Month: July 2015

“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!”


Sorry couldn’t help using that phrase from the movie “A Few good Men.” Many in today’s society have developed a type of thin skin. They get locked into their little world and if anything disrupts it or challenges it is something to be hated and derided.
Many claim they are “tolerant” yet when it comes time to be that way they show themselves to be hypocrites. They wish to live in this perfect world of their own creation. Not caring if they are wrong or hurt others for they are not a part of their little sphere. This goes back to some of my earlier post which I state that the ultimate sin is selfishness. For from being selfish all other sins germinate. I still hold to that believe and it is one of those thing no human can truly loss, for at one time or another you will do something selfish.
It is amazing that when you fully read the Bible you learn in time that over and over God and even Jesus Christ try to show the reader that being unselfish is the purist and best way to look at and live life. This is the truth and most cannot handle it, and that is truly and deeply sad.
Mark 12: 30 – 31 – And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Philippians 2: 3- Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Romans 12: 10 – Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
James 4: 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Matthew 23: 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Misuse of the word “Love”


There is a big misconception going about that needs to be addressed. In one of my previous post “The hippie Jesus is alive and well but the true Christ is hard to find.” I tried to point out that love is not all happiness and joy and all is right with the world.
First we must remember that in proverbs it states that if a parent truly loves their child they would not spare the rod. I.e. spank them. Yet in today’s society that is something that is evil and taboo. It is amazing how what is right and good is suddenly the opposite. Big sign of troubles coming to this world yet most will just laugh it off and stop reading here just because I worded my sentence that way.
True love from a parent is not easy. They suffer as much as the child when they are forced to punish them, do you think God is any less upset?
When you allow a sin to grow. All those that allow it to grow actually say they hate the world and those they allow to sin. Now I am not saying go out and force people not to sin. That will never happen and then I would be the fanatic some of you already think I am.
A new awakening is now taking place. The world is now drawing the lines between those that will choose God and those that will choose sin. This line is not a straight line as many would assume but it cuts throughout groups that though themselves to be churches and those that have always thought they were not. It cuts across races, creeds and sexes.
What you need to understand is that those that are truly “Loved” by God avoid sin, for they have felt the guilt and discomfort sin brings into their lives. Those that deny God’s love embrace sin and embrace those that embrace sin. Once again the world is returning to black and white, sinner and saint, bad and good. Which side of the line do you stand upon?
If you stand with God and place Him first you have only one choice. Reject the sin and accept God.
Matthew 12: 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

An insight into the Great White Throne Judgment


There will come a time when all will know and acknowledge that God and His Son Christ are real. Before that happens there will still be this life we live. Many have come to think that this is all there is. Beyond this life is nothing. Even those that count themselves amongst the saved think this. They think that they live this life and sit upon a cloud in heaven doing nothing for eternity. This is a fallacy, but before you get to know what is the true eternity many will have to stand before God. In the verses below you see how God will address certain issues:
Romans 2: 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
He spells out how the judgment will proceed within these verses. A play by play of something that will take perhaps centuries to accomplish. One by one God will call up those before Him and they will partake of His just review of everyone’s lives, if they knew of God or not. He also shows which many that deny Him already acknowledge. That being, that you can do moral and good acts without knowing of God and he will judge you upon your heart, conscience and thoughts and if found just will be given eternal life. The only difference being those that know God will be considered “justified.” What many do not understand that in this day and age most know of God and so are accountable under the law of the Bible and so are not going to be like those that have never heard of God and lived a good life. They will be held accountable to the Bible and will have to overcome the Bible verse Matthew 10:33.
What we can take from this is that there are those that will strife to do right, while there are those that will strife to do evil. These others that do unrighteous acts and are indignant to God shall suffer “tribulation and anguish” for all eternity.
Many today think that Christians hate them when they chose to live a sinful life. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Any true Christian will strife to make you understand that to continue to live in sin will result in an eternal sorrow and sadness for those that chose sin over God. God makes it clear you cannot serve Him and sin, you must either choose the “white” or the “black.” For it truly is black and white, you cannot serve two masters. It is either God or sin, and the latter is something Christians wish no one to have to endure the consequences of.
Isaiah 66:24 – And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

If you learn Leviticus you will learn if you are living in sin.


Now let me start by saying this. Jesus Christ went to the cross for all humanity. He did so to be the last sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice. Even those that have embraced Christ as their savior have learned that not all sin is washed away even though Christ and His father do not see it does not mean it does not need to be addressed by us. As you grow in your salvation you will willingly cast aside sins that still remain within you. Major sins though if not cast out right away need to be acknowledged and addressed as soon as possible. Why? Because you wish to say that God is first and above all else especially your own desires.
Within the book of Leviticus is the tools given to the Jews after their Exodus from Egypt to allow them to commune and be seen by God. We Christians through the blood of Christ need to acknowledge that these sins exist, if they do, within us and then to pray for Christ to give us His strength to cast it from us. Will it be easy? In some cases yes in other cases no it will be difficult, for if we do not acknowledge the sins Christ died for upon the cross then we deny the fact that He even went to the cross.
So I do find it extremely important to know what sins Christ took upon Himself and suffered for me so that I will do my best to cast that sin from me. On a personal note I wish you to know just how difficult it is to cast some sins away. I have dealt with one sin that first hit me at the age of twelve. It was not until just over two months ago that I finally cast that sin aside and it has no part of me due to the glory of Christ. By the way I am now fifty-five. So for forty-three years I was plagued by a sin over and over until I finally turned it fully over to Christ and I have not looked back upon it once. This is the very thing Jesus is referring to in John 15.
So it is important that you go to the book of Leviticus. Read and especially read those things that are called sins, in particular when they require a blood sacrifice to become clean, for it is Christ own blood that cast this from you. It is extremely important that you also understand, that when you cast off a sin and truly turn from it you will never desire to do that sin ever again. It is of the utmost importance that you understand what I am saying here. Too many have this image just because they have asked Christ into their life that they can continue to live in sin. This is the furthest thing from the truth. You are placing the sin before God and so you are saying you would rather live in the sin then with God. God first, all others second and yourself including your sins last. If you place God first the sin will mean nothing to you.

“Don’t wear black.”


This is what I told my wife. Why? I told her this because I don’t want her to wear black to my funeral if I should be called to heaven before her. Now again why?
Sure there will be a bit of sorrow but only due to the separation from her, but that is not what we are told and promised. This is one of the things that I see as a misunderstanding that has never truly been addressed within the church. I have yet to see a truly happy and joyous funeral. This is not what I want if I do go before her.
This life is only temporary. This life is not our true goal. This life is not all there is. This is but a proving ground. A trial to see if we are truly worthy to honor and serve the creator of all there is, including us.
To be called to His presence is a time that should be celebrated not mourned over. Now if you do not know for sure where they are going once this life ends then yes by all means mourn and be sorrowful. For you do not know if you will ever see them again, but if you do know that Jesus is your Savior and those that love you are the same then celebrate and rejoice. For it is only a short parting that will go by quickly for the one that has been called before our Lord.
Think of how joyful they are to be standing within the light of God, to be talking to our Savior the Lord Jesus the Christ. Is that not something to want to throw a party about?

If you are a Child of God then He has disciplined you and spanked you


In Hebrew 12 it is spelled out what God does for those He loves if He has accepted you to be His child. In verse six it states that God so loves you that he discipline you and he flogs you. This is one of those concepts that many chose not to acknowledge or hear.
Chasten – 1 (Of a reproof or misfortune) have a restraining or moderating effect on (as adjective chastening) a chastening experience
1.1 archaic (Especially of God) discipline; punish.
They take the first part of the verse that God loves them and then ignores the rest. They also ignore the verse above this:
Hebrews 12: 4 – Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Why mention this and then two verse later mention that God so loves you that He disciplines and spanks you? It is answered in the next verses:
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
So if God is disciplining and spanking you because He has accepted you what is it he is doing this for? That is simple it is stated in the fourth verse: sin. This is why it is important to read the entire Bible, which most have not done. It is also important to read the book of Leviticus for within that book is everything God calls “sin.”
As you can see in the verses above the reason for these punishments is made clear. Verse eight is a startling statement and it is one that many need to read and think upon. For if you live in what is called a sin within the Bible and do not suffer punishment for it then God considers those to be “bastards, and not sons.”
Do you get the meaning of that? Do you get to understand what that means? God loves his children and so disciplines and spanks them, but if you flauntingly live in sin, any sin, and are not punished by God are you really His child?
Now I can tell you I have felt the discipline of God and I have been flogged by God. I know the pain and anguish that goes with it, but we are promised in verse eleven that in the end we will be seen as righteous and we will be considered a true child of God. These are not just words in a book. I have been through these very things. I have experienced them on a personal level. This is real. So God’s love is real, and if He loves you He will put you through some rough times. Why? To remove sin from you, for He know that even though we have asked His Son into our lives we still commit some sins, but the goal is to remove all sin. Starting with the worst sin first and the minor sins last. It doesn’t work the other way around where the minor sins are first and the major last.
So if you live a life that has what the Bible calls to be a major sin, and you feel no discipline or spanking from God to remove this sin from your life, then are really just a bastard, a pretender, a hypocrite? Only you can answer that.

The misconception of “politicizing” religion


There has been fallacy built since the 1960s that has now firmly entrenched itself into those in power within the Body of Christ. To start to breakdown this error we need to look to the First Amendment of the Constitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The government can make no laws in the “establishment” (the act or an instance of establishing.) [making] of a religion.
Neither can the government prohibit (to forbid the action of) the free exercise thereof.
So clearly we can practice our faith and the government cannot interfere with said practice.
Now look at this verse:
Matthew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Now we all concede that mammon is money. Now since money is behind all that happens especially in politics. We cannot serve the desires of politicians and God, but we can influence through our right to vote who we serve. If our masters are the politicians then we should follow what they say and do as they do. But that is not what Christians are called to do. We are called to follow God. Does this mean we should never vote? By all means no. It means the total opposite.
Proverbs 3:6 – In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
So we are directed by God in all our ways which includes politics and He shall tell us who to vote for.
This means we must follow everything that the Bible directs us to do within it. For example:
Matthew 10:33 – But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
So if a group or person denies Jesus then Jesus shall deny them to God. So why would you support a group or person that denies God? There is a group that officially denies God at this time. It is the Democratic Party. https://www.democrats.org/party-platform. Go ahead read it. Show me one time you find the word “God” mentioned.
This fact alone says any that call themselves “Christian” cannot vote for a democrat yet many do and in returning they are denying Christ unto His Father.
Any that argue that Christianity and politics do not belong together is not following the true meaning of the Bible and it purpose to guide all away from sin. How can you be led away from sin when you encourage the removal of God from the ballot box and in essence allow sin to reign over God?
We are told that me must seek out the kingdom of Heaven and righteousness. We are to do this first and foremost in ALL that we do. This includes the ballot box.
Those that say otherwise are falling for the propaganda placed out there by those that have twisted the First Amendment to state that religion has no place in government when it is the total opposite that is true. Government has no place in religion, but that does not mean religion has no place in government. If that were so then why even bother to open the senate and congress with prayer? Also Senators and Congressmen quote from the Bible all the time while they are on the floor.
Now if you do not like that the two parties are corrupt then per the Bible and if we are to seek out the kingdom of God and to be righteous then should we not remove those that do not seek the kingdom of God and are not righteous? The answer is a resounding YES! So again we come back to placing religion into politics.
Simply put per the First Amendment the government cannot make a religion but a religion has the right to change the government since the government cannot interfere in the practices of any religion which includes addressing issues that fall within the political domain. So in turn can influence change within the political arena for the good of all especially when seeking the kingdom of God and righteousness.
As a final note for those post. In Romans 12 it states that each part of the Body of Christ has its own tasks and duties to perform. I fully support the endeavors and actions of those other with their own tasks throughout the body. Many though have forgot this little bit of scripture and think that the main duty of the Body is to add more to it. As I stated above this is all fine and good and I support it, but they must remember that there are other parts of the Body with their own tasks assigned unto them by Christ. Below find the verses of this book:
Romans 12: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
One group that is forgot is the “exhorter” to exhort means: 1. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently. 2. to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.
Many forget that it is required and is a legitimate part of the Body of Christ for someone to do this task. For it is important as the last verse states not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome it with good.