lukewarm

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: How quickly sins build


I have recently had a change to my working arrangement at my place of employment. It has thrown me into contact with a new group of people for the most part.
One of these people says he is a follow of God. I have listened to his words and I have watched his behavior. Due to 2 Timothy 4:1-5, it is my duty as a follower of Christ to talk to him when the opportunity arise. Let’s just say some of the encounters have not gone smoothly.
What it has made me acutely aware of though is just how quickly sins can accumulate in just a single day.
No human being is perfect, and as the title of this article points out. I am aware of my own sins and short comings, for the most part. However, as I see this man and I see his lukewarmness at best. I actually feel sorrow.
He lives in this false belief that he is actually going to be in service to God. Yet daily he snubs his nose at our Creator. Why?
Mainly due to a willful neglect of correctly reading the Bible as well as listening to the teachings from a false prophet, that have misled and misdirected him.
I would like it if he could open his heart. It is possible, but only time will tell.

The majority standard


What does this mean?
Standard is the norm, the everyday, how a certain community or group behaves overall.
So a majority standard is how most of a community or group behaves, since not all people or groups act exactly the same, but the majority of them fit within the frame work of the norm or standard.
Example: The majority of citizens of a country act daily in a general manner.
Why I say this was due to something I was reading the other day which mentioned how the Jewish nation was like during the time that Jesus walked upon this earth two thousand years ago.
Ever since E.P. Sanders coined the term “covenantal nomism” in his work “Paul and the Palestinian Judaism,” people have been conflicting on his point due to other groups that did not show this “nomism.”
So you can understand where I am coming from I will try and explain a bit. Covenantal nomism is the belief of many of the Jewish people in this time period that believed they were guaranteed a ticket to heaven due to the fact that they were of the tribe of Israel. All they need do was to honor the laws to a degree set up within the Torah.
However not all thought this was the Pharisees and the Sadducees had their own few, but they were not within the majority, they were the minority. Those that lived their everyday life and sought after just making it day to day were the majority and they for the most part lived with a covenantal nomist mentality.
This is what has caused a great debate amongst several scholars for decades.
Elsewhere I was presented with a way to look at the seven letters to the seven churches from Jesus Christ in Revelation. The view stated there was this. That at this time in any Christian religious group that is in existence at this time you will find within them each element of the seven letters. If you wish to go further in this please look at my articles on the seven letters. (The Seven Churches (Part 1); The Seven Churches (Part 2) – The letter to Ephesus; The Seven Churches (Part 3) – The letter to Smyrna; The Seven Churches (Part 4) – The letter to Pergamum; The Seven Churches (Part 5) – The letter to Thyatira; The Seven Churches (Part 6) – The letter to Sardis; The Seven Churches (Part 7) – The letter to Philadelphia; The Seven Churches (Part 8) – The letter to Laodicea)
But here was the key element that stuck out in that study. As I mentioned you can find each of the elements of the seven churches existing contiguously today, but the majority standard of each church within the letters is linear throughout the centuries. The first church is how the majority of people within Christendom were living in the time and it changes to another letter as time continues till we finally get to the seventh church which shows how the majority standard in that letter is present in today’s culture.
What I find amazing is that the Jewish people at the time of Christ living in their covenantal nomism and how the majority of those that profess to be Christian today are suffering from the same problem. Today the majority belief that faith alone will guarantee their entrance into heaven as long as they go to church now and then. However the rest of the time they live day to day within the world and care more for it. This makes today’s Christian majority standard to be lukewarm.
Now we all know that not all are lukewarm. There are minority communities within the Body of Christ that live their lives other ways. Who within these minorities is living the way God truly seek them to be is beyond my understanding to fully know. What I do know for sure is that God is not pleased with the majority standard. So much so that He makes it clear through His Son letter to Laodicea that living a lukewarm live was worse than denying God outright and those that live lukewarm lives are “spit” out of Christ’s mouth, meaning cast out of the Body of Christ.
This also means that since there are no more letters after the seventh one and the majority standard is lukewarmness then the soon return of Jesus Christ is near for what follows the letters is the Great Tribulation.

The withered branch


I am about to have some Bible verses below that I wish you the reader to look at and think upon. They are words spoken by John the Baptist to the Israelites not long before Jesus started His ministry:
Luke 3:7 – When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? 8 Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. 9 Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.”
Now you are asking: “Why is this important to me? This about the Jews just before Christ came amongst them. “
Let me put it to you this way: “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are Christians.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create Christians from these very stones. Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.”
This is reinforced in John 15
1 “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. 4 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. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”
We are now in a period where many say they are “Christian.” However, they live in, of and for the world. They seek after worldly rewards, sporting events instead of time with God, money, large homes, fancy cars, expensive clothing, and jewelry. All this is of the world, yet this is their true desire. They show no real desire to serve God. To help others. All that matters is themselves and their wants and desires.
They bear no fruit for God. They are a dead branch upon the vine that is Jesus Christ. They were once saved, yet are now dead and withered.
Their destination is made clear and obvious:
“Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.”
“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.”
So where is it you stand within the eyes of the Lord?

Welcome to the world of the lukewarm


So let’s do a day by day of a possible average life of a person.
Sunday if they go to church at all, they do so. The get to church. Talk to this person or that person or even a group of people.
“Did you hear that this happened to so and so?”
“Oh my no. Really?”
Then this person goes into the service. They say a pray, they listen to the singing, the preaching and then pray again. They go home.
Once there they go about their usual day. Go to a beach, go to a park, or just sit at home and watch some television.
Monday, they go to work. They ponder how to get a raise or think of a way to sell the house they now have so that they can get into a “better” area. They hobnob with their co-workers and they may spend some time after work with them. Maybe even participate in some type of sport. Basketball, baseball, golf, whatever. They go home maybe talk with the wife or kids and may even dine at the same table with them. Then they go to bed.
The rest of the week is pretty much the same as Monday. Then Saturday arrives. If they own house and do their own yard work they do some. Then maybe head off for some more sports either with friends or on the television.
Rinse and repeat time and again hardly never changing. Maybe they get a better house, a better car, hobnob with people that are of their “class,” and that is their life.
Yet they say they are Christian.
Welcome to the world of the lukewarm. A world in which you are not welcome in heaven.
These words make them angry, their mind screams, NO!!
They say this is bull. This is not true. This is impossible.
I say where was God?
They reply, “We went to church!”
I say where was God?
They shout, “I JUST TOLD YOU, WE —— WENT——- TO—— CHRUCH!!!!!!! AREN’T YOU LISTENING??”
I once again say, where was God?
Dumbfounded they fix to leave this article.
Where was God when you gossiped? Not with you.
Where was God when you went to the beach? Not with you.
Where was God when you sought after a better place to live? Not with you for that is seeking after a reward upon this planet, this temporal plain of existence.
Where was God when you were hobnobbing? Were you sharing God to those with you? Were you giving your testimony?
When you woke up did you pray to God? Did you even think of God once?
Welcome to the world of the lukewarm. A world in which you are not welcome in heaven.
Revelations 3: 14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
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. 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. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

Today 2000 years ago nearly half His human experience was over.


At nine Jesus knew the truth. He knew the Bible so well that he awed the Scribes and Pharisees with His knowledge and insight into the Word of God as the Israelites knew it at that time.
Yet today this very day two thousand year ago he walked upon the hills around Nazareth. He talked to His half-brothers and sisters. He talked with his mother and step-father. I honestly don’t know when Joseph died, so I really cannot say Jesus was able to talk to him, but we know Joseph was alive when Christ was nine.
We know that seventeen years from now those that knew Him most everyday rejected Him, even His half-siblings, for it is not until after His resurrection that his brother James comes to accept Him as the Messiah.
He already knew who His true Father is. Yet the evidence due to the rejection by those that knew Him most was that He did not show arrogance in anyway His entire time upon this planet. He showed humility His entire life, yet was wiser than any of the elders of the Jewish faith.
He never sought after riches for it is plainly seen that He was poor His entire life. It is plain to see that He never mentioned that He was the Son of God until the appointed time, for to have done it at any other time would most likely have led to stoning. For His fate was not to be stoned, but much worse. He was to be crucified, which is more heinous of a fate. For that fate was to redeem even the most odious of sins.
He knew even now two thousand years ago that He was to hang upon the cross, yet He kept quiet. He kept silent until His Father told Him it was time.
Why? Because He loves that which His father loves, which was all of His creation, which also included all of us up until the end. Each and every person is beloved by God. However not every single person loves God or His precious and humble Son.
Even today this very day many say to His sorrow: “I reject you God.” Not aware of what they are truly saying for they have not been told the truth.
Most in this world listen to the lies that make them happy in this moment, in this now, in this temporal reality that is only meant for this very moment. The very idea of that there is a God or is there not. Do I wish to server Him or do I deny Him.
Too many choose to deny Him. Yet even more choose to serve Him and in turn choose to deny Him. Of this latter group I feel the most sorrow and pain for they walk about thinking they are one with God as they live their lives in this world unaware that they are dead to Him, for He has spat them out for their betrayal. The betrayal by the lukewarm.

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.

If the Rapture were right now.


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Could you honestly say you would make it into heaven on the second blowing of the horn?
I can’t even say yes to that question and I am closer to God then I have ever been in my entire life.
If I can’t honestly answer that can you?
I look about the United States of America. A nation that 80% of the population says they are “Christian” yet most of these do not go to church. Have not read the Bible. Constantly break the Commandants yet I bet they just said yes to my question above. Well got some bad news for you. Sorry wrong answer.
When I was first Born-again I had a dream. You see I know without a doubt that I am a dreamer of dreams (Acts 2:17), yet I still doubt making the rapture and this dream is the reason why.
I dreamt I was being herded through a store, the racks were empty and were torn apart, but I could tell it was a store at one time. Before and behind me were others like myself. We were dressed in a grey jumpsuit and we were chained together.
Standing upon one of the display racks was a bald man covered in tattoos. He used a whip to keep us ever moving forward.
Suddenly cheering and howling erupted behind me. I turned to the end of the aisle behind me and there stood a twelve year old boy. He too was covered in tattoos as well and he held up in one hand the severed head of a blonde woman by her long hair.
This dream has haunted me for decades. Due to this I doubt my place in the Rapture, but I still strife to serve God for I know it is the right thing to do and why it must be done. So those that are the grey (lukewarm) and the barren branch will awaken to the errors of their ways and turn white hot for God bearing fruit that is sweet to our Savior. (Revelation 3:14-22)
This is why I ask this question about if the Rapture were today would you be standing before God and Christ or would you be down here in bewilderment and shock for having been found wanting by God.

Where I am By Billy Graham – My commentary 4


Chapter six showed me an insight into the people of this nation and Samson the judge. A discernment that is amazing in its refection of the people of this nation. I am in awe of the just how much the two do compare. At the same time I am saddened by what this means for this nation as a whole. Here is the quote given by Mr. Graham:
“Our present society isn’t much different. Too many people today feel that the old moral standards are useless and out of date. They believe they ought to be free to make up their own minds about what is right and wrong, thus doing what is right in their own eyes.
“Worldly thinking is, ‘if you expect to get ahead in life, you’ll need to adapt to worldly living and learn to fit in.’ that’s where compromise slips in—that little voice that urges you to lighten up, to give in, whispering that it’s okay to go along in insignificant acts. But this is the voice of temptation that comes from the devil.”
This leads me right to Revelation chapter three:
14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning[e] of God’s new creation:
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. 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. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”
Compromise is the trend that is popular today especially in those that say they are “Christian.” They unwittingly become the “lukewarm” the “grey” the hypocrite. Jesus makes it clear they fate of those that willing being the lukewarm.
“16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”
Jesus the glorified Christ spit will spit them from His mouth which means from His body. Casting them to men to then be gathered and burned. But there is only one place that burns and that is the pit of fire.
I also like this paragraph from Mr. Graham’s book:
“Samson was strong physically but weak in every other way. He broke the first commandment, to but God first in everything. Instead, he put himself first and ignored God’s rule. Samson broke the second and fifth commandments and worshiped the shrine of lust by taking a Philistine wife against his parents’ wishes. He broke the sixth commandment and murdered. He broke the ninth and tenth commandments because he lied and coveted (Judges 13-16). “
The United States was strong once but the people become weak in every other way. Most have broken the first commandment and worship themselves over God. He made his Philistine wife to be an idol of lust and defied his parents by marrying her. Americans lust after beauty and worship those that they consider beautiful. Millions of dollars are spent daily to help people to look beautiful to themselves and others. Most ignoring the advice of their elders that try to teach them that looks are not everything. He killed those that had tricked him to gain answer to a riddle he had posed thus he committing murder out of greed and lust for worldly possessions.
Many in the United States covet what others have and seek it for themselves and go to whatever extreme is necessary to acquire it even through lying. Billy Graham continues:
“We look at Samson’s life and can see ourselves in the mirror. We make life-changing choices for good or bad. When we choose the bad, it is because the seed of sin is within us. It can only be rooted out by salvation in Jesus Christ.”
Luke 12:48 – But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
“This was Samson’s profile; he had been given everything life had to offer. But instead of treasuring it and being responsible with it, he decided to ‘live it up.’ Samson was bored, and boredom often leads to discouragement or, as in the case of young Samson, mischief. He chased after whatever pleased him and was headed for a catastrophic fall. When he let his guard down, he was bound up by the enemy.”
Well the people of this nation have everything life can offer and they get bored with it and turn to mischief. They chase after whatever pleases them and as a result this entire nation is head to catastrophe, for they have let their guard down that the enemy, Satan, is about to bind them and throw them into devastation.
The warnings are being shown to all, but few are listening and even viewer are attempting to take action. However this is something that the few can fix. It will take a majority to address this issue.
What is the starting place to correct this issue? What is it that a majority can make an effort to show they wish to change the course of this nation away from collapse?
It is the election that is occurring at this very moment. Not only for president but for the senate and congress. You cannot vote for someone that acts like Samson and that would be Trump. You cannot vote for the Philistines which is the Democratic Party. You must vote for the only person left that at least makes an effort to show his belief in God and that is Ted Cruz, since you have removed those that would have been better suited due to greed and selfish desire. You must also remove any one from office that has been in Washington for more than 12 years.
Turn to God and pray to Him asking for His help and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. For eternal salvation will be all that can save us from the troubles this world is soon to get into.

The light is brighter than it has ever been and it is showing just how corrupt the church really is


Two thousand years ago Jesus walked around the hills near Nazareth. We are coming upon the pure two thousandth anniversary of His crucifixion and resurrection.
It is a time when people should be thinking more and more about their place in the eternal life we are ALL promised to be given. Yet most in this world can think of only one thing. This world.
Due to social media, Television, and radio nearly the entire world can get a snapshot into the hearts of their fellow humans like in no other time in history. Those in power cannot say the Bible says to do this, when in reality it never said any such thing. Approximately one thousand years ago this could be and was done. This led to bloodshed in the Holy Lands due to the corrupted and human hearts of men.
Between 1456 when the Gutenberg Bible was first printed till nearly two hundred years later (approximately 1611) when the first normal printing of the King James Version of the Bible become common place. Growth in the true understanding of the Bible took place. Halfway between these two dates Martin Luther gave birth to the Great Reformation of the Body of Christ as it was fractured into many denomination due to the corruption of the Catholic Church which up until then was the only religion within Christendom. From these years till within the mid-1960s humanity strived as best it could to be a reflection of the Son of God.
Now though humanity is pulled this way and that due to the very inventions I mentions above. They find no real time to read the words of their Creator. Many even deny they have a Creator, but that is not where the corruption lies. For Jesus Christ knew this time would come and even instructed John in the book of Revelation to write a letter to the church that exists in this time. Here is that letter:
Revelation 3:14 – And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Due to the primaries for the president of the United States of America the stark reality of this letter is shown to prove the Bible as fact and the truth that not only is God real, but that His Son is still alive and watching over us.
There will be those that are going to say: “What you are saying is not true, He was referring to the church in Laodicea and to them alone.”
This is not accurate though. You see the seven churches can exist and have existed concurrently and yet they are also linear. Concurrently refers to any body that gathers in the name of Jesus Christ at any given point in history. While linear takes the Body of Christ as a whole throughout the centuries. The first letter referring to the church as a whole during the early years of the Body till the last letter before Christ’s imminent return to the face of this planet we all live upon.
The letter to Laodicea is the last letter, the seventh letter for the seventh age of the Body of Christ as a whole. We are living in this seventh and last age before Jesus Christ places His feet back upon the ground of this earth at the Mount of Olives.
Many say they are rich and are increased with material possessions and have a need for nothing. They seek after more and more the possessions of the earth. They wish to have a newer car, a larger house to hold all the possessions they have acquired. Many of which sit in their basements or addicts doing nothing but gather dust, bugs and rotting away.
They have through the votes they have cast through the primary process shown to the world due to technology that most are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
Their wretchedness and misery has in turn made them poor. They are blind to the truth of the Bible and so, even though professing to be true to God have thrown their hopes and desires onto someone that is shown within the Bible itself to be a false teacher. The complete opposite of what any that calls themselves a “Christian” would say is worthy of their support.
Once upon a time they would have sought after this person to try and convert him to Christianity, but now in their blindness they call him a “savior,” thus showing their nakedness. They have stripped off the belt of truth and accepted the lies of the false teacher as fact. The have removed the sandals by not reading the Word of God for themselves so that they on their own can see what God says to do from the Bible and so they are tossed this way and that in worry and anger. They have laid down their shield of Faith and given in to disbelieve. As a result the straps that hold their helmet of salvation has become dry rotted and is in jeopardy of breaking, thus cast off their helm to damnation. Their sword of the Spirit is dull for it has not been refined and sharpened by understand the true Word of God, so as to stand as a defense from the world and its corrupting onslaught of lies that have twisted the true meaning of the Gospel. Thus leaving them naked to the world as they lose their righteousness and willingly accept the unrighteousness of the world as truth when it is nothing but a lie built upon lies told by liars.
Ephesians 6:10 – A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
This is the reality we are in today and due to the light of God though the Bible the actions of those that stand naked to the world are there for all to see, but they think themselves to be clothed in the grace of Jesus Christ are showing to the world their true state. Yet most are blind to these truths I have just shown unaware that those that hate Christ see them for what they truly are and scoff and laugh at them behind their backs saying for all to hear: “See there is no such thing as God, for those that say they follow Him do not do as the Bible says.”
Here someone will say that those that do not know Jesus do not know the Bible. Satan is a fallen angel of God. He knows the Bible and so do his most loyal servants. They know the Bible so as to be able to pervert it to their needs, lusts and desires.
They are better equipped to defeat those that seek to serve God, for they have a secret weapon, those that seek to serve God. For we are corrupt beings and even though we ask Jesus Christ to be our Savior, due to our corrupt bodies, minds, even though our soul may be renewed in the Glory of Jesus’ saving grace, we must strive daily to seek out to be a better image of He that shed His blood in our place. Which is why we are to wear and care for the armor of God. For when we do not care for it we will be shown, as is now being demonstrated through those that vote for a false teacher, that we are only human and subject to mistakes, but these mistakes due to not knowing the Bible cannot only lead to the death of innocents, but to our own death in the eyes of God, which will lead to an eternity not in His glorious service but an eternity in agony, sorrow and pain within the pit of fire.

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.