Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Lukewarm Church Hates the Commandment to Execute Righteous Judgment!

Revelation 3:14-20 says:
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spuw thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

There is the call for repentance and that's not what the lukewarm church wants. Whenever I reach Revelation in my Bible studies, I always think of what went on with the Laodicean church. Historically, water that reached their city was lukewarm. Lukewarm water doesn't produce a good drink compared to warm water or cold water. Likewise, that city was a city of false converts. Many of the people here were professing to be Christians but they were just false converts.

One of the biggest marks of false conversion is indifference towards good works. One can go ahead and say that they're saved by grace but their lifestyle manifests otherwise. If you're saved by grace, Titus 2:11-14 says that God's grace makes saved people a peculiar people zealous unto good works. I didn't say it. The Bible said it that a saved life results to a changed life. It's absurd to believe that a person can get saved or stay the same. God doesn't leave anyone He saves. Instead, He's there to keep them safe, preserve them and give them the grace to persevere. The perseverance of the saints is not the root but the fruit of salvation.

Many of these Easy "Christianity" churches today would just want to say, "Hey! You're just a fruit inspecting Pharisee!" Excuse me but the Bible tells Christians to judge righteous judgment. Jesus already told people to judge them by the fruits. Matthew 7:18-20 says:
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Those followers of Easy "Christianity" may look authentic because they preach salvation by grace through faith but like the deadly conditional security preacher, they pervert it. If one party says good works are required to stay saved rather than evidence of truly being saved, the other says that good works aren't even expected to bear fruit at all. If you're saved by grace then sin can't make you lose it. But it doesn't mean that a person saved by grace lives in sin. A person saved by grace may fall into sin but cannot live sinfully like the rest of the world. Even the most immature believer is can't to live like the rest of the world.

In short, what do the Easy Christians want the other churches to do? Do they want churches to just embrace anyone who claims to be born again even when evidence suggests otherwise? In short, they want to accept anyone as brethren even if there's no evidence of God's working. But the Bible warns again that true faith doesn't leave a person in sin but it saves from from their sinful lifestyle. It's just stupid how they think dead faith is saving faith. If that's their case do they assume expired or fake medicine heals sickness even if it's not real medicine? James 2:14-26 already warns that dead faith can't save yet these fools insist that dead faith can save. Okay, let's challenge them to take expired medications when they're sick and let's see if they get any better. Any fake faith doesn't manifest genuine good works because that faith is a sham. True faith saves a person and produces good works as a result. The good works don't save a person but they're inevitable because one is saved.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

You Can't Be a Saved Person and Remain Perpetually Disobedient to Christ!

It's really stupid to believe anybody who says that they're saved and they have no signs of being saved. What's worse is that these people say that salvation is by grace so that means you can get saved and still be the same. That's where they're dead wrong. I'd like to talk about what Jesus said in John 10:27-29 says:
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

The true mark of salvation is obedience. Hebrews 5:9 says:
And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him;

If you noticed the tenses, it's plain and simple to understand that salvation is finished and accomplished. The present tense is those that obey Him. Do you obey to stay saved? No, you obey because you're already saved. It's stupid to think that anybody can get saved and remain perpetually disobedient. Besides, take note of this verse:
John 8:47 - He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Did you read the words that were just highlighted in yellow? He that's of God hears God's words. Those unbelievers don't hear it because they are not of God. The characteristic between a saved and an unsaved people is also shown in obedience. Even if Christians may fall into periods of disobedience and carnality but they can't remain perpetually carnal. The answer is because Titus 2:11-14 shows God's grace teaches righteous living. Hebrews 13:5-7 lovingly warns Christians that God will chastise His own without hesitation.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Stop Blaming Satan For Your Sins!

Do you remember the situation in the Garden of Eden? Genesis 3:12-13 show us how people just love blaming each other for the sins they themselves are responsible for. Adam knew better than to let his wife eat the fruit God forbade. Eve knew better than to listen to Satan. Eve tried to blame Satan for what happened but God didn't excuse them even for a nanosecond! No, God didn't accept their excuse and they were thrown out of Eden.

Even after Eden, it's very easy to blame Satan for your sins and wrong decisions. I don't dare to deny that Satan did enter into Judas Iscariot (Luke 22:3). Satan may have influenced Cain to kill Abel. Satan may have influenced the Pharaoh. But while Satan does influence certain people to sin, certain evils were also happening at the same time. While Satan is indeed powerful but he lacks omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence because he's a fallen angel. Remember, Satan is not as powerful as God. If there's anything to blame for your wrong decisions one can take a look at the fact of one's own sinfulness. You are your own worst enemy!

In Romans 7:14-25, we read that Paul doesn't mention Satan at all when he complains about his sinfulness. Instead, Romans 7;23 says, "But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members." This is an acknowledgement that one's worst enemy is self. Satan can and will influence certain people to sin but he can't do it all at once. But people can sin even without Satan around. When Satan entered Judas Iscariot, don't tell me that every other sinful activity that wasn't recorded in the four Gospels were also Satan's doing? Certainly Satan sifted Peter like wheat but we don't see Peter blaming Satan. No, Peter just admitted his own shortcomings after he realized he denied Jesus thrice.

What I think happens is that Satan isn't necessarily there when he sins. He doesn't even know everyone sins at that place unless one of his demons tell him. But whatever sins he sees, he's simply delighted as long as it keeps the person's mind off from God. When Satan falsely accused Job, it's obvious he's not omnipresent either. Worse for him, God won't even let him do anything to a Christian without any permission. For all we know, it's one of Satan's demons roaming the area yet we can't blame the demons either. The real issue is that people sin according to their own irresponsible choices. Satan provides every falling block and sinners fall into sin by their own wrong choices. So stop blaming Satan for your sins!

Sin's Wages Aren't Always Paid Immediately

There's a quote that says that sin wouldn't be so attractive if the wages were paid immediately. While some sins do result in direct punishment but others don't. The consequences of playing with a knife are obvious but the consequences of other sins like extramarital affairs and drunken behavior don't necessarily show up immediately. In a world where political correctness is becoming more and more acceptable over biblical correctness, sin has become more and more encouraged. After homosexual marriages were made legal in some parts of the world, the fight to defend any immoral relationship in the name of "love" has become more and more mainstream.

The whole wrong idea about right and wrong in the world has a very limited view due to man's fallen nature. They think that as long as you don't suffer or everyone agrees with you then you haven't done anything wrong. There's the tendency to think that as long as you do what's right then you don't get into trouble but do they know what's right from what's wrong? If they ever consider the idea that as long as you're not in trouble then you must be doing right is just stupid. Let's say if a person has committed a lot of sins and the world still loves that person, does that make his or her sins right? The truth is if you do what's right you may get into trouble because the world has a very altruistic view of God's Law. They may think stealing is not okay but they may be condoning to other sins. The problem there is that God is holy and man isn't born holy. Holiness is characteristic of a person saved by grace but not a man without God's grace.

The problem today is that people just don't realize that God doesn't always punish sin immediately because He has His timing. God said in Deuteronomy 32:35:
To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

God has His mercy but it has its limits. God has ordained a time for the wicked for their foot to slide but He has given them space to repent. There's always time to repent of one's wickedness. That's why the wages of sin aren't always paid immediately. That's why wicked people are still give their chance in life. Ecclesiastes 7:15 says:
All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.

It's very easy to say why are the wicked allowed to prosper and to grumble about it. But the Christian needs to realize this that nobody deserves salvation, forgiveness and the mercy of God. Grace is something that's undeserved. Although God has His limits but He gives a reasonable limit. Humanly speaking, it does sound unfair that God will let those in Christ live very short lives on Earth while He allows some of the wicked to live longer with their worldly prosperity. But as said, salvation has never been about justice but mercy. Christians have lived regenerate lives by God's grace (Titus 2:11-14) so why let some of them die early while let the wicked prosper? I can only think that a Christian's death is nothing to be sad about because they're going home with the LORD.

On the other hand, while Christians are called to judge sin and wickedness but they're not the final judge towards people. Nobody has the right to say that it's unfair that the wicked are still allowed to prosper while so many righteous people suffer. God is holy and won't tolerate sin but He also has His mercy towards the wicked. The wicked are given every chance to repent. After all, doesn't 2 Peter 3:9 say:
The LORD is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

While there's no license or allowance to sin because the wages of sin weren't paid immediately but this is giving people space to repent. Revelation 2:21 has the Lord Jesus say He's given Jezebel the chance to repent but she refused. Many of the wicked are given space to repent but they refuse. If the wages of sin were to be paid immediately then there's no room to repent. This space is for repentance not to indulge ins in. While sin must be confronted but it must be confronted in love and concern instead of doing so to spite others. You can always rebuke without loving but you can't love without rebuking. Even if it sounds awful that the wages of sin aren't always paid immediately but God is in control to why He doesn't always punish sin immediately.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Being an Atheist DOES NOT Make You More Scientific!

Atheists like Richard Dawkins keep claiming that to be truly scientific, one must become an atheist. To become truly free then one must become an atheist. The idea of a God ruling the Universe for them is repressive and dictatorial. They think that believing in God is disruptive to scientific progress and that they alone possess the keys to progress. But let's take a moment to think about what we can see through science.

Science shows us that there's nothing that was ever conceived by mere accident. Do you think it's just an accident that everything in science is so fantastically complex you need to have separate branches of science to study it? We have natural science, formal science, social science and applied science. Then under each science, there are still several branches of study. In natural science we have biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy and yet that doesn't cover anything. In the fields of science, there are several specialties. No one can truly and fully master all the fields of science. Science itself is such a broad spectrum of study that can only tell you that life is no accident.

The problem of becoming an atheist to become more "scientific" means one must deny the obvious. Atheists can go ahead and say that inventions weren't created by the wave of a magic wand in their quest to discredit the idea of creation. On the other hand, they fail to give a real explanation to why in the world does science have such order or like how even the most complex structures are so orderly done. Can unguided and random processes create order? There has to be someone involved. Besides, I think those theistic evolutionists are a little more intelligent than the atheistic evolutionists for acknowledging that a designer is needed in nature. Difference is theistic evolution isn't compatible with Christianity because it goes against God's character in Genesis.

The problem of becoming an atheist to become more scientific, one must also deny the contribution of scientists who weren't atheists. If they say no one can be a scientist unless one is an atheist then they must seek to disprove everything that non-atheists have contributed. It would be amusing to see them try to disprove Isaac Newton's physics to their own risk. It would be something if they tried to disprove every biologist who wasn't an atheist. In short, they're really going to make fools out of themselves as Romans 1:22 says that those who deny God profess themselves to be wise but are made fools instead.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

By False Peace Many Will Be Destroyed

We have the problem of unsaved people who want peace but only peace according to their own definition. They want peace but reject the Prince of Peace. Since they reject the Prince of Peace, it would be very easy for Satan to step in. Here's what the Bible says about false peace:
Jeremiah 6:14 - "They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace."
Jeremiah 8:11 - "For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace."
Daniel 8:25 - "And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand."

The whole problem of false peace is that it rejects God and embraces man. They may claim they're doing God a favor but they aren't. They can go ahead and say that Christians are bigots because they don't accept other religions. Right now, false Christians are accepted to be real Christians while true Christians are accepted to be false. For the world, to be "Christ-like" is to be accepting and pleasing to the world. They can say if you're going to be like Jesus everybody will love you. That's just false because Jesus was rejected by the crowd who only wanted His miracles but not His teachings. He never backed down nor did He compromise one single bit. If He did, the price of salvation would have not been paid in the first place. Also, if becoming more like Jesus means the world will love you then that makes Him a liar. It's because if you become more like Jesus, the world will hate you.
John 15:18-9 - "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

A distorted view of Jesus by post-modern standards makes it very easy for the Antichrist to rise into power as God would allow it. There's a distorted view of the Antichrist that he's just a wicked man, an obvious villain but the Bible warns about him appearing as the savior of the world. Daniel 8:25 warns that he will come to use false peace to destroy many. Here's what the Bible says about the false peace of the world:
1 Thessalonians 5:3 - "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."

To say that Jesus would just accept all world religions, you must be tolerant, that it's time to "heal the world" and "make it a better place" is all but part of the deception. Wanting peace is definitely a Christian's character but the problem is that the world doesn't want the peace Jesus brings. When Jesus said He didn't come to bring peace but division, it was that He was against worldly definition of peace. Peace between God and man happens during salvation but it's conflict between the redeemed man and the forces of darkness.

Nobody can say that the Pope is a man of God because he wants peace. No the Pope is a phony only brings counterfeit "peace". It should be bothersome that Pope Francis himself is appearing as a man of peace to the world. He gets attention everywhere because he doesn't preach the right Gospel. There's no reason to be jealous of the Pope's prosperity because it wouldn't save him. The Pope may have all the prestige, the Vatican may have the most attention and the most followers but that doesn't mean they're teaching the truth. It's unfortunate most people decide to go where the majority goes. But Jesus already warned about the narrow read and the wide road.
Matthew 7:13-14 - "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

What's scary is that old time preachers have predicted a lot of what's going to happen. Here's what Arthur W. Pink wrote in "Another Gospel":
The gospel of Satan is not a system of revolutionary principles, nor even a program of anarchy. It does not promote strife and war—but aims at peace and unity. It seeks not to set the mother against her daughter nor the father against his son—but fosters the fraternal spirit whereby the human race is regarded as one great "brotherhood." It does not seek to drag down the natural man—but to improve and uplift him. It advocates education and cultivation, and appeals to the "best that is within us." It aims to make this world such a comfortable and congenial habitat, that Christ's absence from it will not be felt and God will not be needed. It endeavors to occupy man so much with this world—that he has no time or inclination to think of the world to come. It propagates the principles of self-sacrifice, charity and benevolence, and teaches us to live for the good of others, and to be kind to all. It appeals strongly to the carnal mind and is popular with the masses, because it ignores the solemn facts that by nature man is a fallen creature, alienated from the life of God, and dead in trespasses and sins, and that his only hope lies in being born again. 
In contradistinction to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan teaches salvation by works. It inculcates justification before God on the ground of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is "Be good and do good"; but it fails to recognize that in the flesh there dwells no good thing. It announces salvation character, which reverses the order of God's Word—character by, as the fruit of, salvation. Its various ramifications and organizations are manifold. Temperance, Reform Movements, "Christian Socialist Leagues," Ethical Culture Societies, "Peace Congresses" are all employed (perhaps unconsciously) in proclaiming this gospel of Satan—salvation by works. The pledge-card is substituted for Christ; social purity for individual regeneration, and politics and philosophy, for doctrine and godliness. The cultivation of the old man is considered more practical than the creation of a new man in Christ Jesus; while universal peace is looked for apart from the interposition and return of the Prince of Peace.

While the program feels like it's of God but it's not of God. This idea is anti-Christian. It uses Christian values but perverts them for the use of the Devil's propaganda. Instead of fighting against sin it ends up supporting some of it. Just think of how sin gets legalized at a daily basis. Nobody has God's permission to sin and Christians have that power against sin. The whole principle that it's your principles that matter is truly confusing. If they don't think God is necessary then where do they get their principles? Didn't God Himself ordain the whole Law? If so, why take the Law but never credit God for it?

Many will be destroyed by this false peace for three reasons: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Works salvation appeals to all three areas as much as Antinomianism does. For works salvation, it does good not for the glory of God but only for the satisfaction of one's flesh by working for rewards rather than seeking to do good because it's the right thing to do, it only seeks to do good to gain what they want rather than what God wants and it appeals to one's arrogance. That's why Ephesians 2:8-10 reveals that from salvation to sanctification it's all of God's work. Man has nothing to contribute at all when it comes to salvation from sin. But man in their pride would always want to have it their way and Satan knows very well how he can control people with their pride.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Jews Still Need to Receive the Lord Jesus Christ or Perish!

There's no doubt Christians are called to love the Jewish people. There's always a consequence with anybody who tries to double-cross Israel or to go against God's covenant wit Israel. God is not yet done with Israel and he still protects it. The reason why Israel stands today is because of God's intervention to show that He's still in charge. Anything that happens to anyone right now has God in control. He has reasons for allowing things to happen.

Let's think about this truth that Christians are called to love Jews (or just anyone) enough to tell them the truth about salvation is by faith alone in Jesus Christ. The idea that Jews don't need Jesus is really unbiblical. If they didn't need Jesus then the whole earthly ministry of Jesus wouldn't make sense. Jesus already said it in John 3:3 that you must be born again. Jesus warned a lot of Jews that they belonged to the Devil (John 8:44). A lot of Jews continued in their unbelief and have paid for it dearly along with every non-Jew who did the same. What's worse is that unsaved Jews have become participants in contributing to the worldwide chaos. Some of them have become inventors of evil things along with every other non-Jew who's an inventor of evil things.

It's really wrong to go ahead and pamper unsaved Jews' or Israel's wrong decisions just as much as anybody's wrong decisions. No one should support Israel if it ever decides to do something as crazy as genocide towards its neighboring countries. A Jew committing genocide is no better than a person who commits genocide against the Jews. Adolph Hitler's genocide was not justifiable. If a Jew decides to commit genocide as an act of revenge then nobody should ever condone it either. Both are showing signs of degeneracy. Esther and Mordecai only fought back to defend themselves against Haman's family who planned to destroy them. But sad to say, many Jews today are just greedy of gain and vengeance-seeking like a lot of people from their enemy countries. One good reason why Israel's still in conflict with its neighboring countries is because both sides are greedy of gain. Thank God that some Jews and Arabs are already saved or they'd be involved in contributing to the Middle East conflict.

As much as the Jews are biologically descendants of Abraham to Isaac to Jacob down to Jacob's twelve sons, one needs to realize this issue that salvation has never been a biological matter. In Esther 8:17 we read that the people of the land of Persia were becoming Jews. Jesus' genealogy also has Rahab and Ruth as redeemed non-Jews. Many unbelievers were awakened to the reality of the true and the living God from the falsehood of their pagan gods or the occult religion of Parseeism. The view that many Jews held that salvation was only for them caused them to reject Jesus Christ who came among them as a Jew and many Jews were rejected by their own for receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. But thank God for just anyone whether Jew or Gentile who has taken the risk of being rejected for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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