Month: May 2017

Which is more important? The person sitting in the pew or the soul of the person


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From what I have witnessed throughout my involvement in many “churches” is they say the latter but it is really the former that is more important to them.
If they really sought to help the person to Christ they would have established long ago a method of outreach to those asking for God’s help and salvation. This lack of outreach is a major reason “churches” are shrinking and also why many look down upon Christianity as a whole.
I am reminded of the line from the movie “God is not dead” in which the professor says “The most ardent Atheist was once a Christian” (this may be paraphrased so forgive the inaccuracy). The reason behind this falling away is these people come into a “church” and they see people saying one thing and then living a life totally opposite that which they say they are doing in “church.” This is called hypocrisy and is the core of what is called a “lukewarm.”
In Revelation 3:15-16 we see what Christ thinks of the “lukewarm.” He said it would be best to be cold or against God then to be lukewarm. For He would spit out from His body those that are lukewarm.
This hypocrisy is not limited to those that go to many places that call themselves “churches.” It is also found within their leadership who have become no better than the Pharisees of the time when Christ walked upon this planet. For what is more important to them is not their congregation, but the money in the tithing. The almighty dollar is now their god, not the true God they feign to represent.
This is extremely noticeable in large churches where it is easy to have nonsense sermons that do not give any real growth for those listening. They encourage any and all to attend for their goal is not the soul but a new house or car or even more bling.
Many of today’s “churches” really aren’t. They are simply a type of social club and within them are their clichés and status structure, but no real nourishment of the soul and its need to connect with the Creator of the universe, God.
People use them to network and plan events meant for the world but not God. Instead of teaching what is sin and the need to stop sinning these social clubs encourage and even celebrate sin. All the time thinking they are one with God, but in reality are on the highway to hell.
This is what those truly seeking Christ come into these places and all they see is the world and so they turn their back upon God not realizing that what they witness was not Christianity, but what it actually was…. the world. So they leave disheartened and discouraged not realizing that it was not true Christianity they had witnessed, but the lukewarm.
To Christ the lukewarm are so distasteful to him that He rejects them yet they go on living as if they are fine with God living in their hypocritical lives.
This is exactly what Satan wants to see and so makes it easy for the lukewarm to be placated and content in their fantasy they call “Christianity” For they have fallen for the fable and are happy to be one with it. These social clubs are worse than prosperity churches, for at least with prosperity churches you can easily see the lie, but in the social clubs it isn’t that easy for the lie is just under the surface hidden just under true scripture, but these scriptures never tell those going that they are sinning against God for to say anything bad would make people leave and with them their money.
What is really sad is that there are more social clubs then real churches and so those that see the hypocrisy and have found the Lord leave them. Seeking to find a true church home, but rarely do. So those that can truly help those seeking to find Christ are not brought together as they once were when a church was the church which causes those that could have been saved or saved sooner to suffer in their loneliness and sorrow.

Works is not legalism


In James 2 the word “works” is defined as being applied to the conduct of humans, measured by the standards that are the teachings within the Bible. In other words either following or not following the instructions of Jesus Christ and His apostles.
Due to poor understanding of how faith plus works mesh together. Many construe works, or following the commandments as legalism. The best example of legalism is the Catholic Church; where you have to take the word of the priest that you are doing the right thing. Where you have to perform rituals and ceremonies to guarantee you are making it into heaven. All of which is the furthest thing from the truth. Now is there and had there been people that can call themselves truly “Christian” in this religion? I would say yes, however extremely few.
Legalism is a strict following of rules and instructions. Rigid without concern as to why or even with feeling. Simply legalism is works without faith. Repetitive motions without any feeling or concern as to why they are actually performed.
The works of James 2 are an act of love for our Savior. A desire to follow what He has told us to do. Jesus said we are to place His Father at the center of our lives. Yet most, even within the Christian faith, only place themselves as this center, the place reserved for God alone. Whenever this is done they are guaranteed to fail. That is why when Christ added to the core Ten Commandments, they become the greatest.
Matthew 22:34 – But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
When you place God at the core of your life, what is the most important thing to consider? None other than the Bible itself. Jesus made this clear that we are to follow the commandments, which is a reflection of placing God at the core of our lives.
Luke 11:28 – Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
These are the works to which He is referring. So those that call works legalism are just making excuses to place themselves at the core of their lives thus heading down a road to failure and misery. So we should live our lives in both faith and works, both equal and desired by God, through His Son Jesus Christ.
James 2:14 – What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. 25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

Confessions of a screwed up middle ages man: Negative consequences


Over the past several decades as we hear from the pulpit and dais of most churches. The statement that there is a negative consequence if you do not accept Christ as your Savior and live a holy life, is non-existent.
I actually believe that this omission is a form of lying. It has caused the inclusion to the point of allowing those that live in sin to be able to stand in the pulpit and upon the dais, thus killing this body of Christ they stand before once it occurs. For they only reach this point with the approval of all within this group.
The trail to heaven is narrow and filled with many obstacles. The road to negative consequences is wide and well-traveled.
Still people contact me and say: “hey you need to be more positive in your message.”
I hear this. However, I must ask this. If people do not understand that Hades is real, that the pit of fire will hold those that are told without question that live in sin. Why not let them know this?
Is not letting them know that their actions have negative consequences the most pure type of love?
Do I desire any to go to hell? NO!!!!!
Yet if all I say is God loves you. What have they learned?
They will live their lives as they see fit and how they wish to live. They will even rise up to be leaders in the church and say that God loves us all as we are.
I say this:
Yes God loves all of humanity, and He desires all to come to heaven. But He only gives one path to Him. It is through His Son Jesus Christ and the abandonment of living in sin. You cannot say Christ is my Savior and still live in sin. This is made clear within the Bible. It is made clear you can never get into heaven or enter into the eternal life in His service if you live entirely in sin.
I say this out of love. For I desire that which Jesus Christ desires, that all should make it into Heaven. Yet both and I Christ are realistic and know that most will not make. That most will enter into the Pity of Fire beside Satan Himself, and they will know eternal sorrow. For these are the negative consequences to living a life in sin.
This is what happens when you spare the rod. Without fearing negative consequences they become spoiled, selfish and self-serving. This is why knowing and understanding the Bible is so essential. If they do not know what is the correct way they should strive to live. How can they know what will lead to the ultimate of negative consequences.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: The lame excuse


Now I must start this article with referring to 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (KJV)
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Now as can be seen, Christians are to use the Bible to reprove, rebuke, and exhort; at the very least our fellows, at the most everyone else.
Now why bring this up?
As I have mentioned in the past postings. I work with someone whose interpretation of the Bible is extremely questionable.
Well once again he came in late to work, and actually someone else pointed out that he was not being a good “Christian.” I couldn’t resist and confirmed. He asked where in the Bible does it state that to be late to work you are not being faithful to God. I told him:
Ephesians 6:5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
This angered him. He questioned,
“Are you perfect?”
I had no choice but to reply, “No.”
“Then you worry about you and you let me worry about me.”
This is the lame excuse. Throwing our imperfections at us just so they can continue to live in sin. Only one person is perfect and at this time He is not in this temporal reality. So any with a real understanding of the Bible can only respond in one way. This leaves the door open to allow those that wish to live a sinful live to do so.
Choosing to live in sin is everyone choice as I covered in yesterday’s post. However, when we say to the world we are “Christian.” We must attempt to live our lives in a reflection of Jesus Christ. We must attempt not to sin and to overcome sin when we have fallen on our face in your effort.
As you can see from 2 Timothy. We are required to help our true brethren in Christ. That is why we are to fellowship. To encourage and help us when we are in need. Our lives once we accept Jesus as our Savior are no longer ours. They are God’s. We are His tools to use as He see fit, which is one reason we are to live in moderation and not excess. If we spend all our money on ourselves we are not following God but our own desires and lust. Living in moderation we have money left that allows us if need be to up root our lives in short notice so that we can go where the Lord commands us to go. Yet most do not, because they live in the lame excuse that their sins are their problem. When the Bible has shown that their sins is the problem of the entire Body of Christ. For we are to work together to seek after the perfection we shall truly never achieve until we meet Christ in heavens above when we are given our immortal bodies. However, we must strive to accomplish just that, perfection.
So if someone chooses to use the lame excuse, pity them. For they might not make it to the blessed moment of true and eternal perfection. Only time and God will tell for us all.

Choice


This is the focal point of free-will. The ability to choose to sin or not to sin. This is the gift and the curse humanity was given by God when we were created.
However, good choices are something that is becoming difficult if not impossible to make in today’s world. One example: Islam does not allow choice. It is either the Quran or death. It is this not being able to have a choice that draws those on the left toward. They think that the few should tell the masses how to think. Many not realizing that the “few” means a few hundred people at the most. While the masses is millions if not billions of people, including themselves. What is even more amazing is this “love” they have for this religion of Islam, is that when it comes to power. Most within the left will die at the hands of those that are the most ardent followers of it.
A prime example: the entire LGBTQ community.
Now here is the kicker. Those that truly follow the Bible do not agree with, nor support this lifestyle. However, they fully understand that these people’s choices to live their lives in this temporal life in sin. That Christianity as a whole offends those within the LGBTQ community, because it is made clear within the Bible that they are not welcome in Heaven. Islam says the same, but they don’t make it as visible as Christians do. Why?
Those in Islam just kill you, so you don’t see it because if it is found out it is permanently removed. Christians are just vocal about it. Saying that they need to stop living in this manner. It is this constant reminder that gets under their skin. For they keep hearing they are not living correctly in their choice.
Choice, is a very complex thing and most hardly think about its consequences on any level. Every single choice you make no matter how little can affect your relationship with God. This is why it is made clear within the Bible that the parents are fully informing their children of the Bible. Leviticus and Deuteronomy showed the ancient Jewish nation how to live their lives under the law and what was required to live a wholesome and pure live. These books are now totally ignored for the most part. They should not be.
Matthew 5: 17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
Having faith and doing the all the commandments of the Bible, which are in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Yes it is not just the core Ten Commandments, or more accurately twelve, since Jesus added two.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
The choice not to teach our children the Bible has led more than an entire generation down a path where they are not even aware that how they simply live is leading them not toward God but away from Him. These choices over the last one hundred years at the least has gotten us to where there is a LGBTQ community. A community that by its very nature should not exist if they were truly taught the Bible. For they would realize that they are those of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Yes the need for the scarify was removed, but all other matters within these two books technically have not. Within these books is how we should live our lives, adjusted to today’s advance in technology, but still how we should choose to live. In moderation, caring for God and His Son than which sport team is doing best this month, or which movie or TV show is best to distract us. Watching sports and TV and movies are also choices. A choice to ignore the truth. That we are not living our lives as we should in the eyes of the Lord.
It is these choices that are truly sad. However we can change this. We can start to live our lives by choosing to truly follow the Bible. By choosing to live with both faith and by doing the works taught within the Bible, both equally. For that is what the Bible says what we are to do. Living only in faith is death, while living solely in works is also death. It is the choice to live both faith and works that is life. A life that may lead to an eternal life in the service of God our Creator.