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|Posted on 6 May, 2016 at 8:27||comments (0)|
I’ve come to enjoy going on Facebook and talking with other people. It reminds me of the Ham radio’s in the old days. People today are much more opinionated and sometimes the language is inappropriate and downright rude to say the least. When that happens, I ask them once to refrain from that language and if they don’t I just don’t respond to them anymore.
I’ve met one gentlemen from California. We argue about everything, but we do it respectfully and often end the day with something funny. Although I have a sense of humor, I also have a serious side. I am a strong conservative Christian who follows the Bible. I will often post something with other people who claim to be Christians, but go against what the Bible says.
I have been told that all religions will be up in heaven; I then point out what the Jesus says in John 14:6 NIV “I am the way and the truth and the life No one comes to the Father except through me.” Also Romans 10:9 NIV says, “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
They seem to disregard what the Bible says. I was told that I would be surprised at all the different religions that will be up there. They add that the God that they know would let everyone into heaven.
While again we have to go back to what the Bible says. In Exodus 20:3-6, “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
On my job I attended my first class on unionism. I was taught that it doesn’t matter what the contract says, interpret it to mean what you want it to mean. I have found that people do the same with the Bible. Example 1Timothy 6:10 has been shortened to say that money is the root of all evil. What it really says is, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Notice the big difference?
Another argument is when we are discussing homosexuality. Although there are numerous Bible verses against it, people will say that Jesus never said anything against it. There is a lot of thing Jesus didn’t say. Jesus didn’t say that we shouldn’t do drugs, rob banks, etc. I believe you get my point.
What I don’t understand is how someone can call them self a Christian, but do not believe what is written in the Bible. God has a simple, but precise plan for salvation and eternal life. We are all sinners. Therefore, unless we repent of our sins, and believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior, the Son of God, who died in our place for our sins. We will not see or enter into Heave, but rather hell and damnation for eternity. No other gods or prophet died for you, they are idols and men who could not redeem you, why? Because they are mortal men, who sinned just like you and I. If you believe that Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and risen from the grave, you will receive forgiveness for all of your sins, and the gift of eternal life.
It is a gift, Christ paid the price with His life so you can have eternal life. It is not something you deserve or earned. Remember, God does the saving, all of it.
If I am wrong I have lost nothing, but if you are wrong you have lost your very soul and sentence yourself to eternal damnation, because you choose to believe a lie instead of the truth. Truth or Consequence you choose, I already have.
If you are ready to make this commitment repeat this prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. That He came to earth in the form of man, to redeem mankind by taking our sins on the cross. I realize now that sin is what separate me from you. I asked for forgiveness for all my sins that I have committed and receive what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross. I ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart, and my life and change me into the child of God that you have called me to be.
If you prayed that prayer, the Bible says your name is written in the Lamb book of Life. Read the Bible and find a church that teaches the word of God.
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1Timothy 4:1-2 says, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”
Jesus warned that in the last days, many shall be deceived and offended, and shall depart from the faith. (Matt. 24:10) When we are more offended by what God’s word says, then offending God, we are in grave danger of judgment as a nation, and as individuals.
(Matt. 24:3-4) (3)“And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (4)And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you.”
Why did Jesus say to his disciples to take heed that no man deceive you? Could it be because Christians, disciples, pastors, anyone can be deceived or else Jesus would not have warned them to take heed?
Jesus warned that in the last days, many shall be deceived and there shall be a great falling away. This warning is not to those that are of the world, because they are already deceived. How could they fall away from the faith if they never had the faith? This warning is to Christians. Many false prophets where once devote Christians who once knew and walked in the truth, but became deceived and strayed from the faith.
Jesus goes on to tell the disciples what will transpire in the end-times. However, he did not tell them the date or the time of His return, as many have falsely predicted.
(Matt.24: 5-8) 5”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8)All these are the beginning of sorrows.
”Throughout the world nations have risen against nations for territory and domination. We know there are famines, pestilences, earthquakes, and a rise in catastrophic events. However, Jesus says these are the beginnings of sorrows not the end.
(9) ”Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. (10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
(11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
”Verse 5 says, ”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” I have heard numerous sermons on this verse. Many believe that this verse refers to false prophets. It is true many false prophets have come, saying they are the Christ, and have deceived many. We may recognize some from our era.
Sun Moon (Born Mun Yong-Myeong on February 25, 1920 – September 3, 2012) Sun Moon and his family converted to Christianity when he was a child and joined the Presbyterian Church. When he was 15, Moon said that Jesus Christ anointed him to carry out his unfinished work by becoming parent to all of humanity.
Sun Moon believed and taught that Jesus was divine but not God; he was supposed to be the second Adam who would create a perfect family by joining with the ideal wife and creating a pure family that would have begun humanity's liberation from the sinful condition caused by Eve’s illicit sex with Satan. When Jesus was crucified before marrying, he redeemed mankind spiritually but not physically according to Moon. That task was left to the "True Parents" - Moon and his future wife - who would link married couples and their families to God.
Moon the self proclaimed Messiah was the founder of the Unification Church and of its widely noted “Blessing” or mass wedding ceremony. In his church doctrine, the wedding (or marriage re-dedication) ceremony removes couples from the lineage of sinful humanity and grafts them into God’s sinless lineage. After the third generation of intra-Unification Church blessed marriages, any children born will be free from the consequences of original sin. In 1997, about 30,000 couples took part in a marriage ceremony in Washington, DC. Officiated by Moon.
David Koresh (Vernon Howell) Vernon Howell claimed to have become a born-again Christian in the Southern Baptist Church and soon joined his mother's church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Vernon Howell legally changed his name "for publicity and business purposes" to David Koresh. Koresh is the Persian name of Cyrus the Great, a Persian King who is named a Messiah for freeing Jews during the Babylonian Captivity. His first name, David, symbolized a lineage directly to the biblical King David, from whom the new messiah would descend. By taking the name of David Koresh, he was "professing himself to be the spiritual descendant of King David, a messianic figure carrying out a divinely commissioned errand."
Koresh would annul all marriages of couples that joined the group, had exclusive sexual access to the women, and would also have regular sexual relations with young girls. There is no question that Koresh had multiple children by different women in the group. His House of David doctrine based on a purported revelation involved the reproduction of 24 children by chosen women in the community. These 24 children were to serve as the ruling elders over the millennium after the return of Christ.
These men like so many others were Imposters who claim to be Christ, or a prophet sent by God, or otherwise claimed to speak God's truth, when in reality they do not speak the truth and are not who they claim to be. But, they did deceive many. These false prophets had great followers in the United States. A country where bibles are sold and even given away, but apparently not read. It’s not hard to deceive those who do not read the word of God, or seek God through prayer.
We may read these profiles and shake our head that anyone could possible fall for such nonsense. Yet many have and will because they either hadn’t heard or refuse to believe the truth. However, these false prophets fall under the eleven verse “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” not the fifth verse, ”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Lets us take another look at the fifth verse again, which is different than false prophets.
Verse 5 says,” For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” This verse is not in reference to false prophets who claim they are the “Christ,” but it is about false doctrine. If it referred to false prophets Jesus would not have repeated this scripture differently in verse 5 compare to verse 11.
What this scripture is saying is that many shall come and say that Jesus Christ is Savior and they shall deceive many. Who are the many? Those people who profess to be Christians or Disciples of Christ. How can this be? If we do not read and study the word of God, we cannot know what is scriptural and what is opinion. This is why Jesus warned His disciples by saying, 4 “take heed that no man deceive you.”
An example of a widely accepted false belief: We are all God’s children. When the truth is we are all God’s creation. Only those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior become children of God (Rom. 8:14, Gal. 3:26, John 1:12). Another example of a false belief that is widely being accepted is; we all believe or serve the same God. Yet, there are different Saviors, or multiple ones (1John 4:14-15, 1Tim. 2:5).
Jesus said in verse 13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Endure means to carry on or bare up under, it does not mean to give in to opinions and sinful temptations because of those who say they are Christian, but their lifestyle contradicts the Word of God.
May we be like the psalmist who said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11
References about the false prophets: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Posted on 22 May, 2014 at 12:15||comments (0)|
Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
I cannot help to think about how many people in the Body of Christ do not know the will of God for their life. Instead of inquiring from the Lord and seek His Word they seek help from the secular world who do not have the solution to their problems.
We seek secular psychologist and counselor to help advise and medicate us for a spiritual problem. We go to a medical doctor to be diagnosed with some medical condition and prescribe a life long drug to control not heal our condition. We seek advise from our unsaved friends and wonder why our relationship with our unequally yoked boy/girlfriend is missing something. We accept what the world (spiritually dead) says as truth and doubt what the Word of God say as the Truth. Are we so immersed in worldly pleasures, or bogged down by our circumstance that we don’t have time to read our bibles for the solution or pray through our circumstances? Are we spiritually shipwrecked?
Paul was a prisoner aboard a ship headed to Italy with others prisoners. The winter season was quickly approaching and sailing would be very dangerous. Paul went to Julius (centurion) and said; “I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading (cargo) and ship, but also of our lives (Acts 27:10).”
Julius heard what Paul said, but he was more persuaded to listen to what the owner of the ship and the sailors said about the trip rather than a Godly man. It would stand to reason that the centurion would take the advise of someone who knew about ships, especially the owner of this particular ship. However, Paul knew something about his God, and discerned that they shouldn’t go ahead with this voyage. The owner of the ship felt that they should move on to a better place to keep the ship for the winter. No one listened to Paul’s warning and they began to sail the ship.
(Acts 27:13-20) The ship had not sailed far before the wind began to blow very hard. It was blowing so hard that the captain could not turn the ship back. They were caught in the middle of a terrible storm. The sailors had to work hard to keep the ship from filling completely with water. The ship was being tossed up and down. Because the wind and waves crashed against the sides of the boat it felt like the ship was going to break apart.
It had been dark for many days. No one could see the sun during the day or the stars at night. The winds were still raging against the ship. Luke wrote that they had given up hope that anyone would come and rescue them at sea. Everyone was sure they were going to die at sea. They had lightened the ship and threw overboard everything that would lighten the load. They no longer was in control but was tossed about by the wave and an uncertainty of where they were headed.
Have you ever found yourself in a turbulent storm that left you wondering if you will ever get out of it, and what will become of your finances, health, career, or relationship? If only we would have listened to that still small voice, or sought godly advise/prayed.
Everyone goes through trials, some more than others. If we are honest with ourselves we must admit there is something we did or did not do that brought us to this storm in our lives. God will allow the storms in ours lives to perfect us, but also to teach us how to trust and rely on Him.
The men on the ship didn’t heed the warning from Paul and found themselves in need of a deliverer. We will not know real peace until we accept Jesus as the Prince of Peace. We cannot be healed unless we allow Jesus to be our Chief Physician. We will never receive a miracle unless we step out in faith and trust our Lord to provide one. We will not know the Joy of being delivered until we see the need to be delivered by our Redeemer. We will not know who Jesus is in our lives until we see the need for Him to fulfill our needs. Jesus has fulfilled all things and yet we only go to Him for some things. Have we eliminated the solution by limiting God?
Paul stood up in front of all the men on the ship. He said, “Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.”
Another words if they would have listen they wouldn’t be in this predicament. However, there are consequences for disobedience. They will be all right, yet they lost precious cargo, and the ship would be destroyed. When we go through a storm we too loose valuable cargo, sometimes we loose the very thing we are trying to hold on to. Most of the time it’s our peace or joy we loose, but that is our choice.
(Acts 27:30) “And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship…” verse 31 says “Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.” They were getting ready to jump ship because they believed the ship would crash, so they would rather take their chances in the turbulent waves. Even when we are about to crash, we must abide in Christ, we might be hurting, but we won’t die, but live and proclaim the works of God.
Verse 42-43 “And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any escape. But the centurion willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose.” The soldiers were willing to kill the prisoners then that any should escape.
We sometimes forget that we have an enemy of our soul the devil, which wants nothing better than to keep us bound and imprisoned in our circumstances. He like the soldiers want to steal, kill, and destroy if not our lives then our faith. We also like Paul have an advocate, Jesus Christ who intercedes in our behalf.
God had a plan for Paul’s life and no one was going to end Paul’s life before God’s work for Paul was done. Believers can find comfort in knowing that God is in control of their life and their lives will not end on this earth until God’s purpose for his/her life is fulfilled. Even if the ship you are in is falling apart or crashing, you must abide in the ship and allow Jesus to be the anchor of your faith. In order for Jesus to be the anchor of your faith you must be anchored in His Word.
|Posted on 24 April, 2014 at 16:30||comments (0)|
2 Tim. 3:1-9 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”
Paul isn’t warning Timothy about the unsaved, or the world, but rather those who say they are Christians but choose sin, over righteousness. Paul calls them reprobate concerning the faith. How do I know they are not speaking about the world or unsaved? These things were already going on in the world. Remember God sent a flood once to destroy the world because of sin. Paul would not have warned Timothy about sinners in the world. Paul is addressing perilous time concerning sinners in the church, or so called Christians.
Somerset Maugham, a British writer, who once wrote, “No action is in itself good or bad, but only such according to convention.” Those with this belief have no reservations about living as they choose without fearing any consequences for their actions. Sadly this belief has filtered into the Church, and into the heart many of our leaders and others in the Body of Christ. Romans 12:9 says “Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” If we call evil good, and good evil, where is there room for repentance?
When Christians believe that Sin is no longer sin, but a personal choice or lifestyle they are accepting the world’s view instead of God’s WORD. Those who choose to believe sin is no longer sin, they know that God is a loving God; therefore they used this as a license to do what ever they please without any guilt or fear of consequence. They sadly and perhaps unknowingly take the convicting power of the Holy Spirit out of the equation. Without conviction there is no remorse, therefore no repentance. If it’s not sin in their eyes, then there is no need to repent.They feel justify because the world says its ok, but in God’s eye they are not justified. God is also a just and righteous God, who hates sin, because sin separates us from God. 1John 1:8 clearly says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Romans 12: 2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”The Word of God renews our minds. However, a person choosing to sin, most likely isn’t reading the word of God, or earnestly praying because it would convict them of their ungodly choices (sin).Now understand I am not speaking of the person who is sinning and feel guilty. Who knows sin is sin and wants to be set free. That person will be set free as he/she yield and surrender to the word of God, and the Spirit of Truth.
“Tragically, many are eating at the table of demons, serving their own lustful appetites, and then attempt to come to the Lord’s table to feast with the righteous. This leads on to spiritual sickness and death because these deceived ones do not discern the true Bread of God.” (1 Corinthians 11:29)
How well did Jeremiah speak the word of God concerning God’s people in his generation and ours, “My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit…They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”(Jeremiah 2:11, 13)
Let’s quit being a “friendly oriented church” and become a righteous church that leads by example.
It grieves my heart to see my brothers and sisters, pastors and leaders believing a lie rather than clinging to the truth. My prayer is that their eyes would be open. That having eyes to see that they might see the truth, sin as sin, and that their heart would be soften to receive the truth that they might be set free. Free to love and serve the Lord, the Author, and Finisher of their faith.
David Wilkerson, Hungry for more of Jesus, 1992 Baker Book House Company, Grand Rapid, MI. pg. 17 Para 4
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