Friday, August 4, 2017

God's Call To Us & Our Varied Responses

Please consider Jesus Christ's following message, in the Book of Luke, about each of the ways that people respond to the Word of God. God is and always has been calling each and every one of us to, "...repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ".

Luke 8:4-21  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
9  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
10  And he said,
Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13   They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
16   No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
17  For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
18  Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
19  Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.
20  And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.
21  And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Devils & Evil Spirits Acknowledge Jesus Christ! Why Don't People Accept Him?

In many places throughout the Bible, Jesus Christ is clearly declared to be God in the flesh and our eternal Creator.

Satan and the devils recognize Jesus Christ as the One True God that Jesus is, but most people fail to recognize or accept this eternal truth.

Here are five links to help us see God's truth about this, for our acceptance or rejection of God's Christ, Jesus, will not only be our choice to make, but by our choice we shall also determine where we will have chosen to spend our lives in eternity.

Luke 4

Luke 16

Who is Jesus, really?

What does God expect of us?

What do I choose to do with this information?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What Is Independence? How Can We Be Really Free?

Today is the 4th of July, 2017, Independence Day for citizens of these United States of America; our 241st celebration of breaking away from English rule, in our attempt to rule ourselves better than they were doing. In other parts of the world other people may or may not be celebrating a similar festivity. Canada, for instance, just celebrated its 150th anniversary of confederation, in their own establishment of independence from English rule. Yet, around the globe, numerous dictators terrorize their own subjects, while we gripe about the quirks of our own government or our leadership.

Worldly freedom is nice, affording us an attempt to try to do better in this life than our forebears did, when under the thumb of some other form of human government that they did not like. But, then, humans being are not really all that enthusiastic about being governed by anyone. Are we? Unless the system that we are in is immediately advantageous to us, it seems that no matter where people are, and no matter how well off we are, we always seem to find something about which to complain about our form of government, or the leaders who are in power at any given time in history. THAT is our true natural side showing its ugly head.

Our dissatisfaction with those in authority over us is rooted in our lack of surrender to God, to His Christ, and to His Word, for a sinful lack of gratitude toward God lies at the root of all our rebellion against those whom God has allowed to rise to power. That does NOT mean that those in authority have free rein to abuse the power and responsibility that has been handed to them. We must remember that God holds them accountable for all their actions, even as He holds us accountable. They may seem to get away with all sorts of vile things, but read Psalm 37 and Psalm 73, as well as Romans 1 and James 4, to begin to understand how we get ourselves into trouble with God and each other, and know that neither the victim nor the violator shall escape God's righteous judgment. In the end of all things, for righteous victims, God's judgment shall be a salve, while for those who violate others in any way, God's judgment shall be a scourge. We must first judge ourselves by God's Word, the Bible, and repent of our own sin, lest we must try to act as if we were sinless as we start throwing stones at other people.

In order to understand and live in true godly independence we must make our peace with God's Christ, even as the Bible says. Repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ are the simultaneous first real steps toward independence that we must take. If we reject God's call to repentance and faith in His Solution, we may live comfortably in this life, but we shall surely perish eternally tormented in the next. For those who surrender to God's government of their lives, though we may suffer all sorts of things in this life, yet, our sufferings end with physical death as we are translated into His presence to live forever in His blessings.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Longest War In History

The false god of technology is NOT saving us from ourselves. Neither are we evolving, biologically, morally, socially, or spiritually, into anything better than what humanity has been since our fall into sin, when Eve and Adam chose to follow the tempter, by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden.

We are in troubling times, for sure, as we near the "last days" of which the Bible speaks. God and his Bible have forewarned us that human kindness and self-sacrificing love would grow increasingly cold as we approach the end of the era of human government.

In our present day, and historically, for many decades, we have seen rapidly increasing terrorism, substance and interpersonal abuse, murder, robbery, assault, flagrant exhibitionism of our bodies in the name of personal choice, whoredom and other immoral solicitation, self-willed verbal vomit posing as free speech, rampant self-justifying male and female homosexuality, financial manipulations that steal people's life savings, self-indulgent behaviors that trammel the natural rights of other people, road rage, interpersonal bitterness and hatred, people abandoning their families for personal pleasures, wars scattered all over the globe, and reporting media that favors "political correctness" over godly truth. We have seen sin become categorized into numerous levels of 'badness'. We have seen criminalized sins even categorized into whether they are 'hate crimes' or 'only' illegal crimes.

How stupid are we? Really!! ALL crimes are hateful against the human victims! ALL sin is hateful against God. AND, that includes crimes and sins against ourselves because we damage ourselves EVERY time that we sin. It is NOT a human right to choose to sin. But, it is definitely a human free will choice whenever we choose to sin and thereby damage this special creation that God has made us to be.

God's Bible talks about the last days, and the signs of those times, and yet, the Bible also talks about the longest running war in history that has brought us to the 'last times'. How did we get here, into this present maelstrom of sin, in spite of all the spiritualism, ecumenicism, and evolutionism that, lying, tell us that we are getting better than our ancestors?

God's Bible says that Lucifer asserted himself against God, and delusionally thought he'd become like God. For that arrogance and rebellion, Lucifer was cast down to the Earth and renamed Satan, taking 1/3 of the angels with him when they rebelled with him. Having been exposed as the troublemaker that he is, Satan went on to instigate humanity to sin against God... and Eve and Adam went along with Satan's suggestion to sin, even as we do, now! So, now, whether in quiet or open rebellion against God, there are Satan, the fallen angels (demons), and humanity, with all of us exercising our free will to sin against the one true righteous and holy God who created us all. THIS is the longest running war, the war of sin.

The ONLY real question and objective in life that will matter for all eternity is whether we shall have chosen to believe and act upon God's ONLY plan for saving us for eternity, in the manner that God says we need to act. It is NOT about how tolerant we are. It is NOT about how nice we are. It is NOT about whether we feed the poor, or go to "the right church", or belong to the "right religion", or live in poverty and suffering our whole lives, or vote for the 'right' person for an elected office, or whether we feel good or not. God sees who we really are and what we really think and do. He knows our motivations better than we do. We MUST deal with our sin that we choose to commit against Him, and we must deal with sin the way that God says. If we fail to choose and obey His way then we condemn ourselves to a conscious eternity outside the fellowship of God, and shall suffer, consciously, in eternal damnation. Remember, we are the ones who choose that lonely, dark, hot, miserable, thirsty existence in hell and then the lake of fire. We cannot blame God. We cannot blame those who tried to lead us into sin. It will have been our own choice to disregard God's warnings about eternal death, and for disregarding His invitation to eternal life.

I have said all that to bring up the increasingly popular ecumenical movement that is creeping about our world, as it tries to deceive the whole world into abiding in lies and doctrines that will undermine the spiritually ignorant and weak, and lead them all, like sheep, into the fires of hell. There are a few verses in Scripture in which God uses the phrase "whole world", and we need to study those for ourselves to see their meaning and importance, to fully understand what is God's truth and what are the lies of the world and false religions, no matter what those promulgators of lies may call themselves. Let us not forget that even at the beginning of the church the Apostles warned that there were false doctrine, false prophets, and false believers among them. That was an urgent call to compare everything that they had heard, from anyone, by the truth of the Scripture that God gave them.

Over and over, the Bible warns us that we CANNOT join lies to truth and end up with anything other than lies that seek to corrupt the truth. Trying to join unbiblical ideologies and practices to biblical Christianity yields nothing more than false religion. The Old Testament prophets warned against ecumenicism. Jesus Christ warned against ecumenicism. The Apostles warned against ecumenicism. Those who are fooled into joining with ecumenicism shall earn what they deserve, even as Revelation points out. I've listed the only places in the Bible where the phrase "whole world" is used. Sometimes God uses "whole world" in positive ways, BUT, in referring to ecumenicism, God's Revelation shows that that is NOT something He wants. As the Romans used to say, "Caveat emptor."... that is, 'Buyer beware.' When lies are joined to truth it only corrupts the truth; it does NOT improve the lies.

Job 34:13 (KJV)
13  Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?

Matthew 16:26 (KJV)
26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 26:13 (KJV)
13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

Mark 8:36 (KJV)
36  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Mark 14:9 (KJV)
9  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

Luke 9:25 (KJV)
25  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

Romans 1:8 (KJV)
8  First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

1 John 2:2 (KJV)
2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 5:19 (KJV)
19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Revelation 12:9 (KJV)
9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 16:14 (KJV)
14  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

What MUST I Do To Be Saved? What Does GOD Say About It?

In the following Bible passage, God makes it very clear that His good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ, is NOT committed to soothsayers, wizards, fortune tellers, or anyone who is under the influence of anything other than God's Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ. That said, the following passage from the Book of Acts gives us yet another of God's clear mandates about what HE wants us to do and how He wants us to turn to Him, which is what repentance means. The biblical gospel is that Jesus Christ (Emmanuel, God in human flesh) came to live as one of us, among us, born of a virgin, that He lived a perfect sinless life, chose willingly to take all our sin upon Himself, suffered in our place for our sin, physically died for our sin (as witnessed by many), went to Hell for our sin, His dead body spent three days and three nights in the grave tomb, He resurrected Himself on the third day (as witnesses by many), showing us the newness in life that we can have in Him, and finally, that He ascended bodily into Heaven (before a host of people), to demonstrate that He alone is the one true God in the flesh, King of kings, LORD of lords, Creator, life giver, conqueror of death, sin, and all things that would challenge Him and His authority, that we might have forgiveness of sin and peace, forever, in Him, if we will accept His gospel and ask for His forgiveness, repenting of our sin.

Acts 16:16-34
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19  And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
20  And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
21  And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
22  And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23  And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
24  Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.    
25  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
27  And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32  And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
34  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Here is God's explanation of who Jesus Christ really is. Furthermore, here is God's simple plan for how YOU, also, can know 100% for sure that YOU can have peace with God for all eternity.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Modern Obsessions = Ancient Problems

In industrialized societies we often condescendingly consider ourselves better and more civilized than the rest of humanity, yet, we are increasingly obsessed with the worldly illnesses of mankind, while we neglect the inward things that God says are most important. We make the same self-serving mistakes as have been committed by God-rejecting people down through the ages.

Yes, within the flood of modern humanity, a few thousand or million people here and there are concerned about the things of God, but our obsession with running to science and technology to find 'wellness' and 'wellness programs', as we emphasize physical and mental health, has eclipsed our need to focus on the things of "the inward man" of which the Bible speaks. Our rush to solve our issues by way of modern tech wizards and specialized doctors, is little different from paganism or the practices of ancient times, as people sought for any answers other than what God says and offers to us. The Book of Mark, especially Chapter 7, brings out this point repeatedly, as Christ seeks to bring an eternal message of salvation to one region after another, yet, the people are continually seeking and amazed by His healing of the lame, the deaf, the mute, the demon possessed, etc.

Based on the examples given in the Bible, it demonstrates that most of us are primarily ruled by our sin nature, and that we want earthly goodies, earthly miracles, earthly healings, but we do not have much, if any, interest in the eternal things that will last... forever, without end. We want instant rewards, instant pleasures, instant competence, instant gratification of all sorts, but we ignore or throw away the treasures of God that are encompassed in His love and peace toward us, that are freely given to us when we turn to Him and His Christ from our sin, in "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ".

Many will rant and rail that Christ is NOT their God or Savior, and they have well said, for they are lost in their sin because of their rejection of God's Christ and God's plan of salvation. Irrespective of what our flesh, minds, and urges dictate to us, our spirits have God-given free will to decide for ourselves whether to accept or reject God's Word and His Way of salvation. I've written and spoken many times of these things, but I write this, again, in the hopes that, as we eat food, drink water, and breath air, that one day each reader might waken to the realization that one needs to be deliberately thankful for AND to deliberately choose to receive what God offers to us in Christ Jesus; to realize that no one else can do this for us, and that it is to this very crossroad that God calls every human being.

By neglecting or by deliberately rejecting God's Christ and plan of salvation, one signs one's own eternal judgment and dooms one's self to eternal punishment, in which one is conscious, segregated from all others, eternally tormented, eternally thirsty, eternally concerned for having made the wrong choice, and eternally concerned for other souls whom our rejection of Christ has caused us to neglect to try to warn them of eternal damnation... which makes the point that every deliberate decision, and every act of neglect, has eternal consequences.

Please consider or reconsider who the Bible says that Jesus Christ really is and the eternal blessing that He is offering to you, even at this very moment. May you come to make the choice that agrees with God's desire for you to be saved and to become part of His family. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6) "Neither is there salvation in any other: For there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved". (Acts 4:12)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Heart-Wrenching Video About Not Being a Victim: Resist Evil

I shared the following video link last year, sometime. Yet, it bears watching again. Remember to observe the guy’s ‘time machine watch’ in order to help understand the video.

The principle of defense that is shown in the video can help stop innocent people from becoming victims of violent criminals. We must stop apologizing to criminals. We must stop apologizing for criminals. Criminals are the ones who choose to fight against the rest of society. Criminals are the ones who need to be stopped.

It is NOT "the fault" of law-abiding citizens that we are alive and pursuing our lives. It is NOT law-abiding citizens who are the great abusers of firearms in our society.

Throwing blanket anti-citizen, anti-rights gun laws over society, cripples our ability to defend ourselves, while opening 'gun-free' zones in which criminals can readily operate their enterprises or engage their lusts with reduced risk of death or injury, because the criminals know that most law-abiding citizens will honor 'gun-free' zones. The moral, social, and political logic of 'gun-free' zones is weighted toward evildoers.

Furthermore, refusing to execute godly judgment on criminals, is NOT the answer to criminal violence. Here in Connecticut, the government took away the death penalty for a host of crimes, even though God has never removed the death penalty from His list, as anyone can read in the Bible.

Power brokers say that "the people" want gun control, when the people really want crime control. But, the politicians and the fearful hide behind unconstitutional laws that concentrate power in smaller and smaller groups without honoring the spirit of our founding documents that encourage everyone to RESPONSIBLY, LAWFULLY, stand up and be counted in the pursuit of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". However, as a case in point, Chicago, Illinois, has some of THE most oppressive firearm laws in our nation, when it comes to discussing constitutional rights, yet, Chicago is still one of the highest murder cities in our nation.

Ironically, years ago, out of the University of Chicago’s Economics Department came a study, and then a book by one of the authors of that study, showing that it is NOT anti-firearms laws that stop crime, but the attitude and willingness of citizens to stand up against evil and to be armed for the eventuality of conflict with evil. But, politicians and fearful people would rather hide behind false promises of ineffective laws (that criminals ignore), than to take responsibility for encouraging citizens to help resist evil by armed means, if necessary. Too many people are willing to blame police for crime, but there are not enough police in the world  to deal with every sin and crime that is committed. We cannot fix the sin part of human nature, on our own, except by personal "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ", BUT, we can prepare to defend ourselves against the violence that violent criminals would like to perpetrate against us.

Do NOT be a victim! The Bible says that we are to treat each other with love, respect, and protect each other from evil. Those are our God-given natural rights and obligations to each other. Our US Constitution, also, says that we have the “self-evident”, “unalienable right” to arm and defend ourselves.

Do NOT let politicians, or misinformed, or prejudiced people tell you that you cannot or should not arm yourself against violent criminals, whether you are in your home, on the street, or anywhere else in this world. If you happen to be a person who has a knee-jerk reaction against firearms and self-protection, no one is forcing you to arm yourself. But, ask yourself why politicians and rich people have such a heavy reliance on body guards, police, and arming themselves. They seem to desperately care about protecting their own lives and their families, but they seem to want YOU to be the scapegoat prey that distracts criminals away from them.

If you and I don’t care much about each other but happen to be out walking in the woods, and a very hungry bear comes along, I do not have to run faster than the bear, only faster than you. Escaping violent crime is no different, if we do not arm ourselves, or stick up for one another against the evils around us. Firearms in the hands of responsible, law-abiding citizens, help to level the fight for righteous living in a righteous society. But, our society seems to love sin and crime far more than godly living, for a long time, now.

To paraphrase a bumper sticker:
IF matches are the motivation and hand that set arson fires, then guns cause violence and pull their own triggers.