A Call For Discernment 3

I understand this video was posted on Youtube with the author’s consent. Please consider purchasing the DVD from the author to show this to friends. This DVD is $10, or 5 for $35.

Pastor Justin Peters has also updated this seminar to include more information. The new DVD “Clouds without Water” is only $20.

I don’t get any commission – I just want to spread the truth. That’s the point of this blog. Spread the truth.


A Call For Discernment 2

I understand this video was posted on Youtube with the author’s consent. Please consider purchasing the DVD from the author to show this to friends. This DVD is $10, or 5 for $35.

Pastor Justin Peters has also updated this seminar to include more information. The new DVD “Clouds without Water” is only $20.

I don’t get any commission – I just want to spread the truth. That’s the point of this blog. Spread the truth.

A Call For Discernment video 1

I understand this video was posted on Youtube with the author’s consent. Please consider purchasing the DVD from the author to show this to friends. This DVD is $10, or 5 for $35.

Pastor Justin Peters has also updated this seminar to include more information. The new DVD “Clouds without Water” is only $20.

I don’t get any commission – I just want to spread the truth. That’s the point of this blog. Spread the truth.

The High Places of Christianity

2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days. 3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. 1 Kings 3:2-4 (KJV)

11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. 12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. 14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 1 Kings 15:11-14 (KJV)

Since we’re talking about repentance and revival, we need to move on to the next part.

Revival in the Old Testament usually occurred because the people began turning to other gods, and sacrificing to those gods.

In Christianity, it happens because the outside world begins creeping in and we forget the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, it gets to the point where we look almost no different from the world – pierced noses and a million tattoos – and that’s just the Deacons!

I see church planters who are involved in the third year of their church plant – willowy guys in blue jeans and Rooster Comb hairstyles. Uh… you’re in the ministry, buddy- at least try to look like it!

Some person’s going to come to your church – his life is in shambles. He may be facing jail, or losing his home, or just can’t seem to shake the addiction to crack.

And he walks in your church, a glimmer of hope in his eyes… which fades when he looks at you, because you look exactly like the crack dealer who just took all his food and rent money, and sold him a drug that’s all gone now, and he’s stuck with no home, no food, it’s cold and wet out, and has the craving. How you gonna help him when you look just like the crack dealer? Or the crack user himself?

I understand what some people are advocating – “you need to look like the world, because you’ll reach more that way.”

But deep down inside, kids know they’re rebelling. And when Pastor Walt looks like he’s rebelling too – he’s in many ways lost all credibility.

Reality. Let’s try facing this. You show someone a guy wearing a big yellow and black suit carrying an axe (or red and black) and they all say “fireman!”

You show someone a guy dressed in blue and wearing a badge, and they say, “Law Enforcement!”

A man in a white coat? “Doctor!”

So when your life is falling apart, and you walk into the church hoping for help and answers, and you see a guy with a rooster comb haircut and sneakers, you’re gonna say, “Where’s the Pastor?”

“I’m the pastor.”

“Uh… is there another pastor here?”

sorry, got off topic there. Or maybe, that should be the topic.

We need to start separating from the world.

If the Bible spoke so well of Solomon (at first), and mentions his love for the high places… and speaks so very highly of Asa, but mentions he did not get rid of the high places… shouldn’t we be thinking about that, at least a little bit?

Yes, all sin is forgiven us, and the penalty for it removed. But what ever happened to wanting to please God???

We WERE in the world before we were saved. The Bible says we were saved OUT of it. Should we as Christians be out clubbing, dancing on weekends? Out drinking? Smoking marijuana in places where it’s legal?

No. We’re held to a different standard. Haven’t you noticed when a Christian is publicly exposed as being in a sinful condition, the world immediately says, “Why, those hypocrites!!!”

They don’t seem to acknowledge that they’re in the middle of the same thing, and that if its bad for the Christian, it’s bad for the worldly person too. It’s okay for them, they rationalize, but when the Christian does it, they suddenly consider it bad.

Revival comes when we hew down the idols, burn the groves, kick out the pagan priests. Should we be having Superbowl parties at churches? Churches are the pillar and ground of the truth! When we allow worldly entertainment to it, we are implying there is an air of legitimacy there.

“Hey, buddy, don’t go picking on the Superbowl now!”

why? Can you tell me with an honest face that everything that will be shown on the tv at the church will be something pleasing to God? Really?

Then… should we have it in churches?

do you want it said about you…

But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 1 Kings 15:14 (KJV)

I don’t know what’s happening in your life or your church right now that keeps you all sitting in your pews, smiling vacantly. Maybe it’s the attitude of some churches today… “Pastor, entertain me!!!”

Or maybe it’s the turning the blind eye to the suffering of the poor people in your church. You know, the ones who can barely sit there holding the bread and the cup and not wolf it down out of hunger? The ones who are coming in the middle of winter wearing light jackets because that’s all they have?

Hew down the groves. Smash the idols. And suffer not the high places.

Churches, we need to wake up. We’ve been given work to do, deadly serious work. People are dying in their sins all around you because you’re too complacent to pass out a tract. And people are dying in the pews because they’re starving to death, but too proud to ask for help.

“somebody should do something!!!”

I agree! Aren’t you “Somebody”?

Witnessing Preparation

Yesterday we talked about making mental connections to Luke 15, 16 and John 3.

Today almost everything we have is out of Romans.

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 (KJV)

yesterday I talked about Hell first for a reason. Most Christians oday heard about the approach that God wants you healthy, wealthy and wise, so you need to get saved so you can be – to which my response is, “no, that was Benjamin Franklin.”

The real reason we should get saved? Because we are all sinners in need of it.

99 times out of 100, if you witness to someone with, “God wants you to be happy!” you;re going to get a false convert. So we start with Romans 3:23

THe next one is Romans 6:23.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 (KJV)

because the reaction is, “so I’m a sinner – that’s not the end of the world, is it? I’m not robbing banks and pushing grandmothers over, am I?”

Nope – this verse shuts that down. The wages of sin are death. You can segue here into Luke 16 if you feel it’s going to help. If the person continues to protest their innocence at this point, Luke 16. Throw the ever-present reality of Hell into the mix.

6 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 (KJV)

Every Christian should have this completely memorized – there’s usually some confusion with “light” and “life”. Just get that straight and the verse is easy.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24 (KJV)

This is another one of those verses you should at least memorize the location of. Know it’s in John 8, bottom half. Find it in your Bible and highlight it.

Why? Because we’ve established that everyone is a sinner, everyone deserves Hell, Jesus is the only way, that you have to believe Jesus is more than just a good teacher, but God in human flesh. A Saviour.

We’ve set everything right now. It’s very simple to understand at this point. The person you’re talking to should feel pretty condemned.

Now you can toss in Luke 15 if the person’s a hard sell.

The final verses are back in Romans.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (KJV)

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 (KJV)

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9 (KJV)

If you take someone through the entire sequence (remember the ones I gave yesterday are by themselves a distinct approach – this is the better one, but a little longer), you should be able to get perhaps 10% of the people you witness to saved.

A helpful hint I heard a couple of years ago… in the top margin of each page that one of these verses are on, write the next verse reference in that margin. Upside down. That way if you’re handing your Bible to someone to read the verses – highly recommended, get them to read it out loud – you’re looking right at the next reference to look up.

So, all you have really to remember is “Romans 3:23”. Make those notations at the top of your page, and you’re good for now.

I did mention that witnessing to unbelievers is not optional, right?

Correct Doctrine 9

3.2. God is Father in truth to those who are the children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Mat. 5:9, Luke 20:36, John 11:52, Rom. 8:16-17, 21, 9:8,26, Gal. 3:26, 1 John 3:10)

3.3. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, Gal. 3:26, John 6:29)

It’s amazing how much of doctrine is the kind of stuff that gets real Christians all weepy! Today’s instruction is partly a recognizing of who God is, and a salvation message.

If you think like a Fundamentalist, it’s amazing how, when you reflect on the awesome majesty of God, the Holiness of God, and the eventual Judgment that the Bible speaks of so often – you reflect on, “Wow, if I were God, I’d have wiped us all out the 1000th time we all sinned!”

Seeing as how I’d probably sinned a thousand times by the time I was maybe 5 years old, it shows you two things – the utter depravity of the human being, and the incredible love and forgiveness that God is EAGER to show to all of us!

All you have to do is repent. Acknowledge you’re a sinner. Admit to God that you are worthy of nothing more than eternity in Hell.

Now, STOP and think about that for a few minutes. Really think about yourself in Hell, for all eternity. The unending torment, the quickly dawning terror as you realize YOU’RE NOT GETTING OUT OF HERE, EVER!

And then you’ll understand.

The Lord Jesus Christ came to Earth and died, becoming the offering for your sins, so that you wouldn’t have to go to Hell.

God loves you. He made it so EASY. All you have to do is accept His sacrifice for you. Turn your life around and accept Him. Take His yoke upon you. The burden indeed is easy and light.

If you’ve done that… 3.2 is talking about God’s new relationship with you. You now have that spirit of adoption, that makes you cry out, “Abba, Father!”

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:29 (KJV)

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 (KJV)

Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Luke 20:36 (KJV)

And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. John 11:52 (KJV)

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:16-17 (KJV)

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Romans 8:21 (KJV)

That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. Romans 9:8 (KJV)

And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. Romans 9:26 (KJV)

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26 (KJV)

In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 1 John 3:10 (KJV)

Study to shew thyself Approved

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. John 17:17-18 (KJV)

Every one of you are sent and called.

Every Christian is important. Every Christian has a ministry.

Every Christian – that means you – is called to be an ambassador for Christ. The Great Commission was meant for you.

To be ready for this, you need ot learn to read the Bible. Not just read, but study.

Every Christian needs a steady dose of Bible in your life. TIm Laheye likes to say that the Bible will keep you from Sin, or Sin will keep you from the Bible. He’s right.

So, some helpful tools for Bible study. I’ve given these before, but it helps to give them again.

  1. Strong’s Concordance
  2. Nave’s topical Bible
  3. Torrey’s New Topical Textbook
  4. Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge
  5. Bible markers
  6. pen

I’ve got all kinds of different methods for marking the Bible. When I got the Bible i had now, I made it a priority to try to read through the bible and mark all the important passages.

Remember that both Nave and Torrey tended to have their doctrinal viewpoints color their thinking, so you’ll run into their prejudices as you read things. For instance, read Nave’s entry on hell. It’s obvious he was offended by Hell.

You’re going to need to perhaps make a cheat sheet of scripture references you find important.

for instance, can you immediately think of a reference on Hell? Try Luke 16. That should be an immediate association in your mind. Hell- Luke 16. It’s not the only one, but I have that association memorized. It’s like when people try to say that the church was started in Acts 2 and I immediately reply, “Matthew 16 and 18”. Matthew 16 the church is future tense – it’s obvious its about to be something that the Lord is about to immediately start. By Matthew 18, it’s past tense. So when was the church started? Acts 2, or Matthew 16? if it’s present/past tense in Matthew 18, then obviously it was started in Matthew 16.

So then, what is Acts Chapter 2???

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (KJV)

“ye shall receive power.” Power to what? Power to witness and work miracles. That was given only to the early Apostles, and the miracle power is gone for now. But we are still empowered to share the Gospel.

So, acts chapter 2 is not the start of the church, but rather, the empowering of the churches.

What tools will you need to study to begin sharing? Well, how about the verses on eternal life?

  • 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)
  • 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36 (KJV)
  • 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39 (KJV)
  • 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40 (KJV)
  • 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47 (KJV)

There you go. I just looked up the words Eternal and Everlasting. I found these right away. Now of course, I know that John 3 is the Salvation chapter, and you’ll do well to make that mental association.

John 3 Salvation

Acts 2 empowerment to share gospel

Matthew 16 start of the churches

Luke 16 Hell

These are mental associations I’ve made. When you’re talking to someone about Jesus, and they make some objection, there’s NOTHING more frustrating than trying to search through 1,189 chapters to try to find the very quote you’re looking for. You need to KNOW where to find the answers.

The Matthew 16 and Acts 2 associations won’t help you share the Gospel, but it’ll help you mentally to understand you have been chosen. Yup, you. Sitting right there. You. Get busy.

You actually have all the tools you need to begin sharing the Gospel. John 3, Luke 16. Heaven, Hell.

Really want to get someone? Another mental association. You’ll need to take these one per day to get them straight.

Luke 15. The prodigal son. If you know the chapter, it won’t be hard to find where it starts. Explain to every sinner you meet they personally are the Prodigal son.

Luke 15 prodigal son

Luke 16 Hell

John 3 salvation

Got it? You have enough to get started.