Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Being a Reformer & A Call to Action



If anyone would like to watch the video links posted above, they are awesome!

I've been thinking, praying, and searching lately. I went to speak on a reformation. A call to action.

I've been getting sick of a lot of things going on lately. I am not saying in anyway that God does not love. God loves and that is why He sent His son to die for us. I am afraid though, for the professing "christians", the American Church, and lost souls.

PROFESSING "CHRISTIANS": Their is so many misdirected souls, lost souls, "christians" who claim the faith, but have no clue about it. A lot of professing christians look great at Church on Sunday, but that's it. They go one sunday a month, sing, pray, tithe, but the other 6 days a week they don't care to touch their Bible, they don't care for what Christ says, they don't care to read His word and be lead by Him. They choose to live in satan, lying, cheating, stealing, lusting, watching pornography, doings drugs, coveting, making God of the Bible to be a god of their own image, a god who doesn't care what they do. How can we sit back and watch them do this?

THE AMERICAN CHURCH: I see the self proclaimed American church, bowing her knees to the world. Instead of the church impacting the world, the world is instead impacting the church. I see the churches making jokes about shows like south park, I see them being friends of the world when we are clearly told, friendship with the world is ENMITY WITH GOD (James 4:4)! I see the church relating Christianity to nothing. Giving 3 point sermons on nothing but love and mercy and grace. The Bible says the Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul... not His love, His grace, His mercy. I see no anguish for lost sinners, no anguish for people being sent to Hell every single day. I see the church playing games, laughing, having fun times and Christmas parties. I DO NOT believe many churches at all are holding prayer meetings, praying for a revival and reformation of Holiness and Godliness to sweep across America and this world. I see hardly any witnessing, no evangelizing, no raising our voices and warning of Hell, warning of judgement to come, speaking of Christ's death to keep us from Hell and sin. I hear NOTHING of repentance, nothing of sorrow for sin. I hear sin being a joke, laughing and excusing it because "were all human and we all sin".I see pastors preaching love, grace, mercy. I see the "salvation prayer" too many times. A simple prayer will not save us. We need a heart changed by Christ, and from that changed heart should flow repentance and love for Him and His gift unto you. Call out false religions, earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 1:3) and fight for Him and His truth, so that none drift into Hell underneath your eyes. Go and sin no more (John 8:11), live for Holiness, repent and give Christ all because He has gave you all. Why is this not preached in the American Church anymore?

LOST SOULS: Too many people are going to Hell. How do we change this? Do we witness differently, do we be kinder, do we show more love, do we tone down the message of the Gospel? I believe in order to save more lost souls, we need to be productive. We need more intercession with God, we need more people to witness and preach the message, we need to go back to how the Church use to be. We need more prayer, deeper prayer, prayer in anguish and sorrow. We need to pray out of humility, we need to seek Christ, and pray that he would restore His Church to its Scriptural foundations. We need to pray for His help, His spirit, His Word. We need to seek Him with all we have, through our lives at Christ, and that is the only way we will ever find them. We need to preach the full council of God, enough with the post-modernism gospel and that half council, we must preach as Christ preached. We must seek Christ to work through us, to anoint our words, anoint His Word and speak to us through It. We need to give the reality of sin, the reality of judgement, the reality of love and hope, and the reality of faith. Not only one will do, but all together will do great work if He is the center of it. Lastly, we need to get back to our churches foundation. We need houses of God, not houses of entertainment, houses of worldliness, and houses of hangouts. We need Christ to Reign in His Church, and everything in His Church. We need to preach the Word, be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, to teach with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Tim. 4:2). Why do we sit by, enjoy our "christian life", and do NOTHING about these lost souls going to eternal Hell and torture forever?

ACTION: I believe we as a Church, as the Bride of Christ needs to stand up. We need to preach Biblical truth, we need to tell people about the Good News but also the Bad News, We need to preach as far as we can, whether it is outside your door, the corner of the street, downtown Minneapolis by the clubs and bars, the campuses of the Universities and colleges, other states, or other continents. We need to bring His Church back to it's roots, back to Scripture, back to preaching His word and His truth, not out of hate but out of LOVE, because Christ is not willing that any should perish, but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). We as a Church need to stand up, seek Christ, be a part of the Great Commission, and be a Christian who does something for His God, not with just lip service, but with his actions and words. You will know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16).

"It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher."
George Whitefield

"Mere heathen morality, and not Jesus Christ, is preached in most of our churches."
George Whitefield

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jack Mormons/Mormon Apologetics

Recently, I was kicked out of an LDS chatroom. The mormon says we NEED works to be saved because in 2 Nephi 23:25 says "23For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do". The Bible says that even our righteous acts are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). The Bible says we are saved by grace through faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). They ask what my motives are to be in there and I clearly state, I am there to engage in apologetics with them and figure out their religion, but they can't even explain that to me. It contradicts the Bible and the arguments they have for their works justifying them don't work.

One work they say we need is to be baptized to be saved, but that is disproved by the man next to Christ on the cross, who was not baptized but Christ still said He would see him in Paradise (Luke 23:43). They also say that repentance is a work but in the Webster's 1828 dictionary, repentance is defined as: the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance, as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life. Repentance is NOT a work but an emotion. They do not understand that our works come after our repentance and giving our lives wholly to Christ. In James 2:20 it states that faith without works is dead, meaning that with true repentance, we should be honored to keep His Commandments, we should love witnessing, evangelizing, working unto God. That is what the passage implies, not working up to salvation. We need to show the mormons that their religion is false and we need to pray and pray for another reformation in the American church and pray that God will awake modern pastors to preach about sin, law, judgement, AND mercy. Without such will be meaningless false conversions and many will be cast into Hell. We cannot let these souls be sent to Hell without a fight!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

1 Timothy 5:20

1 Timothy 5:20 "Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear." Sunday morning is the greatest hour of Idolatry in the American Church. The Church has been blinded by political correctness and the "love" Gospel that their is almost NO mention of sin. If you rebuke sin, you will be yelled at. You will be called mean, rude, ignorant, selfish, high and might, proud, and prideful. Christ tells us to try the spirts to see if they are true (1 John 4:1). I have talked to mormons lately and You can see the contradictions between the book of mormon and the Bible.
The book of mormon in helaman 14:20 says "20But behold, as I said unto you concerning another asign, a sign of his death, behold, in that day that he shall suffer death the sun shall be darkened and refuse to give his blight unto you; and also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no light upon the face of this land, even from the time that he shall suffer death, for the space of cthree days, to the time that he shall rise again from the dead." And in helaman 14:27 states "27And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning lasted, and the tempest, that these things should be, and that adarkness should cover the face of the whole earth for the space of three days." They state that the whole earth went dark for THREE DAYS. The Bible says in Matthew 27:45 says "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour." The HOLY BIBLE states that the earth went dark for 3 HOURS, NOT 3 DAYS. The argument from the mormons is that this was in the america's and he didnt saw the whole world went dark. They also use the agrument that "the Bible has been passed down from time to time and has lost information and was mistranslated. The Bible states that is Isaiah 40:8 that "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever." They deny that the Bible is inerrant, that the Bible has not changed. They based their false teachings on the Bible changing, which God has already told you WOULD NOT HAPPEN!
In Doctrines and Covenants 77:12, the mormons state, "We are to understand that as God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work, and csanctified it, and also formed man out of the dust of the earth, even so, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years will the Lord God esanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and fjudge all things, and shall gredeem all things, except that which he hath not put into his power, when he shall have sealed all things, unto the end of all things; and the sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels are the preparing and finishing of his work, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years—the hpreparing of the way before the time of his coming." We read that God created the world in six days, and finished it on the 7th day creating man. In the Bible in Genesis 1:31 it says "
31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." The Bible says EVERYTHING, INCLUDING MAN, were created on the 6th day.

I am not trying to bring people down, but I am rebuking the lies of these false religions. I am working on growing in Christ and I am looking to be challenged in my Union with Christ. Ask a mormon why their are contradictions, and as them about the false prophecies from joseph smith and you'll find your answers.

Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, Soli Deo Gloria

Sunday, April 25, 2010

What's on my heart...

There are a lot of things that have been on my heart lately and I'll talk about them. I've been having some cross struggles with my family and with friends in my life and I'm blogging this to say what has been on my heart. These things are family situations, the modern church, grace, being separate, and being condemned for living righteously.

My family situations are really interesting. First off my Dad and stepmom are lukewarm. They love the idea of witnessing and being a light, but I don't see them pointing out sin in the places they should. My mother and her boyfriend are heathens. They live after the flesh and love the lusts of the flesh. Gambling, drunkardness, lying, fornication. They love it and yet they are completely shut out to the things of Christ. Not because they don't hear but because they choose not to listen. They choose not to turn from their wickedness and turn to Christ. They strive to please the flesh and themselves. Their eternal salvation is saddening to me but there is nothing I can do about it, only Christ and His Spirt can work. My mothers boyfriend has a homosexual relative I believe aswell. I wear a church that says Warning to all: church gossips, drunkards, abortionists, thieves, sex addicts, druggies, liars, atheists and homosexuals... Judgement coming!! and the back says TRUST JESUS. I get told he is embarrassed by the shirt and that I won't be living at my house any longer if I keep wearing it and speaking the truth. He gets mad about the homosexual thing the most but I guess it's offensive. IF YOU WERN'T LIVING IN SUCH SIN THEN IT WOULDN'T BE OFFENSIVE TO YOU!

Being condemned for living righteously is what happens now. I get told that I think I'm better then everyone and that I have no friends because of the ministry I work at. I'm sorry I'm living for Christ now and not living in the same sins as you. You have no one else to justify yourself with who claims to be a Christian so now that I've learned who I am in Christ and what I'm called to do your upset because it offends you.

Now on with being separate. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:17 "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." Were told to come out from among them and be separate. Were not told to live in sin still and surround ourselves with self professing christians who serve hell rather then heaven. Were told to come out and be separate from the heathen. Could Christ tell us apart from the world if He came back tomorrow?

Now on to grace and the modern church. The Bible clearly tells us in Titus 2:11-12 what grace is. In modern churches, grace is no more then a cover up for sins. Oops I sinned, but I have grace. I had sex and I know it's wrong but I have grace. I'm drunk right now but I have grace. I just lied but I'm forgiven and I have grace. Grace is used as a cover up to keep sinning in modern churches and that's not what grace is. True grace helps us, builds us, teachers us, and brings us salvation. According to grace, through faith, to the obedience of God. Modern churches don't preach sin or law or judgement. They teach us were forgiven for everything so do whatever you want. In my mind the Church is supposed to go like this... Pastor preaches to the congregation and then his congregation goes out and preaches to the lost. To be labors unto the harvest, to seek and save that which was lost. Churches now get a word from the pastor and instead of evangelizing and preaching it to the multitudes it stays within the confines of the church walls and thats where modern Christianity is dead.

Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. But shall we stay within our comfort zone and let helpless and perishing souls slip away into an eternal hell without first hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ!?

“Lastly–are not the Church in their present state, a standing, public, perpetual denial of the gospel? Do they not stand out before the world, as a living, unanswerable contradiction of the gospel; and do more to harden sinners and lead them into a spirit of caviling and infidelity, than all the efforts of professed infidels from the beginning of the world to the present day?” -Charles Finney

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Righteous Living

Police officers died to protect us and our laws. Veterans died to protect us and our constitution. Christ died to protect us and God's Law. Why should we let His atoning death go to waste? Christ came to free us from our sins, not in our sins. 1 Peter 1:16 "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." Were are called to be holy and righteous, not corruptible and sinful. To the woman caught in adultery Christ told her to "go, and sin no more." - John 8:11

Also, in James 4:4 it states "whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." Why is it that in Titus 2:11-12 tell us "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;" Scripture clearly tells us we have grace to resist things of this world and that we are called to live righteously and godly, yet we say we can't because it's too hard when it clearly says we can... The bible tells us how to live upright, yet we choose not to....

We are called to live in righteousness, to be a friend of Christ and to have our unwavering faith in Christ. To be a friend of the world, to love sin, to be an enemy of God is something I want for nobody. His wrath is great but His grace is greater. Turn to Christ for all things, in happiness and sadness, in joy and in pain, turn from breaking His laws and put your faith in Christ.

We can all be a friend of the world and an enemy of God but who has it in them to be a friend of God and an enemy of the world... Christ died a brutal and savage death and rose on the 3rd day so that we might die to sin and flesh and live and be risen in spirit with Him.

Deny your flesh and your desires and live for Christ and Him. He died for us so why should we live to please ourselves?

Live to please the One who reigns in us, not the one who reigns in the world.