May 2016 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016
"Truly, I say to you, THIS GENERATION WILL NOT PASS AWAY until all these things take place" (Mark 13:30)
Oh, how I love the Word of God!
His Word is ETERNAL and ALIVE.
And I refer to both, Jesus the Word Incarnate, and the written Word.
One thing that thrills me about the written Word is how you can read a passage THOUSANDS of times and you THINK you "get it".
You THINK you've squeezed everything that can be extracted from it, and then, boom!
The Spirit SHOWS US something in that passage that we have read countless times and even memorized, THAT WE HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
We've read it and re-read, and re, re, re read it, and TOTALLY MISSED IT!
And that something just blesses us and makes our spirits SOAR with joy...
It's happened to me SO MANY TIMES, I've lost count.
And I anticipate with great excitement that it will continue to happen...
For those who think "gee, that sounds fanatical... you need to get a life".
By world standards, YOU'RE RIGHT.
By God's standards, you're wrong.
I have THE Life (John 14:6; 1 John 5:12).
What MORE could I possibly want?
What could be MORE EXCITING THAN personally KNOWING the Creator God?
What could be MORE THRILLING than experiencing Him and HEARING DIRECTLY FROM the MOST INTELLIGENT and Wonderful Mind that KNOWS EVERYTHING?
What could be MORE INTERESTING THAN what GOD says?
WHAT in this corrupt world can REMOTELY COMPARE to Jesus?
Praise His glorious Name for all eternity! Amen.
To think that He is running and sustaining the entire universe:
...And yet HAS THE TIME AND PATIENCE to REVEAL "hidden Truth" to His humble servant...
What could make us feel MORE SPECIAL and LOVED than THAT?
Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever and ever! Hallelujah!
The Bible verse quoted above means that THIS generation (40-50 year period) in which we live WILL NOT PASS AWAY (WON'T DIE) until "ALL THESE THINGS take place" meaning, in context, the tribulation, the Rapture, and the Second Coming of Christ.
I've known that for quite some time and have been VERY BLESSED by that knowledge.
But the Word of God is ETERNAL and INEXHAUSTIBLE.
I predict -- in His Holy Name and for His glory -- that FOR ALL ETERNITY we will be discovering new thrilling and more profound Truths that we'd "missed". Amen.
This verse also has ANOTHER meaning: When Jesus said "THIS generation" He was drawing a sharp contrast between us and THAT generation that Moses led out of Egypt.
THAT GENERATION of old, that hardened its heart toward God, COULD NOT ENTER the Promised Land DUE TO UNBELIEF (Hebrews 3:19).
They had NO FAITH. They DID NOT TRUST the God that had so marvelously delivered them from Egyptian bondage.
They wandered in the desert 40 years, until EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM - except Joshua and Caleb - HAD PASSED AWAY (Numbers 32:13).
THIS generation - which HAS FAITH (COMPLETE TRUST) in Jesus - WILL NOT PASS AWAY: It WON'T DIE! (1 Corinthians 15:50-55)
THIS GENERATION - which only has faith - WILL ENTER HEAVEN ALIVE!!! (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
THAT GENERATION'S DEAD CARCASSES were strewn all over the desert. (Hebrews 3:17)
God swore that THEY WOULD NOT ENTER the Land of Promise (Hebrews 3:11).
THIS generation - by the Grace of God -- WILL ENTER.
Glory to Jesus!
THAT generation DID NOT MAKE IT, THIS ONE WILL!!!
Just like Joshua only brought BELIEVING Jews across the Jordan into Canaan, our Joshua (Yeshua) WILL ONLY BRING BELIEVERS in Him into the heavenly realm (Revelation 7:9-14).
God parted the Jordan FOR THEM (Joshua 3:15-17) and He will PART THE SKY FOR US (Revelation 6:14).
MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016
BIBLICAL GENERATION – PART 2
Jewish children begin studying the Torah at age 5.
I remember when our Jewish tour guide in Israel was asked “how long is a biblical generation?” he DIDN’T EVEN BAT AN EYE and instantly replied “a generation is 40 years”.
The Hebrew word for “generation” is dor and the Greek is genea.
O.K., here’s what I’ve done: I’ve taken EVERY biblical passage that CLEARLY assigns A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF YEARS TO a “generation” or “generations”, and listed it below:
1: Job 42:16:
“After this, Job lived 140 years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth GENERATION”.
We know that Job was an adult and thus capable of immediate reproduction.
We don’t know how old that fourth generation he got to see was, but they were probably children or at most, teenagers. If we divide 140 by 4 we get 35.
If we divide by three, we get 46.5 years.
If we split the difference down the middle, that’s VERY CLOSE to 40 years.
2. Matthew 1:17 "So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen... And from David to the carrying away to Babylon fourteen... and from the carrying away to Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations".
We don't know the exact number of years from Abraham to David, or even from David to the Babylonian captivity, but we do know the exact year of captivity to be 586 B.C., and the year of Messiah's birth to be 0 A.D.
Since Matthew tells us there were 14 GENERATIONS between the two, all we have to do is divide 586 into 14 (586 /14) = 41½ years: Still VERY CLOSE.
3. Luke 21:6, 20 and 32. Jesus said, in April of 34 A.D., that THAT GENERATION would NOT PASS AWAY without Jerusalem and the temple being destroyed. It happened, right on cue, in July-August, 70 A.D., 36 years (and approximately 4 months) later.
Please note that He didn’t say the temple would be destroyed a generation later, but that it would be destroyed BEFORE the generation passed away (BEFORE 40 years had passed). It was.
4. Acts 13:36 "For David, after he had served HIS OWN GENERATION... fell asleep..."
And how long did David serve HIS GENERATION? The answer is found in 2 Samuel 5:4 "David was 30 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 40 YEARS".
"... and He made them wander in the wilderness FORTY (40) YEARS, until ALL THE GENERATION, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was consumed".
6. Psalm 95:10 “For 40 YEARS I was grieved with THIS GENERATION, and said, it is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways”.
7. Hebrews 3:9-10 “when your fathers tempted me and proved me and saw my works 40 YEARS. Wherefore, I was grieved with THAT GENERATION”.
.The Bible only requires TWO witnesses for every matter to be established (Deuteronomy 19:15).
I just gave you SEVEN.
If we take Jesus' genealogy in Matthew chapter 1 (from Abraham to David, David to Babylonian captivity, and Babylon to Jesus) as being 42 generations (14+14+14) and divide the approximate time from Abraham to Jesus which is estimated to be about 2,100 years by 42, it equals 50.
Therefore, we conclude that a biblical generation is AT LEAST 40 years, but NO MORE THAN 50 years.
Since Jerusalem returned to the Jews 49 years ago, and Jesus, per His own words MUST RETURN before THIS GENERATION passes away (Luke 21:32), that means that Jesus' return must be VERY, VERY, VERY NEAR.
If His Second Coming, as per Daniel 9:25, happens 7 sabbatical weeks or shemittas FROM "the word" to return and build biblical Jerusalem given in 1969, indeed, as our Lord said in Luke 21:32 THIS generation will NOT have "passed away" until ALL these things (Rapture, tribulation, Second Coming) have taken place.
It means that WE ARE THE GENERATION that will witness His glorious return.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
As we have seen, the length of A BIBLICAL GENERATION is NO BIG MYSTERY: all we need to do is READ THE SCRIPTURES.
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016
I am SO TIRED of people writing me that a biblical generation is “70 years”.
Like brainwashed automatons they repeat ad nauseam WHAT THEY HEARD from OTHER religious robots, who probably picked it up at “Bi-BULL” College, and who HAVEN’T STUDIED OR SEARCHED the Scriptures THEMSELVES, LIKE THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO DO BEFORE they spread some unscriptural myth (John 5:39; 2 Timothy 2:15).
They supposedly “base” their ASSUMPTION on ONE passage of Scripture TAKEN TOTALLY OUT OF CONTEXT.
Meanwhile, THEY COMPLETELY OVERLOOK the MANY biblical passages that DO tell us what a biblical generation is.
Once and for all: Psalm 90 SAYS NO SUCH THING!!!
All that Moses said in verse one of that Psalm is that GOD has been “our dwelling place” THROUGHOUT ALL OUR GENERATIONS (plural)!!!
That’s ALL He said.
Verse two doubles up on this assertion by saying that “from everlasting to everlasting” (for ALL generations) He IS God.
Verse 4 says: “For A THOUSAND YEARS in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night”.
Does that mean that a generation is A THOUSAND YEARS???
They have to SKIP ALL THE WAY OVER TO VERSE 10 to make their dumb “case”:
“The days OF OUR YEARS (NOT of our “generations”) are 70 years; and IF WE HAVE THE STRENGTH they are 80 years”…
If you’re going to make a case for a generation based on THAT ONE verse, then you would have to say it’s 70-80 years, not merely “70” years.
The word “generation”, however, is CONSPICUOUSLY MISSING from that verse. It simply ISN’T THERE.
Moses was merely giving the GENERAL LIFESPAN among Israelites at the time he wrote that Psalm.
Moses himself lived to the ripe old age of 120 (Deuteronomy 34:7). His successor Joshua lived to 110 (Joshua 24:29).
We know that another contemporary, Caleb, was still going strong at 85 years of age, and probably lived to 100 or more (Joshua 14:10).
Moses wrote that Psalm around 1,407 B.C., shortly before his death.
WE KNOW that ALL Israelites that were 20 years OR OLDER (except for Joshua, Caleb and some Levites) had perished DURING THE PREVIOUS 40 YEARS, because they had believed “the evil report” from the spies (Numbers 14:29-35; Deuteronomy 2:14).
THAT’S what Moses was referring to when he says they lived to 70 or, AT MOST, 80 years, because most had died at 60 years of age OR SHORTLY AFTER.
For those who CAN’T ADD 20 + 40 = 60, 30 + 40 = 70 and 40 + 40 = 80.
All Moses was saying is THAT GOD HAD KEPT HIS WORD by NOT allowing them to enter the Promised Land, and by having ALL of them die within that 40 year-period where they’d wandered in the wilderness, EXACTLY as He’d promised:
Consequently, that unbelieving bunch lived to 70, or at the most, 80 years of age.
Dear God!!! Doesn’t ANYONE STUDY God’s Word anymore?
Are Christians too stupid or too lazy to THINK AND SEARCH God’s Word FOR THEMSELVES?
Do I have to do EVERYTHING?
Now that we’ve DEBUNKED THAT moronic myth, HOW LONG DOES SCRIPTURE INDICATE A BIBLICAL GENERATION IS?
We’ll dissect it in the following message.
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE 10 COMMANDMENTS ?
What's so terrible about keeping the 10 Commandments ?
Are they not a good, moral guide for society?
Why won't I give an inch when it comes to the Old Testament being abolished?
Because we have A NEW and BETTER Testament.
Because it took NOTHING LESS THAN the Precious Blood of our Jesus to make that New Testament.
Because the Old Testament can't make ANYONE righteous.
ONLY JESUS can do that.
Because in the Old Testament God's law was ON THE OUTSIDE.
Because in the New Testament we have His law ON THE INSIDE.
Because His Law is now WRITTEN IN OUR HEARTS.
Yes, the 10 Commandments are a good, moral guide for society in general.
BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS!!!
In the Old Testament NO ONE, including Moses, was born again.
NO ONE had GOD living IN them.
Hence, they needed to have some just, moral code ON THE OUTSIDE that told them what NOT to do. (Galatians 3:24-25)
In the New Testament, when Jesus is invited to enter our hearts, HE HIMSELF comes to LIVE IN US thru His Holy Spirit.
We are supposed to be led by His HOLY Spirit FROM INSIDE, NOT from a bunch of "commandments" ON THE OUTSIDE (Romans 8:14)
Under the NEW Testament we have Christ's OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, and the Righteous One Himself, ON THE INSIDE. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
NOTHING and NO ONE can separate us from Him, and NOTHING and NO ONE can bring ANY charge or condemnation against us. NO ONE!!!
All we have to do IN THE NEW TESTAMENT is PAY ATTENTION to Him inside of us, and follow His lead.
God has NO LAW AGAINST Himself.
Repeat: God has NO LAW, and NO COMMANDMENTS, AGAINST Himself.
Once we open our hearts, invite Jesus to enter, and become born-again, DON'T EVER LOOK FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS ON THE OUTSIDE, BUT ON THE INSIDE.
Good works are ON THE OUTSIDE. That's why NO AMOUNT OF GOOD WORKS WILL EVER SAVE US.
Salvation is ALREADY IN US. He LIVES IN us. He IS our righteousness.
We are not to live IN BONDAGE TO a bunch of "thou shall nots", but by the FREEDOM of the Spirit's "thou shalls".
We don't need an outward law, when we have Him/it inwardly.
WHO NEEDS commandments carved in stone ON THE OUTSIDE, WHEN WE HAVE GOD'S OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, the LIVING, Incarnate WORD and His MOST HOLY SPIRIT ON THE INSIDE?
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016
ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART
In Matthew 12:24 Jesus said:
"O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, SPEAK GOOD THINGS? For OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART, THE MOUTH SPEAKS".
No truer principle has ever been spoken.
WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS will, sooner or later, COME OUT OF OUR MOUTHS.
We can pretend, lie, be hypocritical and say one thing, when we really feel something else, but we can only carry on such act for a short while.
It's just A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE OUR MOUTHS REVEAL HOW WE REALLY FEEL.
That's why we can fool some people some times, but we cannot fool ALL the people ALL the time.
That's why we CAN'T fool God at ANY time.
He KNOWS EXACTLY what's in our hearts.
He KNOWS even BEFORE it comes out our mouths.
Tell me the ONE THING you just can't shut up about, and I'll tell you what's in your heart.
So, I ask you today what or WHO is in your heart?
What or who do you talk about CONSTANTLY?
What can’t they EVER SHUT YOU UP ABOUT?
The Super Bowl? Dancing with the Stars? Soccer? Sex? Food? Some lame "celebrity"? Business? Money? Politics? Your denomination? Some pet doctrinal issue you want to IMPOSE on others? Some self-exalting, I'm better and know better than you opinion that you wish to push?
Or is it Jesus?
Is Jesus REALLY in your heart?
If He is, how come you NEVER talk about Him ?
THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
THE PURE GOSPEL
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is GOOD news.
RELIGION has turned it into BAD news.
RELIGION has corrupted the true Gospel into an IMPURE, unholy MIXTURE of “faith” plus man-invented “conditions”.
There are NO “CONDITIONS”.
And if you think there are “conditions”, then you don’t really HAVE faith: you DON’T REALLY TRUST Jesus.
God’s Love, forgiveness, justification and redemption are UNCONDITIONAL to ALL who RECEIVE Christ (John 1:12; 6:37)
The GOOD NEWS is this:
Jesus TOOK AWAY the sin of the world – once and for all. Therefore, God is NOT angry with us, and He NO LONGER COUNTS SINS AGAINST US. (John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)
Those who receive Christ into their hearts and TRUST Him completely for salvation INSTANTLY have ALL their sins removed, never to be remembered again. (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 43:25; Jeremiah 31:34; Romans 8:1, 31; Hebrews 8:12; 10:17)
The true Gospel is not just GOOD news: it’s THE BEST NEWS in the whole universe:
100% GUARANTEED ETERNAL LIFE in union with Him who is NOT only Almighty, not only the wisest Being in the universe, not only the Creator, but Divine Love Personified.
NOTHING ELSE can remotely compare with the Message of FREE SALVATION that Jesus offers.
NO RELIGION can REMOTELY compare.
NO RELIGION can REMOTELY offer that tremendous and ETERNAL GUARANTEE.
But my denomination teaches that you also need…
Wrong: There are NO “BUTS”.
But my “evangelical” pastor says that is true ONLY IF…
Wrong: There are NO “IFS”.
Jesus DID IT ALL – so that Salvation COULD BE FREE to all (WHOEVER) receives Him into his/her heart and TRUSTS Jesus COMPLETELY for Salvation. (John 3:16-17; Romans 10:9)
NO Ifs, ands or buts!
Religion has tried hard to “complicate it”, but Salvation is SIMPLE AND EASY.
Salvation is available TO EVERYONE who WANTS Him (it).
“Let ANYONE who is thirsty COME. Let ANYONE who wants DRINK FREELY FROM THE WATER OF LIFE.”
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016
LOST IN TRANSLATION – PART TWO
Here are some of the most glaringly incorrect -- and CONSEQUENTIAL -- MISTRANSLATIONS of Scripture:
1. IMMEDIATELY AFTER (Matthew 24:29)
The Greek words eutheos de meta should be translated as “immediately WITH”.
THE SIGNS described in this passage INDICATE that the tribulation HAS JUST BEGUN and that SEVERE JUDGMENTS will soon follow:
ALL other Scriptures (Isaiah 13:10, Joel 2:10-11, 31 and Revelation 6:12) that mention THESE SAME SIGNS, clearly state they happen as the tribulation BEGINS, BEFORE the tribulation judgments take place, NOT AFTER:
SIGNS are ALWAYS given BEFORE important events, NEVER AFTER.
Signs given AFTER something’s already happened are WORTHLESS.
They are also UNNECESSARY.
Why would anyone need “signs” that something HAS ALREADY happened?
Especially something as unprecedented and DEVASTATING as the tribulation…
The same word (meta) translated “after” in verse 29 is CORRECTLY translated “with” in verses 30 and 31.
Question: WHY did they translate THE SAME WORD as “after” ONLY in verse 29, but as “WITH” in the next two verses?
This DELIBERATE mistranslation shows HOW ORGANIZED RELIGION INTENTIONALLY TAMPERED with the Word of God to MAKE IT reflect its false post-tribulation doctrine.
2. FALLING AWAY (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
This passage clearly says that the Day of the Lord (tribulation) CANNOT COME unless "THE DEPARTURE" (Rapture) takes place.
The Rapture, therefore, takes place AS THE TRIBULATION BEGINS, NOT after it ENDS. (Revelation 7:9)
But, since this Holy Spirit inspired Truth DOES NOT support official RELIGIOUS doctrine, it was translated as “apostasy” in Roman Catholic Bibles and as “falling away” in the Protestant King James.
NOTHING here indicates MASSIVE DEFECTION from the faith.
And NOTHING'S “falling away” from nowhere.
Ho apostasia, literally means “THE DEPARTURE”.
The Greek apostasia DOES NOT MEAN “apostasy” (as in departure FROM THE FAITH).
It would ONLY mean that if the text SPECIFIES that the “departure” is FROM the faith, as is the case in 1st Timothy 4:1:
Apostēsontai tines tēs pisteōs
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 DOES NOT mention departure FROM the faith, but merely “THE DEPARTURE”.
This proves that organized religion HAS NO COMPUNCTION WHATSOEVER ABOUT LYING and CONTRADICTING GOD, as long as it can advance its ungodly agenda.
3. ACCOUNTED WORTHY (Luke 21:36)
What to do if you want to CONTRADICT GOD and preach a FALSE, IMPURE “gospel” of SALVATION THROUGH A MIXTURE OF faith plus WORKS?
MISTRANSLATE His Word, of course!
The Greek katischuo means "TO HAVE STRENGTH WITHIN”.
It has NOTHING TO DO WITH “worthiness”.
The words "accounted worthy" ARE NOT FOUND IN the original Greek.
The Greek word for "worthy" is aksios. It DOES NOT APPEAR AT ALL in this passage.
Therefore, the original verse WAS CHANGED INTENTIONALLY to accommodate religious heresy.
I have found only 5 English Bibles that give an accurate translation of this verse: the English Standard Version, the Berean Study Bible, the Berean Literal Bible, the NET Bible, and the New American Standard Bible.
ALL other English translations, including the KJV, are INCORRECT.
4. CAN FAITH SAVE HIM? (James 2:14)
James was NOT talking about SOUL salvation. He was talking ABOUT SAVING POOR, PERSECUTED BELIEVERS in Jerusalem (where he was Bishop) from dying of STARVATION.
There was famine in Jerusalem and surrounding areas. It was further aggravated by terrible persecution of Christians by both the traditional Jews and the Romans.
This is well documented in secular history and supported by multiple Scriptures (Acts 8:1; 11:27-30; 24:17; Romans 15:25-26; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:14; 2 Corinthians 9:1-5, 12)
Unfortunately, the original Greek DID NOT HAVE punctuation marks.
By MISPLACING a question mark AFTER “can faith save him?” the harlot religion made it APPEAR as though James is saying that FAITH ALONE is INSUFFICIENT to save one’s SOUL.
If we remove that INTENTIONALLY MISPLACED question mark, we find that James is saying that FAITH ALONE CANNOT SAVE a needy brother or sister from PHYSICALLY dying of hunger.
In order to save other believers from PHYSICAL DEATH, their faith had to be accompanied by works, like SENDING THEM FOOD and money to buy food.
IT CANNOT REFER TO SALVATION OF THE SOUL, since the word “soul” does not appear AT ALL in James chapter 2.
5. ABRAHAM JUSTIFIED BY WORKS
"Was not Abraham our father JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar? (James 2:21)
The CORRECT translation should be “Did Abraham not DEMONSTRATE HIS JUSTIFICATION (THE JUSTIFICATION HE ALREADY HAD THROUGH FAITH ONLY) when he offered Isaac?”
This is PROVEN BEYOND DOUBT by verse 22 which says:
"You SEE 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 SHOWS THAT HE IS RIGHTEOUS BY WORKS and NOT by faith alone.
All this passage says is that Abraham MADE THE INVISIBLE FAITH HE HAD VISIBLE (SEEN by others) through his actions.
There are AT LEAST THREE INSURMOUNTABLE problems with this mistranslation:
1. Abraham was declared righteous based ON FAITH ALONE, WITHOUT any works. (Genesis 15:6)
2. That happened at least 26 years BEFORE ISAAC WAS EVEN BORN, and AT LEAST 30 YEARS BEFORE he tried to offer Isaac.
Therefore, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE for Abraham to have been “justified” by the work of offering Isaac.
But that DIDN’T STOP religious LIARS from changing the original text TO PUSH THEIR UNGODLY AGENDA.
3. GOD SAYS SALVATION is by grace through faith – WITHOUT ANY WORKS -- in AT LEAST 33 New Testament Scriptures:
Romans 4:6-8 and Psalm 32:1-2
2 Corinthians 5:19
2 Corinthians 5:21
2 Corinthians 12:9
2 Timothy 1:9
James 1:2-4; 2:8
1 John 5:12
6. BAPTISM SAVES
What if you want to teach a FALSE “new birth”, NOT BY RECEIVING JESUS into your heart (John 1:12), but by DUMPING SOME WATER on someone’s body through the FALSE DOCTRINE of water baptism regeneration?
Again, exploit misplaced punctuation marks:
“And its counterpart, baptism, saves us, (not by putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21)
"And its counterpart, baptism, SAVES US NOT through putting away filthiness of the flesh, ON THE CONTRARY: (what saves is) asking for A GOOD (sin free) CONSCIENCE TOWARD God by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ".
What a difference THE TRUTH makes!
7. WOMEN WILL BE SAVED THROUGH BEARING CHILDREN (1 Timothy 2:15):
Want to discriminate against women, make them feel subservient and inferior?
NO PROBLEM: Just kill two birds with one stone:
Tell them to shut their big mouths, that they are to be seen and NOT heard, and that they’re supposed to be “good little housewives” who double as baby-making machines.
I’ve only found ONE English translation with the correct rendering of this passage: It's the International Standard Version:
"… SHE (in context, Eve) WILL BE SAVED THROUGH THE BIRTH OF THE Child (SINGULAR)".
THAT'S what the ORIGINAL Greek text says.
This isn't talking about women giving birth to children being necessary for salvation. It's talking ABOUT THE BIRTH OF JESUS!!!
THE Child, or "the SEED of the woman" that God promised in Genesis 3:15 would crush Satan's head and SAVE ALL OF US - men and women.
Glory to Him from everlasting to everlasting!
8. PAY TITHES (Hebrews 7:9)
"...Levi also, who receives tithes, PAID TITHES in Abraham".
That's how 23 English versions of the Bible, including the King James Version, render this passage.
Only ONE tiny problem: the word "pay" is NOT FOUND in the original text.
The correct translation is: “…Levi also, who receives tithes, TITHED in Abraham".
Abraham tithed ONLY ONCE in his entire life.
He GAVE ONE TENTH of Sodom’s and Gomorrah’s recovered food, clothing, and goods, to Melchizedek. (Genesis 14:16-20)
Abraham DIDN’T “PAY” ANYTHING.
The original Bible text was CHANGED, cleverly and cunningly, to accommodate religious doctrine:
In view of the above, if you ever come across a Bible text that doesn’t jibe with true, biblical doctrine, DON’T ASSUME IT’S CORRECT:
CHECK IT OUT in the original language!
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016
LOST IN TRANSLATION
I adore Jesus and love His written Word.
However, some of the eternal truths that comprise THE TOTAL, absolute Truth, which His Holy Spirit inspired, have been badly mangled, or altogether lost in translation.
As I’ve shared often, the original Bible was written 3,500 years ago (Old Testament) and 2,000 years ago (New Testament).
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew. The New Testament was written in Greek and Aramaic.
They did not get translated into English until the 14th century.
By then SO MUCH had changed!
Translators and their translations reflected – intentionally or unintentionally – the distortion and religious bias into which a lot of Bible Truth had degenerated.
The degradation of the true Christian faith had been orchestrated by sinful men with reprobate minds, unsaved hearts, and driven by lustful greed and hunger for power.
Regardless of which English version of the Bible we use, most of what it says is accurate.
Regardless of which English version of the Bible we use, ALL OF THEM, including the revered King James translation, CONTAIN ERROR.
That is why serious students of God’s Word should use and compare DIFFERENT translations.
When in doubt, or if something they read is INCONSISTENT WITH true Christian doctrine, they MUST go to the original languages to ascertain the true meaning.
Since most people DO NOT speak Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic, there are Bible dictionaries and lexicons (Hebrew to English, Greek to English, etc.) that can be consulted to determine what particular words actually mean.
Failing that, you can always ask an unbiased, trustworthy, born-again, Spirit-filled person who does understand the original languages.
Regardless of how many Bible translations or translating resources we use, our understanding of God’s Word is SEVERELY LIMITED if we approach it only with our natural minds.
The ORIGINAL Bible is Holy Spirit inspired, and ONLY the Holy Spirit can accurately and completely reveal its meaning.
While inaccurately translated passages are too many to list in one message, Lord willing we will look AT SOME OF THE WORST AND MOST CONSEQUENTIAL MISTRANSLATIONS in tomorrow’s message.
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016
WHERE ARE ALL THE RIVERS?
“In the last day, THAT GREAT DAY of the Feast (Hoshana Rabba or Great Salvation), Jesus stood and said in a loud voice: ‘If any man thirst, let him COME TO ME, AND DRINK.
HE THAT BELIEVES ON ME, as the Scripture has said, OUT OF HIS BELLY (inner man, innermost being) SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.’
(But this He spoke of the Spirit, Whom they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given…” (John 7:37-39)
Jesus is THE Truth.
Jesus NEVER lies.
And He said that those who BELIEVE IN HIM would have RIVERS flowing from their bellies or from their INNER man.
Therefore, I have a question for the Body of Christ at large:
For all those who CLAIM to be “believers” in Jesus:
WHERE, in God’s Name, ARE ALL THE RIVERS?
Either Jesus LIED (perish the thought) or we should be SEEING RIVERS OF LIVING SPIRIT SUBSTANCE flowing out of each Christian.
WHERE ARE those RIVERS?
WHERE’S THE LIVING WATER that’s supposed to be flowing from each of us?
As it stands right now, we’re “lucky” if we see A TINY TRICKLE here and there.
When Jesus spoke those words He was referring to Isaiah 58:11.
The only “condition” attached to the rivers FLOWING OUT OF US is that WE BELIEVE (trust) in Jesus as only God and Savior.
EVERY Christian on earth, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, should have THIS LIVING WATER CONSTANTLY flowing out of them…
Out of their mouths…
And that living water should also be cleansing and transforming our attitude and way of life.
And yet, it’s NOT happening!
Would you like to know THE REASON for the great SPIRITUAL DROUGHT?
Again: THE REASON for the great SPIRITUAL drought is NEGLECT.
We live AS IF Jesus and the Holy Spirit DON’T even EXIST.
We have BOTH (who are One) inside and yet, WE PAY NO ATTENTION to the inner man, the INNER Christ, or His Spirit within.
We’re starving them to near death.
They WOULD HAVE DIED were it not for the fact that He is God, He is THE Life, and for the Grace and power of God:
“My people HAVE COMMITTED TWO SINS:
1. THEY HAVE FORSAKEN ME, THE SPRING OF LIVING WATER, and
2. (They) HAVE DUG THEIR OWN CISTERNS, BROKEN CISTERNS THAT CANNOT HOLD WATER.” (Jeremiah 2:13)
Oh, Jeremiah! You are SO right!
They DON’T EVEN THINK about the inner Christ.
Organized evangelicalism tells them that “if they receive Christ into their hearts, He COMES TO LIVE IN their hearts”.
But DO THEY REALLY BELIEVE what they preach?
If Jesus HAS COME TO LIVE IN your heart, if you have THE SPRING of living water Himself LIVING IN you, HOW COME you never FOCUS ON HIM?
HOW COME you never even THINK of Him?
HOW COME you never TALK to Him?
HOW COME you never LISTEN TO Him?
That is GROSS NEGLECT.
We have replaced THE FLOWING SPRING of LIVING water with broken cisterns of stagnant religion which CAN NEVER hold, nor PRODUCE, GOD’S LIVING water.
WE ARE SO AFRAID of the INNER Christ that we use those man-created smelly cisterns to throw ALL KINDS OF DIRT ON TOP OF that INNER SPRING, in order to PREVENT IT (Him) from flowing.
Pause and MEDITATE on THAT.
Ezekiel ALSO saw LIVING WATER FLOWING from the Temple of God… (Ezekiel 47:1-9)
That living water would rise to the ankles, then to the knees, THEN TO WAIST (BELLY) LEVEL, and finally would gush out and become A HUGE RIVER that no one could stop and that would bring LIFE to everyone and everything it touched.
And WHO, according to Scripture, IS the Temple of God?
YOU ARE!!! (1 Corinthians 3:17; 2 Corinthians 6:16)
That LIVING WATER should be gushing out of us until it becomes a GREAT SPIRITUAL TSUNAMI that sweeps us (raptures us) into the Kingdom of God.
Isaiah and Habakkuk both saw the day when that living water would cause GOD’S GLORY TO COVER THE WHOLE EARTH “as the waters cover the sea”. (Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14)
For the love of Jesus, SAINTS, STOP DAMMING that inner spring!
Remove the dams created by religion and LET the river FLOW!!!
If God could bring LIVING water out OF A ROCK to quench the thirst of natural Israelites (1 Corinthians 10:4), He can bring LIVING WATER out of YOU.
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016
The big story from the Vatican in recent days is Pope Francis’ apparent willingness to consider women serving as deacons.
I say “APPARENT willingness” because Francis often says one thing and then backtracks from his earlier statements.
The Pope was asked:
“The permanent diaconate is open only to men, married and not. WHAT PREVENTS THE CHURCH FROM INCLUDING WOMEN AMONG PERMANENT DEACONS, AS HAPPENED IN THE PRIMITIVE Church?
Why not create an official commission that can study the question?”
Francis gave a run-around answer the gist of it being that he was willing to form such commission and that he planned to do just that.
Sure enough, the following day the Vatican’s Secretariat for State, Italian Archbishop Angelo Becciu, tweeted that the Pope had made a surprise declaration indicating he was thinking about a commission on women deacons.
However, he added a word of caution:
“Let’s not rush the conclusions!”
That was followed by a “clarification” from Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, who insisted, “The Pope DID NOT SAY he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women.”
The Pope indicated that he would consult the matter with the Roman Catholic's "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith".
Actually, they already looked into the possibility of women deacon 14 years ago.
It resulted in a lengthy study by the International Theological Commission that clearly opposed women deacons on the grounds that ancient “deaconesses” were not the same thing as deacons today, and that the current diaconate is firmly part of the sacrament of Holy Orders, which is open only to men.
One must ask: WHY must there be “a commission” to study such issues, WHEN THE BIBLE IS CLEAR that there were women deacons in the primitive Church, BEFORE Roman Catholicism was invented. (Romans 16:1)
They were also WOMEN EVANGELISTS (Romans 16:3; Philippians 4:2-3), and Scripture mentions at least ONE WOMAN PASTOR (Colossians 4:15) and at least ONE WOMAN APOSTLE (Romans 16:7).
They were all recognized as LEGITIMATE ministers of Christ by no less than the Apostle Paul
Is the RCC’s Theological Commission also going to declare that apostles and evangelists WERE NOT in the first century WHAT THEY ARE TODAY?
Ephesians 4:11-13 CLEARLY says THERE WILL BE Christ-ordained apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers… UNTIL we ALL come into THE UNITY OF THE FAITH.
Since we’re NOWHERE NEAR such unity, at least in the natural, then we must still HAVE THE SAME KIND OF MINISTRIES THEY HAD IN THE FIRST CENTURY, the only difference being that those who carry out today’s ministerial offices are VASTLY INFERIOR…
In EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY!
But this is THE RELIGION that values traditions of men, in the false name of “apostolic tradition” ABOVE both, the Incarnate and the written Word of God.
Unfortunately, THE GREAT PROSTITUTE does not only DISCRIMINATE AGAINST WOMEN, but passed down its prejudiced tradition to its harlot daughters who call themselves “protestant” and even “evangelical”. (Revelation 17:5)
Aren’t you glad there was NO ORGANIZED RELIGION in the first century?
The apostles KNEW that in Christ there is “neither Jew nor Gentile, slave or free, male or female” (Galatians 3:28).
The apostles DIDN’T NEED to form “a commission” to study these issues.
They already had Jesus’ GREAT COMMISSION to “go INTO ALL THE WORLD and preach the Gospel”. (Mark 16:15)
And Jesus NEVER SAID “BUT this is only for men, WOMEN are not allowed to preach it”.
Jesus is NO FOOL. And it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that women ARE FAR BETTER COMMUNICATORS than men.
Had women been allowed to freely minister and share Christ all these centuries, we’d have the entire world evangelized, just as Jesus commanded.
With Jesus about to return, the world going to hell in hand basket, with the earth riddled with sin, debauchery, terrorism, religious hatred, illiteracy and other evils, including gross abuse of women and children, the CLUELESS Pope announces just what we needed:
Another BORING and FRUITLESS “commission” to DENY and OPPOSE what Christ and His Apostles established.
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
"A friend loves AT ALL TIMES, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).
Loyalty is A VIRTUE seldom spoken of.
Loyalty is faithfulness (fidelity).
It means devotion or steadfast commitment to a person, country, group or cause, REGARDLESS what that person, country or group may be experiencing -- good or bad.
Loyalty is A MUST in anyone you would even consider as a friend, let alone as spouse.
We have some examples of this RARE virtue in God's Word:
Abraham was loyal to God, and God was and IS (praise His Name) ETERNALLY loyal to Abraham and to Abraham's Seed (us) (Galatians 3:29).
Joseph -- a picture of Jesus if there ever was one -- remained loyal to his brethren EVEN AFTER they DISOWNED him, BETRAYED him, ruined his young life, and SOLD HIM into slavery (Genesis 45:9,10).
Ruth was loyal to Naomi, even after her husband's death, which forever put her in King David's, hence in Jesus', genealogy (Ruth 1:16).
Jonathan was loyal to David, Elisha to Elijah, and John the Baptist to Jesus (1 Samuel 20:17; 2 Kings 2:1, 4, 6; John 3:30).
The apostle John remained loyal to His Lord, even when the rest of the disciples fled, and even stood before the cross, being the only eyewitness among them to His Crucifixion (John 19:25-26).
Likewise, we have examples of DISLOYALTY in the Bible, the two most egregious ones being Lucifer's betrayal which led to his rebellion AGAINST God which forever turned him into hasatan, the ENEMY, and Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus.
Loyalty is glaringly LACKING in modern society, including in Christian circles.
In fact, some of the most blatantly DISLOYAL people I've known are self-professed "Christians":
Someone starts a congregation, makes all kinds of personal sacrifices, devotes a large portion of his or her life to serving the brethren, seeking God, ministering to their needs, teaching them the word, offering counsel and encouragement…
The congregation thrives and, suddenly, because the pastor isn't always perfect (and WHO, besides Jesus, EVER IS?) or because we "disagree" with him or her on some SILLY ISSUE that could be resolved through honest dialogue, and seeking the Lord earnestly (without bias) IN SPIRIT -- the pastor finds out that SOME OF THE PEOPLE HE'S HELPED THE MOST have been stirring up members of his own congregation - the congregation he built from scratch -- AGAINST HIM.
Instead of OPENLY discussing the issue, they've been talking behind his back, gossiping, making all sorts of mostly unfounded accusations, until the situation becomes unbearable for all involved.
Next thing you know, those "other" members have turned into a SPLINTER GROUP that has divided the brethren and which inevitably ends up as a sad statistic in the annals of ministerial casualties.
THAT is being disloyal.
We make a LIFETIME commitment to someone through marriage, then after the initial thrill wears off, when things don't go as well as we had planned, or when someone we consider more PHYSICALLY ATTRACTIVE crosses our path, we promptly cheat and/or file for divorce.
Much to our shame, the divorce rate is ACTUALLY HIGHER among self-professed "Christians" than among unbelievers.
THAT is being fickle and TOTALLY disloyal.
Before I get 500 letters from insecure readers:
Yes, THERE ARE biblical grounds for divorce, but those are rather EXTREME.
Yes, it takes TWO people to keep a marriage going: if one spouse is UNWILLING, there's not much the other spouse can do.
Yes, Jesus will forgive those who have divorced for WHATEVER reason, if they turn to Him in repentance and faith.
And NO, NO ONE will go to hell because they divorced their spouse or because they cheated on him or her.
However, we're discussing LOYALTY.
We often experience disloyalty within our own families: You were there for cousin Bob, aunt Cynthia, and brother Ed in THEIR TIME OF NEED, but when YOUR TIME OF NEED comes along, they TURN THEIR BACKS.
That is being UNGRATEFUL and UTTERLY DISLOYAL.
We experience it with our "friends" who loved to hang around us when things were going well and we were prosperous.
Aaaaah, but when you lost your job, your savings, your home, your business, when finances dried up and you could no longer afford the fancy restaurants, the luxury cars, the yachts, or the glamorous lifestyle, they disappeared faster than Buffalo wings at a Super Bowl party.
Those were NEVER your friends to begin with.
I often see disloyalty in my own ministry. And what I find most disturbing is that it comes from those who SHOULD BE most grateful and loyal:
From the ones I spent hours answering every silly question imaginable, until all their doubts and fears were laid to rest.
From the ones who asked for, and received, TONS of materials from us, FREE OF CHARGE.
From those with whom I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because of some heart-wrenching situation they were experiencing, or because they were seeking deliverance from addiction, or because they were suicidal or wrestling with their own salvation.
THEY ARE THE FIRST to surge out of the shadows AT THE DROP OF A HAT and viciously attack me and this ministry.
That's DISLOYALTY and Jesus - who knows ALL THINGS - even the deepest secrets in the human heart and mind, IS WATCHING.
On the other hand, there are SOME loyal brothers and sisters, and I praise Jesus for each and every one of you.
Generally speaking, humans are notably DISLOYAL.
Loyalty, however, IS A CHOICE.
NO ONE can force us to be loyal or disloyal. We determine that ON OUR OWN.
He who finds ONE loyal friend, spouse, brother or sister is VERY BLESSED, INDEED.
If you find MORE THAN ONE, you're EXTREMELY blessed.
So, if you find one or more, appreciate them, and RETURN THE FAVOR BY BEING LOYAL TO -- AND GRATEFUL FOR -- THEM:
Above all, BE LOYAL TO JESUS, NO MATTER WHAT.
We can be like Judas who betrayed Him for 30 measly pieces of silver, or we can be like John and STICK WITH HIM TO THE VERY END.
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016
DON’T TELL ME: TELL THEM!
One obstacle with which this ministry often contends is Christians who discover our website, enjoy our website, correspond with us regularly,and somehow or other start thinking that communicating with us ENTITLES THEM to dictate WHAT I DO WITH MY TIME:
They start sending me videos, and URL addresses to other websites.
They want me to watch and read these because THEY like them… or because THEY ARE CONFUSED BY them and want me to tell them if their teaching is correct or incorrect.
Apparently, IT ISN’T ENOUGH that I minister the Word DAILY, 365 days a year.
Apparently, IT ISN’T ENOUGH that I share some pretty amazing revelations (to Jesus be all the glory!) that you don’t read or hear anywhere else, and that I do it free of charge, when I could have MADE A FORTUNE selling books about them.
Apparently, IT ISN’T ENOUGH that I answer ALL their questions, including some pretty silly ones, THAT CHIP AWAY AT THE PRECIOUS TIME when I should be helping those with REAL needs, instead of killing their boredom.
Apparently, IT ISN’T ENOUGH that I’m here TO PRAY FOR THEIR NEEDS whenever they request prayer for something legitimate.
Apparently, IT ISN’T ENOUGH that I do all this FOR FREE, without EVER selling ANY thing, or asking for money.
Apparently, I “have to” agree with EVERYTHING they say, whether it’s biblical or not, whether it makes sense or not.
Apparently, I “have to” like what they like, watch what they watch, and read what they read, or they AREN’T happy.
Apparently, I “have to” spend my time DOING WHAT THEY WANT ME to do, or they STOP liking me.
They start reading EXTRA BIBLICAL stuff and want me to answer 50 questions about those FALSE books which AREN’T in the Bible.
I’m a BIBLE teacher. You want to talk about Jesus?
You want to ask questions about the Bible or Bible prophecy?
You want to delve into that “OTHER literature” – when you DON’T KNOW THE BIBLE – YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN!
While I’ve read most of that crap, and I’m familiar with its contents, I’m not here to answer questions about “books” NOT inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus NEVER CALLED me to do THAT.
He also DIDN’T call me to police YouTube, the Internet, other ministries, or “Christian” book sellers:
They read a book or watch a video that “preaches the Gospel of grace” and WANT ME to watch it or read it.
I praise Jesus FOR EVERY person who ministers the true, undiluted, undistorted Gospel of Grace: But...
It’s NOT ME that they should be sharing that book or video with:
I’m ALREADY SAVED!
They should find some UNSAVED person in their family or circle of friends and acquaintances… and SHARE IT WITH THEM!!!
I can’t have SOMEONE ELSE running this ministry.
I WON’T HAVE someone else telling me HOW to spend my VERY SCARCE and valuable time.
ONLY JESUS OF NAZARETH can do that.
Unless your name is Jesus of Nazareth, I love you, I’ll minister to your needs, pray for your needs when necessary, answer your Bible related questions to the best of my current ability, BUT I WON’T DO YOUR BIDDING.
And if THAT’S the “price” of your “friendship” then YOU’RE NOT A REAL friend.
If I did what everyone out there wants me to do, I WOULD HAVE no ministry.
I wouldn’t even have time to write these daily messages!
That attitude is SUPREMELY SELFISH and immature. And those who have it would do well to REPENT and examine THEIR OWN HEARTS.
I’m here to bring souls to salvation and minister to those with GENUINE NEEDS, NOT to cater to the whims of the religiously bored.
And if this makes anyone unhappy, I’m sorry.
But I answer TO JESUS, NOT ANYONE else.
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016
How often do we hear someone say...?
“I belong to such and such religion or denomination, but I respect ALL religions”
Should we, as Christians, RESPECT ALL religions?
The answer is “NO!”
As Americans, and as described in the First Amendment to our Constitution, we must RESPECT A PERSON’S RIGHT to worship whoever, whatever, however, whenever and wherever he or she wants… or NOT to worship at all.
As Christians we MUST respect God-given FREE WILL.
As Christians we MUST respect AN INDIVIDUAL’S RIGHT TO BELIEVE, OR NOT BELIEVE, whatever he or she chooses.
But we DO NOT HAVE TO RESPECT – and MUST NOT respect – RELIGION ITSELF.
God IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF RELIGION.
God DID NOT create ANY religion.
Jesus DID NOT found a religion.
The Christian faith IS NOT a religion.
The Christian faith is SIMPLY receiving Jesus into our innermost being, having an INTIMATE relationship with Him inside ourselves, and TRUSTING Jesus to eternally save us.
The Christian faith HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH man-invented rules and regulations, man-fabricated traditions, buildings erected or institutions created BY SINFUL MORTALS, or with ANY FORM OF ORGANIZED RELIGION.
Again: The true Christian faith, as preached by Jesus and His Apostles, HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO with ANY of the above.
Well, what about our SAVED Christian brothers and sisters of certain denominations?
We should honor and respect them and their faith, provided it’s genuine.
We have no reason to respect THEIR RELIGION (DENOMINATION) which was invented by men, which teaches man-invented lies, and which AUTOMATICALLY DIVIDES THEM from other true believers:
The INSTANT you say “I belong to this group” you DISASSOCIATE yourself from OTHER born-again Christians.
God (Jesus) IS NOT the author of divisions. (John 17:21)
We eternally praise Jesus FOR OTHER BORN-AGAIN Christians who GOT SAVED DESPITE the garbage taught by myriad “Christian” denominations.
Well, what about traditional Judaism?
To the extent that Israel gave us SALVATION (Jesus, John 4:22) WE HONOR natural Israel, natural Israelites (including Jews), and ESPECIALLY THE SACRED WRITINGS which God entrusted to them, and which they delivered and preserved for the rest of mankind. (Romans 3:1-2)
But do we honor THE RELIGION ITSELF which DENIES the Deity of Jesus, DENIES that He is THE Messiah, and DENIES that He is THE ONE AND ONLY SAVIOR? (Acts 4:11-12)
RELIGION – ALL religion – IS THE INVENTION OF SATAN.
Religion is Satan’s MOST EFFECTIVE TOOL to kill, steal, destroy -- AND DIVIDE.
And before you send that condemning email, NOT ONE “Christian” denomination was FOUNDED OUT OF LOVE.
And God IS Love.
Therefore, NOT ONE Christian denomination was established by God—I don’t care HOW MUCH THEY LIE and CLAIM that “they are the ONLY true followers of Christ”.
In fact, those who make such claim ARE THE BIGGEST LIARS and LEAST LOVING.
ALL Christian denominations were founded (even “evangelical” ones) OUT OF DISSENT and DISLIKE for OTHER Christians.
I WON’T even get into NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS which are DOWNRIGHT SATANIC like Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Baha’ism, Unitarianism… and others too numerous to mention.
WHY should we show ANY respect FOR SATAN’S LIES?
WHY should we respect ANYTHING that is ANTI-Christ and sends people STRAIGHT TO HELL?
To sum up:
We MUST respect EACH PERSON’S RIGHT to choose in whom or what to believe.
We MUST NOT respect ANYTHING INVENTED BY SATAN, INCLUDING RELIGION.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016
SIGNS DON’T KILL
My goodness… I keep hearing from believers terrified about the 10 days of tribulation they’ll have to spend on earth.
First of all, CALM DOWN and relax: the catching away of Christians WON’T HAPPEN THIS YEAR.
The numbers simply aren’t there. That means we’ll have to wait AT LEAST ANOTHER year.
Secondly, ALL we get to experience are THE SIGNS that the tribulation has begun.
Granted, it WON’T BE business as usual.
Utilities will probably NOT be available for the 10 days.
ALL forms of mass communication and transportation will be interrupted.
Geography will be rearranged and the world will be in a chaotic state.
But there’s NO RECORD ANYWHERE of people dying in large numbers DURING those 10 days, with TWO notable exceptions:
1. The UNSAVED who see THE SIGNS and die from fear “of the things that are coming on this earth” (Luke 21:25).
2. Christians who ALREADY ARE being persecuted and murdered in certain parts of the world. (Revelation 2:10).
There’s NO RECORD ANYWHERE of deaths on a significant scale during the 10 days.
Matter of fact, in Revelation 7:1 we have AN ANGEL SPECIFICALLY SENT TO HALT ANY JUDGMENTS until the 144,000 Israelites are sealed.
Obviously, then, God’s people will be supernaturally protected – and GATHERED – during those 10 days, in preparation for the actual Rapture. (Matthew 24:31)
But what about the GREAT EARTHQUAKE described in Revelation 6:12?
God will protect us.
What about the tsunamis described in Luke 21:25?
God will protect us.
The fact that when they occur men are FEARFUL of them shows that they’re NOT DYING en masse.
SIGNS don’t kill anyone.
Again: SIGNS don’t KILL anyone.
Signs are for UNBELIEVERS, NOT for believers. (1 Corinthians 14:22)
THE SIGNS ARE DESIGNED to get unbelievers’ ATTENTION and give them ONE LAST CHANCE to repent and RECEIVE JESUS before ALL HELL breaks loose on earth.
There’s NOTHING to fear. Jesus has OUR BACKS.
And may I remind everyone, for the umpteenth time, that FEAR is WHAT OPENS THE DOOR to Satan?
Fear is WHAT ENERGIZES him and ALLOWS HIM to function.
When we CUT FEAR OFF, we CUT SATAN OFF!
Jesus is GOD: He can DO ANYTHING.
He will keep His Church safe.
Salvation is ALL about giving our hearts to Jesus and TRUSTING Him to SAVE US COMPLETELY and ETERNALLY.
If you’ve trusted Him all this time:
Can’t you trust Him for 10 MORE DAYS?
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016
YOU’RE NOT HELPLESS!
THE ONLY THING we’re helpless about is salvation.
Once we ARE saved, there’s NO MORE HELPLESSNESS.
Once we ARE saved, we HAVE A SAY on what goes on IN us and AROUND US, and on what manifests BOTH inside and outside.
Once we ARE saved we have JESUS HIMSELF, the fullness OF THE GODHEAD, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, LIVING IN us.
We ARE His Temple.
Therefore Jesus MUST rule and reign from our Temples, JUST AS He will one day rule from the 4th and final Temple in Jerusalem.
Jesus MUST rule these INDIVIDUAL Temples, BEFORE He rules from that one.
But Jesus was born without original sin…
When you’re born again, SO ARE YOU.
He DESTROYED original sin.
He TOOK ALL THE SIN OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING ORIGINAL SIN. (John 1:29)
He BECAME sin for us.
And He NAILED SIN to the cross.
Then He gave you HIS OWN, PERFECT Righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I’m tired of preachers lionizing sin and belittling Jesus’ AWESOME, COMPLETE, PERFECT, AND ETERNAL Redemption from sin.
I’m tired of Christians playing “the victim”, and wallowing in self-pity, as if they were helpless marionettes.
I’m tired of watching brothers and sisters being walloped by Satan.
And although I’m happy to help and intercede and stand for your needs UNTIL your spirit develops into a strong, healthy Jesus who CAN STAND ON HIS OWN…
I’m also tired of whiny Christians WANTING TO THROW EVERYTHING on the preacher’s shoulders:
“Pray this situation away from me.”
“Magically make this problem into which I GOT MYSELF – OF MY OWN FREE WILL – disappear.”
Saved preachers HAVE JESUS INSIDE, and Jesus CAN do anything.
But Jesus WON’T INTERFERE with the FREE WILL that He gave humans.
GROW UP, people of God: Decisions HAVE CONSEQUENCES!
And WHY should Jesus go out of His way to straighten out THE MESS THAT YOU CREATED ON PURPOSE, when you won’t even give Him the time of day?
When you ONLY THINK OF HIM when you’re in trouble?
When you DON’T EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE Him inside yourself, DON’T FEED Him and DON’T ALLOW Him to grow and develop?
Any human parent doing that with a PHYSICAL child would be thrown in jail FOR GROSS CHILD ABUSE.
Yet that’s how we treat the INNER Christ EVERY SINGLE DAY.
We PAY NO ATTENTION to Him.
We WON’T ALLOW HIM to grow and become a man.
Oh, but then we run to the nearest Jesus preacher when we have a problem.
Selfish, immature jerk!
Parents will protect and defend their kids for a while.
But they WON’T DO IT FOREVER.
The time always comes when those kids GROW UP and then THEY CAN PROTECT AND DEFEND THEMSELVES.
They can determine WHAT they allow and what they WON’T.
Same holds true in the Kingdom of God.
We want Jesus to return, bring peace on earth, and REIGN FROM Jerusalem…
When we WON’T EVEN ALLOW HIM to REIGN IN OUR LIVES!
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016
CLEANSING THE TEMPLE
“And the Jews' Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
And found in the temple THOSE THAT SOLD oxen and sheep and doves, and the CHANGERS OF MONEY sitting:
And WHEN HE HAD MADE A SCOURGE OF SMALL CORDS, HE DROVE THEM ALL OUT OF THE TEMPLE, and the sheep, and the oxen; and POURED OUT THE CHANGERS' MONEY, AND OVERTHREW THE TABLES;
And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things away; don’t make my Father's house a house of merchandise.”
And his disciples remembered that it was written: The zeal of your house HAS CONSUMED ME.” (John 2:13-17)
Boy have we screwed things up in organized Christianism!
RELIGION HAS LIED TO US about so many things!
The “Jesus” they preach is a sterilized, religiously correct version of the REAL Jesus.
The “Jesus” they preach is always “meek and mild”, sugary sweet, with NO TEMPER OR ATTITUDE.
This passage says OTHERWISE.
THE REAL Jesus WASN’T as sweet, meek or mild as RELIGION portrays Him.
God, on the other hand, presents A VERY HUMAN JESUS who, WHILE BEING SINLESS, COULD express ANGER, COULD feel displeasure, and COULD EXPRESS BOTH not just with words, BUT WITH PHYSICAL FORCE.
We are regularly told, by Christian pastors, that THOSE BUILDINGS which THEY (not God) INVENTED and ERECTED are the “temple of God”.
That’s ANOTHER LIE!
That building is NOT the “house of God”:
YOU ARE!!! (Hebrews 3:6)
Jesus DOESN’T LIVE IN that building.
He LIVES IN YOU! (1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 3:17)
Religion frowns when anything they regard as objectionable is brought into those buildings which THEY INVENTED and ERECTED.
Religion is CRITICAL of even the way we DRESS inside those buildings.
It focuses on WHAT GOES ON INSIDE the building, but pays little or no attention to WHAT GOES ON INSIDE THE REAL TEMPLE: our physical bodies.
All religion does is CONDEMN US when the filth we carry INSIDE manifests OUTSIDE.
Then it tells us HOW BIG our sins are, and HOW INADEQUATE Jesus is to CLEANSE THAT SIN:
How we must “help” poor, insufficient, POWERLESS Jesus to “save us” by OUR PITIFUL PERFORMANCE!
The buyers, sellers and MONEY CHANGERS were INSIDE the REAL temple.
And Jesus DROVE THEM OUT!
We need to FOCUS ON the REAL TEMPLE.
We need to be mindful of what goes on INSIDE this temple, NOT outside.
And we need to MEDITATE ON THE FACT THAT WE ARE HIS temple, NOT those man-invented buildings.
We need to meditate it UNTIL it becomes SO INGRAINED in our hearts and minds that, like Jesus, and AS JESUS, WE WON’T ALLOW ANYTHING to DEFILE His REAL Temple.
That WHENEVER a thought, an image, or a feeling that DOESN’T BELONG THERE pops up, we immediately take a whip AND DRIVE IT OUT:
“Get OUT OF HERE! I AM the Temple of the Living God! You don’t belong here! And you’re NOT ALLOWED ENTRY!
I won’t have any of that.
And STAY OUT!”
If you are born-again, JESUS – THE REAL JESUS-- LIVES IN YOU.
Do you want Jesus LIVING IN FILTH?
If NOT, He WILL CLEANSE YOUR TEMPLE, WHICH IS HIS TEMPLE, FROM THE INSIDE.
Provided that you LET HIM…
His ZEAL will CONSUME YOU until there’s NOTHING LEFT BUT Him.
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016
FIGHTING VS. RESTING
There is SO MUCH confusion and CONTRADICTION in Christendom!
It’s easy to see why unbelievers and skeptics think we’re all a bunch of clueless loons.
Why they think we’re full of it and make fun of our incoherence.
There is NO CONSISTENCY in the “Christian” message: preachers say one thing one moment, and then CONTRADICT themselves the next.
That CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING:
Their preaching and teaching DOES NOT COME FROM GOD.
Because God is NOT the author of confusion!!!
And God NEVER contradicts Himself.
If He did, He’d be AS BIG A LIAR as some of those peddling their lies on “Christian” TV.
A couple of examples:
1. On the one hand they say that “God is a GOOD God”: So far so good…
On the other hand they teach that UNLESS you SEND THEM a donation, God won’t bless you, prosper you, or give you your heart’s desire.
If that is, indeed, the case, then He ISN’T a “GOOD God” at all.
I’m a NO GOOD, lousy sinner, and I would never set conditions on my children in order to provide for their legitimate desires or needs.
Yet our INFINITELY GOOD and PERFECT Heavenly Father is regularly accused of doing JUST THAT.
If such teaching is true, then God (perish the very thought!) is A BAD God.
A COLD, HEARD-HEARTED God!
A TOTAL despot!
2. The basic “word of faith” teaching has been, for the past 60 plus years, that if you want something from God, you ask Him in faith, without doubting, believing that you receive when you ask, and then you STAND ON that belief, and CONFESS with your mouth OVER and OVER that you have what you asked for… until IT MATERIALIZES.
And yet a “word of faith” preacher recently taught (and I’ve heard it from OTHER “word of faithers” as well) that “you’re going to have TO FIGHT FOR your stuff, and for everything that rightfully belongs to you and is worthwhile”, because there’s an enemy called Satan.
Then, adding insult to mendacity, he added “don’t shout me down ‘cause I’m preaching real good”.
At THAT point I said, “NO, YOU’RE NOT!” and turned off the TV.
I’ll take SILENCE over LIES any day…
At least we can HEAR GOD in the silence…
(Pause and meditate on THAT, constant seekers of “Christian” entertainment)…
THAT is a freakin’ CONTRADICTION!
It CONTRADICTS Mark 11:22 which is THE verse on which so-called “word of faith” doctrine is SUPPOSEDLY based:
We ask God in faith, NOT DOUBTING, we believe that we receive when we ask.
And then WE REST!!!
We REST, CONFIDENTLY KNOWING that our petition was granted (i.e., our prayer WAS answered).
Sure, you can confess the end result IN SPIRIT-GENERATED FAITH.
If it’s a rote confession, and NOT Spirit-generated, you’re wasting your time and energy, and will end up exhausted and disillusioned, as many already have.
If it’s SPIRIT-generated it will flow out your mouth SPONTANEOUSLY and EFFORTLESSLY.
What you don’t do is say: NOW I HAVE TO CONFESS THIS 50 TIMES, EACH AND EVERY DAY, IN ORDER FOR IT TO MANIFEST.
Nor do you have to “fight Satan” IN ORDER FOR it to manifest.
That’s WORK, NOT faith!!!
That’s FEAR, NOT faith!!!
That IS NOT FOUND IN Mark 11:24!
Mark 11:24 says:
“Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, BELIEVE THAT YOU RECEIVE THEM, AND YOU SHALL HAVE THEM.”
It says NOTHING about “fighting” for those things.
It says NOTHING about “fighting the devil”.
And, yes, there’s a devil. Who cares?
If God HAS ANSWERED YOUR PRAYER AND GRANTED YOUR WISH, there’s NOTHING Satan can do about it!!!
NOT a thing!!!
Last time I checked, “YOU SHALL HAVE THEM” means “YOU SHALL have them”!
There is NO FIGHTING involved.
We rest CONFIDENTLY KNOWING that Jesus IS ON OUR SIDE.
CONFIDENTLY resting in HIS GOODNESS and HIS Grace!
WHY would you want to “fight” someone WHOM JESUS ALREADY DEFEATED?
WHY would you want to re-energize (WITH YOUR FEAR) someone WHOSE HEAD JESUS ALREADY CRUSHED?
Praise His glorious Name for all eternity!
If you need to “fight Satan” it’s BECAUSE YOU DON’T REALLY BELIEVE that Jesus ALREADY WALLOPED HIM.
Again: If you need to “fight Satan” it’s BECAUSE YOU DON’T REALLY BELIEVE that Jesus ALREADY VANQUISHED HIM.
That, in turn, means YOU HAVE NO FAITH!!!
That, in turn, means YOU’RE LIVING IN FEAR:
Fear that – if YOU DON’T confess and confess…
Fear that – if YOU DON’T fight…
You WON’T HAVE IT.
When JESUS SAID that YOU WILL!
All we are told in Scripture to do about Satan is RESIST him. (James 4:7)
We RESIST the creep by STANDING on the Word of God (Jesus) and also on His written Word, FIRMLY AND CONFIDENTLY: Period. (Ephesians 6:11)
By RESTING (HAVING FULL ASSURANCE) THAT JESUS ALREADY WHIPPED Satan's BUTT -- and that if Jesus is FOR US, WHO IN HEAVEN, HELL OR EARTH CAN BE AGAINST US? (Romans 8:31)
Make up your minds, “faith” teachers!
Make up your minds, “Christians”!
You CAN’T have it both ways.
Either God is good – ALWAYS – or He ISN’T.
Either Jesus DEFEATED SATAN – ONCE AND FOR ALL – or He DIDN’T.
Jesus ALREADY WON THE WAR, idiots!
Stop trying to OUTDO JESUS!!!
There’s NO MORE FIGHTING!
VICTORY is OURS!
Jesus accomplished all this 2,000 YEARS AGO!
And Satan's STILL SORE from the beating!
Glory to the Captain of our Salvation!
We REST in Jesus TRUSTING that Satan's days on this earth are LITERALLY numbered.
TRUSTING that because he ALREADY WAS AND IS DEFEATED, he’s headed into the lake of fire for all eternity. (Revelation 20:10)
Never to deceive, never to tempt, never to lie, never to interfere with human affairs -- EVER AGAIN!
Glory to Almighty God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit for all the eons of eternity!
ALL that’s keeping Satan around is “time”: the very “time” (LIE) that he invented.
Like ALL OTHER LIES, “time” is destined to expire and BE SWALLOWED UP BY Truth (ETERNITY), which is God.
Glory to Jesus! Glory to Jesus! Glory to Jesus!
Thank you, Almighty God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Thank you that you are EXCEEDINGLY GOOD AND GRACIOUS – ALWAYS.
For you NEVER CHANGE.
You and you alone, Most High God, are WORTHY of our LOVE and OF OUR COMPLETE TRUST.
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016
THE PROBLEM WITH SLAVES
“And they said to each other, “WE should CHOOSE A LEADER and GO BACK TO Egypt.” (Numbers 14:4)
Israelites had endured 400 YEARS of terrible oppression and FORCED LABOR as SLAVES in Egypt.
Then God raised Moses and used him to bring them out of SLAVERY and into freedom.
God had promised to lead them to a land FLOWING WITH milk and honey. (Exodus 33:3; Leviticus 20:24)
He’d promised to give them great and splendid CITIES WHICH THEY HADN’T BUILT, already made houses FULL OF ALL GOOD THINGS WHICH THEY HAD NOT PROVIDED, water wells that THEY HAD NOT DUG, and vineyards and olive trees which THEY HAD NOT PLANTED. (Deuteronomy 6:11)
He’d promised TO BLESS THEM WITH ALL MANNER OF GOOD THINGS for which THEY had NOT WORKED, or even so much as lifted a finger.
And to back up His promises, God had performed great wonders to bring them out of Egypt:
He sent plagues that only afflicted Egyptians, parted the Red Sea, and brought all Israel across the Red Sea on foot and on dry ground.
He’d protected them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night, manifested His Presence, fed them manna FROM HEAVEN, and brought living water to quench their thirst OUT OF A ROCK.
And AFTER ALL those marvelous wonders, ALL IT TOOK was 10 spies who brought AN EVIL REPORT that CONTRADICTED God –
And stiff necked Israelites forsook God, forsook Moses, FORGOT God’s promises, and CHOSE TO RETURN TO SLAVERY.
Slavery, in fact, LINGERED in their rebellious hearts, long after their descendants entered the Promised Land.
SLAVERY still remains in their rebellious hearts TODAY.
NOTHING’S CHANGED in 3,500 years:
Unfortunately, the same holds true for many professing “Christians”:
Jesus brought us SUPERNATURALLY OUT OF SLAVERY to sin and Satan.
He destroyed and REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, so that NO ONE could bring ANY charge against us. (John 1:29; Romans 8:1, 31, 38-39; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)
And like the stiff-necked Israelites of old, ALL IT TAKES IS FOR 10 OR SO FAITHLESS, RELIGIOUS “SPIES” TO BRING EVIL REPORTS that CONTRADICT God, and Christians…
FORSAKE JESUS, FORSAKE GRACE, FORSAKE the GREAT Salvation He PURCHASED for us with NO LESS THAN HIS OWN, SACRED BLOOD – (1 Peter 1:18-19)
And those “Christians” THROW THEMSELVES BACK INTO SLAVERY UNDER THE SINAI LAW, without even blinking.
It’s a TOTAL AFFRONT to God.
It DOESN’T make sense.
But SLAVES CAN’T HELP IT.
SLAVES can’t process Grace.
The concept of Grace, the concept of GETTING SOME WONDERFUL BLESSING that they DO NOT DESERVE and DID NOT WORK FOR, totally escapes THE SLAVE MINDSET.
Slaves, you see, are used TO WORKING FOR what little “blessing” they get.
Egyptians fed the Israelites AS LONG AS THEY WORKED TO EXHAUSTION and DID WHAT THEY WERE TOLD.
They didn’t feed them MUCH. They didn’t give them good food. JUST ENOUGH TO SURVIVE, so they could CONTINUE WORKING.
But, incredible as it sounds, Israelites PREFERRED SLAVERY to GETTING FREE BLESSINGS for which they DIDN’T HAVE TO WORK.
And so it is with many Christians today.
ALL IT TAKES is for ten or so religious “spies” like Ellen G. White, Charles Taze Russell, Alexander Campbell, Herbert W. Armstrong, Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith or Brigham Young, to bring AN EVIL REPORT...
AN EVIL REPORT THAT CONTRADICTS God…
An EVIL REPORT that tells them HOW “GIGANTIC” THEIR SINS ARE…
Instead of HOW BIG their God is.
An EVIL REPORT that tells them that they feel “like grasshoppers” BEFORE those GIGANTIC SINS… (Numbers 13:32-33)
And THE MOST EVIL REPORT OF ALL: the one that says that Jesus ALONE is NOT SUFFICIENT TO SAVE…
And they VOLUNTARILY SELL THEMSELVES into SLAVERY IN NO TIME.
They ENJOY SLAVERY.
They'll FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL FOR THE RIGHT to continue in slavery.
And ONLY the supernatural Love and Grace of God, CAN GET THEM to LEAVE SLAVERY BEHIND and ACCEPT HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and Grace:
The houses they DIDN’T BUILD, the vineyards they DIDN’T plant, and THE SALVATION THEY DIDN’T WORK FOR.
The Salvation THEY CAN NEVER “earn” and for which they CANNOT work.
NOT ONE person from that FAITHLESS generation of Israelites made it into the Promised Land. (Numbers 14:30-35)
And NOT ONE of those FAITHLESS “Christians” will make it into heaven. (Mark 16:16; Ephesians 5:6; Hebrews 3:15-19)
Slaves CAN CALL THEMSELVES “Christian” until their lying faces turn yellow.
REAL Christians AREN’T slaves.
REAL Christians ARE SONS.
And, as sons, we DON’T HAVE TO WORK FOR ANYTHING.
All we do IS TRUST and RECEIVE our INHERITANCE from Daddy. (Galatians 4:24-30)
I DARE YOU, Jehovah’s Witness; I DARE YOU, Church of God, Church of Christ, Mormon, Disciple of Christ, Christian Scientist, Adventist…
In the Name of Jesus, LEAVE SLAVERY BEHIND!!!
Receive Christ INTO YOUR HEART: trust Him COMPLETELY for the ETERNAL Salvation… THAT NO ONE DESERVES.
And START BEING A SON of God.
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016
GIVEN UP ON JESUS?
Many people have just given up on Jesus.
Some have given up on Him because the Rapture hasn't happened at the time THEY THOUGHT it should.
That's just spiritual immaturity.
However, my main concern is those who grew up in Christian homes, and were brought up in some form of "Christian" religion.
A perfect example of this is TV host Bill Maher, a self-professed atheist who grew up Roman Catholic.
Another example is Ted Turner, founder and former head of CNN, who grew up in the Bible Belt, was exposed to the inner workings of evangelical Christianism, had firsthand exposure to its greed and lack of power, inability to provide answers to his father's suicide, or to his sister's untimely death, and became agnostic.
What happens to Ted, Bill and many others is that they are taught man invented religion instead of PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LIVING Jesus.
They either perceive the Christian faith as a bunch of "DON'T DO THAT'S" that are impossible for any sinful mortal to live up to.
Hence they throw in the towel, thinking to themselves "I'll NEVER measure up".
Of course you won't!
None of us do!
That's WHY we need Jesus!
Because HE'S THE ONLY ONE that measures up!
We need to stop trying to produce OUR OWN goodness or OUR OWN righteousness (which is what religion teaches) and GET HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, by inviting Him (Jesus) TO LIVE IN US.
Because we have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS of our own: none, ZERO.
The ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE is that of Jesus.
That's what Christians need to be teaching, instead of "don't do" this or "don't do" that.
Well hold on, Martel: Ted's a well known womanizer...
And don't forget that he was married to Jane Fonda (which in Christianism is as close to the "unpardonable sin" as it gets).
Didn't Jesus come TO SAVE SINNERS?
Didn't Jesus ALREADY PAY FOR every single one of Ted's, Jane's (and Judy's, Ashley's, Bill's, Mike's, or Martel's) sins?
Either we REALLY BELIEVE THAT HE DID, or WE'RE NOT Christians!
Make up your minds, self-righteous religion mongers!
But there's yet another reason:
There are many who grew up Christian, then went to college and encountered arguments made against God and against the Christian faith there which they were not equipped to handle or answer, let alone refute.
They were NOT TAUGHT at their worship center, in Sunday School, Christian youth group, Christian Middle School, or High School, about the "outside world" or about how to stand up for the faith, and were caught TOTALLY UNPREPARED.
Instead, they were taught 300 boring hymns. Or 50 "contemporary Kristian" songs filled with mindless, meaningless, religious fluff.
When he founded CNN, Ted Turner sarcastically said he would be broadcasting "until the end of the world" and that he would sign off with the hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee".
Even as a Christian, I have to appreciate the humor. I also TOTALLY understand where he's coming from.
They were taught crap, like memorizing the names of the 7 deacons in the Book of Acts (oh yeah... that'll come in handy when someone questions whether Jesus really rose from the dead, or whether He even EXISTED).
They were NEVER TAUGHT WHY WE BELIEVE in Christ.
They were taught that He rose from the dead, which is true, but never HOW DO WE KNOW that He rose? WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE?
Since all religion is designed to make its subjects co-dependent, they were never encouraged or taught how to THINK INDEPENDENT of religion, or how study the Bible and historic sources for themselves, and seek Truth on their own.
Consequently, when they go to college and get clobbered and even ridiculed by their peers and professors for their faith, AND THEIR LACK OF SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION IS EXPOSED, THEY JUST GIVE UP.
They reason that, if all these smart people, all these college professors are nonbelievers, they MUST BE right. There must NOT be a God.
'Cause if there WERE a God, then surely my Christian religion or my Christian worship center, --which taught me COUNTLESS TIMES to pay 10% of my salary or God would put a curse on me,-- WOULD HAVE GIVEN ME SOMETHING WITH WHICH TO COUNTER these objections.
Since they DIDN'T, then these objections to God, Jesus -- and to His very existence -- MUST BE TRUE.
THAT IS WHY this ministry often deals with such matters. We answer both unbelievers' arguments and, at the same time, give believers spiritual ammunition and a SOLID foundation on which to build their faith.
Religion gets a freakin' "F" on preparing its mindless clones to face and answer objections.
And ANOTHER freakin’ “F" for building their flimsy faith on quicksand, NOT on the rock.
All it takes is a gust of wind that's contrary and their entire house crumbles.
It's both tragic and heart-breaking.
Think of what Ted Turner has done for secular humanism.
Think of what HE COULD HAVE DONE for the true Christian faith.
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016
"WORTHY" TO ESCAPE
Luke 21:36 offers ONE OF THE MOST UNFORTUNATE and MISLEADING translations of Jesus' words found in the New Testament.
This is how it reads in the KJV and several other English translations:
"Watch therefore, and pray always, THAT YOU MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of man".
See that? It says that, in order to go in the Rapture, and escape the tribulation, we must be found "worthy".
NO, IT DOESN'T.
This is the ONE verse to which legalists FRANTICALLY CLING in order to "prove" that going in the Rapture DEPENDS ON our conduct and our own merit.
WHAT, you may be wondering, is wrong with this passage?
The words "ACCOUNTED WORTHY" are NOWHERE FOUND IN the original Greek text.
Once more: The words "ACCOUNTED WORTHY" are NOWHERE FOUND IN the original Greek text.
Wait a second, Martel, are you telling me that someone ADDED to Jesus' words?
I'm also telling you that THEY FLAT-OUT CHANGED what Jesus SAID to accommodate their religious bias.
The Greek word ERRONEOUSLY translated as "accounted worthy" is katischuo. It means "TO HAVE STRENGTH", or to "HAVE POWER" WITHIN.
It has NOTHING to do with "worthiness": ZERO.
It comes from two Greek words, kata, meaning "down" or "under" and ischuo which means "TO HAVE STRENGTH or POWER".
So, what this passage ACTUALLY AND LITERALLY SAYS is:
"Watch therefore, and pray always, THAT YOU MAY HAVE THE STRENGTH OR POWER DOWN UNDER TO ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man".
And Jesus WASN’T talking about Australia, but that we may have POWER “DOWN UNDER” in our spirit, which is presently in our stomach, John 7:38.
Jesus IS the POWER OF God (1 Corinthians 1:24).
This verse is telling us, IN ESSENCE, THE SAME AS Matthew 25:1-12,that ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE Jesus in their hearts, His POWER and His ANOINTING (oil) or Spirit are going into the marriage feast.
It’s telling us, as Johnny Cash would have said, “to KEEP A CLOSE WATCH on this HEART of mine”.
Only those WHO HAVE THE POWER OF GOD (JESUS) INSIDE will be raptured.
It has NOTHING, ZERO, to do with "being worthy" of ANYTHING.
In fact the Greek word for "worthy" aksios is NOT MENTIONED AT ALL in this passage.
But don't you teach that the Bible is the INERRANT Word of God?
The Bible, AS IT WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN by Jesus' apostles and prophets, IS ERROR FREE.
TRANSLATIONS into modern languages, like English, of what they wrote ARE NOT ALWAYS error free, as I've pointed out on many occasions.
As I've told you repeatedly, the earliest translations of the New Testament into English took place in the 14th century, some 1,200 years AFTER it was originally written.
By then, A LOT HAD HAPPENED in Christendom.
The Early Church was gone.
Strange, unbiblical doctrines had crept into ORGANIZED RELIGION.
Soteriology and Eschatology HAD BEEN CHANGED BY FALLIBLE, MORTAL HUMANS.
The translators - even if we give them the benefit of the doubt - that they all MEANT WELL and tried to do the best and most accurate rendering of each passage, WERE HUMAN.
As humans, they COULD NOT HELP being influenced - consciously or subconsciously - by some of the garbage being taught such as "salvation through works" or, worse, that you could BUY your salvation by purchasing hierarchical "indulgences".
Not to mention being influenced by EARLIER translations of the Bible into Latin especially commissioned to accommodate INVENTED religious dogma.
Salvation through works OR THROUGH PURCHASE would, indeed, be based ON MERIT.
Only ONE TINY PROBLEM: NO SUCH THING IS TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE, Old or New Testaments.
That is why if you ever read something in whatever translation of the Bible you use that doesn't seem kosher, and DOESN'T LINE UP WITH true, orthodox Christian doctrine, CHECK IT OUT IN THE ORIGINAL Hebrew or Greek.
We can ALWAYS TRUST God to tell the Truth.
We CANNOT trust MORTALS to do so.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016
NO PLACE IN THE KINGDOM
“Let NOTHING BE DONE through strife or vain glory; but IN HUMILITY of mind LET EACH ESTEEM OTHERS BETTER THAN THEMSELVES:
Not looking TO YOUR OWN INTERESTS but each of you TO THE INTERESTS OF OTHERS:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very Nature God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But MADE HIMSELF OF NO REPUTATION, and took upon him THE FORM OF A SERVANT, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF, AND BECAME OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH, EVEN THE DEATH OF THE CROSS.
THEREFORE God also HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIM, AND GIVEN HIM A NAME WHICH IS ABOVE EVERY NAME:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, TO THE GLORY OF God the Father.” (Philippians 2:3-11)
There’s NO PLACE for SELF-exaltation in the Kingdom of God.
Again: there’s NO PLACE for SELF-exaltation in the Kingdom of God.
God’s Kingdom is NOT about you, me, him, her, them or it.
It’s ABOUT JESUS.
It’s ALL about Jesus:
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, and JESUS!
To Him be ALL THE GLORY for all the eons of eternity, WORLDS WITHOUT END.
I sometimes receive the most immature correspondence from PRETENTIOUS individuals with a penchant for drama, and an EXAGGERATED SENSE OF SELF-importance.
They think it’s ALL about THEM:
“Me, me, me, me, me, me and ME”…
They want us to believe WHAT THEY SAY BECAUSE “THEY said it”.
They want us to believe WHAT THEY SAY over and above WHAT GOD SAYS.
Their EGOS are as gigantic as THEIR LIES.
They’re NOT fooling Jesus, and they’re not fooling me.
I’ve been in ministry too long and interacted with too many people to know who seeks Jesus’ glory, and who seeks his or her OWN glory.
They ACT AND SPEAK JUST LIKE their father the devil (John 8:44, 48).
Satan was THE FIRST who TRIED TO EXALT HIMSELF INSTEAD OF giving ALL THE GLORY where it belongs:
To the Most High God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit! (Isaiah 14:12-15)
Satan’s LUST FOR GLORY will send him TO THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ALL ETERNITY. (Revelation 20:10)
Same goes for his son, the Antichrist. (Revelation 19:20)
And the same goes for any other “children” of his.
Jesus won’t share His glory WITH ANYONE.
Exalt yourself and the Lord will ABASE YOU. (Proverbs 16:18; 29:23; Isaiah 2:11; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5)
He’ll put you “in your place” IN NO TIME. (Luke 14:11)
The Father exalted the human Jesus TO THE HIGHEST place because of His eternal Sacrifice.
In order to achieve that EXALTATION, as a human, Jesus (BEING GOD) HAD TO HUMBLE Himself, as we read above, TAKE OFF HIS OWN GLORY (the very glory after which some of YOU LUST), become A LOVE SLAVE, and SUBMIT TO THE MOST PAINFUL, HUMILIATING AND AGONIZING torture and death.
Then, for good measure, He spent THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE HORRORS OF HELL.
You want exaltation, you want praise, you want to be recognized and crowned?
Then YOU BETTER BE READY TO PAY THE PRICE.
You better fall on your knees, humble yourself before Jesus, and cry out: “Lord, have mercy on me, A SINNER!”
Instead of BRAGGING about “how right” you think you are…
You better TAKE UP YOUR CROSS daily and CRUCIFY YOUR FLESH daily.
You better HUMBLE yourself before God and OFFER YOURSELF in living SACRIFICE.
HUMBLE YOURSELF before the Lord and He will exalt you. (James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6)
God never changes. This wisdom has been in the Bible for 3,500 years.
Therefore, BEFORE anyone sends SOME CARNAL, PRETENTIOUS, RIDICULOUS, SELF-EXALTING message, they better HUMBLE THEMSELVES, PICK UP THEIR CROSS and follow Jesus ALL THE WAY TO CALVARY:
…Because NO FLESH will glory in His Presence.
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016
THE RAPTURE PROCESS – PART 2
When we consider Revelation 6:12 – 7:10 together with OTHER passages of Scripture that speak of the same blessed event, we get AN EVEN CLEARER and more detailed picture of the Rapture Process:
“Immediately with the tribulation of those days SHALL THE SUN BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON SHALL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, and THE STARS SHALL FALL FROM HEAVEN, and THE POWERS OF THE HEAVENS SHALL BE SHAKEN:
30 And then SHALL APPEAR THE SIGN OF the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and THEY SHALL SEE the Son of man (Jesus) COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN with power and great glory.
31 And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, AND THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree: When its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near:
33 So LIKEWISE YOU, WHEN YOU SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, KNOW THAT IT IS NEAR, EVEN AT THE DOORS.” (Matthew 24:29-33)
WHY would Jesus tell believers “WHEN YOU SEE all these things” if, as the prophecy establishment HAS SOLD US FOR YEARS, there are “no signs” that precede the Rapture?
WHY would Jesus say ““WHEN YOU SEE all these things KNOW that it is NEAR” if, as the prophecy establishment HAS SOLD US FOR YEARS, we are raptured IN AN INSTANT, WITHOUT SIGNS OR WARNING: one split second we’re here, and the next we’re there?
DOUBLE Ooops !
The same Rapture Process is repeated, almost verbatim, in Mark 13:24-29. (Actually, Mark wrote his Gospel before Matthew wrote his). And they would have both heard these things DIRECTLY FROM JESUS’ LIPS. (Matthew 24:3; Mark 13:3-4)
We see the Rapture process again in Luke 21:25-28:
“And THERE SHALL BE SIGNS IN THE SUN, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking toward those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27And THEN SHALL THEY SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory:
28And WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN… then LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR.” (Luke 21:25-28)
Did I just read “THERE SHALL BE SIGNS”?
When the prophecy establishment has LIED TO US for years and years and told us “there are NO SIGNS” that the Rapture’s about to happen?
Isn’t THAT false teaching A DIRECT CONTRADICTION of Jesus, who said THERE WILL BE SIGNS?
And if the Rapture happens “IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE” before we even realize what’s happened, WHY ON EARTH WOULD JESUS TELL US “when these things BEGIN, then LOOK UP, for your redemption DRAWS NEAR”.
Do you suppose these guys are more preoccupied with SELLING WORTHLESS “prophecy” BOOKS than with Truth?
Finally, there’s 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17:
“For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, THAT WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN UNTO THE COMING OF the Lord shall not precede them who are asleep.
16For the Lord Himself SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ SHALL RISE FIRST:
17THEN WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
The very fact that ALL the “dead in Christ” MUST rise FIRST, and THEN we are all caught up TOGETHER, shows that it DOES NOT HAPPEN in an instant.
When we put all these Scriptures together, they show a pretty detailed sequence of events THAT LEAD TO the actual Rapture (catching up of believers into the heavenly realm):
1. THE TRIBULATION BEGINS with a large quake: the sun turns black and the moon blood-red. (Joel 2:31; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12)
2. The heavens, and heavenly bodies, are also shaken. (Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:25)
3. Stars fall from sky. (Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:25; Revelation 6:13)
4. Sky rolls up like a scroll and vanishes with a loud, whistling sound (Revelation 6:14; 2 Peter 3:10, 12)
5. Jesus appears in the clouds. (Matthew 24:30; Luke 21:27; Revelation 6:16)
6. Unsaved people run and hide (Revelation 6:15-17)
7. Jews and other tribes of Israel mourn and lament when THEY SEE THE LIVING, risen Jesus COMING IN THE CLOUDS as He promised (Matthew 24:30; Zechariah 12:10-14).
All those who CALL ON JESUS – even IN THOSE FINAL MOMENTS of this Age – WILL BE SAVED. (Joel 2:32)
8. Jesus sends His angels to gather His elect. (Matthew 24:31; Mark 13:27)
9. The 144,000 Israelites from each of the 12 tribes (except Dan) are sealed. (Revelation 7:1-8)
10. There’s A RESURRECTION of all the dead in Christ. (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
11. LIVING BELIEVERS, which have been gathered by God’s angels, are TRANSFORMED from mortal to immortal in the twinkling of an eye. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
12. The resurrected saints and living believers – ALL NOW IN GLORIFIED, IMMORTAL BODIES – are CAUGHT UP TOGETHER to meet Jesus in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
13. There’s a brief crossover period into the heavenly dimension. (1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 7:1-8, 13-14)
14. Then the COLLECTIVE CHURCH appears SUDDENLY in heaven in glorified bodies. (Revelation 7:9)
To sum up: There is instant TRANSFORMATION.
There is even instant APPEARING of the Church in heaven.
But certain events MUST HAPPEN, AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, BEFORE both, our transformation into glorified, immortal humans, and BEFORE our collective appearance in front of God’s heavenly Throne.
The entire Rapture process – from the moment the tribulation begins to the moment we are caught up into the heavenly realm – lasts 10 DAYS. (Revelation 2:10)
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016
THE RAPTURE PROCESS
“Behold, I show you a mystery; WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED,
IN A MOMENT, IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE SHALL BE CHANGED.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.
O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? (1 Corinthians 15:51-55)
There is a Rapture PROCESS that no one talks about.
The traditional pre-trib teaching is that the Rapture could take place AT ANY MOMENT, when we least expect it, without ANY SIGNS OR WARNINGS.
And that it will be INSTANT: That one moment we’ll be here on earth in these mortal bodies, and the next (before we even have time to realize what’s happening) we’ll be in heaven in the Presence of Christ.
That teaching IS FALSE.
The confusion stems from the fact that the prophecy establishment took 1 Corinthians 15:51-51 (quoted above) and ran with it IGNORING other passages that CLEARLY indicate A BRIEF TIME GAP BETWEEN THE START OF THE TRIBULATION, our TRANSFORMATION, AND OUR collective TRANSLATION.
As with any other topic, we must take into consideration EVERYTHING that God says about it in His written Word.
Otherwise we end up with HALF TRUTHS, time and again.
Half-truths are LIES.
Our TRANSFORMATION from mortal to immortal DOES take place in AN INSTANT.
However, there ARE SIGNS that precede the Rapture. (Matthew 24:29-30; Revelation 6:12-17)
And there is a Rapture PROCESS. Matter of fact, we may be transformed into immortal beings, and STILL HANG AROUND on earth, and/or in some intermediate dimension, BEFORE we are ALL CAUGHT UP TOGETHER and appear in heaven.
Perhaps the CLEAREST place to see this is Revelation 6:12 - 7:9:
Let’s keep in mind that there were NO CHAPTER DIVISIONS in the original Bible. Chapter divisions were placed there AT THE SOLE DISCRETION of the MORTAL, FALLIBLE translators.
Sometimes they got them right. Others they butchered up the text, giving the FALSE impression that the subject matter CHANGES from one chapter to the other.
I have edited certain portions for the sake of continuity of thought.
Let’s read it as ONE LONG, CONTINUOUS TEXT:
“And I saw when He (Jesus) had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, THERE WAS A GREAT EARTHQUAKE; AND THE SUN BECAME BLACK AS SACKCLOTH OF HAIR, AND THE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD;
13 And THE STARS OF HEAVEN FELL UNTO THE EARTH, even as a fig tree casts its unripe figs, when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
14 And THE HEAVENS DEPARTED AS A SCROLL WHEN IT IS ROLLED TOGETHER; AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND ISLAND WERE MOVED OUT OF THEIR PLACES.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the generals, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free man, HID THEMSELVES IN THE DENS AND IN THE ROCKS OF THE MOUNTAINS;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, FALL ON US, AND HIDE US FROM THE FACE of Him that sits on the throne, and from THE WRATH OF the Lamb:
17 For THE GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH HAS COME; and who shall be able to stand?
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth…
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, TO WHOM IT WAS GIVEN TO HURT THE EARTH AND THE SEA,
3 Saying, DON’T HURT THE EARTH, NEITHER THE SEA, NOR THE TREES, TILL WE HAVE SEALED THE SERVANTS OF OUR GOD ON THEIR FOREHEADS.
4 And I heard the number of them who were sealed: and THERE WERE SEALED A HUNDRED AND FORTY AND FOUR THOUSAND OF ALL THE TRIBES OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL…
9 AFTER THIS I SAW A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, OF ALL NATIONS, AND TRIBES, AND PEOPLE, AND TONGUES, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
(THAT’S the Rapture)
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (Revelation 6:12-17, 7:1-10)
These verses indicate a clear sequence of events:
1. The Tribulation begins with a large earthquake, the sun turns black and the moon blood-red.
2. Stars fall from sky.
3. Sky rolls up like a scroll.
5. The 144,000 Israelites from each of the 12 tribes (except Dan) are sealed.
6. Then the COLLECTIVE CHURCH appears in heaven in glorified bodies.
There is instant TRANSFORMATION.
There is even an instant APPEARING of the Church in heaven.
But there is A PROCESS that must take place BEFORE that TRANSLATION.
We will give more details in tomorrow’s message.
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016
HONOR YOUR MOTHER
For God said, 'Honor your father AND MOTHER' (Matthew 15:4)
“Many women do noble things, BUT YOU SURPASS THEM ALL.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
HONOR HER FOR ALL THAT HER HANDS HAVE DONE”… (Proverbs 31:29-31)
What does it mean to "honor" someone?
To regard them with great respect and esteem.
Most mothers deserve honor.
If, for no other reason, because THEY BROUGHT US INTO THIS WORLD.
If men had to deal with the hormones, bloating, morning sickness, weight gain, discomfort, carrying a baby to full term, and then the pain of childbirth, to boot... the human race would be extinct.
Being a mom not only involves pain and discomfort but carries tremendous responsibility.
After the baby is born, comes the unenviable task of raising him, her, or them.
Any mom will tell you it's a ‘round the clock, 24/7 proposition.
There are some notable mothers in the Bible:
Eve, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Ruth, Elizabeth and, of course, THE MOST FAMOUS MOTHER in His Story, Mary.
We can all learn something from these mothers.
Eve was created in the image of God, as the ideal companion to Adam.
Although she was deceived, she became the "mother of all living" (Genesis 3:20).
Sarah was loyal to Abraham, even when he passed her off as his "sister". She became the first of Israel's Matriarchs and is the first woman mentioned in Hebrew's 11 "Hall of Faith" (Hebrews 11:11).
Rebecca is the first woman in the Bible to give birth to twins. She was assertive enough to favor Jacob over Esau and deceive the aging Isaac into bestowing the birthright blessing on Jacob.
Inevitably, this caused strife between her two sons. Yet God used her deception to advance His purpose (Romans 9:13).
She became the second of Israel's Matriarchs.
Leah had six boys and a girl, and had to deal with the unpleasantness of not being too attractive and sharing her husband with her beautiful sister.
That, I assure you, was no picnic. She always felt unloved and had to play second fiddle to Rachel since Jacob loved and preferred Rachel, while he slept with Leah mostly out of "duty" (Genesis 29:32,39).
Yet God showed favor toward Leah and she gave birth to HALF of Israel (6 of the 12 tribes), thus becoming the third of Israel's Matriarchs.
Even though Rachel was beautiful, and Jacob was deeply in love with her (can you imagine WORKING 7 YEARS just so he could marry her?), she was barren and became jealous of Leah, her homely yet fertile sister.
Eventually she gave birth to Joseph and died giving birth to Benjamin.
Ruth forsook her country and family in order to worship the true God and became part of Jesus' genealogy (Ruth 1:16; Matthew 1:5).
Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist in her old age, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and was so sensitive to Him that her baby leaped, while still in her womb, at the sound of Mary's greeting (Luke 1:41-45).
And Mary's faith and obedience, upon hearing Gabriel's Announcement about her conception and Virgin Birth of the Messiah, were truly remarkable (Luke 1:38).
This is especially true when we consider she was barely a teenager.
What we can learn from these mothers is that God is good, He is faithful, He is MERCIFUL, often chooses the weak to confound the strong, and while NO MOTHER IS PERFECT, He will bless and use every woman that obeys Him to fulfill His purpose.
Happy Mother's Day !
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016
HOW CHRISTIAN WOMEN SHOULD DRESS
Dear sisters in Christ, FORGET WHAT LYING MINISTERS TELL YOU TO PUT YOU IN BONDAGE: If they had their way you’d all end up looking like "The Church Lady" on “Saturday Night Live". . .
HOW do you think the world came up with that unfortunate, yet PAINFULLY ACCURATE, stereotype?
Time and again I’ve seen THE SAME HYPOCRITICAL MINISTERS WHO POOH-POOH pretty clothes, pretty hair, jewelry and make up BURN WITH LUST whenever an attractive, well-groomed lady walks by.
The only directive given in the New Testament regarding women’s appearance is they are TO DRESS "MODESTLY" (1st Timothy 2:9).
“Modestly” means WITH MODERATION, reserve and propriety.
God wants you to be attractive, NOT SLUTTISH.
And there’s a BIG difference.
If your boobs are showing or half your tush is hanging out... THAT’S SLUTTISH.
You want to look beautiful and successful, NOT CHEAP.
Does this mean Christian women should look all bleached-out, frumpy and ugly?
Christian ladies should look AND FEEL SPECIAL and BEAUTIFUL.
God WANTS YOU TO look good. After all, if you’re Christian, YOU REPRESENT HIM.
You’ll feel better about yourself, and those around you will feel better, too.
You’ll be A MORE EFFECTIVE WITNESS for Jesus and His Gospel, if you look good and feel confident.
Your OUTER beauty should match your INNER beauty. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
It should be a REFLECTION OF THE BEAUTIFUL JESUS you have INSIDE.
If you want to properly represent the God who lives in you, the Kardashians ARE NOT your role model, NOR is J. Lo, NOR (for more "mature" gals) is Dolly Parton.
Nor are certain "Christian celebrities” who resemble Halloween masks...
Out of Christian love “they” shall remain nameless ... Ahem…
One must also CONSIDER THE SETTING: obviously you’ll dress a certain way if you’re going to the office and ANOTHER WAY if you’re going to the beach.
To attend worship services, you should dress pretty much the way you’d dress to go to the office: look elegant, professional and discreet.
Slacks and blouse are fine. Skirts and blouse are fine (NO MINI SKIRTS). Dress suits and pant suits are also fine, as are dresses. Jackets are fine.
The most obvious difference is that you can wear a hat to worship services, IF you feel so inclined.
For the beach, or to lounge around the pool, one or two-piece bathing suits are fine, SO ARE SHORTS with an appropriate top, as long as they DON’T SHOW TOO MUCH. NO THONGS. No bikinis.
Save those for the bedroom.
Use your common sense: Don’t wear a “teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini”...
And if you’re TOO YOUNG to remember that OLD song, then these guidelines apply ALL THE MORE.
These are ONLY GUIDELINES, given in line with Scripture, for those who are uncertain about what they SHOULD WEAR.
Will anyone GO TO HELL for NOT abiding by these?
Will they fall into DISFAVOR with God if they don’t follow these?
Will they LOSE SALVATION over wearing a mini-skirt, short shorts, halter tops, or teeny bikinis?
While those are IMMODEST ways of dressing that DO NOT CONFORM to the New Testament, and NOT befitting Christians…
Salvation (Jesus) CANNOT be lost: PERIOD.
What if I want to wear MORE CASUAL clothes, like jeans and tees?
That’s fine, too.
Before preachers dish out their holier than thou, man-invented “dress code” they should remember two things:
1. That ALL the New Testament requires is MODESTY. And,
2. That not everyone has a closet full of clothes from which to pick and choose.
There may be poor people in your congregation WHO HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO WEAR than a pair of overalls or jeans. And there’s is NOTHING IMMODEST about wearing them.
Women, DON’T LET ANY LEGALISTIC JACKASS put you in bondage.
Remember your heavenly Father LOVES YOU!
Jesus LOVES YOU JUST as you are.
He’s not looking to criticize or condemn you: He wants you to look and feel your best.
Remember you ARE HIS TEMPLE. You have JESUS HIMSELF (LITERALLY) and His HOLY Spirit, LIVING inside your body.
Where God’s Spirit is, THERE’S FREEDOM, NOT BONDAGE! (2nd Corinthians 3:17)
To sum up: it’s great to look good on the outside, but also to LET YOUR INNER BEAUTY SHINE.
That INNER BEAUTY should be reflected in your attitude, words and deeds.
And also IN YOUR APPEARANCE!
As Jesus put it: "LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, that they may . . . GLORIFY YOUR FATHER who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).
So, LOOK GOOD, BABY! Knock ‘em dead!
And let Jesus, His Spirit, and His Love SHINE THRU you!
Like Father like daughter: You’re beautiful BECAUSE HE IS!
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2016
FASHION AND BEAUTY
Every so often women still ask about such things as "is it O.K. to wear make-up, cut, straighten or curl your hair, or wear slacks? Yes, yes, and YES!
I thought WE’D LEFT ALL THAT LEGALISTIC BONDAGE BEHIND in the 70's and 80's, but apparently, it’s still around.
There’s NOTHING WRONG with wearing make-up.
There’s NOTHING WRONG with cutting or styling your hair, or wearing jeans, or any other kind of slacks, or wearing jewelry.
It’s disheartening that supposed "ministers" of Christ SPEND SO MUCH TIME AND ENERGY FOCUSING ON THE EXTERNAL, INSTEAD OF THE INTERNAL.
If they spent half that time focusing ON DEVELOPING THE SPIRIT, the INNER MAN, THE INNER JESUS, we’d have a spiritual giant of a church, instead of a pathetic pygmy.
1. The "ANTI-PANT" Scripture is Deuteronomy 22:5: "the woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abominations to the Lord your God".
A. That was part of the Sinai law. Jesus DELIVERED US FROM the Sinai law (Romans 7:6; 10:4).
He DOESN’T DEAL WITH US by the Law (thank God!) but by the Royal Law of Divine Love and Divine Grace. (Romans 13:9-10)
B. This verse is talking about women DELIBERATELY DRESSING TO LOOK LIKE men, or men DELIBERATELY DRESSING TO LOOK LIKE women. It refers to CROSS-DRESSERS OR TRANSVESTITES!
C. There are men’s pants and WOMEN’S PANTS. Anyone with half a brain knows the difference between one type and the other. That’s why department stores have a section for men’s apparel and another section for ladies’.
Women who wear WOMEN’S PANTS are NOT, repeat, NOT dressing “like men”.
D. When that verse was written (some 3,500 years ago) THERE WERE NO PANTS!
Both MEN AND WOMEN WORE ROBES.
Therefore, this verse CANNOT refer to women’s slacks or ANY OTHER KIND OF “pants”.
Therefore, to say that that verse forbids women to wear WOMEN’S slacks IS A BLATANT, UNSCRIPTURAL LIE.
2. The "ANTI - MAKE-UP" scripture is 2nd Kings 9:30 which says that Jezebel, the evil queen, "painted her face, and placed a tiara on her head, and looked out a window".
This, religious minds contend, proves that "women of God" AREN’T SUPPOSED TO WEAR MAKE-UP.
(By that line of reasoning, they’re not supposed to wear tiaras or look out of windows, either).
It is A SAD, SAD DAY in God’s Kingdom when His supposed “ministers” WHO ARE WOEFULLY IGNORANT OF HIS WORD -- EVEN OF HIS GOSPEL -- and, obviously, LACK SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT -- choose to focus on such INCONSEQUENTIAL NONSENSE.
Really, “minister of Christ”, DON’T YOU HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO? Not to mention ANYTHING BETTER TO PREACH???
That stupid DISTORTION of God’s Word is TOTALLY REFUTED by Queen Esther, THE BEAUTIFUL AND GODLY queen WHO SPENT A WHOLE YEAR (12 MONTHS) APPLYING COSMETICS and RECEIVING SPECIAL BEAUTY TREATMENTS. (Esther 2:7, 12)
As feisty C.M. Ward once put it: Xerxes took one look at Esther and “broke ALL THE LAWS of his own kingdom”.
Beautiful Esther, guided by the Holy Spirit, SINGLE-HANDEDLY SAVED ISRAEL FROM ANNIHILATION.
Had Israel been destroyed by the Persians, as wicked Haman had plotted, there WOULD BE NO MESSIAH, NO SAVIOR, and ALL MANKIND WOULD BE DOOMED.
THAT FACT pretty much DESTROYS the stupid anti-make-up argument.
3) Finally, there’s THE "ANTI-HAIRCUT" SCRIPTURE. 1st Corinthians 11: 13-15:
"Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God WITH HER HEAD UNCOVERED? Does not nature itself teach you… that IF A WOMAN HAS LONG HAIR, IT IS A GLORY TO HER: FOR HER HAIR IS GIVEN HER FOR A COVERING"?
This, legalistic preachers teach, PROVES WOMEN AREN’T SUPPOSED TO CUT THEIR HAIR. . . EVER.
That Scripture DOES NOT SAY that women SHOULD NEVER cut their hair.
If you read the PREVIOUS VERSES, they talk about a woman SHAVING her head: (verse 6) “it is a disgrace for a woman TO HAVE HER HAIR CUT OFF OR HER HEAD SHAVED”.
Paul was against women shaving their heads or wearing their hair extremely short.
It’s one thing to have hair LONG ENOUGH to LOOK LIKE A WOMAN, it’s ANOTHER thing to NEVER cut your hair.
Nowhere does this Scripture, OR ANY OTHER SCRIPTURE, indicate that feminine hair is NEVER to be cut.
As for those who use these verses as pretext to impose head covering on women, verse 15 tells us, clear as a bell, that a woman’s hair IS her covering.
I have a couple of suggestions for this bunch of stupid religious losers who focus on such things: first of all, GET SAVED.
That’s right: Invite Jesus TO ENTER YOUR HEART.
If you were saved, YOU’D KNOW SALVATION IS BY GRACE THRU FAITH, NOT BY WORKS LEST ANY MAN (OR WOMAN) SHOULD BOAST (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Salvation is A TOTALLY UNDESERVED GIFT that CANNOT BE EARNED by works, or by LOOKING a certain way.
It CANNOT BE EARNED BY UGLINESS, or by ANY OTHER MEANS.
Second, unless you do get saved, QUIT PRETENDING TO BE A MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST, AND JOIN THE LOCAL MOSQUE.
I’m sure you’ll feel more comfortable there, where every woman IS FORCED TO COVER HER HEAD.
HOW CAN THE CHURCH WASTE PRECIOUS TIME ON ALL THIS LEGALISTIC CRAP?
WHAT does any of this HAVE TO DO WITH SALVATION, for heaven’s sake?
WHAT does it have to do WITH ONE’S HEART? Or winning the lost? Or growing in faith? Or developing godly character? Or living and walking in the spirit?
Does God really care whether women wear their hair long, medium or short? HOW EXACTLY DOES THAT CHANGE who they are inside?
"Man looks at the outer appearance, but GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART" (1st Samuel 16:7).
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016
CATACOMBS OF PRISCILLA
One thing I love about archaeology is that it provides hard evidence which confirms and/or reveals past events.
Such is the case with the Catacombs of Priscilla, located underneath the Via Salaria in Rome, not far from the Vatican.
Excavations there began in the 19th century. However, only recently have certain frescoes been uncovered (or, perhaps, they were uncovered long ago, and only recently MADE PUBLIC) which totally DEBUNK religious tradition and TOTALLY SUPPORT the New Testament text that speaks of women playing A PROMINENT MINISTERIAL ROLE in the Early Church.
It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out WHY organized religion would try so hard to keep these findings under wraps.
And even though they were made “public” in November, 2013, they have received VERY little publicity. Certainly NOWHERE NEAR what they should have received CONSIDERING what they reveal.
These frescoes date back to the EARLY third century A.D. and they SHRED OFFICIAL RELIGIOUS DOGMA, as well as INTENTIONAL MISTRANSLATIONS of the New Testament, TO PIECES:
In case you missed it, I said: “INTENTIONAL mistranslations” of certain New Testament passages.
The first fresco is somewhat reminiscent of the Last Supper,depicted much later by renowned artists like Ghirlandaio and Da Vinci.
It shows a group of WOMEN, sitting around a table, with one woman sitting on the left, and she is BREAKING COMMUNION BREAD to share with her sisters in Christ.
In other words, they are celebrating Communion, or the Eucharist.
Imagine THAT... Women celebrating Holy Communion WITHOUT a MALE “priest” uttering any “MAGICAL WORDS” OVER the “host”!!!
The other marvelous fresco shows… (Hope you’re sitting down for this...) A WOMAN PREACHING!!!
The VERY SAME THING Jesus COMMANDS (yes, COMMANDS) in Matthew 28:10.
The very same thing Luke reports in Acts 16:40.
The very same thing Paul says in Romans 16:1, 3, 7; 1 Corinthians 11:5, and Philippians 4:2-3.
That’s 8 DIFFERENT Scriptures, not that I’m counting...
And, while the Word of God is ABSOLUTE TRUTH and requires NO VALIDATION, now we have the archaeological evidence to PROVE IT.
Women were partaking of the Lord’s Supper, as Jesus commanded.
Women were PRESIDING OVER Communion services.
And women… WERE PREACHING!!!
You should have seen and heard the hypocritical “theologians” in Rome trying to wiggle their way out of their dilemma -- and still trying to defend and justify their religion’s misogynist bias, DESPITE the evidence.
Talk about CONTRADICTIONS: on the one hand they turn Mary into a goddess; on the other hand they don’t want ANY OTHER WOMAN to be part and parcel of spreading the Gospel.
Personally, I think A LOT MORE “nuns” should be “priests” and A LOT MORE “priests” should be “nuns”.
I’ll let you think about that for a while…
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016
SHOULD WOMEN BE SILENT?
Did Paul tell Christian women essentially to shut their big bazoos ?
It's hard to believe that the same man who penned those immortal words "there is NEITHER Jew nor Greek... MALE OR FEMALE" (Galatians 3:28) would CONTRADICT HIMSELF in such blatant fashion.
Not to mention the same man who sent special greetings to Phoebe, A DEACONESS (Romans 16:1) to Junia (a FEMALE APOSTLE, Romans 16:7) to evangelist Priscilla (Romans 16:3) whom he also called his "fellow worker in Christ Jesus" THUS ELEVATING HER TO HIS OWN RANK, and to TWO FEMALE EVANGELISTS Euodia and Syntyche (Philippians 4:2-3) saying that they "have LABORED SIDE BY SIDE WITH ME in the Gospel".
I find EVEN HARDER TO BELIEVE that the SAME God who said He is "NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS" (Romans 2:11), the SAME God who made man and woman EQUAL in the Garden of Eden, the SAME God who created BOTH in His Image, the SAME God who said "let THEM (male and female) HAVE DOMINION" (Genesis 1:27-28) would CONTRADICT HIMSELF (i.e., LIE) and say:
"You know what? I changed my mind: I am now a respecter of persons: I PREFER MEN OVER WOMEN: AND I WILL CALL ONLY MEN into the ministry"
The original New Testament was written in Aramaic or Greek IN THE FIRST century A.D.
Your English Bibles DID NOT EXIST UNTIL the 14th century A.D.
The first uniform translation into another language (Latin), known as the Vulgate, was done by Jerome and took place late in the 4th century A.D. (A THOUSAND YEARS before your English Bibles existed).
By then the organized religious hierarchy was entrenched at the Lateran Palace and was DICTATING doctrine according to THEIR WHIMS.
These are the same tyrants who SOLD Jesus (Salvation) or a shorter stay in an invented place called Purgatory for MONEY, as if God's Grace could be BOUGHT.
The same tyrants who BANNED Bible reading FOR 10 CENTURIES and determined that THEY were the ONLY ONES entitled to read God's Word and to INTERPRET IT.
By the time the 14th century came around and English translators like John Wycliffe took a crack at it, religious brainwashing had taken its toll.
I don't care HOW MUCH whichever version of the Bible in English you use says it was translated from the "original manuscripts", translators are HUMAN. Need I say more?
HUMANS whose translations, intentionally or otherwise, are prone to reflect their own religious persuasions and/or bias; including 13 CENTURIES of RELIGIOUS DEBRIS and TRADITION for which, if they had the guts and moral integrity to challenge, they would be called into account and would have to "explain" under threat of "excommunication", torture and even GRUESOME DEATHS.
That religious hierarchy had decided IT ONLY WANTED male "priests" and NOT women. Their wishes AFFECTED and REFLECTED on Jerome's translation and every translation since, including those by so-called "Protestants".
Fact: The FIRST to EVER proclaim the FULL Gospel (the Resurrection) of Christ WERE WOMEN (Matthew 28:10).
Fact: Women served Jesus along with men in various ministry offices for the first three centuries of the Church era (Acts 16:40, Philippians 4:2-3; Romans 16:1, 3, 7).
Fact: Women DIED AS MARTYRS along with men during those first three centuries.
When Christianity became institutionalized in the fourth century, it turned into Christianism: that's when misogyny set in and translations were made to reflect the Church's OFFICIAL discriminatory doctrine.
A perfect example is 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 says: "let your women keep silent in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also says the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husband at home: for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the congregation."
That’s what Corinthians have written to Paul, seeking Paul’s consent for women being silent in the congregation.
Look at Paul’s ANSWER in the very next verse, 1st Corinthians 14:36: "WHAT? Did the Word of God come from you? Did it (the Word) come to you (men) ALONE?
But THAT VERSE IS NEVER QUOTED: As if it WASN'T IN the Bible.
This is a rhetorical question/answer. Paul was referring to what Corinthians had written and after citing THEIR STATEMENT about women "keeping silent", he says: "What?" Are you speaking God's Word? Is that what God's word says? Did God ONLY speak TO MEN?"
Thus, he clearly indicated that he DID NOT AGREE with the men who had written such nonsense, and that women are NOT to be silent in church.
Paul himself says a bit earlier in 1 Corinthians 11:5 "But EVERY WOMAN THAT PRAYS OR PROPHESIES with her head uncovered dishonors her head..." so, evidently, WOMEN WERE PRAYING AND PROPHESYING!
HOW can someone PROPHESY IN SILENCE?
It's IMPOSSIBLE. So women WERE NOT SILENT at all!
That was INVENTED by religion, NOT BY GOD.
That statement clearly DEMONSTRATES that Paul APPROVED of women praying and prophesying.
It also PROVES that women were NOT "keeping silent" at all!
"Oh, you're just promoting women's lib".
No, I'm promoting JESUS LIB.
This has NOTHING TO DO with burning bras, hating men, or aborting unborn babies.
It has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH SERVING JESUS.
Jesus came TO SET US FREE, NOT to promote bigotry.
If Jesus HAD NO PROBLEM telling Mary Magdalene to PREACH THE GOOD NEWS (Gospel) of His Resurrection, TO His VERY 12 MALE APOSTLES (Matthew 28:10), insecure religionists SHOULDN'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM EITHER.
Unless, of course, they think they're "HOLIER" THAN JESUS.
Dear sisters in Christ DON'T ALLOW ANYONE, least of all some insecure male religious wimp, prevent you from serving Jesus.
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME SEEKING THE APPROVAL OF MORTAL MEN, when you ALREADY HAVE the approval OF THE IMMORTAL GOD:
Acts 5:29: You must "OBEY God RATHER THAN men".
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016
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 the pastor 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 the same 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 anymore and said:
"You've told me WHAT THE PASTOR says, and you’ve told me 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 of religious "rules and regulations", 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 "Christian" 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 WOMEN’S MONEY!!!!
FACT: 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.
Unfortunately, JESUS doesn’t get ANY GLORY from your foolish, unbiblical attitude either.
Thank God, THERE ARE exceptions.
Not every Christian pastor, husband, or congregation holds such views.
Unfortunately, TOO MANY STILL DO.
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016
NOT IN FRONT OF THE UNSAVED
“If any of you HAS A DISPUTE WITH ANOTHER, do you dare TO TAKE IT BEFORE THE UNGODLY FOR JUDGMENT…?
I SAY THIS TO SHAME YOU: Is it possible that there is NOBODY AMONG YOU WISE ENOUGH to judge a dispute between believers? But INSTEAD, ONE BROTHER TAKES ANOTHER TO COURT—AND THIS IN FRONT OF UNBELIEVERS!
THE VERY FACT THAT YOU HAVE LAWSUITS AMONG YOU MEANS YOU HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY DEFEATED ALREADY. WHY NOT RATHER BE WRONGED? WHY NOT RATHER BE CHEATED?
Instead, YOU YOURSELVES CHEAT AND DO WRONG, AND YOU DO THIS TO YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?” (1 Corinthians 6:1-9)
Part of my daily routine includes checking our YouTube channels to see what’s going on.
Once in a while, the Lord POINTS OUT a PARTICULAR VIDEO, published by someone else, and the Spirit gets all over me and MOVES ME to comment.
This happens with Christ-honoring videos published by brothers or sisters who serve Him and may need a word of encouragement. However, such instances UNFORTUNATELY are rather few.
Most of the time, the Spirit moves me to comment on HERETICAL videos.
There’s one Seventh Day Adventist video in particular where I commented A LONG TIME AGO. I’d actually forgotten it. However, every few months different Adventists try to come up with some lame “argument” trying to topple, or at least “neutralize” my comments.
They’ve been at it FOR ABOUT A YEAR.
The video is TOTALLY UNBIBLICAL. What breaks my heart is they have ZERO interest in Truth. ALL they care about is DEFENDING their cult and their goddess Ellen G. White.
I often pray that the Holy Spirit will use the Scripture backed comments to bring the light of the TRUE Gospel of Grace to these lost individuals.
Or that, at the very least, it will cause some soul trapped in their web of deceit and HEADED FOR HELL, to stop and THINK, and consider WHAT THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAYS, and NOT what Ellen White FALSELY CLAIMED that “it says”.
They are FULL OF religion, and DEVOID OF Christ.
Every time they post a new comment, I exalt Christ and share the TRUE Gospel. I also debunk their false sect and false doctrine worse than before.
About two weeks ago, I was notified of a new comment. And just as I thought “let’s see what Adventists came up with this time”…
It turned out that the comment came from a SUPPOSED “evangelical”.
She said that although she "agreed with me" that Adventists are a cult, that my comment was unchristian because I called one of the DISHONEST Adventists a moron.
That, she concluded, was UNLOVING on my part.
She CLAIMED to be saying all this in the name of “biblical Christianity”.
I replied that SHE MUST BE MORE “LOVING” THAN Jesus because Jesus, the Personification of Divine Love, called the Pharisees OF HIS DAY not only “morons” but “BLIND morons” (Matthew 23:17)
Therefore, I had every right to follow Jesus’ example and call the HYPOCRITICAL PHARISEES OF OUR DAY (like the Adventists) by that term.
She replied that Jesus is God and He can do anything He wants.
While He CAN DO what He wants, He would be A LIAR AND A HYPOCRITE, if He told us to love our neighbor and then He Himself SPOKE OR ACTED in an unloving manner.
I have dealt with cults EVER SINCE I became Christian.
And, FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, talking to them in a whispery soft, religiously correct tone DOES NOT WORK.
These people have been THOROUGHLY INDOCTRINATED by agents of Satan to the point they are INCAPABLE OF thinking for themselves.
They are given “talking points” to refute objections to their false doctrine, which they parrot mindlessly.
Fortunately, praise Jesus forever, they weren’t trained to REFUTE MY BIBLICAL OBJECTIONS because Truth, as in JESUS (glory to Him forevermore!) CANNOT --- CANNOT --- ABSOLUTELY CANNOT --- be refuted.
From personal experience: THE ONLY THING THAT GETS THROUGH TO THESE PEOPLE is Truth SPOKEN BOLDLY, AND AUTHORITATIVELY.
And, when they are BLATANTLY DISHONEST like the guy in question, when they show TOTAL DISREGARD for God’s Word (just as long as they can defend their IDOL RELIGION) they NEED SOMEONE TO RATTLE THEIR CAGE and call them what they really are.
Jesus KNEW this. And I understand it FROM His example in the Gospels, as well as from YEARS AND YEARS of interacting with cultists, debating cultists, and BRINGING MANY OF THEM (although not nearly as many as I would like) TO TRUE FAITH IN JESUS, glory to His Name!
For good measure, the SELF-RIGHTEOUS “evangelical” WHO, I AM SURE, HAS NEVER – IN HER ENTIRE LIFE – BROUGHT ANYONE to faith in Jesus, objected to my use of CAPS in order to EMPHASIZE some biblical Truth and called it “yelling”.
I replied that that was the PERCEPTION of her corrupt mind. And that her flawed perception is not my problem.
That SHE WAS ACCUSING Jesus of saying one thing and doing another: that would make Jesus a liar and a hypocrite who DID NOT PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHED.
If He were a hypocrite (perish the very thought!) He wouldn’t be God, and He would be unworthy of our trust.
I also pointed out that, if anyone was UNLOVING it is she: because SHE COULD HAVE CONTACTED ME PRIVATELY, as Jesus COMMANDED, objected PRIVATELY, and given me a chance to reply PRIVATELY. (Matthew 18:15-17)
Instead, she CHOSE TO “CORRECT” ME PUBLICLY, and not even in front of the Church, but IN FRONT OF THE UNSAVED, thus DIRECTLY violating Scripture, and expressly DISOBEYING Jesus’ orders.
So much for her ALLEGED “biblical” Christianity…
She OBVIOUSLY CARED NOTHING about lost souls, because SHE DIDN’T CARE that her SELF-RIGHTEOUS comment DETRACTED from the Truth that was being set forth, and that was PREVAILING OVER Satan's lies.
I finished by saying that SHE CAN CALL HERSELF “evangelical” ALL SHE WANTS, but that SHE is ACTUALLY A WORSE PHARISEE than even Seventh Day Adventists.
At least they show their true colors.
SHE WAS PRETENDING to be "evangelical" while attacking ANOTHER MEMBER OF CHRIST'S BODY, IN FRONT OF THE UNSAVED, and thus neutralizing THE VERY GOSPEL in which she claims to believe.
SHE IS SO UNLOVING, SO SELFISH, AND SO FULL OF MISGUIDED SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, than she CARED NOTHING about DETRACTING FROM TRUTH, because of her PATHOLOGICAL NEED to show “how righteous” and “correct” she is and how “unrighteous” and “incorrect” EVERYONE ELSE is, including me.
I suggested SHE REMOVE THE PLANK FROM HER OWN EYE BEFORE trying to remove a tiny speck from mine. (Matthew 7:1-5)
Unfortunately, she isn’t the only “evangelical” who suffers from SUPERIORITIS.
That IS a DISEASE of the corrupt human soul.
I have read COUNTLESS COMMENTS on YouTube and other forums that were only correct IN PART, and have felt tempted to correct the brother or sister, BUT HAVE REFRAINED FROM DOING SO, because at least the Salvation message was getting through.
And I would NEVER do or say ANY THING to detract from THE GOSPEL.
Much less in front OF THE VERY UNSAVED that DESPERATELY NEED JESUS.
DON’T EVER detract from the Gospel.
DON’T EVER detract from Truth.
DON’T EVER “correct” or put down a brother or sister IN FRONT OF THE UNSAVED.
NOT ONLY IS THAT SUPREMELY UNLOVING, AND SUPREMELY SELFISH…
NOT ONLY IS THAT A DIRECT VIOLATION OF MANY SCRIPTURES, and OF JESUS’ EXPRESS COMMAND…
If you want to exalt someone, EXALT JESUS!
When we care more about POINTING OUT OUR BRETHREN’S FAULTS than ABOUT Gospel Truth and bringing the lost to Christ, WE BETTER EXAMINE OUR OWN HEARTS and MAKE VERY, VERY, VERY sure of our true MOTIVES, and OUR OWN salvation.
This ISN’T a game about “who’s right” and “who’s wrong”.
SOULS are at stake.
This business has SERIOUS and ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
NOT IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH
“If your brother or sister sins against you, go and point out their fault, JUST BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, TAKE ONE OR TWO OTHERS ALONG, so that ‘every matter may be established by THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES’. If they still refuse to listen, TELL IT TO THE CHURCH; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” (Matthew 18:15-17)
These were Jesus’ instructions as to how such issues are to be handled among Christians.
If we feel that a brother or sister has sinned against us, we are to DEAL WITH IT PRIVATELY.
We are NOT to start gossiping, complaining and talking BEHIND THEIR BACKS.
We are to CONFRONT THEM one-on-one.
And we must ALWAYS allow them to respond and explain their actions.
It may be that there’s NO JUSTIFIABLE EXPLANATION.
On the other hand, what we perceive as grievance may have been a simple misunderstanding.
The exception to the rule would be, of course, if confronting them PRIVATELY presents a potential danger.
If such is the case, then, by all means take one or two trustworthy and discreet brothers with you.
If the sin affects OTHERS beside ourselves, or if the offender poses a serious or potential threat to the well being of our brothers and sisters, then we must communicate it TO THE PASTOR.
He is, after all, THE SHEPHERD of that congregation.
And shepherds’ NUMBER ONE PRIORITY (after loving Jesus with all their hearts, seeking first His Kingdom, and BRINGING SOULS TO SALVATION) is TO PROTECT His sheep.
Any shepherd that sees a wolf in sheep’s clothing harming the sheep MUST TAKE ACTION, and protect Jesus’ flock AT ALL COSTS.
Those who PRETEND that nothing’s happened, and turn blind eyes and deaf ears to offenses, especially because the offender is A BIG DONOR…
…Are NOT true shepherds, but HIRELINGS. (John 10:10-13)
The main point is we don’t just go out AND BLAB about some perceived offense, and spread stories about “what happened” that may, or may not, be accurate.
CONFRONT IN PRIVATE, if it AFFECTS OTHERS SHARE WITH THE PASTOR.
If it ONLY affects you, and you and the other person(s) come to terms, THAT SHOULD BE THE END of the matter.
Forget about it, and DON’T TELL ANYONE ELSE.
It’s NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS anyway.
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