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Blog for Podcast #121 (Den of Thieves)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Too many listens to the basics in their faith. The writer of Hebrews wrote this:

Hebrews 5:8-14; 6:1-6 NKJV – though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest “ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK,” of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 6:1 -Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

Are those listening at the point of no return? Are they so filled with their own self-righteousness that they cleave to milk and refuse the solid nourishment of the Word of God?

That is not for me to say, but you to consider as we continue with today’s Bible study.

What I myself have seen and noted is how the message in many of the buildings called “churches.” You will see the same topics covered on a schedule according to what time of year it is in the world about. They all mostly end with an altar call to those willing to accept Christ as their Savior. This equates to milk.

Many say that Sunday School is for the growth in the knowledge of God through the Word. Yet they too are limited to repeating the same topics or go chapter by chapter what is within the Bible. However, they never truly explore import topics within these classes for fear they may scare someone away from the Truth. Again milk.

The true meaning of what Christ said is beyond many within the buildings called “churches” because they have never heard it or taught it. Why? Because many that stand in the dais want to keep the pews full to bring in the money required just to keep the maintenance of the building going. Simply they aren’t a place for God, but a business.

What did Christ do about this?

Matthew 21:12-13 NKJV – Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ‘DEN OF THIEVES.'”

I have seen examples of this in many buildings that call themselves “churches.” Little bookstores in the lobby of these buildings. Special classes where you pay money to attend. These are the actions of a “den of thieves” not followers of Christ.

When preachers do not tell you to repent. When they do not tell you to downsize and not be looking for bigger and better, they work from their own pocketbook and not for God and so are thieves and you are going to their den.

Den – G4693 – spélaion – a cave, a den, a hideout

Den – the home of particular types of wild animal

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Luke 16:14-15 NKJV – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Romans 16:17-18 NKJV – Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

I must tell you a story. An event I myself lived. One of the things I have learned to do is to interview ministers of the churches I try to attend. I have done this several times. I will give you two instances.

In the first the pastor insisted that all is grey. Which equates to all even those that are followers of Christ are lukewarm and none can change this.

In the second I specifically asked the man if he believed in “once saved always saved.” He said yes. Even when I read and showed him John 15:1-6. He insisted you cannot lose you salvation contrary to these verses. I will now restate these verses. Words from Jesus Christ Himself:

John 15:1-6 NKJV – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

As I have established in the study of these verses in Podcast #3. That only those that have received salvation can be a part of the Vine. Those that challenge this. That deny this truth. Deny He who said them.

Matthew 10:32-33 NKJV – “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

As a result, in essence. This pastor. This leader of a building called a “church” denied His Savior Jesus Christ. This is the result of feeding milk to the masses and not the meat of the Word of God.

Here is the meat of the Bible. What is to follow was written to those in Rome that professed to being followers of Christ. They had just read the behavior of those that deny God and were led into homosexual sin against their creator whom they deny.

Romans 2:1-11 NLT – You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.

One of the greatest verses within the Bible is this last verse I just read to you so I will re-read it once again.

“For God does not show favoritism.”

When people say they cannot loss their salvation they are saying that they are a favorite of God. That they are special and unique. Better than any other human being.

Romans 12:3 NKJV – For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Now to get the focus back to those that stand upon the dais I will read this.

Ephesians 4:17-19 NKJV – This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

There are those out there that do not say this. But that is what we are instructed to do within the Bible. For the Bible is the Word of God and when you ask Jesus into your life you are binding yourself to these words.

Then why do those in the pulpits and stand upon the dais not say these words? Are they not the representative of God? Actually, no they are not. They are a representative of those that appointed these people the leaders. When you accept Jesus as your Savior you yourself become a representative of God. It is your responsibility to make sure what you are hearing is the Truth of the Bible. Yes, the Bible does say this:

Ephesians 4:11-13 NKJV – And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

If those you have chosen to lead you do not bring unity in our faith and true knowledge of God’s Son so that we can stand a pure reflection of Jesus Christ Himself, are they serving God or themselves? The answer is they are serving themselves.

There is more to Ephesians chapter 4 then what I read earlier. So, I will continue:

Ephesians 4:20-24 NKJV – But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

What I find is that many now days try not to acknowledge the statement that the gentiles have given themselves “over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” Now there are those that call themselves “Christian” and do these very same things themselves. As was just shown above we are to come into unity and seek after being a true reflection of Jesus Christ. Jesus the one and only perfect being ever to walk this planet. If people live in lustful pleasures and impurity, they are nowhere near that reflection.

We are told that we must leave our sins behind. We can no longer live in the sinful lives that so many cherish more than God. For by doing so they are not “Christian,” but a gentile, a sinner, and something that is not welcome in heaven.

Ephesians 4:30-32 NKJV – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Why I do this podcast is because time is running out. It is time to wake up. Stop going through the motions. You cannot continue to go into the den of wolves and expect to live. And I don’t mean live here, but eternally. For Jesus Christ is soon to return and you really wish to not have had Him blot out your name from the Book of Life.

God Bless.             

Blog for Podcast #120 (Those that listen to fables and myths)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

I have been trying to help a young lady in her early journey into Christendom. I did not have face to face contact with her, which may have helped, but I didn’t, and it didn’t.

I could see she was hot for the truth and the ways of the Bible, but I also saw that she was being toss to and fro by many different and varying viewpoints. She eventually succumbs to the onslaught of all the false teachings flowing throughout the world at this time.

I could see her being tossed back and forth. This way and that. I truly tried to help her by giving her the Bible, the Truth.

I saw one major flaw that I could not overcome. Why? Because it was not mine to correct, but hers, which is why she eventually fell.

She could never truly surrender the self. She had to maintain control. It was her way or the highway.

In her last comments to me she embraced a dogma that called for abandoning all of humanity if it didn’t match her skin color. Due to past crimes and lies told by those of the lighter skin color. I believe the core of this belief comes from the woman that desired to test Solomon’s great wisdom and witness his wealth. That woman being the Queen of Sheba.

Many imply, and there was even a movie made about an illicit relationship between them. Yet the Bible doesn’t say anything like this occurred. However, many within the black community say it did take place and thus makes them the true Jewish line. So, they base their place in history and place with God within an action of sin. Which God would not condone or allow or support.

This is just one example of the fables and myths that people create to have their way with the will of God. With how they wish things to be satisfied in their wishes and desires to have what they desire most in this world. A ticket to eternal life.

Nevertheless, this is the furthest thing from true salvation. True eternal life. True belief in God doesn’t use the crimes of religion as an excuse not to follow the teachings within the Bible. True belief in God doesn’t segregate one color of skin from another.

There is a key verse within the Bible that shows how many chose the path of true salvation:

Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Why is the road to hell so broad?

Because most take the easy way. They take the easy excuses not to do what is within the Bible. Why?

Because they wish to dress fancy. They wish to live richly. They wish to feel special. They wish to feel better than others. They desire that they themselves are unique and marvelous.

In Podcast #65 I discuss those that are haughty. Listen to that if you wish details. However, I will key in on some important verses:

Romans 12:16 Amplified Classic – Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.

Proverbs 3:7 NKJV – Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

Why they seek after fables and myths is because first off, they have not read the Bible for themselves. Secondly, they desire to be in control of their own lives. They do not wish to surrender all to God.

It is to these people that the letter to Galatians exist. The first topic of the letter is how quickly they have abandoned their salvation and what will occur to those that teach fables and myths:

Galatians 1:6-10 NKJV – I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

What is the saddest thing of all is how many listens to false gospels. How many listens to fables and myths. It is far more than one would consider or accept. This explains why we are in the age of the lukewarm (Revelation 3:14-22). We are in the end of times before the return of our Savior Jesus Christ. As is seen in what was foretold:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Yet most don’t see this or even realize. Again why? Because they do not read the Bible for themselves as was stated earlier.

Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life.

John 14:6 NKJV – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

This is the only way to holy eternal life.

Now why do I add the word “holy” in the last sentence?

Because all will have eternal life. Just those that accept Christ as their Savior and strive to be an image of Him will see holiness. But the key is to being an image of Christ is to truly seek to live as He commands within the Bible.

This means living modestly. If we have wealth to keep a majority at hand to help those in need and not to please our own wants and desires. That means no fancy home or two homes. That means no fancy cars or trucks. That means no fancy clothes. Which falls right in line with the words of Jesus Christ Himself:

Matthew 6:19-24 NKJV – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Aka – money

Many believe with all their hearts they are walking in light. Yet they aren’t. they are in darkness. Not realizing just how dark things are for them, because what they believe to be light is darkness.

But who lives in darkness?

Ephesians 5:1-16 NKJV – Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Most that believe they are “Christian” actually walk in darkness, in sin. The true definition of a lukewarm. And they wonder why people are saying it is nearly time for Jesus Christ to return.

Nevertheless, they don’t do anything about it. In turn going further into the darkness. Acting as if they are one with Christ yet they go further and further away from Him. This results in the loss of their salvation. Even though they insist that they are fine, and they are a wonderous servant of God through Jesus Christ.

One of the things I have learned as I strive to follow our Savior. I see that most out there that profess to being servants of God, are in actuality servants of themselves. Striving to be wealthy. To have the best of everything. In total and complete opposition to the Word of God.

Revelation 3:15-21 NKJV – “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

The return of Jesus Christ is soon to occur. It is time to make yourself right with God. Follow the Bible and stop seeking after wealth and personal comfort and satisfaction in the here and now. Seek after your treasures in heaven by getting rid of your treasures here in this world.

Seek after the True Gospel and stop listening to fables and myths.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #119 (Fear of God)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Fear.

Why mention fear?

In the Old Testament it is used thirty-five times. Here are some important examples that should cause many to think and ponder:

Proverbs 14:27 – The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 15:33 – The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.

Proverbs 22:4 – By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.

Yet many reject these words. They say things like: “That is the old covenant.” The implication is that it has no bearing upon their lives any longer. They celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit within. Saying things like it impowers them. it allows them to be special and to seek after all they desire here in this temporal realm while proclaiming to the world that they are “Christian.”

Yet when you think upon it in the light given to us by Jesus Christ. Fear should still be within in us. Why? Because we do have the Holy Ghost within us.

What does it say about this aspect in the New Testament?

Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Now as I stated earlier many celebrate this, but when they do, they do not understand what is really within them. They carry Christ within them.

1 John 2:1-6 – My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

And why should they do this? Out of fear of God, for by so fearing they desire to honor God. Thus, seeking to emulate their Savior Jesus Christ.

When someone does not fear God what is the result?

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Romans 3:18 – “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.”

Which comes from Psalms.

Psalms 36:1 – To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the Servant of the LORD. An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes.

Those who celebrate the presence of the Holy Ghost within them show no fear of God. What does that mean? Well per Psalms they are disobedient to God. They are in essence wicked. Yet, they themselves believe they are holy, they are consecrated. They feel empowered to seek after what glorifies them, for they have God within them. Thus, showing no fear of defiling the Holy Spirit within them if they have been so blessed.

Going back to 1 John 2 I will re-read verse 4:

“He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Understand this:

Matthew 5:17-19 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Those that throw out “that is the old covenant” also have no fear of God. For in their eyes there are no commandments to follow any longer. Yet Christ in these verses of Matthew made it clear that the laws would not end until the Great White Throne judgement. For that is when the laws shall be fulfilled.

Many scoffs and laugh when they read or hear things like this. Why? Because they consider this to be not true. Unreal. For they are in perfect harmony with God as they live in their expensive homes. Driving their expensive cars and truck. Dressed in their luxurious clothes. All because they are chosen and special to God through Jesus Christ. For He is within them.

Luke 16:14-17 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. 16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.

Expensive homes as well as cars and trucks. Luxurious clothing. These are what is highly esteemed among men. So those that seek after these are per Jesus Christ are an abomination in the sight of God.

Does this not scare you? Does this not give you fear?

If it doesn’t …….. well I got nothing.

Here’s the thing.

Revelation 20:11-15 – Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

“But my name is written in the Book of Like.” Someone just said.

Is it?

Matthew 7:13-23 – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Revelation 3:1-6 – “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

“I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.”

Listen to that wording of that sentence. It says Christ can remove names from the Book of Life for those that do not overcome, that are not victorious. This speaks of our involvement in our salvation. That we have a duty to perform to God through Jesus Christ with the aid of the Holy Spirit, which resides within us.

Going back to Proverbs 14 I will restate that verse:

Proverbs 14:27 – The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

What is death to those that profess to being “Christian?”

Being cut off from God, from eternal life and our promised rewards that we are to store before the Throne of God. To be cast into the pit of fire and to suffer the second and eternal death.

Revelation 20:15 – And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Isaiah 66:24 – “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.

Are you striving to be victorious over the desires of your flesh? Are you seeking to place treasures into heaven and not here on earth? Are you seeking less of the world and all that it offers humanity?

If not, you may not be seen as an overcomer and so will not make the first resurrection.

This is something to fear. For then you must count upon your trial before the Great White Throne alone and if you name was wiped out of the Book of Life then you will experience the second and eternal death with worms and gnashing of teeth.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #36 (The True Gospel)


Intro

Welcome again to another Bible study podcast. I am Dreamwalker1960. Once again, as a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM.

Discussion

Many times, I have referred to the first chapter of Galatians. Specifically verses six through nine:

6 I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. 8 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. 9 I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

But I leave out one of the most important verses. That being the tenth:

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

This one verse says volumes. For many throughout the centuries HAVE sought to please people and not God.

“I’m not trying to win the approval of people”

Let’s look at this verse in the KJV:

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

To please – G700 – aresko – (through the idea of exciting emotion): to be agreeable (or by implication to seek to be so)

This tells us the false good news is constructed of words mentioning God and Jesus but aimed at pleasing the listener. To make them feel good.

This is the message that most buildings that call themselves “churches” feed to humanity. The key element in these pleasing messages is the word “love.”

Now let me make this perfectly clear. God does love ALL of humanity. Why else would He send us His own Son to serve as the sacrifice to allow us the window to be able to stand sinless before our Creator?

Remember the anguish Abraham endured when God told him he must sacrifice Isaac?

This is the anguish that God Himself suffered except more so, because unlike Isaac, Jesus Christ died. He died a Holy and Pure sacrifice. And due to this He rose again upon the third day. Having fulfilled His calling. The ransom paid for all humanity to be given the ability through Him to enter in the presence of God.

Yet it is here that those that teach the false gospel end their teaching. They leave out the next part of the message, which Paul is referring to when he says he is not trying to win the approval of people, but of God.

Again, we will look to verses that I continue to go to when trying to show the true and faithful message of the Gospel:

John 15:1-6 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2- He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3- You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. – Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5- “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6- Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.

Within these verses is the true meaning of the True Gospel. Jesus says He is the only true way into heaven. Once someone accepts Him as their Savior, they become joined to Him.

He illustrates the entire requirements to being one with Him, and makes it clear the results if someone does not stay within the true Gospel.

The very first thing He makes clear in this description is that if someone does not stay true to the Bible and thus produce fruit God Himself will end their salvation. Those that say they can never loss their salvation is teaching a false gospel and as is shown in Galatians are cursed. This is shown time and again throughout the Bible. A prime example of bearing fruit is seen in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) the servant who buried their talent bore no fruit and was cast into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. This verifies that salvation can be lost.

The next thing Jesus makes clear is that those that stay true to the Gospel will suffer, as is shown through pruning. Why? So that they will learn and thus make it so that they will in turn spread the true Gospel out unto the world thus bearing more fruit. He shows us that the message He gives unto us. The entire message prunes us making us ready to serve God though our Savior with the aid of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus makes it clear we must stay true to Him and His teaching.

“Remain in me and I will remain in you.”

He also makes it clear that we cannot produce fruit if we do not remain within His full and complete teachings. When He says something is a sin. It is something we cannot continue to live within.

Yet those that teach the false good news. Say someone can live in their sin no matter what and God will love them even if they keep them. Yet this is counter to the teaching of the vine. This is clarified in verse 10 of John 15:

“When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.”

The core of these commandments is the Ten Commandments, but the rest of the commandments are seen in Deuteronomy and Leviticus.

Matthew 5:17- 20 – “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!

So, if it is called a sin and we must not live in sin than we must abandon sin. ANY SIN!!

Another false gospel that more follow than they realize is finding wealth and prosperity here on earth. We are told not to store our wealth here on earth where it will rot and decay. But to store our treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-20) This has a twofold effect on people, both of which become self-serving and not God serving. Because people seek to satisfy their own wants and desires, they ignore their neighbors which is against the second greatest command. To treat others as we would treat ourselves. (Matthew 22:39) How can we seek to treat others to the luxuries we seek if we do not have enough wealth to accomplish our own lusts and desires here on earth?

We are told to live a modest life. (1 Timothy 6:6-10) If we make excessive wealth it is not ours to spend upon ourselves. It was given to us by God, and it is His, not ours. We should live a simple life. And once we have a surplus that should go to others in need. This is how the early church lived their lives. (Acts 2:43-47) As time went by this message got perverted and changed by the selfishness of humanity. Thus, defying our Creator and going against the teaching of the true Gospel. Which in turn makes those that practice this lifestyle to be cursed. For many do this that have the Holy Spirit within them, and they defy the Spirit which tells them to live their lives per Biblical standards. Which is storing up heavenly treasures and not earthly ones.

It was impressed upon me, again, this morning, as I wrote this, that Christ’s first and soon return is far more near than many realize. It still may be years away; however, it could be this very moment or the next that the horn will blast.

This horn will be heard everywhere. For it will not be of this dimension, but of God’s heavenly dimension. It will be heard through walls; it will be heard in airplanes. It will be heard underground. Wherever there is a human it will be heard. This first blast of this trumpet will be for the dead. This gives those alive the ability to stop what they are doing and pray to God they are included in the next blast. For when that one blasts those that are ready will vanish from this earth to meet Jesus Christ in the air and be given their new and immortal bodies. Bodies that will last for billions upon billions of years. All our selfish wants, desires and thoughts will be at an end, and all that will matter is how can we serve our Creator God, through His Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

The true Gospel teaches to reject the self. (Luke 9:23; Matthew 16:24; 2 Corinthians 5:15) If we insist on keeping sin in our lives, we are insisting that we are greater than God.

The key is to removing sin. We may find it emotionally painful.  But if we are truly seeking salvation, we must learn to let go of that which in many cases brings us earthly pleasure, comfort and even satisfaction. We must come to the realization that this life we now live is fleeting. (James 4:14) At the most we may live a few decades over one hundred. However, we were meant to live thousands of years originally. Ultimately, we are destined through truly accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, to live billions of years. Why hold on so tightly to this life in which sin is greater than our Creator. God knew us before we were even convinced in the womb. (Galatians 1:15; Jeremiah 1:5) Can you grasp that concept? We have an active part in this relationship with God through Jesus Christ. That means we must seek to remove sins that bring us pleasure. All sins come from one place. Our hearts. (Matthew 15:19-20)  For we wish to satisfy our own wants and desires. Not God’s. We must abandon our own desires and strive not to please ourselves but God. This is hard on our own if not impossible. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans  6:23) Only through accepting Jesus Christ and being filled with the Holy Spirit can we begin the painful struggle to end placing ourselves above God.

True love hurts. Trying to draw closer to God in our love for Him hurts. To spare the rod is to hate the child, to paraphrase the proverb. (Proverbs 13:24) Since our Heavenly Father does not hate us. He requires us to go through emotional pain that many time we feel would destroy us. This pain is us letting go of what we want and desire and accepting what God wants from us, which is to become righteous and holy. To be worthy to wear the white robes of salvation. Having passed through the blood Jesus Christ shed for us that last day of His earthly life. (Hebrews 10:9-18)

However, we are not worthy of this sanctification unless we are willing to surrender to Him all of our heart, mind, body and soul, unto our Creator through Jesus Christ the Messiah, our Savior.  Then allow ourselves to be baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost. Amen

God Bless

Only Jesus


Due to issues with my computer I will be republishing one of my most listened to podcast Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. In today’s study, I will do something I rarely do. Name, names. As a reminder though, you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Now this is a topic that many have heard before. But it is one that needs to be heard many times in many cases for people to listen to and hopefully finally acknowledge. This is also one of the many sticking points that cause numerous others to say there is no God and there is no Jesus. Why? Because they wish to be their own gods. The person fully in control of their own lives.

John 14:6 – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

How this one statement can cause so many to react with such a violent reaction. Yet that is the way of it. This is what Peter had to say about those that at one time had known the ways of Jesus Christ, yet they wished to be their own masters:

2 Peter 2:1-2 – But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.

Let us look at this last verse more closely in the KJV.

2 Peter 2:2 – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Pernicious ways – G684 – apóleia – destruction, ruin, loss, perishing; eternal ruin, damnable (-ation); perdition, waste

Shall be evil spoken of – G987 – blasphémeó – to slander, to speak lightly or profanely of sacred things.

Many that deny the existence of God and Jesus Christ use examples of false teachings from those that profess to being “Christian.” However, what they teach does not follow the Bible and thus do not follow God or His Son.

Now I will do something I rarely do. Name, names. From 1974 to 1989 Americans were bombarded with the fantastic showmanship of Jim Baker and his wife Tammy Faye Baker. This showmanship gave birth to the PLT club (Praise The Lord club). Which resulted in a show modeled after the Tonight Show which ultimately led to a theme park. All of this if you truly understand the Bible is not what those that truly seek a Christian lifestyle seek to live like. All this behavior caused people to be self-focused and thus world focused. Which is totally opposite the teachings within the Bible. This “ministry” was exposed as a con which resulted in Mr. Baker being arrested and sent to prison for five years.

This is a prime example of a false teacher. I have no doubt that at some point in his early life Mr. Baker was saved and born again. Yet he allowed the world and money to ultimately become his true god. As a result, millions of people were conned out of their hard-earned money. In some cases, those wishing to retire at his theme park. This shattered many. Also in the same time frame was Jimmy Swaggart who also suffered in a sexual scandal as did Jim Baker. Both shattered the belief of millions causing them to move further away from God and thus causing an increase in those that say God is not real.

As you can tell I am not a fan of televangelists. Nor am I a fan of mega-churches. I will not deny this, as you can tell.

Why?

Because they became a business.

What is a business?

A particular company that buys and sells goods and services per Cambridge dictionary.

Sells goods and services.

To sell is to give something to someone else in return for money, also per Cambridge.

This is how it is for most churches. The larger it is, the more this applies. There are even those that specialize in it.

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Yet this is what these places have chosen for their masters. They use the facade of God to gather their true master. Worldly riches, wealth, and property. A prime example of this is Joel Osteen. Whose wealth is proudly stated by himself as being more than $100,000,000. All of it given to him by his “ministry.” A business formed upon teaching others to get wealthy here on this earth and not in heaven. Again, opposite the teachings of the Bible.

Matthew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

So, Osteen is proud that his riches are of the world and not of heaven. Which verifies he is another of these false teachers Peter is referring to as is shown here:

2 Peter 2:3 – In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

This extreme example is why I am no fan of televangelists or mega-churches. Neither truly gives a person the needed fellowship with fellow Christians, but most importantly with Jesus Christ. Nor do they learn the true message within the Bible. In addition, they are not even told to seek a true relationship with God through His Son by learning. Truly learning what is within the Bible. Not by just reading but by studying the gospel.

2 Timothy 2:15 – Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. [The Amplified Bible (classic)]

It is verses like this that we should be learning. Yet I have never heard any teaching that included it. Which includes those teachings which says we are not to store up treasures on earth, but in heaven. As well as the fact that we can only get into heaven through Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 2:5 – For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.

John 10:9 – Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.

So, if we truly study the Bible and come to know the truth within it. We can all come to one conclusion. That there is a God that created the universe that we now live within. With this understanding we can see the power of our Creator. The genius of a God able to create something so complex yet with similarities to other aspects of creation. Like how when mapping the universe, it is like the neural pathways of the human brain. Such coincidences are impossible, this verifies that God does exist.

So, if God is real. Since there is true historical evidence of Jesus beyond the Bible. Then the resurrection is real as well. So is our salvation. For all of humanity it is real. All someone has to do is accept that truth and ask Jesus Christ into their lives as their Savior.

Then they need to learn the Bible. Not just read it. Learn it! Learn the truth of what is taught within it.

They should also seek to be baptized. Not sprinkled. Submerged underwater thus symbolizing being buried. And then rising again. Born anew in the name of Jesus Christ. Then you must seek out for the filling of the Holy Spirit who was sent to us by God in the name of Jesus Christ.

John 14:26 KJV – But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

All must be done in and for Jesus. For only He is worthy of our adoration. Having taken our place upon the cross. Having suffered the brutal beating and whipping that we deserved and not Him. To have nails pierced through His limbs. Instead of us suffering that agony. Yet He willingly surrendered what so many clings to in this temporal world. Our life. Jesus Christ surrendered His life so that all who ask Him to be their Savior will have an enteral life that will last billions upon billions of years. Not just a mere one hundred at the most. But an eternal life.

Yet there are many out there that deny any of this as truth. As fact. Why? Because they wish to be their own master of their destiny. A destiny that will end the moment they die without accepting Christ as their Savior. This world does offer delights and pleasures that seem to be amazing. Yet once a person achieves a goal. Is there not a realization when this happens? There is a void. A sense of letdown, if not loneliness. This is because this person was not seeking after the true goal of true satisfaction.

True satisfaction can never truly be found in this fleeting existence. All is ever temporary here in this mundane existence. As it should be.

For our true goal should be to seek after the everlasting. People try to be everlasting by trying to become a part of history. However, very few remember people from the past. It is shown within the Bible that all manmade history will be forgotten anyway.

Isaiah 65:17 – For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

If you truly wish to become eternal seeking after He who offers it to all. For all will receive it. Many though will find the eternity they are given will be filled with nothing but eternal suffering. That is because they did not seek after the true eternity that only comes from Jesus Christ. For He is the only way to the true and complete eternal life that is worth seeking after.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #118 (Purveyors of chaos)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Those that seek to please the self. Those that believe that they are an example to humanity. Those that believe they are better than anyone else are all purveyors of chaos. The Bible says this about these types of people:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 –  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Matthew 15:18-19 – But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

All that is listed here is chaos.

Chaos can take many forms. In the entertainment industry like movies and TV shows, it is usually depicted as wars or some type of conflict. In reality it can be more subtle, more deceiving.

The actual definition of “chaos” is this: a state of disorder and confusion.

In today’s world we are in a time of disorder and confusion on multiple levels. In some cases, there is violence, but most of the disorder and confusion comes from everyday life itself.

The effects of order and chaos do correspond like a pendulum swinging from one side to the other. It has now swung to the side of chaos. So now we must deal with its effects and outcome of the damage that will come from it.

There are those that say chaos is good. Then there are those that know the truth and understand that chaos is always bad, and the degree to which the pendulum is allowed to swing deeper into the side of chaos demands an equal and opposite reaction of order to return the swing to go back the other way. However, even though the swing may appear equal the human cost is always greater when leaving chaos, when leaving evil. Let me explain.
The last time the swing into chaos went too far it cost over 60 million deaths, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population. Then the swing of the pendulum went into the order side.

Here is a contrast to note. For the swing of the pendulum to swing away from order and back into chaos does not necessarily require deaths to cause it, but the minds of humanity to reject order. This started and took place in the 1960s. Now the Vietnam War was going on this time and an approximate total deaths of 1,313,000 took place in that war. That was not a major factor in the change of people minds against order. Those that started the pendulum swing to chaos desired and even lusted for chaos, for sin. Not only in their hearts but their minds as well as they experimented with drugs like LSD and heroin.

They felt enslaved to order. They in their minds wished to have freedom from what they saw as constrains of order. Why this took place was a failing of those that were teaching order. From teaching the doctrines from which order resides, the Bible. For they themselves in most cases didn’t understand the teachings of the Bible. Those teaching the Bible had become legalistic, demanding order be followed, but to follow God is not something that can be demanded. It is something that is voluntary.

But understand what is meant by “legalistic.” Legalism is living the law and following the law, but not being true to the law. That is not having a repentance. Not truly desiring to be faithful to God nor His Son. That is legalism, that is being Legalistic.

What is truly sad though is due to all the chaos we now live within. Those that seek after it and truly desire it for themselves have turned into that which they themselves hated. They have become legalist of chaos. Desiring to control all by demanding that all embrace the chaos and accept it as the truth and all to ending all. Yet as has been shown the swing away from chaos back toward to order usually results in more deaths than it takes to swing from order toward chaos.

What I see in this is that through the love of Christ. He desires us to stay within the constraints of a type of order, not one dictated in legalism, but in a heartfelt desire to be obedient to all the teachings within the Bible, including those laws not replaced by Christ going to the cross. Christ desires that within an order that followed and given with love that can lead to an eternal life that has more to offer than this world we now live within could ever offer. To follow the teachings of the Bible can seem confining, but that is a test of our love and our devotion to our Savior.

Is that really so much to ask of us? I honestly don’t think so.

What is to follow is how to live within order, and if we do so we live within the laws of Moses as well.

Romans 12:9-18 – Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Galatians 5:22-23 – But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

This is true and complete order. The furthest swing of the pendulum toward order. Yet now as stated we are at the opposite side of the swing, and the blade has gone further than ever before toward chaos. With that in mind. What will be the death toll required to have the swing head back toward order, toward Christ, toward God?

The last time was 60 million.

The Bible tells us the cost, the toll required for this next mandatory swing. It is just not what many think. Most think it is during the great disaster predicted during the tribulation. To some part that is very true, but it is not totally true.

The key is found in 2 Thessalonians.

2 Thessalonians 2:7 – For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

Now why is this? First off, we must understand that the “He” who is taken out of the way is the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Once we have been filled with the Holy Spirit, we are a Holy Temple unto God. That, which dwells within us cannot leave us if we stay true to God. Consequently, when the Holy Spirit is taken away all that have the temple within them are taken out of the way as well.

It has another name: a rapture.

Revelation 7:9-14 – After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Many scholars have debated this for centuries. Yet none can come to Christ without the Holy Spirit, per the words of Christ Himself:

John 3:5 – Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

If the Holy Spirit is not present, because He must be removed to allow the antichrist to be revealed, none can be saved after the midpoint of the tribulation. This must be something that is considered.

If this is factual and accurate then these “uncountable” otherwise known as billions could be considered part of the cost required. Then those others that happen during the devastation that follows are also part of that cost.

Simply it will cost billions of lives to cause the swing of the pendulum to go back to order, toward righteousness. What many don’t think about or realize is the true cost. The true deaths required in the price of being under chaos.

Death of the soul. Death that will last all eternity. Death that will include many that think they are destine to eternity.

Read the Bible for yourself. Learn the Bible for yourself. Live what is taught within the Bible for yourself.

God Bless  

Blog for Podcast #117 (Baptism)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

Recently I encountered those that wish to deny the need for baptism. Their excuses ranged from varying aspects. However, when I confronted them with the Word of Jesus Christ Himself, I was bewildered by their rebuttal.

First off, we will show the verse that is the Words of Christ:

John 3:5 – Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Their excuse they used is that “born of water” is in reference to being born period. The water of the womb.

I did through research upon this topic. First off let’s look at the word “water.”

Water – G5204 – hudór – water

It just means water. Plain and simple water.

Now here is something that needs to be understood. During my research of this word in the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. These elements were found about this word.

  1. There was a strong emphasis on the fact that the world was destroyed in a flood.
  2. Water is extremely valued in the middle east.
  3. Its main importance within the letters written by John was that of cleansing.

In the several pages dedicated to the word “water.” Covering its base meanings. Its emphasis throughout the region, as well as how the Jewish people thought of it in the Old Testament and New. One thing never once occurred. That of birth of the human child and the breaking of the water from the womb.

Those that listen to this myth forget an important thing:

1 Corinthians -15:50-53 – Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

With these verses in mind this completely negates those that say the “water” referred to in John 3 is what happens to all humanity at the time they enter this temporal realm of existence.

The actual meaning has more to do with cleansing and destruction of that which is evil for that which is able to become a vessel for the Holy Spirit. Something that shouldn’t be defiled, for it has been washed clean.

Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

This is one of the main reasons why baptism is a requirement per Jesus Christ in John 3:5. Not only of death and rebirth, but of physical and spiritual cleansing to allow the person the ability to be the vessel of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

This brings us to the baptism of Jesus Christ Himself. For even though Jesus was born of a virgin and never commit any sin. His human body was still corrupt, which required the need for a baptism, a cleansing.

Matthew 3:13-17 – Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

“Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

This statement is enough to verify what I stated before the verses describing Christ baptism. This was only able to be accomplished through baptism. Note the next verses:

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

In the KJV:

Matthew 3:16 – And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Straightway – G2117 – euthus – at once, forthwith, immediately.

Two things that need to be shown here.

  1. He came straight out of the water immediately. This shows full emersion baptism.
  2. He is cleansed and worthy to once again be filled with what which was originally His, the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost.

This cleansing is a requirement to allow us to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Which fully explains the words of Jesus Christ Himself in John 3:5. Earlier I read from Romans 12. I will restate it at this time because it shows the import of why we should fear to sin.

Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Why are we commanded to behave in such a way?

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Due to our corruption which was shown in 1 Corinthians 15 as staying that way until we go into the presence of Christ at the Rapture if we are so fortunate. We will still sin to some degree since we are not the One who was sinless.

We should all strive to remove all sin from our lives as best we can. Through prayer, supplication, and study of the Word of God. Ever determined not to sin in any form. For when we do so we desecrate a Temple of the Holy Spirit. Out of fear of God we should always steer away from sin as best we can.

“The thief upon the cross was not baptized.” Comes the excuses once again.

How do you know this? There is nothing in the Bible that tells the history of the thief. Here are factors that need to be considered.

All agree that all three, Christ and the two thieves, were led to Golgotha. Christ was in the lead. The main person to be crucified that day. Blood still flowed from Christ onto the ground, and the two thieves walked through His blood. Something few even think about. But this is only a theory and no more should be thought upon it, which I will explain why shortly.

Then we have the story of Peter calling Jesus the Son of God.

Matthew 16:16-17 – Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

Could the thief have been so blessed?

I have no true answers to this issue. What I know is that Jesus said this man for saying Christ was innocent was welcomed in heaven. That is all that is important. Those that apply this to baptism are more likely making excuse to sin then to follow Christ. Here I will leave this. For I am only striving to spread the True Word of God, and that is all that is shown within the Word. Any who wish to expand upon it or apply things not written within the Bible are making myths and fairytales.

1 Timothy 4:6-7 – If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.

2 Timothy 4:1-4 – I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Those that say the “water” in John 3:5 is a woman giving birth have created a fable and those that believe and teach it should be turned away from. For they desire to live in the sins we are instructed to leave behind defiling the Temples of the Holy Spirit.

Turn from sin and turn to God through Jesus Christ. If you have not been baptized do so and seek to end all sin within you as you live here on earth. Seek out full emersion baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and remember that once you do so that once you enter into sin once again, which will occur. You defile the Holy Spirit and seek damnation if you do not repent of your sins.

For Christ is soon to return and time is running short.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #116 (Enemies of God)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

James 4:4 – Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

These people to which James was referring were not those that deny God. Those that openly sin, saying they welcome following their own lusts and desires that will lead them to damnation.

This verse was aimed at those within the church. Those that at one time professed and may actually have been grafted into the Vine that is our Lord Jesus Christ. However, now they no longer bear fruit.

Adulterers – G3432 – moichos – apostate, adulterer

  1. Apostate – someone who has given up their religion
  2. Apostasy – an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith

I want to key in on following and obeying. Why is that? The answer comes from Matthew:

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

When following, when obeying. We are staying true to these two commandments which come from the Old Testament. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18) This explains why verse 40 exists. It is reaffirming what Christ stated in chapter five of Matthew:

Matthew 5:17-19 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Many that profess to being “Christian” have destroyed the laws of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. They use the excuses like for example that these laws are under the old covenant. Yet Christ says this about that mentality:

 Luke 16:16-17 – “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.

Therefore, Jesus Christ makes it very clear that the laws that were not removed by Him going to the cross. That is making sacrifices. Are still active and true if they do not violate that second commandment.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Would you enslave yourself? The answer is no. Subsequently, slavery is against the laws of Moses. Even though they were originally in them.

But back on track.

So, following and obeying all the teachings within the Bible that pass the litmus test of Matthew 22:37-40 shows not only yourself, but the world about you that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, and so are not an enemy of God.

Yet there are those that will deny this, will argue, and complain that what was just stated is the Truth. This is the first indicator as to identifying who are the enemies of God.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

This leads us to the next clues as to who are the enemies of God. For within these verses are descriptions that leads us to the verses that are to follow:

Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

I want you the listener and reader to note an important verse that precedes these verses:

Galatians 5:18 – But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

This is a clear statement. That if we behave in the following manner:

Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

We work within the laws of Moses. Yet if we live in the sins lists that come from the flesh. Those that live this way are answerable to the laws of Moses, which affirms what Jesus Christ Himself said, that the laws are not destroyed, just fulfilled. Then those that chose to ignore the laws and do not follow or obey them can be considered enemies of God.

What other evidence is there of who are those that are the enemy of God?

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

These verses when taken in concert with the first verse we discussed today says volumes. Therefore, let us repeat it:

James 4:4 – Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

So those that seek after wealth, fancy houses, new cars. Bigger and better. They are actually enemies of God. No matter what they say their affiliation is. For their true love is their want for what will get them what they truly desire.

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

“You will be devoted to one and despise the other.”

It is a plain statement.

If you are devoted to God, you will not desire what money gives you. You will despise luxuries. You will not seek after bigger, better fancier.

You will downsize. If you have wealth, it will be given to charities in need. To people in need.

Most will reject this. Most will scoff at this. Most will be in bewilderment and shocked.

Revelation 3:15-18 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.

“You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.”

Yes, I used these verses on purpose. Does it make those that want to reject this, scoff at this and are shocked by this stop.

It should. This is not me speaking these are not my words. This is the Bible. This is God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

It amazes me how people wish to reject the Bible just because what is being said goes against how they were raised and told their entire lives. That would imply that all they have learned and been told is a lie. That their parents, their pastor or minister had it all wrong.

If the Bible says one thing yet all you do goes to the opposite than what is the truth?

The Bible or how you have lived?

People say they are “Christian” yet reject that which goes against what they desire what they are devoted to. This causes conflict within people. For centuries they have been told that to succeed is to gain that which is within this world. However, this is opposite of that which the Bible tells us to seek after.

Matthew 6:19 -21 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Where your treasure is makes you a follower of Christ or an enemy of God. it is just that simple. It is black and white. Hot and cold. Sheep or goats. There is no middle ground. There never has been. People can’t keep chasing after both. They all must chose a side, and they must now do something about it.

Why?

Because Christ is soon to come and what follows that first appearance is something all wish to avoid, but most will not.

Why?

Because they chose to be God’s enemy instead of Christ’s follower.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #115 (money vs God)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use most podcast platforms if you wish to listen. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

The other day I ran into a new excuse as to why to keep one’s wealth. Before I get into that. I will concede this fact. That in today’s society and system we live within, it makes all slaves to our incomes.

However, this does not excuse those that come to a true awareness of the teachings within the Bible. Now as to the excuse. The person used these verses to be encouraged by using more of their wealth for themselves then for God.

1 Timothy 5:8 – But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Provide – G4306 – pronoeó – to foresee, look out for beforehand

Now just so we are all on the same page. All should agree that if you start a family they need to be cared for. However, we must also agree with what Christ Himself said:

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Most now days ignore these words from Jesus Christ, now I understand one more excuse for it.

We have to work by degrees. We must balance our lives even more so than at any time in the past. Mainly because of how the need for money has come to be the master of the world system. Which has entrapped not only humanity but Christendom. Because of this they have forgotten these important verses that I keep being forced to go back to time and again:

Luke 16:14-15 – Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

This is why there is a need for balance, for moderation from those that profess to being “Christian.” Living within our financial boundaries. Not seeking after that which is beyond our control.

A trend I myself was guilty of was purchasing a new car every four to five years. This put me in a financial bind, which led to another bind then another. Entrapping me, enslaving me to money. This cycle continued for decades. Why?

Because I was not following the Bible. I was not following God.

Finally, I did start to listen. I kept a car for a decade, removed Credit Card debt. Bought items that were cheaper, but kept my family cared for. If I financed, I made it short term if possible and paid it off before I pursued something new that was actually needed. Not wanted, needed.

I grew up in a household that sought after bigger, better, finer. They too professed to being “Christian” yet did what 1 John 2 told us not to do. I had fallen into the trap that so many that now profess to being “Christian” now do.

Why?

Because I did not know the Bible as well as I should. I have changed that part of it. I studied the Bible like I have never done before. Which in turn has given me insight into how we are to pursue our lives here in this temporal realm of existence.

I followed that important teaching that shows I wish to be a follower of Christ.

Luke 14:25-32 – Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

The cost of discipleship. The true cost is to stop seeking after the world. Stop seeking after that which the world prizes. Not to focus on our wants and desires. To live solely on what is required to make it to the next day but take no more. Not comforts, not luxuries. Not earthly entertainments.

Did I get rid of it all? No. I do not live as a monk of the days of old, but I live a modest and unassuming life. I live in an RV full-time with my wife and my dog.

Do I think all should live this way?

That is not for me to say. Each person must come to their place within the Body of Christ if they truly seek to be His disciple. However, we have the story of the young rich man. Told in three different gospels. Yet most reject what is being said within it.

The young man follows the teachings of the Bible. He follows all the commandments. So do many that profess to being Christian today. Nevertheless, Jesus Christ said this was not enough. More was required to truly be called a disciple of His:

Mark 10:21 – Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Most do not do this. They believe it has no place in their life. However, this is the furthest thing from the truth. For what is it that the young rich man did?

Mark 10:22 – But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

He turned his back upon Jesus Christ. Millions do this very same thing every day. Nonetheless they on the other hand still believe they are right with God and His Son. Yet Christ makes it clear that they are not welcome in the Kingdom of Heaven:

Mark 10:23 – Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”

Why? Because they must have their comforts, they must have their luxuries, they must have their money. I return to Matthew chapter six once again:

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

They are saying otherwise, they are saying it is not black and white. Not hot and cold. What does this make them then?

Revelation 3:15-17 – “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

They are spit from the Body of Christ. They have turned their backs upon their salvation and chosen the world over God. They have chosen money over God. However, they still go to church. They still sing hymns and with all their hearts believe they are saved.  Believe they are going to heaven.

What is the final things Christ says about this issue about riches?

Mark 10:29-31 – “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

A key statement is made here:

“Along with persecution”

If people do not live in persecution. If they are not attacked for what they believe or say about the Word of God or how they live for Christ. Then they are not walking the path of salvation, but of comfort and leisure and point of fact money. They are on the wide path and not the narrow one.

Matthew 7:13 -14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

So, their god is not the Creator of this universe, but that which gives them satisfaction here in this fleeting existence we all must endure until we are called into the presence of God.

There are only two ways this calling can be accomplished. One way is in robes of white. The are other is to be standing before the Great White Throne in shock and bewilderment. For most believed they are truly “Christian.” Yet they will find themselves standing there anyway, defending themselves and seeing if their name has remained in the Book of Life or if it was removed by Jesus Christ Himself.

Revelation 3:1-6 – “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief. 4 “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine. 6 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

God Bless