Reflections For Lent

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Christianity is centred around the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus is therefore the most important festival in Christianity. The gospel is also rooted in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Scripture ties the Christian hope to the resurrection of Christ.

I encourage every believer to spend some time during this season reflecting on what Jesus did for us. Be thankful that Jesus paid the full price for our salvation. Give God the glory.

Jesus died, Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus is alive for evermore; hallelujah.

 

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Tithing vs. Giving – Is there a difference or is it just semantics? — Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth

There is absolutely no doubt that within Scripture there are ample recommendations to give, and if you choose to call it ‘commandments’, commandments that we are to give of our material belongings for the material benefit of others. Whether this is food, clothing, material possessions, even finances. As a matter of fact, James said in […]

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When Church-Going Is A Waste of Time

Have you ever spent three or four hours in a church service and at the end of it you could not list one positive benefit resulting from your being present at church that Sunday? Apparently, that is not such a strange phenomenon these days. I must confess that this strange occurrence has been my experience several times in my life.  At one time, it was occurring so frequently that I had to do something about it. But when does church-going become a waste of time?

  1. The worship is too long and repetitive and lyrics do not inspire faith in Christ.

The congregation stands for close to an hour singing choruses and songs that most of the time bear no resemblance to scripture. Some of them are like secular love songs. Each song or chorus is repeated ten to fifteen times for no better reason than to make one sick and tired. From an onlooker’s standpoint, it seems like the people up front are “worshipping”, laying on the floor, raising their hands with contorted faces and obviously are experiencing an altered state of mind. Those closer to the back are less involved. Some were sitting, while others were singing or raising their hands or both, but the activity of the front does not reach the back rows.

The whole worship experience is based on emotion rather than on faith in Christ and the living hope that Christ has promised.  Karen Clark summarises this emotionl abandonment in one of her songs that they sing. Let us forget our worries and have a good time the songg encourages.There is no corporate reading of scripture.

The word of God seems not to be too critical in the life of this congregation. Every little thing is taken care of during the service. They allow time for announcements, birthday and anniversary greetings, visitors with connections to the ministry are allowed to address the congregation, the taking of the tithes and offerings is never left out, but the word of God is not read corporately. Neglecting the corporate reading of scripture during church serices is disgraceful, especially when they claim to be listening to and following the Hol Spirit.

Substituting for the word of God, some man who calls himself a “prophet” gets up and rattles off some illogical foolishness and at the end, he says, “thus saith the Lord.” I often wonder which lord is intended.

  1. The sermon has little Christian teaching.

The preacher gives a motivational speech laced with empty promises of prosperity and/or encouragement to “take authority”. He gives messages that provoke noisy responses from the congregation but he neglects to emphasise to the congregants the importance of holy living. Often the preacher wanders off into babbling in “tongues”. Who knows what he is saying? He does not want us to know. He seldom takes time to teach the major doctrines of the Christian faith. There is also evidence of inadequate sermon preparation and often he is recycling old worn out, irrelevant topics sermon preparation and too often they are recycling old worn out, irrelevant topics. There is no proper exegesis of scripture.

When there is a chance to listen to a visiting preacher, the hope is always that he would bring some relief by watering the flock  with the precious word of God. Instead the preacher gives a talk about his books that would be available for sale after the service. Is this what Christians must endure (2Cor.11:19-20)?

  1. Nonsensical culminating activities

After the sermon there is more mood altering music and a call for those who want more of the Holy Spirit to come forward. They are asked to perform some stupid ritual like pulling down blessings from heaven or pretending to be drinking the Holy Spirit. Sometimes there is a  healing “show” where no one receives healing, yet persons testify that they are healed. Then the preacher, under the influence of the “anointing” imparts power for various purposes.

By this time three or four hours have passed and one can only think of getting home to eat and rest. There can be no meaningful time for fellowship with the brothers and sisters. Generally, everyone is out of the building at the last word of the benediction. All these things make church-going a waste of precious time.

At some convenient time after a church service, I sit and reflect on the time spent at church. I ask myself these questions. Did what I hear, see or participated in at church assist me in having a closer walk with Jesus? Was I inspired to greater love for God and my brothers in Christ? Have I been challenged to let the Holy Spirit change me into the image of God?  Did any of the unbelievers who were present convicted that he was a sinner and that Jesus Christ was amongst us (1Cor.14:2-25)?  If these questions cannot be answered positively on a regular basis, then church-going has become a waste of time.  Any Christian, serious about his relationship with God, and caught in such a situation, will have no choice but to take immediate action. The Holy Spirit will guide you accordingly.

 

 

 

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What Does It Mean To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph.5:18-20 NIV).

The Bible introduces us to the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Godhead in the creation story recorded in the book of Genesis. There, he participates in making the earth suitable for animals, plants and mankind. After that, he is mentioned several other times in the Old Testament. On most of these occasions, the Bible speaks of him as “coming” on different individuals. The Spirit of the Lord came on Othniel (Judges 3:10), Gideon (Judges 6:34), Jephthah (Judges 11:29), and Samson (Judges 13:25). He also comes on Azariah (2Chron. 15:1), Saul (1Sam. 10:10) and David (1Sam. 11:6). The Spirit of the Lord came on these persons to enable them to do the particular job to which they were called.

The New Testament refers to the third person of the Trinity as the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, and the Holy Spirit. It is here in the New Testament where the concept of being “filled with the Holy Spirit” is introduced.

John the Baptist

The angel who appeared to Zechariah while he was officiating in the temple, told him that the son his wife was to bear, would be filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15). John’s mission was to preach a message of repentance in preparation for the coming of Messiah. There is no record of him performing miracles or having the charismatic gifts, yet the scripture described him as the Elijah that was to come. The Holy Spirit enabled him to fulfil the mission he was sent to accomplish.

Elizabeth

After hearing the good news that Elizabeth was pregnant, Mary went to spend some time with her. When Mary entered the house and greeted Elizabeth, the baby she was carrying became excited. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to bless Mary as the future mother of the Messiah (Luke 1:41-45).

Zacharias

Shortly after the birth of John the Baptist, his father Zacharias became filled with the Holy Spirit, and he gave a prophecy concerning the child John (Luke 1:67-79).

Jesus

The Holy Spirit filled Jesus throughout his earthly ministry. At his baptism by John, the Holy Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove. God, with a voice from heaven convincingly affirmed that Jesus was his Son whom he loved (Luke 3:21-22).

At the end of Jesus’ 40 day fast, the devil came to tempt him. He dealt the devil such a humiliating defeat that the devil scampered away from him. Angels then came and strengthened Jesus for the next phase of his ministry.

Jesus then returned to Galilee of the Spirit (Luke 4:14). He went to the synagogue and launched his ministry by reading from the book of Isaiah. He made it known to all present that he was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel, to heal the sick, to open the eyes of the blind, to set captives free. In short, that Messiah whom Moses and the prophets prophesied about was finally on the scene.

Jesus, throughout his ministry, demonstrated the mighty power and all-encompassing scope of his authority over sickness, disease, nature, demons and all created things. He relied entirely on the Holy Spirit and taught his disciples to do the same. Jesus Christ knew that the Holy Spirit filling his disciples was vitally crucial to the success of the commission he had given them and hence he commanded them to wait in Jerusalem to receive power that would enable them to spread the gospel worldwide (Acts 1:4).

 

The Believers

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and filled the disciples. Tongues of fire sat on each disciple’s head, a violent wind filled the house they were in, and they spoke in different languages as they declared the wonders of God to all who could hear them (Acts 2:1-4).

The rulers were unhappy with Peter and John for preaching in Jesus’ name, so before releasing them, they commanded them not to preach in Jesus’ name any longer. Peter and John made it clear to the authorities that they would obey God. After issuing further threats to the two, the leaders freed them. Peter and John immediately went to see the other believers and reported what took place. The response of the believers was to pray together.  They specifically prayed that God would give their leaders boldness to preach the gospel and that God would perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Jesus. Immediately, the house shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God boldly (Acts 4:21-31).

At Ephesus, Paul found some disciples who had received John’s baptism. Paul instructed them concerning Jesus. He placed his hands on them, and the Holy Spirit came on them. They spoke in tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:5-6).

In Acts 10:44-45, Peter was explaining the gospel to Cornelius, the first gentile convert to Christianity. Before Peter could conclude his talk, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the gentiles present. They spoke in tongues and praised God.

Peter

Peter and John were arrested for healing a crippled man and for explaining the gospel to a crowd of countrymen who were drawn to the phenomenon. The following day, they were hauled before the elders, rulers and teachers of the law who demanded an explanation of their actions on the day before. Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and boldly told those gathered that it was through Jesus Christ whom they had killed that the crippled man was healed. He went on to say to them that the only way to salvation was found in this same Jesus (Acts 4:5-12).

 

Paul

In Acts 13:9, Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he pronounced a curse of temporary blindness on Elymas for trying to prevent the Proconsul from believing the gospel.

After Paul’s dramatic conversion, God sent Ananias to him that he may get back his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Soon afterwards, Paul began preaching the gospel (Acts 9:17-18).

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. 5:18-20

Jesus promised that those filled with the Spirit will have rivers of living water flowing out of them. John 7:37-39. This quote from the book of Ephesians, by implication, is declaring that a person filled with the Holy Spirit expresses himself in joyful praise and thanks to God. Both Mary and Elizabeth burst into songs of praise when the Holy Spirit filled them. This is indeed indicative of one filled with the Holy Spirit.
Early in the apostolic age of the church, the Grecian Jews complained that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food by the Hebraic Jews. In response to this allegation, the apostles met with the church and suggested that they choose seven men to look after the daily distribution of food to the women to correct the anomaly.  The apostles explicitly laid down the criteria by which these men were to be chosen. They were to be full of the Spirit and full of wisdom (Acts 6:1-4). Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible commentary explains the phrase “full of the Spirit” thus:-

“full of the Holy Ghost – not full of miraculous gifts, which would have been no qualification for the duties required, but spiritually gifted (although on two of them miraculous power did rest).”

It is clear from these scriptures that when a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, a variety of things may occur. The physical manifestations would include speaking in tongues, prophesying, preaching the word boldly, praising God, singing to God joyfully, giving thanks to God. God wants believers to be repeatedly filled with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit fills us, he enables us to accomplish the will of the Father and to complete the task Christ has left for his church. Paul’s admonition for believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit is still relevant today. Lord, fill your children this and every day.

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Meet and Greet: 12/23/17

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How December 25 Became Christmas – A Different View

The western church celebrates 25th of December as the birthday of Jesus Christ. In Eastern Orthodox tradition, the birthday of Jesus is celebrated on January 6. The Christian faith has celebrated Christmas on December 25 from the 3rd century. A few groups which have their origin during the “great” awakening period in American history, have rejected the celebration of Christmas charging that it is a pagan in origin. They are adamant that Christmas is nothing more than the pagan Saturnalia that Christians have adopted and made a Christian festival in honour of Jesus’ birth.

The celebration has evolved over the centuries, and although some of the customs associated with the festival appear to bear some resemblance to those from pagan cultures, there is no conclusive evidence that  Christians borrowed them from the pagans.

There is no evidence from Christian writers who lived around the time of the commencement of the celebration of the festival to show that early Christians borrowed the festival or its customs the pagans. Furthermore, around that time in church history, Christians were meticulous in avoiding the contamination of their religion with paganism. It is therefore doubtful that early Christians adopted Christmas from the pagans. Christians use the term “Birthday of the Son of God for Christmas has no connection with “Birthday of the Sun god.”  Only those wanting to make a connection will see one.  The concept of using lights during Christmas celebration is related to Jesus who is the light of the world. Hence the use of lights at Christmas time is an entirely legitimate Christian concept and symbol.

In the past, Christmas has taken a lot of unjustified criticism that has its origin in poor academic research and obsession in charging the church with the sin of apostasy. Today, some of these educational mistakes are undergoing revision, and a more balanced view of Christmas is coming to the fore. More information is now readily available to the average person who may have the urge to look into the facts for himself.

The article How December 25 Became Christmas – Biblical Archaeology Society written by Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of the Berkeley School and McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies at Yale Divinity School, is one such article that explains the history behind December 25.  An account that not many of us are familiar with. This article cites a rich variety of sources that have been overlooked by other writers.

Ralph Woodrow, who in the past wrote several books and articles criticising Christmas and Easter celebrations, has now published new literature debunking what he previously wrote on these subjects.

Benjamin L. Corey, in a blog article, refutes the idea that the Christians copied the festival from the pagans. He gives proof that the opposite was the case.

This article gives historical evidence that the pagan celebration of Saturnalia was not on December 25 as some may claim.

Christmas Was Never A Pagan Holiday” written by Marian T Horvat a learned Christian writer, shows that Christmas did not originate in paganism.

“A Messianic Jew Reflects On Christmas” addresses the question of the Christmas tree. Some suppose that having a Christmas tree is a violation of Jeremiah 10. The Jewish author gives a detailed explanation of what the prophet is speaking about.  He is not talking about a Christmas tree but about an idol.

It is not the intention of this writer to try to convince anyone to observe Christmas. Paul in Rom.14:5-6 shows that celebration of special days is the decision of each individual. If you have decided to celebrate Christmas, let your worship be to God. Let no one take you on a guilt trip with the notion that Christmas is of pagan origin. It is not a pagan festival.  As we meditate on the incarnation this Christmas season, may God give us a deeper appreciation of Jesus Christ who became flesh for the expressed purpose of rescuing us from the kingdom of darkness.

Helpful Links

http://jesus-reasonforseason.com/index.php

 

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“I Am The Lord’s Servant.”

466765067In response to the angel’s announcement  that she was chosen to give birth to the Saviour of the world, Mary replied with humility, “I am the servant of the Lord, may it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38). Despite all the potential problems that a pregnant, unwed woman could face in a religious world that upheld the Law of Moses, Mary trusted God to take care of whatever would happen. She knew that her first problem would be Joseph. Would he believe her story that she was made pregnant by the Holy Spirit? Only God could convince him and that he did.

Every Christian can take an example from Mary’s humility and servanthood as we aspire to be servants of the Lord. Humility is the chief characteristic of a servant of God. The opposite of humility which is pride is hated and opposed by God. Meekness distinguishes itself in other qualities that should grace the lives of God’s servants. Imagine Joseph taking Mary from her village to Bethlehem near the time for the birth of her child. Then on arrival in Bethlehem, there is no comfortable place to stay and the baby is on its way. It is unthinkable in today’s world for a woman to have a baby amongst animals. That was more than enough to make the average woman upset. However, Mary maintained a calm and meek disposition in her misfortune, an attitude which Peter urged Christian women to exhibit 1Pet.3:4). She was truly humble.

Izaak Walton wrote, “God has two dwellings; one in heaven and the other in a meek and thankful heart.”

A servant of the Lord is grateful. The words of Mary as recorded by the evangelist Luke in his gospel told the joy and happiness that engulfed Mary. She expressed her gratitude and jubilation that God has remembered his people. He had not deserted them but had fulfilled his promise which he gave centuries before. Her praise was towards God and not toward herself.

A faithful servant of the Lord trusts God. Mary believed God completely. She did not argue with the angel to get God’s will modified to suit her. She just accepted God’s will. Even Elizabeth, her cousin, commented on Mary’s faith in what God said through the angel.(Luke 1:45).

The Lord’s servant is obedient to God. Mary was obedient to God’s words. The angel told Mary to name the child Jesus(Luke1:31). In obedience to this command, Mary and Joseph called the child Jesus (Luke2:21). In obedience to the Law of Moses which they had covenanted with God to observe, they had the child circumcised and consecrated to God’s service Luke2:21-24).

A servant of God does not quarrel (2Tim.2:24). But she was thoughtful, reflective and meditated on the beautiful things of God. When the shepherds visited baby Jesus in the stable, Mary listened intently to their story. Mary must have been captivated by their heart-warming message of how the angels delivered the good news of the birth of the Saviour to them. She treasured their contribution in her heart for the rest of her life (Luke2:19). Luke recorded the occasion when Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem when his family was returning home from the feast of Passover.  After realising that he was missing, his parents had to return to Jerusalem to find him. When asked why he had inconvenienced the family in that way, Jesus replied that he had to be about his Father’s business. Mary could have scolded him and quarrel until she reached home. Instead, she pondered all that transpired and kept it in her heart (Luke2:51).

Mary was a faithful servant of the Lord, chosen and equipped for the task of being the mother of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. God has called many to his service. All are required to be humble, faithful, grateful and obedient servants like Mary, mother of our Lord.

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No Room In The Inn

Joseph and Mary had travelled a long distance from their village to Bethlehem.  The journey was a rough and tiring one for Mary who was in the latter stage of her pregnancy. Having reached Bethlehem,  Joseph and Mary sought shelter in the town’s motel but heard on arrival that the establishment had no more room (Luke 2:7).  Mary and Joseph had to make use of the animal stable to shelter themselves during part of their stay in Bethlehem. It was during this time that Jesus was born. There was no room for the One who created the universe with all its vast spaces. What a paradox!

Jesus Christ, born of the tribe of Judah, brought up as a Jew, the promised Messiah who came to save his people from their sins, was unwelcome in this world. What harm could a helpless baby cause a powerful monarch like Herod? Yet Herod did all he could to kill the child (Matt.2:16). In Herod’s thinking, there was no room for another king.

Jesus was sent to his people the Jews. He came with a message of salvation and redemption. Only the poor and the humble acknowledged him. The religious elite rejected his message. They refused to believe that he was from God (John 5:40). They closed their hearts and minds to his teachings. They too had no room in their hearts for Jesus.

Finally, his people hated him so much that they thought that death was too good for him. They treated an innocent man as a common criminal. They handed him over to be brutally tortured and killed. They preferred the criminal Barabbas to Jesus the King of kings (John 18:39-40). He was despised and rejected by men (Isa.53:3). Again, there was no room found for Jesus.

Christmas is a time of happiness and joy. Delight that the Saviour has come into the world. Joy in the fact that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. But is there room in our hearts for Jesus? Is there a willingness on our part to surrender to his Lordship in your life? Jesus was sent by the Father to save his people from their sins (Mat.1:21).  He went to the cross to pay for your sins and mine. He redeemed humanity from the horrible slavery of sin (Isa.53:5). The least you can do to show your gratitude for what Jesus has done, is to make room in your life for him.

 

 

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The Word Became Flesh

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John1:14 ESV

Antwerp - Nativity scene by baroque painter Cornelius de Vos

The Hebrew scriptures foretold the coming of the Messiah and the glories that would follow his arrival. The prophets who were given those comforting predictions did not have a clear picture of the things to come (1Pet.1:10-12). The Pharisees and the teachers of the law knew of the coming Messiah and were looking for his arrival but they were confused as to what to expect. They saw him as a conquering king who would free them from the rule of the Roman empire. Even the disciples had this idea (Acts 1:6). The Jews of Christ’s day were so obsessed with having their freedom that they could not understand a Messiah who seemed powerless to deliver them from the power of Rome. They missed the reasons for the incarnation of Jesus which Jesus himself gave in Luke 4:18-19.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isa.7:14 ESV

The angel Gabriel was sent to a virgin named Mary. He announced to her that she would bear a son and she was to name him Jesus. When Mary inquired as to how this would be possible seeing that she was a virgin, the angel told her that God would implant the child in her womb. He further explained to her that she was the one chosen by God to bring the Messiah into the world. Mary was humbled by the news and gave God thanks for allowing her to be his faithful servant (Luke 1:26-38).

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days. Micah 5:2 ESV

From this prophecy in Micah, the Jewish authorities knew that the Messiah would be born in the town of Bethlehem. They knew that he was born to be a king, but they did not comprehend the nature and scope of his kingdom. Because of this ignorance, Herod became jealous on hearing about the birth of this new king and he set out to destroy him. Even the evil attempt of Herod to thwart the purposes of God was foretold in Jer.31:15.

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Mat.1:21 ESV

Jesus was to be the woman’s seed who would crush the head of the enemy Satan (Gen,3:15). He would be the Passover lamb of Exodus 112;1-51 and John 1:29. He would make atonement for the sins of the world as prophesied in Isa.53:4-12 and fulfilled Heb.9:28 and many other scriptures.

There were righteous, ordinary persons among the Jews who were eagerly anticipating the coming of the Messiah.  Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist and wife of Zechariah the priest, on seeing Mary became filled with the Spirit and exclaimed loudly, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:42-44 ESV). Elizabeth was overjoyed to be in the presence of the mother of Jesus.

Simeon, an elderly man was waiting to see the Messiah for himself before he died. For him, the arrival of Messiah was the indication that he could now depart this life having seen God’s salvation for his people (Luke 2:28-32). Similarly, Anna a prophetess who spent her life at the temple praying, fasting and worshipping, approached Jesus’ parents and gave God thanks for the child. She too spoke of the redemption of Jerusalem which Messiah was to accomplish (Luke 2:38).

The incarnation, the mystery of how God put on flesh to become one of us, is the glorious work and plan of a loving God to redeem us from the curse Adam brought. The incarnation demonstrates the power of God to achieve his plans for the redemption of mankind and to defeat the wicked purposes of the devil. The incarnation is God’s promise to Israel and the rest of the world fulfilled in his only Son Jesus. The incarnation is our only hope for deliverance (Acts 4:12). Therefore, let us like Anna the prophetess, give God thanks for providing deliverance, salvation and a glorious hope for us through his Son Jesus who became flesh and dwelt among us.

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Following Cleverly Invented Stories?

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 2Pet.1:16-18 NIV

The Apostle Peter  boldly assured his readers that what he presented to them as the Gospel of Jesus Christ was not a fairy tale or an invented fable. He was not telling a tall story to stroke his ego or to pamper his narcissism. He was giving an eyewitness report and there were other witnesses who could verify his report (Luke 9:28-36).  Can your teachers make the same bold claim as Peter? Are you confident that they are not feeding you cleverly concocted theories that they use the Bible to legitimize? Many false teachers have infiltrated Christianity with their damning heresies and lies. “Take heed that no man deceives you.” is the solemn warning of none other than Jesus Christ (Mat. 24:4).

Ask yourself whether these are cleverly invented stories. Be honest with yourself.

    • The white races of Northern Europe, the U.K, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the lost tribes of Israel and this knowledge unlocks the prophecies of the Bible.
    • That the Azazel goat (scapegoat) in the day of Atonement ritual of Leviticus chapter 16 represents Satan. That Satan is the one who bears our sins. It is not our sins but the Devil’s that has been placed back on his own head you are asked to believe.
    • You are told that the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles represents a time in the future when all who did not accept a certain brand of religion in their previous lifetime will be resurrected and given a chance to accept that religion.

You believe for sure that your church is the only true church and that Christendom is deceived

  • You believe that the Holy Spirit is a “force” not the third member of the Godhead.

Someone you hold in high esteem used to admonish, “Don’t believe me, believe the Bible.” Have you checked these things for yourself by consulting the word of God and literature outside of your church? Are you so afraid of your church that you cannot independently and objectively study Bible commentaries and other Bible helps on these subjects? The Internet is a valuable source of information on a vast array of subjects. I urge you to make good use of it.

I am sure that some of you have doubts about some of these things. You owe it to yourself to know where you stand. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He want to lead you away from fables and into the truth of Jesus Christ. Stop resisting Him.

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