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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Land of Israel: Imminent Scenario - By Dr. David R. Reagan


What is likely to happen next in the land of Israel?
 
Here is the most likely scenario that I can foresee at the moment. Hamas, the fundamentalist Arab terrorist organization funded by Iran, will take complete control over the Palestinian autonomous areas. Hamas will then unleash a renewed reign of terror on Israel, continuing their lobbing of rockets from Gaza and Jericho to back up their demand for control of Jerusalem.
 
Abbas will orchestrate world pressure on Israel through the United Nations and the Vatican. In September of this year he will likely proclaim a Palestinian state and then demand that Jerusalem be "liberated" or internationalized.


 
Since even the most liberal Israelis take the position that Jerusalem is non-negotiable, the pressure will mount toward an inevitable conflict. If Hamas does not unleash the rockets first, then Abbas will ultimately return to the method he knows best — terror.
 
This will prompt an Israeli counter attack, which, in turn, will motivate the Arab states to come to the defense of the Palestinians. This could very well lead to Syria launching an all out missile attack on Tel Aviv in order to reclaim the Golan Heights and turn attention away from their civilian upheavals.
 
If that ominous event should occur, the Israelis will be forced to use their ultimate weapon to survive. They will strike Damascus with nuclear weapons. This will fulfill the prophecies that state that Damascus will cease to exist in the end times (Isaiah 17:1-3 and Jeremiah 49:23-27).
 
In panic, the Arab states will then turn to their natural ally for help — the Russians. And the likelihood is that the Russian government will be only too happy to send an army into the Middle East to destroy Israel (and grab the Arab oil fields in the process).
 
That is when the Lord will step in personally to destroy the Russian hordes on the mountains of Israel in a supernatural way so that even the Israelis will realize that their deliverance came from the Lord and not from their own military might (Ezekiel 38 and 39).
 
As the whole world panics on the brink of World War III, a dynamic, charismatic political leader from Europe will step into the vacuum and propose an ingenious solution that will result in peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors — a peace that will enable the Jews to rebuild their Temple.
 
We live in exciting times when we can watch prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. The events are ominous and overwhelming, but we can stand firm with great hope because we know that God is on His throne and that He is in control.
 
The events we are currently witnessing point to the imminent return of Yeshua, and when He returns, the world will be flooded with peace and righteousness, and Israel will enjoy the blessings of territorial integrity and peace forevermore (Zechariah 8:1-8).

Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Way Of Cain



This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley 

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (Genesis 4:2-7) 

From the Scriptures it appears that Cain knew how to bring an acceptable offering to the Lord. This is one of the clues that leads me to believe the Lord introduced a form of what would become the Levitical System right after the fall. There had to be a way for His earliest children to set aside their sins until the Redeemer He had promised to send (Gen. 3:15) came to solve the sin problem permanently. But although he knew what was right, Cain hadn’t done it and the Lord warned him that if he didn’t change there would be serious consequences. He didn’t and there were.

One of the tools used by theologians to help understand the Lord’s Word is called “The Principle Of First Mention”. It holds that the first time an important matter is mentioned in the Bible, the context in which it appears often contains information vital to our understanding of His Word in general, not just to the specific instance. The lesson from Genesis 4 is if we want to accepted by God, we should do the right thing.  In the Old Testament doing the right thing was bringing the prescribed offering for sin.  In the New, it’s believing in the one He sent (John 6:28-29).

Cain’s experience shows us that the Lord doesn’t condemn us for failing to do what is right without first teaching us what is right. It bears repeating that Cain knew what was right, but didn’t do it. Therefore he was acting with volition, consciously choosing a different way than the Lord had shown him.

I don’t think this is something that’s unique to Cain. There are several specific New Testament references to people who know what is right but don’t do it. I’m not talking about the sins we all commit, where we purposely do something that we know is displeasing to God. I’m talking about major disobedience that carries huge consequences.   Jude called this following the Way of Cain. (Jude 1:11)  In this study we’ll look at some folks who knew what was right but followed the way of Cain, and show that the consequences of their behavior has affected all of society.

Knowing What’s Right Vs. Doing What’s Right
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. (Romans 1:18-19).

This passage in Romans is not about people who never heard the truth about God and in ignorance came up with some alternate explanation for who we are and how we got here. This is about men who knew the truth and suppressed it. They knew what was right because God made it plain to them. But they not only didn’t do what was right, they tried to hide it so that others wouldn’t discover it. They compounded the Way of Cain and ruined our world.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:20-23)

God has made His presence known to man, and eliminated all our excuses. These men knew God but rejected Him, and when they did four things began to happen, all of them bad.

First, their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. That means they lost the ability to reason where the things of God are concerned. Remember Psalm 14:1, The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” And in 1 Cor. 1:14 Paul wrote, The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. A foolish person lacks the ability to reason and relies on wishful thinking. And second, they stopped worshiping the Creator in favor of the Creation.

These men held themselves out to be wise, learned men, who had come up with a superior alternative to what they call the fables and fiction of the Bible. Some called themselves scientists, although by definition science requires observation, and they’ve never observed their theory in action. What they were able to observe is that left alone, all things proceed from order into chaos, or devolve, and yet their theory requires things to go the opposite direction, evolving from chaos into order, without any outside assistance. Their’s is a natural law that violates natural law.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:24-25)

Third and fourth, many who accepted this alternative to Creation became sexually immoral and materialistic. If this had only happened to a few, we could have seen how different from the rest of us they had become. But since their theory effectively does away with God, it caught on among others who were seeking an alternative to Him, and after a relatively short period of time it worked its way into the educational systems of the world in the guise of science. In order to suppress the truth, scientists and educators made sure it was the only thing taught in our schools, and after a few generations no one even thought to question it. Even many of the leading theologians went along, seeing their theory as being more sophisticated and more intellectually appealing than God’s Word. Soon this theory that’s never been observed or proven became as fact.

Seeking to end their troublesome conflict with God’s Word for good, they got Him kicked out of the educational system altogether.  As they did, the standard of morality began to decline, and before long the age of materialism was upon us followed by the sexual revolution. Then pornography went public and became an accepted part of our entertainment. Soon, half of all marriages were ending in divorce. 50 million unborn children were put to death for the sake of convenience. (Anyone can look at an ultrasound and know intuitively that it depicts a human life. It took experts who know what is right but refuse to do it to convince us otherwise.) Children who were brought into the world were abandoned to the very schools that had played a major role in causing the problem.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. (Romans 1:26-27)

When these men saw evidence of the cause and effect relationship that Paul had warned them about, they worked to suppress it as well. They called these judgments from God alternative lifestyles, as proper as any other choice, and began teaching our children to accept and even celebrate them. They passed laws against thinking of them in any other way, in some instances making it a crime for us to remind them of God’s word.

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)

It’ll All Be Over Soon
As a society we’ve acquired such depraved minds that we don’t even see what’s happening to us. We should know that we’re on the brink of destruction, but we keep getting worse and worse, applauding behavior that we would have condemned in disgust only a few years ago.

Since the first judgments haven’t turned mankind back to God, a final, much more serious one is coming. This one is so bad that the Lord will remove His Church from out of the midst of it to protect us from it’s effect. (1 Thes. 1:9-10) Jesus said that it would be so bad that not one living soul would survive it unless he puts an end to it at the appointed time. (Matt. 24:22)

Already we can see signs of it building among us. But as bad as things are now, this is nothing compared to the way the world will soon be. In Paul’s day the Greek Empire was in the last days of it’s decline, gasping under the weight of the same kind of decay that’s in evidence everywhere in our world today. And Paul already saw it coming upon the Roman Empire, although the worst of it was still several hundred years away at the time. In each of these world Empires people’s hearts had become so hardened and their minds so depraved that they couldn’t even figure out what was happening to them. It’s the same today, except it’s coming upon the world much more quickly this time.  Having failed to learn from its mistakes, the world of our time is doomed to repeat them.

And contrary to the prevailing view in the Charismatic and Emerging Church movements, the Bible mentions no great revival at the end of the age to right all our wrongs, heal all our diseases, and clean up our mess in time to hand it over to the Messiah, all bright and shiny. The reason people from those movements don’t want you studying Bible prophecy is that their version of the End Times, called Dominion Theology, can not be found there.

Contrary to what they preach, this is what God’s word tells us to expect. Jesus said that in the last days the believing Church would have little strength but would keep His word and not deny His name. He said He would come for us soon and to hold on until He does. (Rev. 3:8,11) On the other hand, He said, the apostate church would consider itself wealthy and in need of nothing, not realizing that they’re wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. All the while He stands knocking at their door trying to get in. Unable to do so, He will spew them out of His mouth. (Rev. 3:16,17,20).

None of this had to happen, of course. It all started when a few men who knew what was right decided not to do it. And the rest, as they say, is history. It’s hard to believe that all of our society’s sexual immorality, its materialism and greed, the decay of its educational system, its disregard for the value of human life, and its celebration of alternative lifestyles, all stem from its decision to ignore what men know is right but refuse to do.  But that’s exactly what’s happened. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, worshiping and serving created things rather than our Creator. It’s the Way of Cain. Selah (08-20-11)

5 Church Members Who are Practicing Atheists


The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom

Recently, we said in an article on this website that the problem with "preacher-eaters and trouble-makers" in the church is that they do not believe in God. I stand by that statement, although it requires a little clarification.

Theoretically, they do. Those members who are determined to have their way regardless of the cost to the fellowship of the church, the unity of the congregation, the continuance of the pastor's ministry, or the sacrifice of programs of the church are not without religious convictions. They have even had religious experiences.
The problem is they are now living godless existences. Their work in the church is being conducted in the flesh and for their own purposes.

The shame of it is they are almost always unaware of these conditions. They have fallen into a shameless pattern of seeing nothing but what is in their own field of vision, of wanting only what they see as important, and advocating nothing but their own program. They are not knowingly mean-spirited people. They are self-deluded.  They are atheists in the strictest sense. Whatever belief in God they possess is theoretical. God was in Christ, yes. He was in the past. And He will be in the future, they believe, when He takes them and others like them to Heaven. As for the present, alas, they are on their own.

What, you ask, would lead me to say such outrageous things about some people who are members of good Baptist churches and who frequently get elected to high positions of leadership in those churches?

Two things.

  1. I have a half-century of dealing with them. I have met them in every church I ever served. However, it took me decades to identify the problem.
  2. The clue to their atheism is simple: There is no fear of God in them.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Yes, and a lot of other things.


Again and again, Scripture insists that wisdom begins with fearing God. We take "fear" to mean awe and reverence. Nothing of any significance spiritually begins without that awe. Want to see the fear of the Lord in action? Take a look at Job when he comes face to face, so to speak, with the Almighty. He exclaims, "I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore, I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes," Job 42:5-6.

Here is Isaiah having the same experience: "Woe is me, for I am undone! I am a man of unclean lips, and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts," Isaiah 6:5.

Simon Peter must have felt the same way when he exclaimed, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord," Luke 5:8.

See a common theme there? The presence of the Lord--experiencing His nearness, knowing that "He is here, in this very place"--shrivels the ego, wilts the self-confidence, and overpowers one's pride. Humility becomes the order of the day.

A fear of the Almighty God of the Universe is the healthiest possible thing for any resident of Planet Earth. How much more the redeemed children of God.


In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death, Proverbs 14:26-27.

I love the way the Prophet Amos puts it in explaining his ministry. The lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy? Amos 3:8.

Sometimes a good old-fashioned fear is the healthiest of all reactions. It is for good reason that the opening line of almost every biblical encounter with divine beings was the same: "Fear not!" Everyone who came face to face with the Lord or one of His messengers seems to have experienced the same knee-knocking, teeth-chattering, heart-stopping sensation.

Once in a while, we pastors have to listen as a rebel brags about what he will say to the Lord of the universe at judgement. It's always a defense for self-justification as to why he did not come the same way as others.
Actually, we can know precisely what people will say in their defense at judgment. Jesus told us in Matthew 22:12. But when the king came in (to the great banquet hall where all his guests had assembled), he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless.  No excuse. No defense. No speeches before the Almighty God at judgment. Just soul-searing fear.

Those who live without a fear of God become lawless and unrestrained. The pity is when they run churches.
"There is no fear of God before (the wicked's) eyes" (Psalm 36:1).
"They say, 'The Lord does not see, and the God of Jacob is not paying attention'" (Psalm 94:7).

Here is my list of 5 church members whom I have seen practicing atheism in churches all over this land.

  1. Those who, wishing to have their way, tear up the Lord's church and think it is all right. Psalm 50:21 comes to mind: "You did these things and I kept silent, and you came to the conclusion that I was just like you."
  2. Those who lie about their giving and feel no guilt. Ananias and Sapphira were the first, but not the last by any stretch of the imagination (Acts 5).
  3. Those who are holy terrors at home and holy joes at church. Can you say "hypocrite"? Look at the blistering the Lord gave the Pharisees of His day in Matthew 23.
  4. Laymen who rule the churches with an iron hand. These are sons of Diotrephes (III John 9-10). The Bible specifically says the Lord made the pastors/elders "the overseers, to shepherd the church of God" (Acts 20:28).
  5. Church members who live by fear and not by faith are demonstrating unbelief in the living God. "Why did you fear?" Jesus asked the disciples in the storm-tossed boat. "Where is your faith?" (Mark 4:40)

The prayer of Elijah on Carmel is as valid today as it was 3,000 years ago: "Lord, let these people know there is a God in Israel and that I am your servant,"I Kings 18:36.

When I think of the fear of God, I recall a conversation with a number of pastor-friends and their wives in a restaurant one day. The discussion fell on a brother who had committed adultery and, among other things, ruined his ministry. One of the wives said, "I don't have to worry about James. He's too busy fooling with his pipe to have that kind of problem." She was making a joke and we laughed.

Another wife said, "I don't worry about Frank. He's too afraid of God to commit adultery." Frank said, "You've got that right."

All fear of God is not simply awe and respect. Those are just a little too tame to cover the subject.

A healthy fear of the Lord of the universe means the prospect of standing in His presence at judgement having failed Him strikes terror into our hearts.

A healthy fear of God means I want to please Him above all else.

A healthy fear of the Almighty keeps my ambition in check and my self-esteem in balance.

A healthy fear of the Lord means I will fear no one or nothing else nearly so much.

Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy, Revelation 15:4.


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Counterfeit Gospel - False Gospel


Could you recognize a counterfeit gospel?  

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What is the cost of not identifying it? Could you explain the true gospel?  If you cannot answer to these questions, you are more likely not saved or you are not wearing the armor of God which make you very vulnerable to be deceived, Ephesians 6:11!  Not wearing the armor of God is compare to not protecting your computer with anti-virus software, Romans 13:12, Ephesians 6:11-13.

There is one thing a merchant does not want? It is a counterfeit bill. When depositing the end of the day earning, the bank teller goes through the bills, and if one bill is found to be a counterfeit, it is worthless, and is deducted from the merchant profit. For this reason a merchant instructs their cashier to verify a suspect fraudulent bill by comparing it with a genuine bill.  Some merchants even have at their disposal a special light to expose more easily the counterfeit bill. Merchant know and understand the cost of a counterfeit bill have on their business.

Major consequences of the counterfeit gospel within the Church are:

·        It causes division in the Christian community
·        And lead astray unbelievers.

What about you as a Christian?  Do you really understand the cost for not questioning the gospel that has being taught to you?  Many will be more than surprised but upset when Jesus will pronounce that He does not know them and that they are not found in the book of life. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness,’ Matthew 7:21-23.

A Christian who continues to practice lawlessness is one who has not thoroughly understood the significant of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are to stand before the judgment seat of Jesus, you will argue that you did not know and that it was the gospel that you were taught.  You will strongly defend yourself by blaming your pastor, a priest or minister.  Mark God’s word, false teachers will not get away with it also because Jesus will bring everyone accountable, Matthew 24:48-51, Rev 22:18

Therefore, it is the responsibility of each one of us to question what is being taught. Jesus is coming back as promise. “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.  Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city,” Rev 22:7, 12-14. Are you sure that you have the true gospel?  

You ask, “How can I be sure that what I have being taught is the truth?”  One way is to follow the example of the Berean. They search the scripture to see if what the apostle Paul and Silas were teaching was the truth, Acts 17:10-11. Now, that was a difficult task because all they had was the Old Testament. The scriptures were not as ergonomic as the bible is today. It was a scroll.  Yet they were knowledgeable of the scripture, so they knew approximately where to look. All Jews as a child were instructs in The Torah.  Apostle Peter quoted from the Old Testament to convinces about 3000 Jews on the day of Pentecost. Please read Acts 2 for the detail.

I agree, we are not Jews, yet we have more then they had.  We have all the letters of the Apostles.  The Epistles are instruction given to churches especially in the area of warning against false teaching.  In the letters to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation, Jesus also instructs us to listen. “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” You may dispute that you did not understand the scriptures and were in need of someone to explain it to you and were lead to stray.  Jesus warned His disciples, and is a warning to us, “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many,” Matthew 24:4-5.  “Will deceive many.”  Most Christians were brought up in a religious institution and are taken for granted everything that was taught to them without questioning.  And there are gentiles, new in the Lord, that fall for the first comer and stop searching. 

Jesus instructed us to keep asking, seeking, and knocking, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!  Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets,” Matthew 7:7-12. Whatever God gives you; share it also with others.  You found the truth, share it with others who also are looking for it.

Do you truly understand the important of doing your own homework? Jesus explained that there is only one truth and that is the one you are to look for. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it,” Matthew 7:13-14.

Not only are you to be aware of the counterfeit gospel but you have to be aware of where it comes from also. It comes from secular humanism belief (of this world). The truth is truly narrow. The secular society teaches that there are many ways to reach a higher plain of existence, to ascension. Satan is the master counterfeiter. He wants to deceive as many as possible so that who ever do not believe and do not accept Jesus would be condemned to spend eternity in the lake of fire with him.  Satan motto is “They must not believe in the true gospel.”

Even Christians fall away to another gospel. “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed,” Galatians 1:6-8.  It is so simple to recognize the other gospels. They all led you away from Jesus. It defiles the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me” Exodus 20:3.  Anyone who breaks this commandment commits lawlessness.

So you see, it was foreseen that it would happen especially close to the time of our Lord return, which is now. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” 1 Timothy 4:1. 

A falling away from the truth was prophesied and any Christians who studies Bible prophecy have observed a drastic change in our society cultural belief. The falling away will only increase to a point where the world will accept Satan himself disguise as an angel of light.  “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God,” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. 

Today is the time you are to question the gospel that you had been taught. Do not be deceived as Eve had.  “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it,” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4. Paul goes on saying, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 11:13

If the cross, the blood of Jesus Son of God, and repentance is not in the gospel that you were taught, it is a false gospel. Anyone who denies the deity of the Father, of the Son Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit is teaching a false gospel and he is against Christ, therefore anti-Christ, Matthew 12:30,  1 John 2:18,  1 John 2:22,  1 John 4:3,  2 John 1:7. Surprise!  The whole secular society is anti-Christ knowingly or by ignorance. Any one who proclaims to be the vicar between man and God other than Jesus is deceiving the many.

As I previous stated, some merchants even have at their disposal a special light to expose more easily the counterfeit bill.  Christians and those who seek the truth have a similar detecting device.  It is available to whoever asks for it.  It is Jesus that gives the light. God revealed to an old man named Simeon who is the light.

“…he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel,” Luke 2:25-32.”

Do you get that?  “a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles.” You are to keep your eyes on Jesus to know the truth and to stay in the truth.  Do you want more proof?  Read the testimony of Zacharias, John the Baptist’s father: “Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying… “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1: 67,76-79.

John the Baptist’s commission was to point salvation to Jesus. The true gospel can be simplified in one verse, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” Acts 4:12.  That name is Jesus. As Peter respond to Jesus,  “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,” John 6:68.

So what is the truth gospel? It is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is Jesus the Son of God who became a man, born of a virgin women, who lives a sinless life to die in our stead on the cross and resurrect on the third day so that who ever believe in these acts of redemption receives eternal life.  That is in a nutshell the simplicity of the gospel “THE CROSS”, and all that it represents.  It is all about Jesus paying for the price for our sins. The Holy Spirit points to Jesus, Jesus points to God the Father.   Read my commentary titled,  To become a Christian, that is easy, First &amp; Final Step...that explains that all you need to do is to Believe.  This is why and how.” Another important article I encourage you to read is, “Repentance is a must”.  

To summarize: you must believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation, which is being saved from a terrible destiny in hell for eternity.  Once you accept Jesus as your Savior and your Lord, He sends a helper and a teacher, the Holy Spirit, to assist you in walking with our Lord. Isn’t that wonderful! This is no mystery, believe in the teaching of the Holy Spirit, because the Spirit always point to Jesus, John 14:26, 1 Cor 2:13.  This statement might offend some, yet is true; “God reveal to those who love Him, 1 Cor 2:9”, and “those who seek him Heb 11: 6.”  Therefore love Him and seek Him, and the door to the truth will be wide open. “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name,” Revelation 3:8. ‘My word’ is the true gospel; ‘My name’ is Jesus.

To find a church or denomination that teach and keep the true gospel…. ask God the Father and He will direct your path. Remember, you have Jesus the ‘light’ to guide your path.  If you are interested to know why the ‘The Church’, the body of Christ is separated in so many denominations please read the commentary title, “Christianity is like an ice cream parlor.”

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
 I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me,”
Revelation 3:20.

Please take the time to watch this excellent video prepared by Greg Laurie. “How to Know God”  at http://www.harvest.org/.  I also encourage you to read this commentary by Joe McKeever title, “The Most Overlooked Aspect of Salvation.”


Note:
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