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It was so good to read your testimony and to see God’s power in delivering you from deception. I have a similar testimony, but what concerns me is that I quite by accident did experience the opening of the third eye in October of 2006.
It was 4-6 months before the Word of God brought correction and rebuke and I repented for this act of rebellion. I experienced a bright light that I thought was the glory of God, but was clearly a fallen angel of light. It was so powerful and beautiful that i still have to remind myself that this was demonic. This is how Satan is going to get the whole world to believe the lie that we are already divine and that our divinity and power comes from within. Without the truth of God’s word, man will have no power to resist Satan’s deception.
After the initial shock I began to see how the beast will convince the people that he is to be worshiped.

I had been deceived into believing that I was going to hear from God by sitting in silence by waiting and listening. Now please know that I was not expecting an audible voice, nor did I ever hear one, but I was definitely influenced in my thinking during these times of silence. What I did EXPERIENCE was a beautiful illumination of light. It was so wonderful that I don’t have the words to describe it.  I was convinced that this was the glory of God and wanted all of my loved ones to have this wonderful experience.

I was sincerely seeking God, but sincerity apart from the Word of God leads to deception. I was diagnosed with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2005 and had been on my knees crying out to God for relief from the severe pain. Pain so bad that I couldn’t walk on my feet or even wear shoes. My hands so swollen and painful that I couldn’t hold a fork, wash my hands, or go to the bathroom by myself. But what Satan intended for evil God used for good. God allowed this terrible time in my life to test my faith and like Peter even thought it seemed as if my faith had failed as I fell for a Satanic trap, God’s power is greater and set me free.

It all started by believing that I needed to be quiet to hear God speak to me. I had read a book by Madame Guyon, the Catholic mystic when I was in my early twenties and had a mystical experience that had really frightened me, so I put away the book. When I had the experience in 2006, I remembered the first experience and pulled back out this book. Eventually I became aware that she was a Catholic mystic and was set free from this deception and realized I had been practicing contemplative prayer. The worst fruit of this deception is how I felt special and better than my fellow Christians because I had this experience. How utterly humbling to find out that I was so deceived.

It is a long story, but I just wanted to contact you because there are so few “Christians” anymore with whom I can fellowship. I have a wonderful friend, but she lives far away and we talk everyday on the phone. Then I have my older sister who is a wonderful Godly Christian lady, but she lives far away, but mostly everyone I know has been infected by Babylonian mysticism in one way or another and they don’t see the need to come out of it. It is heart breaking as I weep over the condition of the churches.

Like you I spend all of my free time reading the scriptures. That and sharing my faith with anyone who will listen are the only things that interest me in this world. I want to walk so closely with the Lord that He takes me like Enoch and Elijah. That is my goal and hearts desire. Surely it won’t be much longer, but even though there is much darkness, it seems more is to come.

Come Lord Jesus,

Valerie

Knoxville, TN

 

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Valerie can be reached at

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True or False? 

 

 1. It is easy to identify false teachers.

Matthew 7:15

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

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2. False teachers hate money. 

Titus 1:11

They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach-and that for the sake of dishonest gain.

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3. The people will not want to listen to the false prophets.

   Isaiah 30:9-10

 These are rebellious people, deceitful children,children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction.

They say to the seers  “See no more visions!”  and to the prophets  “Give us no more visions of what is right!

Tell us pleasant things,   prophesy illusions.  

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  4. We have to sort the counterfeits working right along side of us.

   Matthew 13:30

Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’

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5. We are told that the false teachers will be destroyed.

 2 Peter 2:1

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves.

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6. Those who teach false doctrine, we are to receive into our homes.

2 John 1:10-11

 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

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7. Many in the church will accept false teachings in rebellion of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:3

 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

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 8. Stay close to those who are teaching false doctrine to correct them.         

Romans 16:17

I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.

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9. Many will seek teachings that will satisfy fleshy desires.    

2 Timothy 4:3 

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

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10. The gate to heaven is wide and inclusive.   

Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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11. We are warned that many will be deceived in the end-times.

 Matthew 24:11

And many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

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12. There will be false teachers who will proclaim to be Christians.

Titus 1:16

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

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13. We can reprove and rebuke the false teachers. 

 2 Timothy 4:2

 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.

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14. Error can be prevented by listening those who interpret dreams.

  Matthew 22:29

 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

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15. False teachers will be hard to find within our own churches.

 Acts 20:30   

Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.

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 16. As time goes on we should see increasing peace and strive for this at all costs.

Matthew 24:6-7  

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

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17. False teachers will use flattery to deceive those who are easy targets.

Romans 16:18

For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

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18. Only those professing truth will be able to perform great miracles to convince the people of their words.

Matthew 24:24

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-if that were possible. 

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19. False doctrine planted by false teachers will be someday be rooted up by God. 

Matthew 15:13-14

He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

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20. Those teaching heresy will appear gentle as doves but will be ravening wolves.

Matthew 7:15

 Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious  wolves.

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21. The world will have to be “taken” and Christianized before Jesus Christ can return.

Luke 18:8

I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

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22. New revelations take precedence over scripture.

Matthew 24:35 

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

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22. Everyone who publicly calls on the name of Jesus is saved.

 Matthew 7:21

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

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23. Those who preach, heal, perform miracles, and cast out demons, have to be people of God.   

Matthew 7:22-23

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

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24. False teachers promise material blessings for those who give abundantly to their ministries.

2 Peter 2:3

In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

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25. There will be false prophets and teachers who will deny Christ.

 2 Peter 2:1

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves.

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26. Bible study is a good way to protect yourself from false doctrine.   

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

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27. There are other true gospels besides the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ    

Galations 1:9 

As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

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28. False healers will not be able to perform miracles.   

Deuteronomy 13:1-2

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,”

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 29. We are not allowed to judge the teachings of others.   

Matthew 7:1

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.   

Matthew 7:2

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Matthew 7:3

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Matthew 7:4

How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye 

Matthew 7:5

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

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30. False teachers do not want to be unpopular and warn you about your backsliding.

Revelation 3:16   

So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

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31. Preaching good works, gives all the glory to man instead of God.

 Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.

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32. Once you hear and understand the gospel you will never turn away from the truth.  

 Galations 1:6

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-

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33. Using seeker-friendly and worldly entertaining methods is a good way to bring people into the church.

 Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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34. Those who say there are many ways to God are false teachers.

    John 14:6

 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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35. It is okay for evangelists of the Word to have many worldly extravagant luxuries.

 1 John 2:15

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

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36. True teachers need to study many types of books to be well-rounded in their education.

Colossians 2:8

 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

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 37. Men who perform miracles, and promote their visions of angels must be empowered by God.

    2 Corinthians 11:13

 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.    

   2 Corinthians 11:14

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

   2 Corinthians 11:15

It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

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38. We are instructed to be grounded in the Word of God, so that we can immediately recognize a false teaching.

  Ephesians 4:14

 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.

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  39. False teachers say that Jesus Christ is just a myth.

    2 John 1:7

 Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.

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 40. You can be like God.

2 Corinthians 11:3

 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

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41. God is doing a new thing.

 Hebrews 13:8

 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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42. As time goes on there will those who will leave the faith by believing the doctrine of devils.

 1 Timothy 4:1

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

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43. We need to point out error to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 1Timothy 4:6

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

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44. Those claiming to speak for God, but do not, will not pay the consequences.

 Deuteronomy 18:20

But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.

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45. There is something we can do when we suspect a false spirit in a false prophets.

 1 John 4: 1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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46. Jesus told us to abide in His word so that we would know the truth.

 John 8:31-32

 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, “If  ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”“See, I have told you ahead of time.”  

Matthew 24:25

 “See, I have told you ahead of time.”

 

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Experiencing God – Part 2 – Anton Bosch

One of the many problems with the notion of “experiencing God” is that it is man-centered. In other words, God is there for our pleasure, so we can have goose-bumps and liver-shivers. This presupposes that the purpose for a relationship with God is that He may bless us by, amongst other things, giving us pleasurable feelings. So, according to this philosophy we know that we have been in God’s presence because we had a warm, fuzzy experience and some wonderful feelings. Most of these experiences are spoken of in extremely positive terms and are described as wonderful, uplifting, calming, exciting, thrilling or moving. Once-again these ideas are contrary to all teaching in the Bible. This is because we have built up a whole tradition of what it is to experience God, which has no touch with reality or God’s Word.

It may be helpful to examine the “experiences” of a few men who did “meet” with God as recorded in the Scriptures. The first man who met with God, apart from Adam who hid himself, was Moses. “And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God” (Exodus 3:6) At the end of his meeting with God, this well educated and eloquent man said: “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” (Exodus 4:10). Jacob met with God and was left a broken man (Gen 32:31).

Job had a conversation with God and his response to was: “I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes: (Job 42:5). Later Isaiah had a vision of God and he cried: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips…” (Isaiah 6:5). The angel of the Lord appeared to Samson’s parents and they said: “We shall surely die, because we have seen God” (Judges 13:22). Daniel tells of his vision of God: “when I saw this great vision… no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength” (Daniel 10:8). Habakkuk heard God speak and said: “O Lord, I have heard your speech and was afraid… my body trembled; My lips quivered at the voice; Rottenness entered my bones; And I trembled in myself” (Habakkuk 3:2,16).

In the New Testament the first man to “see” the glorified Lord was Saul who was struck to the ground and was blinded by the meeting (Acts 9:4,8). Three of the disciples heard God’s “voice” on the mount of transfiguration and “And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid” (Matthew 17:6). John, who lay on the Lord’s bosom saw a vision of the ascended Lord said: “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead” (Revelation 1:17).

There is not a single account in the whole of Scripture of anyone who had an encounter with God and spoke of the experience as being, cool, wonderful, uplifting, exciting or thrilling. Every one of them spoke of terror and the awesomeness of a living God. None were left with warm fuzzy feelings, goose bumps, chills or a wonderful peace. Every person who ever had a real meeting with the real God was left broken, humbled, quaking and with a deep sense of their sinfulness and unworthiness. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if your experience with God left you thrilled and excited that you experienced something other than God.

Here is another test. If the person comes away from the “experience” and they cannot stop speaking of how wonderful it was and what they felt and what they experienced, they have most certainly not met with God. Those who truly touched the hem of His garment do not come away speaking of the wonderful feelings and how exciting it was. If, and when, they do talk it will be about the goodness, kindness and grace of a glorious God who drew near to a pitiful sinner. Every man who met with God in the Bible was left with a deep awareness of God’s glory and holiness and of their own unworthiness.

As for those who boast, write books and grant interviews about their experience with God have most certainly not met with God. The closer we get to Him, the more broken and humbled it will leave us. It just cannot be any other way. How can a sinful, albeit redeemed man see, hear or be touched by the King of the Universe and be left with anything but self-loathing and adoration for such a gracious and merciful God?

Indeed any meeting with God has to leave us radically and permanently changed. Moses’ face shone, Paul was no longer the ambitious, self-righteous hater of the believers but became one whose very life was poured out as a sacrifice for the church he persecuted. Quiet frankly, I am sick of people who claim to have had some experience with God and who continue in their lying, deceitful, destructive and self-centered ways. Any true meeting with God has to result in real and fundamental changes. These changes are enduring and not a shallow veneer of holiness and piety. Neither are they the feeble results at self-reform. Every one of the men mentioned above was never the same after their encounters. Their speech, goals, lifestyle and attitudes were all dramatically changed – often in a way that was beyond human comprehension. Those who “experience God” during Sunday morning worship or a 5 minute stint at the altar, complete with a couple of tears and who emerge simply to continue with their gossip around the Sunday lunch table can indeed claim to have “been there, done that, bought the T shirt” but they cannot claim to have met with God.

These pseudo experiences are right from the pit of hell for one simple reason: They are a placebo that prevents millions of sincere souls from hungering and thirsting for the real thing.

Yes, God still touches frail humans. Yes, He still speaks and still reveals Himself, but the true revelation of God is infinitely more than a circus act, or a ride on an emotional roller-coaster, or a variety show. A confrontation with God is truly transformative.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2Cor 3:18

Read Part one here:
https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=409

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This is from the site The Exchanged Life and I have been enjoying the sermons.  This article is relevant to some current discussion about Rick Warren and and his relationship to Ken Blanchard. Comments from Barbara Marx Hubbard, New-Ager/politician are frightening. Christians who will not evolve in this new spirituality are likened to  cancer cells, which will need to be eliminated.

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Understanding Church Vision (Part 4 of 4)

 

One World Religion

Over 300 evangelical Christians signed a response from ‘the Christian community’ and sent it to the Muslim Community agreeing to a partnership in religion. In October 2007 the Muslim community launched a website called www.acommonword.com. A letter was sent to the Christian community asking for an agreement among the religions on common grounds that we could agree on. In the letter, the Muslim writers offer a hand of partnership to Christians as long as we agree on the basic principles that unite us. While the open letter to Christians focuses on each person’s requirement to love God and love one’s neighbor, they also make it clear that loving God requires us to adhere to the following ‘Testimony of Faith’:

The central creed of Islam consists of the two testimonies of faith or Shahadahsi, which state that: There is no god but God [Allah], Muhammad is the messenger of God. These Two Testimonies are the sine qua non of Islam. He or she who testifies to them is a Muslim; he or she who denies them is not a Muslim.

 

The letter also states the following about Jesus Christ:

Muslims recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah, not in the same way Christians do (but Christians themselves anyway have never all agreed with each other on Jesus Christ’s nature), but in the following way: …. the Messiah Jesus son of Mary is a Messenger of God and His Word which he cast unto Mary and a Spirit from Him…. (Al-Nisa’, 4:171). We therefore invite Christians to consider Muslims not against and thus with them, in accordance with Jesus Christ’s words here.

 

Since the Muslim letter only quoted part of Al-Nisa’ 4:171, I decided to look up this reference in the Quran to see the remainder of the verse. Here is the entire passage in context:

People of the Book, do not exceed the limits of devotion in your religion or say anything about God which is not the Truth. Jesus, son of Mary, is only a Messenger of God, His Word, and a spirit from Him whom He conveyed to Mary. So have faith in God and His Messengers. Do not say that there are three gods. It is better for you to stop believing in the Trinity. There is only One God. He is too glorious to give birth to a son. To God belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. God alone is a Sufficient Guardian for all. (Al-Nisa’ 4:171)

 

Muhammad called Christians the ‘People of the Book’ because they believed in the scriptures. The call for unity requires us to directly reject the following scripture in 1 John 5:9-13  

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.  10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.  11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

 

If you do not believe in Jesus Christ as He has been revealed in the scriptures, you do not, and cannot have eternal life for Jesus plainly warned that “if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24). Therefore, the Quran and the Bible are in direct conflict with each other and this foundational issue is irreconcilable. So in reality, the Muslim partnership extended to Christians has the following requirements in order to have common ground: accept the premise that “There is no god but God [which means Allah], Muhammad is the messenger of God”, do not be devoted solely to Christianity, and agree that Jesus is “only a messenger of God” but is not divine nor is God’s Son. According to Islam, Jesus was a messenger, but Muhammad is ‘the messenger’. Every Muslim will tell you that you must confess that ‘there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet’. They say that Jesus was a prophet, but they will never say that Muhammad is ‘a prophet’. Every Muslim will strictly adhere to the belief that ‘Muhammad is the prophet’. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the fulfillment of all the prophets and that in these last days Jesus was the final word (Hebrews 1:1-2), but Islam teaches that Muhammad is the true messenger and the one chosen by God.

 

While one-world religion proponents argue that we can agree on most issues and therefore should not bicker over the few that we don’t agree on, the truth is that certain beliefs cannot be compromised. Look at Philippians 2:5-8   

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

 

This is at the core of our Christian faith. You cannot compromise this truth and remain in the faith. Also consider 1 Timothy 3:16   

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory..

 

John 1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God2 He was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 1:10-14  10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.  12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

This wasn’t controversial among those who held to the word of God, but in this era where Christians do not seek the Lord through the word, this has become a point of contention. The world has always denied Jesus as the only way and in these last days, the church has forgotten the truth of salvation in Christ just as the Bible foretold. Look at 2 Peter 2:1  

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

 

Is this not exactly what the ‘open letter to Christians’ is asking us to do? I have quoted some of the most influential evangelical leaders and each one of them has denied that Jesus is the only way of salvation – which is a denial of the faith. On November 18, 2007, a response was posted to the acommonword.com website. The letter written was headed up by the seminary professors at Yale University and signed by over 300 evangelical Christian leaders and organizations. You can read the entire letter on the Common Word website, but I want to bring your attention to this excerpt:

We receive the open letter as a Muslim hand of conviviality and cooperation extended to Christians world-wide. In this response we extend our own Christian hand in return, so that together with all other human beings we may live in peace and justice as we seek to love God and our neighbors.

And to those who nevertheless relish conflict and destruction for their own sake or reckon that ultimately they stand to gain through them, we say that our very eternal souls are all also at stake if we fail to sincerely make every effort to make peace and come together in harmony.

 

The evangelical community received the letter and then implied that any who do not receive this are ‘those who relish conflict and destruction’. By stating that they receive the invitation, it is an acknowledgement and acceptance of the terms written in the letter as we examined above. Any who do not agree to this form of unity are identified as the cause of conflict. If you read the letter you will see that one of the overarching themes is the quest for world peace. It is not a jump in conclusion that those who do not agree with the plan for peace by compromising their faith in Christ are a threat to peace and will become the enemy of the world religions that are uniting.

 

Consider that Rick Warren has stated that those who refuse to change must die or leave. David Spangler stated in his writings that people who will not accept the new world spirituality (which he calls the Luciferic Initiation) will be removed from the world to an upper room to be retrained until they can be embodied and safely be returned to the social body; Leonard Sweet states that we must change or die and these each are endorsing each other. Leonard Sweet quotes David Spangler in his book ‘Soul Tsunami’. In this book, Sweet states:

I am grateful to David Spangler for his help in formulating this “new cell” understanding of New Light leadership.”

 

Rick Warren endorsed this very book and wrote the forward on the front and back cover. Ken Blanchard has been commissioned by Rick Warren to teach leaders who will teach evangelical churches and Blanchard spoke at the ‘Choices for the Future’ symposium with Barbara Marx Hubbard. In her book, Hubbard echoes the warnings of these evangelical leaders but adds chilling details that make it clear that the ultimate plan is to force the world into the New Age spirituality. Look at these excerpts from her writings found in ‘The Book of Co-Creation’:

Out of the full spectrum of human personality, one-fourth is electing to transcend… One-fourth is destructive…they are defective seeds. In the past they were permitted to die a ‘natural death’. …Now as we approach the quantum shift from the creature-human to the co-creative human – the human who is an inheritor of god-like powers – the destructive one-fourth must be eliminated from the social body. …Fortunately, you are not responsible for this act, we are. We are in charge of God’s selection process for the planet Earth. He selects, we destroy. We are the riders of the pale horse, Death”.

 

“This act is as horrible as killing a cancer cell. It must be done for the sake of the future of the whole. So be it; be prepared for the selection process which is now beginning. We, the elders, have been patiently waiting until the very last moment before the quantum transformation, to take action to cut out this corrupted and corrupting element in the body of humanity. It is like watching a cancer grow; something must be done before the whole body is destroyed…. The destructive one fourth must be eliminated from the social body.”

 

Is this not an exact fulfillment of John 16:2b-4?

…the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.  3 “And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.  4 “But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. …

 

Notice that Barbara Marx Hubbard has declared that the selection process is already underway and who do you think the ‘destructive one-fourth’ is? Based on the testimony of Hubbard and our own evangelical leaders, those who refuse to change must die. Hubbard may sound like a New Age flake, but she has a lot of backing. She has worked with the White House under two presidents including our current administration; she was a vice president nominee in 1984, she was an American Citizen ambassador to the former Soviet Union; she has founded two major global organizations (the ‘Global Association for New Global Thought’ and the ‘World Future Society’); she has written 5 books and delivered over 80 keynote speeches to colleges, leadership conventions, political organizations, and has direct ties with our current evangelical leaders.

 

Just consider how many times death is endorsed by our major evangelical leaders. In Tim LaHaye’s left behind series, the tribulation force of God fought against the lost souls by killing them. This was justified since their souls were supposedly already lost anyway. This is the overarching theme in their Left Behind game where ‘Christians’ are encouraged to kill those who refuse to be evangelized. You can find ample information on this game by doing a search on ‘Left Behind: Eternal Forces’. In the evangelical letter to the muslims, our leaders state that those who refuse to compromise risk their eternal souls. Rick Warren calls church leaders that resist the purpose driven movement ‘leaders from hell’ and compared them to Sanballat. Sanballat tried to prevent Nehemiah from building the wall around Jerusalem. Ironically, Warren is attacking those who are trying to build a wall between the church and the world while claiming that the true wall builders are the ones attacking. For the first time in history, the evangelical community has joined forces with the world to stand against those who stand upon the word of God. Now the political, world religions, and evangelical church are all calling for the destruction of those who refuse to be evangelized into the New World Order.

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Article from: http://www.calvin.edu/worship/stories/drumming.php

What is it about percussion that appeals to worshipers in so many cultures? How does drumming together help Christians build community?

John Meulendyk, pastoral lay assistant at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, could plainly see the problems facing Ferndale, Michigan. Like many inner-ring suburbs of Detroit, Ferndale is losing people, jobs, and income. Meulendyk gathered five women at his church to pray and discern how to Djembe drum from West Africaaddress these changes.“We wanted to do a worship renewal project that would be ecumenical, something to unite the congregations in our community. We sat in prayer. We thought about this question: If we put aside all the theology, what unites us? “It’s our Heartbeat..

Human beings are created in the image of God. However, because of sin we have lost our connection with God and with each other. Through Christ’s redemption we receive the courage to explore our lost connections with one another. In the syncope of our beating hearts echoed through the African drum, Christ creates a way for us to confront our most daunting fears and prejudices of others. In terms of worship renewal, by following the rhythm of our beating hearts through the drum, God gives to us an embodied connection with others.

This new relationship creates worship – a space, whereby, we and others are renewed in sensing God’s own heart beat. We all have that in common. And 90 percent of cultures have a drum beat,” says Meulendyk, who has degrees in divinity, pastoral ministry, osteopathic medicine, public health administration, and dental surgery. So Zion invited local congregations to join them for a worship drumming project. Its results continue to resound in worship services and new relationships. 

Many cultures use percussion in worship. Thirty years ago, when Meulendyk was a missionary dentist in Guatemala, he noticed that using hand drums and marimbas helped missionaries spread the gospel and connect with Quiché Indians.

Young and old, black and white, richer and poorer, Baptist and Episcopal, people fell under the spell of recreating rhythms from a Catholic liturgy in Ghana. Not that it was easy to learn the multi-layered patterns of metal gankoqui bells, gourd rattles, djun djuns (double-sided drums), and djembes (single-headed, goblet-shaped drums). “The big struggle is to hold on to your rhythm when everyone else is doing a different one,” Meulendyk said.

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Let us reread some of these statements:

“If we put aside all the theology, what unites us? “It’s our Heartbeat..”‘

Through Christ’s redemption we receive the courage to explore our lost connections with one another”

“through the drum, God gives to us an embodied connection with others.”

Put theology aside? Lost connections with one another? Through the drum, God gives to us……?

“People fell under the spell…”

We have learned from studying eastern religion that the occult practices of meditation and mindless repetitions, cause an altered state of consciousness. This is the doorway to divination. The Bible forbids this. So, this is yet, another sickening practice that is being brought into the church under the guise of spirituality. Worshiping in an altered state will NOT connect you with the Lord Jesus Christ. It will bring you into harmony with the angel of light. Satan is the angel of light the deciever.

This is just one more form of apostasy, and it weighs down my heart to see these Christians so vulnerable to deceit. God will give us nothing through the drum….God is reached through prayer and reading of the Holy Bible.

This article is from Earthquake Resurrection

Episcopalian Bishops Apologize for Proselytizing Hindus

 

The march of the eastern mystery religions of demons into America continues.This time the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, issued a statement of apology to the Hindu religious community for centuries-old acts of religious discrimination by Christians, including attempts to convert them.Episcopalians hold an Indian Rite Mass with Hindus and apologize for past religious discrimination.
In a service at “St. John’s Cathedral” in downtown Los Angeles, a Hindu nun blew into a conch shell three times, calling the gatherers to worship.Check out this quote by the Episcopal leaders:

“I believe that the world cannot afford for us to repeat the errors of
our past, in which we sought to dominate rather than to serve. In this
spirit, and in order to take another step in building trust between our
two great religious traditions, I offer a sincere apology to the Hindu
religious community.”

This sickening mixture of apostate Christianity and Hinduism also included the following:
  • All were invited to Holy Communion, after the Episcopal celebrant elevated a tray of consecrated Indian bread, and deacons raised wine-filled chalices.
  • Christians and Hindus lined up for communion, but since Orthodox Hindus shun alcohol, they consumed only the bread. During the service, the two faiths also blended practices during the handling of an icon of Jesus.
  • Kneeling before an icon of Jesus at the altar while the icon was anointed with sandalwood paste by the Episcopalians.
  • A flowered garland was placed on it and a lamp was lighted, a sign of Christ, the light in the darkness.
  • Both Hindu and Christian texts were read.

What must the Lord Jesus Christ be thinking as he sits at the right hand of God? What an incredible lack of discernment. It is unfathomable how anyone who has read the Word of God can behave in this way. Lord, have mercy on them that they overcome their deception and serve the true living God.

Okay next view this video also from ER- it is only about 1 minute.

Hindu Temple Invades Sugarland, Texas

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It is with great interest that I read about those who are building the kingdom of heaven here on earth.  There are many struggling to find peace and unify this world into what they think is God’s kingdom using extra-biblical revelation. Of course, God’s perfect kingdom is not of this world but apparently that is beside the point.

While studying Matthew, it startled me to realize the secrets that are revealed about the kingdom of heaven in chapter 13. Of the seven parables in this chapter, there are only two parables that Jesus himself explains. The Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Weeds.

Each parable starts “the kingdom of heaven is liketh”, except the parable of the sower, which has the phrase,”Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.”

What is it about these two parables that Jesus explained outright to us, that is so important.

First I should note that  parables were used because those who were sincere in wanting to understand the truth, those who were truly seeking Jesus, understood.  Those who did not understand were merely listening to stories, their hardened hearts not seeing or hearing. But those who were sensitive to the words were convicted.  Those who wanted to know more would inquire further.

The Parable of the Sower. Many of us are familiar with this parable.

Matthew 13:3-9

3. “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold a sower went forth to sow; 4. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5. Some fell on stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up and choked them: 8. But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirtyfold. 9. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

It was at this point that the disciples asked why Jesus spoke in parables. He said, 11. “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but them it is not given.”

So why were the mysteries revealed to the disciples but not to the others?

Matthew 11:25 “At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

Matthew 13:17 “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things ye hear, and have not heard them.”

I Cor 2:10,14 “But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God…The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

The truths that Jesus was speaking of, was foolishness to those who did not have the spirit of God and so instead reveals his truths to those who are childlike when they come to Him. Jesus had just preached the Beatitudes on the Sermon on the Mount as to what our “attitudes” as children of God were to be, and yet the people would not believe.

 Matthew 13:12-13  “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.”

We must take the full counsel of God.  Those who interpret scripture to their liking or warp its message by taking it out of context… have no light in them. If you are looking for understanding and knowledge in the bible you will find it, but if you are closed to the truth…the truth you do have….will be taken from you.  What a huge implication this is.  If you turn your back on the Word of God, any understanding you have….will be removed. What light you have received….will taken from you.

This would like be receiving multiple warnings from your power company. After rejecting them over and over again by ignoring the bills, the plug will eventually be pulled. The power will be turned off. Likewise if you continually reject the complete teachings of the word of God, what little light you may have….God will turn out.

How careful we must be… to read the bible from front to back to ensure the understanding of his Word.

Jesus then says that this fulfills a prophecy in Isaiah 6:9-10.  “Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart. and convert, and be healed.”

God told Isaiah to go and preach to a people who wouldn’t respond, so that their guilt would be certain. As Trapp wrote, Isaiah would “Preach them to hell.” What preacher could be satisfied with a ministry that made the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes? Isaiah might not be satisfied with it. The people might not be satisfied with it. But God would be satisfied with it.  This shows what the word of God can accomplish when it is received with open eyes, ears, and heart. It brings understanding to our heart, it makes us return, and it brings healing to our lives. If you are under the word of God and these things aren’t happening to you, ask God to work with your eyes, ears, and heart! (David Guzik)

Matthew 13:15 “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”

Jesus was telling the disciples that what was true of the Israelites was also true of this crowd. Isn’t this true of people today? We do not want to hear anything that may convict of us our sinful lives, so we close our eyes to the truth. We do not want to admit that our pathways are wrong or that we may have believed a lie so we continue to put our hands over our ears and sing a song to drown out the voice of God in our wicked hearts. What an eternal fatal decision.

Matthew 13:17 “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired  to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things, which ye hear, and have not heard them.”

So why have these prophets and righteous men seen not and heard not? I looked at Strongs Concordance [G1937] desire. Here is the meaning.

1) to turn upon a thing

2) to have a desire for, long for, to desire

3) to lust after, covet

a) of those who seek things forbidden

Desire, covet, lust, things forbidden! Now this is beginning to make some sense. 

Jude 19 “These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”

It is at this point that Jesus explains the parable.

Matthew 13:19 “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.”

We can easily picture a trodden path. The soil is hard here and the Word of God bounces off. A man’s heart is hard in the same manner. He hears the Word but he doesn’t want act on it. The seed does not penetrate. The birds come and eat the seed before it has time to soften man’s heart.

We know this as the parable of the sower of the seed, but upon closer look it is truly about the condition of the soil. The seed is always the same. Let’s look at the next soil.

Matthew 13:20-21 “The one who who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the Word and at once receives it with joy. But since it has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.”

This seed fell on rocky places and maybe found a bit of soil between the rocks. Here it sprouts quickly but when the conditions get dry or hot, the sprout withers. There is no root or foundation to sustain it.  This is how it is when we hear God’s Word and start to go to church, but this soon becomes inconvenient or people start to criticize our faith so we fall away when times get tough. 

Matthew 13:22 “The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the Word, but the worries of this life and deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.”

Isn’t it just like life to become full of pastime pleasures. Shopping, boating, golfing, tennis, movie theaters, plays, etc. When the truth of Word of God becomes second to lifes whims and riches, it becomes choked among the thorns. We forget about the treasure we had in our heart, and instead long for the treasures made of wood, silver, and gold. Our other gods.

Matthew 13:23 “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

So the description of the soil is the condition of man’s heart when he hears the gospel. It may be any part of God’s word at anytime of ones life.

What four soils best describes your heart right now? 

1. It is hard-trodden, rejecting any truth that may ask you to change your ways?

2. How about rocky? Does God’s Word reach down deep to your very soul or are the roots of God’s Word shallow and ready to wilt in the heat?

3. Is your soil congested with thorns which crowd out God’s Word so that it cannot flourish?

4. Is your ground fertile? Do you welcome the seed of God’s Word into your heart and let it grow to maturity?

This fertile ground is now broken into 3 more categories.  A thirty-fold Christian may be who believes but can be lukewarm at times. A sixty-fold Christian may be someone who lives for the Lord but does not surrender entirely. But a hundred-fold Christian would be one who has commited fully to the Lord in all ways.

So it is not the seed or the sower who does not produce. It is the condition of the soil that tells the story of what one can expect when the seed is planted into it. Different soils produce different reactions. Only one of the four soils will produce fruit. What fruit have you produced for God? Is your Christian life thriving because of obedience to the Word? Do you read and study the Bible daily to ensure that you are on the right path?

The worker is not to blame. The sower has done his job by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Next: The Parable of the Weeds – Counterfeit Christians

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What is it, that is so compelling to people looking for God, that they are drawn to the new age mysticism cloaked in Christian terminology?

I can surmise by my own experience. I came back to the Lord about 5 years ago and found that the churches have changed drastically.  I remember as a young girl, clutching my bible in Sunday school and then listening to the congregation leaf through the pages of their bibles searching for the scripture the pastor was preaching about. But hey…we don’t need to bring our bibles anymore.  Everything we need to know is printed right on the bulletin.  How does one know that the truth is being taught when bibles are no longer required at services?  What a dangerous situation this presents to the congregation.

Does anyone remember the days when followers of Christ lived lives of holy surrender to his will, and let the filling of the Holy Spirit guide, comfort, strengthen, and convict them? It is no wonder that there are people starving and thirsting for God because he is no longer found in many churches.

So what is being presented today? What is the New Age gospel? What is the new mysticism that is being promoted in many churches today?  Those who who no longer attend church are finding their search for God in the bookstores. Unfortunately, the New Age section and the Religion section are now being blended together.

I went to the Blue Letter Bible and searched for the word “mystery” in the KJV version and came up with 22 verses in the New Testament.

Many of these verses have Paul explaining the mystery being revealed of the Gentiles being included in the Kingdom of God, and there is the mystery of the changing of our bodies from mortal to immortal at the rapture, and then the mysteries of the end-times in Revelation.

I would like to start by focusing first on:

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

What is the mystery of his will? Verses 8-10 is a wonderful passage that is telling us that we need His wisdom and understanding to know His will.  How is it given?  The believer is given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The gifts we receive are spiritual wisdom and discernment.  To those who do not walk in the Holy Spirit these are hard concepts to grasp.Wisdom to know what God’s will is for you and His will for the universe is given those who are in Christ.

How about:

Colossians 1:26-27  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Verse 27 is relating again to the Gentiles, but take a close look at this “But now is made manifest to his saints”.  What does this mean? It means that there is “NO BIG SECRET” to be revealed only to a few or the elite.  The problem of Gnosticism is again being addressed here.  There is no secret knowledge because God is making himself known to those who are in Him.  There is no secret way to discover God’s will, there are no secrets that can be obtained outside of his Word. The truth of God’s word is available for all to discover if they are truly seeking Him. The mystery is an open secret, but the  truths remain impossible mysteries for those who are unbelievers.

This is why many are seeking alternate methods to find God.  They cannot  relate to the truth of the Bible, so one then has to find spirituality by other means.  There are other methods easily available to those who seeking an easier way to God other than repentance and total committment to turning away from sin.  People like their sin. They like thought processes that downplay its eternal significance. Using mysticism itself as a method to locate God is dangerous.  The are two spirit worlds. If you are looking outside of the Bible and its precious word to find God…you will instead find the counterfeit.  The counterfeit spirit downplays sin and minimizes it. Doesn’t this sound like the seeker friendly churches we are seeing today?

Let’s go on to:

Ephesians 3: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery

Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ

Ephesians 3:9  And to make all men see that what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

 Here Paul tells how the church is made one in Christ and explains that this was not previously revealed. God gave this revelation to Paul. This mystery was hidden in the past, and now is revealed by Paul to all. This message was also prophesied in the Old Testament even though the prophets did not understand the mystery was to include Jew and Gentiles alike. The church is a glorious example of faith in Jesus Christ as we await His second coming. As time goes on, the church will become more hated and ridiculed for not conforming to the world and its universal religious system being implemented today. This system is found in the form of seeking the “secret knowledge”. How this appeals to our pride, that we have found some secret knowledge available only to a few. The truth is that the knowledge of God is actually open and available to all believers.

Oh how Satan lies…the lies never change.  You can be as God. You can find God within. You are God.

Why do people search for truth within themselves? There is nothing good in us and our hearts are corrupt.

Romans 7:18  For i know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth not good thing:

How is it that those involved in the contemplative prayer movement can condone the thought of “going within” to find Jesus? If we go “within”, we will find instead that our fleshy desires produce nothing good.

Let me ask you..are you so steeped in the Word of God that you would recognize a counterfeit gospel?  If someone said to you…come join our group we have found a new way to Jesus, would you be wary of this approach?  What about methods of worship or prayer..if someone said to you..pray the word Jesus over and over again till your mind becomes a blank… would you do it?

Many of these methods offer a mystical way to Jesus…One has to remember that there will be false prophets and false spirits posing as Jesus.

I Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

We can know without controversy, there is no doubt, we all can know and understand, that godliness comes from Jesus Christ who came to us in the flesh, whose power came from the Holy Spirit is now at the right hand of God. Only through Jesus can we find godliness. We have no righteousness of our own.

So is this a mystery to you? We will never know all the mysteries of God or the universe while we are here on this earth, but we can know what God has revealed to us in His Word, and through the leadings of the Holy Spirit. We all have a purpose here on this earth. God will reveal to you the mystery of His will to you.  It takes prayer, reading His Word daily, and a giving up of what it is that WE want to do. By taking up the cross daily and relenting our will to His, the mystery of God, is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.

Pray daily for discernment, wisdom and that the Lord will keep you alert to the sheep in wolves clothing and hidden in His deep truths of the faith.

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I just wanted to provide a place for everyone to make prayer requests.  We all have someone dear to us that needs the mercy of the Lord, or we may need some prayer for ourselves when we are discouraged from Satan’s attacks. We must expect oppostion from the enemy and prayer gets us through this.  All that I ask is that when leave a prayer request make sure you pray for those who have left their own requests. 

Be as specific as you like but keep it short. Make sure that anything you say about a friend or family member would not be embarrased by your request.

We have the Word of God to guide and teach us but prayer is how we communicate with the Lord which enhances our relationship with Him.

I first read this sermon Saturday December 8th and I just watched it on youtube Sunday. If you have ever wondered why preachers are predicting judgment on America, because you believe we are a Christian country, watch or listen to this. This man is preaching the “hard to take truth”…..get a cup of coffee, sit and listen… it is 58 minutes. This 58 minutes may change your life forever.

http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/ | www.sermonaudio.com/gcc

SHOCKING YOUTH MESSAGE STUNS HEARERS ––SO SHOCKING AND BIBLICAL THE PREACHER WAS NEVER INVITED BACK

Matthew 7:13-27

Paul Washer

It’s a tremendous privilege for me to be here this afternoon with you. Before we begin with any further speaking, I would also like to go to the Lord in prayer. I would ask you to pray. There is so much going on here this afternoon, so much that you don’t understand, but I’ll tell you where I’m coming from. I’ll preach as a dying man to dying men and women and youth. I’ll preach as though I will never preach again, and I will tell you things that you will misunderstand. I will tell you things that make you so angry with me, and I’ll tell you things that you will deny. And I will tell you things and you will say I have no right to tell you what I’m telling you. But before you come to any conclusion about what is being said here this afternoon, you ask yourself one question.

You see, preaching is a very dangerous thing. It’s dangerous for me because the Bible says that false teachers will undergo greater condemnation. If what I tell you today is not true, I’m in a great deal of trouble and have every right to do this with fear and trembling, because I will stand condemned before God. But if what I tell you today is true, then you’re the one with cause for fear and trembling, because if I correctly interpret this passage of Scripture that I’m going to give you, it is as though God was speaking through a man. Your problem will not be with me; it will be with God and His Word. So, the only question that has to be decided here this afternoon is––Is this man before us a false prophet? Or is he telling us the truth? And if he is telling us the truth, then nothing else matters except conforming our lives to that truth.

Let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Father . . .Father, I am so small and so pitiful, Father, in so many ways. You know, Lord, You

know, though dear God, should false fire be the only thing ever placed on Your altar, or could

fire come down from Heaven amidst all the noise and the clamor and the activities . . . could fire

come down from Heaven and these dead bones live, You know me. In Your sovereignty, I pray

and I beg before the throne of God that You would be gracious to us, that You would open up

hearts and minds. Lord, we can’t wait for them to open theirs; they never will. Open up their

hearts and minds and cause them to see biblical truth. Breathe on them. Grant them repentance.

Grant them faith. Bring them into Your Kingdom, Lord, for Your own glory, for the sake of

Your own great name, do this thing, Lord. As the brother said, let it be so, Lord, so that no man

will take credit for it, so that no man will lay his hand to the ark of God and, if he did, that You

would strike him down dead, Lord. Oh, God, move among us, please, because we have no other

hope. We have no other hope. These children have no other hope except that You move.

Amen.

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I’ll be teaching from Matthew chapter 7. If you have your Bibles, follow with me. In Matthew

chapter 7, verse 13, Jesus said:

Enter through the narrow gate for the gate is wide and the way is broad

that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the

gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who

find it.

Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but

inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes

are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? So every

good tree bears good fruit, but every bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree

cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree

that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then,

you will know them by their fruits.

Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of

heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter.

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. Then I will declare to them, I never knew you. Depart from me, you

who practice lawlessness. Therefore, everyone who hears these words of

mine and acts upon them may be compared to a wise man who builds his

house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew

and slammed against that house and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded

upon the rock.

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be

like a foolish man who builds his house on the sand. The rain fell and the

floods came and winds blew and slammed against the house and it fell, and

great was its fall.

I stand here today . . . I’m not troubled in my heart about your self-esteem. I’m not troubled in

my heart about whether or not you feel good about yourself, whether or not life is turning out

like you want it to turn out, or whether or not your checkbook is balanced. There’s only one

thing that gave me a sleepless night. There’s only one thing that troubled me all throughout the

morning, and this is this. Within a hundred years, a great majority of people in this building will

possibly be in hell. And many who even profess Jesus Christ as Lord will spend an eternity in

hell.

You say, Pastor, how can you say such a thing? I can say such a thing because I don’t do my

Christian work in America. I spend most of my time preaching in South America, in Africa, and

Eastern Europe. And I want you to know that, when you take a look at American Christianity, it

is based more upon a godless culture than it is upon the Word of God. And so many people are

deceived, and so many youth are deceived, and so many adults are deceived into believing that,

because they prayed a prayer one time in their life, they’re going to Heaven. And then, when

they look around at others who profess to know Christ and see those people also just as worldly

as the world, and they compare themselves by themselves, nothing troubles their heart. They

think, well, I’m the same as most in my youth group. I watch things I shouldn’t watch on

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television and laugh about the very things that God hates. I wear clothing that is sensual. I talk

like the world. I walk like the world. I love the music of the world. I love so much that’s in the

world, but bless God, I am a Christian. Why am I a Christian? I don’t look any different than

most of the other people in my church. Why am I a Christian? Because there was a time in my

life when I prayed and asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart.

I want you to know that the greatest heresy in the American evangelical and protestant church is

that, if you pray and ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart, He will definitely come in. You

will not find that in any place in Scripture. You will not find that anywhere in Baptist history

until about 50 years ago. What you need to know is that salvation is by faith and faith alone in

Jesus Christ. And faith alone in Jesus Christ is preceded and followed by repentance . . . a

turning away from sin, a hatred for the things that God hates and a love for the things that God

loves, a growing in holiness and a desire not to be like Britney Spears, not to be like the world,

and not to be like the great majority of American Christians, but to be like Jesus Christ! [Theaudience then erupts in applause].

I don’t know why you’re clapping. I’m talking about you. I didn’t come here to get amens. I

didn’t come here to be applauded. I’m talking about you.

People so many times come up to me and say, “Oh, I’d love to follow you into Romania”; “I’d

love to follow you into the Ukraine”; “I’d love to preach where you preached and planted

churches in Peru in the jungle.”

And I tell them, “No, you wouldn’t.”

They say, “Yes, I would.”

I say, “No, you wouldn’t.”

“Why?”

“Because you’d be excommunicated from the church down there.”

What we need to see . . . I’m not trying to be hard for the sake of being hard. Do you realize how

much love it takes to stand before 5,000 people and tell them that American Christianity is

almost totally wrong? Do you know what it’s going to cost me to never be asked back again to

something like this? To be unpopular? Do you know why you do it? You don’t do it because

you get paid well. You don’t do it because men love you. You do it because you love men and

because, more than that, you want to honor God.

I want to tell you something. We’re going to go into Scripture, and I want you to look at it as it

really is. It’s not comparing yourself with others who call themselves Christians. Compare

yourself to the Scripture. When someone, a young person, comes to a pastor or a youth minister

and says, “I’m not sure whether or not I’m saved,” the youth minister will usually throw out a

cliché: “Well, was there ever a time in your life when you prayed and asked Jesus to come into

your heart?”

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“Well, yes.”

“Were you sincere?”

“Well, I don’t know, but I think so.”

“Well, you need to tell Satan to stop bothering you. Did you write it in the back of your book . . .

the back of your Bible like the evangelist told you when you got saved, write down the date so

that any time you doubted you could point him to the Bible?”

What superstition has overcome our denomination? Do you know what the Bible tells Christians

to do? Examine yourself. Test yourself in light of Scripture to see if you are in the faith. Test

yourself to see if you’re a Christian.

Do you realize if I dismissed us right now and told everyone to go knock on every door in this

city, do you know what we would find out? Ninety-nine percent of the people, at least, in this

city believe themselves to be believers. If you go back to your hometown and knock on every

door . . . because I went back to my hometown after I got saved and knocked on every door, and

you know what I found out? Everyone in my town is a Christian. Eighty-five percent of them

do not go to church, and those who do go to church are not concerned about holiness. They’re

not concerned about serving. They’re not concerned about being separate from the world.

They’re not concerned about the Gospel being preached among the nations. But, bless God,

they’re saved.

Why are they saved? Because some evangelist who should have spent less time preaching and

more time studying his Bible told them they were saved, and he did it so he could brag about

how many came forward in his next revival.

I love you, and there are men here who love you. And I want to go into Scripture now, now that

I’ve shocked you into light. I want you to listen to me. Listen to the Word of God and begin to

ask yourself some questions. First of all, Enter through the narrow gate for the gate is wide andthe way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. There is a

narrow gate.

And you know, historically–one of the reasons I’m a Southern Baptist is that the Southern

Baptists have always been quick–when other denominations have failed to realize this–the

Southern Baptists have always been quick to realize that there is one gate; there is one God; there

is one mediator between God and man; and His name is Jesus Christ. It’s not multiple choice.

Not every road leads to Rome. As a denomination, we have always told people what Jesus told

people: I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me.

So, I praise God for that, that the only way any human being on this earth will ever be saved is

through Jesus Christ, and that is all. Because you need to realize the Bible says, For all havesinned and come short of the glory of God, and you have no idea what that means, that we were

born radically depraved and God hating, that we would have never sought God, never come to

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God. We have rebelled against God, broken every law. It’s not just an issue that you have

sinned. The issue is you’ve never done anything but sinned. The Bible says in the prophets that

even our greatest works are like filthy rags before God. And because of that, you know what we

deserve? The wrath of God. The holy hatred of God.

You say, “Now, wait a minute. God doesn’t hate anybody. God is love.” No, my friend. You

need to understand something. Jesus Christ taught, the prophets taught, the apostles taught this

-that apart from the grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord, the only thing left for you

is the wrath, the fierce anger of God because of your rebellion and your sin.

When I speak in universities, they’re always quick to point out, “No, God cannot hate because

God is love.” And I tell you God must hate because God is love. You see, I love children;

therefore, I hate abortion. If I love that which is holy, I must hate that which is unholy. God is a

holy God. That’s something that the Americans have forgotten. Many of the things that you

love to do, God hates. Did you know that?

Pray for revival. You’re going to have a youth meeting; you want God to move, but before you

go there you watch programs on television that God absolutely despises. And then you wonder

why the Holy Spirit hasn’t fallen on a place and why you have to create false fire and false

excitement. Because God’s not in it. God is a holy God and the only way you and I could ever

be reconciled to a holy God is through the death of God’s own Son when He hung on that tree.

Now listen to me, if you’re saved here tonight, you’re not saved because the Romans and Jews

rejected Jesus. You’re not saved because they put a crown of thorns on His head. You’re not

saved because they ran a spear through His side, and you’re not saved even because they nailed

Him to a cross. Do you know why you’re saved if you are saved? Because when Jesus Christ

was hanging on that cross, He bore your sin. The sin of God’s people and all the fierce wrath of

God that should fall upon you fell upon His only begotten Son. Someone had to pay that price.

Someone had to die. It was God the Father who crushed His only begotten Son. According to

Isaiah 53, it says, It pleased Yahweh to crush Him.

People say the cross is a sign of how much man is worth. That’s not true. The cross is a sign of

how depraved we really are, that it took the death of God’s own Son. The only thing that could

save a people like us was the death of God’s own Son under the wrath of His own Father paying

the price, rising again from the dead. Powerful to say, this is the Gospel of Jesus.

Now what are you called upon to do? You say you go through the narrow gate. How do you do

that? Jesus said, The time is fulfilled. The Kingdom of God is at hand. What must you do? In

Mark, He tells us . . . repent and believe the Gospel.

You say, “Brother Paul, I got saved by praying and asking Jesus Christ into my heart.” And I’m

sure you did, but you weren’t saved by a magic formula or some words you repeated after

someone else. You were saved because you repented of your sins and you believed, and not only

did you do that in the past, you continued to do it even until now, because when Jesus . . . a

proper translation of that verse He gave is this: The Kingdom of God is come. The time isfulfilled. Now, spend the rest of your lives repenting of your sins and believing in Me.

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Conversion is not like a flu shot. “Oh, I did that. I repented. I believed.” The question is my

friend–are you continuing to repent of sin? Are you continuing to believe? Because He who

began a good work in you will finish it. He will finish it.

Now, we as Southern Baptists preach that you’re supposed to go through that one and only gate

which is Jesus Christ. But we as Southern Baptists have forgotten something. And I want youth

ministers and pastors and everyone to listen to me, parents, we have forgotten a very important

teaching in the Gospel. It says that, not only the gate is narrow, it says the path is narrow. What

we basically do is lead someone to Christ, lead someone in a prayer and then they spend the rest

of their life living just like the world, and if you deny me on this, I can bring the statistics to

prove you wrong. Gallup poll, Barnard polls, every kind of poll you can possibly look at, when

it questions the morality of the church in America against the morality of those who claim to be

lost in America, the polls find no difference. Now that is statistics. It has nothing to do with

religious interpretation. Those are statistics.

Book after book is being churned out by theologian and philosopher and sociologist alike. What

has happened to the church? We find out that abortion in the church is just as prevalent as

outside in the world. We find that divorce is just as prevalent. We find that immorality . . . you

know as well as I do, there are youth here right now who are practicing immorality and yet

worshiping God in the same breath. You know there are youth here that are doing drugs and yet

coming to youth group. You know, watching and doing things that are not appropriate for a

Christian, and yet they’re coming to the youth group, believing themselves satisfied, believing

themselves saved, and no one is saying anything except this: They’re carnal Christians. They’re

really Christians; they’re just carnal. That was a doctrine that started in a Baptist seminary, that

is not a Southern Baptist seminary, several decades ago. It is not biblical and it is not historical.

My dear friend, there is no such thing as a carnal Christian.

You say, “Now, wait a minute, Brother Paul. First Corinthians chapter 3, Are ye not carnal.

Paul said that.”

No, that’s what Paul said. You need to read the whole book to find out what he meant. You see,

one of our problems, youth, listen to me . . . most of our Christianity is based on clichés that we

read on the back of Christian tee shirts. Most of our Christianity comes from songwriters and not

the Bible. Most of what we believe is dictated to us through our culture and not by the Bible.

The Bible never teaches that a person can be a genuine Christian and live in continuous carnality

and wickedness and sin all the days of their life. But the Bible teaches that the genuine Christian

has been given a new nature. The genuine Christian has a Father who loves them and disciplines

them and watches over them and cares for them.

My heart is breaking because you know as well as I do, young people, let’s not be hypocrites

about it. Let’s not hide it. There are so many. You know them. You might be one of them, or

you at least know that they’re in your youth group. They come to youth group. They do all this

stuff, but in their heart, they’re as wicked as wicked can be. There is no difference. There is no

light. Everything that the world does, they do, and it’s appropriate; it’s okay. My friend, that’s

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not Christianity. They’re not in danger of losing their reward. They’re in danger of hell. They

know not God.

What don’t we teach? When was the last time you heard someone say there’s not only a narrow

gate into Heaven but a narrow way? Jesus indicates that one of the principal signs of being a

genuine Christian is that you walk in the narrow way. Do you know what the sign for being a

genuine Christian in America is? You prayed a prayer one time. Isn’t that amazing? What are

you asked if you doubt your salvation? Did you pray a prayer one time? What does Scripture

teach? Examine yourselves. Test yourselves in the light of Scripture to see if you’re in the path,

because a Christian will be different.

Now, am I saying that a Christian is without sin? No, because, in First John, we learn that

Christians do sin, and if any man does not acknowledge his sin, he knows not God. He’s not

walking in the light? So what is the difference? What am I really getting at? What I am getting

at is this. If you are genuinely a born-again Christian, a child of God, you will walk in the way

of righteousness as a style of life. And if you step off that path of righteousness, the Father will

come for you. He will discipline you. He will put you back on that path. But if you profess to

have gone through the narrow gate, but yet you live in the broad way, just like all the other

people in your high school, just like all the other people who are carnal and wicked, the Bible

wants you to know that you should be terribly, terribly afraid because you know not God.

I fear men who have spent most of their life telling other men that they are saved. I fear you if

you’ve done that. You don’t tell men they are saved; you tell men how to be saved. God tells

them they are saved. What we have forgotten to believe is that salvation is a supernatural work

of God, and those who have genuinely been converted, regenerated by the power of the Holy

Spirit is going to be a new creature. The Bible says, If any man be in Christ, he is a newcreature. So we find out here in Scripture that there is a narrow gate and a narrow way.

We go into verse 15. Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardlyare ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. One of the things you need to realize is

this–something a wise man told me a long time ago. He said, “Paul, your best friend is the one

who tells you the most truth.” In America, we have become so thin-skinned that no one can

rebuke us. No one can tell us we are wrong. And ministers and leaders alike have bought into

this lie. We do not want to offend. We want to be seeker friendly. What you need to realize is

there is only one seeker and His name is God, and if you want to be friendly to someone in your

church, you need to be friendly to God. And you need to be more concerned for the glory of

God than you are for the attitudes of men. But another thing you need to realize is the person

who loves you the most will tell you the most truth.

One of the greatest distinguishing marks of a false prophet is that he will always tell you what

you want to hear. He will never rain on your parade. He will get you clapping. He will get you

jumping. He will make you dizzy. He will keep you entertained, and he will present a

Christianity to you that will make your church look like a Six Flags over Jesus and keep you so

entertained you are never addressed with great issues such as these. Is God working in my life?

Am I growing in holiness? Have I truly been born again?

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Listen to me. If everyone in this town believes themselves saved, and we know that’s not true by

Scripture because the Bible says that few will enter in, how do you know that you’re saved?

How do you truly know that you are saved? Because someone told you? Because you prayed a

prayer? Because you believed? Well, let me ask you a question. How do you know you

believed? Because everybody says they believe. How do you know you’re not like them? Do

you know how the Bible teaches you that you know you are saved? Do you know how Baptist

theology, up until about 50 years ago, would have told you how you know you have been saved?

You know you have been saved because your life is in the process of being changed, and your

style of life is one of walking in the paths of God’s truth.

And when you step off those paths in disobedience, as we all do, God comes for you and puts

you back on the path. One of the greatest evidences that you have truly been born again is that

God will not let you talk as your flesh might want to talk. God will not let you dress as the

sensual world and the sensual church allows you to dress. God will not allow you to act like the

world, smell like the world, speak like the world, listen to the things that the world listens to.

God will make a difference in your life.

He says here, as we go on, verse 16: You will know them by their fruits. How will you know a

false prophet? In the wider application here and all of Scripture, how will you know if someone

is a genuine Christian? By their fruit. By their fruit, my dear friend. Look at your life. Look at

the way you walk. Look at the way you talk. Look at the passions of your heart. Is Jesus in

there somewhere? Or is He just some accessory that you add on to your life? Is He just

something that you do on Wednesday or Sunday? Is He something that you give a mental assent

to? Is He an accessory or is He the very center of your life? And what is the fruit that you’re

bearing? Do you look like the world? Act like the world? Do you have and experience the

same joys that the world experiences? Can you love sin and relish it? Can you love rebellion

and relish it? Then you know not God. You will know them by their fruit. God has the power

to change them.

Let’s imagine for a moment Jesus teaching this passage, and you’re sitting out there listening.

And He looks at you. He says, “Thistles, thistles. Do you find thistles on fig trees?”

And you respond, “Of course not, Jesus. I mean, you’re not an agriculturalist; you’re not a

farmer. I mean, you’re a carpenter. But everybody knows, Jesus, you don’t find thorns on fig

trees.”

“Well, then, let me ask you another question. Do you find figs–good fruit–on thorn trees?”

“Why, no, Jesus. That’s absolutely ludicrous. I mean, you’re never gonna find thorns on a fig

tree, and you’re not gonna find figs on a thorn tree, Jesus. To say that could be

possible–anyone who tells you that, Jesus, you can mark it down . . . they’re either crazy or

they’re a liar.”

And then Jesus responds to you. “Well then, those who call themselves my disciples and bear

bad fruit, would not it be the same to say that they were either lying or out of their mind to make

such a statement?”

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Let me take it a little further. Let’s imagine that I show up late and I run up here on the platform,

and all the leaders are angry with me and say, “Brother Paul, don’t you appreciate the fact you’re

given an opportunity to speak here and you come late?”

And I’d say, “Brothers, you have to forgive me.”

“Well, why?”

“Well, I was out here on the highway, and I was driving and I had a flat tire and I got out to

change the tire, and when I was changing the tire, the lug nut fell off, and I wasn’t paying

attention that I was on the highway and I ran out and I grabbed the lug nut, and as soon as I

picked it up in the middle of the highway, I stood up and there was a 30-ton logging truck going

120 miles an hour about ten yards in front of me, and it ran me over and that’s why I’m late.”

Now, there would only be two . . . I know no one studies logic anymore, but there would only be

two logical conclusions. One, I’m a liar or, two, I’m a madman. You would say, “Brother Paul,

it’s absolutely absurd. It is impossible, Brother Paul, to have an encounter with something as

large as a logging truck and not be changed.”

And then my question would be to you–What is larger? A logging truck or God? How is it that

so many people today profess to have had an encounter with Jesus Christ, and, yet, they are not

permanently changed? Let me give you a few things to think about. You know I’m telling you

the truth. How many times do you go and rededicate your life over and over and over again?

How many times do youth groups go to things like this and get fired up and go back to the

church, and it lasts about a week and a half? And yet, “Oh, it was a great move of God.” No, it

wasn’t. If it doesn’t last, it wasn’t a great move of God. It was emotion. It was so many things,

but it wasn’t a great move of God. Has God worked in your life? Is God working in your life?

You will know them by their fruit. You will know them by their fruit.

Now, we go on, verse 19: Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown intothe fire so you will know them by their fruit. Look at this. You need to understand something

about Hebrew literature. When you and I want to emphasize something, do you know what we

do? We raise our voice. If we’re writing, we put it in bold letters, or we capitalize it. But to a

Jew, it’s different. When he wants to emphasize something, he repeats it and he repeats it.

That’s why you find Hebrew parallelisms in the Book of Proverbs. The wicked shall not live inthe land. The wicked shall be destroyed. He’s saying the same thing, just in a different way to

give greater emphasis. That’s what Jesus is doing over and over again here. You will know themby their fruit. You will know them by their fruit. You will know them by the path that they walk

in. You will know them by their fruit. You will know them by their fruit. And He says, Anyonewho does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. What is He talking about?

My dear friend, He is talking about the judgment of Almighty God that will one day fall upon the

world, that will one day fall possibly upon you.

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Oh dear friend, I cannot look into your heart. I am so easily deceived by my own heart, but there

is One who is not deceived. There is One who is not deceived, and He is not deceived by a

contemporary Christian culture. He knows. You will know them by their fruit.

And He goes on and He says this, verse 21: Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enterthe kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father who is in heaven will enter. Do

you know what your profession of faith in Jesus Christ is worth? Absolutely nothing. Yes. Did

you read that passage? Study it. Not everyone who comes to me and says, Lord, Lord . . . noteveryone who professes, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven. There are many

people who are going to profess, “Lord, Lord,” but they are not going to enter into the kingdom

of heaven. My dear precious child, are you one of them? “Lord, Lord.”

Now, again, let’s go back to Hebrew literature. He said, Lord, Lord. He didn’t say, Lord. What

does that mean? This fellow who is making this profession, he is not someone who just all of a

sudden decided, “It’s judgment and I better profess Him to be Lord.” This is a person who

emphatically declares to other people that Jesus Christ is Lord. He walks around saying, “Lord.”

He dances up in front while the musicians are playing, saying, “Lord.” He sings the songs,

“Lord.” But Jesus said to him, Depart from me. I never knew you.

Do you know, Billy Graham is one of the kindest, lovingest men; yet, Billy Graham has said he

believed that a great majority of people who attend Bible-believing churches are lost. He said

that he would be happy if even five percent of all the people who made professions of faith in his

campaigns are even saved.

When I’m in Nigeria . . . I was there last year visiting a mother whose son was in our church and

was martyred by the Muslims. In Northern Nigeria, when someone professes faith in Jesus

Christ, you pretty much know they can die because of that profession. But in America, oh,

consider the cost. Think. Examine your life in light of Scripture. Do you know the Lord? Do

you know the Lord? Because not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the

kingdom of Heaven, but what does it say here? Look what it says. Not everyone who says tome, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is

in heaven.

What is the sign that someone has become a genuine Christian? I wish that we would start

teaching this again. What happened to our theology? What happened to our doctrine? What

happened to our teaching? It went right out the window. No one wants to study doctrine

anymore. They just want to listen to songs and read the back of Christian tee shirts. What

happened to truth? Truth tells you this. The evidence–the way that you can have assurance that

you are genuinely a born-again Christian–is that you do, as a style of life, the will of the Father.

You say, “Oh, you’re talking about works.” No, I’m not. I’m talking about evidence of faith,

and it goes like this. Your profession of faith is no proof that you’re born again because

everybody in this whole country professes faith in Jesus Christ. Barnard tells us that 65 to 70

percent of all Americans are saved, born-again Christians. The most Godless country on the face

of the earth. Kill 4,000 babies a day but, bless God, 70 percent of us are born again. How do

you know that the faith you have is not false? A style of life that is concerned about doing the

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will of the Father, that practices the will of the Father, and when you disobey the will of the

Father, the Holy Spirit comes and reprimands you either personally through the written Word of

God or through a brother or sister in Christ, and God puts you back on the path again. If you’re a

genuine Christian, you cannot escape Him.

Let me give you an example. If I was your pastor and you were, let’s say, 14 years old and I

came back from preaching at one o’clock in the morning and I saw you standing out there in a

park or on a corner with a bunch of hoodlums, doing things you shouldn’t be doing and you’re a

member of our church, I would tell you, “Get in the car.” I would take you home to your father.

I wouldn’t be mad at you. I’d be mad at your father. I would tell him, “Sir, you are a derelict

father that you would allow your child to be out in such circumstances.”

I want you to know something. God is not a derelict father. If you can play around in sin, if you

can love the world and love the things of the world, if you can always be involved in the world

and doing things of the world, if your heroes are worldly people, if you want to look like them

and act like them, if you practice the same things they practice, oh my dear friend, listen to my

voice. There’s a good chance you know not God, and you do not belong to him.

Now, we bring this to a close, verse 22: Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we notprophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many

miracles. Then I will declare to them, I never knew you.

You say the most important thing on the face of the earth is to know Jesus Christ. That is not

true. The most important thing on the face of the earth is that Jesus Christ knows you. I’m not

going to get into the White House tomorrow because I walk up to the gate and tell everybody I

know George Bush, but they will let me in if George Bush comes out and says, “I know Paul

Washer.”

You can profess to know Jesus, but my question for you . . . do you know Jesus? Does Jesus

know you? And look how he describes the lost man here. He said, Depart from me you whopractice lawlessness. In Greek, anomia–a negative particle, a, “not”; word nomos, “law”–“no

law.” And this is what it means. Let me give you an accurate translation of this. Depart fromme–Listen to me, if I could come out there and hug you while I was telling you this, I would.

Listen to me. He says, Depart from me those of you who claim to be my disciples who confessedme as Lord and, yet, you live as though I never gave you a law to obey.

I just described a great majority of North American Christianity. If anyone starts talking about

law, if anyone starts talking about Biblical principles on what we’re supposed to do and not

supposed to do, how we’re to live and not supposed to live, everyone starts screaming,

“Legalist.” But Jesus said, Depart from me those of you who live–you called me Lord, but youlived as though I had never given a law.

In American Christianity today, pass through the gate. Praise God. Live like the rest of the

world and it’s okay. You’re just carnal. Maybe one day you’ll come back. Do you know what

happens because of our bad evangelism? We have gazillions of children saved in vacation Bible

school, and when they hit 15 years old, they enter into the world and live like demons, a great

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majority of them. And then when they’re around 30, they come back and rededicate their life.

Maybe they just got saved. Because, folks, it’s more than just telling someone you’re saved

because you acknowledged that Jesus is Lord. Satan acknowledges that Jesus is Lord. Is your

life in a process of change?

And then He drops down and He talks about two people–two foundations. Do you know what

this passage in contemporary . . . See it’s important to study theology and it’s important to study

history. The contemporary interpretation of this passage about the rock and the sand is basically

like this. If you’re a Christian, you need to build your life upon the rock because, if you build

your life upon the sand, you’ll be an unhappy Christian and your life won’t go right. That is not

what Jesus is teaching and history backs me up on it. It was hardly ever interpreted that way.

Do you know what the interpretation is? It goes like this.

There are two ways. There’s a narrow way and a broad way. Which one are you on? There are

two types of trees. There is a good tree that bears good fruit, and it’s going to Heaven. There’s a

bad tree and you know it’s bad because it bears bad fruit, and it’s going to hell. It’s going to be

cut down and thrown into the fire. There are those who profess Jesus is Lord and they do the

will of the Father who is in heaven, and there are those who profess Jesus Christ is Lord and they

do not do the will of the Father who is in heaven, and they go to hell–not because of a lack of

works, but because of a lack of faith demonstrated by the fact that they had no works.

And then he goes on. He says, not two Christians building their house on two different

foundations. No. This is a saved man and a lost man. The lost man hears the Word of God

preached but he lays no foundation. You cannot see in any way in his life how the Word of God

is forming and building and sustaining his life. His life is not–how many people in the

Southern Baptist Convention, regardless of all our numbers, regardless of everything we say, if

we were to simply take this passage and compare the people to this passage and say–Are you

building your marriage on the Word of God? Are you raising your children on the Word of

God? Are you doing your finances on the Word of God? Are you living, separating yourself

from the things of this world based upon the Word of God? How many would be able to answer

positively?

No, none of that. “I profess Jesus. He’s my Savior. My Sunday school teacher told me so.” Oh.

I know, like Leonard Ravenhill, an acquaintance of mine before he passed on, used to say, “I

preach in a lot of Baptist churches once.” I preach in a lot of places like this once. I could have

got up here today with a vocabulary that would have astounded you and preached you things that

would have lifted you up and floated you around this room. I could have told you stories that

would have made you laugh and stories about dogs and grandmas that would have made you cry,

but I love you too much for that. I know . . . I know, because the Word of God is true, that there

are people who believe themselves to be saved and they are no more saved. They’re not.

I know that there are some of you who look around and you think, “Well, I’m saved. I mean,

look, I look like everybody else in my youth group.” What makes you think your youth group is

saved? “Well, I’m like my parents”; or, “I’m like the adults in my church or the deacon or the

pastor.” What does that matter? You won’t be judged by them on the day of His coming. My

question for you, beloved, my question for you, little child–I mean, you could be my children,

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and I pray someday when my little boy grows that there will be a preacher who will stand before

him and say, “Enough of this!”

Let’s get down. What does the Word of God say? How does your life stand in front of that

blazing fire which is the holiness of God on that final day? Beloved, precious little girl, beloved,

precious young man, on that final day will your confession hold true? Are you saved? And I’m

not talking about, “Well, I think I’m saved.” You know, there’s a way that seems right unto aman, but it leads unto death.

“Well, I feel in my heart of my hearts that I’m saved.” Well, let me ask you a question. Did you

ever read that the heart is deceitfully wicked; who can know it? Shouldn’t you go to the

testimony of Scripture?

“Well, I know I’m saved because my mom, my dad, my pastor, everybody else told me I was

saved.” Well, I’m telling you this. What does the Word of God tell you?

We talk so much about being radical Christians. Radical Christians are not people who jump at

concerts. Radical Christians are not people who wear Christian tee shirts. Radical Christians are

those who bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Radical Christians are those who reverence and

honor their parents even when they feel like their parents are wrong. Radical Christians are

those who do not–now listen to me. This is going to make you mad, and I’m talking to boys

and girls. Radical Christians are those who do not dress sensually in order to show off their

bodies. If your clothing is a frame for your face, God is pleased with your clothing. If your

clothing is a frame for your body, it’s sensual and God hates what you’re doing. Everybody

wants to talk about a prophet, but no one wants to listen to one.

I’m talking about Christianity. I have spent my life in jungles. I have spent my life freezing in

the Andes Mountains. I have seen people die. A little boy, Andrew Myman [phonetic], the

Muslims shot him five times through the stomach and left him on a sidewalk simply because he

cried out, “I am so afraid but I cannot deny Jesus Christ. Please don’t kill me, but I will not deny

Him.” And he died in a pool of blood. And you talk about being a radical Christian because you

wear a tee shirt, because you go to a conference. I’m talking about holiness. I’m talking about

Godliness.

I wish–you know what a move of God would be in this place? If all of you came under

conviction, if I myself came under conviction of the Holy Spirit, we fell down on our faces and

wept because we watch the things that God hates, because we wear the things that God hates,

because we act like the world, look like the world, smell like the world, because we do the very

things, and we know not that we do these things, because we do not know the Word of God.

Because, even though we claim as a denomination that the Scripture is the infallible Word of

God, basically all we get is illustrations, stories, and quaint little novels. Oh, that God will glow

on this place, that we would turn away from our sin, that we would renounce the things that are

displeasing to God, and, then, that we would run to Him and we would relish Him and we would

love Him.

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Oh, that God would raise up missionaries. I don’t wish the same things your parents want for

you. They want for you security and insurance and nice homes. They want for you cars and

respect. I want for you the same thing I want for my son, that one day he takes a banner, the

banner of Jesus Christ, and he places it on a hill where no one has ever placed a banner before,

and he cries out, “Jesus Christ is Lord,” even if it costs my son his life. Oh, when he’s 18 years

old, if he says to me the same thing I said when I was a young man, “I’m going into the

mountains. I’m going into the jungle.” And they said, “You can’t go there. You’re insane. It’s

a war. You’re gonna die.” I’m going. When that little boy puts on that backpack, I’m going to

pray over him and say, “Go! God be with you, and if you die, my son, I’ll see you over there and

I’ll honor your death.”

Oh, God, let’s pray, let’s pray.

Oh, God, I don’t care about reputation. I don’t care what men think. I want You to be honored.

I want these young people to be saved. I want those that are saved to stop looking around at a

cultural Christianity that You hate and will spew out of Your mouth, and that they will look at

the Word of God and say, “I will follow Jesus.”

Oh, God, I pray for youth ministers and pastors and I pray that You’d fill them with the spirit of

wisdom and love and boldness and discernment. And dear God, whatever the cost, I pray that

you will raise up missionaries. I can’t help but look at these kids and think of my own little boy.

Oh, God, that You would save Ian and that You would raise him up and send him into the worst

part of the battle. Oh, dear God, raise up missionaries here. Raise up missionaries. Raise up

preachers and pastors and reachers and evangelists that know the Word of God. Oh, God, work

in this place, please work in this place, dear God. Please. Please. Please. Please.

Now with every head bowed, is there anyone here tonight that would say, “Brother Paul, I have

been living a lie. I claim to be a Christian but I love the world, and I look like it and smell like it

and I hate myself for it, and, Brother Paul, I am so tired of this Christianity that I’m living. I’m

just sick of it. I’m just sick of it. I want to be saved. I want to be saved.” I just want you to

stand up. “Brother Paul, I want to be saved.” Amen. Is there anyone else? Amen. Amen.

In a moment, we’re going to have an invitation. Those of you who stood up–I’m going to come

down here and I want you to meet with me. I want to talk to you. Now, you may be seated,

thank you.

Now, I want to talk to those of you who claim to be Christians. Does your life honor Jesus

Christ? Are you looking in His Word to find out how you’re supposed to live? I pray with all

my heart, the only thing that’s going to save the church in America, there’s only two

possibilities. One is a total reformation in our preaching and our study of the Word of God, and

the other is fierce, horrifying persecution. That’s the only thing that’s going to save the church

in America. Oh, I pray, I pray that you would return to the Word. I pray–listen to me, young

person. You need to know. You need to say, “Okay, how am I supposed to live before my

parents?” Go into the Word, find out, obey it. “How am I supposed to dress?” Go into the

Word, find out, obey it. “How am I supposed to talk?” “What am I supposed to listen to?”

Bring every thought, word, and deed into subjection to Jesus Christ.

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Now, I’m not going to ask you to stand because I am so tired of people coming forward and

making those commitments, and those commitments last them two minutes. I’m not here so I

can write up in my magazine that a gazillion of you came forward. I want you to go home and I

want you to live for Jesus Christ with all your heart. But if you need counseling, you say,

“Brother Paul, I want to–I want to live for Jesus Christ. I don’t know how. I don’t know how.”

In a minute, we’re going to give an invitation, and I do want you to come forward, not to make a

commitment. You want to make a commitment, you make that commitment right where you’re

seated. If you need to tell somebody, you go tell your pastor. You go tell your youth minister,

and you know what, we’ll know if that commitment lasts. You know how? Because it will last,

we’ll know if it’s from God.

Let me tell you something. For everyone who’s here right now, I want to tell you something. If

you made a decision to follow Jesus Christ, if you made a decision to get saved in these last two

days, I want to tell you something. If it was genuine, it will last. If after a few weeks you go

right back into the world, live like the world, act like the world, I want you to know something,

you didn’t get anything here this weekend. You got emotion, that’s about it. If you really got

something from the Lord, I want you to know something, it will last. And even if you try to run

away from it, you won’t be able to do it. You won’t be able to do it. Oh, I love you so much. I

love you so much.

I would ask that we all stand. If you need counseling about a decision that you have made but

it’s not clear, I want you to come forward. And I’m going to come right down here. Those of

you who stood up–there were many of you over there who say, “I need to know Jesus Christ,” I

want to come down here right now and I want to meet with you, and I want to go back over here

with you and some other counselors and I want to talk to you. And I want to tell you something,

not a five-minute deal, not a ten-minute deal. If you need to talk all night, we will stay. That is

the attitude of every counselor in this place. We will stay all night if necessary, all night. God

love you. God love you. Let me pray for you.

Dear God, please, Lord, there has been so much movement. Last night, Lord, I don’t know how

much of it was real, and I know that I saw people last night weeping. I saw people trying to

make commitments, and I believe that there was a great deal of what happened last night because

of You. I saw this morning a young man preach, Father, give his testimony, and I saw real

working of the Holy Spirit. I don’t know how much of all the decisions were real, but there was

real things going on. I pray right now, Father, I don’t know how much will be real. Only time

and eternity will show us that. But, oh, dear God, please, please, work, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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