Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The True Gospel Message hurts me...

When people go through life being spoiled it takes its toll on them.  You want a banana?  Go get one!  You want a new TV?  Let's get you a Big Screen TV.  You want a bike?  Let me buy you a brand new convertible mustang!  Or let's take it a step further.

You better stop what you are doing or else!  I'm going to count to three.  One, two, now come on, please stop what you are doing.  I'm going to put you in the corner for time-out.  On the count of three, I am going to do it.  One, two, please, please stop doing what you are doing.  It hurts me more than it hurts you to do this.  I don't want to have to punish you.  Please stop.  One, two........

Does that sound familiar?  It is sad and true that it happens everyday.  No discipline whatsoever.  Spoiled little children who grow up thinking the world owes them a living and crying FOUL if they do not get what they want.

This attitude has come into todays modern church.

1. sex outside of marriage
2. drinking in bars
3. tattoo's covering their bodies after paying God's money to people doing the devils work
4. hard rock and roll music promoting drinking and the devil
5. church hopping looking for a church that will condone a certain lifestyle
6. filthy language being used in a church
7. God's word not being preached, in fact, bibles are optional in church as most don't bring their own to church with them.  Their bibles are not opened at home and read.
8. If God's Word is preached, it is watered down to make sin sound like something in the 18th century and not meant for todays society.
9. preachers have earrings, tattoos, torn jeans and a very casual shirt to look cool.
10. motorcycles being driven in the sanctuary
11. magicians invited to perform in church
12. free gas cards given to new visitors
13. Starbucks and donuts served during worship
14. promises of getting rich if you give money to the church
15. people rolling around on the floor laughing and speaking in tongues
16. faith healers fooling the masses
17. women pastors
18. gay pastors
19. pastors refusing to preach against sin
20. grace, grace, grace with no mention of hell, sin and the need to repent of sins
21. false teachers, false prophets abounding

The list goes on and on...

When God's Word is truly preached.  ALL of it, you will find people who have spoiled themselves with false teachings will cry the loudest when you preach against sin and the need for holiness and righteousness.  They will cry out when you mention that we are to be separated from the world. To come out of the world.  To put on the new man and become a new creature in Christ Jesus.  They will cry that it is not biblical to preach hell-fire.  They do not want to hear it.  Why?  Because deep inside, they know they are headed for hell and they do not want to be reminded about it.  Without repentance they will die in their sins and go to hell.  Todays church is just like the one that was prophesied about in the bible.  People will fall away from the faith.  The gospel message has become so watered down that it is all about entertainment.  Unless the people are entertained, they do not want the message.  They want to live in their sins.

Money -- it ALL belongs to God.  Show discernment in how you use it!  If your money is used for self and not for God, you need to change attitudes.  If you pay money to support someone doing the devils work, then you have just exposed where your allegiance lies!

Body -- it belongs to GOD!  It is HIS.  Honor it.  Don't mark it up with ink.  You are wonderfully made, why ruin it by making your body ugly with markings, especially when the person putting it on you is doing the devils work.  People put names of dead babies on their arms and they are doing EXACTLY like the pagans found in Leviticus. 

Worship -- belongs to GOD.  It should HONOR HIM and not self.  Being in a church that plays hard rock music in not honoring God.  Playing the "Devil Went Down To Georgia" as a worship song shows EXACTLY who is being worshipped and it is not GOD.  Playing "I Can't Drive 55" which is a song about breaking the laws is not a worship song for GOD, it is worshipping the devil and his works.

And people will CRY that you MUST ONLY PREACH GRACE.

We all sin and come short of the glory of God.  But that does not give us license to openly sin.  When we openly sin without repentance and without a desire to be right with God then His Judgment will come down on them when they die.  A true preacher of God's Word will warn the people.  We are called to sound the trumpet of impending danger and if we do not do that, then their blood will be on our hands, but if we do sound the trumpet and they still die in their sins, then their blood will be upon themselves and not on us.

We must preach on hell, sin, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.  God's Wrath and God's Grace must BOTH be preached.  If you only want to hear one side then you are harming yourself.  Grow in God's Word.  Get away from false teachers, false prophets and any other men (or women) who will try to lead you astray.  The devil has gotten hold of men and has them masquerading around like they are men of God, all the while, they are out to deceive even the very elect.  Beware of false prophets!  Beware!

The True Gospel Message is a sweet sound and is not burdensome to the person who truly wants to know Jesus.  They will understand their need for a Saviour and will NEVER fall away!  And yet, there are churches out there that are enticing young people into their churches.  Not because they truly preach God's Word, but because they offer an entertainment environment and will hide the fact that they worship the devil.  Remember this -- any church that plays the DEVIL WENT DOWN GEORGIA, I guarantee, that church does not KNOW and WORSHIP Jesus Christ.  They put on a false front.  The blind fall for it hook, line, and sinker!  I pray your eyes are opened to the truth of God's HOLY WORD!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Pollutions of the World...

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.  2 Peter 2:20-22

Why does a sow that was washed return to wallowing in the mire?  Because that is its very nature.  It's what it does as a sow.  We look at scripture that says a dog is turned to his own vomit and we think, "that is gross and disgusting!"  And yet, for the person who says, "Look at me, I am saved!" and yet he returns to his old life style with no regards for His Lord.  He loves his sin and does not hate it like he should.  His sinning should make him sick, it should turn him back to the Lord crying out for forgiveness and yet, he enjoys his sin.  After being told about our Lord and Saviour, he cries out "Yes, Lord, I believe!" and then with his eyes wide open he goes about sinning with no regrets.  It would have been better for him to not have ever heard of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Judgment will come down on him in a most terrible way if he does not repent of his sins.  In a fire, it is not the fire that kills people, it is the smoke.  They breath in the smoke and it chokes them to death.  Do you breath in iniquity?  Do you drink it down like water?

Now don't miss this important part of the verses above.  It does not say that they are again entangled therein, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  It has two words in there  "and overcome."  In other words "to be conquered" by it.  We all sin, which means that even after becoming a Christian, we will have times where we fall.  But we get back up!  We are more than conquerors, NIKE, we are victorious!  but for the person that is not saved, he is conquered by sin and is even more entangled in it than before.

Where do you stand today with Christ?  Are you living in your sins?  Do you have a grip on it.  Are your eyes focused on Jesus Christ?  Have you lost your focus? 

Get yourself right with Jesus today.  Fall on your knees and repent of your sins.  Give your burdens to the Lord and allow Him to lead you in the ways of righteousness. 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.  Philippians 4:8

If you feel yourself being led by the devil to return to the vomit so to speak, take God's Word to heart.  Think about those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtue and praise, think on these things.   There is no temptation so strong that you can't resist it -- UNLESS OF COURSE, YOU LOVE YOUR SINS!  And if that is the case, then you are like the sow that returns to the mire.  You do so because it is your nature to sin.

Jesus Christ has given you a new nature.  Become born again and experience a new life in Christ Jesus.  You'll be glad you did!  You will be eternally glad you did! 

May God's love lift you up today!