lukewarm

Blog for podcast #7


Intro

Welcome to another broadcast, and I am Dreamwalker1960.
Today we will begin to explore the mindset of the lukewarm. So they can begin to understand why it is that the Glorified Jesus Christ spit them from His body.
Again this will be a painful message. However it must be said. The world has had enough of pampering and as it says in Proverbs 13:24:
Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.
Discussion
In Revelation 3:17 we are given a description of the lukewarm:
“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.”
Now it continues to say which rewards you are to seek after in verse 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.
Christ says to seek after purified gold which ties into verse 17’s “I am rich.”
Then he states to buy a white garment from Him. This goes partly to “I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing.”
In this world we live within today. The lukewarm can boast to all about them that they are rich. They live in a huge house, they drive a fancy car. Their house has many room. Many of which are not even used unless they have guests. Yet every room is filled with items they have collected unto themselves for their own satisfaction and grandeur. Sacrificial offerings all unto themselves.
They dress in their finest when they go to the buildings called “church.” Showing off their foofaraws.
I remember one day in the early years of my faith as I sat in the balcony at church I was attending with my family. A lady stood up from her seat in the pews down below me. She caught my eye because she was waving her hand to someone a few pews away and was trying to get her attention. When she caught the other woman’s eye. I could see this lady mouthing the words:
“I love you hat!” to the other lady.
All I could do was shake my head. This was my enlightening that this church I was in was not a God focused church. It was focused upon the people within it, not God.
This is one of the main issues that those that are lukewarm suffer. They are self-absorbed. Their god is not THE God. But themselves.
The very first commandment given to us in Exodus.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
For decades I away thought of this as if God were referring to the ancient gods of Egypt, Greece or Rome. These gods are another topic altogether. Then for decades I thought He was referring to Hollywood actors or sports personalities. Well He was, but that wasn’t all He was referring to. He was also referring to the greatest god all humans worship. It is themselves. Each and every human worships themselves over God and His Son our Savior. It is something that we can never truly purge from our souls as long as we live within these corrupt earthly bodies. It is why we must have a daily, if not hourly, relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Jesus actually added two new commandments in a fashion.
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. 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
They also appear in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18.
A quick Note here. This statement by Christ tells us two things. First there are 12 commandments and second there are actually more than just twelve. We are to follow all the teachings within Deuteronomy and Leviticus and apply where required in a post resurrection world. But that is a topic for another day perhaps.
But enough of the side note, let’s get back on topic.
Each person is their own greatest god.
Due to this they seek after what is pleasing to them. Be it possessions; to complements; to entering into sexual encounters, which at times result in a child they don’t want. So they go down to the nearest temple to the ultimate god of selfishness. Offering up this child as gift upon the altar of self-indulgence. Many times professing they are “Christian” and doing what is best for all concerned. All save the child whose life just ended.
Was this child loved as those that chose to abort it love themselves, as we are told to do by Jesus Himself? The answer is no.
What is truly sad is that due to people thinking themselves “Christian” or not. They have truly no concept of this basic knowledge due to the removal of God from where God once could be easily found. That is one way we know we are in the last part of the church age, and why I am teaching upon these difficult and even heartbreaking topic. For I want all to stand before God in joy and happiness, and not sorrow and horror.
The mere fact that there is so much unrest going on in our streets is a testament to the truth I am speaking right now. Other signs we are in the end times is:
Matthew 24:7 – Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.
Additionally in Mark 13:12 Jesus says this:
“Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.”
Nations translates to races, while kingdoms translates to countries. Have we not experienced a race against race upheaval? Are we not in a war as I speak? Isn’t there reports of earthquakes nearly monthly? I just saw a video the other day of a young black man who on his birthday told his family that he was conservative. They disowned him on the spot. Plus you add on top of this we are in the church age of the lukewarm.
Jesus is coming and soon.
Stop worshipping yourself. Stop hording your riches unto yourself. You don’t need to live in a huge home if there is only two people or even one person living in it. The money you spent upon yourself could be uses to help those in true need.
“But that is why I pay taxes!” someone just said.
It is not the government’s job it is your job as a Christian. If you have the money to live in a huge house. You have the money to live in a two bedroom condo and use the rest to love your fellow humans as you would love yourself. We are to give our money to needed charities that help those in need. We are to do it not the government. This comes from 1 John 3:17.
The greatest leader is someone who desire to serve his fellow humans not lead them. Any who seek to lead and control are to be shunned and turned away from. Any who wish to dominate are worshipping themselves and see themselves as gods that deserve to be worshipped. They wish for you to look upon them as a god. Does this not sound like the Pharaohs and the Roman emperors of old? All humanity is equal be they ruler or pulpier; sinner or saint. Look to Mark 10:42-44.
Conclusion
Humanity are not the gods. Only the Creator of the Universe is. Stop seeking after self-glorification. Turn toward the true God. Who sent His Son to walk amongst us, to be the ultimate sacrifice so that we can speak to God freely and without shame. Cast off the worldly gold and seek after the gold that is purchased from Jesus Christ upon the pyres of trials and tribulations. That we as Christians are told we must endure. Seek out the white robes of salvation that can only be purchased by being bathed in the Blood of Jesus Christ.
Bow your knee to God and beg for His forgiveness in the name of His Glorified Son, the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. Seek out those that do not seek to rule or control. Seek out those willing to stand their ground for God. Seek out those willing to teach the true Word of God. Accept the trials and embrace the pain that comes with being a true disciple of Jesus. For our path is not easy, and we are told it will become even worse the closer we come to the return of our Savior Jesus Christ. As we are seeing by being denied the rights to even gather to worship our true God.
God Bless.

Blog for Podcast #5


Into
Welcome to another broadcast and I am Dreamwalker1960
As we continue to look into the verses that identify who are the “lukewarm” we come to 2 Peter 2. In which we see where many are turn from the course of salvation and led toward the realm of the lukewarm.
Now I highly recommend that this entire chapter be read due to the imagery given for those that will tempt the people that are not only newly welcomed to the church but are at times long standing members within the body of Christ. We will however only key in on the important moment when many have been led astray without their even being aware. Mainly due to a failure on the part of those in a higher place within the earthly church. Many of whom do not know nor even realized that the world is filled with the lukewarm. Including themselves.
The breakdown
We must start with verse 1 of 2 Peter 2. Because here you get a clear image of who false teachers are in today’s world. In today’s lesson I will also go straight to the KJV.
Verse 1 – But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
False teachers – G5572 – pseudodidaskalos – a spurious teacher, i.e. propagator of erroneous doctrine [Strong’s]
a: spurious – not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit. [Dictionary.com]
b: propagator – someone who spreads ideas, beliefs, etc. to a lot of people [macmillandictionary.com]
c: erroneous – containing error; mistaken; incorrect; wrong [Dictionary.com]
d: doctrine – a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government [Dictionary.com]
privily shall bring in – G3919 – pareisago – to lead in aside, i.e. introduce surreptitiously [Strong’s]
a: surreptitiously – in a secret way, so that others will not notice [macmillandictionary.com]
Damnable – G684 – apoleia – ruin or loss [Strong’s]
In the TDNT it adds the word “destruction” to those listed in Strong’s.
Heresies – G139 – hairesis – a choice; i.e. (specifically) a party, or (abstract) disunion [Strong’s]
What it states in the TDNT is too long to quote here so I will paraphrase to the best of my ability. However before I do that I feel it is necessary to explain how the TDNT works. It is a scholarly study of several Greek sources of material that are centuries old. Including the Septuagint, which was commissioned by Ptolemy II Philadelphus in the second century A.D. He just happens to be the son of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. This enabled those that made this dictionary to accurately compare Hebrew and Greek to the best of their ability within the Old Testament. Thus giving them an insight into how the Greek was used in the New Testament when comparing like words and wording between the old and the new.
Now from their study of the word which gave us “heresies” they came to this determination. Heresies is likened to a political party or a sect, a cult. That breaks off from within the early church, where it got its foundations. Much like what Paul describes occurring in Galatians 1. Yet they were not teaching the true Gospel. The modern equivalent would be those that have created the prosperity churches that say God wishes us to get rich here on earth, which is totally counter to what the Bible actually teaches us (Mathew 6:19-21). I will not name names, but you may know of whom I am speaking of. Those are false teachers and those that follow and listen them and so qualify to be called “heresies.”
That bought them – G59 – agorazo – to go to market, i.e. (by implication) to purchase; specifically to redeem [Strong’s]
a: redeem – to make someone free from the power of evil, especially in the Christian religion [macmillan dictionary]
In the TDNT it boils down to the prices Jesus Christ paid for us upon the cross to save us all from the slavery of sin.
This is stating that those that become these false teachers were once given the grace of salvation. Yet they now deny this by the way they have turned away from the teachings of Christ and His disciples. Thus they are broken from the vine for the fruit they bear is evil. Which is verified in verse 2 and their fate in verse 3.
Verse 2 – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Verse 3 – And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
In verses 4 -6 Peter lists three great and past judgements as examples. The casting of the angels to hell. The flood which changed the earth and made it so that humanity no longer lived hundreds of years. Lastly he mentions Sodom and Gomorrha.
Now we will look at verses 7 and 8. For this shows us that even though we are saved. We have our righteousness worn down. This is something I am very familiar with myself. For I remember this erosion as I came closer and closer to my year of Job.
Verse 7 – And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
Vexed – G2669 – kataponeo – to labor down, i.e. wear with toil (figuratively harass) [Strong’s]
a: harass – to disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares; bother continually; pester; persecute. [Dictionary.com]
Verse 8 – (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
Which is something I encounter nearly daily.
In verses 10 – 17 Peter describes those that live in sin and how they behave. However, it would take too long to get into and would take us off track from what I am trying to teach. However, I highly recommend, once again, these verses be read and an understanding sought after.
We, however will continue our lesson starting in verse 18:
Verse 18 – For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
They allure – G1185 – to entrap, i.e. delude [Strong’s]
a: entrap – to bring unawares into difficulty or danger: to draw into contradiction or damaging admission: to lure into performing an act or making a statement that is compromising or illegal. [Dictionary.com]
b: delude – to make someone believe something that is not true: [Cambridge Dictionary]
Through much wantonness – G766 – aselgeia – licentiousness (sometimes including other vices) [Strong’s}
a: licentiousness – lacking legal or moral restraints [Merriam-Webster dictionary]
In the TDNT I quote: “It characterizes Sodom and Gomorrah…..” [Book I, page 490]
Those that were clean – G3689 – ontos – really; certainly; clean; indeed; of a truth; verify: adverb of the oblique cases of “on” – being, when, was, which [Strong’s]
a: certainly – used to reply completely or to emphasize something and show that there is no doubt about it [Cambridge dictionary]
Escaped – G668 – apopheugo – to escape [Strong’s]
So: “those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.”
Could translate to “those which certainly escaped from them who live in error.”
So even though the wording could be translated differently the meaning is still the same. Those that live in sin tempt those that have turned to God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. As will be enforced later.
We continue in verse 19 to see who the true slaves in this situation are.
Verse 19 – While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
So even though there is a promise of freedom. In actuality they are being draw into slavery to sin and so they server their master, which is evil itself.
Now to look at verse 20:
Verse 20 – For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
The knowledge – G1922 – epignosis – recognition, i.e. (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement [Strong’s]
a: recognition – agreement that something is true or legal [Cambridge dictionary]
b: discernment – the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure [Merriam-Webster dictionary]
c: acknowledgement – recognition of the existence or truth of something
Entangled – G1707 – empleko – to entwine, i.e. (figuratively) involve with [Strong’s]
Overcome – G1096, G2274 – ginomai, hettaomai:
Ginomai – to cause to be (“gen”-erate), i.e. (reflexively) to become (come into being) [Strong’s]
Hettaomai, hettao – to be inferior; usage – I am defeated, am overcome, am made inferior [biblehub.com]
Meaning to cause to be defeated.
The statement being made here is that those that became saved in the full knowledge of Jesus Christ and thus tying into verse 18. Become temped by the world and those in it to return to sin. Then it finishes that they would be better if had they never learned and were given salvation. Which is explained in the next verse.
Verse 21: For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
Delivered – G3860 – to surrender, i.e. to deliver over to another to keep, yield up, entrust, transmit
Peter ends this part of his letter with this:
Verse 22 – But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
The sin which was vomited out is revisited to once again be taken in. While the washing of salvation that is given when accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior is ruined by returning to the mire of the sinful world, which they willingly return to. For the comfort they receive from the world, is better than what is required to live a life where we must constantly struggle to remain clean.
In summary
I have now established and given a solid foundation of who the “lukewarm” are.
In the first podcast I showed that they had asked Jesus to be their Savior and had become saved by receiving grace from God. Yet they turn their back upon their salvation for the distractions of the world through a watered down and false gospels that did not challenge them to stay true to their Savior.
In the second I reinforced this foundation with showing that they were upon the vine that is Jesus Christ and they chose not to bear fruit and so were removed from the vine by God Himself.
In the third podcast I showed that at one point they did service for God in the name of Jesus Christ and bore fruit that can only be done if Jesus is a part of their life. Yet they later selected to stop bearing valuable fruit and instead began to bear unsuitable fruit. Then when they stand before the Great White Throne. Jesus will testify against them and they will not be allowed into the eternal life that is to come.
In the fourth I showed how false teachers will also have once been saved and willingly turn their backs upon God to seek after the pleasures and rewards that this world offers instead of the enteral treasures we are promised from Jesus Christ. They instead decide to choose the here and now over what is promised all of us in the future.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior we do not choose the world, for this domain we live in is not the creation we are promised. This short time we live upon this planet is nowhere near the life we will have in the glorious eternal life that is to come.
So we have struggles and trials. Is this not the pruning we are told will occur unto us in John 15? We cannot allow ourselves to fall for the temptations to seek after our lusts or our greed that is offered by the world around us. For our true rewards are not here within this realm, but in the true life we are promised. When Jesus Christ returns, that will be the true beginning of our true lives. For everyone, be they sinner or saint.
And so this ends the identification of who are the lukewarm. They are those that believe they are Christians. Yet they have turned form God to seek after wealth and pleasures of this earthly existence. They say they are Christians, yet they are hypocrites and most don’t even realize this very truth.
But it is not too late. They can turn back to God through His Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All they need to do is to ask His forgiveness and turn away from the world and return to God. This means they must change how they live their lives, but it is the only way to return to God. They must not be the young rich man who is asked to sell all his worldly goods and turns away from Jesus in bewilderment. For he did not understand what Jesus was asking him to do. If you must sell all your earth goods. Do so. If you must turn away from the world of sports. Do so. If you must turn away from the TV screen you stare at for hours on end. Do so. Return to your Savior Jesus Christ and answer His call and do what He asks of you. Without question, just do it.
God Bless.

Blog for podcast #2


Welcome to today’s podcast. I am Dreamwalker1960.
Today we will start on our journey to awaken the lukewarm to the reality of the Bible and the importance to have a daily if not hourly relationship with God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
We start in Galatians. Why There? For this is when we truly see the lukewarm already showing their true form.
The lesson
Galatians 1:6- 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.

The breakdown
Verse 6 from the KJV – I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel
Marvel – G2296 – thaumazo – to wonder, to admire [Strong’s]
It is used here in a literary from to express surprise [TDNT]
I actual take the use of the word to not just surprise but a type of sarcasm. He is bewildered and shocked that they would surrender their salvation so easily.
Soon – G5030 – Tacheos – briefly, speedily, rapidly [Strong’s]
So quickly they turn from God.
Removed – G3346 – metatithemi – to transfer, transport, exchange, change sides, pervert [Strong’s]
To turn from, to fall away, to become apostate [TDNT]
Apostate – someone who has given up their religion or left a political party [Cambridge dictionary]
Him that called – G2564 – kaleo – to call
The grace – G5485 – charis – graciousness; the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life [Strong’s]
Christ – Christos
Another – G2087 – heteros – other or different [Strong’s]
Gospel – G2098 – enangelion – a good message, i.e. the gospel [Strong’s]
The implication is clear in this one verse. These people were saved and given salvation in the name of Jesus Christ from God. They were given grace.
“Grace” is a word I hear a lot of. Too many once they receive “Grace” think they are good to go. They are saved. They are fine. They can live their lives as they so seem fit to do so.
This one verse brings the lie to their words. This one verse shows they are lukewarm, and that the lukewarm have existed even in Paul’s time upon this earth. Again we hit upon a future podcast, but we shall continue.
There are many interpretations as to what is meant by another gospel. For that time it was aimed at false apostles. Claiming to represent Jesus and God. My view is that it was aimed for those that live in this time as well, but in a context that fits in today’s body of Christ. Again I will show in another lesson how God includes the time we now live within. But due to this belief “another gospel” has many meanings today. The most important of these is the watered down gospel that is being spoken in the buildings called “churches.” Why? To make money. For if you let people know that they are lukewarm they will not attend these “churches,” because they do not wish to hear that they are living in sin, and so these building will not exist without this false gospel. Moses made it clear in Deuteronomy 4 that we are not to add to nor take away from what is taught in the Bible. Yet most have never heard the verses I am going to address in my teachings unto you my listeners.
Verse 7 from the KJV – Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Trouble – G5015 – tarasso – to stir or agitate (roil water) [Strong’s]
A: roil – to (cause to) move quickly in a twisting circular movement [Cambridge Dictionary]
Pervert – G3344 – metastrepho – to turn across, i.e. transmute or corrupt
a: transmute – to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform. [Dictionary.com]
b: corrupt – to change from good to bad in morals, manners, or actions [Merriam-Webster Dictionary]
My translation – There is no other Gospel, but there are some that would twist you and would corrupt the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Verse 8 from the KJV – But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Angel – G32 – angelos – aggelos – (to bring tidings; a messenger; especially an “angel” [Strong’s]
Heaven – G3772 – ouranos – the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God) [Strong’s]
Preach any other gospel – G2097 – euangelizo – euaggelizo – from 2095 (eu, neutral of a primary eus (good); well) and 32 (angelos – see above) to announce good new (“evangelize”) especially the gospel [Strong’s]
Accursed – G331 – anathema – from 394 (anatithemai, to set forth {for oneself} i.e. propound); a (religious) ban or excommunicated (thing or person) [Strong’s]
a: accursed – being under or as if under a curse [Merriam-Webster Dictionary]
a1: curse – exclude from a church or a religious community [Vocabulary.com]
b: excommunicate – 1. to cut off from communion with a church or exclude from the sacraments of a church by ecclesiastical sentence. 2. to exclude or expel from membership or participation in any group, association, etc.
Paul makes it clear that if anyone even themselves or an angelic being preaches another gospel that being is removed from Jesus and thus God.
Verse 9 of the KJV – As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Any other – G3844 – para – near, i.e. from beside, at (or in) the vicinity of (object or subject) [Strong’s]
Here Paul re-emphasis that if you are given a good news that is not the exact teachings from the letters or personally from the disciples or the Tanakh that person is cursed.
So when people remove items or change them in the bible which has been done 58 times in the NIV bible that version of the bible is actually cursed and those that changed are as well. Or when they say they have received a gospel or teaching from a glowing angelic form they have received a cursed teaching which has happened two times that I am aware of.
NIV examples –
Philippians 3:21
KJV says, “Vile bodies.” NIV says, “lowly bodies.” These words have different meanings. Vile means sinful and lowly means humble.
Ephesians 5:9
KJV says “Fruit of the Spirit.” NIV says, “Fruit of the light.”
Galatians 4:7
KJV says “servant,” and not “slave,” as translated in the NIV.
A servant has the choice of leaving his master and a slave does not have a choice.
The importance of this translation is that we have a choice of serving Christ or of deserting Him, whereas, a slave does not have that choice.

This is why it is so important to:
1) Study not just read the Bible yourself
2) Do not take the word of others without verification from the Bible
3) Make sure what you are hearing is taken in context from the Bible
May times people take verses from the Bible and use them incorrectly because they are not using them in context.
One of the most misused is do not judge. The main teaching of this is in Matthew 7.
They just throw out the first verse of this teaching “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.”
Yet it actually ends in context in verse 5
““Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”
In the Greek the speck is more accurately translated as a splinter of wood. So we are speaking of a splinter and a log, both made of wood. This means the same sin.
Jesus is telling us to address our own sins which are the same but greater than the other persons. Fix our own sin, then once that is done and we are without this sin we can then help the other person.
This deals with hypocrisy. Not judging one another.
Summary
The lukewarm are those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and have received the grace of salvation from God. But are turned away from God for they listen to a gospel that is not true and accurate to the Old Testament and New Testament as given by God, Jesus and the disciples. So THEY believe they ARE saved. Yet they live their live in sin.
The good news though is that if they come to realize this and to truly seek after God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. They can fix this issue.
Many live under the impression that they accept God in the name of Jesus that is all there is to it. They don’t have to do anything else. That is the total opposite of what needs to take place.
They need to seek after God daily not just on Sunday. But every single day. It is an active relationship that God desires from us all. Where we pray to Him many times a day. That we seek to obey the laws of the land that do not go against the laws within the Bible. That we strive not to commit anything that is called a sin within the Bible. We live a daily life in and for God, in the Name of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Next podcast we look at John 15 Jesus the Vine those who and do not bear fruit. God bless.
see link below for podcast

The withered branch


re-post
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?

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.

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.