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“Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great”(Matt. 5:12)   Trials and Tribulation: James 1:2-6  “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  (peirasmos)  knowing that the testing (dokimion) of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.   But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.“ Note: The words for “trials” and “testing” (vv. 2-3) are both words for suffering yet, both are entirely different in origin and intent.  One form of testing (peirasmos, v. 2) has the intent of failure, while the other form of testing (dokimion, v.3), is a testing to show the value or quality of the thing tested.  In most N.T. occurrences a peirasmos testing, is one of evil origin (Satanic).  Incidentally, the word “temptation” is also the same Greek word peirasmos, as in the words, “trial” and “testing”.  From his book “The Cup and the Glory“, Dr. Greg Harris wrote;  “While God may allow and even use a trial for His own objective, He Himself is not the origin of evil. ”  cf. Jas. 1:13.  Also, we should always pray for God’s wisdom (v. 5) to help us be joyful when experiencing trials. Romans 5:3-5  “And not only this, but we also exult (boast) in our tribulations, (thliphsis) knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Note: The Holy Spirit was given through Jesus Christ. (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:2, 18, John 14:26, 16:7). Also, the words “perseverance” and “endurance” are synonymous, and literally defined in the original Greek as, patient endurance. Joy (chara): joy; delight Rejoice (chaira): to rejoice; be glad Trials (peirasmos): temptation; a testing; an experiment Testing (dokimion): testing; proof, (a validation of faith -as in James 1:3) Testing (peirasmos): temptation; a testing; an experiment-(as in 1 Pet. 4:12) Tribulation (thliphsis): affliction; distress; trouble Persecution (diogmos): persecution, suffering Exult (kauchaomai): boast; to take pride in-( Boast in tribulations, (as the Apostle Paul did in, 2 Cor. 12:10) Wisdom (sophia): wisdom— Random House Dictionary; “knowledge of what is true or right, coupled with just judgment as to action; discernment”.  Note: sophia is where we get the...

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“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Pet. 5:8   1 Peter 5:8 rarely captures the thought of many Christians today.  Unfortunately,  they fail to consider Satan as an insidious force to be reckoned with and appear unconcerned about his existence.  Believers are however concerned with temptations, sin, sickness, or diseases, but rarely do they consider the great problem of demonic forces, which try them in nearly every aspect of life.  They tend to be so introspective and subjective, that they fail to see the great problem that is outside themselves; a real and active spiritual warfare which works through the sons of disobedience (Eph. 2:2).  The entire battle is against a triad of evil: the world, the flesh, and the devil, and the means the devil employs to menace and deceive people, is the world system, which is in his control.  (1 Jn. 5:19).  There is a tendency for many Christians to behave indifferently concerning Satan and do not consider him responsible for the world’s wickedness.  I find it ironic though, that the whole of Christendom defaults to blaming the devil when something really bad happens to them or when they see an obvious act of evil in the news.  Tragically, even some Christian leaders deny Satan’s villainous influence in the world or even his existence at all.  Because of this erroneous thinking, Satan easily slips in under their radar regarding culpability for much of this present day’s wickedness. Interestingly, Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones stated; (1) “…some 68 men describing themselves as Academics, and belonging to the Anglican Church, in a letter to the Times (a London newspaper) stated openly that they did not believe in a personal devil or demons.”  That admission by church leaders is frightening, because it is unbiblical.  The entire Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is replete with references to Satan’s influence and terrorism.  In fact, he is so ubiquitous in Scripture, he is known by a plethora of names. The following list of names for Satan is not exhaustive but merely representative:  The “Accuser” (Rev. 12:10); he falsely accuses God’s people.  “Adversary“, (1 Pet. 5:8) enemy and rival of God and all believers; “Angel of  Light” (2 Cor. 11:14); he emulates righteousness and godliness in order to deceive people, especially in false religions;  “Antichrist” (1 John 4:3); the opposite of Jesus Christ, opposing holiness and obedience;  “Apollyon” (Rev. 9:11); the destroyer; “Beelzebub” (lord of the flies–Matt. 12:24), ruler of myriads of demons;  “Deceiver” (2 John 7, Rev. 12:9); attempts to deceive the whole world;  “Devil”, diabolos (Eph....

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“And when Philip had run up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” Acts 8:30-31a     Over the years there has been much debate about the significance of expository preaching.  Many Christians, especially pastors and elders, fail to realize the need for expository  preaching, and instead preach utilizing much of their own ideas and philosophies.  I firmly believe the failure to preach God’s exact words and explain His intent behind them is the reason that the church today is weak and susceptible to many forms of heresy.  What man has to say no matter how clever or logical it might seem, cannot save souls; only God can, and He accomplishes that only through the preaching and teaching of His word. (1 Cor. 3:6-7, Rom. 10:14).  James warns aspiring teachers, because they will incur a stricter judgment because of what they say. (Jas. 3:1).  In this article, I provide Scriptural proof, not only that expository preaching can provide growth to a believer, but that is vital for salvation. No longer does God speak directly to man, as He once did in the Old Testament.  In the New Testament His Son Jesus Christ once physically walked among the people, but does so no longer because He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of His Father.  (Heb. 1:1, Col. 3:1).  Therefore, we do not have the privilege of hearing Him teach or witness Him perform healings, exorcisms, or resuscitation’s.  However, today we are bountifully blessed to have the sacred Bible, God’s special revelation.  It is comprised of sixty-six individual books and was written by forty divinely inspired authors. The Bible is God’s own words that we conveniently can read, preach, and teach from both, the Old and New Testaments; from the commencement to the consummation of the human existence.  God, through the Holy Spirit inspired men to document His actions and interactions with mankind past, present, and future.  (2 Pet. 1:21, Rom. 15:4, 2 Tim. 3:16-17). Furthermore, God sent the Holy Spirit to teach, instruct, and guide us, not only in fear and holiness, but to proclaim Jesus Christ to others, so that they might believe and obtain eternal life (Jn. 14:26, 15:26).  God’s chosen methods of communicating with mankind in the past were indeed incredible, but I believe currently having the Bible is even better!  Yes, that is correct, I sanely wrote, even better.  Allow me to explain.  We are blessed to be privy to God’s entire revelation, of the events which occurred in both Testaments....

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Christians Beware of Desensitization!

Christians Beware of Desensitization!


Posted By on Jan 19, 2016

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Col. 2:8 Many American institutions unfairly utilize “desensitization” tactics as tools of manipulation.  They do this in order to gain the public’s, including professing Christians’, acquiescence to a proposed position, even an immoral one.  Unfortunately, desensitization has even been a successful strategy employed against many professing Christians, who normally would oppose immoral positions.  The definition of “desensitize” is; (1)“To lessen the sensitiveness of. 2) To make indifferent, unaware, or the like, in feeling.”  Desensitization is usually most effective when conducted over a long period of time, the ultimate goal being to change the public’s opinion by one-sidedly bombarding them with the propagated point of view.  Virtually every form of medium is utilized to inundate the senses of the culture, thus creating a facade of normality and propriety in the minds of people.  Incidentally, it does not matter if the concept is immoral and sinful, it is presented as being moral, and strongly urged to be accepted. Most “unbelievers”, or people who are nonchalant or morally weak, are vulnerable and the most susceptible to the tactic of desensitization.  Either they will embrace the proposed change or will act apathetically toward it–“As long as it doesn’t affect me”, is typically their attitude.  This attitude basically leads to a verbal or tacit acceptance of the new position.  Such feeble attitudes are expected in unbelievers; those who do not know God and His word.  But, for true Christians, desensitization tactics suborning disobedience will rarely succeed.  Why?  Because believers rely on the truth of God’s word and are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, who protects them against deception.  They may be deluded for a time, but will not be able to suppress the voice of conscience permanently.  In essence, desensitization techniques, no matter how clever, pervasive, or intense, will never truly affect a true discerning believer, because believers know that the Bible is clear, authoritative, and impervious to change. Sadly, the American culture is being injected with massive doses of desensitization tactics in numerous areas, attempting to gain acceptance; for example, the homosexual/same-sex marriage agenda.  Once a shocking unthinkable disgrace now is embraced, exalted, and even applauded, thanks to the influential media, which the government has wielded like a bludgeon and repetitively hammered away at cultural thinking.  But, not all methods of desensitization are forceful and overt, more often they are very subtle. They media have done an exceptional job, cajoling and coercing the American public, into accepting homosexuality as a...

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How do you compare to the “Rich Young Ruler”? Technological Advancements Equate to Riches! “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 7:21       When I was studying the account of the rich young ruler, I was convicted concerning my own walk with our Lord Jesus Christ, whether or not I was living it to the fullest.  In the past, I merely considered that the ruler was wealthy, tested, failed, and denied eternal life by the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, Luke 18:18-23).  The Lord declared to His disciples, how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 19:23-24) which is understandable.  But, what piqued my interest, was the fact that the ruler was not a believer.  Also I noted that his austere religious disciplines which he proclaimed for himself, were holier than most of my Christian acquaintances.  Interestingly, the vast difference between us and the ruler, is that we do not have Jesus Christ, the incarnate God, personally evaluating our spiritual condition.  If it were the case, I am fairly certain His winnowing fork would be very busy separating the chaff from the wheat.  In other words, Jesus would instantly be exposing and dividing the false believers from the true believers. However something to ponder is that most of us are probably not as monetarily wealthy as the rich young ruler, yet, due to great advancements in technology, we live exceedingly comfortable; so comfortably we could be considered exceptionally rich by comparison. Everyday conveniences’ make it extremely hard to follow Christ with an undistracted heart, because we are preoccupied with so many things.  All too often we are scarcely aware of the subtle and pernicious ways in which modern technology invades and orchestrates our lives.  We are hypnotized by effortless living, which can lead to apathy, indifference, and indolence, concerning the things of God.  Our culture is content with performing almost every task by phone texts, mouse clicks, TV remotes, microwave ovens, Google searches, GPS, etc; ease has become the norm and we are rapaciously consumed by it.  Furthermore, sporting events, numerous types of exercise, hobbies, television shows, movies, video games, events of every kind, internet entertainment, computers, iPods, iphones, Face book, Twitter, vacations, etc, and if you allow your mind to wonder this list could continue for days; all of these things compete for space in our hearts against the holy God we are supposed to love whole-heatedly.  Entertainment and leisure of all forms, absorbs the majority...

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Jesus Christ’s Earthly Healing Miracles-Allegories of Salvation? “The blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” Matt. 11:5  (1) “Dead are raised“–(The spiritually dead are made alive; regenerated); (2) “The blind see“–(Able to understand spiritual things; illuminated); (3) “The mute speak“–(Able to proclaim the saving Gospel); (4) The deaf hear” (Able to understand spiritual things, also able to physically hear the Gospel preached); (5) “Lepers are cleansed“–(Washed, made clean by the washing of the word of God); (6) “Demons are cast out“–(Snatched from the bondage and enslavement of Satan); (7) “The lame walk“–(Able to walk with the Lord in truth, able to do good works); (8) “The poor have the Gospel preached to them“–(The poor in spirit who oppressed by false religions, are granted to believe the good news of salvation through Christ Jesus);  (9) “Healing of the sick“–(Relieved from the heavy yoke of bondage put there by false religious systems....

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10-1-15 Dear Friends of Truth!   How bad is it in America?  Let us take a look at the non-Christian media and the so-called common man’s reaction to the Pope’s visit to America.  In surfing through quotations of people who went to great extremes to simply have a look at the Pope we find some mind blowing comments.  One man boldly proclaimed that his curbside view of the Pope mobile was in fact the closest to God one could ever expect to get on earth!  Others burst into tears.  Others paraded around in a kind of euphoric hysteria.  Others pinned their hopes for everything on Pope Francis. Some came away awestruck.  The speaker of the House of Representatives resigned after crying during the Pope’s address to the Congress.  Others became dream-like and talked about love, joy, peace, happiness, and utopia.  It was sort of like a religious Woodstock to them.  Only something supernatural could have brought about America’s fawning, groveling, obsequious, and general sycophantic response to the Pope’s visit.  We do not think that the “something supernatural” was anything other than a broad burst of anti-Christ display of the powers of demonic darkness.  How else could we describe the nation’s servile swarming over someone who must only be described as “Platitude Rex”?  Obviously there was no mention of the gospel of Jesus Christ or the authority of the Word of God in the Pope’s address.  He is not capable of telling the truth of Christianity or giving a credible witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  But to think that an entire nation could be taken in by a stream of platitudes, clichés, and banal bromides is an indication of the spiritual malaise that characterizes our nation.   Here are just three examples of his never-ending stream of applause grabbing insipidities:   “We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us once were foreigners.” “Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples.” “To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.” Now consider all of those organizations, statements of faith, joint resolutions, and declarations signed by Evangelical leaders endorsing the RC religion.  Consider what they must be thinking while watching the sacrilegious Mass of the RC religion on national TV and listening to the ecumenical garbage spewed by Francis.  Where will the outcry against the Pope at Rome come from?  Ugh! How utterly contrary to the apostle Paul who reminds the church at Corinth of his visit:  “And when I came...

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The Trinity (God the Father, God the Son-Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit) is entirely active, necessary, and essential, in bringing about  salvation.  Dr. James White, in his book, The Forgotten Trinity, defines the Trinity as this; “Within the one being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”   All true Christians recognize, accept, and embrace that truth; a truth which has been understood throughout church history.  Today, more than ever, Christians must ardently defend and proclaim this perspicuous and vital truth, found replete in the pages of holy Scripture; the Bible.  Apart from ignorance, to deny the existence of the Trinity (three distinct, but co-equal persons that make up the Godhead), is not Christian doctrine and considered heresy.                 Please ruminate on these four verses of Scripture extrapolated from the Bible; they validate the above paragraph.  Incidentally, there are literally hundreds of such verses in the Bible: “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son, except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.  Matt. 11:27–emphasis added.                                                               “No one can come to Me (Jesus Christ), unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:44–emphasis added.  “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”  (John 14:26–emphasis added).  Please note: if you consider pronouns, all three members of the Trinity are referenced.                                                                                                                                  “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me“,  John 15:26–emphasis added.  Please note: if you consider pronouns, all three members of the Trinity are referenced.   * James R. White, The Forgotten Trinity, 1998, “Bethany House Publishers”, pg. 26                                         ...

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