salvation is AN UNMERITED GIFT of God's Grace", will say out of the other side of their mouths that if we do or NOT DO certain things God will punish us, put a curse on us, withhold His blessings, etc.
Hence, most believers are NOT FIRMLY ESTABLISHED ON THE Grace of God, which is THE ONLY THING that saves us.
Repeat: God's Grace, His Goodness TOWARD THOSE who DO NOT DESERVE Salvation - AND CANNOT EARN IT - is THE ONLY THING that saves you, me, Saul, Solomon, Ananias, OR ANYONE ELSE.
You CAN'T have it BOTH WAYS.
Salvation has ALWAYS BEEN by Grace through Faith (Genesis 15:6).
Any OTHER "message" is A PERVERSION of THE Gospel.
Any OTHER "gospel" is ANATHEMA (Galatians 1:8).
Jesus is ON RECORD saying that EVERY SIN will be forgiven men, except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:32).
Blasphemy against the Spirit, when stripped down to nuts and bolts, is rejection of the Spirit's witness about Jesus, hence REJECTION OF Jesus.
All OTHER sin will be forgiven.
That's what God's Grace is:
FREE FORGIVENESS for every bad thing we've ever done.
God's Grace is AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.
However, it's ONLY available through Jesus Christ.
Jesus is THE ONLY ONE who PAID FOR every sin ever committed.
Salvation is repenting (returning to God, from whom we all came) RECEIVING Jesus into our hearts, and TRUSTING Him.
Salvation is NEVER BASED ON what WE DO.
Salvation is based ENTIRELY on WHAT JESUS DID.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015
Is it ALWAYS WRONG to call someone else a fool?
According to most atheists and unbelievers "Jesus said" the answer is "yes".
According to JESUS, the answer is "no".
Thank God for Jesus or Mr. T would go straight to hell...
It's bad enough that most Christians are biblical illiterates, but when AN UNBELIEVER MISQUOTES God's Word and tries to play "gotcha", it's more than I can take.
Such was the case with a Muslim who recently wrote a very aggressive and critical email, asking, among other things, if I'd ever read the Koran.
I told him that I'd read most of it.: that it's nothing but cheap copycat plagiarism of the Hebrew Bible, Old and New Testaments, with a few self-serving "adjustments".
And that a supposed "deity" WHO CAN'T EVEN WRITE HIS OWN BOOK, but needs to plagiarize another, IS NO god at all.
He also questioned what happened to all those who lived before Jesus.
I've answered that question many times in these daily messages:
They went to Sheol, the abode of the dead, which was compartmentalized at that time into hell, a place of torment (for the unsaved), and the Bosom of Abraham, a place of peace and comfort, for those who died in the faith, UNTIL Jesus rose from the dead, liberated them, and took them up to heaven with Him (Luke 16:22-31; Matthew 27:50-53).
However, this guy wasn't really looking for answers, nor did he care about Truth.
Therefore, I replied that a better question was "what happened to all those who came BEFORE Muhammad, since Muhammad appeared almost 700 years AFTER Jesus?"
I also said that I answer directly to Jesus and NOT to a lost fool like him.
When he read the word fool he shot back that Jesus had said that "if you call ANOTHER MAN a fool, you're in danger of hell fire".
Is THAT what Jesus REALLY said?
Sadly, 99% of "Christians" would have been taken BY THIS LOST FOOL and thought that he had quoted Scripture correctly.
This was my answer, word for word:
"Matthew 5:22 DOES NOT SAY that "he who calls ANOTHER MAN fool" is in danger of hell fire, AS YOU FALSELY STATE.
"But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with HIS BROTHER without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say TO HIS BROTHER, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire".
Which part of "HIS BROTHER" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND, FOOL?
Anyone who pushes Islam IS NOT MY BROTHER. Therefore, I have every right to call him (or in this case, YOU) a fool.
Furthermore, Jesus said that BEFORE He went to Golgotha and PAID FOR ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26; 10:14; 1 John 3:5).
He said that PRIOR TO THE NEW COVENANT, while the Torah (Law) was still in effect.
Obviously, that DOES NOT APPLY TO BORN-AGAIN BELIEVERS under the New Testament since the Apostle Paul says "oh, FOOLISH Galatians" in Galatians 3:1.
Therefore, your stupid, INSINCERE and self-serving "argument" is thoroughly refuted and rendered NULL AND VOID".
Here's a perfect example of why it's SO IMPORTANT TO KNOW what the Bible ACTUALLY SAYS, and NOT what SOMEONE ELSE SAYS that "it says".
In fact, JESUS HIMSELF calls the Pharisees of His day "fools" in Matthew 23:17!
He used the VERY SAME WORD as in Matthew 5:22, moros (from which we get the English "moron").
And He didn't JUST call them "fools" (morons) but "BLIND morons"!
Was Jesus (perish the thought) "in danger of hell fire" for using that word?
Didn't Jesus PRACTICE what He preached?
Of course He did! He used it in reference to the Pharisees WHO WERE LOST, DID NOT BELIEVE IN HIM and, therefore, were NOT HIS SPIRITUAL BROTHERS.
They were as lost AS THAT LOST FOOL who tried to TWIST Scripture to further his ungodly agenda.
We shouldn't go around calling others "fool" unless it's warranted.
But is it ever O.K. to call others, especially unbelievers who attack Jesus, "fool"?
Jesus DID IT and Paul DID IT.
And UNLESS THESE LOST FOOLS repent and receive Jesus as God and Savior, all self-righteous religionists who think they're better than me and holier than Jesus because "they've NEVER!!!" called anyone fool, will perish along with their fake "righteousness".
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2015
One of the myriad problems facing the modern Church is LACK OF CALLING.
People get into so-called ministry FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS:
Too many "ministers" view the ministry as A CAREER, a way to MAKE A LIVING.
They got into it because they saw that guy on TV who got rich SUPPOSEDLY "preaching the gospel".
Or they do it because they seek approval and admiration. They want to feel "important" and have others "look up to them".
They become a pastor o evangelist because their father, grandfather and great-grandfather were "ministers", NOT because Jesus CALLED them.
As if God's gifts and callings could be passed down through human DNA.
The son of a famous faith healer, claimed for years to have been "called by God" into the "healing ministry".
HIS EARTHLY FATHER called him because his mantra was that "there's no success without a successor".
He even THREATENED HIS OWN SON by saying that "God had shown him" that the son would die in a plane crash if he refused to follow in his crooked footsteps.
Then, after daddy called him -- he CALLED HIMSELF.
God had NOTHING to do with it.
God never called him, and I have serious doubts that God ever called his father.
After being caught in improper financial deals, his ministry has all but disintegrated and the university bearing his father's name is now being managed by a board of trustees.
By the father's VERY OWN YARDSTICK, both he and his son are FAILURES.
I can tell you from personal experience that when God REALLY CALLS SOMEONE into ANY kind of ministry:
A) We KNOW IT beyond ANY doubt.
B) That "calling" becomes THE ALL-CONSUMING PASSION in our lives.
C. That passion gives us THE DRIVE to carry out His calling.
We DON'T EVEN HAVE TO TRY.
We serve Jesus and others BECAUSE WE CAN'T HELP OURSELVES, with NO ULTERIOR or MATERIAL motive.
That bears repeating:
When someone is TRULY called of God, he or she serves Jesus and others BECAUSE THEY CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES, with NO ULTERIOR or MATERIAL motive.
That means WE DON'T DO IT FOR THE MONEY.
We do it if we NEVER MAKE A NICKEL FROM IT.
True ministers know that NOT only were they called by Jesus, but THEIR ON-GOING INSPIRATION and REVELATION KNOWLEDGE also come from Him, and His Holy Spirit.
Thus, Jesus Himself becomes their ALL-CONSUMING PASSION, THEIR HIGHEST LOVE, the FOCUS of their lives, and THEIR VERY REASON for living.
That means we get to spend TONS of time ALONE WITH JESUS.
That also means we DON'T HAVE TIME TO SOCIALIZE. We don't have time for trivialities.
Ministry is FULL OF SURPRISES. Each day brings new and exciting opportunities.
REAL ministry is SPONTANEOUS.
It is NOT following a bunch of man-invented religious RULES.
Those who "serve" Jesus OUT OF SELF-APPLIED "DISCIPLINE" are NOT called by God, and are not true ministers of Christ, but HIRELINGS (John 10:10-13).
There is NO SUCH THING as a TRUE calling of God accompanied by complacency. The two are TOTALLY incompatible.
If you LACK THE BURNING PASSION, then Jesus DIDN'T call you.
If you can't stand spending LOTS OF TIME ALONE with Jesus, Jesus DIDN'T call you.
You merely had a good or clever idea on how to serve Him. You merely saw ministry as a self-serving career opportunity.
Or you merely thought of something nice YOU COULD DO FOR HIM because He's given you so much and you feel you "haven't given back" enough.
These may be good intentions, but good intentions are NOT TO BE CONFUSED with God's calling.
The Church and the world are both in DESPERATE NEED of REAL, called by God, ministry.
They both need to hear the Truth, clearly, DIRECTLY and unapologetically -- with no religious correctness or beating 'round the bush.
The latter only bring DECEPTION and CONFUSION, of which God is NOT the author (1 Corinthians 14:33).
MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2015
"For WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10)
The word "judgment" has an ominous connotation in English and is usually associated with PUNITIVE JUDGMENT.
Consequently, this Scripture is often used TO SCARE Christians into thinking that:
a) they can "lose" their Salvation.
b) If they don't "behave" according to the dictates of man-invented religion, they'll miss the Rapture. Or,
c) That even though they're saved, God will still rebuke and or "punish" them for the bad stuff they did in this temporary life.
The word "judgment" DOES NOT APPEAR at all in the original Greek.
Again: The word "judgment" DOES NOT APPEAR at all in the original Greek.
All this begs the question: WHAT IS the "judgment seat" of Christ?
The Greek word bematos (translated "judgment seat") refers to A RAISED PLATFORM, similar to the pulpits used in most Christian churches, COMMONLY USED BY ORATORS TO GIVE SPEECHES in ancient Greece.
In Greek courts of law THE TWO PARTIES to a DISPUTE PRESENTED THEIR ARGUMENTS EACH FROM SEPARATE BEMAS OR PLATFORMS.
The elevated platform was also used by governors, judges or magistrates to render decisions that COULD BE FAVORABLE or unfavorable.
This special event, commonly referred to as the "judgment seat of Christ" is EXCLUSIVELY for Christians.
It has NOTHING to do with salvation. It has ZERO to do with punishment.
Again: This event is ONLY for Christians, and HAS NOTHING to do with salvation or punishment.
It has to do with REWARDS.
The "judgment seat" of Christ is the place where every born-again believer will receive whatever rewards Christ determines that he or she deserves for their good works, and their representation of Jesus here on earth.
According to 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, this special event happens, AS SOON AS a believer is "absent from the body and PRESENT WITH the Lord", either through physical death or Rapture.
This special event has NOTHING to do with the Great White Throne Judgment mentioned in Revelation 20:11-15.
THAT judgment is for UNBELIEVERS and takes place AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 gives additional information about our appearing before Christ:
"According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION, and another builds thereon. But LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDS THEREUPON.
For NO OTHER FOUNDATION CAN A MAN LAY than what is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now IF ANY MAN BUILD UPON THIS FOUNDATION (Jesus) GOLD, SILVER, PRECIOUS STONES, WOOD, HAY, STUBBLE;
EVERY MAN'S WORK SHALL BE MADE MANIFEST: FOR THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT, because it shall be revealed by fire; and THE FIRE SHALL TEST EVERY MAN'S WORK of what sort it is.
If any man's work abide which he has built upon (Jesus),HE SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD.
IF ANY MAN'S WORK IS BURNED, HE SHALL SUFFER LOSS: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as by fire."
Can't say it any clearer than that.
There's NOTHING in these passages to even remotely suggest that salvation can be lost.
There's NOTHING in these passages to even remotely suggest that someone will miss the Rapture if their works don't survive God's consuming, refining fire.
There's NOTHING in these passages to even remotely suggest any sort of rebuke or punishment.
Everyone there WILL BE SAVED.
It's a special event to REWARD God's people.
Some Christians will be rewarded, based on their service to Christ, others WON'T BE.
What, exactly, those rewards consist of, I HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE.
Come to think of it, they're probably CROWNS as in wreaths to be worn around the head (1 Corinthians 9:25; Philippians 4:1; James 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:10).
Whatever they may be, I'm focused on Jesus.
He is ALL THE REWARD and Crown I WANT OR NEED.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2015
ADVICE FOR SINNERS
If you're one of those "perfect" people who never sins, or CLAIMS never to sin, you should go to another website. I'm sure there are many that are just as perfect as you are.
We're not after "perfect" people; SINNERS are what we're ALL about.
Everyone here, from the minister to the staff, is IMPERFECT.
Perfection, at the moment, resides only in our born again spirits, and one of these days will swallow up our imperfection.
What should be the mindset of a FORMER sinner, who's been saved by grace, and who doesn't WANT TO sin?
The more YOU "TRY" in your own strength NOT TO sin, the more you will. The BIGGER the temptations will become, and the HARDER they'll be to resist.
The WORST thing we can do is "TRY NOT TO" sin.
The BEST thing we can do is flow with the Spirit. TRUST Jesus. Follow Jesus.
We DO NOT, therefore, live under law or commandments "don't do this" and "don't do that". That just makes us WANT TO sin ALL THE MORE (Romans 7:7, 8).
We are to live in the Spirit of Christ within us (Galatians 5:16, 25).
Christians should stay focused on His Spirit. TRUSTING Jesus, TRUSTING that His Blood has us covered. That NO MATTER WHAT we do ON THE OUTSIDE, NO ONE CAN TAKE HIS SPIRIT from our INSIDE.
It's His Spirit (His own Nature) in us that makes us saved (Romans 8:9; 2 Peter 1:4).
One reason the 10 commandments don't work is that, when we try to live under them, we FEAR the consequences of breaking them.
The underlying reason for anyone wanting to live under "commandments" is FEAR.
Fear is NOT of God (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18).
Fear is of Satan. FEAR MEANS you DON'T TRUST.
The more you FEAR SIN AND ITS CONSEQUENCES, THE MORE YOU WILL SIN.
Repeat: The more you FEAR SIN AND ITS CONSEQUENCES, THE MORE YOU WILL SIN.
Fear of sinning WILL MAKE US sin. It makes us SLAVES TO sin.
CONFIDENCE (TRUST) THAT JESUS' BLOOD IS SUFFICIENT TO FOREVER SAVE US, and wash away ALL our sins no matter what we do, is what KEEPS US FROM SINNING.
That's what makes sin LOSE ITS GRIP on us.
Does that mean we'll never sin again? No.
We live in a sin riddled world, where temptations come at us constantly and from all directions.
It means you will GRADUALLY sin less and less.
It means that sin, slowly but surely, will become A LOT LESS ALLURING.
It means you will SELDOM sin.
This takes practice and persistence. It's a way of life. The more we practice this Way of Life, the TRUST WALK, the less vulnerable to sin we become.
So, if any sin has a grip on your life, relax. Give it over to Jesus. Place it in His loving Hands, and TRUST HIM that He has FOREVER taken care of sin for you.
Trust Him that ALL your sins (past, present and "future") have ALL been washed away by His Blood.
That should be THE MINDSET of every true believer.
There will come a day when we will NO LONGER SIN, when God's glory will once again crown his human offspring, purifying our minds forever.
Until that day comes, ALL God requires of us is UNSWERVING TRUST.
Commandments are ORDERS.
ONLY SLAVES follow orders.
Sons don't follow orders. They KNOW what's theirs BY BIRTHRIGHT.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015
THE OLD AND THE NEW
You gotta love Jesus.
When He appeared publicly Israelites and Jews had been UNSUCCESSFULLY trying to keep God's Law, including the 10 Commandments, for 1,500 years.
Then Jesus comes along and -- IMPOSSIBLE as it already was to keep the Law (Torah) -- He MADE IT EVEN HARDER.
The Torah called for "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" (Deuteronomy 19:21), but Jesus took it up SEVERAL NOTCHES by saying that IF YOUR OWN hand or eye caused you to sin, YOU YOURSELF SHOULD CUT IT OFF! (Matthew 18:8-9).
That is, if you were to have ANY hope of escaping hell and being justified under the Law.
Of course, NO ONE WOULD EVER DO THAT: otherwise EVERYONE in the world would be missing hands or eyes.
The 7th commandment says "you shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14), but Jesus again RAISED THE BAR by saying that you didn't have to commit THE ACT, you didn't have to even lay a finger on that person: if you so much as LOOKED on him or her WITH LUST, you HAD ALREADY COMMITTED THE ACT in your heart (Matthew 5:28).
The fifth commandment said "you shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13). But Jesus upped the ante by saying that if you hold a grudge and have hatred toward someone in your heart, YOU'RE ALREADY A MURDERER (Matthew 5:21; 1 John 3:15).
Jesus, are you nuts?
Is THAT how you're going to save us?
...By making obedience to the Law EVEN HARDER?
As if it wasn't ALREADY IMPOSSIBLE to keep?
Jesus made those statements while the Old Covenant was still in force.
BEFORE dying on the cross and resurrecting.
BEFORE the New Covenant in His Blood came into effect (Hebrews 9:16).
What did He convey with such teachings?
His point was that it's UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE to please God by trying to keep ANY part of the Law.
It's an exercise IN FUTILITY because individuals who have unregenerate minds and SINFUL natures CANNOT- no matter how much they try or how much they may WANT TO - keep God's Law which is PERFECT.
He was PROVING that the Law was UNABLE TO SAVE ANYONE, MUCH LESS able to REGENERATE THEIR HEARTS.
He was showing Israel that there is NO HOPE OF SALVATION WHATSOEVER UNDER THE LAW (Galatians 3:10).
He was PROVING that the Law - although good and holy - was UNABLE TO MAKE ANYONE RIGHTEOUS, no matter how much or how hard they tried to "keep it" (Galatians 2:16).
He was SHOWING Israel WHY THE ONLY WAY to REMOVE SIN FOREVER was for Him TO DIE and TAKE UPON HIMSELF THE PUNISHMENT for ALL our sins.
Jesus is the ONLY human ever to FULFILL God's Law down to the last jot or tittle (Matthew 5:17-18).
He was showing them that THE ONLY WAY to be made righteous in God's eyes is for Him (God) to CREDIT HIS OWN PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS TO US (2 Corinthians 5:21).
There was, and is, NO OTHER WAY.
Jesus is NOT "one of" the ways to the Father: He is THE ONLY WAY to the Father and THE ONLY WAY to be saved.
Then dump religion, PUT ASIDE the Law, PUT ASIDE any and all claims to SELF-righteousness, any pretense to obtain righteousness ON YOUR OWN, PUT ASIDE all pretenses to "merit" or deserve ANYTHING
I don't care how religious you are...
I don't care what a "good person" or "good Christian" you consider yourself to be...
I don't care how "righteous" you THINK you are, the ONLY THING you and I deserve IS HELL.
If you want Salvation, YOU HAVE TO get Jesus' PERFECT Righteousness, His perfect fulfillment of God's Law, CREDITED TO YOU.
And the ONLY WAY to get it is by receiving Jesus into your heart as only God and Savior and, from that moment forward, TRUSTING Him completely AS YOUR ALL-SUFFICIENT AND ETERNAL SAVIOR.
You MUST TRUST THAT HE IS ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT TO SAVE YOU - NO MATTER WHAT YOU'VE DONE, NO MATTER WHAT YOU'RE DOING, AND NO MATTER WHAT YOU'LL DO.
Jesus went to the cross, died, resurrected, ascended and sent His Holy Spirit so He could GIVE YOU His own perfect righteousness, FOR FREE.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2015
IF YOU WANT TRUTH
If you want Truth, you won't find it in the customary places where most people look.
You won't find it in schools.
You won't find it in universities.
You won't find it in pulpits.
You won't find it in religion.
You won't find it in most preachers.
You won't find it in politics
You won't find it in Socialism.
You won't find it in Communism.
You won't find it in Capitalism.
You won't find it in entertainment
You won't find it on TV.
You won't find it in movies.
You won't find it in media.
You won't find it in Hollywood.
You won't find it on YouTube
You won't find it on Facebook
You won't find it on Twitter
And Lord knows you won't find it on Kristian TV.
There's ONLY ONE PLACE where you will find Truth.
In the Word of God.
JESUS is THE Truth (John 14:6).
EVERYTHING He says IS TRUE.
EVERYTHING He wrote IS TRUE.
If you REALLY WANT Truth, go to Jesus.
Search His written Word, welcome His Holy Spirit.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2015
HI THERE, MARTHA!
"And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, YOU ARE ANXIOUS AND TROUBLED ABOUT MANY THINGS: But ONE THING IS NEEDFUL: and Mary has chosen that good part, WHICH SHALL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY FROM HER" (Luke 11:41-42).
We live in a world full of Marthas.
Like Lazarus' sister they are "troubled" about "MANY THINGS" except the ONE ESSENTIAL thing.
They worry about what they'll wear, eat, drink.
Worried about what others will think.
Worried about what to serve for dinner tonight
Worried about being perceived as a good hostess...
Worried about how others will judge their cooking.
Worried about the house being spotless (nothing wrong with having a clean and orderly home, but some take it to the extreme)...
Worried about what team will win the playoffs or the championship.
Worried about their reputation...
Worried about buying that car, or that suit, or that piece of jewelry...
Worried about outdoing someone else...
Worried about attracting someone not worth 10 seconds of your thought life, and simply not worth it...
Worried about competing with the neighbors...
Worried about popularity, fame and fortune...
Worried about children and family members...
Children deserve our love, care, protection, and attention, so do other members of our family, but even they will one day be out of our lives.
And the ONLY HOPE of seeing them forever is for EACH OF THEM to KNOW Jesus.
Worried about staying on top...
Worried about impressing their boss, co-workers, or relatives...
Worried about their looks...
Worried about their health.
Worried about dying.
They are worried about -- and FOCUSED ON-- EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN, EXCEPT THE ONE THING THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY:
KNOWING JESUS IN YOUR INNERMOST BEING.
Why is Jesus THE MOST IMPORTANT Person?
Why is He THE ONLY ONE ON Whom you should be TOTALLY FOCUSED?
Because He is ETERNAL.
Because your ETERNAL Life DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON HIM.
Because EVERYTHING ELSE - all those things that SEEM important now, and that you're "troubled" about, WILL SOONER OR LATER BE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU.
You won't be taking any of it beyond this life, I guarantee.
So, what's the longest you can ever hope to "keep" ALL THAT STUFF?
...10, 20, 30, 50 years?
...And, then WHAT?
There's Jesus and there's STUFF.
EVERYTHING that's NOT Jesus is STUFF.
STUFF is here today and gone tomorrow.
It's only a matter of time: ALL STUFF WILL BE NO MORE.
But NO ONE, not sin, not hell, not Satan, no angels, no principalities, no powers, no demons, no government, no dictator, not life, not death, not that job you hate, not your in-laws, not your ex-husband or ex-wife, ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend - NOTHING and NO ONE - CAN EVER TAKE JESUS AWAY FROM YOU (Romans 8:35-39).
Why are you SO CONCERNED, Martha, about STUFF that can be gone before you even bat your eyes?
WHY worry about TEMPORARY JUNK?
Focus on the ONE THING, THE ONE PERSON, WHO IS WITH YOU RIGHT NOW,
YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER.
ONLY Jesus is worth our FULL, UNDIVIDED ATTENTION.
No one else is worth it.
Nothing else matters.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015
I rarely do this, but today I want to share a recently received email that both angered me and broke my heart.
Some of you wonder why I keep harping on certain themes, one of them being religious trafficking: the name-it-and-claim-it, "give to get", "you can buy blessings from God IF YOU GIVE MONEY TO ME" crowd.
The reasons are:
1) It's an abomination.
2) It's UNBIBLICAL.
3) It's A LIE.
4) It TAKES ADVANTAGE of the needy and the gullible.
5) It's A SCAM.
6) It's IMMORAL.
7) It's SUPREMELY SELFISH and irresponsible.
8) Many Christians have been swindled and ended up poorer.
9) It's taken over Christianism by storm, and still spreading.
If you read the emails we get, you would understand.
We get much correspondence like this, but this particular one is A PRIME EXAMPLE.
As an added "bonus", this letter also shows HOW THESE GREEDY BASTARDS regard women as CONVENIENT DOORMATS:
Convenient TO EXTRACT MONEY FROM, in order to support their "ministry" and extravagant lifestyle, BUT NOT WORTHY OF RESPECT.
The subject line said: "I want to know more about the true word of God".
I'm sharing it verbatim, except I have left out the sender's name and the name of the ministry in question. I'm highlighting certain portions for emphasis.
It SPEAKS FOR ITSELF:
I go to _____ outreach and I never notice how much money they ask for until the pastors wife came up to me and said " so I seen on the files that you have not been tithing "
I told her yea I know I have been slacking a little.
She laughed and said a little you mean a lot.
My husband tells me THAT THE PASTOR IS ALWAYS ASKING IF I HAVE BEEN TITHING AND THAT IF I DON'T THAT HE NEEDS TO TAKE OVER THE MONEY.
I only make $638.00 a month. I have 3 little girls and the pastor and his wife know that. We get welfare. We are looking for work.
I totally agree with what you teach. ______ outreach is always asking for money.
Pastor preached about robing God of the 10%. And it was getting to me until I started doing some research. Thank you.
Here are a couple of believers on welfare, wife makes minimum wage, with three young girls to house, feed, clothe, etc.
Yet the pastor and pastor's wife are DEMANDING that the wife "tithe" 10% of her income which, according to the figure she provides, would be $63.80 per month.
Evidently, they CARE MORE ABOUT MONEY than about the sheep's soul and well-being.
The pastor and his wife are KEEPING TABS on their giving (or lack thereof) and then INTIMIDATING THEM ("I'm keeping FILES on your lack of giving") and laying GUILT TRIPS on these poor sheep for not giving that measly amount.
The so-called "pastor" has gone so far as to TELL THE HUSBAND that HE NEEDS TO TAKE OVER the minimum wage salary HIS WIFE BRINGS HOME, and PAY the pastor 10% AGAINST HER WILL.
She is THE BREAD-WINNER, and yet this guy is telling the HUSBAND TO TAKE AWAY THE MONEY SHE MAKES, and do with it WHATEVER HE WANTS...
As long as he gives "the pastor" his 10%.
Excuse me while I vomit.
There isn't ONE Scripture - from Genesis to Revelation - that TELLS ANYONE to pay 10% of their income TO ANYBODY - much less to a voracious wolf masquerading as "minister" of Christ.
My advice to this oppressed sister was NOT to give them a dime, and to start looking for another congregation, and ANOTHER pastor, instead of this ravenous WOLF in sheep's clothing.
The "pastor" and his wife are keeping "files" on these poor folk, and trying to EMBARRASS THEM into donating TO THEM what they cannot afford.
When INSTEAD THEY should have said to the sister in question:
"I know you and your family are going thru financial difficulties. We don't expect you to contribute anything. What can WE DO to help?"
THAT is what REAL ministry is about:
It's about SERVING, NOT TAKING.
But at least ONE good thing has come out of this DISGUSTING situation:
The Holy Spirit led her to our teaching on the TITHE LIE.
This precious sister realized she's NOT being taught the Truth, and has expressed A DESIRE, as the subject line indicates, "to know the true word of God".
Praise Jesus... The Truth HAS SET HER FREE.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2015
DROP THE VENEER
Ever wonder why the world thinks Christians are a bunch of phonies?
...Because, in large part, WE ARE.
Organized religion has sold us THE LIE that being Christian means going thru life with a placid grin on your face, no matter what may be going on around us, unfazed and untouched by pain, injustice, anger and all the other evils that take place "under the sun".
That we're to look perfect, act perfect, talk perfect, and BE "perfect", civil and "measured" AT ALL TIMES.
Nothing could be further -- and nothing SHOULD BE further -- from the Truth.
Say what you will about non-Christians, but they're neither shy nor disengaged.
They KNOW what's going on, they are involved with the issues they care about and, when they embrace a cause, they do so PASSIONATELY AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY.
This is one instance when THE CHURCH could learn something from THE WORLD.
Perhaps THAT'S why the world IS SO EFFECTIVE AT SELLING US their ungodly agenda.
Perhaps THAT'S why we're so ineffective AT SELLING THEM OURS.
Our agenda is NOT to change people's lifestyles.
Again: our agenda is NOT to change people's lifestyles.
Our agenda is NOT to stop abortions (although they are hideous).
Our agenda is NOT to get gays to become straight, although it would be great if that happened.
Our agenda is NOT to get men to stop cheating on their wives or wives to stop cheating on their husbands.
It's NOT stopping children born out of wedlock.
It's NOT "taking America back". I got news for you: THAT SHIP HAS SAILED.
Our agenda is to bring souls into INTIMATE relationship with the Savior.
It's to get people BORN-AGAIN.
And we MUST NEVER be shy about it, we MUST NEVER apologize for it, we MUST NEVER leave the task up to "pastors" or "ministers".
Preaching the Gospel is EVERY BELIEVER'S RESPONSIBILITY.
We MUST embrace the Message of Jesus Christ --WHICH IS THE BEST MESSAGE EVER PRESENTED, BAR NONE -- PASSIONATELY, ENTHUSIASTICALLY AND UNAPOLOGETICALLY.
His Message that Salvation is FREE, that ALL sin is forgiven and PAID FOR, and that ALL a sinner needs to do to be saved is receive Him into their heart and life, IS SO SUPERIOR that, IT WILL WIN OVER ALL OTHER messages.
If it SWALLOWED UP the mightiest military empire know to man in less than 300 years, without even lifting a sword or throwing a spear, IT WILL SWALLOW UP EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE THAT STANDS IN ITS PATH, when its presented CLEARLY.
The ONLY WAY the Gospel DOESN'T triumph is:
A. When it's NOT presented at all.
B. When the Message itself is compromised, obscured, contaminated or convoluted by religion.
C. When it's replaced by a LESSER message.
Jesus NEVER COMMANDED US to "go into all the world and STOP abortions".
He NEVER COMMANDED us to "go into all the world and turn gays and lesbians into heterosexuals".
He NEVER said "go into all the world and PUT AN END TO sexual immorality".
He said "go into ALL THE WORLD and PREACH THE GOSPEL!!!
Tell them the GOOD NEWS - THE BEST NEWS - that I already paid for EVERY ONE OF THEIR SINS.
That if they receive me into their hearts, THEY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE (1 John 5:12).
If we bring souls to SALVATION (Jesus), ALL THE OTHER STUFF will take care of itself.
Share Jesus and His incomparable Message of Salvation with others gladly, authoritatively AND CLEARLY.
Do so WITH CONVICTION.
Drop the religious veneer, and speak from your heart.
Be genuine, spontaneous and, above all, BE YOURSELF.
MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2015
SATAN IN THE PULPIT
Satan CANNOT possess a child of God.
NO ONE can put a curse on born-again Christians.
But here's what Satan CAN do to Christians:
Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) but he accomplishes those evil deeds THROUGH DECEPTION.
That is his standard M.O.
That's what he's been doing for the past 6,000 years (Genesis 3:13).
He's AN EXPERT at it.
And he's not biased about whom he deceives.
He'll deceive the unsaved, and he'll deceive Christians IF THEY ALLOW THEMSELVES to be deceived (Matthew 24:4; 1 Peter 5:8).
Unfortunately, most individuals in so-called ministry have allowed themselves TO BE DECEIVED BY SATAN, to one extent or another.
When a "minister" measures the "success" of his/her ministry by dollars and cents...
When they claim to be "faith giants" based on the size of their mansions, buildings, their private jets, or on how many stations their religious propaganda airs...
They have fallen into deception.
The DECEITFULNESS of riches has STOLEN the Word of God (Truth) from their hearts (Mark 4:19).
They are doing what Jesus said NO ONE can do: serve TWO MASTERS (Matthew 6:24).
They are worshiping Jesus and Mammon (MONEY).
When a "minister" finds it necessary to STAGE fake "miracles" in order to gain MATERIAL fame and fortune, he is DECEIVING his dumb groupies, but ends up being DECEIVED HIMSELF.
Satan has INFILTRATED his so-called "ministry".
When THE FOCUS of a "ministry" is THE MINISTER HIMSELF or his so-called "vision" - and NOT JESUS - that is ministerial MALPRACTICE, and also OUTRIGHT DECEPTION.
Satan is preaching from that pulpit, I don't care HOW "EVANGELICAL" it CLAIMS to be.
That religious imposter needs to be TOPPLED from his PEDESTAL and LAND FLAT on his behind.
Perhaps he will then come to his senses.
As DISGUSTING as these all too frequent deceptions are, the most egregious one is THE FALSE GOSPEL deception.
Never mind so-called "Christian" CULTS: we KNOW theirs is A FALSE, HERETICAL message.
But 70% of what's coming out of "evangelical" pulpits IS FALSE GOSPEL.
When you SCARE your congregation or audience by telling them that if they have one alcoholic drink they'll miss the Rapture, AS IF BOOZE HAD MORE POWER TO CONDEMN THAN JESUS HAS POWER TO SAVE TO THE UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25)...
When you tell them one day that salvation is "by grace through faith ALONE" and then tell them that unless they meet YOUR DEFINITION of "holy" they'll go to hell - as IF JESUS HAD NOT IMPUTED HIS PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS TO ALL WHO TRUST HIM... (2 Corinthians 5:21)
When your denomination's favored doctrine, or its founder, BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT than Jesus Himself, or what He actually said and taught...
When you tell your audience that Jesus died for their sins and rose from the dead, but UNLESS they observe the 10 Commandments, attend religious services, or congregate on a 24-hour unit of time called Saturday, THEY'RE NOT SAVED, thereby MAKING JESUS' WORK OF REDEMPTION INEFFECTIVE and INSUFFICIENT...
When you preach that Christ is keeping score of their sins, when His Word says HE NO LONGER COUNTS ANY SINS AGAINST US (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
When you THREATEN THEM that UNLESS they pay 10% of their incomes TO YOU, their heavenly Father WILL PUT A CURSE ON THEM...
You're preaching AN IMPURE, CONFUSING "gospel" which is NO GOSPEL at all.
You are SERVING SATAN.
According to Galatians 1:8 THE ONLY ONES "ACCURSED" ARE THOSE WHO PREACH SUCH LIES.
We CAN'T serve Jesus AND Satan.
REAL ministers of Christ, preach Jesus -- and ONLY JESUS, and His Gospel of Grace.
REAL ministers of Christ PROMOTE FAITH (TRUST) IN JESUS - NOT FEAR (1 John 4:18).
REAL ministers of Christ, serve Jesus only - ALL THE TIME.
REAL ministers of Christ preach THE TRUTH.
REAL ministers of Christ have kicked Satan OUT of their ministries AND PULPITS.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2015
NOT AS YOU WILL
As HOLY, SINLESS Jesus was about to take upon Himself the sin of the world...
As He was about to be arrested, slandered, mocked, falsely accused, lashed, spit upon, crowned with thorns, beaten and crucified...
As He was about to spend three days and nights IN HELL ITSELF for OUR SAKES, in order to SAVE rebellious men and women...
His prayer was:
"...Father, IF IT IS YOUR WILL, remove this cup from me: nevertheless NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS, be done".
BEING IN AGONY "he prayed more earnestly: and HIS SWEAT WAS AS IT WERE GREAT DROPS OF BLOOD falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:32-40).
Jesus' awesome example of obedience and humility, even in moments of excruciating SUFFERING, seems to be lost on many of His supposed "followers".
Jesus Himself warned that MANY would come SUPPOSEDLY "in His Name", saying that He (Jesus) IS the Messiah, AND THEY WOULD DECEIVE MANY (Matthew 24:4).
THE REASON these so-called Christians ARE DECEIVERS...
THE REASON they DECEIVE OTHERS, and are DECEIVED THEMSELVES, is because they DO NOT follow Jesus' example.
They DON'T CARE what the Will of God is.
Again: They DON'T CARE what God's Will is.
They WANT THEIR OWN WILL, and want to IMPOSE THEIR WILL ON GOD - and on EVERYONE else:
"NOT as you will, Father, BUT AS I WILL".
"NOT your will, God, BUT MY WILL be done".
I DON'T CARE, God, that you so loved this rotten world that you sent Jesus to REMOVE ALL SIN FOREVER.
I DON'T CARE that you said Salvation can't be earned, and that it IS A GIFT.
MY WILL is that Jesus' Supreme Sacrifice IS NOT SUFFICIENT to save.
MY WILL is to add MY OWN WORKS and make them co-saviors, along with Jesus.
MY WILL is to "earn" - at least in part - my way to heaven.
NOT your will, God, but MY WILL be done.
I DON'T CARE if you said that your Gifts including Salvation -- the greatest gift of all -- are IRREVOCABLE.
MY WILL is that Salvation can be LOST.
NOT your will, God, but MY WILL be done.
I DON'T CARE, God, that you said your Gifts CANNOT be bought, I want to "prosper", live in luxury and excess, BY FLEECING YOUR DUMB SHEEP.
Therefore, I WILL LIE, twist your Word, take it out of context, and TEACH that "you say" PEOPLE CAN BUY YOUR GRACE by donating money TO ME.
NOT your will, God, but MY WILL be done.
I DON'T CARE that the tithe was only cattle grain and produce - NEVER MONEY -- I DON'T CARE that tithe laws were given ONLY to natural Jews, and I DON'T CARE that they applied ONLY while there was a temple in Jerusalem, I will threaten dumb Christians with a curse IF THEY DON'T PAY 10% of their incomes TO ME.
I will say that GIVING IT TO ME, is really "giving it TO YOU, God".
And, since I know that most of your sheep ARE REALLY, REALLY STUPID, and DON'T HAVE A CLUE about what you REALLY said, I'll exploit their IGNORANCE.
NOT your will, God, but MY WILL be done.
I DON'T CARE if you said you alone should be worshiped, I DON'T EVEN CARE that THE FIRST COMMANDMENT is to love you with ALL my heart, soul, strength and mind, I DON'T CARE that the first of the 10 commandments is to have "NO OTHER GODS before you"...
We WANT A GODDESS, so we will turn Jesus' mother Mary into one - WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.
We will worship Mary, WHETHER YOU APPROVE OR NOT, and "justify" our rebellion by calling it "veneration".
WE DON'T CARE that you say over and over that Joseph and Mary had sex, and that Jesus had brothers and sisters, we want to INVENT THE FANTASY that Mary was a "perpetual virgin" and that Jesus' brothers were really "His cousins".
NOT your will, God, but MY WILL be done.
I DON'T CARE if the Bible teaches a 3½ year tribulation, WE WANT TO EXTEND the judgment and suffering to 7 years - because we like Scofield's theory BETTER than your Word.
NOT your will, God, but MY WILL be done.
I DON'T CARE if you revealed the identity of the Greek Antichrist 2,600 years ago, I WANT HIM to be Pope Francis or President Obama, or Islam, or drug trafficking.
NOT your will, God, but MY WILL be done.
WE DON'T CARE if you said, clear as crystal, that UNLESS a person is born physically (of water) and then RE-BORN SPIRITUALLY (of the Spirit) he or she CANNOT ENTER your Kingdom...
We KNOW BETTER than you, God.
We'll teach that being a "good person" and not "harming anyone" will get us to heaven.
NOT your will, God, but MY WILL be done.
Jesus has dealt with, cleansed and removed, ALL sin - ANY sin!!!! -- of which you genuinely repent.
There's ONLY ONE SIN that He is unable to take away, and that sin is an unrepentant, REBELLIOUS HEART.
Those who entertain such arrogance SHOULD KNOW THAT IT'S NOT THEIR SEXUAL SINS that will send them to hell.
IT'S NOT their drinking or drug binging that will send them to hell.
IT'S NOT their stealing, greed, envy, or their DISHONESTY that will send them to hell.
IT'S NOT even their wrong doctrine that will send them to hell.
It's their REBELLIOUS, UNREPENTANT, UNREGENERATE (and, therefore, DEGENERATE) HEART that will send them there.
When they find themselves in the torment of hell, they'll finally realize THAT THE ONLY WILL THAT MATTERS is God's.
IN HELL, NO ONE will give an amoeba's behind about "THEIR" OPINION, or WHAT "THEIR" WILL is.
And they won't come out of hell UNLESS they REPENT, receive Christ into their hearts as ONLY God, Savior and Lord, and say LIKE JESUS:
"NOT MY WILL, Father, BUT YOURS, be done".
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015
ANTICHRIST OR ANTICHRISTS?
I do not take kindly to lectures, especially from people who ARE BIASED, DISHONEST and DELUDED.
Just like they think that by voting to "dislike" the video, God will change His mind and the Antichrist will be the candidate OF THEIR choice.
Dream on, fools...
Just like they use the trick - common to ALL LIARS - of quoting ALL KINDS of Scriptures that HAVE NOTHING TO DO with the subject, trying to convey THE FALSE IMPRESSION that their prejudiced view is "based on the Bible".
That trick DID NOT WORK WITH ME 10 YEARS AGO, and it doesn't work with me today.
And they often bring up the fact that, according to 1 John 2:22, "antichrist" IS ANYONE WHO DENIES that Jesus is the Christ.
Hence they try to make him generic.
I have no problem with that Scripture whatsoever. In fact, I have NO PROBLEM with any Scripture, PERIOD.
What they neglect to quote is 4 VERSES EARLIER, 1 John 2:18 which plainly states:
"Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that THE ANTICHRIST is coming, even now MANY ANTICHRISTS have come. This is how we know it is the last hour".
John draws a sharp contrast between MANY antichrists" (small "a"), and THE ANTICHRIST (one in particular).
ANYONE who denies Jesus is the Messiah IS "antichrist", small "a".
There have been, are, and will be, MANY "antichrists" (small "a").
There's ONLY ONE Antichrist (capital "A").
There are also MANY "messiahs" or "christs".
A few examples: King Saul (1 Samuel 24:6; 2 Samuel 1:14), King David (2 Samuel 22:51), King Solomon (1 Kings 1:45-46), and Cyrus of Persia, a GENTILE PAGAN (Isaiah 45:1) are all called "messiahs" in the Bible.
Yet that DOESN'T prevent God from having ONE Messiah (capital "M") in particular, who is Jesus THE Christ (Acts 2:36).
Same principle applies to Antichrist.
By the way, the idea of a false Messiah, or Antichrist, manifested as ONE particular individual, was not my invention.
It's been in the Bible for 3,000 years (Psalm 2:1-6; 109:6; Isaiah 14:3-21).
And it's been part of Jewish eschatology (Armilus) long before Jesus walked the earth and before there were any Christians (Psalm 2:1-3; Isaiah 14:18-19; Daniel 7:8; 11:24-25).
The other ridiculous argument they offer is that the Antichrist mentioned in 1 John 2:18 is NOT the same as "the beast" in the Book of Revelation.
According to Revelation 16:12-16, 17:12-14 and 19:11-20: "the beast" gathers his armies at Armageddon to FIGHT AGAINST (ANTI) the returning Christ.
It doesn't get ANY MORE ANTI-Christ than THAT.
Since I don't read FICTION, all "lectures" are ignored.
I DO NOT HAVE THE INTEREST or time to read 60 paragraphs full of lies, conjecture, and wishful thinking.
And I know EVERY RELIGIOUS TRICK IN THE BOOK because I've been dealing with self-deluded religionists for many years.
Tricks and lectures DON'T WORK WITH ME.
Hence, those who engage in such, are WASTING THEIR TIME.
They, in fact, CANNOT DISPROVE what the videos say, or what our Antichrist page says because, UNLIKE THEIR UNFOUNDED FANTASIES, my teaching IS ENTIRELY and methodically based on God's Word.
God's Word is Ultimate Truth.
His Word CANNOT be refuted.
Many have tried for the past 2,000 years to disprove it.
It has invariably DISPROVED THEM.
I wouldn't CONTRADICT God, if I were you.
There's a SPECIFIC Antichrist who will appear very soon.
And he is WHO GOD SAYS HE IS, NOT whom we want him to be.
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