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Caution, is write in vote is a wasted vote?

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you, Matthew 7:7.”

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American will soon have a new President. While fear and anger prevail, the TRUTH and peace of Jesus Christ is missed.

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What follows is my latest mini-sermon (also in pamphlet form) I call, The Seeker’s Guide to Biblical Christianity. I could write a book about Biblical Christianity but why.  A book has already been written, and it’s called, The Bible—the Holy Spirit inspired revelation / identity of the Spiritual Creator God manifested in the flesh—Jesus—, for man to see, understand and know about the only true God.

Why a “Seeker’s Guide,” to Biblical Christianity I’ve asked myself.  I considered an “Idiot’s Guide” but deemed it inappropriate for the subject matter; many today would consider it idiotic to believe in a God or Supreme Being anyway much less Biblical Christianity.

When I tell people I am a Biblical Christian, most begin to quickly move away because they believe they have encountered a radical, homophobic nut case.  I understand their concerns because most are ignorant of the words written in the Bible, a book they have never read. “Christians” in name only, professing but not possessing, have given Christianity a bad name in their distorted views of what it means to be called Christian.

In truth, the Bible—the word of God—provides all the answers if one would only have faith in the existence of God.  There is a caveat though.  The words of the Bible are not for your own interpretation.  They will be interpreted for you when you have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—God’s comforter, guidance to wisdom and knowledge of all things and His pledge of assurance that you have inherited eternal life.

Today’s world is a complicated place but perhaps not any more or less so than it has been since the beginning of time. Survival in today’s (and yesterday’s world too) not only requires mental and physical strength, but it also required, and requires in today’s world,  being a member of a social group one might call a clan, tribe, gang or family. That membership may offer acceptance, security and even love, but there are no guarantees.  Everyone seeks acceptance, recognition and love.  Not all, however, find what they, from a humanly perspective, need.

I believe that man is a created being that has an inner—part of man’s genetic, DNA structure—need for his Creator. You can either accept or reject that this inner need exists.  But whatever you personally believe, when calamity occurs, and it will, all will pray for salvation, deliverance or help. All will make some statement of commitment:  “God, if you will only do so and so, I will promise to do so and so.” Anyone who claims they have not uttered this statement are not being truthful.  Of course, many never honor their commitment even if it is granted.  Many refuse to accept this inner need because once they cried out for deliverance, but no deliverance was provided.   If you do not have a relationship and faith in the existence of God, why would God honor your prayer?

If you are seeking to find God—the, I AM That I AM, the Creator God of the Bible, and the one True God—, it is my prayer that you will consider the pathway Jesus taught as the only way to God and eternal life. That pathway is recorded in the Biblical Scriptures, the Holy Bible.  Although narrow, His pathway is indisputable and without equal. It is the only way, the Creator’s way, and not man’s way.

No one can come to Jesus unless God is calling him. If God is calling you, you will know it in your heart.  If you  feel His calling, allow your mind to consider the following steps:

  • Step 1: Confess that you are a sinner. You must recognize that you have a need for God because of your sinful nature. Regardless of how good you believe you are, you are outside the will of God’s precepts and commandments because of your human nature. You are crawling in the “gutter of life,” depressed, lonely, perhaps facing personal or family sickness or death and without hope of a better tomorrow or eternal life and your spirit recognizes that you need God.   God’s word to man is found in the Bible. His word tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

 

  • Step 2: Realize that “good deeds” will not save you. Because of your separation from God and your sinful human nature, a price for your redemption (to be made clean so that you can enter the presence of God) must be paid. On your own, you cannot earn your way to God by doing good deeds as many religions and doctrines written by man would have you believe. The only way for man to hear, talk and walk with God required that a perfect “sacrifice” be made.  Do not try to rationalize the concept of sacrifice for it is written, “My ways are not your ways, and your thoughts are not my thoughts.” God’s way requires a perfect atoning sacrifice. That sacrifice was His Son, Jesus Christ.  God’s word tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God…and that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23 and Romans 5:8.

 

  • Step 3: Repent of your sinful ways. To repent is to turn from your sinful life as seen by God, change direction and accept Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection. [To accept the resurrection as TRUTH by faith is paramount.  For, if Jesus was not raised from death on the third day, all man’s searching is for naught.  Without Jesus there is only birth and death and no eternal life.] God’s word tells us “that if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved.” Romans 10:9.
  • Step 4: Ask God to save you. Pray in your own words what you feel in your heart. You should confess your sins to God (name them whether you want to or not), tell God that you are repenting of your sins and will follow Him into the newness of life; ask God for forgiveness, thank God for saving you, and have faith and trust that God has given you eternal life. God’s word tells us that “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Romans 10:13.
  • Step 5: Through faith, belief and acceptance of the Gospel Message the Holy Spirit of God will indwell you. There is but one God, the Creator God that manifests Himself to man in three personages—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. He is Spirit and He is the, I AM that I AM.  No one has ever seen God.

God the Son is Jesus Christ who was born of the Virgin Mary. Mary was the surrogate mother who carried and gave birth to the perfect child—the atoning sacrifice for man’s redemption who was without man’s sinful human nature). Jesus is the physical manifestation that allows man to know and see God in physical form.

God the Holy Spirit is God’s spiritual vehicle for indwelling man and imparting a new spiritual nature, if and only if man will relinquish his self-will that will lead him to obtaining eternal life.

All three personages together are called the Trinity, and they together are the Alpha and the Omega. When you have accepted God’s plan for receiving salvation and eternal life, the Holy Spirit of God will come into your life and dwell with you spiritually.  You will have to learn to hear His voice and follow His lead.  You will only be able to do this if you relinquish your self-will—seeking to lead your life by your own ability—and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you and impart His wisdom and knowledge in the newness of spiritual life.

The Holly Spirit’s indwelling is God’s promise to you of eternal life. You will become a changed person. God’s Holy Spirit may not be immediately discernible to you, but you must have faith and belief that He is working in your life.  You will come to hear His voice by praying to God (I call it twittering with God throughout the day), reading, meditating and memorizing Biblical Scripture passages.

To grow spiritually, you will want to become a member of a local Bible believing congregation. The denomination is unimportant as long as it is a congregation that follows the teaching of Jesus Christ, believes and trusts in His Holy Word, and proclaims Jesus Christ as the only pathway to salvation and heaven.

Any other pathway is not Biblical.  There may be other pathways and other gods, but the only pathway to God, heaven and the coming kingdom on earth that the Biblical Scriptures support is through Jesus Christ.  If you seek any other way, your way is not supported by Biblical (the Bible) Scriptures. You may go to a heaven of another god that is spoken of in other “religious or doctrinal books” but it is not the heaven of Jesus Christ.

The Bible is the only “self-help” book anyone needs.  It contains the Living Truth—there is a Creator God—that man’s soul and spirit seeks. If you would like to know the I AM God, read on.

Are you able to believe there is a Creator God? If not, “Ask, and it will be given you: seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be open to you,” Matthew 7:7 NASB.  These words of Jesus, I believe, are for those who have faith to believe.  God will find you in the depths of your despair when you have exhausted your human abilities of living in your self-will and are willing to surrender your total being to Him.  With your surrender you will be born again in a spiritual rebirth and will become a new person in Christ.

God has always been in my life.  At an early age, around five, I was saved from physical death by the hand of God.  I have often asked, “Why me, Lord?”  The words you are reading come from my spiritual rebirth, and I am compelled to tell the story of Jesus and His Love.”  I believe this is what God destined me to do because He created me in my mother’s womb to be His servant.  I have often been unfaithful, but He was always faithful, and his mercy has always been gracefully bestowed upon me.

It must be acknowledged, however, that throughout history, since the day of Pentecost, as it relates to Christianity, many Christians have given God a bad name by acts of their human nature rather than by commands of the Holy Spirit.  Only a few who call upon the name of the Lord actually find True salvation. Many Christians in days past and in the present have walked or are walking the broad path rather than the narrow path.  Biblical Christians are to walk the narrow path (enter through the narrow gate), Matthew 7:13-14.

Biblical Christianity produces good fruit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  Why would anyone not want to have these attributes?  True Biblical Christians are not hate mongers who seek through violence, hatred, phobias, or any number of labels to kill or harm a non-believer in any physical or mental way.

A Biblical Christian believes the words of God were God Breathed.  They were inspired by God, they are inerrant,

Man’s human nature—deeds of the flesh: “immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing and things like these,” Galatians 5:19-21—is clearly defined in the Biblical Scriptures.  America’s people have willingly discarded the Ten Commandments of God, and they will pay the consequences of believing in man’s humanistic ways of the flesh.

Do you ever read the review or comment sections in news media or on internet business and blog sites?  I occasionally peruse them on matters of interests to me, but not seriously seeking to gain knowledge.  You will always find bad reviews or comments by a few when the majority reports are excellent.  It is just a fact of life that “man’s mental understandings (a glass of water can be view as half-full vs. half-empty)” follow distribution curves with low extremes (outliers), high extremes and a broad spectrum spread between the two ends.

Religions and faiths all have distributions of followers that follow a distribution curve.  Thus, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are not exempt from the extremes.  A follower of any religious faith has to be taught the true doctrines of his faith.  “But what is truth,” Pilate once asked Jesus.

I have been writing about the Biblical Jesus.  But, there is also an Islamic Jesus (Isa Al-Maseeh) spoken of in the Koran.  If you are of the Muslim faith, Jesus is considered a prophet of Allah but is not the son of Allah as Allah does not have children.  A true Muslim believer has the right to kill you for claiming Jesus is the son of Allah.

Understanding who the real Jesus is will be of importance in the days to come when false messiahs will appear claiming to be the true Jesus. Do you understand or know the difference? Let me try to explain by giving you a brief history.

Let’s begin with the man known as Abraham (Abram before God changed his name) for he is the father of Judaism and Islam. There is no dispute regarding this ancestral heritage of these faiths.

God told Abraham to leave his homeland of Ur, located in Iraq, and travel to a land called Canaan. In “Canaan Land” he and his family would become a great and numerous people.  Covenant relationships would be made and God would keep His word, but Abraham and his descendants would not. Today, a portion of that “land grant’ is occupied by Israel; a family conflict that began thousands of years ago still exists.

Abraham was married to Sarah (formerly known as Sarai before God changed her name.)  Sarah was barren.  To have a child, Sarah allowed Abraham to have a child with her Egyptian maid, Hagar.  The child born to this union was named Ishmael.  Troubled brewed between Sarah and Hagar because Sarah was still barren and Hagar had a son.

Abraham loved Ishmael and desired for him to be the covenant child because he was the older child. However, God had other plans.   He opened Sarah’s womb, and she gave birth to a son who was called Isaac; he would inherit the covenant promise. Through Isaac and Sarah twin sons were born, Esau the older and Jacob the younger.  Like Abraham, Isaac loved Esau the older, but God chose Jacob to receive the covenant blessings.

Through the line of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the Hebrew nation was formed (Jacob’s name was changed to Israel) and Jesus is a descendant (on paper) through this lineage.  Jesus was miraculously formed in Mary’s womb and is the Man-God. Mary was a surrogate mother, and by Jesus’ shed blood and resurrection, Christianity had its beginning.

Isaac’s brother, Ishmael, and his descendants also became a great people and came to occupy the Arabian Peninsula.  You can read the Biblical account of Abraham’s calling and journey in the book of Genesis if you have an interest in learning more.

Continuing our story with the descendant of Ishmael, Muhammad was born in 570 AD and in him the roots of Islam and the worship of Allah had its beginning.  Muhammad was “given” the words of the Qur’an and from his life and other literature documenting his life and teachings, Islam was “formed.” Muhammad and Islam’s rejection of the Bible—the book and its people— is based upon their belief that it has been distorted and does not contain the whole truth.

While the Jews await the coming of their Messiah, Christians await the return of Jesus, and Muslims await the return of the Mahdi. When the Mahdi—the final Caliph or Caliphate of Islam—returns, the Islamic Jesus will also appear and will declare what was written about him in the Bible to be a distortion of the truth. All Muslims will be required and obligated to follow the Mahdi. The Mahdi is the Vice-regent (Khalifa) of Allah. The truth about Jesus according to Islamic literature is briefly summarized as follows:

  • “Jesus is not God’s son and was not god in the flesh. Allah did not have a son.
  • Jesus did not die on a cross for the sins of man. Allah delivered Jesus from death.
  • Jesus was merely a prophet. When he returns he will return as a Muslim and follow Shari law.
  • Jesus will refer to the Mahdi as greater than he.
  • Jesus will remove all crosses, and will kill all Jews, Christians and all who will not follow Allah.
  • Jesus will return to earth, marry and have children and then die. He will be buried next to Muhammad. Muhammad was Allah’s messenger and is viewed as the perfect example for all to follow.”

Islam like Christianity has varying doctrines and understandings regarding a supreme being.  (ISIS has formed a caliphate and is living out the commandments of Muhammad.  To those whose faith is in Biblical Christianity, their ways are barbaric, sadistic, torturous and without mercy.  However, the ISIS way is the truth of Islam.) Just as there are peaceful Muslims and Christians, there are also Jihadist / radical “Christians” and a spectrum of believers within each group.

It is my belief that Biblical Christianity is the Truth.  There is no radicalism, savagery, brutality to be found in the words of the Biblical Jesus.  There is to be found a new spiritual rebirth that changes lives, gives freedom and liberty, and guarantees eternal life.  Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior and He can be yours if you will accept Him in faith and belief.

These were my thoughts for today.  I would be pleased to hear from you.

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America in Decline: Will Hope and Freedom be only remembrances?

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“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death,” Proverbs 16:25.

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I could vote for Hillary in this coming election but then, I would have to slit my own throat.

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I’m just joking around about my voting and throat slitting.  In my mind it will not matter which candidate is victorious.  America’s future has already been determined; man’s humanistic thinking leads to the denial of the Creator God and that, my friends, leads to a society of people without hope or freedom.

I’ve written about this previously so I will not expound extensively upon the coming election and the candidates but only to note that so far it has been a saddening political state of affairs. The issues of our Nation’s future have taken a back seat to mudslinging, innuendo and blatant lies by both candidates, most media sources and both major political parties.

So let me ask you, how tight have you set your “media filter” to screen out all the “mind boggling trash?”  I have set mine very, very tight in this election year.  Otherwise, I believe I would go completely “insane” at the total insanity of the propaganda being poured out twenty-four / seven by all sources.

There is only so much one can take, and I am completely turned off by both candidates: Donald the “womanizer” in the “lineage” of Presidents Kennedy and Clinton, to name a few, and perhaps the celebrity Bill Cosby and all of “his women” that are coming out of their closets with accusations and of course, let’s not forget the “I’m sending them all home” speech; and Hillary the “liar, killer (“what difference does it make now” if people died testimony) and the chief supporter of all godless immorality backed by the Democratic Party’s platform of big government and “we have a pig-sty just for you” agenda.  Of course, I’m just throwing out words that I hear batted around the water cooler so don’t take any of this to heart. After all, none of this might be true.

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Because mankind, except God’s remnant, no longer accepts or believes in the TRUTH—there is a Creator God—they have exchange it, the TRUTH, for the LIE—the coming of a global ruler, a global economy and a global religion without the Creator God. Biblical prophecy, 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, describes a time when mankind will be given “a deluding influence” so that they will believe what is false and not TRUTH.  Look at America and the world and you can see, if you have not already been blinded and your mind closed to what is going on around you, where the world and mankind are headed.

Dr. Anthony George, Senior Associate Pastor of First Baptist Atlanta (FBA), preached a message entitled, “Let’s Get Together,” on Sunday, October the 2nd to the FBA congregation that I found refreshing and timely. His message was directed to Christians—both the Cultural (those who are unknowingly blind walking the broad path to destruction), and the Biblical (those with the indwelling spirit who are walking the narrow path to life eternal). If you are at all concerned regarding the future or even who to vote for in this coming Presidential election, I would encourage you to listen to his message by following this link: https://fba.org/message/let-s-get-together?mode=listen#.V_vm46a86nI.gmail.

Those are my comments for today.  I would be pleased to hear from you.

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How a characteristic, yet undiagnosed, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease has quickly handicapped my daily living.

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Hello my Friends and Blog readers,

This is a follow-up to my Memorial Day email and blog of 05/30/2016 regarding my ongoing medical condition; while I’m at it I’ll also add some other thoughts as I am so often prone to do. If you are a new reader, I apologize for the lengthy and rambling thoughts that I write.  As I have written before, to write a simple “Thank You Note” is terrifying and often takes a considerable amount of time; I just hate it as my mind will not cooperate.  However, when I sit to write on other topics, especially religious, my mind unleashes a bounty of words.

It has taken longer for a diagnosis (still preliminary, however) than I thought, but I believe my doctors are closing in on an “official name” that will become my label for future medical focus. To date, tests are showing a hereditary / idiopathic peripheral neuropathy with mixed axonal and demyelinating features being coded as, “Hereditary axonal sensorimotor polyneuropathy.”  While my disease is not fatal or life threatening, it is incurable.  My next step is to undergo genetic testing to identify the particular gene(s) involved.

While my neurologists have not given it an official name, they do say it is in the family of what is called, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT or CMTD).  CMTD is a disorder that affects the peripheral nerves that reside outside the brain and spinal cord.  It is reported in the medical literature that there are multiple (and still counting) types (gene mutations / “abnormalities”) of CMTD with varying disability characteristics and age of on start.

The uncertainty of my “disease / condition” still lingers despite having seen numerous Neurologists over the past several months. I am not faulting doctors, but it is apparent that further testing or perhaps time will reveal the “true nitty gritty” of my condition. In the mean time I am getting progressively worse; as an example, I can stand from a sitting position only if I am seated in a chair that has arms from which I can push off; once standing, however, I have to hold on to something otherwise I will fall due to balance issues.

Since my first doctor office visit, around the middle of April of this year, when I was seeking an answer for what I was calling, “Heavy / Weighty feet while walking,” I have grown progressively weaker in my lower extremities to the point where I now have a mobile walker and a wheelchair that I use for in home mobility; the mobile walker is light enough, although awkward, to put in the back of our Hyundai. However, the wheelchair is too heavy for either myself or my wife to load.  In the not too distant future I will be using a mobile chair and transportation will be by a handicap equipped van. There is no other choice except to become homebound.

About two months ago I voluntarily stopped driving as I did not want to become a hazard to others. Recently I completed a private driving analysis (written, oral and an hour plus road driving evaluation) to determine, (1) if I was capable of driving, and (2) the type of hand controls I would need for driving as I am unable to use my feet to control an accelerator or brake pedal.  I passed the course!  If you unfortunately have to ever be evaluated be sure to carry your glasses (if you wear them), learn to say the alphabet from “Z” to “A” quickly, be able to pass the written part of the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) license test, and other written and mental gymnastics of “hearing and regurgitating memory facts” at a later time in the testing.

At my home, handicap ramps have been installed and other handicap renovations are in progress.  The search for a mobile chair and handicap van is overwhelming in terms of cost and suitability.  I have learned a lot over the past several months, and I am willing to share what I have learned.  Perhaps I’ll start a weekly blog of my journey.  I would be happy to hear about yours.

I do not know what the future will hold.  I am told by my neurologist that I will not get better, there is no cure, and I can possibly get worse if my condition progressives to my arms. It was suggested that I seek out the latest in “handicap technologies.” Physical Therapy is the only treatment option to keep my muscles strong to prevent ankle and foot injuries, but therapy is exhausting.  I have been fitted for leg and ankle braces as an aid to stability, but it will be several weeks before the orthotics will be ready for a final fitting.

Through all the testing I still have a positive attitude most of the time.  I am making lifestyle changes to compensate for things that I can no longer do.  Reading, Amateur Radio and my internet ministry—The Indwelling Spirit Global Ministry (www.theindwelling.com)—will remain my primary focus as will my current blog (www.spirit.theindwelling.org) that I have of late sporadically published. I sure wished I had paid more attention in my English classes as I now have the need, wishful thinking only, for an “assistant” to bounce ideas off and to proof read and correct my “grammatical and spelling stuff.”

I have given away most of my shop tools as I no longer am able to use them.  I do, however, have a 1955 Mercury Monterey 2-Door HT that is ready to paint and reassemble (I was doing an off frame restoration). If you have an interested in restoring an old car, I’ll make you a good deal.  My wife will make someone an even better deal. Pictures are available for anyone who has an interest.

For all those who added me to their prayer list I am appreciative.  I still, in my opinion, have a few good years left, and it is my goal to be an inspiration to others who may be in need of spiritual uplifting or hope. Stay in touch as I would enjoy hearing from you; however, I will not be sending group email “updates and greetings” as I have in the past.

NOW FOR A MORE SERIOUS POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS CONVERSATION.

If you do not believe in the Creator God of biblical scriptures and do not possess a Bible in which you read and believe in its truth, go you own way and don’t bother reading the following as it may be in the afterlife, if there is one, that you could plead ignorance to the knowledge of TRUTH you are about to read (in my humble opinion) and perhaps receive a more lenient eternal punishment—Just saying!

America as well as the world is in trouble.  The truth is out there, but no one wants to talk about it.  What is that truth? It is simply that mankind in his own arrogance and stupidity has denied the existence of the Creator God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

I would argue that Cultural Christianity has been a major force in the “denial of God camp” that I often write about.  Think about it.  In today’s world, you cannot distinguish between those who call themselves “Christians” and who attend a Church regularly and those who never attend a church of any denomination but yet have “like moral values.” It is understandable that the children of this group, Cultural Christianity, are falling away to “cultural immorality and a me-first mentality” based upon the lifestyle of their parents. This reminds me of the saying, “If the people of this church (name your own group) are going to heaven, HELL is not going to be such a bad place.”

America needs another “Great Religious and Moral Awakening,” but I fear there will not be a return to God until there comes a time of such calamity that man will cry out for deliverance. Even then it may not matter because deniers of God cannot simply pray and return to God unless they are called in repentant faith by the Holy Spirit.

In the coming November election, it will not matter whether Hillary or Donald wins as the pathway to a heretofore unthinkable change in American and her Constitution is about to unfold. I hope you will be prepared with the knowledge that God will provide for those who have believed in His Son (“And there is salvation in no on else; for there is no other name (Jesus Christ) under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved,” Acts 4:12, paraphrased by author).

If I’ve offend anyone by being a “deplorable” as Hillary and her followers believe about my biblical morality view, I’m sorry. However, I feel honored and blessed to be reviled by their words.  As written, “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you,” 1 Peter 4:14.

As a Biblical Christian I am obligated—being born of the Spirit in the newness of life—to proclaim the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ by my own free will testifying: “Jesus Christ is the Son of God—born of a virgin, crucified and died on a cross (“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed,” 1 Peter 2:24), rose from death and will one day return (at the Rapture in the clouds at His First Coming for His Church—His Bride— and at the Revelation, His Second Coming, at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation for those who were called and remained faithful by believing, confessing, repenting and placing their faith in Jesus Christ and by His Grace have been saved into eternal life.

Please visit my web site and blog, if you have an interest in my calling and would like to know more.

Those are my comments for today.  I would be pleased to hear from you.

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Where will you turn in times of trouble?

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If you do not have the Creator God of the Holy Bible as your Blessed Hope, where do you, or where will you, find solace and peace when troubles come? Check us out at: www.spirit.theindwelling.org.

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If you do not have the Creator God of the Holy Bible as your Blessed Hope, where do you, or where will you, find solace and peace when troubles come?

When illness, death, loneliness, betrayal, family troubles, financial difficulties or a host of other “crisis events” come, where will you turn?  Who will you cry out to? Who will answer your prayers?

There is really only one answer, but unfortunately for most the answer is man’s Creator, the Trinity God Biblical Scriptures reveal.  I say unfortunately because the majority of mankind do not truly believe there is a God and therefore will not seek Him. Man’s solution is the humanistic perusal of carnal knowledge rather than Spiritual knowledge; man will pray in a moment of need, but his prayer will not be answered because he does not have a believing faith in the Creator God.  Are your prayers being answered? If not, maybe God does not know you as a Born Again believer indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  Think about it!

Before you find yourself in a situation of hopelessness, why not consider the Creator God’s solution. His solution is found in His Son, Jesus. Follow my ponderings below to discover the real Jesus of Biblical Christianity, and while I’m at it I’ll tell you how to recognize (have knowledge of) the imitation Jesus of Islam.

I’ve often considered writing a “Seeker’s Guide to Biblical Christianity or Spiritual Christianity.” You might ask, “Why a “Seeker’s Guide,” and the answer in my mind is simple.  I prefer the “Idiot’s Guide to” connotation that you often see in those prominent self-help books, but I deem it inappropriate for the subject matter; many in today’s world would consider it idiotic to believe in a God or Supreme Being anyway, much less have a belief in Biblical or Spiritual Christianity. My desire is never to be offensive or to offend anyone; however, it is often the case because of my firm belief in the Son ship of Jesus, the Christ.

When I tell people I am a Biblical Christian, most begin to quickly move away because they believe they have encountered a radical, homophobic nut case. In fact, I have an acquaintance that claims I am the only “Biblical Christian” he has ever met.  He is a Darwinian and Episcopalian (no offense implied of Episcopalians) so I overlook the ignorance he is coming from or dwells in.

I understand the concern of those who have no belief in a Creator God because most are ignorant of the words written in the Bible, a book they have never read. Over the centuries, “Christians” in name only, professing but not possessing, have given Christianity a bad name in their distorted view of what it means to even being called Christian much less someone espousing to be a Biblical Christian.

In truth, the Bible—the word of God—provides all the answers if one would only have faith in the existence of God.  There is a caveat though.  The words of the Bible are not for one’s own interpretation, and therein lies the problem; mankind will seek to interpret the Bible in their humanistic ways rather than in spiritual ways if they are not indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Biblical Scriptures will be interpreted for you when you have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—God’s comforter, guidance to wisdom and knowledge of all things and His pledge of assurance that you have inherited eternal life.

Today’s world is a complicated place but perhaps not any more or less so than it has been since the beginning of time. Survival in today’s and yesterday’s world not only requires / required mental and physical strength, but it also required, as it does in today’s world, being a member of a social group one might call a clan, tribe, gang or family. That membership may offer acceptance, security and even love, but there are no guarantees.  Everyone seeks acceptance, recognition and love.  Not all, however, find what they, from a humanly perspective, need.

I believe that man is a created being that has an inner—part of man’s genetic, DNA structure—need for his Creator. You can either accept or reject that this inner need exists.  But whatever you personally believe, when calamity occurs, and it will, all will pray for salvation, deliverance or help. All will make some statement of commitment:  “God, if you will only do so and so, I will promise to do so and so.” Anyone who claims they have not uttered this statement are not being truthful.  Of course, many never honor their commitment even if it is granted them.  Many refuse to accept this inner need because once they cried out for deliverance, but no deliverance was provided.   If you do not have a relationship and faith in the existence of God, why would God honor your prayer?

If you are seeking to find God—the, I AM That I AM, the Creator God of the Bible, and the one True God—, it is my prayer that you will consider the pathway Jesus taught as the only way to God and eternal life. That pathway is recorded in the Biblical Scriptures, the Holy Bible.  Although narrow, His pathway is indisputable and without equal. It is the only way, the Creator’s way, and not man’s way.

No one can come to Jesus unless God is calling him. If God is calling you, you will know it in your heart.  If you  feel His calling, allow your mind to consider the following steps:

  • Step 1: Confess that you are a sinner. You must recognize that you have a need for God because of your sinful nature. Regardless of how good you believe you are, you are outside the will of God’s precepts and commandments because of your human nature. You are crawling in the “gutter of life,” depressed, lonely, perhaps facing personal or family sickness or death and without hope of a better tomorrow or eternal life and your spirit recognizes that you need God.   God’s word to man is found in the Bible. His word tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
  • Step 2: Realize that “good deeds” will not save you. Because of your separation from God and your sinful human nature, a price for your redemption (to be made clean so that you can enter the presence of God) must be paid. On your own, you cannot earn your way to God by doing good deeds as many religions and doctrines written by man would have you believe. The only way for man to hear, talk and walk with God required that a perfect “sacrifice” be made.  Do not try to rationalize the concept of sacrifice for it is written, “My ways are not your ways, and your thoughts are not my thoughts.” God’s way requires a perfect atoning sacrifice. That sacrifice was His Son, Jesus Christ.  God’s word tells us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God…and that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23 and Romans 5:8.
  • Step 3: Repent of your sinful ways. To repent is to turn from your sinful life as seen by God, change direction and accept Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection. [To accept the resurrection as TRUTH by faith is paramount.  For, if Jesus was not raised from death on the third day, all man’s searching is for naught.  Without Jesus there is only birth and death and no eternal life.] God’s word tells us “that if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved.” Romans 10:9.
  • Step 4: Ask God to save you. Pray in your own words what you feel in your heart. You should confess your sins to God (name them if you wish), tell God that you will repent of your sins and become a new person, ask God for forgiveness, thank God for saving you, and have faith and trust that God has given you eternal life. God’s word tells us that “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Romans 10:13.
  • Step 5: Through faith, wait on the Holy Spirit of God to indwell you. There is but one God, the Creator God that manifests Himself to man in three personages—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit:
  • God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. He is Spirit and He is the, I AM that I AM. No one has ever seen God; however, He can be seen in His Son, Jesus.
  • God the Son is Jesus Christ who was born of the Virgin Mary. Mary was the surrogate mother who carried and gave birth to the perfect child—the atoning sacrifice for man’s redemption who was without man’s sinful human nature). Jesus is the physical manifestation that allowed man to know God in physical form.
  • God the Holy Spirit is God’s spiritual vehicle for indwelling man and imparting a new spiritual nature, if and only if man will relinquish his self-will that will lead him to obtaining eternal life.

All three personages together are called the Trinity, and they together are the Alpha and the Omega. When you have accepted God’s plan for receiving salvation and eternal life, the Holy Spirit of God will come into your life and dwell with you spiritually.  You will have to learn to hear His voice and follow His lead.  You will only be able to do this if you relinquish your self-will—seeking to lead your life by your own ability—and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you and impart His wisdom and knowledge for the newness of spiritual life.

The Holly Spirit’s indwelling is God’s promise to you of eternal life. You will become a changed person. God’s Holy Spirit may not be immediately discernible to you, but you must have faith and belief that He is working in your life.  You will come to hear His voice by praying to God (I call it twittering with God throughout the day), reading, meditating and memorizing Biblical Scripture passages.  You must learn to obey and trust.

To grow spiritually, you will want to become a member of a local Bible Church. The denomination is unimportant as long as it is a congregation that follows the teaching of Jesus Christ, believes and trusts in His Holy Word, and proclaims Jesus Christ as the only pathway to salvation and heaven.

Any other pathway is not Biblical and is a pathway to eternal damnation.  There may be other pathways and other gods, but the only pathway to God, heaven and the coming kingdom on earth that the Biblical Scriptures support is through Jesus Christ.  If you seek any other way, your way is not supported by Biblical (the Bible) Scriptures. You may go to a heaven of another god that is spoken of in another “religious or doctrine book” but it is not the heaven of Jesus Christ.

The Bible is the only “self-help” book anyone needs.  It contains the Living Truth—there is a Creator God—that man’s soul and spirit seeks. If you would like to know the I AM God, read on.

Are you able to believe there is a Creator God? If not, “Ask, and it will be given you: seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be open to you,” Matthew 7:7 NASB.  These words of Jesus, I believe, are for those who have faith to believe.  God will find you in the depths of your despair when you have exhausted your human abilities of living in your self-will and are willing to surrender your total being to Him.  With your surrender you will be Born Again in a spiritual rebirth and will become a new person in Christ.

God has always been in my life.  At an early age, around four or five, I was saved from physical death by the hand of God.  I have often asked, “Why me, Lord?”  The words you are reading come from my spiritual rebirth, and I am compelled to tell the story of Jesus and His Love.”  I believe this is what God destined me to do because He created me in my mother’s womb to be His servant.  I have often been unfaithful, but He was always faithful, and his mercy has always been gracefully bestowed upon me.

It must be acknowledged, however, that throughout history, since the day of Pentecost, as it relates to Christianity, many Christians have given God a bad name by acts of their human nature rather than by commands of the Holy Spirit.  Only a few who call upon the name of the Lord actually find True salvation.

Many Christians in days past and in the present have walked or are walking the broad path rather than the narrow path.  Biblical Christians are to walk the narrow path. Think about the path you are walking.

Biblical Christianity produces good fruit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  Why would anyone not want to have these attributes?  True Biblical Christians are not hate mongers who seek through violence, hatred, phobias, or any number of labels to kill or harm a non-believer in any physical or mental way.

A Biblical Christian believes the words of God were God Breathed.  They were inspired by God, they are inerrant.

Comments regarding the Jesus of Islam for the curious:

Do you ever read the review or comment sections in news media or on internet business and blog sites?  I occasionally peruse them on matters of interests to me, but not seriously seeking to gain knowledge.  You will always find bad reviews or comments by a few when the majority reports are excellent.  It is just a fact of life that “man’s mental understandings (a glass of water can be view as half-full vs. half-empty)” follow distribution curves with low and high extremes (outliers) and a broad spectrum spread between the two ends.

Religions and faiths all have distributions of followers that follow a distribution curve.  Thus, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are not exempt from the extremes.  A follower of any religious faith has to be taught the true doctrines of his faith.  “But what is truth,” Pilate once asked Jesus.

I have been writing about the Biblical Jesus.  But, there is also an Islamic Jesus (Isa Al-Maseeh) spoken of in the Koran.  If you are of the Muslim faith, Jesus is considered a prophet of Allah but is not the son of Allah as Allah does not have children.

Understanding who the real Jesus is, is important. Do you understand or know the difference? Let me try to explain by giving you a brief history.

Let’s begin with the man known as Abraham (Abram before God changed his name) for he is the father of Judaism and Islam. There is no dispute regarding this ancestral heritage of these faiths.

God told Abraham to leave his homeland of Ur, located in Iraq, and travel to a land called Canaan. In “Canaan Land” he and his family would become a great and numerous people.  Covenant relationships would be made and God would keep His word, but Abraham and his descendants would not. Today, a portion of that “land grant” is occupied by Israel; a family conflict that began thousands of years ago still exists.

Abraham was married to Sarah (formerly known as Sarai before God changed her name.)  Sarah was barren.  To have a child, Sarah allowed Abraham to have a child with her Egyptian maid, Hagar.  The child born to this union was named Ishmael.  Troubled brewed between Sarah and Hagar because Sarah was still barren and Hagar had a son.

Abraham loved Ishmael and desired for him to be the covenant child because he was the older child. However, God had other plans.   He opened Sarah’s womb, and she gave birth to a son who was called Isaac, and he would inherit the covenant promise. Through Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Rachael the covenant blessings were established.

Through the line of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the Hebrew nation was formed (Jacob’s name was changed to Israel) and Jesus is a descendant through this lineage.  Jesus was miraculously formed in Mary’s womb and is the God-Man. Mary was a surrogate mother, and by Jesus’ shed blood and resurrection Christianity had its beginning.

Isaac’s brother, Ishmael, and his descendants also became a great people and came to occupy the Arabian Peninsula.  You can read the Biblical account of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s calling and journey in the book of Genesis if you have an interest in learning more.

Continuing our story with the descendant of Ishmael, Muhammad was born in AD570 and in him the roots of Islam and the worship of Allah had its beginning.  Muhammad was given the words of the Qur’an and from his life and other literature documenting his life and teachings the basis for Islam was formed. Islam’s rejection of the Bible—the book and its people— is based upon their belief that it has been distorted and does not contain the whole truth.

While the Jews await their Messiah, Christians await the return of Jesus, Muslims await the return of the Mahdi. When the Mahdi—the final Caliphate of Islam—returns, the Islamic Jesus will also appear and will declare what was written about him in the Bible to be a distortion of the truth. All Muslims will be required and obligated to follow the Mahdi. The Mahdi is the Vice-regent (Khalifa) of Allah. The real truth about Jesus according to Islamic literature (You should do your own research into the eschatology of Islam to understand and differentiate the various sects and their end time beliefs.) is briefly summarized as follows:

  • Jesus is not God’s son and was not god in the flesh. Allah did not have a son.
  • Jesus did not die on a cross for the sins of man. Allah delivered Jesus from death.
  • Jesus was merely a prophet. When he returns he will return as a Muslim and follow Shari law.
  • Jesus will refer to the Mahdi as greater than he.
  • Jesus will remove all crosses, and will kill all Jews, Christians and all who will not follow Allah.
  • Jesus will return to earth, marry and have children and then die. He will be buried next to Muhammad. Muhammad was Allah’s messenger and is viewed as the perfect example for all to follow.

Islam like Christianity has varying doctrines and understandings regarding a supreme being.  Just as there are peaceful Muslims and Christians, there are also Jihadist / radical “Christians” and a spectrum of believers within each group.  Take ISIS for instance; ISIS has declared a caliphate and is living out the commandments of Muhammad.  To those whose faith is in Biblical Christianity, their ways are barbaric, sadistic, torturous and without mercy.  However, the ISIS way is the truth of Mohammad’s Islam.

It is my belief that Biblical Christianity is the Truth.  There is no radicalism, savagery, brutality to be found in the words of the Biblical Jesus.  There is to be found a new spiritual rebirth that changes lives, gives freedom and liberty, and guarantees eternal life.  Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and He can be yours if you will accept Him in faith and belief.  

Those are my comments for today.  What about you?

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Why is Jesus so hated by the world?

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Tweet as limited by characters: “What is it about Jesus, the God-Man born of the Virgin Mary, that so many find it hard to believe that He is the Son of God?”

Desired Tweet: What is it about the prophesied Jewish Messiah, Jesus, the alien God-Man born of a surrogate mother, the Virgin Mary, that so many find it hard to believe that He is TRULY the Son of God?  Do you believe?

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Jesus, the prophesied Jewish Messiah, is the alien “God-Man” born of the Virgin Mary, the first recorded gestational surrogate mother¹ in the first century, A.D. Jesus was not formed in His mother’s womb by the fertilization of human sperm and egg. Jesus was miraculous formed by the Creator God and placed within Mary.

Because Jesus had no genetic ties to earthly man, even though biblical scriptures list linage from Joseph and Mary, He was without the sin-nature of earthly man.  Born of a virgin without man’s sin nature, Jesus was the sacrificial propitiation (“A sacrifice that satisfies God’s demands of judgment for sin,” NSAB definition.) satisfying the righteousness of a Holy Creator God. He willingly died but rose from death to become the Lord and Savior for all who would confess Him. This is the definition—at least the understanding given to me—of the biblical Jesus of the Bible at whose resurrection the Church of Jesus Christ and Biblical Christianity had its beginning with Jesus as its chief cornerstone.

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If you dare to utter the name of Jesus in today’s secular, humanistic society, the neck hairs of most will bristle like that of a dog who perceives danger.  Why such hatred for one who taught: ”love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind; love your neighbor as yourself;  treat people the same way you want them to treat you; do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother; love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; forgive others before seeking forgiveness from God; neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” (The quoted words were paraphrased by author and taken from the Bible book of Matthew.)

The Biblical Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God, was not a terrorist whose Apostles were trained to spread and promote hatred, violence, or the overthrow of governments. Jesus came to give the good news of Hope to lost souls living in darkness, to spread love and peace toward one’s fellow man, and to offer atonement for sin.  Because He claimed to be the Messiah, the religious zealots of His day had him killed to silence His condemnation of their bigotry and pride.

So I ask again, “Why is Jesus so hated by the world.”  I’ll tell you why. It is because of ignorance, deception by the spiritual forces of darkness, distorted truth, lack of faith in a Creator God, Biblical illiteracy, man derived traditions and disbelief of the authenticity of Holy Scriptures by “Cultural Christians” who practice their “man derived religions” instead of the “religion of faith and mercy taught by Jesus. Others, the worldly, simply are blinded by their inability to believe in the TRUTH of a Creator God but will and have believed the LIE of a created being called, Lucifer, Satin or the Devil.

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“Cultural Christians,” I like to call them, have given Jesus and Biblical Christianity a bad name over the centuries and especially in today’s world because of their denial of the “Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.” They choose to follow their humanistic spirit; they continue to “do what is right in their own sight” rather than surrendering their self-will to the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

All of today’s non-Biblical Christians of all denominations have so blended in with today’s society and worldly customs that it is hard to find one who will: 1) study, meditate upon and acknowledges the Truth of Biblical Scriptures, 2) accept the leadership and Indwelling of the Holy Spirit., 3) in faith, totally surrender to Jesus Christ, 4) deny their own humanistic self-will and follow the pathway and directions (no matter how insignificant or how grandiose they may seem to be) given by the Holy Spirit.

Regrettably, Cultural Christians have no testimony of the Risen Savior, no testimonial of what Jesus has done in their lives and no lifestyle that might encourage those who might be seeking or needing God to want to emulate. In other words, Cultural Christianity and the Worldly are the same in that they rely upon humanistic values, ways and customs.

While Cultural Christians may have knowledge of Jesus they are not possessed by Jesus and have never been Baptized by the Spirit nor filled with the Spirit.  They are lost and without hope; thinking they are walking the “narrow path” to heaven and eternal life when, in the words of Jesus, they are on the “broad road” that leads to destruction.  A Christian without a Testimony of Jesus’ saving grace and who will not “profess Him before men” is just another man lost in his own humanity.

What do other faiths, namely the big three represented by Judaism, Biblical Christianity and Islam, claim about this biblical Jesus? Let’s briefly consider and compare the person and deity of Jesus from these three faiths because the biblical Jesus is seen by each from a different perspective; each have a religious view that most people lack in understanding but whose followers are dead certain, if they have a personal view at all, that theirs is the correct one.  I will do this with a “wide brush” as all faiths have within them numerous proponents of differing views all considering themselves to be the right one.

Judaism does not accept Jesus as the Messiah, the anointed one, prophesied in their scriptures (Old Testament / Torah).  The religious leaders of Jesus’ time, the Pharisees and Sadducees, had Jesus crucified because “they claimed” he blasphemed when he claimed to be God (God’s Son). They do not see or acknowledge the Old Testament scriptures (probably the most notable being Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12) that Isaiah (a major prophet of Judaism) prophesied of the coming “Exalted and Suffering Servant—that Biblical Christians see as Jesus—as being their awaited Messiah.

At the second coming of Jesus Christ, the knowledge of God’s TRUTH will be placed in the hearts of those Jews, the elect who are still alive, and they will at last acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.  “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Unfortunately, before the second coming, the prophecies of biblical scriptures tell of one final Jewish persecution that will surpass the persecutions of Jews that occurred during the reign of Adolph Hitler. The Jews are God’s chosen people.  They forsook the Covenant God made with them; however, He will restore them at His Second Coming and protect a remnant that will enter His one-thousand-year reign on earth.  Study the biblical scriptures through the Indwelling Spirit and all this will be made understandable.

The Gospel Message of Biblical Christianity is founded upon the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and His second coming.  If Jesus did not arise on the third day as eyes witnesses attest, there can be no Christianity, no God the Son and no “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”

Biblical Christianity is the only faith that does not require your good deeds to outweigh your bad deeds in order to be approved by God.  God’s mercy alone through the shed blood of Jesus atoned for your sins.  In Jesus you become a child of God: You are redeemed and by your confession and repentance you are sanctified and indwelled by the Holy Spirit; at Jesus’ second coming, you are glorified and will spend eternity in His kingdom all because of His Mercy, not your good works.

The Islamic Jesus (Isa) is considered one of ALLAH’s important prophets but not his son.  The Old Testament and writings of the Apostles of the first century were available to Muhammad (Allah’s messenger and considered the perfect example for all to follow). Even though Muhammad’s writings contain tenets of the biblical scriptures and elements of their end time prophesy, their similarities are only related because of Muhammad’s lack of understanding and interpretation. Most, if not all, of the biblical scriptures he rejected as distortions and untruths.

The truth about Jesus according to Islamic literature is briefly summarized, from Wikipedia, as follows: //Note: Islamic eschatology is “somewhat broad” as is Jewish and Christian.  Thread lightly, and do your own research. //

  • “Jesus is not God’s son and was not God in the flesh. Allah does not have a son.
  • The Quran claims Jesus was physically carried to heaven by Allah and that one day he will return. Jesus did not die on a cross for the sins of man. Allah delivered Jesus from death.
  • Jesus was merely a prophet. When he returns he will return as a Muslim and follow Sharia Law. Jesus will refer to the Mahdi—the Messiah—as greater than he.
  • When the Mahdi—the final Caliph of Islam—returns, the Islamic Jesus will also appear and will declare what was written about him in the Bible to be a distortion of all truth. All Muslims will be required and obligated to follow the Mahdi.
  • Jesus will remove all crosses, and will kill all Jews, Christians and all who will not bow down to Allah. Jesus will help destroy the Masih ad-Dajjai (false messiah).
  • Jesus will return to earth, marry and have children and then die. He will be buried next to Muhammad. “

While the Jews await their Messiah, Christians await the Second Coming of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and Islam awaits the Mahdi and the prophet Jesus, the world abounds in turmoil, death and destruction by the hands of men who endeavor, as written earlier, to “do what is right in their own eyes and according to their own faiths.”

All three great faiths have their differing views of the “historic Jesus” of the biblical scriptures. Now the question to be asked and answered is: “Who is Jesus to you?  Was he just a prophet, a mere delusional man or was he truly the Son of God?

If Jesus did not arise from death, the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit—is a religious farce contrived by man.  If there is no resurrection, then there is NO Biblical Christianity and NO “one pathway” to eternal life.  There can still be the man made “Cultural Christianity” of today’s world that offers no hope and no relationship with a Living God, but it is not TRUTH so who needs it or who, better still, even cares. Man is just an animal who will live, die and whose decayed bodies will return to the earth.  There will be no eternity so “eat, drink and be merry” for that is all you’ll get out of life.

Islam like Christianity and Judaism has varying doctrines and understandings regarding a supreme being.  Just as there are peaceful Muslims and Christians, there are also Jihadist, radical “non-Biblical Christians” and a spectrum of believers within each group.

It is my belief that Biblical Christianity is the Truth.  There is no radicalism, savagery, homophobia, brutality to be found in the words of the Biblical Jesus.  There is to be found a new spiritual rebirth that changes lives, gives freedom and liberty, and guarantees eternal life.

In this life you can have a Spiritual Heart of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and a personal relationship with the ‘Living God.’” But, only if you will claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and allow the Holy Spirit to indwell you.

Or, you can retain your own human heart with its lusts and covetous desires and live in a world of “evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness (lying), and slanders among a long host of other acts of the human flesh if you claim the worldliness of humanistic logic and thinking.” The choice, of course, is yours.

As for me, I have accepted by faith and declare unashamedly Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior.  He can be yours if you will accept Him in faith and belief.

Those are my thoughts for today, what are yours?

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¹ “Artificial insemination first made surrogacy possible. A traditional surrogate is a woman who is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm.  A gestational surrogate has no genetic ties to the child. That’s because it wasn’t her egg that was used. A gestational surrogate is called the “birth mother.” The biological mother, though, is still the woman whose egg was fertilized, and the biological father is the man whose sperm was use in the fertilization process.” Definitions were taken and paraphrased, in some form or the other by the author, from: www.webmd.com.

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Only God Cares for Humanity

 

TWEET: Lives matter to Jesus and His Church, those called by Him, but not to natural man…more

The present world can not and will not become a better place in which to live which begs the question, “Why can’t we all just get along?” All the talk and group “love gatherings” that you are now seeing on network TV and other media sources will not change anything.  Mankind is inherently evil and will remain so until the return of Jesus Christ. THIS IS A FACT! Open your eyes, ears and hearts America and seek the truth that can only be found through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. The utopia of man’s dreams will never be found without accepting God’s Son as your Lord and Savior.

Killings and anarchy are the fabric that mankind will wrap themselves in if the Creator God—made known to man in the Biblical Scriptures and in His Son Jesus Christ—is not honored and believed.  America’s people and her governmental leaders have “drunk the Kool-Aid” of political correctness and are doing “what is right in their own eyes” rather than following the Judeo-Christian heritage their country was built upon.

The pathway to eternal life and the road map to eternal life were given mankind thousands of years ago. They are found in the Bible and in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  There is only one way to God—the Creator God of this universe—and that way is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Why must man continually repeat the folly of previous generations?  The answer is simple, man’s eyes and thoughts have been veiled to the Truth; Lucifer will become man’s god unless God’s Spirit is present in one’s life.

Without Jesus there is no hope for mankind. Allah—the pagan (my opinion; I’ve heard the voice of the True God) god of Islam that cannot indwell the human spirit—cannot save; the immoral, apostate and materialistic worldliness of the various religious denominations—Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and etc.—, those whose members are not the Bride of Christ, cannot save nor can any other manmade “religious system” save and give peace. The only hope for mankind is Jesus Christ and His pathway, pure and simple. Why would man not want this, and why can man not accept this? Simple answer. God only reveals Himself to those who He chooses to reveal Himself too.

So, I will say again what I have said before.  If you do not believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was not raised from death, throw away your Bible and continue to live your life in wanton pleasures because there is no hope for an unbeliever in an afterlife with the Creator God of the Bible—An afterlife in HELL maybe, but not in God’s Kingdom. You have no hope for a peaceful and caring life in this world because Lucifer is your god, and materialism and worldliness have enslaved you.

Man is responsible for himself in his lot in life regardless of the circumstances in which he was born; why must he blame any and everyone for his own personal “self-made prison”?  Many chose not to obey and honor their parents; many chose not to study and apply themselves in school; many deny God and His commandments and chose to live in worldly immorality—illicit sex, drug use, laziness, thievery, lust and etc; many choose not to learn a trade or work preferring handouts from the government pigsty; many simply seek pity and handouts while blaming others for their plight in life; many are simply unable to differentiate between truth and false because they have allowed the desires of their physical bodies to rule in their lives.

Examples of successful lives lived by those who have achieved success despite all forms of hardship and adversities are everywhere. People of success should speak out and condemn those who will not take responsibility and live righteously using what abilities and talents they may have.  Not everyone can be a doctor, engineer, lawyer and etc.  Some may only be able to perform what man would say are the lowest of jobs.  Work of any kind is worthy of praise. Why must man remain slaves to “humanism” and refuse to use what talents they may have for the betterment of themselves and their fellowman.

Yes, God gave man the answer to happiness and contentment thousands of years ago and is still giving man the answer today, but man in his laziness, greed, lust and desire for materialistic pleasures continues to refuse and accept the Truth of God.  God’s wrath is coming.  It will come first to present day apostate Christendom—those who have not accepted the Gospel Message and allowed God’s Holy Spirit to indwell them—and then to those who refuse to heed His call to make Him the Lord of their life.

So, what will you do?  It would be my prayer that all would allow God to indwell them and to receive a new spiritual heart—to be born again. Jesus Christ is the only answer.  Will you accept God’s way or will you continue in man’s way?

Those are my thoughts for the day.  What are yours?

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Independence Day 2016

As  America celebrated Independence Day 2016, the two hundredth year of her independence, her people stood at a Crossroad that will define the future of America; the America that has been the envy of peoples and nations throughout the known world, will either be blessed based upon her repentance and returned to God or condemned because of her denial of God and her choice to live as slaves to idols of immorality, worldliness, greed and corruption. My question is, “Which road (Crossroad or Path) will America and her people choose?”

The Crossroad is not whether or not Hillary or Donald wins this coming Presidential election. In reality, it really will not matter which one wins as the “die has been cast;” America’s government and her people have strayed from her founders’ ideals as later expressed by Abraham Lincoln, “A government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Our great nation and its people have chosen to walk in the humanistic desires of wanton pleasure “doing what each desires in their own hearts.” America and her people have denied the Creator God, and the survival of America’s representative democracy hangs in the balance.

The future for the world, however, has already been laid out in the prophecies found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Jesus Christ at His Second Coming will rule the earth with a “rod of iron.” The evil that we presently know will no longer exist, and there will no longer be Democratic, Republican or Libertarian political parties of self-interest.

Those of us of who lived (my opinion) through the “best of times,” the 1940’s and 1950’s, were fortunate to learn the truth of America’s founding history and to have studied the writings found in America’s founding documents. Sadly, this generational group is slowly fading away. It is unfortunate that those who lived during this period, I include myself, allowed through their silence, the years to pass without passing the torch of liberty and freedom to their children and grandchildren. But, it is still not too late to begin teach our families the true values of a Godly America; but that teaching must begin today. Why not start today by reading The Declaration of Independence.

America was founded as a Christian Nation—a Nation of morality, integrity, public prayer and a belief in the Creator God of the Bible. The liberal progressive left would have you to believe otherwise. Read for yourself the Godly inscriptions that can still be found written on / in the buildings and monuments in our Nation’s capital, before those who are trying to transform America’s Republic into a godless, secular, humanistic governmental “system” with a common pigsty trough from which all will feed to erase them. The America I knew is gone—gone forever unless spiritual repentance comes!

Yes, I personally believe it is too late for repentance from America’s current plight of immorality, godlessness, greed, sexual and materialistic lust, Executive, Legislative and Judicial corruption (How can those who hold elected positions in public office claim Christianity and remain silent to all that has gone on in the public and private arenas?), apostate houses of religion, human sacrifice in the abortion mills and a judicial ruling that marriage can be other than between one man and one woman. There is no doubt that there are others that could be listed, but I will stop as I am beginning to become angry (that would be righteous anger) and cry out the line, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore,” from an old 1976 film entitled, NETWORK, staring Howard Beale; visit, http://en.m.wikiquote.org for more information.

So here we are at The Crossroad that I would like for all to understand; It is time for those who are professing Christians to step outside their “institutions of faith” and tell others of the Hope in which they live? This is America’s only hope for a future of liberty and true justice for all. But first, to step out you need to know your real standing in Christ Jesus? Consider the following questions:

  1.  Are you truly saved and know it?

2.   Do you profess salvation but in your heart are not sure?

3.   Do you think you are saved but have no proof?

If God’s elect—those who are indwelled by His Holy Spirit, read and meditate upon His Word (the Bible), pray and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit—will escape from their closets of silence, God may listen and change the hearts of America and in turn, America’s future. Otherwise, there is no future for America and her people. By the way, question number 1, above, was the answer that was sought.

The God of the bible only listens to the voice of His sheep (His Bride, the Church). His gift of salvation is free and was paid for by the blood of His Son, Jesus. There are no works that you need to do to earn salvation. It is a gift.

If you are of another religion, you should continue to worship your god and do the things he or she commands of you, unless of course, the God of the Bible calls you to Him.

My words are given in LOVE. As the saying goes, “Love the sinner but hate the sin.” After all, we were all born with the humanistic sin nature. Only by being born again—spiritual rebirth—can you find the newness of life and no longer be a captive to the sins of the flesh.

Before you past judgment on me please consider the following: I am not anyone’s judge nor is this Blog an attempt to discredit you or your religion. I consider the contents of my writings and myself to be non-judgmental.  I do not discriminate nor do I believe or condone any acts of discrimination against any person no matter what race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, Veteran status or any other status or condition protected by law.

While my policy statement reflects my non-discriminatory ethical belief, I do believe I should be allowed to exercise my freedom to speak and my freedom of religion (Biblical Christianity) without prejudicial judgment, just as I believe you also should be allowed the same freedom. I just want to tell you about Jesus, and the love He alone can give to you if you will only come to Him as He calls.

America must turn in true repentance to her Judeo-Christian heritage and belief in the Creator God of the Bible, or face the future of God’s wrath. That is the Crossroad where I believe America presently stands. Which road will America travel, and which road will you be on?

Those are my comments for today. I would love to hear from you. Please comment.

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I am not anyone’s judge.  I consider the contents of my writings and myself to be non-judgmental.  I do not discriminate nor do I believe or condone any acts of discrimination against any person no matter what race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, Veteran status or any other status or condition protected by law.

While my policy statement reflects my non-discriminatory ethical belief, I do believe I should be allowed to exercise my freedom to speak and my freedom of religion without prejudicial judgment just as I believe you also should be allowed the same freedom.

I am not a proponent of today’s secular, humanistic Politically Correctness doctrine, I do not believe in the COEXIST bumper sticker that pacifists whiners place on their cars and their view that we should all “just get along,” nor do I believe in the “Global Community Socialist / Communist” doctrines, “Diversity Quotas,” “Social Justice retributions,” “Participation Trophies,” “Darwinian Evolution,” liberal judges with their own agendas, and too many other doctrines and agendas of the extreme progressive liberal left and elitist proponents of the Godless Democratic Party that are not in keeping with America’s Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 

 

Can you hide from EVIL?

Where can you hide from the LOONS? You are faced with them every day. They are the talking heads of network media and their consultants, newspaper editorial writers, opinion writers, letter to the editor writers, Internet blog writers and commentators, and many others. Most are just fools. Some are even crazy. Some are even profound in recognizing truth. I’m probably one, but which one is still up for debate.

It is unfortunate, as I see it, that the Millennium generation and maybe the generation preceding them see all that is going on around them as normal and acceptable behavior. Those of older generations, the forties and fifties of the last century, see a changing world that is returning to the “old sins” the Creator God of the Universe cautioned would bring disease, death, and fruitless lives of unending futility (At least those who claim Biblical Christianity are aware of these changes.)

When mankind is left to make up the rules of morality, there are no limits to the depths of degradation a society will fall. I just read that a court ruling in Canada legalized sexual acts with animals as long as there was no penetration. WHAT? Maybe I got that wrong, but it is not out of the realm of possibility that a “court” might make such a ruling. I find it sickening, and if you don’t, all I can say is: Shame! Shame! Shame!

Immoralities have abounded since the beginning of time. Human sacrifice and immoralities were forbidden by God’s Law for His people and recorded in the biblical book of Leviticus (among others). Among the many recorded I’ll list these few: //Note: formatting problems were encountered in the following numbering.  Do you best to decipher. Sorry!//

  1. Sex with animals was punishable by death in the Biblical writings found in the Book Leviticus. “If there is a man who lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death; you shall also kill the animal. If there is a woman who approaches any animal to mate with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death,” Leviticus 20:15-16.

As God lead the Hebrew’s from Egypt to the promise land, He was setting aside a people, who practiced “the sins of Egypt,” for a new beginning; they were to be a holy people with moral and ethical principles as they traveled to the land of Canaan—a land populated by pagan idol worshippers and practitioners of gross immorality; people groups, who in their religious practices, ordained temple prostitutes, both male and female, to serve in the worship of their gods.

I have first hand knowledge from sources that have witnessed a woman having sex with a donkey or a donkey having sex with a woman, whichever way you want to look at it so there is no denial, in my mind, that such immorality exists. What about the news story of the man, I believe in Texas, who had sexual penetration (anal intercourse) by a horse. It resulted in his death due to a ruptured intestine. We indeed are living in a sick society.
2) Sacrificing offspring (children) to Molech, a god of the Ammonites, was an act of worship by pagan cultures centuries ago and was condemned by God. The Ammonites were an ancient Semitic empire, older than the Egyptians, Babylonians and Hittites; all occupying Palestine and Syria before other nations; Dictionary-Concordance-Thesaurus to the Old and New Testaments, New American Standard. In their worship services they offered sacrifices of children by fire. Leviticus 18:21; 1 King 11:17; Jeremiah 32:35.

Today’s America promotes abortions as an acceptable way of birth control. Can you hear the cries of the unborn as they are torn from the womb of their mothers suffering pain liken to that of being “sacrificed on a molten stone?” The sacrificial offerings of the ancient pagans were perhaps methods of birth control; a cruel and barbaric behavior. The cruelty is still the same. How will women (men are guilty participants in fathering a child), as individuals, justify their acts when they face the Creator God of the Universe? Please note: God can forgive. When you turn to Him from your sins, they will be blotted out and remembered no more. If you have had an abortion, God can forgive and heal you, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.

3) Family Incest between aunts, uncles, sisters, sisters-in-laws, mothers, mothers-in-laws, fathers, father-in-law, and other blood relatives are described as relationships abhorrent, disgraceful, and detestable acts of immorality. See Leviticus 18, 19 and 20. Practices such as these are still going on in today’s world. I know of examples and more than likely you do too. Open your eyes American “Christian.”
4) “Intercourse between two males as a male lies with a female is an abomination”, Leviticus 18:22 paraphrased. America has accepted the LIE that homosexuality is a normal and respectable “god approved” lifestyle; a lifestyle of choice in my opinion. Regardless of man’s differing opinions, it is a fact that know diseases—AIDS, anal warts, gonorrhea, syphilis and other STD’s— will infect many who have sexual relations with partners that are unknown to them that have practiced “unprotected” homosexual activities. Diseases also affect adulterers and heterosexuals who engage in sexually immoral activities so I am not just singling out homosexuals.

I’m telling you folks, sexual immorality of all kinds lead to terrible health consequences that were known thousands of years ago. Man’s humanistic spirit will just not recognize known facts.
5) “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them, I am the Lord your God,” Leviticus 19:31. Are you a cultural Christian who claims to love Jesus but denies His deity and Power but at the same time believes in the “spirituality” of prayer? You claim you have love for God, but you do not have holiness for Him; God is given an hour or two on your day of worship but no more. Do you give more thought to your daily horoscope than you do to God’s Word (Bible reading and meditation)? Most do as evidenced by the many dust covered Bibles of today’s cultural Christians. The Bible is the Christian’s guidebook and roadmap and must be read and studied.
6) If there is a man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, one who commits adultery with his friend’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death,” Leviticus 20:10. This is a practiced that is going on in today’s world.

The people of ancient times—pagan cultures—were physically and mentally impure and laden with diseases that caused death, deformation, blindness and other ailments—physical and mental “diseases” resulting from their immorality practices.

When God brought the Hebrew children out of Egypt, He established standards by which His people were to live. These standards were for the purification of the race. The Hebrew’s were forbidden to associate with the pagan societies they would encounter as they walked toward the Promised Land. Unfortunately, the people chose to disobey God’s Laws and all under the age of twenty died without entering the Promised Land.

God, the Creator God of the Bible, set the standards by which mankind should live. Man in his arrogance and stupidity throughout the centuries has frequently chosen to live by his, man’s standards, and not Gods. America has played the fool and is now condoning immorality standards not in keeping with those established by God. America and her people will fall to God’s wrath and suffer the consequences of immorality and materialistic idol worship.

What will be your testimony of life on your judgment day? Look at the created world around you; life did not evolve from a cesspool of muck. Darwinian evolution is a lie and there are no scientific facts to support his thesis. Do your own research. I suggest you start with reviewing the work published at www.creation.com/.

I know my words are for naught for those who do not believe in the Creator God of the Bible. As Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 1: 9, “That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.” Man will either accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior or they will not. So be it.

Those are my thoughts for the day. What are yours?

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Scripture quotations in quotes and / or marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain).

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

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I am not anyone’s judge.  I consider the contents of my writings and myself to be non-judgmental.  I do not discriminate nor do I believe or condone any acts of discrimination against any person no matter what race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, Veteran status or any other status or condition protected by law.

While my policy statement reflects my non-discriminatory ethical belief, I do believe I should be allowed to exercise my freedom to speak and my freedom of religion without prejudicial judgment just as I believe you also should be allowed the same freedom.

I am not a proponent of today’s secular, humanistic Politically Correctness doctrine, I do not believe in the COEXIST bumper sticker that pacifists whiners place on their cars and their view that we should all “just get along,” nor do I believe in the “Global Community Socialist / Communist” doctrines, “Diversity Quotas,” “Social Justice retributions,” “Participation Trophies,” “Darwinian Evolution,” liberal judges with their own agendas, and too many other doctrines and agendas of the extreme progressive liberal left and elitist proponents of the Godless Democratic Party (Read for yourself the Party’s platform; no Biblical Christian can support this platform of evil) that are not in keeping with America’s Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Do you have the “Gift of Discouragement?”

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Pondering Thought:

The “Gift of Discouragement” is a humanistic “personality flaw,” in my opinion, that affects many; the sad part is that those who have it, do not realize they have “the gift.”  To put this in context of how I first learned of this gift, I will have to take you back to a 2015 musical performance by the group, Greater Vision, an American Southern Gospel trio, which was held at the First Baptist Atlanta church.

Gerald Wolfe, lead singer and founder of the group, during a break between songs, addressed Dr. Stanley, Pastor of First Baptist, with his view that a Gift of the Spirit had been omitted from the Manifestation of the Spirit list given to believers in Jesus Christ, read 1 Corinthians 12:1-14 for full insight.

Knowing that many will not look up the verses, I’ll list the gifts of the Spirit.  They are the gifts of: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues (various languages, my view) and interpretation of tongues. A believer may receive one or more and their purpose is to enhance the Body of Christ, the Church, as they spread the Gospel Message.

Gerald, of course, was joking as there is no Gift of Discouragement, but there are givers (bearers) of discouragement; they are generally well meaning individuals, but their views are harmful to those they interact with.  I imagine most people, at some time or the other, have had or presently have, individuals in their lives that are not encouragers but discouragers.  The discourager may have been a spouse, parent, sibling, friend, neighbor, relative, stranger and etc.  Maybe you are one.

Hopefully, you have never encountered a discourager for any long period of time.  Or, if you have, you have made it a practice to ignore discouraging remarks and have lived your life without damage to your soul and spirit.  Many, however, allow discouragers to damage the fruitfulness of their lives.

Thankfully there are encouragers in life.  An encourager can be anyone no matter whether or not they are religious, atheistic or whatever.  It is the way people are wired. Some see life optimistically (positive thoughts and comments) while others see life pessimistically (negative thoughts and comments).  Of course there are a myriad of people someplace within the span from positive to negative.

To have one encourager as a brother or sister in Christ would be a greater benefit than anything I can think of.  Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 1:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another,” and in Ephesians 4:29 he writes, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” In other words, always be a positive influence in someone’s life.

You can live your life being encouraged or discouraged by your acquaintances in the humanistic “fleshly desires of immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and such” and be excluded from eternal life in the kingdom of God, or you can “crucify your fleshly desires and passions and enjoy a spiritual life with Jesus in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” paraphrased from Galatians 5:16-24.  You have a choice.  What will yours be?

Consider this thought, Biblical Christians would choose the spiritual life with Jesus, but Cultural Christians would vacillate between a worldly lifestyle while maintaining they know God and God knows them—a bad assumption.  Those without the Biblical God and knowledge of Him may have moral values but live a worldly life and thus are not truly known by God.

I can assure you that if you surround yourself with positive people you will come closer to reaching your potential. In the final analysis of life, you become like those you choose to surround yourself with.  In my opinion, true happiness can only be found in Jesus Christ through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

I’ll close with this.  If people could “love their neighbor as themselves” (paraphrased from Galatians 5:14), the world would truly be a better place.  Think about this from the standpoint of being an encourager or discourager. Which are you?

Those are my thoughts for the day.  What are yours?

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Scripture quotations in quotes and / or marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain).

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

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Is Jesus your First Love?

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Biblical Christian, Jesus must remain your First Love.  Cultural Christians, repent and return to the Words of Jesus.

Bottom Line:

In God’s foreknowledge, He knew Christendom would not be the panacea for worldwide peace and harmony. Man’s unwillingness to forsake the pleasures and selfishness of his human heart’s desires, leads only to eternal death of his body, soul and spirit.  God offers man a sanctified, spiritual heart that will conform him to the likeness of Jesus Christ. All man has to do is deny his self-will, believe the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ—born of a virgin, died willingly on a cross for man’s sins, and arose from death—and allow the Holy Spirit to live within his heart, and make Jesus his First Love—nothing comes before Jesus; not family, friends, materialistic pleasures, or self.

Today’s Scripture:

“But realize this, that in the last day’s difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these,” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Pondering Thoughts:

I see storms of darkness coming to the 21st Century American churches: both to Biblical Christians—those who accept Jesus Christ as their risen Savior and His Way as the only pathway to His Heaven and eternal life, and to Cultural Christians—those who profess but do not possess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is written, God will judge His Church and His people.

The atrocities that American’s see and read about daily that are happening at the hands of Islamic extremists, worldly governments and peoples of religious apostasies and thoughts throughout the world are coming to America.  America’s own governmental leaders are in many cases promoting persecution of those who hold to the TRUTH of Jesus and His Word, the Holy Bible; they accept the “Peaceful” religion of Islam and of Cultural Christianity, but reject the Peaceful religion of Biblical Christianity. They accept Islam out of fear. Followers of True Islam will kill you while followers of Biblical Christianity (the Overcomers in Jesus) will pray for you.

My heart goes out to all who face daily perils and persecutions but especially to the little children being raped, abused and murdered because of their belief in Jesus Christ. America should stand in their defense, but America’s government is quickly becoming one with those who seek to punish citizens who believe in Jesus.  Cultural Christians—those who know the name of Jesus but do not possess Him—deserve much of the blame as well as many Biblical Christians (those in need of repentance from their backslidden hearts) who have remained silent in their “cathedrals of safety” where they do not feel threatened to say the name of Jesus.

Both have stood by in their self-believed righteousness and by their inactions, fears, and in many cases their condoning world view, have allowed evil, masquerading as Political Correctness, to become so deeply ingrained that to change course and return to Godly morality will not be possible except through revolution or some major catastrophic world event that decimates a large percentage of the world population.  The “Al Gore’s” of the world should not concern themselves with global warming.  Biblical prophecy tells of total global burning when all things will perish as the earth is refined by fire like gold is refined by fire.

Many so called Cultural Christian Church bodies have excluded Jesus Christ from their sanctuaries.  They deny God and God’s Commandments and have established man-made rules of “righteousness.”  They have accepted the “LIE” of Satan, a created being, and have denied God, his (Satan’s) Creator.  The Creator God was asked to leave America, and it is my belief that He has left. America will pay a penalty, a harsh penalty, at the hands of evil men God will use as agents of His wrath.

But, what about the churches?  What is their role? In the Biblical Book of Revelation, Jesus—through an Angel and then through the Apostle John—gave Messages to the Seven Churches of Asia by name: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.  These churches are said, by various commentators, to be representative of seven types of churches in the Apostle John’s time, churches during various time periods of church history and are also representative of the churches during the 21st Century.

The Church of Jesus Christ is not a physical building but a people group who claim Him as their Lord and Savior; they are referred to in the Bible as the “Bride of Christ.”  The physical churches are meeting places for the Brides of Christs and also for those who claim Jesus but who do not possess Him (children of Satan).  Jesus gave words to both groups in the Messages to the Seven Churches of Asia, see Revelation 2 and 3.

To the Brides of Christ, who may be found in all churches of Christendom, Jesus taught, “Hold to the Words of instruction and continue to worship Him as their First Love through both the good and bad times (persecutions and martyrdom).” First Love is to place Jesus Christ first in everything through prayer, Bible study and meditation, giving (the tithe), worship, service and reliance upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  To make Jesus your First Love and to place everything else second, is not to neglect all other aspects of your life—family, work, friends.  There must always be balance and that balance is found in allowing God’s Holy Spirit to indwell you and to be your Spiritual Guide in all walks of life.  True followers of Jesus Christ are overcomers of the materialism and worldliness of this world.

Examine your life and the life of the church you attend.  Are you, or your church, dead, dying, lukewarm or on fire for Jesus? Is your First Love Jesus or your church building, preacher, choir director, choir, a teacher, deeds of work or those mission trips. Are you working for Jesus or for your own “feel good” pleasures and recognitions?  What about those visitors you fail to greet with a smile and a welcome?  Better still, are you willing to give up your “click” to welcome new members from the existing church body? Think about it.

In your daily Bible study time, read about the seven churches and ponder on their conditions as seen by Jesus and not by man. While you read think about the church at Smyrna and at Philadelphia.  These two had no complaint, warning, or condemnation from Jesus.  Consider Jesus’ words to:

  • The Church at Smyrna, ¹a persecuted church: “I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich). And the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer,” “Some of you are about to be tested, thrown into prison and martyred but overcome and be faithful until death and you will not be hurt by the second death, the Great White Throne Judgment,” Revelation 2:8 -11 paraphrased.
  • The Church at Philadelphia, ¹a favored church: “I know your deeds…you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name…Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing (tribulation period), that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth…He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God…,” Revelation 3:7-13.

To those churches and people who had fallen, backslidden or just were not up to “His standards,” He did offer words of commendation, praise, and promise for “works” they had once performed when they began their relationship with Him, but He also gave warning, chastening, complaints, and counsel if they refused to repent (they had left their First Love) and return to Him; consider those words:

  • “I stand at your door and knock,” (applies to all but spoken to the church at Laodicea). Open your door (your heart) and receive me and make me your First Love.  In other words, Jesus must be first in your life. All who claim Christianity must be indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  Without the indwelling, there is no salvation, no home in Jesus’ heaven and no eternal life.
  • Reject the doctrine of Balaam (The Church at Pergamum [¹a licentious church]). “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam…So you also have some who in the same way hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Therefore repent…to him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.,” Revelation 2: 12-17 paraphrased.

Balaam was a Midianite prophet who was sent by Balak, king of Moab, to curse Israel.  Read the story in Numbers, chapters 22 through 25.  God would not allow Balaam to curse Israel (God even had Balaam’s donkey speak to him) so he, Balaam, suggested to Balak to have a festival, a feast to worship Moab’s god, Baal-Peor, that included idol worship and acts of licentiousness (immorality). Men of Israel accepted the invitation of Balak; they attended the festival and participated in their pagan activities.  God allowed thousands of Israelites who attended to be killed by a plague because of their participation.

“Balaamism” is thus wickedness, apostasy, idolatry, compromise and acts of sexual immorality that people of Christendom allow themselves to be willingly seduced by. “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness,” 2 Corinthians 6:14.

  • Reject the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes (The Church at Ephesus [¹a backslidden church). “I know you deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary.  But I have this against you, that you have left your First Love.  Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deed you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent…Yet you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life…,” Revelation 2: 1-7 paraphrased.

This was not a sect, as such, but was an effort by church leaders to establish a hierarchy of leadership (Clergy) over the common people (the Laity) of the Church.  After all, why have Pastors when you can have Clergy—Bishops, Cardinals, Popes and etc. Biblical Christians have direct access to Jesus and do not need an intermediator (man) to speak for them to God. Not all members of the Church at Ephesus accepted this teaching.  What about your church? Are there false prophets and teachers?

When ritualism resembling former pagan customs becomes more important than Jesus Christ’s Salvation by Grace, you have a Church in trouble.  Why compromise on the truth Jesus taught?

  • Reject Jezebelism (The Church at Thyatira [¹a lax church]). “I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.  But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols…To those of you who do not hold this teaching…hold fast until I come…and …overcome…,” Revelation 2:18-29.

Jezebel was a princess of idolatry devoted to Baal and Astarte, both pagan religions.  Through her family and her husband, Ahab, they introduce idolatry to Israel and killed many prophets of the Lord.  You can read about it in 1st Kings.

When the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, the Jezebel of the Old Testament times had been dead a long time.  Her death was actually gruesome as she was thrown from a second story window, trampled by horses and eaten by dogs who licked her blood from the streets.

Jezebelism is the allowance of “objects of worship” to become part of the Order of Worship. When people bow down to objects or pray to objects and claim that these objects are godly religious acts (many are from former pagan cultures) of worship and more important than the Bible, the Living Word of God, you have Cultural Christendom and Church Apostasy.

Jezebelism is also a compromising church and people group; What’s so wrong with homosexuality? What is wrong with throwing a little salt on the fire and saying Caesar is god? It harms no one and is the “right” thing for a great society say the teachers of false doctrine and political correctness.  America, your sins are great. REPENT.

  • Flee from the Dead Church (The Church at Sardis [¹a dead church]). “I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God…there are a few that…are worthy…and I will not erase their name from the book of life,” Revelation 3:1-6 paraphrased.

The dead church is another type of church that is formal, ritualistic and holds to false teachings and ungodly claims of knowledge and compromise.   It has a form of Godliness but because of unbelief it has no power. While there may not be idol worship as such, there is no Bible study or Bible reading.  They are not a church that is watching and waiting for Jesus to return. They too are a compromising church.

  • Come out of the Luke Warm Church (The Church at Laodicea [¹a lukewarm church]). “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot…because you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth…you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked…repent and overcome,” Revelation 3:14-22 paraphrased.

The Luke Warm Church is a church that maintains and performs a lot of activity, but there is no spiritual power.  The church is also a compromising church with material wealth and large activity centers, but there is no Jesus and no power in the Holy Spirit. Reliance upon money and the things it can buy for the “Church Community” are more important than the Spiritual Power God can provide. In other words, trust in God’s provisions and not by man’s “wealth.” God said that He stands outside the doors of this particular type church and knocks, asking to be let in.

¹from The Book of Revelation, Clarence Larkin, REV. CLARENCE LARKIN ESTATE, Glenside, Pa. 19038, p. 20-28.

Look around at the world today.  The world has always been plagued by evil men so today’s evil is nothing new.  Men have evidence of past and present atrocities but yet they are blinded to the reality of God’s final solution for man and the evil powers that are to come. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places,” Ephesians 6:12.

Today, we are witnessing a decline in the number of True Churches of Jesus Christ in America. Many of today’s Churches are churches in name only.  There is no power in their prayers and ministries. No healing and Christ like fellowship.  Revival is needed, but there will be no revivals.  Today’s men are much too sophisticated to walk the aisle of repentance, confessing their sins and turning from their wicked ways. They will be judged by Jesus at the Great White Throne Judgment.  Please note, only
God knows the true believers in any church. There may be “the Elect” in all church denominations, but the elect are true followers of Jesus Christ and HIS teachings.  The elect may be there to be “salt and light” to those who are to become followers of Jesus Christ. God’s wrath will be brought against all teachers of false doctrine and the apostasies committed by those who worship in temples of Satan.

Today a choice must be made. You must either accept the calling of God’s Spirit that is convicting you that you are a sinner—outside the will of God—and you must repent—change from your life of sin—and accept the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ and make Jesus your First Love. Or, you must refuse to accept the Creator God of Biblical Christianity—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and reject His Son, Jesus Christ, as the only true pathway to heaven. There are only two pathways.  Will you take the narrow path that leads to eternal life or will you take the broad path that leads to eternal damnation?  The choice is yours to make.

Are you willing to do it God’s way or man’s way?  God says to come out of the world.  If you choose not to accept God’s calling you will remain outside of God’s coming kingdom and the eternal life that He promised to those who love Him.

“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin,” James 4:17.

Those are my thoughts for today.  What will be your decision?

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