Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“This world is not my home I'm just a passing through,
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore.

We read it, perhaps we have sung it in times past, but how many truly believe it.? “Christian” principles and godly teachings have become anathema in many churches as the world with all its glitz and glamour has a tighter grip on far too many within the church today. How many have  settled in, made this world their home and are content in their surroundings?

Oh Lord You know I have no friend like You
If heaven's not my home then Lord what will I do
The angels beckon me from heaven's open door
And I can't feel at home in this world anymore…”

“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4

Seeker friendly, gay friendly, tolerant, adapting communication style to any audience in order to be relevant. “People have real needs that can be met via social media. Fulfill the Great Commission by engaging the culture around you. Forget about GOD and just concentrate on Jesus.” We are told the generation of our day is considered different than the generations before, so pastors and teachers must adjust their message to reach the world.

We must neither be too comfortable in this world, nor too friendly. Keeping ever a watchful eye toward the heavens …

and don’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A dear Jewish friend tells me I should no longer call myself “Christian.”

I was shocked and concerned that my Christian witness had been less than loving and kind to my non-believing friend until I realized what he was saying.

The RCC call themselves “Christian,” - he remembers the Crusades. Joel Osteen, Ken Copeland T.D Jakes…call themselves Christian yet teach another gospel than that found in scripture. The non-believing among us know these movers and shakers in the evangelical world and they want no part of Christianity or Christians. Mormons, JW consider themselves “Christian” yet clearly their beliefs are far from the teachings of Paul. My friend read of Senator Ted Cruz being booed “by Christians.” He watches the “Christian” world acting less than Christian and grows ever and ever more apprehensive toward Christians. My friend knows scripture, perhaps better than many professing "Christians." To say he does not trust Christians would be an understatement. My vain attempts at shedding light into his darkness seem to have gone nowhere. Quoting scripture, lengthy discussions have been ineffective in changing his mind. His mind is made up and there is nothing “I” can do.

It breaks my heart when I realize that it is those called by His Name who are the greatest hindrance to the spreading of the gospel message. For every true Bible believing Blood bought believer, for every follower of Jesus Christ there are scores that are Christian in name only.

But we are not without hope:

There are upwards of two billion professing Christians in the world, but the true church is minuscule compared to the number professing a biblical faith with little or no evidence to back up their claims. But the church does exist - Jesus promised in Matthew 16:18 “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

We must keep witnessing, sharing and standing on the promises of God.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

First the Charismatic "Christians" then the Jews and now....

The highest representative for Islam

"Pope Francis may be the most authoritative representative” of “spiritually sensitive” religious leaders in the world today."

Take a few minutes and read the following article..

Italy’s highest spokesman for Islam liked everything that Peres said.  Yahya Pallavicini, imam of the al-Wahid Mosque in Milan and vice president of the Islamic Religious Community of Italy praised Peres as “a man particularly inspired, combining Jewish faith with political experience. I fully agree” with his proposal to the pope, he said.

"Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction." 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Things are moving at such a rapid pace.  Much prayer is needed in the days and weeks ahead.  We must be alert and watchful that we will not fall into temptation as so many others appear to have done. 

May we His remnant shine ever brighter as the day approaches.

Keep standing on the promises of God.

Monday, September 8, 2014

I am saddened when I think how far the church has slipped from it moorings. Many vibrant churches have now become mosque or museums. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world followed by the RCC.

Interest in Biblical truths and the things of God is at an all time low, except where easy belief-ism, feel good sermons, tolerance and unity are heralded and embraced as truth.

"A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough." Galatians 5:9

Lakewood Church, Houston, TX, led by Victoria and Joel Osteen is the largest church in America, and its growing. Beth Moore continues to draw crowds at her pricey conferences. Ken Copeland is heralded as a leader of the Christian faith as he walks arm and arm with the RCC. Benny Hinn’ “healing” meetings flourish although no evidence of healings is or has ever been documented. Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, Rick Warren, Mike Bickle, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham and a host of others preach and teach contrary to scripture, embracing ecumenicalism, but few seem to notice or care. Tragically, with a lack of Biblical knowledge and interest in reading The Word in the church today, perhaps many do not even know the difference.

Paul wasn't wasting words when he said that "that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ" Ephesians 4:14-15

How often do we act as Berean’ and test sermons and teachings against the Scriptures?

As long as we live in this world, John's warning will always be needed: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world" 1 John. 4:1.

I fear Paul would not be well received in churches today, but then neither would/is Jesus.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Shimon Peres promote the Pope as the head of the New One World Religion.
Shimon Peres promote the Pope as the head of the New One World Religion.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has said that Pope Francis is more powerful than the United Nation when it comes to advocating peace.

While visiting the Vatican, Mr Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the “United Religions” to counter religious extremism in the world today.
Peres said the United Nations and its peacekeepers “do not have the force or the effectiveness of any one of the Pope’s homilies, which can draw half a million people just in St Peter’s Square alone.”
“So given that the United Nations has run its course, what we need is an organisation of United Religions,” Mr Peres said, as “the best way to counteract these terrorists who kill in the name of their faith.”
“What we need is an unquestionable moral authority who says out loud, ‘No. God doesn’t want this and doesn’t allow it,’” he added.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Where is our focus??

The Vatican says Jews are no longer the chosen people. Rick Warren reveals how he embraces the Roman Catholic religion and pushes for ecumenical unity. Victoria Osteen says worship for yourself, not for God. ISIS [IS] video tapes beheadings and kidnaps little girls. US continues to condemn Israel. The pope says the church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.

Does our dinner conversation center around the latest FoxNews headline, or The Word of God? Do we teach our children to look up, to pray for those in authority over us or look out to those making headlines today offering our bit of wisdom in the situation? Do they hear us grumble and complain about the latest breaking news or pray and intercede for the fallen and lost? Is our first line of defense to bow our head and take a knee if we hear of pastors and teachers falling into sin? Do we rehash the failures of the government or shake our heads in disbelief at the latest horrific actions of the Islamic faithful ?  

Wars and rumors of wars fill the airways. Barack Hussein Obama has no strategic plan to protect the U.S. or our allies from terrorist. Nor does our government even acknowledge the existence of terrorism or terrorist.

And on and on it goes.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3

Where is our focus?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow. 2 Samuel 23:5

This is not so much one promise as an aggregate of promises—a box of pearls. the covenant is the ark which contains all things. These are the last words of David, but they may be mine today. Here is a sigh: things are not with me and mine as I could wish; there are trials, cares, and sins. These make the pillow hard. Here is a solace—"He hath made with me an everlasting covenant." Jehovah has pledged Himself to me, and sealed the compact with the blood of Jesus. I am bound to my God and my God to me. This brings into prominence a security, since this covenant is everlasting, well ordered, and sure. There is nothing to fear from the lapse of time, the failure of some forgotten point, or the natural uncertainty of things. The covenant is a rocky foundation to build on for life or for death. David feels satisfaction: he wants no more for salvation or delectation. He is delivered, and he is delighted. The covenant is all a man can desire. O my soul, turn thou this day to thy Lord Jesus, whom the great Lord has given to be a covenant to the people. Take Him to be thine all in all.

Charles H. Spurgeon
Solace, Security, Satisfaction