Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thank you for stopping by!!

You might have come here under the idea that this site is full of judgmental people who haven't got a clue what being a Christian is all about.

Let's set the record straight.

All you will find here is the proclamation of the Word of God. You see, when sin and repentance are preached, some people (non christians) get offended. They think they are the ones who know who Jesus is. It's not just about knowing who Jesus is...

it's about putting your faith and trust in Him as your Lord and Savior.
it's about acknowledging your sins and repenting of them.
it's about being obedient to God's Word
it's about fulfilling the Great Commission.

What this site will not do is...
present a false teaching
present a half-sided account of who Jesus is.
present the fallacy that the Bible is filled with errors.
all deceptive practices about who the commenter is (such as creating a sense of false identity -- which only recently "what?" finally put a name to her account)
allow rude, sarcastic comments that do not glorify God -- persons will be blocked (whether you are a pastor, priest, layperson), it does not matter!

What you can expect to find here is the Law of God presented with a call to repentance. Those who do not repent of their sins are headed for hell.

It is not my desire to see anyone go to hell, so I am called to preach His Word, the Whole Word. Law to the proud and self-righteous person (many people fill the shoes on this one!) and grace to the humble.

I am a sinner saved by grace. But it took the Law of God to show me that I needed a Savior. I was a pastor that was not truly saved. I was still living in sin. I was still a slave to sin. Once the Law was presented to me, I saw how wretched I was and how I was headed for hell unless I did something. It was at that time that I cried out for Jesus to save me, to forgive me of all my sins and to make me a new creation. I repented of my sins for the first time and there will be no going back to the old self. The old self has died and I have put on the new self which is in Jesus Christ.

Today's contemporary and sometimes, very liberal, churches are only teaching one side of the coin. They teach about the wonderful grace of God. They teach that God is love and there are many churches and pastors who have mistakenly read the Bible to believe that ALL will go to heaven. The Bible teaches us the few will enter, narrow is the way and wide is the road that leads to destruction.

So it is imperitive that we preach the whole message, the whole gospel message.
Do you think you are going to heaven because you prayed the sinners prayer? No where in the Bible does it tell us to pray a prayer to be saved! No where!

Do you think you are saved because you say you believe in Jesus?
even the Devil believes and trembles!

Your belief must be more than just a mere acknowledgment of who Jesus is.
Your belief is better termed "trust" in Jesus.
Do you trust that Jesus is the Messiah?
Do you trust that Jesus died on the cross for our sins?
Do you trust that Jesus is the Son of God?
Do you trust that Jesus is God and is eternal?
Do you trust all that Jesus said in the Word's found in the Bible?

If you do, then the obvious (although not obvious to the lost) is that you will be obedient to His Word.
If He tells us to repent of our sins, we do it!
If He tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, we do it!
If He tells us and gives us examples of how to pray, we understand it and do it.
Our Father, which art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
in earth as it is in heaven...

What is "thy will be done?"
What is God's Will?

Ephesians 1:9 says,
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

and what is the mystery of his will?
Ephesians 1:10 says,
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:

We are to bring people to Christ. The Great Commission is part of that calling for His will.

The apostle Paul said he had not known what sin was but by the Law.
The Law acts as our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.
in Psalms it says, the Law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul.
What is perfect converting the soul. The Bible says, the Law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul.
In Romans it says that the Law will shut the mouth of the proud, self-righteous person so that all the world may become guilty before Him.

We preach God's Law because unless we know and realize that we are sinners headed for hell, we will perish.
Have you ever told a lie (or been deceptive)? what does that make you? a liar
Have you ever stolen anything, regardless of the value? what does that make you? a thief
Have you ever looked with lust at another person? what does that make you? an adulterer.
Most everyone has to admit that they are a lying, thief and an adulterer at heart and if we were to stand before God we would be found guilty of breaking His Commands. There must be punishment for our sins. We would be headed for hell.

But, what did God do for you so you wouldn't have to go to hell?
He sent his Son, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, to die on the cross for each one of us. He took the punishment upon Himself so that we would not have to bear that pain.

Will just saying you believe in Jesus and you asked him to forgive you be enough for you to not go to hell? NO!

We must believe in Jesus, but like I said earlier, that belief must have action with it. Through our belief, we will be obedient to God's Word. God says that we need to repent of our sins. Without repentance, there is no salvation.

If you are still living in your sins, if you have not died to self yet, then you are not saved, you can be sure of that!

Put your faith and trust in Jesus to save you.
Repent of your sins and be obedient to His Word.
Walk with Him with the love that He displayed on the cross for you and for me.

It is true love in Christ, that will tell people what they most need to hear. They are headed for a cliff and about to fall off. You must tell them that danger is ahead. They will realize that it was love that motivated you to say that to them.

People are headed for hell and if you just ignore it and only present one side of the gospel to them, that is not love. They will still be headed for hell. True love will speak repentance and God's grace.

Who are you following?
The Great Deceiver, the Devil?
or God?

you might want to consider this question if you have been linked here from some hate-filled sites!

10 comments:

speaking_as said...

Today's contemporary and sometimes, very liberal, churches are only teaching one side of the coin.

And there in, is the problem. Liberalism.

God bless you, Brian. If only every voice in the world showed as much sense and worship as yours.

pastorbrianculver said...

Do you ever notice how the devil will disguise himself sometimes? you know what I mean?

Tim Brown said...

Yup, I know precisely what you mean. And the nuts don't fall far from the trees, either.

speaking_as said...

In this day and age, the disguise is barely needed, when you look at the God-less society we live in. His influence and corruption is all around us, at EVERY level of society. Education, politics, "entertainment," our own homes, and, most frightening of all, the Church. The carefree, touchy feely "God loves everyone even if you are a sinner, or a false convert, or a sodomite, or a liberal," preaching and sermons are doing the devils handiwork, IN the house of God!!! None of us are free from sin, NONE of us, by virtue of the fact that we're forced to toil in it every day.
Listen to what Brian (and hopefully, YOUR pastor says) Repent! Put your trust and faith in Jesus Christ. Because, "too late" is rapidly creeping up on us!

pastorbrianculver said...

thank you speaking as! People don't realize that some pastors are doing the Devils work within the church walls. I have had people talk about me and my blog and they think I am obsessed with hell. I am not obsessed with it, I am worried that some readers are headed there and I am going to do whatever I can do to help them find their way to God. It is so obvious and yet so subtle sometimes too when Satan comes knocking on your door. If we stay in God's Word and don't just interpret it to mean what we want it to mean, we will be able to spot satanic influences! Like Tim said, there are people who are like their father the Devil. Their actions imitate him and so the saying applies, the nut doesn't fall far from the tree!

Tim Brown said...

I don't know if I'd say that the problem is so much about "Liberalism" as it is rebellion.

Rebellion of the heart rejects the authority of the scriptures. Liberalism is just the fruit of a rebellious heart.

Liberalism attacks the authority of the Scriptures, attacking the its inerrancy, authority and perspicuity (clarity). Liberal theologians and movements basically ask "Did God really say...?" just as the devil did in the Garden of Eden.

But it all goes back to rebellion, which is the root that goes all the way back to when Lucifer fell and became the devil we battle against today.

Good point though, and I appreciate what you had to say.

Tim Brown said...

"In this day and age, the disguise is barely needed,"

Reminds me of the old Keith Green song, "Satan's Boast":

Here are the lyrics.

Anonymous said...

I think the "old" liberal churches were not as dangerous as this new rage in contemporary evangelism which is all about "cultural sensitivity and finding new ways to preach the old gospel. Ultimately all that matters is the glory of God. Restoring sound doctrine concerning the nature of conversion is foundational to being a church that brings God the glory He deserves!

Rich

pastorbrianculver said...

and what you find is that contemporary evangelism, is not really evangelism at all. It is nothing more than friendship-making for the purpose of bringing people into a church!

Jessie said...

Speaking_as said.... "The carefree, touchy feely "God loves everyone even if you are a sinner, or a false convert, or a sodomite, or a liberal," preaching and sermons are doing the devils handiwork, IN the house of God!!!"

Though I don't see the word "liberal" in the Bible, that made me think. Because if you think about it... liberal ideology (today's liberal ideology) is pretty much everything the Bible is against (helping the lazy, being pro-choice, being pro-gay marriage, etc.).

I know so many people who are EXTREMELY pro-life, but they ALWAYS vote for one who is pro-choice. It makes no sense!!!