Cuestionando y Contradiciendo la Palabra de Dios: Estrategia Antigua de Satanás


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La Biblia nos dice en Eclesiastés 1:9 “…que no hay nada nuevo debajo del sol.” (La Biblia de las Américas). Esto se puede aplicar a las estrategia utilizada por Satanás a través de los siglos. La estrategia más efectiva y más antigua de Satanás se encuentra en Génesis 3:1-5.

Pero la serpiente era astuta, más que todos los animales del campo que Jehová Dios había hecho; la cual dijo a la mujer: ¿Conque Dios os ha dicho: No comáis de todo árbol del huerto? Y la mujer respondió a la serpiente: Del fruto de los árboles del huerto podemos comer; pero del fruto del árbol que está en medio del huerto dijo Dios: No comeréis de él, ni le tocaréis, para que no muráis. Entonces la serpiente dijo a la mujer: No moriréis;sino que sabe Dios que el día que comáis de él, serán abiertos vuestros ojos, y seréis como Dios, sabiendo el bien y el mal. Reina Valera 1960 (RVR 1960)

         Lo primero que hace Satanás es cuestionar la Palabra de Dios, “¿Conque Dios os ha dicho: No comáis de todo árbol del huerto?” La Palabra de Dios se viene cuestionando desde el principio y se sigue cuestionando hoy. No es una sorpresa que la Palabra se cuestione por los de afuera, viene a ser un problema, cuando la Palabra se cuestiona o minimiza en nuestros propios púlpitos. En este nivel todo lo que Satanás quiere, es plantar una duda y quitarle autoridad divina a la Palabra de Dios.

         La segunda estrategia de Satanás es envolvernos en una conversación con él. “Y la mujer respondió a la serpiente…” No estamos llamados a tener conversaciones con Satanás, nuestra obligación es resistirlo, reprenderlo y cancelar las áreas en donde le hemos dado legalidad para atacarnos.

         La tercera estrategia de Satanás es contradecir la Palabra de Dios abiertamente, “Entonces la serpiente dijo a la mujer: No moriréis.” Esto es una contradicción abierta a lo establecido por Dios. ¿Cuántas herejías no vemos hoy? Aún peor, ¿cuántos ni se dan cuenta de las herejías que se predican en sus propias Iglesias? ¡Es lamentable!

         Mas su estrategia no termina ahí; para cerrar con broche de oro, el Diablo ofrece una nueva “revelación” que no tiene nada en absoluto que ver con lo que Dios ha establecido como verdad; el diablo le dijo a Eva, “sino que sabe Dios que el día que comáis de él, serán abiertos vuestros ojos, y seréis como Dios, sabiendo el bien y el mal.”

         Fíjense como Satanás presenta una contradicción a lo establecido por Dios de una forma muy positiva y elocuente. 1) Serán abiertos tus ojos: Esto da la impresión de que Adán y Eva se estaban perdiendo algo. Ese algo era el conocimiento completo, no tan solo del bien, pero también del mal. Noten que el diablo tentó a Adán y Eva con el Árbol del conocimiento, no con el árbol de la vida. Quiere decir que desde el principio el hombre es más atraído por el conocimiento que por la vida misma. 2) La oferta de ser como Dios: Creo que de niños muchos de nosotros hemos querido ser como nuestros padres, ¿cuánto más la oferta de ser como Dios? Esto fue un ataque gradual, al punto, pero más que todo, efectivo.

         Hermanos, hay mucho que aprender de la Palabra de Dios; definitivamente que no lo sabemos todo. Pero debemos recordar que la revelación se confirma en la Palabra. La revelación no es algo nuevo; sino algo que siempre estuvo escrito, pero que no lo habíamos entendido. Hoy te animo a que continúes escudriñando las Escrituras; no ignorando a Cristo, no para llenar tu cabeza de intelectualidad, mas sabiendo que las Escrituras dan testimonio de Cristo. Juan 5:37-40 (RVR 1960); tu libertad y la mía dependen de la Palabra (Logos) de Dios.

Dijo entonces Jesús a los judíos que habían creído en él: Si vosotros permaneciereis en mi palabra, seréis verdaderamente mis discípulos; 32 y conoceréis la verdad, y la verdad os hará libres. Juan 8:31-32 (RVR 1960)

 

 

An Amazing Missionary Trip to México


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                  With my pastor Andrés Briceño Ruiz

       In nearly fifteen years, this was my forth trip to México. The first two times I went with Pastor José Bosque who introduced me to the area; the last two I have gone by myself. This trip, by far, was the most productive one; I stayed two weeks and I did not stayed in a fancy hotel, I actually stayed in a small little house across the street from the church that extended me the invitation, that is the Church Hermosa (The beautiful). I was able to preach more and in more churches and was able to receive more in terms of spiritual blessings than the previous three trips combine. I will talk about this a little later. I did not get tired, I did not loose my voice, even as I was singing and preaching constantly and, I did not get sick; praise God!

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            This is the casita; the Lord truly met me here!

       To start, the Lord gave me grace to finish my first Spanish book describing these four trips and the lessons learned alone the way. I am super excited about this book. I started the book on December 8th and finished on December 22th. I am already working of the first editing process… simply amazing! Over 23,000 words in two weeks? Glory to God! I wrote the majority of this book on the little casita (House). God met me there in a very special way! This book will be published in the beginning of next year.

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           This is the casita; the Lord truly met me there!

         I can say more about the things the Lord have me teach; apostolic teachings that were a blessing to the people; but I don’t want to focus on that. I want to focus on the fact that in México I found my spiritual father. I had known Andrés Briceño Ruiz for about fifteen years. I never saw him as son and he never saw me as a father just because I came from America. We have a sincere love and respect for each other. But going into México I knew that God had something for me; I knew that I was to learn some powerful lessons there.

         The Lord did not disappoint me; Pastor Andrés was truly a blessing and an instrument from God to speak some things into my life that were life changing. I am not saying that there are no problems in churches in other countries or that all about the American church is mess up, but there is something about ministering in a place where your only provision and your only doctor is truly God.

         I believe that many American pastors have gotten soft and comfortable. They don’t pray, they don’t seek a personal relationship with God and are minimizing the authority of God’s Word. Some are constantly pointing out what is wrong with the church, but offer no solutions what so ever. I believe that many are physically and spiritually out of shape, operating their churches like social clubs. They show an apparent success, but with no evidence of God’s anointing and no need for faith; everything seems to be a form of godliness with no evidence of power. Others, especially in the Pentecostal/Charismatic wing of the church are waiting for the next revival. They see revival as the thing that will have them do, what they should be doing already. In the process, they do very little!

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This is the building of La Hermosa Church. It is my prayer that this 
building be completed in 2017. We are committed and believe in this 
ministry enough to support this mission 100%.

         When we minister oversees we confuse the humility of these men and we look down on them, not realizing that many of them are actual true apostles who walk in power, wisdom and deep revelation of God’s Word. That was my experience with my good friend Pastor Andrés Briceño Ruiz. For years I have given up on truly having a spiritual father. It seems like the experience that I have had with a few of these, so call apostles, is that if I was not of some kind of benefit for them, they would act as if they did not even know me. I can’t even get a “Like” from them, from a Facebook post. It was all about them; they act like some kind of ruler or king over me. Others saw me as an equal and did not discern my need for a father. The Scripture shows that we have thousand of mentors, but not many father. (First Corinthians 4:15).

         The good news is that the Old Testament ends with the following promise,

“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” Malachi 4:5-6 (NIV)

         Through a series of circumstances and confirmations, it became obvious to me, that Pastor Andrés was indeed my spiritual father, as he ministered to me like no other person in my life as a Christian. By the time I came to him to ask him to pastor me; his heart was already ready to do so and not only that, he had the confirmation from his own pastor.

         As of July 31 of this year I started a ministry at home; at this point is just my family and a couple of friends. Honestly, I am not interested in members or numbers; I am interested in making disciples. I am interested in the Great Commission and in actually establishing the Modus Operandi of the church clearly stated in Acts 2:42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (KJV)

         God is moving and doing amazing things amongst us. I am looking forward to next year and what the Lord will do. As of now, I am happy for the Lord’s mercies and blessings over my life. Looking forward now to my fifth missionary trip to México. This time, my wife will go with me.

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            This is the inside view of La Hermosa Church.

Ignoring Jesus


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This is the 2016 Christmas morning. It is early in the morning when I write these words. The first thing that is crossing my mind today is how our society is capitalizing on making money during the Christmas season while totally ignoring and rejecting Christ. So into the Christmas decorations, the Christmas tree, the food, the parties, the gifts and so on, but who can dare to acknowledge who is indeed the reason for the season.

         We can point out the pagan history of Christmas and the fact that Christ was not born during this time a year. However, what is a fact is that Christ was indeed born. You have to be an idiot not to recognize the overwhelming historical evidence of the birth of Christ.

         Today, I want to take a look at the birth of Christ through the eyes of some of the Old Testament prophets. The birth of Christ is a monumental fulfillment of prophesy:

  1. The virgin birth of Christ

Bible prophecy: Isaiah 7:14

Prophecy written: Between 701-681 BC

  1. Jesus would be born in Bethlehem

Bible prophecy: Micah 5:1-2

Prophecy written: Sometime between 750-686 BC

  1. Jesus would come from the tribe of Judah

Bible prophecy: Genesis 49:10

Prophecy written: As early as 1400 BC

  1. Jesus would be a descendant of King David

Bible prophecy: Jeremiah 23:5

Prophecy written: Sometime between 626-586 BC

         If all of these prophecies and others were fulfill, what makes us think that the rest of the prophecies will not be fulfilled also. Why then do we continue to ignore Jesus? Jesus will come back; this time not as a child born in a manger, but as the King of kings and the Lord of lords who is coming to take over.

         In the history of humanity the world has witnessed amazing events, 1) The great flood of Noah, 2) the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra, 3) the creation of the nation of Israel, 4) the quest of Israel taking over the promise land and all of the miracles, signs and wonders that took place there and 5) the birth, life and resurrection of Christ just, to mention a few.

         The next great events that are coming to this earth are the rapture of the church (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) and the manifestation of the Anti-Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Other events will take place after that; the great tribulation, Jesus actual return to this earth, the start of the Millennium, Armageddon and the New Jerusalem. If the prophesies about Christ were fulfilled hundreds of years after they were prophesy, what makes you think that there rest of the prophesies will not become a reality?

         I believe that the Bible has shown herself very accurate. So why do we continue to ignore Christ? Why don’t we acknowledge Him? Is Jesus that small and irrelevant on our lives? Do you know Hm?

 

La Esperanza de la Iglesia


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Hoy más que nunca estoy lleno de esperanza por la Iglesia. Tenemos unas poderosas promesas bíblicas:

1. El mismísimo infierno no prevalecerá en contra de la Iglesia (Mateo 16:18).
2. Jesucristo no tomará para si mismo una iglesia sucia, corrupta ni fracasada; más una Iglesia gloriosa, sin mancha y sin arruga (Efesios 5:27).
3. La Iglesia pasará por un proceso de purificación intenso que será orquestado por el Padre mismo. Dios removerá la cizaña de entre nosotros (Mateo 13:24-30).

Lo que nos toca hacer es lo que Dios nos ha mandado a hacer:

1. Llevar a cabo La Gran Comisión de acuerdo a Mateo 28:16-20.
2. Capacitar a Los Santos de acuerdo a Efesios 4:12-15.
3. Enfocarse en el Modus Operandi de la Iglesia de acuerdo a Hechos 2:42.
4. Negarse a uno mismo, cargar nuestra cruz y seguir a Cristo de acuerdo a Mateo 16:24.
5. Mantenerse en la Palabra; que todo sea confirmado en ella; no en tradiciones ni en opiniones de hombre de acuerdo a Juan 8:31.

Esta mañana me levanto con un gozo sincero, agradecido de Dios porque ha sido tan bueno; adorándolo con mi espíritu, alabando con mi alma y exaltándolo con mi cuerpo. Aunque la materialización del completo desarrollo del potencial de la Iglesia no sea una realidad todavía; que Dios nos cuide de juzgar las cosas antes de tiempos y de declarar en nuestros corazones que el Señor tarda y que en esa misma frustración nos dediquemos a azotar a la Iglesia y a entregarnos al pecado de acuerdo a Lucas 12:45-48.

A mis queridos hermanos alrededor del mundo, a los que se reúnen en edificios, en casas y aún debajo de árboles… que Dios los bendiga ricamente en este día.

My Call and Ministry… And Yours


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I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! 10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:6-12 New International Version (NIV)

         I don’t know what is going to happen with me in terms of ministry. It has not being easy here in Alaska. My straightforward talk and passion for Christ and ministry have not set well in the eyes of many. I am not afraid of any man, I am not politically correct and I am not a butt kisser! I am probably known already as troublemaker.

         When you teach that repentance is not necessary for salvation I will be a troublemaker. When you preach that there are two truths, I will be a troublemaker. When you take the words of the Apostle Paul written in Scripture and inspired by God and you speak about Paul being wrong, misunderstanding God’s Word and to top it all up, that Paul lacked understanding of the power of the blood of Jesus, I will be your troublemaker. When you teach from your pulpit that we, black people, are curse by God, I will be your troublemaker. When you go weeks without teaching God’s Word in a church, I will be your troublemaker. And the list goes on and on! I am not a coward and I am not your slave, I am a free man, a free thinker and free in Christ indeed!

         The Pentecostal/Charismatic church has a way of teaching a Gospel where everything is delegated to the Holy Spirit, with no responsibility and/or accountability in our part; a gospel that is all about feelings and not about the hard truth. That has made for extremely bad theology and horrible doctrines. You talk about drinking the kool-Aid; this puertorrican, for sure, is not drinking yours or anybody else’s.

         The making of disciples is inexistent and people are not growing spiritually. Something is wrong; something is not working! We don’t know how to love our wives, our wives don’t know how to respect us and many of our own children are walking in rebelliousness and hate for all forms of authority, that is, including God’s.

         We, minorities, particularly blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, better get a hold of God’s truth and stop placing our hope on political parties and ideologies. Can you open your eyes and look at our condition? We are loosing our people; 60 percent of all abortions in America are happening amongst us (Blacks and Latinos). The devil is killing us early! The number one killer amongst our men is not cancer is homicide; we are killing each other. Over 90 percent of the murders amongst us are happening at the hands of another man who looks like us. Our music is the only music where killing each other and dishonoring our women is celebrated! What is happening to us? There is no longer a need for the KKK or any white supremacy group to do us ham; we are doing the job for them!

         We don’t love each other; slavery took our dignity and self-love away. We pursue dependency and expect others to do what we have the moral and most of all, Biblical obligation to do ourselves. We devalue each other in our speech and in our actions; we curse each other daily while placing the blame on, the White Man, and closing the door on the taking of responsibility.

         I am done with the institutionalized church that has contributed to the problem by remaining silent on these issues for the sake of keeping the goodies of a 501 © (3) (Tax exempt status). How easy did we give away our freedom of speech!

         I am done with this, the man-made church of today, that has very little to do with Jesus. They have sold out like prostitutes. The moment you come up with a different Gospel, the moment you stop preaching God’s Word and making your opinions of greater value, even as I love and respect you as a fellow human, you become an enemy of the message of the cross[1], a false teacher and a false prophet and someone whom I must cut off fellowship with (Galatians 1:6-12).

         Next year I will begin to organize the ministry the Lord has for me. I tried to help others realize their vision; but found out, on the way, that, 1) many do not even have a vision and 2) many are so insecure and jealous that they see the sincere help of a man as a threat to whatever position and power they think they hold.

         The ministry the Lord is placing in my heart will not focus on buildings, but on Christ teachings and His people. We will train God’s people, equip them, prepare them and send them out to do what they are called to do. I am talking about the Great Commission; I am talking about discipleship; making disciples to follow Christ, to go for Christ and ultimately, for them to make more disciples for Christ. That is our mandate!

         I am now actively and aggressively teaching my family with all my heart and soul. It starts there, with my family! Our “church” is at home together with a couple of friends and, at this point, I want to keep it that way. I am not looking for numbers and fancy buildings, I am looking for a few good man, man of valor, man of courage, unafraid to speak God’s truth in the mix of opposition, unafraid to be unpopular; men that are not preoccupied with being friends with the world, but men who fear God and are serious and committed about learning from Him, to follow Him and to go for Him, even at the face of death.

         I am not proposing anything new; there is nothing new under the sun! I am proposing what is already there, the typology of the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms and the focus on the New Covenant of Christ and the orthodoxy of the original Apostles. I propose to go back to:

  • Christ true discipleship by maintaining and walking in His teachings and in self-denial. (John 8:31-32 / Matthew 6:24)
  • Our Vision is the Great Commission; there is no other vision.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

  • The orthodox way of the church according to Acts 2:42,

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42 (NIV)

  1. A focus on the apostle’s teachings.
  2. True fellowship by eating together and sharing our lives as a true family.
  3. Praying together
  • A commitment to equip the saints for the work of the ministry according to Ephesians 4:12-16

to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[a] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (ESV)

         See my dear brothers and sisters, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel; we don’t have to wait until the next revival or some external phenomenon to take place; we just have to do what God already told us to do, when we do that; when our hearts are set in doing so… that is REVIVAL! That is the system that always delivers, that always redeems and always set free! Obedience is revival!

 

 

 

 

[1] Philippians 3:16-19