LET THERE BE LIGHT:
Just as a jeweler will always use a black velvet background to display the splendor of an exquisite diamond, so is the intricate, dazzling beauty and truth of Christ only fully seen when we understand man’s radical condition outside of Him and the immensity and depths of the evil which deceives and ensnares our souls. Only then, can we truly appreciate the infinite, brilliant glory, splendor and magnificence of our Lord Jesus Christ.
WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO?
Gives us faith.
Gives us courage.
Gives us testimony.
Leads us in all Truth.
Preaches the Gospel.
Convicts us of our sins.
Leads us into repentance.
Distributes gifts of the Spirit.
Remakes us in Christ’s image.
Gives us spiritual discernment.
Testifies to the Truth of Scripture.
Turns our heart from evil to good.
Directs our footsteps in God’s will.
Gives us wisdom and sound mind.
Intercedes our prayers before God.
Connects us in love with our brethren.
Assures us that we are God’s children.
Gives us the desire to obey God’s laws.
THE AMAZING ACCURACY OF THE HOLY BIBLE:
-The Bible is the only holy book containing prophecy.
-27% of it’s content is prophecy for a total of 1817 prophecies.
-Only 14% is yet to be fulfilled.
-All fulfilled prophecies have 100% accuracy thus far.
-The Bible contains 700 prophecies concerning Christ (44 messianic)
-Upon his first coming he has fulfilled 371 thus far.
Now, for the sake of being able to wrap your mind around the odds, let’s just take 8 prophecies. The actual mathematical probability that Jesus Christ could have fulfilled even 8 prophecies would still be a mind boggling 1 in 1017 of a chance! Put another way, it’s 10 to the 157th power. That’s 1 in 100, 000, 000, 000, 000, and 000. This page would fill up with “0000” if I wrote out what the odds would look like.
STRONG DELUSION: HOW SATAN COUNTERS & COUNTERFEITS GOD:
GOD: Jesus Christ / Messiah
SATAN: Antichrist / False Messiah
GOD: Holiness / Obedience to God’s Law Through Grace
SATAN: Lawlessness / Antinomianism / Calls Holy Obedience Legalism
GOD: Grace (Gives us power over present & future sin)
SATAN: Hyper-Grace (Present & future sins are already forgiven)
SATAN: Calls it Works or Adding to Grace
GOD: Humility / Meekness / Godliness
SATAN: Puffed-Up / Religious Pride / Form of Godliness
GOD: Christ-Centered Gospel
SATAN: Man-Centered False Gospel
GOD: Deny Thyself / Take Up Thy Cross Daily and Die to Self
SATAN: Health, Wealth & Prosperity Gospel / What God Can Do for Me
GOD: Mystery of Godliness
SATAN: Mystery of Iniquity
GOD: Bride of Christ / Chaste Virgin
SATAN: Great Whore / Drunk with Blood of Saints
GOD: Genuine Miracles
SATAN: False Signs & Wonders
GOD: Holy Spirit / Mind of Christ
SATAN: Counterfeit Spirit /”Christ Consciousness”/ Kundalini Serpent Spirit
GOD: Prayer / Meditating (Thinking) about God’s Word
SATAN: Contemplative Prayer (Emptying the Mind) Christianized Hinduism
GOD: Jesus is True Light of the World
SATAN: Satan Masquerades as Counterfeit Angel of Light
GOD: Jesus is the Way, the Truth & The Life
SATAN: Religious “Coexistence” / All “Spiritual” Paths Lead to God
GOD: God is Creator Separate from His Creation / Monotheistic
SATAN: Creation is God / All is God / Gaia/Mother Earth / Pantheistic
GOD: Thus Saith the Lord / Bible is Infallible / God Breathed
SATAN: Hath God Said? / Bible has Error & Contradiction / Man Written
GOD: Traditional Orthodoxy (God’s Word Means What it Says)
SATAN: Semantics (God’s Word is Subjective & Malleable
GOD: Hell / Eternal Conscious Torment / Eternal Separation from God
SATAN: Purgatory/Annihilationism/Universalism / Everyone Will Be Saved
GOD: Narrow is the Path & Straight is the Gate / Friend of God
SATAN: Broad Worldly Path / Ecumenism / Enemy of God
GOD: Holy, Reverent Godly Fear (Working Out Salvation w/Fear & Trembling)
SATAN: No Godly Fear (False Eternal Security: The “Dark Side” of OSAS)
GOD: Jesus is Lord (Exalts Christ)
SATAN: Jesus is my Buddy (Brings Jesus to Our Level)
GOD: Humility / Meekness / Godliness
SATAN: Puffed-Up / Religious Pride / A “Form” of Godliness
GOD: Zeal (Passion for God)
SATAN: Lukewarm Complacency (Often Calls Zeal Spiritual Pride)
GOD: Man as Responsible Spiritual Head (Adam)
SATAN: Woman as Spiritual Head / Women Pastors (Eve)
GOD: Virgin Birth Born of God’s Spirit as God Manifest in Flesh
SATAN: Mary as Deity / Mother of God / Goddess Worship
GOD: Christ Alone is Mediator Between God & Man.
SATAN: Mary is Mediator Between Man & Christ
GOD: Worship from Man’s Heart for God’s Glory
SATAN: Entertainment for Man’s Heart in the Guise of Worship
GOD: Made Man in His Image
SATAN: God Made in Man’s Image
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” ~Isaiah 14:12-14
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (Man of Lawlessness/Antichrist); Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (SIN/LAWLESSNESS).” ~2 Thessalonians 2:3-12
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘LORD LORD,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who DOES THE WILL of My Father who is in heaven will enter. MANY will say to Me on that day, ‘LORD LORD, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, you who practice LAWLESSNESS (SIN).” ~Matthew 7:21-23
“!f ye love Me, keep My commandments.” ~(Jesus) John 14:15
JOY vs HAPPINESS and JESUS vs ANOTHER JESUS:
Joy is often confused with happiness.
Joy, in terms of Christ, is a rest, a peace in knowing Christ, in having been awakened from the spiritually dead and resurrected into a glorious new life that is eternal, that we were once blind, but now we see. The Holy Spirit is born within us. The very Spirit of God. We are “Born Again”. And with our newborn sight, comes a glorious new light we never knew before, a light that reveals and exposes the horrible darkness around us that once enslaved us. And there is born an empathy, love and sorrow for souls that are blinded to and lost in it, and an urgency to share the Truth that has saved us from it. A Truth that is called “The Gospel”. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, who alone is “The Way, The Truth and the Life” (John 14:6).
This is the joy of the Born Again Christian.
It is not a happiness per se, but rather an indescribable and beautiful “bittersweetness” that can make one weep with this joy, knowing the merciful love and grace we have been gifted and did not deserve nor could ever earn. A joy that separates us from the world’s definition of happiness. A joy that the world cannot give us. A joy that separates the Christian from the world. A joy that world does not understand.
Unfortunately, there is “Another Jesus”, as scripture has warned, that is largely being preached from today’s pulpits, as well as the New Age. A “Jesus” that will make you happy by making all your dreams come true, in this life, now. When in reality, Jesus told us that to become His disciple, our former life must die, that we must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him in His suffering, that we would be mocked, hated and even persecuted for it, for His name’s sake. And that if we endure until the end, we will be saved and inherit an infinitely better new life, a life that is eternal, a life that eye has not seen, nor ear ever heard, nor has ever even entered into the heart of mankind, that God has prepared for them that love Him, The Kingdom of God.
So please beware, there is indeed Another Jesus being preached who will not lead into eternal life, but instead, death, outer darkness and eternal separation from God. This Jesus is better known as Satan, the Spirit of AntiChrist.
The Jesus of the Bible was not known as Mr. Happy, but rather as a “Man of Sorrows”, a serious man, who, if we are willing to lay down our lives, deny ourselves and follow in His footsteps in this brief, passing vapor called life, promises eternal life basking in the glorious and infinite light of He, who through His own selfless love, gave His own earthly life for us, even though He was despised, rejected and murdered, so that we can live at eternal peace, resting in His Love, forever and ever. Amen.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~Matthew 11:28
“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” ~2 Corinthians 11:4
“He was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” ~Isaiah 53:3
“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” ~Matthew 10:38-39
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” ~1 Corinthians 2:9
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~John 3:16
JESUS: MAN OF PEACE OR DIVISION?:
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” ~ (Jesus) Matthew 10:34:39
THE ‘NEW & IMPROVED’ JESUS:
There’s a new “Jesus” in town, that preaches an unconditional love, a love that appears as a sheep, but beneath is the wolf of tolerance and political correctness, calling itself Christlikeness.
“Satan, the god of all dissension stirs up daily new sects. And last of all which of all others I should never have foreseen or once suspected, he has raised up a sect such as teach that men should not be terrified by the law, but gently exhorted by the preaching of the grace of Christ.” ~Martin Luther
“The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, heaven without hell.” ~William Booth
New Age “Christ Consciousness” although pretending to be friends of Jesus, is not really a friend at all. Like Judas, it betrays Christ in the name of “love” with a deceptive kiss.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.” ~(Jesus) Matthew 7:15
NEW AGE JESUS:
The New Age says Jesus came to teach we are God capable of our own salvation.
Christianity says Jesus is God and came to rescue us from our own damnation.
HOLY TRINITY VS UNHOLY TRINITY:
Holy Trinity: God, Christ, Holy Spirit
Unholy Trinity: Satan, Antichrist, False Prophet
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” ~2 Thessalonians 2:4
CREATOR VS CREATION / MASTER VS MASTERPIECE:
In my rebel hippie days, I embraced many neo-pagan, new-age practices, especially indigenous psychedelic shamanism, native american spirituality, gaia/earth worship, green activism, etc., until God graciously opened my eyes that I was making the grave and damnable error of the pantheistic worshiping of creation rather than it’s holy and separate creator, God.
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” ~Romans 1:20-25
THOSE JUDGMENTAL CHRISTIANS
One of the great problems of Christianity is that it is regarded as a judgmental religion. And sometimes Christians are definitely guilty of being overly judgmental crossing the line in condemnation. But when a Christian simply warns another that they are living is sin according to the Law of God’s Word out of genuine concern for their soul, this is not only far from judgment, but the loving duty of the Christian, just as they themselves have experienced God’s mercy, to warn others also to flee, as is not the Christian themselves who is condemning, but rather God’s Word itself that has already judged and condemned them, and that the only possible way out is through turning from their sin (repenting to God) and turning to faith in the finished work of Jesus, who alone is the Way, the Truth & the Life.
To drag this Truth out into the light is an extremely unpopular task, especially in this increasingly politically correct world that demands tolerance of whatever they personally choose to label good or evil, and cries any opposition to be unloving, intolerant and bigoted. Even many Christians have succumbed to this pressure seeking to please men rather than God.
But God is the same yesterday, today and forever. And as a good and just God, whose very nature opposes sin, as a righteous judge must punish sin according to the penalty a holy God decrees. Either we pay the eternal and just penalty for our sin, or we trust Jesus to pay our price for us. We will all, by our own choice, stand before Jesus as our God or as our judge. We can either accept the expression of His incredible love by His manifesting in the flesh as a man and suffering, dying in our place and paying the penalty for us, or we reject His merciful, loving and gracious offer and suffer God’s wrath. A choice every living soul must make.
To not make another perishing soul aware of this reality, is not only redefining love as tolerance and succumbing to the world’s redefinition of love, but in fact, is not love at all.
“He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” ~John 3:18
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one come to the Father but through Me.” (Jesus) ~John 14:6
THE 1ST, AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT:
The 1st Commandment “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” is often misinterpreted as, “Well, as long as I’m 60% Jesus and 40% the world, God will be cool with that, because at least I’m not putting it BEFORE Him.” When in reality, when God says “No other gods BEFORE Me”, “before” I believe He means “IN MY PRESENCE WHATSOEVER”. If memory serves me correctly, God said He is a jealous God, who as Jesus, took the 1st Commandment to an even greater level with in The Greatest Commandment: “Love thy God will ALL thy heart, soul, mind and strength.” We (Christians) are bought with a price, and our life is NOT our own. Jesus is not only our “first love”, but our only love. What kind of bride are we if we go whoring around with the world?
The Carnal Christian (an oxymoron in itself) who wants to have their cake and eat it too, is quick to scream “Legalist! We are not under the law, but are called to freedom in Christ!”
Yes, we are called to freedom, freedom from the slavery and bondage of our sinful flesh nature. We no longer have to heed the flesh, but through Christ can walk in the Spirit, and now have power to war against our flesh, experience triumphs over sin, overcome the world and be separate from it, not be part of it.
Jesus died to free us FROM sin, not TO sin.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that more grace may abound? God forbid! How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” ~Romans 6:1-2
What the Apostle Paul is referring to is now what is now commonly termed as “Hyper Grace”, the term for the abusing & trampling of the sanctifying holy blood of Christ underfoot via continued deliberate sin & sharing our affections for the world instead of God, as warned;
“I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” ~Jude 1:14
And further warned;
“For if we go on sinning deliberately eafter receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?” ~Hebrews 10:29
How is it we think we can we bear the name CHRIST-ian and still be a part of this world of whom Satan is god?? We are called to come out from among her whoredoms, be ye separate and holy even as HE is holy (“holy” means “separate” btw). What sort of example are we showing the world if we look, sound, act, walk, talk and partake of the same things the rest of the inhabitants of this wicked world do??
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” ~1 Corinthians 10:21
Is it REALLY so much to ask to lay down the meaningless, temporal, trivialities in exchange for what Jesus has done for us?? Jesus, who said, if you love me, obey my commands”.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” ~1 Corinthians 2:9
And finally, even our Lord Jesus Christ warns of the horrific dangers of a complacent and lax attitude toward worldly affections:
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” ~Revelation 3:16
THE SPIRIT & THE FLESH:
One of the most definitive evidences of being a born again child of God, is they will have a war going on within them until the day they die.
The more we allow ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God, the less we will desire the spirit of this world and of this age.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” ~Galatians 5:16
THE DANGERS OF ETERNAL “FALSE” SECURITY & CALVINISM:
Personally, I have great difficulty adhering fully to the OSAS (Once Saved Always Saved), Eternal Security, or Calvinist doctrine, as I do believe these can and do have great potential for abuse via leading souls into false security, or err altogether. However, I do believe a person can maintain any of those positions and still be a born again child of God. As an example, there are many great teachers of the Bible who are Calvinists or OSAS, and I even enjoy and learn from many. That being said, I do firmly believe anyone who professes the name of Christ who has a lax attitude toward sin, abhors the law (lawlessness) or considers any calls to obedience & holiness or abstinence from worldliness legalism or works salvation, it is difficult not question the authenticity of their salvation and exhort them to honestly re-examine themselves based observing such fruits.
THE FATHER OF LIES: THE “DARK SIDE” OF ETERNAL SECURITY:
James, who said, “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26) also warns against the false security of ‘easy-believism’ telling us that, “Even demons believe and tremble.” (James 2:19) Jude also warns, “Some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4). And even more alarming, the author of Hebrews warns, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were MADE PARTAKERS of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, IF THEY SHALL FALL AWAY, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Hebrew 6:4-6) And finally, “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:26-29)
We all love the glorious promises in God’s Word. I know I certainly do! And I by no mean to demean or discredit eternal security, as we do have security in Christ. However there is a “dark side” to the doctrines of eternal security and once-saved-always-saved that are being largely abused and leading many down the road of false security via easy-believism. Satan, knowing this all too well, will do all he can to steer us into blindly ignoring all the clear Biblical warnings that it is indeed also possible to once partake of the Holy Spirit, return to a life of sin and worldliness, become apostate, DEPART FROM THE FAITH and FALL AWAY, by giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. (1 Timothy 4:1) This is why God’s Word exhorts to be diligent in examining ourselves, so that WE CAN have the assurance that we are walking in a faith that will produce good works. (2 Corinthians 13:5) To cautiously guard against becoming complacent and lax, knowing we indeed have an adversary who seeks to devour.
It is vital to remember Satan’s original lie was “Ye shall not surely die.” (Genesis 3:4). That we can sin and never die spiritually and be separated from God’s grace. Is this not the same line of thinking and fatal error Eve was seduced into? And hidden dangers that lay in the doctrine of Eternal Security/Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS)?? His seductive lie was not that Eve could fall from God’s grace, but rather, that she could not. Eve ignored God’s warnings, and in doubt & disbelief, disobeyed God’s Word, swallowing the lie hook, line and sinker.
Adam & Eve had God’s glorious promise of eternal life. But He also gave them His Word that if they ignored His warning, they would surely die. (Genesis 2:17) And true to His Word, they fell from eternal life and died spiritually and eventually died physically.
NEVER take God’s Word for granted!
Satan is the Father of Lies, the original seducing spirit, and there is no Truth in him. Whether they be God’s promises or warnings, God KEEPS His Word.
TO LOVE JESUS IS TO OBEY HIM:
It has been said that one of the great and unfortunate errors the Jesus Freak Movement of the 60’s & 70’s brought to the table, was that Jesus went from “My Lord”, to “My Buddy.” Most professing believers certainly have no trouble accepting Him as Savior, but when reminded He is also Lord, and demands obedience and holy separation from the world, many are quick to scream legalism.”
If Jesus isn’t Lord, neither is He Savior.
“IF ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” ~John 15:10
LEGALISM vs HOLINESS
Legalism: Trusting in your good works for salvation (a Pharisee).
Holiness: Trusting in Jesus for salvation that produces good works (a Born Again Christian).
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” ~Philippians 2:12
“You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” ~James 4:4
DEAD MAN’S BONES:
If there is one thing our loving savior Jesus hated, it was the hypocritical outward display of being religious, the show, the self-righteous pomp, wanting to be seen as super-spiritual, feigning humility, but in reality being inwardly full of pride, puffed up with spiritual or scriptural knowledge, yet full of dead man’s bones.
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” ~1 John 5:12
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” ~Jeremiah 17:9-10
MARK HIS WORD:
As in the latter times of Noah, scoffers, mockers & lovers of self will come, walking after their own lusts, giving heed to seducing spirits & doctrines of Devils, still falling for the oldest and original lie Genesis 3 snake oil trick, “Hath God said?”, questioning the Word of He who has promised to turn them over to “Strong Delusion” because they love not the Truth that would save them, who will be consumed along with the elements in the feverent heat of His just and holy fury.
TWO CANNOT WALK TOGETHER UNLESS THEY BE AGREED:
As a Christian, I have noticed there is a common flame of searing Truth that burns in agreement and love amongst brethren, and that flame is the Holy Spirit.
PURIFIED AS GOLD:
Painful as it may be, I love how the Holy Spirit burns up all falsehoods and reveals the pure, raw, naked Truth.
THE HEART IS DECEITFUL & DESPERATELY WICKED:
Christianity, just as any form of spirituality, one can easily fall into the deceptive ‘religious’ snare of “being proud of being spiritual”, or even worse, “being proud of being humble”.
The proper attitude for the true Christian, which differentiates it from any other form of spirituality is “I am an unworthy sinner saved by grace”, so that no one may boast.
Personally, I’d rather know that I need humbling than to be puffed up thinking I have achieved it.
“You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” ~James 4:4-6
O YE OF LITTLE FAITH:
Anxiety is just another term for lack of faith in Christ.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ~Hebrews 11:1
“He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him.”~Hebrews 7:25
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~1 John 1:9
REPENTANCE: WHAT IS IT?:
Repentance, an increasingly unpopular term in modern Christendom, is a plea & warning that simply means TURN AWAY or TURN BACK TO GOD. John the Baptist preached it. The Apostle Paul Preached it. Peter preached it. And yes, our Lord Jesus Christ preached it.
“Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ~John the Baptist
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” ~Peter
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” ~Paul
” I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” ~Jesus
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ~Matthew 4:17
RESPECT FOR GOD’S TEMPLE ~ FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Let’s be honest, a great deal of the junk we put in our mouths these day is not even food, but poison (it really is).
It is true that is not what goes into a person’s mouth that defiles them, but rather what comes out. Jesus indeed says we are to FIRST clean the inside of the cup (the heart) and THEN the outside will follow suit (the body). Therefore, the outside should show at least some evidence of conforming to the inside.
The professing Christian may likely say, “But The Apostle Paul says all things are lawful for me.” But it is also Paul who said, “Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God because he owns it.” (and) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
We all love to eat. But even food can be abused, master us, enslave us and become a drug. Our bodies are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit, and He deserves a respectful home. Don’t you agree?
OBSCURED BY CLOUDS:
Marijuana clouds the spirit, keeping it in a blind, arrested state of development.
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” ~1 Corinthians 13:11
ANGEL OF LIGHT:
The false “light” that is observed in the psychedelic experience is generated by Satan and his minions whose agenda is to deceive.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.” ~ 2 Corinthians 11″14-15
MELODY, HARMONY & RHYTHM:
Music is comprised of 3 elements; melody, harmony and rhythm.
Melody moves the spirit, harmony moves the mind, and rhythm (the beat) moves the flesh. Hymns are based on melody (spirit based), which is why they have been traditionally used for worship.
Modern culture is increasingly obsessed with ‘the beat’ (flesh/body rhythms based) which stimulates the flesh (our sin nature), which is clearly and increasingly evident in the exponential decline of morality.
A RUSSIAN VIEW OF CHRISTIAN ROCK:
Persecuted Christians in Russia sent this urgent message to the Churches of America, one of the most shocking and rebuking statements ever made in the two thousand year history of Christianity. A testimonial cry from the Russian churches, which should drive any true believer to a painful repentance:
“For years we (Russian persecuted Christians) have suffered persecution, and now freedom is bringing another great harm to our churches. This damage is coming from the Christians in America who are sending rock music and evangelists accompanied by rock bands.
Our young people do not attend these meetings because we have all committed not to participate in secular entertainment.
This is a great burden on our hearts. Many came (from America) with Bible in hand and rock music. We are embarrassed by this image of Christianity. We do not know what words to use in urging that this be stopped. We abhor all Christian rock music coming to our country.
Rock music has nothing in common with ministry or service to God. We are very, very against Christian Americans bringing to our country this false image of ‘ministry’ to God. We need spiritual bread; please give us bread, not false cakes. It is true that rock music attracts people to the church, but not to godly living.
We were in prison for years for Christ’s sake. We were not allowed to have Christian music, but rock music was used as a weapon against us day and night to destroy our souls. We could only resist with much prayer and fasting.
Now, we have a time of more openness, and we are no longer taken to prison. However, now it is Christians from America who damage our souls. We do not allow this music in our churches, but they rent big stadiums and infect teenagers and others with their rock music.
We, the leadership and congregations of the Unregistered Union of Churches, the former Persecuted Church, have made an agreement no to allow rock music in our churches. We urge you to join with us, and we advise you to remove rock music from America, and certainly not to bring it to our own country.
Do not desecrate our teenagers with it. Even the unbelievers recognize it as unholy music, and they cannot understand how American Christians can be so much like the world. We can give you the conclusion that after Russian unbelievers have attended these rock concerts where Christ’s Word was preached, they were disappointed and disillusioned with Christianity.
We call this music from Hell. We urge all Americans to stop giving money (to send) such concerts to Russia. We want only traditional Christian music in our churches. This is the unanimous decision of all our leaders.”
This statement was signed by leaders of the Underground Church in Russia, and its logic, reasons, and Bible principles are simply unanswerable to rock groups and their supporters. Think of that: poor, humble, suffering Russian Christians are severely rebuking and instructing arrogant, worldly Western Christians.