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Walking/Driving Contradictions

11/14/2013

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So there I was today, driving in the northbound lane of I-43 in Milwaukee. Beside me, the light blue minivan was in a hurry as it blew by me in the fast lane. I noticed the over abundance of bumper stickers on the back of the vehicle. I enjoy reading bumper stickers. I drive a lot for work and find it amusing to get a glimpse of the interests, character, theology (or lackthereof) and deepest inner thoughts of my co-drivers as we hustle to our next appointment or where ever we may be heading.

The first bumper sticker I noticed was at the bottom right of the vehicle. It was separated horizontally in half. On the top half were the words “PRO-CHILD” and below that the words “PRO-CHOICE”. Wha??

Ok, so this gets my attention. I'm a Bible believing, born-again Christian. I hate abortion. It disgusts me how this multi-billion dollar business fronts itself on the premise of “it's a woman's choice”. Let's just be honest and call it what it really is. Abortion is a convenience. Now sure, you can come at me with “Well, what if the woman is raped? Do you want her to have a memory of that awful moment for the rest of her life?” or “What about incest?” To that I say, with a heavy heart: “What does the Bible say about murder? What does our Lord tell us about children? Does He tell us that He is Creator of everything?” That's not snarky or meant to minimize the seriousness of the fictitious situation, but really, how can we think that murdering a child in the womb could possibly help the hurt? It doesn't make sense to me but that's ok. There's much more than just this that doesn't make sense to me in this crazy world.

Alright, back to the speedy minivan. As I said earlier, the first bumper sticker got my attention. Typically if someone flies by me on the highway I let them fly. Milwaukee traffic can be interesting though and to my surprise the minivan was in front of me once again. I look down at the left side of the bumper this time, still shaking my head about the message on the right side of the bumper, and my eyes squint to get the message of the green sticker of intelligence. My eyes go from squinting to disbelief. This bumper sticker is a four line worded message spewing…get this…an anti-war, pro-life message!!!

Now. Seriously.

So from the bumper stickers, this person is a fan of kids unless a woman chooses to kill them in the womb. Got it. This person also doesn't like war. Ok, that's understandable too. War is hell. I know first hand knowledge of this. However, what do you do with a dictator that is killing his people by the tens of thousands because they don't agree with him? Remember Saddam? There was also this guy that wanted to rid the world of the Jewish people. I think he ordered the deaths of over 6 million Jews?

There have been over 55 million children killed in the womb “by choice” since 1973 in the United States of America. One could argue that this could be the largest war America has ever been in. A war conducted in the shadows, behind the scenes, all the while creating a fortune for all those involved, except for the mother and the dead baby. The mother will deal with the guilt of her decision for her entire life. The baby, well, it didn't get a choice.

I look over the rest of the van as I continue north in traffic. I'm pretty sure there are over two dozen bumper stickers on this thing. You can't imagine what the majority of the rest of them are “advertising”? Almost every democrat that ran for office in Wisconsin since 2000, Obama 2008, 2012 and the token global warming rant rounded out the mosaic.

I have to see who is driving this! Before I see the driver my heart fell when I see what is swinging from the rear view mirror. It's a cross. This is a traveling billboard for liberal Christianity!

Let us review so we can see the confusion others see from “Christians” as we go through our days on this earth.

1. Kids are good.
2. Abortion is good too. (It's a choice)
3. I vote for only Democrats (they like kids and think abortion is good too)
4. War is no good.
5. I'm a Christian.

As Paul states with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) So we can see that ALL Scripture is good. As God is the only one who is good. (Mark 10:18) If you are a Christian, I don't see how you can not believe the Word of God is absolute truth.

I hurt for the woman driving this van. I do not understand a “Christian” that values what God hates. How much does God value children? Luke 17:2 gives us a glimpse. “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” Similar verses are found in Matthew 18:6 and Mark 9:42 as well.

God values children greatly with a love we can not imagine. Abortion does not value children in any form. The Democratic Party platform values abortion.

Can a person who calls themselves a Democrat be Christian? Are they walking contradictions?

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Book Recommendation

07/12/2013

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Obviously God's Word is THE Authority but there are many good works from great Christians out there. You really have to be careful what you read these days. You have an assortment of progressive, emergent, prosperity, word-faith books that can really take you down the wrong path. ERADICATE: Blotting Out God in America will not lead you astray. David is a friend and has done a great job informing us on a lot of topics you won't hear a word about through the mainstream media conglomeration. Get the book and educate yourself on what's going on around here…when you aren't reading the Bible, of course.

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Being Deceived is not…

04/02/2013

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…something that is beyond you. I was deceived for many years. I continue to be deceived. This blog is proof positive of the deception I’ve struggled with. See, I was led to create this blog years ago. Notice how many posts there have been- most of which were not even posted by me? It’s time for this Watchman to start ringing the bell!

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.2 Corinthians 11:3 (ESV)

I was a youngster when my mom literally had to drag my family to a Billy Graham movie at a local theatre. She was new to the Christian faith at the time and although she was raised in the Lutheran church in a small town north of Green Bay, she wasn’t actively part of the Church for years. My dad wasn’t interested in going to church as I was growing up either. Typically, as men of the family go, so goes the family, so it’s truly a blessing from God that my mom continued praying and praying and then praying more for her children to come to faith in Christ.

So we’re at this movie… I don’t remember much of it although I do remember it was pretty tacky. Just to be clear, I love Billy Graham. I honestly believe that God has worked through this man to bring many to Christ. To clarify, those many people who have “walked the aisle” or “prayed a prayer” at one of his numerous stadium sermons did not save themselves by doing so. Saving souls is God’s job and His job alone. So we walked the aisle and said the “Sinner’s Prayer”, which I found out many years later is not found anywhere in the Bible, and I was good.

Fast forward around 20 years. It’s 2003. I’m still good. Haven’t attended church much. I enlisted into the Army after 9-11 and I don’t think I missed a Protestant service all the way through Basic Training and AIT. I’m not sure if it was 9-11 itself or if it was the Army, but during that time between late 2001 and 2003, God was drawing me closer and opening my eyes to the world around me. I’m still not saved at this point but I said the “prayer” when I was younger so…I’m good, right?

I got home from Iraq in 2004 and blew through most of my tax free earnings from the deployment faster than you can say “Emergent Church”. I was still deceived when I got my first and only DWI after a “Welcome Home” party too. I said the prayer! The DWI was a real eye opener. I still drank afterwards though.

It then came to 2006. The Lord continued to draw me closer to Him and I continued to push back. I kept Him at a distance and He was well within His “box”. I took the box out when I needed to be forgiven of something I was convicted of and when I wanted to sin again, I’d just put the box away until I was ready to say “sorry Lord”. Seriously.

Through the prayers of my mom and a group of godly men at a local church, God introduced me to His saving grace. The gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Before that time in 2008, if you would’ve asked me what the gospel was, I would’ve responded with something along the lines of, “Well, Jesus died for my sins and I’ve accepted him into my heart and that allows me to get to heaven.” That’s not altogether false, but it misses the mark and places me at the center and in control of my salvation, which is false. Yes, Christ bore flesh and died for my sin, however, the gospel is so much deeper than that. We are hopelessly lost and evil at our core because of the fall of man (Adam and Eve- Genesis 3). Sin entered the human race and separated us from our Creator at that point. Throughout the Old Testament, God is pointing to His Son. Christ was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. He performed miracles and showed us signs during His time on earth in order that we would believe. Because of our sin He was arrested, beaten, scorned, whipped, and bled for us. We then crucified Him after a number of ridiculous trials. He died and three days after, rose victorious over sin and death. He met with over 500 of his disciples before ascending to the right hand of the Father in heaven and reigns, living, today! Praise God!!! He alone deserves our praise and worship! That is the gospel!

Not that I did anything to deserve or warrant saving, but He allowed my salvation through the work of Christ and Christ alone. As some put it, we are saved by grace ALONE, through faith ALONE, in Christ, ALONE. Can you see the difference between what I believed for almost two decades and what the Truth is?

I pray that this strengthens those that read it and all glory is given to God. I am only a weak sinner, alive in Christ, trying to save a few.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:22-25

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The right Gospel

05/30/2012

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I am grateful for the brothers that God has brought into my life.  The following entry was written by one of them, Mr. Robert Duffrin. I have had the pleasure of watching Bob transform over the past few years into a Godly man and am excited to have him writing for The Truth Exists.  Discernment is a gift from God that we, as Christians need to use every day as we live our lives in a sinful world.  Bob breaks down the differences between the different gospels present today- what? you thought there was only one?  Keep reading…

The right Gospel
By: Robert Duffrin (@Bob_Duffrin)

The Bible warns us of not only false gospels, but false interpretations of Jesus as well 2 Cor 11:3-4 “3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully”. Surely a false interpretation of Jesus would be in direct correlation to false gospel. Gal 1:8-10 “8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! 10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”

The differences between true and false conversion is emphasized in the Parable of the Soils (Mark 4), 2 Cor 7:9-11 “9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. 10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter”, and 2 Timothy 2:25 “with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth.”

Ezekiel 18:23 “Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord GOD, “rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?”

Paul clarifies what his gospel is in 1 Cor 15. Many different interpretations, driven by different worldviews, claim to hold the Biblical context.

The Gospel- 1 Cor 15:1-4 “1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

Prov 21:2 tells us each does right in his own eyes, but God weighs the hearts. I believe that it is due to this that when sin is not explained– when it is presented as just “falling short of the glory of God,” which is true, but can be read as “not being perfect”, rather than transgressions against the law- 1 John 3:4 KJV, that people assign a subjective interpretation to sin and consequently the gospel–seeing humanity as a whole’s need for a Savior, but not themselves as individuals. John 3:19-21 tells us the unregenerate do not come to the light out of fear their evil deeds will be exposed (pride). Thus the purpose of the Law–to shut every mouth’s works’ righteousness (Rom 3:19-20), and show us our need for a Savior (Gal 3:24).

To examine the different gospels in light of Scripture, one has to examine each one’s definitions, goals, and implications.

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Works gospel– by following the rules and prescribed traditions and interpretations of said religion, man can accept salvation by doing good works.

Sin- Whether interpreted as an offense against God, or merely falling short of being perfect, sin is seen as a finite offense–capable of being redeemed through works approved of by religious tradition.

Works- an individual accepts salvation by holding up their end of the bargain. 

What Jesus Accomplished on the Cross-99%. The other 1% is up to you.

Goal of Repentance- Repentance is the act of complying through works.

Making Disciples of all Nations- depending on the religion, this may be one of the necessary works.

Biblical Refute- Gal 2:21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Gal 2:16 “nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified”; Eph 2:8-9 “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not as a result of works, lest that any man should boast.”

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Be-a-good-person Gospel– it’s really just a very liberal version of the Works’ Gospel, yet leaves a lot of room for licentiousness.

Sin- not being perfect.

Works- if you try to be a good person and say you’re sorry to Jesus when you die, you will deserve to go to Heaven. Without the context of the Objective standard of God’s law, the superficial subjective standard is to not be as bad as Hitler.

What Jesus Accomplished on the Cross- While they may or may not admit it to themselves, 99%. The other 1% is up to you.

Goal of Repentance- Say you’re sorry after you die. God grades on a curve, and you weren’t as bad as Hitler, right?

Making Disciples of all Nations- depending on the religion, this may be one of the necessary works.

Biblical Refute- Rom 3:10 “No one is righteous, no not one. Isaiah 64:6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”

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Social Gospel

Sin- not treating each other the way God would want us to.

Works- focus is placed on being politically correct and that sin (not treating each other the way God would want us to) is the vicious cycle/result of unequal distribution of wealth.

What Jesus Accomplished on the Cross-  died to show us how to be a good person. Their intense focus on political corruption would suggest they believe Jesus died to show us that governments are corrupt, but that seems to be pretty agreed upon even among non-Christians and atheists.

Goal of Repentance- so we all treat each other the way God wants us to treat each other and we can all have a better life.

Making Disciples of all Nations- so we all treat each other the way God wants us to treat each other and we can all have a better life.

Biblical Refute- 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Matthew 5:29 “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

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Word-of-Faith Gospel- Name it and Claim it.

Sin- not trusting that God wants us to be happy. Suffering is the result of negative attitudes. 

Works- Name it and claim it so you can be happy and everyone else too. 😉

What Jesus Accomplished on the Cross-  a PayPal account to Heaven.

Goal of Repentance- not being negative anymore.

Making Disciples of all Nations- it’s easier to be positive if the people around you are positive.

Biblical Refute- 1 Timothy 6:7-9 “For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.”

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Postmodern Gospel- based on political correctness. If someone else thinks it’s true, it’s true for them.

Sin- being judgmental. Telling someone they’re wrong is the only thing you aren’t allowed to do.

Works- basically just policing yourself and everyone else not to say anyone else is wrong…. Because if you believe in absolute truth you are wrong… Wait… What?

What Jesus Accomplished on the Cross- The same thing as Ghandi. Or Budda. Or Mohammad. Or Luke Skywalker.

Goal of Repentance- not hurt anybody’s feelings. Because then you look like a jerk and nobody will like you.

Making Disciples of all Nations- then we can all focus on more important things–like drinking.

Biblical Refute-  1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”; Galatians 1:8-10 “8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! 10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”

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New Age Gospel- New Agers believe they can tap into the powers of heaven and earth with the help through meditation, inner peace, and with the help of spirit guides. They believe all of creation is by extension divine, that we are all “christs,” and that through meditation and spirit guides they can achieve collective godhood.

Sin- being negative

Works- meditation and enlightenment are believed to make individuals closer and closer to oneness with godhood and each other through spiritual experience.

What Jesus Accomplished on the Cross- The same thing as Ghandi. Or Budda. Or Mohammad. Or Luke Skywalker.

Goal of Repentance- what Satan promised Eve

Making Disciples of all Nations- it’s easier to be positive if the people around you are positive.

Biblical Refute- Matthew 24:5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.”
2Tim 3:5 “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power. Avoid such men as these.”

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Biblical Gospel

Sin- 1 John 3:4 (KJV) “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law”; James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”

Works- the result of faith. God gives us a new heart with new desires when we have repented in response to the Law and the Gospel. We know Our repentance does nothing in the way of making us deserve to go to Heaven. Gal 2:21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly”; Rom 3:19-20 “19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God; 20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” 2 Cor 5:15 “And He died for all, so that those that live might not only live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”

What Jesus Accomplished on the Cross- Jesus took the Father’s wrath for us on the cross, so that we would not have to suffer an eternity in Hell as punishment for our transgressions against an infinitely holy God.

Goal of Repentance- We respond to our desperate need of a Savior with sorrow, and repent with gratitude and a change in direction, no longer wanting to sin against Him. Upon coming to repentance and placing our faith wholly in His propitiation He gives us a new heart so we begin to hate what we once loved and love what we once hated. Ps 119:7-8 “7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments. 8 I shall keep Your statutes; Do not forsake me utterly!”

Making Disciples of all Nations- We evangelize out of gratitude for our own salvation and in hopes that those to whom we reach out to would be saved as well. 2 Cor 7:9-11 “9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. 10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter;”

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Seeker-Friendly Gospel- Modern evangelism has forsaken the use of the Law. Unfortunately, many people fall away from their faith after the promises of a happier life are met with trials and persecution. What might distinguish this from the “Be a good person” Gospel would be the focus on making people want to come to church.

Sin- falling short of the glory of God– not being perfect.

Works- If at one time in your life you prayed the “sinner’s prayer” and really meant it, ten you must be saved.

What Jesus Accomplished on the Cross- Showed us how to be a good person.

Goal of Repentance- Love, joy, peace, patience, contentment, faithfulness– while these are indeed evidences of our salvation, if they are made the focal point of salvation, not only will people feel deceived and fall away when they encounter trials or persecution, but they will think the goal of repentance is so they can live a happier life. This is not what the New Testament presents.

Making Disciples of all Nations- it’s easier to be positive if the people around you are positive.

Biblical Refute- Matt 7:20-23 “20 So then, you will know them by their fruits. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’”;
Heb 10:26-31 “26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. 28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.” 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

It is when sin is redefined as something less than transgressions against an infinitely holy God that the gospel is able to be manipulated into that of a god whom the one who does right in their own eyes will accept because it suits their agenda.

I know God saves people through all kinds of different circumstances and gospel presentations, and don’t want to come across as saying only those saved by the Ten-Commandment method are saved. But at the same time, I believe that many who have accepted Jesus via “other gospels” run a terrible risk of falling into the category of John 2:23-25.

John 2:23-25 “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, 25 and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.”

They were not believing in Him as those desperately in need of a Savior. They were interested in the hoopla. For their agenda. For their pride.

We find ourselves in a culture knowledgeable of the story of Jesus. And we must ask ourselves when in Rom 1:16 Paul says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes,” is he saying that if you are a Christian, being culturally unpopular is what some might be ashamed of, or that the premise of the gospel is that no one is good enough to go to Heaven, and every one of us is desperately in need of a Savior?

I do not believe that everyone drawn to Jesus by a different gospel is a false convert. But I do believe everyone drawn to Jesus by a different gospel with a different goal of repentance stemming from a compromised definition of sin needs to be informed of their delusion, and that ultimately they will have to choose between their definition of the gospel, and the Biblical definition of the gospel. Eph 4:14-15 “14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,”

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Thoughts 5/26/12

05/26/2012

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I have not been very committed to this blog over the past year. My heart, at the outset of creating this was to inform and help both old and new Christians alike become aware of what is going on in the world concerning our faith. I was always taken off track…continuously, it seemed, whenever I was thinking of a topic of discussion. Statements such as, “Eh, no one reads it anyway so what’s the use” or “Who are you to say what someone should believe” consistently popped into my head. Enough is enough. The spiritual warfare has been acknowledged and it’s time to get to work praying through those diminishing thoughts.

My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and His accomplishment on the cross is worth much more to you than to keep the wisdom He’s given me to myself.

I was part of a group today that witnessed to, get this, Jehovah’s Witnesses. Heath from Burnbrothers Ministries put the call out to those that would take part in witnessing to the witnesses last month. I’ve always wanted to take part but was usually out of town as the witnesses’ convention is always held on Memorial Day weekend and we’re out of town. It is typically held at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI and 5,000-6,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses attend to get an update on their newest teachings and whatnot. I saw thousands of people walk by us. We had two gentlemen take turns open air preaching with three others initiating conversations with them as they walked by us. I arrived a bit late and got to the meeting place just as Heath was finishing up the prayer before the workers went out. Initially I was pumped! Let’s tell them the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!! How could they not listen? Want to take a guess at how many of them tried to talk with us? You guessed it. Zero. Zip. Nada. Not one!

I was floored. I stood there and watched dozens of witnesses walk by. Most just ignored us and carried on conversations with who they were with. Others mocked, shook their heads or stared in disgust. One young girl in her twenties plugged her ears with her fingers as she walked by. Unbelievable. I couldn’t help but think, “Are these people from the same group that goes out of their way to knock on my door at times to give me a little paperback booklet???” Yes they are. They even claim to be “Christians”!!!

We weren’t there to mock them or belittle them. We love them. As Paul states in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (ESV)” He desires all to be saved. That certainly does not imply that all will be saved but we must obey the words of Christ in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” If He desires them to be saved, we must desire them to be saved. His burden for the lost becomes our burden for the lost. The lost can not be saved without hearing the gospel of Christ Jesus, plain and simple. Seeing these people walk by us, one after another and not care to say a word to us about the hope they have within them made it blatantly apparent to me after a while. They have no hope within them to tell us about. Without the Spirit of God living in them, they have no hope. I could see it in their eyes. We are saved by grace alone, though faith alone, in Jesus Christ- alone. There is no work we can do to gain favor with God. It has been done for us, the only way it could have been done, through the work of God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, sending His Son to earth in the flesh, fully God and fully Man, to bear the Holy wrath of God on the Cross as a propitiation for our sin. He was crucified and died on the cross, buried and was resurrected on the third day. After a short time, He ascended to Heaven and sits at the right hand of God Almighty. Amen.

I honestly don’t understand the Jehovah’s witnesses. It’s ok. I don’t understand a lot of things, actually. I see the world from a Biblical Worldview and many things in this world I will never understand. Father, I pray that eyes are opened to see and ears are opened to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that they would believe and repent of their sin today. I pray your name is glorified through them being saved, Father. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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Thank you, Father

04/17/2012

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Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:8-11 ESV)

 

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A dying man’s last words- Wretchedradio.com

02/01/2012

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