On a False Gospel Meme

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A FALSE GOSPEL MEME

Yesterday, I put up a meme on Facebook that proclaimed a false gospel. Under the meme I asked how many people had heard that message in their churches. I was looking to find out how wide this apostasy has spread. Boy did I get the message…

The comments under the meme started coming, “Amen, Brother, preach it!” and “Amen, I believe it!”

That was not the response I expected under a meme proclaiming a false and apostate message.

The meme read…

If you pay your tithe,
raise your hands,
sing loudly
and tithe,
God will make you wealthy and
take you to Heaven when you die.

I have news for you…

You can go to church every week until you die.
You can raise your hands,
Sing more loudly than anyone else
Pay a double tithe,
And go to Hell when you die…

If you want to go to Heaven…

You must believe in Jesus,
Not just any Jesus,
Not the Jesus your preacher dreamed up in his head,
Not the Jesus of your imagination,
The Jesus of the Bible.
You must know that Jesus personally,
You must deny yourself,
Take up your cross
(Don’t worry, it will kill you dead)
Fix your eyes on Jesus
And follow him.
You must agree with God
That what He calls sin
Is sin
And what He calls an Abomination,
Is an Abomination.
You must confess your sins
And ask for forgiveness.
You must be washed in the Blood of the Lamb
And made clean.
You must trust in Him
And in Him alone
For your Righteousness.
You must walk away from your
Sinful lifestyle.
And walk in holiness.

That is the way to Heaven as presented in Scripture… If you know Him, you will do these things. If you do not do these things, it is a sure and certain sign that you do not know Jesus.

That is truth!

When I was growing up, we had an altar call for Salvation, Repentance and Rededication… in every service.
1. Sunday Morning
2. Sunday Night
3. Wednesday Night.

It did not matter what the topic of the Pastor’s sermon, it always ended with a call to repentance, righteousness and salvation… Sinners felt the conviction of the Spirit… You could watch them squirm…

You know what is sad, It has been more than ten years since I have seen an altar call for repentance, righteousness and salvation…

More than that, I have gone to church with unconfessed sin in my life and walked out, an hour and a half later, with the same unconfessed sin and never felt the slightest twinge of conviction… God always dealt with me later, but nothing I heard in church would have ever brought conviction to my sinful soul…

Folks, if preachers refuse to call people to repentance, if they refuse to even tell people what the Bible says about Salvation, Heaven and Hell, if they continue to refuse to preach against sin, not only is this nation damned, pretty near every single person in this nation will be damned.

That is the truth…

Think about it.

David…

GOD IS GOING TO KILL US:

Yes, God is in Control and He will fulfill his Word. He will send “Those destined for death, to death; And those destined for the sword, to the sword; And those destined for famine, to famine; And those destined for captivity, to captivity.”’

PROPHECY IN CONTEXT

Dr. David A. Rice

2 Chronicles 7:14 If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

What American Christian has not heard that verse ad nauseum?

Let us here do what almost no one ever does… Let us look at that verse in context.

This is at the dedication of Solomon’s Temple and God says that He has heard their prayer and that He has accepted that place as a place of sacrifice.

 12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.

Secondly, God makes a statement that would shock and sicken many American Christians and pastors, should they ever read it… In a religious environment where all good things are credited to God (even if the “good thing” is unscriptural) and everything bad attributed to the Devil, this verse would leave many Christians with their heads under their pillow, trembling…

 13 If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,

Then comes the verse American Christians have claimed as their own…

14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

May I note that, with few exceptions, even Christians in America who love to quote this verse have never humbled themselves, or sought Gods Face, or turned from their wicked ways…

Just an observation…

This is followed by a passage in which God makes an acceptance speech…

15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17 As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 18 then I will establish your royal throne as I covenanted with your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to be ruler in Israel.’

The American Christian loves this kind of passage… They underline all the “Forevers” and the “Nevers” and never even see the “If” clauses…

How many times have I been emphatically reminded that “God said ‘FOREVER’”, when the very next verse starts with the awesome little word “IF”? Go back in this short passage and note first, the words like “forever” and “perpetually” and then go back and carefully read the “IF” clauses…

Next comes the part that no modern preacher in his right mind would ever read from the pulpit, let alone preach on…

19 “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 21 As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ 22 And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.’”

Unfortunately, Israel choose the second option and received the curse and not the blessing…

On the 9th of Av in 587 BC, Nebuchadnezzar, whom God referred to as “My servant” destroyed that Temple, killed the priests and flattened Jerusalem.

God told Jeremiah that He was going to destroy Israel. The prophet argued with him saying:

13 But, “Ah, Lord God!” I said, “Look, the prophets are telling them, ‘You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.’”

God answered:

14 Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.

They had become so evil that when Jeremiah tried to pray for them, God said:

Jeremiah 15:1 Then the Lord said to me, “Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not be with this people; send them away from My presence and let them go! 2 And it shall be that when they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you are to tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord:

“Those destined for death, to death;
And those destined for the sword, to the sword;
And those destined for famine, to famine;
And those destined for captivity, to captivity.”’

Then, on or about the 10th of Av, 587 BC, Jeremiah walked the Streets of Jerusalem. In Lamentations chapter 2, we read his commentary:

20 See, O Lord, and look!
With whom have You dealt thus?
Should women eat their offspring,
The little ones who were born healthy?
Should priest and prophet be slain
In the sanctuary of the Lord?
21 On the ground in the streets
Lie young and old;
My virgins and my young men
Have fallen by the sword.
You have slain them in the day of Your anger,
You have slaughtered, not sparing.
22 You called as in the day of an appointed feast
My terrors on every side;
And there was no one who escaped or survived
In the day of the Lord’s anger.
Those whom I bore and reared,
My enemy annihilated them.

Then the Prophet looks at the survivors and cries:

13 How shall I admonish you?
To what shall I compare you,
O daughter of Jerusalem?
To what shall I liken you as I comfort you,
O virgin daughter of Zion?
For your ruin is as vast as the sea;
Who can heal you?
14 Your prophets have seen for you
False and foolish visions;
And they have not exposed your iniquity
So as to restore you from captivity,
But they have seen for you false and misleading oracles.
15 All who pass along the way
Clap their hands in derision at you;
They hiss and shake their heads
At the daughter of Jerusalem,
“Is this the city of which they said,
‘The perfection of beauty,
A joy to all the earth’?”

Did you get that?

14 Your prophets have seen for you
False and foolish visions;
And they have not exposed your iniquity
So as to restore you from captivity,
But they have seen for you false and misleading oracles.

 This is America today. As I write this, it is Saturday. Tomorrow morning, all across America, Pastors will look out across their congregations and assure their flock that God is in control and everything is going to work out well…

“GOD IS IN CONTROL”

Yes, God is in Control and He will fulfill his Word. He will send “Those destined for death, to death; And those destined for the sword, to the sword; And those destined for famine, to famine; And those destined for captivity, to captivity.”’

David…

 

 

 

That Same Faith

Can faith in God lead to riches and a blessed life? Perhaps in America, in Somalia or the Sudan it leads to slavery and death. It is the same faith.

THE SAME FAITH!

Hebrews 11:39 “These were all commended for their faith…”

The writer of Hebrews says that some Saints saw triumph and victory while others received persecution and death. He concludes, “These were all commended for their faith.” It was the same faith that gave victory, that brought shameful conditions, floggings, cold, hunger and death.

In the same week I heard testimonies of a California businessman who came to Christ and a Chinese official who made the same decision. The man in California saw his family restored and his failing business prosper. The Chinese official lost his job and his family. After years in prison he was given the job of sweeping streets with a hand broom. Brothers and Sisters, I am here to tell you that these both were commended for their faith. It was not greater and lesser faith; it was the same faith.

In the earliest days of the church James was beheaded in prison. In that same place an angel rescued Peter and brought him out. Did Peter have the greater faith? No! It was the same faith.

Of the eleven surviving Disciples, ten were martyred for their faith. Was this a lesser faith? Do those who preach the Gospel for years and die of old age in their own bed have a greater faith than the Disciples? No! It is the same faith!

2 Cor. 11:23 Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.

Does this list indicate the weakness of Paul’s faith? Of course not, it was the same faith.

 Billy Graham spent his latter years at home with his family. Watchman Nee, the great Chinese evangelist and author died in prison. Does Billy Graham have the greater faith? No, it is the same faith.

 Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place, was jailed along with her entire family for hiding Jews from the Nazis. She alone survived to tell the story and preach the forgiveness of Christ. Did she have greater faith than her father and sister and the hundreds of thousands of Christians who died in that awful holocaust? Her calling was different, but it was the same faith.

 Richard Wurmbrand suffered twenty years in a Romanian prison for preaching the Gospel. Then he was miraculously rescued and spent thirty years in the United States heading up a worldwide ministry to the persecuted church. Did he suddenly find real faith after twenty years in prison? No, It was the same faith that put him in prison that brought him out.

As we speak, Christians in a hundred nations of the world are being persecuted for their faith. Does our freedom to worship here tonight result from a greater faith? No, it is the same faith.

Does the sister who is healed of cancer have more faith than the sister who faces death with dignity and a calm assurance of her salvation? According to my Bible, it is the same faith for which they are both commended!

Can faith in God lead to riches and a blessed life? Perhaps in America, in Somalia or the Sudan it leads to slavery and death. It is the same faith.

Jesus said to forsake all, take up your cross and follow him. Nearsighted American evangelists with no understanding of history, the Bible, or the state of the church in the rest of the world, have told us to grab our moneybags and run after a Jesus who is constrained to heal us and make us rich.

Jesus, the Bible, history and current events, clearly teach that faith can nail you to a cross or burn you at the stake! The same faith that heals one allows another to suffer agony. The same faith that rescues one will martyr his brother. God alone is sovereign!

Friends, I watched Venezuela fall from the inside. I lived through 200% inflation and 60% unemployment. Most Christians were blessed and provided for through the worst, others lost everything, and some lost their lives. No one was talking about getting rich with Jesus. Christians were in all night prayer meetings begging for food to feed the babies. Most received provision, but the poverty brought death to Christian homes.

If your faith is based on the search for healing, riches and a blessed life, it won’t work in a depression or under persecution. Brothers and Sisters, I will tell you plainly that a faith that can’t handle sickness, poverty and persecution is not a saving faith. It is another faith.

You must understand that because the faith that Jesus spoke of calls for forsaking all and taking up a cross, and the faith that Paul spoke of calls for enduring beatings, imprisonments, cold, shipwreck and hunger, I have trouble following those who speak only of healing and blessing.

A missionary from Wycliffe told us of 3,000 languages without a word of Scripture. There are billions of people in the world who have never heard the Gospel once. If the Kingdom of God is to be extended in the world it will take more than “feel good Christians” in “bless me churches.” God is looking for men and women who will commit to follow him to a martyr’s cross if that is where He leads.

There was a great mission movement in the late nineteenth century. Young Americans lined up for the trip to Africa. There are cemeteries in Africa full of little crosses. The average life span of these young people once they reached Africa was three weeks. Almost all of them succumbed to jungle fevers and died. They knew the odds when they signed on. A few developed immunities and lived to carry on the work. Millions of Christians in Africa owe their salvation to these brave young people. God is still seeking Christians with that same faith.

 After 9/11 the Muslim religion in America saw the greatest conversion rate in history. Young people were drawn to a religion worth dying for. The problem is that the Islamic martyr is always intent on murdering others and dying in the process. It is Murder-suicide, not martyrdom. The Christian Martyr dies rather than renounce his faith. That same faith causes the Christian Martyr to forgive and pray for his killers. That is true martyrdom!

The Senior’s Pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers told the story that when communist rebels neared the compound in East Africa where he was working he and his family fled. Another missionary family there felt God calling them to stay. The rebels forced the man who stayed to dig a large pit. The missionary, his wife and two small children were thrown in the pit and buried alive. As the dirt was falling and the children were screaming, the man told his wife that they could renounce their faith and live – there would be time to repent later. The wife said no, that she couldn’t live that way, and that family died together in that hole in the African soil. The details of their death became known because their faith so touched the Lieutenant that lead that squad of rebel soldiers that he later accepted Christ. He then went and led seven more of those soldiers to the Lord. They formed an evangelistic team and today are preaching in French Africa, France and even in Québec. It took faith to leave, faith to stay, and that same faith to turn a rebel soldier into a preacher. “These were all commended for their faith…”

 Abraham: Heb. 11:By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Israel: Heb.11:13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

Overcomers:  Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

 

Statistics

  • World Population: 6 billion people.
  • One third of earth’s people call themselves Christians.
  • One third of non-Christians live in already reached people groups.
  • One third of non-Christians live in unreached people groups.
  • 680 million (~11.5%) are Evangelicals or Bible reading Christians.
  • Active persecution of Christians takes place in: Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, China, Iran, Morocco, Libya, Egypt and Algeria. Over 160,000 believers will be martyred this year.
  • Of the world’s 24,000 Major People Groups, 10,000 (having 2.1 billion persons) are considered unreached – though Christian work occurs among most of them.
  • Most of the unreached people groups are located geographically in what some scholars call “The 10/40 Window” – from West Africa across Asia between ten degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees north.

Within this 10/40 window are:

  • Most of the world’s unreached peoples;
  • Two-thirds of the world’s population, although only one-third of the earth’s land area;
  • The heart of the Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religions;
  • Eight out of ten of the poorest of the world’s poor, enduring the world’s lowest quality of living.
  • Only 8% of the world’s missionary force and 0.01% of the income of the world’s Christians.
  • While about 900 of these unreached people groups are scattered among various world cultures, 9,100 of them are primarily in five major cultural blocks:
  • 3,330 unreached Muslim groups. Nearly a billion individuals are Muslims. One sixth of the world’s population.
  • 2,550 unreached tribal groups with only about 140 million individuals.
  • 1,660 unreached Hindu groups comprise a population of about 550 million individuals.
  • 830 unreached Han Chinese groups in which live 150 million individuals.
  • 830 unreached Buddhist groups. About 275 million individuals are in these groups.

These 10,000 groups in total are in 3,000 clusters, which have similar cultural characteristics such as having dialects of the same basic language, etc.

  • Over two billion people live in these unreached people groups and every day some 50,000 of them perish without having heard the Gospel. That is about 26 million a year.
  • 60% of unreached people groups live in countries closed to missionaries from North America.
  • 22 million internationals visit the US each year. Of these, some 500,000 are university students from 220 countries 25% of which prohibit Christian missionaries. 80% of those students will return to their countries having never been invited to an American home.
  • 40% of the world’s 220 Heads of State once studied in the US.
  • 60% of international students come from the 10/40 window (the most unreached nations).
  • 10% of international students are reached with ministry while in the US.
  • Worldwide Christian churches devote more than 85% of their resources on our own development. That is, only 15% of this arsenal of personnel, finance, prayer and tools goes to bless unreached people groups. In the U.S., the picture is even bleaker. According to the Bibles for All World Prayer Map, American Christians spend 95% of offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already-reached people groups, and 0.5% to reach the unreached.

American evangelicals could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 10,000 people groups with only 0.2% of their income. If all the missionaries needed came from this country, less than 0.5% of evangelicals aged 18 – 35 could form the teams required.

Missionaries:

  • 410,000 Missionaries from all branches of Christendom
  • Only between 2 and 3% of these missionaries work among unreached peoples.
  • 140,000 Protestant Missionaries
  • 64,000 Protestant Missionaries from the US
  • Distribution of Protestant Missionaries among cultural blocks.
  • 74% Among Nominal Christians                      3% Among Buddhists
  • 8% Among Tribal Peoples                              2% Among Hindus
  • 6% Among Muslims                             2% Among Chinese Folk Religions
  • 4% Among Non-Religious/Atheists                          1% Among Jewish People

Global Church Member Finance in US Dollars:

  • 12,300 Billion – Total Annual Income
  • 213 Billion – Giving to Christian Causes (1.73% of total income)
  • 11.4 Billion – To Foreign Missions (5.4% of giving to Christian causes
  • 87% of foreign mission money goes for work among those already Christian,
  • 12% for work among evangelized non-Christians; and
  • 1% for work among the unevangelized.
  • The church of Christ has over 100 times the resources needed to plant native churches in these people groups.

Two-thirds of the world’s population is functionally illiterate (including millions of adult Americans). That’s more than 4 billion people who wouldn’t understand the Bible in their own language if they had it.

  • At a steady rate over the last 20 centuries, and in all 238 countries, 70 million Christians have been martyred – killed, executed, murdered – for Christ.
  • Christians spend more on the annual audits of their churches and agencies ($810 million) than on all their workers in the non-Christian world.
  • 818 unevangelized ethnolinguistic peoples have never been targeted by any Christian agencies ever.

Perhaps God would send you…

David…

THE CULT THAT PLAYED CHURCH

“And, that is how Isis became the Virgin Mother of God. Being the Chief Goddess and the Wife of the Chief God, she became the Queen of Heaven when her life on earth was done… Horus was both god and the son of god…”

Satan had the run of Heaven for a very long time. You can read about it in the Book of Job. He was out of the loop, so to speak, but he heard things. God even shared things with him that he could no longer fully understand. He knew that he had fallen, and he knew that he had taken down mankind. God told him the basics… “The Seed of the woman will bruise your head…” He certainly had heard of the Virgin Birth and the incarnation of the Son of God. He did not know how it would all work out, but he knew the basic facts…

Satan, or Lucifer as he still prefers to be called, set out to do it first. He would do what God had said that He would do, but Lucifer would do it first… He just wasn’t quite as smart as he would like to think, and the story he came up with is so perverted that I shall be forced to leave out some of the grosser detail.

The Catholics have called Mary the “Queen of Heaven” but the pagans worshipped the “Queen of Heaven” in Jeremiah’s day. You can read about it in your Bible if you like. That “Queen of Heaven” and that “Mother of God” is the center piece of our little history paper that you now read.

It is, as I have already pointed out, a perverted story. It is a story of a weird little family of gods… Yes, these gods existed but the stories that surround them have been greatly exaggerated. Osiris, Set, (not Seth) and Isis were brother and sister gods… Nice family, two boys and a girl.

Osiris and Isis fell in love and got married. Yes, they were both brother and sister and husband and wife. Before they could have sex and make a little baby god, the evil brother Set, got jealous and killed Osiris. He cut his brother/Brother-in-Law into fourteen pieces and spread his parts all over Egypt.

Isis was distraught… she was still a virgin and had no heir. Desperate, she set out across Egypt and gathered up all the parts of her brother/husband… all except one. It appears that his penis was thrown in the Nile and it was eaten by a fish.

Isis sewed all of his parts together. He was still dead but at least he looked like himself. Nonetheless, he had no penis and could not make a baby for her. Not to be undone, Isis made a magic stone dildo, attached it as if it were his penis and impregnated herself…

She soon gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Horus. Horus was, according to Isis, the reincarnation of her brother/husband Osiris. Thus, he was her son, her brother and her husband. When he was just twelve years old, Isis married him and took him to her bed.

And, that is how Isis became the Virgin Mother of God. Being the Chief Goddess and the Wife of the Chief God, she became the Queen of Heaven when her life on earth was done… Horus was both god and the son of god… All the pieces of the story he overheard in Heaven were accomplished, albeit in a perverted and twisted manner.

That story, slightly changed, came from the story of Nimrod and his wife. The Egyptians had the names changed but kept the basic story. The Greeks gave them good Greek names, but the story remained the same. The Romans gave them Roman names, but the story was unchanged. This was the base religion of the Caesars.

Then came Jesus and we found out what was the real, untwisted and un-perverted plan of the Real God of Heaven. The Church was born and existed with the Real Story. Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man. This story was the foundation of the Church, but it had a familiar ring to it… it was not that different from the Religion of Rome.

Rome fought the Church for a couple of hundred years, but it became a losing battle. Roman soldiers would no longer attack the Church, they were Christians… Rome and Lucifer were losing bigtime. So, Lucifer gave the Emperor Constantine a dream. In the dream, our boy saw a cross and heard a voice saying, “In this sign conquer.” The Emperor woke up a Christian and set out to win the world under the sign of the cross.

Then came the Edict. All Romans would become Christians in thirty days or die… That was simple, but effective.

On that day, the Cult of Rome became the Roman Catholic Church. Osiris became “God the Father,” Horus became “Jesus the Son,” Isis became “Mary, Mother of God, and Queen of Heaven.” And the Bishop of Rome became The Holy Spirit… God on Earth, and the Mediator between God and Man…”

And, the greatest of these is Isis/Diana/Mary, Queen of Heaven and Mother of God.

It was this “Church” that gave birth to a bastard son called Mohammad, and Osiris was baptized as Allah…

Now, Allah/Father/Osiris/Horus/Jesus has become the Jesus of the cult of Dominion… and by violence they seek to take the world and submit it by force to the will of their God.

Nothing ever changes…

There are two stories. One story told by Lucifer, the other told by the God of Abraham and found in your Bible… Just make certain which story you believe.

David…

WASH ME JESUS…

When you realize just how naked, sinful, and dirty you are, you will cling to the cross and fix your eyes on Jesus…

The Simple Gospel

How distracted we become when we take our eyes off Jesus. Lucifer loves to mess with Christians. How many Christians have fallen by the wayside, consumed with the unimportant and the trivial. How very large and important can the peripheral appear in the light of Lucifer.

You are a sinner, lost and bound for an eternity in Hell. Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, died on a cross and shed his Blood for your sin. He was made sin for you, in order that you, through him, might become the righteousness of God. This salvation is offered freely but you must accept the conditions…
• You must believe.
• You must repent.
• You must agree with him that you are a helpless sinner.
• You must take up your cross.
• You must follow him.
• You must endure to the end.

If you are saved, the doctrine of “Once saved, always saved,” is a stupid peripheral… No one who is saved asks how much sin they can get away with and still go to Heaven… Such questions are unthinkable to the man with a cross on his back and his eyes fixed on Jesus.

No saved person would ever consider grace as a license to sin. Hyper-Grace is an offence to the one who loves God. Grace is what saved that man from Hell. Grace is what made him pure. Grace is what set him free from the power of sin… grace could never be permission to live a lifestyle that is offensive to the God who saved him.

My friend Jim, is not consumed with the idea that I must call him James because his mother did. Jesus is not concerned that you call him Yeshi because his mother did or Yeshua because the Rabbi did… The man who is in love with Jesus knows that his Savior is not concerned with such trivia…

The fellow with the cross worn blisters on his back does not worry about the Ten Commandments and he has no illusion that he has the power to keep any of them. That cross tends to get heavy and you find that you are staring at Jesus… You cannot commit adultery or kill your neighbor with a cross on your back and your eyes fixed on Jesus… You never think about the Law or it’s consequences. You think about Jesus, you go where Jesus goes and you do what Jesus does… It ain’t words on a rock, it is the Rock of your Salvation. Your Sabbath is not a day but a man… you rest in Jesus and you carry on…

It is hard to be consumed with the shape of the earth… the road to Heaven goes straight up and it is covered with the blood of the saints… Your back will bleed under the weight of that cross…

Jesus is concerned with the salvation of your neighbors and family. If you follow him, that burden will pass to your shoulders…

If your mind is filled with trivia, you will not care for the souls around you. You will not love God or your neighbor… Distraction is such a powerful weapon of the enemy…

When you realize just how naked, sinful, and dirty you are, you will cling to the cross and fix your eyes on Jesus… The Hymnwriter wrote, “Wash me Savior lest I die…” when you understand that, deep within your soul, the rest of the garbage will fade away…

Nothing but the Blood… Nothing but the Blood.

David…

Apostle or Roman Agent?

Joseph Shellim commented on my post, “Paul’s quote is pointless, clearly indicating he was a Roman agent…”

Joseph Shellim commented on my post, “Paul’s quote is pointless, clearly indicating he was a Roman agent. Everything is created by God [Gen.1/1]. Paul’s attempt to fulfill away the laws of God marks the single greaest failure in biblical history. The Romans and Christianity also failed this attempt, to the extent not a single Christian country can stand without the Hebrew laws. Even God cannot change His covenant and laws, because God is Truth.

Ps 105/8 He hath remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations; 10 And He established it unto Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant.”

To which I replied, “And you sir, are a Hell bound pagan, having rejected the Word of God.”

His is however, the logical end to the beliefs of the legalist and Judaizer… You cannot believe that Paul was an Apostle and at the same time insist on placing gentile Christians under the Law… Every Hebrew Roots believer, Legalist and Judaizer will eventually be forced to either trash their doctrine or make Paul a reprobate… There is no other honest choice…

I once had a Hebrew Roots “Pastor” send me a 4,000-word essay on why Paul was not an Apostle and it was only by a Roman Catholic plot that his books were included in the Bible… Seriously, that is the only… the very only answer that one can come up with that can possibly justify the attempt to place Christians under the law of Moses…

You cannot believe that Paul was an Apostle and his writings are the Word of God and believe that Christians are forbidden to eat pork and shellfish and that they are required to go to church on Saturday… That is an oxymoron on steroids…

But none, absolutely none of the Judaizers will accept that they are bound by the whole law. They are bound only to dietary laws and the Sabbath… The rest of the Law can and should be ignored… You cannot preach that with Paul’s Epistles in your Bible…

I wrote, “While you are enforcing Leviticus 11, why not enforce Leviticus 15? Who gave you permission to enforce one chapter and ignore the rest of the book? When you come into full compliance with all of Leviticus, I might even listen to that garbage you selectively pick out of a single chapter… You are going to insist that rules regarding food are still in force but rules concerning blood are trashed? Good luck explaining that one to God!

Leviticus 15:19 ‘When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. 20 Everything also on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean, and everything on which she sits shall be unclean. 21 Anyone who touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 22 Whoever touches any thing on which she sits shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 23 Whether it be on the bed or on the thing on which she is sitting, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening. 24 If a man actually lies with her so that her menstrual impurity is on him, he shall be unclean seven days, and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.

25 ‘Now if a woman has a discharge of her blood many days, not at the period of her menstrual impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond that period, all the days of her impure discharge she shall continue as though in her menstrual impurity; she is unclean. 26 Any bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her like her bed at menstruation; and every thing on which she sits shall be unclean, like her uncleanness at that time. 27 Likewise, whoever touches them shall be unclean and shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 28 When she becomes clean from her discharge, she shall count off for herself seven days; and afterward she will be clean. 29 Then on the eighth day she shall take for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons and bring them in to the priest, to the doorway of the tent of meeting. 30 The priest shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. So the priest shall make atonement on her behalf before the Lord because of her impure discharge.’

31 “Thus you shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, so that they will not die in their uncleanness by their defiling My tabernacle that is among them.”

So throw out 80% of your New Testament and declare Paul a reprobate or throw out your Demon Doctrine that forces that decision down your throat…

David…

 

 

FIGHTING TEMPTATION

Some people just love rules… but Christianity is not about rules… Christianity is all about Jesus…

I REMEMBER FIGHTING LUST.

As a young man, I had a terrible fight with lust and sexual sin. I remember sweating and crying and calling out to God for strength to fight temptation. I even remember screaming at God on occasion…

I remember yielding to temptation and then weeping in agony of soul over my sin…

I remember thinking that it is impossible to obey the commandment… the harder I tried to obey, the more I prayed for strength, the stronger the temptation became…

I know that, while your besetting sin may be different than mine, you can identify with my struggle…

But, now I know. I was right, it is impossible and the harder you try to obey the Law the stronger the temptations grow… That is an accurate observation. That is undeniable truth.

Paul tells us, in 1 Corinthians 15:56, that the Law is the power of sin. In other words, trying to obey the Law makes sin stronger…

In other words, trying to obey the Law makes sin stronger…

However, Scripture gives us the secret to victory!

Those who are led by the Spirit are not under the Law…

When I took my eyes off the Law and fixed them on Jesus, I found freedom from sin for the first time in my life! When I stopped concentrating on the rules and started to follow Jesus, temptations lessened, and I found myself free to obey… The harder I followed after Jesus, the less I fought with lust and sexual sin…

When I began to deny myself… when I took up my cross and started to follow Jesus, the girls who used to tempt me so badly almost disappeared… I just didn’t notice them anymore… My mind was on higher things, bigger things, better things…

It is a secret that will set you free! Jesus has freed you from the Law of sin and death…

It is a truth set in stone. The more you try to obey the law, the stronger the temptation becomes. The closer you get to Jesus as a living, breathing person, your friend, confidant and big brother, the weaker temptation becomes…

Some people just love rules… but Christianity is not about rules… Christianity is all about Jesus.

Let me share something… Jesus does not steal, fornicate or commit adultery. If you follow Jesus, you won’t do those things either. But it isn’t about following the Law, it is about hiding yourself in the one who fulfilled the whole law and died to set you free…

Follow Jesus… Just follow Jesus.

David…