AN IMAGINARY CHRIST

We have a great many bogus Christs among us these days. John Owen, the old Puritan, warned people in his day: You have an imaginary Christ, and if you have an imaginary Christ, you must be satisfied with an imaginary salvation.” 

Before me now I see the impression I saw years ago. There are two scenes. One is of a clear and sunny horizon lined with an endless multitude of people. The other is of a vast forest with no one in sight. Dense fog covers the forest, and out of the fog comes the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ, for the most part, is not found among the general populace. People have to really look to discern Him.

Think about it. Our Savior was not born in a big metropolis, but in the small town of Bethlehem. And He grew up in the despised country of Galilee. He was not born in a palace where kings are, but in a lowly stable. The wise men had to really search and diligently follow the star to find Him. When Jesus entered into public ministry, it is written that He had no place to lay His head (Lk 9:58). He did not have a ministry headquarters. He died a criminal’s death on a cross, naked and nearly alone. His grave was a borrowed tomb. His throne was an invisible one hidden from the multitudes of those who were healed and delivered through His ministry. He was called meek and lowly – certainly not the description fitting for a king.

If you, like so many others, were looking for Him in the external, you’d miss Him. If you were looking for Him to come a certain way, in a certain form, according to a certain brand of theology, or doctrine, or a denominational view, packaged according to a set of certain traditional ideals, you’d miss Him again. “Where have you hid my Lord?” We’ve subtly hidden Him behind our forms, our facades, and our fads. We’ve masked Him from the multitudes that need to know Him as He is.

And why have we hid Him? Is it not for the same reason that He had no place to lay His head? Because He makes us too uncomfortable the way He is. He deals with our hearts, our attitudes, and our manner of life. He speaks the truth in love. He searches our motives and looks deep within. We don’t like that. It’s too uncomfortable.

We don’t want our controlled habitats and boundaries we’ve created upset by Him. We don’t want His glory to disturb our traditions and way of doing things. We allow Him to visit us occasionally, but He can’t stay. If He did, we’d have to change the rules and play by His instead.

So what do we do? We design our own sanctuary or create our own culture and put Him there. We corral Him and control Him and place Him within our own boundaries and by-laws. We make Him one of us. We make Him fit into our lifestyle, our doctrine, our denomination, our traditions, and our culture. We make Him cool and hip. We make Him like us.

I believe it was Tozer who said: “To the female novelist, He is the romantic Christ. To the half-converted cowboy, He is the sentimental Christ, or worse yet, the Man Upstairs (I added that one). To the academic egghead, He is the philosophical Christ. To the effeminate poet, He is the cozy Christ. To the all-star athlete, He is the muscular Christ.” And I will add again, to the celebrity artist or popular actor, He is the cool and hip Christ.

How radically different those images are from the way the apostle John saw Jesus in a vision near the end of his life:

“Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death” (Rev 1:12-18).

John saw Jesus in all His majestic strength and splendor. So mighty and overwhelming was the glory of His presence that John could no longer stand on his feet. Today most people have no idea of the fullness of Christ’s identity. To many He is just a picture on the wall, a cross around their neck, or a stone statue in front of a church building. As Aaron did with the golden calf, they mold and fashion a god according to their own image and liking. They craft a god to meet their needs, and then they stick a Jesus label on their man-made idol.

May God help us idolatrous earthlings come to terms with the real Jesus, and defrock the imaginary ones.

Copyright 2014

 

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YOU CAN’T TRULY LOVE UNLESS YOU HATE: IN DEFENSE OF MY HOMOSEXUALITY CHARISMA ARTICLE

One major cause of the gay community’s madness, and even the displeasure of some professing Christians toward my recent Charisma article on homosexuality, was what they perceived as a lack of love on my part. Ironically, it’s these same proponents of love who vehemently cursed me and ridiculed me while mocking the article.

This smug arrogance among some people today, many of whom are half my age or younger, who claim to be such experts on the topic of love, would be amusing, if not for the blantant hypocrisy of it. This sentimental kind of love they speak of is very thin-skinnned, as they demonstrated, because it is conditional and fickle. It is always based on loving them, accepting them, and respecting them and their gay lifestyle. It loves those who love them for who they are, whether they be homosexual, lesbian, transgender etc.

Although God’s love is unconditional, and He loved us while we were yet sinners, His love must be balanced with His justice. Yes, He loves homosexuals, even those who stick their nose up at Him and defame His name. But for some, their characterization of God’s love is a love that only exhorts but never exposes, restores but never rebukes, comforts but never confronts. It is a love that has no foundation in truth, justice, and righteousness. In order to truly love God you must also hate sin, wickedness, and unrighteousness. True love cannot function without hate.

Notice what was spoken of Jesus:

“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” (Heb 1:9 NIV) 

People in general, even good Christian folks, forget that the same Jesus who loves all mankind and is moved with compassion is also the One who rebukes sin, pride, and hypocrisy, and speaks truth without compromise. He laid down many judgments in the Scriptures upon those who reject Him and who refuse to come to repentance and obedience.

Let us not forget that it was Jesus who said, “He who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16). Does that sound like love? How can a loving God let people be condemned? They reject His words.

He also said this: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:3). Does that sound like today’s version of love? Again, would a compassionate God let people perish? If they do not repent, yes. What do people need to repent of? Sin, wickedness, unrighteousness, and all that is displeasing to God and in opposition to His moral laws. Homosexuality and every form of sexual immorality is on that list.

Jesus healed a crippled man and then told him: “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (Jn. 5:14). He healed him to demonstrate his love. Then He commanded him to sin no more to demonstrate his justice.

Jesus also showed mercy to the adulterous woman but only after she was ridden with guilt and broken over her adultery. He will also show mercy to every homosexual who humbles himself in true contrition, and acknowledges his sin with a desire to be free. After Jesus showed the adulterous woman mercy and released her from her condemnation He also commanded her to go and sin no more (John 8:11). This is a wonderful example of grace and law, love and justice, and mercy and truth working together. You cannot have one without the other, in the same way you cannot have love without hate.

Jesus also displayed anger and pronounced judgments on individuals, groups of people, and nations, even calling them names.

He told the Pharisees that their father was the devil (John 8:44).

He said Judas, one of His original 12 disciples, was a devil (John 6:70)

Here are some other examples of not-so-nice name calling. “Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, blind guides, fools and blind, serpents and generation of vipers (snakes)!” (Mt. 23). That’s a lot of name calling right there. Sounds like what people would quickly label hate today.

In fact, it would do us all good to read Jesus’ judgments upon a wicked and perverse generation in Matthew 23 to set aright our own image of Jesus. His love was not this sentimental, mushy kind of philosophical love that has no hatred for unrighteousness and wickedness. Yes, he is love, but He is also just and holy. Yes, he is merciful, but he is also faithful and true in establishing his judgments.

We also tend to forget in this fickle world of ours that some of the greatest prophets were men who commanded people to repent and turn to God. And very often, they didn’t mince words. For example, John the Baptist, publicly rebuked Herod, the tetrarch, for his adultery with his brother’s wife (Luke 3:19). His penalty: Prison and then beheading. His crime? Calling out sin. Again, sounds like hate to modern day spiritual appeasers.

I believe in appeasement for righteousness sake, not this milquetoast appeasement that concedes to the belligerent demands of a nation, group, person, etc., which violate the principles of justice and morality. Love without truth, justice, and righteousness will always misrepresent God and His true character.

Love has boundaries. Imagine a society without traffic laws, educational institutions without order, business dealings without contractual agreements, and sexuality without standards and limits. The latter is upon us and that is the reason for blogs such as these.    

No matter how you look at it: Truth always sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.

What about these New Testament verses? Notice the directness of these verses I’ve already made reference to and how different kinds of sinful behavior are identified and called out.

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10).

How do you get around these verses? Note the references to sexual immorality. Fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, and sodomites will not inherit the kingdom of God.

How about this one?

“But fornication and all uncleanness (this would cover homosexuality) or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints…For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person (that would include homosexuality), nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Eph. 5:3, 5).

It would behoove some of us to read those verses very carefully.

But here’s the good news. All sinners can change, even homosexuals, just as many of the Corinthians were changed by the power of God. God never leaves people, who want to change, without hope.

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11).

Here’s my concern:

The love of many believers seems to be waxing cold because of their desire not to offend anyone but to be accepted by all (Mat 24:12). This false concept of love as a sentiment of total acceptance, free of the ability to hate, is one of the most popular rationales for which many believers are abandoning the truth and authority of the Scriptures.

Loving people is certainly a godly virtue, and the most important of all commandments. We need to be measured in pursuing love, but not at the expense of hating truth and righteousness. The focus of what many call love today is based on accommodating people’s ungodly and sinful lifestyles and idiosyncrasies, and frankly, even abominable behavior.

We are in the midst of a huge cultural war and a moral crisis, with homosexuality and gay rights at the center of it, but the greater threat to society and the Church could be this false concept of love. There is a militant aggression in our society today that is demanding people love and accept others. This new sentiment is shaping public policy and being used as a standard of morality in evaluating people’s behavior. Even many Christians are falling for it, and demonic doctrines and damnable heresies are spreading. Entire churches and denominations have left the faith for it.

Impenitent sinners and careless saints have one risky commonality, and that is that they do not take God seriously enough. If we do not stand up for truth, justice, and righteousness and cultivate a hatred for the evils that have swarmed our society, sexual anarchy will march in our streets and many Christians will be as salt that loses its savor.

ARE YOU ON OR OFF?

Jimmy Horton was a frontline soldier in the Vietnam War. While engaged in combat he often thought of how he longed to hear a tongue and interpretation. You see, Jimmy was from a Spirit filled church back home in America where they had constant manifestations of these things. The other gifts of the Holy Spirit were in operation there, too. When is the last time you witnessed a tongue and interpretation in a meeting?

Ministers will often tell you that these things happen as the Spirit wills. However, if your church hasn’t had these manifestations in 10 or 20 years, it’s not because the Spirit hasn’t been willing. The problem is on the receiving end.

Some say, “you can’t turn these things on and off!” But I have found from experience that the Holy Spirit is always on. The question should be: Are YOU on or off?

How much value do you place on these things? In a day when church leaders are moving into a seeker-friendly type of philosophy, true Pentecost and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are no longer held in high esteem. I asked an old time Pentecostal minister what he thought of seeker-friendly churches, and he frankly told me that he thought it was a slap in God’s face. It’s telling God that we don’t need His precious gifts to get the job done. It’s telling God that we can do it by ourselves and we don’t need His help.

And who do you know, honestly, who is moving in these gifts and training others to do the same? I’m not talking about these hyper-performers who pose as ministers, but those who have the experience and anointing to pass these things on. Besides Jesus, who are you following? Who is passing true Pentecost unto you and your generation? Young person, do you hunger for these things?

If the move of the Spirit is not passed on to this next generation it will be lost. Let’s wake up to this light and walk therein! Get turned on because the Holy Ghost is always on!!!

For samples of scriptural demonstrations of the Spirit of God please go to our Holy Fire Ministries home page:

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One entire 58 minute session of a typical Holy Ghost Forum as well as a 9 minute demonstration of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs can be found at the bottom of the right margin. About 2/3 of the 58 minute session is demonstration.

Go also to the archives section to view more:

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It is important to impart these things to others. May these precious gifts be restored in our churches today.

 

IF I WAS A PASTOR

I realize that pastors today have a great deal on their plate. Their ministry tends to be highly demanding and underappreciated. They not only need to stay fresh in prayer and the Word, but they must counsel, perform wedding ceremonies, conduct funeral services, lead staff planning meetings, and business meetings, answer emails, phone calls, attend community functions and so much more. They must do all this while shepherding a people that according to one 82 year old Pentecostal minister are, “five times more dysfunctional than they were a generation ago”. For these reasons I highly honor every God-fearing pastor in the land.

I don’t have the grace to pastor; at least not now. I’ve had to stay willing for many years, but I dare not step into that ministry without the equipment. I humorously refer to my 18 month internship as a pastor when it always felt like I was taking a bath with my socks on. It just didn’t feel right. God would have to change my temperament for me to pastor. He would have to give me a shepherd’s heart. I love people, and I will spend hours ministering and praying for the neediest of them, but I will be the first to tell you that I do not have a pastor’s heart. My burden is for revival in the Church and for real disciples, and it is from this grace and perspective that I speak and write.

No one ministry gift has it all, and the Church cannot operate effectively on any one gift. So if I was a pastor I would definitely exercise due diligence in exposing the people to all the equipping gifts (Eph. 4:11), and surround myself with local people who have strengths I do not have.

If I was a pastor I’d enlist a full time evangelist who would equip the saints and lead them out to be a radically visible witness in our city. I would gain permission from the city to publicly read scripture through a PA system in the center of town or city square where the majority of the public gather. I’d make sure that our evangelist was highly trained and skillful in wisdom to present the gospel and equip others to do the same. He would learn to heal the sick and cast out devils and boldly preach on the streets of our city. I’d encourage him to minister to the poor and needy and cultivate a great compassion for them. On occasion I would bring in other highly specialized evangelists that would add to the zeal, power, and wisdom of our teams.

Secondly, I would rally a small group of prayerful saints led by a seasoned one that would make constant supplication and intercession for our city and the things that are close to the heart of God. They would be my most trusted group and the power engine of the church. I would pray with them often myself and submit important inquiries and heart-felt burdens to them as God leads.

I would team my pray-ers up with the evangelists and soul winners in the church and help cultivate a love for the lost in them. I would make sure they were trained in the art of travail and giving birth to souls and the mighty power of God. I would have corporate prayer meetings where all the saints could come together and pray, but I’d make sure those smaller groups were meeting on a regular basis and supplying effectual power for the workings of God.

Thirdly, I would open up our gatherings and meetings to fresh testimonies from those being used by the Lord to win the lost and heal the sick. I’d also have new converts testify of their salvation and deliverance.

Finally, I would make the baptism of the Holy Ghost an absolute priority for all new converts and all born again Christians who had not yet received this glorious Pentecostal experience.

Here’s what John G. Lake said about the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

“I believe that the first essential in a real Holy Ghost church and a real Holy Ghost work is to begin to surround the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the reverence due an experience so sacred and so terribly costly.”

Perhaps I should’ve listed this one first. Not only would I make it a priority, but I would place great emphasis on the person and the entire work of the Holy Spirit. He would always be our featured guest of honor and be treated with the highest degree of reverence. We would endeavor to always welcome Him to have complete liberty, manifest His sacred gifts, and reign in our gatherings. Even our business and planning meetings would be yielded to His leading and His gifts. All our meetings would follow the pattern and admonition of the New Testament and be conducted “decently and in order”. We would have liberty with limitations. We would have proper protocol and defer to those appointed to lead and interpret our gatherings.

I would do my best to encourage the saints to earnestly desire the gifts of the Holy Spirit and have an exaggerated expectancy for their manifestations and workings in our midst. Above all, any manifestations of the Spirit and living life as a community of believers must be done in the way of love, for without the love of God ruling in our midst we would become as a sounding brass or clanging symbol (1 Cor. 13:1).

In this day and hour I will help any pastor who has this kind of heart. As a messenger of the Lord, I will give everything to a man who has this spirit and expect nothing in return except the testimony of changed lives, a revived church, and souls won to the Lord.

PASSIVITY: RELIGION’S OPIUM, TYRANNY’S OBJECTIVE

At one time North Africa was predominantly Christian. Islam gradually gained ground when the Church became passive. Today in the greater part of North Africa Islamic governments rule, and have instituted laws making it a criminal offense to preach the gospel and convert people to Christ.

When today’s Church becomes passive, tomorrow’s generations suffer. Throughout the last few centuries generations born and raised in North Africa have not had the privilege to hear the gospel. The Church must take the blame. By default, through passivity, the Church was lulled to sleep by the enemy.

Europe is another continent that was entrusted with the gospel in the early centuries and at one time had many strong churches that dotted its landscape. Today a good number of European nations are like cesspools infested with atheism, humanism, and false religion. Not too long ago during WW II and the rule of Hitler, it is very possible that a strong Church could have stopped him. Again, they were too passive.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the great German pastor and theologian was asked in 1943 how it was possible for the Church to sit back and let Hitler seize absolute power. His firm answer: “It was the teaching of cheap grace.”
Apparently this teaching resulted in passivity within the Church that once again allowed the enemy to move in.

What can the American Church learn from this?

Isn’t it interesting that now in our day there are doctrines floating around that gender passivity? The “no hell” doctrine; universalism; gay “Christianity, the “no repentance” doctrine, etc. are examples of such. These types of teachings are coated with a greasy grace that diminishes pro-action and human responsibility, and they are dressed in a mushy sentimental love that is incapable of hating anything. Combine that with big government dependency from large segments of our society who are willing to be bought out, and you have a recipe for moral and spiritual bankruptcy in the Church and the nation.

It’s no secret that the White House opposes the gospel of Jesus Christ. After winning the recent election one campaign manager boasted, “We’ve defeated Christianity”. Don’t kid yourself. The cards are being stacked up. Yes, I know, we are not of this world. We’re just pilgrims just passing through. We are part of another kingdom and we cannot destroy the evil that is in the world. An evil government is not the issue unless you have a weak Church. And that’s my point. The examples I’ve cited above are enough to put that sort of reasoning to rest.

May the mighty Church awaken and arise and may many more be added to her number.

Bert M. Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, is the author of several books including The Real Spirit of Revival and co-host of the New England Holy Ghost Forum. He is a missionary revivalist carrying a spirit of revival to the Church and the nations. Follow him at Bert Farias on Facebook or @Bertfarias1 on Twitter. Or subscribe to his blog via email so you won’t miss them.

IT IS TIME TO REVOLT

Almost every day I read at least one, sometimes several accounts, of the rotten fruit of gay activism and the injustices wrought upon the righteous who oppose their deeds. Here are a few from just this year. Check your righteous temperature as you read these and tell me if it reaches the boiling point.

A Catholic Republican Governor who is a presidential candidate declares emphatically that he believes homosexuality is not a sin and that people are simply born that way. His unbiblical stance on this issue has becoming the norm in the American culture.

Other influential figures, whether they work in politics, the media, or education and now even so –called ministers affirm and celebrate individuals of all ages who have shown great courage “in coming out” as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual.

Little children are now featured in YouTube videos, in DVDs and in books that are used in schools across America to educate and convince kindergarten age children and up that it’s okay to be gay.

Recently in a major conference in Boston LGBT leaders and activists convened to discuss strategies for aggressively blanketing elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools across the nation. Workshops and seminar sessions were held to lay out plans for continuing to establish gay clubs in every school, promote “Days of Silence” to stifle negative comments, and more effectively disseminate information to educate as well as inspire youth on the LGBT lifestyle.

Children are being saturated from every angle and source with the philosophy that it’s okay to be gay. States are even now enacting laws to prevent counselors from helping children who are struggling with same-sex attraction to change.

To compound the situation, we have popular influential ministers who either approve of homosexuality or remain silent. At the same time, apostate ministers are using their platforms to actually promote the LGBT agenda.

Houston’s lesbian mayor just passed a law making all public bathrooms, showers and dressing rooms totally accessible to either sex, any molester, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person, declaring that this legislation is the most personally meaningful thing she will ever do as mayor.

Then we have the recent removal of the Benham brothers from the HGTV television show for expressing their beliefs in traditional marriage, followed by the Miami Dolphins general manager expressing disappointment in one his player’s displeasure over two men kissing during the NFL draft’s celebration of the first open gay football player.

Past cases such as the florist who reportedly refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding because of her religious beliefs being sued by the Washington State Attorney General.

The Christian baker in Colorado who exercised his first amendment religious rights and politely declined to bake a “wedding” cake for a homosexual civil union and was ordered by law to deny his faith and bake these fake cakes, or shut down his bakery and face prison.

Mozilla, the corporation best known for producing the Fire fox web browser, firing its newly appointed CEO after his donation to Prop. 8, a California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the Golden State was publicized.

If you are a professing Christian and these events do not cause your righteous blood to boil, then I have to doubt the legitimacy of your Christianity. If your righteous temper does not flare up at what is happening in our nation your brand of righteousness is not worth a nickel.

Personally, when I read such reports I feel like Elihu when he was filled with righteous wrath at Job’s three friends for condemning him without reason. He was also angry with Job for his self-justification. Here is how he described his righteous indignation:

“For I am full of words; the spirit within me compels me. Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; It is ready to burst like new wineskins. I will speak, that I may find relief; I must open my lips and answer.” (Job 32:18-20)

I say, enough is enough! I say it’s time to revolt against such a heinous demonic onslaught of perversion and filth that is eroding the moral fabric of our American culture and the Judeo-Christian heritage of what our forefathers founded. When I read some of these aforementioned reports of the rapid rise of gay activism and the gross injustices being dealt in our nation’s courtrooms across this land, I seethe as David did before Goliath when he said:

“For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God!?” (1 Sam 17:26)

Here’s what I propose:

1. Unite as one Church under the banner of the Lordship of Jesus Christ: Those who care about the future of America, the perpetuity of our children and the generations to come, the preservation of traditional marriage, the preservation of our Judeo-Christian heritage and God-given liberties, and the protection of our privacies, must unite cross-denominationally with one heart and one voice. Regardless of our petty differences in doctrine, race, and style we must consider the greater good of lifting up a righteous standard and saving our nation from destruction.

2. Speak the truth in love with fire, force, and conviction. It starts in the pulpits of America. Six million Christians voted money over morals in recent political elections because ministers have failed to educate their people in biblical morality. Instead, new age slime has been oozing from pastors’ mouths while already four different denominations have embraced “gay” Christianity. If church-goers across America hear burning hearts with flaming tongues thundering forth righteousness and holiness from our pulpits again we would have a ground swell of righteous support that would shake America. Who cares if you lose church members? You will gain the favor of God.

3. Lead your churches in repentance and prayer. There has been a movement in this area but it could rise to gigantic proportions if we will unite cross-denominationally. Numbers will alarm our progressive politicians and let them know we are a force to be reckoned with.

May our righteous blood reach the boiling point where we,  like Jeremiah, will not hold back any longer.

“But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.” (Jer 20:9)

The nation of Denmark has recently passed a law requiring all churches to perform gay weddings. Pastors who refuse will be penalized and punished and church rights taken away.

Could America be next?

The writing is on the wall. If we don’t stand now and speak we may never speak again. May we be among the courageous ones who say, “In order to stop me, you’ve got to kill me.” As Geroge Orwell once said, “In such times of deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” that can get you killed.

I say, on with the revolution. Let us serve the Lord, by life or by death (Phil. 1:20), and thereby save our Judeo-Christian heritage and our nation from destruction.

 

 

THE DAMNABLE DOCTRINE OF INCLUSION

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16b). “And whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). All humans are included in God’s great plan of salvation. The call is to all. God absolutely loves all men. He absolutely wants all men to make it to heaven. He wants all men to come to repentance and faith in His Son Jesus Christ, but they have to do it according to the plan He has set in motion and not their own version of it.

There is a damnable doctrine of inclusion or universalism that is becoming widespread, which says the following:

1. Everyone is going to heaven, whether they know it or not.

2. Conversion to Christianity is not necessary for salvation.

3. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists are all on the same path to the same God, and will all wind up in the same place.

4. God loves, uses, and anoints gays just like He does heterosexuals.

Although true salvation is free and available to all, the terms are non-negotiable and Jesus said that only a minority would possess it.

Then one said to Him, ‘Lord, are there few who are saved?’ And He said to them, Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (Lk 13:23-24)

According to Jesus, many will seek entrance to salvation but won’t be able to pass through the narrow gate. We know Jesus is the only way. He is the narrow gate.

There is no other name by which a man can be saved except by the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12).

There is no other way to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6).

He who believes this gospel shall be saved and he who does not believe shall be damned (Mk. 16:16).

It’s pretty simple.

There is not a hint of inclusion in any of these scripture references, or an alternative way to salvation. No loopholes exist.

Unless they come by way of Jesus Christ, not only are all Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and every non-Christian religion excluded from salvation, but even professing Christians whose hearts and lives show no evidence of saving grace shall be excluded.

But not everyone who calls Jesus Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven (Mat. 7:21).

Many who profess to know God deny Him in works (Tit. 1:16)

Many who call Him Lord don’t do what He says (Lk. 6:46).

Many praise Him with their mouths, but their hearts are far from Him (Mat. 15:8).

Words are cheap. It is your life that speaks.

So as you can see, these scriptures actually and more accurately depict a doctrine of exclusion for those who do not come to God through His Son Jesus Christ and do works that prove their faith is genuine.

Hard words but true words.

Furthermore, throughout the Bible we see a pattern of not more, but less people who either qualify for salvation or promotion in God’s kingdom.

Consider these numbers:

In the days of Noah only a few souls believed the word of the Lord and were saved from an earth-destroying flood. Of all the people God delivered from Egypt, twenty years old and upward, God said only two would enter the land of promise (Numb 32:11-12). Out of 32,000 of Gideon’s men only 300 qualified and passed God’s test to be chosen to deliver Israel (Jud 7). One of every four who hear the Word of God ever produce fruit (Mk 4), and approximately 8 of 100 bring forth one hundred fold fruit.

One hundred twenty disciples out of the multitudes Jesus ministered to were waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1, 2). And a few in a Christian church in the city of Sardis were undefiled and worthy to walk with Jesus (Rev 3).

Jesus said narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life (Mat 7:14). Why do we attempt to make it broad and easy?

Beware of false prophets and broad-minded preachers.