Invisible Church 3


Another chapter to the Invisible Church.  All of the posts on the Invisible Church has either been on the Hypocrisy of the Religious Church, and the Unity of God’s people.  This one will be the exact same, in a whole new point of view.

The Invisible Church as said in the last posts, is a Church without walls.  A church who is willing to leave their local church to preach the gospel.  A Church who doesn’t just sit on a pew, but move around their community to win souls.  Before the Local Religious churches existed, there was the Invisible Church.

The Church with 4 walls was only created to publicly Worship God, and to Fellowship with fellow Christians.  To encourage one another.  A place to get revived in the spirit when yours is weak, a place to bring a sacrifice of praise to the Alter of the Lord.  A place to hear the Word of God from a Pastor.  Whose job is to teach, reprove, and rebuke.  A Pastor is your teacher and servant and protector.  Nothing else.  Though he is a chosen Man of God, with a very important job, he is not something that you should worship.  Because he should be working to bring God glory.  Not himself.

But the Invisible church are the Children of God who want more then that.  They want to share what they have with the other people of the world.  They feel a deep and heavy  burden to bring others to Christ, lest those people spend an eternity in Hell.  They aren’t selfish to keep the grace of God to themselves but pass this love and mercy to others.  They want to help others, by giving them food, water, shelter, love…and hope.  The invisible church deny themselves and take on the burdens and infirmities of others.  They use their strength to help the weak.  They are the eyes for the blind and the ears for the deaf.  They shine the light to those who are lost in the dark.  The invisible church doesn’t just worship God on Sunday mornings, but every day.  Their faith and prayer and daily living, are found worthy of God’s calling and love.  They live their daily life better than most live a Sunday morning life.   They stand for what they believe in no matter what the consequences.  They are persecuted by many, and loved by few.

The bible says,

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  Ephesians 4:1-6

It’s easy to see what Paul was trying to say here.  He tells us that we should love and protect and help one another.  Jesus preached over and over about loving your neighbors.  As a matter of fact He said it was one of the greatest commandment.  When Jesus walked on this earth, He didn’t condemn the world because of their sins like the local church is apt to do, but He showed them love.  It didn’t matter if they were diseased, cussed like a sailor, or even an adulterous woman, He loved them.  Though we always hear that we should love our neighbor as yourself, Jesus goes a little deeper then that in another verse.  He says

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  John 13:34

Love your neighbor as He has loved us?  What is that supposed to mean?  He has unconditional love for us.  He loves us when we are filthy in sin, He loves us when we are pure and holy.  He loves us when we curse Him, He loves us when we put the nails in His hands.  He loves us no matter our race, gender or age.  He loves everyone so much that He died for us as said in John 3:16.  He loves us so much He took the cross off of our shoulders and said He would take our infirmities and pain for us.  He loves us so much He died and went to hell, so we wouldn’t have to.  And that is how He commands us to love our neighbor.

Then Paul goes to say that there is One Body, One God, and One Spirit.  He is pointing out here that we are all Christians, who is one body, and we serve the same God.  Yet for some reason the churches today think we all are so different and believe so different that we have to separate and avoid discussions on religion lest we argue.  Here is the latest news people.  God didn’t call you together to argue.  He called you together to agree.  To know that Jesus is Lord, beside him there is no other.  He don’t care if your Methodist, Baptist or Pentecostal.  He justs wants you to love Him, live for him, obey His commandments and live a life worthy of His calling towards you. Did Jesus not say that if Kingdom should fight against itself, that Kingdom will fall?   The spirit of separation is what is causing the churches to fall today.  But it is time for the church to rise from its little hole we put ourselves into and stand tall and stand strong.

The spirit of Unity is what the church needs.  Acts 2 we see the disciples sitting in the upper room.  They were waiting on something Jesus had promised them.  But they wasn’t bickering and complaining and fighting against each other.  The bible says they were in one mind and one place when the Holy Ghost fell on them.  Look at that closely, they were in one place (you know, kind of like a church), and in one mindset.  All of the disciples were looking for the same thing.  They prayed diligently for the same thing.  They searched for the same God, they longed to see their savior, their souls cried out unto God to show them more.  And they wasn’t going anywhere until they got what they came for.  That is how the church needs to be today.  Even though not every Christian can go to the same church, we all need to seek the same thing.  When the church finds that Spirit of Unity, the impossible becomes very possible.  Even God knew how strong His creation would be when they all work together.

 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.  And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.  And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.  Genesis 11:1-6

The story of the tower of Babel is a prime example.  Everyone had the same speech.  They had the same mindset.  They had the same goal.  And when they had an idea they formed together and made it happen.  But here is the key verse.   The Lord seen the tower and said they have one language and are all together and God seen the strength of His creation when the spirit of Unity was upon them.  He seen people uniting to complete a goal they had set out to do.  And when He seen that unity in His people, He said, NOTHING will be restrained from them.  They will be able to do things that they thought were impossible.  They will be able to do anything they want.  Nothing will be restrained from them.  That is the spirit of unity.  Though at this time it was a bad thing because it was not the right time,  it happened again a couple of thousands years later in the upper room.  Only this time, the timing was perfect.  And their hearts were pure.  And if the people who lived over 4000 years ago can do that, and the disciples nearly 2000 years ago can do that, then whats wrong with the church today?  It is time for the church to rebuild the bond together and become one body again.

We are One Church

With One Vision

Serving One God.

So who are you?

Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?


“My God, My God,

Why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46

One of the 7 last things Christ said before He died.  But why did Christ say these words?  “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”

If Jesus Is God, (John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”)  Then why would He cry out to Himself?

These words He cried out are so depressing and sad…poetic yet some how familiar.  That’s right, Jesus quoted Psalms 22:1 which begins with, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”. Jesus quoted this scripture so that we could understand He was fulfilling the Messianic prophecy  right there on the cross.  Psalms 22:11-18 says:

Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.   They open wide their mouth at me,  As a ravening and a roaring lion.   I am poured out like water,  And all my bones are out of joint;   My heart is like wax;  It is melted within me.   My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;  And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death.   For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.  I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

His heart has been broken and melted inside him (v. 14).   During the crucifixion process, the blood loss causes the heart to beat harder and harder and become extremely fatigued.  Dehydration occurs (v. 15).  Verses 16-18 speak of piercing His hands and feet and dividing his clothing by casting lots.   And this is exactly what occurred in Matthew 27.

Psalm 22 was written about 600 years before Christ was even born. And at that time the Crucifixion hadn’t even been invented.  Actually, the Phoenicians come up with it and Rome borrowed the horrible way of execution from them.   So, therefore when Rome come to rule over Israel, it became the Roman means of capital punishment for all the Jews whose biblical means of execution was stoning.  But He had to prove His point.

But that still really wouldn’t tell us why He cried those words in the first place.  So now that we see where the words came from, let us see why the Almighty Omnipotent God, would say that.

In fact there are two reasons.

1. The bible says in Hebrews 4:15 that He was tempted the same as we are, but yet he still never sinned.  The stories of people all through out the bible like Job and David, when they felt that God had for some reason, left them in the dust.  Forgot them, forsaken them, betrayed them…they would cry out.  WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!  WHY WON”T YOU HELP ME?!  And we say things like that today.  Like God doesn’t care, or isn’t watching or helping you.  It seems like He walked you into the valley of the shadow of death and left you there.  You see God became flesh so that He can feel what you feel.  He became flesh and bones to go through the same temptations and the same agony you go through today.  When Christ was on the cross, He thought of you.  He thought of you when you cried out My God My God! Why have you forsaken me?  And when He thought of you, He had to feel the same way.  He suddenly felt alone…imagine, the Almighty King, desolate and alone.  He cries out…because our flesh cries out.  It’s something to think about.

2. The next reason He cried out was simply because The God who could never sin, despised sin, turned His back on sin…became sin.  When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, He said, “father if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me.”  As an analogy, This cup was filled with the entire wrath of an omnipotent God.  The God who would punish ALL who was in the world and all who will be in the world, which ultimately be forever in damnation and in hell, was in this tiny cup.  That Jesus had no choice but to drink of.  All of it.  God had decided that no longer would He let HIS creation perish…He would become their sins, take all of their punishment, Just so they can have a chance in an eternal life with Him.  So He cried out, because suddenly He knew how it felt, to be one of us.  As He hung their on the cross, and He thought of us…God from heaven, became Human.  Filled with sin…and now on His way to a forever burning fire.  Even though God knew how the story would end, by resurrecting and winning the victory, He felt such a depression at that time on Himself, and for us…

To tell it like it is,  He cried those words…

!!!!!BECAUSE HE LOVES US!!!!!

The Adulterous Woman


One of my favorite stories of forgiveness.  A story that is so powerful but  mostly overlooked.  A story of God’s TRUE nature in grace and mercy.

John 8:1-11 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.  And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  

Now must of you who have not heard this story, I hope the teaching goes without saying.  But for those of you who are curious why this is such an important story, or why this story shows God’s face through the words, then pay attention.  As I walk you through the story through the eyes of the woman, the Savior, and the accusers.

When Jesus went to the mount of Olives, He knew something was going to happen.  So He came early in the morning to the temple.  And He taught some people.

But then the scribes and pharisees, the Holy and Righteous guys of the church, found some filthy unclean whore of a woman.  Who they caught dead in the act of sleeping with another man.  When they seen this they immediately readied the capitol punishment that the law of Moses commanded them to do.  But they thought, “Why not take out two birds with one stone?  Literally.  Let us trick this Jesus into saying something blasphemous about her so we can stone the both of them”   So they brought this woman who was officially unclean, meaning now she could have no social life, or any other kind of life, to the blasphemous man who claims to be God’s son.  They probably gave her trouble by jerking her around by her hair, and shoving her on the ground.  Causing the dirt to fly in her mouth and tasting the last piece of life she has left.

Here is this woman, knowing she has been caught.  And now the punishment is death so brutal, they call it Murder with specified aggravating circumstance. It is torture before death.  Where the person is literally beat to death by large stones being thrown at her.  And now as she is thrown on the ground like some filthy dog, she weeps.  Because now she feels the conviction.  But its to late.  Even if she survives this brutal beating, she will never see her friends or family again.  She sinned against God and now the “God Squad” is out to get her.  But nonetheless she is scared.   For her life.  But if she could just have one more day to make things right.  But its to late.  If she could just explain herself or tell her family she loves them.  But its to late.  And as she hears those Priests of the church say that it was up to Jesus, imagine how she felt.  She would do anything for this man if He would just let her go.  But if he was one of them, He would tell them to stone her and pick up a rock himself.

The scribes and pharisees now have this man where they want him.  In the middle of the temple surrounded by witnesses.  Now they can trick him and make him slip up in his words.  THEN they can get rid of him once and for all.  They ask in mockery, “Master, we caught this woman and the law that God gave Moses says we should kill her with stones, but what do YOU think we should do?”  Imagine ego that just grew inside the pharisees.  The hatred for this man.  He is in THEIR territory now.  There is no escape.  They will do what God’s law said.

As the Almighty Savior is teaching in the temple, He has this woman thrown in front of him.  Who is crying, and pleading for her life.  He hears the Pharisees words and listens to their hearts.  He knows they plot against him.  So He just kneels down and starts drawing in the sand like He can’t even hear them.   He ignored them.  But for some reason they kept pestering Him and asking Him and wouldn’t leave Him alone.

At this time the woman listens to the pharisees accuse and watch this man ignore them.  Why won’t He help?  Why won’t he say anything?  Seconds felt like hours…yet He refused to say anything.

The Savior now getting a little agitated continued to write in the sand and said “If there are any of you without sin let him cast the first stone.”

The pharisees were so excited because they thought they had him.  He wouldn’t answer, they moved their bishop to the proper place to put the king in checkmate.  Gameover.  But then He opens his mouth and says something that made them think.  Only the people who had no sin could cast a stone.  Where did this come from?  What could they say to that?  They can’t throw a stone knowing they would be lying to everyone else and themselves.   The fact that the tabernacle still stood shows us that even the pharisees, the most righteous people had sin in their hearts.  But this statement wasn’t about that.  This was the first time Jesus put conviction in the hearts of the Pharisees.  And it was such a feeling, having to look inside yourself, and realize that standing before God in the flesh, daring you to tell Him that you have no sin in your life.  Even the great prophet Isaiah fell on his face before the Almighty God and said “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the middle of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts”.  Imagine for a moment the feeling of the pharisees.  They literally felt such a pain for their own soul that there was no way they could take the life of another.

The woman who is trembling for her life, hears the first rock fall to the ground.  The sound probably scared her.  She begins to cry as more and more stones are dropped.  And stands to see that everyone had left.   And her Savior stands and looks around and asks, “Where are your accusers now?  Has any man thrown a rock at you?”  And with a trembling voice, she replies “No my Lord.”  And as a Father who forgives his child, He said “then neither do I condemn thee.”  This was the same GOD who told Moses to write the law for the woman to be stoned. Deut 22:22: “If a man is discovered committing adultery, both he and the woman must die. In this way, you will purge Israel of such evil.” But now Grace had come and ran to aid the woman.  Mercy had to abound.  And now God says, You are forgiven.  And the kicker, she never asked for forgiveness.  This was the one time God showed TRUE mercy.  The one time God showed his unconditional love not just toward Christians but Sinners too.

Now to apply this story for us today.

The woman is the sinner.  But that sinner can sometimes be  a member of your church could be that woman.  Or a thug on the streets.  Or the girl who wears skimpy clothes and attracts all the guys.  Maybe is the homeless drunk on the side of the interstate.  Maybe a co-worker, a friend, or even a family member.  And it seems like most Churchs is the pharisees today.

But oh how the Pharisees are so much better then this generation of Christians.  The people of the church today would throw them stones in a heart beat.  Thinking they are more holy then that filthy sinner.  Though they preach sinners must be saved, but in reality when a sinner approaches, or is cast down in front of them, the first thing they do is pick up a stone and launch it at their prey.  Why is this?  Because they are without hope?  Because they could plant bad seed into the hearts of the Christians?  Because their different?  Or just because your self righteous attitude says that you are better then they?  Lets answer these questions.  Though you actually may be holier then they, Jesus didn’t die just for you.  He died for that adulterous woman too.

Maybe YOU are that sinner that has been cast down by others.  Cast out, or even just a free living sinner.  God wants you to know there is punishment of sins.  No it may not be getting stoned, but something far worse.  An eternity in Hell.  But Jesus sees you where you are.  And He hears your cries and the cries of your accuser, Satan.  But He is willing to ignore all of that mess if only you will to submit to Him.  He loves you so much He was willing to be cruicified for you.  And He wants you to love Him in return.

Jesus is crying out to you and ignoring your sins.  Regardless of what they are.  Stand up and see that your accusers are gone.  And run into the arms of your Savior.  And remember the last words He spoke to her, “Go and sin no more.”

John 3:16-17: For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Psalms 103:24 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

Hypocrites


The Final Masquerade

Today’s subject is on something that was chosen by voters on facebook.  One of the easiest things to teach about.  One of the easiest things to become angry about.  The easiest to find and see in the world today.  But mostly, the easiest to become.  When it comes to Hypocrites, people think they know everything about them.  But what they don’t realize they know nothing about them.  Let us first define the word Hypocrite.  Hypocrisy is an unconscious self-contradiction: a state  between one’s professed beliefs and feelings and one’s actual beliefs and feelings, or an application of a criticism to others that one does not apply to oneself.  Hypocrisy is like a father who beats his child with a belt for smoking, while holding a cigarette in his hand.  Or like a “Christian” who claims to be pro-life but yells at people to stop preaching at abortion clinics because it is pressing their beliefs on others.  Hypocrites are very common in the world today.  As a matter of fact, the majority of them are “Christians”.  

Hypocrisy is like a Masquerade mask.  You put on something beautiful and elegant on the outside, only to reveal another face underneath.  So take the following story, into consideration.

You enter in a big room where there is hundreds of people all wearing the most beautiful Masquerade masks.  They all tell you they are righteous people who have no sin, and they are beautiful and pure. but one by one as you unveil their true identity, the faces of every person is warped and twisted.  Dark and ugly.  Satanic even.   When God looks through the hearts of the Hypocrites, this is what He sees.  Masks, hiding a face full of sin.

Hypocrites are not only very annoying and ugly, but also very dangerous.  For years Hypocrites have ran Christians out of church and even out of faith.  New christians go to church and realize that the people who attend don’t practice what they preach.  After that the christians get so confused on what the Word really teaches that they either get burnt out of church or they themselves inherit the spirit of Hypocrisy.  Or when Pastors and Teachers preach holy living for years, and turn around and have affairs and come out to be homosexual.  When Christians go to church they have people they rely on and trust.  They need these influences to build their faith and to keep them strong.  Without which they fall under the temptations of this world.  And when they find out that those Pastors or Teachers they once trusted, is now one of the biggest hypocrites, it burns people out.  It literally drains their spirit.   So what now?  You have Christians who ultimately get  burnt out of Church and Faith.  That would make their blood on the hands of the Hypocrites. 

But what does the Word say about Hypocrites?  Rev. 3:16 says  “So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.”  This is actually saying it is better for you to be an open sinner, than a false saint.  Because as an open sinner you only hurt yourself.  But as a false saint, you hurt others around you.  Do hypocrites go to hell like any other sinner?  Yes.  Yes they do.  Job 13:16 says “He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” So as a warning to all who read this, be sure your not found guilty of such a hideous crime.

The bible says in Matt 7:5 “You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye.”  Jesus tells us that we must first cleanse ourselves before we judge others or else we are those Hypocrites.

1 Tim 3:7 says “Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”  Paul tells us here that if we have a good report (a good reputation without sin), So while we preach or teach  to others, we must make sure that we are without sin to avoid being a lukewarm Hypocrite who will continue to be the reason of burning Christians out of church and faith and finding their blood on our hands.

Isaiah 32:6 For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

Isaiah 32.6 “Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.”

Ezekiel 33:31-32 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Job 27:8-9 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?

Proverbs 11:9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Evangelism 102


 

So Mr. Evangelist, it seems like after reading Evangelism 101 you find yourself in a tricky situation.  You find that once you have become a Christian, it is pretty easy to talk to people about your Christian life.  But it seems that there are some that are a little stubborn and just won’t listen when you ask them to accept Jesus as THEIR savior.  In this blog we will discuss different solutions to try in these unfortunate circumstances.

You have a friend, or family member, or just someone you care about, who doesn’t know Jesus.  But you have an urgency in your heart to show them the light so that they too can be saved and not eternally damned to a forever lake of fire.  It’s only normal to feel this urgency.   As a matter of fact, MOST Christians don’t feel that urgency, but people like Jesus, Peter, and Paul felt this urgency and even told us to feel the urgency because the Lord is returning soon.  But your friend or family member doesn’t want to listen.  They change the subject or avoid it all together.  What do you do?  For most people my advice would be: “Follow God’s Instructions”.   But for those that are unlearned I will discuss what to do in these times.

  1. Don’t Stop.  The Bible says in Isaiah 62:1 “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.” Think on this a min. before continuing and get in this mindset.  I will not stop, or keep quiet, or silent until Jesus returns and the world sees her salvation.  We’re not there yet.  And until that day comes, Do Not Stop! Don’t stop preaching, Don’t stop witnessing, Don’t stop praying, Don’t stop inviting them to church.  If you stop, they win. Satan wins.  Isaiah had the mindset of urgency by proclaiming I WILL NOT STOP PREACHING UNTIL TIME COMES TO AN END!
  2. Love them.  You may be the only Jesus that person will see.  So make sure that you never quit showing them love.  God’s love.  The bible says in Romans 5:8 God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus loves them EVEN THOUGH that person is a sinner.  Jesus loves them even when they reject Him.  But when the time comes when they must meet Him face to face on Judgment day, God will say “I don’t know you, depart from me you doer of iniquity.”  So we must make sure we show them the same love so that they know we don’t want to give up on them.  And that there is a God who loves them too.
  3. Pray.  Prayer is one of the only ways of communication to God.  So pray that the Lord will convict their heart so they may see they need Jesus more than anything.  Continue to pray that the Lord tells you exactly what to say and do.  The bible says Matthew 10:19 Do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. This means that know that Jesus is with you and He will tell you what to say.  Because another way God communicates with us, is through His word.  The bible.  So read His word daily to be prepared for times like these.  When the time comes, pray that the Lord reminds you of His words.  To give you wisdom and knowledge so that you can get through to this person.  A combination on prayer for wisdom, and prayer for the other person to feel convicted and open their heart is the best way to approach.  Note: This is a must!!!
  4. Show and tell.  Quit tell them what God CAN do, and start showing them what God HAS done through YOUR testimony.  Your testimony may be the BEST testimony for this situation.  Use it.  If you discuss what God has done in the past, such as He made the earth and trees, they will just try to argue evolution.  So don’t get on the path on comparison between God and their beliefs.  Stay on God’s mercy and grace on Your life, and what He CAN do in theirs.
  5. Shake the dust off.  The bible says in Mark 6:11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” This does not mean “give up”.   This simply means, don’t let it get to you.  But don’t fret about something to much and surround your life around that one person.  Because you have work that needs to be done else where too.  Keep inviting them, keep praying, keep preaching, keep loving and keep telling them of what God has done for you, but don’t be discouraged because they still reject it.  There is not much more you can do.  You must leave them to their fate.  Because when one rejects Christ, they have no salvation.  And warn them of their future for chosing to reject Him.
  6. Remind them of their future.   If all else fails, tell them what they have to look forward to.  They story of Lazaras and Abraham tells us of the torture we can face in hell Luke 16:23-24 and in Hell, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ Remind them if they don’t come to Christ, then they will face the same fire.  Remind them that they will be eternally burning in the lake of fire asking for death but won’t be able to find it.

6 Easy steps to take and remember when faced with a problem of rejection towards Jesus.  Dont stop, show them love, pray for them, show them your testimony.  When these things don’t work, then you must shake the dust off your feet and remind them of their future.  Leave them with their decision.  Sometimes if you push, they will feel intimidated and run.  So don’t push.  Instead love.  And remember that the work that you are performing here, is the greatest work you can do for Jesus.  Because the greatest miracle in God’s eyes is bringing a lost soul to Him.  And the number one priority in the Christian works is soul saving.

But always remember this, You can not save a lost soul. You can only show them the way to salvation.  It is their choice wether they want to proceed down that path or not.  Your job is not to convince them of anything, but only to SHOW!!! If you try to do God’s job instead of your own, then things will not work the way you want.  Because its not about what you want.  Its about what God wants and what that person needs.  So may God bless you on your daily walk with Christ.  Now go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that Jesus has commanded you. And behold, He is with you always, to the end of the age.”

Get Out Of Jail Free Card


Eternal Salvation

Well, I guess it is time to discuss the topic that everyone is afraid of.  Do I have eternal security?  Or Can I lose my salvation?  This is a very touchy topic so I want to go over this with not just my words, but with prayer and God’s word.  This blog is called Pentecost Perceiver because I believe that the bible is verbally inspired by God Himself.  And while God speaks to me through His word, it is my job as a divinely anointed preacher to spread His word to you.

1.) Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.

Lets take a look at this verse real carefully.  He became the author of “eternal salvation” (not eternal security) unto all that obey him. What this teaches us, is when Jesus died on the cross, we can be saved for eternity if we choose.   If we want the salvation, we must OBEY him.  If we as Christians, do not obey his law and commandments, then we shall lose our salvation and spend eternity in hell.  The bible tells us in Proverbs 28:4 “To reject the law is to praise the wicked…” and 1 john 3:8 says “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning…” This tells us it don’t matter if you are a sinner or a Christian, if you sin, you praise the one who sinned since the beginning.   Continue to read in 1 john 3 and start your own study.

2.)  Hebrews 10   (The new covenant)   Some say that this new covenant says Christ died once, for all of our sins.  Past, Present, and Future.  Though this is true to an extent, they blow it out of proportion and change it to something that satisfies them.    The verse used here is mainly verse 14.  “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” But if they continue to read the WHOLE chapter, they will find the reference to the old Mosaic law.  That speaks of people having to give an animal sacrifice every year that didn’t cleanse them of their sin, but merely reminded the people of them.  These offerings would never take away their sins.  But when Jesus came and spilled his blood, He cleansed them all of their sins.  And His blood that was spilled will be offered to mankind until the end of days.

In order to be saved the bible says that we must:

  • Believe He died on the cross to free us from sins, and that He was buried and Rose from the grave.
  • Confess our sins and call upon His name, and accept Him as our Savior
  • Come with a repentant heart.  (Repent means to turn away or change from)

When we accept Jesus as our Savior (keyword accept), Then we are cleansed from our sins.  But just as Lot’s wife in the old testament,  When God told her not to look back at her sinful and shameful life, she turned her eyes off of God and turned her eyes to her past.  God immediately destroyed her.   This was old testament so there was no second chance.

And just as Peter in the new testament, When Jesus called him unto the water,  Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink, drowned and like Lot’s wife, be destroyed.  But this time with a new covenant, Peter had a second chance.  He called upon the name of the Lord and cried “Save Me!”  Peter, who was at this time a disciple, was being destroyed by the one who called him unto the water because Peter failed to keep his eyes on God.   The bible tells us in Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm. If we don’t hold firm to God’s laws and commandments then we fall short of the Glory of God.  We will waver, we will sink, we will drown, and we will be destroyed.  By the devil?  No.  But by the One who wrote your name down in the Lambs book of Life.   Because He will also blot it out.

3.) Some of those that believe in eternal security say that if a Christian was to die and go to hell, they were never saved to begin with.  Thus they couldn’t have lost their salvation.  Well lets take a look at the verse I have for that.  Galations 5:1 Tells us that Christ has truly set us free.  And to make sure that we STAY free and not to be “tied up again”.  In vs 4 he says If we try to make ourselves right with God by keeping the law, that we have fallen away from Christ.  It is so easy to undo what God has given you at the time of your salvation.  Now don’t get me wrong when I say undo what God has done.  God can undo your salvation but that does not mean we are “un-forgiven”.  Eph 1:7 says that God can never un-forgive anyone.   But He also does not forgive sins not yet committed.   “If” any man sin, he is in need of an Advocate (1 John 2:1-2). If one fails to seek reconciliation with God after they have sinned, and continues in that sin unrepentant, there remains no more sacrifice for their sins (Heb. 10:26; 1 Jn. 1:9). God does not “un-forgive” anything. It is our failure to receive forgiveness by refusing to turn to God for that forgiveness.  The redemption is for past sins only (Romans 3:25). Upon the condition of believing, (v.26), and faith, (v.28). If you refuse to lay hold of redemption through belief and faith, by rejecting it through unbelief and lack of faith; it is not God who “un-redeems” you, but your rejection of that redemption.

4.) Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Now lets look at this verse.  Many will find that broad and wide gate because they believe they are eternally secure and not concerned about the Lords commandments.  But someone who decides to live a holy and humble life for God can walk the strait and narrow on the path of righteousness.   It is difficult because of the problems and temptations we face.  But as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus as Peter did, then we can walk on water strait toward Jesus and into righteousness.   The bible also says in Matthew 24:12-13 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. This tells us that sin is everywhere.  But those who decide to walk the strait and narrow through out their WHOLE life, will be saved.  If you can’t remain faithful to God by not committing sin, then God will not remain with you.  The bible even says in Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who calls out to me ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Only those who actually do the will of my Father in Heaven will enter. This tells us that we can call ourselves Christians all we want.  We can go to church, pay tithes, and what have you, but it means nothing unless you actually obey him and follow his commandments.  And I’m not just talking about the 10 commandments listed in Exodus.  I will post another blog on commandments later.

5.) Now let us look at Luke 13:22-30

Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem.  Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He replied,  “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.  When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us!’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’  And he will reply, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you come from. Get away from me, all you who do evil.’ “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out.  And people will come from all over the world, from east and west, north and south, to take their places in the Kingdom of God. And note this: Some who seem least important now will be the greatest then, and some who are the greatest now will be least important then.”

Jesus tells us here that in order to enter God’s kingdom we must “Work Hard”.  Many will try to enter thinking their saved.  Only because they thought they were eternally secure.  And you will stand outside his door pleading and begging God to let you in but since there is sin in your heart, He will tell you “I don’t know who you are.”  And again you will plea “But I went to church, I pay tithes, I was part of communion and even PREACHED the gospel.”  But since their is STILL sin in your heart, God will tell you again, “I don’t know you, GET AWAY FROM ME YOU WHO DO EVIL!.”  And you WILL be sent to an eternity in hell.  It’s easy to see that Jesus tells Christians that when we sin, we can not enter in the kingdom of God.

6.)  But what about the phrase “We ALL sin EVERYDAY?!”  Its technically not true.   Remember when I discussed 1 John 3?  It also says in this scripture on verse 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. This means that a Christian CAN NOT SIN UNLESS HE CHOOSES TOO!  If you life your life in Christ, your not sinning.  If you COMMIT sin, then you are of the devil and you must repent of THAT sin to be saved or else THAT sin will consume you.  If you reject your salvation that Christ has given you, then Christ will reject you.

7.)  The last thing I am going to discuss is what Jesus tells us about people who preach eternal security.  It says  Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. The one known as “The Deceiver” is Satan.  This is recorded in Genesis when he deceived Eve into disobeying God.  Satan tells Eve in Genesis 3:4 that if she disobeyed God, she shal not surely die.  But be as God.  The preachers that deceive us into believing in Eternal Security tell us that if we sin today, we shall NOT surely die (lose our salvation) if we sin, or eat of the world’s fruit, but be as God.  (Holy without sin and forever without sin.)  The eternal security doctrine teaches No matter what we do, or who we are,  we will still go to heaven.  Or else you were never saved to begin with.  And this teaching is a lie.  It is a “Get out of jail free card.”  It is to let Christians think they can get away with almost anything.    This teaches death, instead of life.  And if you have been thinking you can do whatever you want and still go to heaven.  Think again.  You are headed for an eternity in hell because you CHOOSE to disobey the bibles CLEAR instructions on daily Christian living.  This is truth.  But even if you still believe in eternal security then I have to ask you a question.  If I’m wrong, what does it hurt me?  I’m going to heaven regardless.   But what if your wrong?   Do you want to take that chance?  Study the new covenant in Hebrews 10 and study 1 John 3.   Studay the Lords commandments and the gospels of what happens to those who disobey him.  Still think your secured?  Because you “Get out of jail free card, has been void this whole time.”

Christianity 101


Christianity

What is Christianity?  What does it take to be a Christian?  Why should I be a Christian?

Have you ever asked these questions?  Even for people who are Christians, need to be reminded on what a Christian is, and what being a Christian is all about. As a matter of fact, they are the ones who need it the most. This blog isn’t just for non-Christians, but for Christians too.  Being a Christian is far more then what people believe it is.  It is not a religion.  Its a relationship. Take notes people because what I will be discussing in the new category “Christianity 101” I am going to talk about things that you will need to be reminded of, and remind others.  I will say things that some Christians would dare not say lest they be persecuted by the public. I will bring the truth out that will offend, non-Christians and Christians alike.  I will give advice, and I will share the orders that Jesus shared with us.  But mostly in Christianity 101 I will teach.  However I will put more prayer, and meditation on this blog, I will take more time with this blog, so you will not see as many posts.

Let us get back to the main topic at hand.

I noted before that Christianity is not a Religion.  But a relationship.  It is an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. It is being married to Him.  Communing with Him or being ONE with Him.  The word Christian means being Christ Like.  The word Christian is such a powerful word that most people put the word to shame.  Being Christ like is everything He done, you should do.  Everything He taught, you should teach.  When people persecuted Him, He let them and just prayed for them.  When people crucified Him, He didn’t damn the world of their sins, but forgave the world.  He was a servant to all, and loved all.  Do you really think you are like that?

Lets look at the love of Jesus.

Some say “Well I love everyone but I may not like a few people.”  or “I hate our president!”, “I hate Muslims”, “I hate murderers and theives”.  But what we don’t realize is Jesus said the Greatest Commandment (Note: Commandment is singular and not plural) of all is Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as I have loved you.  The bible tells us that He loved us enough to die for the whole world.  That means in order to be a Christian, we must feel and be willing to do the same thing.  Even for the president, the Muslims, murderers, and thieves and etc.  He washed the sinners feet, He showed compassion to adulterers, He judged with a loving manner, and He never turned people away.  Now don’t be confused.  The bible also says that the Christians should not have fellowship with the sinners.  That means, As a Christian, if you hang out with sinners, to others you look like one of them.   Don’t fellowship with them don’t hang out with them.  But lead them.  Be with them to show them the light and only to do so.  Jesus tells us to go out into the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  That means we are not supposed to be of this world.  We are separate from the sinners.  But we need to go to them, to see them to the light.  Christians lose a lot of old friends but they gain many more.   The reason for this is because not everyone accepts Jesus.  And if they don’t accept Him, then they won’t accept you.  But the bible tells us that if our eye is destroying our body, pluck it out (Eye being a friend here.) Because its better for the eye to perish then the whole body be cast in the fires of hell.  Jesus tells us to separate ourselves from our non-Christian friends, lest we have the same fate as they.

Lets look at the power of Jesus

God is Terrible. His power is unlimited.  But He gave us power over all sicknesses and diseases.  He tells us in his word “These things I have done, you will do greater”.  Jesus loved the people who were sick.  Not disgusted by them.  He helped the people with diseases.  Not shun them in fear of catching what they had.  Jesus tells us that we should lay hands on people to heal them.  His power is linked with His love.  He heals, because He loves.  We must heal because we love.  If we don’t love the person like Jesus loves them how can we expect to heal them?

Being a Christian is more then a truth to believe in.  A song writer once said, Its a truth that lives, moves, and breathes.  It is the very essence of joy and peace.

But I want to answer the three questions I have at the beginning.

1. What is Christianity? Christianity is a relationship.  It means Christ Like.  Being like Christ.    Jesus heals so we must heal.  Jesus loves so we must love.  Jesus died so we must die.  (Put off the new man and put on the new.  Becoming a new creature.  Being born again.)  Jesus preached so we must preach.  Jesus was Holy so we must be Holy.

2. What does it take to be a Christian? It takes forgiveness. It takes truly believing that Jesus died and rose again from the dead.  It takes asking Jesus to come into your heart.  It takes sacrifice.  It takes a leap of faith.  And I won’t lie.  Sometimes it can be hard.  It takes courage and you must be willing to Repent. Repent means changing from your sins.  It takes giving up an old lifestyle.  It takes reading your bible and praying daily.  It takes loyalty and commitment.  It takes being fully consumed in God, so that God can be fully consumed in you.

3. Why should I be a Christian? So you can spend eternity with God in heaven, and not an eternity in hell.  God has unlimited powers.  Does that not sound like the kind of person you want on your side when you are having trouble?  You should be a Christian for the joy.  When you accept Jesus as your Savior you have an overwhelming joy come over you.  You should be a Christian for the peace.  When hard times come, you know that there is an Omnipotent God (all powerful), by your side and you know there is no need to fear.  If you think you want a life where there is safety and refuge, where there is peace and joy, where there is always an almighty God by your side.

Christianity is a lifestyle.  A Choice.  A Relationship

Christianity 101