Saturday, February 18, 2017

There's No Room For ANY Foul Language in Christianity!

Let's face it that the Christian life isn't easy. There's going to be ridicule. There's going to be put downs. What's so often forgotten by Christians is that they should worry more if they're not persecuted for the wrong reasons than if they got persecuted for the right reasons. They should worry more if the world suddenly embraces them too much. While Christians aren't called to be as offensive as possible but if their good works don't offend the world then something is downright wrong. It's very easy to get mad when you keep doing good but all people do is to return it in hatred. It's very easy to use foul language of any sort because of that.

It's a problem to criticize some Roman Catholic apologists for their lack of professionalism when you've got some Christians apologists doing more or less the same kind of lack of professionalism. It can be shameful when you've got a Roman Catholic apologist who uses biblical methods to proclaim unbiblical truth while the Christian apologist resolves to unbiblical methods to proclaim the biblical truth. This is really a problem when the actions of the world end up rebuking Christians for their wrongdoings. It's a problem that some Christians lose their cool and start yelling and cussing even if the person they're having a discussion with wasn't doing anything wrong except preach the wrong doctrine. To show no pity or love for people lost in sin will only make the situation worse.

That's the whole problem with using foul language in missions. Christians are supposed to show their changed lives not their arrogance. It's good to know much about the Scriptures but here's the problem. You can have all the knowledge in the world but if you have no real love for people then that amounts to nothing. All the recognition for knowledge is useless if you only dwell on hate. God gave everyone not just a brain or a heart but both to function properly. The heart was made for feeling and the brain was made for thinking. To have feeling without thinking or thinking without feeling makes one illogical. Many people make stupid decisions because the use one but ignore the other.

It's also very typical to justify one's use of foul language because the other person was being mean or was hurling insults. But what does the Bible say about dealing with mean people? Matthew 5:44 and Luke 6:27-35 commands Christians to love those who hate them. Using foul language will only degrade the Christian testimony and showing any signs of a rough personality against others is not called for. It will only further put the Christian into the level of the unsaved person. To fight back with foul language will only give the other person justification. The reason why that happens is because you did this and I'll do it to you will only result to ever-growing cycle of hatred.

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Worldly People Think Becoming a Born Again Christian is an "Unpardonable Sin"

It's typical for the world to keep forgiving the thousand or million or billion trespasses but hate the Christian. I'm reminded of how Saul himself was a bloodthirsty murderer but he was so well-accepted. But when Saul became Paul everything turned upside down. Reading Paul's Christian life proved that becoming a Christian means to get right with God but to get wrong with the world. Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Friendship with God is enmity with the world.

Remember these words by Jesus Himself:
John 15:18-19 
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.

Becoming a Christian means you're at odds with the world. I remembered reading "Hard to Believe" by John F. MacArthur and he mentions that you can't be faithful with God and popular with the world at the same time so take your pick. The problem is that many people today are just like the rich young ruler. Many people refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior because of their love for the world. How many people today put money first over Jesus? A lot. How many people today put Jesus in front of their finances? So very few.

Becoming a Christian means to be at odds with the world since the fall of man. Remember that Cain killed Abel because one was unrighteous and the other was righteous. Remember that Noah spent 120 years straight of being ridiculed by the world for building the ark. The prophets were in no better condition either. False prophets are popular but prophets of God get stoned and killed. Just reading Jeremiah's life makes me upset because it reminds me that the situation today is just getting worse. Jesus was soon rejected by the majority of the world and has still been rejected. He allowed Himself to be rejected so the mission of the Father can be fulfilled but what do people do? They still continue to reject Jesus to save them and change their lives.

It's no surprise how the term "born again Christian" has also been distorted by some Roman Catholics as well as other enemies of true Christianity. They have called born again Christians with whatever names that they can think of like "burn again" or BACterians. They will give whatever accusations they could such as teaching a license to sin or giving a lot of false accusations. I've experienced a lot of false accusations that I've been accused of when when it isn't true. It's frustrating but I must endure it and rejoice over it.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Both Roman Catholic Priestly Pedophila and Abortion Are Moral Scandals Against the Right to Life!

It should be very sickening for just anyone to hear something like that priestly pedophila isn't as bad as abortion. It's almost like saying that rape is less offensive than murder. These are crimes that violate the standard of life for life. I'm sickened by how hypocritical the Vatican can get.

You can be anti-abortion but not pro-life in these situations:

  • You're condemning killing out of self-defense and death penalty for criminals as "inhumane" while fighting for the criminals' right to free lodging for life in high class prison cells.
  • You think it's okay to breed irresponsibly never mind that children need to have proper support and proper upbringing.

The problem of defending priestly pedophilia as being a "lesser crime" to abortion is that the former still violates the right to life. Did you know that the Bible also condemns rape as something that was punishable by stoning as much as offering children to the flames of Moloch? I guess this is why the Vatican is against death penalty because a lot of its priests may soon get the death penalty for raping children. Even if the children that these vile priests raped don't die but no one can deny rape is indeed a heinous crime that violates anybody's right to life. 

When it comes to the Bible's standards of punishment it's always been an eye for an eye. The whole problem is that they say an eye for an eye drives the whole world blind. What they don't realize is that it would drive the whole world blind if people took the law into their hands. On the other hand, if injuries weren't avenged then people would have no fear towards committing crimes against life. Those Roman Catholic priests shouldn't be exempt from the death penalty. Besides, isn't it hypocritical for them to condemn the death penalty all the while the Roman Catholic institution carried out several bloodbaths which some of them still deny as a "myth"?

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's Foolish to Believe That You Can Do God's Work Without His Amazing Grace!

It's foolish for anybody to believe that they're saved and God leaves them on their own. Remember that the Church is a hospital for repentant sinners and a museum of righteous saints at the same time. As much as Christians are made into righteous saints but they're still growing as righteous saints. They're still sinners but not dirty rotten sinners but repentant sinners who are growing in holiness. To think that you can serve God in your sinful flesh without His grace is absolutely stupid. It's not that He saves the sinner and leaves them. On the contrary, He walks with the sinner that was redeemed and sanctified to make them do as He pleases.

Here's what the Bible says about God's purpose of salvation and the Christian life:
Ephesians 2:8-10 
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Philippians 1:6 
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Titus 2:11-14 
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

The truth of the matter is God doesn't only stop with salvation as He continues with the process of sanctification throughout the Christian life. He's too holy and loving to just save the person and leave them as they are. No, what He does is that He gets the sinner, imputes righteousness and grants His grace to give them power. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and sanctifies the repentant sinner who was just promoted as a saint. The grace of God brings salvation and teaches the saints to live righteously in a world of lost sinners.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Jesus of "Easy Christianity" is ANOTHER JESUS!

Here's a picture of the liberal false Christ which isn't the Jesus of the Bible. I want to imagine the Jesus of easy Christianity to be what the picture says about him. This non-existent Jesus doesn't have the actual teachings of the Bible. He saves but never sanctifies. He doesn't judge anyone. This is the kind of Jesus that "Easy Christianity" presents to the world. I'm afraid that this is one of the many reasons why people are heading to Hell by the multitudes. When people tell me I need to be more Christlike they're simply wanting me to be more like their own distorted view of Jesus and not the Jesus of the Bible. 2 Corinthians 11:4 warns about preaching another Jesus.

How does easy Christianity make a twisted portrait of Christ away from the Christ of the Bible? They may deny it but by teaching that you can be saved without necessarily resulting to any kind of sanctification is totally against the holy character of God. They want to make the excuse that, "But the Church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum of saints!" I want to slam my hand on the table and say that the Church is both a hospital for sinners and a museum for saints. The Church is where you see people go from sinners to saints. Every righteous saint is a forgiven sinner. If the Church is not a museum of saints how can it prove its effectiveness as a hospital for sinners? It's just their excuse to live in their sinful lifestyles. They think they're saved but they aren't saved to start with. I have no reason to believe that unregenerate people who claim to be Christians are indeed born again Christians. Instead, I have every reason to believe that they're false converts.

Want to know the Jesus of the Bible? This Jesus is not someone who's "nice" by postmodern standards. He's not someone who saves you but never sanctifies you. Instead, He saves and sanctifies the person for the better. He's not someone who won't judge sin but instead judges it as it should be judged. He's someone who loves people enough to warn them about sin and judgment. He knows one day He will have to cast both sin and the sinner to Hell. This Jesus stated that He's the only Way to the Father and not by any other way (Matthew 7:13-14, John 14:6). This Jesus is offensive to political correctness and His sinlessness makes Him want to please God the Father and not sinful men.

This Jesus of the Bible is someone who's not afraid to offend the lost sinner with the truth that must be told. The Bible has no example of Jesus trying to please any lost sinner. He spoke the truth without holding back. He knew that people would be offended but He spoke it anyway. That's the Jesus of every true Christian. He's the Lord of every Christian and I have no reason to believe He's not my Lord. There's no such thing as Savior but not Lord. Jesus is Lord and every Christian when they got saved see Him as such. If your Jesus is not Lord then you're not saved at all because Jesus is Lord! If He's not your Lord and Master then He was never your Savior to start with.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

John F. MacArthur's Latest Book "None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible"

It can't be denied that Pastor John F. MacArthur is not getting any younger but he's still laboring in diligent exposition of the Scriptures. Here's what he has to say about the current situation in the Laodicean church:
You know when you look at the present-day church, I would say to start with the problems that exist in the church, and there are many, start with an inadequate understanding of God. We have a superficial, shallow, truncated, popularized, sort of personalized understanding of God. This is a massive problem. Because we don’t know the truth about God, we really don’t know the truth about anything else in its fullness and its richness. 
The infantility, I guess you could say, of the church, the immaturity of the church, the superficiality of the church, the cheesiness of the church, the cheapness of the church, the shallowness of preaching is related to an inadequate understanding of the greatness and the glory of God.

He's right in addressing these problems. There's always the problem that people today have a really bad understanding of God. The character of God must start with understanding the very foundation of His threefold holiness. Having a superficial, shallow, truncated, sort of personalized understanding of God is not a laughing matter. It has brought a lot of false conversions. Many profess to be saved but are revealed not to be saved at all. Many just say a sinner's prayer, think they're into the Kingdom but they were never in it. Many people think that they're saved just because they said a prayer but they continued in the same path of degeneracy proving that such people aren't saved to start with. Worse, when these people are confronted they act so hostile towards any idea that they aren't saved because they have a perverted view of God's grace.

Hopefully, this book will spark another revival in this Laodicean church age. Until then, it's best to keep laboring to fulfill the Great Commission on Matthew 24:14 saying:
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Church Is a Hospital for REPENTANT Sinners and NOT a Haven for Unrepentant Sinners!

There's a saying that the Church is not a museum of saints but a hospital for sinners. The idea that the Church is not a museum of saints can be very misleading because it's both a museum of saints and a hospital for sinners. If it wasn't a museum of saints or forgiven sinners then this verse would be a lie:
1 Corinthians 6:11 
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Did you read that verse or did you just ignore it? Paul's letter to the Corinthians mentions that once they were vile sinners but now they're forgiven they're now saints. Every saint is a forgiven sinner. Once they were unrighteous but now they're given righteousness. They are given a new life. They are sanctified. The idea of a salvation that doesn't result to sanctification as much as a lie from the pits of Hell as the idea that sanctification precedes salvation.

The very statement that the Church is a hospital for sinners is misused and abused to justify any form of the heresy of Antinomianism. I believe both Roman Catholics who are very religious but keep living sinful lives or it's the easy believism camp love to use that phrase. We have priests who keep their sinful lifestyles yet no excommunication is done. We have churchgoers who live in open sin yet no real excommunication is done. What's worse is that sinful living is condoned either through confessing to a priest which they believe will absolve sins, through the doctrine of the Carnal "Christianity" and the idea of salvation by works because it makes people think they're okay as long as their good works outweighs their bad works are among a few ways that a false church is a haven for sinners.

The analogy of the Church and the hospital should even condemn the idea that the Church is not a museum of saints. An effective hospital is also a museum for successfully treated patients. Those who have recovered can write how good the hospital was. The Church's members are every forgiven sinner in Christ. Don't tell me that forgiven sinners or Christians aren't saints because the word "saint" is used 98 times in the King James Bible. Every true convert who lives for Christ is a saint according to the Bible and they are part of the Body of Christ.

The Church is a hospital for sinners in this way. It's where Christians have their fellowship and restoration when they backslide so they can continue to grow in grace. It's not the place where people can get forgiven so they can sin all over again. It functions as both as a hospital for the forgiven sinners and a museum of saints because forgiven sinners are saints. Christians are called to evangelize to the world from someone who delivers from both Hell and sin and not just Hell alone. There's no way that salvation is from the consequences of sin rather than from the power of sin itself.

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