faith

A child’s mistakes


I was reading the other day where someone talked to Dobson about Trump’s “recent” acceptance of Christ as his Savior.
One sentence just got a hold of me and I have not been able to shake it.
“He is a babe in his faith.” I maybe paraphrasing this, but this was the point Dobson was making about Trump not appearing to act like a Christian.
Why it bothers me is this. The Bible makes it clear that when you accept Christ as your Savior your entire “self” changes. Is it a 100% change overnight? In most cases no it is not. I myself have been growing in my faith for thirty-one years, but I did make every effort to reflect my faith in Christ as best I could. Was I right in some of my perceptions of how someone should act and behave once saved? The answer is the simplest of all. No.
Why?
Because I was taking my faith and how it should appear by what I heard from humanity and not from the Bible. This a failing that most that call themselves “Christian” are now living themselves. They are living a life that is not Biblical and so in not truly “Christian.” That is why we now live in the era of the lukewarm. That is why those with eyes see and those with ears hear what is true and see the errors thousands if not millions that call themselves “Christian” are suffering from.
In the piece I read Dobson made no statement on how he is helping Trump to grow in his supposed new found faith. In fact from the way it was described Dobson had heard the confession to follow Christ as a second-hand statement. He himself never heard Trump ever confess his salvation to him in person.
Once in the courts this would not even be allowed. This was when the law meant something in this nation.
So why didn’t Dobson stand up to the plate and offer to take Trump under his wing and offer to guide him in learning how to grow in his faith? He could have, but the article did not mention it. This, however, is the problem with many in today’s clergy. They ask people to accept Christ, but it is extremely rare to see them guide them through these newborn steps toward an understanding of their new found belief that Christ is their Savior. Yet this is exactly what the Bible states MUST be done and it is to be done by church leaders, for if it does not these newborn babes in Christ falter and fall away truly becoming the lukewarm. A class of faith that is worse than the denial that there even is a God.
This is the very reason it took me nearly most of this last thirty-one years to reach a place that I feel I am on a solid foundation of the scripture and understanding in context the true message of Jesus Christ my Savior. This is why we now live in a time where there are more lukewarm than true and solid people that when they call themselves “Christian” it would be a reality, not a word spoken that has no meaning even to those that profess they are. Unaware of their own blindness to the true concepts of the teachings of Christ, which state clearly that you must place all others before yourself as an example.
Most that call themselves parents strive for the most part to guide and scold their children when required so that they grow into an adult to be proud of. That is the desire of Jesus Christ for those that ask Him into their hearts. Yet I see no true growth in Trump at this time. I still see the lies and the misguided statements that remind me more of a “Democrat” than of a “Republican.”
Now there are those asking why I had to mention the Democratic Party. That is simple. They removed during a previous convention the very mention of God from their platform. They have officially rejected that there is a God. Is it possible that one day the Republican Party may do the same? This could happen.
Why do I think this?
Because people no longer read the Bible. A majority take the words of other humans and accept that they are telling them the truth. Why? Because they have a title or a degree that says you must listen to their words for they have studied and learned the Bible. Since they have spent so much time studying how can they be wrong. Yet they are wrong. This is shown in the mere fact that there are so many factions within the “Church” itself. If we all knew the Bible we there would be no Baptist, no Catholics, no Presbyterians, there would be just Christians of one mind and one body.
That is why the Bible says we must learn the word of God ourselves and never to take the word of others at face value, but to confirm that what they say is true and accurate. This is how a child in their faith can grow into a spiritual adulthood. They need a mentor, they need to be instructed in the correct ways to learn the word of God and then when they make errors, which we all do and will continue to do till we are called into heaven, they will be corrected. Either in a calm and gentle manner or if need be scolded when they do something that is totally opposite the true teaching of the Bible which many do. An example of this would be getting a speeding ticket. For when you speed you are in violation of Titus 3:1. Yet people will say: “I was going with the flow of traffic.” So they were going along with other humans that are breaking the word of God as well and this is their justification for disobeying God? Yea I don’t see that holding up well when they stand before God one day.
This is why they need to read the King James Bible for it is the closest to the original message that was finished being penned 1900 years ago. Then we should strive to learn the original meaning of the words in Hebrew and Greek with the aid of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, which can be found online by the way. This is how someone grows in their faith.
Yet it is not just knowledge of the word of God, but it is applying it to everyday life. It has been said that the best study of the Bible is Satan himself. This is extremely true. You can know the word of God from cover to cover but if you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ than all your knowledge means nothing on that day you stand before God and His son.
Ponder and think upon these facts.

I find it funny yet sad.


re-post
The other day when I made my post about science and God I was attacked upon my views from someone within the Body. (How scientist discount God, but how science proves He is.)
Now I know we all have our differences. I know many do not believe as I believe. That is fine. This goes for everyone by the way.
Why I mention it in this post though is the way he went about it. I have shown several times that we in the Christian Body are to be humble. Also admittedly there are times when I too have been less humble then I should have been, but we are all human. We all slip up.
This person’s wording were an actual attack, which is really against the teachings within the Bible. We are taught that when someone errs the person that sees this error is to take the man aside (i.e. privately) talk to him and explain his mess up. If he does not listen then we are to do it with two people and then again if he does not listen with the deacons of the church.
This man made his attack public. He also worded his sentence in a way that was the total opposite of humble. Simply he acted as if I was ignorant.
Why I say this, is I responded humbly, well at least I think I did. I also allowed him to have the last word publicly. I thought upon it and prayed. So the next day in a private reply I explained where he had erred in his behavior. His response was what is the most interesting.
He directly said, “Why are you messaging me?” then proceed to place himself above me once again.
It this type of behavior, which is against our teaching as Christians. It is this type of behavior, which is wrong with many that call themselves Christian. This in turn makes people think Christianity is wrong and evil, which it is not. It is the true way to peace and salvation when someone actually follows the teachings within the Bible.
Those who claim to be Christian and behave in a way that in not taught within the Bible are not being Christian. If you have an attitude that you are always right and anyone who disagrees with you is wrong, this is not Christian. If you look down upon and belittle anyone this is not Christian.
One of the first things someone learns when you truly humble yourself is you are most likely never right, but what is taught within the Bible is right, and so you must follow it and watch yourself for at any time you may stumble and walk the wrong way.
There is only one being that is always right. For he was born perfect. He lived perfectly, and he learned all that was required to take our sins away. His name is Jesus. If you are not He, then you know that you do not know everything and so you are humbled once again.
With true humility, you are incapable of looking down upon anyone. You can meet them eye to eye, for when you look upward all you should see and feel is the presence of God looking down upon you. For God is the only one that should look down upon anyone.
This is how all who call themselves Christian should think, but rarely do. It is because they have not been taught the Bible. Most that call themselves Christian have never fully read the Bible at least once. They are spoon-fed parts of it.
Understand this. It is not your Pastor or Priest duty to teach you the Bible. It is your responsibility. It is also something you should truly desire to read and learn if you truly believe you are a child of God. Is it not time to learn the faith, which you embrace? Then it is time to learn the Bible.

Get the King James Version. Why? New versions of the Bible are someone else’s translation of the translation made by the King James commission. The goal is to know how the words were originally used in the Hebrew and Greek. To do that you will also need a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and a/or several dictionaries. Also get your hands upon the unabridged version of the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament.
Do this and you will truly learn the Bible and truly understand your faith when you do. Many may even come to realize that they are truly not saved even though they think they are and actually bend a knee to Jesus Christ and ask Him in their are for real.

Confessions of a screwed middle aged man: the shallow Christians part 2


Once again I run into those that see themselves as right with the Lord and yet shows signs they are nowhere near Him.
This time it had to do with the withdrawal of the last presidential candidate that could with honesty say they were “Christian.” For as of now there is none running that can say this and not be lying to your face. But since that is their favorite pass time they don’t even realize the truth themselves.
Anyway on with the real topic of this article. The Holy Spirit impressed upon the words I wrote down in an article I posted this last Wednesday: “America has spoken now judgment can begin.”
I shared this link on Glenn Beck sight due to his discords he was stating on his radio broadcast that day. Now I understand Mr. Beck is Mormon. I understand this group and I do not support them in their views. One thing many do not wish to accept is that Mormons, and this can be said of Catholicism, is that at their core is the actual Bible. This is how the lie can be perpetuated for at its core is the truth, which is then twisted by the addition of the man-made. This is how the Pharisees become blinded to the truth.
So as I said I re-posted this article listed above there. I received a response which was an attack by someone that called themselves “Christian.”
This was the first clue that they were shallow. Per Matthew 18:15 when someone shows an error in their belief and doctrine we are to PRIVATELY take them aside and discuss the issue. This is easily done in Facebook in a private message to the person.
Second clue. He words was an attack not a discussion. There was no philadelphia is his attitude. The true meaning of philadelphia is brotherly love. Now the “brotherly love” is not love for all humanity as it has been twisted by humanity to mean. It actually means love for your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ alone.
Third clue. He made an assumption I have not read the Bible correctly. Now do I know the Bible as I should? The answer to that is no I do not. I am human. I am imperfect. I am flawed. However, I do acknowledge that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I strive to overcome my sin. I am repentant. I do pray and I do read the Bible and seek out the true meaning of the Bible through in-depth study with the use of the King James Version of the Bible. Strong’s Concordance, a dictionary and The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (unabridged). This insight into the word of God and the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ has opened my heart into these teachings.
Forth clue. Attacking my statement that I would pray to for him as placing me on a “high biblical horse of yours and pretend to know Gods plan.” I know the word of God. As I stated above I do not know it perfectly, but I know enough to see the signs that God said to watch for. I see them. They are there for those that have eyes to see and an ear to hear. It is not me, it is God. It is Jesus.
The crux of this man’s argument was I calling Ted Cruz a new Christ. I was not nor would I ever do that. That is against the Bible. There is only one Christ and that is the man who went to the cross and then came back to life three days later. Also at the core was the roots of conservatism, which is traditional values and religious a.k.a. Christian values. The crux of my words in the fore mentioned article was there is no one that has these values left. Donald Trump is a false Teacher per 2 Peter 2 and I made this point with this man. He ignored it and would rather continue his attack toward me on the fact that all the signs about us is that we are near the return of Jesus Christ, by the way this was the fifth clue.
The Sixth clue. I will quote him here and allow you to see where he stands”
“‘I see the soon return of Christ.’ You know, I see it to, but so has every generation since it has been prophesied. Just remember, not even the angles in heaven know when. We can’t rule our lives over it. Nothing bad comes from the Lord, only good. We are commanded to pray for those who have power over us, and that’s all we can really do.”
The quote in this statement was him quoting me and this was his response to it. I will pick apart this response:
The Sixth clue part 2: “You know, I see it to, but so has every generation since it has been prophesied. Just remember, not even the angles in heaven know when. We can’t rule our lives over it.”
This shows he is not seeing the signs of our times. He is not seeing the apostasy. Yes we do not know the time it is to happen, but Jesus told us plainly that He would give us signs that His return is soon.
Matthew 24:33 – In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door.
These signs are everywhere as never before.
Now the BIGGEST clue number seven: “We can’t rule our lives over it.” This is absolutely OPPOSITE the teachings of the Bible.
Mark 12:29 – Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.
We are to place God and His Son at the core of our lives and allow Him to be the focus. Not ourselves, but God. We can only do this by LIVING the values taught within the Bible. This means we must let the belief that Jesus is soon to return be what guides our every action, which is not what this man says he personally follows. We must live our lives as if he is going to be knocking upon our door at any moment. Not days from now, not week, not years, not decades, not centuries, but NOW. Why?:
Matthew 24:42 – “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”
The eighth clue. “Nothing bad comes from the Lord, only good. We are commanded to pray for those who have power over us, and that’s all we can really do.”
This is the mentality of those that teach God is only love. Yes He is love, but God is also righteous. God will judge and God will punish. This is made clear in the Bible. There is a pit of fire and not only Satan, but ALL that choose him over God will be in this pit. This is fact. This is the Bible.
To say we cannot take action in our faith and only pray says we are to do nothing. Well doing nothing is exactly what Satan wants people that call themselves “Christian” to do. It is this inaction that has allowed abortion the new name of human sacrifice to be protected by laws. It is this inaction that has allowed sin to run rampant and again become protected by man-made laws which has allowed the grievous sin of homosexuality to become legitimized by these laws. Here was my reply to this man’s last response I would reply too:
“Yes pray for them. But as the Body of Christ here on earth we are to reflect Christ and ALL his values in ALL that we do including voting. Your words scream of a shallow Christian… again I will pray for you…”
I will leave this here and allow you the reader to think upon what I have said today.

If you truly know Christ you will change


In the opening greeting of 2 Peter. A book that has been argued was not written by him for the mere fact that the content within in places a large burden upon those that call themselves “Christian” and yet do not reflect the lifestyle requirements placed within this letter. Peter lays out how things change within someone as they “escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
So having left the desires of lust behind, what begins to take its place? First of you become more diligence in your pursuit of godliness. This is done through faith in Jesus Christ, which gives you virtue. Form the virtue you gain knowledge. With this knowledge you gain temperance, which also instills patience. From this patience rises godliness which leads to brotherly kindness which leads to charity.
What is listed above is covered in 2 Peter 1:3-7, but we need to take a look at each of these items listed of how when you accept Jesus as your Savior you will see and act differently.
First off is “diligence,” for with your love for Christ you will seek to be a true reflection of Jesus and to do that you must be hardworking in your faith.
Diligence – spoude – diligence, earnestness, enthusiasm.
So you should in your faith have enthusiasm and earnestness in seeking to be a better image of Christ, which is faith and belief in Him or like I said above, hardworking.
Now since you have gained strong faith in Christ it leads you into “virtue.”
Virtue – arête – virtue, moral excellence, perfection, goodness, a gracious act, uprightness.
So with strong faith you seek to avoid sin and strive toward perfection which is Christ. From this reflection of Jesus you are striving to achieve you gain knowledge, which is taught within the Bible.
Knowledge – gnosis – knowledge, doctrine, wisdom.
From what you have learned from reading the Bible this leads you into “temperance.”
Temperance – egkrateia – self-mastery, self-restraint, self-control, continence
With temperance you learn to limit your exposure to those things that can distract and turn you for your enthusiasm and makes it so you do not let the world dominate you with its lusts. It lust for those things that are the world. Examples: sports, television, alcohol, material possessions. For when you spend more time with these things than with God through His Son Jesus Christ you cannot achieve the goals we are studying in this article.
Once you accomplish getting into a temperate life you learn “patience.”
Patience – hupomone – endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting for.
Then once you are steadfast in your faith this leads to “godliness.”
Godliness – eusebeia – piety (towards God), godliness, devotion, godliness. Piety – the quality of being religious or reverent.
With your devotion toward God solidly in place this allows you to have “brotherly kindness.”
Brotherly kindness – philadelphia – brotherly love, love of Christian brethren.
This leads toward a love of your fellow Christians, not of those of the world, but of those that are like yourself, which causes you to be charitable to them.
Charity – agape – love, benevolence, good will, esteem.
A charity that is love for those that wish to strive to seek God as you do.
This is not how this is taught in many places. Many say we are to love all, but that is not what is taught in this message. We are to seek out our fellows in Christ and in love help them to achieve these changes so that they may become a more pure reflection of our Savior Jesus Christ

2 Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

The swing of the pendulum


When Christianity began to grow after Jesus ascended to His Father Christianity was in balance. Then as it grew and men started to think they knew more than God and changed the Bible to their suiting it became all about works. To this day still some think this way. Then Martin Luther came along and split the church, but he went to the other extreme of all faith, and that too has been corrupted by the insistence of humanity.
Here is what that Bible states though:
James 2:14 – What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
So we cannot live in faith alone which many now use the word “love” as the meaning of this faith. True we are to love all, but we are to do good works as well and this is not only our actions but how we say certain things to be people.
You see we you say you love someone, but you allow them to live in a sin that will mean their eternal death, this is not love, but selfishness. For you do not wish to truly share the love of God with any other. You see if you did, in love, you would go to this sinner and show your true love for them and tell them that if they stay in their sin they shall be dead in the eye of the Lord. This action, these words, are works.
Note the last verse:
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
This tells you in no uncertain terms that those without salvation are without a spirit and so are destine to death, which is the pit of fire. So you must through your faith act upon their sins and help them to find the true love of our Lord the Jesus Christ and to be reborn in true repentance, which is also works that are done with eternal love.
So in the future remember that it is not good enough just to love everyone, but you must love them enough to let them know how to get to God, through Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 4:1 – I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: I now see


I now understand the empathetic emotions that the prophets experienced as they tried to speak to Israel and make them aware that they were going down the wrong road. I see the anguish they must have felt at having those they talk to belittle and dismiss what they said.
I see those about me stating and strongly believing they are in good standing with God, then I see things like this last Sunday where all their worship and praise did not go to God, but to a group of men upon a field. The new gladiators of the modern era.
Now I know that we are to live our lives in moderation, but this is not moderate behavior. This is worship, this is praise, and this is glorification. They placed all their emotions into the event. They watched like it was a religious ceremony. Afraid to leave where they were, afraid they would miss something spectacular. Yet it was not the God they profess to service or honor, but other humans.
Yet to them God is great for a few minutes a day, but the rest of the day belongs to them and what they truly wish to worship. They pull out God when it is convenient for them, when they wish to show the world their goodness, their piety. They compartmentalize each part of their lives, only showing that which is important to them at that particular moment. Seeking for their own glory and reward in this temporal time and place.
As they do this they find it unpleasant when someone points out that this is not the true way to worship God. They get upset when they are shown it is not something they can walk away from at the drop of a hat like they do when it come to the things of God. All I can hear is 2 Peter going through my head.
2 Peter 2:18-22 (NLT)
18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. 19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
People need to wake up and see where they are heading. In their minds they see salvation and glory, but their actions seek out the rewards and pleasures of the world. How truly saddening it is to have the eyes that see and the ears that hear.
May the true glory of God shine upon as many as possible that will see the true light and turn from the path into the darkness and back to the true light of eternal salvation and reward. Amen.

She understood


When Jesus walked amongst us his mission was to offer the kingdom of God unto the people of Israel. Finally they reached a point when their acceptance was mandated, but they instead doubted and reject Him. Once this accrued Jesus stopped teaching in open teachings. Instead He switched over to teaching parables. These even the disciples sometimes didn’t understand.
Then one day He came into the area of Tyre and Sidon.
Here a Canaanite woman approached Him and asked Christ to cast a demon out of her daughter. He ignored her. He made a statement that He as there for Israel. Then He spoke a parable:
““It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
Now when He spoke other parables Jesus would say. “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
This took place in chapter 13 of Matthew
So here we have a Canaanite woman and Christ says unto her a parable and her response is to that parable that though gentiles are dogs do they not eat the crumbs of the bread that fall to the ground.
There is two things of import here. First that she had enough faith to know the words coming from Christ and understand them as well as know that He is the Messiah when she called Him the “Son of David. The second that she, a gentile and a woman, had exceeded those that Jesus had specifically come for. This is why He states that her faith is great, for it was.
There are two major factors we must understand in the last point. First being a gentile yet knowing Jesus is the Christ. The second being that she was female. This is why the disciples ask Jesus to send her away. Women were not thought of as they are today and being a pagan didn’t help. Yet she exceeded all of Israel in her believe in Jesus.
Matthew 15: 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. 26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Extremist


I heard this word today and so I decided to seek clarification for all about this word. So I will start with the definition and go from there.
Extremist – 1. a person who goes to extremes, especially in political matters.
2. a supporter or advocate of extreme doctrines or practices.
Extremism – belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable
Extreme – : very great in degree
: very serious or severe
: very far from agreeing with the opinions of most people : not moderate
The key in these definitions is the words “most” and “moderate.”
As I look over these definitions what I see as important to realize is what if someone that is not amongst most that are moderate and sees someone of an opposing view point. To them since they themselves are not moderate would see someone on the other side as extreme.
But what is moderate?
That is the big question these days. I can actually see both sides of this issue and I understand why there is confusion. Here is the dilemma.
As of 2014 per http://www.gallup.com/poll/180452/liberals-record-trail-conservatives.aspx moderates form 38 % of the population, 34 % are conservative, and 24 percent are liberal. This has been changing due to actions by those in power and in the education of our college students since the 1960s.
Still only 24% of the population is liberal but many of these are in important parts of the government, business, and especially education. These in reality would be those that should be call “extremist.” Why? Because of the founding principles of this nation:
1) Rights come from God, not government
2) All political power emanate from the people
3) A limited representative republic
4) A written constitution
5) Protection of private property
These are conservative, but are the foundation of this nation. This is why those that are liberal could be considered extremist, because for one they do not fall into the boundaries of the majority that being the moderate and conservative combined. Then for the other reason have no desire to attempt to conform to what is moderate and wish to discount God, remove the political power from the people, have the government control all; remove the constitution (since is it is antiquated) and wish none to own anything but have it all owned by everyone (everyone being those like themselves since they know what is best for all). But should we call them that? No we should not. In fact I feel no one should be called extremist within the borders of the United States at this time.
A true example of extremism is those that flock to ISIS, in which it is their belief that only they are perfect and all others are inferior. That women are not equals. That homosexuals should be killed. That slavery is the natural order for those that are inferior to them for they are not human. That behead those that do not agree with them.
That is a true example of extremism.
But back to the U.S. So when I hear someone use the term extremist it tells me that someone is not looking correctly at this nation and it works and need to awaken to that fact that they actually have it good here.
Simply the moment someone says that someone is an “extremist” they need to be called out and told that is a word you should not throw about so loosely. It is a word that shows the user is prejudice and needs to be educated in the hate they are causing and spreading.

Prosperity – The Christian definition


Per Merriam-Webster prosperity is defined as “the condition of being successful or thriving.”
But want does that mean to those that profess to be “Christian?”
What is Christian success? What is thriving as a Christian?”
The best place to start to look for this answer is in Mark. Chapter ten to be exact:
17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.” 20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” 21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
Here is the first and most important fact about Christian prosperity. This young man was rich and full of earthly prosperity and he even was a loyal servant to God and for this Jesus looked upon him with love. But Jesus knew his heart and knew that the world was more important to him than God. He was a true “lukewarm.” So Jesus offered him Christian prosperity, but to gain it he must surrender all his earthly prosperity.
Jesus makes it clear in these verses. That those with earthly prosperity will have a hard time gaining access into heaven and if they do their reward which is true Christian prosperity will be lacking.
So any that teach worldly prosperity are turning you away from Jesus not toward Him, and so are naked and poor. (Revelation 3: 15 “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.”)
Mark 10:26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. 27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. 29 “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.”
Here in these verses above Jesus makes it clear what true Christian prosperity looks like. He also makes it clear that it is not of this earth, and what is of this earth will persecute them. Those that are great in the world will become those that are the least notable in the eternal life that is to come, while those that are poor and the least same become great for billions upon billions of years. As I have stressed before, this earthly existence in which people seek that which is not Christian prosperity have at the most 100 years, and not even that amount to fully enjoy their earthly reward. While our eternal reward will last 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 of years, which is greater?
This is what Jesus says about material needs:
Matthew 6:24-34New Living Translation (NLT)
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 both God and money. 25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

True faith does not involve religion


It is man’s attempt to regulate faith that cause the creation of religion. Now it is true that when Moses went up to Mt. Sinai and was not only given the Ten Commandments, but he was also given a religion. A large document that became the book of Leviticus, but why is this?
It is because not all humans even those that were the descendants of Jacob would know “faith.” So as a result Moses was given a religion for humanity to follow. But within this religion, unlike any other religion before or after was interlaced those elements from which faith can come into existence and thrive separate from religion. For this is as it was meant to be. For true faith is the child within every human being from which grows the need to belief that God is real, and that His Son became, not a human sacrifice, but a divine sacrifice meant to allow those that have faith understand. That through this faith and following the teaching within the Bible which is called “works,” that humans can come to be with God eternally in His service which will be wondrous. For faith alone is not enough, but also works alone is not enough either. So that all understand: Religions equates in part to works, while just having faith is not enough to get you a white robe.
You see there are many that truly believe there is a God, but they live their lives as if there is no God. They live of the world except for two to three hours a week on a Sunday or Saturday and say they are one with God, when that is the furthest thing from the truth. Then there are those that just go through the motions of their religion and say all is well with them, yet this is not so either.
These are most of those of this time period for they are the “Lukewarm” and in Revelation 3:15-16 Jesus Himself makes it perfectly clear what their fate is. They are to be spit out of Christ. If they are spit out then what is their fate? They are not of the Body for they have been removed from the Body. In John 15 their fate is shown. For in this chapter of the Bible Jesus teaches directly to His disciples. He clearly states that He is the vine and the branches are those that are His. So they are saved. They have faith. Yet He goes on to say that those that do not bear fruit. This means they do not do “works.” Works, does not mean just to give to charity or volunteer, it means to follow clear instructions, but where are these instruction? In the Bible.
So if the Bible states you are to be humble, be humble. If the Bible states you are not to commit this sin or that sin. Then do not commit these sins. If the Bible says to treat all as you would treat yourself, then do so. These are fruit and if you bear no fruit what is your fate?
Per John 15, God Himself will break you from the vine that is Jesus and cast you to man who will gather you up and then cast you into the fire. But if you were saved how can this be? It is through faith that we know the answer to this and those with true faith understand. Here is the answer. You cannot live of the world and say you are of God. This is hypocrisy and is an insult to Him that created us all.
They also know that through true faith and also from John 15 that God will place those with faith through trials and tribulations time to time so that we will bear more and sweeter fruit unto God. So rejoice and repent of your sins, to never do them again even if it means you must suffer great emotional pain in doing so. Cherish the pain, learn from the pain and remember it for through its memory you will refrain from sinning once again. For this pain is nothing to the pain promised to those that chose the sin over God and all they have to blame is themselves.
You must give up your earthly lusts. You must turn away from sports; adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pedophilia, lying, greed, and all other selfish lusts and desires. For as long as you are more important to you than God you will not like where you end up. Only through true faith and belief in Jesus Christ will you see true and eternal joy.