Benefits of Loving One Another


Loving One Another. A previous post on this topic was some of the hardest words I’ve put on this blog. If you got convicted, you were paying attention.
But why? The Lord commanded us, but there’s other reasons. Ready to see?

  • Your Church won’t be Dead. Just the fervent in spirit one. If every one of us in our Baptist church would just be fervent in spirit, just that one alone, the churches will seem alive, vibrant.
  • No more Cliques. If we prefer one another, just that one, and if we could maybe work on the condescend to those of lower estate, just those two, there’d be no more cliques. The problem with Cliques is that very often there aren’t any, just people who’ve known each other for a long time, and the rest of the people perceiving it as a clique.
  • Room for everyone in Ministry. “How can I help” would no longer be seen as interfering, but genuine concern.
  • Renewed commitment to the Great Commission. Your church would finally begin to grow with SAVED Christians, not pretend tares – because you’d reject the Great Omission and instead begin the Great Commission.
  • You’ll Hear ‘Well Done’. I want to hear those words. You want to hear them. If we keep going on the way we both are, neither one of us will. Instead, we’ll be as one with smoke clinging to us, ashamed.
  • People Will stop leaving the church. Everyone wants a church with no problems. That chance stopped the minute you joined! But a vibrant church who cares for one another and is engaged in outreach will seem exciting.
  • You might actually get mistaken for a Christian from time to time. Most of us bring more contempt to the Gospel than glory. This ought not to be. Let’s start acting like Jesus Christ, and how He wants us to act. There’s no WWJD speculation – just open your Bible to exhortations like I listed yesterday, and use them as a checklist.
Conclusion

There are so many benefits to loving one another, it’s time we got on with it instead of making excuses. Are you Christian or aren’t you? It’s time to start acting like it!

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Use of the word Pharisee


I constantly encounter the word Pharisee by Christians, mostly Evangelicals. Recently, I encountered a hyper-grace believer on this blog, who was quick to try to subtly worm her way in by asking questions, subtly finding a way to slam Fundamentalists, and seized on that as a chance to argue with me that I was a Pharisee, full of works, because I wrote about… repentance and prayer.

Okay, Let me translate the word Pharisee for my Gentile readers, and let’s see if you understand how that word sits in my ears.

“Fundamentalist narrow minded Pharisee!”

In my ears means, “You Bible believing Jew!”

Jew.

You know, It’s been many years since I was called “Jew Boy” in school. Anti-Semitism still reigns in today’s society. Obama’s America in the last years of the reign of his regime had institutionalized Jew Hating. Schools of higher education were encouraged to be racist – against Jews. They used phrases to disguise it – “Divestiture”, “Censure”, “Israel”.

What it amounted to is that America has become increasingly intolerant, in the name of tolerance.

It’s bad enough I have to endure that from the unsaved, but to have my Christian brothers and sisters routinely engage in antisemitism is too much.

When you call someone Pharisee, understand this – you are being a racist. You are being a bigot. You are being an anti-Semite. You’re being a Jew Hater.

in 2008, one night late at night, while reading a book by John MacArthur and searching for the truth, I broke under the weight of my guilt over sin, and I cried out to God to save me from Hell. I called upon Jesus Christ in desperate need, and He answered. At that moment, my heritage ceased to be of importance. yet it’s thrown in my face over and over again.

We as Christians should not be racist. You should not say hurtful words. Don’t you think, if you call someone a Pharisee, you might have to explain that to Jesus Christ? When God says Israel is the apple of His eye, don’t you think you might want to be cautious about that?

When God says those who bless the seed of Abraham shall be blessed and those who curse Abraham’s seed will be cursed… you might want to be more careful?

You Gentiles reading this, understand this – you are a wild olive branch, grafted onto the vine of Israel. You’re joined into the vine along with me. We’re together. You have to live in the same place I do – forever, and ever, and ever.

Christians as a whole have examined their racism, realized its a sin, and repented of it. Except where the Jew is concerned. You look at someone who embraces the Bible as God’s instructions, and you snarl, “Jew!”

You say “Pharisee”, but I hear “Jew.” And it’s right back to 6th grade, and people shouting Jew Boy, and doing the Sieg Heil salute in my face, and shouting “Heil Hitler” as they spit on me.

I’ve gotten over that – certainly 6th Grade was a long time ago. But that feeling comes back when I hear Christians say, “Pharisee”.

To explain it, the Sadducee party disappeared in AD 70 with the destruction of the Temple. The only group to survive was the Pharisees. Jews today are the heirs of the Pharisees, and certainly it took a long time to break free of the mindset of the Chassidic teachings I’d learned, the Orthodox lifestyle. Seriously, it took a long time for me to be able to cut my fingernails without water nearby (if you don’t understand that, it’ll take too long to explain).

If you want to call me Fundamentalist, that’s fine. If you want to call me a literalist, someone who believes the Bible literally, that’s great! If you think I’m self-righteous, say that!

But anti-Semitism should NEVER be in the mouths of Christians. NEVER. If you harbor any anti-Semitic thoughts, pray about them. It’s like all sins we struggle with.

Don’t ever call anyone a Pharisee ever again.

Issues In Christianity Today


What is the problems in Christianity today? What are the areas we’re lacking in?

1. lack of love

2. lack of prayer

3. lack of Bible reading and study

4. lack of knowledge of sound doctrine.

5. lack of holy living

6. lack of repentence

7. overall rebellious attitude towards God – “Bible or no Bible…” “What this passage means to me…” “that’s your interpretation” “no two people can agree on what the Bible says”

8. willingness to trample the cross of Christ

9. Bible agnosticism

10. Refusal to separate from the world

11 believing that everyone who names the name of Christ is a Christian

12. Refusing to separate from heretics and false teachers.

Let’s start with the lack of love.

Evangelical Christianity is probably ducking, expecting a scolding right now. To a certain extent, they haven’t shown much love to the people who need it… the lost who know they’re not Christian.

Except for the Jews, whom for some reason a lot of Evangelicals are beginning to hate.

What’s bizarre, is that Evangelical Christianity is showing love to people who think they’re saved and are not. That to me is a major issue. But I’m dealing with that lower on down, in the #’s 10 & 11 section.

So… who’s the biggest offender of the “lack of love” area???

Get ready….

Fundamental Baptists. You know, us.

The real reason that Fundamental baptist churches, you know, narrow is the way, local church, King James Bible only Baptist churches, are numbering less than two hundred, is that viistors walk in, sit through a service, go to the door, linger, linger a little more, then slowly leave (never to return again) is that they’re waiting for someone to greet them nicely, welcome them, engage them in 30-45 seconds of conversation, and ask them to come back.

It almost never happens.

Now, my wife and I did attend (once) a Fundamental Baptist, King James Only, Narrow is the way, chicken eatin’ church, where we were barraged with welcomes from the moment we walked in the door. I mean… the word cloying came to mind, a word usually only referring to the cheapest of perfumes that leaves a heavy cloud around you.

It was, “Hi, how are you, welcome to Lonely Baptist church, there’s only 75 of us, can we straighten your tie, comb your hair, wash your car???”

It was a little much, actually.

My first visit to a Fundamentalist church was the direct opposite. It was a Riplinger-Melton-Pearl-Ruckmanite church, where you were considered part of the church (if you were a man – women were not allowed to be friends), and had joined the church by Baptism or letter. Other than that, you were an Outsider, potentially a heretic unless proved otherwise, and quite possibly a spy for Israel. And you secretly read the NIV in your devotions.

I suppose you got an arm band with a swastika on it once you did join. Or a velvet painting of Peter Ruckman.

The average Baptist church is somewhere in the middle. towards the Ruckmanite side of “hate” than towards the Lonely Baptist Church side of smothering love.

Seriously, it’s a major issue. I’m doing my best to convince people that being a Fundamentalist is the only option the Bible allows you, and then they trot off happily to a church where they’re ignored, allowed to wither on the vine, before they get fed up (4 weeks is the longest they’ll go, people!) and leave.

Now, the Bible gives us no real choice in a Baptist church. The church is the pillar and ground of the truth. The members of the church are to adhere to sound doctrine. And the church is to be of one mind.

Oh, and love one another is not optional.

Haven’t we ever read the Gospels? I mean, one thing that sticks out in the Bible over and over and over again, is that the law of God placed far more weight upon how we treat one another than it did on ceremonial handwashings and whether a bull had a spot on him or not.

So don’t you think it’s important to Jesus Christ if someone comes into your nice Fundamentalist Baptist church, and you all ignore them???

28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28-31 (KJV)

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35 (KJV)

These words are in the NEW TESTAMENT, and are not done away with.

We really have no choice in the matter. Christians are followers of Christ, δοῦλος Doulos, servants? The meaning of the word Doulos is actually more one who has placed themself in a state of… well, voluntary slavery for a period of time for money, or to work off a debt. In our case, we’ve become voluntary slaves to Christ to serve Him. God says, we do. Yes, sir!

Want to know how to really start being more caring in your church? It’s gonna hurt a little…

  • use your cell phone less. THere’s nothing more irritating than trying to have lunch with someone who’s constantly texting someone else, or sitting on Facebook the whole time they’re with you. You’re telling them, “you’re less important than my cell phone, which is only a couple of hundred dollars, and I’ll be replacing it in a year or so when the iPhone 8 comes out.”
  • Maybe get off of Facebook entirely? The same people who talk to you on Facebook have nothing to say to you face to face. They’re just waiting on some Meme that pleases them emotionally so they can click “like”.
  • Get rid of your TV. The behaviors it is teaching you is self righteous, sinful, and aggressively contemptuous. Since that’s pretty much the default behavior of Fundamentalists anyway, we really don’t need the encouragement.
  • Stop listening to people talk and waiting for a lull in the conversation so you can start talking about yourself again. LIsten instead to what they’re talking about. Do you really know the concerns and issues troubling the person in the pew in front of you??? Maybe start listenening to people with the attitude of, “how can I help this person?”
  • Realize that visitor to the church is potentially a “New guy”. He or she may not yet know about the issues I constantly write about. THey may be just waking up to what the Spirit is saying to the churches today, and are looking to get out of today’s purpose-driven assemblies. Or worse, they might be a Messianic or Jehovah’s Witness who was led to your church because they found my blog, and are realizing they’re in a cult.
  • Realize that God may have blessed you emotionally and materially, placing you in a position where you may be able to help a newcomer. Hey, you may be about to earn a potential reward. If you sit in your pew and say nothing, that’s going to slip right past you,

Tomorrow, we’ll talk about issue two

End Times Rebellion


12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24:12 (KJV)

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)

In case anyone has never figured it out, these words are not referring to some future time, a century from now.

They’re describing right this very minute.

I meant to do another message on word faith, but I think the Lord changed my thoughts in mid stream.

I spent quite a long while when first putting up this blog answering cults. However, as I encounter more and more Christians, I can come to only one conclusion… we’re right in the midst – in the very thick of – the days spoken of in 1 Timothy 4:1.

It’s useless to deny it. It’s scary the changes that have come over Christianity. I’m really worried.

How to keep your witness from being corrupted?

First, understand the Bible commands you to identify a false teacher, and separate from him. You should not watch their TV shows. You should not attend their churches or read their books.1

7 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

“Well, they teach some good stuff.” I know. I can think of one or two teachers who teach some things that are very good.  But the Bible tells me to mark and avoid.

I don’t have a choice.

“But Joel Osteen makes me feel good!”

Run from it! He does not preach the Bible. You are required to separate from him.

6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:6-8 (KJV)

Now the last time I put these verses online together, someone called me a Pharisee. That’s highly Anti-semitic. I’m assuming he did not like me quoting the Bible, because I’m not the author of those verses… I’m just QUOTING them. But he apparently was offended by that.

Repeating what I said yesterday, if you’re offended by the word of God, that’s a salvation check moment.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)

Let me put this another way… any teacher who claims men can be gods is a false teacher. The Bible does not teach that.

Anyone who claims your words have creative powers… is a false teacher. I mean, I can speak helpful things, or hurtful. But I cannot speak a Mercedes into existence.

Is that what these teachers are teaching? Indeed they are.

I think a major “are you kidding me?” moment was when I heard a Southern Baptist quote Joyce Meyers. Uh… false teacher. Now, I’ll give her this, she’s got a LOT more integrity than most Word-Faith teachers. I mean, she returned money she’d embezzled years before, and had never been caught at. And indeed, she added an extra percentage. So she believes what she teaches.

All I have to do to make a lot of money is to tell you that you can make a lot of money, that you can climb out of your poverty because God guarantees it… and if you send me money as a faith seed, you’ll get it back a hundredfold. Hey, I even have more FAITH than Ken Copeland – I’ll speak that a THOUSANDFOLD! Send me money, mwahahahahaha!!!! But to DO that would be false. It’s false teaching.  I cannot imagine how Jesus Christ feels about false teachers fleecing the flock when so many people are in DESPERATE financial straits.

How about THIS message… You won’t get any more money that I can guarantee… but people out there are hurting. There are Christians out there who go to sleep crying. They are hungry. They are about to be homeless. God wants you to help them.

Will you get something out of it? Who CARES? Do it. Help them out. Find a Christian family in need and help them. See if your church has a benevolence fund and give to it. Tell your pastor you’re burdened for Christians in need. You don’t have much, but you’re giving ten dollars.

That’s a more Godly message.

Separate from false teachers. Love one another.

And I challenge the Word Faith people to preach that message.

Redeeming the Time


16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:16-20 (KJV)

Christians,

This is the time. Seriously. I am becoming more and more convinced that the Rapture of the Christians is nearing. Many of you have blogs… this is the time to get serious about this.

Contend earnestly for the faith. Witness to the lost. Try to reach those who call themselves Christians, whose entire claim for a hope in Heaven but who actually claim nothing but a wet forehead as a baby. Try to reach those who think they are a god, and can speak things into existence. Try to reach those who believe that the Watchtower Society is God’s faithful servant on this earth. Try to reach those who believe that Joseph Smith was visited by an Angel who used to be a man named Moroni. Try to reach those who believe they have to keep the laws of Moses to be saved. Try to reach those who think “the Sunday Sabbath is the number of the beast”. Try to reach those who think Hinduism is the way. Who think their Buddhist faith will get them reborn if they redeem enough karma points. Try to reach those who think the vibration of cosmic crystals will allow them to ascend into a higher order of sentient being. Try to reach those who think, “My whole family is Baptist, so I guess I go to heaven too…”

You’re going to get arguments. You’re going to offend many. You’re going to risk a lot of heartache just to finally reach one person – but that one person will avoid Hell forever, and that’s the point.

And you may be planting a seed for when (after we disappear) they may wake up and realize, “This was real, and I just missed it.”

But if you do nothing… they all are lost. Condemned.

Redeem the time, for the days are evil.

Answering The Roman Catholic Church – Purgatory


In a previous post, I dealt with Purgatory by asking, “let’s list all the verses in the Bible that describe purgatory: Done. There are none.”

But now we’ve got another issue – many Baptists think Roman Catholics have abandoned the false teaching of purgatory.

Have they?

No. They haven’t.

The idea is that not all your sins were dealt with on the cross. That’s a major denial of Christ. The Lord cried out, “It is finished!” Not, “I did my part, the rest is up to you!”

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Hebrews 10:10-12 (KJV)

There’s no arguing with Scripture. These verses destroy forever any notion of a “purging of your sins through confession, penance, the Sacraments, and Purgatory.”

None of that is Biblical.

Here’s the horrific part – how many Roman Catholics are suffering in eternal torment, crying out for release from a purgatory that does not exist? How many still are waiting for a release that will never come?

Think on that a good long time. Picture it.

And lets stop “cooperating” with the lost, but get them saved. People are dying out there, and waking in hell at a staggering pace.

Jerusalem


34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Luke 13:34 (KJV)

Who does Jerusalem belong to?

It’s amazing to me, and a sure evidence of the existence of the Holy Spirit, how many saved Gentiles answer that question with, “The Jews.”

unsaved people respond, “it belongs to (fill in the blank)”.

Jerusalem was given to the Jews.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. Psalm 46:4-5 (KJV)

Jerusalem is the City of God.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 60:14 (KJV)

If Jerusalem belongs to God, He can give it to whomever He wants.

5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. 2 Chronicles 6:5-6 (KJV)

5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: 6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: Deuteronomy 12:5-6 (KJV)

14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee. Deuteronomy 12:14 (KJV)

18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite. 19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded. 20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground. 21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people. 22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood. 23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee. 24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. 2 Samuel 24:18-25 (KJV)

Jerusalem was appointed as the place determined by God, the holy city of God. There the city is determined to be the place the Bible says is ordained by God for the Jews to worship in.

That’s a bottom line statement – God says, we do.

There should NEVER be a statement by ANY Christian that any peoples besides the Jews have any right to Jerusalem. At the very minimum, you’d be opposing God. You’d be in a state of rebellion.

I’ve seen with my own eyes Christians claiming that Jerusalem should be the capitol for the Palestinian people. At this point, I have three assumptions to make:

  1. They have never read their Bible
  2. They have read their Bible perhaps once but forgotten
  3. They are in a state of rebellion.

I’m not going to even get into the fourth possibility, that they’re deluding themselves about being Christians. Normally that’s the first thing I bring up when the Bible says “Jump” and Christians say “duck”.

Okay, who are the Jews?

The Jews are the descendants of Abraham, a man chosen by God because of his faith.

The Jews are the descendents of Isaac, a man chosen by God because of his faithfulness.

The Jews are the descendants of Jacob, a man chosen by God because of his faith.

The Jews who lived in that part of Israel are the descendants of Judah, a man chosen by God because of his faith and faithfulness.

Part of it bordered on Benjamin, the brother of Judah.

The phrase “chosen by God” echoes again and again.

Our attitudes as Christians at that point should be, “Yes, sir!” Bible says, I do. Bible teaches, I believe.

“But what about the Palestinian people?”

This is going to sound callous but the Palestinian people had capitals. Had homelands. The “Palestinian peoples” are the descendants of armies who were told to choose the territories in Israel they were to conquer. Prior to their invasion of Israel, they gave away homes and possessions. They invaded Israel…

…and were devastated. They fled back to their homelands, to find the borders closed. They slunk back to Israel, and begged for mercy.

They’ve been there ever since, the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of an invading army.

All the nations say we need to give these people a homeland. History tells us they had several – Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait. Jordan.

I can remember people telling me Yassir Arafat, a murderer, simply wanted a home. And then, a place to die. My answer was, Egypt should take him back, then. And then I enlightened people as to the history of the “Palestinians”.

Am I wrong? It’s not whether I’;m wrong or not. I believe God. I believe the Bible. The Bible says, God chose… and I believe it. If God had chosen the worst real estate on earth for the Jews, then I’d be all about that. “Yessir, the bible says Antarctica is for the Jews!” But He chose Israel. He chose Jerusalem. And gave it to the Jews forever.

Our answer should be… “Yessir.”