Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This morning, day 3 of 3 in a row, I saw it again so this time I'm putting it out there. I think it has been brought to my attention that the artillery barrage has been started for the final assault that will bring anti-christ to this world's attention. The "Believe" message is being plastered all over the place, hidden in plain sight. "Believe" is what the anti-christ wants you to do, believe that he is "the one."
I will be looking for more examples of this and as I see them, I'll post them here. I was'nt looking for this, the Holy Spirit directed my attention to it. The only one of the 3 examples I can link to is the one above, but if this is ongoing, I'll see more and post them. We are so close. 2009, the rise of Barack which means "lightning" in Hebrew its all so coincidental, collapsing economy, war in Israel all at the same time. Ya think we should be watching for Jesus? Keep your eyes on the prize, remain "in Christ." You are dearly loved, grace and peace
On the other hand, the news media propaganda arm of the "powers that be" has been working to perpetuate this bad news cycle which tips me off that they have a reason for perpetuating all the bad news. There is an agenda at work here. As we skid our way down down down, what happens when one man shows up and 'miraculously' fixes everything? Will he be hailed as a 'god-man?' You bet he will. The media could be spinning things in a positive way, after all, they are a propaganda machine, but they're not, they are drumming the negative. The direction we are headed along with the purposeful propaganda, the rigging of the financial markets to sustain this 'crisis' by witholding credit all serves the purpose (arguably) of presenting the anti-christ to this world as man-god and savior.
The stage is set, as we head into 2009 and things go from bad to worse the world will be ripe fruit for the anti-christ to pick. One thing to remember is the Lord sets the timing not men. Men have tried many times to go down this road to one world government and have been thwarted, this time, we have come so far down the road that we cannot look back and see the starting point anymore, we're at the cusp of the destination. The next events on the Revelation timeline are the escape (luke 21:36) and the revelation of anti-christ, which also cause us to enter into "that day" which is the "day of the Lord." What many people do not take into consideration is that all these things can happen in a literal day, or a couple days at most. On this literal day, the rapture occurs, the restrainer is removed, the world goes into an uncontrollable tailspin, the anti-christ shows up to fix everything and the day of the Lord begins. As 9/11 showed us, as the financial markets showed us in October, things can radically change for the worse in one day, major events can all show up in one day.
How many more months can we lose hundreds of thousands of jobs per month before there's rioting in the streets? What we are seeing today in America would make Hitler proud. Millions of baby boomers have had their life saving robbed from them and we have'nt seen a single demonstration against it. People are homeless, jobless, hopeless and you would'nt know it by looking at the news media or the streets around your city. The propaganda machine, the fluoride in your water, the chemtrails, the constant electromagnetic soup we live in thanks to cell phone towers have all played their part arguably to make the American people sheep for the slaughter.
We have come this far, and sunk this low because a people who call themselves by the name of Jesus don't know him, and on a day in the future, Jesus will tell them "away from me you evildoers, I never knew you." If that does'nt get to you I don't know what will. When we see darkness all around us, that means one thing: absence of light. The church is supposed to be light in this world, so in order for us to have this current darkness, the church, or what calls itself the church must be without light, and without salt.
1 Corinthians 2: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Notice what Paul says here, how very opposite his words are from what we see in this world. I see preachers projecting riches and worldly strength, while Paul talks about coming to the church in weakness, fear and trembling. There are those words again...fear and trembling that I've been writing on this week. So called christianity is full of "enticing words of man's wisdom" and it is totally empty of demonstrations of the Spirit and of power. Rev 3:10 tells us that a church with "little strength" will be kept from the hour of trial that comes on the entire world to test it. This "little strength" church fits perfectly with the description we see above of Paul coming in weakness, fear and much trembling, but in the POWER OF GOD, with the Spirit and POWER. This world just does'nt get it, but I pray that you "get it" because time is short.
People have a psycological defense mechanism that enables them to bury bad news and just let in things that please them. The bible is full of warnings, its full of "bad news" for this world. Interestingly the "good news" which is the gospel is taken as bad news, when it means men have to be faithful and obey, not live a life of self indulgence. The OSAS message is beyond "good news" for this world because it tells the world that you can have your salvation while participating in any and all sin. They tell you that the most you'll lose is some "heavenly rewards" so when you get to heaven maybe you'll just drive a cadillac instead of a Porshe 911, but you'll still be in heaven! That lie will cost men their souls. Humans rationalize, and in the face of intense temptation men will often give in rather than "hold the line" against sin when they think "well, I can't lose my salvation, so lets taste that sin just one more time...I can always ask forgiveness later." You never hear once saved always saved preachers talking about that and that is where the rubber meets the road. The essence of it is your attitude towards SIN will affect your destination. Sin leads to death..PERIOD. Anyone who tells you that your sin will not get you killed is a satanic liar who might just cost you your soul.
The once saved always saved lie is THE lie from the very beginning. Once saved always saved has satanic fingerprints all over it. Consider the very beginning of man on earth and you tell me if anything looks familiar:
Genesis 3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
hath God said, sin leads to death?
James 1:15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
... When sin grows up, it gives birth to death. ... then lust, having conceived, givesb irth to sin; but sin fully completed brings forth death.
Once saved always saved teachers would have you believe that you can sin all the time and still go to heaven, your bible tells you that sin gives birth to death.
Once saved always saved teachers tell you that you can never be "cutoff" from Christ, your bible tells you that every branch in Christ that is not fruitful, the Father CUTS OFF.
'John 15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman; 2 every branch in me not bearing fruit, He doth take it away, and every one bearing fruit, He doth cleanse by pruning it, that it may bear more fruit.
5 'I am the vine, ye the branches; he who is remaining in me, and I in him, this one doth bear much fruit, because apart from me ye are not able to do anything;
Consider carefully the difference between someone who "made a decision" one day, and a man who "is remaining in me." "Is remaining in me" is a continual act of not going away, staying "in Christ." If you are not "in Christ" you are not saved, period. In Christ is where forgiveness of sins is found, its where the blood shed for you is credited to you. "In Christ" every sin is forgiven, not "in Christ" means you are accountable for every sin you ever committed. Men want a license to sin, and OSAS has given it to them. Satan poses the same question to men today, that he posed to Eve in the garden of Eden: hath God REALLY said? (that sin will kill you?)
The Lord has worded the bible in such a way to give men the ability to see the issue both ways and argue it to the grave. In the end, whatever you choose to believe WILL affect your attitude toward sin. Whichever side of this debate accept will determine your tolerance for sin. Your attitude on sin will determine your eternal destiny.
1 John 3:8 The one who practices sin is of the devil; for
... He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. ... He whosins is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
When todays teachers tell you that all men sin all the time, consider them to be sons of their father, the devil, who HAS been sinning from the beginning, and those who follow the devil and his servants do likewise. Jesus has been SINLESS from the very beginning, and his servants strive for that same perfection day in and day out.
Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly ...
... So be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
"Remaining in me" means (in part) warring against the flesh, the world and the devil TO THE END.
"And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved."(Matthew 10:22)
Once saved always saved teachers tell you that you are already saved, right now, today, and forever, the bible, on the other hand, tells you that he who endures TO THE END will be saved, so which is it? The OSAS teachers words or the bible's words? They can't both be right, one perspective has to be wrong, so which is it?
I could go on but I won't. This new year could be the year that it all happens. The rapture, the anti-christ revealed, the tribulation starts, and we're going to find out soon because the new year starts tomorrow. Time seems to be on fast forward, so whatever is coming our way will be here sooner rather than later. There are those who are saying "the end of the world is not here" and that is another sign that the end of the world (as we know it) IS here.
Those who truly belong to Christ are hated by this world, and will be hated by this world. We are outcasts and strangers here. We are citizens of another kingdom that is NOT of this world. We speak from a viewpoint that is not of this world. Sin leads to death. OSAS leads to sin, you do the math and I pray you get it right. Love, grace and peace
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Psalm says "tremble ye, and do not sin"....Tremble? Yes, tremble, why did the Holy Spirit use that word? There's a reason this idea of "fear of the Lord" is in the bible. Men should not fear those who can kill the body, but they should fear him who can throw both body and soul into hell. These days, with the world falling down around our heads, people are looking for safety and security. Remember maslow's hierarchy of needs? It's right there at the top, and safety is one of those needs right above eating and sleeping, which is why is such a powerful tool for control of the masses. The thing is, the Lord said that he would be the one who could cause you to dwell in safety. He is our source for everything. We as believers are sons of God, we eat at the kings table, which means we play by the kings rules. One of the top rules is DO NOT SIN.
The Lord has an interesting way of bringing things to my attention. I ask questions all the time and sometimes it takes the Lord quite awhile to answer them. He answers when it pleases him to answer, anyhow, pertaining to this question of WHY so few will be saved (MAtt 7:14) he point this out to me:
Matt 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you;
7:14 how strait is the gate, and compressed the way that is leading to the life, and few are those finding it!
7:21 'Not every one who is saying to me Lord, lord, shall come into the reign of the heavens; but he who is doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens
7 verses after Jesus telling us to seek, and knock, he tells us how few will be those who find the way of life, then 7 verses later he tells us about those who call him "Lord" but won't be admitted to the kingdom. He brings to my attention a question to answer a question...what are people "seeking" for? Which doors are people "knocking" on? The answer to these questions will shed light on why few will make it through the narrow gate and why the many who call him "Lord" won't be granted entrance to the kingdom.
When men seek other men for their safety and security, but do not seek the Lord's face in prayer, do you think that pleases the Lord? When men are knocking on every worldly door they can find, but they fail to knock on Jesus' door, do you think that pleases the Lord? Men's first choice over and over again is to seek the world, a great example was this past presidential (s)election, where all the so called christians pandered for McBush to win so he could save America? Obama may be the anti-christ but McBush was any better? Bush basically destroyed America over the past 8 years and the same so called christians clamored to get another guy in the white house who is just like him? My point is not which of the crooks got elected, my point is that so called christianity seeks the world to save them. Instead of working for a kingdom that is not of this world, they belong to the kingdoms of this world. We live in the world but we are not of the world, they just don't get it. Seek and you will find. Todays so called church seeks the world and finds the world and look where we have arrived? This place is a royal mess, and the blame for it lays squarely at the feet of so called christianity. If they were "salt" the world would'nt be rotting right now. If they were "light" the world would'nt be so dark right now. As things stand the world is rotting and dark, which is all the evidence you need to know that so called christianity today is a fraud. They are a business willing to service (weekly) you for a fee(tithe), setup by their tax-exempt CEO's called "pastors."
When you understand that only few will be saved, it should alarm you. It should cause you to search the face of God to determine why such a tragedy will take place. It should motivate you to use all your strength to not let that happen to you. A warning before tragedy takes place is a gift of life, unfortunately many people just see it as criticism and continue on their broad path journey to the wide gate that leads to destruction. The feel that since they are with the "herd" of many people on this broad path, they must be in the right place. Most people must be right when they all believe and do the same things, and small groups outside the mainstream must be wrong because there are only a few of them, or so they think. One day the people who think this way will be in for a rude awakening. The world they sought comfort from sold them down the river. The God of creation has been waiting and watching with his grace extended for anyone and everyone who will accept it. It appears today that not many are "seeking" or "knocking" on his door.
Remember, everything called Jesus is not the real Jesus. Everything called "christian" is not true christian. Prayers to "a" god are not prayers to THE God. This world is full of frauds, full of lies, and full of deceit. Satan is no dummy. He is the master of sending souls to hell, and those who do not love the truth enough to sell out for it will most likely be deceived. Time is short, I don't see any of this as rocket science. How hard is this command to understand: "Do not sin" Not rocket science to understand, you don't need some crackerjack box theology degree to figure it out, you don't need some hireling pastor to help you understand it. You need the Holy Spirit to DO it, which means you need to be "in Christ." A weak church will be kept from the hour of tempation thats coming on the whole world to test it (rev 3:10). An escape is coming for those who are found worthy of it (luke 21:36).
If you think that people who "sin all the time" will be counted worthy of the rapture, well, I guess you will find out soon whether you are right or not.....Sin must be rooted out and kept out, just like you must get "in Christ" and REMAIN "in Christ."
It's easy to "get married" but not so easy to "remain married" right? Just like its easy to accept the grace offered through faith to enter into Christ, but not so easy to remain "in Christ." Does that jive with what we're told in Matt 7:14 that only a few will be saved, and Matt 7:21 where many who call him Lord will be told "away from me you evildoers, I never knew you?" Yea, it does, fits like a glove.
I don't care about being "right" as much as I care about your soul not being in hell. Be not deceived. grace and peace
Monday, December 29, 2008
12 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. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
What I want you to notice about this scripture is
1. It is absolutely talking about your salvation...not rewards etc
2. YOU are told to work it out....
3. You are told to do this "working" with FEAR and TREMBLING
Now, if the once saved always saved doctrine were true, why would YOU be told to WORK out your salvation? According to OSAS teachers, your salvation has already been "worked out." So whose speaking truth here? The bible or OSAS teachers? Why the fear and trembling if my salvation was already in the bank? Fear and trembling are polar opposite feelings one should have compared to someone who already has their salvation sign sealed and delivered. OSAS teachers like to quote only the second half of this scripture where we are told that it is God who works in us to will and to do his good pleasure. The Holy Spirit works in us, we know that. We also know that the Holy Spirit does not "possess" men like a demonic spirit does to force them to do what they don't want to do.
The OSAS crowd would have you believe that God does everything while you sip lemonade on a beach somewhere. The OSAS crowd would have you believe that sin, the flesh, the devil, the world pose no threat to your salvation anymore, just to your "rewards." At that point I refer you back to Matt 7:14 which tells you a few ..FEW will be saved. Why will few be saved? Because they believed a lie, and they found out at the wrong time (judgement day) that they were wrong about how salvation works.
We all agree that men are saved by grace through faith, that's a no brainer. Question is, how do you STAY saved? John 15 lays this out very clearly. The branches IN THE VINE that are not fruitful, are CUTOFF. That means, they are no longer in the vine, which means no longer "in Christ" which means no longer "saved." It's very straightforward, no mincing of words.
I have come to see one of the defining differences between the OSAS crowd and those who realize its a satanic lie is the perspective on sin. The OSAS crowd has a really easy time with the idea of sin, they accept it as something "we all do" apparently "all the time." I don't know which bible these people are reading, but my bible is very clear on what our God's attitude on sin is, as well as what ours should be....ZERO TOLERANCE. Yea, we all screw up here and there, but we instantly jerk our own chain, realize how grievous the sin is, and set ourselves with our WHOLE HEART to get rid of the sin. We serve a holy God, we are told to be perfect like he is. Tall order, true. It will take a lifetime of WORK, and effort, and WAR against sin to get closer and closer to the perfection we are called to. We are called to perfection, are you working on it, or have you taken the OSAS attitude that "we all sin all the time" so why bother?
The parable of the talents in Matt 25 tells us about the master giving "talents" to his servants and expecting a return when he shows up. Burying your talent in the ground will get you a seat with the wicked and the hypocrites. A lackadaisical attitude on sin will cost you dearly. If you don't hate sin with every fiber of your being, you might want to check yourself. Paul said to check yourself to determine if you are in the faith, are you checking yourself? It's better that you check yourself than to have yourself checked on your knees by Jesus when theres no time left to turn things around.
Today is the time to recommit, today is the time to repent, today is the time to summon the remaining strength you have to give your whole heart and soul to Jesus. Time is running out on this place called earth. Jesus is your judge, not me. I'm busy working out my salvation with fear and trembling just like you. WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING, not with cocky false assurance like those who teach OSAS. Many will say to Jesus "Lord Lord" on the day of judgement and he will tell them "I never knew you." That will be devastating won't it? Can you think of anything worse than being in that situation? How is it that those people who are told "I never knew you" get into that situation? Figure it out NOW, today, not then. Why are'nt so called preachers and teachers today preaching on the FEW getting saved, and the warning embedded in that fact? Why are'nt preachers teaching what the error is that puts men into the situation where Christ tells them "I never knew you?" I'll tell you why, because the foxes are guarding the hen house. Why would men warn you of the threat that they themselves pose to you? It's self interest that they don't expose themselves.
2009 is almost here. The rapture/escape, war and anti-christ are up to bat next. Many will not make it in the rapture, only those counted worthy of it. Remember the story of Lot, the Lord told abraham that if even 10 righteous men could be found in Sodom, the entire city would be spared, we know how that went, not even 10 could be founf in the entire city. Look around today, everyone considers themselves "good" "decent" etc people, yet Christ himself asked "why do you call me good"
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God
Homosexuality runs rampant in America and you have men like Jack Kelly telling you that they'll be taken in the rapture/saved. You still need me to explain why FEW will be saved, with teachers like that running around? Tolerance for sin is preached, you still want to know why few will be saved? Wake up, out of your slumber. I write not to condemn you, I am not your judge. Those who LOVE YOU will warn you. Men like me are hated, what do I care? If you are speaking the truth, men will want to kill you, that's what history shows us. When you preach a message like Joel Osteen and all the other apostate churches, men love you. Rick Warren will be saying the invocation for Obama, what does that tell you about the truth or lack of it that Warren preaches. If Warren were a man of truth, the world would hate him, as things stand, he is loved and embraced by the world. The road to life is a narrow one that goes through a small gate and few are on it. If you find yourself on a broad road with many on it, you know you are on the wrong path.
Take another look at your life, re-examine everything. The wrong time to do it is after the storm has arrived. You are dearly loved, grace and peace
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The OSAS crowd seems comfortable with the thought that once you are born of God, you can't be "unborn" so you must be "saved." OSAS teachers have to assume you cannot be unborn, because the bible does'nt say that. The bible does'nt say you can be unborn, but it does say YOU CAN BE CUTOFF, WITHERED AND BURNED UP. This whole debate is shot in the pants once you read John 15. John 15 makes the entire argument very clear. "in Christ" you are saved. If you are cutoff from being "in Christ" you are not saved (cutoff, withered and burned up, no sins forgiven without the blood etc). You get credit for what Jesus did on the cross when you are "in the vine" which means "in Christ" You get credit for nothing if you are not "in Christ."
<< John 15 >>Young's Literal Translation
1 'I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman; 2 every branch in me not bearing fruit, He doth take it away, and every one bearing fruit, He doth cleanse by pruning it, that it may bear more fruit; 3 already ye are clean, because of the word that I have spoken to you; 4 remain in me, and I in you, as the branch is not able to bear fruit of itself, if it may not remain in the vine, so neither ye, if ye may not remain in me. 5 'I am the vine, ye the branches; he who is remaining in me, and I in him, this one doth bear much fruit, because apart from me ye are not able to do anything; 6 if any one may not remain in me, he was cast forth without as the branch, and was withered, and they gather them, and cast to fire, and they are burned; 7 if ye may remain in me, and my sayings in you may remain, whatever ye may wish ye shall ask, and it shall be done to you. 8 'In this was my Father glorified, that ye may bear much fruit, and ye shall become my disciples. 9 According as the Father did love me, I also loved you, remain in my love; 10 if my commandments ye may keep, ye shall remain in my love, according as I the commands of my Father have kept, and do remain in His love; 11 these things I have spoken to you, that my joy in you may remain, and your joy may be full.
There are many other places in the bible that sink the OSAS teaching, but John 15 does it outright, with no doubt, covering all the bases in one fell swoop. "in Christ" are the two most important words in the bible. If OSAS was true, there would be numerous commands in the bible that were irrelevant, like "remain in me" because OSAS teaches you that you have no choice but to "remain in him."
I'll come back to this subject as often as I have to. Once saved always saved is a doctrine of devils. How many people will end up in hell as a result of this teaching. How much sin will be committed as a result of people telling themselves "well, I can't lose my salvation, so why not sin this one more time?" or "I can always ask for forgiveness later" That is the thinking of fools, that kind of thinking will get you killed (eternally), and OSAS is the ENABLER for that thinking.
Like many other things within churchianity, OSAS on the outside promises life, but scratch the surface of it, and out comes the stench of death. People want a guarantee today, that no matter what they do, no matter how much they sin, they'll see heaven anyway. This is a point that Jack Kelly over at rapture ready truly fails the test. According to this man, you can even be a homosexual and be taken in the rapture. Kelly says "we all sin all the time" but my bible says something different. Here's what my bible says about sin:
1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
So..on one hand the OSAS teacher tells you that you are "born of God" and cannot be unborn of him, then on the other the same teacher tells you that christians "sin all the time" but will be saved/go in the rapture anyway. Can you see the bald faced hypocrisy in this? Within this one passage of scripture it says those who are born of God DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN.
Sin in the true believer is the exception, not the rule. OSAS teachers are full of the spirit of prostitution, consider the proverbs:
For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
As with many things in the bible, this is a warning against BOTH physical and spiritual adultery.
Does this sound familiar to you:
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: 20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
The master of the servants is away on a long journey...
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Luke 13:25 "Once the head of the house gets up and shuts
... When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and yebegin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open
The master of the house is Jesus, and while he is away, there are many who call themselves servants who are up to serious mischief.
The bible has to jive with the bible. Read Matt 7:14, 7:21, and Rev 2-3. Few are saved, many call Jesus Lord and he tells them "away from me you evildoers", only 2 of the 7 churches were found without blame in Rev 2-3, throughout ancient Israel, the majority were punished, and over and over again a remnant were spared/saved. It's against this context that I submit your consideration of the OSAS question. Only a FEW will be saved, WHY IS THAT? Don't you think MANY would be saved if all you had to do was "make a decision" for Jesus, then sin, the world the flesh and the devil could'nt touch you anymore? OSAS teachers like to dilute the word of God on this issue by saying "you can only lose rewards, not "union/salvation" That's not what John 15 says. You are in the vine=united with Christ, you are cutoff from the vine=you are no longer united with Christ. It's that simple, debate over.
Grace and peace
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Mr Kelly asks, what does it take to "be saved" then he quotes:
Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
What he does'nt quote..is this:
James 2 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Kelly tells you all you have to do is believe, Paul tells you even the demons believe...and shiver. Notice he is NOT talking about rewards here, he's talking salvation...in verse 2 he clearly asks can faith SAVE him....? Faith without works (talking about SAVING you) is DEAD....no rewards, no fellowship talked about, we're talking straightup salvation. You believe, the devils believe, what makes you think you are any more "saved" than they are?
Notice also, that neither Kelly nor any other OSAS teacher goes within a mile of John 15, which clearly describes "in the vine" = "in Christ" = saved, and cutoff, burned etc. "in Christ" is talking about union with him, period. If you are "cutoff" and burned up, you are'nt "saved" clear enough yea?
John 15 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
This is the clearest and most straitforward gaping hole in the Titantic called OSAS. The branch was in the vine, it did not abide, and was cast forth, withered and burned up. Please explain to me how a cast forth withered burned up branch is a saved person Mr Kelly? He won't touch it. Please explain how a person "in the vine" is not in "union" with Christ? The branch is "in the vine" then its cast forth and burned up, union, then no union, clear enough?
Then he quotes:
"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:38-40)
Its not Gods will that any should be lost, but MOST will be (Matt 7:14), so the fact that God does'nt want men to be lost DOES NOT equate to them being saved. Read Matt 7:14 and Matt 7:21 until it sinks in....
Kelly then argues:
When He says in John 10:28, "No one can snatch them out of my hand," they (we who don't buy into OSAS) have to insert the phrase "but us" after "no one".
It's the same with Romans 8:38-39.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Here they have to insert the phrase "but us" after "in all creation".
We don't have to insert anything to read this to say what it says. Can a person "snatch themself" out of God's hand? Does that make any sense? No it doesn'nt. Being snatched out of God's hand tells us that no external force is going to "snatch you" OSAS believers have to put words into God's mouth by ASSUMING that somehow YOU are included in the group that cannot snatch YOU out of God's hand. OSAS says you cannot snatch you out of God's hand, does that make any sense whatsoever? None. So the fact that you can stand up and walk away freely (just like the prodigal son did) is perfectly plausible.
Kelly argues that the prodigal son story is a story about rewards. He has to overlook the entire story to make that conclusion since 1. the prodigal son took his rewards upfront and went away into the world 2. the Father said that son was DEAD...that sound "saved" to you?
Luke 15:21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.[a]'
22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
If "this son of mine was dead" means "saved" then I'm a monkeys uncle....there's no possible plausible, absolutely NO WAY.
You have the prodigal son story that disproves OSAS
You have John 15 which is a nuke strike on the entire argument
You have Matt 7:14 and 7:21 that give you background on the entire issue..A FEW WILL BE SAVED.
I'v already shown you from the bible that if all it took was to believe, then even the devils would be "saved" because they believe...and they tremble. If people like Jack Kelly want to prove the OSAS case, then they need to answer to the huge problems that John 15 and all the other OSAS debunking scriptures pose to their arguments. I'd love to believe that OSAS was true, who would'nt. There are just too many roadblocks between here and there for me to get there.
Revelation 3:1-5 “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels”.
Here again we see the Lord talking about BLOTTING NAMES OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE. Ummm, if you want to test the Lord on this point and see for yourself what happens if you "don't overcome" then have at it. Would God really blot their name out of the Book of Life? If we say no, then we accuse God of using vain threats on His people. If God says He “will not” blot names out of those who are faithful, the natural and logical conclusion would be that He “WILL” blot out the names of those who are not faithful. I've said this over and over again, the wrong time to find out that you were wrong about OSAS is on judgement day.
Kelly also quotes this:
2 Cor. 1:21-22. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
sounds pretty convincing until you read a literal translation of the same passage:
21 and He who is confirming you with us into Christ, and did anoint us, is God, 22 who also sealed us, and gave the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Which says nothing about God being the only one responsible for making you stand in Christ. The bible absolutely does not say that. God puts the Holy Spirit deposit in us when we are "in Christ" We are "in Christ" and He is "in us." We are one. Mr. Kelly uses the example of buying a house, the person who promises to buy puts earnest money down, which is a promise that they will DO THEIR PART, and YOU do yours....What happens if before the transaction is complete, the seller decides not to sell anymore? Can they change their mind? Yes, they can. At that point the buyer who promised to buy has'nt changed their mind, THE SELLER HAS. If people are going to use metaphors, then flesh them all the way out. You have a free will. If you could not walk away, then why did Jesus constantly remind you to "abide in me" "remain in me" why did he use those words if there was no way you could walk away? OSAS teachers like Kelly would rather not go down that road.
Here's the bottom line and the background for this argument, A FEW WILL BE SAVED....let that sink in deep, a few. Research your bible about it always being a REMNANT..a few that are saved from Israel all the way through to today..its a FEW. If OSAS were true, don't you think MANY would be saved? If OSAS were true, why could'nt you "make a decision" for Jesus AND live a life of sin in this world to party it up while you are still here? Why not have the best that sin and heaven have to offer. You rewards might not be great, but if you are still "saved" who cares, its still heaven! Unfortunately, the bible does'nt read that way. Until OSAS teachers like Kelly can address the gaping holes in their theory (OSAS) why should anyone consider it further? If I'm wrong, I have nothing to worry about, I think the standard is high. If he's wrong then his teachings may have sent many to hell. That's something to worry about.
grace and peace
How do we "prove" what the will of God is? Do we "go to church?" to prove the will of God? No Do we go find a "pastor" to tell us the will of God? No. Here's how we "prove" what the will of God is:
1. We DO NOT conform to this world, we remain outsiders to this world, aliens and strangers here
2. We RENEW OUR MINDS, we don't think or speak like the world does, those who speak from the viewpoint of this world are OF THIS WORLD.
1 John 4Little children, you belong to God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5These people belong to the world. That is why they speak from the world's perspective,[b] and the world listens to them. 6We belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever does not belong to God does not listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.
As you might imagine, speaking as one who does not belong to this world, will make you deeply unpopular. People who came preaching the truth in the past were killed, that's how this world treats God's true children. I'm a nobody, but I do attempt to remain "in Christ." People like me are hated because we communicate a message that does not conform to this world, makes sense does'nt it? If only a few are going to be saved (Matt 7:14) should'nt you expect only a few to be speaking the truth in this world? Few people are on the narrow road that leads to life, many are on the road that leads to destruction. If you find yourself on a road populated by many people, perhaps you should stop in your tracks, don't take another step forward, and reconsider the road you are on. If you find yourself on a road that only has a few people on it, that's a good start. The road that leads to life goes through a narrow gate that only a few will find.
I write these things to you from a "fear of the Lord" perspective, not a "looking down on you" perspective. Many are they today who say "don't judge me" or "who are you to say these things to me." Servants of Jesus Christ are charged with the duty to snatch souls out of the fire when and where we can.
Jude 1:23 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Those who love you will warn you when they see destruction coming. Are men doing you a favor when they ignore coming disaster and blow sweet nothings in your ear, then one day you wake up with flames licking your pants? Who loves you more, the man you tells you what you need to hear, or the one who tells you what you want to hear?
The bible is a book of WARNINGS. Listening to todays preachers and teachers you'd never know it. One of the key areas of God's Word that remains in the forefront of my thinking is Rev 2-3, I believe that's where we are today. Jesus is speaking to the churches. What is he saying to the churches? 5 out of 7 churches are given stern WARNINGS. If the bible is full of warnings, if the Spirit is speaking warnings to 5 of the 7 churches in Rev 2-3, should'nt the servants of the true Son of God be doing likewise? The Spirit does'nt change, the message of Jesus is the same today as it always was, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. The message of the apostate church has'nt changed either, they belittle sin and repentance, and elevate man. The day that is coming (the day of the Lord) is a day where HE ALONE will be exalted, NOT MEN.
Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
That day is coming, and it won't be pretty. The time to humble ourselves is today, not tomorrow, not next week, today. You can do it willingly today, or you can be dragged down unwillingly tomorrow. The Lord alone will be exalted in that day. The so called pastors who have set themselves up as idols for the people by perpetrating the pastoral system, will be humbled. There is mediator between God and man except Jesus Christ now, anyone else who inserts themself in that position is an idolator. All the rich and powerful, all those who have set themselves up in positions of honor and wealth in this world have a day coming that they will really dislike. That day is coming soon. The world is falling apart, can you see it? Darkness falls around us, can you feel it? Yea, I know there are plenty of people saying the end is not nigh, and that in itself is a key indicator that the end IS NIGH, even at our door.
Our God is a shelter from the storm that is coming. There is an escape promised, and we are told to pray for it. Jesus is coming like a thief, many will be caught unprepared. Remember the lessons of the Matt 25 virgins, be ready. When Jesus shows up, it will be too late to "go buy some oil" because your lamps are going out. Your lamps need to be burning, with plenty of oil, in order to be ready when the bridegroom shows up. This means you need to be "in Christ" and Christ needs to be "in You." Christ in you, means the Holy Spirit in you, which means Oil in you, which means you are READY when Jesus shows up. Nobody else can make sure you are "in Christ" but you. You have a part to play. Many today will tell you that you have no part to play, that Jesus does everything and you do nothing. If that were true, then all the commands in the bible that Jesus commanded you were worthless words, spoken for the sake of speaking. Do you suppose that's how the Creator works? He tells you to be obedient just to hear himself speak? Does he tell you to "remain in me" just because he likes the sound of his own voice? Why did he tell you "if you love me, you will obey my commands?" Why did the Spirit bother to write John 15 about the vine and the branches if it will all just meaningless fluff? The bible is overflowing with commands that Jesus told YOU to do, like watch and pray. You play a part in things. If the only thing you accomplished in your time on earth was you prayed ALOT, would'nt that be a serious accomplishment? Prayer is hard work, that's a fact, and that's why many people don't do it, combined with the fact that many don't think prayer can accomplish more than their hands can.
I would match my prayers up against a mans hands any day of the week. Human activity has a place AFTER prayer, but prayer comes first. The hands of man can accomplish little, the hand of God can accomplish anything. I have seen the hand of God move in my life, and its more real than you or me. I have seen a modern day miracle, but its a miracle to me and my family, not to anyone else. Find Jesus today, get "in Him" and stay "in Him." A storm is coming, and the door to our modern day Noah's Ark will close soon.
grace and peace
Friday, December 26, 2008
"Religion is detrimental to the progress of society"
so? So, the plan is to get rid of (specifically) the 3 major monotheistic, faith based religions.
Maher makes a number of points in his movie that I agree with. Yes, the vast majority of relgious people in the world today are corrupt, causing many of the ills in this world. The name of this blog is CHRISTIAN APOSTASY, which is to say, that what is in the world ISN'T the "real thing." Todays so called christianity is a lie and a fraud, Maher goes on in his movie to illustrate that, along with Islam and Judaism. The problem is, once the job is done, roasting the apostates of the world, then the way of truth (the true church) is thrown out with the bathwater.
This world would'nt have the problems it has today if men followed the instructions our God gave to men. Men have rejected God and chosen their own way, look around, the mess we have is a result of men doing things "their way" instead of "Gods way."
This is what the anti-christ has planned for the world:
World War Three is to be fomented by using the differences the agentur of the Illuminati stir up between Political Zionists and the leaders of the Moslem world. The war is to be directed in such a manner that Islam (the Arab World including Mohammedanism) and Political Zionism (including the State of Israel) will destroy themselves while at the same time the remaining nations, once more divided against each other on this issue, will be forced to fight themselves into a state of complete exhaustion physically, mentally, spiritually and economically. Can any unbiased and reasoning person deny that the intrigue now going on in the Near, Middle, and Far East is designed to accomplish this devilish purpose?After World War Three is ended, those who aspire to undisputed world domination will provoke the greatest social cataclysm the world has ever known. We quote his own written words taken from the letter catalogued in the British Museum Library, London, England. "We shall unleash the Nihilists and Atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will be from that moment without compass (direction), anxious for an ideal, but with out knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view, a manifestation which will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time" (William Guy Carr, Pawns in the Game, p. xv-xvi).
You don't have to be a visionary to see how very close we are to this being fulfilled. People are right to attack apostate christianity, problem is, not everyone is apostate, there is always a remnant, a few, who hang onto the word of God and do not deny Jesus' name. These days, the few are under attack along with the many. They have all been tarred and feathered with the same broad brushstroke.
Time is short, satan's agenda is in full view for anyone who wants to see it. A religion of "god selves" is on its way, and in many ways its already here. Everything else has to be dispensed with. 2009 is now just days away, and I think 2009 brings with it Rev 6. That's not a prophesy, that's the musing of a watchman. Meantime, we should be busy doing to the good we can do, while we can do it, opposed by everyone and anyone on every side, but never defeated. We serve a GREAT God. grace and peace
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
So if you celebrate chistmas (pagan origins and all) I see a legal argument for you to do that. I you dont celebrate christmas because of its pagan origins, you also do that "to the Lord." As things stand, I tolerate christmas because other apparently don't care about the paganism involved or don't know. Christmas is like everything else in this world, tainted and impure. i was shopping yesterday for some food and there were christmas carols playing in the supermarket and they just sounded out of place. You could look around at people's faces and see the tension, see the strain. These days are not days for "happy holiday" songs, they are days for serious reflection and repentance. Repentance means turning away from sin (and not returning to it).
As I look ahead to 2009 I see tribulation-like events taking place. This world is dieing. There are man-made calamities coming, and there are earth calamities coming. I am surprised that the world has come this far without going belly up. The trend line is unmistakable and there's no end in sight for the fall this world is taking. There are those who criticize us for looking for the escape promised in Luke 21:36. That escape is to enable those worthy of it, to leave this place before punishment and wrath falls. Why should those who do not deserve to be punished be punished? If you are "in Christ" your sins have been removed from you as far as the east is from the west. You have become sqeaky clean, by grace, through faith. Those who are not "in Christ" have a stack of sins on their head starts at their feet and reaches into the heavens, and they will be held accountable for each and every one of them.
Jesus came and died for us for a reason, to atone for mens sins. You get credit for Christs deeds when you are "in Him" "in Christ" which is why it is repeated over and over again "remain in me" "abide in me" Why? So you get credit for what has been done. Time is short. So called christianity is rotten and getting worse by the day. The proof of wholesale apostasy in churchianity today is the lack of salt and light in the world today. Corruption, greed, death and decay are everywhere, along with churches on every street corner. If these churches were salt, the world would'nt be a rotting corpse that it is today.
This blog was started in part, to let people know that true christianity still exists APART...SEPERATE from the apostate form of Christianity we see in 90+% of the churches today. If you tried what you thought was christianity in the past, and left with a bad taste in your mouth, join the club, but please don't think that's all that's out there for you. There is a pure, true God out there. There is the true son of God who may be found by you today. Go pick up a version of the bible you can understand and start taking baby steps with it. Read Psalms and proverbs first. Don't try to tackle it all in a day, be patient. The truth WILL set you free, if you really want it. You can find the truth if you really want it. The God of creation can see in your heart to know if you are playing games or if you are serious about finding him. Peace for your soul is the reward for finding the truth. Look around you, what price would most people put on peace for their soul right now? They "go to church" and they are still troubled, no power, no peace, rot and darkness everywhere, why do they keep going back to get "serviced" by Jiffy Lube christianity?
The hand of grace is outstretched to you today. Our God has not started the cleansing process that will wreak havoc on this world yet. You can get right with him today. The life boats are about to part ways with the sinking ship and I'd like you to be on one of those boats. I can't find the truth for you, I can't be intimate in relationship with Christ for you, YOU have to do it. You can do it. Summon what little strength you have left today, and inch toward the Creator of all things, and see how very good he really is. You are dearly loved, grace and peace
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I want to let you know today that taking refuge in the Lord is something real not some pie in the sky "nice to do" figurative thing. As we face off with the dark days ahead, this refuge would be a smart place to take up residence. This God that I know, has never..EVER let me down. Time after time after time, he has come through for me and my family, and I am among the very least of his servants.
Terrible times are ahead, but there is still a place to take refuge, there is still an escape ahead of us. Yes satan is going to have a go at his age of aquarius, satanic kingdom, but he does'nt get long to enjoy it. Our God is not going to sit around and play checkers while satan is running amuck on earth. We no longer have to sit around waiting and wondering when the end of the age will be, we can see it right in front of our faces. Predictably, we have people (like the pope) telling us its not the end of the world. I guess we're all about to find out now are'nt we?
The things that are about to happen will cause tremendous fear in people. People will be in shock and awe that what's coming could happen to them. "I never thought it would happen to me" heard that before? What is coming is a time of wrath and punishment. Take your eyes of whats happening in the world for a minute and look at things from God's perspective. He said it was coming, and now here it comes, is anyone really surprised? I'm not, but many will be. Even today, there are many who doubt that our God is a God of his word. If he said he was going to do it, believe it, its gonna happen. Those who are found "in Christ" are not destined for wrath, thats plainly stated in our bibles. Wrath is for the unbeliever and the sinner, for the faithless. If you call yourself a christian and find yourself faithless today, you should be worried, I'm not going to sugarcoat it for you. We are saved by grace THROUGH FAITH. Without faith, there's nothing to be saved "through."
If you lack faith, go back to the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ, who gives liberally. Don't slip into fear, let me repeat that, don't slip into fear. Fearfull things are coming, true, but greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world, remember that. Our God is a real refuge, more secure than any bunker the governmen could build you inside a mountain somewhere.
This world suffering for its sin. Payback is WAY overdue for the evil that men have done, for the wickedness, selfishness, greed, haughtiness, arrogance, its simply payback time. Here's a picture that brings a smile to my face, because I see men like Bush, paulson, bernanke, greenspan when I think of it:
Rev 6 the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
Today, the men who are raping and pillaging the countryside think their money will hide them from disaster. They think their secret societies and satanic oaths will protect them. It won't be long before they are hiding in the rocks, and they know what a HUGE mistake they've made.
grace and peace
Monday, December 22, 2008
Reading the bible this morning, this jumped out at me like so many other "once saved always saved"(OSAS) destroying scriptures do.
How can you "fall away" from someone you never knew? You have to be in some kind of relationship with someone in order to "fall away" from them don't you?
Here's where the real hammer is in this scripture: you are a partaker of Christ IFFFFFFFFFF you DO what? Hold the same confidence you had at the beginning to the end. The OSAS crowd will tell you a 5 second "decision for christ" is enough to get you into heaven. Here, once again, the bible demolishes that argument. You must hold the same confidence at the END that you did at the beginning to be counted a partaker of Christ. If you are not a partaker of Christ, you have no forgiveness of sins, if no forgiveness of sins, no salvation.
2. As this world spirals into the abyss, people are falling into fear. The fear comes from misplaced confidence and lack of love of the right things. Those who love this world are enemies of God.
James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with ...
... You unfaithful people! Don't you know that love for this [evil] world is hatred toward God? Whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God.
Those who love this world are right to be scared. Whats coming on the world should frighten them. This world has been built from the foundation up on lies and deceit. Now that the lies are coming unraveled, people's confidence is shaken, but nobody stops to ask, WAS'NT ALL THIS I BELIEVED IN A LIE? People are shaken and scared to the core, but nobody stops to ask the fundamental question of why they continue to believe in a lie even as they watch it unravel?
Have you ever heard this definition of insanity?
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
Isn't going back to the world over and over again, getting the same results over and over again insanity? The entire place is falling apart, yet there are churches on every street corner, that make sense to you? America is supposedly the most "christianized" nation on earth and yet we set the "high" standards of leading the world in export and consumption of decadence, porn, war, corruption, indifference, apathy, you name it..
I read yesterday that church attendance is up, imagine that. Lot's of people are starting to "go to church" which is great until you realize that "going to church" and "being the church" are two radically different things. How can I "go to church" if we are the church? Each true believer IS the church (part of it). We can't "go" there, we ARE there. We "are" the church 24/7, 365 days a year. That's the difference between a prostitute's "service" on wednesday and sunday and a WIFE's loving 24/7-365. A prostitute "services" you for a fee over a short period of time (hour or less?) per week (depending on your stamina). A wife is with you to love you until death do you part. Big difference.
Churchianity today is a manmade organization instead of a living vibrant organism. The body of Christ is a living organism, not a manmade organization. Churchianity is a business, pure and simple, they don't even bother changing the title of what they offer from a business term. They actually offer the public "services" another business term, always for a fee. Pastor=CEO, non-taxable, large volunteer staff to help run the business, whats not to like? And you wonder why this world is stinking to high heaven with the smell of rot and decay?
The world has no answers for you. "Going to church" is not the answer either. Coming to Jesus on the other hand....now that's where you'll find something of substance. The prince of peace, the Holy God, the creator of all things has something to offer you. As his name implies, he offers you peace and rest for your soul. Yep, even in the midst of the chaos around us, you can have inner peace. What price do you put on that? How much would the rich of this world pay for the peace that only Jesus can offer? As it is, they are rich, but they are tormented. Their enjoyment of wealth consists of fleeting moments of carnal indulgence that destroys them more each time they partake of it.
Men don't need manmade organizations, they need the living God. Men do not need more lies, they need truth. Truth is what the most powerful being in eternity says it is...period. If men don't like what God has to say, that's their problem, HE IS GOD. Since when does the God of eternity need to pander to men's whims? Our God commands faithfulness and obedience, men don't like that, whose problem is that? God's or mans? People are waking up each day to a world that looks more and more like a hell on earth, but heaven is undisturbed, where should we be looking for answers?
We still live in the age of grace. God's hand is still extended to mankind. What Jesus did on the cross is still obtainable. There is still time to get "in Christ" to obtain forgiveness of sins. If you've only known the god of churchianity, you have'nt come to know Jesus yet. There are many christs in the world today, but only ONE true son of God, Jesus Christ. Churchianity has brought the way of truth into disrepute:
2 Peter 2
1 And there did come also false prophets among the people, as also among you there shall be false teachers, who shall bring in besides destructive sects, and the Master who bought them denying, bringing to themselves quick destruction, 2 and many shall follow out their destructive ways, because of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of, 3 and in covetousness, with moulded words, of you they shall make merchandise, whose judgment of old is not idle, and their destruction doth not slumber.
As we head into 2009, a year that appears to be much worse than 2008, I would encourage you to take refuge "in Christ." People want peace and safety, but they look in all the wrong places for it. Remember this?
1 Thessalonians 5:3 ... While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape
Why sudden destruction? Because thats what taking refuge in a lie will get you.
Isaiah 28:15 ... death, And with Sheol we have made a provision, An overflowing scourge, when it passeth over, Doth not meet us, Though we have made a lie our refuge,
in contrast, real peace and safety can still be found..consider this:
Psalm 91 >>King James Bible
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
See the difference? It's night and day. Take refuge in the Lord, and there's consequences, life and peace. Take refuge in a lie, and there are consequences, sudden destruction. Ultimately, the choice is yours. I encourage you to choose life and peace. The only place you are going to find that is "in Christ." Men cannot grant you life and peace, only the Son of God can. Time is short. The world is tilting, tipping, everything is moving sideways in preparation for flipping upside down. A storm is coming unlike anything any of us have ever seen. Make the truth your refuge, in a world full of lies, would'nt a healthy dose of truth be comforting? If you want the truth, YOU have to search for it. Hiring some hired hand pastor to get it for you is a complete copout and will yield the results we see around us in the world today. Get to know Jesus and make sure he knows you..personally, you won't be dissapointed.
Grace and peace
Saturday, December 20, 2008
... The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
As we approach 2009, its important to know what we are looking at for what it really is, not what people wish it would be. The things coming at us like a freight train will be a shock to many. Shock leads to instability, and instability leads to destruction. That's why armies like to have "shock troops" when they go to war, if you can "shock" the enemy, you can wipe them out.
Many people read the things written on this blog and consider it all too negative. They'd rather have someone blow pipedreams in their ears. If the Lord should tarry, we will all see things that will send many people into a tailspin. As the reality of what's happening to the world really sinks in, people will be overcome by fear, and many will become angry at those who "did this to them." This is a formula for massive civil unrest, and its why the Army has been moving combat brigades back here to the United States. It's also why Obama said he wants a "civilian security force" just as well funded and just as well trained, and manned as the military.......question is, why? For what? You know what...to keep an eye on YOU.
The timing of these things is too coincidental to be just happenstance. At precisely the time that all the babyboomers were to retire and start taking their money out of the stock market, we have global economic collapse? Now instead of baby boomers retiring, a handfull of bankers will buy a few extra yachts and jets, while the baby boomers can plan to work themselves into the grave. Brilliant plan. You did'nt think all the hard work over decades was so people who earned the money could actually enjoy it do you? No....it was so the bankers could take it from you at just the right time!
Ok, so whats the point? As the babyboomers awaken to the fact that they have no retirement, that they will need to work till they drop, there's going to be some social problems. With more boomers in remaining in the workforce, there are less spots in a declining economy for young people to enter the workforce. So you've got unemployment for the young, and boomers working till they drop where they are lucky enough to keep a job. See those riots going on in Greece right now? They are going on week 3, or 4 now. Remember I said that could easily be happening here? Give it time.
Those people who would rather bury their head in the sand rather than face the fact that this world is in its death throes are in for a rude awakening. When they finally "get it" it may be their undoing. The bible tell us that the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, not the house of pleasure. Sounds pretty negative huh? Men have been given thousands of years to see what they could make of this world and look at it. This place is a royal mess. Kick the Creator out of everything and what do you get? Decay, death, emptiness, darkness. Death is what sin will get you.
I'll say this again this morning, now is the time to renew your committment to the God of eternity. Today is the time to get right with Jesus. Today is the time to abide in him, remain in him. "In Christ" all your sins are forgiven, "in Christ" you are filled with the Holy Spirit, "in christ", you are "saved." The Lord did'nt say the same things over and over again to hear himself speak. He said "remain in me" "abide in me" for a reason. Remain and abide mean you need to get "in Christ" and STAY THERE. The fact that Jesus told you to remain means its possible for you to NOT REMAIN. No other man can snatch you out of Jesus hands, but you, like the prodigal son can walk right out the front door and go wallow in the the pig sti that is this world. Did the father in the prodigal son story barricade the front door when the prodigal son asked for his inheritance and went out to squander it? No, he did not. Jesus has shown you in John 15 that you must remain "in the vine" which is to say "in Christ." Those who do not remain are burned up. Read it again, John 15, its right there in plain english.
Jesus is coming back soon. I have no idea what "soon" means, but I do have the word of the Lord which tells us to WATCH and be ready so we may be like the wise virgins in Matt 25 who were able to enter the wedding feast. We want to be among those who are counted WORTHY (luke 21:36) to escape all thats about to happen on this earth. We must be ready for the Lord to return at any moment, but be patient enough to do this for years should the Lord tarry. Every sign that could point to Jesus' imminent return is pointing to that very thing today. Be of good cheer, the escape is still AHEAD OF US, not behind us. We have something very very very VERY wonderful to look forward to. This world is full of darkness and distress, the day of the Lord appears to draw near. While we walk through these days of darkness, determine what you can do, where you are, with what you have, to please the Lord. I have no idea what that is for you, only you and He know what that is. The true church is scattered and weak. Rev 3:10 tells us that the philadelphia church has "little strength" but with the little strength it does have, it should but that strength to use. Don't bury the "little strength" you have left during these dark days. What can you do to please HIM/Jesus today? Use your little strength, be light, be salt. Know that the Lord loves you in a way that is so great, our minds cannot wrap around it. His thoughts toward you number more than the sand of the seashore. Be encouraged, be of good cheer, our Lord has overcome this world. Be patient. Do not be like the unfruitful servant who buried his talent and had zero to show for it on the day that the Lord showed up.
Matt 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The wicked and slothful servant was punished for doing NOTHING with what his Lord have given him, he buried it. Figure out what you have that the Lord has given you, and what you can do, ANYTHING you can do with it is better than burying it in the ground. Is praying "doing" You bet it is. Is praying hard work? You bet it is. Does praying please the Lord? You bet it does. There, I just have you a headstart on figuring out where to start..(and maybe finish) :-)
grace and peace
Friday, December 19, 2008
The Lord is not asking you to do things you cannot do. He asks you to do things you can do. He does'nt ask you to use talents you don't have, he wants you to use the talent you do have. When the Lord shows up soon, would'nt it be nice to greet him at the door and say "I've been expecting you Lord?"
Things are going from bad to worse in this world, but we can still watch and we can still pray. There is an escape coming from ALL that's about to happen. That shoud encourage you. The true church is weak, Jesus knows that, re-read Rev 3:10. Because we have held onto Jesus' word and have not denied his name, we pray that we will be kept from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole word.
The world is in free fall and nobody can see a bottom to the fall. It's starting to really sink in that this time things might really really get bad. People are feeling completely helpless and out of control. Sometime soon, I expect a man with all the answers to show up. Just think about how a man would be treated if the only thing he could do is fix the world's economic problems. He would be hailed as a living god...do you doubt it? The bible tells us that this man is coming. He may already be here. The falling away has already happened. Christianity is in full apostasy, the only thing left for the day of the Lord to start is the revelation of who the anti-christ is.
The anti-christ shows up CONQUERING and to conquer (rev 6), not making peace deals. The escape and war are the next events to show up on the world timeline. Reading through the book of revelation, you can see how this transformation from the world as you knew it, to the world as its going to be pans out. It won't be long before this world is completely unrecognizable. From a purely earth/nature perspective, consider what the earth will look like:
1/3 of all the trees will be burned up and there will be NO MORE green grass..NONE. Let that sink in. Picture the earth with 1 out of every 3 trees burned up and no green grass. People think we have environmental problems now...
Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. 8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died
1 out of every 3 sea creatures dies? Yep
Next, a third of the waters on earth are poisoned and many men die from that. Poisoned water, no grass, dead trees, no grass, sound like people are going to have a hard time living?
I bring these things up to encourage you to set your heart on the escape thats coming. An escape is promised from all thats about to happen. We should pray that we are found worthy of it. We should strive to be found spotless, blameless at his coming so we will not be ashamed. The right attitude to have is "I'm striving for perfection, attempting to please my master in every way. I want to be just like my Lord" NOT "I sin all the time like everyone else and you can take me in the rapture anyway..."
Many people will be unpleasantly surprised on the day of the escape. I pray that you and I will not be among the dissapointed.
grace and peace
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The teachers and preachers of todays apostate church not only refuse to admit that they are apostate (of course), but they also argue FOR sin. I want to be very clear about this, anyone who makes the argument that "we all sin, so stop pointing the finger" probably does'nt know the God I know. The God I worship is a HOLY God...he HATES sin, from the least to the greatest of sins. There is NO darkness in Him, none. Instead of trying to lookup the greek meaning of sin and repentance to give themselves a license for sin, churchianity ought to be reading their bibles and getting to know the true God better. This is what the bible says about sin:
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
From what I read here, sin is NOT something we all do, no should it EVER be something thats glossed over with a "who are you to judge me" argument. There is one judge, his name is Jesus. You should expect the servants of the true Christ to be preaching HATRED OF SIN, and anything that even remotely smells of it. He that committeth sin is OF THE DEVIL, that sound ok to you? We all sin? We all sin all the time? Since we all sin all the time we're all going in the rapture? WHERE DO THESE PEOPLE COME FROM? Churchianity is full of hired hands and wolves today. Whoever sins, has neither seen him NOR KNOWN HIM.
Remember I told you that "in Christ" are probably the two most important words in the bible? Well, there it is again:
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
And there's that word ABIDE again, which means:
to remain stable or fixed in a state, to continue in a place
How can a person claim to know the Holy God and be making excuses for sin at the same time?
These men tell you that nobody is worthy of escaping in the rapture but the Lord is going to take everyone anyway...where or where is that in the bible?
I can tell you what is in the bible: the story of Noah and Lot, as well as Luke 21:36 which tells us to pray that we may be counted WORTHY of the escape. Matt 24 tells us that the coming of the Lord will be like it was with Noah. Noah was found to be righteous in his generation. Lot was the only one found worthy in the ENTIRE CITY of sodom. Matt 25 tells us that ALL the virgins went out to meet the bridegroom, but ONLY THOSE WITH OIL in their lamps were found worthy to go into the wedding. Did all the virgins get to go, or only those who were ready?
Over and over again the Lord tells you DO NOT BE DECEIVED, why? Because false teachers and preachers are going to whisper sweet nothings in your ear to get you to believe that your salvation and your escape in the rapture are done deals, and nothing you can do or say can change that. My counsel to you is for you to read your bible for yourself and figure out how much tolerance the Creator has for sin.
Was Paul speaking nonsense when he said:
2 Corinthians 13 :5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13 All the saints salute you.
BE PERFECT Paul says...you see any room for "I sin all the time" in that?
There are two schools of thought at war with each other here. One says that you have to give your all to Christ to remain "in him." It requires total committment. I am amazed that people in this world know that to achieve anything great in this world takes total committment and excellence, yet when it comes to salvation, the greatest of all goals, churchianity preaches a "anything goes" message. Can you give a marginal effort day after day and achieve great things in this life? Almost never. So why would you assume you can half-effort your salvation?
I have also heard the criticism of "who are you to question other people's salvation, or whether they'll go in the rapture?" I'm a nobody, but I serve the CREATOR OF ALL THINGS. If I repeat to you the words He has already said then I am not your judge, He is. Churchianity likes to try to "shoot the messenger" to make the message go away, but its NOT GOING AWAY.
The question that was a large part of starting this blog is "why will so FEW be saved (matt 7:14)?" Preaching and teaching by those in the apostate church, along with mankinds love of falsehoods to justify their sin is why. If today's churchianity was full of salt and light, the world would'nt be rotting right now would it? Salt is a preservative, light drives out darkness. I see no preservation and I see darkness everywhere, so what does that tell you about churchianity today? It's a lie, its a FRAUD. Ultimately it will be you answering to Jesus, so I would say that you should dig for the truth as if it were hidden treasure. I can't do it for you, neither can any other man. You have to know Jesus, and he has to know you. Why?
Matt 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
There are MANY in todays world who call Jesus Lord, but on "that day" he's going to tell them
"I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." I did'nt say that, your bible says that. I'm not judging you, Jesus will judge you. Should'nt servants of Jesus be repeating the warnings that Jesus gave to the world and especially to the church?
Nothing has changed, men do not want to be confronted with their sin, they don't want to hear about holiness, they want to do what they want to do and receive all the blessings of heaven as a cherry on top. That's not the way things work according to the bible I read. I write what I have been given to write. We are living in the last days, next year all hell breaks loose. The wrong time to figure out how high the bar has been set is on the day you are on your knees before Jesus. Can you imagine how bad thats going to feel for people to say "Lord" to Jesus and he tells them away from me, I never knew you? I cannot imagine anything worse. That is ultimate pain, untimate defeat, eternal death.
If being reminded of what has already been written for thousands of years, enables you to hear:
Matt 25:21 ....Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then these words I write this morning were not pointless.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may his face shine upon you and may he grant you peace