Fri, Apr 12th - 6:41PM
There are Hollywood stars, and famous
singers among others who claim to be a special class of Christians, because
their father is or was a pastor. Sadly, many of these people have not stepped
in a church since they left home, and lead a life style just as carnal as
unsaved people do. Many have never read scripture, and some who have don’t hold
to the inerrant truth of scripture.
Certainly, no one wants to deny their
parentage and it is common to feel proud of one’s parents for many reasons.
However, the problem with this amongst Christians is that there are some who gain
entry into the ministry, merely based on heritage, without being properly
It is one thing to know that one is a
descendant of a pastor, or even godly parents, but the real question is whether
the person is a true Christian, and what evidence confirms this. Following in
the foot steps of one’s earthly father or parents is no guarantee that one is
following in the foot steps of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.
Interestingly, the Bible points out
by many examples that being born to godly parents, or pastors does not
automatically mean that a person is themselves godly or saved. Salvation does
not work that way.
The practice of putting people into
the ministry based on human heritage alone is error, and should be avoided. Having
a godly person as one’s parent should neither qualify or prevent a person from
entering the ministry if they feel so called by God.
Nevertheless, all who enter the
ministry are commanded by God to be a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ,
and obedient out of love for Him in practice publicly and privately.
The Bible is clear that salvation is
not passed on by natural birth, race or nationality, but by spiritual birth of
everyone who believes in and on Jesus Christ and obey Him. It is error and
presumption to claim some sort of elite spiritual status above all other Christians,
based on mere human parentage, race or nationality. Some who so claim are
irreverent and presume they have authority, in error. to change the gospel
message to make it relevant to the world, rarely say the name of Jesus Christ,
and do their uttermost to never address Him as Lord. Some even corrupt the
message of the cross and give it in a way that makes it appear wrongly that
those who receive Christ are doing God a favor, thereby making God to be a servant
of man and not man to be a servant, worshiper, and child of God to serve Him
above all men and every creature.
There are many other things that they
also do, and by their sloth the care of the flock is non-existent as they do
not foster growth amongst the people to help him by teaching them to care for
one another or even to know that they must.
This only addresses those for whom
the shoe fits. Thankfully, many in the ministry who are descendants of pastors
and godly parents, although thankful for it, nevertheless understand that it is
only through faith in Jesus Christ that they have entered into His kingdom,
never by works or human parentage.
us open our hearts and doors to those ministers who come with the true gospel
message through the door of faith in Jesus Christ. Let us be fully grounded in
the absolute authority of the Bible to test the spirits to discern truth from
Sun, Apr 7th - 2:18PM
THEM UP NOW WITHOUT DELAY!
fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Act 19:18 And many that believed came, and
confessed, and shewed their deeds. 19
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and
burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and
found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So mightily grew the word of God
arts and all books that contradict the inerrant truth of scripture are all
straight from the devil, and promoted by his evil false prophets. All kinds of
alarm bells should be going off in the minds of those who in error put their
trust of being saved based on the lies in these demonic books and usage of
you cannot burn them tear up the pages and throw them in the garbage, because
that is what they are sheer garbage. All of them credit a man, angel, thing,
idea, philosophy, or woman and their particular false doctrines. If anybody,
during your church or Bible studies, hands you their “special” book that
promotes some “brand or doctrine” not found in the Bible reject it. Throw away
all of their curious arts such as tokens, articles, bells, chimes, whistles, pieces
of cloths, images, special “anointing” oils, “special” worship paraphernalia etc.
a Bible believing church, if your church will not repent.
2Co 6:15 - And what concord hath
Christ with Belial? or what part
hath he that believeth with an infidel?
Sat, Sep 22nd - 5:39PM
THE BIBLE FORBIDS THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION BY WATER BAPTISM ALONE OR IN ADDITION TO FAITH IN CHRIST
Did Jesus Christ teach that anyone can be saved by water baptism alone or in addition to faith in Him?
Jhn 3: 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Jesus absolutely NEVER promoted water baptism as a means of salvation nor anything else in addition to faith in Him alone. He is speaking of the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer who has believed in His Name:
Mat 3:11 - I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Mar 1:8 - I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
JESUS CHRIST DID NOT NEED TO GET SAVED, WHY THEN WAS HE BAPTIZED?
Jhn 1:33 - And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
John had no clue as to who the promised Messiah would be or what he would look like. So God told John that a specific sign would identify the true Messiah.
The sole purpose of the baptism of Jesus Christ was to identify, confirm and to John that Jesus Christ indeed is the Messiah promised by God.
Jesus Christ baptized people as a sign of their faith in Him. If water baptism had any power of itself to save people Jesus Christ would have had no need to go to the cross. (Jhn 4:1When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
2(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
3He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.)
Jhn 7:38 - He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Jhn 7:39 - (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Act 1:5 - For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Act 11:16 - Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Tit 3:5 - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Jesus Christ absolutely never contradicts Himself for He is the sole Saviour appointed by God to save all who believe in Him alone.
Mt 3: 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
What then is the role of baptism in the life of a believer? Believers do not get water baptized to get saved. Believers get baptized in water after salvation because they are saved and show through it their public identity with Jesus Christ and His church. After salvation the obedient Christian follows the commands and standards set forth by God through the Bible correctly understood and obeyed publicly and privately.
have been encouraged and WARNED: Jhn 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
What should a person do if they have believed in error that they were saved through or in addition to water baptism, or saved by water baptism and faith in Jesus Christ.
Don’t leave your immortal soul in danger of hell fire!!!
Repent NOW and believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour who died on the cross and rose again to save you from all your sins and He will save and baptize you with the Holy Spirit washing you from all your sins and make you a new creation in Him.
Fri, Sep 21st - 2:00PM
FORGIVING OTHERS WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH?
Mat 18:21 - Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 - Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
These verses above are misinterpreted by some as stand- alone verses that falsely assert that forgiveness amongst believers is commanded by God whether the offender is repentant or not. Nothing could be further from the truth. Again, Jesus Christ said a great deal more than those verses concerning how we are instructed to forgive others or not grant it at all.
What about cases where a Christian secretly does wrong to another but is at some point caught by the one who is wronged? Here too the Bible gives Christians the right to confront and when warranted to seek restitution from the offender, with the God given authority of granting forgiveness and even forgoing seeking restitution if the offender repents.
Mt 18: 23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
THE WICKED SERVANT
Mt 18 28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
A wicked servant means one who consistently willfully serves wickedness as opposed to a good servant, one who consistently chooses to do the will of God. These are two separate kinds of servants there is no biblical combination of these two. One is either one or the other according to scripture. However, both are fully discernable by their fruit or consistent behavior and conduct.
What does the Bible teach about anyone claiming to be a Christian who knows the will of God concerning forgiving others, but unrepentantly never forgives another who repents of offenses towards them? The Bible is clear anyone who unrepentantly rejects the authority of scripture cannot be considered a Christian.
Repentance, we are commanded by God to understand, is much more than a person just saying I am sorry, but must also be shown in consistent godly behavior and conduct. Forgiveness too is much more than just saying I forgive you, but receiving the forgiven back in fellowship without continually throwing the past issue up in their faces. However, how far to trust them will be evidenced based, without condemnation, but with discernment.
Forgiveness is never to be offered to the willfully unrepentant. There is more to this issue regarding the Christian attitude on treating unbelievers who wrong them, please feel free to study this further on your own. Certainly, we bless our enemies and help them when it is wise to do so. Obviously, the non- believer who is actively acting out must be avoided, common sense would compel this. In fact, if anyone whether they are someone claiming to be a believer or not is acting out against any Christian, it must be stopped including avoiding them or if need be through the civil or criminal legal system as warranted.
No study is exhaustive, feel free to study further on your own. See Luk 18:7-8; Rom 12:19; Mat 18:7; Luk 17:1; Rom 16:17.
Wed, Sep 19th - 12:53PM
OTHERS WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH?
the young man released from prison whose family would not forgive him-first be
greatly assured that if you have believed in Jesus Christ the only Saviour all
of your sins are truly forgiven forever by God, whether or not your family
forgives you. However, before your family who knows you far better than me can
forgive you, they need assurances from you that you regret whatever pain and
difficulty you caused them and that you will show them by your changed
actions have consequences on earth. God gives the church full authority to
discipline its members and to exclude those who reject repenting of misconduct
in the church, whether it be to a brother or sister or church doctrine. No one
is above church discipline. No one is exempt from church discipline.
one can read our minds. If anyone believes another has offended them they have
to let the offender know:
does the Bible teach about cases where the offender is not made aware that they
have wronged another? The Bible gives us the steps or standards of confrontation, first go to the person privately, in love, rather
than sit around hurt and sulking or complaining to others: Mt. 18: 15Moreover if thy brother shall trespass
against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall
hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16But if he
will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the
mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17And if he
shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect
to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 18Verily I say
unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and
whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
might be something of a surprise to some but the Bible makes it clear that the
Christian and the church as a whole has God’s authority to not grant
forgiveness to anyone claiming to be a Christian who does not accept
accountability/responsibility for their offense by thoroughly repenting.
However, those who do repent in word and deed should be forgiven and welcomed
back into fellowship, without
continually throwing up the past issue in their faces.