Destroyers of True Intimacy

Monday, August 7, 2017, 5:55 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Oh, To Be Like Thee.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Isaiah 33 (Select vv. ESV).

A Destroyer (v. 1; cf. Psalm 2:1; Rev. 11:18)

Ah, you destroyer,
who yourself have not been destroyed,
you traitor,
whom none has betrayed!
When you have ceased to destroy,
you will be destroyed;
and when you have finished betraying,
they will betray you.

What comes to mind here is John 10, in particular v. 10, where it says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

So, who are these thieves and robbers, i.e. these destroyers? They are the nations spoken of in Revelation 11:18 and in Psalm 2:1 who rage against Jesus Christ and his gospel of salvation, who persecute and martyr Christ’s followers, who kill innocents, and who overtake kingdoms, confiscate property not their own, and destroy lands and houses. The US government and their political allies are the ones who are doing this today.

Yet, they are also those strangers who have entered the gatherings of the church by a door other than Jesus Christ. They are false shepherds of the people, wolves in sheep’s clothing, and hired hands who care nothing for God’s people, but only for themselves. They have infiltrated the assemblies of the church for the very purpose to deceive, manipulate, lead people astray and to destroy the relationship between the church and their Lord.

Their goal is to pull as many people as possible away from the One and Only True God of the universe, who is the creator of the world and the people who live in it. And, it is to lead them to follow the world, the beast, the culture of society, and their own flesh. It is also to render spiritually powerless Christian men and women and church leaders, and to vilify those who are truly following Jesus Christ in pure devotion and dedication. It is to call evil good and good evil, to put darkness for light and light for darkness, and to put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Is. 5:20).

These destroyers have been working at this for many years, to bring the church down, to emasculate Christian men, in particular, to destroy the gospel by diluting it beyond recognition, and by physically conquering peoples and nations throughout the world. They have reinterpreted key Bible verses to make them not say what they are saying, or they have ignored them and have focused on only a few verses which fit with what they want to believe, which fits with the lifestyles they want to live. As well, they have placed lewd images in grocery store checkout lines, in store windows, on TV, and on general sites on the internet to lure men and women into sexual sin.

They have redefined marriage, have stirred up strife among various people groups, have falsified information, and have persuaded many to believe their lies and deceptions. They also have convinced many to abandon the true faith in Jesus Christ in favor of a more lenient, acceptable and tolerant religion which accepts all religions as viable and sinful lifestyles as standard (customary). And, they have persuaded many to believe that repentance and obedience to Christ are not only not necessary, but not required by God at all, and that God is pleased with them no matter what they do.

Our Stability (vv. 5-6)

The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
and he will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.

A day is coming when the Lord will put an end to the work of these destroyers and it will be payback time. What goes around comes around. What they have done to others will be done to them. The nations which have destroyed others will be destroyed. God will judge them, and that includes the USA, most especially, for all the evil they have done throughout the world to others, and including within our own nation. And, this includes all these false shepherds of the people, too, who feed only themselves, and whose goal it is to bring down the church and to destroy the gospel.

For, the Lord is exalted, and he will revive his adulterous people and he will bring many to faith in Jesus Christ. Not only will he judge, but he will also save. He will judge not only to punish, but to revive his people. Yet, this judgment will bring hard times on many people. If what our nation has done to other nations is done to us, much of our country could be reduced to rubble, as well as we could suffer much financial loss, loss of liberties, and loss of human lives, too. Yet, our Lord God will be our stability. And, the fear of the Lord will be, if it is not already, our treasured possession.

Who Walk Righteously (vv. 13-16)

Hear, you who are far off, what I have done;
and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling has seized the godless:
“Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire?
Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
who despises the gain of oppressions,
who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
he will dwell on the heights;
his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.

When judgment comes, which it will, those who are rebelling against God will be afraid, for they will not be able to stand in the judgment (See: Ps. 1:5; Rev. 6:17). Thus, the call of God is that all people would pay attention to what He has done (or will yet do) in judgment, and that they would acknowledge his might (power and authority), that he alone is God, and he alone is to be worshiped, sought after, and honored above all else.

Only those who walk righteously before God will be able to stand. They are those who, by God’s grace, have repented of their sins and are walking in obedience to their Lord, who reject evil, and who pursue what is godly and holy. Only they will be able to dwell in peace with God, who is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:28-29). Only they will be able to withstand the judgment and not lose faith, but will persevere and endure to the end, but only in the strength of the Lord, and empowered by the Spirit of God living within them.

Those who walk righteously, i.e. who conduct our lives according to the Spirit, and not according to the flesh, and who prefer what God prefers, will live in God’s continual presence. We have the Lord as our security and as our provider. He will supply all that we need. The fear of the Lord is our treasure. He is our defense and our stronghold (fortress). So, even though the earth gives way, and all hell breaks loose all around us, and even though God visits our nation(s) in judgment, and supplies are scarce, and troubles and hardships are numerous, we can rest in the Lord, believe in his promises, trust in his mercy and compassion, and lean on his strength. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will be our constant in a changing world. And, our desire will be for him, and to be like him.

Oh, to Be Like Thee, Blessed Redeemer
Thomas O. Chisholm / W. J. Kirkpatrick

Oh, to be like Thee! blessèd Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Oh, to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.

O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer others to save.

O to be like Thee! while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love;
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.

Oh, to be like Thee! Oh, to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

So, He Left Them

Friday, June 2, 2017, 7:09 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “My Jesus, I Love Thee.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Matthew 16:1-12 (ESV).

Signs of The Times (vv. 1-4)

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

Sometimes, when confronted with the truth, even Christians, or those who profess faith in Jesus Christ, will avoid the truth, change the subject, or they will distract from the truth by talking about what is of little consequence. Sometimes they may do this to try to trick or to trap those who are teaching the truth, perhaps hoping to discredit them in some way so that people will not listen to them. They don’t want to be confronted with the truth, because it causes them to have to face their own lies they believe, and their own lifestyles, and they don’t want to do that, because they don’t want change.

Amazingly enough, many who call themselves Christians know how to work the stock market, they are good at predicting the outcome of elections or ball games, and/or they are good at analyzing everyday situations, and coming up with solutions, but they don’t care to nor do they know how to interpret the signs of the times. They are so busy with their own lives, in doing whatever they do every day, that they are not really paying attention to what is really going on in the world around them, and how that relates to prophecy of scripture regarding these last days. And, sometimes this is because they don’t want to face the reality of the times in which we now live, because they want to believe life will continue to go on as it has been.

The thing of it is, though, that prophecy of scripture is being fulfilled in our lifetime, right before our eyes on a daily basis, and many people, including many Christians are being deceived, and are falling for the lies, and are rejecting the truth. We do live in the era of a wicked and adulterous generation, which is consumed and immersed in self-pleasure, and in being entertained by the world of sin. And, there are many false shepherds of the people and many wolves in sheep’s clothing who are leading God’s people astray, and the people need to be warned, but they also need to heed the warnings. Yet, many are just ignoring the warnings, and are going on with their lives as though they believe nothing bad will ever happen to them.

Then Jesus told them about the “sign of Jonah,” which is described for us more thoroughly in Matthew 12:38-42. There it tells us that this is about Jesus Christ and his death, burial and resurrection, concerning the judgment of God at the end of time, and regarding the preaching against sinful rebellion against God. This is about warning people about their sins of idolatry, unbelief, and of spiritual adultery against their Lord, and calling them to repentance, warning of divine judgment, and promising hope of eternal life to the repentant and the obedient. If we do not repent of our sins, but we continue in sinful rebellion against God, we do not have the hope of eternal life with God, but a fearful expectation of hell’s fires.

Jesus, after he told them about how they would be given the sign of Jonah, left them and departed (Matt. 16:4). Yet, it is not that he never had another conversation with them, but that he had said all he needed to say, and so he left. We would do well to follow his example. We need to know when to just walk away from a conversation, so that we don’t waste “time in useless discussions with perverse opponents who will not see the truth.” Jesus, “as it were, despaired of their improvement, and left them in righteous anger at their obduracy. “A man that is heretical after a first and second admonition refuse; knowing that such a one is perverted and sinneth, being self-condemned” (Titus 3:10, 11) (quoting from Pulpit Commentary on v. 4).

Definitions: Perverse – (of a person or their actions) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences (Google). Obdurate – stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action (Google).

Watch and Beware (vv. 5-12)

When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Jesus, then, warned his followers concerning the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Who were these? They were teachers of the law, some of them were rulers of the people (on the Sanhedrin), and they were religious leaders in the temple. They wielded an enormous influence and power over the people, so Jesus had to warn his followers against them, and against their lifestyles, their hypocrisy, and their teaching (See also Matthew 23). Just as leaven (yeast) works its way through a whole batch of dough, so can sinful behaviors and attitudes, immorality, false teaching, hypocrisy, gossip, and the like, permeate the lives and minds of Christ’s followers, his church. This is why we need to be made aware of these things, and of those who are leading God’s people astray, so that we reject the lies, and hold to the truth.

So, as ministers of our God, we need to be exposing the lies, and the fruitless deeds of darkness, and we need to be telling the people the truth, which is in contrast to the lies, so that they can reject the lies and follow the truth. We need to confront sin in sinful humans, warn of divine judgment, call for repentance and obedience to Christ and to his Word, and promise eternal life with God to the repentant and to the obedient. We need to tell them that Jesus Christ did not die merely to give us an escape from hell and the promise of heaven when we die, but that he died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24; cf. Ro. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24).

We also need to tell them that coming to faith in Jesus Christ means we are crucified with Christ in death to sin, and we are resurrected with him to newness of life, CREATED TO BE LIKE GOD IN TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS. God’s grace is NOT a free license to continue in willful sin against God, but his grace, which brings salvation, teaches us to say “NO” TO UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY PASSIONS, AND TO LIVE SELF-CONTROLLED, UPRIGHT AND GODLY LIVES WHILE WE WAIT FOR CHRIST’S RETURN (Tit. 2:11-14; cf. Ro. 6:1-23; Ro. 8:1-14; Lu. 9:23-25; 2 Co. 5:15, 21; 1 Jn. 1:5-9).

My Jesus, I Love Thee
William R. Featherstone / Adoniram J. Gordon

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
For thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I love thee because thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;
I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow;
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say, when the death-dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight;
I’ll ever adore thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

Wind of Change

Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:36 p.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “His Tender Mercies.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read John 10:1-13 (NIV).

A Stranger’s Voice (vv. 1-6)

“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Jesus Christ is the shepherd of his sheep. He is also the gate by which we enter into his sheep pen, the church, the body of Christ, and the kingdom of heaven, via God-given faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to the Father and to eternal life with God in heaven. There is no other way. His way is also the only way to salvation from sin and to eternal life, and that is only by way of the cross. First Jesus died on a cross, where he put our sins to death, and then he was resurrected from the dead, whereby he rose victorious over sin, hell, Satan and death, on our behalf. When we believe in him with God-given faith, we are crucified with him in death to sin, and we are resurrected with him to newness of life, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (See: Ro. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Pet. 2:24).

Yet, there are strangers who have entered this sheep pen by another way, i.e. via deception, manipulation, force, persuasion and fakery. They are not true shepherds of the sheep, but are forgeries, phonies, liars and hypocrites who pretend to care for the sheep, but who are truly thieves and robbers. Many of them serve as pastors and elders in local congregations or in man-made churches, which are really businesses called “church,” but which are not founded on Jesus and the gospel, but on business marketing techniques and schemes. And, they preach a false grace gospel which requires no death to sin, no repentance, no submission to Christ and his cross, and no obedience. They twist the scriptures to their advantage, or they take them out of context in order to back up their lies and their false hope gospel.

Yet, these strangers exist, as well, in the political realm. Some of them claim to be Christians in order to convince Christians to follow them and to believe they truly care about the people, when that is a lie. One of them is Donald Trump, the current president of the USA. But, they also exist as some or all of those on the White House staff, and among those who are our senators and representatives, governors, and mayors, etc. Yet, our federal government of these United States is not the de facto government of this nation. Instead, a shadow government of the Elite (wealthy and powerful) of the world is the actual government of these United States, and our government leaders actually serve them, like the harlot who rides the beast. Thus, our government leaders are really more like the hired hands, which the shadow government uses to do their dirty work across the globe.

Steal, Kill and Destroy (vv. 7-10)

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

In actuality, what our government leaders are involved in is the conquering of nations and peoples and Christians throughout the globe, murdering innocents (including Christians), raping, pillaging, destruction of property, confiscation of property not their own, and the take down of sovereign nations, and all for this shadow government, a.k.a. the New World Order, a.k.a. the beast (of Revelation 13). They are also involved in the forced relocation and deaths of many, many people, some of whom probably die in route or else they die in camps, much like the American Indians who President Andrew Jackson relocated from the southern states to west of the Mississippi River. Interestingly enough, Donald Trump seems to be making a parallel of sorts between himself and President Jackson, as kinship spirits.

What I believe the Lord Jesus is showing me today is that this is coming to America, too. It has to in order for this beast to ultimately rule the entire world and for all nations to be in subjection to this beast New World Order. America will not be spared. What we have done to other nations will soon be done to us, too. What goes around comes around.

Our president is not who he says he is, and he is not going to do most of the things he says he is going to do. He, alias the shadow government, a.k.a. the New World Order beast, which is comprised of multiple people and groups joined together for one common purpose, is planning to force compliance with this beast New World Order. They will do this by forced separation of what is vital, fundamental and essential for our survival physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually from its supply and support and/or from its foundation, such as removing from the people their bank accounts, incomes, sources of food, church fellowships, Bibles, homes, and lands, et al. The plan will also be to try to separate Christians from their beliefs and to get them to bend, i.e. to conform to the shape of the beast, to deny their Lord, and to compromise truth for the sake of acceptance and unity.

The Lord has been showing me much lately that America is in for a low time, a time of depression or decline financially, but that through this low period his church will be revived and many people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord will purify his bride to make her ready for the consummation of the marriage between her and her Lord (husband), Jesus Christ. Although this thief New World Order beast is here to kill and to destroy, Jesus is here via his Spirit to give life, and to give it abundantly to all who will trust in him to be Lord (owner-master) and Savior of their lives, via death to sin and resurrection to new lives in him, to be lived to him and to his righteousness.

The Hired Hand (vv. 11-13)

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.”

Jesus Christ, the Son of God (and God) died on a cross to deliver us out of slavery to sin and to free us to now come under the control of his righteousness. He took the punishment for our sin, as well, so that we would be delivered from hell and have the hope of eternal life with God. When we believe in Jesus with God-given faith, our old self is crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin (Ro. 6:6-7). Now we walk (in lifestyle) according to the Spirit and no longer according to our sinful flesh (Ro. 8:1-14).

Yet, there are those who are the “hired hands,” i.e. those who come only to kill, steal and destroy who want nothing more than to convince us either that Jesus is not the only way to God and to heaven, and/or that salvation in him requires no death to sin and resurrection to new life, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. They want to convince us that we can make some acknowledgment of what Jesus did for us and some type of acceptance of his grace to us in providing forgiveness of sins, minus death to sin and living to righteousness. Thus, they do not teach that Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, so we must not heed them.

As well, there are “hired hands” in the political realm, and in this case they are the US government who work for this shadow government (beast). They have already handed us over to this beast, i.e. they have already deserted the people of this nation. A turning point for America is coming when the wind of change will shift and will propel this move into the next phase of this takeover of the USA by this New World Order beast. It will come suddenly upon us like a surprise storm and the gust of a strong wind, and it will shake this nation to its very core. Yet, we are not to be afraid, for our Lord is with us, and he will give us all we need to endure and to cope with this change.

His Tender Mercies / An Original Work / January 26, 2014

Fear not! I’m with you.
Be not dismayed!
God watches o’er you.
Trust Him today.
He’ll lead and guide you;
Give you His aid.
He’ll love and keep you
With Him always.

Walk in His footsteps.
He’ll lead the way.
Trust in His love;
Believe that He cares.
He will not leave you.
Faithful He’ll be.
His tender mercies
Now you will see.

Fellowship with Him
Throughout the day.
Tell Him your heartaches.
He’ll heal always.
Rest in His comfort.
He is your friend.
Your faith He’ll strengthen,
True to the end.

Sound Teaching

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 9:08 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Teach Them.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read 1 Timothy 1:1-11 (NASB).

To Timothy (vv. 1-2)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,

To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

The book of Timothy is considered to be a pastoral epistle – a letter written by Paul to Timothy, who was his son in the Lord, a fellow worker with him in the ministry, and a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, all of what is taught in this epistle may not specifically apply to all of us, yet the scriptures do teach that “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). So, we need to find out what it is that we are to learn from this God-breathed letter, for God has given it to us, his people, for a purpose.

I am a woman. I believe scripture teaches that women are not to be in a position of authority over men nor are they to serve in an authoritative position over men as their teachers (instructors). So, I would not apply this passage of scripture to myself in the sense that I am to usurp any authority over men instructionally, to where they must obey my authority. I can, however, teach women and youth, and men can learn from what the Lord Jesus teaches me through his word each day, if they so choose to read what the Lord gives me to write, or to listen when I give testimony to my faith.

As well, we read in scripture that we each have an assignment from God within the body of Christ, and as each part does its work, we cause the body to grow up in Christ. And, we read that we are to speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. We are to “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (See: Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). So, there is a sense here that we can learn from one another and encourage one another in the faith. As well, women are given the gift of prophecy, as are men, and this gift is for the purpose to edify, encourage, exhort, warn and comfort the believers.

Strange Doctrines (vv. 3-7)

As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

So, within the confines of the teachings of scripture concerning spiritual gifts and roles of men and women, there are multiple avenues from which anyone of us can warn against the teachings or the believing of what is false. Right now, for instance, the internet here in America is wide open for us to be able to share Jesus Christ and his Word with all who would listen, and with whomever would choose to learn from what we share each day from God’s Word. We can write personal blogs or we can post Biblically-based writings on various Christian-based websites, or, in person, we can share what we are learning from God’s Word in Biblically-based small groups, which are discussion-oriented, and where our input is welcome and invited.

For me personally, the Lord Jesus called me to this ministry of writing out what he teaches me each day from my time with him in his Word and to post it on the internet, and that is what I have been doing nearly daily for the past 10+ years. So, that is what I do out of obedience to my Lord.

Now, with regard to the subject at hand, the “strange teachings” that are being taught today under the guise of Christianity are far and wide, but let me mention just a few here. I believe the biggest threat right now to Christianity and to the gospel of salvation, as taught by Jesus Christ and his NT apostles, is what I would call a false grace gospel. This false grace gospel teaches an unbiblical faith that is human-based and not of the Spirit of God. It repeats words of men in a prayer to God, after which the person is congratulated for now becoming part of the family of God, and promised heaven when they die no matter what transpires from that moment on.

There is no turning from sin in this prayer of “faith,” and no commitment to following our Lord Jesus in obedience to his Word, but the Bible teaches that when we believe in Jesus Christ we die with Christ to sin and we are resurrected with Christ to newness of life, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). We are born anew (or again), not physically this time, but spiritually. The old is gone. The new has come. We lay aside our old lives of living for sin and self, we are transformed of the Spirit of God in the renewing of our minds, and we put on Christ and his righteousness (See: Lu. 9:23-25; Ro. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24).

God’s grace is not a free license to continue in sin without guilt and without remorse. Jesus did not die on a cross for our sins so that we would continue in sin while claiming heaven as our eternal destination. He died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave his life up for us; and he gave Himself up for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. In fact, his grace, which brings salvation, teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we wait for Christ’s soon return (See: 1 Pet. 2:24; 2 Co. 5:15; Tit. 2:11-14).

The other serious threat to Christianity and to the gospel of our salvation right now is a teaching that all people are to be united, and that we all worship the same God, no matter what religion we adhere to. Those people, who are pushing this, desire that we all join hands together across the globe and sing “Kumbaya,” no matter our religion and no matter our chosen lifestyle. They are trying to bring the world under a totalitarian global government and a one-world religion – all under the authority of the beast of Revelation. And, if we do not comply, and we do not conform to their desired goals, we are tagged as hateful, bigoted, intolerant and as teachers of works-based salvation, even though we are teaching what Jesus taught.

The Lawless and Rebellious (vv. 8-11)

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

When Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, and he put sin to death on the cross, and he rose victorious over sin, hell, Satan and death, he did not do so in order that we would live in a lawless state where we would feel empowered to do whatever we want without penalty. When we believe in Jesus, we not only die to sin, but his Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us so that we now have God and his living Word within us, in our hearts, and we should no longer desire to do what is contrary to God’s Holy Word. When we were enslaved to sin, scripture teaches, we were free from the control of righteousness. But, now that we have been freed from slavery to sin, we should now be bond-slaves of Christ’s righteousness (See: Ro. 6:1-23).

We should not need to have the law telling us what not to do, because we have that law now written in our hearts. In other words, the love of God within us compels us to want to do what is honoring to our Lord, and to reject what we know is wrong (what is sinful). Yet, for those who are still living according to their sinful flesh, and not according to the Spirt, they need the law instructing them what not to do. And, yet, the New Testament repeats over and over again, even to Christians, that we should not be idolaters, perjurers, liars, thieves, adulterers, homosexuals, and murderers, etc., because many who profess to know Jesus as Savior are still living as though they have not been cleansed of their sins.

So, many professing Christians need to still be taught what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and what it means to be saved from our sins, and to walk in his Spirit and no longer according to the flesh, because many of them have bought into this false grace gospel which appeases sin in the flesh rather than puts sin to death, so that we can now walk in holiness and righteousness. As well as we need to share the truth of the gospel of our salvation with those who make no profession of Christ as Savior at all. For many are walking in darkness and need to be brought into the Light.

Teach Them / An Original Work / May 24, 2012

Based off various scriptures

Open up the blinded eyes of
Those who walk in sin’s darkness.
Turn them to the light of Christ
And to His righteousness.
Turn them from the pow’r of Satan.
Turn them to the peace of Christ,
So they may receive forgiveness
And eternal life.

Teach them to put off their old selves
And their former way of life,
And to put on their new self,
Reborn to be like Christ;
To not copy worldly customs;
Be transformed in life and mind;
Obey freely His word in them,
Pleasing unto God.

Teach them how to love their neighbors
Truly as they love themselves;
Be a witness; share the gospel;
Satan’s lies dispel;
Comfort all who mourn in sadness;
Share Christ’s love and joy today.
Do this through your life and witness
For your Lord always.