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April 2017

April 2017 archives of www.christconnection.net below

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

OUT TO PASTURE

A friend of this ministry recently wrote with a heart-wrenching predicament:

The congregation he attends, and has attended for over a decade, has decided that they want to GET RID OF THEIR PASTOR.

They want to put their pastor “out to pasture”.

They want to replace him with the assistant pastor, who is doubtlessly younger, and whom they perceive as more “in touch” with modern society.

I wish I could say this is a rare incident in the Body of Christ, but religious politicking, ministerial competition, ministerial ousters, and “church splits” have become not the exception, but the norm.

Unless the pastor is NOT preaching the Gospel, unless he is teaching unbiblical doctrine, or fallen into some very serious moral predicament, and/or has some mental impediment that makes him unfit and unable to minister, if he’s been our pastor for over a decade, we OWE HIM SPIRITUAL ALLEGIANCE.

I repeat:  we OWE HIM SPIRITUAL ALLEGIANCE.

Divisions are ALWAYS the result OF BEING CARNAL. (1 Corinthians 3:3)

Those who want to REPLACE THE PASTOR – against his will – are NOT acting in the spirit, but IN THE FLESH

We don’t EAT (spiritually) at someone’s table week after week FOR 5, 8, or 12 YEARS, and then DUMP THEM like trash, BECAUSE THEY NO LONGER SERVE our SELFISH purpose.

God KNOWS what He’s doing. We DO NOT override God’s will and replace it with our DEPRAVED MIND’S CARNAL IDEAS of what a pastor SHOULD be.

Those who want to replace him are a bunch of UNGRATEFUL, CARNAL, SELF-SERVING JERKS, who need to fall on their faces and REPENT of their disgraceful attitude and disloyalty.

By the way, THE CALLING OF GOD is what decides who leads a congregation, NOT THE CARNAL, MENTAL decision of FALLIBLE, MORTAL “members of the board”.  (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11, 21)

And if you DON’T THINK that he (or she) is called by God, then we must ask:  why the heck have you been attending his or her congregation all these years?”

Last time I checked, God’s gifts and CALLINGS are IRREVOCABLE.  (Romans 11:29)

If God called that person into the ministry and placed him (or her) as leader of that congregation, we have NO BUSINESS REPLACING HIM (or her).

Unless, of course, we think we KNOW BETTER THAN GOD.

If Jesus HASN’T REVOKED his (or her) calling into the ministry:  WHO THE HECK ARE WE to do so?

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017

FEAR OF SINNING

Fear of sinning keeps people in bondage.

That is why those who CLAIM to “observe the 10 Commandments”, “observe the Torah”, “observe the Sabbath”, “observe Old Testament dietary laws” (kashrut), that is why ALL LEGALISTS live in bondage.

THAT is THE REASON that, despite their hypocritical claims to the contrary, they sin JUST AS MUCH AS anyone else, if not MORE.

THAT is why ALL OF THEM are UNSAVED and headed straight to hell.

The Sinai Law IS NOT OF FAITH. (Galatians 3:12)

The Sinai Law (although its commandments are good and holy) PRODUCES FEAR.

And FEAR causes us to sin EVEN MORE than we normally would.

Fear may keep us from doing certain things on the outside, BUT SIN BEGINS IN THE HEART.

And FEAR DOES NOT REGENERATE OUR HEARTS.

Besides, If we break EVEN ONE “commandment” – in our ENTIRE LIFE – JUST ONE – we BECOME GUILTY OF breaking THE WHOLE LAW (James 2:8-10)

That is why the Sinai Law CANNOT SAVE. (Galatians 2:16; 5:4)

That is why the Sinai Law CONDEMNS. (Romans 7:8-9)

The Sinai Law actually PUTS A CURSE ON those who DO NOT obey it, unfailingly, to the last jot and tittle.  (Galatians 3:10)

Jesus said that NO ONE ever kept the Sinai Law (John 7:19)

That is why there are NONE righteous under the Sinai Law – NOT EVEN ONE (Psalm 53:1; Isaiah 64:6)

That is why ALL who are of the works of the Law ARE UNDER THE CURSE (Galatians 3:10)

Are  you TRUSTING a Law that you HAVE NEVER KEPT?

Do you HOPE to be saved at some “future” time, such as Christ’s Second Coming?

If so, you WILL NEVER BE saved.

Salvation CANNOT take place “in the future” because there is NO SUCH THING.

By the time what we perceive as “the future” arrives, IT’S PRESENT.

That is why salvation is NOT a “future” event, but PRESENT REALITY.

That is why salvation is ALWAYS NOW. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

That is why Salvation is NOT, either in whole or in part, through the Sinai Law. (Hebrews 10:1)

Salvation is ONLY through faith (COMPLETE TRUST) IN JESUS CHRIST.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

He did ALL that is necessary for your ETERNAL Salvation.  (John 3:16-17; John 5:24)

Salvation, therefore, is RECEIVING Christ into your heart and TRUSTING what He did to save you. (John 1:12)

Please do it – NOW.

 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017
BEING CHRIST 

Since being Christian involves receiving Jesus into our hearts as only God and Savior and TRUSTING Him completely for Salvation… 

Since being born from above is A MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE by which Christ Himself comes to LIVE IN us…  (John 14:23; Ephesians 3:17) 

Since we become One Spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 3:17) 

ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS ARE MYSTICS. 

Again: ALL TRUE Christians ARE MYSTICS. 

We may not think of ourselves in such terms.  We may not go around publicizing it. But that is, in fact, WHAT WE ARE. 

Frankly, that’s what separates REAL Christians from those who ONLY CALL THEMSELVES “Christian” but have never experienced the risen Savior in their innermost beings. 

They can call themselves “Christian” until their lying faces turn purple... 

Jesus DOES NOT live in them. ALL they have is DEAD religion. 

As REAL Christians we are TO BE Christ in this world. 

Once more: As REAL Christians we are TO BE Christ in this world. 

Sooner or later, THAT is our Destiny. 

When you and I arrive, JESUS has arrived. 

We are to BE Him. 

We are His Temple, ALL THE TIME. 

We are to BE HIS WILL on earth. We are to BE “I AM” on earth. 

When we pray “your Kingdom come, your Will BE DONE ON EARTH as it is in heaven”, GUESS WHO is to BE His Will?

We are!
 

GUESS WHOSE responsibility it is to see that His Will is DONE on earth? 

Ours! 

This Truth, this marvelous Mystery of Christ IN us, of Christ AS us, of Oneness with God Jesus, should be taught IN EVERY so-called Christian congregation, from every pulpit on every so-called Christian network, TV station, radio station, website, blog, in ALL FORMS of media. 

Unfortunately, what we get in 99% of these forums is religion. 

Religion DOES NOT focus on Christ IN us. 

Religion SEPARATES US from the very Christ it supposedly preaches. 

Even Evangelical religions which at least, in most cases, preach the born-again experience of Christ in us, SEEM TO FORGET, as soon as we receive Him, THAT FROM THAT MOMENT FORWARD Jesus LIVES IN US 24/7. 

Jesus DOESN’T live in us ONLY WHEN WE FEEL all tingly and happy. 

He DOESN’T live in us ONLY when our faith soars. 

He DOESN’T live in us ONLY when we congregate on Saturday, Sunday or whatever day.

He DOESN’T live in us ONLY when we act nicely.  He is JUST AS MUCH IN US when we DON’T. 

He is IN US when we do or say THE WRONG THING, just as much as He is when we do or say the RIGHT things. 

He is in us ALL THE TIME. 

ALWAYS!!! 

If we DEVELOPED “Jesus IN US” CONSCIOUSNESS, we would HARDLY EVER sin. We wouldn’t even have to TRY to obey “commandments” or to act in “Christ like” fashion.

It would come to us MORE THAN naturally, it would come SUPER-NATURALLY.  

Religion focuses ON SIN – ON THE VERY SINS THAT JESUS REMOVED – FOR ALL ETERNITY! 

Religion HAS MORE FAITH in sin’s ability to damn and SEPARATE US FROM Jesus, than it has on Jesus’ Blood TO CLEANSE FROM SIN FOREVER, AND TO UNITE US to Him, making us ONE WITH Him – ALWAYS!!!

When we SEE OURSELVES AS sinners, instead of seeing ourselves AS JESUS (as Christ-ians) SIN CONSCIOUSNESS WILL INEVITABLY SEPARATE US from Christ. 

That is why the New Testament repeatedly CALLS US “SAINTS”

We are His Chosen ones, His HOLY “set apart” ones.

Chosen FOR WHAT?  Set apart FOR WHAT?

To BE Jesus on earth! To provide Christ A HUMAN BODY (ours) through which He can manifest on earth! 

To cover the earth WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14) 

Brothers and sisters, ALL OF US are guilty of WRONG THINKING.

We have to STOP focusing on sin. We have to STOP seeing ourselves as “sinners”. 

Even when we DON’T ACT PERFECTLY ON THE OUTSIDE, GREATER IS THE JESUS WHO LIVES INSIDE! (1 John 4:4) 

We MUST – ABSOLUTE MUST – focus on the INNER CHRIST:

…On His Perfect Love placed by the Holy Spirit in our hearts, on His Beauty, on His faith, on His Holiness, on His SINLESSNESS, on His Righteousness, on His Perfection, on His Power, on His authority.

And start ACTING and SPEAKING accordingly.

That INNER Jesus…. IS YOU!

By using ORGANIZED RELIGION to keep us focused on THE SINS THAT CHRIST ALREADY REMOVED FOR ALL THE EONS OF ETERNITY, satan has kept us NEUTRALIZED.

He has made us INEFFECTIVE and largely irrelevant.

By God’s grace, we may be saved, BUT WE’RE GOOD FOR NOTHING UNTIL we REALIZE WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST.

Better yet, UNTIL WE REALIZE THAT THE SAME JESUS WHO CREATED, RULES AND SUSTAINS THE UNIVERSE, LIVES IN US.

ALL THE TIME!

Not only when we “FEEL” like He does:

ALL THE TIME!

Believe it or not, WE are His Temples on earth.

We are His Body on earth.

We are His Righteousness --- RIGHT NOW.

That’s why we’re called THE BODY OF Christ.

Let Jesus HAVE YOUR BODY.

Let Jesus HAVE ALL OF YOU.

FOCUS on His Presence IN YOU – all the time. 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

IRRESISTIBLE  

“Husbands, love your wives, EVEN AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT;

THAT HE MIGHT SANCTIFY AND CLEANSE IT with the washing of water by the word,

THAT HE MIGHT PRESENT IT TO HIMSELF A GLORIOUS CHURCH, NOT HAVING SPOT, OR WRINKLE, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and WITHOUT BLEMISH.

So ought men to love their wives AS THEIR OWN BODIES. He THAT LOVES HIS WIFE LOVES HIMSELF.

For no man ever yet hated HIS OWN FLESH; but NOURISHES AND CHERISHES IT, EVEN AS THE LORD THE CHURCH:

For WE ARE MEMBERS OF HIS BODY, OF HIS FLESH, AND OF HIS BONES.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, AND SHALL BE JOINED UNTO HIS WIFE, AND THEY TWO SHALL BE ONE FLESH.

THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY: BUT I SPEAK CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.” (Ephesians 5:25-32)

A dear sister wrote concerning our recent message about falling in love with Jesus.

When she tells others that she is “in love with” Jesus, most people, even born-again Christians, give her a weird look, as though she just landed on a spaceship.

Like, “WHAT ON EARTH are you talking about”?

Very few “get it”.

Having received more than my share of “ODD looks”, I know just what she means.

For those who think it’s weird to speak of Jesus in such terms, I have several questions:

Are we NOT (as Scripture above indicates) the Body OF Christ? (Romans 7:4; 1 Corinthians 11:29; 12:12, 27; Ephesians 4:12)

Are we NOT His Bride? (John 3:29; Revelation 21:2)

Aren’t Brides supposed to BE IN LOVE WITH their husbands?

Aren’t THE HUSBAND and wife supposed to be IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER?

Aren’t the Bridegroom and His Bride supposed to CONSUMMATE their marriage?

Isn’t THAT what MARRIAGE is about?

HOW can we NOT fall in love with Jesus? 

HOW can anyone RESIST ABSOLUTE PERFECTION? 

HOW can we resist NEVER ENDING, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE?

A LOVE SO GREAT, so incomprehensible, that He didn’t even HESITATE to pay THE ULTIMATE PRICE for His Beloved…

Our Jesus is simply IRRESISTIBLE! 

And our sister is right on both counts: most born-again people love Jesus, but are not "in love" with Him.

And, though we are saved by grace through faith, falling in love with Jesus goes beyond faith: 

It's KNOWING Him (in the "biblical" sense) – ONLY SPIRITUALLY instead of physically. 

Since IT IS A MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE, it's hard to express in human language. 

That is why Jesus MUST BE EXPERIENCED -- many, many times each time more precious, deeper and higher than the previous.

And this applies to EVERY born again person, REGARDLESS OF whether they are PHYSICALLY male or female.

In Christ Jesus there is neither male nor female. (Galatians 3:28)

As for those who may perceive this as "weird", all I can say is... WHO CARES? 

I feel sorry for them because they are CARNAL:  that is why they CANNOT GET BEYOND the physical.

NO ONE thinks it ODD when a young lady is madly in love with her fiancée.

NO ONE thinks it ODD when she CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT HIM!

NO ONE thinks it ODD when she CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT the Object of her love.

NO ONE thinks it ODD when she daydreams about being with her Beloved and sharing A TENDER YET PASSIONATE moment.

NO ONE thinks it ODD when she waits (seemingly) ENDLESSLY for Him to call or to arrive.  (Pause and meditate)

And NO ONE thinks it ODD when they finally marry and consummate their love.

Yet what humans experience, emotionally and physically, are MERE SHADOWS OF what we get to experience spiritually with Jesus, our MOST PRECIOUS, CHERISHED, HOLY Bridegroom.

And SHADOWS are NEVER the real thing.

Shadows are TEMPORARY: real things are ETERNAL.

Shadows are distorted, and NOT EVEN REMOTELY AS GOOD AS the real thing.

NO ONE AND NOTHING is more exhilarating than our God and Savior!

Sometimes we need to shove all else aside and simply BASK in His perfect, never ending love.

WHY, then, WOULD IT SEEM STRANGE that we should speak of Jesus in such tender, passionate, and INTIMATE ways?

I got news for you: 

There is physical copulation (sex) and spiritual copulation.

There are physical orgasms and there are SPIRITUAL ONES as well.

When Jesus spoke about “eating His flesh” and “drinking His blood”, he was NOT SPEAKING about A PHYSICAL ACT (cannibalism), BUT A SPIRITUAL ACT.

“The words I have spoken to you (in context, about eating His flesh and drinking His blood) THEY ARE SPIRIT and they are LIFE. (John 6:63)

The Spirit GIVES LIFE: The flesh PROFITS NOTHING.

Likewise, we are not speaking of “falling in love” with Jesus IN THE FLESH, BUT ABOUT FALLING in love SPIRITUALLY with our wonderful, beautiful Savior.

We ARE His Bride.  We will MARRY Him.

Our spiritual union with Him WILL BE consummated.

We ALREADY ARE ONE SPIRIT with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17)

We will BECOME ONE with Him – to THE FULL EXTENT OF that most blessed Mystery!

We better DROP our COUNTERFEIT sense of “religious propriety” and start thinking about such things.

We better BEGIN EXPERIENCING THAT GLORIOUS, DEEP, INTIMATE, THRILLING, JOYOUS, “head over heels” DIVINE love for our perfect, irresistible, BIBLICAL Husband.

We better stop acting like spiritual harlots AND STOP RUNNING AFTER religious con men and women, after RELIGIOUS shows, sensationalist “prophetic” inventions and doctrinal fads, and BE FAITHFUL TO HIM.

We better NOT SETTLE FOR the IMITATION (shadow) of transient things of this earth, and start WANTING THE REAL.

SPIRITUAL UNION WITH Christ is TRULY ETERNAL. (Ephesians 1:4)

SPIRITUAL UNION WITH Christ is TRULY Divine.

And it gets PROGRESSIVELY more Divine.

HOW DARE WE NOT reciprocate?

Would our Savior’s SUPREMELY EXALTED LOVE go unrequited?

Every born again person MUST fall in love with Jesus.

We fall in love with Jesus, BECAUSE JESUS FELL IN LOVE WITH US FIRST.

He’s been IN LOVE WITH US since BEFORE the foundation of the world.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

EXPERIENCING CHRIST - PART TWO

The reason people don't believe in Christ is because they HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED Christ.

There are also many who DO BELIEVE in Him, but haven't EXPERIENCED Him.   

They ONLY believe with their HEADS, but Jesus has NEVER GOTTEN INTO THEIR HEARTS.

There are also those who have Jesus in their hearts, yet HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED Him SINCE they became born-again…

If Jesus hasn't entered your heart, if you haven't experienced the Divine One, personally and intimately, you don't know what you're missing!

And if He lives in your heart, and YOU DON’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT MARVELOUS PRIVILEGE, YOU ARE NEGLECTING THE MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF BEING Christian.

Those who've experienced Jesus KNOW that He's real. They KNOW He rose from the dead and LIVES FOREVER.

Those who experience Christ have Christ living in their hearts... ALL THE TIME! 

He’s not there now, and gone 15 minutes later.  Whether we are aware or not, He lives in us 24/7.

Since Jesus Christ is A LIVING PERSON, every living person should experience Him personally and intimately.

For those who doubt His resurrection, this is one way you can find out if He's alive or dead, and settle the question once and for all.

There's too much "head knowledge" and NOT ENOUGH EXPERIENTIAL KNOWLEDGE of our Savior.

Organized religion values theories and dogmas ABOUT Jesus, while altogether dismissing Jesus Himself, and taking His Presence for granted.

Even those Christians who have experienced Him have only done it ONCE, when they were born again.

Since then, they've totally ignored Him. They've completely forgotten about the One they carry inside.

They live completely OBLIVIOUS TO and DISCONNECTED FROM His Spirit.

Jesus wants to be PART OF your life.

More than that, He IS our whole life.

Have you EXPERIENCED Jesus?

If so, when was the LAST TIME?

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 

EXPERIENCING JESUS

MYSTICISM – FINAL PART

“You will seek me and find me WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray FROM YOUR SINCERE AND PURE DEVOTION TO Christ.

For if someone comes to you and preaches ANOTHER Jesus, than the Jesus we preached, OR IF YOU RECEIVE A DIFFERENT SPIRIT FROM THE SPIRIT YOU RECEIVED, OR A DIFFERENT GOSPEL FROM THE ONE YOU ACCEPTED, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)

When an unsaved person SINCERELY wishes to know IF there is a God or WHO the true God is, all they need to do is SEEK HIM.

If they SEEK HIM, with ALL their hearts, and with NO PRECONCEIVED IDEAS of who that God may be, THEY WILL FIND HIM.

Jesus will move heaven and earth to manifest Himself to such people so that they can genuinely KNOW Him.

This applies in particular to atheists, agnostics and people who’ve never heard the Gospel.

What about people who HAVE heard the Gospel and have either received Jesus, or NOT received Jesus?

If they seek the TRUE, BIBLICAL Jesus with all their hearts, they WILL FIND HIM!

ABSOLUTELY, 100% guaranteed!

And once you find Him, you are to seek that same Jesus and experience SPIRITUAL INTIMACY WITH HIM, ON A DAILY BASIS, and as often as you can throughout the day.

One wonderful way of having intimacy with our Savior is to delve deeply into His written Word, and talk to Him about it.

Another wonderful way is to THINK about the sheer wonderfulness of Jesus, how much He loves you, and WHAT HE DID to save you.

Communicating with Him and telling Him how much YOU LOVE Him and how totally splendid He is.

Such thinking leads to SPIRITUALLY FALLING IN LOVE with Jesus. 

Falling in love with Jesus feels similar to, but is FAR MORE THRILLING THAN, falling deeply in love in the natural.

NO THING in this world – NOTHING – is more delightful and thrilling than EXPERIENCING spiritual intimacy with the RISEN, EVER-LIVING God and Savior. (Psalm 16:10)

NO THING!!!

There are no adequate words in human speech to express the SHEER DELIGHT of EXPERIENCING His TRULY DIVINE Love.

However, if we “seek Jesus” NOT as the true, BIBLICAL Jesus who is God, and who is THE ONLY WAY to be saved, but as some great moral teacher or “ascended master”, YOU WON’T FIND THE REAL JESUS, and satan, as we read above, will PROVIDE a FAKE “Jesus”. 

If you believe in a “Jesus” who is a prophet of Islam, and NOT the Son of God, you DON’T BELIEVE IN the REAL Jesus, nor will you ever FIND the real Jesus.

If you believe in a “Jesus” that is some “ascended spiritual master” along with Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu AND OTHERS, who is NOT the ONLY WAY of Salvation, who is NOT the ONE AND ONLY GOD of the universe, you’re seeking A FAKE “JESUS” – INVENTED BY YOUR OWN DEPRAVED IMAGINATION, AND YOU WILL NEVER FIND – or EXPERIENCE – THE REAL Jesus.

Here’s the bottom line:

God CANNOT be fooled.

He KNOWS EXACTLY what is in our hearts.

It all boils down to MOTIVE.

He will honor genuine, PURE motive.

He will DISHONOR hypocritical, prejudiced, self-serving, IMPURE motive.

Only THE REAL Jesus SAVES – for all eternity.

Fake “Jesuses” CAN’T SAVE ANYONE.

Fake “Jesuses” LEAD TO DAMNATION.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

MYSTICISM – PART TWO

“For God has NOT given us the spirit OF FEAR, but (He has given us) the Spirit of power, LOVE (which CASTS OUT FEAR) and OF A SOUND MIND(2 Timothy 1:7)

“And LET THE PEACE OF GOD RULE (BE THE DECIDING UMPIRE) IN YOUR HEARTS, to which also you are called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

There’s a VERY CONFUSED member of my own family who calls THE CULT in which he’s trapped “Christian mysticism”.

Although he CLAIMS to have received Jesus into his heart, and to believe in Jesus’ Deity, although – in addition to being HEAVILY involved with that other “group” – HE REGULARLY ATTENDS AN EVANGELICAL CONGREGATION, I can assure you that other group’s DOCTRINE is NOT Christian, since they believe, AMONG OTHER HERESIES, that ALL ROADS lead to heaven, that Jesus IS NOT the only way to be saved, and that Mohammed (perish the thought) was “a prophet of God”.

That is WHY we must be very careful about those who CALL THEMSELVES “Christian” or “Christian mystics”.

All that glitters is not gold.

And satan HAS BEEN A MASTER DECEIVER since the beginning.

He is an EXTREMELY PERSUASIVE, ASTUTE AND CAPABLE SEDUCER.

He managed to DECEIVE EVE, WHEN SHE WAS SINLESS, about eating the forbidden fruit, making it SEEM “desirable”.

HOW MUCH EASIER it is for him to trick OUR MINDS ALREADY DECEIVED and CORRUPTED BY SIN!

One way he CONSTANTLY deceives Christians today is by mimicking the gifts of the Spirit.

And he will gladly give you ALL THE “SIGNS” and SUPERNATURAL EXPERIENCES your unfaithful little heart desires – AS LONG AS THEY BRING CONFUSION, and lead you AWAY FROM Christ.

In the process, he’ll turn you into a religious harlot (anything that makes you UNFAITHFUL TO Jesus is harlotry).

At the very least, he will NEUTRALIZE your Christian witness.

Instead of winning souls to Christ, you’ll become OBSESSED with YOURSELF and your own satanic experience, which he DECEIVED YOU into thinking is a “Christian” experience.

HOW, then, do we separate wonderful mystical experiences THAT COME FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT, from those that come from satan’s foul and UNHOLY spirit?

Adam and Eve had been given A CLEAR AND DIRECT Word from God regarding the forbidden fruit:

THE DAY you eat of it, YOU WILL SURELY DIE (Genesis 2:17).

satan DIRECTLY CONTRADICTED GOD “you certainly will NOT die” (Genesis 3:4)

satan MADE IT SEEM as though God was A LIAR, and that satan told the truth.

satan MADE IT SEEM as though eating the forbidden fruit WOULD NOT BRING DEATH or any evil consequence, and that it would actually BE HIGHLY BENEFICIAL.

6,000 years of horrific human history tell us otherwise: SATAN LIED. (John 8:44)

Yet satan uses THE SAME TACTICS today.  And God’s people KEEP FALLING FOR IT!

We have learned NOTHING in 6,000 years!

Eve had walked by that tree THOUSANDS OF TIMES!

NOT ONCE had she been tempted to eat its fruit.

UNTIL – UNTIL – UNTIL she began LISTENING TO SATAN.

BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS MUST STOP LISTENING TO SATAN!

They’re bored, there’s no excitement in their lives because instead of seeking and spending time with Jesus (NO ONE is more exciting and “entertaining” than Jesus! (Psalm 16:10), they seek “entertainment” or “deeper truths” from YouTube.

Or they seek some religious “secret” that their whoring hearts and ears are itching to “learn” from some blog or website that supposedly offers those mystical experiences, thrills and goose bumps they seek.

They end up SO CONFUSED that they come to ACTUALLY BELIEVE THE DARKEST and MOST IRRATIONAL LUNACIES.

SO DARK AND SO IRRATIONAL that I dare NOT mention them here, because I know how many of you think and act (for Pete’s sake, I’ve been interacting with our audience FOR WELL OVER A DECADE!) and I know THE FIRST THING some of your fickle souls will do is Google the term and END UP CONFUSED YOURSELVES.

I don’t question their salvation, BUT…

THEY’VE ALLOWED THE SPIRIT OF FEAR TO DECEIVE THEIR MINDS.

THEY NO LONGER HAVE THE SOUND MIND that we get from the Spirit of God.

satan HAS ROBBED THEM of their PEACE, the PEACE that Jesus gave us.  (John 10:10; 14:27)

THEY’VE GIVEN PLACE TO THE DEVIL, IN THEIR MINDS.  (Ephesians 4:27)

And satan doesn’t need an engraved invitation.

Give him A TINY OPENING and he’ll RAM A SPIRITUAL MACK TRUCK, A TRAIN AND an armored TANK THROUGH IT.

WHERE do you think that TERRORISTS came up with THAT VILE IDEA of ramming vehicles into crowds?

Their father satan has been doing that to human minds FOR SIX MILLENNIUMS! (John 8:44)

I’m only surprised it TOOK THIS LONG for it to manifest IN THE PHYSICAL REALM.

THAT is ONE OF the many reasons why Jesus (Glory to Him for all the ages!) GAVE US HIS PRECIOUS, INFALLIBLE, Holy Spirit INSPIRED, WRITTEN WORD!

So we would KNOW THE TRUTH.  SO THAT THE TRUTH WE KNOW (Jesus) can SET US FREE!  (John 8:32)

There are FOUR MAJOR WAYS that we can distinguish between mystical experiences that come from God and experiences that come from satan:

1.  If they CONTRADICT God’s written Word – IN ANY WAY – they are NOT from God, but from the devil.

If they present theories that are NOT CLEARLY defined and taught in Scripture, THEY ARE OF SATAN.

2.  If they PRODUCE IDEAS and theories that ARE MALIGNANT AND TOTALLY IRRATIONAL TO THE HUMAN MIND – LIKE REAL WEIRD “WAY OUT THERE” stuff – it’s A LIE from satan – I don’t care how “real” the images may seem.

3.  If those ideas or theories ROB YOU OF YOUR INNER PEACE they are from satan.

If you find them DISTURBING they are from satan.

4.  If the experience leads to DEEPER and HOLIER COMMUNION WITH Christ, it’s from God. 

If it LEADS AWAY FROM Jesus, if it DISTRACTS us FROM Jesus, if it robs us of TIME WITH Jesus, if it DETRACTS IN ANY WAY from Jesus’ AWESOME, PERFECT Work of Redemption, it’s from the ACCUSING LIAR, and NOT from God.

If it fails ANY of these 4 principles, GET AWAY FROM IT, ASAP!

If there’s ANY DOUBT IN YOUR HEART about whether it’s from God, IT’S NOT! 

Get away from that satanic snare!

Don’t think about it anymore.  Don’t look it up in your computer or smart phone, and DON’T WATCH STUPID, LYING VIDEOS ABOUT IT!!!

If thoughts about it cross your mind, REJECT THEM!

DON’T GIVE IT ANY place in your mind or heart.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

MYSTICISM

Mysticism is THE EXPERIENCE (whether alleged or real) of BECOMING ONE WITH God or the Absolute: the belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the Absolute may be attained through seeking, contemplation and self-surrender.

It’s the belief that direct knowledge of God, spiritual truth, or ultimate reality (inaccessible to the human intellect) can be ATTAINED THROUGH SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE.

ALL RELIGIONS CONTAIN some form of mysticism: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, shamanism, New Age, and even Satanism and all indigenous religions.

All of them involve, in one way or another, EXPERIENCING what they perceive to be the Higher Power or Deity.

This brings up the question: is mysticism good or evil?

If we’re BORN AGAIN, It CAN BE extremely good.

However, in most cases, IT IS EXTREMELY EVIL.

As a Christian, and to the extent that the born-again EXPERIENCE involves SPIRITUAL UNION WITH Jesus, the Almighty Savior (1 Corinthians 6:17) I would argue that being born again, in and of itself, IS A MYSTICAL experience.

Jesus taught that the born-again experience is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO Salvation. (John 3:3-5)

Hence the TRUE Christian faith, which results in ETERNAL Salvation, is acquired through a mystical experience.

Roman Catholicism CORRECTLY uses the term “Mystical Body” to refer to the spiritual union between believers (known collectively, and REGARDLESS OF DENOMINATION OR LACK THEREOF, as “the Body of Christ”) and Christ.

NOTHING (this side of eternity) can be BETTER than THAT.

Once we become born again we are to seek deeper and deeper spiritual communion with Jesus, on a DAILY basis.  The more we experience Christ IN us, the more we grow into Him.

Being FILLED WITH the Holy Spirit, with the manifestation of speaking in unknown tongues, is ANOTHER mystical experience (Ephesians 5:18)

Spiritual development involves MANY mystical experiences which, eventually, will lead all believers to a Face to face encounter with the INNER Christ (since He already lives IN us).  (1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2)

However, NOT ALL SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES are beneficial or desirable.

Again:  NOT ALL SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES are beneficial or desirable.

The fact such mystical experiences are common to ALL religions PROVES THAT THE SPIRIT WORLD IS REAL.

Truth be told, the spirit world IS THE REAL world, since it’s ETERNAL.  Our existence on earth is NOT REAL (although it sure FEELS that way) because it’s TEMPORARY.

But not everything that exists in that spirit world is good.

There’s a DARK SIDE to mysticism that religion too often avoids and tries to sweep under the rug.

In the Old Testament there were many pagans (all non-Israelites, except for proselytes, were pagan). 

They had mystical experiences with VARIOUS SATANIC ENTITIES that they perceived as “gods”.  They sacrificed to them, engaged in ritual orgies, and had ecstatic experiences of THE SUPERNATURAL.

They often sacrificed HUMANS, including (horror of horrors) innocent babies. (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)

Today we call those pagan sacrifices “abortion”. 

Mediums and witches HAD MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES where they contacted the dead and/or unclean spirits of divination.

God UNEQUIVOCALLY CONDEMNS such practice, to the point that under the Sinai Law these individuals were put to death. (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 20:27)

One such notable mystic was the priestess at the Oracle of Delphi.  She underwent demonic ecstasy by inhaling vapors (spirits) from the underworld. She predicted fates, and the outcome of various battles, mostly accurately.

In 336 B.C. Alexander the Great visited the Oracle at Delphi wishing to hear a prophecy that he would soon conquer the entire ancient world. To his surprise the oracle refused to comment and asked him to come later.

With his characteristic fury, Alexander DRAGGED THE PRIESTESS BY THE HAIR out of the chamber until she screamed "You are invincible, my son!"

As soon as he heard those words he released her saying, "now I have my answer".

That means THAT THE ANTICHRIST WAS, and WILL BE, A MYSTIC.

New Agers practice mysticism: so do Muslims, so do Satanists.

Clearly such experiences are not of God, BUT OF SATAN.

In the Book of Revelation Jesus Himself, speaking through His angel to the Apostle John, to the church at Thyatira and, by extension, to us condemns what He calls “THE DEPTHS OF satan”.  (Revelation 2:24)

Evidently, some “Christians” in that congregation were heeding FALSE DOCTRINE, from a FALSE PROPHETESS (who passed herself off as “Christian”) and seeking “deep secrets” and “deeper truths”, WHICH DID NOT COME FROM GOD, BUT FROM THE DEVIL (sound familiar?) (Revelation 2:20-24)

Take note, all YouTubers – who constantly seek religious “entertainment”, “deeper truths” and “prophecy secrets” on that SECULAR, MOSTLY MISLEADING and LARGELY SATANIC medium, and end up TRAPPED in satanic delusion and confusion. 

(If I had a dollar for every confused Christian going out of his/her mind because of something they watched on YouTube, I’d be VERY rich).

In the first century, SATANIC mysticism was taking place – not in some heretical sect, not only among pagans, but WITHIN THE CHURCH!

And, tragically, it’s STILL taking place in Christendom today!

Since mysticism can be tremendously good or horribly bad, since mystical EXPERIENCES CAN COME FROM BOTH GOD AND SATAN, HOW DO WE KNOW when to engage, what to accept or reject?

Lord willing, we’ll sort it all out in tomorrow’s message.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

ADVENTIST LIES: CHRISTIANS MUST OBSERVE SATURDAY

This is the passage which Adventists misuse to entrap and confuse dumb Evangelicals:

“Thus says the LORD, Keep justice, and do righteousness: for MY SALVATION IS SOON TO COME, AND MY RIGHTEOUSNESS TO BE REVEALED.

(This clearly shows that God’s Salvation (Jesus) and God’s Righteousness (also Jesus) HAD NOT YET COME)

2Blessed is the man that does this, and the son of man that lays hold on it; that keeps the Sabbath from defiling it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.

3Neither let THE SON OF THE FOREIGNER that has joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD has utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

4For thus says the LORD: to the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, AND CHOOSE THE THINGS THAT PLEASE ME, AND TAKE HOLD OF MY COVENANT;

5Even unto them will I give IN MY HOUSE (temple) and WITHIN MY WALLS (Jerusalem) a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.

6Also THE SONS OF THE FOREIGNER that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, everyone that keeps the Sabbath from defiling it, and takes hold of my covenant;

7Even them WILL I BRING TO MY HOLY MOUNTAIN (temple), and make them joyful IN MY HOUSE OF PRAYER (temple):

THEIR BURNT OFFERINGS AND THEIR SACRIFICES SHALL BE ACCEPTED UPON MY ALTAR; for my house (temple) shall be called a house of prayer for all people." (Isaiah 56:1-7; See Matthew 21:13)

Adventists CLAIM that these verses “prove” that Christians should observe the 24-hour Sabbath.

Only ONE “tiny” problem:  When Isaiah was written THERE WERE NO CHRISTIANS.

Again: When Isaiah was written THERE WERE NO CHRISTIANS.

Therefore, these verses CANNOT POSSIBLY apply to us.

Isaiah was written almost 1,000 years BEFORE Christ came, died, TOOK AWAY SIN FOREVER  (John 1:29, Hebrews 9: 12,26, 1 John 3: 5) rose from the dead, ascended, and made a NEW  COVENANT SEALED WITH His OWN BLOOD.

1,000 years BEFORE Christ NAILED the Sinai Law to the cross, and ABOLISHED IT (Romans 10:4; Colossians 2:13-17)

At that time THERE WERE NO CHRISTIANS ANYWHERE since nobody knew Christ, because He had not yet come.

At that time, (9th century B.C.), THE ONLY ONES who believed in the true God were the Israelites.

FOREIGNERS, as this passage says, did not know or worship Yahweh.

ALL non-Israelites, at that time, WERE PAGANS who worshiped false "gods" and "goddesses" like Baal, Astaroth, Asherah, Moloch, Dagon, Marduk, etc.

THEREFORE God told PAGANS (NOT CHRISTIANS) that if they wanted to be in covenant with the God of Israel, they HAD TO BECOME ISRAELITES: 

As Israelites, they HAD TO observe the weekly 24-hour Sabbath, and the ENTIRE Sinai Law: not only the 10 Commandments, but ALL 613 commandments contained in the Torah.

Verse 7 SUMS IT UP: If FOREIGNERS – WHO, at the time, WERE ALL PAGANS, NOT Christians – believed in Yahweh the God of Israel, if they observed the Sabbath and ALL THE Sinai LAW, then they would be accepted in the House of God (in the temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem), and THEIR SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS FOR SIN would be accepted by Yahweh AS IF they were natural Israelites.

If this applies to Christians, ask the child of satan who makes such false claim WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME that he or she WENT TO THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM AND OFFERED SACRIFICES FOR THEIR SINS.

I rest my case.

The above verses, written in the 9th century BEFORE CHRIST, were written TO PAGANS who did not even believe in the true God.

If they wanted to be in covenant with the one true God they had to become Israel proselytes.

These verses DO NOT SAY ANYWHERE THAT CHRISTIANS need to OBSERVE SATURDAY:

There isn’t ONE verse – in the entire Bible— that tells CHRISTIANS to observe Saturday.  NOT ONE!

WE Christians ARE NOT PAGANS.  We ALREADY KNOW THE GOD OF ISRAEL: WE KNOW JESUS. (John 6:37, Acts 4:11-12)

THE Sinai LAW WAS FULFILLED BY CHRIST AND ABOLISHED by Christ (Matthew 5:17, Romans 10: 4, Colossians 2:13-15)

AND NOBODY CAN JUDGE US REGARDING the weekly Sabbath, OR REGARDING ANYTHING ELSE (Romans 8:1, 33, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Colossians 2:16-17)

Period: END OF STORY.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

STATE OF THE DEAD – PART 2

The scriptural evidence that, at physical death, the soul IS STILL TOTALLY CONSCIOUS OF OTHER REALMS, is OVERWHELMING:

1.   1 Samuel 28: 11-16

Then said the woman, whom shall I bring up unto you? And he said: bring me up Samuel.

And when the woman SAW Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, why have you deceived me? For you are Saul.

…And the woman said unto Saul, I saw a god ASCENDING OUT OF THE EARTH…

And SAMUEL SAID TO SAUL, WHY HAVE YOU DISTURBED ME, TO BRING ME UP?

Then SAMUEL SAID, Why then do you ask of me, seeing the LORD has departed from you, and has become your enemy?”

Samuel had PHYSICALLY died. (1 Samuel 25:1) Yet His SOUL was very much ALIVE and CONSCIOUS, as evidenced by the fact he could both understand and ANSWER Saul.

While being PHYSICALLY DEAD, Samuel’s SOUL even PROPHESIED to Saul what would happen to him and his kingdom. It came true exactly as Samuel had SPOKEN FROM THE GRAVE. (1 Samuel 28:17-19)

Obviously Samuel, who had died physically, WAS NOT UNCONSCIOUS, nor had his soul CEASED TO EXIST.

2) 2 Samuel 22:6-8

“The sorrows of Sheol (the grave) surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me; IN MY DISTRESS I CALLED UPON THE LORD, AND CRIED TO MY GOD: AND HE DID HEAR MY VOICE out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was angry.”

HOW could someone CRY OUT TO GOD FROM SHEOL if they were UNCONSCIOUS? …If their soul NO LONGER EXISTED?

How could they KNOW THAT GOD HEARD THEM, or that God was angry?  Oops!

3. Psalms 86:13

“For you are great and do marvelous deeds: you alone are God. Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

  For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.”

If a person’s soul is UNCONSCIOUS, if it NO LONGER EXISTS in the realm of the dead, THEN HOW could he KNOW that God alone is God, how could he praise Him and TRUST in being delivered from the realm of the dead?  Aha!

4.  Psalms 116:3-4

“The SORROWS OF DEATH surrounded me, and the PANGS OF Sheol got hold upon me: I FOUND TROUBLE AND SORROW. Then I CALLED UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD: O LORD, I beseech you, deliver my soul.”

HOW can a nonexistent soul be delivered from Sheol?

HOW can it experience SORROW, PANGS, and TROUBLE?

HOW can it CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD, if it IS UNCONSCIOUS?

5. Proverbs 15:24

“The way of life LEADS ABOVE TO THE WISE THAT HE MAY DEPART FROM Sheol beneath.”

If people in Sheol are unconscious HOW could they KNOW the way of life, HOW could they KNOW it leads ABOVE, and HOW could they DEPART FROM hell beneath?

6.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

“God has made everything beautiful in its time: also HE HAS PUT ETERNITY IN MEN'S HEARTS, so that no man can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end.”

In order for God to put ETERNITY in people’s hearts, their hearts (souls, consciousness) WOULD HAVE TO EXIST BEYOND physical death.

7. Ecclesiastes 3:14

“I know that WHATEVER GOD DOES IT SHALL BE FOREVER: NOTHING CAN BE ADDED TO IT, NOR ANYTHING TAKEN FROM IT: And God does it so that men should fear before Him”

God created the human soul (Genesis 2:7), and God says that WHATEVER He does is FOREVER.  Apparently, then, God lied because Adventists and JW’s claim the soul God made CEASES TO EXIST.

8) Isaiah 14:9-11, 15-17

“Sheol from beneath IS EXCITED FOR YOU TO MEET YOU AT YOUR COMING: IT STIRS UP THE DEAD FOR YOU, even all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.”

THEY ALL SHALL SPEAK AND SAY TO YOU, have you also become weak as we? Have you become like unto us?”

“Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the sides of the pit.

THEY THAT SEE YOU SHALL GAZE UPON you, and consider you, SAYING, IS THIS THE MAN THAT MADE THE EARTH TO TREMBLE, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world like a wilderness, and destroyed its cities; that opened not the house of his prisoners?”

How can those in Sheol, who have physically died, SPEAK RATIONALLY and ASK QUESTIONS, when they ARE “UNCONSCIOUS” AND “HAVE CEASED TO” EXIST?

9.  Matthew 5:21-23 (Jesus speaking): 

“You have heard that it was said by them of old time, you shall not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, You fool, SHALL BE IN DANGER OF HELL FIRE…

WHY would they be “IN DANGER” of anything, when they NO LONGER EXIST?   Mm... huh!

10. Matthew 8:11-12

“And I say unto you that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

But the children of the kingdom SHALL BE CAST OUT INTO OUTER DARKNESS: THERE SHALL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH.”

HOW can there be “weeping and gnashing of teeth for those who DON’T make it into God’s Kingdom, when they are (supposedly) UNCONSCIOUS, AND THEIR SOULS AND BODIES “NO LONGER EXIST”?

I know… maybe Jesus LIED and Jehovah’s Witnesses and Adventists ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO SPEAK “truth”.

They obviously “KNOW MORE” THAN Jesus.

11. Matthew 10:28 (Jesus speaking)

“And fear not them WHO KILL THE BODY, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL: but rather fear him WHO IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa…  Here is CLEAR AND DIRECT REFUTATION OF the Adventist and Jehovah’s Witnesses LIE.

JESUS SAID THE SOUL CAN OUTLIVE THE BODY!!!  Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the immortality of the soul and they sustain that the soul DOES NOT LIVE APART FROM the body.

Either Jesus is A LIAR, or THEY ARE.

“Destruction” here (apolesai) does not mean annihilation, but rather a state of permanent, on-going “destruction” and ALIENATION FROM God (as indicated by the prefix apo = AWAY FROM).

Also it does not say that God WILL destroy.  It says He is ABLE TO destroy:  Two VERY different things.

12.  Matthew 17:1-3

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There HE WAS TRANSFIGURED BEFORE THEM. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then THERE APPEARED BEFORE THEM MOSES AND ELIJAH, TALKING WITH JESUS.”

We know that Elijah had been taken up to heaven alive.  We also know that Moses HAD DIED. (Deuteronomy 34:5-6) HOW, then, could Moses appear and SPEAK WITH Jesus, if he was unconscious and his soul NO LONGER EXISTED?

13. Matthew 22:32

“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, BUT OF THE LIVING.”

These three patriarchs had DIED PHYSICALLY, how could they be LIVING if THEY “NO LONGER EXISTED”?

14. Matthew 25:41

He said "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, INTO THE ETERNAL FIRE which has been prepared for the devil and his angels”.

There you go again, Jesus! If unsaved humans simply "cease to exist" WHY would the fire be ETERNAL?

Once they “cease to exist” wouldn’t the fire be UNNECESSARY and be extinguished?

15. Mark 9:47-48                                                                          

(Jesus speaking) "...It is BETTER FOR YOU to enter the kingdom of God with one eye THAN TO HAVE TWO EYES AND BE THROWN INTO HELL, where their worm does not die, and THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED".

Why would it be better OR WORSE, if they’d CEASED TO EXIST?

Wouldn’t they be TOTALLY UNAWARE of the fire?

16. Luke 13:28

“There shall be WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH, when YOU SHALL SEE Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”

How can those who NO LONGER EXIST SEE anything or anyone?  How can they weep and gnash their teeth WHEN THEIR SOUL DOESN’T EXIST?

17.  Luke 16:19-24

“There was A CERTAIN RICH MAN, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted sumptuously every day: And THERE WAS A CERTAIN BEGGAR NAMED Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores…

And it came to pass, that THE BEGGAR DIED, AND WAS CARRIED BY THE ANGELS INTO Abraham's bosom: THE RICH MAN ALSO DIED, and was buried;  And IN HADES HE LIFTED UP HIS EYES, BEING IN TORMENT, and SEEING Abraham far off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, HAVE MERCY ON ME, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; FOR I AM TORMENTED IN THIS FLAME.”

How can someone WHO NO LONGER EXISTS experience such TORMENT?  How can they SEE anyone?  How can they SPEAK and make supplications, begging for mercy?  How can they PERCEIVE FLAMES?

As for those liars who claim this is a “parable”: every time Jesus used parables to teach the Gospels SPECIFY it was a parable. The word “parable” is used 50 TIMES IN THE GOSPELS. (Matthew 13:3; 13:10; 13:13; 13:18; 13:24; 13:31, 33; 13:34, 35, 36; 13:53; 15:15; 21:33; 21:45; 22:1; 24:32; Mark 3:23; 4:2; 4:10-11; 4:13 (twice); 4:30; 4:33; Luke 4:23; 5:36; 6:39; 8:4; 8:9; 8:10; 8:11; 12:16; 12:41; 13:6; 14:7; 15:3; 18:1; 18:9; 19:11; 20:9; 20:19; 21:29; Hebrews 9:9; 11:19)

The word “parable” is NOT used in this passage. Moreover, if this WERE a parable, then Jesus LIED because He clearly said “there was a certain beggar NAMED LAZARUS”, when in fact THERE WAS NO LAZARUS, since Lazarus DIDN’T REALLY EXIST.

Once again, it appears that Jesus (perish the thought) is A LIAR, and ONLY Adventists and JW’s “speak the truth”.

18. Luke 23:42-43

“And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.  And Jesus said to him, Verily I say unto you, TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.”

IF the believing thief’s soul was ABOUT TO BECOME NONEXISTENT, WHAT GOOD would such assurance from Jesus be to him?

How could his soul BE IN PARADISE, or anywhere else, IF IT WAS ABOUT TO BECOME NONEXISTENT as soon as his body died?

19.  John 11:25

“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: HE THAT BELIEVES IN ME, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE”

HOW can someone who is dead BELIEVE IN Jesus, if they DO NOT EXIST and HAVE NO SOUL? 

20.  Acts 9:55-60

As they continued to stone Stephen, he kept praying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, don't hold this sin against them!" After he had said this, he died.

If Adventist doctrine were true, then Stephen’s prayer should have been “Lord Jesus, please raise me up at your Second Coming, SO I CAN EXIST AGAIN”.

Instead, he asked Jesus to RECEIVE HIS SPIRIT, indicating it WOULD STILL BE very much alive and conscious AFTER his physical death.

21. 2 Corinthians 5:8

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY, AND TO BE PRESENT WITH the Lord.”

HOW can ANYONE be “PRESENT WITH” the Lord, if their body and soul NO LONGER EXIST?

22. Ephesians 3:14-15

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom THE WHOLE FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH derives its name.”

God has family in Heaven (departed saints) and family ON EARTH.  Since He is God OF THE LIVING, not the dead, that means some members of His family ARE ALIVE IN HEAVEN and others are alive on earth.

This IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE destroys the heresy of the dead being unconscious and that their souls no longer exist.

23. Philippians 1:21

“For to me, to live is Christ and TO DIE IS GAIN.”

WHY would it be “gain” for Paul to die and become “NONEXISTENT”?

24. Philippians1:22-23

“If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I DESIRE TO DEPART AND BE WITH CHRIST, WHICH IS BETTER BY FAR”.

HOW could Paul “depart and BE WITH Christ” when his body and soul would “NO LONGER BE”?

25. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so through Jesus God will BRING THOSE WHO HAVE DIED in Him.

How could Jesus BRING people who NO LONGER EXIST?

26. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God YOUR WHOLE SPIRIT AND SOUL AND BODY BE PRESERVED BLAMELESS UNTO THE COMING OF our Lord Jesus Christ.”

How can the SOUL be PRESERVED BLAMELESS if it NO LONGER EXISTS?

27. 1 Peter 3:18-19

“For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, BEING PUT TO DEATH IN THE FLESH, BUT MADE ALIVE BY THE SPIRIT:

By whom He also WENT AND PREACHED UNTO THE SPIRITS IN PRISON”

Did Jesus preach to a bunch of NONEXISTENT SOULS? What good would such preaching do?

28. 1 Peter 4:6

For this cause THE GOSPEL WAS PREACHED ALSO TO THEM THAT ARE DEAD, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

How can the gospel be preached to the dead if they are unconscious and have NO SOUL?

29. Hebrews 12:1

Therefore seeing WE ALSO ARE SURROUNDED WITH SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

The “cloud of witnesses” is comprised of the faithful departed.  How could they surround us if they no longer exist?

30. Hebrews 12:22-23

“But you are come unto mount Zion and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, who are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and TO THE SPIRITS OF JUST MEN MADE PERFECT”.

How can they be made perfect, if they ARE UNCONSCIOUS and DO NOT EXIST?

31. Jude 1:7

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after unnatural lust, ARE SET FORTH FOR AN EXAMPLE, SUFFERING THE VENGEANCE OF ETERNAL FIRE.”

HOW could they suffer if they are UNCONSCIOUS, and why would the fire be ETERNAL, since they no longer exist?

32. Revelation 6:9-10

“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:

10And 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?

Here’s yet ANOTHER IRREFUTABLE PROOF of Adventist heresy.  These people have died, their SOULS are IN HEAVEN, under the altar, and they’re NOT UNCONSCIOUS. They know exactly what’s going on and CRY OUT TO God to avenge their blood.

33. Revelation 14:9-11:

"A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: 'If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand... He WILL BE TORMENTED with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And THE SMOKE OF THEIR TORMENT RISES FOREVER AND EVER. THERE IS NO REST DAY OR NIGHT for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."

 

Does that sound to you like these people have CEASED TO EXIST?

 

Does it sound like they're “unconscious”?

HOW can they experience torment FOREVER AND EVER, if they have ceased to exist?

34. Revelation 20:15

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13And the sea gave up the dead who were in it; and DEATH AND HELL GAVE UP THE DEAD WHO WERE IN THEM: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14And DEATH AND HADES WERE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE. This is the second death.

15And WHOEVER WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE was cast into the lake of fire”.

As we have read again and again (In 34 Scriptures, to be exact), in the first death, the body dies.

If the soul is dead (unsaved) it goes to hell and still EXISTS there and is VERY CONSCIOUS THERE.

In the second death THE SOUL DIES FOREVER and will exist FOREVER (have eternal consciousness) without Christ.

There is NO POSSIBILITY OF REDEMPTION AFTER the second death.

That is what GOD says. That is the Truth.

Lies put people in bondage. Only the Truth sets people free.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017

STATE OF THE DEAD

There are several notorious cults that teach that the human soul CANNOT exist APART FROM the human body.

They claim that when the human body dies, THE SOUL also CEASES TO EXIST.

Consequently, that when someone dies physically THEY BECOME TOTALLY UNCONSCIOUS and are NOT AWARE OF ANYTHING ANYMORE, since their soul no longer exists.

According to them, those who have “merited” God’s Salvation are raised from the dead, or caught up to meet Jesus at His Second Coming (these heretical sects DO NOT believe in the Rapture).

And the rest of the dead, who did not merit Salvation, simply CEASE TO EXIST.

These teachings are DEAD WRONG.

They have NO BIBLICAL BASIS.

They CONTRADICT GOD!

Before I give DIRECT SCRIPTURAL REFUTATION, let’s look at the verses that Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other cults, twist to their own deception:

1)  Ecclesiastes 9:5-6

“For the living know that they shall die: but THE DEAD KNOW NOT ANYTHING, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; NEITHER HAVE THEY ANY MORE A PORTION FOREVER IN ANYTHING THAT IS DONE UNDER THE SUN.”

WHERE, exactly, does this verse say that the DEAD ARE UNCONSCIOUS?

WHERE does it say THEIR SOUL NO LONGER EXISTS?

NOWHERE!

The writer is clearly speaking FROM EARTH’S POINT OF VIEW as evidenced by the statement “the MEMORY of them is FORGOTTEN”.

It says CLEARLY that the dead are NO LONGER AWARE OF what’s going on “under the sun” IN THIS EARTHLY REALM.

Their purpose and allotted “time” ON EARTH is FINISHED.

That is ALL it says.

It does NOT say that they have NO CONSCIOUSNESS of God, OF OTHER REALMS, of their own spiritual condition, or of spiritual entities.

2) Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might: FOR THERE IS NO WORK, NOR DEVICE, NOR KNOWLEDGE, NOR WISDOM, IN THE GRAVE (Sheol), where you go.”

Again, WHERE does this verse say the dead are UNCONSCIOUS OF EVERYTHING?

WHERE DOES IT SAY THAT THEIR SOULS HAVE CEASED TO EXIST?

Nowhere!

In context, it says whatever they do ON THIS EARTH, they should do with all their might because in the grave they CANNOT WORK, nor will they have knowledge or wisdom about EARTHLY affairs, since they have gone into another realm.

It does NOT say that they have NO CONSCIOUSNESS of God, OF OTHER REALMS, of their own spiritual conditions, or of spiritual entities.

That cults have TWISTED these two verses from Ecclesiastes chapter 9 to their own deception is evident FROM ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 3:

“God has made everything beautiful in its time: also HE HAS PUT ETERNITY IN MEN'S HEARTS, so that no man can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

HOW CAN MAN HAVE ETERNITY IN HIS HEART, IF HE CEASES TO EXIST at physical death? 

HOW CAN MAN HAVE ETERNITY IN HIS HEART when his SOUL no longer exists? 

And how can Ecclesiastes say in chapter 9 that the soul NO LONGER EXISTS, when it says in chapter 3 that GOD put ETERNITY in our hearts?

Uh oh… LIARS!!!

3. Psalm 146:3-4:

“Put not your trust in princes, or in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goes forth, HE RETURNS TO HIS EARTH; IN THAT VERY DAY HIS THOUGHTS PERISH.”

WHERE, exactly, does this verse say that the DEAD ARE UNCONSCIOUS?

OR THAT they’ve CEASED TO EXIST?

NOWHERE!

It says the day they die they (their bodies) return to the earth (from which man’s body was originally made, Genesis 2:7).  And that his thoughts (ideas, plans -- in context about this earthly realm) PERISH.

It does NOT say that they have NO CONSCIOUSNESS of God, OF OTHER REALMS, of their own spiritual conditions, or of spiritual entities.

It DOES NOT say they are UNABLE TO THINK ABOUT ANYTHING.

It DOES NOT say they and/or their souls have ceased to exist.

4. 1st Timothy 6:15-16

 “…God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, WHO ALONE IS IMMORTAL and who lives in unapproachable light, Whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.”

Our spirits and souls, which came from God, ARE immortal IN THE SENSE that they EXIST FOREVER. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

They exist forever DEAD, or they exist forever ALIVE.

Ultimately, however, God ALONE is immortal, since there is NO DEATH – of ANY kind – IN HIM.

And there’s NO LIFE APART FROM Him. (John 11:25)

He is LIFE itself (John 1:4; 14:6; 1 John 1:2)

There is EXISTENCE alienated from Him (spiritually dead), there is NO LIFE apart from Him.

5. Ezekiel 18:4

“The SOUL that sins, IT SHALL DIE”.

Absolutely, the soul that sins SHALL DIE (be ALIENATED from God/Jesus who is THE Life) even while the body that temporarily houses that soul IS STILL ALIVE ON EARTH.

That is EXACTLY what happened to Adam and Eve when they sinned. 

Their SOULS DIED, according TO GOD, THE VERY DAY, they sinned and ate the forbidden fruit.  (Genesis 2:17)

Eve continued TO LIVE PHYSICALLY an unspecified number of years WITH A DEAD SOUL.

Adam continued to LIVE PHYSICALLY, right HERE ON EARTH, for 830 years WITH A DEAD SOUL detached from God who is THE LIFE. (Genesis 5:3-5)

And his DEAD SOUL was VERY MUCH AWARE of its surroundings.

This PROVES – beyond ANY doubt – that the soul DOES NOT CEASE TO EXIST when it dies, it merely becomes detached from Jesus who is THE Life (John 14:6)

Either this is the case, or God LIED. (Genesis 2:17)

What better proof OF THE IDIOCY and MENDACITY of this false teaching about the dead being “unconscious” of everything?

What better proof THAT THE BODY CAN EXIST WITH A DEAD SOUL and THE DEAD SOUL CAN EXIST WITHOUT THE PHYSICAL BODY?

Adam’s SOUL DIED the day he sinned.  Yet his physical body remained on earth another 830 years.

However, THE MOMENT he sinned and his soul DIED, HIS PERCEPTION CHANGED DRAMATICALLY.

Adam had been physically naked FOR 100 YEARS.  And he HADN’T EVEN NOTICED!

But THE MOMENT his soul died, the moment it separated from Jesus, it NOTICED his physical body’s nakedness. (Genesis 3:7)

His DEAD soul, still very conscious of its surroundings, also EXPERIENCED FEAR for the first time. (Genesis 3:10-11)

And that’s what happens TO THE HUMAN SOUL when the body dies: it experiences a sudden and TOTAL SHIFT in PERCEPTION.

That new perception can be marvelous (Philippians 1:23) if one is saved (born-again or reconnected spiritually to Jesus), or it can be awful if one is unsaved (Luke 16:23-24).

When he died at a ripe 930 years of age, Adam went into Sheol or Hades (the realm of the dead).

THEN Adam TOTALLY LOST CONSCIOUSNESS OF THIS earthly REALM.

He became conscious of Sheol.  He was no longer conscious of EARTH.

That’s exactly what happens at death.

What takes place when THE PHYSICAL BODY DIES is A SHIFT OF CONSCIOUSNESS, A SUDDEN CHANGE OF PERCEPTION IN OUR SOULS, since we go into a TOTALLY DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT, where earth’s laws and conditions NO LONGER APPLY.

THAT is what the writer of Ecclesiastes sought to convey in the above verses. 

THAT is what Psalm 146:4 says.

When the body dies, the soul STILL EXISTS: only in another realm.

If that soul happens to be dead (unsaved), IT STILL EXISTS alienated from God.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

"I FEEL YOUR PAIN"

As most of you know, this became former President Clinton's mantra when he ran for office back in 1992.

I dislike clichés but this one seems rather apropos for what I'm about to teach.

An integral part of being Christian, particularly if you're a minister of the Gospel, is BEING THERE for the needs of others. And by "needs" I'm not talking ONLY about spiritual and material needs, but EMOTIONAL needs as well.

We should speak the Word in love, pray for those in need, give to the poor, AND we should provide emotional support for those who are hurting.

This is an aspect of Christianity that MUST be emphasized, because there is SO LITTLE one-on-one comfort and empathy going on in the Church, not to mention the world.

Jesus Christ was ANOINTED by God to HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18). To set at liberty those who are BRUISED.

As Christ-ians we must use His anointing in us to do the same.

And, trust me, you'll encounter more than your share of "broken-heartedness" in our decadent, FALLEN, mixed up society.

Take this ministry, for instance. We never set out to do anything but reach the lost, and dispel errors in biblical prophecy.

Yet, we hear, on a weekly basis, from many heartbroken individuals: somebody lost a loved one, lost their job, has a sick family member, are sick themselves, is going thru divorce, their spouse is cheating, they're estranged from their loved ones, comes from a broken, dysfunctional home, has a drug dependency, is suicidal, spousal abuse, ex-spouse won't allow them visitation, is going thru depression... the list goes on and on.

We got three choices: we can turn our backs, we can give them a religious lecture, or we can COMFORT.

BEING THERE doesn't mean you'll wave a magic wand and make their troubles disappear.

It means that YOU LET THAT PERSON KNOW that you STAND in solidarity with them, and are praying for them. That you UNDERSTAND. That you have Christ's love in your heart for them, and then provide a BRIEF, PERTINENT, LOVING, BIBLICAL Word of comfort.

If they're talking apples and you're talking oranges, it won't help them one bit.

When someone's going thru hell on earth, they don't need lectures, they don't need sermons, they don't need you to talk about something IRRELEVANT, they don't need you to sing hymns, demonstrate how "spiritual" you are, go off on some mystical dissertation, they don't need us to talk down to them, or give them some "one size fits all" advice from a religious manual.

And for God's sake, DON'T tell them to "have more faith". THAT'S the most USELESS and crappiest piece of advice anyone can give.

They NEED TO KNOW that you HEARD THEM,  that you UNDERSTAND what they're going thru, and that YOU GENUINELY CARE.

They also need your prayers. If you don't know HOW to pray, or WHAT to pray for, allow the Spirit to pray thru you in unknown tongues. That's one of the purposes for which this gift was given to the Church (Romans 8:26).

At some point or another, the tables will turn.

The time may come (hopefully, NOT) when the brokenhearted one may be YOU.

If and when it happens, YOU'LL wish others had done unto you as, hopefully, YOU DID UNTO THEM.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017

THE POWER OF PRAISE

Praise is one of the greatest spiritual forces. It's also a great blessing.

There's NO WAY you can praise Jesus and not be blessed yourself.

If we praise Him from the depths of our being, there's no way you can feel unhappy or miserable.

It's sheer joy to praise Him. And He is worthy of our ETERNAL, SPONTANEOUS, uncontrolled praise!

Praising God can LITERALLY CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE around you. It can change YOUR OUTLOOK on life.

Moreover, when we create an atmosphere of praise around us, this spiritual force REPELS satan and every evil spirit.

satan is ALLERGIC to praise.

He and his evil spirits HATE it when we praise Jesus. They go nuts. Can't stand it (Psalm 8:2; 1 Samuel 16:23).

Some believe that praising God consists of attending church services on Sunday and singing hymns. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But the type of worship that God appreciates is SPIRITUAL IN NATURE.

God is Spirit and those who worship Him MUST DO SO IN SPIRIT – and in truth. (John 4:23- 24)

If you REALLY want to worship God, you MUST do so spirit to Spirit.

Jesus adds that God is actually SEEKING such worshipers. (John 4:23)

Now, think about that for a moment: Almighty God, the God of heaven and earth, the King of the universe, who can do anything, create anything, for Whom all things are possible.... who lives in splendor beyond our imagination, actually WANTS something from you.

God wants our praise: Our earnest, sincere, heartfelt, spontaneous, spiritual praise. He wants our spirits to worship him.

The praise God wants and seeks must come from our born-again spirits. If it comes from the soul, from your mind or emotions, if it's carnal worship, it doesn't count. God isn't a soul. God is Spirit.

When you praise God from your born-again spirit, spirit to Spirit, you ARE in His Presence.

Psalms 16:11 says in His Presence there is FULLNESS OF JOY, PLEASURES at His Right Hand forever more.

It's sheer delight to worship God this way!

You will experience such joy, there's no way you can feel unhappy, regardless of what's going on around you.

What better way to start the work week than PRAISING HIM?

Praise Him for His love, His grace, His goodness, for all His blessings, for Salvation...  For His Spirit that lives within...

There’s NO WAY that you can praise God this way and remain “down” or depressed.

NO WAY.

When we praise and LIFT UP Jesus, we LIFT UP ourselves – BECAUSE He LIVES IN us!!!

Praise GUARANTEES VICTORY.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

WORD HUNGER

As a baby Christian I remember attending religious services and hearing, again and again, about the “hunger” there was for the Word of God.

Little did I know at the time that, years later, Jesus would call me, personally, to quench that hunger and thirst for His Word.

There is hunger and thirst for His Message, all right.

Problem is most Christians AREN'T QUENCHING IT.

Again:  There is INTENSE hunger for the Word of God, but Christians are NOT satisfying it.

I can testify now, not based on hearsay, but on personal experience, ON PERSONAL MINISTRY, that there is great hunger and thirst for Truth. 

And Jesus is THE ONLY TRUTH  that ever was, is, or will be. (John 14:6)

His Message called the Gospel or “Good News” is INCOMPARABLE.

There is NO OTHER MESSAGE ANYWHERE that can REMOTELY compare to our Jesus’ GOOD News!

Because of Jesus death on the cross, His resurrection and Ascension, because of His FINISHED, PERFECT, ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT Work of Redemption…

God offers FREE FORGIVENESS OF SIN AND ETERNAL LIFE – AS A GIFT – TO ALL WHO WILL RECEIVE HIM (THE Gift) and TRUST HIM.

It’s as simple, and as MARVELOUS as THAT.

No “conditions”…

No “buts” about it…

Problem is that quite often even Evangelicals DO NOT PRESENT the pure, simple, SUPERIOR and SUPREMELY INCOMPARABLE Good News of His UNCONDITIONAL love and grace.

They COMPLICATE Jesus’ message by adding all sorts of CARNAL, man-invented “conditions”.

Yes, Salvation is a FREE GIFT that we DO NOT DESERVE, BUT…

Yes, it’s by Grace through faith, BUT…

Yes, Jesus ALONE saves, BUT…

There are NO BUTS!

And if we ADD “BUTS”, we:

1.  Make God A LIAR and His Truth is NOT in us.

2.  DETRACT from His true Message.

3.  OBSCURE His Message, thus confusing the listeners and making it nearly ineffective.

4.  Make it HARD for those who want to enter to enter His Kingdom. (Just like the Pharisees did in the first century, Matthew 23:13)

5.  We ADD to His Word things that He NEVER SAID (that makes US liars) (Proverbs 30:6)

6.  We make the INCOMPARABLE Message of Christ COMPARABLE TO that of false religions like Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Judaism.

After all, their religions are FULL OF conditions and FULL OF “buts”.

Our faith has NO BUTS.

7.  When we do this we preach ANOTHER GOSPEL.

When we preach ANOTHER Gospel we are ACCURSED (Galatians 1:8)

I’m speaking to you ALLEGED “uncompromising” PREACHERS of the Gospel.

I’m talking to you, pastors who BOAST about how large your congregations are, or how much you paid for that fancy religious fortress in which you congregate…

I’m talking to you, WHO PROFESS TO BE “ministers” (SLAVES) of Christ.

WHY must you insist on preaching A MIXED MESSAGE of Grace plus works?

…Of Grace plus good behavior?

… Of Grace plus conforming to religious rules INVENTED BY YOU?

… Of Grace plus “fruit”?

Fruit is THE RESULT OF (ALREADY) being saved, NOT A CONDITION FOR Salvation.

Once more:  Fruit is THE RESULT OF ALREADY BEING SAVED, NOT A CONDITION FOR being saved.

We DO NOT bear fruit IN ORDER TO BE saved.

We bear fruit because WE ALREADY ARE saved – BY SHEER GRACE.

Salvation is A FREE GIFT to all who will receive it.

It CANNOT --- CANNOT --- CANNOT be earned, deserved or merited.

NO WAY, NO HOW!

So I ask the self-professed “ministers” (SLAVES) of Christ?

Do YOU REALLY BELIEVE Christ’s Message?

If you do, then WHY DON’T YOU PREACH IT?

WHY MUST YOU CONDEMN people for their sins, when Jesus did NOT come to condemn but TO SAVE? (John 3:17)

WHY MUST YOU FOCUS ON SIN, when Jesus removed all sin for all time? (Hebrews 9:12,26; 1 John 3:5)

When God has forgotten ALL our sins, and does not count ANY sin against us? (2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 8:12)

WHY DON’T YOU FOCUS on Jesus’ righteousness WHICH ENDURES FOREVER, AND WHICH HE CREDITS – FOR FREE – TO ANYONE WHO RECEIVES HIM AND TRUSTS HIM? (Psalm 111:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO PREACH the TRUE Gospel?

 

 SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017

THE RESURRECTION

For centuries, the world has tried to DISPROVE the Resurrection of Jesus.

They have written books, produced movies, formulated theories…

And, without exception, ALL of these have fallen short of their goals.

All have been relegated to the worthless rubble of forgotten FICTION.

NOT ONE “charge” against Jesus’ Resurrection has stuck.

The reason is simple: TRUTH (as in Jesus Himself) CANNOT be disproved.

Truth, by very definition, IS ABSOLUTE, ETERNAL, and IMMUTABLE.  Therefore, it CANNOT be disproved… EVER:

NO WAY, NO HOW.

THAT is worth repeating:  Truth CANNOT be disproved.

And all those who STUMBLE on Jesus, who is THE TRUTH, the ROCK OF ALL AGES, will be CUT TO PIECES. (Luke 20:18)

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is UNDENIABLE.

Again: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is UNDENIABLE.

THE EVIDENCE that Jesus rose from the dead is OVERWHELMING, to any REMOTELY OBJECTIVE individual.

Yet Jesus WASN’T the first human to rise from the dead.

Repeat: Jesus ISN’T THE ONLY human to rise from the dead.

We read in the Bible about two young men who were brought back from the dead by Elijah and Elisha. (1 Kings 17:21-22; 2 Kings 4:17-37).

We read about a man who died AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD when his dead body came in contact with Elisha’s DEAD BONES. (2 Kings 13:20-21)

We read in the New Testament about Lazarus RISING FROM the dead after being dead for 4 DAYS, when decomposition had already set in. (John 11:38-44)

We read in the Book of Revelation that the Two Witnesses WILL ALSO rise from the dead after lying dead ON THE STREET for 3½ days. (Revelation 11:11-12)

And there was even A GROUP RESURRECTION of Old Testament saints whose graves were opened, and who rose PHYSICALLY and went up to heaven when Jesus rose (Matthew 27:52-53).

But critics NEVER FOCUS ON, or attack, those OTHER resurrections.

They ONLY TRY – IN VAIN – to discredit and/or “explain away” JESUS’ resurrection:

WHY?

Because THEY KNOW that the entire Christian faith HANGS ON Jesus’ Resurrection.

BECAUSE THEY KNOW that if He rose from the dead, He IS the ONE AND ONLY God. (John 10:17-18)

And THEY DON’T WANT Jesus TO BE God.

Likewise, our non-Messianic Jewish friends DO NOT OBJECT to the resurrections in the Old Testament.

They NEVER try to discredit those, BUT they FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL to DENY Jesus’ Resurrection.

That is a DISHONEST and SELF-SERVING DOUBLE-STANDARD.

If you argue that Jesus “couldn’t have” risen, because “people DO NOT rise from the dead”, then you must be CONSISTENT and ALSO DENY all the Old Testament resurrections.

And when you do, in each of the ABOVE INSTANCES, you’ll be CONTRADICTING God AND CALLING Him (who inspired that written Word) A LIAR.

The same applies to so-called “Bible scholars” who try to SPIRITUALIZE Jesus’ Resurrection, by saying that He DID NOT resurrect physically.  That His body died and DECOMPOSED, and that He only rose SPIRITUALLY.

If that were true, ALL Roman or Jewish authorities needed to do was display Jesus’ dead body on day 4, and THERE WOULD BE NO CHRISTIANS TODAY. 

The tomb was EMPTY. HIS BODY DISAPPEARED and, to this day, NO ONE can adequately explain HOW that happened – APART FROM Resurrection. Glory to Jesus forever!!!

Yet I have NEVER heard these so-called “scholars” (hello, Dominic Crossan) theorize that the OTHER resurrections enumerated above were “ONLY SPIRITUAL” in nature, and NOT physical.

THAT is DISHONEST TO THE MAX.

If you allege that Jesus only rose from the dead “spiritually”, but NOT physically, then YOU ALSO HAVE TO “SPIRITUALIZE” ALL those OTHER resurrections.

Over 500 PEOPLE SAW JESUS, IN THE FLESH, RISEN FROM THE DEAD. (1 Corinthians 15:6)

We have OVER 500 EYEWITNESSES WHO LIVED IN JESUS’ TIME AND SAW HIM – WITH THEIR OWN EYES – PHYSICALLY RISEN FROM THE DEAD, against THE CONJECTURE of one stupid, old, spiritually dead, decrepit fool WHO’S NEVER SEEN JESUS, and who lives 2,000 years AFTER the fact.

It’s NO CONTEST.

God’s Word is crystal clear, in each instance, that all the aforementioned individuals rose PHYSICALLY from the dead.

You CAN’T SAY those OTHER GUYS rose PHYSICALLY, but that Jesus COULDN’T OR DIDN’T:

If they DID, so DID He:  And if He DIDN’T, neither did they.

As Jesus Himself told Saul of Tarsus, a rabid persecutor of Christians until he became, by God’s Grace, THE APOSTLE Paul:

“It is A HARD THING to KICK AGAINST the spikes”. (Acts 9:5)

The MORE they KICK against them, THE MORE THEY’LL PENETRATE, the more painful they become, AND THE MORE they INJURE THEMSELVES in the process.

If a corpse thrown into Elisha’s tomb rose from the dead through contact with the dead prophet’s bones, if Lazarus resurrected PHYSICALLY after 4 days in the tomb, and so will the TWO witnesses, WHY wouldn’t JESUS (God) rise PHYSICALLY from the dead? (Luke 24:39).

You can kick AGAINST THE TRUTH all you want, and RESIST God all you want, harm yourself in the process all you want, but all the kicking and resisting in the world WON’T CHANGE the Truth and WON’T DISPROVE the Truth:

That JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD, IN SPIRIT, SOUL, AND BODY, and that He LIVES FOREVERMORE.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017

THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE

"Jesus said to him: I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE; he that believes in me, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE" (John 11:25).

Millions of tourists travel to Israel each year to see... NOTHING.

They don't go there to see some celebrity, or some impressive monument, or even some natural phenomenon.

They go to see... NOTHING.

Empty space.

An open tomb, WITH NO ONE inside.

Having been among those millions of tourists I can assure you that we are not crazy.

And if we are it is only because we're MADLY in love with Jesus.

ALL so-called religious leaders are dead:

If you go to Sri Lanka, you can visit the tomb where Buddha's remains rest.

If you go to Mecca, you can visit the tomb with the DEAD REMAINS of Mohammed, the inventor and founder of Islam.

Thank God that Jesus Christ is NOT a religious leader.

Repeat: Thank God that Jesus Christ is NOT a religious leader.

If He were, He would be dead like all the others because that is precisely what religion breeds: death.

Jesus IS God.

Jesus IS The Life and Resurrection.

He DIDN'T BRING RELIGION:  He brought love, faith and ETERNAL Life.

And although he was willing to do what NO ONE ELSE wanted to do -- OR COULD do -- DIE FOR OUR SINS and pay the price of our redemption Himself...

Neither SIN, nor SATAN, nor DEATH COULD hold Him.

For Christ is INVINCIBLE.

Jesus Christ -- and Jesus ONLY -- is THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.

There is Salvation in NO ONE ELSE.

There is NO OTHER NAME - apart from Jesus - IN WHICH CAN BE SAVED (Acts 4:12).

If you've never given your heart to Jesus, I invite you to do it NOW.

Any other "way" you follow will lead to death.

IF YOU WANT TO OVERCOME death and have ETERNAL LIFE - RIGHT NOW - Jesus IS THE ONLY ONE who offers it because He is THE ONLY ONE WHO LIVES FOREVER. (Revelation 1:17-18)

That is WHY Christ's tomb lies ETERNALLY empty.

Because HE CAME OUT OF IT ALIVE:

Revelation 1:17-18:

"I AM He that lives, and was dead; and LOOK, I am ALIVE FOREVERMORE, amen. AND I HAVE THE KEYS OF DEATH AND HELL".

Do you want your tomb FULL OF DEAD BONES like Buddha and Muhammad?

Or do you want your tomb to be EMPTY, like Christ's?

Would you have them say "poor person, he (or she) died"?

Or do you want them to say about you WHAT Scripture says ABOUT JESUS? (Matthew 28:6)

"He is NOT HERE for HE IS RISEN!"

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

THE GATES OF HELL

"I shall go TO THE GATES OF HELL: I am deprived of the residue of my years. I said, I SHALL NOT SEE JAH, even JAH, IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING; I shall see man no more with the inhabitants of the world (Isaiah 38:10-11).

"And I say also unto you, that you are Peter, and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and THE GATES OF HELL (Hades) SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT" (Matthew 16:18)

HOW could Jesus promise that the gates of hell (Sheol, Hades) would NOT PREVAIL AGAINST His Church?

HOW could Jesus speak with so much CERTAINTY and give such ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE?

Is it because He built His Church on Peter?

Not to take anything away from Peter, but the answer is "NO".

Since Adam and Eve hell's gates had prevailed for generation after generation.

Satan RELISHED keeping both, those in covenant with God and those outside His covenant, as PRISONERS in Sheol (hell, Hades) (Isaiah 14:17).

Zechariah 9:11-12 refers to those who awaited God's redemption in Sheol (hell) as "prisoners of hope".

Because they HOPED that someday Messiah would appear and SET THEM FREE.

That's exactly what Jesus did during the three days and nights that He spent in Sheol (John 8:36).

1 Peter 3:19 tells us that during that time Jesus PREACHED TO THE SPIRITS IN PRISON.

Ephesians 4:8 tells us He FREED THOSE WHO HAD DIED IN THE FAITH and "took captivity (prisoners) captive".

Matthew 27:52-53 tells us that "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 TO MANY".

Hell's gates HAD PREVAILED against God's people up to the time of His Resurrection.

But because our Jesus rose triumphantly from the dead, THEY CAN'T PREVAIL ANYMORE against those who are IN Him.

The reason Jesus could give SUCH COMPLETE ASSURANCE is because He would build His Church ON HIMSELF.

Since He built His Church ON HIMSELF (on THE Rock) and since He (praise His Name!) HAS THE KEYS of DEATH AND HELL – there’s NO WAY satan can hold God’s people IN HELL ANYMORE.

THE GATES OF HELL DID NOT prevail against Jesus.  And the gates of hell CANNOT PREVAIL against those IN WHOM JESUS LIVES (His Church).

He overcame BOTH Sheol (hell, Hades) and death... by RISING from the dead, and from hell itself, ALIVE...

Jesus defeated satan, inflicted a mortal wound to his ugly head, and took the keys of death and hell AWAY FROM THE SLIMY BASTARD.

Jesus is ALIVE FOREVERMORE and NOW HAS the keys of hell and death (Revelation 1:18).

And when He opens NOBODY shuts.

When He shuts NOBODY opens (Revelation 3:7).

THAT’S why He gave such TOTAL ASSURANCE.

I don't know about you, but I'm so glad I belong to Jesus.

I'm so glad that He is ON MY SIDE (Romans 8:31).

I'm SO GRATEFUL to have this MARVELOUS, IRONCLAD guarantee given by God Himself that hell's gates can't prevail against me.

Jesus is ON YOUR SIDE. 

He’s FOR you, NOT against you. (John 3:16-17; Romans 8:31)

He WANTS TO DELIVER YOU from satan, death and hell.

But He won't FORCE Himself on anyone.

Jesus promises that He won't reject ANYONE who COMES TO Him (John 6:37).

Each person must make THAT CHOICE himself or herself.

If you want to give your heart to Jesus, if you want to choose Jesus as your God and Savior, and have His ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE THAT HELL'S GATES WON'T PREVAIL AGAINST YOU, click on the link below.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017

CROSS OR CRUCIFIX

This is something I’ve been hearing FOR YEARS and YEARS, and should have addressed long ago.

For those who may not know the difference, A CROSS is just A PLAIN cross.  A CRUCIFIX is a cross with the figure of Jesus nailed to it.

While most “protestants” and Evangelicals favor the plain cross, Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutherans, and  Methodists generally use the crucifix.

For years, I’ve been hearing the LAME and FALSE accusation that Catholics use the crucifix because they believe that Jesus is still dead and hanging from the cross.

Being raised Roman Catholic I can TESTIFY – FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE – that that IS A BLATANT LIE.

As steeped in religion, tradition, and man-invented rituals as we were, I distinctly remember KNOWING from age 6 (perhaps a bit earlier) that Jesus died for our sins and ROSE FROM THE DEAD.

I NEVER heard any priest, nun, or Roman Catholic person say, or even HINT, that Jesus is still nailed to the cross.

I NEVER heard any of them DENY Christ’s Resurrection.

NEVER!!!

I was taught Catechism at age 6 and did First Communion at age 7.

Catechism CLEARLY TAUGHT that Jesus had RISEN FROM THE DEAD, is God, and IS ALIVE.

That is why Roman Catholics, along with most other Christians, CELEBRATE CHRIST’S RESURRECTION.

My biggest problems with Catholicism have always been that it DID NOT TEACH the born-again experience, at least not when I was growing up, and that it DID NOT teach the Bible or encourage its study.

Fortunately, many Catholic congregations today TEACH BOTH.

As far as the cross and crucifix are concerned, I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH EITHER ONE.

And neither one violates Scripture.

The plain cross reminds us of Jesus’ triumphant Resurrection. 

Of His CRUSHING VICTORY over satan, sin and death.

The crucifix reminds us OF THE UNSPEAKABLE SUFFERING HE ENDURED FOR OUR SAKE, and the INCALCULABLE PRICE HE PAID to redeem us.

Grow up, Christians!  And stop tearing each other apart over such silly issues!

It’s not what we WEAR AROUND OUR NECKS, BUT JESUS IN OUR HEARTS THAT SAVES US!  (Ephesians, 1 John 5:12)

And may I remind religious bigots that the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord WERE BOTH NECESSARY for our Salvation?

It’s a SAD, SAD DAY for Christianity when we CAN’T EVEN UNITE IN SPIRIT to appreciate THE VERY SYMBOL OF our faith.

Yes, there’s been A LOT of abuse of power and excess in Roman Catholicism.  I’ve written about that extensively.

Yes, Roman Catholicism has quite a bit of FALSE, UNBIBLICAL doctrine.

And, yes, Roman Catholicism has committed some terrible atrocities in its long, tortured history.

Denying the Resurrection of Jesus HAS NEVER BEEN ONE OF THEM.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017

GOOD WEDNESDAY

THE TRADITIONAL Christian VIEW is that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and rose from the dead on Sunday.

This is based on the Gospels' statement that, when His body was taken down from the cross, the Sabbath was approaching.

Hence, religionists reason, it must have been Friday (John 19:31).

A closer look at the Scriptures reveals something else.

I was in my mid-20s before I realized that Jesus is Jewish.

Being raised Roman Catholic, and having been exposed to Lutheranism and 7th Day Adventism:

NOT ONCE did I hear ANYONE mention Jesus’ ethnicity:  NOT ONCE!

In all those years I didn’t hear it from the pulpit, didn’t learn it in either Sabbatical School or Sunday school:  Didn’t read it in any Catechism or religious book, didn’t hear any priest, pastor or nun talk about it.

And even though we knew the Christmas story, where Bethlehem is mentioned, somehow the mental connection to His Jewishness was not made. 

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, had all been religiously sanitized to conform to westernized, religiously appropriate characters.

Just goes to show TO WHAT LENGTHS anti-Semitism will go to cover up Truth and distort it into bigoted dogma.

However, as I’ll prove in a minute, when it suits their agenda, religion turns SUPER-Jewish.

When the spiritually blind Pharisees asked for a "sign", Jesus stated that THE ONLY SIGN given to that generation would be that of the prophet Jonas: as Jonas had remained three days AND THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the whale, so the Son of Man would remain three days AND THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the earth (Jonah 1:17; Matthew 12:38-40).

I have read and heard all the convoluted RELIGIOUS theories about how "in Hebrew thinking" JUST PART OF A DAY is reckoned as a day.

When it suits its hypocritical agenda, religion SUDDENLY TURNS MORE “JEWISH” THAN JEWS THEMSELVES!

I might buy that LAME argument if Jesus had only said He would be "three days" in the belly of the earth.

However, Jesus was VERY SPECIFIC in His statement: not simply three days, but THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS.

There's NO WAY you can get three days AND THREE NIGHTS from Friday to Sunday.

NO WAY!!!

EVEN IF we indulge their unrealistic wishes and reckon JUST PART OF a day as “A DAY”, we still DON’T GET THREE NIGHTS from Friday to Sunday.

If He died on Friday, THE MOST you could get is TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS, which falls WAY SHORT of Jesus EXPLICIT “3 days and 3 NIGHTS”.

Friday evening and Saturday morning, ONE NIGHT and ONE DAY, Saturday evening and Sunday morning, TWO NIGHTS AND TWO DAYS.

Consequently, either JESUS LIED when He said He’d be three days AND THREE NIGHTS in the “belly of the earth,  OR RELIGION and its TRADITION HAVE LIED TO US FOR CENTURIES.

Additionally, religion, as usual CONTRADICTS Scripture.

That is to say, IT CONTRADICTS GOD.

WHEN did Jesus’ Crucifixion actually take place? 

Daniel 9:27 predicted that He (Messiah Prince) would PUT AN END (or Sabbath OF REST) TO SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS (korbanot) “in the MIDDLE of the week”.

The MIDDLE of the week is Wednesday.

The Crucifixion took place on Wednesday.

Jesus was nailed to the cross on Wednesday around 9 A.M. (the third hour).  (Mark 15:25)

He hung on that cross, in agonizing pain, and subjected to verbal abuse and coarse mockery, for 6 hours.

There was darkness all over Jerusalem FOR THREE SOLID HOURS, FROM NOON (the 6th hour) TO 3 P.M.   (Matthew 27:45-46)

He DIED at 3 P.M. (the 9th hour), AT THE SAME TIME THE LAMB FOR THE SIN OFFERING WAS SLAIN IN THE TEMPLE. 

And also AT THE TIME THE PASSOVER LAMB was to be slain (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44) “between the evenings” (Exodus 12:6; Leviticus 23:5)

His body was brought down from the cross, and buried in a nearby tomb, around 6 P.M. (the 12th hour).  (Matthew 27:57; Mark 15:42;John 19:31)

Therefore, His body was in the tomb Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, ONE DAY AND ONE NIGHT, Thursday evening and Friday morning, TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS, and Friday evening and Saturday morning, 3 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS.

His resurrection, therefore, took place on Saturday evening (for Gentiles), and on Sunday evening for Jews since the Jewish FIRST day of the week begins at 6 P.M. on our Saturday.

It was in the early hours of Sunday morning that the women FOUND the tomb already empty. He had ALREADY RISEN much earlier (Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1-3).

They didn't go to the tomb sooner because they were required, by Torah, TO REST on Saturday. (Exodus 20:8-10)

This means Jesus died on Passover, Wednesday, Aviv (Nisan) 14 in the Hebrew calendar (John 19:14).

His Resurrection took place on the Hebrew Feast of First Fruits, Saturday-Sunday Aviv 17.

The only question remaining is: What about the statement that when His dead body hung on the cross “the Sabbath was approaching”?

The Hebrew calendar contains TWO TYPES of "Sabbaths", the regular weekly Sabbath (7th day of the week or Saturday) and High Sabbaths.

Any of the seven major Feasts of the Lord in the Hebrew calendar is considered a High Sabbath.

John 19:31 tells us that Sabbath day "was a High day", meaning not the regular weekly Sabbath (Saturday), but one of the High Holy Days (Feasts).

Which Feast was it? Since we know Jesus died on Passover, the following day (High Sabbath) was Aviv 15, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Hag ha matzot).  (Leviticus 23:6)

This is highly symbolic, since leaven is understood in the Old Testament to represent sin.

Unleavened bread, therefore, signified THAT Jesus who knew no sin became sin for us, went to hell for us, and that THE SIN OF THE WHOLE WORLD WAS REMOVED by the atoning death of Messiah Prince. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:12, 26)

Indeed it was.

Sin was removed by Jesus to the point that, HAVING REMOVED ALL SIN FOREVER, He rose TRIUMPHANTLY OVER Satan, sin and death.

We offer these BIBLICAL facts for those who want something more than tradition, and who hunger and thirst for Truth.

We realize, of course, that most Christians will continue to keep the tradition of Good Friday in memory of His Crucifixion. That's fine.

What's important to recognize is that He died for our sins and HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD.

By His death and Resurrection MESSIAH PRINCE REVOLUTIONIZED THE WORLD… ushered in ETERNAL LIFE and REMOVED OUR SINS FOREVER, SO that NO ONE (and I mean, NO ONE) COULD EVER bring ANY CHARGE OF SIN against us (Romans 8:33).

Glory, glory, glory to Messiah Prince from everlasting to everlasting!

That’s why THE ONLY WAY to be lost is NOT RECEIVING the GIFT OF SALVATION that Messiah Prince bought WITH HIS OWN BLOOD.

             "It is FINISHED!"

“the LORD has laid on Him THE INIQUITY OF US ALL”. (Isaiah 53:6)                     

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

 

Occasionally we share something sent by one of our readers. Today's message was sent in by a dear sister named Thursday.  The message blessed me and I hope it blesses all of you.

THE CROSS IN OUR BODIES

 

This is a pretty neat story and an interesting thing that few of us know.

 

It was written by A DOCTOR:

 

A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio... And I was BLOWN AWAY! I want to share what I learned.

 

He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is... How He spoke the universe into being... Etc., Etc.

Then He went on to speak of how this universe-creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder.

 

At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know).

 

And I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God's handiwork. I remember so many times thinking:

 

...'How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this?'

 

The God, who created all this, also has the power to HOLD IT ALL TOGETHER when things seem to be falling apart...how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.

 

And then I lost my breath. And it wasn't because I was running my treadmill, either!!!

 

It was BECAUSE HE STARTED TALKING ABOUT LAMININ.

 

I knew about laminin... Here is how Wikipedia describes them: 'Laminins are A FAMILY OF PROTEINS THAT ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE STRUCTURAL SCAFFOLDING OF BASEMENT MEMBRANES IN ALMOST EVERY ANIMAL TISSUE'

 

Laminins are WHAT HOLD US TOGETHER...

LITERALLY!!!

 

They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. WITHOUT THEM, WE WOULD LITERALLY FALL APART.  

I knew all this already. But WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW is what they LOOKED LIKE...

 

But now I do. And I have thought about it a thousand times since...

Here is what the structure of laminin looks like... AND THIS IS NOT a 'Christian portrayal' of it.... If you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL SEE...      

 

 

Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!!

Amazing!

THE GLUE THAT HOLDS US TOGETHER.... ALL of us... is IN THE SHAPE OF THE CROSS!

 

Immediately Colossians 1:17 comes to mind.

 

He is before all things, and in Him ALL things HOLD TOGETHER.'

THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE THE WORLD KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT LAMININ, Paul penned those words.

And now we see that, from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together... one cell to another.... BY THE CROSS!

You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin 'glue' would look like!!

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

INCENSE

A lot of people read Revelation 8:3 and ASSUME that it refers to Yom Kippur.

The reason behind their assumption is the mention of incense being offered with the prayers of the saints.

It is true that incense was offered on Yom Kippur, thrice to be exact: twice on the altar of incense, and once in the Holy of Holies.

However, Yom Kippur is NOT THE ONLY TIME incense was offered.

In the tabernacle and, later, in the first and second Temples, incense was OFFERED EVERY DAY TWICE A DAY (evening and morning) ALONG WITH THE DAILY sacrifices. (Exodus 30:7-8)

It was also burned in the Temples continuously, as a “sweet smelling offering” to the Lord.

They even had A SPECIAL FORMULA for the incense, prescribed by God, which could only be used in the tabernacle and temples.

The incense was considered holy (set apart) and anyone using it for their own pleasure was to be put to death under the Sinai Law (Exodus 30:34-38)

It is wrong, therefore, to assume that the mention of incense automatically means it’s Yom Kippur.

This passage couldn’t possibly indicate Yom Kippur, since it takes place IN THE SPRING (Aviv 10-11), RIGHT AFTER the Rapture, and right before God sends His trumpet judgments on unsaved, unrepentant humans.

On Yom Kippur, it’s the High Priest that offers the incense, NOT AN ANGEL.

Also, the incense in Revelation 8:3 is offered with the prayers of the saints.

The clear inference is that the saints are interceding for those left on earth and pleading for mercy before the judgments are sent.

On Yom Kippur, it’s a different story: the High Priest makes offerings first for himself, then for natural Israelites.

So, these are two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT settings.

If you want to see Yom Kippur in the Book of Revelation, it’s found in Revelation 11:19, just prior to the Second Coming of Christ:

“And the temple of God was opened in heaven, AND THERE WAS SEEN IN HIS TEMPLE THE ARK OF HIS COVENANT: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”

And again in Revelation 15:5-8 (describing the same event):

“And after that I looked, and, behold, THE TEMPLE OF THE TABERNACLE OF THE TESTIMONY IN HEAVEN WAS OPENED:

And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden sashes.

And one of the four living creatures gave unto the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.

And THE TEMPLE WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE FROM THE GLORY OF GOD, AND FROM HIS POWER; AND NO MAN WAS ABLE TO ENTER INTO THE TEMPLE, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” (Compare to 1 Kings 8:2-10)

Immediately after that, and in rapid sequence, the most severe 7-bowl judgments take place, followed by Armageddon, followed by the Second Coming of our Lord.

In conclusion:  Revelation 8:3 DOES NOT take place on Yom Kippur.

Revelation 11:19 and 15:5-8 DO.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017

INSPIRED CHAPTER & VERSE

There is SO MUCH DECEPTION going on in supposedly “Christian” circles!

If it breaks the heart of a sinful mortal like me, I can’t help wonder HOW MUCH IT GRIEVES God’s HOLY Spirit. (Ephesians 4:30)

He is, after all, THE Spirit of Truth (John 16:13)

One such deception consists of SPECULATING based ON CHAPTER AND VERSE NUMBERS in the Bible, then passing off THAT CONJECTURE  to dumb Christians as “Bible prophecy”.

This deceptive trend is INCREASING, rather than waning.

Unfortunately, it’s ALL OVER cyberspace.

Three of the most egregious deceptions I have witnessed in this regard are:

1.  A self-professed prophecy “pundit” claiming that Isaiah 9:11 PREDICTED 9/11/2001.

Not only is that a blatant LIE, it’s LUDICROUS.

There’s NOTHING in that verse that REMOTELY depicts 9/11.

Unfortunately, he sold untold millions of this deceptive crap to stupid, naïve “Christians”.

2. A woman on Kristian TV FALSELY PROMISING “prosperity” to those who’d send  $35.27 based, SUPPOSEDLY, on Psalm 35:27 which states “Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

Yes, and if you buy that exercise equipment advertised on TV, you’ll look EXACTLY LIKE the model in the commercial.

3.  Someone recently wrote me that the Second Coming takes place on Yom Kippur at 3:00 P.M. based on Revelation 8:3. (I presume, although he didn’t specify, Israel time)

This person claims that this passage talks about Yom Kippur (because of the incense mentioned), and, of course, since it’s verse 3, that MUST MEAN that 3:00 P.M. is THE HOUR of Christ’s return to earth.

Of course, and following his “logic”, he doesn’t explain WHY IT COULDN’T BE at 3:00 A.M.

I have a ONE-WORD comment for all three lunacies:

Baloney!

With a CAPITAL “B”!

The three liars involved have UTTER DISREGARD for the Truth.

All they care about is advancing their own, self-serving, godless agenda.

By the way, Revelation 8:3 has ZERO to do with Christ’s Second Coming since it happens under the 7th seal BEFORE ANY trumpet judgments. 

The Second Coming takes place under the 7TH and FINAL trumpet. (Revelation 10:7; 11:15-16)

What bothers me most is that these SPECULATIONS are not presented AS SUCH, but as UNEQUIVOCAL, “SUBSTANTIATED” FACTS.

The original Bible text, written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek is HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED AND INERRANT – FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION.

The original Bible text, inspired by the Holy Spirit, DID NOT CONTAIN CHAPTER AND VERSE DIVISIONS.

Again: the original Bible DID NOT CONTAIN ANY chapters or verses.

The NUMBERS assigned to various chapters and verses were added in the 16th century, AT THE SOLE DISCRETION of MODERN Bible translators.

This was done some 3,000 YEARS AFTER the Old Testament was written and 1,500 YEARS AFTER the New Testament was written.

Therefore, chapter and verse numbers ARE NOT Holy Spirit inspired NOR ARE THEY RELIABLE PREDICTORS OF ANYTHING.

Once more: chapter and verse numbers in the Bible DO NOT PREDICT ANYTHING.

And they are NOT, NOT, NOT, Holy Spirit inspired.

The purpose of assigning numbers to chapters and verses was to make it easy for us to find a particular portion of Scripture.

They are, indeed, quite helpful in that sense.

There are cases, however, where they’ve butchered the original text, by dividing chapters that “belong together”, etc.

ANY “PREDICTION” BASED ON CHAPTER AND VERSE NUMBERS, IS A LIE.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017

TEACHERS OF THE LAW

Jesus speaking: “For I tell you that UNLESS YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS SURPASSES THAT OF THE PHARISEES AND THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW, YOU WILL CERTAINLY  NOT ENTER  the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 5:20)

Jesus plainly stated that UNLESS our “righteousness” exceeds that of TEACHERS OF THE LAW, we would NOT ENTER the Kingdom of Heaven.

He clearly stated that TEACHERS OF THE LAW have NO RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Psalm 53:1; Isaiah 64:6; Galatians 2:16)

And, WHAT did the FALSE “Christian” RELIGIONS INVENTED in the 19th and 20th century produce?

TEACHERS OF THE LAW!!!

Who CLAIM TO BE righteous but AREN’T!

While they all added their own unique spin to the mix, all these false religions proclaim, in one way or another, that WE ARE SUBJECT TO BONDAGE UNDER THE SINAI LAW:

All their so-called “ministers” are wolves in sheep’s clothing: ministers of satan MASQUERADING AS “ministers” of Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

They CARE NOTHING about the Truth.

One thing I have learned after nearly two decades of dialoguing with these wolves is that you can show them – CLEAR AS CRYSTAL – the error in their doctrine:  YOU CAN PROVE BEYOND DOUBT with the Bible that they are wrong, and they’ll turn a blind eye and deaf ear.

They idolize their religion to the point of PREFERRING IT OVER God’s Word.

That is why these FALSE RELIGIONS which LIE about being “Christian”, and LIE about almost everything else, HAVE LED MILLIONS of supposed “Christians” into hell.

That is why EVERY ONE of THESE RELIGIONS’ FOUNDERS is in hell RIGHT NOW.

Again: ALL OF THEM are in Hades – RIGHT NOW!

NOBODY can LOVE two masters: we CANNOT love Jesus and the Sinai Law.

Jesus said that sooner or later you’d love ONE of the two, and HATE the other. (Matthew 6:24)

Nobody can SERVE two masters: we CANNOT serve Jesus and the Sinai Law.

And NOBODY CAN TRUST (have faith in) TWO SAVIORS, Jesus and the Sinai Law.

Either Jesus ALONE saves, or the Sinai Law ALONE saves.

My Bible says the Sinai Law HAS NEVER SAVED ANYONE – in 3,500 years!!!  (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; 3:10)

My Bible also says THAT ONLY JESUS SAVES, AND THAT THERE IS NO OTHER NAME by which we can be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12)

We can be TEACHERS OF THE LAW and go to Hades.

Or we can TRUST JESUS, KNOW JESUS IN OUR INNERMOST BEING, and be ETERNALLY saved.

We CANNOT believe BOTH.

There’s ONLY ONE Savior, NOT TWO “Saviors”.

Copyright 2017. Martel Trevor Ministries. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017

WHAT... NO MILLIONAIRES?

"For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But IF WE HAVE FOOD AND CLOTHING, LET US BE CONTENT WITH THAT.

THOSE WHO WANT TO GET RICH FALL INTO TEMPTATION AND A TRAP AND INTO MANY FOOLISH AND HARMFUL DESIRES THAT PLUNGE PEOPLE INTO RUIN AND DESTRUCTION.

For the love of money is a root of all evil. SOME PEOPLE, EAGER FOR MONEY, HAVE WANDERED FROM THE FAITH and pierced themselves with many griefs.

But you, man of God, FLEE FROM ALL THIS, and pursue righteousness... (1st Timothy 6:7-11)

Oral Roberts began teaching his "Seed faith" heresy in 1947: that's 70 YEARS AGO.

Two years later (in 1949) his false doctrine was further distorted by the so-called "Word of Faith" movement launched by Kenneth E. Hagin: that was 68 YEARS AGO.

HOW LONG IS A FAIR AMOUNT OF TIME to determine if some doctrine is true or false?

HOW LONG does it take TO PROVE if a RELIGIOUS THEORY works or DOESN'T WORK?

...5 years? 10 years? Wouldn't 15 YEARS be MORE THAN FAIR?

Oh, what the heck, let's make it 20 YEARS...

It's been OVER THREE TIMES that.

It's been 70 YEARS!!!

I have ONE simple question for all the word of faith preachers and their adoring groupies:

WHERE are all the MILLIONAIRES?

SHOULDN'T AT LEAST HALF of their idolatrous followers who:

A. Have loyally attended their meetings ALL THESE YEARS, FOR SEVEN DECADES.

B. "Fed their faith" by BUYING and listening to ALL their heretical tapes and CDs AD NAUSEAM.

C. "TITHED" 10% OF THEIR GROSS INCOMES to those greedy, self-serving S.O.B's…

D. Have "sowed" INNUMERABLE "seeds" by giving OFFERING AFTER OFFERING AFTER OFFERING - ON TOP OF their "tithes".

E. HAVE CONFESSED "THE WORD" ad infinitum. And:

F. HAVE BEEN CALLING THINGS "WHICH ARE NOT as though THEY WERE" -- ALL THOSE YEARS...

...SHOULDN'T THEY HAVE SEEN some DRAMATIC RESULTS by now?

Shouldn't AT LEAST HALF OF THEM be LIVING IN 6 MILLION DOLLAR MANSIONS, like their idols?

Shouldn't at least HALF of them HAVE MILLIONS in the bank?

...Own private airplanes?

...Drive Rolls Royces and wear Rolexes?

...Be EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL entrepreneurs?

WHERE ARE ALL the "EXTREMELY prosperous" Christians for whom this teaching has produced THE RESULTS PROMISED by the word of faith preachers?

WHERE ARE ALL the PROMISED "HUNDREDFOLD returns" on ALL they've given?

WHERE ARE THE ARMIES of WEALTHY Christians living IN THE PROSPERITY and ABUNDANCE their religious "leaders" promised?

Aha... NOWHERE.

It hasn’t worked in 70 years, because IT JUST DOESN’T WORK.

And when they tell you it will work, THEY KNOW that they are lying.

They BRAG     ABOUT being "WORLD changers", when THEY CAN'T EVEN CHANGE THE LIVES OF 50 BLINDLY DEVOTED FANS!

And this - in THE MOST PROSPEROUS nation on earth!

They say we are supposed to establish God's Kingdom on earth by "sowing seeds", meaning MONEY.

THEY'VE BEEN AT IT FOR  7 DECADES and - by ANYONE'S STANDARDS - they have FAILED MISERABLY.

WHERE IS this "Kingdom of God" that THEY'VE established on earth?

NOWHERE!

Even a casual observer can see that the world is decaying and becoming more rotten, violent, and unmanageable each day.

Therefore, THEY HAVE FAILED BY ALL applicable standards.

The ONLY ONES who HAVE BECOME millionaires and live in mansions ARE THE GREEDY PREACHERS WHO BRAINWASH their followers with this false doctrine ‘round the clock.

I have THREE QUESTIONS for those Christians still involved in this ungodly piece of DECEPTIVE, GREED-DRIVEN religious crap:

1. Don't any of you HAVE EVEN HALF a brain?

2. Can't any of you THINK FOR YOURSELVES and realize YOU'RE BEING SWINDLED?

3. Are you really THAT stupid?

Unfortunately, "Word of Faith" is now THE DOMINANT THEOLOGY in the Pentecostal movement.

They now have a satellite channel where you can watch and hear this manipulative manure 24/7.

You can GET BRAINWASHED by this heresy – ON PURPOSE!!!

You can GO TO SLEEP hearing about money, and wake up the next morning STILL HEARING ABOUT MONEY:

GIMME, GIMME, GIMME, GIMME...

TITHE, TITHE, TITHE, TITHE...

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY...

NON-STOP!!!

Just what we needed: more religious brainwashing, more scam artists using Jesus' Name FOR PERSONAL GAIN, more dumb sheep being fleeced and led astray.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

TRUE WORSHIPERS

.
"You worship WHAT YOU KNOW NOT we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
But the hour comes, and now is, when
THE TRUE WORSHIPERS shall worship the Father IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH: for the Father SEEKS SUCH to worship him.
GOD IS SPIRIT: and THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM
MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT and in truth" (John 4:22-24).

Not everyone who CLAIMS to worship God is A TRUE worshiper.

Again: Not everyone who CLAIMS to worship God is A TRUE worshiper.

Wait a minute: Are you telling me there are FALSE worshipers?

No. JESUS TOLD US there are.

He would have never used the term "true worshipers" UNLESS there are FALSE worshipers.

False worshipers, according to the Lord Himself, are those who worship someone whom they DON'T KNOW.

That's right!

Every Saturday and Sunday there are millions of supposed "Christians" ALL OVER THE WORLD, attending religious services, CLAIMING to worship a God whom they DON'T EVEN KNOW.

They go through the motions: They dress like religion tells them to dress, they look like religion told them they're supposed to look, recite the prayers and sing the hymns religion invented, say what they're expected to say ON CUE, read the Scriptures selected by their religion, kneel when they're told, raise their hands when they're told, participate in one or more perfunctory rituals...

All the time PRETENDING TO WORSHIP a God who is AS FOREIGN TO THEM as the Dalai Lama is to  me.

A God Whom they've HEARD ABOUT, but have NEVER EXPERIENCED.

Some have even deluded themselves into THINKING they are worshiping the God of the Bible, but THEY AREN'T.

Jesus said there are worshipers who DON'T KNOW WHAT they worship.

They DON'T KNOW the very God whom they CLAIM to be worshiping.

Why?

They worship ONLY with their minds and emotions, NOT WITH THEIR SPIRIT.

They CAN'T worship God with their spirits because their spirits ARE DEAD.

Jesus Christ LIVES IN our SPIRITS, when we KNOW Him, as the One true God. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Hence, when we KNOW Jesus, our spirit COMES ALIVE.

We worship Him in Spirit and in Truth when we KNOW Him, deeply and intimately in the innermost recesses of our beings.

Those who do are TRUE worshipers.

GOD, as Jesus said, IS SPIRIT.

You can't worship THE LIVING God with A DEAD spirit.

THE ONLY WAY we can worship the Father of spirits is with BORN AGAIN SPIRITS, WHICH ARE ALIVE.  (Hebrews 12:9)

When we RECEIVE Jesus into our hearts, we KNOW Jesus, and our dead spirit IS REVIVED (born again, John 3:5-6)

That's why Jesus IN US is THE ONLY WAY TO the Father (John 14:6; 1 John 5:12).

That's why THERE'S NO WAY TO SIDESTEP THE HUMAN HEART and be saved.

Jesus MUST be INTENTIONALLY received and INVITED to PENETRATE the deepest, most intimate recesses of our beings. (John 1:12)

When He does, He permanently LIVES in us.

When He does, our SPIRITS are RESURRECTED and ALIVE.

When He does, we become TRUE worshipers.

Not to mention, TRUE Christians...

That's why those who DENY that Jesus is God CANNOT BE SAVED:  (2 Corinthians 3:17)

The ONLY WAY to God is through the born again Spirit: 

The ONLY way to God is THROUGH GOD HIMSELF.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017

LONDON LAMENT

The once Christian City of London is being OVERRUN BY ISLAM.

In the past few years, over 500 “churches” have closed while 423 new mosques have opened, many of them teaching WICKED, TOTALLY SATANIC Sharia Law.

And the few church buildings that remain open are virtually EMPTY, (Mass attendance in two of its religious landmarks being 10 and 14 people, respectively) WHILE MOSQUES DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM TO ACCOMMODATE THE ATTENDEES.

This is beyond heartbreaking, it’s TRAGIC.

That in a City that once had THE SUPREMELY SUPERIOR MESSAGE of Christ, that sent Christian missionaries abroad, the Christian faith is dying while satan’s religion is thriving.

For the first time in its history London even has A MUSLIM MAYOR, for Pete’s sake!

WHAT LED to these disastrous circumstances?

HOW could the cradle of Anglicanism have so deteriorated?

Two major factors have contributed to this lamentable condition:

1. So-called multiculturalism

2. Substituting the Christian faith with DEAD RELIGION.

A multicultural society can be beneficial, as long as it’s comprised of CIVILIZED people.

Islam isn’t civilized.

Detonating oneself for “the sake of” imaginary Allah, and taking as many people with you as you can JUST BECAUSE THEY AREN’T of your religious persuasion ISN’T civilized.

Mowing down a crowd of unsuspecting passersby for the same HATE-FILLED religious reason ISN’T civilized.

Nor is chopping off heads, or some of the other atrocities committed by the FALSELY called “religion of peace”!

BARBARIANS AREN’T civilized.

And to all who suffer from that deadly disease known as political correctness – (hello Bush 43) – calling that satanic plague “religion of peace” is like calling Hitler a “saint”.

The Islamization of Europe was INTENTIONALLY ALLOWED by clueless politicians, and INTENTIONALLY ORCHESTRATED by imams all too eager and delighted TO CAPITALIZE ON THEIR STUPIDITY. 

To further aggravate the situation, the Christian faith was turned into two major religious institutions that for many years had a virtual monopoly on Christianity in the U.K.: Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism, which is nothing but an offshoot of Catholicism.

Instead of offering a PERSONAL, INTIMATE, DYNAMIC relationship with the LIVING Savior, they offered for the most part religious tradition and empty ritual.

Christianism simply became part of the culture:

Unfortunately, cultural Christianism wasn’t good enough or strong enough to fight SATANISM, which is Islam’s true nature.

The results are frequent acts of terror (like the hideous one that just took place last week, some 50 yards away from the British Parliament), and people with “no religion” OUTNUMBERING ALL forms of Christianity COMBINED 49% to 44%.

We in the U.S. better OPEN OUR EYES, both spiritually and mentally, PUT JESUS FIRST, SEEK HIM WITH ALL OUR HEARTS, EXERCISE OUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY IN CHRIST, vote in the candidates that oppose these fatal ideologies, and then CLOSE RANKS.

If these things can happen in good old England, more specifically in London, in the CAPITAL OF the former British Empire, DON’T BE SO SURE they can’t happen elsewhere, including right here in the good, old U.S.A.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017

NOT IN 300 YEARS!

“PERVERSE discourse (preaching) OF MEN OF CORRUPT MINDS, AND DESTITUTE OF THE TRUTH, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: WITHDRAW YOURSELF FROM SUCH.”   (1st Timothy 6:5)

The worst thing about the “prosperity gospel” is THAT IT TAINTS OUR WITNESS FOR CHRIST, making it INEFFECTIVE.

The Holy Spirit, as we read above, CALLS IT “PERVERSE” preaching.

THAT IS WHY NOBODY PREACHED MONEY for the first 300 years of the Christian faith!

Again: NO ONE PREACHED MONEY, or “prosperity”, during the first 300 years of the Christian faith.

And the Christian faith SPREAD SO FAST throughout the world that it DEVOURED the greatest military machine in history WITHOUT wars, swords or spears.

Does this mean God wants every believer to be poor?

No.

Does it mean one CANNOT be rich and be a believer?

No.

Thank God for wealthy Joseph of Arimathea, or we wouldn’t have that marvelous witness of the Empty Tomb, EVEN TO THIS DAY. (Matthew 27:57-60)

Thank God for Lydia a wealthy business woman in Thyatira who hosted and supported Paul and his companions, and offered her own house to local believers (Acts 16:14-15) as a place for them to meet, share Holy Communion and study the infallible Word. (Acts 16:40)

What it means is THAT MONEY WASN’T THE FOCUS OF their preaching.

Again: MONEY WASN'T THE FOCUS OF their preaching, as it is today.

Prospering and getting rich was NOT on the minds of Jesus, His Apostles, or ANY OF His early followers.

NOT FOR 300 YEARS!!!

And when any tried to introduce such false teaching into the Church, as we read in the anchor verse above, Paul INSTANTLY denounced them and SHOT IT DOWN!

Greed DID NOT creep into the Church until THE END OF the 4th century A.D.

Only when the Christian faith became institutionalized DID GREED REAR ITS UGLY HEAD, AND INFECT Christendom. 

It’s been INFECTING it, in one way or another, ever since.

The FOCUS of Christian preaching for the first three centuries was SALVATION, and GROWING into ever-closer spiritual Communion with the risen Christ. 

It was NOT MATERIAL GAIN. (Colossians 3:1-6) 

Again: the preaching in the Early Church was focused ON SALVATION, and growing in the faith, NOT on materialistic pursuits.

And this business that we are to give, and give and give INCESSANTLY in order to “preach the Gospel” is A BUNCH OF BALONEY!

The Early Church DIDN’T HAVE – even REMOTELY – the disposable income, the wealth, conveniences and modern technology we have today, and they managed TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD.

We, on the other hand, having all the aforementioned advantages, HAVE FAILED.

Besides, prosperity charlatans, for the most part DON’T “preach the gospel”:

Their “good news” is that if you BLINDLY believe everything they tell you, and give TONS OF MONEY TO THEM, you will magically become as rich as your favorite TV swindler.

God WANTS US to prosper.

His prosperity, however, IS NOT CONTINGENT UPON what we give to preachers.

Once more:  God wants us to prosper. 

He does not necessarily want every one of us TO BECOME RICH, since many Christians COULDN’T HANDLE it.

But to the extent that He wants OUR NEEDS MET, and for us to have SOME EXTRA MONEY TO GIVE TO OTHERS (the poor, orphans, widows, the sick, the incapacitated, and to those who PREACH THE TRUE GOSPEL of Grace) – He WANTS US TO PROSPER. (3 John 1:2)

His prosperity and His blessings, however, ARE NOT CONTINGENT on giving to preachers.

All His blessings, including THE GREATEST BLESSING OF ALL, which is Salvation, are FREE AND UNCONDITIONAL.

They are given to us BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH (through TRUST in God’s UNDESERVED Goodness). (Romans 8:32)

All who accuse God of withholding His blessings, and of withholding GOOD THINGS from us, UNLESS WE GIVE TO A LYING PREACHER, ARE LIARS, JUST LIKE SATAN. (John 8:44)

Worse, THEY ARE BLASPHEMERS.

They are accusing God OF THE VERY SAME THING THAT SATAN FALSELY ACCUSED Him in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:5)

That is why THEY TEACH that in order to get SOMETHING GOOD FROM GOD, HE MUST FIRST BE BRIBED.

That God’s Goodness towards us MUST BE EARNED and BOUGHT.

They can call themselves “word of faith” until their greedy, hypocritical faces turn magenta: THEY HAVE NO FAITH (trust) in God’s Goodness.

If they did, THEY WOULD KNOW THAT HIS GOODNESS, (HIS GRACE), is both ETERNAL and UNCONDITIONAL.

They also wouldn’t invest all their time begging for money UNDER FALSE PRETENSES.

What they do is sow FEAR, UNBELIEF AND HERESY into the hearts of their dumb worshipers.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

TAINTED WITNESS

When sharing the Gospel with heretics, they often mock the true Christian faith.

They CANNOT refute the Gospel itself, but they ridicule its alleged representatives for talking constantly about money and giving false assurances of prosperity in exchange for donations.

Sadly, although heretics are dead wrong about Salvation, and wrong about nearly everything else, THEY ARE RIGHT about this one thing.

Unfortunately, where money is concerned, heretics HAVE A POINT.

After all, if Evangelicals LIE about money, LIE about prosperity, LIE about what God says about giving, are DRIVEN BY GREED, and MISAPPLY THE WORD OF GOD to finances, twisting the Scriptures for their own selfish ends…

WHY would they TELL THE TRUTH about ANYTHING ELSE?

HOW DO THEY KNOW that we’re NOT also lying  about Salvation?

Telling them that we do not solicit or receive donations doesn’t help at all. 

Even if we’ve never taken a dime, born-again or evangelical believers are all lumped together and classified as greedy frauds, BY ASSOCIATION.

The unsaved, both religious and non-religious, perceive us as hypocrites who care nothing about salvation, but only about fattening our bank accounts, and living extravagantly at the expense of dumb, swindled followers.

The WORST part about the “prosperity gospel” is not that it deceives and defrauds needy people of their hard-earned money.

It’s not that it TAKES ADVANTAGE of ignorant, Bible illiterate brothers and sisters.

It’s NOT that it EXPLOITS the poor, the sick, and the desperate -- hideous as that is.

It’s not that they are LIED TO and given financial assurances that never materialize.

It’s not that they end up depressed, defeated and disillusioned when those false promises DON’T manifest.

It’s not that “faith” and “spirituality” are measured in dollars and cents.

It’s not that it promotes fear, carnality, and materialism.

The worst part of the “prosperity gospel” is THAT IT TAINTS OUR WITNESS FOR CHRIST.

It neutralizes our preaching and ROBS the Gospel of its purity, effectiveness, and, consequently, OF ITS POWER TO SAVE.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017

THE LOVE OF MONEY

There’s a “world changing” charlatan on Kristian TV who loves to say that HE USED TO THINK that “money is the root of all evil”.

Then he tries to be funny by asking in an affected voice: “if it’s so evil why does everyone want it?”

I’m not sure I follow his “logic” or lack thereof:

One might as well ask “if fornication is evil, why does everyone want to commit it”?

For the same reason most humans covet money in excess: BECAUSE WE’RE FALLEN, SINFUL MORTALS!

Duh.

Then he claims that it finally dawned on him that it’s NOT money that’s evil but THE LOVE OF money that’s the root of all evil.

That much is true. (1 Timothy 6:10)

The clear insinuation is THAT HE DOESN’T love money:

He just gets money (from stupid, deceived Christians) because he has SO MUCH FAITH (obviously, you and I DON’T) and, as a result of his gigantic faith, he gets great  wealth from religious suckers.

Really… 

He and his “word of faith” cronies DON’T love money?

Then WHY DO THEY TALK ABOUT MONEY CONSTANTLY 24/7, and about LITTLE ELSE?

Oops!

What did Jesus say about it?

“OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART the MOUTH SPEAKS.”

Since ALL they ever talk about is money, then,  ACCORDING TO JESUS, money is WHAT THEY HAVE IN THEIR HEARTS.

Therefore, THEY DO LOVE MONEY!!!

In fact they WORSHIP IT.

Money has become THEIR GOD.

And only a complete idiot would believe otherwise.

They talk about money FAR MORE than they talk about Jesus!

Jesus CLEARLY WARNED His Apostles that they COULD NOT serve two masters:

That they COULD NOT serve God AND money!  (Matthew 6:24)

But, of course, “word of faith” scam artists KNOW BETTER THAN Jesus.

They also have MORE FAITH than Jesus or any of His Apostles.

… Since neither Jesus, nor the 12, EVER got to live in mansions, drive around in fancy chariots, or become REMOTELY wealthy – as all the “word of faith” swindlers have.

And they DID NOT become that way because they have so much faith, or through their “confession”.

They got that way THROUGH DECEPTION:

They got that way BY LYING TO THE DUMB SHEEP.

Jesus said NO ONE could serve both God and money:

That PROVES Jesus is NOT whom they serve.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017

IN THE BEGINNING?

Someone recently wrote me that “God GAVE the Sabbath since the beginning”.

Here’s a perfect example of why it’s SO IMPORTANT TO PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO, and KNOW, what the Bible ACTUALLY SAYS.

... Instead of WHAT SOMEONE SAYS that “it says”.

And instead of WHAT WE THINK it says.

The person in question LIED.

God DID NOT give the Sabbath since “the beginning”.

NO ONE OBSERVED the 24 hour Sabbath “since the beginning”, and if you can find ONE verse – in the ENTIRE BIBLE – that says it, I’ll not only retract my statement, I will apologize for a solid year.

C’mon, Seventh Day Adventists, Church of God, Judaizers, and other Sabbatarians! This is your chance to “make your case” for YOUR FALSE, ACCURSED religions. (Galatians 1:8)

Genesis 2:3 DOESN’T SAY THAT.

Genesis 2:3 says that God blessed and “sanctified” (set apart) the Seventh Day, which IS NOT a 24 hour day.

The 7th Day which He sanctified DOES NOT have “evening” or “morning”.  Hence, it is NOT a 24-hour day.

Also Genesis 2:3 DOES NOT COMMAND ANYONE to observe the Sabbath.

Again: Genesis 2:3 DOES NOT TELL ANYONE to observe the Sabbath.

… Let alone the TEMPORARY 24-hour Sabbath that only gives TEMPORARY rest, which is A MERE SHADOW OF the ETERNAL Sabbath, which gives ETERNAL rest (Colossians 2:16-17; Matthew 11:28)

NO ONE observed the 24-hour Sabbath UNTIL SOME 2,500 YEARS LATER.

And when observing the 24-hour Sabbath was given as a “commandment” 2,500 YEARS LATER, that “commandment” was given ONLY TO NATURAL ISRAELITES (Exodus 20:8-10)

Once again: the 4th commandment to observe the 24-hour Sabbath WAS GIVEN ONLY to NATURAL ISRAELITES, and ONLY 2,500 YEARS AFTER “the beginning”.

It was NEVER given to Christians.

There wasn’t A SINGLE Christian around.

There ISN’T ONE verse in the entire New Testament that tells CHRISTIANS to observe the 24-hour Sabbath.

NOT ONE!

Please DO NOT BOTHER to cite John 14:15 or 1 John 5:3, because NEITHER VERSE mentions the Sabbath OR the 10 Commandments.

Both verses refer to THE LOVE COMMANDMENTS given by Jesus, as THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS. (Matthew 22:37-40)

And the two that Jesus declared to be THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS were NOT even part of the 10.

Moreover, there are SEVERAL VERSES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WHICH SPECIFICALLY TELL CHRISTIANS NOT TO observe the 24-hour Sabbath:

1. The Jewish Apostles writing to gentile Christians: "…it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, TO LAY UPON YOU NO GREATER BURDEN THAN THESE NECESSARY THINGS:

That you abstain from anything offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if you keep yourselves, you shall do well. Farewell.” (Acts 15:28-29)

2. “One man esteems one day above another: ANOTHER ESTEEMS EVERY DAY ALIKE. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” (Romans 14:6)

3. “LET NO MAN THEREFORE JUDGE YOU in food, or in drink, or IN RESPECT OF a holy day, or of the new moon, OR OF THE SABBATH DAYS: Which ARE A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME; but the body (in context, THE REAL Sabbath that casts the shadow) is Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17)

4. Furthermore, Jesus Himself DIDN’T OBSERVE the 24-hour Sabbath. (John 5:18)

These are UNDISPUTED, IRREFUTABLE, BIBLICAL FACTS.

Therefore, those who try to ingratiate themselves with God by being “more obedient” than anyone else because they claim to keep a TEMPORARY (24-hour) SHADOW called Saturday – are self-righteous hypocrites, who PRETEND TO BE “holier” than Jesus.

They need to FALL ON THEIR FACES, REPENT, acknowledge their sin, AND THEIR UTTER HELPLESSNESS TO SAVE THEMSELVES, receive Jesus into their hearts, and throw themselves TOTALLY at the mercy of His amazing Love and amazing Grace. (Acts 4:11-12)

They need TO TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY FOR SALVATION, instead of TRUSTING their ACCURSED man-invented or woman-invented religion.