Supplying Needs

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine house and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it” Malachi 3:10

Tithing was never meant to pay for our entertainment, fancy sound systems, pretty signs and wonderful looking structures, nor was it meant to pay our preacher’s salaries so they can have a comfortable living … The purpose of tithing to is to support the church’s sufficiency (such as paying bills and perhaps the provision of assistance on occasion for its members) Every church ought to have its own food bank and/or monetary treasury for its members to deposit into when they can afford it, and withdraw from when a member or visitor is in genuine need of it … rather than allow the government to take control of our needs, thereby ultimately convincing many people that God can do nothing for them …

Instead there is constant need and greed for more “fun” and use of worldy methods to draw people in. Vacation Bible School has become more like an entertaining time of playing. Many of our kids and neighbors kids are only there for the food and games. The learn nothing because they are not taught with proper tools of learning. They are attracted and distracted by all the puppet shows and jokes and flashing lights and fun videos. There is no Holy Ghost in any of it, neither does it benefit the children’s souls.

I am not speaking against fun and enjoyment or against the need to encourage worship, but sound boards, flashing lights and sesame street like puppet shows DO NOT provide that! You accomplish very little in the Spirit by spending so much money on all the projects and all the equipment. What you do provide is more and more disruption in the church and give the devil a way of leading your children and adults away from the teachings of God’s Word …

Enjoy your time of fellowship and picnics after church, like the old days, reserve service for hearing God’s Word and learning to do Gods will, not for the purpose of fulfilling your own ideas of what you think church should be! God does not need your help. Let the Spirit do its work!

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Buy The Truth

“Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding”

Proverbs 23:23

Truth is that by which the heart must be guided and governed, for without truth there is no goodness; no regular practices without right principles. It is by the power of truth, known and believed, that we must be kept back from sin and constrained to spiritual duty. The understanding must be well informed with wisdom and instruction, and therefore, we must buy it, that is, be willing to part with any thing for it.

He does not say at what rate we must buy it, because we cannot buy it too dear, but must have it at any rate; whatever it costs us, we shall not repent the bargain. When we are at expense for the means of knowledge, and resolved not to starve so good a cause, then we buy the truth. Riches should be employed for the getting of knowledge, rather than knowledge for the getting of riches.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”

2 Timothy 2:15

When we are at pains in searching after truth, that we may come to the knowledge of it and may distinguish between it and error, then we buy it.

“Dii laboribus omnia vendunt” – Heaven concedes every thing to the laborious.

When we choose rather to suffer loss in our temporal interest than to deny or neglect the truth they we buy it; and it is a pearl of such great price that we must be willing to part with all to purchase it, must make shipwreck of estate, trade, preferment, rather than of faith and a good conscience.

We must not sell it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, any things in this world. Do not neglect the study of it, nor throw off the profession of it, nor revolt from under the dominion of it, for the getting or saving of any secular interest whatsoever. Hold fast the form of sound words, and never let it go upon any terms.

Many of us will study and research truth, history, government deception and only go so far before they decide thats enough. Then they begin to deny when they are given new knowledge instead of embracing it. I know this feeling of not wanting to know all too well. However I cannot simply ignore truth or logic, or turn off my discernment the way many seem so easily able to do.

When you seek the truth with a genuine heart for it and also attempt to share it, you find trial, struggle and persecution (most especially from the church) even if you’re not willing or expecting. It simply comes with the territory …

 

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Doxa Church

A new breed of Christian is on the loose in the American church today. One which stands on popular opinion  (doxa) Everything from low standards in our image to an overly high esteem of ourselves …

This group is organized, unified, and very numerous, yet they do not even know it. Tho I believe many of the more influential persons do. It has no formal membership but its numbers rank in the millions. This group’s members do not even know they have enrolled. (Such as Catholics) This movement is mysterious and vague, yet is present in every church today. The core issues of its fundamental belief centers around the individual himself. The participator is his or her own ultimate authority. Every whim, want, and will is fostered and fed until it becomes large enough to be branded as Gods will. (Indoctrination) Its defense and insulation from outside conviction is the accusation of judgment and personal relationship. This new breed submits to no one but themselves yet they are amazingly obedient to the allegiance the movement demands. They are “Illuminated”

The Word is of private interpretation to these people and words like submission, accountability, judgments of God, and obedience are only accepted if they fit within the parameters of their already planned wants and desires. Their favorite sermon is always the love of God back dropped against the absence of consequence and true repentance. Jesus and His cross are a great idea as long as it doesn’t cost them their lusts, families, desires, children, money, or time, for these things are what God is supposed to give them, not what they are required to relinquish.

The fact that Muslims are more diligent in obedience and morality to their religion than these people are to theirs no longer convicts them. They have heard every sermon there is to hear and their heads are deeper than their hearts are. Their bookshelves are filled with the latest best sellers yet they themselves are not changed.

These people are full of blame and judgment against anyone who would dare to try and show them they are wrong, because these people love their pride more than they love their God. They are dividers, backsliders, and the full epitome of the warnings that Paul gives in *2nd Timothy* … yet even explaining this to them, they simply do not see it. To them, anyone who convicts them by life or word is extreme, judgmental, called different, or branded as just flat wrong.

Theses people are great workers for their work is a blessing unto themselves, yet they are for the most part prayer less, fruitless, defeated and deep down they know that something is wrong with them yet won’t change anything to fix it. Fasting is out of question and the last time they have ever led someone (truly) to Christ is not even spoken of, because most never have. They undermine the commandments of Jesus by a spirit of freedom from the law, and grace is their favorite word, but this grace has done very little to change them from the spirit of this world. They watch the worlds movies, use the worlds language, submit themselves to the worlds lusts, all in the name of the grace of God.

What has happened to us? We have no wish to hear sermons about the devil and his tactics against us, nor about the judgments of the God we say we love. We have pulled out a few verses in the New Testament and built more on them than God intended. God has been reduced to a proverbial “Satan Clause” who calls every person that names His name to come and sit in His lap so that He can lavish them with blessings and love regardless of their piggish lifestyle. The fact that salvation is ever continuing, even after being baptized, and that God will judge the works of “believers” does not concern them one bit.

In their minds Revelation is a book that will happen after they are gone and even it if doesn’t they are not a part of those that God comes back to slay, all simply because they prayed a little prayer one time, but have lived pretty much the same sinful walk since then. The reality that salvation is being saved from themselves, being a new creation, with nothing of the old around is utter foolishness to them. The culture they live in has conformed them more than the word of God has transformed them.

God’s plan was to change us, not convert us just to be moral beings. Jesus didn’t bleed to make you a nice person. He bled to give you power to be a son as He is, in FULL obedience to the Word that He gives us power to keep, by abiding Him through love.

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” *1 John 4:10*

We have fallen far enough that the influence of the church today has not been able to stop abortion, suicide, and the horrible spirit of religion that rapes millions of souls every Sunday morning. The principalities have won us over! All of this because we have made religion about what we like and what we want, instead of what God is and what God desires!

Man has become accountable only to himself, therefore he will never rise higher then who he currently is. Tho, in reality we are ALL going to be held accountable by God in the end … and many, many, many will burn in Hell!

Investigate your life! See if you see any of this new bread’s creed is carved in your heart. If you do cry out to God for mercy and get into the Word you will be damned for it. Humble yourself and God will lift you up from this mire, then the righteous of the earth will no longer wonder what has happened to you … they will rejoice along side with you …

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Matthew 10:34

We are called to be set apart in truth, not unified in lies!
Matthew 10:34 says “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword”
 
This completely throws your prosperity gospel OUT the window! This is not about bringing war and division. We do that to ourselves. This is about the fact that Jesus did not come to earth to set us up financially!
 
There are two sides to every country, culture and even religion. Not all Muslims blindly support violence and death just as not all Christians blindly support military action, murder and false patriotism.
 
Of course Islam is a false religion, but so has become Christianity. Where ever the title for “Christian” truly originated, it has been turned into a massive satanic cult that just looks pretty on the surface.
 
Its hard for me to place any title on myself because doing so then puts me in a category or stereotype. Its impossible to remind haters that most church going people are completely clueless about what it truly means to be a follower of Christ. They are self serving, idolatrous, materialistic and pagan. Its a sad stupidity to see …
 
I don’t give myself a title. More, I say I am not one of them. For example I wrote this status the other day;
 
“Too many Americans are not living their dreams because they are too busy living their fears and allowing those fears to be controlled by falsehoods. I am not an American. I was born here, but I am not a blood thirsty, greedy, materialistic, blindly patriotic financial slave for all the wrong reasons and causes. So I am not an American. I’m just trapped here”
 
Well most “Christians” fit into several, if not all of those idealisms. So therefore I am not Christian either …
Neither do I call myself a prophet or a preacher. Messenger? Maybe. But a messenger of what? Truth, reality, God? Who knows? Who is listening?
 
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Objections (Women In Ministry Series)

Jul 20, 2012

1 Samuel 15:23 “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee from being king.”

There are many objections to this rejection of women in ministry. Of course there would be. Satan loves to incite rebellious behavior. A common one is that Paul restricts women from teaching because in the first century, women were typically uneducated. However, *1st Timothy 2:11-14* nowhere mentions educational status. If education were a qualification for ministry, the majority of Jesus’ disciples would not have been qualified. Also God never changes. so for people and society to change has no bearing on His Word. A second argument is that Paul only restricted the women of Ephesus from teaching (1 Timothy was written to Timothy, who was the pastor of the church in Ephesus). The city of Ephesus was known for its temple to Artemis, a false Greek/Roman goddess. Women were the authority in the worship of Artemis. However, the book of 1st Timothy nowhere mentions Artemis, nor does Paul mention Artemis worship as a reason for the restrictions in *1 Timothy 2:11-12.* It is basically a general rule for all churches …

Yet another frequent objection to this interpretation of women in ministry is in relation to women who held positions of leadership in the Bible, specifically Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah in the Old Testament. This objection fails to note some significant factors. First, Deborah was the only female judge among 13 male judges. Huldah was the only female prophet among dozens of male prophets mentioned in the Bible. Miriam’s only connection to leadership was being the sister of Moses and Aaron. The two most prominent women in the times of the Kings were Athaliah and Jezebel—hardly examples of godly female leadership. Not to mention that these positions of authority were either taken by witchery or simply given to them by unlearned men.

Most significantly, though, the authority of women in the Old Testament is not relevant to the issue. The book of 1st Timothy and the other letters present a new paradigm for the church, the body of Christ, and that paradigm involves the authority structure for the church, not for the nation of Israel or any other Old Testament entity.

Similar arguments are made using Priscilla and Phoebe in the New Testament. In Acts 18, Priscilla and Aquila are presented as faithful ministers for Christ. Priscilla’s name is mentioned first, perhaps indicating that she was more “prominent” in ministry than her husband. However, Priscilla is nowhere described as participating in a ministry activity that is in contradiction to *1st Timothy 2:11-14.* Priscilla and Aquila brought Apollos into their home and they both discipled him, explaining the Word of God to him more accurately (Acts 18:26) Which is something that is encouraged in Scripture to do and we have become very lacking in that …

Furthermore, if there are women in your church telling men that they need to keep coming, they are essentially asserting authority over them, and I see this happening in many churches. I see those same churches being run by women, programs controlled by women, and I see women leading song worship which gives them a spiritual authority, talking to each other in the back pews during service and speaking out during the preaching …

Whats worse is the men and the ministry both tolerates and allows this to continue and grow. They have been bewitched and there is a spell of rebellion over that church …

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Romans 1-5

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Romans 5:1-5

Therefore being justified by faith – Justification is by faith and the Gentiles have an equal standing with the Jews to salvation by faith.

And now Paul proceeds to show the effects produced in the hearts of the believer by this doctrine. We who are justified have our sins pardoned through faith alone because being sinners, we have no works of righteousness that we can plead.

Faith is shown in our actions and our choices. If we act in accordance with Gods word and choose to live by His word that is because of our faith. If we act against His word and make choices which break His commandments that is rebellion…

We have peace with God – Before we were saved, we were in a state of enmity with God and in rebellion against his authority. But now, being reconciled, we have peace with God.

Reconciliation is found in separating oneself from the world. Instead, today’s would be Christians have brought the world into the church. True peace and joy with God is only found by first knowing the anguish and agony of Gods heart. It is not all fun and games to be a Christian …

Before, while under a sense of the guilt of sin, we had nothing but terror and dismay in our consciences. Now, having our sin forgiven, we have peace in our hearts knowing that our guilt is taken away. Peace is generally the first-fruits of our justification.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ – His death being the sole cause of our reconciliation to God.

By faith – As it is written, The just shall live by faith; Romans 1:17.

Into this grace – Into this favor of reconciliation with God.

Wherein we stand – In which we now stand as a result of being justified.

In hope – Hope is a complex emotion made up of a desire for something and an expectation of obtaining it. When either of these is lacking, there is no hope. When they are in improper proportions, there is no peace.

The glory of God – The glory that God will give to us. The word glory usually means splendor, magnificence and honor. The apostle refers to that honor and dignity which will be given to the redeemed when they are raised up to the full honors of redemption.

They shall triumph in the completion of His work and be freed from sin, pain, and tears. They will be permitted to participate in the full splendors that shall encompass the throne of God in the heavens. Compare Isaiah 60:19-20; Luke 2:9; Revelation 21:22-24; Revelation 22:5.

Christians of this age live as if they are exempt from sin and pain. They do not truly seek the face of God, but seek only that which can benefit themselves here on earth …

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also – We not only rejoice in times of prosperity and health but also during trials, tribulations, and afflictions. The word used here refers to all kinds of trials which people are called to endure though it is possible that Paul is referring particularly to the various persecutions and trials which we are called to endure as Christians.

Except most alleged Christians of our day know very little of trials and afflictions. What problems do come their way are many times superficial in nature compared to the true suffering that a follower of Christ might endure …

Tribulation worketh patience – Endurance under trials without sustaining loss or deterioration. It is a metaphor taken from refining metals. The tribulations through which we pass are the means of exercising and increasing our patience, our tolerance of injuries or persecutions experienced, on account of the Gospel.

In today’s Christian society there is little talk of negative experiences or of waiting on God. People have become too reliant on things of the world and carry a “now” attitude …

Experience, hope – The sense of God’s approval fills the soul with hope.

And hope maketh not ashamed – That is, this hope will not be disappointed.

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts – Our hearts are filled with the love of God and are conscious of His love for us.

The church no longer experiences the love of God. Its all emotionally based today. And people have put “God Approved” labels on many things which God does not approve of … the church of this era is a force without hope. In a congregation of a thousand it would be fortunate if ten of it’s members were accepted into Gods Kingdom.

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Foolish Preaching

When a preacher spends more time telling jokes and stories than he does preaching, this is foolish preaching! Some “preachers” would do well to be comedians instead of preachers. I have heard some “preachers” who spent more time telling jokes and talking about current events than they did preaching a Scripture based sermon. Some seek popularity and will tickle the ears of the hearers with trivial talk, which will not save one soul! Only the gospel has the power to save and it must be preached for souls to be saved

(Rom. 1:16, 17. 1 Peter 4:11; Titus 2:6-8.)

When the gospel message is perverted! The apostle Paul wrote:

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed”. Paul marveled that the Galatians (as I do at this nation’s churches) had been persuaded to believe “another gospel: which is not another.”

Many preachers today pervert the pure and simple gospel of Christ by teaching such doctrines as, justification or salvation by faith only, the impossibility of apostasy, or claiming the Holy Ghost and baptism to be unnecessary, worse still is observing pagan holidays and supporting the government system of tyranny and lies … etc.

These doctrines are distortions of the truth and are foolish preaching!

(Gal. 1:8, 9)

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