Things on my mind this morning:
Point 1: 1 Tim 4 And the Spirit expressly speaketh, that in latter times shall certain fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons.
I don't go looking for places to bash OSAS (once saved always saved) over the head, its just that everywhere I read in the bible, theres something screaming that OSAS is a lie. I can't read anything without seeing something that debunks OSAS and its teachers. Take what is written above for example....
that in latter times shall certain fall away from the faith...fall away from the faith? Yep, thats what it says. How can you fall away from a faith you never had? You can't. OSAS teachers would have you believe that you cannot fall away from the faith, either that or they will teach you that you need no faith to be saved. Either way, their goose is cooked. You are saved by grace, through faith, no faith, nothing to be saved through=no salvation. It's that easy. If faith is necessary for salvation (it is) and you fall away from it, you are'nt 'in Christ' any longer and if you are not 'in Christ' your sins have not been covered=no salvation. 'In Christ' all sins are forgiven, not 'in Christ' =no sins forgiven.
2: The 'ministry?' aka the 'clergy'....the nicolaitan clergy/laity system that Jesus hates (Rev 2-3), again from Timothy:
1 Tim 4:6 These things placing before the brethren, thou shalt be a good ministrant of Jesus Christ, being nourished by the words of the faith, and of the good teaching, which thou didst follow after
A good ministrant? What's a ministrant?
Origin: 1660–70; <>to serve
Thats it, no fancy office, no 'clergy' implications at all, a servant....wow, deflates the separation between 'clergy' and laity huh? There is no clergy, no laity in the true body, just a bunch of servants. That pretty much lets all the air out of churchianity right there. No egos to support, no big church buildings as monuments to men, just a bunch of nobody servants doing the will of Jesus Christ, most of the time with little notice by the world.
3. People have been blessed to death
I heard some guy on tv this weekend say (correctly) that people have been blessed to death. Bless bless bless is all we hear from todays apostate church, where's the repentance?
The signs are mounting pointing to the imminent return of Jesus for his bride. Everything happening in the world right now points to the collapse of the old world order, and the continued building and implementation of the satanic new world order that the anti-christ will rule.
What's going on in the world these days?
Wars and rumors of wars. Financial collapse. Large scale, widespread apostasy within the church, natural disasters (cat 3 hurricane hitting cuba in November) and men turning to other men for answers to the worlds problems. I'm not sure what else could be thrown at men to get their attention. The past couple of days I have been greatly impressed with how terribly bad things are going to be for people who are not 'in Christ.' I would not wish the terrors of hell on my worst enemy. I recently wrote a post called I hope I'm wrong because of the weight of how very very bad the things that are coming on the world are going to be.
I was also humbled during the same time realizing that both the just and the unjust are doing things for God. Doing 'good works' is something true servants of Christ do, but so do the hypocrites and liars who do not know and are not known by Jesus (matt 7:23). Many men are deceived into thinking that because they preach the gospel, they will be saved. Preaching the gospel is something that gets men saved, but there are many who preach it who will not be saved. That's a rather sobering thought.
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.
We must test ourselves to determine if we are still 'in the faith.' We have to maintain a healthy fear of the Lord. The kingdom we belong to is a kingdom of love, but we must be worthy of it. Christ is our worthiness, we must remain 'in him' so we get credit for his completed work. He is everything. The bible says we should be striving to make our election sure, why bother if OSAS were true? OSAS is not true.
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
What does the Holy Spirit mean by DO THESE THINGS? OSAS teachers tell me that I don't have to 'do' anything? What does IF mean? IF.....I DOOOOO these things? IF I DO? Give diligence to make my calling and election sure? Notice it does NOT say make my rewards sure, it says make my calling and election sure..BIG DIFFERENCE.
Time is short for this world. People are stocking up on guns, ammo, survival supplies, etc, think they feel like time is short? What do they think is going to happen? These people, most of them don't even know Jesus, they just see where the world is headed. The economy is on the verge of collapse, forget the stock market, the weight of medicare and social security alone is enough to bankrupt the country like 7 times over. Add to that the inflation of the dollar, the derivatives and credit default swap casino that still has'nt erupted in full force, the fiat, print money out of thin air system and what you've got is the collapse of the economy.
I've asked the Lord about doing the survivalist thing many times now, and I do not have even a shred of inspiration to get prepared for the things that are about to slap the world across the face. Why? Luke 21:36. There is an escape coming. This escape is not partial, its an escape from ALL thats about to happen. From a biblical perspective, what is ALL thats about to happen? Wrath, tribulation. I see the church up until Rev 5, then I see seals opened (Rev 6) WRATH and 144,000 Jews, NOT THE CHURCH being sealed in Rev 7.
I've read recently how between now and Jan 20 there might be a strike on Iran, which could very well ignite WW3. That could happen today, we don't know. We do know that we should be ready, watching and choosing things in our life that please our master. If we love him, we will obey his commands. We should be motivated both by our love for Jesus which pulls us toward heaven, and our fear of hell, which pushes us away from hell like a boot to the rear end.
Time is short, the church is weak but we hold onto Christ's word and we do not deny his name. A door is about to open in heaven, be a wise virgin with oil in your lamp. Things are about to get so bad here on earth that mens minds will have a hard time processing them. What's about to happen has NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE and never will be seen again. This world is about to be invaded by a demonic army that will walk openly on the earth. The bible says that mens hearts will fail them for FEAR of whats coming on the world. Can you imagine how frightening something would have to be to cause your heart to fail you from fear?
The clock is ticking. Look at whats going on in the world. How long do you think this world has before things turn upside down? Things are already turning upside down, remember the story of the frog in water, the heat goes up little by little? Thats the world today, do you see it?
You are dearly loved. grace and peace be multiplied to you