“Flag Burners And Worshippers Of Chaos: There Real Message, Motive and Focus Of Hatred” Or “We Are Living In The Times Of 2 Peter 2” Or “These Things Must Be” Or “A Pulpit Does Not A Preacher Make”

“And Moses built an altar, And called the name of it Jehovahnissis [The LORD is my Banner].  (Exodus 17)

 

It is in the news almost everyday. Today persons are dishonouring the flag of our country and rebeling against civil authority. The news casters and persons on the street and families sitting around the dinner table are all acting the same questions, one of which is, “Why?” Church atteners are asking the same question and maybe even another question, “Did Pastor X just say what I think he said? Did he just speak evil of our president?”

With the bent of my mind we blieve we might have the answer to these guestions.
“Why are persons burning the American Flag and why do they hate civil authority?”
We will address the question regarding civil authority first. Have you every attended a pro wrestling event or whatched one on television?  If you every did or ever will, pay attention to the man in the black and white shirt. He is the third man in the ring if it is a one onn one match up. (4) four things to note. 1. You will hardly notice him though he is in all the action and in almost every camera shot. 2. He is much smaller that the competitors. 3. He has all of the authority. 4. If either competitor lays a hand on him, they will be immedietly disqualified, suspended, fined or even terminated.

1. He is hardly noticed.  This is because ne needs not get involved, lest a rule is being broken or he needs to make the all important (3) count and call the winner.
2. This referee is sometimes (1/2) half the sixe of the competitors if not smaller. Why does he need not be bigger?
3. He need not be bigger because his size does not determine his authority.
4. His authoriy is determined due to that which backs up his authority. That which backs up his authority are the rules, the ownership, board of directors, and all the fines and possible means of discipline. If a competitor shows any hostility toward the ref, everyone and everything that gives the ref his authority and power will be threatened and offened. Any attack on the ref is an attack upon all the back him and all that is above him. To attack the in ring authority is a tremedous attack upon all.

With the above being written, do you now see why the worshppers of chaos hate and attack civil authority like the police? The attack upon the police is an attack upon everything that gives the police his or her power. The attackers are sending a messgae of disrespect and hate to all authoriy and most of all upon Him that bestows this aithority and power to disciplines.

The ultimate Power of Authority is God, Himself. In the Book of Exodus God tells Moses that they do not hate him or resist his authority but it is God, Himself they resist. In Roman 13, Paul states that all authority is given by God and that all civil authority is dispensed by God. He states that there is no power or authority in place that He did not put in place. Therefore anyone that rebels or resist this authority is resisting and rebeling against Him. Those that fire upon and even murder police officers, in reality are seeking to kill God again plain and simple.

Why do the people seek to destroy the Flag that represents is country? The answer is the same as above. The flag represents God that provides and appoints civil authority. In our text above, Moses calles a place Jehovahnissi ( pronounced Jehovahniece). Jehova nissi means The LORD is my Banner.
Moses gave this place the name that he did because God had given the Israelites a great victory over the Amalekites, a great enemy of God and His people.The detail of the victory are these: Moses went to a high place and he held the Rod of God above his head with his (2) two arms. When his arms held the rod high above his head the people would have the battle in hand. When Moses arms and the Rod would lower, the Amalekite army would begin to have the advantage.
(2) two men noiced the effect Moses and the Rod was having upon the battle. These men, Aaron and Hur came to Moses sides and held his arms up high. The army of God would take the advantage and keep the advantage. The Army of God would discomfit the enemy of God. Mose would then name this field of victory, Jehovah is my Banner because when the warriors would see Moses and the Rod of God they would be strengthened.
This is true on many fields of battle. Many soldiers of the U.S. militart would confess that the Flag or Banner of these United Stae of America gave them the strength and ability to carry on.

Those that hate this country and what it stands for no this and therefore hate the flag and what it represents. Many Christ-ians would tell yo that the Banner or Flag reminds them of God’s love and blessings upon this country over it’s history. Flag burners know this too and they hate it all. When these flag burners burn our great flag, they are burning, God, God’s people, America’s history, Americ’a churches and all the good America stands for. America does not dispute the negative things in this countries history, but there is much more good to praise it for.

I understand that the flag represents these person’s rights to express there distain for this country and that is the catch 22. I am not calling for the flag burning to be made illegal because that would be burning the flad in a symbolic way because it is the flag taht gives them the right. What I am suggesting is to do what is done on FaceBook, make these flag burners famous for the flag give me that right too. Take a picture and put it on FB or local light posts and telephone posts. Believe me when I say it feels good to say these burners should wrap themselves in the flag before burning it but that gives them what they want. It is the same when a Christ-ian spits on a militant atheist, it may fell good but that is ecactly what the atheists want and like for they use it against us and their false ideas of God. Don’t spit on them but simply pray against their attemps.

We are living in 2 Peter 2. I’ll not quote the passage but I will ask you to read it for yourself. 2 Peter 2 speaks directly to what one sees on their nightly news and morning paper. It speaks about sinners speaking against dignities which they know nothing about. That speaks to these ignorant protests and those that speak evil of the president.  It is proven when reporters ask this protestes what they are protesting. Generally speaking the vast majority cannot be understood and when they can be understood they make little to no sense.

The same can be said for night times talk show parrots. I would like very much to be invited to any of these night time shows, including Bill Mawr. I confess he sounds intelgent and understands more than the Kimbles, Fallons, and pother parrots of ignorance but that would make causing him to look stupid all the much more. The thing with Mawr is I mind myself agreeing with some of what he saws, that is what makes him so dangerous. I remember seeing a documentary about religion he made. I remember  agreeing with some of what he was saying about those he had on the show. This is because he chose his guests very carefully. Mawr chose some “believers” that were very ignorant concerning the faith and were very Biblically ignorant.

Fellow Bible believers, You are doing yourself, and the kingdom of God a great dis-service if you do not take the time to understand your Bible, and the current state of this country. We must be able to give a reason for the hope we have from Scripture and our God. We must be able to give a ciherent understanding for the state of this world and this country. Learn what is going on. Learn what the enemy believes and what he is saying. If you know what the enemy believes and what he is saying and you have an understanding of the truth you can stand up to them for all they have is lies, lies and more lies.

Another question some are asking concerns the stand the churches are taking today. In Ephesians, Paul prophesies that in the last days before anti-christ is revealed that the church must first fall away from God and the true faith as taught in the Scriptures and sound Churches. Scripture also speaks of servants of (s)atan transforming themselves into angels of light or servants of God. We are and have been seeing this since the New Testament was writte and even in the Old Testament. This guise of (s)atan’s servants was dealt with by the great prophets of old like Jeremiah, and the apostles of Christ like Paul and Peter. The church of Christ and the true men of God still deal with the liars and sons of (s)atan to this very hour.

There should be no wonder when men and women speak lies from the puplit for a pulpit does not a man of God make. Many of the preachers from the black community, especially those that are being interviewed by the mainstrem media, are deceivers and sons of the wicked one. Before you call me a racist or race baiter, let me say I will not waste my time defending myself. Those who know me will attest to my love for all of God’s Creation and that is all I have to say about that. I have preached in the black churches before and have had some of the best times worshipping with them.

My first time to minister to my blackbrothers and sisters was in Iowa. My family and I were visiting family and when the Lord’s dat rolled around we chose to attend the local black church. It was not a larde church, but nothing is small when God is in. We arrived and took our seats, The pastor entered from the back of the church and began shaking hands. He made his way to my family and I. The first thing he said to me was, “I believe you, sir, are a preacher of God. He then asked if I would take my place in the pulpit and preach the morning service! I certainly did not expect this but when a man is called to preach he is called to be instant in the Word.

We ascended to the pulpit and preached the Word to a church where many of those attending were retired elderly black preachers! As I proclaimed the Word these men would stomp their feet (I admit I was starles at first) with power, they would them stand to their feet. I realized this is what was dome when they agreen with the preaching and it was to encourage the preacher. After word we were invited to have lunch with the pastor and the congregation as they were having a pot luck.

I had the time of my life. It truly was a blessing from my Lord. These people and their pastor had never laid eyes upon me but recognized me as a prophet of God and turned everything over to me. We had visited that church a number of times afterwards and would write letters of encouargement and offerings to help them and to encouarge them. On our last visit I am saddened to say a new “pastor” had taken over. Our welcome was cold and suspicious. There was no more than a handshake by a few.  The messgae was one of blacks are superior and that Hilary Clinton was the answer to all their problems. There was no more elderly pastors rising with praise. It was a “church” with a different spirit. We were not welcome to lunch with them and it was obvious that they wanted us to depart. There was even a painted picture of a black “Jesus”…”another Jesus.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Qualifying Biblical Terms” Or “Does All Always Mean All?” Or “Is The Truth, Merely Your Own Truth?

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.”  (Luke 2)

“[God] spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.”  (2 Peter 2:5)

“The Lord is not slack concerning [H]is promises, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:9)

 

The above passages require a student of the Word or the Bible Scholar, as scholar means student, the qualify or define some terms. In the (1st) first passage we find Caesar taxing all of the world. As you read this passage you must STOP! You must stop and ask yourself, “Did Caesar tax the entire world without exception? The answer is… of course not. Caesar taxed all the world that he reigned over. Caesar taxed the world that we would be concerned with as we read and study the “Book of Luke.”

The (2nd) second passage speaks of the ungodly world. If we apply the principles from our last article, we should deduce that there is then a world of the godly. Is this the world our Lord spoke of in John 3:16? There are different uses for the word world. World can = Planet Earth, World can = World System as in, a friend of the world is the enemy of God, World can = every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation as in Revelation 5:9,
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for [T]hou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by [T]hy [B]lood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation…” Revelation 5:9 gives us the definition of world as it is used in John 3:16.

The (3rd) passage is one of the most Arminian abused passages. However, if one simply reads the passage one shall see the meaning. The key words for our purpose are, “longsuffering to us-ward.”  The Arminian approach to this verse is to leave the (1st) first clause out. When the Arminian reads this passage they see only, “…God is not willing that any should perish.” But the (1st) first clause is the Sentinel that guards God’s truth. Let us read it again and please allow me to ampliphy the passage. “The Lord is not slack concerning [H]is promises as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any of [us] should perish (John 3:16 language), but that all [of us] should come to repentance.”

Qualifying Biblical terms protects sound doctrine and eliminates private interpretations. I’ve heard a preacher say, “All means all, Folks,” but it certainly does not. Others have stated that world means everyone but it certainly does not. The Bible knows nothing of, “Jesus died for you.” It isn’t to be found, “Folks.”When Scripture speaks of Christ’s death He speaks of Christ dying for the ungodly and for enemies, never for “You.” At the last supper, Christ speaks of His Blood being shed for many and not all. In Luke, He speaks of the Blood being shed for you, as in those present. Scripture only speaks to the fact of Christ’s death and resurrection being for the individual ONLY AFTER the fact of regeneration and conversion, not before.

With the above being said, We never say to a person that, “Christ died for you.” Scripture tells us that that which is worthy of all acceptation is, “Christ died for sinners.” One must leave the convincing and the convicting to the Holy Spirit.

Godspeed

 

“A Method To A Deeper Understanding Of Scripture” Or “Do You Study Your Bible Or Read Your Bible, There Is A BIG Difference?” or “The Holy Spirit Is Sent To TEACH And GUIDE You In The Word.”

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  (James 1:8)

“…God is not in all [the wicked’s] thoughts.”  (Psalm 10:4b)

 

Christ tells us in His discourse on the Holy Spirit in John 14-16 that the Spirit has many different offices or responsibilities. One of these offices is to teach and to guide us in the learning and understanding of the Scriptures. With that being said, we should gather that we are  to do more than merely read the words on the page.. We are to study the Scriptures like the Bereans did. We should “search the Scriptures,” as Christ told the Pharisees, “for in them ye shall find [M]e.” We are to spend time in the Scriptures. We are to spend time with God in the Scriptures. Pink said, “the Bible is not for the lazy man.” Rather the Bible is for the person who devotes and invests time in the Book of books. That is not to say that we should not simply read the Bible. We should read the Bible AND we should study the Bible. One may sit and simply read the Book for spiritual entertainment. One Must study the Book for spiritual growth.

There are many helps in studying the Book. The serious student should own a good concordance. I use either the Strong’s or Young’s Analytical. Young’s will give you the original Hebrew word for the Old Testament and the original Greek for the New Testament. These are indespensable.  A good Topical Bible will allow you to look up topics and then see where they are mentioned throughout Scripture. “The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge” will allow the student to look up a verse and then follow that thought throughout Holy Writ. While I find the KJV to be the very best translation, I find using other versions as a type of commentary.  The Ampliphied is very helpful as are many others. I have used a Parallel Bible to great success in understanding a text.. The Blue Letter Bible is  remarkable if you are an online user. Another tremendous aid is the KJV Easy Reader.

Of course, there are a number of Bible commentaries that will help you learn and grow. Most would suggest Matthew Henry to be the very best.  John Calvin’s is useful but has less depth than Matt. Henry. That is not a poor critique however as there are times one needs a quick reference commentary. There a commentaries on single books of Scripture as well if you want a tremendous amount of information. A.W. Pink has single book commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, 1-2 Samuel (“The Life of David”), John, Hebrew, 1John. He also has a great commentary on the lives of Elijah and Elisha as well as a magazine called, “Studies in the Scriptures” that spanned over (30) thirty years. These are available through “Chapel Library.”

Luther has commentaries on Romans, Galatians, 1 Peter and James.  John MacArthur has a commentary set on all of the Books. J. Vernon MacGee has a set that is very basic but valuable. Spurgeon has a set as well as a study on the life of David.  Saint Augustine has a commentary on Romans, John, and Psalms. These are neat as you get to read the thoughts of a man that lived in the 300’s.

(3) three books that revolutionized my understanding of God and my walk with Him. “Mere Christianity,” “Practicing the Presence of God,” and “The Sovereignty of God.”  “Mere Christianity” give a birds eye view of the faith with remarkable and very notable insights. Another reason is this is the seminal work that introduced me to C.S. Lewis. Reader, This is a man you should know.  If you want to introduce a child to the faith you couldn’t do better than “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

“Practicing the Presence of God” is the book that changed my walk with God. If you ever wondered what it is to “pray without ceasing” or how to do so, this little book will help. This book is made up of 13-15 letters. Each letter is under (2) two pages. The letters concern praying or remaining in the spirit of prayer. These letters were written by a monk in the 1600s. Yes, a monk. Reader, if you pre-judge this work based upon it’s author, you will greatly miss out. There is not another book like it RE: Prayer and dwelling in Gods Presence all day long.

“I speak as a fool,” We have been told by persons that we are the most spiritual person they know and that we are the person closest to God that they know. (2) two thoughts on that: 1. Bro. Lawrence and his book, “Practicing the Presence of God” is one of the reasons we walk closely with God, humanly speaking.  2. We do not take this as a compliment, but as a judgement upon current day Christ-ianity. Get this book and APPLY the principles.

“The Sovereignty of God” by Arthur Pink.  If you want to revolutionize your understanding and view of God, this will do it. This is thought to be the definitive (non-inspired) book on the topic of God’s Sovereignty and it was written in the early 1900s. You will once again be in awe of our great and awe-ful God (aweful as in full of awe). This is the book that introduced me to Pink and I thank God for that.

Now that we have written on reading v studying and mentioned a few very helpful books, let us now (DV) spend sometime learning how to get meat out of a verse. (2) two of the priciples I use to gain much from a verse is [Sidenote: Notice we did not say interpret, as that is a dangerous word and is misused. There is no such thing as a private interpretation (1 Peter 1).  No one is allowed to believe anything other than what the A(a)uthor is intending.  “This means x to me” is not allowed.] the opposite meaning and the “if then.”

“The double minded man is unstable in all his ways” This tells us that the man that is always second guessing himself or is always changing his mind is unstable and could not and should not be counted upon for leadership and is not to be depended upon. That is not to say that one cannot change one’s mind. If a you change your mind based upon new information you are not double minded, instead you are wise. The best way to keep from being double minded is to wait until all information is in and has been analyzed. We have not exhausted this verse, but let us move on and implement our “if then” principle.

If a double minded man is unstable in all his ways, then a single minded man must be stable in all his ways. The man of God is or should be singularly minded on the things of God. His mind is on the Godhead, on his own predestinated end of Christ-likeness and that of the people of God. He is mindful of the needs of Gods people and his own needs. Everything else flows from that single mindedness. He is a prayful man, etc.  This is the “if then” principle.

The “Opposite” principle is exactly what it sounds like:
Psalm 10 tells us that the unrighteous and wicked do not want God in all of their thoughts. In other words, the enemy of God does not want God in any of their thoughts, decisions, or choices This truth is found in Romans 1, as well. These do not seek for God nor do they have any true understanding of God. When the “opposite” principle is applied we get this, God is in all of the thoughts of the righteous. The opposite of wicked or unrighteous is righteous. The unrighteous and wicked do this or that, what does the righteous? Reader, Is God in all of your thoughts? Does He have a place in your decisions and choices? Are your thoughts captive to righteousness? Do you ever think and ask, like the rubber bracelets say, What Would [Lord] Jesus Do? Is God anywhere in your thoughts?

 

Other authors that I have found helpful:
Bonar
Andrew Murray (not the T.V. Murray, the Murray on T.V. is a Trinity denier)
Oswald Chambers
Puritans, Watson, Flavel, Owen, Watts on Logic (life changer for me), John Newton, Sibbes, Manton,
C.H. Spurgeon: Start with “Mornings and Evenings” as an introduction, then branch out.
Jonathan Edwards…if you read nothing else from Edwards, read, “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God.” Read it in the morning and not before bedtime…
Chuck Swindoll (I’m always slow in recommending the living, but Swindoll has great stuff.)
Madame Guyon for the ladies….. and the men.
J.C. Ryle….Ryle has many books. He has one called, “Thoughts for Young Men.”  Also, “Daily Devitions from the Gospels” are excellent. He also has a commentary set on the Gospels that is very devotional.
A.W. Tozer is in a class to himself.
A.B. Simpson has good stuff on the Old Testament.
Sir Robert Anderson was one of the investigators on the Jack the Ripper case and he has good theology.
Phillip Keller, “A Shepherds look at Psalm 23″…get it yesterday.
D. Martyn LLoyd Jones…Anything and everything by Lloyd Jones is helpful.
Meister Eckart- Mystic.
Biographies are helpful but beware of hero-worship.
Contact Chapel Library, which is a ministry of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pensacola Florida. They have a great many titles and upto a certain amont all is free. Ask them for a catalogue or go to their website. It is a ministry well worth your financial support as well.

Radio Preachers or Online Preachers or Youtube:
John Mac Arthur
R.C. Sproul
Alistair Begg
Tony Evans
Family Radio if you can get it on radio, if not try online.
Chuck Swindoll
Janet Parshall “In the Market Place” not business but in the market as the disciples would preach in the market place.
The Gospel Bus, Through the Bible in Five Years
Steven Lawson
Billy Graham
Oneplace.com will have most of the above. Oneplace.com is a treasure.

Now, Grow, GroooooOOOOW GROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!

Godspeed

 

“The (3rd) Third Annual Show Business Awards Rant” Or “Shut Up And Amuse Me” Or “Perspective Is The Equalizer”

“…[T]hey measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

 

Let me ask you a question. If, peradventure, you were to run into a well known celebrity and you were able to spend a few minutes with this celebrity and you had this celebrity’s attention for a few moments, what would you tell others when you saw them? I’ll give you three (3) choices.
1. “Guess what. You aren’t going to believe this but I just met X.”
2. “Guess what. X just met me.”
3. You would not say anything at all as it was no big deal.

Do you think that this celebrity went home and told the family that they met you? It is possible they did but most likely not. Persons always remember me. Persons always remember me, they never forget their run in with me. Why is this? Because I am special? Because I leave them with a gift of some kind? Because God has magnified my person in their sight? The answers to the quetions above are all yes. Why am I special? I am a child of God…the Most High God. Do I leave them with a gift? I leave them with a Word from God, whether it be in the form of a tract, or a “Woe unto thee, unbeliever” or “God’s Blessing be upon thee”, as what I bind on earth or as what I loosen on earth is bound or loosened in heaven. Persons do not forget me because we confront them with God and their relationship or lack thereof to Him. Am I bragging or boasting? I am bragging and boasting about the boldness and concern that God has put in us. I am bragging and boasting about the power of the Cross and the Resurrection. I am boasting and bragging upon the reality God is in my life.

We note a number of things during celebrity awards season:
We note that the celebrity(ies) or the celebrated use this forum to spew venom at the President of the United States. The celebrated use this forum to call good, evil and they call evil, good. The Scriptures send a “Woe unto thee” to these persons that are pregnant with pride-filled-ness, that love themselves with all their strength, mind, and body. These celebrated person are not celebrated by God. If the nations of the earth are less than nothing to God, what are the celebrated persons of the earth to God?

I will be fair:
A few of the celebrated persons do, in fact, give thanks and glory to God for all that He has so kindly and so freely bestowed upon them. A few of the celebrated know and acknowledge that they are who they are because of God, they acknowledge that they are where they are because of God. This is good and it please God. However, just like the world was condemned by the righteousness of Noah, the celebrated persons are condemned by those that give God all glory, praise, and thanks. The celebrated persons do not see and hear their contemporaries giving praise to God for all things and consider it and then do likewise. No, it remains all about them. Reader, please understand that I am not speaking about every celebrity in the world. The are celebrities that use their celebrity to do good, regardless of the reason behind the good work, others are being helped and aided. There is a website called “Hollowverse” that shares celebrity’s religious and political views. It is surprising how many are atheist and how many are Buddists. The sinful persons flock to these beliefs because there is no judgement or accountability in these religions.

The celebrated person, who believes in themselves, are spoken of in Psalm 115 as well as our quoted verse above.
Their idols are silver and gold, the works of men’s hands. They have mouths , but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they throughtheir throat.
They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

The Celebrated Person and Idolatry:
I can remember seeing girls crying and allowing themselves to be hysterical when they came face to face with Elvis Presley. That was idolatry, which is a grievous sin. Idolatry is coupled with witchcraft in Scripture. That means idolatry is (s)atanic. That means to idolize a person, one is taking sides with (s)atan against God.
We must understand the difference between admiring a celebrity and the talents God has given them and worshipping, idolizing, and adoring them. I enjoy pro wrestling and MMA. I enjoy watching the antics and the athleticism. I enjoy the storylines and the hoopla of it all. However, I do not, in any way, idolize any of the wrestlers or enertainers, as I learn from them, IE. submission holds, joint locks, striking artistry, etc. I enjoyed, years ago, training in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. I was very good and still have it as a skill if needed. BJJ was a large part of my life but it was second to my faith and responsibilities to God. I never at any time idolized any one in the MMA world. Instead I praise and thank God, with David, as God has taught “my fingers to fight and my hands to war.”

The Right Frame of Mind:
If the Christ-ian is in the right frame of mind….of a sound mind, fearing (reverently respecting) only God, they will see all persons, celebrated or not on an equal ground. However if in the right frame of mind, the Christ-ian would see themselves as “better than,” Yep I said it…better than others as they are in Christ. Isn’t new usually seen as better? Well then, we are New Creatures in Christ. In our own person we are not better than others, in fact, others may be better than us. But in Christ,…..my readers, we are greater than and better than. Everything about the Christ-ian cries out better. The new birth says better, being born from above means better, being new creatures in Christ says better than the old in Adam. If Christ-ians are not better what then is the difference? The Bible is clear when He says, “us” and “them”

Who we are in Christ:
We are chosen in Christ
We are chosen out of the world
We are chosen before the founding of the earth.
We are chosen soldiers in God’s army
We are part of the chosen nation
We are the citizens that make up the population of Heaven
We are the Church for whom Christ came seeking and saving.
We are the Church for whom Christ died
We are the Church for whom Christ rose again establishing hope and an eternal home  with Him.
We are the body of Christ
We are those whom the Spirit has given gifts, severally as He wills.
We are the Garden wherin the Holy Ghost grows His fruit.
We are partakers of the divine nature of God
We are the recipients of all spiritual blessings
We are the inheritors of God’s precious promises.
We are the salt of the earth and that is to say, the only reason the lost enjoy their lives  upon this earth is because of us. All the good things we enjoy are for the Christ-ian and  the lost benefit thereby. If not for the church’s presence, the world would be void and  with out form again.
We are the lights of the earth, it is because of us that the sun still rises and it was for us  that the Son rose again.

Christ-ian readers,
We are the people that should be celebrated. For it is because of Christ’s great love for us that the world and the universe and all things are upheld. However, if the world were to celebrate the Christ-ians upon this earth, we would turn and say, “Not unto us, but unto Thee belongs all Glory and praise O’God.” Yes…to God be the glory and none to the celebrated persons who compare themselves with themselves.

Godspeed.

“If I go to McDonalds Am I A Big Mac?” or “Are You A Christ-ian, Why And How?” or “Attending Church Does Not Make A Person A Christ-ian”

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised [H]im from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  (Romans 10:9)

What is it that makes a person into a Christ-ian” or what is it that changes a person and makes him into a new creature in Christ?

Persons Do Not Change…They Do Not!!!
Jeremiah said, in his prophecy, that people can change, people can change like a black man can change his skin color and a leopard can change his spots. Jeremiah’s point of course is that it is impossible for a person to change. A cheater is always a cheater; a liar is always a liar; a pedophile is always a pedophile.
Persons may curb there inclinations or their predelictions and they may even hide them and they may even, through medicine and therapy stop the practices themselves but they are still who they are at their very core. Persons  do not and cannot change, however the Scriptures speak about men being different from what they once were. Paul says, “and such were some of you.” People do not change but some are born again and become totally new creatures in Christ.

Miracles:
Each person that has been born again is a miracle. A miracle by definition. A miracle occurs when God breaks through the natural and does something supernatural which could not have been done except for God. This is the very definition of salvation, God doing something only God could do and that is causing a person to be made anew. The person that is made anew senses a difference in instinst, thought process, worldview, and focus. His focus is now upon Christ and Christ’s pleasures and purposes. In James we read that a double minded man is instable in all his ways. As that is true what can we deduce about a single minded man? The single minded man is stable in all his ways. Therefore if a man is single mindedly focused upon God he will be stable in all his ways. Is it any surprise we find in Isaiah 26, the man who has his mind steadfast upon Jehovah will have perfect peace?

How does one become born again?
There is much to say upon this subject.
1. A person is chosen to be saved from his sin, by God, from a point in eternity past. This is the doctrine of election.
2. In terms of time or the present, a person hears the Gospel, is given the understanding of the Gospel and acts upon that understanding.
3. To understand the Gospel, one understands one’s self to be lost and to be a servant to sin and (s)atan, and self centerness. One learns that one has no hope except an eternity of hopelessness in Hell outside the mercy of God. One understands this by looking upon one’s self and finding sin, sin, sin, and more sin. One learns that one is the object of God’s anger and potentially and object of His great wrath and untold fury.
4.After one understands this, they will understand that Christ is the only way of salvation from sin, (s)atan, and self. Christ becomes one’s only hope and only desire. One who understands the Gospel will call upon the Lordship of Christ, by repentance or a turning away from sin, (s)atan, and self. They will look to Christ as their only way of Salvation and they will seek Him to be their Saviour. They will understand that the Lord has taken their sin upon Himself at the Cross, and that He rose again to offer them justification and a life of holiness and an eternity with Him.

This is how a person is born again. We do not want you to marvel or be confused by what is written. When the Lord comes to save He clears all things up. There is no special prayer or the necessity of walking an aisle. It is simply a One on one exchange and engagement between The Spirit of God and a man in need of salvation. I believe this is what our Lord meant when He said to Nicodemas in John 3, “Marvel not that I said unto you, ‘ye must be born again.’ ”  Christ was simply telling Nicodemas, don’t worry about all the ins and outs, The Godhead has this covered. No man is saved before his time and no man will be too late in being saved. Every person is saved right on time and in accordance to God’s purposes and pleasure.

To Summarize:
One is not a Christ-ian because one attends the church, or one’s family is Christ-ian, No one has been a Christ-ian all their lives, one is not a Christ-ian because one has prayed a prayer or raised a hand or walked an aisle. One is not a Christ-ian because one knows certain facts or even believes certain facts.
One is a Christ-ian because one has been engaged by God and there has been a real spiritual exchange between God and a person. The Christ-ian is a new creature that believes the Word of God, Loves the brethren, Love God above all else, seeks to obey God in all things and confesses when he fails…when he fails… when he fails. A christ-ian is one who prays to God, praises God, and dwells upon the thought of God.
One is not a Christ-ian because a man has told you so but because God has shown you so.

Godspeed and readers, feel free to comment or ask questions in the comment section. I am not one to waste time in debate but time spent in discussion is time well spent.

“Praise And Worship” Or “A Missing Element In The Life Of The Believer” Or “Are You Witholding From God”

“Let evry thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”  (Psalms 150:6)

 

I enjoyed a Wednesday evening Bible study at Lighthouse Bible Church with Pastor Ronald Ruben, and some of the members from the church. It is always time well spent. He was speaking from Revelation 19 this evening and he spoke about praising God. We would like to pick up that theme and write upon praising God.

The topic, subject, doctrine of praise to God is replete through the Word of God. All the men in women that know God gave Him praise for they saw Him worthy thereof. They also could not help themselves from praising God. The Psalms is all about the praise of God. The epistles in the New Testament direct us to give praise to God. I would make a bold statement, Those in a right relationship with God, praise is a natural act and attitude. Praise, like prayer, should flow freely from the Christ-ian. One who walks with God and lives in a state of prayer, will find himself/herself praising God more than confessing sin and seeking things from Him. One will find one’s self thanking instead of asking.

Praising brings about joy:
Nahum, the prophet, said, “the joy of the LORD is my strength.” David made similar statements. I have found this to be very true. Some think that anger is an emotion that gives strength, but it is written, “The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” When one praises and worships God one experience joy from the Lord and joy in the Lord. This joy strengthens the believer in his ways, and in his works and gives meaning to his words. Praising God is the answer to unhappiness and sadness. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of life and there may be many, one should look to the blessings and name them ton by ton. This cannot but bring joy to the spiritually minded person. This is a spiritual pricnciple and or law.

Withholding From God:
If you are not a person of praise, this should tell you a few things about yourself.
1. Your walk with God is not what it should be or could be and what He would have it be. In the Old Testament we are told that Adam and Eve walked with God, Abraham walked with God, Enoch walked with God, Noah walked with God. We see that Joshua spent time with God, the judges had a closeness with God, David…well David, had something all together different with God. We find our Lord, in the Gospels, departing the company of others to walk with His Father. Paul instaed of using a ship to get to his destination would often walk. This was time spent with God. 2. Your Christ-ian life is not what it could be or should be or what He would have it be. 3. You are not very thankful for all that God is, For all that God has done for you, all that God does for you, or for all that He shall do for you.
Reader, allow me to meddle. Do you walk with God? Do you spend much time with God? Do you spend your day in constant contact with God? Is God always on your mind, regardless of what you are thinking about? Is God involved in your decision making or in your choosing? Does God find a place inyour discussions with others? Do you thank God for your lunch and do you allow others to see you praying. Reader, if you are not walking with God you are denying Him that which He deserves and is most worthy to receive.

Thy Will Be Done:
It is written, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” What do you think those in heaven are doing? They are praising God by their very existence and presence in heaven. It is a priviledge to praise God and He honours us by accepting it. We are told by the Lord Jesus that God seeks worshippers and servants. Notice the order, (1st) first those to worship Him and (2nd) second those to serve Him. God wants praise and worship first then service. If you are not properly praising and worshipping God you cannot be properly serving Him. Worship and service go together like justification and sanctification and faith and works, and like Lord and Saviour.

How does one offer praise?
One may offer praise through prayer, and song. Praise is given by thanking Him and stating, “I praise you for or because…” We praise God for God being our God, we praise God for loving us and saving us. We praise God for His Son and all that His Son did. We offer praise to the Son for all that He did, does and will do. We praise God for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and we give praise to the Holy Spirit for hss Presence and guidance and all that He does for us and in us and through us. We can praise God for all His gifts. The gift of His Presence, the gift of prayer and answered prayer. We can praise Him for all the spiritual blessing He has bestowed so generously upon us. We can praise Him for the Fruit of the Spirit, and that He has made us partakers of the divine nature. We can praise Him for the whole armour of God that has been tailored to our exact fit. We can praise God for being our Refuge, our High Tower, our Rock, our Santuary, our Strength, our Stong Confidence, our buckler and shield. We can praise Him for all the precious promises that we hope in. We can praise Him for His Word, whereby He speaks to us.
Reader do you get the idea? We can praise Him for trials and tribulations, for good times and trying times, we can praise Him for red lights and green lights. We can praise Him for air conditioning and heating. We can praise Him for health and for the Family we enjoy. We can praise Him for the Chruch fellowship that means so very much to us. We can praise God for so very much and when we withold it from Him we steal from Him.

To Summarize:
If you are breathing you should be praising God.

“Now, I’m Getting A Bit Annoyed” Or “Sometimes Persons Say Silly Things” Or “Shake My Head”

“Be ye angry and sin not…”  (Ephesians 4:26a.)

 

Not long ago I received a visit from (2) two men. These men were representatives from a church. (1) one of the men was a pleasure to talk with and I liked him very much. We found a lot in comman and respected each others differing views. The other man was very direct and as a I have dwelt upon our meeting, he was very rude.

At first it didn’t bother me as I am familiar with this man’s type of thinking. The first man and I found that we had a shared admiration for Sherlock Holmes, critical and clear thinking as well as the art and science of logic. He is an admitted arminian whereas I am an admitted (5) five point calvinist. This man, we’ll call him Jacob, brought up 1 John2:2 as a defense for Arminianism. We, with the truth of Holy Writ, explained his misunderstanding of that passage. That passage states, that Christ is “the propititaion for our sins , and not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Jacob saw this passage as meaning that Christ died for Christians and propitiated for Christians but not only for Christians but for the sins of each person in the world. I explained to Jacob that his understanding is common but inaccurate. I shared with him a passage from Galatians that stated that Peter, James, and John were to be apostles of the Jews and Paul to the gentiles. Therefore if you understand that you will understand 1 John 2:2 this way, “And [H]e is the propitiation for our [jewish] sins: and not for our [Jewish] sins only, but for the sins of the whole [gentile] world. We shared with Jacob that Revelation 5:9 defines, “world” as “every kindred, and tongue, and people (not person), and nation..” Jacob took what I had said and put it away for further thought later.

The other man, we’ll call him Diotrephies from 3 John, was very much to the point. He was very skeptical of me. Allow me to tell you why. Our ministry is a bit different from other, “more acceptable” ministries. We teach and have taught the Scriptures from our home on Sundays at 11:00AM (DV). We attend Wednesday services at Lighthouse Church in Romeoville at Rasmussen College at 6PM. We also spend time with the pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Romeoville. Our children attend the private Christ-ian School, ROmeoville Christ-ian Academy, which is a ministry of Bible Baptist. We also spend much of our time writing for this website that is read by a number of persons.

Diotrphies was not appreciative of our ministry. He charges me with “forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” His understanding of that passage was incorrect as well as Jacobs. The proper understanding of this verse is the Hebrew believers should not forsake the fellowship over jewish persecution. In one way we should be slow in blaming Jacob and Diotrephes for their misunderstanding as this is what they have been told to believe. However, in another way, we can as each man is responsible to study Scripture for themselves and to seek the Spirit’s guidance.

Diotrephes went on to charge me with ordaining myself because the Ordaining Church was Trinity Bible Fellowship and that is the name of our ministry. I laughed at him and explained how ordination works and pointed out to him the (4) four names on the left side of ordination license. I pointed out further that the name at the top was a man that had been associated with a man and a church that Diotrophes, himself, worships.

To sum up what Diotrephes thought of me goes like this, I’m a calvinist, that cares not for souls, I ordained myself, and ontop of all of that, he told me that I should bring my small ministry to his church where they can receive proper teaching. I was I-I this close to asking him to bring all of his people to my home instead as I am equal to his pastor. I charged him, instaed, with not understanding God’s call upon a man to serve Him in a Ministry chosen by God.

I did not back away from speaking very direct to this man but I did so with respect as Paul directs me to. I hold no grudge against Diotrephes but I do know that he is very skeptical of me. In future run ins with himI shared with him my appreciation and enjoyment regarding our Saturday afternoon meeting. He responsed likewise but got away from me as fast as possible.

A word about the church itself and it’s pastor. I find the church to be kind and firendly. More importantly that that however I have found the pastor to be sound in the cardinal doctrines of Scripture. His preaching is with passion adn he loves the flock. The pastor, himself rather fasinates me and I look forward to getting to know him more. I do sense he is a bit skeptical of me as well as Diotrephes but i suppose I can understand that.

In todays violent environment all Christ-ians should be a bit skeptical of new persons as the Christ-ian and the Christ-ian church is a target of hatred, prejudice, and terrorism. That being said, we need to be slow to be prejudice concerning Christ-ians with varying beliefs, lest these pose a threat of usurping authority. This usurping is not a thing that seldom occurs but is always happening somewhere in the church collective.

I hold nothing against either of these men. In the long ago past, my wife accused me of being an angry Christ-ian. I suppose she was right. These days, on the other hand, it takes a great deal to anger me and for this I am most thankful to God. “The joy of the LORD is my Strenght”…   and not my anger as the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

To summarize, reader, Let us be very careful in prejudging or juding other ministries according to their size or their understanding of secondary issues. For the person in this ministry belongs to God, too.