In Spirit and in Truth on Easter Morning?

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It’s Easter morning here in Houston where thousands of people are putting on their “Sunday best” and going to their favorite church building, temple, cathedral, etc. Many of them are convinced that their “church” is the right one to worship in and that they are doing exactly what God requires of them. Here in the Bible Belt of southern USA, it’s considered a sin to miss church on Sundays and a sacrilege to miss on Easter and Christmas! It was this mindset that Jesus was confronted with by that Samaritan woman He met by the well outside her village that day.

The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” (John 4:19-20, ESV)

As usual, Jesus did not answer people’s questions from their earthbound mindsets, but from the viewpoint of His Father in heaven.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:19-24, ESV)

What? Her head must have been spinning! You mean that real worship in the eyes of the Father has nothing to do with going to sacred buildings and temples on “holy days of obligation?” Nope! True worship comes from the Spirit of God in hearts that live IN His truth, not in an outward pretense of the religious norms traditions of men. Even David of old had that figured out (read Psalm 51). It is interesting that today’s Open Windows (1) daily reading that I receive is addressing this very thing on the day when an outward show or piety is at its max.

You desire truth in the inner being. (Psalm 51:6)

In the course of our spiritual history God deals with us in ever-deepening ways. Down, down, down, He goes, until He touches bottom to have things true at our very depth. He undercuts all our professions, doctrines, assumptions, pretensions, illusions, and customs…. There is no mere formalism about this; no mere Jewish ritual in this; no mere outward observance of rites and ceremonies in this! No! This has got to go right into the inmost being, in the inward parts. God works toward that. God is ever working toward the most inward parts. Do you recognize that? Do you understand what He is doing with us? Oh, He will meet us with blessing on a certain level, as we walk before Him, like the man in Psalm 1. He will meet us with His gracious provision when we transgress and trespass and fail, and do wrong – He will meet us there in grace. But God is going to pursue this matter to the most inward place of our being, and register there His work of grace and redemption.

The Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are characterized by this one feature – truth! And God desires and has set His heart upon having people who are partakers of the Divine nature, and so He is working ever more deeply toward this end: what is true of Himself shall be true of His children – those begotten of Him – that they should be true sons of God in this sense. (2)

Oh yes, He deals with us in ever deepening ways. Most of us Christians feel His probing gaze into our hearts and it makes us uncomfortable to say the least. So, what do we do? We run off to a church, Bible school or seminary (our Samaritan “holy mountains”) and offer the sacrifice of our lips to try and appease Him so that our soulish discomfort will go away. It’s this holding to the traditions of men (which are not supported by the New Testament) that keeps us going to these places while the piercing gaze of the Father goes ever deeper into our souls. So what’s next? We give more money, more time to those systems and more effort to make them work while we try to appease our inward discomfort. Eventually, we get the picture that all this institutionalism is not getting the job done, so we try meeting in homes on a regular basis, not understanding that our Father is not going to let up until He finds truth, His Son, freely living in our inward parts.

I thank God that He never lets-up until He sees His divine truth in our inner most being where He desires to dwell. With David I pray,

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10-12, ESV)

…What do you read there…

Luke 10:25-37

We see at the onset of this parable that an “expert” on the law stood up to test Jesus.. he asked Chridt Jesus – “teacher, what must I do to get life forever…”

Jesus said “what is written in the law? What do you read?”

The man answered, reciting perfectly Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” Also, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Leviticus 19:18

Jesus said “Your answer is right. Do this and you will live.”

But, as is typical…the man wanting to show the importance of his question, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Well….from here we read of the parable of the Good Samaritan and we are all familiar with it

In v. 36 we read, Jesus said “Which of these three men do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by the theives?”

The expert on the law answered “the one who showed him mercy.”

Jesus replied “Then go and do what he did”

Simple enough right? But this is where human selfishness, self exaltation & pride, religion, etc trips itself.

As we see the example of the priest and levite….this is the stumbling block to the commands for which Jesus gave unto us

You see, as is custom for today….the thief said ” what’s yours is mine, I’ll take it.” Thr priest and levite reasoned “what’s mine is mine, I’ll keep it”, but the Samaritan said “What’s mine is yours, well share it.”

Let us heed Jesus’ final injunction to the lawyer… Go and do likewise!

Love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, soul…and love your neighbor as yourself.. loving those as I have loved you; for those whom have been forgiven much – Love Much

What a Beautiful Name It Is

You were the Word at the beginning
One With God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now

What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Follow Me….

Resurrection life reckons the old self dead and thus makes zero provision for the flesh.

And so instead of the ever popular self-esteem; the Lord God calls us to deny self (ourselves) [And in so also loving truth and putting off/hating folly, pleasing The Lord instead of others] regardless of the cost. Put off “social pressures” and what others think, say, or do. One must be fully persuaded through a self-defying love to resolve only to what God thinks and the immenient dialogue at what the Lord will say when we stand before Him…that is what matters…

And thus, to those whom He called into a saving relationship with Himself, Christ said “FOLLOW ME”…

Follow Him where??? To Target? To the state of Israel? On family vacation?

What does it mean to follow Christ Jesus???? Did He promise His followers that they would be successful, wealthy, and esteemed in this world?

Good may grant earthly success to a few for His own purposes. But, however, the Lord declared that those who were true to Him would follow His path of rejection, scorn, and suffering… “For if the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you….if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you….for My Names Sake…”

But this idea of suffering for Christ does not suit a worldly “church”. I.e Philippians 1:29 – ….not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake

Acts 5 “they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name”. Such is the commitment to which the Gospel actually calls us

Let us continue to truly follow Him…as The Father sent Him, so Christ Jesus sends us….may we be willing to follow His precious steps of leading, guidance, comfort, grace, mercy, and example

Not as the world reckons….but as Christ has given example

The Imitation Game

Just how and when we arrived here is a mystery to most. Indeed changes have come, progress has been made- yet very few people question the origins of what has now become so commonplace amongst us. Never before have the efforts and imaginations of men triumphed as they are in these days, their influence and inventions sweeping the globe like a hurricane in its formative stages. Say what we might, the time of testing is soon to prove who is and is not standing upon a foundation soon to be shaken. The year is 2018.

I am speaking of the state of what people these days are calling Christian- an age which I personally find almost unrecognizable when looking back a mere thirty years. Can I ask you, “What happened to the ongoing call for Christians to live holy and separate lives from this world?” “Where are the courageous individuals who refuse to compromise the truths of God?” What ever happened to the ongoing call for individual and corporate repentance?” “Are we so blind to think we can jettison such foundational commands of God and still have a positive influence upon this evil age?” Sadly, most who profess to know God openly deny Him, not necessarily through their words but by their actions which expose them for who they really are.

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” [Hebrews 4:13]

“I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds” [Jeremiah 17:10]

The verses above make two things very clear. First, regardless of whether one claims to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ or otherwise, God still sees all and judges men according to the manner in which they act in this life. This is reiterated over and over in the Bible as it is below in Romans 8:12, 13:

“So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh- for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; BUT IF by the Spirit YOU ARE putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live”

The Heart of the Matter/What really matters to God?

If I were to ask the average professing Christian the above question what might their responses be? What constitutes Christian obedience in this day and age? Does it resemble the obedience of 1st century saints or should it resemble them? Or are we merely just playing follow the leader and doing as we are told by those we call our pastor, priest or leader?

I suppose all of us as professing Christians want to look up to someone- that person or leader who seems to exemplify the very life of Jesus Himself. We desperately want to believe what we read in the Bible, that we really can have power and peace, that someone somewhere really can live as Jesus promises and triumph over the sin that so easily entangles us. We desperately want our lives to have influence and significance and far too often we take risks to insure that this comes to fruition. Those risks can either propel us further down the narrow road or steer us completely away from the path and purpose Jesus has for our lives. Can we know which direction is the proper one? Yes we can.

The desire to live as Christ is right and noble, but only as we approach that desire in the manner in which God has set forth. If I approach God in a manner He has not sanctioned, He is no longer obligated to fulfill a promise that lies within the context of what He Himself has set in motion. Enter the imitation game.

The Imitation Game

You and I have been told by countless spiritual leaders that there is significance in what they themselves teach and are doing in the name of Jesus. We have been told that if we follow their lead or vision, we will find what God has for us individually- find our calling within the context of what God is doing through them. Is this really true?

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man” [Psalms 118:8]

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” [Proverbs 3:5, 6]

I’d like to prove my point above with a simple illustration.

Have you ever personally challenged anything your present leaders or corporate fellowship considers to be Christian? If you have, than you know full well how that will go over. If you are not part of the leadership team you are rarely if ever allowed to question or challenge what you are told by them is the truth. If you persist you will be labeled everything from a rebel, to a radical or worse. The leaders alone reserve the right to determine what is true and you are obligated to obey and follow them. They will uses verses like Hebrews 13:17 to justify your submission to them even when the word obey in the verse actually means “to be persuaded by.” The only people Christians should ever obey is God Himself. If you fail to recognize this and submit your will unreservedly unto your leaders you have now submitted to “their game plan.” You are now forced to find your significance and influence within the context of what they are building in Jesus’ name. You have now entered one of the many doors through which the imitation game begins. The entirety of your christian experience will now be viewed from within this context unless you ruthlessly and fearlessly tear yourself from the grasp of those keeping you in bondage to them and their wills. A reminder may be in order just here:

“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ? [Galatians 1:10]

Now that you have voluntarily enrolled yourself in this game, here are some of the rules you must play by depending upon which door you entered in by.

1. The door of institutional religion
• You must choose a preferred denomination in which to commit your loyalties
• You must never speak against the leaders within your preferred denomination
• You must never speak against or question the “official” doctrines of your denomination.
• You must “obey” those in leadership if you have any chance to take upon any added responsibility or opportunity to exercise your spiritual gifts within the context of said denomination.
• This door is run by religious professionals and self-professing leaders who sit atop a hierarchal structure condemned by Jesus Himself. Nonetheless, you must still submit to it/the leaders.

2. The door of professional learning
• Every religious school is owned and directed by someone behind the scenes. They exist for the purpose of furthering their own agendas which include training leaders to fulfill religious positions within their schools and churches. If you desire any such position you must follow their written or unwritten rules to qualify.
• Enrolling in a religious school guarantees you will disobey God and encourage others to do the same. Religious schools are in business to make a profit or in the least pay their employees and staff. This flies in the face of Jesus’ command to freely give to others as He has freely given to us.
• Walking through this door and garnering a religious position in a religious organization guarantees you will become someone God never intended you to be. Is God calling Christians to be professionals? Is He calling people to tower over or lord it over their brothers and sisters? Yet this is exactly what happens when the saints become divided into the classes of clergy and laity within religious organizations.
• Once you graduate you have supposedly been qualified for whatever position or duty you have studied for. This makes the school itself the arbitrator of who is and isn’t qualified for Christian service and removing that responsibility from God Himself.
• Learning itself isn’t a bad thing any more than wisdom or knowledge might be. That said, God makes plain that knowledge puffs up people’s pride and isn’t as valuable as knowing Jesus Christ personally and intimately.
• This door is run by people who obviously tout the merits of religious institutions despite their being absolutely ZERO scriptural merit or need for such institutions. By your assent and participation with the rules above, you prove by your actions that you agree with them.

3. The door of non-profit ministry organizations
• This door is for those who have either been rejected by traditional religion or who feel they can’t properly exercise their gifts within the traditional system.
• Allows individual professing Christians to name their own business empire and use Jesus’ name to promote it.
• This door affords these people the opportunity to do as they please without any direct supervision or a limited submission by those of their choosing.
• Allows any individual to exalt themselves as a leader by merely submitting the proper paperwork to the state agency or particular government thereby ignoring/skirting God’s qualification for elders/leaders etc.
• Detracts individual Christians away from what God is building in local assemblies and shifts the focus upon an institution men are building. The result amounts to these individuals competing with Jesus for the souls of men (their participation), the support of men (their financial resources) and notoriety in society (stealing the glory due God alone for themselves and what they have built).
• Has become the new replacement for old time religion and churches. Allows the participants to downplay doctrine and exalt subjective experiences in the place of objective scriptural truth.

4. The door of religious ecumenism and syncretism
• You must accept all Christian denominations as valid expressions of truth
• You must stop trying to convert people to your particular denominational bent
• Teach that subjective experience is the seedbed of truth for all
• Mysticism in all religions is what unites us all
• Recognize the divinity and goodness in all of humanity
• Tout universal salvation for all

5. 1-4 = The door of christianity without the cross life
• We must become worldly to win the world to our jesus
• We must never offend lest we scare people away from US
• We must be tolerant and accepting of everyone
• We emphasize having faith in our faith to get what we want
• We emphasize our relationship with the spirit at the expense of the Father and the Son
• We orchestrate worship services with repetitive songs/phrases that please us and aid us in feeding our flesh
• We put emphasis on the miraculous even though our miracles can’t be proven and our prophecies are rarely accurate
• We blindly follow our chosen leaders who cast their visions for us and mediate their gods new revelations to us
• No one has to be personally accountable provided they financially support the “ministry” and promote the worldly dreams of the leaders
• No matter what, we never emphasize the need for regular obedience to actual commands of God, daily repentance, denying of self in any manner and having to die to our selfish ways.

From generation to generation

In 2 Timothy 2:2 we find this command:

“The things which you have heard from me, in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”

Herein we must pay very close attention. This is not about your particular leader quoting this verse in regard to what he may be doing or teaching- nor should it be. This is Paul the apostle himself instructing Timothy to pass along the very things Paul taught him to others- to men who could be trusted with those things. Does this not immediately beckon the question, “What things did Timothy hear from Paul that he was supposed to teach others?” This is what matters, for these are the very same things we are supposed to teach others.

It is safe to say that what Paul encouraged Timothy to teach others was exactly what he had been taught by the Lord Jesus Himself. This would not be limited to what he specifically taught in these books to Timothy but to the entirety of what Paul expounded upon in all of his New Testament letters to various assemblies he helped establish. It ought to be further ascertained that these teachings ought not exceed those truths as these warnings make obvious:

“Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other” [1 Corinthians 4:6]

“Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching he has both the Father and the Son” [2 John 1:9]

People, we can only give to others what we ourselves possess. We can only offer the type of help we ourselves have been given- only steer others in the direction we ourselves have embraced. Have you ever thought about this? In every sphere of life, whatever the subject matter, we can only offer to others what we ourselves have either learned or are presently exhibiting as the truth. There are no exceptions.

Let’s return to a question I asked earlier. What really matters to God? Is it acceptable to serve Him in any way we choose provided we do that in Jesus’ name? In other words, if others have taught us that God sanctions religious institutions does that make our participation within them acceptable?

God will hold each of us accountable for how we live out our faith. It won’t matter if we were taught wrongly by some leader we chose to sit under or allowed to rule over us. We alone will give an account of how we personally chose to obey God or whether we even did at all. The only thing that will matter in the end is whether we rightly discerned God’s will and whether we earnestly attempted to live that out and pass that along to others to carry on after we’re gone.

“So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God” [Romans 14:12]

“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” [Hebrews 9:27]

Man’s Imitation: The substitute for participation with Christ

Just about everywhere we look these days among those professing to be Christian is this call to imitate what Jesus did. In times past it was through the acronym WWJD (What would Jesus do) as a motivator to do right and these days it is far worse. First off, no one can actually do as Jesus did without His divine cooperation. Sure, we can attempt to play the part, like when we pretend to forgive those who have wronged us or fake actually loving our enemies. Neither of these are even remotely possible without the influence and power of the Holy Spirit within. Today it is wrongly assumed that Christians can do anything Jesus did and even more- completely ignoring the fact that the Holy Spirit gives to each Christian as He wills and not as a result of what we think, believe or demand from Him. God does not gift everyone of His children the same and for this reason alone every believer will not be able to carry out the same spiritual gifts or roles within the body of Christ. See 1 Corinthians chapter 12.

When we read about imitating God in Ephesians 5:1 it is primary referring to the attitude we are to have toward one another in love- echoing Christs love for us. There is no mention of spiritual gifts here or some universal command that suggests all Christians will be able to act in a universal manner. That simply is not true. It is true that the Holy Spirit can and does enable us to perform the will of God- but that ability is also based upon conditional promises as we shall see.

Those who tout the merits of merely imitating Jesus (by faith of course), rarely if ever discuss the two primary necessities that must precede any genuine work of the Holy Spirit and which culminates in God’s will being accomplished (not my will or our corporate will either). Those two things are listed below.

1. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” [John 15:5]

2. “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” [Luke 9:23]

Where these foundational truths are not taught and embraced we can know for certain that the origin of the so-called results from whatever form of faith is being exercised is not from God the Holy Spirit. Even when the conditions are met, all spiritual results are still within the context of “Thy will be done” regardless of how or what men may claim or desire. For example, God does not always desire that everyone who seeks healing for an illness is always made whole. If this were actually true we could simply keep praying and avoid death entirely. Death is the ultimate result of the disease of sin is it not?

Participation with Christ’s death

Jesus did not die simply so we could imitate (copy) His lifestyle. If we had the power to do so it would never had been necessary to be born again and receive an entirely new nature via the Holy Spirit. It is true that Jesus has a done a work in those He has called unto himself. But that work must be both accepted and embraced by faith by us as individuals.

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord (by faith), so walk in Him (by faith), having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude” [Colossians 2:6, 7]

Notice several things here. First, notice the progression. Faith in conversion, faith to be built up and faith to become established. Then notice this important phrase: as you were instructed. Once again, this instruction is not in relation to your particular leader(s) desires, vision or will for you- it is specifically referring to Paul the apostles instructions- the same as those given to Timothy and all assemblies. The following verse actually shows Paul sending Timothy to Corinth to do this very thing- to teach them what Paul taught to him:

“For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere and in every assembly” [1 Corinthians 4:17]

Now is this what we see in today’s religious institutions and through today’s pastors and priests? Are they really teaching you Pauls ways or are they promoting their own vision and methodologies that stem from their own imaginations and will? Once again, if they have succumbed to pleasing men (whether saved or unsaved) rest assured they are no longer being obedient to what God says he requires of a true shepherd.

Today’s false prophets and teachers cannot afford to tell you the whole truth. The truth is not popular (with this world or carnal believers) and will always cost the true believer their lives. Do you get that? Yes, that is God’s ultimate goal, that is why Jesus came and died for you- not to merely get you or I to heaven, but that we might be a useful sacrificial lamb in the time we have remaining upon this earth.

“ThereforeI urge you brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual (or reasonable) service of worship” [Romans 12:1] Worship is not limited to a period of time spent singing worship songs- it’s more rightly a life laid down for Jesus’ sake. This is true worship.

The truth be told, regardless of what men may speak, claim or even supposedly attempt to prove, their is no real Christianity without actively participating in what Christ has done on behalf of His people. Teaching the truth (doctrine) is necessary- not to fill our heads alone, but to be embraced and subsequently exhibit a real life resurrection as a result. No one who refuses to die with Christ (practically and daily) can ever possess resurrection power personally or be used in any significant fashion in their attempt to influence others. Exempt of a personal cross, whatever people say, claim or present before you is simply a sham and a counterfeit of the highest order.

One last question. If none of the points in the doors 1-5 above in bold can be proven to be valid expressions of Biblical Christianity, then where do you suppose they derive from and why are they so popular?

May this be the Christian’s earnest plea before their Father regardless of what it may cost them:

“For the love of Christ controls me, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that I who live might no longer live for myself, but for Him who died and rose again on my behalf” [2 Corinthians 5:14, 15]

… Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition

The remnant of Israel, comprised of physical descendants of Abraham, and gentiles, made joint heirs by faith in Christ’s finished work on the cross, are united by their hearing and obeying God’s command to come out of “her”. What is the “her” spoken of in Rev 18:4? It’s the end-times Harlot, having spiritually fornicated with the “kings” of the earth to deceive and receive riches and power, known collectively to the world as the “church”.
To the unlearned ear, to the average church-goer, it sounds like just another attack on “christians”, who, self-righteously feel persecuted because they go to “church” weekly, or wear pins or pendants with Jesus or the cross or the American flag on them. Despite their outward appearance, inwardly these self-proclaimed “christians” have lost or never had a love for the truth. Instead of a love for the true Gospel, or true commandments of the Lord, they place their faith in their idols, traditions of men, like church buildings, church hierarchies, e.g. pastors, bishops, deacons, apostles, youth pastors? their “church” services, e.g. meet and greets, pot luck dinners, raffles, playing of copyrighted songs which they refer to as “praise and worship”, and so on.
Why the discrepancy between the “church” of today and the Bible’s example of how the true disciples of Christ should gather? Let’s pause here and read from the book of Acts 2:38-47
Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Act 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Act 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Act 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Act 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
Act 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
Act 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
Act 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Act 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Imagine that. The people were so genuinely touched by the Holy Spirit that they renounced the wicked ways of the world. So changed were they by hearing the glorious Gospel that they instantly decided this was all they wanted furthermore from life, nothing else mattered to them, not their houses or gold or silver. They “sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, as every man had need.” Isn’t this anathema to what the “church” teaches today? Yes, indeed, because most of the “church” has fallen away from the true Gospel, worshiping the things of the world, their church buildings, their country’s flag, their governments, their bank accounts, etc. After following the traditions of men for the last few generations, instead of the commandments of God, they have become children of the devil, unable to recognize their Messiah, Jesus Christ, just as the children of Israel rejected Him 2,000 years ago.
Your “churches” have led you astray, away from the true Gospel to a self seeking, worldly, corrupted version of the beautiful, selfless words of our Savior.
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Forget about God’s kingdom, we want a kingdom we can see and glory in. We will build our own kingdom, we’ll conform to the world and become like them so we can force people to conform to our version of “christianity”. God wants us to be rich, not poor, we despise the poor!
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
We will not mourn, but we’ll be comforted with messages of wealth and prosperity and dominion!
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
The meek shall be despised and down-trodden, like the poor, we are the head and not the tail, we shall be rich and dominant now!
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
There is no need for that because we are filled with self-righteousness!
Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
We desire new Covenant mercy for ourselves, but for others let them be punished according to the old Covenant! An example being many self-proclaimed “christians” support the death penalty.
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Just as Jesus said about the children of Israel, the same is true of today’s deceived, fleshly “christian”, Mat 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Mat 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Peace? That is also anathema to today’s “christian”, they teach we must kill our enemies so that Christ can return and reign in “his” kingdom that they are going to build for him. If you were to read the actual Word of Jesus Christ in the Bible, you could plainly see that He teaches peace and love, not war and prosperity. How could His plain and simple message be corrupted so completely? He told us how it happens:
Mat 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition …
Insert here all the false doctrines today’s “church” and “christian” believe in … wealth and prosperity, just wars, do not give to the poor unless they meet your personal guidelines, mercy for ourselves and capital punishment for them, conform to the world so we can force them to conform to us …
Mat 15:6 …. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
All these false doctrines you’ve learned in your “church”, showing itself to be the prophesied “fallen” “church” of 2 Th 2 and Rev 18:4. I say to all of you who read this, it is time, well past time to come out of this corrupt entity known as the “church”, or the end times harlot, you can’t save it, but there is still time to save yourselves.
2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Rev 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
Rev 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.


All souls matter in the economy of The King and the souls & lives estranged from the Lord Jesus definitely matter

What are we doing about that?? What are we doing to preach Him and His Word, in season and out??

If your life consists of backing, supporting, etc any cause other than the Gospel message of the Lord, Christ Jesus, then I would submit that you are a lost soul yourself and in dire need of repentance and salvation

Beloved, THIS God-less generation of lost souls who believe they are saved pay more attention to, and waste their resources and energies, on the enemy’s causes such as BLM, democrat, republican, election candidates, and other God-less causes, etc, etc.. It’s time to repent or perish. We are Christ’s body and IN & WITH Him alone is our identity…..not the color of someone’s dust or some temporal, worldly political party!