God is not the Problem


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How can a God who is both all-powerful and all-good allow evil to continue without eradicating it? The problem with evil is presented as a problem with God and therefor, a problem with our faith as Christians. The voices of the atheist community are the main leaders in this demonic agenda against the essence of God’s character, his goodness. But the issue is not a complicated one at all. God made us free!

         I am convinced that the same people complaining against the result of our freedom (evil) would be the same people complaining if God decides to make robots out of us. The Garden of Eden represents the perfect will of God for us. However, Adam and Eve introduced evil in this world by disobeying God. There is no other explanation! I am glad that in spite of Adam and Eve disobedience and, in spite of our current condition, God is not giving up on us.

         God is not the problem, we are!  In fact, God gave us the redemptive plan through Jesus Christ. In Christ God manifest his love and goodness towards us. This explanation, however, will never be sufficient to the lost; they need the miracle of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). To think that salvation will come through intellectual arguments is not biblical. Apologetics is not about professional debates; is about the simplicity of somebody asking us why we believe what we believe and us having enough understanding of our faith to give a solid, loving and humble answer. (First Peter 3:15)

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. First Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)

 

Just Because the Bible Tells Me So


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The minimization of the authority of God’s Word has been at the center of Satan’s strategy against God’s plan from the very beginning (Genesis 3:1-7). That same attack extends its wings into our time in different forms. Erickson states that there is evidence that when theologians, schools, or movements disregard the inerrancy of the Bible, it always causes the abandonment of cornerstone beliefs in our faith (Erickson 2013, 195-196). Therefore, the inerrancy of Scripture is not a small matter, but a foundational one.

         Feinberg’s defines inerrancy as “the view that when all the facts become known, they will demonstrate that the Bible in its original autographs and correctly interpreted is entirely true and never false in all it affirms, whether that relate to doctrine or ethics or to the social, physical, or life sciences” (Elwell 2001, 156). Arguments with the world concerning the inerrancy of the Bible should be discouraged; for the lost are blinded by the god of this world (First Corinthians 4:4). We have a bigger problem; these attacks are coming from within the walls of some of our own churches. Erickson states, “As part of postmodernism, there has been an objection to the idea of foundationalism, which is the view that all beliefs are justified by their relationship to certain basic beliefs” (Erickson 2013, 206). Erickson equates those beliefs to doctrines. Furthermore, he establishes that those doctrines must “…rest upon the authority of Scripture” (Erickson 2013, 206).

         Erickson defines and explains various conceptions of inerrancy (Erickson 2013, 191-193). I passionately embrace Full Inerrancy and loudly reject all other conceptions for the simple reason that it fully honors God’s Word. Furthermore, Full Inerrancy explains controversial scientific and historical issues. The Bible was not written and applicable only for those of the generation of the original writers, as Limited Inerrancy seems to suggest. Certain concepts had to be explained in ways the writer could understand, which is why some will argue as to its application for the modern age. In the book of Revelation, for example, there may be references to airplanes, but airplanes were not invented until nearly two thousand years later; so other ways of explanation needed to be used. This is not difficult to understand for those who know the voice of their Shepherd (John 10:27), but there will always be room in the Bible for those who want to discredit it.

         I rest in the fact that in God’s Word, I confirm truth: the truth that I can count on, the truth that will make me free (John 8:32), the truth that will carry me on and carry me trough the tough times and teach me to face the good times with humility. This is the truth of God’s Word and the truth that I should live for. Even if I find myself walking though the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4), I can stand without fear just because, the Bible tells me so.

Elwell, Walker A. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker     Academic, 2001.

Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013.

The Doctrine of Mercy and the Great Promise


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We are not and will never justify sin and sinful lifestyles, but we cannot take anything away from the power of the blood of Christ. If we are honest with ourselves, we are all struggling with something… I know I am! It may be sexually related, it may be anger, it may be pride, greed, etc. but nobody is exempt from the desires of the flesh! That reality should humble each and every one of us.

         The reality is that we all stand in need of mercy; we can’t make it without mercy. I guess that’s why His mercies are knew every morning; we need them every day. Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (NIV) Mercy flows out of God’s love for us. Because of His love we are not destroy.

         The flesh is disgusting! The desires of the flesh are disgusting and everything about the flesh is disgusting. That is, whether you are a born again believer or an atheist. The flesh’s desires are contrary to everything that God stands for (Galatians 5:17).

         Jesus gave us a powerful principle when he stated, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NIV) There is a part of us, (the flesh), that wants nothing to do with God. There is another part of us, (the spirit), that is willing to cooperate with God; it is our inner most, it is the part of us with the ability to carry on our greatest responsibility as believers, to worship God according to John 4:23. And yet, there is a part of us that stand in need of restoration; it is where the work is taking place, in our souls; that is, the seat of our emotions, our mind sand our will. That is the complexity of us humans.

         In this world we have two kinds of people, the guilty and the not guilty. The guilty because without Christ we are all guilty; that is because we have all sin and fall short of God’s glory according to Romans 3:23. The non-guilty is tricky; because our innocence as believers is not based on our good works, but based strictly on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is what we are… THROUGH HIM.

         I am so glad that Jesus took away the guilt for our sins of the past, our sins of today and even our future sins. I am so glad that through Him we are righteous, holy and a finish work. But also, I am glad that through the Holy Ghost, He is changing us. But in that process of changing us, because it is a process, He is dealing with us through discipline, for God discipline those He love according to Hebrews 12:6 and, through mercy.

          We can’t fail my brothers and sisters! Today, we are a part of that great promise He made to the Children of Israel, as we are also, New Testament folks. That greater promise is that He is going to take the WORD, His precious Law, and place it in our hearts. He will finish the work no only through HIM, not only in a positional way, but also in US. That actual finish work, I believe, will take place in the New Jerusalem. So I end with these words from Jeremiah 31:33,

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (NKJV)

 

The Causes for the Evil in the World


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“Taste and see that the Lord is good;

blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

Psalm 34:8 (NIV)

The nature of the character of God has been in question since the beginning of the church. The argument through the ages is that God is not a good God. The pulpits of the primitive church were infected by a false doctrine that is still being felt very strongly today. It was the main doctrine that the original apostles fought against, Gnosticism.

         A basic definition of Gnosticism is “the thought and practice, especially of various cults of late pre-Christian and early Christian centuries, distinguished by the conviction that matter is evil and that emancipation comes through gnosis.”[1]

         In other words, the physical world and his Creator (God the Father) are essentially evil. This is a direct attack against the character of God. There are many verses, all through the Bible, that speaks and affirms the goodness of God, but this new doctrine came to teach the world the total opposite of whom God is.

         The second part of this basic definition of Gnosticism is equally blasphemous; it indicates that salvation comes from gnosis (Knowledge) a total slap in the face to the Gospel, the cross and the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

         Some atheist today go as far as saying that even if they find prove of God’s existence, they will not worship him because they can’t understand why, if God is so good and powerful, he allows or, do nothing against rape, murder, the killing of children, etc. If you spend any time listening to atheist you will realize, very quickly, that the issue is not that they don’t believe in God’s existence. Romans 1:18-19 establishes that God has made his existence obvious to all men. The issue is that they are upset with HIM.

         Nevertheless, the question should be answered regarding the cause of evil. I do not intent to give you fancy philosophical statements or ideas. I am glad that in an issue of such importance, the Bible is not silence, but very clear in its explanations.

         If your heart is set in hating God, this article will not do a thing for you. Ultimately, the article is not for you, perhaps you are a suppressor of God’s truth. In that case, the wrath of God awaits you. (Romans 1:18)

         There are five reasons for evil; they are all intertwined with one another; you can’t separate them.

  1. Evil itself:

     That is, the devil and his demons or unclean spirits. There are demons spread around the world with specific agendas.

  1. The Secular System is full of demons (Revelations 18:2)
  2. There are demons assigned to spread false doctrine and confusion. (1 Timothy 4:1-5)
  3. Tormented spirits –Legion– (Mark 5:1-11)
  4. There are demons that are able to perform supernatural signs; they will be crucial in the devil’s battle against God. (Revelation 16:12-14)
  5. There are demons that filled our spirits with anger/rage (Ecclesiastes 7:9) We can say that every single fruit of the flesh has its root in our spirit. (Galatians 5:19-21) There are demons that take away the capacity of humans to talk; therefor they can’t make any confession for their own freedom. (Matthew 9:32-33)

 

  1. Men walking according to the flesh:

That is, men walking according to the desires of the flesh giving forth the fruit of the flesh. (Galatians 5:19-21) A constant falling under temptations (James 1:13-15) or, no longer falling under temptation, but a sinful way of life; that is, living according to the flesh.

  1. Iniquity and generational curses:

This is, the result of transgressions (Willingly sinning). (Number 14:18) This is also the manifestation of generational curses. (Exodus 20:5)

  1. The love for money:

The Bible is clear in telling us that at the root of “all evil” is the love for money. (1 Timothy 6:10) Think about any evil around the world and make no mistake about it, somebody is making money out of it.

  1. Men not getting what he wants:

     The result of men not getting what he wants gives birth to anger and that anger gives birth to violence. The Scripture tells us “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” James 4:1 (NKJV)

     The violent acts happening in this world is the direct result of somebody not getting what they want. From the fights in basketball courts to domestic violence and to murder, make no mistake about, somebody is mad because things are not going his/her way.

     Violence is the result of Godlessness. A soul without God can’t ever be satisfied, therefor, anger is at the heart of an ungodly person. The earth is again, filled with violence!

     God has giving us a free will, we have the freedom to do good or to do evil. Those who critic God for allowing evil to take place; imagine what they would say if God takes their freedom to chose to do whatever they want? God has not hide from us the consequences of our actions, the blessings and the curses; but has made it very clear; he wants us to choose life.

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

 

 

[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gnosticism

 

La Sana Doctrina 2


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      La doctrina; eso es, lo que se enseñaba, eso es, la Palabra de Vida de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que se manifestó a través de Moisés, los profetas y, a través de las melodías y preciosas letras de los Salmos, está al centro de lo que la Iglesia original aprendió y, a su vez, de lo que nosotros estamos llamados a aprender hoy y siempre.

         La doctrina, eso es la Palabra que se hizo carne a través de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, quien canonizó el Viejo Testamento y quien nos dio sus propias y directas palabras, no se escribieron para ser ignoradas; son el dibujo de lo que nuestras vidas están supuestas a reflejar.

         Ese mensaje… ese mensaje poderoso que el mundo rechazó y continúa rechazando; ese mensaje que el mundo tuerce, que el mundo mezcla con mentira y confusión, aún en púlpitos y salas de casa de Cristianos; ese es el mensaje que se respalda con poder de Dios para salvar almas, para romper maldiciones, arrancar iniquidad, perdonar rebeliones y pecados, redimir, transformar, sanar enfermos y liberar a los cautivos. A Tito, Pablo le ordena específicamente, “Pero tú habla lo que está de acuerdo con la sana doctrina.” Tito 2:1 (RVR 1960)

         Fíjese hermano ministro, que no estamos llamados a inventarnos nada; a enseñar nuestras opiniones u opiniones de hombres; el mandamientos es claro “habla lo que está de acuerdo a la sana doctrina.”

             Entonces la pregunta debe ser ¿Qué es la sana doctrina? Lo que amo de la Palabra de Dios es que, aunque no lo entendemos todo, hay ciertos temas que Dios ha hecho muy claros, la Sana doctrina es uno de esos temas.

         No tenemos que inventar nada o asumir que es esto o aquello. La Sana Doctrina se encuentra bien definida a través de toda la Escritura. Mas Tito capítulos 2 y 3, como otras porciones de la Biblia, contesta esta pregunta en detalles. La sana de doctrina es un patrón de conducta que va más allá de nuestras opiniones y culturas. No es una religiosidad externa, sino que fluye del corazón del hombre cristiano en su amor por la santidad de Dios. Hermanos, la sana doctrina no es una hopicrecia, ni intentos de ganarnos la salvación y el amor de Dios mediante obras, más una respuesta natural de hijos que desean demostrar su amor por Dios mediante la obediencia a lo que El establece como verdad y mandamiento.

Titos 2:2-15

Que los ancianos sean sobrios, serios, prudentes, sanos en la fe, en el amor, en la paciencia.

Las ancianas asimismo sean reverentes en su porte; no calumniadoras, no esclavas del vino, maestras del bien;

que enseñen a las mujeres jóvenes a amar a sus maridos y a sus hijos,

a ser prudentes, castas, cuidadosas de su casa, buenas, sujetas a sus maridos, para que la palabra de Dios no sea blasfemada.

Exhorta asimismo a los jóvenes a que sean prudentes;

presentándote tú en todo como ejemplo de buenas obras; en la enseñanza mostrando integridad, seriedad,

palabra sana e irreprochable, de modo que el adversario se avergüence, y no tenga nada malo que decir de vosotros.

Exhorta a los siervos a que se sujeten a sus amos, que agraden en todo, que no sean respondones;

10 no defraudando, sino mostrándose fieles en todo, para que en todo adornen la doctrina de Dios nuestro Salvador.

11 Porque la gracia de Dios se ha manifestado para salvación a todos los hombres,

12 enseñándonos que, renunciando a la impiedad y a los deseos mundanos, vivamos en este siglo sobria, justa y piadosamente,

13 aguardando la esperanza bienaventurada y la manifestación gloriosa de nuestro gran Dios y Salvador Jesucristo,

14 quien se dio a sí mismo por nosotros para redimirnos de toda iniquidad y purificar para sí un pueblo propio, celoso de buenas obras.

15 Esto habla, y exhorta y reprende con toda autoridad. Nadie te menosprecie.

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Recuérdales que se sujeten a los gobernantes y autoridades, que obedezcan, que estén dispuestos a toda buena obra.

Que a nadie difamen, que no sean pendencieros, sino amables, mostrando toda mansedumbre para con todos los hombres.

Porque nosotros también éramos en otro tiempo insensatos, rebeldes, extraviados, esclavos de concupiscencias y deleites diversos, viviendo en malicia y envidia, aborrecibles, y aborreciéndonos unos a otros.

Pero cuando se manifestó la bondad de Dios nuestro Salvador, y su amor para con los hombres,

nos salvó, no por obras de justicia que nosotros hubiéramos hecho, sino por su misericordia, por el lavamiento de la regeneración y por la renovación en el Espíritu Santo,

el cual derramó en nosotros abundantemente por Jesucristo nuestro Salvador,

para que justificados por su gracia, viniésemos a ser herederos conforme a la esperanza de la vida eterna.

Palabra fiel es esta, y en estas cosas quiero que insistas con firmeza, para que los que creen en Dios procuren ocuparse en buenas obras. Estas cosas son buenas y útiles a los hombres.

Pero evita las cuestiones necias, y genealogías, y contenciones, y discusiones acerca de la ley; porque son vanas y sin provecho.

10 Al hombre que cause divisiones, después de una y otra amonestación deséchalo,

11 sabiendo que el tal se ha pervertido, y peca y está condenado por su propio juicio.

         Fíjense hermanos que dejé que la Biblia misma les hablara a través de Tito Capítulo 2 y 3. El mensaje es claro y, si te tomas el tiempo para leer estas cartas apostólicas te darás cuenta que los apóstoles se enfocaron en enseñarles al pueblo a amar a Dios y amar al prójimo; ese el corazón de la ley.

         Tito 2:8 me da la conclusión sobre todo este asunto que he venido tratando en este artículo cuando Pablo nos afirma que, “Estas cosas son buenas y útiles a los hombres.” (RVR 1960) Somos ministros de un Dios bueno, cuyo mensaje es bueno y útil para transfórmanos y para transformar a otros… en el Nombre de Jesús.

         Que Dios te bendiga… tu hermano y amigo, Siervo Angel Casiano.

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La Sana Doctrina


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Para aquellos que continúan minimizando la autoridad de la Palabra de Dios y le dan sinónimo demoniaco a los que aman la sana doctrina, hoy tengo Palabra para ti.

Si alguno enseña otra cosa, y no se conforma a las sanas palabras de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y a la doctrina que es conforme a la piedad, está envanecido, nada sabe, y delira acerca de cuestiones y contiendas de palabras, de las cuales nacen envidias, pleitos, blasfemias, malas sospechas, disputas necias de hombres corruptos de entendimiento y privados de la verdad, que toman la piedad como fuente de ganancia; apártate de los tales. Primera de Timoteo 6:3-5 (RVR 1960)

         Mas aún con la evidencia de estos versos, existe un grupo de ministros que nos continúa describiendo como legalistas por nuestro compromiso de honrar la Palabra de Dios. Hermanos, la sana doctrina existe; no es un invento de hombre. Es importante hacer el punto de que el ateo no es el problema, éstos han hecho clara su posición. El problema son los que están dentro de nuestras congregaciones, activamente enseñando cosas que no son bíblicas como si fueran verdades de Dios. Primera de Timoteo 4:1 nos dice, claramente,

Pero el Espíritu dice claramente que en los postreros tiempos algunos apostatarán de la fe, escuchando a espíritus engañadores y a doctrinas de demonios; (RVR 1960)

                 He escuchado decir que en los tiempos de la gloriosa iglesia original, solo el cinco por ciento de los miembros de la Iglesia  sabía leer. Entonces añaden que, dicha Iglesia dependía básica y exclusivamente del Espíritu Santo. Establecen argumentos en contra de la validez de la Palabra.

         Déjame establecer que no tengo ningún tipo de problema con que tengamos dependencia en el Espíritu Santo; por favor no distorsionen mi argumento en contra del suyo. Precisamente la realidad de la dependencia que debemos todos tener en el Espíritu Santo es lo que hace de estos argumentos efectivos y la razón por la cual pueden engañar a tantos en la Iglesia. Eso se deben a que los mensajes de doctrinas torcidas, siempre cargan verdad. Mas esa verdad esta mezclada con mentira. Hermanos, Satanás sabe que èl no se puede presentar ante el pueblo de Dios como Satanás, sino como Ángel de Luz. En Segunda de Corintios 11:13-15 el Apóstol Pablo nos dice,

Porque éstos son falsos apóstoles, obreros fraudulentos, que se disfrazan como apóstoles de Cristo. 14 Y no es maravilla, porque el mismo Satanás se disfraza como ángel de luz. 15 Así que, no es extraño si también sus ministros se disfrazan como ministros de justicia; cuyo fin será conforme a sus obras. (RVR 1960)

         Añaden y hacen argumentos apasionados para justificar que todo lo que la Iglesia necesitó para ser tan gloriosa, fue una sumisión total al Espíritu Santo sin necesidad de la Palabra, ya que, después de todo, el 95 por ciento de los hermanos y hermanos de ese tiempo era analfabeta… según ellos. Dicho argumento es débil y una falta de respeto a la Palabra de Dios.

         Nada le quitó al Espíritu Santo; sin Él no somos salvos y no tendríamos nunca revelación; pero tampoco le quitó autoridad a la Palabra de Dios. No podemos divorciar al Espíritu Santo de la palabra inspirada por El mismo.

         Si tomamos como verdad que el 95 de los miembros de la Iglesia no sabía leer, Pablo mismo mata el argumentó que intenta justificar este nuevo evangelio liberal. Segunda de Tesalonicenses 2:15 nos dice:

“Así  que, hermanos, estas firmes, y retened la doctrina que habéis aprendido, sea por Palabra, o por carta nuestra.” (RVR 1969)

         No importa si la persona sabía leer o no, lo cierto es que el mensaje fluía y penetraba para transformar el espíritu y el alma del hombre.

 

Continúa para la conclusión de este mensaje… La Sana Doctrina 2

 

Is What We Believe of God Real?


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When it comes down to God, we don’t get to invent our own reality. We go as deep and as wide as His Word takes us. We are encouraged to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord (2 Peter 3:18). So, according to Scripture, it is expected that some will indeed have a deeper understanding of grace and of the character of our Lord than others, without, in any way, compromising God’s essence. People could be in different levels of maturity, without contradicting each other.

         If somebody say of me, “Angel is black,” they will be telling the truth. If others say, “Angel is more European than he is black.” Well, according to my DNA, that is also truth. Some know more about my life, my victories and my failures. Some could make this or that arguments about me that could sound like a big contradiction, however they could all have portions of the truth. However, if somebody says of me, “Angel is 6′ 4″, his skin is white, he has blue eyes and speak with a British accent.” Well, that is simply not true. If somebody say, “Angel is a woman,” they will definitely be wrong about that. Some can say good things like, “Angel, is a war hero who fought for this country courageously.” That is nice, but unless fighting in schools and on the streets of my hometown, count as being a war hero; I am totally undeserving of such complement.

         People can “say” whatever they want to say about me, but not everything is necessarily reality (Good or bad). I am afraid that in today’s Christianity everybody is making God to be whatever he or she wants God to be. The influence of liberalism is doing this to us; the minimizing of the authority of Scripture, the denial of absolutes, the rejection of facts and logic and the full embrace of “feelings” are spreading like a cancer in our pulpits.

         As Christians, we can’t afford to forget that through the pages of the Bible we get to see God revealed, we get to see the complexity of his character described. He is love (1 John 4:8) but he is also the author and executor of terrifying wraths described and announced through Scripture. He is merciful, but He is also a judge who will indeed declare guilty all of those who are not covered under the blood of his Son.

         He can be found now, but a time will come when he is not going to be found by those who continue to harden their hearts. Some will endup in hell based on their refusal to repent of their sins; some will spend eternal life with Him in the New Jerusalem. So, if you want to embrace God as love, but deny God as a judge, you have created your own idea of God and you are up to a rude awakening!

         I am afraid that many of us are picking and choosing who we want God to be outside of what Scripture tells us He is already. We have rejected anything that has to do with theology (the science of knowing about God). We have openly resisted Sound Doctrine (the science and meaning of his message).  We comfortably and arrogantly throw out the original apostles’ orthodoxy (the science of what is truth) as if we are originators of anything new or any new concept of God. Therefor, we continue to expand in our errors and take liberties in our definitions of God.

         Our ideas and concepts of God become Gospel truth for us, no matter what the Bible say or not, about the matter. We become our own gods; we place ourselves at the center. No longer do we study God’s Word to show ourselves approve and to learn to rightly divide His Logo Word, (2 Timothy 2:15). We insist that God is who we say He is!

         Never mind that Jesus tells us that in order to be his disciples we must deny ourselves, carry our cross and follow Him. (Matthew 16:24) Never mind that Jesus also tells that in order to remain as his disciples, we must remain in His teachings and not our own. (John 8:31)

         Scary thing to know that many will do great things; prophesy, preach, teach, give to the poor, write well written books, come up with well produced movies, etc. but spilt hell wide open because they never took the time to really know God (Matthew 7:21-23). I want to know and love God everyday and forever more, not based on error, but based on Holy Ghost revelation. Such revelation will never contradict Scripture; such revelation will help us go deeper in our knowledge of grace and all of the aspect of the awesome and complex character of our Lord.

         What a terrifying thing for those who present God any kind of way; for those who twist and change the Gospel to accommodate their agenda of error and confusion, for indeed, without repentance, the judgment of God is upon you. Galatians 1:8 is very clear, “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!” (NIV) Beloved, even an angel can’t get away with presenting a different gospel, what makes you think that you or any Hollywood producer can?

 

Does the Bible have Contradictions?


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Recently I was presented with a series of Bible verses as a way to present that either the Bible has contradictions or, AT FACE VALUE, they seem contradictory.

         Perhaps people don’t understand, even in our own churches, how damaging to our faith it would be if the Scripture has errors. It would mean that we are worshipping an imperfect God. If God mess up with his Word, then his Word is not inherent; that means that he has lied to us; that means that we can add and take from His Word.

         How can we follow errors? We would have to identify those errors and not follow them. That leaves the Bible open for all kinds of foolishness.

         The most minimal suggestion of the inerrancy of Scripture is indeed a dangerous proposition. I want to make it clear that there are no such things as divergent ideas of Scripture; what we have are, in one hand, accurate interpretations of Scripture and, on the other hand, bad interpretations of Scripture; period!

         The Bible is not the problem, we are. Our bad translations, bad interpretations and personal agendas have gotten on the way of The Message.

         These were the verses I was presented with to prove that some verses states that God can repent and some that he cannot or at least appear to. I use the King James Version for all of these verses:

  • For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6,
  • Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17
  • And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. Exodus 32:14
  • And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. 1 Samuel 15:29
  • The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the Lord. Amos 7:3

         To question what we know about God and interpretations of Scripture is a healthy exercise. However, to question the character of God and the inherency of his Word is sin.

         When I look at all of these verses I see the character of God; a righteous judge, inerrant and unchanging in who HE IS. But I also see something else; it does not push me to see contradictions; for in my own imperfection I am set in two things, the goodness and perfection of God.

         These Scriptures should not be reasons to arrogantly question the inerrancy of Scripture, but rather, to look at the character of God in a more profound, intimate and deeper sense. When I look at these Scriptures I see the mercy of God on display. How can a perfect judge, judge imperfect people? He can, because he is also love and that love releases the quality of our God that keep us alive… MERCY!

         The reason we are not consume is because of His mercies; Malachi 3:6 clearly establishes that reality. Mercy is the power of God to hold back the judgment that we truly deserve. Nothing releases God’s mercy more powerfully than true repentance; but in case repentance does not take place, God self imposed something called Covenants. It is because of His covenants that, after all that have taken place, God still have not given up on Israel, on you and on me.

         So this unchanging God, for the sake of his love for us, has giving us a spirit of repentance that releases His mercy, that causes himself to hold himself back from releasing the judgment that we deserve. This unchanging God has self impose covenants that are sustained by, primarily, Him. This proves to be not a contradiction, but the rules that God imposed to himself to prove himself not as a lair, but to prove his goodness.

         I can hear David saying amen to these words, for he states, “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalm 51:16-17 (KJV)

         God has proven himself not be an unfair judge or an emotional one, judging one way today and a different way tomorrow just because. But the consistency of his mercy has been seen since the beginning of times. Salomon put it this way, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” (KJV)

 

Look at the balance as God formally introduce himself to Moses,

 

And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. Exodus 34:6-8 (KJV)

 

         You see words such as merciful, gracious, longsuffering, goodness and truth highlighted. But also a fair God who will, by no means, clear the guilt, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children up until the forth generation.

         Beloved, thank God for his self imposed system of mercy. Who are we to question the way He does things? How dare we yell contradictions in Scripture? Do we not know that the Scripture is God’s Word? This is a Holy Book! Without the Holy Ghost it will be impossible for us to understand. Still, even when we don’t understand, we must face the reality that we know in part.

         For now, let us remember the seriousness of this book as the Apostle John states,

 

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19 (KJV)

 

 

 

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.