Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Superstitious Use of "Holy" Water and Crucifixes

It's no secret that Reformation happens on the same day as Halloween. Halloween is a celebration of superstition. Do you ever notice that horror movies are shown frequently during Halloween? Some horror movies dwell on superstition while others simply dwell for the sake of a scary movie. One could see how these horror movies actually promote superstition over faith in God.

How do some of these horror movies promote superstition? Try to notice some horror movies make extensive use of crucifixes, "holy" water, rosaries or any object that Roman Catholicism deems to help fight against demons. Some of the most familiar scenes are vampires are scared of crucifixes and that monsters are hurt by "holy" water. This also defeats common sense since when can a crucifix serve as a defensive weapon against a criminal's bullet or can "holy" water be used to disinfect a wound? The answer is not at all yet so many people blindly use them as demon repellents.

What's worse is that people who adhere to this superstition of "holy" water and crucifixes think they're fighting Satan but they're actually manipulated by him. What they don't realize is that Satan is actually manipulating them into the road to Hell. Satan would rarely reveal himself as to who he is to his followers. Most of his followers don't even realize they're actually following Satan. Many of them even think they're actually doing God a favor in doing what they do (John 16:3).

These stuff don't even grant any guarantee of salvation. Jesus already warned in John 14:6 that He's the only Way to the Father. Roman Catholics may say that they believe it and that those are ways to Jesus. No, Jesus said you must come to Him directly and you don't pass through Mary His earthly mother to get to Him. Instead, you must come to Him immediately! Stop trusting in "holy" water and crucifixes because they can't save anyone!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Continuing the Reformation Means Taking the Risk to Get the Gospel Out!

The wise preacher Charles H. Spurgeon once said, "You must go into the fire if you are to pull others out of it." Firemen don't pull others out of the fire by not exposing themselves to risk. Soulwinning doesn't mean staying in the comfort zones. Instead, it calls people to preach to people even if it means losing one's life. Radical Christianity doesn't kill others but it's willing to be killed just so others can hear the good news of Jesus Christ. That's what draws the line between true Christianity and false Christianity.

Many accounts have Christians getting burned alive for their faith. Some of the most infamous incidents involved the Roman emperors and the Roman Catholic institution. The account involved Christians burned alive for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of those notable who were burned alive for preaching the Gospel are Jan Hus, Girolamo Savonarola and William Tyndale just to name a few. Many Christian men and women were also burned at the stake for preaching the faith. They knew that one may be burned at the stake but they took that risk anyway just to get the Gospel to others.

Christians can only expect persecution and more persecution as they stand fast for the Gospel. There's no escaping from all these problems (John 15:18-19). They're also told to love their enemies and to pray for those who hate them (Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 27-25). It's hard to love one's enemies but one must go into the fire anyway. These fires go from simple hatred to persecution. These people who hate Christians need the Gospel. The real enemy isn't them but their unsaved state that's making them do what they do.

The question this Reformation is do you love your human enemies enough to go into the fire to give them the good news and even help them when they're in need? It's hard to do but as said Jesus calls Christians to love their enemies and to pray for their persecutors. This isn't about condoning their wrong but praying for their repentance.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sorry, Dalai Llama Doesn't Truly Understand True Religion

When Jesus said in John 14:6 that He's the only Way, the Truth and the Life and no man comes to the Father but Him, He wasn't joking at all. There's one thing you can be certain. No highest god in any pagan religion is God the Father. No, God the Father in the Christian view cannot be compromised or compared with the highest gods of polytheistic religion. Dalai Llama is right to say that true religion consists of having a good heart but does he understand it?

I'm afraid that Dalai Llama doesn't understand what having a good heart is. Pagan religions may teach man's fallen state while others deny original sin. Buddhism teaches man is in a fallen state but teaches no grace. It teaches self-achievement towards enlightenment. Buddhism is all about works salvation. I don't think Dalai Llama understands the reality of the wickedness of the human heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says that the heart is wicked above all things. If the heart is so wicked and man is so wicked, how can man's own effort clean that heart? The answer is you can't clean your own wicked heart with the effort of your wicked flesh.

The solution is only found in God's grace. Ezekiel 11:19 and 44:7 says that God will replace the wicked hearts. What's so sad is that people try to clean their sinful hearts with everything especially through religion. Buddhism may offer every mantra to remedy the heart, claiming that doing this and that would empty all the hatred and bitterness from the heart. On the contrary, it's relying on one's sinful flesh to get rid of one's captivity from hatred and bitterness. That's why God offers that only He can perform that heart transplant. That heart that's hardened by sin can be replaced by a new heart that will desire God.

Unfortunately, Dalai Llama doesn't really understand true religion. James 1:27 says that true religion is doing what's right and to be unspotted from the world. He's right to talk about the pure heart but does he even know how wicked the heart of the unsaved is? He doesn't. It's best to pray for his salvation right now before it's too late.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Well, This Portrait Shows How Out of Context Preaching Can Be So Dangerous!

Did you know that a pseudo-Christian organizations are faultily built on out of context preaching? Whenever I study these organizations whether it'd be the Roman Catholic institution, the Mormons, the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Iglesia ni Cristo or any of them claiming to be the true church or the true church restored after its apostasy (that's not Bible teaching, either), we can be certain that out of context preaching out of context is indeed dangerous. Many people are in Hell today all because of quack preachers who keep taking verses out of context. Many of them either have a false security in their good works or in their belief that Christians can still remain the same as before. Either way, both the works salvationist and the Antinomian aren't regenerate Christians but they're still degenerate sinners.

The portrait above shows the example of how stupid out of context preaching is. The person in green is putting God to the test by misquoting Philippians 4:13. Satan tempted Jesus to jump off misquoting Psalm 91:12. I don't know exactly what was in Satan' mind. Either he was planning to make Jesus commit suicide or he was trying to make Jesus a show-off so he could justify his rebellion against God. Regardless, Satan was misquoting the verses. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:16 in context saying you should never tempt the the LORD your God. The end part has the person red mentioning the truth about taking verses out of their context.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Continue the Reformation, Expect Only Persecution!

Christianity has never been the easy road. No, the moment you're truly saved then it means there's no easy path. There's going to be no such thing as a broad and easy road. Face it, you've entered the narrow road (Matthew 7:13-14). The road gets narrower and narrower. To become a Christian means to be called out of this world (John 15:18-19, James 4:4). For the Christian, there's no such thing as friendship with the world. Continuing the Reformation means expecting only persecution!

The start of the Reformation didn't start and end with Martin Luther. The Roman Catholic institution launched the Counter-Reformation. I believe this Counter-Reformation is still continuing but it's no longer exclusive to the Roman Catholic institution. Other examples of Counter-Reformation is not only attacking the Five Solas of the Reformation namely Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, in Christ alone and glory to God alone but also those who claim to be Christians but they teach Antinomianism in one way or another. If teaching salvation requires work in order to maintain it is wrong, it's also wrong to teach that a person can get saved and still remain the same. Others also teach the dangerous prosperity gospel, deny the sinfulness of man and teach the universal brotherhood of man as other measures towards the Counter-Reformation. 

If you're going to stand by the Bible then don't expect the applause of the world. The apostles suffered persecution. The early church suffered persecution for standing by the Gospel. Go ahead and read "The Foxe's Book of Martyrs". There's not one single page that showed Christians lived glamorous lives and were loved by the world. The prophets suffered. The apostles suffered. Believers in both the Old Testament and the New Testament suffered. The world today is full of people in constant rebellion against God. Preach the Gospel and expect only to be persecuted. Be a Jeremiah and the world will hate you. Be a Hananiah and the world will love you.

The history of the Reformation wasn't glamorous either. Martin Luther was always on the run. When John Calvin started Geneva's Reformation, he wasn't well-loved either. The Roman Catholic institution launched and continued the Counter-Reformation and had the support of almost everyone. The Protestant Christians continued the Reformation and had almost no support from the public. Like the pre-Reformation Christians before them, they were usually in hiding. Many unsaved people lived glamorous lives but those who fought for the Gospel suffered in persecution. So much for the whole "your best life now" theology by the prosperity gospel crowd.

There's one amazing fact that Christians can take comfort in persecution. It's not just in the blessing of Matthew 5:11-12. It's also in the fact that the more you persecute Christianity, the more it will grow stronger than before. You can't put Christianity down. The more Christianity is attacked the more God will display His power. Nero and the other Roman emperors couldn't stop it. The succession of Popes couldn't stop it. The Muslim governments couldn't stop it. You can definitely see that Christianity can't be crushed. Philippians 1:6-7 says that what God has begun He is going to finish it. True faith makes the Christian choose to do the good and reject the bad. The work of God can't be stopped. Even if the Christian dies the power of God is still at work. God is still in charge!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Continuing the Reformation Means Warning People That Church Attendance Doesn't Make Anyone a Christian!

Some "former Christians" will say that they were once Christians because they once went to church, some of them even used to teach Sunday school or do whatever activities are associated with church. These were Christians in name only. Remember Judas Iscariot spent 3.5 years of his life working with the Lord Jesus. From the surface, it looked like Judas Iscariot gave his life to Jesus but he never did. If he did, he would have never sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver and continue to the path that led to his suicide. When John wrote 1 John 2:19, he probably had Judas Iscariot in mind when he said:
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

John emphasized that such people looked like they were Christians but they weren't. Some of them may have attended church services. If you remember the parable of the sower, there were four types of soil but only one produced fruit. The rest were sham conversions. When people supposedly attend church but have their own motives, they don't produce fruit and leave. They are not four types of believers but three types of false convert contrasted with the false convert (Matthew 13:3-9, Mark 4:2-9, Luke 8:11-15). No Christian can ever get saved and remain barren for the rest of their lives.

The logic that being inside a church makes you a Christian is stupid. You go into the garage you aren't a car. You can enter into any sectarian school but if you're not practicing that school's religion then you're not a member of that school's religion. You can enter into any places of worship of unbelievers but that doesn't make you a member of their religion. You can enter into any church but if you're not a Christian you're not a Christian. The same goes for those churchgoers who aren't saved. They aren't Christians just because they're inside a church building. They can attend church all they want but if all the proofs of false conversion such as trusting in one's self or a lifestyle of unrepentant sin is present then I have no reason to think they're Christians.

While evangelizing people also means inviting them to Bible-believing churches so they can hear the Gospel, it doesn't mean that these people became Christians when they entered and stopped becoming Christians when they went out. Church attendance was made for redeemed sinners and to help spread the Gospel. Becoming a Christian means receiving Jesus Christ as one's Lord and Savior then it results to people having changed lives. True Christianity endures to the end while fake Christianity is destined to crumble. Even if Christians may fall into states of carnality and sin but they can't remain in there because they're already saved (Romans 3:31, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 2:10).

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Plenty of Today's Churches Need a Radical Reformation Against Easy "Christianity"!

Whenever it's the Reformation, it's easy to think about Martin Luther's protest against the Roman Catholic institution. It's easy to think about fighting the Great Whore of Revelation. Here's the question that I'd want to raise, "Do you realize that we're also having churches plagued with easy believism or easy Christianity?" Easy believism is a term that's so easily confused. Some may think that they're easy believists but they reject any notion that a person can get saved and sin all they want. The real easy believists are those who believe that they can be saved and still remain the same. If Rome's doctrine of salvation by works is a sure road to Hell then so is Antinomianism.

It's a common problem today in many churches that they uphold the heresy of easy prayerism. They teach a distorted picture of once saved always saved. Once saved always saved is biblical but we must emphasize on the characteristics of those who are truly saved. If you're once saved you are always saved and the distinction is in the lifestyle. Nobody can receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and still remain the same. Jesus is a Savior from sin and not just a Savior from Hell. But today's easy evangelism has turned Jesus to just a Savior from Hell and has ignored the fact He's also a Savior from sin.

Too many people today will reject any good preacher like Charles H. Spurgeon. For them, preaching any of the marks of somebody who's truly once saved, always saved and rejecting false conversion is teaching works salvation. Even after they're explained to that and shown verses from the Bible that nobody can be saved and remain the same, they still remain stubborn to their stand that it's works salvation. I can't forget my experience of debating a person who claimed to be a Baptist but was teaching the heresy of easy believism. He keeps insisting that if you teach that salvation changes your life then you're teaching works salvation. He teaches that fruit inspection is Pharisaical. He might as well call Jesus a Pharisee because Matthew 7:16-20 warns that by the fruits people shall be known.

Even if most pastors today are such cowards but I'm glad there are still pastors who are willing to make a stand. I don't care if people go to those megachurches that don't preach the truth. The Bible warns in Matthew 7:13-14 that the majority is usually wrong, that the road to destruction to broad and that the Christian road is very narrow. I'd rather have a small number of true converts than a multitude of false converts. That's why I'm calling for a radical reformation against Easy "Christianity".

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