July 2016 archives of www.christconnection.net down below
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016
THE COLLAPSE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar THE SOULS OF THEM THAT WERE SLAIN FOR THE WORD OF GOD, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, HOW LONG, O LORD, HOLY AND TRUE, DO YOU NOT JUDGE AND AVENGE OUR BLOOD ON THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH?
And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they SHOULD REST YET FOR A LITTLE SEASON, UNTIL THEIR FELLOW SERVANTS ALSO AND THEIR BROTHERS, THAT SHOULD BE KILLED AS THEY WERE, should be fulfilled.” (Revelation 6:9-11)
In a world that, according to President Obama, is “safer than ever before”, another gruesome terrorist act took place this week in France, where AN 85-YEAR OLD Roman Catholic priest was forced to his knees, then beheaded in front of nuns and parishioners.
And if THAT doesn’t turn your stomach – REGARDLESS TO WHAT DENOMINATION YOU MAY BELONG – please DON’T CALL YOURSELF “Christian”.
This horrendous act was BARBARIC, REVOLTING and carried OUT BY WILD BEASTS than only resemble humans.
And I apologize even to wild beasts for the comparison.
The barbarians who carried out the crime warned that they would continue to commit such brutality on a regular basis.
In recent days France and Germany have suffered multiple acts of terror.
Belgium, also victimized in the recent past, fared better, as it foiled a couple of planned attacks yesterday.
Someone in Belgium must be standing on Jesus’ Authority.
Speaking on Polish television Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBS) officer Jacek Wrona and military history academic Dr. Rafał Brzeski discussed the recent Munich shooting where young people were baited on social media to a local MacDonald’s supposedly giving away “free food”, only to be slaughtered by rabid savages.
These two specialists in counter-terrorism expressed their concern ABOUT THE INTELLECTUAL AND SPIRITUAL COLLAPSE of European civilization, and predicted “the end of its existence”.
Both experts were forced to conclude that what is happening in countries like France, Belgium and Germany ARE SYMPTOMS OF THE END OF European Civilization.
Dr. Brzeski, an expert on warfare, pooh-poohed the theory being promulgated in politically correct German media that the Munich killer — an 18 year old Muslim — was mad, pointing out the killing had “an element of planning”.
In other words, it wasn’t a case of some mad man suddenly going berserk, but these murders were PREMEDITATED.
Dr. Brzeski sharply criticized the reluctance of German media to label it terrorism, adding: “this is definitely an act of terror”.
(I can’t help wonder what he may think about American media… and politicians).
They also pointed out that Europe is being flooded with people and weapons from the Balkans, in addition to the already vast number of Muslims who live there.
Two million people have infiltrated Western Europe, and flooded it with illegal weapons made in the former Soviet Union, which can be bought “for peanuts”.
They added that “together with them came arms dealers, gangsters and drug dealers.”
All of this, coupled with the influx of so-called “Syrian refugees” – paints a pretty grim scenario for the West.
And yet, according to these experts, the free flow of rifles, grenades, and Lord-knows-what else, IS NOT THE MAIN PROBLEM Europe faces.
They pointed out that Europe’s existential crisis is based ON LACK OF FAITH AND CONFIDENCE.
Mr. Wrona said: “THE WORST PROBLEM for (the police service) IS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS… Europe IS AT THE END OF ITS EXISTENCE.
Western Europe is practically dead. THESE PEOPLE LIVE IN A VOID, WITHOUT IDEAS. And then come along the young, who (only want) to make money, as once did the barbarians”.
This is merely the result of living in an amoral, post-Christian, spiritually bankrupt, secular society, devoid of FAITH, INSPIRATION OR INSIGHT (Romans 8:14).
Polish politicians and public figures have consistently been outspoken and at the forefront of handling Europe’s migrant crisis.
Earlier this year a Polish magazine came out with a graphic cover where a woman dressed in the EU’s flag was being molested by a gang of thugs with the title “Islamic rape of Europe”.
They have consistently stated that MULTICULTURALISM, IMMIGRATION, AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WERE RESPONSIBLE for the all-too-frequent mass murders.
Meanwhile, back in the good, old U.S.A., in this “safer than ever” world of ours, two more police officers were gunned down in San Diego.
Muslims DO NOT assimilate.
There’s a clash of TWO STARKLY DIFFERENT CIVILIZATIONS in Old Europe, and this clash does not bode well for its survival.
Unless some drastic changes are IMPLEMENTED – and quickly -- it’s only a matter of time before the same clash takes place in America.
The only ray of hope, at least for believers, is that WHEN THE SIXTH SEAL OPENS, we leave this earth, and God WILL INTERVENE DIRECTLY in human affairs.
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016
HOW TO SIN MORE
Focusing on sin is the ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN way to sin even more.
Focusing on Jesus' righteousness, on His TOTAL REMOVAL of sin, is the ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN way to sin less and less, until we RARELY sin.
That is why trying to “observe” the law, or the 10 Commandments DON’T WORK. All they do IS MAKE US FOCUSED ON SIN, INSTEAD OF JESUS AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
I wish I could say that IT'S ONLY THE CULTS like the Jehovah's Witnesses, Church of God, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventists, and Mormons that pound people over the head with their sins.
Roman Catholics EXCEL and heaping guilt and condemnation on people.
It's not called "Catholic guilt" for nothing.
And most Evangelicals do the same. They've even COINED A TERM FOR IT: "besetting sins".
HOW DARE they talk about "besetting sins" that JESUS ALREADY REMOVED, FORGOT, and ISN'T EVEN COUNTING? (John 1:29; Hebrews 8:12; 9:26; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
HOW DARE ANYONE call himself "evangelical" when THEY PREACH GUILT and CONDEMNATION, INSTEAD OF Grace?
Haven't they read Romans 8:1:
There is NOW NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus!
Which part of "NO CONDEMNATION NOW" DON'T THESE GUYS GET?
Until Jesus raptures us and TOTALLY RENEWS our minds, WE WILL ALL SIN from time to time.
However, if we are focused ON HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, instead of on sin, then sin will be VERY SPORADIC.
Focus on sin and you will sin more and more - NOT LESS - plus Satan will keep you defeated, under constant condemnation (he's not called THE ACCUSER for nothing) and he'll wallop you like a gym's punching bag.
I wish I could say that Christians REALLY TRUST Jesus' PERFECT, FINISHED Work of Redemption WHERE HE PAID FOR EVERY SIN EVER COMMITTED, TOOK AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD, AND GAVE US HIS VERY OWN righteousness (1 John 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
But they DON'T.
If they DID, they'd be glorifying JESUS for WHAT HE DID TO SAVE US, instead of GLORIFYING SIN for condemning us.
HOW ON EARTH do they expect to be caught up to meet Jesus and be changed from mortal to immortal, WHEN THEY'RE NOT FOCUSED ON JESUS OR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, BUT ON SIN?
Jesus gives EVERY born-again individual HIS OWN (God's OWN) Righteousness...
If He gives you HIS Righteousness, you got it made!
It DOESN'T GET ANY MORE RIGHTEOUS than that.
It DOESN'T GET MORE RIGHTEOUS than God Himself.
We can focus on OUR SINS, which Jesus isn't even counting. Or we can focus ON HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS:
Focus on Jesus and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOU and you will sin less and less...
Focus on HIS PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOU - and the devil will have NOTHING with which to work in your life.
He'll be COMPLETELY CUT OFF from your life and circumstances.
Make up your minds, Christians:
Did JESUS REMOVE the sin of the world - once and for all - or DIDN'T HE?
My Bible says He DID.
Is sin GREATER THAN JESUS, or is JESUS GREATER THAN SIN?
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016
BUNCH OF MALARKEY
For the past decade, I've been telling anyone who'll listen that "Christian" book selling is HUGE business.
And that you will NEVER get the Truth - about prophecy or anything else - from book sellers, WHO ARE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY.
WHY would they tell you THE TRUTH?
If they did, THEY'D HAVE NOTHING MORE TO SELL YOU.
I also remember a couple of know-it-all who said we should take down the Image of Jesus, from the Shroud of Turin, and replace it with "what He really looks like" based on the description of a little boy that, supposedly, went to heaven and came back.
Needless to say that "little boy" and his parents SOLD MILLIONS of books, which I always took with a HUGE grain of salt, since they're probably worthless.
In case you missed it, one of those "going to heaven" books, just got recalled by the publisher.
Not because they're so honest, mind you: But because they had NO CHOICE.
The boy on whose alleged "experience" the book was based, decided to come clean and tell the truth:
He HAD NOT died, gone to heaven and come back, after all.
Alex Malarkey, was only six years old when the book "Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" was published.
The book claimed that he had died and briefly visited heaven, and went into quite a bit of detail about his alleged heavenly experience, during which he claimed to have met both Jesus and Satan.
Young Alex who is now 16 years old, and still paralyzed from his accident, HAS ADMITTED HE MADE THE WHOLE THING UP.
The book, written by Alex and his father Kevin, describes what Alex said he experienced after a 2004 car accident left him quadriplegic and in a coma for six months.
But now in an open letter published on the website Pulpit & Pen, Alex admits the heaven portion of the story was fabricated.
He wrote, "I did not die. I did not go to heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention."
Alex says he made the claims prior to reading the Bible, and that HE "DOESN'T WANT TO CONTINUE PROFITING FROM LIES LIKE SO MANY OTHERS".
Did you get THAT?
The "Christian" boy who made such fabulous claims about SEEING JESUS and heaven, that dumb Christians swallowed hook, line, and sinker... HAD NOT EVEN READ THE BIBLE!!!
Evidently, neither had his father. Or, if he did, it must have gone in one eye and out the other.
His father, Kevin, has yet to comment on his son's announcement, but his mother, Beth, blogged a few months ago that she was troubled by the book.
According to the Washington Post the publisher, Tyndale House, announced they will immediately stop selling the book.
While this particular book will be taken off shelves, other similar books continue to sell. Books like "Proof of Heaven", "90 Minutes In Heaven" and "Heaven Is For Real" are bestselling Christian books.
I will say in Alex's defense that he was just a little kid (only 6) at the time. He was doubtlessly manipulated by one or more greedy parents.
I give him A LOT OF CREDIT for having the courage and moral conviction to tell the truth 10 years later.
But I've nothing good to say about his unscrupulous father.
He KNEW what he was doing, and he KNEW it was all a big, fat lie.
I'm not sure which is more revolting:
Fabricating a story about Jesus and heaven WHICH YOU KNOW IS NOT TRUE, or using your own child's life-altering misfortune for personal profit.
At the very least Alex Malarkey's story about "going to heaven" was just that... a bunch of malarkey.
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2016
GOD’S NOT A MAGICIAN
One thing that bothers the heck out of me is prayer requests where an individual washes his or her hands OF ANY AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY:
Let’s JUST THROW EVERYTHING ON GOD’S BACK.
’ll just write Christ connection, Martel will say a magical prayer for me, or my business, or my job, or my marriage, and make all the bad stuff go away.
NOT HAPPENING, BUBBA !
God’s not a magician, and neither am I.
We will take LEGITIMATE prayer requests: if someone’s life or health is involved, or some financial or legal trouble, etc.
HOWEVER, we expect the person requesting the prayer TO ALSO BECOME TOTALLY INVOLVED.
We also expect THEM to FOLLOW (APPLY) THE SPIRITUAL AND PRACTICAL ADVICE we give them. Otherwise, it’s A TOTAL WASTE of time and energy.
That’s why Jesus didn’t make us programmed robots, but FREE WILL AGENTS CAPABLE OF MAKING OUR OWN CHOICES.
Don’t give me this crap about “this is how I am”, like you’re HELPLESS to do anything about it!
YOU CAN CHOOSE TO DO OR SAY CERTAIN THINGS ON PURPOSE.
You want us to pray you’ll get that job, great.
We will pray. However, you have to be on time for the appointment, look your best, make a good impression, think AHEAD about how you will comport yourself during the interview, what you’ll say when you’re asked certain things, how you’ll “sell yourself” to your prospective employer, etc.
If your attitude, from the start is “what’s in it FOR ME”, or “I just need a paycheck”, CHANCES ARE YOU WON’T GET the job.
If, on the other hand, it is more like “HOW can I help you? I’ll work hard, I’m interested in what you do here, I’ll give 100% and will always endeavor to improve YOUR business and make it more efficient and profitable” you’ll have A MUCH, MUCH better chance.
Employers can detect these things. So can those who work in human resources.
You have to PREPARE.
You want us to pray for your son or daughter who serves in the military: Fine. We will gladly do so. However, God expects YOU to also cover him or her with the Blood of Jesus every single day and INVOKE HIS CONTINUED PROTECTION OVER THEM.
Same goes for school children.
You want help with your marriage, sure. We will pray. BUT ALL THE PRAYER IN THE WORLD WILL BE IN VAIN, UNLESS you get ACTIVELY involved.
If THE MOMENT your husband gets home from work and opens the door, YOU HIT HIM with 5 different problems (the dishwasher’s broken, Johnny got called into the principal’s office today, we’re out of bread, the bedroom window is stuck and, by the way, mother’s coming to spend the weekend) don’t expect a happy marriage, NO MATTER HOW MUCH I pray.
The poor guy just arrived after a long, hard day at work. Give him a chance to catch his breath!
Let him get comfortable… sit down, relax, turn on the TV, wind down a bit, put his feet up, have a beer (or whatever), let at least 30 minutes go by, and THEN… PRIORITIZE and talk to him, ONE problem at a time, beginning with the most important.
If you’re wearing that old, ugly bathrobe, you haven’t even showered, your face and hair are a mess, and on top of that you greet him with “thank God you’re home! I’VE had a lousy day”, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT God or me to do?
Men are VERY PHYSICAL and VISUAL beings.
Looking and smelling good will go A LONG WAY toward improving your marriage.
Not to mention YOUR OWN SELF-ESTEEM…
If you know he goes gaga over, say, red nail polish… gee whiz, will it kill you to paint your fingernails red once in a while?
As far as men are concerned, I can sum up my advice for a happy marriage in ONE WORD:
COMPLIMENT, COMPLIMENT, COMPLIMENT…
Women NEVER get tired of HEARING how good they look, how beautiful they are, and HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM.
They are INSATIABLE where compliments are concerned.
Men are VISUALLY stimulated. Women are stimulated AUDIBLY.
TELL HER… how beautiful she is.
TELL HER… how good she looks in that dress, or jeans.
TELL HER… how good her hair looks.
TELL HER… how good she smells…
TELL HER… how much you enjoy(ed) sex with her.
TELL HER, TELL HER, TELL HER!
And whatever you do, DON’T CRITICIZE HER.
ONE word of criticism will UNDO a thousand compliments.
You’re not enemies, you’re A TEAM.
Don’t ATTACK one another: ALWAYS be on “his” or “her” side.
Jesus MUST BE #1 for every true believer.
For those who are married, your spouse is #2.
There are only 24 hours in a day. I CAN’T DO EVERYTHING. Some of you are just plain LAZY.
I don’t have a magic wand, and all the prayer in the world is not going to help you unless YOU TAKE A PROACTIVE ROLE in these things.
If you can’t, or WON’T apply some of these common sense principles, don’t come whining to me.
The ONLY THING we can throw 100% on Jesus’ back is OUR SALVATION.
Jesus EXPECTS US TO DO OUR PART IN EVERYTHING ELSE.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016
Many of the emails we receive reveal JUST HOW LAZY and anemic Christians in the Western Hemisphere have become.
They want us to "pray" for ANY and EVERY thing - from their sins, to their apathy, to their losing weight, to every silly need that arises in their life.
I CAN'T PRAY about each and everything that happens in a person's life. It's impossible.
There are only 24 hours in a day. I'd be praying 'round the clock, non-stop, and would have time FOR NOTHING ELSE.
Do you realize HOW SUPREMELY SELFISH it is to burden us with those DUMB prayer requests, WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH REAL, DESPERATE needs, WHO DO NEED our PRAYERS?
This ministry will honor SERIOUS prayer requests: if someone's experiencing serious health issues, is going through painful divorce, spousal abuse, economic distress, suicidal, etc.
And we may cut SOME slack to baby Christians who make prayer requests for minor things, BECAUSE THEY'RE BABIES WHO ONLY RECENTLY FOUND JESUS.
I know of NO BABY who STARTS WALKING the moment he or she is born. I know of NO BABY who can EVEN STAND as soon as he/she is born.
However, if you've been Christian for three years or longer, YOU'RE NO LONGER A BABY.
And if you are, SOMETHING'S seriously WRONG.
There are no magic wands in the Kingdom of God.
There ARE MIRACLES, but those are usually connected to illnesses or dire circumstances BEYOND OUR CONTROL.
God gives each of us FREE WILL. He also gives us COMMON SENSE.
If you're applying for a job - unless you've been unemployed for a long, long time, and in dire financial straits - you DON'T NEED ME to pray for that.
Prepare for the interview, dress appropriately, and be ON TIME. Be truthful, assertive and direct. Your attitude and demeanor should be "I'm here to help and be an asset, not just to get a paycheck".
Take it to Jesus YOURSELF, put it in His hands, and TRUST Him to guide your steps and lead you to the perfect job, according to His will.
If you're fortunate enough to work from home, and want to stay in shape, walk around the block a few times, take a few laps around the pool each day, or step on a treadmill for a while.
You don't need me to pray about that. YOU don't even need to pray about that.
What you need to do is EXERCISE YOUR FREE WILL:
GET OFF YOUR FAT, LAZY BEHIND and CHOOSE TO do these things.
If you're vulnerable to one particular reoccurring sin, you don't need me to pray about it. WHAT YOU NEED is to realize that JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR all ONE MILLION TIMES that you committed that sin.
TRUST that He HAS YOU COVERED - with His Blood, NO LESS.
Provided, of course, that you have invited Him into your heart, and that HE LIVES IN you.
By virtue of Jesus' ETERNAL Sacrifice, God is NOT COUNTING ANY sins against you (2 Corinthians 5:19).
YOU may have committed that sin 1,999,875 times. GOD STILL SAYS YOU ARE AS RIGHTEOUS AS HE IS (2 Corinthians 5:21).
You KNOW that ON YOUR OWN, you're NOT, but HE SAYS that YOU ARE.
Shut up, and BE GRATEFUL for HIS amazing GIFT of ETERNAL Salvation!
When you do, when you become THOROUGHLY CONVINCED OF these truths, sin will become LESS and LESS alluring.
If you want to lose weight, you don't need me to pray about that.
NO ONE is hungry 24/7.
If you're CONSTANTLY shoving food into your mouth, that is a symptom that you're compensating for "emptiness" in some OTHER area of your life:
Some of the common causes for this "emptiness" are lack of affection (we don't get the affection we crave or need from others), sexual dissatisfaction, frustration or lack of satisfaction with your job performance, lack of recognition/validation by those near and dear to you, lack of self-esteem, lack of purpose in one's life, just plain boredom -- or some combination of these.
IT’S ALSO LACK OF JESUS.
You need to get alone with God somewhere, and HONESTLY analyze your feelings to determine FROM WHERE this sense of "emptiness" is coming.
Identifying the "culprit" is AT LEAST HALF of winning the battle.
The other half, of course, is doing something to FILL THE VOID once you've discovered what it is.
And I know of NO BETTER OR MORE DELICIOUS “HEART FILLER” THAN JESUS HIMSELF.
He will not only fill the void but also SATISFY your soul’s deepest longings.
This ministry's purpose is to bring souls into Jesus' Kingdom and to EDIFY and STRENGTHEN those who are already in it, SO THAT THEY CAN STAND on their own two feet SPIRITUALLY.
We're not involved in God's business to create a bunch of immature, co-dependent, religious weaklings, who need OTHERS to pray for them all the time, but STRONG, INDEPENDENT believers, who can stand and EXERCISE AUTHORITY OVER their own lives and circumstances.
We want STRONG BELIEVERS who can DO THEIR OWN PRAYING.
I WANT YOU TO DEPEND ON JESUS, NOT on me.
And if you received Christ INTO your heart, He has LIVED IN YOU ALL THE TIME, since that very moment.
You need to seek, commune with, and DEPEND ON the INNER Jesus who LIVES IN YOU 24/7.
You have access to the same Jesus as I, the same Bible as I, the same Holy Spirit as I, and you have a born-again spirit just as I have.
I don't pray vain or idle prayers.
When I pray, I MEAN BUSINESS.
I'm NOT going to waste my extremely valuable time, faith, and spiritual capital praying for minor things THAT YOU, as a born-again, Jesus indwelt child of God SHOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE ON YOUR OWN.
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016
A DIFFERENT SCENARIO
If you've ever watched one of the typical Christian movies about the Rapture, they always present the same basic scenario:
Life is going on as usual, then all of a sudden, millions of believers vanish, their now empty clothes dropping dramatically to the floor, and there are thousands of accidents, since those who were driving disappear and thousands of cars crash, same goes for trains, buses, and airplanes.
After a brief period of adjustment to this new reality, life continues to go on AS NORMAL, and some Machiavellian character who already occupies a prominent place in politics or religion, emerges as the feared Antichrist.
He then deceives people into taking his mark under the pretext of bringing peace and unity to the world.
Now, I'm NOT KNOCKING these films which, for the most part, are well-intentioned and that Jesus has even used to bring some souls to Himself.
However well-intentioned their presentation may be, IT’S NOT ACCURATE.
I'd like to offer a different scenario which is far more in line with Scripture:
There's a huge shaking of atmospheric heaven and earth.
The shaking INTERRUPTS SATELLITE and MASS COMMUNICATION and rearranges geography.
Computers, TV's, air-traffic control, radar, cell phones, are no longer functional.
The sun turns black and, consequently, the earth turns TOTALLY dark, as there is NO ELECTRICITY or SUNLIGHT.
It remains that way for several days causing emergency landings and bringing all forms transportation to a virtual HALT.
In midst of the black sky, the moon appears the color of blood, there's a huge meteor shower. (Revelation 6:12)
AGAINST that background of darkness, the sky divides, rolls up on each side, and Jesus APPEARS in glory. (Luke 21:27-28)
By the time SOME sunlight returns, BILLIONS of people and land animals have disappeared.
Those left on earth find not only loved ones missing, children missing, pets and other animals missing, key government personnel gone, but land masses and, consequently, nations and continents have relocated. (Revelation 6:13-17; 7:9-14)
As they scramble to come to grips with this new landscape, trumpet judgments begin:
One-third of the earth's SURFACE is instantly incinerated. (Revelation 8:7)
One-third of remaining mankind dies (Revelation 915)
Water and food become very scarce, disease spreads, war breaks out and superpowers fall (Revelation 8:8-11)
"Normal life" is A THING OF THE PAST.
Amidst the chaos, DESTRUCTION, CALAMITY, and confusion, a powerful figure from the distant past, the greatest military hero and tactician in history, the widely admired "Defender of man", who professed himself to be a god, emerges from the abyss, RISEN FROM THE DEAD. (Revelation 11:7; 13:1 17:8, 10-11)
He vows to "defend" remaining humans, and what's left of the planet, against the "unfair", "abusive" Christ who has brought all this "evil" and terrible judgments on them.
He is rightfully named the Anti-Christ.
To sinful, Jesus-hating, unrepentant humans, he represents EXACTLY what they've been looking for:
Someone who HAS THE ABILITY to topple the "oppressive" rule of Christ, prevent His Second Coming and, consequently, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH.
Who better to do it, than this individual who, like Jesus, APPEARS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, and who, like Jesus, exhibits supernatural powers?
A man, who, UNLIKE JESUS, POSSESSES THE GREATEST MILITARY CREDENTIALS IN HISTORY?
If you DIDN'T KNOW Christ, and these two RESURRECTED individuals WENT TO WAR against each other, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU BET ON?
The HUMBLE, PEACEFUL, "TURN THE OTHER CHEEK" carpenter?
Or THE GREATEST WARRIOR, GENERAL, AND MILITARY GENIUS in history?
That's why Christ-rejecting humans go crazy over Alex and DEFIANTLY ASK:
"WHO IS LIKE Alexander (the beast)? WHO is able to MAKE WAR AGAINST HIM? (Revelation 13:4).
Alex hasn't even RISEN yet, and he's already worshiped by A LOT OF PEOPLE.
I hear from his worshipers all the time.
ALL these things have been in our Bibles for the past 2,000 years: WHY don’t self-styled “prophecy experts” TEACH ANY OF THEM?
But the Book of Revelation doesn't end there:
Most of you have read "THE END OF the Book", as have I.
It's NO CONTEST.
We KNOW who THE WINNER is.
We also know where THE LOSER ENDS UP, along with all the LOSERS who follow him.
Our Jesus is THE ROCK of all the ages (Luke 20:18).
And Scripture warns all would be "opponents" that those who mess with THIS ROCK "will be torn to pieces".
MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016
CORRUPT & FILLED WITH VIOLENCE
“The earth ALSO WAS CORRUPT before God, and THE EARTH WAS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE.”
A CNN poll taken right after Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention last Thursday showed that 75% approved of the speech, and 56% were more likely to vote for him.
This figure is almost identical to other recent polls that reflect 71% of Americans feel our country is “headed in the wrong direction”.
One of the main points in Trump’s speech was “law and order” and enhanced security.
What does any of this have to do with the end times?
Jesus said in Matthew 24:37 and Luke 17:26 that the days prior to His coming would be “LIKE the days of Noah”.
Both passages indicate that people in general will be going about their everyday business, eating, drinking, and marrying – just like they did 4,500 years ago.
And that they’ll be TOTALLY BLINDSIDED by Jesus’ appearing, just like they were completely caught off guard by Noah’s flood.
However, there’s ANOTHER aspect of the “days of Noah” that is often overlooked:
"The WHOLE EARTH WAS CORRUPT AND FILLED WITH VIOLENCE." (Genesis 6:11-12)
And that is EXACTLY what is happening in the world RIGHT NOW.
We have corrupt politicians that sell themselves and our national interests TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, including the Soviets, Chinese and Saudis (hello Bill & Hillary).
We have elected officials in the House and Senate who are 100% beholden to special interests. They are BOUGHT and PAID FOR.
Society at large is also extremely CORRUPT, and focused on depravity and all sorts of carnal pursuits.
And there are EXTREMELY VIOLENT ACTS taking place ON A DAILY BASIS, both here in the U.S., in Europe and the Middle East.
Christians, for the most part, who are supposed to be the “salt of the earth”, are seemingly too timid, too spiritually feeble, too lazy, and TOO DIVIDED to do anything about it:
“I just want Jesus to come and take me out of here. Meanwhile, like good religious ostriches, we’ll just bury our heads in the sand, retreat into the comfort and safety of the fortresses that we falsely call “churches”, and let the world go to hell.”
Even if we elect a leader who will put the country’s interests FIRST, as Mr. Trump has promised to do, THAT DOES NOT EXEMPT us from exercising Jesus’ Authority over our cities and nations.
Likewise, our exercising Jesus’ Authority DOES NOT EXEMPT our elected officials from being diligent and DOING THEIR UTMOST to protect our citizens.
In that regard, Daniel 8:25 says about Antichrist:
“And through his cunning he shall cause DECEPTION TO PROSPER… and he shall magnify himself in his heart, AND BY SECURITY SHALL HE DESTROY MANY…”
Again: “By SECURITY he will destroy many”
It doesn’t take much imagination to envision, after being constantly battered by multiplied acts of terror, after ONE THIRD OF THE EARTH has been burnt to a crisp, and after ONE THIRD OF MANKIND has been killed by weapons of mass destruction, for this opportunistic child of Satan to say:
“The world has been devastated by terror and God’s unjust judgments: I’ve risen from the dead and I can DEFEND YOU and KEEP YOU SECURE, BUT ONLY if you swear eternal allegiance to me by taking my mark, and that way we can also identify who is on our side and who’s not.”
In light of what’s going on in the world – on an all too frequent and, now, ON A DAILY BASIS – 1 Thessalonians 5:3 seems particularly appropriate:
“For WHEN THEY SHALL SAY, ‘PEACE AND SECURITY’; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMES UPON THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY SHALL NOT ESCAPE.”
WE shall escape (be raptured) THEY SHALL NOT. (Luke 21:36)
And THE ONLY REASON that “THEY” would be talking about “peace and security”, is because there is NO SECURITY, BUT WIDESPREAD VIOLENCE and horrific acts of terror taking place, exactly as we are seeing.
Once again, Jesus’ words reverberate down the corridors of “time” to our generation.
And, once again, His Word is proven to be true.
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016
After Donald Trump’s truthful and rousing acceptance speech at the Republican convention, and with polls showing that 71% of Americans feel “the country is on the wrong track”, President Obama disingenuously stated that Trump’s realistic assessments “did not jibe” and that “the world is SAFER than it has ever been”.
Is President Obama on meds?
…Because he seems to HAVE LOST ALL TOUCH WITH REALITY.
Or does he simply regard Americans as incredibly stupid?
Just a couple hours after that astonishingly absurd statement, news broke of YET ANOTHER terrorist attack in Munich, where 9 people were killed, and 21 wounded by an Iranian Muslim with dual German citizenship.
Not to mention that, in the past couple of weeks, we have seen our own POLICE OFFICERS being targeted and murdered in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Kansas City.
And THE VERY NEXT DAY (yesterday) some Isis suicide bombers killed 80 and injured OVER 200 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
That’s the VERY Afghanistan that was liberated at the HEAVY COST of American blood and limbs, and which our inept President chose to ABANDON, and to NOTIFY TERRORISTS of our intention WELL IN ADVANCE so they could basically “take over”.
His clueless and fatally incompetent Secretary of State, John Kerry, further insulted human intelligence by COMPARING the ALLEGED “danger to the environment” of operating home appliances to brutal, atrocious, barbaric Isis.
Is Kerry on meds, too?
Or does he just think that Americans and people in general, are mentally challenged?
Obama and Kerry deserve the most criticism and ridicule since they’re supposed to be the “leaders” of the “free world”.
However, to be fair, it’s not just the current American President and Secretary of State who are ALARMINGLY OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY, and who lack the leadership skills to lead a Boy Scout troop, let alone a nation – let alone the world.
Europe fares NO BETTER, as we have seen in recent days with Brexit and the multiple acts of terror in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and Munich.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was recently booed at a memorial for the Nice victims, when he told the crowd to basically “get used to it”, and that regular terror strikes were the “new normal”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has allowed around ONE MILLION Muslims or so-called “Syrian refugees” into her country is being severely criticized and blamed by Germans who are asking for her resignation:
It should be noted that Munich ISN’T the first recent terror strike in Germany.
Hundreds of girls were raped by “refugees” about 7 months ago, during New Year’s celebrations.
Another “Syrian refugee” went on an axe rampage injuring 15 hapless train passengers in Wurzburg, two of them critically.
Her "open borders" policy has led to crime, degradation and multiple acts of terror. And this is the very policy that the Clinton/Kaine ticket wants to impose on the United States.
Merkel tried to “explain” the multiple acts of terror by saying that the only way to be safe was to become a “surveillance state” and that nobody wants that.
ALL THIS leads to Bible prophecy:
That is EXACTLY what the Bible says will happen:
Under Antichrist’s false prophet, whatever TWO THIRDS portion of this world remains after the first trumpet judgment, will be turned into a police state:
“The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, SO THAT THE IMAGE COULD SPEAK AND CAUSE ALL WHO REFUSED TO WORSHIP THE IMAGE TO BE KILLED.
It also FORCED ALL PEOPLE, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, TO RECEIVE A MARK ON THEIR RIGHT HANDS OR ON THEIR FOREHEADS, so that they COULD NOT BUY OR SELL UNLESS they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” (Revelation 13:15-17)
People will be closely monitored for compliance, and freedom, and the right to privacy, will become relics of the past.
In the next message we will explain why those left on earth during the tribulation will welcome such surveillance.
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016
HOW DO I STOP SINNING ?
“But OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, WHO WILL TRANSFORM OUR LOWLY BODY TO BE LIKE HIS GLORIOUS BODY, by the power that enables him EVEN TO SUBJECT ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
I love the Lord, and I don’t want to sin, BUT I FIND MYSELF SINNING, AGAIN AND AGAIN… What can I do about it?
The Apostle Paul asked that question two millenniums ago, and millions of believers have asked the same question since. (Romans 7:18-19)
THE WORST thing that you can do is TRY TO STOP SINNING by your own strength.
Let me repeat that: THE WORST thing that you can do is TRY TO STOP SINNING by sheer “will power”.
THE MOMENT you determine “I WON’T commit THAT sin again”… you are GUARANTEEING that YOU WILL.
And THE HARDER YOU TRY, THE MORE YOU WILL SIN.
THAT IS WHY those false sects that push 10 Commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping, Old Testament dietary laws, circumcision, “obedience” and “good works” in order TO ATTAIN salvation, are DEAD wrong.
And that is why THE MEMBERS OF THOSE FALSE SECTS SIN AS MUCH, OR MORE, than most people.
They JUST HIDE their sins better than most of us.
Again: They JUST HIDE THEIR SINS better than most of us.
They may hide their sins from humans. However, THEY CANNOT HIDE THEIR SINS FROM GOD.
God KNOWS EVERYTHING -- and EVERY SIN -- that is in their unregenerate hearts and minds.
They may fool some of their spiritually dead peers, but they DO NOT FOOL God for one microsecond.
They are nothing but BIG RELIGIOUS HYPOCRITES!
As long as we’re trapped in this FALSE “reality” of space-time, and as long as Adam’s sin-tainted blood courses through our veins, there is NO WAY TO STOP SINNING.
That is why Jesus needed UNTAINTED, SINLESS Blood to purge our sins. (Hebrews 9:22)
And that is WHY Jesus HAD TO be born of a virgin.
THAT is WHY, the ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is to receive Christ into our hearts, and have Jesus CREDIT US His PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS (2 Corinthians 5:21).
His Righteousness IS A GIFT. Salvation IS A GIFT.
There is NOTHING we can do to earn either.
There are, however, some things that we can do in order TO SIN LESS.
Sin can become A RARITY in our lives, as opposed to THE NORM.
We need to become ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that, upon inviting Jesus into our hearts and receiving Him as only God and Savior, Jesus FOREVER removes ALL SIN FROM US: (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 1:18; John 1:29)
TO THE POINT that God NO LONGER REMEMBERS ANY of our sins… (Isaiah 43:25; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Hebrews 8:12; 9:12, 26; 10:14, 17)
TO THE POINT that God NO LONGER COUNTS ANY sin against us. (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
Jesus, therefore, GUARANTEES OUR ETERNAL SALVATION.
NO ONE ELSE, and NOTHING ELSE guarantees it. (Acts 4:12)
Therefore, if you’re looking to ANYTHING ELSE or ANYONE ELSE, besides Jesus, for eternal life, you are going to be woefully and ETERNALLY DISAPPOINTED.
If you’re looking to your “own” righteousness, or to your denomination, or to a calendar day, or to your denomination’s founder for salvation, you’re going to find yourself in Hades.
When we are ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that NO SINS ARE BEING COUNTED AGAINST US by God, we LOSE THE FEAR OF SINNING.
We LOSE THE FEAR of sinning, and WE NO LONGER FEAR its consequences.
As a result, we GRADUALLY sin less and less.
And the MORE FIRMLY ESTABLISHED WE BECOME IN THAT MARVELOUS TRUTH, sin will be less and less frequent – UNTIL sin in our lives becomes VERY RARE.
There will come a point where this FALSE “reality” of space-time will END;
When our minds will be TOTALLY renewed and when Adam’s sin-tainted blood will be CONSUMED BY GOD’S GLORY.
At that point, these mortal bodies will be TRANSFORMED INTO IMMORTAL BODIES. (1 Corinthians 15:50-55)
At that point, we will become LIKE JESUS.
And we will sin NO MORE. EVER!!! (1 John 3:2)
That is what we are PREDESTINED by God to become. (Romans 8:29)
UNTIL eternal Truth (who we are in Christ) swallows up this temporary “reality” (who we are in this sin-riddled world) EVERY ONE OF US WILL SIN, from time to time.
However, if we TRUST JESUS, TRUST WHAT HE DID TO SAVE US, TRUST THAT HE HAS GIVEN US HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and TRUST that God “HAS OUR BACK” AND no longer counts ANY sin against us, our sins will be far fewer.
I know this is not what’s commonly taught from religious pulpits.
But IT’S 100% BIBLICAL.
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016
When was the last time YOU OFFERED ANIMAL SACRIFICES for your sins?
When was the last time that YOU offered ANIMAL SACRIFICES for your sins?
You're kidding, right? Christians HAVE NEVER OFFERED animal sacrifices for sin...
The term "willful sin" is mentioned ONLY ONCE in the ENTIRE Bible, STRICTLY IN CONNECTION TO ANIMAL SACRIFICES.
And yet, we get message after message from terrified Christians THINKING that, because they went on a sinning spree AFTER receiving Christ, they have committed this hideous sin.
The term appears in the Book of Hebrews.
The word "Hebrew", according to the dictionary, MEANS:
"A member of an ancient people living in what is now Israel DESCENDED FROM THE PATRIARCH Jacob, grandson of Abraham. After the Exodus (1300 BC) they ESTABLISHED THE KINGDOMS OF Israel and Judah, and their scriptures and traditions form the basis of the Jewish religion".
Do you see the word "gentile" mentioned ANYWHERE in that definition?
How about the word "Christian"?
I didn't think so.
And yet AN ENTIRE "Christian" theology has been fabricated around a term USED ONLY ONCE in the ENTIRE Bible, and addressed ONLY to Hebrews or JEWS.
That "theology" is pure HERESY.
The Book of HEBREWS, as its VERY NAME indicates, was written TO JEWS, NOT GENTILES, NOT CHRISTIANS.
There are 15 OTHER epistles addressed TO GENTILE Christians.
This ONE epistle, plus 1 Peter, and James's Epistle, were addressed TO JEWS who had come to faith in their Jewish Messiah.
Jews HAD LIVED 1,500 years under the Law given at Mount Sinai.
That Law REQUIRED both, works AND ANIMAL SACRIFICES for sin.
Those ANIMAL SACRIFICES HAD TO BE OFFERED, TWICE A DAY, EVERY SINGLE DAY... DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY... YEAR AFTER YEAR, AFTER YEAR... (Exodus 29:39; Numbers 28:4; 1 Chronicles 16:40).
The ENTIRE Book of Hebrews draws a contrast between Law and Grace, between the Old Testament and the New…
Between ANIMAL SACRIFICES offered under the Law, and Jesus' PERFECT SACRIFICE, which FREED US from the Law.
Animal sacrifices only covered sins TEMPORARILY. Jesus’ Sacrifice REMOVED ALL SIN – FOR ALL TIME. (Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)
IN CHAPTER 9, he draws a contrast between those NEVER-ENDING ANIMAL SACRIFICES and Jesus' PERFECT, ONCE AND FOR ALL SACRIFICE for our sins.
Hebrews 9:12 says about Jesus: "He DID NOT ENTER BY MEANS OF THE BLOOD OF GOATS AND CALVES; but he entered the Most Holy Place ONCE AND FOR ALL by HIS OWN Blood, having obtained ETERNAL REDEMPTION FOR US".
"ETERNAL" MEANS NEVER ENDING.
If Jesus has OBTAINED ETERNAL, NEVER-ENDING REDEMPTION FOR US WHO RECEIVE HIM AND TRUST HIM, HOW CAN IT POSSIBLY SAY IN THE NEXT CHAPTER, THAT IF WE SIN "WILLFULLY" AFTER RECEIVING HIM, WE'RE ETERNALLY LOST???
It DOESN'T SAY that.
It has NEVER said that.
And it WILL NEVER say that.
Hebrews 10:1-2 says:
"... (THE LAW) CAN NEVER, BY THE SAME (ANIMAL) SACRIFICES REPEATED ENDLESSLY YEAR AFTER YEAR, MAKE PERFECT those who draw near to worship:
If it could, would they not HAVE STOPPED being offered?
For the worshipers WOULD HAVE BEEN CLEANSED ONCE FOR ALL, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins".
ONLY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CAN DO THAT.
ONLY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CAN CLEANSE PERMANENTLY FROM SIN.
Hebrews 10:10: "we HAVE BEEN MADE HOLY (PERFECT) through THE SACRIFICE OF THE BODY OF Jesus Christ ONCE FOR ALL".
Willful sin HAS NOTHING to do with Christians.
Again: Willful sin HAS NOTHING to do with Christians.
It has to do with offering animal sacrifices for sin AFTER JESUS CLEANSED US FROM ALL SIN WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.
That is THE SIN for which, if WILLFULLY committed after receiving Christ, there is NO MORE SACRIFICE.
Because anyone who OFFERS ANIMALS SACRIFICES AFTER the Blood of Jesus has been poured out and removed all sin, PROVES that he or she DOES NOT TRUST JESUS, and is trampling His blood underfoot. (Hebrews 10:29)
Since Christians have NEVER offered animal sacrifices, this sin IS NOT committed by Christians but could potentially be committed in the first century by Jews if they loved their religion more than Christ and if they chose to continue animal sacrifices after Jesus removed ALL sin -- for ALL time -- by His most precious and SINLESS BLOOD.
The Book of Hebrews was written TO Hebrews, NOT to Christians.
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016
Religion would have us believe that “repentance” means NEVER-ENDING, GUILT RIDDEN, chest-beating mea culpa for past sins.
That’s why God hates religion. That’s why I hate it, and you should, too.
Once you confess your sin before God, and offer heartfelt repentance, that sin is FORGIVEN, NEVER TO BE REMEMBERED AGAIN. (Hebrews 8:12; 10:17)
THAT is what the NEW Covenant is ALL about. (Jeremiah 31:33-34)
God will not remember your sins, and NEITHER SHOULD YOU.
The word for repentance (metanoia, in Greek) actually means TO CHANGE YOUR MIND.
I would take it a step farther, I’d say it’s to RADICALLY change your mind.
By that I mean, we must CHANGE not just change THE WAY we think, but WHAT MIND WE THINK WITH.
Well, what other mind is there? There’s THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT. (Romans 8:27)
You have a mind in your head, your natural mind, which is presently corrupt because of sin. (Romans 8:7)
When you were born-again, God placed another mind, His Mind, in your spirit, which is located inside your mid-section (stomach-kidney area). (John 7:38-39)
That’s the Mind THAT AGREES WITH God’s Word. That’s the Mind that you MUST think with.
It takes a little practice, of course. The reason being, that we’re accustomed to thinking with the carnal mind.
It’s what we’ve done all our lives.
But the clear teaching in the New Testament is, that once we’re spiritually born-again, we must prefer and use the Mind of the Spirit over and above our own natural mind.
In fact, James refers to CONSTANTLY SWITCHING BACK AND FORTH between the carnal mind and the Mind of the Spirit as being “DOUBLE-MINDED”. (James 1:8)
And he warns that double minded people are UNSTABLE, and WON’T GET ANYTHING from the Lord. (James 1:7-8)
To think with the Spirit’s mind takes trust. Trust is another word for “faith”.
Eve sinned because SHE TRUSTED HER NATURAL MIND above God’s.
We reverse her mistake by TRUSTING OUR SPIRIT’S MIND.
Repentance is NOT to feel PERPETUALLY sorry for our sins.
We may feel sorry for them INITIALLY, then we RECEIVE GOD’S TOTAL FORGIVENESS, and then we forgive ourselves and MOVE ON.
Repentance means to CHANGE THE WAY we think.
It also means to CHANGE THE MIND WITH WHICH WE THINK.
Do you have the guts to trust God’s Mind above your own?
Jesus TOOK AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD. (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)
Therefore, God NO LONGER COUNTS ANY sin against those who are IN CHRIST. (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
For Pete’s sake Christians!
This great Truth is WHAT SETS OUR FAITH APART from ALL man-invented religion.
This great Truth is what makes THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE UNIQUE and INFINITELY SUPERIOR to ANY OTHER MESSAGE.
Which part of THAT MARVELOUS TRUTH don’t religious people get?
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016
CAN SATAN RAISE THE DEAD ?
I just heard from someone who recently found our website.
She said she had understood ALL THE EVIDENCE about the Antichrist’s identity and was totally convinced, but upon sharing it with some “evangelical Christians” they flat-out told her that it’s impossible, since ONLY JESUS has power over death, and Satan can’t raise anyone from the dead.
Don’t you just love it when “evangelical Christians” TELL GOD what He “can” and “CAN’T” do?
I thought Jesus said in Mark 10:27 that WITH GOD “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE”, but maybe those “evangelical Christians” forgot that verse.
However, THEY ARE RIGHT, for the most part:
ONLY JESUS can and does OVERCOME DEATH.
ONLY JESUS HAS THE KEYS of death and Hades (Revelation 1:17-18)
ONLY JESUS HAS THE POWER TO RAISE THE DEAD.
Does Satan have power over death?
Can Satan raise someone from the dead?
On the other hand: Can ALMIGHTY GOD ALLOW Satan to bring ONE person out of the abyss SO THAT HIS WRITTEN WORD IS FULFILLED?
YES, YES and YES!!
God can do ANYTHING.
And He doesn’t need your permission, my permission, or the permission of “evangelical Christians” in order to do it.
The ONLY things that are impossible for God are: SINNING AND LYING.
Glory to Him from everlasting to everlasting!
Satan ONLY HAS POWER TO DO what God, or man, ALLOWS HIM to do.
He COULDN’T touch Job, UNTIL God allowed it.
He COULDN’T touch Jesus, UNTIL God allowed it.
And WHEN GOD ALLOWED IT, he touched Jesus, and he got his ugly head CRUSHED.
The creep’s still reeling from the experience.
Satan will be locked up in the abyss for A THOUSAND YEARS.
He CAN’T GET OUT of there UNLESS God allows it.
He can’t go out and deceive nations and INCITE THEM TO INVADE Israel UNLESS God allows it.
God will ALLOW BOTH at the end of the Millennium.
And Satan will come out and form a multinational coalition to ATTACK ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM.
Does that mean Satan has power to emerge from the abyss?
It will happen because GOD WILL ALLOW IT.
And this time, not only will Satan get HIS UGLY HEAD CRUSHED, HELL BE DUMPED INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ALL ETERNITY. Amen and amen. (Revelation 20:8-10)
So, the argument that Alexander can’t be the Antichrist because ONLY Jesus can overcome death is a lame one.
Yes, ONLY JESUS can overcome death.
Therefore, if Jesus ALLOWS THIS GUY, for His eternal purpose, to rise from the dead, and allows Satan to energize him and bring him out of the pit, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN. (Revelation 13:1)
And that is EXACTLY what the Bible has told us FOR 2,500 HUNDRED YEARS that will happen.
What’s IMPOSSIBLE is FOR GOD TO LIE. (Numbers 23:19; Romans 3:4; Hebrews 6:18)
When these “evangelical Christians” say that “it’s impossible”: are they suggesting that GOD LIED TO US in Daniel 8:19-21; 11:28-30; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9, Isaiah 14:19, Revelation 11:7, Revelation 17:8, and 17:10-11?
After the Church is removed from the earth, God WILL ALLOW SATAN to rule the earth through his Antichrist for 3½ years. (Daniel 7:25; 12:7)
He will allow this in order to judge wicked, unrepentant, Jesus-rejecting mankind, and to give them, albeit briefly, their evil hearts’ desire.
And then it’ll be ALL OVER and THE SAINTS will possess the Kingdom… (Daniel 7:22) FOREVER!
These things WILL HAPPEN, whether anyone thinks they're possible or not.
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016
REVELATION: THE 4 & 24
There’s a passage in Revelation chapter 5 that some find confusing:
Here’s how it reads in the traditional King James Bible:
“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, HAVING EVERY ONE OF THEM HARPS, AND GOLDEN VIALS FULL OF ODOURS , WHICH ARE THE PRAYERS OF SAINTS.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and HAST REDEEMED US to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And HAST MADE US unto our God kings and priests: and WE SHALL REIGN on the earth.” (Revelation 5:8-10)
It SEEMS, at first glance, as though the 4 living creatures and 24 elders are singing (saying) these things ABOUT THEMSELVES.
Which begs the questions: did the 4 living creatures and 24 elders NEED REDEMPTION?
Are THEY THE ONES who get TO RULE THE EARTH during the Millennium?
This is one instance where the King James Version DOES NOT offer the most accurate translation.
Please King James fanatics: don’t write me any silly messages: I LOVE the King James Version, BUT I LOVE THE TRUTH A LOT MORE.
Here is the CORRECT translation:
“When the lamb had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 leaders bowed in front of him. Each held a harp and a gold bowl full of incense, the prayers of God's holy people. Then they sang a new song, "You deserve to take the scroll and open the seals on it, because you were slaughtered. YOU BOUGHT PEOPLE WITH YOUR BLOOD TO BE GOD'S OWN. THEY ARE FROM EVERY TRIBE, LANGUAGE, PEOPLE, AND NATION.
You MADE THEM a kingdom and priests for our God. THEY WILL RULE AS KINGS ON THE EARTH." (God's Word Translation)
Throughout this passage the original Greek UNEQUIVOCALLY speaks in THIRD PERSON PLURAL (“they”) and NOT first person plural (“we”).
Therefore, they are talking about THIRD PARTIES, NOT about themselves.
Matter of fact, in verse 9 which in the King James reads “hast redeemed US”, the word “us” is NOWHERE in the original text.
You see WHY, when something doesn’t jibe, we need to check different translations and, if that doesn’t clarify the issue, CHECK THE ORIGINAL TEXT.
Verse 8 clearly says the 4 & 24 are offering THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS.
Evidently, then, they’re singing ABOUT THE SAINTS, NOT about themselves.
In context, who, exactly, ARE “the saints”?
Because from earth’s perspective this takes place BEFORE the Church is raptured.
To the extent that it says that He redeemed them from “every tribe, language, people and nation”, “THEY” COULD (potentially) INCLUDE the Church.
Even though, from earth’s perspective the Rapture hasn’t occurred, it’s ABOUT TO… and there is neither space nor time in the spirit realm.
As far as God is concerned the Rapture’s already happened: IT’S A DONE DEAL:
It COULD BE that the Church is praying IN SPIRIT -- in anticipation of what’s about to happen.
This passage, AT A MINIMUM, refers to the Old Testament saints that were taken up AFTER Jesus rose from the dead, who ascended with Him. (Mathew 27:52-53; Ephesians 4:8)
Jesus ascended TWICE: first when He presented Himself as ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT SIN OFFERING to the Father. (John 20:17; Hebrews 9:12; 10:14)
He returned to earth soon after that. (Matthew 28:7)
And He ascended again LATER, after communing 40 days with the disciples. (Acts 1:3-9)
Those Old Testament saints went up in the FIRST Ascension.
Since they were mostly natural Israelites in the Diaspora they, too, would have come from “every tribe, language, people, and nation”.
So this passage could refer ONLY TO THEM, or to them and the Church.
To sum up:
No, the 4 living creatures and 24 elders DID NOT need redemption.
And NO, the 4 & 24 were NOT singing about themselves, but ABOUT THE SAINTS.
God’s Word is SO PRECIOUS!
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
THE PREVIOUS RAPTURE
What? Oh, you mean when Enoch was taken by God…
Oh, you mean when Elijah was taken up by God…
You mean when JESUS ascended to heaven…
But I’m not talking about AN INDIVIDUAL Rapture, but about A COLLECTIVE Rapture.
It wasn’t JUST JESUS that ascended.
He took up A WHOLE BUNCH OF SAINTS WITH HIM!
What are you talking about? I never heard THAT before…
Well, it’s been in your Bibles for 2,000 years, 3,000 if we count Psalm 68:18 where it was first prophesied by King David.
The Rapture of the Church is not – REPEAT, IS NOT – the first collective Rapture in the Bible.
There WAS A PREVIOUS COLLECTIVE RAPTURE that took place ALMOST 2,000 YEARS AGO.
Mathew 27:52-53 very clearly states:
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks were split;
And THE GRAVES WERE OPENED; AND MANY BODIES OF THE SAINTS THAT SLEPT AROSE,
And CAME OUT OF THE GRAVES AFTER HIS RESURRECTION, AND WENT INTO THE HOLY CITY, AND APPEARED UNTO MANY.”
Those Old Testament saints were RESURRECTED and they ASCENDED to heaven, BODY AND SOUL, along with Jesus.
Since they all rose from the dead on First Fruits of the Barley, He doubtlessly presented them to the Father, as FIRST FRUITS of the Old Testament. (1 Corinthians 15:20, 23)
Ephesians 4:8 says about Jesus’ Ascension:
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, and he gave gifts to men.”
Those saints in Paradise (which, at the time, was in the center of the earth) were being held captive by Satan… (Luke 23:43; Ephesians 4:9)
…UNTIL Christ rose from the dead, overcame death, defeated Satan, TOOK THE KEYS OF DEATH AND HADES AWAY from Satan, SET FREE the Old Testament captives, resurrected them (glory to His Name!) and TOOK THEM UP TO HEAVEN with Him. (Revelation 1:17-18)
They were Old Testament saints, most of which had lived under the Law and tried to observe the 10 Commandments.
And not one of them made it to heaven by trying to keep the 10 Commandments or observing the 24-hour weekly Sabbath.
It took the Blood of Jesus, and FAITH (trust) in His PERFECT Work of Redemption -- TRUST that He'd removed their sins as far as the east is from the west -- for them to be saved. (Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 9:12, 26; Titus 3:5)
Well, what do you know? There’s already been a collective Rapture – and IT WAS PRE-TRIB!
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016
APART AT THE SEAMS
To say it’s been “ONE HELL of a week” would be a hell of an understatement.
When former Secretary of State Madeline Albright (a DEMOCRAT) was asked about what was going on in the world about a year ago, she replied “the world is A MESS”.
I wonder what Albright’s assessment might have been THIS WEEK:
We’ve seen YET ANOTHER HORRIBLE terrorist attack in Nice, France.
Scores killed or injured, including many children. All brought about by Islamic terror.
Our hearts and prayers, AND OUR LOVE, go out to the people of France, especially to the victims and their families.
Keep praying for them, precious intercessors – THANK YOU.
This is THE THIRD MAJOR terrorist attack in France in the past year, and the SEVENTH terrorist attack on that nation also within the past year.
That’s not counting OTHER recent acts of Islamic terror in neighboring Brussels.
We also learned that France had kept horrific details about the previous major attack under wraps, where terrorists murdered and TORTURED many who were attending a concert at the Bataclan theatre on November 13, 2015.
The details are supremely revolting and too gruesome to share in this message.
France, as most of you know, has A LARGE Muslim population.
It seems that terrorists can strike in France, VIRTUALLY AT WILL.
And there was also an attempt to topple the government of Turkey, which appears to have failed.
Turkey has long been considered a key NATO ally because of its strategic location. I’ll address Turkey, Lord willing, in another message.
And there was the awful, uncalled for killing of cops in Dallas, as well as disturbances in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and other U.S. cities.
But back to France:
NOTHING HAPPENS ON EARTH that hasn’t already taken place in heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
It seems that evil spirits have not only formed STRONGHOLDS OVER that nation, but are working overtime to carry out Satan’s agenda which is to “KILL, steal, and DESTROY”. (John 10:10)
When they can't even celebrate their own "independence day" in peace... something's SERIOUSLY WRONG.
We in the United States and other parts of the world can pray for them, and stand with them, but BORN-AGAIN BELIEVERS IN FRANCE NEED TO GET INVOLVED.
They need to exercise Jesus’ Authority over that nation, DESTROY and DEMOLISH those SPIRITUAL strongholds, and KEEP THEM FROM forming again, or they will see these horrendous acts repeated again and again.
And France’s President Francoise Hollande has much to answer for.
To his credit, he did call the former terrorist attack “an act of war” something that the gutless Mr. Incompetent sitting in the Oval Office has yet to do.
But France’s security forces seem WOEFULLY INEPT at screening potential terrorists, interrogating them, and handling crisis in general.
However, Hollande’s BIGGEST mistake has been taking a hard pro-Palestinian and anti Israel stance:
While he CLAIMS to “have Israel’s back” on Iran (talk is cheap), he has opposed so-called “Israeli settlements”, and called for Jerusalem to be the capital of BOTH Israel and “Palestine”.
THAT will NEVER happen.
Someone needs to bring Genesis 12:3 to the attention of France’s leaders:
God speaking to Abraham about his COVENANT DESCENDANTS:
“And I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS YOU, AND CURSE HIM THAT CURSES YOU:
And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
This brings us to Mr. Incompetent, sitting on a tree, S-M-I-L-I-N-G…
And SMILING is ALL he seems to be “good” at…
The Western world, and even portions of the Islamic world, have learned – THE HARD WAY – that these aren’t “jayvees” as the Surrenderer in Chief once dismissively called them:
THESE ARE ATROCIOUSLY EVIL people, WHO WANT TO KILL US!
They are WICKED, MURDEROUS; PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED ASSASSINS who want to DESTROY OUR FREEDOMS AND WAY OF LIFE and subjugate us to their SATANIC RELIGION.
He professes to be “Christian” (for his sake -- and ours -- since we still have to endure his ineptness 6 more months) I HOPE that he is Christian, even if only nominally.
But the fact is HE WAS BROUGHT UP Muslim.
I’m no fan of Bill O’Reilly, but he raised that point this week and, by golly, HE’S RIGHT.
The Surrenderer in Chief seems UNABLE, UNWILLING, or both, to cut the religious, cultural and emotional umbilical cord to that UTTERLY SATANIC, AND MOST EVIL religion on earth.
All religion is evil. All religion is an instrument of Satan:
but there is NO MORE EVIL religion anywhere than Islam.
Fact is Christianity and Islam DO NOT MIX.
And NO we DO NOT “worship the same God”.
Again: we DO NOT “worship the same God”.
We worship the One true God, Yahweh and His Son Jesus Christ. (Exodus 3:14; Proverbs 30:4)
They say that “god” (allah) has no son. And their “god” is NOT the God of the Bible, in fact he’s no “god” at all, but A DEMONIC INVENTION.
Our President needs to make up his mind – about this, if nothing else:
Is he Christian or is he Muslim?
He CANNOT be BOTH.
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016
GOD'S LAW: ONE OR TWO ?
But you don't understand: Jesus ONLY FULFILLED "the ceremonial" part of the Law pertaining to animal sacrifices. He DID NOT fulfill "the moral" part of the Law.
Please show me ONE verse - just ONE - from Genesis to Revelation that says the Law is separated into a "ceremonial" part and a "moral" part.
While you're at, find me ONE verse - just ONE - that says Christ ONLY fulfilled the "ceremonial" part of the Law, and NOT the moral part.
There AREN'T ANY!
God didn't say that. Your denomination's leader INVENTED that lie.
Even if the Law were SPLIT INTO TWO PARTS, there are at least four verses in the Bible that say that ALL IT TAKES IS ONE INFRACTION of ANY part, and YOU'RE TOAST!
And that infraction has NOTHING to do with any "ceremonial" part, or any "animal sacrifice".
So, either God IS LYING, OR your religion IS.
HOW can you even CALL YOURSELF "Christian" when you just said THAT CHRIST'S SACRIFICE was INCOMPLETE and, consequently, IMPERFECT and INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE?
HOW can you even CALL YOURSELF "Christian" when you just said THAT Christ ONLY fulfilled "ceremonies" BUT NOT THE MORAL PART OF GOD'S LAW, thereby making Him IMMORAL?
HOW can you even CALL YOURSELF "Christian" when you just BLASPHEMED Christ and said THAT He IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO SAVE, hence NOT the ONLY SAVIOR?
But even if your mortal-invented religious BLASPHEMY were true, YOU STILL COULDN'T BE SAVED by "works of obedience" or by (ALLEGEDLY AND MENDACIOUSLY) "keeping the Law".
The New Testament DOES NOT ALLOW for a combination of Law plus Grace:
"And IF BY GRACE, then IT IS NOT BY WORKS; OTHERWISE, GRACE IS NO LONGER GRACE" (Romans 11:6).
No matter how much you try to twist it, there is NO WAY to be saved by keeping ALL of the Law, or even PART OF the Law:
"By the works of the Law (of the Torah) NO ONE will be justified" (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
What part of "NO ONE will be justified by works" DON'T YOU GET?
But James said "faith without works is dead".
Yes. he did. Where did James say we are to keep God's Law?
Find me ONE verse in James, OR IN THE ENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT that says WE ARE JUSTIFIED wholly or partially by keeping the Law (Torah).
There ISN'T ONE.
James said if you keep ALL THE TORAH, ALL YOUR LIFE and BREAK JUST ONE OF ITS 613 COMMANDMENTS, YOU ARE A LAW-BREAKER! (James 2:10-11)
James ALSO said the ONLY commandment we are to follow is to "love our neighbor" as ourselves (James 2:8).
So, don't use James as an excuse, because HE NEVER TOLD ANYONE TO KEEP the Sinai LAW.
In Acts 15:19-29 James SPECIFICALLY said Law keeping is not required.
You DELIBERATELY IGNORE Peter, Paul, John, all the apostles, AND JESUS HIMSELF just so you can follow your rotten religion!
The ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is to receive Jesus into your heart, TRUST COMPLETELY in His PERFECT Salvation, and be born again of His Spirit (John 3:5).
"There is SALVATION IN NO ONE ELSE. There is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given to men BY WHICH WE CAN BE SAVED" (Acts 4:12).
NO ONE ELSE means that Ellen G. White, Alexander Campbell, Charles Taze Russell, Joseph Smith, and Herbert W. Armstrong CAN'T SAVE YOU.
Their DOCTRINE can't save you.
NO OTHER NAME means that being Seventh Day Adventist, Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormon (LDS) and Church of God CAN'T SAVE YOU.
Which part of NO ONE ELSE (but Jesus) don't you understand?
Which part of NO OTHER NAME (but Jesus) don't you get?
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016
THE DEADLIEST SIN
The Roman Catholic Church recently came up with a new list of politically correct, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY "7 deadly sins". Has Al Gore been lobbying the Vatican?
They replaced their old list of "mortal sins": pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and sloth with polluting, genetic engineering, obscene riches (too bad... Bill Gates won't enter Pearly Gates), taking drugs, abortion, pedophilia (I'm tempted to comment on this one, since sarcasm ISN'T on the list... but I'll behave) and social injustice.
I got news for The Pope, The RELIGION OF Rome, and every theologian:
EVERY SIN IS DEADLY:
The soul that sins, IT SHALL DIE (Ezekiel 18:20).
God's Word DOESN'T CLASSIFY sins into "mortal" and "venial", better or worse. That was INVENTED by man:
SIN IS SIN.
ALL sin causes death.
Just look at Adam and Eve. By those warped standards, WHAT DID THEY DO that was so evil? Bite into a pomegranate?
They DISOBEYED God. Their disobedience ("SEPARATION" FROM Him) brought death and corruption.
We're still dealing with the awful consequences of their "venial" sin.
It took NO LESS THAN God's own Blood to cleanse that "venial" sin (Romans 5:9; Hebrews 9:22).
Anything we do OUTSIDE OF God (OUTSIDE OF Love) IS SIN.
EVERY SIN IS DEADLY. Hence, every sin is "mortal" (Romans 6:23)
That's the BAD news.
The GOOD News is EVERY SIN - no matter HOW deadly -- CAN BE WASHED AWAY (1 John 1:7).
If it's washed away, IT'S GONE... FOREVER!
And if it's gone, it's NO LONGER DEADLY, since it's been TOTALLY REMOVED (Hebrews 9:12, 26; 10:14).
THE ONLY Way to wash those sins away is thru the Blood that Jesus poured out for you on the cross.
If you want your sins WASHED AWAY, YOUR RECORD SQUEAKY CLEAN, YOU MUST INVITE JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART:
YOU MUST RECEIVE HIM AS LORD, SAVIOR and God (John 1:12).
SO, ULTIMATELY, THE ONLY SIN THAT IS TRULY "DEADLY", THE ONLY SIN THAT WILL SEND ANYONE TO HELL, IS REJECTING JESUS CHRIST (Matthew 12:31-32).
It's NOT receiving the Salvation He offers you FREELY.
Every sin is deadly, but the "deadliest" sin, the one sin that cannot be removed, is FAILING TO RECEIVE THE ONE AND ONLY "SIN REMOVER":
“For the wages of sin is death; but THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Salvation (JESUS) is A GIFT. But, like all gifts, He must be RECEIVED.
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016
When Jesus and His Apostles preached the Gospel, there was NO AMBIGUITY WHATSOEVER:
Jesus had TAKEN AWAY the sin OF THE WHOLE WORLD! (John 1:29: Hebrews 9:26)
Therefore, forgiveness of sins and Salvation ARE A GIFT that cannot be lost or taken away... EVER!
Eternal Life IS Eternal and CANNOT BE LOST... for ANY reason.
Salvation is RECEIVING Jesus into our hearts and COMPLETELY TRUSTING that He removed ALL OUR SINS FOREVER, AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST (Psalm 103:12).
Then religion came along, and TOTALLY OBSCURED that incomparable Message.
Religion breeds FEAR, NOT FAITH.
ALL forms of religion are BASED ON FEAR.
Religion started FABRICATING "conditions" for Salvation.
It invented doctrines like "purgatory" - A TOTAL ABOMINATION if there ever was one! –
This false and evil doctrine suggests that Jesus' Sacrifice IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO REMOVE ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME. (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 1:18)
Therefore, we must "DO TIME" in "purgatory", INDEFINITELY, TO PAY for "residual" sins OURSELVES.
Can someone please tell me WHERE is the "Good News" in THAT false, BLASPHEMOUS doctrine?
There are NO “RESIDUAL” SINS. Sin has been OBLITERATED by the Immaculate Blood of Jesus.
It concocted THE LIE that sins are classified into "mortal" and "venial", when God has told us that "THE WAGES OF SIN (of all sin) IS DEATH" (Romans 6:23).
The Good News is THAT JESUS REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME AND NO LONGER COUNTS SINS AGAINST US (2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 John 3:5).
Therefore, IN Christ Jesus, we have (present tense) ETERNAL Life.
However, that FALSE and MIXED MESSAGE is not confined only to 4th century Christianism, but to 21st century religion as well.
Other "conditions" have since been added to the simple Message of TOTAL Salvation FOREVER: such as Sabbath keeping, Torah keeping, 10 Commandment keeping, denominational worship, denomination founder worship, dietary laws and circumcision.
Tragically, we have A SIMILARLY BLASPHEMOUS, PERVERTED, MIXED "gospel" being preached from most so-called "evangelical" pulpits:
We have "evangelical" preachers saying on the one hand that Salvation is by faith only, NO WORKS INVOLVED.
Then they turn around and say that if you're homosexual, you're going to hell.
Apparently, Jesus REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, EXCEPT homosexuality.
Apparently, then, the sin of homosexuality HAS MORE POWER TO DAMN, than Jesus has power TO SAVE (perish the VERY thought).
If that were the case, homosexuality WOULD BE GOD.
There's even one MAJOR, SUPERSTAR "evangelical" preacher who FALSELY PROPHESIED that God "would destroy ALL homosexuals".
My Bible says Jesus came TO SAVE SINNERS - ALL SINNERS (1 Timothy 1:15).
That He came NOT to condemn, but TO SAVE (John 3:17).
That He wants ALL MEN to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).
Well, what about 1 Corinthians 6:9-10?
THERE ARE 10 OTHER SINS mentioned in that Scripture, that hypocritical “evangelicals” NEVER PREACH AGAINST.
They SINGLE OUT homosexuals!
As if THAT ONE SIN was MIGHTIER than Jesus.
THE VERY NEXT VERSE (verse 11) clearly says that's what some of us WERE (past tense) BEFORE we came to Christ. "But you WERE WASHED, you were sanctified, you were JUSTIFIED in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
BUT NOW, IN CHRIST, REGARDLESS of how we act ON THE OUTSIDE, we're SAVED FOREVER on the inside.
Secular history documents that homosexuality and bisexuality WERE RAMPANT in Jesus' time, and He NEVER condemned gays or ANY OTHER sinner.
He pointedly said that WHOEVER came to Him, He would in NO WISE reject (John 6:37).
But false, modern "evangelical" Christianism FALSELY TEACHES THAT “God HATES gays” and that He WILL REJECT THEM.
NOT ONLY IS THAT A LIE that CONTRADICTS Jesus, WHERE is the "good news" IN THAT?
And NO, I’m NOT PROMOTING homosexuality. God forbid. IT IS SIN. It is NOT, however, the “unpardonable” sin.
Jesus can CLEANSE the sin of homosexuality JUST LIKE HE CAN CLEANSE ADULTERY, FORNICATION, STEALING, LYING, COVETING, LUST, GREED, OR ANY OTHER sin.
"Evangelical" preachers say that Salvation is by faith, THEN TURN AROUND AND THREATEN their CONGREGATION that IF THEY DON'T PAY them 10% OF THEIR INCOME, our Loving, Gracious Father WILL PUT A CURSE ON THEM.
On His own CHILDREN!!!
That He will withdraw His blessings FOR FILTHY MONEY!!!
Their greedy minds don't even pause FOR ONE SECOND to think it through!
They don't know and, worse, DON'T CARE about the duplicitous, self-contradicting implications of such FALSE, DAMNABLE message:
THAT MONEY has more power to damn than Jesus has to save.
Why stop there?
How do we know, then, that dishonoring father and mother ARE NOT MORE powerful than Jesus?
How do we know that STEALING ISN'T MORE POWERFUL THAN Jesus?
How do we know that adultery and fornication, which are also "on the list" AREN'T more powerful than Jesus?
These religionists have "A FORM OF godliness, BUT DENY THE POWER thereof" (2 Timothy 3:5).
No wonder Christians in general ARE SO CONFUSED!
No wonder it takes us hours on end, sometimes MONTHS to undo the damage and get sinners TO TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY FOR SALVATION - NO MATTER WHAT they have done, are doing, or will do.
No wonder most Christians are FEEBLE and FEARFUL of losing their Salvation!
As if Jesus, who IS Salvation, could ever be "lost".
Instead of being firm, bold and strong, they're BLOWN AWAY and ENTANGLED by the slightest PUFF of false doctrine.
NO WONDER they have NO SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION to speak of.
Instead of being FIRMLY ESTABLISHED ON THE ROCK (Jesus), their spiritual houses are built on murky sand (more like QUICKSAND).
No wonder most of them are hanging on to their faith BY THE TIPS OF THEIR FINGERNAILS.
The Gospel is PURE.
Mixed messages, by definition, ARE IMPURE.
God HATES mixtures.
He likes PURITY and CLARITY.
In Him is no "darkness" or ambiguity... AT ALL (1 John 1:5).
I URGE ALL so-called "ministers" OF THE Gospel TO REPENT and RETURN TO THE PURE Gospel Message that Jesus and His Apostles preached:
That NO SIN IS ANY MATCH FOR our Jesus.
That He removed ALL SIN (past, present and future) FOR ALL TIME.
That EVERYONE - who receives Him into his/her heart AND TRUSTS HIM COMPLETELY is SAVED NOW, FOREVER, AND FOR ALL THE EONS OF ETERNITY.
THAT'S the one, true, UNCHANGING, PURE Gospel.
ALL else IS HERESY.
ALL else is PERVERSION.
ALL else is NO GOSPEL at all.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016
SEPARATION FROM GOD
Does SIN separate us from a HOLY God?
The answer will surprise most people:
I can almost hear the thousands of religious gasps reverberating through cyberspace.
The answer is STILL "NO".
ORIGINAL sin, the sin that Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden and passed down to ALL their descendants (us) DID INITIALLY "SEPARATE" US FROM OUR HOLY CREATOR AND GOD:
It caused His Glory (manifest Presence, Shekinah) to LEAVE.
It left man destitute, VULNERABLE and NAKED and I don't mean just physically.
Such "separation", thank Goodness, was ONLY TEMPORARY:
It would last ONLY until God could send the UNIFIER Savior to FIX THE PROBLEM.
Once the Savior REMOVED sin, THERE WAS AND IS NO MORE SEPARATION:
"Behold the Lamb of God (Jesus) WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD" (John 1:29).
If He TOOK AWAY THE SIN that caused the separation in the first place, THERE'S NO MORE SEPARATION!
Well, Jesus MAY have taken care of ORIGINAL sin as you say, but He DIDN'T take care of ALL THE OTHER SINS WE COMMITTED AFTERWARDS.
He didn't remove the sins we commit AFTER we receive Him.
If He DIDN'T, you can kiss Salvation, good-bye.
If He DIDN'T you're eternally lost, with NO HOPE OF REDEMPTION... EVER!
THAT LIE was invented BY RELIGION. You won't find such teaching in the New Testament.
ALL your sins, in fact, WERE DEALT WITH 2,000 years ago AT CALVARY and HAVE NO POWER AT ALL TO SEPARATE YOU FROM God.
Jesus doesn't FIND OUT about our sins WHEN WE COMMIT THEM. He KNEW ABOUT THEM before He even created us (Ephesians 1:4; Revelation 13:8)
SIN IS DEAD.
ONLY RELIGION wants to keep sin alive.
ONLY RELIGION wants to perpetuate "separation" as though Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection MEANT NOTHING AND HAD ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING.
Religion has never fully embraced the New Testament.
All religionists are still stuck in Old Testament separation and condemnation.
O ye of little faith and even LESS UNDERSTANDING!!!
Who have MORE FAITH IN SIN'S ABILITY TO SEPARATE YOU FROM CHRIST, than ON HIS ABILITY TO CLEANSE YOU FROM SIN and RECONCILE YOU WITH THE FATHER!
But WHAT ABOUT Isaiah 59:2:
"But YOUR INIQUITIES HAVE SEPARATED YOU FROM YOUR GOD; YOUR SINS HAVE HIDDEN HIS FACE FROM YOU, SO THAT HE WILL NOT HEAR".
And WHEN did Isaiah utter those words?
He wrote them while the OLD Testament was still in effect.
He wrote them 800 YEARS BEFORE the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
And even then, he pointedly spoke IN PAST TENSE.
THAT WAS BEFORE CALVARY, dummy!
Yes, THERE WAS separation caused by sin UNTIL Calvary.
There's NO SUCH THING AFTER Calvary.
Unless you think that NOTHING'S CHANGED, that Jesus' Death and Resurrection, that the shedding of His SINLESS Blood MADE NO DIFFERENCE, you haven't got A CHANCE in heaven or hell to make a case for PRESENT "separation" based on THAT.
The sins that Jesus DIED for, the sins that He TOOK UPON HIMSELF, the sins HE KILLED AND NAILED TO THAT CROSS, have NO POWER WHATSOEVER TODAY to separate us from God.
In fact, they NO LONGER EXIST.
Jesus POINTEDLY said in Matthew 12:32 THAT ALL SINS WOULD BE FORGIVEN except rejection of Him.
And Romans 8:38-39 says CLEAR AS DAYLIGHT THAT NOTHING AND NO ONE can SEPARATE US FROM Christ and His love.
So either Scripture contradicts itself (which means that GOD LIED), or Jesus made A HUGE AND PERMANENT DIFFERENCE.
How sad that your congregation doesn't teach this GREAT TRUTH, which is the BASIS OF OUR FAITH!
What a pity that you've frittered away countless hours on the internet LISTENING TO "DOCTRINES OF MEN" INSTEAD OF SPENDING TIME ON THE WORD OF GOD!
You need to find out FOR YOURSELF, what Jesus and His Apostles ACTUALLY SAID, instead of believing WHAT MAN-INVENTED RELIGION SAYS that "He said".
THERE'S A HUGE DIFFERENCE.
AFTER Calvary sin HAS NO MORE POWER to separate ANYONE from God, because sin HAS BEEN REMOVED FOREVER (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26): WHICH PART OF "FOREVER" DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?
"Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But HE HAS APPEARED
at the culmination of the ages TO REMOVE SIN – ONCE and FOR ALL -- by the Sacrifice of Himself" (Hebrews 9:26).
"God was in Christ RECONCILING (REUNITING, bringing back TOGETHER) the world UNTO HIMSELF, NOT COUNTING MEN'S SINS AGAINST THEM" (1 Corinthians 5:19).
"For by ONE SACRIFICE He has PERFECTED FOREVER ALL who are SANCTIFIED" (set apart unto Salvation) (Hebrews 10:14).
You CAN'T say it ANY CLEARER THAN THAT.
Born-again BELIEVERS are NOT SEPARATED FROM Jesus. We're SEPARATED (sanctified) TO Jesus!
There is NOW, glory to His Name, NO SEPARATION:
We belong to Him and He (glory, glory, glory) BELONGS TO US.
Jesus FIXED THE SIN PROBLEM - ONCE AND FOR ALL - 2,000 YEARS AGO!!!
DEAL WITH IT !
TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016
WHERE’S THE GOOD NEWS?
The Incarnation of God, Jesus Christ, came to this world 2,000 years ago, as a man to:
1. Fulfill (ETERNALLY SATISFY) God’s law on behalf of all mankind (Matthew 5:17).
2. To DIE and pour out His Sacred Blood for THE SIN of mankind, thus REMOVING SIN FOREVER (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26).
3. To CREDIT HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS to those who TRUST HIM (2 Corinthians 5:21).
4. To put His own Divine Love (God) Nature inside of us (2 Peter 1:4).
5. To seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).
6. To SAVE ALL SINNERS WHO RECEIVE HIM INTO THEIR INNERMOST BEING as ONLY Savior and God, and COMPLETELY TRUST HIM – and ONLY HIM – for Salvation (John 3:16-17).
7. To FOREVER RECONCILE US to the Father (2 Corinthians 5:19).
8. To set a PERFECT EXAMPLE for us (Philippians 2:5-11).
9. To preach the Gospel or Good News of the Kingdom of God. His Kingdom COMES INTO and is IN those who receive the King into their hearts (Luke 17;21).
10. To make A NEW and BETTER Testament, guaranteed and sealed WITH His own Blood (Mark 14:24), thus replacing the OLD Testament which had not been able to save A SINGLE SOUL.
The OLD Testament couldn’t save anyone BECAUSE IT WAS BASED ON OUR WORKS or “GOOD BEHAVIOR”.
The NEW Testament has saved BILLIONS BECAUSE it’s based on Jesus’ Perfect and FINISHED Work, and on His Perfect OBEDIENCE to the Father.
Despite all of the above, millions of so-called Christians live, think and act AS THOUGH JESUS HAD NEVER COME.
As though NONE OF THE ABOVE had ever happened.
As though Jesus MADE NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL.
As though His perfect obedience, His death, His Blood, His burial, three days and nights in hell, Resurrection and Ascension and New Covenant, where He put His OWN HOLY Spirit IN US, HAD NEVER HAPPENED.
They preach “salvation” based on Jesus PLUS…
According to them, it takes Jesus PLUS ALL THAT OTHER OLD TESTAMENT STUFF THAT NO ONE – NOT EVEN MOSES – could EVER KEEP.
If it DIDN’T SAVE YOU BEFORE JESUS, HOW IN GOD’S NAME CAN IT SAVE YOU AFTER JESUS?
WHERE IS the “GOOD NEWS” OR “GOSPEL” in telling people “Jesus came and died for your sins and rose, BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO LIVE as you did BEFORE Jesus died and rose?
There’s NO GOOD NEWS IN THAT AT ALL.
That's NOT the Gospel.
That is NOTHING but RELIGION.
That is NOTHING but RETURN TO SLAVERY.
That is NOTHING but LACK OF FAITH in Jesus as being ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT to save you.
If you ADD to His finished work, YOU DON’T TRUST, and have NO FAITH.
And if YOU REALLY TRUST JESUS AS YOUR SALVATION, you DO NOT ADD.
Those who still live under the OLD Testament are SLAVES.
SLAVES are NOT SONS.
Only sons inherit the Father’s Kingdom.
SLAVES inherit NOTHING (Galatians 4:30).
SLAVES aren’t even saved.
WHY, in heaven’s name, are you so hell-bent in leading people INTO BONDAGE WHEN JESUS HAS FREED THEM?
WHERE’S the “GOOD NEWS” in ANY of that?
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016
In order to rule this earth one MUST BE a son of God. (Genesis 1:28; Luke 3:38)
And in order to be a son of God one MUST BE human.
No angel’s ever been called the son of God. (Hebrews 1:5)
No other created being has ever been called the son of God.
Jesus IS the FIRST Son of God and is VERY human.
He is also VERY God.
And God NOW -- praise His Name! -- has many OTHER sons who are born-again in the Image of His First Son Jesus. (Hebrews 2:10)
That’s why all this business about conspiracy theories bringing about the tribulation and Antichrist, and about Islam taking over the world, is a bunch of baloney and TOTALLY UNBIBLICAL.
They don’t know Jesus, therefore they’re NOT children of God.
Therefore, THEY CAN’T RULE THE EARTH.
God WILL HAVE TO take all His Children HOME and “out of the way” in order to allow Satan’s son TO RULE OVER UNSAVED MANKIND for 3-1/2 years, INCLUDING ALL the “conspirators” and all WHO ADHERE TO ISLAM.
All of them will be ruled by the Antichrist.
Let’s not kid ourselves: ONLY GOD’S CHILDREN CAN RULE THE EARTH.
Only God’s children GET TO rule the earth.
But as Paul tells us, as long as the heir IS A SMALL CHILD, he is NO DIFFERENT FROM A SLAVE, although he is LORD OF ALL” (Galatians 4:1)
Here we sit WITH ALL THE AUTHORITY IN THE WORLD as SONS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD, and we DON’T USE IT.
Because the Church is not just “a small child”: it’s IN DIAPERS!
That’s why IT POOPS AND PEES ALL OVER ITSELF.
(Not trying to be crude, but PAUSE AND MEDITATE)
Our so-called “LEADERS” DON’T HAVE A CLUE.
And if the shepherds DON’T have a clue, neither do the sheep.
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016
SOMEONE IN DALLAS “DROPPED THE BALL”
The recent shooting of police officers in Dallas, 5 of whom were murdered, is tragic, sad and INEXCUSABLE.
The so-called “protests” are incited by hateful thugs, filled with hatred who, like their father Satan ONLY WANT TO “kill, steal, and destroy”. (John 10:10)
They are A FAR CRY from the PEACEFUL protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 60’s which led to civil rights legislation.
If black people feel they are being treated unfairly, there are OTHER WAYS TO CARRY OUT PROTESTS, and OTHER FORUMS (like the courts, CONTACTING elected officials, and signing petitions) where they can vent their anger and express their concern.
This sort of mayhem DOES NOT ADVANCE the interests of the black community: NOR WILL IT BRING BACK THOSE WHO HAVE DIED. ALL IT DOES is sow more resentment, division, misunderstanding and anarchy.
If anything, IT ENSURES that police officers GET EVEN MORE AGGRESSIVE in dealing with black suspects.
It’s O.K. to be angry if someone has been treated unfairly, but it’s also important TO BE FAIR:
If an ARMED thug lunges towards a police officer and threatens him, THE OFFICER HAS A RIGHT TO DEFEND HIMSELF OR HERSELF -- whether the attacker is black, white, green or purple:
We all need to be praying for the victims’ families, and for the victims who survived and are trying to recover.
Likewise, we need to be praying for OUR RESPECTIVE POLICE DEPARTMENTS, for the officers themselves, and their families.
But we need to do MORE THAN “pray”.
We need SOME CHRISTIANS in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and wherever else trouble may be brewing, TO STEP UP, EXERCISE CHRIST’S AUTHORITY, and ESTABLISH ORDER FROM ABOVE over these cities. (2 Corinthians 10:4)
My heart goes out to the people of Dallas, and it is NOT my intention to be critical, but there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of born-again Christians in the Dallas area:
SOMEONE over there who KNOWS WHO THEY ARE IN CHRIST, and are FULLY CONVINCED OF Christ’s AUTHORITY, needs to TAKE CHARGE – and STAY in charge, until Jesus takes His Church Home.
If you need instructions ON HOW TO do it, click on "Taking your city for Christ" TOP LEFT of this page.
Otherwise, plan for REPEAT scenarios all over major cities IN THE U.S.
The “perilous times” of which Jesus spoke through the Apostle Paul ARE HERE: (2 Timothy 3:1)
As Christians, we have TWO CHOICES:
We CAN GET OFF OUR RELIGIOUS BEHINDS, EXERCISE AND ESTABLISH CHRIST’S AUTHORITY OVER OUR CITIES AND STATES, or LET THE DEVIL INCITE RIOTS, DO AS HE PLEASES, and become “sitting ducks”.
SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016
THE END OF THE LAW
"Christ is THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS TO EVERYONE that BELIEVES" (Romans 10:4).
You simply cannot say it any clearer than this marvelous verse:
Christ is THE END OF the law as way of attaining righteousness.
Why? Because the Sinai Law NEVER MADE ANYONE righteous.
Righteousness, in the New Testament, is FREELY CREDITED to EVERY PERSON WHO BELIEVES (TRUSTS) in Jesus' perfect fulfillment of God's Law on our behalf (Matthew 3:15; 5:17).
That INCLUDES His death on the cross, His glorious Resurrection from the dead, and His physical Ascension to heaven.
God's Law is good and holy, but IT FAILED MISERABLY in justifying or making anyone righteous because man COULD NOT - and still CANNOT - keep it due to his fallen nature and sin-contaminated natural mind (John 7:19; Romans 8:7-8).
Hence, the Law never made ANYONE, not even ONE soul, righteous (Psalm 53:1).
It NEVER HAS AND NEVER WILL (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16).
This begs the question: WHEN EXACTLY did the Law CEASE (as a means of justification) and Grace begin?
Grace, like God Himself, has NO BEGINNING.
Grace has ALWAYS BEEN, because God is GRACIOUS. We will develop that idea further, Lord willing, in another message.
Therefore, a better and MORE ACCURATE question is: WHEN EXACTLY did the Law CEASE (as means of justification) and THE NEW TESTAMENT of Grace begin?
The New Testament is merely THE RATIFICATION (CONFIRMATION OR STRENGTHENING OF) the Abrahamic Covenant (Daniel 9:27).
The Abrahamic Covenant based TOTALLY ON Grace and FAITH, WITHOUT any "works" or "commandments", PRECEDED the Law given at Sinai by 430 years (Genesis 15:6; Galatians 3:17).
Grace and FAITH (thank God) CAME FIRST: the Law was given MUCH LATER.
The ONLY PURPOSE for giving Israelites the Law at Sinai was to show them (and, by example, the REST OF US) that trying to procure our own righteousness through works of obedience is not merely futile, but IMPOSSIBLE. (Galatians 3:24-25)
Hence, the DIRE NEED for a Savior who would make God's Grace available not only to a CHOSEN individual like Abraham, or to a CHOSEN people like Israel, BUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
Paul refers to the Law as "our tutor (trainer) to BRING US TO Christ" so that we may all be justified BY Grace ONLY through FAITH (TRUSTING Jesus) ONLY (Galatians 3:24-25).
In order to make God's Grace available TO THE WHOLE WORLD, we needed a Savior who would be NOT ONLY the Savior of Jews or Israelites, but of EVERYBODY.
That's where Jesus' comes in:
"THE LAW was given by Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY Jesus Christ" (John 1:17).
Didn't God promise Abraham that He would make him "the father of MANY NATIONS", or "the father of MANY GENTILES"? (same Hebrew word goyyim, Genesis 17:4-5).
Didn't God promise Abraham that through his Seed (Christ) ALL NATIONS (or ALL GENTILES) would be blessed? (Genesis 18:18; 22:18; 26:4)
Our God is faithful and true: Glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.
Luke 16:16 tells us: "The law and the prophets were UNTIL John: SINCE THAT TIME the kingdom of God is PREACHED, and every man presses into it".
Does that mean the Law ceased to be in force when John the Baptist began preaching?
The Law and prophets WERE PROCLAIMED (TAUGHT) UNTIL John.
What began with John was THE TEACHING of the Kingdom of God, or New Testament where righteousness would be based NOT on WORKS done ON THE OUTSIDE, but on having God Himself and, consequently, God's righteousness, and His whole Kingdom, ON THE INSIDE (Luke 17:21).
John prepared the way for the Messiah by preaching that the Kingdom of God was near (Matthew 3:1-3).
Sure enough, Jesus showed up some 6 months later, publicly announcing that the Kingdom of God was "near" (Matthew 4:17).
While John and Jesus were PREACHING about the Kingdom, Jews were STILL UNDER the LAW.
God's Law was STILL in force where Israelites were concerned. Hence, BEFORE CALVARY, we hear statements from Jesus like:
"... Whoever LOOKS ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER has committed adultery with her already in his heart".
"And if your right eye causes you to offend, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is better for you that one of your members should perish, AND NOT THAT YOUR WHOLE BODY SHOULD BE CAST INTO HELL" (Matthew 5:28-29).
The New Testament of God's Grace WAS INSTITUTED at the Last Supper on Passover Eve (Matthew 26:28).
It WENT INTO EFFECT (BEGAN) on Passover, 33 A.D., WHEN JESUS DIED (Hebrews 9:16-17).
...RIGHT AFTER Jesus uttered the words "it is finished!" and DIED ON THE CROSS (John 19:30).
After that the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51) indicating that through Jesus' Sacrifice and His priceless Blood we now have DIRECT access to God's Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16).
How can it be instituted one day and take effect on another?
The same way that you make your "last will and TESTAMENT" today and it goes into effect WHENEVER YOU DIE, a week later, 5 years later, or 20 years later.
But I thought the New Testament began at Pentecost.
No. You're confusing the "New Testament" with the "birth of the Church".
The New Testament was ALREADY IN FORCE when the Church was born (Acts 2:1-4).
It's BECAUSE that New Testament of God's Grace (totally UNDESERVED mercy and Goodness) was in force that God could, BY GRACE, send His wonderful Holy Spirit to fill His Church.
It's by sheer Grace that He still fills us with His OWN Holy Spirit today.
The Law was in force UNTIL Jesus DIED and poured out His immaculate, sinless Blood.
That's when the Law (Torah) ENDED, as we read in the anchor verse above, as means of justification.
That is why those who STILL insist on being justified WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY through the Law, FALL FROM GRACE and Christ becomes "OF NO EFFECT" to them (Galatians 5:4).
That's why those who CHOOSE TO live under the Law ARE NOT SAVED. In fact, they’re UNDER A CURSE (Galatians 3:10)
The ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED is to ACKNOWLEDGE THAT the Law ENDED with Jesus.
That's how father Abraham was saved. (Genesis 15:6; Galatians 3:8) That's how you and I are saved.
FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016
GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
“For he has made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Righteousness is AWESOME.
It's tremendous and PRICELESS.
Ephesians 6:14 tells us to put on the BREASTPLATE of righteousness.
Paul uses the analogy of Roman armor which was the most advanced defensive and offensive weapon at the time.
The breastplate is what covers the vital organs in the human body: the heart, the lungs, the stomach, the liver, the intestines.
WITHOUT THE BREASTPLATE a soldier would be virtually NAKED AND VULNERABLE.
There are millions of "Christians" who quote that Scripture, "put on the breastplate" of righteousness, and they are defeated.
Many are even UNSAVED.
Here's the problem: they put on THEIR OWN "righteousness".
Problem is, THEY HAVEN'T GOT ANY.
Hence, they have NO BREASTPLATE.
Hence, their vital organs are EXPOSED.
Hence, they're fair game for Satan not only to wallop but also to use for target practice.
I don't care WHAT you've done or haven't done, YOU HAVE NO RIGHTEOUSNESS OF YOUR OWN.
Before God's PERFECT righteousness ALL our righteousness is AS FILTHY RAGS (Isaiah 64:6).
ALL the righteousness in the universe BELONGS TO JESUS.
THERE IS NO RIGHTEOUSNESS Besides His Perfect Righteousness,.
Brothers and sisters you can scour the entire, ever expanding universe in search of righteousness and YOU WON'T FIND ANY RIGHTEOUSNESS ANYWHERE (Psalm 53:1,3; Romans 3:12; Titus 3:5).
The ONLY righteousness that exists, the only righteousness there is, the ONLY righteousness you'll find, and the only righteousness YOU NEED is Jesus' OWN righteousness.
He gives us THE GIFT of HIS OWN PERFECT righteousness when we give Him ALL our hearts (2 Corinthians 5:21).
THAT'S the only righteousness you'll ever find.
THAT’S ALL THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THERE IS!
And, I got news for Satan, terrorists, religion, and everyone else:
Against Jesus' Righteousness THERE IS NO LAW.
NOTHING and NO ONE on this earth, or in the entire universe, can STAND AGAINST Jesus' Righteousness!
That is why Paul (who had murdered hundreds of Christians prior to his conversion) can CONFIDENTLY AND BOLDLY SAY:
"There is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).
If Christ Himself has MADE US righteous -- with His own RIGHTEOUSNESS -- WHO will accuse His elect? (Romans 8:33)
There is NO ACCUSATION, no guilt and NO CONDEMNATION that can stand against JESUS' PERFECT, INFINITE, ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
THAT'S THE BREASTPLATE of which you need to be THOROUGHLY convinced:
ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that Jesus has given you His OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS as His UNCONDITIONAL GIFT.
THAT'S THE BREASTPLATE that you need to strap on. And KEEP ON -- at ALL TIMES.
THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016
One of the things that shocked me many years ago, when I was called into the ministry - and that still bothers me today - is the competitive attitude that some Christians have toward their fellow believers and ministers of the Gospel.
And I don't mean "healthy competition", either.
I'm talking about a vicious, vindictive desire to "find fault" and to see their brothers FAIL.
I'm talking about the stubborn, CARNAL "I'm right and you're wrong" mindset that wants "us" to be right and "them" to be wrong, EVEN WHEN our teaching CONTRADICTS the Scriptures.
When we CONTRADICT the Scriptures, we CONTRADICT God.
And, for the record, the FIRST to ever CONTRADICT God was Satan (Genesis 3:3-4).
Needless to say such competitive spirit DOES NOT COME FROM God.
It comes from Satan, the deceiver, who loves nothing more than to divide the Body of Christ. (Revelation 12:10)
It's also the result of spiritual and emotional IMMATURITY and religious prejudice.
We find a born-again brother or sister with a REVELATION we've never heard before, and we immediately ATTACK him or her without even taking the time to examine their biblical basis, if any,.
Without even checking WHETHER SUCH DOCTRINE MAY BE CORRECT, we launch a verbal assault.
Spiritual immaturity causes us to feel "threatened".
We FEAR that "they" may be right and WE may be wrong.
We FEAR that "they" may have found something in the Bible to topple one of our religious system's SACRED COWS.
We FEAR "they" may expose it as UNBIBLICAL.
Conversely, there's the other end of the spectrum, which is INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY.
A born-again Messianic attacked my teaching that there's NO SUCH THING as a "7-year peace treaty" in the Bible.
I patiently and lovingly explained why this is true, gave the appropriate Scriptures, explained the historic context, showed him such teaching is NOT FOUND ANYWHERE IN Scripture, went back and forth with this brother about 8 rounds of emails, answered ALL HIS QUESTIONS to his full satisfaction, and, FINALLY, he ADMITTED that it's sheer fabrication and that no such thing is found in God's Word.
I still have his email archived.
About TWO MONTHS LATER I received one of his newsletters and found out, much to my dismay that - despite his outright admission that such teaching was wrong and unscriptural -- HE WAS STILL TEACHING A 7-YEAR PEACE TREATY.
I know how difficult it is, in the natural, to part with religious tradition, not to mention religious brainwashing.
I prayed for him, felt sorry for him, and asked the Lord to have mercy on him.
He, however, was being BOTH spiritually and intellectually DISHONEST.
Perhaps the worst sort of “competition” in the Church comes from insecure people who NEED TO FIND FAULT. THEY NEED TO IMPOSE “THEIR” BELIEF on others, even if such beliefs lack merit, and HAVE NO BIBLICAL BASIS.
It’s sad when we ALLOW GREEDY RELIGIOUS SCAM ARTISTS ON MASS MEDIA to GET AWAY WITH ALL KINDS OF FALSE TEACHINGS, WITH FLEECING DUMB SHEEP, and NEVER call THEM into account, yet we feel COMPELLED TO PERSECUTE and ATTACK those who do their best to share the Truth, and who get NOTHING material in return.
Lest anyone misunderstand, what I'm saying DOES NOT apply to heretics. Heretics are those who DENY one or more of the BASIC (foundational) tenets of the Christian faith.
Heretics ARE NOT SAVED, and we have EVERY RIGHT TO ATTACK THEIR FALSE DOCTRINE WHICH IS LEADING THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS, TO HELL.
NO ONE is more ruthless with heretics than this preacher.
They are NOT our brothers and sisters. They are wolves in sheep's clothing leading countless misinformed sheep to the slaughter.
I don't mince words with them: I go "for the jugular", DESTROY THEIR FALSE DOCTRINE, and make NO BONES ABOUT IT.
God's Word makes it crystal clear that the Church is THE BODY OF Christ. As a Body, we are made up of MANY DIFFERENT parts. And ALL THE PARTS are NECESSARY. (1 Corinthians 12:21-22)
It's also crystal clear that NONE OF US has 100% of the Truth, although some have A LOT more truth than others.
We all know IN PART and prophesy IN PART. (1 Corinthians 13:9)
Anything that's done IN PART is, by definition, INCOMPLETE and, therefore, IMPERFECT.
Another word for "imperfect" is FLAWED.
Can we ALL AGREE on at least ONE THING, that NONE OF US is infallible?
That NONE OF US is correct 100% of the time?
And that Jesus is ALWAYS right?
Only when we KNOW as we are KNOWN will that which is IN PART be done away with and give way to His Perfection. (1 Corinthians 13:10)
But 99% of us aren't there... yet.
Brothers and sisters, please STOP trying to make Christ's Body into ONLY an eye, or ONLY a hand, or ONLY an arm.
STOP seeing OTHER PARTS of His Body as "your enemies".
STOP “competing” and trying to impose YOUR BELIEFS when you haven’t got biblical toes, LET ALONE A BIBLICAL LEG, on which to stand.
Stop attacking them or accusing them of "NOT being Christian" just because they don't see eye to eye with you on some NON-FOUNDATIONAL doctrine:
Those OTHER PARTS are beneficial and NECESSARY.
Those OTHER PARTS BELONG IN THE SAME BODY.
WITHOUT those OTHER PARTS, you're not A BODY but a dismembered stump.
It's O.K. for the time being (until Jesus renews our minds with His Appearing) to disagree with other parts on NON-FOUNDATIONAL doctrines.
Don’t try to FORCE THEM to believe as you do.
Please don't view those parts AS NOT BELONGING in the same Body.
In the natural, if you didn't like your nose, or your legs, YOU WOULDN'T cut them off.
Yet that's what we do to Christ's spiritual Body.
You CAN'T HARM another member of Christ's Body without HARMING YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY in the process.
You CAN’T be a hindrance to someone whom Christ HAS CALLED, without BEING A HINDRANCE TO JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL.
The ONLY thing we accomplish with such puerile, counterproductive attitude is SELF-MUTILATION.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because THEY WERE BEWILDERED AND HELPLESS, LIKE SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD" (Matthew 9:36)
Can TV make one a leader?
Does appearing on TV magically imbue someone with leadership ability?
Does appearing often on secular or Kristian TV mean that individual has SPECIAL ANOINTING from God?
Does it mean that God has EVEN CALLED him or her into His ministry?
Does it mean that what they SELL, teach or write IS TRUE?
The answer to all these questions is a RESOUNDING "NO".
If you THINK it does, then we're in deeper trouble than even I thought.
If you THINK it does, then our "leaders" (heaven help us) are Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Kim Kardashian.
By the same token, does selling 30 MILLION copies of a "Christian" novel which, by very definition, is FICTION, make one a leader?
Does it make one AN EXPERT on eschatology?
Does it even mean that person was CALLED OF GOD to teach or minister?
And yet, this is how most Christians assess "leadership".
This is how the Church of THIS FINAL generation perceives leadership.
What is TV?
A MONEY-MAKING medium, PERIOD:
A momentary mirage, an optical illusion that DECEIVES its viewers into believing EVERYTHING IT SAYS.
TV DECEIVES people into thinking that EVERYTHING IT SAYS IS TRUE because they "saw it" or "heard it" in that mercurial medium.
But, wait Martel, Christian TV is non-profit...
Really? The so-called "non-profit" status that so-called Christian networks claim for themselves, and enjoy, is one of the greatest financial gravy trains ever allowed under U.S. law.
Do you HONESTLY think they don't make A FORTUNE off their "non-profit" enterprise?
Then HOW COME all heads of "Christian" networks live IN RUNAWAY LUXURY?
How come they all have multiple mansions, private airplanes, and other luxury perks?
How come all of them have a multi-million dollar net worth?
But they don't sell commercials...
That's right, DUMB Christians.
Instead of charging ADVERTISERS for airtime, THEY CHARGE YOU:
Hence, the INCESSANT pleas for money, all the INVENTED, UNBIBLICAL scams, the worthless books, CD’s and trinkets they sell, and all the FALSE PROMISES of "prosperity", in exchange for your hard-earned $20 or $50.
In fact, so-called Christian TV is first and foremost A BIG, MONEY-MAKING MACHINE.
They may CALL THEMSELVES "non profit".
They REALLY ARE VERY MUCH FOR PROFIT.
All else, including whatever bits and pieces of the "gospel" they present, COMES SECOND, or third or fourth.
They may not sell conventional commercials, BUT THEY DO SELL airtime to all those unscrupulous preachers TO PRESENT THEIR INFOMERCIALS.
So, don't kid yourselves that THEY DON'T MAKE ANY MONEY UNLESS YOU "support" them.
Then they have the gall to TELL YOU, the dumb viewer, that unless you send your donation or "love gift", they'll have to "go off the air".
Maybe THEY SHOULD be off the air.
If they can't tell the truth, if they're SO DISHONEST that they can't even come clean and say, "look, we may talk about Jesus and the Bible, but we're PRIMARILY A BUSINESS", they shouldn't pass themselves off as a ministry, let alone as "Christian".
This unfortunate exploitation has negatively affected both believers and unbelievers:
Believers have ended up following people who are NOT called by God and, therefore, HAVE NO BUSINESS LEADING THEM.
They have fallen prey to unbiblical heresies like the "give in order to get", "name it and claim it", the tithe lie, and the absolute mockery into which some have turned the gifts of the Spirit BY IMITATING THEM.
Unfortunately, it's UNBELIEVERS that have been ALIENATED THE MOST.
MOST UNBELIEVERS have come to associate Jesus, the Bible, and the Christian faith itself, with these crooks' antics, lumping us all together, and thereby DISMISSING the Gospel entirely.
Televangelists CLAIM to be "reaching the world" with the Gospel.
What they're ACTUALLY DOING is reaching DUMB CHRISTIANS - who already believe the Gospel - and manipulating THEM into parting with their money.
Charlatan preachers cheat millions out of millions.
But THEIR GREATEST CRIME is ALIENATING the lost FROM Jesus.
It's THE LOST who are deprived of ETERNAL Salvation, in this life and the next through their deceit and insatiable greed.
TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016
JESUS FORGOT TO TELL US…
“I have MUCH MORE TO SAY TO YOU, MORE THAN YOU CAN NOW BEAR: but when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL THE TRUTH. He will not speak on His own;
He will speak only what He hears, and HE WILL TELL YOU WHAT IS YET TO COME. He WILL GLORIFY ME because it is from me that He will receive what He will make known to you”. (John 16:12-14)
Are there things pertaining to Salvation, or to Christian doctrine, that Jesus FORGOT to tell us?
If you believe MAN-MADE RELIGION, the answer is “yes”.
If you believe JESUS, the answer is “NO”.
I am SO tired of seeing HERETICS stating FALSE DOCTRINE unabashedly on YouTube and other public forums while born-again Christians cower, or GET THEIR BUTTS KICKED BY RELIGIOUS LIARS.
If you are a heretic, I hope you can lay aside the “prepackaged” teachings of your man-invented sect long enough to consider Truth, as found in God’s inerrant Word.
And if you ARE born-again, when I teach something like this, it is intended TO INSTRUCT YOU AND PREPARE YOU to answer heretics and non-Christians.
It is also intended to ENCOURAGE YOU TO STUDY GOD’S WORD and meditate on it YOURSELF, SO THAT YOU CAN STAND ON YOUR OWN SPIRITUAL FEET, “CONTEND FOR THE FAITH” and REBUKE FALSE DOCTRINE.
I CAN’T DO EVERYTHING, or be everywhere.
We need THE ENTIRE Body of Christ to step up and STAND FOR the Truth.
That’s not too much to ask, is it?
WHAT IS RULE #1 to understand Scripture?
And some of you have read it HUNDREDS OF TIMES on this website and STILL “don’t get it”.
THE FIRST THING you need to do IS CHECK TO SEE IF SCRIPTURE IS BEING understood and quoted IN CONTEXT!!!
TO WHOM is Jesus speaking in this passage?
WHEN did He say these words?
WHEN was this promise FULFILLED?
If Scripture is TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT, it has NO VALIDITY.
Again: Scripture is VALID, ONLY when quoted IN CONTEXT.
If it’s taken OUT OF context, it is A LIE spawned by the father of lies. (John 8:44)
And yes, Satan infamously “quoted Scripture” OUT OF CONTEXT -- to Jesus Himself! (Matthew 4:5-7)
It’s no “coincidence” then that his LYING CHILDREN also quote Scripture out of context, mimicking their LYING father, while PRETENDING to be “Christian”. (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15)
Jesus was speaking to the disciples in the Upper Room.
He had just announced His impending death. (John 12:7, 23-27; 13:21; 16:16-19)
The disciples were confused and troubled by His announcement: HOW could Jesus speak of the Kingdom of God, and then say that He (the King) HAD TO DIE?
That is why they “COULDN’T BEAR NOW” (at that particular time) any more revelation.
Jesus said that, when the Holy Spirit came, He (the Spirit) would lead the disciples to ALL THE TRUTH (in context, concerning His death, Resurrection and Ascension and why they were ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for Salvation).
And WHEN did the Spirit come TO THOSE SAME DISCIPLES?
ON THE DAY OF Pentecost: 50 DAYS AFTER Jesus' Crucifixion, 47 DAYS AFTER His Resurrection, AND 7 DAYS AFTER His Ascension (Acts 1:3-9; 2:1-4).
The disciples would have received that revelation (the “many other things” that Jesus still had to tell them) 7 days AFTER Jesus ascended to heaven.
Later, they PUT IT IN WRITING.
Their writings would eventually become what we know today as “the NEW Testament”.
Not to mention that Jesus SPENT THE PREVIOUS 40 DAYS (before His Ascension) communing with those disciples and PERSONALLY SHARING WITH THEM THOSE “MANY OTHER THINGS HE STILL HAD TO TELL THEM” “pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).
(Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit!)
Here’s what Jesus DIDN’T say in that passage:
1. “The Holy Spirit will reveal things THAT I NEVER SAID”.
2. “The Holy Spirit will reveal things THAT CONTRADICT what I have taught”.
3. “The Holy Spirit will reveal EXTRA-BIBLICAL TRADITIONS OF MEN 300 years OR MORE AFTER I’ve ascended to heaven” (Roman Catholics).
4. “The Holy Spirit will reveal NEW THINGS THAT CONTRADICT MY WORD 1,795 years later” (LDS, Mormons, Church of Christ).
5. “The Holy Spirit will reveal NEW THINGS -- THAT CONTRADICT MY WORD -- TO A LIAR and PROVEN FALSE PROPHETESS NAMED ELLEN G. WHITE 1,829 years AFTER my Ascension” (Adventists).
6. “The Holy Spirit will reveal NEW THINGS THAT CONTRADICT MY WORD TO A LIAR NAMED Mary Baker Eddy 1,832 years AFTER my Ascension” (Christian Science).
7. “The. Holy Spirit will reveal NEW THINGS THAT CONTRADICT MY WORD TO A LIAR and PROVEN FALSE PROPHET NAMED Charles Taze Russell 1,835 years AFTER my Ascension” (Jehovah’s Witnesses).
8. “The Holy Spirit will reveal NEW THINGS THAT CONTRADICT MY WORD TO A LIAR and PROVEN FALSE PROPHET named Herbert Armstrong 1,912 years AFTER my Ascension” (Church of God).
9. “The Holy Spirit will reveal NEW THINGS THAT CONTRADICT MY WORD TO A BUNCH OF LIARS 1,913 years or more AFTER my Ascension SO THEY CAN FLEECE MY SHEEP, EXPLOIT THEM TO SATISFY THEIR BOUNDLESS GREED, and preach a FALSE “gospel” of prosperity.” (Word of Faith)
Jesus NEVER SAID any of the 9 things listed above.
Well WHAT ABOUT John 20:30?
“And Jesus truly DID many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book”.
Or, John 21:25:
“Jesus DID many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
These two verses are often used by Roman Catholics and Mormons to “justify” THEIR FALSE, EXTRA BIBLICAL DOCTRINE, and INVENTED TRADITIONS, that CONTRADICT GOD.
One tiny problem, though:
These two verses clearly say that Jesus DID many other things. NOWHERE DO THEY SAY THAT JESUS SPOKE “many other things” NOT contained in Scripture.
If nothing else, SOME US NEED TO LEARN TO UNDERSTAND what we read:
Since when are “DOING” and “SPEAKING” THE SAME THING?
Tch tch tch tch tch…
Jesus DIDN’T FORGET to tell us ANYTHING.
EVERYTHING is written somewhere in His written Word, and it is by THAT WRITTEN WORD that ALL THE UNSAVED WILL BE JUDGED. (Revelation 20:12-15)
ALL who add to His Word ARE LIARS.
MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016
I recently heard a traditional Jewish rabbi refer to the “Day of Atonement” (Yom Kippur), as the day of “at-one-ment” with God.
What HE DIDN’T ACKNOWLEDGE, for obvious reasons, is that he was using language coined by Christian Reformer William Tyndale.
If you’ve ever used the words “Passover”, “atonement” or “scapegoat”, you have used words introduced into the English language by William Tyndale while doing his translation.
A key figure in the Reformation, Tyndale spoke 7 languages fluently, and did THE FIRST TRANSLATION of the Bible into English directly from the original Hebrew and Greek texts.
Tyndale was an Oxford and Cambridge educated scholar.
He could have put his impressive credentials to work for organized religion and COULD HAVE HAD A LONG, SUCCESSFUL AND PROFITABLE CAREER had he been willing to compromise the Gospel of Grace.
Influenced by Erasmus’ translation of the New Testament into Greek, HE DISCOVERED JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH and, like Luther, could never turn back to a FALSE, IMPURE “gospel” of grace and faith PLUS works, which GOD SAYS ARE INCOMPATIBLE (Romans 11:6)
He had a burning passion to share the Good News with English speaking people, and make it available to them in their native tongue.
While John Wycliffe had already done a translation of the Bible into English, in the 14th century, he had translated mainly from the Latin Vulgate, NOT straight from the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
Also, dissemination of Wycliffe’s work was significantly restricted, by both organized “Christianity” and the fact that THE PRINTING PRESS HAD NOT YET BEEN INVENTED.
Wycliffe’s English translation had also been banned by Roman hierarchy, which burned every copy on which it could get its mendacious, murderous hands, and forbade its reading under penalty of death.
A century later, taking advantage of the recently invented printing press, Tyndale made his English Bible, translated directly from the original languages, available to the public at large.
Tyndale’s Bible is still with us today.
In recognition of his scholarship and significant cultural contributions, there are a number of colleges across the world, named in Tyndale’s honor. They include:
William Tyndale College in Farmington Hills, Michigan
Tyndale Theological Seminary in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Fort Worth, Texas
Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto
Tyndale Christian School in South Australia
The Tyndale-Carey Graduate School in New Zealand
Tyndale Park Christian Schoolin New Zealand.
Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands
There is also a well-known Christian publishing house named Tyndale House in his honor.
Tyndale’s translation became extremely popular among those hungry for the “unfiltered” Truth found in the Word of God.
His translation influenced many modern English versions of the Bible, including the eventual translation and publication of the King James Bible.
Therefore, EVERYONE who has ever read the Bible in English owes Tyndale a great debt of gratitude.
His English translation even indirectly influenced translations of the Bible into OTHER modern languages.
Unfortunately, it was immediately branded “heretical” by the corrupt hierarchy in Rome for the simple fact that, being far more accurate than their Latin Vulgate, it debunked many of their false dogmas.
As a result, this great scholar and great Christian, was hunted down like a wild animal by Roman henchmen and – horror of horrors – William Tyndale WAS BURNED AT THE STAKE on October 6, 1536 FOR THE “CRIME” of translating the Word of God into English so everyone could read it. (Revelation 18:24)
We HONOR William Tyndale: great preacher of Truth, prestigious scholar, eminently qualified Bible translator, Christian martyr, and great HERO of the faith.
SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016
"Jesus answered: WATCH OUT THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU. For MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, CLAIMING I AM the Messiah, and WILL DECEIVE MANY" (Matthew 24:4-5).
As always, Jesus is THE Truth.
This statement has double meaning: it means that many would come CLAIMING to be the Messiah.
But also that many would come (supposedly in Jesus' Name, supposedly Christian) PROFESSING "faith" in Jesus as the Messiah AND WOULD DECEIVE MANY.
Although Jesus warned repeatedly of such deception, His warning seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
In the 20th century alone, 23 individuals claimed to be either the reincarnation of Jesus, the Second Coming of Jesus, or both.
Among them were the infamous Jim Jones, Haile Selassie, former Emperor of Ethiopia and the Rastafari "messiah", Sun Myung Moon, David Koresh, and Puerto Rican deceiver and religious opportunist Jose Luis Miranda.
All these false prophets and antichrists have died and gone to hell for their unbelief, and for preaching a false gospel.
And we got 5 new "messiahs", so far, in the 21st century.
That means some new "messiah" is emerging every three years.
This begs the question, HOW can all these self-anointed "messiahs" DECEIVE SO MANY SO EASILY?
HOW do these deceivers GET SO MANY PEOPLE to BLINDLY follow them, give them EVERYTHING - and I mean EVERY thing - money, possessions, children, families, soul and body?
HOW do they get them to become SO SUBSERVIENT that they'll follow THE DECEIVERS ANYWHERE, leaving everything behind, without any objection, no questions asked?
All 909 people could have refused to follow Jim Jones to Guyana.
Had they done so their lives would have been spared.
BUT they DIDN'T.
Jim said "let's go" and THEY SUBMISSIVELY followed, taking over 300 innocent children with them who were also murdered in that awful tragedy.
There are multiple factors that contribute to this rampant deception. However, the PRINCIPAL REASONS these individuals are deceived are:
1. They DON’T KNOW Jesus.
They may have some sort of “Christian” RELIGION, but they DO NOT KNOW Christ personally and intimately. They DO NOT HAVE JESUS LIVING in their hearts by faith.
2. They DON'T KNOW the Bible.
They may know a few passages of Scripture that their self-serving leader has used to brainwash them into believing that he is “the messiah”, but THEY HAVE NEVER STUDIED THE SCRIPTURES COMPLETELY, AND ON THEIR OWN.
Hence, they DON'T KNOW the REAL Christ.
In case you're thinking "well, that COULD NEVER happen TO ME", think again.
It COULD happen to ANYONE who doesn't know Jesus PERSONALLY and INTIMATELY, and who doesn't know His written Word.
It may not always END in mass murder, the way it ended for most of these hapless idolaters, but you can be just as deceived by THE MANY DECEIVERS -- that (unfortunately) OUTNUMBER the preachers of the true Gospel of Grace-- and GO STRAIGHT TO HELL.
Taking Jones as an example, I have read his bio, and have watched numerous documentaries about him on PBS, History Channel and, more recently, on CNN.
Every time one of the Jonestown survivors is interviewed, he or she invariably says that they thought THIS GUY ACTUALLY WAS Jesus Christ in His Second Coming.
They're NOT the least bit embarrassed to say that in front of the cameras, for everyone to hear.
Their PITIFULLY IGNORANT REPLY PROVES that they “never KNEW” Jesus and that they are biblical ILLITERATES.
My Bible has said for 2,500 years that at His Second Coming Jesus returns with POWER AND GREAT GLORY : that He IMMEDIATELY RULES the whole world from Jerusalem. It also says that, at His Second Coming, He annihilates Antichrist’s armies at Armageddon, that Antichrist and his false prophet are thrown ALIVE into the lake of fire, and that He establishes a Kingdom of PEACE ON EARTH. (Revelation Daniel 7: 12:19:11-20; 20:4)
Of course, secular reporters will never ask them:
"HOW could you even remotely think this guy was Jesus? Are you really THAT STUPID?"
All predatory cult leaders like Jones, Charles Manson, and David Koresh, actively pursue, attract and take advantage of the marginalized, dysfunctional and disenfranchised.
However, the MAIN REASON groupies buy their lies is THEY DON'T KNOW JESUS and they DON'T KNOW HIS WORD.
This is WHY it's SO IMPORTANT - especially in this day and age of galloping deception -- that we study God's Word FOR OURSELVES, commune DIRECTLY with Him in Spirit, and compare ANY TEACHING we hear or read WITH JESUS' WRITTEN WORD.
If it doesn’t pass the Word test, it is to be REJECTED.
If it CONTRADICTS ANY PORTION OF Scripture, IT IS TO BE REJECTED.
That's why God gave us the Bible to begin with: So that we would know WHO HE REALLY IS, WHAT HE REALLY SAID and DID - and NOT be easily deceived (Acts 17:11).
HOW could these individuals believe Jim Jones was Jesus in His Second Coming when HE HAD NO KINGDOM on earth?
When HE WASN'T RULING THE WORLD but merely a rather small group of dysfunctional, emotionally needy people?
When nations were NOT subject to him?
When he didn’t defeat ANY Antichrist?
When he made predictions that NEVER HAPPENED?
When the earth was not restored to Edenic condition, as will be the case, according to Scripture, when Jesus returns?
When the guy voraciously engaged in extramarital and homosexual activity with members of his cult?
When he was A HATEFUL TYRANT?
When he promoted FEAR, not love? (1 John 4:16-18).
When he manipulated and blackmailed others into SUBMISSION (Revelation 22:17).
When he ABUSED men, women and children?
When he OUTLAWED FREE WILL?
When he was A DRUG ADDICT?
When members of his cult were being physically, emotionally, mentally and sexually abused?
When he OPENLY REJECTED the Bible, which is where we learn about Jesus in the first place? (Matthew 4:4).
When NO ONE ever saw him perform ANY miracle?
I could go on and on.
ALL of these things are stated in the Bible.
Jones contradicted ALL OF THEM.
Yet these poor, misguided souls REALLY, TOTALLY and BLINDLY BELIEVED he was Jesus.
That proves THEY DIDN'T KNOW the Bible: And, even more importantly, that THEY DIDN'T KNOW Jesus.
Since that fateful day, Jonestown survivors have either turned to paganism, or shunned religion, although some still claim to "believe in God" and "believe in Christ".
I genuinely feel sorry for these pitiful, gullible, utterly deceived individuals. And it's not my intention to attack or criticize them.
They all lost loved ones, have been totally traumatized by the Jones experience and, as a result, are emotionally scarred for life.
As great a tragedy as the November 18, 1978, mass murder of over 900 members of People's Temple was, here's AN EVEN GREATER tragedy:
I have NOT HEARD ONE Jonestown survivor say:
"Wow! I look back on it now and ask myself: HOW could I have bought Jim's act, and all his lies which CONTRADICT the real Christ again and again?"
"How could I have been SO DECEIVED WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS ________ about Jesus, and Jim was THE EXTREME OPPOSITE?"
These people HAVE NOT LEARNED ANYTHING from this painful experience, and would be just as easily deceived today as they were four decades ago.
They STILL DON'T KNOW God's Word.
They DIDN'T KNOW Jesus then, and STILL DON'T KNOW Jesus today.
SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016
MARKS OF A CULT
"....there are some WHO TROUBLE YOU AND WANT TO DISTORT THE GOSPEL of Christ. But EVEN IF WE OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN should preach to you a gospel CONTRARY to the one we preached to you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED (Galatians 1:7-8).
A cult is a group or organization that, while often quoting CERTAIN Scriptures and calling itself "Christian", DENIES one or more of the FUNDAMENTAL TENETS of the Christian faith.
Since we constantly get new believers coming to faith in Christ, as well as new readers, let's go over what those fundamentals are:
1. The Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God and is THE final authority on everything.
2. There's One Almighty, eternal God, who manifests Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus Christ is God manifested in human form.
4. Jesus is SINLESS and was born of a virgin.
5. Jesus lived, died, was buried, physically rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven.
6. Jesus in your heart = COMPLETE salvation. There's NO SALVATION IN ANY OTHER PERSON, OR BY ANY OTHER MEANS.
There is NO SALVATION IN ANY RELIGION, I don’t care WHAT it’s called, or WHAT it may “claim”.
Salvation is faith in Jesus alone, not faith in Jesus "PLUS" something else.
7. Jesus WILL RETURN TO EARTH to set up His everlasting Kingdom.
The most obvious signs of a cult are:
1. Denying the Deity of Jesus.
2. DETRACTING from Jesus’ PERFECT and COMPLETE Work of Redemption.
3. Adding to WHAT JESUS DID TO SAVE US.
4. Exalting that cult’s (denomination’s) founder.
One dead giveaway that you’re dealing with a cult is if the group says that Jesus ISN’T God.
If the organization DETRACTS from Jesus by denying His eternal Deity, or by saying that He died to save us, BUT…
There are NO “BUTS”.
He TOOK AWAY the sin of the world – ONCE AND FOR ALL (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:25; 1 John 3:5).
Consequently, God NO LONGER COUNTS OUR SINS AGAINST US (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19).
If it DIMINISHES His PERFECT, COMPLETE Work of Redemption, claiming it's NOT ENOUGH to save us and we must ADD works IN ORDER TO BE SAVED, like law keeping, 10 commandment keeping, Sabbath keeping, water baptism, membership in that group, circumcision of the flesh, following dietary laws, or if it ADDS ANYTHING ELSE…
IT IS HERESY. It is A CULT.
If it EXALTS ANYONE BUT Jesus (the denomination itself, or its founder): Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Ellen White, Charles T. Russell, or Herbie Armstrong.
It's A FREAKIN’ CULT.
Many cult leaders CLAIM TO BE the “reincarnation of Jesus”, claim that the Book of Revelation refers to them, and that they've come to "complete" Jesus' work of redemption.
Examples of this blasphemy are Jim Jones, David Koresh, Sun Myung Moon, and that DEAD nitwit Jose Luis Miranda.
Anyone who makes such claim IS A LIAR, and an instrument of Satan.
Jesus' Work of Redemption is PERFECT AND COMPLETE, AND LACKS NOTHING.
Jesus DID IT ALL! He left NOTHING “undone” with regards to our Salvation: “IT is FINISHED!!!” (John 19:30)
Most cults tend to be SECRETIVE and practice SECRET rituals, which they WARN their members NOT TO divulge, under threat of SERIOUS and DRASTIC CONSEQUENCES if they break the "code of silence".
They all practice MIND CONTROL to one extent or another, BRAINWASHING THEIR MEMBERS with ungodly doctrine, and subjecting them TO BLIND, UNQUESTIONING submission to the cult leader's teachings.
If you're involved with any group that engages in ANY of the above, RUN -- don't walk away from it – RUN from it, as fast as you can.
STUDY the NEW Testament and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to a congregation or prayer group that preaches THE TRUE GOSPEL OF GRACE.
All cults practice RELIGIOUS DECEPTION that will lead their followers STRAIGHT TO HELL.
All cults are SATANIC, I don't care how "Christian" they CLAIM to be.
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016
BEFORE YOU TAKE THAT CITY…
After publishing a series of messages on this topic, the Holy Spirit made me realize that I needed to write ONE MORE message.
Because organized religion COMPROMISED the Gospel for nearly two millenniums, MANY TRUTHS that were known and practiced in the Early Church have been lost.
Jesus, by His Grace, is EVIDENTLY RESTORING some of these truths.
Because we are living at the “time of the end” and, therefore, “time is short”, I WAS LED by the Holy Spirit TO GIVE A “CRASH COURSE” on taking authority.
Since there’s VERY LITTLE teaching on this topic, and what little there is USUALLY is FEAR-FILLED and ineffective, there needs to be SOME RESTRAINT:
1. Barring some sovereign, supernatural Act of God, NO ONE – I don’t care HOW “born again” or “Spirit filled” they are – wakes up one day and SUDDENLY REALIZES HE OR SHE HAS AUTHORITY.
2. This Truth is LEARNED GRADUALLY as we grow spiritually, become more and more adept at LIVING FROM THE SPIRIT in our stomach and kidney area, BECOME MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE BIBLE, and grow in faith (confidence) about who we are in Christ.
3. Therefore, those who wish to do this, or feel called to do it MUST – ABSOLUTE MUST – TAKE IT SLOW.
4. THE FIRST PLACE you need to rule IS YOUR OWN HOME.
DON’T try to rule a nation, a region, a city, or even one city block, if your own life is OUT OF ORDER.
If there’s CHAOS in your home, your children are out of control, your marriage is hanging by a thread, your finances are a mess, your roof is leaking, and your electricity is about to be cut off… YOU NEED TO RULE over THAT SITUATION FIRST, and get it TOTALLY RESOLVED, and TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL, BEFORE you try to rule ANYTHING else.
Same principle applies if SIN IS RULING your life: while we all experience moments of human weakness, for a Christian they should be THE EXCEPTION, NOT THE RULE:
If you’re saved but hooked on porn, addicted to heroin, crack, cocaine, marijuana, booze, or any other type of mind-altering substance, if you engage in homosexuality, or are constantly sleeping around and fathering children out of wedlock…
YOU NEED TO RULE OVER THAT MESS, and GAIN CONTROL OVER IT, BEFORE you can “rule” ANYTHING else.
If you CAN’T take authority and BRING ORDER to your own life, home and family, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS trying to “rule” ANYTHING.
And if you do, I guarantee YOU’LL GET YOUR BUTT KICKED.
By “ruling” your home, we’re NOT talking about becoming a dictator and treating everyone else in the family as doormats, or as your “subjects”.
We mean ESTABLISHING SALVATION, LOVE, PEACE, HARMONY, ORDER, and MUTUAL consideration and respect, so that every legitimate need, whether it’s spiritual, physical, financial, or emotional is satisfied.
SPECIAL WORD TO THOSE LIVING IN THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA, THE MIDDLE EAST, HAITI, and ANY PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM NATION:
The Church, unfortunately, and BY DEFAULT, has allowed principalities to gain footholds over nearly the entire planet, INCLUDING Western nations, INCLUDING the United States, and the U.K.
However, because the Gospel HAS BEEN PREACHED FOR MANY CENTURIES in most Western nations, and BECAUSE there’s been relatively LITTLE SPREADING of FALSE, satanic religions, principalities and strongholds in most Western nations are easier to topple than in the aforementioned regions of this earth WHICH HAVE BEEN STEEPED IN Islam, VOODOO, witchcraft, and all kinds of satanic rituals and FEAR-FILLED beliefs and SUPERSTITIONS for MANY CENTURIES.
Therefore, Christians in THOSE nations NEED TO TAKE IT PARTICULARLY SLOW:
BEGIN WITH YOUR HOME, LIFE AND FAMILY.
Once THAT is brought into godly BIBLICAL order, then proceed to ONE block, then to a larger area, then slightly larger, and so on.
If you live in those parts of the world, DON’T TRY TO TAKE ON AN ENTIRE CITY – ALL AT ONCE – UNLESS you are EXTREMELY CERTAIN of Christ’s Authority, as well as your own (which is His Authority) and EXTREMELY QUALIFIED, as per the instructions given above.
Those principalities have been ruling those territories FOR MANY, MANY CENTURIES or even for MILLENNIA, and they have built TREMENDOUS STRONGHOLDS that are NOT EASILY TOPPLED UNLESS WE REALLY KNOW, AND ARE THOROUGHLY CONVINCED of Christ’s TOTAL and OVERWHELMING Authority.
You have TO KNOW that when you speak in Jesus’ Authority, Satan and every principality HAS TO obey.
Unless YOU KNOW, with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY, DON’T get involved.
This ISN’T a game. It is EXTREMELY SERIOUS stuff, and NOT FOR everybody.
However, Jesus DOES HAVE SOME people in strategic places that NEED TO BE EXERCISING HIS AUTHORITY and doing this.
If you do this “to see if it really works”, YOU’RE NOT QUALIFIED to do it, and you’ll get your behind whipped from here to Timbuktu.
I close with Luke 11:21-22, which everyone engaged in establishing the Kingdom of God, must READ, KNOW and MEDITATE, until it becomes DEEPLY ROOTED and until they become THOROUGHLY CONVINCED of Jesus’ ABSOLUTE DOMINION EVERYWHERE:
“When A STRONG MAN, FULLY ARMED, GUARDS HIS HOUSE, HIS POSSESSIONS ARE SECURE. But WHEN SOMEONE STRONGER (praise Jesus!) CONFRONTS AND OVERPOWERS HIM, HE TAKES AWAY THE ARMOR ON WHICH THE STRONG MAN RELIED, AND THEN HE DIVIDES HIS SPOILS”.
Glory to Jesus now and forevermore !
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