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FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017

GRIEVING THE SPIRIT

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, THAT IT MAY MINISTER GRACE (not LAW) unto the hearers. And GRIEVE NOT the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:29-30).

If we're NOT in Grace we're in DIS-GRACE.

If we're NOT in Grace, God's Holy Spirit is grieved.

I don't mind answering question after question after question from baby Christians, those who have come to faith in Christ "recently", and by that I mean 5 years or less.

Every newborn needs the sincere "milk of the Word" so he or she can grow and develop into a strong believer (1 Peter 2:2).

Christians who've shared the faith for 10, 15, 20, 30 OR MORE years may have questions, too, of course. But you'd expect them to have PROFOUND questions that reflect an intense, CONFIDENT, and ever growing relationship with Christ.

THEY, as Paul points out, should by now be TEACHERS and have ADVANCED SPIRITUAL development and knowledge, instead of BEING STUCK (as most still are) in the elementary ABC's of the Christian faith.  (Hebrews 5:12)

Sadly, that is WHERE 80% of believers ARE.

Who's to blame? There's plenty of blame to go around:

1. ORGANIZED RELIGION: Man-made denominations, which present a "censored" version of Jesus Christ and the Gospels, if they preach the Gospel at all.

2. SO-CALLED "CHURCH LEADERS": True leaders are called and APPOINTED BY GOD. There's NO SUCH THING as a SELF-APPOINTED or SELF-MADE leader in the Church.

Having a program on Kristian TV, and a large idolatrous audience who follows a sinful MORTAL that puts on a FAKE religious act, does NOT make ANYONE "a leader":

IT JUST MAKES THEM BIGGER CROOKS...

3. Pastors who are more interested in promoting a social agenda of diluted Christianism focused on compromise with the world, compromise with Islam and other religions, "success", "positive thinking" and "prosperity".

4. But, after all is said and done, NO ONE BEARS MORE BLAME than us.

It's been said that "congregations never rise above the spiritual level of their pastor". That is largely true, but WHY?

Because THE VAST MAJORITY of Christians are TOO DARNED LAZY to seek Jesus ON THEIR OWN, STUDY AND MEDITATE HIS WORD ON THEIR OWN, AND EXPERIENCE JESUS ON THEIR OWN.

The VAST MAJORITY have NO CONTACT at all with the Holy Spirit, nor do they ever consult Him or ask Him ANYTHING... let alone spend some QUIET TIME JUST LISTENING TO Him.

If they IGNORE the VERY ONE that Jesus sent to "lead us to ALL THE TRUTH and show us THINGS TO COME" (John 16:13) HOW IN THE WORLD can they know or taste the deep things and marvels of God?

Hence, they become TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON "the pastor" for what little they do know about Jesus and His written Word, and for the flimsy, shallow “relationship” they have with Jesus.

So, WHAT GRIEVES the Holy Spirit? Is it THE WAY we act or behave?
Is it our "failure" to observe the 10 Commandments or the Torah?

That's not what I read in Ephesians 4:17-32. (It's too long to quote the entire passage here. You can read it for yourself).

What GRIEVES THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WHEN WE IGNORE HIS PRESENCE IN US.

The reason SO MANY SAVED people SPEAK AND ACT SO UGLY AND SO OUT OF STEP WITH Jesus is BECAUSE THEY PAY NO ATTENTION WHATSOEVER TO the Spirit of Christ they carry within.

They COMPLETELY DISREGARD and NEGLECT His Presence.

In fact, most of them DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE THEIR SPIRIT IS LOCATED.

Lord knows that subject is NOT discussed in 99.9% of congregations, let alone on Kristian TV or Christian books.

To Jesus be ALL THE GLORY -- the ONLY MINISTRY I've ever heard explain where the spirit is located is this one.

The born-again human spirit, in which God's Holy Spirit LIVES, is INSIDE YOUR STOMACH. (John 7:38)

If you recently discovered our website and wish to know more, and get the biblical passages that teach and support this great Truth, email me and ask for "Where is the Spirit" package, and we'll send it to you FREE OF CHARGE: christco@christconnection.net

What about what he says about "corrupt communication"? Contrary to religious teaching, corrupt communication is NOT using words like "hell", or "damn" WHICH ARE FOUND IN Scripture.

If they're GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD, they should be good enough for us.

Corrupt communication is ANY COMMUNICATION that CONTRADICTS the INCORRUPTIBLE SEED, which is the Spirit-inspired, holy, infallible, written Word of God.  (1 Peter 1:23)

What GRIEVES the Holy Spirit is WHEN WE CONTRADICT His Word -- either intentionally or through ignorance - and then add insult to injury by IGNORING HIM and living as though He doesn't even EXIST. Selah.

As though He DIN'T LIVE inside of us.

As though we'd NEVER BEEN born again!

Sadly, that's the way 95% of Christians live, and that includes (EVEN SADDER) their ministers and self-proclaimed "leaders".

Walking in the Spirit is THE ONLY THING THAT PLEASES GOD. (Galatians 5:22)

The Holy Spirit IS God.

NOTHING AND NO ONE PLEASES HIM, BUT HIMSELF.

What DISPLEASES Him is when we DO NOT HAVE FAITH (trust) in His Holy Presence WITHIN US and would rather follow man-invented rules. (Hebrews 11:6)

What DISPLEASES Him even more is when we ACT AS SLAVES wanting to STILL follow "commandments" (commandments are ORDERS and only SLAVES take ORDERS), when all the while we should LIVE and ACT as SONS led by our Father's OWN Spirit Nature.

Live like a FREE SON, and Son-like behavior will AUTOMATICALLY FOLLOW.

If we're SO CONCERNED ABOUT "grieving the Spirit"...

…If we really DON'T WANT TO grieve the Spirit...

Let's START PAYING ATTENTION TO Him.

 

 

 THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017

WILL I RECOGNIZE MY LOVED ONES?

A concern for many Christians is whether they will recognize their loved ones in heaven.

Are spouses, parents, siblings, children, grandparents and grandchildren given to us ONLY in this life?

YES.

Yes, you WILL recognize them.

Yes, in the NATURAL sense, they are given to us as family and relatives in this life.

They will, however, still be our SPIRITUAL family in the next life, God being the Father of us all.

In Matthew 22:29-30 Jesus made it clear that there's no marriage or physical sex in heaven.

Will you recognize and interact with your spouse? Yes.

Will you still be her husband, or his wife, in the hereafter?

No.

Will you retain memory of moments and events shared on this earth?

Yes.

At least until the new heavens and new earth are made.

Then there won’t be any memory of the former things (Isaiah 65:17).

Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah when they saw them at the Mount of Transfiguration. (Matthew 17:2)

In Luke 16:19-31 we find the story of the rich man, who died.

In the afterlife, he could recognize Abraham and Lazarus, and they could recognize him. They also retained memories of what each had done while still on earth.

In 2 Samuel 12:23, when David's son died, he confidently stated "I will go to him, but he will not return to me".

Clearly, David expected to see his son in the afterlife and recognize him.

Jesus Himself said, "I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom." (Matthew 26:29).

Christ was promising that He and His disciples would drink the fruit of the vine together again--in heaven.

Clearly, He would recognize them, and they would recognize Him and each other.

No Christian should fear "losing" their saved loved ones because of physical death or the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
 
Be assured that we will still get to interact with them in the next life, we will know who they are, they will know who we are, and we will love each other with God's Perfect Love.

And for those who know Jesus the next world is INFINITELY  BETTER than this one.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

THE ABC’S – FINAL PART

13.  The Sinai Law NEVER SAVED A SINGLE SOUL.  NOT ONE!  (Romans 5:20; Galatians 2:16; 2:21; 3:21)

14.  The Sinai Law NEVER made ANYONE righteous.  NOT ONE! (Psalm 53:1; Romans 7:8, 10-11; Hebrews 7:19)

15.  The Sinai Law is IMPERFECT and a MERE SHADOW of the PERFECT LAW of God’s Kingdom which is LOVE (God Himself).  (Matthew 22:37-40; Hebrews 7:19; 10:1)

16. GOD CHOSE to SAVE mankind and make us righteous BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH (trust) in Jesus. (Genesis 15:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11:6)

God’s Grace (His Goodness which we DO NOT deserve) THAT SAVES US was made available to all through Jesus – and ONLY THROUGH JESUS. (John 1:17)

Jesus DID NOT COME TO CONDEMN but TO SAVE (John 3:16-17)

17. In order to be ETERNALLY SAVED one MUST BE BORN OF THE SPIRIT and ACQUIRE A NEW NATURE, which is God’s own Nature, through the born again experience (John 3:5-6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Peter 1;23; 2 Peter 1:4)

The born-again experience takes place when we earnestly, AND WITH ALL OUR HEARTS, INVITE JESUS to ENTER OUR HEARTS, RECEIVE HIM as only God and Savior, and TRUST HIM COMPLETELY for eternal salvation. (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24)

When we are born again, we are sealed unto salvation with THE HOLY SPIRIT, who takes residence in our hearts  (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30)

There is another experience that usually takes place after being born again (or concurrent with the New Birth) called "being FILLED WITH" the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; Ephesians 5:18; Jude 1:20)

This experience is usually accompanied by a wonderful, tingly feeling and speaking in unknown tongues.  It is a great blessing, TREMENDOUSLY ENJOYABLE and HIGHLY DESIRABLE, but NOT NECESSARY FOR salvation. (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9)

18. There is NO OTHER WAY to be saved, APART FROM JESUS. (John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12; Romans 10:9)

And “what WE THINK” about it (our opinion) DOESN’T CHANGE THIS TRUTH ONE IOTA.

Without Jesus, EVERYONE is LOST, I don’t care TO WHAT religion they belong, I don’t care how “good” THEY MAY CLAIM TO BE. (John 3:18)

You want to DECEIVE YOURSELF into THINKING that there are “other ways”, go ahead… You’ll find yourself IN HELL one of these days.  And the ONLY WAY YOU’LL EVER GET OUT OF THERE IS (back to square one!) RECEIVING JESUS into your heart AND TRUSTING HIM COMPLETELY.

19.  Salvation is NOT Jesus PLUS water baptism, (Acts 4:12)

NOT Jesus PLUS denomination,

NOT Jesus plus good works,

NOT Jesus plus Sinai Law observance,

NOT Jesus plus 10 Commandments

NOT Jesus plus Sabbath,

NOT Jesus plus obedience

NOT Jesus plus circumcision

NOT Jesus plus dietary laws

NOT Jesus plus Mary

NOT Jesus plus “saints”

NOT Jesus plus “sacraments”

NOT Jesus plus speaking in tongues

NOT Jesus plus ANYTHING or ANYONE.

Salvation is ONLY JESUS.

20. Being “a good person” (by world’s standards) has NEVER SAVED ANYONE – and NEVER WILL. (Titus 3:5)

There are a lot of “good people” reading this right now, who’re headed STRAIGHT TO HELL, unless they repent, receive Jesus into their hearts as ONLY God and Savior, and TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY for ETERNAL Salvation.

21.  Salvation (JESUS living in US) CANNOT BE LOST, FOR ANY REASON, EVER:

A. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because He is A GIFT that we DID NOT DESERVE TO BEGIN WITH. (Romans 6:23)

B. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because He SAID SO.  He PROMISED. (John 3:16; John 10:28-29)

C.  It/He CANNOT BE LOST because Salvation IS ETERNAL.  If it could be lost it/He would be TEMPORARY. (John 3:16; 5:24; Hebrews 7:25; 10:14)

D. It/He CANNOT BE LOST BY SINNING, because God NO LONGER COUNTS ANY sins against us who are in Christ. (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:13)

E.  It/He CANNOT BE LOST BY SINNING, because God DOESN’T COUNT AND DOESN’T EVEN REMEMBER any sins that we commit. (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 1:18; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Hebrews 8:12)

F. It/He CANNOT BE LOST BY SINNING BECAUSE GRACE is ALWAYS GREATER and MORE ABUNDANT THAN SIN.  (Romans 5:20)

G. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because there is NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

H. It/He CANNOT BE LOST BECAUSE GOD IS FAR GREATER THAN ALL THE SINS OF ALL THE AGES, COMBINED. (John 8:29)

I. It/He CANNOT BE LOST because NO ONE can bring ANY charge or accusation against a CHILD OF GOD, THAT GOD HIMSELF HAS BOUGHT WITH HIS BLOOD, AND THAT GOD HIMSELF HAS JUSTIFIED FOREVER. (Romans 8:33-34)

PERIOD: END OF STORY.

These ABC’s need TO BE PREACHED AND TAUGHT from every Christian pulpit ON EARTH, in every Messianic Jewish congregation, and in every Christian Sunday school or Messianic  Sabbatical school throughout the earth:

ALL FALSE DOCTRINE, ALL THE CONFUSION and ALL THE DIVISIONS, that PLAGUE Messianic Judaism and Christendom, STEM FROM NOT UNDERSTANDING THESE BASIC, UNDENIABLE, BIBLICAL FACTS.

 

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

THE ABC’S – PART TWO

5.  The Sinai Law, INCLUDING THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, INCLUDING the 24-hour Sabbath, was given ONLY to natural Israelites. (Exodus 20:2, 8-10)

It was given ONLY to Israel (the 12 tribes) some 1,500 years BEFORE Jesus was born.

There WERE NO CHRISTIANS ANYWHERE when it was given.

Therefore, the Sinai Law, INCLUDING THE 10 Commandments, INCLUDING the 24-hour Sabbath, was NEVER given to Christians.

Had God wanted EVERYONE to live under the Sinai Law, He would have instructed Israelites TO “PREACH THE LAW TO ALL NATIONS (GENTILES)”.

He NEVER SAID THAT.

6.  NO GENTILE ever lived under the Sinai Law -- EVER, except for THE VERY FEW gentiles that, by choice, became Hebrew proselytes.  One example of this is Ruth.  (Ruth 1:16-17)

The Sinai Law, therefore, was UNKNOWN to 99% of gentiles.  (Acts 10:44-48)

Until the Gospel was preached among the gentiles, ALL GENTILES WERE PAGANS who worshiped false "gods" and "goddesses" like Baal, Astaroth, Asherah, Moloch, Dagon, Marduk, Ahura Mazda, Zeus (Jupiter), Hera, Artemis (Diana), Athena, Aphrodite (Venus), Apollo (Sol Invictus), Hermes (Mercury) or Dionysus (Bacchus). (Acts 14:12; 19:28)

Hence NO GENTILE lived under the Sinai Law, before or after Jesus’ Resurrection. (Acts 15:5-11)

NO GENTILE ever observed the 10 Commandments.  NO CHRISTIAN ever lived under the 10 Commandments. (Acts 15:23-29; Romans 3:27-28; Galatians 5:4).

7. The Sinai Law WAS IN EFFECT – ONLY FOR NATURAL ISRAELITESFROM THE FIRST PENTECOST (Shavuot) after the Exodus TO THE FIRST PENTECOST (Shavuot) AFTER THE RESURRECTION.  (Exodus 19:1, 11; 20:1-2; Acts 2:1-4)

Then IT WAS ABOLISHED BY JESUS.

The only reason that Jesus made the statement TO JEWS (NOT to Christians) about "gouging out" their right eye, is He was preparing them for the born-again experience and showing them HOW UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE it was to enter Gods Kingdom by the Sinai Law.  (Romans 5:20; Galatians 2:16; 3:10; 5:4)

8. The 10 Commandments are NOT the fulfillment of the Law, LOVE (God) is the fulfillment of the Law. (Romans 13:9-10)

9. Jesus FULFILLED the Law, BY BEING GOD (Supreme Love) and by LOVING MORE THAN ANYONE (John 15:13)

He DID NOT fulfill it by “observing” the 10 Commandments (John 5:18)

10. After fulfilling the Law BY HIS PERFECT, SUPREME LOVE (Sacrifice), Jesus abolished THE SINAI LAW – FOREVER!!!  (Matthew 5:19; Romans 3:27-28; 10:4; 2 Corinthians 3:13; Galatians 3:24-25; Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 10:8-9)

He replaced it with a NEW and BETTER Covenant called the New Testament. (Jeremiah 31:33-34; Acts 2:1-4; Ephesians 2:11-22)

11.  Hence, NO JEW or GENTILE, NO CHRISTIAN that comes to saving faith in Jesus, has EVER BEEN TOLD TO LIVE UNDER THE SINAI LAW. 

Christians were SPECIFICALLY told by the Apostles, again and again, NOT TO LIVE under the Law. (Acts 15:23-29; Galatians 3:10; 5:4; Ephesians 2:11-15; Colossians 2:13-17)

In SHARP CONTRAST TO THE SINAI LAW, THE NEW TESTAMENT IS FOR EVERYONE (Ephesians 2:11-15).

That’s why Jesus COMMANDED His disciples to “GO INTO ALL THE WORLD and PREACH THE GOSPEL”. (Mark 15:16)

And to “go and MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS (GENTILES), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. (Matthew 28:19)

12.  The ONLY LAW for born-again children of Love (God) IS LOVE. (Matthew 22:36-40; Romans 13:9-10)

The ONLY “commandments” for born-again children of Love (God) IS LOVE. (John 13:34-35; 15:12; James 1:25)

There are NO OTHER “commandments” for Christians, PERIOD.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

THE ABC’S

A  Christian, who recently engaged me about losing salvation, quoted Matthew 5:29 as “proof” that Salvation could be lost:

“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO LOSE ONE PART OF YOUR BODY THAN FOR YOUR WHOLE BODY TO BE THROWN INTO HELL.”

I had to TEACH that Christian that Jesus made that statement BEFORE He went to the cross, took away ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, and rose from the dead. (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:12, 26; 1 John 3:5)

That statement COULDN’T POSSIBLY apply to “losing” Salvation since, when it was made, NO ONE WAS SAVED.

Apparently, the Christian who insisted that salvation (Jesus) could be lost, DIDN’T KNOW THAT.

Yet he felt “qualified” to “correct me” and to argue with me about it.

Unfortunately, he is NOT ALONE.

There are MILLIONS who have warmed church pews, week after week, FOR TWENTY OR THIRTY YEARS, or longer, and DON’T KNOW the MOST BASIC DETAILS about Jesus’ ministry and/or THE GOSPEL.

That is THE MAJOR reason why they’re SO CONFUSED, why they quote Scripture INCORRECTLY and OUT OF CONTEXT, and why they ARE SO EASILY DECEIVED and become EASY PREY for the many wolves in sheep’s clothing that are all around us.

This is a sad and TRAGIC indictment against religion, against INVENTED “Christian” denominations (and every last one of them was INVENTED by sinful mortals) and AGAINST THE SORRY state of the Church and its so-called “leaders”.

What I’m about to teach is WHAT SHOULD BE TAUGHT from every pulpit and in every Sunday school throughout the world, instead of the USELESS CRAP that they are now teaching.

Forgive me, brothers and sisters, for being so blunt.

But that’s EXACTLY what they teach in most congregations, and most Sunday and Sabbatical schools: USELESS CRAP.

1.  Jesus WAS JEWISH.  (Matthew 1:1-22; Luke 2:4-7)

He wasn’t American, He wasn’t British.

His mother Mary was Jewish.  His brothers and sisters were Jewish. His step father Joseph was Jewish.  His CULTURE was Jewish.

Jesus DID NOT speak with a British accent, as portrayed in most “Christian” movies about Him.  He DIDN’T speak with an Australian accent.  He spoke Aramaic, which is pretty similar to Hebrew.

Jesus DIDN’T think or speak as an American, He THOUGHT and He SPOKE as A JEW.

2.  Salvation (Jesus) is FROM THE JEWS.  (John 4:22)

Salvation is NOT from Rome, NOT from Germany, NOT from England, NOT from Nashville, NOT from Springfield, NOT from New York, NOT from Salt Lake, NOT from Silver Springs, NOT from ANYWHERE ELSE!

3. Jesus’ ENTIRE 3 year public ministry TOOK PLACE IN ISRAEL.  (Matthew 15:24)

Jesus NEVER STEPPED OUTSIDE Israel during His public ministry.

Therefore, EVERYTHING He says in the Gospels, He said TO JEWS.

Again: EVERY WORD that Jesus utters IN THE GOSPELS was addressed TO JEWS, NOT TO CHRISTIANS.

There wasn’t ONE “Christian” around during Jesus’ entire public ministry.  NOT ONE!

While Christians CAN LEARN A LOT, and BENEFIT GREATLY from Jesus’ teachings, Jesus DIDN’T minister TO CHRISTIANS. 

Jesus DIDN’T TEACH Christians.  He taught Jews who were familiar with the Sinai Law, and WHO WERE STILL LIVING UNDER THE LAW.

And EVERYTHING Jesus taught MUST BE understood IN THAT CONTEXT.

And yet, we constantly hear from terrified Christians who think they may have to endure the tribulation because of Jesus’ words to His fellow Jews in Matthew 24:15: “when you see the abomination of desolation… those WHO ARE IN JUDEA (southern Israel), FLEE to the mountains”.

Excuse me, Christians, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THAT YOU LIVED IN JUDEA?

If you’re from Canton, Ohio or Topeka, Kansas (bless your poor, IGNORANT HEART) YOU’RE NOT “IN JUDEA” and this statement from Jesus DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU.

4.  Christians are NATURAL GENTILES who came to SAVING FAITH (TRUST) in the VERY JEWISH Messiah. (Acts 10:34-48)

The first gentiles became Christians 7-8 YEARS AFTER Jesus rose from the dead and ASCENDED TO HEAVEN. (Acts 11:26)

These are ABSOLUTE, UNDISPUTED, BIBLICAL FACTS.

EVERY CHRISTIAN ON EARTH needs to KNOW these BIBLICAL FACTS.

Otherwise, they will STUMBLE again and again, misunderstand Scripture (especially the Gospels) again and again, and easily end up shipwrecked.

More basic FACTS coming up tomorrow, Lord willing...  Don’t’ miss it.

 

 

 SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017

THE RIGHT TO LOSE SALVATION – PART TWO

What could possibly cause a professing Christian TO ARGUE VEHEMENTLY for the right to lose THE VERY SALVATION JESUS PROCURED with His own Blood?

There are four major reasons behind this heresy, and all four are interrelated:

1. Fear

These “Christians” “believe in Jesus” in the sense that they believe He is God or the Son of God, but THEY DON’T BELIEVE that He IS GREATER than sin, that He REMOVED ALL SIN FOR ALL TIME, or that receiving Jesus into their hearts, and trusting Jesus alone is sufficient to save.

They LIVE IN FEAR of going to hell.

Therefore, they feel they MUST “HELP” Jesus save them through their “good works” and their “obedience”.

The great irony is that every one of these “Christians” SINS AS MUCH, if NOT MORE, than most Christians WHO REALLY KNOW AND TRUST JESUS COMPLETELY.

2. Mediocre Teaching

And I DO MEAN “mediocre”. The teaching that goes on in most congregations (I’m talking ESPECIALLY to you, “Evangelicals”) is ABOMINABLE.

It’s religious HOGWASH.

No wonder people FALL ASLEEP during the preaching!

It’s THAT boring!

I am APPALLED at the number of Christians (at least 80%) WHO HAVE NO CLUE WHAT JESUS ACCOMPLISHED FOR THEM, the ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE He made, or where the Law ended and Grace began.

Need I say more?

3.  False doctrine

No denomination on earth has PERFECT doctrine, they all contain DOCTRINAL ERROR.

But the worst part about organized religion is THAT IT REFUSES TO CHANGE or even CONTEMPLATE the possibility that the guy or gal who founded that denomination 400 years ago, or 150 years ago, MIGHT HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD Scripture, or MISSED SOMETHING IMPORTANT, here or there.

God forbid we should ever find out that the founder of our denomination WASN’T inerrant.

4.  Religious Pride

But perhaps THE WORST culprit of Christendom’s anemic and anorexic condition is RELIGIOUS PRIDE.

After all is said and done, I’ll tell you WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND the “salvation can be lost” HERESY:

It’s THE PATHOLOGICAL, UNCHRISTIAN NEED to BOAST that “I’m A BETTER CHRISTIAN than you”.

I’m BETTER because I keep the Law.

I’m BETTER because I “observe” the 10 Commandments. (No you DON’T: LIAR!)

I’m BETTER because I congregate on Saturday.

I’m BETTER because I congregate on Sunday.

I’m BETTER because I had my penis circumcised.

I’m BETTER because I follow Old Testament dietary laws.

I’m BETTER because I speak in tongues. And you DON’T.

I’m BETTER because I belong to THIS denomination.

Salvation is NOT about being “BETTER” THAN ANYONE ELSE: it’s about Jesus BEING PERFECT, and GIVING US THE GIFT OF HIS OWN, ETERNAL PERFECTION. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:12)

I’m BETTER because I’m MORE OBEDIENT than you.

You can spin it anyway you like: THAT is called PRIDE.

And the Bible – Old and New Testaments – WARNS about this HIDEOUS SIN:

PRIDE GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION: and A HAUGHTY SPIRIT before a FALL”. (Proverbs 16:18)

“God RESISTS THE PROUD, but GIVES GRACE TO the humble” (1 Peter 5:5)

Since we are saved BY GRACE, we all better REPENT of our pride, HUMBLE OURSELVES, RECOGNIZE OUR TOTAL INABILITY TO SAVE OURSELVES, OR EVEN HELP in our Salvation, and throw ourselves at the mercy of God, saying:

Lord, have mercy on me, A SINNER! (Luke 18:13)

That’s PRECISELY what Jesus taught in the parable of the Pharisee and the publican.

There are some reading this message right now WHO NEED TO READ THAT PARABLE (Luke 18:9-14)

And MEDITATE ON IT – FOR A LONG, LONG TIME, until they get it.

The PUBLICAN who ACKNOWLEGED his sin and his helplessness to save himself, and asked for God’s mercy, GOT IT and went home JUSTIFIED.

The only thing the PROUD Pharisee GOT (Matthew 23:33) was CONDEMNATION IN HELL.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017

THE RIGHT TO LOSE SALVATION

Some of the most vicious attacks against this ministry come from Christians WHO WANT TO CONVINCE US – against ALL Scriptural evidence – that salvation CAN be lost.

These “Christians”, mind you, DO NOT TALK to others about Jesus, HAVE NEVER brought even ONE soul to saving faith, moreover, THEY HAVEN’T EVEN TRIED.

They have NEVER STOOD UP to an atheist or a heretic and DEFENDED the faith. 

Matter of fact, they COULDN’T stand up to them FOR 10 SECONDS, since they lack the factual knowledge, logical arguments and the deep personal conviction TO STAND FOR CHRIST.

BUT they WILL ATTACK their own brothers and sisters in Christ (assuming that, by God’s sheer Grace, they ARE born again) FOR THE RIGHT TO BE LOST.

When the Christian FAITH is ALL about BEING SAVED.

Again: the Christian FAITH is ALL about BEING SAVED.

If God wanted us to be LOST, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus in the first place and there would be NO SALVATION, and NO CHRISTIAN FAITH at all. (John 3:16-17)

If God wanted us lost, He (Jesus) wouldn’t have taken upon Himself all the sins of mankind. (Isaiah 53:5-6)

He wouldn’t have removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)

THE ONLY THING these “Christians” take a stand for is THE ALLEGED POWER OF SIN to CAUSE US TO LOSE THE VERY SALVATION that Jesus purchased WITH THE HIGHEST PRICE EVER PAID IN ALL THE AGES – so high the human mind cannot begin to comprehend it.

Am I the only one who thinks these people are stupid, misguided, fearful, SELF-HATING NUTJOBS?

And I’m not talking about some ISOLATED case.  There are THOUSANDS of Christians who COULDN’T witness for Christ, couldn’t make an argument for the Christian faith against a heretic, or an atheist, BUT THEY WILL ARGUE PASSIONATELY and VOCIFEROUSLY for the right to be lost.

Go figure…

It does NO GOOD to quote Scriptures that say that Jesus REMOVED the sin of the world – FOREVER (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 1:18; Jeremiah 31:33-34; John 1:29; Hebrews 9:12, 36; 1 John 3:5)

Or to quote Hebrews 9:12 that clearly says that by one Sacrifice He has perfected FOREVER those He has sanctified.

Or to quote Hebrews 10:14 that says He obtained ETERNAL redemption for us.

If it could be LOST, then it would only be TEMPORARY: how, on God’s green earth, then, could redemption be ETERNAL?

Or to quote 2 Corinthians 5:19 that plainly says that God has reconciled us to Himself in Jesus and, therefore, NO LONGER COUNTS ANY SINS against us.

If He no longer counts ANY sins, HOW could SINNING make us lose Salvation?

Likewise, it doesn’t do any good to quote Romans 5:20 that when sin abounds GRACE ABOUNDS ALL THE MORE.

Consequently, there’s NO WAY that sin can cause ANYONE to lose salvation – BECAUSE THERE’S ALWAYS FAR MORE GRACE THAN SIN.

These Scriptures go in one ear and OUT THE OTHER!

The FALSE doctrine that salvation can be lost IS NOT FOUND in Scripture.

It is BASED ON FEAR.

It is embraced by people who DO NOT TRUST JESUS, who LIVE IN FEAR of going to hell, and therefore, MUST TRY THEIR BEST TO “EARN” HEAVEN by being “good”.

You know, AS AN EXTRA INSURACE POLICY, just in case, Jesus ISN’T ENOUGH to get us there.

We will discuss what’s REALLY behind this heresy in the next message.

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Today’s message was written by journalist Joel B. Pollak.

It was published on the internet several days ago:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/06/16/fake-news-blue-state-blues-the-bible-warned-us/

We very seldom do this, and when we do, we always give credit where credit is due.

I just thought it was so refreshing to read an article by a journalist that A) is based on the Bible, and B) THAT IS SO TRUE, and perfectly describes the journalistic crisis our nation is experiencing -- that I’m posting it verbatim. 

Joel, you couldn’t have said it any better.

THE BIBLE & FAKE NEWS   by JOEL B. POLLAK 16 Jun 2017910

We tend to think of “fake news” as a new phenomenon, a product of advanced social media technology and our coarse and divided popular culture. But as Ecclesiastes observes (chapter 1, verse 9): “there is nothing new under the sun.”

Fake news — the deliberate spread of misinformation to sway public opinion — dates back to the days of the Bible.

This week, Jewish congregations worldwide will read the Torah portion of “Shelach” (Numbers 13:1–15:41), which tells the story of Moses and the spies.

The setting is dramatic. Moses has led the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt and across the Red Sea to freedom. He has guided them to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, and repented their sin of the Golden Calf. Now, Moses stands with them near the boundary of the Promised Land.

He selects twelve “men of distinction,” one from each tribe (13:3). They are to “see what [kind of] land it is, and the people who inhabit it” (13:18). “So they went up and explored the land” (13:21), the Bible says, spending a full 40 days traveling the length and breadth of the Land of Israel, which was promised to their forefathers generations ago.  They collect samples of the land’s produce, including a huge cluster of grapes. Then they return to give their report.

That is when things go terribly wrong.

The majority, ten out of the twelve, give a discouraging report to the people. “We came to the land to which you sent us, and it is flowing with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who inhabit the land are mighty, and the cities are extremely huge and fortified, and there we saw even the offspring of the giant. … We are unable to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we. … The land we passed through to explore is a land that consumes its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of stature. … There we saw the giants …. In our eyes, we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we were in their eyes.” (13: 27-33)

This is the first recorded example of “fake news.” It includes two types of fakery. One involves “facts” that are just made up — stories of giants and grasshoppers. The other involves true facts — “milk and honey” — that are spun in a damaging way, couched in editorial language — “We are unable” — that is calculated to create division and despair.

The minority — Caleb and Joshua — dissent vigorously. “We can surely go up and take possession of it, for we can indeed overcome it,” Caleb protests (13:30).

But the people are dismayed: “If only we had died in the land of Egypt, or if only we had died in this desert.” (14:2) They despair: “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt!” (14:4)

The “fake news” has had its effect — not only misinforming the people, but encouraging political division and sedition.

Caleb and Joshua reiterate their report, and tell the people to have faith. “The land we passed through to scout is an exceedingly good land,” they say, urging the people to have faith that the Lord will protect them from harm.

It is to no avail: for their trouble, the Bible says, “The entire congregation threatened to pelt them with stones.” (14:10)

As punishment, the Children of Israel are condemned to wander in the desert for another 40 years, until nearly all of the adults have died. Only a new generation, the Lord decrees, will be able to enter the Promised Land. (14: 29-35)

So fake news is nothing new.

What fundamentally divided the spies was not what they saw when they scouted the land, but what they believed about their ability to inhabit it.

The majority did not have enough faith, and sought to undermine the faith of others.

They planted faulty intelligence with that deliberate, destructive agenda in mind.

Today we face the same problem. The truth is obvious enough for our reporters to see. But SOME ARE DETERMINED TO DIVIDE THE COUNTRY AND UNDERMINE ITS LEADERSHIP. THEY FEED FALSE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC, OR PRESENT TRUE FACTS IN THE MOST NEGATIVE LIGHTAs a result, half the country lives in a nightmarish alternate reality, terrified of the country’s leadership.

It is not just a crisis of reporting, but also a crisis of faith. We lack faith in the country’s institutions; we lack faith in ourselves.

“Fake news” has brought this country to a breaking point. Nightmares are becoming reality. Unless we redouble our faith in what we have in common, we are doomed to wander.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

 

  

 THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

THEY’RE VOTING!!!

You gotta hand it to leftists across the globe: they had a plan, they stuck with it, and it’s been paying BIG dividends:

It all started in Europe with Napoleon and the French Revolution in 1789, followed by Karl Marx who wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1849.

Today socialism is the dominant political ideology in most of Europe.

In the United States it all began in 1925 in the aftermath of the Scopes Trial where THE STILL UNPROVEN THEORY of EVOLUTION began to be presented to students as ABSOLUTE, UNDENIABLE FACT. 

Those who believed the Bible’s account of Creation were ridiculed and, as religion is notorious for doing, FAILED TO STAND, AND MAKE CONVINCING ARGUMENTS for their beliefs.

This trend continued to flourish in the 60’s.

That’s when GOD was expelled from public schools and universities.

That’s when – to put it in Star Trek terminology – THE PREJUDICES OF THE FEW OUTWEIGHED the beliefs OF THE MANY, at least in the eyes of our Supreme Court.

Since then, socialists have hijacked our education system, learning institutions, ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, AND THROUGH THESE, OUR WAY OF THINKING, and behaving, our moral standards (or lack thereof) brainwashing our kids into mindless subservience, given us reprehensible “role models”, and influencing NEARLY EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES.

Meanwhile, the Church has been largely and STUPIDLY silent. 

It has focused on mimicking the world and brainwashing “Christians” with heretical doctrine, turning them into programmed zombies that will “give in order to get” something from God, or indoctrinating them into cults.

NOT GIVING THEM ANY Scriptural and/or INTELLECTUAL ammunition to withstand THE CHALLENGES that students will face IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING.

“Train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6) is generally good advice, BUT THERE WAS NO GODLESS, SOCIALIST ideology being promoted when Solomon wrote Proverbs.

Hence, Solomon SAID NOTHING about “while you’re at it, ALSO TRAIN THEM TO DEFEND THE FAITH, and STAND UP INTELLECTUALLY for their biblical convictions”.

It was left to the Apostle Peter, TO SAY THAT in the New Testament:

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and BE READY ALWAYS TO GIVE AN ANSWER TO EVERY MAN THAT ASKS YOU A REASON OF THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU with meekness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15)

Unfortunately, the Church has paid too much attention to Solomon’s principle and NOT ENOUGH TO PETER’S.

By the First Century A.D. there were MANY INTELLECTUAL DISPUTES that made it NECESSARY to have deep personal and experiential persuasion as well as INTELLECTUAL KNOWLEDGE to withstand such challenges: (Acts 17:2-4, 11-12, 16-32; 1 Corinthians 1:20)

We have also FAILED MISERABLY at teaching our kids and believers in general, ABOUT THE VALUE of EXPERIENCING THE LIVING CHRIST FREQUENTLY, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

It is no coincidence that God called a fanatical Jew, and yet HIGHLY INTELLECTUAL mystic (that may sound like a contradiction, but it’s not), to become the Apostle Paul and the greatest, most influential spreader of the Good News in history.

The SCARY THING is that those who grew up with this leftist mindset, are NOW ADULTS, and are legally able to both, run for office and vote.

And they are doing just that: 

In the last U.S. General Election, we all saw the Bernie Sanders phenomenon, how ALL THE YOUNG DEMOCRATS were backing him, and his socialist ideas, instead of their “star” candidate Hillary Clinton.

Then there’s France where, DESPITE all the horrific terrorist attacks they’ve recently endured, the young people came out in large numbers and gave a comfortable victory to leftist Emmanuel Macron.

And look at what just happened in Britain where, again, the youth turned out en masse and left Theresa May limping, with a TOTALLY DIVIDED parliament,  and hanging to her Prime- ministership BY A THREAD.

Heaven help us…

The world’s youth, for the most part, have grown up believing they are ACCIDENTS OF NATURE and NOT the special Creation of a Loving God, with a special purpose to fulfill in this life.

They believe they are enlightened animals, guided by their instincts, only superior to beasts in intellect.

They have NO MORAL COMPASS.

They have NO INTEREST WHATSOEVER in God, since most of them DON’T BELIEVE that He exists.

They ARE VICTIMS OF moral relativism, and are OBLIVIOUS to the concepts of salvation, sin, right, wrong, morality OR NEARLY ANY KIND OF ETHICAL STANDARD.

And, Lord have mercy, THEY ARE VOTING!!!

They were the ones who voted Obama into office in 2008 and again in 2012.

And the older generation, who held, at least in part, conservative values, is now slowly dying and losing both NUMBERS and influence.

This presents A GRIM prospect for the world.

It is ONE REASON why most of those who remain on earth for the tribulation will be mesmerized by the Antichrist.

And is yet ANOTHER REASON WHY God MUST intervene, in a decisive way, in world affairs.

Sooner rather than later…

 

 

 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017

DOES GOD PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES?

“But I say unto you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS THEM THAT CURSE YOU, DO GOOD TO THEM THAT HATE YOU, AND PRAY FOR THEM WHO DESPITEFULLY USE YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU;

That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

For if you love them who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

Be you therefore perfect, EVEN AS your Father who is in heaven IS PERFECT.” (Matthew 5:44-48)

Jesus (God) taught us to love EVEN OUR ENEMIES.

The question is, DOES HE PRACTICE this teaching Himself, or is it just a case of “do as I say and NOT as I do”?

Needless to say, as these verses confirm, that God PRACTICES WHAT HE PREACHES.

If He didn’t (perish the idea) He would be both A LIAR and a HYPOCRITE.

God always – ALWAYS – tells the Truth.

(THANK YOU, JESUS!)

God (Jesus) is PERFECT LOVE. (1 John 4:16)

And PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR (1 John 4:18)

Because God has NO FEAR, He is able to love even His enemies.

That special, unique love is HIS ETERNAL PERFECTION.

And He challenges us TO MATCH His Perfection.

As long as we always remember it’s NOT “our” Love, it’s His Love.

It’s JESUS who loves through us!

I remember many years ago, while attending a major Christian university, one of the professors being asked why God allows satan to come out of the abyss for a short while at the end of the Millennium.

He replied that he’d be glad to answer if he understood why God created satan in the first place.

The statement was intended to be funny.

It wasn’t.

It was also intentionally made to COVER UP the professor’s lack of knowledge on the subject.

God forbid that any Christian in a professorial or prominent position would ever BE HONEST and admit that he or she DOESN’T KNOW SOMETHING.

I DIDN’T KNOW this until very recently.

I hadn’t even THOUGHT about it.

And THE ONLY REASON that I know it now is because the Holy Spirit spoke to me about it, asking me these same questions, and then He was kind enough to provide THE ANSWERS.

(Thank you, Holy Spirit!)

God’s very Nature is Divine Love.

Everything He does is guided by His Nature.

His Nature is also THE ETERNAL AND SUPREME LAW in the ENTIRE universe.

God created satan OUT OF LOVE. (Ezekiel 28:15)

And OUT OF LOVE He allows the creep 6,000 years of horrendous human history to repent and get saved.

And when that fails, OUT OF LOVE He gives the creep ANOTHER 1,000 YEARS CHAINED IN THE ABYSS to reconsider.

Yes, God LOVES even his own arch-enemy.

That is why He gives the creep EVERY IMAGINABLE OPPORTUNITY to repent of his rebellion, to change his mind and allow God to change his heart.

If satan (hypothetically speaking) were ever to truly repent, ask God’s forgiveness and TRUST JESUS’ INFINITELY GREAT Sacrifice for sin, EVEN HE would be saved.

We know from Scripture that satan STEADFASTLY REFUSES, and is ultimately sent into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:10)

Jesus DID NOT only take away the sin of the earth:  He took away the sin OF THE UNIVERSE. (John 1:29)

The Greek word translated “world” in that verse is kosmou.  It refers not only to this earthly world, BUT TO THE ENTIRE COSMOS (universe).

Because God loves even His enemies, He allows them their time on earth, and even after they reject Him, and go to hell, still gives them the opportunity, as I have shared often, AND PROVEN WITH SCRIPTURE, to call on Jesus – FROM HELL ITSELF –and be saved.  (Amos 9:2)

The main point of this message is that Jesus never asks us to do anything that He Himself is unwilling to do.  (Luke 9:23)

Praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – THE ONE AND ONLY ETERNAL God, besides Whom there is no other – FOR ALL THE EONS OF ETERNITY, worlds without end.  Amen.

 

 

 

 TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

YOUR SOUL’S WORTH

How much is your soul worth?

According to Jesus, MORE THAN all the wealth of the world combined:

More than ALL the gold

More than ALL the silver

More than ALL the platinum

More than ALL the titanium

More than ALL the diamonds

More than ALL the emeralds, rubies, sapphires, aquamarines

More than ALL the precious and semi-precious stones

More than ALL the stocks being traded

More than ALL the real estate

More than ALL the money

More than ALL the priceless paintings and sculptures

More than ALL of the world’s wonders, and wealth COMBINED.

That is why Jesus asked the rhetorical question:

“WHAT DOES IT PROFIT a man TO GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD and LOSE his own SOUL?” (Mark 8:36)

That is why Jesus DID NOT HESITATE to pay the MOST ENORMOUS PRICE EVER to redeem your soul.

A price SO HIGH the human mind is INCAPABLE of comprehending it.

We tend to think of His Supreme Sacrifice  in terms of what He suffered when He was imprisoned, falsely accused, lashed, crowned with thorns, mocked, beaten and crucified.

As EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL AS THAT WAS,

As UNIMAGINABLY HIGH as THAT PAYMENT for sin was,

IT DID NOT END THERE.

Our Jesus SPENT THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN HELL ITSELF, where His PURE, SINLESS SOUL SUFFERED ALL THE PAIN your soul and mine SHOULD HAVE suffered for our many sins.

Not only did He suffer what He had never experienced before: THE SHEER HORROR of being SEPARATED from the Father (Psalm 22:1-2):

Satan and his demons UNLEASHED ALL THEIR FURY AT Him: and HE TOOK IT for you and for me. (Psalm 16:10; 22:12-13; 16-21)

ONLY in eternity, perhaps, we will be able to catch a glimpse of THE ENORMITY of His Sacrifice, OF THE SUPREME PRICE HE PAID TO BUY OUR SOULS BACK (redeem us).

THAT IS WHY those who BELITTLE Jesus’ Sacrifice, who claim it’s NOT ENOUGH to SIMPLY TRUST what He did, that it must be accompanied BY OUR OWN WORKS in order to be saved -- ARE LOST.

THEY ARE HEADED FOR HELL because THEY DISPARAGE the ONLY payment for sin that God will accept.  (Hebrews 10:26-29)

Jesus paid that TREMENDOUS PRICE FOR YOU, because He wants TO SAVE YOU.

He LOVES YOU, and HE LOVES YOUR SOUL SO MUCH -- to the point He did not hesitate TO SHED HIS PRICELESS, SINLESS Blood.

TO THE POINT He WILLINGLY spent those three days and three nights in hell, during which He made Himself TARGET for satan and demons to assail. 

Until Divine Justice had been FULLY AND ETERNALLY SATISFIED.

Then He CRUSHED THEIR EVIL HEADS, and emerged triumphant from the grave, with ALL POWER IN HEAVEN and ON EARTH, and holding the keys to Death and Hell. (Genesis 3:15-16; Matthew 28:18; Revelation 1:17-18)

Praise His Name forevermore!

By His incomparable suffering and by His incomprehensible PAYMENT for sin, He SHOWED US HOW MUCH He values our souls.

He SHOWED US what our soul is really worth.

WHY ANYONE would reject HIS PAYMENT for their soul, and CHOOSE TO lose their soul –ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE – is beyond my understanding.

WHY anyone would REFUSE THE FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE that ONLY JESUS OFFERS, and the INDESCRIBABLE JOY OF BEING ONE WITH the Eternal God, is simply inconceivable.  (Romans 6:23; Psalm 16:11)

THAT is THE MOST STUPID attitude, and DUMBEST decision anyone could make – in all the ages – bar none.

But the GOOD NEWS is there’s still time:

You can still repent, receive Christ into your heart as ONLY, and ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT God and Savior – and then His Supreme PAYMENT for you WILL NOT HAVE BEEN IN VAIN.

Please DO NOT SQUANDER the privilege of becoming a son or daughter of the Most High God.

The PRICE God (Jesus) paid FOR YOU – IS SIMPLY INCALCULABLE.

Hebrews 2:3:

HOW WILL YOU ESCAPE if you UNDERVALUE and NEGLECT SO GREAT SALVATION?

 

 

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017 

THE ONLY REASON FOR GIVING

“For God SO LOVED the world THAT HE GAVE his only begotten Son, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, but have ETERNAL life”. (John 3:16)

There’s ONLY ONE PURE MOTIVE for giving – and THAT’S LOVE.

The 21st century Church has been conditioned by religious media and greed-driven preachers to think of “giving” STRICTLY in terms of money.

Giving certainly INCLUDES money, but there are TONS OF OTHER THINGS one can give:

Time, energy, food, shelter, resources, help, counsel, instruction, comfort, consolation, ATTENTION, encouragement, hope, assurance, prayer, INTERCESSION, understanding, empathy, Truth, and THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, which is LOVE HIMSELF.

Love (OF THE DIVINE kind) is NOT a thing.

LOVE is A PERSON (1 John 4:16).

And the ONLY PURE MOTIVE for giving WHATEVER we give is HAVING THE LOVE OF GOD IN OUR HEARTS.

It’s NOT “our” love, it’s HIS LOVE.  (Romans 5:5)

That is why this business of “giving” in order to “get” is A BUNCH OF CARNAL, UNBIBLICAL, HOGWASH.

That is a thoroughly IMPURE motive.

It’s designed to UNSCRUPULOUSLY EXTRACT money from the ignorant, the needy and the desperate, TO ENRICH THE GREEDY.

NO ONE should give because someone else is pressuring them, or out of guilt, or even out of “duty”. 

Let alone FOR SOME RELIGIOUS SCAM.

Let alone IN ORDER TO “BUY” God’s FAVOR, which is AN ABOMINATION, since His favor IS ALWAYS A GIFT. (Acts 8:20; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9)

When we LOVE WE CANNOT HELP GIVING.

Again: when we LOVE WE CANNOT HELP GIVING.

LOVE’S VERY NATURE is TO GIVE, and GIVE, and GIVE

Love gives UNCONDITIONALLY, with NO STRINGS ATTACHED, because He CANNOT HELP HIMSELF. (Romans 8:32)

That is why Jesus, LOVE PERSONIFIED, DID NOT HESITATE to GIVE EVERYTHING, pay THE ULTIMATE, UNIMAGINABLE PRICE for His Body, the Church. (John 15:13)

Jesus gave EVERYTHING and GOT IT ALL BACK.

Because Love (of the Divine kind) NEVER FAILS.

Adam, on the other hand, WITHHELD EVERYTHING, GAVE NOTHING:

And Adam LOST everything.

He DIDN’T GIVE.

Because he DIDN’T LOVE.

You’d think that AFTER 6,000 YEARS OF HORRID, TURPID HUMAN HISTORY – ALL “Adams” would KNOW BETTER.

 

 

 SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017

WHOSE CHILDREN?

“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  (Galatians 4:6)

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

For YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF BONDAGE AGAIN TO FEAR; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry, Abba, Father.

The Spirit Himself BEARS WITNESS WITH OUR SPIRIT, THAT WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF God:” (Romans 8:14-16)

THE Common Denominator shared by all Children of God, is they have THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVING IN their hearts.

ANYONE who DOES NOT have the Holy Spirit in their hearts, is NOT Christ’s, hence is NOT a child of God (Romans 8:9)

I don’t care how RELIGIOUS they are…

I don’t care what “good Christians” they pretend to be…

I don’t care to what denomination they belong.

I don’t care how many “good deeds” they’ve done.

I don’t care how “obedient” they claim to be.

I don’t care if they’ve “observed” the 10 Commandments until they turned into an ugly, shriveled, old prune.

I don’t care HOW MUCH they may call God “their Father”.

NO HOLY SPIRIT = NOT BORN AGAIN

NOT BORN AGAIN = BEING A CHILD OF SATAN, and NOT a child of God. (John 8:44; Colossians 1:13)

The very religious and self-righteous Pharisees claimed to be children of God, and had the arrogance to say it to Jesus.  (John 8:13, 41)

But our Lord KNEW BETTER:

They REJECTED Jesus, and kept trying to either catch Him in an error, so they could discredit Him, or they flat-out wanted to kill Him. (John 11:48-50)

Jesus replied: “If God were your Father, YOU WOULD LOVE ME, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me… YOU BELONG TO YOUR FATHER, THE DEVIL, and you WANT TO CARRY OUT YOUR FATHER’S DESIRES. HE WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, NOT HOLDING TO THE TRUTH, FOR THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for HE IS A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF LIES.”  (John 8:42-44)

All those who make JESUS ALONE INSUFFICIENT TO SAVE, are LIARS, and are PROVING they’re not children of God, but of the Devil. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

THEY DON’T KNOW Jesus, hence God is NOT their Father.

They’re the very ones who will say to Jesus:  “Lord, Lord… DIDN’T WE DO all sorts of wonderful things, in your Name?”

DIDN’T we observe the 10 Commandments “in your Name”?

DIDN’T we observe a 24 hour shadow named Saturday “in your Name”?

DIDN’T we live “obedient lives” in order to HELP YOU SAVE US?

DIDN’T we observe Old Testament dietary laws “in your Name”?

And Jesus will reply:  I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART from me, WORKERS of evil”.  (Matthew 7:22-23)

THE ONLY WAY to become a child of the Most High God is to receive His Son, Jesus THE MESSIAH, into our hearts, and TO TRUST JESUS ONLY -- TO COMPLETELY SAVE US FOR ALL ETERNITY. (John 1:12; 3:16-17; 5:24; Romans 3:27-28; 6:23; 8:1, 33; 10:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 7:25; 9:12)

Only those WHO TRUST JESUS TO BE THE ONE AND ONLY, ETERNALLY SUFFICIENT God and Savior, may call God “Father”.

Those who DENY His Deity, or DENY Christ’s ABSOLUTE SUFFICIENCY to eternally save, BELONG TO SATAN – I don’t care how much they CALL THEMSELVES “Christian”.

On this day when we honor our earthly Fathers, please MAKE SURE that we HONOR our Heavenly Father EVEN MORE, by COMPLETELY TRUSTING His #1 Son.

There's NO SALVATION in anything or anyone, BUT JESUS. 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017

THE ENDLESS DAY

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY God ended his work which he had made; and HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY from all his work which he had made.  And God BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made”. (Genesis 2:1-3)

Time is NOT absolute. It’s relative.

To achieve the notion of “time’ one must have A COMBINATION OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS at regular intervals.

In Genesis chapter 1, as we read the account of God’s Creation, we find the following phrases:

“And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:5).

“And the evening and the morning were the second day” (Genesis 1:8).

“And the evening and the morning were the third day” (Genesis 1:13).

“And the evening and the morning were the fourth day” (Genesis 1:19).

“And the evening and the morning were the fifth day” (Genesis 1:23).

“And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31).

However, as we can see in the anchor verse above, NO SUCH STATEMENT IS MADE WITH REGARDS TO THE SEVENTH DAY.

After being so meticulously careful to say it over and over with regards to the previous six days, there MUST BE an important reason for God to DELIBERATELY OMIT the phrase “and the evening and the morning were the seventh day” with regards to the Sabbath.

The seventh 24-hour day of the 168-hour week is Saturday.

The Sabbath or day of rest, as expressed in the fourth of the 10 Commandments, is Saturday.

There is NO QUESTION WHATSOEVER about that.

However, in Colossians 2:16 Paul instructs Christian believers NOT TO ALLOW ANYONE TO JUDGE THEM with regards to Sabbaths (24-HOUR Saturdays).

Furthermore, in the very next verse, Colossians 2:17, he refers to the 10 Commandments’ weekly Sabbath (Saturday) as A MERE SHADOW. 

He then ADDS that THE REAL THING, the SUBSTANCE, THE TRUE SABBATH (of which the weekly Sabbath is but a shadow) IS Christ Himself.  (Matthew 11:28; Ephesians 2:14)

Shadows are NEVER the real thing.

Repeat: SHADOWS are NEVER the REAL thing.

Your shadow is not you and my shadow is not me.

Shadows are mere reflections or representations of SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER AND REAL.

The reason God DIDN’T say that limiting phrase “the evening and the morning” with regards to the Sabbath is this: the TRUE SABBATH OF THE LORD NEVER ENDS.

If we think in terms of FINITE, 24-hour days, the Sabbath day is Saturday.

If we think NOT IN TERMS OF TEMPORARY, FINITE EARTHLY SHADOWS but OF ETERNAL Truth, as in PERMANENT REALITY, the REAL Sabbath is NOT a 24 hour day.

Never has been, never will be.

THAT’S WHY God NEVER SAID “the evening and the morning were the seventh day”:

The REAL Sabbath NEVER ENDS

The REAL Sabbath has NO EVENING or MORNING.

The 7th Day is ETERNAL.

Zechariah 14:6-7 describes the true, eternal Sabbath:

“And it shall come to pass IN THAT DAY, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:  But it shall be ONE DAY which shall be known to the LORD, NOT DAY, NOR NIGHT: but it shall come to pass, that AT EVENING TIME IT SHALL BE LIGHT”... 

THE DAY which has NO EVENING AND NO MORNING, the DAY in WHICH there IS ONLY LIGHT, is THE TRUE SABBATH.

And it (He) is ETERNAL (Hebrews 13:8)

God is light.  In Him is NO DARKNESS at all (1 John 1:5).

Hence, there is no “evening” and no “morning” in His Presence.

In His Presence, there is no “time” as we know it.

The true Sabbath, in which there is ONLY light, is Jesus and is ETERNITY.

The true Sabbath is God Himself.

The 24-hour TEMPORARY day (or shadow) gives us ONLY TEMPORARY rest.

The true Sabbath is the ONLY ONE that can give us ETERNAL REST:

Jesus Christ IS the true Sabbath (Matthew 11:28).

STOP FOCUSING ON the 24-hour day, which is the shadow, and FOCUS ON Jesus, who is THE REAL:

“There will be NO MORE NIGHT. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign FOREVER AND EVER” (Revelation 22:5).

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

ABOUT THE BIBLE

Most Christians have NO CLUE how we got the Bible.  Some apparently think the New Testament was written in Elizabethan English, and that it’s called the Authorized King James Version.

I know some people think that EVERYTHING revolves around Britain and the United States. They're wrong.

1. The Bible was NOT written in English.

Repeat: the Bible was NOT written in English.

2. THE INSPIRED, ORIGINAL New Testament was written mostly in Greek, and small portions in Aramaic, 2,000 YEARS AGO, IN THE FIRST CENTURY A.D.

At that time Britain was a remote tribal area whose population was largely illiterate, and the United States HAD NOT EVEN BEEN DISCOVERED.

The U.S. was discovered almost 1,500 years LATER.

These are historical FACTS.

3. The EARLIEST translations of the Bible into English were made in the 14th CENTURY A.D.

REPEAT: THE EARLIEST translations of the Bible into English were made some 1,300 YEARS AFTER the original New Testament was written.

Again: THE EARLIEST English translations of the Bible were made 1,300 PLUS years AFTER the original New Testament was written.

4. For OVER ONE THOUSAND YEARS, it was STRICTLY FORBIDDEN BY RELIGIOUS LAW to translate the Bible INTO ANY LANGUAGE other than Latin.

And only translators EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED BY RELIGIOUS HIERARCHY could do so.

5. Even TWO CENTURIES LATER, in 1536, William Tyndale was BURNED AT THE STAKE for the "crime" of translating the Bible into English.

Again, these are historical FACTS.

6. Bible translators ARE HUMAN.

Repeat: Bible translators ARE HUMAN.

Therefore, ALL Bible translations into English, since they were made BY HUMANS, contain HUMAN ERROR.

Whether the translation was done BY ONE HUMAN, or by a team of HUMAN scholars, IT CONTAINS HUMAN ERROR.

I don't care WHAT the translation or version of the English Bible is CALLED, IT contains HUMAN ERROR.

I don't care HOW MUCH it states that it was translated "from the original manuscripts", IT CONTAINS HUMAN ERROR.

Repeat: ALL English Bibles contain ERROR.

7. Therefore, there is NO PERFECT, 100% CORRECT translation of the original Bible into English. NOT ONE!

Repeat: there is NO 100% ACCURATE translation of the Bible into English. NOT ONE!

Although the flaws are RELATIVELY few and RELATIVELY minor, there's NO SUCH THING AS a 100% accurate English Bible.

8. Consequently, when there is doubt or controversy about a particular passage of the Bible, the best thing to do is:

A. SINCERELY ask the Holy Spirit TO REVEAL what He intended to say in that passage. Then WAIT and LISTEN to His INNER "Voice".

Unless you're TOTALLY HONEST and ready to accept WHATEVER the Spirit and His Word reveal -- whether you like it or not -- DON'T BOTHER.

He knows EVERYTHING: He KNOWS whether YOU'RE SINCERE or DISHONEST, and whether you’re simply out "to prove" some favored, preconceived religious agenda.

B. GO TO THE ORIGINAL Aramaic or Greek for the New Testament, and to the ORIGINAL Hebrew for the Old Testament to verify THE ORIGINAL MEANING.

If you DO NOT have at least a working knowledge of these ancient languages, then consult a good Greek to English or Hebrew to English dictionary such as Strong's or Nelson's.

Some are available on line free of charge, or you can pick one up at your local Christian bookstore.

C. Sometimes it helps to use a parallel Bible to compare 4 different English renderings of a particular passage. This often (not always) sheds light into what the Author intended.

To summarize: most English Bible translations ARE FINE FOR DAILY READING OR STUDY.

Use whichever one YOU LIKE best.

The ORIGINAL Bible, as it was ORIGINALLY written and inspired by the Holy Spirit, is INFALLIBLE, thus FREE OF ERROR.

ALL Bible translations ARE FLAWED.

Hence, ALL English versions of the Bible ARE FLAWED.

If there's any doubt about a particular portion of the Bible, CHECK THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017

ONE WORLD RELIGION

WILL false RELIGIONS UNITE into one?

One of the myths that the prophecy establishment has consistently fomented is that "ALL FALSE RELIGIONS will unite into one" during the tribulation.

"One world religion" is only true to the extent that, during the 3 year tribulation EVERYONE will be FORCED to worship satan and the Antichrist, under penalty of death. (Revelation 13:4,15)

Except those who turn to Christ during that calamitous time, EVERYONE on earth will be a satan and Antichrist worshipper either willingly or BY FORCE. (Revelation 13:4-8)

The ONLY religion allowed will be Satanism. (Daniel 11:37, 2 Thessalonians 2:4)

Many of those who get saved will die for their faith, and those who manage to survive will undergo EXTREME hardship (Revelation 20:4).

So-called "Christian" CULTS like Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and "Christian" Science will either worship satan (they already do), or will have to GET SAVED (born again) by REALLY TURNING TO THE ONE TRUE GOD, JESUS CHRIST with ALL their hearts – AND TRUSTING HIM COMPLETELY for salvation, INSTEAD OF trusting their works.

That they will get Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and New Agers to unite and form a single religion is COMPLETELY FALSE.

There's no inkling of that ANYWHERE in the Scriptures.

That the false prophet will unite ALL religions into A SINGLE ONE is also false and UNSCRIPTURAL.

C'mon, you can't even get SAVED people to unite, and you're gonna get THE UNSAVED to do so?

It'll never happen.

We can't even get Catholics and Episcopalians to reconcile, let alone bringing someone who believes in Allah in unity with someone who believes in Krishna, Buddha, or Maitreya.

But what about Mystery Babylon mentioned in Revelation chapters 17 & 18, isn’t THAT a one-world religion?

No.

These two chapters refer VERY CLEARLY to Rome (Revelation 17:9, 18).

Rome did spread paganism throughout the world through political and, later, religious influence. 

Rome did exile John to Patmos; shed the blood of many Christian martyrs, including Peter and Paul, not to mention carry out the Crucifixion of Christ.

Rome, consequently, WILL BE UTTERLY DESTROYED AND WIPED OFF THE MAP FOREVER. (Revelation 18:21)

And, yes, since it’s located in Rome, these chapters INCLUDE the destruction of the Vatican and whatever is left of the Roman Catholic religion that does not go in the Rapture.

However, these chapters SAY NOTHING about ALL THE OTHER religions of the world coming together under the Roman umbrella: THAT is TOTAL fabrication.

As I've stated repeatedly, there won't be a single atheist, agnostic, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim or New Ager during the tribulation.

By the time Jesus’ Second Coming takes place, ALL religion WILL HAVE CEASED to exist.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017

TOLD YA

About a year ago (April 10, 2016 to be exact) as then candidate Trump began to rise during the presidential primaries, I said sarcastically  “I wonder which ‘prophecy expert’  will be the first to write a book ‘proving’ that Donald Trump is the Antichrist”.

Well, I’m not sure who “the first expert” was, but there are SEVERAL BOOKS on the market right now about that very topic.

…None of them worth the paper on which they’re printed.

In fact, if you’ll forgive the crudeness, about the only thing they might be good for is to wipe someone’s you-know-what…

But never mind the books.

Less than 5 months after President Trump’s inauguration as our 45th President, there are 250,000 YouTube videos (that’s ONE QUARTER OF A MILLION) and approximately HALF A MILLION WEBSITES – all ALLEGEDLY offering “proof” that President Trump is the feared Antichrist.

The alleged “proofs” range from:

1. Trump Tower’s address supposedly containing the number 666 (I checked, and it’s A LIE: its address is 725 Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets in Midtown Manhattan, New York City – NO 666)

2. To Trump being born (supposedly, I didn’t bother to check) during a lunar eclipse.

3. To Trump’s presidency being predicted by Nostradamus (SPECULATION BEING that he was making reference to Trump as “The great shameless, audacious bawler. He will be elected governor of the army” A VAGUE PRONOUNCEMENT that COULD “FIT” THOUSANDS of individuals – and I fail to see how “bawler” fits Trump in any way, or how “governor of the army” fits “President the U.S.A.”)

4. To Israel gaining its independence on (supposedly, I didn’t bother to check) day 777 after Trump was born.

5. To making Trump the clever negotiator who will finally broker the infamous “7-year peace treaty” between Israel and Palestinians.

It would be funny, if it weren’t SO DECEPTIVE.

There is NO 7-year peace treaty in the Bible.

There is NOTHING in the Bible about the Antichrist being born during a lunar eclipse.

Matter of fact, the Antichrist was born 2,300 years ago.  And when he reappears as the Antichrist, HE WON’T BE BORN, but will EMERGE AS A FULL GROWN MAN FROM THE ABYSS. (Revelation 11:7; 13:1; 17:8)

That’s what the Bible has said for the past 2,500 years.  (Daniel 11:29-31; 36-39)

There is NOTHING in Scripture about Antichrist’s birth having to do with Israel’s independence.

There’s NOTHING in the Bible about the Antichrist owning a building with the number 666 (even if that were true, which IT’S NOT).

And Nostradamus is A FALSE PROPHET, who served satan, not God.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME SATAN TOLD THE TRUTH?  (John 8:44)

They have NO PROOF.

Trump ISN’T the Antichrist.

What is really, really sad is:

A) That so many people WHO CAN’T SPEND 10 MINUTES WITH CHRIST, somehow or other FIND THE TIME TO SPREAD SUCH UNBIBLICAL DECEPTION, supposedly “in the Name of Christ”.

These are THE VERY SAME PEOPLE that were selling us the “Obama Antichrist”  “moron-theory” A COUPLE YEARS AGO. 

Remember their photo shopped pictures of Obama with red eyes and horns coming out his head?

B) That DESPITE the Book of Revelation’s DIRE WARNING about adding to or subtracting from the Word of Prophecy, these individuals HAVE NO QUALMS about SPREADING these lies, and presenting them AS ABSOLUTE, PROVEN FACT.

C) That there are SO MANY – SO MANY – IGNORANT Christians who believe these lies, and SWALLOW THEM MINDLESSLY hook, line and sinker.

Forgive me, brothers and sisters, BUT HOW CAN SOME OF YOU BE SO STUPID?

And HOW can some of you attend worship services FOR THREE DECADES OR MORE AND BE SO IGNORANT of God’s Word?

God hasn’t changed His Mind.

And God WILL NEVER change His Word. (Psalm 119:89)

God NEVER changes. (Malachi 3:6)

Christ is THE SAME yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And so is the Antichrist.

You want to pitch loony Antichrist theories to me, then YOU BETTER GET GOD TO CHANGE THE BOOKS of DANIEL and REVELATION.

And if you EVER get Him to do that, it WON’T MATTER who the Antichrist is, because (perish the thought) there would be NO God.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2013

 JUDGMENT SEAT

"For WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT of Christ, so that each of us may receive WHAT IS DUE US FOR THE THINGS DONE WHILE IN THE BODY, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD." (2 Corinthians 5:10)

The word "judgment" has an ominous connotation in English and is usually associated with PUNITIVE JUDGMENT.

Consequently, this Scripture is often used TO SCARE Christians into thinking that:

a) They can "lose" their Salvation.

b) If they don't "behave" according to the dictates of man-invented religion, they'll miss the Rapture. Or,

c) That even though they're saved, God will still rebuke and or "punish" them for the bad stuff they did in this temporary life.

The word "judgment" DOES NOT APPEAR at all in the original Greek.

Again: The word "judgment" DOES NOT APPEAR at all in the original Greek.

All this begs the question: WHAT IS the "judgment seat" of Christ?

The Greek word bematos (translated "judgment seat") refers to A RAISED PLATFORM, similar to the pulpits used in most Christian churches,  COMMONLY USED BY ORATORS TO GIVE SPEECHES in ancient Greece. 

In Greek courts of law THE TWO PARTIES to a DISPUTE PRESENTED THEIR ARGUMENTS, EACH FROM A SEPARATE  BEMA OR PLATFORM.

The elevated platform was also used by governors, judges or magistrates to render decisions that COULD BE FAVORABLE or unfavorable.

This special event, commonly referred to as the "judgment seat of Christ" is EXCLUSIVELY for Christians.

It has NOTHING to do with salvation. It has ZERO to do with punishment.

Again: This event is ONLY for Christians, and HAS NOTHING to do with salvation or punishment.

It has to do with REWARDS.

The "judgment seat" of Christ is the place where every born-again believer will receive whatever rewards Christ determines that he or she deserves for their representation of Jesus here on earth, and the good works that accompanied said representation.

According to 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, this special event happens, AS SOON AS a believer is "absent from the body and PRESENT WITH the Lord", either through physical death or Rapture.

This special event has NOTHING to do with the Great White Throne Judgment mentioned in Revelation 20:11-15.

THAT judgment is ONLY for UNBELIEVERS, who died OUTSIDE THE FAITH, and takes place AT THE END OF THE MILLENNIUM.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 gives additional information about our appearing before Christ:

"According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION, and another builds thereon. But LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDS THEREUPON.

For NO OTHER FOUNDATION CAN A MAN LAY than what is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now IF ANY MAN BUILD UPON THIS FOUNDATION (Jesus) GOLD, SILVER, PRECIOUS STONES, WOOD, HAY, STUBBLE;

EVERY MAN'S WORK SHALL BE MADE MANIFEST: FOR THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT, because it shall be revealed by fire; and THE FIRE SHALL TEST EVERY MAN'S WORK of what sort it is.

If any man's work abide which he has built upon (Jesus), HE SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD.

IF ANY MAN'S WORK IS BURNED, HE SHALL SUFFER LOSS: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as by fire."

Can't say it any clearer than that.

There's NOTHING in these passages to even remotely suggest that salvation can be lost.

There's NOTHING in these passages to even remotely suggest that someone will miss the Rapture if their works don't survive God's consuming, refining fire.

There's NOTHING in these passages to even remotely suggest any sort of rebuke or punishment.

Everyone there WILL BE SAVED.

It's a special event to REWARD God's people.

Some Christians will be rewarded, based on their service to Christ, others (whose works are burnt) WON'T BE.

What, exactly, those rewards consist of, I HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE.  

Come to think of it, they're probably CROWNS as in wreaths to be worn around the head (1 Corinthians 9:25; Philippians 4:1; James 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:10).

 Whatever they may be, I'm focused on Jesus.

He is ALL THE REWARD and Crown I WANT OR NEED.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS

“According TO YOUR FAITH (trust) be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29)

Religion doesn’t GET Jesus.

It simply DOESN’T.

If it excels at anything, it’s at mixing apples with oranges AND INVENTING FALSE DOCTRINE.

There are many Scriptures that say that God judges people “according to their works”. (Jeremiah 25:13-14; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15; Revelation 20:12-13)

The question is WHAT PEOPLE?

God has ALWAYS, I mean ALWAYS, made a distinction between THOSE WHO ARE IN COVENANT WITH HIM and those who AREN’T.

And we have THE BEST Covenant ever made, bar none. (Hebrews 8:6)

It’s called the NEW Covenant or NEW Testament.

Under the NEW Testament, confirmed by the Blood of Jesus, God DOES NOT COUNT SINS AGAINST those who are in Jesus (hence in ETERNAL Covenant with Him). (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19)

He DOES COUNT sins to those who ARE NOT in Jesus and, therefore, OUTSIDE His Covenant.

THEY will be judged according to THEIR works.

WHY?

They TRUSTED THEIR WORKS for salvation, and NOT Jesus.

Therefore, they’re judged according to their “faith”, according to WHAT THEY TRUSTED.

Those who trust Jesus completely are JUDGED ACCORDING TO JESUS’ OWN, PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Hence, there’s NO CONDEMNATION WHATSOEVER against us. (Romans 8:1, 31-33)

Those who trust THEIR OWN WORKS for their status in the afterlife, those who trust in “being a good person” (whatever they think THAT means) WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.

Born-again Christians, on the other hand, are credited Jesus’ OWN PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESSAGAINST WHICH THERE IS NO LAW and NO CONDEMNATION. (Galatians 5:23; Colossians 2:13-16)

For the unsaved, there are DEGREES of judgment, according to what degree of evil they have done. (Matthew 11:20-22; Luke 12:47-48; 20:47; Hebrews 10:29)

The ONLY role that works play for born again Christians is with regards to rewards.

I’ve said before I’M NOT AN EXPERT ON rewards.

I am, however, AND TO JESUS BE ALL THE GLORY, an expert on Salvation.

I can’t think of a bigger or better “reward” than JESUS HIMSELF.

That’s why I’ve never been interested in any other reward.

I serve and obey Him (most of the time) because I LOVE HIM, PERIOD.

Not in order to “GET” anything for it.

That being said, the Bible does talk about various crowns, and about ruling over more or fewer cities, during the Millennium.

THE ONLY ROLE that works play for a Christian is with regards to those peripheral rewards. (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)

WORKS PLAY NO ROLE WHATSOEVER IN OUR SALVATION.  (Romans 3:28; 9:11-12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

NONE. ZERO. NADA.

To sum up:  God will judge unbelievers according to their works because they TRUST their works.

God judges Christians to be PERFECTLY RIGHTEOUS SAINTS because we TRUST JESUS and His Righteousness, which ENDURES FOREVER.  (Psalm 112:3, 9)

And those WHO CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE between these two groups, HAVE NO BUSINESS formulating doctrine.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2017
WHEN HE’S RIGHT, HE’S RIGHT
Pope Francis recently declared that the Church’s mission is to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ to “all men and women of good will”, since Jesus ALONE is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”. 

Addressing Catholics on World Mission Day (last Sunday) Francis referred to Jesus as “the very first and greatest evangelizer” adding that the “world vitally needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. 

Francis accurately pointed out that Jesus’ final command was one of mission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

“The Church is MISSIONARY BY NATURE,” the Pope said.

Otherwise, “she would no longer be the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that soon end up serving their purpose and passing away.”

The pontiff also distinguished Jesus’ Message from what he called “religious ideology.”

THE CHURCH’S MISSION, Francis declared, “IS NOT TO SPREAD A RELIGIOUS IDEOLOGY, MUCH LESS TO PROPOSE A LOFTY ETHICAL TEACHING,” a task undertaken by plenty of other “movements throughout the world.”

Through the mission of the Church, “JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF CONTINUES TO EVANGELIZE AND ACT” and IS PRESENT THROUGH THE EVANGELIZING ACTION OF the Church, he said.

Citing his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, Francis said that “BEING CHRISTIAN IS NOT THE RESULT OF AN ETHICAL CHOICE OR A LOFTY IDEA,” BUT RATHER OF AN ENCOUNTER WITH “A PERSON.

The Church’s mission also reminds Christians THAT EARTH IS NOT THEIR TRUE HOMELAND, BUT THAT THEY ARE “EXILES JOURNEYING TOWARDS OUR FINAL HOME,” which is the Kingdom of Heaven, he said.

The Pope recalled that since mission is at the heart of the Gospel, IT IS A TASK SHARED BY ALL, AND IS NOT LIMITED TO JUST A FEW PEOPLE.

Missionary work IS NOT JUST THE TASK OF THOSE who have given up everything to follow Jesus in the missions, Francis said, but rather the Church is called “to develop A MISSIONARY HEART IN EVERYONE,” since all share in a common baptism.

His words echoed those of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which declares that “THE WHOLE CHURCH IS APOSTOLIC” AND IS SENT OUT BY JESUS INTO THE WHOLE WORLD.

“All members of the Church share in this mission,” the Catechism states, and all are called to the apostolate, comprising every activity that aims “to spread the Kingdom of Christ over all the earth.”

The Pope released his Message on the Catholic (not the Jewish) feast of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter, a celebration that recalls the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the birth of the Church.

Wow!  He couldn’t have said it any better.

I’ve had sharp differences with Francis over various issues but, by golly, when he’s right he’s right:

The Gospel is about a personal encounter WITH THE PERSON OF JESUS, and that encounter leads TO RECEIVING Jesus into our hearts. (John 1:12)

It also leads to a change of mind, A CHANGE OF HEART, and a change OF NATURE (2 Peter 1:4).

Wonderful message!

Preach it, Francis!

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017

SIMILARITIES

Adventists love to criticize Roman Catholicism.

They love to accuse the Roman Catholic religion of changing “the day of worship” from Saturday to Sunday.

They call Catholics idolaters for being so focused on Mary.

They even go so far as to claim that the Pope is the Antichrist.

And yet there are STRIKING SIMILARITIES between Rome and Silver Springs.

Between Roman Catholicism and Seventh Day Adventism:

1.  Both claim to be “THE ONLY TRUE” church.

2.  Both TEACH A FALSE GOSPEL. (Galatians 1:8)

3.  Both teach that Jesus ALONE is insufficient for Salvation.

4.  Both teach that WORKS are NECESSARY for Salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

Thus they make works CO-SAVIORS along with Jesus.  (Acts 4:11-12)

Thus Jesus, according to their false doctrine, IS NOT the ONE AND ONLY Savior. (John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12)

He CANNOT BE the ONLY Savior, if He ALONE is insufficient to save.

There’s NO WAY of getting around that all-important fact.

5.  Both worship a 24 hour day: for Adventists it’s Saturday, for Catholics it Sunday.

6.  Both worship a false “goddess”: Mary for Catholics, Ellen G. White for Adventists.

At least some Catholics see Mary only as a powerful intercessor: Adventists, on the other hand, TOTALLY IDOLIZE Ellen and treat her writings as “inerrant”.

7. Both manipulate Scriptures, and take them out of context, to justify their false doctrines.

8.  Both ADD to the Word of God: Roman Catholicism adds MAN-INVENTED TRADITIONS, Adventism adds THE UNBIBLICAL LUNACIES of Ellen G. White.

9.  Both deny that salvation is EXCLUSIVELY by Grace through faith. (Acts 15: 8-11; Romans 3:20, 27-28; 4:4-5, 10:9; 11:6; Galatians 3:24-25; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

10.  Both add FALSE TEACHINGS about THE AFTERLIFE: for Catholics it’s AN INVENTED PLACE called “Purgatory”.  For Adventists it’s the equally FALSE and equally unbiblical “Investigative Judgment.”

11.  Both teach FALSE ESCHATOLOGY.

12.  Both deny the Rapture.

13.  Both rely on numerous mistranslations of the New Testament to justify their false doctrine.

14.  Both brainwash their followers.

15.  Both of these harlot religions postpone salvation to the future.  Both teach, contrary to Scripture, that Salvation IS NOT NOW. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

16. Both teach, contrary to Scripture, that Jesus did not remove the sin of the world. (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:12, 26; 1 John 3:5)

17. Both insist on heaping guilt on their hapless brainwashed followers FOR THE VERY SINS THAT JESUS FORGAVE, REMOVED FOREVER, ERASED AND FORGOT. (Hebrews 8:12)

18. Both insist on COUNTING MEN’S SINS AGAINST THEM, when God does not. (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19)

19:  Both show utter contempt and disregard for the Truth.

20.  Both CONTRADICT God by CONTRADICTING His Holy Word.

21.  Both lead people STRAIGHT TO HELL.

(Although God will save ANYONE, regardless of denomination or lack thereof, who GENUINELY seeks Him with ALL his/her heart – DESPITE what their religion may teach) (John 6:37)

Rome is the GREAT HARLOT.

As Revelation 17:5 tell us, THE GREAT HARLOT is “THE MOTHER OF ALL HARLOTS and abominations of the earth”.

If Rome is “THE MOTHER” of all harlots that means that THERE ARE OTHER HARLOTS, who are her DAUGHTERS.

The evidence above PROVES that one of her harlot daughters is the Seventh Day Adventist heresy.

They HYPOCRITICALLY criticize Catholics for idolizing Mary, when in fact Adventists IDOLIZE Ellen G. White and her accursed religion, just as much, IF NOT MORE.  (Galatians 1:8; 3:10)

In that regard, Adventists ARE WORSE THAN Catholics, since they consider White’s writings AS DIVINELY INSPIRED AND AS INERRANT AS Scripture.

I have dealt with many cults and many heretics, but I have never known MORE CUNNING and BIGGER HYPOCRITES than Seventh Day Adventists.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017

NO DARKNESS AT ALL

“But IF YOUR EYE BE EVIL, YOUR WHOLE BODY SHALL BE FULL OF DARKNESS. IF THEREFORE THE LIGHT THAT IS IN YOU IS DARKNESS, HOW GREAT IS THAT DARKNESS!”  (Matthew 6:23)

The first thing we need to take charge of, in order to drive out darkness, IS OUR EYES.

What our eyes see goes directly into the mind. 

Therefore, if we allow images of darkness to enter our eyes, guess what’s going to be in our minds?

Eve didn’t sin UNTIL she OPENED HER PHYSICAL EYES and looked at the forbidden fruit as something “pleasant to the eyes and desirable to make one wise”.  (Genesis 3:6)

We must allow ONLY images of light and goodness to enter our eyes, and not evil, anti-God images. (Psalm 101:3)

The second place we need to control and renew is THE MIND.  (Romans 12:2)

When we first come to Christ we repent of sin.

To repent means to change one’s mind.

However, and while repentance plays an important role in the born-again experience, repenting or changing our minds, SHOULD NOT END WHEN WE GET SAVED. 

That’s when it BEGINS.

It must be AN ON-GOING PROCESS FOR THE REST OF OUR CHRISTIAN WALK, UNTIL OUR Savior appears and TOTALLY renews our mind with His glorious Countenance. (1 John 3:2)

Renewing our minds means GUARDING the thoughts and images that we allow to enter and, more importantly, THE THOUGHTS AND IMAGES WE ALLOW TO LINGER.

The best cleansing agent for the human mind is the Living Word of God: meaning both Jesus (the Word Incarnate) and the Bible (the written Word). (Psalm 119:130; Ephesians 5:26)

The Spirit of God and the Word of God have the power to purify and renew our minds, and TO DRIVE OUT ALL THE DARKNESS.

However, we MUST PAY ATTENTION TO THEM, AND FOCUS ON THEM, instead of focusing on all the darkness around us.

Why bother with any of this, when Salvation in Jesus is SECURE – for all eternity?

This has nothing to do with Salvation.

Our Father is Light, and in Him is NO DARKNESS AT ALL. (1 John 1:5)

If we are truly His children, we must have NO DARKNESS AT ALL, just like our Father.

If we are truly His children, then His Light MUST SHINE through US.

If we are truly His children, AS JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, then SO ARE WE. (Matthew 5:14; John 8:12; 9:5; 1 John 4:17)

 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017

DRIVING OUT DARKNESS

Light is more powerful than darkness.  Light will ALWAYS overcome darkness.

Those who come to faith in Christ are supposed to be ALL LIGHT, NOT 50% Light and 50% darkness.

NOT 70% Light and 30% darkness.

MUCH LESS, as (sadly) most of the Church is today, 10% Light and 90% darkness.

We are to drive out THE DARKNESS UNTIL ONLY LIGHT remains.

We drive out the darkness by the Spirit of God, by the Word of God, and BY OUR PERSONAL CHOICES.  (Genesis 1:1-3; Psalm 119:130)

Anything that is CONTRARY to God (Love, Light) is darkness.

Anything that ROBS US OF God (Love, Light) is darkness.

While this message APPLIES TO EVERYONE in the Kingdom, I’m realistic enough to know that NOT EVERYONE will heed it.

I’ve been ministering in various ways for over 20 years.  And I’ve ministered to thousands, one on one. 

Therefore I know where most Christians are in their spiritual walk.

Most are complacent and have no desire whatsoever to do some serious, deep soul searching and thorough self-examination and, if necessary, mend their ways.

And yet, I cannot help thinking that Jesus deserves WAY BETTER – from all of us. 

And the Scriptures CORROBORATE THIS by saying that His end-time Church MUST purify itself, NOT in order to keep salvation, but because it's WHAT WE ARE PREDESTINED TO BE:

1st John 3:2-3:

 We know THAT WHEN CHRIST APPEARS WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS.  ALL WHO HAVE THIS HOPE IN HIM PURIFY THEMSELVES, JUST AS HE IS PURE.

“And they that are wise SHALL SHINE AS THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE FIRMAMENT; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.”

“And he said: Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

MANY SHALL BE PURIFIED, AND MADE WHITE, AND REFINED; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and NONE OF THE WICKED SHALL UNDERSTAND; BUT THE WISE SHALL UNDERSTAND. (Daniel 12:3, 9-10)

What’s really, really sad is that there are THOUSANDS, if not MILLIONS, willing to forsake everything and undergo training as jihadists for non-existent allah, but you can hardly find someone who’ll give up a stupid TV show to spend quality time with Jesus.

That THOUSANDS if NOT MILLIONS are FANATICAL ENOUGH to MAKE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, AND BLOW THEMSELVES UP TO SMITHEREENS for satan (or “allah”) and you can hardly find ONE person who will give up porn, or renounce that grudge that they’ve been harboring forever in their hearts, FOR JESUS.

Do we love Jesus enough TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING, if it were necessary, FOR HIM?

Do we love Jesus enough TO GIVE UP OUR LIVES, so that His ETERNAL Life may manifest in us?

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017

WHAT FELLOWSHIP?

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God SAW THE LIGHT, THAT IT WAS GOOD: and God DIVIDED THE LIGHT FROM the darkness (Genesis 1:3-4)

“In Him was life; and THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT of men. And THE LIGHT SHINES IN DARKNESS; AND THE DARKNESS OVERCAME IT NOT.” (John 1:4-5)

In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Paul asks the rhetorical questions:

WHAT FELLOWSHIP has righteousness with unrighteousness? And WHAT PARTNERSHIP HAS LIGHT WITH DARKNESS?

And WHAT HARMONY has Christ with Belial? Or WHAT PART HAS HE THAT BELIEVES WITH AN INFIDEL?

And WHAT AGREEMENT has the temple of God with idols?

FOR YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING God; as God has said, I WILL DWELL IN THEM, AND WALK IN THEM; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Therefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, and BE SEPARATE, says the Lord, and TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; and I will receive you,

And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

For too long the Church has been content with an ungodly MIXTURE of light and darkness.

Although to the unregenerate, depraved human mind that may seem “normal”, it’s actual AN ANOMALY, as we read above.

Jesus NEVER SAID “you are to be PART LIGHT AND PART DARKNESS”.

You WON’T FIND that anywhere in the entire Word.

God is Light.

In Him is NO DARKNESS – AT ALL!!!  (1 John 1:5)

And so must it be with God’s children.

The Early Church had THE LIGHT.

The Early Church WAS Light.  (Matthew 5:14)

And that’s how the Early Church OVERCAME the world.

But then -- DARKNESS crept in, in the form of social favor, political expediency, and doctrinal compromise.

What followed was a DARK, DARK period not coincidentally known as “the Dark Ages”.

Since then, and despite streams of Light here and there, Christians have been part light and park darkness.

We’ll shine a little Light on Sunday morning when we attend religious services, and put on our best behavior, and then live in darkness the rest of the week.

We’ll let in a little Light when we read or hear that Word-based message, but then we’ll SPEND TEN TIMES AS MUCH TIME on darkness, watching porn when no one is looking, watching stupid videos on YouTube that question biblical Truth and/or fill our minds with evil fantasies and fear.

For every 15 minutes spent studying or meditating God’s Word, we’ll spend 20 hours watching horror movies, movies filled with violence, and worldly videos by so-called “Christian” entertainers who are TOTALLY CARNAL and cater to the flesh.

We’ll preach TWO MINUTES of Gospel (Light) to use as “excuse” for being on TV, but spend 28 minutes begging for money, and making FALSE PROMISES of “prosperity” that WE KNOW will never come to the poor suckers we deceive, and ALLOWING GREED (DARKNESS) to overtake us, DOMINATE US, as DRIVE our so-called “ministries”.

We are to DRIVE DARKNESS COMPLETELY FROM OUR LIVES.

ALL of it!

We are to be SEPARATE FROM the world.

The word by which we’re called in the New Testament, “saints”, means JUST THAT: separated or set apart from the world and the flesh UNTO JESUS.

He that has this hope PURIFIES HIMSELF (or HERSELF). (1 John 3:3)

This has ZERO to do with losing one’s salvation, since Salvation in Christ Jesus is 100% ETERNALLY SECURE, and CANNOT be lost.

It has everything to do with representing Jesus to the world.

And it has EVERYTHING to do with SURVIVAL.

We are living in DARK days where most of the world is engulfed in spiritual darkness.

There’s never been a time WHEN THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL is MORE NEEDED than right now.

THIS IS THE TIME when we are to LET OUR LIGHT SHINE.  (Isaiah 60:1)

IF WE GIVE PLACE TO DARKNESS IN OUR LIVES, THERE’S NO LIGHT COMING OUT OF US.

Again: IF WE GIVE PLACE TO DARKNESS IN OUR LIVES, OUR LIGHT IS NOT SHINING, like it’s supposed to be.  (Matthew 5:16)

And when THE LIGHT DOESN’T SHINE, the world becomes A DARK, DARK PLACE indeed.

JUNE 6, 2017 

WHERE SIN ABOUNDED

“Moreover the law entered, that sin might abound (increase). But WHERE SIN ABOUNDED, GRACE DID MUCH MORE ABOUND”. (Romans 5:20)

“For YOU ARE SAVED BY GRACE through faith, and that NOT of yourselves: IT (Salvation) IS THE GIFT OF GOD”… (Ephesians 2:8)

The Word of God is SO CLEAR…

SO CLEAR about Salvation, that one needs ALL KINDS OF RELIGIOUS “HELP” TO MISS the unrivaled message and mess it up.

Jesus offers FREE ETERNAL SALVATION to EVERYONE who will receive Him into his/her heart and TRUST HIM COMPLETELY.

ETERNAL!!!

If it could be “lost” IT WOULDN’T BE ETERNAL!

As for those who claim that sinning after salvation will make us LOSE salvation:

A. AGAIN, if it did, Salvation wouldn’t be ETERNAL.

B.  That’s impossible.

Because, as we just read above, THE MORE WE SIN THE MORE GRACE THERE IS!

Grace WILL ALWAYS EXCEED sin.

Grace is ALWAYS FAR GREATER THAN sin.

The more sin abounds, THE MORE GRACE OVER ABOUNDS!

Therefore, THERE’S NO WAY – NO WAY – that sinning can exhaust God’s Grace.

And there’s NO WAY – NO WAY— that sinning can cause ANYONE to lose his or her salvation.

NO WAY.

SO CERTAIN is Jesus’ GUARANTEE of Eternal Life, WE ARE SO SECURE in Him FOREVER, that in the very next chapter Paul has to say (paraphrasing):

“Now, don’t use this TREMENDOUS, IRONCLAD ASSURANCE of ETERNAL SALVATION as an excuse to sin ON PURPOSE.” (Romans 6:1-14)

Paul had to say this because Jesus’ Work of Redemption is SO COMPLETE, SO PERFECT,  SO ETERNAL, SO CERTAIN, and SO IRREVOCABLE, that baby Christians might be tempted to go on a sinning spree KNOWING that no sin, NOTHING and NO ONE can separate us from Christ, or take away His FREE GIFT of ETERNAL Salvation from us!  (John 10:28-29; Romans 8:33-34)

While sinning does not affect our ETERNAL Salvation, it does affect our witness for Christ in this world, and it does affect the degree of intimacy we have WITH A HOLY GOD and His MOST HOLY Spirit.

Sin can also have terrible consequences in this world.

NO TRULY BORN AGAIN child of God ACTIVELY SEEKS sinning.

We sin, occasionally, because of weakness of the flesh.

Not because WE ENJOY doing something that displeases our Lord. 

Whatever “pleasure” we derive from sin is VERY short-lived. (Hebrews 11:25)

And then, if we’re truly born again, we feel miserable.

It simply ISN’T worth it.

Therefore, NO ONE in his right mind would accuse A CHILD OF GOD of sinning wantonly and recklessly or of encouraging others to sin.

No child of God promotes sin:  On the contrary…

But the fact remains…

When sin abounds, GRACE DOES MUCH MORE ABOUND!!!

Which part of THAT EQUATION doesn’t religion get?

 

 

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

#1 RELIGION

I have BAD news: Islam is on track to overtake Christianity as the World’s No. 1 Religion.

According to a just released Pew Research Center study, the Muslim population in the United States will double by 2050.

Based on demographic trends, Pew projects that the Muslim population will grow by 70 percent worldwide between 2015 and 2060, compared with an overall population growth of only 32 percent.

That FAR EXCEEDS the projected growth of the second- and third-fastest growing religions, Christianity and Hinduism, respectively.

The reason for the stark disparity comes down to simple demographics. Muslims are younger and have more babies than Christians and members of other religions.

The projected birth rate of Muslim women from 2015 to 2020 is 2.9 babies per woman, compared to a non-Muslim fertility rate of 2.2.

This Pew study comes on the heels of several successive acts of terror perpetrated by Muslim extremists —  the incident that took place just outside Parliament in London, a suicide bombing outside a concert in Manchester, England, the shooting on a bus filled with Coptic Christians in Egypt, and Saturday night’s attack in the heart of London.

This means that Muslims, who presently comprise only about 1% (one percent) of the U.S. population (about 3.3 million), are on track to overtake Judaism as the #2 religion in the United States.

But that’s not nearly as alarming as their projected growth rate in Europe, where they are expected to be 10% of the European Continent by 2050.

If you think things are bad now, just imagine when 10% of Europe becomes fertile breeding ground for jihadists, and starts demanding Sharia law.

If keeping track of potential terrorists right now poses a major challenge, just imagine when the terrorist watch lists reach a certain tipping point, and the number of possible jihadists becomes unmanageable.

Homeland security agencies would be UNABLE to keep up.

And let’s not delude ourselves into thinking “oh well, that’s Europe, but it could never happen here in America”.

The fact is Muslims, unlike any other ethnic group, DO NOT ASSIMILATE.

The only difference between the U.S. and Europe right now, and the only reason we have thus far seen far fewer attacks on U.S. soil, is purely a matter of numbers.

There’s only ONE piece of GOOD news in all this: 

Jesus is about to step into human affairs in a big way. 

He will PUT AN END TO ALL THE MADNESS:

Terrorists and would be terrorists will get the tribulation they so richly deserve.

And Jesus’ people will be taken out of this hellish earth in the nick of time.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

THE NEW NORMAL

“And God saw THAT THE WICKEDNESS OF MAN WAS GREAT IN THE EARTH, AND THAT EVERY IMAGINATION OF THE THOUGHTS OF HIS HEART WAS ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY.

And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.

And the LORD said, I WILL DESTROY MAN WHOM I HAVE CREATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH for I am sorry that I have made them.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:5-8)

“THE EARTH ALSO WAS CORRUPT before God, and the earth WAS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE.

12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; FOR ALL FLESH HAD CORRUPTED THEIR WAY UPON THE EARTH.

13And God said unto Noah, THE END OF ALL FLESH IS COME BEFORE ME; FOR THE EARTH IS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE THROUGH THEM; AND, BEHOLD, I WILL DESTROY THEM WITH THE EARTH.” (Genesis 6:11-13)

Just 42 days after the horrific terror attack on Westminster Palace, where the British Parliament convenes…

Just 12 days after the horrendous terror attack in Manchester, where children and teens were targeted after a concert, butchered and injured –

…news broke of yet another terror attack on London Bridge and at the Borough Market.

Early reports are that pedestrians were mowed down by a van traveling at high speed, others had their throats slit, and still others were injured in various ways.

The latest tragedy appears to be the work of a terrorist cell consisting (apparently) of 5 rabid beasts, three of which were killed and two are still on the run as I write.

All three acts of terror were carried out by Muslims “in the name of allah”.

This is in addition to the various equally heinous acts of terror that have recently taken place in Germany, France, Belgium, and Sweden.

My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

Even from across the Atlantic, one can sense the shock, the horror, and the atmosphere of almost surreal disbelief about what’s going on.

I remember a time, not so long ago, when one could stroll along the streets of European capitals at all hours of the night and feel completely safe.

Evidently, that time is no more.

We have stepped into the “new normal” where terrorists are able to strike, maim and kill almost AT WILL.

Terrorism has evidently become THE NORM in Europe.

And yet, in recent elections, most notably in France, they overwhelmingly voted for a candidate who is very much for open borders and unrestricted immigration.

This is especially hard to understand given the fact that France has been one of the most targeted nations, which has suffered some of the worst carnage.

I was reminded of Jesus’ words comparing this final generation that will witness His Return to the days of Noah:

“But AS THE DAYS OF NOAH were, SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE.

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and KNEW NOT UNTIL THE FLOOD CAME, AND TOOK THEM ALL AWAY; SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE.

Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (Matthew 24:36-41)

Just like in the days before the flood, we have all these acts of mass murder.

Just like in the days before the flood, the earth IS FILLED WITH violence.

Just like in the days before the flood, the imagination of men’s hearts is ONLY EVIL CONTINUOUSLY.

Just like in the days before the flood most people HAVE TURNED THEIR BACKS ON GOD.

Worse, they have REJECTED His Son.

When He is THE ONLY ONE who can straighten out this mess and put and end TO ALL INJUSTICE!

Just like in the days before the flood, ALL FLESH HAS CORRUPTED its way before God.

And just like in the days before the flood, they are UNWILLING to repent, or to even CONSIDER the possibility that their rebellious lifestyle has opened all kinds of spiritual avenues to satan to kill, steal, destroy and maim through his evil children.

They seem unfazed and just wanting to go on with their hedonistic, depraved lives: eating, drinking, doing drugs, marrying, giving in marriage, and/or shacking up…

As if NOTHING ELSE matters…

As if this life were all there is...

As if Jesus didn’t exist.

As if there were no God.

As if there were no heaven and no hell, like that infamous song from the 70’s said.

From a biblical perspective this can only signal that the appearing of Jesus, and the time of tribulation are VERY, VERY near.

May all of us, like Noah, FIND GRACE in His eyes.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017

THE 4TH COMMANDMENT

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shall you labor, and do all your work:

But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: IN IT YOU SHALL NOT DO ANY WORK, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates” (Exodus 20:8-10)

Some religious legalist, trying to defend his wicked denomination, recently wrote that Jesus “observed the Sabbath” and that Paul “observed the Sabbath”. 

As “proof” for Paul, he offered three verses from the Book of Acts (Acts 13:42-44, 17:2, 18:4): and as “proof” that Jesus “kept the Sabbath”, he offered two verses from Luke (4:16; 6:6) and one from Mark (6:1-3).

He said his “scriptural proof” was “UNDENIABLE”.

With SO MUCH “scriptural” support, he MUST HAVE BEEN RIGHT: 

Right ???

Wrong!!!

What all 6 Scriptures say is that Jesus (or Paul) went into THE SYNAGOGUE on the Sabbath as was their Jewish custom.

Well isn’t attending a synagogue on the Sabbath “observing” the Sabbath?

NO.

There’s NOTHING in the 4th commandment (quoted above) about attending a synagogue on the Sabbath.

NOTHING!!!

NOT A WORD…

For that matter, there is NOTHING in the 4th commandment about attending ANY religious building.

Synagogues and religious buildings DID NOT EVEN EXIST when that commandment was given (around 1,500 B.C.)

And there’s NOTHING in the 4th commandment that designates the Sabbath (Saturday) as “THE day of worship”!

NOTHING!!!

The fourth commandment tells Israelites (NOT Christians) TO STAY HOME AND REST.

NO WORK, of any kind, allowed.

PERIOD!

I asked the heretic who presented these “undeniable”, “scriptural” proofs to provide me JUST ONE Scripture that says showing up at the local synagogue on Saturday is “observing the Sabbath”.

He retreated faster than the Turks before the British.

He was forced into heretics’ last recourse when their back’s against the wall:

He dramatically announced that “time would tell” who was right.

I told him that I DON’T NEED TIME.

I know who’s right -- RIGHT NOW – because GOD is always right.

His Word will say the same thing today, 10 years ago or a million septillions into the "future". (Hebrews 13:8)

The moral of today’s message is this: 

DON’T BE SO QUICK to accept something as “biblical”, just because someone shoves a few Scripture verses in front of you.

Even if they shove 1,000 verses in your face:

A.  Do those verses REALLY SPEAK about the topic you’re discussing?

B.  Do they REALLY SAY what the heretic CLAIMS they say?

C.  Are they being taken IN CONTEXT?

Don’t take their word for it: Analyze what they say and think it through.

God NEVER contradicts Himself.

If there seems to be a contradiction somewhere, then you need to find THE ERROR(S) in what they say.

One more thing:  NEVER BE AFRAID to stand for the Truth.

Winning is easy, and INEVITABLE, when WE KNOW THE TRUTH. (Romans 8:31)

Praise Jesus forever! THE TRUTH (Jesus) is on our side.

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017

HARDENED

There's one particular passage in Revelation chapter 9, verses 20 & 21 that troubles me every time I read it:

"The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues STILL DID NOT REPENT of THE WORK of their hands; they DID NOT STOP WORSHIPING DEMONS, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood-idols that cannot see or hear or walk.

Nor DID THEY REPENT OF THEIR MURDERS, their witchcraft, their sexual immorality or their thefts".

They DID NOT repent.

All the Christian movies about the tribulation, and how the unsaved, especially the leaders of false denominations, experience sudden remorse after the Rapture and repent of their false teaching, are a bunch of hogwash.

It may serve as self-righteous vindication for Evangelicals, but there's no shred of scriptural Truth behind it.
Truth is, the Bible says THE VERY OPPOSITE.

There isn't ONE statement in Scripture that, during the tribulation judgments, anyone rushes to get saved, or comes to sudden recognition that they could have, or should have, given their hearts to the Lord.

Despite the world at war, the destruction of one third of ships, one third of crops and vegetation, one third of sea creatures, the contamination of one third of the waters resulting in
food and water shortages, the third part of daylight being darkened, and ONE THIRD OF MANKIND DYING (that's 1.5 to 2 BILLION PEOPLE) from an unprecedented onslaught of chemical and/or biological missiles, those who are left on earth REFUSE TO repent.

Sometime thereafter, and just prior to the mark of the beast system being implemented, God sends a special messenger (angel) thru the midst of heaven preaching the Gospel, followed by another angel announcing the demise of Mystery Babylon (Rome), followed by a third angel who warns of the eternal consequences of worshiping the Antichrist or receiving his mark (Revelation 14:6-13).

It's then, and only then, that SOME people (I suspect mostly people who had never before heard the Gospel) come to their senses, and turn to the Lord.

There's a special Rapture for those who receive Christ, refuse the Antichrist and his mark, and somehow manage to survive (Revelation 14:15,16; 15:2).

Those who are MURDERED for their faith will be resurrected at the start of the Millennium to reign with Jesus (Revelation 20:4).

However, despite all of the above, A LOT OF PEOPLE will still side with Antichrist. SO GREAT is their hatred for Jesus Christ.

Even after THE WORST JUDGMENTS IN EARTH’S HISTORY are poured out on Antichrist's followers, including
painful sores all over their bodies, ALL WATERS turning to blood, to the point there's NO WATER AT ALL TO bathe , cook or DRINK, being SCORCHED by the sun's intensified heat, and being bombarded with 100-pound chunks of hail, Revelation 16:9-11 makes the most astounding, and disheartening statement:

"They were
seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but THEY REFUSED TO REPENT and glorify him. 

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but THEY REFUSED TO REPENT of what they had done".  (Revelation 16:9-11)

In recent years we have seen this DEMONIC, DEMENTED HARDNESS OF THE HUMAN HEART
taken to a degree unparalleled in human history.

We have seen it in terrorists, and those who MIMIC TERRORISTS.

And one is just as wicked – and REPULSIVE – as the other.

Tribulation judgments won't soften anyone's heart. On the contrary, they will HARDEN many hearts to the point they will be beyond reach (Genesis 6:3, 5).

The time to receive Jesus is NOW.

Salvation is GUARANTEED to those who receive Him
NOW (John 1:12).

To those who remain during the tribulation, there are NO guarantees.

Those who turn to Christ during that time will be saved.

But  WE HAVE NO GUARANTEES that anyone WILL TURN to Christ then, when they won’t do so NOW.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

PENTECOST: THEN & NOW

There are TWO notable Pentecosts in the Bible:

The first Pentecost, took place 3,500 years ago.  At that time, God Himself descended on Mount Sinai in Arabia, and delivered a written Law (Torah) to natural Israelites through Moses (Exodus chapter 19).

That Law contains 613 commandments of which 10 were written on stone tablets.

That Law would remain OUTSIDE each natural Israelite and basically told them what to do, or NOT to do.

The second notable Pentecost took place approximately 2,000 years ago, in the spring of 34 or 35 A.D.

At that OTHER Pentecost, God would fulfill the promise He made in Jeremiah 31:31-34:

He CAME DOWN TO Mount Zion IN PHYSICAL FORM, and established a New Covenant (Brit Hadasha) under which His laws would be written IN His PEOPLE’S HEARTS.

Unlike the Old Covenant that He had established at Sinai, this NEW Covenant was established IN JERUSALEM, the very city that God chose TO PLACE HIS NAME THERE (1 Kings 11:36; Daniel 9:16, 18-19; Acts 2:1-4).

Unlike the Old Covenant, God’s Law would now be INSIDE His people, NOT OUTSIDE.

This NEW Covenant would be based on KNOWING God, in the “biblical” sense, experientially and INTIMATELY.

God’s NEW Covenant would be based ON ONLY ONE “commandment”.

That commandment was TO LOVE:

LOVE God with ALL one’s heart, soul, strength and mind, and LOVE one’s neighbor as oneself. (Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 30:6; Mark 12:30-31)

Under His NEW Covenant, God put HIS NEVER-FAILING LOVE INSIDE EACH believer, so that they would not only keep His NEW Covenant, not only would they love God and neighbor, but ALSO ENJOY that marvelous, AND TRULY DIVINE Love. (Romans 5:5)

In His NEW Covenant, God (the HOLY God, LOVE Personified) CAME TO LIVE INSIDE each person through His HOLY Spirit. (John 14:28; Ephesians 3:17)

Since God is THE SUPREME LAW in the entire universe, there’s NO LAW ANYWHERE against Him OR AGAINST HIS PERFECT HOLINESS.

If GOD, therefore, LIVES IN an individual’s heart (inner man), THERE IS NO LAW – AND NO CONDEMNATION WHATSOEVER –AGAINST that person -- ANYWHERE! (Romans 8:1, 33-34)

Like the Old Covenant, the NEW Covenant first came to natural Israelites (Jews).

But it ALSO FULFILLED THE ETERNAL Covenant that God had made with Abraham that he would be the father of “a great multitude that no one could count” (Genesis 15:5), the “father of MANY nations” (Genesis 17:4-5), and that through His Seed (the Messiah) ALL NATIONS (goyyim, GENTILES) would be blessed. (Genesis 18:18; 22:18)

Besides the above mentioned contrasts, WHO OR WHAT MADE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COVENANT at Sinai on that first Shavuot, and the NEW Covenant in Jerusalem 1,500 years later?

Jesus -- and His MOST PRECIOUS, PRICELESS, SINLESS, Blood: 

God POURED OUT HIS OWN Blood for your sins and mine! (1 Peter 1:18-21)

Under the Old Testament Israelites offered COUNTLESS animal sacrifices grain offerings and libations for sin.

And their sins would be ONLY TEMPORARILY COVERED.

Those sacrifices had to be offered CONTINUOUSLY – DAY AFTER DAY – MONTH AFTER MONTH – YEAR AFTER YEAR…

Despite their frequency, those myriad sacrifices COULD NEVER PERMANENTLY REMOVE SIN.

NEVER!

That’s WHY they had to be offered again, and again, and again…

Therefore NO ONE got saved under the Old Covenant.

NO ONE! (Psalm 53:1)

Under the New Covenant God removed ALL SIN – for ALL TIME – by HIS VERY OWN BLOOD, through the PERFECT, TOTALLY SUFFICIENT, SACRIFICE of His SINLESS SON. (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 3:5)

Under the NEW Testament God GIVES ETERNAL LIFE FREELY TO WHOEVER WANTS IT AND RECEIVES HIS SON into his or her heart AND TRUSTS HIM completely for full salvation and reconciliation with the Father. (John 1:12; 3:16-17: 5:24; 6:37; Revelation 22:17)

The NEW Covenant, established IN JERUSALEM is FAAAAR SUPERIOR TO the Old Covenant established at Sinai in Arabia. (Hebrews 8:6; 12:24)

NO ONE got saved under the Sinai covenant.

Billions (perhaps trillions) are saved under the NEW JERUSALEM COVENANT. (Revelation 7:9-14)

Hear O Israel: WHICH of these TWO Covenants is now yours?